When I first visited Brecon as a child it was a bustling market town and the trip was something of a treat - the place was almost exotic in comparison with grey, industrial Port Talbot where we lived. One of the few things I knew about Brecon was that there was an army garrison there and I knew this because every time we walked past St Mary's Church in Aberavon my mother would tut and shake her head and tell us - again - the story of Dic Penderyn, who was buried there. In cas
The age old cliche advises us to be careful what we wish for. This may be something that Brexiteers should bare in mind in the future. For many years they have yearned to be in the position they now find themselves in. But when such changes happen there are inevitable, unforeseen or otherwise ignored, consequences that might arise. A pertinent example is the case of Scottish independence. This ongoing issue has only been exacerbated by the Scots' feelings of disempowerment. T
"Welsh is of this soil, of this island, the senior language of the men of Britain; and Welsh is beautiful" - J.R.R. Tolkien I’ve lived in Wales all my life and I’ve loved Wales all my life. But for many, many reasons I’ve never been able to speak Welsh. When I gave up paid work in December 2013 I knew I needed something to fill a gap in my head. It’s unsettling in the extreme to spend three years training for a specific job (in my case diagnostic radiography), many more year
If you were ask: “Who is the greatest Welshman?”, you would be given a myriad of answers. We all have our different perspectives, but even then there are some men and women who stand out above others, whose influence has had a lasting effect not only during their own lifetimes but for decades and centuries after their days. Griffith Jones is such a person, who although he was active during the 17th and 18th centuries, his actions still resonate over the whole of Wales today.