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Green Party policy would hit the poor

by Marrick on January 28, 2015

It seems that the flagship policy of a Citizen’s Income is in tatters. See the Guardian article for more details, but in a nutshell: the Citizen’s Income Trust (CIT), a much cited body by the Greens has modelled the policy. The net result is more than one in three households would be losers. “The trust’s […]

Sons and fathers

by Marrick on September 20, 2012

A little teary moment. I’ve finally gotten around to tidying up my son’s bedroom after he left for Edinburgh. Under the pillow was a picture of him as a little boy sitting on my shoulders. Written on the back was: "Dad, you’ve helped me reach higher." Sometimes…

It’s time to admit you got it wrong, people…

by Marrick on June 26, 2012

Britain is slowly sinking into the doo-doo as weaker tax receipts from the recession-bedevilled economy emptied out the Treasury’s chamber pot. Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that net borrowing (excluding the bit the bankers stole from us) stood at a tad under £18 billion last month. This is up from the £15 […]

Are you having a street party?

by Marrick on June 1, 2012

I really couldn##Q##t give a toss. Different strokes for different folks, but I do take exception to the enthusiasts trying to shove it down my throat when I say, “no I##Q##m not going to a Jubilee party”. I have made a point of not saying that I would prefer to line the ffwcers up in […]

Another year

by Marrick on March 19, 2012

Today is my friend’s birthday. Gay left us on 27th May 2011 and not a day has gone by when I don’t think of her in some small way. This, in itself, is interesting because I never met her in real life: she was a virtual friend. We “met” on the internet about five years […]

Goodbye Gandalf

by Marrick on December 30, 2011

When I first moved to Bridgend, I was greeted with a deep, resonant bark from my neighbour’s house. Somehow the word “bark” doesn’t fully convey the sound coming from over the honeysuckle laden fence between our houses. This was a “woof, woof, woof” of the most extraordinary timbre, the kind of noise you would hear […]

Aberfan: 45 years on

by Marrick on October 20, 2011

On the 21 October 1966, 144 people, 116 of them children, were killed when a tip of coal waste slid onto the village of Aberfan in South Wales. The history of the tragedy is well documented elsewhere, but briefly for some 50 years up to 1966, millions of cubic metres of excavated mining debris from […]

Death of a friend I never got to know properly

by Marrick on September 29, 2011

My best friend##Q##s father died yesterday. A heart attack at 79 is not an unusual occurrence, and given he had an attack five years ago, only surviving because of the prompt actions of those custodians of the nation##Q##s health the NHS, it would be safe to say he was living in overtime. Following an operation […]

An English speaker’s guide to pronouncing Welsh

by Marrick on September 23, 2011

Cymraeg: the language of the Land of Brothers (Cymru)   Welsh is easier to pronounce than an English reader might imagine. There’s an excellent explanation of how to cope with Welsh pronunciation on Linguata’s site: http://www.linguata.com/welsh/welsh-pronunciation.html In short, here are some useful tips: 1) Stress falls on the last syllable by one. There are a […]

Useful phrases for the English / Saes, when they visit Cardiff / Caerdydd for the rugby

by Marrick on January 25, 2011

As everyone knows, most residents of Cardiff are fluent in Welsh, so be prepared to enjoy a warm Welsh welcome by speaking a few words of the lingo. To help you on your way, I've prepared a small number of handy phrases: Mae fy hofrenfad yn llawn llyswennod – My hovercraft is full of eels […]