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Shane Williams to retire “every season”

by Marrick on June 17, 2013

“Retirement sucks,” says the man who is arguably Wales’s greatest ever winger, “but retiring is a different kettle of fish.” “In fact, retiring is so good, I’m actually thinking of making it an annual event.” The mercurial Wales back is arguably now more famous for his teary wave goodbye to his adoring fans than for […]

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 […]

The English invasion

by Marrick on February 4, 2011

The English decided to invade Wales. The army had just crossed the border and came to the first forest when they heard a voice shout: "One Welshman is worth two Englishmen". The army commander couldn##Q##t resist the challenge and promptly sent two men into the forest. After 10 minutes the voice shouted: "One Welshman is […]

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 […]

Richard Thompson at St David’s Hall, Cardiff

by Marrick on January 23, 2011

If Mark Knopfler could write songs like Bob Dylan and had a half decent singing voice, he would be Richard Thompson. If there were any justice, Thompson would be a superstar and if I ever go to a better concert than this, then it will be the day after Wales beat the All Blacks… in […]

A quiet life

by Marrick on July 2, 2010

Beryl Margaret Bainbridge was my favourite English language writer from the second half of the Twentieth Century. Although the great and the good (The Times greatest British writers since 1945) have her at number twenty-six behind such luminaries as Muriel Spark, Martin Amis and Penelope Fitzgerald. Ah well, so much for the great and the […]

Mervyn the Wizard

by Marrick on February 4, 1998

Many years ago, when I was about fifteen years of age, I was holidaying in a small West Wales village called Rhosilli. Situated some twenty miles south-west of Swansea, on the tip of the Gower Peninsula, Rhosilli is said to be a place of magic and fable. Overlooking the village is a small mountain, on […]