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Labour policy: does the House of Lords need to go?

by Marrick on January 22, 2015

Ed Miliband announced in a speech to the Labour North West regional conference late last year that he plans not just to reform the House of Lords, but to abolish it altogether, replacing it with a fully elected “Senate”. Critics claim the House of Lords represents a unique resource of expertise which has been instrumental […]

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 […]

Labour must look to the grey vote to win in 2015

by Marrick on November 18, 2012

The latest You Gov / Sun poll has thrown up some interesting strategic conundrums for Labour In Scotland, on the national level, Labour (64) has surged ahead of both the Nationalists (19) and the Tories (11). Effectively, the Tories are finished North of the border and Labour##Q##s "No" stance to independence isn##Q##t affecting their popularity […]

Health and safety: the thin line between us and them

by Marrick on September 17, 2012

The “Wingnuts” have almost universally applauded  the scrapping of regular health and safety inspections for all but the most high-risk businesses. From April 2013, only businesses operating in "higher risk" areas such as construction, or those which have experienced a recent health and safety incident or have a track record of poor performance, will be […]

Lyn Jones: the man for Cardiff Blues

by Marrick on April 23, 2012

This weekend the RFU Championship "Dream Team" was announced. As expected it is dominated by Bristol Rugby, who have been the form team of the season. Curiously, of the four semi finalists in the Championship playoffs, only one team goes unrepresented – London Welsh.  

What a long way we’ve come

by Marrick on January 17, 2012

This is a newspaper advertisement from the 1960s. The open and naked prejudice of it is staggering in this day and age, but it was still only forty odd years ago. Today, of course, the modern Conservative Party has moved on from this and now embraces a non-discriminatory stance. I’m glad about that, not just […]

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 […]

Wales and the Red Zone

by Marrick on September 12, 2011

I just watched the Wales vs South Africa game again and I have to say that when we got into the red zone, we were almost completely ineffective. It was either smash it up the middle or rumble through the forwards. South Africa dealt with both easily. They never look flustered in defence. Not once […]

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 […]