Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby brynpoeth » 2 Sep 2018, 6:52pm

GT is being worshipped by the fans, Llandovery was full of Welsh flags today, could this be compared to our boys winning the football world cup in 1966? Could it have political implications?

A stranger asked me about the motif on my baseball cap, I explained about Y Ddraig Goch and sung the national anthem for her

Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi.. :)
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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby pwa » 2 Sep 2018, 7:43pm

brynpoeth wrote:GT is being worshipped by the fans, Llandovery was full of Welsh flags today, could this be compared to our boys winning the football world cup in 1966? Could it have political implications?

A stranger asked me about the motif on my baseball cap, I explained about Y Ddraig Goch and sung the national anthem for her

Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi.. :)

"Our boys"? England?

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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby brynpoeth » 2 Sep 2018, 7:51pm

pwa wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:GT is being worshipped by the fans, Llandovery was full of Welsh flags today, could this be compared to our boys winning the football world cup in 1966? Could it have political implications?

A stranger asked me about the motif on my baseball cap, I explained about Y Ddraig Goch and sung the national anthem for her

Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi.. :)

"Our boys"? England?

Like you I am half Welsh and half English :wink:
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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby brynpoeth » 7 Sep 2018, 10:05am

The conservative Tories have a new leader in Wales, Davies by name, he got more votes than the other candidate (Davies), his predecessor was Davies too

He delivered his acceptance speech partly in Welsh, +1, now he is trying to establish what purpose he and his party in Wales have
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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby meic » 7 Sep 2018, 10:18am

brynpoeth wrote:The conservative Tories have a new leader in Wales, Davies by name, he got more votes than the other candidate (Davies), his predecessor was Davies too

He delivered his acceptance speech partly in Welsh, +1, now he is trying to establish what purpose he and his party in Wales have


Making the rich richer and the poor poorer, he is a Ceidwadwr isnt he?
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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby brynpoeth » 11 Oct 2018, 9:37am

Plus One for the Harlech Dome/Rhinogydd, there are some great little roads with lots of gates, old hill forts, old buildings, the familiar smell of sheep, lots to see in a small area, great views to Yr Eifl

Which is your favourite corner of Wales?
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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby Cugel » 11 Oct 2018, 11:40am

brynpoeth wrote:Plus One for the Harlech Dome/Rhinogydd, there are some great little roads with lots of gates, old hill forts, old buildings, the familiar smell of sheep, lots to see in a small area, great views to Yr Eifl

Which is your favourite corner of Wales?


I enjoy most the lost lands east of Cardigan, up the Teifi valley and then into The Cambrian Mountains. (I would employ the Welsh nomenclature but who but you and Meic would know where I was on about)?

Perhaps if I mention Hinterland, the English (or even the Scots) will get an idea.....? So far I have avoided the murderous types the tele programme suggests inhabit the place. Rather I have found only very chatty folk who nevertheless refuse to speak Welsh to me, on the grounds that they can't. Only 9% in Wales can, according to the last count - annoying for we would-be learners. Most of them live in Pwllheli.

There are approximately 396,713 miles of yellow roads on which one car per day travels albeit there are 49 tractors. These roads are all paved with smooth black tarmac, which has been paid for by the EU just to annoy Farrago.

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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby brynpoeth » 11 Oct 2018, 12:23pm

Cugel wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:Plus One for the Harlech Dome/Rhinogydd, there are some great little roads with lots of gates, old hill forts, old buildings, the familiar smell of sheep, lots to see in a small area, great views to Yr Eifl

Which is your favourite corner of Wales?


I enjoy most the lost lands east of Cardigan, up the Teifi valley and then into The Cambrian Mountains. (I would employ the Welsh nomenclature but who but you and Meic would know where I was on about)?

Perhaps if I mention Hinterland, the English (or even the Scots) will get an idea.....? So far I have avoided the murderous types the tele programme suggests inhabit the place. Rather I have found only very chatty folk who nevertheless refuse to speak Welsh to me, on the grounds that they can't. Only 9% in Wales can, according to the last count - annoying for we would-be learners. Most of them live in Pwllheli.

There are approximately 396,713 miles of yellow roads on which one car per day travels albeit there are 49 tractors. These roads are all paved with smooth black tarmac, which has been paid for by the EU just to annoy Farrago.

Cugel


Best to try to have both in your head, Swyddfa Post/Post Office, Orsaf/Train Station, Archfarchnad/Superstore, Beic/Bike or Ceffyl haearn = iron horse = cycle

Llynnau Cregennan above Arthog is fantastic, one of my favourite corners
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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby AndyK » 11 Oct 2018, 1:05pm

Cugel wrote:
Perhaps if I mention Hinterland, the English (or even the Scots) will get an idea.....? So far I have avoided the murderous types the tele programme suggests inhabit the place. Rather I have found only very chatty folk who nevertheless refuse to speak Welsh to me, on the grounds that they can't. Only 9% in Wales can, according to the last count - annoying for we would-be learners. Most of them live in Pwllheli.l


I was tickled to find that the local council had produced a glossy tourist leaflet encouraging tourists to come and visit the Hinterland locations. "You've seen Wales on TV - it's dark and damp, the woods are filled with psychotics toting shotguns and the local police are all paranoid, socially dysfunctional and/or corrupt. Some English and Welsh is spoken, but most communication takes place through the medium of long, silent and vaguely hostile stares. Why not pay a visit?"

I managed to link three filming locations from the "Hidden" TV series into the Snowdonia cycle tour I ran in the summer: the semi-derelict boat workshop just outside Caernarfon, the farm gateway where the district nurse gets assaulted, and the drab council estate where the drug dealer and the dead girl's family live. Still working on finding the underpass where the student gets run over and the remote cottage where she's held prisoner. It's all lovely... :D

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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby Cugel » 11 Oct 2018, 6:40pm

AndyK wrote:
Cugel wrote:
Perhaps if I mention Hinterland, the English (or even the Scots) will get an idea.....? So far I have avoided the murderous types the tele programme suggests inhabit the place. Rather I have found only very chatty folk who nevertheless refuse to speak Welsh to me, on the grounds that they can't. Only 9% in Wales can, according to the last count - annoying for we would-be learners. Most of them live in Pwllheli.l


I was tickled to find that the local council had produced a glossy tourist leaflet encouraging tourists to come and visit the Hinterland locations. "You've seen Wales on TV - it's dark and damp, the woods are filled with psychotics toting shotguns and the local police are all paranoid, socially dysfunctional and/or corrupt. Some English and Welsh is spoken, but most communication takes place through the medium of long, silent and vaguely hostile stares. Why not pay a visit?"

I managed to link three filming locations from the "Hidden" TV series into the Snowdonia cycle tour I ran in the summer: the semi-derelict boat workshop just outside Caernarfon, the farm gateway where the district nurse gets assaulted, and the drab council estate where the drug dealer and the dead girl's family live. Still working on finding the underpass where the student gets run over and the remote cottage where she's held prisoner. It's all lovely... :D


I do know that the crime of drunkenness in a public place was (perhaps still is) prevalent in Lampeter. This is apparently due to all the students, many of whom may be studying Divinity or Mandarin, which is a very good reason for getting blotto on a Friday night (or any of the other nights; or days). And unless you like to sing, knit, paint strange watercolours or perform a host of other old-fashioned entertaining procedures, what else is there to do in Lampter? Do they have nightclubs, raves and so forth? Perhaps only the theatres where local amateur theatrics of an obscure kind are performed by slightly mad-looking folk, who are often old hippies originally from Shropshire or even Broadstairs.

There is rustling of the coos and sheep. Also the stealing of expensive farm gubbins. I do wonder if there are feuds of The Hillies & The Billies kind, in the darker corners where staring folk with lank hair peer over a tumbledown wall as one cycles past trying to say "Bora Da" without sounding English. In practice, most West Welsh seem quite gregarious and even grab one's bike if stopped at a junction, so they can talk to you for half an hour or even a whole one.

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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby brynpoeth » 11 Oct 2018, 7:16pm

Looking forward to your report from Llanbedr Pont Steffen, Cugel
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I think I might have passed through once, looks like one of the most unique University towns :wink:
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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby Cugel » 11 Oct 2018, 9:42pm

brynpoeth wrote:Looking forward to your report from Llanbedr Pont Steffen, Cugel
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I think I might have passed through once, looks like one of the most unique University towns :wink:


Reportedly, they have a "Cycling & Running Club". Does this mean cyclo-cross or perhaps bike theft of the snatch-then-make-off variety? In due course I will investigate, although I believe running to be an unnatural procedure best left to cheetahs and folk who just don't want to be caught by one.

The ladywife says she will join a choir. She will soon be making the tea! (I have heard her singing, which tends to wander up and down the scale and sometimes off it).

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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby pwa » 12 Oct 2018, 8:33am

On Wednesday afternoon my daughter (early 20s) took her bike to Cardiff's Maindy (outdoor) velodrome, the one where Geraint Thomas started. She was having a taster session with the University cycle club. I did warn her but she wouldn't listen. Every activity seemed to be at high intensity, with various persuit games going on. She couldn't keep up. I think everyone else there is heavily into training, and she's not. She's good for a twenty mile ride at 12mph. But she came back laughing so no harm done.

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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby meic » 12 Oct 2018, 8:53am

Only 9% in Wales can, according to the last count - annoying for we would-be learners. Most of them live in Pwllheli.

The latter part of that is Gog propaganda!
Those 9% mostly live in the counties of Gwynedd, Ceredigion and Carmartenshire. The Teifi valley is mostly in the last two of those.

Have you considered joining Velo Teifi? :lol:
From what you have posted on this forum, it would be right down your street. :mrgreen:
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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby meic » 12 Oct 2018, 9:04am

as one cycles past trying to say "Bora Da" without sounding English

You are always going to sound English but you could be a bit less obvious if you used the more colloquial "Siwmae*" instead of "Bore Da".

*Pronounced in various ways something like "shmai".
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