Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

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brynpoeth
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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby brynpoeth » 22 Jun 2017, 8:16pm

I love Canada, that string of a country along the US border, although I have never been there. But I read somewhere about a treaty on the rights of first nations. Only four countries did not sign it: USA, Australia, NZ (another promised land?) and Canada. Will Trudeau (the new Obama) act on this?
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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby Mistik-ka » 23 Jun 2017, 4:01am

brynpoeth wrote:I love Canada, that string of a country along the US border, although I have never been there. But I read somewhere about a treaty on the rights of first nations. Only four countries did not sign it: USA, Australia, NZ (another promised land?) and Canada. Will Trudeau (the new Obama) act on this?

It's a tangled and difficult issue, and the current government is making some improvements for indigenous people and how we as a nation behave. But the changes are being make very slowly, and a lot of poverty-related problems remain unaddressed. Mr. Trudeau talks the talk, but when it comes to talking action his government is often reluctant to walk the walk. :?

Send me your mailing address in a P.M. and I'll send you an interesting clipping from my local rural weekly paper which illustrates some of the complexities of trying to correct injustices that were committed a century ago.

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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby brynpoeth » 1 Jul 2017, 6:48pm

Dai Woodham and his Barry scrapyard

He bought hundreds of steam locomotives to scrap, but sold many of them (213, including 28 Bullied pacifics!) for preservation instead

The British heritage railways have too many locos, and too many big locos, +1

So we can enjoy bizarre sights such as two LNER A4s stopping at Medstead and Four Marks station on the Watercress Line with a four coach train
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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby pwa » 3 Jul 2017, 9:07pm

My wife took a German visitor for a walk near Ogmore Castle (S.Wales) on Sunday, crossing the river by the stepping stones and strolling into the village of Merthyr Mawr. The German lady said she had noticed how Welsh people say hello and smile at you when you pass them, which she was unaccustomed to in her home city of Berlin. As they walked they passed other walkers and time after time they got a friendly greeting, to the point where the German lady was forcing herself not to laugh. I'm sure there must be parts of Germany where friendliness on the streets can be found, but it is certainly common in Wales.

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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby brynpoeth » 15 Jul 2017, 11:35am

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/sho ... essentials

a few more reasons to love Wales

Microwave oven = Popty ping!

+1
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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby brynpoeth » 3 Aug 2017, 7:40pm

Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru started today, at Bodedern on Ynys Mon! A long week speaking singing and reciting Welsh, it is peripatetic and has been held in Liverpool, Birkenhead, even Llundain (London), next year it will be in Caerdydd

The international Eisteddfod is always held in Llangollen

+1 for Welsh culture
Cofio Tryweryn!
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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby reohn2 » 3 Aug 2017, 9:25pm

We were in North Wales today and were chatting with a Swiss couple on the dock in Conwy,they were telling us how much they were enjoying Wales and how friendly the Welsh people were.
I couldn't agree more :) .
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Postby brynpoeth » 11 Dec 2017, 11:25am

The Grauniad reports that Wales is the second-best country at recycling household waste
Germany is no. 1 of course
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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby brynpoeth » 4 Jan 2018, 2:07pm

:oops:
reohn2 wrote:We were in North Wales today and were chatting with a Swiss couple on the dock in Conwy,they were telling us how much they were enjoying Wales and how friendly the Welsh people were.
I couldn't agree more :) .


Did you visit the Smallest House? Only costs a quid, the lady keeping it told me many people did not want to pay so much! %(
It is a perfect TinyHome, +1

Looking after the house would be a good retirement job, one meets people from all over, most are friendly

Cycled to Conwy when I was in Wales, walked the town walls (free, a bit exposed)
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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby pwa » 6 Feb 2018, 8:25am

Just to tempt anyone with an interest in finding out about the former coal mining valleys of South Wales, an area that few tourists get to. Follow this shared use path up the Afan Valley, starting close to the home village of the actor Richard Burton (deceased). At the top of this long path you can transfer to the not-too-busy A road to ascend an Alpine style climb to the highest bit of A road in Wales at about 550m.

Alternatively, branching off at Cymmer you can go to the mountain biking centre near Glyncorrwg a couple of miles to the North.

Sadly the Google people have only got up a fraction of the path but you get the feel. Note the MTB trails going off to the side.

https://www.google.com/maps/@51.6339785 ... 6?hl=en-GB

High up, where the A4107 comes out to give you a view over Treherbert (several miles of descent to the railway station).https://www.google.com/maps/@51.6398479 ... 6?hl=en-GB

Afan Valley MTB Centre.https://www.google.com/maps/@51.6735689 ... 6?hl=en-GB

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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby reohn2 » 6 Feb 2018, 10:04am

brynpoeth wrote::oops:
reohn2 wrote:We were in North Wales today and were chatting with a Swiss couple on the dock in Conwy,they were telling us how much they were enjoying Wales and how friendly the Welsh people were.
I couldn't agree more :) .


Did you visit the Smallest House? Only costs a quid, the lady keeping it told me many people did not want to pay so much! %(
It is a perfect TinyHome, +1

Looking after the house would be a good retirement job, one meets people from all over, most are friendly

Cycled to Conwy when I was in Wales, walked the town walls (free, a bit exposed)

We were sat on a bench just outside the smallest house.I've never felt the need to visit but not because of the price but at 1.83m more concerned about banging my head on ceiling :shock:
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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby reohn2 » 6 Feb 2018, 10:10am

pwa wrote:Just to tempt anyone with an interest in finding out about the former coal mining valleys of South Wales, an area that few tourists get to. Follow this shared use path up the Afan Valley, starting close to the home village of the actor Richard Burton (deceased). At the top of this long path you can transfer to the not-too-busy A road to ascend an Alpine style climb to the highest bit of A road in Wales at about 550m.

Alternatively, branching off at Cymmer you can go to the mountain biking centre near Glyncorrwg a couple of miles to the North.

Sadly the Google people have only got up a fraction of the path but you get the feel. Note the MTB trails going off to the side.

https://www.google.com/maps/@51.6339785 ... 6?hl=en-GB

High up, where the A4107 comes out to give you a view over Treherbert (several miles of descent to the railway station).https://www.google.com/maps/@51.6398479 ... 6?hl=en-GB

Afan Valley MTB Centre.https://www.google.com/maps/@51.6735689 ... 6?hl=en-GB

What's betting EU money paid for some of that :wink:
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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby brynpoeth » 6 Feb 2018, 10:11am

reohn2 wrote:
brynpoeth wrote::oops:
reohn2 wrote:We were in North Wales today and were chatting with a Swiss couple on the dock in Conwy,they were telling us how much they were enjoying Wales and how friendly the Welsh people were.
I couldn't agree more :) .


Did you visit the Smallest House? Only costs a quid, the lady keeping it told me many people did not want to pay so much! %(
It is a perfect TinyHome, +1

Looking after the house would be a good retirement job, one meets people from all over, most are friendly

Cycled to Conwy when I was in Wales, walked the town walls (free, a bit exposed)

We were sat on a bench just outside the smallest house.I've never felt the need to visit but not because of the price but at 1.83m more concerned about banging my head on ceiling :shock:

Plas Mawr, the Big House, also in Conwy would be the place for you
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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby pwa » 6 Feb 2018, 10:35am

reohn2 wrote:
pwa wrote:Just to tempt anyone with an interest in finding out about the former coal mining valleys of South Wales, an area that few tourists get to. Follow this shared use path up the Afan Valley, starting close to the home village of the actor Richard Burton (deceased). At the top of this long path you can transfer to the not-too-busy A road to ascend an Alpine style climb to the highest bit of A road in Wales at about 550m.

Alternatively, branching off at Cymmer you can go to the mountain biking centre near Glyncorrwg a couple of miles to the North.

Sadly the Google people have only got up a fraction of the path but you get the feel. Note the MTB trails going off to the side.

https://www.google.com/maps/@51.6339785 ... 6?hl=en-GB

High up, where the A4107 comes out to give you a view over Treherbert (several miles of descent to the railway station).https://www.google.com/maps/@51.6398479 ... 6?hl=en-GB

Afan Valley MTB Centre.https://www.google.com/maps/@51.6735689 ... 6?hl=en-GB

What's betting EU money paid for some of that :wink:


Don't start!

It did, actually.

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Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

Postby brynpoeth » 6 Feb 2018, 11:10am

Ydw hoffi yr gymdeithas ewrop!
We love the EU!
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