Why Are the Welsh Called “Taffy”?


Lifestyle

“Taffy was a Welshman, Taffy was a thief, Taffy broke into my house And stole a pound of beef” A nursery rhyme rarely told to children these days on account of being hugely politically incorrect, but when I was a barman in the English military town of Aldershot (many years ago!), I was known to […]

November 30, 2017

Leek Shriek


Food

LEEK SOUP So this is a leek soup, right?  A vegetable soup, made from the “badge of the Welsh,” Mrs Beeton called it back in 1861.  So why is the first ingredient a sheep’s head? a sheep’s head 3 quarts of water (well, you’re going to need that much if you’re looking to boil a […]

November 30, 2017

Gelert, the Faithful Hound


Folklore

When King John – he who battled Robin Hood – gave his daughter to be married to Llewelyn Fawr, he also presented his son-in-law with a puppy.  Gelert, the Welshman named it, and it grew into a strong, fierce defender and helpmeet of his master. When Llewelyn went hunting, Gelert bounded through the forest to […]

November 29, 2017

5 Things I Hate About Wales


Lifestyle

The Weather There’s no other word for it.  It sucks!  A northern latitude (Cardiff is on a parallel with Calgary) on the border of the Atlantic Ocean is inevitably going to be stormy.  This is weather that defeated armies!  People often ask why it took the Normans a couple of centuries to subdue such a […]

November 24, 2017

5 Things I Love About Wales


Lifestyle

The Flag is Awesome! It’s all about the dragon.  Let’s face it, most countries’ flags are pretty boring.  Just horizontal or vertical stripes.  The Banr Gymru would be as dull as Poland or Ukraine’s, but what other country has a dragon as a national emblem? It was based on the arms of Henry Tudor, and […]

November 24, 2017

10 Quotes About Wales by Famous People


Lifestyle

“Do you seriously expect me to be the first Prince of Wales in history not to have a mistress?” “In wales, it’s brilliant. I go to the pub and see everybody who I went to school with.  And everybody goes, ‘So what are you doing now?’  And I go, ‘Oh, I’m doing a film with […]

November 21, 2017