Gwenllian, Warrior Princess of Wales


History

The mist is tears dappling my cheeks.  The winter’s cold seeps through clothes to clutch the soul.  Such blood.  Such heartache.  The wind blows a mournful gust, the howl of a hundred widows, for the blood of those who struggled to preserve their people, their livelihoods, their customs and laws, from the rapacious land grabs […]

January 31, 2018

20 Fabulous Welsh Phrases


Lifestyle

Are you embarrassed by your lack of Welsh?  Don’t know your popty ping from your smwddio?  Let us help.  Our handy word list may not be directly applicable to most everyday situations, but you’ll have instant kudos just for knowing them.  After all, how can anybody not be in awe of somebody who knows a […]

January 24, 2018

You Know You’re Welsh When …


Lifestyle

1. Your “butt” does not refer a part of your anatomy     2. Your bus driver is called “Drive.”  And you thank him when you get off.     3. “Tidy” means “good” or “well”.     4. You always start a lie with, “I’m not going to lie to you.”     5. […]

January 21, 2018

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Visit Wales


Lifestyle

It was cold.  The wind had howled all night.  The rain periodically lashed down, with occasional forays into sleet and hail.  But since when did a little water worry the Welsh?  They ought to be used to it be now! People were queuing up from 6.30 a.m. in Cardiff to get the best spots for […]

January 19, 2018

10 Places to Pop THE Question this St Dwynwen’s Day


Lifestyle

Jan 25th coming up, St Dwynwen’s day.  It’s cold outside but it’s warm in your heart, and maybe you’re feeling the need to ask a certain question of that very special person, on one knee, whilst brandishing a ring containing the most expensive stones you’ve ever displayed … Okay, so when you’re on your knees […]

January 17, 2018

Love — the Welsh Way


Folklore, Lifestyle

Is that love in the air? If you’re in Wales, and it’s January 25th, it most certainly is, because it’s St Dwynwen’s Day.  Here’s your complete guide to lovin’, the Welsh way. Who Was St Dwynwen? Dwynwen was a princess in the fourth century (so, late Roman Britain), the fifth of twenty-four daughters of the […]

January 15, 2018

Owain Glyndwr, the last Welsh Prince of Wales


History

If you’re Welsh, you know Owain Glyndwr like you know Sosban Fach.  If you’re not Welsh, you probably know him, if at all, as “Owen Glendower,” a character from Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part I, and think, “Who was he?”  It’s extraordinary that such a legend of one country can be so forgotten in the neighbouring country, despite having […]

January 12, 2018

Where the Welsh Blacks Came From


Folklore

A common question from visitors to Wales is “What is Welsh Black Beef,” especially when the juicy, flavourful meat isn’t black at all, but a rich, tempting red.  They’re sometimes surprised by the answer that the black refers to the colour of the cow.  The Welsh Black is small, but highly regarded for its weight; […]

January 9, 2018

8 Big Movies and TV Shows Filmed in Wales


Lifestyle

Wales is gorgeous, we all know that: dramatic, breath-taking, inspiring.  It’s hardly surprising we’re the land of song, because the landscape alone defies adequate description in prose. But surely, with these stunning vistas, Wales must be a big attraction for people who deal with stunning vistas?  Hollywood, for example, always on the hunt for a […]

January 7, 2018