Why Are the Welsh Called “Taffy”?


“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

5 Things I Hate About Wales


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


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


“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

What IS it With the Welsh and Dragons?

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They’re everywhere in Wales! In the flag; in logos; on T shirts and jewellery; in topiaries, bumper stickers and blankets, even holding up flower baskets. You can’t get away from dragons in Wales. Why this obsession with dragons? Red dragons, specifically. It’s all Merlin’s fault. One of the ancient Arthurian legends (and if King Arthurever existed, […]

September 18, 2017