Dylan Thomas

by Morgana . October 22, 2020 3 min read

Born on 27th October 1914 Dylan was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems, Do not go gentle into that good night, And death shall have no dominion, and Under Milk Wood. Thomas left school to be a junior newspaper reporter and in 1932 he concentrated on his poetry full-time. He became popular in his lifetime and remained so after his death at 39 in New York City.

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Aberfan Disaster

by Morgana . October 15, 2020 5 min read

Aberfan is a former coal mining village near to Merthyr Tydfil. The Aberfan disaster was the catastrophic collapse of a coal tip that engulfed Aberfan and its school. It occurred at 9.13am, 21st October 1966 – the stopped clock image encapsulates that moment in time. No survivors were found after 11.00am that day. 116 children and 28 adults died.  Aberfan – remembered and never forgotten...

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Caerphilly Castle

by Morgana . September 28, 2020 3 min read

Occupying over 30 acres, Caerphilly Castle (Castell Caerffili) is second only to Windsor Castle in terms of its sheer size. A ground-breaking design, the castle is heralded as having first introduced the classical concentric design to Britain in the thirteenth century.  It remained an active fortification until the English Civil War. With its violent past now consigned to the pages of history, the castle is a significant and popular tourist attraction.
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Owain Glyndŵr Day, 16th September

by Morgana . September 16, 2020 13 min read

Owain Glyndŵr  Day, 16th September, commemorates the last native Welshman to hold the title Prince of Wales. Today, he is a figure of mass culture in Wales, with statues, flags and monuments alongside pubs and street names remembering him. He is possibly one of the greatest Welshmen of all time if not the greatest. His name is still remembered and revered today.

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Calon Lan Lyrics

by Morgana . August 19, 2020 5 min read

Calon Lân is a Welsh language song written in the early 1890s. Daniel James, also known by his bardic name of Gwyrosydd, wrote the lyrics and John Hughes the tune. Although both Daniel and John both lived in Swansea, it was in Blaengarw that Daniel wrote the famous words allegedly on the back of a 'fag'  packet. Although Calon Lân has been translated into English, it is almost always sung in Welsh.

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Myfanwy

by Morgana . August 16, 2020 4 min read

Joseph Parry arguably Wales' greatest composer, is a famous son of Chapel Row, Cyfarthfa, Merthyr Tydfil. He composed over 400 Hymn tunes, three hundred songs, and 300 anthems, chorales and other orchestral pieces. Yet this talented man was born into poverty

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10 Beautiful Welsh Songs and their Lyrics

by Morgana . August 10, 2020 10 min read

10 beautiful Welsh songs with lyrics including famous 'old' songs together with some newer ones. Staring with our National Anthem and finishing with two famous Welsh songs, Calon Lan and Myfanwy. It also include songs by Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Dafydd Iwan, Max Boyce and Tom Jones. All Welsh songs have the full lyrics, Welsh and English

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Saint Tydfil's Day

by Morgana . August 02, 2020 5 min read

Saint Tydfil (Tudful in Welsh) is the dedicatee of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. The old parish church of St Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil is dedicated to her and is reputed to be the site of her death. According to legend, Tydfil was the twenty-third daughter of Brychan, king of Brycheiniog, by his fourth wife. St Tydfil's Day is celebrated each 23rd August.

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Gee Ceffyl Bach - Welsh Nursery Rhyme

by Morgana . August 01, 2020 2 min read

Gee ceffyl bach is a beautiful nursery rhyme and is regularly searched for on this website. So here it is with an English translation. Here's the first verse...

Gee ceffyl bach yn cario ni'n dau, dros y mynydd i hela cnau,ŵ dwr yn afon a'r cerrig yn slic, cwympo ni'n dau, wel dyna i chi dric!

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28 Welsh House Names

by Morgana . May 01, 2020 3 min read

House names in Wales, in the Welsh language are part of a very distinctive, cultural and linguistic heritage. The Welsh language is one of the oldest living languages in Europe and many house names together with the names of farms, a features in the countryside and other geographical landmarks form part of this rich heritage. Here's 28 names, one for each letter of the Welsh alphabet.

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Welsh Rarebit

by Morgana . April 23, 2020 3 min read

Welsh rabbit (original spelling) or Welsh rarebit is a traditional but famous Welsh dish. Basically, it’s combination of hot melted cheese on toast which is a winning combination on any day. The first and most important thing to understand is that rarebit is not a word that is used in any other context. It only exists next to the word Welsh when referring to the dish Welsh rarebit

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25 Points in History for Cardiff, Capital of Wales

by Morgana . March 09, 2020 3 min read

Cardiff has been the capital city of Wales since 1955. It is the most important administrative, shopping, and cultural centre in the country. It is also the headquarters for many national organisations and government departments including the Senedd (the Wales Parliament). Here are 25 points in the history of Cardiff in the two hundred years from 1800 to 1999.

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