October 18, 2021 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. A shameful tragedy - remembered and never forgotten
September 10, 2021 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.
August 31, 2021 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
July 31, 2021 4 min read
July 10, 2021 3 min read
Offas Dyke is a 177 mile (285 kilometre) footpath that was officially opened on 10th July 1971. It is one of Britain's National Trails and is also Britain’s longest ancient monument. In the 8th century, King Offa of Mercia erected this wide border rampart to separate Wales and England. Much later, in 1971 Offa's Dyke path was placed alongside it, from Chepstow in South Wales to Prestatyn in the North.
June 01, 2021 3 min read
Cofiwch Dryweryn means “Remember Tryweryn” in English and it refers to the drowning of a village near to Bala in north Wales. The village was Capel Celyn and it was drowned to provide water for Liverpool. Twelve houses and farms were also submerged and 48 people out of the 67 who were living in the Valley lost their homes.
May 31, 2021 4 min read
May 14, 2021 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 newspaper reporter but it wasn't until 1932 when concentrated on his poetry full-time. He became popular in his lifetime and remained so after his death at 39 in New York.
May 10, 2021 2 min read
The National Flag of Wales is universally known to all Welsh men and women and to many others around the world. The Welsh flag has consistently been judged as one of the most iconic flags of the world, not just being of an arrangement of colours but that of a fiery Welsh dragon – Y Ddraig Goch!
May 01, 2021 2 min read
Today, 15th July is St Swithin's day and in Wales St Cewydd's Day. Traditional folklore and legend says that whatever the weather is like on St Swithin's Day - whether rain or sunshine - it will continue for the next 40 days and 40 nightsWeather experts says that since records began in 1861, there has never been a record of 40 dry or 40 wet days in a row following St Swithin's Day..
January 09, 2021 5 min read
Santes Dwynwen, St Dwynwen's Day is Wales' St Valentine’s Day, celebrated on 25th January and is the most romantic day in the Welsh calendar year. It is celebrated with the giving and receiving of cards and presents and by saying "I Love you" in Welsh, "Rwy'n dy garu di". Show your proud Welsh heritage and point of difference by celebrating St Dwynwen's Day as opposed to Valentines Day!!
December 31, 2020 5 min read
In the Welsh village of Cwm Gwaun (the Gwaun valley), near Fishguard, Pembrokeshire in Wales, locals are keeping old traditions alive by celebrating the New Year, known as Hen Galan, 13 days after everyone else. Back in the 1700s, the people of Cwm Gwaun used the Julian calendar and still do. New Years Eve is on 13th January!!!