Category Archives: Wales

‘I fear ye man is lost’

A sad traveller’s tale from early 18th-century Denbigh, occasioned by this tweet: Ouch! #histmed #earlymodern accidents while travelling or working! — Lisa Smith (@historybeagle) September 19, 2016 In September 1726 the Denbigh coroner Thomas Lloyd, held an inquest and … Continue reading

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‘she was soe stuborn that she would give me noe answer’

The many headed monster is running an online symposium on the Voices of the People (and see #voxpop2015 on Twitter) which is well worth your attention, and Anna Jenkin posted a number of responses on Twitter, musing on how the … Continue reading

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Repost: Brrrr

[originally posted New Year’s Day 2005] Back on the beach this afternoon. It was colder than at midnight on New Year’s Eve. And it has been a little windy…              

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Repost: Learning Welsh in the sixteenth century

Originally posted here (June 2004). I got round to reading some of William Salesbury’s A briefe and a playne introduction, teaching how to pronounce the letters in the British tong… today. Rather different to Welsh pronunciation guides (this one has … Continue reading

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Repost: Wallography

Originally posted here, January 2005. In 1682, a satirical little book about the Welsh was published: Wallography, or the Britton described, by “WR”, an English clergyman named William Richards.* It purported to describe, first, a journey from London to the … Continue reading

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Lost in translation

This story is going around, but I’ll repeat it just for the fun of it: The Welsh actually means: “I am not in the office at the moment. Please send any work to be translated”. Oops.

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Shout it now!

GRAND SLAM!!! We did it! We did it! (I’m going to get plastered now.)

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Now, just maybe, the G- S- is on

Ireland 12-16 Wales. Oh my oh my. At this moment, Scotland and England are playing in simultaneously pouring rain and brilliant sunshine. A mudbath beckons. Yuck. Pretty rainbow though… Update: A Scotland win! Well well well. England were as abysmal … Continue reading

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