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We’re having the farce first

Tweet It was Marx (Karl, not Groucho, although in this case it could equally have been either) who said that history always repeats itself twice; the first time as tragedy and the second as farce.  It seems increasingly as though the UK Government has taken this on...

Eight years from Kristallnacht

As the bonfires go out in South Norwood we realise thati t's the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. And as its lights shines and are reflected shockingly on the teeth of Tommy Robinson we hear andsee the SA and SS march again. When the Poppy issue is debated and the...

Eighty years from Kristallnacht

As the bonfires go out in South Norwood we realise thati t's the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. And as its lights shines and are reflected shockingly on the teeth of Tommy Robinson we hear andsee the SA and SS march again. When the Poppy issue is debated and the...

Banned for being too political

I am not a great fan of Christmas adverts, especially when they are aired in November, but this is the Iceland one, which according to the Guardian, has been banned for being too political.The paper says that as part of the retailer's festive campaign they struck a...

Braving the Dragons – PRESS RELEASE

‘Braving the Dragons’ is the name of a conference that will explore the uncharted territory at the meeting point between art and archaeology. Leading practitioners in both disciplines will meet at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 27 and 28 February 2019 to explore ways...

Transformation must start with good design

Carole-Anne Davies is Chief Executive of the Design Commission for Wales. This essay originally appeared in Metro & Me, a collection of essays exploring the potential of the South Wales Metro as a catalyst for change.  In Paris in 2016, and later that year at the LSE,...

The Prophet Micah

[embedded content] Little is known about the prophet Micah beyond what can be learned from the book itself and fromJer 26:18. Micah was from the town of Moresheth (1:1), probably Moresheth Gath (1:14) in southern Judah. The prophecy attests to Micah’s deep sensitivity...

No Adam Price bounce for Plaid just yet.

Professor Roger Awan-Scully's the  latest Welsh Political Barometer once again shows that Wales seems to be moving in the direction of its neighbour and a two party system. The  new poll puts support for the main parties as follows (with changes on the last Barometer...

Why Wales Should Be A Republic

Hello there. Hope you're feeling well today.As a  nation the Welsh do appear to be pro royalty. The crowds are there when they deign to appear and when a royal wedding occurs it's women find it completely natural to watch someone else's nuptials. Even using the DVR If...

Time to smash the delusions

Tweet Yesterday’s news that a German company is closing its factory in Llanelli, citing Brexit uncertainty as a factor, *should* make people locally think about whether Brexit is such a good idea after all.  I doubt that it will, though.  We all see events through the...

Brexit Already Destroying Welsh Jobs

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have cited the recent announcement of the closure of the Schaeffler plant in Llanelli as proof that Brexit uncertainty is already hurting the Welsh Economy. The Schaeffler company employs more than 1,000 people across UK, with 220 of those...

Mental health & policing

Penny Price, Frank Bruno & Lisa Hale by guest authors Penny Price & Lisa Hale  Penny is the Service Manager for Adult Mental Health Services in South Powys. In late September 2018 she and Lisa Hale, manager of Felindre Ward, the inpatient mental health ward at...

The November Welsh Political Barometer

The darkening days have been brightened by the arrival of a new Welsh Political Barometer poll. This will be one of our most interesting polls ever, providing detailed evidence on public attitudes to Brexit and to the new party leaders (and candidates for the Welsh...

An introduction to Don Juan by Lord Byron

[embedded content] What does Don Juan tell us about Byron’s view of society and his fellow authors? Dr Stephanie Forward explains what we can learn from the poem’s form, narrator and reception. ‘…it may be bawdy – but is it not good English? it may be profligate – but...

The folklore of Ystradgynlais

Ystradgynlais Folklore The first legend found is a 16th Century farmhouse. We discovered it on our epic walk from Ystradgynlais to Coelbren and back via Ystrad Fawr The following tale concerning a haunting in Ystradgynlais was printed in British Goblins (1881) by Wirt...