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Newsfeed.Cymru ran as an experiment for several years. The aim was to highlight news sources which didn't come from the mainstream, but reflected the diversity of political, geographical and social reality in Wales. With very limited support from donors, we have taken...

The Book I Probably Took Too Personally

Hello there. Hope you're feeling well today.So this is the latest library book I've read. Rhys Thomas - The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway I have already mentioned this book in an earlier post. Annoyed as I was in an assertion it made that an only child is a lonely...

Teaching the new curriculum: time will tell

It is an exciting time to be a teacher in Wales. The implementation of the new curriculum is an opportunity for change. This ‘shake up’ of education can seem completely overwhelming because of the extent of the change, but I am sure that many teachers and parents will...

Leadership hopefuls

Some of the runners and riders in the Tory Donkey Derby managed some interesting quotes following yesterday’s elimination of the three lowest-placed candidates.  Rory Stewart, who scraped into seventh place with 19 votes, was pleased with that number, because prior to...

Setting tough targets

I wouldn’t normally tend to endorse any of the candidates for the leadership of the Tory party – they all seem pretty dire to me.  I was, though, struck by something that ‘the Saj’ said yesterday in his pitch.  He argued that he was different, an outsider, just like...

Ford: The Brexit connection

This article was originally published in the Western Mail   Last week a story broke that in other times would have commanded the headlines of the national press for weeks because it speaks so loudly not only of a sickening blow to a Welsh community, but also of the...

The universe might not be big enough

Infinity is a difficult concept to explain, but the old sayingthat given an infinite number of monkeys with an infinite number of keyboards and an infinite length of time, one of them would end up typing out the complete works of Shakespeare, correctly spelled and in...

How Cool is Now?

This article was originally published in the welsh agenda: issue 62   2019 will see some significant anniversaries for Welsh institutions both pop and political. Among those turning fifty this year are Manic Street Preachers’ Nicky Wire and James Dean Bradfield, as...

Ford Bridgend Plant Closure

Last week saw the devastating news of the planned closure of the Ford engine plant in Bridgend. A decision that has caused widespread uncertainty for thousands of directly and indirectly employed workers in the local community and beyond. The Green Party has long...

Bishop of Monmouth election

The election of the next Bishop of Monmouth will be held in September. Newport Cathedral will be closed and locked on September 17 as an Electoral College of people drawn from all over Wales, will meet inside to nominate and then vote on a confidential list of...

Shared Prosperity Fund must deliver for Wales

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have called on the UK Government to ensure the Shared Prosperity Fund delivers for Wales ahead of this afternoon’s Senedd debate. The Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling for the fund to ensure Wales receives not a penny less than it...

A benefit tribunal in Swansea……

    I have a very rewarding career, in addition to being a Psychotherapist I represrnt people at benefit Tribunals. I love my job and I win about 90% of the cases. I am disanled myself and partially sighted. I have a whire stick and have a deep understanding of both...

What a strange coincidence – or maybe not

It seems to be a well-established practice that all spending pledges made by the Labour Party must be accompanied by a detailed analysis of where the money will come from, whilst Conservative politicians are allowed to make wild promises as and when they wish,...

A Parable ……….

A Parable ..........David and Mair ran a little market stall. They sold cakes and bread. Their scones were to die for. It was a busy little stall. Many people visited their stall at least once a week. Others came into the market for other things like fish or...

Electoral arithmetic

Last week, the leader of Nigel Farage plc demandedthat his ‘party’ be given a role in future negotiations over Brexit, whilst also demanding that the UK leave the EU without conducting any such further negotiations.  His basis for issuing this demand was that his...

One rule for us…

As various Tory leadership candidates line up to confess to the usage of controlled and illegal substances in their youth, they are asking us to judge them not on the ‘mistakes’ they made many years ago, but on their record since.  At first sight, this is an entirely...

Dads,Daughters and Dyeing

Hello there. Hope you're feeling well today.Well daughter has done something that she's wanted to do for a few years now. I return from work to discover she has dyed her hair.I have been against it since the first time daughter mentioned the subject years ago. But...

Sera – Rabbit Hole

There was a time when Welsh language singers switching into English was tricky to say the least. Thankfully these days artists such as Al Lewis can switch back and forth with apparent ease and at the same time take the audience with them. Sera is already well...

Go Green Day Poster Challenge

Young people here and around the world are speaking out about Climate Change and its causes. Take our Go Green Day poster challenge and make your voice heard. Do you know about climate change? What’s causing it? What can be done? Here’s a very brief summary…Most cars,...

Dead Method – Codeine Culture EP

Wales has a growing number of high quality electro acts and at the top of this field are Dead Method who, alongside Hvnter & Hana2k, complete the holy trinity of Welsh electro pop. The music here is often dark, brooding and at its best simply beautiful as in the epic...