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On Fame John Keats

[embedded content]  1Fame, like a wayward girl, will still be coyTo those who woo her with too slavish knees,But makes surrender to some thoughtless boy,And dotes the more upon a heart at ease;She is a Gypsy,-will not speak to thoseWho have not learnt to be content...

To Autumn By John Keats

[embedded content] Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,    Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless    With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,    And fill all fruit...

Making the most of our landscape

Dr David Llewellyn is Managing Director of Blaengad Cyf. David is currently contracted to the Welsh Government's Valleys Taskforce to lead on the development of the Valleys Regional Park. This essay originally appeared in Metro & Me, a collection of essays exploring...

John Keats

[embedded content] Youth The son of a livery-stable manager, John Keats received relatively little formal education. His father died in 1804, and his mother remarried almost immediately. Throughout his life Keats had close emotional ties to his sister, Fanny, and his...

An Unexpected Peril Of Collecting

Hello there. Hope you're feeling well today.Since we started living in rented accommodation I haven't been discussing my collections all that much. Given that my main ones, football shirts and Penguin paperbacks are currently in storage. One day we will discover a...

Welsh Lib Dems Deliver for Rural Schools

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed the publication of Wales’ first ever Rural Education Action Plan which has been launched by Welsh Lib Dem Education Secretary Kirsty Williams.  Since joining the Welsh Government, Kirsty Williams AM has implemented a large...

Plaid Cymru Campaigning Review

New Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price AM has announced that former SNP Depute Leader Angus Robertson will conduct a root and branch review of the party’s campaign machinery to: "look at our structures, our operations, capacity and ability to secure victory for Plaid Cymru...

LDP = Labour’s Development Plan

The Labour Welsh Government is insisting that Welsh councils use flawed population projections to plan for future housing growth in Wrexham. The controversial policy will mean the council’s Local Development Plan (LDP) allocating land for an extra 12,000 houses across...

Whilst I Was Away

Hello there. Hope you're feeling well today.I've been away to see my mother in Essex for the past two days. And for reasons I won't bore you with I've neither had the time or the connection to make a post whilst I was there. It's good to be back I  Wales. Though the...

Hiding the fiscal facts

Tweet Nation.Cymru carried a piece yesterday about the response by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to a claim by Plaid that Wales isn’t getting its fair share of infrastructure spending.  The claim that Wales doesn’t get its fair share is a long-standing one, and I...

The Inner Demons of Yes Cymru.

Dost thou know the difference, my boy, between a bitterfool and a sweet fool? Lear Act I,4,663 In 1976 the distinguished Welsh Historian Glanmor Williams introduced me to a book by Norman Cohn called 'Europe's Inner Demons'. It dealt with a paranoid response by...

25% surge in Plaid Cymru membership in two weeks

Over 2,000 new members have joined the party since Adam Price was elected leader Plaid Cymru membership has increased by over a quarter since the party’s leadership election two weeks ago. This surge in membership, thought to be the largest weekly increase in the...

Determining where duty lies

Tweet There’s nothing at all unreasonable in the Prime Minister’s demand that MPs should ‘do their duty’ and ‘act in the national interest’ over Brexit; the problem lies in her insistence that doing both of those things necessarily involves voting for whatever she...

The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco

[embedded content] The labyrinth has been employed as literary symbol down through the centuries. Greek myths centered around the blind twists of these rat maces. Later, contemporary Latin American fiction was turned on its head, when Borges imagined the universe as a...

A new podcast!

I was delighted recently to do an episode of Martin Shipton’s podcast. As many blog readers will know, Martin is Chief Reporter for Media Wales, and a long-standing perceptive observer of the Welsh political scene. You can find him on Twitter: @ShiptonMartin He...

Pork Barrel Politics in Welsh Council funding?

porkbarrell SlangA government project or appropriation that yields jobs or other benefits to a specific locale and patronage opportunitiesto its political representative. I would be the first to admit that  "Correlation does not imply causation", but there seems to be...

Fair Trade threatened by cheap food

Traidcraft stalls have been a familiar feature in many churches for decades. As the company now faces closure, Lis Perkins, Fair Trade Champion for Bangor Diocese, pictured above, says it’s as important as ever to keep buying Fair Trade products. Read her blog...