(Please Note: When posting the Welsh Flag above it faces left-if you think of the Welsh Map it faces left away from England!)
History of Welsh Flags
As a nation with a long and storied past it is no surprise to discover that Wales has a myriad of flags, symbols and banners that represent the Country itself. Some are famous, some are forgotten a...
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
BBC News - Nominations deadline for Plaid Cymru leadership
Four candidates are in the running for the Plaid Cymru leadership battle, with nominations closing at midnight.
HOPE X Celebrate the Liberation of Hope by Owain Glyndwr
19 February at 12
BBC News - Welsh anthem beats God Save the Queen in sing-along study
The Welsh national anthem hits the right notes in a study by academics to find the best patriotic song when it comes to "sing-ability".
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
BBC News - Ann Romney's Welsh cousins back husband's White House bid
As Mitt Romney battles to claim the Republican nomination for the US presidential election, his wife's Welsh relatives are backing his bid for the White House.
Monday, January 23, 2012
BBC News - Organ donation: Church in Wales debate on presumed consent
The Church in Wales stages a public debate on plans to introduced presumed consent for organ donation.
News from my friend Gwenno Dafydd in Wales-see her links. She is noted for being co-author for song about St. David for St. David’s Day-March 1st! http://issuu.com/GwennoDafydd/docs/y_bwletin_-_gaeaf_2012_-_trydydd_blog_gd/5
Sunday, January 22, 2012
e-Petition:HANES CYMRU / WELSH HISTORYGalwn ar Gynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru i annog Llywodraeth Cymru i wneud Hanes Cymru yn orfodol yn ein hysgolion o saith oed.
Addysgu am Gymru oâ€™r oes Geltaidd hyd at y presennol, yn cynnwys Llywelyn, GlyndÅµr, pob Tywysog Brodorol Cymreig arall, Tryweryn, y Welsh Not, y Goresgyniad Normanaidd, y Ddeddf Uno a diwydiannu. Ymddengys nad yw hanes Cymru i gyd yn cael ei ddysgu, a rhai elfennau yn unig yn cael eu cynnwys i gyd-fynd Ã¢ chyfnodau a digwyddiadau penodol.We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to make Welsh History Compulsory in our schools from the age of 7.Teaching about Wales from the Celtic times right through to the present Day , including for example Llywelyn, Owain Glyndwr, and all other Welsh Native Princes , Tryweryn , The Welsh Not , The Norman conquest, Act of Union and Industrialisation etc. As It appears that not all of Welsh history is being taught and is selective to cover certain periods and events .
Sign Petition | National Assembly for Wales
lwn ar Gynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru i annog Llywodraeth Cymru i wneud Hanes Cymru yn orfodol yn ein hysgolion o saith oed
(Editors note: This opinion is by a friend of mine and I know that many Welsh react when people are in love with the Castles etc. but this is not Cymru/Wales today! I say to this when Independence comes to Cymru/Wales the attractions of Wales and it's history will be very important to Wales. I often say...."Dam nice of the English to build Castles in Wales to give Wales a leg up on the Tourist trade!!!!" LOL I am sure that Kristie here after visiting Wales many times sees the Wales of today as well as Wales in the past!!!!)
Wales is a country that is steeped in intrigue and mystery. As my family tree is deeply rooted in Wales and Scotland, it isn't surprising that these countries often call me "home."Message
After many trips to Wales, it is hard to pinpoint my "favorite" place to visit, but I'd have to say Pembrokeshire is high up there. My fascination with the medieval time period makes the area resonate with me. From the formidable Pembroke castle to the smaller castle of Carew, the history of the area comes alive.
Carew Castle, a Norman castle, had always struck me as a bit creepy. For some reason, it spooked me (which is abnormal, as I am usually the first to visit any castle!) In fact, it took me three trips to the area before I worked up the courage to visit. But once I walked through the entrance and spent some time within the castle, I was hooked.
Carew is a castle full of wonderful stories. One story is about Nest, a Welsh princess known as the Helen of Wales, who apparently caught the eye of King Henry I. Supposedly, she became his mistress and was then married off to Gerald of Windsor. One can only guess whether the marriage was a happy one or if it was purely a political alliance.
Nest and Gerald lived at Carew castle. Another man became enamored of Nest, and kidnapped her (some say with her consent). As the sounds of the invasion entered the bed chamber, Nest convinced Gerald to escape via the toilet shaft. This was not a dignified exit! But, he did escape and Nest was to bear her kidnapper children before being returned to Gerald.
I spent a while at Carew castle just meandering around the ruins as its history started to come alive. I could almost picture Nest standing strong against her abductor. Sitting there, I started to think about the families that made this castle a home over the centuries. Something about the castle tugged at my heart, and I wanted to stay there for a while, but the rest of Wales was beckoning. The rest of my day would be spent visiting Manorbier and Tenby before locating my bed and breakfast in Pembroke. Traveling is in itself fun, but traveling in Wales is pure joy.
More articles on Wales and travel can be found at my blog, www.DivorceYourTravelAgent.com. My book, How I Travel to Europe Every Year on a Teacher’s Salary, is also available on the website.