I hope I don't grow old and declining
running out of ideas
running out of running out
depleted of free will
knowing that I will depend on others
burdened with unreliable memories
irredeemable consolation prizes
and an unreachable hole
where I used to be
with people who have since left
there's little certainty
a leaf lands where it falls
then is moved by a breeze
or the industry of insects
the tramp of shoes
I am but a leaf
from a great tree
I will land where I will fall
Here's the 6 Nations remaining games schedule - https://www.sixnationsrugby.com/fixtures
How to stream online free if you're in the UK and directions on how to stream via VPN from outside the UK are here - https://www.techradar.com/nz/news/six-nations-2020-live-stream-how-to-watch-every-rugby-union-game-online-from-anywhere
VOICES FROM WALES – FORTY-THREE OF FIFTY-TWO , AUNTY MAGS PART 7
Aunty Mags re-appears for another trip down memory lane with her reminiscences of family life in Carmarthen.
Ramblings and tales of Priory Street and the Printers Arms: hairdressers, horse fairs, tall jockeys, Great War farewells on a Carmarthen railway station, berserk horses and sapper trenches in Gallipoli. It’s all here!
There’s one more instalment! But I have been phoned and asked when am I coming up next as she has got loads more stories to tell!
Arts Council Wales and BBC Cymru Wales are calling for talented Welsh artists and bands to apply for the Launchpad fund this year. Aimed at emerging musicians that already demonstrate promise, Launchpad is part of the Horizons/Gorwelion scheme to develop new and independent contemporary music in Wales.
The Launchpad fund was launched in 2014 and since then it has invested £170,000 supporting over 170 new and emerging Welsh artists from all corners of the country.
The fund aims to support a diverse mix of musicians to develop their creative work, such as studio time and...
VOICES FROM WALES – FORTY-TWO OF FIFTY-TWO
We have been working on this video for the past six months off and on. It is part of an educational project on behalf of the Carmarthen Coracle Netsmen Association.
It was part funded by the Heritage Lottery. Alongside this on the People’s Collection of Wales is a vast archive of stories and tales surrounding the practicalities of coracle fishing and the myths and stories that have surrounded the fishing community of Carmarthen.
It has been put together as a heritage project for local schools.
Today is Australia Day (also referred to as Invasion Day by indigenous Australians)
On this day 1788, Mary Watkins, a 20 year old from the Vale of Glamorgan, along with four Welshmen men and two other women from Wales, were passengers of the six convict ships that had docked in Port Jackson (now known as Sydney) and a deputation had been sent ashore to establish the first permanent European colony on the Australian continent.
Mary's adventure had begun after being sentenced to seven years transportation overseas for stealing sixpence worth of clothing. She was boarded...
Today is St Dwywen's Day in 2020, the Welsh patron saint of friendship and love, you can find out more about her here: https://americymru.net/americymru/blog/940/dont-forget-st-dwynwens-day-january-25th-the-welsh-valentines-day?fbclid=IwAR1W3Cqjh2vjV0ddovu0guxwfUuqDdPhlGjmS43yqfSvHI5zn67bLQjX6Fw
And send someone you love a free St Dwywen's ecard, funny or serious, here - http://welsh-american-bookstore.com/index.php/st-dwynwen-s-day/rwcard/1/
VOICES FROM WALES – FORTY-ONE OF FIFTY-TWO
Mother Bear has been sick and poorly ill over Christmas and new year so hasn’t been able to get out and film any specific Xmas activity.
The natural storytelling of Margaret Lee is once again the subject. There’s not many left I promise!
Social history is so important, and everyone should archive their own in whatever way they can. In this digital world it’s easy to take photos but it’s just as easy to record testimonies through video or audio recording. I urge people to get out there and press the record button.
AmeriCymru: Hi Tywysog Llywelyn and many thanks for agreeing to this interview. Care to tell us a little about the genealogical background to your claim and title?
Llywelyn: Hello Ceri, and thank you for the opportunity and for what you have done with AmeriCymru. I recognize the duality of national identity and ethnic identity. AmeriCymru has done wonderful things for Welsh-Americans and the preservation of Cymraeg in the United States.
Yes, I would be glad to expand on this for you. I wish more people would take notice of what I am...
Searching for Songs
Hi my name is Chris Jones, I'm a traditional folk singer and musician from Wales. A member here on Americymru who is interested in the Welsh musical history and heritage of America. I suppose I'm doing the opposite to Welsh Americans who investigate their Welsh ancestry. My project is the reverse as I'm particularly interested in investigating Welsh folk music that would have been taken to America by the ancestors of today's Welsh Americans and rediscovering (hopefully) sources that still exist-particularly those that remain undiscovered, uncatalogued and...
MORE FROM 'Y TEITHIWR TWP' HERE
I am an obnoxious Cymrophile. Everyone I know knows that I am obsessed with all things Welsh. Over the last dozen years, I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Wales. It has always been in month to six-week increments. There are dragons all over my apartment. The lilting noises of that beautiful singsong language regularly float out my windows in blaring BBC Radio Cymru programs and online Welsh Lessons. But now, I am packing the dragons away, and moving out. I have four days left to accomplish this task, because I am becoming...
MORE FROM PAUL STEFFAN JONES: CLICK HERE A hill river in spate
in its pomp
its waterfalls are thunder
to its name
the call and response
of precipitation and gradient
the fall they call “snow”
is a curtain of moving water
frothing and seeming to boil
and the history
of the torrent
and all its previous versions
volumes speeds and force
have left on the bank
the size and shapes
of loaves of bread
roots are exposed
AS FEATURED IN THE DAILY EXPRESS AND WESTERN MAIL ABOUT THE CLASS
The new term will start on the week beginning November 25th. This course is offered in two-month terms. There are two class times available: a class for Beginning students and an Intermediate class.
This class is delivered in an invitation-only video conference on Google Hangouts. Materials and written discussion are on an invitation-only group here on AmeriCymru. To engage in the class, you must have an internet connection sufficient to engage in a Hangout, a gmail account, an...
BUY YOUR RED DRAGON STICKERS HERE
A well-known publishing company in Wales has decided to challenge the decision taken by the UK Government to include the Union Jack on new driving licenses by producing Red Dragon stickers to be placed in their place. In 2014 the UK Government announced that the Union Jack will appear on every new drivers license from now on appearing alongside the EU banner on the licenses of drivers in Wales, Scotland and England. The decision was strongly condemned by inviduals such as the MP for Arfon, Hywel Williams from Plaid Cymru. Over 3,000 signed...
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AmeriCymru: Hi Matt, care to tell us a little about your Welsh background and when you decided to become a chef?
Matt: My father Phil guy is from llanberis the foot of snowdon and works in the electric mountain my mother is from Deiniolen and a office administrator... they both moved in together in Deiniolen where they had me and two other sons, Justin also a chef and Simon who is a camera man for BBC Wales. I always wanted to be a chef from a very young age and I managed to get an apprenticeship at a hotel down the road...
MORE PHOTOS OF ELSA SPENCER HERE Many thanks to guest blogger David Dell for the article below about his aunt Elsa Spencer, "The Worlds' Premiere Parachutist" and for the superb pictures which are from plate photographs and have never been published before. You can buy David's latest book here:- Jack Swan: The Time Travel Disasters dgdfg
Cardiff, August 1919. Elsa Spencer getting ready to ascend from Sophia Gardens. Ernest Thompson Willows had the title "The Father of British Airships" and Elsa Spencer, enjoyed the title "The Worlds'...
On my return trip from the West Coast Eisteddfod in L.A. in 2011 I was able to break my journey in Hornbrook, CA and take some pictures of John Rees's grave and final resting place. Given that we know he was a stonemason in his youth, did he perhaps make it himself? Certainly it is one of the finest and best preserved monuments in the cemetary.
John Rees ( aka Jack the Fifer ) is topical because today ( Nov 4th ) is the anniversary of the ill-fated Chartist march on Newport in which he played a leading role..
The debate as to whether violence can be a...