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    MORE FROM PAUL STEFFAN JONES: CLICK HERE Those who of us who live in Wales in these first decades of the 21st century can count ourselves lucky not to have witnessed terror attacks or heard the terrifying sounds of bomb explosions in our homeland. I don’t know what that says about us as a people: it’s true that we have our tensions, our divisions, our differences, but we have not succumbed to the tactics of the terrorist or experienced such retribution in our peaceful land as a result of the cynical foreign policy of the Kingdom that rules us. It was not always this way. In the 1960s...

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    MORE FROM PAUL STEFFAN JONES: CLICK HERE World war by its very definition touches many people in many places. Those tending the tranquil slopes of Mynydd Epynt and Mynydd Bwlch-y-Groes in Breconshire in late 1939 could have been forgiven if they thought that the war with Germany would not trouble them much especially as their’s were reserved occupations that made them exempt from conscription and their produce would be needed in the war effort. However, to their horror, the War Office requisitioned their homes in order to establish an artillery training range in preparation for the...

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    A new memoir published this week paints a vivid picture of life in the South Wales Valleys during the 1930s, and evokes the strong community spirit of the valleys in that period. In A Childhood in a Welsh Mining Valley, author and ex-Congregational Minister Vivian Jones recounts with great warmth his childhood in a working class family within the community of Garnant, a small mining village in Cwm Aman, Carmarthenshire. In those inter-war years, times were hard, labour was back-breaking and money, leisure time and material luxuries were in very short supply, but it’s clear that what joys...

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    FOR MORE WELSH RECIPES: CLICK HERE 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 from my village I was 15 and...

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    Slaughterhouse Wales


    MORE FROM PAUL STEFFAN JONES: CLICK HERE Welsh Serial Killers I grew up in a small village in West Wales. The nearest railway line had been discontinued two years after my birth and the motorway never got close. My best friend was the son of a Nonconformist Minister of Religion. As we were gradually shaped into nervous rebellion against our parents and the chapel, we became sucked into the darker regions of counter culture. We were especially interested in the Charles Manson story and quickly became aware that our little country seemed not to feature such a monster. Perverse pubescent...

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    UPDATE: This is just a brief note to say that since we announced closure of the site, a number of people have stepped up with proposals to prevent the site shutting down. I hope to get back to you all within a week or two with a more detailed report. Anyway, please don't give up on us yet.  (Meanwhile we will keep posting new content as normal) It is with regret that we announce the closure of this site. AmeriCymru will remain online until the first week of June 2017 but will no longer be under development. Associated promotional accounts on social media sites will also close. After...

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    Weather Forecast


    I wait for a storm that has a name more known than people I know vaguely more known than me I wait for a storm that knows me that names me ... BUY 'THE TRIGGER-HAPPINESS' HERE

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    Remember Remember


    MORE FROM PAUL STEFFAN JONES: CLICK HERE 5th November Remembrance Sunday then some wasteful argument about football players wearing poppies or not we escaped being defeated by German Wunderwaffe but still insist on such handbags I remember Jackie Leven a favourite crooner-writer who died in the same year as my mother I bought him a drink once the night he visited my county the kind of thing one does for one’s heroes when they make that journey when one makes that journey too ... BUY 'THE TRIGGER-HAPPINESS' HERE

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    COTTON WOLF: LIFE IN ANALOGUE


    Following the critical success of their three remarkable EPs, Moxa, Cloud City and Catapelt, the union of Welsh ‘Super Producer’ Llion Robertson and classically-trained composer Seb Goldfinch as pioneering musical duo, Cotton Wolf bears the fruit of their debut, full length release. Their nine-track album, Life In Analogue, is released on 28th April by Bubblewrap Collective both digitally and on vinyl. The pair’s return comes after two years of painstaking studio preparation, setting the dials for further public recognition after their 2015 release, ‘Moxa’, gained repeated radio play on...

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    MORE ON ANI GLASS HERE AmeriCymru: Hi Ani and many thanks for agreeing to this interview. I think many people will be excited by the impending release of your EP. Care to introduce "Ffrwydrad Tawel" for our readers? Ani: ‘Ffrwydrad Tawel’ is named after one of Wales’ leading contemporary artists Ivor Davies' major exhibition Silent Explosion/Ffrwydrad Tawel held at National Museum Cardiff in 2016. Ivor's use of colours and the Welsh language to express international dilemmas and frustrations really resonated with me and his work, not only visually, really inspired me. I had spent a few...

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