I started this blog in 2010 solely because I thought I had a book coming out imminently and someone told me every writer these days had to have an internet presence. Publication of the book, The Naked Guide to Cardiff, was delayed for a number of reasons – not least the vast task of editing my unwieldy draft manuscript down to size. The book will be out shortly, but this long wait meant I was obliged to regularly add content and the blog kept on expanding. Slowly it dawned on me: in Wales, where there is no indigenous English-language media, the blogosphere has special responsibilities and importance. The gaping chasms that a plural press would occupy in an independent country need to be filled, and all the divergent, dissenting, non-consensual voices silenced by the London-based monopolies in control of the Welsh media need a platform. What is taken for granted across the rest of the world is effectively non-existent in Wales. Therefore, in this blog I grapple with many roles that are going begging, neglected or just plain absent in Welsh public discourse: sociologist, cultural critic, political commentator, historian, polemicist, satirist, lampooner, humourist, essayist, controversialist, contrarian, poet, serious writer, propagandist for Welsh independence, football reporter and urban guide – and that’s just for starters. Readers will discover that there is no topic I consider myself unqualified to write about. Please note, this is a blog for adults – of all ages. When all’s said and done my subject is Wales, and if I have a theme it is this: make ‘em laugh, make ‘em cry, make ‘em think – that’s entertainment.
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