Footie’s back!

International football has tentatively returned in empty stadiums after a six month hiatus. There’s now a huge backlog of fixtures stacked up that must be crammed into the already packed …

Sion Eirian (1954-2020)

Wales feels a poorer, diminished place following the death in June of playwright, poet, novelist and scriptwriter SiĆ“n Eirian. We have been deprived not just of his multi-talented artistry and …

Teach yourself American

The English language has long been an insatiable borrower of vocabulary from other languages, a consequence of the English being insatiable invaders of other countries, but there’s something categorically different …

Pubocalypse 9

Pandemic fall-out is likely to mean that a lot of the pubs ‘temporarily’ closed during lockdown will never open again. The random, spontaneous social mixing intrinsic to a public house …

Janek Alexander (1958-2020)

Janek Alexander, who died in April following infection by coronavirus, made an immense, immeasurable contribution to the cultural life of Wales. During a 30-year career at Chapter in Canton he …

Welsh lives matter

Leader of Cardiff council Huw Thomas has supported the totally justified calls by the Black Lives Matter movement for the removal from City Hall of the statue of murderous slave …

Nomads the champions

This month I should have been revelling in Wales’ Euro 2020 campaign, but the tournament has been delayed for a year due to the pandemic. The pause in international football …