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 …

They never went away

I feel like Heledd in Cynddylan’s hall, A roofless ruin amid a land ransacked, Or Taliesin seeing comrades fall As rampant Saxon brutes the corpses hacked, Or frightened Beuno by …

Risible

What can I get you, Archbishop? Tea? Coffee? A soft drink? Homemade turnip wine? Something stronger? Give me a large port. Umm…Rotterdam? How about a Bloody Mary? Be patient, Gerry …

Escape route

He waited until darkness fell. In comfortable walking boots, warm clothing and a waterproof hiking jacket with the hood up, he shut the front door as quietly as possible and …

Flora Cardiffia

I regularly used to drive up and down the M4 between London and Wales in the 1970s and 1980s, initially on a motorbike and subsequently in a car. When I …

This land

With apologies to Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) ♫ ♫ ♫ This land’s not your land, this land’s not my land From Capel Curig to Barry Island, From the Wentwood forest to …

The thing is…

A black cat came to the back door. A young cat, small and thin and nervous. Usually I shoo local cats away, to prevent them shitting in the herbaceous borders …

My Old Dutch

The recent death of Roy Hudd (1936-2020) was easy to miss amid the grievous tidal wave of death currently sweeping across the planet, so here I’d just like to put …

Pandemic pandemonium

There have been countless reactions to living through this extraordinary time of pandemic: anguished lamentations, deranged panic, long-haul stoicism, bogus casualness, oblivious disassociation, creepy anthrophilia, weepy self-pity, contrived defiance, Panglossian …