Tory Welsh Secretaries

There have been 18 Secretaries of State for Wales so far and the current incumbent, little Alun Cairns, is the 10th Conservative in the post. The job, which supposedly obliges …

The gathering

They were all there… ♫♫♫ Paddy O’Hare and Billy McGrew And Mick O’Flaherty too, Tramadol Tess, Big Matt and Big Liz, Bigs Ron, Craig, James and Andrew, Big Chrissie, Big …

No place like home

Getting old has many disadvantages, primarily the consequences of cell death and physical decline. It’s an appalling process, made worse than it need be due to the complete lack of …

Oldest Cardiff pubs update

Sitting at my WordPress ‘dashboard’, feeling rather like Doctor Strangelove in his War Room, black-gloved hand hovering over the nuclear button, I noticed from the ‘top posts’ list that The …

First Minister’s Questions

Once a week, for 45 minutes on a Tuesday when the Assembly is in session, AMs have the chance to ask the First Minister one question plus a ‘supplementary’ follow-up. …

Artes Mundi 8

As I ascended the steps of the National Museum I consciously attempted to clear my head of any preconceptions – an essential exercise if one is to get to grips …

Coriander candour

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is an interesting plant. A member of the huge Apium genus of umbellifers, closely related to other important culinary plants such as caraway, carrot, celery, chervil, cumin, …

Poetry Corner

On the retirement of Carwyn Jones With apologies to E.J. Thribb (aged 17½) and his organ So. Farewell Then Carwyn Jones, You were the Third person to be First Minister …

Radio Wales at 40

BBC Radio Wales was launched 40 years ago this month and to mark the occasion Wales’ solitary English-language national radio station has been blowing its own trumpet even more than …