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 …

Reading, writing and rhetoric

I live the life I always wanted: the writer’s life. Somehow or other, I attained this life without resources, assistance, support, encouragement, inheritance, privilege, patronage, influential friends and nepotistic networks, …

Mind over matter

He was born into abject poverty and deprivation. His youth was blighted by brutal oppression and shocking bereavement. He contracted polio at age 17 and spent two years seriously ill …

Lemon aid

Such is the truly horrifying state of Cardiff, of Wales, of the UK, of Europe and indeed of the entire planet from pole to pole…and such is the ever-accelerating momentum …

Oneupmanship

I don’t drink, I don’t smoke and I don’t swear. Bloody hell, I left my pipe in the pub! I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t swear and I …

Hat-trick chronicles

Pondering the three opponents that Wales will face this summer in Group A of Euro 2020 (Italy, Switzerland and Turkey), I can’t help but remember the last time Wales played …

Parish pimp

Other than parts of Cardiff Castle, the solitary building left in Cardiff city centre that predates the industrial revolution is the parish church of St John the Baptist. As such, …

Back by popular demand

ACROSS 1 You’re looking at it: the first hybrid of 17 (6) 5 Vroom! Fiat’s uneven heave (5) 9 Time with a batty gnat such as Ann Widdecombe? (9) 10 …

Paul Turner (1945-2019)

Film director Paul Turner, who died in November, belonged to a small, select and precious sub-strand within Welsh society: the intelligent, civilised English incomer who evolves into a passionately pro-independence …