What a woebegone world

With apologies to Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) and Bob Thiele (1922-1996) & George Weiss (1921-2010) I see forests burnAnd heat domes fry,Foretastes of doomFor you and I,And I think to myselfWhat …

Useful new amenity

The UK government, in close collaboration with its ideological partner Cardiff Council, kindly intend to provide the capital of Cymru with a much-needed facility: an all-purpose place where citizens can …

Eclipse in Amsterdam

To tell the truth, I’m relieved. The stress was becoming unbearable. Now I can relax, sit back and enjoy the rest of the tournament as a dispassionate neutral, the familiar, …

The Italian job

I hold one person solely responsible for the defeat in Rome: me. I foolishly departed from the highly successful strategy that has worked so well in the last few years …

Wales 2 Turkey 0

With apologies to Evan James (1809-1878) and James James (1832-1902) – and the people of Wales! ♫ To the tune of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau ♫ My head’s in a …

Well I never

About 10 minutes into Wales’ opening Euro 20201 match against Switzerland I realised that my heart was racing alarmingly. I just couldn’t take it. So I muted the TV and …

Bring it on!

After a year-long delay there are only a few days to go before Wales embark on a second consecutive European Championship finals tournament. Acting manager Rob Page has assembled his …

Cardiff catch-up

What with one thing and another I haven’t written much about contemporary Cardiff for quite a while. It’s time for a bit of a catch-up, looking at 10 selected topics …

Senedd election dissection

My reaction to the election outcome is a massive sense of relief, almost (but not quite) bordering on joy. First and foremost, the seven seats captured in 2016 by UKIP’s …