Meic Stephens (1938-2018)

I only have to glance at my bookshelves to grasp the scale of the loss following the death of Meic Stephens in July. As anthologist, compiler, literary editor, translator and …

Mutant

Recently, to the annoyance of everyone I encounter and for reasons I struggle to explain, I have developed the habit of applying the Welsh language system of initial consonant mutations …

Cardiff killings

It seems like ages since I’ve done one of my indispensable Cardiff lists. So here, for some meaty holiday reading on the beach, is a grisly catalogue in alphabetical order …

Dic’s hoedown

♫♫♫ To the tune of Battle Hymn Of The Republic Mine eyes have seen the horror of the coming of the fraud, He is trampling on the values where enlightenment …

A bridge too far

Charles Philip Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor Ptang-Ptang Nickety-Nackety-Noo Die-Mummy-Die Saxe-Coburg-Gotha sneaked into Wales this week like a thief in the night to unveil a plaque in honour of himself. Surprisingly for …

Steelworks sonnet

Over the years my dear friend and neighbour Beth Clarke has raised thousands for the ‘Better Life’ appeal supporting the building of the much-needed All Wales Cystic Fibrosis Centre at …

That sinking feeling

For my birthday in early June my partner treated us to a mini-break in Talacharn (note: I reject the laughable anglo travesty ‘Laugharne’). We stayed in Browns Hotel itself, famed …