Lit. crit.

I’m going to wade into the controversy that has raged since the publication in June of the Welsh government’s Independent Review of Support for Publishing and Literature in Wales. The …

Merthyr moments

My partner has cancer. He has been so brave. We had to go to Merthyr for the next bout of chemotherapy. I had not set foot in Merthyr Tudful for at …

Wonders to behold

Why should I always produce original material and new ideas? Why can’t I just regurgitate hackneyed formulas and knackered stereotypes like everyone else?  Hmm, let’s see whether I can wring anything …

Council elections

Oh no, it’s voting time. Council elections for all 22 Welsh local authorities take place on May 4th. I will duly trudge to the polling station tomorrow, duly put my crosses next …

Have you considered going private?

MONDAY 8.00am precisely: Phone GP. Engaged. 8.01am-8.59am: Repeatedly phone GP every few minutes. Always engaged. 9.00am precisely: Phone GP. Receptionist answers immediately. “I’d like to make an appointment please.” “All …

Aberfan

Whenever the entire British establishment sings from the same hymn-sheet there is one thing you can be certain of: they are telling a gigantic lie. This is what we have …

One day by the sea

With apologies to Idris Davies (1905-1953) Let’s go to Barry Island, Malcy bach, And treat ourselves to one day by the sea And sweet air and brine and splashing waves …

Welsh election 2016

I’ve had a week to absorb the outcome of the fifth Welsh election – but my pain, outrage and anger is not really easing. Our tentative, fragile, infant democracy is …

Your Big Race Guide

23.oo Butetown WELSH ASSEMBLY STAKES (Class 5) (For unraced foals, broken geldings and ex-carthorses put out to grass) Winner: £15 billion annual budget   Runners: 6   Distance: 5 years  Going: Muddy   …