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   …

Geiriau yn eich clust

Llongyfarchiadau i Ifor ap Glyn, sydd wedi cael ei benodi fel Bardd Cenedlaethol Cymru gan yr Academi Gymreig – y pedwerydd Bardd Cenedlaethol ar ôl Gwyneth Lewis (2005-06), Gwyn Thomas …

Dance in Wales

A new Cardiff event is being launched this November: the Cardiff Dance Festival. Funded by the Arts Council of Wales and Cardiff Council, it is the brainchild of Chris Ricketts …

On Newport Wetlands

Much has been said and written over the years about Cardiff’s various relationships with other cities, especially Swansea, Bristol and London. But Cardiff’s relationship with Newport, its nearest neighbour and …

Holidays at home

In 2013 the Welsh government published a ‘Strategy for Tourism’ which, when stripped of corporate-speak jargon, aspirational drivel, happy-clappy wishful thinking, self-boosting puffery and general gobbledegook, boiled down to “We must …

The Welsh Play

The 10th anniversary of the opening of the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) in Cardiff Bay gives me a reason to tackle a topic I’ve not yet properly covered on this …