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Phil Carradice Phil Carradice Delve into the rich history of Wales – from ancient myths and legends right up to the present. Blog posts in total 386

  1. Geoffrey of Monmouth: making fact out of fiction

    Friday 13 July 2012, 17:20

    For hundreds of years the standard history of Britain was the one supplied by an obscure teacher, writer, cleric - and, later, priest - of dubious Welsh connections. His name was Geoffrey of Monmouth and his words were believed implicitly, from the time of their creation in the 12th century right down...

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  2. The 1925 Battle of Ammanford

    Wednesday 11 July 2012, 11:25

    The industrial history of Wales is studded with strikes, lock outs and riots but one series of violent altercations between striking miners and the forces of law and order that now seems almost forgotten - at least by a large portion of society - is the Ammanford anthracite strike of 1925.

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  3. The marvellous Morgans

    Monday 9 July 2012, 11:00

    We all know the old jokes and one-liners, the sayings or references to peoples names that are supposed to be typical of Wales - Jones the Milk, Jones the Bread, even Jones the Spy. But there are plenty of other names apart from Jones that are representative of Wales and the Welsh nation. Take Morgan...

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  4. The lakes of Wales

    Friday 29 June 2012, 15:52

    When we consider the geography of Wales we invariably think of hills and mountains. Yet Wales is also a country of lakes. They may not be huge or extensive, like those in Cumbria, but they are significant and they make up an important part of our topography.

    In total, the lakes of Wales occupy a surface...

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  5. The story of Corona pop

    Tuesday 26 June 2012, 11:00

    From the 1920s through to the end of the 1980s the sight and sound of the Corona pop man meant delight for thousands of children across the whole of Britain. It was a Welsh success story that has gone down in legend and remains an important part of the country's social history.

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  6. Earthquakes in Wales

    Thursday 21 June 2012, 17:55

    We are used to hearing news of earthquakes in the developing countries or places such as New Zealand. Most of the time we might empathise briefly with the victims before then get on with our daily lives. Thank God such things don't happen here, we say to ourselves. But they do.

    Several hundred earthquakes...

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  7. Llantwit Major: seat of learning

    Wednesday 6 June 2012, 14:50

    These days visitors to the tiny community of Llantwit Major (Llanilltud Fawr in Welsh) will know it as a sleepy little town, the third largest in the Vale of Glamorgan - smaller than Barry and Penarth, but larger than nearby Cowbridge.

    Yet this small...

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  8. Joe Bach: A Polish artist in Wales

    Wednesday 23 May 2012, 15:48

    His name was Josef Herman and he came from Poland. But to the people of Ystradgynlais in the Swansea Valley he was known simply as Joe Bach and accepted as one of them.

    Herman was an artist and regularly used the miners of the village as his subjects. The...

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  9. Aberystywth v Cardiff - the battle for the National Library of Wales

    Monday 14 May 2012, 16:10

    The National Library of Wales is one of the country's great institutions. It sits high on Penglais Hill in Aberystwyth, overlooking both the town and Cardigan Bay.

    The library holds over four million printed volumes as well...

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  10. Ghosts and legends along the Welsh coast

    Friday 4 May 2012, 12:05

    On 5 May the Wales Coast Path is due to be fully open. It stretches for the complete length of the Welsh coastline, a distance of over 850 miles, and has been several years in the making.

    Walkers will be able to enjoy some of the most spectacular...

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  11. Follow in the footsteps of pirates and smugglers on the Wales Coast Path

    Wednesday 2 May 2012, 14:00

    Anyone walking the new Wales Coast Path - due to be opened in its entirety on Saturday 5 May 2012 - cannot fail to be impressed, even inspired, by the rugged grandeur of the coastline. Towering cliffs, long stretches of golden sand, isolated coves and hidden inlets or bays mark the area as something...

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  12. Disaster off Freshwater West

    Friday 27 April 2012, 14:08

    On Easter Sunday 1943 (25 April), gale force winds and wild seas were lashing at the coast. Close to land, among the giant breakers and rolling waves of the storm, at the west Wales beach of Freshwater West a tragedy of monumental proportions was beginning to unfold.

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  13. John Batchelor - 'The friend of Freedom'

    Tuesday 24 April 2012, 11:37

    Most visitors to Cardiff have seen his statue, isolated but resplendent in the Hayes. Quite often he sports a traffic cone or a waste paper bin on his head or arm - student humour seems to have changed very little over the years. But very few people know much about the man himself.

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  14. The Mumbles lifeboat disaster of 1947

    Friday 20 April 2012, 10:00

    As far as sailors are concerned the land bordering the Bristol Channel, and in particular its northern extremity, has always been a dangerous and deadly stretch of coast.

    This part of the estuary has seen hundreds, perhaps thousands, of shipwrecks over the years but none is more famous or more tragic...

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  15. Titanic - the Welsh Connections

    Friday 13 April 2012, 15:00

    This weekend sees the 100th anniversary of one of the most tragic and dramatic of all sea disasters, the loss of the White Star liner RMS Titanic. The story, of course, is well known.

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    On the night of 14/15 April 1912, the Titanic was on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic, ploughing steadily through...

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  16. The 1953 Pendine murders

    Wednesday 4 April 2012, 10:55

    The tiny Carmarthenshire village of Pendine is usually remembered for attempts on the world land speed record by people like Sir Malcolm Campbell and John Parry-Thomas back in the early 20th century. But in the autumn of 1953 the seaside village was in the news again, this time as the scene of a grisly...

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  17. Edward Thomas: Welsh poet, English traditions

    Wednesday 28 March 2012, 11:15

    When you think of Welsh poets, English language Welsh poets that is, your mind invariably turns to Dylan Thomas and RS Thomas. Possibly you might consider Alun Lewis, W H Davies or even Dannie Abse. But rarely do people think of Edward Thomas, a man who was born in London but who was, all his life, inordinately...

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  18. Johnny Onions

    Monday 26 March 2012, 11:58

    The name Johnny Onions - Sioni Wynwns in Welsh - was a term of endearment, a nickname, given to any and all of the onion sellers from the Roscoff area of Brittany who came to Wales and most parts of Britain in great numbers during the 20th century.

    In particular, Johnny Onions was a familiar sight in...

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  19. The legend of Cantre'r Gwaelod

    Thursday 22 March 2012, 14:20

    There are many people from Wales - and visitors, too, come to that - who will swear that, standing on the cliffs of Cardigan Bay on a bright sunlit day, they have seen buildings shimmering under the waves. Or, walking the coast at dusk, to have heard bells ringing from far out under the sea.

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  20. William Williams, Pantycelyn

    Friday 16 March 2012, 14:00

    William Williams remains one of the great religious figures of Wales. Along with Daniel Rowland and Howell Harris, he dominated Welsh religious thinking and attitudes for much of the 18th century.

    Born in 1717, Williams is often known simply as Pantycelyn, the name of the farm on which he lived most...

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