Monday 6 January 2014, 15:27
The date 8 January might not strike an immediate chord with most people but on that day in 1921 the British government, in the shape of its prime minister, David Lloyd George, took possession of an English country house that has since become synonymous with the premiership.
Friday 3 January 2014, 10:26
It seems that most parts of Wales are well represented when it comes to literature. From Glyn Jones and Alun Richards to Bobbi Jones and Gwyn Thomas, from the industrial valleys of the south-east to the rolling Pembrokeshire hills and the rugged mountains of the north.
Monday 30 December 2013, 13:59
When the nights are dark and the wind howls around the corners of the house, it is the ideal moment to gather the family together around the fire and enthral, intrigue and frighten them with stories of headless horsemen, strange apparitions and things like the mysterious corpse candles that once haunted...
Friday 20 December 2013, 12:53
When you look at the lives of famous Welshmen it is amazing to see how many of them were born during the Christmas period. Indeed, so many great actors, sportsmen and politicians entered the world around Christmas time that it's tempting to think some propitious guiding star was looking down on Wales...
Thursday 19 December 2013, 14:02
Dylan Thomas' superb radio broadcast A Child's Christmas in Wales – republished in book form many times – is such a powerful piece of writing that we sometimes forget other Welsh writers also celebrated Christmas in their work.
Tuesday 17 December 2013, 16:40
The Victoria Cross is Britain's highest award for gallantry, a medal that is rarely given but always hard-earned. Many VCs were won during the First World War but only one went to a man from Pembrokeshire. That man was Hubert William Lewis, always known as ‘Stokey’, and he came from the fishing...
Monday 9 December 2013, 15:07
Christmas is normally a time of goodwill and friendship to all mankind but in the 12th century such gestures and emotions were very far from people's minds. This was particularly the case in the now ruined Norman castle at Abergavenny, the scene of one of the most infamous massacres ever to take place...
Friday 6 December 2013, 11:25
Daniel Jenkyn Jones was probably one of the most important and significant of all Welsh composers. But these days he is rarely remembered.
In fact he is far more likely to be remembered for his friendship with Dylan Thomas than for his own unique talent – which is something of a shame because the man...
Thursday 5 December 2013, 10:22
The story of Arthur Owens, the Welshman who spied for both Germany and Britain before and during World War Two has become quite well known. His motives were always unclear and the web of intrigue that seemed to surround his various enterprises make him a fascinating character. But Owens was not the only...
Friday 29 November 2013, 10:36
The 19th century was the age of discovery and exploration. Africa was opened up, Australia developed, the northern reaches of Canada traversed for the first time. But above all, people were fascinated by the Polar regions. After all, who knew what riches might lie there and an easy route between the...
Wednesday 27 November 2013, 15:54
The School of Mines was the brainchild of some of the largest coal owners in the region and was funded by the levy of one tenth of a penny on every ton of coal that was produced from the coalfield.
Monday 25 November 2013, 10:22
The town of Carmarthen sits on the River Towy – actually the lowest bridgeable point on the whole river – some eight miles from the point where the Towy exits into Carmarthen Bay and is proud to claim that it is the oldest town in Wales. The statement has some credibility.
Tuesday 19 November 2013, 14:00
Gwyn Alf Williams was – and probably still is – one of the most renowned, admired, even loved, historians of the last 100 years.
It is unusual for academics to gain popular public appeal but that was something Gwyn Alf certainly did. He attracted a following of academics and lay people alike...
Monday 18 November 2013, 10:24
Ask anyone to name a famous Welsh artist and the chances are they would respond with Augustus John. The wild, bohemian painter cut a swathe through British art and social circles in the 1920s and 30s and was widely regarded as the country's premier living artist.
Wednesday 13 November 2013, 15:06
Chirk Castle sits south of the River Dee, not far from Wrexham, in a quiet and secluded part of north Wales. It was not always so, as this was the area where the Romans made their first incursions into Wales. The castle itself was one of the massive fortresses created by Edward I for his conquest...
Friday 8 November 2013, 14:50
The date 10 November might not ring many bells in people's memories. But the name Richard Burton certainly will. He was born on 10 November 1925 in the tiny village of Pontrhydyfen to the north of Port Talbot.
Tuesday 5 November 2013, 13:01
There is a belief held by many Americans that Jack Daniel, the founder of the company that produces the great Jack Daniel's bourbon, was Welsh. More specifically, people say he was from Dale in Pembrokeshire. Well, the answer to that one is yes – and no.
Friday 1 November 2013, 14:54
The athlete Steve Jones is one of those characters who are often overlooked by the press and public alike. He is quiet and modest about his achievements, but the fact remains that he is one of the most successful long distance runners ever produced in Britain.
Friday 25 October 2013, 11:36
Grace Williams was an accomplished, highly skilled musician and composer who managed to catch the heart and soul of Wales in her many compositions. To many students of music she is "the" Welsh composer, particularly in her vocal and later orchestral pieces.
Thursday 17 October 2013, 09:02
Chess expert, inventor and sailor William Davies Evans was born on 27 January 1790 at St Dogwells in north Pembrokeshire.
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