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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 409

  1. The Menai Suspension Bridge

    Wednesday 29 January 2014, 09:38

    On 30 January 1826, as bands played and spectators waved flags, sang popular songs and cheered their hearts out, the Menai Suspension Bridge was formally opened. Ynys Môn - or Anglesey as it also known - was at last permanently connected to the mainland of Wales.

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  2. Under Milk Wood, 60 years on

    Friday 24 January 2014, 10:10

    Ask anyone for the most renowned or most significant piece of writing by a Welsh author and the chances are they will respond with Under Milk Wood. The famous play for voices by Dylan Thomas has inspired and captivated readers and audiences for over half a century and shows no sign of any falling off...

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  3. Cardiff docks, boom before bust

    Thursday 23 January 2014, 13:01

    Many people look back at the years immediately following the First World War and believe that they were a period of total depression, a betrayal of the promise made to the soldiers and sailors of a better world for everyone.

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  4. Criccieth, influential beyond its size

    Tuesday 21 January 2014, 12:10

    The tiny town of Criccieth sits on the northern coast of Cardigan Bay, mid-way between the holiday centres of Porthmadog and Pwllheli and some 17 miles south of Caernarfon.

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  5. The Hound of the Baskervilles: A Welsh Story?

    Wednesday 15 January 2014, 14:23

    There can be little doubt that The Hound of the Baskervilles is Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous story. Dozens of films and television programmes have been made about the hound and the man who brought it to summary justice, Sherlock Holmes.

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  6. A town's bicentenary

    Thursday 9 January 2014, 16:46

    The year 2014 will be memorable for many reasons, not least the anniversaries that are undoubtedly going to be celebrated as the year unfolds.

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  7. Born on this day: Shirley Bassey

    Wednesday 8 January 2014, 09:39

    The life of Shirley Bassey is a genuine rags to riches story, one filled with amazing success and more than a few tragedies.

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  8. Disaster at Mumbles

    Tuesday 7 January 2014, 13:29

    Most people know about the famous Mumbles lifeboat disaster of 1947 when the complete crew of the Edward, Prince of Wales lifeboat, along with 39 sailors on board the Liberty Ship Samtampa, were lost during the course of one of the worst gales ever to hit the Bristol Channel.

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  9. Lloyd George takes a hold on Chequers

    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.

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  10. William Glynne-Jones, forgotten genius of Welsh literature

    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.

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  11. Corpse candles and phantom funerals

    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...

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  12. Welsh Christmas birthdays

    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...

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  13. A Welsh literary Christmas

    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.

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  14. Stokey Lewis, Victoria Cross winner

    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...

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  15. Treachery, stealth and slaughter at Abergavenny Castle

    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...

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  16. Dan Jones, composer, author and friend of Dylan Thomas

    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...

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  17. Spies, lies and espionage during wartime Wales

    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...

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  18. The exploration ship Erebus

    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...

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  19. The School of hard rocks

    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.

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  20. Carmarthen town

    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.

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