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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 418

  1. From Pendine to America: the Flying Sweethearts

    Monday 22 July 2013, 09:00

    Over the years the sands have seen TT races, world land speed record attempts and tragic death, when JG Parry-Thomas died trying to regain the speed record in 1927.

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  2. The Barry railway scrapyard

    Thursday 18 July 2013, 16:50

    Railway enthusiasts quickly realised what a goldmine there was in Barry and flocked to the area in their thousands. And it was not just railway buffs.

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  3. Dan-yr-Ogof caves

    Friday 12 July 2013, 14:51

    The Dan-yr-Ogof caves, ideally situated for easy access between Swansea and Brecon, are one of the great tourist attractions of Wales.

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  4. The siege of Pembroke Castle

    Thursday 11 July 2013, 16:25

    On 11 July 1648 the siege of Pembroke Castle, which had begun eight weeks before, ended in the surrender of the garrison.

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  5. Jack Petersen, boxer without parallel

    Wednesday 10 July 2013, 15:46

    In the 1930s John Charles Peterson - Jack as he was universally known - was one of the most graceful and most popular of all British professional boxers.

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  6. The dragon roars - English language magazines in Wales

    Friday 5 July 2013, 16:22

    The first periodical in Welsh was published in Holyhead by Lewis Morris, and it pre-dated English language magazines in Wales by nearly 50 years.

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  7. Welsh trawlers at war

    Monday 1 July 2013, 11:46

    In all 136 fishing boats were lost during the Second World War, with over 900 trawlermen going to their deaths. And many of those men came from south Wales.

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  8. The death of the druids

    Thursday 27 June 2013, 11:10

    The druids, the supposedly human-sacrificing enemy priests, struck a chill in everyone's hearts, but it was the appearance of the women, wild haired and bearing torches, that most frightened the legionaries.

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  9. Gwenllian, Welsh heroine

    Friday 21 June 2013, 15:56

    From Llewellyn the Last to Owain Glyndwr, Welsh history is littered with examples of male heroes. Welsh heroines, on the other hand, are much harder to come by.

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  10. Lord Cawdor and the smugglers

    Wednesday 19 June 2013, 15:34

    John Campbell, better known as Lord Cawdor, is renowned as the man who beat the French when they landed at Fishguard in 1797.

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  11. Welsh rabbit – the furry sort!

    Monday 17 June 2013, 15:09

    These days rabbits are often kept as pets although rabbit meat is still considered a delicacy in many quarters. Yet they did not exist in Britain until after the Norman Conquest.

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  12. A moment of infamy

    Monday 17 June 2013, 10:00

    One of the pillars of the 1972 All Black pack – in his way as significant a figure as the legendary Colin Meads – was the six foot tall, 17 stone prop Keith Murdoch.

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  13. To boldly bowdlerize – Thomas Bowdler and the Swansea connection

    Thursday 13 June 2013, 15:57

    The idea for a watered down version of Shakespeare had been in Bowdler's mind for years, ever since his own father had first read him the plays during his childhood.

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  14. The Pope comes to Wales

    Tuesday 11 June 2013, 16:14

    On the morning of 2 June 1982 history was made when Pope John Paul II became the first reigning pontiff ever to come to Wales.

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  15. The fairytale castles of William Burges

    Monday 10 June 2013, 16:30

    No-one who has ever driven past Cardiff on the M4 can have failed to spot the fairytale castle that sits high up on the hillside, looking for all the world as if it had just fallen out of Cinderella's most imaginative dream.

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  16. Rudry community

    Monday 3 June 2013, 09:00

    The tiny village of Rudry sits to the east of Caerphilly, one of many small and sedate villages that dot the Welsh landscape.

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  17. Patagonia bound

    Friday 31 May 2013, 11:31

    On 31 May 1865 a group of 153 Welsh men, women and children set sail from Liverpool on the converted tea clipper Mimosa. Their destination: the Chubut Valley in Argentina.

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  18. Megan Lloyd George: a true heir

    Thursday 30 May 2013, 09:01

    In the 1930s and 40s, right up to her death in 1966, Megan Lloyd George was one of the most inspirational speakers and broadcasters.

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  19. One man's war

    Tuesday 28 May 2013, 09:00

    Some of the stories of the men who fought in the Great War are memorable, some are harrowing, some downright distressing. But all are fascinating, and none more so than that of Private Thomas Henry Thomas.

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  20. The Gresford Mining Disaster

    Wednesday 22 May 2013, 16:47

    At 2.08am a huge explosion rocked the mine. Fires not only killed 266 men, they also blocked access and trapped miners behind the flames.

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