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Rhys Ifans, speaking Welsh and being an outsider in your homeland

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:48 UK time, Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Local boy turned Hollywood actor and proud Welshman Rhys Ifans makes some interesting comments in the Observer Magazine and on which your thoughts would be welcome:

'We lived near the border with England, where the choice was stark. You could either succumb to the encroachment or dig your heels in and resist. I dug my heels in, but I always had my eye on the horizon. There was a definite tension, a sense of being pulled in two directions and a sense of being an outsider. Speaking Welsh and all that. Even as a young boy I felt it, but it has served me in my work. I've drawn on it and used it, in a way.'

That really made sit up and think; As the Saes [Englishman] I thought it was people like me who'd feel like the outsider which I did before starting to dysgu Cymraeg [learn Welsh].

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