Pronouncing 'Machynlleth' for the first time is quite a challenge for a lot of people. But for Liz Todd, this was just the start of it...
"I should have realised my destiny when at my first student social event I spent the evening learning to pronounce Machynlleth. Five years later - and by now the proud owner of my husband and son - the name Machynlleth caught my attention again on the late evening news.
This was a time of the worldwide oil crisis and growing concern about the finite nature of oil, a small group of crazy idealists were trying to create a more sustainable way of living in an abandoned slate quarry near Machynlleth. Our imaginations were fired. We wanted to get involved, so we came to Wales, volunteered and then moved permanently with our two small children - James and Julia - to work on the project.
The early days were spent digging slate; living on van loads of donated chocolate digestives and muesli... and putting nappies through a mangle.
Parents and friends asked us, "Why? Why? Why give up your life in Southampton - jobs, house, security... to live on five pounds a week?"
My answer's always been the same. It seemed better to take a risk than to feel years later that we had a fantastic opportunity, but never took it.
I'm very proud of the Centre for Alternative Technology and our part in its development. It's grown from strength to strength and many of the radical ideas of the 70s such as wind power, recycling, solar energy and above all sustainability are now widely accepted.
Twenty-nine years later, I am still living in Machynlleth with my husband and in our house not far from the centre. My commitment to the vision that brought us here is still as strong but my life has broadened and I've become part of this vibrant community.
I am very glad that I learnt to pronounce Machynlleth all those years ago."