Wednesday, 1 March 2017

1st March 2017 - Some things Welsh

Thought for the day:" If you are more fortunate than others - builder a bigger table - not a higher fence"

So, another month starts.

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!

Apparently the Welsh Flag will fly over 10 Downing Street today while Theresa May hosts a reception...
The Downing Street reception will host guests from business, media, tourism, sport and charities with some companies showcasing produce from Wales, while Welsh choir Cor Heol y March will sing.
Theresa May said: "Today, as the Welsh flag flies high alongside the Union flag over Downing Street, we are reminded of the huge part Wales has played in our history and the crucial role it will play in the future prosperity of the UK.

A Welsh lad came home from school and told his mother he had been given a part in the school play.
'Wonderful, 'replies his mother, 'what part is it?'
The boy says, 'I play the part of the Welsh husband.'
The mother scowls and says, 'Go back and tell your teacher you want a speaking part.'

Even Google is getting in on the act.

Funny Welsh Films

  • The Wizard of Oswestry
  • Trefforest Gump
  • Independence Dai
  • Haverfordwest Was Won
  • Cool Hand Look-you
  • Dial M For Merthyr
  • The Bridge on the River Wye
  • Breakfast at Taffynys
  • Look You Back in Bangor
  • A Fishguard Called Rhondda
Within Wales, men from Cardiganshire (Cardis) are not renowned for their generosity, munificence or open-handedness and this is why.
A Scotsman called Angus and a Cardi called Dylan met in a Glasgow bus station, both were broke and both were thirsty.
The Scotsman had an idea for getting a free beer: 'I know a barmaid in a pub near here who has got a very bad memory. If you get her involved in a conversation she can't remember whether you've paid or not.  Let me try it on first.'
Angus went into the pub, chatted to the barmaid, and duly got his free drink.  Now it was the Cardi's turn to try.  Dylan sauntered up to the bar, ordered his pint and began to tell the barmaid all about life in Wales.  Ten minutes later he drained his glass and said to the barmaid.  'Well, it's been lovely talking to you but I've got to be off now.  What about my change?'

Cheers - Happy St David's Day

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

28th February 2017 - Choir in the Gradens

Thought for the day: "I hate decimals - I just can't see the point"

Shrove Tuesday - or Pancake day ... so had some pancakes for lunch - I really am a rebel sometimes.
I will not go into the history - I did that before here shrove-tuesday Blogg.

No I will take the opportunity to post a couple of photographs of Cor Curiad at the Botanical Gardens..

Yup - it was blooming cold :)
Time for a hot toddy ...

Monday, 27 February 2017

27th February 2017 - Blustery Botanics and Sunny Songs

Thought for the day: "Good judgement comes from Experience. And Experience?? That comes from bad judgement!"

Went for a walk yesterday in the Botanical Gardens near Carmarthen. Well, when I say I went for a walk, it was a bit of a hobble due to the back and leg pain - but inside the dome it was quite sheltered. The wind was blowing a hooley through the open windows in the roof, which did not help the choir at all, who were on the main stage and in direct line of fire to the drafts. But tehy sang well, and cinsidering the poor accousitcs - it sounded good. OF course - as we eft the rain hammered down and a cousin of Storm Doris (which has just passed us) decided to have a visitation. Umbrellas went to the great hat-stand in the sky and it even managed to blow the cover off my camera !!

The  walk back to the caar was "interesting".

Daffodils were out ..

some interesting flowers

and - not quite sure why she was there
Been in the Studio again and this popped out - quite pleased with it ..

Haven't had a good pie chart for a while ...
So Enjoy - Cheers !

Sunday, 26 February 2017

26th February 2017 - Off to the Botanical Gardens

Thought for the day:" An author who wrote from his basement had a best cellar. "

For those who enjoy Runes I am going to share this here with no explanation ...
Off to watch Susie with her choir in the Botanical Gardens today. Will have a chance to revisit Elvis Preseli the Blue Stone that we pulled half way across Wales for the Millenium - goodness that was 17 years ago!

Weather is overcast - but will take the camera anyway - you never know !

Cheers !

Saturday, 25 February 2017

25th February 2017 - Brexit Right Chased by a Blair

Thought for the day: "Patience .. What you have when there are too many witnesses"

I don't do politics - well not in social media - it is destructive and emotive and does not take me to any form of future karma...    But along with everyone else in this society I have been continually fed a deluge of "Brexit" - a term coined by the media to create division - to identify a two party system, a black and white solution, to allow greater division and polarisation... and to allow what Douglas Adams would have delighted in - the opportunity for bigger and better chat shows .....

But Grandiloquent Word of the Day has come to my rescue ,,,


 every reference I hear from now will have an instantaneous translation of CODDIWOMPLE

I look forward to the day  more than I have for a long time

have a good day ..

Friday, 24 February 2017

24th February 2017 - Rare Coins

Thought for the day:"My wife told me to stop singing Wonderwall.... I said maybe"

I went to Tesco today. When I paid for my shopping int he pre-scan section - a coin popped out in my change. I had not seen one like it before - it was a 2007 £2 Coin which was issued to commemorate the abolition of Slavery in 1807. It looked a little strange but obviously worked well enough in the machine so I popped it into my pocket and took it home.
As you do - I checked it on Google when I got home and duly found that it was a minted coin. But I also noted an article about the rare "mis-minted" coins of this type. Seems that some were minted with the lettering upside down on the side. Apparentlythe Queen's face - if held to the top, the lettering around the oustisde saying "am I not a man and a brother" should be readable. If it is upside down - it is a rare mis-mint.
Now I am never that lucky but I checked the coin - and lo and behold the lettering is the wrong way around to the queen's face!  Also there is apparently some marks on the silver/gold part where the edging is uneven!!!

The Daily Star tells me :

1807 Abolition Of The Slave Trade £2 – value £300-£360

In 2007 the Royal Mint marked the abolition of the slave trade in 1807 with release of a new £2 coin.
Although available in abundance, some were printed with errors, sending their value shooting up.
On a select few coins the words “Am I Not A Man And Brother” has been engraved upside down.
Due to this mistake they are now changing hands for as much as £360 on Ebay.

So I have a look on Ebay and what do I find?

 Hmm - seems I am about to make some money .... and a check of the details

Yup - seems about right !!

But then I notice that there are only 2 hours to go on this one and there are no bids!..
Further down the page I find several more "Very Rare" coins of this description going for £3- £4.

Maybe they are not as rare as people thought !!!

But I will put it into a special place and not spend it yet - just in case - I can keep an eye on it for the future - you never know - It may become valuable sometime!!

Maybe not today - but it may be worth a pint sometime

Thursday, 23 February 2017

23rd February 2017 - Flagging a bit

Thought for the day:" Vincent Price is taller than Katie Price, but heavier than Alan Price. I just found all of this out on a Price comparison website!"

On 23rd February 1959, the flag currently in use was officially recognised as the national flag of Wales. Baner Cymru or Y Ddraig Goch, meaning the red dragon) consists of a red dragon passant on a green and white field.

The flag incorporates the red dragon of Cadwaladr, King of Gwynedd, along with the Tudor colours of green and white. It was used by Henry VII at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, after which it was carried in state to St Paul's Cathedral. The red dragon was then included as a supporter of the Tudor royal arms to signify their Welsh descent. It was officially recognised as the Welsh national flag in 1959.

It is thought that the Romans brought the dragon emblem to what is now Wales in the form of the Draco standards carried by Roman cavalry units. The Draco itself originated with the Sarmatians, a unit of whom were stationed in Britain from the 2nd to 4th centuries.

The oldest known use of the dragon to represent Wales is from the Historia Brittonum, which is commonly attributed to the Welsh monk Nennius around 830. The text describes a struggle between two serpents who prevent King Vortigern from building a fortress. This story was later adapted by Geoffrey of Monmouth in Historia Regum Britanniae (c. 1136) into a prophecy by Merlin that the white dragon, representing the Saxons would at first dominate but would eventually be conquered by the red dragon, symbolising the Celts. Geoffrey also tells us that King Arthur had a golden dragon banner.

In 1400 Owain Glyndwr raised a golden dragon on a white background as his banner during his revolts against the occupation of Wales by the English crown.

 and so we have the picture of the day :