May 26, 2015


Some people have asked how they can donate towards the Leeswood Carnival online. Here is how you can support the cause in 3 simple steps:

1) Click on one of the following links to donate your chosen amount:

2) Enter your details on the subsequent website. This takes approximately one minute.

3) Feel good that you’ve supported our fantastic cause.




The company hosting the account for us (GoCardless) will take 1% of every transaction. The remaining 99% comes straight to the Carnival fund.

If you experience any problems in donating or wish to ask any questions regarding donating, please feel free to contact us through the Facebook site here.

Thank you so much for all who have and continue to support the Leeswood Carnival. We hope you’re as excited as we are.

Mae’r cwmni sydd yn rheoli’r rhoddion (GoCardless) yn cymryd 1% o bob trosglwyddiad. Daw’r 99% sy’n weddill yn syth at gronfa’r Carnifal.

Os cewch unrhyw broblemau wrth roddi neu os oes gennych unrhyw gwestiynau, cysylltwch â ni trwy Facebook yma.

Diolch yn fawr iawn i bawb sy’ wedi ac sydd yn parhau i gefnogi Carnifal Coed-llai. ‘Rydyn ni’n gobeithio eich bod yn cyffroi gymaint â ninnau.

LEESWOOD CARNIVAL COMMITTEE / Pwyllgor Carnifal Coed-llai

Plaid in Cardiff Bay – Labour in Westminster.

April 26, 2015

So many people to whom I’ve spoken say they’ll definitely vote Plaid in all Welsh Assembly elections but would rather punt for Labour in a Westminster election. Plaid in Cardiff Bay, Labour in Westminster. And, if I’m honest, I see the logic.

Keep a strong voice for Plaid and for Wales in Cardiff Bay and keep the Tories out of Westminster with a vote for Labour.

But times have changed. We have awoken and progressed.

In the past, I myself might have voted in a similar way to the above – but no more.
I believe voting Plaid in Welsh AND Westminster elections is the best way.
And here are my three main personal reasons:
  1. Plaid is the only party who will put Wales first. They represent the diverse needs of our nation and recognise the struggles it faces. If you can’t see this, chances are you’re probably not paying enough attention!
  2. Labour will need to join with other parties to win its majority in Westminster whether we vote Labour or Plaid for Wales’ seats. The chances are Labour will require the help of a progressive Plaid Cymru* to form a majority. If Plaid and Labour will be forming a government together anyway, why not fill a Welsh seat with an MP who will back Wales completely? Someone who will speak up for Wales in general – not just for the constituency seat they represent.
  3. Plaid has already proven that it opposes both austerity and the renewal of Trident. Labour has not done this.
A vote for Plaid in the coming election will probably not hinder an overall Labour majority.
Plaid in Cardiff Bay.
Labour (with more Welsh clout) in Westminster.
* Other progressive parties such as SNP, Mebyon Kernow and the English Greens are available.


March 30, 2015

I’m voting Labour- because my parents did!
I’m voting Lib Dem- because they need the help, bless them!
I’m voting Tory- because I can’t spell the word ‘community’!
I’m voting Ukip- because I’m a filthy racist!



I’m Cornish and care about Cornwall- so I’m voting Mebyon Kernow
I’m English and care about England- so I’m voting Green
I’m Scottish and care about Scotland- so I’m voting SNP
I’m Welsh and care about Wales- so I’m voting Plaid

Deg a phump yn Gymraeg

March 23, 2015

10 things I bet you can say in Welsh:

I like coffee
It’s cold and raining
How are you?
Very good / Well done
Can I go to the toilet?
Good morning / afternoon / night

5 (more) you should know:

T’isho ___? = Do you want (to/a) ___?
Ga’ i ___? Can I (have (a)) ___?
Iawn(?) = Alright(?)
Dwi’n mynd i ___ = I’m going to ___
Dwi angen ___ = I need (to/a) ___


March 22, 2015
After this year’s anniversary celebrations pack up for another 150 years, the club that unites half a nation will slip back into using its feather-donned crest.
Despite this, there are a few who believe that the crest is best displayed as follows;

An alignment of old and new, with the Cambrophobic feathers replaced by the Glyndŵr lions rampant. And a dabble of Cymraeg on the bottom for good measure.

The link between respecting Glyndŵr University’s part in the stabilising of our football club as well as a tidy throwback to the previous crest based on the arms of Wrexham;

Our petition does not aim to make the above pictures the new crest for the club, as bendigedig as that would be. It simply raises and promotes the case for a discussion on the current crest that many believe has a damaging effect on the self-esteem of not only Wrexham, but of the whole of North Wales who it represents.

And just as we are afforded the opportunity to share with you our thoughts and ideas, we remain open to your responses and replies – be they of support or of opposition.

All we ask is that you read our petition. We ask that you consider our views on why we wish to change the club crest and the feelings involved in us creating this petition. We ask that you listen to others who believe the crest should remain in its status quo. We ask then that you form your own outcomes having noted all sides of the discussion and, in support or in opposition, follow your own paths on potential outcomes.

When you’ve discovered your viewpoint and have covered all bases of discussion, we hope that you too will want to join in the cause to denounce links to a nationwide and confidence-sapping display of our region and our nation’s failure.
We hope that you follow the link below, enter your name, your email address and your postcode so that we might provide brighter coverage for those who believe in a brighter future for our club. Morally and culturally. On and off the field.

Our club. Our future. OUR CREST.

Language AND attitude “problem”

March 2, 2015

Just read an article stating how Welsh culture and people has a “language problem.”

But having read the article (and nodding accordingly) I stumbled across the following thought;

Is it ONLY a language problem from which Welsh people suffer?

In Wales, the following happens;

  • Massive influx of thousands unwilling to allow locals to embrace our own culture and language,
  • Water and electricity taken away and sold back for profit,
  • Our country labelled as a retirement home and an ex-con paradise,
And our response;
Ah, we’re used to it.
Welcome to Wales.
Or Cymru, as they used to call it.
Sure, we have a “language problem,” but, Duw annwyl, we don’t half have an attitude problem.
Smiley face :-)

Help le mo Ghàidhlig….

February 21, 2015

I was watching BBC Alba last weekend and heard a beautiful song in Gaelic.
I have no idea as to its name nor writer etc but it was beautiful. Bha i glè-mhath!

The lyrics were displayed at the bottom of the screen and as I read them, I was pretty sure I could notice the Welsh poetic style of cynghanedd.
Overwhelmed and excited I quickly attempted to write down as much as I could read before the next line came on.
This is all I could manage:

Le fiamh air do
Mi mo bhát air an tiùrra
Bhuan thu don chridhe
Gaol sinn
Sheall thusa nam shùilean

Each new line is a different line from the song but some were repeated too.

It’s been bugging me since last week as to whether cynghanedd was present but after a Google search of the lyrics I have, I found nothing. I don’t even remember the name of the show I was watching!

If anyone can tell me from which song these lines are sung, or even show me a full set of lyrics, I’d be extremely grateful.

Tapadh leibh,

Smiley Gàidhlig singing face :-)

Dear Britain First,

January 29, 2015

Exibit A:


Now you could either agree that this picture explains fully the hypocrisy of the United Kingdom (and therefore your very own xenophobic mannerisms) or….

You could set Wales free and independent from your ideal Britain.

But if you let us leave, you’ll only have an approximately 1% claim to be British.
(50,000,000 population of Saxon England / 500,000 population of British Cornwall = 100.
Saxon:British; 100:1).

Maybe you should just call yourself ‘Ignorant-Parts-of-England First?’
I anticipate that it won’t involve too many changes for your day-to-day regime.


Am y tro,

Smiley face :-)

PS (That’s Latin)
RSVP (That’s French)
Either choose to heighten your ignorance and avoid a response or reply with genuine debate (and / or argument).

I await.


January 18, 2015

Each year I wait patiently for the coming of Dydd Gŵyl Ddewi – Saint David’s Day.
Why? Because, aside from Hallowe’en (which shows off far more of Welsh culture than one might think), it is the only time of the year where one can show off their pride in being one in a mere three million who can say ‘I’m Welsh’ …. without being branded a nationalist and a weirdo, anyway!

Each year, the school in which I ply my trade of teaching Wales’ ancient tongue to English-speaking learners goes mad for Welsh-ness. Where everybody says ‘diolch‘ instead of ‘thanks‘- rather than just a handful.
And this goes in every school or establishment across our fine land.

It’s a wonderful day for me personally who spends 364 days of the year as just another nutter-Welshman who’s probably too passionate about teaching the old lingo.

These special days happen in all other Celtic lands too. Saints and heroes are remembered for their pride and honour towards their homelands as well being respectful to those with whom they also share the world.

And despite being a proud Welshman, I’m also a proud Celt.

I love to share stories of our shared Celtic heritage and histories as much as I do my own Welsh heritage and history. I learn each language whenever I can and practise them in the rare free time I find myself possessing.

Then I thought…. why not also have a special day to celebrate our Celticness? Yes, Celticness is now a word!

And my creating skills don’t stop at merely coining new terms. I’ve been hard at work collecting and collating ideas for a Celtic Day.

Any date must be established on, at the very least, a time that relates to the event and what’s being celebrated. I suppose it’s sort of like a legend that begins with an inkling of solid truth before the magic meat on the bones is added. And it didn’t take me too long to decide on a suitable date.

Edward Lhuyd, of whom I’m sure many are aware, was (aside from dabbling in botany and hanging out with his pal, Isaac Newton) a Celticist (new term alert…. again!). His journey around the Celtic lands collating information on the ancient British and Gaelic languages was the first collection of the languages in one neat and tidy reference.
It was Lhuyd who first scientifically proved the languages’ similarities orthographically, verbally and grammatically. The great man also coined the term ‘Celt’ …. well, he wasn’t going to let me have all the fun with coining new terminology, was he?

As no date of birth is known for the Shropshire-born adopted-Celt, the date of death seems like an appropriate time to remember the man – 30th of June.
A tad morbid? Maybe!
Following from the link with Lhuyd, I think the logical move would be to ensure the plant first documented by (and named after) Lhuyd be used as a symbol for the day – Lloydia Serotina – the Snowdon Lily.

#CelticDay2014 attracted a great many Tweeters discussing the newly-established event from casually yet meaningfully taking pride in their Celtic-ness (there’s that term again!) to discussing ways of promoting the date in future.

And how might we celebrate this wonderful day? Well, my Celtic chums, that’s up to you.
This day needn’t be forced on every international calendar to prove its worth – however nice that might be. This day is for each and every one of us to decide our own ways of connecting our solid and shared histories with our forward-looking ideas for a better future.

And for the 30th of June…. Happy #CelticDay2015.

Smiley Celt-face :-)

Instagram: SteCymru14


January 1, 2015

Bloavezh Nevez Mat
Bledhen Nowyth Dha
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Bliadhna Mhath Ùr
Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise Dhuibh
Blein Vie Noa


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