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Saturday, 31 December 2011

Welsh Magic

I've made a point of having the best quality drinks possible in my pub and I've always enjoyed a good beer, I was ecstatic when two boys came to me with their idea of building a brewery at Morlaix in the Breton desert which became 'Coreff', but my drinking's been in public, the beer was the key to savouring the ambiance; I've never been in a home sitution where I can play some music or switch on the television or radio, make myself comfortable, put on my slippers, slowly & methodically pour out a beer, raising the glass containg the magic potion to my lips savouring it for what it is, tasting and appreciating the ensemble of ingredients, mainly hops & malted barley that the alchemist has successfully mixed together,  until relatively recently. Three or four times a year my friend of long standing, Gareth Westacott from Tredegar, gets off the ferry in Roscoff and heads for Liliane Madec's home in Kemper, he's developing a pleasing habit of calling in on the way down with a selection of Welsh artisanal beers, and that's what happened this morning. I had the pleasant surprise of waking up to see Gareth & Liliane standing there; they've just left but not before leaving behind 'Felinfoel Double Dragon', 'Tomos Watkin's Cwrw Hâf, and 'Cwrw Gwlêdd - Bragdy Conwy. Now I can look forward to the new year, not in dance or feast, but with some of the best beers that Cymru has to offer, consciously and deliberately savouring their respective seemingly magical blends. 

A Singular Holiday

I suppose I should have started at the beginning: John Page, Castro & ap Siôn came to see me in Merthyr in the summer of 1979, we finished up in my flat with me sleeping on the floor, but just before then we'd been eating strong curries in Hal Al's Indian restaurant, we call them Indian because of the sub-continent but most of the owners and their staff are from Bangladesh, and the meals are named after the ports of call of the Bangladeshee sailors, however I digress, Gareth ap Siôn told me that he was leaving later that week for a fortnight's holiday in Brittany with two friends and that there was room for one more; I told him that I was beginning my holidays and I would love to go with them; after the meal they ran out without paying, I followed them, and for some inexplicable reason ap Siôn found my wallet in his pocket the following morning; they went home to Cardiff, I went back to the restaurant, where I was a regular, to pay and apologize. A few days later we were on our way to Plymouth, where they wouldn't allow me on the ferry; they spent the evening in Ty Coz, Morlaix whilst I watched a James Bond film alone in a local cinema. I got off the ferry the following morning where Gareth, Ian Perryman & their friend Stewart met me with a bottle of gin for my breakfast, we got in the car 'en route' for Louis l'Officiel's house in Poullaouen with a stop at 'The Embuscade' Berrien where to have a quick drink, we were meant to stop a while only a few hundred yards down the road at the 'Temps des Cerises' where Gareth had been the year before and was run by Jean-Louis Nano whom I'd met in a Cardiff pub 'The New Ely' a year or two previously when he told me that he had ambitions to open a bar in the Monts d'Arrée. (Gareth was famous for all the Bretons who used to stay at his flat). We got to the pub, it was a monday, it closed on mondays, we carried on to Louis's house where the door was and still is always open, he'd left a note saying that he couldn't meet us that afternoon because he was at work, but he gave us an address in Plouye for an evening rendezvous; as we were thirsty by this time we thought we'd get there early; we walked in, Elise was serving behind the bar, there was a huge chimney that Stewart & Perryman tried climbing, which led Elise to phone up the road asking if some of their mentally ill inmates had escaped. It was monday July 29; 5 days later I was celebrating my 28th birthday with Elise with whom I was to spend my second week while the others carried on driving around Brittany meeting up with old friends. After our holidays we were back in Cardiff waiting for Louis, Elise and a gang of Bretons who were coming for the Eisteddfod in Caernarfon. I had to ask my boss for an extra week because we were only allowed two weeks summer holidays, if he'd refused I wouldn't be writing this. There was one big tent, in the middle of the night Louis put up a smaller one just to accomodate Elise & me, we spent a week together, at the end of which the Bretons including Elise left for home and I went back to Merthyr. One morning a month later I was leaving my flat on the way to work, only when I opened the front door there was a girl sitting on the step who turned out to be Elise. This time there were no more holidays, so I installed her in the flat; we spent some more time together, she proposed, I came back to Brittany with her, we were married the following January, Morwen was born in August, Dewi two years later, and now Dewi is the same age as I was when the story began.

A Short Breton Story

Lleuwen tells me that I should be writing things down; I have written of episodes of my life to 1979 when I moved to Brittany, but nothing since I've been here, problem is that I've been stuck in the pub for 30 years and some of my stories are held in trust, secrets between me & my customers; although there are the odd tales like the Danish girl who was in the bar one night. I was taking a fancy to her, so as the end of the evening was approaching I asked her if she would like to come home with me; I was pleasantly surprised when she agreed, and even more pleasantly surprised that we ended up sleeping together; I prided myself in what I took to be a sexual conquest. We spent the following day together, and the following day, and the day after that, and the day after that, so after about a week or two I asked her when she was going home to Copenhagen; I was taken back by her reply, she said that she had met me one time at the Festival Interceltique at Lorient where she had sat near me at a table outside a pub. The girl I thought that I had succeeded in getting off with for a one night stand had decided the year before that she was going to come back to Brittany to live with me, a surprise that I was completely unprepared for. Perhaps I'll do another one tomorrow; my life changed in Brittany and my Breton stories are different to my Welsh ones.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Looking Back

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Don't let us fool ouselves: Cymru/Wales; Kernow/Cornwall; and Breizh/Brittany are respectively living remnants of the Brythonic Celtic kingdoms that couldn't come together, a people without a state, one of whom is perhaps the only self-styled nation in the world whose nationality is defined by its sports associations. As Edward Vlll famously once said "something must be done"; as someone else said "you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." I beg to differ; dress a Welshman in red, give him a ticket to a match and he's easily deluded into believing that he's supporting his country. Naivety is not latin it's Welsh.


Wales exists because the English exist, in a similar but opposite way that there is a devil because there is a god; we would never have been called 'Welsh' if we hadn't been invaded by German speakers.

Byn Walters

Tuesday, 27 December 2011


Just wrote this in response to the suggestion that basically 'Wales' as a concept didn't exist until Victorian times. The Welsh border was always defined by others. Before the Romans we had tribal groups, after them - kingdoms. The Welsh lived to the west of the Germanics with a boundary that decreased as they expanded, our border moved as they moved. By the 8th century the Mercians had successfully interned us, no more wars in Northumbria, we were shut in behind Offa's Dyke, the front door closed on our fraternal Britons, barring the roads to Strathclyde, Cornwall & Brittany. From then on to all intents and purposes Gwynedd; Deheubarth; Powys; Glamorgan & Gwent made up Wales, the land of the Welsh, with each kingdom vying for overall control. Interesting to note that a chronicle of 1043 notes that a king of Glamorgan died in his old age, whilst between 949 & 1066 at least 35 Welsh rulers died by violence. In the 11th century we were finally united by Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, "the shield & defender of the Welsh", our last 'High King' and the first to reach into "every corner of Wales", as per usual he was killed by his fellow countrymen, in 1O63 fighting against Harold the Saxon, who was himself to be killed 3 years later by the Norman William the Bastard.  Wales existed and Castles were built on an acknowledged frontier. Under William ll (Rufus) barons were allowed to scavenge, to build castles, settle and to make their own laws, so that for 100s of years Cymru/Wales had two legal systems: one of the Norman Marcher Lords, where the kings writ could not be served, another, the Welsh laws of the princes of an independent Wales or 'Pura Wallia', but also of the native lords of the hills & valleys of Glamorgan & Gwent; this all came to an end when Henry Vlll paradoxically redrew the border whilst getting rid of the country by subsuming it into England in 1534-36.

Fwd: Concert du 28 décembre

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Date: 2011/12/26
Subject: Concert du 28 décembre

Concert de noëls (musiques extraites des symphonies de Noël de Michel Richard De Lalande)  
autour d'un conte de la Nativité d' Anatole Le Braz
à l'église Saint Jacques de Perros Guirec, le mercredi 28 Décembre à 21 heures.
Entrée : 10/5 euros

Ingrid Blasco : vielle à roue
Emmanuelle Huteau : chant, Basson
Olivier Depoix : cornemuse, chant

Rencontre d'esthétiques totalement improbables : un conte breton et des symphonies écrites pour la cour de Louis XIV.

Ils présentent tout de même un point commun, l'écriture "savante" de conte et musiques populaires. 


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Monday, 26 December 2011

Boxing Day Thoughts

On the 'aube' of Christmas day I looked around youtube for seasonal music in Breton & Welsh; it was easy to get results for 'Nadolig' but not so easy for 'Nedelig' which is the Breton equivalent; My time was wasted looking for what wasn't there, until I remembered that Elise doesn't say Nedeleg, she says what sounds like Nool, which I thought was a joke, but on looking around a bit more I became successful when latching on to 'Nouel' and J. F Kemener.
  I've mentioned this topic before, but today I went to the village square and passed by newly erected signs all monolingually French; the population has been force fed the language of Paris so that everyone speaking it and not eveyone speaking Breton anymore has become the excuse, even though bi-lingual signs would have been financed. We have seen last week in Gwengamp that there is a movement in Brittany to save French and ban Breton, if that's not standing the situation on its head...!!!
  I should be back behind the bar in roughly about 5 months, but every time I mention a figure it goes farther away. It crosses my mind that the longer time goes by the more chance there is of certain of my bad customers moving away, such as: the girl who stole from me; the neighbours who can't tell the difference between being blind drunk and convivially merry; the drunks that come in from my brother-in-law's because his attitude is that he is employed as a barman which is not a policeman by another name, therefore it's not for him to do their job for them; I don't want to see the no longer a youth who stole my car 3 times in the same week, nor the anarchist who spat at me. My key word is 'conviviality', and my motto is 'positive atmosphere accepted, negative atmosphere rejected.' There haven't been many 'negative atmospheres in 30 years, and when you've got the customers I have it's a joy, pity about the imbeciles who can take over when it's quiet, who have no idea of traditional pub mentality, chatting over a pint of real ale and/or a measure of good whisk(e)y whilst absorbing the best music I have to offer. It's time to get back to work; my photos have flopped as I've no money for petrol or car insurance.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

The Parasitic Port of Cardiff Seen by One who knew the Proud Slag of Merthyr

Outside my own home in Penydarren the place I spent most of my time as a youth was Trevethick (sic) St., it was a long uphill cul-de-sac just up from Merthyr town centre off the road to Pen-y-darren, at the top of which, next to the Traction Yard & Morlais coaches could be seen the remnants of the old Penydarren Ironworks where the chains for Telford's suspension bridge to Ynys Môn/Anglesey were manufactured, and where Richard Trevithick's first ever steam locomotive in the world ran on rails in 1804. The last of Merthyr's 4 huge ironworks to be built and the first to close, two of them, Cyfarthfa & Dowlais respectively  becoming the largest in the world, the fourth being Plymouth. Merthyr was the Iron capital, Swansea was the Copper metropolis, whilst Cardiff's insatiable appetite made a little village previously noted only for its castle, fat, wealthy & selfish, still as selfish as ever constantly gorging itself on everything it can get its hands on while the rest of Cymru/Wales looks on in disproportionate poverty, the wealth dissipated; it even took upon itself in 1955 to get the London government to declare it capital of the country, without reference to the Welsh people; obviously an administrative error, it should have been chief town of Glamorgan, but to its inhabitants Glamorgan, and its surrounding areas, = Cymru/Wales, other lesser parts, particularly the north don't count; see cricket & to a lesser extent rugby. It began hoarding collections and building institutions & monuments applying the epithet 'Welsh national' decades before receiving its charter; losing the library to Aberystwyth was a bit of a blow though. However the arrogant foresight of the city elders means that it's now gone too far to have a choice in the matter, therefore we must put up with it, but they need to stop calling themselves the youngest capital in Europe, Wales isn't free; Caerdydd/Cardiff strictly speaking is the administrative centre of Cymru/Wales, headquarters of the regional government, the real honour of youngest capital goes to Bratislava as the capital of the newly independent Slovakia.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011


Ironic for a country that vied with the French, Spanish & Dutch to take possession of the planet, independence was never an English concept before 19th century Napoleon and 20th century Hitler; I could mention the Armada, but as the King of England before Elizabeth l was also the King of Spain it was hardly a defence of the realm; later after Scottish succession the country was handed over to the Dutch followed by a German with no English vocabulary. One can think of the phrase 'an Island race', excuse me! England has never been an island; then there is 'the world as we know it', strange expression for a country that was founded by Germans, ruled by Scandinavians, Norman French and the French Angevin Plantagenet family 'till 1485 when the two warring branches were removed from the throne by a Welshman at the head of an invading Breton & Welsh army, uniting England under Brythonic/Brittonic/British rule; so much for the last invasion of England being 1066. Henry Vll with his Tudor Rose brought new blood to an England finally united by an indigenous British born dynasty even though the country of origin was Cymru/Wales not England. 

Welsh Musicians Strike

In an attempt to bring attention to their predicament, this week from monday to wednesday a number of Welsh musicians are laying down their insruments and closing their voice boxes in a frustrated reaction to the lowering of their broadcasting fees from £150 for a 3 minute song to a fiver, no wonder they are going on strike;  not even 19th century ironworkers & coal miners under  the thumbs of autocratic owners suffered such an ignominy; although they've asked the BBC to respect their wishes and refrain from playing their music on the air during this brief period, the Bloody, Bastard C**** have made it plain that their sentiments will be ignored. Only to be expected from a London based colonial mindset that is seen to stand for the best that England has to offer the world; unfortunately musicians trying to earn a crust through the medium of Welsh, one of the oldest living languages of Europe, are not English, therefore come in unseen, out of mind under the radar. Pity they are not guitar playing snow leopards, in that case their minority status would lead to an upgrading in value and not be used as an argument against.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Encounters of the Welsh Kind

Lleuwen sent me a youtube of Ryan & Ronnie; that and 'The Telegramme' looking for the Breton of the year got me thinking how fortunate I've been in my encounters. Before I left Cymru/Wales in 1979 when I was 28, my son's age now, I'd met and chatted to and in most cases drank with (this is off the top of my head): Ryan Davies; John Charles; Carwyn James; Meredith Edwards; Gwynfor Evans; Phil Williams; John Tripp; Eurfyl ap Gwilym; Ffred Francis; Dafydd Iwan; Emrys Roberts; Professor Sir Bernard Knight; Hywel Francis; Hywel Williams; Harri Webb; Glyn James; Cayo Evans; Meic Stevens; Robert Griffiths; John Jenkins; Claude Stanfield; Terry Mahoney; Winifred Ewing; Margaret Bain née Ewing; Philip Madoc; Huw Jones; Elinor Bennett; Dafydd Wigley; Dafydd Elis Thomas; Max Boyce; John Osmond; Hywel Davies; Owen Money; Eddie Thomas; Howard Winstone; Bleddyn Hancock; Phil Richards; Vaughan Roderick; Gareth Meils; Aled Eurig; Gareth Foster;  Syd Morgan; and Ray Smith. This may be to you an apparently flagrant exercise in name dropping but for me each name has a context that brings back memories of my early adulthood and a different life, not to mention one that turned on a different axis. In Cymru/Wales my balance was political/cultural/social, here the balance is social/cultural/political, couldn't be anything else really my being a professional barman of 30 years; I've met Alan Stivell; Alan Simon; Dan ar Bras; Glenmor; Youenn Gwernig; les Freres Morvan; Soig Siberil to name but a few iconic Breton musicians who have passed through the portals; plus a small number of regionally active politicians; with one old friend/customer who has successfully made the journey to Paris & Brussels currently employed in Hollande's camp doing his best to oust Sarkozy. Knowing that I'm Welsh he once told me that he liases with Julie Morgan on the European stage, they being in the same Labour/Socialist bloc it's to be expected, but as I consider her Party not to stand up for my country, my politics are defended in Europe by a different Welsh lady whom I once met through Syd Morgan in Mortagne-sur- Gironde and whose name is Jill Evans.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Fwd: No .cymru - .wales, owned by an English company and run from Oxford

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Subject: No .cymru - .wales, owned by an English company and run from Oxford

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Dear supporter,
It's with a heavy heart that I contact you today to inform you that dotCYM Ltd. will most probably be unable to apply for a top-level domain (TLD), .cymru, for Wales.
Instead of working with dotCYM to create a strong application for a top-level domain for Wales, the Government has invited Oxford-based Nominet, the company running .uk domains, to come to Wales to compete against dotCYM for governmental support, thus allowing it to kill the local competition and protect its monopoly of the UK market. Since Friday (9th December) there's a public invitation for any company to compete for the ownership and control of the Welsh name online (
As a social enterprise dotCYM was set up specifically to work closely with the Government to deliver a successful TLD that was accountable to the Welsh people. It does not have the financial or human resources to compete against a large, wealthy corporation that seeks to protect its monopoly of the market - especially when it has strong civil service and government support.
Any large company in the world can now compete for Welsh Government support to own and run the Welsh name online. As far as we're aware Wales is the only community to do this. The London, Scottish, Breton, Basque and Galician governments are all understandably protective of their top-level domains so they all work closely with local companies to run them and only outsource the technical services. dotCYM has worked with the Government for four years in the same way but the situation changed when Edwina Hart became the minister responsible for a Welsh top-level domain.
The probability is that Nominet will win and it will apply for a .wales. It may be persuaded to apply for .cymru as well but, since it's not accountable to anyone, no one will be able to ensure that they market it or manage it well. Nominet will own the TLD and Wales will never be able to recover ownership or control.
Please read a more detailed summary of recent events below with more information on how you can help. Without help from its supporters and politicians dotCYM can't stop the Government and Nominet from acting against the wishes of the majority of the Welsh community worldwide.
Contact for more information on how you can help.
Follow us on Twitter (@dotcymru).
Contact your politicians and the press and make your views heard.
Forward this email on to anyone who would be interested and supportive.
Thanks for your continued support over the years
Maredudd ap Gwyndaf
Director, dotCYM
dotCYM has been ready for years to apply for a TLD. The company was structured to ensure that it was accountable to the Welsh community. The technical side was ready to sell domains worldwide. dotCYM has even secured a $185,000 loan to pay for the application in case the Welsh Government reneged on its promise of a loan.
dotCYM were, however, unable to convince the civil servants that Wales should have its own TLD, run from Wales, by the Welsh and accountable to the Welsh people. "What's wrong with .uk?", "why don't we just get Nominet to do it for free? ". The civil servants showed no ambition or imagination. No understanding of top-level domains and no urge to work towards bringing innovation, expertise, jobs and money to Wales.
Unfortunately, before the submission date was announce by ICANN, the governing body of names on the Internet, (12th January 2012 - 12th April 2012) there was a change of government. dotCYM warned Plaid Cymru and Ieuan Wyn Jones, who was the minister responsible for a TLD for Wales, that unless they took urgent steps to guarantee that the Welsh TLD would be run from Wales there was a high risk that the new Labour minister would approach Nominet to apply for a .wales.
Nothing was done. Edwina Hart became the Minister responsible and she has refused to talk to or meet dotCYM and the civil servants approached Nominet to bring them into the game.
Carwyn Jones and Edwina Hart have stated that the Welsh Government has no interest in doing anything except for giving one applicant the "letter of no objection" that is needed as part of the application. It is unheard of for a Government to show so little interest in its own top-level domain. The London, Scottish, Basque, Galician and Breton Governments are working very close with their local applications for their names online.
Nominet has commissioned London Economics, LE Cymru and YouGov to create a document that shows that the name of the TLD should be .wales instead of .cymru, although the majority of the people of Wales want a .cymru. Instead of doing its own research the Government seems to be clinging on to every word of this research document. Yes, since the civil servants don't understand TLDs the Government is taking advice from the document commissioned by the corporation trying to protect its monopoly of the market! dotCYM has never been consulted and there is no one else to questions Nominet's misleading polls and research.
Last Friday the Government invited potential applicants to compete for the letter of no objection that's required from the Government as a part of the application to ICANN ( With a deadline of 6th of January, just three weeks away and over the Christmas holidays, this makes it almost impossible for dotCYM to find the £300,000 investment it needs and so the civil servants and the Government have successfully paved the way for Nominet, an Oxford-based company, to take ownership and control of .wales (and they may go for .cymru as well if forced to). Once Nominet owns Wales' name and brand online, the Welsh will never regain control of it. Nominet are not accountable to the Welsh people in any way. They can create a Welsh front with an Advisory Committee and even open an office in Wales with a token Welsh-speaker to give phone support, but that doesn't change the fact that the policy will be decided by people foreign to the Welsh community.
Of course, as well as losing ownership and control of our TLD, this will result in the loss of the jobs, special expertise and money that would have come into Wales.
Nominet has tried to persuade the London and Scottish governments that it should own and run their TLDs. Both rejected the idea and are working with local companies to deliver a successful TLD. Nominet may eventually run the technical side of .london but it would not own and control it. The Bretons, Basques and Galicians are doing the same - a local company, accountable to the people it represents, cooperating closely with the Government. But this is not the case in Wales where there was no support or interest in a local initiative.
It's very unlikely that dotCYM will be able to put a bid up against Nominet on the 6th of January. Even with the big potential return of investment we've found that companies can't make decisions quickly enough to turn this around before the deadline. If someone has access to money that they are able to invest, please contact us.
All hope is not lost. A top level-domain is not a devolved issue; the last word resides in London. The real letter of no objection must come from Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries. dotCYM hopes that the Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians can show the leadership needed here to try to save this grave injustice and ensure the Welsh keep control of their name online.
You, as dotCYM's supporters, have as much power as dotCYM now to try to make the Government realise the error of its ways and keep control in Wales and ensure that there's an application for a .cymru as well as a .wales. dotCYM had the resources to apply for and run a TLD but not to compete against Nominet. Your help is now vital.
You can contact your local AM and MP. More Labour politicians need to become aware of the situation and Conservative and Lib Dem politicians can put pressure on the UK Government. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport in London has experts in Internet governance that understand the importance of community TLD applications such as ours to increase diversity and competition on the Internet. Since this is not a devolved issue it's important that they realise that it's their responsibility to ensure that Wales gets the TLD it wants and needs and not one that has its policy decided in Oxford.
For more details on the situation or information on how you can help please contact me ( and follow us on Twitter (@dotcymru)
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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Christmas at the Brewery

Woke up this morning, took a shower, ate breakfast, looked through my wardrobe for a change of clothes, filled Doudou's bowls with food & water, placed them between the first & second doors leaving the front door ajar so she could stay outside or shelter as would be her wont and waited for Paul, a Coreff partner, to take me to the brewery for the Christmas party. Arrived, waited for others to turn up, did a bit of self-service whilst waiting, met old friends, made new acquaintences; food served, sausages & paté, couldn't eat it because of my illnesses, Paul went into town looking for something that I could eat, most shops close on a monday in Brittany, as he rediscovered; he came back with ham from the bone and a packet of vegetables, got it heated, very tasty, back to the bar chatting to everybody, listening to the live music; Paul signalled that perhaps it was time to leave, didn't understand why he wanted to leave so early with that many people still at the bar, arrived home, happened to look at the clock, wasn't early.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Sunday, 11 December 2011


Bruce was the Norman de Braose; The Stuarts were originally Bretons, which got me thinking, if the Norman/Breton Marcher lords had taken over the Principality as well, our native lordships would possibly have continued living in a Welsh cultural environment under Welsh law, as they were allowed to do for a long time in the uplands of Glamorgan & Gwent; the King's writ could not have been be served (the Marcher lords had their own laws), one of them could perhaps have been elected leader/king of a united Cymru, we would have been living a life similar to that of the Scots with whom we could have allied ourselves, it's then possible that Edward wouldn't have succeeded, or even dared to go against either of the united kingdoms, there wouldn't have been the 'Laws of Wales Act' nor the Act of Union with Scotland, England wouldn't have had the Tudors nor the Stuarts, but it's possible that the 3 countries would have each signed a treaty of co-operation or concordat leading to a loose union of interdependent sovereign countries, the integrity of Ireland would have stayed untouched, perhaps joining with us as the fourth equal partner, fifth if we count Kernow. If someone writes this book or makes a film I claim it as my intellectual property, the rights that go with it, and I want a share of the profits. 

French & Germans

Ironic, all this fuss & fear about the French & Germans interfering in our affairs; they have been trying and succeeding in controlling our affairs in Cymru since Alfred the Great, through William ll Rufus* and Edward l right up to Elizabeth ll of England (Elizabeth l of Scotland), today they are universally known as English, and now I've come to fraternal Brittany only to be run by the French again.                                
* Rufus's father William l the Bastard wasn't a problem for us, even going on a pilgrimage to Ty Ddewi; he was more of a problem (if a conquest may be referred to as a problem) for the Angles & the Saxons in their nascent united state.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Fwd: Spoonerisms live...........

From: Gareth ap Sion
Date: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 10:13 AM
Subject: Spoonerisms live...........

From: Stewart Davies  
Sent: 07 December 2011 06:31
Subject: FW: Bucking Frilliant!


Thought this might put a file on your smace


There is some truth in the old ones being the best so I couldn't resist forwading this one for your further enoyment - and it's absolutely true that it appeared in a Two Ronnies Show.
This was originally shown on BBC TV back in the 70's. Ronnie Barker could say all this without a snigger, though God knows after how many takes.  

The irony is, BBC received not one complaint.
The speed of delivery must have been too much
for the whining herds. Try getting through it without converting the spoonerisms [and not wetting your pants] as you read.......    

This is the story of Rindercella and her sugly isters.


Rindercella and her sugly isters lived in a  marge lansion. Rindercella worked very hard frubbing sloors, emptying poss pits, and shivelling shot.
At the end of the day, she was knucking fackered. The sugly isters were right bugly astards. One was called Mary Hinge, and the other was called Betty Swallocks; they were really forrible huckers;they had fetty sweet and fatty swannies.
The sugly isters had tickets to go to the ball, but
the cotton runts would not let Rindercella go.  

Suddenly there was a bucking fang, and her gairy fodmother appeared. Her name was Shairy Hithole and she was a light rucking fesbian. She turned a pumpkin and six mite wice into a hucking cuge farriage with six dandy ronkeys who had buge hollocks and digbicks.. The gairy fodmother told Rindercella to be back by dimnlight otherwise, there would be a cucking falamity. 
At the ball, Rindercella was dancing with the prandsome hince when suddenly the clock struck twelve. "Mist all chucking frighty!!!"  said Rindercella, and she ran out tripping barse over ollocks,so dropping her slass glipper.

The very next day, the prandsome hince knocked
on Rindercella's door and the sugly isters let him in.. Suddenly, Betty Swallocks lifted her leg and let
off a fig bart.  "Who's fust jarted?"  asked the prandsome hince. "Blame that fugly ucker over there!!" said Mary Hinge.
When the stinking brown cloud had lifted, he tried the slass glipper on both the sugly isters without success and their feet stucking funk.  
Betty Swallocks was ducking fisgusted and gave the prandsome hince a knack in the kickers. This was not difficult as he had bucking fuge halls and
a hig bard on. He tried the slass glipper on Rindercella and it fitted pucking ferfectly. 
Rindercella and the prandsome hince were married. The pransome hince lived his life in lucking fuxury, and Rindercella lived hers with a follen swanny! 







Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Fwd: Conseil d'Administration

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Newsletter du 06 12 2011
Information du Porte-parole Thierry Jolivet

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Madame, Monsieur,

Chère adhérente, cher adhérent,

Suite à l'Assemblée générale de Bretagne Réunie du samedi 3 décembre 2011 à Nantes, nous vous communiquons, la composition du conseil d'administration et du bureau élu au sein du C.A, ci dessous:

 Président          Jean-François Le Bihan        
Vice-président  Gérard Ollieric      
Vice-président  Alain-Francis Peigné   
Secrétaire          Henry Colliot         
Trésorier            Michel Pannetier            
Porte-parole     Thierry Jolivet
              Didier Berhault       
              Yvon Ollivier     
              Jacques Chotard
              Yves-Alain Le Goff            
              André Corlay
              Stéphane Briand  
              Hervé Morvan
              Patrick Lecat   
              Gilbert Deshayes      
              Christine Churie-Le Goal   

Un prochain C.A. complètera si besoin le bureau et précisera les responsabilités (fonctions et dossiers en charge) pour chacun de ses administrateurs. 

Vous trouverez ci joint le décompte des voix des candidats au CA.
Assemblée Générale
du 3 décembre 2011

élection  des membres  du   Conseil d'Administration

Alain Francis Peigné   
Didier Berhault       
Henry Colliot         
Nantes Responsable du CL
Gérard Ollieric      
Pays guérandais
Yvon Ollivier     
Sillon-de-Bretagne (sortant)
Michel Pannetier            
Pays guérandais  Responsable du CL
Jacques Chotard
actuellement hors BZH
Yves-Alain Le Goff            
Douarnenez (sortant)
Thierry Jolivet
Gwened (sortant)
André Corlay
Stéphane Briand  
Nantes (sortant)
Hervé Morvan
Sillon de Bretagne
Patrick Lecat   
Pays Nazairien Responsable du CL
Gilbert Deshayes      
Saint Herblain (sortant)
Christine Churie-Le Goal   
Vignoble Midi Breton
Jean-François Le Bihan        
Côtes d'Armor (sortant)

Non élus

Hervé Hugo
Pays de La Mée
Pierre Glotin
Sillon de Bretagne

Ce mail, sera suivi bien entendu, d'un compte rendu des divers points traités lors de l'assemblée générale et des votes effectués, que nous communiquerons par les moyens habituels, après son approbation.

Je profite ici, pour remercier tous les participants de notre assemblée et ceux ayant fait parvenir des pouvoirs.

Dès à présent, se met en place la nouvelle équipe, avec l'aide de Paul Loret et des responsables sortants, pour gérer Bretagne Réunie  et continuer ses actions et projets.

Sincères salutations,
 le conseil d'administration de Bretagne Réunie


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