|Cymru am bath – long live Wales|
I was encouraged to go to chapel meetings, and often reminded of the Welsh revival of 1904-5. Speaking in tongues during prayers was commonplace and I wondered if this phenomena really was the Holy Spirit at work or if it whether it was someone standing up and speaking in Welsh.
And as a schoolboy growing up in a mining village I learned in 1966 of the Aberfan disaster, when the collapse of a pit tip killed more than a hundred pupils and teachers.
As a political activist I learned that Wales had been a stronghold of socialism, since Paul Foot became MP for Ebbw Vale in 1960, and undoubtedly before then.
The next day Cardiff played Sheffield Wednesday and had the opportunity to square matters up between Wales and England.
The result was 1-1.
But what a nation.