Arglwydd, arwain trwy’r anialwch

The principality of Wales has always been significant in my life.
When I was a youngster my mother attended a Pentecostal chapel in Yorkshire, and the minister (Rev Davies) and some of the elders (the Griffiths and the Williams) were also Welsh by origin.
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.

And as a student I not only laughed at Max Boyce but also learned of Nye Bevan, who founded the NHS in the post war UK government of Clement Attlee, probably the most caring act any UK government has ever put on the statute book.


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.
Last Friday night I tuned into the Wales-England match on the BBC.
After a first half of Welsh dominance the English retaliated in the second half and eventually won the match.





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.
What heart!

Published by Rob

Now 70, I'm getting back into website development and brand protection, as well as showcasing the delightful artistic talents of my beautiful wife Lynne. My projection will encompass a lifetime of database marketing, as well as the Christian democratic socialist ideals of my wife and I.

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