Tag: Wales

OUTLAW HEROES #9….

The ninth in a series of real-life Outlaw heroes ‘Peerless’ Jim Driscoll (1880-1925) is still regarded as the finest proponent of the classical, upright boxing style, and a fighter who is almost always included in lists of the greatest fighters of all time. He was also one of the very best never to have won […]

THE NORTH/SOUTH DIVIDE….

The ‘North/South Divide’ is an often referenced marker used in the mainstream media for example, to highlight¬†differences in employment figures, poverty levels, house prices etc. Is it an urban myth, or is there¬†really a tangible division between people who just happen to be born on opposite ends of the same country? In Wales however, the […]

HOW MANY REALLY KNEW?….

This morning, my attention was drawn to a short Twitter exchange that appeared on my timeline. The Conservative ex-Junior Health Minister, Edwina Currie, was asked a question which referred, (I assume) to the recent revelations that it may soon become a legal requirement to report any instances of Child Abuse. Ms Currie was then asked […]

GLAMORGAN FARM SCHOOL….

The Glamorgan (or Glamorganshire) Reformatory for Boys was established in 1858 in premises at Hawdref Ganol, a few miles to the west of Neath. The site eventually proved to be too wild and inaccessible so more convenient premises were found in a location known as Ty Segur in the Mount Pleasant district of Neath where […]

TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD….

What links the conquest of Mount Everest and the small town of Llangollen in north Wales? A faded entry from 1957 in the visitor’s book of the Chainbridge Hotel unlocks an amazing story in this, the 60th anniversary of the first successful Everest climb by an expedition led by John Hunt. John Hunt’s signature as […]

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