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  1. May 2022
    1. of all the horse customs found in the British Isles, only the Mari Lwyd has a poetry competition at its heart. The Pwnco might be a challenge for some parts of 21st century Wales now that village bards are scarcer, but learned or improvised, the lyrics and the contest give scope for local and topical references, and showcase the traditional Welsh love of language and poetry.

      Worth looking into the tradition of village bards in Wales.

      What is a Pwnco?

    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJyuBioq33I

      Recorded in Tregaron(?) on Christmas Eve 1964, a wonderful example of the Welsh Midwinter Tradition of The Mari Lwyd. Usually performed around Christmas and New Year, this luck-bringing ritual has recently been enjoying a revival in some parts of Wales after becoming virtually extinct during the first part of the Twentieth Century.

      The Mari Lwyd, an adorned horse's skull, is accompanied by several participants, who go from door to door, engaging in a light hearted 'battle of wits' through song with the occupant of the house, in the hope of gaining admittance and being rewarded with cake and ale!

      Reminiscent of the idea of battle rap, but in a different cultural tradition.

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    1. Councillors accused Westminster of treating Welsh people as children, or as the empire’s last colony, and said they were fed up with going “like Oliver Twist” to London to ask for concessions. They complained it was not fair that an extra bank holiday had been granted to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee but Wales was not allowed to celebrate its patron saint.
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      • 'oreit - alright
      • over by there, now in a minute
      • dai shop - colloquial name for tradesperson (john the butcher, eddie the milkman, etc.)
      • year, ear, and here all sound the same
      • thanks drive
      • Twin Town is the best film ever
      • lunch is dinner, dinner is tea with regard to timing
      • daps or trainers - tennis shoes
      • to after where and by before here
      • tuthbrush
      • half and half (half rice, half chips)
      • all explanations begin with "What it is..."
      • call people "mun"
      • your butt is not what you sit on (mate, friend)
      • you don't get cross, you get tampin'; to get tampin' mad
      • cry when you her Hen Wlad fy Nhadau (national anthem)
      • Tescos
      • check the weather back home when on holiday
      • wearing felt leeks
      • cheer when you see the bridge from England back into Wales

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFYZT8pgZNI

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  10. Apr 2021
    1. It seems more likely, however, that Waun Mawn contributed only a small pro-portion of Stonehenge’s 80 or so bluestones. This raises the question of whether multiplemonuments in Wales contributed monoliths to Stonehenge and Bluestonehenge
    2. geologist Herbert Thomas,who established that the spotted dolerite bluestones at Stonehenge originated in the PreseliHills of west Wales, where, he suspected, they had originally formed a“venerated stone-circle”(Thomas1923: 258).
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