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Welsh MP's stance against the ivory trade and campaign to save elephants welcomed

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF): "On average around 55 elephants are poached every day in Africa, that's one every 25 minutes. This appalling slaughter continues due to the global demand for ivory, with the majority of elephant tusks smuggled by criminals to Asia, despite an international trade ban." 

Celebrations to mark Owain Glyndŵr Day

Celebrations to mark Owain Glyndŵr Day took place throughout Wales last week. He was the last person to legitimately hold the title Prince of Wales. Owain Glyndŵr (c.1349-c.1416) was the leader of a Welsh revolt against English rule between 1400 and 1409. He created the first Welsh parliament at Machynlleth in 1404 and 16th September 2017 marked 617 years since he raised his standard against the English invaders.

City of London's first Welsh language film

With thanks to Gwyn Richards for drawing our attention to the City of London first film in the Welsh language (Dinas sy'n Ffynnu: Wyneb newidiol Dinas Llundain) on its Youtube channel.


Victory for campaigners as Welsh government scraps plans for 'insulting' Iron Ring sculpture

Today, a joint statement released by the Welsh Government and Flintshire town and county councils, said the plan to build an Iron Ring sculpture at Flint Castle will be scrapped. It is a major victory for campaigners who described the proposed Iron Ring as symbolising a system used to subjugate and oppress the Welsh people. Plaid Cymru's North Wales AM Llyr Gruffydd, had described the sculpture, which celebrated the conquest of Wales by Edward I, as "inappropriate and insulting".

Hedd Wyn and "The Eisteddfod of the Black Chair"

Ellis Humphrey Evans was born at Yr Ysgwrn, the family farm in Trawsfynydd, in 1887. Better known by his bardic name Hedd Wyn (Welsh for Blessed Peace) he composed his first poem by the age of eleven. He worked with his father on the family hill farm from the age of 14 and wrote much of his poetry when working there as a shepherd. His talent for poetry became increasingly known and he took part in competitions and local eisteddfodau. He won his first chair (Cadair y Bardd) in Bala, at the age of 20 in 1907.

Plan for Llanberis Sword sculpture in honour of Welsh Princes

A 20ft steel sword modelled on the type used by the Princes of Gwynedd is being proposed by Gwynedd council’s tourism and marketing unit. The aim of the large sculpture at Llyn Padarn in Llanberis is to raise awareness among local people and visitors alike of the history of Gwynedd and of Wales as a nation. Llanberis has powerful connections to the Princes of Gwynedd such as Llywelyn Fawr, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and Owain Glyndwr.

Police chief criticises BBC boss for 'patronising attitude' towards Welsh and Cymdeithas yr Iaith call for boycott of BBC Licence fee in Wales

The repercussions continue following the disastrous Newsnight (BBC's flagship current affairs programme), broadcast of a supposed debate about the Welsh language. Protests arose as soon as the programme, which asked whether the Welsh language was “a help or hindrance to the nation.” came off air. The discussion on August 9 did not even include anyone who could speak the Welsh language.

Owain Glyndŵr's victory at the Battle of Craig-y-dorth

The hill of Craig-y-dorth, is near to the village of Cwmcarvan (Welsh: Cwmcarfan) in Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy) in south-east Wales. In this month, August 1404, it was the site of a battle between Owain Glyndŵr's forces and those of the English. Glyndŵr was victorious and the defeated English forces were either slain or put to flight. 

Dic Penderyn: "O Arglwydd, dyma gamwedd" - "Oh Lord, this is an injustice"

The Merthyr Rising of May and June 1831 took place when the coal miners and other working people took to the streets of Merthyr Tydfil in Wales in protest against unemployment and lowering wages. With cries of Caws a bara (cheese and bread) and I lawr â'r Brenin (down with the king) the protest spread throughout the area. Before the authorities regained control of the town through brutal force on 7 June the protesters effectively controlled Merthyr.

BBC Newsnight apologises after much criticised Welsh language debate

As previously reported there was a considerable amount of criticism pointed at the BBC programme Newsnight after an unfairly balanced item about the Welsh language was aired on Wednesday night.


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