Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Day Of The Welsh

It's Saint David's Day so we celebrate all things Welsh.
In order to become a Saint, David's miracle was when he was preaching to a crowd at Llandewi Brefi those on the outer edges could not hear, so he spread a handkerchief on the ground, and stood on it to preach and then all could hear him.
Not great i agree but Wales and the Welsh are so much more than a man who stood on a snotty tissue and shouted, they are known for daffodils, leeks, many, many sheep and place names devoid of those pesky little vowels the English language relies upon to make words work.
With towns named Bwlchgwyn and Ysbyty Ystwyth, you may think that the towns were named by a cat walking across a keyboard but they do have the pride of having the most unpronounceable place in Britain, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch.
One issue that the Welsh get a bit tetchy about is whether they are a country or just an extension of England, known as a principality which is a territory held or governed by a prince.
In 2008 the Welsh Government issued a statement that said: 'Wales is not a principality. Although we are joined with England by land, and we are part of Great Britain, Wales is a country in its own right' although that is rather undermined by existence of the Prince of Wales, designated by the King or Queen of England and most of it's laws being passed in England, using the English currency, doesn't have it's own passports and does not have a seat at the UN.
Anyway, Ladies and Gentlemen, i give you the Welsh and their Saint with snot on the soles of his feet.

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