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March 2, 2017

The cast of EastEnders try to pronounce Welsh placenames

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My wife is Welsh and I even have a few relatives who have Welsh as a first language, so naturally I've tried to learn Welsh. But that's actually quite hard in London, where there are no classes, and learning it from a book simply doesn't work.

So even though I know the rules and have been to Wales a reasonable amount, correctly pronouncing Welsh placenames (and most Welsh words) is still a little beyond me and mostly evokes laughter from my wife. Ah, the merriment we had yesterday (St David's Day) as I tried to sing a Welsh hymn:

I bob un sydd ffyddlon
Dan Ei faner Ef,
Mae gan Iesu goron
Fry yn nheyrnas nef:
Lluoedd Duw a Satan
Sydd yn cwrdd yn awr:
Mae gan blant eu cyfran
Yn y rhyfel mawr.

Cytgan:
I bob un sydd ffyddlon
Dan Ei faner Ef
Mae gan Iesu goron
Fry yn nheyrnas nef.

Awn i gwrdd y gelyn
Bawb ag arfau glân;
Uffern sydd i'n herbyn
A'i phicellau tân.
Gwasgwn yn y rhengau,
Ac edrychwn fry;
Concrwr byd ac angau
Acw sydd o'n tu!

So have a care for the poor old cast of EastEnders as they try to pronounce a few Welsh placenames, in honour of St David's Day. Kudos to Dad's Army's Ian Lavender, mind, whom I didn't even know was on the show and is actually quite good, even doing a relatively good rendition of the almost always fatal Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. 

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

September 21, 2016

News: Atlanta, Better Things renewed; Y Gwyll teaser; Toby Stephens gets Lost in Space; Mata Hari reimagined; + more

Posted on September 21, 2016 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Internet TV

UK TV

  • Teaser for series 3 of Y Gwyll/Hinterland

New UK TV show casting

US TV

US TV show casting

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

  • Aden Young, Logan Marshall-Green, Sarah Jones et al to star in USA's Damnation

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September 19, 2016

Do the people of Aberystwyth really want to stare at Y Gwyll (Hinterland) all day?

Posted on September 19, 2016 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Y Gwyll Mural

Okay, so there aren't a lot of TV shows set in Aber and the show's probably done a lot for tourism to the twon, but do people really want to stare at Richard Harrington looking a bit broody in Y Gwyll (Hinterland) for the next two years? I wouldn't have thought so, but S4C disagrees - it wants to stick a great big mural on the side of an art shop in the town. Planning applications are in, so let's so wait and see what happens next… 

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