Only a week ago..
...I was in a pub with Geraint and Mair, chatting away in Welsh. We'd gone to the Mochyn Du to meet Chris, who we'd met through blogging. Chris who's an American, and pictured above photgraphing himself in a public toilet in Cardiff (why?) keeps a Welsh language blog, which he's been using as a way of improving his Welsh writting skills. He's completly self taught using mainly the BBC's Catchphrase website, and his ambition is to study a degree in Welsh at Cardiff University.
I'm sure you're thinking he's mad (as I did), but for someone who had only had 2 or 3 face to face conversations in Welsh in his whole life, he could speak it fluently, holding his own in a conversation with three (first language) Welsh speakers and expessing himself natrually.
Needles to say, when he had an interview with the School of Welsh the following day, he was accepted on the course for 2006. Chris spent a lot of the evening appologising for George Bush, but there's no need for Chris or any other American to do this as I don't consider the cretin Rhodri Morgan's actions (or inactions more like) to be any fault of mine.
Hopefully I'll be spending many more evenings in the Mochyn Du with Chris and others in the future.
You can read about his trip on his English blog