Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Oyster's 1st birthday

My favourite shop in Cardiff, Oyster is celebrating it's 1st birthday. Why not pop over for a glass of wine (organic of course) and a 10% discount. Here's an e-mail from the shop:
Hi all,
We are excited to announce that Oyster has passed its first year of trading. The enthusiasm and support of you, our customers, has been fantastic, and for that we would like to thank you.
On Sunday 5th November we are starting Sunday trading for the run up to Christmas. We will be trading from 12.00 to 4.00. Please come and join us for a glass of organic wine and a browse through our winter stock. As a thank you for your support through the year, we will be offering 10% off all purchases on that day only.

We look forward to seeing you.

and Ceri
So if you're in the city centre on Sunday, remember to call into the shop in the Castle Arcade.

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Friday, October 27, 2006


An article titled Welsh Web2.0 by Robert Andrews has appeared on Ping Wales. The title is a little misleading as it's about Web2.0 sites that have been localised into Welsh rather than Web2.0 sites created in Wales. (Can anyone think of a Web2.0 website from Wales apart from curiad.org in Welsh or English?)

Strangely enough, the day after I contributed info towards the article, I read about a Welsh localisation of LibraryThing by Dogfael.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Having a bit of a Legofest

In case you're missing out, I'm having a bit of a Lego fest over at my Welsh language blog. This all stemmed from seeing a Lego model at friends' house recently and wanting to re-create the exact model myself - which I know is stored away somewhere at my parents house.

1st post is about wonderfull (and strange) Lego inspired groups on Fickr and some links to fan sites. (I also found a link to builing instructions for the exact model mentioned pictured in the post)

2nd post is a YouTube video of a Lego rave (that's just silly, I know)

3rd post is a link to a Lego fan from Cardiff who's built a really cool replica of the Tannery from Sain Ffagan (where I used to work years ago).

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Wales - World Nation blog

I recieved an e-mail from Jeff Rees, asking how to get (rather than if he could have) a link from this blog to his. He certainly went about it the right way, refering to me as ..as you are a leading figure in blogging in Wales ..!

Once I'd stopped laughing, I went to visit Wales - World Nation, and found it to be a good 'un. On it, there are numerous posts about things happening in Wales politically, but also Jeff links to stories about political and linguistic matters from other countries that could be relevant to our situation here in Wales.

A good example is the post about the setting up of Elebide in the Basque Country. The main purpose of Elebide is to protect and promote the lingustic rights of the citizens of the Basque Country, particularly when dealing with the public sector. A good model for Wales?

Back to Jeff's blog. It's part of the Western Mail blog network. Does anyone read any of these? The paper is following the example of other newspapers, but I'm of the opinion that WM readers are less likely to be blog readers compared to people who read the Guardian. Not that this is a reason not to have blogs, but are these bloggers in danger of not blogging and there not being an audience for them?

Friday, October 20, 2006

Mattoidz acoustic gig, Caerffili - 27.10.06

It's me that's organised this. This'll be the second Welsh language gig we've held in Caerphilly. Around 20-25 came to the last one, which isn't great, but considering it was the first Welsh gig in the county it was ok and as it was in a small upstairs room the atmosphere was really nice. Also, what pleased me was the age of the audience - normally it's older folk who come to our events but the majority were under 30. Hopefully will get even more this time.

Here's Mattoidz' website and myspace, plus videos on Bandit

Goodrich Hotel on curiad.org

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Welsh not British

Welsh not British
I took the above photo before Wales' game against Slovakia in Cardiff. In the background you can see a banner with WelshNotBritish.com on it which is one of Cymuned's websites. The organisation uses occasions like internationals to highlight their campaigns. Here's Cymuned's Flickr group which has a lot of striking photo's!

Strangley enough, Eric posted a stori on his blog under the heading Welsh not British this week, which tells a story and gives his view of the way that the BBC Sport treat 'us all' (everyone in Britain that is) as English, and explains how this leads to a certain disliking (to put it mildly) by the Welsh (and Scottish, and Irish and .....) towards English national teams. It would do this 'Welsh' woman no harm to have a read.

(llongyfarchiadau Eric for being named Blog of the Month for November in the When Saturday Comes magazine)

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Monday, October 16, 2006

4 arrested at Language Act protest

Four members of Cymdeithas yr Iaith (Welsh Langugae Society) were arrested on Saturday, at a protest on a new retail park that's opened in the town where many of the new stores had no Welsh at all in them.
Detail's form the society's
More photo's on Flickr here and loads of good one's here.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Naff Nation

Being Welsh I'm used to seeing my side lose at football (and many other sports come to that), although the scoreline of 1-5 at home to Slovakia was a bit dissapointing. Paul Jones was to blame for a few of the goals, but it really pissed me off when 'fans' gave him ironc cheers each ime he touched the ball towards the end of the match. There was no chanting during the match and to turn on your own team/country is unforgivable and certainly counter productive.

The atmosphere at the 2/3 empty stadium is appaling, but the 28,000+ crowd wouldn't have fitted into any other stadium in Wales, and on the plus side who would have imagined a crowd of 28,000 for a match against Slovakia 10 years ago.

As it happens, the second highest attendance for an international match this weekend after the England v Macedonia match was 56,000 that watched the friendly between Catalunya and Euskadi, despite judges in Spain banning a TV advert promoting the game because it contained the slogan 'One nation, one team'.

Let's hope that Cyprus don't put five goals past us on Wednesday as they did againt Eire on Saturday.

Tyrfe Tawe (free music festival), Swansea 11-14/10/06

Tyrfe Tawe is a free music festival held at various locations around Swansea. This will be the festival's third year and it's aim is to bring Welsh speaking artists to the second city. The fesival's cheeky logo is "Rhy cŵl i Gaerdydd" (Too cool for Cardiff).
This page has links to all the different venues and artists.