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Cymru am byth

Wales V Scotland

Wales V Scotland 2012

I am very proud to say I have lived in Wales all my life and also very glad my parents decided to send me to both a fluent primary and secondary school. This made it easier for me to learn such a complex language as I was growing up. I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many people tell me they wish they spoke Welsh and I really do understand how hard it is to learn from scratch.

Having a very strong Welsh accent  means I often get  mocked jokingly by friends, and also get laughed at by family members as I talk at  100 miles an hour when I’m excited. There’s also the joys of Six Nations rugby days when Wales are playing and I put on my Welsh rugby top and sing the Welsh National anthem at the top of my voice.

Wales V France

Wales V France


Hen Wlad fy Nhadau
(Land of my Fathers)

The Welsh National Anthem

Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi
Gwlad beirdd a chantorion enwogion o fri
Ei gwrol ryfelwr, gwlad garwyr tra mad
Tros ryddid collasant eu gwaed.

Gwlad Gwlad,

Six Nations in Cardiff

Welsh rugby shirt!

Pleidiol wyf i’m gwlad,
Tra môr yn fur i’r bur hoff bau
O bydded i’r hen iaith barhau


Land of my Fathers, O land of the free,
A land of poets and minstrels, famed men.
Her brave warriors, patriots much blessed,
It was for freedom that they lost their blood.

Wales! Wales!,
I am devoted to my country.
So long as the sea is a wall to this fair beautiful land,
May the ancient language remain.

A close friend of mine who I met at the start of my course has always joked that I will become ‘the face of Wales.’  Everytime I made a comment with any hint of negativity he would joke ‘as if the face of Wales could do anything wrong.’ I celebrated my 24th birthday on the weekend and couldn’t wait for my card he told me he ‘was working on.’  After 3 days I couldn’t help thinking he was lying when he said ‘it’s  in the house,’ but today when I finally got it…I decided it was worth the wait.

Banning of unsupervised sunbeds in Wales


(Written on October 31st 2011.)

From today it will be illegal for under 18s to use sun-beds. A new legislation In Wales has banned unsupervised salons to protect young people from the risks of skin cancer.

 Under the new regulations salons must show posters with health warnings and will not be able to promote sunbeds as being good for you.

Businesses in Wales that don’t follow the rules could risk being fined up to 5000 pounds.

Our health correspondent Bethan Muxworthy has more:

So, Bethan, what exactly does this new regulation mean?

Well it’s very much the same idea as the ban on smoking in public places because it makes it harder for people to do the things that could harm them.

The Welsh Government regulation follows a three year campaign by Tenovus Cancer research to protect children by banning them from using sun-beds.

Even-though a ban was introduced in April to stop under 18’s using the tanning beds this didn’t stop them from going to coin-operated shops.

Children as young as ten could walk in, put their pocket money in the machines and go on for as long as possible.

I spoke to Doctor Ian Lewis, head of cancer research Tenovus and he says young children are more at risk:

How dangerous are sun-beds then, I mean people are still going on them so what effects can this actually have on their health?

Many people use sun-beds to get what they think is a natural all over tan, but the worry is many are unaware of the health risks.

Skin cancer is strongly linked to over-exposure to ultra-violet radiation through the use of sun-beds.

Even occasional use can result in prematurely aged skin, eye damage and suppression of the immune system.

Skin cancer is the most common cause of cancer in 15 to 24 year olds and South Wales has one of the highest incidences in the UK.

Doctor Ian Lewis tells us why these changes were needed:

The new rules will protect under 18’s so why does this campaign just focus on that age group?

This campaign focuses on young people because they’re vulnerable and are more likely to get skin cancer if they’re exposed to harmful UV rays.

The dangers of using sun-beds can be all too real especially without guidance.This was highlighted In 2009 when two teenage girls from South Wales were badly burnt using sun-beds.

A 14 year old was treated for first degree burns after spending 19 minutes on one, and a 10 year old received burns to 70% of her body.

The new regulation will stop cases like this from happening in the future.

What next? Will there ever be a complete ban?

For now the ban is for under 18s only, but by introducing these health warnings and not an overall sun-bed ban it is hoped that people should make the right decision.

The new measures emphasise that sun-beds are not a safe alternative to tanning and the Welsh Government will make the legislation as effective as they can to help save lives.

In the near future Cancer charities hope to educate people of all ages by offering them a guide on how to be safe in the sun and to prevent skin cancer.

That was Bethan Muxworthy reporting on the new ban on unmanned sunbeds in Wales.

Dobbin is still alive and kicking!


Christmas can be the most hectic and stressful time of the year, so when the golden opportunity comes along to set aside the red-hot credit card and the endless list of things to do, the choice of entertainment to get you into the Christmas spirit is all important. For some that might mean sitting at home, feet up with a mug of hot chocolate or glass of mulled wine watching TV offerings such as the Absolutely Fabulous Christmas special. For others, a trip to the cinema could be beckoning, with attractions such as ‘Arthur Christmas’ in 3D, written by Cardiff born Peter Baynham. Read the rest of this entry