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David Jandrell’s Monthly Column: Matching Shirt and Tie

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David Jandrell Grumpy Old Valleys Men

Welcome to a monthly series of exclusive articles by Welsh Valleys Humour author David Jandrell.  In it he explores frustrations with modern life, all recounted through his unique humour and Valleys dialiect… April 2019: Matching Shirt and Tie Years ago the nature of my job meant that I had to wear a shirt and tie. This caused massive problems for a number of people– me being one of them. By far, the most difficult thing I did on any working day was put a shirt on. This was due solely to my fingernails. They are very long- well on my right hand anyway. Rose, my partner calls them ‘talons’. I use them for playing my guitar. Some people have asked…

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Jaz-Michael King: Creating a new online community for Wales, Tŵt

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Jaz-Michael King is the creator of Tŵt, a community microblog built from the ground up in Welsh and English versions, with the aim of creating a bilingual, privacy-focussed social media experience. Born and raised in South Glamorgan, Jaz now lives and works in the USA. Michael Hickins is Director of Media Strategy at Oracle, and was previously an Editor at the Wall Street Journal, and here Mike asked Jaz about his latest creation. Tŵt is available online or mobile at toot.wales You once launched a Web services company called MerlinWeb.  Are you obsessed with Wales, or was that just a coincidence? In everything I do, I try to sell Wales a little bit. I believe we have a unique culture…

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Gwyliau / Festivals: Top 10

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Top 10 Gwyliau

Mae nifer o wyliau poblogaidd sy’n digwydd bob blwyddyn ar draws Cymru. Mae amrywiaeth o bethau y gallech chi eu gwneud ac mae rhywbeth i bawb. Mae llawer o hwyl i’w gael! There are several popular festivals that take place every year across Wales. There are a variety of things you could do and there is something for everyone. There is a lot of fun to be had! Gan / By Lydia Hobbs Gŵyl Fwyd Y Fenni / Abergavenny Food Festival

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Digwyddiadau Chwaraeon / Sporting Events: Top 10

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Top 10 Digwyddiadau Chwaraeon

Mae nifer o ddigwyddiadau chwaraeon ar draws Gymru y gallwch chi eu gwneud. Maen nhw’n wych i athletwyr a chefnogwyr. Mae’r digwyddiau’n boblogaidd dros ben ac mae llawer o hwyl i’w gael! There are a number of sporting events across Wales which you can do. They are great for athletes and supporters. The events are extremely popular and there is a lot of fun to be had! Gan / By Lydia Hobbs Ultra Aberhonddu i Gaerdydd / Brecon to Cardiff Ultra

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Actorion o Gymru / Actors from Wales: Top 10

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Actorion o Gymru

Mae nifer o actorion talentog sy’n dod o Gymru, sydd wedi ymddangos mewn amrywiaeth o raglenni a ffilmiau poblogaidd. Maen nhw yn Saesneg ac yn Gymraeg a ffilmiwyd yn America ac yn y Deyrnas Unedig. There are a number of talented actors who come from Wales who appeared in a variety of popular programmes and films. They are in English and in Welsh and they were filmed in America and in the United Kingdom. Gan / By Lydia Hobbs  Sir Anthony Hopkins CBE

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Pethau i’w gwneud yn Ne Cymru / Things to do in South Wales: Top 10

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Top 10 Pethau i'w gwneud yn Ne Cymru

Mae llawer o bethau gwahanol y gallwch chi eu gwneud yn Ne Cymru. Mae’n llawn hanes, hwyl a chyffro. Mae amrywiaeth enfawr o bethau i’w gwneud  yn Ne Cymru, felly mae rhywbeth i bawb. There are lots of different things that you can do in South Wales. It is full of history, fun and excitement. There is a huge variety of things to do in South Wales so there is something for everyone. Gan / By Lydia Hobbs  Pwll Mawr, Amgueddfa Lafaol Cymru / Big Pit, Welsh Coal Museum

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Word Tango: Creating a Welsh-language word puzzle game- from the Netherlands

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Word Tango

A small company in the Netherlands has released an iOS and Google Play word puzzle game, Word Tango. In its first iteration, Word Tango can be played in English, Welsh, Cornish, Danish, Faroese, Icelandic, Dutch and Frysian, with more languages to follow. Parallel.cymru asked the game’s designer, Remco Denessen, to talk us through how he went about making the game and why they are supporting lesser-used languages. I speak Limburgisch (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limburgish), which is classed as a language, but everyone speaks a dialect, or variant, of that language- so each village or town speak a little bit differently. Many have their own dictionary! Every town has thousands of songs in their dialect and most have a local radio station broadcasting in…

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Rhaglenni S4C / S4C Programmes: Top 10

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Top 10 Rhaglenni S4C

S4C yw’r sianel deledu Cymraeg. Mae amrywiaeth o raglenni ar y sianel ac mae’n addas i bawb, siaradwyr Cymraeg, dysgwyr a’r di-gymraeg. Mae rhywbeth i bawb ar S4C, felly dylech chi edrych am rywbeth y byddech yn ei fwynhau. S4C is the Welsh language television channel. There is a variety of programmes on the channel and it is suitable for everyone, Welsh speakers, learners and the non-Welsh speakers. There is something for everyone on S4C, so you should look for something that you would enjoy. Gan / By Lydia Hobbs 35 Diwrnod

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Made For Each Other: A Sci-fi Novella by David Jandrell, available as an ebook

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Made For Each Other- A Sci-fi Novella by David Jandrell

David Jandrell is a best-selling author of Welsh Valleys dialect books- observing and commenting on the humourous way that people of South Wales speak. He then set himself the challenge of writing fiction- and to write a science fiction story.  The challenge arose in that David only reads non-fiction, and had never read a scifi book in his life- making this a unique and distincitive novella.  It follows an autistic man who is ejected from Earth for not being able to contribute to society, but his approach to problem-solving and communication enable him to overcome the obstacles he finds when his craft is drawn to a planetoid on the outskirts of the solar system and meets an all-knowing sentient entity.

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BBC Journalist Jeremy Vine responds to Welsh language debate on Twitter: Exclusive editorial on Parallel.cymru

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Jeremy Vine Twitter

Special news; our correspondent, Peter Mescall, has been in contact with Jeremy Vine after the recent language debate on Twitter. Mr Vine presents a program on Radio 5 and was reviewing the year; a caller criticised the Welsh language, with an example about people who change to Welsh instead of continuing in English when English speakers enter a pub. Jeremy Vine received a message on Twitter; the user was not happy with the program and the discussion then deteriorated. Mr Vine tried to resolve the situation, but the image used on Twitter didn’t help- unfortunately, the title and image of the article wasn’t suitable and Mr Vine then received a lot of criticism. That’s when our correspondent and many others,…

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Pethau i’w gwneud yng Ngogledd Cymru / Things to do in North Wales: Top 10

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Top 10 Pethau i'w gwneud yng Ngogledd Cymru

Mae llawer o bethau y gallwch chi eu gwneud yng Ngogledd Cymru. Mae’n llawn hanes, hwyl a golygfeydd ysblennydd. Mae amrywiaeth enfawr o bethau i’w gwneud  yno, felly mae rhywbeth i bawb. There are lots of things to do in North Wales. It is full of history, fun and stunning views. There is a huge variety of things to do there, so there is something for everyone. Gan / By Lydia Hobbs Sw Môr Môn / Anglesey Sea Zoo

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Welsh Valleys’ David Jandrell: How I (Almost) Became a Scriptwriter

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Welsh Valleys' David Jandrell- How I Became an Author & Advice on Writing

Here in an irregular column, top-selling Welsh Valleys Humour author will share his experiences of writing and his experiences of the craft… take a seat in a comfortable chair with a lovely cup of tea and enjoy his wisdom and humour! Table of Contents January 2019: How I (Almost) Became a Scriptwriter February 2018: How I Became an Author January 2019: How I (Almost) Became a Scriptwriter I have referred to most of the people mentioned in this piece by their titles and positions that they held at the time that the events took place rather than using their names. They have all ‘moved on’ long since and I have no way of contacting them to ask their permission to…

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Cymdeithas yr Iaith: Cymunedau Byw Cwis y Flwyddyn 2018

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Cymdeithas yr Iaith Cwis y Flwyddyn

Mae hwn yn dod o’r Pecyn Cymunedau Byw gan Gymdeithas yr Iaith.  Pwrpas y pecyn yw cefnogi pobl sydd yn trefnu gweithgareddau anffurfiol i roi cyfleoedd i bobl ddefnyddio a chymdeithasu yn yr iaith. Dyma fersiwn digidol o Gwis y Flwyddyn, sydd wedi cael ei greu gan sawl cyfrannwr sy’n aelodau o Gymdeithas yr Iaith.  Mae 11 rownd o 10 cwestiwn yr un. Pob lwc! This is from the Living Communities Pack by Cymdeithas yr Iaith.  The purpose of the pack is to support people who organise informal activities to give opportunities for people to use and socialise in the language.  This is a digital version of the Quiz of the Year, which has been created by several contributors who…

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Actoresau o Gymru / Actresses from Wales: Top 10

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Top 10 Actoresau o Gymru

Mae nifer o actoresau talentog sy’n dod o Gymru. Maen nhw wedi ymddangos mewn amrywiaeth o raglenni poblogaidd, yn Saesneg ac yn Gymraeg. There are a number of talented actress who came from Wales. They have appeared in a variety of popular programmes, in English and in Welsh. Gan / By Lydia Hobbs Catherine Ayers

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