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David Jandrell’s Valleys Humour

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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David Jandrell’s Monthly Column: The over-use of science terms

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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… January 2019: The over-use of science terms It would have been the mid to late 1970s when I heard it first. It may have happened before that- I just noticed it then. By the mid 1970s, my vocabulary had increased exponentially since the last time I mentioned it – and I could spell palaeontologist! Most of the words that I had added to my vocabulary were scientific ones as I have become a scientist by this time – which is probably why I noticed it. “What did you…

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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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David Jandrell: Welsh Valleys Q&A

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Nigel Morgan Heol y Cwm

After the popularity of David Jandrell’s earlier articles (Introducing The Welsh Valleys Phrasebook, How I Became an Author & ‘What’s On In Cwmcarn’ newsletter- Legacy Edition), he has kindly returned to answer questions from the parallel.cymru readership. It’s clear when you hear Valleys English that a lot of it has been informed and has its roots from a time when Welsh was the first language of the Valleys: e.g “Now in a minute” being a perfectly valid and correct sounding sentence in Welsh “Nawr, mewn munud”. Why is it, in your opinion, that this has only seemed to have remained true in the Valleys? Valley people are very loyal to their areas. It is commonplace for valley people to ‘stay…

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David Jandrell’s first ‘What’s On In Cwmcarn’ newsletter- Legacy Edition

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What’s On In Cwmcarn

This is a digital reproduction of the very first Whats On In Cwmcarn newsletter, which began to document David Jandrell’s love of Valleyspeak, and later became the book Cwmtwp: Gossip From the Valleys and led to the Welsh Valleys Phrasebook and Welsh Valleys Humour.  Sit back and enjoy this reproduction, or legacy editition, as introduced by the discoverer of the newsletter and its jokes in its Cwmtwp format… Personal log of Professor Nigel Jones, University of Northern Hemisphere, 26th April 2425. “I was intrigued to be given access to an artefact known as a CD-ROM a few years ago. It was an ancient storage device and after a lot of research from colleagues, I was able to read the information…

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David Jandrell: Introducing The Welsh Valleys Phrasebook

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David Jandrell- Introducing Welsh Valleys Phrasebook

David Jandrell’s mission in life is documenting the the dialect of the South Wales Valleys (also known as Wenglish), and sharing his love of phrases such ‘Tidy’, ‘Butt’, ‘Now in a minute’ and ‘Cwtch’ with the wider world.  Here he introduces Valleys English, gives a sample of popular phrases and explanations from Welsh Valleys Phrasebook and then recounts his story of developing an interest in documenting this dialect… Skip to: Sample Glossary / My life through Valleys English Welsh Valleys Humour / Wenglish Dialect / Talk Tidy A first visitor to Wales will almost certainly have to converse with a local at some stage, and that is where the trouble may start. Ask for directions and you will be no…

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