Dating a Welshman: from conversation to love


Once partitioned from England by ‘Offa’s Dyke,’ a lengthy earthwork separating warring tribes, Wales’ boundary with its larger neighbor runs for around 160 miles. Aside from the Dee estuary in the north, and the Severn estuary to the south, this barrier crosses fields and hills, traversing roads and villages. Although governed by London as part of the UK, Wales retains fierce independence. One thing you must never do is call a Welshman English!

If you fancy your chances with one of these Celtic romantics, you could always start your quest by joining an online dating service. On it is easier to find a dating site where you could meet a like-minded person because experts have already cared for you and proposed a list of platforms where you could start more safe and productive communication. Once you’ve come across a site where you’ll find cute guys from Wales (Cymru in the Welsh language) you’re in for a romantic experience.

Reasons Why You Should Date a Welsh Person

The Welsh are known the world over for their warmth and affection. They can act (think of Richard Burton, with his gravelly voice) and they can sing. To hear the massed ranks of red-bedecked Welsh rugby fans breaking into their national anthem before a rugby match against England at Cardiff Arms Park is to listen to waves of passion. But they are also down to earth, far friendlier and more approachable than their neighbors across the River Severn. They’re also fond of family and community and loyal to those they love.

Things you must to know dating a Welshman

1. They Invented the ‘Cwtch’

The Welsh language isn’t remotely like the English spoken by their neighbors (the English were originally the Anglo-Saxons, a Germanic tribe who invaded these islands after the Roman left.) The Welsh were the natives, their spoken tongue is Celtic, and this is a beautiful, lyrical language. Cwtch has two meanings. Firstly, it’s cuddle. Secondly, it’s a cubbyhole to store something. Where romance is concerned, combining these conjures the perfect picture of wrapping your arms around someone, keeping them safe.

2. They’re really just romantics, as their history shows

Welsh history is exemplified by the red dragon on their national flag, an emblem of strength and pride. They have long battled to assert their autonomy from the English, and this is reflected in rich poetry and folk music. Wales might be much smaller than England, but this has empowered their romantic sense of the underdog. Wales embraced the 19th century Industrial Revolution, developing an extensive coal mining industry. Welshmen have always been hardy, toiling in dangerous conditions far underground, but each colliery had its own choir, the men combining to sing songs full of passion. Continue reading

Welsh filmmakers shortlisted for LGBT+ prize

Two Welsh filmmakers have spoken of their joy of being shortlisted at this year’s Iris Prize.

Anna Winstone who directed Rhiw Goch (On the Red Hill) and Ian Smith, who made Go Home Polish, made the final 15 for the Best Short category.

For the first time in the Cardiff LGBT+ film festival’s history a film from the Netherlands was awarded the £30,000 prize.

Short Calf Muscle, by Victoria Warmerdam, was crowned the winner.

The organisers of the festival, which is now in its 14th year, said the money would allow the producer to make a new short film in Wales.

Winstone, 27, from Cardiff, said she was “screaming” when she learned her film had been shortlisted.

“Iris is such a big deal in the film world and for our short, whereby we borrowed a camera and only had a budget of £150, to have been selected was incredible, I thought they had made a mistake,” said Winstone.

Her documentary tells the story of a gay couple, Mike and Peredur, who inherit a house just outside Machynlleth, Powys, from an older gay couple George and Reg. The story is of the house – their sanctuary

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Old Songs Podcast: Introduction to Welsh traditional music

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UK coronavirus death toll may be over 32,000 – 54% higher than reports

CORONAVIRUS deaths in the UK might be 54 per cent higher than reported – meaning the grim death toll could be at least 32,000.

The Office for National Statistics today found there were 22,300 deaths involving Covid-19 in and outside of hospital up to April 17 but registered to April 25.

his is compared to 14,451 reported by the Department of Health for England and Wales at the same time.

The number means the UK death toll could be around 54 per cent higher than the current total of 21,092 – bringing the total number of deaths from the disease to at least 32,000.

The figures explore deaths that happened outside hospital – including care homes and private houses – as well as backdated hospital deaths.

“Every death from this virus is a tragedy. This is being exacerbated by the fact some social care staff and other frontline workers still lack the necessary PPE to protect themselves and the people they care for from contracting coronavirus.”

Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board

It also includes hidden deaths where Covid-19 is mentioned as a suspected cause of death but the victim has not necessarily tested positive for the disease.

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10 of UK’s best spring walks

Pubs and restaurants may be closed and dark, but all over the UK wildlife is bursting into the light of longer days and it’s never been more important to get some fresh air. Nature writers select their favourite seasonal destinations

Land of poems and stories: the Cotswolds

“If ever I heard blessing it is there. Where birds in trees that shoals and shadows are.” In April and May the Cotswold landscape still speaks in the soft, calm tones of Laurie Lee. For a first-time visitor it can take a while to tune into the hard, spare, wall-bound fields of the Cotswold plateau. Yet in the valleys and on the scarp edges, there are bluebells and wood anemones, clear spring-fed streams and a soundtrack of willow warblers and blackcaps, fresh back from their winter travels.

The deep valleys around Stroud hold hanging woods, filled in April with the scent of wild garlic. At the National Trust-maintained Woodchester Park, where the half-completed Victorian manor stands mysterious in the valley bottom, it feels as though the clock has stopped and no one has yet arrived to restart it.

Further north, in my home patch, the same timeless feel pervades Hailes Abbey, with, above it, a monument marking Thomas Cromwell’s seat, from which it is said he watched the Abbey burn almost 500 years ago. From here you can walk a couple of miles along the Cotswold Way to Winchcombe.

Spring is a wonderful time to explore smaller towns and villages, many of which are the subject of poems and stories. For me, each name conjures a memory: a village cricket match in April snow at Guiting Power; my childhood love of Bibury,

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