10 Reasons on why we are proud to be WELSH

10. Our food and drink
From seaweed in bread to a lovely big dollop of cheese and mustard on a slab of bread, Welsh cuisine was never going to rule the world in the same way that Italy or America has. But therein lies the beauty – we don’t want to share all our delicious laver bread or Welsh rarebit with everyone. We’ll keep it for us to tuck into when we’re cwtched up tight on a cold Welsh winter’s night.

9. Our sportsmen and women
For such a small country, we’ve managed to produce our fair share of world-beating sports stars. From the rugby legends such as Gareth Edwards, Barry John and JPR through to the only undefeated British boxing champion Joe Calzaghe, and on to the unstoppable Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson – all legends in their own right. Add to that record-breaking football star Gareth Bale and our Six Nation champions, the Welsh Rugby Team (a large portion of whom made up the series-winning British and Irish Lions) and we’ve got ourselves some world-beaters.

8. Our beaches
With Rhossili Bay recently voted the third best beach in Europe, the world suddenly realised what we knew all along – that Welsh beaches are top notch. Ok, so we’ve had a few blemishes in the past with a few of the beaches doubling up as sewage farms, but we’ve finally come good.

7. Our castles 
You don’t come across many castles in the world, but some of the very best can be found forged into the Welsh countryside. Caerphilly castle is the second largest castle in the UK – the Yanks can’t get enough of them, because yes sir, they’re the real thing.

6. Our language
Yes, it sounds like a drayman clearing his throat the morning after the night before on occasions but where else in the world are you going to get words and phrases such as ‘popty ping’ and ‘Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch’?

5. Our hwyl
We’ve seen it time and time again, especially in Welsh sport, when we’ve really got our backs to the wall. From deep within our hearts, the crowds find their voice, sparking the hwyl within the players. They take a sharp intake of breath, accept the challenge and then go smash it – the Welsh way.

4. Our music
From Ivor Novello, right through to erm…Sonia, Welsh music and the way we create and perform it, is one of the great things that the Welsh are renowned for. Shirley, Tom, Bryn, Charlotte and Katherine, Cerys – all musicians renowned the world over. And for those stood on the terraces of the Arms Park or the Millennium Stadium, who can fail to get a flock of geese rippling over their skin they join the other tens of thousands in singing Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau? Pure magic.

3. Our artists
Richard Burton. Dylan Thomas. Anthony Hopkins. Tommy Cooper. All masters of their art and giants in the world of the arts. Wales has produced many artistic greats over the centuries. Creative genius in conflict with human flaws sparked some of the most memorable living characters the world has seen. “I’ve just had eighteen straight whiskies. I think that’s the record.”

2. Our flag
There’s no flag in the world quite like it. While the other counties that make up the UK share the Union Jack, they’ll always be reminded that they are part of that union thanks to the fact that the Union Jack itself is made up of their flags. We’ve got one all to ourselves. And it’s bluddy lovely mun.

1. Our people
Apart from the odd idiot here and there, Wales is full of lovely, friendly people. Unlike England, we’ve never invaded anyone so very few people hold a grudge against us. In fact, we are known throughout the world as a friendly nation. It’s us, the proud Welsh people that are the best thing about Wales. Come here and give us a cwtch will you?

Swansea gets its very own Milky Way as Wales’ first starpath is laid

A glow-in-the-dark pathway known as a “Starpath” has been introduced in a Welsh park for the first time.

Groundbreaking technology means the path that runs through Bryn-y-Don Park in Swansea’s North Hill district now lights up at night.

Swansea Council is behind the UV-powered project with funding from the Welsh Government’s Tidy Towns initiative.

The spray-on technology generates its own energy during the day and then the special chemicals in the path interact to produce a glow at night.

Sybil Crouch, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability said of the project: “This is the latest in a number of schemes to significantly improve Bryn-y-Don Park in North Hill for nearby residents and people who pass through the area every day.

“Not only does the Starpath look lovely at night, but it’s also sustainable and energy-efficient, capturing sunlight to enhance safety in unlit areas.

“It’s our goal to work with local residents to transform Bryn-y-Don Park from a neglected patch of land into a valued asset for the many communities it serves. This project shows how serious we are about realising our objective.”

Cloe Gerrard, who chairs the Friends of Bryn-y-Don Park group, said: “We’re thrilled with the new path and so happy that Swansea Council has been able to provide this for our community. It gives the Friends of Bryn-y- Don Park a fantastic point to progress from and you’ll hopefully be able to see many more positive changes soon.”

Hamish Scott, Owner of Pro-Teq Surfacing (UK) Ltd who invented the Starpath, said: “We’re delighted that Swansea Council recognise the benefits of Starpath, and our innovative re-surfacing methodology is now on the pathway that runs through Bryn-y-Don Park in North Hill.

“We’re overwhelmed by the public and media response for this product globally, and now Swansea has the first Starpath in Wales.”

Other recent improvements to Bryn-y-Don Park include a new play area for children. Swansea Council’s parks and highways departments have also cut back overgrown vegetation, cleared rubbish, made entrances more accessible and planted wildflowers.

New shrubs will also soon be planted.

Exciting new dance music festival coming to Carmarthen

AN exciting new dance music festival is set to come to Carmarthen next year.

The Together Festival will take place on the May 31, 2014, at the Carmarthen Showground site and will be the only dance music festival in Wales.

The event aims to give a new generation of Welsh clubbers the opportunity to be part of something new, as well as bringing all of Wales`s major clubbing brands together

Promotions director of the festival Jason Thomas said:

“The Together Festival will bring like minded people together for one special thing… music. We have a lot of musical talent in Wales and it’s about time we shared it with the World.”

Managing director of LMG (Live Management Group), organisers of the festival Nash Gooderham said: “We are really excited to have this opportunity to produce a new festival for Wales, working with Welsh clubbing brands and Welsh promoters. We’re hoping that the event will be a huge success and that we can develop the Festival into a larger two day event, in the future.”

The festival organisers are hoping to attract people from all over Wales and a limited number of camping pitches will be available to accommodate people who want to stay on site, on both the Friday and Saturday nights.

Welsh Limos bus smashed up with crowbar

THE owner of a Swansea limousine and bus company is appealing for information after one of his prized vehicles was vandalised.

Lee Pitson, of Welsh Limos based in Fabian Way, has been left furious after windows were smashed on one of his buses.

As well as the windows being smashed, an expletive was also scratched into the vehicle’s paint work — leaving Mr Pitson with a bill running into thousands of pounds.

He said: “It looks like a crowbar has done the job. I am angry about it.

“My business partner arrived for work and realised.

“Six windows have been done on our flagship bus.

“The word has been scratched into one of the doors and then a key had been scraped down the side.

“It is probably going to cost us between £2,500 and £3,000, unfortunately it is a lot of money for us.

“We are working hard to get back onto the road, our busiest days are Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday.

“We have a 10th birthday party tomorrow and then on Friday we have a hen party going to Blackpool.

“I am hoping by tomorrow evening it will be back on the road. We don’t want to let anyone down.

“We are offering a £500 reward if anyone knows anything.”

A spokesman for South Wales Police confirmed the incident and said with information should contact 101.