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This week's GHOSTS & FOLKLORE podcast is dedicated to ghost trains.
It tells the real-life tale of a spectral locomotive which hurtled through Victorian #Wales, and gives me a chance to bemoan the lack of ghost trains in fun fairs nowadays like this fine specimen in Porthcawl. ImageImageImage
* Online first thing Thursday, September 17, on all the usual bat channels....
Christopher Lee as Hammer Horror's Dracula bids you welcome, and invites you to step on-board the Ghost Train at Coney Beach, Porthcawl - if you dare! Mwah ha ha ha ha etc.... Image
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N.Ireland is once again the rope in the UK/EU tug of war.

(we've been here before, several times 🙄😩)

Both claim to be acting on the grounds of the Good Friday/Belfast 1998 Agreement.

Both have a point…

But it’s complicated.

A twitter thread.
#Brexit #GFA
The Belfast/Good Friday #Agreement has 3 strands.

These strands represent the lines of division that gave rise to the #conflict:
* unionist/nationalist within NI,
* north/south across the border, &
* British/Irish.

The B/GFA formalised cooperation across these lines.
Crucially, all are #interdependent.

Underpinning it all is the British-Irish relationship

That relationship was improved & became closer as a result of being ‘partners in the EU’ 🇪🇺

The EU was also a go-to model for some of that cross-border & multilevel cooperation.
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My new book PARANORMAL WALES was published in March - the same week the UK went into lockdown, great timing! - so I postponed my book launch until Halloween.
Sadly that won't be possible either, so I'll be having a virtual launch party on my GHOSTS & FOLKLORE podcast instead.
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The great thing about doing it online is that all my friends from around the world can join in, so it should be my most well-attended book launch to date - even if I am sitting here on my own talking to myself into a mic! Signed copies will also be available, more on that soon
The PARANORMAL WALES book launch will be live on: Thurs, Oct 29 - just in time to get everyone in the Halloween mood.
Just like my "Ghosts of Wales - Live!" events there'll be spooky surprises & guests and I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing so any suggestions would be great!
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Happy 1st of September and hellooooo autumn!
Let the leaves change shade, the air turn crisp, and may all of your coffees be spiced with pumpkin.
Bring on the witching season...
Photo: Llanrwst, #Wales
#autumn #september1st #tuesdaythoughts Image
...and yes, I know it's not astronomical autumn before the "it's not autumn" people pipe up, just enjoy the lovely photo....
It really is starting to feel autumnal already - 60 days until Halloween, apparently!
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My UK #staycation first stop! 🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿
Leeds Castle, Kent. ImageImageImageImage
2nd stop
Reading Isaiah at Canterbury Cathedral, Kent.
#staycation 🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 #uk Image
How beautiful is constantly pulling aside while driving on English villages and towns’ narrow roads and then wave to each other when cars cross? 🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🚙👋🏻🏡🏠
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Who wants to win a spooky FREE book?
To celebrate #BookLoversDay I'm giving away a copy of PARANORMAL WALES or GHOSTS OF WALES to one lucky tweeter.
Just like and retweet this tweet to enter - easy!

#paranormal #wales #sundayvibes #win Image
Standard Mark Rees T&Cs apply. Winner will be drawn at random & DM'd on Aug 16. Bribery probably won't work but it's always worth a try. Judges decision (mine!) is final. There's a heatwave going on right now, why are you reading this small print? Get outside & soak up the rays!
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Okay THIS one I'm proud of!
Llywelyn ein llew olaf innit.
Context below👇
#Wales #Welshhistory ImageImageImage
2/5. During the war of 1282, a month before Llywelyn's death, the Archbishop of Canterbury came to the Prince and relayed to him the offer of an earldom and an estate in England worth £1,000 if he would surrender and relinquish rule over northern Wales to Edward.
3/5. Llywelyn replied that he would not surrender his Welsh inheritance which his family had held since the days the refugees of Troy had first landed in Britain. He would not give up his rightful inheritance for estates in a foreign land with strange customs unfamiliar to him.
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The world lost Richard Burton - Wales' greatest actor - today in 1984.

A few years ago I made the pilgrimage to his grave in Céligny, Switzerland, where the boy from Port Talbot was buried in a patriotic red suit with a copy of Dylan Thomas' poems.

RIP Rich.

#cymru #wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿
Here's a photo of Richard Burton's grave in the old cemetery in Céligny, Switzerland.
Notice the small photo of Elizabeth Taylor which somebody placed next to the flowers before my visit. Image
You can read about my Richard Burton adventure from Port Talbot to Switzerland here: (Sadly, the original version with video is no longer online, so this is the next best thing...)…
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Okay here we go.
In medieval Wales land was owned and managed under the gwely system, by which land was held by the family as a four generational family concern.
Land was ultimately a family commodity.
#Wales #History #medievaltwitter #WelshHistory
No one person truly owned the land. It was owned by the family as a whole. With each inheritor essentially owning a lifetime interest in the land. As such gwely or family land (land held by an established free Welsh family as opposed to land worked by unfree tenants
or by religious institutions) could not be sold or bought since no individual could dispose of land which ultimately belonged to the family as a whole and to their descendants.
(Although people would obviously find ways to work around this legal hitch).
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Happy 1st of August!
Welsh folklore tells us to beware the cabbage during this month:
"The old people used to say that if you desired to die you should eat cabbages in August." (Folklore of Wales, 1909)
The perfect excuse not to eat your greens...
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Welsh folklore tells us that August is a great month for marriage and travel:
"August is regarded as a royal and exalted month. It is very favourable for weddings and journeys. There is an old saying in some parts of #Wales that a child born in August will 'rise in the world.'" Image
Oh, and I was born in August myself, so I'm pretty sure that I'll be "rising in the world" very soon - don't fail me now, Welsh folklore!
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"The owl is prominent in the mythology of Wales. From time immemorial it has been regarded with ill-favour. In several villages, when an owl hoots in the midst of houses, a maiden inhabitant will lose her chastity."
Folklore of Wales, 1909
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"When an owl was heard hooting early in the night from one of the yews in the churchyard it was looked upon as a sign that some unmarried girl of the village had forsaken the path of chastity. There are even now persons who maintain the trustworthiness of this."
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For more weird and wonderful tales from Wales check out the GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE podcast on all the main podcasting sites... NOW!
Oh, and don't forget the CURIOUS WALES twitter moment:
⚡️ “Curious Wales: Folklore, ghosts, myths and legends”…
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Happy Friday!
Welsh folklore tells us that today is a day for magic:
"Friday was a 'witch day' and generally unlucky. If you talk about witches on a Friday, they will brew mischief for you. A wet Friday, a wet Sunday; a fair Friday, a fair Sunday."
#folklore #wales #fridayfeeling
Best. Witch. GIF. Ever. #Folklore
My old #folklore tweets seem to be having a new lease of life this morning. It's almost as if a popular recording artist has named their album after these curious old customs, and people are now discovering them for the first time. Strange.
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"Cats were supposed to be endowed with magical powers, and therefore granted many privileges and indulgences. It was not considered lucky for the inmates of a house to be without a cat."
Folklore of Wales, 1909

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"Girls are told to feed their cats well, so that the sun may shine on their wedding-day."
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For more weird and wonderful Welsh animal folklore, check out my "Ghosts & Folklore of Wales" podcast in all the usual places (Apple/ Spotify/ Google etc.), and the "Curious Wales" twitter moment:

⚡️ “Curious Wales: Folklore, ghosts, myths and legends”…
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Who wants to WIN a spooky free book?
I'm giving away a copy of PARANORMAL WALES to one lucky person, a spine-chilling journey in search of the country's "most haunted" locations.
Just like and retweet to enter. Good luck!
(*Porcelain ghosts not included!)
#paranormal #wales #win Image
Standard Mark Rees T&Cs apply. Winner will be drawn at random and DM'd on Mon, July 27. Bribery probably won't work, but it's always worth a try. Judges decision (mine!) is final. I'll be moaning that I have no books left in a week or two, I really should stop giving them away...
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The Llanddona Witches of Anglesey had a curse for unpleasant men:

"May he wander for ages many;
And at every step, a stile;
At every stile, a fall;
At every fall, a broken bone;
Not the largest, nor the least bone,
But the chief neck bone, every time."

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The Llanddona Witches verse/curse has been translated from the Welsh language. Here's the original:
"Crwydro y byddo am oesoedd lawer;
Ac yn mhob cam, camfa;
Yn mhob camfa, codwm;
Yn mhob codwm, tori asgwrn;
Nid yr asgwrn mwyaf na’r lleiaf,
Ond asgwrn chwil corn ei wddw bob tro."
"The favourite haunts of Welsh witches were desolate places far from the busy centres of toil and traffic. In Anglesea they held their revels near the Druidical stones and the Roman watch-tower on Holy Island when making compacts with the devil."
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According to Amazon, my new book ILLUSTRATED TALES OF #WALES has been delayed until June 2021.
Which is bad news if you wanted a copy for Christmas, but the good news is you can always get your Welsh myths, legends and folklore fix here on my Twitter feed!… Image
...and don't forget the shiny new GHOSTS & FOLKLORE OF WALES podcast, available to download and subscribe to.... NOW!… Image
⚡️ “Curious Wales: Folklore, ghosts, myths and legends”…
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"Gloomy and melancholy people, and those very much depressed in spirits, were accustomed to drink an infusion of Scarlet Pimpernel. Worn in the hat, cap, coat, or bodice, it was supposed to keep sad thoughts from the wearer."
Folklore of Wales, 1909
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Welsh folklore tells us that pimpernel can be used to tell the time:
"The scarlet pimpernel, known as the 'poor man's clock,' which opens at 7am and closes about 2pm, was regarded as a barometer. On the approach of rain the flowers will not open, or, if open, close at once."
Welsh folklore also tells us that the Scarlet Pimpernel helps with a good nights' sleep:
"Placed under the pillow at night, it brought pleasant and soothing dreams."
Sweet dreams!
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Happy 1st of July!
Welsh folklore tells us to watch the weather today:
"If there is rain on July 1, it will be a rainy month. July fogs are supposed to bring the blight in their folds. When the sea makes a great noise in July storms are coming."
#July1st #wales #WednesdayWisdom
Happy 1st of July!
Welsh folklore tells us to keep our eyes peeled for a flying insect this month:
"The children say that the 'devil's messenger,' the dragon-fly, comes 'to spy in July,' therefore they must be careful in their actions."
#Art: Ida Rentoul Outhwaite
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I can confirm that there was indeed plenty of rain and fog today, so you might want to stock up on a cagoule and wellies. On the plus side, there was no sign of any dragon flies.
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In honour of my recent appointment to education minister by @cymrocarn I'm going to lob a LOT of info your way about a prince of Powys.
Introducing Owain ap Cadwgan, Powysian badboy
#Wales #medievaltwitter #medieval #powys #History
11th and 12th century Powys was an absolute mess. Following the death of daddy dom Gruffudd ap Llywelyn, his half brothers Bleddyn and Rhiwallon inherited Gwynedd and Powys, having colluded and helped in their brothers destruction and eventual murder.
Rhiwallon died early and it was the descendants of Bleddyn who would continue to rule in Powys for the next few centuries. After the death of Bleddyn in 1075 Powys collapsed into an incoherent mess of competing princes and branches of the royal dynasty fighting for the crown
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The Drunkard of Europe

IT WAS ONE OF THE WORST DAYS OF MY LIFE. I know for a fact it was the worst day in at least two people’s lives. In the early hours of the morning the phone rang. On the other end of the phone my friend was speaking to me in a stranger’s voice
. Her husband was beside himself with shock and grief, and she was calmly explaining to me what had happened. I say ‘calmly,’ but this wasn’t calm. It was emotionless, a sort of thousand-yard stare of a voice, producing something that sounded for all the world like the person
I knew while she was somewhere else. This voice was absent, it was hollow, and this voice woke me up. Their beautiful baby daughter had died in her sleep.An hour later I was standing by this little angel’s cot, receiving her into my arms from her mother.
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Never mind Coco Pops, do you know why Corn Flakes have a cockerel on them? It's all thanks to the Welsh language.
When harpist Nansi Richards met Kellogg she told him his name sounded like the word Ceiliog (cockerel). He liked it - & coloured the bird to match the flag of #Wales! ImageImage
There was a lot to squeeze in to that tweet above, but just to clarify - Nansi did indeed tour America where she met Will Kellogg. Soon after, the cockerel appeared on the packs but the suggestion that the colours / flag etc. has entered the realm of legend - it's a great story!
For those asking about the truth of this story, we appear to have confirmation from the family:
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DAY 2 of the #InDivEU Mid-Term Conference is about to get underway! Today we have 2 panels:

1⃣ Effects of #DifferentiatedIntegration
2⃣ External #Differentiation

As yesterday, we'll be keeping you updated by live-tweeting all our expert contributions from Team #InDivEU💪
The Chair of our first panel, Wojciech Gagatek from @UniWarszawski, has just opened up proceedings 💪

Ioannis Vergioglou from @ETH_en is taking us through the methodology and framework of the first paper of the day: "Effects of #DifferentiatedIntegration on EU Institutional Trust"

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Happy Friday! Who wants to WIN a spooky FREE book?
I'm giving away a copy of PARANORMAL WALES or GHOSTS OF WALES to one lucky person.
Just like and retweet this tweet to enter.
Good luck!

#paranormal #wales #win #FridayFeeling #FridayMotivation #FridayThoughts #Competition Image
Standard Mark Rees T&Cs apply. Winner will be drawn at random and DM'd on Friday, June 19. Books may cause spines to chill and hair to raise. Bribery probably won't work, but it's always worth a try. Stay safe and read more books. Does anyone read all this? If so, well done you!
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Thank you / diolch!
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It's not "different" in #Cardiff 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿. Cardiff is home to the oldest continuous Black community in the #UnitedKingdom🇬🇧. Historically, Cardiff🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 had one of the largest #Black communities in the #UK🇬🇧. #BlackLivesMatter now, and throughout history. 1/
Mahmood Hussein Mattan, pictured below, was a sailor from #Somaliland and worked as a merchant seamen. His work brought him to #TigerBay in #Cardiff, #Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿.

Here is a photograph of Mahmood. 2/
He wrongfully convicted of the murder of Lily Volpert on 6 March 1952, and the murder took place in the dockland area of South Cardiff, Wales🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿. Within a few hours Mattan was questioned by the Cardiff City Police+ten days later he was charged with Volpert's murder. 3/
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