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Editors' Note / Nodyn Golygyddion

Editors' Note: June 2012 edition

(June 01, 2012)

Welcome to the summer, though you wouldn't know it, and to the June 2012 edition of cylchgrawn Cymru Culture magazine. This quarter's articles, the previous quarter's and all interviews with artists and designers are linked on the frontpage.

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In this edition:

Leanne Wood - Senedd

Leanne Wood discusses the early days in her leadership of Plaid Cymru, and how Plaid can effect the future of Wales.

Portrait - E G Bowen

In "The rich science heritage of Wales", the first of a series of articles on Welsh scientists , Dr Neville Evans looks at the achievements of Eddy 'Taffy' Bowen; instrumental in the practical application radio direction finding technologies.


Portrait of the author

Robert Wade's fascinating investigation discusses Welsh women and the law. Here, in part one, he looks at women's rights under cyfraith Hywel (the Laws of Hywel Dda), how women's rights disapeared under English rule and how only now are we catching up.

Picau ar y maen

The only Welsh cakes recipe you'll ever need from the Head Chef at Tŵr Cymru Culture Towers, Claire Meredith. This recipe for picau ar y maen (Welsh cakes) gives a twist to the traditional.

Ras y Cestyll - Finish at Cricieth Green - 10m to the line

In the first of our articles highlighting Welsh sport in this issue, Phil Gregory takes us for a run across the country, from Caernarfon to Cardiff, and past many of our most iconic buildings. The Welsh castles relay - a great Welsh road race – is run on the second weekend of June each year, starting this year on 9 June.

Cymru v Iwerddon


Welsh women's rugby has been going from strength to strength recently. Megan Rule provides an overview of the current state of the women's game in Wales

Portrait Abi Davies


Football journalist, Abigail Davies, reviews Loud, Proud & Positive; Swansea City captain Gary Monk's autobiograpy.

MUW owners/organisers, Habbeb Adeokun and Vivienne Sharman-Lewis (L&R) introduce the new winners for 2012. Left, Abigail Williams, Miss Universe Swansea, Holly Hale, Miss Universe Cardiff and Louise Dunn, Miss Universe Newport

In the latest of our Another Day in the Life of Viv series, Vivienne Sharman-Lewis looks at the Miss Universe Wales Grand Finale 2012, and on to Miss Universe GB.


Court Cupboard Craft Gallery

Interview with Stuart Neale, from Sioni Rhys Handweavers, is on the beautiful Court Cupboard C, Monmouthshire.

Boyd Clack (Photo- Ben Hussain)Boyd Clack (Photo- Ben Hussain)

Modern Welsh renaissance man, Boyd Clack, shares some beautifully-written and moving reminiscences with us; in The snows of yesteryear.

Aimee Taylor - Welsh Braille and Art

In Côd Braille Cymraeg, Aimee Taylor explains how she was inspired to produce tactile artwork, using Welsh language braille.

Escape B&B, Llandudno Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd 3 Pen Cei - harbour view


In the first of three reviews, we look at the Escape, a 5* B&B in the elegant north Wales resort of Llandudno; the second focuses on Pontypridd gastro-pub the Bunch of Grapes; and last, but not least, we look at 3 Pen Cei, a beautiful 5 * harbourside guesthouse, in the charming seaside town of Aberaeron.

Simon Wright

And we interview the multi-faceted Simon Wright; writer, restauranteur, broadcaster and so much more.

Enjoy ...

Claire Meredith
Dai Barnaby


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