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Parable of the Pokémon

Biblical teaching is done through the medium of parables. Stories to illustrate a particular point such as the parable of the loaves and fishes told by Jesus. The parable of Pokémon brings us to the modern age of digital and social media but what is it telling us? What is it attempting to teach us? […]

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CABINET Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams, has launched the Big Friendly Read – a scheme to encourage reading on a giant scale.  Libraries across Wales are celebrating 100 years of the world’s favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl, in the Big Friendly Read. The books of Roald Dahl, who was born in Wales, have lent the annual […]

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IWAJac o' the NorthRoger ScullyBBC Wales PoliticsThe EyeOggyBloggyOgwr

There are moments when a relatively small local matter tells you a lot more about how our affairs are managed than any great national debate. Once such was brought home to me last week at a public consultation into the upgrading of a small suburban rail station at Llandaff North.

The station – officially known as Llandaf – is on the old Taff Vale Railway and is one of those stations that sees six trains an hour taking people from three valleys into Cardiff. It needed an upgrade to take account of the planned electrification of the Valleys lines in south more >>

Wed, Aug 17, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

There is nothing as frightening as not being able to breathe, yet every 10 seconds someone in the UK will have a potentially life-threatening asthma attack. Wales has one of the highest prevalence rates of asthma in the world with nearly 314,000 people with asthma. Yet outcomes for people with asthma remain poor and in 2015 there were 1302 deaths from asthma in England and Wales – a ten-year peak. This is perhaps unsurprising when up to 50% of people with asthma respond poorly to conventional treatments and the last great scientific breakthrough for asthma came several decades ago more >>

Tue, Aug 16, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

By the time we reach the ‘Centre for Children', a medical institution with precious few staff and absolutely no supplies, and a group of children are shouting ‘As far as I'm concerned, our country should be shut off completely' at the tops of their voices, a sober hush has descended on the small audience crammed into the Butetown History and Arts Centre.

Swarm, a site-specific devised piece directed by Abdul Shayek and produced by Fio, takes its stimulus from David Cameron's infamous comment about a ‘swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean seeking a better life'. A community cast, together with more >>

Sat, Aug 13, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

The Maes is gradually being dismantled and most of the flags and banners that had graced Abergavenny's Castle Meadows on the bank of the Usk have by now been stowed away, but the memories of this year's Eisteddfod Genedlaethol and its legacy will live on for a very long time.

I was not born into an Eisteddfod going family – and prizewinning stage presence has regrettably skipped a generation in me. Nevertheless, I have come to enjoy the annual pilgrimage to the Maes, and have only missed a couple since the turn of this century. My own county of Powys has more >>

Fri, Aug 12, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

After answering Monday's aubade I stumbled down the stairs to meet the day (as Kristofferson put it) and prepared my usual breakfast of nourishing laverbread-flavoured flakes, after which I switched on my computer to see what the night had brought. I was pretty shocked – and a little confused – to read the tweet at the top

The post Anti-Welsh Bigotry, Pure and Simple appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Tue, Aug 16, 2016
Source: Jac o North

A GUEST POST BY ‘STAN‘ (with minor contributions from ‘Anon' and Jac) THE MURKY WORLD OF ‘WELSH' LABOUR NEPOTISM AND CRONYISM, CORRUPTION AND MISUSE OF PUBLIC FUNDS; A DEMI-MONDE WHERE IT SEEMS REGULATORS FEAR TO TREAD When Stephen Kinnock was elected MP for Aberavon in the early hours of Friday, 8 May 2015 it was

The post “All Aboard the Gravy Train!” appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Wed, Aug 10, 2016
Source: Jac o North

Cantref, or Tai Cantref, is a housing association based in Castell Newydd Emlyn (Newcastle Emlyn) on the border of Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. It ran into trouble last year and is now in the process of being handed over to a Cardiff housing association run by a Labour Party member. This after an ‘independent' investigation by

The post Cantref: ‘Welsh' Labour Takeover Challenged? appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Sun, Aug 07, 2016
Source: Jac o North

LAWYERS It's been an interesting few months here at Jac o' the North Towers, what with solicitors' letters, getting mentioned in the London dailies, and generally pissing off those who so richly deserve it. So let's recap. The solicitors' letters were, one to me, two to S C Cambria (which hosts my blog), and one to

The post It's 1988 in Totalitarian Wales appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Thu, Aug 04, 2016
Source: Jac o North

Although I sometimes find it hard to convince ambitious youngsters of the fact, the life of a psephologist is not all glitz and glamour. Sure, there can be plenty of that. But there is also the ceaseless attention of the paparazzi, the endless press intrusion into your private life etc etc. And there is plenty of good old-fashioned hard grind.

And even psephologists are human. (I'm sorry if this revelation comes as a devastating disappointment to you.) Even we, these apparently godlike figures of infinite wisdom and sagacity, need to re-charge our batteries (as well as the batteries on our calculators) more >>

Mon, Aug 15, 2016
Source: Roger Scully

This is the latest in a series of blog posts in which I'm looking at results from this year's Welsh Election Study. As I have explained previously, the voter study component of WES asked a representative sample of respondents a series of open-ended questions about the issues that most concerned them.

In this post I'll look at responses to the second such question. After previously asking people what they considered to be the ‘single most important issue' facing Britain, this second question asked WES respondents what they regarded as the ‘single most important issue' facing Wales. What did they say more >>

Mon, Aug 08, 2016
Source: Roger Scully

Gwnes i cyflwyniad ar Brexit ddoe yn yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yn Y Fenni.

Dyma‘r sleidiau.

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Thu, Aug 04, 2016
Source: Roger Scully

In a previous blog post, I explained the format of questions asked by this year's Welsh Election Study, which asked respondents about the ‘single most important issue' facing Britain and Wales. In this post I'll present the first batch of results from those questions.

I'll start by looking at responses to the first such question that we asked – the ‘most important issue facing Britain', which was included in the pre-election wave. A small percentage of the WES sample provided no response at all to this question; I have excluded those respondents from the rest of the analysis here. The more >>

Mon, Aug 01, 2016
Source: Roger Scully
UKIP members may leave the party following recent infighting, its chairman in Wales says. more >>
Wed, Aug 17, 2016
Source: BBC Politics
Labour says it would increase corporation tax to fund maintenance grants and bring back the education maintenance allowance for 1.25 million students. more >>
Wed, Aug 17, 2016
Source: BBC Politics
Accountants or advisers who help people bend the rules to gain a tax advantage never intended face tougher fines under new rules proposed by the Treasury. more >>
Wed, Aug 17, 2016
Source: BBC Politics
Councils in England and Wales say they should be involved in assessing the needs of child migrants in Calais before they arrive in the UK. more >>
Wed, Aug 17, 2016
Source: BBC Politics

Man wrongly jailed says new figures reveal truth

The post Getting away with murder appeared first on The Eye.

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Wed, Aug 17, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates

Troubled Welsh university refuses information

The post Vexed part one appeared first on The Eye.

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Tue, Aug 16, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates

Secret email to Labour leader

The post Carwynista appeared first on The Eye.

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Mon, Aug 15, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates

A meeting with holidaymaker AM Dawn Bowden

The post Controversy dawns appeared first on The Eye.

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Fri, Aug 12, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates
(Pic : Royal Air Force)In the previous part I looked at a possible make up of a Welsh army. Today I take to the skies to determine what sort of air support a Welsh Defence Forces could reasonably expect.

Defending Wales I : What does Wales need defending from?Defending Wales II : Our Military RoleDefending Wales III : Structure & OversightDefending Wales VI : On Land
Structure
Indicative structure of a Welsh Air Corps
(Click to enlarge)

Again there's no need to worry too much about the names and I'm basing this mainly on the structure of more >>
Sun, Aug 14, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy
(Pic : BBC Wales)
The next three posts will look in more detail at the possible structure of a Welsh Defence Forces – starting with the army.

Defending Wales I : What does Wales need defending from?Defending Wales II : Our Military RoleDefending Wales III : Structure & Oversight

I don't like playing armchair general, because armchair generals are usually bellends who don't know what they're talking about....oh.

Structure
Indicative structure of a Welsh army
(Click to enlarge)
Don't worry too much about the names – "regiment", "group", "battalion"etc. - it's all indicative.

Following on from what I said in more >>
Thu, Aug 11, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy

After giving a broad idea of what Wales' defence needs are, and what duties a Welsh military could be expected to perform, there's enough information to address the overall structure of a Welsh armed forces and Welsh defence policy.

Defending Wales I : What does Wales need defending from?Defending Wales II : Our Military Role
What sort of military does Wales need?

There are many different ways to organise a Welsh military, but at its heart, a Welsh military would need enough manpower, materiel and organisational support to fulfil its role in Welsh foreign policy as well as more >>
Tue, Aug 09, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy
What should the military actually do?
(Pic : Telegraph)
This next part in my look at defence and independence sets out what a Welsh defence policy would mean in practical terms, giving an idea of what a Welsh military would actually be expected do.

Defending Wales I : What does Wales need defending from?
"The most important responsibility of any government...."

"....is to protect the country."

This is the ultimate aim of defence policy - to resist attack or any threat to life and property. The "resist" bit is important, because a state's definition of "resistance" could be very narrow or very more >>
Sun, Aug 07, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy