Muddy star Newport

I took this while I was walking home from the launch of Wales Arts Review’s Newport edition a couple of weeks ago. The event was remarkable for its proud, optimistic, warm-hearted yet unsentimental view of the town/city in which we live. As I crossed Newport Bridge I was struck by the sight of our new … More Muddy star Newport

Leonard Cohen set list: Cardiff, September 3 2013

Following her success last year in obtaining a set list for Elizabeth Fraser’s Bath gig, Mrs M outdid herself when we went to see Leonard Cohen in Cardiff last week. It’s pretty much as performed apart from ‘Sisters of Mercy’ and I don’t think any of the alternatives listed on the bottom left featured at … More Leonard Cohen set list: Cardiff, September 3 2013

Patrick Hannan, ‘Wales Off Message’

I recently re-read Patrick Hannan’s ‘Wales Off Message’. Published in 2000 the events and misadventures in Welsh politics it recounts are all familiar to me although he always managed to find a new angle from which to view those events or a undiscovered nugget of fascination, such as Rhodri Morgan’s unprecedented tidying of his sock … More Patrick Hannan, ‘Wales Off Message’

Reading v. writing

As a reader rather than a writer, I like this from ‘The Well of Lost Plots’ by Jasper Fforde: After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colours of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of … More Reading v. writing