Wales through an Indonesian's eyes
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Wales and Scotland are "a fascinating world beyond the English shires," according to an Indonesian journalist who recently had the honour of discovering that there's more to Britain than London and Oxford.
She even had good things to say about our bruising climate: "The autumn Welsh weather was unforgiving; the wind was freezing and the rain came without warning. Yet, its fine days persuaded you to believe in the promise of unending sunshine."
Praise too for the good people of the North: "Shopkeepers, even in cities like Caernarfon, do not pester or cajole, though they keep their eyes on you as you browse." Probably because the locals are always nicking stuff:)
And by strange coincidence, the author happens to be called Dewi - a popular female name in Indonesia, meaning 'goddess'.
Source: Jakarta Post
posted by Blamerbell @ 1:15 pm,
- At 2:59 pm, Der said...
Why don't you mention?
"The Welsh value their cultural heritage and dignity. All brochures from the tourism information centers around the country, all signposts and public announcements, are in Welsh first, before English.
They have at least one all-Welsh TV channel. Shopkeepers, even in cities like Caernarfon, do not pester or cajole, though they keep their eyes on you as you browse."
It's for once nice to have an outsider complement us on our language and culture and our preservation of it. It's usually just the weather and countryside. I think you have fallen into the same trap.
- At 3:17 pm, Blamerbell said...
The link is there for all to explore. Pick out what you like.
I don't need to be told about all of Wales' virtues. I've lived here long enough to know them for myself.
- At 7:53 pm, Martin Eaglestone said...
What deep seated psychological problem lead you to have this Ch4/S4C Big Brother moment and slander the Cofis as "nicking all the time"?
More on my blog.
Time to repent !!
- At 10:10 pm, Blamerbell said...
Everyone knows that if you use 'inverted commas' or a little colon smiley thing [:)] you can say whatever you like.
There's no harm in a bit of North-South rivalry on a slow news day...