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Gem
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Icon 7 posted March 15, 2005 02:10      Profile for Gem     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I signed up yesterday and thought i'd introduce myself to you all.
My name's Gemma. I'm 25, and I live in beautiful North Wales, in the UK.
I am (among other things) a: bookworm, movie fan, sci-fi and fantasy enthusiast, musician and official nice person (I have a certificate to prove it!).
This place looks fun. I think i'm going to like it here [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted March 15, 2005 02:20      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Bore da, Gem. We don't get many Welsh persons 'round these parts. Grab one of the comfy chairs - the coffee and biscuits will be here in a bit. [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted March 15, 2005 02:35      Profile for csk     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Gem:
This place looks fun. I think i'm going to like it here [Smile]

Well, we have you fooled, then. That's good to know [Wink]

Welcome to the forums, stick around and have some fun!

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Icon 14 posted March 15, 2005 03:33      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Excellent,

Hello and welcome...

You will enjoy it here I'm sure...

[Big Grin]

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Icon 1 posted March 15, 2005 05:14      Profile for SilverBlade   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
*whisper* Just stay away from the dude with the garlic.


[Big Grin]


Welcome!

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CommanderShroom
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Icon 1 posted March 15, 2005 05:49      Profile for CommanderShroom     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Welcome to GC, Gem.

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Ah...Wales...the home of two poets...Tom Jones and Dylan Thomas. Welcome! [Beard of Peter Gabriel!] [thumbsup]
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Icon 1 posted March 15, 2005 06:21      Profile for garlicguy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Howdy Gemma, and welcome to the GC Forums. May you enjoy your stay here and may it be a long one.

As for the below, I have no idea what is behind it, and will be looking for an explanation, eh SilverBlade?
quote:
Originally posted by SilverBlade:
*whisper* Just stay away from the dude with the garlic.

Meanwhile, Black Widow will undoubtedly be offering you the cosmic bong shortly. She seems better able to keep track of the darned thing better than the rest of us.

/uses parental voice:"SliverBlade... you get to school now - don't be late young lady." [Wink]

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Icon 1 posted March 15, 2005 07:40      Profile for Swiss Mercenary     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ah Hello!

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Being from Wales I would suggest you keep far, far away from Spungo [Wink] [Big Grin] [Razz]

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Icon 1 posted March 15, 2005 11:32      Profile for moped-rider   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hello Gemma and welcome. [Smile]

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Hello, and welcome to the forums!

[Cool] [Big Grin] [Wink] [Big Grin] [Cool]

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Icon 10 posted March 15, 2005 12:06      Profile for MTB Babe   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Gem:
I signed up yesterday and thought i'd introduce myself to you all.
My name's Gemma. I'm 25, and I live in beautiful North Wales, in the UK.
I am (among other things) a: bookworm, movie fan, sci-fi and fantasy enthusiast, musician and official nice person (I have a certificate to prove it!).
This place looks fun. I think i'm going to like it here [Smile]

Welcome!!! Tell us more about yourself!! What do you do for a living? What are your goals in life? Are you a rugby fan? [Big Grin]

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Icon 1 posted March 15, 2005 12:21      Profile for hey-U     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
sut mae Gem!

Although I wasn't born there, I lived in and around North Wales for a long time, long enough to be considered "Welsh by adoption"!

I've been in London for over 2 years now, but still miss scenery like this...

Hope you have a nice time here.

tata tan toc

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HalfVast

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How do Gem and welcome!
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hello and welcome to the forums
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Icon 10 posted March 16, 2005 11:03      Profile for crazyarlo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
WELCOME! And, I have a serious question for you!

What is Wales like? All I really know about it is that there are coal mines there, and many people in this part of the US originally came from Wales. Fill me in!!!!!

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Gem
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Icon 1 posted March 17, 2005 03:13      Profile for Gem     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thanks for the welcomes everyone [Smile]

quote:
Originally posted by MTB Babe:
Welcome!!! Tell us more about yourself!! What do you do for a living? What are your goals in life? Are you a rugby fan? [Big Grin]

More about myself...
Well, i'm a librarian. Or i'm supposed to be, but no-one will give me a library job because I don't speak Welsh [Frown] So at the moment I'm doing rubbishy and poorly paid temping admin work.
I'm not actually Welsh (my grandparents were, which apparently makes me Welsh enough to play rugby for Wales. But i'm English). I moved here to live with my Welsh boyfriend.
Hmmm. Goals in life. I'm sure I have lots of those. But at the moment all I can think of is that I want to get a better job! [Smile]
I'm not really a rugby fan. Although I suspect I will be watching the hugely important Wales v Ireland game that is on tomorrow.

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Gem
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Icon 1 posted March 17, 2005 03:22      Profile for Gem     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by crazyarlo:
WELCOME! And, I have a serious question for you!
What is Wales like? All I really know about it is that there are coal mines there, and many people in this part of the US originally came from Wales. Fill me in!!!!!

Wow. That's a big question. How do I succinctly describe a whole country?
Well, there aren't any coal mines in North Wales (where I live), as far as I know. I think they're a South Walian thing, but someone correct me if you know i'm wrong...
North Wales has the gorgeous Snowdonia mountain range, and some day I fully intend to stand on the summit. Don't think i'll be climbing it though, I'm far too lazy. I'll be taking the mountain railway.
I've found that Welsh people are incredibly proud of their country. My boyfriend has a t-shirt which reads: "I'm more than perfect, I'm Welsh!" [Smile]
I'm sure you know that Wales has its own language, which, contrary to popular belief, is not dieing out. It is still widely spoken. South Wales is more anglicised than the north. Not as many Welsh speakers down there. The bit of the country i'm in (the top left corner as you look at Wales on a map) has the highest percentage of Welsh speakers in the country.

There are lots of people with Welsh ancestry in Ohio? Cool.
I've heard that there is an island (I think it's an island?) somewhere over there where the people speak Welsh. Many people I know say they'd like to visit it.

That's all I can think of right now. I hope it answered your question a little. And I hope it didn't just bore everyone to tears... [ohwell]

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>>> Well, there aren't any coal mines in North Wales (where I live), as far as I know. I think they're a South Walian thing, but someone correct me if you know i'm wrong...

- I don't think you're wrong although I think there used to be coal mining around Wrecsam...

>>> North Wales has the gorgeous Snowdonia mountain range, and some day I fully intend to stand on the summit.

- even though the top of Snowdon is now concreted over... :-(

>>> I've heard that there is an island (I think it's an island?) somewhere over there where the people speak Welsh.

- I think Patagonia had a huge influx of Welsh people once upon a long time ago...

- Pretty pictures of Snowdonia here:
http://www.snowdonia.org.uk/photogr/menu.htm

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My impressions of Wales and its people are largely favorable, but based on only a couple of somewhat eclectic sources:
1)The Cadfael Mystery series by Ellis Peters (a wonderful read for historical fiction fans), 2)an old National Geographic article about how former mining cooperatives were working to replace lost jobs and progressively improve economic outlook, 3) the movie Braveheart, and 4) an elderly Welsh friend (who claimed a direct line of decendency from Will Wallace).

All have given the impression that the Welsh are mostly a quaint, resourceful and industrious people.

Edit: I know that Braveheart was not *about* Wales necessarily, but there are several notable items of similarity in their struggles against oppression.

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I've only been to south Wales, and my memories are of very beautiful countryside, and getting lost a lot.

When you get to an intersection and the signs point to "gwllyllgthlfddy", "gwllgyllwthlfddygyr", gwyllywgthlfddyll", and "gwyllgthllglfddywr" (or at least that's how they look to my non-welsh-educated eyes) it's easy to make a wrong turn. [Razz]

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Coal mining was a South Wales Valleys phenomenon, but I think it is a dead industry now... I was certainly dying on its feet last time I was there (20ish years gone by now)

Stayed in a little Brecon Beacon village called "Hirwaun" (pronounced Hir-ra-wine if I was told correctly...)

Seemed like a nice enough place when I was there but it recently featured on UK TV in a "UK's Roughest Villages" programme - maybe it was rough then and I didn't notice, or maybe it has gone downhill with the fading of the Welsh Valley economy/culture...

Or maybe it is just TV BS...

It isn't exactly a pretty place, most of it could've been mistaken for any dubious (UK) "sink" estate - Post WWII Council (Govt.) erected "prefab" housing for a largely "working class" population once all employed in a now vanished coal mining industry...

But that is BTW, I stayed there in the Mid 80s, camping on a hillside just outside the village for a few weeks. It was no beauty spot but the Brecon Beacons were its eternal backdrop and the locals treated me very well at a time when I was down on my luck... Times were hard for many at that time but I found nothing but acceptance and friendliness and generosity - mostly from those that had very little to spare themselves.

One thing I like to remember to remember (if you get my drift) from that time is the guy who not only offered my travelling companion and myself the chance of a hot bath and a night on his living room floor in a centrally heated flat because the weather forecast was dire; but also INSISTED on taking us to his "local" and buying us a beer each even though we had basically no money and we knew he was living (like many others at the time) on the "Dole" - (Govt. Welfare for non UKers) - i.e. had no more than subsistence level income himself.

I only ever knew him as "Basher" for the couple of days we shared together but I don't think I'll ever meet better examples of "Do as you would be done by" than him and the Hirwaun Café owner "Jeff" who knowing we had no visible means of support, were camping on the hillside just north of the village and were trapped because the weather had closed in, kept us in tea, toast (and the occasional bacon butty or egg & beans) and cigarette papers just because he could...

I've driven through there about twice in the 15-20 years since, first time I even went into the café - but no-one even had heard of "Jeff", second time I was more interested in finding my old campsite; which wasn't too hard, dry stone wall boundaries don't shift that easily...

Pseudo Edit: Sorry - my reminiscing is hi-jacking your valid thread.. Apologies..

[Confused]

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Gem
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quote:
Originally posted by Serenak:
Pseudo Edit: Sorry - my reminiscing is hi-jacking your valid thread.. Apologies..

Nothing wrong with a bit of thread hijacking. That was a very interesting tangent it went off on [Smile]
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