Feb 052015
 
FOR THE BENEFIT OF PHIL PARRY AT WALES EYE,
WHO CLEARLY NEEDS ME AND MY BLOG FOR INSPIRATION

 

It was a cold and dark January day threatening snow when (the late) Glyn Rowlands and I drove down to Lampeter in the vehicle I’d just carjacked. (Took me ages to get the bugger out, and then another ten minutes to get used to the disabled driver controls.) To break up the journey we set a couple of holiday cottages ablaze on the way down. At one point we got chased by cops but we forced their car into a hedge just outside of Llanrhystud. Oh, the fun we used to have in those days!

Arriving at Glandenys it was wonderful to see the stately pile look so warm and inviting. We were stopped at the gates by members of an elite unit of the Free Wales Army who, together with their dogs, were patrolling the grounds. We were escorted up to the main entrance and there he was, our host – Commandant Julian Cayo-Evans of the Free Wales Army, looking every inch the officer and the country gentleman.

We were ushered into the big dining room where everything was prepared for the ceremony: the roaring fire, the flickering candles casting their eerie shadows in a room full of invited dignitaries. There was the KGB representative, a man from the IRA Army Council, an imposing individual from ODESSA with an eye-patch (surely not Skorzeny!), a top capo from the Chicago Outfit, and assorted emissaries from Argentina and other countries that had a beef with England. In fact, there was very little space to move in that vast dining room. Additionally, there were of course many high-ranking FWA men.

Before the ceremony began there was the customary mingling, small talk, and exchanging of business cards. I found myself in a fascinating conversation with a charming fellow from the Orient. I’m not sure if he was trying to sell me a rubber plantation or offering me his sister in marriage. (The hand signals are very similar.) Whatever, not being sure what I’d end up with – and having no need for either – I smiled politely, declined his enticing offer, and insisted that we have a skinful next time he was in my neck of the woods.Medals

All the while the drinks flowed, and before John Barleycorn could take his disruptive hold of the proceedings our host called for everyone’s attention. “Friends, comrades, even those of you who’ve just turned up for the booze, we are gathered here today to present our comrade Jac with his medals”. “Hooray” went the shout around the room, “Good old Jac” was heard echoing from the throng.

I stepped forward – careful not to trip over the entrails of the virgin we’d just sacrificed – and stood facing our Commandant. “Jac” said he, “you’ve been an absolute bastard lately, and to show our appreciation I am presenting you with these medals”. Well, I was overcome, tears welled up as I thanked Cayo and the assembled host . . . among which I could see the man I had previously been talking with, still making hand signals, only this time it looked as if he was propositioning me! But as I say, the gestures are easy to mis-read.

The ceremony over, we all got down to serious drinking. The man from the KGB jumped up onto the long dining table and did a Cossack dance before falling off onto the prostrate figure of a Salvation Army Colonel who’d overdone it on the single malt. Next it was the turn of the Papal legate to denounce, in Latin, the evils of drink, whilst emptying his second bottle of Sambuca. Everybody was having a great time, but then we noticed that the snow was now falling rather more heavily and so, despite Cayo’s insistence that we stay, Glyn and I grabbed a few bottles and staggered to the car for the trip home.

What a trip it was! First we knocked down a couple of old ladies on their way to chapel in Felinfach, then we hit a cow just outside Aberaeron! I know we shouldn’t have been in the field, but it was snowing and we were pissed. After that things got a bit better . . . though that cyclist in Aberarth was definitely asking for it. We got through Aberystwyth without hitting too many pedestrians and eventually reached home. What a day!

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OK, maybe it wasn’t quite like that. But the day I got my medals was certainly a snowy Sunday, and Cayo and Glyn were definitely there, but after that it gets a little hazy. It was all a long time ago . . . but not too long that it can’t be twisted by a vindictive little bugger with an ignored blog who relies for readers on his fat friend at Llais y Sais and other contacts in the colonial media.

I cherish those medals; I wear them at Cilmeri and to old comrades’ funerals. They belong to a time when it looked, if only for a while, as if we Welsh had re-discovered our self-respect, and decided to stand up for ourselves. Sadly, that bright dawn of the 1960s was soon overtaken by the reaction to it, to the point where, today, people who really should know better believe that our sham devolution is some form of self-government. When in truth it is the antithesis of self-government; more decisions about Wales are taken in London today than ever before. And all the while, those who claim to love Wales refuse to challenge the system that is making us a minority in our own country.

And the medals, what were they for? That’s between me and men who are all dead. Better men than the despicable scribblers who denigrate and ridicule those who are unable to answer back. Vermin!

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Rob
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A virgin? In Ceredigion? Unlikely.

Sion
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Magnificent!

What we need now is a meme with Stan Parry and Oliver Shipton getting into another fine mess! I will see if I can knock one up.

Welsh not British (@welshnotbritish)
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What is the reasoning behind the Malteses cross in relation to Cymru?

dafis
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an attempt to appeal to Neath RFC fans who might have created a competing band of rebellious types !!

Docks Soul
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Jac, have you ever considered writing a book about 1960’s Wales?

If former football hooligans can make six figure sums from their semi-literate memoirs there must be a few bob in it for you.

You could dedicate it to Parry and Shipton.

Jobovitch
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Is the base of the medal on the left made of slate? Real Welsh slate?
Pishton should investigate Louie Knight of Aberystwyth.

Swanzeeboyo
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I well remember the inspirational sixties in terms of Welsh fringe patriotic politics and its great true characters. Then along came “Mab y Mans” Dafydd Iwan who plaguerised many Irish songs and made big money from them. One great example is his “Esgair Llyn” which was once the “Fields of Athenry”. A major con trick. He has been like Leanne Wood and others – betrayers. Another “Mab y Mans” was… Read more »
dafis
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If you can remember it, then you weren’t there’ says Jac. My recall of D Iwan differs from yours – he was an activist, pacifist but willing to act in defence of language and culture, taking jail on the chin. Having some “talent / ability” he also made a living out of it, and I can’t decry that when so many of my contemporaries went to work in civil service,… Read more »
Brychan
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Last week we managed to launch a surface to air missile from the tribal areas around Penrhiwfer and bought down a coalition fighter jet which made an emergency landing at the government airbase in the vale.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-31127603
Mrs Owen denies all knowledge of our terrorist cell, but then she’s a cracking actress.
http://vimeo.com/57844818

Marconatrix
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Using seagulls as suicide bombers? They may be a bloody nuisance but I really don’t think that was ethical. Bang goes any cooperation with the Greens to start with.

CarregCymru
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Apparently Wales Eye has gone behind a paywall. A convenient trick to disguise its lack of visitors

Big Gee
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I can address that problem for you – free of charge. It may be laid out a bit differently but it’ll all be there for you. Just let me know what ‘paywalled’ page you want to read & I’m sure I can oblige 😉

Jac will give you my e-mail address.

Marconatrix
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I’d like to see your face when all this is read out in court (only joking) 😉

Alwyn ap Huw
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This is rubbish – I know ‘cos I was there – it was a small chapel in Corris where you and Glyn the bomb got your medals, not a stately pile in Llanrhysdyd -stop showing off Jac! – If I remember rightly you got the bronze medal for raising 2 bob for the mission in Africa, Glyn got a silver medal for raising 10/- and I got a Gold medal… Read more »
Jobovitch
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Missions in Africa and waterboarding. Pishton is going to have a field day!

D Morris
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Age is must playing tricks with your memory Jac. A virgin in West Wales indeed ha ha ha.

dafis
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you obviously not seen some of them. That’s how they’ll stay till a blind English tourist ( or Jac & his pal ) gets desparate !

Cherry Hinton
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Anybody remember Chris Rees and Lyndsay Thomas (?)- ( or Roberts) In Swansea Univ in the 50’s same time as me. They were ardent Welsh Nationalists and had quite a following at Swansea- did you know what happened to them?

Michael O'Brien
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you are a poisonous fuckwit and Phil Parry helped secure my release

Alwyn ap Huw
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So did many others who supported your cause, including many of us “fuckwit” nationalists

Michael O'Brien
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There are good Nationalists and bad and I have many nationalist friends not bad since Im a tory and im grateful for all people who supported me I would do the same for any one regardless of there political beliefs and help them I don’t discriminate against anyone.

Brychan
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It was Elfyn Llwyd MP who exposed the fabricated evidence by DI Lewis of South Wales Police in the Philip Saunders murder case that led to the quashed conviction of Michael O’Brien. It’s true that Phil Parry, was the journalist ran with the story, but it was Elfyn who raised the issue, and even used the threat of parliamentary privilege over the findings of Operation Resolute. A poisonous fuckwit is… Read more »
Anonymous
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Where’s Mr O’Brien’s response to this comment ? I was not aware that he had been dull enough to go mouthing off inside the pig pen, what was that all about ? Was Parry aware of such antics ?

Michael O'Brien
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I have responded to this comment below and why hide behind anonymous at least I have the balls to use my own name.

dafis
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possibly the only good thing the lying bastard ever did. He’s now doing what the system did to you for years, except he hasn’t yet got anyone locked up. You should ask him what made him go so bad, that he harbours such an irrational hatred for anybody who dares to stand up against the British establishment – which curiously, he did in your case. Split personality ? hatred of… Read more »
Michael O'Brien
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Actually it was The BBC and a outside police force who uncovered the corruption by Inspector Stuart Lewis way before Elfyn LLoyd MP ever raised our case. Since my release he has indeed spoken out and I appriciate him have the balls to do so when some politicians say nothing. My last comment on here was a bit over the top however Phil Parry did play a significant part in… Read more »
Michael O'Brien
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clock reset

dafis
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Sounds like you have another ex-journo happy to use questionable “information” and “analysis” in the name of “freedom”. I suspect that all these boyos come out of the “write first, confirm later ( if needed) school” which works well in the Anglo Brit community where truth is not allowed to get in the way of a good story ! Boy you have certainly got under their flabby skins !

E Jenkins
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http://caredig.blogspot.com/
Off topic, but FFS

Swanzeeboyo
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I was fascinated to know that in West Wales the Ceredigion County Council has declared itself to be the first Welsh Council as a “Fracking Free Authority” and that this declaration / policy was supported by all Politicians in that County. This is rather a disgraceful misrepresentation, as learned Geologists at the highest level, when asked privately, all say with a grin that there is absolutely no rock strata under… Read more »
dafis
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They only pulling the same stunt that other politicians at all levels pull. Pick a subject that doesn’t matter and draw up a hard line policy – simples !! Come the day a real issue arises and you won’t see them for dust , or they come up with something so wrong you begin to question your own sanity ! Major problem with that county is that the Aber Uni… Read more »
dafis
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These journos and thousands like them would do well to get a transcript of a radio programme that went out a few minutes ago on Radio Cymru again focussing on people who had to migrate to Wales as evacuees during WW2. ( followed on from similar themed programme last week ) These people acquired varying degrees of fluency in Welsh, enabling them to engage in their local communities. It was… Read more »
Marconatrix
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But evacuees were kids mostly boarded with local families, so they were thrust into the local community like it or lump it. No comparison really. Indeed you could even go as far as to say that the poor dears were forcibly removed from their own families and deprived of their native culture (assuming the English have any — LOL). The same technique has been used to ‘civilise’ native children in… Read more »
dafis
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You have a point, but these people interviewed were not forced to stay after 1945. Indeed one old boy said he could’nt bear the thought of going back to London ( ?) and elected to stay working on a farm and building his new life in darkest Sir Gar. The point I was making was quite simple – that you can go back 70 years and beyond and find that… Read more »
dafis
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Here’s the link to BBC Radio Cymru website, should enable you to replay content from this week and last week’s prog

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b051zy58
BBC Radio Cymru – Straeon Bob Lliw, Cymry, Ond Nid o Ddewis, Pennod 2

Marconatrix
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Dafis @ I had assumed the story was about WWII evacuees, but from the link you’ve given it seems to refer to a practice of 100 years ago. Nevertheless surely the point remains that there is no comparison between children placed with local families and adult in-migrants.

Swonzee Boyo
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Do you remember the Toxic Texan Energy Company ENRON that got planning permission to build the the Wind Turbines at the beautiful Cefn Croes in heartland Ceredigon? They went bust amid a disgusting saga of business deals being exposed. Another company actually built the Wind Turbines at Cefn Croes using the planning approval. At that time there was a character in Plaid Cyrmu’s inner echelons who had fallen out with… Read more »
dafis
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being anti fracking is fashionable among the metropolitan pink and nimby salons where much energy ( intellectual horse power? or horeshit ? ) is devoted to keeping large areas of countryside “clean” for leisure use only. Even indigenous residents are regarded as a nuisance and will be removed in due course. CCC have joined this bandwagon because it cost them nothing at the moment and they have done their bit.… Read more »
E Jenkins
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This CIN site has, of course, no Welsh on it whatsoever. The ignorance/arrogance is astounding.

Gaz
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Don’t carp on about Parry’s inaccuracies – it’s nothing new: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/clydach-detective-bbc-damages-win-2311669

Perhaps you should ask him if there is any connection between the reputed £1 million the BBC had to pay out to libelled cops as a result of his programme and his subsequent boot……eerrrr….I mean switch from the BBC to becoming the self-appointed Senator McCarthy of Welsh blogging.

Swonzee Boyo
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E.Jenkins – Mae nifer fawr o bobl Abertawe yn siarad Cymraeg. 15% o 240,000 yw 36,000. Mwy nag unrhyw ddinas na thre na pentre yng ngweddill Cymru.

Gaz – O fewn dau ddiwrnod, ‘roedd nifer o bentrefwyr wedi pwyntio bys at Morris. Gwnaeth yr Heddlu wrthod eu credi!

dafis
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S.B -Diolch am dy ateb. Oes gan Mr J rywbeth i’w ddweud fel ateb call all gyfranu mwy at y sgwrs ?

E Jenkins
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Swonzee, I was referring to the arrogance of the CIN site. This is based in Ceredigion, purports to be sending an important message regarding green issues to the local community, and yet totally ignores the first language of the overwhelming majority of the LOCAL people.

dafis
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Course it does. It’s probably populated by Anglos attending the Uni and speaks to itself and to the goodlifers and other assorted anglo-green immigrants. The Welsh speakers among its audience are the compliant trendy sleepy heads who do not regard defending their own language,culture and identity as a priority yet will dash off to an “event” that serves up the latest on trend dogma e.g no fracking in my back… Read more »
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