Bryn Cymro

Words and images from home and away

An anniversary of sorts

June 2014 is here—can it really be forty years ago that Australia played Chile in Berlin on 22 June 1974? It’s a commemoration of sorts for me, as it has … Continue reading

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Espresso dreaming

Every day for a decade and a half now on the way to and from work I drive down Princes Street in Carlton, tracking the snail trail of peak hour … Continue reading

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Blitz on Jaywalking sidesteps ongoing questions about the car in the city

Police in Melbourne stage their periodic blitz on jaywalkers. Police have issued over 600 $72 on-the-spot fines. These always elicit the common response of “haven’t they got anything better to do and … Continue reading

May 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

What’s Moomba?

Parents — wanna go to Moomba? Kids— what’s Moomba? A B&W film from 1965 makes it look like the 1860s, but there are some interesting floats including the Department of Science … Continue reading

March 9, 2014 · 3 Comments

Vale Nigel Jenkins

Shocked and hugely saddened to hear of the death on Tuesday of my friend Nigel Jenkins, Welsh poet and creative writing teacher at Swansea University, after a very short battle … Continue reading

January 31, 2014 · 3 Comments

Summer swoon

Wisteria, rose, rhododendron, maple, orange, rose, hibiscus, cherry, magnolia, daisy, azalia — none were at all happy when we got back from the beach yesterday after the record heatwave in … Continue reading

January 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

50 rockpools

shallow set in rock, salted, ochred, shelled and beaded, unfathomable

January 14, 2014 · 2 Comments


Cherrapunji is a couple of hours drive south from Shillong. One of the wettest places on earth, it’s perched on a plateau at the edge of the Khasi Hills and overlooking … Continue reading

April 13, 2013 · 3 Comments

Living Root Bridge

The ninety kilometre or so drive from Shillong in the direction of Mawlynnong took us over three hours, what with the condition of the roads and the occasional traffic snarl … Continue reading

April 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Catching cold

In a long tradition of British exploration, Richard Eilers reported in the Guardian (1 February 2013) on ‘India’s undiscovered gem: the hills of Meghalaya’, an enchanting idyll where ‘women own … Continue reading

March 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Delhi: the same dust

An expeditious trip to India in February for a symposium and launch of Welsh missionaries and British imperialism in Shillong in Meghalaya, and some seminars in Delhi. I hadn’t been … Continue reading

March 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Elephants and memories

In the last few days I have encountered three elephants in Copenhagen. We took the kids to Tivoli gardens the other evening, and while they defied gravity on death-defying rides … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · 2 Comments
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