Hey everybody! How are you all doing? Work so far has been relatively straightforward. Basically, we’re manning the complaints line (shudder), but apparently we don’t get many. Nevertheless, I can see me suffering a nervous breakdown before christmas.

I’ve taken on another side project to keep life interesting (besides looking for graduate positions, finishing my game, being a sociable boyfriend and friend). I’ve always been ashamed that I don’t know the Welsh National Anthem, despite the fact I’m as Welsh as bara brith, I kind of murmur through the anthem whenever it’s played on telly: be it a football game, or whatever.

“Oh ho!”, you (probably English) people would say. “If it’s anything like ‘God Save The Queen’, then it should be easy.”. Unfortunately, it’s not: -

Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau

Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi,

Gwlad beirdd a chantorion, enwogion o fri;

Ei gwrol ryfelwyr, gwladgarwyr tra mâd,

Tros ryddid gollasant eu gwaed.

Gwlad, gwlad, pleidiol wyf i’m gwlad.
Tra môr yn fur i’r bur hoff bau,
O bydded i’r hen iaith barhau.

Gymru fynyddig, paradwys y bardd,Pob dyffryn, pob clogwyn i’m golwg sydd hardd;

Trwy deimlad gwladgarol, mor swynol yw si

Ei nentydd, afonydd, i mi.

Os treisiodd y gelyn fy ngwlad tan ei droed,

Mae hen iaith y Cymry mor fyw ag erioed.

Ni luddiwyd yr awen gan erchyll law brad,

Na thelyn berseiniol fy ngwlad.

It aint pretty, but – as I’m now known as “The Token Welshman” after just two days – I think I should know it.

After all, to Cymru my heart shall be true.

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