One artist’s plan to paint every inhabitant of St Davids, Britain’s smallest city, will act as a valuable social history of an integrated Welsh community. Grahame Hurd-Wood, 55, has already spent 14 years producing pictures of people in the city, ranging from councillors and bishops to children and students, and plans to spend the next few years painting the remainder, writes Jemimah Steinfeld.
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Football in the Welsh capital has always come second fiddle to the much-loved national rugby team, and with Cardiff City's glory days being in the 1920s, it's no surprise. But the pride the Welsh show for rugby exhibits itself in the football stand as well. The rise of Cardiff City to the Premiership will boost pride in the Welsh sporting legacy further, argues Dan J Lloyd.
Jonathan Collis, 21, has not let any of the negative stereotypes some English people hold about the Welsh stop his sense of pride. "My Welsh identity was quite a large thing while at university as I was the only Welsh person in my group of friends," said Collis, who has lived in Wales since he was nine months old, with the exception of university.
There are many things people think of when they hear the name Wales. Mountains, singing, sheep, leeks, harps and, of course, rugby. I myself am from Wales and I definitely see rugby as somehow particularly Welsh. But is this merely a stereotypical view of this little country or are there some intrinsic elements of national pride and identity locked inside the sport? writes Bryn Lewis.
Novelist Christie Watson talks about identifying with Wales and the inclination people have to ask her partner, rather than her, where he is from. "My partner is black and Muslim and English, and wherever we go he gets asked, 'where are you from?' And I want to shout, 'I'm from Wales!'....but they're directing that at him, which I find quite odd."
Ipsos Mori research for British Future has found that the Welsh are more enthusiastic about the Queen's Diamond Jubilee than the English and the Scottish. 70% of Welshpeople expect the jubilee will lift the mood of the British public compared to 69% of English people asked, and only 55% of people from Scotland. But, when asked about the Olympics, English respondents were the most positive with 66% believing it would be good for the mood of the British public, compared to 57% of Scots.
Mary has spent considerable time in both India and England, and now lives in Wales.