Good things about being Welsh: No. 3

11 Sep

We are so kind and noble we allow other teams to beat us at our national sport. I am not absolutely certain this is an asset, but it indicates true strength of character and I am sure the Japanese have a word for this kind of motiveless self-sacrifice.

In today’s Rugby match against South Africa (which I watched at 5.30 a.m. local time despite only returning to my hotel at 2.oo following a reception at the Dutch Embassy in honour of the novelist Cees Nooteboom), the Welsh team played with a conviction and courage that was barely recognizable, and they probably deserved to win, whatever that means. (It means nothing in sport actually, which is the whole point). Ych a fi.

On another note, I was chatting with the Dutch ambassador’s wife last night (I really wanted to use that line, please forgive me) and it seems the British Ambassador is a Welsh woman.That must surely count for something, honouring the bardic tradition etc.  However nothing at all has been set up at the fabulously impressive British Embassy to celebrate Blanco’s arrival in Buenos Aires,  which Blanco feels is rather remiss.

British Embassy, Buenos Aires

But then Cees Nooteboom is famous (as well as seeming a very nice man) and Blanco is not. Apparently when Hanif Kureishi came over they gave him a proper bean feast. Blanco is clearly not important enough. I am not sure how I feel about this, but probably it doesn’t compare with what our national Rugby team will be feeling today

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6 Responses to “Good things about being Welsh: No. 3”

  1. Sioned September 12, 2011 at 15:56 #

    It’s YCH a fi! Can’t believe you got up at 5.30, that’s dedication. Da iawn wir. Xxxx

    • richardgwyn September 12, 2011 at 16:05 #

      Ach, Ych, or Wch, the message is the same. Actually I discovered they show the replay on TV here at 11.00, so I won’t be doing the 5.30 thing for the Samoa game. Pob hwyl cariad. xxx

  2. richardgwyn September 12, 2011 at 18:03 #

    OK I’ve changed it now, before the Welsh language police get on to me.

  3. ines garland September 13, 2011 at 13:45 #

    They can’t celebrate your arrival at the fabulously impressive British Embassy because the ambassador would have to ask his wife what is it you are saying in your secret language and men don’t like that.
    Inés

    • richardgwyn September 13, 2011 at 14:01 #

      Ah, but the Dutch ambassador’s wife told me that the British ambassador is an unmarried woman, so such problems can safely be avoided.

  4. Zaza Koshkadze September 18, 2011 at 09:41 #

    Greetings from Georgia Richard, I loved this post,
    Your amigo.

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