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View Poll Results: So have YOU heard of Wales ( A bit of fun )
Yes I've heard of Wales 49 85.96%
No where is that? Part of England? 0 0%
Oh I love Whales...they're beautiful 2 3.51%
What a lame thread! 6 10.53%
Voters: 57. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-23-2009, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by ABQConvict View Post
I am a New Yorker and of course I have heard of Wales but I admit my knowledge of it is limited to the following:

I know that it is essentially a mountainous forked peninsula sticking out of the west of Great Britain.

I know that it is (often reluctantly) a part of the U.K.

I know that it is divided from England, in part, by the Severn and that there is a bridge over said river.

I know that the first political boundary between Wales and England was Offa's dyke.

I know that cities like Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and Bangor are there.

I know that it has a Celtic language written with an absurd number of odd consonantal clusters, but most speak English.

I know that a part of it is called South Wales.

Hmmm let's see what else.

I know that it is famous for mining, in fact there is an old saying in America (which saw a number of Welsh immigrant to mining areas), "If you need to find a Welshman, look down a pit" (I think I got that wrong.)

I know that the word "Welsh" is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning 'foreigner' (same as Wallachia and Walloon in other parts of Europe).

I know that the names 'Jones' and 'Davis' are Welsh.

I know that the Tudors were Welsh.

I know that there is a big mountain there called Snowdonia. (or is it Snowdon?)

I know it has an impressive range of castles along its border.

I know it was famous for its bowmen.

I know it is the home of a patently ridiculous rap group called the GLC.

That is about all I can think of offhand. I admit some of my knowledge comes from being a geography and history buff, also, being an American and thus an English speaker, Wales falls into the Anglosphere, so 'it comes up', but I have never made any special effort to study Wales (though I am sure it is worthy of some attention!)

I think those Americans you have met that are know so little of Wales are willfully ignorant or just un-curious people who are exposed to information about Wales and promptly forget it because they use their brain cells for other things.

Im from the U.K. and you know more than me about Wales lol. and for the record, England also hates being known as U.K.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:12 PM
Location: Dayton, OH
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I saw movie filmed in Wales, the industrial southern part. It was called Twin Town. Based on this one movie the place seemed to have a sort of a redneck rustbelt thing going on.

I understand the northern part of the...country?...is more rural and they actually still speak Welsh there.

Also know they have a tradition of choir singing, as a folk music thing, but it doesnt sound like folk music from Scotland or Ireland
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:23 PM
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I learned about Wales by chance. A friend had a box of books and asked me if I wanted to read any. Most of them were romance novels, which I don't like, but this one (looked like it could be a romance novel, but it wasn't) caught my eye because it was a historical novel.

I learned Welsh history and how they ended up under English rule and was entertained at the same time, and I ended up reading almost all of the author's books. Here Be Dragons is the first of a trilogy.

Here Be Dragons (Welsh Princes Series #1), Welsh Princes Series, Sharon Kay Penman, Book - Barnes & Noble
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Old 11-29-2009, 01:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Maervanda View Post
I don't think my Welsh husband hates his "English" wife.
I think Warren Gatland, your rugby coach might say Wales hates the Irish more than the English
Grow up...why the chip on your shoulder? I know you don't like being called bullies but it's not just Wales who think that...ask these countries Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, the British Indian Ocean Territory, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, the Cayman Islands, the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guernsey, Guyana, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Jersey, Montserrat, Nauru, New Zealand, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the United Kingdom, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the United States!!!

"Wales hates the Irish more than the English!"

After reading that comment I didn't bother with the rest, you clearly haven't got a clue what you are on about if you believe that!
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Old 11-29-2009, 12:19 PM
Location: Lafayette, LA
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Wel, rwy'n dod o Gymru, felly wrth gwrs rwy'n ei nabod hi!!
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