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I don't have a fingernail left! Scarlets versus Ulster tonight for the Celtic League title... must calm down... mae bys Mari Ann wedu brifo... what's my pulse doing...
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Oh my, thank God that's over
You'll get no more sense from me tonight...
Mae bys Mari-Ann wedi brifo,
A Dafydd y Gwas ddim yn iach.
Mae'r baban yn y crid yn crio,
A'r gath wedi scramo Joni bach.
Sosban fach yn berwi ar y tan,
Sosban fawr yn berwi ar y llawr,
A'r gath wedi scrapo Joni bach.
I may treat myself to a small sherry
I take it Scarlets won ?
Grief - its as if I'm back in that Welsh chapel were they made me sing hymns in Welsh as a boy!
Jas you'd have got a clip round the ear for singing that in a chapel anywhere east of llanelli.
Phew good guess...
Ceri - I didn't have the foggiest what I was singing. As it was, I got several 'clips' for not singing!
The local community spoke English - which I learnt to perfection.
Then I came home and reverted to Cockney!
Fourteen years of Welsh Sunday school and I know sod all about Jesus, good at close harmony singing mind..
I've a scar on the back of my head where an 'old gentleman' hit me with his walking stick for - allegedley - pitching 'Bendegedig
fyddo'r Iesu' too high for him to sing
He was one of the 'enthusiasts' I had to chaperone in the choir... I used to stand behind them and if I heard them going off key, or worse, start singing the soprano part, I had to sing the tenor part into their ears... I also had to watch one who had a tendency to raise his arm during the high notes, and if it moved grab his shoulder... one evening one of them said to me 'Duw Ceri ew've got a nice voice, if ew were a bit better ew could stand in the front by yur with us'... I bit my lip so hard I almost bled
Its sometimes said of chapel goers that we only go for the singing.
The last time I was in a Welsh Chapel (about 15 years ago) the minister led the singing energetically from the pulpit.
For every rise in pitch he raised his arms abruptly up wards, accompanied by a large amount of portamento.
Rather like a Swanee whistle!
Or the 6.40 passing through.
Couldn't fault his enthusiasm though!
I've noticed when I go to chapel here that there isn't quite the gusto in singing as there is back home... I have to remeber to tone it down... and sing the english words (all the best hymn tunes are welsh, so not surprising that everyone keeps pinching them).
We were never as bad as the mythical choir who said 'Dai, ew'll have to drive the bus ew are too drunk to sing'... but we were close.
A rather enthusiastic new member - who was English and hadn't had time to acclimatise - announced that he'd be able to get permission for us to sing in saint david's cathedral... the immediate response from one of old timers was 'bar by there is there?'
Thirsting after righteousness, no doubt!
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