Just a quick and dirty blog to collect contemporary examples of strange attitudes to Wales, the people of Wales, and especially the Welsh language, which appear from time-to-time in the English language media.
The name of the blog comes from Meic Stephens’ wonderful anthology, A Most Peculiar People, “a collection of more than 2,300 quotations about Wales and the Welsh, drawn from sources both native and foreign, literary and demotic, favourable and hostile”. Reading this when I was starting out as a Welsh learner in the mid-1990s was a real eye-opener, and I’d recommend it to anyone.
I was inspired to start this by a particularly petty example in today’s Guardian, and that’s the subject of the first post.
If you come across any weirdness about the Welsh, please let me know by leaving a comment anywhere on this blog, or by emailing me.
The blog’s in English since most of the content will be in that fine language.