Saturday, March 07, 2015

Ah the beauties of Wales

AtlasObscura has a page on a local village in Wales

The tiny village on the isle of Anglesey that is now known as Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, (Llanfairpwll or Llanfair PG for "short") has existed in some form or another since the Neolithic Era, but it not gain it unique name until the 1880s....
The name, which is printed on the village's absurdly long train station sign translates from the Welsh as, "St. Mary's Church in the hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the red cave."...
While Llanfairpwllgwyngyll is a mouthful it is no longer the longest place name in the world as the tailor who came up with it had intended. That honor has been usurped by an even more ridiculously named town in Thailand, the name of which we don't even have room for here. 
related item

the Welsh in Pennsylvania celebrate St. David's day

oh yes: They also celebrate it in Wales

and don't forget your ceremonial leek:
The ceremonial leeks presented to members of the Welsh Guards at Hounslow Cavalry Barracks (photo by Sergeant Steve Blake)

Legend has it the tradition originated when King Cadwaladr ordered his soldiers to identify themselves by wearing the vegetable on their helmets during a fierce battle against the Saxons on a leek field.


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