Mae'n bont rhwng Llydaw (Plouie) a Chymru (Merthyr Tudful)/ A bridge between Brittany (Plouye) and Wales (Merthyr).

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Degemer Mat, Bienvenu(e), Welcome, Croeso i Lydaw ag i 'Tavarn Ty Elise'. Ambiance positive acçeptée, ambiance negative rejetée.
An hent /Route de Collorec
Bro Gerne/Cornouaille
29690 Plouie/Plouye
Penn ar Bed/Finistere
Twinned with Carrog in North Wales
All times are negotiable between 6am. & 1am., but
generally is as follows:
Llun/Lun/Mon: Fermé
Maw/Meu/Mar/Tue: Fermé
Mer/Wed: 15h > 23h
Iau/Yaou/Jeu/Thu: 15h > 23h
Gwe/Ven/Fri: 15h > 23h
Sad/Sam/Sat: 12:30h > 23h
Sul/Sun/Dim: 12:30h > ?
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A little bar lost in the Breton countryside with a clay floor, wood burner, an eclectic music collection, Welsh, Irish, Breton, World, & pop/rock we don't have hip-hop/rap/techno, no juke-box or pool table. We do have real ale, organic artisanal beers and local farm cider, malt whiskies(Scotch, Irish, Breton & Welsh) and bourbons. Priority given to live music; wifi.
Coreff Ambrée: Pint = 5 euros, demi = 2 euros 50
Coreff Blonde Bio: Pint = 5 euros, demi = 2,50e
Coreff Blanche: Pint = 5 euros, demi = 2,50e
Coreff I.P.A.: Pint = 5euros, demi = 2,50e
Coreff Stout: Pint = 5 euros, demi = 2,50e
Pint of cider = Pint = 4euros, demi= 2e
My photos of Brittany taken when I was out of work on sale for 2,50euros each.
T(ee)-shirts: 15e au bar; 20e p+p.
Bar games: draughts; chess; dominoes; cards; solitaire; backgammon. Extensive parking & large beer garden opposite.

PLOUIE/PLOUYE, Breizh/Llydaw/Brittany/Bretagne:

(The original premise: "Mainly banter, slightly rambling reminiscences, a little bit political, slightly cultural and a touch of publicity for my bar in Brittany".)

Ambiance positive acceptée, ambiance negative rejetée.
(Positive ambience accepted, negative ambience rejected).
Le mot clé est 'convivialité' - 'Conviviality' is the key word.
Degustation, appreciation, conversation, tout en écoutant la musique.

Up in smoke

Regrettably my Pub 'Tavarn Ty Elise', a little bar in the Breton countryside between Uhelgoad (Huelgoat) & Karaez (Carhaix), (Bro Gerne) Finistere, Breizh/Llydaw/Brittany/Bretagne burned down in the early hours of friday February 19, 2010. Thirty years of my life up in smoke, but in spite of that the phoenix has risen again and the red dragon is back.
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Friday, 29 January 2010

Re: Re: Anomie; From friends

I agree with the last speaker. To paraphrase Dr Johnson in a Welsh context :'Tourism is the last refuge of the Scoundrel'.
All the cash made by our ersatz tourist 'indigenous industry' (sic) goes back to Mother London's brit fat cat bankers anyway.
Let the Welsh tend the gardens and wash the dishes, poor dabs.
When we get the Republic bring on the tourism.
Until then, as ap Zion would sing: "We'll build a Belsen in the hillside......" 

I know you're doing good work in Blaenau and I wish the best to you and all involved. But let me explain my "illinformed predisposition to tourism as a whole". (Yes, you're right. But I like to tell myself it's not that ill-informed.)
Because even if we were to reach the happy land where all the pubs, narrow gauge railways, hotels, adventure centres, gift shops, etc., were owned and staffed by Welsh people I would still have my reservations about tourism.
1/ Given how closely the economy of Wales is interlinked with that of England much of the money taken in Wales and counted as 'income from tourism' would still end up over the border. This fact alone invalidates comparisons with Ireland and other small (independent) countries.
     In fact, it is to England's economic advantage to have people take their holidays in Wales because the money spent here stays in the UK, unlike money spent in Ireland or Spain or Greece.
2/ Given our climate, there can be no escaping the seasonality of tourism - and tourism jobs - in Wales.
3/ A major problem caused by tourism is that it attracts many English people to live here, to the point where, in the more attractive areas, few locals can afford to buy a home. This would not change in the 'happy land' of a completely Welsh tourism industry. And tourism also creates unattractive areas. You want an argument against tourism - Rhyl!
4/ More fundamentally, and elusively, I find tourism, especially the kind that has been promoted for decades in Wales, distasteful. The message (to the English)  being, 'This is your playground, it belongs to you - come and enjoy it!' Little or no reference made to the Welsh, the language, the history or the identity, unless it's postcards taking the piss out of Welsh place names. (An American I know once sent me a very similar postcard having a laugh at the Indian place names in Washington State.)
5/  We have the worst possible kind of tourism industry, largely because it was developed to serve England not Wales. We have tens of millions of low-spending, road-clogging tourists every year staying in ugly, sprawling caravan sites when any sensible country would insist on tourists staying in serviced accommodation. We could make more money and create more jobs from fewer tourists if we went down that road.
6/ The Tourist Board (or whatever it's called now) has always been run by Welsh-speakers, yet they seem to blind themselves to the effects of tourism on the language. When he was chairman of the WTB (concurrent with the MG campaign) Prys Edwards publicly stated that holiday homes have nothing to do with tourism! Of course not, and brothels have got nothing to do with sex.
     Maybe you've got to admire the man's cheek, or perhaps wonder if he lives in the same Wales as the rest of us.
7/ Following on from 6, I hate the blinkered view we get of tourism. We are asked to believe that it is an unmitigated blessing for which we should be mightily grateful. No one will admit to, let alone address, the downsides. Linked to this is the way that tourism is judged solely by the money it generates.
     Yet if we follow that example then we could justify drugs, kiddie porn, arms trafficking - because they all make money and make an input to the economy.
Nevertheless, I agree that in the short term the situation can be improved by getting more Welsh people involved in tourism, but to maximise the benefits we must either have independence or something close to it that guarantees that the money generated by tourism in Wales stays in Wales. But then there'd still be the immigration problem and other issues to address.
I will not be happy until the last tourist is hung with the entrails of the last 'Sunnysands' - "fun for all the fucking family" - caravan site proprietor.
Aye, Wales can be despairing at times.
But regarding the adventure tourism bit. You may be relieved to know that there are many initiatives at present whereas local, Welsh speaking people are being trained to reclaim the 'adventure tourism' sector. Many of these initiatives are run through dedication of YOUNG ordinary (mostly unaffiliated) nationalists who work at community regeneration level. Money is coming from WAG through various bodies & channels, and is being used for courses (Mountain Leaders etc), and a great deal is also done voluntarily, all of which is done with the interest of Welsh culture, identity and the local economy at heart, to promote sustainable cultural tourism and to promote the training and employment of local, Welsh-speakers in real, fulltime, well-paid jobs. Surely this is what is needed.
Like it or not, this adventure tourism exists and, unlike Scotland, well over 90% of it is run - as you say - by English colonists for English proto-colonists. 90% of Mountain Leaders, Caving Leaders, Climbing Kayaking Leaders are English colonists. We must reclaim this sector for our people, and this is what we are doing here in Blaenau and in Gwynedd at the moment. We do not criticise from the edges, we manouevre oursleves into positions where we can make a difference. There are already dozens of locals benefitting from the various Outdoor Leaders courses that have been set up, and work is under way by dedicated, lifelong community and nationalist workers to set up the Cynefin a Chymuned course, for which funding has been obtained. All this will enable us to get those jobs that the colonists now do. There's no point in burying heads in sand and pretend the adventure tourism industry doesn't exist. We must reclaim it and push the colonists out of the wellpaid fulltime jobs that should be there for us. 
Also, numerous local projects have been set up - like Antur Stiniog - where local adventure tourism (mountain biking is a highly sustainable industry) projects are set up BY LOCALS who train and EMPLOY LOCALS and also incorporate culture and identity into the whole project.
There are so many positive things happening in Blaenau at the moment - like the reclaiming of the Town Council, the setting up of Antur Stiniog and other projects, and the influence these have given us on the wider Blaenau Ymlaen strategy - that I find it a bit annoying when initiatives are dismissed out of hand just because of illinformed predisposition to tourism as a whole.
These projects in Blaenau are linked to wider funding administered on a county-wide level, and is now being incorporated into this new strategy announced yesterday.
Slowly but surely, we will reclaim the adventure holiday industry. Maybe one day we will reclaim the whole damn shebang.

Just thought I'd drop a line in case you were wondering about my silence and lack of action on Welsh Times. Truth is I'm undergoing one of my periodic bouts of anomie. Possibly brought on by the weather. Not helped by some of the news I read.
Such as Alun Ffred launching a 'new' tourism initiative in Caernarfon. Saying we should promote adventure holidays. Tourism, as we know, is a largely English business in Wales, but adventure holidays and the like are exclusively fucking English, yet Plaid Cymru says we must have more of it! What sort of Wales does Plaid Cymru want to see?
Economically speaking, promoting tourism, seasonal and low paid tourism, is a confession of defeat. It's saying, 'Sorry, folks, we are unable to get you decent jobs so we have no alternative but to push tourism'. (And suffer the consequences of communities where Welsh people can't afford to live.) 
Then, yesterday, I was in Harlech having the MOT done on my car. I wandered around while it was being done and, inevitably, found myself scanning the notice boards. One beauty of a poster caught my eye, put up by the Meirionnydd Labour Party.
To begin with, it was entirely in English; but then, I suppose Labour has given up on Meirionnydd. The poster was calling a public meeting to discuss "Developing and protecting the Ardudwy coast" Now what parallel universe do these twats inhabit where logic is reversed so that a coastline can be protected by being developed?
I shall snap out of it shortly and return to the fray.

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Jean-Claude Dreyfus, & Merzhin au bar Ty Elise

Post-cards sent to pub/bar

The discoloration on certain cards is from the cigarette smoke and open fire due to having been pinned to the ceiling for many years.

Bro Gozh ma Zadou

Meic Stevens - Rue St. Michel (leaning against my bar)

Glenn Devant le Pub/Bar Eté 2009

Those with an advanced musical aptitude who have trodden the clay floor

Jim O' Rourke; An Triskell; Glenmor; Youenn Gwernig; George Jouin; Liam Weldon; Jean-Yves le Roux; Alan Stivell: Dan ar Bras; Yann Tiersen; Davy Spillane; Meic Stevens; Paddy Keenan; Patrick Molard; Les Freres Morvan; Alan Simon; Tornaod; Lleuwen Steffan; Soig Siberil; Nolwenn Corbell; Steve Eaves (& Cerys Matthews, according to Steve's daughter Lleuwen Steffan); Gwennyn Mammen; Jackie Molard; Glenn le Merdy; Youenn Bihan; Twm Morris; Gilles le Bigot; Laurent Jouin; Eric Marchand; Pierre Crepillon; Les Freres Quere; Jean-Jacques Milteau; Rhys Harries(Trwynau Coch); Jean-Claude Dreyfuss (o.k. so he doesn't sing); Gweltaz ar Fur; Siân James; Derek Smith (Mabon); Gareth Westacott & Guy (Toreth); Plethyn; Yr Hwntws; Bernez Tangi; Gaby Kergoncuff; Louis (Lulu) Roujon; Louise Ebrell; Annie Ebrell; Jean-Claude Lalanne; Bernie Smyth; The Halby Brothers; Brian McNeill; Jamie McMenemy; Jean-Michel Veillon; Patrick LeFebvre; Fanch Landreau; Linda Thompson, from Fairport Convention; Mick Tems & Pat Smith; Peter Meazey, Susanne George and Stuart Brown (Mabsant); Dom Duff; Dedé Hellec; Michel Caous; Michel Clec'h; Ti Jaz; Anweledig; Kristen Nikolaz; Kern; Christian LeMaitre; Dezzie Wilkinson; Sean Corcoran; Jim Rowlands; Gazman; Maffia Mr Huws; Yvon Etienne; Iestyn ap Rhobert; Gafin Morgan; Côr Caron, Tregaron; Côr Seren Burma Star Choir, Abertawe/Swansea; Hastan; Fanch le Marrec; Katell Uguen; Katell Kloareg; Brigitte Kloareg; Fran May; Jamie Bevan; E.V.; Laurent Bigot; George Cadoudal; Re An Are; Mona Jaouen; Denez Abernot; Pat Kilbride; Aelodau'r Anweledig; Aelodau'r Mim Twm Llai; Aymeric; Matteo Cargnelutti; Jean Baron; Katelsong; Dik Banovich; not forgetting the Peruvian native American who made a point of calling in to play 'en route' to concerts in Paris, Berlin and London: Would those of you with better memories than myself please be kind enough to let me know who I've inadvertently left out.



Independence Cymru

Owain Glyndwr

Pan anwyd fi,

'Roedd gwyneb nef yn llawn o ffurfiau tanllyd,

A rhedai'r geifr o'r bryniau; a'r diadelloedd

Ddieithr frefent yn y meusydd dychrynadwy:

'R arwyddion hyn a'm hynodasant i,

A holl droellau'm bywyd a ddangosant

Fy mod uwchlaw cyffredin ddyn.

(Shakespeare: Henry IV)

Wales - W. Watkin Davies

Wales - W. Watkin Davies

Destiny of the Britons - Taliesin

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"If they decide to unite," he said, "they would be completely invincible. This nation would be fortunate....if they could accept one prince, and he a good one." - Gerallt Cymro (Giraldus Cambrensis)
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The result was that the king, Henry II, with his mighty army, was forced to retreat, and in his anger he blinded his hostages and burned the churches.

Putting the Record Straight

At a time when the vast majority of the French abandoned their fate into the hands of Marshall Pétin, many Bretons chose, and that as early as 1940, to go to England to continue the fight. At the end of 1940 the Bretons made up 70% of the resistance while Brittany only comprises 7% of the French population. The resistance went on to attract more and more men and women, yet at the end of 1943, only six months before the Normandy landings, the Bretons still represented 40% of the Free French. This is not to forget the resistance in Brittany itself, a vast uprising of the whole people, which retained many German troops in the peninsula, for these, had they been allowed to reach the Normandy front, would have pushed the Allies back to sea. It is also thanks to the Bretons that France, whose authorities had massively collaborated with Nazi Germany from 1940 to 1944, could recover her honour. The brutal repression which was triggered after D-Day against all forms of Bretonness, seems all the more disgraceful. Bernard Le Nail

Bethesda Chapel, Georgetown, Merthyr Tydfil

Bethesda Chapel, Georgetown, Merthyr Tydfil
Joseph Parry worshipped in this chapel as a young boy before going "off to Philadelphia in the morning". One day I received a note from Margaret Roberts, Emrys's wife asking me to volunteer to help to clean it out, which I was happy to do. Later on John Jenkins had an office there and I used to go down to see him for a chat at lunch time."



Richard Trevithithick Commemorative Plate

Richard Trevithithick Commemorative Plate
2004 Bi- Centenary Limited Edition No. 110 out of 200, a gift to me from Llinos Davis representing the school

The first steam locomotive to run on rails in the world, Feb. 1804

The first steam locomotive to run on rails in the world, Feb. 1804
Designed by the children of Ysgol Santes Tudful, Merthyr Ty(u)dfi(u)l

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Born Merthyr Tydfil, Cymru/Wales/Galles
Georgetown Infants,Queen's Rd.Infants, Penydarren Juniors, Cyfarthfa Grammar, Merthyr Tydfil
Sold ice-cream in Billy Smart's Circus, Merthyr Tydfil
Records clerk, Ebbw Vale Steelworks
Turner, Moss Gears, Merthyr Tydfil
Insurance salesman, Prudential, Merthyr Tydfil
Handyman, Castle Hotel, Merthyr Tydfil
Asst. Costermonger around the streets of Rhymni, Merthyr & Cwm Cynon Valley
Industrial painter, Mid-Glam C.C.
Storeman;night watchman;refuse collector;street cleaner;toilet attendant;brickie's,plasterer's,fitter's,
roofer's mate;Town Hall caretaker;General handyman, Rhydycar Leisure Centre,all with Merthyr Borough Council
Shop Steward;Political Ward Branch Secretary;Constituency Membership Secretary;National Delegate;Area Organiser Welsh Language;County Council Candidate;Election Agent, Borough Council;member of Merthyr Tydfil and Ebbw Vale Rugby Clubs;member of Gellifaelog Bowls Club;life-long supporter of Merthyr Tydfil F.C., founder member of extra mural Welsh classes; signed Merthyr's 'Visitors' Book' after Charles and Di; moved to Brittany in 1979, landlord of 'Tavarn Ty Elise';
voted in newspaper, person who comes to mind when one thinks of Brittany; more than one guide book refers to my Pub as an 'institution'; largest open air music festival in France conceived in my Bar. Helped to establish first 'Real Ale' micro-brewery in Brittany. Alan Stivell is my niece's godfather and my daughter's godmother is a daughter one of the 'Soeurs Gouadec';Yann Tiersen played in the pub;Jean-Claude Dreyfuss drank and acted in the pub for a video-clip.
For my Wedding, the Merthyr Express sent over its Chief Reporter Melanie Doel and her photographer boyfriend Robert Haines. Best Man to George & Marilyn Quirk; Usher to Mike & Rhiannon Jones. Pall-bearer to Erwan Kervella. Grandfather to Goulwen, Glen & Awena.