TAVARN TY ELISE & BYN'S PHOTOS (Byn's view)

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
Breizh/Llydaw/Bretagne/Brittany
Twinned with Carrog in North Wales
All times are negotiable between 6am. & 1am., but
generally is as follows:
Llun/Lun/Mon: 11:am/11h > 1am/1h.
Maw/Meu/Mar/Tue: 11h > 1h
Mer/Wed: 11h > 1h
Iau/Yaou/Jeu/Thu: 11h > 1h
Gwe/Ven/Fri: 11h > 1h
Sad/Sam/Sat: 11h > 1h
Sul/Sun/Dim: 11h > 11pm/23h
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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; Irish session the first sunday of every month, wifi, and an important football/rugby match now and again.
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 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 5euros each.
T(ee)-shirts: 15e au bar; 20e p+p.
Bar games: draughts; chess; dominoes; cards; solitaire; backgammon. Extensive parking & large beer garden opposite. P.S. For the less discriminating of you I now sell burgers for 3:50e .

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.


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, 17 December 2010

My Merthyr


Two days ago I listened to the Welsh First Minister, Carwyn Jones on line, opening an exhibition organized by the National Library of Wales, he mentioned George Borrow's journey around the Country in 1854, written down in his book 'Wild Wales', and a particular visit to 'Y Gwter or Gutter Fawr', nowadays Brynaman,  Carwyn's family abode. The mention of George Borrow stirred me, as I happen to have two editions of this book that I'm ashamed to say that although I bought one of them when I was about thirteen years old I've never fully read it, only that part that dealt with Merthyr, I am glad to say that I'm now making up for lost time and am with him and his wife & stepdaughter in Llangollen. I purchased it at the new W.H. Smith's on the High St. which was my paradise, I'd stand there for hours looking at the books & magazines, they sent me into another world, I loved books, except the school text books, but that's another story; I'd go through the history & geography books, atlases and encyclopaedias searching for anything about my town of Tydfil the Martyr, I'd buy anything that mentioned Merthyr, or if I couldn't afford it I'd read so much at a time, I'd also spend days in the municipal library where one of my favourite books was the out of print ' Story of Merthyr' a huge volume written by the teachers of the town, which was not for the general public but had to be asked for specifically and read in the upstairs reading room. Very proud I was, and still am, of my town, we were told that the Queen's doctor came from there, that the consituency elected Keir Hardie as its MP, although he never topped the poll, he was the first to represent the Labour movement, (but it was ILP and not the Labour Party, they used to stand against each other); Henry Richard MP, the Apostle of the Peace; Sir Samuel Griffith, twice Premier of Queensland, first Chief Justice of the Australian High Court, and author of the Federal Constitution was born in the same street as my father, Glebeland St. home of 'Y Tyst' newspaper ('Merthyr Law' is a thriving attorneys' office in Brisbane today): The Berry brothers, Viscounts Kemsley & Camrose, virtually owned Fleet Street between them; Lady Charlotte Guest learned Welsh, and with help translated the Red Book & The White Book which today we call the Mabinogion; John Hughes the Dowlais engineer invited by the Tsar of Russia to build a steelworks and founded the city of Donetsk in the Ukraine, where the original part has been re-baptized Yuzovka, or Hughestown in his honour; the Mormons went with Dan Jones to Utah and now their descendants make up the majority of the world famous Tabernacle Choir; We had the best non-league soccer side in England & Wales, rugby hadn't got out of the grammar schools so wasn't a popular sport, the main sport of all the valleys was boxing, where, it is said, you could whistle down the mine at the end of the shift and up would come a world champion; who knows that Merthyr rugby league club, founded in 1907 defeated the touring Australian National side in 1908? the first red flag in the world to signify workers' solidarity was flown here in1831. The Vale of Neath railway station was built by I.K. Brunel; the first steam locomotive to run on rails in the world in 1804, Stevenson's 'Rocket' was the first statutory passenger carrying engine; the rails manufactured here crossed the world and the cannons made at Cyfarthfa brought victory to the Victory, so to speak, and Nelson's navy. The Crawshays had a castle built that I could see from my house on the Gellideg Estate, to where later, I dreamt of going to school, and  did. What an adventure playground as well, there was the Aberdare tunnel, where we'd walk the one and a half miles through the mountain to Aberaman, or we'd go over the top, which I did with my cousin Denise, a girl called Barbara from Twyn and Mary Thomas, sister & daughter of Welsh millionaires; we'd climb the cliffs of the Morlais Castle limestone quarry, overlooking the deep gorge of the Tâf Fechan as it separated Breconshire from Glamorgan; go swimming in the same river; we'd slide down the waste tips on sheets of cardboard, wildly swing over streams on ropes hanging from tree branches. When in Cardiff, on seeing our own double-decker bus going past I'd feel a sense of pride and wave at it. and when on an evening journey back from Porthcawl, Neath or Swansea, following in the steps of George Borrow, coming past Llwydcoed, Aberdare on to the crest of the hill and looking over the whole of Merthyr, " I now perceived a valley below me full of lights", what he saw were enormous furnaces, mountains of burning dross and the palace of Satan, but what I saw was an electric radiance brightening heart and home. Love my Merthyr; to paraphrase "The best Merthyr man is one away from home", or back to the staple "Little boy from Merthyr for ever and ever".
'Cymro gorau, Cymro oddigartre': 'Bachgen bach o Ferthyr eriô'd, eriô'd'

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Jean-Claude Dreyfus, & Merzhin au bar Ty Elise

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

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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."

W.H.I.P.P.E.T.

W.H.I.P.P.E.T.

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.

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Born Aug 3 1951, Merthyr Tydfil, Cymru/Wales.Moved to Brittany Sept. 1979.I run a rustic Bar in a village of fewer than 800h.Real ale& best whisk(e)ys.At the moment I'm occupied with photos, flowers and music. For more information look up my site & blog: http://crwtynrhifnaw.blogspot.com my story: http://taffawrnantmorlais.blogspot.com my photos:http://picasaweb.google.com/BynWalters    my photos: http://patrimoinebreton/blogspot.com    a.n.other: http://mymiscellaneous-bynbrynman.blogspot.com

 

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