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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Mobile: 0699724935

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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Monday, 3 January 2011

Celtic Polemic

So let's get this straight; at the end of the Ice Age we came up from the Basque Country i.e. the Western Mediterranean up through the Atlantic, which somehow ties in with Irish legend and why many Welsh are short, dark & stocky. The Culture to be seen mainly in Halstatt & La Tene whom we referred to as the Keltoi and now Celts, crossed over 4 or 5 centuries before Christ, were tall and blonde and brought their Gaelic Language with them, before taking it to Ireland and subduing the indigenous tribes, so much so they now claim Celtic heritage. These were followed by the Brythons who then subdued the Gaels on the mainland except for the Western & Northern fringes, although the Silures & Ordovices were Brythons the west was still in the hands of the Gaels, as was Kernow/Cornwall, so that when the Romans came it was these Brythons who defended the Island. That part of Britain today known as England became Latinized, that is why there are so few Welsh words in the English language, one that took a thousand years to develop yet is so poor that from its Latin & Greek base it has to borrow to fill a book. Scotland wasn't one Country but was fought over by three cultures: Caledonian Picts, of whom MacBeth was one; Strathclyde Welsh, whose Capital  was Dumbarton the fort of the Britons; &  the Dalriada Irish; each with its own king; Dewi Prysor claims descent from the Dalriadan, allright friend? Little Dalriada of the Irish Gaelic culture won over through Kenneth McAlpin when finally the King of the Picts had a change of mind and declared himself King of the Scots, but before Strathclyde & Cumbria (Cambria & Cumbria are interchangable) were shared between the English & Scots the Welsh Cunedda had already moved down to Wales from the Edinburgh area to throw out the Irish who had come back to the West, mainly in Dyfed; Dewi or David preached to Gaels. Ireland and the Isles were invaded by the Vikings leaving a red haired strain but not their language. The Romans who were at least our third group of invaders left us enough words to to look back on their colonization with a sense of pride,  leaving us with about a thousand words and the golden age of Welsh history, that of Saints & Sovereign Kings, before defending ouselves once again against a greater onslaught. What I'm saying is we are claiming a Celtic identity based on a provisional colonization that has left its mark, i.e. it's all about the  language we spoke at a given point of time and managed against adversity to hold on to against all the odds; but we were speaking a different language before the Celts turned up and weren't the Celts aggressive invaders themselves? The Irish speak Gaelic therefore are considered Celtic; The Scots ditto, and it's noticeable that as Scotland grew, not diminish, as is Wales's case, the Language only went so far, with many Lowland Scots (Rabbie Burns wrote an English dialect) not considering themselves Celts at all. The English who speak a Latin & Greek based Language relate to a Classical heritage, when in fact they were Germanic Barbarians. The Welsh being predominantly British Celts intermingled with Gaels see themselves as Celts, so do the Cornish who up to Arthur & Geraint's time were a Gaelic remnant who became Brythonic; The Bretons the same, comprising Welsh & Cornish, with the females of the original inhabitants supposed to have had their tongues cut out so that the Brythonic tongue stayed pure; this is why Galizia & The Asturias are often not included in Celtic movements, it's because they don't speak the lingo; That's why North Walians have doubts about many of their southern counterparts, why certain mining immigrant families can never accept Cymru, and why today's Cardiffians are feeling blackmailed when although it's the capital, they turn their television antennaes & minds towards England. Now along comes DNA testing that tells us that in defining ourselves as Celts based on a society encountered by the Greeks & Romans at  a certain point of time, we  ignore thousands upon thousands of years of previous history, 'Celtic' does not define the moment we met our destiny because they were just as warlike and bullying as: the Romans; Germanics (Anglo-Saxons & French); and Scandinavians (Vikings & Normans) who came later, it was a necessary reaction to the realization that there was a common cause, similar to the way Geoffrey of Monmouth showed the Normans that the Welsh were no way inferior, that we also had a great heritage, something tangent with which we could fight back against mainly English, French & Spanish domination. A hitherto largely ignored concept of a coherent though not Political Celtic Culture up till now repudiated by sceptical archaeologists who widely term it en bloc 'Iron Age'  was glorified by the romantic movement of 19th century Europe and its minorities  which led the Welsh and Bretons to reclaim their King Arthur who'd won so many battles against the English & French and was only sleeping in some cliffside cave on the verge of being reawoken. There's even a theory that Halstatt & La Tene Cultures were not Celtic, that the river tables were misread and that the maps were wrongly drawn.
However, my point is that according to DNA most of us in the west came up from Southern Europe therefore are not Celts, that the Celts in only a few hundred years managed to impose their language on us, ipso facto we are Celts; The Druids & Megaliths weren't Celtic don't forget. It's given many of us a 'raison d'etre', uniting the 'Celtic' Countries, listening to Alan Stivell; not having to be enslaved to England & France, that having managed to hold on to this language we are still Celts and are living representatives of an old Culture that can stand up in its own right against foreign domination that imposes propaganda to the extent that we are somehow inferior, It took form in 19th century romanticism giving us something somehow tangent to grab hold of, it became our sword & shield,  Arthur is its epitome. The English have Greek and Roman heroes, the French have Charlemagne. To sum it all up; our language is Celtic, we are not, we are Celtic because we want to be, we don't have another collective name because although we were a people before the Celts imposed their language on us nothing is known about them except in Irish legend; Our history begins with an already colonised Britain and the Celts. In civil law one may call oneself what one wants, so Heck why not Celt in that case? it's a mainly linguistic argument, thats why certain movements don't accept for membership: the Galicians; Asturians; and Gaul Cisalpinos. One last point; Ironic, Celtic unity; there are often 2 chapels, 2 bagadou & 2 choirs where there should only be 1; and many Gaels say 'Selt' whereas the Brythons pronounce it 'Kelt'.
 Our standpoint is that of  a Celtic hillfort with its 360°  lookout; We have clear sight, we are in our own home and we are on a final defence. The Celts themselves must have raped & pillaged the indigenous tribes, even though modern history inclines more to assimilation and a continuous thread rather than upheavals, because the Romans certainly did, Boudicca was whipped and her daughters raped, and she was a Queen whose husband had been an ally; the English, or as they still were at the time Germans gave history and us the first 'treason of the long knives'; nobody was crueller than the Normans; English law was still condemning Welsh workers to be hanged drawn & quartered in the mid 19th century. So, leave us alone. Although it must be admitted that many have been enticed over to the other side so much so that not only don't they recognize the enemy anymore , they have become them, figuratively speaking of course; many return home as though infiltrating and undermine from the inside because the law and refgime is on their side, all for our own good mind.
PS. Celtic colonization doesn't count because we've decided it's ourselves; Roman colonisation is respected because they didn't stay; Norman colonisation is decried because they stayed to long; English colonisation is hated because they are still there.

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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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Wales United

"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.