Edging the Estuary

Spring 2013

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The Welsh connectivity challenge



Where minorities meet in the heart of Europe

Andy Bevan describes an Alpine journey in search of hidden cultures



Outlook: A Metro for the Cardiff City region

  • Mark Barry
  • Jonathan Adams
  • Calvin Jones
  • James Brown
  • Henk Broekema


Changing Union

Welsh devolution’s unfinished business

Richard Wyn Jones gives an overview of the Changing Union project’s evidence to the Silk Commission

Theodore Huckle’s case for a Welsh jurisdiction

John Osmond meets a gradualist occupying the forward trenches in the battle for devolution



Making Wales open for business

Geraint Talfan Davies reports on an IWA seminar that questioned the Welsh prediliction for public sector solutions

Economic opportunity rather than rights critical for language survival

Howard CArter and John Aitchison find there are now more Welsh speakers in Cardiff than in the whole of Ceredigion, Gwynedd and Ynys Mon

Nationalist politics in the 1960s

Elystan Morgan’s tryst with Wales

Emrys Roberts engages with the memoirs of a key figure in 20th Century Welsh politics

The real story behind Tryweryn and the Investiture

J. Graham Jones praises an account of physical-force Welsh nationalism



Wales and West should join forces on airport

John Borkowski and Angus Walker suggest a radical solution to the Welsh air connectivity deficit

Sacred landscape and sustainable Development

Cynog Dafis argues that a circle can be squared on green growth


Capital Focus

Putting Cardiff at the heart of the Welsh economy

Chris Sutton explains why the centre of the Welsh Capital warrants the creation of an Enterprise Zone

The other side of the tracks

Tony Grist believes the future redevelopment of Cardiff Central Station could be used to unite a divided city



Heads of the Valleys education education poverty gap

Lizzie Swaffield, David Egan and Danny Saundersreport on an initiative to improve school attainment in Merthyr and Blaenau Gwent

All we need is English n’est-ce pas?

Ceri James reveals that Wales has the shortest period of compulsory foreign language learning in Europe



The obesity epidemic

Zoe Harcombe asks how many more people will become overweight before we cut back on processed carbohydrate foods high on fructose

Lifestyle change versus medication

Judy Hutchings says behaviour change should be a goal for all professionals working with patterns of behaviour that contribute to illness


Social Policy

Slavery still current in 21st Century Wales

Katie Harries investigates the extent of human trafficking on our streets



Food co-ops tick all the right boxes

Richard Reast on a down-to-earth scheme helping to put One-Planet Wales on the map

Why a barrage is a step too far for the Severn

Peter Jones advocates exploring renewable projects compatible with the protection of wildlife in the estuary



Cultural apartheid on the airwaves

Gareth Rees says Radio Wales smacks more of a British regional than a Welsh national channel

When Caernarfon was the print capital of Wales

Karen Owen celebrates the mid 19th Century print and news revolution



Fishlocks File: Word slingers who can make a corgi laugh

Trevor Fishlock says a hole in our national trouser needs mending

Edging the Estuary

Peter Finch reports from a place where there is enough water to drown us all

In the footsteps of Y Gododdin

Nigel Jenkins looks back at the life of poet, translator and literary critic Tony Conran



A man of superior parts

Peter Stead

How yr Wyddfa enters the soul

Bethan Gwanas

Stuck in Splott

Peter Finch

What Wales can do for a poet

Angela Graham


Last Word: 

Who can pass the toga test?

Peter Stead