Gareth Edwards Rugby, Apartheid and Me

“Somebody tell me what’s happening in Johannesburg”

GARETH EDWARDS has been named as the greatest rugby player of all time and has been the subject of countless television programmes in Wales but the latest should have really told the story of one of his teammates.

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Gareth Edwards Rugby, Apartheid and Me followed the Wales and British Lions scrum half on a return journey to South Africa and retraced his steps with the rugby nation that throughout his playing career was shaped by the Apartheid state. Continue reading

Taking a chance with Glyn Mathias

YOU don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone or so it seems to go – which is why I was pleased to take the opportunity to interview former ITN and BBC Wales political editor and Brecon resident Glyn Mathias.GlynBook

The veteran journalist, who has just published his autobiography, is one of quite a few high-profile characters to have lived in Brecon and the surrounding area. I wrote stories about the deaths of both Sir Bernard Ashley, widower of the fashion designer Laura, and Lord Tom Bingham, the former Lord Chief Justice and senior Law Lord, who lived at Boughrood near Brecon for some 40 years until his death.  On both occasion I regretted not writing about these people earlier, specifically before they died and were still within easy reach of my office. Continue reading