Sunday, January 15, 2006

A friend of Ben's?????

For Christmas, Mark Davis, 31, a bus driver from Pontypool, South East Wales dyed his hair red and attached a Christmas tree to his head. He wore it to work for a month and had to sleep with it attached at night. (Photo above.)

For the New Year, he's wearing a fully-functioning disco ball on his head, with "2006" shaven in his hair. (Photo below, be sure to notice his eyebrows.)

He says he is planning something special for Valentines Day.



Ben Heller said...

This is one of those situations where I say....

Wales is a another country. Although the border is only 45 minutes away from my abode, they speak a different language, it always rains, they have a larger population of sheep than people,Charlotte Church, and has the longest town name in the world.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Anglesey.

I deny all association.

Cymru am byth (Wales For Ever)
It is an amazing language -- and an area that has produced a lot of famous people, including

Tom Jones
Timothy Dalton
Terry Jones
Lawrence of Arabia
Anthony Hopkins
Dylan Thomas
Richard Burton
Bertrand Russell

cymraeg dros Gymru (welsh for Wales)

There appears to be no welsh word for "modern" -- see below.
If you did not know it was a language you would think it was someone playing on a typewriter.
It would be very bad to be Welsh and dyslexic!!

Y Gymraeg a'r Gyfraith

Fe sefydlodd Deddf yr Iaith Gymraeg 1967 yr hawl i ddefnyddio'r Gymraeg yn y llysoedd, a hefyd sicrhawyd cyfle i'w defnyddio mewn gweinyddiaeth gyhoeddus.

Ond y Ddeddf fwyaf arwyddocaol hyd yn hyn o safbwynt ymdrin รข'r iaith yw Deddf yr Iaith Gymraeg 1993.

Mae'r Ddeddf hon, sy'n rhoi'r Gymraeg a'r Saesneg ar sail cyfartal mewn bywyd cyhoeddus yng Nghymru, yn garreg filltir yn hanes yr iaith yn y cyfnod modern.

Welsh and the Law

The Welsh Language Act 1967 guaranteed the right to use Welsh in court, and also provided for its use in public administration.

But by far the most significant legislation to date in respect of the language is the Welsh Language Act 1993.

This Act, which puts Welsh and English on an equal basis in public life in Wales, represents a milestone in the modern history of the language.

Ben Heller said...


The language is very difficult to learn. I can string a few sentences together but that's partly due to occupational neccessity. I spend much of my working week in Wales, and English people get a little more respect if they at least try to meet and greet in Welsh.