Wales

Drystone walling in the Brecon Beacons, Wales

My brilliant career hits the drystone wall

26 May 2018 9:00 am

We all tell stories about ourselves, every one of us. ‘I’m a useless cook.’ ‘Spiders don’t scare me.’ Not all…

An out-of-work steel worker walking through Port Talbot, 1964

Welsh noir: How Port Talbot became the drama capital of Wales

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Why, as well as steel, does the Welsh town produce great actors? Jasper Rees reports

Will Radio 3’s bold new season find new listeners – or alienate their core audience?

9 September 2017 9:00 am

As Classic FM celebrated its quarter-century on Wednesday with not a recording but a live broadcast of a concert from…

The romance – and importance – of independent bookshops

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Oh dear. Usually writers who contribute to these diaries start with something like, ‘To Paris. To launch my novel at…

How singing helped the people of Aberfan overcome a tragedy

22 October 2016 9:00 am

‘I went in at seven and came out aged 22,’ said Brian as he looked back on the day in…

The problem with our golden age

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Golden age problems Sir: Johan Norberg’s ‘Our golden age’ (20 August) is absolutely right — we do live in a golden age;…

Wales is not an emergency – it’s worse than that

20 August 2016 9:00 am

On Monday 25 July we climbed Cader Idris. No particular reason except a free Monday and a memory of what…

Is football now bigger than rugby in Wales?

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Big game hunt Wales beat Russia 3–0 to finish above England in their group at the European Football Championships. Which…

Honister Pass in the Lake District. The ragged granite fells of Cumbria account for nearly half the cols in England

A guide to Britain’s most strenuous walks

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Cols and Passes of the British Isles

‘The upper part of the cascade at Hafod’ by John ‘Warwick’ Smith, 1793

How to view the view

20 February 2016 9:00 am

It’s not all picnics and cowslips. You need sense as well as sensibility to appreciate a landscape, says Mary Keen

Sand that might be mistaken for Caribbean

Anglesey: la dolce vita in north Wales

24 October 2015 9:00 am

We teased our friends by saying that our holiday would be on a far-away island. The Maldives, perhaps? No, Anglesey,…

Meet the Tories’ Welsh Wizard: an interview with Stephen Crabb

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Stephen Crabb, the working-class Welsh Secretary with a fondness for Margaret Thatcher

‘Quitting is suffering’: Hon Lik, inventor of the e-cigarette, on why he did it

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Hon Lik, life-saving inventor of the e-cigarette, on why he did it

The trick that makes self-checkouts almost tolerable

20 June 2015 9:00 am

I spent the last few days in Deal and Folkestone with Professor Richard Thaler at Nudgestock, Ogilvy’s seaside festival of…

Charles Moore’s Notes: people who love making new laws like to present them as human rights

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Amnesty International and others have placed a large newspaper advertisement telling Michael Gove ‘Don’t Scrap Our Human Rights’. The ad…

My grandson's getting into the rugby: 'Which one's West Ham?'

14 February 2015 9:00 am

My grandson and I had a lovely hour-long swim at the leisure centre. We had the learner pool to ourselves…

Venetia Williams: an enigmatic woman who trains winners

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Welsh Grand National day at Chepstow could not have had a better climax than the big race. After slogging three…

Ukip is a party for people who hate London. That’s why Labour should be scared

8 November 2014 9:00 am

It is interesting that neither Scotland nor Wales have been much bitten by the Ukip bug. The supposedly sensible view…

Griff Rhys Jones’s diary: I am now less of a celebrity than my daughter’s dog

25 October 2014 9:00 am

In order to promote the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia festival, I am trying to persuade Jason Morell, the director, that…

When the Welsh go it alone, blame me

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Oh dear. I think I may have inadvertently contributed to the dissolution of Great Britain. I’m not claiming sole responsibility.…

Spectator letters: In defence of women ministers, Handel and lefty sex

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Give the women a chance Sir: Melissa Kite’s article about the reshuffle seems downright unfair (‘A misogynistic reshuffle’, 19 July). Whatever…

Letters: Lord Lawson is not banned from the BBC, and Wales is wonderful

19 July 2014 9:00 am

No ban on Lawson Sir: You write that the BBC ‘has effectively banned’ Lord Lawson from items on climate change…

How Wales was betrayed by its (Labour) government.

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Devolution has left my country with catastrophic misgovernment

Matthew Parris: Logically, bitcoin fans should love the euro. Why don't they?

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Bitcoins have been in the news, after a story about an unfortunate fellow who jettisoned his computer’s hard drive that…

The man who shared a bed with D.H. Lawrence and Dylan Thomas (though not together)

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Rhys Davies was a Welsh writer in English who lived most of his life in London, that Tir na nÓg…