Evan James a James James Enwog o Fri, Ardal Ni!


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Evan James a James James

Ymunwn a disgyblion Ysgol Gynradd Evan James, Pontypridd wrth iddynt bortreadu hanes Evan James a James James. Children from Pontypridd tell us about the men behind Wales' natio...


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-# Join us for a trip back in time,

-join us on our journey

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-# Where famous Welsh people

-once lived

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-# Famous and renowned

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-# Evan James and James James

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-# Guto Nyth Bran

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-# Mari Jones

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-# The girl from Cefn Ydfa

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-# Saint Dwynwen

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-# Saint David #

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-Hello and welcome to

-Enwog o Fri Ardal Ni.

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-This is our school -

-Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Evan James.

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-"Where in Wales is

-Ysgol Evan James?" I hear you ask.

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-Well, it's in Pontypridd,

-South Wales.

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-Hey, have you ever wondered

-who Evan James was?

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-He must've been famous

-to have a school named after him.

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-Evan James is his name,

-A man who shot to fame.

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-Look!

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-Have you seen a ghost or something?

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-Have you seen a ghost or something?

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-A man in strange clothing!

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-Friends.

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-You're the ones

-in strange clothing, I might add.

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-This is Ysgol Gymraeg Evan James's

-school uniform.

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-He was from this area

-but I don't know who he was.

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-Ysgol Gymraeg Evan James, you say?

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-A Welsh-medium school?

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-Oh, well, then the land

-of my fathers is still dear to me.

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-What's he talking about?

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-Who are you?

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-Who are you?

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-Apologies. Let me introduce myself.

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-My name is Evan James. I lived

-in Pontypridd a long time ago.

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-Things have changed a great deal.

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-You're Evan James? How on earth...?

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-I decided to call by.

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-But my story isn't complete

-without my beloved son, James James.

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-Here he is.

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-Greetings, father, and

-greetings, girls. I'm James James.

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-Join me

-on a journey around Pontypridd...

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-..to see

-how the old place has changed.

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-Incredible!

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-Let's start at the very beginning.

-I was born in 1809.

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-I was one of 12 children.

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-12 children?

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-12 children?

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-That's a handful. Two handfuls!

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-More than two handfuls!

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-Yes, it was for my poor mother.

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-I loved writing poetry

-from a very young age.

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-Quiet!

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-What noisy children you are!

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-John, William...

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-..Edward, David...

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-..Lewis, Daniel, Richard, Mary...

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-..Evan, Margaret...

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-..James and Thomas.

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-Are you

-composing poetry again, Evan?

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-But, Mam, I can't stop myself

-when the muse is flowing.

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-Beloved Wales is in my heart

-You and I shall never part.

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-Evan the poet.

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-The good old days.

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-I wrote poetry at work

-in the wool factory.

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-But where's the factory now?

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-What's that?

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-I think it stood here, Father,

-but the factory has long gone.

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-Pontypridd

-looked so different back then.

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-It was here that I wrote poetry.

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-And it was here that I composed

-music. I loved composing melodies.

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-I loved singing

-and would often sing at the pub.

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-# And the cat

-has scratched little Johnny

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-# A little saucepan

-is boiling on the fire

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-# A big saucepan

-is boiling on the floor

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-# And the cat

-has scratched little Johnny

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-# Oi! Oi! #

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-The good old days.

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-I'm sure the pub used to be here.

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-Didn't it?

-It looks very different now.

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-Yes, it's changed a lot.

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-Goodness me, a museum!

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-Let's take a look around.

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-Come upstairs.

-There's a section all about you.

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-Yes, come on!

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-Who would've thought it!

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-I remember sitting on this.

-It was my chair.

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-Father, do you remember the melody I

-composed for Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau?

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-It tells the story here

-with pictures and everything.

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-Land of bards and singers,

-famous men of renown.

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-You wrote our anthem?

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-The national anthem of Wales?

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-The national anthem of Wales?

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-It's the national anthem of Wales?

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-Goodness me, James, I remember

-you composing that melody.

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-Me too.

-It was a cold afternoon in January.

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-The year was 1856.

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-I was walking beside

-the River Rhondda.

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-# La-la-la-la-la-la

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-# La-la-la-la-la-la #

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-Hm, yes, I like that.

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-# La, la

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-# La-la-la-la-la-la-la

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-# La-la-la-la

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-# La-la-la

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-# La-la-la-la-la

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-# La-la-la-la-la

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-# La-la #

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-Whoo! I've got it! Whoo-hoo!

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-You ran to me with the melody...

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-..and asked me

-to write the words at once.

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-It was a beautiful melody.

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-It was difficult

-coming up with the words...

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-..but I was suddenly inspired when I

-received a letter from my brother...

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-..who lived in America.

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-Lots of Welsh people

-emigrated to America back then...

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-..in search of work.

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-My brother

-wanted me to live there too.

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-But how could I...

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-..with the land of my fathers

-so dear to me?

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-How could I leave my beloved Wales,

-land of bards and singers?

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-The words flowed easily

-when I thought about Wales.

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-Is that how the anthem came about?

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-The best anthem in the world.

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-And the Welsh nation

-still sings my melody.

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-And my words.

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-We have something to show you.

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-It'll come as a shock.

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-Come on!

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-What a strange old world!

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-Come with us!

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-Come with us!

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-Look!

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-Two statues - one representing

-music like yours, James.

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-And the woman

-must represent poetry like yours.

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-What's wrong, Father?

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-It's our memorial stone.

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-Yours and mine, son.

-It's a strange old world.

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-And Wales will always remember us.

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-I'm so happy.

-O may our old language endure!

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-Where have they gone?

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-James? Evan?

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-Evan? James?

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-Girls! What's wrong?

-You look like you've seen a ghost.

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-Mrs Blainey, I'm proud to be

-a pupil at Ysgol Evan James.

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-So am I, Mrs Blainey. I love Wales

-and I love the language.

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-Can we sing the anthem, Mrs Blainey?

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-Can we sing the anthem, Mrs Blainey?

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-Of course.

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-If Evan James and James James were

-alive today, they'd be proud of you.

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-In we go.

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-# We give thanks

-to Evan James and James James

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-# A father and son from Pontypridd

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-# They wrote the anthem

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-# The best anthem of all

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-# It's important and dear to me

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-# On the school's rugby pitch

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-# And all around

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-# It's the anthem of Wales

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-# Mae hen wlad fy nhadau

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-# Yn annwyl i mi

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-# Gwlad beirdd a chantorion

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-# Enwogion o fri

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-# Ei gwrol ryfelwyr

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-# Gwladgarwyr tra mad

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-# Dros ryddid collasant eu gwaed

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-# Gwlad, gwlad

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-# Pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad

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-# Tra mor yn fur

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-# I'r bur hoff bau

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-# O bydded i'r hen iaith

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-# Barhau #

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Ymunwn a disgyblion Ysgol Gynradd Evan James, Pontypridd wrth iddynt bortreadu hanes Evan James a James James. Children from Pontypridd tell us about the men behind Wales' national anthem.