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Cyfres newydd sbon sy'n mynd a ni i lefydd gwahanol yng Nghymru yng nghwmni Geraint Hardy. In a new series Geraint Hardy takes us to different parts of Wales, starting in Merthy...


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-Welcome to Codi Pac.

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-I, Geraint Hardy, will be travelling

-all around Wales...

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-..to find some of our treasures.

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-If you want a weekend away,

-you needn't travel far.

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-It's all on the doorstep.

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-Places to eat, places to stay,

-things to do and see.

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-They're all here on Codi Pac.

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-I need a few things

-for this journey. They're all here.

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-I have a notebook, pamphlets,

-an orange camera...

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-..a mobile phone, water, bag

-and a car.

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-I don't need my passport

-because I'm staying in Wales.

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-Wales may be small but there's

-plenty to do and see here.

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-Over the next six programmes...

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-..I'll be visiting six different

-locations.

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-From Wrexham to Machynlleth,

-from Beaumaris to Merthyr Tydfil.

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-I'll be looking at places to stay

-and places to eat.

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-I'll find out a little local

-history and try out some activities.

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-From the exciting to the relaxed,

-there'll be something for everyone.

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-For help

-following the programme...

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-..head to the website

-or search for the Dal Ati app.

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-During the industrial revolution...

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-..Merthyr Tydfil was one of

-the largest towns in the world.

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-People flocked to work

-in the steel works and coal fields.

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-There are plenty of reasons

-to come here.

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-I've come here on holiday.

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-Merthyr Tydfil is just over there.

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-According to the legend, Merthyr

-Tydfil is named after Saint Tydfil.

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-She was the daughter

-of King Brychan of Brycheiniog.

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-Some of the town's famous names...

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-..include fashion designer Julien

-Macdonald, musician Joseph Parry...

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-..and actor Steve Spiers from

-the series Stella and Cariad@Iaith.

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-Before we find out

-more about the area...

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-..I need to find the place

-I'm staying.

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-I've reached Merthyr Tydfil.

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-This is where I'm staying

-over the next few days.

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-It's quite a place.

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-Unusually, I've come in through

-the back door not the front door.

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-There's a reason for that.

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-If you come here to cycle...

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-..you can come straight in here from

-the mountain and clean your bike...

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-..pump up your tyres and fix

-your bike if something's broken.

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-I'm looking forward to staying here.

-In we go.

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-This house is a coal cottage

-from the 19th Century.

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-You can see similar ones

-at St Fagan's museum these days.

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-I'm already a happy man.

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-A very modern kitchen. What's here?

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-There's a nice washroom.

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-Look at this big open lounge.

-Plenty of room.

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-You can relax,

-there's light through the roof.

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-There's a bit of Merthyr

-and coal mine history here.

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-What else do we have?

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-A massive TV on the wall.

-Everyone's happy with a big TV.

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-Solid wood and look at the art work.

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-It's a flash of colour

-to lift the room.

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-I'm happy. The big question

-is where's the bedroom.

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-I'm guessing it's upstairs.

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-The stairs are a bit narrow.

-Wow!

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-This is so nice.

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-It's warm and cosy.

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-Look how nice the beds are.

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-This is special,

-a bike seat with handlebars.

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-It looks similar

-to some of Picasso's work.

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-The wall paper is nice.

-I'll sleep well here.

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-There's one thing left.

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-Nice.

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-There are plenty of other places

-to stay in the area.

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-On the banks of the Taf Fechan

-reservoir...

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-..an old church has been converted

-to a four star bed and breakfast...

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-..that shares the name,

-Ty Taf Fechan.

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-With striking views over the water

-and surrounding mountains.

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-Just off the A470 is Nant Ddu Lodge.

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-You can relax in the spa and

-swimming pool or head to the gym.

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-For more information about

-accommodation head to our website.

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-There are loads of different things

-to do in Merthyr.

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-One thing has caught my attention.

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-This is it, a bit of adventure,

-Bike Park Wales.

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-Here I am, halfway up the mountain.

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-As you can see,

-the view is incredible.

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-Before I get on my bike,

-let's see what's here.

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-To start, there's a wonderful little

-cafe where you can grab a drink.

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-In the corner, there's a fire

-to warm you up if it's cold.

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-There are several tracks of various

-standards so anyone can have a go.

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-This poster says it all.

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-The Welsh answer to Whistler which

-is one of the best places...

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-..in the world for mountain biking.

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-This is one of the area's main

-adventure attractions.

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-It attracts

-thousands of bikers every year.

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-The park was made

-by bikers for bikers.

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-I've got a bike, helmet and my pads.

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-These are all the courses.

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-Green is the easiest

-and black the hardest.

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-I'll start somewhere in the middle

-with yellow. Off I go.

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-Wooh!

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-This is where everyone plops their

-bikes on the back of the bus.

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-That shows you how high up

-the mountain we're going today.

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-I can hear a helicopter in the

-background.

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-I hope nobody's hurt too badly.

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-I don't want to be heading home in a

-helicopter today!

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-I want to use my bike.

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-Let's go for it!

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-We've reached

-the top of the mountain.

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-This is where everyone starts.

-There are a few options.

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-We have Wibbly Wobbly, 50 Shades Of

-Black and my favourite, Popty Ping.

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-The only option I have now

-is Melted Welly.

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-See you at the bottom.

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-There are so many nasty turns.

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-Here we go, a straight part. Argh!

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-Around this corner, pump the legs.

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-This is fast.

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-Here's what they call an S-bend.

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-Here's a little skid.

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-Whoop! In to the forest.

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-Woohoo!

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-One thing I'm not going to do

-is sit down.

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-It's not safe.

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-It's so fast, I'm not sure if it

-comes across that way at home.

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-Seriously, it feels like

-I'm thundering down this course.

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-Wow, a corner.

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-This is incredibly narrow.

-It's wet and slippery too.

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-It's fun.

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-There's nothing better.

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-I can see Merthyr to my left.

-What a view!

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-Here we are.

-We've reached the bottom.

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-What a journey.

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-That was wonderful.

-It was worth doing.

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-Such fun.

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-Yeah! Great!

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-Amazing. Wonderful.

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-If you feel adventurous after

-mountain biking...

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-..you can venture to the Rock UK

-Summit Centre in Trelewis.

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-It has 180 indoor climbing routes.

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-Some of them are up to

-18m in height.

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-It's the perfect place

-to grab more adrenaline.

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-One, two, three!

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-I had so much fun cycling,

-I'd love to go into this water now.

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-First, I need to meet someone who

-knows more about the town's history.

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-As a post-industrial town, Merthyr

-is full of interesting history.

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-I went to meet Lis Mclean

-at a special location.

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-Cyfarthfa Castle

-is the jewel in the crown.

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-This is the main thing

-that attracts people.

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-There are also things that

-are associated with the castle.

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-The iron works and such things.

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-Joseph Parry's cottage too.

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-There's a lot of interest

-in history in Merthyr.

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-The jewel in the crown,

-what a wonderful description.

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-Who used to live here?

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-The Crawshays built the place.

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-They owned the iron works.

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-They also felt that they

-owned all the people too.

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-As a local person,

-despite the Crawshays living here...

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-..and controlling the populace

-for a time.

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-Is there a bad feeling about

-the building or do you enjoy it?

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-It's very interesting.

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-As it happens, everyone feels

-the park and castle belongs to them.

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-It's a part of everyone's childhood.

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-It's in the middle

-of Merthyr Tydfil.

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-A lot of people visit the place.

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-The whole history of Merthyr

-is in this building.

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-A little bit of everything.

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-You've got the history of local

-brass bands and the Romans.

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-The main story

-is the Crawshay family.

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-They ran all the steel and iron

-works in Merthyr Tydfil.

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-Think about it, all these things...

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-..all this steel was made here

-and exported across the world.

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-Incredible.

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-After the mountain biking

-and history lesson...

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-..I returned to the house to relax.

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-I'll be back after the break.

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-I'll be heading for a trip

-on a steam train...

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-..and get to meet

-the local Welsh learners.

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-After a wonderful night here

-at Dan Y Coetir cottage.

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-I'm doing something different today.

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-I love the car, but today

-I'm travelling in a different way.

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-It really is a different way

-of travelling.

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-There's nothing better

-than an old steam train.

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-I'm going to travel around the

-mountains to see the views on offer.

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-Here we are, it's the reservoir.

-Isn't it wonderful?

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-The Taf Fechan reservoir

-is near Pontsticill...

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-..in the Brecon Beacons National

-Park.

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-The damn was built in 1927.

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-It holds over 300 million

-gallons of water.

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-The reservoir is popular for boats,

-fishing and hikers.

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-You can see now why 70,000 people

-come on this steam train annually.

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-What a beautiful view.

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-This train line runs from Pant...

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-..three miles north of Merthyr

-to Torpantau.

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-It's on the original route

-of the Merthyr-Brecon railway.

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-It closed in 1963.

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-Now that the train has stopped,

-we can relax and walk around.

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-The train is going

-to move forward...

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-..so it can go back around

-the carriages and pull us home.

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-Here it goes! Choo choo!

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-In addition to the wonderful

-views on the way...

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-..there's a chance to relax before

-moving on to the next location.

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-This place, Canolfan Soar...

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-..is one of the places to come

-in Merthyr if you're learning Welsh.

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-Gari, it's a pleasure to meet you.

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-Thanks for letting us come to

-Canolfan Soar.

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-Tell us a little of your history.

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-Tell us a little of your history.

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-I'm from Pontypridd originally.

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-We've been living in this area for

-over 20 years now.

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-I just feel like

-someone from Merthyr.

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-You didn't speak Welsh

-when you were growing up.

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-You've learned Welsh.

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-Why learn Welsh in the first place?

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-I wanted my kids to go

-to the Welsh medium school.

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-The children went

-to Ysgol Rhydfelen.

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-And then I realised that it was just

-me who couldn't speak Welsh.

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-Everyone else, my grandchildren,

-everyone else is fluent.

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-I didn't really have a choice.

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-It was important

-to make the next step.

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-Is there a lot to do here

-in Merthyr with the Welsh language?

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-Yes, there's a lot. Canolfan Soar

-is the heart of Welsh in the area.

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-It's important to know

-who can speak and where they go.

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-They go to pubs.

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-There's a walking club that starts

-at the museum every week.

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-There's plenty to do.

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-In 2015, you won the title

-of Welsh Learner of the Year.

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-Did you expect to win?

-Was it a shock?

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-Yes, I expected it! No!

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-I'm still in shock now.

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-A lot of people who entered

-were much better than me.

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-But there were other aspects

-like helping in the community...

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-..developing the language and

-supporting people who are learning.

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-A lot of things are important when

-you win Welsh Learner of the Year.

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-We're at Canolfan Soar

-in the centre of Merthyr.

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-What happens here?

-What's the purpose of the centre?

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-It's to develop the language

-in the area.

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-Not just in Merthyr

-but in the valleys.

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-We do a lot of things

-through the Welsh language.

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-We do ballet and other classes.

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-We draw in a lot of people

-who are learning.

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-We've got almost 20 classes here

-every week.

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-It's just a special place.

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-Alright?

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-Alright?

-

-Yes.

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-How often do you come to the centre?

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-It's a wonderful place.

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-I come here to learn about local

-history with other adults.

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-It's every Tuesday.

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-It's finishing up now

-before Easter.

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-It's a wonderful place, the staff

-are great. There's a cafe.

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-It's wonderful.

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-People like Gari are wonderful.

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-People like Gari are wonderful.

-

-Top man.

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-He's like a saint.

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-Saint Gari.

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-Saint Gari!

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-Saint Gari!

-

-Of course, yes.

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-He's alright, yeah.

-He helps every day.

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-Fair play. What's here?

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-It's the cafe.

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-Ryan is also learning Welsh.

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-Hello, Ryan.

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-Hello, Ryan.

-

-Hello!

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-We help people if they come in.

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-Maybe they just

-want a cuppa and a chat.

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-We're ready to help them too.

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-Tomorrow, there'll be a class here

-and another one here.

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-It's full to the brim every week.

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-All the classes are in there.

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-This is the entrance

-to the theatre.

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-This is the theatre, Theatr Soar.

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-How many people does it hold?

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-It's up to 250 now.

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-Originally, when this was a chapel,

-it could hold over 500 people.

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-Right, up we go.

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-Great, wow.

-It's wonderful, isn't it?

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-It's wonderful at night

-when a show is put on...

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-..and the lights come down

-and the sound system is on.

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-It's a wonderful place.

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-The theatre is special.

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-Gari, before I go, I'm taking photos

-of some of the people I meet.

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-Can I get a photo with you?

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-Of course.

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-A photo of Gari. Cheese!

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-There we are. Wonderful.

-Happy with that?

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-Great. That's special.

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-After all the activity,

-I need to eat.

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-It's time to find some food.

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-There's something

-for everyone here...

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-..from the traditional Italian cafe

-Viazzani...

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-..to more modern places like

-Woodfired Pizza.

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-It offers sandwiches, burgers

-and obviously pizza.

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-There are a lot of different places

-to eat in Merthyr.

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-This place has caught my attention.

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-A beautiful building on the corner

-of the high street.

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-I've heard good things about Jol's.

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-Quality food and a relaxed

-atmosphere.

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-Here we are,

-some solid wooden tables...

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-..that make me want to do one thing,

-sit down and enjoy my food.

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-Welcome to Jol's.

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-This looks great.

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-I didn't expect this for lunch.

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-Very nice.

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-Selfie, Jamie?

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-Selfie, Jamie?

-

-Yeah.

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-One, two, three.

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-One for luck!

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-Great, thanks very much.

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-The food was wonderful.

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-Gus, we're here in one of Merthyr's

-most historic buildings.

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-Before we go in.

-We've got the red dragon here...

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-..and a saying "Y Ddraig Goch A

-Ddyry Gychwyn."

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-What's the significance of the

-dragon. Why is it here?

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-It's interesting that they chose

-to use the red dragon...

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-The red dragon and this mosaic...

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-..was placed here before the dragon

-was officially on the Welsh flag.

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-So this was on the floor here...

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-..before the red dragon

-was on the Welsh flag.

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-Yes.

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-We're one of the first places to

-officially display the red dragon.

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-There's a crack in the mosaic too.

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-That wasn't the original intention.

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-There's a story behind it.

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-The mosaic is an original part of

-the building.

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-We left the crack because it

-happened before the building opened.

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-So it wasn't the artist's intention

-to make the crack.

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-Yes, it happened naturally.

-Nobody knows why.

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-It's nice. It works.

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-Wow, what a building,

-it's very nice.

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-It's striking.

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-It's striking.

-

-Yes.

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-Tell us a little

-of the building's history.

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-Originally,

-it was the town hall and court.

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-The council sold it to someone...

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-..who wanted to do turn it

-into a night club in the '80s, '90s.

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-After a while,

-it closed down as a nightclub.

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-It closed down and eventually

-got turned into an arts centre.

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-That's what happens here

-on a daily basis now.

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-What's in this building

-for visitors?

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-There's a cafe if you want a cup

-of tea or something.

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-There's a gallery with exhibitions.

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-There's a theatre too.

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-It's worth seeing the building.

-There are portraits around.

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-Who are all these people?

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-They're heroes and villains.

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-We've made a book explaining

-who they are.

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-They're people

-with a link to Merthyr.

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-People who have created history

-and are from Merthyr.

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-Yes, you can see Merthyr's history

-through the years.

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-If I'm honest,

-before doing this programme...

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-..Merthyr wouldn't have been

-at the top of my holiday list.

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-I've changed my mind.

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-After packing, I've had a chance

-to relax, had some adventures...

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-..learned some history

-and met interesting people.

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-A perfect holiday,

-I'm sure you'd agree.

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-For more information,

-head to our website.

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-Next time, I'll be

-heading to Betws-Y-Coed.

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-I'll see you then.

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-Today, I'm in Cardigan

-to meet a father and son...

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-..who paint pictures.

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-Aneurin Jones, and his son, Meirion,

-are successful artists...

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-..but their work

-is very different.

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-If you need help

-to follow the programme...

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-..consult the website or the app.

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-Don't forget

-about the subtitles too.

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-They say Aneurin Jones is my name.

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-That is my name, and I've been

-Aneurin Jones from the beginning.

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-I'm originally

-from the Brecon Beacons...

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-..on the border between the

-old Carmarthenshire and Breconshire.

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-I have two influences in my life.

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-I lost my freedom in Cardigan.

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-I've been very happy living here.

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-I feel as if there's a trickle

-of Cardi blood in my veins.

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-I can understand Cardis.

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-I know all about their cunning...

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-..their wisdom and their kindness.

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-I've been a full-time artist

-since I retired as a teacher.

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-This is the product

-of my work and my life.

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-Ultimately, that's what it is...

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-...my life, my way of life...

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-..my way of thinking,

-my way of interpreting life.

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-What inspired you to become

-an artist in the first place?

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-What inspired me?

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-It goes back through

-many generations of the family.

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-I come from a family of dreamers...

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-..a family full of creativity

-and, hopefully, across the board...

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-..a family

-that's steeped in culture.

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-Most of my family

-come from rural areas.

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-They are plebeian and that's why

-the language is so important to me.

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-Language is the creative force.

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-Where do you find

-your creative inspiration?

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-The small rural shows.

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-Caio, Farmers...

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-..Rhandirmwyn, Cilycwm...

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-..Llangadog.

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-A radius of around 20 to 25 miles

-from this area.

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-That's where I meet the characters.

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-Sadly, these characters

-are disappearing.

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-The way they stood

-or leant on the gate...

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-..the 'iet' or 'gat'

-in local parlance.

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-They don't lean on gates anymore.

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-They dress differently.

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-The youngsters, the new wave...

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-..there's little difference

-between young men living on farms...

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-..and young men

-living in towns and cities.

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-The most recent series of paintings

-is the Harvest Moon series.

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-Tell us more about it.

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-It's the product of 50 years

-of work, a long time.

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-Some people think

-it shows a development.

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-I'm not sure if it's a development

-or whether it's come full circle.

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-It's those first experiences

-that always rise to the surface.

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-Farming life today...

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-..doesn't inspire me as an artist...

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-..but when I meet people

-who've come down from the hills...

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-..to attend the small rural shows...

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-..and they gather together

-to talk and have fun...

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-..to discuss, debate

-and look at livestock...

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-..that provides

-plenty of inspiration.

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-I've got to know these characters

-after all these years.

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-They accept me...

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-..not necessarily as an artist...

0:28:440:28:47

-..but as a person they know...

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-..and to whom

-they feel a sense of belonging.

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-White horses are important,

-particularly in Welsh mythology.

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-They go back over many centuries.

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-It's come down to this age too.

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-If someone saw a spirit,

-it would be white.

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-Often, my forefathers

-would see white horses.

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-I think I saw a white horse myself,

-to be honest.

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-People think I'm pulling their leg,

-but it's true.

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-Both myself and my brother, Gron...

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-..saw the same horse

-passing the farm window...

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-..when we were nine

-or ten years old.

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-I remember running out

-and there was nothing there.

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-If these four walls could talk,

-they'd have a story to tell.

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-At times!

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-At times.

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-They wouldn't always tell the truth.

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-Tell us more about the process

-of drawing a picture.

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-Do you take a picture

-using a camera first...

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-..or do you sketch

-the picture first?

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-A little of both.

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-If there's a quick movement...

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-..a Welsh Cob, a horse running...

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-..you can't honestly sketch

-a picture of a horse running.

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-It's moving.

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-I get a camera to catch

-the action, that special movement.

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-Then I work on the composition.

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-I work out

-where everything will go.

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-The same is true of this picture.

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-Where does this character go?

-Which two stand together?

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-Then the problems start,

-when you're drawing or painting.

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-Which colours do you use?

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-What mood are you in?

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-If I'm tired, if I've been

-washing dishes or hoovering...

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-..in all seriousness...

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-..it shows up in the picture.

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-A lot of blue colours.

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-Some people call this

-the Celtic melancholy.

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-It's true.

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-At other times, you can feel happy

-and full of enthusiasm.

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-You create something more colourful.

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-That's why I use red

-for the roof sometimes.

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-It's different.

0:32:120:32:14

-A breath of fresh air.

0:32:140:32:17

-How much time

-do you spend in the studio?

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-My wife thinks

-I spend too much time here.

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-She shouts at me sometimes,

-thinking I'm asleep!

0:32:240:32:27

-I sometimes am!

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-It's a kind of release.

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-They call it escapism.

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-Be careful how you use

-and where you emphasize that word.

0:32:400:32:44

-In words,

-that's what creativity is all about.

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-You escape from reality.

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-For many people, reality is cruel.

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-With this, you escape from reality.

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-You create your own reality.

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-When the children were young...

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-..did they enjoy visiting Dad

-in the studio as he worked?

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-Very often.

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-They spent hours in here

-without me knowing.

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-There's a little stool behind me.

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-This is the stool

-Meirion would sit on.

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-That's it -

-an old-fashioned milking stool.

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-He'd watch you

-and be inspired himself.

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-Very possibly.

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-Yes, yes.

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-He'd get ideas,

-not that he needed them.

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-He had his own ideas.

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-When I was seven years old,

-Mam-gu died.

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-Mam-gu's brother, Benjamin Jones,

-a craftsman from Llanddeusant...

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-..walked nine miles across the

-mountains to his sister's funeral.

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-He met a man of the same age,

-both in their 70s...

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-..who'd moved from Llanddeusant,

-across the mountain...

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-..to live in a farm

-called Gwernwyddog.

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-Both had attended the same

-primary school in Llanddeusant...

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-..but hadn't seen each other

-for years.

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-They met that day.

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-One wore a heavy black cloth coat

-and a bowler hat.

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-They shook hands.

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-I was just a boy. I could see these

-two muscular men shaking hands.

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-They had huge hands.

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-I've interpreted that

-in a picture many times.

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-It's part

-of my subconscious today.

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-These are part

-of Aneurin's autobiography.

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-Fifty years.

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-Different eras,

-different experiences...

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-..different areas.

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-It's all become one...

0:35:150:35:18

-..in one large,

-comprehensive exhibition...

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-..in this room and in this place.

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-Is there one picture

-that sums up Aneurin's work?

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-One picture you'd like people to

-remember when they think of Aneurin.

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-Possibly Llyn y Fan Fach,

-the mythical tale.

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-There's also a picture I painted

-many years ago called Dau Werinwr.

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-I create about four pictures

-in print, initially...

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-..for those who wanted them.

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-I think they've reached

-many countries by now...

0:35:570:36:03

-..including Australia and America.

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-People requested Dau Werinwr

-or Llyn y Fan.

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-Is it difficult

-to let go of a picture...

0:36:130:36:17

-..a picture that's taken up

-hours and hours of your time?

0:36:170:36:22

-That's an excellent question.

-It happens to be true.

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-You bid farewell to a member

-of your family, to some extent.

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-You sell a part of you.

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-It's been raised and nurtured

-inside you, as a person...

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-..for perhaps 50 years.

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-Or 25 years, whatever.

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-It sees the light of day...

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-..on a canvas at a particular time.

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-After the break,

-I'll spend time with Meirion Jones.

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-What will he have to say

-about his father, Aneurin?

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-Welcome back.

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-I've met the father.

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-Now, I'll spend time with the son.

0:37:230:37:25

-Meirion Jones

-is also a full-time artist.

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-He lives just outside Cardigan.

0:37:290:37:31

-If you need help

-to follow the programme...

0:37:320:37:35

-..consult the website or the app.

0:37:350:37:38

-Don't forget

-about the subtitles too.

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-I'm Meirion Jones.

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-I'm an artist. I live near Cardigan,

-in a place called Rhoswerdd.

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-I've been an artist

-for over a decade.

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-I tend to paint pictures

-of what surrounds me...

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-..people, coastlines and landscapes.

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-How would you describe your work?

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-I think it's work

-that constantly evolves.

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-I don't think it falls

-into any specific category.

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-I paint landscapes,

-coastlines and people.

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-Some of my work

-is more experimental.

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-What excites me as an artist...

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-..is the evening light...

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-..in Ceibwr, Aberystwyth,

-Aberporth or Gwbert.

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-The landscape

-comes alive in the light.

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-Without the light, the landscape

-is dull and dead in some ways.

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-The light, which is incredible

-in this part of the world...

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-..is like magic

-that brings everything to life.

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-When Meinir and yourself

-were children...

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-..did you enjoy watching

-your father painting in his studio?

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-It was an instinctive experience.

0:39:080:39:12

-Both of us were interested

-in what was happening.

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-In turn,

-we'd sit on a small milking stool...

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-..and watch what he did.

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-We took it all in.

0:39:240:39:26

-It might not have been evident

-at the time...

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-..but the sponge in the memory

-can hold a lot.

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-We'd learn

-which colours worked together...

0:39:330:39:36

-..and how the composition developed.

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-When did you realize

-you wanted to be an artist?

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-I think the penny had dropped

-before I was born.

0:39:440:39:47

-Something has always been there.

0:39:470:39:51

-It's been a long discussion.

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-Is it the upbringing or is it

-something deeper, in the genes...

0:39:540:40:00

-..that influences

-a person's development?

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-In my case,

-I think it was a bit of both.

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-The pictures

-appeared naturally around me.

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-I was very aware that they were

-more than paint on wood.

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-When Joanna and I

-first moved to Rhoswerdd...

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-..this building was a cowshed.

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-We've transformed it into a studio.

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-This is where it all happens.

0:40:330:40:35

-We spend more time here

-than we do in the house.

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-This is the place

-we're naturally drawn to.

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-This place screams and shouts out...

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-..creativity,

-personality, imagination.

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-This is where the mess

-turns into something else.

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-It might be a reflection

-of my personality.

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-Everything all over the shop.

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-This is the way I work.

0:41:130:41:14

-I'm comfortable doing it like this.

0:41:140:41:17

-In Aneurin's pictures,

-we see thickset farmers...

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-..with wide shoulders

-and large hands.

0:41:220:41:26

-In many of your pictures,

-we see women.

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-Did you intentionally

-follow a different path?

0:41:300:41:33

-It wasn't intentional.

0:41:340:41:36

-I think it's something

-that came from somewhere else.

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-The female shapes

-I see on the landscape...

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-..and in the sea in particular...

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-..emerge naturally from me.

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-Has your father influenced you

-in a specific way over the years?

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-Not specifically.

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-The influence has been constant.

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-The greatest influence

-is noticing the world around you...

0:42:040:42:09

-..being sincere and enjoying

-the process of painting.

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-That's very important -

-deriving pleasure from the process.

0:42:140:42:18

-Simplifying.

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-Moving away from the accuracy

-of photography.

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-In the process of simplifying...

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-..you find the mystery

-which catches someone's attention.

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-I'm attracted to Ceibwr...

0:42:430:42:45

-..because it's been an inspiration

-to me for many decades.

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-I hope it continues to inspire me.

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-This scenery is incredible.

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-There's no need to ask you

-what attracts you to this place.

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-Everything is here.

0:43:120:43:13

-It's such a beautiful day.

0:43:130:43:16

-The weather is mild, there's

-a gentleness in the landscape.

0:43:160:43:21

-As you can imagine, during rough

-weather, it can be very dramatic.

0:43:210:43:25

-How often do you visit this place?

0:43:260:43:28

-I come here to recharge

-the batteries fairly often.

0:43:280:43:33

-It needs to be done.

-I find plenty of inspiration here.

0:43:350:43:39

-The power and emotion of the sea

-seeps into me.

0:43:390:43:44

-That energy can become

-creative energy.

0:43:440:43:47

-There's so much power and movement

-in the sea.

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-How do you transfer that

-creatively into a picture?

0:43:530:43:57

-There's no point trying

-to describe every wave individually.

0:43:580:44:02

-Being fluid in your attitude

-is more important than that.

0:44:030:44:07

-Let the water

-do what it does naturally.

0:44:080:44:10

-Random effects are created,

-colours combine.

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-As we look out,

-every second is different.

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-Don't capture the moment,

-absorb the experience of being here.

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-It's something

-that happens over time.

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-All of us, as members

-of the family who like art...

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-..enjoy returning

-to the meeting point in Heulwen...

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-..to seek advice...

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-..and make sure

-that we're on the right path.

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-It's true to say that you've both

-collaborated on different projects.

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-Yes, I think the most recent

-was a commission we received...

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-..to paint the history of Drefach,

-Felindre, near Newcastle Emlyn.

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-We thought it would take

-three months to complete.

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-A year later, we were still at it.

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-There were so many things

-to include in that picture.

0:45:220:45:26

-We spent a lot of time planning it.

0:45:260:45:29

-I think I was responsible

-for the spadework...

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-..and I transferred responsibility

-for the final details at the end.

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-What was it like collaborating

-with Meirion, your son?

0:45:400:45:44

-Very difficult.

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-I had problems right from the start.

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-No, it was a wonderful experience.

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-We've shared the same vision,

-when it comes to art and drawing...

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-..for many years.

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-We see eye-to-eye -

-sometimes we debate and discuss...

0:45:590:46:03

-..but we usually agree

-with the vision.

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-Do you see aspects of your work

-in Meirion's work?

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-Meirion has his own way

-of looking at things.

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-He has personal feelings

-that belong to this age.

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-There are two different eras -

-father and son...

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-..but two different periods

-in a person's life.

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-The grandchildren

-have shown the same interest...

0:46:310:46:35

-..Tomos, Ifan and Deio with Meinir.

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-Ifan, tell us more

-about this sketch.

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-I was in our house in Carmarthen

-when I drew this one Christmas.

0:46:420:46:46

-Tad-cu was sitting down.

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-I sat in front of him

-and started to sketch.

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-I enjoy sketching,

-I've been doing it for many years.

0:46:550:46:59

-Often, on farms

-and in agriculture...

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-..the son will follow

-in his father's footsteps...

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-..and become a farmer.

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-They believe

-they have that responsibility.

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-With an artist,

-the son often follows another path.

0:47:180:47:22

-With my son, Meirion...

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-..it just so happens

-that my interest and creativity...

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-..has passed on to him.

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Cyfres newydd sbon sy'n mynd a ni i lefydd gwahanol yng Nghymru yng nghwmni Geraint Hardy. In a new series Geraint Hardy takes us to different parts of Wales, starting in Merthyr Tydfil.