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Lloyds Bank switches support from Eisteddfod to Olympics..

A lot of people here might well switch their accounts. For one thing, £8,500 is a drop in the ocean of Olympic funding; but it’s a significant sum of money when you look at something on the scale of the Eisteddfod, a sum whose absence the festival is going to notice.

Headlines of rural Wales

The headline on this week’s Aberaeron edition of the Cambrian News apparently reads:

PORN FOUND ON BUS

Musicologist barred from US for no reason

An up-and-coming musicologist and expert on Elgar, Nalini Ghuman, has been barred from re-entering the US – despite having worked there for 10 years – and, in a Kafkaesque twist, can’t find out why.

Ms. Ghuman’s descent into the bureaucratic netherworld began on Aug. 8, 2006, when she and Mr. Flight returned to San Francisco from a research trip to Britain. Armed immigration officers met them at the airplane door and escorted Ms. Ghuman away.

In a written account of the next eight hours that she prepared for her lawyer, Ms. Ghuman said that officers tore up her H-1B visa, which was valid through May 2008, defaced her British passport, and seemed suspicious of everything from her music cassettes to the fact that she had listed Welsh as a language she speaks. A redacted government report about the episode obtained by her lawyer under the Freedom of Information Act erroneously described her as "Hispanic."

Held incommunicado in a room in the airport, she was groped during a body search, she said, and was warned that if she moved, she would be considered to be attacking her armed female searcher. After questioning her for hours, the officers told her that she had been ruled inadmissible, she said, and threatened to transfer her to a detention center in Santa Clara, Calif., unless she left on a flight to London that night.

I know her father – he’s an emeritus professor (and local character) here at Aberystwyth, and she was brought up here.

These things touch us all..

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Good news for the Cambrian Coast Line – £13 million improvements, including more passing loops (there are currently.. er.. two, I think, counting Machynlleth station) and raising the line in the Dyfi valley to prevent flooding.

Mynydd Parys

Places like this inspired Tolkien’s Mordor:

"The gasping pools were choked with ash and crawling muds, sickly white and grey, as if the mountains had vomited the filth of their entrails upon the lands about. High mounds of crushed and powdered rock, great cones of earth fire-blasted and poison-stained, stood like an obscene graveyard in endless rows."

National Botanic Garden of Wales

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