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Ar y Diwrnodau Hyn yn Ebrill*

480px-Portmeirion_view_of_central_plaza*On These Days in April

1st

1401AD – Conway Castle surrendered to Owain Glyndwr (the Glendower of Shakespeare’s Henry IV fame).

1847AD – ‘Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the State of Education in Wales’ was published—the controversial “Treason of the Blue Books”.

2nd

1795AD – Local magistrates requested troops to quell the Denbigh Riot.

3rd

1923AD – John Ormond, poet and documentary film-maker born in Swansea

4th

1989AD – Welsh used for the first time in swearing in the Queen’s Council at the House of Lords

5th

1891AD – The first language census showed the number of Welsh-speaking people in Wales over the age of three was 898,000.

Prisoner_sm1926AD – Portmeirion (famed 1967 film set of The Prisoner starring Patrick McGoohan) opened to the public. Designed by Clough Williams-Ellis, the picturesque village is a popular tourist attraction throughout the year but is swarming with “Prisoner Fans” during the weekend closest to the 5th of April.

6th

1835AD – Edward Morgan hanged at Monmouth for a “Scotch Cattle”** murder at Bedwellty.

1896AD – Snowdon Mountain Railway opened—one person died in an accident on the first day.

7th

1920AD – First Archbishop of Wales elected at Llandrindod Wells—Alfred George Edwards, Bishop of St. Asaph.

**Scotch Cattle was the name taken by bands of coal miners in 19th century South Wales, analogous to the Molly Maguires in Pennsylvania, who, in disguise, would 440px-Angus_cattle_24visit the homes of other local miners who were working during a strike or cooperating with employers against the local mining community in other ways and punish them by ransacking their property or attacking them physically.

Source: Wikipedia

Interesting to note: in Pennsylvania, the Molly Maquires attacked their Welsh co-workers who were often overseers and foremen because of their mining expertise.

Source for Dates: The Yearbook of Welsh Dates, John May, John Perry Press, 1989

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Review: Borrowed Light

Borrowed LightThis is one of the most compelling books I have read. I had never heard of Carla Kelly until a friend gave me this book. I was reluctant at the beginning but the characters in this inspirational novel won me over, especially Mr. Otto. I don’t believe I have ever been so moved and transfixed by a fictional character who was, at the same time, so utterly human.

I found the relationship between Mr. Otto and Julia Darling touching. The subtlety with which their friendship develops, their conflicts, their generosity was moving and I will remember them for a very long time. I read the details of the amazing stove with delight.

This book is humorous, exciting, challenging, informational and, without a doubt, inspirational as well as well-written. I set aside my preconceived notions of this particular religious group and thoroughly enjoyed the book as a humane, emotionally satisfying tale of the human condition.

I believe I will read this book again and find something new from each reading. Mr. Otto’s governing principle will be mine from this moment. Borrowed Light is a compelling read, a book I can heartily recommend as an adventure/romance/inspirational/western novel.

Some may find the religious content difficult to navigate but if you can see LDS/Mormon theology in its historic context, the events and the drama of religious persecution speak to so many.

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