>I was in South Wales at the weekend for my sister's wedding (in Swansea)
and her reception (in Llanelli). I hadn't been to Wales for quite a long
time by car - when you go by train you don't notice road-signs or
place-names nearly as much as when you enter Wales by car. There seems to
have been a significant increase in the use of Welsh on roadsigns, with
signs for motorway roadworks or other information being in Welsh first and
_then_ English - when I was waiting for a train at Llanelli station the
weekend before last, all announcements were in Welsh _then_ English. It
appears there is some (local?) government policy to encourage the use of it
- and watching S4C gives the strong impression that a lot of people speak
Welsh as an equal first language to English (not just the presenters, but
people they interviewed on the news and stuff like that).
Bloody brilliant, isn't it! I really believe that we are currently
experierncing the beginning of a new dawn of Welsh consciousness (one of
many!). As I stated in one of my last posts, the previous UK census showed a
positive demographic change for the Welsh language. Couple this with the
vote in favour of devolution and you can see the positive side of Welshness
(for a change). However, these hard fought for changes have been won through
long campaigning and were not granted by a benevolent English government.
Hwyl -- Mike.