Donnerstag, 26. November 2009

Stormy and rainy - slowly getting into the Christmas spirit in Wales again

What weather we are facing in Wales at the moment! It is noticeably getting colder. It is December soon after all! As usual, there is a lot of rain but last night it was very heavy. I did not sleep well. Such a downpour! Then the wind that has been going with it.
Yesterday it was so dark all day!
I am looking forward to go to a spa during the winter holidays.

Later, I will do my run whatever the weather.

I will take it easy again this year Christmas time. I like Cardiff at this time of the year. It is a nice atmosphere in the Welsh city, also in Sain Ffagan, the museum.

In rural Wales, Christmas time is a bit dull, I find. We used to go to Shrewsbury for Christmas shopping, and a friend Anja has asked me to come to the German Christmas market in Birmingham. I have an invite to go to Leicester, too.

I will have a great December!

I like Only Man Aloud, their new CD. Also, I will listen to some Welsh Christmas music.

I think there is a Welsh Christmas beer? I cannot remember its name. I know the winter beer.
I like a turkey in a roll - with cranberry. As a roast, I find turkey is a bit dry. In Germany we eat goose for Christmas. I like sherry, whiskey and I will buy some mulled wine at Harry Tuffins.


Sad to read about the poor nursing and poor healthcare in Wales in the papers all the time. Very sad - but what can I do? Nothing.

Mittwoch, 25. November 2009

Thinking about Welsh blogs and reading some posts

I am starting with Banksy's Blog, this post: http://davidbanks.blogspot.com/2009/11/newspapers-i-love.html, next Blog Menai: ah, I wrote a comment but the owner needs to approve first (it is like a censorship which I think is wrong especially for a political blog). Not sure if I will come back to this blog.
Looking at "Daflog" now by Dafydd Tomos - oh, he mentions Yr Almaen. It is very interesting. Some Germans were using Google Translate and it obviously did not work very well. Hey! Do not expect all Germans, especially in their fifties and in the high jobs speaking English that well. It is only this young generation that is quite good at it. I have found the post very interesting but I find it hard to comment so I leave it for today. I cannot "cysylltu" and so on...my whole morning would be gone but I still like the Daflog.
The next post I am reading is about Twitter by AM Peter Black. Ah, it is a Dilbert cartoon. I like Dilbert. I am listening to it on my iPodtouch.

The next post I find interesting is about windsurfing, not politics. I saw some interesting windsurfers on Sunday on Aberdyfi Beach. Wow! They were good surfers. The wind was very strong and some managed not to fall down. I do not know which site hosts this blog. It is not blogger or wordpress.

Clecs Cilgwri is a Welsh blog I have never seen so I am excited. Just read that the author of this blog has learnt Welsh.
It is about analog and digital TV. I do not know what all this fuss is about. It is getting on my nerves....Teledu Digidol. In Germany my family and friends have had cable TV for ages and satellite. They never mention analogue or digital. It is a too big thing for my liking in Wales. Yeah, all get digital - and get on with it!
Interesting blog though.

No posts from Dogfael for a while now...I will read more and must write a good blog entry.

Dienstag, 24. November 2009

Kyffin Blog

Kyffin Blog


Nothing new here....Pity!

Peter Black AM: The digital future that divides us

Peter Black AM: The digital future that divides us

One in three Welsh households does not have internet access.
Wow! That is a lot. I did not know the number before I read the blog.

Welsh Noted

Welsh Noted


A real pity this came to an end!

BBC - Canolbarth - Cofio Wal Berlin

BBC - Canolbarth - Cofio Wal Berlin


Another article re. this - in Welsh!

Montag, 23. November 2009

S4C - Y Byd Ar Bedwar

S4C - Y Byd Ar Bedwar


Good programme. Tonight about Tesco's in Machynlleth.....
gosh, they make a fuss about this.

I do not like Tesco's really - but shopping in Machynlleth is rather poor!

BBC - Error 404 : Not Found

BBC - Error 404 : Not Found

Checking what has happened to this site in Welsh? Mmmh...

Child's Christmas in Wales

Child's Christmas in Wales


I like this by Dylan Thomas. Writing an article in Welsh and in German about Christmas traditions.

Floods Machynlleth

Floods Machynlleth auf Flickr - Fotosharing!

This was last year. I did not get round to take photos this year. I hope this was it. It is colder this morning. Sipping my pre-coffee.

More later, Annette

P.S. Blodau on S4C was good!

Sonntag, 22. November 2009

Follow Wales - Cymru on Twitter

Follow Wales - Cymru on Twitter

Must add more to this list!! But I am disappearing into the offline now ;-) - want to read and do other things!

Bore Da - Google translate goes Welsh - Pocket-lint

Bore Da - Google translate goes Welsh - Pocket-lint

I did not know...- diddorol! It can be a help, most certainly ;-)!

Wales: Erstmals Ansteckung mit resistenten Schweinegrippe-Erregern - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wissenschaft

Wales: Erstmals Ansteckung mit resistenten Schweinegrippe-Erregern - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wissenschaft


Hope we do not get the swine flu ;-).

Elizabeth Gilbert | Profile on TED.com

Elizabeth Gilbert | Profile on TED.com


I love her book "Eat, Pray and Love"!

S4C Blodau

S4C Blodau


I am looking forward again to Blodau tonight. As I wrote before I do not meet many young women like Lily here.

I do not know many good flower shops in Wales really. Even in Cardiff - it can be difficult. There's one which is okay in Llandaff and Barkways in Canton...

I do not know if this SUPPOSEDLY continental touch is good - but I like "Blodau" so far. It is different!

www.elinfflur.com

www.elinfflur.com

I like Elin Fflur.


Would love the new CD!

Archives & Museum Informatics: Museums and the Web 2010

Archives & Museum Informatics: Museums and the Web 2010

Why White Bread is Bad for You

Why White Bread is Bad for You

Another great article.

I like the saying: "The whiter your bread, the quicker you're dead." I think it is true.


Oh, it looks like rain again. I so much would like to go to the beach. I do not fancy a walk 'round Machynlleth. No! I might do a jog instead. I am still undecided.

Weißbrot: Besser verzichten | Moderne Ernährung & Gesunde Lebensmittel

Weißbrot: Besser verzichten | Moderne Ernährung & Gesunde Lebensmittel


I am proud. My partner bought some white bread today. I was tempted to have a slice but I was not having any in the end of this unhealthy stuff. No fibre, vitamins or anything in it. I ate an apple instead! In white bread all you get is useless calories.

Another step to my healthy and happy life. I am proud of myself!

Freitag, 20. November 2009

eat_pray_love.mov (video/quicktime-Objekt)

eat_pray_love.mov (video/quicktime-Objekt)

Eat, Pray, Love (2010)

Eat, Pray, Love (2010)

I am reading the book right now in Machynlleth. So excited it will come out as a film!

Nia Wyn Jones - Artist in Metal : Artist Mewn Metel

Nia Wyn Jones - Artist in Metal : Artist Mewn Metel

I stayed with Nia and her family in 2001 in Cardiff for a few months. I will buy some of Nia's work in the future!

Da iawn, ti, Nia!

Daily Post North Wales - News - North Wales News - Machynlleth’s Centre for Alternative Technology wins a top social enterprise award

Daily Post North Wales - News - North Wales News - Machynlleth’s Centre for Alternative Technology wins a top social enterprise award

We live near the CAT.

MRDGALLERY | Facebook

MRDGALLERY | Facebook

Please support us and become a fan!
I have supported Mark's photography for five years now. I like his work.

The Lampeter Library Blog

The Lampeter Library Blog

Good Library Blog by Andrew Prescott. In one post he also mentions ANW (Archives Network Wales)

Andrew will be working in Glasgow in the new year but lives in Llanon.

Sain Ffagan

Sain Ffagan

Click on the tiny link if you want to know more about the Museum of Welsh Life!
Definitely one of my favourite places in Wales.

Wedi 3 & 7 :: Home

Wedi 3 & 7 :: Home

I often watch Wedi 7. The afternoon programme is a bit difficult because of time. Okay, I could watch it on Clic but when do you do it all?

Capital City of Wales » Capital City of Wales

Capital City of Wales » Capital City of Wales

Well done, Carys!

A friend of mine is setting this up. I really love Cardiff, the place to be in Wales for work and culture.

Donnerstag, 19. November 2009

Web 2.0 in Wales

I must say I would not have survived in rural Wales without the internet. I think it is okay in Wales now if you have good money and a good balance in life.


I started using the internet about ten years ago, just after I had finished my M.A. thesis for the Georg-August University in Göttingen about the Museum of Welsh Life, Sain Ffagan, near Cardiff.

Why was the web not more available when I was a student? I am really deeply disappointed about this!

In 1999 I googled everything about Wales and Welsh, Cardiff and so on. I was a member of a Cardiff forum but I have forgotten its name. It is too long ago. I contacted the warden of Trefeca college who agreed I could spend a month there for the summer before I wanted to move to Wales to find permanent work. The internet I used then was a dial-up connection. It was far more expensive per month in those days. I think you had to pay for the minute. Its use seemed okay then - but I am sure that if I would look at it the same way now it would seem ever so slow and I could not afford it. I used the web a lot for personal e-mail then. Mainly for e-mailing to be honest.

In 1999 I did an online Welsh course offered by Lampeter University by Dr. Julie Brake and Dr. David Thorne. I met them both afterwards, Julie in Lampeter and David in Llanelli on the TV show “Heno” which is now “Wedi 7” on S4C.

Still in Germany back then I listened to Welsh Radio, Radio Cymru, online.

In Cardiff, I had web facility and used it to look for new job possibilities, one of which I found at the Castle Museum in York, and they also invited me for a job interview there. However, I moved to Aberystwyth where I worked on a project called the Archives Network Wales (ANW) which had its office in the National Library on Penglais Hill. Being online all day long, I loved it.
I had back trouble in 2005 so I did a lot of online research about the spine. It was good.
In 2006, the ANW project came to an end, we moved house in Machynlleth, and I bought myself a new laptop, an Acer TravelMate 2410. I bought it from Amazon online, bought some software in a computer shop and had Tiscali internet connection. It was that year I also had a Nikon digital camera and I started to upload the pictures I had taken. Before I always used film cameras. I enjoyed e-mailing those to friends. I also used the DVD player on the laptop more. My main e-mail account was by madasafish (freenetname) which I still have now but not as the main one. In those days I booked flights online to European destinations, many with EasyJet, Ryanair, Bmibaby but also with Lufthansa. It was nice to be able to print out the flight-tickets oneself! I still do so now.

I used the internet for holiday ideas, inspiration and preparation.

Online shopping – I have done a little bit but I still prefer visiting different towns and cities, browse through the shops and boutiques and buy it on the day. I bought books from Amazon, a kitchen mixer from Amazon, a watch from the UEFA football fan site, fashion jewellery from Brigitte Bijou (which arrived broken and then I had the hassle of sorting it out!), concert tickets online and a few clothes. Some were okay, some did not fit – and I still prefer buying fashion from a good shop.

I have never bought food online – but I am tempted with mymuesli.com.

I read certain woman’s magazines online such as the German Brigitte. I still buy the magazines also.

In the beginning of 2007, I arranged international photographic exhibitions online. Most institutions I was considering really had good websites and I always got good feedback. I opened a first Flickr account NettysCymru I think. I started writing my first blog, a blogspot blog about my time which was a bit hard in Wales at the time. I was excited when the google search engines picked up – discovered my blog and when I got my first feedback on blog posts. Fantastic!


In the summer of 2007 I discovered Qype and registered with them but I did not start with any reviews until January 2008. I loved Qype and I still like it as a good source. Through Qype I had arrived at Web 2.0.

In 2007, I started blogging. I did not continue my first blogspot. I needed to write off some anger at the time. It was a hard time for me after my job in the National Library of Wales (with ANW / Archives Network Wales), I had just slowly recovered from all my back problems (in the end I had an emergency operation as many know) and we had moved house because we wanted to be on the property ladder (ha ha, the recession had spoilt it all for us!!). Then my partner took me to Eastern Europe for a photo exhibition he had organised with a group from work. He gave 100% to it. At the same time we had a private exhibition on. His collegues gave him a hard time because of pure jealousy. It mattered to us at that time but we learnt a lot about trusting people and how nasty people can become. So now I regard it as a good experience. I wrote a bit too negative about Wales and feel sorry because the country has nothing to do with it. It was just my negative feelings at the time. I have dealt with those, too. I do not tend to worry about anything anymore, just concentrate on the things that make me happy, work hard and lead a healthy lifestyle. This is what I do. It is fantastic. Web 2.0 has helped because Machynlleth is not the place for me. I met many interesting people over the internet, many of whom I have actually met in person.

I wanted to write a good blog about positive things in Wales – so I became a blogger for Germanblogs - Wales. I almost wrote 200 posts. Take a look at wales.germanblogs.de

I must confess, I used to be a really really dedicated letter and card writer. My friend Delwyn in Cardiff and Susanne in Munich can confirm it. Since web 2.0 I hardly send any cards or letters. I save a lot of money that way. Ha ha – this is not the reason.

For two years I have been on Last FM – NettieStrauch. I like the scrobble function and have used it. Sometimes I am using Deezer. Via surweb.de I also listen to radio stations from all over the world. It is good for my langiage skills. Love the French and Italian stations. I also listen to BBC Radio Cymru.

I started tweeting a year and a half ago, long before it became fashionable in Wales. Twitter: Nettys

I am using Plurk, Jaiku, Bleeper (a German Twitter) as other microblogging sites – oh, and Identica.

Please also check listorious.com/nettys1
Some of my favourite fellow tweeple (people on Twitter) are: @ajprescott (a Professor who worked for the British Library, a digital and library professional who starts working in Glasgow in January) @bexxi (a lecturer from Aberystwyth who’s been living and working in Freiburg for over ten years) @writingwoman (a writer from Berlin) @sunnysides (a fellow student and friend from Göttingen who now lives in London) @Mrs_Penguin (a German living in the Midlands) @Natallini (an American from North Carolina with a German husband, she speaks and tweets in German) @ponor (an artist, painter who loves Sweden and speaks Swedish) @volkergoebbels (an IT expert and PhD in chemistry) @Goleudy (also lives in Machynlleth, well a little bit outside in the hills) @ andreasauwaerte (a guy from Koblenz, researches e-learning).

For over a year I have been using Blip FM. This is like a musical twitter for those who do not know.

Musically, since March this year I have been using Spotify which is great.

I joined Facebook in the summer of 2007.

Been using YouTube for over two years.

I love all sorts of Forums!

My web 2.0 activities were a soliliquy first now they are a means of interacting and communicating. I use Skype sometimes, to or Messi, as I call it, Windows Messenger.

Yes, blogging is freeing and exciting. It is very 21st century, isn’t it?
For photos I use Picasa (on Google), Fotocommunity, Panoramio and also Ipernity.

Twitterlunches /Twittagessen – I like those - or Qype City Nights.

I have seen real kindness online! Social media also means to get talking. Here I find it similar to the ordinary life. People who are bad socialising or never reply to your answers do not have much to say on Twitter either.

It is nice to be able to communicate with people who are on the same wavelength with me.

I still buy the Sunday newspapers from the shop. The internet cannot replace those for me. It is nice to hold the paper in your hand and lounge more comfy with the paper on the sofa.

Some other sites I like are Projektwerk, I joined Chefkoch.de years ago – it is a recipe site, Yazio.de, it is a fitness and health site, allaboutyou.com, Netvibes, Ning, mixx, Hunch, LinkedIn, Scribd, Crunchbase, Cafebabel, Cardiffwebscene, artslant.com, cardiffwebscene.com, posterous, just to name a few.

Podcasts, iTunes, Audacity...Love my 8 GB iPodtouch from Apple. It is nice when you are travelling and have wlan or free wifi.

Professionally I am interested in websites, user experience, online fundraising - and the new developments of course!

I still read books. Looking forward to my e-reader!

Reading "Eat, pray, love" in stormy Wales


It is a novel by Elizabeth Gilbert.
The writer has travelled to Italy first - and now I am in the middle of the book when Elizabeth is in India.

Blodau - Dysgu ar S4C

Blodau - Dysgu ar S4C

I am following "BLODAU" on S4C and I quite like it.
The French music in the first episode was a bit strange.

I like Lily as a person. I wish more young women in Wales would actually look like her.
I am excited about the third episode on Sunday night.

Metastwnsh

Metastwnsh

This is my favourite blog in Welsh, about technology, social media and gadgets! Da iawn.

Wales Blog - Heimat des Drachens

Wales Blog - Heimat des Drachens

Kyffin Blog

Kyffin Blog

I am following this blog. I like Kyffin's work.

Stormy Wales

It is November.
It is autumn.

Rain and storm in Wales.
Floods in Machynlleth.