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I Am Probably The Last Person Swansea University Would Want Seen In This Sweatshirt.

by Anura Guruge


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When I got the unsolicited e-mails pushing these “Swansea University” sweatshirts, most likely because I say on Facebook that I do have a B. Sc. (Hons) from Swansea, I could not resist.

I have fond memories of Swansea, 1971 – 1974. I had a blast.

It wasn’t, to be fair, “Swansea University” 40-years ago. It was the “University College of Swansea” affiliated with the “University of Wales“. It was actually better than that. It was, as you can below, on my actual graduation certificate, was “Cambria“, the Latin name for Wales from the Welsh original “Cymru“.

The certificate below spells it all out, classically, in Latin. What it does not say is what subject I got my degree in. Cute. It was Computer Technology.

Nice sweatshirt. Nice material. 



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by Anura Guruge

Liam Dutton Shows How To Pronounce The 58-Letter Welsh Name With Aplomb.

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Click to access “Channel 4 News” provided YouTube video. It is brilliant.


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The place. Click to access Wikipedia entry.


This was BRILLIANT. Bravo. Made my day. I had, since 1971, always wanted to be able to say it BUT I can’t even come close.

I went and checked him, i.e., Liam Dutton, out. Quite the guy. We is Welsh — born in Cardiff (though he doesn’t have the classic Welsh look of yore — BUT this is the new, melting pot UK).

I, given that I spent three of my most formative and fun years in Wales, in Swansea, consider myself somewhat Welsh. If nothing else, as those that know appreciate, cut-to-the-chase, the underlying cadence of my (hard to understand) accent is Welsh! Fancy that.

In September 1971, when I started at Swansea University, I was given a tour and orientation by a Welsh student. All the signs were in both English and Welsh and he took delight in reading them out to us. I kind of thought it would be neat to learn some Welsh while I was there. Well that never happened. I was busy with other things. SMILE. But there was a time, after much tutoring from locals, when I could properly pronounce ‘Llanelli‘ like a native 

This is great. Thanks Liam. You are the guy.

P.S., This was not live. They prerecorded it just to be on the safe side BUT it is claimed that he nailed it on the very first take. I am so proud of him.

Iechyd da!

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