I seem to have developed the bad habit of leaving Seren yr Wythnos until later in the day on Fridays, and then running out of time! I'm going to try and make it my 'first thing of the day' from now on...[wish me luck!...]
anyway... for last Friday...
Seren yr Wythnos #11
One of the most magical, and most important, things about this community is the way in which so many people stay around and continue to contribute long, long after they have become entirely competent speakers and need no further help at all from us.
Rob is a particularly brilliant example of this - in fact, the first time he came on Bootcamp (optimistically hoping to be able to fit a camper van into the Tresaith shop car park) he already seemed a Welsh speaker to me - I don't think he ever really needed any more from us than thumbs up and confirmation.
He was one of our very first Angels (forum moderators) and has been a central part of making the forum the welcoming, friendly place it is - and, as you might have noticed, he is our residential expert on all things to do with Welsh music...
In fact, if anyone asks me anything about Welsh bands (unless the answer happens to be Meinir Gwilym, Lleuwen or Bob Delyn) - whether it's a learner or a speaker asking, whether it's online or down the pub - I tell them that I know a man who knows, and I come and ask Rob on the forum...
Rob's been inspirational for us in other ways, too - he was one of the very first SSiWers I knew who was determined to make Welsh part of his family life - his daughter Tegwen was already attending a Welsh medium school, and it was clearly important to Rob to be able to speak Welsh with her. Seeing him succeed in normalising that really made me feel that we were building something that could help bring Welsh back to life in a family setting, which is the most important of all.
And now a slight admission - Rob used to have (maybe still does!) an email address that began killerthewhale - as a result of which (plus a little neurological muddling) I've always looked at his forum name and read it as RobtheBruce - even to the extent of needing to untype the 'the' sometimes when trying to tag him. It's always felt nice having such an eminent Scot on the forum, though...
Rob, diolch o galon i ti am dy gwmni, dy gefnogaeth, a'r pleser mawr o weld dy lwyddiannau di a llwyddiannau Tegwen wrth wneud y Gymraeg yn rhan naturiol o'ch bywydau...
And now, if you like the friendly nature of this community, a quick thank you is in order to Rob for helping build it that way...
Seren yr Wythnos #1
Iestyn ap Dafydd
Seren yr Wythnos #2
Catrin Lliar Jones
Seren yr Wythnos #3
Seren yr Wythnos #4
Seren yr Wythnos #5
Seren yr Wythnos #6
Seren yr Wythnos #7
Seren yr Wythnos #8
Seren yr Wythnos #9
Seren yr Wythnos #10
Louis van Ekert
Seren yr Wythnos #11