On that Sunday in 2008 I still remember Elton saying he hoped I’d enjoy the concert. I can still see the look on his face when I explained the reason why I wouldn’t be able to stay. I still find it hard to express my feelings as the opening chords to ‘Funeral for a friend’ rang up and over the stadium roof as I walked to my car….
As people around the world prepare for International Dylan Thomas Day maybe we in his home town are missing a trick. We should realise what an asset Dylan should be to our city His name and work really does help reach out to the world encouraging tourism and interest in our Ugly Lovely Town… and who knows, somewhere along the line, we might fall in love with the words as well.
After a very long trip my friend Chris walked into what you would probably describe as a fairly modern looking, normal, average church. It took him a couple of minutes to work out exactly what was wrong with the scene before him.
Then it struck him, the room was full of old men, women and children…there were no young men. It was only then that he really realised the implications of being on the border of a war zone.