The 1st March is St David’s Day, and it’s got us thinking about all of the lush things that Wales has brought to the rest of the UK.
1) This popular TV show
Ok, this isn’t a Welsh production, but the popular BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey wouldn’t have been half as charming without the Welsh conglomorate.
2) A slew of child opera stars
At just 15, Bangor-born Aled Jones was the angelic voice behind the single version of the Christmas classic Walking in the Air, first featured in animated Christmas film The Snowman. While in 1998, Cardiff classical crooner Charlotte Church released her debut album Voice of an Angel, aged just 12.
3) And adult opera singers
It seems Wales is packed-full with talented opera singers of all ages – must be something in the water.
4) In fact musical legends in general
Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, DBE (born 8 January 1937) is a Welsh singer with a career spanning more than 60 years. Originally finding fame in the mid-1950s, Bassey has been called "one of the most popular female vocalists in Britain during the last half of the 20th century." In the US, in particular, she is best known for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979) #shirleybassey
Including the timeless Tom Jones and the icon that is Dame Shirley Bassey.
5) Plus, this Christmas classic
Which still tops the Christmas playlist every year.
6) Possibly the best children’s author ever
— Roald Dahl HQ (@roald_dahl) March 1, 2016
If it wasn’t for Cardiff born much-loved author Roald Dahl, we would never have experienced the joy of Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, and the author’s many other popular novels.
7) Watching Wimbledon in the summer
Lawn tennis was reportedly pioneered by Welshman Walter Clopton Wingfield, deriving from the old Welsh game of Cerrig y Drudion. So we know who to thank when Wimbledon season rolls around and we’re tucking in to our Eton Mess in the sunshine.
8) This town name
Go on, try to pronounce it.
9) Maths, well part of it
Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde is the man behind the equals, plus and minus signs, and he is also the man to ahem… thank…for bringing algebra to Britain.
Recent archaelogical theories suggest that Stonehenge may have originated in Wales, with evidence being found to suggest that stones from the famous monument were first used to build a statue in Wales.
11) Finding your inner Tina Turner at karaoke
Next time you’re rocking your favourite power ballad at karaoke, remember that it was Welshman David Edward Hughes who invented the microphone, which makes those Saturday karaoke sessions possible.
12)Drinking beer on your sofa at home
The Felinfoel Brewery in Wales was the first brewery outside the US to sell beer in cans back in the 1930s.
13) Beautiful sunsets like this
14) Breathtaking views like this
15) And stunning landscapes like this
Yeah, it’s pretty lush in Wales isn’t it?
Discover more about Wales with a St David’s inspired short break in Wales.