Why don't we blow our own trumpet?
FOR such a small country, Wales punches far above its weight.
Why is it that we as a nation are so backward in coming forward? We have an inferiority complex (except on the rugby field) whereas we should be extolling our ancient language, our culture in music, literature, arts and crafts, all to be seen at the Eisteddfod, not to mention the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen.
We have youngsters fluent in Welsh, much to the envy of the Scots and Irish, who are anxious to attain fluency in their own original tongue amongst their own youngsters.
We have some 800 miles of outstanding coastline accessible to the general public. I could go on, the list is endless.
Dame Rosemary Butler (or Councillor Butler as she was then known) instigated the Newport International Piano Competition for young people way back in the 1980s. It ran for some 10 years or so, successfully attracting aspiring young pianists from all over the globe.
Unfortunately, due to lack of funding and sponsorship and being overshadowed by its next-door big sister (and I think that the BBC could have done more, but that's only a personal opinion) regretfully it came to an end.
The talent is here. It only requires a group of enthusiasts to bring it all together as they did in Edinburgh.
WN Rosser Cardiff