This is a description of the day to day mundane life of a Cornish speaking journalist working in Kernow.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Saturday alone in the newsroom

Isn't it great being a journalist in the middle of a happening world!?! Here I am reporting on the twists and turns of life in Devon and Cornwall. However, the police press service is dull, nothing happening at sea, and just me, the on-air presenter, and the chief exec in the station. I suppose that is what you get for having another big national story on your patch earlier in the week (when I was off). You know... the Lynx helicopter which crashed in the sea off the Lizard killing 4 aircrew.

Thursday was good for me though. I was on Cornwall's selection panel for the Celtic Film and Television Festival. We had a shortlist of a few good films, several that had high hopes... but failed. Also, there were several diabolical ones. Anyway, it meant good pay on what was essentially my day off.

Today's phrase in Cornish:

Nadelik Lowen ha blydhen nowydh da = Happy Christmas and a good new year.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Hey Archbish!

Sunday 28th November 2004 was a long day. First of all, I was reading bulletins from 7am until 1pm, then I darted home for a quick bite of lunch, and then straight into Truro. The reason was a service at Truro Cathedral. The Archbishop of Canterbury was visiting Cornwall to be given a copy of "An Testament Nowydh". This is the New Testament translated from the Greek into Cornish. Dr Rowan Williams preached about how important our Celtic culture is. Obviously he has an interest himself being a Welsh speaker.

After the service I was attemting to corner him in order to do an interview for the radio. PR guys aside (in cassocks) I managed to ask him about the Bible in Cornish, and its importance. However, the PR holies told me I could not ask any political questions. This was probably because the C-of-E 'gag' row had blown-up again in the Sunday Times earlier that day.

Phrase for the day:

Mar sygh avel kons lenes = as dry as a nun's fanny