Help with Howl: Rugby, Welshisms and saucepans

Robert Baker-Self Robert at bloodandhonour.nildram.co.uk
Wed Mar 16 07:30:04 EST 2005


> What does "fly up the wing" mean, in Rugby?

Rugby positions :- http://www.angelfire.com/ri/rugbyguide/positions.html

"To Fly Up The Wing" means being speedy "winger" - one of the two wide
positions. Think wide receiver. The wings would be (in American Football)
the areas near the sidelines.

>
> Are the Welsh known to be particularly musical, or just the opposite?
(Howl
> bemoans being born "an unmusical Welshman")

Musical - Wales is famed for its (particularly male) choral singing. To this
day, Wales produces some of the finest singers in the world (see Terfel,
Bryn)

> Can someone elaborate on the origin of the phrase "welcome in the
valleys"?

South Wales in particular is a very rugged area, with long, deep, narrow
valleys. Historically, these have been renowned for their close knit
communities, often around the coal mines which were for many years the
primary industry of South Wales. (Regrettably, the primary industry of South
Wales is now tourism).

> Do the Welsh think of themselves as being
> particularly welcoming?
>

Depends where you're from. The Welsh can be very welcoming indeed, but
there's occasionally a strained relationship with the English.

> Is Howell a particularly Welsh name?

Yes. Even more so when spelt Hywell.

Robert

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