Arial Thomas

The interviewee wrote an article on television in the magazine Lleufer in 1949, decided to hire his own set in 1966 when his daugher was ill. But the television stayed for four years after her recovery until he had had enough of it. He thinks that living through the war is responsible for his need to listen to news bulletins, a habit which continues to this day. He thinks it remarkable that so little attention was given to the drowning of Tryweryn on television.Aberfan showed that the Welsh are especially close and that the disaster affected the whole country. He was shocked to hear the result of the 97 Referendum, and had stayed up all night on his own. He knew what the result would be in 79, as the newspapers all supported the No campaign. He completely ignored the Investiture, 'nothing to do with us'. He remembers Owen Edwards on the night of the S4C launch, feels that the channel has had more of an impact on Welshness in the south as Welsh nationhood is strong in the north anyway. He feels that the police had been bought by Thatcher during the Miners' Strike, and saw the strike as a British one as Arthur Scargill is such a strong and prominent character.

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