Dydd #SantesDwynwen hapus i bawb. pic.twitter.com/P1iDrJ4rDydd Santes Dwynwen was the most popular daily fact on both twitter and most popular picture I shared on facebook for January.
— Welsh not British (@welshnotbritish) January 25, 2013
Dydd #crempog hapus i bawb - Happy #pancake day everyone. pic.twitter.com/C5T7EILpHow very random, it is one of my favourite days of the year though.
— Welsh not British (@welshnotbritish) February 12, 2013
We don't have mums in #Wales, we have mams pic.twitter.com/inLLnd66moThis was posted for "Sul Y Mamau Hapus", so far we have three out of three that are 'special days'. So there may not really be a Crempog Sant but there should be!
— Welsh not British (@welshnotbritish) March 10, 2013
Happy St Georges Day to all my #English followers. #StGeorgesDay pic.twitter.com/sUwQw0X8abA little bit of gentle trolling on St George's Day is easily the top daily fact of the month and year so far and makes it four for four for special days. That's a mouthful.
— Welsh not British (@welshnotbritish) April 23, 2013
Born on this day in 1888, @Portmeirion architect Clough Williams-Ellis http://t.co/z2XJ4O2aHF pic.twitter.com/ZIGTT8ywjkBy including the Portmeirion twitter account in the tweet meant they saw the daily fact and retweeted it to their followers which ensured a more targetted audience.
— Welsh not British (@welshnotbritish) May 28, 2013
On this day in 1991, Ian Rush scores THAT GOAL for #Wales v #Germany http://t.co/FoQ6mVi2zW pic.twitter.com/0M88dBDxPeIan Rush burying 'that goal' against West Germany nails June.
— Welsh not British (@welshnotbritish) June 5, 2013
Born on this day in 1238. Dafydd ap Gruffydd, the last Prince of #Wales http://t.co/FrvZKzuvO0 pic.twitter.com/WejLboZSdpPossibly the first really historical daily fact of the month so far.
— Welsh not British (@welshnotbritish) July 11, 2013
Born in #NewcastleEmlyn on this day in 1966, anti-nuke protestor Helen Thomas http://t.co/5WQ8tlsZ8s pic.twitter.com/rAioRoE2RmFinding and posting the daily facts can be a chore sometimes but then you come across something like this and it makes it all worth it.
— Welsh not British (@welshnotbritish) August 16, 2013
Dydd Gŵyl Glyndŵr. Happy Glyndŵr Day. http://t.co/W0o2gwP5zb pic.twitter.com/n2PEUvDJNeOwain does the double having been the most shared facebook post for September. Beating Grav, Speedo and The Gresford Disaster.
— Welsh not British (@welshnotbritish) September 16, 2013
Gŵyl Calan Gaeaf hapus i bawb! Happy Halloween everyone! pic.twitter.com/fY8u7bUh4HOne of my pumpkins narrowly beat The Senghenydd Disaster for October.
— Welsh not British (@welshnotbritish) October 31, 2013
10,000 attend Ray Gravells funeral at @LlanelliRFC on this day in 2007 http://t.co/O6Fba85S9V pic.twitter.com/2OOkEVNF8qHaving missed out with his birth, death and beating the All Blacks I'm quite glad that Grav topped one of the months.
— Welsh not British (@welshnotbritish) November 15, 2013
'Hen Wlad fy Nhadau' becomes the first anthem sung before a sporting event on this day in 1905 http://t.co/IGbXgbkfgj pic.twitter.com/UYPtufg7aqThat last post was top of the month and the year. It's facts like this that started me sharing these in the first place. It was the first day of 2013, I was stood staring at the commemoration stone for the Battle of Lwchwr I wondered why I didn't know this place existed until now. I wondered why I hadn't been taught about it in school. Of course the reason is simple, despite winning the battle we lost the war. And as Malcolm X once said, ‘Only a fool would let their enemy educate their children.’
— Welsh not British (@welshnotbritish) December 16, 2013
Sometimes I forget the anthem when singing it, sometimes I muddle the words because I was never taught it properly at school. Imagine if every child in Wales learnt the anthem in school. Not only learning the words but also about who wrote it and what it means, even in English stream schools they could teach the mutations and translate it for them. And then show a few videos of a packed out stadium singing the anthem. Perhaps videos of how the English used to force us to play their anthem before ours.
Here we have a world's first, no other nation had sung an anthem before any sporting event until Wales did. And the reason we did it was because it was our haka! Whenever international sporting events take place they almost always play the national anthem, from football to F1. And we started it! But then when we have our enemies running our education you won't get told any of that.
So I shared the first daily fact and the next day I shared another and so on until here I am, looking set to start another lap. The way I have embedded the tweets means that they are there for anyone to come across and if they like the tweet they can share it directly from the page.
I probably wont be tweeting new facts every single day. Perhaps just the best fact from that day and a link to the month so anyone who wants to share can do so. I've enjoyed finding out so many interesting things about people and places I'd never heard of before. Even if no one else had liked them it would have been a worthwhile excercise. But given that so many people have enjoyed them it makes it even better.
The top facts for each month are as eclectic as the most shared posts from 2013 on facebook. There's no one sort of fact that shines through. The only similarity with facebook is also true for any other medium be it online or print. It's very hard to get people to care about real life. If we can crack that then there will be no stopping the Cymry.
Diolch yn fawr to everyone who has read, shared, tweeted, faved, retweeted, liked and commented.
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