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33 Reasons To Be Proud To Be Welsh

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1. We invented the NHS.

The NHS was devised in 1948 by Tredegar's very own Aneurin Bevan. And we're still passionate about health access for all — since 2007, prescriptions in Wales have been free for everyone.

3. We produce world-class athletes.

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Tanni-Grey Thompson held over 30 world records, won 11 Paralympic gold medals and 6 London Marathons. Tom James won gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics as part of GB's Coxless four. Colin Jackson was three-times 110m hurdles World Champion, and held the World Record for over a decade.

4. Gareth Bale, so good he wasn't allowed use his left foot at school.

"There were games when we only allowed Gareth to use his right foot," said Gwyn Morris, Bale's school P.E. teacher. "We’d say, 'Any touch of the left foot is a free kick to the opposition'."

5. Maybe our sporting prowess is all down to our P.E. teachers...


When Dai 'Hard' Jones first appeared on Grange Hill in 1997, the show received over 1000 complaints from Welsh P.E. teachers. They said he was too soft, wasn't bitter enough, and that they could all "take him in a fight".

7. And some of them are as brave off the pitch as they are on it.

In 2009, Welsh international Gareth Thomas became the first openly gay professional rugby player. Mickey Rourke is due to play Thomas, now retired, in a forthcoming biopic.

9. Our accents wooed Old Hollywood.

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Richard Burton, the Hollywood icon who managed to marry Elizabeth Taylor twice, was born in Neath.

12. Once a year, we treat our poets like royalty.

At the Eisteddfod, our annual festival of culture, we celebrate our best poets by making them sit on a chair, while some guys with a massive sword swish it around the poet's head. There's trumpets too.

13. And our best-loved poet is one of the all-time greatest.

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Other notable Welsh writers include RS Thomas, Kate Roberts, Hedd Wyn, Saunders Lewis and the philosopher Bertrand Russell.

19. Objectively speaking, we've got the best national anthem in the world.

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Sorry, it's basically fact.

20. And we've got the voices to sing it.

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You can keep your glee clubs.

25. We gifted the world the Gentle Giant.

Welsh footballer John Charles was never cautioned or sent off during his entire career, thanks to his philosophy of never kicking or intentionally hurting opposing players.


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Bonnie Tyler will even been representing the UK in this year's Eurovision.

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