3. We produce world-class athletes.
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.
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”.
9. Our accents wooed Old Hollywood.
Richard Burton, the Hollywood icon who managed to marry Elizabeth Taylor twice, was born in Neath.
13. And our best-loved poet is one of the all-time greatest.
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.
Sorry, it’s basically fact.
20. And we’ve got the voices to sing it.
You can keep your glee clubs.
29. TURN AROUND, BRIGHT EYES.
Bonnie Tyler will even been representing the UK in this year’s Eurovision.