Telegraph columnist calls Wales a ‘vowel-hungry principality’ with ‘horrors of local lingo’
Daily Telegraph columnist Kathy Lette has described Wales as a ‘vowel hungry principality’ that acts as a ‘wind buffer’ between England and the Atlantic.
The Australian-born writer makes the comments in a column in which she describes a trip to Wales as a replacement for a hoped return to the New South Wales where she was brought up.
She describes her reaction when her editor tasks her with taking a holiday in Pembrokeshire.
She says: “Pembrokeshire? In Wales? That vowel-hungry principality, which acts as a wind buffer between the Atlantic and England? I cackled like a kookaburra.”
She adds, “But my editor would not be deterred; nor would my Celtic boyfriend, who had nothing but praise for the wonders of Wales, despite the horrors of the local lingo.”
She describes packing balaclavas and thermals because ‘a holiday in Wales is going to be wet, cold and miserable’.
The column goes on to describe her experiences during a tour around Pembrokeshire, including a stay at the Elm Grove hotel in St Florence.
She tries surfing at Newgale Beach, goes coasteering at Abereiddy Beach and visits a number of eateries, finishing off with a meal at the Grove Hotel in Narberth.
Despite her initial comments, she describes having positive experiences throughout the stay and by the end of the holiday says she has had a ‘Welsh conversion’.
She says: “Two of my favourite Aussie pals, Kylie Minogue and Julia Gillard, are both of Welsh extraction, so I was obviously going to get along with the locals, despite their vowel-transplant.”
Kathy Lette is a novelist and writer who was brought up in Sydney, New South Wales before moving to the UK in 1988 and taking full British citizenship in 2011.
She was one of the celebrities who signed a joint letter in 2014 that urged people in Scotland to vote against independence.