''We can dance if we want to, We can leave your friends behind''. A slow burn success - Safety Dance was a minor hit in Canada becoming a global success six months after its release in the US.  The song remains popular today but what lies behind its enduring appeal? By Bev Cleary If you are of a certain age, you...
Swedish pop has brought us ABBA, The Cardigans and even Avicii, but a band with links to Welsh is one of their more unique exports. By Elis Williams Since the dawn of globalisation, some cultures have borrowed ideas, words and traditions of others, adopting them as their own. From French Fries and Tex Mex in America, to the adoption of so many...
A desperate struggle worthy of Captain Kirk - Three figures locked in battle, Bat-leths held high, they persevered for the rights of Star Trek. While the reality was marginally different to this scenario, the legal battle against Axanar Productions in 2017 was no less tense. This face-off raised an unprecedented legal question - can fictional languages be copyrighted? By Andrew...
Ulysses 31 was a cult cartoon from the 80s which has lingered in many people’s memory, but what was it that made it so special?  By Elis Williams Everyone has those tv shows they’ll always remember, but then when you try to explain it to people, it doesn’t quite sound as good. Twin Peaks would be a perfect example; when it first...
Tracey Ullman is a successful artists across multiple fields and is even credited with introducing America to the Simpsons. Yet she can walk down the street unrecognised. It is time to celebrate the genius that is Tracey Ullman. By James McKean Tracey Ullman might just have the best of both worlds. The accomplished actress, comedian, dancer, screenwriter, producer, director, author, and...
James Bond has a licence to kill, though he is no butcher of foreign languages. But which languages exactly does James Bond speak? By Alex Bragan “Vous me pardonnerez j'espère mais le devoire m'appelle. Merci.” It was with this sleek turn of the tongue in the 1962 classic 'Dr No.' that moviegoers the world over were introduced to James Bond. Sat...