Twenty Questions to a Fellow Blogger Part XCIX: Heledd Fychan
Heledd Fychan is 28 years old, and she is the Plaid Cymru Parliamentary candidate in Montgomeryshire.She lives in Cardiff, and is glad to be back in Wales after nearly a decade living in Dublin and then London. As you may have guessed from her name, Welsh is her first language and she often blogs in both English and Welsh. Her main passions in politics are rural affairs, culture and education. She recently spoke out about the issue of top up fees, criticizing every political party in Wales for not having a vision for higher education. Her blog is Pendroni
What made you decide to start blogging?When I was working as a Press and Political Officer for Plaid Cymru at Westminster, I thought blogging would be a good way to publicise stories or press releases that the press hadn't picked up on. Then, I really started getting into it, and turned the blog into a more personal one. Now that I'm a parliamentary candidate, that element has become more and more important and I now mainly use it as a platform for my thoughts and ideas.
What is your best blogging experience?
Well, the best is when people quote from your blog or react to it. The more comments the better!
And your worst?Nasty and deeply personal and hurtful anonymous comments - stemming solely from the fact I'm female rather than the content of my blog.
What do you regard as your best blog entry?
I think that's impossible to judge, but I did enjoy writing live from the floor of our recent Plaid Cymru Spring conference.
My main focus is on the Welsh blogs, though I do keep an eye on the others. I enjoy the other Plaid Cymru ones, such as Ordivicious, Bethan Jenkins, Welsh Ramblings and the new Pleidiol one, but I also follow the journalist ones, such as Betsan Powys, Vaughan Roderick, Matt Withers and Tomos Livingstone.
What inspired you to go into politics?
A genuine desire to make a difference. It's far too easy to go through life complaining and sitting by the sidelines - I want to help build a better Wales, and think the only way to do that is by actively getting involved in politics.
As you have lived in both Dublin and London, what are the best things about both cities?
Dublin - the people, the Guinness, the fact it's so compact, the comedy club scene. I could go on and on as I loved everything about it really. London - if I'm honest, the shops and the museums!
You are standing for the UK Parliament for the next general election. Why Westminster instead of Cardiff?
Despite devolution, the reality is that many of the key decisions relating to Wales are still made in London. Until that changes, we need a strong team of dedicated Welsh MPs at Westminster to ensure that the voices of the people of Wales are heard loud and clear and to push for further legislative power.
Is there anywhere abroad which you haven't been to, that you would like to visit?
There are so many places, but top of my list is South America, followed by the South of France, Australia and then India. I also really want to go to Las Vegas. I know its supposed to be tacky but I think it would be great fun to visit once!
Is there anywhere abroad you have visited, that you would love to revisit?
Rome without a shadow of a doubt. I was amazed by its beauty and the fact that you were surrounded by history. I spent two out of the four days I was there in hospital so would definitely like to go back and see it properly.
Who do you regard as the best Plaid Cymru leader, and, if possible, the best British Prime Minister?
Best Plaid Cymru leader would have to be Dafydd Wigley. He's an amazing politician, and managed to connect with people in every corner of Wales in a way no other Plaid Cymru leader had ever succeeded before. In terms of a best British Prime Minister, I'm struggling. Possibly Clement Atlee, because of his work in introducing the NHS and allowing India to become independent.
Which political figure has been your greatest inspiration?
Dafydd Wigley again. His charisma and ability to speak publicly is outstanding.
Favourite Bond movie?
Favorite Doctor Who?
David Tennant. I'm very sad that he's leaving - certainly brightened up my Saturday nights!
Chocolate, vanilla, or mint?
Mint choc chip
Which Band, past or present, would you most like to see in concert?
The Beatles - I would have loved to have seen the hysteria!
In terms of visiting for the weekend, Oxford, Cambridge, or Barsby, Leics..?Galway or Dublin. Both magical and fun places.
Favourite national newspaper?
Guardian, because of G2 and the killer sudokus.
What would you say your hobbies were?Baking, reading, medieval history, politics, celebity gossip, writing, going to the gym, catching up with friends, karaoke
And what would you say were your three favourite songs and three favourite books
(Bar the Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare)?
1. Don't Stop me Now - Queen
2. Mardi Gras yn Mangor Uchaf - Sobin a'r Smaeliaid
3. In my life - The Beatles
1. Age of Conquest - R.R.Davies
2. Trysor y Mor Ladron - T.Llew Jones
3. 1984 - George Orwell