De Gwener, üdnegves warn ügens mis Genver
Friday, 31st January
Hedhyw ew an diwettha dedh an mis. Avorow a vedh an kensa dedh a vis Whevrel. Nag ew hedna pur nojejek, whei a lavar. An keth tra a wrüg wharvos e'n vledhen eus tremenys. Saw an vledhen ma ew deffrans. Diwedh ew a neppeth brâssa. Thera nei ow cara an Unyans Europeek. Ma lavar coth en Jowan Chei a Horr: “Na wrewgh gara an vorr goth rag an vorr nowydh!” Pandr'ew an vorr goth? Benyn goth o vy ha my ell remembra dalla Kemeneth Economek Europeek, gen Kevambos Rôm, termyn my a veu môs en scol. Na veu bes whegh pow e'n “Clubb” e'n dedhyow-na: Frenk, Almayn, Pow Belj, An Iseldiryow, Luxembourg hag Italy. Thera whans dhodhans a gres en Europ – ha lowen o ga whel-oberow glow ha metol. Òja whegh bledhen e veu whans dhe Vreten Veur a jûnya ewedh, rag chêsonys economek. “Marhas Kebmyn” o. Bes Pedn-leder de Gaulle (Pow Frenk) a lavaras “Non!” Breten Veur hag Europ o ankesplegadow – avel calgh ha keus (po mel ha manyn). Thera dhe nei policys deffrans en politegieth, economegieth ha tibyans socyal. Nei a wrüg “mires a-bera”. Nei a wrüg jûnya en mil naw cans trei ügens ha terdhek. Lebmyn, dogens bledhen ha seyth môy diwedha, ma eth warn ügens stat esel bes thera nei ow cara arta. A wrüga nei besca treylya? A vedh an vorr nowydh da genen?
Today is the last day of the month. Today will be the first day of February. That is not very remarkable, you say. The same thing happened last year. But this year is different. It's the end of something bigger. We are leaving the European Community. There is an old saying in John of Ram's House: “Don't leave the old way for the new way!” What is the old way? I am an old woman and I can remember the start of the European Economic Community with the Treaty of Rome when I was a girl in school. There were only six countries in the “Club” in those days: France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxemburg and Italy. They wanted peace in Europe – and their coal and steel industries were happy. After six years Great Britain wanted to join too, for economic reasons. It was the “Common Market”. But President de Gaulle (France) said “Non!” Great Britain and Europe were incompatible – like chalk and cheese (or honey and butter). We had different policies in politics, economics and social ideas. We were “inward-looking”. We did join in 1973. Now, 47 years later, there are 28 member states but we are leaving again. Did we ever change? Will we like the new way?
Deg ger rag hedhyw: Ten words for today
an vledhen eus tremenys last year, the past year
calgh (m) chalk
chêson (m) reason
glow (m) coal
keus (m) cheese
kevambos (m) treaty, agreement
metol (m) steel
nojejek remarkable, notable (you can also use anwejek)
tibyans (m) theory, idea