In 1865 fifteen Swansea residents died of Yellow Fever, the only time the disease has occurred in Britain.
Typical symptoms of yellow fever include:
- high temperature
- nausea and vomiting
- jaundice – yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes
Yellow fever is a virus known as a flavivirus. It is transmitted through mosquito bites. Clearly there are not so many mosquito in Swansea but, it can be spread from one host to another, usually between monkeys, or from monkeys to humans and of course from person to person.
Mmm. interesting because Yellow fever can't be spread by close contact between two people like a cold. However, there is more than enough contact in ordinary situations to allow it to transfer. Luckily the outbreak was confined to Swansea.
'Welshing' is an English invention!
In the 1800's (and early 1900's too) speaking Welsh in school was not allowed, an English policy. Young school children in Wales were rewarded (with Sweets/Candy) for 'telling' on their fellow class mates if they'd heard them speaking Welsh during school time!
Some say (the editor's grandmother for one) they were punished for speaking Welsh outside of school too. Hence the term 'Welshing' came originally from these children. The meaning has changed over the years and in America it is now used to describe someone who goes back on a promise.
'D Day' advances
At the end of 'D Day', the first day of the allied invasion of Nazi Europe, it was the South Wales Borders (The Royal Regiment of Wales) who'd made the greatest penetration into enemy territory! They'd manage to get as far as the outskirts Bordeaux some eight miles from the beach head!
This regiment has a noble and hard won history. They have taken part in many campaigns over the years Perhaps best remembered for the defence of Rorke's Drift in South Africa made famous by the movie ZULU. One hundred and thirtynine British troops stood against over four thousand Zulu warriors. It's an inportant fact that although in the movie we see most of the Zulu's with knives and spears they were actually armed with firearms. All the British casualties were wounded or killed by gunfire, not knife wounds.