Saturday, July 09, 2022

Yihla Moja

 When Vince and I were talking with mum about Wimbledon on Thursday evening (via Skype as she is isolated with Covid) he mentioned that Cameron Norrie's mother Helen was born in Cardiff. Norrie went down in the semi final to Novak Djokovic yesterday despite battering him in the first set. Still becoming only the fourth British man to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon in the Open era is nothing to sneer at.

I dug up more about his Welsh roots from WalesOnline

His grandfather Glyn Williams, the former chief sub-editor of the Western Mail in Cardiff, was born in the city in 1928 and brought up in Adamsdown, attending St Illtyd's High School. He went on to study at Harvard Business School before becoming a reporter for newspapers in Breconshire and Montgomeryshire.

Glyn worked at the Western Mail between 1955 and 1966. While in charge of print production he became friends with fellow sub-editor Donald Woods, an anti-apartheid activist from South Africa. When Donald moved to South Africa's Daily Dispatch, Glyn accepted an invitation to join him and later became editor of the newspaper.

There is much to chew on here. My dad, five years younger than Glyn, was raised in Adamsdown and went like all his older brothers to St Illtyd's so one or more of my uncles (dad being the youngest) must have know Glyn Williams.

Donald Woods, the reason the Williams moved to South Africa is a name to conjure with as well. 


When Biko died in detention, Woods was extremely upset. Biko’s death marked a watershed in South African history and Woods, with his political vision, saw it where many did not. It was the beginning of the end for apartheid, as it concentrated even more the world spotlight on South Africa, and made certain much greater isolation, and the boycott of the country, institutions and goods. On the day of Biko’s death, Woods and Glyn Williams worked through lunchtime designing the page one for the next day with John Horlor, then managing director of Demaprint, the colour printing subsidiary. Donald suggested a big colour picture of Biko and the words "A hero of the nation" in English and Xhosa. It was a significant departure from the style of the Daily Dispatch, and is regarded as one of its more historic issues.

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