Occasionally though, the blog has done far more than was ever expected of it. I have been contacted on numerous occasions via my website by long lost friends and relatives, who found my blog after searching a common area of interest. This outcome always brings me great joy! However, sometimes I'm approached too by unknown people who have found my site through making a general search on behalf of a hobby or interest. This was how Robert Evans, who resides now in California, was able to get in touch. He, like me, was once a Gowerton Boys' Grammar School boy, though in a different era, but we both performed in the school Dramatic Society and were taught English by the marvellous Gilbert Bennett. I recently responded to his charming email, and somehow the world feels a little cosier to know there's a Gowerton boy out there somewhere in Northern California!
Actually, his email was quite synchronistic, as only a day or two before I'd received another email from Dewi Morgan of Dunvant Male Choir (near Swansea, South Wales). About a year ago, I forget exactly how it came about, Dewi contacted me to ask for my permission to reprint my Gilbert Bennett post in their annual magazine - GB had been a Vice President. I happily consented of course, but assumed there must have been a change of plan, since I hadn't heard any more about it and the promised magazine didn't materialise. All was explained in Dewi's email - the printing had suffered long delays - a copy was on its way to me.
I received the magazine in the post this afternoon together with the kind gift of a Dunvant Male Choir CD - A Child is Born - A Celebration of Christmas Music - featuring Bryn Terfel - and (I suppose more topically) with narration by Gilbert Bennett. I was delighted and I can't wait to sit down and listen to it. Many thanks to Dewi and Dunvant Male Choir!