I’ve just spent a day invigilating (or whatever the correct word is for gallery-guarding?) at Barry Art Central and was rather taken aback to discover that Phil, the security guard, knew more about things Celtic than I did.
I thought he must have been studying our labels and handling books but no, he was way ahead of me on the tales of the Mabinogion and the ways of the Celts – and he whipped off his uniform jumper to prove it!
“I’m here to stop people doing things like this,” he said cheerily, as he rolled up his sleeves to show me his impressive wall-to-wall tattoos.
His arms were covered with Celtic symbols, knotwork and crosses with, of course, a red dragon thrown in. There was also a large Green Man “because the tattoo artist wanted to try out the design.”
Gavin and Stacey is the toned-down version of Barry!