Bradley/Chelsea Manning’s West Wales Roots

I see that Bradley/Chelsea Manning is back in the news as Barack Obama has decided that giving Wikileaks classified information on the US military in Afghanistan is less severe than passing on information embarrassing to the DNC, and pardoned him/her.

I always paid attention to the news articles regarding Manning for no other reason than part of his biography reads as follows:

Born Bradley Edward Manning in 1987 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, she was the second child of Susan Fox, originally from Wales, and Brian Manning, an American. Brian had joined the United States Navy in 1974 at the age of 19, and served for five years as an intelligence analyst. Brian met Susan in a local Woolworths store while stationed in Wales at RAF Brawdy.

In November 2001, Manning and her mother left the United States and moved to Haverfordwest, Wales, where her mother had family. Manning attended the town’s Tasker Milward secondary school.

I was born in Haverfordwest and grew up in nearby Pembroke, and Tasker Milward was one of the big rivals of my local comprehensive school’s rugby team, alongside Milford Haven School. I knew the local Woolworths store that is mentioned, I used to get taken there as a kid where I’d look at the hoppers of sweets which were about as available to me as gold bullion. I have often wondered how much of the way Manning turned out is a result of growing up partly in Haverfordwest: they are all a bit odd down that way. Give it a year or two and we might hear that everything stems from his not being able to understand a damned word anyone was saying and the discovery that everyone was related.

On another issue entirely, the following Wikipedia paragraph is a good demonstration of how political correctness and the obsession with flexible pronouns is turning otherwise sensible English into gibberish:

Manning became the target of bullying at the school because she was the only American and was viewed as effeminate.

She was bullied because she was effeminate. This makes Tasker Milward school sound like a place where feminine girls were some sort of rarity. Actually, now you mention it…


20 thoughts on “Bradley/Chelsea Manning’s West Wales Roots

  1. His WKPD entry (biased no doubt) does make Manning sound a terribly troubled soul. Will the idiots who trusted him with secret stuff be punished? Ha!

    By the way, I’d like to know why he has to spend a few months more in the clink. What’s the point of that? To embarrass Trump in some way?

    And what is the case for letting him out early anyway? Got it! He did less damage to American interests than Crooked Hillary Clinton did.

  2. Private Manning (see I got the first name right) wasn’t “pardoned”. His/her/its sentence was commuted, which amounts to an acknowledgement that a crime was committed, actually.

  3. I am amused, as is my wont, by the the current liberal use of the identification for a creature born with a willie but wishing it hadn’t. The use (and insistence on ‘correctness’) of pronouns as weapons of the new Lefty era is a troubling thing, but maybe hardly surprising. One clutches at straws when one’s time is up.

    I just don’t get why of all the Football League teams to choose from this person chose Chelsea as a first name. I think Port Vale Manning would have been better. Or Southend.

    In travel news, I have been to Pembrokeshire just once but I found it pleasant enough to think one day I might go back. But I didn’t know, Tim, you were a Welsh speaker. Interesting…

  4. But I didn’t know, Tim, you were a Welsh speaker.

    I’m not: my parents are English and I barely had a Welsh accent. Plus, where I lived in South Pembrokeshire wasn’t Welsh speaking. But thanks to 7 years of compulsory Welsh lessons I can pronounce words like Llanelli, ysbyty, Pwllheli, Maenclochog, Cleddau and Dyfed without even having to think about them.

  5. Bullied at school in Wales coz of his “American accent”.

    Yeah, right.

    Two kids with strong American accents were at my high school, years apart in age, NOBODY bullied either of them, or even cheeked them.
    … I’ll wager that to this day nobody has dared have a crack at them about their accent.

    The bullying was coz he was “poofy”. (This is an observation of bullying, not an endorsement – my views on bullies are VERY medieval in nature).

  6. I was born in Dyfed (Camarthenshire now) on the border of the Landsker line and its fascinating to see that it really does still exist in the form of the names of villages both sides of it – Welsh on one side, English on the other. This line has persisted for about a thousand years, despite there being no physical border. I wonder how many people in Wales know of this, let alone the rest of Britain?

    It also reminds me of a map I saw once of how voting in Poland (I think) tallied almost exactly with demographics, i.e. ethnic Germans vs Poles. You can move the border, but the culture remains.

  7. I was born in Dyfed (Camarthenshire now)

    Yeah? Great to see I have a “local” lad among my readership!

    I wonder how many people in Wales know of this, let alone the rest of Britain?

    Jeez, would you believe I didn’t know about the Landsker line? In Pembroke we just knew the “proper Welsh” lived in North Pembrokeshire and Camarthen way.

    its fascinating to see that it really does still exist in the form of the names of villages both sides of it – Welsh on one side, English on the other.

    I think they had to make up Welsh names for some places. IIRC Haverfordwest didn’t have a Welsh name, they pulled Hwlffordd out of their arses.

  8. I took the family to St David’s for a holiday last year. We stopped off in Haverfordwest (which was undergoing yarn-bombing and therefore covered in wool) and found a charity shop with an actual Spitfire (i.e. not a model) in the back room. Surreal.

  9. I went through Haverfordwest* a few years back. If I recall correctly, it was astonishingly depressing. No wonder you went off to Sakhalin- must have been wonderful by comparison.

    (St Davids was alright, but their Cathedral floor was pissed. Bloody builders.)

    *or am I thinking of Fishguard?

  10. @Steve at the pub,

    “Chopping his prick off does NOT make him a woman.”

    Having a lot of kids and having to explain things to them is quite helpful in working out the truth of a situation. You don’t want to lie to kids and you don’t want to give them a bulls1t explanation that might fall apart if challenged by a more logical and mature mind (ie theirs) layer.

    Which is why my kids are told that, despite what they might see on TV, be told by agenda-driven teachers or read in the news, there are only two genders but a large spectrum of mental illnesses.

  11. “Later”, not “layer”.

    Typical of Tim to be too cheap to install the “edit post” function.

  12. Typical of Tim to be too cheap to install the “edit post” function.

    I generally expect my commenters not to be complete fuckwits.

  13. “I generally expect my commenters not to be complete fuckwits.”

    And that worked out well on the post about a certain African country……

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