I am British.
I was born in Cardiff – in St. David’s hospital that has since been torn down. I am told that they left just the front of the main building because it was historic. Technically, therefore, that makes me Welsh by virtue of my birth. It was a big deal to me to get a copy of my birth certificate from the original office in Wales because it’s bi-lingual, all the fields labelled in both English and Welsh languages. Its also one big reason why I adore the sci-fi TV show “Torchwood” – all those amazing Welsh accents!
I lived all over the south of England while growing up, but I associate strongest with Blandford Forum in Dorset. I studied at Blandford Upper School (now called the Blandford School) before taking off at age 18 to University.
My hometown, the place I put my own roots down, is Guildford in Surrey. I arrived there in autumn of 1988 and left summer of 1998. It’s the longest I have lived anywhere, albeit living and working in “the Guildford area” rather than in the middle of town all that time.
In 1998 my wife and I moved out to St Louis, Missouri, USA. If you’ve been listening to any TV you’ve probably heard the politially correct term “African-American”. This has been picked up by other groups and gets used for such diverse people groups as “Irish-American”, “Polish-American” and so on. The label I am most interested in gaining is either “English-American” or “Welsh-American” though!