• by Will Coleman

    Hanaf the Mug thinks that he is too small and too ugly to get bought
  • This is Hanaf.
    Hanaf ov vy!” says Hanaf, “I’m Mug!”
    All the other mugs in the Gwerthji Nick-Nack were bought up long ago.
    Hanaf has been sitting alone on the shelf for several months.
    Pyth yw kamm genev? Martesen re vyhan ha re hager ov!
    says Hanaf, “What’s wrong with me? Perhaps I’m too small and too ugly!”

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  • A little girl skips into Gwerthji Nick-Nack.
    She is looking for a souvenir from Porth to take home to her best friend.
    Eus hanafow genowgh?” she asks, “Have you any mugs?”
    Eus! Yma unn hanaf dhe wertha. Ottena! Teg yw; pur deg!” replies the shopkeeper, “Yes! There is one mug for sale. Look! It is pretty; very pretty!”
    Hanaf tries to put on his prettiest smile to impress the little girl.
    Teg ov; pur deg! I’m pretty; very pretty!” he shrieks “Mar pleg a allav vy dos tre genes? Please can I come home with you?”
    But the little girl doesn’t want a pretty mug; she wants a big mug.
    Drog yw genev, mes re vyhan yw” she says, “I’m sorry, but it’s too small”
    She decides to buy a snow-globe instead.

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  • Goraswonnek comes into Gwerthji Nick-Nack.
    She is looking for a souvenir from Porth to take home to her personal assistant.
    Eus hanafow genowgh?” she asks, “Have you any mugs?”
    Eus! Yma unn hanaf dhe wertha. Ottena! Bras yw; pur vras!” replies the shopkeeper, “Yes! There is one mug for sale. Look! It is big; very big!”
    Hanaf tries to swell himself up to his biggest size to impress Goraswonnek.
    Bras ov; pur vras! I’m big; very big!” he shrieks “Mar pleg a allav vy dos tre genes? Please can I come home with you?”
    But Goraswonnek doesn’t want a big mug; she wants a pretty mug
    Drog yw genev, mes re hager yw!” says Goraswonnek “I’m sorry, but it’s too ugly!”
    She buys a pair of sunglasses instead.

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  • Dyskadores comes into Gwerthji Nick-Nack. It is nearly term time and she will be needing a new mug for drinking tea in the staff room
    Eus hanafow genowgh?” she asks, “Have you any mugs?”
    Eus! Yma unn hanaf dhe wertha. Ottena! Teg ha bras yw; pur deg ha pur vras!” replies the shopkeeper, “Yes! There is one mug for sale. Look! It is pretty and big; very pretty and very big!”
    Hanaf has given up all hope of ever being bought.
    “Pyth yw an poynt? Hanaf hager ha byhan ov!” he mutters “What’s the point? I’m an ugly and little mug.”
    But Dyskadores thinks that Hanaf is just right.
    Hanaf marthys yw; pur varthys! My a gar an hanaf ma; py kost yw?
    she exclaims “It’s a marvellous mug; very marvellous! I love this mug; how much does it cost?”

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  • Next day in the staffroom cupboard all the mugs are jostling around the newcomer. Everyone wants to be friends with Hanaf.
    “Bras os ta; pur vras” says one rather small and pretty mug “You are big; very big!”
    My a wor!” says Hanaf, “I know!”
    Teg os ta; pur deg!” says one rather large and ugly mug “You are pretty; very pretty!”
    My a wor!” says Hanaf, “I know!”
    Marthys os ta; pur varthys!” chimes in the whole cupboardful, ”You are marvellous; very marvellous!”
    My a wor!” says Hanaf, “I know! Hanaf marthys ov; pur varthys! I’m a marvellous mug; very marvellous!”

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