Welsh cakes, whiskey and rugby balls: What's in the Nato goody bag?

 
Catherine Neilan
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President Obama: Did he bond with German chancellor Angela Merkel over their free Welsh cakes
US President Barack Obama, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko and German chancellor Angela Merkel were among the Nato leaders presented with a goody bag of Welsh goods today - and the contents certainly made us stop and look.
No doubt Obama and Merkel bonded over the Welsh cakes they received. Maybe Poroshenko used the honey to help his ceasefire negotiations.
French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi meanwhile perhaps drowned their sorrows about the state of their respective economies with some of the whiskey, maybe while trying to make sense of Dylan Thomas' poetry.
The gifts were donated by 25 different Welsh businesses at today's summit, which is taking place at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
During this summit you will see many examples of Wales’ strong defence and aerospace sectors. Here are some fine examples of its strong heritage in craftsmanship and food too.
He added:
From the poems of Dylan Thomas and the craftsmanship of the Royal Mint to produce being made today in Wales, I hope you will enjoy each of these gifts and be inspired by them to find out about all that Wales has to offer.
Here's the full list of the Nato goody bag
* Willow baskets, handcrafted using willow grown in South Wales by Caerphilly based Hatton Willow, Cardiff maker Seren Willow and Out to Learn Willow, in South Wales
* Personalised Nato coasters made from Welsh slate made by Valley Mill
* A commemorative piece crafted by the Royal Mint, designed by engraver Jody Clark and produced at Llantrisant in South Wales
* Locally produced Welsh Cakes supplied by the Celtic Manor Resort
* Cufflinks and bracelets produced using Welsh gold by Clogau jewellers in North Wales
* Honey made by Hilltop Honey in Caersws, mid-Wales
* Whiskey bottled by the Penderyn Distillery in South Wales
* Welsh rugby balls, representing Wales’s national sport, presented by the Welsh Rugby Union.
* Book “Selected Poems by Dylan Thomas” presented by Orion Publishing
* Woollen journals woven by Jane Beck and Nia Hobbs in Ceredigion, West Wales
* Woollen socks produced by family-run Corgi Hosiery, based in Carmarthenshire
* Prints of a photograph of Newport Transport Bridge taken by Pradip Kotecha, which won the Iconic Newport photography competition. Presented by the competition’s organisers, University of South Wales
* Framed prints of iPad paintings of “400 iconic views of Newport” by artist Joseph Anthony Connor
* A Sony Raspberry Pi credit-card sized computer, built at Pencoed in South Wales

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