Saturday, 29th December, 2012.

Carwyn Jones’ Message

     I can do no better as the Old Year ends than to quote our First Minister’s recent words concerning our nation.   Basically, he said that we should forget the differences which can divide us.   He told us, too, that this is a time to focus on family and friends and to look to the future.   This is a chunk of his speech:-

“No one is denying Wales, like the rest of the world, will continue to face some very real economic challenges.

“This will require all of us to work together, to unite as a country to face these tough times. I believe that despite the current climate we can come through these times stronger as a nation.

“I give my personal commitment to continue to make sure the Welsh government does all it can to support our economy and help create jobs.

“I will sell the message to the world that Wales is ready and open to do business.”

Start Your New Year With A Giggle

     If you’re going to steal something, you (well, not you personally) try to ensure that you are not seen doing so.

A bloke called Troy up in Holywell nicked a CCTV camera.   Before he ripped it from its moorings, it had filmed him doing the deed!

He has been sent on a Thinking Skills course.   Quite so.

The Weather

     Always a topic for conversation, that.   And 2012 has been the wettest year on record.

Our land has had its fair share of flooding and, over the Festive Season, I’ve driven along roads – country ones at that – which only an idiot would drive along.   Deep pools collect in unexpected places.

Homes, too, have been flooded and spoiled by the almost-continuous rains.   We must not forget the people who lived in those homes and their feelings at losing so much.

This Climate Change – some call it The Climate Crisis – has not been helped by the greed and selfishness of humankind.

Over the years, especially in rural areas, we have seen an influx of what country-folk call “hippies”.   These are usually from England, and profess to believe in peace, harmony and their desire to help save the planet.   And yet they seem to drive their cars hither and yon all the time (and they have the time, for they came here to become self-unemployed).   They do not integrate into our communities.   In fact, one wonders why we allow such people to come to live in Wales.

I say that as an incomer myself, and that is my final moan for this year.

May 2013 bring you all the good things for which you hope and of which you dream.

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About Archie Lowe

Though not born in Wales, I have lived and worked here for some years now. I love the place and love that mercurial thing "Welshness". I have been accused of being "a Taffophile" - which is pretty near the truth. The question I ask whenever some idea comes up for the whole of the UK is: "What's in it for Wales". I believe in an independent Wales and am so pleased that our Assembly is a big step on that road.
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