Saturday, 12th January, 2013.

Funny Thing, Religion

     The Church in Wales – that’s the Anglican Church with a Valleys accent – is telling us that it’s going to have “a radical shake-up”.   What strange news!

     What does it really mean?   Will the clergy stop wearing dog-collars?   Jesus never wore one.   Will the organisation stop paying a stipend (that’s a salary or a wage to us secular beings)?   Jesus didn’t have that sort of income.

     Or does it mean they’re only going to teach the simple teachings of Jesus and become one with all other Christian sects?

     The Church in Wales is telling us that there are exciting times ahead for it and its followers.   For instance, they’re going to hold “non-traditional services” on days which aren’t Sundays.   Wonder what that means?

     Of course, it’s all part of trying to attract people into their places of worship and put money on the collection plates.   That money, should the stock-markets fail, would go to pay the aforementioned stipends.

     And, to make sure the plan’s a good ‘un, they’re spending money on employing a team of professionals:  a business-consultant and public-relations experts who are pretty clued up on marketing techniques!

     (Note:  those in the team are all church-goers.)

     According the Bible, Jesus relied on divine inspiration . . .

The ChosenLand?

     Wales may well be chosen as the place to build an enormous super-prison to replace several prisons being closed in England.   The actual location hasn’t been decided yet, but Snowdonia has been mentioned.

     What a great idea!   Let’s allow Mother England to despoil a great patch of our country.   And let us never accuse her – even when prisoners start arriving by the bus-load – of fly-tipping.

More Social Irresponsibility

     Tim Broom is the Development Officer of the Football Association of Wales Trust.   And he’s come out with a statement about thickos who own dogs and allow them to foul sports pitches.

     Well said, Tim.   Wherever I go in our lovely land, I seem to step in dog droppings.   I would be surprised if holidaymakers coming here do not experience the same thing.   Not the sort of welcome in the hillside they should expect.

     It is not the dogs which are to blame, of course, but their stupid owners.   From my observations, some dog-owners do carry bags and do pick up what their pet leaves in them.   Then many of those bags are just dropped where the dog made a mess and left for someone else to dispose of.

     Selfishness and social-irresponsibility go hand in hand.   And we should name and shame those people and prosecute them.

      That’s all I have to say on the matter – for now.

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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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