Saturday, 30th May, 2009.

Our Heritage

          It was on BBC Radio Four.   The young lady presenting the programme was
visiting various World Heritage Sites.  
Her pronunciation was Standard Received English.    She visited a site at a place she called
“Blen Arvon” before going abroad – to
India, I think.

          At Blen Arvon, there appears to be a
Heritage Site called Big Pit.   There
couldn’t be two of ‘em, could there?

          The BBC has a department which
explains to presenters how to say certain non-English words.   Presenters refer to that department when
having to mention “foreign” names, etcetera.

          Why, then, was the lady not instructed
on the pronunciation of Welsh place-names?  
And, if we in
Wales can manage to pronounce Wolverhampton and Manchester with no difficulties, why can’t
those who live East of Offa’s Dyke pronounce Welsh place-names?

          Are not Welsh place-names – and,
indeed, the Welsh language – part of World Heritage?


Shocking News

          I am almost sure that I heard, whilst
driving through mountain country (where the FM signal is always dodgy), that
our glorious Senedd is debating electric dog-collars.

          How would they work?   Would they light up when a potential convert
was in the vicinity?   Would their lights
be of different colours to denote to which denomination their wearer was committed?   Would they administer a severe shock when a
minister preached false doctrine?

          I’m sure that, with a good and hairy
Welshman as Archbishop of Canterbury, the whole issue can be solved by hours of
debate at a C. of E. Conclave (or whatever thy call ‘em);  then the whole ecumenical movement could chip
in their two-pen’orth and everyone would be happy.

          The only question now remaining, then,
is why do Christian minister wear such outdated clothing when their founder
seems to have worn the ordinary clothing of his time and culture . . . ?


South Wales Is Still Evolving

          A strange new creature was discovered
near Caerphilly a couple of years ago.  
And others have been found since in other parts of
South Wales, including Swansea.

          It’s called Selenochlamysysbrada, just for your information,
but you can call it a Ghost Slug.   Now
it has been confirmed that Seleno . . . the Ghost Slug is a completely new

          So it looks as if Mother Nature still allows Darwinian
evolutionary events, despite so many dog-collar wearers still remaining in


Archie Lowe

About Archie Lowe

Though not born in Wales, I have lived and worked here for many 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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