Saturday, 11th July, 2009.

Timely Advice

          Well, if you enjoy comedy, you will
have enjoyed ‘The Now Show’ last weekend.  
The satirical half-hour pointed out that, while we’ve all had our eyes
on the fiddling dishonesty of MPs, Swine Flu has become a disease of epidemic

          Then came Sunday.   And the news became official that Wales has fifty cases now.

          There’ll be many, many more people who
contract the disease.   It could be that
all sorts of changes will have to be made to our life-styles.   Therefore, I would recommend you begin to
consider what would happen if you were restricted – in order to stop the Flu
spreading – to your home.

          Should you wonder what you would do if
you couldn’t get to the shops – or any other aspect of self-reliance – I
suggest you get in touch with the
Help Yourself Project.   It’s based in Wales, and will be able to help you in
your preparations to make your home safe, secure and comfortable should
anything rock the boat.   Send a mail to
telling him that you read about
Help Yourself in my column.   He guarantees a response to all mails, but
don’t expect an instant reply.



Alien Interference?

          ‘Torchwood’, the spin-off and anagram
of ‘Doctor Who’, has had its next telly series cut from thirteen episodes to

          You’ll know that the programmes are
made in
Cardiff, and has helped to put our land into the
public eye.   John Barrowman, the leading
actor (‘Captain Jack’) is very upset about the cut – and rightly so, I
believe.   The series has become
enormously popular – so why cut it?

          Barrowman feels that he and his
colleagues are being punished.

          Perhaps the whole cutting process has
been done by strange aliens – because anyone with half a brain would allow
actors and production crew to continue making crowd-pulling episodes.



Remembering Our NHS

          You may be old enough to remember when
we had a National Health Service.   Well,
if you don’t, it was set up so that ordinary people could receive proper treatment
for their ailments.

          Now, it’s all but dropped to
Singleton Hospital, for instance, does not have enough
trained doctors to keep its service going.

          The staff at the sharp end of nursing
– caring for and treating patients – do a wonderful job.   But surely the administrators could have
foreseen the staff shortages well in advance.  
Well, they could have done had they had any brains.

          We should have – and must do in the
future – the wisdom to train more doctors right here in these Isles.   Then, any daft legislation which prevents
trained staff coming here to work would not ruin the services which we still –
to a degree – have.   It’s called
“forward planning” by the office-wallahs – it’s called “common sense” by the
rest of us!



Wales And The World

          It is always good to visit
Llangollen.   It is better still to be
there during the International Festival.

          In the sweet little town, people from
all over the world meet to perform, to be entertained and to mingle in a spirit
of peace and harmony.

          We in Wales are a welcoming people.   We do not judge anyone on what they look
like nor where they come from.   We have
generations of our folk who are descended from “immigrants” (witness the best
ice-cream in
Wales – and, therefore, the world – at
Conti’s Café in Lampeter).

          Let us not be swayed by the racists
and bigots who try to persuade us the become insular.



The Solution Has
Been Found!

          There has been much comment about
wind-power now that Rhos-on-Sea has its very own wind-farm.

          I do not believe that wind-turbines
are particularly efficient.   I do believe
that some people are making a lot of money out of building them.

          A friend of mine has come up with a
simple solution to
Wales’ production of electricity.   We have, he says, lots of fast-flowing
streams.   Small generators could be
built on their banks to provide local energy supplies for farms and small
villages.   And the streams flow even in
Welsh Summers.

          Alternatively, he claims, we could
take the hot air generated by our Assembly Members and use that to heat the
whole of our land with masses to spare for export!

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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