Saturday, 29th August, 2009.

Vicious Circle

          There’s a much quoted bit of the
Bible:  “Thou shalt not kill”.   I would include “enthusiasm” in that quote.

          We are well-blessed in Wales with having an abundance of bright,
positive young people.   Yes, our young
people make a lot of noise.   Yes, their
manner of dress is often a little peculiar.

          But we can be justly proud of them,
for they are our country’s future – and I, for one, am glad that responsibility
rests on their shoulders.

          And yet our Assembly Government has
decided in its wisdom to make massive cuts in the funding of Welsh
Universities.

          So the enthusiasm, the hopes, the
ambitions of our young people have been killed.   They have an alternative, though, to going
on to higher education.

          It’s called “The Dole”.

 

Girl Talk

          Last Saturday morning, my clock-alarm
went down at half-past-six.   I have it
set to have the radio wake me – Radio Wales, naturally!   (Sorry, my slow-learning of Welsh means I do
not listen to Radio Cymru very often, good though its programmes seem.)

          I am not an admirer of
talk-shows.   But “Girl Talk” –
supervised by a girl called Lisa Rogers, I think – grabbed me by the ears.   The show consisted of women simply
discussing topics of female life.

          They talked over each other.   They giggled a lot.   But what they had to say about – in this
case – childbirth and its repercussions really taught me a lot.

          The six-thirty version was a repeat of
Friday evening’s broadcast.   So you
don’t have to wake up early on Saturdays to listen.

          It’s billed as “Chat, cheek and
chortles” and it certainly enlivened my weekend.   Girls – I hope you don’t mind a mere male
becoming a regular listener . . . !

 

Oh, Joe!

          Since
retiring from his illustrious career as a World Champion boxer, Joe Calzaghe is
carving a new niche for himself in the world of entertainment.

          The big bloke
has volunteered to appear in the telly show, “Come Dancing”.   But there is a snag.

          Joe has been
told he must lose a couple of stone of his bulk before they’ll let him on the
show.   Wonder who had the courage to
break that news to him?!

 

A Threat To Our Heritage

          Plas Dulas
mansion up in Llandulas near Conwy may be knocked down.   The plan is to build twenty-nine ‘affordable
houses’ on the site.

          There’s a
protest movement by locals, who claim that the old building is part of the
character and history of the area.   They
suggest that it is restored and protected.

          However, the
strangely anonymous Developers will probably get their way.   Money talks – it’s voice can be heard
everywhere (or not heard when those speaking see the need to keep things
quiet).

          But the
question has to be asked:  “Why is there
so much talk about ‘affordable housing’, and to whom will it be affordable?”

          Perhaps we
should start a protest movement to rid our nation of that hideous mythical
phrase ‘The Property Ladder’.   We need
to bring our communities together, not allow the Ladder-Climbers to simply pass
through . . .

 

Freedom Fighters?

          The good
people of Caldey Island
– monks included – are campaigning for independence.

          Now that’s a
word we hear less and less these day, even from Plaid Cymru.

          The campaign
is to overthrow the Tenby jackboot.  
Caldey folk pay there subs to Tenby Council.   But they have no democratic right to vote in
Council elections.

          I wish them
success – Up The Revolution!

Archie Lowe

archie.lowe@laughingdragons.co.uk

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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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