Saturday, 3rd October, 2009.

Tidying Up

     Dear old Swansea – one of my favourite places – is
going to get a face-lift.   The wise
Leaders of the town are going to give it a face-lift to show off the sea-front
better.

     This will attract more visitors who, after
sampling the joys of
Swansea (as I have done over the years),
are bound to return and to tell their friends (as I have done over the years!).

     Each little bit of Wales has its own special character and
charm.   For me,
Swansea is a place where cups of tea are
pressed upon the visitor in great quantities.  
I’m told that our nation drinks more tea per capita than anywhere else
in the
British
Isles
.   I reckon the Jacks and whatever their female
counterparts are called – Jills? – are responsible for most of that
tea-consumption!

 

Farewell To One
More Of Our Industries

     Another one of Wales’ industries bites the dust.   Slowly, our land has been drained of all
industry.   Let us hope the one remaining
– farming – will be protected against closures!

     Anglesey Aluminium up in Sir Fon has been
called, up until now, “the largest employer in
North Wales”.  
No the place is to close due to, the owners tell us, their failure to
get an energy deal from the company supplying their electricity.

     The
local Trades Union members know that the chances of them finding other, local
jobs is practically nil.

     The company’s owners, I’m sure, will be
really upset to have let their workers down.  
One knows that they are caring owners, too, for how could people with
fine old Welsh names like Rio Tinto and Kaiser and their ancestors not have
been part of our communities for centuries?

 

But Do We Really
Care?

     The crew of an Emergency Ambulance was
returning to the ambulance station up their in Denbigh.

     As they went under a bridge, stones were
hurled at their vehicle from above.   It
is believed the thugs who did that are “youths”.   I believe that they will be found and the
law will have its day.   I believe,
further, that once upon a time those thugs would have been . . . er . . . taken
care of by the local community, with little recourse to formal justice.

     The question is:  “How do we teach our young people the Welsh
way of community caring?”

 

The Race Is On!

     So Big Rhodri is quitting his post,
eh?   And his fellow New Labour
colleagues are jockeying for position.

     Well, whatever the outcome of the race for
the prestigious prize, here in
Wales, the New Labour Party – even though
it may stick the word “Welsh” in front of itself – will still be a wing of the
London-based crew.

 

Prior Engagements

     You will forgive the brevity of my column
this week.   You will forgive, too, I
hope, the fact that next week’s comments will be online later than usual.   This is due to me suddenly being in demand
for my many talents.

     Back to normal the weekend after, I hope.

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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