Saturday, 28th November, 2009.

Out Of Touch

     It
strikes me, over and over again, that those who work in offices are constantly
at odds with those who are “at the coal-face”.  
I suppose those four walls and comfy surroundings tend to make
office-wallahs think that everyone else in the world dwell in the same
conditions.

   They
also seem to believe that we who are “out there” work entirely to rules –
please to call them “protocols” – and do not have to think for ourselves.

     So
I rejoiced when the
Newport cabbies won their case against the local Council.   That Council – or, rather, the
office-wallahs who are employed by it – decided that taxis over twelve years of
age would not be given Hackney Carriage licenses.

     Of
course – and probably in the office next door – protocols were at work to
ensure that all Hackney Carriages (taxis to you and I) go through a rigorous
and special MOT test each year.  
Therefore, whatever the age of a vehicle, if it passes such a test, it
will be safe for the purpose of carrying the general public.

    
The local taxi-boys (and girls!) got together and fought the
decision.   Had the Council won, many of
the drivers would have been slung on the dole.  
Well done, cabbies all – you achieved a victory for common-sense over
officialdom! 

 Fighting For The Planet

    
Bryan McDowell is 74.   He lives
in Torfaen and he had a great idea.

    
Now, he and a couple of his friends have become The Trash Titans, a
group of cartoon Superheroes battling for more and better recycling.   They have their own comic-strip in the local
paper, Torfaen Talks.

    
And they have the backing of their local Council – who said Councils are
run by out-of-touch office-wallahs?   Oh
. . . I did . . .

    
This is a great way of alerting our people to the increasing dangers of
Climate Change.

 

And There’s More

     Wales is really getting to grips with helping the
planet’s recovery.   Up in
Colwyn Bay, the Common Scoter population proliferates
presently.   I get a thrill every time I
see one of these birds along our coastline in Wintertime.

    Now
that
Liverpool Bay – which includes a large stretch of the North Wales coast – is to become a special protection
area, we are to continue seeing scoters for many years to come.

    
Mind you, the decision to create that special protection area will not
be made until 2010.   Let us hope that
not too many office-wallahs and their protocols are involved in making that
decision.   Whoops – what have I said . .
.?

 

 

Whilst Up In The Gog . . .

     .
. .
 I heard that they’d found a
stray pig.

    
Now, there are often stray dogs to be seen in Wales – some of ‘em simply
wander off from their homes, some of ‘em are chucked out of cars in rural areas
because their loving owners no longer want them.

    
But one notices if one’s dog disappears.   So surely one would notice if a big lump of
a pig wasn’t around!   This wanderer is a
very large pig indeed

   
However, at the time of writing, nobody has claimed ownership of the
porker.   So, perhaps, it will be filed
under “Pigs, Stray” by some office-wallah up in Conwy – oh, darn it! – there I
go again . . .

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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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