Saturday, 9th January, 2010.

Winter Wonders

     Perhaps this should be headed “True Grit”,
but I avoided that!   For, in fact,
there’s pretty little grit – true or otherwise – in the whole of

     That is how well-prepared our Councils
were for what was to come.   Well,
Councillors all, what was to come is called “Winter”.   That’s the time when it gets colder and we
often have what is called “snow and ice”.

     Y’know, I reckon that, before any person
stands for election in a County Council election, that person should have to
answer a questionnaire which includes the problem “Name the seasons of the
Welsh year” and its rider “Describe the prevalent weather conditions which
traditionally occur in those seasons”.

     Mind you, we should be told before we go
and excitedly vote for any of them if they enjoy Council banquets . . .


The Cold Truth

     Gosh – my headings are so predictable,
aren’t they?!

     Well, anyway, on my travels this week, I
visited a fair-sized Welsh holiday town.  
I went into three shops in that beside-the-seaside place.   Two of them felt a bit chilly.

     Chatting with shop-assistants in those two
shops, I was told that there was no heating on in those establishments.   The temperature in each one was certainly
lower than the legal requirement.   In
each case, I asked if the employees had spoken with their boss about the

     They had not.

     I asked them what their Union rep. had
said about the situation.

     They were not members of any Trades Union.

     Those polite and smiling shop-assistants
both gave the same retort to my questions: 
“Can’t complain – at least I’ve got a job.”

     You will see now what great joy this
long-lasting financial Slump is bringing to the boss-classes . . .


Fuel For Thought

Tai Elen Glyn – sheltered accommodation for older people in Llandwrog,
Caernarfon – the central-heating system went off recently.   The system had run out of oil.

    The OAPs had to wrap themselves up very
well indeed and use hot-water bottles.  
These people belong to a group which is often labelled “vulnerable”.

     The charity-owned accommodation is managed
by Tai Eryri, whose office is just up the road from the suffering
pensioners.   Tai Eryri provided
convector-heaters in the emergency.   Of course,
the heaters were very well packed.   It
took the residents a whole morning to get the things out of their packing.

     Along with the potential Council members
mentioned above, should we – the ordinary people of
Wales – not insist that anyone involved
in running such a project should have enough brains to check the oil supply
before this cold weather arrived?

     Let us not be complacent.   Let us poke our noses where they are not
wanted – even into the running of charities.


Our Boys In Blue

done the Lib-Dems in using the Freedom of Information Act to let us know that
North Wales police ran up a £750K bill for

     That money belongs to the people who pay
their Council Tax.   Why was the
information not made public by the police themselves?   It’s not as if it was confidential info
concerning crooks, is it?

     Anyway, if you’re up in the Gogledd and
you see a posh private car chasing you, beware – it could be full of our boys
in blue!


A Great Entertainer

     I’ve always enjoyed the antics of Welsh
comic Stan Stennett.   His brand of daft
humour appeals to most people.

     Now a septuagenarian, Stan is taking part
in his sixty-second pantomime.   He’s
playing the fool – what else? – as Billy in ‘Snow White’ in Penarth.

     If you’ve never seen Stan work and can get
to the show, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.   Keep on keeping on, Stan bach!

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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