Saturday, 23rd January, 2010.

Hearing Is Not
Quite Believing!

     There was a most interesting occupation
mentioned on Radio Wales this week.   The
young lady being interviewed was a “Money Psychologist”.

     The imported idea of giving silly job
titles came to
Britain over forty years ago.   If you call someone a “Rest-room Operative”,
it sounds better than being a Lavatory Cleaner.   Thus, the worker is made to feel as if s/he
has status – though the pay will remain the same.

     Anyway, the Money Psychologist made some
interesting observations.   The sum total
of her well-studied research seemed to be that “People like to have money”.

     Well, who’d have thought it?

 

Where Are We?

     A serial set “in the shadow of the Long
Mynd” has just started on
BBC Radio 7.  
The accents of the actors pretending to be Welsh are from almost all
over
Wales, from The Valleys to Anglesey.

     I’m prepared to accept that the area could
be full of immigrants from those places.  
But there’s not a local
Marches accent among them.

     I suppose a quick “look you” or an “indeed
to goodness” is about all the BBC thinks it needs to create the sound of a
whole nation.   And isn’t the Long Mynd
in
Shropshire?

 

Last Of The Line

     There’s an aging police-box down in Newport.  
It’s the kind which features in Doctor Who’s adventures – a big blue one
which the coppers long ago would use when they had no personal radios.

     Now, funds are being raised to restore the
old box to its original glory.   Just
goes to show the effect that a telly-series made in
Wales has on popular imagination.

     Makes one feel quite patriotic!

 

At What Cost?

     Holyhead is going to receive
one-hundred-and-fifty shiny new jobs!

     Tesco is the philanthropic company which
is to create those jobs.   The firm is
going to build a massive new shopping area there, car-park and all.

     What the statistics don’t reveal is how
many locally-owned small shops will have to close in the town when Tesco
opens.   Nor do they show whether
there’ll be more local jobs lost that gained.

     Oh – and ‘tis said that the new project
was approved at “an extraordinary meeting of the local Council”.   Yeah – I’ll bet it was extraordinary . . .

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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