Saturday, 6th February, 2010.

Wealthy At Last!

     Wales is a wealthy country –
official!   It must be true, too, because
it was a claim made by the
Westminster government’s Welsh Secretary.   And he couldn’t be mistaken, could he?   So rejoice in all those riches.

     Peter Hain even represents a Welsh
constituency, so he really has a grip on what’s happening in our land.

     Nearly every weekend, I report job losses
in
Wales.  
Clearly Mr. Hain doesn’t read my “
Weekend Wales-Watch”.  
He insists on reminding us that there are still lots of jobs here in
what seems to be his domain.

     Not to worry – my instincts tell me that
Peter Hain should be as worried about losing his job in a couple of months as
so many of our people have been for a very long time now.

 

Addicted To Vanity?

     A 27-year old bloke from Llanharry has at
last admitted to being addicted to building up a tan on these wretched sunbeds.

     The impending laws governing sunbed-use
must be observed totally.   Not only are
they part of the selfish vanity which we have been taught to accept, but they
cause – yes, cause – major health problems, not least of which is skin-cancer.

     Nevertheless, the things are not yet
completely outlawed.   Or is there no
political party which really cares about we who may, or may not, choose to vote
it into power?

    

Happy Birthday

     One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, the
Mid-Wales newspaper The Cambrian News burst into life.   Since then, statisticians have lost count of
the wonderful and often-amusing errors made by its proof-readers.

     A friend of mine who used to write for the
paper remembers well a couple of glaring “corrections” made to his impeccably
typed articles.   One concerned a couple
of reverend gentlemen who visited Bedd Taliesin, a Bronze Age grave to the
North of Aberystwyth.   They enjoyed
their visit and had a little drink whilst viewing the site.   One of ‘em, drunk as a lord, toppled over
and fell into the grave.   He was
described by the proof-reader as “a person no less”.   Well, there are still a lot of persons
about.

     And, once, he described the paper as “this
august journal” which was altered into “this August journal”.   Well, long may the old paper stumble along,
mistakes and all – and may it be published throughout the year, not just for
one month in Summer.

 

Sidestepping The
Issue

     
Lembit Opik is an MP who seems to attract a lot of publicity one way or
another.  
Montgomery’s favourite has managed to avoid
having had to pay back nine-hundred quid which he had claimed for mobile phone
calls.

     There are still twenty-six Welsh MPs who
have to pay back a sum total of over sixty-grand.   So that’s alright, then.

     We must keep an eye on Lembit and his
colleagues, mustn’t we?

 

Real Conservation
Measures

     Some years ago, the Red Kite was an
endangered species.   I well remember
that Royal Marines were employed to guard nest against egg-thieves who stole
them for Eastern potentates.   Oddly
enough, the thieves seemed to find other work when the Marines moved in!

     But we still have to look after our famous
kites.   Please have a look at http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/midwales/hi/people_and_places/nature/newsid_8467000/8467969.stm   There you will see a practical way in which these lovely
birds have been helped.

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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