Saturday, 10th July, 2010.

Flood Or

     Well, it could have been either.   The interviewee on Radio Wales did not
reveal which.

     He was a representative of what we used to
call “The Water Board”, and a high-ranking official at that.   He was warning the people of
Wales that, although we’d had a fair bit
of rain this Summer, we should be a little more careful to conserve water.   Already, he told us, there was a hose-pipe
ban somewhere in the North of England.

     Then he told us that we have many good
reservoirs in
He mentioned The Teifi Pools in Ceredigion.   And he informed the interviewer and the
listeners that those Pools are to the South of Aberaeron.

    One would expect such an executive to have
a pretty good knowledge of where water is kept.   And lots of those of us who love and travel
through our land will have a pretty good idea of where The Teifi Pools used to

     They are – or were – in the midst of the Cambrian Mountains, well to the North-East of fair
Aberaeron.   So were the
Cambrian Mountains, in this time of drought for some
Britain, blessed with lots of rain?   I’m sure the people of Ceredigion are a
God-fearing lot still and their prayers may well have been answered.

     That answering could have caused a massive
spread of the Pools right across
West Wales and right down the Teifi Valley to “South of Aberaeron”.     Or Mother Nature could have caused a bit
of a shake up and moved ‘em with a mighty earthquake.

     Next time I’m up that way, I shall investigate
and let you know what I find.   Meantime,
perhaps we should write to the Water Board and enclose a map of
And, while we’re about it, write to the Beeb asking why their
interviewer – who uses the words “Bore da” each morning on the English-speaking
station – did not query his interviewee’s geographical knowledge.


Who Governs Who?

     A friend of mine sent me a mail last
Sunday.   He asked why the British Media
was trying so hard to get the people of these Isles to joyously celebrate the
Fourth of July.

     He pointed out that the date which our
American cousins celebrate commemorates an ignominious defeat of “
Great Britain” by rebel-terrorists.   He wonders why we do not have the same Media
hype when the peaceful victory of Ghandi made
India independent.

     One day – one happy day – Wale may achieve
independence.   As we break away from
Mother England, will the English-controlled Media be wishing us well and every
success in the future?


A Right Royal Row

     Suddenly and without warning, West Wales lost much of its mobile-phone
signal.   The loss lasted about
twenty-four hours, and caused a range of emotions from irritation to downright

     That part of the world does not have the
best signal coverage in
Wales, anyway, and businesses – and
possibly emergency-services – were sore troubled by the blackout.

     Then it emerged (though not from any
official sources) that the reason for signal-disappearance was caused by a
visit to Lampeter by Charles Windsor, the Anglo-Germanic Greek Pretend Prince
of Wales.

     Well, not by him personally, of
course.   But by the Security Services
who – in some clever technical way – clamped down of the use of mobile phones
during the lad’s visit, just in case of terrorist activity.

     I suppose that texts could have been sent
out giving the exact whereabouts of Charles at any moment and the recipients
could show their protest at his venerable title by . . . turning their backs on him.


The Matter Rages On

     Spare a thought for Elin Jones.

     That young lady is, as you will know, our
Minister for Rural Affairs.   And the
poor thing is pig-in-the-middle for the badger-gassing movement’s wrangles with
the badger-protecting groups.

     At the moment, it seems, the slaughter of
badgers has been postponed in some areas of
Wales to give time for the reassessment
of the situation regarding the spreading of bovine TB by the animals.

     Our Minister is a caring lady, and
understands rural
Wales more than most.   Perhaps we should beam our good wishes her
way – for, whichever way she turns, she will be pilloried by one of the
opposing sides.

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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