Saturday, 31st July, 2010.

Not Quite History,
I Presume

     In Denbigh, they’re coming close to
civil-war over their most famous son.  
He was Henry Morgan Stanley, best known for finding Dr. Livingstone who
had disappeared into the African bush.

     At first, it was thought a good idea to
erect a statue of
Stanley in the town.   But the opposition to the plan claim he was
a dreadful man who shot many native Africans out of hand.

     They sort of keep quiet about the
apparently saintly Dr. Livingstone doing something similar.

     In those days, while the slave-trade was
still going on, black people were regarded as totally inferior to whites.   Indeed, some Christian groups used to claim
and some still do – that the black skin
was “The
Mark of Cain”.

       According to the Old Testament, Cain was
the first murderer in the history of the world.   So God put a mark upon him that all men
should revile him.   The Bible does not record what that “mark” was.   It could have been knock-knees or ginger
hair or something completely different.

     Therefore, David Livingstone would have
regarded the black Africans as the sons of Cain and reviled them
accordingly.   So Henry Morgan Stanley
would not have been any different in his views, perhaps.

     The only thing Stanley did which would give me cause to
oppose his statue being on show in Denbigh is that he denied, on many
occasions, that he was born a Welshman .
. .


Good Advice

     Our Welsh Government is concerned about
the future health of the people of our land.  
It seems that kids of today are not getting the proper exercise which
kids of yesteryear enjoyed.

     I do not mean PT (it’s called PE now, I
think) sessions at school.   I mean that
youngsters do not receive the simple joys of kicking a ball about – or running
with it! – or taking long treks into our lovely countryside any more.

     And daft parents do not explain to their
offspring that sitting in front of a computer screen for hours on end is not
good for their physical health.

     So a campaign is being mounted to
encourage schoolkids to do sixty-minutes of proper physical exercise a day.

     Let us hope that those aforementioned daft
parents set the example – for there are so many overweight, unhealthy looking
parents in their thirties living in


National Pride

     The National Eisteddfod will start this
weekend and go on for a week.   It is an
important part of Welsh culture.

     It is to take place at the site of a
now-defunct steelworks in Ebbw Vale.   I
must remind readers at this point that
Wales once had lots of thriving
industries in the not too distant past.  
Some of us still remember those days.

     Local Councillors and many local people
hope that this event will be the beginning of “a regeneration” of the
area.   Thirty million quid has been
earmarked for “development” of the site after the Eisteddfod is over.   I can only believe that the project will
include lots of houses which ex-steelworkers cannot afford.


And Effect

     It is a fact that, in days gone by, the
Welsh quarrying industry caused much lung disease among the quarry workers.

     The effect was sheer misery and often
early death for those workers who were affected.

     Now, there’s a campaign to compensate
those workers and that compensation was planned by the New Labour government
which the ConDem alliance replaced.   It
is felt most strongly that the ConDems will not put those plans into force.

     “The great difficulty in the days when the
quarries were open,” claims Gwynedd Law Society’s Dylan Jones, “was that the
quarry-owners wouldn’t accept there was a problem.”

     Of course the boss-classes would not
admit to such a thing!   That still
happens in big business when there are no strong Unions to protect workers.

     If ever the bosses actually admitted to
such dangers to their employees, they would get a doctor employed by themselves
to assess the case.   And you can bet
what his opinion would have been!

     Let us remember our history, and let us
hope that the morally decent campaign succeeds.

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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