Saturday, 4th September, 2010.


     I trust you were as disgusted as I to
learn that a man who took the life of another person has been allowed massive

     Whilst in jail for the taking of another
man’s life, this murderer is allowed access to the Internet.   Indeed, he has put pictures of himself on
the Web for all to access.

     I do not know what other privileges this
killer has.   The man he killed has lost
the greatest privilege of all – life itself.

     Now, I am pretty liberal in my views.   I do not believe that we should reintroduce
the death penalty.   My opinion on that
is due to the many innocent people – men and women – which the British system
of “justice” sent to the gallows.   And I
cannot imagine the mental scars which those who put those convicted murderers
to death suffered.

     BUT I believe that anyone who is
imprisoned for such a terrible crime must never be allowed such
privileges.   He – or she – should have
nothing of interest in life at all.   And
being sentenced to “life imprisonment” must be exactly what it says.

     And I am surprised at the number of
killers who “get God” whilst serving their sentences.

     We must remember that the loved ones of
the human being who has been murdered are condemned to grieving for the rest of
their lives.


The Road To

     One does not have to be particularly
clever to drive a car – I can do that myself.

     One does not have to be brainy to
understand the rules of the road – I once read The Highway Code.

     One does not have to have perfect eyesight
to see a white line down the middle of the road – it’s usually clear enough for
me to notice it.

     However, some drivers have bad
eyesight.   It can be corrected by
wearing contact-lenses or spectacles.  
But it seems that 45% of those for whom such aids are prescribed do not
wear them

     Does that indicate that having bad
eyesight makes one terminally stupid?  
Or is it some sort of irresponsible and anti-social gene forbidding nearly
of the drivers with poor eyesight to ignore the help they get from
those aids?

    No wonder, on our winding Welsh roads, that
we sensible drivers are overtaken at silly speeds on blind bends and near to
the tops of hills.   No wonder there are
so many accidents on our roads.

     But how can we introduce a law to prevent
these idiots being – well – idiotic?  
And how could such a law be implemented?

     Finally on this topic, as the holiday
season slows down, may I point out to any driver from our larger neighbour over
Offa’s Dyke that we in Wales still drive on the left?


Going On From There
. . .

     . .
you will know
that the only real industry we have left in
Wales is farming.   Most of our land is rural and our farmers
struggle along, keeping their holdings going despite prices for their products
– livestock or arable-crops – going down and down.

     They have to keep going.   One cannot just stop working one’s farmland
in the same way that one can switch off a machine.

     Everywhere in Wales, too, production industries are
under threat.   So we must appreciate our
farmers and let them know that we are aware of what they do.

     Over the past few months, there has been
much more traffic on our roads:  traffic
from lands afar has been among it.   So,
on many of our rural roads, we have had tail backs as tractors move along them
from field to field.

     Look – if you get stuck behind one of
these “Rural Rollers”, please realise that the driver is in a working
environment.   He – or she – is not
driving slowly for fun.   She – or he –
is helping
Wales to survive the present Slump and is
keeping the farming industry ticking in difficult times.

     So stop hitting your horn-button (or
overtaking in a dangerous place).   Be
patient, give a friendly wave as you overtake safely – and be grateful that we
have one industry which will continue to keep us going as it has so often in
the past.

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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