Saturday, 11th December, 2010.

Cultural Misfits

Dyfed-Powys police recently arrested three students from Pembrokeshire College.   These highly-intelligent young people (they must be intelligent if they are studying at College, mustn’t they?) were regularly extremely rude to a lady on a daily basis.

It seems that the “reason” for their stupid actions was because she did not conform to their ideals of culture.   Being an Asian lady, she would have been a noticeable target for the verbal abuse of these thickos.

I am not a native Welshman.   I was not born here, nor brought up here, and I come from a culture which is different in many ways from that of South Pembs where these idiots hang out.   But I do not stand out as any sort of target.

Therefore, I condemn their idiocy.   For, here in Wales, we have always had a tolerance towards those who are a little different.

Perhaps the real danger to Wales is not from folk of other cultures coming to live here, but from yobbos born and bred in our society.

A Matter Of Principle

Not that students are going to have an easy passage to the right of education in future.   I do not support or condone the violent actions of protesting students reported in the Media.   But I can understand their concerns as the ConDem government in Wasteminster makes education into what it used to be:  the privilege of the rich.

So it did my old heart good to hear that Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, made a personal protest against the draconian measures the Tories have foisted on us.

Jenny resigned her post as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Wasteminster Energy Secretary to show her disapproval.

My congratulations to her – well done, Jenny fach, and how we all wish more MPs were as principled as you.

Wishful Thinking

There was much to-do among the Oh-Wow-Man members of our land this week.

Let me explain that “Oh-Wow-Man” is an appellation applied to those hippy-types who, having nothing better to do with their brains, use that expression for everything which seems out of the ordinary.   Another of their phrases is “That’s ama-a-a-zin’!” for everything which they want to believe is not of this world.

The appearance of that meteor or meteorite or piece of space-debris whizzing across the sky – noticeable particularly in Anglesey – gave the “Oh-Wow-Man” people the opportunity to spread the word that it was an alien craft, or a message from way out in our Universe, or a publicity stunt by . . . oh, no, they never thought of a publicity stunt.

Alas, certain Christian fringe-groups hailed it as a clear indication from the God they seem to follow that Jesus’ birthday was imminent.   If those interesting religionists read their own scriptures, they might find evidence that Jesus’ birth was not in the bleak mid-winter.   And that the Christmas Festival was pinched from the pagan celebrations of the Winter Solstice.

It’s a funny old world.

Forward Planning

Every large company seems to have a Forward Planning Department.   Most of these departments work out how the company can make more money.

They do not seem to be able to work out the down side of that money making.   For surely someone might have spotted that setting up a cement plant could have a serious effect on the health of people who were living nearby.

A spokesman for Hanson said the folk living near the Flintshire plant “had nothing to fear”.   But it seems that incidents of cancer are becoming greater in the area.   And Health Minister Edwina Hart has ordered an investigation into the matter.

There’s no smoke without fire.

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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