Saturday, 9th April, 2011.

Just For The Record

Much interest – and publicity – has surrounded an achievement in Merthyr Tydfil.   No, not another Riot!   This century’s event is not quite as political as that.

Cyfarthfa Park’s Gardening Club is so, so proud of producing bananas.   The excitement was enhanced by the fact that never before in the town’s history have bananas been grown there.

However (he said in an “I’m going to dampen your spirits” voice), they are not the first bananas to have been grown in Wales.   That accolade goes to the fair town of Aberystwyth.

An old friend of mine, Don Parker, used to be in charge of Aber Uni’s glasshouses.   Out of sheer interest, Don grew a banana tree.   And, with great and loving care, the tree bore fruit.   That was back in the 1980s – but his achievement didn’t make the front pages of even the local paper.

Perhaps my mentioning him here might act as a belated compensation

A Trial Too Long

David Lloyd is sixty-five.   He used to fly for the RAF in Anglesey.   He was accused of drug smuggling.

That was many months ago.   Initially, he was on trial for seven weeks, with all the stress and strain that would have caused an innocent man.

Then, our fair and brilliant legal system condemned him to being tagged and being confined to his own home for four-and-a-half months.

“He was not even allowed to walk in the garden for four-and-a-half months” his son told reporters.

Now – thank goodness – Mr. Lloyd has been cleared of the charge.   How can our British justice system compensate him, for compensation is needed?   He has been terribly stressed, he has been impoverished by “the system”.

Let us be aware of what can – and does – happen in our free and democratic land.


Up in Flintshire, people have been called “vandals”.   I have other names for them.

These strange, anti-social human-beings (a human is someone who can think . . .) have hacked down some sixty hawthorns which stood along a costal path between Greenfield and Bagillt.

Those trees looked lovely in late Spring when they were in blossom.   They gave the path character, not to mention their environmental value.

The mentally-disturbed people who caused the damage just left the remains of the trees lying there.   Obviously it was not done for profit – unless these wretched people wanted to have happy memories of doing something with their lives.   Low-achievers often need to give themselves this sort of therapy.

One cannot legislate to protect decent society against the determined demented.   And, alas, if ever they get caught, we must not condemn them.   Instead, we must blame their behaviour on bad potty-training.


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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