Saturday, 1st October, 2011.

The World In Which We Live
A friend wrote this on someone’s Facebook and sent me a copy.   I believe it shows what’s happening here in Wales:  we seem to be becoming a socially irresponsible society.   I’ll publish the best reason why.
“Since settling here, four dogs have lived in our home (not all at once!). We live opposite the small strip called The Village Green, but have never allowed them to walk on it.
There used to be a sign: “No Dogs/Dim Cwn”. But we worked out for ourselves that human-beings use the patch for recreation and one of our dogs might leave its calling-card there without us noticing.
Recently, a couple walked their dog to the top of the Green and back. The creature was on a lead, so they noticed when it made its mess. Indeed, this socially responsible and community-spirited pair cleaned up the mess with a doggie-doo bag, obviously carried for the purpose.
Then, they simply dropped the bag on the Green and went home chatting happily.
Did they think the Tylwyth Teg would carry the offending bag away in the night? Are the pixies responsible for the Green’s tidying?
Or is common-sense not very common in our village?
May I suggest we have that “Dim Cwn” sign restored? Or, alternatively, I volunteer to man a Bren-gun post and deter such anti-social behaviour. No, not the behaviour of any dog – the behaviour of its owners, for they are the dumb animals . . . “
More Of The Same
And yet another 4 x 4 has ended up on the top of Snowdon.   It’s the second one to be left up there in September.
The dumping of vehicles – and all sorts of other rubbish – almost anywhere where the dumpers think they can’t be seen is becoming a favourite anti-social act in Wales.   I think we who are community-spirited must ask ourselves how we can work to stop such behaviour.
Let us hope that the “driver” of the first vehicle left on Snowdon is appropriately punished when his case comes up on 7th October.   Perhaps a long, long driving-ban would “make the punishment fit the crime”.
Moving Forward (Slowly)
British Telecom is to roll out a new phase of broadband development in our land.   Well, in some of our land – towns, yes;  rural areas, no.
And most of Wales is truly rural.
This could the beginning of a revolution!   Soon, perhaps, we shall start finding good mobile-phone signals throughout Wales.   What a step forward that will be, eh?!

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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