Saturday, 7th December, 2012.

Why Bother?

     That fine young broadcaster, Ollie Hydes, was born in Aberystwyth and lives in Cardiff these days.   He visits dear old Aber fairly regularly.

     On the ‘Good Morning, Wales’ programme, the item about un-updated Sat-Navs causing problems – sometimes dangerous ones – to drivers revealed just what could and was happening.   For instance, the road system near a Welsh crematorium was changed, but HGVs still roar up to the chapel without realising that their Sat-Navs had it wrong.   So trusting in the technology are these HGV drivers, it was said, that they do not read the signs which had to be erected to let all drivers know of the changed route.

     And young Ollie revealed that he still uses his own Sat-Nav to guide him along the fairly simple route which he takes from Cardiff to Aberystwyth so often.   He sometimes reads the news . . .

Another Effect Of The Slump

     Applications for places at Welsh Universities have slumped recently.   The payment of fees by English students seems to be the cause.   However bright someone is, if they’re impecunious (strapped for cash), they don’t want to get into any more debt.

     The knock-on effect, of course, is that people from lower-income homes will lose their privilege of a full education.   And that in turn means that fewer working-class people will have sufficient education to fight the English-generated class-system.

Playing Lady Bountiful

    Kate Windsor (or is that Kate Saxe-Colberg?) is going to teach Scouts in North Wales how to put up tents and light fires.   Some people would call her The Duchess of Somewhere-or-other, of course, and I have to say I think she’s a nice lady.

     Why would someone from the English upper-classes who has become a member of the “royal” family need to use such skills.   You can’t imagine any “royal” personage struggling to put up a tent and start a fire on any camping-site – Camping Club Registered or not – in our land, can you?   It’d be like expecting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second of England to spend a week on a caravan-park in Barmouth.

Salvation Stomp?

     Only just heard:  looks like the Brecon Jazz Festival has found a promoter after its impending demise.   The Festival – umbrellas and all – looks like it may continue on its happy and colourful way.   I shall keep you posted.

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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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