Saturday, 14th January, 2011.

Wales Is . . .

      . . . a foreign country:  they do things differently there.

     Well, how good it was to see the good folk in the Gwaun Valley of Pembrokeshire celebrating New Year’s Day yesterday!

     The previous evening, youngsters all dressed up and carrying decorated apples went round for Calenig.   Even in most Welsh-speaking areas, that did not happen very much at the “normal” New Year’s Eve.

     So bringing the Julian calendar back – even for a day or two – and recalling one of our albeit-pagan customs must be a good thing.   “If we forget our past, we cannot understand our present, and cannot plan for our future.”

     How good, too, to realise that this amended festival happened in “The Little England Beyond Wales”.   Just goes to show that, even after Norman-English occupation for centuries, there are still people in the beautiful county who are not prepared to give up their Welsh traditions.

Another Government Dept. Closes

     Most of my readers will have no idea where Pwllpeirian is.   A clue:  it’s near Cwmystwyth.   Still don’t know?   Well, the “Ystwyth” tag gives a clue.   It’s in mountain-country on the Old Cardiganshire Hafod Estate.

     For decades, ADAS has rented the place for agricultural-research.   Much of the work done there has helped upland farmers enormously over the years.

     But the current financial Slump – please stop calling it “a recession” – means that ADAS can no longer afford the rent, and the place is up for sale.

     The moves have upset local and national members of the farming community, and Elin Jones – the local Assembly Member – has criticised the closure.   One has to ask what will happen now the splendid and useful research is at an end?

Wind Of Change

     I know – for I see the posters and placards as I wander throughWales– that there is a lot of opposition to wind-farms.   I hear that they are a danger to local communities.

     What I do not see or hear are the reasons why wind-farms are so dangerous or unnecessary.

     Yes, I suppose there may be a website which I can visit.   But not everyone has access to the Net and not all those who have can be bothered to find out about those reasons.

     If campaigners want me or anyone else to support their efforts, should they not be encouraged to make their reasons for opposition clear and easy to discover?   It surely cannot be anything to do with the aesthetic qualities of the rotating blades.  

 

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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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