Saturday, 10th March, 2012.

A Sad Loss

     Those of us who were privileged to hear the radio version of the “Brother Cadfael” series will remember the perfect Welsh voice of Phillip Madoc in the leading role.   What a beautiful, solid voice he had – and he spoke our language in that role, too.

Why he was not chosen for the television series, I do not know.   Derek Jacobi, terrific actor though he was, sounded totally English and I can’t recall him trying to get his tongue round Cymraeg.

Phillip Madoc was a familiar face on television, of course.   And he may well be remembered for portraying the evil Nazi captured by Dad’s Army and asking for Private Pike’s name.   “Don’t tell him, Pike,” ordered Captain Mainwaring.

We have reared many a grand actor in our land.   And Phillip was certainly one of them.

By coincidence, Radio 4 Extra has broadcast a Brother Cadfael series this week, by the way.

Football Fouling

     In Dolgellau, they have been pestered by dog owners who let their pets make a mess on the local footie-pitch and leave without clearing it up.   The owners don’t clean it up, I mean!

This is a common problem throughout Wales, so Gwynedd Council’s plan to “name and shame” the socially irresponsible people who cause the problem will, I hope, be adopted elsewhere in our land.

It is not only on sports-fields where this happens.   Our streets – in towns large and small – are littered with dog-droppings.   The uncaring idiots who cause this situation do not realise that not only is it a health hazard but also, when visitors come to Wales, they may well be put off returning if they cannot walk without stepping in doggy-doos.   That means our major industry, the holiday trade, will lose out.

A dog lives in my home.   She is trained to do her stuff in the garden from where I clear it up.   If by any chance she does it when we’re out together, I have bags in my pocket to clear the mess up.   That is simply a part of looking after animals.

And, should a stupid dog-owner leave such a mess near my home, I pick that up, too, and try to re-deposit it in front of that owner’s property . . .


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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