Saturday, 21st April, 2012.

Beca Rises Again!

     No, not the smashing down of tollgates this time, but something along the same lines, perhaps.

There used to be a Community Radio Station called “Radio Ceredigion”.   It broadcast lots of local information to people living in – not surprisingly – the county of Ceredigion.   Its studios were right in the middle of Aberystwyth and it had lots of listeners.

For some reason, it was taken over by a group called Town & Country Broadcasting which, for all I know, is based over the other side of Offa’s Dyke, though it seems to have some sort of office/studios in Pembrokeshire.

Radio Ceredigion, when it was a proper Community Radio Station, had volunteers as programme-presenters, and the shows it put out were many and varied, from pop-music to serious news programmes.

These days, following the take-over, it seems to be all pop-and-pap and has no local “feel”.

So a former volunteer-presenter on the original station, Geraint Davies, says that TCB’s take-over has put more and more emphasis on English language broadcasting.   Obviously, TCB is after a mass-market.

Geraint became a prime mover in restoring the original concept of a local radio station for Ceredigion.   “Radio Beca” (you will guess why that is the name of the new station!) will put more emphasis on local language and culture.   And it has gained the all-important licence to broadcast.

So listen out for Radio Beca when you’re in the Ceredigion area.

More Local Culture

     In Flintshire, a piece of Wales’ history has been unearthed.   Near Treuddyn, a butcher with a metal-detector has discovered the head of a 3,000 year old axe-head . . . and a thing made of tin and shaped like a hook.

These objects seemed to have been under the earth since the Bronze Age, which shows that our land was pretty well populated way back then.

But the question must be asked:  if Bronze Age folk lived here before the Celts, should we not see “Y Cymru” – those now-indigenous people who call themselves “The Welsh” – as much as immigrants as “These English” are often classed . . . ?

An Economic Upturn?

     For a long time, my friends up in Scotland have been vehement in their claim that the oil being pumped from and around their land belongs to Scotland.   It is a major plank on their struggle for independence from London’s UK government rule.   Economically, it would give Scotland a little more financial clout in the world.

Now there’s a report that, near Dolgellau, there’s a goldmine waiting to be opened.   There’s a few quid’s worth of gold down there, it is said.

Perhaps Wales should be shouting – rightly – that it is Welsh gold and should be used to help our land’s economy.

That, of course, would leave England– a land whose people do not have their own government – to find some other source of wealth.   Maybe English fishing boats should brave the seas to go out and catch tripe while the womenfolk stay home and grow the onions . . .

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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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