Saturday, 21st July, 2012.

What’s In A Name

     Do you remember that there was once a cricket-team called “The MCC”?   It was the one which sometimes won a match against the Australians (but not often, my spies assure me).

Suddenly – or so it seemed – The MCC became “England”.   Then – due, I’m sure, to pressure from our Assembly – it was “The England and Wales Cricket Team”.

But, over the last few days, the same side has been called “England” again both on radio based in London and on our own Radio Wales.

Yes, I am as confused as you.   If you can explain this constant switching of names, please end my confusion.

A Dwindling Of Faith

     This week, it was revealed (for revelation is the way of religion) (sometimes) that The Church of England – whoops, sorry:  The Church in Wales (funny thing, religion).   The Church in Wales has lost nearly twenty-percent of its membership over the last year.

Does that really mean “membership”?   Have thousands of Welsh Anglicans written to Rowan Atkinson, or whoever the Archbishop of Canterbury is, asking him to scratch their names of some sort of role due to the fact that they were mere infants when “Christened” and were unable to argue against the process?

If that ceremony automatically makes one an Anglican, why don’t they get their clergy to go around sprinkling drops of water on the foreheads of innocent passers-by and saying “You’re on our books now”?

Seems a simple but effective way of increasing Anglicanism here in Wales.

An Industry Under Threat

     Travelling about our land for many years, I have made several friends in rural areas, some of them farmers.    My only comment on the terrible situation our dairy-farmers find themselves in is to pass on this picture.



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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