Saturday, 11th August, 2012.

The Wind Blows Free

     These pictures are from the pages of The Cambrian Mountains Society.   Those Mountains cover a great deal of central Wales, and the Society exists to protect them.

     It is important that we protect our wild, often lonely places.   It is in them that we can feel the creations of Mother Nature.

Wind-farms provide very little benefit to communities.   The real beneficiaries are the shareholders in companies who build them.

When such things are built in Central London, I shall feel easier about their construction.   And how about a nuclear power-station just off The Mall – that would prove that those things are harmless to humankind.   And I’m sure Her Majesty would enjoy the interesting view of both the power-station and all those lovely whirling blades.

After The Event?

     On a news report on Radio 4 UK (UK being a synonym for London, I think) that there was a lot of flooding in West Wales.    Lampeter, apparently, was the centre for traffic disruption.

The announcer told us that not only some of the roads near that pleasant town were impassable, but also the railway line was flooded – and the combination was disrupting traffic.

     Well, well – trains unable to run to and from dear old Lampeter, eh?   Er . . . hang on . . . didn’t they stop running in that area a long time ago?   I seem to remember that Dr. Beeching closed the Aberystwyth to Carmarthen line on which Lampeter station was – in 1965!   That was, as some of you may remember, under a Tory government.

     Much of the line has become a walking-route, so perhaps the Beeb was referring to walkers as traffic.

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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