Saturday, 25th August, 2012.

Vote Wisely Next Time

     It looks as if a Murdoch paper is the first to show the pictures of a young lout which the rest of the newspaper industry decided not to publish.

The lad in question is a “celeb” and all set to be the next to bear the title “Prince of Wales”.   A friend of mine made this comment about the incident, and it’s the kind of thing often leveled at non-celebs:-

“Prince Harry’s antics blamed on product of a broken home, family living off taxpayers, growing up on estates, and time spent in institutions.”

Quite so.

An Interesting Viewpoint

     In a tiny village in the wilds of Wales, there are a fair few move-ins from over Offa’s Dyke.   Like many people who move to our land, they are decent people who try to integrate into their new communities.

The village, though, is having a problem with mess left behind by dogs.   Often, village streets are littered with the stuff.

This is not necessarily the fault of the incomers.   Local folk are equally to blame for not clearing up the mess which their pets make.   So the local Community Council decided to do something about it.

The first thing they’ve done is to put up notices saying “Please clear up after you dog” – a politely expressed request, with a small cartoon explaining what to do beneath it.

Shortly after these notices were put up, a lady – newly moved into the village from a large city in the English Midlands – was in the tiny village shop and she was heard to remark:  “Why pick on us dog-owners?   The farmers aren’t pestered into clearing up after their sheep – and there’s sheep-muck all over the fields”.

A clear case of non-understanding of rural life before moving into Wales!

More Social Irresponsibility

     Perhaps I’m wrong, but here in Wales there is far more neighbourliness than in many other lands.   More people here care about their neighbours and their communities.

However, Wales has a black-mark in my book at the moment.

It seems that one in ten drivers admit to parking in car-parks on spaces clearly marked for disabled-parking.   They admit it!

The practice, as you may appreciate, is really upsetting for those disabled people who have proper blue-badges.

So come on, Wales, let’s pull our caring-socks up and stop this rotten practice!   We could set an example to other parts of the British Isles.

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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