Saturday, 20th October, 2012.

Spending On The Future

     They’re spending a lot of cash down in Neath.   Thirteen Million Pounds or so.

No – it’s not the local folk who’ve suddenly come up on the State Lottery – it’s the civic authorities who have had a grant from the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales.

There are going to be lots of shops and a splendid multi-storey car-park built right by Neath’s civic centre.   And everyone down there – especially business-owners and traders – are very happy about the project.

This really is an investment for the future.   Neath has always been a nice little town and, when this dreadful Slump (please to call it “a recession”) ends, the place will perk up no end, for it will attract many more visitors.

The Slump will end as did its predecessor in the late 1920s.   And Welsh fortitude through these bad times will be rewarded.

Money Well Spent?

     Councillors in Wrexham are going to get themselves new iPads.   That’s because their laptops are getting creaky, and the iPads are a cheaper alternative to replacing them.

Of course, the iPads, as with the laptops before them, will be the property of Wrexham Council.

The Tax Payers’ Alliance, though, wants to know why £450 of tax-payers’ money is to be spent on each iPad when there are less-expensive alternatives which would do the job adequately.

What?   And make our worthy Councillors who work so hard to make our land better and better as time goes by use inferior products?   What a suggestion!

And I’m sure some of those Councillors will willingly buy their own iPads or laptops and use them for both Council work and their own purposes . . .

Equestrian Antics

     Suddenly, a herd of horses appeared on the tennis courts at Colwinston Community Centre down in the Vale of Glamorgan!

When I heard that, I thought it was evidence – if not proof – that my theory that animals are often more intelligent than us humans was correct.   Horses should be allowed to play tennis – or any other sport – should they so desire.   We cannot be animalist about things any more.

From the picture I saw, the nags are descendants of pit-ponies, so it’s really good to see that they have shaken off the underground toils of their ancestors, and are out getting some good, fresh air.

But I’m surprised that no-one seems to have seen a whole herd of horses wandering into the tennis-courts.   And no-one has come forward to say it was them who opened the gates to let the horses in.

Maybe Wales will supply the next star at Wimbledon.


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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