Saturday, 1st December, 2012.

The Memory Must Not Fade

          As part of Machynlleth’s Christmas lights, there will be a large pink star shining over the little town.

It will be there for young April Jones, the girl who was abducted and murdered in October.   The whole town is still draped in pink to remember her, and prayers – individual and community – are still being said for the 5-year-old and her family.

This has been, and still is, a great shock for the mainly rural area of Mid-Wales.   One sees pink-ribbons displayed on cars and on buildings wherever one goes.

Very quickly after April’s disappearance, a man was arrested.   He’s in Manchester Jail now awaiting trial.   Whatever the result of that trial may be, the shock of this terrible case will take a long time to ease.

People of Machynlleth – people of Wales – tell your children of what happened in a lovely Welsh town.   And ensure that they pass that story on.   We must all remember.

Funny Thing, Religion

          As I was going to press last weekend, I heard the news which rocked the nation:  Dr. Barry Morgan, Anglican Archbishop of Wales, was disappointed that his sect – er – established church has decided (by a vote of its hierarchy rather than Divine inspiration) not to have women bishops.

Gosh – what an exciting report, and of great value to our land.

Further, he hopes that, before long, there will be ladies-in-dog-collars in charge of Welsh dioceses.   By expressing that hope, he is admitting that the decision against ordination was not an act of God.

But Dr. Morgan is going to revive the campaign by introducing a bill concerning the matter in September.   We can hardly wait, can we?

“An Exceptional Occurrence”

          There was, as you will know, some dreadful flooding recently in North Wales.   The St. Asaph area was worst affected.

Our Wasteminster Welsh Secretary, David Jones (a fine Welsh name) visited the area.   He said that the floods could be Climate Change “manifesting itself”.   Nice bit of hedging there, Dai bach.

Very few thinking people anywhere in the world can deny that, yes, the Earth’s climate is changing.   And it is difficult to know what to do to reverse the damage done to our planet, our land, by unbridled greed.

I suppose Charles Windsor, who some folk call “The Prince of Wales”, will be visiting the scene of that flooding . . . eventually.   I seem to recall that, when areas along Cardigan Bay were flooded a few weeks back, he did pay a visit – to somewhere in the North of England I think.

My best wishes to the folk up there in the Gog as they continue to be affected by those floods.

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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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