Saturday, 5th January, 2013.

Words To Remember

     As Argentina flexes its muscles again over the Falkland Islands issue, that nice Mr. Cameron in London comes up with something he has said before.   He claims to believe in self-determination.

Does that mean that Wales can ignore the very one-sided Act of Union which made us a part of Mother England?   Will the fine Prime-Minister across there in Wasteminster follow his own beliefs and declare Wales a democratic nation in its own right?

And will the current so-called “Prince of Wales” (who still hasn’t visited the areas which have been flooded on “his” patch) be out of a job?

We live in exciting – if confusing – times!


     It’s good to see so many of the people of Wales have been rewarded in the New Year’s Honours List.

Christine Evans-Thomas in Haverfordwest is one of them, and the one I admire most.   Her son Adam died of leukemia at a young age.   Adam had worked hard raising funds for Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest, and his mother has carried on with her son’s work.

She started “The Bucketful of Hope” appeal and will continue to work on the fundraising until she feels she has completed her son’s work.

Though the Honours have the words “British Empire” in their titles, and though the British Empire no longer exists, it would be churlish of me to belittle the awards of our people – well done, all of you!

Fanatic Or Patriot?

     The Spar-shop up in Pwllheli employs staff who are always cheery and always helpful.   And I bet the Police were surprised when they had to go there and sort out a bit of trouble.

A customer, they had been told, had refused to pay for his goods.

That customer was none other than Dr. Robyn Lewis, a former Archdruid and well-known in the community.   And all he had asked was to be told the cost of his purchases in Welsh.   A simple enough request, I would have thought.

He was told by the Manager to either pay up or leave the shop.   Dr. Lewis would do neither, so the Manager rang our law-enforcement officers.

The young lady at the till is a fluent Welsh-speaker.   Was it too much to ask her to say the amount in Welsh?

“All I wanted was an answer in my own language, in my own country,” Dr. Lewis said.   He asked – politely – for the lady to do just that.   She stuck to using English to tell him the cost:  £58.62.   Surely “pum-deg-wyth punt, chwedeg-dau ceiniog” isn’t too hard for any Welsh-speaker to say (I can say it and I’m only a learner!).

So why all the fuss?

And why, in a Welsh-speaking area, was the copper who was sent a non-Welsh-speaker.?  The bloke had to call for back-up – someone who could speak Welsh!

The matter was resolved when another Welsh-speaking checkout lady was called to the till.

In my opinion, Dr. Lewis stood up for his beliefs and for Cymraeg.   The ancient language is more important than we sometimes realise.   One of its main assets is that it’s not English – so Wales cannot be so easily brought to heel by England . . . or, in these days of cultural-imperialism, the USA.

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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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