Saturday, 26th January, 2013.

Pride Cometh Before . . .

          . . . a fall.   And that is not an unusual happening in Wales.

On Louise’s show, Radio Wales, yesterday, a chap from the Ogwen Mountain Rescue Team told of how people – some of whom appear to be perfectly sensible most of the time – do the silliest things on Welsh mountains.   Most of that silliness happens in Winter.

He pointed out that many call-outs are to assist climbers or walkers who go out totally ill-equipped.   Some of ‘em don’t even seem to know that, the higher one goes, the lower the temperature.   And they don’t carry signalling lamps “just in case” – or tell anyone where they’ll be going.

Occasionally, when an emergency-call comes in (and mobile signals are mercurial over most of Wales), the callers do not even know where they are!

Commendable, then, that there are volunteers dedicated to helping in these emergencies, whether the call is about an unexpected emergency or from silly, ill-prepared people.

The Dangers Of Sport

          A professional, highly-paid Soccer player was accused of kicking a ball-boy.   There seems to have been film of the event.

Some of the pundits straightway started to make excuses for the bad behaviour.   The favourite excuse was that, in professional sport, players are so hyped-up to win, win, win, that their minds are totally on winning the game and are not responsibly for actions such as this.

If a milkman or a builder or a factory-worker suddenly acted violently in a situation because she or he is concentrating on doing her or his job perfectly, there’d be charges brought – and the violent person may well get the sack.

No charges, though, are to be brought against this highly-paid Soccer player.   I wonder why.

Sauce For The Goose

          Three of the most senior officials working for Gwynedd Council are getting an extra five grand added to their wages – oo, sorry – salaries.   Heads of Service are getting between one and five grand increase.

The lower ranks are getting no pay rise.

So Unison, their Trades Union, decided to stage a “lunchtime walkout”, whatever that means.

This unfairness would have caused much more publicity a few years ago.   Other Unions would have backed the Gwynedd people.   There would have been a lot of support for a proper strike.

It is time we began to remind ourselves that “an injury to one is an injury to all”.   But it may be that Those-Who-Know-What’s-Best-For-Us have carefully taught us differently.   Can’t have a united working-class, can we?

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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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