Saturday, 8th June, 2013.

Just In Case

     I make no apologies for publishing this item a second time.

An item on Radio Wales’ afternoon show warned us all of the food shortages – or, rather, rises in food prices – which may well happen due to crop failures in agricultural parts of the world.

Louise’s interviewing of her guests was as good as ever – a show worth a listen.

It was pointed out that Wales has never been a food-crop producing area – not to any great degree, anyway.   Therefore, if – say – wheat production goes down in the places from which we import the product, bread prices will rise appreciable.

It is no longer illegal to keep an emergency supply of food in our homes.   So why not do it . . . just in case.

Should you like to know more about preparing your home for unexpected emergencies, there’s a thing called “Help Yourself”.   Contact the.green.man@hotmail.co.uk to learn more about how you can prepare your home – and your loved ones – for those emergencies.

It’s Got Me Foxed

     I won’t even ask you to excuse the pun.

A farmer friend of mine in Mid-Wales told me something which surprised me.   It makes him and his fellow farmers very annoyed.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is “rescuing” urban foxes.   With all the waste thrown away in big towns and cities, the foxes have found it easy-pickings.   They have settled in such places and have been breeding there for a few generations.

So well have the animals settled into urban life that they have become a menace.   There have been claims that urban foxes have attacked young children.

So people who have been troubled by them have put out poison and done all sorts of things to rid themselves of the problem.   One cannot blame them.

The RSPCA in its wisdom has been trapping those foxes and, according to my farmer friend, dumping them in Mid-Wales.

“There must have been a batch dumped round here recently,” he told me, “because we’re seeing more of them than ever.”

And farmers recognise them as urban foxes because they are seen – and often don’t try to hide – in daylight.   Rural foxes are stealthy animals and usually do their hunting after dusk.

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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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