Saturday, 20th July, 2013.

Correction, Please

     On Radio Wales, I heard an interesting interview this week.   A chap who lives, I think, in South Wales used the phrase “Here in England . . . “

The interviewer did not correct the error.

I hear such errors all the time as I travel around Wales.   That happens more often during the holiday-season, of course.

Someone will be talking about an English topic and use phrases like “It wouldn’t happen in this country . . . “   I respond to such an error with “No – nor in England, I suppose”.

The perpetrator stops dead in his tracks, then says something like “I mean in Britain!”   To which I retort “Yes – we must remember which nation of Britain we are in when talking about England.”

More NHS Difficulties

     A friend of mine had cause to ring her local doctor’s surgery one morning this week.   It was a simple query about some medicine she had been prescribed.

Alas, the receptionist told her that “our computers are down” and said that she would have to go through mounds of paperwork to find the answer to my friend’s query.   She would ring back as soon as she’d found the details.

She did so.   But my friend, who needed to go out later that morning, had to wait at home well into the afternoon before the receptionist was able to ring back.   There were genuine apologies.

So that’s something which is wrong with our Welsh NHS:  strict financial restraints do not allow many surgeries to purchase back-up technology just in case of computers being “down”.

The Heat Wave

     It continues.   Even in the high mountains of Wales, the heat does not seem any gentler.

And statistics seem to have shown that, at the time of writing, at least one hundred people have died in our land as a direct result of this hot spell.

So, good people, stop wandering around in flimsy – or no – clothing and sunbathing.   Take more care and stay out of the sun if you can.

And think of your fellow creatures, too, in all this heat:  they suffer, too.

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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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