Saturday, 17th August, 2013.

Home Sweet Home?

     The cost of buying a house in Wales has gone up by 4%.   That, apparently, is good news.   But for whom?

The financial mess is still not over for the average working-person.   And the rise in house-prices will affect any worker who is hoping to get a mortgage and find a home.

And the word “home” is a key one.   For the only people rubbing their hands at the rise are those who will make money from it;  those who’ve fed us the myth of “the property ladder”.

It is they who do not want us to be homemakers.   Because that will start us building communities.   And members of local communities start talking with each other.   And swapping ideas.   And that will never do, for it may produce a changed society – one where people are more important than possessions.

I once read the “the love of money is the root of all evil”.   Would you agree that that quote is true?

Surprise, Surprise!

     For a long time, archaeologists have been beavering away in the Conway Valley trying to find a Christian church which was built in the 1200s.   How it disappeared has not been revealed.

Suddenly, they found remains of an ancient building – pre-dating the church by a millennium.   It seems to have been some sort of Roman temple, where legionnaires would have worshipped what is now called a “pagan” god.

If it turns out to be a Temple of Mithras – a very popular god among Roman soldiery all over their Empire – it will be interesting what will be said about the story of Mithras as believed by the Romans.   For the life of Jesus bears a strong resemblance to that of Mithras.   And the Mithras legend pre-dates Jesus by a fair few years.

That’s a fact never mentioned by Christian sects – whoops, sorry:  Christian denominations.

Wonder how they explain the likeness of the two tales . . . ?

And, Furthermore,

     . . . not to be outdone, South Wales has hit back with a Roman fort, a marching camp and lots of even earlier being found.

That’s due to the exceptional dry weather and aerial photographs.   Those photos are quite impressive.

It seems, then, that Wales was a target for more legions that we’d realised.   They came to gain wealth for their Empire.   Such places as Dolaucothi gold-mines would have spurred them on to other valuable sites.

One should keep one’s eyes open for traces of the history of our land.

Recently, I spied what looked like the outline of a small Roman camp right in the heart of rural Wales, a few miles up the Abergwesyn Road out of Tregaron.   I contacted a friend who lectures in history at what used to be called LampeterUniversity, but what has taken on the posher name of “Trinity St. David’s”.

He assured that I was probably right and, though it had never been mapped, it would almost certainly have been a Roman “practice-camp”.

I can just hear the Centurion shouting the Latin equivalent of “Get cracking with them spades, you ‘orrible little legionnaires!”.

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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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