Saturday, 14th September, 2013.

A Famous Little Town

     In Lampeter they have a notice-board telling of the visit of Gerallt Cymro – Gerald the Welshman – when he “preached the cross” there, recruiting soldiers to join in the slaughter of the Crusades.

That well-known long-distance walker, George Borrow, visited Lampeter, to, on his marathon stroll through Wales in 1854.   Old George stayed at the inn which is still there.

And news has just reached me that Conti’s Cafe, where one can buy the finest ice-cream in Wales (and, therefore, the world), has re-opened.   Must take a trip there soon!

Now, an historic debate will be remembered in the town and far beyond its boundaries.

This very week, The Church In Wales (a branch of the Anglican sect) had a conflab in the town and decided that it was alright to elect (or whatever the democratic system is) female bishops.

Well, that’s some sort of progress towards equality.

And I’ve always thought that female priests look better in the fancy frocks the clergy wear than do the men who wear ‘em!

But Not Only Lampeter . . .

     . . . but also other Welsh towns are affected by the Slump (please to call it “the recession”).

Recent statistics reveal that one in seven of all High Street shops stand empty.   That must surely indicate that the economy is still on the blink.

I’ve noticed that, in some Welsh towns, those empty shops are sometimes taken by charity shops and cafes.   Neither really contributes much to our economy.   But rather that than shop-fronts gaping empty.

I notice, too, that many pubs right across Wales are closed.   That is in towns as well as in rural areas.   And that’s a sad thing.   I say that not from a drinking viewpoint, but from a sitting round and having a chat angle.

Our Welsh society is famous for its friendliness.   But if we can’t get to know our neighbours by sitting and chatting (and starting gently arguments!) in pubs, where else can we do that?

Certainly not by sitting in our own homes night after night watching our own tellies.

Farewell To A Legend

     I need not record the achievements of Cliff Morgan.   He was a great bloke and was sadly laid to rest this week.

Wales and the world will miss him.

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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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