Saturday, 28th September, 2013.

What’s In A Name?

     In Torfaen, there’s a little place called Varteg.   Well, it’s called that at the moment.   There are plans afoot to spell the name the proper Welsh way.

That would mean – as my Welsh-speaking and Welsh-learning readers know – that it may be called “Farteg” in future.

And that upsets the locals.   They fear ridicule.   They worry about people – especially non-Welsh-speaking locals – pronouncing it wrongly.

Fear not, people of Varteg:  remember what happened in Llanddewi Brefi when it was used as a place-name in a popular television show!   That village attracted a lot of visitors, curious to see where “the only one in the village” lived.

And more visitors means more cash going through the tills of local businesses.

You have a nice pub in Varteg, if I recall correctly.   And I have a dim memory of a shop there, too.   Bet both those businesses would enjoy a boost in trade.

A Boost For Our Farmers.

     Wales is a largely rural country.   And our farmers work very hard to scratch a living from the land they work.   It is a myth that they spend much of their time leaning on a gate and philosophising!

The industry was very much affected – some areas more than others – by this Spring’s bad weather.   There was, if your recall, heavy snows in March in some parts of our land.

Accordingly, it was not an easy lambing season.

Thank goodness, then, that we have our own government which understands Welsh affairs.   Farmers will receive half their single farm subsidy in October to help them cope with a bad farming year.

Wales is the only place in the United Kingdom to bring forward those payments, according to our Natural Resources Minister, Alun Davies.

Let us be proud of our government;  let us campaign for more power to be devolved to Wales.

Smile – Were Having Good Weather

     This week has been a wonderful one for warm Welsh weather.   The highest temperature was, I think, recorded at Trawscoed Weather Station near Aberystwyth:  25-degrees!   And it’s September.

So, straightway, the miseries have been out and about.   It often happens when something good turns up.

I am so fed up of hearing phrases like “Oooh, we shall suffer for this” from some of ‘em.

Let us rejoice at the good weather – and the good anything – for that rejoicing will help us through Winter and on to the next Summer!

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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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