Saturday, 5th October, 2013.

Health Advice

     Our Welsh Government is trying to help us all become fitter.   Nice to know it cares, eh?

Our AMs have noticed that far too many of the People of Wales are using their cars to travel very short distances.   That’s probably true.   Near where I live, there’s still – thank goodness – a local, privately owned small shop.   It stocks at least as many things as the big-boys with their several-miles-away supermarkets do, and at competitive prices.

Yet I often see my perfectly fit neighbours visiting that shop in their cars – even though they live but a few hundred yards away.   And it’s not just to pick up a few items on their way to work.

It’s just a bad habit.

Bad because not only is it idle, but also it adds to the pollution of our planet.

So CardiffBay suggests that we abandon the driving habit more often and walk those short distances, or ride them on our bikes.

During the Summer, I have noticed many, many overweight folk wobbling along in our towns and villages.   At first, I fell into the trap of believing that they were on holiday here form one of the big cities East of Offa’s Dyke.   But closer investigation tells me that, no, they are simply local folk who can’t be bothered to keep fit.

Who said our Assembly comes up with daft ideas?   Well done, CardiffBay!

Help Is At Hand!

     Looks like our Welsh Government is being supported by private companies.   Well, one of them, anyway.

Arriva has announced that it’s closing down a lot of its rural bus-services, especially in country areas.   That means we’ll all have to find alternative transport – walking or cycling – very soon.

The company – which is subsidised financially for providing busses in rural areas – hopes that local firms will take over on the routes.   But I wonder how many local firms are prepared or able to provide transport in these areas?

And how will our people who have no car or bicycle cope if they cannot use a bus route near their homes?

Bad News

     I saw an item on television this week which was investigating how the steady rises in the price of domestic fuels – gas, electricity and oil – were affecting homes in Wales.

The investigation showed that one in three homes will suffer “fuel-poverty” this Winter.   I believe those most likely to suffer with be OAPs.

I trust we who can will keep an eye on such sufferers – and help where we can.   After all, this is Wales where helping our neighbours is still a strong part of our culture.

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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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