Saturday, 30th November, 2013.

All’s Quiet On The Western Front

          Is it me?   Or is it that very little has happened in Wales these last few days.

Very little, that is, apart from general nastiness:  murders, unprovoked attacks and the like.   It could mean, of course, that Wales is beginning to copy its Eastern neighbour, and our caring society is under threat.

If that is the case, it’s a trend we – the People of Wales – should be opposing.   We are far-famed for our neighbourliness and our lack of a class-system.   Or can it be that the rising number of English immigrants, particularly to rural Wales, are bringing their English class-system here and teaching us locals our proper place in the order of things.

“God bless the squire and his relations who keep us in our proper stations.”

Apart from that, the only thing I want to comment on this week is the 80th anniversary of a lovely building in CathaysPark, Cardiff.

The Welsh Temple of Peace was presented to our nation by the then-MP for Montgomeryshire, a chap by the name of David Davies.   He knew what it was like to stand shoulder to shoulder with his fellow men in the filth and terror of the World War One trenches.   He had seen men slaughtered in the name of “freedom”.   His experiences made him into a man who desired universal peace.

So he endowed us with that Temple, a place which – despite its name – is a non-religious edifice.   “Spirituality transcends religion”, so let us rejoice in such a grand building stands in our land.

This weekend, there’s a Peace Festival being held there.

That Festival will remember the peaceful ideals which caused its building and the history of the building itself.

“Lest we forget.”

Picture in Archie Lowe, Editor.docimg201

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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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