Saturday, 1st February, 2014.

An Interesting Result Of The Storms

     Yes, the Winter storms have done a lot of damage to our land.   Along the Cardigan Bay coast, they wreaked much havoc.

But they unveiled – if that’s the right word – a lump of Welsh history which was unknown before.

The sea at Towyn on that coast has been, to quote a report, “pushed back some fifteen metres”.   The report did not say if that was a permanent change, but it has given archeologists a chance to see, for the first time, the remnants of a forest which grew there about 4,000 BC.

So one result of Climate Change is that we have a solid record of what our landscape was like in times long past.

Unusual News!

     Some of you will be old enough to remember “The Beeching Axe” which decimated the railway-system of these Isles.   Wales, as much as anywhere, suffered from those cuts.

Now, Newport Council working with Network Rail have decided that a new station must be built!

It’ll be on the line between Cardiff and Ebbw Vale.   It will give people the chance to travel into both of those places, plus – eventually – reach Newport itself.

All we need now is for someone with foresight to restore the old Aberystwyth to Carmarthen line.   That very scenic route would unite our nation even more strongly.

Or was its closure, back in the Tory governed 1960s, done to make our nation less united . . . ?

More Financial Errors

   A couple of County Councilors seem to have been helped to avoid paying tax by a couple of County Councils.

Bryn Parry-Jones of Pembrokeshire and Mark James of Carmarthenshire have been allowed to opt out of a pension scheme so are liable for less tax.   That’s according to the findings of the Welsh Audit Office.

Dyfed-Powys police are looking into the matter.

And it’s certainly difficult to believe that politicians, local or otherwise, could not know of the fiddles in which they become involved.

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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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