Saturday, 1st March, 2014.

Wales Has Still A Long Way To Go

     It seems that the results of a survey conducted by BBC Cymru Wales indicates that Wales, in the main. Does not support the Scottish bid to gain independence.

And, slowly, the number of our people who want to see our Assembly Government disappear is constantly growing.

That does not mean to say that the People of Wales in general do not want to see our Assembly having more power.   Surely, for any government to earn its corn, it must have the teeth with which to chew that corn.

Who better than locally elected Assembly Members to know and understand the situations which occur in their own areas?   And who better to sort out any problems – by legislation if necessary?

So, whilst wishing our Scottish friends success in this year’s Independence Referendum, I trust they are going to show the way – right now – to running there own affairs.   Thereby, they can set an example to we who have the privilege of living in Wales.


Giving Thanks, Perhaps

     We seem to be “celebrating” the filthy carnage of the First World War this year.   Having read accounts of the hideous trench-warfare written by its survivors, I see nothing to celebrate.

Men from all over Wales went into the British army, either because they were called-up or because they volunteered.

Now I learn that only three parishes in our land lost none of their menfolk in that War.   Those three areas have become known as “thankful villages”.

Only one of those three has any sort of memorial to the brave men who went “over there” and returned safely.   Surely, there should be – in each of those places – some sort of reminder of those men.   Only Colwinston has a plaque in its church celebrating the good fortune.   Herbrandston and Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn have nothing to remind local people of the past.

“If we forget our past, we cannot fully understand our present and plan for our future.”

Another Reminder Of A War Long Ago

     An offshore wind-farm has been found to have been built on the site where three World War 2 bombs lie.   The site is off the coast near Llandudno, North Wales.

Apparently, such finds are not rare.

I am told that, sometimes, RAF bombers returning from failed bombing-missions dumped their lethal load in the sea so that the planes could land with greater safety.

I don’t suppose anyone thought about keeping a record of those sites at the time.   And I wonder what sort of stuff is still being dumped along the shores of Wales. . . 

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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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