Saturday, 7th May, 2014.

Wars And Rumours Of Wars

     For most of the week, I’ve noticed the publicity given to the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.   Some – maybe most – of that publicity seems to have, in one way or another, glorified war.

In the year in which we also “celebrate” the start of the First World War, it must be difficult for our young people to understand that there is no glory in war.   And our Welsh Government should ensure that fact is taught in all our schools.

The remembering of wars and other conflicts should remind us not of the wondrous victories, but of the failure of humankind to agree on peaceful solutions.

I suppose someone will accuse me of belittling the efforts of the British Tommies, Welsh among them, who took part in the D-Day landings.   That is not my intent.   Those who went on that mission were brave and courageous.   By all means honour them.

However, let us remember the failure to agree on peaceful solutions.   And who failed?   The politicians – those people who stayed miles behind the lines spouting whatever rhetoric they felt was needed.

Here in Wales, we have the attitude that everyone is free to do what s/he wants to do – unless it interferes with someone else’s freedom.   And let us let our Assembly Members know that, when independence comes, Wales must take its place as a peace-loving nation which pours oil on troubled waters.


     Today – Saturday – we have yellow weather warnings in place, which could bring flooding to many areas of our land.   South Wales is expected to be worst hit.   Perhaps those bad conditions have already hit some places.   I think I heard thunder in the night.

We rely on our local Councils and, indeed, our Welsh Government, to sort any problems caused by weather.

But I ask the question:  should we, in our individual homes, not be preparing for all sorts of things which could befall us?   That was the way it was done in years gone by;  that was the reputation the Welsh had for looking after themselves.

Perhaps that’s another sad passing from our culture.

And Now, Some Happy News

     A young lady up in Sir Fon (Anglesey) has received an award for conservation.

Mrs. Rajkumari Jones has worked hard to protect red squirrels, and now has a David Stapleford Award, given by the Red Squirrel Survival Trust.   (Yes, I’d never heard of the Trust, either – till now).

Mrs. Jones chairs The Red Squirrels Trust, Wales, and since moving to our land back in 1997 has really given the conservation project a boost.

The lady says that the Award is “a salute to the people of Anglesey”.   There’s modesty!   Thank you, cariad, for what you have done.


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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