Saturday, 14th June, 2014 – Episode 2!

Education Debate

     Looks like our education system here in Wales isn’t all it should be.   That’s according to our Government’s First Minister, Carwyn Jones.

Mr. Jones believes that some Councils are unable to improve school education in the areas over which they have control.   He’d like to reduce the number of Councils so that each one can have an Assembly eye kept on them.

Of course, the Councils have said that improvements are being made.   I suppose they’ve gone on the defensive a little.   It seems that the Councils Mr. Jones is concerned about are, mainly, in the South of our land (I shall not name names – though he seems to have done so.

The situation is being “monitored” by various bodies.   So I was right:  someone is keeping an eye on them.

If we neglect our Welsh education, we are going to regret it at some time in our future.

Back-up For Carwyn?

     As if pre-empting Carwyn Jones’ statement on education, a friend of mine, living slap-dab in the middle of Wales, put the following on his Facebook Page a few days ago:-

“As I wander around Old Cardiganshire, it saddens me to see empty buildings which were once schools. (Here, he mentions a couple of villages in his area whose schools are already closed.)   It’s a common thing which I see in many places other than our county when I pass through.
When a local village school closes, it’s another step in the breaking down of our once-strong communities. When a community grows up together, each person knows her or his neighbours, both as individuals and as families.
That way, a community becomes stronger. And its people have the sort of pride in “their patch” which protects it.
A little niggle asks me if there is a reason other than financial for the closure of local schools . . .”

More Gloom . . .

     Warning!   Do not swim anywhere near Llyn Padarn up there in Snowdonia!

The public have been warned that, somehow and by someone, the area round the lake contains pollutants.   It’s some sort of chemical stuff and “has a strong smell and visual impact”.

The cause and the pollution are being investigated at the time of writing.   But, if we needed reminding, this is but one item on the long list of humankind’s dealings with Mother Earth.

Wales must take the lead in promoting a cleaner, safer planet.

But There’s Good News!

     Deep in the heart of Powys, it’s been observed that there is a new pair of ospreys breeding.   They have produced two healthy offspring so far.

Obviously, the location is being kept secret presently.

And this is the third pair of ospreys to breed in Wales.   Indeed, a week ago, another pair hatched two chicks “somewhere near Machynlleth”.

So smile:  Wales is a great place to be!

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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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