Saturday, 22nd November, 2014.

Dame Shirley Does It Again

     There can’t be many people who aren’t Shirley Bassey fans, even though her work was at its most popular a some years ago now.   And I wonder how many copies of her new recording of one of her greatest hits will be sold.

I know she’s probably fed up of the “Cardiff-born” tag, but she was born and raised in our land.   And it’s good to see any one of our people become successful at what they do.

But the good lady – who doesn’t look any older than when she first recorded “Goldfinger” – was never totally pleased at that recording.   She believed there to be two wrong notes in it, though her musical advisers told her it was fine.

Soon, then, we’ll be able to hear the two versions and see just where Dame Shirley thinks the first one had errors.

I’m looking forward to the nostalgia trip.

Good News On Wales’ Job-Front

     Often – indeed it seems every week – I pass on news of job-losses in our land.   It’s true to say that the Slump (we have to call it “a recession”) has hit Wales very hard.

So it was good to hear that Airbus, the company which makes plains, has decided to invest a lot of money in our country.   It seems that the jobs which exist now are secure for the foreseeable future, and that new jobs are going to be created.

Airbus will put money into training, research and development, so our people will be learning new skills.

Along with many people I meet here in Wales, I feel there is a glimmer of hope dawning over this special land.   Thanks, Airbus.

But The Bad News Is . . .

     . . . that some of those new earnings will be spent on buying stamps for our letter.

Royal Mail has said that, if competition keeps on, it’ll do their business no good.   And that has to lead to lumps of rural Wales having to pay more for the fairly-newly-privatised company.

Why only people living in our beautiful countryside should be penalised, I do not know.   Fairness would dictate that price-rises should be across the board and be extended to our big cities and towns, few though they may be.

At the moment, for instance, dairy farming is struggling to make a decent living for the farmers who produce milk.   The upsetting thing – described as “a dramatic drop in prices” – is that the producers have had a drop of ten-pence a litre in what they used to get.

It will take until next year for the findings of reports into this iniquitous situation are published.   I wonder why it’ll take so long . . .

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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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