Saturday, 27th December, 2014.

When In Doubt . . .

     . . . talk about the weather!

And there have been lots to talk about in these un-seasonal days.   It’s been too warm for the time of year, of course, and the heavy rains have caused much more flooding than usual.

But my moan remains the same:  when will BBC Radio 4 UK stop treating Wales as an English county in its weather-forecasts?   It mentions Northern Ireland separately, it mentions Scotland separately, it mentions bits of Mother England separately.   But mention of our land is sort of slipped in lumped together with one or other English area.

I suppose the station being based in London (the centre of the known Universe) is the main reason.   And I notice many holiday visitors who come from our neighbour East of Offa’s Dyke often use the phrase “in this country” when they mean England.   I correct ‘em, of course!

So let’s remind all our English friends that, despite what the Beeb weather forecasts imply, Wales is very definitely a separate country.

End Of The “Celebrations”

     This year, we have been – dare I use the word – bombarded with information about the start of the First World War.   But let us remember that the hideous, filthy conflict went on till 1918.

As I travel our land, I see many War Memorials to those who died in that “war to end all wars”.   They are in cities, towns, small villages, and even out in country lanes.   And I stop whenever I can and read the names of those who died – I suppose it’s my way of showing my respect.

Yet the whole thing may have fizzled out at Christmas, 1914, had ordinary lads from ordinary homes had their way.

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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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