Saturday, 3rd January, 2015.

The Higher Cost Of Working

     The cost of rail fares in Wales has gone up by two-and-a-half percent.   Or, if you flip a coin, by 10p., whichever is the greater.

That means that many, many of The People of Wales will have to pay more to get to their places of work.   I doubt if they will get a pay-rise to offset the increase in their travel expences.

But not to worry.   ‘Cos I’ll bet that all the extra revenue will go to restore a line closed in 1965.   That is the one from Carmarthen to Aberystwyth via all sorts of places, and is a very scenic route.

I know it’s a scenic route, because The Ystwyth Trail – and long-distance footpath – has been created along the old railway track.   And I have walked much of that Trail over the years.

The plan to restore railway track will cost lots of “public money”.   That’s what we have to pay in taxes to various governmental bodies – including our National Assembly – so that they can spend it how they see fit.

If the plan for the line ever gets put into practice, it will take many years to complete the work, of course.   Nobody’s publicised how long it will actually take.

And what of the visitors who are attracted to our land to walk The Ystwyth Trail?   They spend their cash in local shops, pubs and holiday accommodation.   Will they be expected to hop from sleeper to sleeper to enjoy their walk and simply dive out of the way when they hear a train coming?

Naming And Shaming?

     Wherever I go in Wales, I encounter the ever-growing menace of dog-mess.   Unthinking “dog-lovers” allow their “little darlings” to empty themselves anywhere and everywhere and are too selfish to clear it up.

It is to be found on all public footpaths, urban or rural.

But a cure is on the way, thanks to science.   Soon, the messes will be traceable to the dog from where they issue – and the owners will be dealt with accordingly.

A friend of mine lives in a small, rural village, and is threatening to named and shame any dog-owner leaving a mess in that village.   Well done, that man!

But here’s a link to the cure:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-30648504

Alarming News Of Wales

     The RSPCA reports that the abandoning of pets in our land is on the increase.   The Society calls it “dumping” – which is what it is:  dumb animals are thrown away like old cigarette packets or sweet papers.

Our capital city has the worst record for pet-dumping.   And Ceredigion has the best record – though, in my opinion, one dumped animal is too many.

If you have added an animal – dog, cat, gerbil, whatever – to your family over the Christmas period, you should have decided that you would treat it properly and love it for the rest of its life.

Pet-dumpers should be named and shamed, just like those who leave their dog’s mess lying in our streets and public places.

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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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