Saturday, 31st January, 2015.

As January Slips Away . . .

     . . . what does it leave behind?

Well, there was the remembering of the life of a one-time Home Secretary who died a few decades ago.   Nowhere did I see it mentioned that he turned armed troops on striking miners in South Wales.   “History is written by the winners”, perhaps.

Then there was the snow.   It seems that very few people in Wales remembered that, sometimes, in Winter our land gets falls of the stuff in various amounts.

Roads were closed – as is often the case – and the whole snowiness threw lots of our people into panic.   Clearly, our Assembly Government needs to work on teaching the people of Wales to prepare their homes and themselves for unexpected emergencies.   And emergencies are usually unexpected.

Fascism In Wales

     One of our people, sporting (if that’s the right word) swastika tattoos, has been found guilty of racism.

It seems that he saw a man of Asian origins talking to a white lady and smashed a bottle over the man’s head.

The attacker – who has pictures of Hitler hanging in his home – accused the woman of drinking with terrorists.

It shows that the mental attitudes of any tiny minority of any race or racial origins can be as warped as any other.   So the anti-Muslim propaganda which goes the rounds – often disguised as humour – must be matched by anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-atheist, anti-agnostic or any other belief-system propaganda.

Or shall we all learn – pretty quickly – to love each other and to live together in peace?

A Blow For The Welsh Language?

     Having struggled to learn Cymraeg (Welsh) for some years now, I can confirm that it is not an easy language to pick up.   But that is no reason to object to its use.   It is a part of our proud heritage.

Yet, according to a report recently published, using English names for Welsh Health Boards may help overcome the shortage of junior-doctors in our NHS.

It may be, then, that names like Betsi Cadwaladr and such may be dubbed all sorts of English sounding things.   How about “That Place Nobody Can Pronounce” for the Aberystwyth area Health Board.

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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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