Saturday, 14th March, 2015.

Saved!

          As I wander through Wales, I notice how much our land has changed over – say – the last 20 years.

Places I once seemed to know well have started to look so much different.   That’s due to older buildings – the ones which once gave each town and village its individual look – having been demolished.   New ones have, of course, been put up in their stead.   It’s called “development” and is so often done with a profit-motive in the “developers” minds.

Which is why I was pleased to hear this week the good news about a pub in Llangynwyd, Maesteg.

Pubs were a centre of communities for years.   Then along came telly.   Places where members of each local community could meet and discuss all sorts of topics (not all of them to do with politics!) have been decimated in more recent times.

The Old House Inn was – and still is – one such place.   It has a thatched roof which gives it a splendid character-look.   And there was an almost-serious fire there this week.

My thanks to the fire-crews who acted swiftly and saved the building.   I shall pop in to enjoy the pub’s atmosphere next time I’m in the area.   I suggest you should do the same.   And visit your local pub more often, too.

Just When We Thought It Was Over!

          Those of us who were trying to pass through the Llanidloes and Llangurig area in Powys on Friday morning were surprised to find the roads round there blocked – with thick snow!

And here we all were, most of us having enjoyed some lovely Spring sunshine in the last week or so, thinking Winter had gone away.

At the time of posting this, the tops of the Cambrian Mountains over that way are still white.   So we must never count our Spring chickens until they’re hatched – say in June or July!

Actions Speaking.

          Fifty-million quid seems an awful lot of cash to me – and to you, I bet.   But, when you look at it, perhaps it’s a sprat to catch a mackerel.

Vaughan Gethin, our Deputy Health Minister, has told us that the money will be spent wisely.   Used, he says, to combat alcohol and drug misuse over the next year.

I was astounded to hear that such abuse costs our land nearly TWO BILLION PUNDS every year!

So, yes, let’s spend that cash and save Wales’s money – whilst helping the poor beggars who are hooked on drugs and booze.

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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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