Saturday, 10th October, 2015

Music To Our Ears?

     Robin Huw Bowen, a harpist of international reputation, complained in the HSBC, Aberystwyth, that the lettering in Welsh on a “Welcome” sign was smaller than on the English version.

     That caused a bit of a kerfuffle from what I hear.   The bank asked him to leave because the staff felt his behaviour was disruptive.   Robin Huw Bowen explained later that he was displeased about the sign which seemed to treat the Welsh language as second-class.

     I am a Welsh-learner, and was not born in this special land.   But I do feel he has a valid point.   Aberystwyth is a strongly Welsh-speaking area, too.   So let we who are proud of Welshness promote our culture at all times.

Upholding The Law

     I believe that, on the whole, our police in Wales do a good job.   However, there has been a big rise in the number of complaints they received last year.

     Perhaps we have become a more critical culture.   Perhaps we have more criminals in our midst.   And perhaps are police are too thin on the ground due to “financial cutbacks”.

     For instance, I heard that a lad of eighteen suddenly wanted to rob someone up there in the Mold area!   He contacted his victim by mobile-phone initially.    When they met, the lad first threatened the man with a broken bottle, then he tried to strangle him, then he demanded cash.

     This should act as a warning:  be very, very careful of who you meet on electronic devices.   Never, ever, tell new “friends” very much about yourself – let such things develop over time.   And always, always let someone you trust know what’s happening.

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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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