Saturday, 7th November, 2015

Under Attack

     As my readers will know, I am a keen learner of the Welsh language.   It is an ancient tongue and very much a part of the heritage of Wales.

     Wrexham Council, though, does not seem to have recognised its importance.   Implementing the new Welsh language standards, the Council says, is far too expensive.   Figures of thousands of pounds have been bandied about.

     The Welsh Language Society claims that the Council’s figures have been exaggerated.   The Council, of course, denies that.

     I’m sure we shall hear more of this battle to protect our heritage.

More £££s News

     Carwyn Jones, our First Minister, denies that the estimated one-billion pounds to build Newport’s M4 relief-road.

     Though he hasn’t come up with any alternative figure, he says the cost will be “way below” one-billion.   I hope he’s right!

     But such a road is needed, and needed as soon as possible.   So let’s get the wrangling over and get the job done.

     If you don’t agree with spending lots of money on the project, try driving on the M4 near Newport during the rush-hour (well, it lasts more than just an hour!).

A Small National Emergency!

     People are saying that the sudden lack of a water-supply in West Wales is “not a major problem”.   Those are the people who have not been affected by it!

     It’s a reminder of how much we rely on a good, clean water-supply.   And Welsh Water, bless ’em, have been doing their best to sort the problem – which mainly affects Pembrokeshire, I believe.   Bottled-water has been supplied in the meantime.

     But to have a proper turn-on-the-tap supply is something everyone relies on, even those in supposedly “remote” rural areas all over our nation.

     Welsh Water are to renew a lot of their pipework, etc., starting next Spring.   And, gradually, supplies are being restored to households.

     Remember, then, good people:  wherever you live, make some sort of preparations for such emergencies.   And, with the terrible Winter we’ve had forecast, perhaps it’s an idea to stock up our larders a little in case we get snowed in.

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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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