Saturday, 14th November, 2015

Remembering

    I was good to know that, in several cities, towns and villages in all parts of Wales, Remembrance Services were held on the right Day and at the right time.

    The guns of the First World War fell silent at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.   That was the time and date chosen by governments for everyone to remember the fallen in that war.

     There have been many other wars since then, and many of our service personnel have died in those conflicts.

     Yet Remembrance Sunday – the nearest Sabbath to the proper date – seems to be the better known day.   It was changed to a Sunday by Those-Who-Know-What’s-Best-For-Us so that two minutes of silent remembering meant that production times in British factories would be lessened.   Make of that what you will, considering as you ponder that there were millions of working-people who had “given” their lives in that War To End All Wars.

     Let us not forget to observe, as all those cities, towns and villages in Wales did, the two minutes silence on the proper day in future.

Our Main Topic Of Conversation

     Yes:  the weather!

     It’s been a rough old week with some rather nasty winds and lots of rain.   As we go through this weekend, the storms will not abate.   On Monday, according to Derek the Weatherman, things may improve.

     Is this the “suffering” all those miseries said we’d be having for that lovely, warm Summer?

     Worse is still to come, allegedly.   A very bleak mid-Winter is about to come upon us.   Heavy snowfalls and impassable roads may make things difficult.

     I’d advise, without being an alarmist, that we prepare our homes for such Winter weather.   Having a bit extra in our larders would be a good idea.

But Is It Right . . . ?

     Permission has been given by The Ministry of Justice to dig up some very old graves along the Head of the Valleys road.   This is to make way for “road improvements”.

     The Ministry of Justice (London-based, I believe) may have given permission – but is the Ministry’s decision just?   Think on.

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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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