Saturday, 28th November, 2015.

Cruel Cuts

     Those of us who treasure Welsh culture are saddened by the news that S4C may have its funding cut by the Wasteminster government.   Even Guto Bebb, the Aberconwy Tory MP, is showing his displeasure at such a decision.

     I am not yet fluent in Cymraeg, but – though an immigrant to Wales – I am a keen learner.  And there are many, many incomers like me.   To lose a telly station which uses the ancient language is losing a source of brushing up one’s Welsh.   Sitting watching a programme on the station gives us the chance to learn not only the words, but also how the language lilts along.

     But what can be done?   A cross-Wales petition might put the right pressure on Wasteminster – a place which is a long way from our land.

Saving The Reminders

     It was interesting to hear that, up in Aberystwyth, a cast-bronze war-memorial has been replaced at the site from where it was removed due to a serious fire.   The fire destroyed Y Tabernacl, a place of worship in the town.

     And the statue will stand as an icon, reminding people not only of that terrible war, but also of the building which used to stand nearby.

     And yet “developers” are about to knock down this Aberystwyth building.   It’s the old Gas Offices building – and, in my opinion, a nice-looking place.   But there’s money involved, so Aber will be changed by the “developers”.  So another reminder of the town’s history may disappear.

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     Beware of the word “development”:  it is a weasel-word.

Picture in Archie Lowe, Editor.doc

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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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