Saturday, 9th April, 2016

Unfinished Business

     At the time of going to press, there’s nothing definite to report about what’ll happen next at the Port Talbot steelworks.

     There’s been a bit of coming and going among various parties, but nobody yet seems to have made a proper financial bid for the plant.   I imagine that the families who are going to be affected by whatever the result is are nervously waiting to know their fate.   Not a pleasant time for them.

      Looks like the current Wasteminster government is looking forward to a closure of the plant and to importing steel from China.   Wonder what sort of profit anyone will get from that.

     Let us hope to hear good news soon.

A Good Restoration Programme

     The little and lovely village of Llanfair Clydogau in Ceredigion was split down the middle by the partial collapse of its bridge which spans the Teifi.   It’s a lovely spot, and a grand place to take photos.

     Now, Ceredigion Council is about to start repair work.   A good way for any Council in Wales to help the local people who need things doing.

     Presently, the bridge – 300 years old – is OK for pedestrians, but unsafe for vehicles.  That makes it difficult for the people who live “on the wrong side of the river” to nip into nearby Lampeter for their shopping or whatever.

      Let us hope the work’s completed quickly so that you, dear reader, can visit the area this Summer and enjoy photographing the bridge – and all the pretty scenery which surrounds it.

     I am a great believer in The People of Wales getting to know their own land better – and spending their money here to help local economies.

News From Our Capital

          The Coal Exchange building in Cardiff is a fine-looking edifice.   As its name implies, it was built when Wales had a coal-mining industry.   It is a Listed Building, but has stood empty for a very long time.

     Now there a plan to make it into a luxury (you can say that again!) hotel.   That plan will be put into operation soon, and Cardiff Bay will, I think benefit from the work.   Not that I’ll ever be able to afford to stay in such a place!

     But it’ll be another place for visitors to admire and to take more photographs.

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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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