Saturday, 30th July, 2016

Technology

     Sorry about last week, folks.   Some things just crop up and I can’t get my stuff to the friend who posts it for me.

     He may not be a computer genius, but he knows how to do many online things.   Indeed, we nearly all use computers and mobile-phones these days.   Things have come a long way in communications in my day.

     However, I heard an interesting story about the technology of Wales recently.   It seems that, in a village in the heart of our land, the people had no mobile-signal.   An incomer to that village formed a group – a not-for-profit-company – basically to put up a mast and get that signal going.

     A lot of money was raised.   It is said that it all went to put up a mast on a nearby mountain.   BUT that mast was too short for purpose!

     So it’s taken years for that village to get a signal – and it’s only just happened.

     The local MP, ’tis said, has mentioned the fact in the Commons, and highly praised the man who started the whole thing off.   However, it was the local AM who got the place a signal!   And that was after seven years (I think) of promises, promises from the original group.

     I’m looking forward to the next speech of that MP . . .

Bringing Communities Together

     In our land, we have always bred close communities.   It’s the Welsh way.   We look after our neighbours, and – in the main – we welcome newcomers to our areas.   (Mind you, that’s if they want to be welcomed:  some of ’em just don’t join in activities in those areas.)

     So, when I pass through various places in Wales, I really am saddened by the number of shops which are empty.   Yes, the big boys have changed things and local businesses have suffered.

     There are pubs, too, which have either closed or become restaurants.

     So, with local shops not being there and no pubs in which to sit and talk about righting the wrongs of the world (!), community is suffering.   Can we, though, do anything to stop it 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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