It’s Holiday Time!
Right in the middle of the main holiday season – a source of income so needed in Wales – the promenade in Colwyn Bay has been closed.
Not for long, of course. And the closure is of importance to “the developers”. Developers are people who make money out of changing things: green fields into supermarkets, sea-fronts into “better-looking” places . . . You know the kind of thing.
And you’ll know that I’ve raved about “developments” in this column before. They so often involve big money and change places that don’t need changing.
I wish Colwyn Bay well, and hope that the millions of pounds their Council is spending on this “development” will soon be earned from the holiday-trade, enhanced as it will be by folk holidaying there just to see the new sea-front . . .
Remembering Wales’ Past.
There has been a series of plays on radio this week about the “development” of Wales since the early 1800s. Each one of the plays has simply been a dialogue between a local Welshman – from the Merthyr area, I think – and an English “developer”.
I learned how the coming of the first railway line, which was from London to Swansea, altered Welsh clocks!
Yes, really! Before the coming of the good old steam-engines, Welsh clocks were set to sun-time. I.e., noon was when the sun was at its highest point. Makes sense to me.
The Englishman pointed out that, as London was eleven minutes earlier when the sun was at that point, then Wales must conform to the English capitals time. The Welsh farmer argued, of course, but the argument was settled because people might become confused and miss their trains from Swansea!
See, dear reader – imperialisation does not always come by force of arms, but by subtle degrees. Which is why our land is seen by the English now as just a rather large English county.