Saturday, 29th October, 2016

Strange Celebrations

     Suddenly, or so it seems, the season of silliness is upon us.   This weekend, the Trick Or Treat people will be knocking on doors – using a tradition they borrowed from the US of A – scrounging treats.   It seems, of course, that they will be a day or two early, but school starts next week.

     If they knock on my door, I often ask them to perform a trick on me.   I have never once been tricked – because it seems all the youngsters just want a treat.

     And then comes Bonfire Night when grotesque models of Guy Fawkes will be burned at the stake.   Here in Wales, I would have thought we were civilised enough to forget this very English tradition.   Have the pagan fire-festival by all means – but why remember the viciousness in pretending to put to death by horrible means a man whose history and actions  most of the revellers do not know?

A Hard Day’s Night

     The number of night-workers in Wales has risen by 29% recently.   That’s according to statistics, and we all know about them.

     And, it seems, one in seven of the People of Wales are now doing night-work.

     Why has this happened?   I ask because I am assured by many people who are supported only by the Welfare State that there is no work about – anywhere.

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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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