Saturday, 5th November, 2016

Capital Cuts

     Cardiff Council has been hit by austerity.   Despite Assembly funding, they still haven’t enough cash to pay for what I reckon are important facilities.

     The amount of “savings” they hope to make is about twenty-five million pounds!

So they will be charging more for public-services.   Burials will go up by thirty pounds a time, cremations up to ten pounds.   So stay healthy for as long as you can, folks.

An extra 50p a week is going on school meals – if you have a couple or more kids, you’ll have to find the cash from somewhere.   The many youngsters having to have school meals is that both Mam and Dad have to go out to work to keep the family’s heads above the rising financial waters.

Leisure centres will be flogged off to private companies – so that won’t really affect the pound in your pocket.

So, with similar things happening not only in Cardiff but all over Wales, it would be a good idea to start keeping your larders well stocked.

Land of Bards

     R. S. Thomas was a man whose poetry was not often the most cheerful.   He passed away in 2000, and now some of his unpublished poems have been discovered.

     They were found in notebooks  donated to Bangor University by his wife.   There seem to be an awful (I think that’s the right word) lot of these poems in his own handwriting.   Those notebooks would be worth a bob or two on the open market, I bet.

     And it would be interesting to see what Thomas didn’t manage – for whatever reason – to get published.   We shall see . . . perhaps.

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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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