“Weather – Changeable” – A whole new meaning

by Alan Davies on July 14, 2014

in Laugh

A lovely day in Siberia changes from a pleasant chance to sunbathe and swim to seeking shelter from great hailstones, in a matter of minutes.


Why Morning is Broken

by Alan Davies on July 5, 2014

in 100 hours


Hello! (Photo credit: Major Clanger)

Well Good Morning Sir, and how are you today?” was pretty much the standard greeting from all the hotel staff during my stay in Boston and they said it in a way that made me think that they meant it.

And how that contrasts with the perfunctory British greeting of “Morning”, well that is if  you get a greeting at all from people as we are now pretty adept at ignoring people as we pass them. [click to continue…]

More Rubbish on Rubbish

by Alan Davies on July 4, 2014

in Moans, Politics, Wales

I live in Cardiff, but am lucky enough to spend a lot of time in Aberaeron in Ceredigion.

One strange thing I’ve noticed is that the 2 councils place different recycling demands on me, and other residents, and are not working in a common national agenda.

For example: we’ve all got those horrid little food recycling bins now, one in the kitchen and another that probably sits outside or in our shed for the larger collection. With such a small market in Wales you’d expect them to be the same throughout the country. One single purchase would have got the best price surely. They are not the same; both the small and large variants are different in both locations.

But then of course so are the bin bags: different colour, different printed messages, different contents accepted.

Recycling is inconsistent with bottles (beer and wine for example) being acceptable in Cardiff but not in Aberaeron. When I’ve got empty wine bottles in Ceredigion the policy is to take them to the local collection point. Consequently one can regularly see people driving to the big bins to drop off their glass. That does not seem to promote a green agenda as far as I can tell.

I accept that there are challenges to be addressed in terms of managing our recycling and I am not anti any of the efforts to manage our future better. I do however object to a small country like Wales having different implementations of such simple policies, creating decision points that don’t need to exist, working to differing local agenda and, in the final answer, wasting money that could be spent better elsewhere.

No doubt someone will claim that “we are doing so much better than them” and I commend them for that. But let’s adopt the best practice and spread it across the whole country whilst removing the need for rubbish decisions to be made at local levels and at unnecessary cost.

Has the World Cup ticket pricing gone too far?

17 June 2014 Family

I normally go to Wales’ home rugby matches at the Millennium Stadium and take my wife and sons with me whenever we can.And in truth I’d probably like to continue this pattern for the Rugby World Cup matches next year. And if I was lucky I might even go to the games at Twickers. However, […]

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Don’t try Picnicking in Aberaeron

17 June 2014 Moans

There’s a really pleasant walk along the riverside in Aberaeron. It’s perfect for a lazy stroll and for many it offers an opportunity to picnic in the shade whilst listening to the sounds of the passing River Aeron. I took a walk down there yesterday with Ben my Labrador and was appalled at the state […]

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Education in Wales: time for some change

16 June 2014 Politics

Last week the BBC reported in Wales: “First Minister Carwyn Jones has told BBC Wales he thinks some councils are incapable of improving education in their area. He said that with six local education authorities (LEAs) in special measures it is impossible to have faith in the delivery of education across Wales. Mr Jones argued […]

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Cisco and Streetline unveil camera-based smart parking

24 May 2014 News from Wales
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