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I don’t know the answer, is it just a coincidence I wonder?
It will be a relief from Brexit and other drab news and worth the two million pounds to be spent on security.
No doubt that within the royal family there is a jealously element, just like any other family, and a desire to be treated equally. I refer, of course, to the other royal wedding we had earlier this year.
If you have then a discussion on LBC Radio this afternoon would have interested you.
The presenter was Shelagh Fogarty who discussed school girls wearing skirts and that some perverts were attract to them.
It was also mentioned that some lads were taking up-skirt photos on their iPhones.
Listeners were asked how could this be controlled.
Is wearing trousers the answer? Surely there must be other ways to stop this? Does your daughter tell you about her have similar problems?
What do other readers think?
No doubt others have a similar concern and I wonder how they coped with it.
On the railways it was stated the crime over the past year has increased by 16%. And the railway bosses are trying to get rid of guards!!
Most of the crimes were of a sexual nature and I am beginning to wonder if the internet is largely to blame for this.
The internet is said to be full of sexual images and videos.
In my opinion a security system should apply to all search sites such as Google and Yahoo.
A filter system would make it less easy for under age people, and others. to see sensitive material.
With crime forecast to increase still further we must action now.
I am not sure about present day cinemas but I should imagine the board of censors still exists to certify the permitted age of viewers.
Surely some sort of similar censorship should apply to the internet?
(Remember that daft old bat Mary Whitehouse?)
Censorship has never worked and anyone with even the slightest knowledge of how the internet works would easily bypass any filter.
Perhaps someone like her should speak out today, not only about TV but about the degrading stuff on the internet.
As it is, the internet is like an open window allowing flies, wasps and other nasties to fly in.
A mesh or screen would prevent this.
Having an open window on the internet is like waving a green flag to allow everything, with nothing censored.
Safeguards ARE available now, except (with few exceptions) you have to pay for them. I reckon that they should be put on by default and a means made for other options.
If more like Mary Whitehouse stood up and made themselves heard we would have a more moral society.
Her organisation the National Viewers and Listeners Association, gave none other than Jimmy Savile an award for providing wholesome family entertainment.
Yeah, we really need more like her.
A true convential family is one with a mother AND a father to bring up the children.
Absent fathers, that is where there is no father, leaving a mother to bring up a child on her own, creates many problems as a NPT councillor once told me.
It was stated the majority of problems with children is where there is no father in the household. Basically it amounts to lack of parental control.
One wonders if this developing trait is leading to a breakdown of society as we once knew it.
On top of this we have reductions in the police force and potential cuts in social services.
To mind it is leading to a breakdown in law and order, and recent crime figures appear to confirm this.
We should stop and think and take action before it gets worse with an increasing population.
Police stations are being closed all over Neath-Port Talbot, even in the town of Port Talbot.
Police Stations, and the one-time police houses, were a deterrent to crime. It now takes longer for police to arrive on a crime scene.
I remember ‘special police’ being available to control special events.
Ok. we don’t want a police state, but we do want a presence to deter crime.
And how about highway patrols? We should have greater police presence on motor-ways to try and monitor the idiots who cause road accidents.
Police cars visible on motor-way bridges would certainly be a deterrent to speeding motorists.
I can’t help wondering what reaction Jac would get if he wrote on this website.
It’s out of context but the following was mentioned:
This has been deleted by the moderator as unfit for this website. Readers can read Jac O' The North's website and form their own conclusion.
I hasten to add this feeling tends to exist in many countries and that is why I make a point of saying I am Welsh not English when abroad, even although I speak the English language.
Incidentally, do you remember that when the IRA was active they never bombed anywhere in Wales, at least not as far as I can recall.
Having said all this, I don’t go so far as supporting any team that are playing England like some I know.
I have many English friends and am personally not biased - but am aware that there are some in England who look down on the Welsh.
I don’t necessarily agree with this view but perhaps it does send out the wrong signals to foreigners.
I just hope that the youngsters of today will link these events with the horrors of war and be a way of preventing human beings killing other human beings - what amounts to mass legalised murder .
This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the end of the first world war, surely now is the time to consign these events to the history books and move on.
Putin is performing the same distraction trick in Russia, boosting the Russian Army (not the Red Army any longer) and making a great show of military exercises.
I am with Nocturne. Let us work to mend our present ills and prevent future wars.
This is utterly rediculous in my opinion.
Surely some sort of statute of limitations should apply, say ten years. No cases should considered beyond that time.
Ten years, or even five years, is plenty long enough to complain about any incident.
Let’s have some sense and reason in these matters.
I hope others will agree with me.
I did not join in with the views expressed but I would personally feel safer if there was a guard on the train.
I am not referring to one coach metro’s but those with several carriages.
I remember the time when there was a Guards Van, a coach where I could put my baby’s pram or my bicycle in my younger days.
There used to be porters on stations to help with luggage, making travelling by train a real pleasure.
The attempt to cut back on guards would lead to a further decline in service and a less safer situation.
I believe the public should support rail workers in their efforts to retain guards. After all, the travelling public will benefit and be reassured by have a guard on the train.
It was good to hear someone talking up our country instead of running it down as some people do.
Whilst I believe socialist principles I think the Conservative party are better at handling the economy because Labour have always left it in a mess. Good intentions maybe, but hopeless at management.
I just hope that May’s speech will inspire many doubters to believe in ourselves to make us the best country in the world.
She can't even convince her own party to back her let alone the country.
As for the Tories being better "at handling the economy" there's not much evidence of this looking around Neath.
Just as much of a handicap is the lack of experience of local government on the government benches. Theresa May boasts of her time as a councillor but that was over twenty years ago in an affluent ward of south-west London.
There were some suggestions in speeches from the Conservative's annual rally that the cap on council borrowing in England will be removed and that central government support will be increased. But it all comes very late, still has to pass the Treasury, and will Labour in Cardiff follow suit?
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I wrote to them with an idea to cover what I thought was a glaring gap in their schedule of programmes,
Back came this reply:
“......we aren’t in a position to entertain programme ideas from the public as we do not have the resources to review ideas and enter a discussion about them.....”
Apparently a standard letter from a ‘faceless one' and an effective way to block any listeners views.
So if you got ideas about what you would like to watch then don't waste your time writing to them.
And, in any case, forget about emails, this is what they said about them:
"We do not use email addresses, this is to ensure all contacts from our audience are logged and tracked centrally, this has helped us to reduce the amount of spam we receive and improved our reporting of audience reaction to BBC personnel, including programme makers and senior staff."
So they want audience reaction but NOT new ideas.
They apparently decide what we should see on our screens. Surely this is NOT good enough when we have to pay a licence to watch it?
Nothing to worry about there then.
Am I right in doing this? They say that others of the same age have got tattoos so why not them.
They may have been influenced by David Beckham, who is something of a role model to them.
Perhaps if some readers supported me I could show them the comments.
I feel sure that other mothers and fathers have had this problem for what seems to the craze these days.
I personally think that tattoos disfigure the body and something should be done to discourage people from having them.
Experiences of others would also be appreciated, including those who now regret having a tattoo in their younger days.
My grandmother should have done that years ago as she was always confusing me with the dog.
As Cecil rightly says, it is illegal for anyone to have a proper tattoo if they are under the age of 18.
I found this with an internet search, which may e helpful for Greeta to know what her youngsters are on about when they say others have them.
"f you are looking for temporary tattoos (fake tattoos), you came to the right place! Here you 'll find thousands of the worlds best designed temporary tattoos. Our tattoo stickers are 100% nontoxic and kids safe. Choose your favorite tribal, Chinese, dragon, heart, flower, fairy, banana, scorpion or other temporary tattoo now!”
A search on Google will reveal the source.
I hope it will start with work on the sewer that runs under Water Street because that is long overdue.
Also, I sincerely hope the planners are going to cater for short stay disabled car driver spaces in the new shopping area as it is NOT possible for them to walk from the multi-story car park.
As other readers have said, the future of Neath depends on car parking, and especially for disabled drivers.
Maybe that's why devolution has worked out far better for Scotland than Wales.
I struggle as it is, I fill both white bags every week, put out the food bin, fill the glass box about every 4-6 weeks (sometimes weekly if I have something going on), I fill grass bags, anything else I take to the tip or pay to get rid, I reuse, I mend, what else can I do? My black bin is full within a week.
RAT MEAT is said to be consumed mainly by Zombie's!! So I bet our Caring, Sharing Neath Port Talbot labour councillors will make sure they grab more than their share of it without any doubt. Especially if they let show their pre Brexit attitudes towards freebie's. Then our bin collection will be allowed to go to 6 weekly intervals. So that it will produce more rats for their consumption.
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Members of the public will be trained to treat victims of terror attacks in the aftermath of incidents, under a nationwide programme launched by the police, The Independent can reveal.
“He knows he has an unusual penis,” Daniels writes. “It has a huge mushroom head. Like a toadstool …
“I lay there, annoyed that I was getting f****d by a guy with Yeti pubes and a dick like the mushroom character in Mario Kart ...
“It may have been the least impressive sex I’d ever had, but clearly, he didn’t share that opinion.”
I have deleted part of what was written by someone called Stormy Daniels, but the point is should it have been reported the way it was and does the press go to far?
Would you like to read comments like that from a woman who has been with Boris Johnson, who has been in the news lately with his private life?
I say this after listening to his speech today at the Liberal Democrat conference.
Before anyone criticises my view they must listen to his speech first.
I sincerely hope it will be put on Youtube for others to hear.
The only reservation I have is Cables view on Brexit, but I hasten to say he could be right about this.
As far as all other issues are concerned, there is no doubt in my mind that he has the right ideas for the future of this country.
He is, in my opinion, head and shoulders above Corbyn and May and what he said at the conference should be listened to.
At last we have someone in politics who is down to earth with a policy that can help those who need it, including our NHS.
Vince Cable has the power to influence people and motivate them to do their best. I just hope my words will urge readers to at least listen to what he had to say.
Didn't he oversee the Royal Mail sell off?
He's past it.
Remember Clegg and Cable shouting about the Tory Tax bombshell?
They voted with the Tories to increase VAT to 20%
Tuition Fees ?
They are/were desperate for power.
It's easy to promise anything if you don't have to deliver, which the Lib Dems (and their predecessors Liberals) have done for decades.
Now they want a 'People's Vote' re Brext? Didn't we have one 2 years ago? They fought the last ellection stating we should have a 2nd Referendum, and they were slaughtered.
But look at it this way - they were like a jockey controlling a runaway race horse.
Although they could not have all their way, as with students fees, neither could the Tories have alll their own way.
They were a moderate calming party that kept the Tories in check.
I hope the writers of the above posts and critics of Vince Cable will listen to his speech, which is now on the NEWS page of this website.
Only after listening to what he has to say, including the Swansea Tidal Lagoon, that they should make comments on this page.
It is certainly worth comparing him with Jeramy Corbin and Thersa May, as I do.
I think our people should have pulled out of the coalition once the economy had stabilised rather than submit to Conservatives' attacks on the social state (and I said so at the time) but clearly something had to be done in 2010 when trust had to be regained on the international money markets, as other economies were crashing around us.
It is a shame that many Welshmen, myself included, should think this way because Plaid have Wales at heart.
The party must realise that the majority only speak English, a language that is recognised worldwide.
A two tier Welsh language assembly would NOT be a good thing. Plaid must realise this if they want to be a powerful force in our lovely country.
English commentary is available for both Football an Rugby shown live on S4c and also major events like the Royal Welsh and the Eisteddfod.
Or are you as I suspect just an anti-Welsh troll?
The alternative is to learn WELSH.
Not only were the 'on site' roadside trees cut down, but the roadside Council trees were cut down, these trees were on the roadside grass bank on the outside of the 'Cwm Celyn' site fence.
These trees were planted some years ago by the Tonna Community Council.
Were the Tonna Community Council considered, and were they in agreement with this?
If not, compensation and replacement trees would be in order!
After all,the purchase and planting of the trees was done via public money.
Also,i wonder if the developer has been directed to plant replacements throughout the site.
"The local councillor would have been contacted"
Posted by David on 17 September 2018
But was there contact? I doubt it David.
"It would be interesting to know what the Community Council members said when this item was discussed at their meeting given that this development was to say the least, controversial when given permission"
Posted by T Griffiths on 18 September 2018.
Considering that there was no Tonna Community Council meeting in August (Holiday Period) and the Sept meeting has not taken place yet, I doubt they had been contacted.
It will be interesting to hear what will be on the agenda and discussed in the next meeting.
Many people will remember the Western Welsh buses that ran from this location.
I hope others will agree with me that this makes a lot of sense.
Train passengers arriving at Neath train station will have buses right outside to convey them to various districts,
Conversely, bus travellers can be taken straight to the station.
It is, in my opinion, high time we had an integrated and co-ordinated transport system here in Neath.
I don’t know if it is on the cards, but demolition of the old and empty Post Office would give additional valuable space and perhaps room for a taxi rank.
If other readers support this idea it may encourage the council to go ahead with the project..
The present bus station could, perhaps, be made into a secondary taxi rank, which would allow development to take place in the Old Market Street area,
Alternatively, it could provide valuable short term parking - and ideal for events at Victoria Gardens.
It is time that Neath moved forward with the times.
They weren’t stupid in times past, so let's hope it's a case of 'Back To The Future'.
When things were more orderly and in the interests of the traveller.
(Time Traveller or Present Traveller)
The use of Queen Street Back Road is the answer to your comment.
Perhaps the use of this road by buses would encourage the council and property owners to give it a facelift - currently there is a tree growing out of the back door of what I believe is Peacocks store.
Once upon a time, there would have been no difficulty. The GPO buildings and the station were all in public ownership so it would have been possible to draw up an agreed scheme incorporating a transport interchange and a modernised Royal Mail centre.
It is, however, sad to see that it is not maintained and looked after like a listed building should be.
The broken windows at the front is just one example of what I mean.
Someone, somewhere, should look into this (I don’t mean the broken windows) and restore the look of the building, which is now becoming an eye sore.
The other old Post Office next to it, the one that looks like a dirty pre-fab building and now empty, is the one that could be demolished to make extra space for a bus station.
Having said this, I believe the upstairs floor is still being used by the Royal Mail. Therefore thought should given to using the listed building next door, which I assume is still owned by the Post Office,
Of course, all this may be too difficult for the Post Office to comprehend because the whole organisation is one big shambles who put profit before the needs of society.
I also noticed that the public parking spaces from the Greyhound to the Prince of Wales drive has been turned into another taxi rank!
I really think our council are playing a game called "What else can we do to take the pi*s out of the people of Neath".
I have also seen the sign disabled parking closed from tommorow outside wilko disgusting!!!!The labour council are finishing Neath off.
The council must remember that we are an ageing population and that we want MORE disabled car parking spaces in Neath.
As another reader said, the future of the town depends on car parking.
Fit and younger people can, of course, use the multi-story car park.
One must remember that disabled people can only walk short distances.
The other consideration is a Trago Mills type of development, making it different to other towns.
We have got the space and the cost of this type of development would be a lot less to produce than a conventional shopping centre.
Moreover - a Trago Mills development would suit the character of the town.
Good on St. John’s for doing this
However since the report’s publication a number of people have contacted me on my website with allegations of a similar nature in other parts of the country,
As a result I have started investigations into these and would welcome other people – relatives of former patients, NHS staff or lawyers representing them- to contact me in confidence as I am actively looking at this issue.
The aim will be to publicise and investigate these fresh allegations to find out what happened to their relatives and seek explanations from the various hospitals who were responsible for their treatment.
What are folks opinion on the fair? I understand it’s historical importance and don’t want it removed, but its naff, has little of interest in the stalls apart from cheap clothes and lighters, and I doubt brings much trade to the shops.
Any thoughts? Should the council be more restrictive in what they allow to try to make it more up market?
Can't do it for our own.
Also the end of commercial street near Watkins welding is a dead ringer for Trecco Bay.
I must say working in the retail trade in Neath for over 50 years the fair never give give us any extra trade,quite the the opposite in fact, also in the post weeks buisness was slow because people were spent out,this money unfortunately didn't go into local tills it heads off up the M5 and M6 on a Saturday night all we are left with is a load of rubbish a bit like our council I suppose.
The fair does not generate business for the local shops
There were food stalls everywhere and often big gaps between them where stalls used to be in previous years.
Phil Saunders had his usual spot on the square, attracting huge crowds as usual.
Nothing stops the same forever and this certainly applies to the fair, at least, the street side of it.
I had a job to get in yesterday with motorists parking there to go to the fair.
The future of Neath revolves around easy car parking
"The future of Neath revolves around easy car parking".
Very true Jimmy.
My suggestion to use a shallow angle diagonal parking system in Neath was dismissed with contempt when I've brought this suggestion up before.
This has proved to be a easier and safer way of parking in other places.
But then, I have a very positive can-do attitude which is as rare as hens teeth in our local administration.
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