Category: Wales (Page 2 of 19)

More Rubbish on Rubbish

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.

Don’t try Picnicking in Aberaeron

Riverside Picnic Spot in Aberaeron

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 of the path.

How can an area of pleasant natural beauty that is a magnet for tourists, be left to grow to such an unkempt state?

Much of the grassed areas in the town are like this with extremely long grass and a general air of malaise.

For a town that relies so much on tourism the authorities responsible for such a decision should hang their heads in shame, once they’ve finished the strimming the grass.

Education in Wales: time for some change

English: School bus seats, photographed from b...

Where are we going on this bus

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 it gives further urgency to the need to cut the number of councils from the current 22.”

But hang on just a minute: where’s the logic in that? Continue reading

Why don’t mobile networks cover where people live?

Mobile phone coverage is pretty patchy in west Wales, but when I was getting a poor service indoors in Aberaeron I decided to look at the service provider map for the area. It gave some interesting results:


aberaron view





This first map is off 3’s website and shows the indoor and outdoor coverage for the town.

If you look at the second image you can see where the town is andand the vast expanse of unpopulated land around

If you compare the 2 maps you’ll see that Outdoor and Indoor coverage either occurs at sea or where there are no houses. It certainly doesn’t happen in the town.

Which makes me wonder why it is that mobile operators don’t built networks to cover the areas where people live?


Is my poor Broadband the product of Poor Architecture?

I’m not a keen user of Facebook, but I do read it to keep up with the news from some of my friends. Tonight, in Aberaeron, I had difficulty connecting to the site and when I did a trace of the route being taken got the results in the picture.tracert

I don’t know what’s wrong, but it looks to me as though there is something awry so i want to investigate more and see what´s up using And on top of that I noticed when I checked the weather forecast online, the IP related information places me in a place called Fradley which presumably is where my slow lane bit of the internet connects to the rest of the world.

Is it possible that the poor speeds in west Wales are not due to the proximity of superfast fibre but are more the result of poor network architectures?

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