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Mayors, why we cant be bothered!

You have to ask yourself what happened to the “hot debate” on Cardiff having an elected mayor. Truth is there was no real debate city wide about it. I realize living 3000 miles way how would I know? Its simple it’s Facebook and Twitter, as well as talking to family. My mother (who is a dedicated voter) had not heard about this “hot topic”. The reason why, to paraphrase James Carville “It’s the media stupid”. There is no city wide “conversation” about this, its all in the heads of the bloggers, and the wider media has chosen not to run with it, because it doesn’t sell papers! I read a tweet from Cllr Cerys Furlong that said that public was not interesting in changing Cardiff’s city government based on poll of 101 people on Wales online, hardly a large or scientific sample of opinion, so why would Cllr Furlong dismiss it based not only on a really ridiculous poll, and a lack of a wider debate. You could take it at face value, because she thinks that an elected mayor concentrates power in the hands of one person. Any different from the current cabinet system, and the old committee system was just the same.

However still the people of Cardiff should have a right to debate how their frontline services are run. Jonathan Morgan began this debate, and he seems to be “missing in action” over it. According his blog post Cardiff needed this urgently. Yet even he has lost interest in the project with the speculation that he had only brought it up because he might lose his seat to a very strong Julie Morgan.

Cardiff I believe it would be more like 24000 ( I have seen smaller, however I think that they thought it was based on 5% and not 10% which after discovering that the hard work may have put them off)

I do think it’s a shame that people in wales get more bent out of shape over fields, parks, and having their kids attend Victorian asbestos ridden schools, than looking forward. Its true that in America we vote in small numbers (though I think turn out here is about the same as in the UK now) for every office, however there is not the apathy here that one finds at home, and along with a local newspaper Dodge City that is more widely read than the Echo, and radio and TV stations that at least have nearly 21/2 hours of local news a day, people know what is going on, especially in the schools.

I think that people at home (Wales) are not really apathetic, they are just resigned to fact that politicians really in general look after their selves, and nobody else , and that they will do what they like anyhow.

But maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel

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October 12, 2010 Posted by | Cardiff, Cardiff Blues, FaceBook, James Carville, Jonathan Morgan, Julie Morgan, Twitter, Wales | Leave a comment

Is This The Age Of the Train for Cardiff?

When we were living at a unnamed theological college in Llandaff in 2008 , we often used the Radyr to Coryton line to travel around Cardiff , (especially after our car had been stolen and wrecked) . Trains run twice an hour Mondays to Fridays, I dont think they ran on Sundays. Most of the time the service was not that well used. That was a shame as it is the fastest and most painless way to get into town, and then catching trains to Barry or the valleys.

I believe this line was reopened as a imitative between BR and the old South Glamorgan County Council.

It struck me that with the fact that the Swansea mainline not going to be electrified in the foreseeable future. Why can they not electrify the local lines. Surely this is something that could be worked with the cooperation of the WAG, Cardiff, Vale, and valleys councils.

They should integrate the bus and train services like they do in the US, rather like the RTD in Denver.

If this was properly planned out with some vision, then Cardiff could see a solution to its problem with congestion.

Just needs someone with vision!

September 19, 2010 Posted by | Cardiff, Denver, rail, rapid Transit, RTD | Leave a comment

Roald Dahl Day. Cardiff? Theme Park

Theme parks have been around longer than most of us think. Unfortunately when we think “Theme Park” we think Disney land or its Florida cousin Disney world, or worse Universe Studios, and fair enough that is what they are. They take us out of our dull reality into a new world filled with wonderment and colour.

As I said Theme Parks are not new, and the best example closer to home (Cardiff) would be Cardiff Castle

This Victorian folly built by William Burgess for the Marquess of Bute in the 19th Century along with Castell Coch.

These are 2 great examples of 19th Century “theme parks”, with their splendid gardens and architecture, with a typical medieval theme which was a manifestation of the Romantic Movement that was popular in the 19th Century. However they were private and built for the entertainment of the “idle rich”.

Since I have been living in the US, wife and I have visited what would be called “Living Museums”. I would think of then as a type of “theme park” Usually they tend to be frontier forts like Fort Laramie

A important part of American Western history. In the summer they usually have programs, and you feel like you are there. Its both entertaining and most importantly it is educational.

This to me is how a theme park should be.

I have always wondered why Cardiff has never celebrated her famous sons. For example the great writer, Roald Dahl grew up in Llandaff/Fairwater. Yet I have not even seen any indication that he was ever there. Also that he attended the Cathedral School, and that some of his experiences appear in his books.

What I think would be a good idea and quite possible. Is to build a theme park with Roald Dahl and his works as the subject matter. It would be great addition to what already exists. I would envision it as being based on one of his work “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. It would have to be large enough.

I thought a possible location would be where the Bosch plant is near Miskin

It would be great for business, the location would help create jobs in the Valleys, Cardiff and the Vale.

The first thing you should do is consult Roald Dahl’s estate to get there approval and support. Then set up company to chase up investment to get this project of the ground.

I believe his could happen with the right sort of people with the vision to carry it through.

September 13, 2010 Posted by | Amusement park, Cardiff, Castell Coch, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Florida, Marquess of Bute, Roald Dahl, Theme Park | 3 Comments

Cardiff c’est Moi, Jonathan Morgan

Jonathan Morgan AM General Charles De Gaulle

Sometimes the “Viewpoints” page of the South Wales Echo can be source of unintentional and ironic response to the council’s chair of planning Ed “Every Little helps” Bridges about education, where Cardiff’s would be elected mayor, Jonathan Morgan AM quotes from Charles De Gaulle ” “A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.” which was aimed at the Council Leader, Rodney Berman.

However was there a more deeper meaning to that quote.

Remember that besides liberating France single handily. He also overthrew the semi defunct Third Republic which was a parliamentary democracy replaced with a strong executive presdident and weak legislature, becoming France’s savior with his famous diktat “France c’Moi” (I am France).

Was this letter to viewpoints just a demonstration to Cllr Berman that he will overthrew Cllr Berman’s inept “Directory”

Just realised maybe its Napoleon hes emulating as his own version of the “18th Brumaire”coup? Cllr Berman must be quaking in his shoes when they erect that guillotine in front of City Hall!

Just glad that no one reads my stuff!!

September 2, 2010 Posted by | Cardiff, Jonathan Morgan, Mayor, Reform, Rodney Berman | Leave a comment