Aye, You could swear (WAG seems to think so, and certainly acts like it is) this part of the world is some kind of sparsely populated bleak outpost like fictional Craggy Island you see in Father Ted series.
(See my above post)...RE: Swansea/SW Wales cancer head's resignation i.e. during that time some Swansea/SW Wales cancer patients had to travel to all the way to Cardiff for wire-excision-biopsy procedures.
SWEP health correspondent (now working for NHS) was extremely worried for future Swansea/SW Wales services because of Cardiff centric bias. That sort of says something rather profound, cos if she has that mindset we all should! What will things be like in 20 years time?
There are some individuals in life that are so hateful, that only by experiencing these horrid types up close and personal, or by having to personally witness another family members distress can someone only fully begin to appreciate just how revolting these personality-types are.
There was an absolute b1tch of a librarian working in Gorseinon over twenty years ago. She was so anti-social and vile to the extreme it was surreal.
In an hateful act of pure unwarranted spite she humiliated an (innocent) mother of a wheelchair-bound disabled child and ordered her to turn out the entire contents of her handbag (theft innuendo) in front of general public members. The mother then wrote about her experience to the SWEP and the floodgates opened wide because a few others wrote in also.
So many people are not wrong. Believe me the 'public-servant' I mentioned belonged on another planet, I encountered her gratuitous o.t.t nastiness myself and you had to see it to believe it at times. People like that you never ever forget in life!
The one incident that truly epitomised the fact that the WAG is an obscenity and a "Labour Party comes before constituents" refuge for appalling and disgusting 'career politician' types?
Was Professor Robert Leonard's protest move concerned about disgraceful underfunding and Cardiff centric bias.
Singleton Hospital was denied adequate funding at a time when (been in power for years at that stage) Welsh Labour/WAG Labour was more concerned about prioritising tens of millions of Pounds on grandiose 'white-elephant' vanity projects in Cardiff Bay. We are talking peoples lives here, we're talking cancer treatment here!
There was absolutely no concern for the people of Swansea/SW Wales because if so?....Local A.M's down this way would have addressed previous concerns and funded Singleton with desperately required money the very day the WAG's doors first opened.
It's a case of where, why, how and for what real reason certain speed cameras are emplaced!
Revenue raiser or accident prevention?... The GATSO situated for example close to Penyrheol School and strategically situated near to a built up area with junctions and crossing area's would undoubtedly be justified by many to be a common sense initiative.
Other ridiculously situated cameras?..... Definitely not!
The risky ones that the RAC regard to be an accident causing danger should never in a million years be 'more-of'.
Indeed my sister had a ticket there and it presents a risk to motorists. If there was real serious intent to stop accidents?.... That would be the very last place any road safety minded person would think of to situate a mobile speed camera van.
I suspect they are a revenue-raising tactic in some cases....There are places where speed bumps would do the trick to slow down traffic.....I reckon if they placed those L.E.D lights-signs you tend to see approaching schools complete with a speed limit and camera sign on top you'd see a fall in speeding.
That IMO is vastly safer than having a mobile speed camera forcing many a driver to 'hard-brake' whilst emerging from a bend (like in Gorseinon emplacement I've mentioned) where the speed camera has been deliberately obscured so it is seen way too late. If the Gorseinon emplacement is about road safety? Why the f#ck has it been put there?
My sister went on one of those last year after being caught in Gorseinon......to make forum readers aware and to save them from any future risk of a ticket i.e. from time to time there is a mobile 'Go-Safe' speed camera van sometimes parked by Gorseinon ex -Valeo factory now called Toyoda Gosei.
The camera is usually factory side in the layby and speeding cars get caught whilst emerging from (camera visually obscured by) the uphill-bend... Many (even careful and decent motorists) do not realise there is a 30 mph speed limit because many get the impression it's a foot-down-on-the-peddle type road. The steep-ish incline and uphill climb creates an illusion of lesser speed also.
I think if you put that particular question to the "pay-the-rate" Union and its membership that protested in Port Talbot a while back? You know the ones that have suffered appalling wage reductions, appalling employment contracts and lack of job security and future prospects because of an influx of East European cheap labour?
I guess the answer would be 'Freedom of movement' from many!
Of course if you're a greedy exploitative employer or a (shareholder?) sympathiser of? You'd be absolutely gutted (if restrictions applied!) because you'd be the ones raking in the money whilst the indigenous population suffers.
Also 'rabid-right-wing' Thatcher lovers of type who championed Maggie's 'working-slavery' i.e. YOP/YTS schemes and were against the introduction of stuff like the minimum wage? Yep they would be p1ssed off also......Importation of exploitative cheap labour does rather keep the downtrodden working class in their place by driving wages and conditions down.
The way I look at it is if he's on half the reported £50,000, (£25,000 x 52) he'll still be on ONE MILLION THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS A YEAR.
That's obscene when he he's evaluated-appraised by means of games played, input, contribution, end results and value for money. It gets even worse for waste-of-space players like that when extras like transfer fees. signing on fees and agent fees are factored in.
Headline quote: "Winger Heading For January Exit".
Many will hope thats true including the club accountant I guess?... Even if the guys on less the wages he's speculated to be on (Quote: "upwards of £50,000 a week") and only on a tenth of that, it's still a tenth way too much.
No doubt I would have seen you...I've stood and sat in all parts of the old Vetch but the Wingstand and Centre Stand were my preferred vantage points because I could see the stars right up-close-and-personal.
They must have had an absolute heyday, many a spectator knew there was something bizarre going on. Like I mentioned previously with the Watford game.
That game was unique because it was a first Sunday fixture for many and a far greater than expected crowd turned up. Normally the crowd didn't react to a PA attendance announcement but on this occasion there was both an extremely audible and visible reaction because it was sooooo farcical.
A case of how the f#ck could another 12,000 fit inside the 27,500 capacity ground? The announced figure was around the 15,000 mark but there looked to be approx 20,000 +.
Yep, there sure was some discrepancy between what we all saw and experienced to what was actually announced over the tannoy.
Other games I can remember i.e. the jam-packed Vetch Field FA Cup visit of (THE must see team of that era) Liverpool where apparently The Vetch was underfilled by nigh 3,500 and Liverpool's following league visit where The Vetch was undefilled by a staggering 5,000. And?.... Then there was the following season where The Vetch was underfilled by 7,000.
And to make it more surreal the announced attendance for this particular Cardiff game suggested that The Vetch was only 2-3 thousand over half full where there should have been a large sea of empty seats/spaces on every side of the ground.
It was a case of common sense kicking in games where every seat and terrace space was taken and people crammed in like sardines in a tin, but yet?
The Vetch was apparently at times (*cough, cough, cough*) 5,000+ short from reaching full capacity. The people doing the adding up must have been going home extremely (wheel barrow required?) weighted-down............Or lesser capable from?..........
I saw a few decent gates during the Toshack era that would have exceeded the Liberty capacity by a good few thousand! I was like many a supporter i.e. sometimes very sceptical of the official gate 'announced' when compared with what volume of crowd numbers I actually saw by being there and standing amongst it. The attendances were at times significantly higher than what newspapers and programmes stated.
Don't get me wrong i.e. gates did indeed drop a times and there was spaces, but one game in particular will always stay in my mind it was an early eighties First Division Swans v Watford game and the first ever (a rarity in those days) Sunday home game I and many others had turned up to.
The tannoy attendance announcement went up and the (bewilderment-aghast and laughter) crowds reaction said it all. It looked like the 'officially announced figure' had forgotten to include around 5,000 + (*cough, cough, cough*) supporters in attendance that day. The Swans first ever First Division home game of 23,500 against Leeds, another profound example! Where were there thousands of empty spaces?