Comedian Phil Evans is from Ammanford. He is known as the man who puts the ‘cwtsh’ into comedy. Website – www.philevans.co.uk
We all need time in our busy lives to mull over thoughts.
Let’s face it, you can’t spend time in quiet contemplation while surrounded by ringing telephones, pinging e-mails and people asking questions nineteen-to-the dozen.
Luckily, I have a place where I can go to think – I’ll explain where it is in a moment.
Some of the things currently buzzing around my bonce are . . .
The naughty kids in my neighbourhood have stopped spray-painting every available surface. So, is the writing on the wall for graffiti?
Do you care how many hours of sunshine Moscow enjoyed last month?
I don’t, but I know it’s ‘six’ because it was mentioned on Radio Four’s Six O’Clock news last week.
With all that’s going on in the world, it beggars belief the programme would be concerned with the length of time Muscovites were exposed to December sunshine
Why they included sucha random story was still baffling me while I stood in the place I go when I want to be left alone.
You may have been there yourself.
It’s called ‘A Bank Queue’
The bank once had three ‘windows’, behind which sat three staff members who served customers.
This particular day, one window was covered by a large cardboard stand which said “In A Hurry? Try Our Automatic Cash Machines!”
A second window was un-manned.
Behind a third window, a member of staff was helping a customer with a complicated, time-consuming transaction.
My thoughts as I stood there (and stood there a bit longer), listening to piped pop music and looking at a giant mural of cartoon characters used in the banks advertising, were . . .
If the bank hadn’t bought the rights to animated characters most of their customers under 40 wouldn’t recognise . . . and if they didn’t pay a licence to play pop music customers can do without, they might have enough money to hire an additional member of staff in every branch!
This week, I had the pleasure of catching up with two great friends, Emma Melrose andShareenGeersfrom Llanelli.
I just love a local hero story and here we have two ladies who are keen to make adifferenceto others lives, whilst setting and achieving personal targets and goals.
The ladies told me that they started a running club last year with friends ranging from 28-52 who couldn’t run 5km at the time.
They ended up running a half marathon and then looked for a way they could use this personal achievement to raise money for a good cause.
They chose to train for the London Marathon and raise money for The Make a Wish Foundation.
While they were bagging shopping for the charity in Morrisons supermarket in Parc Pemberton, they were approached by three separate families who had already benefited from Make a Wish.
Emma said, “Between us we have five healthy and happy girls and we wanted to be able to put a smile on the face of a child facing a debilitating illness”
“It(the training) is a lot more difficult than we anticipated, mainly due to the weather.
It’s cold and dark and difficult to stay motivated, but we stay positive and remind ourselves why we are doing this and this makes it all worthwhile.”
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