Comedian Phil Evans is from Ammanford. He is known as the man who puts the ‘cwtsh’ into comedy. Website – www.philevans.co.uk
WHAT WOULD IVOR EMMANUEL THINK?
The classic film “Zulu”, starring the great Stanley Baker, has long been a Bank Holiday TV staple.
The scene where Ivor Emmanuel as Pvt. Owen leads the bruised and battered soldiers in a rousing version of “Men Of Harlech” is a highlight.
The film doesn’t glorify war or colonialism. It depicts British soldier’s heroism in the face of overwhelming odds, defending Rorke’s Drift mission in 1879.
However, it seems pop singer Lily Allen has a bee in her bonnet about this historic event.
According to the London Evening Standard, on January 23rd, she was angry that written on the passenger information board at Dollis Hill Tube Station was this notice…
‘On this day in 1879, 150 British and Colonial troops successfully defended Rorke’s Drift against 4,000 Zulu warriors’
Ms. Allen was angered to such a degree she ‘slammed’ Transport For London and accused them of ‘celebrating colonialism’.
If Ms. Allen had a better command of the English language she’d realise the notice wasn’t ‘celebrating’ the battle of Rorke’s Drift.
It was commemoratingit.
Ms. Allen ‘bravely’ criticised Tube staff in a Tweet to her 5.9 million followers.
But how would shehave fared if confronted by 4,000 spear-carrying Zulus?
Yes, about the same as me, I think!
I’m aware Ms. Allen is zealous about various world ‘issues’ that concern her.
But if she got into a lather about a notice written in felt-tip in a Tube Station foyer, she obviously has far too much spare time on her hands.
Several of her Twitter followers suggested she should ‘get over herself’.
Politeness prevents me from commenting.
39 soldiers defending Rorke’s Drift were Welsh and of the eleven soldiers awarded the Victoria Cross, two were named Jones and another Williams.
So there’s a safe bet they were Welsh.
In case you weren’t aware, Ms. Allen’s father is from Llanelli.
Why is it in this day and age, people continue to drop litter without a care in the world or without consideration to others?
Recently, I watched a football match in my home town of Ammanford, a place where the locals are blessed with a beautiful big recreation ground that facilitates several football pitches and a cricket pitch.
And yet, when the players and spectators leave, there are huge amounts of crisp packets, pop bottles and empty cans strewn across the field.
A few more strategically-placed bins wouldn’t go amiss either – as there seems to be only one bin in the whole area!
Picture the scene, you call round to a friend’s house for a cuppa and a few biscuits, you wouldn’t throw the empty biscuit packet on their lounge carpet before you went home, would you?
Do we not care enough about the environment anymore?
Are we oblivious to it all?
Or is it just the fact that we are too bloody lazy and it is someone else’s job to pick it all up?
Let’s start taking responsibility for our own mess, each and every one of us.
Don’t even get me started on a whole bag of rubbish being launched out of a car window from a certain fast food chain…McDisgusting!
You can follow Phil Evans on Twitter @philevanswales and www.philevans.co.uk