Ev­ery lit­tle step goes a long way

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AS we step into May, and with the prom­ise of brighter skies on the hori­zon, there’s no ex­cuse not to get out and en­joy the fresh air with some healthy ac­tiv­ity.

See­ing as it is Na­tional Walk­ing Month, I will def­i­nitely dig my boots out and get a few miles in. It’s a great way of keep­ing fit and tak­ing in the beau­ti­ful scenery we’re lucky to have on our doorstep here in Car­marthen­shire.

Not so long ago, my wife Gwenda and I took part in the Three Peaks Chal­lenge and did all our train­ing in our magnificen­t coun­try­side and along our coast.

We took plenty of in­spi­ra­tion from the Dis­cover Car­marthen­shire web­site which has a sec­tion full of sug­gested walks across the county for peo­ple of all abil­i­ties – if you haven’t al­ready taken a look, it’s well worth a visit to plan a good day out that won’t hit you in the pocket.

Within the coun­cil, we’re en­cour­ag­ing our staff to look af­ter their health and well­be­ing with a range of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a team chal­lenge to track the high­est num­ber of steps dur­ing the month, and en­cour­ag­ing of­fi­cers to leave their car at home and walk to work on at least one day.

I’ll cer­tainly be do­ing my bit – ev­ery lit­tle step goes a long way.

CMANY co­me­di­ans, af­ter they’ve es­tab­lished a rap­port with their au­di­ence, like to in­ter­act with in­di­vid­u­als.

Us­ing charm and per­sis­tence, they can get them to re­veal what they do for a liv­ing, where they live and even de­tails of their love life – which, of course, amuses the whole au­di­ence.

How­ever, if the co­me­dian in­sults the au­di­ence to the point where they get em­bar­rassed and of­fended, then such per­form­ers are guilty of “bit­ing off the hand that feeds them”.

Now per­hapss Lord Ju­lian Fel­lowes, pic­tured, could be accused of bit­ing off the hands of Bri­tish au­di­ences . . . right up to the shoul­der!

An ac­tor be­fore he wrote Gos­ford Park and won an Os­car for best screen­play, Lord Fel­lowes, never one to shy away from self-pro­mo­tion, has been tour­ing America to plug his new film.

I didn’t know whether to laugh or laugh even louder when I read he’d com­plained to the Amer­i­can press that, while the USA is a for­ward­look­ing so­ci­ety, the UK is “liv­ing in the past”.

The nerve of the man!

As far as I re­call, ev­ery­thing he’s writ­ten has been set in pre­vi­ous eras, and he’s made a lu­cra­tive liv­ing from it.

He’s prob­a­bly best known for cre­at­ing Down­ton Abbey, which, you may or may not for

give him for, de­pend­ing on how for­giv­ing a na­ture you have . . .

The long-run­ning series has come to an end, but he’s writ­ten the screen­play of a film ver­sion which will be re­leased later this year.

Al­though not a huge fan of his work, I do ad­mire his work ethic – he’s a one-man script factory! He never stops.

Apart from writ­ing count­less episodes of Down­ton Abbey, he wrote The Young Vic­to­ria; Van­ity Fair; and a TV ver­sion of the story of the Ti­tanic tragedy; and he has writ­ten a new series called Bel­gravia set in the 1930s.

I should also men­tion the film he’s been pro­mot­ing in America, The Chap­er­one, is set in the 1920s.

You’ll note that none of them are fu­tur­is­tic science-fic­tion epics.

I don’t for one minute be­lieve us Brits are “liv­ing in the past”.

But I think I know some­one who is!

Co­me­dian Phil Evans from Am­man­ford is known as the man who puts the “cwtsh” into com­edy

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