Who else remembers picking spuds in park?
CAN anyone recall if what we now know as Heath Park was ever used for growing potatoes during World War II?
I ask because my high school education was spent during part of the war years, and I have memories of me and fellow pupils spending the long summer holidays “spud picking”.
We would be transported by lorry (health and safety eat your heart out) to some huge field somewhere – I think Heath Park – where we would be faced with a pile of hessian sacks, to spend most of the daylight hours filling them. Hard work, yes, but easier in that a sack of potatoes filled up more quickly than other smaller produce, and as we were paid per sack the humble spud was very popular.
Then it was back home by lorry, and after I’d removed what seemed like half of Wales from my person, my dear Mum had the task of feeding her only beloved son, who under normal circumstances had a good appetite, but hours in that field enhanced it, I can tell you. How she and other mothers managed to keep families fed during those years is, for me, one of life’s mysteries. And will remain so.
Apart from my question about Heath Park, I wonder if any other Echo readers have similar memories of how they helped to keep Cardiffians fed during World War II?
P.S. My appetite was not the only thing to improve after each day’s spud picking. Oh how well I slept each night.
Norman Rendle Rhiwbina, Cardiff Total lack of respect for other residents
I FULLY agree with Katie Burgess’s remarks about the yobs who cause misery by letting off fireworks late at night (“Anger over late-night fireworks”, Echo, November 7). She does, however, state that although setting them off late at night is unacceptable, it’s only one night of the year. For many years now that has not been the case, thanks to the antisocial elements who infest our towns and cities. Explosions, because that is what they are, can be heard from weeks before November 5, to weeks after. Nowadays a more appropriate name would be Bonfire Month.
Ms Burgess’s pleas to the likes of these people will fall on deaf ears unfortunately, due to the rotten minds of the perpetrators and the ease with which these explosive devices can be obtained. Further to my case, I present in evidence the actions of the thoughtless wretches who deemed it appropriate to commence their display from 9pm onwards on November 7 in the Nottingham Street/Grosvenor Street area of Canton.
Well done, you disturbed and worried the residents, frightened children and animals and demonstrated your complete lack of respect for everyone else and revealed how deeply unpleasant you are.
Andrew Thompson Llandaff, Cardiff Men and boys can be victims too
WITH First Minister Carwyn Jones saying he wants a feminist government before he retires and the Women’s Equality Networks manifesto stating they want to prioritise women’s health and well-being, these statements worry me and those of us who see the discrimination men and boys suffer.
Perhaps it time to listen to Swayne O’Pie’s talk, who explains that fish have more political representation than men.
It is called “Why we need a Minister for Men; the Moral and Democratic Case” and will take place at the Angel Hotel in Cardiff on Tuesday, November 13, 7.30pm-9pm.
The talk is powerful and thought provoking. He talks about male suicide, homelessness, false allegations, divorce and child contact denial plus several other issues.
Admission £4 to cover room hire; any profit will be donated to Women’s Aid and Man Kind initiative.
Anne O’Regan Cardiff ‘Fussy eater’ dogs are often overfed
THROUGHOUT my veterinary career people have said to me: “It must be hard being a vet, surely harder than being a doctor because your patients can’t explain what’s wrong or where the pain is.”
But this assumption couldn’t be more wrong. Animals can tell us a great deal, we just have to able to recognise what they’re telling us.
And one of the most common problems vets see on a daily basis is pet owners complaining of their animals being fussy eaters. Even when they’re offered gourmet wet food or brands with high levels of meat and fat, they just won’t eat.
The main reason dogs go off their food is because owners are giving them too much and they are just not hungry enough to eat it all. But having misunderstood the message your dog has given you, that he is not hungry or no longer likes the food, you decide to try something “he will like” in order to get him to eat.
He obliges by eating the new food for a while (especially if it is higher in fat/protein/salt and is tastier) until he tires of the new food for the same reason.
You then seek out something else in order to stimulate the dog’s jaded appetite and so the cycle continues. It’s not just a case of overfeeding our beloved pets, this type of behaviour can have serious health implications including obesity and digestive issues. I implore pet-owning readers to rectify such overfeeding habits and instead simplify the feeding process.
For fussy dogs, I recommend feeding them once a day in the evening, minimal treats and no human food, other than vegetables. Instead of spoiling your pet with food, treat them to a long walk or extra interaction; it will help them and you more in the long run.
John Burns Kidwelly Baffled by modern scrum-half tactics
BEING old, my rugby support is confined to the telly, but the antics are just the same.
Why, oh why, do our scrumhalves keep doing the up-andunders? When he sticks his right leg out, it’s obvious what’s next.
The enemy just waits to receive the ball and, more often than not, they run out in attack,which means our boys have to defend with their
Explosions can be heard from weeks before November 5, to weeks after... Andrew Thompson Llandaff
very lives to prevent a score.
It’s not the same to me now after remembering Gareth running and throwing out a 30-yard reverse pass. M White Pontypridd
Time for pardons?
IN World War I, the executions of 306 British and Commonwealth soldiers took place.
Such executions, for crimes such as desertion and cowardice, are controversial, with some believing many of those executed should be pardoned as they were suffering from shell shock. Britain was the last country to recognise shell shock, known today as PTSD. Andrew Nutt, Bargoed
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