Who else re­mem­bers pick­ing spuds in park?

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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

The small print: Let­ters will not be in­cluded un­less you in­clude your name, full postal ad­dress and day­time tele­phone num­ber (we pre­fer to use names of let­ter writ­ers but you can ask for your name not to be pub­lished if you have a good rea­son). The Edi­tor re­serves the right to edit all let­ters.

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