A Measure of Loss


I managed to catch a wonderful programme on BBC Radio 4 this morning called “The Welsh M1” (You can catch it here if you are quick). It’s about the A470, the main trunk route from North to South through Wales and is presented by┬áCerys Matthews whose voice is never difficult to listen to.

In it she meets someone who notes the use by the media of “The size of Wales” as a unit of measure whenever an area of Rainforest or Arctic ice is lost. He then extends his thesis to include the banners hanging from over bridges at nearly every town along the route protesting at the imminent loss of local schools, hospitals or the threat of a wind farm. To him the size of Wales becomes a measure of loss, and the road a living measure of the peoples’ resistance to potential loss.

And he’s right, how sad.