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Badger and the ancient mariner

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badger and the ancient marinerBADGER is, by nature, a terrestrial sort. Subterranean by nature, he does not have much time for what goes on above his head. Cosy and warm in his sett, it seems to Badger that every time he peeks his grizzled snout out of his home he finds something to dislike about whatever it is humanity gets up to on the surface. As he is averse to the world above, imagine what Badger thinks about flying. Thin stuff air. You can’t dig and it’s impossible to find tasty hedgehogs upon which to dine 6,000 feet up. Still less is Badger fond of the sea. Awful stuff, water. It has associations with soap. flannels and rubber ducks. Badger’s acquaintance, Mr Toad. has tried to interest Badger in maritime pursuits. Badger read a book in preparation and discovered that some maritime pursuits are positively alarming.

He declined Mr Toad’s offer politely but firmly. However, while taking a turn around the docks one evening, Badger came across a grizzled old salt who was weary of making tasteless jokes about Captain Pugwash and discussing the impact of the EU’s fisheries policy, quotas and the total allowable catch. Deep in his cups, the sailor told Badger a tale of nautical naughtiness upon the River Cleddau that held Badger’s horrified attention.
“I’ll tell you a tale, said the salty dog As black as black can be Of what happens to those who do business, With the Port Authority.
I’ll tell you of a mighty ship, That brought a company low And how more was spent and wasted. The less we got our dough
“I was not always a sailor” At which Badger expressed surprise: “Once I had a house, a car, And a business that was my pride.
-Then came the Port Authority For credit to extend Saying ‘Trust us, doughty tradesman. Upon us. you can depend.”‘
His face went red, suffused with rage As he remembered the sad day When the Port Authority a-begging came And he didn’t send them on their way.
The sailor wiped away a tear From his pale and weeping eye As he remembered promises made That he’d be paid. By and by.

-Tomorrow!” he yelled. -Tomorrow! Always next month and not this! And every time, each empty word Was a Pembrokeshire promise.
“I believed them, friendly Badger. I took them at their word And now when I think of it It seems to me absurd

-Quite how a public body Worth many million pounds Can stand to see such as me Crushed into the ground.

-They had the same accountants The same directors too They must have known what was going on Before the whistle blew

-They built big shiny offices They paid themselves big pay All before the bubble burst Then they just walked away.
“So join me, good Badger, Let’s look across the water Let’s think of why the Authority Doesn’t do quite what it ought to.
“Greed is good, Wall Street says, Every rich man will want more And the greed of the Port Authority Will keep this poor soul poor.
-They’re dreaming of a revamp To change the Harbour round And the price of all their dreamings Is grinding good men down.
‘They’ll do away with trade and craft” Opined he in a rage “And they’ll have us bowing to tourists Grateful for minimum wage
-They don’t want local people Not like you and me They want visitors and Waitrose Do the Port Authority.
“Weep not for me. young Badger They’ll not catch me again Perhaps if they build their multiplex I’ll find a new job then:’
With that he turned upon his heel And vanished into the gloom While a very troubled Badger Went to his cosy room.
As he sat and pondered Badger thought of the cruelty Of an untrustworthy trust port, Milford’s Port Authority.

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Multi-agency response to house fire in Siskin Close, Haverfordwest

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FIRE crews are attending a domestic fire in a property on Siskin Close, Haverfordwest.

As of 11.45pm on Monday evening crews were still dampening down a fire which enfulfed two floors of a domestic property.

It is understood the alarm was raised after 10pm.

Our reporter on the scene said that there were four fire crews in attendance as well as three ambulances as well as police, who had set up a perimeter, controlling access to the scene.

A large number of local residents were watching on from a safe distance as the incident was being dealt with.

At the time of writing the street was blocked off to traffic with a large number of emergency vehicles parked up, all the way around the corner to the top of Harrier Road.

All of the emergency services have been contacted for a comment.

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Outdoor hospitality given go-ahead and rules on mixing outdoors relaxed in Wales

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SIX people will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday 24 April while outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26 April as cases of new COVID-19 infections continue to fall, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed today.

The current rule provides for up to six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) from a maximum of two households to meet outdoors.

The new rules from Saturday will allow six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) to meet outdoors.

People should observe social distancing from people from outside their household or support bubble when meeting others outside.

The rules for meeting indoors remain unchanged.

The First Minister has also confirmed outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26th April 2021.

First Minister, Mark Drakeford said: “The public health context in Wales remains favourable, with cases falling and our vaccination programme continues to go from strength to strength. Because meeting outdoors continues to be lower risk than meeting indoors, we are able to bring forward changes to allow any six people to meet outdoors.

“This will provide more opportunities for people, especially young people, to meet outdoors with their friends. This will undoubtedly have a significant positive impact on people’s wellbeing.

“I’m also pleased to confirm outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26th April.

“These changes will help the hospitality sector recover after a difficult twelve months.

“It is thanks to the continuing efforts of people across Wales we are able to introduce this change. Together, we will continue to keep Wales safe.”

On Friday (23rd April 2021), the First Minister will confirm further relaxations to the covid rules that will come into force on Monday 26 April 2021.

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Police ‘enforcement and engagement’ to curb anti-social behaviour in Tenby

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POLICE in Tenby will be using enforcement and engagement in a bid to curb future incidents of anti-social behaviour, they said on Monday (Apr 17)

The announcement comes after Tenby was left with empty cans, broken bottles and fast food wrappers strewn everywhere, after over two hundred young people gathered to enjoy the weekend – perhaps expected whilst pubs remained closed.

Licensed establishment have not yet been able to open in Wales, but they are open in England for outdoor refreshments. They are opening on Monday.

There were reports of young people walking through the town with boxes full of alcohol, with other people buying takeaway drinks from licensed premises before making their way to the harbour.

The sheer number of people meant people were urinating in the streets, some residents told The Pembrokeshire Herald.

A Dyfed-Powys police spokesperson said: “With the continued easing of the regulations designed to keep us safe and the weather getting warmer we have seen an increase of people visiting and out and about in the Pembrokeshire area.
“While it’s great that people are now able to visit Pembrokeshire again, the behaviour of some placed additional pressure not only on the police but on the local authority as well.
“Tenby in particular attracted a large crowd on Saturday evening, April 18, resulting in anti-social behaviour, especially in the harbour area.

Chief Inspector Louise Harries said: “We recognise the concerns of residents and businesses after the anti-social behaviour seen in Tenby on Saturday evening. We are working with partners to avoid these issues re-occurring in the future.
“Police officers will be patrolling the area over the coming weeks and while the priority will be to engage with the public, enforcement action will be taken where necessary”
“We want to see people enjoying and the majority of people are doing so in accordance with the regulations, however the minority who don’t are spoiling it for others.
“We will continue to engage with our communities and visitors to the area to ensure that everyone enjoys in a safe manner.”

(Cover photo courtesy Pure West Radio)

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