The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post


The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post.
Comedian Phil Evans is from Ammanford. He is known as the man who puts the ‘cwtsh’ into comedy.
www.philevans.co.uk

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We can’t do anything about it now!

It’s the news story of the century that sent shockwaves through the UK and far beyond.
Before it hit the media, millions of people wondered if it could happen, while millions more hoped that somehow The Gods of Common Sense could steer our future into a safe harbour and ensure that it just wouldn’t happen.
As the magnitude of the earth-shatteringly momentous decision began to sink in, feelings of dread and panic began to ripple through every strata of British society.
The great and the good and the lowest of the low were worried how it would affect them, their loved ones and their day-to-day lives.
When they got wind of what was going on, even the great financial institutions had a temporary wobble.
You could say that when the penny dropped, so did the pound.
But the decision has been made, we can’t do anything about it, so we just have to gird our loins and accept it.
Yes, dear friends and readers, from next year, “Coronation Street” will be broadcast six nights a week!
Here’s what an ITV spokesman said . . .
“We’ll be going on air with six episodes in the autumn of 2017. As it’s a year away it gives us the opportunity to define a bespoke Coronation Street solution for how we’ll achieve six, while carefully maintaining and enhancing the quality of what we do.”
No, I’m not 100% sure what he means either.
Currently “Corrie” has five episodes a week, but as I don’t watch it now, I certainly won’t be visiting Weatherfield six nights a week.
I’ve never been a huge soap fan, so don’t understand why people want to come home from a hard day’s work and watch 30-minute slices of misery, argumentative finger-pointing . . . and most hideous of all . . . some very dodgy acting.
I occasionally watched “Corrie” when it was only on Monday and Wednesday evenings and featured believable, sympathetic characters, memorable storylines that gripped the nation and laugh-out-loud comedy moments.
But, I stopped watching when the Battersbys arrived because they seemed to have been brought-in to rival the belligerent, confrontational families in “Eastenders”.
When Les and Janice moved in, I moved on.
By avoiding all TV soaps - including “Casualty” and “Holby City”- for 20 years, my viewing schedule and my life has been ‘de-cluttered’.
I recommend it.
Just one question:
Does Meg Mortimer still manage the “Crossroads Motel”?

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Leaders and leadership:

Over the past two weeks there have been many reports regarding MPs’ resignations and isn't it amazing how many people have suddenly become political experts?
It is understandable that some people will think that ‘falling on one’s sword’ is the most honourable way to quit – before being forced to leave a post.
However, for me, this shows lack of commitment, a weakness in character and giving up on the people who elected you in the first place, demonstrating poor leadership qualities.
The time has come for the best people with a passion to succeed and embrace change to step up, thereby leading the people into a brighter future.
Throughout history we have witnessed men and women of strong character, determination and vision, lifting nations out of the doldrums and uncertainty following challenging times.
Being brainwashed by negative press and drawn in by the product of clever spin doctors is now a regular occurrence.
This is something we need to be more switched on to and to consider the source of all that we read and hear.
Like every other event in history, this will blow over and normality will resume.
We will all look back and wonder why we were so worried.
My question is this – “why wait?”
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Cake trail:

Well, someone must have been reading my mind.
“Sweet-toothed Carmarthenshire residents and tourists have got a real treat lined up as part of Carmarthenshire’s Year of Adventure.”
The team behind Discover Carmarthenshire have come up with my kind of trip – an amazing cake trail taking in some of the county’s best patisseries and cake shops.
Stretching from east to west, the Carmarthenshire Cake Trail takes in a number of delightful culinary treasures, most of which, I was amused to see, I have already spent many enjoyable hours visiting.
Set out over a whole day, or taken in bite-size pieces, people can plan their journey and stop to explore the beautiful scenery of Carmarthenshire’s countryside, its sweeping coastlines and popular cultural attractions.
I can see this being a monthly treat for many families; what a perfect trip.
Lots of lovely fresh air and walking followed by cake!
Days out don't get much better than that.

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You can follow Phil Evans on Twitter @philevanswales and www.philevans.co.uk

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