The Welsh nation has to be proud of its national events, the National Eisteddfod, National Urdd Eisteddfod, possibly the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, 6 Nations Rugby in Cardiff and of course the Royal Welsh Show. As one speaker said this week 'you will find 10% of the population of Wales here this week' and its no wonder that these are events where the Welsh family comes together to compete, compare and network hence the presence of many decision makers. This is probably a major contributor to its success and the difference between RWAS and RASE, the RWAS is an agricultural show, a horse show, a large Sunday market, an opportunity for networking and much more. It means different things to different people.
Monday was just about right with the weather, Tuesday light rain indispersed with sunlight, Wednesday heavy rain in shorter periods indispersed with no sunlight, Thursday went to work at the University and took my suit to the dry cleaners. However I had highlights throughout the first 3 days:-
Most concern - watching the runners with stallions on Wednesday hoping they wouldn't slip and be hurt in the mud.
Best joke- "The Liberal Democrats were on a stand just around the corner yesterday but they can't decide where to go today!" this was on the stand of a well known quango.
Most unusual occurance- walking quickly past the Tory stand (looking for Glyn Davies to compare notes!) when suddenly over the other shoulder the shout of 'Penri' bellows from the left outfield. None other than Mark (Williams) having just spotted a constituent from Ceredigion whom he recognised. Good chat but a bit perplexed by the scowl in the background from Kirsty, was it meant for me or Mark?
Most satisfying - former students now leaders in their field thanking Aberystwyth University for their education.
Best beer - none other than Steffan and Penny's Penlon produce brewed form Ceredigion Barley.
I can't wait for next year!