Beti and David: Lost for Words - is a programme focusing on caring for someone with dementia
David (Parry-Jones) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s over eight years ago. He’d been a journalist, news and current affairs presenter, and rugby commentator at BBC Wales - “The Voice of Welsh Rugby”. His life from a very young age had revolved around words. Ironically they were the first to go when the disease took hold.
I, Beti (George), David’s partner and carer, am so often lost for words at serious failings in dementia care. I’m a “veteran” broadcaster and with this programme I’ve been given a voice for the tens of thousands of family carers who save the UK billions of pounds a year. There are 55,000 people with dementia in Wales and the cost of caring for them is £700m a year, with two thirds of that being met by carers and families. (Alzheimer’s Society’s figures)
It’s a Sunday morning and I’m sharing my thoughts with you. I’ve had one of those very rare lie-ins because I over-indulged “my quality time” last night watching missed episodes of the Homeland series. It was way past midnight when I joined David, who’d gone to bed around 10...
Dr Séan Rickard
Over the past fifteen years the number of dairy farmers in Wales has halved - on average three farmers leave the industry every month. Some farmers have succeeded in getting contracts to supply some of the major supermarkets, guaranteeing that the price they get for their milk covers the cost of production. But how can others survive, when the price they get may not be enough to cover their costs?
Hill farmer Gareth Wyn Jones interviewed the National Farmers’ Union former chief economist, Dr Séan Rickard, for his series Gareth Wyn Jones - Milk Man:
There isn’t a future for every dairy farmer.
Over the last 60 years we have seen the number of dairy farmers decline - and as some dairy farmers go out of business, of course, it creates opportunities for some others to expand and become more efficient. If this industry is going to continue to make a real contribution to the British economy - to the quality of life in the countryside - farmers have to get out of bed and strive every day to do what they do, cheaper than they did the day before. They just have to keep that mind-set going.
Now for some farmers, that tends to be getting larger. There are economies of scale in dairy...
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1. Frosty Chocolate Barks
Serve up a festive feast fit for the family with our melted snowmen & reindeer no-bake barks!
You will need:
400g crushed biscuits
250g melted butter
300g melted milk chocolate
300g melted white chocolate
Sweets & pretzels to decorate