So Alun Ffred has finally been named as Wales' new Minister of Culture, Media and Sport. Looks a sensible appointment. He was a decent footballer, has lots of media experience and has at least one highly successful singer in the family. And with the essential plus that I've never seen him with a cigar in his hand - or doing anything else with one of these offensive objects either. He's also a very likable politician, and I wish him better luck than his predeccessor.
Now, there wasn't much chance of the lady painted by Sir Gerald Kelly being offered the job. It wasn't so much that she allowed herself to be painted, stark naked, and in highly brazen pose. I recall the now sadly departed previous occupant of the job doing just that, posing for a charity calender. So no bar there. The lady, who is hanging on the wall in Newport's Museum and Art Gallery, is not named but referred to as DD, because these initials are written on the painting. Occurred to me that the letters, DD could indicate something else entirely. Anyway, the reason she would have had no chance is that she is holding a cigarette in her hand. No way the Plaid Cymru high command could put up with a 'Fag Ash Lil' as the Culture Secretary..