Been to Llantrisant today where we were entertained by the men who make up Mynyddislwyn Male Voice Choir. They sang 'Fly me to the Moon', My Way', You raise me up', and 'Rhythm of Life'. Carys Wyn conducted. It was all rather like being on the set of Con Passionate, a highly rated series on S4/C in which Sian Cothi conducts a choir made up of the best of Welsh cultural testosterone.
Purpose of the visit was to help launch a Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in Wales. There was quite a 'Montgomeryshire' feel to the launch today. Leader of the Programme is Hayley Heard, who lives in Pontdolgoch, near Caersws. She had the task of explaining the whole thing. And I had a rather higher profile than I expected, which I must admit I enjoyed. My job was to offer a 'Patient's Perspective'. There were lots of media about. It can't do me any harm, politically speaking, to appear on all the main TV news programmes.
The launch won massive publicity. It was a terrific idea to hold it on the first day of half term. There was nothing going on down in Cardiff Bay, and the media were free to roam. I was really pleased about this. There's a bit of 'Esprit de Corps' amongst people who have experienced Bowel Cancer, and I'm always willing to help out - even if there is no camera about.
The one thing I'm not keen on is use of the word 'poo' when referring to faeces. It seems a bit too childish. It will be OK for little Ffion when she starts to speak, but not for we grown-ups. Its a bit like saying 'Binky' instead of 'Penis'. When I hear the message 'Put your Poo in the Post', I cringe. Which probably means it will be a great success. I hope that these Home Test Kits are used and returned by men in particular (women will do it anyway). There are hundreds of people living normal lives in Wales as I write who have a life threatening tumour developing in their colons - about which they are entirely unaware. These kits might bring these tumours to light while they are at their most treatable.