A lose-lose situation

Following two losses in four days this month against Croatia (2-1) and Hungary (1-0), Ryan Giggs was spot on when he said that Wales “will have to win nearly every …

Cardiff’s lost buildings

Starting an occasional strand examining some of the most noteworthy Cardiff buildings that no longer exist. Central Fire Station Westgate Street Back in the 18th century Cardiff’s first fire service …

Apology

In a number of previous blog posts I might have implied that First Minister Mark Drakeford was just a typical principle-free Welsh Labour careerist, a spineless stooge of capitalism and …

Humans, we have a problem

The nightmare is becoming ever more horrifying. This month alone, the evidence of the insane environmental catastrophe mankind is inflicting upon our one and only planet has been coming thick …

Blew it

“What the hell is that terrible, anguished wailing noise?” I said to my companion at the remote self-catering cottage near Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (sic), where I’ve been taking a well-earned break from …

Neil Sinclair (1944-2019)

One of Cardiff’s abiding characteristics, ever since the 1888 Local Government Act enabled the creation of the first elected borough council, is the reliably deplorable quality of its governance. Appalling …

Destined for landfill

I’ve written some limericks before, And admit their reception was poor, But, that notwithstanding, They’re so undemanding I’m entitled to do a few more. The format owes much to E. …

Paul Flynn (1935-2019)

The death of Newport West MP Paul Flynn in February has left a gaping vacuum in the Labour Party in Wales. With his departure the Party’s last example of a …

Here we go again

Wales’ campaign to qualify for the Euro 2020 finals has got off to a great start with a hard-earned, slightly fortuitous 1-0 win over Slovakia in Cardiff. It’s not easy …