Pubocalypse 10

CALLAGHANS Castle StreetThe plug-ugly Crest Hotel (later Posthouse, currently Holiday Inn) was built on the northern flank of the Arms Park in 1971. The dreadful development eradicated a leafy public …

A meeting of minds

A bigoted, ignorant, incompetent, blundering, xenophobic, anti-enlightenment, corrupt, militaristic, climate-change denier, environment destroyer, pandemic mass-murderer, serial law-breaker, compulsive liar, crypto fascist, dictatorial demagogue, international pariah and global embarrassment…accompanied by the …

Cabinet, reshuffled

Anagrams of the UK Prime Minister and, in alphabetical order, his entire cabinet Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson = Job: philander, offend, laxness…or fee Nigel Adams = Gen: dim, alasSteve …

Cup half empty

The notion that Wales might at long last qualify for a World Cup is looking like a wild fantasy after the pretty awful goalless draw with Estonia in Cardiff which …

Cardiff’s lost buildings 4

GreyfriarsGreyfriars RoadDuring the 13th century the Dominicans (Black Friars) and the Franciscans (Grey Friars) established religious houses just outside the town walls of Cardiff; the Black Friars near the West …

Jeffrey Steele (1931-2021)

Over the years a few exceptional Cardiffians have had the awareness and the integrity to rise above the city’s all-pervading dim, unquestioning, passive conformity and become true originals – none …

Toms harry Dic

Every year when spring arrives I can’t resist growing tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum). And every year, around this time in the dog-days of summer, I vow never to grow the bloody …

High tide

I first wrote about the Cardiff coast ten years ago, with a follow up piece a year later. In the process, I endowed a part of Cardiff with a semi-ironic …

What a woebegone world

With apologies to Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) and Bob Thiele (1922-1996) & George Weiss (1921-2010) I see forests burnAnd heat domes fry,Foretastes of doomFor you and I,And I think to myselfWhat …