A fuchsia is toppled

The fuchsia had to go. I thought something was wrong with it back in the spring when the spectacular annual profusion of crimson and purple pendulous flowers quickly became blackened …

Giggsy’s glory

What a magnificent achievement! Wales have qualified for the European championships for the second time running! Following the sensations of 2016, tiny, impoverished Wales will again rub shoulders with the …

Looking for a home

Alun is an excitable, high-maintenance cairn terrier/miniature shihtzu cross of low pedigree looking for a loving home after his previous owners abandoned him in a Cowbridge wheelie-bin. Can you help? …

Our Japanese jaunt

With apologies to Max Boyce We travelled in our thousands to cheer Gatland’s fearless men, Some remortgaging their houses just to rustle up the yen. We tried the local saké, …

Ulysses abridged

With apologies to James Joyce (1882-1941) and Homer (c750BC-c650BC) Yes Blooms is open again after that fire got a decent bookshop aye O I saw yours there reduced to clear …

Juxtaposition

Cold-blooded creepy-crawlies, battery-driven hot air and…wait for it…branches of Reptile Cymru and Totally Wicked… Picture: Dic Mortimer

The roar of the crowd

Two hard-earned 1-1 draws against Slovakia and Croatia last week mean there is still a mathematical possibility that Wales could qualify for Euro 2020 as runners-up in Group E. Put …

Hummus be joking

Returning home after a week away in wild wet windy western Wales, I was so hungry I could have eaten a horse chestnut (if there were any left now that …

Criminal at large

WANTED FOR THE CRIMES OF: Gross misconduct in public office Misappropriation and embezzlement of public funds Corruption of the public realm Deliberate peddling of lies and misinformation Sustained attacks on …

Cardiff’s lost buildings 2

Convent of the Good Shepherd Tŷ Gwyn Road William Burges (1827-1881) is recognised today as one of the greatest architects of the 19th century, if not of all time. The …