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 …

Women of the streets

There are numerous streets bearing female names in Cardiff, particularly in the inner city. Have you ever wondered why? It isn’t the result of any feminist, egalitarian or emancipatory principles, …

Pubocalypse 8

BUFFALO BAR Windsor Place In Cardiff’s dysfunctional, parasitic economy, predicated on personal debt, profligate unsustainability, Ponzi-scheme profiteering and fly-by-night transience, the last few defiant flickers of independent nonconformity are being …

Cardiff’s lost buildings 1

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 …

Urban rats

Note: In this post the word ‘rat’ is not a metaphor for cad, cheat, nark, traitor or general bastard, of which there are plenty in Cardiff – well, not explicitly …

No place like home

Getting old has many disadvantages, primarily the consequences of cell death and physical decline. It’s an appalling process, made worse than it need be due to the complete lack of …

Oldest Cardiff pubs update

Sitting at my WordPress ‘dashboard’, feeling rather like Doctor Strangelove in his War Room, black-gloved hand hovering over the nuclear button, I noticed from the ‘top posts’ list that The …

Pubocalypse 7

Because the Pubocalypse strand has grown into a large archive, I’ve now made it into a category in its own right – saving me the hassle of providing links to …

Cardiff killings

It seems like ages since I’ve done one of my indispensable Cardiff lists. So here, for some meaty holiday reading on the beach, is a grisly catalogue in alphabetical order …

Glowing in the dark

I get a lot of hostility in Cardiff whenever I depart from the authorised hymn-sheet and express critical views about the city. This hostility is dished out by a range …