The lakes of Cardiff

Being a sea-level city, Cardiff has no natural lakes. But a strange, recurring impulse to compensate for that absence means there are plenty of artificial ones. This could be seen …

Cyncoed Campus

I had to be there. Even though ceaseless drenching rain was washing in from the west, wild horses wouldn’t have stopped me going to the first Welsh Premier League (WPL) game in Cardiff for 10 …

Van and Bryn

As a birthday treat my partner took me to the Van Morrison concert at the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) on Tuesday, one of a number of enticing musical delights taking place …

Dear Phil

Dear Phil Will you spare me a few minutes of your valuable time? I know you’re a busy guy and can’t have much room in your diary what with all …

Pubocalypse 5

It’s been a while since my last round-up of Cardiff’s disappearing pubs… BACCHUS Park Place This distinguished 1874 house, all honeyed orange brick, gothic touches and decorative bargeboards, was only …

A Cardiff playlist

For my 250th blog, some light musical entertainment: Track 1:  THE AUTOMATIC  Monster   What’s that coming over the Wenallt? Track 2:  LLWYBR LLAETHOG   Satta Ym Mhontcanna   Mortimer Road (CF11). Track …

Sport in Cardiff

To understand contemporary Wales, look no further than sport. This is simply because until the creation of the National Assembly in 1999 sport was the only walk of life in …

The trouble with Splott

Splott’s not got a lot going for it. Where do I begin? No bank; one solitary pub hanging on for dear life; scarcely a useful shop or viable business; a …

Square deal

The dismal zone in front of Cardiff Central railway station has been an embarrassing eyesore ever since it was reclaimed from the River Taff in 1850. I have written about …

Our disappearing Central Library

All across Cardiff the consequences of the ‘austerity’ imposed by London to bail out the greed and recklessness of the financial industry are becoming ever more apparent, from the rubbish-strewn …