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 …

Famous Cardiffians

The South Wales Echo recently asked its residual rump of remaining readers to select the ‘Greatest Cardiffian’ from a shortlist that included Gareth Edwards from Gwaencaegurwen, Ruth Jones from Porthcawl, Neil …

Tiger Tales

Dublin has Joyce, Edinburgh has Stevenson, London has Dickens, Los Angeles has Chandler, Paris has Zola – but no author yet has written the Great Cardiff Novel. There have been …