Enclosing Cardiff Bay is a barrage which you can walk across. The engineering end is actually near Penarth. I don’t know whose idea this was but it’s a great one. As you walk through the engineering stretch, you notice stretches of yellow paint seemingly at random. It’s only when you look back that you realise … More Optical illusion at Cardiff Bay barrage
I have never been on a helter-skelter. When I was very young, they seemed to exist only in Enid Blyton books and comics, something of the past which looked so amazing to me. I don’t remember ever seeing one in real life. I still like to see them and I still haven’t been on one. … More Helter Skelter in Cardiff Bay
This was one of numerous newspaper cuttings I found in the attic clearout. It’s from the Western Mail and the colour of the paper suggests it was in a business supplement it used to publish. I don’t know the date, but the building we’re inspecting – Queen’s Arcade in Cardiff – opened in April 1994 … More Relics 4: Western Mail cutting with John Redwood
This review first appeared on Wales Arts Review, the online home for Welsh critical writing. While you’re there, it’s worth spending some time reading the excellent reviews and essays. She’d won us over from the moment she walked on stage, with her band and without fuss. And without fuss, they launched into ‘Dancing Barefoot’, a … More Patti Smith at the Coal Exchange, Cardiff. June 26th 2012.