Back to Wood Street Central Bus Station - I walked past it during my visit - total building site of debris and dump trucks. Sad. This also means that they come in via the Western Avenue and back along Llandaff Road and Cathedral Road. Which made for some pleasant memory joggers. Western Avenue was where the British Telecom yard used to be, my daily destination for the first sixteen months of my working life. I first started with what they called the "jointers" - these were the guys who laid the cables in the ground and "jointed" the wires and watersealed the "joints". Out in the big lorries with huge amounts of stores, they would park on the roadside, erect the tent over the joint hole and make tea. My memories are of cold and wet times making tea and learning how to stay warm. Rain, rain and more rain, especially when the jointing trips would take us into the Welsh Valleys. Cold, wet Wales - you either love it or… endure it. Old saying about Wales; if it's not raining, it's going to.
|Brains Brewery - so many memories of pubs and people...|
|Glorious day at Cardiff Bay with the Custom House|
|Inside the Old Arcade pub - still standing. Free wifi|
|St Mary's Street in late summer - The Yard (right) where I would filch free wifi. And drink the wicked Brains Black|
|Inside The Yard|
|The Royal Infirmary Newport Road - nice lighting here|
|Latest car on the Newport roads|
The other beer outlets of note are the Catholic Club and the nearby Conservative Club, both bastions of beer and skittles well before I was a kid running the streets and back lanes. I was a scavenger, always rousting the bins for cast off treasures to souvenir back home - mostly comics and books. There was one comic, the Eagle, which would have coupons that would entitle you to a day in a Butlins Holiday Camp.
|Cute graffiti on Cardiff Halls of Residence railway bridge|
|Clark's Pies Shop Paget Street Cardiff - food of my childhood|
|Porthcawl beach and pier|
|Cosmeston Lakes - good to walk around and feed the birds|
|Sunday lunch (or dinner) - well wicked|
|John Soman at Acapella|