Temporary Home of Cardiff Library

During the construction of the St Davids 2 shopping centre, Cardiff’s main library needed a new home. Their original site on Bridge Street was to be demolished to become part of the St Davids 2 complex, and their new site in what was the Marriott Hotel’s car park wasn’t going to be ready until towards the end of the St Davids 2 construction work.

The library ended up here, in a temporary building on John Street just south of the main Swansea to London railway line.

Today, the site is unused, and awaiting its next purpose. As most of the empty land around here (both at the end of John Street, and round the corner on Herbert Street) is being used as all-day parking, I wonder if it is just a matter of time before this too becomes a car park?

Copyright (c) 2010 Stuart Herbert. blog | twitter: (photography) (all).

If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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Skien Waterfront

Download the full-size picture (1604 x 952) to use as your desktop wallpaper.

This week is TEK-X conference week over in Chicago. Part of me wishes that I was part of the PHP conference circuit, having thoroughly enjoyed speaking at Marco’s first PHP conference, the now-defunct php|cruise. So please do excuse today’s choice of wallpaper, which was taken at the PHP Vikinger unconference in sleepy Skien back in 2006. Kristi and I had a great time; Kristi in particular fell in love with Norway, and never misses an opportunity to try and convince me that we should move out there!

As I’m not going to the conference, my theme for this week’s desktop wallpaper is staying at home in beautiful Wales, my adopted home. I hope you enjoy them as much as I’m going to.

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