Former Home of Welsh National Opera

On John Street, just opposite where the Cardiff Library found a temporary home during the construction of St Davids 2, is the former headquarters of the Welsh National Opera.

If I’m understanding the timeline on the WNO’s website correctly, they moved into these premises in 1984. Or it could be that they moved out in 1984 into the more modern buildings opposite that they still appear to occupy today?

In 2007, the Minister for Heritage in the Welsh Assembly Government went on the record saying that there were plans to sell the WNO’s site in John Street. Whether he meant this one, or the more modern one opposite, isn’t clear from his remarks.

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Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis, Snowdonia

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At the foot of Snowdon itself, guarding the Llanberis pass, stands Dolbadarn Castle … my choice today. I remember spending the morning hunting through the camera shops of North Wales trying to find a Sigma 15-30mm lens to purchase, and driving my wife nuts in the process. This was before digital photography was mainstream, and wide-angle lenses were both rare and expensive at the time. But find one I did, and this photo made it very worth while.

If you’ve never been to Llanberis, I strongly recommend it. There used to be (hopefully still is) this wonderful cafe that was popular with the mountaineers, and of course there’s the world-famous hydro-electric power station too. Oh, and a little mountain with a train station and a cafe on top.

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