Grass In Bute Park

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One of the great legacies from the age of coal that gave Cardiff its wealth before the First World War is also one of the great gifts made to the people of Cardiff. Originally flanked by Cardiff Castle to the south, the River Taff to the west, the Glamorganshire Canal to the east and Western Avenue to the north, Bute Park was begun in 1873 by the 3rd Marquess of Bute, and handed over to the people of Cardiff in 1947 by the 5th Marquess.

It is a fabulous place to roam, especially for the many thousands of office workers in Cardiff’s busy city centre who need somewhere to escape to on a lunch time. As well as open playing fields and the arboretum, there are quieter, shaded areas under the trees and by the river banks where you can go and hide with a book for a bit of peace and quiet.

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Katana Hamon

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This week’s desktop wallpaper is something … a little different. Last week, Mrs H said that she’d like to see me try my hand at photographing a katana, and as I like making the wife happy, I thought why not. The photos that came out were quite interesting, I hope you’ll agree.

The katana is the sword of the Japanese samurai, perfected in a culture of constant warfare. An amazing blend of both science and art, what gives the sword both its beauty and its deadliness is differential tempering, a quenching process that creates a brittle but razor-sharp cutting edge, and the softer, more durable back of the blade. The dividing line between the two is the hamon, the wavy line that runs along the length of a genuine blade.

This blade has a fairly gentle undulating pattern known as notare-midare (irregular wave).

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