Watching From Above

My wallpaper theme this week sees me return to posting photos closer to home, of distinctive images taken in and around Cardiff. Europe’s youngest capital city, Cardiff is an eclectic mix of the occasionally ancient, the Victorian and Georgian, and the mostly incongruous architecture of the last twenty years.

To bring this week’s theme to a close, I want to share another CCTV camera shot. This camera sits opposite Cathays Library in Cardiff, and it caught my eye because I think you’d have to be Godzilla or King Kong for there to be any risk at all of you being able to interfere with it, so high up does it sit.

It is one of over 200 cameras owned by Cardiff City Council at the time of writing, dating back to 1976, governed by a Code of Conduct. Objective statistics on the usefulness of these cameras are hard to come by, but there is no doubt that officials and the police like them whilst civil liberty groups continue to cast doubt on whether CCTV is effective at all. The only thing for certain is that, at a time where the number of police officers are at an historical peak (and about to be reduced as the UK Government tries to balance its books), sightings of the police patrolling our streets are rarer than ever.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s selection of wallpapers. I’ll be back next week with a new theme to share.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

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Shoes On A Wire

My wallpaper theme this week sees me return to posting photos closer to home, of distinctive images taken in and around Cardiff. Europe’s youngest capital city, Cardiff is an eclectic mix of the occasionally ancient, the Victorian and Georgian, and the mostly incongruous architecture of the last twenty years.

A pair of shoes that someone has managed to hook over an overhead wire in one of the side streets near Cathays Library. How did they get there? Are they old and worn out, discarded? Taken from someone, perhaps by force? A different explanation entirely, perhaps?

For myself, I admit that I’m more curious to know how many people have walked underneath these shoes without ever looking up and noticing them.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

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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Footpath Sign

Seen during a recent visit to Tonteg Junction, a former railway route converted into the Church Village bypass.

At the time of publishing, Google Maps still shows Tonteg Junction as it was before the construction of the bypass began.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

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Cycleway Along The A473

Seen during a recent visit to Tonteg Junction, a former railway route converted into the Church Village bypass.

At the time of publishing, Google Maps still shows Tonteg Junction as it was before the construction of the bypass began.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

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Tow-Away Zone Outside Burger King

I can’t remember whether the highly-publicised crackdown on problem parking began before this shot was taken, but you can see from this shot that even the threat of towing away problem parked vehicles simply isn’t taken seriously in Cardiff.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

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The Vulcan Survives - For Now

In the last ten years, Cardiff City Centre has been transformed by a wide variety of building projects. In the middle of it all, bravely defying the developers who are ripping the historic heart out of Cardiff, sits the Vulcan public house. It survives … for now.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

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Cheery Chappy

A piece of street art at Pont y Werin bridge, which was opened in 2010 to link Cardiff Bay to Penarth.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

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We Will Exterminate You

… and to finish this week’s wallpaper, here’s the real reason we were down in Cardiff Bay: to take our visiting friend to see daleks. Lots and lots of daleks. I think that made her quite happy 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this week’s wallpaper theme. I’ll be back on Monday with more of my photos to enjoy as desktop wallpaper. Have a good weekend.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

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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Alien Device, Dr Who Exhibition

Cardiff Bay is home to the Dr Who Exhibition. It’s a popular tourist attraction (which would be even more popular if Amy Pond featured a lot more prominently 😉 ), where they’ve done a nice job of showing some of the props from the series since RTD restarted it. It is a bit dark in there (he says, in that understated way we British describe such things), making the props with their own internal illumination the easiest things to photograph. The whole lot sits slap in the middle of where Bute Dock West used to be.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

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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Ribs Of A Ship Sculpture

Just in front of the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay, there’s a lovely bit of sculpture in the shape of a ship to commemorate the docks that used to be there. For today’s wallpaper, I thought I’d shoot it from the other side, just to be different.

Copyright (c) Stuart Herbert. Blog | Twitter | Facebook
Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

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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