Girders For Wales Rally 2010

Whilst down in Cardiff Bay, we noticed piles and piles of girders all stacked up, ready to be used to assemble the facilities for the launch night of this year’s Wales Rally. Much to the amusement of my companions, I rushed over, shoved my camera lens into the pile, and fired off a few shots. I think it came out alright.

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Side Of The Millennium Centre

Good morning. I hope the morning chill isn’t detracting from the beautiful blue skies we’re lucky to have today. I hear the forecast for the week isn’t great, so make the most of today!

This week’s desktop theme revolves around a trip down to Cardiff Bay with an old friend from university last Monday. To get us started, here’s a different shot of the coal scuttle (as some of us locals call it), aka the Millennium Stadium. There’ll be more tomorrow.

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Street Art, Pont y Werin

Earlier this year, a new footbridge called Pont y Werin was opened across the River Ely, connecting Penarth and Cardiff Bay and providing a circular walk / cycle path around the bay and the Cardiff Barrage. The banks of the Ely at this point are buried beneath modern apartment developments, and when you throw in the marina too, the area is a microcosm of how Cardiff has changed since the docks closed.

At the eastern end of the bridge is a striking art installation of two men and a young girl. They are simple silhouettes, best viewed from a distance, and they really catch the eye no matter which side of the bridge you are approaching from.

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Golden Cross on Hayes Bridge Road

The Golden Cross is one of the most distinctive buildings in Cardiff City Centre, especially with the encroachment of the St Davids 2 shopping centre up to its very doorstep. Built in 1849, it is currently a grade 2 listed building. Long may it continue to inject a bit of style and colour in the face of the hodge-podge of modern architecture surrounding it.

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Diverted Traffic Fire Escape

The work to partially pedestrianise St Mary’s Street in the centre of Cardiff has led to some amusingly placed “diverted traffic” signs in the area. This one is my absolute favourite, as it appears to be directing traffic into the fire escape of one of the city centre pubs.

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The community centre at Trallwn in Pontypridd is typical of many in the valleys. Originally a mission hall, it has been extended and converted into a great resource for the local community. The result is an exterior that at first glance appears old, like the terraced houses around it appear old, but look closer, and the mixture of old and new make for an interesting subject for my camera.

The Photos

Gate To The Community Centre

Plants Growing Out Of The Wall

Fence And Yellow

Fastening The Litter Bin To The Telegraph Pole

Extractor Fan Grill

Down The Drain

Drain Pipe On The Wall

Drain Pipe, Leaves and Vent

Grit Salt

Bethania, 1908

The Old Entrance To The Hall

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United Services Mess

When I walked past this, I fell in love with the lovely deep blue paintwork in contrast with the very clean brass work.

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The Taff Trail Out Of Bute Park

At its northern end, Bute Park gets squeezed down to a narrow avenue of trees, standing guard over the Taff Trail cycle route. This park of the park is a bit far for the Cardiff lunch crown to manage; it’s a quiet place during the week, with only the occasional jogger and cyclist to break you out of your own contemplation.

To the immediate west runs the River Taff, and to the east runs the former route of the Glamorganshire Canal before it disappears underneath the retail park at Gabalfa.

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Whatever You Do, Don't Blink

A litte bit of fun with statues and depth of field inspired by the new Doctor Who (which is filmed out of South Wales) and writer Stephen Moffatt’s best creation, the angel statues from the Hugo Award-winning episode ‘Blink‘.

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Setting Off On An Adventure

Whilst out looking for a suitable photo for Guardian Cardiff’s July photography challenge, I spotted these three folks hauling their luggage along the road (presumably heading to Cardiff Railway Station).

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