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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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.

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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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Steps Up To Radyr Station

These are the steps up to Platform 1 of Radyr Railway Station, as seen from the end of the bridge that crosses the River Taff to the immediate east to join with the Taff Trail.

Originally opened in 1863 as part of the Taff Vail Railway, Radyr Railway Station once sat at a busy railway junction and railway sidings (Radyr Yard). Today, the railway sidings are gone, and the station has been remodelled into three platforms serving trains travelling up from Cardiff Queen Street Railway Station via Cathays Railway Station on their way to Treherbert in the Rhondda, Aberdare in the Cynon Valley and Merthyr Tydfil in the Taff Valley (all via Pontypridd). The station is also the point where the railway south splits into two, with the City Line carrying passengers down via the longer Danescourt and Fairwater route into Cardiff Central.

The car park is popular on a weekend with cyclists looking for access to the Taff Trail; the section from here down to Cardiff Bay is very flat and very leisurely, and takes in beautiful areas such as Radyr Weir and Bute Park.

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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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Balconies And Streetlights, 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.

This is a shot of the apartment balconies that overhang the path that runs along the eastern bank of the Ely. In the background you can see the bridge that connects the bay road to Penarth and Barry.

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John Lewis - Cardiff

The southern side of the new John Lewis store, which opened in Cardiff in 2009.

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This Way For Cycle Route Eight

The Taff Trail is a popular cycle and walking route that winds its way up from the barrage at Cardiff Bay, through the Garth Gap into the valleys, and north through Merthyr Tydfil and beyond to Brecon. It is the southern leg of the national cycle route 8, and whether you walk it or cycle it, much of its track up to Merthyr runs over older routes previously established by the Glamorganshire Canal, the Barry Railway, the Rhymney Railway, the Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway, and the Penydarren Tramroad amongst others.

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Lord Ninian Crichton-Stuart

Buried away in the trees in front of the National Museum of Wales is this statue of Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Ninian Crichton-Stuart. The second son of the 3rd Marquess of Bute, Crichton-Stuart served as a Member of Parliament for the United Boroughs of Cardiff, Cowbridge and Llantrisant. He was killed in action in 1915, commanding the 6th Battalion, the Welsh Regiment. Ninian Park, the former home of Cardiff City Football Club, was named after Lord Ninian.

This striking statue was made by Sir W. Goscombe John in 1917, and is set in Gorsedd Gardens. Unfortunately, the statue has his back to the main path through the gardens, making it difficult for casual passers-by to appreciate this fine piece of memorial work.

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