Nelson Mandela in Cardiff, June 1998
I hadn’t expected to post this today, but when I heard the news that Nelson Mandela had died at the age of 95 I felt I needed to write. I found my old diary entry for the day Nelson Mandela received the freedom of the city of Cardiff, on Tuesday, June 16, 1998 – I was there and I want to remember the great man and that lovely day.
At the time Continue Reading »
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The bear on Cardiff’s animal wall
Cardiff’s famous animal wall stands in front of Bute Park, alongside the castle, and you will always find tourists taking pictures of it with their mobile phones.
I caught sight of the animals with their glass eyes glinting in bright sunshine on my way to the Country Fair at the end of September. Although I had my camera with me at the time I didn’t stop and it took many weeks before Continue Reading »
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In November 1963, 50 years ago, John Kennedy was assassinated and Doctor Who hit our TV screens…
OK, this will probably be very boring for you, but I am going to explore some big moments in history from my childhood perspective.
If I don’t do this now I never will, for there can never be a better time than the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F Kennedy and the first episode of Doctor Who on TV. Those events happened in this week and I’m sure most people will have noticed the coverage in the media.
I don’t have any huge insights into history, just a few moments frozen in time. In my mind and heart I can still Continue Reading »
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Grey wagtail on the roof, November 14, 2013…
There is definitely something in the air. Although so many trees are still green, the weather has suddenly become colder and drier. I knew something had changed when Continue Reading »
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Stained glass in St Mary’s Church, Tenby.
This is probably the last post from the August holiday in Pembrokeshire and it features my pictures of two churches – St Mary’s in Tenby and St Nicholas & St Teilo in Penally.
But since it is Remembrance Day this weekend, first here is the war memorial in Penally. It’s impossible to focus on Continue Reading »
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Chrome yellow Mahonia flowers through a wet window…
It’s time to catch up with the garden. October and November in South Wales have been very wet and often windy. While areas farther south in England suffered in the St Jude’s Day storms a week ago, our big gales Continue Reading »
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Rainbow skull by Chris Padgett on Flickr – click on the image to go to his page…
I like to do a post for Halloween and in previous years I have featured owls and Jack o’ lantern and Will o’ the wisp.
As a former archaeologist, I have always Continue Reading »
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