The Red Stripe Rule

I’ve often walked into bars, clubs, restaurants and pointed knowingly at a fridge full of the Jamaican style beer ‘Red Stripe’ turned to my friends and said this will be a good night. #TheRedStripeRule This is because I have a rule, it’s called the Red Stripe Rule. If a place serves Red Stripe in a can, it is probably … Continue reading

Christmas gifts from Cardiff’s Fashion Quarter

Tucked away on Womanby Street behind a wall of graffiti, Cardiff’s Fashion Quarter is a superb place to find an eccentric gift this Christmas. The recently opened Cardiff Fashion Quarter is a hive of vintage clothing, interesting collectables and novelty knick-knacks, the perfect place to pick up a Christmas gift that is a little bit different. One: … Continue reading

Love & Rage: Can the City Road squat become a community centre?

Love & Rage Cardiff squatters ‘The Gremlins’ have been resisting eviction in the abandoned Gaiety on City Road since October this year. Their eventual aim is to make this building a part of the community again by opening it up to the public as a community centre. Who are the gremlins? The gremlins are an … Continue reading

The Pumping Station

The sound of many clocks ticking, a slightly dusty smell and room after room of antiques, The Pumping Station in Cardiff is a great distraction from the modern world. After posting about Jacob’s Market a few weeks ago, another blogger pointed me in the direction of The Pumping Station in Penarth Road in Grangetown. The Pumping … Continue reading

Postcards From the Past

Voices echoing back across the generations… Inside a box of old photographs in the corner of Cardiff’s dusty home for all things vintage and retro, Jacob’s Market, I found several old postcards written in the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. Below is a slideshow featuring the postcards with voice-overs reading out the words of others written … Continue reading

Book Shop Oddities

The sound of cracked pages turning in a second hand book shop has always felt slightly magical to me. Cardiff has some fantastic second hand book shops. I ventured into Capital Books and Troutmark Books to see what odd tit-bits I could find in the Welsh capitals literary haunts. Capital Books For years I have … Continue reading

Inner Spin: Inside the City Rd. Squat

Draped in anarchist banners and bedecked with graffiti, the abandoned Spin Bowling alley on city road is now home to activist squatters: ‘The Gremlins’. I arrived outside the ex-cinema and ex-bowling alley on City Road known as The Gaiety or Spin a couple of weeks ago. I knocked on the side door to ask if … Continue reading

Jacob’s Market

On every floor, around every corner, on every shelf is another relic of a by-gone era just waiting to be rediscovered… Despite living in Cardiff for the last three years I had never heard of Jacob’s Market. Once I heard about this antiques market just behind Cardiff Central Station I decided I had to go. … Continue reading