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

Open House: A Front Room Vinyl Sale

Who could walk past a vinyl record taped to a lamp post and not stop to look at what it was? Not me anyway… As I was walking down Wyeverne Road in Cathays I noticed a record attached to a lamp post. Instead of a label telling me what was on the record, there was … Continue reading

The Post Office Parrot Sanctuary

From the outside it looks like any ordinary Post Office but the Post Office on Crwys Road in Cardiff is also a safe haven for abandoned Welsh parrots. I had been told that the woman who works in the Post Office on Crwys Road often appeared from behind the counter with a parrot on her … Continue reading

Fox Studio

I was walking up Crwys Road on the way to investigate a parrot when I saw a sign pointing the way to an artist’s studio. Well, I had to go and have a look.   When I put my coat on this morning I had expected to write a particular story this evening instead I’m writing this one. … Continue reading

The Homeless Bookworm

I had often seen him, sitting in doorways with his woolly hat laid flat out in front of him begging for change, and often reading.   When I walk down Park Lane or Park Place I often see the same homeless man sitting out in whatever weather, begging for change. I noticed that most times … Continue reading

MIR: Nocturne CF24

Lantern in hand I set off on a nocturnal arty-walk around the darkened streets of Cardiff in a celebration of local art and the night.   The big finish to this year’s community based arts festival ‘Made in Roath’ was the night-time art walk: ‘Nocturne in CF24’. The night can be eerie, beautiful and cosy, … Continue reading

MIR: 4am Project

The alarm went off at half three in the morning, I woke up got dressed, grabbed my camera and took to the streets to Cardiff to take photographs with strangers.   As part of 2012’s community arts festival Made in Roath I decided to take part in a photography exercise called ‘The 4am Project’. This … Continue reading