Sights and stories of my time in the Weird City.
How many places in this world have shrines (officially recognised by the local council too) to fictional characters? It really is a thing of wonder to go and see in Cardiff Bay.
Somewhere in Cardiff, they are filming the Doctor Who Christmas Special. Also Matt Smith’s hair seems to reappear in good order. I’m also wondering about the TARDIS, and if that’s an older version because it looks a bit chunkyer. Opinions anybody?
Hands up if BBC Wales filming stuff in Cardiff was a major factor in deciding which university to go to. Although, to be fair, any university which has a whole academic conference based on Doctor Who and its fandom is all kinds of awesome. (Note: I personally started prior to Doctor Who restarting)
The Men in Blazers fall in love with Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan and speak NBC’s Rebecca Lowe. Listen to the podcast here.
It’s somehow fitting that this guy is the owner of Cardiff City Football Club - football shirt, proper shirt, fancy trousers and he wore a tie at the start of the match last time. All sorts of a wonderful thing really.
Okay, so I have to admit that this is actually my favourite piece of graffiti I’ve found in Cardiff so far. It’s in Roath on a street which branches off City Road about half-way down.
iawn: means a couple of things as far as I can gather via web translators. Accurate, indeed or compensation are a few of them. I would love if anybody could tell me what the word in this context would mean.
iawn: common consensus suggests that it means ‘okay’ or ‘right/correct’. Thanks to people who answered and speak Welsh far better than I do!
Oh, and I made an icon for my LJ out of it too. On the off chance anybody actually wants to use it, feel free but please credit this post if you can.
Long time no… live I suppose but there are still many things to show you about the oddness that is Cardiff.
Today, the reason quite a few students go to the University - BBC Filming! This is mine when I caught Torchwood filming Children of Earth. I wasn’t expecting them to blow up the Bay. No, really. I suppose you could also play guess which scene this is from…
Ah, the wonders of winters in Wales. There is a hazard of living on Woodville Road, which I did for a bit in the house behind the signpost actually, in that the pavements get flooded to a couple of inches deep in some bits. Hooray for waterproof boots! Also, a bonus halls - Hodge Hall - in the background of the picture.
I met this guy in the City Centre and he was totally serious about the whole aliens thing and was warning people to watch out for them. I warned him about the dangers of the Rift here in Cardiff in turn. Also, he had no lenses in his glasses.
Someone had too much time on their hands. I think that this may be one of the more hazardous bits of… graffitti? I’ve seen because it made me stop and giggle in the middle of the road for a few seconds.
I love the fact that Cardiff is a place where you can see a guy playing a violin on a tightrope and nobody’s even that curious. Admittedly, this guy was one of the more unusual buskers I’ve ever seen in the city centre. He was very good at playing the violin though.
More halls! This one is Aberdare Hall, the prettiest, oldest and only all-girls hall that Cardiff University has. They’re currently refurbishing the rooms inside but some still look like the old dorm halls you’d imagine from historical novels and stuff. Also, there’s tons of old paintings and furniture hanging around especially in the dining hall which is much loved for its cooked breakfasts and not-so-much-loved for its university refectory dinners. The music library also lives here. Out of all the halls I’ve stayed in or nearly done so (Gordon Hall, Aberdare Hall, Talybont North and now Senghennydd Court) it is my favourite. Partly because it is just so pretty.