Croeso i Gaerdydd

Translation: ‘Welcome to Cardiff‘ So, I ended up in Cardiff (specifically in Cardiff Bay) yesterday for a meeting at the Wales Office and had some time afterwards to wander around. It’s amazing how the area has been transformed since I used to stay in a flat in Bute Town many years ago when were having […]

Second City Walk


We tried out another City of London walk today, “Finsbury Circus to Tower Hill”, which we found here. This one is a little shorter than the walk we took a while ago and takes in fewer gardens, but we started off somewhere that wouldn’t look out of place as an ‘on location’ spot for filming […]

“I am not a Merry Man!”


Excuse me for using a post title that only the most dedicated Star Trek fans will get, but I was in Nottingham yesterday and can’t help myself. The quote comes from one of the very few genuinely funny Next Generation episodes which involved the meddlesome ‘Q’ transporting the crew to the Middle Ages… I was […]

Out of Darkness Cometh Light


The motto above is the one adopted by the City I visited today; Wolverhampton, in the West Midlands. The City (a town until the year 2000, when it became one of the millenium cities, along with Brighton and Inverness) was founded around 985AD by Lady Wulfruna, a powerful Saxon noblewoman of Mercia. A statue of […]

The Inland Sea

Here’s a photograph that I took yesterday as thick fog blanketed the valley that sits below Dudley to the west. The large “islands” you see emerging from the fog in the far distance are the Malverns, which are 1395 feet at their highest point. It’s an interesting sight, as it might have looked like this […]