May 27th 2011, 01:05pm
Cardiff, gdncardiff, guardian
I moved to Cardiff in January 2010.
In March that year the Guardian launched a new hyperlocal news site “Guardian Cardiff”. As a newbie to the city (I really had literally only fleetingly visited on a couple of occasions prior to moving here) having such an engaged, relevant and active hub for all things local has been of enormous benefit to me as I settled into and discovered the place. It wasn’t just finding out what was going on (though that was the best place for it) but also who and what I should know about and follow, the blogs, activities, experts and authorities that would have taken me months or years to learn so much about. All this, thanks to the creativity and commitment of @hrwaldram, the journalist behind it. It brought me local news with speed, relevance and authority; laced with rich media and social context. Now, as the Guardian winds down this great service, the knowledge and the network I have gained stayed with me.
Why is it not continuing? Recently it was announced that the ‘experiment’ of these sites (there are others in Edinburgh and Leeds) would be wound down. It seems a terrible shame to me. Others are better placed to comment on the impact and transformation on local journalism.
But for me, if there was going to be a “Guardian Cardiff” for just 15 months it could not have been better timed. So thank you!
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July 9th 2010, 08:07pm
acting, Cardiff, choreography, lighting, musical, New Theatre, reggae, singing, The Harder They Come, theatre
Until tomorrow night, The Harder They Come, a musical based on the Jimmy Cliff film, is at Cardiff’s New Theatre, I saw it last night: it’s great.
On a minimal set, the excellent band are on stage for the whole time, as are the cast. The show is packed with musical numbers, and the drummer and the two guys on keyboards (who were particularly excellent) kept the music playing through the dialogue and action. And sometimes the dialogue and action took place during musical numbers. It gave the show a terrific pace. And I’ve not seen the film, but the show cut from scene to scene, taking advantage of the cast all being on stage so that with a snap lighting change and a few steps forward or back we could be transported from the scene of a police beating to a recording studio. Perhaps my only criticism was the slightly peculiar choices in terms of the level of lighting: sometimes this focused right down on one or two people and at others washed the stage with colour – at the opposite to the moments I’d have chosen…
There were some great voices in the cast and the choreography was excellent. Perhaps the acting was occasionally a little superficial: Ivan was played a little too “brightly”, so that when he first pulled a knife it felt like a faux-pas rather than a revelation about his character. But then two of my (female) friends were very enthusiastic about him (“it’s his eyes – and the thing he does with his knees…”) Ultimately – however – it was about the music, and my feet are still tapping a day later…
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June 11th 2010, 08:06pm
Cardiff, great welsh beer and cider festival, gwbcf, real ale
An excellent evening last night sampling welsh beers at the CIA (Cardiff International Arena), a space so huge it made the enormous bar and crowded tables look small and insignificant.
Here’s what I consumed:
- Brecon County Ale, a gently hoppy balanced ale from Breconshire (3.7%)
- Holly Hop, a very floral hoppy bitter which grew on me, from Bryncelyn (3.9%)
- Jacobi Dark, a malty caramel flavour, not my thing (5.0%)
- Jacobi Light, pleasant but forgettable bitter (3.8%)
- Old Mariners, a well balanced malty bitter from Preseli Tenby (4.0%)
- Baggy Wrinkle, a hoppier best bitter, also from Preseli Tenby, delicious (4.5%)
- Snowdonia, a deliciously hoppy golden bitter perfect for a hot summer day, from Purple Moose (3.6%), more please
I think there was another one not in the catalogue, but I’m struggling to remember!
I joined CAMRA, who gave me the Good Beer Guide 2009 for free. Â I looked at the pubs in Lewes and Seaton and found its selection to be somewhat random…
The Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival continues today and tomorrow.
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