Culture: Is the BBC too Arrogant?

It can happen to an individual or to a corporation, when success propels either to dizzy heights it can be too easy to lose sight, judgement becomes cloudy and before you know it you’ve become officially ARROGANT with a capital A. ‘Look at us, aren’t we great, we can do what the we like with […]

Cardiff: Transport Futurology

*This piece was originally written in July 2014 whilst still in China. I have since returned to Cardiff and was able to re-shoot some of the lost imagery as well as the revamped stations at Queen Street and Central. The words remain relevant as the South Wales metro region is set to be revitalised by […]

Culture: Now That’s What I Call Orientalism!

This originally started life as a lecture but as my students weren’t interested in anything older than they are or more specifically Adele, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and ‘the soft music’ (e.g Westlife and The Carpenters) I’ll blog it instead. So, just what was it with the eighties and Orientalism? For some reason the eighties were […]

Cardiff: Kizuna Japan Design Exhibition

Having always had a thing for JAPAN (the country as well as the band) my timing back home could not have been better for the KIZUNA design exhibition at the National Museum. Kizuna meaning a bond or link between people relates to the relationship between Wales and Japan whose connections date back at least 400 […]

Cardiff: Parc Cefn Onn

Bearing in mind its location, you may think north Cardiff was not the best possible place for a park. No sooner have you entered the gate and ambled up the lane than you’re strolling beneath the M4 (motorway/freeway/autobahn). Memorable if nothing else for its neat mural and though hardly serene, somehow it all works as […]