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Apparently the most searched topic that has led people to this blog is ‘Clifton Street 1 Way’ so in the interest of getting traffic to this site I will be mentioning Clifton Street 1 Way as much as is Clifton Street 1 Wayingly possible. Clifton Street 1 Way. I would love at this point to link to the Clifton Street story on but it is temporarily down while we sort out a few technical issues…

I do have good reason to talk about the Clifton Street one-way system though as I got chatting to a cameraman from The Ferret last night at a fund raising evening of poetry, literature and music at the Vulcan. Adamsdown seems set to feature quite a bit on the TV in the next few weeks as The Ferret are to cover both the Clifton Street 1 way system story and the campaign to save the Vulcan, and I think the Vulcan story is being picked up by various other ITV current affairs programs which is all well and good.


sdc10523It was great to chat to ITV but their presence meant that what little room was available in the tiny back room of the Vulcan to watch the event was limited and I was forced to watch over peoples shoulders from the corridor. It didn’t bode well for the slide show I was supposedly trying to take enough photos to make, as I got about two: one of the performance by Heather Jones and one of Des Barry, who I have never heard of before but is a really nice bloke and from the little I managed to hear of him reading his work is a great writer too.





Hopefully a bit of Photoshpping will give me something usable, although it wasn’t until I uploaded the photos from my camera for this post I realised how bad they were! (Nothing I can do will make this bit of text move up…..)


Jenny Randerson AM addresses the crowd

The protest to save the Vulcan went off smoothly today – although there were a number of police officers present in case the collection of rather jolly members of the public, media types, councillors and assembly members turned nasty.


A 5000 name petition was handed into the petitions committee of the Welsh Assembly and technical ineptitude aside, we managed to get some footage and a nice interview with Graham Craig, one of the team behind the campaign.


And you can now get your Save the Vulcan T-shirts here:

I forgot to mention in the last post that there will be a demonstration on the February 12th at 1pm, outside the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

Keep the Vulcan No Car Park! – I also came across this good blog post that has all sorts helpful contact information.


As you may or may not know, the Vulcan Hotel in Adamsdown is under threat from the new St Davids 2 development. I have only been inside once but it is my kind of place – the sort of pub where you can enjoy a pint of real ale and not a chrome topped surface in sight.

The Vulcan is, to steal a  comment directly from the Beer in the Evening website:

A little Victorian gem,spit and (literally) sawdust and full of character. Tiled exterior and bare wood floor with many pictures and artefacts of the city’s past adorning the walls.Well kept Brains beers a retro juke box and an excellent, friendly landlady. You’ve seen”life on mars”, this is the pub on mars!!. Seemingly frozen in time, a rare and wonderful place.One of the few pubs in the city that haven’t had the soul “renovated” out of them. Soon to be demolisheed in the name of:- err- progress. Enjoy it before it is too late.

Tonight there was a well attended public meeting at the ATRiuM across the road where the team behind the campaign brought the supporters up to date with its progress. I didn’t make notes but the key message is that the developers need to be made aware of just how important it is to stop Cardiff from becoming another bland and indistinguishable city centre.

I personally cannot see why anyone would not think that this historic building is an asset – surely a little bit of historical Cardiff can only be good for the tourism the St Davids 2 developers hope to attract?

Anyway other people have far more interesting and insightful things to say on the matter than me so here are some links:

Contacts – where to direct your complaints!

St Davids 2

Prince Charles – This was suggested at the meeting and is a brilliant idea – the Prince is a well known supporter of this kind of thing. This is, after all, the erosion of the history of the capital city of which he is the Prince.

Cadw– apparently the Vulcan is not old/interesting enough to be classed as a listed building. Lets change their minds!

Support/People/Info etc

Save the Vulcan – the official blog

Save the Vulcan on Facebook

Short interview with Graham Craig, one of the team behind the campaign

Jenny Randerson – AM for Cardiff Central

Jenny Willott MP for Cardiff Central 

Adamsdown Liberal Democrat Focus Team – the blog for Adamsdown councillors Nigel Howells and John Dixon

The Institute of Welsh Affairs

These are all off the top of my head – if you think something is missing –

And finally – here is a short news report from WalesOnline’s Gavin O’Conner: