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    Photos of my own little corner of the world - South Wales

    Some random photos of my recent trip back to Cardiff for Christmas it was cold but dry and bright most of the time which makes for good photography conditions and all round nice experience.

    I find taking pictures at home difficult because I don't see anything there that catches my eye like I do here, too familiar, but anyway here's a few.

    First two are possibly Wales' most famous landmark.... The Millenium Stadium, the finest rugby stadium in the world. 72,500 almost lift the roof when singing the National Anthem.





    Being close to the sea, Cardiff is well known for the seagulls that fly around the City Centre.




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    Of course no trip to wales is complete without a game of rugby and i go to as many as possible when home. The first one I went to on this trip was the Cardiff Blues at home in their new stadium against local rivals The Newport Gwent Dragons

    So...how many International players can you name from this picture? I can see 12.




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    An early morning picture of the road where my Mum and Dad live, just after some night time snow.



    In the city centre we have the Cardiff Castle. Originally Roman but mostly more modern, this clock tower is far more modern built by the 3rd Marquis Of Bute starting in 1869.



    the uhmmmmmm Hotel, forgotten the name.


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    Cardiff being close to the sea Not as close as swansea when cardiff ran in there rather than have a toe to toe

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    Next is the view from half way up Caerphilly Mountain. we went to a hotel there for Christmas Dinner. Was a great family affair, sadly one that can never be repeated.

    looking down at the city you can see how the millenium stadium dominates the view. in the background are the islands of Steep Holme and Flat Holme out in the Bristol Channel.



    Yes, I did use an orange filter for that shot.

    My parents have had this crane visible out of their back window for several years doing works on the adjacent hospital.

    Every time I get bored I try to think of an interesting way to photograph it, this is as good as it gets.


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    Quote Originally Posted by corned dog
    Cardiff being close to the sea Not as close as swansea when cardiff ran in there rather than have a toe to toe
    Always nice to receive intelligent comment from those who value the important things in life.

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    Is it the Royal Hotel, Bob?

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    Next rugby match was another magners league clash between two welsh regions The Dragons and The Scarlets at Rodney Parade Newport, 12 miles east of Cardiff.



    Anyone name the referee highlighting the current offence the dragons are commiting....?



    ....which will lead to a penalty for fullback Morgan Stoddard.....



    to kick the winning points.....


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    ^^ No I don't think it is, the Royal was on St Mary's Street, I think that's where my brother had his wedding reception and I stole the Welsh flag that hung outside the hotel on match days (and I still have here in Bangkok).

    I think it is the Parc Hotel.....

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    No picture of Brains Brewery and the Albert then? I haven't spent any time in Caerdydd since I got married. My wife then really liked the Albert but then she never went there on Five Nations match days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock
    So...how many International players can you name from this picture? I can see 12.
    Not surprising when there's only 2 Welsh teams nowadays.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock
    Anyone name the referee highlighting the current offence the dragons are commiting....?
    Coming in from the side?

    Nice pics, as ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock
    I think it is the Parc Hotel.....
    Looks like you are correct


    Nice pics, greens on the way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Coming in from the side?
    name of the referee, not the offense.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Not surprising when there's only 2 Welsh teams nowadays.
    I've named 3 already and The Ospreys who have the majority in the Welsh side are not playing. There are three all Blacks in that pic (and a Wallaby just out of shot).

    So far you've been unable to name a single one.
    Last edited by Bobcock; 18-04-2010 at 03:07 PM.

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    Coming back from the game in newport i had to cross this nice bridge they have built over the River Usk into the city centre.

    As I was coming from rugby I didn't have a tripod or my fastest lenses with me so I upped the iso and did my best hand held. These are the best 2.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Belepheron
    No picture of Brains Brewery
    gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock
    name of the referee, not the offense.
    Looks like some useless Aussie twat to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock
    So far you've been unable to name a single one.
    The Welsh all look the same to me.

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    Cardiff has a big central market in the centre of town which includes ashtons fresh Fish Market which fascinated me as a child and still looks as good today








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    Marmite, that really is a piss poor effort, i'm sure Loy toy will be able to identify the Aussie referee

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    is that shirley bassey selling the seafood ?

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    ^^ No idea who he is from the picture Bob..............can you PM me a blow up of the image and I'll see what I can do?

    Anyway he must not be so renowned if he's wasting his time refereeing a game in the wilderness of the Rugby World.

    Nice pics by the way and you certainly enjoyed better weather then I experienced. When I was there it was pissing down every day, freezing cold and bleak and I can certainly understand why you got out of the shithole.

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    Jeez, the so called rugby experts, very long winded way of saying "I don't know". funny cos the thai's get criticised for the same thing.

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    ^ ///// 55555555

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    Seriously though big difference between fans from the hemisphere's.

    NH people enjoy watching all rugby, whatever's on even a good crowd (all NH) recently to watch the U20 test between argentina and SA.

    Super 14s, Tri Nations, 50/50 crowd NH to SH. we all know who the SH players, refs, teams are. Go to watch 6n some SH but not many, yet the crowds are bigger in the pub. Heineken Cup, forget it, rarely an SH guy in site. And they know fuck all about the players, don't even know where their own SH players in the NH are playing.

    At least, that's what I thought until marmite joined this thread.....5555555

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    Have a green for the nice photos

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    I enjoy watching all grades of Rugby and have particularly enjoyed watching some of the Uni games being played in South Africa. They certainly have some great youngsters coming through.

    Unfortunately I don't get to see many of the NH games where I am and will soon lose whatever contact I have with global Rugby when the South African network close down their coverage.

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