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Steve Hogarth: Here There and Everywhere

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*this blog includes affiliate links WHO IS THIS GUY? The late eighties were, as I’ve most likely said elsewhere, a time of discovery. Now in the age of Wiki we can look up anyone of interest and know all about them in moments but back then it was all detective work, piecing together fragments of information.  For those of us music junkies or audiophiles who took time to read the sleeve notes, certain names appeared. I can’t remember which one went first, it could have been The The, it could…read more

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Swansea: City By The Sea

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*this blog contains affiliate links PREVIOUSLY Three cities, three sisters, three connections on the map, dotting the southern Welsh coastline. The second largest is Swansea, a mere 40 odd miles west of Cardiff yet I’ve barely been there. This is only my fourth ever visit and by some considerable distance my most comprehensive. The first was in 1986, a rushed affair which took in HMV (where I saw David Sylvian’s Gone to Earth and INXS Kiss the Dirt single). The second I can’t remember and the last one was at…read more

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Cardiff: The Northern Parks (Three into One)

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These blogs were originally published as separates. Here to stem the number of blogs about any one city and future blogs I’ve amalgamated them into one (call it three into one if you like). Starting with… THE MEADOW If Bute Park is Cardiff’s Hyde or Central Park and Roath Park is its Regent’s Park, then the (unnamed) Meadow Walk is possibly its Hampstead Heath (I’d now say that was more likely Cefn-Onn below). And to think I only knew the north of Cardiff for its city train line but living…read more

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Kiev: A Collision of Cold, Caffeine and Colourful Churches

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*this blog contains an affiliate link THIS MUST BE KIEV ‘Kiev’ my train cabin mate declares, seconds later we pass Zhuliani airport and I know from my research that we are within four miles of our destination. A typical melee to get my bags through the train doors and onto the low platform below ensues. My cabin friend and I shake hands and head in separate directions. He has another hours bus ride ahead of him while I have an art hostel to find (not knowing if they have a room available). ALARM…read more

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Newport: Jigsaw Falling into Place

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SEE THE BEAUTY IN YOUR DRAB HOMETOWN *this blog contains an affiliate link. It is not often I get to blog about the hometown (technically speaking somewhere between the M4 and Caerleon), so rare in fact it’s never been done, so here goes… It’s fair to say that Newport doesn’t exactly conjure up positive imagery; even Lonely Planet has previously referred to it as ‘a bit of a dump’. A faceless grey town on the banks of a muddy brown river with an equally bland name (it sounds better in…read more

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Cardiff: A Different Man

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*this blog contains affiliate links CROESO – A 2022 UPDATE Hi or Shw mae (‘sure-my’) as we say in Wales. This piece was originally written in 2018 in what was in travel terms, a completely different world. I had returned from many years living in China and extensive travel in Europe. In 2022 Cardiff again beckoned still in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic although this now has become almost as tired as some of Cardiff’s signs and buildings, more on that below. If you’re moving to the capital you’d…read more

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Malta: Noughts and Crosses

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*this blog contains affiliate links LIFE IS A ROLLERCOASTER Malta on a map is a mere speck, surrounded by the beautiful or hazardous blue (depending on your circumstance) of the Mediterranean sea. The day I land its airspace is being smothered by a storm! This makes Air Malta’s A320neo a flying roller coaster as we are batted around from side to side and up and down through air currents, air pockets and god knows what else.  Breaking the cloud seems to take forever and when we do the Med seen…read more

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Paris: Memoir from the Past

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*this blog contains affiliate links INTRO Paris is always a good idea – Audrey Hepburn You can’t really have a travel or culture blog and not feature Paris can you? And if I know anything about travel writing, it is this… I could blog about Cardiff and Shenzhen with all my heart – and as regular readers know I love those cities – but I also know Paris will easily eclipse them in terms of visitors numbers. A-list cities are like rock stars. You can write about them until you’re…read more

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Manila: Transport – More Fun in the Philippines?

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This piece was originally written in 2013 at a time when the Philippines was being battered by a storm from the Pacific. Fortunately this did not affect the capital where I was, but Manila also needed a lot of work. Let’s start at the beginning and a big thanks to my friend and journalist in the Philippines George Buid for the updates. *this blog contains an affiliate link. ARRIVAL The Philippines are in the midst of a tourist drive. With their colourful and quirky ‘more fun in the Philippines’ campaign and slogan…read more

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Birmingham: Out of the Blue

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INTRO Quick note here, this is one of the hardest blogs I’ve done but as one of the biggest cities in the UK you can’t leave Birmingham out of the equation. It’s a pity that during my time there, like Manchester, several key places to visit were closed. PEN MUSEUM – CLOSED CHINA EXPRESSION GALLERY – CLOSED ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM – CLOSED until 2022! Not only that but I spend several visits trying to locate the city’s iconic Selfridges building only to find the mottled pink, and black blob…read more

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