There is nothing quite like local knowldge. When you have lived in a place for a long time you start to pick up the local history that only time in a place can give you. We tried to put a list of some of the hidden gems in Cardiff that are in front of your eyes every day but you may not have noticed. To do this we have asked the real experts - the people of Cardiff. We posted in the Facebook page Cardiff Now & Then to ask people what their favourite hidden gems were. We then combined them with some of our own. 1. The plaque of Rawlins White You may have noticed a large plaque on the wall in Cardiff's House of Fraser. Old Rawlins was a protestant preacher in the 1500s who was burnt at the stake in the Welsh captial. He was a bit of a maverick and even helped the executioner place the straw around his body. Read his full incredible story here. 2. Bullet holes These holes on Lansdowne Road railway bridge are believed to be the result of being strafed by a low flying aircraft in World … [Read more...] about 37 fascinating things in Cardiff you may not have noticed
0 Post a comment Friday, 1 February 2019 - Local People by Contributed Item - Contributed Item @twitter.com/gem_news [email protected] A World War 2 fashion show resulted in record attendance for a meeting on January 17 at The Lesser Hall, Cowbridge. Fifty Bont Faen WI members and guests were treated to a show compered by Rosemary Challoner, a member of Barry War Museum. Rosemary was accompanied by fellow BWM member Jacquie, three professional models and World War 2 re-enactor, Paul.Rosemary explained how fashion had changed during the 20th century, especially after the First World War, when women first entered the workplace en masse. This resulted in less structured and more practical outfits from the 1920s to the 1940s. The models Gillian, Claire and Jody were escorted down the catwalk by Paul dressed as a Sergeant Major, complete with baton. All the models’ outfits were accessorised with hat and gloves both for day and evening wear. There was an … [Read more...] about Y Bont Faen WI’s World War 2 Fashion Show
0 Post a comment Sunday, 20 January 2019 - Local People by Contributed Item - Contributed Item @twitter.com/gem_news [email protected] Cowbridge History Society’s archive room has been up and running in room 5 Old Hall on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 12pm for the past nine years and it receives visitors and enquiries from all over the world. This huge paper archive (as opposed to the artefacts displayed in Cowbridge Museum) has been digitised and can now be viewed on the computer in the History Room by anyone who prefers to look at it in this form.Now that Cowbridge library holds a copy of the digital archive, it is far more accessible. Anyone visiting the library can ask to view it there and will find photographs and information on buildings, people, events, aerial views, clubs, businesses, census returns, street directories etc for Cowbridge and Llanblethian, and for other villages in our surrounding area.The archive is being added to all the … [Read more...] about Cowbridge History Society’s digital archive is now available in town’s library.
Supermodel Twiggy, Python Michael Palin and England manager Gareth Southgate are among more than 1,000 people awarded in the New Year Honours 2019. The list celebrates heroes - from 43 responders to terror attacks, to the divers who stunned the world in the Thai cave rescue. But there are also awards for Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan, Downton Abbey's Jim Carter and authors Philip Pullman and Margaret Atwood. And a cronyism row is set to brew after Theresa May rewarded big business chiefs who just happen to back her Brexit deal. There are plenty of famous faces in the honours list - but far more people who quietly work away at doing good for their communities. So to honour them all, we’ve reproduced the list in full - and highlights - below. New Year Honours 2019 in numbers Overall, 1,148 recipients are named in the 2019 New Year list. That includes the 43 people recognised for their acts responding to the terror attacks in Manchester and London in 2017. Some 544 women … [Read more...] about New Year Honours list 2019 in full
Monty Python star and travel documentary maker Michael Palin, 1960s supermodel Twiggy, and acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan have joined a long list of stars from the world of entertainment, sports and the arts to be honoured by the Queen. See the full Welsh list here They are joined in the 2019 New Year Honours List by three British divers who have been awarded MBEs for helping to save a youth football team trapped inside a flooded cave in Thailand during the summer. Four other British cave divers involved in the operation are also receiving civilian gallantry awards for exceptional bravery protecting others. The 2019 New Year Honours List has 1,148 recipients which also includes 43 people recognised for their acts responding to the terror attacks in Manchester and London in 2017. A Queen's Commendation for Bravery also goes to 14-year-old Joe Rowlands who saved his father Paul from drowning after their kayak capsized off Anglesey. Best-selling author Philip Pullman, who credits … [Read more...] about The full Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for 2019