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Two more weeks in Cardiff – photography by Tom Beardshaw

Friend of the blog Tom Beardshaw has been manning our Instagram lens for the past two weeks – have a look at what he’s been up to throughout our city… and welcome new photographer for July!

Some more about Tom: he’s been a Cardiffian since 1996, when he arrived for a quick visit to a protest squat in Canton (anyone remember Yr Enfys?) and the van he was living in at the time broke down. Since being here, he’s work to strengthen children’s relationships with their fathers (he got Paternity Leave introduced into UK law in 2002 and founded www.dad.info) and more recently, he started the social media company NativeHQ, helping organisations like the National Assembly, National Theatre Wales and Arts Council Wales use social technologies effectively. Tom’s based in Roath with his teenage son, Cole, who lives with him for half the week and you’ll find him on Twitter here → @tombeardshaw and on Instagram here → @t0m5k.

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So that was all from Tom – and now I’d like to welcome Alex Feeney to take control of our photographs for the next month! Here’s a little intro from Alex…

 

Hello, I’m Alex. I live in Canton/Llandaff, depending on how posh I’m feeling, and I’m taking over the We Are Cardiff Instagram for the next month.

I’m a Cardiff migrant having moved here twice, despite not wanting to move here at all the first time round. Currently learning Welsh, badly.

By day I try to encourage people to get involved in the democratic process by having their say about the laws and policies which affect their everyday lives. By night I sleep.

Let’s be honest, there’s been a lot of Roath around here of late, which is lovely. There are very many lovely things to like about Roath.

But the ‘Diff is a bit bigger than that, so I’ll be (trying) to show some other stuff from my travels around the City. Either that or, when I get lazy, I’ll be regramming from my own feed over @ajfeen.

I like sleep but I don’t get any. Music, as long as it was released between 1982 and 1997. Sport, as long as I don’t have to pay to watch it. And social media, as long as you’re not expecting me to be all social about it. Hate being social.

I also hate the overuse of exclamation marks! I mean, what is that about?!!!!

Look forward to showing you my Cardiff for the next few weeks.

Al x
And remember, if you’d like to take control of the We Are Cardiff Instagram for a month, then give us a shout on wearecardiff@gmail.com. You don’t need to be a professional photographer, just someone with a camera-phone and a healthy enjoyment of exploring your local area!

Two weeks in Cardiff – photography by Tom Beardshaw

Friend of the blog Tom Beardshaw has been manning our Instagram lens for the past two weeks – have a look at what he’s been up to throughout our city…

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Do you know where any of the above pics were taken?

Some more about Tom: he’s been a Cardiffian since 1996, when he arrived for a quick visit to a protest squat in Canton (anyone remember Yr Enfys?) and the van he was living in at the time broke down. Since being here, he’s work to strengthen children’s relationships with their fathers (he got Paternity Leave introduced into UK law in 2002 and founded www.dad.info) and more recently, he started the social media company NativeHQ, helping organisations like the National Assembly, National Theatre Wales and Arts Council Wales use social technologies effectively. Tom’s based in Roath with his teenage son, Cole, who lives with him for half the week and you’ll find him on Twitter here → @tombeardshaw and on Instagram here → @t0m5k.

And remember, if you’d like to take control of the We Are Cardiff Instagram for a month, then give us a shout on wearecardiff@gmail.com. You don’t need to be a professional photographer, just someone with a camera-phone and a healthy enjoyment of exploring your local area!

Four weeks in Cardiff – photography by Pearl Thomas

Big thanks to our girl Pearl Thomas for taking over the We Are Cardiff Instagram throughout the month of May this year. Here’s a little bit about Pearl:

My name is Pearl Thomas and i’ve lived in Cardiff my whole life. I’m a 22 year old Photography student in Cardiff and Vale & i’ve been accepted to study Documentary Photography in Newport University in September.

Since starting course it has opened my eyes to different areas of art and photography that I have pursued. It has given me the knowledge to match my enthusiasm to create photographs and art work that I never thought I could.

Although Photography is a huge part of my life, my second passion is human rights. Which coincides with my photography. I like to explore neighbourhoods and communities in order to shed light on the way people live. I believe everyone deserves to live on this planet  and no other person is above anyone else. I believe we should all come together rather than pushing people away based on anything.

Apart from human rights and Photography, I enjoy music gigs and festivals as well as just relaxing with friends and family.

I hope you enjoy my photographs – take a look at my website:
http://pearl-thomas.wix.com/pearlthomasdocphot

Pearl got some great snaps from around the city. Do you know where any of the following were taken?

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Hope you enjoyed this month’s exploration on Instagram! For the month of June, we’ve Tom Beardshaw (long-time friend of the blog) taking snaps for us around the city. Here’s a little bit about Tom:

Tom’s been a Cardiffian since 1996, when he arrived for a quick visit to a protest squat in Canton (anyone remember Yr Enfys?) and the van he was living in at the time broke down. Since being here, he’s work to strengthen children’s relationships with their fathers (he got Paternity Leave introduced into UK law in 2002 and founded www.dad.info) and more recently, he started the social media company NativeHQ, helping organisations like the National Assembly, National Theatre Wales and Arts Council Wales use social technologies effectively. Tom’s based in Roath with his teenage son, Cole, who lives with him for half the week and you’ll find him on Twitter here → @tombeardshaw and on Instagram here → @t0m5k.

And remember, if you’d like to take control of the We Are Cardiff Instagram for a month, then give us a shout on wearecardiff@gmail.com. You don’t need to be a professional photographer, just someone with a camera-phone and a healthy enjoyment of exploring your local area!

“Cardiff happened to me totally by chance” – Biv

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Cardiff happened to me totally by chance. If it weren’t for my best mate from home not going to University and getting a job in Cardiff, I wouldn’t be writing this article today.

Born and brought up in Doha Qatar, I went to University of Warwick following school. At this point, my mate from home came to Cardiff University to pursue his undergrad. Hence, I’d been to Cardiff a few times and liked it straight away. It reminded me a lot of my hometown; though it was small, being a capital city, it had everything you’d want. Friendly people, lots of restaurant and café options, and a great vibrant night life. So when it came to applying for graduate jobs, I didn’t think twice before putting down Cardiff as my first choice for a graduate scheme with a national employer.

It’s been almost seven years since I moved to Cardiff with work; the city and its people have been very welcoming and I consider it as home. Though I’ve been approached with job roles in other parts of the UK, I can’t come to terms with leaving the city and my mates behind now. I’m in a comfort bubble but it’s one that I’m happy not to burst for the time being.

Having lived in Cathays, Cardiff Bay and now Roath, I probably love Roath the best. The neighbourhood cafes and local establishments, the park and lake, the Farmers market are just some of the things that make this a great neighbourhood to live in. Its proximity to town is also a bonus which means that it’s a reasonable distance to stagger back home after a cracking night out in town!

If I had to pick one place that I love the most and would be able to take with me wherever I went, that would be Milgi. The awesome ‘your living room’ feel, the friendly staff and the eclectic mix of clientele are desirable extras to the lush drinks (hot and cold) that they serve. However, not a big fan of the ‘only vegan’ turn that they have adopted over the last few years as that’s limited me to ordering only drinks. But hey ho, I’ve still got umpteen amazing local establishments to choose from to satisfy my palate.

Cardiff ticks all the boxes for me; like every city, it has its undesirable aspect / elements but it isn’t in your face and you have the option to stay clear of them. When one does that, don’t see why this city wouldn’t rank as one of the best to live in the nation.

Oh, those bloody seagulls!! Forgot about that…

Bivin Mathew is 29 years of age and still unsure what the fuss is about turning 30 – a sports loving foodie and movie buff who uses an accounting qualification to pay the bills. Biv has been living in Roath for the past three years and remains unconvinced about moving to other parts of the city. Spare time is spent trying to play squash and tennis, or knocking a football around in a cage, watching films (Cineworld Unlimited card should be given its own star on the Hollywood walk of fame!) and enjoying all the delicacies that the various restaurants and cafes that Cardiff has to offer. Follow Biv on Twitter @bivlar or by blog.

Biv was photographed in Waterloo Tea Rooms and in Waterloo Gardens by Tom Beardshaw

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