Wandering the River Taff: Hedgerow Memories

13 September 2017 // Wandering the River Taff

Helia Phoenix on foraging, hedge-jumping, and the importance of not taking photos I’ve taken myself for a short bike ride up the Taff Trail into Bute Park, the green jewel set in the heart of Cardiff. The park is vast, over 56 hectares that flank the River Taff from the castle to the northern reaches […]

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Wandering the River Taff: The Healing Waters of Taff’s Well

11 July 2017 // Wandering the River Taff

Helia Phoenix visits Wales’s little-known and only thermal spa – but is she brave enough to take a dip? Wales is not a country well known for its thermal spas, and there’s a good reason for that. We only have one. Taff’s Well – our one and only thermal spa – is situated in the […]

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Wandering the River Taff: A Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy

8 June 2017 // Wandering the River Taff

In this month’s column, Helia Phoenix explores the river monsters and pirates of Cardiff’s past. Did you know that Cardiff’s River Taff has its own Nessie, patrolling the waters, keeping wronguns away? Or at least it used to — an afanc of its very own. The afanc is a complicated thing to translate from Welsh, […]

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Wandering the River Taff: Millennium Walk and the Doomed Graffiti Wall

26 April 2017 // Wandering the River Taff

Words by Helia Phoenix. Pictures also by Helia Phoenix, unless otherwise credited. Where can you find existential ponderings about mathematical logic, sharing wall space with messages about Mother’s Day, paedo ring cover ups in the BBC, and a sketch of Marge Simpson with a massive spliff in her mouth? In other cities, perhaps this sort […]

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Wandering the River Taff: Got Brains?

15 March 2017 // Wandering the River Taff

In the second instalment of her new column, Helia Phoenix talks zombies, killer swans, and Welsh cwrw on the Taff On my first visit back to Cardiff as an adult, back in 1999, one of the first things I remember is ominous lettering on a railway bridge, somewhere around the city centre, asking an ambiguous […]

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