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6 reasons Cardiff is the best city in the UK

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Got myself a wee byline in the Metro this week. Read and enjoy!

Originally posted on Metro:

(Picture: Flickr/Geraint Rowland)
(Picture: Flickr/Geraint Rowland)

Cardiff is frequently to be found at the top of lists of best cities in the UK to live in. Don’t believe me? Take that, and then that!

Don’t just take their word for it though. Here’s why this big little city by the sea is so great – in the words of a local.

1. Location

On the basis of the three Ls (location, location, location) Cardiff’s got to be the best situated city in the UK.

Drive for 30 minutes and you can be in the middle of the Brecon Beacons, add a little on to that time and you’ll reach the beautiful, unspoiled beaches of the Gower, and a little further to get to Pembrokeshire.

Also, we’re only 40 miles from Bristol and 150 miles from London, so if you want a big night out or weekend away in one of our…

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We Are Cardiff goes to Glastonbury!

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I went to Glastonbury for the FIRST TIME EVER this year, and blogged about it over on the We Are Cardiff site. Read on for my experiences!

Originally posted on We Are Cardiff:

Bit of a misleading title seeing as the GREATEST FESTIVAL ON EARTH was nearly two weeks ago now. It’s taken me THIS LONG to recover and manage to write up my experiences. If you’ve no interest in reading about HOW AMAZING GLASTONBURY IS, then you best toddle off and read something else.

Photo by Andrew Allcock

So. Firstly, a confession. Or an announcement. My name is Helia Phoenix, I am 33 years old and up til this year, I was a Glastonbury virgin. There are a lot of reasons – I wasn’t allowed to go as a teenager, early 20s I was too chicken to jump the fence and I couldn’t afford a ticket, blah blah. All the powers of the universe converged this year to allow me the disposable income for a ticket, and a friend who managed to get through and get me one. So, I was in. Signed up. Ready…

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The urbanist’s guide to Cardiff – blogger of the week on the Guardian!

Originally posted on We Are Cardiff:

Well well, eh? I pack my bags and head off to Glastonbury for a couple of days and what happens? BLOGGER OF THE WEEK ON THE GUARDIAN HAPPENS, that’s what!

helia guardian cities featured blogger june 2014

click the picture or this link to go read the article: The urbanist’s guide to Cardiff: ‘the UK’s most sociable city’

I got a bit of shit in the comments for being too generic and not listing enough specific independent bars / cafes / shops etc etc in the city – also there were comments saying that there actually aren’t many independents, which I know to be A LIE. There are OODLES of amazing independent businesses in the city, many that I frequent, and I wanted to give a list of my favourites below. This is by no means exhaustive, and if you’re reading this and think I’ve missed one out in your area, PLEASE ADD IT IN THE COMMENTS!

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Interview for France Culture: “Cardiff, Histoires Fantastiques”

Last summer I was interviewed for a French radio documentary about Cardiff, called “Cardiff, Histories Fantastiques”. I am described as a ‘bloguese’! Literally the best thing I have ever been called.

Apparently I also have the capability of speaking two languages simultaneously! Who knew.

If your French is functional, listen below! If not so much, concentrate, and you’ll hear me talking in the background.

Access the radio show here: ESCALE 2 : « CARDIFF, HISTOIRES FANTASTIQUES »

Documentaire de Michel Pomarède
Réalisation : Guillaume Baldy
Prise de son et mixage : Claire Levasseur

Cate Le Bon, The Gate, 8 February 2014

Last night, I went to a rather marvellous gig at The Gate in Cardiff, featuring Cate Le Bon, who I’ll happily claim as a local artist (okay, she’s not really from round here, but she cut her musical teeth here over the past six or whatever years). I’ve been to see her before, many years ago at a Kruger show. Last night’s show reminded me of a great interview that we published in Kruger (a local music magazine that I used to write for, that sadly no longer exists).

Luckily for YOU, the article still exists on Kruger’s Issuu page, so you can read it there. The wonderful Lisa Matthews wrote it, and the photography is flipping ACE too. Click on the picture below to go read!

cate le bon Kruger

Kruger Issue 14: Krugerville / Cate le Bon by Lisa Matthews

A worthwhile reminder for pay day…

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine contacted me about writing a story for a children’s book she was putting together. The book is called Tal’s Good Feet, and it was put together by Vicki Simpson to raise money for a little boy called Tal Campbell, who has cerebral palsy. The money goes towards his medical bills and important operations … you can read more about him on the Tal’s Good Feet website.

The book is a compilation of short stories aimed at children between six to nine years old, and my story was illustrated by the rather marvellous Adam Chard. It’s priced at a very reasonable £6.99. All the money from the book goes towards his treatment, so if you have any gift giving occasions coming up, BUY THIS BOOK!

We Are Cardiff: Portrait of a City film now available to watch online…

Head over to the We Are Cardiff website and watch the We Are Cardiff film over by there!

In other news, I’ve just started putting together shorts from the rest of the footage that didn’t get used in the rest of the film. Only 18 hours worth to go through …!

Also recently I hooked up with an old friend, Emily Jones, who is a rather wonderful illustrator. We only ever knew each other on the Cardiff drinking/watching bands circuit, so imagine my surprise when I found out how wonderful she is at painting and drawing. We’ve decided to work on some stuff together, so hopefully there will be some news about that sometime soon!

Emily Jones’ website is called Can You Draw a Dinosaur and you can like her on Facebook.

I’m a big fan of her landscapes…

and her characters….

writing, music, web stuff, Cardiff, sometimes

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