all roads lead to Cardiff

Hamadryad Park
The Bay
St David's Hall
The Museum
The City
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Ffynnon Denis

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Shots of the City

Real Cardiff
Bute Street
Charles Street
City Road
Flat Holm
The Four Elms
The Garth
Gorsedd Gardens
Hadfield Road
Lloyd George Ave
Mount Stuart Square
Newport Road


The Parks of Roath
The Pearl


Womanby St.

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In front of the museum
free now for Cardiffians
where John Tripp hid
his bicycle clips among the pillars
and the statue of Lloyd George
greens slowly in the drizzle
I saw Tom Jones once
eluding fans among the bushes.

Heart of the Welsh universe
its white Portland replicated
perfectly in India
where the architect made a quick
rupee reselling his plans.

The past concentrates on these slabs.
Memory of marches, meetings, passions,
hired coaches like cream river-boats
the steps cut like a ghat on the Ganges.
When the sea rises
the tide will reach here with ease.

Peter Finch


The Steps is taken from Finch's Seren collection Useful, where an earlier version of the poem complained about the high costs of admission to one of the greatest of our national institutions. The National Assembly has, however, now abolished all museum admission charges and visitor figures have soared.

Could be Soviet Russia but it's Liberal Wales


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The Steps