070211.Cardiff, Underground

February 11, 2007 at 4:04 PM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, people, towns, Vaults | 11 Comments

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Cardiff has some wide, Soviet-styled streets that require these “subway tunnels.” Yesterday, on the day I came, it also had rain, a lot of it. Oh, and apparently this Welsh capital also has a thriving underground scene…and they all congregate in this one tunnel, which happens to be between the Welsh National History Museum, City Hall, the Law Courts and the main Cardiff Castle attraction. I don’t know if there was any event going on that would have attracted all of these people (over 200–these photos were taken after the rain stopped and the crowds died down) but they were indeed blocking the only tunnel between the main tourist attractions in the city centre. Most of these subculture adherent-wannabes appeared to be 15 years of age, and wearing the exact same clothes (which were all sold in a nearby store, which had a Welsh name that probably translated to “Hot Topic.”) I mean exact, exact (though the photos don’t evidence this.) I counted over 50 black dot earing pairs that stretch the earlobe for girls and boys, half that number for pink and black striped leg stockings worn from the wrist to the elbow, etc. And a plenitude of black clothes, eyeliner, etc., of course. The only reason I bring this up was that I thought it funny since this underground culture occupied that only connection between the city’s main attractions in the centre. When I was heading through one, a very formally dressed Englishman and his wife, both in their 70s, were going through in the opposite direction. The look on their faces showed they were beyond preturbed, and I heard the woman tell her husband that she had smelled they were “smoking the dope.” Some other “respectable” passerby commented that “the sewers must have been flooded.” (I will state again that most of these kids looked 15, or so, and appeared to have purchased their outfits nearby…perhaps for this occasion.) As with all my other trips to English (and now Welsh cities,) I didn’t see one police officer.
On a seperate occasion when I was on a tour of the Jutland peninsula in Denmark, one of the utopian housing co-ops we were visiting had been booked for a Marilyn Manson/goth-like society and our tourguide who had been pointing out areas of design we should be focusing on in the building decided to start hurling insults at this group. Overall, a very awkward sitation, though I’m not sure how this relates apart from the black clothes. But in the States, this sort of the thing would be relegated to the suburbs in some dying mall.

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  1. “smoking the dope” – in CARDIFF? the dirty bastards!!!

    nice photos – i like your architectural pics. but these are great too.

  2. Lettuce (as well as 90% of the other people who read your blog) probably read you for the architecture… but personally, I think the first photo is DAMN sexy, and the second photo only slightly less so. And your description made me laugh 3.2 times. Good work.

  3. ha ha lettuce….got the reference! (loving that series…almost wet myself on friday night watching part of the second series)

    sorry ja-mes…..love the top photo…but didn’t you know that there is a welsh sub-species born with pink and black stripey limbs (cardifola subterranii llandifyly if my memory serves me well)?

  4. Thanks lettuce, jc, and pod. What series? I don’t watch TV, what have I missed? Yeah, I understand I should stick to the arch shots, I ahte taking pictures of people and the reason this shot is blurry was that the camera was partially hidden. The featured subject may very well also be a passerby and not underground resident. I dunno. And the Welsh-subspecies…I must have missed that…. What is it with the English’s relationship with the Welsh. In a residence on campus , here in Bath, a flat taped large letters to their window that read: “TESTING ON ANIMALS IS CRUEL / USE THE WELSH.”

  5. ha ha! use the welsh…thats great!

    the series is a comedy show ‘the catherine tate show’ brilliant!

  6. hey ha ha thats subway ^^
    where we go when it rains.
    wanna see a real group of ‘freaks’?
    got to fountains =]

  7. ha ha lol,
    wots wrong with the subway? me and my mates go there every saturday, its just a place where people go to meet others and make friends, just coz we all dress in black clothes and skinny clothes doesnt mean we are freaks. pink and black strips are out now, its green and black lol

    you should visit the fountains or smallmans if you thought that was bad lol

    and we dont just smoke dope, we drink as well lol, so HA!!

  8. wtf is happening to our world.

  9. there are many tourists attractions to choose from, the only problem that we have is the money to spend to see most of them .

  10. well, there are so many tourist attractions that you find on asia and europe. i would really love to travel a lot .`.

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