Stuff Report – 30 November 2012

While my brother went to work, I had a nice day out in Cardiff. Got some pictures in the city centre, then took the train to Cardiff Bay, where I took some more pictures, despite the best efforts of the X100’s battery to die[1].

I had a coffee and a toasted teacake in the cafe in the Millennium Centre, then had a look inside the Pierhead Building, where there are some exhibitions, short films to watch and some quite lovely architecture of the “bonkers Victorian” variety. After that, I went into Senedd, home of the Welsh Assembly. You have to go through airport-style security to get in, but once you’re in you can wander around the public parts of the building, including a gallery where you can look down on the Assembly Chamber.

I got a guided tour (just me and Gareth, the enthusiastic and well-informed guide), which as the Assembly doesn’t sit on Fridays, included a visit to the quite splendid Chamber, with its amazing light-funnelling roof.

More pictures to follow, but for now here’s disturbing evidence of the CIA’s presence in Wales[2]:

The CIA, Wales

The CIA, Wales

Camera: FinePix X100
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/170s
Focal length: 23mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 30 November, 2012

[1] Note to self: remember to recharge more often
[2] Or possibly not

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