On Monday, El Husbandio and I went to Cardiff for a boring life admin appointment. I had 20 mins to myself so being a big Roald Dahl fan, I wandered along to 'Roald Dahl Plass' on Mermaid Quay.
To be brutally honest, I was extremely disappointed with the landmark dedicated to the brilliant writer. If I get so famous people want to memorialise me, plant a tree or lable a bench. Don't follow Cardiff's lead and lay concrete.
Poor Roald Dahl... Such an important part of many childrens' lives, a lovely man, and an author well deserving of a decent memorial - and what did he get? A few concrete pillars erected around a concrete flat on the edge of the docks.
The William Pye Water Tower (the taller silver structure in the photo was a decent enough installation, but it made Dahl's tribute even more shabby an effort. Poor show, Cardiff.
Can anyone tell me what the square (the 'plass') is used for? Do they hold events there in non-Covid days? It was hard to tell, there were very few pedestrians around, given the restaurants and cafes on the quay were all closed for the Welsh 'fire break' lockdown.
- He was born in Cardiff to Norweign parents.
- Dahl wasn't just a story writer - he was also a fighter pilot in World War 2.
- He would have been 104 years old if he was alive today.
- And my favourite book? The BFG!
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
— Roald Dahl, The Minpins
The quick trip to Roald Dahl Plass may have been a let-down, but I did however enjoy a tasty cookies and cream cereal bar from Lidl that happily I found in my handbag, and I did find (an appropriate memorial of) Ivor Novello. All was not lost. And then the heavens opened and I got soaked! What a random, curious, disappointing and wet 20 mins! Back to the car I went!
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