Sunday 19 February 2012: Victory
And so we are coming to the end of Bevosity's visit to us in Wales.
We ended with a visit to her old stomping grounds in Cathays in Cardiff.
In a similar vein to the Bakers Row Blip I took the compact camera and looked for the things that people who live and work and Cardiff never give a second glance too.
There is some incredible works of sculpture and architecture in and around the Civic Centre of Cardiff, and I am sure I will be returning to this theme again and again.
For example, the Dragon that tops the Civic Hall is incredibly intricate ... how many people look up. It never ceases to amaze me when I am up that end of town. Here's a closer zoom of it.
Another Dragon guards the entrance of the old Welsh Assembly buildings. An amazing piece of work!
In the end I chose the Welsh War Memorial. The winged statue of Victory contrasted against a blue sky was too powerful an image not to use. You can see how impressive the war memorial is in this panomara I took.
The memorial has stood in Cathays Park since 1928, and features statues of the three services with appropriate inscriptions above each airman, soldier and marine. Standing aloft them all, winged Victory.
The inside of the colonnade bears the inscription:
"REMEMBER HERE IN PEACE THOSE WHO IN TUMULT OF WAR BY SEA, ON LAND, IN AIR, FOR US AND FOR OUR VICTORY ENDURETH UNTO DEATH"
And in Welsh around the outside:
"I FEIBION CYMRU A RODDES EU BYWYD DROS EI GWLAD YN RHYFEL MCMXVIII"
To the sons of Wales who gave their lives for their country in the War 1918
Rather soberingly, just a short walk from the memorial is another memorial to the fallen of the Falklands War. With the sabre rattling going on in that part of the world, it was a timely reminder of those who gave their lives nearly thirty years ago.