Red Nose Day

Well Red Nose Day started out a bit more like Red Face Day as the website was temporarily unavailable this morning. All down to the unfortunate fact that there’s just too much stuff on it! No Really.  Anyway thanks to the good people at YouTube and of course the legend that is Rob Molcher we got it all back up and running by early afternoon.

Yeah, so Red Nose day or Comic Relief if you like. Katy had already been out and done some sterling work finding out what the good people of Adamsdown were planning to do, so it seemed only right and fitting that we put a little package together in comic vein, if you see what I mean.

Now the Atrium – a hotbed for creativity.  Surely some of the clever student types know some good jokes? OK so I pinched the idea from BBC Radio Wales who were much more on the ball than we were doing the jokes thing earlier in the week (That’s what the licence fee’s for…). Anyway, a quick trawl ’round the main foyer to find out what’s been tickling the students.

Unfortunately the mucky little chaps and chap-esses proceeded to impart some rather inappropriate humour, which I think is only fit for the pub (By the way, see all our coverage of the campaign to save Adamsdown’s very own Vulcan – if you go there on Monday night I might just give away some of the naughty jokes).  Fortunately there were some students (mainly ladies I might add) who weren’t so potty mouthed and did give me a lovely selection of clean jokes which I’ve put together in a nice little feature about comic relief

On a more serious note it is a great cause and there’s loads of stuff on the telly tonight and remember you can always look at www.comicrelief.com  for information on how to make a difference to the lives of people in Britain and in less well off parts of the world.



It’s all go today. No reply to my Twitter experiment yet but Katy has been busy interviewing Adamsdown’s other Councillor Nigel Howells and Hannah is working on the footage/audio from last nights Under 18s Youth Club Night held by the Adamsdown Communities First Project.


I have been getting on with some real modern journalism and have been quickly re-hashing a press release about tonight’s event at the Vulcan Hotel to accompany a short audio piece by Katy on Councillor Howells’ involvement in the campaign.



You can also follow us on Twitter although I wouldn’t as it isn’t used much. It might be interesting for Adamsdown residents to follow Cllr John Dixon though as he seems to be a fairly regular Tweeter. You have 140 charecters per message to probe him with so – ‘Will the council be listening to the voices of Clifton Street Traders and reverse the current one way system?’ fits perfectly – now let’s see if he replys.


Through the work for the site i realise more and more that being a journalist is never easy. When you get a task to follow up a story and interview with a key person, you’d always expect your interviewee to be cooperative and supportive. This is going to affect the final production of your work. Naturally the more approachable and easy-going the interviewee is, the more smoothly your story can go.

Getting to know the musician Flow Maugran in Adamsdown is a really nice experience for me which boosts my confidence and enjoyment in my journalistic work which at first intimidated me so much.

I still remember the first time when i met her at the launch night. She came to me to ask what the launch party was about. I explained to her in a friendly way and “professionally” as a member of the team. She gave me a very nice first impression. Perhaps because both of us are foreigners living in Cardiff now, we naturally understand each other much better than the way I feel with local people.

She left a comment in guestbook and by accident I came across it and I decided to chase up this and make a feature about her and her music. The interview was arranged last Friday, and we had a wonderful conversation. It is so good when you don’t have to be too formal and intimidate your interview target with a microphone and camera. it was just a relaxing chat but I took down a lot of notes and it turned out to be really helpful.

Flow was quite happy with me working on her story and I sincerely appreciate her experience in travelling and understanding different cultures.

I came to here also partly with the same aim as Flow to explore different culture and build up my personality by accumulating more experience. Flow could understand well about my situation as a foreigner here, the difficulties I encounter in my study and life.  Being understood by another could be the happiest thing for me.

The whole process of producing this story with a video went very smoothly due to the compatibility between Flow and me. Now we become friends. An interview could be so enjoyable! I wish I could understand better about different people which may facilitate the establishment of good relationship between journalist and interviewee. Human resource is a vital element for journalists to find inspiration. And good human resource can really help so much!

By Shanshan

My time as reporter today has been spent trying to put together a piece on author Jon Blake and his new project ‘A Song for Adamsdown’ for which he has worked with local primary schools to create a song about Adamsdown’s history. I don’t want to reproduce that material here as it will be going up on the main website and otherwise I have barley left the computer where I have been getting to grips with Adobe Premiere Pro.

Unfortunately that makes this a very dull post…


As a report for Monday I was asked to do a piece about International Women’s Day. Although it was 4pm in the afternoon already, I was still quite confident that I could finish a nice story by the end of the day with a lot of feedback from the interviewees I would find. After David set up everything on the audio equipment(never use before, I guess my technical skills are really limited…), I headed for Adamsdown.

Soon my enthusiasim was put off. Adamsdown was so quiet although it is close to city centre. I couldn’t find any target for my interview. Finally, a young woman walked towards me, and I politely introduced myself as a journalist to her and clarified my aim. To my surprise, when asked about 8 March, she didn’t know it was International Women’s Day. I didn’t record anything because I didn’t want to scare people away with a microphone pointing at their face. I supposed perhaps it was just an exception that she didn’t know this day.

I carried on searching for women of all kinds, young working ladies, housewives, student girls and old grandmas. I tried on all of them. The result finally astonished me that no one knows  about IWD which is celebrated for themselves.

A woman talking in front of St German’s Church Hall was very unfriendly to me, when she got to know I’m a journalist she almost came up to push me aside and shouted loudly”No”. I understand journalist is never an easy job. You just leave people an impression that you are going to afflict them. However, I was really a little sad being treated like this. Maybe they just don’t like me because of my foreign face.

I didn’t want to give up like this so I went to Queen Street in search of more chances to get women’s opinions. Unfortunately, even there were many more women walking in the city centre and stores, the reply to my question remained the same, either I don’t know or simply shaking their head to demonstrate their impatience. I have asked 30 women at least, no exception. Then I put my last hope on men, even worse, they “naturally” don’t know about this day.

I find the result a bit beyond of my understanding perhaps because in China, IWD is a national holiday and everybody knows it. But here I don’t see any events going on or any march or demonstration or promotion. I do believe there are still many issues about women nowadays in this male-dominant society where women are still fighting for their equal opportunities, against the violence on girls and women and other things like this. I just personally think this day shouldn’t be ignored. As a woman, you should know, 8 March, it is a day for us, it is a day to mark all the improvement of women’s situation all over the world.

By Shanshan Ren

Spring loose

I thought I’d write a blog entry that gave a personal rather than reporterly perspective on Saturday’s Adamsdown Community Centre garden day:

Bring in the Spring I optimistically announced on today’s front page, immediately following that up with the admission that it had actually drizzled at this weekend’s local garden event.  

King frogs guarding seedlings

King frogs guarding seedlings

Cycling over with camera and tripod strapped to my back it was gloriously sunny.  When I arrived at the centre you wouldn’t have thought that there was a secret garden that spanned the length of the Association’s three large terraced houses and by such a busy road.  

I wheeled my bike through the corridor of the building and out onto an immaculate space of raised beds and willow scaped paths.  I deposited my bike on a rack next to two crowned plastic watering-can frogs.  

People, not many, started to arrive at 12 and with that the clouds came and broke.  The die hards stayed mainly huddled together under the Marquee with the wood carver Pa Madou, whilst others slipped indoors for warm soup and dry seats.  I dutifully set the camera up and did a little outdoor filming and then eventually edged inside myself to sample the carrot and onion garden soup which was sweet and moreish – I had two bowls and an orange.  

Whilst the soup was still warm in my belly I retrieved my bike from the rack and braved the rain, rain is always worse on a bike – it attacks you horizontally.  With camera wrapped in a Tesco bag and head down I cycled home to Grangetown, to edit the day’s video footage and feed my newborn.