Sunday, 23 August 2015


Last Sunday I posted the following photo of a cul-de-sac comprising a couple of dozen flats.
The question: What stood there before the flats were built?

The answer: Young Men's Christian Association or YMCA or The Y.
The place in the photo is Plas y Brenin where I Iive (off Kings Avenue). Here is a reminder of the YMCA.
Click on it to see a bigger version.

The YMCA was about developing a healthy "body, mind, and spirit."  My Mum used to go there dancing.

Also I posted was the following photo taken by Yours Truly.
The question: In what road or street was I standing?
The answer: Bedford Street.

The Skytower is tall enough to be visible from several streets but the yard in the foreground is a clue, it's a private car park used by drivers that pay a subscription to the land owner.

Also posted was this one my photos partly masked.
The question: What is the name of the street/road/whatever?
The answer: Howell Drive.

Scoring one win for correct answers to all three questions are:
The Great Gareth, Richard & Ceri Swinney, Sue Handley, Jane Shuttle, and Geoff Hughes.



A reader wonders why in this blog there is no picture of the bridge for cyclists and pedestrians at Foryd Harbour, Pont y Ddraig (Dragon Bridge) which opened in 2013.

The bridge attracted the usual public hostility that accompanies anything new but has helped to transform what I described once as “a clapped-out old harbour” into something quite impressive:

Foryd Harbour

Copyright in the image above belongs to Denbighshire County Council, and the image below is an alternative view from an unknown source:

Foryd Harbour

Via the following link you can see a video of Pont y Ddraig’s opening day on the website of Sustrans, an organisation that promotes sustainable forms of transport:


TUE 6th NOV 2018 UPDATE: On the subject of Pont y Ddraig, message received today from comparatively new Denbighshire County Councillor Mabon ap Gwynfor (Plaid Cymru):

Denbighshire County Council is having to spend an extra £60,000 this year on maintenance costs for the new Rhyl Harbour Bridge, and comes only a few years after it was opened. This is because nobody asked if maintenance was included in the original contract.
Plaid Cymru on Denbighshire County Council have asked for the matter to be referred to the Council’s Corporate Governance Committee, who scrutinise the Council’s budgets.
Why did no one ask if there were any extra costs?
Would they have agreed to the contract if all the costs were known?
Which department with the Council will have to suffer further cuts because of this unforeseen expenditure?
Is this a recurring cost?
At a time when our Council Tax is increasing yet our services are shrinking because of the austerity policies forced on us by the Conservatives in London and Labour in Cardiff, we must make sure that the Council is prudent and that such a mistake won’t happen again.

Mabon ap Gwynfor /

The blogger replies - Thank you for this message. Situation is disgraceful. I hope councillors haven’t made the same mistake with Rhyl’s £15 million waterpark!