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By John Davisteacher and freelance writer

Explore this month’s creative topic based on the four capital cities of the United Kingdom – London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay — a mixture of old and new style buildings

1. Cardiff

Essential facts

  • The latest figures, given in 2006, put the population of Cardiff at 317,500.
  • Cardiff is the UK’s youngest capital city.
  • In March 2004, Cardiff was named the world’s first Fair Trade capital city, based on its growing support and continued dedication for the scheme.
  • The name Cardiff is thought to come from the Welsh word for fort caer and the middle name of the Roman governor who first built one there, Aulus Didius Gallus.
  • Cardiff made its money from coal or ‘black diamonds’. At one time, it was the busiest coal harbour in the world, sending cargoes all round the globe.
  • The author, Roald Dahl, was born in Cardiff. His parents came to Cardiff from Norway. Roald was christened in the black and white Norwegian church on the Millennium Waterfront.
  • The Millennium Stadium can seat 72,500 spectators and has a retractable roof that contains 8000 tonnes of steel. It is estimated to have cost £110 million to build.
  • At Lavernock Point near Cardiff, the Italian engineer Guglielmo Marconi sent the first radio wave signal to the nearby island of Flat Holm in the Bristol Channel. The historic message said ’ Are you ready?’.
  • The Taff Trail that follows the course of the River Taff takes walkers and cyclists from Cardiff Bay to the market town of Brecon in the Brecon Beacons. It is a distance of 88 kilometres.
  • Three rivers now run through the city of Cardiff, the River Taff, the River Ely and the River Rhymney.

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  1. FCJ
    on 2 January 2010

    A great help

    This will get our London topic off to a flyer