Cardiff as a growing seaport had all the trappings of wealth, but there was an underclass, an underprivileged mass who inhabited the back streets. With large families, decaying accommodation and little money the end result was drunkenness and crime.
Violence was a staple diet with sailors looking out for women, alcohol and fights! Wales' wildest landlord, Mad Jack Matthews, was arrested hundreds of time for violence, his pub eventually being pulled down, the only means the authorities could think of to end his infamous reign.
Amongst this were gentle daughters who took on jobs as domestics only to be abused by their superiors. Young women were taken to getting rid of unwanted babies by leaving them in lanes or actually killing them! It was their job, their life or an unwanted baby by a father in denial. Abandoned the girl and baby would be heading for the workhouse.
There was also cunning and conniving men who planned murder to get rid of an unwanted wife, as in the Llanrumney Hall murder of the 1890s.
In 1975 the most unusual and cowardly of crimes took place in a Cardiff Food College. The background story is more worthy of a 'best seller' in a top fiction writer's imagination.
'Cardiff. Those Cruel and Savage Streets' also attempts to illustrate many a sad life in an era where injustice was rife.
Are bored out of your gourd?
Have you binge watched all your favorite shows?
Are you driving yourself crazy with nothing to do?
Here are 127 unexpectedly useful things you can do while avoiding the latest disaster (or people in general).
They cover a wide variety of tasks, interests, expressions, and time commitments (from minutes to days) - start with one or two and see how easy it is to make the most of this downtime. Each one offers a positive use of time that can boost the morale, knowledge, and joy of yourself and others.
Whether you are on lockdown or self-isolating, shut in or sheltering in place, this simple guide will keep you stimulated, motivated, and most importantly, not agitated.
Inspired by the banners and signs at recent marches around the world, Really Cross Stitch takes all that anger, outrage and protest and puts it inside a pretty, decorative border. Along with some snarky commentary and general annoyance.
Featuring more than 40 truly original cross stitch designs, the book also contains instructions on techniques for new stitchers.
Stitching for public protest is not new. First-wave feminists in the US and in Britain used needlework in their demonstrations and public protest lectures during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Needlework and other handcrafts, however, declined throughout the twentieth century, with second-wave feminists arguing against "the oppression of the needle". In the 21st century however there has been a steep resurgence and many are turning to crafting, especially needlework, as an activist strategy. In Knitting for Good, feminist Betsy Greer makes this point strongly when she proclaims, “I think every act of making is an act of revolution.”
A chilling medieval ghost story, retold by bestselling historian Dan Jones. Published in a beautiful small-format hardback, perfect as a Halloween read or a Christmas gift.
One winter, in the dark days of King Richard II, a tailor was riding home on the road from Gilling to Ampleforth. It was dank, wet and gloomy; he couldn't wait to get home and sit in front of a blazing fire.
Then, out of nowhere, the tailor is knocked off his horse by a raven, who then transforms into a hideous dog, his mouth writhing with its own innards. The dog issues the tailor with a warning: he must go to a priest and ask for absolution and return to the road, or else there will be consequences...
First recorded in the early fifteenth century by an unknown monk, The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings was transcribed from the Latin by the great medievalist M.R. James in 1922. Building on that tradition, now bestselling historian Dan Jones retells this medieval ghost story in crisp and creepy prose.
Become a stitching wizard with a collection of designs featuring your favorite fantastical creatures!
This fantastic cross stitch collection features a range of designs including the Celtic fairy queen, Chinese dragons, beautiful mermaids, and a majestic unicorn. Glittering metallic threads and gleaming beads are incorporated into many of the designs for a truly magical finish.
The projects range from full-sized pictures to cushions, greeting cards, sachets and bags, and quick-to-stitch gifts and accessories. It also features easy-to-follow color charts and complete step-by-step project making-up instructions.
Includes designs from: Claire Crompton * Joan Elliott * Joanne Sanderson * Ursula Michael * Lesley Teare * Carol Thornton
From the bestselling author of A More Beautiful Question, hundreds of big and small questions that harness the magic of inquiry to tackle challenges we all face--at work, in our relationships, and beyond.
When confronted with almost any demanding situation, the act of questioning can help guide us to smart decisions. By asking questions, we can analyze, learn, and move forward in the face of uncertainty. But "questionologist" Warren Berger says that the questions must be the right ones; the ones that cut to the heart of complexity or enable us to see an old problem in a fresh way.
In The Book of Beautiful Questions, Berger shares illuminating stories and compelling research on the power of inquiry. Drawn from the insights and expertise of psychologists, innovators, effective leaders, and some of the world's foremost creative thinkers, he presents the essential questions readers need to make the best choices when it truly counts, with a particular focus in four key areas: decision-making, creativity, leadership, and relationships.
The powerful questions in this book can help you:
- Identify opportunities in your career or industry
- Generate fresh ideas in business or in your own creative pursuits
- Check your biases so you can make better judgments and decisions
- Do a better job of communicating and connecting with the people around you
Thoughtful, provocative, and actionable, these beautiful questions can be applied immediately to bring about change in your work or your everyday life.
Dark Alchemy is an ebook only mini-expansion for Frostgrave that includes a three-scenario campaign which can be played by either solo by one player or by two players working co-operatively. It also includes an expanded potions table, with numerous new magical elixirs, as well as new rules for the buying, selling, and creation of potions.
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