Swansea/Abertawe news and chat

Discussion in 'Wales/Cymru' started by Brockway, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. Brockway

    Brockway New Member

    It strikes me that this messageboard is a tad Cardiff-centric. Anyone care to big-up Wales's second city?

    Cardiff is a bit up itself at the moment and is in danger of becoming a poor man's London. So what has Swansea got to offer? Any Abertawe tips or positive Swansea experiences? :)

    I'll start: Swansea is as cheap as chips and it's easier to pull there than it is in the 'Diff. The Attic Gallery is cool. And their marina is better than ours.
  2. RubberBuccaneer

    RubberBuccaneer Hedd Wyn

    It was on the news that it was the best place to retire in th UK :)

    Other than that it's got a beach right on the town, instead of our mud flats/bay.
    A marina that looks mediteranean ( apart from the weather )
    And Mumbles
    With the Gower only a short diastance.

    My other view is a bit skewed as I've only been there for football and a Bauhaus gig ( which ended in a bloodbath )
  3. Col_Buendia

    Col_Buendia sort code

    Where is this Swansea place of which you speak?


    More maps for me, please, Welshies ;)
  4. RubberBuccaneer

    RubberBuccaneer Hedd Wyn

    It's where you get on the ferry back to the old sod :p
  5. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    about 30 miles WEST mate! WEST!
    possible map later if you're still stuck :p
  6. Tank Girl

    Tank Girl ........

    my best mate lives in swansea, so therefore it's a fantastic place, and I'm going there next weekend :cool:
  7. Girly Wirly

    Girly Wirly Utterly Nutterly

    I'm back in north yorkshire now but i used 2 live near swansea (in a little town) worked in swansea 2..its a nice place.alrite for shopping 2!.i have a few friends down there so might go back again.
  8. Techno303

    Techno303 Repatriated

    Hanging out in the Quadrant :cool:
  9. Brockway

    Brockway New Member

    What's the Monkey Bar like? Do you know which pub Rocky Marciano had a fight in during WW2? And any idea where Bubbles nightclub used to be?
  10. Techno303

    Techno303 Repatriated


    <slurps on Panda Cola>

  11. nwnm

    nwnm total fucking user!

    "Anyone care to big-up Wales's second city?" YEAH! Lets hear it for...... Newport :D
  12. Col_Buendia

    Col_Buendia sort code

    Pah! Eni fule nos dat is "Stranraer", an its norf wails. :p
  13. CharlieAddict

    CharlieAddict nekomimi rocks!!!

    the monkey bar plays decent music and is full of friendly folk.

    for the best chips - dick bartons in west cross or rossis at morriston roundabout.

    swansea market for cockles and lava bread.

    clyne gardens is great for scenic smokes.

    the pubs on the mumbles front has some of the best looking women in britain.

    llangennith for the surf.

    aaaah....memories of beach parties on oxwich bay....the good ole days...
  14. llantwit

    llantwit 

    Swansea rules for me.
    Pretty shitty city/Lovely ugly town, and all that.
    I went to university there, and really got to like the place. Would move back tomorrow if I could be assured a decent job.
    Lived in Blackpill, Uplands, and Mumbles. Blackpill's a bit odd and out-of-it, but with gorgeous park. Uplands is great: near Singleton park, Uplands Tavern, good cafs, walking distance to town/St Helen's Rd Indian restaurants (big up the Gulshan), late night lock-ins in Mozarts. Mumbles is a very nice place to live: pubs (obviously), summer-holiday feel when wether's nice is hard to beat, sea (good surf nearby), lovely beaches, Gower on the doorstep. On the downside it is painfully middle-class, and is getting more and more expensive :( .
    People in Swansea are generally friendlier and more laid-back than in 'diff, too. I think I'm a jack at heart.
  15. llantwit

    llantwit 

    Monkey was pretty good when I was there last, but that's ages ago.
    Isn't Undercurrents based in Swansea now?
    Oh, yeah, the market is great. Good cheese stall, fresh fish, and shellfish. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
    Dick Bartons kicks as, but there is a dearth of other good chips in the area, however.
  16. Techno303

    Techno303 Repatriated

    Fucking hell, Mozart’s. Full of the mad at 3am and as for the two middle aged pissheads that ran the place.

    Swansea – “painfully middle class”? Eh? Mumbles maybe, but Swansea? Fuck no!
  17. CharlieAddict

    CharlieAddict nekomimi rocks!!!

    i not lived in swansea for 11 years. i have a love/hate relationship with the place. my family and folks are still there but most of me childhood friends have disappeared.

    the gulshan? i prefer the viceroy for the curries, they're part of the same family anyway. strange talking about swansea online. and funnily enough for the last few months i've bumped into a lot of jacks in london!!!

    does anyone remember the coach house?
  18. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I've got nothing against Swansea per se, but it's not much of a 'destination city' though is it?

    Lovely countryside nearby though.
  19. CharlieAddict

    CharlieAddict nekomimi rocks!!!

    no fuckin' way!!! (though there's nothing wrong with the middle-classes...u get twats in all classes).

    look at 'em places like penlan, st thomas, blaen n' bimp, forrestfach....
  20. Brockway

    Brockway New Member

    Do you think Dylan Thomas is a bit of a cultural albatross which Swansea Council etc are always flogging at the expense of other aspects of the City? Or has he been good for Swansea?
  21. Girly Wirly

    Girly Wirly Utterly Nutterly

    I like mumbles..nice beach..ohh yes! miss that actually.
    I used 2 live in Llanelli (south wales) any of you know of it? i lived by the beach there..was rather nice!
  22. Techno303

    Techno303 Repatriated

    I remember the Coach House, but didn’t go there that often. Was much more of a Marthas on a Friday and Saturday night (about 10 years ago) kinda person, if you catch my drift.
  23. zog

    zog wants to be an aardvark

    Naaa. it's full of jacks.

    On the plus side though is the Monkey Bar. Went to an oldskool night there last year and had a top night out. Swansea can be friendlier, spent quite a lot of the early 90's in Pulse, Martha's and various warehouses.

    Hotel Mozart? I went for dinner there years ago. I thought it was just a German restaurant?
  24. Techno303

    Techno303 Repatriated

    Nah, used to be a bit of a modern day Swansea version of a speakeasy. Mainly full of pissed students and some old school Swansea heads. Always someone playing “Kumbaya my Lord” or something on the guitar at 3am. A unique Swansea experience.
  25. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    i'm from there and have to go via swansea to get home

    how long ago GW? have you seen what they've been doing to the coast?

    used to go swansea mostly to get stuff not available in Llanelli and to get the train to lundun obv.

    mumbles and gower arre the best things about the area tho, imo
  26. LilMissHissyFit

    LilMissHissyFit Disturbed in a pink bra

    and the award for comedy goes to nwmn.
    They only made it a city to stop the inbreds fucking whinging

    as for swansea, I grew up there, left when I was 25 and swore I;d never go back. I cant stand the place. Dylan Thomas had it spot on when he called it the graveyard of ambition, anyone with any brain gets the hell out
  27. Girly Wirly

    Girly Wirly Utterly Nutterly

    Oh yea..the gower is cool!
    Well i moved down there a couple of years ago..and ive been back for about a year or so. they were still building it when i was down there that cafe that looks like a ship and also those flats by the sea?
    i found llanelli isnt very good for the shops..gotta go 2 swansea for shopping really! :D
  28. Django's dad

    Django's dad Toffs out

    the Gower?

    you cant rate anywhere thats names after a curly, balding cricketer (toffs-out) !!
  29. RubberBuccaneer

    RubberBuccaneer Hedd Wyn

    Stranraer - Larne what a booze cruise that was :D

    Smithwicks or Harp?
  30. Brockway

    Brockway New Member

    Think you could apply the "graveyard of ambition" quote to the whole of Wales really.

    Nothing good about Swansea at all? :eek: I was looking for positives....

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