Just when you think Cardiff has hit its nadir, the city that continues to shame itself pulls another trump card from the pack, or in this case pulls her knickers down and gets caught on camera. The Welsh capital often sells itself on being just two short hours from London but this has mostly proven to make it easier for the snappers from Police! Fight! Camera! Binge Drinking! and the like to hop on the train, hoover up some footage, and be back in time for tea.
Oh? What's that? Sorry. Actually the papers don't even need to make their way here now, because Wales News Service, amongst others, can send and sell the photos to London, and in this case to the Daily Mail, in good time that the headlines can run the following day. So this lady (below) grabs the city some wonderful headlines like this.
So now Cardiff Council is planning to ban the consumption of alcohol from the streets. This is the very same council who, when first faced with drunken revellers streaming out of pubs into the road, kindly decided to close off the streets to traffic on a Friday and Saturday night thus giving them more room to fall over. I wonder if these Councillors' children were to steal from a sweet shop whether they would open the shop doors for them in case they were to drop armfuls of lollipops on the way out.
Whilst this lady was wondering why her gait had been restricted, I was just a few hundred yards up the road with close to 1,000 people enjoying the third annual SWN Festival. It's an event I put on with BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens, and I've talked about it before, but in a nutshell around 160 new bands perform in a dozen or so venues across the city over three days. People can buy a 1-day or 3-day wristband to see as many shows as they'd like, or walk up and pay entrance on just one gig. There's free events too for those who are hard up or just inquisitive, plus seminars, panels, workshops, scrabble, bingo, pop quizzes and the like. Oh, and booze too. Lots of it. Infact we're sponsored by Tuborg.
The difference is that the people at SWN don't rely solely on booze for their night out. They come and enjoy live music, lots of it, as well as the other entertainment on offer. Though they might drink (and most do) and though many get drunk, they don't end up parading down the street in their pants.
The people who come to SWN are undoubtedly a different type of person, but it's also safe to say that the concerts they're watching give them something to help break up the flow of booze. Perhaps if this lady had some other entertainment on offer during her night out in Cardiff it'd slow her drinking down and she'd leave merry but fully dressed.