Monday, 29 October 2012

The Castle Arms

Castle Street, Cardiff [map]

The Castle Arms, tucked below the Angel Hotel, has been shut for years but was reopened for two nights only during this year's Swn Festival. They must have known we were coming.

We head inside furtively, the staircase down into the gloom not really made any more inviting by the presence of a single Swn-branded balloon.

Man, is this guy pleased to see us. He's been stuck here since the place was last open about a decade ago, having survived the intervening years on a diet of KP nuts, Malibu and extremely pickled eggs.

To be honest, he's as surprised as anyone to learn that there's an indie disco taking place here tonight.

His bar skills haven't deserted him though - like riding a bike, you never forget how to pull a pint - and a round of Carlsbergs is swiftly dispensed.

We are unable to deny the fact that a disused, underground pub soundtracked by mid-period Pulp is not, for most folk, the obvious destination for a Saturday night out.

We have no idea who these people are. The Photographer just starts taking snapshots of them on the basis that even if the bloke nearest us does object to having his picture taken, he's wearing such tight trousers that he lacks the necessary freedom of movement to do anything about it.

1 comment:

ha hoang said...

One of my favorite! I'm a HUGE Robert Redford fan and this is one of his finest performances. And James Gandolfini is amazing as a slightly deranged colonel. *SPOILER SPOILER* Eugene Irwin (Redford) arrives at the military prison to serve his time, but soon finds himself being looked to for guidance and leadership from the other inmates. watch hostiles online freethe struggle develop between Redford and Gandolfini over who will run the prison is amazing. Two of the most moving scenes (besides the end, of course, which I won't give away) is 1. When Irwin's daughter comes to visit. He wants to reconnect with her, but she is not as receptive, having had him absent most of her life. It isn't lost on the audience that he was absent because he was serving his country. The other is when Irwin tells another inmate Yates (played by Mark Ruffalo) that his father was a good man. Yates replies he wasn't a good man. Irwin says after 30 years, everyone is a good man. Very much brought home the sacrifices our military make to keep us safe.