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I fled Cardiff when I was 20. Ten years ago, I came back. It is no longer a working-class city, but a European one. But have the changes come at the expense of the rest of Wales?

By John Williams   August 2007

I was born in Cardiff in 1961. In 1981 I left to live in London, and ten years ago I came back. In the days before I left, I never thought about what kind of place Cardiff was. Back then, it felt like a small provincial city, a declining Victorian industrial town, more akin to Wigan or Doncaster than a capital city. It was taken as a given that if you had any kind of ambition, the thing to do was to get out as soon as you could.

The Cardiff I remember was a grey and gritty town, pints…

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