In company with millions across the world I watched the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who last Saturday, so I was pleased to be in Cardiff this week, where Doctor Who has made its home. There are quite a few TARDISes in the city but I got to stand by the “real” one (with the white window frames!) when I went to the BBC Cymru Wales HQ. The entrance is also guarded by some fierce looking – but colourful – Daleks. Thankfully, they didn’t threaten to exterminate me before I’d made my appearance on BBC Radio Wales telling listeners of Eleri Sion’s show about Keep Me Posted (you can listen to it here about 80 minutes in http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03jp12g). I could have done with a time machine myself to fit in even more contacts – though maybe somewhere in a parallel universe, I already have!
I only saw from afar the Roath Lock studios where Doctor Who is produced, but many of the locations are familiar when you’re in Cardiff Bay where I was visiting AMs to garner support for the campaign.
One such is the Millennium Centre – as a Millennium Commissioner I was responsible for funding the building and was there to see the Queen open it too. The Millennium Stadium is another legacy from the Lottery funding and both make strong statements on the Cardiff horizon as well as having served as background for The Doctor.
I had some excellent discussions with the AMs, so I’m hopeful that it won’t be too long before the campaign’s issues reach the Senedd. I’m also delighted to say we picked up new supporters in the shape of Community Housing Cymru, Care and Repair Cymru and National Parks UK, so I look forward to working with them going forward.
That’s my first round of visits to the devolved nations completed, and it’s been great to meet so many and varied organisations who have really embraced what the campaign is about. Without fail someone always raises another issue that the lack of paper correspondence produces, that we hadn’t previously heard of. The tremendous range and diversity of our now nearly 40 supporters shows the issue really does touch so many lives in so many different ways and with every conversation the campaign gets broader. Bigger on the inside – as The Doctor might say….