Transmigration – Moving Peoples Around the World: To Hull and Beyond

Apologies for the all-too-long a break in writing this blog. I have been putting in some more formal work, but also, I have been thinking about ways to enable me to write more widely, whilst still keeping to my overall theme and location of course. Who knew that inspiration could hit me whilst ‘on safari’…

Immigration Legislation: The 1905 Aliens Act

It’s been a little while.  Really, just a little while.  But it seems that in the month or so since my last post, this world has moved even further away from reality than anyone could have predicted.  I’m going to turn my attention to a little corner of this alternate reality which seems to be…

Nationality – Belonging, Identity, and Allegiances in the Coastal Zone

We seem to be hearing so much about national identity and belonging of late.  Politicians in the UK and US bombard us with their promises of ‘taking our country back.’  What country?  Where?  For whom?  Why?  Not mine at least; here, in the UK, one could argue we are being stripped of the European citizenship…

‘Sailortown’ Today

The concept of ‘Sailortown’ is not a new one.  It is that liminal space between land and sea, home and work, ashore and afloat which epitomises the life of any maritime worker, especially in the past.  Now, for those who work at sea, home could be anywhere within commuting distance of the home port, much…

Tiger Bay’s Residents – Who Lived Here?

I must start this post with a warning – contains numbers!  It has been drawn to my attention that many people do not really enjoy reading dry statistics, but unfortunately a few numbers are needed to explain the patterns of settlement in the Tiger Bay area.  So, hold on, I’ll try to keep this as…

What to Wear – Unfamiliar Styling

Most readers will be aware of the current much-discussed controversy around the wearing of Burkinis, and other more modest clothing on French beaches.  The media has generally been quite sympathetic towards the women caught up in this terrible situation; the blogs I read by their very nature are outraged at what seems to be an…

Where it all began…

The area of the Cardiff docklands known as Butetown has enjoyed something of a controversial reputation since its construction in the mid-nineteenth century.  Originally named in honour of the renowned local landowner, the Marquis of Bute, even its better known nickname, Tiger Bay, conjures up exotic images; though it probably stems simply from the legend…

History, Immigration, and Integration in Cardiff’s ‘Sailortown.’