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Newport Capitol car park demolition

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Pictures and video of the big demolition of Newport landmark

  • Stills and video of today's big bang
  • Join in on Twitter using #bigbang

  • Comments


    Mike0408 7:41am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Well its now 07:41 and still no live coverage as promised

    Score: 13
    poptrash 7:55am Sun 12 Jan 14

    wheres the live coverage?!?!?!

    Score: 3
    smallfish 7:56am Sun 12 Jan 14

    So what happened to live coverage then.

    Score: 4
    smallfish 8:05am Sun 12 Jan 14

    we have a picture. but still no live coverage. Well this is Newport!!!!

    Score: 3
    charlie47 8:05am Sun 12 Jan 14

    exactly what I was wondering

    Score: 0
    Gasguy 8:08am Sun 12 Jan 14

    8.05? Live coverage?

    Score: -1
    smallfish 8:09am Sun 12 Jan 14

    we have a picture. but still no live coverage. Well this is Newport!!!!
    It has taken 25 years to get this far.

    Score: 3
    Working girl 8:22am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Should have had a raffle to raise money for local charities rather than some entitled brat pressing the button!

    Score: -23
    Gazza Haystacks 8:29am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Good to see the Argus is up to its usual low quality crap standard and the live stream
    It works now,

    Score: -4
    Katie Re-Registered 8:31am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Olympus has fallen.

    Score: -7
    juicy.lucy 8:32am Sun 12 Jan 14

    no live coverage, just heard a big rumble from bettws so that must have been it, let down again by the argus say no more!!!! This was at 8.30 like you said tit would happen so for once you had that right then. lets get some real reporters not juniors who don't know what they are doing

    Score: -3
    Kevin Ward - Editor 8:36am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Live coverage was via the video stream link posted above at 6,42am. Watched it live at home on my iPad with no problems.
    But thanks for the sarcasm. It makes the extra hours worked by my team throughout this weekend worth it.

    Score: 43
    Kevin Ward - Editor 8:36am Sun 12 Jan 14

    We've posted it again for anyone who missed it.

    Score: 5
    keithbob 8:37am Sun 12 Jan 14

    great live coverage,thankyou argus for showing us the back of that eyesore!

    Score: 2
    Mike0408 8:41am Sun 12 Jan 14

    I was Putting Rubbish outside just before it went bang, scared the crap out of me, BTW, i think you need a new camera man OR a camera stand as he couldn't keep the camera still :/.

    Score: 7
    Kevin Ward - Editor 8:44am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Live coverage was from a mobile. We'll post a 'proper' video after we edit it later.

    Score: 3
    Gasguy 8:52am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Thanks to the demolition team for moving the time forward, that enabled myself and the the car in front of me to miss it as we were on the way to see it at 9.00am. Shame.

    Score: -3
    Dai37 8:56am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Well it would have been good to have the time right! Just walking out of the door due to the argus timing, when it went off!

    Score: -9
    squirrelchez 8:56am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Gasguy wrote…


    Thanks to the demolition team for moving the time forward, that enabled myself and the the car in front of me to miss it as we were on the way to see it at 9.00am. Shame.

    It wasn't moved forward - it was due between 8 and 10!
    I heard the explosion from my flat at the bottom of Barrack Hill - it sounded like it was right outside, it was that loud!!

    Score: 8
    poptrash 9:04am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Annoyed apparlling information been up since 7.15 and no live coverage so based upon the info above, 9am #bigbang. Dressed kids in car and there by 8:30... and it had gone. Complete waste of time and one very upset 6year old!!! Why post the wrong info??? Dreadful coverage

    Score: -8
    BernardCCC 9:07am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Kevin Ward - Editor wrote…


    Live coverage was via the video stream link posted above at 6,42am. Watched it live at home on my iPad with no problems.
    But thanks for the sarcasm. It makes the extra hours worked by my team throughout this weekend worth it.

    I appreciate your coverage...especiall
    y as it's brass monkey's out there

    Score: 0
    Gasguy 9:08am Sun 12 Jan 14

    squirrelchez wrote…


    Gasguy wrote…


    Thanks to the demolition team for moving the time forward, that enabled myself and the the car in front of me to miss it as we were on the way to see it at 9.00am. Shame.
    It wasn't moved forward - it was due between 8 and 10!
    I heard the explosion from my flat at the bottom of Barrack Hill - it sounded like it was right outside, it was that loud!!

    I wasn't aware that it was due between 8 and 10, the Argus with best intentions and presumably in touch with people who know gave a time of 9.00am. This time was then moved to 8.30am but I had already left to watch it. If I had known it could have been any time between 8 and 10 I would have left earlier and waited.
    Very frustrating but that's life.

    Score: 0
    BernardCCC 9:08am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Working girl wrote…


    Should have had a raffle to raise money for local charities rather than some entitled brat pressing the button!

    Agree...it's not the boys fault...but he wasn't even from Newport!

    Score: 9
    Kevin Ward - Editor 9:11am Sun 12 Jan 14

    We can only report the information as given to us by those in charge. As you can see from our live updates, the timing changed from 9am to 8.30am as the morning progressed.
    I agree the information being given by contractors and council was poor - I also missed it as a result but watched via our live video stream.

    Score: 11
    GardenVarietyMushroom 9:12am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Why are people moaning about the time? I got 08:30 hrs from the Argus' previous reporting, which was bang on time.

    Don't know how Mr. Ward got his live coverage to work though, I looked in at five to eight and there was just a test card? P'raps it came on air after I left.

    The bang was louder than I thought - even made me jump a little. My little'un nearly leapt from her skin, bless her.

    Apparently, they could hear the bang in Cwmbran.

    Score: 8
    poptrash 9:18am Sun 12 Jan 14

    If you didnt have a time given. Why post the 9am report above then????. Also i am not a techno phobe, i tried to watch on an tablet, mobile and home computer and nothing just a blank screen!!!! Just another newport farce.....

    Score: -5
    Leepod 9:18am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Lol, Olympia House Next!

    Score: 1
    grumpyandopinionated 9:19am Sun 12 Jan 14

    To all those that are moaning about the coverage etc, or anyone that moans about the content shown on the argus website..... Has anyone ever heard of the term "You pay for what you get". Seeing as nobody pays to view the content here then we should be grateful there is any at all.

    I do agree though that the person pressing the button should have been selected a bit more thoughtfully, bit harsh calling him a brat though.

    Looking forward to seeing the edited video as I suppose the cameraman was freezing his nuts off filming that.

    Atleast what became an eyesore has come to an end, hopefully now we can look forward to a different future, I say different because it's probably not going to be bright for a while, not atleast while we have the type of councelors that we have at the moment. They just do what they want when they want. Pretty much the same as building the clock tower on the civic all those years ago, so I don't really know why we expect any different now.

    Score: 14
    Gasguy 9:23am Sun 12 Jan 14

    GardenVarietyMushroo
    m
    wrote…


    Why are people moaning about the time? I got 08:30 hrs from the Argus' previous reporting, which was bang on time.

    Don't know how Mr. Ward got his live coverage to work though, I looked in at five to eight and there was just a test card? P'raps it came on air after I left.

    The bang was louder than I thought - even made me jump a little. My little'un nearly leapt from her skin, bless her.

    Apparently, they could hear the bang in Cwmbran.

    Because by the time the Argus had changed the time I had left to watch it at 9.00am. Not blaming the Argus at all as they reported the times they were given. But if the Contractors had stuck with any time between 8.00am and 10.00am and not said 9.00am or 8.30am then more people would have been able to catch it.

    Score: 1
    Kevin Ward - Editor 9:33am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Pop trash
    We reported the timings as given to us by the contractors. When the timings changed we posted it straight away. We can't do any more than that.
    Regarding the live stream, I can only report my own experience - at home on my tablet, I just pressed play to watch the video.
    'Farce' seems a bit strong.
    I agree with Grumpyandopinionared :-)

    Score: 6
    GardenVarietyMushroom 9:36am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Gasguy wrote…


    GardenVarietyMushroo

    m
    wrote…


    Why are people moaning about the time? I got 08:30 hrs from the Argus' previous reporting, which was bang on time.

    Don't know how Mr. Ward got his live coverage to work though, I looked in at five to eight and there was just a test card? P'raps it came on air after I left.

    The bang was louder than I thought - even made me jump a little. My little'un nearly leapt from her skin, bless her.

    Apparently, they could hear the bang in Cwmbran.
    Because by the time the Argus had changed the time I had left to watch it at 9.00am. Not blaming the Argus at all as they reported the times they were given. But if the Contractors had stuck with any time between 8.00am and 10.00am and not said 9.00am or 8.30am then more people would have been able to catch it.

    Ah, I see what you're saying. I was talking about the coverage from the last couple of days though, which suggested 08:30hrs - the 09:00hrs time was only reported after I'd left to go and watch it thankfully.

    Score: -2
    GardenVarietyMushroom 9:39am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Btw - it's 'get what you pay for' not 'pay for what you get'

    Just saying like.

    Score: -4
    [deleted] 9:44am Sun 12 Jan 14
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    Score: -2
    pantherpink 9:44am Sun 12 Jan 14

    squirrelchez wrote…


    Gasguy wrote…


    Thanks to the demolition team for moving the time forward, that enabled myself and the the car in front of me to miss it as we were on the way to see it at 9.00am. Shame.
    It wasn't moved forward - it was due between 8 and 10!
    I heard the explosion from my flat at the bottom of Barrack Hill - it sounded like it was right outside, it was that loud!!

    For god sake stop moaning u should have got off ur backside early enough to go there instead of having a hang over from ur night out and after that go get a job like me 12 hours a day at least then u have something dwcent to talk

    Score: -3
    Gasguy 9:45am Sun 12 Jan 14

    GardenVarietyMushroo
    m
    wrote…


    Gasguy wrote…


    GardenVarietyMushroo


    m
    wrote…


    Why are people moaning about the time? I got 08:30 hrs from the Argus' previous reporting, which was bang on time.

    Don't know how Mr. Ward got his live coverage to work though, I looked in at five to eight and there was just a test card? P'raps it came on air after I left.

    The bang was louder than I thought - even made me jump a little. My little'un nearly leapt from her skin, bless her.

    Apparently, they could hear the bang in Cwmbran.
    Because by the time the Argus had changed the time I had left to watch it at 9.00am. Not blaming the Argus at all as they reported the times they were given. But if the Contractors had stuck with any time between 8.00am and 10.00am and not said 9.00am or 8.30am then more people would have been able to catch it.
    Ah, I see what you're saying. I was talking about the coverage from the last couple of days though, which suggested 08:30hrs - the 09:00hrs time was only reported after I'd left to go and watch it thankfully.

    Well, at the end of the day the contractors are in work doing an expensive and dangerous job, they aren't there putting a show on for us so if they move times to suit the job in hand so be it.
    I have got over my disappointment now, it's just that since leaving Llanwern I have to get my explosion kicks from wherever I can!

    Score: 7
    fitbird 9:48am Sun 12 Jan 14

    It stated between 8-10 am............you just have to be there on time and WAIT ! There was a job to be done, safely and quickly with as little disruption as possible, they were hardly going to wait for those people who chose to lie in !

    Score: 18
    GardenVarietyMushroom 9:50am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Gasguy wrote…


    GardenVarietyMushroo

    m
    wrote…


    Gasguy wrote…


    GardenVarietyMushroo



    m
    wrote…


    Why are people moaning about the time? I got 08:30 hrs from the Argus' previous reporting, which was bang on time.

    Don't know how Mr. Ward got his live coverage to work though, I looked in at five to eight and there was just a test card? P'raps it came on air after I left.

    The bang was louder than I thought - even made me jump a little. My little'un nearly leapt from her skin, bless her.

    Apparently, they could hear the bang in Cwmbran.
    Because by the time the Argus had changed the time I had left to watch it at 9.00am. Not blaming the Argus at all as they reported the times they were given. But if the Contractors had stuck with any time between 8.00am and 10.00am and not said 9.00am or 8.30am then more people would have been able to catch it.
    Ah, I see what you're saying. I was talking about the coverage from the last couple of days though, which suggested 08:30hrs - the 09:00hrs time was only reported after I'd left to go and watch it thankfully.
    Well, at the end of the day the contractors are in work doing an expensive and dangerous job, they aren't there putting a show on for us so if they move times to suit the job in hand so be it.
    I have got over my disappointment now, it's just that since leaving Llanwern I have to get my explosion kicks from wherever I can!

    You could always join the military - they live for that ****. Plus, they just blow up whatever they like without all that red tape and inconvenient clearing of the area first.

    Score: -3
    Gasguy 9:57am Sun 12 Jan 14

    pantherpink wrote…


    squirrelchez wrote…


    Gasguy wrote…


    Thanks to the demolition team for moving the time forward, that enabled myself and the the car in front of me to miss it as we were on the way to see it at 9.00am. Shame.
    It wasn't moved forward - it was due between 8 and 10!
    I heard the explosion from my flat at the bottom of Barrack Hill - it sounded like it was right outside, it was that loud!!
    For god sake stop moaning u should have got off ur backside early enough to go there instead of having a hang over from ur night out and after that go get a job like me 12 hours a day at least then u have something dwcent to talk

    Without wishing to get into a argument, for your information I have my own business which demands my time seven days a week and after that I volunteer my time as a first responder to the Welsh Ambulance Service amongst other things to help my community. My time is precious and certainly never wasted by having a hangover. I'm glad you work hard 12 hours a day, good for you, but don't assume that your the only one who does. The timings today were important to me not because I can't get out of bed but because I have many things to get done.

    Score: -1
    grumpyandopinionated 9:58am Sun 12 Jan 14

    GardenVarietyMushroo
    m
    wrote…


    Btw - it's 'get what you pay for' not 'pay for what you get'

    Just saying like.

    Spade/Shovel, will do the same job ;)

    Score: 2
    Gasguy 10:00am Sun 12 Jan 14

    fitbird wrote…


    It stated between 8-10 am............you just have to be there on time and WAIT ! There was a job to be done, safely and quickly with as little disruption as possible, they were hardly going to wait for those people who chose to lie in !

    I looked at the online Argus this morning and they stated times of 9.00am and then 8.30am, not their fault the times weren't accurate as they reported what they were told, but I just used the latest information available to me which is usually a good idea. But it's no big deal, just a bit disappointing.

    Score: 2
    axelslash01 10:05am Sun 12 Jan 14

    I was able to hear the boom and a little bit of the siren from around Newport High School! - says my mother.

    Score: 2
    kaylee4570 10:10am Sun 12 Jan 14

    You could 100% hear it in Cwmbran! I was led in bed watching Tele and it was heard above the Tele and my 5 year old son :-)

    Score: -3
    Lalunalynn 10:11am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Well that was nice! I arrived at 8.30 in plenty of time for the (reported) 9am demolition. Unfortunately, plumes of smoke was all I got to see!!... If you give people a specific time STICK TO IT! thanks to the abrupt time change I, and so many others missed the event!! One guy I spoke to had come from Cardiff, another from Caldicot, both had missed it! So annoyed right now!!

    Score: -12
    Ch4rlie 10:30am Sun 12 Jan 14

    See the video here from a different angle.....

    http://youtu.be/T-lB
    XWokj40

    Score: -1
    Ch4rlie 10:40am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Try this.....

    www.youtube.com/watc
    h?v=T-lBXWokj40

    Score: 1
    thomas35 10:45am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Killed off my Sunday Morning cuddle...****!!!

    Score: 4
    manofponty 11:09am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Kevin Ward and his team must wonder why they even bother some days. As a former reporter myself I know what a thankless task it can be dealing with am irrational public and those with an ingrained sense of entitlement. The Argus team did their best with the information available. Timings for these things are always subject to change. Don't shoot the messenger.

    Score: 27
    willosman 11:11am Sun 12 Jan 14

    http://www.youtube.c
    om/watch?v=tDHDUJWzH
    P4

    Score: 0
    willosman 11:13am Sun 12 Jan 14

    HD and slow motion :
    http://www.youtube.c
    om/watch?v=tDHDUJWzH
    P4

    Score: 0
    Bilbo Biggins 11:19am Sun 12 Jan 14

    I wondered what he bloody hell that was. It woke me up. Huge boom and the house rattled. We live in Llanfrechfa Cwmbran.

    Bit of an ani climax that video. Thought it was the tall building behind. 4 minutes of my life I'll never get back.

    Score: -8
    Katie Re-Registered 11:21am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Kevin Ward - Editor wrote…


    Live coverage was via the video stream link posted above at 6,42am. Watched it live at home on my iPad with no problems.
    But thanks for the sarcasm. It makes the extra hours worked by my team throughout this weekend worth it.

    Trust you paid them overtime for that, Kev - at an equal rate?;)

    Score: -4
    tara2010 11:22am Sun 12 Jan 14

    GardenVarietyMushroo
    m
    wrote…


    Why are people moaning about the time? I got 08:30 hrs from the Argus' previous reporting, which was bang on time.

    Don't know how Mr. Ward got his live coverage to work though, I looked in at five to eight and there was just a test card? P'raps it came on air after I left.

    The bang was louder than I thought - even made me jump a little. My little'un nearly leapt from her skin, bless her.

    Apparently, they could hear the bang in Cwmbran.

    Yes I'm from cwmbran and it was loud I even went out the front to c what it was then looked.on the Argus and seen they did it at 8:30

    Score: -2
    Katie Re-Registered 11:39am Sun 12 Jan 14

    manofponty wrote…


    Kevin Ward and his team must wonder why they even bother some days. As a former reporter myself I know what a thankless task it can be dealing with am irrational public and those with an ingrained sense of entitlement. The Argus team did their best with the information available. Timings for these things are always subject to change. Don't shoot the messenger.

    Generally speaking however, I think that a large part of the reason why the press now finds itself in such disrepute amongst us 'ungrateful peasant masses' is the fault of the decades-long horrendous behaviour of the mainstream newspapers and so-called 'jounalists' themselves. It's not too difficult to guess just why 'mere' Jo/e Public doesn't trust the press anymore when enquiries such as Leveson have exposed its deliberate misreporting in the service of the vested interests of its handful of very rich, powerful and consequently influential owners - not to mention its persecution of already marginalised minority groups and its vile, sick underhand illegal ways of obtaining information about people. Whilst I'm by no means accusing the 'humble' Argus of engaging in such activities I still nevertheless await Kev's or Maria's editorial which condemns the bigoted mind-set and unscrupulous, untruthful behaviour of their co-professionals of the national press instead of the more predictable, moral high Rebekah's horse sermon warning of the assault against press freedoms. Contrary no doubt to many haters disappointment I won't hold my breath!

    Score: -2
    Katie Re-Registered 11:42am Sun 12 Jan 14

    ...And don't forget: with freedom comes responsibility - something the monotonously right-leaning daily tabloids are perpetually keen to continually lecture us supposedly 'benefit scrounging' unwashed pleb masses on!

    Score: -5
    welshmen 11:44am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Another chance by the Labour Council missed, this could have been made an event, with raffle tickets @ £1 a go for anyone to press the BUTTON, proceeds to a local charity, the actual time for the blast could have been made more public rather than minutes to go , the council bungled again, not fit for purpose....Thanks Argus for the limited info, you can only report on information given....not your fault...

    Score: 5
    squirrelchez 11:46am Sun 12 Jan 14

    Gasguy wrote…


    GardenVarietyMushroo

    m
    wrote…


    Why are people moaning about the time? I got 08:30 hrs from the Argus' previous reporting, which was bang on time.

    Don't know how Mr. Ward got his live coverage to work though, I looked in at five to eight and there was just a test card? P'raps it came on air after I left.

    The bang was louder than I thought - even made me jump a little. My little'un nearly leapt from her skin, bless her.

    Apparently, they could hear the bang in Cwmbran.
    Because by the time the Argus had changed the time I had left to watch it at 9.00am. Not blaming the Argus at all as they reported the times they were given. But if the Contractors had stuck with any time between 8.00am and 10.00am and not said 9.00am or 8.30am then more people would have been able to catch it.

    But as they originally said any time between 8 and 10, sense would say to get there before 8.

    Score: 9
    GardenVarietyMushroom 12:05pm Sun 12 Jan 14

    squirrelchez wrote…


    Gasguy wrote…


    GardenVarietyMushroo


    m
    wrote…


    Why are people moaning about the time? I got 08:30 hrs from the Argus' previous reporting, which was bang on time.

    Don't know how Mr. Ward got his live coverage to work though, I looked in at five to eight and there was just a test card? P'raps it came on air after I left.

    The bang was louder than I thought - even made me jump a little. My little'un nearly leapt from her skin, bless her.

    Apparently, they could hear the bang in Cwmbran.
    Because by the time the Argus had changed the time I had left to watch it at 9.00am. Not blaming the Argus at all as they reported the times they were given. But if the Contractors had stuck with any time between 8.00am and 10.00am and not said 9.00am or 8.30am then more people would have been able to catch it.
    But as they originally said any time between 8 and 10, sense would say to get there before 8.

    You know what they say - common sense aint that common.

    Score: 0
    lee-annwallace@ntlworld.com 12:50pm Sun 12 Jan 14

    Mike0408 wrote…


    Well its now 07:41 and still no live coverage as promised

    can you up load your own footage on here as I was stood in a great spot and its face on rather than side on footage. It was amazing to see

    Score: 0
    Gasguy 12:58pm Sun 12 Jan 14

    GardenVarietyMushroo
    m
    wrote…


    squirrelchez wrote…


    Gasguy wrote…


    GardenVarietyMushroo



    m
    wrote…


    Why are people moaning about the time? I got 08:30 hrs from the Argus' previous reporting, which was bang on time.

    Don't know how Mr. Ward got his live coverage to work though, I looked in at five to eight and there was just a test card? P'raps it came on air after I left.

    The bang was louder than I thought - even made me jump a little. My little'un nearly leapt from her skin, bless her.

    Apparently, they could hear the bang in Cwmbran.
    Because by the time the Argus had changed the time I had left to watch it at 9.00am. Not blaming the Argus at all as they reported the times they were given. But if the Contractors had stuck with any time between 8.00am and 10.00am and not said 9.00am or 8.30am then more people would have been able to catch it.
    But as they originally said any time between 8 and 10, sense would say to get there before 8.
    You know what they say - common sense aint that common.

    So what your saying is never accept news updates, stick with the first information your given and that's it?
    I'm afraid listening to the latest information may have ended up in me missing this particular event as the information given to the Argus was incorrect but I'll stick with listening to the latest news and information and you stick with slightly distorted views on common sense.

    Score: 0
    BernardCCC 12:59pm Sun 12 Jan 14

    GardenVarietyMushroo
    m
    wrote…


    squirrelchez wrote…


    Gasguy wrote…


    GardenVarietyMushroo



    m
    wrote…


    Why are people moaning about the time? I got 08:30 hrs from the Argus' previous reporting, which was bang on time.

    Don't know how Mr. Ward got his live coverage to work though, I looked in at five to eight and there was just a test card? P'raps it came on air after I left.

    The bang was louder than I thought - even made me jump a little. My little'un nearly leapt from her skin, bless her.

    Apparently, they could hear the bang in Cwmbran.
    Because by the time the Argus had changed the time I had left to watch it at 9.00am. Not blaming the Argus at all as they reported the times they were given. But if the Contractors had stuck with any time between 8.00am and 10.00am and not said 9.00am or 8.30am then more people would have been able to catch it.
    But as they originally said any time between 8 and 10, sense would say to get there before 8.
    You know what they say - common sense aint that common.

    After the premature demolition of the Chartist mural...it didn't even need common sense.

    Score: -6
    Bill_Posters 1:13pm Sun 12 Jan 14

    Hi Argus, thanks for the coverage. I'm just wondering, do you have any plans to upload a video montage of the demolition with the finale of the 1812 Overture as a backing track?

    Many thanks and best wishes,
    Bill Posters

    Score: -2
    GardenVarietyMushroom 1:14pm Sun 12 Jan 14

    Gasguy wrote…


    GardenVarietyMushroo

    m
    wrote…


    squirrelchez wrote…


    Gasguy wrote…


    GardenVarietyMushroo




    m
    wrote…


    Why are people moaning about the time? I got 08:30 hrs from the Argus' previous reporting, which was bang on time.

    Don't know how Mr. Ward got his live coverage to work though, I looked in at five to eight and there was just a test card? P'raps it came on air after I left.

    The bang was louder than I thought - even made me jump a little. My little'un nearly leapt from her skin, bless her.

    Apparently, they could hear the bang in Cwmbran.
    Because by the time the Argus had changed the time I had left to watch it at 9.00am. Not blaming the Argus at all as they reported the times they were given. But if the Contractors had stuck with any time between 8.00am and 10.00am and not said 9.00am or 8.30am then more people would have been able to catch it.
    But as they originally said any time between 8 and 10, sense would say to get there before 8.
    You know what they say - common sense aint that common.
    So what your saying is never accept news updates, stick with the first information your given and that's it?
    I'm afraid listening to the latest information may have ended up in me missing this particular event as the information given to the Argus was incorrect but I'll stick with listening to the latest news and information and you stick with slightly distorted views on common sense.

    No - what I was saying, in case you missed it the first time - is that common sense aint that common.

    Score: -1
    Bill_Posters 1:19pm Sun 12 Jan 14

    As an aside, I think you folks should lay off the Argus regarding the demolition times. They only published what the contractors told them. If you're upset that the contractors moved the time forward, keep in mind that they're paid to demolish the building (possibly by Newport Council itself). If they're able to do so half an hour earlier than planned then it's in their interest to do it as soon as possible and move on with the next part of their jobs rather than paying their workmen to do nothing for half an hour while people turn up to watch. Unless you'd rather they charged people to watch the demolition.

    In any case I'm sure we can unite in celebration that Newport's continuing transformation and renovation has taken another great step forward!

    See you in the future,
    Bill Posters

    Score: 20
    newportscum 4:55pm Sun 12 Jan 14

    Good! Now The Council Chamber!!!

    Score: -6
    heresphil 6:55pm Sun 12 Jan 14

    it was too early in the morning for me (no buses from Rogy at that time) but it was fantastic to see the big pile of rubble when I got into town. Already the skyline seems far less oppressive.

    The strangest thing - how much of the roof was left intact laying on top of the piles of rubble. One of the lamps that were on the top was still standing up vertically on top of the pile.

    The most important thing despite all the complaining - it's the first stage of a new beginning for the city centre.

    Score: 5
    Mr Angry 7:11pm Sun 12 Jan 14

    Kevin Ward - Editor wrote…


    Live coverage was via the video stream link posted above at 6,42am. Watched it live at home on my iPad with no problems.
    But thanks for the sarcasm. It makes the extra hours worked by my team throughout this weekend worth it.

    I hope you paid them the appropriate rates for weekend work .

    Score: 0
    Mr Angry 7:13pm Sun 12 Jan 14

    Kevin Ward - Editor wrote…


    Live coverage was via the video stream link posted above at 6,42am. Watched it live at home on my iPad with no problems.
    But thanks for the sarcasm. It makes the extra hours worked by my team throughout this weekend worth it.

    Hope you paid them the appropiate rates for weekend working

    Score: 0
    DonnieMarco 7:59pm Sun 12 Jan 14

    grumpyandopinionated wrote…


    GardenVarietyMushroo

    m
    wrote…


    Btw - it's 'get what you pay for' not 'pay for what you get'

    Just saying like.
    Spade/Shovel, will do the same job ;)

    No they won't. Spade and shovel are not two names for the same tool.

    Score: 2
    Kevin Ward - Editor 8:20pm Sun 12 Jan 14

    We work every weekend Mr Angry.

    Score: 0
    Spinflight 8:27pm Sun 12 Jan 14

    Shame they can't demolish the council chamber...

    www.ukipnewport.com

    Score: -11
    siameselady 8:30pm Sun 12 Jan 14

    I'm hoping that this marks an end of an era and that Newport can now move on to better times.....

    Score: 12
    kangastwo 8:34pm Sun 12 Jan 14

    Thank you ARGUS for the coverage from Hervey Bay QLD Aus.

    Score: 6
    sooty001 9:16pm Sun 12 Jan 14

    Credit where credit is due, good coverage by the Argus for all those unable to attend , thank you SWA.

    Score: 7
    Paul F. McCourt 11:24pm Sun 12 Jan 14

    G'day People of Newport! I am reporting from Turangi in New Zealand, and I stayed up till well afteer 11 pm to catch the Live blast of the Capitol Car Park, and even I missed it! I keept refreshing the ARGUS's Front Page, and suddenly, there it was. The photo of the demolition and below it, "In case you missed it. . ." The clip.
    I think whoever said "GONE in Six Seconds" needs their time adjusted. When I timed it, it was very close to 2.5 seconds. WOW! They didn't waste any time bringing it down, did they? I was sort of expecting, a series of shots (B,B,B,B,B,BOOM!) from front to back, working their way up and across, so that the whole lot would just collapse to the right as we were looking at it. But, that's what exactly happened with what sounded like just ONE BIG BANG. Crikey! What a beaut! Well done! I am just so glad I managed to see it, even if a little later than I calculated. we're exactly 12 Hours ahead of you, plus One for Daylight Saving. As I write it is NOW 12:18 pm, Lunch Time, in SUMMER. For you, its probably 11:18 pm and close to Midnight, and WINTER.
    Thank You ARGUS for letting us (ME anyway.) Down Under see this Blast, too.
    Yucky Dah! (Sorry, I don't know how its spelled. My mum used to say it alot!) Have a Very Happy and Safe New Year.

    Score: 14
    ExNewport 7:50am Mon 13 Jan 14

    keithbob wrote…


    great live coverage,thankyou argus for showing us the back of that eyesore!

    Whattt! It's like losing an old friend...and no sarcasm there.

    Score: 0
    Mervyn James 9:26am Mon 13 Jan 14

    Paul F. McCourt wrote…


    G'day People of Newport! I am reporting from Turangi in New Zealand, and I stayed up till well afteer 11 pm to catch the Live blast of the Capitol Car Park, and even I missed it! I keept refreshing the ARGUS's Front Page, and suddenly, there it was. The photo of the demolition and below it, "In case you missed it. . ." The clip.
    I think whoever said "GONE in Six Seconds" needs their time adjusted. When I timed it, it was very close to 2.5 seconds. WOW! They didn't waste any time bringing it down, did they? I was sort of expecting, a series of shots (B,B,B,B,B,BOOM!) from front to back, working their way up and across, so that the whole lot would just collapse to the right as we were looking at it. But, that's what exactly happened with what sounded like just ONE BIG BANG. Crikey! What a beaut! Well done! I am just so glad I managed to see it, even if a little later than I calculated. we're exactly 12 Hours ahead of you, plus One for Daylight Saving. As I write it is NOW 12:18 pm, Lunch Time, in SUMMER. For you, its probably 11:18 pm and close to Midnight, and WINTER.
    Thank You ARGUS for letting us (ME anyway.) Down Under see this Blast, too.
    Yucky Dah! (Sorry, I don't know how its spelled. My mum used to say it alot!) Have a Very Happy and Safe New Year.

    They don't get out much in New Zealand.....

    Score: -9
    Paul F. McCourt 10:12am Mon 13 Jan 14

    G'day Merv, I don't know what you meant when you said we don't get out much in New Zealand. Have another look at the time I stayed up to watch this demolition! it was nearly MIDNIGHT!! I live on the other side of the Planet!! I may have only missed the LIVE video link by a few minutes, but, at least I saw it before I called it a night.
    I won't go crook at you, because you obviously didn't know that I wasn't actually there to see it, as I stated. By the way, the time as I am writing this to you now is 11:10pm New Zealand Daylight Saving Time. Time to shut down. G'Night Folks! "Yucky Dah!"

    Score: 7
    Bartlett1990 12:17pm Mon 13 Jan 14

    When are they doing the rest of Newport?

    Score: -10
    russ angel 4:20pm Mon 13 Jan 14

    Now move the library and museum to the Westgate Hotel,put the multiplex cinema in the old library building and put the new shopping centre in the empty Kingsway and save all that money.The old bus staion can now be landscaped and used as a recreational area and "Wintergarden" with some decent events on to attract people here.We could have a Market there on certain days.Put a bus station in Cambrian Road for Newport Transport,and Stagecoach can have the one by the Market.

    Score: 1
    grumpyandopinionated 5:21pm Mon 13 Jan 14

    DonnieMarco wrote…


    grumpyandopinionated wrote…


    GardenVarietyMushroo


    m
    wrote…


    Btw - it's 'get what you pay for' not 'pay for what you get'

    Just saying like.
    Spade/Shovel, will do the same job ;)
    No they won't. Spade and shovel are not two names for the same tool.

    Muppet, didn't say that they was the same tool, said they would do the same job.

    Score: 0
    Dolieboy 8:49pm Mon 13 Jan 14

    kaylee4570 wrote…


    You could 100% hear it in Cwmbran! I was led in bed watching Tele and it was heard above the Tele and my 5 year old son :-)

    Sure it was not 90%

    Score: 0

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