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WELSHLife Issue 1 | Summer 2011

School’s Out For Summer

Up Close and personal with Rhydian

DVD Review

Summer Essentials from Poundland

Table Talk

Summer Bedrooms

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ummer holidays bring many parents misery and financial difficulties, simply because you need to keep the kids entertained, it’s ok for the first few weeks, but then your energy levels as well as your wallet begin to feel the strain. The Summer holidays should be a time for the whole family to relax and enjoy rather than dread and endure. In an attempt to rescue the stressed parent we have brought you a bumper whats’ on guide that features everything from wildlife to education and fun fair rides to the theatre. Of course half the fun of days out is the dressing up, so we have brought you the latest Summer must haves as well as providing you with Eating Out guide, latest toys and summer looks for the home. Have a great Summer, try not to stress too much!


Alison Tucker & All The Team


School’s Out For Summer


Table Talk


Star log

Our bumper ‘What’s On’ Guide. 5 of the best eateries in Cardiff. Rhydian Roberts has had a busy year, and with a new album out next month it’s set to continue.


Welsh It’s Your Choice


Rufus & Friends


Hot Summer Reads

The latest books, CDs and games in The Welsh Language. Great toys for the little ones. Must reads for the youngsters.


Summer Style


Budget Buys




Watching with Alan Mount

Hot summer looks for the kids. Summer Bedrooms & sumptuous flooring.

Summer essentials from Poundland.

Entertainment news byour resident critic.

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Schools’ Out for Summer 6 weeks of school holidays and stuck for things to do? Fear not my fellow parents, I have put together a comprehensive list of things to do and see for as little as possible. Those who are a bit more adventurous there are places further afield to go and have fun! Bear Pak Holiday Club, Penarth. T: 07702 873067 E: If you want your children to fill their days with lots of activities while you’re busy, Bear Pak is open 8am-6pm every weekday, with lots of activities going on. Half & Full day sessions avaialble, includes breakfast and afternoon snacks. Activities: Water-play, Crafts, Dress-up, Sports, Trips, Days-out, Games, Cooking, DVDs and lots, lots more.

Big Pit / National Coal Museum, R.C.T. T: (01495) 790 311 Music on the Patio: 12, 26 Jun, 10, 24 Jul, 7 & 21 Aug, 2.30pm. Enjoy a feast of music for a summer afternoon outside the Pithead Baths. Come along and listen to local bands and choirs performing in a series of free open air concerts. 12 June Cwmbran Brass 26 June CJ Singers 10 July Blaenavon Town Band 24 July Oakdale Silver Band 7 August Gwent Accordion Club 21 August Llwydcoed Band Boulders, Cardiff. T: 0845 52 118 50 Holiday Taster Session (ages 7+)* 90 minute ‘have a go’ climbing session. Pumas’ Activity Day (age 8+) Fancy an action packed kid’s day out full of climbing, bouldering and other fun activities? Spider Monkeys’ Holiday Camp (age 8+)

Cancer Research Wales, Cardiff. T: 029 2031 6976 The Cancer Research Wales Pink-a-Blue Walk, Cardiff Bay - Sun 4th Sept at 11am: We’ll be starting our 4 mile sponsored walk along Cardiff Bay, from the Norwegian Church. This special event will raise money and hope for prostate and breast cancer research in Wales. The Cancer Research Wales Bridal Suite - 1st Floor, 55 Penlline Rd , Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 2AB. Tel: 029 2062 7250: View our beautiful collection and new and used wedding dresses at our dedicated bridal showroom.

Join in our kids’ climbing activities and get on the road to your next NICAS level! The Spider Monkeys’ Camps help to develop more advanced techniques and boost performance. Geckos’ Holiday Camp (age 10+) The Geckos’ Holiday Camp is a more intensive week that helps to develop more advanced climbing techniques and fitness. This course is strictly available for those of who’ve passed NICAS level 3. Activity Day: £50 per person including lunch Activity Week: £180 per person including lunch (Price shown is for a 5 day Activity Week, prices will vary depending on length of Activity Week). Kids’ Holiday Activities start at 9.30am and run through until 4pm. It’s an action packed activity guaranteed to tire out even the most active kids. We provide lunch and squash throughout the day so all you need to do is drop the little darlings off from 9.30am, just don’t forget to pick them up! Bridgend Recreation Centre, Bridgend. T: 01656 657 491 School Holidays: Range of activities available to children of all ages. Bridgend Recreation Centre boasts the area’s largest leisure pool complete with hydro-slide, wave machine and a state-of-the-art Hydrogym which makes it ideal whether you want to get fit, learn to swim or enjoy family fun. Bristol Zoo, Bristol. T: 0117 974 7300 Spend a fun-packed day with over 450 amazing species from lions to love beetles. With most of the exhibits under cover, you can enjoy your visit whatever the weather. Allow 2-5 hours for your visit. Experience animal encounters and feeding times. Try to beat the animal record breakers in the Zoolympics.

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Cardiff Cycle Tours, Cardiff Bay. T: 07500 564 389 The Bute Tour / The Bay Tour: Truly the best way to explore this beautiful and fascinating young city is by bike. From the Bay to the Heart of the City, we take it easy on the fantastic Pashley bikes, discovering many of the Cardiff landmarks.


Cardiff Harbour Authority, Cardiff Bay. T: 029 2087 7900 Date: 06/08/2011 - 07/08/2011 Location: Cardiff Bay Graving Docks (near Techniquest) Canoe polo is an exciting team sport at which Wales excels. It is a five-a-side game, a cross between water polo and basketball. This fast paced sport is almost as fun for spectators to watch as it is for the paddlers themselves! Date: 06/08/2011 - 07/08/2011 Location: Cardiff Bay Barrage and Inner Harbour Cardiff plays host to the final race in the European Water Ski Racing Championships. Date: 27/08/2011 - 29/08/2011 Location: Cardiff Bay Yacht Club & Cardiff Bay Barrage Welsh Optimist Championships: Cardiff Bay will host the annual Optimist Championships alongside the Harbour Festival, with many returning to compete in this well loved racing regatta. Held at Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, those competing will also provide a celebratory flotilla during the weekend! Date: 27/08/2011 - 29/08/2011 Location: Roald Dahl Plass Cardiff Harbour Festival makes a splash as it returns to Cardiff Bay this August Bank Holiday weekend. Everyone can celebrate the summer with a host of FREE activities and family favourite including the Tall Ships and a continental market selling tasty treats. New for 2011 are the Breitling Wing Walkers, wonder at the World’s only Aerobatic formation team as they fly across the Bay. Don’t forget The British Fish Craft Championships also returns for the third year. This sees top fishmongers competing in a series of precision skills tests on the Sunday and a series of talks and demonstrations on Saturday and Monday. Cardiff International Paddle Fest - 3 Sept Cardiff International White Water, International Sports Village - FREE for spectators. Get down to Cardiff International White Water and play a part in the greatest “come and try it” paddle sport event. The Paddle Fest is a chance to try out a range of activities for the very first time, including canoe, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. Or just relax at the waters edge, grab a drink and a bite to eat, and listen to the live music on the bandstand. It will also demo the latest boats and equipment from

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Several members of Classical Brit Award winning choir Only Men Aloud have established a new music festival to promote young artists and give them a platform alongside some of the biggest names in the musical world, raising considerable amounts of money for charity. David Mahoney, Artistic Director of the festival, has led a team of volunteers from Britain’s favourite choir and other members of the Cardiff musical community to establish the Cardiff Music Festival, which promises to be one of the most exciting events in Cardiff’s music calendar. The Cardiff Music Festival is a not for profit organisation, committed to achieving three fundamental objectives: to bring musical excellence and performances of the highest quality to Wales’ capital city; to promote young artists and composers at the beginning of their careers; and to raise money for charitable causes through musical performance. This year, the festival is honoured to be supporting the Noah’s Ark Appeal, The Elizabeth Evans Trust and Amser Justin Time. The festival also aims to bring music to new audiences, making classical music and musical theatre accessible to those who may not have been exposed to it before. The festival also sees the launch of the Young Welsh Artists Recital Series, which this year promotes Steffan Morris (former Texaco Young Musician of Wales winner), Anne Denholm (BBC Young Musician Finalist), Steffan Jones and two young composers whose works will be premiered at the festival. There will also be a series of singing workshops and informal performances at the Wales Millennium Centre.


The 2011 festival will be opened by its resident ensemble the Cardiff Sinfonietta, joined by the critically acclaimed young pianist Sophie Cashell (BBC ‘Classical Star’ winner). The musical theatre evening brings some show business to proceedings with an all-star line up including Katy Treharne (currently starring in Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End), Jessica Robinson (star of BBC’s ‘Over the Rainbow’) and members of Only Men Aloud. We then welcome the Manchester Chamber Orchestra to the festival, with a concert of string music, before a spectacular Opera Gala brings the festival to a stunning conclusion with performers including Dennis O’Neill, Wynne Evans, Gwawr Edwards and Mark Evans, hosted by Only Men Aloud musical director Tim Rhys-Evans. The inaugural 2011 Cardiff Music Festival will see the involvement of over 100 performers, the majority of whom are young musicians hoping to build a career in the music industry. This is a unique opportunity for an emerging generation of Welsh performers, supported by the enormous generosity of the South Wales community.

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Europe’s leading manufactures. CIWW offers white water action and flat water fun and is a fantastic day out for beginners interested in paddle sports. This event will also be a must for the more experienced paddler looking for advice, new kit or even technical guidance - all under one roof! JST TENACIOUS visits Cardiff Date: 06/09/2011; Location: Roath Basin The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) Tall Ship Tenacious will be open to the public on the 6th September. You will be able to see how this ship has been specially designed and built so that she can be sailed by crews of all physical abilities on equal terms.

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, Oxford. T: 01993 823006 Every Sun (May 1st - Aug 28th): Reptile Awareness Days 2-4pm*. July Fri 22nd-Sun 31st Wizard Animal Week Aug Every Wed (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st): Ice cool Animals. Aug Weekends: (6/7th, 13/14th, 20/21st, 27/28th) Flying Birds of Prey displays. Aug Sun 14th: Fairthorpe Sports Car Specials. Aug Everyday: A to Z of Amazing Animals at the Park. Sept Fri & Sat (2/3rd, 9/10th, 16/17th, 23/24th): Wild Nights at the Park Sept Sat 17/18th: Talk like a Pirate Weekend Sept Sat 24th-Sun 25th: Rhino Weekend Sept Mon 5th-Fri 30th: Wild Gardeners Walk Dizzy Kidz Indoor Playcentre, Newport. T: 01495 725850 E: Every Wed 10.30am-12.30pm: Mother & Toddler Mornings. Tue,Wed,Thu 10.30am-12.30pm: HALF PRICE PLAYGROUP.

Folly Farm, Pembrokeshire. T: 01834 812731 Every Mon, 18 Jul-22 Aug: Join Jugglestruck on a magical adventure...illusions, juggling, diablo & card tricks. 19 Jul-31 Aug: Farmyard Frolics. Our brand new animal agility show featuring farmyard friends! Our resident animal trainers have taken on the challenge to train ducks and pigs to join their loveable collection of canine stars in this brand new show. 2nd/3rd Aug. Times: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm + 3.30pm: Fifi and Bumble from Fifi and the Flowertots are coming to Folly Farm this Summer! You can come and say hi to them as they will be appearing at various times throughout the day. 9th/10th Aug. Times: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm + 3.30pm: Fireman Sam will be helping cool things down at Folly Farm this Summer! 16th/17th Aug. Times: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm + 3.30pm: Peppa Pig and her brother George are returning to Folly Farm! 23rd/24th Aug. Times: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm + 3.30pm: Race down to Folly Farm to meet Roary and Big Chris! 29th/30th Aug. Times: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm + 3.30pm: Join Thomas and The Fat Controller as they steam into Folly Farm this Summer! Go Ape Hire Wire Forest Adventure, UK T: 0845 643 92 15 Boasting some of the finest scenery in Wales. Our very first Welsh course, located in Margam Country Park, is home to the largest deer herd in Wales. You and your pri-mates can expect to enjoy some splendid landscapes as you swing through the trees and fly down the zip wires.

The Grand Theatre, Swansea T: Box Office - 01792 475715 Tues 23rd Aug at 1pm & 3pm: The Mr Men & Little Miss are going on the road to celebrate their 40th birthday in a brand new singing and dancing Party Road Show! Thurs 1st-Sat 3rd Sept at 7pm, Sat at 2pm: Following on from the runaway success of Billy Elliot last summer, this talented group of performers bring you West Side Story - a modern day version of Romeo and Juliet. With such popular songs as ‘Tonight’, ‘Maria’ and ‘America’, this musical theatre favourite will appeal to all ages, as you follow the battle between The Sharks and The Jets. Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran T: 01633 647662 Sat 6th Aug - Dyeing at David’s Sat 3rd Sept - Ring Weaving Sat 1st Oct - Willow Basket Making with Judy Hartley Sat 5th Nov - Guild AGM & Forest Fibres - this is a textile crafts business and leading supplier of fibres and fibrerelated equipment, specialising in fibre related textile crafts such as knitting, spinning & dyeing. Heatherton Country Sports Park, Tenby T: 01646 652000 Park open: 10am-9pm; Activities open: 10am-6pm NEW TO THE PARK - Water Peddlerz: opened April 2011 as part of a new play zone that caters for the younger children. The Craft shack Cafe: offers a range of creative activities that will keep your children entertained and amused with things to make and do while you relax in our new cafe. Our specially designed Craft packs are a bag of crafty surprises to cater for your childs creative whims. In addition to the craft packs a wide range of individual craft and art activities are available that provide excellent value for money. Driving School for kids - Electric cars provide a bundle of fun and instruction on some of the rules of the road. Upon completion each child will be issued with a Heatherton driving licence. The driving school combines fun essential traffic skills and road safety for children. An informative talk will be given by a member of staff to teach the child some of the rules of the road.

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the chipmunks and be amazed by the anteaters - and that’s just for starters! Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay. T: 029 2048 0077 27-29 August, 2011: CARDIFF HARBOUR FESTIVAL Makes a splash as it returns to Cardiff Bay this August Bank Holiday weekend. Everyone can celebrate the summer with a host of FREE activities and family favourite including the Tall Ships and a continental market selling tasty treats. New for 2011 are the Breitling Wing Walkers, wonder at the World’s only Aerobatic formation team as they fly across the Bay. Don’t forget The British Fish Craft Championships also returns for the third year. This sees top fishmongers competing in a series of precision skills tests on the Sunday and a series of talks and demonstrations on Saturday and Monday.

Helen O’Grady Drama Academy T: 0845 603 7220 Develop your child dramatically! Enrolling Now. Introduction of Kindy Drama: In 2009, the age range was extended with the introduction of an engaging preschool programme – Kindy Drama.

Millennium Stadium Tours, Cardiff T: 029 2082 2228 School Holidays + Weekends* - Why not treat the children to a tour around the stadium and changing rooms. *Not on match days. Come and explore the magnificent facets and features that make the Millennium Stadium one of the most impressive icons of modern Wales. 13th Aug 2011: WALES V ENGLAND 20th Aug 2011: WALES V ARGENTINA

The LC, Swansea. T: 01792 466 500 Sunday evening 5pm-8pm: Kids can visit the LC for free. Monday-Friday 10am-11am & 11:30am-12:30pm: Due to popular demand we have introduced more Aqua Tots sessions. You can now come down and enjoy the calm waters with your little one. The LC Waterpark and Boardrider is open from: 4pm-9pm, Mon-Fri during term time. 9am-8pm, weekends, during bank hols & school hols. Our Splash Loyalty Card is available to ALL LC customers using our waterpark or Play area. Every time you visit any of these areas collect the stickers from reception. Collect 4 stickers and your 5th visit is absolutely FREE!! Pick up your loyalty card at the LC Reception desk.

National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire. T: 01558 668768 July 30-31, 2pm-4pm: The Lava Family in Concert, from Wellington, New Zealand, Lava is New Zealand singer/songwriting family the O’Connors (Amanda and Sean with teenage daughters Acacia and Rosie) plus Canadian composer/pianist Vanya Popov. July 31, 12noon + 4pm: Taking Flight return to the National Botanic Garden with their unique brand of outdoor theatre. This year, they present the Shakespearean comedy: Twelfth Night for your delight. This is a promenade production, so come prepared to move around and see the gardens in a new light – and bring your laughing gear! Accessible for all. Supported throughout with British Sign Language.

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Longleat, Wiltshire. T: 01985 844400 For the first time ever at Longleat Safari & Adventure Park you can see world-class breathtaking bird of prey shows! Watch a falcon stoop at over 100mph, feel a vulture swoop just above your head, marvel at a carousel of kites and witness the sheer spectacle of the majestic eagle taking flight. How do you feel about touching a tarantula or stroking a snake? Explore our NEW Jungle Kingdom - go walkabout in the UK’s first walkthrough meerkat enclosure, get close to

Sun Aug 14: All about the Sun. The Swansea Astronomical Society will be here with their Solar Telescopes. Presentations in the Theatre, if the weather is fine, see sun-spots, Solar Prominences, learn all about our nearest star. Aug 27, 28, 29: August Bank Holiday weekend with Jugglestruck (Sun) Sept 3-4: Orchid Festival

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New Theatre, Cardiff. T: 029 2087 8787 MR STINK: Wednesday 20 - Sunday 24 July Wednesday 7.00pm; Thursday 10.30am & 7.00pm; Friday 7.00pm; Saturday 3.00pm & 7.00pm; Sunday 11.00am & 3.00pm. Chloe doesn’t like school very much. She isn’t as cool as the other kids. No iPhone, no DS and no friends. Then she meets Mr Stink – the local tramp. A musical adaptation based on the hilarious children’s novel by David Walliams COPPELIA - Friday 29 - Saturday 30 July Evenings 7.30pm; Saturday Matinee 2.30pm. Enjoy the story of Dr Coppelius whose greatest desire is to bring his beloved doll Coppélia to life. With attractive choreography by artists Janet Lewis and Dominic Marshall the charming liveliness of this popular ballet makes it a family favourite worldwide. SUMMERDANCE 2011 - Saturday 6 August, 7.30pm A partnership between Arts Active, National Dance Company Wales and Welsh National Opera, this year’s summerdance is a must see for those with a passion for fresh new dance and music. Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay. T: 029 2087 7959 Every Monday, 5.30pm - 6.30pm Zumba Class: £5 standard, £4 concessions Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before participants know it, they’re getting fit and their energy levels are soaring! There’s no other fitness class like it! Suitable for all, no partner or experience needed, just a desire to have fun while you tone, lose weight and get fit. Contact: Irene on 07891 712 344. Every Tuesday, 5.30pm - 6.30pm [Tel: 07944 137 824] £5 standard, £4 concessions. Tim Stevens is a STTC qualified instructor and one of London’s funkiest street dancers, teaches street classes across the UK Weekly Pay-As-You-Go classes are held at The Norwegian Church. These classes are great to turn up and have a go, with no further commitment! Ideal for everyone, this is an excellent way to test your knowledge and learning ability.

Park Events, Cardiff. T: (029)20684000/ 20445903/ 20445900 Admiral Cardiff Big Weekend is the ‘daddy’ of Cardiff Festival and is back with a vengeance with FREE live music over 3 days. Rock out to home grown and top international artists playing on the Free live music stage over 3 days. Acts confirmed for this year so far include The Feeling, King Charles, Dom Duff, Edei, Vintage Trouble, The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Dodgy and Zing Zong. Keep checking... for the latest updates. Friday: We’ve teamed up with Swn Festival again this year so you can be sure of an incredible line-up featuring the cream of the new Welsh crop. Saturday: Kicking off with the popular MAS Carnival, Saturday’s line up will feature an eclectic mix of artists from across the globe. Sunday: Winners of ‘The Big Gig’ will open the last night of the Admiral Cardiff Big Weekend. As always the line-up will feature some of the biggest names in the music industry today. A firework finale, will light the city sky each night of the Admiral Cardiff Big Weekend and you can also enjoy all the fun of the fair, with traditional fairground attractions available to entertain the young and the young at heart. The Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay T: 029 2025 6261 Come rain or shine there’s something for everyone - discover a world of entertainment and dining all under the comfort of one roof. July 16-August 21 - A Summer of Sorcery: Head to The Red Dragon Centre this Summer for a magical line up of FREE events. Join us for a “Summer of Sorcery” and a chance to to give the final Harry Potter blockbuster a spectacular and unforgettable send off! 16/17 July, 12-4pm - Birds of Prey: Come meet spectacular owls and birds of prey from Falconry-Uk - just like Harry Potter’s Hedwig! Photographs and handling available for a small fee. 17 July - Broomstick training with Professor


McGonagall: Bring your boroomstick for a masterclass training session with our Professor McGonagall look-a-like. Classes at 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Fancy dress prizes for best Harry Potter characters or wizards and witches! 24 July - Mythical Creatures: There can be no magic without mystical creatures. So here’s the chance to meet the mystical, magical and marvelous - an outstanding animatronic show from two spectacular creatures. 31 July - Magic bean planting with Professor Sprout: Join Professor Sprout in her magical planting classes where you can make and design plant pots. Then, plant your own magic beans, and take the magical pots home and wait for them to sprout! 12-4pm. 13/14 August - Harry Potter LEGO: Join us for a Harry Potter themed LEGO building event with the team for the official LEGO store in Cardiff. 12-4pm. 21 August - Wizard magic workshop: No magical events are complete without a Wizard Workshop. Here’s the opportunity to let your creative skills flow at our wizard magic workshop! Make wizard hats. masks, owls, cats, dangling spiders, bats, toads and more from 12-4pm. Two thirty-minute appearances at 1pm and 3pm. August 3rd, 2011, 12.30-2.30pm - Tiny Tots Play Pod: A FREE parent-child play program held every first Wednesday of the month at The Red Dragon Centre. Organised in conjunction with popular children’s activity specialists, Ezeeeplay, the pod offers a range of of stimulating and creative activities in a safe and fully supervised environment in the main foyer of the Centre. August 5th-7th, 2011, [Fri 12-6pm; Sat & Sun 10-6pm]. Craft Fair: Whether you’re looking to pick up that unique gift or simply enjoy a leisurely browse, our craft fairs are a must visit; showcasing a wide range of talents and products from locally dedicated crafters.


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Puccini in Albany Road Cardiff is a mediterranean tapas bar, pizzeria and lounge, with warm friendly staff and atmosphere. A relaxed calm oasis in the busy area of Roath. With a comfortable seating area with leather sofas scatter cushions and restful decoration ideal for enjoying a delicious coffee. Beautiful dining area reminiscent of Italy with frescos and floral arrangements, a delightful place to enjoy a romantic meal. There is also an outside eating area that will be used for barbecues and grills during the warm weather. An extensive tapas menu with a real assortment of mediterranean dishes, from Spain, Italy and the Middle East.

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Tucked away under Zizzi’s restaurant in High St Cardiff, The Potted Pig Restaurant now resides in what used to be an old bank vault. The lovingly renovated space has been transformed into a charming restaurant, packed with character and a delicious and original menu to boot. The Potted Pig’s modern British menu offers a little something extra for the more adventurous diner. From the bone marrow and duck heart starter, to the beautiful rabbit main course and whole suckling pig (available for groups of eight), the menu is seasonal, unpretentious in its approach, and singularly unique in its offering of quality but reasonably priced British-inspired food in Cardiff.


The exquisite El Puerto restaurant is located on the lower floor of the Custom House building. Its lively atmosphere coupled with the brasseries 45ft long bar makes it a superb venue for a lunch or evening meal. Overlooking Cardiff bay, the solid wood floors, scattering of sawdust and warm hues and tones give the thought you could be somewhere in Spain. The hive of El Puerto is the kitchen which is set as part of the open display. The counter is always brimming with prime cuts of meat, game and the freshest of fish. El Puerto also offers a fantastic choice for Sunday lunch varying from traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings to something a bit more adventurous. Children are welcome throughout the week in El Puerto but please be aware we do not have high chair facilities. El Puerto offers a full ‘a la carte’ menu but also daily specials both at lunch and dinner times. All menus can be viewed in the restaurant and sample menus are available on request. Please be aware that due to the atypical nature of our menu and dependency on fresh produce, we do not have a fixed menu throughout the year. La Marina restaurant is located on the 2nd floor of the beautiful Custom House, Penarth. It benefits from a breathtaking view overlooking Cardiff bay that is most stunning when lit up at night. La Marina is a popular choice for lunch time and evening diners alike, wishing to seek a quiet refuge away from their busy working lives. The lighter tones and suggestion of space give for a more relaxed environment - ideal for a polite meal away from the capital city. In addition to the fantastic views La Marina also incorporates a large fish counter, displaying various specialities including sea bass in rock salt or something that little more special such as Brill of lobster. La Marina’s fish are caught fresh and hand picked so that only those of highest quality are used. Types on offer will vary from day to day and week to week. La Marina also offers fresh meat and game for those who may not so keen on fresh fish dishes. La Marina also offers a traditional Sunday lunch menu as well as its full a la carte option.

The award-winning Mint & Mustard in Whitchurch Road Cardiff has re-defined the Indian dining experience, mixing contemporary cuisine with impeccable service to create one of South Wales’ most highly regarded restaurants. Growing in fame and renown across the Capital and beyond, we were the first Indian restaurant to take the top award of ‘Best Restaurant in South Wales’, as well as ‘Best Indian Restaurant’ at the 2008 South Wales Echo Food & Drink Awards – proving its popularity with residents and food critics alike. Our contemporary classic Indian dishes have also seen us win the prestigious House of Commons Tiffin Cup and the South Asian Chef Competition. Constantly pioneering inventive ways to bring Southern Indian cuisine to the UK, Mint & Mustard endeavours to bring the unique cuisine of Kerala to the Capital.



WO The Potted Pig restaurant is located in central Cardiff on High Street within 100m of both Cardiff castle and the famous Millennium Stadium. Opened in 2011 The Potted Pig has made its home in a former bank vault underneath the city. We serve a varied and constantly changing menu of ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� The menus are based on food we love cooking and eating rather than a single concept. At The Potted Pig we make every effort to keep our menus seasonal, which means using as many locally sourced products from independent and local suppliers as possible. Our wine and drinks menu has been carefully selected to match our menus and we carry an excellent range of independently sourced wines as well as a fantastic array of bottled lagers, ales and ciders. Don’t forget also to check out our extensive spirit range including an unrivalled choice of bespoke gin. The Potted Pig is open for lunch Tuesday to Saturday between noon and 3.00 pm. We are open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday between 6.00pm

This is a sample menu and is subject to change and only available in the evening (prices may var y) Check out the full menu online at: www.thepo STARTERS Chargrilled marinated squ id with chilli and lime - £7 Griddled asparagus & carr ot salad with pea shoots, crèm e fraiche & seeds (v) - £6 Home cured mackerel with pickled cucumbers - £5.50 Potted pig with pickled veg etables & homemade bread - £6 Whole globe artichoke with garlic butter (v) - £5 Smoked aubergine scotch egg with pear chutney (v) - £6 Trealy farm charcuterie boa rd - £8 Bone marrow, sweetbread s & duck hearts with toast & parsley salad - £7 MAINS Whole crab with chips, may onnaise & a bib - £20 12 hr slow roast belly pork with baked carrots & sprout ing broccoli - £12 Rabbit & chips with peas - £12 Cheese fondue with baby vegetables & homemade bre ad (2+ to share) (v) - £9 Pearl barley risotto with cou rgettes, peas, goats cheese & herb oil (v) - £8.50 Charcoal grilled Steaks – 28 day aged Abergavenny beef ��������������������������� �������������������������� ����������������������� ��������������������������� �������������������������� ������������������ bearnaise or green sauce) Roast chicken with duck fat potatoes and spring greens - £12 Leek & Hafod terrine with beetroot, served with greens & beetroot sauce (v) - £9 British haddock with cockle butter, samphire & new pot atoes - £11 ������������������� Whole suckling pig (to be pre ordered, 1 week notice minimum required, price dependent on size of bookin g).

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RHYDIAN ROCKS Rhydian Roberts is having a very busy time at the moment. The platinum blond baritone from Sennybridge is starring in the touring version of ‘We Will Rock You’ he plays evil police chief Khashoggi, the follically flamboyant villain whose hairdo is much like the singer’s own.

Added to thie is recording a new TV series Rhydian Roberts Presents. Joining him will be a star line-up of guests along with a showcase of exciting up and coming Welsh talent. Over a period of eight weeks, Rhydian will perform a number of his old favourites but also introduce us to his latest repertoire from his new album. The new light entertainment series will be staged on a bespoke ‘Vegas-like’ set where Rhydian and his guests will provide us with a star-studded evening of performance. He is also set to take over the role of Teen Angel in the touring version of Grease. Revisit We will Rock You and release his new album Waves on the 1st August. With all he has to do, I was delighted that he was able to take time out and chat with me.



Ed: “You new album is quite a departure from your previous work is this why you signed with a new record label, and walked away from Simon and Syco?” Rhydian: “I think I served my time with him and it just felt like the right thing to do. We talked, he saw my point of view and we’re still in touch today. Ed: So what made you choose Conehead Records? Rhydian: Because they’re lovely, enthusiastic people who are behind me and my new album 100 per cent.” Ed: “How would you describe the new album?” Rhydian: “ I would say it’s very much New Wave. I was listening to an old cassette tape of my brother’s, with bands like Blancmange, and White & Torch. When I heard it, I got really excited and thought, I could put my stamp on that.” This is a man whose rich baritone sound actually made me cry when I heard his version of ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story, and I do mean that in a good way.

‘Waves’ is a bold and confident album made by a performer at the top of his game. With massive success already achieved, Rhydian has chosen to take control and unleash his creativity in a genre of music that to use an X Factor phrase ‘is out of his comfort zone’. However with Rhydian’s hardworking ethic, level headedness and undoubted singing talent. I have know doubt that whatever he chooses to do he will make it a success.



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about aliens on a North Wales beach. He’s joined by a virtuoso double bass soloist – dubbed the “Simon Cowell of classical music” after his appearances on the BBC-2 hit Maestro – Dominic Seldis, who also performs the brilliant Microncerto on the album The music – all composed in Gareth Glyn’s delightfully approachable style – is nothing if not international, with pieces inspired by his native Wales (organist Jane Watts pulls out all the stops in Gwylmabsant) as well as the grandeur of North Carolina.

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Over 60% of the world live their lives bilingually. There are 6,912 languages spoken in the world today. A greeting in Welsh was included in the 55 languages on the Voyager spacecraft and has just left the Solar system to travel the stars. Being bilingual makes it easier to learn other languages.

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Neither do the parents of most of the children in the majority of bilingual schools in Wales, and you’ll find that most of the children come from English-speaking homes - and they’re doing just fine. Even if you don’t speak Welsh, your attitude towards the language can make a world of difference.You can still encourage and praise your child’s Welsh - ask her to sing the new song she learned today; watch his favourite children’s programme on S4C with him - and ask them to tell you something about them. You may just pick up some Welsh yourself!

things like “mine’s the beic melyn”, and “daddy’s reado’r newspaper”. It’s a normal stage of bilingual development and will pass - it doesn’t mean that they can’t speak either language properly. Like any other aspect of learning a language, children very quickly categorise words and meanings in the right place. The words may be mixed up, but your child certainly isn’t!

…what about her homework?

You can help your child with her homework by making sure that she’s given the time and a place to do it by herself. She’ll be able to tell you about her work in English, and then do it in Welsh. That’s not a problem - it could well make it easier for her to understand the subject.

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Broga Broga has grown! It’s time for Brog Broga to go and find a new home. But a hungry bird lives near the windmill and it’s too noisy next to the road. Will Brog Broga ever find a place he can call home? A hand puppet book that brings the story alive.

Robot Factory

…what about her English

A disc full of mathematical activities set in a robot factory. As the children complete activities they are given robot pieces to build their own robot. The activities have been developed to address the needs of the National Curriculum and the Foundation Stage guidelines. An easy-to-use resource which introduces a range of mathematical vocabulary and concepts to children in KS1. Primary Level

There’s no need to worry. If you look at exam results in Wales - even for English language and literature those in bilingual schools are consistently better than the national average.It’s been shown that children in bilingual schools develop their writing skills more effectively than children in English medium schools. By the time your child leaves school, she’ll be fully bilingual and be able to follow college or university courses in either or both languages.

Survival! Game for Life

…won’t he be confused

Survival! is a game to create a personal and social awareness of sustainability and global environmental issues, of how they affect the Earth and of how we can conserve our fragile environment in a local, national and global context. The game also aims to create an awareness of the responsibility of each individual in sustainability and environmental issues and create an awareness of wider global issues that impact our lives.

Learning languages - even one language - can be a confusing business for children. It’s quite normal to hear small children say funny things like “mouses”, “hims car”, and “I goed”. By trying out words, children work out the rules and find out about how languages work.The same sort of thing happens with two languages. Sometimes small children will use the two languages in the same sentence, and say

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We’re Animal Quackers for Silver Cross Toys At Silver Cross the design team have developed a collection of beautiful engaging toys, designed to soothe and satisfy your baby. Each toy promotes specific skills such as observation, coordination and problem solving. Inspiring little minds, the Riverbank and Homegrown collections feature gorgeous bright colours and tactile textured fabrics, with plenty of delightful sounds and motion. Perfect from birth onwards, the cheerful and vibrant soft activity toys will develop and nurture your baby’s skills through play and start them on their journey of discovery.

Bob Duck Pull Along Rufus Rabbit Pull Along Rufus Rabbit and his wobbling pull along cart with soft vegetable puzzle.


Take him along to the park so he can see his friends at the pond!Bob Duck wobbling pull along with ‘Old MacDonald’ musical tune. Features include: Bob Duck with crinkly lift up wings, Flo Dragonfly puller with crinkly wings, brightly coloured textured fabrics, sound activiated by pressing Bob’s tail.


Rufus Rabbit Shape Sorter

Feature include: three soft vegetables, with bell, squeaker and rattle. Vegetables post through matching holes in Rufus.

£17.00 Bumper Buddies

Webster frog wobbly stacking toy



Feature include: Squeaker in Webster’s head, stacking rings with rattle, bell and crinkly arms.Sitting on a wobbly chime boat base.

For use on the side of the cot, car seat, pram or stroller. Features include: brightly coloured textured fabric, Bob Duck with baby safe mirror and chime, Webster Frog with pull thought legs and rattle, Flo Dragonfly with crinkly wings and vibrating pull tail.

Bob Duck Musical Toy

Wind up musical toy gently and plays a soothing melody. Features include: Bob Duck with crinkly wings and tail, baby safe mirror, wobbly bulrush with rattle, Flow Dragonfly with crinkly wings, row row row your boat music.

£22.00 Twirly travel toy for use on the side of the cot, car seat, pram or stroller, with detachable hanging toys


Peas in a pod rattle and roll set Easy for baby to grasp and roll along the floor.

£10.00 Soft activity cube Features include: brightly coloured with textured fabrics and chime, lift-up elements with crinkle, baby-safe mirror, textured teether, pull-out dragonfly with crinkly wings and rattle, Bob-Duck with squeaker and Webster Frog with vibrating pull-out tongue.




HOT Summer


The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen is a survivor. She has to be; she’s representing her District, number 12, in the 74th Hunger Games in the Capitol, the heart of Panem, a new land that rose from the ruins of a post-apocalyptic North America. To punish citizens for an early rebellion, the rulers require each district to provide one girl and one boy, 24 in all, to fight like gladiators in a futuristic arena. The event is broadcast like reality TV, and the winner returns with wealth for his or her district. With clear inspiration from Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and the Greek tale of Theseus, Collins has created a brilliantly imagined dystopia, where the Capitol is rich and the rest of the country is kept in abject poverty, where the poor battle to the death for the amusement of the rich. Impressive world-building, breathtaking action and clear philosophical concerns make this volume, the beginning of a planned trilogy, as good as The Giver and more exciting. However, poor copyediting in the first printing will distract careful readers - a crying shame. (Science fiction. 11 & up) (Kirkus Reviews) -- New Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before - and survival, for her, is second nature. The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever...


by Michael Morpurgo

From master storyteller, Michael Morpurgo comes an incredibly moving story about one horse’s experience in the deadly chaos of the First World War. In 1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges towards the enemy, witnessing the horror of the frontline. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey’s courage touches the soldiers around him. I would read this book soon as the film comes out later in the year and it would be great to compare the written word with the movie. Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo is one of the most successful children’s authors in the country, loved by children, teachers and parents alike.


by Louis Sachar If you are looking for a truly remarkable novel, something to get your teeth into, something to make you think, and something to make you feel that you have just touched real class, then look no further than Louis Sachar’s extraordinary, award-winning novel Holes.Camp Greenlake is a place for bad boys, where the belief is: “if you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy.” When Stanley Yelnats, accused and found guilty of a crime he did not commit, is sent to Camp Greenlake he really doesn’t think it can be so bad. Stanley and his family try to pretend that he is just going away to camp like the rich kids do, and he promises to write to them every day. But the harsh realities of the camp, and the evil Warden with her lizard - venom impregnated fingernails with her own reasons for making the boys in her charge dig so many holes, sometimes make dying seem like a great idea. When Stanley leaves the camp to go in search of his friend Zero, their journey towards freedom becomes a battle with hunger, thirst and heat in the shadow of Big Thumb -- a mountain so entwined in Stanley’s own family history that he knows if they can reach it they will somehow find salvation. A complex story, riddled with the harsh imagery and barren despair, Holes is a perceptive and intricate homage to family and friendship which never shies away from the harshest of realities yet injects the story of a seemingly hopeless boy with a sly, sideways humour that crackles against the backdrop of the arid wastelands of the desert. A must for anyone, young or old, who relishes an intelligent, courageous and dynamic read.




A TRAVEL ESSENTIAL THAT IS HIGH IN PROTECTION LOW IN COST Protective sun cream is an absolute beach holiday must have, whether you need ultimate protection for the kids or are aiming for the golden goddess look yourself. The Delph Sun Care range offers no-compromise sun protection at a fraction of the designer range cost – which means effective protection with leftover money for fun and souvenirs.

Delph Sun Care offers a comprehensive range of products from SPF 8 to 50, rated UVA 4* for their “superior” protection. The range has been fully tested to medical standards (not tested on animals) and is one of only 7 sun creams listed on the UK Drug Tariff allowing it to be prescribed by GP’s. With such endorsement you can be safe in the knowledge that you and your family will be protected against harmful UVA rays. Delph is supplied to the NHS, schools and even all of our troops in Afghanistan. Delph provides excellent value whilst delivering the ultimate in sun protection. The range contains luxury ingredients such as Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, to care for your skin ensuring it is kept moisturised and left silky soft. Products in the range include: • SPF 8, 15, 30, and Sun Block 50 in 200ml Lotion • SPF 15 and 25 200ml in Spray Lotion • Kids On The Go - SPF 30 Trigger Spray – fun for the kids and sprays on green to highlight application. SPF 30 (and 50 Lotion is available in 100ml) • After Sun- Lotion, Spray and Insect Repellent 200ml all contain Aloe Vera to soothe and moisturise the skin and Vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-ageing properties. So make sure you and all the family are stocked up on Delph travel essentials helping you enjoy a safe summer!

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Network DVD, erstwhile distributors of rare and classic British TV shows have done themselves proud with the August release of the all but forgotten The Strange World of Gurney Slade starring the late great Anthony Newley as the eponymous anti-hero of the title. Way ahead of its time in theme and content this fascinating 1960 six episode comedy series is far different from anything else of the era and will fascinate those who take the trouble to share Gurney’s surrealistic journey of self discovery in a London that is barely recognisable to us nowadays. Newley, whose personality and looks much resemble Robbie Williams, is an engaging presence on screen and those who get into the style of this unusual show will be much rewarded as Gurney interacts with talking animals, inanimate objects and the varied individuals he meets along the way. I would go so far as to say that this series is to UK comedy what “The Prisoner” is to drama and it is little wonder that audiences of the day were confused and bewildered by the short lived series. This begs to be rediscovered and thanks to Network it has been.


Those who believe that pirate adventures begin and end with Captain Jack Sparrow would be well advised to dip their toes into the Caribbean waters of A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA, the 1965 screen adaptation of the famous 1929 adventure novel by Richard Hughes whose Welsh literal connections link him with no less than Dylan Thomas. The movie stars Anthony Quinn and James Coburn as 1870’s pirates who accidentally capture some British children on their ship after a raid and find themselves locked in a thrilling adventure steeped in superstition and the power of childhood perception. What looks at an early stage to be a tale of light-hearted adventure quite literally sails into darker waters as it progresses and this movie directed by Alexander Mackendrick is as good an adaptation of a classic novel as one could wish for. If you take your laptop on holiday from July 25th (the release date) then you could do a lot worse than take this DVD with you as it will entertain all members of the family although there are scenes that might be disturbing for the very young and impressionable.


Memories of life in Thatcher’s Britain are vividly brought to life in this set of 4 ITV dramas from the 80’s by acclaimed writer David Leland., the most famous of which is the startling MADE IN BRITAIN starring Tim Roth as hate-filled teenage skinhead Trevor who simply cannot or will not adapt to what passes for a normal life in any way and pays a harsh penalty as a result. Once seen, never forgotten this is as hard-hitting today as it was nearly 30 years ago and I find it to be essential viewing. The other 3 dramas in this set are BIRTH OF A NATION , FLYING INTO THE WIND and R.H.I.N.O. all of which deal with the problems faced by parents,teachers and children alike in a vastly changing and evolving educational and social landscape that reverberates to this very day. Some of the content in these films is harrowing to say the least but is never done sensationally or for effect. The 18 certificate applied to this Network release is for good reason and is recommended to all who want to discover how society in some quarters has reached the point it is at today. Not for those who enjoy fluffy material this is challenging stuff indeed.



Welsh Life Summer 2011  

The definitive guide to Whats On throughout South Wales in Summer 2011. HomeLife, WelshLife & KidzLife.