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Welcome PUBLISHER Cardiff Times Hi All, and welcome to our April issue.

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First of all, let’s start on a high with Wales’ Grand Slam win last month! From underdogs to Six Nations champions, Wales were outstanding and we couldn’t be more proud of all the players and coaches. Max Harvey has written a fantastic article detailing his thoughts about the Grand Slam Champions - we could not have said it any better! March came and went in a bit of a blur for us, in as much as it seemed to be over before it even started. If anything, our children seem to be doing even more activities and hobbies than ever before, which is great for them as it keeps them occupied and stops them arguing so much with each other! With the school Easter holidays rapidly approaching as we write this, we are going to have to find a few more activities to keep the two of them amused! In the magazine this month, we have another feature about fun things to do over Easter, for children and adults alike, so if you are stuck for any ideas please go to page 44. We’d also like to welcome Molly Dutton, our newest and youngest writer, who has written an article giving her unique and modern slant on fashion. Carl Marsh always has an impressive collection of celebrity interviews within his article, and this month is no exception. Turn to page 32 to read Carl’s interviews with celebrity chef James Martin and X-Factor winner Ben Haenow to name but two. We wish you all a Happy Easter and hope that the sun continues to shine. Until next month, happy reading.

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CONTENTS

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FEATURES 14 April Diary 18 Integration (And Chess Boards)!

50 ‘And Another Thing…’ By Vince Nolan

By Wyn Evans

54 Puzzle Mania

22 Beauty - Feel Beautiful Again!

60 Keep Sheep! By Sara John

28 A Gritty Grand Slam By Max Harvey

64 Keep Penylan Tidy

32 “In The Words Of…”

68 Away With Wales

By Carl Marsh

By Michael James

40 Dogs Trust Cardiff Set To Help 1000 Dogs A Year

71 Puzzle Mania Solutions 72 Fashion Done Your Own Way By Molly Dutton

44 Feature - Fun Things To Do At Easter Time! 49 LaserWise Skin & Beauty Clinic Is Expanding!

74 Piatto Review By Brett Salway 10

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New Chefs Cook Up A Treat For Cardiff Care Home Residents

tend to lose fat more quickly so it is important that their food is rich in good fats and proteins, essential for energy and health, as well as food full of iron and vitamins.

A Cardiff care home will be cooking up delights for residents having welcomed a new kitchen team to its experienced line-up of dedicated staff and carers. Tŷ Llandaff, a private nursing, residential and respite care home in Conway Road, Pontcanna, has taken on Head Chef Christopher Bohun to head up their kitchen, and provide delicious and specifically tailored menus for residents.

“But of course, it is essential that the menu is tailored to the tastes of residents and also supports their social timetable. My style of cooking is traditional British and French, which tends to go down well with our residents, and when presenting the menu I am careful to name dishes that are familiar to them so they are clear what we will be serving.”

Christopher, 32, is a fully qualified chef and has built up a wide range of experience and has developed his own cooking style, working in a variety of kitchens in public houses, restaurants and high-end care homes. At Tŷ Llandaff, the duo is working on developing and delivering a healthy, balanced and varied menu that suits both the tastes and dietary requirements of the residents.

Sous chef Owain Jones, 28, from Llandrindod Wells, received a glowing report from Christopher. He said: “Owain is a really motivated worker. Like me, he is keen to put the needs of the residents first and he’s already engaging with the rest of the staff to make sure we’re a fully integrated team.”

Christopher said: “I’m really excited to be getting started on the menu for Tŷ Llandaff. I use a ‘food first’ approach which focusses on nutrition and makes sure that the food is enriched with the goodness to meet individual needs. Older residents

For more information about Tŷ Llandaff contact Janice on 02920 600 100, email info@tyllandaffcare.com or visit www.tyllandaffcare.com

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With 2019 marking 40 years since UB40 first performed live, the legendary reggae band will be celebrating with a greatest hits set that features global smashes including ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Cherry Oh Baby’ and ‘Kingston Town’. Ali and Astro will be joined on-stage by their incredible eight-piece reggae band. Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff www.motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk

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Comedian, author and cultural icon Shappi Khorsandi will be at The Glee Club this April with a brand new show packed full of cultural observation and humorous gags. This is Shappi’s journey through the 90’s comedy scene. The Glee Club, Cardiff Bay www.glee.co.uk

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Keane frontman Tom Chaplin will celebrate the music of Queen on a 6-date UK tour this April following the hugely positive response to his concert at The London Palladium for BBC Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night Is Music Night’ series. St. David’s Hall, Cardiff. www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

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Richard Ashcroft is coming to Cardiff this April. The Former Verve frontman released his fifth solo studio album ‘Natural Rebel’ late last year. ‘Natural Rebel’ represents the latest chapter in a hugely successful solo career for the artist. Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff www.motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk

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Enter a dazzling world of adventure at The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice, live at the Arena. Join all of your favourite Disney characters on an adventure of a lifetime and make unforgettable memories this April in Cardiff. Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff www.motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk

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Suede are an English alternative rock band from London, formed in 1989. By 1992, Suede were described as "The Best New Band in Britain", and attracted attention from the British music press. The following year their debut album went to the top of the charts by becoming the fastest-selling debut album in almost ten years. The popular band are coming to Cardiff University Students Union this April. Cardiff University Students Union www.cardiffstudents.com

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Judgement Day VII, the 2019 incarnation of the annual ‘super day out’ for Welsh rugby which sees all four regions face-off in back-to-back Guinness PRO14 matches under one roof, will take place at Principality Stadium on Saturday 27th April. Principality Stadium, Cardiff www.principalitystadium.wales

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On April 12th, folk band ‘Flook’ are releasing a new album. After a huge gap of 14 years, ‘Ancora’ will be released through Cadiz Music on CD and digital formats. Formed over 20 years ago by four friends, Flook burst onto the international music scene with their debut studio album, ‘Flatfish’. St. David’s Hall, Cardiff www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

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integration (and chess boards)! By Wyn Evans

call for ‘mainstreaming’ or ‘integration’ that stands out for me.

Last week the death was announced of Baroness Warnock, aged 941. It’s fair to say that she significantly influenced national life. It’s fair also to observe that she was as controversial as she was influential. She chaired the committee into special education2 which recommended in 1978 that the term “handicapped” should be replaced by “having special educational needs” and that training courses should be devised to help teachers identify children falling into this category. Some forty years later, The Girl, my daughter who has Down Syndrome, is directly affected by the Enquiry’s findings.

The Committee held “that education has certain long-term goals, that it has a general point or purpose, which can be definitely, though generally, stated. The goals are twofold... they are, first, to enlarge a child’s knowledge, experience and imaginative understanding, and thus [her] awareness of moral values and capacity for enjoyment; and secondly, to enable [her] to enter the world after formal education is over as an active participant in society and a responsible contributor to it, capable of achieving as much independence as possible... The purpose of education for all children is the same; the goals are the same. But the help that individual children need in progressing towards them will be different”.

In 1974 Margaret Thatcher, as Education Secretary, chose Warnock to lead an inquiry into the education of children with disabilities. Some believed that educating such children was a waste of money. As The Times obituary puts it: “Warnock thought differently. She claimed that teaching a severely disabled child how to communicate by pointing, for example, makes more difference to their life than for a multitalented child to be taught how to write in Greek. She later reversed her stance that children with special educational needs should be taught in mainstream schools after her daughter Maria told her that she had witnessed autistic children being bullied3”. But it is that original

Her committee’s report went on to address head-on a key question: “though the general concept of education may remain constant, its interpretation will thus be widely different in the case of different children. There is in our society a vast range of differently disabled children, many of whom would not have survived infancy in other periods of history. In the case of the most profoundly disabled one is bound to face the

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questions: Why educate such children at all? Are they not uneducable? How can one justify such effort and such expense for so small a result? Such questions have to be faced, and must be answered. Our answer is that education, as we conceive it, is a good, and a specifically human good, to which all human beings are entitled. There exists, therefore, a clear obligation to educate the most severely disabled for no other reason than that they are human. No civilised society can be content just to look after these children; it must all the time seek ways of helping them... towards the educational goals we have identified”.

The report noted that integration or inclusion takes three forms: the physical LOCATION of special educational provision; its SOCIAL aspect; and FUNCTIONAL integration. “This is achieved where the locational and social association of children with special needs with their fellows leads to joint participation in educational programmes. It is the closest form of association, where children with special needs join, part-time or full-time, the regular classes of the school, and make a full contribution to the activity of the school. Such an outcome will not occur spontaneously. Nor will it be achieved by legislation alone. It has to be contrived and patiently nurtured.”

She argued against ‘categorisation’ e.g. the use of a single label such as “handicapped”, but instead she recommended that a detailed description of ‘special educational need’ be defined and recommended that the “statutory categorisation of handicapped pupils should be abolished”. The aim was to avoid “terms which can unnecessarily stigmatise a child not only in school, but when [she] comes to seek employment”. She recommended that the term “children with learning difficulties” should be used and that these learning difficulties might be described as “mild”, “moderate” or “severe”. A framework of special education was proposed and that any special needs a child has should be discovered and assessed as early as possible.

The report went on to detail ways and means of giving effect to its findings. But I’d like to bring us full circle to The Girl. My daughter has some lessons with all her mainstream classmates, has some learning support inputs, and studies the same curriculum as her peers, though it will have been differentiated to suit her particular needs and abilities. Cardiff High School is the best comprehensive school in Wales and a sign of this is the way it has worked with us in integrating and including The Girl. Take a look at the photo on the first page, taken from the school Prospectus. Second left is The Girl. Here is what one mother of a child with special needs wrote after seeing it: “THIS is a school telling everyone and anyone, without using a single word, that they are inclusive and I’d suggest proudly so. Fabulous!”

The committee wrote in Chapter 7 of their report words which show us how much has changed in forty years, regarding “the central contemporary issue in special education: the principle of educating handicapped and non-handicapped children together, which is described as “integration” in this country and “mainstreaming” in the United States of America, and is recognised as part of a much wider movement of “normalisation” in Scandinavia and Canada... that, so for as is humanly possible, handicapped people should share the opportunities for self-fulfilment enjoyed by other people. This recognition of the right of the handicapped to uninhibited participation in the activities of everyday life, in all their varied forms. ‘Integration for the disabled means a thousand things. It means the absence of segregation. It means social acceptance. It means being able to be treated like everybody else, it means the right to work, to go to cinemas, to enjoy outdoor sport, to have a family life and a social life and a love life, to contribute materially to the community, to have the usual choices of association, movement and activity, to go on holiday to the usual places, to be educated up to university level with one’s un-handicapped peers, to travel without fuss on public transport3’ Although written with the physically disabled principally in mind, this passage catches the spirit of changing attitudes to handicap in all its manifestations”.

And, en passant, as it were, though Baroness Warnock was a formidable intellectual, you’ll see in the picture below that she didn’t know how to set up a chess board! I wonder did she ever play the game or was this just a photographer’s trope – stick a chess board into the photo to demonstrate the subject’s brilliance?! 1. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2019/03/21/ baroness-warnock-controversial-philosopher-broughtpragmatic/ 2. http://www.educationengland.org.uk/documents/warnock/ warnock1978.pdf 3. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/baroness-warnockobituary-9zc877ksq

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NEW Wonder Perfect Mascara 4D gives the lashes the 4 dimensions of a flawless look– spectacular volume, extreme length, perfect curl and high definition. The super soft fibres gently grip lashes, coating them evenly in a formula that is enriched in 100% mineral pigment for intense colour and instant lengthening effect. A perfect duo of rose wax and panthenol protects and reinforces lashes with regular application. RRP £22 www.clarins.com

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prepare for summer with these popular treatments! If you’re wanting to look your best this summer, there are numerous cosmetic treatments that can help. However, it can be difficult knowing which areas to focus on in order to gain the best results in such a short time period.

To ensure you are ready for summer it would be wise to start this treatment at least 3 months before your target date. Plan ahead to be ready for those beach holidays. Laser hair removal – say goodbye to painful waxing! Of course, one of the key things you’re going to be concerned with this summer is ensuring your legs and body are hair-free. Waxing is often seen as the easiest way to achieve smooth hairless legs, but it’s also known to be extremely painful. Many people also don’t realise that you can still gain a little regrowth just a few days after waxing. With laser hair removal, it works by destroying the hair follicles, ensuring the hair follicle either does not grow back for a long time or it produces hair which is much finer and less visible. It does require a few sessions, depending upon which areas are being treated. However, it’s really effective and will help you focus on simply enjoying the summer season, rather than dreading it.

If you’re trying to decide which procedures you should be focusing on, below we’ll look at the top summer prep treatments you’ll want to invest in. Laser peels – reveal a fresh, rejuvenated complexion Do you want your skin to look perfect this summer? Laser peels can really help. They are suitable for all types of skin and a variety of skin concerns. Laser peels can be targeted at trouble spots in the top layer of skin, treating problems such as unsightly pigmentation. Deeper laser peels can target the deeper layers of skin, stimulating collagen production to produce a smoother, more youthful appearance. More aggressive laser peels can improve acne scarring. CoolSculpting – perfect for those stubborn love handles Ideally, for best results CoolSculpting should be done in spring or late winter time if you’re looking to benefit in the summer. However, even if you’ve left it a little late, you’ll still see the benefits almost immediately.

Overall, there are many treatments you can invest in to look great this summer. However, the above four are some of the most commonly requested at the Specialist Skin Clinic as pre-summer treatments. For more information on these and other treatments go to our website at www.specialistskinclinic.uk or contact us on 02920617690 to book an appointment.

It works by exposing the fat cells in the targeted areas, to safe, cold temperatures. This in turn, causes the cells to literally shut themselves down. They are then eliminated over a period of around 12 weeks, when you’ll get to experience full results. It’s worth noting this treatment isn’t a good treatment option for obesity. It’s designed to treat small pockets of fat only and will only help you to drop a few pounds, focusing more on contouring the body, than helping you to lose weight. Laser treatment of leg veins If you are planning to wear summer dresses, leg veins can sometimes get in the way. Laser treatment can provide a long lasting solution to this problem. Lasers can successfully destroy unsightly legs veins. Initially the vessels appear darker and then gradually disappear over a period of 6 weeks.

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a gritty grandslam By Max Harvey

Of Gatland's Grand Slams, this was not the most swashbuckling of tournament clean sweeps. Anyone hoping wingers like North would light up the try table as Shane Williams did so memorably in 2008, would be left (slightly) disappointed, with no four try bonus point victories to feast on. This time the 100% record was built upon grit and graft rather than attacking flair. Numbers of successful tackles and defensive wins were where Wales scored highly and set the tone for a Grandslam few had predicted. The competition opened with a win borne of a little good fortune (it's hard not to feel a little sorry for the French player who dropped the ball on his own try line), but a more positive approach was necessary as France took a huge lead into the break. Perhaps the 16-0 score line at halftime in Paris was a catalyst. That disastrous first half prompted many a stony face in Cardiff pubs as well as a predictably scathing assessment from Jonathan Davies in the punditry pit. Wales had never come back from a deficit that chasm-like before, but the strength and determination that would go on to define this latest triumph showed itself in abundance as Wales stormed back and won.

A few short hours after the final whistle blew, after the streamers finished fluttering to the ground and the media cameras had stopped strobing, Grandslam winning Wales captain, Alun Wyn Jones could be found sitting alone in a nearempty Principality Stadium.

Leaving aside the (fairly mandatory) defeat of Italy, this indomitable spirit, needed to come back against France, carried over into Wales' game against England. England started strongly, as France had, but when the halftime lead was just seven points, there was a belief building that another unlikely comeback was on the cards. When the winner's name is engraved on the cup, the fine margins can be forgotten, but there were only 12 minutes remaining when Wales finally took the lead. 30-3 it was not.

I can't begin to imagine the enormous effort required by all involved, as a gruelling competition finally finished. I can empathise however with needing a good sit down and a bit of peace and quiet, some calm after the storm. It’s the British way. Although the players might well opt for an ice bath over a good paned. And as the sounds of a celebrating city echoed outside, it seemed appropriate that AWJ was to be found in quiet contemplation rather than drowning in champagne and adulation. This had been another epic campaign, but won in a different manner this time around.

But the score lines and low number of tries don’t tell the full story. The narrative was one defined by strength and resilience. Of good planning. Of understanding their enemy. Wales' strength was in stout defence and game management. Working out their opponents and restricting their

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games, they had to come from behind. Could they do that against England again? Or New Zealand?

abilities with astute tactics. England blew some teams away with a bulldozer of attacking play (as their bonus point haul testifies), but aside from that bizarre Calcutta Cup draw, it was only Wales that properly got the real measure (and more) of Eddie’s team, who were the bookie’s favourites (along with Ireland who crumbled against Wales) before the tournament.

I’m not about to suggest that Wales are going to win the World Cup. As an Englishman, albeit one that’s been in Cardiff for 20 odd years, I’m not sure I could bring myself to commit that to print. But joking aside, while it’s good to be realistic about expectations, there are reasons to be very hopeful this Autumn.

It is perhaps no surprise then that Alun Wyn Jones was not only the formidable captain of Wales, but also the player of the tournament. It speaks volumes for Wales’ collective spirit that the award was made to the man who knitted the unit together. There were impressive individual performances, but far more impressive was the performance of the whole team.

The qualities that are needed to win international competitions go beyond purely raw talent or resources. It’s hard to imagine New Zealand not prevailing were that the case. But the success of Bale’s Wales in the 2016 Euros is a great example of how good organisation and a strong teamwork ethic can elevate a team to a level above that which you might expect from them.

Since the Six Nations, there has been some cold water poured on Wales’ burning ambition for World Cup glory in Japan, an attempt to extinguish the dragon’s flame and lessen the excitement that so deservedly exists in Wales right now. The reason for these doubts, aside from bitterness from mainly English rivals and press people, is partly because there weren’t the try-scoring antics of previous years and also because in two key

So, Wales should draw huge encouragement from this latest triumph and also from their football brethren’s efforts in France, as this nation certainly believes they have the grit and the daring to pull off the unlikely and return from Japan victorious.

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“in the words of…” By Carl Marsh

Interviews I will keep it short here but wish to say that over the next three pages you will find full page interviews, so you don't need to go online to read them in full. Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos, Ben Haenow (X-Factor winner 2014) and celebrity superstar chef James Martin. It's been a good month!

Local Mentions I was only able to attend one restaurant with Brett Salway this month, while Brett did an additional one by himself. The restaurant that we both visited was Purple Poppadom, which is located on Cowbridge Road East in Canton. A brief snippet of what Brett wrote in his review about the main course is, "For the main course we had the following: Lamb Rogan Josh, which was slow cooked and incredibly tender and accompanied by a sauce that had a beautiful texture and taste to it, incorporating authentic Indian spices and herbs like saffron and fennel seeds.

April and Easter is near, where there will be a few weeks off school. If you have a child, it’s a few weeks of no driving your child to school (me!), and one where I get to go on holiday. Whatever your plans are, have a good Easter! In March I had the honour of attending Cardiff Comic Con where I got to meet the man that played the monster of my earlier childhood nightmares, Robert Englund (AKA Freddy Krueger of the Nightmare on Elm Street films). Over two days, the event was a sci-fi and fantasy fans dream come true. Myself included! Some of the COS play characters and what they wore was 'out of this world' - (see what I did there?). The person wearing the stormtrooper costume from the Star Wars franchise standing next to the smaller toys was a picture opportunity not to miss. And the guys who had made the Predator male and female costumes, a highlight of the day for me and Brett, who came with me. We both also attended the Hanna (Amazon Prime - March 29th) premiere in London, as it was a show that I wanted to review and conduct some interviews with the cast. You will find the review on my last page, and the conversation I had with Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos is on the next page, both who you might remember from The Killing.

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The Murgh Lababdar, which is a curry from the Northern Indian region, with Tandoori Chicken Tikka and spiced onion in a tomato sauce. It was extremely rich and paired beautifully with the fluffy saffron pilav rice and chilli & coriander naan bread. The naan bread was delicious and soft with subtle notes of garlic and coriander which really paired well with the whole meal.” (Brett’s review can be found here www.cardiff-times.co.uk/blog/) The second restaurant and the one that Brett attended by himself was Etc... which is located in Penarth. Brett mentions that, "The service, food and ambience could not be criticised at all. I would like to add that the restaurant didn’t know I was going to be reviewing the evening, so it was reassuring that their excellent reputation is extremely well deserved. The staff were attentive and followed the correct etiquette that you would expect from them. The whole evening from start to finish was an incredibly exuberant journey incorporating fine food and drink, and I can’t wait to go back!” (Brett’s review can be found here www.cardiff-times.co.uk/blog/)

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Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos Carl Marsh: You are both working together again (Hanna - airs on Amazon Prime March 29th), in an indirect sort of way, but who got the part first?

Carl: With you Mireille, did you do any prep for the role, anything like what Joel did?

Mireille Enos: I happened to be working over in Oxford, and David Farr (the writer of the show) was able to drive out. We sat down and talked about the part, and then I started reading it. He let me know that Joel was his greatest wish for Erik and that couldn't have been happier news for me.

Joel: She's a Taekwondo black belt!

Carl: What about you Joel, were you happy once you knew that Mireille was involved with this project?

Joel: It's always a combination of things, for me it was the people that were involved and the character, and the overall writing was really strong and compelling. Also, I loved that the story and world feel like the combination of many different kinds of stories, which I liked. There is a coming of age story, and then there is the action-spy thriller, and then there is also this family drama all wrapped into one. I could see a lot of people watching it together, that usually don't watch things together. I just thought it was an interesting mix of genres.

Mireille: No, but in my personal life I study martial arts, so that was just helpful to stay in touch with that. And then I did9

Mireille: (Laughs) ...and then I did watch these interviews of CIA agents, some of them that are still in, and some of them that had gotten out (of the CIA) where they were talking about the dynamic of that and running espionage as a corporation and how complicated that is. So that was interesting. Carl: For the both of you though, what was the ultimate decision (apart from the chance of working together again) of why you took the roles?

Joel Kinnaman: It was a huge incentive for me, and even she was texting saying "I don't know if this is for you" and then I started reading it, and thought it was really good. The idea of playing with Mireille again was really appealing, and I also felt that for us to reunite, it was a perfect kind of project because the dynamic couldn't be more different than it was in The Killing, which I felt was important.

Carl: Is that the same for you Mireille as well? Mireille: I always think it's interesting that the idea of what people would do with their secrets and how having secrets motivates and affects them, and all three of these people (in the show); well, Joel and my character are guarding some pretty profound secrets. That kind of privacy is exciting to watch on film, and David Farr's writing is so spare and elegant.

Carl: Do you think due to the character that you play in this show, that you could handle such situations in real life? Joel: Oh yeah, no, I'm lying, probably not (laughs). It's just show-off, you know. Mireille: But didn't you go into the woods at night by yourself before we started shooting? Joel: I did, yeah. I had a little cabin up in the Tatra Mountains (Poland & Slovakia border) for three nights, and it was interesting. It was minus 15c, no electricity, no running water. I woke up in the middle of the night where the fire had gone out, and it was so cold. Carl: Did you find it difficult to get into that survival mindset? Joel: It was a little disheartening of how addicted I am to my phone. The intensity of the boredom (laughter) and I couldn't believe I was losing my mind over how bored I was, but then I got over that and found some real periods of feeling excited and good.

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Ben Haenow Carl Marsh: The opening night of your new tour is here in Cardiff, will it all be new material or are you going to throw some of the old stuff in?

Carl: The fans still love you. You have this huge following on social media, and I know on Twitter alone, you've got more than 300,000 followers I believe?

Ben Haenow: Yes, I think you've got to do some of the older stuff, but I've had another album out since. I'm on my second album now and I'm also doing my third, so it's going to be a lot of the new material and a lot of that stuff. Because it's an acoustic tour, we're changing around the songs a little bit more and mixing them up and just stripping them back really. It'll be a mix of old and new, stripped back and acoustic.

Ben: Yes. That's what's been incredible for me. That's also what kept me going. It's quite easy for the media and stuff like that, in some respect to jump on the bandwagon about the next X-Factor flop, and those sorts of things. Rather than letting that get to me, I think it was where I realised that there was god knows how many people in the country at the time that voted for me to win. Those people, you go out and play the shows, they still turn up for the shows. This is the tour now, and last time we were in Cardiff, we sold out at The Globe as well. There's support everywhere, it really is as cheesy as it sounds man, it is the fans that keep the dream alive and keep me going.

Carl: I think your voice was wasted on The X-Factor, and also after when you were signed to Syco, and the stuff they were putting out, especially with all the computer generated background music in. I think your voice suits acoustic better and is that why you're taking this venture? Ben: Thank you. Yes, definitely. Writing songs coming off the show, I think they've got an idea of what sort of artist they want you to be, and as much as you can try and have your input there, I think it's mapped out for you really. I think the kind of stuff that they wanted me to sing was a bit more) ballads. And not that Gary Barlow's terrible in any way. I think he's a great songwriter. I believe that was the way they wanted to push me into and I just feel it wasn't for me. Getting to write a second album, getting to do the stuff that I wanted to do and put a bit more of what happens in creative control. And that was getting a rockier and soulful sound is what I wanted to go for, so yes. Carl: Thinking back to when you were on The X-Factor, it must have been hard you're going from being a van driver to stardom. For you then, once you'd won The X-Factor, what was the first few weeks after it like for you, and how did you cope?

“From the night you win that show… your feet don’t really get to touch the ground at that point.”

Ben: It was insane, really. From the night that you win the show, you go to an after-party thing and then you're whisked away from that to a hotel for three weeks while you're just stuck on a media circus. You go round and do every morning TV, every evening TV. Your feet don't get to really touch the ground at that point. It probably took half of that next year for it to even sink in really what had happened because it's just relentless after you win.

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James Martin Carl: Oh, wow. [laughs] I dread to think what you were like the next day. [laughs] James: I don't know whether that was a good thing or whether it wasn't. It just reminded me of the College days. I thought, "I'm going to have one of them. Be a bit of fun." Carl: You'd obviously had a drink beforehand, mate. [laughs] James: Precisely, yes. Carl: [laughs] Talking about regional food, I know you've not long had a new cookbook released which covers the whole of the UK, so of the locations and things that you did, which ones stand out for you? James: I'd flown with the RAF at Lossiemouth, I'd been crab-boating in Scotland, and we'd been to some amazing places. We got to Wales and this place called Llangollen, and I'd driven a steam train. I've always wanted to drive a train. So I got the chance to drive this steam train, and I cooked for the guys who worked on the steam line that particular day; I'd re-lived my boyhood dream. I'd always wanted to do falconry because I was really into birds of prey when I was a young nipper, and I got to do falconry with these amazing birds of prey in the Welsh valleys around Snowdonia. That was a pinch yourself moment. That was pretty special. You have fantastic produce in Wales. I had one of the most amazing meals out of the whole of the UK in Wales. I can't remember exactly -is it Ynicia spelt with a Y?

Carl Marsh: What is your go-to food?

Carl: Ynyshir.

James Martin: Fish and chips. Without a shadow of a doubt. That's my nemesis, fish and chips. Carl: What? From a chippy or home-cooked?

James: That's right. Gareth Ward, he's the chef there. It's phenomenal food there - (Ynyshir Restaurant in Machynlleth).

James: A chippy. A chip shop, yes. You can't get fish and chips cooked at home like you can do in a fish and chip shop.

Carl: Yes, you can't beat it. We're spoiled for choice here. James: It's a fantastic place. You've also got Steven Terry at The Hardwick Restaurant (Abergavenny), Shaun Hill, one of the legends of the food industry working at and running an old inn, the Walnut Tree (also in Abergavenny). Sean Hill is a legend in my world, an absolute legend. It's a very special place.

Carl: I know, but don't you live down South? (England) as I always was told they tasted nicer up North? James: Well, you've got to have fish and chips up North. Grimsby is the home of fish and chips in my point of view. There are some great fish and chip shops, don't get me wrong. Carl: But you can't beat up North, no.

Carl: It is. We're quite fortunate living here. My wife just says how special it is, where we live.

James: When you've got one in your local area, that's the one you'll always go back to, you know? Having said that, I had a doner kebab the other day to remind me what it was like at College. That was pretty surreal..

James: It's the best place, mate. It's an amazing part of the world is Wales. A beautiful part of the world. We filmed all the way through it from Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire, all over. It's very, very special.

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CT Feature Entertainment Previews & Reviews

Literary The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe Kindly sent by Penguin Random House UK was a copy of the above title. It was translated into English by Lilit Zekulin Thwaites, it tells the true story of Dita Kraus who as a 14-year-old girl became the secret librarian of Auschwitz-Birkenau. I have read many Holocaust books in my life, and so this was a book that contained a story I had never heard of. Dita Kraus, who is still alive today, lived through this event, at a place so hellish, and was in charge of the few books that people had smuggled into the camp. Children were then able to read, while not knowing if at any moment they could be executed. This book is one about telling about those misfortunate enough to be living in this place, at a time unbearable, in conditions so shocking. Please read this book as it will give you hope that even in such a time and place, literature was still guarded and respected, even if the lives of those in charge of these books, was at stake. (Five Stars)

Sport Cardiff Devils v Manchester Storm I went with my family to experience something that we had always wanted to do, and that was ice hockey. On arrival, it felt as if we had been transported to a venue in Canada or the USA for an NHL game. The crowd really do make an effort, and the mood at the venue was very family orientated. It was a joy not to experience any bad language, and to see the away teams fans not segregated, this added to the friendliness and respect not only do the clubs bestow on their fans but also how it should be, as we are all there to watch our respective teams, to get lost in the atmosphere and spectacle. Cardiff Devils won the match 4-0. We enjoyed it so much that I am wanting to go to more games, and this was the universal response from my family too! (Five Stars)

Concert Blue Planet II Tour - Motorpoint Arena I went along to this performance with my wife, daughter and Brett Salway. The longer review that we did together is online but here is a snippet of what I thought about it: ‘When Anita Rani walked onto the stage, ahead of the orchestra and choir singing, or even the massive 4k TV screen commencing with any film, she mentioned that we, the audience, will be whisked away and taken on a voyage of discovery and that we would get ‘lost’ in the production. It didn’t take long for this to happen. There were many times when I was viewing the screen, that I forgot a live orchestra and choir were providing all the music. It was surreal. It was almost dreamlike. By the end of the show, I left elated, yet somewhat exhausted mentally by the visuals I had seen. The music was not vociferous in any way, yet was so encompassing, I felt like I was sitting at home, and not with hundreds and hundreds of people in the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, on a windy and wet Thursday night. This was the first night of the UK and Ireland tour and made even more special in that the series producer and staff were in attendance, and were given a massive round of applause by us, the audience. If you love our planet, you will appreciate this show. If you don’t care so much about our world, then still see this show, it will change your beliefs.’ (Five Stars)

TV Hanna (Amazon Prime March 29th) Based on the film, it even has the same writer, so if you don't know the movie, there is no real need to watch it, as the writer for this series gets to expand and explore where he could not go with the film. Hanna is a young girl who was raised in the woods, secluded from everything, with no contact with the outside world. She is a bit of a mix between a Jason Bourne, James Bond and Ethan Hunt type character. One you don't want to mess with, you don't want to fall on the wrong side of this 15-year-old girl! It's been enjoyable so far in for me, I like the action set pieces, but I am not sure about the other elements around the coming of age stuff that Hanna discovers. The jury is out for me as I have only seen a few episodes, but so far, it's been enjoyable watching, and the locations used in the show are enough to give you wanderlust! (Four Stars - based on the three episodes seen so far)

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dogs trust cardiff set to help 1000 dogs a year Official plans for new rehoming centre unveiled to VIPs and rescue pooches

Dogs Trust has officially unveiled plans for its brand-new Cardiff Rehoming Centre which is set to open in 2021 to help save 1,000 dogs a year.

abandoned dogs each year, significantly helping the stray dog problem in the city and surrounding area. The charity’s 22nd rehoming centre has been devised with dog welfare at the forefront of its design. The rehoming facilities will include:

Joining rescue dogs Coffee, a six-month-old Shih Tzu, and Hercules, a five-year-old Terrier from the charity’s Bridgend rehoming centre, was Welsh Rugby star, Shane Williams MBE, Dogs Trust Interim CEO Jim Monteith, Paul Davies AM and other Assembly Members, for a celebration of Dogs Trust’s work in Wales and to mark the start of building work on the new centre.

• 78 glass kennels with underfloor heating – so dogs can choose warm or cool flooring depending on their needs • Full Veterinary/surgical suite including hydrotherapy/physiotherapy rooms • Exercise paddocks and runs • Training Hall – to help teach old dogs new tricks • Grooming suite • A base for education and Dog School teams as well as neutering and microchipping campaigns.

The event was hosted at The Senedd where Assembly Members were also invited to come along to find out more about the state-of-the-art rehoming centre coming to the city in two years’ time. It will be located in the heart of Cardiff, on Nettleford Road in Splott and building work starts in the next few weeks.

Dogs Trust goes to huge lengths in order to help stray and abandoned dogs and rehabilitate those dogs in need of a little extra help, and the Cardiff Rehoming Centre will be no different. With dedicated Training and Behaviour Advisors, a full veterinary suite, and even a hydrotherapy/

Over 5,000 stray dogs were collected by local authorities in Wales last year alone. Dogs Trust Cardiff will care for around 1,000 stray and

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physiotherapy unit, dogs of all shapes and sizes will be offered all the help they need to find a new home.

“We hope to be able to rehome a thousand dogs a year at Dogs Trust Cardiff and we’re excited to be able to give dogs in the area a brighter future.”

The charity hopes the new Rehoming Centre will also create up to 50 new jobs ranging from Managers, Canine Carers, Training and Behaviour staff and maintenance staff.

Shane Williams MBE added: “It’s wonderful to hear that Dogs Trust will be bringing a rehoming centre to Cardiff and it was a pleasure to join them at the event yesterday. I’m excited to see it all come to life over the next couple of years.”

As well as rehoming, Dogs Trust also invests heavily in programmes to promote responsible dog ownership in Wales through education and by neutering and microchipping dogs. In 2016/17, 11,520 dogs were neutered through subsidised neutering schemes in Wales and 20,200 dogs were microchipped. Health checks were given to 1,250 dogs at community events last year and we discussed responsible dog ownership to over 5,000 members of the public at events across the country. The charity also provides education resources to Welsh schools and last year alone delivered workshops to the 33,509 children about dog safety and responsible dog ownership. More recently, Dog School South Wales was launched, providing high quality, welfare-friendly advice on dog training and behaviour through fun, educational classes.

Paul Davies AM said: “I was delighted to sponsor today’s launch and speak at the event. I enjoyed speaking with representatives from the Dogs Trust who are passionate about the work they do to nurture dogs and actively look for their forever homes. I was pleased to learn that work has started in the ground-breaking new dogs home in Cardiff, and I wish the project every success.” For further information on Dogs Trust please call 0300 303 0292 or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk

Dogs Trust Interim Chief Executive, Jim Monteith, said: “Wales has always been a leading voice when it comes to improving animal welfare and we are absolutely delighted to finally start laying the first bricks at our 22nd Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre in Cardiff. This was the dream of our late Chief Executive and patriotic Welshman Adrian Burder, and we are proud to be continuing his dream by turning it into reality and the new rehoming centre will be named in Adrian’s honour. “Over 5,000 stray dogs were collected by local authorities in Wales last year alone, so our new centre is very much needed and will complement the amazing work done by our current Dogs Trust Bridgend rehoming centre. We have been a leading voice in dog welfare in Wales since the 1950s and campaign on ending puppy smuggling, banning training devices that cause pain such as electric shock collars and seek to strengthen dog breeding legislation in the country to improve and protect the welfare of dogs.

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WALKN’ROLL - DOG WALKING & TRAINING Training is for all dogs: for puppies getting to grips with their new world, for adolescents struggling to concentrate, for adults who have developed issues and those who simply enjoy a new challenge.

them today – as you can imagine, feeding them twice a day from a bowl does nothing to satisfy this natural urge. If instead we find ways to feed them that take longer and are more enriching, then our dogs’ lives become much more interesting. Kongs, Snuffle mats and food puzzles are some of the aids to help us achieve this. Our dogs aren’t on this earth for as long as we’d like them to be so it is important that we make their lives as fulfilling as we can. Training and enrichment can make a world of difference to our dogs.

Training helps create a bond between you and your dog. Whether you learn tricks together or work on basic obedience, it is of benefit to you both. My own dog has taken on a new lease of life in the past two years since we’ve been training more together. She is eleven years old but acts like a puppy! The training helps keep her mind active. It means now that she’s older and less able for the long walks we used to do, we can still enjoy time together learning new activities that challenge her mind and keep us both entertained.

I offer 1-to-1 sessions in your home where we can talk through all manner of topics. I can give an enrichment demonstration, showing you lots of handmade and shop bought toys to use with your dog. I can help you to improve your dog’s recall, impulse control, lead walking and much more. We send our children to school to be educated by professionals so it makes sense to contact a canine professional such as myself for help and guidance with your dog.

Walks are wonderful for our dogs: they boost their fitness, tire their bodies and allow them to carry out their natural doggy behaviours (splashing in streams, running, digging etc). However mental exercise and stimulation are just as important for our dogs no matter what their age. Young puppies, for example, should not be over doing their walks. It is recommended they don’t walk for longer than 5 minutes per month of age, twice a day. So for example a 4 month old puppy should only be going out for walks of around 20 minutes or so, twice a day. The conundrum, though, is what to do with them in between those walks because puppies, as we all know, can be full of beans! Well the answer is training. Teach them some fun tricks, work on their recall indoors and you’ll be amazed at how much it tires them out.

I set up Walkn’Roll seven years ago in Roath, offering dog walking services to the local community. Following a period of extensive study and attending many courses I have expanded into training. I am a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild (an association for force free professionals). All my methods are reward based - gone are the days when we make our dogs do things through force or fear. Instead I can show you how to motivate your dog to make them want to work with you! If this sounds good get in touch and we can have a chat about the next steps to help your dog get the best out of their life.

We can also do simple things to make our dog’s day more interesting and use up their energy. Our pets are natural scavengers, I probably don’t need to tell some of you that! It is believed that they first drew our ancestors’ attention when they started scavenging around our early settlements. This instinct survives in

Rebecca Website: walknroll.co.uk Email: walknroll@hotmail.co.uk

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The parent and baby group that has been causing a buzz in Cardiff is growing Shiny Happy People is a parent and baby/toddler singing group with a difference. Instead of being aimed at the little ones, the focus is on you! Here’s how it all came about… We are Kate and Stef and we have been friends for almost 20 years. When we hit our joint 90th birthday in 2018 we decided that this was the year to embark on a new venture together. We are outgoing, friendly and energetic people with a formidable memory for lyrics and a great love of singing just for the fun of it! We both have a background in theatre and music with experience leading choirs and singing groups. As mothers ourselves we both know first hand that, although wonderful, being a new parent is hard work. We can all become overwhelmed by parenting and feel that “you” have got a little lost. Nobody likes to admit to feeling low but it can hit anyone, no matter how great your life is. We wanted to provide something that focussed on the parent as, let’s face it, if you are feeling good it’s more than likely that those good vibes will rub off on your baby. Singing, especially in a group, makes you feel wonderful. It lifts your mood, releases those happy endorphins and is good exercise. Singing is also a wonderful way to connect with your baby. It doesn’t have to be Baby Shark on repeat, a few lines from your favourite singer has an amazing effect. It encourages speech and movement too. People leave our group more energised and uplifted and definitely with a smile on their face. We launched in Roath and Whitchurch in September and have been thrilled with the response. Our group has rapidly grown and due to popular demand we are very excited to be launching two new sessions! Where and When to find us: Monday 10.30 - 11.30am - The Mackintosh Community Centre, Keppoch St, Roath CF24 3JW Monday 1.30 - 2.30pm - Ararat Baptist Church, Plas Treoda, Whitchurch CF14 !PT And from 3rd May: Friday 10.00 - 11.00am - Insole Court, Fairwater Rd, Llandaff CF5 2LN Friday 1.15 - 2.15pm - St. Augustines Parish Hall, 29 Albert Rd, Penarth CF64 1BX

Free Taster Sessions on Wed 24th April! 11am - 12pm at Insole Court, Llandaff. 2 - 3pm at St. Augustine’s Parish Hall, Penarth. Get in touch to book a place: shinyhappypeoplecardiff@gmail.com Stef - 07904 685463 Kate - 07827 980667

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It is wonderful to have turned what we love into a (very small) business and to spend our time in the company of such brilliant parents, babies and toddlers is a pleasure. Working together is a blast; we laugh, we dress up for themed weeks, but mostly we sing. Bringing joy to the parents and little ones who join us is amazing and we feel very lucky to have such a fabulous job. We could go on all day about how passionate we feel about the ethos behind SHP but who finer than the parents who’ve joined us on this amazing venture to promote us! “These guys are absolutely infectious in the most amazing way. Such a lovely space to be with your baby/toddler, full of fun for everyone, I mean, who doesn’t like belting out an anthem or two? You can literally see people faces lighting up all around the room as the energy increases and the stress levels decrease. Fab fab fab way to brighten up even the dullest of days. Thank you ladies x” Lee Hoddinott “By far the best mother and child/baby group I've been to!! So good for the wellbeing! ” Elizabeth Webb “Afternoons with Shiny Happy People washes away the Monday Blues and sets me up for the week. Steph & Kate are fab with the babies and toddlers. A must visit” Emma Norling)

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Fun Things To Do At Easter Time! TENKAICHI Tenkaichi has become one of the best restaurants in Cardiff, winning awards for its traditional Japanese Cuisine and outstanding Sushi & Sashimi. Tenkaichi motto, “Good Friends, Great Food”, is implemented within their restaurant by providing exceptional food in a relaxed environment that the whole family will enjoy. Tenkaichi is awaiting discovery by the public, and is worth the trip. They are open 7 days a week to adhere to your Japanese needs. Tenkaichi Sushi & Noodle Bar , 236 City Road, Cardiff, CF24 3JJ 029 2048 1888 www.tenkaichi.co.uk www.facebook.com/tenkaichicardiff/ Twitter @Tenkaichi236 Instagram: tenkaichicardiff

COPTHORNE HOTEL Let us take care of you this Easter Sunday and join us for a family afternoon of jam packed fun here at Copthorne Cardiff! We are hosting a Family Fun Day including children’s entertainment with games and activities, themed afternoon tea for the kids, traditional Sunday lunch for the adults and a disco. The traditional 4-star hotel ideally located between the City Centre and the Coast of Barry Island, serves as a perfect base with all the facilities you need at your disposal, including a gym, indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi & free Wi-Fi. For further details or to book, please contact the Copthorne Hotel, Cardiff on 02920 294372

FORTE SCHOOL OF MUSIC Cardiff’s longest-running group tuition specialists We are not ordinary, but extraordinary! Gone are the days of boring repetition; our classes are full of fun and creativity, teaching through interaction between teacher and student. Every course is designed for overall childhood development as well as learning music. Our classes are unique, using a multi-sensory approach to learning music from as young as 6 months old and every lesson is fun, interactive and full of movement. Our passion is teaching children how to be creative and confident musicians. This Easter holidays, we will be getting ready to start our next batch of new classes by running some free taster lessons for our group courses. Why not come and see for yourself why you and child must experience what Forte School of Music has to offer? This Spring, nurture that budding musician the Forte way! For more information and to book a place, please contact Forte School of Music on: 029 2063 1340 Email: fortecardiff@fortemusic.co.uk Or visit: www.fortemusic.co.uk www.facebook.com/forteschool

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CEFN MABLY FARM PARK MOODY SOW FARM SHOP Cefn Mably Farm Park is an all-weather family farm and soft play in one, set in the rolling countryside between Cardiff & Newport. They offer a unique mixture of farm animals and soft play areas - the ideal place for action packed days out, birthday parties, schools and groups. The park is designed for families from toddlers to teens so it’s the perfect place to visit this Easter. While the children play, take your time in the café with lunch & a coffee. On your way out, don’t forget to try some fresh and local produce from the multiple awardwinning Moody Sow farm shop - the scotch eggs alone are worth the trip there! They make their own pies, pasties and ready meals together with their own bacon, sausage & burgers - all award winning! So, try somewhere new for all the family this spring! Tel: 01633 680312 Began Road, Cardiff, CF3 6XL

LLANDEGFEDD WATERSPORTS AND VISITOR CENTRE Escape the relentless pace of modern life at Llandegfedd with over 400 acres of water, woodlands and grasslands to explore. Owned and managed by Welsh Water as a hub for health and enjoyment, there is plenty to see and do with the kids this Easter. This Easter we have activities for everyone including; Bird Watching, Coffee & Cake, Fishing, Watersports and Walks. Children’s Holiday Activity Days are perfect as their first experience of Watersports in a safe and fun environment. Just drop them off or stay and enjoy the view from 10km of walks or lunch on the balcony. For children aged 8 years and older from £50 per day or £220 per week running from Monday 8th to Friday 26th April. Over the weekends we will have Easter egg trails for all of the family, where we will get you out exploring the site to search for the hidden eggs. New for 2019 our monthly Woodland Trail Stories will take you on a ramble through the woods while reading a story, only £2 per child (no charge for adults). For all activities pre booking is required please call the Visitor Centre on 01633 373401, or go to our social media @Llandegfeddlake.

BETTER LEISURE We’ve got your holidays cracked! Juggling work and childcare this Easter? Looking for inspiration to keep your little livewires entertained? It’s time to ditch the chocolates and fill up on something healthier instead! At your local Better leisure centre, we’ve got a world of fun-filled activities to keep your whole family entertained, from swimming, junior gym, pool inflatables, football to gymnastics, dance, soft play, inflatables and much, much more. What’s more, in every Better swimming pool in Cardiff, kids can enjoy up to 2 hours FREE swimming a day as part of the Free Swimming Initiative with Sport Cardiff. Plus, as part of the initiative, anyone over 60 can swim for free too, so if you’re having help from Grandparents this Easter whilst you go about your daily routine, be sure to check out our free swimming sessions. For more information visit www.better.org.uk/cardiff

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ACTION PAK Action Pak is part of Acorns Nurseries Limited and has provided varied, fun and exciting holiday care for children since 1992. Based at Whitchurch High School and registered to care for 297 children each day, the children are split into 8 different groups according to their age. Each group enjoy their own base room, team of staff and activities. Action Pak ensures that tailor-made age appropriate timetables are guaranteed to stimulate, challenge, create and enhance the perfect break from school. Action Pak opens from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday each week during the Easter and Summer Holidays with the exception of Bank Holidays. Easter 2019: 15th -26th April Summer 2019: 22nd July – 30th August For bookings or enquiries visit www.action-pak.co.uk or call 02920 382 009

THE CINNAMON TREE The Cinnamon Tree is one of the finest Indian restaurants one can find in Cardiff and the interiors of the restaurant exude the feeling of tradition and present their family history beautifully. With impeccable service and a broad, interesting and diverse menu, there is something to suit the taste of every person that walks in the door. Just the fragrance of their curries that are bursting with flavour makes you salivate. Each of their dishes showcase the deep rooted knowledge of authentic Indian cooking: the Maharaja Bhuna and Lamb Dhaka Achari are their most favourable dishes and are guaranteed to make you want to keep going back for more. It doesn't matter what flavour of food suit your palate, the Cinnamon Tree provides dishes that are mild, medium and hot. The only problem you’ll face is having to decide on one dish from a wide selection, but no matter what you choose, you cant go wrong. 173 King’s Road, Cardiff, CF11 9DE 029 2037 4433 Cinnamon House, Tonteg Road, Treforest CF37 5UA

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TECHNIQUEST It’s Air-Mazing at Techniquest this Easter! What different gases make up our amazing atmosphere? How can they be used to help us? What happens when we cool these gases? Find out the answers to these questions and more, in Techniquest’s family-friendly show. The air-mazing science demonstrations will blow you away! Plus, get hands-on with two floors of interactive exhibits and journey to the stars in Techniquest’s digital planetarium. Techniquest is open every day from Saturday 6th to Sunday 28th April, from 10am to 5pm. Techniquest, Stuart Street, Cardiff CF10 5BW 029 2047 5475

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laserwise skin & beauty clinic is expanding! How will these changes benefit your clients?

LaserWise Skin & Beauty Clinic, situated on Whitchurch Road in Cardiff, has been a successful, independent business for nearly four years. Suzanne, owner of LaserWise, speaks to Cardiff Times.

The most obvious improvement will be that clients will find it a lot easier to book in for the day that they prefer, rather than having to wait a couple of weeks. Also in the new treatment rooms we will be offering new facials & advanced aesthetic skin treatments. More rooms means more staff which means more treatments being carried out at the same time. People who bring their friends, family members or partners, will now be able to have treatments together. This will be great for special occasions such as Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Mother’s Day etc. Everything we do here at LaserWise, we are always doing it with the clients’ interests in mind. We are always thinking of ways we can improve our services and our clients’ experiences.

What’s new for LaserWise in 2019? I can finally announce that LaserWise is expanding! Since we opened the doors back in June 2015, LaserWise has gone from strength to strength and has become so busy we are struggling to fit clients in. Do not worry though, we aren’t moving premises, we are just getting bigger. We have converted a flat to the rear of the building, giving us a total of four treatment rooms, larger waiting areas, a manicure/pedicure station, staff room and larger public toilet & shower. It’s hard to believe we started with just one Practitioner and one treatment room. What treatments will you offer in these new rooms? We already have one laser room and one beauty room. Now with the extra space, we will have one room solely dedicated to Laser Hair Removal as this is our most popular treatment. We will have a second laser room that carries out treatments such Tattoo Removal, Laser Skin Rejuvenation, Vein and Pigmentation Removal & Acne Laser Treatment. The two remaining rooms will offer all beauty treatments such as CACI Non-Surgical Face Lifts, Skin Peels, Microdermabrasion, Micro-Needling, Aesthetic Facials, Semi-permanent make-up, Microblading, Electrolysis, Waxing, Threading, Make-Up, Eyelash Extensions, Lash Lifts, Tinting, Gelish Manicure/ Pedicures, and Ear Piercing.

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“And Another Thing…….”

By Vince Nolan

around the world in 80 minutes Three women in the local pub, The Travellers Jest, trying to outdo each other about where they had been or were going on holiday. It went something like this: “I was literally in Machu Picchu with Andy, the Child Psychologist, he was lush. Then we went to India. This was my Diana moment at the Taj Mahal. Here’s us in St. Petersburg, it was lush. Next up is Ibiza, out of season of course.” The current Mrs Nolan has been to St. Petersburg and I went to the Taj Mahal once (not the restaurant). So, that don’t impress me much.

many verbal knives inserted into her back by her two alleged friends. On her return and without pausing for breath: “Anyway I made him pay for my plastic surgery, it was the least he could do.” Having witnessed the post-operative results the previous week, (see above canine reference), it seemed to me that she had good grounds to bring legal proceedings against the alleged surgeon. On a more positive note, a photo of her on the mantlepiece would have kept the kids away from the fire.

It continued. Another of this well-travelled triumvirate managed to get a word in edgeways: “We had thought about going to Sorrento but we all met up in New Zealand instead.” That struck me as a bit of a detour. “Anyway, it was so difficult for us to dress down when we met up. It just didn’t feel right. I can’t help myself, I always feel I am on show.” Yes,44Crufts, I thought to myself.

Which reminds me: How did the owls get away with a robbery in Machu Picchu? They were all Inca Hoots! Continuing the Andean theme, what do you get if you stand between two Llamas? Llamanated.

Do you ever listen to lyrics and wonder where they possibly could have come from and why nobody has ever questioned their validity? By way of example, Rocket Man by the fabulous Elton John. One verse scans as follows: Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids - You don’t say In fact it's cold as hell - What do you expect with it being 227 million miles from the Sun? And there's no one there to raise them if you did – Martians?

By chance, same ladies, one week later and I had no choice but to listen in again in order to update you. “Of course I divorced him for his money and never looked back.” Had she looked back on her way to the toilets she would have witnessed the

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to our new conservatory. Not too phased by the soaring thermometer, I instinctively opened the new windows to cool down the Nolan Workhouse. At this point my neighbour decided to have some building work done with mechanical diggers. The noise became unbearable whilst the heat became intolerable and I had to shut the windows. Temperature rose again. Anyway, the workers knocked off at the usual British time, 2.30 pm, presumably for their siesta and I reopened the windows only to be attacked by a plague of flies. Before you budding entomologists write in, the collective noun for flies is of course, a business. I closed the windows again as it became positively Mediterranean at my desk. On closer inspection the flies seemed to have lived up to their name and had flown off. I then threw open the windows only to be greeted by the smell of muck-spreading from our local farmer Derek. I closed the windows for the last time and went and sat in the car with the aircon on full and windows up before driving off to pick up She Who Must Be Obeyed from her air conditioned offices. It didn’t end there.

And all this science I don't understand - Well you should, you’re a rocket man. It's just my job five days a week - Not very good at it then are you? A rocket man, a rocket man. I bet you sung it. Next month we examine the lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody and in particular the references to Scaramouche, Galileo, Bismillah and Fandango and ponder upon what particular flavour of marching powder Freddie Mercury was on when he wrote this classic. I also want to talk to you about motorway signs. On returning recently from missionary work in Devon with The Leader of the Opposition, we sped across the Bridge (within the speed limit) and encountered signs warning us to slow down because there were no tolls and no queues. A whole new idea, warning signs that warn you about something that is no longer there. A very lucrative manufacturing opportunity for somebody. Might as well put up signs warning about no dinosaurs here.

On arrival back at Chateau Nolan we found we had been burgled. Someone had stolen our mats and carpets. I phoned the Police and they confirmed that there had been a recent spate of burglaries by rug addicts. I was in the local pub (again), The Enlightened Enigmatologist (look it up – I had to) and had spent half an hour trying to complete the last clue in my crossword. The clue was: “Um”=..four letters. I finally cracked it. I am now going for an eye-test since on much closer examination the clue said “Urn” and vase was of course the answer. Should have gone to Specsavers. I will leave you with another true story. I had arranged to meet a potential new client in a coffee shop but did not know what he looked like so he sent me this very text: “Hi Vince, just arrived. Black jumper. Too fat and not enough hair. Rob.” Until next time Chums.

Working from home has its advantages and I have been doing so for over 10 years but it also has its frustrations. There I was manacled to the lap-top, creating this wondrous piece of prose when the highest temperature ever recorded in Winter, in this Septic Isle, hit us. Luckily the desk is adjacent

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keep sheep! By Sara John

If ‘Keep Sheep!’ is the answer, what could possibly be the question?

looking around at flat, undulating, green, grassy pasture to all the far horizons. No rocky outcrops. No steep climbs.

When we moved to Pembrokeshire in 1999 we had a decent acreage around our house. One of our first visitors was John Williams who lived at Middle Hill farm - next door. He popped round to introduce himself and ask, what we were going to do with the fields. “Well,” we said, “nothing really, we have just moved from Cardiff and have never had fields before. We thought we would just enjoy looking at them.”

“Whoopeeeee!” yelled the Lead Sheep to the others. “This must be Bermuda, Brighton or Brixton.” “It is certainly NOT Brecon, there is no Cathedral,” observed a junior sheep wearing an Alice band and specs. Mrs Lead Sheep gave her a withering look to shut her up. I learnt very quickly that there is always a ‘lead sheep’. You need to be well in with her and keep her informed of any plans or events. The others will happily follow or join in when required, in this case it was Mrs Maisie Jones-Evans who was voted by the flock to be ‘lead sheep’.

John thought – at best – we were pulling his leg and at worst, he may have said, silently to himself, ‘townies, no idea, they won’t know the difference between hay and straw’.

The flock, quietly over the next two days, sorted themselves out as some of them exchanged places with the sheep next door at Hill Farm. They quickly found a way up and over the six foot or so Pembrokeshire Walls around the fields, constructed from boulders covered by centuries of vegetation and plants, baaaing to contact the sheep next door to find flock-family members whom they knew would be welcoming to them. A bit like a television programme yet to be made for people who have moved house and fail to find their old neighbours (who have also moved house!) again.

“Keep sheep!”, he said, “Keep sheep. You cannot just leave the fields wild, in no time at all you will be overwhelmed by unwanted growth, weeds, and goodness knows what.” “That is the most wonderful answer,” I replied, with dreams already fulfilled in my head of wearing long gingham dresses, trimmed with broderie anglaise, and Kate Greenaway straw bonnets trimmed with satin ribbons. Surrounded by snowy, woolly and gentle new friends. “Leave it to me”, said John, “I’ll get tack sheep organised for you for September, you’ll need two dozen or so.” And off he went.

They settled down very well and their only requirement, so Mr Davies and Blodwen explained to us, was to be let into an adjacent field for fresh pasture every three weeks or so.

I said to my husband, as though it was long ago and I had just returned from the doctor, “Sheep!. We’re expecting sheep!” I explained that John was organising tack sheep for us. At that stage in the project I thought tack was just a breed like Cheviots, Jacob or Herdwicks.

I visited them regularly, giving them, at first, little peace. Then I cut down on the hourly visits because I could hear them saying to each other, “oh no, it’s her again AND she’s got that book with her, ‘Sheep Keeping for Dummies’ doesn’t give you much hope.”

It turned out that ‘tack’ in country speak was having animals from further north to stay through the winter months in slightly warmer climes. A further bonus was having a payment per stay per sheep for their “Keep and Care”. A bit like having foreign students to visit, but hopefully, a lot less trouble. At least, I thought they won’t find their way down to the Cat and the Fiddle, the village pub.

I could not wait for my chance to Bo-Peep the big move when the first three weeks were up. You did not need to refer to the dates for sheep moving on the calendar, although it was on conspicuous display in my “farmhouse” kitchen, freshly painted in Dulux Devon Cream to create the right ambience. Which I soon realised fooled nobody, and another neighbour explained that real farmhouse kitchens had bits of quad bikes, chunks of tractors and assorted small animals, old tins of galvanised fencing nails and oil cans and even oilier rags in abundant supply, on all work tops and on the kitchen table.

As good as his word, and as promised, the arrival of the sheep was all sorted and organised by our neighbour, John. So, in the first week of September, Mr Davies and his wife Blodwen, from high, hill country just outside Brecon, drove into the top field with their two (retired) sheepdogs, one was blind and one was lame. Both dogs, who only spoke Welsh, were otherwise bouncy and eager and clearly still knew the ropes. And, knew their sheep.

I bet nobody at Dulux Paints knows that. However, twenty one days after their arrival the sheep were lined up, all along the fence with their noses through to the next field, already savouring, then tugging at tufts of grass as though there was no tomorrow.

The doors of the trailer were opened, the ramp was checked for safety and the two dogs formed a Guard of Honour as the sheep bounded out, smelling the sea air and

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We had four cats at that time and they decided they might come out to help – if there was anything in it for them. Cats have an annoying sense of entitlement and although they all watched “One man and his dog” on TV, it was only to laugh at the dogs if they made an error from, of course, the complete safety of the sofa, and from behind their paws.

down the village from a fancy dress party still in his sheep costume. What was going on now? I risked more potential local gentle ridicule by ringing John next door asking, did this happen often in this part of Pembrokeshire? The sudden appearance of two sheep that is. Or, were they his sheep?

The sheep followed Mrs L-S as expected and quickly settled in the next field.

A second look out of the window to check for any distinguishing marks added further to the mystery. The two sheep had gone. Gone out of a walled garden with a locked gate. This happened three times early each morning. Then it stopped. Then a few days later the two sheep were in the side garden, outside the garage, near the kitchen door. But not for long. John said we needed to confine the two visitors in a small area so that local farmers could come round and identify them.

They, the sheep that is, however had no interest in the lovely views across to Caldey Island and beyond, the ancient strip fields system, tales about the Civil War battles that took place in the area, increases in the numbers of visitors or other local tourist information. Jennifer Blackface, one of the flock, who had done very well in Lamb School, explained that she had looked up all that “boring, boring, boring stuff on her solar powered Tin-Tray which her mother had found for her birthday. She knew “all that” she said, “thanks anyway”. For a while I wondered if we would have felt more comfortable with students from overseas staying with us who were interested in matters other than grass. No, not that sort of grass.

We then had a hilarious/Laurel and Hardy hour with John saying, “Stand back and leave this to me” with two wild and furious sheep jumping six foot walls, knocking down wattle fences and running, fast, round and round with a change of direction worthy of world class polo ponies.

At that moment in time, the current concern in the community was for a popular bachelor parish priest who had gone missing. Also disappeared was a lady with the best soprano voice in twenty parishes; and three noisy corgis. There was concern also for a deeply disappointed spouse (or ex spouse who thought he had married for good and had even bought the soprano in question a second hand Vauxhall Cavalier with only 99,000 miles of country roads on the clock. The car had gone as well.) And what’s more, there were seven couples booked in to be married within the month in the Parish Church, by the now disappeared Vicar, with three couples needing to be married fairly urgently.

John gave us the names of local farmers who all came round and leaned on the gates of the field the two vagabonds had decided to call home, for the time being. We learnt a lot more about country ways by observing and listening to the farmers discussing the merits or otherwise of the woolly monsters. And whose they were. Their final decision on the matter was that they were probably mother and daughter and belonged to the flock of feral sheep ‘employed’, as it were, by The National Trust to graze their landholdings on the promentory. Eventually the two newcomers made their weary way up the top field where the rest of the flock, totally and utterly and very pointedly, ignored them.

The winter that year passed pleasantly and the sheep were a delight to observe as we watched them grazing, resting in the afternoons and enjoying the sun, watery though it was, on the early Spring days in February. They moved regularly between fields every three weeks or so – all we had to do was open and close the gate. All with the help of the cats!

All too soon we had a phone call to say that Mr Davies and Blodwen would come to collect them, and would also offer a home for two extras as well. They would be going to the high lands of the Brecon Beacons for the summer season and would be catching up on all the news with the rest of Mr and Mrs Davies’ flock of three thousand Welsh Mountain sheep.

The grass renewed itself in a matter of weeks so that the sheep needed no extra feed. They were gaining weight and wool and seemed to be very relaxed with us and with each other. If any hedge trimming, fence fixing or any other maintenance was required then I could go in amongst them, find Mrs Lead-Sheep, then I would shout, waving my arm in a generous curve, “Come on Girls”. We would all find a quieter spot while repair work was carried out. We continued to count the flock members twice daily as a matter of routine, but early one morning as we opened the bedroom curtains we could see there were twenty four sheep in the top field to the north of the house (that looked about right from where we were) and another TWO outside to the south. Two full grown sheep: not baby lambs dropped by a passing eagle, not stuffed lamb dolls lost by careless visitors, not a fox going home after a night out

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The sheep had events and appointments to look forward to. They would be having a “pedicure” because normally the hoofs are filed by tripping over stony mountain pasture, not so on the soft soiled fields of their winter retreat in Pembrokeshire. They would have their jabs, medical examinations and in June would be rounded up to be sheared. Later on in the year they would be meeting, hopefully, the Ram of their dreams and if all went well there would be lambs on the way next Spring. My dream, of course was to have our own sheep and our own lambs. This came about two years later but not as we expected. There was joy. There was exhaustion. There was delight.

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spring clean cymru 2019

This spring, Keep Wales Tidy are calling on you to help improve the environment on our doorstep. We’re aiming to inspire thousands of people to join forces to collect and safely dispose of litter from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible.

Penylan Pantry have kindly agreed to stock red Keep Wales Tidy bags for anyone wanting to litter pick outside of the event dates.

Why is it important?

Schools across the country are taking part in the Great Big School Clean, as part of this year’s Spring Clean Cymru.

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Not only does litter spoil the natural beauty of our environment, it also poses a threat to marine and wildlife. The RSPCA recorded more than 7,000 incidents of animals being injured as a result of litter last year, and we know that 80% of litter that ends in the sea begins on land. Spring Clean Cymru is part of the Great British Spring Clean. In 2018, 371,556 #LitterHeroes joined forces to collect litter at 13,500 events across the UK.

Schools can hold a clean-up (or several) anytime between 22 March – 23 April. Clean-ups can be fun and rewarding. Pupils are able to make a positive difference to their local area and the world they live in, creating strong links with the local community and raising environmental awareness.

Other Cardiff Groups Keep Penylan Tidy are a prime example of a group who actively participated. You can join the local Keep Penylan Tidy community group and stand together and declare that litter is not acceptable. Everyone is welcome to join. All the kit will be provided.

If you want to find a local community group or want to organise your own litter pick, please contact Keep Wales Tidy info@keepwalestidy.cymru or follow them on social media.

Future dates for clean-ups can be found on facebook @keeppenylantidy They are:

Sponsor Keep Penylan Tidy Your business can sponsor Keep Penylan Tidy. This is a great opportunity for your company to support local community action and your funding will go towards buying litter picking equipment for the group. This is the perfect way to demonstrate your environmental commitment while empowering the group to become sustainable.

• 14.4.19@1-3pm meet at Penylan Pantry • 19.5.19@1-3pm meet at Penylan Pantry • 15.6.19@3-5pm meet at Penylan Pantry • 14.7.19 to coincide with Waterloo Gardens Fete. Keep Penylan Tidy was set up in October 2018 and have held successful monthly litter picks with families and local groups supporting. The turn out is usually above 30 people and it is going from strength to strength. The number of bags collected within the two hour period is approximately 35.

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We look forward to seeing you at our litter picks! @keeppenylantidy (twitter/fb/instagram) Keeppenylantidy@gmail.com

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away with wales By Michael James

I finished writing this on the day that Wales won a third 'Grand Slam' in 11years. Well done Warren Gatland, Sean Edwards, Rob Howley and all the team. What a way to finish the season and sets us up for the World Cup in Japan. If the roof wasn't already open the fans cheers would have blown it off. In heading this article, 'Away with Wales', I am not in any way suggesting that the UK Government decides to take our Nation out of the Union, nor am I suggesting that we are engulfed into England, although many might suggest that is already the case. No, not me. 'Cymru am Byth', I say! It's just that Sara John's lovely piece, 'Going to the Game?', in last month's Cardiff Times struck a cord with me and brought back many memories about my travels to support our wonderful Welsh rugby sides during the years 1960 – 1980. I appreciate that each age of rugby supporters will consider theirs to be the best, because they lived it with their playing heroes, especially those of today. Fourteen wins on the run, what can better that? Well, there were the 1950's when both Cardiff and Wales beat the New Zealand All Blacks. The 1960's when Australia never looked like beating us, but for my mates and myself it was the period 1965 - 1980 which was the best, and during which we travelled to the faraway grounds of the then 'Five Nations' for hugely enjoyable long weekends. SCOTLAND. These were my favourite trips Edinburgh and Murrayfield. I always felt really at home among our Celtic cousins who were always good company, whichever side won the game. Fiercely contested matches but with good humour in the non-segregated ground and generous hospitality

before and after the game. Two games in particular are standout memories for me. The first was in 1971, when our wing wizard Gerald Davies rounded off a brilliant Welsh try in the last minute to tie the scores and for John Taylor to kick the conversion from the touchline to win the match 18-19. (As the crowd surged forward to follow Gerald's run in, one of my mates lost his glasses, never to be seen again! No pun intended). Many will point to Scott Gibb's last minute try and Neil Jenkins's conversion to beat England 32-31 at our 'Home' game at Wembley in 1999 but for me, our win in Scotland was better. The other match was in I978, which we lost. It was memorable because of the crowd. There were an estimated 104,000 people in Murrayfield that day, including 40,000 Welshmen. This was of course long before all seated grounds and probably the last time you could pay at the turnstiles to get in. How we all managed to survive was a miracle and many probably didn't see much of the game because of the crush. Oh yes, I remember, we lost 12-10. IRELAND. I have only been there on one occasion, back in 1968. The Irish hospitality was excellent, once again with Celtic cousins but the game was, how shall I say, 'something else!' It was played at the old Lansdowne Road ground which was packed with happy, friendly, inter-mingling fans until....! Ireland ahead on points. Gareth Edwards picked up the ball and attempted a drop goal. The ball went soaring towards the posts, high above the cross bar, but at the very last moment just drifted outside the posts. Disappointment from the Welsh fans, huge sighs of relief from the Irish, until the referee blew his whistle and signalled that the goal was good. The large crowd fell silent. Suddenly it's mood changed and there were roars of anger followed by bottles, apples and oranges and, from the stands, seat cushions being hurled onto the pitch. Pandemonium! The fact that over 40,000 people had clearly seen the ball slide outside the posts made no difference. The only eyes that mattered belonged to one man, those of the referee, and he had missed it. No help from the touch judges and certainly no 'going upstairs' to the TMO as we would today. His decision stood and Wales were in the lead. I have never, before nor since, felt so intimidated in my life. If that had been the

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final result, I dread to think what could have happened. Fortunately, after some ten minutes of extra time for the stoppage, Ireland scored a late try by Mike Doyle, which meant that we lost 9-6. Peace and harmony was restored and that evening a return to friendly hospitality. ENGLAND. Twickenham, or should I say 'HQ' ? There and back on the day or, more often than not, Thursday mornings to Sunday afternoons. Never the best of trips, unless Wales won. No good hearted criac with the English fans, unlike with the Irish or Scots. Not many memorable games, except perhaps two that stand out for different reasons. The first of which was in 1970 when Ray 'Chico' Hopkins of Maesteg won his first and only cap for Wales. Chico was a brilliant scrum half who unfortunately played at the time the legend that was Gareth Edwards was at the peak of his career. Gareth was Captain of Wales and Chico was on the bench. England were wining 13-3, when with only twenty minutes left Gareth was injured and had to be taken off. Welsh hearts fell. It surely was all over but then, enter the hero!. Within minutes of racing onto the field, Chico made a break away from the scrum and passed to send JPR over in the corner. Then, almost into injury time he sent a long kick which England were forced to put into touch near their own corner flag. Wales won the line out and Chico himself scored a try with minutes to go. JPR (Yes JPR!) kicked the conversion and Wales had won 13 – 17. Chico never did get another Welsh cap but cemented his claim to fame by playing in two teams to beat New Zealand. He was with the Lions on their triumphant tour in 1971, where he once again came on as a substitute for Gareth in the first test which we won 3 - 9. His second victory against the Kiwis was when playing for Llanelli in 1972 when again they won 9 - 3. Not many of all the great players of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales can claim that honour during their playing careers. The other Twickenham match was in 1980 which I remember for two different reasons. I had managed to get a ticket on the Friday night before the game, so decided to drive up on the day with my wife to see if we could get a second ticket at the ground. We arrived early and wandered around the large car park where the English 'car boot' picnics were in full swing. No luck with getting a ticket, we tried to get out of the car park but were stopped by officials as the gates were now closed. We tried to explain why we were there and they directed us to leave by another exit. Once though that gate we were under the stands and actually inside the ground. We

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climbed the steep terracing only to be confronted by two policemen who to our astonishment and delight, allowed us to stay. We lost a very bad tempered match 9 - 8, which was marred when Cardiff's Paul Ringer was sent off after only 15 minutes for a dubious high tackle on England's John Horton. Although we were the better team overall, the struggle of playing most of a very physical match with only 14 men was too much in the end. Perhaps it was judgement for getting in without paying! FRANCE. A real 'away' trip, going abroad! Elizabeth and I travelled with two friends, by car (and Ferry) to Paris to see Gareth Edwards win his first cap at the old Stade Colombes. I had booked a hotel in Montmartre, very convenient to all the tourist areas and reasonably priced. The reason, we were soon to find out, was that it was the kind of hotel where the rooms were usually booked by the hour and we had our first introduction to 'hole in the ground' toilets! We stayed out as late as we could and got to bed in the early hours of the morning. The next day we found a new hotel and we had a great day visiting all the tourist attractions, including, very late in the evening, the Folies Bergere, where we spotted leaving the famous night club, four or five of the Welsh players, who were to play the next day. Obviously different training routines back in the day! We lost the game 20 -14 but that didn't mean a thing to me as, on the morning of the match I was taken ill with an epileptic attack and was 'out of it' until we arrived back home on the Sunday evening. I haven't tried to get to a game in France since and have not yet been to ITALY since it became part of the 'Six Nations'. Perhaps sometime soon! Those are some of my fond memories of being 'Away with Wales'. I am sure many of you will have had your own special memories supporting Wales, whether it's rugby or soccer. 'Cymru am Byth!'.

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fashion done your own way By Molly Dutton

Wintour)? But I thought it would be a chance to analyse how the shows are put together and witness first-hand the perfect reflection of the most desirable clothes.

As I’m writing this, I have just applied for tickets to Bristol Fashion Week which is a highly anticipated show every single year and often hugely overlooked by people in my age group. To be brutally honest, Fashion Shows are not something that fill me with joy, and quite frankly intimidate me as I feel that I am not the right standard of person you would expect to be sat amongst the fashion society.

I have always attempted to choose more effective ways of creating outfits rather than spending hours gawping at Chanel on Youtube, which, for the record is a great way to convince yourself to move to Paris and become one of Karl Largerfeld’s cats. I instead favour the more personal approach of creating mood boards or lists of the outfits you want to purchase or create as this is a great way to decide if you can use what you have or if its time to buy more items to fill your wardrobe. I find that looking at photos or writing down your perfect outfit allows you to, not only picture yourself wearing it, but also help you to discover what you’re most drawn to style wise.

Fashion shows to me have always symbolised the hierarchy of the fashion community, possibly as a result of seeing millions of magazine pages filled with the likes of Victoria Beckham, Naomi Campbell and the queen of fashion herself, Anna Wintour, sitting in the front row at every recognisable fashion event. The shows are used as a method of showing possible customers and the public the highest quality products the company can produce which makes them seem out of reach with daily reality. The focus is consistently on the art behind the brand, making for an incredible visual experience for the audience but not something that can be related to normal people going about normal lives. Who wants to see a £12,000 dress that we convince ourselves we will one day be able to afford, but know deep down is never justifiable (unless you are of course Anna

I have ventured down many fashion paths in past years attempting to channel my inner “spirit” into what I’m wearing, and it hasn’t always been very Vogue (side note: leather leggings should not be worn for the entirety of the summer holidays unless being a furnace is your thing!) Taking that into

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consideration, I strongly believe that experimentation is the perfect method of getting to know your personal style, and by channelling all your ideas onto a mood board you can decide which look you’re most desperate to try first.

My day to day outfits are now inspired by what I see, and I feel so much more accomplished knowing that I have pushed my fashion limits a little more each day (although I don’t think it would be appreciated if I strolled around Tesco in a leotard).

Those who know me personally will know that there is only one form of social media that I think positively promotes unique style; Pinterest. Before anyone dares to sigh as, like my previously oblivious self, you associate Pinterest with streams of perfect baking and puppies, you should be aware that Pinterest is the most well organised fashion system you can find. When used correctly, the possibilities are endless, and I truly mean endless. I tell no lie when I say that I have designed enough outfits on that app to clothe the entire population of Britain, and possibly Ireland. The simplicity of it allows you to simply type in something as vague as “party outfit ideas” and see hundreds of photos flood your screen until you see something you like. If you, like myself, are awful at decision making you will most likely have seen lots of ideas that take your fancy which you can simply add to a board to look at later; when you’ve had a cup of tea and are feeling less overwhelmed. The boards you create help the app provide you with new, relevant ideas every day, so you can have something that resembles a personal stylist at your beck and call free of charge.

I always like to believe that you can find the inspiration you want in every place you go, but I know this is not always the case. When I first visited London a few years ago, I held the same interest in fashion that I do today. I built myself up to expect every inch of Oxford Street to be filled with immaculately dressed people with sky high heels and long jackets, but these were not the ones that held my attention. Instead the most interesting outfits were the ones that reflected the Urban culture of the streets, adorned by young people whom I saw as bold statement makers, older people who were reflecting aspects of their youth, and businessmen who looked almost too casual to be walking into their office blocks. At the time I thought it was a bit strange to wear enormously oversized hoodies and white trainers, maybe something your P.E teacher might style out. But it was this experience that showed that fashion has developed to become so much more than just polished appearances and has instead grown to reflect your own character. I always remember to make sure I wear what I want to and make sure the only people that influence my style are those that I want to.

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Piatto Review By Brett Salway

A new pasta house is in town and boy is it Fantastico! The iconic Cardiff based Giovanni family, who are behind this new offering, have brought something special to the Cardiff Bay area. Giovanni Malacrino’s son, Luca Malacrino, had the vision of ‘PIATTO’ and has opened this really cool new Italian pasta house. This beautiful iconic Cardiff Bay building is now home to the ‘PIATTO’ restaurant and it’s looking superb. With beautiful hand crafted wooden dining tables and orange leather upholstered seating, it’s really looking funky! We were served traditional Prosecco on arrival to get us into the Italian spirits and then taken upstairs to where the main dining area is situated. The restaurant looks over the iconic Wales Millennium Centre and graceful Cardiff Bay fountains. With Giovanni’s being such an exemplary brand in Cardiff, ‘PIATTO’ had a lot to live up to and I’m pleased to say it was superb! We were given menu taster dishes and I particularly enjoyed the fillet steak pasta dish which was presented in their alluring cheese bowls, it was really delicious. The pasta was served slightly al dente and had a

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beautiful texture to it. The steak was expertly cooked and served medium, which was perfect. The most talked about dish of the night was their hand made cheese bowl, which was divine. Another highlight for me was their salmon stuffed squid tortellini, which was incredibly tasty and skillfully cooked. I was also really wowed by their chocolate Nutella desert offering, which consisted of a fresh pizza dough base topped with Nutella and raspberries, it was a sensational sweet finish and paired excellently with my Prosecco. If you’re planning a trip Cardiff Bay, then a visit to ‘PIATTO’ is a must! I’d like to say a huge GRAZIE to Gianluca and Giovanni for an exquisite Italian dining experience. Below are links to their social media pages along with their address: https://www.facebook.com/pastapiatto https://www.instagram.com/pastapiatto/ 339 Lloyd George Avenue Cardiff CF10 4QH

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