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At a first glance, it’s not obvious what happens at Forte School of Music. Yes, we teach lessons on a variety of instruments. Yes, we run classes for babies and toddlers, introducing them to the joy of music and yes, we offer lessons for adults as well as children. "ut these are no ordinary music lessons# $hat we offer at Forte is an e%ci&ng, engaging, uni'ue approach to music tui&on in a warm, welcoming environment that ma(es you feel part of something special. For li)le ones aged between * months and +, years, our -ungle Music programme is a perfect first step on their musical journey. Using songs, rhymes, instruments, props and puppets, -ungle Music not only teaches the fundamental concepts of music, it also encourages development in areas such as numbers, colours and the world around us. /e%t is our founda&on piano course, Music is Fun for +, - 5 year olds where the children get introduced to the piano and start learning note names through solfege (do, re, me). Our premier beginner piano courses, -unior Keys (5 – 7 years) and Piano Keys (7 – 9 years) focus on learning being fun, incorpora&ng movement, singing, percussion ensembles, music theory and composi&on into fast-paced lessons designed to (eep your child engaged and focussed. The journey doesn’t stop there# If you’re aged 10 years or upwards (there is no upper age limit to learning music), we offer a variety of lessons, ranging from private tui&on on a wide selec&on of instruments, to Coffee Keys, our adult drop-in piano class and Forte Live - our new band club for the roc(ers amongst you. $e offer performance opportuni&es to every student, whether it’s doing a band gig as a member of Forte Live or playing in our annual Forte Fes&val, we ac&vely encourage all students to show off as o@en as possible# At Forte, we are happy to support our local community and you will o@en find us ta(ing part in local events. $e are also proud to support our chosen charity, Ronald McDonald House, and run several fundraising events through the year such as family singalongs and our annual Playathon. So, you see, we’re not just an ordinary music school - Forte School of Music offers so much more#

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cardiff times

Welcome PUBLISHER Cardiff Times

Hi All, and welcome to our October issue.

EDITOR Louise Denning 07903 947594

The summer now seems a distant memory, and as we write this, yet another weather warning has been issued for heavy rain for South Wales, plus the potential for the remains of a hurricane to deposit yet more rain on us!

FEATURES EDITOR Mark Denning 07758 247194

Both the children have settled back into school well. Our son is now in high school and has had to transition into a school out of our catchment area, all his friends are at different schools, and which is a 30 minute walk away. This situation is down to Cardiff council’s illogical and unfair system of allocating school places. Luckily, throughout this whole process, our son has displayed a level of maturity and stoicism which has made us extremely proud.


CONTRIBUTORS Wyn Evans, Vince Nolan, Carl Marsh, Sara John, Molly Dutton, Natalie McCulloch, Melissa Compton, Sue Good, Liz Mullen, Sharon Vaughan, Rachel Adams


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Our daughter is really enjoying being back in primary school, especially as her big brother can’t report back to us if she’s done anything naughty at school now! That’s a joke really, she’s a well-behaved girl in school, or at least we hope she is! We have some fascinating articles for you to read this month, including Natalie McCulloch writing about a fantastic scheme in Wales to help people with mild to moderate emotional problems to make use of high quality, specially selected self-help books for free. Plus, Sue Good continues her series of articles on sustainability by focussing on ‘Ripple’, Cardiff’s very own sustainable shop. Finally, we have been keeping a close eye on the Rugby World Cup in Japan, which is now in full swing, with Wales making a positive start with victory in their first match against Georgia. Hopefully they can continue their good form in the coming pool matches, and at the very least make the quarter finals. Come on Wales! Until next month, happy reading.

Louise & Mark

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64 34 Halloween & Half Term Feature 36 Books To Look Out For In October 40 “In The Words Of…” By Carl Marsh

48 ‘And Another Thing…’ By Vince Nolan

52 Puzzle Mania 58 The Colliery Cat And The Manager - Part One


By Sara John

64 The Ripple Effect

14 October Diary

By Sue Good

18 Aspiration By Wyn Evans

68 Fashion Done Your Own Way

22 Beauty - Autumn Beauty

By Molly Dutton

28 Are You Ready To ‘Book-In’ For Self Help?

71 Puzzle Mania Solutions

By Natalie McCulloch

72 140 Years On: Rob Caskie On Isandlwana

32 Little Fizz & Party Fizz Celebrate Their 13th Birthday

73 Walk In My Shoes Project

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BESPOKE LIVING DESIGN & BUILD • We are specialists in creating lifestyle spaces that set your home apart with our tailored design & build packages • House refurbishments, Renovations, Extensions, Loft Conversions, Basements and New Build Developments Contact us on or Tel: 02920490237 for more information and a free home consultation. Facebook - Bespoke Living Design & Build

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A highly-decorated former Royal Engineer who had his 104th birthday at a Pontcanna care home this week has revealed his secret to living a long life.

Danny was in service throughout the whole of the war, seeing action against the Germans and Italians in Africa and Europe before returning home in 1945. He married Betty in 1939 and the couple had three children. On leaving the Army, Daniel continued to work in engineering before moving into the furniture removals industry.

Daniel Rosewell who lives at Tŷ Llandaff, a residential, nursing, palliative and respite care home in Conway Road, has attributed living such a long time to working hard and having a good life.

Danny moved to Tŷ Llandaff two-and-a-half years ago after he broke his shoulder in a fall. He added: “I’m happy at Tŷ Llandaff. The manager is good, the staff are really friendly, and the food is great. I also really enjoy the activities here.”

Daniel, known to staff and friends as Danny, celebrated his birthday in style with his family, friends, fellow residents and staff with a party at the home, with a buffet reception and live musical entertainment, dancing and a birthday cake. Local Welsh singer Aubrey Parsons entertained guests with all the old favourites, with residents and staff singing along.

Tŷ Llandaff service manager Lisa Cristina said: “We are so pleased to help Danny celebrate his 104th birthday in style. He truly deserves a good party as he’s really good fun, and always puts a smile on our faces. The party went really well, and everyone seemed to have a good time. It was great to see Danny enjoying himself with friends and family.”

Danny said: “Never in this world did I think I would be around this long. I can only think the secret is to work hard have a good life, with a good marriage and a wonderful family.”

For more information about Tŷ Llandaff call Lisa on 02920 600 100, email info@ or visit

In his younger years, Danny received five medals for his service during the Second World War including the Defence Medal, Italy Star, Africa Star, the 1939-45 Star and 1939-45 Medal.


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Memory Walk is a traditional style, sponsored walk that is for the whole family, including dogs. Take in the views of Bute Park in Cardiff and walk for a future without dementia. You have the option of the shorter 2km route, a longer 6km route around Bute Park or brand new for this year the PLUS route for those seeking an extra challenge of 15.5km along the Taff trail before coming back into the event village in Bute Park. Bute Park, Cardiff

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Explore future skills and get work ready at SkillsCymru. Interactive and inspiring, this free two-day event is aimed at 14-19 year olds and the teachers, parents and influencers that help them decide how to achieve the career of their dreams. The event will help you connect with top employers, training providers, colleges, universities, and career sector companies who want to talk to you about the opportunities they have to offer and help you make the first step in realising your future! Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

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Sleep Over at the Principality Stadium is a challenge event for young people and children aged 8 to 18 years old. Spend the night at the iconic Principality Stadium to end homelessness and change futures for vulnerable young people, women, and families at risk of homelessness in Wales. We’re asking everyone taking part to raise money to support Llamau’s work to end homelessness and change futures in Wales. Principality Stadium, Cardiff

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Max is back! Following a series of sell-out performances in 2018, Max Boyce’s tour has been extended into 2019 due to overwhelming public demand. Max Boyce has been entertaining people all over the world for more than 40 years with his ability to paint pictures in word and song. A huge new young audience has recently discovered this exceptional entertainer, taking him into their hearts and making him a true modern day folk hero. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

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Valentine Michaud and AkvilÄ— Ĺ ileikaitÄ— first crossed paths in 2015; and with that, the AKMI duo was born. The energetic saxophonist and bubbly pianist met at the Zurich University of the Arts, where they were both studying as Master students. Their friendship and enthusiasm helped them to build an extremely strong personal and musical relationship. From the early days of their collaboration, Valentine and AkvilÄ— went traveling around the world to share their music with new audiences. Their traveling anecdotes are numerous and contributed to their on stage rapport. Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff


Explore the stunning architecture of Llandaff Cathedral while experiencing calming orchestral and choral music in The Fruit of Silence this Autumn. As City of London Sinfonia and Llandaff Cathedral Choir perform in different spaces around the Cathedral, our audience members are also invited to explore and create their own musical journeys, stopping and taking in the incredible sights and sounds around some of the Cathedral. Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff


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Diwali is an important time in the Hindu calendar as it marks the start of the Hindu New Year. What better way to celebrate the Festival of Light than lighting up our science theatre with a show that will never leave you in the dark. Discover the legend behind Diwali along how we could use science to help celebrate the triumph of light over darkness. Techniquest, Cardiff Bay



Lulu still has plenty to shout about as she embarks on another mammoth tour of the UK. A singer, songwriter, actress, national treasure are all labels that have been attributed to Lulu. Her powerhouse performances have ensured a loyal following of fans who come out year after year to witness a legend at work. St David’s Hall, Cardiff

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1939 and all that. Cardiff Castle in the Second World War by Matthew Williams, curator of Cardiff Castle. Starts at 6pm. Cardiff Castle


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sleep out under the stars at the iconic cardiff castle to end homelessness On Saturday 7th December Welsh homelessness charity, Llamau, will host the World’s Biggest Sleep Out at Cardiff Castle, welcoming up to 2,000 people into the historic grounds to sleep outside for the night and raise funds to end homelessness. Join a growing list of Welsh celebrities attending the Cardiff event including Matt ‘Dirty Vegan’ Pritchard and Richard Parks, with live performances from some of Wales’ biggest musicians, Boy Azooga, The Gentle Good and Kizzy Crawford for one incredible night of solidarity under the stars. The event, hosted by Llamau in partnership with World’s Big Sleep Out and Social Bite, is happening as part of a global showing of solidarity with those experiencing homelessness and displacement. For one night only, an expected 50,000 people will sleep outside in iconic locations across the globe, which include New York, London, Los Angeles, Edinburgh, Dublin and New Delhi, plus many more. Registration is open now, and Llamau are asking everyone taking part to commit to raising £150. 100% of funds raised

will go towards homelessness charities, with a 50/50 split between Llamau’s work to end homelessness right here in Wales and global charities helping homeless and displaced people. International partners for the campaign include UNICEF USA, Malala Fund and the Institute of Global Homelessness. Corporate teams from Barclays Bank South Wales and Clarke Willmott have already signed up to sleep out this December. Frances Beecher, Chief Executive at Llamau, said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with World’s Big Sleep Out to bring this global event to Cardiff. Homelessness is sadly increasing not just in Wales, but across the world. At Llamau, we genuinely believe that we can end homelessness if we all work together and World’s Big Sleep Out is a great example of how everyone can show their support and solidarity for homeless people in Wales and all across the world.”

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Llamau’s mission is to eradicate homelessness for young people and vulnerable women in Wales. They believe that no young person or vulnerable woman should ever have to experience homelessness. Founded over 30 years go to provide homeless teenagers with a safe place to stay, Llamau has since supported over 82,000 people who are either facing homelessness or who are already homeless. Llamau works across Wales to prevent homelessness, to provide safe accommodation and support people to leave homelessness behind for good. Last year, Llamau supported 8,914 young people, women and children to leave homelessness behind, for good. Register for the Cardiff event at You’ll be helping to raise lifesaving funds for young people like Rhys* (*Name has been changed) “I was only 17 when I become homeless. It all started when my parents separated. We’d go without food, some nights without electric or gas, and my sister and I had to look after our 5 younger siblings. I would come in late to college most days, but I was too embarrassed to tell my teachers why. The situation at home continued to get worse until, eventually, my siblings were taken into care.

I stayed with family members for a while, but it wasn’t working out. With nowhere to go, I had to spend a night on the streets. It was the worst night of my life. I was tired, cold and hungry. My confidence was absolutely destroyed. I felt like giving up on my ambition to join the police force, throwing away all my commitment and hard work. I had lost all hope. Living at Llamau has been amazing. It has changed me for the better and made me realise my potential. The staff at Llamau helped to bring my hobbies back to life and have supported my career ambitions. I’ve had the opportunity to speak with police officers about my career, and have applied to the Police Specials, which is something I would never have dreamed of achieving. Llamau has completely rebuilt my confidence, given me so many opportunities and, most importantly, showed me that there is always hope, even when you think your life is over.” Register for the Cardiff event at join-a-sleep-out/cardiff

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aspiration By Wyn Evans

“Hang on love”, says The Boss, “I told you to wait for me”. She hurdles the linen basket, vaults the bed, and is just in time to keep me from strangling myself with my own T-shirt. I am sitting on the bed, facing the floor-to-ceiling mirrors, my shirt pinning my arms – one vertically upwards, the other trapped horizontally. My head is stuck, half-in and half-out of its opening. I have managed to get my shirt half-on but been unable to reach around my back to grab the shirt’s rear end. I am stuck, half-in and half-out; half-dressed! The Boss gently eases the shirt down at the back, managing to free my arms and release my neck from its cotton noose. “It wasn’t like this in 50 Shades of Grey” I joke, to hide my embarrassment. You’d think I would have known better by now. This is not the first occasion that getting dressed or undressed has needed four hands.

learned nothing from this encounter with mortality, I then decided to jump backwards from our patio down to our garden. It was only a two-foot drop, except my balance is also affected and I ended up on my cute arse amid runs of carrots, only narrowly missing out on demolishing the greenhouse. I have three times fallen out of bed, getting heavily bruised, leading us this very week to purchase a ‘water noodle’ (a flotation device). The Boss says the noodle is to be placed between my body and the edge of the bed so that, if I turn against it, my subconscious will cause me to roll the other way, back to the centre of the bed. (I’m still not sure whether I shouldn’t just sleep on the floor and be done with it!) Moving now to muscle mass. It just fades away. That’s OK, I think to myself, I can just go to the gym more often and build up fresh muscles. But this overlooks the fact that my stamina and endurance is shot to bits. And so, my muscle mass continues to disappear which, in turn, means I can walk less far. We have been invited to a wedding in Australia in May 2020. Normally, we would have booked our tickets already. But, and this is the biggest change that Parky has made to our lives, I/we don’t have confidence in our/my capability to manage the trip.

In recent articles, I have shared some of my thirteen year old daughter, The Girl’s, adventures. Today, I’m going to say a bit more about the course of the Parkinson’s Disease I was diagnosed with some three and a half years ago. I certainly don’t intend this to be a depressing column. But it seems fair, every now and then, to comment on the activities of my unwelcome house-guest. First then, let’s get physical! Parky certainly lets one know he’s there. One of his first calling-cards was to remove some of my physical skills, like jumping up flights of steps. Instead of a clean take-off, a graceful flight, and a secure landing, my feet developed a life of their own, tripping me up, inducing a graceless fall and an inelegant slide along concrete flooring into our previous house’s front porch.

Then there are ‘silly’ things – i.e., things that, avant-Parky’s, would never have crossed my mind could be an issue: the extent of the ‘shakes’ in my arms and legs; the almost continual tiredness; the way my toes clench themselves up; the tiredness in my left eye’s muscles that can make reading or writing impossible; the chin shakes; the dribbling. But for me the hardest thing to handle is the fear, every time I fail to find a word I’m looking for, of creeping dementia. People with Parky’s do

That was the first of numerous occasions where Parky caused me bruising. Having


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not necessarily develop this condition, and I don‘t have it, but the fear of it is ever-present and can be debilitating on a bad day.

The Girl came home from Guides this week with a list of her aspirations. It took us a while to catch their drift though as we thought she wanted to list her perspirations. At last, the three of us got onto the same page. Here are her aspirations:

All these things can make Parky’s seem insuperable. But there are positives too. Without Parky’s I may not have had time at home with The Girl. With The Boss, watching our daughter grow and blossom has been the finest, most fulfilling part of my life. The fun the three of us and our dogs have means that my Parkys, The Boss’s Multiple Sclerosis, or The Girl’s Down Syndrome, are parts of but do not control our lives. Mind you, it is my aspiration to get my t-shirt on without The Boss’s help!

• Improve her somersaults in trampolining; • Learn to ride a bike; • Times tables; • To go to Paris with Mam and Dad. The Boss and I really dislike Paris so I don’t know how to break that to her. But good progress is being made on the other three!


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autumn ENHANCE YOUR NATURAL BEAUTY THIS AUTUMN WITH LAVERA Firming Eye Cream Winning Silver in this year’s Free From Skincare awards, lavera’s Firming Eye Cream stimulates collagen production, minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A combination of hyaluronic acid, as well as karanja oil, provides intensive hydration and comprehensive care. The metal applicator has been specially developed for the eye area and has a cooling effect, leaving your eyes feeling rejuvenated. RRP £22.95

ACCENTUATE YOUR EYES WITH POWERFUL LASH MASCARA AND SMOKY EYES LINER lavera Mascara - Powerful Lashes The multi-effect organic black mascara curls, lengthens, adds volume and definition to your eyes. The mascara brush perfectly coats the individual lashes as well as giving them a slight curl. The Powerful Lashes Mascara includes organic shea butter to care and look after your lashes. RRP £14.90 lavera Matt 'n Smoky Eyes Pencil- Black Create a natural Smoky Eye Look in next to no time with just one pencil. The smooth formula of the smoky eye pencil makes blending easy, draw a line along the top eyelash line, then use a blending brush to blend the line upwards towards the eye socket. While blending, the shade becomes lighter, changing from intense black to anthracite. If you want your smoky eye to look darker just re-apply the pencil to create the look you desire. RRP £12.90 All lavera products are cruelty-free, dermatologically tested and certified natural by NATRUE. Available from independent health stores nationwide and online at

JO MALONE LONDON INTRODUCES A HANDY NEW FRAGRANCE ACCESSORY Jo Malone London introduces an effortless new fragrance accessory with the Scent to Go – a handy way to scent small spaces when you’re on the move. The lightweight design is just the right size to accompany you everywhere, offering a generous amount of fragrance on the go. Handbags, gym bags, luggage – you can transform any small space with scent. Launching in Jo Malone London signature scents, English Pear & Freesia, Pomegranate Noir & Lime Basil & Mandarin. It’s easy to use: simply remove from the sachet to start its diffusion. Ready, scent, go! For stockist information, please visit RRP £39

BESPOKE LONDON Bespoke Fresh Citrus & Vetiver Eau De Parfum 100ml RRP £9.99 Bespoke Fresh Citrus & Vetiver Body Spray 150ml RRP £2.99 BESPOKE LONDON. Is a fresh and sophisticated fragrance blend for men who appreciate all the finer things in life. Features: Zesty notes of fresh ginger and mandarin set the tone for this fragrance that also holds classic notes of vetiver, amber, musk and patchouli. Available from Superdrug.


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beauty ELEMENTAL HERBOLOGY - MOISTURE REPLENISH FACIAL OIL This calming, soothing facial treatment oil combines an expert blend of 14 plant and essential oils, including Chamomile, Rose Damask and Rosehip Oil to deeply hydrate, reduce sensitivity and help to prevent early signs of ageing. A long-standing favourite in Elemental Herbology spa treatments, it is now available to purchase for the first time. Key ingredients • English Chamomile: Works to soothe redness and irritation, as well as providing antioxidant protection against free radical damage • Rose Damask: Helps tone, hydrate and soothe sensitive skin while protecting skin’s natural moisture barrier • Rosehip Oil: Rich in Vitamins A and C, Rosehip Oil works to promote skin regeneration and boost overall radiance HOW TO USE After cleansing, warm 2-3 drops between hands and smooth over face and neck, morning and evening. 15ml RRP £30.00

TRANSITION INTO AUTUMN WITH ST. MORIZ The changing of seasons doesn't mean you have to stop tanning, glow like a pro all year round with St. Moriz. While skin can become drier in the colder seasons due to the change in temperature, St. Moriz Medium Dark Clear Mousse provides extra moisture with the inclusion of Vitamin E! St. Moriz Medium Dark Clear Mousse delivers a natural looking deep tan with a flawless finish, that develops throughout the day meaning you can achieve a streak-free tan whilst increasing your skin's moisture levels. The no mess formula means you can glow on-the-go without fear of tan transfer. Available from Superdrug and Feel Unique RRP £6.99

PROFESSIONAL HAIRCARE BRAND OSMO, HAS LAUNCHED 5 NEW EXCITING CHRISTMAS GIFT PACKS FOCUSING ON HYDRATION, VOLUME, SHINE, NO YELLOWNESS AND GROOMING Deep Moisture Gift Pack Dreaming of luxurious locks? Indulge your hair fantasies with this deeply hydrating gift set and banish those damaged hair blues. Formulated with Pataua Oil and Keratin Complex to help care for and repair the hair without weighing it down with silky, smooth, manageable results. Contents: Deep Moisture Shampoo, Dual Action Miracle Repair, Intensive Deep Repair Mask RRP: £19.99 Blinding® Shine Gift Pack Make all your glossy hair dreams come true with the ultimate Blinding® Shine gift set. With extracts of Moringa Oil and Silk Protein to boost natural vibrancy, optimum shine, bounce and vitality is restored. Contents: Blinding® Shine Shampoo, Blinding® Shine Conditioner and Blinding® Shine Serum RRP: £19.99 Extreme Volume Gift Pack Take your hair to the highest of heights with this volume enhancing gift set. These lightweight formulas enhanced with Soybean Oil and Rice Protein are designed to thicken each hair strand and encourage body for full and bouncy results. Contents: Extreme Volume Shampoo, Extreme Volume Conditioner, Extreme Volume Root Lifter RRP: £19.99 The packs are the ideal Birthday or Christmas treat providing essential products to achieve extra nourishment, shine or style according to everyone’s needs. To find the full list visit


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Craniosacral Therapy brings about a deep state of relaxation This can help resolve problems such as back or neck pain, headaches or any stress related symptoms. It can also help speed your recovery from accident, operation or illness.

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myths, miscommunication & misinformation: finding out the truth about cellulite 1. “Only overweight women have a problem with cellulite”

5. “Nothing works for cellulite.” False. A quick search on the internet yields thousands of cellulite ‘cures’ in the forms of wraps, massages, creams, gels and devices, but the truth is that none of them can achieve a visible and long -term solution to cellulitis because they do not address the underlying problem. But now, an exciting and innovative cellulite treatment is available that produces long-lasting results.

False. The formation of cellulite has been linked to diets rich in fats or salt and sedentary lifestyles, but genetics and hormones are thought to be an overriding factor. So, even very slim, toned and fit women can develop the dreaded dimples. 2. “Cellulite is caused by fat” Only partly true. Fat is part of the problem, but not the root cause of cellulite. Underneath the skin is a network of fibrous connective bands that link the skin to the underlying muscle. When they tighten and constrict, pockets of fat are pushed up against the skin, creating lumps and bumps to form. If you gain weight, fat cells will swell, making the problem appear worse, but sadly even if you work hard to shrink down then your skin won’t necessarily smooth out.

Cellfina® releases the fibrous bands that are causing the appearance of dimples and skin looks noticeably smoother and less marked within just a couple of weeks of a one-off treatment. In a follow-up study of Cellfina® patients, three years after their initial procedure, 93% patient satisfaction was recorded.

3. “Only women can get cellulite.”

If you would like to find out more about Cellfina go to our website ( for more information. To find out if you are suitable for Cellfina®, call us on 02920 617690 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Maria Gonzalez.

Specialist Skin Clinic is one of 5 centres in the UK to offer this new and innovative treatment.

Almost true. It’s thought that only 2% of cellulite sufferers are male, as the female sex hormone oestrogen encourages the storage of subcutaneous fat in women. Men, on the other hand, only have a thinner layer of fat under the surface of the skin so are rarely affected by cellulite. 4. “Cellulite only affects older women” False. Women in their teens and early twenties can suffer from cellulite. In fact, online fashion retailer ‘missguided’ has just promised to stop editing out stretch marks and cellulite on their models to ensure a truer representation for their largely young female customer base. However, it is true that increased skin laxity can make cellulite appear worse as we age.

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are you ready to ‘book in’ for self-help? By Natalie McCulloch

You can access these books without a prescription but the scheme offers that ‘helping hand’ to narrow down the choices of books which may be most helpful to you. Whilst variety is said to be the spice of life, too much choice can sometimes be overwhelming, off putting and all together mind boggling, so ‘Book Prescription Wales’ aims to let a trusted health care professional help you to help yourself.

When you hear the word ‘prescription’ the likelihood is that images of doctors’ appointments, pharmacies, pills and potions will be conjured up. But what about tranquil quiet times reading, libraries and empowerment? The latter is what ‘Book Prescription Wales’ is revolutionising health care with. Already a highly successful scheme, Book Prescription Wales aims to help people with mild to moderate emotional problems to make use of high quality, specially selected self-help books for FREE. You don’t even have to become a member of the library to benefit.

As with any therapeutic tool, there is no guarantee it will be suited to everyone, but the reports off some participants speak for themselves. Emily Norris, 28, told me: “Reading ‘Rehabilitate, Rewire, Recover’ has helped me so much in my recovery from anorexia. Having time to read the information and let it sink in, then making the choice to bring the suggestions into my life at my own pace. It gave me a sense of empowerment and positivity regarding recovery that I had never experienced when being instructed by professionals. I think self-help books are great in letting people take charge of their recovery process in the time it feels manageable to them, therefore creating a more robust foundation on which to heal.”

The ‘Book Prescription Wales’ scheme encourages health professionals to prescribe a therapy book which is available to borrow from any branch library across Wales for an extended period of 6 weeks. The scheme includes books on many conditions and issues such as depression, memory problems, anger and low self-esteem. Families can also access beneficial books which may help them provide care/support to loved ones. The self-help book industry has really exploded in popularity over the past decade, it was estimated to be worth a phenomenal 6 million pounds in 2011 (Holder, J, 2014) and is thought to have increased since. Many of the book’s present self-help versions of types of therapies that would typically be delivered by health care professionals with exercises, self-assessments and diary sheets to be completed by the reader. They offer support, skills and solace wherever, whenever the reader needs.

What’s more, there is a strong evidence base to suggest that just the very act of reading can prove beneficial to health and wellbeing. Studies have found that reading for pleasure enhances empathy, understanding of the self, and the ability to understand one's own and others' identities, and increases overall life satisfaction (Billington, J, 2015). Indeed, research has shown that just six minutes of reading can be enough to


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reduce stress levels by more than two thirds and ease muscle tension (University of Sussex 2019).

they will not divulge any information about who is borrowing a book or what the book is about. Think of the library staff as you would think of your local pharmacist - as someone who can deliver what is prescribed with professional expertise and ethical practice.

On a personal note, I have found self-help books very useful in the past. For me it is refreshing to read a ‘lived experience’ and first-hand account of issues similar to those I face, so I tend to choose books on the basis of this. I have been sceptical at times and approached the genre with caution, but overall, I have found the books beneficial, even if only in parts. The pearls of wisdom, thought provoking insights and suggestions in these books can all form useful tools in my ‘coping’ tool kit.

This scheme doesn’t aim to replace or discourage medical services, and going to your GP is always an ideal first step for any health problem. However, it would be wonderful to get the nation reading and encouraging everyone to seek out ways to support themselves. As DH Lawrence once wrote, “One sheds one’s sickness in books” – why not give it a try and see what a dose of self-help could do for you?

You may feel self-conscious about borrowing the books but it’s important to note that, if you are given a Book Prescription Wales prescription, you can take it to the library or get someone else to take it for you. The library staff are professionals and will treat you with respect. This means that lifestylewellbeing/bookprescriptionwales


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Wales Kick Off The Championship Don't miss the action when the reigning Grand Slam Champions return to Principality Stadium to face Italy, France and Scotland next year. Wayne Pivac kicks off his first Six Nations against Italy at Principality Stadium on Saturday 1st February (2.15pm) after taking up the reins from departing head coach Warren Gatland post Rugby World Cup. Wales then heads to Dublin to take on Ireland before returning to Principality Stadium in round three to host France on Saturday nd 22 February (4.45pm). A trip to Twickenham then follows, before the tournament finale, back in Cardiff against Scotland on Saturday 14th March (2.15pm). With limited tickets remaining for France and Scotland don’t miss out when Wales kick off the Championship against Italy. Tickets are priced from £30 for adults and £20 for Under 16s. Be part of it Tickets now on sale WRU.Wales/Tickets 1

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little fizz & party fizz - celebrating 13 years of award winning preschool classes and children’s party entertainment

This year we are celebrating 13 years of Award Winning Preschool Classes, Children’s Party Entertainment and Fun Filled Family Events! Those amazing 13 years have been incredibly hard work but filled with smiles, laughter friendship, love and happy memories. If you have yet to experience our classes, parties and events, here’s a little about what we do.

to build on week by week. We adapt our themes and activities according to individual needs and group dynamics, to ensure each child is able to enjoy and benefit from the class. Behind all that we do is a wealth of experience and an understanding and love for little ones! Find out more about Little Fizz, read fantastic reviews and book a Taster Class at: Party Fizz provides fun filled, stress free Children’s Party Entertainment (ages 0-8) Our talented, energetic, enthusiastic and caring entertainers will make your child's birthday special! We have a huge range of themes, games activities and music to suit different age groups, age ranges and abilities and personalities! Options include: Disco, Party Dances, Glitter Tattoos, Musical Games, Princess Parties, Snow Machine, Party Games, Bubbles, Parachute Games, Treasure Hunts and fun with props – hula hoops, pom pons, dance ribbons, light up toys, puppets, silly hats etc. Visit

Little Fizz Classes (age 0-4) Little Fizz is all about having fun and learning through music, movement and play within a relaxed, caring and welcoming atmosphere. Our classes are lively, imaginative and interactive to engage each child - and for parents /carers to enjoy the fun and laughter too! Each 1 hr session comprises of an ideal combination of 40-minute class and 20-minute chat/play and refreshments. Adults and children enjoy the social element and its lovely to see friendships form and last. Our activities are fun and entertaining, encourage interaction and provide inspiration for play at home.

Party Fizz Family Events for Halloween, Christmas, Easter and Summer are hugely popular! We are running 9 Halloween Parties (ages 0-8) this year from 29th-31st October at our Roath Park venue and at Cardiff and The Talent Shack. If you are quick you may get one of the last spaces before they disappear! Tickets available at

Our carefully designed activities provide little ones with an array of developmental opportunities and encouragement whilst recognizing that all children develop differently, and learn best whilst having fun! We have developed a repertoire of exciting and engaging activities (action songs, games, movement and dance, sensory exploration, parachute games, imaginary play) as well as a HUGE collection of fun props! Each half term we have a new Learning Theme

Thanks to Louise and Mark at Cardiff Times for all the support throughout the last 13 years!


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Half Term and Halloween National roman legion museum The Romans Are Back in Town! After being closed for 13 months, the National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon is re-opening to the public on Thursday 24th October, just in time for half term! With essential roof maintenance completed, the museum is pleased to be offering the same great, Roman experience as ever. Come along and step back in time to explore life in a far-flung outpost of the mighty Roman Empire. The Museum lies within the ruins of the Roman fortress which offers the only remains of a Roman Legionary barracks on view anywhere in Europe plus the most complete Amphitheatre in Britain. See the award-wining educational facilities, a family fun area full of activities and an exciting programme of events throughout the year. Visit between 26th October and 2nd November for a fun filled half term and some Haunting Halloween activities. Meet the Roman Doctor to hear all about Roman Medicines and surgeries from the strange to the gruesome, but beware he doesn’t try some out on you! Are you brave enough to listen to creepy Roman tales of spooks and hauntings? If you think you are, come along and meet a Roman resident who has plenty of chilling stories and tales to share. Chat to the Roman soldier in the Barrack Room and find out more about the life of a Roman soldier in Isca. Did you know that Antefixas, a Roman tile with a scary face, were put on the edge of roofs to scare away evils spirits and offer protection to houses? Come along and make your own Antefixa to scare away the spooks, ghosts and goblins! Booking and a small charge applies to some activities. For more details visit:

Forte school of music With the weather getting colder, you might be on the lookout for something to do with your little pumpkins indoors. Forte School of Music’s early years programme includes Jungle Music lessons for babies and toddlers aged from 6 months to 3½ years, and Music is Fun for 3½ to 5 year olds. In Jungle Music, children explore the different concepts of music with the help of songs, rhymes, percussion instruments, puppets and props. With topics such as Forest Friends and Under the Sea, each lesson is filled with exciting things to do and see and the parents have as much fun as the children. For pre-school age and Reception age children, Music is Fun is an exciting way for them to start learning an instrument. Introducing them to the piano, the course develops foundation music skills in fun lessons that will even have them composing their own masterpieces. So, this Autumn, if you’re thinking about music education for your little ones, come along to Forte School of Music for a free taster lesson and see how much fun learning music can be! Tel 029 20631340

Pugh’s garden Village Spooktacular Children’s Halloween Workshops at Pugh’s Garden Village Radyr & Wenvoe! Dare to visit the Haunted Woodland Lodge?! Bring the kids to the Half Term Halloween Spooktacular and take part in the wicked workshop plus fun Halloween games and ghost hunt! Freaky Fancy Dress is highly encouraged! Dates running: Tuesday 29th October, Wednesday 30th October, Thursday 31st October, Friday 1st November. Come along to the ‘Spooky Skeleton Succulents’ workshop or alternatively come and make some ‘Pine Cone Pets’! Priced from £6. Be brave as you enter the lodge as it may have some creepy crawly keeping you company. Spaces must be booked in advance, please visit the website, if you dare:

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Techniquest Be prepared for the most eerie events and ghostly goings-on at Techniquest over the half term! For younger visitors between 5-8, take a walk with the friendly ghosts to crack the code and unlock the mystery box; or see the Star Tours (for under 12s) in the magnificent planetarium, discovering the thousands of galaxies and looking out for exploding stars! For older visitors (12+) prepare for a scare as you face your fears through the immersive planetarium experience! Do spiders make you scream? Do snakes make your skin crawl? Face them head-on and discover the true science behind our fears! All general admission includes entry to the Spooky Science Show – learn the science behind some bat-crazy facts and feast your eyes and experience truly Spooktacular!* Techniquest is open 10am to 5pm every day from Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November. *General admission includes entry to the Spooky Science Show. All other shows/workshops must be purchased on entry at an additional cost. For more information:

Llys isan retirement living plus NO TRICKS, ONLY TREATS! RETIREMENT LIVING AT ITS BEST With night’s drawing in, temperatures dropping and winter on its way, Llanishen retirees are being offered the opportunity to take a closer look at McCarthy and Stone’s exclusive Llys Isan Retirement Living Plus development this Halloween, where there won’t be a trick in sight! Comprising 49 one and two-bedroom privately-owned apartments exclusively for the over 70s, Llys Isan offers Llanishen retirees the opportunity to maintain an independent lifestyle, whilst also having access to tailored domestic and personal assistance packages to help them manage their day-to-day lives – and with an on-site bistro providing freshly cooked meals. It also features a homeowners’ lounge, ideal for socialising with friends, beautifully landscaped gardens in which to relax; and a convenient guest suite should friends or family come to stay. An Estates Manager is on hand to provide any help or support should they need it, and flexible care packages are on offer too. Those who visit the development are invited to meet the Llys Isan Estates Team, ask any questions to its friendly sales team, take a tour of the stunning show complex and see all those extra special facilities that are on offer at this beautiful development. The village location of Llanishen is an idyllic place to downsize to. Homeowners will be within close proximity of a variety of shops and local amenities and, with the village’s leisure centre located next door, homeowners will have plenty of activities literally on the doorstep. Within a short stroll of the development is Llanishen Park, while Llanishen reservoir is a pleasant 30 minute walk away, and is home to a variety of ducks and geese. To find out more about Retirement Living Plus in Llanishen please call 0800 201 4741 or visit

St fagans national museum of history Halloween is drawing near, and it’s time to bring your little goblins and ghouls to the St Fagans National Museum of History for a night of frightfully good family fun. Make your way around the Museum to find our host of ghostly guests. They’re straight out of the weirdest pages of Welsh folklore – will you be brave enough to knock on the doors and see who’s home? Each night the Wicker Man will burn. Celebrate as summer turns to winter and make a wish as the sparks fly high! There’ll be spooky stories from the pulpit in Penrhiw Chapel and around the witch’s cauldron in Oakdale. Drop into our creepy craft workshops for pumpkin carving, willow wand making and more before writing your own special magic spell in the Schoolhouse. Halloween Nights takes place on 29-31 October, 6pm-9pm and is suitable for families with children age 4-12. All tickets must be purchased in advance from

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Books To Look Out For in October The Children’s Block by Otto B Kraus

It’s The Little Things: The Pocket Pigs’ Guide To Living Your Best Life

Alex Ehren is a poet, a prisoner and a teacher in block 31 in AuschwitzBirkenau, the children’s block. He spends his days trying to survive while illegally giving lessons to his young charges while shielding them as best he can from the impossible horrors of the camp. But trying to teach the children is not the only illicit activity that Alex is involved in. Alex is keeping a diary$

Combining the irresistible sweetness of the Pocket pigs of Pennywell Farm with inspirational words of wisdom about embracing all that life has to offer, It’s The Little things is packed with adorable miniature pig appreciation. Heart-melting images of the pocket pigs of Pennywell Farm in Devon - lounging on tiny beach chairs, getting creative with paint, nuzzling with other farm animals, popping out of flower bushes - are paired with quotes on creativity, fearlessness and actions to inspire you to live your best life.

Originally published as ‘The Painted Wall’, Otto B Kraus’s autobiographical novel tells the true story of 500 Jewish children who lived in the Czech Family Camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau between September 1943 and June 1944. Available 17th October: Paperback £8.99

Fantastic Female Adventurers by Lily Dyu Fantastic Female Adventurers is a collection of 14 exciting and inspirational stories about the women that do. Follow them on their incredible journeys around the globe. Ski to the North Pole with Ann Daniels while watching out for polar bears and lethal cracks in the ice. Experience the thrill of racing down rocky Himalayan trails with champion runner Mira Rai. Sail the oceans with Ellen MacArthur, the girl who saved up her lunch money to buy her first boat. You’ll even fly into space with Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman. Available now: Paperback £12.99

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The Great Brain Robbery by P.G. Bell From the impossible mind that brought us the much acclaimed The train to Impossible Places comes a rollicking new adventure with Suzy, Wilmot, and the rest of the crew of the Impossible Postal Express. Suzy can’t wait to return to the Union of Impossible Places and carry on her duties as a Postal Operative. But when she arrives, she overhears a dastardly plan to destroy Trollville, from a shadowy and unexpected villain. Suzy and her friends must race from magical cloud-worlds to secret cavers to catch the culprit, before Trollville comes crashing down$ Available from 3rd October: Hardback £12.99

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“in the words of…” By Carl Marsh

The second and third pages (of interviews) have brief interview pieces with all four of the BAFTA Breakthrough nominees - Cai Morgan for various, Jamie Jones for Obey, Seren Jones for Zimbabwe, Taid a Fi and Steffan Cennydd for Enid a Lucy. I have decided to alter the layout and content for this month as I have conducted a lot more interviews than usual, and it's also the fantastic BAFTA Cymru Awards Ceremony in October, the 13th October to be exact. To be held again at the sublime St David's Hall and hosted by Huw Stephens, once again. For this month, I have had to add an extra interview' page to replace the usual reviews one. I hope you don't mind; it will be 'business as usual' from next month!

Page four of interviews has an interview with Dan O'Neill, who along with co-founder Isaac Rice created the Wilderland Film Festival. It is the UK's first-ever touring wildlife film festival which will be in theatres nationwide and at Chapter in Cardiff on Thursday 10th October. It will showcase short films from the natural world and bring them to the big screen. I am sticking with the natural world theme, Doug Allan, who is a multi-award-winning wildlife photographer/ cameraman and has worked with Sir David Attenborough on Blue Planet and Planet Earth amongst others. He has a show in Treorchy at the Park and Dare Theatre on Friday 18th October.

When it has come to things that I did since we last went to print, I had my first ever radio interview. I appeared on Stifyn Parri's Radio Cardiff Monday 1 pm show at the end of August, and Stifyn asked me about my life and journey to how I ended up writing for Cardiff Times.

The last page has pop legend Midge Ure talking about his upcoming gig at Tramshed on Friday 11th October. He will be playing the entire Ultravox album, Vienna, in its entirety, for the first time. He will also be playing songs that he wrote during his time in the band Visage.

Early in September, my daughter and I went to a pub/ restaurant in St Brides Major, which is about 25 minutes from Cardiff, just near to Bridgend. It has recently been taken over, and the menu is all home-cooked. I spoke to one of the owners who told me that they had only been open a few days, and the menu was going to be getting bigger and bigger. I had one of the specials, which was the monkfish, which came with triple-cooked chips. My daughter went for the children’s beef burger, which she said was the tastiest she had ever eaten. My monkfish was divine. It's well worth the journey out of Cardiff.

And then for the music aficionado's amongst us, Penguin Cafe is performing at St David's Hall on Sunday 6th October. I spoke to the founder, Arthur Jeffes, at length about his passion for music. Enjoy!


Until next month,

On my first page of interviews, I got to chat with Hannah Raybould, who is the Director at BAFTA Cymru. It was interesting to find out how the nominees are selected and how that BAFTA Cymru seems to excel itself, year after year.

Carl Marsh Twitter - @InTheWordsOf_ Facebook - @InTheWordsOf


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Hannah Raybould - Director At Bafta Cymru

direction, it's better than last year and the year before, marginally.

How impressive is the list of nominee's for this year's BAFTA Cymru?

I noticed that Keeping Faith had been nominated for one award only, that may come as a bit of a surprise when most people see the nominations list, wouldn't you agree?

We are pleased because we have had the highest number of entries to date, so it means that it's not all about BAFTA Cymru, it's about the people that we celebrate and it shows that the industry seems to be in a really good place. We also worked out that there are (more than) 60 productions that have been recognised, yet last year there were only 40 something. It just shows that it is quite a broad list even with a few getting five or six recognitions. There are also quite a lot that are only getting maybe one, or two. Obviously, the actor and the actress categories this year are pretty outstanding because they are people that are recognised internationally at being at the top of their game, but with Celyn Jones, this is his first nomination for actor. Jodie Whittaker gets her first BAFTA nomination, even though you may think surely not, until you look through the list and realise, so I think it's lovely that we always tend to have recognition for new nominees, and it's not still the people who you would expect to see on the list. It's quite an eclectic mix, we have 19 first time nominations this year, which is quite high, but it's not the highest that it's ever been. It just shows that new people are coming through and that the industry is getting that sort of fresh blood, and hopefully encouraging more people to go into the industry.

They're not eligible this year, so next year they will come back in. It depends on the category; it depends on when it gets made and (also) when it gets transmitted. Last year we had series one, and then series two came out too late for this year. So all of the things (on this years list) were on our screens up to the end of March 2019, so anything you've seen in the last six months will be eligible for next year. I think people might query it because we've got one nomination for Keeping Faith for make-up, but it's a rollover from last year as the make-up category didn't run. So those entries rolled over to this year. When it comes to the selection process, do you all at BAFTA Cymru lock yourselves away to watch all of these entries? We don't do anything. Basically, what happens is that we get entries and we check that they are eligible, so they have to fit all of our criteria. Any categories with 12 or more go to our membership to vote and to cut them down. Then they go to an industry jury where we have 144 jury members. There are 24 categories and five jurors apiece; they all have to be un-conflicted, which can be interesting. And we get a new group every year, so we don't use the same jurors as the previous year. They look at the long list, and then they decide on the shortlist and the winner. That all happens in July. They are all selected by being members of BAFTA, or if they work in the industry, so we will make sure for the costume design award we get costume designers considering the work of costume designers. They can't have any connection with any of the nominations.

Are there any key points that stand out for you this year? There are some nice facts such as we've got the first male make-up nominee in ten years, we've got the first female camera person in drama, as far as we can see, since we started, so there are these little nods. The female to male ratio is 35/65, so it is going in the right


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BAFTA Breakthrough Nominee’s 2019

You've been on some reality to non-reality journey since you graduated from Swansea University to working on The X-Factor and to be now making movies?

Cai Morgan - Various

Yeah [laughs], its a funny kind of trajectory, I guess. But a lot of it really, was a necessity as I had to earn and I had to get the work where I could get it. I always wanted to make and direct drama features, that was always my ambition, but you pick up quite a lot of interesting things (along the way). The main thing was making sure that you (I) was directing trashy TV or whatever it is as long as you are always presenting yourself as a director, that for me was always important. I always called myself a director even though I felt like a fraud, and still do! Does it sound like your destiny was always to become 'that' director?

You are nominated for 'Various', so does that mean you are a 'Jack of all trades' then Cai?

Well I have been lucky in that some of my documentaries have been commissioned by the BBC. That was my voice as a director but when you are working on The X-Factor, there is not much you can do as a director, you just have to do what they tell you to do. Even with that (show), it was always good practice just to be shooting stuff and getting coverage of scenes. I know it sounds funny, but it's better than being sat doing an office job wishing I was a director, at least I was still operating cameras.

[Laughs] Maybe yeah but with the job that I do, I produce a lot of content online. I don't produce TV programmes or films that go out in cinemas, and my audience is on the internet. That could be a 15 minute film about Ketnipz (A teenage cartoonist who takes Instagram by storm) for S4C, or a short film about (a guy) called Biggie for BBC Three (another social media star), which also went out online (and had millions of views); it's all for young audiences on the internet. So I think that's why I am down for 'Various'!

For yourself as a director, is it in cinematography where your passion lies based on what reviewers have applauded you for with past and current projects?

I bet you have other projects you have been involved with that may add to that 'Various' label? For the last two to three years, I have been one of the producers for Hansh, which is S4C's digital online channel which is a bit like BBC Three. It's content for young people aged 16-34 years old, and it is factual, comedy and all different kinds of short-form content. We also produce podcasts, and that has been quite a big thing as it's grown from a quiet channel where we created only a couple of items a week to now having content going out every single day. We've got something like upwards of 35,000 followers, which for a Welsh language channel for young people, that has been amazing.

I wouldn't say it was the first and foremost, but I would say for me I've become more interested in writing, of late. One of my passions has always been the acting, but I have always had a camera, and I've often shot stuff myself, but that was mostly out of necessity due to not being able to afford it, or I wanted a specific style, and I found it easier just doing it myself. I have definitely spent my younger years obsessing over the camera side of things a lot more, as I think people tend to do when they are younger. As I have gotten on (in my career), I have become more and more interested in writing because you can't do much without a good story.

Do you think you will be doing a lot of the diverse stuff working across all different entertainment platforms in the future, or do you want to stick to one type of medium like film making or podcasts? I just love the internet. It's a gateway to your audience, so by producing content online, I don't have to depend on people to tune in at 7 pm on a Sunday night, or whatever, I can make a piece of content right now, put it out, and if it is any good, millions of people will watch it. So that for me, as someone who loves making content, whether that be taking a photo or writing something or recording a podcast with someone, using the internet as a way to get that out to world, for me, is amazing.


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BAFTA Breakthrough Nominee’s 2019 (continued)

Steffan Cennydd - Enid a Lucy

Seren Jones - Zimbabwe, Taid a Fi

When did you develop the acting bug?

By being a journalist, I bet you never expected to be nominated for such an accolade as a BAFTA Breakthrough Award?

I did a show in my last year of school, and it was there when I thought to myself 'Do you know what, I'd like to do this', and that is what set me off, to be honest. The school show was the last push for me as I had been doing Youth Theatre in Carmarthen up until then, so I went for it, yeah.

No, I wasn't, to be honest. It was a brilliant experience to be able to get the opportunity to go and film a documentary abroad as I was only in my first year of (working in) journalism. It happened unexpectedly, but I just kind of went with it and I enjoyed it, then when it aired, it was fantastic, but I thought that was it. This BAFTA nomination is just like a bonus, it's a plus really, and I was extremely grateful that it has been recognised. How did your involvement in the documentary all come about, did you do all of the research yourself or jump on-board with the project when it was all being planned out?

Didn't you win the Richard Burton Prize at the National Eisteddfod for your acting before you to went to acting college?

What happened was, Robert Mugabe, who recently has just passed away was ousted (from power) in November 2017 and by then I'd actually moved to London, I was working at the (BBC) World Service when Radio Cymru contacted me first and said "Because of what's happened in Zimbabwe, would you mind doing a couple of live interviews on the radio, and a couple of radio packages?" I said "Yes, of course", it's great for me to do that stuff, so I went in on my days off and did that. They went out on air, and it got excellent feedback and one of the people who gave me some input was my former TV editor. She said that she'd liked it on the radio, it was brilliant, but let's do something for TV.

Yes, it was the summer before I went off to London, it was a nice little boost before I went away [laughs]. You're nominated for your TV role in Enid a Lucy, but you've done a lot of theatre work, do you see yourself doing both or one over the other, going forward? I don't know as it comes in waves really, but the TV job came after a year of doing theatre where I had been around the world doing Shakespeare with The Globe Theatre. So coming back to Wales to do the series (Enid a Lucy) and playing that part was a world away. That is the fantastic part of doing a job like this is the variety, and you will never know what you will end up doing. That is the challenge though, you've got to learn there and then how to act for screen and to work on a TV set. It was all about learning on the job; it (really) was all a baptism of fire for me.

Did you know then that it was with you being in front of the camera in Zimbabwe? I actually thought she meant a TV package from the UK, like an explainer or basically something similar to what I had done on radio but for TV. She wanted to chat, so I went back home to Cardiff, and it turned out she meant for me to fly out (to Zimbabwe) and do the documentary, so I was saying "Of course, I will go, I will go!". And we were the first BBC team and international team outside of the continent to go back into Zimbabwe.

So have you been doing more TV work since Enid a Lucy was filmed? I really got the taste for it on Enid a Lucy, I really loved it. Since that (show) I've now done, after doing a year of theatre, a year of filming which started with Enid a Lucy. I got the bug, and I told my agent that I love this because every day is different on a set. What's fantastic about the theatre is that you can go again and again, and try every night to find 'the' performance and give 'that' story, but on a set when you are filming, every day feels like a building block into what will eventually become what the programme or film that people will see. I just fell in love with that and that way of working.


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Doug Allan

Dan O’Neill - Wilderland Film Festival

What can the audience expect from coming to hear you talk on your tour? Well, if you are one of these people that enjoys these ten minutes that come along at the end of a programme, then my show is an expansion of that. It covers my experiences of being underwater and topside in both the Poles, across the Tropics and also around some of the other stuff that I do. While I may have a name and a face to do with the wildlife, I've been filming for the last 35 'odd' years, and within that time I've done commercials and travelogues, science documentaries and things like that. So there are stories from all of those as well as a long term perspective over things like climate change. I've done lots of work on the Poles, so I've seen the changes for myself. So I hope that is all wrapped together in an entertaining but informative couple of hours worth. Will you be talking about how you got into this industry?

How did you get to be doing this wonderful job that you have?

Yes, that sort of stuff. I always have a lively Q&A session at the end of it where people can ask me whatever they want. And I can bet that there is still someone that says "You've got a dream job, how can I do it?". And I get everything from 14 year olds to 45 year olds who are maybe going through a mid-life crisis [laughs]. I am happy to give out any advice that I can.

I studied zoology at university and then I worked as a research biologist primarily in the Amazon, and also in the Yucatan. Then off the back of that, my life has always been about travelling and learning about what is happening within conservation. That's kind of what led me towards TV because I drove a motorbike all through South East Asia learning about the illegal wildlife trade a few years ago, most specifically about turtles because people always overlook freshwater turtles because they are kind of ugly, and not really sexy, but they are incredibly endangered in lots of places. Vietnam was a big one for me as I spent a lot of time there.

You've hit the nail on the head there as I am 46 and my daughter is still at school, and we both are respectful and curious in what you do, did you have to go to university? [Laughs] Well suddenly for the youngsters, it's a wide-open world out there, and there is more wildlife getting filmed at the moment than anything else. And me, well, I am entirely all self-taught. I started on stills when I worked in the Antarctic, and it was a chance meeting with David Attenborough and a film crew back in 1981. I just worked for them for a couple of days, and I thought at the end, 'Boy, this cameraman is doing everything that I like, he is travelling the world, working with wildlife, etcA', even though I hadn't picked up a movie camera at that point. Admittedly the equipment was a bit simpler in those days, technically, so there we are, but I will happily talk to your daughter if she feels that way inclined.

What made you want to set up the film festival with Isaac Rice? After Vietnam, I applied for this Masters in Wildlife Film Making, in partnership with the BBC, having absolutely no belief whatsoever that I would be accepted, as there are only 16 people they let on. And that is where I met Isaac, which was here in Bristol. Then from doing that (course), we saw these amazing short films that we being brought out of this Master's program that was broadcast quality and we realised that people were only seeing them in this industry. The general public is not seeing them, so these fantastic conservation stories are being told in 12 to 20 minutes, but they are not reaching a broader audience. So we thought the best thing to do was if someone made a film festival that toured, and you could watch loads of them. We were actually at a rock climbing centre in Bristol thinking about why are we not doing it! So it was right there and then that we decided "Let's do this!". We started it all from our bedrooms whilst doing our Masters.


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Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Arthur Jeffes

Why have you decided to wait until now to play the Ultravox album Vienna in its entirety?

Didn't you go to Greenland to get some inspiration for some of the tracks on this new album?

It wasn't something that was on Ultravox's radar. We got back together again around ten years ago to go on tour, and I am sure we discussed it then, but nobody wanted to take it any further. We didn't know what we were doing, and since then we have all gone on our separate ways again, so for me, it seemed to make sense that I celebrated 1980, as it marks the Vienna album and the first Visage album which both came out in 1980. For me it was about that year and the change in technology, it was about synthesisers appearing in music and this combination of instrumentation. So everything changed for me in 1980. In a way, it's cathartic to play those things for the first time in nearly 40 years doing the Vienna album and the first time probably ever doing chunks of the first Visage album. It also reminds people of what you've done in the past.

Yes, it was quite a bizarre project for the BBC. BBC Two had got together with the Discovery Channel, and we recreated Scott's Expedition to the Antarctic using the original equipment. But seeing as you can't take dogs in Antarctica anymore, so we did it in Greenland. I am not a massive outdoors person, and I don't have any background in it but my friend, who is an expedition doctor and was doing a lot of that at the time, so he was on the team. Then somebody dropped out, and my friend knew that my great-grandmother had been married to Captain Scott before she was married to my great-grandfather. And so in this slightly strange kind of way, my entire family owes it's existence to Scott failing to return! [laughs]. So when my friend asked if I wanted to go on this 'thing', I didn't really know what it was, and he also didn't realise how little I had been camping ‘before’ [laughs]. We did this crazy three months on the ice but for days on end when the wind went away, it was complete silence to be able to be thinking about music the entire time.

Do you find that some people are still unaware of some of the stuff that you have written? I became aware of that when I did a tour with The Human League last year and I opened up for them. I walked on stage, and the constant comment I would get back was "God, I've forgotten how many things you'd written", or "I'd no idea that you'd played the guitar", or "God, you can still sing!" [laughs]. And I was like "Really!". So there is an entire audience out there who is off your radar, so by pulling them back into reminding them of what you've done in the past, it's a great way to get on board with what you are doing now. So that's not a bad thing to do.

Being devoid of sound must have made the creativity flow in your head but has that been the best experience you have had when being able to create music? That was the time when I decided that I would come back and really do compositions, so I went off to Goldsmiths (University of London) to a Masters of Composition after that. Then I think it was that experience that made me realise that this is what I wanted to do. It was a 'language' that I am better at than anything else. That is where I found the necessary confidence to grapple with being a composer. Was it always inevitable that you would follow in your fathers footsteps?


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For me, there is a huge continuity that for me playing with the Penguin Cafe Orchestra to what we call Penguin Cafe now, it's very much based on what my dad was doing. It is a responsibility that I am keenly aware to not muddy the footprint that he left but at the same time, we play a lot of his music. We try and explore different bits of the landscape but we try and stay true to the aesthetic that he had. And it was the central part of my musical education! [Laughs]

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“And Another Thing…….”

By Vince Nolan

misplaced pride and greenland closure with the loss of 200 shipyard workers who had worked there for generations. Baffling.

Away for the weekend recently in our beloved Appledore, Devon. Walking with She for protection, through the congested quayside car park to our favourite local pub, when an old lady drove up alongside me, whizzed her window down and said:

Our beloved Prime Minister has been banging on recently about law and order so I thought I would set you this puzzler. What do these items represent?

“Are you coming out?” Without missing a beat I said to her: “As a practising heterosexual I have no inclination to come out,” but thanked her for her interest. We left behind a bemused octogenarian who wondered how her enquiry about a parking space had led to a complete stranger publicly affirming his sexuality. Couldn’t resist it and we laughed all the way to The Beaver, Inn.

A salt with a deadly weapon, boom, boom (no that’s two bombs). I am as fed up with Brexit as the next man or woman but I think we are now truly plumbing the lowest depths. The levels of incompetence and inaccuracy have achieved Trumphal status. A report was recently leaked by a former Minister, to the Press, about the potential outcome of a no deal agreement. In response a Senior Whitehall official said: “These are reasonable scenarios not worst-case ones.” Same day, Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster said: “This leaked report is a worst-case scenario.” Glad we cleared that up then. Is it me of is there more than a passing resemblance between comedy funster Michael Gove and Harry Enfield?

You may have read that the race to design and build a new generation of Royal Navy frigates was won by a consortium led by Babcock. The firm has been awarded the £1.25bn contract for five Type 31 warships. All good news. Prime Minister Boris said: "This is an industry with a deep and visceral connection to so many parts of the UK and to the Union itself. My Government will do all it can to develop this aspect of our heritage and the men and women who make up its workforce - from apprentices embarking on a long career, to those families who have worked in shipyards for generations." Hmm, plenty of appropriate jingoism there Mr B, but your Government last year was unable to place sufficient business with the Babcock Shipyard at Appledore, to prevent its

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Saw a note pinned to an office door: “This door is alarmed.” Some wag had added the following: “The window is startled and the floor is somewhat taken aback too.”

I had written a lengthy rant about Brexit to be inserted here but frankly things are changing so rapidly that whatever I would have said would have been old hat. However, sign in a bookshop window: “Please note, the post-apocalyptic fiction section has been moved to current affairs.”

I read with great interest that Mr Trumpton wanted to buy Greenland and has now refused to go on a State Visit to Denmark by way of sulking having been turned down. Not sure he realised that there was any historical connection between the two places. Having thought deeply about all this, it seems to me that he probably thought that Greenland was a supermarket chain like Iceland so that makes more sense now?

Paddy took two scruffy stuffed dogs to the Antiques Roadshow. “Ooh!” said the presenter, “These are a very rare breed, do you have any idea what they would fetch if they were in good condition?” “Sticks” said Paddy. Last week the current Mrs Nolan opened the batting with an executive German car company on behalf of one of her gang members who wanted to extend the lease terms on his getaway vehicle. This is a verbatim copy of the lease company’s response to her request:

I was minding my own business in our local hostelry, The Eavesdroppers Ears, and witnessed a most odious bloke on a blind date. Local girl, judging by the accent, very down to earth and very nice, had the great misfortune to be sat opposite this bumpkin. His conversation went something like this: “Of course I’ve never lived in a city. The deer walk through my garden every day. I have beams, inglenook fireplace etc as it used to be part of a monastery don’t you know.” Quite surprising that he was not spoken for with so much going for him, I thought. Apart from being a liar judging by the old car he alighted from in the car park he struck me as a PPP (Pretence of Pedigree and Penniless). The conversation between the couple did not last long and the lady had a lucky escape, from the country.

“Thank you for contacting us. Further to your email, unfortunetly the papewrwork you have signed and returned isnt valid, for me to advise you furhter can you please supply the below details. In the mean time I have sent the valid papewrwork to the email address that was provided for the orgional quotation to be sent to. If I can be of any further assistance, please feel free to contact us.” Where do Istart? Any presteege korprate shud not bee in businknees if this is what thay sends out.

Finally, let’s turn to rugby and the Rugby World Cup in Japan where Son and overdraft has been taking a well-earned rest. I thought I knew much of what there was to know about rugby but was flummoxed watching the recent Japan game on TV. Towards the end of the match some martial arts guys ran onto the pitch and started fighting. Not a pitch invasion. Apparently there was two minutes of Ninjary Time.

Suffice to say The Boss made it patently clear to said business that correct spelling was not an option and placed her business elsewhere. Seems to be a global issue and this is a college!


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the colliery cat and the manager - part one By Sara John business, not at all a smoothly business. Nothing at all like weeding the front garden or making custard. There were lots of other cats in the village and Cyril knew them all. Oscar was a ginger allover cat who worked in the Post Office preventing the mice from munching the stamps, in particular the 2 shillings and 6 pence purple ones kept for very heavy parcels. Topsy was a black cat who lived with Miss Williams and her sister the other Miss Williams. The sisters did not like Topsy being out after dark, as no one could ever find her because of her colour. But then as Alexandre Dumas once said, All cats are grey at night”. Topsy worried about “it” being late whatever “it” was. Sometimes the other cats played tricks on her just because she was a girl. They would say, ‘Miss Williams has been looking for you and calling your name and saying “it is late” in very squeaky voices’. The smallest cat around was Buster Kitten who lived with Ron the carpenter and his family. Buster Kitten followed Cyril everywhere, picking up tips on how to be the best of Colliery Cats, and asking lots of questions about the handbook (or pawbook) that Cyril was compiling on ‘Furthering Career Prospects for Colliery Cats’. Buster Kitten, although he tried very hard, still could not understand Cyril’s mostly Jungian approach to working in close harmony with a colliery manager and his 1001 daily concerns, weekly figures, monthly returns, quarterly summaries and annual reports. Cyril was, of course, an exceptional cat, but, as Mr Davies frequently commented to Mrs Davies, “aren’t they all?”

Cyril the Colliery Cat was employed, a long time ago, at a coal mine in the Rhondda valley as a rodent operative. His job was to keep the colliery site, as a whole, free of all unwanted animals such as mice, rats, frogs, giraffes, crocodiles and kangaroos. There were very few frogs at the pit except at the big pond in the summer time. There were no giraffes at all. The mice kept themselves to themselves and no one had seen a crocodile for ages and ages. Bert the colliery blacksmith occasionally saw a stray kangaroo but this was usually on his way home from the “Colliers Arms” and he had never mentioned this to anyone else, least of all to his wife, Brenda.

Early one beautiful autumn morning Mr Davies went to get the post from the front door mat. Nothing very interesting really except the electricity bill for £1.19.11, a letter from Mrs Davies’ sister in Caerphilly, and a plain white envelope addressed to himself. He sat back down at the table and while Mrs Davies read out bits of her sister’s letter, a habit that annoyed him considerably, he worked out the cost of the units of electricity in case there had been a miscalculation.

Cyril was very effective at his job and was a great favourite with Mr Davies, the Manager. He was a grey cat about five years old and Mr Davies had bought him one Saturday morning in the market in Pontypridd when he was a kitten, snow white in those early days, and was very impressed with the way he had quickly learnt his name. Cyril spent a lot of time with Mr Davies on the colliery, either in his office doing his rounds and making sure everything was going smoothly.

At the same time he ate up his porridge. He had porridge every morning for his breakfast because if you are colliery manager, as Mr Davies was, you needed a good breakfast inside you as you can never know what the day has in store. He had forgotten all about the white envelope until he was leaving the house, so he picked it up and put it in his pocket to take with him. “Darrow de,” he said as he left the house, “It looks like rain, I had better take my brolly.” It rained a lot in the

Sometimes nothing at all went smoothly because getting coal out of the ground is a dark and dangerous


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Rhondda Valley, and if it was not already raining it always looked as if it would be, later on. All that sweet Welsh mountain rain kept the hillsides a special lush green.

have a short snooze and dream of a nice slice of salmon until Mr Davies has finished sorting his mail.’ At the appointed time, usually about 10-30, Mr Davies had a nice cup of strong tea with two sugars, brought to him by Mrs Jones who ran the canteen. He always had the milk served separately in a little jug, and when Mrs Jones had gone back to her jobs he would pour Cyril a nice drink of milk in a saucer. Mr Davies did not want to do this little act in front of anyone else but he valued Cyril’s company, as being a colliery manager is a very lonely job. He told Cyril about the dinner invitation and how much he enjoyed the company of others who did the same job as he did. Very much like Cyril seeking out other cats and discussing mouse matters with them.

As he reached the colliery gates it had started to rain quite heavily and Cyril, who normally waited for him, had gone to shelter on the office windowsill in the dry. Cyril hated the rain. He loathed getting his paws wet in the puddles and he did not like getting drips on his back and, as for having a wet tail, well, you can just imagine what that was like! The other cats usually stayed in their own quarters until the rain stopped. Sometimes they stared out of the window at the drips and composed poetry or little songs in their heads. Buster Kitten, the youngest of the gang, tried to think up good jokes to send to the ‘Beano’ or the ‘Dandy’, such as, what is green and lives up the chimney? But he could never think of the answer. The only one he ever worked out at both ends was, ‘what is red and lies upside down in the gutter?’ Answer, ‘A dead bus’. But none of the other cats thought it was funny.

When Mr Davies went home that evening, he took out his navy blue three piece suit, from the wardrobe, all smelling of mothballs, that he kept for special occasions. Sometimes these were sad times such as a funeral, and sometimes happy times such as weddings and dinners. He hung the suit up in the spare bedroom to air until the 14th of September, the day of the dinner.

When Cyril entered the office he welcomed the warmth of the coal fire and the comfortable smell of tobacco, Mr Davies smoked a pipe but only rarely at home. Cyril settled himself on his Welsh woolen blanket inside a nice clean cardboard box from the local Co-op. It had once held clean and wholesome boxes of cereal so had no lingering smell of Omo, Green Fairy soap or onions.

During that week he called in to Bill the barber next door to the Co-op for a short back and sides, his favourite style, in fact his only style. Cyril and the other cats were glad they never had to endure haircuts. They considered themselves quite superior to dogs and sheep in this matter, as various village dogs had their coats clipped in the summer months, and as for the sheep! Well, about the end of July each year they would be rounded up and shorn. Next day they would be skulking around the back lanes, avoiding the general public and would be very upset about their appearance. They felt as though they were out in public wearing only their vests, and very short, shrunken vests at that.

Mr Davies went through his mail, prior to them going on the rounds of the colliery premises together. As Mr Davies felt in his pocket for his Swan Vesta matches, he remembered the unopened envelope. He slit open the envelope with his paper knife - a present from Porthcawl, and he realised what it was. It was a very posh engraved invitation to a dinner at the Institute of Mining Engineers in Cardiff. There were no ladies invited, or wives for that matter, and there were certainly no female Mining Engineers except, so Mr Davies had read in the ‘Readers Digest’, faraway in Russia. “Best Place,” had been the comment from the other side of the table when he had mentioned it at a Union Liaison Meeting.

At odd times Mr Davies would think about his trip to Cardiff for the dinner and would wonder about the menu and who he would be sitting next to. Last year it was Mr Williams from Big Pit and they had great time together. In fact, Cyril’s ears must have been burning because he was mentioned in their conversation. Mr Williams explained there was a black cat called Will Berforce, who was a force to be reckoned with, who worked at Big Pit, and it was well known in the Community that he was a most efficient colliery cat. Then there was bit of an argument about who had the best cat. In fact, the argument became quite heated and it was only the arrival of the port that calmed them down. The other gentlemen around the table thought they were discussing manpower or the price of coal on the world markets. In particular South America.

He put the invitation to stand in pride of place on his office mantlepiece. Cyril wondered what the menu would be and he recalled last year when Mr Davies brought him a few slices of grouse in a linen napkin with ‘Property of the ‘Park Hotel’ embroidered on it, the napkin that is, not the grouse. ‘I fancy a bit of something on the fishy side this year thought Cyril to himself, I will


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the ripple effect By Sue Good

As Cardiff’s first not-for-profit zero-waste shop, Ripple is the store of the moment. It can be found in Roath; past the junction where Wellfield meets Albany Road. From pasta to peanut butter (freshly made) to bees wax wraps and bamboo toothbrushes - it is a haven of eco-friendly, non-plastic ethical goods to suit every home. I was lucky enough to catch up with the owner of Ripple, Sophie Rae, to chat about her innovative store. Sophie is originally from Cardiff and returned home after working as a journalist in London. On returning she was initially keen to work freelance and set up a blog spotlighting environmental and ethical interests. I asked her how writing a blog soon turned into opening her own sustainable store: I was having tea at a local café, making lists on what my new blog should contain. The list grew and grew and read more like an inventory for a sustainable shop, rather than blog features. And the idea simply grew from there. With other cities, like Bristol, home to three zero waste stores, it made sense to open a shop in Cardiff and cater for the growing need of the ethical consumer.

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How easy was it to get up and running? Not easy at all. Finding a suitable location proved difficult and was a slippery lesson in hyperinflated rates and estate agents. However, I knew that Roath was the perfect location with its heavy footfall on both Albany and Wellfield Roads and its mixed demographic. It seemed the obvious place to cater for all types of consumer. The interest and encouragement from the Cardiff community has been incredible. This was shown in the £33,000 raised in 13 days in our fundraising Kickstarter campaign. With this phenomenal amount, Ripple was born. What is different about Ripple? Ripple is not just about selling ethical products: it’s a shop with a sustainable mindset that we want people to buy into, just as much as the


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goods. Modern consumers like convenience: Ripple is the antithesis to convenience. It is a store founded on an environmentally friendly mission, encouraging customers to buy ethically, but also learn more about new and innovative products that can make an ecological difference. Everything is shifting, whether we like it or not and Ripple is here to help people realise that change is possible in a simple sustainable way. This is why the store is called Ripple – it’s to encourage simple ethical change in people’s buying habits that flows and widens across the community.

collaboration with Keep Wales Tidy). Festival goers took them to Glastonbury and Green Man and used them instead of the throwaway plastic ones usually supplied for drinks. We had loads of happy festival messages on social media and were very pleased to see that bar staff were willing to serve drinks in them. What’s the future for Ripple? To be honest, the shop is only nine months old, so we are still dealing with success on a day to day basis. I think and work in small steps, so we are now preparing for Christmas – hoping that a Ripple product might find its way into everyone’s stocking!

What is Ripple’s mission? To connect the community and open up conversation on ethical interests. I wanted to encourage the ‘I thought before I bought’ mindset, which works with the four ethical consumer Rs: Refuse, Re-use, Re-purpose and Recycle. The Refuse is there to encourage ethical decision making before buying a product, encouraging the ‘do I really need this?’ attitude. I also wanted a store that felt calm and peaceful: the opposite of the conventional supermarket. I want our customers to be able to browse and enjoy the innovative products in store.

I would also like to increase the educational side of the shop. Ideally, I’d like a larger store with opportunities for learning and discovery, with regards to living and thinking more sustainably. We already open our doors to primary schools and are often visited by pupil led eco groups who are interested in Ripple’s environmentally friendly produce and mindset. But to be honest it’s not the children we need to reach. They get it. They know we have to change. It’s the person who sits in their car/van and eats their overly packaged lunch, drinks their bottled pop, then drops the litter through the window on to the pavement. That’s who I want to reach. When the Ripple message gets through to people like these, then I know the shop will have been a success.

What are your best sellers? It’s the food. Everybody needs to eat, and Ripple provides people with a sustainable way of buying store cupboard essentials. Customers have embraced the no plastic practice and tend to buy pasta, nuts, pulses in bulk. That saves them money in comparison with supermarkets, as there is no packaging to pay for. Other great buys are hand soaps, laundry detergents and softeners. We originally supplied 20 litres of detergent a week, we now sell 200 litres per week. Alternatives to disposable wipes and sanitary wear are growing in popularity, such as menstrual cups and washable face mitts. Naked cards are also taking off. These are just occasion cards with envelopes, but without the pointless plastic.

Ripple is open 6 days a week, Tuesday to Sunday. Pop in, take a look and join the Ripple revolution.

What is the one product you would encourage most people to buy? The re-useable cup or water bottle. This would prevent an enormous amount of waste. A popular seller over the summer has been the pint cup made from recycled steel (a product we sell in


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fashion done your own way By Molly Dutton

destinations and a high brow audience, it’s an extravaganza to the highest standard. The effortless beauty of the designs maintain the standard of design that Chanel has continued throughout all the years of its fashion legacy.

This month has already been a whirlwind of events, with one event leading swiftly on to another. Autumn has now begun to show its first signs of arrival with dark nights and colourful leaves; my favourite season by far. Although a lot of people feel that autumn fashion is not something to be celebrated, it is rather famous for an array of fashion shows across the globe debuting the brand new clothing ranges of the new season. As you’ve probably already guessed, I follow these fashion shows with a sense of obsession to ensure I can incorporate aspects of each trend into my (much more affordable) wardrobe. The idea of catwalks, as I’ve previously mentioned in my first article, is to display the ranges using elaborate artistic expression, linking the clothes with the theme of the season using colour and an excessive amount of decoration and design.

I must admit that I have an intense fascination with vintage Chanel, if you’re not aware of this marvel let me enter you into the world of 90’s Chanel. The style for women during the time was still very much influenced by the previously patriarchal society but, instead of complying, took a rebellious approach to covering up. The brand has always been very strongly based on delicate tailoring and classic looks, however the ranges produced in the 90’s decided to include riskier features such as chains and miniskirts. The supermodels of the moment embodied the “bad girl” vibe and therefore became exactly the right image to display the newer, more modern looks on the runways.

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If you have stumbled upon my article in previous months, you already know that I am completely addicted to searching out the best look on my twitter feed, so you can picture the tears in my eyes as I came across this beauty; a baby blue mini skirt co ord. Let me just repeat this; A BABY BLUE MINI SKIRT AND BLAZER. I have never desired an outfit more in my whole sixteen years, my heart physically lifted with how much I needed that combo. But, the sad reality was that it was one of the many daredevil looks produced by Chanel for their 90’s range. This single moment is what made me aware that although Chanel is seen as a classy but conservative brand, it also stretches to allow for the growing feminist movement to come into play. I love when a brand decides to go full on rebel and allow people like myself to experiment without having to run away to join a circus (slightly dramatic). I admire the collection for breaking down the conservative morals previously held by the brand and moving towards more modern ways of expressing femininity like short tailored blazers and bling belts that accompanied their highly fashionable matching mini skirts (picture Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl).

But aside from all the serious business, it’s also the coolest collection of clothes I’ve seen in my whole life. Ever. The fact that Karl Lagerfeld looked like he did for so long also convinced me of two things; he either drank from the fountain of youth or, more realistically, wearing Chanel keeps you young forever (or maybe he has a magic cat, who knows?). My general fashion taste has taken a full 360 degree turn towards Paris and Pearls, no longer focussed on the modern trends (neon just wasn’t for me).

I must admit that until venturing into a wonderful vintage shop in Stratford I had never considered giving vintage collections a second glance, and I didn’t believe I had the ability to pull it off; but pastel blazers are rather hard to run away from quite frankly. My adoration of pretty matching outfits and my new love of vintage has set me out on a lengthy journey to find any piece from the Chanel 90’s ranges that won’t send me into immediate bankruptcy (although that is a risk I’d be willing to take). One of the most incredible things about the company at the time is that they sought out a diverse range of models to present their clothing in, a refreshing contrast to many competing brands around the same time. Figures of the growing industry such as Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss stood centre stage as the “party girls of the era”, contradicting the squeaky-clean image of delicacy and embodying a slightly riskier take on the Chanel girl style. Chanel has truly changed my interpretation of the fashion world, with each range being completely different and tailored to your very own style and expression.

This month has been full of new fashion discoveries, stumbling on vintage Chanel being the most life-changing by far. I’m not sure my sixth form is quite ready for a matching tweed suit and sunglasses as my attempt to channel “business wear” vibes. It’s also incredibly important to realise that the idea of feminine fashion is such a broad spectrum, and should be tried and tested in different ways to allow for modern ideas to intertwine with the traditional looks that have continued across time. For everyone’s information, I will be purchasing a white cat called Choupette just in case it happens to catch the Chanel designers’ eyes. Just maybe.


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140 years on: rob caskie on isandlwana By Rachel Adams, Museum Curator, Firing Line Museum extremis, and their behaviour when ‘The chips are down’. Like tea bags, human beings only reveal their true strength in hot water.

Coming up in Cardiff, a unique fundraising event to help raise money for the redevelopment and reinterpretation of displays at the Firing Line Museum of The Queen’s Dragoon Guards and The Royal Welsh at Cardiff Castle. 2019 marks the 140th anniversary of the Anglo-Zulu Wars, including battles at Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift; the latter made famous by the celebrated film Zulu.

Epics of human struggle and triumphs of the human spirit create fantastic canvasses by which modern situations may be measured. Specialising in South African history, early Antarctic exploration and the Sudan campaign, the lessons which emerge from these great stories well-told are utterly appropriate today.

When the iconic film Zulu directed by Cy Endfield came out in cinemas in 1964, showcasing a period in the history of the British Empire when in 1879, the actors Stanley Baker and Michael Caine captured our hearts and imaginations in the roles of Lieutenant John Chard and Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead. The film detailed how the Zulu nation had handed colonial British forces a resounding defeat at the battle of Isandlwana, with a nearby regiment of the British Army taking over a station run by a missionary and his daughter, coming under the command of Chard and Bromhead (Baker and Caine at their finest). Unable to abandon their wounded soldiers even in dire circumstances, the regiment stand to defend their station against the Zulu warriors::all concluding with a rousing rendition of Men of Harlech at the end of the movie. What’s not to love, right?

Rob lived for years at Fugitive’s Drift where he worked with David Rattray. His one man shows will have you laughing, gasping and in tears. He is a master epic storyteller in the Homeric genre. His talks are in demand all over the world and he now spends most of his time travelling to meet commitments from Arctic cruises to the hot climes of Australia. He will totally captivate you. But why tell the story of Isandlwana and not Rorke’s Drift; of defeat and not victory? The British Army suffered an ignominious defeat at the hands of the Zulu Army at Isandlwana and British prestige suffered a dreadful blow. How could a modern British Army with rifles be defeated by a group of natives armed with sticks and spears? Rob describes the brilliant tactics and bravery of the Zulus and explains the disastrous British organisation. His awe-inspiring account describes both the valour and incompetence displayed on the battlefield.

While the basic premises of the film are largely accurate, the movie glorified and epitomised the perceived glory of the British Empire. However, as we approach the 140th anniversary of those events it’s important to remember that it is just that, a film. While there are some historical inaccuracies, the film had great impact, effectively generating an interest in military history, the Anglo-Zulu War and the rich heritage surrounding it.

The British contingent was mostly comprised of members of the 24th of Foot, The South Wales Borderers, who had set out to South Africa from their Headquarters in Brecon. The memorial and colours of the 24th which were lost and regained at Fugitive’s Drift can still be seen hanging in Brecon Cathedral.

If you are a keen military enthusiast captivated by this history and want to find out what really happened, the Firing Line Museum at Cardiff Castle has just the event for you, a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed!

This event promises to reveal the true story behind this evocative time in history, and will take place at The Angel Hotel, Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 1SZ, Monday 21st October. Doors Open at 7pm.

Rob Caskie will be telling one of his epic stories, an account of the battle of Isandlwana on the evening of the 21st October 2019 in order to raise money for the Firing Line Museum. As a master storyteller Rob specializes in sharing human stories which engage audiences and challenge the way they interact, work and lead their lives. His stories are essentially about human beings in

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Have your children grown out of their shoes? Would you like them to be reused in Zambia? Many children in Zambia do not have shoes due to poverty and this makes them vulnerable to infection by parasites such as hookworm. Injuries to feet and ankles can lead to ulcers and other conditions. As a small Cardiff based charity (reg: 1180390) we aim to make a difference to children’s lives. We have launched a project to send pre-loved shoes out to various areas in Zambia including The Good Samaritan Ministries School in Lusaka. If you have pairs of children’s school shoes or trainers (preferably size 7 up to adult size 3) you would like to donate please contact us at If you could also help with postage costs by sticking a pound coin to the sole of one of the shoes that would be gratefully received too, but this is not essential. Thanks, Sharon and Gareth Vaughan.


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