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a night-out with casanova awaits Throw caution to the wind. Be led into temptation. Unmask Casanova with Northern Ballet. If there’s ever a reason to have a night-out with friends, Northern Ballet’s Casanova is probably it. Decadent and sensual, Casanova is their brand-new production about the man who lived every minute in a whirlwind of scandal and excess. But there’s so much more to him than you might have thought – and the ballet exposes a story so sensational, you won’t believe it’s real. Make time for this spine-tingling spectacle – Casanova performs at the New Theatre from Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 April. For tickets call 029 2087 8889 or visit www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk.

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Editors Letter

Cardiff Times

Welcome

PUBLISHER Cardiff Times

EDITOR Hi All, and welcome to our April issue.

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FEATURES EDITOR Mark Denning 07758 247194

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CONTRIBUTORS Wyn Evans, Vince Nolan, Wayne Courtney, Nathan Wyburn, Sarah-Jane Outten, Michael James, Natalia Mavromoustaki, Liz Mullen, Jamie L. Harding, Bethan Jenkins, Natalie McCulloch, Louise Westlake, Max Harvey, Aaliyah Buchanan, Gary Mullins, Donna Trego, Kris Crowley

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With Easter upon us and a spring in our step there’s plenty to do in and around Cardiff this month. We’ve dedicated six pages in the magazine to activities and fun things to do over the Easter holidays, see page 38 for more details, but throughout this edition there’s also plenty more things to do including shows, charity events, Easter Egg Hunts and free activities. For the adults, Cardiff Cocktail Week will be taking place in many bars in Cardiff this month, so check out the facebook page to find out where and when the events are taking place. It’s been a testing time with the weather lately, and come rain or shine we usually dedicate our Sunday mornings to rugby at St. Peter`s RFC, where my son plays and Mark coaches. We recently attended a rugby tournament in Chippenham, where the weather was at times dismal, but this didn`t dampen the boys` enthusiasm. The team have formed fantastic friendships over the last 2 years, but also all the parents have bonded as well. If you are thinking of getting your child into any kind of activity I highly recommend mini rugby, they will form new friendships and you make new friends too - it’s a winner all around! The boys didn’t win the tournament but they did come away with the true spirit of rugby trophy which is a far higher accolade in our opinion. If more people thought about the friendship and fun side of sport rather than just coming first it really would take the pressure off children, and let them achieve goals for themselves. Our daughter meanwhile, is taking part in her very first ballet performance next week, and we are incredibly excited to watch her perform with her friends. She can be a bit mad with her brother in the house, tackling and wrestling on the floor, but then she transforms into this beautiful little lady in her ballet costume. We hope you all have an amazing Easter. Until next month, happy reading.

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CONTENTS 49 Jo Blogs...And So Can You

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By Natalie McCulloch

52 Wyburn & Wayne By Nathan Wyburn & Wayne Courtney

58 Puzzle Mania 63 Flat Hunting By Jamie L. Harding

66 `And Another Thing…` By Vince Nolan

FEATURES

70 Penylan Community By Louise Westlake Matters 14 April Diary 18 Normal Service Is Resumed

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22 Health - Spring Clean Your Routine With Ayurveda 28 Beauty - Beautiful You...Chocolate Delights 38 Easter Escapades 46 Treasure Baskets & Heuristic Play By Liz Mullen

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72 The BBC’S Roath Lock Celebrates Its 5th Year In Cardiff Bay By Sarah-Jane Outten & Aaliyah Buchanan

77 Different Not Less. Autism Awareness Month By Natalia Mavromoustaki

80 Perez & Gaga’s Deliciously Delectable Culinary Column! 85 ‘The Tent’

By Bethan Jenkins Does your community group or voluntary organisation need support?

88 Easter Fun For All The By Max Harvey Family

Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) is the umbrella organisation that promotes, supports and represents the third sector in Cardiff. We provide services, support, training and advice to local charities, voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises, and foster relationships within the sector and between the local voluntary sector and public bodies, promote social action and make sure local communities have a voice.

91 Books To Look Out For In April 92 Puzzle Mania Solutions

Our vision is a strong, diverse and relevant third sector in Cardiff.

94 Cardiff Street Pastors By Michael James

It’s free for third sector organisations to become a member of C3SC. A minimal fee applies to everyone else.

97 Olly Murs Concert Review

To find out more: • • • •

Visit www.c3sc.org.uk Call (029) 2048 5722 Email enquiries@c3sc.org.uk Follow us on Twitter @C3SC

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secure your dream home with part exchange at crest nicholson’s penarth heights The picturesque town of Penarth was last year voted as “one of the best places to live in the UK”, by The Sunday Times, with leisure facilities and an array of excellent schools all nearby. The town also boasts charming boutiques and idyllic walks in one of the region’s top country parks. If you’re the exploring type, then the Welsh capital’s sporting events, bars, restaurants and shops are all right on the doorstep.

As spring starts to bloom, there has never been a better time to snap up a home by the sea. If you are looking to move up the property ladder, Crest Nicholson’s stunning development at Penarth Heights, overlooking Cardiff Bay, is the development is for you. Recently released at Penarth Heights is the elegant four bedroom Eden home, part of Crest Nicholson’s premier collection and ideal for those looking for a unique luxury home in the Cardiff area. Spread over three floors, the ground floor of this home features an open plan kitchen and dining room, with double French doors allowing natural light to flood in. Also on this floor is a utility room and spacious bedroom, perfect to use as a guest room for visiting family and friends.

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On the first floor is an expansive living room that’s perfect for entertaining, with exquisite interior features including French doors leading onto a terrace overlooking Cardiff Bay. This luxurious home also boasts three further bedrooms, including two en-suites, spread over the first and second floor. The beautifully designed bedrooms feature large windows, so you make enjoy stunning views every morning and evening. Why not use Crest Nicholson’s VIP Part Exchange scheme to secure your new home; Crest Nicholson could become your chain free cash buyer taking the stress out of moving. Guiding you every step of the way, with regular updates and professional guidance throughout, Crest Nicholson will even pay your agent’s fees plus cover the cost of your removals.

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APRIL DIARY WHAT`S ON IN AND AROUND CARDIFF

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RENT

Do not miss Bruce Guthrie’s brand-new production of the legendary, multi-award-winning rock musical Rent as it celebrates its incredible 20th anniversary. This is a rare chance to experience the searing emotion and breath-taking thrills of one of the all-time great musicals. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff www.wmc.org.uk

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Be charmed by over 50 unforgettable Disney characters: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and many Disney Princesses. Relive the magic of Disney’s Frozen Sing-along to over 30 songs It’s the ultimate Disney experience that will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime. Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff www.motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk

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CARDIFF CASTLE EASTER TRAIL

Find the answers to the puzzles in both the house and the grounds and win an Easter prize. Enjoy all the Easter fun! Cardiff Castle www.cardiffcastle.com

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THE COMMITMENTS

The Commitments is a fantastically feel good celebration of soul based on the BAFTA award-winning classic film. Telling the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff www.wmc.org.uk

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SPRINGTIME FAMILY TRAIL

Explore the Museum for signs of spring with a family trail. Pick up your free copy from Clore Discover Centre. A lovely day out for the whole family. National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park www.museum.wales/cardiff/

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JUDGMENT DAY V

Cardiff Blues take on the Ospreys in the first clash of the day, kicking off at 2.45pm, swiftly followed by Newport Gwent Dragons versus Scarlets at 5.15pm. Quote about Judgement Day 2016 : “The action on the field and the near sell-out crowd in the world's greatest rugby amphitheatre contributed to a breath-taking occasion and a must attend event.” Principality Stadium, Cardiff www.wru.co.uk

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SISTER ACT

An all new production of the Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy returns to the Centre starring Alexandra Burke (The X Factor, The Bodyguard) as Deloris Van Cartier. Dazzling dance routines and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, Sister Act is the funniest and funkiest musical around. Wales Millennium Centre www.wmc.org.uk

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DIVERSITY

Diversity are back with their seventh tour “Genesis”. It is approaching 7 years since Diversity won Britain’s Got Talent in front of an audience of over 20 million, and since have gone from strength to strength. Driven by their motto “Dream, Believe, Achieve”, Diversity continue to inspire all generations and are a remarkable example of what can be accomplished with dedication, belief and hard work. Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff www.motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk

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SHAKIN’ STEVENS

Shakin’ Stevens is to embark on his biggest ever UK tour! The announcement coincides with the release of his critically acclaimed 12th studio album, ‘Echoes Of Our Times’, a surprising record on which blues, roots, Americana and classic rock take centre stage as Shaky explores his mysterious and intriguing family history. St David’s Hall, Cardiff www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

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NORTHERN BALLET: GOLDILOCKS & THE THREE BEARS With sell-out performances and hugely successful CBeebies TV adaptations, Northern Ballet's Short Ballets for Small People are not to be missed. Now the magic continues with a brand-new retelling of Goldilocks & the Three Bears. Goldilocks is a mischievous little girl with hair as bright as gold. Always on the look-out for an adventure, one day her curiosity leads her to a house full of many surprises. With a family of friendly bears, a beautiful blue bird and bowls of delicious porridge, this ballet is just right! Bringing this classic children's story to life, Goldilocks & the Three Bears is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time. New Theatre, Cardiff www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

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BROOKS RUN SIGNATURE TOUR

The Run Signature Tour will bring Brooks’ running expertise straight to Cardiff’s front door, offering in-depth Run Signature analysis by Brooks’ expert Tech Reps, an individual bra fitting service, and an unbeatable opportunity to try out Brooks footwear and sports bras on a scenic 5k group run around the local area. 9am - 4pm Bute Park, Cardiff www.brooksrunning.com

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Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in this interactive new show for all the family (ages 3+). Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child's favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan and Segnosaurus, to name a few! St David’s hall, Cardiff www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

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normal service is resumed By Wyn Evans This column may be read as a companion-piece to last month's, which considered Down Syndrome screening and concluded as follows: "... this World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), on 21st March, think of the wider community of those with Down Syndrome and do your bit to prevent their future successors being screened out of existence. Let it not be said that good people sat back and did nothing."(1) With luck, a fair number of you will have celebrated WDSD, perhaps by donning the odd socks which have become the day's symbol - reminding us that those who have Down Syndrome (DS) have three copies of the 21st chromosome. The other chromosomes are paired-up, so the third copy is a little like an odd sock! You may also have bought the Daily Mirror on WDSD and read an article about 'The Down Syndrome Diary' and five families who contribute to it. In which case you will have seen and read about The Girl, my daughter, who happens to have DS. Indeed, you will have seen me quoted there too!

baby and the mother's mental health, a leading doctors' union member has said. Prof Wendy Savage, a voting member of the British Medical Association Council, also said women should have the right to terminate a pregnancy at any stage. The comments by Prof Savage, a women's rights campaigner and retired obstetrician and gynaecologist... [are] likely to spark a strong reaction from campaigners on both sides of the argument."(2)

It is tremendously heartening when national news organisations pay such positive attention to the lives and prospects of those with DS. And local organisations got involved too; here is a letter from the Assistant Head Teacher to all pupils in The Girl's primary school:

As the father of a wonderful girl who is blessed with her extra chromosome I wondered today what this clinician's proposals might mean for the DS community. I blogged my response on Facebook, a blog which I have toned down some and reproduced below (3). A spoiler for you - it is hard-hitting and ironical.

Dear Parent/Carer, On Tuesday March 21st, we would like to celebrate the amazing diversity which exists within our school community. This day is World Down Syndrome Day, which is being recognised by encouraging people to wear lots of socks, different combinations of socks: brightly coloured socks, long socks, printed socks or even socks that don’t match. If you don’t normally wear socks, then wear them on that day! We would like to support our diversity in the same way. Therefore, we ask that everyone comes to school on Tuesday 21st March wearing any combination of socks as listed above. Many thanks for your support.

If I understand her position correctly, fair dos to ethicist Dr Wendy Savage for suggesting today that persons in the womb should be able to be aborted if they are of the wrong sex. Like or loathe this suggestion there's no doubt that it is logical and consistent with the dogs' dinners that are law and ethics in this regard. If social policy, law, and ethics alike can so ignore or manipulate evidence as to assert that foetuses with Down Syndrome or disabilities may be aborted up to birth, then we should all prepare ourselves for this next step. Savage is as Savage does and we should admire her honesty.

Today, however, normal service resumed. I woke up to the following article in The Sunday Telegraph: "Sex-selective abortions should be allowed, British Medical Association ethics expert says... Forcing pregnant women who do not want a child of one sex or the other to give birth could harm both the

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citizenship; from stuff that, surely, women ought to be free from? But to ensure that women have that choice we see Iceland and Denmark celebrating being totally or nearly 'Down Syndrome-free'; we see the Netherlands and the UK considering rolling out non invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) on a population basis; we see clinicians and politicians disingenuously justifying this as, simply, an opportunity for prospective parents to gather more information. Yet many of the Obstetricians, Gynaecologists, and other clinicians involved have a financial stake in the roll out of the new testing regimes. It has seemingly been decided that Down Syndrome is the battleground on which these ignorant armies shall fight their battle. That means that my daughter and her ilk have been made pawns in someone's game, arguments in someone's debate, casualties in someone's war. No-one asked their, her, permission or took notice of their, her, opinion. So if you are so pro-abortion that you think abortion up to birth on grounds of DS or disability is ok, or abortion on grounds of sex, or on grounds of any other genetic determinism, then you are surely wrong. Or if you are so anti abortion that you cannot even posit a scenario where there may be some legitimate role for a decision that falls under the rubric of 'choice', then you are surely wrong too.

To date, too many clinicians' 'line to take' has been that foetuses with DS are either not worthy of life, or not contributory enough to justify resources being spent on them. Doc Savage has made it clear that any and all foetuses should be abortable for most reasons even, perhaps, up to birth - as indeed foetuses with DS currently may be. It's what 'Pro-Choice' means after all.

We all have to work harder to seek solutions and not demonise those who disagree with us. But I do know this, as we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on 21st March: Doc Savage is so incontestably right that she is totally wrong; Iceland is wrong; the abortive uses that NIPT will lead to in the UK and the Netherlands are wrong.

‘Alternatively?', I hear you say. Ah yes, an alternative? It's called 'No choice'. And we've been there. It led to back street abortionists. Taken to its reductio ad absurdum it would mean women who wanted an abortion (in a brave new world of abortion being illegal) being intercepted on their way to an illegal clinic by agents of the State, drugged, intravenously fed and hydrated, and strapped to a gurney until Term, when a forced Caesar would be committed upon them and the baby removed.

What's right? The Girl, my daughter, who happens to have Down Syndrome is right. Her peers with DS are right. They are the finest people I know and any world without her, without them, any world without Down's is not one worth our calling 'home'. Footnotes: 1. Cardiff Times, March 2017, pp 18-19, "It's just who we are", http://bit.ly/2mRl8wb 2. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/19/sex-selective -abortions-should-allowed-british-medical-association/ 3. https://www.facebook.com/BeatingDownsBarriers/ posts/725580934270384:0

I've no solution to this old and seemingly intractable dilemma. A "woman's choice" is tied in to so much more than abortion rights. It's a phrase that also covers empowerment and freedom from religious patriarchy and other forms of second-class

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Spring clean your routine with Ayurveda: the 3000 year old Holistic healing system Lifestyle fads may come and go, but with a history of more than 3000 years, Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems – as relevant to today’s modern millennial lifestyle as it was in Ancient India.

help you wind down at the end of a hectic day.

Sleep like a baby Another intrinsic element of Ayurveda is deep, restful sleep. Martina Della Vedova, Nutritionist at Nature’s Plus UK explains: “Sleep is a significant part of living a healthy lifestyle, and many of us simply do not get enough. If we don’t get enough sleep we can find it harder to adapt to challenging situations, and when we can't cope as efficiently with stress, it can be harder to have a good night’s rest.”

Ayurveda is based on the delicate art of balance between mind and body in order to promote natural health and well-being. We talk to nutritionists about how to effectively weave ayurvedic aspects into our lifestyle to create a more balanced health routine that will put the spring back into our step.

If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, Martina recommends increasing your intake of magnesium, she explains: “Magnesium is needed to relax our muscles and nerves, which helps us to fall into a peaceful sleep. To ensure you’re getting enough magnesium, try and include plenty of magnesium-rich foods in your diet such as pumpkin and sunflower seeds, fish and leafy

Take time to meditate Meditation has been at the heart of the ayurvedic philosophy since it was born; it is believed to be the key to balancing both mind and body. Even a short 20 minute burst of calm meditation in the evening can allow the body to enter a state of expanded awareness and inner quiet that can

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green vegetables. I’d also recommend taking the new KalmAssure Magnesium Powder, by Natures Plus. This is a naturally chelated magnesium which is very easy to absorb and easily delivered to the tissues.” Alternatively, if you want to increase the amount of magnesium in your diet, try snacking on Clearspring’s Organic Tamari Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.

Strengthen Your Digestive Power In accordance with Ayurveda, good health is dependent upon our capability to fully metabolise our nutritional intake. It is therefore important for our diet to include foods that aid our digestion. Nutritionist Cassandra Barns advises the inclusion of products such as live miso into the diet. She explains, “Traditionally prepared unpasteurised miso contains natural ‘friendly’ bacteria as well as live enzymes, both of which can be beneficial for the gut and digestion. A great example of an unpasteurised product is Clearspring’s Organic Japanese Brown Miso Paste.”

The ethos of Ayurveda centres around the importance of balance, specifically between mind and body, so ensure that whatever you’re doing you’re giving your body time to nourish itself and wind down after those hectic days.

Tune into your body when exercising Ayurveda centres on the importance of your mind and body being in tune and nowhere is this more important than in your exercise routine. Superfood UK Nutritionist Shona Wilkinson explains, “It is important to listen to your body and only do what feels right. More and more people are realising the benefits of slower impact exercises such as Pilates and yoga rather than pure hard cardio exercises. It is also important to ensure you have rest days; this allows your body to repair and heal itself and protect against injury; the aim of exercise is to look after your body rather than push it too much. Don’t compete too much with others – use them as motivation but don’t push yourself more than you are ready for.”

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Craniosacral Therapy brings about a eep state o relaaon This can help resolve problems such as back or neck pain, heaaches or any stress relate symptoms It can also help spee your recovery rom accient, operaon or illness

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Some people just cannot get enough of the stuff, so why not enjoy that amazing fragrance even when bathing. MAD's Chocolate Fragranced Soap Bar is such a fun item, it look great and smells great! Available now at www.madbeauty.com RRP £3.99

In need of a holiday? Bring the sun to your skin with our gorgeous Bourjois bronzing powder for a natural sunkissed glow! Available now at Superdrug stores and www.superdrug.com RRP £7.99 Chocolate Whip moisturizes while leaving pores clean and clear. With an injection of Cocoa, this product is making sure you smell good. Prepare to be sniffed! Available now at www.cloud10beautycom RRP £4.95

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CARDIFF DENTIST BANISHING DENTAL PHOBIA Patients have commented ‘how relaxing the surgery is’, and ‘what a pleasure it is to visit the dentist!’ We receive phone calls daily from people who have avoided the dentist for years, even decades. Not only has their fear held them back, but feeling ashamed of the state of their teeth and blaming themselves all plays a part. We have staff who have overcome their own phobia and understand what patients are going through. We’re fortunate to have a dedicated team of ladies who are very passionate to help patients.

In an ongoing quest to rid Cardiff of Dental Phobia, Nicola Taaffe and her team support patients through every step of their treatment, creating confident, healthy smiles, renewed self-esteem and Phobia free patients!

Prior to booking an appointment we invite people to have a look at the surgery, find out more about us, meet the team and have a general chat with the ladies. Taking that first step inside of the surgery is a step closer to treatment and a step closer to overcoming fear.

Nicola (51) was the first dentist in Cardiff to gain her Dental Phobia Certification.

It’s these people who drive us forward to keep helping, we know everyone can get though their phobia. Witnessing the outcome is the greatest reward for us.”

She began her career with a mission to help one person everyday through their phobia to receive treatment. After 25 years in the industry, she has helped thousands overcome their anxiety, fears and phobia.

Nicola Taaffe @ West Grove recently extended their opening hours. Appointments are now available Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm.

“Fear manifests itself in different ways: fear of needles, the sound of the drill, fear of pain, fear of a diagnosis, even the smell of the dental surgery could be enough to set off a panic attack,” Nicola explained.

www.nicolataaffe.co.uk surgery@nicolataaffe.co.uk 02920 453346 2 West Grove, Cardiff, CF24 3AN

“At our practice we have made many adaptions to reduce the dreaded ‘clinical’ feel, creating a warm, friendly environment.

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‘if in doubt, check it out’; all you need to know about mole removal Unsightly facial moles can be a cause of great distress and often get bigger as we get older; the unfortunate Nanny McPhee effect. A simple search on the internet provides a whole host of at-home mole removal treatments, but this is one area where expert treatment is required.

Avoid beauty clinics Discount deals offered by beauty clinics advertising mole removal can be very tempting, but the treatments and devices they use are often not the most appropriate. IPL, electrolysis and cryotherapy are often used but do not produce optimal results and can cause scarring. A beauty therapist will also not be medically trained in assessing moles.

Can I get my mole removal on the NHS? The NHS used to freely offer mole removal, but as our health service has become increasingly cash-strapped, they have now changed their policy on mole removal, only treating ones that are a cause for concern. A private dermatology clinic can be your best option for mole removal as any further investigations will be carried out promptly, to ensure peace of mind.

Know your moles There is more than one type of mole. Skin-coloured moles are often benign and are relatively easy to remove as the skin cells are superficial. At the Specialist Skin Clinic we perform a shave excision on skin-coloured moles; this is a very quick treatment, with no stitches required and within a couple of months there will be no noticeable scar.

Avoid DIY mole removal Many of the tips offered on the internet are pretty scary and likely to result in scarring at best. Users are advised to scratch the surface of the mole before applying treatments that will ‘cauterise’ it. Many are unfortunately left with indents in the skin or red, lumpy scars that actually look far worse than the original mole did. At the Specialist Skin Clinic we offer a range of aesthetic treatments for scarring, but we cannot remove scars entirely.

For more information on our mole removal treatments, call 02920 617690 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Maria Gonzalez or go to www.specialistskinclinic.uk for more information.

More worrying, though, is that users could be overlooking warning signs of a malignant melanoma that will require urgent intervention. Suspicious moles should be checked out A dermatologist will be able to identify whether a mole looks suspicious and arrange for it to be sent for analysis. Melanoma is a very common form of skin cancer, with over 14,000 cases diagnosed every year, and the best chance of success is prompt treatment.

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Curv-I-Cure, the only toning table gym, especially for ladies, located on Wellfield Road, Cardiff. Whatever your age, weight, or fitness level. Whatever your request, from losing inches and getting fitter, or generally wanting relief from aches & pains, this is the program for you! Let 2017 be your year! The most important decision of all is getting started. Don’t put it off till tomorrow, tomorrow never comes, do something about your lifestyle NOW.

going on that can feel quite daunting. If you are feeling unhappy with the direction your life is heading and need something to get you back on track, do not hesitate to join Curv-I-Cure today! You will not regret it. No special clothes or shoes are needed, come as you are! One of the biggest struggles of exercising is managing your day effectively so you have time to work out. But for those with a busy schedule this class is for you, it only takes 30 minutes per session to look fantastic. Only 30 minutes of your day to get on the road towards your summer body! Make new friends, & have fun, for as little as £30 per month. Unlimited access, combine with Vibro plates for ultimate conditioning. 10% off for OAPs & students. The perfect price for the perfect body.

How does this work? The prime features and benefits connected in conventional resistance, passive and cardiovascular machines are bought together into one unique exercise concept. The effect is happening on the lower & upper body simultaneously, working every muscle effectively, benefiting flexibility, mobility and vitality! Gradual Progression with each regular visit, losing inches, getting fitter and stronger. The benefits of this are phenomenal.

Any questions? To contact Curv-I-Cure and explore the facilities, visit the gym’s website : www.curv-i-cure.co.uk. It only takes a few more steps to feel revitalized and healthy, don’t stop now!

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A brand new free dance event will be bouncing around Wales this Easter, including four dates in Cardiff! Chapter’s Coreo Cymru programme and National Dance Company Wales have selected four of Wales’ most animated and mesmerising companies to perform, including the energetic ‘Bounce’ by Harnisch-Lacey Dance (pictured) and ‘Into the Water’ by Up & Over It which featured on Britain’s Got Talent and started a hand-dancing YouTube craze! As well as a jam-packed hour of performance, families will have the chance to dance with a short workshop delivered by the professional dancers at the end of each event. And it won’t cost a penny. Family Dance Festival launches at Chapter on 7 & April, then visits Brecon, Newtown and Newport and finishes at Wales Millennium Centre on 21 & 22 April. No booking required. Just turn up, enjoy the show and witness the amazing dancers twisting & turning, tumbling & sliding. Presented by Chapter, Coreo Cymru and National Dance Company Wales. More info at coreocymru.com Chapter, Cardiff. Friday 7 April 4pm & 6pm/Saturday 8 April 12pm, 3pm & 5pm Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. Friday 21 April 3pm & 5pm Saturday 22 April 12pm & 3pm

One of Cardiff’s newest dining experiences, Dickens of Charles Street has already earned many amazing reviews. Comments like; “What a little gem of a place�, “First class settings, followed by first class tea� and “Such a lovely place and great staff! Will definitely be going again,� say it all. Whether for hearty home-cooked breakfasts, mid morning snacks, lunch or afternoon tea with cakes, scones, preserves and lashings of thick cream, accompanied by a glass of Moet, Dickens is quite unlike any other city centre kitchen. On Sundays, Dickens serves up home cooked traditional roasts, with a choice of one to three courses, washed down with wine or a bottle of bubbly. There’s also a wide range of freshly brewed teas, coffees and soft drinks. Bookings always advisable. Located in Charles Street, just yards from M&S, Debenhams, St David’s Centre and Queen Street shops, Dickens is conveniently located for shoppers and office workers alike. With spring in the air the entire back windows of Dickens can be opened up on sunny days for al fresco dining, in a haven designed to escape the city centre hustle and bustle. Dickens, 48 Charles Street, Cardiff CF10 2GF Tel: 029 2022 9346; Facebook/Twitter @DICKENSTEAROOMS

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The LC is Wales’ premier Waterpark and Leisure Complex. Housed all under one roof is Wales’ largest Waterpark; 30ft climbing wall; interactive aquatic themed 4 storey Play area and Wales’ first ever indoor surf simulator - the Boardrider. Featuring an exciting network of pools, rides and slides the LC Waterpark is home to the much loved wave pool and famous Masterblaster - a roller coaster style slide that blasts riders on a rubber ring uphill on jetted water and then lets gravity do the rest! The aqua-slide and aqua-tube are sure to excite, along with the whirlpool and the LC lagoon pool! Our interactive pool is perfect for younger children to splash around with a mini slide, tipping buckets and water fountains. Not forgetting the first of its kind in Wales - the Boardrider! A unique ride, on the LC’s never ending wave, sure to be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before! Instructors will help you develop technique and balance whilst experiencing the thrill of the wave – the ride is never the same twice! The 30ft climbing wall has over 20 different routes for every level of expertise. Whether you’re new to climbing or a pro, they can get you to the top. The LC’s interactive play area will keep children entertained for hours!! This 4 tier play tower will take youngsters through an aquatic maze of slides, bridges and ball pits! Oystermouth Rd, Swansea SA1 3ST 01792 466500 www.thelcswansea.com

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Bill’s is open throughout the day, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. From kids to cocktails, they’ve got you covered this Easter. Bill’s started as a small cafÊ 30 years ago, and their menu is all about fresh, seasonal dishes, each with a little Bill’s twist. From cosy booths to larger sharing tables, the atmosphere is warm and friendly, and you (and more importantly, the whole family) will be well looked after from the moment you walk through the door. To book a table please visit www.bills-website.co.uk or contact them on the numbers below. Bill’s Cardiff Central, 27-29 Wyndham Arcade, Mill Lane, Cardiff CF10 1FH 02920 499 957 Bill’s Cardiff Bay, Pilotage Building, Stuart Street, Cardiff CF10 5BW 02920 499 957



Good Friday Animal Encounters and Falcons Flying Animal Encounters will be at Llancaiach Fawr Manor on Good Friday with their unusual animals. There will be handling sessions and talks about the lives and habitats of the animals before the birds are flown! There are two sessions to choose from; the morning runs 10am – 12pm and the afternoon 2pm – 4pm. Spaces must be booked in advance and cost £3 per child with the first adult free of charge, £1 for each additional adult. Bank Holiday Monday sees the return of the Children’s Easter Crafts which this year include cork sheep, Easter Bonnets (with a parade at 2pm), egg crafts, seed chicks and much more. There will also be an Easter Egg hunt at 11.30am – there will be two categories: little ones and over 5s. The Activity day will run between 11am and 4pm, activity only tickets cost £5 per child with first adult free of charge additional adults £1 each. Gelligaer Rd, Nelson, Treharris CF46 6ER 01443 412248

Easter is a chance to get together, enjoy the outdoors (weather permitting) and maybe take an impromptu weekend break. For City of Cardiff Swimming Club, their Easter will be competing at the Swim Wales Long Course Championships, which is always held on this weekend. Verdi’s in Mumbles usually manages a roaring trade from CCSC parents who are escaping the pool in between swim sessions having cheered on their children. This may seem a strange way to spend your Easter break but these National Championships are one of a few targeted events that CCSC swimmers aim for throughout the swimming calendar. The club is proud to see 75 swimmers qualify to swim and represent their Club. It is tantamount to the swim programme that is currently enabling swimmers to qualify for British, European, Commonwealth, World and Olympic events. Many of the swimmers who are now qualifying for these prestigious events, started swimming with the club as 6 -7 year olds and the club holds trials monthly for children wishing to join. The club is based at Cardiff International Pool in Cardiff Bay and utilises facilities in other pools across the city. If you wish to book a trial with the club, then full details are available at www.cardiffswimming.co.uk or email us at cardiffswimmingtrials@hotmail.com

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The Crispy Duck is Cardiff’s No 1 Pan-Asian Restaurant & winner of Best Oriental Restaurant in the 2016-17 Echo Awards. Crispy Duck are an oriental fusion restaurant and bar that set the standard for modern, Asian cuisine in Cardiff. Their cuisine is an exciting fusion of ideas and flavours from several places around Asia. The menu has influences from Japan, China, Thailand, Malaysia and beyond but they specialise in Chinese and Japanese cuisine combined to create many fantastic dishes. Their mission is to provide delicious cuisine with charming and timely service in a warm and vibrant atmosphere. But, don’t just take our word for it. Opening Times: Tues - Saturday 5pm - 11pm, Sunday - 12pm - 10pm. 21 Whitchurch Road Heath, Cardiff, CF14 3JN (029) 2062 8008

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With Spring in the air and winter resigned to next years’ wardrobe, what better way to celebrate the season than with a flavourful meal from Barley & Rye. Head chef Gareth Dobbs has crafted a superb line-up of dishes to excite your taste buds. The Spring menu includes some past crowd pleasers such as the Black Bomber Crème BrÝlÊe, made with fantastic Black Bomber cheese from the Snowdonia Cheese Company and the much-loved Feather Blade of Beef, that melts in the mouth. New Spring additions include a Passion Fruit & Lime Tart with white chocolate ice cream & Almond Tuille and the Smoked Cod Loin with chorizo scallops and mussels. Starting from the middle of April, their Spring menu will run until the end of June 2017, leaving plenty of time for you to go and enjoy a meal. The full spring menu and pricing will be available on the website. Bookings can be made by calling 02920 345051 or online at www.barleyandrye.co.uk.

Г  If you don’t want to go out and face the hustle and bustle of the city this Easter, have a family night in with a Wok to Go takeaway. Voted one of the Top 10 Chinese restaurants in Cardiff, Wok to go brings you the delights of authentic oriental food cooked in the traditional method of a searing hot wok to capture the goodness of the finest ingredients together with the flavours of their authentic sauces. None of their dishes are in any way artificial, there is no added Monosodium Glutamate, it’s Low in Sodium, Reduced Fat and even available in a Mini wok for children. First, choose from a selection of bases, then pick your favourite meat, fish or vegetable before selecting one of their tasty flavours. Your lunch, dinner or supper will be cooked using only the freshest ingredients to give you a delicious and nutritious meal. Open until 11pm every night, get yours ordered! 029 2069 1118 or place your order online at www.woktogocardiff.co.uk

  

Lego, Dragons and Peppa Pig at Chapter this Easter There’s plenty to entertain the whole family at Chapter Arts Centre this Easter! The venue goes Lego crazy with The Lego Batman film where Batman tries to save Gotham from The Joker by dropping the lone vigilante act and working with others; hopefully lightening up in the process! On 11 April there is a Lego Animation Day (limited spaces) where participants can learn to make stop-motion animations, and create mini masterpiece using Lego Batman kits. Taking Flight Theatre Company present You’ve Got Dragons in Chapter’s theatre from 13 to 15 April, a tale about coming to terms with worries, fears and anxiety; the inner dragons which sneak up on us at one time or another. With toe-tapping music, this highly visual, sensitive production is a humorous and touching exploration of the dragons we all face. Remember ‘no dragon is more powerful than YOU.’ This is a fully accessible intergenerational show featuring creative captioning, BSL and audio description. Peppa Pig also pays a visit this Easter in Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience. Audiences can join Peppa on a trip to Australia, on a tour of London with the Queen and even on a trip to the zoo! Chapter are also hosting a Peppa Pig Picnic Party with Peppa inspired food fun and craft activities. Call the box office on 029 2030 4400 or visit www.chapter.org.

   The Cinnamon Tree is one of the finest Indian restaurants one can find in Cardiff and the interiors of the restaurant exude the feeling of tradition and present their family history beautifully. With impeccable service and a broad, interesting and diverse menu, there is something to suit the taste of every person that walks in the door. Just the fragrance of their curries, that are bursting with flavour, makes you salivate. Each of their dishes showcases the deep-rooted knowledge of authentic Indian cooking and the whole experience of dining there could make you believe that you’re in India. The Maharaja Bhuna and Lamb Dhaka Achari are their most favourable dishes and are guaranteed to make you want to keep going back for more. It doesn’t matter what flavours of food suit your palate, the Cinnamon Tree provides dishes that are mild, medium and hot. The only problem you’ll face is having to decide on one dish from a wide selection, but no matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong. www.thecinnamontree.co.uk 173, Kings Rd, Cardiff CF11 9DE 029 2037 4433 Cinnamon House, Tonteg Road, Treforest, CF37 5UA 01443 843 222

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   Swim Champs is the only swim school in Wales run by two time Olympic Medalist David Davies. David also won medals at the Commonwealth Games, World and European Championships before retiring from his career as a professional athlete. Swim Champs offers weekly group lessons for swimmers aged 3 years plus, including parent and child water confidence classes, Learn to Swim, private 1:1 lessons for everyone including nervous beginners through to adult ironmen/triathletes/club swimmers. All swimming lessons are of a high quality, and all are delivered by ASA qualified teachers. The main emphasis of the lessons is to get children hooked on swimming by ensuring all lessons are fun and children are learning and developing life skills. All Cardiff classes take place from DW Gym Capitol Retail Park, Leckwith CF11 8EG. Visit www.swimchamps.co.uk for details on their highly rated Easter intensive crash course.

  Đ“  Glamorgan Cricket are running 4 mornings of soft ball cricket skills and drills for children 6-11 years old at the SSE Swalec on the 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th of April, 9am to 12pm each day and the cost will be ÂŁ15 per day. There will be 2 full days of skills and drills on the 20th and 21st of April 10am to 3pm, 6-11 year olds. The price for each day is ÂŁ25. Bookings can be made by contacting Ed Smart by email on ed.smart@glamorgancricket.co.uk

   Walk down City Road in Cardiff and you’ll encounter many different people, with different backgrounds, each with their own fascinating story. But as we walk on by we never get to meet those people and hear their stories. That is, until now. Love, Cardiff: City Road Stories is a community play weaving together the extraordinary real-life tales of those who live, work and play around City Road, their stories in their own words told in person, on stage. No one tale is like another but together they tell the story of a road that embodies everything that Cardiff is – a place of welcome, where communities live side by side and where nothing stays the same for very long. Love, Cardiff: City Road Stories continues Sherman Theatre’s commitment to creating exceptional, relevant and relatable theatre for the citizens of Cardiff. Love, Cardiff: City Road Stories promises a moving, funny and lively night at Sherman Theatre. Love, Cardiff: City Road Stories isn’t just a play, there will be an exhibition and it will mark the start of a special archive. Love, Cardiff: City Road Stories is at Sherman Theatre from 13 -15 April at 7.30pm. Tickets £5. Book online shermantheatre.co.uk or call 029 2064 6900.

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    Đ“    The all weather family farm & soft play in one, set in the rolling countryside between Cardiff & Newport. It offers a unique mixture of farm animals and soft play areas - the ideal place for action packed days out, birthday parties, schools and groups. The park is designed for families with toddlers to teens. Please check Facebook for updates as they get extremely busy during holidays. And be sure to try some produce from the multiple award winning Moody Sow farm shop on your way out. www.cefnmablyfarmpark.com www.moodysow.com

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THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT An IMAX cinema, top restaurants, bowling and even a Casino – find all this and more at Cardiff Bay’s entertainment and foodie hub THE RED DRAGON CENTRE For egg-cellent fun this Easter, The Red Dragon Centre offers a whole entertainment and foodie experience in Cardiff Bay, with something for all ages – whatever the weather! Open everyday , including bank holidays, the Centre is easy to travel to by car or public transport, and offers free parking for customers. The Centre houses an ODEON cinema – boasting the only IMAX screen in South Wales – and a 26-lane Hollywood bowl with bar, diner and top amusements. The 24-hour Grosvenor Casino also boasts a restaurant and sports lounge, showing all the major fixtures. And with top restaurants brands such as Five Guys and Bella Italia, plus independents including Chicken House, Oriental Garden, Grill & Shake, Spice Route, and even local cafÊ Cadwaladers, you’ll be sure to find something to suit all tastes and pockets. Know your radio? Broadcasting legends Capital FM and Heart also broadcast live from the Centre. There’s egg-stra fun to be had at the Centre over the Easter break. Look out for free Easter crafts and a visit from Mr and Mrs Bunny on Good Friday 14 April, plus a special character appearance on Easter Monday 17th April. Find out more at : wwwthereddragoncentre.co.uk

T TT  T The whole family can enjoy their Easter Holidays at Dragon Court Chinese Restaurant. Situated in the midst of the local shopping retail park, a chance for the family to have fun then dine at Dragon Court, a serene stop to revive and treat yourself.This quality Chinese restaurant is open all day, with its central location and free car parking making it easy to get to and easy to stay as long as you like. The authentic Chinese cuisine, including a large selection of traditional and exciting dim sum, cannot be beaten. The Ă la Carte Menu features seafood delicacies, authentic soups, hot and cold appetizers, Hong Kong style rotisserie, quality meat dishes, hotpots, vegan and vegetarian options plus unusual regional Chinese meals and plenty of delicious noodle and rice varieties too. There is a VIP karaoke room, so you can let your hair down and continue the celebrations post meal. Whatever the motivation behind your visit, from a simple lunch to a special evening dinner, you will have a great time . Treat yourself and your special friends and family by booking your table now on 02920 228866 www.dragoncourt.co.uk

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  Put a spring in your step Here’s how to make the most of your free time in Cardiff Bay this Easter Take it easy Head to the Barrage, breathe in some fresh sea air, and browse the free exhibitions; snap a selfie with the Enormous Crocodile; take the kids to the play area, skate plaza and outdoor gym. Get away from it all Just six miles from Cardiff, the island of Flat Holm is a tranquil haven. Its history, flora and fauna can be explored on a guided tour, followed by a drink in the cosy pub. Visit www.visitflatholm.co.uk for details of boat trips. Add water If it’s instant fun and adrenaline that you’re after, head to Cardiff International White Water (CIWW). During the holidays, the centre is running Family Rafting sessions, where the level and speed of the water is lowered for younger visitors. Be spontaneous Why not try out Air Trail, the high ropes course above the white water, or hire a bike from CIWW and explore the Bay Trail? Each activity costs £10 and there’s no need to book in advance. www.ciww.com For more information about getting out and about in Cardiff Bay visit www.cardiffharbour.com

 

 Г  Nestled in the heart of Cardiff's castle quarter, Coffee Barker is inspired by the coffee houses of New York’s West Village and bistros of St Germain in Paris. Coffee Barker brings the flavour from these metropolitan hotspots to a corner of Cardiff's City Centre. They have recently added more luxurious leather chairs and introduced the finest Italian Gelato! 'Barker Gelato' serves magnificent fresh waffles with lashings of toppings, indulgent doughnut shakes, handmade cakes & fresh coffee. Now also fully licensed (why let the kids have all the fun!), try out their great gelato cocktails, boozy shakes & espresso martinis that are being introduced in their new Evening opening hours for summer 2017. Coffee Barker is an award-winning hand roasted Artisan Coffee house with wonderful food made fresh for you every day so pay a visit this Easter. Unit 13, Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BU 02920 224575

S P STS SuperStars provide fantastic sporting activities during the school holidays for children aged from 4-12 across a wide range of areas across South Wales focusing on Multi Sports. With certificates, theme days, tournaments, fresh air and new friends it all adds up to a healthy active school break! Activities include World Cup Football, Tag Rugby, Basketball, Cricket, Netball, Dodgeball, Gaa Gaa Ball and loads more! All Easter Holiday courses are running from Monday 10th – Friday 21st April, all courses will also have a Easter theme. To check prices and availability please get in contact with SuperStars directly on 0845 2413682 or you can visit their website www.super-stars.org.uk

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Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play By Liz Mullen

playing with commonly available household objects. In recent years there has been growing recognition of the value of this type of sensory rich resource for older children too. Toddlers and young children also enjoy the exploring Treasure Baskets and they create a developmental opportunity in many areas such as: Physical Development, by moving and handling objects – control, coordination and space negotiation and Mathematics, by using objects to explore size, shape, weight and quantity of objects.

What is a Treasure Basket? A Treasure Basket is a sturdy natural basket brimming full of “treasures” picked for their variety, sensory appeal and interest. The Treasure Basket idea is both simple and stimulating activity with many benefits to babies and children and you can easily create your own baskets at home. Many of the items that can be included in a basket are everyday household objects and others can be collected easily or bought cheaply.

What goes in a Treasure Basket?

The Treasure Basket concept was first developed in the 1940s for babies ages 7-12 months and stem from Elinor Goldschmid's observations of children’s fascination for

The possibilities are endless and one of the appealing things about the idea is the potential to use all sorts of objects from nature and from around the house to include in baskets and to develop different types of baskets but there is a also a general consensus about some of the types of objects and the which should be included. As well as natural items such as pinecones, driftwood, feathers, corks, natural sponge, stones and shells, practitioners also recommend including objects made from metal, rubber, leather and fabric – all to be the size and scale suitable for child -size hands.

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Ideas for different types of Treasure Baskets • The “rolling along” basket: tennis balls, curtain rings, coasters, sweet tubes, pom pom wool balls. • The “sound of music basket” – paper, foil, dry leaves, sandpaper, beads on string, wooden rattles, chain. • The brush basket: shaving brush, hairbrush, pastry brush, make-up brush, scrubbing brush. • The ”sparkle and shine” basket: a mirror, tinsel, foil, spoons, shiny fabrics, shiny paper.

What are the benefits of providing Treasure Baskets to babies?

Further reading: •The little book of treasure baskets, Ann Roberts; •Understanding schemas in young children: Again! Again!, Stella Louis; •Heuristic Play, Sheila Riddal-Leech; • People under 3 – young children in day care. • Elinor Goldschmid. Treasure baskets and Heuristic Play, Sally Featherstone

Babies are able to explore treasure baskets from when they are able to sit with support and providing a range of objects within reach enables stimulation without needing to be mobile. They provide an opportunity to develop concentration and attention and to strengthen their core, back and shoulders whilst sitting for longer periods of time engrossed in an activity. Babies are also able to practice and refine their fine motor control and eye/hand coordination and to make simple choices and develop preferences. Through treasure baskets babies are able to develop ways of learning or “schemas”generalised behaviour patterns and repeated behaviour demonstrated when children play and investigate their surroundings. These include behaviour patterns such as positioning objects, transporting objects, enclosing objects and enveloping or wrapping objects.

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JO BLOGS...AND SO CAN YOU By Natalie McCulloch

Is this a good or bad thing? It could be argued that the very premise of social media is unsociable. There’s not much of a social element to whisking your phone out every time you go somewhere in order to ‘check in’ or take a photo. I recently attended an event and was horrified at lunch time where, instead of engaging in conversation, several of the delegates started tapping away on their phones whilst eating. Even the act of dining, which was once a key opportunity to engage with others, has become yet another chance to connect to our fellow followers.

It is accurate to say that the age of technology is upon us and the age at which competency of mastering such devices is reducing annually. In the 21st century, it’s rare to find a shop or even a party without someone chained to a mobile phone. We do everything online! So is it any wonder that blogging has taken off so much? So, what is a blog? Blogging is a way of communicating a message, be personal or otherwise, through the medium of internet. People blog for all sorts of reasons – personal, financial, political, creative, developmental or career wise.

Joshua Becker, the author of ‘The more of less’, tells us why not to compare, by saying: “Many a contented life has surely been stolen by the unhealthy habit of comparing ourselves to others. Comparing ourselves to others will always rob us of gratitude, joy, and fulfillment.” Further to this, research from two German universities of 600 people suggests that 1/3 of people who visited Facebook felt worse after visiting the site, especially if they viewed vacation photos. Is it ruining our social skills? What are the negatives and positives?

There are some fascinating blogs out there, crammed full of inspiration and information. It seems there is no norm where blogs are concerned! But something is missing from the world of blogging( yours! I’m a great believer in that everyone has a story to tell, everyone’s opinion is worth sharing. It may be you’ve had a revelation in your personal life, learnt something new, been somewhere enjoyable (or really awful) or read a great book. These are all worth putting pen to paper for (or fingertip to keyboard!) Regardless of whether only a handful of people read your blog, or it becomes a viral sensation, the very act of blogging can be enjoyable and beneficial.

A blog on the Psychology Today website shows both sides of the argument. It can create comparison, loneliness and isolation. However, some wonderful parts of Facebook are that it allows you to connect to people all over the world without even leaving your house, even people you haven't seen in a decade. Also it can help you find out information about an event or a place you’re interested in going to...the list goes on. So, what’s the verdict?

So what are the downsides? We’d be foolish to say there are none. Some blogs can be a way of issuing hate, writing false information and attacking others. Blogging takes time and a lot of commitment and sometimes life gets in the way. You may get disheartened by a lack of following for your blog if it fails to become a viral hit overnight. But remember even some of the most successful artists wait for years for the recognition they deserve so don’t give up! If you fancy writing your own blog don’t delay you may find a new passion.

As with everything, its about how you use it! Maybe try having a break from social media(you may just surprise yourself.

http://writtent.com/blog/top-blogging-statistics-45-reasonsto-blog/

Facebook or fakebook ? – friend or foe?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/10029180/ Children-using-internet-from-age-of-three-study-finds.html

Everyday there are 500,000 new users on Facebook, amounting to the 1.083 billion daily active users. Thanks to the abundancy of technology and the media crazed mindset of modern day life, it’s possible to connect to almost anyone at any time. We find it almost impossible to go through a day without going on social media.

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Wyburn & Wayne Nathan Wyburn and Wayne Courtney are two of the city`s premiere socialites, giving you their take on what's hot in and around Cardiff! Wyburn: She brought something different and exciting every week! Speaking of exciting, we went to see Kinky Boots in the west end! I love the movie and I was spellbound by the live show! The vocals, the songs, the choreography, it was amazing!

Wyburn: The BRIT Awards were absolutely incredible this year. We had such a great time meeting loads of stars!! Wayne: Yes, I loved our drunken chats with Masie Williams, Ellie Goulding, Pixie Lott and a few more! Everyone just lets their hair down don't they? It's just a big party!

Wayne: Typical us decided to wear huge red kinky boots, walking through Covent Garden on the cobbles, stopping for photos with tourists etc we don't do things in half do we...?

Wyburn: We like a party!! Our video interviewing them is so funny, with my steamed up glasses haha! Continuing our partying we teamed up with Welsh Hearts once again to raise money in memory of our wonderful friend Bernard Poyser. The charity concert in total raised ÂŁ2,137 which will go towards putting two new defibrillators into the community.

Wyburn: No! And to get a response from the cast was amazing too, we got a few Tweets afterwards and waves during the show! So much fun! We also hosted a fundraiser for Pride Cymru called The Big Welsh Party headlined by our lovely friend Rachel Roberts the Shirley Bassey tribute!

Wayne: He would be so proud, great to see all his loved ones together in the room enjoying! What a fantastic finale finding the winner of The Kings Royal Variety show! The show went on for 8 weeks and our winner was the fantastic burlesque dancer Michelin Star - and we love her!

Wayne: She's always a hoot! Our restaurant recommendation this month is without a doubt the vegetarian and vegan venue named Anna - Loka on Albany Rd. It's beautiful and you don't even miss the meat, I promise!

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Wayne: It was one heck of an after party! You were shooting Jack Daniels whiskey! He was great and you can't deny why he deserved to win the show, his voice is incredible, and we always love it at the Globe! 88888888888888888888.

Cardiffian of the Month Name: Desmond Robert Kitto. Occupation: Chief Officer Cwm Taf Community Health Council/ Minister St Andrews United Reformed Church, Roath Cardiff Fave place to eat in Cardiff: Hollybush in Whitchurch. Fave bar in Cardiff: Don't really drink so don't have a favourite bar. Cardiff in three words: Most exciting City. Favourite Cardiffian: Sir Norman LloydEdwards, a valleys boy who did so much for the development of the City whilst he was Lord Mayor which helped make it what it is today. Pictured: with my friend His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama.

Wyburn: Haha I didn't miss meat no... It's also really quirkily decorated with art etched into the walls! We also got to interview star of Game of Thrones, Ross O'Hennesey about his new acting classes he's carrying out with one of his pupils Simon Foxxy. They are great guys and Ross is doing something great giving something affordable and great back to people who can't particularly afford acting schools. Wayne: Brilliant to see that going on in Cardiff! WE HAVE OUR OWN RADIO SHOW AHHHHHH!!!! Radio Cardiff, every Friday at 10am we will be in your ears chatting about what we've been up to and getting you in the mood for the weekend. I love radio so this is so awesome for us! Wyburn: Yes, I'm shocked they've allowed us to go live to be honest haha let's hope we don't slip up ey? Ben Haenow, winner of 2014 X Factor, sold out The Globe with an absolute epic gig!! We went with our buddy Helen Fulthorpe and her fabulous kids! Wayne, can you say after party?

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Puzzle Mania! Crossword

Across 1. Elephant’s nose (5), 3. Military elite (5), 6. Heavy blow (5), 9. West Indian dance (5), 12. Desire strongly (5), 13. Sovereign’s assembly (5), 15. Trace of evidence (7), 16. Rotate (7), 17. Container (6), 21. ( Vegas, gambling city (3), 23. Make a new thing (6), 26. Narrow street (4), 27. Colourless gas (7), 28. Socially acceptable (4), 29. Searcher (6), 32. Short poem (3), 34. Mock, false (6), 40. One who flies an aircraft (7), 41. Come out from (7), 42. Understand (5), 44. Excuse (5), 45. Book of the bible (5), 47. Short musical study (5), 48. Soon (5), 49. Song of praise (5). Down 1. Israeli city (3,4), 2. End of a pen (3), 3. Pail (6), 4. US state (7), 5. Reef of rock (6), 7. Weeding tool (3), 8. Go before (7), 10. Brother of Aaron (5), 11. Oil-yielding fruit (5), 13. Prise (5), 14. Roman house (5), 18. Make proud (5), 19. Articulate (5), 20. Madagascan primate (5), 21. Game of chance (5), 22. Serpent (5), 23. Shrill cry of a young bird (5), 24. Film star, ( Murphy (5), 25. Adjusted tones (5), 29. Sparkling flake (7), 30. Stage musical (5), 31. Hinder, legally (5), 33. File (7), 35. Covering of the skull (5), 36. Inappropriate (5), 37. Invade (7), 38. Passage with arched roof (6), 39. Confirm (6), 43. Dolorous (3), 46. Seventh Greek letter (3).

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FLAT HUNTING By Jamie L. Harding

It’s odd, and intense. Tara, myself and the various letting agents would repeatedly become engaged in a sort of three-way of false appreciation and boring small talk, emerging at the other end with aching cheeks and a slight feeling of shame.

You know those people you see – only ever on television, mind you – owning both a yacht and a helicopter? The sort of stupidly-rich people that leave you wondering how incredibly spoilt they must feel each day, waking up and having to decide whether to sail or fly to wherever they’re headed that morning? Well, I have experienced something similar.

You’d pick up on all the positives and ignore absolutely any negatives. Who cares if the place smells like wet dog – that might mean pets are allowed! Who gives a heck about the fact that the whole place is smaller than your average cupboard – it’ll be cheaper to keep warm! And the only letting agent we had which did point out the flaws, was apparently concerned with only pointing out the flaws – he’d verbally anguished over the stains on the carpet before we’d even set foot on it, and described to us in vivid (very vivid) detail what he imagined the green slime in the bathroom to consist of. He made such a show of the awful aspects that there didn’t seem to be any positive ones at all, and I think it was halfway through his rendition of ‘Yes, that’s broken too’ that I began questioning whether the possibility of getting stabbed was actually so bad.

Today, after around two months of searching for a new place – two long, arduous months of viewings and rejections and lifted hopes and shattered, battered dreams – I had to make the most wonderfully indulgent of decisions: Should I shower in the en-suite, or should I head across the hall to the bath? Now, granted, the shower I took that morning wasn’t quite the same as travelling in a million-dollar yacht or helicopter (it was actually rather cold, the thermostat having yet to be fixed), and yes – calling the small corridor a hall was perhaps being a bit grandiose, but you have to consider the context. For the past fifteen months I had been living in an upstairs flat which was, I must admit, still pretty lovely, inside at least. It was small and yet cosy, but it was also in one of Cardiff’s rougher areas – I won’t name which one – and each time I ventured out was a little like rolling a dice and hoping it didn’t land on Stabbed.

It was, to sum up, pretty damn exhausting. But then, on the 3rd March 2017 – let the date be recognised the world over as Finally Day – we at last moved into our new place. Right in the centre of Cardiff and with a view overlooking Principality Stadium, it is something we are already very proud of. When we viewed this place our smiles were genuine, and there really was plenty of storage space. And a big fridge too.

My fiancée Tara and I decided that this wasn’t a game we wanted to play anymore (call us old fashioned) and so we began looking for somewhere new. And that is where the trouble started.

It gave me hope, it gave me strength, it gave me the lesson learned that the struggles in life are worth soldiering on through, and – most importantly – it gave me the choice between a shower and a bath.

I don’t know if you’ve ever looked for a place yourself, but it’s a strange world to encounter. It’s very0 full-on. When you’re met by an overly-enthusiastic letting agent who can’t quite wait to show you how blinds work or what a dish-washer looks like, it’s hard not to fall into the trap of pretending you care. You, too, become overly-enthusiastic – and I mean about everything. Never before have I ever grinned manically at the sight of a tiny, overgrown garden, or glanced out of a window to see a dirty garage and uttered the words, ‘Oooh, it comes with a view?’.

Who needs a yacht anyway?

I also found it utterly impossible to open a wardrobe without mentioning the words ‘plenty of storage space’ followed by a considerate nod or two, or open a fridge door without asking Tara to come and check it out too; we don’t even need a big fridge, since all we ever buy is pizza and cheese and cheese pizzas, ‘but the possibilities0’

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“And Another Thing…….”

By Vince Nolan

Sniffing the Monkeys’ Shoulder An intriguing title, I think you will agree. No doubt you will have made up your own stories already about its’ possible origins. She Who Must Be Obeyed with The Sainted Mother-in-Law as back-up and yours truly in reserve were in the local hostelry, The Quiet Woman (ha ha), when the M.I.L. spotted the shelves of whisky – this being after the recent rugby debacle against Scotland. She spotted a bottle called Monkey Shoulder and asked the bar-person if she could sniff the contents. A harmless pastime I think you will agree and an inexpensive one too. Next week she will be fondling carrots in Tesco.

know why I was so surprised. On balance, I would prefer to take my chances with the SAS and their less scary motto “Who Dares Wins” and they only have one dagger as opposed to two swords. I have always been wary of anyone who wears too many badges. They think it says: “I’ve got a personality and have been places.” In reality, they haven’t and have been sent places. Continuing the badge theme, one morning a woman and her baby got on a bus. The bus driver said, "Wow, that is one ugly baby." The woman was deeply hurt and found a seat next to an elderly man. The man said: "What's wrong, you look upset?" The lady replied "I am. That bus driver just insulted me." "You shouldn't take that from him," the man says. "He's a public worker and should give you respect. If I were you I would take down his badge number and report him.” "You're right,”

Staying with signs, I have always been a big fan of the Salvation Army and the work they undertake within our community. However, imagine my surprise when out strolling recently with the Leader of the Opposition when we came across a centre operated by the Sally Army. This badge was on the wall. “Blood and Fire” is a pretty scary motto for a charitable organisation but then again, they do produce a magazine called The War Cry so I don’t

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• A stitch in time saves 9. • Cats have 9 lives. • Dressed to the nines. • The whole 9 yards. • On cloud 9. • Nine times out of ten. • Possession is nine-tenths of the law and • He’s had one over the 8 (therefore presumably, 9).

she says “I think I will." The elderly man then says, "You go on up there and get his badge number while I hold your monkey for you." On our travels around this Septic Isle we happened upon the sleepy and quaint hamlet of Ludlow. We were in a café for lunch (spoiling Her yet again) and there was a bit of a queue as new staff were on duty so things were not the quickest nor the smoothest. Anyway, this older guy (may have been the same one from off the bus above) who was behind me in the queue, started the annoying British habit of tutting and then tutting louder to show his displeasure at having to wait. Minutes went by and he could contain himself no longer and shouted out in the plummiest English accent: “Look here, I am totally brassed-orf don’t you know. You have got my dander up good and proper.” The guy who was behind His Lordship in the queue said “Why don’t you go elsewhere then mate?” Toff said, “Why don’t you.” I thought “fight.” Anyway, when His Majesty arrived at the front of the queue he ordered two scones to take away costing a princely £3. I shouted out, “Is that guineas,” much to the mirth of the assembled diners. His impatience had me in mind of the scene in Fawlty Towers where this poor guy orders three drinks at the bar and is ignored for the whole episode – you know the one. “A gin and orange, a scotch and water and a lemon squash.” Which coincidentally is what I shouted after His Highness as he left the premises.

Normally I would have researched the background to these sayings and provided you with pithy and intelligent explanations for them but on this occasion, you can do this yourselves for your homework. Vivien Leigh, star of stage and screen famously said, “I'm a Scorpio and Scorpios eat themselves up and burn themselves out.” Well Viv, I’m a Scorpio too love and there the similarity ends.

For those of you challenged by all things mathematical here is a help-message: Dear Algebra, stop asking us to find your X. He’s not coming back. We don’t know Y either. Now for a joke provided at great cost and under licence from the current Mrs Nolan: “Someone threw a bottle of Omega 3 pills at me. Luckily my injuries were only super fish oil!”

I have been reading another slice of playwright Allan Bennett’s diaries. All very interesting and gently comedic as you would expect. He tells the story of a friend of his who was a teacher and was brought in to teach Manchester United’s overseas players to speak English. Bennett adds that his friends’ other role was allegedly to teach their English players how to read and write.

Finally, in pop news, the recent Brit Awards saw Little Mix as winners for their chart-topping “Shut up to my eggs” or so I thought. It was pointed out to me by a Higher Authority that their song was in fact entitled “Shout out to my ex.” Ah well, I thought it was some tirade about Easter or perhaps something vaguely hormonal but there we go!

Now nine has always been a number I have been comfortable with. As a former scrum-half (I know, it’s hard to imagine now), 9 was my shirt and I have always had an affinity for it. This got me thinking about how regularly 9 crops up in the English language. For example:

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penylan community matters By Louise Westlake

As a long-standing resident of Penylan for over 20 years I am grateful Louise & Mark and the team at Cardiff Times for the opportunity to offer some views on our Penylan Community. With spring now in the air, thoughts turn naturally to the wonderful parks that we are fortunate to have on our doorstep. There have of course been big changes afoot in recent weeks in that area with work commencing on the Roath Flood Risk Management Scheme by Natural Resources Wales. This has affected Roath Mill Gardens, Railway Gardens and in particular Waterloo Gardens, with large areas currently closed off until December. Despite prior consultation by NRW many residents have been shocked by the scale of the project and particularly the loss of trees. The need to protect homes and businesses and enable them to get adequate insurance is important of course, but we must also do all we can to ensure that our Edwardian heritage is left as unspoilt as possible for current and future generations to enjoy. It has therefore been heartening to see the level of local involvement on this issue - which can only increase the likelihood of an outcome that all members of our community can be satisfied with in the long run.

Another issue central to our neighbourhood is of course its local schools. As a mum with two children attending Primary school in the area, I have been impressed by the role these play in creating and sustaining the sense of community. It was therefore concerning to hear that some 55 children living in Cardiff High School catchment area did not get into their preferred, and only, catchment High this March and now face an agonising wait to see if any places will drip feed down. Many of these children will inevitably be separated from their friends and may face an uncertain transition from Primary to Secondary School. Like many local families, I have been, and will continue to be, involved in the campaign to support our children and the wonderful friendships they have created. The time and investment local residents place into their community needs to endure. Finally I must mention the incredible work done by Keep Penylan Tidy recently.28 volunteers turned up and we scoured our local streets picking up litter. All equipment is provided and it was amazing to see so many children from Marlborough Primary School. @LouiseAWestlake

And talking of consultations - the Council has recently announced plans to roll out 20 MPH zones in residential areas around the City, although primary routes will remain 30 MPH. Penylan is earmarked for this scheme in 2019/2020 so keep an eye out for the consultation with local councillors and residents. Done well this should improve public safety and liveability of our streets, plus hopefully dissuade those drivers who ‘rat run’ – using Penylan residential streets as short cuts.

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the bbc’s roath lock celebrates its 5th year in cardiff bay By Sarah-Jane Outten and Aaliyah Buchanan

Continuing her series of articles exploring small businesses and entrepreneurs in Cardiff, this month Sarah-Jane collaborates with Aaliyah Buchanan and visits the BBC studios in Roath Lock to celebrate their 5th year anniversary in Cardiff Bay. It is famous for being the home of Casualty, Doctors Who and Pobol y Cwm.

This month’s column is a celebration of Cardiff’s creative industry. Home to Doctor Who, Casualty and Pobol y Cwm, the iconic BBC Roath Lock Studios are celebrating their 5th anniversary in Cardiff Bay. Over 850 hours of TV have been produced at Roath Lock including some of TV’s biggest dramas, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Under Milk Wood, War and Peace, The Game, Wizards v Aliens and The

Green Hallow. Roath Lock is now classed as one of the industries finest, with 39 major awards to be proud of. As well as this, Roath Lock are investing in the creative industries future, with over 50 apprentices trained or currently in training over the last 5 years. Myself and Aaliyah Buchanan were lucky enough to be invited on a rare tour of Roath Lock including a Q&A session with industry professionals. We were joined by Jonathan Nefydd, who has played Collin Evans on Pobol y Cwm for the last 10 years, Ben Davenport who was an apprentice, Erika Hossington, the executive producer for Casualty, Cathy Shipton, who plays Duffy in Casualty, Tracie Simpson who is the executive producer for Doctor Who, and Llyr Morus who is the series producer for Pobol y Cwm. We even got a chance to talk to the BBC’s director Mark Linsey: “I think to make brilliant programmes like these guys do, you need two things, you need the right place and people and this is an incredible place. I mean when I

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did the tour like you guys just did, it reminds you why you came into TV, it’s to make magic, it’s to tell amazing stories and you do need an excellent place to do that. That is what makes this place so special and increasingly unique.” Here are some of the Q&A’s> Q. Jonathan, what was it like for you to come here to Roath Lock and get to film the new version of Cwmderi? A. A lot of members of the cast were unsure about the move, because of the history and tradition but it’s been totally transformational for us to be down here, it’s absolutely amazing! It’s really exciting to be here in Cardiff. Q. Ben, was there a wow factor when you first started working here? Is there still now? A. Yeah of course! It’s still very odd to be walking along streets when nobody else is there, it all looks very real, walking around I still see it as a real place. Like walking onto Casualty everything is made to look real, so yeah I’m still in that phase.

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different, not less. autism awareness month By Natalia Mavromoustaki Autism. A word which fills my heart with so many emotions. A word which reminds me that each child is special in their own way. You might think of autism as a disability, but it is more important to think of autism as having abilities others don’t. Autism can be described, but it refuses to be defined. That’s because autism will never mean the same thing to two people, especially if those people are coming from different perspectives. On many occasions, I am sure you have witnessed a child having a meltdown in the middle of the supermarket aisle, or your child has come home and mentioned that a child in their class is unsociable or makes “strange’’ sounds. As humans, we should always try and support others instead of judge them. We never know what may be going on in that child’s life, if they are diagnosed, so it is important to not start pointing a finger or laughing.

are words from a young boy describing what it is like to have autism.

What is Autism? • Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates and relates to other people and how they experience the world around them. • Autism is diagnosed usually before the age of three.

Interesting facts: • Every 20 minutes a person is diagnosed with Autism. • Many individuals on the Autism spectrum stay in school until they are 21. • Some People with Autism have very special gifts and talents. • People with Autism use various ways to communicate.

‘’How it affects my life is a difficult question. But I am more sensitive to my environment. For instance, I am more sensitive to high tone, loud sounds and noise. That is very hard on me.’’ These

Statistics: • Boys are 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with Autism. • The rate of Autism is increasing steadily. • Autism has neurological roots.

Myths: • Autism is the results of emotional deprivation. • People with autism are not sociable. • All people with Autism are geniuses. Although the worldwide Autistic definitions define autism as a lifelong disability, from my personal and work experience I have seen how so many children have benefited from various therapies, and have improved very much . Children and adults with Autism can attend speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and can also be assigned a social worker with which all the above can help improve the lifestyle of the individual. The 2nd of April is National Awareness Day, which is called Light it up Blue. So, get posting on your social media to raise awareness, or wear something blue in honour of all the families living with Autism.

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Deliciously Delectable Culinary Column! Like your breakfast bountiful? Your lunch luscious? Your dinner delicious? Then pull up a chair, tuck in your napkin and let us, Perez and Gaga - your bloggerlicious hosts, make your mouths water as we give you something you can really sink your teeth into. Pixie Perez and Donna Maria (the Lady Gaga tribute act) have been best of friends for over 20 years. Between us we have travelled the globe experiencing local cuisines from China to Barhaim, Las Vegas to Capri and Honolulu to Bangor. We have built our friendship on our mutual love of music, socialising, travel and food - most importantly crumpets! We cannot wait to share our favourite recipes, experiences and tips on all things foody with you - our lovely readers. So prepare yourself to feast your eyes on our fabulous food filled gastronomic guide and let us leave you licking your lips as you join us stuffing our mouths! There are only certain words that can really get a girl excited. Hearing the combination of DINNER and PARTY in a fancy invitation recently got us food loving socialites, weak at the knees. Any excuse to

put on a sparkly frock, slap on some lippy and satisfy our hungry appetites Arriving at the venue, a newly redecorated, modern, deluxe terrace in Heath, we both feel like a couple of princesses. Us usually classy Bacardi Breezer drinking girls could easily get used to being welcomed by our dashing host, Cardiff Times reader Nick Corrigan, with his princely smile and, more importantly, a glass of the finest champagne! Giddy from bubbles, we're ready to mingle and on the hunt for suitors, rich and single! With a flutter of false eyelashes we meet the other lovely guests, but soon completely forget about our man search as we are led to the dining room and seduced by tonight's offerings. As each of the 6 courses of deliciousness arrives at the table we slowly fall in love with Nick's food. The menu entrees of Bruschetta made with garlic, tomato and onion are followed by a starter of Caesar salad. As Nick prepares the main, Moroccan lamb with a cous cous and pomegranate salad, we flirt outrageously in the kitchen as he carefully explains his cooking method for each recipe, watching on in awe at his incredible culinary skills.

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The flavours in this sumptuous dish are mouth watering and the perfectly cooked lamb delicately falls apart. A dessert of Eton mess served in cute little china cups followed by luxurious Baileys creme brûlée melts in our mouths as our hearts melt in our chests. Nick even makes couples creme brûlée but obviously can't decide between us who to share it with so we share with each other. Licking our spoons we gaze longingly at Nick as dinner sadly comes to an end. Due to the intoxication of the whole evening both of us forget to leave one of our stilettos on our Prince Charming Nick's driveway. Although we may have left single, his fancy dinner party left us feeling as sophisticated as a couple of Downton Abbey extras! We must thank both Nick (our gorgeous host) and elasticated waistbands for their kind hospitality! We have included one of Nicks recipes here... Moroccan Lamb Tagine Ingredients — 1 tsp cayenne pepper — 2 tsp ground black pepper — 1½ tbsp paprika — 1½ tbsp ground ginger — 1 tbsp turmeric — 2 tsp ground cinnamon — 1 x shoulder of lamb, trimmed and cut into 5cm/2in chunks (about 1.1kg/2½lb meat in total) — 2 large onions, grated — 2 tbsp olive oil — 2 tbsp argan oil — 3 cloves garlic, crushed — 570ml/1 pint tomato juice — 2 x 400g tinned chopped tomatoes — 115g/4oz dried apricots, cut in half

— 55g/2oz dates, cut in half — 55g/2oz sultanas or raisins — 85g/3oz flaked almonds — 1 tsp saffron stamens, soaked in cold water — 600ml/1 pint lamb stock — 1 tbsp clear honey — 2 tbsp coriander, roughly chopped — 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped — Method 1. Place the cayenne, black pepper, paprika, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon into a small bowl and mix to combine. Place the lamb in a large bowl and toss together with half of the spice mix. Cover and leave overnight in the fridge. 2. Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas2. 3. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp of argan oil in a large casserole dish. Add the grated onion and the remaining spice mix and cook over a gentle heat for 10 minutes so that the onions are soft but not coloured. Add the crushed garlic for the final 3 minutes. 4. In a separate frying pan, heat the remaining oil and brown the cubes of lamb on all sides then add the browned meat to the casserole dish. De-glaze the frying pan with ¼ pint of tomato juice and add these juices to the pan. 5. Add the remaining tomato juice, chopped tomatoes, apricots, dates, raisins or sultanas, flaked almonds, saffron, lamb stock and honey to the casserole dish. Bring to the boil, cover with a fitted lid, place in the oven and cook for 2-2½ hours or until the meat is meltingly tender. 6. Place the lamb in a tagine or large serving dish and sprinkle over the chopped herbs. Serve. Until next timeB Perez and Gaga

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‘the tent’ By Bethan Jenkins

Tracey Emin, A Young British Artist, creates conceptual and disputed pieces of work that challenge ideas of feminism in contemporary life, and the viewers perception of what consists of art.

baby is held during pregnancy. Just like the womb provides a protective cover for a growing baby, the tent metaphorically provides a cover for the names inside. The fabric materials and stitching process used to create this piece also relates to the idea of female equality. During the 1900’s sewing was the only form of art/work for women to undertake. As Tracey Emin is emphasising the working rights and common idealistic of a woman, she is trying to get the message across that there is still inequality in this world today.

The piece, “Everyone I have Ever Slept With”, is misleading, as we are under the impression that it is everyone she has had sexual contact with when in fact it is just everyone she has slept next to throughout her life. For example, one of the people that are included is her Grandmother. The tent has been used in this piece because it is exciting and personal to the artist. The bright, contrasting colours and large font shows excitement and gives the piece a childlike essence. The tent could be represented as a diary of her life because it contains people from her past and past experiences that have shaped her. The doors of the tent are open, which creates the impression that Tracey Emin is inviting the public into her personal life and sharing herself with the viewers. As the names are inside the tent, it seems as though the artist could be hiding them from the outside world, creating an element of secretiveness.

Tracey Emin’s work has value; it explores the perception of the female persona and personal experiences. Unlike her contemporaries, Emin has the bravery to express and share her most intimate and personal moments to the unknown viewer and even greater, the world. Reinforcing the subject of feminism, Emin herself and her artwork are very outspoken and challenge the idea of women having a voice. Her artwork is her voice. Personally, I admire Tracey Emin’s strength and bravery to express her opinions. Being raised in a world where female equality is still a debatable subject, this piece is inspirational, as the artist is upfront about these inequalities and has skillfully implemented them in her work.

Feminism is shown in the piece as we se the tent is a similar shape to a womb. This shows feminism as a womb is a vital part of a female body where the

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easter fun for all the family By Max Harvey

Whether Easter for you represents a key time in the Christian calendar or just the first (very welcome) holiday since Christmas, it offers up opportunities for fun and frolics (as well as, for some, the challenge of keeping children entertained for a few weeks). What I cover over the next few paragraphs is a few slices of frivolity, ranging from free activities to ones for the more flush among us" As Luther and Janet would attest, the best things in life are free, and Wales certainly has a few gratis gems on offer. If Easter serves up some decent weather, you could do worse than hit the paths in one of our parks. There is Bute Park in the city centre, with its arboreal splendour and ample opportunity to walk by the River Taff. In fact, you can follow the Taff up to Castel Coch and beyond if you have the legs for it. Roath Park is another great open space, running up from Roath and Penylan to Cyncoed, complete with a bird-blessed lake and pedalos for hire. A couple of smaller spaces I’d suggest are the Howardian Nature Reserve and Grangemoor Park. Howardian is easily missed as it nestles between a couple of main roads and the David Lloyd leisure centre, but is well worth a wander. Grangemoor is a landfill site converted into a green space, though you’d never know it. Now it’s a big hill with views across the bay, and sits next to ASDA and IKEA in the bay. How about the children then? You can keep them entranced, sat on a sofa with a screen, but it’s good to get them out and about and interactive. So what can you do with them that’s free (or nearly)? I’ll tell you" They can learn about worms. I mean, who doesn’t want to do that? Well, a lot of adults perhaps, but kids? Kids LOVE creepy crawlies, even if the high pitch screaming suggests otherwise. If this appeals, head down to Cardiff Museum for ‘Wriggle! The Wonderful World of Worms’. It runs every day over the holidays and

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doesn’t cost a penny. Also at the museum are thrice daily kids painting sessions, running from 8th – 13th April. Continuing the crafty theme, on the 12th and 19th April there are Family Crafts days at the Cardiff Story on the Hayes. There is a £1 charge, but that’s a small price to pay for the joy of having to wash PVA out of your child’s hair and finding glitter in every nook and cranny for the foreseeable future. Of course, Easter wouldn’t be Easter without an egg hunt and there are a fair few opportunities to have a crack this year. At the time of writing, only a few places have confirmed they’re doing it, but so far I’ve found St Fagans museum, Tredegar House and Dyffryn Gardens. All lovely places to visit in their own right, but the addition of chasing chocolate adds to the allure. I’m sure there’ll be more if you hunt around closer to the time. Musically we’ve got The Commitments on at the Wales Millennium Centre, bringing Alan Parker’s classic film to the stage, running over Easter weekend. There’s Disney on Ice on the first weekend of the holiday (5th-9th April) at the Motorpoint Arena, where you can also find Mr Banjo himself and his Diversity posse on the 21st April. For the rockers among you, the fabulous Hayseed Dixie are in The Globe on the 18th April doing bluegrass covers of legends like AC/DC and Motörhead (it sounds weird but it works..). And I can’t leave off the Cardiff Ukulele Festival on Saturday 8th April. It’s free and has a host of pint-sized guitars on show – what’s not to love? Lastly, if the Welsh weather doesn’t hold, there are a couple of film options. First, there’s a Peppa Pig movie out. Now, if you have a small child then you might want to keep this bit of news quiet or else you could end up watching the little pink porcine and friends more times than is healthy. For a slightly older audience, there’s Fast & Furious 8. Yes, EIGHT. I can only assume that in this instalment, Vin Diesel is long retired from racing and ditches the souped up supercars in favour of maximising use of his free bus passB

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Books To Look Out For In April From Wiltshire to Wales

The Jack Newton Radio

By Ray Palmer

By Jon Lawrence

The story of this particular family is not an extraordinary one, yet it is a story of some extraordinary people. It is a story of extremes: of hardship and accomplishment, of sorrow and triumph, and of highs and lows in working and domestic lives that we can not easily imagine today. Those extremes are also evident in the contrast between the family's life for centuries in rural Wiltshire and their struggles amid the grime and industry of Cardiff, a big city in the grip of a manufacturing revolution.

Spirited septuagenarian Anwyn Jones, has left London for the tranquility of St David’s following the death of her husband. Coming to terms with her grief, Anwyn begins to notice issues with her memory and fears that dementia will rob her of the only thing that matters to her – her husband. However, Anwyn forms an unlikely friendship with a broken family, including a lonely wife, a guilty husband and a distant young boy. As she tries to rebuild her life Anwyn becomes obsessed with the poems of Jack Newton, whose verses she hears on the radio each night. Within sight of the lighthouse friendships are made and secrets are revealed in a poignant, funny and thought-provoking novel from the acclaimed author of Playing Beneath the Havelock House, Albatross Bay and Bisha.

Good times and bad times, successes and failures, catastrophes and blessings, laughter and tears: they are all here. Find out more at www.wiltstowales.co.uk Available Now. Paperback: £14.95

Cooking With Love By Keith Squires ‘Cooking with Love’ is the stunning new recipe book packed with over 100 delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes that have been heavily influenced by Keith Squires background in Herbalism and Ayurvedic medicine. What's the secret to Cooking With Love? Keith says: "Simply that the way you cook and eat is just as important as the food itself." "How do you make sense of all the dietary advice we receive, that is often contradictory? Ayurveda offers a logical way forward. This traditional natural healing system from India focuses on diet, lifestyle, yoga, and natural therapies, and like a compass it can give you the direction you need to take. In Ayurveda, there are three constitution types or ‘doshas'. Finding your unique constitution gives you a way of developing an effective food plan to bring you an abundance of health and vitality. Ayurveda also recognises that our needs vary with our age, changing seasons and time of day. It is the original personalised medicine using everyday foods, herbs and spices in a therapeutic way which suits us. "Health starts in your kitchen and Ayurveda helps you understand which foods and combinations will work best." ‘Cooking with Love' takes you on a journey through the history of food - the origins of ingredients, their fascinating stories and legends. You can enjoy over 100 easy-to-follow recipes, as well as tips, techniques and knowledge that will change the way you think about food forever. "Whether you love cooking already or find it a chore, I hope this book will help you rediscover the magic of food." Available Now. Hardback: £19.99

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Kinetic Theatre Arts Presents ‘9 To 5 The Musical’ ‘9 to 5 The Musical’ presented by Kinetic Theatre Arts – is one shift YOU will want to work this summer! Hot off the incredible success of their Spring production, ‘Legally Blonde’, Kinetic are back with the ‘Killer Thriller’ ‘9 to 5’ the musical based on the hit film and infectious songs by Dolly Parton. The show will be Kinetics’ 20th musical which will mark the company’s 4-year anniversary.

had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can't she? So how can YOU be involved? Kinetic are looking for performers between the ages of 16 – 26 to join this talented, industrious company to take part in this fun, fresh and lively production. Under the guidance of the directorial Team, Kris Crowley, Liz York & Emma Pawsey you are guaranteed to have an absolute ball whilst honing your performance skills to the high standard audiences have come to expect from Kinetic Theatre Arts.

Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thoughtprovoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains "otherwise engaged," the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that

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CARDIFF STREET PASTORS By Michael James

Like all major cities, Cardiff on weekends means 'party time'. Friday and Saturday evenings see our City's streets full of young and not so young people out to enjoy themselves, and I don't mean only on match days but every weekend of the year. Locals and visitors alike, all in the mood to celebrate, stag nights, hen parties or, maybe, just the end of the week. To most of them, to misquote a phrase, 'thank god it's the weekend' but many of them will be saying they thank God for the Street Pastors.

their own convictions to provide care, support and practical help to people out on the streets late at night. Volunteer teams patrol the City Centre and provide help and assistance to those weekend revellers who are suffering the effects of over consumption of alcohol. Also, the teams give help to those people who may face the risk of violence or feel unsafe or lonely, hurt and abused, and who will benefit from and value that feeling of safety that comes from a helping hand. Often these people are just seen by society as having caused their own problems and as a result are looked upon as a problem to be avoided.

Why/ What are Street Pastors? Why will many be thanking them? Perhaps you might think that Street Pastors refers to those we sometimes see on street corners wearing what are called 'sandwich boards', proclaiming, 'The end of the World is nigh!', or singing hymns and urging us to, 'Repent our Sins'. We don't see so many of them around now but however silly and misguided they may seem to be to the thousands of shoppers passing by, they have their own convictions and bravely stand and face the ridicule and often abuse they receive but no, I don't mean those street evangelists.

Street Pastors offer this care without judgement, regardless of the causes of the pain, sickness or danger. Street Pastors, regardless of the name, are not there to preach, although are more than willing to pray with people if and when asked. They are simply volunteers bringing the church in action onto the streets. Cardiff Street Pastors, which was established on 21 November 2008 with just 18 volunteers, now numbers over 60 people. This allows teams of between 4 to 6 fully trained people to patrol the streets of the City Centre every Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm to 4.00am.

The Street Pastors I am referring to are Christian volunteers who, equally bravely, follow

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The scheme, which has the approval of the Local Authority, is highly valued by the Police, Paramedics, Licensees and Night Time Economy Workers. It works in close partnership with the Police but with a very different role. Dressed in distinctive Street Pastors uniform and equipped with various equipment and supplies, the teams distribute the following FREE items.

shows what differences can be made when people and organisations partner together for a common cause. Working from it's operational Night Base in Eglwys y Tabernacl, (Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Church), The Hayes, the Street Pastors, although an independent group, form part of the 'UrbanTrinity', (The Church, the Police and the Local Authority), in taking responsibility for Cardiff after dark.

• Flip-Flops - Given out mostly to women who have broken or lost high heel shoes and who would otherwise walk home in bare feet.

The Night Base, which is also staffed by volunteers, is an important part of the Cardiff Street Pastors project and is open on each night the teams are on duty. It provides a place for the Street Pastors to meet, be briefed on the nights work and to pray before their shift starts, It is also used as a place for refreshment and relaxation, not only for Street Pastors but the Police and other members of Cardiff's night time economy.

• Bottles of water - Dehydration is a major problem on the streets and bottled water is given out every night. • Foil Blankets - People are often ill equipped for the drop in temperature as night falls. Where Street Pastors find someone suffering from the cold they are able to distribute foil blankets to provide warmth.

Street pastors come from right across the Christian community and must be over 18 years old (there is no upper age limit). If this interests you, or if you would like to know more or contribute to the work, please get in touch, via e-mail on Cardiff@streetpastors.org or telephone 029 2051 2247.

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olly olly olly, oi oi oi By Georgia Stacey

Olly’s easy going personality makes you feel completely comfortable as a concert go-er and his upbeat energy is infectious. Of course the Welsh crowd needed no encouragement to join in an impromptu outburst of Nelly’s ‘Hot in here’ or his versions of Tina Turner’s ‘What’s love got to do with it’ & Justin Timberlake’s ‘Don’t Stop the Feeling.’

Olly Murs is the Cheeky Chappy everybody remembers from the X Factor. A fact he reminded the sold-out audience in Cardiff over two nights at the Motorpoint Arena as he sincerely thanked everybody for the support over the years. The night began with just over an hour of pop music DJ’d to us by Matt from Capital Radio to get everyone in the dancing spirit. As all the screens cut to black, the lights were suddenly turned onto the audience with cameras catching children, their parents, security guards, cameramen and Motorpoint staff dancing and laughing live to the pre show pop music.

Included in the show were well known singles from the 70s right through to the present day and they are songs everyone can sing along to. His own hits including the opening ‘You don’t know love’ & ‘Dance with me Tonight’ were all part of the set and Olly had you dancing along with him. In-between performances, Olly took the time to chat to the audience and mixed the atmosphere from flirting with the crowd to letting us know his flaws and insecurities that are summed up in his songs ‘Grow up’ and ‘flaws’. All in all the concert was a lot of fun and you can tell Olly absolutely loves what he does. And that’s what makes him so easy & enjoyable to watch.

With the crowd now enthusiastic, Olly took to the stage with a full 11 piece live band; including four backup singers, 3 brass players, 3 string players and a drummer all dressed in matching navy suits. Olly made sure each member of his on stage team had their individual moment; introducing them one by one before their solo performances.

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