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editors letter

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PUBLISHER Cardiff Times


Hi All, and welcome to our April issue.

Louise Denning 07903 947594

FEATURES EDITOR Mark Denning 07758 247194


CONTRIBUTORS Wyn Evans, Vince Nolan, Wayne Courtney, Nathan Wyburn, Sarah-Jane Outten, Michael James, Natalie McCulloch, Jess Dowd, Marketa Fialova, Ailsa Harvey, Jess Morley, Melissa English

Well, they did get the weather forecast right after all last month, and we did see snow in Cardiff - twice in the space of two weeks! It was great fun while it lasted, especially the organised snowball fight on Roath Rec, and not forgetting the Snow N'Lisa portrait at Roath Park Lake by Nathan Wyburn Art. What was not so much fun was the sudden shortage of food in many shops as people panic bought and stripped supermarket shelves of essential items like milk and bread - why is it these seem to run out first?! The children especially enjoyed the extra two days off school, and to be honest Mark and I were more than happy to take some time off work and play in the snow! Both of our children play cricket in the summer for Cardiff CC, and have been busy practicing over the winter, with our son especially excited to have had a couple of coaching sessions with ex England and Glamorgan player Simon Jones. Our daughter is equally excited for the cricket season to start, as she will be playing for the first time in an all-girls team! This month we have our usual mix of diverse articles from our talented writers, and some more suggestions for things to do over the Easter school holidays, see pages 40 and 41 for more details. As usual, there is plenty going on in and around the city in April, as you will discover when reading through the magazine! We've also put together a feature about places to eat out in Cardiff that are vegan friendly. Finally, we’d like to draw your attention to the article on the opposite page, this is an issue close to our hearts, and one we feel strongly about.


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school admissions – cardiff council fails local children Statement from Marlborough Children’s Action Group For the last four years Cardiff Council have failed the children of Penylan, Roath and Plasnewydd by not providing sufficient places at the local catchment secondary school for all the children that live in the area. This has caused uncertainty for children about where they will go to secondary school and led to significantly increased levels of stress and anxiety; a growing number of parents have taken the difficult decision to relocate. Despite pressure from parents, local Councillors and school governing bodies, the Council have repeatedly failed to take action to address the mounting problem.

undertaken on option A, however, which prevented an objective comparison of both options on different protected groups. The Council’s own Scrutiny Committee recommended such an assessment be undertaken. This advice was ignored. • Responses were largely drawn from one part of Cardiff and so were not representative of the whole of the city. As the over-subscription criteria only affect schools that are oversubscribed, is it any surprise that the majority of respondents were from areas directly affected by this? Indeed, any other pattern of response would have been perverse. • More weight was placed on the views of non-respondents than upon those of the actual responses themselves. The Council appear to have assumed that those who did not respond would have voted for option A; this is a frankly bizarre approach to a public consultation. • Significant emphasis was placed upon the results from the survey of pupils. This is of course somewhat ironic when the views of an overwhelming number individual respondents to the consultation proper have been effectively disregarded. We do not know which pupils were surveyed and whether this included any living in areas with oversubscribed schools.

Then for the first time this year the Council appeared to be proposing a solution that could benefit children living in areas with oversubscribed schools. As part of its annual school admissions consultation for the year 2019/2020 the Council proposed two different oversubscription criteria - A & B. Option A largely retained the status quo where proximity to the school is the deciding factor when a school is oversubscribed. Option B included a criteria of linked primary feeder schools. In the event of over-subscription, attendance at a linked feeder primary would be one of the deciding factors. The consultation stated that using this criteria, 33 pupils attending feeder schools for our catchment secondary school would have been admitted under option B that weren't under the current system of proximity.

This consultation has at best been a seriously flawed exercise, or at worst a deeply cynical sham - designed to kick the over-subscription issue into the political ‘long grass’ ahead of the school investment programme, which is not due to expand Cardiff High (the catchment High School in this area) until 2020 at the earliest. Cardiff Council, when rejecting option B, did not put forward any other solutions to address the lack of places at Cardiff High for all children who live within the catchment. For yet another year the children of Penylan, Roath and Plasnewydd will be failed by Cardiff Council, and will face ongoing uncertainty and stress. Our children deserve better than this.

Unprecedented numbers of people responded to this consultation – over 1000 people, compared to fewer than 50 in previous years. The majority of responses favoured Option B – 79% in total. Despite this overwhelming support for option B, the Council voted to ignore respondents’ views and opted to continue with option A. The Council attempted to justify their decision along the following lines: • The equality impact assessment (EIA) undertaken on option B. No equivalent EIA was

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By Nathan Wyburn & Wayne Courtney

7 Marlborough Children’s Action Group

49 RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2018

14 April Diary

54 Puzzle Mania

20 Do Re Mi - WDSD By Wyn Evans

24 Is This Seat Taken? By Natalie McCulloch

32 How To Change Your Mind? By Jessica Dowd

36 Beauty - Beautiful You This Spring 37 The Beauty Edit By Sarah-Jane Outten


40 Easter Feature - Easter Holidays Are Here! 10 10

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74 Vegan Feature - Go Vegan 76 Vegan Cardiff : Is This The Future? By Ailsa Harvey


79 Puzzle Mania Solutions

58 ‘And Another Thing…’

80 ‘The Sons Of Jabal’ Are Riding In To Town!

By Vince Nolan

By Michael James

63 Books To Look Out For In April 66 Daffodils And Dinosaurs By Sarah-Jane Outten

71 No Fit State Unveil New Show, Lexicon In Hometown Of Cardiff For Welsh Premier


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Tŷ Llandaff Is Rated One Of The Top Care Homes In Wales

A Cardiff care home has been named in the Top 20 Recommended Care Homes in Wales for 2018 by a leading UK care home website for the second consecutive year. Tŷ Llandaff, a private nursing, residential and respite care home in Pontcanna, has been awarded this status by The awards highlight the most recommended care homes in each region of the UK and are based on over 75,000 reviews from residents, friends and family members. Tŷ Llandaff, a 70-bed home in Conway Road, which opened in December, has a perfect 10.0 score on All reviewers rated Tŷ Llandaff as ‘excellent’ and ‘extremely likely’ to recommend the care home.

Care home manager Janice Evans said: “Our approach to ongoing healthcare is about more than simply meeting the care needs of our residents but about looking after overall well-being. At Tŷ Llandaff, we provide a luxury lifestyle that is both enriching and rewarding. “We are naturally delighted to be awarded as one of the top 20 recommended care homes in Wales and it means a lot to the staff and residents. We’ve only been open for just over a year so this award is recognition for all the hard work the team carry out on a day-to-day basis.”

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Menopause the Musical is heading out on another UK wide tour. This hysterical show packed full of one-liners about night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss is backed by an instantly recognisable soundtrack of innuendoladen versions of 60s, 70s and 80s pop classics. New Theatre, Cardiff



This course starts at 12pm with a 20 minute introduction on what to look for and a brief of the general countryside codes where they relate to foragers. We’ll then set off on a roughly 2.5 hour walk around Bute Park and along the beautiful riverside, stopping for some of our lovely hogweed and wild garlic soup somewhere along the way. We will end the day with a tasty wild food lunch based on what we have found. Bute Park, Cardiff


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One of reggae’s brightest lights, Romain Virgo, comes to the UK on tour this April. Hot on the heels of his new album, “Lovesick�, the dynamic young Jamaican singer returns to these shores with his slick & polished brand of live reggae and lovers rock, complete with full band. Tramshed, Cardiff

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April Diary   I  I  -   I Vibrant Show Gardens, floral displays, interactive activities and brand new Regeneration Gardens will all feature at this year’s RHS Flower Show Cardiff, which will take place in the capital’s stunning Bute Park. The Show will embrace Visit Wales’ Year of the Sea, highlighting the sensational Welsh coastline with a host of themed gardens and related features and activities to spark the imagination. Bute Park, Cardiff

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The brand new Cardiff Animation Festival (CAF) is launching in April 2018 at Chapter, Cardiff. The four-day celebration of animated film will include a preview of Oscar-nominated feature film The Breadwinner and a huge programme of 99 short animated films in competition. Join us for guest speakers, including the creators of the preschool favourite ‘Hey Duggee’, an exclusive industry day, networking, workshops and film screenings! Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

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Cardiff & the Vale of Glamorgan is full to the brim with some of the best pubs a real ale drinker could wish for, with its own breweries and a huge array of villages to drink in. The Real Ale Trail gives drinkers the opportunity to sample up to 10 fantastic pubs in one day without having to worry who’s going to ferry them between hostelries. Cardiff & The Vale Of Glamorgan


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  Г Join the Balloon Walk on Sunday, 29 April, 2018. Be part of a community taking on events all around the country for one common goal: beating blood cancer. This is a varied coastal walk which starts and finishes at Cliff Parade in Penarth. (meet in the car park by Cioni's). You’ll be given one of our coloured balloons to carry so you can proudly show your support – you’ll have the chance to share experiences and memories along the way, before enjoying some well-deserved refreshments. Entry fee: £12.50 for adults, £5 for children. Families of four can enter for £30. Cliff Parade, Penarth

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Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Titanic The Musical is a stunning and stirring production focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers. With music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and a book by Peter Stone, the original Broadway show won five Tony Awards including Best Musical, and this brilliant new production has won sweeping critical acclaim. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay



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cardiff open air theatre festival 2018 Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival celebrates the launch of their 36th Festival. Wales’ Premier Theatre Event, attracting over 15,000 visitors, has opened its box office.

Dad’s Army (5th July – 14th July) Don’t Panic! The Homeguard will be marching into Sophia Gardens this summer. This much loved British sitcom has been specially adapted for the stage and has all your favourite Walmington On Sea platoon members.

Now the largest theatre event of its kind in the U.K., Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival is offering 8 productions to satisfy the cultural appetites of the Capital City. Employing home-grown Welsh talent and fostering the future of theatre, the festival is proud to showcase directing talents of Cardiff’s own Richard Tunley (Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama), Peter Doran, (Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama & 2017 Best Director for Belonging at the Wales Theatre Awards) and Simon H West (Bristol Old Vic)

Hello Cabaret In The Park (Sunday 15th July) Back by popular demand! A celebration of musical theatre showcasing re-imagined classics and hidden gems. Fiddler On The Roof (19th July – 28th July) A heartwarming and hilarious musical that will delight audiences. Tevye & the colourful community of Anatevka witness his daughters fall in love in a time of extraordinary change.

This festival provides theatrical productions of the highest quality yet without the elitist price tag. Affordable theatre in the heart of the city centre for everyone!

Seussical Jr. (21st July – 28th July) AndGo Productions return with Seussical Jr, a Madcap Musical for all the Family!

2018 Productions The Merchant Of Venice (21st June – 30th June) Shakespeare’s Comedy of Love, Sex, Power & Revenge. Money! Portia has it, Bassanio wants it, Shylock loans it, Antonio borrows it.

King Lear: Everyman Youth (Sunday 22nd July) Everyman Youth Theatre brings one of Shakespeare’s most demanding tragedies to the open air!

Stand Up in the Park (Sunday 24th June) Following last year’s enormous success, professional stand up comics provide an evening of hilarity!

To buy tickets please go to the website; or Telephone Box Office: 0333 666 3366

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Film Screening (Sunday 1st July) A new experience at the festival! A screening of the riotous and raunchy Rocky Horror!

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do re mi - wdsd By Wyn Evans What an exciting week this has been! I'm writing these words on 21st March, World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). This is relevant because my daughter, The Girl, has Down Syndrome (DS) and turns twelve in a week's time. DS is characterised by there being three copies of chromosome number twenty-one (instead of the usual pair), hence 21/3. The week has been book-ended by my daughter's ballet class completing their Royal Academy of Dance Grade 3 examinations, and by a weekend trip to Belfast where she will be representing her High school, with two friends, in the British Schools' Trampolining Finals. The flight to Northern Ireland will be The Girl's first time on a plane and she is, she assures us, "sooooo excited!!"

This response has been heartening if only because the background music about DS is like an ominous, bass-drum-reverberation which is increasing in volume such that it might soon drown-out the more positive news of which The Girl's achievements are a small part. I'm talking about NIPT, Non-Invasive Pre-natal Testing(2). Used positively, this test could lead to would -be parents of kids with a range of chromosomal abnormalities, such as DS, being given advice about the condition, access to people or parents of children with DS, and an end to the myths about DS that still exist. Used negatively, the roll-out of NIPT might be promoted by clinicians or policy-makers with financial stakes in the companies involved, fail to address the myths about DS, and see a significant increase in abortions for these chromosomal abnormalities. Iceland and Denmark have made it an explicit part of their social policies to wipe-out DS from their lands by the middle of the 2020s. Which, of course, makes people with DS feel stigmatised, threatened, and unvalued. Which, in turn, makes parents and families of kids like The Girl take up arms (well, keyboards at least!) to demand that any implementation must be accompanied by a sea-change in social understanding of the life-prospects and contribution of those with DS to their communities. It also begs questions of the following type - "if NIPT is first used to identify and subsequently abort foetuses with chromosomal abnormalities what will it be used for next?" Should we expect a purging of autistic spectrum disorders? Or cystic fibrosis, or of those with depressive tendencies? At the very least we can perhaps agree that this is big, important stuff that needs a wider debate and more informed implementation.

WDSD is an exciting time for families of kids with DS. The world over it is a celebration of diversity and inclusion. Following her ballet grading, The Girl was asked by her teacher to perform 'Dance C', one of the examination dances, for a little video. I posted a copy of this dance on my Facebook page and shared it with a few other sites too(1). At the time of writing it has had hundreds of viewings and 'likes' and scores of positive comments. I'm not one to pay much attention to ephemera such as social media approbation but the theme of this year's WDSD has been 'what I bring to my community' and it is clear from the responses received that The Girl is seen to bring something important to her communities - school, ballet, trampolining, in Penylan.


Within the DS community (if I can use such a label) there are very large numbers who attest to very negative experiences in their dealings with medical and clinical professionals when their foetus or baby was diagnosed as most-likely having DS. I wrote about this two years ago and received a letter from a retired Midwife who assured me that no Midwife would ever react negatively to a diagnosis of DS. As I wrote back at the time, my correspondent was quite mistaken. In our own pregnancy The Boss was advised more than once by both midwifery and medical staff that we should consider abortion. And not 'consider' in the sense of 'you have a legal right' but more along the lines of 'you have a social duty' to abort. And we would have been rich indeed if we'd been given a ÂŁ5 note every time we were told how 'sorry' they were that our baby would have DS, how our child would 'suffer', that she might never walk or talk or achieve anything...


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heartened, I put on some Elvis Costello, which I was unreliably informed was ''rubbish". I asked Her Ladyship what she wanted me to play fearing the worst. And the worst it was, 'Let it go' from 'Frozen' and Moana's theme, another Disney gem. I had expected her to come up with a few pop songs but soon realised that we never have pop radio on, either in the house or the car. The Boss drives to Radio 2 (but we forgive her as she brings home the bacon) and is also partial to a bit of Meatloaf. I listen to Radio 4 (The Girl can sing along to 'The Archers' theme - all together now: 'dum ti dum ti dum ti daa...'). The Girl likes Classic FM. I know she's my daughter and all but I don't know whether to be chuffed that she adores classical choices or fearful that she risks missing out on an essential staple of tweenage experience: boy bands and Ariana Grande? I can however report that she can identify JS Bach's music and quite likes Hector Berlioz's arrangement of La Marseillaise. Maybe she is a budding Macronette?! The WDSD challenge is 'what I bring to my community' and I think she brings a lot to hers. If you're still reading, perhaps you do too.

There is a kids' TV programme, aimed at 5-6 year olds I'd guess, called 'Get Well Soon'(3). It is fronted by one Dr Ranj Singh. He seems to be a pleasant enough fellow and I know that many mums see him as a bit of a stud-muffin! Well this otherwise unobjectionable junior doctor used to wind me up no end. His theme song includes the line "the doctor will tell you what is good for you"; well, if we'd listened to the advice of too many of our clinicians we would never have had our joyous life with The Girl. She would have been snuffed out long before birth. That would NOT have been good for us. Parents of kids with DS have started agitating for reform in the nature of clinicians' training so that they actually meet people with DS and see for themselves that they do not 'suffer'. In fact, in the single study undertaken on this subject, ninety-nine per cent of people with DS regarded their lives to be happy and positive ones(4).

Footnotes: 1. videos/916861958475613/ 2. item/403-what-is-nipt/ 3. 4. PMC3740159/ 5. 6.

Hmm. You can maybe tell that the WDSD has informed my writing today! Let me tell you a story. Last Sunday The Girl and I were listening to 'Desert Island Disks' on BBC Radio 4. What I mean is that I was listening to it and she was playing on her iPad. David Byrne of Talking Heads had just chosen Woody Guthrie singing 'Do Re Mi'(5). "That's not how it goes", proclaimed The Girl before trying to draw forth from her memory 'Doe, a deer' from 'The Sound of Music', which is also known as 'Do Re Mi'. So we had a chat about music, as you do! I played her Nanci Griffith's and Guy Clark's version of Guthrie's song and we both agreed that it was far better(6). I played her Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway...' and she started head banging when the guitar solo got into its stride. Suitably

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is this seat taken? When is a chair not just a chair? …. When it’s a lifeline too! By Natalie McCulloch

is particularly prevalent in older populations with 1.1 million people aged 65+ being chronically lonely, and ½ million going 5 or 6 days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all.

Read on to find out how offering your spare chair to an elderly person in need could help in more ways than you can imagine Figures show that we live in an ageing population, with one-in-six of the UK population currently aged 65 and over, and estimations suggesting that by 2050 one-in-four will be!

So why is loneliness such a concern? Studies suggest that: • Lonely individuals are more prone to depression, heart disease cognitive decline and dementia, with one study demonstrating an increased risk of Alzheimer’s by 64% • Loneliness is as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. (Holt-Lunstad, 2010) • Loneliness is worse for you than obesity. (Holt-Lunstad, 2010) • Loneliness is likely to increase your risk of death by 29% (Holt-Lunstad, 2015)

We’ve all heard of the saying ‘old age doesn’t come alone’, and this can have both positive and negative connotations. For many, older age brings with it wisdom, more leisure time and exciting experiences, however sadly there can also be disadvantages in terms of health and isolation. According to the Malnutrition Task Force (2016), of the 11.6 million older people in the UK, over a million are estimated to be malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. This puts them at greater risk of ill health, social isolation, falls and reduced quality of life.

Linking the two together Research shows that simply by enjoying a meal with friends or family, older people report feeling more cheerful and an increase in appetite. Yet just 39% of older people in the UK eat just 1 meal with friends or family a month! Shockingly, an estimated 40% of people aged 70+ find meals alone so lonely that they decide to skip them altogether, with 1 in 4 skipping a meal every day!

Malnourishment in older generations may be due to many factors such as reduced appetite, taste changes, reduced income or difficulties shopping/ preparing food. Alongside these issues, another big factor which contributes to malnourishment is loneliness! Anyone can become lonely but some circumstances such as relationship breakdown, redundancy, retirement, or decline in health can trigger a downward spiral into loneliness. Loneliness

Luckily help is at hand thanks to Bisto, ‘Contact the Elderly’ charity and 1,600+ volunteers nationwide,

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all hoping to combat these very issues since 2015. But one thing is missing - that’s YOU!

“The time I feel most lonely is after six o’clock at night, but when I’ve been out to a Contact tea, then I don't feel lonely at all, just fresh memories of a lovely afternoon out with friends. It's good getting out and meeting people and it's fun for us to get together. It has made such a difference to my life.” From an elderly guest

Just by offering your ‘spare chair’ on a Sunday, by sharing your Sunday roast with someone in need or by volunteering to drive someone to a ‘spare chair’ Sunday lunch – you could make a world of difference! Sunday is an ideal time as, when asked, over 58% of people aged 70+ declared roast dinner to be their favourite meal.

“I don't think people realise how lonely and isolated these elderly people feel and just a few hours one Sunday a month can make a huge difference. The gatherings are tremendous fun and I can feel excitement in the air each month when I ring around my members, hosts and my drivers. I find it enjoyable because you can see immediately how, for a small amount of time, you can make a big difference to their lives.” From a volunteer with the ‘spare chair Sunday’ project

Want to know more? Helen Warren Piper, Marketing Director at Premier Foods, said: “We have a 100-year heritage of bringing people together around the dinner table for home cooked meals. We were able to help a huge number of people through our ‘Spare Chair Sunday’ project when it first launched in 2015. And we are really pleased to be able to play our part once again in tackling loneliness amongst older people in the UK.”

If you live in Cardiff and would like to get involved please contact your local group coordinator, Marion Lowther on 01792 862702 or

Do you fancy getting involved? If you enjoy listening, are able to chat easily with older people and have a good sense of humour, this could be the volunteering opportunity for you! Obviously, it’s important that volunteer drivers are safe and responsible and group coordinators are good communicators, organised, proactive and able to motivate others. There are a few precautionary checks which can be carried out with individuals and their environments to ensure that the project runs safely and smoothly, but once these are cleared you’ll be welcomed on board a fantastic friendly team!

On a final note, allow me to share a quote which sums the project up perfectly: “The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from the mere animal biology to an act of culture.” ~ Michael Pollan For more information -on-loneliness/

Ways you can help include: - Offering a ‘spare chair’ at your Sunday lunch tables to a Contact the Elderly older guest and their volunteer driver, to share a delicious warm lunch all together. - Hosting a small Sunday tea party for local people in your community. - Volunteering to drive an older guest to a lunch or tea party (you may even get a cup of tea too!) - Spreading the word about this project via social media or word of mouth to get others involved. - Referring an elderly person who may benefit from this service. Just a few hours of your Sunday could make a HUGE difference to someone else, but don’t just take my word for it:

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

treatment can provide a long lasting solution to this problem. Lasers can successfully destroy unsightly legs veins. Initially the vessels appear darker and then gradually disappear over a period of 6 weeks. To ensure you are ready for summer it would be wise to start this treatment at least 3 months before your target date. Plan ahead to be ready for those beach holidays.

If you’re trying to decide which procedures you should be focusing on, below we’ll look at the top summer prep treatments you’ll want to invest in.

Laser peels – reveal a fresh, rejuvenated complexion Do you want your skin to look perfect this summer? Laser peels can really help. They are suitable for all types of skin and a variety of skin concerns. Laser peels can be targeted at trouble spots in the top layer of skin, treating problems such as unsightly pigmentation. Deeper laser peels can target the deeper layers of skin, stimulating collagen production to produce a smoother, more youthful appearance. More aggressive laser peels can improve acne scarring.

CoolSculpting – perfect for those stubborn love handles Ideally, for best results CoolSculpting should be done in spring or late winter time if you’re looking to benefit in the summer. However, even if you’ve left it a little late, you’ll still see the benefits almost immediately. It works by exposing the fat cells in the targeted areas, to safe, cold temperatures. This in turn, causes the cells to literally shut themselves down. They are then eliminated over a period of around 12 weeks, when you’ll get to experience full results.

Overall, there are many treatments you can invest in to look great this summer. However, the above four are some of the most commonly requested at the Specialist Skin Clinic as pre-summer treatments.

It’s worth noting this treatment isn’t a good treatment option for obesity. It’s designed to treat small pockets of fat only and will only help you to drop a few pounds, focusing more on contouring the body, than helping you to lose weight.

For more information on these and other treatments go to our website at or contact us on 02920617690 to book an appointment.

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

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Ardour Academy was set up as a place where people can holistically take care of themselves. Those experiencing stress, poor levels of self-care and self-compassion, as well as individuals wanting to try something new are welcome to join this friendly and relaxing atmosphere where everything from dance classes to counselling sessions are available. The counselling sessions and workshops cover a wide range of topics such as stress management, mindfulness, self-awareness, and healthy relationships. To keep your body as fit and healthy as your mind, you can take up yoga, Afro Brazilian dance, Kizomba, and even tango dancing! As well as a dance studio, there is also a cafĂŠ/bar area for visitors to escape the hardships of everyday life by relaxing with friends or meeting new people.

Address: Units 14 and 15, Welffield Court, Wellfield Road , Cardiff , CF24 3PE Tel: 07846 086247 Email:

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how to change your mind? By Jessica Dowd

set of circumstances. So, this cost of energy and time over expected pay-out is calculated based on previous experience, previous success or failure. Information is gathered and translated into profitable situations by the nervous system. Often more information brings greater reward1 the evaluation of information processing has resulted in our well-engineered pre-frontal cortex. Humans can calculate much bigger risks based on much larger quantities of data than lions precisely because the development of our pre-frontal cortex is unique to us. The pre-frontal cortex is the area involved in planning and other higher mental functions. We learn through repetition and by using all past data available.

New neuroscience research is prolific; there are exciting findings every day. How about finding out how to take more control of your decision making? Wouldn’t that be fabulous? When to say yes! When to say no! Also, even how to change a yes to a no and vice versa! Could new research shed some light on how to help our brains make better decisions for us? Whether that’s saying no to that chocolate biscuit, glass of wine or cigarette or saying yes to the gym or applying for that new job! Or, even within our day to day health and safety like whether or not to cross the road or launch onto the top step of a flight of stairs. Every day our brains make a huge number of last-minute decisions. For example, we change our step when terrain changes, we decide how hard to brake at the traffic lights, and we ‘know’ when to change lane and even where to place the racket to have the best chance of hitting the ball. In a way life is one long choice of gambles. Shall we go left, or right? So, how does our brain make decisions? With no information we’d have to choose at random. How many of us choose our own lottery numbers at random? Or do we prefer lucky dip-letting the machine choose or some other more elaborate way of making the decision e.g. important dates, lucky numbers or even family birthdays. We tend to base our decision making on an assessment of previous experience, so we use all our previous data to help us decide what to do in the ‘now’. We hope the data is working well for us, that the gamble pays off and that we make the right decision. Most organisms ‘pay’ for information in the use of energy and time. So, the ‘organism’ codes/decides if the ‘cost’ is lower or higher than the expected pay out in food, safety or mating opportunity. More low cost but high pay-out decision making results will of course lead to a greater chance of survival. The lion decides whether or not to ‘go for the kill’ based on its previous successes or failures of ‘hunts’ that closely match the current criteria and current

What then if our previous experience is negative? What if our previous choices and decisions have not gone well? Can we help our brain learn new ways of decision making and evaluating? New research says YES!


A team from John Hopkins University recently published findings in ‘Neuron’ which shows how that changing our mind – to retreat or backtrack on an intended behaviour (something already decided e.g. you’re on your way to the biscuit barrel) involves coordinated cross talk between several brain regions. So changing our minds even milliseconds after making a decision is often too late. The John Hopkins group used data from fMRI analysis to show that reversing a decision needs super-fast communication within the pre-frontal cortex and the frontal eye field; the area involved in controlling eye movements and visual awareness. The research seems to be showing that the longer a decision has to ‘take hold’ in our minds the harder it is to change – so any indecision only serves to strengthen confusion. This ‘lag’ is enough to create doubt. So we doubt our willpower to lose weight and we eat the biscuit, or we doubt our ability to be


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successful so we don’t apply for the job – or we doubt our decision to change lane and end up in an accident. This works for avoidant behaviours too, so if we have previously been involved in an accident our decision making processes the evidence that our decision making might be ‘faulty’. We were not successful last time and so we might not be successful again. If this type of thinking takes hold it can have many negative consequences leading to fears, phobias and even OCD behaviours and thoughts ‘if I touch this three times, and turn this on and off four times then I won’t have a crash’.

successful in our imaginations thus making it much more likely that we are successful in reality. We can mentally rehearse the positive version, the version of events we want to happen. We can visualise ourselves going to the fruit bowl and not the biscuit barrel, we can imagine ourselves being offered the job and we can remember when we were confident enough to drive and imagine the wonderful places we’d like to travel to. If it IS David, keep it in the picture, if it’s not, chip it away! In the study at John Hopkins University participants undergoing fMRI had to watch a black dot; then a coloured dot would appear and it was found that this made them shift their gaze. The participants were forced to abandon their initial plan of being told to fix on the black dot. The data from this research was analysed to uncover which regions that are involved in making the STOP signal happen. The researchers could see clearly on the imaging scans which areas ‘lit up’ when the participants terminated their ‘plan’ to watch the black dot because they became distracted by the coloured dot appearing. So is the key then to change our attention? To distract ourselves! The faster we can make the distraction happen the more successful we will be – but don’t we already know this? What do parents do when their child is on ‘high demand’ in the supermarket for a chocolate bar or a new bit of Lego? Or the ‘age-old’ “Are we nearly there yet?” We distract! If the distraction worked we try it again next time, if it doesn’t we might have a tantrum on our hands and we have to try a different distraction next time.

So how do we stop a go message? How do we cancel the decision? Can we learn to understand how the brain stops or prevents an action? If we can, we can help ourselves and others to enhance the ‘stopping process’. This will teach us to enhance willpower and this therefore means people will have more control over their choices. It seems the sooner we can turn off the ‘plan’ to drink, use a drug or avoid driving etc. the less likely we are to carry out the plan. This then opens up choice, the chance for us to choose an alternative course of action and build new data to use as evidence. We need to help the brain ‘see’ that this is possible – modifying the brains algorithms to better guide perception, thought and action. Can we then, build a better brain? “Axons connecting neurons can be rerouted by shifting chemical trails and molecular guideposts that coax the axons in particular directions” (Pinter) the anecdote “how do you sculpt a masterpieces like David – it’s easy, you just chip away the stone that doesn’t look like David.”

For managing our own behaviours then we need to actively visualise alternative scenarios – in advance. We need to plan the distraction in advance! We need to anticipate our ‘inner demand’ and ‘think’ to counteract it. This lights up a different area of the brain – making a different decision possible: Terminate plan a follow plan b. If plan b is more successful and makes us feel pleased we are more likely to more easily repeat this next time.

This shows us the power of positive forecasting. Using what we know about how the mind processes to build on positive mental rehearsal, where we are

It’s all in the mind.

Further reading & information: ‘Scientific American Mind’ March 2018 Vol 29, Issue 2 ‘How the Mind Works’ Steven Pinker ‘The Biology of Belief’ Brice Lipton

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BEAUTIFUL YOU This Spring Celtic Herbal Cymru Sanatio Naturalis

Natural skincare and home fragrance expert Celtic Herbal launches its new artisan range.

products are therapeutic luxury oils and waters, to nourish the skin and uplift the spirits.

Its safe and soothing creams, balms and oils are best enjoyed as a delicious daily indulgence. There is also a range of beautifully packaged gift options. Only ethical ingredients are used in Celtic Herbal’s traditional recipes to produce luxury skincare that is good for you and the environment.

We are all searching for glowing healthy natural, youthful looking skin so by doing a gentle daily facial massage it will increase the skin’s circulation, giving it a healthy, youthful glow.

Enveloped by the hills of Snowdonia on one side and the waves of the Welsh coastline on the other, the company is well placed to be inspired to keep things as natural as possible and 100% kind.

All Sanatio Naturalis products can be purchased directly from :

All Celtic Herbal products are available at

Lavender Mint Deep Conditioning Mineral Hair Mask Repair dry, damaged hair with instant gratification. Immediate results for stronger locks. £19.95 - 6 Sachets

Lavera Detox Effect Mask I 50ml I £16.95 A great detoxing treat for the skin, this 100% natural mask can be applied several times a week.

Lavender Mint Conditioning Leave-In Spray Smell and look amazing. This frizz-fighting formula conditions and delivers a healthy shine all day long. £17.95 - 200ml

Lavera Hydro Effect Cleansing Balm I 100ml I £13.95 Enriched with precious organic olive oil, the silky, creamy gel texture encapsulates dirt particles and removes them without damaging the skin barrier.

Lavera Hydro Effect Day Cream | 50 ml | £21.95 This 100% natural day cream is packed full of active ingredients to nourish and hydrate the skin. Lavera Hydro Effect Range available at :

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The Beauty Edit - Beauty & The Environment By Sarah-Jane Outten Regular readers will know me from my column featuring local businesses and charities. So, you will understand that my passion for writing is nothing new. However, you may not know that I am also a qualified makeup artist with a love for all things beauty related. Welcome to this month’s edition of the Beauty Edit. I hope the arrival of Spring (finally) finds you in rude health. After what feels like 6 months of Winter it’s nice to feel sunshine on the skin and take the opportunity to soak up some allimportant vitamin D. Our undefined seasons demonstrate perfectly how climate change is and will continue to change our everyday lives. And it’s got me thinking about what I do, or don’t do, to protect the environment. While I have spent many years aware of simple changes, such as recycling household waste, I haven’t looked at how my cosmetics or beauty habits have an impact on our environment. So, this month I decided to consider it further. I’m not a scientist or environmental expert, but I thought it would be valuable to share some of my findings. I think I first became aware of considering my beauty habits last year. The UK government ordered a ban on the use of microbeads in cleansing and exfoliating products. Manufacturing of these products came to an end in January this year. And all cleansers and exfoliators containing microbeads will be removed from shelves by June this year. This leads to a major reduction in microplastics contaminating our oceans. However, this still isn’t enough. So many products that are provided by the beauty industries are packaged in materials that still lead to us filling the oceans with microplastics.

We also seem to have become a nation of makeup wipe lovers. I agree, that they are convenient for removing makeup at the end of the day when your exhausted, but from a beauty point of view, don’t be fooled into believing it is the same as cleansing the face thoroughly. Many of them aren’t great for the environment either, creating more unnecessary waste and seems that many people flush them down the loo after use. They cause major issues for our sewerage systems. It would be far better to use a bottled cleanser and a cotton cloth that can be reused in this instance. I have recently seen the introduction of the microfibre clothes in the beauty industry. They claim to remove makeup without the use of a cleanser. They are reusable and should last for years according to the reviews. So initially this sounds like an option. But, eventually those plastic fibres also break down and end up in our oceans. There is an argument here that: removing the need to use cleansers reduces detergents and possible toxins (depending on what cleanser you use). You won’t have the packaging month after month from cleansers. So, in this case, as a consumer, I am undecided as to knowing which option would be for the best. I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.

Finally, there is some great news! Cosmetic companies are becoming more environmentally conscious all the time. For example, Burt’s Bees have a range of lipsticks in 18 shades that are 100% natural. The casing is made from post-consumer recycled plastic too. Their formula is packed with conditioning ingredients including moringa and raspberry seed oils, plus mimosa flower wax and beeswax. These lovely lippies are available from John Lewis and are priced at £9.99. If you’re a fan of haircare products Aveda have a history of producing great products with the environment in mind. They have the ‘green ingredient promise’ which means they only use naturally derived ingredients, with 90% of their ingredients certified organic. They also use post-consumer recycled plastic, as well as 100% wind power in their manufacturing.

Take for example, the simple cotton wool bud, found in most of our bathrooms. Ideal for makeup touch ups - we get through millions of them each year. But they are the number one item of plastic, sewage-related debris found on our beaches and rivers, according to the last year’s Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean. The good news is that Johnson and Johnson stopped the use of plastic handles in their buds last year. But many If you would like to see more Beauty Edit features other manufactures still use plastic in the manufacturing of suggesting environmentally friendly products, or you have their buds. So, if cotton buds are a staple in your makeup recommendations, I would love to hear from you. You bag, it would be worth swapping brands or switching to can contact me via my Facebook page anytime reusable makeup applicators and make up brushes @sjcardifftimes. instead. 37


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Easter Holidays Are Here! Easter Holiday Activities at your local Better Leisure Centre in Cardiff Keep the kids active and entertained this Easter at your local Better leisure centre in Cardiff. Let them burn off some energy, make new friends, try new sports and have fun – all in the safe hands of our friendly, highly qualified staff. We have a wide range of activities for kids under 16, including everything from BMX cycling, football, girls only health and wellbeing sessions, FREE swimming sessions, intensive swim lessons, Water Polo, cycling on the track at Maindy Centre, street dance, junior gym sessions, lifesaving taster sessions, inflatable fun, soft play and so much more! Don’t forget, we offer a range of fantastic courses too that run throughout the year including trampolining and gymnastics, so if you want to get your kids set up ready to enjoy a brand new activity not just for Easter, get in touch with your local Better leisure centre. Visit and check out our timetables. Why not mix it up and pick and choose your activities across the city!

Juboraj Restaurant The Juboraj Restaurant Group is one of the oldest and one of The greatest Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants in Wales. Having been established for well over 20 years, they’ve won numerous awards andnow have five restaurants in Cardiff. The Rhiwbina restaurant with its Georgian interior is one of the originals. The Juboraj Lakeside restaurant has been at the heart of Roath Park for over fifteen years. At the heart of Cardiff’s thriving Café Quarter lies the stylish Juboraj. The Juboraj Express on North Road has an Indian street food café atmosphere and a home delivery operation that is second to none. Finally, the latest restaurant brings the Juboraj home to where it all began for them, Cardiff Bay. The Juboraj pride themselves on combining traditional authentic dishes with a fresh new contemporary approach bringing you the best flavours the Indian sub-continent has to offer. The Juboraj Guarantee ensures that only the freshest and high quality ingredients are used in their dishes. Take advantage of the early evening discount menu this month at the Lakeside and Rhiwbina venues between 5pm - 6.30pm Monday to Thursday. With a warm welcome and friendly attentive staff you can be sure that time spent at a Jubaraj, whether it be a light lunch or a candlelit evening meal, will be time well spent. For more information or order online visit:

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The Winding House Museum Visit the Winding House Museum this Easter for a fabulously free day out! Only 40 minutes from Cardiff with onsite parking, easy access and a tempting coffee shop, the Winding House is a modern museum offering a truly hands-on FREE day out. Discover Valleys Life in the past - create your own prehistoric clay pots, dress up, take selfies in the medieval stocks or ‘enjoy’ the smells of a WW2 air raid shelter! Join them this Easter and discover the new exhibition “The Life of Elliot”. A fascinating collection of objects and images that tells the story of Elliot Colliery and its people! Plus, during Easter you’ll also be able to have a go at making your own Celtic style Easter crafts. If you’d like to take part in the Easter crafts, contact them to book your place at £2.50 per child on Friday 30th March and 6th April, 11am -12pm. You can call them on 01443 822 666, chat to them on Facebook or email them to book your place. Winding House, Cross Street, New Tredegar, NP24 6EG

Wok to Go There are not many Oriental restaurants that can hold the claim that they are healthy but Wok to Go are passionate about serving excellent quality food that is low in sodium, low in fat and with no added Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). The food is fresh and refreshingly not lathered in salt, oil and grease like so many others. Choosing your own meal combinations, the menu is extensive and full of different flavours and foods from a variety of places throughout the Orient. You can tuck into delicious Malaysian chicken satay skewers, try a wide variety of Thai red and green curries and even experience authentic Chinese aromatic crispy duck (which comes highly recommended). Their modern open kitchen also creates an interesting touch as you are able to see your food being cooked as you wait. Wok to Go brings you all the delights of traditional Oriental food. Cooked in the traditional method of a searing hot wok, their food captures the goodness of the finest ingredients mixed together with the flavours of Wok to Go's own mouth-watering sauces. The service is always first class and without fail the food is always fresh and tasty. 110 Caerphilly Road, Cardiff CF14 4QG, Telephone: 029 2069 1118 Download the Wok to Go app from the App Store to receive 8% off your order between Sunday and Thursday or follow the link from the website at https://

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Wyburn & Wayne Nathan Wyburn and Wayne Courtney are two of the city`s premier socialites, giving you their take on what`s hot in and around Cardiff!

I took it upon myself to make some art in the snow, portraits of Game Of Thrones’ Jon Snow, Idina Menzel from Frozen and my version of the Mona Lisa called the Snow’na Lisa in Roath Park - they went viral on the net and it was insane!

Wyburn: April already? One quarter of our way through 2018 already, I’m unsure if it’s an accomplishment or rather depressing...

Wayne: I know, I woke up to Jon Snow on my roof, very fun! We just about managed to see one of my favourite shows ‘Sunset Boulevard’ down at the Wales Millennium Centre after it was cancelled for a few days, we trudged through the snow & slush to get down and see a performance and it was outstandingly beautiful! Anyway let’s forget about snow for another year... we went on holiday!

Wayne: Well we should be thankful for every week the way we live.. and on THAT NOTE, how incredible were this year’s Brit Awards? The show was amazing (we can actually remember it this time) our outfits were... colourful? And that red carpet, well... Wyburn: I know! We had the amazing pleasure of chatting to so many stars that we admire on the red carpet. For me.. it was great to catch up with Phillip Schofield, finally meet Keith Lemon and get the recognition for my art and approval from Nadine Coyle and our fellow Welshy Luke Evans, who I’ve previously done a charity collaboration with!

Wyburn: We did! We went to take ‘a break’ in... wait for it.. dun dun dun.. Benidorm! Ha! We can’t really remember much about getting there because the night before the Wales Millennium Centre invited us to the official launch party of The Festival Of Voice where we may have had a few white wines and ended up out on the town! However, this year’s line up looks incredible, it’s a wonderful thing to have so many artists from around the world coming to perform in our beautiful city!

Wayne: I know, Dracula, Gaston... what an honour! Also, someone I got to meet was the legend that is, Nile Rogers.. I mean wow, he wrote Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’! Not to forget host for the evening Jack Whitehall, Roman Keating & our old pay Alesha Dixon! Not to forget also all the after show parties.. so much vodka!

Wayne: It’s a great event every year guys so check out the line-up on the WMC website. So yes Benidorm happened.. we sang so much karaoke.. as we do! Lots of ‘Take That’ and a few power ballads...

Wyburn: Oh the vodka> Fair play, we always look forward to the Brits and we have he best time every year.. how will we top it next year? Well shortly after that we country was hit by the BEAST FROM THE EAST.. and basically went into meltdown.

Wyburn: Well I think that sums us up pretty well don’t you? We made so many friends on nights out.. we only made it to breakfast on the 6th morning because we were getting in so late haha!

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us if we have an event elsewhere, Wednesday karaoke is the place to be!

Wayne: I know, a highlight for me though has to have been when we walked up to the top of the mountain to the famous cross that overlooks the town.. so stunning! It was a much needed holiday, relaxing.. not really because that’s us but yes, much needed!

Wyburn: I also got to present Rupaul’s Drag Race Star Alyssa Edwards with a portrait made form lipstick at her show in The Glee club too - she loved it and Glee have some epic shows coming over the coming months so defiantly check out their website to see the burlesque, music, Drag and comedy shows they have lined up!! Also a quick shout out to the schools in Maesteg that I guest tutored my art at this month ahead of the Gwyl Maesteg Festival you were all amazing and I can’t wait to see what art you come up with in the future!!

Wyburn: Agreed! And even though it was all inclusive you still managed to lose half a pound of weight and a further 8 pound the week after being back on Slimming World!! I’m so proud you’re doing great! 2 stones since being back a few weeks ago is epic! We are really enjoying the healthy lifestyle it encourages - fresh fruit and veg off the stall on Wellfield Rd is always great - and you should all follow Wayne’s journey on his social media pages the meals are lovely if I do say so myself, we’re both learning a lot!

The Wyburn And Wayne Show Radio Cardiff 11am-1pm every Friday! The Wyburn And Wayne Karaoke Party Every Wednesday at The Golden Cross!

Wayne: I feel great! Eating more than ever but it’s just about eating the RIGHT things and your body naturally does the rest - I’d recommend it to anyone! Speaking of feeling great, Spamalot came to the WMC this month.. and guess who was sat on the Hold Grail? Me!!

Cardiffian Of The Month: Name: Sophia Hassan Occupation: Full time ‘Yummy Mummy’ Fave Bar in Cardiff: Kiwi’s...I slay Mariah on karaoke! Fave place to eat in Cardiff: McDonald’s Queen St (I’m Lovin it.. can’t pass it, 6 nugget kinda gal) Fave place to shop: Oooo that’s a toughy, I’m a Primani princess but I don’t mind Peacocks! Cardiff in 3 words: my, back, yard! Fave Cardiffian: can’t pick just one soz, it’s my fella Tel & my baba Harris!

Wyburn: Ah it was so funny, they select a seat number in every show to have it and it was you! They pulled you up on stage and sang the song and you got a tin of SPAM, how lucky! Haha! Wayne: It’s such a great show and that was just the icing on the cake for me, the WMC are pulling these great shows out of the bag time after time and the new show announcers are just epic! We also had the ladies from Split Britches on our Radio Cardiff show, talking about how epic it was at the centre too! So great to have some New Yorkers on the show! Wyburn: Omg I know, I just wanted to have a drink with them - such a laugh, and we hope anyone who managed to see their performance enjoyed it! Alternative & interactive theatre is on the rise - we love it! Wayne: Not to forget another guest on our radio lately have been the wonderful jazz singer Lee Gilbert, who hosts Jazz singers at The Golden Cross on the last Sunday afternoon of every month! We are loving everyone turning out for our weekly Wednesday karaoke too, also a huge thank you to Dan (aka Mary Golds) who kindly covers for

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step closer to a cure for parkinson’s in cardiff

People in Cardiff are being asked to unite with thousands of others across the UK and Walk for Parkinson’s at Cardiff Bay on Saturday June 16th.

The registration fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s. Everyone who registers will receive a free Parkinson’s UK t-shirt, fundraising pack and at the end of the walk, a finisher’s medal.

The event will raise vital funds for the charity Parkinson’s UK, and is one of many walks taking place all over the UK throughout 2018.

All money raised by Walk for Parkinson’s will be used to help find better treatments, and ultimately a cure, as well as providing support and information for the 7,700 people affected by Parkinson’s across Wales.

Two people are diagnosed with the condition every hour in the UK and Walk for Parkinson’s events aim to raise over £500,000 for research to step closer to a cure.

To find out more about the walks, see

The Cardiff Walk will start at 10am near the Norwegian Church on Harbour Drive, Cardiff Bay. You can choose to walk 2.5 miles across Cardiff Bay Barrage and back orcontinue to Penarth and around the marina for a 6.2 mile circular walk, while enjoying fantastic views of Cardiff Bay and the Bristol Channel.

About Parkinson’s Every hour two people in the UK are told they have Parkinson's. It affects 145,000 people in the UK - which is around one adult in every 350.

Walking and other types of exercise is particularly important for people with Parkinson’s as research shows that two and half hours of exercise a week can help slow progression of symptoms. Exercise also has a positive impact on wellbeing and mental health.

Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity. Symptoms vary from person to person, so people with Parkinson’s can benefit hugely from local groups which provide support and an opportunity to share experiences with others in a similar situation.

Broadcaster and Parkinson’s UK VIP Supporter Sian Lloyd said: “We want to make 2018 our biggest year yet for the Walk for Parkinson’s in Wales. I’d like to invite everyone, whatever their age, ability and level of fitness to unite to improve life for people affected by Parkinson’s. Every step takes us closer to a cure.”

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“And Another Thing…….”

By Vince Nolan

Argan, opera and the twenty percenters Of course nicknames are commonplace in most societies and especially in rugby circles. It may surprise you to know I’ve had a few in my time. Well, that is I’ve been called a few names. However, viewing the recent England v Wales 6 Nations match at our rugby club I introduced my mate Kevin to my mate Gerald to my other mate Sean. Alternatively it was when Bomber met Assassin met Mills Bomb. For those of you not in the know, a Mills Bomb was a hand grenade favoured by the British Army. When my Dad came home from the Second World War and turned out his kitbag, a Mills Bomb fell to the floor. Luckily the pin stayed in place so no explosion but my Nan was not best pleased and told him to dispose of it pronto or words to that effect. Being a dutiful son he casually walked into the City Centre and lobbed it off Canton Bridge into the River Taff. He maintained that he disarmed it before chucking it away but who knows?

cash card innit. When she “hits the dance floor” she probably hits many other things as well judging by the above picture. And another thing, surely the song should be “I don’t need any dollar bills to have fun tonight.” Of course, the current Mrs Nolan doesn’t need any dollar bills either since she carries no money, just like the Queen. Now I like eating out as much as the next person. Despite my previous scribblings to the contrary, there are still pubs out there that present pretty fine tucker. However, I have a real issue with the upper end of the market. You know the type of thing: “Humming bird pate on a bed of sea horses.” Who thinks up these things? First take an average plate of food, then chuck in a few French words like “jus”, whilst conversely also calling it “locally sourced” which has then been “sneezed onto a frosted glass platter by a blind Trappist monk.” Please stop it now.

Opera, now there’s a thing. Supreme talent, lavish and hugely entertaining, but that’s enough about me. The Sainted Mother-in-Law recently visited the Wales Millennium Centre with her Coven to see an opera and just before kick-off, or curtain up, or whatever the appropriate opera phrase is, she had a coughing fit which just would not go away. Not wishing to annoy the populous, (she must be mellowing), she spoke to one of the staff who escorted her out of the main auditorium and into the Technical Booth which was of course soundproof but alas, not airtight. The Merry Widow (opera joke) was looked after royally by all concerned and had a great evening. Our genuine thanks go to the staff at the WMC. It is comforting to know that there are still good people out there even if they do not seem to move in my circle (or stalls).

This menu idea is much more to my liking.

Talking of opera, did you hear about the female opera singer who had quite a range at the lower end of the scale? She was a Deep C Diva. In breaking news, Aussie pop Diva (see what I did there) Sia of “I don't need no dollar bills to have fun tonight” fame has been seen out with a contactless

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Still abroad, the current Mrs Nolan and I had the great good fortune to visit Taronga Zoo in Sydney over Christmas. Built on a hill overlooking the Harbour with a cable-car to deposit us at the top ready for a slow meander downwards. Plenty of wild and exotic animals as you might imagine. I asked a zookeeper why there was a baguette in a cage. He said: “Don’t worry mate, that’s bread in captivity!”

Staying with pubs, new stats published by last month by Welsh Government claimed that 75% of the alcohol consumed in Wales was drunk by 20% of the population. Not sure how this works. Many of the population drink no alcohol at all putting us 20 percenters under extreme pressure to try to drink 100% of it. On this basis, a success rate of 75% by our team is a pretty good effort. I am also intrigued about who is drinking the other 25% that us 20% folks cannot quite manage. Of course this could mean that 80% of the remaining population can only manage 25% of the total amount of alcohol consumed in Wales. You should be ashamed of yourselves. The solution from WG is to put up the price of alcohol. That’s about as nuts as Chump Trump’s latest policy to arm teachers in an attempt to reduce classroom shootings. If you don’t want people to shoot other people take their guns off them. If you want us to stop drinking, introduce prohibition. Good luck with that.

Finally, staying with animals, I thought I would share these seasonal pictures with you.

When it was very cold in early March I heard the weather described as “Snow White without the Dwarves111.minus 7!” When I was writing this, the snow was so deep that I had to use excavation marks!! So as a typical bloke I went shopping before the deluge to prepare for a long siege. I stockpiled wine and a jumbo pack of frozen fish fingers. We still have the fish fingers. You employ your survival techniques and I will employ mine ok? Flake news that is.

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What’s all this latest craze for Argan oil in cosmetics? It’s in everything. The poor Argan is going to be extinct at this rate. Apparently Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the Argan tree that is endemic to Morocco. Over two million people depend upon income from the processing and sale of this for their livelihood. This is an Argan oil women’s collective in Morocco and a typical customer. Hmmmm. April Showers Hasta La Vista as we say in the EU.

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Books To Look Out For In April Kicking Through The Troubles: How Manchester United Helped to Heal A Divided Community by John White

The Cuban Missile Crisis by Phil Carradice The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 was the closest that world has yet come to nuclear war. By placing nuclear missiles on the Caribbean island of Cuba, the Soviet Union had escalated the Cold War to a level that everyone feared but had never previously thought possible. In a desperate and dangerous game of brinkmanship, for thirteen nerve-wracking days Premier Khrushchev and President Kennedy held the fate of the world in their hands. Phil Carradice is a poet, novelist and historian. He has written over fifty books and presents the BBC Wales history programme, The Past Master.

From growing up in a war zone to befriending the greatest football manager in the history of the game, John White's story is remarkable. Growing up in Northern Ireland in the 1970s was tough but the prospects for John, a Catholic raised in the Short Strand area of Belfast, were even more restricted. Shining through the darkness was the one thing that united this intensely divided community. It all began with George Best, the pride of the province and hero to every schoolboy in his native Belfast. Available now. Hardback: £10.00

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Balloonomania Belles by Sharon Wright

Turn Back Time by Dr Aamer Khan and Carole Malone

From award-winning journalist and playwright Sharon Wright, Balloonomania Belles: Daredevil Divas Who First Took To The Sky reveals the shocking story of little Louisa Maud Evans, who leaped to her death from a balloon in Cardiff in1896. The star struck 14-year-old posed as ‘Mademoiselle Albertina’ in order to join the glamorous world of the lady aeronauts but she died on her first ascent, the mystery of her parachute never solved. Here for the first time in more than 120 years, is her whole story. Startling new research by author Sharon Wright reveals the gripping true stories of these feisty females of early flight

Learn how to protect your health for the future with expert advice from Harley Street doctor, Dr Aamer Khan in this honest, practical, no-nonsense guide. Dr Khan has spent over 15 years performing cosmetic and non-surgical procedures, helping thousands of men and women to look good and feel as good as they can. Despite specializing in cosmetic surgery he knows the importance of staying healthy on the inside in order to see the results on the outside. Available Now. Paperback: £12.99

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daffodils and dinosaurs By Sarah-Jane Outten

April has finally arrived after what feels like ten months of winter. And although I feel like celebrating the arrival of spring, I don’t want to jinx it. I’m sure you will agree that everything just feels so much better when you don’t have to wear 4 layers of clothing and the sun is shining. We are blessed with beautiful outside spaces in Cardiff, it’s great to get out and explore. Last month I took advantage of a fine spring morning and put everything else on hold -

just for a few hours. I’m a busy mum of three, mature full-time student and freelance writer so any free time is precious. I love walking, not only does it build up the daily steps, it does wonders for clearing my mind too. I decided I would make my way to the National Museum in Cathays Park. If you are a resident in Cardiff, I’m sure you are familiar with the museum. I have lost count of how many times I have visited with my three


children over the years. However, it doesn’t seem to matter how many times I visit, I always find something new whenever I go. This time it was a trip by myself and it felt like a real treat. From the moment I walk in I’m comforted by the museums light and open space, with a smell that’s rather like an old library. I wandered straight up a set of staircases and into one of the galleries on the first floor. I’m not an art expert,


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and I don’t think you need to be to enjoy the paintings and sculptures on display. The collection of artwork here is one of Europe’s finest and it’s easy to see why.

Sunday from 10.30 to 4.30pm. Both serve Fairtrade tea, coffee and confectionary. The museum also has a gift shop, its small and quite pricey – which isn’t unusual for gift shops. As the museum is free to enter it all balances out. I think it’s worth mentioning that museum does rely on donations from the public so don’t forget to pop some money in the collection boxes on the way out.

With works like Water Lilies by Claude Monet and The Kiss by Auguste Rodin included; it’s enough to impress even the most knowledgeable art lover. There is always someone on hand to ask questions should you have any. The staff are very friendly and approachable. Right now there is an exhibition of contemporary art on display until 2nd September 2018 ‘Who decides?: Contemporary Art for Everybody. The first floor also houses an impressive ceramic collection, with some of the most beautiful items of pottery from around the world. Next to that is a temporary exhibition by the photographer David Hurn. It runs until the 15th of April 2018 and I would urge you to try and visit before it goes. His documentary photography is incredibly thought provoking. I spent most of my time on the first floor on my visit. I think this is because when I go with the children their focus is the ground floor as that is the home of the dinosaurs! And I don’t blame them. The museums geology and natural history collections are impressive. The Evolution of Wales takes you from space with the Big Bang on a 4,600 million-year journey, passing dinosaurs and the infamous woolly mammoths along the way. If you want to know what dinosaurs roamed Wales all those years ago – you are in the right place. The museum has two food and drink spots. Oriel Fawr is the restaurant, its open from 10am to 2.30pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am to 3pm on weekends, school holidays and bank holidays. Oriel Fach is the museums coffee shop, its open Tuesday to

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NOFIT STATE UNVEIL NEW SHOW, LEXICON IN HOMETOWN OF CARDIFF FOR WELSH PREMIERE Internationally renowned Cardiff company will bring their newest large-scale touring show, LEXICON, home to Cardiff as part of the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover - their first performance of a large-scale tented work in Cardiff since 2015.

Stopover. Past shows like BIANCO were more like aerial spectaculars in a ‘promenade’ style, where audiences would walk around with the action going on above and all around them. But in LEXICON we’re embracing the origins of circus with traditional style seated ‘in-the-round’ audience and some more traditional skills and techniques. There’ll still be spectacular, heart-in-your-mouth aerial skills, beautiful images and exciting live music, but now we can perform on a stage as well, which opens up world of exciting possibilities.

With the same award winning creative team that created ImMortal, tabu, and Bianco, Lexicon is a stunning new production brings together world class circus performers, musicians, and artists in a daring, seductive and utterly contemporary take on the circus experience. Lexicon takes place in the company’s iconic Big Top, where audiences will find an elaborate new stage and seating structure, one that harks back to the traditions and heritage of circus in the year in which the world celebrates ‘Circus250’, the 250th anniversary since the creation of circus by its founding father, Philip Astley.

We have an international cast of incredibly talented performers and an amazing creative team, it’s shaping up to be a fresh and fantastic show.”

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ATMA Atma is an Ahimsa vegetarian and vegan café and lifestyle lounge in the centre of Cardiff, and they hold a simple mission statement: through Sacred food and conscious living, the minds, bodies and souls of everyone in Cardiff can be satisfied. They serve healthy, ethical meals with vegan options and host yoga and meditation classes for all to enjoy. In a serene space, you can enjoy food made from seasonal ingredients from as little as £2.95. Alongside their exciting menu, which includes a diverse range of burgers catering to your liking, they serve exotic juices and herbal teas. Promoting the practice of Ahimsa or non-violence, Atma will help you revitalise your consciousness, satisfy your appetite and help you connect with a healthier lifestyle influenced by ancient wisdom. Open Monday to Saturday 11AM to 6 PM. Unit 20, Capitol Shopping Centre, Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 5AG Check for conscious living events. Tel: 029 2039 0391 / 07967 636 485

FALAFEL WALES Are you a full-time veggie? Then we’ve got something here for you. The Falafel Wales is known in Cardiff for being one of the best and cheapest places to go if you love all things vegetarian and vegan! Above all, they’re voted as the #1 vegan eatery in Cardiff on Trip Advisor. They offer authentic Lebanese cuisine, a friendly atmosphere and most importantly great value for money! Even if you are a meat lover, their dishes are wonderful, full of exotic tastes and spices and would satisfy any appetite. The takeaway restaurant’s prices range from just £3.50 for a Falafel Wrap Menu and the course starts from £4.50. The complete online menu is available for you to order and you can also enjoy offers and discounts. If you fancy a lentils soup, hummus mixed with whole chickpeas, or some grilled aubergines mixed with tahini, this place is perfect for you! Eating on budget doesn’t mean eating junk food anymore! 122 Cowbridge Road East, Canton, CF11 9DX Tel: 07429550307 / 02920399788 Open Monday to Saturday 11AM TO 10PM 74


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BEANFREAKS It’s 2018 and you’re determined to find the best food products for you and your health. Celebrating 40 years this year, Beanfreaks offers a huge range of vegetarian, vegan, organic, gluten free and local food produce as well as your usual eco-friendly favourites. It’s all healthy and all waiting to be tried by you this year. Beanfreaks is a small independent company with a big heart that can help you on your way to a healthier you whatever your dietary requirements are. The friendly and knowledgeable staff are there to find what you need & discuss what the best options are for you. Here’s what customers have to say about Beanfreaks to prove you should pop in and visit: “Gluten Free range is the best I’ve ever seen” ; “The best health food shop in Cardiff” ; “one-stop-shop for all your health requirements” . There are three shops situated all over the city so there will be one close to you to visit. Alternatively, see what they stock & order online at We would like to thank all our customers for their continued support, we have the best and most loyal customers, some have been with us since the start 40 years ago. 124 Cowbridge Road East, CF11 9DX 3 St Mary’s Street, CF10 1AT 95 Albany Road, CF24 3LP Tel:02920 251 671

SIAM MARKET Located in the heart of Cathays, this supermarket has a great selection of Thai & Asian food. Focusing on Thai, Malaysian, Philippine and Indonesian cuisine, the shop keeps expanding the range of products. Anything from noodles, tinned, frozen to fresh groceries, the shop offers some of the fresh fruit & vegetable selection you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Pop up in the store for some fresh thai aubergines, lemongrass or lime leaf. If you fancy some Thai curry paste, Tom yum paste or tempe, this place is perfect for you. With popular brands such as Pantai, Mae Ploy or Lobo, the Siam Thai Cardiff Market won’t disappoint you. Open from 09.30am until 19.30pm, you can park on the opposite side of the shop, where there is plenty of space available. The place is especially Popular with the local student community, with some great reviews. Why not try cooking new dishes from the Asian cuisine with the authentic and original products at affordable prices. If you feel you don’t have enough knowledge about what you need, let the shop assistant help you with the right choice. 30 Crwys Road, CF24 4NL Tel: 02920 259364 Open Monday to Sunday, 9:30AM to 7:30PM75


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vegan cardiff : is this the future? By Ailsa Harvey You may have noticed it in your friendship group, or out at restaurants. Some people are calling it a ‘trend’ and some are calling it the future! But, whatever the reason, the number of people in Cardiff and the rest of the country who do not eat meat, or any animal products, is increasing.

If you are determined to make the change and become a vegan, it is essential that you do the research to find out what plant-based foods are required to gain all vital nutrients: protein, iron and vitamin B12 can be found in a lot of vegan foods if you look in the right places. When it comes to the animals, people love to think that they are positively affecting another life, and it is said that every vegan saves more than 100 animals’ lives a year by not consuming animal products. As well as this, pet-lovers have started to recognise the similarities between their animals and others; recent studies have shown that pigs are thought to be smarter than your dog! Environmental sustainability also plays a huge part in turning people vegan. It is in this sense that many are calling veganism not just a trend, but the ‘future’.

Last month Cardiff hosted a vegan festival organised by ‘Viva!’, an animal and environmental campaigning charity. This was the largest vegan festival to ever take place in Cardiff, indicating that the amount of vegan interest in our community is growing. Anna Loka, a cafe situated on Albany Road, was the first of its kind in Cardiff to be 100% vegan. While there are now a couple more vegan restaurants, before this in 2015 there was nowhere vegans could go and order food with full choice of the menu. As times change, you now only have to look around the corner to discover new places with vegan options available. Places such as Cosy Club and Zizzi’s have a separate vegan menu in an attempt to cater for different needs.

That being said, it’s not just food that people monitor today. Many follow the vegan lifestyle in more than just their diet; checking clothes, alcohol, makeup and toiletries for animal-free products. More vegan shops, such as ‘Simply V’ in the city centre, are appearing around Cardiff, as well as campaigners and protests for animal rights.

Veganism has been described as Britain’s “fastest growing lifestyle movement” with the number increasing rapidly over a decade. From 150,000 vegans recorded in 2006 to over half a million in 2016, this research showed a surge in specifically the younger population of vegans here.

It is important to recognise that while vegans are becoming more prevalent and noticeable in society, ‘Veganism’ is not a new phenomenon. Although some people criticise this life choice, describing it as a ‘fad’ soon to disappear, many vegans believe their lifestyle could lead to a more positive future.

The varying reasons people choose to follow the vegan diet mainly seem to be split between health factors, animal justice and sustainability: all these reasons are contributing to a record number of vegans. In regard to health, scientists are discovering that maintaining a vegan diet is likely to result in extra years of life.

Following ‘Veganuary’ at the beginning of the year, where many people experimented with the vegan diet, it seems apparent that Veganism is encouraged and easily spread by today’s modern technology. New research and videos can be shared on multimedia platforms and challenges such as ‘Veganuary’ are made well-known through continuous broadcasting. Many people admit that they just needed the knowledge to be shared to them in order for them to commit to vegetarianism “overnight”.

Scientists have shown that, typically, those who follow a vegan diet have lower levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, a lower body mass index and additionally reduce their risk of death from heart disease and cancer. However, many are under the illusion that Blindly following a vegan diet is enough for a healthier lifestyle, when the opposite can sometimes be the case.

So, with continuing research and the increase in demand for vegan products and facilities in Cardiff, and Britain as a whole, is veganism the future or just a fad of the present?

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‘the sons of jabal’ are riding into town! By Michael James

From the title of this piece you might expect it to be a new western movie about to hit our silver screens. Something inspired by one of my favourite cowboy films, Jubal, staring many of my old heroes, Glen Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Rod Steiger, Charles Bronson etc, but no, it's not. Sadly the film industry doesn't make westerns any more.

surrounded and supported by the many better voices of the St. David's Praise Choir, made up from different denominations of churches in South Wales. We usually hold two concerts a year, the ever popular, 'Promise of Christmas' and the wonderful, 'Glory of Easter', together with Cambrensis Choir and Orchestra, all under the leadership of our Musical Director, Jeffery Howard, who is also MD of the world famous Treorchy Male Choir. These events usually play to a full St. David's Hall and are hugely enjoyable evenings of praise and worship. but this year we are doing something special, instead of our usual Easter concert

Or perhaps it could be about a new 'boy band' or pop group appearing at the Millennium Stadium once the excitement of the 'Six Nations' is over. No, it’s neither of those, but it is musical and by a stretch of the imagination, it could be said that it is a boy band resembling our favourite male voice choirs, such as Treorchy, Pendyrus, Morriston or Rhos.

On Saturday 28th April we are excited to be joining musical forces with, 'The Sons of Jubal', at St. David's Hall. Over 150 men from the State of Georgia, USA, will soon be arriving in Cardiff where they will be starting a nine day tour of the UK. These men are some of 'The Sons of Jubal', a male choir and brass ensemble from the Baptist Churches in Georgia. Most of the men are Ministers of Music in many of the large Baptist Churches throughout the State and so, as you might expect, the standard of their choral and instrumental talents is excellent.

I know that I am attempting humour in order to draw this concert to your attention, but it could be said that it's both of those as it is all about an American (i.e.Western), male choir (older boy band), known as 'The Sons of Jubal'. However I make no apologies for this as I hope to make you as excited as I am about bringing this event to your notice. In the bible, Jubal was considered to be 'the father of musicians' and what better place to stage a concert than in the 'Land of my Fathers'.

'The Sons of Jubal', have recently returned from an unforgettable tour to North Korea and have also been on similar tours to China, Israel and Palestine. The current tour will be their first time in Wales and

Regular readers of my articles might remember that I sing in the comfort and security of being

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the UK. Their advance party who saw Cardiff for the first time last October were overwhelmed by the City and the warmth of its people. In the words of their group leader, “We are delighted to open our 'Ignite' tour at St. David's Hall Cardiff. This is where it all begins!�

You might also be interested in this. An Evening of Choral Classics. This too is an unmissable event for lovers of choral music, encompassing many styles and eras and will take place at St. David's Hall on Saturday, 9 June 2018 at 7.30pm.

They will be here on a tour of the UK during which time they want to involve themselves in many of our local churches by presenting concerts to encourage people in the mission of music. From Cardiff they will travel to Coventry where they will sing in the Cathedral. Then they move back into Wales to Flint and then on to London where they will end their tour by singing in an event called Proms Praise in the Royal Albert Hall. With a flavour of well loved hymns and choral music, the familiar sound of brass bands, mixed with American Gospel music it is going to be a 'not to be missed', evening. With a combined total of over 250 singers, an orchestra, brass ensemble and handbell ringers on stage, it promises to be quite a night, when 'The Sons of Jubal' hit town.

Under its Musical Director, Jeffery Howard, the Cambrensis Choir, will be joined with Noteworthy Choir from Maesteg and Con Voce from Merthyr Tydfil, in the Welsh Premiere of Jon Rutter's latest work. 'The Gift of Life'. Accompanied by the Cambrensis Orchestra, this long awaited new major work is a six-movement choral celebration of the living earth, of creation and of life itself; offering a kaleidoscope of moods, from contemplative and prayerful to majestic and inspirational. The three choirs will perform other contemporary classics, including pieces by Morton Lauiden. In the second half of the programme the choirs will be joined by members of the St. David's Praise Choir to sing some of the most popular classical choral pieces, including the 'Hallelujah Chorus', 'The Heavens are Telling' and Joseph Parry's, 'I Was Glad'.

So hurry get your tickets NOW! available at St. David's Hall box office, telephone number 02920 878444 or online

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Cardiff Times Magazine April 2018 Edition  
Cardiff Times Magazine April 2018 Edition