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The Foster Care Co-operative A non profit organisation committed to the provision of quality care. If you're interested in finding out more about fostering, please contact 029 20464348 or visit : www.fostercarecooperative.co.uk Also, see page 54 for more information.

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Trying for a

baby? ALL INFERTILITY TREATMENTS OFFERED INCLUDING IUI, IVF and ICSI

Cardiff Open Evening : Wednesday 7th March 6.30pm Please book in via the website or telephone the clinic CRGW’s two independent centres offer the latest scientific technology and facilities needed for all fertility treatments. CRGW Cardiff is located at M4 J34, only 15 minutes from Cardiff City centre. CRGW Bristol is located adjacent to the M4/ M5 intersection (M5 J16).

We pride ourselves in placing patients before profit to enable affordable, cost effective treatment options while maintaining the best pregnancy rates. Options include: • IUI

QUESTIONS? Ask a question about infertility or fertility options and our expert panel will answer. Submit questions via the website Ask an Expert button.

• IVF • ICSI

• EmbryoScope time lapse monitoring • Embryo freezing • Egg freezing • Donor egg and donor sperm treatments • Female fertility assessments • Sperm tests • Sperm freezing • Surgical sperm retrieval

Dr Amanda O`Leary MBChB, MRCOG, MD

Fertility consultation (60 minutes) £150 includes: • Consultation • Pelvic ultrasound scan of uterus and ovaries including antral follicle count (and doppler if applicable) • Sperm test with same day results • One pre-treatment follow up appointment

OPEN EVENINGS Join us at our free monthly open evenings in Cardiff or Bristol for a tour and presentations from fertility experts. We offer open evening’s specific for same sex couples and single women also. Ask questions on a one-to-one basis. Alternatively we can arrange an informal personal tour where your questions can be answered. FREE SPERM TESTING CRGW offers free sperm testing days in Cardiff and Bristol. Visit the web site to find the next available date and book yourself in.

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Editors Letter

Cardiff Times

Welcome

PUBLISHER Cardiff Times

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Hi All, and welcome to our March issue.

Louise Denning 07903 947594

FEATURES EDITOR Mark Denning 07758 247194

SALES & MARKETING Beth beth@cardiff-times.co.uk

CONTRIBUTORS Wyn Evans, Vince Nolan, Wayne Courtney, Nathan Wyburn, Sarah-Jane Outten, Tamzin Ford, Natalie McCulloch, Jake Andrews, Courtney Evans, Emily Newsham, Michael James

At the time of writing, we are experiencing the coldest spell of the year so far, with snow actually predicted to fall in Cardiff! Whether this actually comes true is another matter, but we live in hope, especially the children who very rarely see snow! Last month we were very fortunate to take a couple of days off as it was half term for the children, and spent it in the stunning surroundings of the Brecon Beacons. We stayed in an amazing holiday home known as ‘Swn Yr Afon’, which is part of Brecon Retreat, and we can’t recommend it enough! It is dog-friendly and child-friendly, whilst also incorporating all mod cons, including a hot tub in the garden! It did help that we had glorious weather for the whole of our stay, and will definitely be returning in the near future. We’re sure all of you are aware that it is Mother’s Day this month 11th March if you have forgotten! - and we have a special feature starting on page 40 with some varied tips for treating your mum. You know she deserves it so go on, surprise your mum with something special! Easter is early this year and falls at the end of the month, so with this in mind we also have a feature on where to go and things to do with the children during the school holidays. Check out pages 74 and 75 for more information. Finally, a big thank you from Mark and I to the many students from various universities who have spent some time with us on work experience over the last couple of months; your input, enthusiasm and dedication have been greatly appreciated.

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FEATURES 44 Wyburn & Wayne

14 March Diary

By Nathan Wyburn & Wayne Courtney

20 ...On The Theme Of Growing By Wyn Evans Up

49 Marlborough Primary School Students Meet Prince Harry And Megan Markle

24 Beauty - A Little Something For Mum

56 Puzzle Mania 25 The Beauty Edit By Sarah-Jane Outten

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30 Move Over Dry January March Is All About Hydration By Natalie McCulloch

36 Books To Look Out For In March 40 Tips For Treating Your Mum This Mother’s Day

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60 ‘And Another Thing…’ By Vince Nolan

66 Boats, Parks And Tea For One By Sarah-Jane Outten

70 A Nation Of Shopkeepers By Tamzin Ford

74 Easter Feature - Easter Holidays Are Back! 79 Puzzle Mania Solutions 80 Dances, Trekking And Other Adventures

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‘PONY THERAPY’ FOR CARDIFF CARE HOME RESIDENTS

Residents from a Cardiff care home had some welcome visitors this week in the form of two ponies. Maggie’s Voice, an organisation set up with the concept of providing a form of experiential therapy which involves interactions between people and ponies, visited Tŷ Llandaff a private nursing, residential and respite care home in Pontcanna. The ponies, Marshmallow and Rollo, from Lili Wen Farm in Tair Waun Uchaf, Pontypridd, were invited to the care home as they have been shown to increase wellbeing through participation in a fun activity and benefit people with mobility issues, communication issues or dementia. Ponies offer affection and ‘connection’ through touch and stroking, both of which can be therapeutic. Residents from Tŷ Llandaff, which can accommodate people for nursing or residential care from the age of 18 and was named in the Top 20 Recommended Care Homes in Wales for 2017 by a leading UK care home website, were able to talk to

the team from Maggie’s Voice and ask questions about the ponies, as well as getting right up close to pet and stroke them. Tŷ Llandaff care home manager Janice Evans said: “At Tŷ Llandaff, we’re always looking to do fun activities and events to keep our residents entertained and they really enjoyed Maggie’s Voice visiting us. It was the first time the ponies had visited a care home and, you could see straight away, how spending time with them had an uplifting effect on our residents. “Thanks to the ponies being able to come directly into our café bar, even our less mobile residents were able to give them a stroke or a cuddle. They certainly brought lots of smiles to so many faces and we will be inviting the Maggie’s Voice group back!”

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

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Celebrate the start of Spring with the annual baby boom in the lambing shed. Join the team as they welcome the new arrivals, and follow the progress of the mums and babies on the Museum website via #lambcam. Or if you fancy a more hands on experience why not check out the Lambing Day Courses. Llwyn yr Eos Farm, St. Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff www.museum.wales/stfagans

     55-0 0      Widely recognised as the most popular writer of the early 20th century, Edgar Wallace’s gripping page-turners are regarded as the bedrock of the modern thriller and The Case of the Frightened Lady remains one of his most celebrated works. Adapted for film several times, this is your chance to catch this chilling, captivating and complex thriller live on stage. New Theatre, Cardiff www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

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Celebrate International Women's Day at Cardiff Story Museum’s screening of this iconic film. Tickets are £3 and places are limited so book early to reserve your place. Cardiff Story Museum, The Hayes, cardiff www.cardiffmuseum.com/

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Set in eastern Malaysia on the Borneo island, Puteri Santubong and Puteri Sejinjang are the bravest warrior princesses, eternally revered by the people of Sarawak. This tale revolves around two warrior princesses who quelled the cries of war in Sarawak. However, peace was fleeting as it was torn apart by their infatuation with supremacy and affection. Will their love for each other triumph over their yearning for love, or will they not stop until either one's defeat? The mission and purpose for the people of Sarawak are at risk- will the warrior princesses sustain it or will they let their hatred get in the way? St David’s Hall, Cardiff www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

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This hour-long, interactive show, specially adapted for children aged from three to seven, features ballet excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s amazing dancers and orchestra, interspersed with scenes in which a storyteller introduces the children to the music and the leading characters, and shares some technical magic. A feast of dance, music, costumes and lots of fun, this is a perfect introduction to ballet. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay www.wmc.org.uk

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An unforgettable evening of Welsh hospitality in the historic surroundings of Cardiff Castle. Enjoy the best of Welsh entertainment, Welsh food and the warmest of welcomes from your hosts, who will entertain you with a selection of traditional and contemporary songs in both English and Welsh. Cardiff Castle www.cardiffcastle.com

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After taking to the road over 22 years ago and touring all over the world the phenomenon returns with its latest brand new incarnation “Voodoo�. The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre & fantastic circus acts all woven into a sensational shock / horror story and the darkest of magic – taking the show to a whole new level. It’s driven by a mainly original soundscape & performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek, you’ll certainly Die Laughing. Not advisable for under 16’s St David’s Hall, Cardiff www.stdavidshall.co.uk

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A club concept, merging a spectrum of astounding lights, lanterns, effects and live performances to an epic sound track. All guests are encouraged to come in light inspired costumes. This event is 18 yrs + The Great Hall, Cardiff University Students Union www.fatsoma.com/the-festival-of-light/xjipn4kd/thefestival-of-light-cardiff

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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; www.cardiffopenairtheatrefestival.co.uk 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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...on the theme of growing up By Wyn Evans

Deep, existential, conversation.

school class but has gone to a different High School. We haven't seen him for a few months now.] Then I'll be 'Mrs ABC' and we'll have a Baby ABC [grins]. Me: Maybe you will, he IS a lovely boy. But mostly people marry other people they are in college with, or who work in the same place, or do the same activities. I really don't think you have met the person you will end up marrying yet. Girl: Oh... . When I do marry and have a child I will give our baby all my toys and games. I want her to have EVERYthing. And YOU can sing MY bedtime song to MY baby [beams!]. [...We listen to the front door open as The Boss brings Daisy (the puppy) back from her dog-training class...] Girl: It's mam!! Mammy [shouts] come and sing my bedtime song with dad!

Recently putting my daughter, The Girl, who happens to have Down Syndrome, to bed. Ablutions all done and dusted. Half of the 'Quidditch' chapter of Harry Potter 1 read out loud as we snuggled under the duvet. Girl: Can I ask you a question dad? Me: Of course. Girl: Will you always sing me my bedtime song when I need it? [She has a long-standing go-to-sleep song.] Me: Yes. I sang it to you when we left your cot in the hospital on the first night you were alive and I'll probably sing it when you're 45 and I'm 93. [I start to sing it to her...] Girl: Not now dad, I'm still talking! [Smiles at me, hugs my right arm.] Does everything grow old and die? Me: Pretty much everything does, yes. Girl: Can some kids stay as children? Me: No. We start off when a very small sperm and a very small egg come together and have a party in the mum's womb [grins, she knows the theory so can enjoy a joke]; then that grows into a foetus and then it is born as a baby; and the baby becomes a toddler, then a child, then a teenager, then maybe a student or starting a job as a young adult, then a full -grown adult, then... Girl: ... Then they grow grey hair and then they grow old and die. Will you die? Me: Yes, but I hope to be around for a long time to see what fun you have in your life. Girl: Don't die [clutches my arm]. I'd miss you so much. Me: People can't stay as kids forever, nor can they stay old for ever. Everything that lives grows and dies. Big oak trees leave behind acorns that grow into other big oak trees; mam and I have created you and one day we'll die too but not for a long time. You're the best thing that ever happened to mam and me. Girl: I will grow and have a baby of my own with my husband. I will probably marry ABC, he's the nicest boy I ever met. [He was in her Primary

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CT Feature

Unsolicited kindnesses.

You know how things go. I've spent the last few days wondering if she's seen, heard, or interpreted something that makes her worried about this stuff. Something sparked her off after all. I hope I gave her some reassurance she found helpful. Of course, being 59 with a few medical conditions of my own this conversation hits all MY fears about not being around to be here for my darling daughter. Tears have flowed.

#1. Miss EFG, The Girl's ballet teacher, caught up with us at the end of last week's lesson. She reminded me of all the chats we'd had whilst The Boss and I were deciding which High School would be the best for our daughter. Remembering that we'd even considered moving to Monmouth, EFG said: "I'm so glad you chose to stay local and that she is doing so well. She's thriving and growing into a lovely young woman; well, they all are. But I was thinking about all this just now during the lesson and I'm so glad you stayed. It would be a very different lesson without her and I'm so glad she's in this class."

(In)visibly growing up. (Or, 'I am Spartacus'.) The Boss told me the following tale. This morning, before leaving the house for judo, and whilst having breakfast, The Girl refused to do up the belt on her dressing gown. It turned out that she had tied a squillion knots into it reducing its length to about six inches. "Who did this?", The Boss asked (somewhat rhetorically, if you ask me!). "It wasn't me", said The Girl, "it was Mister Nobody". She's been blaming him for no end of stuff for years. Tonight, at bedtime, our Girl asked, "mam, can I tell you something?" Boss: "always". Girl: "It was me; I put knots in my dressing room belt. I am Mister Nobody".

#2. I had to wait in the school foyer for The Girl recently and had a chat with one of her learning support assistants. I asked how The Girl was getting along, and was told: "She's a pleasure to teach, she's committed and tries so hard. And she's learning so much all the time. I love teaching her!". Perspiration. The Girl and I were in the courtesy car going to trampolining. I used the window-washer to get rid of the city grime. "Oh look, Dad," she said "the car is sweating!" This kept her giggling for the next three miles.

Taking credit/blame for her own actions and assuming moral agency; she's definitely growing up.

And finally, a big 'thank you'... ... to Antonia of Parson's patisserie on Wellfield Road. I went in to buy some cakes and a filled roll. We got talking about my daughter and how tickled pink she was to get a Valentine's card this morning. Lady in shop: how old is your daughter? Me: 11 going on 15. Lis: which school does she attend? Me: Cardiff High School. In fact she is the first child with Down Syndrome to go there. Lis [smiling broadly]: then you write for the Cardiff Times, yes? Me: Yes. Lis: I read your column about 'The Girl' every month and enjoy reading it too. Hi! I'm Antonia. [We shake hands.] Me [tickled pink]: Hi. It's so lovely when someone says they enjoy reading something I've written, thank you! We talk some more then I continue on my way, energy-boosted. What a lovely shop Parson's is.

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BEANFREAKS CELEBRATE ITS 40TH BIRTHDAY On March 1st 2018 Beanfreaks Health Food Centres will celebrate its fortieth Anniversary. When Beanfreaks CEO Mr Kevin Bowles and his wife Hilary first opened their doors to the public, it was hard to envisage how the health food industry would change and that forty years later they would still have a thriving business. Beanfreaks prides itself on being a family business and their children Jeremie and Victoria also make up the Beanfreaks Team. Jeremie is a qualified Medical Herbalist, and is Director of Beanfreaks operations, and Victoria is a qualified Nutritionist with a Masters Degree in complementary health. Victoria is also Technical Director, overseeing all training, ensuring staff have the most up-to date information.

Event organiser and Beanfreaks Nutritionist Victoria Perks said, “In addition to the opportunity to meet the experts, product sampling and in-store anniversary savings, the team has partnered with key suppliers to make our Big Birthday year a great success.�

Kevin was inspired by the whole food movement of the 1970’s, and had changed his own health pathway through diet and using good nutritional supplements, and was keen to develop stores that offered those opportunities for his customers.

Companies such as BIOD, BOOJA, BRAVURA, CLIPPER TEAS, COCOFINA, COCO CARAVAN, GREEN PEOPLE, HEATH & HEATHER, NUTRI, NATURALLY KIND FOOD, NEW NORDIC, OPTIMA, QUEST VITAMINS, RICOLA, SIMPLEE ALOE, TERRANOVA, THURSDAY PLANTATION, TAKA, VIRIDIAN NUTRITION, and YOGI TEAS.

“For the last 40 Years we have been at the cutting edge of discovering, and suppling new and exciting products, that meet our customers needs, and here we are in 2018 people have never been more interested in what they eat, where it comes from, and its sustainability.

Opportunities to meet the experts, sample products, vegan cookery demonstrations and in-store competitions will run daily, from the 1st until the 31st of March in each of the three stores listed below.

We now have three successful stores and our Managers; Matthew: St Mary Street Cardiff, Karan: Albany Road Roath, and Terezia: Cowbridge Road in Canton, all look forward to welcoming you to their stores and celebrating our anniversary.

Beanfreaks Cardiff, 3 St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 2AT 02920 343226 Beanfreaks Albany Road, 95 Albany Road CF24 3LP 02920 494902 Beanfreaks Canton, 124 Cowbridge Road East, CF11 9DX 02920 251671

We are kicking off our 40th Anniversary with a host of in-store customer-focused events, throughout March and the rest of the year.�

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T _|ààÄx fÉÅxà{|Çz YÉÜ `âÅ‹ We all know Mum deserves more than what we show. We are all guilty of forgetting to appreciate our Mums as much as we should, so make sure Mother’s Day is all about Mum.

Absolute Aromas

Marula Oil

Give the gift of relaxation to soothe away aches and pains with super effective aromatherapy products from Absolute Aromas. The massage oil gives mum a chance to relax overworked joints and the Himalayan Bath Salt is great for reducing muscle aches. www.absolute-aromas.com

Your mum probably never thinks about treating her hair. These products volumise, smooth, strengthen and add shine without weighing your hair down. To find your nearest stockist, go to: www.paul.mitchell.co.uk

Pixi This product is an effective oil care which helps skin recover from loss of moisture and dullness. Jasmine Oil Blend is a brand new product by Pixi which helps repair damage as well as restore stressed and unbalanced skin. www.pixibeauty.co.uk We all know how hard Mum works for others, so with that in mind how about treating her to a rich body butter which is perfect for pre-sleep. Infused with calming Ylang Ylang, Patchouli Essential Oils and nourishing organic shea and cocoa butters, it has a restful aroma and works overnight. Also, to give Mum the perfect nights sleep, how about beauty sleep concentrate. The lightweight serum helps to support skin’s natural night-time regeneration while you sleep. www.nealsyardremedies.com

Clarins Give the gift of comfort, radiance and natural beauty with Clarins illuminating cheek powder and everlasting compact foundation. www.clarins.co.uk

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The Beauty Edit - Getting Spring Ready 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.

excess moisturiser with a tissue when finished. Or you could melt a little coconut oil in the palm of your hand and add a pinch of caster sugar to it. Apply to the finger tips and massage over the lips. Rinse with warm water to finish. This is actually a great tip if you plan on wearing a bright lip colour, or a liquid matt lipstick. My skin is currently soaking up moisturiser like a sponge and although I love trying new products, I go back to Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser time and time again. It prevents my skin developing dry patches and leaves it feeling totally nourished throughout the day. I apply it morning and night. It contains naturally active ingredients: Borage, Avocado Oil and natural Vitamin E. I take the product right down to the décolleté area for maximum results, and the fragrance is truly sumptuous. At approximately £37 a pot, it isn’t the cheapest moisturiser out there, but it is one of the best in my opinion.

Welcome to the March Edition of the Beauty Edit. I don’t know about you, but I feel as though Winter has gone on and on. Going from the bracing cold to central heating has played havoc with my skin. Despite my best efforts it’s become a challenge keeping it looking hydrated and fresh. My lips always seem to show lasting damage from harsh winds and the cold. Over the years I have spent a fortune on lip balms, and if I’m honest I haven’t been able to tell a difference between the cheap and expensive brands. My all-time favourite has become the Nivea Lip Care Essential. Its available in all good supermarkets and chemists and is approximately £1 wherever you buy it from. Nivea do have other various formulations, but I love the traditional Nivea fragrance. It provides a light coverage, it’s not sticky and leaves my lips feeling nourished and moisturised. If your lips are particularly dry, it might be worth treating them to some light exfoliation. This could be done with a soft tooth brush and a small amount of fragrance-free moisturiser. Gently brush all over the lip area and wipe away the

Finally, my latest ‘go to’ product is the Sanctuary Spa Wet Skin Moisture Miracle. This product is new to the Sanctuary Spa range and it is AMAZING. You apply the product to the skin while it is still wet. It seemed like a strange concept to me, and I was sceptical at first. But rest assured, it works! It leaves the skin feeling super smooth, and it has that classic Sanctuary fragrance that we have all come to love. I am super lazy when it comes to moisturising my body, so this product has really come to the rescue. Priced at £8.00 from Boots the Chemist – it’s a bargain. All of the above is getting me ready for long awaited spring. In next month’s Beauty Edit I will be sharing some brand new products on the market. If you have discovered a ‘Hero Product’ please get in touch, I will be sharing some of your favourites too. Find me on Facebook @sjcardifftimes. Until then, have a great month everyone!

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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 www.specialistskinclinic.uk 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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move over dry january march is all about hydration! By Natalie McCulloch

“Can I get you a drink?”

Sadly, many people are unaware of the importance of good hydration but luckily help is at hand thanks to a tailored week aimed at raising awareness of just this!

Far from being just a common chat up line or a friendly inquiry, this phrase may actually be one of the most worthwhile things you’ll say ‘Yes!’ to today!

Nutrition and Hydration week runs between 12th – 18th March 2018. It is a week aimed at highlighting the reasons why good hydration is vital to health and wellbeing, encouraging individuals to make simple changes to their intake to stay hydrated and celebrating improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally!

Whatever you prefer to drink, it’s so important that we make hydration a priority! After all, simply having regular drinks throughout the day, and thus avoiding dehydration, can have noticeable effects on your health, wellbeing and life!

‘The mission of Nutrition and Hydration Week is to create a global movement that will reinforce and focus energy, activity and engagement on the importance of nutrition and hydration.’ Cath Perry RD

Did you know : - Over 30% of people admitted to hospital are dehydrated? - What about that dehydrated drivers make twice the amount of errors than hydrated drivers which is comparable to that of drunk drivers? - Staying hydrated can improve your skin tone, improve digestion, and even help your activity performance. - Two thirds of our bodies are made up of water. Our brain alone is 73% water and simply breathing in and out uses a pint of water daily.

This week will widely promote good nutrition, sharing good nutrition and hydration practices and providing education to enhance knowledge. Nutrition and Hydration week is a great opportunity for everyone to make some simple changes to their daily lifestyles and bounce into Springtime with a spring in their step! Perhaps you could spread the word amongst colleagues, friends, family and via social media? Or even set up a hydration challenge chart to see how many people can reach their daily

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target for the whole week? You may even be able to filter in a cheeky extra beverage break into your working day, a delivery from your favourite coffee shop or even better, host an office tea party aimed at improving the nutrition and hydration (and possibly the baking skills) of those around you!

on the menu! If plain water doesn’t quite ‘hit the spot’ for you, try adding flavour by infusing it with fresh fruit (citrus or berries work well), herbs, squashes or opting for flavoured or sparkling varieties. CERTAIN FOODS – about 20% of our fluid intake comes from what we eat so focus on fluid rich foods such as soup, ice-cream, sauces, vegetables and fruits. Vegetable and Fruit juices or smoothies - which have the added bonus of vitamins and minerals and can count towards your 5 a day too! Tea and coffee – although be aware of the caffeine content as this may act as a diuretic and dehydrate you. Soft drinks – opt for sugar free when possible to maintain good dental health. Milk or milkshakes – also a good source of calcium (for healthy bones) and essential vitamins and minerals such as protein (for growth and repair). Alcoholic drinks – but as drinking alcohol increases the amount of water you lose as urine these are not the best choice to stay hydrated. Be warned: - Too much of a good thing can be dangerous.

So why is hydration so important? Our bodies depend on hydration in order to function. Not taking in enough water can seriously affect our health and wellbeing, resulting in: dizziness, constipation, dry mouth, cramps, fatigue, poor skin tone, sluggish digestion, mood swings, falls and even long term renal problems. Being dehydrated can also lead to impaired concentration and vision which can create knock on effects on social life, accidents, work performance and education! The Eatwell Guide, which is a visual representation of a healthy balanced diet, suggests drinking six to eight glasses of fluid a day, or 2000ml for men and 1600ml for women. This figure varies depending on age, climate, activity level and health status so it’s important that you are aware of your own personal requirements.

Drinking excessive amounts of fluid is not ideal and, in rare cases can be dangerous. If you are passing urine frequently and your urine is very pale, you may be drinking more than you need. It would be brilliant if we could use Nutrition and Hydration Week as a starting point for raising awareness and increasing knowledge of the brilliance of beverages!

Luckily, our bodies have special mechanisms to make sure we stay hydrated. Feeling thirsty is our body’s way of telling us that we need to drink more. And the easiest way to tell if we are getting enough fluid is by looking at the colour of our wee! That’s right! Our urine should be a pale straw colour – if it’s darker we probably need to drink more! Sound familiar? Fear not! There are easy ways to up your intake, why not: -

For more information on hydration or resources to help you celebrate nutrition and hydration week log onto: http://www.naturalhydrationcouncil.org.uk/ www.nutritionandhydrationweek.co.uk https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/hydration/ healthy-hydration-guide.html https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/fluid.pdf

• Buy a funky reusable water bottle to keep with you throughout the day? • Or include some fluid rich foods such as tomatoes or watermelon with your meals or snacks? Or have semi-liquid foods such as soups or ice-creams? • Download a helpful app to help you track your intake such as Waterlogged for iPhone or Carbodroid for Android users? • Or add variety to your beverages to make your intake irresistible?! You may be surprised to know what actually counts towards your intake WATER - They say the best things in life come for free – well this is certainly the case when it comes to hydration, with water being the optimal source. For just one penny you can you get 50 glasses of drinking water directly from your tap; definitely the cheapest

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new race for life hike event launches in south wales WOMEN in South Wales are being urged to lace up their hiking boots and join the fight against cancer as Cancer Research UK launches an exciting new event in Wales. Brecon Beacons has been chosen to host a Race for Life Hike event for the first time. The Race for Life Hike along Brecon Beacons will take place on Saturday 30th June. Just eight iconic locations in the UK have been selected to hold Race for Life Hike events, which take place between May and September. Race for Life Hike is a series of one-day, long-distance walking events open to women of all ages and abilities. With each route offering striking scenery and beautiful views—from the UNESCO World Heritage coastline to the famous Brecon Beacons—it offers participants the chance to explore the great outdoors whilst raising money for a worthwhile cause. Cancer Research UK is calling on women in South Wales to sign up right now at www.raceforlife.org. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists and doctors find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives. The Brecon Beacons Hike starts at the Brecon Showground and heads towards the distinctively shaped summit of Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in South Wales. On a clear day the views from the summit are spectacular, both of the Beacons Mountain range and of the surrounding landscape. The route continues to Cribyn which enjoys some magnificent views back towards Pen Y Fan which then descend picking up the Taff Trail through the stunning Talybont Forest, walking past Talbont Reservoir before joining the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal at Talybont-on-Usk. The route continues along the stunning canal towpath all the way back to the Brecon Showground.

stunning scenery right on their doorstep, and help raise money for vital cancer research at the same time. Participants will have access to training guidance and fundraising advice before the event, and there’ll be plenty of support points along the route offering drinks, snacks and lunch to help keep them going. The atmosphere on the day promises to be really special as women unite in the fight against the disease.” Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Half Marathon and Hiking events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding crucial research. One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work relies on the public’s support. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend over £4 million last year in Wales on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research— helping more men, women and children survive the disease. Brenda continued: “Race for Life Hike has all the fun and camaraderie of our much loved 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events. Whether they’re an experienced hiker or a novice rambler, by joining like-minded ladies committed to the cause, local women can unite against a disease that affects us all in some way. Every day, around 50 people are diagnosed with cancer in Wales*. That’s why we’re calling on women to sign up right now. Every step, every person and every penny raised makes a real difference in the fight against the disease.” The entry fee for Race for Life Hike is £30. Women who sign up will be given a Race for Life Season Pass, offering free entry into unlimited 5k and 10k events to support their training.

Each Hike route is between 20 and 26 miles, involving a mix of challenging terrains, with an expected walking time of 8 to 12 hours. The routes are fully planned with maps provided at registration. Participants will also be treated to a hot meal, glass of bubbly and a medal at the finish line. Brenda Scott, Cancer Research UK’s Brecon Beacons Event Manager, said: “We’re so excited to bring Race for Life Hike to South Wales for the first time. It’s the perfect opportunity for local women to make the most of the

To enter Race for Life Hike today go to raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

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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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books to look out for in march

After his parents’ divorce, Pip is forced to move out of his beloved London and down to the seaside town of Perren Cove with his mum. On his first day he makes friends with Harrie and Dylan, who he happily finds out go to his new school. However, he soon learns not everybody wants to be his friend, as one particular boy takes pleasure in making Pip’s life hard for him. Written by Karan Vickers-Hulse Published by Pegasus Publishers

The second book in the Dani Moore Trilogy, Sammy & Me, sees Dani, a teenage survivor, embark upon the next phase of her rollercoaster life. Suitable for ages 13+, with an authentic teenager's voice. Sammy & Me will inspire the reader as well as invigorating them to make positive changes in their own lives or be supportive of their friends. Written by Marie Yates Published by Lodestone Books

Known for bringing classic tales to life with illustrations, The Folio Society has released a beautifully illustrated edition of The Hundred and One Dalmatians by British author Dodie Smith. This superb edition is introduced by former Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson, who explains how The Hundred and One Dalmatians won her heart when she first read it as a child, and why it has gone on to do the same for generations of children since its first publication more than 60 years ago. Written by Dodie Smith and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie Published by The Folio Society

“We live in a very liberal world and families come in all shapes and sizes and this should be reflected more in children’s literature.” As well as addressing same-sex relationships, ‘Emily’s First Pet’ is also a multicultural book and is printed using a special font which makes it easier for dyslexic children and adults to read. The book is available to purchase on Amazon. Written by P N Burrows Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

A crack sniper starts shooting the dogs of the great and the good on Hampstead Heath. It falls to DI Jack Love to solve this most perplexing of crimes, and when a famous rock star loses his dog to the marksman, the whole country becomes embroiled in copycat shootings and a media circus. Written by AJ Munro Published by WriterMotive.com

A story of true friendship which can stand the test of time, and in the background, lies the horrors and pain of Britain recovering from war. This brilliantly written novel is the story of Virginia Coles who flees to London where she meets farm manager Bill Kirby, the man she falls hopelessly in love with. Written by Mabel McCarthy Published by Austin Macauley

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The outbreak of the Second World War came towards the closing stages of the 1939 cricket season. During the ensuing conflict twelve test cricketers perished together with 130 first class players, and The Coming Storm honours those who died serving their country. Written by Nigel McCrery Published by Pen and Sword Books

Ex-Royal Navy Officer Gareth Glover writes a previously unpublished first hand account describing the plight of the Scots Greys at Waterloo. William Clarke of Prestonpans, Scotland, joined the 2nd Royal North British Dragoons, the Scots Greys, in 1803. Clarke had risen to the rank of sergeant by the time the regiment was ordered to Belgium on the news that Napoleon had escaped from Elba. Written by Gareth Glover Published by Frontline Books

Welsh at War – From Mons to Loos and the Gallipoli Tragedy is the culmination of twelve years of painstaking research by the author into the Welsh men and infantry units who fought in the Great War. These units included the four regular regiments the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, South Wales Borderers Welsh Regiment and Welsh Guards as well as the Territorial Monmouthshire Regiment, the Yeomanry regiments, the Denbighshire Hussars, Pembroke Yeomanry, Montgomeryshire Yeomanry, Glamorgan Yeomanry and Welsh Horse Yeomanry and their amalgamation into service battalions for the regular regiments during 1917. Written by Steven John Published by Pen and Sword Books

On 19 March 2018, Laurence King Publishing are releasing a beautiful journal for budding bird watchers based in the city. City Birds: An Urban Birdwatching Logbook includes beautiful illustrations by Christine Berrie, and fun facts from Mike Unwin. Includes stickers of each bird that you can stick down as you spot each species, and room for your own notes and observations. Illustrated by Christine Berrie Published by Laurence King Publishing

Does Butter Fly? Is a charming collection of children’s poems for young readers to enjoy. Coupled with enchanting illustrations, readers will be smiling from the very first page. Filled with delightfully imaginative characters there is a poem in here for all to enjoy. Written by Flick Jones Published by Pegasus Publishing

Nurse Hazel Almonde is caring for injured servicemen during the dark days of the siege of Malta during World War Two. When she meets injured Naval Chief Petty Officer Ewan Jones, who has survived an attack on an Italian destroyer, they are immediately attracted to each other. Written by Malcolm Lloyd Dubber Published by Austin Macauley

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crazy café Crazy Café opened its doors for the first time in May 2017 and since then we have grown from strength to strength (even making it to Number 6 out of 50 restaurants in Penarth on TripAdvisor!) Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and we strive to offer more to our customers than any other cafes. Let’s start with our baker. Shaun has more than 20 years’ experience in the baking industry therefore making him the ideal person to run our in-house bakery. Having Shaun as part of our team means that we are able to guarantee that all the bread, cakes and pastries we serve are homemade and fresh. As far as visual excitement goes Crazy Café really is hard to beat! Not only is our café brimming with fascinating graffiti-style artwork but the view of the seaside from our impressive bi-folding windows is arguably the best in Wales . We have an open-plan kitchen allowing you to see our master chefs

at work. Our menu is impressive, providing options to suit all tastes including vegetarian and vegan. All our dishes are freshly prepared so we are more than happy to adapt anything to satisfy your needs.

Currently, we are open from 9am until 6pm but we will shortly be extending our hours into the evening due to popular demand. We host regular event evenings where we dance the night away to popular live music artists and even organise dance classes! If you plan on visiting us over a weekend then we recommend booking in advance as we are very busy. Our Sunday Roast is definitely something to try. We look forward to welcoming you.—Team Crazy Café—

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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!

Wayne: That was an amazing day, the snow was heavy and all that but the views were spectacular! At one point the SAS walked past us which was funny; let’s do it again soon! I also invited some of the guys from Slimming World down onto our radio show to chat about the benefits - real inspirational stories and you can see it for yourself, it really works!

Wyburn: What a fun packed month it’s been! First, let’s talk food! We attended the launch of Marco Pierre White’s restaurant and met him a few weeks later - it’s a brilliant restaurant and the food is to die for. He’s a great guy too, I got to present him with a portrait I made on the launch night made from some of his menu!

Wyburn: It certainly does! Other guests last month included the lovely Mary Golds, Donna Marie (who’s currently starring in All Together Now) Stifyn Parri (who’s one man show, Shut Your Mouth is back on tour) also singers James Evans, Yasmine Davies & Toriah Fountaine! I am loving having two hours for the show this year!

Wayne: It was a great night, and so much port! We also enjoyed a lovely meal at Las Iguanas too as they have a new menu! Brilliant to hang out with some buddies there like Kelly RB from Radio Cardiff, and the girls from the WMC too! Speaking of food, my slimming world journey has been exciting these past few weeks, we’ve been blogging our food and you’ve been cooking loads!

Wayne: Me too, we can fit so much more in and have a great laugh, as well as showcasing the best talent and news CARDIFF has to offer! Going back to our dear friend Stifyn Parri... he invited us around for Sunday lunch with his partner Dave... which was amazing and we just HAD to get him in the car for some Carpool karaoke. It is hilarious, he’s brilliant and full of gossip!

Wyburn: Well I’m enjoying the healthy side of it all and am actually finding the cooking therapeutic! We’ve been walking miles every day, and I challenged you to climb Pen Y Fan Mountain in the Brecon Beacons with me, which you aced!

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Wyburn: Yes!! And the children were all so brilliant, 5 stars from us!! Not to forget it was lovely to meet and chat to Rupaul’s Drag Race Star Trixxie Matell before her show in The Glee Club!! We’ll be doing lots more with those guys very soon! The Wyburn And Wayne Show Radio Cardiff 11am-1pm every Friday! The Wyburn And Wayne Karaoke Party Every Wednesday at The Golden Cross!

Cardiffian Of The Month: Name: Richard Baxter Occupation: NHS Manager & Volunteer at St John Wales and Rookwood Sound Fave Bar in Cardiff: Cosy club but I do like an old country pub like the Plymouth Arms. Fave place to eat in Cardiff: Custom House 5*Food Cardiff in 3 words: Vibrant, opportunities and Home Fave Cardiffian: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. An ambassador on so many levels.

Wyburn: Which we love! Check it out on our Facebook page - you won’t be disappointed! Our weekly karaoke night at The Golden Cross is busy and chaotic as ever! I really do look forward to that mid week singalong so much - and everyone is always in super high spirits! Our repertoire is certainly growing... Wayne: It is, we’ll be selling our album soon... haha maybe not! But seriously guys, come on down, it’s a hoot! Oh, we enjoyed some great theatre last month too! ‘Flashdance’ starring former Strictly winner Joanne Clifton and A1 boy band member Ben Adams at the New Theatre was great! And you presented Ben with a pizza portrait which he loved! Wyburn: He did - his reaction was priceless! However, nothing could’ve prepared me for how much I would love ‘The Sound Of Music’!! I wanted to see it again right away! Wayne: I was so pleased you loved it Nath, it’s one of my favourites and isn’t the big Climb Every Mountain number spine tingling?

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marlborough primary school students meet prince harry and meghan markle By Emily Newsham Marlborough Primary School, Cardiff, had arranged to visit Cardiff Castle on the18th January before news broke that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were planning to visit the same day. The children were extremely excited but ‘impeccably behaved.’ They ‘confidently spoke to the royal visitors as well as the world’s press.’ Marlborough’s very own Harry Smith and Megan Taylor presented the couple with a traditional welsh love spoon as a wedding gift. Prince Harry and Meghan, whose real name is Rachel Meghan Markle, toured projects set up to change the lives and opportunities of young people in disadvantaged areas of Wales. Hundreds of people gathered to greet the couple for their third outing since announcing their engagement.

Welsh culture, before heading to the Star Hub leisure centre in Tremorfa. The royal couple were hosted by StreetGames, a charity that works throughout the UK to change lives and communities by providing equal opportunities through sport. Paul Roberts, StreetGames’ Head of Programmes in Wales, said, “It was brilliant to welcome the royal couple to Cardiff. Here in Wales, one in three children grow up in poverty. The work that StreetGames does, with the help of our volunteers, ensures that those children aren't denied the opportunity to grow up experiencing first-hand the benefits of sport.”

They began their first official visit to Wales at Cardiff Castle where they joined a festival to celebrate

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can you walk for autism? Think you can walk 10,000 steps a day for eight days? Would you like to raise money for autism?

Lifesaver But helping people with autism can make a difference. A man with autism who uses the Cardiff One Stop Shop said, “It’s been a lifesaver. I’ve met new people after being isolated for years.” Another person with autism who uses the service said, “It’s got me through some difficult and challenging experiences, by giving me ways of coping with situations.”

Then take part in this easy fundraising campaign on World Autism Awareness Week, 26 March – 2 April! Find out more and register on www.walkforautism.org.uk to receive a how-to pack and a free T shirt and pedometer! Autism Initiatives Group, which - through ASCC - runs 21 High Street, an autism specific One Stop Shop in Cardiff, is organising Walk for Autism and hopes to raise £20,000 to help people with autism and their families.

Those who want to step up to the challenge can walk anywhere during the week – alone or with family and friends. They will join others across the country – and even one teenager in the Himalayas! – to walk 10,000 steps a day for eight days and raise money that will help positively change lives for the better.

It’s thought that over 1 in 100 people have some form of autism, which is a neurological condition and can mean a difference in the way a person thinks, perceives and therefore understands the world and others. This may result in difficulties or differences in communication, social interaction, thinking and in sensitivity of the senses.

If you don’t want to walk, you can donate via the web page too. www.walkforautism.org.uk Facebook @WeWalkForAutism Twitter @WeWalkForAutism

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Should disability affect foster care eligibility ? The foster care Co-operative (FCC), a not-forprofit foster care organisation based in Cardiff, will be working with Shaping Our Lives and the University of Worcester on some ground-breaking research into foster care. The subject of the research will be looking at what barriers potentially stop disabled people from becoming foster carers, and how those barriers could be overcome.

Ian Brazier, Executive Director of FCC, said: ‘Matching the needs of every child we look after is the fundamental requirement for successful fostering. Every child is different and the diversity of their needs can only be properly matched if we have a wide diversity of carers willing to take on this challenging but rewarding task.’ FCC are very much looking forward to the result of this research, along with how any barriers to disabled people becoming foster carers can be overcome. They are also extremely proud of Gail for lending her expertise to this ground-breaking piece of research.

Gail Granger, one of FCC’s social workers based in the Midlands, is lending her experience to the project in order to provide an ‘industry perspective’ and an ‘employer’s voice’. This will support Dr Peter Unwin, Principle Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Worcester, and the research he has initiated.

Thousands of new foster carers are required each year in order to care for vulnerable children. If you are thinking about becoming a foster carer or you have some questions about fostering eligibility, you can call FCC on 02920 464348 or visit www.fostercarecooperative.co.uk.

The research, entitled ‘Mutual Benefits: the potential of disabled people as foster carers’, will be funded by a grant from the DRILL programme (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) - which is a £5 million research programme funded by the National Lottery. It is very important that the fostering task should be as inclusive as possible. Not only does this enable more people to become carers, but it also provides diverse carer-tochild matching options when looking to provide children with a home. In theory, the better the match, the more stable the placement should be. Other than some very wide criteria and a full assessment and checking process, the main requirement for becoming a foster carer is to be able to care for children in your home. If this criteria can be met, there shouldn't be any reason why a person cant become a carer - no matter what disability they may have.

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“And Another Thing…….”

By Vince Nolan

magpies like lasagne and don’t trust a port in a storm I was sheltering from the rain in our local pub, The Salmonella Arms and as is my wont, was forced to listen to some of the local populous discussing that very good BBC drama, Silent Witness. Let us just say that they were definitely not drawn from the policing or legal professions although it seemed to me that they were probably no strangers to either. I have never heard so many half-baked theories of whodunnit, how, when, where and with what obscure weaponry. Silent Witness? More like Stupid Witless.

walking sticks. Upon arrival and in need of oxygen and pain killers we were faced with a further half-mile walk through the hospital including stairs to the X-Ray Department. The final ignominy was slipping into the rear-fastening gown set off with a dressing gown made for a person half my size. I looked like the Anne character from Little Britain which amused the radiographers no end.

Nonetheless my time at the above purveyor of E.Coli was not entirely wasted. I happened upon their Bill of Fare. Whilst having no intention of dining there for reasons that you have no doubt gathered, it made interesting reading. Here were pictures alongside the name and description of each dish, presumably so the locals could point at them when ordering so they didn’t have to stop swearing whilst doing so. I don’t know why I go there? It must be just for the laughs. Turning to health matters, I recently had some blood tests as I was feeling a little out of sorts. When summoned to the GP surgery many light years later I was told that I was slightly anaemic. Quick as a flash I said to the doctor “You mean I am suffering from Short Irishman Syndrome (a knee Mick).” As you might imagine doctor did not have her sense of humour with her that day and I suspect that the subsequent injections were more painful than they needed to be. Apparently “out of sorts” is a 17th century phrase because sorts was the name given to the letters used by typographers for printing. These were stored alphabetically and so for sets of type blocks to be 'out of sorts' would clearly be unwelcome to a typesetter. Alternatively, I may have just made this up. I continue my quest for a hip replacement, something I have barely mentioned before in this august publication. The latest development was a hospital visit to the Orthopaedic Department. No parking on site of course and a hospital perched on a steep hill. As I looked up all I could see was a long line of geriatric and middle-aged Sherpas limping skywards with an assortment of Zimmer frames, crutches and

I am unsure if my older reader was ever a fan of the adult comic Viz but I for one could not wait to buy it. For the uninitiated it took the mickey out of more traditional kids comics and built up a series of unlikely and often rude alternative characters like Sid the Sexist, Buster Gonad, Millie Tant, Captain Morgan and his Hammond Organ and many others. I recently invented a new character: Meghan Markles and her Magnificent Marbles. I wonder if they might buy it?

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Relief Road, pending legal agreements, because of “revisions to the Welsh Government’s scheme set out in December 2017.” I hope you are following this?

In breaking news, the Bayeux Tapestry will spend six months in Wales during its loan to the UK from France. A spokesman for the National Museum of Wales said: “We aven’t decided yet where we’re goin to display it like. It’ll either be Bayeux or by there.”

Why the sudden U turn on the M4 to Damascus? Well, very simply, also in December 2017 it was announced that the Welsh Government will spend £136m on work to upgrade APB’s Newport Docks. HmmBB.better than 30 pieces of silver methinks. So an update on my daily feeding of food scraps to our local feathered friends. They have done so well out of this that some can no longer take off due to excessive baggage, and others have formed their own avian branch of Weightwatchers. Their latest triumph was a lasagne that had passed its sell-by date. Very sophisticated palates. It did not last long and neither will they.

Staying with Europe, at the time of writing, we once again approach the international public humiliation that is the Eurovision Song Contest. I wonder how many of our European friends will vote for us this time? Could be nul points all round and gales of derisory laughter in several European languages. Funnily enough the last three UK song titles proved to be quite prophetic: “You’re not alone” – We are “Never give up on you” – We have “Storm” – No kidding Let us turn briefly to politics and nothing to do with Brexit. Chateau Nolan is located close to the proposed line that the planned M4 Relief Road may take. With current estimates at £1.3bn and rising daily (the cost of the road that is as opposed to the value of our house) we remain confident that this will not happen. At least we were confident until the press revealed that Associated British Ports in Newport had withdrawn their objections to the scheme. In 2016 they lodged a planning objection against the scheme. At the time an APB spokesman said: “We need to protect the port and ensure that it can continue to grow, creating more jobs and prosperity for local people. ABP has repeatedly expressed its serious concern at the impact on the port and we have been left with no option but to object formally to the proposed M4 route.” Fast forward to February 2018 and ABP just agreed to remove its objection to the proposed route of the

Finally, I will leave you with the wise words of Mother Theresa: “Peace always begins with a smile.” Keep smiling chums.

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boats, parks and tea for one By Sarah-Jane Outten

Well it looks as though we might finally be seeing some signs of spring. It has felt like a long wait. Personally, I am more than ready to start spotting our famous daffodils in bloom, enjoying a few welsh cakes and making the most of the beautiful outside spaces that Cardiff has to offer. Now that we have the nicer weather on the way, I think a trip on the Aquabus from Cardiff Bay to Bute Park is on

the cards. There is something about this trip into the city that makes me feel like I’m on holiday. My youngest son, Leo, absolutely loves the boat ride, especially when there is Cardiff Castle waiting for him at the other end. He loves nothing better than spotting wildlife as we pass through the Bay, waving at other boats passing by, or chatting away to the other passengers – he is Cardiff’s biggest gossip! Once we

have taken a look around the castle, its usually time for a picnic in Bute Park. There are so many great spots to set up camp and enjoy a few sandwiches and squash. It’s times like this when I realise how lucky we are to have such great places on our doorstep for all the family. This week however, I had a little mummy time. I dropped Leo off at school and decided to have my usual walk around Waterloo Mill and

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Gardens. Despite the ongoing work on the flood defences and the huge changes to the area, it still does the trick when I need to clear my head. It’s such a beautiful area, full of character, I’m rather sad to see it gradually changing shape, but I continue to visit regularly as I’ve been in the area so long now – it’s part of who I am.

Please get in touch if you have a local business you would like to champion. I would love to hear about it, and I particularly enjoy trying new places. You can contact me via my Cardiff Times Facebook page @sjcardifftimes. Until next month, Shop Local! Bute Park image courtesy of visitcardiff.com Aquabus image courtesy of aquabus.co.uk

At 10 am it was still pretty chilly, so I decided to pop into Penylan Pantry for a warm drink. I had a lovely freshly made pot of tea and brown seeded toast with real Welsh butter. They have a fantastic breakfast menu on offer, but sometimes the simple things are the best. I felt very welcome and cosy; so much so, I stayed for over an hour reading my book. If you are a busy parent, like myself, you will know how luxurious this is! It was great to see so many locals making the most of a local café/deli, I know the support doesn’t go unnoticed. It shows what local businesses mean to our community. I’m often reminded of this when I visit my local Post Office at Waterloo Gardens. When you visit you can see just how much it means to those who live close by, especially the elderly. And I am left wondering how other communities are managing without this – as so many are without this point of contact, a friendly face, or chat. Especially to those members of the community that would otherwise feel isolated or lonely. We know that, when it comes to local businesses – you don’t use it, you lose it. So, it’s encouraging to see the businesses within my own neighbourhood used so fondly. Can you say the same for yours? Do you use local businesses as much as possible, and if so, where are your favourites?

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a nation of shopkeepers By Tamzin Ford

In a world full of internet shopping and endless browsing, why would we want to go to a shop? I've seen many changes over my 25 years in retail and the advent of the World Wide Web has changed the retail landscape forever. We've all had to adapt to change whilst still wanting to hold on to our traditions and things of comfort.

8 things to try Understand your customer. Build a customer profile - Internet buying habits; click & collect; social media presence. This is key to understanding how your business will work. It’s not about how you feel, it’s about how your customer feels about your business. What makes them happy? When do they shop? How do they shop? Do they research before they buy? Do they follow updates on your social media before they buy? What is it that you’re selling?

Over the years, brands have worked hard to keep their customers loyal. Think about Coleman's, Birds custard, Kellogg's, Andrex, Cadbury for example: you use them because your family did when you were young.

Collaborate with complementary businesses. Use each other's premises as drop zones and pop ups. This has become a big trend in the last few years, especially with the expense of running a premises or even a website. Collaboration isn’t competition, it’s an opportunity to attract other customers to your business and hopefully a returning one.

So how does this effect the High St? The high street for many has become a romantic museum. Over the next few months, I’m interviewing some of the great independent traders I know and asking them how they juggle retailing and digital. In the meantime I’ve put together some quick tips on how digital can enhance the high street and not hinder it.

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seeing stock. Create a 4 by 4 square in each area and try to change one thing in each square on a regular basis.

If you don't use Epos, set it up to show you that any stock management system will be massively beneficial to you. It will tell you your margins and slow moving stock. Get that stock out, it’s costing you money still being there. Negative equity will hurt your business.

Create backstory videos for your products, place on social media and use QR codes to scan in store. Use the in window displays for when you're closed. The more we use our phones, the more we get used to the technology. Creating scanable videos can bring your shop to life when you aren’t there.

Build a buying trends profile. Low margin, high value vs low value, high margin. Learn when your peak buying times are. Do your customers browse in January but not purchase until March? What is your stack `em high, sell `em fast product? Do you have a loss leader that will bring customers through the door and then be able to upsell them?

Go mobile, use pop up locations where your demographic customer base hang out. Location, Location, Location. It’s expensive to run a shop and especially in prime city locations. Move the mountain to Mohamed. Pop up at events and share locations with collaborative venues. Create a sense of urgency, “ pop up exclusive only, not available anywhere else.”

Calculate the actual footprint cost of your stock. Do you know how much your stock costs to sell? This seems an odd question but each item will have a financial footprint. Cost of item + cost to advertise it + cost of premises to display it + cost of staff to sell it. Each day your stock isn’t selling, it’s losing it’s profit until it’s lost it all.

Create theatre, use it on social platforms, build a website, send daily funny updates, get a newsletter, monthly ideas for your products. Theatre in shops is what works. Look at Lego. We all spend ages playing with the blocks and making funny people. It’s an experience, although they want you to purchase, they’re giving you a fun memory and try before you buy.

Rotate stock each week, refresh displays. Do you find that each time you go shopping, the thing you needed has moved? This is to make you buy more. It stops you sleep shopping and going straight to the product you want without browsing. We also go a bit blind in our own shops and stop

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dances, trekking and other adventures By Michael James Last month I missed the deadline to submit an article for the February edition of Cardiff Times, so nothing of mine was published. Missing the deadline was not altogether the true reason because I can't always come up with things to write which might be of interest to you. I usually fall back on things that have happened to me or my family as in the January edition when I wrote about various events leading up to my Christmas. What is true is that I really did miss the deadline because I was away.

I will leave the details of the competition until next month when I can tell you more about Dance Fit, Cardiff, but what I can say is that two of the four Cardiff groups got through to the national finals in Liverpool. Sadly our Granddaughter's, Mini Squad didn't get through, so no family outing coming up! As luck would have it, I had been asked to go on a training day for my volunteer work with The Leprosy Mission in Llandrindod Wells on the Wednesday following the dance weekend. As we were to be 'up north', I decided to try to meet up with some of my friends who were with me on my trek in the Himalayas, and who lived in or around Manchester and Leeds, and who I hadn't seen for nearly four years. I quickly got in touch with them and was delighted when all eight who lived in the area agreed to come to a reunion dinner in Holmfirth ('Last of the Summer Wine' country). Of the other three in the original trekking group, two who live in London and Liverpool, couldn't make it. This plan would be ideal as we could spend the day after the reunion taking in the beautiful countryside around Holmfirth before setting off to my meeting in mid-Wales.

This month is similar in that, once again, my thoughts for an article are at the bottom of a deep well which is in danger of running dry. Please excuse me if I have said this before: my normal 'fall-back' line on these occasions is that I rely on, 'inspiration out of desperation'. It may or may not be true but it really does seem to concentrate my mind. So when I was asked if I had something for this month I have had to delve deep into the well of my thoughts. So here goes! You may recall that two of my grandchildren attend classes at Dance Fit, Cardiff. Well, my granddaughter's group, the Mini Squad, and three other groups from their dance school recently won places in an area competition which enabled them to progress to the semi finals of a national competition to be held in the Winter Gardens Opera House in Blackpool. Not quite the iconic venue that is the Tower Ballroom but a huge event for all those youngsters through to the 'semis'. Their excitement held no bounds and carried along on the expectation of going to Blackpool, my wife and I, together with our daughter and family and also our son and his family, who live in Wigan, agreed to share a family weekend together. Plans were quickly made. Our daughter and granddaughter travelled with the rest of the dancers and their mums and dads in two coaches and stayed overnight in Blackpool. Her father, sister and young brother travelled after school on the Friday evening and spent the next two nights in Wigan. My wife and I had a leisurely drive on the Friday and spent two nights in Blackpool, meeting up with everyone else on the Saturday morning to attend the competition. Whilst we spent our last night at the hotel, our two children and their families would travel back to Wigan, where, so our 5 year old grandson informed me, they would all have a 'sleepover!'

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another great evening meal. Shattered after all our travelling that day, we were in the comfortable bed early at 10.30pm. My wife went off to sleep quickly but I was kept awake by a consistent noise. It was as if someone was inside the room with a Harley Davison motor bike at idling speed, a low,' broom broom', over and over. It was, I thought, the noise of a central heating pump on the other side of the wall. At 1.00am I eventually could stand no more and went to reception to complain. I was very reasonable about it and while I couldn't expect the central heating to be knocked off in the middle of winter, I thought that they should know about it and look into it to save future guests from the problem. Back in the bedroom, no noise! Great, perhaps it had knocked itself off but no, as soon as I got back into bed and my head hit the pillow, I could hear the noise again. Nothing for it but to put up with it and try to sleep. No luck and no sleep. Then, on my usual middle of the night visit to the bathroom, the noise once more disappeared and in walking around the bedroom I discovered that in certain other parts of the room, the noise faded away. It was obviously on the other side of the wall from the headboard Taking my two pillows I slept for the rest of the night on the floor, as far away as possible from the source of the noise. Not very comfortable, but with an unexpected benefit of the noisy central heating pump keeping the radiators lovely and warm so that I wasn't bothered by the cold.

We had a great evening with my wife, who hadn't been with me on the trek, meeting my friends for the first time and listening to us recounting tales of all the humorous and challenging times we faced on our 'stroll', in the Himalayas. We all had our individual challenges to overcome, and they were happy to recall me always arriving last at our lunch time and overnight stops. Gentle, good natured humour about my efforts to keep up with them and no complaints about me slowing them down, especially as it gave them time to enjoy another beer or two before setting off again. After promising to keep in touch with each other and with he possibility of a weekend trek together in North Wales later on in the year, we said our goodbyes and once again went our separate ways. We awoke the next morning to torrential rain. No chance of seeing much, if anything, of Holmfirth and the lovely northern Peak District that day. So after a lovely, long breakfast, during which we considered what we would do, I came up with the idea of not staying for another night but to try to find somewhere on our way to mid-Wales. The gods of travel (St. Christopher himself perhaps), were with us, our hotel was one of a chain, with a similar hotel in Welshpool. The hotel staff were very helpful and almost before we knew it we were booked in and on our way.

The next morning, upon checking out, another unexpected benefit. I was told that because of the problems I had encountered during the night, our room rate was reduced. I hadn't complained for that purpose but a lovely gesture from the hotel. Our journey to Llandrindod Wells, through the beautiful mid-Wales countryside was most enjoyable as a result. Another bonus was that I discovered that if we hadn't decided to leave Holmfirth when we did we would not have made it in time to get to my meeting. A win-win situation. After my training day meeting, we arrived back home, weary but pleased that we had been able to spend a lovely few days with family and friends in such different but lovely parts of England and Wales. Thank you for joining us as you have been reading about our adventures.

The next part of our journey, through pouring rain and numerous road works which resulted in slow, nose-to-tail traffic, took five hours to travel the 90 miles to Welshpool rather than the expected two hours. Welshpool is a nice country market town with a lovely old coaching hotel where we enjoyed

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