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

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CONTRIBUTORS Wyn Evans, Vince Nolan, Wayne Courtney, Nathan Wyburn, Sarah-Jane Outten, Michael James, Sara John, Kate Morgan, Max Harvey, Natalie McCulloch, Timothy Wynne, Patricia Hyett

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Whilst writing this, outside it is a glorious sunny day, and also it’s now half term for our children, so we are hoping to take a few days off and explore a few different parts of South Wales. We did manage to enjoy a lovely Sunday morning walk alongside the River Taff with the children recently, which everyone enjoyed, not least our dog! Last month, our new reporter Tim covered this years’ Made in Roath Festival, check out his article on pages 64 & 65. Another article to look out for on pages 40 & 41 is by Kate Morgan, who attended the recent BAFTA Cymru Awards, and managed to interview many of the award winners on the night. Kate has brilliantly captured the personal side of each actor, and not just the reason why they’ve won an award, which I feel makes the interviews so different. We have so many talented people writing for us, so please do take the time to look through the magazine, you’ll be surprised at what you can learn. Talking of talented people, this month our longest serving writer, Vince Nolan, celebrates his 100th article. It takes a lot of commitment and time to entertain our readers, month after month, so a huge thank you Vince from Mark and myself. You are amazing and we applaud you for being so funny, so different, so modest and a very good friend. The party season will soon be upon us so with this mind we have lots of ideas to celebrate Christmas throughout the magazine - you really are spoilt for choice. We’ll finish on this note - it is our daughter’s 8th birthday this month and we’ve yet to sort out a party for her because she keeps changing her mind on what she wants and where she wants it! She follows her father for stubbornness and her mother for being indecisive! Until next month, happy reading.

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November

CONTENTS

30 22 40 BAFTA Cymru 2018

FEATURES

By Kate Morgan

44 Wyburn & Wayne

14 November Diary

By Nathan Wyburn & Wayne Courtney

18 A Little Piece Of Toast

49 No Purchase Necessary?

By Wyn Evans

By Natalie McCulloch

22 Cardiff Ski & Snowboard Centre

By Vince Nolan

52 ‘And Another Thing…’

26 3 Ways To Boost Your Emotional Intelligence

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30 Beauty - Beautiful You 31 The Beauty Edit By Sarah-Jane Outten

34 Feature - Things To Do At Christmas!

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58 Puzzle Mania 64 Made In Roath 2018 By Timothy Wynne

69 Books To Look Out For In November

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79 Puzzle Mania Solutions 80 Lost In France By Michael James

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CARE HOME SERENADED BY CARDIFF MALE VOICE CHOIR

Tŷ Llandaff activities co-ordinator Melanie Geoghegan said: “Musical events are always a big success with our residents, and who better to come and sing for us than our local male voice choir, especially as Wales is the land of song!

Residents at a Cardiff care home enjoyed an evening of uplifting music and song when one of the city’s oldest choirs visited them for a special performance. Tŷ Llandaff, a private nursing, residential and respite care home in Pontcanna, organised for Cardiff Male Choir to come in and sing a wide variety of songs including Welsh hymns and arias, jazz classic and gospel numbers and choruses from songs and great operas.

“There was a real ‘moment’ when the choir sang the national anthem and everyone in the room was singing together. The volume was incredible and the sound was tremendous. It was something very special! “Music, and in particular singing, is so good for lifting the spirits and has been scientifically proven to lower blood pressure and improve mood. The benefits to our residents felt really tangible, and everyone has been buzzing about the performance ever since the visit. We can’t wait to arrange to have the Cardiff Male Choir back in.”

The choir, which was founded in 1898, were led by musical director Emma Laidlaw Height and accompanist Valerie Roberts, and delivered a stirring and emotional performance rounding off with everyone joining in with the Welsh national anthem Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.

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St David’s Hall is hosting a Queen Extravaganza, the touring show, sweeping the UK, celebrating the band Queen’s Greatest Hits. All of your favourite songs, like Bohemian Rhapsody and We Will Rock You, will be played live by talented musicians picked by Brian May and Roger Taylor. Whether you are a new fan or old, this celebration of Queen’s legacy will bring everyone together for a night of phenomenal music, played by the new generation of music. St David’s Hall, Cardiff www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk





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November or Movember is the month to spread awareness about men’s health. The Movember Foundation are a charity that tackles male suicide and mental health as well as testicular and prostate cancer. The MoRun is back in Bute Park for everyone to take part, with 5k and 10k runs, with a 1.5k run for the little ones. Go along for fancy dress and a reward of a moustache shaped moustache. Bute Park, Cardiff www.mo-running.com/cardiff

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Based in the centre of Cardiff’s city, the Christmas Markets hosts a range of gifts and treats, from cheese, food, liqueurs, candles and Welsh crafts and produce. The decorated wooden huts have perfect and thoughtful range of gifts and is a short walk away from the Cardiff Winter Wonderland. St Johns Street and Working Street, Cardiff www.visitcardiff.com/christmas/christmas-markets/

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   17 17       Christmas gifts, Toys, Jewellery, Cakes, Jams, Books, Bottles, Bric-a-brac, DVDs, CDs, Games, Plants, Handbags, Scarves, Toiletries and a Tombola Stall. Tea/coffee will also be available. 10am - 12.30pm Entrance 30p children free Roath Church House, Waterloo Road, Roath, Cardiff

      18 18      The London Concert Orchestra, conducted by Pete Harrison, will take to the stage at St David’s Hall to perform scores from the most memorable and famous film compositions of all time. In a celebration of Hans Zimmer and John Williams, the orchestra will showcase epic scores, like E.T., Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Gladiator and many more. St David’s Hall, Cardiff www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

          The Llamau Sleep Out is an event challenging people to build a shelter and sleep outside in the cold, to spread awareness and raise money for homeless people in Wales. There are prizes for the most durable, creative and best looking shelters, silent disco, bands and free tea and coffee to go round and it’s all for a good cause. Cardiff City Stadium www.llamau.org.uk/Event/sleep-out-2018

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Stand up comedian, author and the voice of Love Island, Iain Stirling is back with his sell-out tour, U OK HUN? X, talking about all things to do with millennial, life and the world of social media. The Glee Club, Cardiff Bay www.glee.co.uk/performer/iain-stirling/

     77-1  1       Whilst paying homage to the 1977 John Travolta classic, this all new stage version promises more drama, more music and is bound to have you jiving in the aisles. From the team that brought you the smash hit, Cilla the Musical, Saturday Night Fever tells the iconic story of Tony Manero, and his reckless, yet thrilling road to success. Featuring the Bee Gees’ greatest hits Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever and More Than A Woman, as well as additional songs never before featured in the musical. Starring Richard Winsor (Casualty, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, StreetDance 3D) as 'Tony Manero' Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff bay www.wmc.org.uk 2

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a little piece of toast By Wyn Evans Toast was made using an eye-level gas grill. She’d not been with us long when Dominique asked mam where she kept the machine that made the funny noise, “you know, the ‘cchwwrrttt’ noise”, she said, making a rasping noise at the back of her throat. Mam responded that she had no such machine. Dad got to the bottom of it first. Mam never made a piece of toast without first burning it to a crisp. It’s not that she was scatter-brained, it was just that something else invariably would need doing, causing her to take her eyes off the grill long-enough for the toast to catch fire. At which point, flames safely extinguished, the ‘cchwwrrttt’ machine would come into play. Or rather, mam would take the blackened slice of carbon, grab a butter knife and scrape the burned bits into the sink, making the ‘cchwwrrttt’ noise.

For my late mother the kitchen was an adventure playground. No matter where we lived – Cardiff, Kidwelly, Mynachlog-Ddu – the kitchens were the beating heart of our homes. In Farm Drive, just off Cefn Coed Road, the kitchen was often full of students. To help make ends meet, mam and dad used to take in lodgers from the Cyncoed Institute of Sport, which is now part of the Metropolitan university. It amazes me now quite how our little home could accommodate a family of four and two student lodgers. When we were both very young, my sister and I shared a room, allowing the third bedroom to be occupied by two students, each with a little single bed. They were Gwilym and Huw, who each went on to become Head-teachers at comprehensive schools in North Wales. Pauline and Joy, who both became PE teachers. Francoise and Monique returned to France and I have no idea what became of them, which is a shame as they were great fun. They once took mam, my sister and I out in a rowing-boat on Roath Park lake. It was hard to know whether to freeze in fear or laugh wildly but the three adults each took it in turn to row, standing up and trying not to capsize the boat as they swapped places. As a young lad, the prospect of capsizing was exhilarating! Then there was Dominique, also French, who used to sunbathe topless in our back garden. She was quite demonstrative, in an “ooh-la-la-di-da” kind of way, especially in front of the male neighbours. It was surprising how many of the surrounding householders used simultaneously to cut their lawns. It was less surprising, maybe, that these occasions invariably coincided with Dominique getting her kit off under our nascent apple trees. I recall mam teasing dad in later years that never before or since had he shown such an interest in using the kitchen sink (“scrubbing the patterns off the plates”) which just happened to overlook the garden.

I said, above, ‘flames safely extinguished’. That wasn’t always the case. The little kitchen in Farm Drive was the first one mam burned down. (I say the first. It was the first that I became aware of; I’d be willing to believe that she had a history of burning down family kitchens all across Carmarthenshire when she was growing up, leaving a trail of destruction from Cefneithin via Llandybie to Gorslas.) Yes, on this occasion it was the toast that caused the spark; two walls and part of the ceiling were alight before dad managed to get it all under control.

I’m not sure that Dominique was the brightest of all our many lodgers, or maybe it was just cultural differences but she came out with some classic lines. This was the mid-1960s and if electric toasters had been invented then they had definitely not made their way into Farm Drive.

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Living on the farm in Mynachlog-Ddu mam specialised in chip pan fires(1). They were, you could say, her specialist subject. My sister and I had both been taught from a very young age how to have on hand a damp dish-cloth each and every time mam made chips. Looking back, as a father myself, I can barely believe that my sister and I were taught to react in this way. My advice to anyone now, of course, would be never, ever to pick up an on-fire chip pan; in fact, never, ever use a chip-pan, full stop.

Now, where was I? Ah yes, toast. So, you see, I turned sixty last weekend, an event that has occasioned me to consider the delights of ageing. Not just any old ageing but ageing having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Regular readers will recall my dear Parky’s and the way it is turning your correspondent into a twitching, stumbling caricature of the Supermanly figure he once cut! Attentive regular readers may recall the statistic that some twenty per cent of people with Parky’s go on to develop dementia. This has led me frequently to consider my memory and to note any lacunae that may suggest I am one of the twenty per cent.

If you are unfamiliar with chip pan fires here is the procedure mam seemed to follow: the pan is to be half-full of lard and heated over a hob. When it is VERY hot, the medium-sliced chips (which need to be made from fresh potatoes - never from frozen back then) are gently lowered into the fat, using the basket supplied. Then, you assiduously forget to check up on them and wait until the chip pan catches fire. This happens with alarming frequency and with a very scary ‘whump’ kind of noise. As the flames rise to the ceiling, creeping up the walls, you take hold of the damp tea-towel or dish-cloth and, showing no fear at all, you turn off the gas and, not panicking at all either, lay the damp towel across the top of the raging inferno - I guess depriving it of oxygen - and you simultaneously shout at your child or sibling to ‘OPEN THE BACK DOOR...QUICKLY!!!’; at which point you grab a mitten, pick up the pan by the hot handle and carry it out to the back lawn. If you’re lucky, the flames will not have devoured the walls and ceiling but will have been extinguished once the tea-towel was placed atop the pan. If you are less lucky the very minimum you can expect is an urgent redecoration of sooty kitchen walls and ceiling. Mam liked chip pan fires so much that she oversaw two of them on the farm and another one in Kidwelly. Clearly, I’m being sarky, but my sister and I were taught to react as described above.

It is pleasing to write that I have noticed no particularly worrying evidence of cognitive decline. However, that simply makes me worry that my cognitive decline is such that I’d be the last person to notice it. For twenty-four hours now I’ve been fretting over a piece of toast. Yesterday lunchtime The Boss asked me if I’d like a slice. I was busy vacuuming and washing the floors but I said ‘yes please’ before continuing with the housekeeping. It was tea-time when I asked The Boss ‘what happened to that slice of toast you offered me then?!’ I was taken aback when she told me ‘you ate it’. We had a bit of a back and forth over the matter, with The Boss adamant that I’d eaten the darn thing and I equally adamant that I had not or, at least, that I had no memory of doing so. My point in reporting this event is not to claim that dementia is, or is not, creeping up on me. (In fact, I think I’m doing fine.) My point, rather, is to note how much time and energy one might waste analysing all one’s thoughts and actions, one’s memories and emotions, seeking evidence of decline. So I’m intending to sail on into my seventh decade, not worrying unduly about stuff I cannot change, and enjoying the company of The Boss and The Girl. But to forestall future difficulties in recalling whether or not I’ve eaten pieces of toast, I intend to make them more memorable; in future they will be burned to a crisp and go through the ‘cchwwrrttt machine’! Footnote: Chip pan fires are frequently lethal. Use a deep fryer instead. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chip_pan

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Before & After 4 Laser Leg Vein Removal Treatments

Before & After 10 Non-Surgical CACI Face Lifting Treatments

What’s new about the clinic? We are introducing new facials and peels to help treat a wider range of skin types. We have also started prosecco Fridays and Saturdays to get clients in the weekend mood after a long week in work. We have lively music, free prosecco and snacks. Our team of 3 has now grown to a team of 4 with our new, experienced Beauty Therapist Georgia who qualified in 2011 and has a beauty and spa background. Tell us more about the staff at LaserWise. We are a small team of 4 and it works perfectly. We each have our own unique personalities with different skills and qualifications. What we all share is that we all care about our clients. Personality is so important in this industry. We all carry out beauty treatments, however we all specialise in our own field. I specialise in laser and have a level 4 in laser and light therapies, Stacey specialises in Micro-Blading and Semi-Permanent Make-up and Lauren specialises in Eyelash Extensions and Make-Up application.

Before & After 2 Skin Rejuvenation IPL Treatments

What skincare tips do you have for our Cardiff Times readers? • The best anti-ageing product someone could buy is SPF 50. Sun damage is one of the biggest issues when it comes to ageing skin - prevention is definitely better than cure! (We recommend our Heliocare SPF 50) • STOP using wet wipes and soap! These strip your skin of its natural oils and goodness – invest in a good cleanser. (We recommend one of our Lira Clinical cleansers) • If you suffer with acne or breakouts, it might be time to invest in a good mineral Make-Up that doesn’t clog your skin. (We recommend our Youngblood Mineral make-up) • Everyone needs Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid in their routine • Clinical products will always have more active ingredients than any high street brand. Book in for a free consultation for more tips and advice.

What treatments do you offer for your male clients? 2018 is definitely the year of male grooming! We ensure our male clients feel completely comfortable by creating a gender neutral environment. A popular service is laser hair removal on the cheeks and neck to help give men a neater, sharper beard shape with less maintenance. Laser hair removal is also popular with men for back, shoulders, abdomen and chest. Tattoo Removal is huge with men. So many guys want cover ups or complete removal of a tattoo which we can help with.

LaserWise Skin & Beauty Clinic www.laserwiseclinic.com 202 Whitchurch Road Cardiff CF14 3NB 029 2132 2424 Before & After 4 Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments

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cardiff ski & snowboard centre Cardiff ski and snowboarding centre in the heart of Cardiff is one of the most well-known slopes in the UK. Whether its skiing or snowboarding you’re interested in, the centre’s highly qualified instructors have travelled and lived all over the world in the pursuit of snow sports. The talented team provide excellent instruction for all abilities. If you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned skier, there’s always something to learn. Learning to ski and snowboard is an activity for the whole family, we offer junior ski schools on a Saturday and Sunday for the kids and we offer a mini snow bears session for the very little ones. For adults we have group ski and snowboard lessons and for that personal touch the centre offers one on one tuition in the form of private lessons. For the more advance skiers and boarders the centre offers race training and freestyle sessions to advance your skills even further. All the instructors at the centre are qualified to teach disability skiing, which in its simplest term, is to bypass your limitations and adapt yourself, be it with training, a guide or special equipment to go on and ski. Any sport can be an adaptive sport, and can be a great way to rehabilitate, boost confidence and find a new (or rejuvenate an old) passion. Already ski or snowboard? Looking to get more involved in the sport? We offer a volunteer program where we train our volunteers up to be instructors and progress in the snow sport industry. Cardiff Ski and Snowboard Centre 198 Fairwater Rd, Fairwater, CF5 3JR 02920561793 www.skicardiff.co.uk

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fillers for the 40+ age group subtle enhancement Dermal fillers are no longer the ‘new’ aesthetic treatment – in fact, global pharmaceutical company Galderma recently celebrated the 21st anniversary of its Restylane hyaluronic acid dermal filler. What is new, though, is how aesthetic practitioners are using these highly effective anti-ageing products.

The anti-ageing approach As well as the leading hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, we also offer Ellanse, as it is a fantastic volumising product and can last up to two years, which is ideal. Any longer-term products can have the drawback that they do not adapt to how your face naturally changes over time. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, Ellanse also improves collagen production so there is an improvement in skin texture.

At the Specialist Skin Clinic, we believe in producing beautifully natural results and this is best achieved with a subtle enhancement. Everyone should notice you’re looking great, not know you’ve had something done.

However, dermal fillers are just one of the antiageing treatments we offer at the Specialist Skin Clinic. We often combine dermal fillers with other antiwrinkle muscle relaxants to address lines and wrinkles, but will also usually advise skin rejuvenation treatments such as laser, microneedling or chemical peels and a cosmecuetical skincare programme to achieve optimal skin health.

What are dermal fillers? As we get older, collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid levels in the skin start to decline, a process that can be accelerated by smoking, stress and sun damage. These components in the skin provide the support, elasticity and plumpness we associated with youth and our skin becomes thinner, dryer and sags as a result.

We are often asked what the best age to get fillers is, but there is no right age. If you’ve recently noticed any visible signs of facial ageing, a consultation with an experienced anti-ageing practitioner is key. We can advise you on what is the best anti-ageing approach, whether that’s an injectable treatment or a preventative skincare programme.

Dermal fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, use a hyaluronic acid gel to restore volume, lifting and smoothing the skin. Ellanse, another leading dermal filler brand, is made of poly-caprolactone, a polymer which is safely absorbed by the body. Due to its elasticity and viscosity, it is ideal for contouring and sculpting. What’s the best age to get fillers?

Go to our website at www.specialistskinclinic.uk for more details or call us 02920 617690 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Maria Gonzalez.

Most patients over 40 want to look their best self, not like they are in the twenties. Our approach is to be very subtle; enhancing and rejuvenating your looks without changing them. Our understanding of how the face ages continues to grow and we can tailor treatments to this new understanding. A common ageing concern is the appearance of deep lines between the nose and mouth, known as the nasolabial folds. These are caused by loss of volume in the mid-face so it can be a mistake just to fill the nasolabial folds. Restoring volume to the cheeks can create a far more natural and youthful appearance as well as improving the appearance of the nasolabial folds.

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3 ways to boost your emotional intelligence By Max Harvey

This may sound a little Trump-like, but my IQ is pretty high. Well, it was, many years ago, according to a Mensa quiz in the back of a newspaper. As I recall it was next to some sudokus (sudokii?), which I’m a sucker for. Thinking about it, I’m not sure I’ve seen an IQ test around in years. Facebook is littered with quizzes of course, but they only tend to provide a (spurious) insight into what Disney/Game of Thrones/Paw Patrol character you are most like (Baloo/Daenerys/Rocky respectively, in case you were wondering). Of course, Mensa intelligence is only one type of intelligence. It means I’m good with puzzles and logic, but not much else. Intelligence can be measured in a number of ways, but often we judge it by how extensive someone’s vocabulary is or how ‘book smart’ they are, rather than considering their common sense or spatial awareness for example (both criteria I’d score a big fat zero on).

So what can we do about it? It’s easy to feel powerless, but we can do small things in our own lives. Because small things, little and often, by enough people, make for big change. And just as doing puzzles can help boost your IQ, there are ways to flex your EQ too.

Even then, just taking these kinds of characteristics into account isn’t enough. There’s also a variety of intelligence that is not as often discussed, but arguably more important – emotional intelligence.

Empathise Put yourself in other’s shoes. I am not the same as anyone else alive and yet I make assumptions about others. I put expectations on them based on my own world view and precious little other information. When someone is rude, for example, it is easy to assume they’re just that type of person. And maybe they are. But maybe they’re going through something you don’t know about.

Emotional intelligence is your capacity for empathy, to understand and appreciate both other people’s needs and your own. In a world where boundaries and walls (metaphorical rather than Mexican) appear to be increasingly put up, and tensions bubble under (and sometimes over), no amount of logical and critical thinking can get us through our fractured modern world if are close-minded and inconsiderate.

It could be something big or something small, and it could be they’re struggling to deal with it that particular day, or even just at the very minute when their path crosses yours. I wouldn’t want someone to judge me on one instance

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give you the right answer straight away. Not for quite a while in fact. So how can you expect to give the best response to an emotional situation without waiting and considering before reacting? Taking time to think could help you side-step your prejudices and see things more clearly.

(unless by some miracle it’s an instance where I’m being awesomely cool of course).

Listen Totally guilty of this crime. I am (more than) capable of talking incessantly. Not only is this impolite, but it means I learn less about the people around me, which is boring and makes for one-sided conversations that simply serve as a report about the louder person’s day. But if you can master listening (and really listening, not just being quiet when someone else talks) then not only will your relationships improve, but you also have a simple and effectively way of improving the mood of others. The benefits of having the space to talk cannot be underestimated.

Many of the problems we see on our shores and beyond, offline and online, are borne of ignorance, misinformation and a lack of compassion. So take a moment to consider both sides of an issue and the feelings of those involved. If everyone worked on nurturing their emotional intelligence, we’d all be better off. Being a bit more aware and forgiving of both yourself and others is not always easy, but we are all capable of it, given some thought and effort.

We carry so much around, locked away in our heads, particularly us men, so the more opportunities there are to feel like someone cares, that someone is listening, the better.

You may not realise it, but your friendly nod, smile or two minutes spent listening to someone, could be enough to just nudge their mood in the right direction.

Wait Last of all – pause; take a breath; slow down. If you asked me what 37 x 56 was, I couldn’t

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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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The Beauty Edit 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.

conditioner, again from LUSH Cosmetics. It has the subtle fragrance of Palma Violets and it’s packed with Argan Oil to nourish the hair. The first time I used it, it felt like no other conditioner, and I wasn’t sure it was working. But rest assured it really is, my hair feels soft and smooth without any of the sticky silicon feeling that you can sometimes get from a regular conditioner. While we are on the subject of shampoo, I would like to draw your attention to a fantastic brand, made right here in Wales. The Good Wash Company have a great shampoo available, it’s free from sulphates, parabens, SLS and SLES, and isn’t tested on animals. The smell is simply gorgeous, it’s a heady mix of lavender and rose geranium. Again, this shampoo contains Argan Oil, so it has left my hair feeling silky smooth!

Hello, and welcome to the November edition of The Beauty Edit. Regular readers will know that I am a huge fan of environmentally friendly products. I will always recommend a company with the environment in mind, before any other. I feel the same way about animal testing. Our knowledge of the environmental damage caused by our use of plastic and chemicals has grown over the years, and now it seems it really has reached boiling point. Without a doubt the cosmetic industry has had a massive impact on our environment. If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to look at switching to products that are kinder to the environment and ways of cutting back on unnecessary packaging – especially plastic. A few months ago, I decided to look at my shampoo and conditioner. Every two to three weeks would see me replace those plastic bottles with new ones. Not to mention the chemicals that I was not only applying to myself but also washing into our oceans. So, I switched to a shampoo bar and conditioner bar. Two months in and I am really enjoying Soak and Float, a solid shampoo by LUSH Cosmetics. It’s made with Cade Oil, Rose and Marigold petals to sooth and calm irritated skin. My scalp can be sensitive, that was my reason of choice. It has left my hair feeling super clean and refreshed. I follow that with Sugar Daddy-O, a solid

The Good Wash Company have a variety of products to try, I recommend you head to their website (www.goodwash.co.uk) to read all about their ethos as it really is impressive. They focus on sourcing their ingredients from our land and sea. They also give 100% of their profits to local projects that improve the lives of animals and people. As well as the shampoo, I would like to recommend the hand wash and hand cream; so many visitors have commented on those products since I have had them in the bathroom. The range also includes a candle, which fragrances the home perfectly without being overbearing or synthetic – due to its aromatherapy oils. I will certainly be supporting this Welsh brand this Christmas!

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bafta cymru 2018 By Kate Morgan

“The fact that it’s a BAFTA Cymru is everything. The fact that it is Wales is everything.”

Interviewee no. 2: Gareth Thomas, winner of the Presenter award for the documentary Alfie v Homophobia: Hate in the Beautiful Game. Interviewing Gareth was very moving for me, and not just because I tried to pick up his award with both hands and failed (BAFTAs are much heavier than they look).

I arrived very early to BAFTAs and was ushered straight upstairs to the press room. I was so nervous I drank two coffees and finished two large bottles of water that had been left on the table in front of me. The celebrities, the terrifyingly talented and beautiful creatures from celebrity planet, were starting to arrive backstage for their interviews. The bad news: I had no questions. No good ones at least. I had wracked my brain all week and in a last-minute decision (based on desperation) I decided to wing it. Very quickly I realised there was no need to stress. I’d forgotten one simple fact; that the beautiful creatures were actually5drum roll please5human beings.

Enter interviewee no. 1: Ioan Gruffudd, nominated for the Actor award for his role in Liar. Ioan’s charm silenced my nerves and put me at ease immediately. It’s not a sycophantic charm but a genuine, welcoming charm. He appeared very calm and collected and I was surprised when, as the conversation progressed, he openly discussed his experiences with anxiety.

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I asked a shamefully standard question, but it turned out to be a good opener: how do you feel right now? The former professional rugby player was speechless for a moment. Then he said winning the award hadn’t sunk in yet and probably never would. Discussing the documentary he says: “The project was part of me and my life, and it was an issue that had lived with me all of my life.”

Not long off of a plane from LA, he told me that during the drive to St David’s Hall he was using mindfulness methods to combat his feelings of anxiety and get into a positive headspace. Ioan revealed spending at least ten minutes a day creating a moment of calm for himself using mindfulness and meditation, particularly during times when his schedule is hectic.

Gareth, and the team involved with the project, often felt alone in the world and that they were making very little progress. He now realises that they were never really alone. He explains that it was a difficult journey, but with the heavy award firmly in his hand, says: “God was it worth it! The fact that it’s a BAFTA Cymru is everything. The fact that it is Wales is everything.”

He said being back in the city where he was born was a wonderfully nostalgic experience. Unfortunately his visit to Cardiff was brief as he was leaving for London straight after the BAFTAs. Although very busy, a little exhausted and a smidge anxious, Ioan was clearly very happy too. “It’s an amazing life”, he told me.

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by professionals in the media business. He says, “I can’t always be professional, but I can be passionate.” In my humble opinion, he achieved both rather spectacularly.

Interviewee no. 3: Aimee-Ffion Edwards, BAFTA award presenter. Known for her roles in Peaky Blinders, Luther, and Detectorists. “I really like dressmaking and walking the dogs”, Aimee tells me as we pick at the left-over chocolates from a box of Celebrations. She’s listing her happy times. “I love the simple things really. I love meeting new people and being in a room with creative people, but I also get a bit stressed by big crowds; it’s very nerve wracking”, she says. Aimee is more nervous about presenting awards than going on stage and performing in a play. She says, “I think it’s partly that you’re representing yourself so you don’t have anything to hide behind.

“This is the first time I’ve been nominated for anything”, Jack tells me. He’s clutching his arm and grinning. He explains: “My arm is sore from pinching myself all night.” The London-born actor speaks warmly of Cardiff and Wales. He tells me that it was here, in Cardiff, someone took a chance on him, and to have “a physical thing is the perfect cherry on top to a journey that’s changed my life.” “I remember Ioan from Fantastic Four and the day I was nominated for this he followed me on Twitter! Way before I started acting I was watching him, and to be in the same category as him...I’m proud to be in that bracket.” Mid-conversation Ioan pops over and quickly shakes Jacks hand, congratulating him on his award. Jack sits back down, cheeks redder and eyes wider. He says, “To be here around everyone, around creatives, that’s a win in itself for me.”

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“I don’t feel it in this building particularly, but generally in this industry people are continually judged. I want to be me and it’s really important to be me, but at the same time we can’t help but be conscious of the standards we have to abide to.”

The end (of the evening, and the article)

Like everyone I meet that evening, Aimee expresses an overwhelming gratitude for the opportunities she’s had. She says, “Walking on stage in front of hundreds of people is nerve-wracking but a privilege as well. I’m honoured that I get to be a part of this.”

I had many fantastic conversations that night, but unfortunately I have neither the space nor the time to recount them all. It’s safe to say I found my calm, and successfully made it through the entire night emotionally intact.

Before she leaves to enjoy the rest of the evening Aimee beams a beautiful smile, and thanks me for my time.

The evening was incredible. St David’s Hall was overflowing with talented celebrities, producers, creators and designers, but it was brimming with more than that.

Interviewee no. 4: Jack Rowan, winner of the Best Actor award for his role in Born to Kill.

BAFTA Cymru brings together a wealth of kind, thoughtful, insecure, confident, strong, anxious, compassionate and passionate people.

Jack sits across from me, cheeks glowing and eyes wide; pride and disbelief emanating from the young actor.

Flawed and utterly wonderful...drum roll please...human beings.

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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: It was such a great show and the atmosphere was electric, great to see the arena packed to the rafters and everyone having the time of their lives.

Wyburn: It’s exhausting looking back at October, the months are flying by. I can’t believe we are already planning Christmas, seems only yesterday we were swinging in our deck chairs enjoying the sun.

Wyburn: It was a busy month for The Iris Prize Festival and it was so much fun covering their events. The festival has grown so much over the years and attracts people from all over the world.

Wayne: Summer has certainly passed. What a month October was. Kicked off with Party At The Park where we got to boogie with some 80’s icons in Coopers Field.

Wayne: Meeting Heather Small (M People) at the Iris opening party was a thrill for me. I loved M People. She certainly lived up to her name, she’s tiny! Again you presented her with a portrait, fair play you never miss an opportunity haha!

Wyburn: It was great getting backstage and meeting Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet, he loved the portrait I presented him. Of course it was in gold glitter, what else would it be! Lovely to meet Carol Decker (T’Pau) too, she was so much fun.

Wyburn: I loved Heather Small she really was sweet, and it was lovely to see her again at the Iris Karaoke at the Golden Cross. Would have loved a duet!

Wayne: And... Earth Wind and Fire, oldies but goodies. I danced the whole night, great for the weight loss.

Wayne: October also saw our good friend Mary Golds perform a sell out show at The Look Out Cafe Bar in Cardiff Bay. Such a fantastic night full of laughs, rumour has it there will be another show in the new year.

Wyburn: We danced for all of October. Kylie came to the Motorpoint Arena last month and in true Kylie style put on an incredible show. I got to present her with a special artwork to celebrate her arrival in Cardiff.

Wyburn: Plus Mary might be performing in a RoathRocks show in December. Lots of stuff happening for RoathRocks.

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Wyburn: And he’s set me a challenge to create a very unique portrait of him so watch this space.

Wayne: Yes super busy preparing RoathRocks. We’ve got some great concerts lined up including THE BIG GIG on November 3rd. I think it’s really important we raise as much money as possible to keep St Andrews Church open. It’s a beautiful church and is in desperate need of repairs, so fingers crossed we can raise enough to restore St Andrews.

Wayne: We also opened the doors to the public for Made In Roath, you turned our flat into an art exhibition! Wyburn: Made In Roath is such a lovely festival showcasing so much talent, I was honoured to be a part of it. Having strangers come through my home admiring my work was really special. I will certainly get more involved next year and do something special.

Wyburn: Hopefully the community will come out and support RoathRocks. Many came out in support of Welsh Hearts when they held their Razzle Dazzle Ball at Mercure Holland House. We had lots of fun hosting. Welsh Hearts continue to do incredible work placing defibrillators in our communities and performing heart screenings. It was lovely to meet survivors from recent cardiac arrests and hear their stories. Very touching and inspiring.

Cardiffian Of The Month: Name: Berwyn Rowlands. Occupation: Founder and Director of the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival. Fave place to eat in Cardiff: Cinnamon Tree Pontcanna, my second home. Fave place to shop in Cardiff: I hate shopping, and clothes shopping is even worse. I’m the only person to wear a cardigan at an awards ceremony! Favourite Cardiffian: Charlotte Church Cardiff in 3 words: compact, confident and proud.

Wayne: October also saw the exclusive reveal of Nathan Palmer’s latest collection. I was super proud to see you strut down that catwalk Nath. Wyburn: Yes it was my second year modelling for Nathan Palmer and I instantly fell in love with my suit. I loved all his collection and I wore my suit a few days later to the BAFTA Cymru Awards. It certainly got a lot of attention. Wayne: It really did, I think everyone we met asked about your suit. What a great night BAFTA put on at St David’s Hall. Can’t believe we got to meet Ioan Gruffudd just a few hours after watching The Fantastic Four on Netflix! Wyburn: He was so lovely and one of the surprise guests on the night. BAFTA always put on a great show and it was lovely to meet the winners as they came off stage. Incredibly proud of Gareth Thomas, Eve Myles and of course Richard Mylan, who took home the BAFTA for the documentary he made on Autism featuring his son Jack. Wayne: Speaking of Jacks, we partied the night away with Best Actor winner Jack Rowan at the BAFTA After Party. He was such great fun and super proud of his win, he even set his mum up a Facebook page so she could stream the awards.

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no purchase necessary? By Natalie McCulloch

The reasons to participate in BUY NOTHING DAY are vast, here are a few: • With Christmas approaching those extra pennies could come in handy for all those essential items for festive fun. • You may discover the benefit of engaging in a new hobby, rediscovering an old one or connecting with loved ones by staying away from shopping. • You may be shocked to discover how much money you actually spend day to day and discover some handy money saving alternatives such as utilising store cupboard basics or doing free activities.

We’ve all heard the term ‘shop till you drop’, but what about the concept of ‘dropping the shopping’? On November 23rd people around the world (60 countries to be exact) are being encouraged to take part in a 24-hour shopping suspension (yes that includes online!) The ‘Buy Nothing Day’ aims to motivate people to tune out from shopping and tune into life and enjoy the fabulous freebies on offer such as reading a good book (library anyone?), spending time with loved ones or simply taking a stroll in the great outdoors. Resisting the ‘urge to splurge’ may seem simple, but it’s surprising how much money we as a nation spend daily! Whether it be popping to the local shop, purchasing a coffee on route to work or topping up our mobile phone credit. How often do you get coaxed in by sales or convenience purchases (pre-prepared salad anyone?) or tempted to stray from your shopping list thanks to BOGOFF offers?

On a wider scale less ‘impulse buying’ will help reduce overall worldly waste. Often todays ‘must have’ purchase is next year’s ‘charity shop donation or landfill element’. It is estimated that the developed countries take up only 20% of the earth, yet we use up over 80% of the planet’s natural resources. This has led to environmental damage and a very unfair wealth distribution. Something has to change. You may question the worth of changing for just one day, but the campaign aims to give people a glimpse of how to shop less and live more and make the most of the frugal resources we are all surrounded by every day! As the song says, “What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours, all the sun and the flowers, and the difference is you”.

In 2017 households with 1 adult and no children spent on average £347 weekly, adding one or two children increased this to £421 weekly (ONS, 2017). Some components of this were £57 on food, £68 on recreation and culture, £73 on transport and £45 on hotels and restaurants. Obviously we are all different, but it’s surprising how quickly outgoings can mount up often without our complete awareness.

If you feel up to the challenge of saying ‘BYE BYE BYE to BUY BUY BUY on 23/11/18’ why not share your experiences, ideas or any events you organise for the day (FREE to attend of course!) by using social media (on FREE WIFI ideally!) using #BuyNothingDay.

To add an extra oomph to the campaign the day coincides with BLACK FRIDAY which is a sale extravaganza whereby hopeful bargain hunters hit the high street (and sometimes hit fellow shoppers!) to BUY, BUY, BUY! Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Traditionally a US phenomenon, it now sees people all over the world buying discounted products as retailers slash prices. Customers queue for hours on end, push and shove and even fight for the ‘deal of the day’ which leads me to wonder, is this really the best way to spend a Friday?

Even if you really can’t face being completely ‘spend free’ why not use this day to support local independent businesses and shops which are often over shadowed by big high street retailers - or act in more economical ways in your day. However small, we can all make a difference and we won’t know until we try!

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“And Another Thing…….”

By Vince Nolan

my dentist thinks i am an alcoholic The Leader of the Opposition and I have a new dentist. He is a nice chap who is extremely eager and very professional. My first appointment was for a 20 minute “lifestyle interview” where he took x-rays and wrote down the precise number and orientation of my pearly dinner-manglers. We then came to the sensitive and very personal subject of the number of alcohol units I consume on a weekly basis. Like most of you, when confronted with this question, I habitually lie. I usually adopt the tactic of halving the amount imbibed. For some reason, (and I can only think it was because he had some sharp metal implement in my mouth at the time), I told him the truth. He was not impressed. He made me feel like a drunk on Offa’s Dyke//// a borderline alcoholic. Taken aback but quick as a flash I asked him if my teeth were ok and he confirmed that they were fine. I told him that on that basis I would carry on drinking since it was clearly good for my teeth.

Staying with our canine chums I was in the local Audi dealership the other day and was amused to watch the sales process in full-swing. A couple were looking for a hatch-back or 4x4. It seemed that they had narrowed down their choices when they consulted the final decision maker, their black Labrador. He was taken around the showroom and jumped into the back of each shortlisted vehicle to see what suited him. He chose a black Q5 in the end. Dogs know stuff. Sat in the above pub, The Ecumenical Alcoholic, with the Boss when we overheard a couple who were deep in discussion about matters spiritual. She said to him: “You get a lot more missionaries in cities these days because of the increased sightings of demons.” The bloke did not respond and to be fair to him, how could he sensibly follow that? She went on to ask him if he had given any thought to what he was going to say on Judgement Day. Hmmmm.

A friend of mine was voted Dentist of the Year. Bizarrely, they gave him a little plaque!

Talking of things cerebral, I recently banged my head on a low bridge. Would have been ok if viaduct.

She Who Must Be Obeyed and I recently visited the café in Morrisons supermarket. I know, I spoil that woman. Believe it or not there was a table with a reserved sign on it. I wondered what sort of citizen would have the gall to phone up and book a table. This got me thinking. I presume that when the party arrives and gives their name to the geezer on the till, he stops taking orders for breakfasts and fish and chips, grabs some menus and escorts the diners to their chosen table from where they have a romantic and panoramic view of Newport Road. I wonder if they have a wine list?

I was reading about a Frenchman who in 1883 made Cardiff his home as a lecturer at the newly founded University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire. His name, Paul Barbier. A fascinating man and a huge fan of Wales, the Welsh and the language. He was quoted in 1899 as saying: “If French were the language of men, German of soldiers, Spanish of God’s Saints, Italian of women and English of birds, surely Welsh was that of the angels.” Oft described as the language of heaven of course and I wonder if this is where that saying originates from? Either way, it chimes very differently during these Brexit days.

Above is our friend Daisy patiently waiting for her table. I hope she booked.

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Recent printing error in the Western Mail: “He was given a 12 moth sentence for possessing an offensive weapon.” One presumes his defence was full of holes and he’s seen the light now.

fine publication. No idea where the time has gone and no idea where the drivel keeps appearing from. Nonetheless, thank you both for enabling me to rant in writing, in public, once a month. By way of celebration I have penned this ode:

We have just returned from a fabulous holiday on the Greek island of Skiathos. I am not one to book somewhere hot and then complain about the conditions but it was so hot that I left the toilet seat up now and again just to get an icy stare from the Current Mrs Nolan.

That’s 100,000 words and not enough jokes. Far too much of politics and stories about blokes. Complaints have come from readers who ought to get a life. And mention of Mrs Nolan. Well, I had to include the wife. So 100 not out but no telegram from the Queen. She probably hasn’t read my stuff. It wouldn’t be her scene. So next month when you open this to see if I’m still here, You might be disappointed,......I have a contract for a year. Hasta La Vista.

I have a mate who is a brewery rep and is a large unit, known to his friends as Big Paul. He recently returned from a holiday in Spain. Anyway, he broke his sandals and since he has size 13 feet struggled to replace them at the usual beach gift-shop places. The best he could come up with was a pair of Croc lookalike mules in a dashing shade of pink. This all coincided with a heatwave of 40+ degrees. Not heeding local advice he ventured out into the midday sun whereupon his “Crocs” began to melt having made contact with the searing pavements. Apparently he ended up with a rather capacious pair of pink flipper type things on his feet which he then proceeded to slap about in, much to the amusement of the Spanish populous. Samuel Wesley, English organist and composer said that “Language is the dress of thought” which I think is rather neat. However, The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice maintains that: “The dress of thought is a consideration of recent developments in the style and form of art writing, looking specifically at narrative and experimental modes that operate as criticism in the expanded field.” Obviously! Finally, my sincere thanks go out to our Editors Louise and Mark for their kind words in the previous magazine about this being my 100th article for this

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made in roath 2018 By Timothy Wynne My foray into Cardiff’s annual Made in Roath community arts festival inadvertently started earlier than I’d planned. With a broken washing machine at home, I set off with a bag of dirty clothes to The Wash Inn (161 Albany Road) to be welcomed by a collection of poetry and photography from Rachel Carney. ‘Crossing Points’ explores how poetry can exist beyond both page and performance and instead intervene in its surroundings. This works particularly well as the relationship between the photographs and poem are as symbiotic as they get. Neither feels standalone, instead responding to each other in real-time. The poems are realistic windows into the community, unavoidably affectionate but not overly embellished. Carney masters the art of contrast, much like the photos themselves; the poetry’s scope is perhaps understandably wide for its subject matter. Take her muse on the red phone box sitting on the corner of Roath Pleasure Gardens and Alder Road:

James Cocks and Made In Roath Create also play with the intersection of poetry and art to explore the different visions we all have of the same community. Perhaps the most poignant moment of the post-card sized collection being a drawing of St. Andrew’s church alongside a poem touching on the very way in which local community organisations, such as the festival, have the power to transform the area: ‘change happens we all find new Purpose’ It seems fitting that such closely zoomed-in perspective can sit alongside a project of such enormous scope. The events taking place next-door, being a fantastic reminder of how community engagement can enact change on a much larger scale.

‘sun burst through glass ripe with the odour of urine’ Crossing Points gives a great introduction into how socially conscious Carney’s work can be, and with plenty published in literary publications such as The Wales Haiku Journal and available online there’s lots more from this writer to explore. ‘she hides behind a smooth veneer , a sheen of opaque thought, a vintage frame of black shrewd, smart’ Along with Carney’s exhibition, ‘Post Me a Place’ at Spice of Life (1 Inverness Place) embellishes the shop front, blurring the lines between exhibition space and the community in which we live. This is perhaps the festivals greatest strength, the multiple access points to it, which allows those more intimidated by the arts to get involved at a comfortable pace.

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For those looking to get involved in the arts, look no further than 1a Inverness Place. With a large selection of free workshops taking place across the whole week the festival was running, and artists in residence working from the repurposed shop, Made in Roath’s official headquarters is a fabulous place to start if you’re looking to get involved in Roath’s vibrant arts scene. My personal highlight of the festival was ‘A Nation’s Address’. This was an opportunity for those living in the community to address the camera in no more than two sentences with what they’d have to say to world leaders such as Theresa May and Donald Trump. The accumulated footage was then screened at the festivals’ closing event and was available online afterwards.

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Just a leap across the road from where my Made In Roath experience began, Cardiff’s award winning vegan restaurant Anna-Loka hosts artist Alix Edwards’ ‘Foetus Flowers’ - a stunning array of paintings exploring the works of Helen Chadwick. Opening conversation around the late 18th to 20th century attitudes surrounding incidences of unmarried pregnancies and the abhorrent abuses women faced in the Magdalene laundries. What’s perhaps most striking about the exhibition is how movingly it makes the discussion of patriarchal fears surrounding the roles women can occupy when motherhood exists alongside a multitude of other potential identities. Demonstrating well the community spirit, Alix invites her perspective audience to join her for “coffee and homemade cake” on the day of the exhibitions launch. This only further demonstrating how community driven the event, and the wider Made In Roath organisation, is.

If I take anything away from my Made In Roath experience, it will unquestionably be how I could have possibly overlooked Cardiff M.A.D.E’s (41 Lochaber Street) beautiful café-cumexhibition space-cumworkshop. Nestled on the corner of Lochaber and Angus Street, the entirety

of the location is decked out to feature a mixed discipline collection of work from nine emerging artists, comprised of paintings and sculptures entitled, ‘The PAN Collective”. The use of space to house such contrasting, yet cohesive textures and ideas is breathtaking. Worth

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noting is how welcoming the staff were to me, as someone who’d managed to live a mere two streets away and not yet visit. You’d be hard-pressed to find somewhere as visually stimulating yet utterly hypnotising. Unavoidable is the painstaking care M.A.D.E have gone to display the work in such an inviting manner. Take note to chat to the team, as without their guidance I may well have missed out on the spectacular installation upstairs. They’ve also carefully compiled information packs on all nine of the artists included. As the festival draws to a close, what becomes clear is the scope of what can be achieved when communities align. With a reputation of being a tight-knit community already, travelling from one location to another was almost always done on the recommendation of someone at the previous visit I’d made. From the diverse set of films showcased at Y Stordy (2 Pen-y-Wain Road) for Roathbud 2018, a collaboration between the festival organizers and decorative salvage company Spencer & Spencer to ‘Schnitzeljagd’ an exhibition of work from young artists housed in the front window of house number 24 on Keppoch Street. As Made in Roath celebrates a decade, its clear to see how forward thinking the idea is at its core. A celebration of the local community, built to develop the ties we have, be it to place or to each other. I can’t wait to see where the festival heads, in its seemingly ever expanding glory. But for now, their lovely headquarters 1a Inverness Place carries events and workshops throughout the year, and their website madeinroath.com has all the information on how to get involved. It really is a fabulous way to get to know the local arts scene, including those giving it so much life.

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Books To Look Out For In November The Old Stones: A Field Guide toThe Megalithic Sites of Britain and Ireland by Andy Burnham Britain and Ireland's iconic standing stones are world renown for their enduring mystery - intrigue and speculation have flourished around them since recorded history began. While everybody knows Stonehenge, there are many sites across these islands, equally as fascinating but less known, awaiting discovery. The Old Stones is the most detailed field guide ever published. It is divided by region and featuring more than 1000 sites , with over 500 colour photographs and packed with articles. It includes coverage of Wales's Neolithic and Bronze Age sites, and we learn where they are, how to access them, what to look for, and how to understand what is left on the ground.

Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 12 2018 marks the twelfth edition of the popular Landscape Photographer of the Year, the stunning coffee-table book that contains spectacular full-colour prints of the winning and commended entries from the 2018 Take A View Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. The book showcases the UK’s most beautiful and dramatic scenery through the sharp eyes of the nation’s best amateur and professional photographers. From saltmarshes, chalk cliffs and misty lochs to tumbledown villages, geometric farmland and jagged cityscapes, the collection captures the splendour of Britain’s rural and urban landscapes.

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Japanese Knotweed: Unearthing the Truth by Nicolas Seal Japanese Knotweed: Unearthing the Truth, illustrated with photographs and hand-drawn sketches, takes readers on a journey back to the origins of the plant, in a detailed exploration of its history, physiology and anatomy. The positive attributes of Japanese knotweed are considered, including its medicinal value in treating Lyme’s Disease, cardio-vascular disease and indigestion, as well as its popularity as a culinary ingredient and potential as a biomass fuel. An invaluable aid for anyone concerned about Japanese knotweed and its rampage across the UK, the book breaks down the myths, substantiates the facts and offers readers clear advice about what to do if their property is affected.

The Atlas Obscura: Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid by Dylan Thuras & Rosemary Mosco Find out about the weirdest and most off -the-beaten track destinations from our world. Spanning 47 countries with 100 extraordinary places to visit, the book is structured from country to country in a chain of connecting attractions. Visit the site of a mysterious meteor crash in Siberia, then turn the page and learn about one in Yucatan. In Mexico, visit the underground crystal caves and then turn the page and find yourself in Vietnam. With facts about each country and illustrations of the hidden wonders, the book includes explorer’s tips, recommendations for planning your own travel route and a colour world map on the endpapers.

Waymaking edited by Helen Mort, Claire Carter, Heather Dawe & Camilla Barnard Waymaking a new anthology of women’s adventure writing, poetry and art, is a timely publication that marks the ongoing discussions about gender issues in the media. It features contributions from over fifty writers and artists, including award-winning writer Bernadette McDonald, world-leading climber Hazel Findlay, Cardiff-based poet Mab Jones and adventurers Anna McNuff and Sarah Outen. While 2018 has seen a surge in books written by women for women hitting shops, one area still underrepresented by female voices is the outdoor adventure genre. As the UK’s leading publisher of outdoor adventure titles, Vertebrate Publishing aims to address this imbalance with Waymaking.

Of Sons and Skies: Flying Through World War Two by Robert Arley A fresh and accessible exploration of the terrifying challenges, complexity and consequences of aerial combat, Of Sons and Skies unpicks popular myths of simple battle triumphs, provides irreverent observations on the belligerent nations and conveys the enormous demands and impact of engineering and courage. It reveals the extraordinary, dangerous and deadly activity that took place over Europe and the Far East during the Second World War. The book explores amazing activities with staggering consequences for the exponents of the flying and the recipients of the ordnance, as experienced by men and women right across the world shortly before we were born.

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“what did you say?” By Sara John

Words. We use them everyday: to talk to Ourselves; to solve our innermost dilemmas; to communicate (or attempt to communicate) with others; to clarify; to explain; to give instructions; to ask questions; to find out more; to order our lunch; buy a ticket; and to seek peace and achieve agreement on an issue. The list is endless. Some of us even talk to animals.

already put it on your plate! What should have been said cannot be repeated in a quality magazine like this, but most of the anger was expressed in words containing lots of ‘F’s: fatty, fraud, freak, failure. Talk has been said to be the main ‘currency’ in Wales, certainly in times past, and specially in the countryside when barter of goods was more commonplace than sales for actual money. You could exchange your information for more information which could then be banked for a future interaction with someone who was keen to know what was going on in the village. Talk generated gossip which was said to keep the morals and ethics of society in order. In particular, the morals and ethics of the fairer sex.

After carefully selecting the right words to use, we next have to decide on the correct ‘tone’ and then choose where to put the emphasis on what we are going to say. “WHAT did you say!?” A grandparent might enquire of a small child repeating a word he or she may not understand but heard in the playground. ‘WHAT’ dominates the question the grandparent asks loudly and clearly - while perhaps expressing shock, distaste, outrage and possibly serious disapproval.

Talk travelled well, and indeed it was not unusual for a few words to be added when the information was passed on to the next person. When Lloyd George was Prime Minister he was accused of lying to the House. In his defence he explained, that what he had said, was, he believed, to be true at the time of saying it.

“What DID you say?” questions the lady when listening to her friend reporting, in immense detail, an incident when her sister-in-law made disparaging comments on her ensemble, especially her hat, at a relative’s wedding in church just as the couple were about to take their vows.

Wales and its people have always had a reputation for storytelling, poetry, the spoken word, and writing and singing songs, of course, since earliest times. The tradition up until the end of the nineteenth century was an oral tradition; speech was spoken. It was heard, listened to, repeated, adjusted, enhanced but, not necessarily, written down. It was remembered and repeated, and repeated down the years. And, probably enhanced, dramatised and further improved on the way.

“What did YOU say?” responds my friend Diane as I relate a story recalling an ‘invitation’ from a boy whom we both knew well back in 1959. I was dancing with him at the time and Elvis Presley was top of the hit parade. In fact, I remember very well saying “NO” and walking off in a huff-puff of hurt and annoyance, vowing never to speak to him again. Elvis was singing a song about ‘fools rushing in’.

The ability and willingness to speak in public was always welcome and much admired.

“What did you SAY?” asks your colleague when you tell her about the way that Nigel from accounts, who thinks he is chocolate, took the last donut from the counter in the tea bar, even though you had

My father (and his father before him and so on back to the time of the drovers and the minstrels and the itinerant blind harpists) would ask my

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mother as he was getting ready to go to yet another funeral, “Do you think they will ask me to speak?” “Oh! I expect so”, my mother would reassure him. Every time.

TWP (adjective) means being not very bright about things, a bit dim, a little slow on the uptake. TWPSIN (noun) someone who is twp – see above. It is used of someone, perhaps oneself, who may be temporarily twp. Eg “Sorry to be so twp, I will know better next time”.

Which reminds me of common expressions which always elicited a guaranteed response. I would say to my family as they were sitting down at the table, “Do not touch your plates, they are hot.” As they were all males, they had to disobey. They would touch their plates, burn their fingers and complain, “it’s hot”.

ACHWYN (noun) a lovely word from the Demetian dialect once spoken in North Pembrokeshire. It means “my side of the bed!” From other parts of the world we have:

“Do not breath a word to a single soul”, is a superfluous instruction from one woman to another demonstrating the meaning of the word ‘confidential’, as it is understood in most of Wales. That is, you can actually tell ONE other person of your choice.

In Inuit, “areodjarek put” (verb) which translates as “to exchange wives for a few days only”. In Indonesian, Neko-Neko (noun) which means “ a person who has a creative idea which only makes things worse”.

In social interactions secrets can weigh heavily on the female soul. Best to share them and ease the burden

In Chinese, “Mingmu” which is “to die without regret”.

Language is fluid and ever changing, like a mountain stream. That is why dictionaries have to be updated every year. Words can also be easily misunderstood, both in meaning and usage.

In Scots Gaelic, “Sgean” (adjective) that is “to have a wild look of fear on the face”. As David Crystal, late of the University of Wales, Bangor writes in his Encyclopaedia of Language “Language belongs to everyone”.

Frequently words are borrowed from other languages to augment the English, while other words gain usage from films, television, abbreviations, slang words, invented words and acronyms. APP has now become a word in its own right. The BBC is frequently referred to as the Beeb.

Enjoy it, it is free for all. “Kia Ora!” (Good Health! - in Maori) and, finally, a farewell greeting in Spanish “Vaya con Dios” which means, “Go with God”.

Words borrowed from the Welsh language are known to and used by many non-Welsh speakers. For example: CWTCH (noun or verb) reported to be the first Welsh word Richard Burton taught Elizabeth Taylor. It can mean the cupboard under the stairs, or to cuddle or comfort a child or a troubled adult, or to hide under a bedcover or in the wardrobe! CARIAD (noun) is love, or best wishes, or it can be a term of endearment (sometimes for a complete stranger).

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lost in france By Michael James

After our rather hectic holidaying in Nepal and India earlier this year, my wife and I decided to take a more relaxing short break in France before the end of the summer. We have a very busy autumn schedule, so we decided to 'pop over' to one of our favourite destinations - Brittany. It's an area we know well and after a good night’s sleep on the ferry from Portsmouth to St. Malo, it's only a leisurely three hour drive to our holiday rental in La Baule. Why the title, 'Lost in France', if we know the area so well? It's really three 'Lost in France' stories, all of a different nature and something that I hope might amuse you. The first loss was of cars with British registration number plates. Usually, this area of France is very popular for us 'Brits' and GB plates can be seen in large numbers, but this time, after about half an hour of driving from the ferry port, we were on our own. All the cars on our boat had raced off past us or driven to other areas of France, and we didn't see any more until we returned to St. Malo a week later and found four of them parked outside our hotel waiting to catch the ferry home. Where were all the others? Our ferry had a capacity of 2000 passengers and nearly 600 cars. France is a big country, and perhaps they weren’t all going in the same direction as us, but where did they all go? Were they lost too?

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Losing GB cars and British accents was merely an observation rather than a great loss. As we were the only Welsh couple in a foreign field so to speak, the general idea of being away from those things was what I was quite happy with, as surely that is what 'being abroad' really means. I am generally quite happy to muddle along with my (poor) schoolboy French, except at meal times when I have no idea what's on the menu, and then my fluent “Parlez vous Anglais?” was confidently uttered. Thankfully, the answer is most likely to be “Yes”. However, it's not so easy when one is completely lost and any directions given by locals are not understood. We have friends living in Nantes, (incidentally twinned with Cardiff), and have visited them often – this visit being no exception. As they lead busy lives, we decided not to drag them to La Baule to visit us and instead meet them in Nantes. This was agreed, except they decided to meet us at a creperie in Rezé on the other side of the Loire River. We were given the restaurant name and post code and off we went, confident in our knowledge of the area and armed with our faithful 'Sat Nav'. Hang on, did I just say 'faithful’? Usually, but not this time. Post code and numbers logged in, it took us into Nantes and onto the river bridge crossing, named: ‘Pont des Trois-Continents'. Upon crossing the bridge, we were then directed to take the third exit on the roundabout. OK, did that and found ourselves going

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back up over the bridge from whence we came. We tried again and the same thing happened, except on this occasion, I noticed a small directional sign to RezĂŠ. Again we crossed and recrossed the bridge but this time took the first exit in the right direction. No wonder it's named Pont des Trois (Three)! We were an hour late for lunch and the creperie was due to close, but our friends had decided to cancel anyway, so we followed them to their home where we had a lovely relaxing meal and a good old catch-up. Thankfully, they took us back to the bridge safely and we made our way back to La Baule without further incident and resumed our relaxing holiday. Until, three days later we drove into La Baule and were lucky enough to find a non-payment parking place in one of the many residential side streets between the sea front and the main shopping area with its many restaurants, coffee houses and bars. After two hours of enjoying the sea breeze and glorious sunshine, I decided to get the car, The only problem was that I couldn't remember where I had parked it and didn't know the name of the street where I had parked in, so I couldn't even ask for directions. For the next hour I wandered around in the blazing sun, getting more and more confused and wondering if it had been stolen. Knowing that Elizabeth would be getting worried after all this time I went back to where I had left her, grateful that at least I had remembered where she was. I was exhausted and needed a coffee or two to recover before we set off to look again. We did another circuit of the streets, but still no luck. We finally decided to look in the opposite direction off the main street and almost

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immediately, to our huge relief, we found it - just where we had left it. I normally have a good sense of direction, but on this occasion, I was completely wrong and lost. Those were the three instances of being 'Lost in France'. At the end of an otherwise lovely week, we, together with all those missing people and their GB cars, were back on the ferry enjoying a smooth crossing back to Portsmouth before facing a familiar drive to our homes. I can't speak for the others but as if to make up for being 'Lost in France', Britain had its own surprise for me. Whilst happily driving back towards the M4, we were greeted with signs telling us that the M4 was closed between junctions 16 and 17. Knowing that Membury Services was just before Junction 15, I decided to drive there to see if our onward route was still closed. We were told that the accident had been much earlier that morning and that the road should now be open. Fortified by a large coffee, we set off until at Junction 15 we were diverted off the motorway. By now, not only was it dark, but it was also pouring with rain and I had no idea where the diversion signs were taking me, until I eventually saw signs for the M5 and Gloucester. Now I knew where I was and realised that I could drive back to the 'The Prince of Wales Bridge' or, in our Mother tongue, 'Pont Tywysog Cymru' and head for home which we thankfully reached some two hours later than we had been expecting. Relaxing with a nice cup of tea, our adventures over for another year, I wondered if next time, we should go on a coach holiday and then if we get 'Lost in France', or elsewhere, I can blame it all on someone else.

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