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Editors Letter

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Hi All, and welcome to our October issue. After the highs of our 100th edition last month, we continue the feel-good factor with another bumper issue packed with interesting and informative features. Before we move on, Louise and I need to give a huge and sincere thank you to Claire from Emma Jane Cupcakes, who supplied us with 100 cupcakes as part of our centenary celebrations. These were then distributed to various people and businesses around Cardiff, by none other than our popular columnists Wyburn & Wayne! The children settled back into school very quickly last month, and have now taken up their full compliment of hobbies and sports, which keep Mark and I just as active as them taking them here, there and everywhere! The children have such good social lives there’s no time left for us to have fun. Ok I tell a lie. I was lucky enough to see Texas at St David’s Hall in September, they are one of my favourite bands, and put on a suitably impressive show. We were also lucky enough as a family to watch an amazing performance of Seusical the Musical by Kinetic Arts, we can`t praise them highly enough! Our son is becoming more and more independent, and has now started walking home from school on his own, which at first was a little bit worrying for me. Luckily, he has a friend from his class who he walks with, which is a bit more reassuring for me knowing he is not walking alone. It is party season in our daughter`s class in school, since the start of the school year, she has been to a trampolining party, circus party, and a football party - can I be six years old again please?! Until next month, happy reading.

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CONTENTS

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12 October Diary

43 Party Fizz Halloween Parties By Liz Mullen

18 Sofas And Stereophonics By Wyn Evans

22 Beauty - Beautiful You

48 St. Margaret’s Churches’ Newly Appointed Choir Master Arranges Concert In Memory Of A Parishioner

23 The Beauty Edit

By Patricia Hyett

By Sarah-Jane Outten

52 Wyburn & Wayne 28 Health - 8 Steps To Take Now To Stay Healthy Throughout Winter

By Nathan Wyburn & Wayne Courtney

58 Puzzle Mania

34 A Brief Understanding Of ADHD By Jessy Morgan

62 ‘And Another Thing…’ By Vince Nolan

66 Interview With Carli Paoli

39 It’s Half Term!

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82 Local Indeendent Telehone Engineer

In need of a professional WiFi system? 72 Carry On Camping By Michael James

Call the engineer today for a trustworthy & cost-eece alternae to the oerriced Internet serice roiders!

76 The Land Of Song And So Much More! By Sarah-Jane Outten

82 Making A Difference With A Library With A Difference The Human Library

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By Natalie McCulloch

86 Books To Look Out For 88 A Cardiff Weekend With Colour And Diversity: Pride Cymru

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By Lucy Aprahamian

92 Puzzle Mania Solutions (NORTH) or 02920 601790 (SOUTH)

93 Oshi’s World

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This is a walking, talking tour that allows you to explore both the tastes and sights of Cardiff. Starting at Cardiff Castle, your local guide will take you to 6 different specialised producers where you will try both Welsh and international cuisine! In groups of no more than 12 people, this intimate tour will teach you all you need to know about the city’s historical buildings whilst filling you up with some of Wales’s most loveliest treats. Various Locations In Cardiff http://lovingwelshfood.uk/

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Walk the red carpet where the likes of Michael Sheen, Terry Jones and Sir Anthony Hopkins have walked before. Join the British Academy in celebrating 26 years of BAFTA Cymru with a glass of champagne and canapes from Hotel Chocolat! St. David’s Hall, Cardiff www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

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Join us in Cardiff to witness the final qualifier for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Hosted by Cardiff City Stadium, the reds will play the greens in competition for potentially top spot in their qualifying group. Come and experience the famous Cardiff atmosphere for one of the most exciting games of the year! Cardiff City Stadium www.eticketing.co.uk/fawtickets-english/default.aspx

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On the 10th of October, Cardiff city centre will yet again be hosting the UK’s largest student shopping event! Kicking off at 5pm, you will be able to enjoy 40% at loads of retailers and restaurants. All you need to do is register online and once you have been issued your exclusive wristband on the night, feel free to take full advantage of the brilliant discounts on offer! St. David’s Centre, Cardiff https://stdavidscardiff.com/student-night-2017

 

Joel Dommett is one of the UK’s freshest, funniest comedy acts currently on the rise. After his hilarious appearance on 2016’s ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’, Joel is back on the scene with a solo show: Joel Dommett: Live which he will be performing at St. David’s Hall. Joel has appeared on a number of television shows such as Russel Howard’s Good News (BBC), Drunk History (Comedy Central), and Impractical Jokers (BBC3). St. David’s Hall, Cardiff www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

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X-Scream is a terrifying, interactive and immersive event which features live actors, special effects and nasty surprises. Walk through various horror zones and underground tunnels as you prepare to be scared to the bone. The event will take place at Rhondda’s iconic Heritage Park where the site will be transformed into a Halloween horror set. Rhondda Herritage Park www.x-scream.com

      

Emili Sande is back in Cardiff to perform her hugely successful second studio album ‘Long Live The Angels’. Sande has won numerous awards for her music over the past four years including 3 Brit Awards (Best Album, Female Solo and Critics Choice). Not only will you be able to witness the beautiful Scottish voice that is known for ’Next to Me’ and ’Clown’ but Calum Scott (the singer of THAT ‘Dancing On my Own’ cover) will be supporting! Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff https://motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk/whats-on/emeli-sand-longlive-angels-tour-support-calum-scott

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Three performers from Asia ask questions about life, love, poverty and greed. Using spoken word, movement, circus and ceremony, they tell the story of how against all odds they survived their childhood and created their own destiny. An inspiring, authentic, raw and heart warming performance about life and circus, entertainment and reflection. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay www.wmc.org.uk

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Jimmy Carr, one of the UK’s most distinctive, influential comedians is bringing his best jokes and new material along to Cardiff for the ‘Ultimate comedy show’. Jimmy Carr has been on the comedy scene for over a decade and has entertained millions of people over 4 continents. St. David’s Hall, Cardiff www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

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The seven day celebration of fashion and style will be held all over the city centre this October. The event will be a networking platform for everyone interested in design, beauty, retail and much more. Not only will there be a fashion show offering the very best of those on the rise in the Welsh fashion industry, but the event will also include charity fundraising and informative workshops. Cardiff City Centre http://www.visitcfw.co.uk/

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       Between the 30th of October and the 5th of November, Cardiff Castle invites you to its 15th century under-croft for a Halloween movie experience which you certainly wont forget. You will be able to choose from the likes of Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters and The Lost Boys. Cardiff Castle www.cardiffcastle.com/whats-on/2017/10/30/ underground-cinema-halloween/

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sofas and stereophonics By Wyn Evans camp on the leather sofa in the combined kitchen/ diner/living space. It's where we help The Girl with her homework, where the Boss and I sit and read at the close of each day, where we listen to music or watch the TV.

New readers start here. Seven weeks ago we successfully sold our home in Penylan and in a further seven weeks we will have purchased our new home in Cyncoed. Bridging these moments of property-owning famine and feast is a time of jubilee - we are temporarily in lodgings in an idyllic part of Llandaff, opposite the entrance to the lovely gardens of Insole Court. 'We' are The Girl (our eleven-year old daughter, who happens to have Down Syndrome), her mother (The Boss), our four-year old Wire-haired Hungarian Vizsla, Wookie, and our recently-acquired Vizsla puppy, Daisy. (At the time of writing Daisy is still with her breeder in Guildford but by the time you read this we will have collected her.) Oh yes, there's also me, Dad, the author of these Musings.

Our landlord and his kids prefer the ocean-linersized sofa in the front room. I watch their mutual affection as the three of them sit and sprawl and talk and laugh. They make the most of every moment together before the daughter will move out to a city far away to start her course. It is a time of major change in their lives and there is uncertainty alongside the love. The child is stepping out into the world. She will surely thrive. But she senses this is a moment of maturity, a rite of passage. No longer will she be 'daddy's little girl'. It is her blossoming into maturity that he will miss most; watching and sharing those daily unspoken ellipses of insight, explosive transfigurations where the girl becomes the woman. He also knows what she is yet to understand, that she will also and always be 'his little girl', however confident and mature the woman.

As befits a modern, twenty-first century family, our temporary lodgings are cutting-edge. Not for us some staid rental arrangement that refuses to allow pets. Through 'airbnb', we found a landlord who welcomed our animals. and us, with open arms. So we share our digs with him, two long-term lodgers, and occasionally with his son and daughter, who is about to start at university. It's a bit like living on the set of "Friends" only with nicer, more thoughtful, people (albeit with fewer one-liners).

I am a teenager again. My family have moved into a small council home in Kidwelly. Mam and Dad are ill at ease. Their great gamble on farming in Pembrokeshire has come unstuck and, worse still, dad had come face to face with mortality; a series of heart-attacks undermined his spirit and he had

Our landlord likes that we have colonised a corner of his property that has generally gone unused by the other residents. And it's true, we have set-up

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his own copy of De Peyer's 1954 Decca recording of the Mozart clarinet concerto(2) and I had bought Barenboim's LP of the Beethoven piano sonata (No. 11 in B flat Major Op. 22) (3) . I fell in love with both pieces and would learn to play the Beethoven (haltingly and inaccurately but I didn't care about that).

sat in the kitchen of the farmhouse for six months, silent, lost in illness and depression. Close to despair herself, mam made what she was later to admit was a last throw of the dice. She asked their GP to come out to the farm and meet with dad. In a book I cannot recommend highly enough(1) John Berger describes how he shadowed a country GP in the Forest of Dean. It is an amazing read. It tells of the GP's humanity and humour, the continuity of his care, his willingness to be less than a god-like presence. Most of all it tells of the power of empathy in the healing process. Mam was never told - not by dad or by the GP - what passed between them that afternoon. The next day, however, dad got out of his corner and literally strode back out into the world, if not cured then at least ready to look in the mirror and see something that was good, that was worthy of healing.

Buying the Thing was one of the nicest things my dad ever did for me. It still brings me close to tears. It was a gift that kept on giving because, much more than my piano lessons had, it brought music front and centre into my life. It was one of those moments the like of which I have been blessed to see between Mein Host and his kids. The Girl has now spent three weeks in her new High School. It's not as big a life-change as leaving for university, as leaving home, but it sure feels a big enough transition. I wonder what emotions she will be brought to tears by when she reflects in tranquillity on her time with us. Perhaps she will recall happily these days we are spending in lodgings, our family cwtched on the leather sofa, The Girl doing maths puzzles on her iPad, laughing happily because The Boss, not her, seems to be picking all the square-root questions? There's probably no point my trying to guess, 'was it this?, will it be that?', I just hope that many have already been laid down and that we have time to create many more. I wish you and yours no less.

Some months later and we were in Kidwelly. I was studying 'O'-level music. We had no music system and I was struggling to know how the pieces were meant to sound. Dad was working Monday to Friday in Grays, Essex, travelling home at weekends. Striding through the door he called out to me, "Wyn, come and help!". In the opened-out back of his estate car there was a four by two by three foot, rectangular... Thing! It stood on four solid metal legs and boy was this Thing heavy. After much heaving, and some imprecations, we got it set up in the one downstairs room that was not the kitchen. It was a second-hand Rediffusion stereophonic system consisting of a record player and radio, with built-in speakers. It owned the room, as befitted a Dalek's more angular and shorter nephew. Dad and mam had spent some of what little spare cash they had on this, to help me learn my music. I was extraordinarily moved. Within a week my Classics teacher had loaned me

Footnotes 1. Berger J, Mohr J. A fortunate man. The story of a country doctor. London: Allen Lane; 1967. 2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJDmst7cq8s 3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRiFp-vxz-0

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The Beauty Edit 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. It made perfect sense to put the two together and bring you a whole host of beauty tips, news and reviews all in one place. Beauty is big business right now. Salons have never been busier; our makeup bags have never been fuller and our desire to look our best has never been bigger! And while we spend so much time making ourselves look better, it’s how we make ourselves feel that is the most important. Sometimes it’s just about taking 5 minutes to do something for yourself. After all, many of us don’t have much more than 5 minutes to spare. Each month I will focus on minimum effort with maximum results. I’m also a fan of multiple brands, so expect to find tips and recommendations for all budgets. Sometimes it’s less about the cost of a product and more about how you use it. I’m not affiliated with any brands, so all reviews and recommendations are personal.

By Sarah-Jane Outten warm water, or as hot as you are comfortable with and remove the cleanser. Boom – job done! It’s as simple as that.. I really enjoy using this product, which is key when choosing which ones to use in your skin care regime; you need to want to do it. I know that when it comes to cleansing our skin it seems easier to grab a facial wipe and be happy with that. But it really is well worth taking care of the skin and cleansing it thoroughly. The skin feels better, looks better and if you are a makeup wearer, it helps to provide the perfect base. What’s not to love?!

So, let’s start with a hero product! I have been using Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish for almost 20 years now. And while I do use other cleansers, I come back to this one time and time again. It’s fair to say it isn’t the cheapest cleanser on the market but a little goes a long way. Its bursting with botanical ingredients such as rosemary, chamomile and eucalyptus. As well as soothing the skin and leaving it radiant it also removes the daily dirt and pollutions from the skin. Cleanse and Polish is an absolute whizz at removing make up. Even the morning after the night before when I resemble Alice Cooper, it removes every trace of the most stubborn mascara! I find one to two pumps ample for the face and neck. We seem to forget about our necks, but they need love too! Massage the product into the skin in gentle circular movements, this ensures it works into the pores. It also stimulates blood flow, this helps to provide the glow! Cleanse and Polish comes with a muslin cloth, and using that is an integral part of the process. The cloth exfoliates the skin, lifting away any dead skill cells that would otherwise leave the skin looking dull. Soak the cloth in

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8 steps to take now to stay healthy throughout winter This helps to boost your immunity by increasing two types of white blood cells called Monocytes and Lymphocytes. The immune system is stimulated by your body trying to warm itself up from the cold water, while switching to hot water every now and then stimulates your body’s detoxification system. The fewer toxins we have in our body, the more your immune system is better able to deal with bacteria and viruses,” explains Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at SuperfoodUK, the online shopping destination for all things health and wellbeing.

It’s that time of year again when the thick blankets are calling and you’re snug jumpers have never felt so good but you’ll also want to keep the nasty winter bugs at bay. We have asked our experts for their top tips on giving your immunity a helping hand in avoiding the colds and flus that are often lurking this time of year$

3. Keep hydrated “Your immune system relies on water. The water in our body carries nutrients to your cells, carries waste and toxins away from your cells and out of your body, keeps body temperature stable, protects joints and keeps the lining of your mouth hydrated and moist, reducing susceptibility to colds. Drinking plenty of water will also help your body deliver nutrients, flush out waste and dilute mucus, helping to eliminate bacteria and viruses that can make you ill,” explains Marilyn. 1. Give germs a run for their money with garlic “Add a touch of immune-boosting magic to your diet by using garlic. Garlic has been used for centuries and is known for its protective properties. Acting as a powerful immune booster that stimulates the multiplication of infection-fighting white cells, garlic boosts natural killer-cell activity and increases the efficiency of antibody production,” explains Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist and author of The Natural Health Bible for Women. 2. Mix up your shower temperature “Change the temperature of the water in your shower to either hot or cold every two minutes.

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6. Physical touch “A rub, a hug, and a passing touch can all help to decrease the level of the stress hormone cortisol in your body. Cortisol decreases your immune response, so snuggle up to a loved one and enjoy the immune boosting properties of an embrace!” explains Shona. 7. Crank up your immunity with Vitamin C “Remember to eat 5 - 8 portions of organic citrus, berry fruits, papaya, kiwi, peppers, broccoli or brussel sprouts everyday, as they are some of the richest sources of vitamin C. Taking a vitamin C supplement is another effective way of supporting our immunity and making sure you’re getting enough of this nutrient. Vitamin C increases the body’s resistance to viruses, aids the recovery of muscles after exercise, helps with wound healing, bone strengthening and has energy giving properties,” says Alix.

“Poor sleep can affect the immune system so it’s crucial that you’re getting enough shut-eye. Magnesium is known as ‘nature’s tranquiliser’ and is needed to relax our muscles and nerves, so can help you fall into a peaceful sleep. Try and include plenty of magnesium-rich foods in your diet such as, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, fish and leafy green vegetables. For a daily dose of magnesium I would also recommend Natures Plus Kalm Assure Magnesium Powder, available in an orange and pink lemonade flavour,” suggests Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns. 5. Step away from the sweet stuff “Another way to support our immunity is to ensure that we are not overloading our systems with too many anti-nutrient, low-nutrient culprit foods, like sugar! It can have an inflammatory effect and feeds the yeasts and bacteria in our body, which can prolong a condition or illness,” explains Alix.

8. Ditch the dairy “Try to avoid dairy if you want to get better quicker and stay healthy, because as comforting as that warm milky drink is, it is a mucous forming and inflammatory product. If you have too much dairy it may take longer for you to shake off that bout of sinus or flu!” explains Quest Nutra Pharma Nutritionist, Alix Woods.

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after the summer : how to get rid of unwanted pigmentation Although we all love golden glowing skin, the summer sun can actually make pigmentation problems worse. It’s also the main cause of sun spots and patches of sun damage, a pigmentation problem we often see in clinic.

Laser treatment is another potential option, though it does have the potential to make melasma worse in some people. Unfortunately melasma is not a curable condition and so can reoccur once the skin is exposed to the sun. For this reason melasma tends to be much less obvious during the winter months.

If you’re looking to treat pigmentation problems following the summer months, there are many available options.

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)

Sun, liver and age spots

The most common type of hyperpigmentation, PIH occurs due to trauma, acne, a rash or eczema. Presenting as dark marks on the skin, it is triggered by inflammation. Once the inflammation clears up the skin starts to produce additional melanin, resulting in dark patches.

Liver and age spots, are all the same thing. There are many potential causes, but the most common is sun exposure. Sun spots can interestingly take anywhere from 10 to 20 years to fully develop, so the spots you see now could have started developing when you were just a child. They are frequently seen on the face and chest and arms and present themselves as little brown spots, localised to specific areas most affected by sun exposure. Sometimes, they also cause the texture of the affected skin to alter.

These pigmented patches can occur anywhere on the body and can even be found under the arms after shaving. This type of hyperpigmentation can be treated similarly to melasma but tends to be more successful and long lasting. Overall, pigmentation problems are extremely common, but the good news is they can be treated. It is important to have a consultation to see which treatment would be right for you.

So, how can you get rid of these pesky spots? Laser treatment can be very successful when properly carried out.

To arrange an appointment at the Specialist Skin Clinic call us on 02920617690 or go to www.specialistskinclinic.uk for further details.

Melasma Melasma mainly affects women and its exact cause isn’t known. It shows up as either brown or grey patches on the face; especially the middle of the forehead, upper lip and cheeks. As it mainly affects women during pregnancy or after they’ve started birth control, it is assumed there is a hormonal link. Treatment for melasma will depend upon its severity. If the problem is mild, topical creams may help. So, you may be prescribed a retinoid cream. Combination creams can also be used which contain a mixture of mild steroids, hydroquinone, and retinoid. If the melasma requires a more aggressive form of treatment, chemical peels may also be used.

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a brief understanding of adhd By Jessy Morgan

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is one of the most common mental disorders among children that can be carried on into later life by some. The causes behind ADHD are unclear, although researchers have since identified various differences in the cognitive works of ADHD sufferers. These differences include certain areas of the brain being smaller or larger than the average brain and may include imbalances or vulnerability in the level of neurotransmitters in the brain.

exhausting and stressful, although it is important to remember that a child with ADHD can’t help it and may need further help to improve and develop their behaviour. In the UK, it is believed that there are three to seven percent of children between six to twelve years old suffering with ADHD. Many of these are being prescribed medication to try and improve their concentration at school. It can occur in people of every walk-of-life and of any intellectual ability, but it has been reported to be higher in people with learning difficulties. Treatment for ADHD is varied with each patient, but specialists insist that the combination of therapy and medication is best to help relieve the symptoms and improve day-to-day-life. While it’s said that the medications aren’t a permanent cure for ADHD, the improvement of concentration and cut to impulsive tendencies are widely reported among patients and their parents.

While documents and research have brought ADHD to light in recent years, the description of ADHD has been noted as far back as 1775 in Dr Melchior Adam Weikard’s medical textbook, Der Philosophische Arzt where the author describes symptoms now associated with ADHD. The treatments have thankfully improved since the 1700’s, where Weikard suggested that the person be kept in solitary and in the dark when they show increased activity. Cold baths, steel powder, the botanical remedy of cinchona, horseback riding and gymnastic exercises were other methods used to help contain the behaviour.

If the patient is young, there are many routes that can be explored such as medication that only needs to be used on school days, with regular treatment breaks that can help assess the patients’ needs or the use of therapy and activity groups. The most common medication for ADHD is methylphenidate, which helps stimulate areas of the brain that control attention and behaviour. The tablet can be taken for immediate-release or as modified-release where they are only taken once a day.

It wasn’t until 1987 that the acronym ADHD was finally announced after being studied over the years, and in 1990 it was recognised that ADHD did not always disappear with age despite previous assumptions. There are three main symptoms of ADHD: trouble paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. In day-to-day life, this can mean that the patient may have trouble sleeping, being ready on time, listening and carrying out instructions. ADHD children can be impulsive, fearless and chaotic at times and therefore can make normal activities

Methylphenidate is used among children over the age of six but isn’t usually licensed to be used in adults unless they are under close supervision. Atomoxetine is regularly prescribed to adults

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to reminders. They are encouraged to exercise regularly to reduce stress and anxiety and they should also attempt to find their own personal way to relax such as listening to music, exploring creativity, reading or learning relaxation techniques.

suffering from ADHD and works a little differently to most medications where it increases a chemical called noradrenaline within the brain, passing messages between brain cells to improve concentration and control impulses. Like most medications, side effects are reported but patients will be closely supervised by their GP.

Earlier this year, Professor Anita Thapar from the School of Medicine in Cardiff University received a CBE for services to the child and adolescent psychiatry in the New Year’s Honours list. Focusing her research on the origins, development and complications of neurodevelopmental disorders, she took a specific interest in the contribution and interplay of early environmental exposures and genetic risks that can cause ADHD. Her work and the work of many others are ongoing to understand the causes of ADHD but are certainly helping the community to treat and deal with patients suffering from the disorder that will ultimately lead to an improved quality of life.

Despite this, medication isn’t the only option of treatment. Behavioural therapy is also used, sometimes on its own, or alongside the prescription of medication. In children especially, behavioural therapy can be used to help and identify triggers, and by using a reward system helps encourage children to try and control their ADHD. The NHS offers a variety of therapy for not only patients but those around them too. Parent training and education programmes offer the parents of ADHD children education about the cognitive disorder, while training and suggesting ways to talk, play and work with the children to improve their attention and behaviour in all aspects of life. Some of the advice given to parents of ADHD children is to plan ahead for the next day, setting clear boundaries, being as positive as you can, giving instructions and setting up an incentive scheme to reward the child. Adults with ADHD are recommended to make lists, keep diaries and stick

In Cardiff alone, there are communities, therapists, advisors and social workers that can aid in the improvement of a patients’ behaviour and ease the problems they face in day-to-day life. If you are worried about a loved one suffering from ADHD, make an appointment with your local GP where you can be referred to a specialist to understand their behaviour further.

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IT’S HALF TERM! Try somewhere new & fun during this month’s half term holidays

If you’re looking for a new skill to perfect this half term, why not try parkour at Go Air, Wales’ largest trampoline park?! Jump into the energetic and creative classes using purpose built equipment designed to help you become a traceur—that’s a skilled parkour practitioner to you and I - and figure out the fastest and most fun route from A to B using running, climbing, swinging, vaulting & rolling moves! Classes run weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays at £6/ session, and the team is led by Urban Sports Coach , Andrew Cronin, a highly experienced free runner who was one of only two representatives from the sport to perform at the London 2012 Olympic Village! Go Air offers a packed schedule of urban sports classes that let little ones and teens unleash their ‘inner ninjas’ - Mini Movers is designed for 8-12 year olds, Junior is for 12-16 age group and Senior Parkour for this aged 16+. Check the timetables online at www.goairtrampolinepark.co.uk for parkour lessons, as well as details of the trampoline proficiency skills sessions and a whole host of Go Air Fit rebound exercise classes.

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MPCT Sports Academy, based at Cardiff Central Youth Club on Ocean Way, is now welcoming applications. Run by a team of trained sports and fitness experts, it gives local 16-18 year olds the chance to gain the qualifications and skills needed for rewarding careers in the sports and active leisure industry. The free-to-attend Academy, which receives funding from the Welsh Government, is run by MPCT, a unique training organisation based in Cardiff that looks to inspire young people and help them to achieve their full potential. The Academy is overseen by Ryan James, Sports and Recreation Manager at MPCT. A semi-professional rugby player for Newport RFC, Ryan has been supporting young people to develop careers in the sports and active leisure industry for over ten years. He comments: “Many young people are now recognising that the sports industry can offer them a very rewarding and engaging career. For anyone who wishes to pursue this career path, the Sports Academy offers them the best possible start.” The MPCT Sports Academy in Cardiff provides dedicated training for a range of recognised qualifications including Level 2 Certificates in Exercise and Fitness and Level 2 Awards in the Principles for Coaching Sport. For more information, call on 0330 111 3939 or visit www.mpct.co.uk

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Crumbs Kitchen is a charming vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurant situated in the heart of Cardiff, in Morgan’s Arcade. A family run business, Crumbs has a growing reputation for its friendly atmosphere and delicious creative food and was awarded a certificate of excellence by Trip advisor. Stop by Crumbs Kitchen to enjoy their fresh, homemade brunch options/ We recommend their eggs Florentine, as well as the lovely selection of cereals with fresh fruit toppings. The wonderful homemade desserts are also definitely worth the try! All of their dishes are prepared with care, using the very best produce, locally sourced, sustainable and seasonal. Crumbs provides a relaxing and friendly atmosphere with very helpful staff. With reasonable prices, pop to Crumbs to enjoy their infamous salads and jacket potatoes! 33 Morgan Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1AF 02920 395 007 39

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party fizz halloween parties By Liz Mullen

Parties include a selection of Halloween Themed activities - depending on age groups: - Music, movement and dancing. – Party games and musical games – Parachute games – Action songs with puppets and props. – Activities with percussion instruments. – Bubble machine / snow machine/ smoke machine – Dancing/ activities with props – hula hoops, pom-poms, dance ribbons etc. – Treasure hunt

Party Fizz Halloween Parties will be held Sun 29th – Tuesday 31st October at Christ Church Spook Hall (Scout Hall) Lake Rd North, Roath Park CF23 5QN. Parties are suitable for ages 0-6 and there will also be a Halloween Disco for ages 6-8. All parties are 1 hr 45 mins long and will include a fun filled and age appropriate themed party session (45 mins – 1 hr) followed by Halloween themed refreshments. Tickets are available online at www.partyfizz.co.uk and must be booked in advance. Tickets are £7.50 for 1 child or £10.00 for 2 or more siblings. There is no charge for siblings under the age of 1 who are accompanying older siblings to the toddler/ preschool or age 3-5 party and also no charge for siblings above the age of 4 to come to the baby party. The age groups are intended as a guide and are flexible to accommodate sibling ages, friendship groups and any other considerations.

Dates and Times: Sunday 29th October: 12.30 - 2.15pm: Baby party (approx age 3-15m) 3 - 4.45pm: Toddler/ pre-school (approx age 1-4) Monday 30th October 10 -11.45am Toddler/ pre-school (approx age 1-4) Tuesday 31st October 10 -11.45am: Toddler/ pre-school (approx age 1-4) 12.30 - 2.15pm: Baby party (approx age 3-15m) 3 - 4.45pm: (approx age 3-5) 5.30 - 7.15pm: Halloween disco (approx age 6-8)

For details and online booking visit www.partyfizz.co.uk

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st. margaret’s churches' newly appointed choir master arranges concert in memory of a parishioner By Patricia Hyett

This month ‘Cardiff Times’ took a trip to St. Margaret’s Church in Roath, to meet the newly appointed choir master, Gary Mullins. Gary is a freelance musician and piano teacher who is arranging a concert for the British Heart Foundation in memory of a parishioner who recently died from a heart condition. St. Margaret’s choir consists entirely of volunteers, many without any music reading experience, but all of whom enjoy singing choral music.

was welcomed with open arms by Norman (organist of St Edward’s) and Heather Doe, Alan and Kathy Mayer and Sue Mansell, all of whom have given him great support over the years. Norman was a great inspiration to Gary, and not only did he take him under his wing with his music but also made him part of their family. His gratitude to them is exceptional. Alan has also been a great support throughout his career and still continues to help him in his new post. Whilst still at St Edward’s. Rob Thorne, who was then the organist at St Teilo’s, contacted Gary. He was about to leave the post and informed Gary of the vacancy which was about to occur at St Teilo’s. Gary, at the age of 16, gladly took on the post and enjoyed 8 years there as organist and choir master.

Gary has a larger than life personality, and is already bringing new energy and ideas to the choir, together with young members. At the age of 7 he was taken to St Martin’s Church in Albany Road and immediately fell in love with the whole atmosphere of the church. He loved the music and the incense and straightaway joined the choir. Father Clarke could see how much he enjoyed his music and allowed him at any time to practise on the organ. At the age of 14 he was ready to expand his talents and was invited to St. Edward’s Church where he

After St Teilo’s was closed, the ladies choir transferred to St Margaret’s choir. Sadly several years later, a very dear member of the late St Teilo’s choir, Julia Perrin, passed away. Gary

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by bringing in new members and requesting the ladies of the choir to be robed. Immense thanks are due to lady chorister Chris Bilsdon for making the new blue and white robes very professionally. It was indeed a mammoth task for her to undertake.

immediately asked if he could be the organist at the funeral service. It was after hearing Gary play that he was asked if he would like to be added to the organist’s rota at St Margaret’s. So this is where it all started for us and for him – every alternate Sunday he would play at St Margaret’s. Until the age of 30, Gary had taken no exams, but within 18 months he sat and passed Piano Grades 5,6,7 and 8 as well as Grade 5 Music Theory with distinction. He was awarded prizes for Grades 6,7 and 8 for the highest marks and won a scholarship to Trinity College London, but he transferred to the Welsh College of Music and Drama where he did his diploma with Fazliddin Husanov. He has since been teaching and performing piano/organ music at a very high standard.

The donation of a new baby grand piano has very kindly been given by Pam Hall in memory of her late husband Jeff, who loved music very dearly. On Friday 27th October, at 7.30pm there will be a concert in Jeff’s memory. Gary and an orchestra drawn from students of the RWCMD and Cardiff University, conducted by Benjamin Teague, will perform The Marriage of Figaro; Laudate Domine (Vespers); Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21, (Gary Mullins piano) and Symphony No. 40. Gary wishes to dedicate this concert to Jeff’s memory as the most fitting possible tribute to him.

Sometime ago he bought a piano teaching practice from Jackie Payne, (“The Piano Studio Cardiff”) which was a very big financial decision at the time, but it has proved to be most successful, and has gone from strength to strength. He now has over 90 private students entering for exams at different levels, and has been rewarded with their achievements by gaining the highest marks in Cardiff. He is also a peripatetic music teacher in St Paul’s Primary School in Grangetown, Coryton Primary School, Ysgol Gynradd Gymrae and Pen-y-Groes. By the time he was reaching 40, he was ready for a new challenge. His love for composition and choral music continued, and this is why he decided to take on the task of directing St Margaret’s choir. He has already made his mark

And so starts a new era of choral music at St Margaret’s. The past choir Master Bob Hyett is very happy to see the choir continuing with a safe pair of hands, and the choir giving its full support and encouragement to Gary. Gary is a very skilled musician, talented performer and excellent teacher and we continue to wish him every success in his musical career in the years ahead. For any further information visit Gary’s website www.pianostudiocardiff.com. Phone 07817712665 or email : thepianostudiocardiff@gmail.com.

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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!

on The Wyburn & Wayne Show this month including child singing sensation Reuben De Maid. Wyburn: He became an overnight sensation after appearing on the US show Little Big Shots which then bagged him an appearance on The Ellen Show. Fast forward a few months and he's on The Wyburn & Wayne Show! Talk about a career high haha

Wyburn: Ok, so we are sitting in LA X airport waiting for our flight back to the UK, after an incredible week in Las Vegas and California. Wayne: Exhausted doesn't even come close to what we are feeling right now. Before we got to Sin City, better known as Las Vegas, we probably had the craziest, busiest summer ever!

Wayne: I predict huge things for Reuben, not only does he have this huge voice but he has an even bigger personality. And speaking of BIG personalities it was amazing to hang out with Katie Price when she did her 'Audience With' at St David's Hall. We've met her a few times and she's always great fun.

Wyburn: Yes, busy but so much fun! Summertime in Cardiff is always fun and there's been so much going on. There was the return of The Big Weekend which is now organised by Pride Cymru which made the event bigger and better than ever.

Wyburn: I've always been a fan and I was over the moon to be asked to present her with a glitter portrait at her show. I was called on stage to present it and she was genuinely surprised and pleased with it. She's even been tweeting pics of the portrait on twitter. It was an incredible evening.

Wayne: I have so many fond memories of The Big Weekend and like most people in Cardiff was super excited to see it return. Wyburn: Three days of fun with incredible acts and it was great to be a part of the incredible Pride Cymru parade and do a spot of hosting on the Saturday. We have to say a HUGE thank you to Sam, our lovely driver for the parade and for getting us the convertible from Carshop Cardiff! Absolutely thrilled with how the parade went blasting Steps greatest hits through the streets of Cardiff, waving that flag was a dream.

Wayne: She said she loves Cardiff and always has a great time here! She's got taste! Wyburn: Speaking of Cardiff and good taste we had the absolute pleasure of delivering 100 cakes to 100 lovely people to celebrate the 100th issue of Cardiff Times. It took us two days of non stop deliveries to people that had been nominated to receive a free cake from Cardiff Times. The cakes were made by the amazing Emma Jane Cupcakes and they put so many smiles on so many people’s faces.

Wayne: Our weekly radio show is going great too on Radio Cardiff. We've had some amazing guests

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Wayne: Delivering those cakes was such a lovely experience and seeing people genuinely surprised and happy was great.

But my love for Las Vegas continues, it just gets better every time. The people are just as colourful as the bright neon lights.

Wyburn: Yes lots of smiles and let's be honest those cakes were incredible.

Wyburn: Ok that's it from us, we are about to board our plane to Heathrow. Wayne is scared of flying so it's always eventful, are you going to behave in the air?

Wayne: And while you were away in London I spoke at the book launch of photographer Craig Kirkwoods new book 'The Book Of Cardiff'. It's an incredible book that has captured some of the best of cardiff over the last few years including the Raul Dahl celebrations and even we made it into the book! It's a beautiful piece of work and worth checking out, it would make a great gift for someone.

Wayne: Of course! Deep breaths, stay calm and lots of free wine. I'll be fine!

Cardiffian Of The Month: Name: Craig Kirkwood. Photographer: publisher and entrepreneur. Fave Bar: Tiny Rebel. Fav restaurant: Curado. Fave Cardiffian: Maddie Jones. Cardiff in 3 words: post-industrial success story.

Wyburn: We also interviewed our good friend Stifyn Parri ahead of his one man show 'Shut Your Mouth' which is the funniest show you'll see, it's so packed with celebrity gossip and showbiz stories. He's so naughty too. Never a dull moment when he's around. Wayne: He's a great guy and I agree his show is just fabulous. When he announces more performances I highly recommend you go and see one of them. Wyburn: And of course we finished our summer with our annual trip to Las Vegas. This time we spent some time in Los Angeles too which was incredible. One of the highlights of this trip had to be front row seats for Celine Dion at The Coliseum. We could touch the stage we were so close. Wayne: Celine is to Vegas what Elvis was to Vegas years ago. She's the hottest ticket in town and sells out every show, and it's easy to see why, she's incredible and the show is spectacular, very Vegas. Wyburn: I loved our trip to California too, Santa Monica beach was just beautiful I could have stayed there forever. Also visiting the Warner Bros Studios was cool and seeing that Big Hollywood sign in reality was just mad. Wayne: I loved LA, wish I had the bucks to enjoy it, that Rodeo Drive was a bit pricey but great to visit.

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Puzzle Mania! Crossword

Across 1. Barren, dry (4), 4. Passing through (3), 7. Addition sign (4), 10. Cook in a microwave (4), 11. Mining dross (4), 13. Soft woollen cloth (6), 15. Needing food (6), 17. Of sound waves (5), 20. Trim, prune (3), 22. Embroider (3), 23. Commercials (3), 24. Bristly growth (3), 26. Brink (3), 27. Oak seed (5), 28. Shoe plate (3), 29. Prefix meaning in a new form (3), 30. Muffle (3), 31. Cocktail delicacy (6), 35. Large bird (5), 38. Prophet (4), 39. Coniferous tree (4), 40. Declared (6), 43. Some money back (6), 46. Expressions of admiration (3), 48. Large vessel for dyeing (3), 49. Biblical priest (3), 50. Tarnish (5), 51. Rage (3), 52. Shape of an ogee (3), 54. Perish (3), 55. Roe (3), 56. Defective thing (3), 58. Kingly (5), 61. Long loose dress (6), 64. Destructive force (6), 67. One over the eight! (4), 68. 0.4047 hectares (4), 69. Without covering (4), 70. Change a film’s language (3), 71. Sight (4). Down 1. Mathematical activity (3), 2. If and only if (3), 3. 6 Brynner, actor (3), 4. Blocking vote (4), 5. White wine (4), 6. Fourth note (3), 8. Lower limb (3), 9. Put into words (3), 10. Reporter (7), 12. Speculated (7), 14. Flying saucer (1,1,1), 16. Column (3), 17. Slough (5), 18. Alcove (4), 19. Division of a long poem (5), 20. Scene (9), 21. Methods (9), 24. Resentful feeling (9), 25. Ignored (9), 32. Trick or wile (3), 33. Towards the stern (3), 34. Antiquity (3), 35. Worthless hound (3), 36. End of a pen (3), 37. Choose (3), 41. Capital of the Ivory Coast (7), 42. Become a competitor (5), 44. Praise highly (5), 45. Friendly (7), 47. Warble (40), 53. Ocean (3), 57. Disgusting! (3), 59. Viewed (4), 60. Saudi? (4), 61. Baby bear (3), 62. Pro (3), 63. Head louse head (3), 64. Lingerie item (3), 65. Aeriform matter (3), 66. Object of play (3).

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“And Another Thing…….”

By Vince Nolan

a man walks into a bar I have always been interested in the origins of the things we say and do and as a consequence wondered where jokes which start “A man walks into bar..”come from. I am sorry I bothered. Here is an extract from a weighty academic tome I unearthed on the subject: “What is the attraction to this structure of humour? Why are there so many jokes about men walking into bars? There are even jokes about this form of joke which act as a manner of meta-joke on the collected text of the genre.” Oh please!

Anyway, the current Mrs Nolan likes nothing more than a stroll in the country and to peer through other peoples’ windows whilst pointing out some feature or other of their homes. Fear not Dear Reader, this is a cheap and harmless pastime usually, seldom results in a fight with the spied-upon and blinds, curtains or shutters are a perfect deterrent. Recently we embarked on a stroll along a stretch of the Brecon Mon Canal (the stroll was on the tow-path of course rather than on the water). We saw some amazing canal-side houses whose gardens swooped down to the waters-edge. She remarked that she liked the bi-focal doors which many of the residents had invested in. This caused much hilarity of course as we were meant to be talking about bi-folding doors.

Is it me or is there more than a passing resemblance between these two?

However, She may have hit on a whole new idea here. Picture the scene, your average Cardiff moggie would look the size of a Bengal Tiger strolling around your garden when viewed through bi-focal doors. You heard it here first. Talking of windows, I was checking in for a flight recently and was asked, “Window or Aisle?” I said, “Window or you’ll what?” So Norman Wisdom and Lee Evans walk into a Bar. Ouch..it was an iron bar!

I don’t know about you but I think curtain-twitchers/ neighbourhood watch/ community schemes are good things. However, our particular part of La La Land recently started an online residents scheme where regular updates were shared on crime prevention, noise, planning matters and the like. This quickly degenerated into 20 posts a day asking if anyone knew a gardener, builder, babysitter, archbishop, fighter-pilot, unwanted granny, hansom-cab lamp polisher, astronaut etc. If any of these posts were genuine it meant that most of our neighbours who had signed up to this scheme did not know anyone else at all. Mind you, looking at some of them, I am not remotely surprised. After all, it is a little known fact that Neighbourhood Watch has 8 million members in the UK and has proved to be an effective organisation. Over the years they have managed to convict all 16 million of their neighbours.

A man walks into a bar. He says to the barman, "Do you have any helicopter flavoured crisps?" The barman shakes his head and says, "No mate, only plain." A Roman walks into a bar, sticks two fingers up to the barman and says: "Five pints please." (Roman numeral jest..just). A man walks into a bar and says: "Barman, give me an erroneous punchline!" The barman says, “But Mabel, it’s eating my popcorn.” Finally, a giraffe walks into a bar. "Sorry", said the barman, "We don't serve Heineken here." (High neck in here). Oh please yourselves, I am not being paid to write this rubbish you know.

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Talking of my poor eyesight, you'll never guess who I bumped into on my way to the opticians? Everyone. The Leader of the Opposition and I usually engage in up to three crosswords per week at the local hostelry, The Clueless Conundrum. It is here that much of my material volunteers itself to be written about. Anyway, I saw this one the other day, a numerical anagram: Two + Eleven = One + Twelve. Both sides add up to thirteen of course but each side is an anagram of the other. Staying with numbers, there are three kinds of people in this world. Those who can count and those who can't. Turning to music matters, I understand that at his recent concert at the Principality Stadium, Justin Bieber did not know the words to his own hit song Despacito and so could not perform it. He subsequently cancelled the remainder of his world tour costing him a rumoured $50m. He should try another Spanish word: Estupido. To assist him: Despacito Quiero respirar tu cuello despacito Deja que te diga cosas al oído Para que te acuerdes si no estás conmigo Despacito----literally. Right so let’s talk about Textnology. You know the thing the kids can do without looking at their phones whilst I have to find my glasses, find the phone, try to remember the code to unlock it, find who to text and then take ten minutes ensuring that my spelling and grammar all make good sense before sending. Sad really isn’t it. Here’s a good example of the high-brow stuff being exchanged every minute of the day.

Finally, I have been reading with great interest about a whole new medical phenomenon, Cyberchondria. This is where people plug their alleged symptoms into the internet, self-diagnose, go to the doctor with Nepalese Mountain Trench-Foot or something equally obscure and bung up our groaning GP surgeries even further. This could also lead to yet more “law” firms springing up. You know the kind of thing: “Not been treated for an illness you never had? You may be entitled to compensation for the trauma you suffered when confronted by a disappointing but accurate diagnosis.” Anyway, a male of the species goes to the Doctors: “Doctor, if I give up wine, women, and song, will I live longer?” Doctor: “Not really. It will just seem longer.” Until next time.

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interview: carly paoli talks about her debut album and upcoming tour with collabro By Lucy Aprahamian If you show any interest in classical music, you are likely to have heard of Carly Paoli. The 28-year-old singer and songwriter from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, has been delighting audiences across the world with her impressive voice and undeniable charisma. Her career so far has been a line of achievements, among which is having the Pope himself as one of her fans. With her debut album recently released, and the announcement that she’ll be joining ‘Collabro’ on their UK tour, I was curious to find out more about the person behind the success story.

Since then, her performances have been appreciated by a far wider audience. One of her especially noteworthy works is her interpretation of ‘Ave Maria’. “I first performed a modern interpretation of ‘Ave Maria’ at the Roman Baths 2 years ago, and on that occasion there was a representative of Pope Francis sat in the audience. He contacted my team agents, “Carly’s interpretation of Ave Maria really touched me. Would you be interested in letting us adopt this for Pope Francis’ Jubilee, The Year of Mercy?” That happened, and it meant that this song, ‘Ave Maria’, was played on Vatican radio.” “From there, we had an amazing concert, which was held in the Roman Forum. It’s just featured again on Sky Art, so you can see it there. Another song was written for that - the finale song that I sang that evening was called ‘A Time for Mercy’.’’ This summer Carly released her very first album, called ‘Singing My Dreams’. In addition to her interpretation of ‘Ave Maria’, the album features songs with lyrics by the singer herself.

Carly decided on her career path from a very young age. “I think from as young as 7 years old, when I first used to watch the MGM Musicals. I saw ‘Singing in the Rain’ for the first time, and I always knew from then on that I wanted to be on the stage. But not just singing, actually, performing. I love to perform and I used to put on little shows for my family.”

“There are 3 songs I wrote on the album. That was the first time that I ever put pen to paper, and the lyrics came so naturally. The first thing that I ever wrote was a song called ‘Memory of You’. It’s the last song from my new album, ‘Singing My Dreams’. I wrote this song after I had just lost my grandmother, who was an absolute rock in my life. The whole family revolved around her, she was an amazing lady. We were all going through a difficult time, and I think in writing this song I found a new way to express the way I felt about the time. The music is set to James Horner, who is one of our generation’s greatest film composers. He composed for ‘Titanic’, ‘Avatar’ and he also composed the soundtrack to the movie ‘Legends of the Fall’. This is a soundtrack I’ve always been inspired by and always loved very much. When I wrote the lyrics, that’s the melody I heard my lyrics set to.” “Since then, I also wrote an English text that went into Ennio Morricone’s iconic ‘Cinema Paradiso’. It’s one of his greatest movie scores, and I actually performed that song live in the Roman Forum last year for the concert dedicated to Pope Francis’ Jubilee.

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This is a very unique interpretation of the song and I was very blessed that Ennio Morricone liked my version so much that he allowed me to have it as a live feature on my album. It was very humbling to think that he appreciated my work. I do have Italian roots - my mother is from Italy and lots of my aunts and uncles still live out there. It’s a place where I’ve grown up in, and I am bilingual. I feel that the text I’ve put in depicted what the Italian was saying, and that’s probably something that he appreciated.” “The first song on the album is also very prominent. When I was 16 years old, I saw one of my musical idols, Jason Robert Brown, perform this beautiful song, ‘Music of Heaven’. It was in the Players’ Theatre in London. There were only 8 people in the audience, because it’s such an intimate venue. He performed that song there and it left such an impression. I always knew from being as young as 16 that this was a song I wanted to make my own interpretation of one day.” She repeatedly referred to her childhood and the goals she had then, which have now become a reality. The album ‘Singing My Dreams’ is evidently telling the story of a very determined young girl who succeeded in fulfilling her most fantastic dreams. Her words also made it apparent that the typical for Italian upbringing family closeness holds strong importance for her. When asked about the person who has influenced her work most, there was no hesitation in her voice: “Probably my mom. She still travels with me here, there and everywhere, bless her. She was there for me at the very beginning and always believed in my dream as much as I did. My family has been a huge support and has influenced me along with that, and inspired me.” She then added, “If you’re talking about influenced by performing people, Judie Garland left a huge impression, and also Barbara Streisand. I love the ability that they had to tell a story through music.” She spoke with great humbleness and modesty about each and every one of her accomplishments. For most of her success she seemed to thank her family and mentors and, most of all, God. “I have great faith, and I put a lot down to God, and to my lord, Jesus. I think a lot of what happened along the way was God’s tapestry. For a new artist like me to be able to have a song on her first album that featured the music of James Horner, and the music of Ennio Morricone, is a huge triumph. Lots of the songs just came from that tapestry.”

Cardiff is lucky to be welcoming Carly Paoli’s talent on stage for the first time this November. She will be touring Britain with ‘Collabro’ as their special guest. Performing in Britain appeared to be something she was really looking forward to. “It’s going to be really exciting going around to the theatres. Recording is a fantastic and amazing experience, but my greatest thrill in life is to be on stage and share a musical story with an audience. ‘Collabro’ are fantastic at that; it’s something that they do so well, and they’re a really talented group. I’m looking forward to sharing the stage with them, and, actually doing a few duets together. I’m not sure what they’re going to be doing yet but we are going to start working on that soon. I think it’s going to be a really exciting tour to be a part of.” “We’re going to be at St David’s Hall in Cardiff on the 14th of November. There’s so many dates within that tour, and it would be great if people could come down and make it to just one of those, because ‘Collabro’ do stand for brilliant things in music. They’re a really talented group and they work very hard, and it’s going to be exciting and wonderful to be able to collaborate with them.” Tickets for the event are available online at www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

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‘carry on camping’ By Michael James

canvas sheet, held up by wooden poles at each end and secured by guy ropes and tent pegs. Barely big enough to accommodate two teenage boys, no internal ground sheet and sleeping bags made out of old blankets held together with large safety pins. What if it rained? The canvas tent was sort of waterproof as long as you didn't touch it but if you did, and how could you avoid doing that in such a confined space, you and all your equipment simply got soaked. Fortunately the one night we camped out it didn't rain but we wouldn't trust it again and went home the following morning, but I didn't want to experience it again. Some years later while doing my Royal Air Force, National Service 'Square Bashing', we had to spend two nights survival training in the hills around Shrewsbury, equipped only with a R.A.F. cape come groundsheet which was supposed to cover us in inclement weather. Inclement weather? I kid you not!. Heavy snow, cold and ice with a chill factor of minus 20 degrees (Celsius). Dig a hole (the snow around it will keep you warm we were told) and make a tent out of the ground sheet with fallen tree branches for poles. I eventually managed to construct it but had to lie all night on my back with the roof of the groundsheet just six inches above my face and body, it was just as well that I was a lot slimmer in those days. The officers, who were in nice large bell tents and in modern sleeping bags on camp beds raised of the floor, were going to be ok, took pity on us and actually allowed us to march to a local pub and back in the snowstorm to enjoy a couple of pints to keep us insulated. Needless to say, I didn't sleep for the next two nights. It was the coldest I have ever been but it made me a man!

My Son and Daughter-in-Law recently bought a camper van so that they could enjoy the pleasure of camping holidays with their Daughter. 'That's not camping', I can hear many of you saying and probably you may have a point. To those of us of a certain age and even the younger, more adventurous exponents of the great outdoors, camping conjures up visions and memories of tents of all sorts of shapes and size, waterproof or not. Our experiences, while basically similar, will differ widely, from great holidays to disasters and when over and recalled in later years in the comfort of our cosy living rooms, will bring a smile to our faces at those fondly (or not) remembered times. There will be those who just cannot wait to book a new or old favourite camp site and spend their winter months planning their next camping holiday and perhaps buying a newer and bigger tent and more modern equipment such as more comfortable beds, better cooking stoves, improved lighting, electric fridges and even in-tent toilets. Oh the joy of modern camping! Others will remember their camping days less favourably and cry, 'Never again!' Which I wonder are you? Or perhaps you have never tried camping at all.

My next attempt was nearly twenty years later. We had moved to Cardiff and with the benefit of a vastly increased mortgage decided to spend a less expensive holiday by going camping down on the south coast. A friend kindly lent me a large, six berth tent which I successfully erected without any trouble in our back garden. Great. This was it I thought. So, the next day, armed with blow up mattresses, brand new sleeping bags, new cooking stove and masses of food, we set off on our holiday. I even invited my mother to join us on this great adventure.

My first experience of camping was way back in the early 1950's. My mate had inherited an old, two man A-frame tent. You remember, a single skin

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When we were just about to reach our destination a storm blew up. Heavy black clouds, pouring rain, wild wind, everything that nature could throw at us we got but was I worried? Oh no, I was confident that within minutes I could erect the tent and we would soon be as snug as the proverbial 'bug in a rug'.

sense. Thoroughly exhausted, we had a good night sleep during which the storm had blown itself out and I awoke to bright sunshine and the wonderful smell of bacon and sausages cooking. Suddenly camping didn't seem too bad after all. We have since enjoyed many more camping holidays, usually on brilliant camp sites all over Europe and in ready erected tents. Yes there have been mishaps along the way, such as when my wife set the frying pan on fire and burnt a big hole in the roof of the tent! But by and large they have been great, especially since we have 'up graded', to holidaying in caravans or mobile homes as the camping companies prefer to call them. Our children too have not been put off by our experiences. Our Daughter and Husband are now on their second caravan, in which we have spent a number of nights, and our Son and Daughter-in-law have a large modern six berth tent although, as I mentioned at the beginning, have recently purchased a new camper-van and invited us to join them on future holidays which we will look forward to.

How wrong can a man be? When we got to the camp site the owner, clearly put out to have to get out into the rain, grumpily led us to our pitch and hurried back into the warmth of his site office. He must have been very miffed with us because our pitch was right at the very top of the site which was located on a steep cliff top overlooking the beach and sea. Quickly donning my rain clothes and with the help of my wife, daughter and mother, I confidently started to erect the tent in the pouring rain and, by now, semi darkness. All was going reasonably well until a fierce blast of wind came roaring in from the sea and took our tent over the hedge into the adjoining field. Suddenly, out of nowhere, so it seemed, came dozens of people all intent of recovering our flying home and helping us to securely erect it. Salt of the earth these camping people! In no time we had moved all our equipment into the tent, made a cup of tea and started to dry out, only then remembering our son who, in complete ignorance of what was happening had done what we had told him to, 'stay in the car', was deeply immersed in his book. At least one male in the family has some

So why not join the thousands of others and give camping a try? Modern tents are great, some even erect themselves and most camp sites have excellent facilities and the camper vans or motor homes are quite luxurious. Don't be put off by my bad experiences, they are far, far outweighed by the great times you will have if you just 'Carry on Camping'.

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the land of song and so much more! By Sarah-Jane Outten

from EastEnders) will star as the wicked queen alongside our very own Gareth Thomas as the henchman. X Factor star Chico joins them as Prince Charming. What better way to get the kids into the Christmas spirit? ‘He’s behind you!’ Autumn is officially here and although I’m sad to wave goodbye to summer, I welcome the new season with open arms. I love to dig out my favourite boots and some cosy knitwear. The fresh crisp morning air and abundance of red, orange and amber in the trees provide some perfect walking conditions. It’s also this time of year that I start to plan Christmas outings or some fun nights out in our city. While planning, I noticed just how spoilt for choice we are in Cardiff when it comes to entertainment venues. And quality isn’t a sacrifice to the quantity. So, this month I thought I would give you some

inspiration when planning some nights out. If you are heading into the city centre over the coming months then the New Theatre and St David’s Hall won’t let you down. The New Theatre have something for everyone including Cilla the Musical from October 31st until November the 4th, Legally Blonde from 20th November until the 25th and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from 9th December to 14th of January 2018. Every year the New Theatre pantomimes never fail to entertain families and this year is no exception. Samantha Womack (Ronnie,

St David’s Hall is jam packed with a plethora of talent from now until Christmas. If you fancy a laugh why not spend the evening with stand-up comic Jimmy Carr on the 28th of October. If Beauty and the Beast is a favourite you can pop along to the sing along version of the film on 30th of November. However, I’m really looking forward to the selection of ballet. Cinderella, The Nut Cracker and Swan Lake all promise a wonderful evening for all ballet fans. I love spending time at Cardiff Bay, so I will be considering a trip to the Wales Millennium Centre this autumn. There are two shows that have particularly

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caught my eye in November. Tiger Bay from the 13th to 25th November promises to be a spectacular musical drama that brings Tiger Bay roaring to life on stage. I can’t think of anywhere better to see the story of Tiger Bay unfold! Alongside Tiger Bay, on the 17th of November Leroy Brito – Butetown’s Finest will fill the evening with comedy. Leroy is taking the comedy scene by storm, Cardiff born and bred, it is going to be a great night for all welsh comedy fans. As you can see, I’ve only touched the surface of good stuff on offer. It’s worth remembering that there are also smaller venues that have great entertainment. Kinetic Theatre Arts have become renowned for putting on fantastic shows. This December Kinetic brings Footloose to The Royal Welsh college of Music and Drama. If past shows are anything to go by, it’s going to be another toe tapping musical extravaganza to brighten any winter evening. Finally, I would like to mention Cardiff MADE. Nestled within the centre of Roath, it’s a community Gallery, and a perfect spot to grab a slice of tasty cake. But not only that, it is also the host of events such as JUKE, an open mic night. Events crop up all the time, that are engaging and often a little bit different. It’s well worth following Cardiff Made of Facebook to keep up to date with all their news. So much to look forward to and so much to do. That’s Cardiff for you!

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making a difference with a library with a difference the human library By Natalie McCulloch

The Human Library (or Menneskebiblioteket” as it is called in Danish) is a library with a difference! It was developed in Copenhagen in the spring of 2000 as a project for Roskilde Festival and since then it has become an international success reaching over 70 countries including our very own ‘green green grass of home’ – Cardiff!!

storytellers seems an ideal method! Prejudice often stems from stereotypes, or widely held beliefs about specific groups of people. Prejudice makes individuals or groups treat others differently. People often discriminate because of race, sex, sexually orientation etc. Discrimination, or actions or behaviours taken against individuals because of prejudiced beliefs, can create feelings of shame, anger, and sadness in victims.

Just like in a real library, a visitor to the Human Library can choose a book from a range of titles. The difference is that Books are people, and reading is a conversation.

Human Library Cardiff uses storytelling and one to one engagement to alleviate these stereotypes encouraging a fairer society. Human Books are volunteers with inspiring, interesting, and/or educational personal experience who give up their time to tell their tales. Sharing may also be beneficial for the books, as well as the audience, acting as a type of ‘therapeutic release’ or ‘closure’ about personal issues.

Confused? Read on1 The idea behind the library is mainly to decrease discrimination and stomp down stigma in a generation where sadly the effects of such are still rife. Social contact is known to be among the best ways to challenge prejudice and so having real life

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Cardiff Central Library, along with his other Social Projects like Free Hugs, Jobs for My Friends and Tiger Bay Social group. When asked why he organises Human Library Cardiff Events, Sri said, “Cardiff is an awesome city. Cardiffians are full of love and passion for new and interesting projects that bring the community together, and every minute we spend organising social projects like Human Library Cardiff we are helping Cardiff be the happiest city.”

Human Library are always looking for volunteers who can be Human Books, there are just three criteria which books are asked to fulfil: • Books must have an inspiring, interesting, and/or educational personal experience that may benefit others. • They can practice storytelling and connect with public one to one. • Their ‘story’ focuses on breaking prejudices covering any of the 9 protected characteristics listed in Equality Act 2010 (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.)

And as for the ‘books’ themselves< Dilys Price, Guinness Book of World Records holder for oldest woman skydiver, and founder of the ‘Touch Trust’ charity, was one of the Human Books. When asked about her views on the event, Dilys replied, “It has exceeded my expectation”, and said, “It was great to pass on my hopes for a good life to others.”

The Human Library provides a safe environment for people to engage in conversation within a framework of respect, and with the permission to respectfully ask questions and share experiences. The Cardiff version has usually 10 -12 books on diverse topics and the public get 30 minutes, one to one sessions per book.

Just ask yourself: - What’s my story? Everyone has one!! We’re all unique beings with different paths, different pastimes and different passions. Thanks to ‘human library’ – you can share yours! You never know, it may just be a best seller!

So far, Cardiff has ‘read’ books on important topics such as immigration, ethnicity, disability and ADHD – but there’s something missing still – your story!

You can find out more on social media www.facebook.com/HumanLibraryCardiff/ Twitter: @HumanLibraryCDF Website: www.HumanLibraryCardiff.com Email: HumanLibraryCardiff@gmail.com

The brainchild behind the Cardiff version is social entrepreneur, Sri Ponnuswamy. Sri and his dedicated team of volunteers, run 2 - 3 Human Library Cardiff events in a year in partnership with

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Books To Look Out For In October Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain

The Clydach Murders by John Morris

It will contain 30 recipes, alongside stories that are a mix of Nadiya’s take on the traditional, plus original stories by Nadiya herself. Families can enjoy them together throughout the year, but particularly during the UK’s Christmas holiday season. Combining playful photography of Nadiya and her three children, with vibrant illustrations from Clair Rossiter, the book will be a celebration of the joy of sharing food and stories.

In June 1999, Mandy Power, her bed-ridden mother, and her two young daughters were murdered in a brutal attack that shocked the nation. The man convicted of the crime, Dai Morris, was convicted of the murders in 2006. In this publication, the author questions the amount of evidence that lead to Morris’ conviction, and believes Morris to be a victim of a conspiracy. In this captivating book, former lawman John Morris not only questions the evidence brought to trial, but also reflects upon the ways in which the South Wales Police dealt with the case.

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Ben and the Spider Prince by Angela Fish

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a cardiff weekend of colour and diversity : pride cymru By Lucy Aprahamian

Pride parades have been around for a much shorter time than I’d like to believe. They first started in June 1969 as a riot after a police raid on a gay bar in New York City. The following year the event was commemorated with marches organized in a few key cities across the US. Two years later, London joined the developing tradition. Cardiff’s participation, however, began 30 years later, in 1999, when the first Cardiff Mardi Gras event was held.

and carefully selected costumes filled the entire area and displayed the beautiful diversity of characters and minds all sheltered by our city. While the majority of us dress in a fairly simple and ordinary manner most of the time, this was a space of no judgement, where people showed their true colour and shine. At first, I was worried about whether or not I, a heteronormative white woman, belonged among a group of people who were born within a minority, and were likely to have struggled for it; people who were out on the streets that day show their pride. Was my presence disrespectful of the statement they were making? However, if watching Hannah Whitton’s YouTube videos has taught me anything, it is that the LGBTQ+ community sometimes requires support, and it can be okay to be part of the conversation as an ally. In fact, many of the parade participants were representatives of certain organisations which wished to show their support. It was especially wonderful to see some organisations which are stereotypically associated with being less accepting.

This August, the people of Cardiff gathered yet again for a weekend of demonstrating either pride in themselves, or acceptance of all nuances of love. Pride Cymru 2017 took over our city for three days during the Bank Holiday long weekend. I joined the event on Saturday, the 26th of August. The day started at 11am with the parade – people walked from the front of the Capitol Shopping Centre through our city centre and down St Mary Street, to the City Hall. Among the very first to join the parade were Cardiff Times’ very own Wyburn & Wayne, who were making their way down in style. They sat in the back of an open-top car covered with rainbow flags. As more and more people gathered, energy, excitement and an overwhelming feeling of freedom started buzzing from the entire street. Expressive

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out of genuine support, or was their presence merely a tactic for attracting a certain demographic? Did this matter if it still raised awareness, or was it dangerous for its manipulative nature? I wondered how many of the marchers were truly part of the community we were there to celebrate, and how many were there due to a certain not-too-honorable agenda. These thoughts of mine were brought to perspective by the unceremonious shout of one man – “Shame on you!” Any agenda which silences such shouts must surely be worth standing behind.

promoting a range of causes; face painting; as well as simply open park areas for relaxing with friends. Inclusivity was definitely the main theme of the event. All songs were translated to sign language on stage by wonderful, tireless people.

When the parade finished, many headed straight to the queues at the entrance of the Pride Festival. There, it became clear I shouldn’t have worried about being merely an ally to the community. The crowd was incredibly diverse – more so than at any event I had previously been to. From children and families to students and middle-aged people, everyone seemed to find their type of entertainment enclosed within the parameters of Pride Cymru. There was a main and a side stage for live music; entertainment rides – from ones for younger children to those which leave one’s head spinning for several days; fun games provided by organisations such as Techniquest; charities

another place was selling muffins and brownies; still, there was barely anything suitable for the increasingly popular vegan diet. In general, wanting to stay healthy and away from fried foods during the day required either bringing in food or purchasing a pass which allowed to exit and enter the venue at any time. While I am under the impression that these limits in food choice are quite common when it comes to festivals, it would have been nice to see a better range.

There was one group, however, which I thought was less included in the event. In spite of the large number of food trucks, vegans had little food choice, and were mostly restricted to ordering chips. I did find one truck offering a vegetarian burger, and

The variety of charities lined up to show their support was noteworthy. What surprised me was that quite a few of them had little to do with the

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LGBTQ+ community, nor did they have a related campaign currently in motion. Nonetheless, demonstrating their support was still appreciated. The Alzheimer’s Society was providing face paints in the shape of their iconic Forget-Me-Nots. Stonewall were there with my personal favourite posters, with slogans such as “Some people are gay. Get over it!” Oasis was raising awareness about refugees and asylum seekers. Plaid Cymru were petitioning for Mental Health Support. The RSPC had a petition regarding enforcing bans on animal owning by known animal abusers.

heart of the festival, in the Alexandra Gardens, were set up large white letter-shaped boards, together spelling out Pride Cymru. By them was a table with a varied choice of paints. Everyone was invited to stop by, colour the palm of their hand as they see fit, and leave a handprint on the boards. By the end of the festival, every inch of the letters was covered by as many personal touches as possible. A representation of our city, these boards showed off how much more unique and special each project can be if people of different mindsets, beliefs and natures all joined together, appreciating and respecting their differences. Isn’t the world so much more beautiful when decorated with the mark of every person’s unique colours?

I especially loved the little project completed with the combined effort of everyone present. In the

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oshi’s world Oshi’s World is a newly launched Children’s Charity which endeavours to provide inclusive and accessible facilities for families with disabled children. It was inspired by a boy called Osian, born in May 2015 to parents Anna Murphy and Huw Liddell, with a rare genetic disorder called AGS1 which is life limiting and affects every system of his body. Very soon after his birth, Anna discovered a distinct lack of an inclusive environment in the community for families with disabled children. With her two sisters, Rhian and Helen, and huge support from family and friends, Oshi’s World was launched. The final goal for the charity is to open their own premises, but as a precursor to that, coffee mornings are being held every Saturday morning at Byrd Crescent Community Centre, Penarth, where families can meet in a chilled atmosphere and network with each other, gaining support and sharing experiences. The children and their siblings benefit from a multi-faceted environment of a sensory den, quiet area, soft play, games, music therapy and arts and crafts. All are welcome to drop in free of charge from 10am - 1.00pm, for a cuppa and without any pre - booking necessary. There is a hoist and fully equipped changing room provided. On Tuesdays from 10 am until noon at the same venue there is a pre-school play group for disabled children from 3 - 5 years of age. The next fundraising event is a Halloween Masquerade ball at the Angel Hotel on 28th October 2017, priced at £40/head to include reception drink, four course meal and top class entertainment. Anyone that would like to come along please go to the website – www.oshisworld.org to buy tickets. Charity reg no. 1174329

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The Blues Band’s Gary Fletcher Comes To St. Donats Arts Centre

The Blues Band’s Gary Fletcher comes to St. Donats Arts Centre with his own band on Saturday 7th October.

He plays and sings a compelling mix of originals and classic covers, incorporating elements of blues, Americana and folk, using guitar, slide, banjo, mandolin and ukulele.

The band features St Athan resident Jack Fletcher and guitarist Tweke Lewis, formerly of Welsh legends Man, together with violinist extraordinaire Tom Leary from Lindisfarne and Feast of Fiddles, and completing the band is drummer Sam Kelly.

Gary has released several albums featuring both electric, acoustic line ups as well as the acclaimed ‘In Solitary’ solo offering, which along with the electric ‘Giant From the Blue’ album, secured 4 star reviews from Maverick and R2 magazines. Bob Harris has featured Gary live in the studio on his BBC R2 show several times and had him to play sessions for his YouTube channel ‘Under the Apple Tree’.

Gary Fletcher is a founder and ever present member of The Blues Band with Paul Jones, Tom McGuinness and Dave Kelly. Gary has appeared with and/or recorded with Peter Green, Maggie Bell, Van Morrison, John Mayall, Long John Baldry, Guy Barker, Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, Kim Simmonds, Henry McCullough, Zoot Money, Nat Adderley, Guy Barker, the Memphis Horns, and Christine Collister.

Book your tickets now at http:// www.stdonats.com/events/the-gary-fletcherband/

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