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Editors Letter

Cardiff Times

Welcome

PUBLISHER Cardiff Times

EDITOR Hi All, and welcome to our August issue.

Louise Denning 07903 947594

FEATURES EDITOR Mark Denning 07758 247194

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

CONTRIBUTORS Wyn Evans, Vince Nolan, Wayne Courtney, Nathan Wyburn, Michael James, Sarah-Jane Outten, Natalie McCulloch, Bethan Cook, Georgina Aindow, Billy Jones, Ceri Watkins, Gabriela Czwarnos

EDITORIAL

School is officially out for summer. There's plenty to do and see in our lovely city so keep your eyes peeled for the August Diary, Summer Features and adverts throughout the magazine this month. Our daughter couldn't wait for her first wobbly tooth to fall out. Unfortunately in her excitement however she swallowed it with some yummy iced gems. A second tooth came out a few weeks later and she did manage to put this one under her pillow. Luckily the tooth fairy remembered to come and was her usual generous self! The children received their end of year school reports last month and they couldn't have been more different if they tried. As I read one of the reports I couldn't help but think, is this really my child? They love sport, they're funny and confident but none of that was mentioned. The bit about talking too much was true though....I'll leave it there! The other made me shed a tear or two because of their personality and positive, kind attitude towards others. This means far more to me than academic excellence, and was reflected in the report. It's fair to say Mark and I are very proud parents. Both of our children took part in a play called The Colouring Book produced by Forge Drama in July. The show was performed in the YMCA on The Walk, Cardiff, which is perfect for small productions. I think I can vouch for all the parents by saying how amazing the performance was. The story, lyrics and music were all written by the Directors, with considerable assistance and input from the children via a series of workshops.

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FEATURES

49 Roaring Talent In Local Production

12 August Diary

By Bethan Cook

18 ‘Real Tears’

52 Puzzle Mania

By Wyn Evans

56 ‘And Another Thing…’

24 Charitable Social Enterprise Supports Cardiff Talented Athletes To Achieve Sporting Success

By Vince Nolan

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28 Beauty - Beautiful You 32 Health - 10 Surprising Ways To Sharpen Your Brain And Boost Your Memory 36 Summer: What To Do And Where To Go During The School Holidays 10 10

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70 ‘Oh What A Night!’ By Michael James

77 Books To Look Out For In August 78 Puzzle Mania Solutions

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80 Summer Evening Out: Cocktail Bars (NORTH) or 02920 601790 (SOUTH)

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Everyone’s favourite kooky family are now on stage in the UK premiere of this spectacular musical comedy from the writers of multi award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys, with music and lyrics by Tony Award nominated Andrew Lippa. Featuring a live orchestra and extraordinary original score, The Addams Family is sure to entertain whether you are 12 or 312. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay www.wmc.org.uk

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Love Rum? Love Cocktails? Whether you want to know more or taste more, these are the events for you! Spirit sippers and cocktail enthusiasts alike will find something to love at any of the Rum Festivals. Great street food and open your eyes to the beautiful world of sugar cane spirits! SSE Swalec Stadium, Cardiff www.ukrumfestivals.com

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Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony will bring their wiggly friends, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus! Hear your favourite Wiggles songs like Hot Potato, Fruit Salad, Do the Propeller, Rock-A-Bye Your Bear and Five Cheeky Monkeys. Get your tickets soon as they’ll be selling like Hot Potatoes! St. David’s Hall, Cardiff www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

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A brand new music event for Wales when Cardiff hosts Burning Lantern, a family country fayre in St Fagans National History Museum, the national focal point for the celebration of Welsh culture, with international performers Tom Odell, Jack Savoretti and more. The main stage will be set up in a field in the heart of the Museum village, and the Cockpit and areas of the parkland will host entertainment and workshops for youngsters. St Fagan’s National History Museum, Cardiff www.burninglantern.com

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A huge selection of cars from the Glamorgan Classic Car Club will be on display around the perimeter of Roald Dahl Plass, overlooking Cardiff Bay Beach for visitors to view up-close and meet the owners. Classic cars on display include four Classic Cars from the film ‘Mr Nice’, 1970s ‘Chips’ style motorbikes the big Honda Goldwings and Renault Rally Cars to name but a few. Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay http://www.cardiff-events.com/event/classic-car-rally/

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      Want to make animation cartoons like The Simpsons or Wallace and Gromit this Summer with Turnip Starfish?At the Turnip Starfish Summer Academy you will be taught over five days how to storyboard, character design, build your characters, animate, sound record and edit your ideas! You will use HD industry animation technology to animate your film and be taught by the animation directors of Turnip Starfish. It doesn’t matter if you are new to animation or experienced! Roath Church House, Waterloo Road http://www.turnipstarfish.co.uk/

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It’s Baltimore, 1962. Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Town and many more, don’t miss this irresistible feel-good show that will have you smiling for days. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff www.wmc.org.uk

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Join Miss Gin & her fantasy boys on Thursday 24th August at the Cardiff Bierkeller as they present The Rocky Horror show‌with a twist. This will be a night like none other. Tickets are £12 and include entry to the show, bubbly and canapes on arrival. Fancy dress is encouraged and there will be a prize for the best dressed! Cardiff Bierkeller, Wood St, Cardiff www.visitcardiff.com/events/

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Due to the success of Pride 2016, PRIDE Cymru is proud to announce that this year’s event will run over three days in its new location at Cardiff City Hall Lawns on the 2017 August Bank Holiday Weekend. Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend 2017 will be a mega-mashup of Pride and Cardiff’s Big Weekend which was last held in 2011. City Hall, Cardiff www.pridecymru.co.uk/events/

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Visit Cardiff over the August Bank Holiday weekend to enjoy an adrenalinefuelled end to the summer! Renowned for its intense racing spirit, the Extreme Sailing Series™ returns to Cardiff Bay for the sixth consecutive year and will feature elite level sailing crews including the British team, Land Rover BAR Academy, mentored by senior members of Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team. Cardiff Bay www.cardiff-events.com

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Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo - is there? New Theatre, Cardiff www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

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‘real tears’ By Wyn Evans are in the yard. K's mum and I strolled along behind them. Recently, they'd taken to sitting in each other's cars laughing and planning 'stuff'. ("What stuff?" "Just 'stuff' dad!")

Ch-ch-ch changes I have this minute completed the necessary online form to redirect our household mail. The Evans clan is moving from Ty Draw Road to, if all goes well, Rhydypenau Road. Not that we are going to do so in one efficient jump. Oh no. We thought we'd see a bit of Cardiff first and are adjourning to temporary accommodation close to Insole Court in Llandaff. That's what happens when you get your buying and your selling out of sync.

That evening went as per and they parted with a hug. The Girl and I walked on together and reached our car. Turning to me my wonderful daughter started crying; soft, gentle streams of tears with no noise at all. I took her in my arms and asked what was wrong. "I'm really going to miss Marlborough Primary school dad." I opened up the car and she climbed onto my lap behind the steering wheel. The crying deepened for about five or so minutes. All the while, I was quietly whispering the things you'd expect: that it is natural to feel loss; that it is happening because she is growing up and is ready for High school, where she will meet-up with friends old and new, etc.

Moving house, getting married or divorced, changing school... these are all said to create great stress. If changing jobs is potentially stressful for an adult, it surely follows that changing schools is potentially stressful for a child. The Boss and I have somehow conspired to move houses at the same time as the Girl (our daughter, who happens to have Down Syndrome) is coming to the end of her time at Marlborough Primary school. We hope to be in our new home not long after she begins her secondary schooling at Cardiff High school.

It breaks my heart to see her cry about this but I'm so proud of her. From Nursery through Year 6 she has held her own in the SRB and mainstream alike. She has teaching support in her mainstream class and evidently faces some challenges that others do not. But differentiation of the syllabus means that she can join in the lesson at her level. She has joined in all the activities, whether stage-based (assemblies, concerts), school trips, residential adventure weeks, sports, the lot. And now she is readying for being the first and, for now at least, the only pupil with Down Syndrome in her new school.

Real tears Our daughter has coped well with her situation. But when only three and a bit weeks were left until the end of term, it started to impact upon her. We left school as we usually do - The Girl and her close friend K ran ahead to pet one or more of the many dogs that are left by the gates whilst their owners

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hot-house). On Thursday there is a trip, celebrating the leavers, to Joe's ice-cream emporium. And on Friday - the last day - there will be lots of emotion ending with the PTA hosting a Leavers' disco at a local rugby club. Which gives me Wednesday to get some little thank you gifts for The Girl's teachers and assistants.

We have been impressed and heartened by the way the school has prepared for The Girl's arrival from getting in the Down Syndrome Association's regional representative, arranging an excellent transition programme, training support staff about how DS influences learning styles, and more. We believe that people with Down Syndrome are important members of their local communities, communities where they live, are educated, work, and settle down. We want our daughter's education and her activities to be in the community too. She will be attending her community school; we hope and believe that she will thrive there and also that the school will benefit as a result of her presence and contribution.

The scale of the changes about to engulf us has struck home at last. From primary to secondary is a heck of a step. Our daughter's been in Marlborough Primary for eight years, including nursery; mornings in the SRB and afternoons in mainstream. From the autumn she will mostly be all day in mainstream with 1:1 support. Her new staff have spent some time with her, know her current attainment levels, and seem to be excited. I guess it's all about differentiation of the syllabus, how well it's done, and how well The Girl picks stuff up and applies herself, with The Boss and I supporting in the background.

Surplus to requirements ... is how I felt earlier this week. As part of the transition arrangements between primary and secondary schools, all the will-be Year 7s got to spend two whole days at the High school. I dropped The Girl off for the second of these days. No Teaching Assistant. Pen and paper. Money for lunch. Money for the special film club after school. Parental permission form for her to stay after school for film club. I wouldn't see her until 1730 hours. As she wandered off, after giving me a kiss, she did not look back. I thought: "There will be things that maybe she can't understand. I won't be there for her". I cried a little but hid it. I'm hiding it again as I write this.

I remind myself that she is just a little girl with Down Syndrome, who has some physical and cognitive challenges. I only ever see the whole picture of my daughter and focus on helping her do anything everything - she has a mind to. But she is going into a big new environment that will test her to the 'nth' degree. I hope the school finds ways to help her through such challenges. And also that they find a way to build on her many strengths. Add to that the emotional trauma of selling her home a week after school ends, living in digs for two and a half months, and then moving into a new home, and it's clear that the next few months will easily be the most unsettling and challenging time of our Girl's life. We are doing all we can to make of it all an adventure, involving her in everything. She seems to be OK with it all so far. I am glad that I write my Cardiff Times articles. Knowing that so many people are interested in The Girl's well-being and invest a little bit of themselves -yourselves- in following, commenting, and sharing is actually quite comforting. Thank you.

I felt so damn useless as well as proud. I could do nothing to support her in this strange new environment. She has to learn it for herself. As she grows up she necessarily grows away from us and into her new skin. All we can do is love our kids, be there, try to foresee hazards, and give them a feel for what is right and what is not. Then look on as they take flight. My feelings came on with a suddenness that I hadn't expected or prepared for. End of term I'm writing in the present tense now, even though you'll be reading this in August. Everything this week is about leaving school. Today is the Leavers' concert (parents invited). Tomorrow there is a Leavers' party in Supajump (a trampolining

Right! On with it. Next task: hire a lock-up care of Safestore on Newport Road; then phone Sky about maintaining my email account whilst we are renting... Have a lovely summer vacation everyone!

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CHARITABLE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SUPPORTS CARDIFF TALENTED ATHLETES TO ACHIEVE SPORTING SUCCESS

next generation of athletes and thus ensuring a sporting legacy is in place for future generation: “It is vitally important that we inspire young people to excel in sport and harness their talent towards future success. From starting out as a young athlete and progressing through my sport, I know that support through your development years is crucial. I am delighted that through this programme I am able to champion such support for future sporting talent.”

47 talented young athletes from Cardiff will benefit from a fund worth over £24,000 – thanks to charitable social enterprise GLL. The athletes will be supported through the ground breaking GLL Sport Foundation (GSF), the largest independent athlete support programme in the UK. The awards support was announced recently at Cardiff City Hall with core partner organisations in attendance including Cardiff City Council, Sport Wales, SportsAid Cymru Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University and representatives from the local advisory panel. These stakeholders were joined by 35 athletes and their guests.

Peter Bundey, GSF Chair, paid tribute to the athletes, programme stakeholders and also highlighted the impact the Foundation is making: “Congratulations to all of the athletes receiving awards. We know first hand the commitment, effort and sacrifices they are making to perform at their best. I would like to thank all our partners and sponsors for their support for the programme. SportsAid, SportsAid Wales and Mary Peters Trust provide the direct links to Sport Governing Body talent pathways, whilst our many corporate sponsors headlined by GLL and Technogym, numerous local authorities, university and physiotherapy partners directly contribute to support these sporting dreams to become a reality.”

The athlete awards cover Olympic, Paralympic, Deaflympic, Special Olympic and Commonwealth sporting disciplines. With a staggering 92% of award recipients receiving no other sport funding and 89% of recipients being aged under 21, the Sport Foundation has highlighted a vital funding gap for young talented athletes currently competing at national and international levels. On the evening GSF supported ambassador Joseph Choong attended to showcase and explain how the support has aided his sporting journeys. Joseph, a Rio 2016 GB modern pentathlete, stated, “The support of the GLL Sport Foundation plays a vital role for athletes as it has done for me transitioning from a junior to international and now Olympian. I know it will make a positive impact to athletes here in Cardiff, it will be great to see some of these athletes here tonight develop further to represent Wales and GB at the highest levels.”

Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Cllr Peter Bradbury said: “Congratulations to the winners of the GLL Sport Foundation Awards which we are proud to support. It’s worth bearing in mind that 89% of the award winners were under the age of 21 so this is a great way of investing in future sporting talent. Regardless of the eventual sporting level reached I wish them all enjoyable and successful futures.”

Cardiff supported athlete Hannah Roberts-Straw, a 15 year old junior GB sailer is transitioning through a pathway to an eventual Olympic boat discipline. “The funding and support will help me progress quickly in terms of equipment, coaching and competition costs.” Wales women rugby 7s captain Elinor Snowsill, a fellow supported athlete, during a Q&A section talked through her competitions focussing on the World Cup, then the Commonwealth and longer term the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. “These competitions are what the team and I are working towards, and the support from the GLL Sport Foundation will support this journey.” GSF Patron and former Olympic Champion Sally Gunnell explained the core role the GSF takes in supporting the

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Since its launch in 2007, the GSF has provided over 13,000 athlete awards at a total support value of over £7.5million across the UK. The Rio Olympics and Paralympics were historic successes for Team GB, and the GSF supported athletes also broke the Foundation’s record medal haul with 20 medals won between them. Supported athletes receive Award packages that include financial grants of up to £1,250, free training memberships enabling access across 300 GLL and partner operated sporting venues along with access to sports science, medical support and employment opportunities all focussed towards supporting their athlete journey.

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BE PART OF AN ENERGY LIKE NO OTHER! Between 6th – 12th August, Hockey Wales invites you, your friends and family to roar for the dragon as Cardiff, our capital city, continues its sporting legacy and once again plays host to a major sporting event. This summer the Women’s Euro Hockey Championship II will come to town to showcase the very best in elite women’s sport, in a fast action packed showpiece fitting for the big stage. The week-long tournament being held at the Hockey Wales National Centre in Sophia Gardens, will host 8 teams, including the formidable Wales; all battling it out to be crowned champions and with that earn promotion to the Championship..

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help! what can i do about unsightly thread veins on the face? Small, broken veins on the face or a general flushed redness resulting from roseacea are a common complaint that we see in the clinic. Although they can affect both men and women, the latter are more susceptible as oestrogen and other female hormones affect blood vessel growth. Anything that affects the hormone levels, such as pregnancy, the menopause and medication such as hormone replacement therapy or birth control, can make you more prone to developing thread veins, but, don’t worry, there are facial vessel removal treatments that can produce highly satisfactory results, with minimal downtime and complications.

without damaging the surrounding skin tissue. The vein is then broken down and absorbed by the body. This means we can deliver a very targeted facial vessel removal treatment with minimal chance of scarring.

1. Prevention is better than cure

We also offer the bespoke Universkin serums which we tailor for each individual patients concerns. Rosacea patients often react to the preservatives that are used in many facial skincare products and these serums are all preservative-free. They also contain an active ingredient called Rutin which has a vasoconstrictive effect on blood vessels, visibly and quickly reducing the appearance of facial flushing.

Rosacea is a slightly more challenging condition and facial flushing can be accompanied by papules and pustules. A dermatologist that is experienced in treating all skin conditions can prescribe antibiotics to control rosacea. Patients with rosacea have very sensitive skin, so we use mild facial washes and facial creams from the NeoStrata range that are non-irritant.

Broken capillaries on the face, typically on the cheeks and nose, are mainly caused by weathering and sun damage. Ultraviolet rays cause the tiny blood vessels under the skin’s surface to dilate and constrict quickly and they can tear. As we age, the skin thins and this can make the marks more visible. Wearing high factor sun protector all year round is key, but there are also other factors, including alcohol consumption or our diet, that can cause the blood vessels to dilate and, over time, thread veins to appear.

Facial veins are rarely harmful, but they can make sufferers feel very conscious about their appearance. Facial vessel removal is relatively quick and effective and results are highly satisfactory. For more information, call 02920 617690 to book a consultation.

2. Be gentle Do not try and ‘scrub’ them away; anything that damages the top layer of the skin such as aggressive scrubs and exfoliators or treatments like microdermabrasion will not improve the appearance of facial veins and may make them appear worse. Facial vessel removal treatments work by treating the veins under the surface of the skin.

3. See a specialist If you’re bothered by thread veins on the face, then they can be treated very effectively. Pulsed dye and KTP lasers can produce excellent facial vessel removal results. Both lasers work in a similar way; the laser energy is attracted to the colour of the facial vessel, heating the vein

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Clarin’s Sun Protection For Body -Sun Care Milk Lotion Spray UVB 20 RRP: £21.00 (150ml). Water resistant and ideal for all skin types. High ease of spraying and fluid texture. -Sun Care Cream UVB 30 RRP: £21.00 (125ml). Indispensable in strong sunlight, especially for fair and sensitive skin. Light textured, water resistant and high protection. -Sun Care Milk for Children UVB 50 RRP: £21.00 (150ml). Soothes and hydrates skin.

Sunkissed - Rapid Tan & Tone Have you ever wanted complete control over the colour of your tan? Well now you can with the new designer formula, Rapid Tan & Tone mousse from the Sunkissed Bronze Professional range. Personalise your colour to compliment your skin tone. The super light tanning mousse smoothens on easily for instant colour, and enables you to control your final shade. This luxury formula contains VitaToneTM, Sunkissed’s unique blend of vitamins C, B5 and E, deseven your skin tone to make it look visibly smoother and more toned. Available exclusively at Superdrug. RRP: £9.99

Vince Camuto Fiori (for her) - 100ml- RRP £55.00 The fragrance’s invigorating citrus top notes wash over a floral bouquet of Peach Blossom and Violet Flower to reveal a rich heart of Musk and Vanilla. Like a cool Mediterranean breeze, this floral-fruity fragrance transports your senses. Available from selected Debenhams stores and online.

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Kenneth Cole - Black Bold (for him) Inspired by the fearless spirit of New York, Black Bold is the perfect scent for the man who is led by few, but followed by many. It is a daring new fragrance that pushes the boundaries with strength, power, and confidence. From the sleek, leather-like wrapped bottle design to the fragrance notes, Black Bold adds a dynamic new dimension to the Kenneth Cole fragrance collection. Available from selected House of Fraser stores and 29online at: HouseofFraser.co.uk. RRP £40.00 (100ml)

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10 surprising ways to sharpen your brain and boost your memory Keep those pearly whites clean Brushing your teeth regularly will not only keep your smile white but will also boost your memory. Researchers at the University of California found that people who brush their teeth less than once a day might be up to 65% more likely to develop dementia than those who brush it daily. How come? Scientists think that the bacteria that cause gum disease may trigger an immune response in the brain, which destroys neurons and can cause symptoms such as memory loss.

Can’t remember where your keys are? Worried that you’ve left the iron on? If you are feeling ‘foggy’ and having trouble remembering things check out 10 surprising ways to sharpen your brain!

Unleash your inner Zen Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK's leading Nutritionist and author of Natural Solutions for Dementia and Alzheimer's says, “Meditation can not only help relieve stress, but also improve brain function. In one study, participants were asked to practice a guided meditation for 15 to 30 minutes a day for 8 weeks. MRI scans showed not only improved functional connectivity in the default mode network but also slowed shrinkage of the hippocampus, the main part of the brain responsible for memory that usually shrinks with dementia. Participants also showed an overall improvement in cognition and wellbeing.”

Go for a chewy Sitting an exam? Going for a job interview? Reach for a chewing gum! Research found that people who chewed throughout tests of long-term and short-term memory achieved better scores than people who did not by 35%. What’s the reason behind it? According to scientists, chewing gum increases heart rate and anything that improves delivery of things like oxygen in the brain can potentially enhance cognitive function.

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Be social Making friends and socialising has a great impact on our emotional wellbeing as well as brain functions. How? When speaking to people and building relationships, you have to pay attention to what they say and then use your memory to recall information to be able to hold a conversation.

Curry for dinner? There is a reason why Turmeric has been described as a superfood. The substance that gives it the yellow/orange colour is known as curcumin, which is the main agent that is responsible for its health giving properties. Also, it has an anti-inflammatory effect. Studies have shown that a pinch of turmeric a day keeps memory loss away. Now there is more reason to enjoy your favourite curry!

Do yoga “Researchers hypothesise that the positive effects of exercise on cognitive function occur because exercise can increase hippocampal volume by 2%, reversing age-related loss in volume by one to two years. In another study, yoga has been shown to be more effective at improving memory than brain training. Both yoga and brain training improve verbal memory, but the yoga had the added benefit of improving visual-spatial memory too. This is the memory that helps with remembering locations,” Marilyn explains.

Doodle Did you know that doodling during a call or a meeting can actually help you remember what has been said better? One study showed people who doodled while listening performed almost 30% better on a surprise memory quiz than those who did not.

Learn something new There are a range of techniques to keep your brain alert that don’t have to be paper-based cognitive tasks. Dr Glenville says, “Walking in a new park or taking up line dancing fire up new neural pathways that keep your brain in touch. Needing to remember the steps in a dance is also a wonderful workout for your brain – learning the flow and rhythm of the music stimulates cognitive activity, while learning and performing the steps is great for both your memory and your physical fitness. Active learning is the perfect complement for doing jigsaws, Sudoku and crosswords.”

Say it OUT LOUD This is the easiest of all methods – just say it out loud! Studies published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, found saying things out loud to yourself will help with recall. How? Scientists call it the production effect: the words you speak aloud are translated into speech and you have knowledge of producing the items as well as a memory of hearing them. All of this information makes your memory store all those details for longer.

Get busy between the sheets Marilyn says, “A huge study of more than 6,800 people showed that those who were active in the bedroom had sharpened cognitive function. It is thought that the benefit could come from the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine into the brain during intercourse.”

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Top School in Wales in The Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’ The Best A Level Record in Wales Over 17 Years

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Cottrell Park Golf Resort is a first-class leisure destination offering a diverse range of facilities for golfers, businesses, visitors and families alike. Set in over 400 acres of stunning parkland, the St Nicholas venue boasts a variety of event and meeting facilities including an elegant marquee with catering from award winning Spiros Fine Dining Caterers, Restaurant, Children’s Play area, two championship-designed golf courses and more recently the opening of on-site accommodation. The expert sales team takes pride in organising all events from Children’s parties starting at £6.95 per child to lavish Wedding receptions for up to 360 guests. More recently the resort has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, its third year running in achieving this accolade and has re-invested 30K in its sports simulators to add extra features including 'Penalty Shoot-out' and 'Rugby Conversions' plus many other sports including over 100 national and international golf courses to play. These machines can be hired for Children’s parties, golfing groups, corporate entertainment and staff incentive days. The Merrick’s restaurant is open to all and visitors and families are made most welcome. A wide menu selection is available daily including Light Bites for those with a smaller appetite and a children’s menu. The Golden Years menu was recently launched and has proved most popular to those over 60 years old with a choice of two courses for £8.95. For further details Tel: 01446 781781 sales@cottrellpark.com

Cardiff Anime Con Cardiff Anime & Gaming Con will take place from the 19th until the 20th August at the Mercure Holland Hotel, and will be an all age event for anime fans, gamers, comic fans, and cosplayers! There is so much on offer including a Talent Show, Cosplay Masquerades on both days with a £100 cash prize up for grabs on the Sunday, Karaoke, your favorite Anime and Comic Exhibitors, singers, performers, many-many talks and panels. Also, over a dozen Workshops, panels and talks, Anime Screenings, TCGing tournaments such as YGO, MTG and Weiss Schwarz, Roleplaying/Board gaming, over a dozen Video Game tournaments including Smash (£100 cash prize), Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, League of Legends (£100 cash prize), Overwatch, Rocket League, Mario Kart 8 and so much more! Make sure to book your ticket now @www.cardiffanimecon.com The price remains low at just £9 per day if you book beforehand.

Techniquest It’s going to be even more mind-boggling at Techniquest this holiday! What different gases make up our amazing atmosphere? How can these gases be used to help us? What happens when we cool these gases? Find out the answers to these questions and more in the brand-new summer show, “Air-Mazing”, sponsored by Air Products. The air-mazing science demonstrations will blow you away! There are new exhibits and experiences for you to try this summer. Get creative on the new Animate It exhibit, try on a digital costume with the Virtual Changing Room, delve deeper into exhibits and follow trails with the web app, and discover more about the human body in the revamped Hub area. Take a journey through space for a close-up look at distant galaxies and exploded stars in a fascinating presenter-led Star Tour at Wales’ only digital Planetarium. There’s also Star Stories for younger visitors to discover the stories of mythical creatures in the summer stars. Techniquest is open every day from Tuesday 1 August to Sunday 3 September from 36 10am to 5pm. See www.techniquest.org for details or ring 029 20 475 475.

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Cardifferent Historic Pub Tour Cardifferent Historic Pub Tour is a theatrical history walking tour which takes in Cardiff’s streets, stories and taverns. If you’re looking for something different to do then this unique tour will give you the opportunity to discover the city in a new way. Come hear her tales, see her sights and soak up the atmosphere in her historical pubs. This is a fun packed, informative experience lead by professional actors. During the course of the tour you will visit 3 historic pubs spending 20 minutes in each. With a few outdoor stops at various historical locations, our actor raconteurs will regale you with unusual tales of bygone days. The evening ends with our unique pub quiz. Runs most weekends (please check website) Lasts 2.5 hours Walking distance no more than 1 mile Tickets are £15 and available online at www.cardiffrenttours.co.uk or at Princes and Paupers Vintage Shop in Castle Arcade.

Are you looking for activities for your child to do this summer? Look no further...Cardiff International Pool presents Camp Adventure! Camp Adventure aims to provide an exciting range of structured activities in the school holidays. Activities include swimming, arts & crafts, sports, skill games, DVD hour, ice-skating and MORE! Camp Adventure provides an excellent environment to learn new games and meet new friends. Available for children aged 8 - 12 years. Camp Adventure Dates/Times: Monday 24th July 2017 - Friday 1st September 2017 08:30am - 17:30pm Prices start from £24.75 per child per day (inclusive of food). Contact Reception today to book your child's place - spaces are limited! Tel: 02920 729090Cardiff International Pool / Olympian Drive / Grangetown / Cardiff / CF11 0JS www.leisurecentre.com

Superstars Sammy the Star and The SuperStars Holiday Course Team run Holiday Courses across Cardiff this summer. They welcome over 800 children aged 4 to 12 to join the team for a super energised, super fun and super active day on the courses. Superstars focus on being physically active, team work and socialisation, safety and professionalism but above all fun, ensuring that each individual child has a unique and exciting experience. Superstars have 6 weeks of courses running across the full summer period running from Monday 24th July – Friday 1st September. To check venues, prices and availability please get in contact with SuperStars directly on 0845 2413682 or you can visit their website www.super-stars.org.uk. 37

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Demiro’s Situated opposite the Wales Millennium Centre, overlooking the Oval basin in Cardiff Bay, Demiro's has been a staple here in Cardiff for over 15 years. The restaurant is a comfortable and tastefully designed place, offering excellent cuisine from Wales, Italy & Spain. It has individual menus for each country including Italy’s classic pizza and pasta dishes & Welsh steak, lamb and duck. There is an option for everyone and their high standards are shown in Demiro’s winning ‘Best World Cuisine’ at the Food Awards Wales 2017. With the ability to seat up to 200 persons comfortably, Demiro's can provide a wonderful atmosphere for special occasions and celebrations of all sizes. There’s always a sense of fun for the whole family as they have classically trained singing waiters to entertain you throughout your meal. This summer head to Demiro’s for a delicious meal with a lovely atmosphere in the heart of Cardiff Bay. www.demiros.com Tel: 029 20491882 Unit 26, Cardiff Bay, Mermaid Quay, CF10 5BZ

Bootlegger’s Cardiff's Bootlegger is an intimate venue with a focus on Jazz, Blues, Swing, and Rock 'n' Roll. While cosy, the atmosphere is immense - decorated from top to bottom with artsy picture frames and luxurious leather sofas; this charismatic decor shouts a classic 1930's themed bar, with a remarkably individual vibe. The most memorable moments of the night is the live music, accompanied by the extensive cocktail menu you can gush over. With over 150 cocktails, you are simply spoilt for choice. Classics are offered: from the bittersweet Margarita, fruity and delicious range of Daiquiris, to the cracking citrus cosmopolitan. Not to mention the any two Happy Hour cocktails for £10, which is all night Sunday-Thursday and 4-10pm from Friday until Saturday. Fancy something a little more adventurous? The Bootlegger have their own special cocktails too - 'Prohibition', 'Prescription' and 'Blush' prove to be strong favourites, giving a kick like no other. No short of flavour, the cocktails and liquors are divine. There is also a large selection of gin, martinis, iced teas and New York style cocktails. The staff, who are charming, knowledgeable and polite, clearly take pride in looking after and serving their customers. Kim Campbell, alongside her lovely guitar player, Dan Alport, delivered a fantastic evening. It's impossible to feel anything but pure joy here, sitting back with your cocktail of choice. It is a venue that just works, giving you that giddy feeling the second you step in. One to visit again, and again. 5A Womanby St, Cardiff CF10 1BR www.cardiffbootlegger.co.uk

Gourmet Burger Kitchen GBK are famous for their burgers, of course. Our milkshakes are pretty special too. Why don’t you order both, but this time, we will give you a milkshake FREE when you spend £7 or more. Choose between a selection of flavours including; Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate, Banana, Lime and Salted Caramel, and indulge in the most delicious giveaway you’ve ever received. Get down to GBK Cardiff Library to get your refreshing freebie, it’s worth it. This voucher expires on 31st August 2017 www.gbk.co.uk 2, Mill Ln, Cardiff CF10 1FL

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Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show Horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, giant vegetables, dog displays, the Welsh Axe Men and the famous Quack Pack will feature in this year’s Vale of Glamorgan Show on Wednesday 9th August. The Vale show held at Fonmon Castle is the highlight of the summer and is set to be the best yet with many more attractions for all the family to enjoy. There is so much for families to see and do in an action packed day at the Vale show, the Army climbing tower is waiting for anyone who wants to take the challenge. We have a busy new Junior Crew Children’s Countryside Marquee this year with lots of free activities. You can tour the show ground on the road train, catch the punch and judy show, watch the farm machinery demonstrations enjoy the delicious food court and browse over 250 trade stands. There really is something for everyone. You can buy early bird tickets at a discounted price via our website www. valeofglamorganshow.co.uk. For further information please ring 07513 141 698. Come and have a fun filled family day at the show

Cefn Mably Farm Park Cefn Mably Farm Park is an all-weather family farm & soft play in one, set in the rolling countryside between Cardiff and Newport. They offer a unique mixture of farm animals and soft play areas — the ideal place for action packed days out, birthday parties, schools and groups. The park is designed for families with toddlers to teens making it the perfect place to visit this summer. Please check the website for updates as it can get extremely busy. Also, don’t forget to try some fresh and local produce from the multiple award-winning Moody Sow farm shop & butchery on your way out. The scotch eggs alone make the trip well worth your while. @cefnmablyfarmpark @moodysowfarmshop

Anna Loka The Anna Loka mission statement is simple. They aim to offer compassionate food choices without compromising food or taste. This 100% vegan restaurant offers a vast array of delicious food and drink choices ranging from smoothies, juices, and vegan milk shakes to desserts, burgers and salads. Opening in July of 2015, Anna Loka filled the void when it came to vegan dining experiences in the Cardiff area. From the moment their doors opened, they delivered and have continued to deliver an authentic, healthy vegan experience in an establishment filled with friendly, knowledgeable staff who are passionate about spreading the vegan lifestyle through delicious food. Using impeccably sourced, local ingredients that combine to create sensational seasonal dishes, the food here is prepared fresh every day and the result is nothing short of a culinary awakening! 114 Albany Rd, Cardiff, CF24 3RU Tel: 029 2049 7703 www.anna-loka.com

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why not challenge yourself to learn something new this year? our choices prospectus detailing all of our courses for 2017/18 is out now!

beth am herio eich hun i ddysgu rhywbeth newydd eleni? Mae ein prosbectws choices, sy'n cynnwys gwybodaeth am ein holl gyrsiau yn 2017/18, ar gael nawr!

Part-time Courses for Adults

Cyrsiau Rhan-amser i Oedolion

We offer a varied range of part-time courses for adults, whether you’re interested in business and management, computer studies, creative writing, literature and media, history, music, philosophy, languages, politics and law, science and the environment, or social studies. Take a look at our Choices brochure or visit our website for our full course listings.

Rydym yn cynnig amrywiaeth o gyrsiau rhan-amser i oedolion, ar gyfer ystod eang o ddiddordebau, megis busnes a rheoli, astudiaethau cyfrifiadurol, ysgrifennu creadigol, llenyddiaeth a'r cyfryngau, hanes, cerddoriaeth, athroniaeth, ieithoedd, gwleidyddiaeth a'r gyfraith, gwyddoniaeth a'r amgylchedd, neu astudiaethau cymdeithasol. Edrychwch ar ein llyfryn Choices neu ewch i'n gwefan i weld y rhestr lawn o'n cyrsiau.

Pathways to a Degree Our range of pathways are designed to support adults who may have been away from formal education a long time realise their ambition to study a degree. In most cases no previous qualifications are necessary. Pathways are taught on a part-time basis in a friendly and relaxed setting and are available in the following subject areas: • Business Management, Accounting or Accounting and Finance • English Language, Literature and Philosophy (Inside Narratives) • History, Ancient History, Archaeology or Religion (Exploring the Past) • Healthcare • Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (Our Media, Our World) • Politics and International Relations • Modern Languages • Translation • Social Studies

Llwybrau Gradd Dyluniwyd ein llwybrau gradd i gefnogi oedolion na ydynt efallai wedi cael addysg ffurfiol ers amser hir, i'w helpu i gyflawni eu huchelgais o astudio ar gyfer gradd. Yn y rhan fwyaf o achosion, nid oes angen cymwysterau blaenorol. Caiff llwybrau gradd eu haddysgu'n rhan-amser mewn awyrgylch cyfeillgar a hamddenol, ac maent ar gael yn y pynciau canlynol: • Rheoli Busnes, Cyfrifyddu neu Gyfrifyddu a Chyllid • Saesneg Iaith, Llenyddiaeth neu Athroniaeth (Naratifau Mewnol) • Hanes, Hanes yr Henfyd, Archaeoleg neu Grefydd (Archwilio'r Gorffennol) • Gofal Iechyd • Newyddiaduraeth, y Cyfryngau ac Astudiaethau Diwylliannol (Ein Cyfryngau, Ein Byd) • Gwleidyddiaeth a Chysylltiadau Rhyngwladol • Ieithoedd Modern • Cyfieithu • Astudiaethau Cymdeithasol

Open Day

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If you’d like to find out more about our courses come along to our Open Day! We’ll be opening our doors on Wednesday 13th September 2017 from 12 – 2pm or 5 – 7pm. Contact us at: www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn 029 2087 0000 Learn@cardiff.ac.uk

Os hoffech chi gael rhagor o wybodaeth am ein cyrsiau dewch i'n Diwrnod Agored! Byddwn yn agor ein drysau ddydd Mercher 13 Medi 2017 rhwng 12 a 2pm neu 5 a 7pm. Cysylltu â ni: www.caerdydd.ac.uk/ learn 029 2087 0000 Learn@caerdydd.ac.uk

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

Gardens! We had the pleasure of interviewing the cast of Macbeth as well as Ben Joseph Smith on our Radio Cardiff Show, and also enjoyed both Spamalot and The Vicar of Dibley! They were both incredibly funny and some of the best live comedy I've seen!

Wyburn: I have absolutely no idea where the past few weeks have gone, and even less of an idea how we've fitted everything in! What to mention first..?

Wyburn: They really were! Also, a huge well done on their collaboration with Hello Cabaret which was a huge success and breath taking to watch in the open air theatre. Dan Fulham and all his cast should be incredibly proud. The New Theatre welcomed the lovely Jody Prenger who stars in her one woman show Shirley Valentine - we had the honour of interviewing and meeting her ahead of the show and she loves Cardiff, we wanted a drink with her!

Wayne: I know! Well I think a perfect start would be all the incredible live concerts we've attended! How absolutely out of this world was Celine Dion at the 02 in London? Without a doubt one of the best live vocalists ever - a living icon and yes, I shed a few tears. Just wow! The other highlight concert for me was Coldplay here in Cardiff - I can't begin to explain the goose bumps and atmosphere. Every song was sensational and to end both nights with the Welsh national anthem was just magic - along with a guest appearance from Rob Brydon and those awesome fireworks on the 2nd night! Wyburn: For me, a huge accomplishment was meeting The Jacksons at the Motorpoint Arena and presenting them with pizza art, they loved them and the whole show was great, damn they can still move! Not to forget the one and only Justin Bieber - I danced like a teenager for 2 hours and loved every second - no shame!

Wayne: She was so fun! Speaking of fun, another one man show in town was our dear friend Tobias Weatherburn whose show Many Man, as part of the ever growing Cardiff Fringe Festival, was superb. We felt genuinely very proud of our friend, well done Tobe! Tim Reynolds put on an outstanding night of musical theatre songs called Showtime - A Night at the Musicals, in The Gate Arts Centre - every performer was spot on and this was another emotional evening!

Wayne: As we're on the subject of live shows, last month for theatre in Cardiff was INSANE! Every year our friends at Cardiff Open Air Theatre Fest entertain us and the city with the best outdoor productions over at Sophia

Wyburn: You're coming across very emotional this month Wayne haha, it's usually me! Not gonna lie, every time it's got me too - guilty! The WMC has continued to impress with Grease, the musical - starring The Wanted boyband star Tom

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Wyburn: Ah yes! I presented Brooklyn Beckham with a coffee artwork at his photography book launch and he loved it! And then... out of nowhere I got the call to appear on ITV This Morning and present Holly & Phil with my lipstick kissing artwork of them, along with an interview! It was such a great day and I still can't believe they had me on!

Parker and Jimmy Osmond. Great production, perfect humour and vocals - couldn't fault it! Wayne: I love Grease, you can't go wrong with a classic. We have to say congratulations to Marcel and the team who put together the Vintage For Victory festival up at Whitchurch library field. The whole weekend was jam packed with amazing live music, including the Big Mac Wholly Soul Band, great food & drink and awesome vintage vehicles etc. We loved dressing up as Saturday Night Fever and a Hippy, didn't we Nath?

Wayne: Brooklyn was so down to earth and Nath, I can't begin to explain how proud I was of you that day - chilling in the green room, having a laugh with other guests and our buddy Rylan and then you made us all proud by smashing your interview! Onwards and upwards brother...

Wyburn: Well I did get attached to my long blonde hair... I even braided some of it! That came in useful for when we recorded our new Carpool Karaoke STEPS special! Ah I love Steps - our costume changes are pretty outrageous, anyone who wants to see it head over to our Facebook to see us making further fools of ourselves haha. A huge huge thank you to the guys at Mercure Holland House Hotel for a fantastic Christmas Party (yes in July), launching your Christmas party deals! We had such fun!

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Wayne: We did indeed. Beautiful food and lovely alcohol haha, also a bit too much dancing on my part as I put my knee out for several weeks after ending up in A&E dancing to that damn Mariah Carey Song! Wyburn: You were in the wars last month, I did try to look after you like a good friend should! Definitely book your staff party with those though everyone! Bristol Pride has got us in the mood for the upcoming Cardiff Pride at the end of August! We got to hang out with the lovely Saara Aalto, Charlie Hides and more throughout the day and the weather stayed wonderful for us too - great fun! Wayne: Saara recorded a lovely message for my nephew Jack, who's her biggest fan, she was so lush! Not to forget Jennifer Rush too - what a 90's legend! We also travelled to Liverpool and London for two very special occasions this month didn't we Nath? You've been hard at work making some new art=

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roaring talent in local production By Bethan Cook Llandaff City Church in Wales Primary School was swarmed with excited parents last month for a production of ‘Roar Some More’, a unique adaption of the family favourite film and most successful stage show of all time, ‘The Lion King’. Earlier this year, auditions were held to cast all roles, which ranged from stagehands to chorus - even to the king of the jungle himself, Simba! Rehearsals have been taking place on a weekly basis ever since, and it’s clear that the commitment and practice certainly paid off...the roof was blown off three nights in a row! It was a majestic explosion of spectacle that certainly wasn’t to be missed.

A perfect blend of carnival spirit and cinematic thrill, the production could not have been more captivating. Costuming, lighting, set/prop design, hair/makeup - it could not have been more fitting! However, it is important to mention that this could not have happened without the non-stop support, encouragement and dedication from Mrs E Brown, Miss M Bannister, Miss K Shewring, Mr S Johns and Miss V Smith, in addition to the many other supporting staff behind the scenes.

The past few years has brought about adaptions of familiar productions such as ‘Miss Poppins’ and ‘Climb Every Mountain’. I wonder what’s on the bill next? Join in the fun and come along, the children of Llandaff City are extremely talented!

Dimmed lighting, wild animal upheavals and the chilling Zulu chorus instantly took the audience to the African jungle paradise to meet Simba, Nala and the rest of the gang. Over one hundred enthusiastic children from years five and six came together to perform a show-stopping musical theatre bonanza that lasted almost two hours - an impressive stunt for children between the ages of nine and eleven on school nights! When all of the animals joined forces for the finale, it was almost as if Noah had emptied his ark right in front of the audience!

The productions are of such an exceptional standard that you’ll forget you’re in a school hall and not the West End! The only difference is that you can grab yourself a ticket for a mere £5 – what a steal! Laughter, tears and entertainment are guaranteed! Keep in the loop with Llandaff City on Twitter - @LlandaffCity

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Puzzle Mania! Crossword

Across 1. Explain a things features (8), 5. Large party (8), 9. Memorial (8), 12. Baptise (8), 14. Property brought by a wife (5), 15. Gratingly harsh (voice) (6), 17. Distilling vessel (6), 19. Sails are rigged to these (5), 22. Raise one’s hackles (7), 23. Grains (7), 25. Gate fastener (5), 26. New World Continent (7), 27. In the open air (7), 28. Kind of strong cloth (5), 30. Marry (7), 32. In contrast with (7), 34. Capital of Senegal (5), 37. Keep guard (6), 39. Running slowly (engine) (6), 41. Tight roll of Tabaco leaves (5), 43. Breed of dog (8), 45. Novel place keeper (8), 47. Special horse training (8), 48. Miserable and without friends (8). Down 2. Boy child (3), 3. Brother of Romulus (5), 4. Loop (4), 6. Grey (4), 7. Often covers card tables (5), 8. Decompose (3), 10. Scent (5), 11. Fuss (2-2), 12. Study at the last minute (4), 13. 7 Flynn, film star (5), 16. Artificial lake (9), 18. Arduous regular routine (9), 19. After the fact (7), 20. No longer hidden (3), 21. Student (7), 22. Worn to straighten teeth (5), 24. Walk in a proud manner (5), 29. Printing fluid (3), 31. Break, shatter (5), 33. Submarine detector (5), 35. Having little rainfall (4), 36. Bedouin (4), 38. Dart lines (5), 40. Once over (5), 41. High rugged mass of rock (4), 42. Roam (4), 44. 7 out, use thriftily (3), 46. Expresses triumph (3).

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“And Another Thing…….”

By Vince Nolan

karaoke jokey and captain marvel In my previous scribblings I mused over the possible existence or proliferation of Plough Women as opposed to Plough Men. Well they do exist and here is photographic evidence if it were needed, in the picture below. However, it seems our US chums have done some academic work in this area. I tripped over this: This paper tests the hypothesis that traditional agricultural practices influenced the historical gender division of labour and the evolution and persistence of gender norms. Duh, obviously!

Much of what we say is of course derived from ancient language and traditions. However, our Yankee cousins have long used English in more imaginative ways. I have just been reading a US detective novel where the author talks about a tempest in a teapot instead of a storm in a teacup which I thought was rather neat. You will have noted that I have been silent on the recent General Election. Since it has now gone away with a result that was about as satisfactory as a drawn Lions Series, I feel the need to discuss the literature sent to me by our fragrant Prime Minister, which I assume was meant to persuade me to vote for her. This being a single sheet of A4 paper containing the worst English wot I have read in many years. It was grammatically incorrect and repetitive. Nine sentences beginning with “And,” one with “But” (which could have been a Welsh reference), three with “So” and a missing word thrown in (or not) just to keep us on our toes. One wonders about her European Xbrite negotiations. Here is a picture of her mulling over the first draft.

Agricultural joke: “As a farmer, I hear lots of jokes about sheep. I told them to my dog but he'd herd them all”. Staying with matters American, a school teacher was recently arrested at JFK Airport as he attempted to board a flight whilst in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a compass, a slide-rule and a calculator. At a morning press conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he believed the man was a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of maths instruction.

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half-way across the stage that he realised he was wearing flip-flops.

She Who Must Be Obeyed and I recently returned from a splendid staycation in Devon. This coincided with the hottest week for 20 years so something had to go wrong. Karma and all that.

Back to Devon and a close encounter of the nerd kind. The Leader of the Opposition and I were in one of our favourite watering-holes engaged in a heated game of dominoes whilst necking a yard-ofale each when this bloke plonked himself down at our table. He introduced himself as Captain David Webb, ex-army medic of 22 years standing, or in his case, 22 years of sitting and lying through his four teeth. I said “Captain Webb, as in Jason Bourne’s real name in the Bourne identity? What regiment did you serve with?” Response: – “I didn’t carry a gun” (which was probably just as well). He told us he was starting a kennels business and his girlfriend was in Switzerland emptying her bank account to help fund it. If she ever existed, I hoped for her sake that she had emigrated and not told him. He was also sporting a Mohican haircut which he claimed was an act of rebellion after 22 years of army life. Strange behaviour for an officer. He claimed that our pub had two tariffs, one for locals and one for tourists and he would ensure we were given local rates. “Help”, I mouthed silently to She (or a similar four letter word). As veterans of staying in said pub we knew his tariff story was yet another load of shoemakers. His final point was to tell us he lived up the road in Woolfardisworthy. He may have done but we have stayed in the area often enough to know that the locals pronounce in Woolsery.

One evening we pitched up at our village pub, The Three-Legged Mare (known locally as The Wonky Donkey) where a number of very accomplished musicians were having a jam session. They were excellent. However, they invited people to come up and sing. Sat in front of us was a girl in her 20’s with her own portfolio of songs which she had brought with her along with her mother and boyfriend. She then made a big issue over whether she was going to sing or not. I was already booing at this point having guessed what was to come. Eventually she settled on two songs. She had a voice like bagpipes suffering from tonsillitis. Nonetheless her back-up team were blind to this (and deaf too presumably) because she finished her set to a two person standing ovation. Britain has not got talent. All of which leads me very nicely to comedian Tim Vine who has. He was in a Northern Theatre in his early days and his act was going down like a cup of cold sick. Even his best material was not raising so much as a titter. Eventually he could take no more and walked off in utter silence save for an individual slow handclapping. It was only when he was

I have often wondered how dangerous and disturbed one needs to be in order to be locked away. This guy was either on borrowed time or had escaped. Seldom am I lost for words but on this occasion he had done me. Karma see. Finally, the current Mrs Nolan has sold me another joke: Scientists have now found a way to grow vocal cords in a petri dish – the results speak for themselves. Happy Holidays.

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how to put the hygge into your life, and be happier for it! By Natalie McCulloch

If I asked you now – ‘How cosy are you?’ What would you say? ‘I’m ok’, ‘Not too bad’, ‘None of your business’, ‘Hadn’t really given it much thought’"well, if the latter is true – I hold out a warm invite to join me on a virtual trek to Denmark to discover ‘Hygge’!

comfortable is different, so preparation is important in embracing the challenge of finding yours! Hygge isn’t about splashing out, or buying new things – quite the opposite - it is about ‘being, not having’. Hygge teaches us to shed the weight of our possessions and edit our lives and discover the freedom of being together uninhibited by status and stuff. Making the most of what we have is important as well as valuing this, and being happy. And being kind to ourselves is just as crucial.

Pronounced ‘Hue-Gah’, this is a feeling of being safe, sheltered and comforted; an invite to intimacy and contentment. Like mindfulness in its principles, ‘Hygge’ teaches us to be a little more focused on paying attention to what makes us feel comforted, cosy and alive. It is a straightforward and simple concept too - this could help people feel more content in their day-to-day life.

So much of our life is spent aiming higher. This is great in driving to success, but this can also increase blood pressure. Further to this, our ‘self talk‘ is mostly negative, blaming ourselves for perceived failures, chastising ourselves when things don’t go exactly to plan, and pinpointing flaws within ourselves or our appearance in ways which we would never do to others. So, Hygge which encompasses warmth, self-care and simple comforts is worth trying out. It’s not a new concept by any means: Danish people have been embracing it into their lifestyles for several years. Could the Brits learn from their example?

It’s not extremely outrageous, in fact it may be something you’re practicing already! Hygge is all about adding the ‘little touches’ into your home and being. It may be a matter of putting cushions on our favourite chair before we snuggle into it, decorating the table with pretty napkins and polished cutlery regardless of if we are dining alone, or with 10 pals! Or taking the longer, more scenic route home to smell the scents of the park flowers which spring has to offer. Perhaps using candle lighting for a meal time, not merely to create light, but to show togetherness and enhance the ‘comfort of a dancing flame’. Everyone’s idea of what makes them feel

According to the ‘World Happiness Report’, the Danes are amongst the happiest people in the world. Perhaps their high standard of living and overall contentment contribute to this? With much unhappiness, stress and discontent in the world – surely, it’s worth trying to embrace something to counteract this? If you can pinpoint parts of your life which you’re not content with, perhaps today is the day to alter this by putting a bit more comfort into your daily living. Let the Hygge principles permeate your being; the results may well surprise you!

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say cheese! By Sarah-Jane Outten

Continuing her series of articles exploring small businesses and entrepreneurs in Cardiff, this month, Sarah-Jane sits down and indulges in a leisurely lunch courtesy of Madame Fromage.

be just enough to recharge the soul.

Summer has arrived in the Diff! And I think you will agree that our city always looks its best under blue skies and sunshine. As always, our hometown is buzzing with visitors from near and far making it one of the UK’s busiest cities throughout summer.

It’s also worth mentioning the Key to the Castle scheme for people who live or work in Cardiff. Next time you visit, take proof of address with you and £6. You can then claim your very own key to the castle! This allows the enjoyment of 3 years’ entry into the castle and 10% discount at the castle shop. For full details and terms and conditions, please visit www.cardiffcastle.com.

During the school holidays, we love to visit Cardiff Castle in the heart of the city. Surrounded by the vast and leafy Bute park, she is the matriarch of history in the Diff. On a sunny day, sitting in the grounds and relaxing can

If you have the children with you there are various activities that they can become involved with. It’s well worth keeping up to date with the castles webpage for all its events.

The Castle Arcade opposite the castle is a great place to

explore and stop off for a spot of lunch or dinner. A friend recently introduced me to Madame Fromage, a speciality cheese shop, deli and café within the arcade. We recently popped in for a leisurely lunch and I wasn’t disappointed The café staff were particularly welcoming as they showed us to an available table and discussed the menu and specials for the day. The café is small and popular so I recommend arriving early for lunch. The menu isn’t extensive, I have no issue with this. I find its always better to stick to a limited number of meal choices that are done well. I decided on a mini meat platter and some garlic bread to share.

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CT Feature The meat platter was beautifully presented. It included the selection of meats and fresh bread, chutney, pickle and apple. The portion size was generous too! The whole platter was delicious and I would order it again in a heartbeat. What really made lunch special was our garlic bread! I know it seems strange to rave of a side dish, right? But this was the best garlic bread I had ever tasted. It was a gorgeous moreish buttery herby plate of loveliness. A real comfort food, I will be back for more soon! Obviously, I had to purchase some cheese, as its their thang, I had to. So, I chose some cheeses to take home, a cheddar with elderflower and the Cornish Yarg were my favourite. My husband and I enjoyed those with some apple and almond crackers that I had also picked up at the deli. Madame Fromage also have a selection of beautiful cakes. Again, for research, I had to buy one to take home. I chose a Crème Brulee brownie. I kind of lost out with this one as I allowed my son to try it, he confirmed that it was scrumptious as he only left me a small corner to try! So, I can only confirm that I enjoyed what I had. Throughout our visit to Madame Fromage the staff were friendly, helpful and welcoming, it’s a great local independent business in Cardiff. Next time you are passing, pop in and see for yourself. Madame Fromage offer a range of services from wedding cakes (yes, made of cheese!) to hampers. You can find all you need to know here: www.madamefromage.co.uk Until next month, enjoy summer in the Diff, and don’t forget to support local businesses along the way! Images courtesy of: www.visitcardiff.com www.keytothecity.com www.castlequarterarcades.co.uk

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‘oh, what a night!’ By Michael James

The heading of this piece is borrowed from the 'The Four Seasons' 1963 hit, 'December 1963 (Oh, What a Night!)', which came to me on my way home from a concert early last month which was from a completely different music genre but which still left me singing, 'Oh, What a Night'.

The 'Birthday Boys' had graciously invited three more of Wales' finest to join in the celebration: the Morriston Orpheus Choir, Pendyrus Male Choir and Cor Meibion Ponarddulais, comrades in song but in the past, fierce rival competitors of each other. Tonight they were together joined by their love of singing, and what a magnificent sound this combination of voices made under the baton of Treorchy's Musical Director, the multi-talented Jeffery Howard. He introduced them as “Wales' best Choir” and then invited the audience to take their pick. Very diplomatic Jeff!

The concert, at St. David's Hall, was a birthday party to celebrate '70 Glorious Years', of the World Famous Treorchy Male Choir, following it's re-formation at the end of World War Two. What a fabulous party to be invited to. The hall was packed with lovers of Male Choral singing, from all over South Wales and beyond who were enthralled by the heavenly sound that brought a lump to many a throat and more than a single tear to many pairs of eyes.

The guest soloist for the evening was Shan Cothi, the nationally renowned soprano who regularly sings with all four choirs - her wonderful, soaring voice, a lovely contrast to the male voices, as she sang her own selected items, both classical and traditional, and was accompanied at the piano for two of them by Jeff Howard himself.

Treorchy Male Choir, from my home valley of 'The Rhondda', wanted to celebrate its birthday with as many of its friends as possible - so, as well as all of us fortunately able to get tickets, they had assembled a wonderful array of talent from the factory that is Welsh Music. We may no longer produce the best steam coal and be down to just a couple of steel plants, but the conveyor belt of Welsh outside halves and musical talent just keeps 'rollin' away' as the great admirer of Welsh Coral Music, Paul Robson sang. How he would have loved to be there to join the party.

The brilliant Chamber Orchestra of Wales provided the music and included in its ranks the

Recently there has been some concern over the future of male voice choirs but nearly every other welsh village or town has a choir and, arguably, four of the best were on stage in this concert.

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The Massed Choir sang a beautifully haunting Myfanwy and traditional hymns, 'Llanfair', 'Llef', 'Tydi a Roddaist', 'Morte Christie' and ended with a rousing 'Gwahoddiad'. The combined sound was truly heavenly, worthy of the voices of these great Welsh Male Choirs. The evening concluded with a standing ovation by the enthusiastic audience and a spirited rendition of, ‘Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau’. What a truly brilliant evening, featuring Wales' finest Choirs, Soloist and Musicians led by the young and greatly talented, Jeffery Howard. Well done to all concerned for this musical feast. Musical Directors of the other three Choirs, showcasing their own talents. Playing the cello, Stewart Roberts (Pendyrus) on piano, Joy Amman Davies (Morriston Orpheus) on the organ, Clive Phillips (Cor Meibion Pontarddulais) and with Jeff Howard's wife, Rachael, playing the harp beautifully.

I am still tingling with excitement as I write this piece. It's no wonder that I keep thinking, 'OH, WHAT A NIGHT!' P.S. Unfortunately, I cannot promise you that such a musical feast will be coming again anytime soon but what I can promise is another concert by the wonderful Treorchy Male Choir. It is a Charity event on behalf of Prostate Cymru, the organisation helping to fight Prostate Cancer in Wales. It is being held at Albany Road Baptist Church, Cardiff, on Thursday, 9 November 2017, at 7.00pm. Entry by ticket only! For further information and tickets, please ring, 02920 753149.

Treorchy was accompanied by its usual pianist, the talented Helen Roberts, and the whole evening was flawlessly linked together by the excellent and very funny, Dean Powell. Usually Dean can be found in the front row of the 'first tenor' section of Treorchy MC or sometimes as a soloist, singing duets or reading appropriate poems or stories, but this time he took the role of Master of Ceremonies, a role he played to perfection. The 'Birthday Boys', showcased their talent and versatility with old favourites, 'Ar Lan y Mor', 'Calon Lan', 'Y Darlun', 'Sospan Fach', all with new arrangements by Jeff Howard. More modern pieces of 'What Would I Do Without My Music' and 'You Raise Me Up', were followed by new arrangements of Matt Monro's 'Portrait of My Love' and Frank Sinatra's 'You Make Me Feel So Young'.

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congratulations to the red dragon centre on its 20th anniversary!

games and win the most tickets. Unfortunately, it turns out you are not as great as you initially thought, but you still had a blast running between games, collecting your winnings.

Opened in 1997, it was originally named the Atlantic Wharf Leisure Village and has since become a much loved entertainment centre. Just look how far they have come$ As soon as the doors swing open, you will feel immersed in an immediate atmosphere of exhilaration; a special buzz about the place. The Red Dragon Centre offers an entertainment and foodie experience like no other in Cardiff Bay, with activities for all ages – whatever the weather!

With the adrenaline pumping, it may be time to admit defeat at the arcades but all is not lost, as the bowling alley is situated at the rear of Hollywood Bowl`s arcade. As you approach the desk to claim your arcade prize, the 26 lane bowling alley opens up in front of you. Time to redeem yourself. You can’t lose at this too, surely?

As the thrill of your surroundings consume you, it is hard to ignore the arcade games chiming your name at Hollywood Bowl. It’s on! (Not forgetting to make a mental note to visit the Grosvenor Casino later that evening), it’s time to show everyone who’s boss. Now’s your opportunity to show that you are the obvious champion of all things

Another humiliating defeat, but now would be a good time to visit one of the tantalizing restaurants to celebrate$or commiserate. Ahead lays a row of delicious cuisine from around the world. Maybe an Italian from Bella, a family feast at Grill & Shake, a bucketful of chicken at Chicken House, or

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a juicyburger, at Five Guys? There is a high risk of this being followed by someone trying to crack a joke about ‘how many guys does it take to make a burger?’, which will be greeted by a chorus of groans and eye rolls. Or if you’re feeling extra peckish, you could treat yourself to a buffet; Spice Route or Oriental Garden, both guarantee an all-you-can-eat experience which do not disappoint when it comes to tickling the taste buds. Or visit Cadwaladers for a scoop of their famous ice cream, along with other sweet treats. Following your mouth-watering dining experience it’s decided by unanimous vote that it’s time to have a change of pace and relax. Next up, the cinema. A movie experience like no other awaits at the home of the first and only IMAX screen in South Wales; the ODEON cinema. The surrounding bright lights guide you to another world found within the latest box office hits. The contrast of sweet and salty aromas will engulf you as you climb closer to the destination of choice. Final stop, the food counter. A decision so hard, you’d think your life depended on it. But can we really be blamed with a wall of vibrant multi-coloured sweets to one side, and the enticing smell of freshly popped popcorn to the other? You can be forgiven for spending the day on look out for a local celebrity as the centre is home to the much loved Capital FM and Heart radio stations. There is no shortage of people having a little peak through the studio windows as they walk past. Every Saturday in August the Capital FM Street Stars will be at the Centre between 12-4pm to give visitors the chance to win a YEARS’ worth of Entertainment and Dining from the Centre. With a last chance to win across the Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 26th - Monday 28th August. They’re also planning a special celebration on the Bank Holiday Monday itself. A few of the events taking place include: birthday cupcake decorating work-shops, face painting, character appearances, and a last chance to win with Capital. Keep your eyes peeled on social media for special notices to celebrate their BIG DAY or find out more at: www.thereddragoncentre.co.uk

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Books To Look Out For In August Bruno and Lewis: The Boxing Years is the account of how two fighters changed the face of British heavyweight boxing on a global stage. The journeys of Bruno and Lewis to the world heavyweight crowns are explored through the insight of a leading boxing historian Ralph Oates, who analyses their triumphs, setbacks, and adversaries. The book includes insight on: - How Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno made history in 1993 by being the first Britons to meet each other for a version of the world heavyweight title - How Frank Bruno won the WBC heavyweight title by outpointing holder Oliver McCall over twelve rounds and how Lennox Lewis became the first British fighter to hold the world heavyweight title since Bob Fitzsimmons. Written by Ralph Oates Published by Fonthill Media. £16.99 Astronomer Martin Griffiths subverts conventional astronomical thought by eschewing the classical naming of constellations and investigating Welsh and Celtic naming. Ancient peoples around the world placed their own myths and legends in the heavens, though these have tended to become lost behind the dominant use of classical cultural stories to name stars. In many cases it is a result of a literary culture displacing an oral culture. Griffiths has researched past use of Welsh heroes from the Mabinogion in the naming of constellations and his new book is an interesting and provocative combination of a new perspective on Welsh mythology and an astronomy guidebook.

Summer 1995. Vandal. Truant. Thief. Off the rails and heading for disaster - fifteen-year-old Marvin has no more bridges left to burn in his South Wales valleys hometown. Guilt-ridden over the departure of his alcoholic mother from the family home, he dreams of a chance to start fresh at her new place down in Cardiff if only he can persuade her he's changed for the better. But armed with nothing more than a scrawled address and a lucky American penny, will Marvin have the courage or resources to seek out his mother and grasp his chance of redemption? Not without the help of Becca, a streetwise tearaway with a razor tongue and even sharper wits who might just prove to be his only saviour or his ultimate downfall as together they embark on a wild, lawless journey through the underbelly of the city. (Warning: strong language)

Written by Dan Robinson Published by FeedaRead.com. £7.99

"I was born as apartheid was dying." So begins this debut novel about Thandi, raised in Pennsylvania but wondering increasingly about her "other home country" of South Africa. She dives into a rediscovery of her mother's land, which serves as a kind of unsteady anchor for her, even as her mother passes away and she realizes she'll soon be a mother herself. Laden with meditative, intimate and at times unsettling vignettes, What We Lose will leave you in a pensive state. Thandi – the heroine of this novel, is the only child of her mother (a coloured South African) and father (a light skinned African American) who is very aware of her privileges & multicultural background. Readers follow Thandi on her journey from childhood to adulthood as she navigates what it means to be a black woman in America and South Africa, dealing with the loss of a loved one, motherhood and love. Written by Zinzi Clemmons Published By Viking Books. £12.99

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Summer evenings out: Cocktail bars Live Lounge The Live Lounge, home of the best live music in Cardiff. Known for its wide range of daytime cover music, fantastic drinks promotions and a quality home cooked food menu. It also boasts daily specials from a five star rated kitchen. The 12 inch pizza is something special. Did you know that in the Live Lounge there are over 520 different bottles of spirits in stock. The range includes all of the best selling brands for you to enjoy. The Live Lounge has been very busy developing their range of very special bottles, that, if you know what you are looking for, can treat yourself to that special drink. The Gin range currently has a stock of over 50 different brands of premium gin. A new gin menu has been developed so that you can explore the range yourself. To help you decide on that perfect G&T, the gins have been split by flavour. There are also suggestions regarding garnishes, to help you choose which one goes best with your given gin. However, if gin is not your tipple then you can choose from 470 other spirits. There is something for everyone at the Live Lounge. 9 The Friary, Cardiff CF10 3FA www.liveloungecardiff.co.uk/

Bootleggers Have you heard of the Prohibition era – the sad period of 14 years, during which alcohol was banned? While the prohibition was lifted on the 5th of December 1933, you can still celebrate this happy day by dancing and enjoying various liqueurs at The Bootlegger! The lovely cocktail bar, independent and Welsh family run, has a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Stop by to enjoy live music they offer free entry all week, and the music includes swing, blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, with a focus on the 1920s and 30s swing and jazz scene. The liqueur selection is truly impressive. You can choose from over 80 cocktails, all of which use fresh natural ingredients, with no pre mixing. They have a delicious signature cocktails collection, as well as classics from the Prohibition era. Enjoy 2 cocktails for £10 during happy hour, which is all night from Sunday to Thursday, and between 4 and 10pm on Friday and Saturday. The specially dedicated gin bar is also definitely worth a try, and is growing its collection every week! 5A Womanby St, Cardiff CF10 1BR http://cardiffbootlegger.co.uk/

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Mary’s Who would miss out on a spectacular night of cabaret?! Head over to Mary’s, the Cardiff premiere cabaret cocktail bar, for an extraordinary night. While Mary’s is a gay bar, anyone can have a great time here with local and national drag. Their dazzling cabaret performers are not the only thing bringing crowds of people to this bar, though. The cocktails at Mary’s are some of the best in Cardiff. My personal preference is for their collection of Prosecco cocktails, and especially the Raspberry Le Fizz - a combination of Grancia prosecco, Grey Goose vodka, Chambord black raspberry liqueur, elderflower cordial and lime juice. You should also try their Beverly Hills Iced Tea – Bacardi, gin, tequila and Prosecco all packed together in a surprisingly delicious combination. Head over on a Tuesday after 9pm for their 2 for 1 offers, or stop by for happy hour any day between 4 and 8pm to enjoy 50% off drinks. This month, Mary’s is celebrating pride with the banner ‘Proud Mary’s’ and a three day line-up of cabaret and entertainment. 89 St Mary Street, Cardiff http://www.maryscardiff.co.uk/

Amesoeur Bistro If you’re looking for an eclectic menu that boasts multiple styles of cuisine, look no further than Amesoeur Bistro. This proud, independent bistro makes for a wonderful coffee stop, or for a sensational lunch or dinner. Amesoeur has something for everyone , with a menu that frequently changes and ranges from sumptuous seafood delicacies such as salt and chili squid rings with a lemon and coriander dip, to classic tender steaks. just be assured that whatever you order will have been prepared with love using honest ingredients. As well as delicious food, you can also sample the wide array of beverages. As well as the exotic cocktails on offer, for £15 per person between 5pm-8pm on Fridays, you can take advantage and indulge in the Bottomless Prosecco offer. Unlimited Prosecco for £15. Bargain! If that isn’t enough, they also have regular events such as Gin Tastings and Beaujolais day – follow their twitter to keep up to date with new occasions: @Amesoeurcardiff 98 Crwys Road, Cardiff, CF24 4NQ Tel: 029 2022 8808

Turtle Bay The cocktail menu includes the ultimate summer drink – Marley Mojito, made from Appleton Signature Rum, green melon liquor, fresh mint, watermelon and Turtle Bay ginger beer. Refreshing and fabulous, it’s designed to transport you to sunnier climes whatever the forecast. Then there’s the Beachcomber’s Zombie – Overproof, dark, white and golden rums, absinthe, pomegranate syrup and tropical juices. The Rum Margarita is a divine summer cocktail to enjoy with friends, and is Turtle Bay’s Caribbean twist on a classic drink. It’s made from white rum, triple sec, agave syrup, fresh lime served with a slated rim. For the more traditional guest, it can be tried as a classic with tequila. Turtle Bay Happy Hour 2’4’1 on cocktails is available until 7pm and from 9.30pm until close Sunday-Thursday and until 7pm and from 10pm til close Friday and Saturday. The cocktails are designed to be the perfect complement to Turtle Bay’s brand new food menu. It’s a vibrant celebration of Turtle Bay’s signature flavours, all with fresh new twists, more accessible dietary options and a much bigger choice of light, healthy, high value lunchtime dishes. Hodge House, 114-116 St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1DY Tel: 029 2034 2006 81

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