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Welcome to the first issue of 2011! Hope you all had a great Christmas & New Year; it all seems to have come and gone in a flash! In this issue, we start the countdown to the Six Nations with a great feature on Welsh Rugby sensation and pride of Anglesey, George North. Michelin star Chef, Matthew Briddon is the new head Chef at The Tavern 1924 on Anglesey and we are delighted to say that Matthew will be providing us with some fantastic recipe’s over the coming Months, and having been for a meal at the Tavern 1924 recently, I can fully recommend him, it was a fabulous evening in an amazing location! Top local DJ, Silv, is the subject of our local music feature and we are pleased to say that Silv will be a regular feature over the coming Months as he sets his sights on great local music and what is really involved in being a DJ. Our friends at 2 Dumb Blondes provide their take on your Health & Beauty New Year resolutions. And much more including events guide and motors. I would like to thank everyone who supported the businesses in our magazines in 2010 and for the messages of support and encouragement you have sent us. 2011 promises to be a tough year for lots of people and it has never been more important to support your local businesses when possible. We will continue to bring you some great features and stories through our magazines and of course, fantastic local businesses! Happy New Year and keep enjoying the Goodtimes in 2011!

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Wing sensation George North was the youngest ever Scarlet to play for Wales as they faced South Africa at the Millennium Stadium in 2010, and the 200th international Scarlet. At 18 years and 7 months, George is amongst a select few of young guns chosen to play for Wales at the highest level. Warren Gatland included young winger Tom Prydie in his squad for the 2010 Six Nations who became the youngest ever player to pull on the Welsh jersey at 18 years and 27 days. North, raised in Rhoscolyn, Anglesey, has had a whirlwind debut season for the Scarlets. He scored four tries in his first six competitive games, two of those tries were scored in his first ever competitive game away at Treviso back in September. The young Scarlet has developed through the Scarlets’ Academy system. He attended Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern and Llandovery College and also played at semi-professional level for Llandovery RFC. He began his rugby career as a youngster with Llangefni U14’s before moving on to Pwllheli and Rhyl. George stands at 6’ 4” and weighs in


at 16st 7lb and is the the youngest Scarlet international of all time. As well as the honor of winning his first ever international cap, George scored his first ever international try just 5 minutes into his debut game with a second try in the second half. The Scarlets 18-year-old wing said he was overwhelmed to receive his call-up to the Wales squad He said: “It’s was amazing - such an honor, and I was really surprised. My parents were over the moon for me. I thought it was someone playing a prank at first, I just couldn’t believe it when I got the text so I got my agent to phone-up and check it was for real!’ “I’m was obviously delighted, it’s been such a great season for me so far with the Scarlets, they’ve handed me the chance to play right from the beginning of the season and I’ve worked hard on my game and really concentrated on improving since joining the

senior squad in the pre-season, I just want to keep my head down and keep focus on improving my rugby.’ “It’s an excellent environment at Parc y Scarlets, particularly for developing players like myself and the opportunities and support I’ve been given in such a short space of time to prove myself has been brilliant. “It’s great for younger guys like me as there’s so much experience around to feed off from the other players across the field. To have top-class players like David Lyons, Vernon Cooper, Regan King, Stephen Jones and Morgan Stoddart helping you find an added edge to your game, really makes a huge difference. “The thing that’s struck me since I joined is how hard this team wants to work for each other, it’s a great place to be, there’s a really good vibe at the Scarlets and I just really enjoy coming into training.”

Scarlets Skills Coach and former 47-cap Wales wing Mark Jones received a special mention from George, “I feel really lucky to be able to work with a coach like Mark Jones, who’s fresh from the game and has really helped me look at how I play in different ways as well as helping me gain confidence and build belief. He kept telling me at the start that I wouldn’t have been picked if I wasn’t good enough - which coming from someone like him really helped!” “I’m just really grateful and delighted with the chance to be in the Wales camp and I’m really enjoying the experience.”

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Matt’s Recipe Confit Duck Legs Ingredients • 4 x duck legs • Table salt • Bay leaf • Sprig of Rosemary • Sprig of Thyme Method 1. Coat the duck legs in salt and the herbs, place in the fridge overnight. 2. Remove the duck legs from the fridge, preheat the oven 180oC (gas mark 4) 3. Put the duck legs in a deep sided roasting tray, cover with oil and cook until tender and flaking from the bone (approx 2 ½ hours) *Once prepared the confit duck legs will keep in the fridge, covered in oil, for 3 – 6 months.

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Matt has remained current and honed his skills, developing into an outstanding and inspirational Chef. Matt has already familiarised himself with many of Anglesey’s/North Wales local food producers and going forward is very excited about incorporating many of these into his new menu here at The Tavern 1924. Aiming to fully immerse himself in the Welsh gastronomic scene Matt will very soon be interviewing in the hope of joining the Welsh Culinary Team. Describing himself as a genuine Chef he is passionate about preparation from fresh and bringing the best out of local produce. Matt is a modern chef, highly technically trained he specialises in reinventing classic dishes with a modern twist as well as creating innovative new dishes. The menu at The Tavern 1924 now has a strong emphasis on local, seasonal and market fresh produce including freshly caught fish, Menai mussels, oysters and scallops as well as Welsh lamb and beef. Using suppliers such as Maurice Strawson, E.T Jones, Hootons, Dolmeinir, Four Seasons and Welsh Maid to name but a few we feel The Tavern 1924 truly reflects the best produce the Island and North Wales has to offer.

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DJ Silv Silv is a professional DJ and entertainer based in North Wales with over twelve years’ experience, and an acclaimed reputation. With residencies in top UK nightclubs as well as work in commercial radio, Silv has a wealth of knowledge in the music industry. DJ Silv is a talented local DJ along the North Wales Coast and has a reputation for organising impressive parties and events. Silv started DJing in North Wales almost 20 years ago, working alongside some school friends to organise the “Llysfaen Halloween Disco” in the local village hall! This was enough to secure a regular spot DJing in his local youth club; ultimately attaining a residency as warm up DJ in Broadway Boulevard in Llandudno. Silv has put in a lot of hard work to get to where he is today: “working as a self-employed DJ is great fun, but is something you need to continually work hard at, if it’s going to be your main profession and source of income”

He has also promoted a band night, called “C90 Live.” The popular night ran for a few years, showcasing Welsh bands and music; bringing high profile Welsh musicians to the North Wales coast: “I love music and working with young people passionate about the industry, is a real obsession of mine! It’s not easy breaking through as a band these days, especially with the recession and so on. Many local pubs and clubs don’t have much live music anymore, certainly compared to a few years ago.” Many of you may well recognise Silv’s distinctive voice from the radio, presenting the traffic & travel reports weekdays across North Wales as well as presenting his own weekend breakfast show on Heart 96.3. Silv also enjoys getting involved in Llandudno’s local community radio, Tudno FM, encouraging new talent to shine through the medium of radio. Silv is currently the resident DJ at Broadway Boulevard on Friday and Saturday nights: “I love my job in the club; I can play the most up-to-date music and perform to one of the largest crowds in North Wales! I play a good mixture of dance, R&B and chart music, with the occasional classic thrown in. I also spend a lot if time discovering exciting

remixes and new versions of popular songs, just to add a bit of spice!” 2010 is a very exciting time to work in the music industry. Technology has changed a lot since Silv began his DJ adventure in the late 90’s: “I taught myself to DJ using turntables and playing records, and I remember mixing in clubs, whilst smoking - which seems very strange nowadays! I now use a laptop to play music from, with a programme called Serato Scratch Live. This exciting technology allows me use records or CDs to control my laptop; it sounds complicated but it’s easy really. And awesome fun! There are now also apps for the iPad, which can be used by professional DJs, so look out for me using one at my next gig!” Getting hold of new music is also very different, with all new music being bought online. “I can’t remember the last time I

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DELIVER, EMPTY & PICK-UP Penllain Farm, Amlwch Road, Benllech, Anglesey, LL74 8RU

Tel: 01248 661032 28 l GOODTIMES

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Furry Friends Registered and Insured Pet Sitting Service

Away for the day or going on holiday? Dine at our restaurant for great Indian food! We’re perfect for couples or even large groups such as Stag/Hen parties- we cater for group bookings all the time.

TEL: 01286 675 222

Y Felin Wen, Rhosbodrual, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL552BB

We will look after your pet in your own home! Tel: 01492 534542 Mob: 0750 4620133

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ANGLESEY ARMS GARAGE M.O.T., Car Servicing, Batteries,Tyres Book your winter check / service today

Open Monday Saturday 7am - 7pm Menai Bridge, Isle of Anglesey 01248 713200 or Nant-Y-Mount, Capel Graig, Bangor 01248 670541

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Step into the countryside and you’ll find more than just tractors, scarecrows and the occasional loopy local. You’ll find Firecracker design, a wonderfully creative graphic design studio with fresh ideas, sharp service and tasty prices to match.

T 01248 853916 / 07515 880236 E W

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Better equipped to provide hire service

A huge range of cleaning, heating and DIY equipment available for hire

Llandudno 01492 877 277 Caernarfon 01286 674 874

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