Cardiff Life - Issue 186

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Food/Arts/Entertainment/Shopping/Property Issue 186/Summer 2018/£3






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editor’s letter / Issue 186 / SUMMER 2018


Bangin’ Bites

The summer dishes to swoon over

Food for thought Most of the time I love my job. Sometimes I get to do really fun things, like going to restaurants and spas. But actually, my favourite days are the ones where I have the privilege spending time with extraordinary people. For this issue I was lucky enough to meet Jonny Cotsen and the team working with him to produce ENGLISH, a new show exploring language and the way we communicate. (Turn to page 28 for more.) And the fact that Jonny’s deaf provides even more food for thought on the subject. I walked out of the interview with my mind racing, trying to process all the information and issues that we’d talked about, things that really made me think about the different ways I communicate. As I left, they’d thanked me for my time and my interest, but actually, I felt like they were the ones who deserved the gratitude. Because they’d made me challenge myself and look at the world a little bit differently, and I believe that sometimes we all need that.

Cyfle i gnoi cil Rwy’n dwlu ar fy swydd gan amlaf. Weithiau byddaf yn cael cyfle i wneud pethau difyr tu hwnt fel mynd i fwytai a sbas. Ond fy hoff ddiwrnodau, a dweud y gwir, yw’r rhai lle byddaf yn cael y fraint o dreulio amser gyda phobl eithriadol. Ar gyfer y rhifyn hwn roeddwn yn ffodus o gael y cyfle i gwrdd â Jonny Cotsen ac aelodau’r tîm sy’n cydweithio ag e’ i gynhyrchu ENGLISH, sef sioe newydd sy’n archwilio iaith a’r modd yr ydym yn cyfathrebu (trowch i dudalen 28 i ddarllen mwy). Ac mae’r ffaith bod Jonny yn fyddar yn rhoi mwy fyth i ni gnoi cil arno. Ar ôl y cyfweliad roedd fy meddwl ar ras wrth i mi geisio prosesu’r holl wybodaeth a’r holl faterion yr oeddem wedi’u trafod – pethau a wnaeth i mi feddwl o ddifrif am yr amryw ffyrdd y byddaf i’n cyfathrebu ag eraill. Wrth i mi adael roedden nhw wedi diolch i mi am fy amser ac am fy niddordeb yn y sioe, ond roeddwn yn teimlo mai fi ddylai fod yn diolch iddyn nhw mewn gwirionedd. Roedden nhw wedi fy herio i edrych ar y byd drwy lygaid gwahanol, ac rwy’n credu bod angen hynny ar bob un ohonom o dro i dro.

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Editor Emma Dance

The start of a new era for Ffotogallery

Managing editor Deri Robins Senior art editor Andrew Richmond Graphic design Megan Allison Cover design Trevor Gilham Contributors: Charlie Rose, Megan Price, Dean Euden, Olly Robinson Advertising manager Mark George Deputy advertising manager Kate Butterfield Account manager Lorena Cussens Advertising executive Louis Grey

THE ARTS 23 Arts Intro Commemorations and celebrations in the new season for BBC NOW

24 What’s On Never be bored again

28 ENGLISH The new show that’s all about the questions of communication

Production and distribution manager Sarah Kingston Deputy production manager and production designer Kirstie Howe

34 From screen to stage How An Officer and a Gentleman transitioned from film to musical

39 Film Megan Price on the LGBTQ+season at Chapter

SHOPPING 42 Editor’s Choice Daddy cool! Top gift ideas for Father’s Day

16 71 Wine

Summery styles for him

What does Dean Euden want for Father’s Day? (Hint: It’s liquid and gently calming!)


74 Restaurant

46 Fashion

57 A man’s world Cardiff Blues’ Olly Robinson on the joy of becoming champions

FOOD 61 Food news Little morsels of foodie news

64 A taste of summer Some of our favourite summery platefuls from around the city


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PROPERT Y 92 Property Showcase A spacious and stylish village home near Cowbridge

The new summer menu at Chapel 1877



News to peruse

83 Business Insider

50 Snapped!

11 Spotlight

Our regular business news round-up

Sensational snaps from hot happenings


98 Cardiff Lives

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Katie McColgan on chickens, chocolate and a Canadian clinical psychologist...

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GAME FOR IT Congratulations to Cardiff’s Michael Matthews who has been selected to represent the UK in in the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney. The 31-year-old army veteran was medically discharged in May 2015. The former Lance Corporal from Cardiff, Wales is using the 2018 Invictus Games to help him regain his purpose and sense of camaraderie. He said, “Competing will re-establish a sense of belonging to a brotherhood and evoke the feeling of team spirit in which I had in the army prior to my injuries.” Since starting training for the Games, Michael has fully committed himself to recovery, and has started a wheelchair rugby club that he trains with on a weekly basis. Pride is also high on the list of priorities for Sydney. “I want the feeling that I am serving for my country once more, but in a sport that has helped my recovery. It will give me a great sense of pride to once again put on a uniform with a union jack and represent my country - and to inspire a generation to show what they think is impossible is actually possible,” he said. For more:

Two of the new Street Fleet vehicles which will help rough sleepers


STREET LIFE A new fleet of homelessness outreach vehicles has been launched to help the city’s rough sleepers

Michael Matthews

Five new, specially equipped vehicles will be out and about on the streets of Cardiff to help rough sleepers. Homelessness charity The Wallich was able to buy the vans, known as the Street Fleet, thanks to the success of its Reaching Out To Rough Sleepers campaign. The Street Fleet will go out daily across Wales to those sleeping rough to offer provisions, support and advice. They can take people to The Wallich’s specialist centres to shower, use a washing machine and meet with staff in the hope of securing accommodation and further support. The vehicles can help keep people off the streets, by moving people and their possessions into hostels or their own homes. They can also take residents to training, education and work placements or on life-changing trips in an effort to break continuous cycles of homelessness.

Chief executive of The Wallich, Lindsay Cordery-Bruce, said, “Homelessness is currently at the forefront of the public’s mind as the number of people sleeping rough increases across the country. The Wallich worked with 8,019 people across Wales in 2017, an increase of 46% on the previous year. As a result, we are experiencing increased demand on our services. “We’re so grateful to everyone who supported the campaign for their contribution which will have a direct and positive impact on the lives of vulnerable people. The new Street Fleet will improve the reach, speed and quality of The Wallich’s specialist homelessness services, take support to those who need it, where they need it, and will help get more people off the streets and into safety.” For more: I CARDIFF LIFE I 11

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Ground breaking Work has officially begun on the new Maggie’s Centre in the grounds of Velindre Cancer Centre. Maggie’s is a charity that provides free practical and emotional support for people living with cancer and the new centre has been designed by acclaimed architects Dow Jones and was developed by Maggie’s working in partnership with Velindre Cancer Centre to enhance the cancer care and support already on offer. Every year 5,000 people in the region are diagnosed with cancer. As the number of people living with cancer increases, support becomes even more important. Once open, Maggie’s Cardiff will give

visitors access to a range of support that Maggie’s offers, including psychological support, benefits advice, nutrition workshops, relaxation and stress management, art therapy, tai chi and yoga. The Centre is due to open in early 2019. Laura Lee, Maggie’s chief executive said, “I’m delighted that construction of Maggie’s Cardiff at Velindre Cancer Centre has been able to start in earnest, bringing us one step closer to the Centre opening its doors. My sincere thanks go to everyone who has supported Maggie’s and made our Centre in Cardiff a reality.”

In a bid to reduce waste and become more environmentally friendly the Marine Spa at St David’s Hotel has ditched the spa slippers in favour of a more bare foot approach. Not only will the move stop thousands of pair of slippers ending up in the bin but according to the spa going barefoot has numerous other benefits including helping to clear your mind, grounding you to the earth, decreasing stress and anxiety, strengthening and stretching muscles and improving balance. If you prefer your something on your feet however then for just £2 you can buy a pair of flip flops which you can take home, and pack in your holiday suitcase if you so wish!

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Paul Davies

Creative & Cultural Skills. Image © James Fletcher



Winning ways A Cardiff dance artist and teacher has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the creative industry at a national award ceremony. Paul Davies, head of vocational training at Cardiff-based Rubicon Dance, won the Theatre Skills Award 2018, for supporting a new generation of young people to gain employment and his commitment to promoting vocational pathways. His inspirational leadership and dedication to dance has led Rubicon Dance to develop courses which are accessible to learners from all backgrounds, irrespective of their financial situation or previous experience.

Paul said, “I am sincerely thrilled and hugely gratefully for the nomination and the award. “I would like to also extend my gratitude and appreciation to CC Skills for the recognition and their continued endeavour to encourage, support and celebrate the development of creative skills for young people. Through their inspiring vision Rubicon looks forward to working closely in partnership, to realise the aspirational potential of our new Dance Library for Wales – a truly unique learning realm that will enable Rubicon to expand learning pathways for careers in the creative industries sector.” For more:

SPOTLIGHT Jac Ifan Moore and Chelsey Gillard from PowderHouse


DOUBLE SPEAK Sherman has announced PowderHouse as their second bilingual Company in Residence. Sherman Theatre’s artistic director Rachel O’Riordan said, “I am delighted to welcome PowderHouse to the Sherman as our next company in residence, and am so excited to see the work they make. Supporting Welsh artists is at the core of what we do here at the Sherman, and this is the second bilingual company we have nurtured. Our current company in residence, Cwmni Pluen, will have a new piece of work on our stage this autumn. New talent is the future, and I am proud to be part of the journey of these exciting artists.” Run by Chelsey Gillard and Jac Ifan Moore, PowderHouse is dedicated to making work in the national languages of Wales. Alongside Sherman Theatre and Theatr Genedleathol Cymru they are currently developing their new work Saethu Cwningod / Shooting Rabbits (working title) which explores Wales’ connection to European political action.

The team of night marshals


NIGHT NIGHT A team of night marshals are patrolling the city streets on Friday and Saturday nights. The 10 night marshals, funded by FOR Cardiff, work collaboratively with partners and members of Cardiff Against Business Crime (CABC) to help identify anti-social behaviour and work on crime prevention. They liaise with city centre venue owners, door staff, Street Pastors and the emergency services to ensure Cardiff is a welcoming and safe city to visit. The primary role of the night marshals is to provide a street presence in popular areas of the city centre and manage three taxi ranks, controlling queues and assisting vulnerable people. They will also act as

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night time ambassadors, offering advice and guidance to those visiting the city. The night marshals will be in action, from 27 April, every Friday and Saturday from 10.30pm until 4.30am, they will also be deployed for major events including rugby internationals and large-scale concerts. Executive director of FOR Cardiff, Adrian Field, said, “Our remit at FOR Cardiff is to transform Cardiff city centre, making it more welcoming, vibrant and influential. Cardiff is renowned for its vibrant nightlife and we want to build on this improving people’s experiences and enhancing the potential of the night time economy. For more:


OH CANADA A film produced by the Cardiff-based Iris Prize has been screened at the 2018 Inside Out LGBT Film Festival. Wild Geese tells the story of Amy who catches her husband in the act and accidentally falls down a flight of stairs, waking up with amnesia believing she is 16 and the year is 1999 and was filmed on location in and around Cardiff during the summer of 2017. Berwyn Rowlands, Iris Prize, festival director, said, “I’m delighted that my return to Inside Out also coincides with the international premiere of Wild Geese. I’m a big fan of the film and can’t

wait to see how a Canadian audience responds to the strong British humour. I’m also hoping that programmers from other festivals will consider screening it too, especially when you get to see the audience response.” “Inside Out is one of the most important LGBT+ film festivals in North America and the premiere film event in Canada as far as I’m concerned. Fingers crossed I’ll be returning to Cardiff with some amazing films to share with our audience at the Iris Prize Film Festival in October.”

Katie Campbell (writer), Susan Jacobson (director) and Kayleigh Llewellyn (writer)

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Right and overleaf, posters advertising some of the many exhibitions held at Ffotogallery over the years

PICTURE PERFECT It’s a start of a new era for Ffotogallery as it turns 40



arrive in Penarth early for my meeting at Ffotogallery so, as it’s a sunny day, I decide to kill the time by taking a walk down to the water. In the 45 minutes or so I spend wandering around I’ve taken around half a dozen photos on my phone, without even really thinking about it – the pier, several of the sea, the brightly coloured facades, the little egg timer that came with my drink at Waterloo Tea…. And I don’t think that’s unusual. In a world where new technology means that we’re almost never without a means of capturing a moment, photography has become an every day part of life. It’s easy to forget, then, that when the first incarnation of Ffotogallery came into being 40 years ago back in 1978, it was actually pretty ground breaking stuff. It was the first time Wales had had a strong, dedicated space focusing on the art of photography at the forefront of new developments and encouraging people to engage with photography and appreciate its value to society. “In the early 70s there was the beginnings of a UK independent photography movement so the Photographers’ Guild was set up in London,” explains Ffotogallery’s director, David Drake, who’s been heading up the organisation for the last nine years. “David Hurn had set up the School of Documentary Photography in Newport, and there was a strong feeling that there needed to be a strong space for 16 I CARDIFF LIFE I

photography in Wales. Out of that came the idea for Ffotogallery. “People talk about literature and music as having a very strong cultural presence in Wales, but photography has played an important role too, and there’s a real affinity for it here. We’ve always had an engaged and receptive audience to what we do.” Having photography taken seriously as an art form, however, has only really happened in the past few decades. “As far back as the 1940s, in North America museums and galleries would show and value photography,” says David. “But it’s taken a lot longer here.” “In America they don’t have the same difficulty in accepting photographic art,” adds exhibition manager Marc Arkless. “They were at the forefront of the movement while Britain still had a Victorian attitude.” “We had photo galleries, and some museums had photography within their collections,” continues David, “but they weren’t consistently presenting it. Photography was there, but only as an adjunct. In fact, the Tate only appointed its first photography curator in 2009.” Over the years Ffotogallery has worked with many photographers – some established, some just at the start of their careers – putting on exhibitions, as well as spearheading projects (including the Valleys Project which focused on the rural areas during the period of industrial decline), producing books and running classes, as well w as organising Diffusion, their biennial month-long international I CARDIFF LIFE I 17


festival of photography. And, of course, as attitudes and technology have moved forward, so too has Ffotogallery. “I prefer to think of photography as evolving, rather than changing,” says Marc. “When I started you were either a photographer, or an artist. Now the two have merged.” “We engage with other contemporary arts as well,” says David. “And we’re seeing artists who use photography as just part of their practice.” But while technology might be ever forging forward, the Ffotogallery team is seeing more people returning to traditional methods. “People still like to use chemical photography; they like the old print process,” says David. “There’s something about it that digital photography can’t provide.” “I’d draw a parallel with the resurgence of vinyl,” adds Marc. “Interestingly, it’s often the younger generation of photographers who are going back to the old methods, while the older ones, who grew up with processing in dark rooms etc, enjoy the digital technology.” This year is a big year for Ffotogallery. Not only is it celebrating its 40th birthday and marking the occasion by holding 40 events throughout the year, but it is also leaving the Turner House Gallery in Penarth which has been its home for the past 15 years, to set up in a new site in the city centre, opposite the entrance to Cardiff Castle on Castle Street. “In a way it’s a home coming for us,” says David. “When Ffotogallery began we were in Charles Street.” “We have a very loyal following in Penarth,” continue Marc, “but there’s an expectation from a lot of our audience for us to be in the

city centre and it will be good for the city to have a contemporary photo gallery.” “Cardiff has finally realised that its cultural assets are the key to the city’s success,” says David. “I think every city, certainly a city the size of Cardiff, needs to offer the full range of cultural provision. At the moment the city seems to be moving forward with a real confidence and we want to be a part of that.” The new Ffotogallery will not only offer an exhibition space, but also flexible spaces for workshops and events and a bookshop, and a partnership with the Cardiff Arts Academy means that they’ll have access to top facilities for classes at the academy’s Trade Street site. There’s a long way to go though, and to create the finished article will take several years and around £200,000. To raise the cash, Ffotogallery has launched a fundraising campaign, and the team is asking anyone who can offer help – either monetary, or in terms of skills and expertise – to get in touch. “The first thing that we need to do is to raise £40-50,000 to refurbish the frontage,” says David. “Then we will leave the rest of the building work until after Diffusion next April. “It’s really important that people in Cardiff feel part of what we are doing. We understand that galleries can be off-putting if they are sterile white spaces but we want the public to feel that they have some sort of ownership and we want to create somewhere where people can come and talk and ask questions.” “It’s a journey that we’re on together,” adds Marc. “I’m really excited about it and I’ve been here for 27 years so it takes a lot to get me excited! I want other people to feel that way too, and to be talking about it. After all, enthusiasm moves things.” For more on Ffotogallery visit, or to find out more about how to get involved in the fundraising email 18 I CARDIFF LIFE I

T H E A L B A N Y G A L L E RY TIM FUDGE 7th June - 30th June 2018 Pembrokeshire-based artist known for his depictions of the Welsh Coast, identifiable by his fluid brush strokes and strong use of colour. View the exhibition on our website

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The BBC National Orchestra of Wales will be hoping it hits all the right notes with its newly announced 2018/19 season. Highlights include the first complete performance of Stanford’s Mass Via Victrix (19141918) and Mark Wigglesworth conducting a performance of Britten’s War Requiem on Armistice Day to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, the premier of Paul Mealor’s Symphony No. 3, the UK premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Sunshine and three livestreamed concerts and a weekend of celebration to mark the 10th birthday of the BBC Hoddinott Hall. Michael Garvey, director of BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales says, “Fresh from marking our 90th birthday, BBC NOW presents another season of great musicmaking. In this, the centenary of the end of World War One and the 10th birthday of BBC Hoddinott Hall, we both commemorate and celebrate: we remember the power music has to reflect what’s going on in the world around us. With a big focus on choral music and the great piano concertos, there’s something for everyone and for every mood.” For more: I CARDIFF LIFE I 23

8 June – 8 July

Van Morrison will play St David’s Hall in October; Kevin and Karen Clifton dance the night away at St David’s Hall; John Abell’s The Garden Enclosed exhibition at Ten

Plays/Shows/ Performance 14 JUNE

RHONDDA RIPS IT UP! This thigh-slapping romp through the world of suffrage and song is told through the lens of music-hall. The audience will be guided through the story by Emcee (Lesley Garrett) following the escapades of Lady Rhondda (Madeleine Shaw) and her brave battalion of suffragettes. New Theatre; 14 – 2 4 J UNE

ENGLISH National Theatre Wales and Quarantine’s new production, performed by Jonny Cotsen, is inspired by the theatricality of language lessons, and from

conversations with migrants in Wales and across the UK who learn English for all kinds of reasons – for business, for pleasure, for survival, to take part, to pass the test… (See pages 28-30 for more) Wales Millenium Centre;

gang that pack at night out on the concrete wasteland, dressed in real wolf skins. Lucy Gough’s new play is about love and survival and what it is that makes us human. Chapter;

8 J ULY 25 – 30 J UNE

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BASIL AND THE ICE WITCH This brand-new production, based on the flower kingdom of Tickledom aims to highlight and promote sustainability, equality and diversity whilst being an uplifting family musical which will leave audiences young and old blossoming this summer. New Theatre; 2 0 – 3 0 JU N E

THE WOLF TATTOO Graf and Rose are 17 and in love. She is pregnant; he is part of a


terrible demise of one of the greatest chefs in the world, in a cautionary tale of greed, pride and devilishly good food! Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama;

AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Based on the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere, this new musical will sweep you off your feet! (See pages 34-36 for more) Wales Millennium Centre; 30 J UNE – 4 J ULY

FEAST A Faustian tale of fine dining and foolish choices, performed and created by the Royal Welsh College puppeteers. Witness the troubled rise and

KEVIN AND KAREN DANCE Following their sell-out debut tour last year, Kevin and Karen Clifton are back with a brand new show. It’s a hip-swinging journey with heart-pounding choreography filled with cha cha, salsa, tango and paso doble. Backed by a supporting cast of sensational dancers, vocalists and a live 12-piece show band, expect edge-of-your-seat routines that are sassy, sharp and sultry – packing more than a hint of Latino vibe. St David’s Hall;

Comedy 1 3 J UNE

HODGE TWINS The Hodge twins are taking the show on the road! For years, you have watched them on their various YouTube channels and laughed until your stomachs were in knots. Just imagine that same reaction...doubled! If you thought they were funny online, just wait until you see them in the flesh. Glee Club; 2 0 J UNE

GRUMPY OLD WOMEN TO THE RESCUE Fed up with flogging their guts out and always having to be in charge, the Grumpy Old Women have put their knobbly old feet up in glorious retirement, free at last to practice their extreme colouring-in, ukulele orchestra and novelty fudge-making. But with the world in a bigger mess than ever before, is there anything that can tempt them off their backsides to unleash their superpowers and once more come to the rescue ?! St Davids Hall; 2 3 – 2 4 JUNE

TIM KEY: MEGADATE A brand new 70 minutes, blending poeticals, talking, standing, spotlights, cables, Kronenburg, foot-stamping and old school wistfulness. Chapter; 2 4 J UNE

PAUL SMITH: HIYA MATE Join the quick witted, affable Scouse comic for more hilarious tales from his life. St David’s Hall;

Wilson Dixon brings his unique brand of laconic storytelling and hilarious songs to Cardiff. Chapter;

Music 8 –1 7 JU N E

MYSONG MYSTORY EXHIBITION & CONCERTS Writer Patrick Jones has been working with Forget-me-not Chorus’ choirs to unearth the songs and stories that have a meaning for them and turn them into short pieces of prose or poetry, which will be shared along with photographs by Brian Tarr. As part of the exhibition there will be a series of free concerts. Penarth Pavilion; www. 9 JU N E

MIKE SANCHEZ Mike’s indelible image as a frenetic front man, pumping powerful boogie-woogie from the piano, has won him fans from all over the world and attracted a following from many famous rock and blues legends who have lined up to work with him.Acapela; 1 0 JU N E

GRUFF RHYS AND THE BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES Premiering his brand new album Babelsberg, Gruff Rhys will be joined for this special one-off live performance by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, in what will be Gruff’s first ever orchestral show. Wales Millenium Centre; 1 2 JU N E

3 0 J UNE

STUART GOLDSMITH: LIKE I MEAN IT Comedian’s Comedian Podcast host and ‘expert stand-up’ Goldsmith comes to Cardiff with his new show which, in his words, is “stupider and less clever-clogs and just the funniest stuff I’ve ever created.” Chapter; 4 JULY

WILSON DIXON: FOR THE FIRST TIME AGAIN The cowboy philosopher is back in town! Hailing from Cripple Creek Colorado, the award-winning

REPCO: NEO BAROQUE As old and new collide and combine, this performance features Baroque music alongside twentieth-century pieces infused with ancient soundworlds and styles. The concert will also premiere a brand new composition also inspired by the Baroque. Composers include J.S. Bach, Respighi, Stravinsky and postgraduate composer, Trailand Eltzroth. Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; 1 3 JU N E

PSYCHEDELIC FURS Born out of the post-punk UK rock

Above: Emily Maguire sings at Acapela Below: Book now to see Biffy Clyro at St David’s Hall in September

scene, the Furs quickly developed as one of the premiere bands on US college radio scoring a multitude of Number 1 singles. TramShed Cardiff; 15 J UNE

REPCO: A NIGHT ON BROADWAY Featuring the REPCo Pop Orchestra and musical theatre singers collaborating together as they bring the razzle dazzle of the West End, straight into the heart of Cardiff. Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; 15 J UNE

ROLLING STONES NO FILTER TOUR The Rolling Stones will treat fans to a set list packed full of

classics along with a couple of unexpected tracks and randomly selected surprises from their formidable arsenal of songs. As always when the Rolling Stones come to town they will bring a spectacular production and state of the art stage design. Principality Stadium; 20 J UNE

MISHKA SHUBALY Mishka is a storyteller, best-selling author, shipwreck survivor, sober alcoholic, and Doug Stanhope’s favorite singer-songwriter. His raunchy, unapologetic, so-bleakthey-are-funny songs have won him a devoted following around the world including Johnny Depp, Mark Lanegan. Clwb Ifor Bach; w I CARDIFF LIFE I 25


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MAMBO! A CELEBRATION OF GERSHWIN AND BERNSTEIN George Gershwin salsas the night away under a Cuban sky, while on the backstreets of New York, teenage gangs clash to the sound of electrifying dance rhythms. St David’s Hall; 3 0 J UNE

THE DANBERRYS One of the hottest acts to emerge from Nashville’s music scene, the soulful pairing of Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel have been building a sizeable fan base on both sides of the Atlantic. The Danberrys have won various awards and nominations for Best Americana Album and are headlining this year’s Maverick Americana Festival. Chapter;

Coast – At the Heart of Memory. Vibrant impasto paintings of coastal scenes. The Albany Gallery; U N TI L 1 JU LY

JOHN ABELL: THE GARDEN ENCLOSED The Garden Enclosed features paintings in watercolour, oil and acrylic inspired by the David Jones painting of the same name. Ten; 8 JU N E

STUDENT SHOWCASE Cardiff and Vale College’s Student Showcase feature student work from across the creative department including a fine art exhibition, a fashion catwalk, live music, performances and an interactive showcase. Cardiff and Vale College, City Centre Atrium;


EMILY MAGUIRE A classically-trained multiinstrumentalist, Emily Maguire is truly “a talent to be reckoned with” with her strong, thoughtprovoking lyrics, supremely expressive vocals and stunning live performances winning her fans across the globe. Acapela;

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Above: Feast at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Below: The Hodge Twins


THE BALLAD OF SEXUAL DEPENDENCY Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is a deeply personal photographic narrative, formed out of the artist’s own experiences around Boston, New York and Berlin’s demi-monde, in the late 1970s, 1980s, and beyond. Sherman Theatre;


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KAREN INGHAM: DELUGE DELUGE explores the consequences of a deluge of globalisation. Karen Ingham has structured her exhibition around three interconnected elements – Of Sea, Of Plant & Insect, Of Earth & Elements. Craft in the Bay; UNTI L 2 8 JUNE

JOHN MCFARLANE: TOSCA John has pursued parallel careers in painting and theatre design and this exhibition will consist of working drawings of both the set and costumes for the 2018 production of Puccini’s Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Martin Tinney Gallery; UNTI L 3 0 JUNE



BIFFY CLYRO Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro are coming to St David’s Hall for the first time ever armed with an all new stripped back sound! St David’s Hall;



CELTIC DRAGONS V WASPS NETBALL Vitality Netball Superleague; 4pm. Sport Wales National Centre; SATURDAY 1 6 J U NE

PENARTH OPEN STUDIO TRAIL 2018 Follow a walking trail around Penarth and discover the many creative people in our town. Demonstrations throughout the weekend in painting techniques, glass, felting, jewellery and textiles. Various locations; for a PDF map email

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SEAN PAUL The dancehall legend, Grammy Award winner and much loved hit maker extraordinaire is coming to Cardiff for one night only! Motorpoint Arena,


VAN MORRISON Legendary singer-songwriter Van Morrison shows no sign of slowing down as he continues to work on exciting new material and live gigs. St David’s Hall; 5 AP R IL 2019

UB40 FEATURING ALI, ASTRO AND MICKEY With 2019 marking 40 years since UB40 first performed live, the legendary reggae band will be celebrating with a greatest hits set that features global smashes including Red Red Wine, Cherry Oh Baby, Rat In Mi Kitchen and Kingston Town. Ali, Astro and Mickey will be joined on-stage by their incredible eight-piece reggae band. Motorpoint Arena;

CELTIC DRAGONS V SIRENS Vitality Netball Superleague; 4pm. Sport Wales National Centre; SATURDAY 1 6 J U NE

POLO AT THE MANOR Players from across the UK compete in a series of thrilling matches at Celtic Manor, all officiated by the renowned Cirencester Park Polo Club. MO NDAY 2 5 J U NE (4 DAY S )

GLAMORGAN V NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Specsavers County Championship; 11am. Sophia Gardens Wales; SUNDAY 8 J U LY

GLAMORGAN V SUSSEX Vitality Blast; 2.30pm. Sophia Gardens Wales;

Emma Dance finds out more about ENGLISH, the new show that’s inviting audiences to talk about just what language means

The language instinct

Jonny Cotsen


Jonny in rehearsal



anguage. It’s something we use all day every day. Sometimes consciously, like when we’re talking, for example, and sometimes subconsciously with things like body language and facial expressions. Whether we mean to or not, we’re communicating in some way or another, most of the time. And yet, when was the last time you actually really thought about exactly what you’re communicating and how you’re doing it? It’s questions like these, and way more besides, that are the lynchpin of a new show, ENGLISH, that’s being produced for this year’s Festival of Voice by National Theatre Wales and theatre company Quarantine, and performed by Cardiff actor Jonny Cotsen. And something that adds a whole new dimension to the whole discussion and, perhaps, raises even more questions around the way that we communicate, is that Jonny is deaf. I’ve gone to meet Jonny and the Quarantine team at the Dance House (where rehearsals for ENGLISH have just begun and where the final show is going to be performed) and even though I’ve read the various blurbs I’ve been given I’m still feeling as if I’m not entirely sure what ENGLISH is, exactly. But, as it turns out, I’m not alone. “We haven’t finished making it yet,” says director Richard Gregory. “And we haven’t started with a script or a fixed idea of what it is.” Apparently, at this point they’ve still got three weeks left of their five week rehearsal schedule, which, I am told is plenty of time to figure it all out. To an outsider, however, it doesn’t seem long though, especially when we delve a bit further into the themes and issues which are being explored which are all pretty complex and thought-provoking. Still, these people are the professionals, and they seem pretty relaxed about the whole scenario so I’m sure it will all be fine. “What we do know,” continues Richard, “is what we are interested in and what it will feel like. “We’re talking about ideas around the part that language plays in how we work with speech, and how we express ourselves and the importance of that when people move from one place to another. And then what that means in terms of how we deal with identity and there’s something about that which feels particularly relevant right now because we’re living in a moment of massive migration. The part that language plays in that seems to be very significant. Having a voice and being able to express who we are, is a significant part of being a human being. If you can’t do that then it becomes very challenging so that then raises questions about the English language and its role as a dominant language globally. “We have had conversations with people who





teach and study linguistics and one of the things they tell us is that there is a shift towards people learning, and using, multiple languages, and yet that runs in direct contrast with the practices that say ‘If you come here you have to learn our language.’” And there’s something about that point which seems particularly resonant here in bilingual Wales. “It’s a complex situation with language being a very important part of that debate about national identity and sovereignty,” agrees Richard. “But as an English-speaking English man I don’t feel equipped to talk about Wales and Welshness!” But the point about language being part of your identity is something which strikes a chord with Jonny. “Being brought up in Wales, and with the English language, I have found it has been very much me trying to find a language of my own. I have created a language for myself which is very relevant to the work that we have been doing,” he says. It soon becomes clear that although the rehearsal schedule may be a mere five weeks, there’s been thoughts and conversations and research around the ENGLISH project going on for a considerable stretch of time. The team have spoken to linguistics professors, migrants and people learning English for any number of w I CARDIFF LIFE I 29



reasons trying to nail down the questions that they want to address. And it’s not just language, in terms of words, that they are looking at either. It’s all the bits that sit in between – body language, gestural language, even invented language. “If you got a group of people together in a room who all spoke different languages there would be things that sit in between the spoken words that would allow them to communicate. It’s the language that exists in and around the words, says Richard. “Jonny is a brilliant communicator, but he doesn’t necessarily hear everything. He appears to understand almost everything and he communicates very fully, but it’s not just the words.” “I listen, rather than hear,” says Jonny. “I believe that hearing people have lost that kind of human connection a bit. I believe that I am a better listener than most people you would come across.” As he speaks I feel a wave of guilt. It occurs to me that a lot of the time when someone’s speaking to me I’m only half listening, either letting my thoughts wander, messing around on my phone or simply just checking out of the conversation. “We’ve noticed that even when Jonny isn’t in the room we put our hands up to speak, and we’ve started playing with that in rehearsals too – some of the things that are essential for Jonny to be part of the conversation,” says Richard. “It’s interesting what that does to you and how you think about how you’re communicating and your sense of responsibility in the conversation. You start to hear yourself and look at how engaged or not you are being.” Another part of the research around ENGLISH involved a team outing to the Penarth Soul Club, and Richard and Jonny tell me that dance will be part of the finished show. “What we are trying to do is look at how you learn to dance,” says Richard. “It’s not necessarily about arriving at the state where you are really brilliant. We’re using the steps of the Northern Soul dance. Because there’s a sort of fixed way of doing it there’s a very clear language to it so we wanted to see what would happen if Jonny tried to learn it.” “I think deaf people have this thing about not being able to dance,” adds Jonny. “The club was an eye-opener for all of us, it was just another level. They talked, but not with words. It just made you want to join in.” So there’s definitely a bit of dance involved… what else should an audience expect? “What we are doing is trying to create a series of questions, rather than come up with answers,” says Richard. “We’re creating a kind of lexicology and in a crude way the show will go from A to Z. There’s some story telling from Jonny, and we want to create a conversation between strangers. “I hate audience participation, I find it terrifying and manipulative, but I am interested in bringing people together who might not 30 I CARDIFF LIFE I



usually engage which each other. The challenge is to find a way that the conversation can take place that isn’t excruciating. “I’m not making something where there’s a very specific message. If that’s what I wanted to do, I’d just tell people what I wanted to say and let them save their £15 or whatever. For me, one of the glorious things about making theatre is that you can make something where each individual can come away with a very different experience or reading and yet at the same time they have had a shared experience.” Though fascinating and thought provoking, it does sound like it could be quite, well, hard work. “I think it can be good to make people feel a bit uncomfortable sometimes,” says Mark. “But this will also be very playful and we want to make it enjoyable both to seasoned theatre-goers and to people who never go to the theatre.” “It definitely going to be unique,” adds Jonny. “It’s going to be theatre like you’ve never seen before. So no pressure on me then!” ENGLISH is on from 14 – 24 June. There are signed performances on 16 June at 7pm and 23 June at 2pm. For more info and tickets:


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More than 35 years after Richard Gere won hearts in An Officer and a Gentleman, the show has been turned into a musical. We meet the writer, Douglas Day Stewart, to find out more…. 34 I CARDIFF LIFE I



An Officer and a Gentleman has been turned into a musical

Emma Williams as Paula Pokrifki and Jonny Fines as Zack Mayo’

What was your original inspiration when writing An Officer and a Gentleman? I had essentially lived the story. I was required to serve in the military during the Vietnam War era and had a choice of being a soldier or a naval officer. I went to Officer Candidate School in Newport Rhode Island in 1962. I had a really tough drill instructor, and I dated a girl from the factories. So in later life when I was looking for rich subject matter for writing, I wanted to revisit my time in the military. What made you want to return to An Officer and a Gentleman and turn it into a musical production? I think it was always my hope to do this with the film. I’ve always loved musicals since I was a little boy and saw West Side Story with my father. I mean, who doesn’t love musical theatre? I kept thinking this was a wonderful story for musical theatre, it has elements of a real Cinderella love story. A working class love story that is so simple and uplifting, what better kind of tale to tell on stage? What has the process been like? I have been working at trying to realise a stage musical of this film for 15 years and I’m finally seeing it in the form I feel it is supposed to be in. An Officer and a Gentleman is a very small, personal story and for me very autobiographical and real. It didn’t need to be puffed up in any way; it doesn’t necessarily need all the bells and whistles to work. When I was first introduced to the director, Nikolai Foster, a couple of years ago we both started talking about our love for theatre and our shared feeling that this story should be told in a kind of very real way. That’s the journey that has brought us to this point of embarking on a tour of the UK. 


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essentially lived the story



Was it tempting to change or update the story during this process? I think this is a story very much rooted in its time and genre. It’s important to remember this is a love story set in the innocence of the early 80s. In all reality it probably couldn’t be the same story today as we live in a different time. There are a lot of issues around that we weren’t necessarily aware of in 1982. Why do you think audiences still love An Officer and a Gentleman, more than 30 years after its release? I think what they hold on to is the working class dream. The idea that if you believe and work hard enough, that American promise that we hope is still valid. People want to believe that human beings can be transformed, and can transform themselves into winners. You see the excitement of the audiences when Zack comes into the factory at the end, and that excitement is still there now. I remember sitting next to a guy at an early screening and him saying, “I wish somebody would pick me up and carry me away!”



The original movie has some very iconic scenes; can audiences expect to see their favourite moments on stage? Yes, absolutely! It was very important to Nikolai and I throughout this whole process that the original idea be respected. This production is the movie but taken into a whole new dimension through music. I love the way the music takes a moment and makes it transcend anything written in prose. The emotions of the movie are really powerful but just you wait and see what happens when you add music! What can audiences expect, and why should they come and see the show? I think that more so even than the early 80s we are living in a very difficult time and I believe that audiences are going to find that all those things they loved and dreamed about when they were young are still there, and they’re going to discover their hearts can be opened again and opened just as wide as they could dream when watching this production.

For more: An Officer And A Gentleman will be at Wales Millennium Centre 25–30 June.


The score of the stage show is full of well known 1980s hit songs. What do you think adding that musical element adds to the plot and the characters? I think it focuses everything in a time and place. Those are such great songs, and we use some really emotive and powerful songs from that era. It feels to me that this is what the story really wanted, to use songs from the era rather than

original music. This is a simple, Cinderella love story that people have embraced for decades and I hope that now young people will enjoy discovering this great story through the musical and these great songs of the 80s are so well loved and are hits for a reason.




(Clockwise from left) McQueen, The Happy Prince, The Wound

QUEER EYE LGBTQ+ season Tilt continues at Chapter By M EGA N PR IC E


TULLY (15) (22 – 28 June) Charlize Theron stars as Marlo, an exhausted mother who is gifted a night nanny, Tully, by her brother. The two begin to form a unique bond, with Tully offering Marlo a lifeline from the overwhelming demands of motherhood.


t the end of June, Chapter will be screening three films as part of its LGBTQ+ season Tilt. Tilt brings queer film, performance, art and debate to Cardiff and seeks to offer a creative, educational and entertaining outlook on LGBTQ+ culture that may sometimes challenge and provoke, be a fun night out, or simply take a look at an ever-changing world from a different angle. The Wound (15) (29 June – 5 July) is the story of Xolani, who joins the other men of his community on a journey to the mountains of South Africa’s Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenagers into manhood. But his place in the world is questioned when he discovers forbidden love. Described by Empire magazine as “Necessary, deft and ultimately shocking”, this film asks questions that will stay with you long after the film’s end. The Happy Prince (15) (29 June – 5 July) follows the last tragic days of Oscar Wilde, who observed his own failure and society’s intolerance with humour and ironic distance. Written and directed by and also starring Rupert Everett in ‘the role he was born to play’, The Guardian described the film as “a deeply felt, tremendously acted tribute to courage”. McQueen (15) (29 June – 5 July) is an intimate

documentary of the gothic rags-to-riches fairytale life of radical and tortured fashion designer Alexander McQueen. McQueen started his career in his teens before gaining notoriety as a designer for Givenchy and launching his own label, before tragically taking his own life in 2010. The film features never-seen-before home movies, as well as audio and behind the scenes clips, and is described by Variety magazine as “both a spectacular visual album of his work and an achingly moving account of the incomplete life behind it”. For more: I CARDIFF LIFE I 39


HOLIDAY SEASON REBECCA OAKLEY FAMILY LAW SOLICITORS can help with your vacation-related disputes


e’re all going on a summer holiday….or perhaps not, if parents can’t agree. There are many occasions when parents fail to agree about arrangements for their children but one situation which seems to lead to many an urgent application to the court is when specific holiday arrangements are in dispute. Dad, for example, wishes to take the children to Spain for a week with his new partner. Mum won’t agree. What can Dad do? Trying to resolve the matter through discussion and negotiation is always a first step, mediation is often the second but, when it becomes urgent or previous consent is withdrawn, then the court may have to be involved. Some countries require proof that both parents

have agreed to travel arrangements of one parent with the children as well. It is rare that the court would refuse reasonable requests for holiday provisions to safe countries (not so much for war zones or countries where there are no reciprocal arrangements for return of children in place) but it costs money and takes time to get to that point. Sometimes there are genuine reasons for one parent to say no to the other but we urge all parents making these decisions to look closely at their own reasons for refusing – as the children will usually enjoy the holiday whatever is going on with the adults in their lives. Both Rebecca and Belinda, our solicitors, are long standing members of Resolution: First for Family Law which promotes a constructive approach to conflict resolution and. We also

support the use of mediation or alternative dispute resolution in all suitable cases. CL

If you are interested in exploring one of these options, please contact Rebecca Oakley Family Law solicitors for advice on 02920 532888 or










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BEAT the HEAT Still looking to nail that summer look? No matter what you have planned, we’ve picked out the key pieces inspired by the SS18 catwalk you should be working into your wardrobe over the coming months…


hether a city or shore breaker, a shirt and shorts combination will always be the perfect casual go to. Try colour blocking to take your style up a notch with this muted aqua shirt (2), paired with some gold shorts (5), both available at John Lewis. Just roll up the sleeves and slip into a pair of Polo Ralph Lauren boat shoes (8), or these leather sandals from Bertie (7), both available at John Lewis, for an extra casual look. Heading out and want to look sharp? Dressing smart can be tricky, especially in hotter climes, so go for a breathable fabric when you’re putting together your look. We love this off-white linen suit from Reiss (1&4). Pair with a bold, patterned shirt, like this short-sleeved number (3), also from Reiss, to add a modern touch. For those sun worshippers out there heading for some island life this summer, perhaps the most important accessory you’ll need this season are the shades. We say invest in a versatile pair that go with everything, like these round Ray Bans (6), available at John Lewis, which are a total classic! Another essential is the swimwear. Take your look from the beach bar to the waves with this all over print co-ord from Samsoe and Samsoe (9&10), available at John Lewis. The shorts double up as trunks for extra ease, what more could you want!?

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More adventures in party-going


STAR SIGNS Cardiff Airport and Qatar Airways celebrated the launch of the inaugural flight from Doha to Cardiff with a special gala dinner on 2 May, including performances by Paloma Faith and Only Men Aloud. For more:

Adele Jones (Kuoni), Debbie Laubach (Medi Wales) and Megon Mitchell (Chepstow Racecourse)

Deb Barber Cardiff Airport, Yousef Ali Al Khater Ambassador Qatar Embassy in London, HE Mr Akbar Al Baker Group CEO Qatar Airways, Roger Lewis Chairman Cardiff Airport, Rt Hon Carwyn Jones and Ajay Sharma GCO Nick Blakeney GE Aviation, Morten Loej Qatar Airways, Deb Barber CEO Cardiff Airport and Rishi Kapoor British Airways

Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan Morfudd Meredith and Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport Ken Skates

Matt Newman Welsh Athletics, Jonathan Davies OBE, Jay Davies and Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas


SOCIETY Katherine Bennett (Airbus), Christine Hamilton, Ruth Wignall and Neil Hamilton

Paloma Faith

The Qatar Airways route to and from Cardiff is launched

Roger Lewis (Cardiff Airport), Rt Hon Carwyn Jones First Minister of Wales, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker and James Sommerin Michelin star Chef

Only Men Aloud entertained guests Prof Brian Morgan Cardiff Metropolitan University, Robert Lloyd Griffiths IOD Wales, Dr Norma Barry and Huw Lewis Finance Director Cardiff Airport


Special guest headline act Paloma Faith Gethin Jones and Sian Lloyd were the Gala comperes I CARDIFF LIFE I 51


BEAUT Y QUEEN The Miss Wales 2018 Charity Ball took place on Friday 27 April at The Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff. This year the competition raised more than £19,000 for the Miss World charity Beauty With A Purpose which helps disadvantaged children worldwide. The money will now be distributed to children’s charities in Wales. The 2018 Miss Wales winner was 20-year-old Bethany Harris from Newport.

Katie Burchill, Nia Parsons, Emma Williams, Jessie Davies and Emily Norris

For more:

Hannah Williams and Joe Street

The Miss Wales 2018 finalists

Margaret Greenaway, Catherine Greenaway and Ian Greenaway

Jayne Pearson, Giovanni Malacrino and Wendy Hobbs Carl Elsby and Paula Abbandonato

Duncan Brown and Bethany Harris, Miss Wales 2018

Holly Pilling and Tracey Pilling


GOOD SPORTS Sixty-seven talented young athletes from Cardiff will benefit from a £42,000 fund – thanks to leisure charitable social enterprise GLL, which manages Cardiff’s Better Leisure Centres on behalf of Cardiff Council. The local athletes will be supported through the GLL Sport Foundation, the largest independent athlete support programme in the UK, which this year marks its 10th year of supporting today’s and tomorrow’s athletes. The lucky recipients were announced at a special awards ceremony held at Cardiff City Hall on 8 May.

Commonwealth Games Question and answer session with Elinor Snowsill, Alf Dinnie, Jolie Ruckley, Anna Hursey, Jordan Sakkas and Chloe Tutton

Lawrence Conway and Jeremiah Kennedy-Azu

Peter Bundy with Ambassador Elinor Snowsill

For more: Peter Bundy with Ambassador Chloe Tutton

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY On Saturday 10 March, Westbourne School hosted a ball in honour of, and to raise funds for, Ty Hafan. The event took place at The Exchange Hotel, where guests were treated to a three-course meal; a raffle, and fantastic live music by the band Soul Lotta Funk. Attended by more than 130 guests, the evening was a great success, raising a huge amount for the local charity. Lead nurse, Adrian Smith, represented the charity on the evening, giving an emotional and heart-felt speech about the fantastic work the charity does for children with lifelimiting illnesses.

Lawrence Conway and Sarah Omoregie

The stunning venue The Exchange Hotel

Photographs by Katie Barrett Photography For more:

Gerard Griffiths, Joanne Chinnock, Vicki Edwards and Mark Peters

Guests enjoying a welcome drink

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LOST IN ART A launch night for award-winning artist Aidan Myers’ new Labyrinth exhibition was held at The Sustainable Studio on 18 May. Aidan is a former Cardiff Met art graduate who has a studio in Adamsdown and Labyrinth depicts his nonlinear and intuitive approach to painting, in both physical and theoretical terms. Much of his influences for painting extend from his life drawing studies and from understanding aspects of the human anatomical structure. Photographs by Sarah Molyneux For more:

Emina Redzpovic, Lydia Meehan, Aidan Myers and Sarah Valentin Emina with ‘Labyrinth’ IPA designed exclusively for the show by Rival Beer Co based in Cardiff

Claire Thomas and Ben Duffin-Jones Jamie Aherne and Ruth Jones

A chance to catch up and enjoy the art Lisa Derrick and Caitriona Noonan


Matthew Evans and Emily Klein






With Cardiff Blues crowned champions of the European Challenge Cup, Olly shares his feelings of pride and triumph



ne of my favourite quotes is from Winston Churchill, and I believe it epitomises the character of the squad at Cardiff Blues through this season. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” There have been some great triumphs, and some tough defeats, but amongst it all has been an amazing feeling of desire to keep on working hard for each other. Never was this more evident than in the Challenge Cup Final against Gloucester Rugby, staged in Northern Spain in one of the finest sporting arenas in Europe, the home of Atletico Bilbao – Stades San Mames, known as the cathedral of football. Throughout the second half of the season

the side had been building towards firstly making this final, and then building a performance good enough to win. It’s safe to say coming in at half time with the score 20-6 in Gloucester’s favour was not mentioned in any of the pre-match meetings. However in a way that encompasses all that has been great about this season for me, the team managed to play some fantastic rugby in the second half and put ourselves in a position that when Gareth Anscombe booted the ball over the touchline at the end for the final whistle, we had won. It is incredibly difficult to describe our feelings at this point, the overwhelming feeling of happiness was mixed with absolute exhaustion having given everything on the pitch for 80 minutes. Believe me, it’s not easy to have to run

around hugging every player and member of staff when both your calves have been cramping for the last 10 minutes! It is also vital in this moment to remember the opposition. The Gloucester players looked heartbroken, and quite rightly, they had played a brilliant game of rugby, and a bounce of the ball differently could have resulted in the opposite feelings for both sides. The aftermath of the game will be memories that stay with me for the rest of my life. We were lucky to have so many family and friends able to fly out, and it was amazing for them to share in such a special moment. They give up so much for us to be able to do this job, and it was fantastic to be able to repay them with a great win, and what transpired to be a brilliant weekend. We partied long into the night, with the trophy being passed around for pictureswhen people were able to prize it out of, the self-appointed trophy holder, Josh Turnbull’s hands. The celebrations continued long into Saturday, and it was fantastic to be able to catch up and share a beer with some of the fans who have been so loyal to us throughout the season. The supporters at Cardiff Blues are some of the most passionate and knowledgeable I have come across, and I hope we were able to make them proud on the pitch. It is safe to say there were some sore heads and croaky voices on the plane home on Sunday!! As Winston Churchill said, success is not final, and it is now important for this side to keep building on all the hard work of this season. Olly Robinson plays professional rugby for Cardiff Blues – follow him on Twitter @ollyrobbo. For more: I CARDIFF LIFE I 57

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THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! Still thriving after 21 years, THE RED DRAGON CENTRE is one of Cardiff’s most popular hot spots.


estled firmly in the social hub of Cardiff Bay, there is always a special buzz about this place which boasts the city’s ultimate entertainment and foodie experience. Inside you’ll find an 18-screen ODEON cinema which houses the only digital IMAX screen in South Wales – and with so many awesome films hitting the big screen this summer, you’ll do well to see it here in film-viewing luxury! A 26-lane bowling alley (with an amazing arcade game area) and a 24-hour thriving casino also complete the full entertainment offer at the Centre. As well as so much to do under one roof, the Centre is also a great place to eat with a tantalizing spread of restaurants to choose from. Popular eateries include tip-top Italian restaurant Bella Italia serving up classic pizzas, pasta and grills as well as the all famous American joint, Five Guys, with their delicious

hand-formed burgers made to order. What’s really special about the Centre is that it’s also home to a number of really tasty independent dining options. Families will love Grill & Shake for their fresh, sizzling food and luxurious milkshakes as well as Chicken House for their great value meal options served fresh and fast before a trip to the cinema. Feeling extra peckish? You could treat yourself to a buffet; Spice Route or Oriental Garden both guarantee an all-you-can-eat experience which will not disappoint when it comes to tickling the taste buds. Or perhaps you fancy just sitting and watching the world go by with a cuppa or a world famous ice-cream? No problem! Find a cosy seat at Cadwaladers and they will look after you. You can also be forgiven for spending the day on the look out for a local celebrity as the Centre is also home to the much loved Capital FM and Heart FM radio stations.

When can we go you ask? Any time! The Centre is open 7 days a week, 364 days a year from early until late. Parking you ask? There’s loads of it, and it’s free when you make a minimum spend of £6 at the Centre. CL

For more and for all that’s happening at the Centre this summer visit

@ La Cuina Welcome to summer Bon estiu Haf hapus

from Montserrat, Samir & La Cuina Team

Catalan restaurant La Cuina, 11 Kings Road, Cardiff, CF11 9BZ 029 20190265 –


GETTING HIGH Hungry thrill seekers are in for a treat this September when a restaurant that’s head and shoulders above everything else comes to the city! Dinner in the Sky will give diners the chance to eat and drink while suspended 100ft in the air outside City Hall. There will be eight flights a day serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails at dusk, and while details of who will be cooking are yet to be released, it’s been promised that some of the city’s finest chefs and venues will be taking part. Cardiff in the Sky will be open to the public from 12 – 16 September with tickets costing between £50 and £150. Tickets are currently on sale. For more:

Could this be the future of food?

GRUB’S UP There will be a rather unusual menu on offer at Celtic Manor Resort’s Newbridge on Usk restaurant from 21 – 23 June To mark National Insect Week, the resort is teaming up with Bug Farm Foods and Grub Kitchen in Pembrokeshire, (the UK’s first dedicated insect restaurant) to create dishes starring creepy crawlies! Curried cricket pakora, toasted cumin

and mealworm houmous, bug burger bites and caramelised cricket panna cotta will all be on the menu, along with some traditional Newbridge flavours for the less adventurous diner. The three-course menu costs £39pp. For more:

It’s not a rollercoaster, it’s a restaurant!

STREET LIFE There’s a pretty tasty line-up in store for Tafwyl’s street food area. Dubbed a “festival within a festival” the foodie’s paradise is set to have more street food than ever before this year, with a veritable smorgasbord of stalls selling everything from banging burgers to pukka poppadoms to crazy ice cream concoctions, as well as plenty of bars to keep the thirst at bay. The festival runs 30 June – 1 July at Cardiff Castle.

Street food from Tuka Tuk

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Affordable, Everyday Luxury Fine dining in an iconic building


f you are looking for affordable everyday luxury in an iconic building, then you have found the right place. Park House is an award-winning French-influenced restaurant and fine wine bar that was established in 2005. A restaurant and wine bar set in a William Burges grade one listed building, located in the centre of Cardiff, only a stone’s throw from the museum, City Hall and Cardiff’s business district. "Creativity is at the restaurant's core, reflected through the food, service and design." The Park House is known for its unforgettable menu and the wine list boasts world-class calibre with the equivalent in awards to three Michelin stars. Why visit the Park House? You would visit for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner Tuesday to Saturday from midday onwards. Look out for its seasonal menus with the very best Wales and France have to offer with awardwinning dishes. Did you know? For business people just wanting to logon to the WIFI and have a coffee meeting in the city centre you can join us 11-6 Tuesday to Friday. (Coffee starts at only £1)

Menu Snapshot Set Lunch £20 for 2 courses and £25 for 3 A la carte from £48 Tasting Menus from £55 French Afternoon Tea from £25

It's an exquisite setting that delivers a warm welcome of the highest standard. The service is exceptional and the vibrant atmosphere of the beautiful wine bar to the world-class restaurant is unrivalled in the capital. At Park House, they are passionate about quality ingredients and seek to emphasise the wonderful aspects of the local Welsh nature with the best that France can offer. Their mission is to create dishes that involve texture, flavour, and excitement whilst matching perfectly with their other passion – fine wines. The new Park House has opened its doors and Adam, Claire and the team can’t wait to welcome you all. EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR CARDIFF LIFE READERS ONLY. If you book a table for two people for lunch or dinner you will receive a complimentary glass of Taittinger Champagne each, however if you book a table of 4 you will receive a bottle of Taittinger. (Only available on the à la carte menu and tasting menus T&C’s apply*)

Reserve your table soon either online or give them a call on 02920 224 343.

Come and Meet the chef Andrew Frost – Chef Patron Andrew is a French-trained Welsh chef who has spent the last 10 years working in some of the world’s finest restaurants including the 3 Michelin Star, Le Cinq and Le Bristol. Andrew has now come full circle returning home with a burning ambition to create something special in his home city as well as a wish to inspire and teach the next generation of chefs. Superb! “We had one of the best meals we have ever had at this a Restaurant. An amazing tasting menu with wine flight - every sip and mouthful was a delight. Great atmosphere and friendly, attentive and well-informed staff. This always was great by now with the new chef it is just superb. My very favourite place. “ - Rizzy80 Excellent weekday lunch "I have been to Park House many times over the years. Dinners, lunches, tasting menus and it is consistently excellent. Glass of champagne to start, amuse bouche, scallops, venison (soft, pink in the middle, delightful) and chocolate soufflé to finish. Pinot noir with the venison was perfect. Petit four and coffee at the end. Colleague: asparagus, halibut and soufflé. Excellent also. Not rushed and well looked after by attentive, knowledgeable staff. I’ll be back, again. And again." - Dr Phil

20 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3DQ Reserve your table soon either online or give them a call on 02920 224 343 E: I CARDIFF LIFE I 63

Sumptuous summer Flavours to savour (and where to find them) By E m m a Da nc e

SUMMER DINING tomato, broccoli, avocado, red pepper, spring onion, sesame seeds, Thai basil, mint and kaffir lime leaves. We think it’s the perfect summer dish with wonderful local, Welsh beef and complemented by zesty flavours. The chilli used is subtle but the combination of mint, basil and lime delivers a beautiful fresh kick.




Where: Buffalo, 11 Windsor Place Why we love it: Not only is there top-quality cocktails and fresh, locally sourced food but there’s also often performances from talented local musicians too. What we’re ordering: We love the small plates because then we can try more than one dish! The tomato and cucumber salad with pomegranate molasses, sumac and mint is really light and fresh. Have that alongside the homemade hummus with za’atar and Bali-style grilled sweetcorn (pictured opposite) with spicy herb butter, you’ve got perfect summers day dinner. Wash it down with zesty and refreshing passionfruit caiproska and you’re on to a real winner.


e’ve scoured some of Cardiff’s top eateries and drinkeries to find the most summertastic items on the menus.....


Where: Kin+Ilk, 31 Cathedral Road, Pontcanna Why we love it: For the cool Scandi interiors and the delicious, yet simple dishes based around honest wholesome ingredients. What we’re ordering: The smashed avocado on sourdough from Alex Gooch with fresh lime, Maldon sea salt and home-made dukkah and chilli oil is another level, especially if you add a couple of poached eggs. To drink, we’ll have the iced flat white. It’s made with the same espresso to milk ratio as their normal flat white keeping the coffee at centre stage, but is finished with textured milk to maintain the creamy mouthfeel.

SUPER FREAKY Left: small, summery plates from Buffalo; above: A flat white, but not as you know it (cos it’s iced!) from KIN+ILK; Below: It’s a Thai! A Thai beef salad that is. Munch one at the Admiral St David

Where: Coco Gelato, 133b Woodville Road, Cathays Why we love it: There’s such a huge selection of gelato fruit and toppings you never need to have the same treat twice! (Although you can if you want – obvs). What we’re ordering: They’ve become known for the freakshakes (like the glorious red velvet example on our cover!) and they are indeed epic, but on a hot day the light and refreshing fresh fruit sorbets really steal the limelight.



Where: The Admiral St David, The St David’s Hotel, Cardiff Bay Why we love it: Exotic Asian flavours and influences combined with the freshest quality Welsh produce take the taste buds on a journey to a whole new world of deliciousness. What we’re ordering: Thai beef salad with I CARDIFF LIFE I 65


Left: Simple elegance at the Park House; centre: thank cod for delicious dishes like this one from Laguna Kitchen & Bar; below, right: sometimes it’s OK to waffle on...


Where: Holm House, Marine Parade, Penarth Why we love it: It’s elegant, sophisticated and the epitome of coastal luxury What we’re ordering: We’re deffo going to be sitting in the garden with a Warner Edwards Victoria rhubarb gin with Fever Tree elderflower tonic. The menu is so tempting it’s difficult to choose one dish, but if we’re pushed it will be the panseared scallops with pancetta, lava bread, black pudding a chicken jus. With scallops bang in season they really are at their best right now.

SUNDAE, SUNDAE Where: Cadwaladers, Red Dragon Centre Why we love it: It’s a Welsh family owned company that sources local products and has a focus on our customer care. What we’re ordering: Just about anything from the revised sundae menu which includes indulgent waffle sundaes and fruit sundaes. (FYI – they make gluten free and vegan sundaes too!). We’re also suckers for the ice cream latte and ice cream hot chocolate. 66 I CARDIFF LIFE I




Where: Laguna Kitchen & Bar, Park Plaza Hotel, Greyfriars Road Why we love it: For the modern British dishes cooked up by award-winning chefs served in stylish, contemporary surroundings. What we’re ordering: Roasted loin of cod with braised baby gem, celeriac puree, samphire, baby roast potatoes, orange butter sauce. It’s a light and healthy dish, perfect for warm summer days – especially on the terrace! Cod is a tender fish which easily picks up the aromas of the ingredients cooked with it, so it is perfectly complemented with the zesty orange butter sauce.


Where: Lab 22, 22 Caroline Street Why we love it: Apart from the super-inventive and simply divine cocktails, everyone’s just so friendly! What we’re ordering: We love a bit of theatre with a cocktail so it’s The Botany all the way. Bombay Sapphire Gin is paired with French Poppy Liqueur, providing a light and floral base to the cocktail. Prosecco is then layered on top, offering a sweet acidity, before the liquid libation

SUMMER DINING is then rounded off with some house made Flower Power essence; a floral tincture made from the likes of juniper, rose, and cornflower. Perhaps even more memorable than the cocktail itself is the serve in which it is delivered. A dry ice mist encapsulates the drink, sublimating below and bringing forward scents of lavender and rose wood. Expect everyone in the place to ask what you’ve just ordered.


Where: Barley and Rye, 2 Greyfriars Road Why we love it: For it’s rustic, home-style dining and drinking and the massive range of beers and whiskies! What we’re ordering: If we have to choose just one dish it would be the beetroot burger. Served with melted Pant Ys Gawn goat’s cheese, hummus sauce and halloumi fries on a toasted brioche bun this dish is the perfect summery take on the usual beef burger. It is fully vegetarian but is so tasty that everyone will be able to enjoy it.


Where: The Lansdowne Pub, 71 Beda Road, Canton Why we love it: It’s an award-winning community pub offering excellent drinks and great quality, fresh, homemade food so of course we’re big fans! What we’re ordering: Welsh lamb koftas with a beautiful sweet and sour garnish, hot sauce and mint yogurt. Not only is this plateful bursting with clean, refreshing, crisp flavours but absolutely encapsulates the home barbecue vibe, but without any of the cleaning up. The vegan version made with chickpea koftas and a soya mint yogurt is pretty scrummy too.


Where: La Cuina, 11 Kings Road, Pontcanna Why we love it: It’s a unique, stylish, intimate restaurant with stunning Mediterraneaninspired dishes made with meticulously-sourced ingredients. What we’re ordering: Made with fire-roasted pepper and aubergines, the fresh light flavours of escalivada make it the ideal summer dish, especially when accompanied by a glass of cava or vermouth.


Where: Park House Restaurant and Fine Wine Bar, 20 Park Place Why we love it: For the fine dining decadence and world-class wines at affordable prices, all in an opulent mansion setting. What we’re ordering: Cornish grey mullet with caviar tortellini, mixed beans and Champagne velouté finished with a light dusting of fennel pollen from France and foraged herbs from w I CARDIFF LIFE I 67


Top: Great steaks at Asador 44 Below: An afternoon tea with a Welsh twist

Pembrokeshire. This dish just screams summer and is both opulent and clean. The fish and beans give that summer freshness and when you bite into the caviar tortellini it gives complexity and texture to the dish, and the Champagne veloute also helps! Matched with either a delicious old vine Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa or a rich Pouilly Fuisse from Burgundy it’s simply sublime.


Where: Asador 44, 14-15 Quay Street Why we love it: OMG those steaks! And the £10 summer lunch deal is an absolute steal! What we’re ordering: We’re shunning the lunch time sandwich in favour of Asador’s superb-value lunch deal – simple, fresh ingredients cooked over the woodfire grill and at just a tenner for either fish of the day or onglet steak with Spanish salad, it’s a no brainer we reckon.


Where: Coffee Planet, Newport Road Why we love it: For the 100% Arabica speciality coffee What we’re ordering: We’re loving the new lemon curd frappé made with top grade coffee and with light and fresh flavours which are ideal for a hot day.


Where: Thomas at Future Inn Cardiff, Hemingway Road, Cardiff Bay Why we love it: For the contemporary dishes with a Welsh twist. What we’re ordering: There’s something quintessentially summery about an afternoon tea and we love the one served up here, with finger sandwiches, cakes and scones, all with a distinct Welsh flavour.



Where: Fablas Ice Cream Parlour, The Kiosk, Penny Lane, Cowbridge Why we love it: All the ice creams are hand made by mother and daughter team, Michelle and Laura Evans, using Ty Tanglwyst milk and cream. What we’re ordering: The old school classic – a Knickerbocker Glory! Made with locally-grown fresh strawberries and fruit, the original Fblas ice cream and topped with lashings of whipped cream it’s British summer in a glass.

Where: The Fox and Hounds, Llancarfan Why we love it: It’s a friendly village pub serving delicious food, with a pretty garden overlooking the ancient St Cadoc’s church – what’s not to love about it? What we’re ordering: Pan fried and smoked mackerel with apple and fennel slaw as it’s light and fresh, yet has plenty of depth and character.


HANDMADE ARTISAN ICE CREAM PARLOUR AND COCKTAIL BAR IN COWBRIDGE Run by mother-daughter team Michelle and Lauren, Fablas Ice Cream is in the perfect location right on the edge of the River Thaw in Cowbridge. We cater for all generations, recreating memories of a decadent Knickerbocker Glory, Peach Melba, Banana Splits and all traditional Sundaes, using our home made ice cream. We also offer home made waffles and pancakes served warm with your choice of ice cream, topping, sauce and cream as well as delicious ice cream milkshakes. NOT READY TO GO HOME? DONT WORRY! The unique building transforms into an After Dark cocktail bar in the evening.

The Kiosk, 9 Willow Walk, Cowbridge. Call 01446 67 7060. @Fablasicecreamltd

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THE PERFECT PRESENTS What DEAN EUDEN really wants for Father’s Day


s a father of two delightful bundles of joy I look forward to my day in the sun – that one day that I can be lauded and told that yes, my shelving skills and all round ‘daddiness’ are of exceedingly high quality. As my children are very small I know they don’t have any say in the present buying, This pleases me greatly as I don’t really want a ‘unicorn’ or ‘castle with all my friends in it’. As gifts, the logistics of either present, and anything else my oldest daughter suggests, are generally beyond the realms of both bank card and physics. Given that my wife will be buying the presents from my children, what do I actually want? Well apart from to be left alone for 24 hours (the greatest gift


any father can have) I would obviously gravitate towards something liquid and gently calming. Your boozy gift will depend on how much your partner decides your children love you or conversely how much grocery money is left in the account. My hopes and dreams this year will revolve around spirits since a bottle of something delicious in this category will last me a long time and allow the pleasure of a glass after a hard day to be drawn out well beyond 17 June. Here are my two hopes for Father’s day, both of which will guarantee that my wife and children will see genuine tears in my eyes, tears usually kept for certain scenes of A Bridge Too Far or when I hear the national anthem play at a Wales and England game.

Dean’s Father’s Day wish list

El Dorado 15-Year-Old Rum (around £45 and widely available) El Dorado Rum is made by the legendary Demerara Distillers in Guyana and for rum lovers the distillery is a name linked with history and quality. They have pot stills that are more than 250 years old and to me that screams complexity. The character of rum that can be produced is unique and remarkable when you have pedigree of that level. In relation to what you get in the glass; dried fruit, plump dates, vanilla, coffee and sweet spice are beautifully clear and there is a hint of sweetness that lingers on the palate. This is a sipping rum so leave your coke for the supermarket own brand, don’t defile a wonderous spirit, the only thing you need is a good glass, possibly some ice and the kids in bed.

They have been making Bourbon at the L&G Kentucky Distillery since 1780, though Woodford found its home there much later in the 1990s. Bourbon, in my opinion, can be a bit of a slap in the face experience with not much subtlety, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it makes it a good cocktail spirit and a solid mixers drink. Happily though there are a good offering of more refined bourbons out there which can be savoured and enjoyed for their complexity and Woodford Reserve has always ticked the box for me. A sweet spice nose with honey and notes of brioche, whilst the palate gives you more toffee and citrus note and a very smooth finish. If you are going to do something other than sip it I would recommend an Old Fashioned.

L&G Woodford Reserve, Distiller’s Select Bourbon (around £32 and widely available)

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Meet the GOlf Pro If you want to up your golfing game then give one of these guys a call!

Gareth Bennett

Cottrell Park 07980 656659 Why would you recommend taking up golf? It is a great sport both in terms of fitness and the social aspects. You can be as competitive as you want or just play for fun. Also it doesn’t have to be very expensive. What do you most enjoy about your job? The love of the game. Every day, and every lesson I give is different and my job is my hobby. Having played golf for more than 30 years it’s amazing to be able to pass on advice and help others enjoy this game. What advice would you give to newcomers? Don’t jump in and spend a fortune on equipment and don’t watch every video online as it’ll confuse you a lot of the time. It’s easier to learn something correctly from the start than unlearn a bad habit. Why should clients choose to have tuition with you? I listen to what the pupils want from their game and tailor the lessons to their requirements. One swing doesn’t suit everyone. I keep it simple and to the point and allow the student to learn at their own pace.

Simon Cox

Clive Coombs


Where’s your favourite course and why? Navatanee Golf and Country club in Bangkok in Thailand. It was originally a rice paddy field before it was developed into a golf course. I represented Wales in the World Cup of Golf there.

What inspired you to be a professional golfer? Simply the love of golf and the environment in which its played, plus the fact that I have always been competitive. You also make life long friends from many parts of the world.

What advice would you give to newcomers taking up golf? Don’t be afraid to have a go and get involved. Patience and realistic expectations are so important when starting. Seek advice with a lesson from a PGA professional where you will be quickly put at ease in a relaxed environment and you can then determine whether it is the game for you. It is such a sociable game and you can form great friendships while getting good exercise. The hardest part sometimes is making the initial step to book a lesson.

Cottrell Park 07986 738744

Who is your favourite player and why? Gary Player has always been my inspiration as a professional golfer. A man who succeeded against all the odds to become one of a few to be a Grand Slam Champion. He is still playing good golf today, well into his 80s. Why should clients choose to have tuition with you? A lifetime in golf has enabled me to obtain a vast amount of knowledge of what it takes to play golf or improve your golf. My own playing history includes being Welsh Professional Champion on two occasions. I have had clients start with me and end up as golf professionals. My goal since arriving at Cottrell Park is, and always will be, to help the visitors and members improve their golf.


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How often do you recommend your clients have lessons? Golfers should have lessons as often as they can afford. Also, having a lesson when you are playing well will make you much more aware of your swing and swing through. There will always be something to work on no matter what standard you are. What a large majority of pupils lack is the confidence to let the club do the work. If you can achieve this early on you will progress very quickly. What do you most enjoy about your job? Working at one of the UK’s best golf resorts, every day is different. You work with members that become part of your everyday life, work with colleagues that all have the same interest as you, and when the weather is good you have the privilege of being surrounded by 650 acres of grass, gardens, a luxury hotel and a castle. Who wouldn’t enjoy a job like this?

Celtic Manor 07706624548

How has technology helped golf progress in recent years? The most common mistake I encounter with amateur golfers is having the wrong equipment. Even someone’s best struck golf shot won¹t achieve their desired result. Here at the Celtic Manor Resort we offer a complete custom fitting experience using the TRACKMAN launch monitor to provide every individual with the correct equipment to significantly enhance their performance.




Going to the chapel Chapel 1877 launches its new summer menu By E M M A DA NC E


t’s pretty much impossible not be impressed by Chapel 1877, aesthetically at the very least. Housed in a former chapel (well, d’uh – the clue is in the name), despite renovations over the years it’s retained all the Gothic-style grandeur from when it was first built in – you’ve guessed it – 1877, with the restaurant area delivering a particular wow-factor with its church-style windows, archways and ornate styling. But while it’s retained the character, there’s thankfully not so much of the ecclesiastical reverence, and, despite the fact that it classes itself as “fine dining” the atmosphere is chilled out and friendly. A new á la carte summer menu has just been introduced, and while it’s not huge, with five options for starters and mains (as well as a steak section and a few additional vegetarian options) there’s more than enough choice to cater to every taste. My starter of seared tuna loin with sesame, soy and ginger dressed vegetable noodles is a delight. Just kissed by the heat, the fish is still ruby-red-rare and soft as you like, and the fresh zingy-ness of the salad is the perfect foil for the richness. My companion is tucking in to pan-fired curried scallops with red lentil and coconut dhal, pickled apple and coriander and is very impressed. The molluscs have been treated with the respect that they deserve and are lightly caramelised with just enough spice to get the tongue glowing but without overpowering their delicious natural sweetness.



When it comes to the main course I’m sorely tempted by a roast pork tenderloin wrapped in Parma ham, but soaring temperatures outside steer me towards a lightersounding choice of pan-fried red snapper, Cornish crab, chilli, lemon, extra virgin olive oil and rocket linguine. The cooking of the fish demonstrated a lovely light touch by the chef, with lightly crisped skin, and soft white flakes giving way to the merest touch of the fork. The accompanying pasta is good, but actually here the kitchen could have gone a little heavier-handed and turned the flavours up a notch as I founded myself longing for more chilli kick, more zestiness of lemon and more of the glorious salty sweetness of crab. A dish of Moroccan marinated rump of Welsh lamb, root vegetable and harissa couscous strudel, tahini and yoghurt dressing and micro coriander, is very well received by my companion. The lamb is still just pink and wonderfully tender and has been sensitively spiced, and the little strudel adds some crunch to the whole affair. It’s a very well-conceived plateful which has been skilfully executed. The pudding menu is full of delicious sounding things like dark chocolate nemesis and passion fruit and lime cheesecake, but in the end I’m drawn to the Champagne and elderflower jelly with Pimms sorbet. It’s as pretty as it sounds, and tastes just as good as it looks – light, refreshing and bursting with the tastes of summer. Meanwhile, across the table, short work is made of an intriguing sounding raspberry and balsamic vinegar crème brulée. It’s a very good menu, with classic flavour combos and enough twists and turns to keep the interest of even a seasoned diner, but without ever overshadowing the stars of the plates. Yep, it’s not only the setting that’s impressive at Chapel 1877, the food is just as good.

DINING DETAILS Chapel 1877 Bar & Restaurant, Churchill Way, Cardiff CF10 2WF; Tel: 029 2022 2020; Opening hours Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-2am, Sun 11am-8pm. Á la carte menu served Mon-Sat 12pm-4pm and 5.30pm-9.30pm Prices Starters from £5.50, main courses from £16, desserts from £5.50 Vegetarian choice Yes, plenty. All dietary requirements can be catered for on request Service/atmosphere Smart but not stuffy I CARDIFF LIFE I 75

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Meet the AGENCY If your business needs a push in the press, some brilliant branding or a creative ad campaign, then give one of these creative agencies a call

Matt Jones

Liam Giles

S3 Advertising 02920 373 321 Who are you working with at the moment? We’re currently working with a variety of national clients. 60% of our clients are national brands, spanning a variety of industries including FMCG, entertainment, motor, public sector and sport. Tell us about a campaign/ project you’re especially proud of? The national outdoor campaign we did for our client, Bounce Energy Foods, last year. From creative concepting to design, media planning to media buying; we were responsible for all facets of the campaign, our integrated approach resulting in huge success for the client. What makes a good/bad campaign? A good campaign comprises memorable creative that’s seen by the right people, the right amount of times in all the right places – and gets noticed as a result. If it doesn’t tick all those boxes, that’s what makes a bad campaign. What sets you apart from your competitors? Our integrated approach. With 39 staff across seven departments, we’re able to

Spindogs 02920 480720 offer everything our clients could ever need, all under one roof; it’s what sets us apart and, more importantly, it’s the approach our clients love. What’s your biggest motivation? Creating and maintaining an advertising agency that puts the satisfaction of its clients and employees first. Nothing else motivates me more than making my people happy. What’s the biggest challenge in the industry at the moment? Complacency. I don’t accept second best at S3 but I think that, as an industry, we’ve become guilty of just giving clients the work they want, when we should be challenging them with the work they need to make themselves better. Why should businesses engage with a PR/media agency? Because the work we do gets results. I always say that there are no guarantees in advertising, but there’s a reason as to why British brands and companies spend over £20bn a year on advertising – because, more often than not, it works.


What sets you apart from other agencies? Our case studies and the work we produce are proof that we know what we are doing. But the one thing which is very much show rather than tell is our team and the Spindogs culture. Our team goes above and beyond for our clients - we act as an extension of any client’s team, and really do become their digital best friend! We recently made the finals in the UK Employee Experience awards, where we won silver for Agency of the Year! What type of clients have you worked with? We have a wide range of clients from the private, public and third sectors. In addition to creating beautiful websites, we are also an agency with an inhouse online marketing team. We’ve worked on some really exciting projects with great clients, from Cardiff Airport, Coffee #1 and Sony UK Technology Centre, to CIWW and Oxford University, to name a few. We also have some very exciting projects in the pipeline at the moment, and we can’t wait to unveil them!

Why should a business utilise your services? We are a full service digital agency and we don’t outsource any work we do it’s all under one roof. From discovery, to design and development, all the way to the project launch, we have teams of experts working closely on the project, before handing it over to our dedicated support team who help with any ongoing improvements. Having been in business for 14 years this August, we have built a team of talented professionals whose combined experiences are used to create some truly unique and impressive campaigns and websites. What do you find most rewarding about your role? Meeting so many different clients, and the variety of work we do. No two days are ever the same! One day I could be talking to a client in a coffee shop, the next I’m speaking with Atlantic College in the turret of a castle. It’s extremely rewarding working with clients from day one, from discussing what challenges they face and finding ways to meet and exceed expectations, through to project completion and results driven activity thereafter.

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Joe Brown

designdough 02920 00 88 34 How has your industry changed in the last 10 years? I started designdough during the credit crunch due to necessity (I’d just signed for a mortgage and couldn’t stand my current job!), and I experienced companies pulling marketing and design budgets left, right and centre, and so getting the company started was a real slog. The difference now is immense, with companies wanting to not only invest in their brand visual and web presence, but their culture too, and so we work closely with clients to strategise that and provide them with a sustainable way forward. Design is taken more seriously now; people can really see the value in it, and so the design-industry is really flourishing. Why should a business utilise your services? We like to give back and we like to champion our clients and their successes because we know how hard business can be. An extension of this is Brand Labs; our competition that allows startup businesses to win a brand, strategy and website package in order to give them the boost they need to push them along the path to success. We’re not doing this to be condescending, but because we’ve been there and know that with a little encouragement or a push in the right direction, any business can be a success.

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The Media Angel 02921320 200 How did you get into the industry? I’ve always worked in media in south Wales, starting my career at Red Dragon Radio (now Capital South Wales) followed by publication sales and on to television sales at S4C. I then worked for a local agency, setting up the Media Angel in 2008, 10 years ago! Why is 2018 a special year for you? I set up the Media Angel in 2008 during the recession and am immensely proud to be celebrating our 10th anniversary in business this year! We’ve also been nominated for a national marketing award for an extremely successful campaign for our client National Botanic Garden of Wales which saw their family visitor numbers increase by 41% year on year. We were finalists alongside massive brands such as Virgin, Face book and Lucozade so I¹m beyond proud that the Media Angel represented Wales at these prestigious awards. Tell us about a campaign/ project you’re especially proud of? This is difficult as there are so many! They include; Ty Hafan’s legacy campaign where we helped increase donations by 300%; Qatar Airways launch campaign across Wales and the West country; our work with Swansea University aiding

designdough 02920 00 88 34 record student admission figures and National Botanic Garden of Wales summer campaign 2017 which grew family visitor figures by 63% and for which we won a CIM Wales Award, Best Advertising Campaign 2017-one of my proudest achievements to date. Who are you working with at the moment? We work with a mix of clients across various sectors, including Swansea University, National Botanic Garden of Wales, The National Trust, Edenstone Homes, Ty Hafan, Welsh for Adults and Cardiff Airport who book campaigns for 5 star airline Qatar, KLM & Flybe. What’s your biggest motivation? Over delivering on campaign objectives as this makes happy clients. We always strive to over deliver. We love receiving comments from our clients like the one below: “Morning Alison. Great news. Our visitor figures were 20% up on last year and a whopping 41% up on the year before! Many thanks for all your efforts, help, guidance and wise counsel that helped us to this (rather excellent!) result.” - National Botanic Garden of Wales

What does your industry mean to you? My dad is a successful designer and I’ve always looked up to him, so I first became aware of graphic design at a very early age because of his influence. The design industry means everything to me; ultimately, it’s enabled me to earn a living doing something that I love and that I feel I was born to do, whilst challenging me every day. Design is so much more than pretty pictures; our industry allows us to sculpt, shape, communicate and ultimately improve anything through visuals, colours, shapes and type; breaking down areas of confusion and simplifying complexity. It’s powerful in a way that a lot of people take for granted. What sets you apart from other agencies? Hands down, our process. It’s something we’ve built on and improved over the years and it’s something we’re really proud of. Our whole team is involved in every new project we start, right from the beginning during research stages, but then also leading through to client liaison and finally support and aftercare. Our clients ultimately become our friends, and we work hard to ensure that they feel that they can call on us for advice or just a brew and a catch-up, long after the bulk of the project work is completed. I CARDIFF LIFE I 77

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Cowshed 02920789321 How did you get into the industry? I spent the first six months of my PR career volunteering in the Channel 4 press office in the evenings while I worked a full time job during the day. My role was to duplicate preview copies of TV programmes for reviewers... on VHS! Who are you working with at the moment? We’re working with a number of large public organisations including Public Health Wales, Welsh Government and National Trust as well as more local companies including Bar 44, Milkwood and Glamorgan Brewing Co. Tell us about a campaign/ project you’re especially proud of? The Give DIFFerently alternative giving campaign that we delivered on behalf of our client FOR Cardiff was received really well. Not only did it showcase Cardiff doing something differently in the realms of public fundraising, but it also brought a whole host of organisations together to look at how we can tackle homelessness effectively. What sets you apart from your competitors? Since day one, we’ve always stuck to our guns – only working with organisations we believe are making a big difference.

Richard Ward Creo 02920653066

What sets you apart from other agencies? CREO is a full service agency encompassing brand, digital and strategy. Our strength is that we have almost 20 years of digital experience with a strong technical team at the core. We have in-house resources to design and build everything from a simple brochure website to a bespoke online application with complex data. Add our expertise in brand and digital marketing to the mix and we are able to provide high quality, results driven solutions to our clients. How has the industry changed in the last 10 years? The industry is almost unrecognisable, 10 years ago social media was in its infancy and the first iPhone had just been released which meant an entirely new industry was born. We have also noticed that clients have become far more tech savvy and come to us with some great ideas for websites and apps. The number of agencies appearing on the landscape has also increased and the lines between the services of a design agency and a development agency have definitely blurred.


Kat Shaw Creo 02920653066

Why is branding important? Your brand is much more than just a logo. It is the perception that people have of your company which is delivered through every interaction, from how you answer the phone, the coffee that you serve in a meeting, right through to how you deliver after-sales support. At CREO we help our clients to understand the value of a brand and how they can reflect their brand values at all of these touchpoints. Having everything in-house means that we can keep a consistent approach to our client’s branding, from how their presence appears digitally and in print right through to the tone of voice used in social media and advertising. How do you work best with clients? We find that the most successful projects arise out of a collaborative approach between the agency and the client. When we are able to act as an extension of the marketing team, it is much easier to develop a relationship and an understanding of the business needs to enable us to offer solutions which will deliver a return on investment for the client. What do you find most rewarding about your role? I love the challenge of a rebrand, it’s great to see a business achieving or exceeding its ambitions because of the support we have given them.

Rob Petersen

Petersens PR 029 2054 9597 What sets you apart from other agencies? Our team, which comprises some very experienced professionals whose knowledge gathered over many years blends so well with our young, bright executives whose passion and awareness of current trends ensures our clients get a truly relevant service. Which clients are you working with at the moment? We are really fortunate to work with an interesting range of clients including house builders Redrow and Llanmoor Homes; The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, drug testing Cansford Laboratories, Wealth Management specialists Brewin Dolphin, world famous engineering company Cintec International – whose work includes restoring the Ancient Pyramids – and Gwent-based Lexon Print Group. Why should a business utilise your services? If a business wants to work in partnership with an agency with a proven track record in the region and internationally as well as with a team of creative individuals who thrive on challenges and always bring magic to a campaign, then give me a call.




Tell us about a campaign/ project you’re especially proud of? The 2018 student recruitment campaign we supported St.David’s Sixth Form College in Cardiff with. We’ve helped them achieve record application numbers for this year’s student intake through a fully integrated and highly targeted marketing communications strategy.

How did you get into the industry? Eryl - Purely by accident. I left school after doing my A levels and got a job at the motoring organisation, the RAC. Within two weeks of starting and being the only fluent Welsh speaker in the office I did my first live BBC Radio interview for the organisation at the tender age of 18. Zara – I always loved writing and language but also business so I did French and Economics at University and wanted a career with creativity but also the business element so agency was perfect. I did 10 years in a big London agency and in house at Sainsbury’s before moving to Wales 13 years ago.

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What sets you apart from your competitors? Our people and our strategic thinking. No matter who we are working with we like to get a real understanding of all aspects of our client’s business operations, sticking points and their goals before developing any communications strategies and delivery tactics. This, alongside our experience and awesome team allows us to create communications plans that drive results that make a difference. We’ve been called ‘Thinking partners’ due to the insights we bring and our strategic approach to delivering creativity that counts. What’s your biggest motivation? Creating, and maintaining, an awesome place to work where people stay curious and creative and don’t dread coming to work. Our people are our biggest asset and by ensuring our environment is one that they feel comfortable and fully supported ensures that we deliver extraordinary work for our clients consistently.

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Who are you working with at the moment? We have a large client portfolio ranging from big public sector awareness raising consumer contracts for organisations such as Cadw, Innovation and Fly-Tipping Action Wales to private sector clients across key disciplines of tourism, food, transport and health – Arriva Trains Wales, STAEDTLER, St. Modwen to name just a few, all of who have been with us for around 10 years. Tell us about a campaign/ project you’re especially proud of? We’re immensely proud of our work with Cadw over the past

six years. Our campaigns have changed the way Welsh heritage sites are perceived and increased visitor numbers and membership year on year. Who doesn’t love promoting Welsh castles! What makes a good/bad campaign? Cut through, essentially. Our toolbox of comms tactics is so much wider now-a-days and much more measurable so an excellent campaign can create real impact for low budget and just some clever thinking about creative and channels. What sets you apart from your competitors? We really believe in giving that extra added value to our clients, getting under the skin and helping solve business objectives as part of their team. We are structured so that clients get one point of contact for their campaigns so our client service is very clean and quick. Who would be your dream client? Tricky one – we would probably love to work with an organisation that is really making a positive difference to people’s lives across the world like Unicef or perhaps something closer to home like Noah’s Ark or Air Ambulance or Latch. Why should businesses engage with a PR/media agency? Because they will get the best results by using experts.


jamjar 01446 771265 Tell us about a campaign/ project you’re especially proud of? Our work with Cwm Taf University Health Board is something we’re particularly proud of, as it has been recognised as being best practice nationally from both a PR and HR perspective. Having had little success with traditional recruitment methods in attracting new doctors from the UK and overseas, we introduced some really innovative digital communication tactics, such as 360-degree video, which helped increase applications massively. What sets you apart from your competitors? What’s inside our jam jar, of course! When you lift the lid, you will find a team of extremely talented and passionate jammers, overflowing with creative ideas that deliver fruitful results for our clients. We offer a fully integrated service in-house spanning PR, digital, social, marketing and design, and we’ve won over 20 awards for our work over the past five years. If that’s not enough to tickle the taste buds, we’re the only agency in Wales to make our own jam, which we bring to meetings with scones and clotted cream! I CARDIFF LIFE I 79

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Orchard’s Media Team The Orchard Media & Events Group Ltd 02920 100888

How did you get into the industry? Most of us in the media planning and buying team spent our early careers on the media-owner side before joining Orchard. Between us, we’ve worked with brands like IKEA, Nickelodeon, Rolex and HSBC. Who are you working with at the moment? Our current campaigns include Principality Building Society, The Royal Mint and Western Power. We’ve recently had some big-wins too so watch this space! Tell us about a campaign/ project you’re especially proud of? We’re really proud of the national brand launch of with the MotoNovo Finance team. Orchard worked on all aspects of brand development, from logo design through to advertising asset creation. What sets you apart from your competitors? Our team really cares about our clients and their business. We’re completely independent and everything is bespoke to our clients objectives and budgets. What’s your biggest motivation? A client recently described us “the busiest company around” – we love that! Our team thrives on bringing a client idea to life.

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Creative Director, CR 02920 371568 What sets you apart from other agencies? Ideas and words that generate a reaction. Of course anyone could do that, but at CR our ideas prompt the audience to process the campaign’s message. End goals are established then we plan the customer’s journey there, buy the ticket and drive the train to the finish line. Confidence is attractive, and that’s why we’re bloody brilliant at what we do. Why should a business utilise your services? Noise generation. Awareness. Growth. We know what works, we’ve measured what works and we’ve built on what works. We create a vision for companies to follow. Where others might just charge ahead with pretty designs, we create bold, brave approaches that connect where it counts. What does your industry mean to you? Communicating with an audience is all about changing their perception, whether it’s of a brand or of a person. We’ve got the balls to anger the audience one minute and have them crying with laughter the next. In short, ideas and words have the power to change the world.


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What sets you apart from your competitors? We’ve shaken up retainers! Our flexible retainers allow clients to make the most of all of our services. Whether clients need stand-alone PR or design, or a more flexible mixture of PR, marketing, digital or design, we can create the right comms solution for them.

What sets you apart from other agencies? Our clients like the fact that we work with them across their PR, social and content plans - we always try to understand what the company wants to get out of all channels before coming up with a plan. It’s easy to spot great ideas when you work with a business but you have to know that it’s what they want too. We met one business recently who had never done PR but knew exactly what they wanted to get out of it and how they wanted to be seen, and where! We love coming up with ideas for campaigns but we also know it’s pointless unless it’s going to get bums on seats.

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Who are you working with at the moment? We have a really diverse range of clients at Yogi, which I love. As well as B2B brands like Euroclad and SPSenvirowall, we work with consumer-focused clients like the award-winning restaurant Purple Poppadom and Bar Saint James in Swansea. Tell us about a campaign/ project you’re especially proud of? The journey that we’ve been on with our client FRIO over the last three years is one of my favourites. From establishing the brand in the health market with new branding and design concepts, to providing strategic PR, social media and digital marketing, we’ve watched the business, which makes a unique type of insulin cooling wallet, grow into an international brand. What makes a good/bad campaign? A good campaign is always well-planned and driven by achieving specific objectives. A poor one will go for quick, flashy wins over results.

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Which clients are you working with at the moment? We work with Green Man Festival, health insurance comparison provider ActiveQuote, the lovely Hayley Parsons, online marketplace Paperclip, facial recognition gurus Credas and lots of others. We are very lucky to work across a number of sectors – it helps keep our content varied and you get lots of ideas when you work across a wide range of sectors. When you focus in just one area, you can miss out on some great creative opportunities.


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Hello Starling 02920 440022 How did you get into the industry? Through working in the commercial side of out of home and radio advertising over several years. I learnt a lot while working in those specific industries and starting an agency and approaching the sector from that perspective seemed like an exciting challenge. It was and still is! Who are you working with at the moment? We’ve got some great clients. A lot of them are in the throws of some really big changes (good ones) at the moment, like Cardiff City Football Club (Come on you Bluebirds!) and it’s been really rewarding helping them as they change and grow. Tell us about a campaign/ project you’re especially proud of? One of our greatest successes of recent years has been an important project we’re continuing to work on with Dwr Cymru called One Last Breath. The aim of the campaign is to help save lives by warning specific groups of people about the dangers of swimming in reservoirs. We’ve seen incredible results for this and both Dwr Cymru and we have won awards for our efforts, most importantly the work has, and will hopefully continue, to save lives.

What makes a good/bad campaign? Ultimately, the care people put into it. If you’re not invested in your media plan and your creative approach, you’re a lot less likely to create great results. That’s why we throw ourselves into every project as if it was the most important project. Big or small we give it our all. What sets you apart from your competitors? There’s a great community of agencies in Wales and for the most part we all work really well together. There’s plenty of work to go around so it’s not necessary to be overly ‘competitive’. Our motto is to treat our contemporaries the way we’d like to be treated and it’s yielded a pretty happy way of working so far! Who would be your dream client? Any client that is open to collaboration and working side-by-side to create something great! What’s the biggest challenge in the industry at the moment? As with everything, it’s the rapidly shifting and changing nature of the field. New innovations are changing the advertising landscape every day so we’re always learning. Like I said at the start it’s a challenge, but it’s exciting! Happily, as a smaller agency we’re quite nimble and reactionary when it comes to shifts in the landscape so we’ve been able to stay on top of the changes as they’ve emerged.

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ONLINE SHOPPING Cowbridge high street goes digital A new app has created the first digital high street in the UK – in Cowbridge. The developers of NearMeNow are piloting the digital technology on Cowbridge high street with the hope of rolling it out across the UK. The NearMeNow app provides the complete digital toolkit that high street businesses need to compete on a level playing field with bigger chains and online shopping. Businesses are able to push their traditional shop front advertising into the wider community and at

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the touch of a button, advertise if new stock has arrived, if a salon has a free appointment, or a restaurant a free table. The app is the brainchild of former risk analyst turned maths teacher Victoria Mann who came up with the idea when she was sat in a hairdressing salon on a weekday morning, surrounded by four hairdressers and three empty chairs. She said, “I thought there must be a way to fill those chairs and attract new customers at the same time – an app that would push out current shop front advertising into the

palms of the hands of each smart phone user nearby. “I knew it would benefit so many other businesses on the high street who need to get the word out to the local community and communicate with them on a responsive and immediate basis. “The butcher with an overstock of meat or the baker with a freshly baked batch of bread – all those businesses have something to share and need to get the word out at the right time to the right people.” For more:

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Motorpoint Newport General Manager Chris Brown and Celtic Manor Resort Sponsorship and Hospitality Manager Gemma Smith drive forward a new sponsorship deal for Polo at the Manor

GETTING THE MESSAGE A Cardiff coffee shop has launched a rewards scheme with a difference. KIN+ILK is using a Facebook messenger rewards bot, nicknamed KINbot, to allow customers to collect rewards and browse offers. You can even ask it questions like “Do you like Starbucks?” or “Who does the best coffee in Cardiff?” For more:

HORSING AROUND Car retailer Motorpoint is turning its attention to horsepower of a different kind this month, sponsoring Polo at the Manor on 16 June. The event will see international players and ponies from across the UK compete in a day of professional, fast-paced polo matches on a specially created polo field next to the Twenty Ten Ryder Cup golf course at Celtic Manor. Motorpoint Newport general manager Chris Brown said, “This fantastic event gives us a wonderful opportunity to promote our brand and strengthen our links with the local community. As the UK’s leading car supermarket, Motorpoint makes customer

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service a priority and a day at the polo is a perfect way to bring people together to enjoy themselves and build relationships.” Celtic Manor Resort sponsorship and hospitality manager Gemma Smith said, “We are delighted that Motorpoint has renewed its support for Polo at the Manor for a second year. We established a fantastic partnership in 2017 and it is great to align our brand and event with such a prestigious national company once again.” For more: |


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Laura Warren, from Miskin has been named Pitman Training 2018 ‘Working Mum of the Year’ as part of Pitman’s SuperAchievers Awards, beating off competition from entrants from across the globe. This award is for a mother who epitomises the dedication required to juggle a busy home and family life alongside achieving personal career ambitions and mother-of-two Laura won after securing support from the general public, as well as the judges’ vote. Laura started her career as a PE teacher but has since gone onto become a gym owner, network marketer, world class athlete and Fitmuma UK founder. Fitmuma has become a global success – a membership-based fitness planning

website, aimed at mothers struggling to find the time to eat healthily and exercise properly. It offers an all-round guide on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle with home exercise videos, exercises classes with nannie, retreats, food plans and more. Laura said, “Being a mum, partner and self-employed business woman can make family life very manic and stressful… but for me, it is the exercise that helps. I have learnt what works and doesn’t work for mums as I have worked with them for over 13 years in my gyms and now through Fitmuma. I know all the tricks to fitting health and exercise in a super busy schedule and also how to do home workouts that get the kids involved.” For more


Learning the business of sport

SPORTING LIFE Vi-Ability, the award winning business of sports social enterprise, has partnered with Glamorgan Cricket and Cricket Wales, to run an inspirational eight-week programme, providing 18-24 year-olds with business and employability skills relating to sport, helping them to get back into education or find employment. Ten young people in Cardiff have been chosen to take part in Vi-Ability’s unique and fully funded business of sport programme taking place at the newly named Sophia Gardens Cardiff Stadium, and which centres on cricket for the first time (the programme has already been successfully delivered across the UK, with a primary focus on football). The course began on 6 June and boasts a host of inspirational guest speakers, and fun sessions where students learn how sports clubs generate revenue, manage their costs and use different marketing techniques to reach supporters and customers. Vi-Ability will help participants to develop their CV and test their interview techniques as well as gain accreditations in First Aid and sports leadership. In addition to this, participants will work with a local cricket club and will get hands on experience with the opportunity to plan and run a local cricket initiative.

JOBS BOOST ICC Wales has announced that it has awarded contracts worth more than £22 million to businesses in South Wales for the construction of the convention centre, providing a massive boost to the economy of the region. The contracts, which represent hundreds of local jobs, have been awarded to 22 firms from across the South Wales region for the construction of the venue, and cover all aspects of the build, from brickwork to catering, metalwork to carpentry. An £83.7m joint venture between Celtic Manor and Welsh Government, ICC Wales will accommodate 5,000 delegates when it opens in the summer of 2019 and includes a 4,000sqm pillar-free main hall, a 1,500-seated auditorium, 12 flexible meeting rooms, a double-height glass

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atrium and a 2,500sqm outdoor plaza. One of the biggest value contracts has gone to Cardiff-based CMB Engineering. Director, Peter Davies, said: “CMB Engineering is proud to have been awarded the mechanical services contract for ICC Wales. We expect to devote close to 20,000 person-hours for the mechanical works, which would equate to a workforce of approximately ten people. These figures will potentially double with sub-contractors employed by us. “The construction of the convention centre will provide much needed conference facilities to enable Wales to compete on the world stage, and further contribute to the regeneration of the local area and economy.” For more:

The ICC is taking shape

Cardiff’s pub theatre The Other Room, winner of The Stage’s Fringe Theatre of the Year Award 2016, has announced the pilot of the Professional Pathways Programme, a year-long creative development scheme for Welsh, Wales-based and/or Wales-trained directors and producers that offers a genuine route into the industry. In partnership with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) and Theatr Clwyd and supported by Creu Cymru, the programme will provide work-based development for producers and directors in the form of four remunerated roles and mentorship support for the current executive team at The Other Room. Each of the four roles (of associate director, associate producer, trainee director and trainee producer) has a specifically tailored set of responsibilities and opportunities designed

to provide them with rigorous and targeted professional development. The Other Room’s executive director and co-founder Bizzy Day, said, “We’re incredibly proud to be launching the Professional Pathways Programme. The scheme consolidates the development opportunities the theatre offers into a single pipeline - the very professional journey new artistic director Dan Jones took through The Other Room – and, with a pathway for producers as well as directors, is a clear signifier of our commitment to develop cultural leadership teams of the future. The Other Room is no longer just the place where artists in Wales might have their first show: it’s the place where they might run their first building.”



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THE IMPORTANCE OF PRIVACY DAN DOWEN, solicitor at Berry Smith Lawyers What is GDPR? GDPR replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and is an attempt to harmonise data protection laws throughout the EU and provide greater security for personal data. What are my responsibilities as a company? You must establish if you are data controller, data processor or both. Controllers must notify data subjects of certain information, to be provided in a privacy notice and includes, but not limited to: • identity and contact details of the controller; • the purpose and lawful basis for processing; • the recipients of personal data; • how long personal data is stored; and • the right to lodge a complaint. Personal data must be processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner. Ensure that it is collected is for a specific purpose and only kept as long as is necessary. Keep personal data up to date and accurate and put in place appropriate security measures. If we have already asked for consent before the regulation came in, do we need to ask customers for their permission again? If you are seeking to rely on consent previously obtained, check your processes and records to be sure that these existing consents meet GDPR standards. If existing consents obtained under the 1998 Act don’t comply with GDPR or are poorly documented, you should either seek fresh GDPR compliant consent, identify a different lawful

basis for your processing, or stop the processing. Do I have to appoint a data protection officer (DPO)? These are mandatory where you are a public authority, carry out large scale systematic monitoring (e.g. online behaviour tracking) or large scale processing of special categories of data or data relating to criminal convictions and offences. Any organisation can appoint a DPO, however, you must ensure that they have the necessary skills to discharge the obligations set out by GDPR. How does GDPR apply to my employees? Your employees are likely to themselves be data subjects and will need to know their rights under GDPR. A privacy notice and internal privacy policy would provide information about your processing activities. Employees should be trained on GDPR and how your organisation addresses data breaches, security, subject access requests and retention periods. What documentation do we need to prove that we are GDPR compliant? Accountability is the cornerstone of GDPR. This means that organisations must demonstrate their compliance. It is a mandatory requirement to have in place a privacy notice, however, I would also consider policies relating to how you process data internally, data retention, security, subject access requests and breaches. In addition, document and record your processing activities when you are relying on consent and whenever you conduct a data privacy impact assessment. Berry Smith Lawyers, Haywood House, Dumfries Place, CF10 3GA;


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SHARON HEYS, Data Protection Solicitor at CyberLaw Who does it affect? It affects all EU residents and those companies offering goods and services to EU residents or companies who are monitoring the movements of EU residents. So even companies outside of the EU are affected. What are my responsibilities as a company? If you are a company that processes personal data there are new rules on how you explain your data processing, updated rules on consent and how you manage and protect data. There are also tough new rules for data processors and for companies that fail there are tough new fines of up to 4% of global turnover or 20,000,000 Euro. What kind of information does the GDPR apply to? GDPR applies to personal data which is information that relates to a living, natural person who is identifiable or may be identified by the information and can include a name, an identification number, an online identifier, genetic, biometric or fingerprint. Are there any specific rules businesses should be following in order to ensure compliance? Businesses must consider the information that it holds which could be considered as personal data and undertake an information audit to see where data flows in and out and when data is used to determine the risk points. In relation to consent, there must be a clear record of how this was obtained. Can a customer prevent us, as a business, from collecting his/her personal data? This depends on how and why you are collecting the information as you will have to have a lawful grounds of processing. Consent is not always necessary so for example you may have a legitimate interest in pursuing a debt you are owed. How do we explain to customers how their information is being used? The best way is by a privacy notice that you provide when you collect the data. This notice will set out exactly how you are going to use the information and how long it will be kept, where it will be sent and stored and what security is in place. The notice should be in plain English and easy to read. CyberLaw, 22 Park Place, CF10 3DQ;

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Foreland Road, Whitchurch ÂŁ660,000 - ÂŁ695,000 EPC = D pa black Whitchurch 02920 612328

Large five bedroom stunning family residence of character. Totally modernised to a high specification. 17 ft lounge, 18 ft sitting room, 16 ft kitchen & breakfast room. Study area, downstairs cloak room, utility room, five bedrooms, two bathrooms. 27 ft garage, extensive improvements, large and lovely private gardens. Private drive with parking for four cars. Stunning position within level walking distance to Whitchurch Village.



TYN Y TYLA Space and style abound in this village home By C H A R L I E ROSE







t’s hard to know which of this gorgeous home’s features to highlight first, it’s got so much going for it. Just the location, in the village of Aberthin, just a few miles from Cowbridge, alone is a huge draw, not least because it means that there’s pretty impressive views over common land and rolling fields from just about every angle. It’s not just about the views, though, obviously and the house itself has plenty going for it with big, airy rooms that offer a load of flexibility and adaptability so you can really make it work for you. On the ground floor is a stunning kitchen with plenty of storage space, solid granite worktops and a central island which is an ideal spot for a quick bite. Keen cooks will be pleased to discover a Rangemaster cooker, twin fridge, microwave and all-important wine cooler all part of the package. There’s a useful utility room leading off the kitchen too. Next door is the more formal dining room which, in turn, leads to a conservatory so you’ll be able to make the most of the sunshine, even on cooler days. There’s also two bedrooms on this floor (one with ensuite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe), a study and a bathroom. The two largest bedrooms are found up on the first floor, and both have the added luxury of an ensuite shower room. It’s a huge living room, however, which gives a real wow-factor. There are windows at both the front and back to really take advantage of those views, and to allow light to flood in all through the day, and a woodburner for cosy winter evenings curled up with a good book or in front of a film. Step outside and you’ll find plenty of space there too. There’s a lawn in front which leads to a further lovely 94 I CARDIFF LIFE I

Clockwise from top left, the sunny conservatory; a well appointed kitchen; the cosy living room; light and bright styling. Right: There’s a hot tub and plenty of space for entertaining in the garden

HOUSE NUMBERS Tyn Y Tyla, Penylan Road, Aberthin CF71 7HB






hot tub

£725,000 price

300,000 sq ft

sheltered garden next to the conservatory. Decked steps lead to a seating area which is just crying out for some al fresco entertaining, and there’s a built-in hot tub too for when you need some serious relaxation. Practicalities have all been taken care of as well. There’s plenty of space for cars, with an off-road parking area and a garage, and a handy workshop/store which will be appreciated by DIY enthusiasts. The home also boasts good eco credentials with solar panels that provide supplementary hot water and electricity. There’s just so much to shout about, it’ll be hard to know what to tell your friends about first when you move into your new home! For more: Watts & Morgan, 55 High Street, Cowbridge CF71 7AE;




atie is a partner in Berry Smith and head of the family team. She says, “Fairly early in my career, I realised that my work had the potential to make a massive impact on the lives of the families involved for good or ill and therefore, initially I trained as a mediator, then a collaborative lawyer and then as an arbitrator.” What has been the highlight of your career so far? Qualifying as the first solicitor family arbitrator in Wales a couple of years ago. Since the loss of legal aid resulting in more litigants in person, the courts have become busier and busier and arbitration provides a more flexible practical alternative. It is still a relatively new area however, and my training was undertaken with High Court Judges, QCs and Recorders, which certainly increased my stress levels. And your most embarrassing moment? I accidentally sent an email intended for my client, moaning about the other solicitor, to the other solicitor. Although immediately feeling sick, recognising what I had done, I was too late to stop it having been copied around the entire other office! Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, all people who changed the world. Then to mix it up a bit, I would invite Peter Kaye, Dawn French and Dame Edna Everage (I used to love her programme of going through someone’s house and cupboards, wincing at the rotting vegetables in the drawers etc). Which words or expressions do you use the most? My current vogue, is “actually” and “honestly”. I can irritate myself sometimes. Who would play you in a film about your life? Julia Roberts. I always fancied having that much red hair.

KATIE MCCOLGAN The family lawyer shares her secrets How do you relax? What is that? I do love my garden (although my garden does not always love me) and my six chickens and I enjoy researching family history. I discovered to my utter delight that I have a Lancelot and a Sir Lumley in my family, (I have my eye on the medieval Lumley castle up north), plus an inmate of Portland prison. What’s on your bookshelf at the moment? I generally have about five books on the go. I recently finished reading Wild Swans by Jung Chang. It was deeply moving, true and amazing, all about three generations of Chinese women. What do you never leave home without? My keys, money and telephone.Then I feel I could safely breakdown. What’s your guiltiest pleasure? Chocolate and more chocolate. Which piece of music always sends a shiver down your spine? I do like a bit of Karl Jenkins. I saw him conducting his own pieces in the Albert Hall last year which was wonderful. What are you listening to at the moment? I have recently come across some podcasts by Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson, who has gone viral on YouTube. He speaks so


much sense that we have labelled him “Elder Peterson” in our house. It’s definitely worth a listen/watch. Music wise, Ed Sheeran and Imagine Dragons always cheer me up. What’s your favourite television programme? In honour of the royal wedding, I decided that I should watch Meghan Markle in action. I have just finished the last episode of Suits. Being a lawyer, it is always interesting to see what the TV world make of our work. In practice, it’s wholly unrealistic, but it’s good entertainment and if her TV character is anything to go by, then Meghan is very nice indeed. I suspect no-one is that nice in real life. Tell us about a secret Cardiff spot we might not be aware of… I know it’s not very secret, but I do enjoy a long walk alongside the Taff in the Castle grounds. It is so peaceful and green despite being in the hub of the city. Surprise us with a revelatory fact about yourself… I have six children and couple of “adopted” children and two daughters-in-law – one from Switzerland and one from Japan, so there’s never a dull moment in our house. For more:

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