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Food/Arts/Entertainment/Shopping/Property ISSUE 203 / JUNE 2019 / £3
















The Welsh arts festival Tafwyl festival


he festival issue is one of my very favourites to put together. I love a festival. I love the music, the mud, the sleeping in tents, the lack of clock-watching. I love eating a Goan fish curry sitting on the grass. I love wandering into a tent and becoming enrapt in a scientific discussion about whether ghosts exist. I don’t mind the rain, which is lucky as my favourite festival in the whole wide world, Green Man, has its own Brecon Beacons micro-climate. For 12 glorious years I have been to Green Man, it’s the hardy perennial in my life, unlike maybe the colour coral. It is Pantone’s Colour of 2019 and we speak to the experts to see what their professional take is on using this shade in our lives. Elsewhere there’s summertime talk of dining outdoors in Cardiff, on our property pages we explore a beautiful seaside Penarth family home, that has us yearning for making that holiday feeling a full time way of life and making us go all gooey inside, two columnists, new mum Andrea Byrne and dad of three Nathan Palmer, have written Father Day specials for us. See you next issue!


rhifyn am ambell ŵyl yw un o’m hoff rifynnau i’w paratoi. Rydw i wrth fy modd mewn gŵyl. Rwy’n dwlu ar y gerddoriaeth, y mwd, y cysgu mewn pabell, y colli golwg ar amser. Rwy’n dwlu eistedd ar borfa’n bwyta cyrri pysgod Goaidd. Rwy’n dwlu mynd i mewn i babell ac ymgolli mewn trafodaeth wyddonol ynghylch a yw ysbrydion yn bodoli. Dydw i ddim yn poeni am y glaw, sy’n beth da oherwydd mae gan Green Man – fy hoff ŵyl yn y byd i gyd – ei hinsawdd unigryw ei hun ym Mannau Brycheiniog. Rydw i wedi bod yn mynd i ŵyl Green Man ers 12 mlynedd – mae’n ŵyl sy’n rhan annatod o ’mywyd o’r naill flwyddyn i’r llall, yn wahanol efallai i’r lliw cwrel. Dyma’r lliw y mae Pantone wedi’i ddewis yn Lliw’r Flwyddyn ar gyfer 2019, ac rydym yn siarad â’r arbenigwyr i gael eu safbwynt proffesiynol nhw ar ddefnyddio’r lliw hwn yn ein bywydau. Fel arall, rydym yn sôn am fwyta yn yr awyr agored yng Nghaerdydd yn ystod yr haf; ar ein tudalennau am eiddo rydym yn bwrw golwg ar gartref hyfryd i deulu ar lan y môr ym Mhenarth, sy’n gwneud i ni ddyheu am ail-greu’r teimlad o fod ar wyliau bob diwrnod o’r flwyddyn; ac mae dau golofnydd – Andrea Byrne sydd newydd gael babi, a Nathan Palmer sy’n dad i dri – wedi ysgrifennu erthyglau arbennig ar gyfer Sul y Tadau, a fydd yn siŵr o’ch cyffwrdd. Pob hwyl tan y rhifyn nesaf!

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Issue 203 / June 2019 Cover Cerys Matthews at her Good Life Experience festival (page14). Photo by Nenad Obradovic


14 festivals From the Good Life Experience to Green

Man, we’re in the field reporting on the best Welsh festivals happening this summer

the arts

23 INTRO Go motoring at Celtic Manor this June 24 WHAT’S ON Arts, music, theatre and comedy – it’s

time to update your Cardiff diary

32 books Reading recommendations from Griffin

Books, and quick chats with Quick Reads supporters

food & DRINK

38 al fresco You dining with me? Then let’s take

this outside


44 RESTAURANT We’re talking Italian at Piatto 48 FOOD & Drink NEWS The latest tasty stories from

Cardiff’s foodie scene



53 shopping intro Cardiff’s Faded Studio t-shirts

will fit the bill

54 Editor’s choice Locally and lovingly sourced

Father’s Day goodies


58 festival style Access(orise) all areas 61 STYLE FILE Nathan Palmer on being a dad


69 business insights News, views and interviews

with the region’s professionals

73 CARDIFF LIFE AWARDS Mixing it up with Lab 22 76 Hospitality Corporate, client, and staff

entertainment can help things work better


84 INTERIORS How to live with Living Coral


92 showcase A coastal Penarth gem of a home


8 sPOTLIGHT The Homeless World Cup, Shirley

Bassey and The Beyond Words concert

29 wYBURN & WAYNE The boys are out on the town 35 Andrea Byrne Marking Lee’s first Father’s Day 64 scene Siân Grigg at the Cardiff Met, the Cardiff 10k

launch, and the start of Wales’ Quick Reads

98 CARDIFF lives Meet Paul Cooper

Editor Sarah Moolla Managing editor Deri Robins Senior art editor Andrew Richmond Graphic design Megan Allison Cover design Trevor Gilham Contributors Laura Honey, Nathan Wyburn, Wayne Courtney, Elsie Chadwick, and John Mather Advertising manager Mark George Deputy advertising manager Kate Butterfield Account manager Claire Hawkins claire. Production/Distribution manager Sarah Kingston Deputy production manager/production designer Kirstie Howe Chief executive Jane Ingham Chief executive Greg Ingham Cardiff Life MediaClash, Circus Mews House, Circus Mews, Bath BA1 2PW 01225 475800 @The MediaClash © All rights reserved. May not be reproduced without written permission of MediaClash. We’re a Bath-based publisher, creative agency and event organiser Magazines Our portfolio of regional magazines celebrates the best of local living: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Salisbury. We also publish foodie mag Crumbs (, @CrumbsMag). Agency From the design and build of websites to digital marketing and creating company magazines, we can help. Events We create, market, promote and operate a wide variety of events both for MediaClash and our clients Contact: I CARDIFF LIFE I 5


Actor Michael Sheen led the Cardiff bid to host

Homeless World Cup


More than 500 players representing over 50 countries will travel to Cardiff on 27 July to play in the week-long festival of football, The Homeless World Cup. The Cardiff 2019 bid was led by Welsh actor and activist Michael Sheen, who says bringing the Homeless World Cup to Wales is “a real dream come true for me. All round the world I’ve seen how football can play a massive part in helping people transform their lives, bring some joy and hope when things seem at their worst or just help to get you through a day. This summer Cardiff will host a celebration of what can bring us all together.” Since the first tournament in Graz, Austria in 2003, it is estimated more than one million people worldwide have had their lives positively impacted by the tournament and its programmes. The organisers are working with Cymorth Cymru, the umbrella body for Wales’ homelessness sector, and the event, which is free to attend, will showcase Welsh music on Green Man-organised stage. There will also be a debate tent hosted in collaboration with the independent think tank The Bevan Foundation. For more:

This is a tournament that brings people together

Lives have been turned round thanks to the Homeless World Cup

There’s a lot of love for the Beyond Words concert

Ventriloquist Paul Verdin will be lending his voice, as will his puppet friend Sam

Charity concert

RAISED VOICES A thousand children from 36 schools across South Wales, including eight from Cardiff, will be taking part in a musical extravaganza at the Motorpoint Arena supported by a host of celebrity acts and professional musicians. The Beyond Words concert, now in its sixth year, will


be based on the song A Million Dreams from the musical movie The Greatest Showman. Paul Zerdin, a British comedian, ventriloquist, and the winner of America’s Got Talent in 2015, is a patron of Beyond Words and will be performing at the concert on 15 July. He says, “It’s terrific

being involved with a project that can really reach out and have such a positive effect on young people. Also being a ventriloquist, I have more than one voice which does help make up the thousand voices.” For more:



Scouts from Cardiff took part in a worldwide hike over the weekend to coincide with National Walking Month and joined 11,000 scouts from all over the world including Finland, Czech Republic, Canada, Australia and Argentina. Over 350 Scouts of all ages took part in the Jamboree On The Trail (JOTT), with 80 Scouts from 2nd Llandaff walking a five-mile circular route around the Wenallt in north Cardiff. Mark Powell, cub leader from 2nd Llandaff, says, “This is our third year participating in the walk; our walkers range from four years old to 75, and this year our eldest walker took part again which was brilliant to see. We encourage people of all ages to get involved as it is such a great activity, many also bring their dogs along too.” For more:

Cardiff Scouts took part in a worldwide hike

Dame Shirley Bassey with the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Dianne Elizabeth Rees

Cardiff legends


Dame Shirley Bassey, who was born in Tiger Bay and grew up in Splott, was awarded the freedom of Cardiff at a special ceremony at City Hall on 17 May. The singer, who has sold more than 135 million records over seven decades, was nominated for the award by council leaders who said it is in recognition of her ‘service to Cardiff, Wales and her patronage of the Noah’s Ark Charity and of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.’ Dame Shirley told crowds outside that “Cardiff especially” was important to her, and the award was “up there with becoming a Dame. It’s probably more so, because not many people get freedom of the city. There are a lot of Dames around.” After the ceremony, which she walked in to to a band playing Goldfinger, Dame Shirley said, “It was so emotional. I said I wasn’t going to cry and I did. When they were reading [my achievements] all out that was it. I was like ‘did I do all that?’” Cardiff council leader Huw Thomas said at the event. “Her voice has provided the soundtrack to key moments in the life of our city and of our nation.” Freedom of the city is the highest honour the city can bestow on an individual and was first awarded in 1886. Other recipients of the award include Nelson Mandela and Princess Diana. For more:

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Wales is home to some of the best festivals in the world and, with the help of our in-the-field experts, we bring you the low-down and top tips, on what to expect this summer

The stunning Brecon Beacons backdrop to Green Man


festivals When: 12 – 15 September Where: Hawarden Estate, Flintshire Who: Music from Snapped Ankles, cooking from Sandoor Katz, talks

from Stella Rimington and poetry from Salena Godden Why: A plethora of amazing and eclectic acts curated by Cerys Matthews, with a main stage framed by castles

What they say: Cerys Matthews, singer, broadcaster and The Good Life Experience festival owner Last year’s highlight: Watching Norman Jay (MBE)’s DJ set. Tell us of three acts you are looking forward to this year:

Jnr Williams, Guy Chambers, Helen Sharman. Food and drink recommendations?: Homemade Indian curry and any of the food cooked by chefs and foragers like Roger Phillips on the open fires and pits that are being prepped and cooked in over the weekend. Will be visiting: The blacksmithing and pottery crafts and workshops. Your best festival tips please: Keep an open mind and keep breathing. Oh, and bring loads of woollen blankets.  For more:

PRIDE CYMRU’S BIG WEEKEND When: 23 – 25 August Where: City Hall

Lawns, Cardiff

Who: From the wonderful

Gabrielle to Cardiff’s famous Bingo Lingo, along with Gok Wan DJ’ing Why: It’s become one of the biggest pride events in the UK over the years, and also taken creative initiatives to tackle wider issues in the LGBT community What they say: Pride Cymru event director Craig Michael Last year’s highlight: My personal highlight has to be the parade. Seeing over 15,000 people come together to peacefully march and party through the streets of Cardiff’s city centre was simply spectacular. However, dancing to We are Family with Courtney Act and my Pride Cymru family, is a close second. Looking forward to this year: I am excited to dance to Gok Wan’s DJ set and also seeing Welsh singer Shellyann Evans’ performance. Will be eating and drinking: Last year I practically lived at this amazing Caribbean stand which was 100 per cent vegan. Drinks-wise it’ll be anything non-alcoholic, most likely water as I’ll be rushing around from dawn to dusk. Will be visiting: I’ll definitely visit the dog show, we’re very lucky Dogs Trust is supporting us. Best festival tip: Biodegradable glitter is this year’s must have, along with water and sunblock. Also we put great emphasis on being inclusive and accessible for all. If you want to come to Pride Cymru then you should be able to. There will be BSL interpreters, 2-4-1 access tickets, dedicated disabled facilities, a disabled viewing platform for the main stage and a ‘quiet area’ for anyone who needs a break. For more:

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When: 30 August – 1 September Where: A beautiful woodland by the sea at Candleston Castle Campsite, Merthyr Mawr, South Wales Who: Along with music, crafts, poetry and arts, there will be speakers from the Cardiff Met, Cardiff and Swansea Universities, University of South Wales, Natural Resources Wales, Woodland Trust, and Dark Sky Wales Why: Between The Trees’ primary aim is to reconnect people of all ages with the natural world. It blends the enjoyment of original, contemporary folk music and Americana with nature, science and art

What they say: Andrew Thomas and Dawn Wood, the festival organisers Last year’s highlight: Ofelia playing unplugged on the pirate ship. What are you looking forward to most?: Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Noble Jacks and Flight Brigade. Will be drinking: The beer and cider are produced locally, with the Bang-On microbrewery being just five miles up the road, which also means we never run out! Non-music suggestions?: Environmental talks and science workshops from Blue Planet’s Lauren Eyles. Bushcraft by Wild Spirit Bushcraft and wood-working workshops by West Coast Makers. Best Between The Trees camping tip: Bring a small tent and a torch as you will be camping in the middle of a wood. This is as close to nature as a festival can get. For more:


When: 22 June Where: Rodney Parade, Newport Who: Stereo MC’s, The Darling Buds, Dr Feelgood, Rusty Shackle,

The Karpets and Joe Kelly & the Royal Pharmacy Why: Portstock is a one-day music event with a diverse selection of local food traders, stalls and workshops with all proceeds going to support the work of St David’s Hospice Care What they say: Gayle Douglas, studio manager at Parade Design

Last year’s highlight:

I love to have a good old boogie, so as soon as Big Mac’s Wholly Soul Band entered the stage, I was up and dancing. I really enjoyed Barracwda too, I’ve seen them perform a few times now and find the whole thing mesmerising. Looking forward to most: Really looking

forward to Stereo MC’s – a real blast from the past! Rusty Shackle are sure to


above: See Monmouthshire-based folk rock band Rusty Shackle at the charity

festival Portstock, in Newport in June; opposite page, clockwise from top: Cardiff is super proud of its Pride Cymru festival happening in August; The Good Life Experience is organised by singer and broadcaster Cerys Mathews; Between The Trees festival is celebration of folk and nature; part of the festival vibe is late-night chatting aorund a bonfire - just like this Good Life Experience

“This is as close to nature as a festival can get” be a highlight this year, they were fab at Newport Rising Festival and I’ll also be heading over to catch the Ska Monkeys. Will be eating: I do love Mexican so you will likely see me queueing for ThatStreetFood and no doubt I’ll be indulging in a slice of pizza from the Welsh Italian Pizza co. I also know that Chock Shop is having a stall with their amazing calorific brownies. Will be visiting: For me it’s the Pixies Wardrobe for a floral hair crown. For my daughter, The Slime Factory stall and Hula Hoop workshop. Best festival tip: Remember the poncho and the wet wipes. And take a camping chair – you won’t regret it. For more:

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Catch Stereo MC’s at Portstock


When: 15 – 18 August Where: Brecon Beacons, Wales Who: Idles, The Comet is Coming, Aldous Harding, Stereolab,

and Eels

Why: It is the largest contemporary music and arts festival in Wales and

has been given major event status by the Welsh Government due to the festival’s positive impact and wealth creation

What they say: Fiona Stewart owner and managing director of Green Man Last year’s highlight: Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs performance definitely blew us all away and proved why they sell out venues all over the world. Australian band King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard who had their first headline performance, and Cardiff’s own Boy Azooga were incredible. Looking forward to most: I can’t wait to see Father John Misty, Four Tet, and Sharon Van Etten take to the Mountain Stage this year and of course the legendary Meic Stevens. Plus, uncovering amazing Welsh talent at The Settlement Stage, which showcases some of the most exciting emerging Welsh language acts around. Will be eating: Starting the day with some delicious Mexican goodness from The Bearded Taco, swiftly followed by Mr Hippy’s gorgeous vegan ice cream. Plus our favourite local family butcher, Cashells will be offering homemade savoury delights. This will be washed down with Welsh ale, lager and cider at Courtyard, our very own Welsh Beer Festival, which hosts 150 different beverages brewed by 42 independent Welsh brewers. Will be visiting: Einstein’s Garden science engagement area packed with interesting and quirky workshops, talks and shows. The hidden arts trail in the woods is a lovely place to take a bit of time out and see some stunning arts installations. Festival top tips: Try and get to the Green Man burn around midnight on Sunday to get the best view. Book in massages, hot tubs and yoga sessions at Nature Nurture on your first day as they get booked out. For more:


Either that’s a very tall child or they’re enjoying the Green Man view courtesy of someone’s shoulders; OPPOSITE PAGE BELOW RIGHT: The parade is part of the Pride Cymru festival


When: 18 – 20 October Where: Spans across multiple

venues around Cardiff’s city centre Who: Gruff Rhys, Nilüfer Yanya, Bloxx, Self Esteem, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, and She Drew The Gun Why: Since it’s inception in 2007, the festival has been focused on new music, emerging artists and homegrown acts

What they say: Steffan Dafydd, festival marketing

2018’s highlights:

I managed to get a prime spot for Goat Girl and Suuns. I also loved staying up into the early hours of the morning losing myself in the sea of artists I hadn’t ever seen before. Looking forward in 2019: We Were Promised Jetpacks, Black Country, New Road, and Hwr Doeth – the Caernarfon hip-hop collective, they are always a bit mad, unpredictable and tonnes of fun. Will be fortifying self for the day with: I’ll start the day with the biggest breakfast I can order from Sully’s, then Hard Lines coffee will be keeping me energised throughout the day. Best festival advice: Download our app and sort out your own schedule and route. Last year, my schedule clashed so much, I couldn’t visit every venue, so this year, ticking them all off will be my mission. For more:

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festivals left: Enjoying Tafwyl festival under the majesty of Cardiff Castle;

below: face painting with biodegradable glitter is a must for 2019;

opposite, clockwise: Tafwyl will be serving up some treats; Amber Arcades are performing as part of Swn festival in October; Going glam is a de rigeur at the Vintage for Victory festival in July


When: 21 – 23 June Where: Cardiff Castle Who: Gwenno, DJ Huw

Stephens and Adwaith

Why: Cardiff’s Welsh-

language arts and culture weekend festival What they say: Festival organisers Llinos left, and Lia right Last year’s highlight: Llinos: Behind the scenes,

for me the highlight was the whole festival team having a silent disco whilst clearing up the site very late on the Sunday night. Lia: Eden closed the show with an absolutely incredible performance that got the whole crowd dancing.

Looking forward to: Llinos: I’m having a baby the week before, making this the first Tafwyl

in eight years I’ll probably miss.

Lia: Band Pres Llareggub, Wigwam and Gwenno. Will be eating and drinking: Llinos: A cava or two from the Cavavan, and tacos from The

Bearded Taco.

Lia: Definitely the jackfruit from Brother Thai, followed by a nice cold

gin from the new bar on site. Oh, and maybe some churros too.

Will be visiting: Llinos: The new comedy, cabaret and drag events in The Undercroft

are definitely not to be missed. Lia: The kids area where I can enjoy getting my hands dirty while making crafts with Green City and planting seeds with Woodland trust. Your Tafwyl top tips please: Llinos: Book Monday off work. There’s a very fun after party at Clwb

Ifor Bach on the Sunday evening with DJ Gareth Potter.

Lia: Look out for street performers around the city centre beforehand

as well – Tafwyl will be taking over Cardiff. For more:



When: 12 – 14 July Where: The Library Gardens in Whitchurch Village, Cardiff Who: The Jive Aces, The Satin Dollz, Sarah Collins & Keep The Faith,

All That Soul, The London Belles and Elle & The Pocket Belles

Why: A boutique feel festival, full of glamour and romance in the

middle of a leafy suburb

What they say: Nadia Egger, sales manager Last year’s highlight: It has to be the Dakota Fly Past. Looking forward to: Jive Aces, Satin Dollz, and Jackson Sloan & The Rhythmtones. Also I can’t wait to see the Lancaster Bomber this year, it brings a lump to your throat and a shiver down your spine. Will be drinking: Lots of Pipes Beer. Workshops: Valley Jive and Cardiff Lindy Hop workshops are fantastic fun for beginners and for the more accomplished, there is Dancing Heaven.   Best camping tip: I would say warm socks and a mug of hot chocolate – the perfect end to the perfect day. n For more:

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WHAT’S ON 1 June - 30 June

The legendary rocket man, Elton John is on his final ever tour and will be performing at Cardiff City Stadium on 15 June


DIRTY DANCING The classic story on stage is back, exploding with heart-pounding music, breath-taking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing. All together now, ʻNobody puts Baby in the corner.’ New Theatre Cardiff;

5 – 6 June

ELEPHANTS (ARE THE LARGEST LAND MAMMALS) Niall Farman has written and devised a one-person performance that has been described as ‘a funny and thought provoking exploration of loss, through one young person’s philosophy of life’. Squirrel, the

semi-autobiographical character, could be any young person in any rural area, anywhere in the UK and so forms the premise of Farman’s observational, physical performance The Little Man Coffee Company, Cardiff;

5 – 8 June

COTTON FINGERS A timely, politically charged and vividly written show made by an exceptionally talented all female creative team. As social and also political upheaval grips the country she loves, can Aoife regain control over her future? Sherman Theatre;

7 – 9 June

NEITHER HERE NOR THERE Funny, intimate, political, a bit livid,


powerful, powerless and patient – Sonia and Jo host a series of conversations that happen over six minutes. Chapter;

join the New Adventures Company to follow the enveloping story of passion and tragedy. Donald Gordon Theatre;

11 – 12 June

22 June

TWELVE CABINS TWELVE VACANCIES The show interlinks personal tragedy with the events of Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal sixties horror classic Psycho. Chapter;

18 –22 June

MATTHEW BOURNE’S ROMEO AND JULIET Bourne has passionately re-imagined Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in a contemporary performance of two young lovers confined, against their will, by a society that seeks to divide. Wales’ brightest young dance talent

AN AUDIENCE WITH DAVE COURTNEY Previously known as the ‘Yellow Pages of the underworld’ and ‘the most feared man in Britain’, the ex-London gangster talks about illicit and dangerous activities, and then swapping friendships with the Krays for charitable causes such as the Prince’s Trust. Glamorgan Wanderers Rugby Football Club, Cardiff;

26 June – 3 July


what’s on The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama will be performing a musical take on the Victor Hugo story The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Bellringer Quasimodo emerges from his hidden and lonely life in the Notre Dame Cathedral into the outside world. There he meets Esmerelda who changes his life forever. Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama;

a surreal mix of stand-up comedy, striking innovation and extreme multitasking, with some ironing. Chapter;

8 June

27 June – 3 August


Romeo and Juliet bring romance in ballet form to Cardiff 18 June; left: Rhod Gilbert's new tour, Book of John, promises to a real page turner; below: Global superstar P!nk wears white, despite her name

Cardiff open air theatre festival: everyman 19 Attracting over 14,000 visitors the Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival presents a spectrum of performances for all enthusiasts: Shakespeare, musicals, family shows, and a comedy production. This year features Hi-De-Hi, Much Ado About Nothing, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Little Mermaid. Sophia Gardens;

3 June

STAND UP FOR SHELTER CYMRU Homelessness is no laughing matter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while helping the charity make a difference. Featuring Welsh comedian Kiri Pritchard-McLean and 2018’s Britain’s got Talent winner, Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy). Glee Club Cardiff; AL MURRAY – LANDLORD OF HOPE AND GLORY TOUR 2019 Join Al who marvels at the majesty of his idea of a green and pleasant land. A land just off the coast of France, except now it feels a little bit further away. St David’s Hall; rhod gilbert – the book of john The multi-award winning Welsh comedian is back from his six-year break from stand-up. Rob faced a lot of, mostly bad, things during his time off and just when he thought he’d hit rock bottom, he met a bloke… called John. Motorpoint Arena Cardiff; GEORGE EGG: ANARCHIST COOK A one-off chance to see George Egg perform his award-winning total sell-out Edinburgh debut, involving live cooking as well as laughs, this is

LARRY DEAN – BAMPOT Fresh from a sell-out international tour and smash-hit Live at the Apollo debut, Larry Dean has a new hour of ‘the unexpected and excellent’ says The Times, with his thoughts on self-esteem and what it means to be Scottish. Chapter;

25 – 30 June

26 – 27 June

3 June

7 June

9 June

faulty towers: the dining experience In a fully immersive and interactive experience, the characters Basil, Manuel and Sybil will be delivering two hours of comedy and three courses of food amongst much chaos, slapstick and laughter. Wales Millennium Centre;


6 – 8 June

MARK WATSON: THE INFINITE SHOW Cluster-bombed with yoghurt on Taskmaster, half-killed on Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island, the comedian and author returns to what he’s best at: being indoors. Sherman Theatre;

ricky gervais: Supernature Following his most recent stand-up Humanity, the critically acclaimed, phenomenally talented and comedic Ricky Gervais is back on tour with hilarious new content looking at the absurdity of superstition, magic, and all unsubstantiated beliefs. Motorpoint Arena;

Music 1 June

The drifters Listed among Rolling Stone magazine’s greatest artists of all time, this legendary rock and roll group will be performing hits from the last six decades such as Under The Boardwalk and Saturday Night at The Movies. Motorpoint Arena Cardiff;

2 June

megan mckenna As part of her first ever headline tour, reality star turned country singer, Megan McKenna will be performing her debut album, Story of Me. The Globe, Cardiff; I CARDIFF LIFE I 25

What’s on 6 – 9 June

amster jazz time festival To celebrate the Royal Welsh College’s 70th anniversary this year the festival focuses on college alumni and current artists. The very best emerging jazz artists, free student performances, and a whole host more acts to be enjoyed. Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama;

8 June

15 June

conversations with nick cave Described by Nick Cave as ‘an exercise in connectivity’, the evening will consist of music and open discussion where the audience is encouraged to be bold, challenging, confrontational, and unafraid. Donald Gordon Theatre;

15 – 22 June

take that The Greatest Hits tour promises an electric atmosphere with lighting, stage sets, and effects that are second to none. Joined by Rick Astley, the boys will deliver one hit after the other in a tremendous performance. Principality Stadium

bbc cardiff singer of the world Over 400 gifted singers from around the world have been whittled down to a final twenty. They will perform in front of a distinguished jury accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. St David’s Hall;

10 June

20 June

mumford & sons After releasing Delta, their latest and greatest album, Mumford and Sons will deliver their music with as much force, passion, and finesse as ever. They plan to perform in the centre of the audience and create a truly intimate experience. Motorpoint Arena Cardiff;

13 June

mrs brown’s boys d’musical The award winning Brendan O'Carroll with his Mrs Brown’s Boys are back with their brand new production, which promises exhilaration, laughter, and musical adventure. Motorpoint Arena Cardiff;

13 June

alanis morissette’s jagged little pill Jagged Little Pill is back on the road paying tribute to Alanis Morissette and her iconic album. Featuring her greatest hits, this is a night of nostalgia and celebration with uplifting energy and passion. Seventh Avenue Arts;

15 June

elton john: farewell yellow brick road The global icon Elton John's new stage production will take his fans on a musical and highly visual journey spanning an incredible 50-year career of hits like no one has ever seen before. Really, this is one not to be missed. Cardiff City Stadium;

p!nk The global superstar P!NK will be touring The Truth About Love, her latest album, which entered the top of the iTunes charts upon release. She will be supported by DJ Kid Cut Up, Vance Joy, and Bang Bang Romeo. Principality Stadium, Cardiff;

23 June

a night at the musicals A star-studded line up of the West End and Broadway’s leading singers will join forces with The Novello Orchestra to deliver a sophisticated take on many of the best loved moments of musical theatre. Wales Millennium Centre;

28 June

the killers This is an opportunity to intimately and exclusively watch the Grammynominated band, The Killers. The much-anticipated evening promises to be throbbing with their incredible combination of talent, professionalism, and stage presence. Cardiff Castle;

28 June

Il divo: timless The multi-national classical crossover vocal group is back. They will be performing their greatest hits live and proving just how timeless their talent is, both unwavering, and passionate. Motorpoint Arena Cardiff;

28 June

Royal welsh symphony orchestra From John Adams’ high-octane



Ricky Gervais is out of the office and in Cardiff on 26 – 27 June; Take That look for their former members; below: Bob Dylan's paintings can be seen at Castle Fine Art middle:

what’s on with an extensive series of talks, discussions and debates, and theatre performances including the poignant story behind the children’s opera Brundibar, which is being performed 22 – 23 June. There are also exhibitions, an immersive digital reality art exhibition, and community engagement work. For the full programme visit


Until 14 July

ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019 Cardiff will welcome New Zealand, Sri Lanka, England, Bangladesh, South Africa and World Cup qualifier champions, Afghanistan. Cardiff Wales Stadium; Niall Farman's Elephants (Are The Largest Land Mammals) performs 5 – 6 June

opener to the hard-edged styling of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s riffs and refrains, the concert is supercharged with spectacular energy. Laura Deignan on the clarinet conducted by David Jones allows for the Royal Welsh College Symphony Orchestra to showcase their full power. St David’s Hall;

Gathercole and Sigrid Muller will feature 40 paintings and show just why they are regarded as among Wales’ leading artists. Gathercole’s work reflects her fascination with simple, domestic objects, while Muller uses layer upon layer of pencil crayon on a background of pooled watercolour washes. Martin Tinney Gallery;

30 June

Until 31 August

paul weller: sounds of the city Following the release of his brand new live album Other Aspects, Live At The Royal Festival Hall, Paul Weller will be supported by Miles Kane and Steve Mason in what is sure to be a tremendous performance of his well-refined musical talents. Cardiff Castle;

30 June

carrie underwood: cry pretty Multi-platinum superstar and seven times Grammy award winner Carrie Underwood will be performing her new sixth studio album Cry Pretty. She will be joined by the biggest selling UK country act of all time, The Shires, for a spectacular night. Motorpoint Arena;


NEW PAINTINGS This exhibition from Susan

BOB DYLAN GRAPHICS He may be best known as a musician, but Bob Dylan is also a renowned artist His expressive works, demonstrated in the limited edition graphics, capture the artist’s chance encounters and combine the everyday with the extraordinary Castle Fine Art;

Until 1 September

david nash: sculpture through the seasons Celebrating fifty years of working in Capel Rhiw, Nash displays his largest and most ambitious collection of work featuring key sculptures from the 1960s to now. From photographs, films and drawings to living sculptures, Nash uses the natural environment to create his unique and striking work which makes him one of Britain’s most important artists. National Museum Cardiff;

7 – 30 June

FREEDOM SEASON Welsh National Opera presents a curated season rooted in exploring themes of human rights, justice and political imprisonment. Along

8 June

well-being festival In the busy life of work and wi-fi it can be tricky to find some time for ourselves This festival explores the many different ways to find a little balance in our schedules, whether its mindfulness, martial arts, drawing, or dining – the day will offer opportunities to explore engaging activities and stalls. For more festival news turn to page 14. National Museum Cardiff;

15 – 16 June

joust! The Knights of Royal England will produce a dazzling and epic display of jousting. Storytelling, strolling musicians, combat displays, and a village encampment make for a fantastic family day out. Cardiff Castle;

23 June

THE CARDIFF TRIATHLON Beginning with a swim in Cardiff Bay, athletes will then cycle along closed roads and finish with a run along the Barrage. There are differing distances so all abilities can participate. Roald Dahl Pass, Cardiff;

16 June


Until 15 September

Snakes! This touring exhibition from Blue Tokay explores snakes from live specimens, photographs, and interactive displays. It delves into the mystery and beauty surrounding these creatures in an exhibition that suits all of the family. National Museum Cardiff;

1 June

what next? Presented by Women Can What Next? is a day about celebrating women in the arts industry. The day is started with yoga and then visitors are free to explore film, visual art, classical music, dance, and panel discussions. Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff;

7 – 30 June

Season. Donald Gordon Theatre;

MOTORING AT THE MANOR Fasten your seat belts and get into gear this Father’s Day because its going to be fast and furious up at the Manor. Get up close and personal with some world-class motoring machines from race, rally, super, hyper and classic cars, as well as the opportunity to meet some motoring legends. Turn to page 23 for more info on this motoring extravaganza. Celtic Manor;

22 – 23 June

tafwyl The annual family-friendly festival is back showcasing and celebrating Welsh language, arts, and culture. There will be a lively mix of music, literature, drama, comedy, art, sports, food and drink. The event is a gorgeous nine days in total ending with happenings all over the city and the main event at Cardiff Castle. Turn to page 14 for more details on Tafwyl, plus a host of more festival fun in fields coming our way this summer and beyond.

30 June

THE LAST GOODBYE In July 2016, holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter toured the Majdanek Concentration Camp in what he vowed would be his final visit. The Last Goodbye reaches profound levels of immersion in service of the first ever-virtual reality testimony that will be archived and preserved. This is part of WNO’s Freedom

mad hatters cruelty free family day This is a dress-up (optional) day of family fun in aid of animal wellbeing with pottery painting, story telling, and social sharing. There will be various cruelty-free stands ranging from food to jewellery to bath-time luxuries to browse and shop. The Paget Rooms Penarth, Penarth; n I CARDIFF LIFE I 27

Wyburn & Wayne Cardiff’s dazzling answer to Ant & Dec, Morecambe & Wise, or more accurately Edina & Patsy, giving you their take on what’s been HOT in and around our city

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e did it! We smashed our £10,000 fundraising goal, and we are over the moon! Over recent months, we’ve been fundraising to help save St Andrew’s Church on Wellfield Road from closure. They needed the money for essential repairs including the roof, or else the doors would be shut. What made this so important to us, is that the building isn’t just about faith – it’s home to many community groups such Brownies, salsa dancing, Zumba, arts groups, and several self help groups too. It’s an amazing hub that serves a genuine social purpose and that’s why we felt so passionate about helping it. Our latest event was the Roath Bake Off. The turn out was

exceptional and the event was full of celebrity judges including Chris Rankin who plays Harry Potter’s Percy Weasley, the Dirty Vegan himself Mathew Pritchard, and ITV weather girl, the very sunny Ruth Wignall. Over a hundred cakes were baked and entered, there were craft stalls and live music from the likes of Cardiff¹s Rock Choir, and we raised well of £1,000 that day taking our total to almost £11,000. A huge congratulations to Julie Heath who won the best overall cake award. We were supposed to cut this up and sell it on for charity, but the judges didn’t give us the chance – it was so delicious they kept tasting it and before we could say, ‘Pass us the cake knife’, they’d eaten it all! Another huge event for us recently was Wales Comic Con

“We were invited by the wonderful Ruby Slippers drag artist to perform a few songs and we had a ball” Nathan with a ‘Weasley’ Rupert Grint

Wayne with Lost Boy Kiefer Sutherland

above: Julie Heath was the Roath Bake Off winner but our boys never even got to try the triumphant cake due to greedy celebrity judges; left: Wayne and Nathan with the beautiful Ruby Slippers at the wonderful Swansea Pride

in Wrexham. Nathan gets invited along to make live art over the weekend of the attending stars, and this time is was bigger than ever. Meeting and chatting to the likes of Rupert Grint (it’s been a very Weasley-filled few weeks and our world is better for that kind of magic), Jennifer Morrison of Once Upon A Time, David Tennant and Kiefer Sutherland, was amazing. The green room is such a surreal place when you’re making your morning coffee and your favourite vampire from your favourite movie The Lost Boys is stood behind you. Just brilliant and every fan’s dream. Nathan created art using things like fake blood, pizza, coffee and Rupert’s portrait using a collage of ginger items – and as a fellow ginger it was made with love. Also full of love and truly beautiful moments was Swansea Pride, which made a comeback after a few years hiatus, and was sensational. Swansea’s biggest celebration of LGBTQ+ life was bigger than ever. We were invited by the wonderful drag artist Ruby Slippers to perform a few songs and we had a ball. We sang some Take That and Kylie Minogue... because, er, well why not? And then partied into the early hours, which as you may have gathered by now, is a speciality of ours! Special guests included Shellyann Evans who has just won BBC1’s

singing competition Altogether Now and EastEnders’ Janine Butcher aka Charlie Brooks... we weren’t going near any steep Welsh mountains with her... remember what happened to poor Barry?! The NHS annual charity bed push for the Health Charity returned to the barrage, and instead of taking part (last year Wayne nearly ended up in the water, because the wheel was dodgy, honest, it really was!), we were invited to host. Now that was a much easier job for us. What an incredible turn out once again and congrats all the people who took part, dressed up and decorated those beds so creatively. Theatre wise, New Jersey Boys, which is a unique tribute to Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons, came to town and so rapturous was the response, it nearly took The New Theatre’s roof off. Our friends down at Maesteg Town Hall hosted an incredible evening with Britain’s Got Talent star La Voix, and boy that gal can sing! She’s a brilliant and upbeat mixture of old school cabaret, current pop songs, topical comedy, upbeat and proper funny, cheesy jokes. She stole the stage and stole our hearts. To keep up to date with Wyburn & Wayne follow them on Facebook, Twitter @WyburnWayne and Instagram @wyburnandwayne I CARDIFF LIFE I 29

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Get Pretty Muddy in Cardiff A Cardiff nurse, who gives hope to patients taking part in cancer trials, is urging youngsters to sign up to Cancer Research UK’s Pretty Muddy Kids event in Cardiff


ay Wilson, a lead research nurse at Cardiff’s Velindre Hospital, is backing the event alongside her two children and her niece and nephew. This year, for the first time, Cancer Research UK is inviting everyone – men, women and children – to join the Race for Life. Pretty Muddy Kids is an exciting obstacle course designed just for children – with added mud, thrills and spills.


It will take place at Bute Park, Cardiff, on Saturday 6 July followed by the traditional 5K and 10K Pretty Muddy, which thousands of men and women will take part in. By taking part in Pretty Muddy Kids, children in Cardiff can have fun with friends and help raise valuable funds to beat cancer at the same time. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives. Kay and her team of eight research nurses, some who are co-funded by Cancer Research UK, took part in the charity’s 5K Race for Life last year. The mother of two is passionate about supporting Cancer Research UK as she sees the direct benefit of research by caring for patients taking part in clinical trials. Kay, who has been a nurse for 18 years, says, “There is no greater feeling than seeing a patient responding well to a new treatment. For example, we are currently treating a 39-year-old woman who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016. She experienced a few failed treatments but started a phase 1 trial with us earlier this year and is responding well. “Without the public’s support, we wouldn’t be able discover kinder and more effective

treatments for the future. “That’s why we are urging boys and girls across Cardiff to take part in Pretty Muddy Kids. Together, we can help beat this devastating disease.” One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, and Pretty Muddy Kids events, which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding vital research. n

To enter Race for Life Pretty Muddy Kids today go to or call 0300 123 0770.

back row: Colin Jackson, Mica Moore, Nathan Stephens, Jos Andrews, Wil Evans and Laura McAllister front row: Matthew Jones, Hayley Long, and Anna Hursey

Did / do you enjoy comics or magazines?

I loved football publications like Shoot and Match.

The book that always cheers you up?

I enjoy anything by the journalist and author, Lucy Mangan. Your desert island book?

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Wil Evans is a farmer and TV star, and features in the Quick Reads book, Wil ac Aeron written by Heulwen Ann Davies.

THE BOOK GROUP We ask five people involved with the launch of Wales’ Quick Reads for the blurb on their reading habits

Nathan Stephens is a former paralympian athlete from Wales Tell us about the first book you loved...

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle read to me by my mum. It got me interested in food! I’d recommend this to everyone. Did you like comics growing up?

I loved all the Marvels and I was really into all the Japanese animation stuff too. Spider-man was a major favourite though – a young person with super powers fighting crime, what’s not to love? Any books that scared you?

The Haunted Mask, and A Night in Terror Tower, part of The Goosebumps series by RL Stine really scared me and has left me with a fear of china dolls and puppets! I hate them!   Your desert island book?

The Kingkiller Chronicle fantasy series by Patrick Rothfuss, which tells the story of Kvothe, an adventurer and musician.   Book or e-reader?

Got to be a book. No contest. Mica Moore, is a champion bobsleigher and sprinter Can you remember the first book ever read to you?

The Last Noo Noo by Jill Murphy, about a baby dragon who had a dummy (noo noo) and grew a noo noo tree. I had a dummy growing up and I loved the book because the dragon was proud of his bad habit like me, and it even inspired me to grow my own tree.


What was your favourite book growing up?

I absolutely loved anything by Jacqueline Wilson but especially Tracy Beaker. Did you enjoy comics?

I used to make my mum and dad get the Sunday Times so that I could read the children’s paper at the back. And I loved getting the Christmas Beano and Dandy annuals. Any childhood books that have influenced your taste now?

I really enjoyed Goosebumps growing up, and I think that’s what encouraged my present day love of horror films. Do you read many sporting books?

At the moment I’m actually reading a book on motivation in sport, to help with my summer competitions. Good books like that help when I’m struggling in training. What’s on your must-read list?

Many people have recommended Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Laura McAllister CBE is an academic and former international football player Can you remember the first book ever read to you as a young child?

The story of Guto Nyth Brân, the18th century legendary Welsh athlete, and also the folk-tale of the faithful hound Gelert, both read to me by my grandparents. What was your favourite book growing up?

The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton, about a huge tree inhabited by fairy-folk.

What’s your first book-related memory?

I remember my mother reading The Little House on the Prairie to me as a little boy. What did you love to read as a teen?

I loved books by Barry Crump, a New Zealand author. My favourite was Wild Pork and Watercress. Any books you didn’t like?

I remember I was petrified of The Famous Five for some reason! Your go-to cheer-up book?

Well, I’m a bit fan of Western books so I would go for The Complete Western Stories by Elmore Leonard. I also love How the West Was Won by Louis L’Amour, the epic tale of a family of settlers in America. What’s the one book you want to share with all your friends?

Mr Nice, the autobiography of Howard Marks who went to Oxford University, and became an international drug smuggler.

Jos Andrews is author of one of the 2019 Quick Reads, Reset Your Goals Can you remember the first book ever read to you as a young child?

Very early on my mother read Enid Blyton’s Grumbling Grace to me, about a girl who moaned a lot. I think I got the message!

What was your favourite book growing up?

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. I wanted to be Gerry and have animals all over the house but it hasn’t happened – yet! Your desert island book?

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen all the way. Favourite book memory?

As a child I wrote to Alexander Cordell the author of Rape of the Fair Country set during the Industrial Revolution. He took the time to write back and his letters were fantastic. He then dedicated his first children’s book, The White Cockade written in 1970, to me. For more:


READING LIST In celebration of Independent Bookshop Week happening 16 – 22 June, the staff at Griffin Books share their holiday reading recommendations Dawn enjoys thrillers with a bit of nonfiction thrown in – here’s what she’ll be packing: Lethal White by Robert Galbraith, aka JK Rowling (Little, Brown, £8.99) “Having raced through Cormoran Strike’s unputdownable latest outing, I was inspired to reread the whole series and am now planning a second pass of Lethal White on holiday, with the additional perspective already knowing ‘whodunnit’ will give.” The Pull of the River by Matt Gaw (Elliott & Thompson, £9.99) “This is a beautifully written exploration of nature, place and friendship. Two foolhardy explorers seek adventure on their very own doorstep, exploring Britain’s waterways in a handsome red homemade canoe and revealing many places that otherwise go unnoticed and unloved.” Rachel loves a diverse range of fiction, and her holiday recommends are: The Lido by Libby Page (Orion £7.99) “I love this uplifting, feel-good story of a young woman who teams up with an elderly lady to save the local outdoor pool, and finds friendship and community in the process.” A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne (Transworld, £8.99) “A ‘deliciously dark tale of ambition, seduction and literary theft’ in the mould of Patricia Highsmith, in which would-be novelist Maurice steals other people’s ideas to make his name as an author.” Kate loves to read children’s and young adult fiction – here are her top picks of the season: The Adventures of Harry Stevenson by Ali Pye (Simon & Schuster, £5.99) “Guinea pig Harry lives in a flat with seven-yearold Billy and his parents. His adventures sound perfect for slightly younger readers who want a lighthearted tale full of fun.” High-Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson (Knights of Media, £6.99) “To keep the kids both entertained and quiet over the holidays, try this detective exploit with both likeable and inspiring characters. Two sisters, Nik and Norva, investigate a murder in their high-rise block.” Becoming Dinah by Kit de Waal (Hachette, £7.99) “This re-imagining of Moby Dick should be a great read for teens this summer. Seventeen-year-old Dinah’s world turns upside down so she decides to run away, but it doesn’t turn out quite as planned.”

Bookshop owner Mel has on her holiday reading list: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty (Penguin, £8.99) “Nine strangers, each with something to hide, in a luxury retreat cut off from the outside world for ten days that promise to change their lives. But some promises – like some lives – are perfect lies. Another suspenseful pageturner from the author of Big Little Lies.” Circe by Madeline Miller (Bloomsbury, £8.99) “This ‘vivid, mesmerising epic of family rivalry, love and loss’ is a retelling of the Greek myth of Circe, daughter of the sun god and possessed of occult powers, who falls for the mortal Odysseus when he visits the island she has been banished to.” For more: Griffin Books, 9A Windsor Rd, Penarth. tel: 02920 706455; I CARDIFF LIFE I 33

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How does it work? Our specialist orthodontists will want to assess your child from the time their permanent teeth start coming through because, when teeth and jaws don’t fit together properly, it’s often much easier to fix early on in life. Straightening teeth means problems such as tooth decay and gum disease, which can leave permanent damage, may be avoided because patients find straight teeth can be easier to keep clean. That means healthier gums too, so less chance of developing gum disease later in life, a major cause of tooth loss in adults. It also means your child can happily avoid the need for expensive dental care down the line so long as they continue looking after their teeth and they will be much more likely to keep their real teeth for life.

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Mum’s the word ANDREA BYRNE

The dogs and baby enjoy the hike

Jemima makes new father Lee’s day, every day

IN THE BEGINNING It’s a series of beautiful firsts from Jemima for new parents Andrea and Lee


iss Jemima Hazel Rhona Byrne has (at the time of going to press) just reached three months in this world. And as Jemima grows, so does our relationship with her. She’s getting more alert and active by the day. Everything feels like we are embarking on an exciting journey of ‘firsts’. We’ve already had our first smile, which came just in time to pose for her first passport photo. And with my first Mother’s Day already under my belt, it’s dad’s turn now to celebrate and Jemima is now able to babble her very own unique Father’s Day greeting to Lee, as

“Jemima is now able to babble her very own unique Father’s Day greeting to Lee”

she gifts him with another of her meltingly gorgeous grins. As she engages more and more with us everyday, instead of discovering new ways to stop her from crying, it’s more about finding how best to entertain her and teach her a little about her surroundings. For me – the newsreader and journalist of two decades – writing headlines and chasing stories has given way to the likes of Monkey Music sessions and baby yoga classes! And it’s incredible that the thrill I get after a busy live news programme can be achieved in equal, if not greater, measure by watching my lovely baby girl shake some mini maracas and ring a bell. Our activity programme has also included getting back in shape. After nine months of pregnancy and a couple of months of recovery from an emergency C-section, I have been cleared by the doctor for exercise and my body is relieved to be feeling some fitness vibes once again.  When the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, with its notorious Big Dipper, are just down the road and your husband is an ex-rugby international, it’s fair to say

the training programme hasn’t started lightly! Our schnauzers, Hank, Marcy and Doug, now have some new company on their hikes as Jemima is proving to be the perfect package to add some weight to a training session. She has taken to the baby carrier (one of our best buys) like a kangaroo to a pouch and whilst we trek up and down, she uses the opportunity to be rocked to sleep for an afternoon siesta. Everyone’s a winner! It’s fair to say that with her activity diary ever-expanding, so is her wardrobe. A little girl can’t go

walking without a choice of sun hats, of course, and a selection of leggings are a staple for even the tiniest of yogis. Next up, we’ll have to focus on a baby’s capsule holiday wardrobe, as she embarks on her first family trip abroad. Yes, passport in tiny hand, she’ll be packing her bag and checking in for her first flight. And you can check in with my next column for my top tips on travelling with an infant under one. Wish us luck! Follow Andrea on Twitter at @byrney15 and on Instagram @andreabyrnetv for all the latest Baby Byrne updates

Jemima’s smile melts the heart I CARDIFF LIFE I 35

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The New Orthotix Headquarters,

Supporting your wellbeing with Orthotix Unbeknown to many and hidden away on the outskirts of Canton stirs a sleeping giant of the orthotic healthcare world. The family owned business Orthotix, now under third generation management, is proud to be flying the flag for Wales and locking horns with multi-national companies in a fiercely competitive marketplace.


ptly named Orthotix, specialises in the niche healthcare sector of orthotics which can be defined as a branch of medicine that deals with the provision and use of medical devices such as splints, braces and supports. Orthotix has been supplying off-the-shelf products of this nature designed for orthopaedic pathologies, medical conditions and sporting injuries since its inception in 2004.

Hayley Huntley, General Manager


The newly renovated and hugely impressive 25,000 square feet headquarters situated on Sanatorium Road is testament to the extraordinary journey the business has undertaken since its humble beginnings in a dilapidated unit on a lonely old industrial estate in Merthyr Tydfil. The current executive director, Paul Cooper recalls his first day of employment at the original site, “It was a dank miserable morning in Merthyr, I parked up outside what can only be described as a grotty old garage and I remember questioning whether I’d made the best career choice! At that time, we only had two staff, two paying customers, and five products to offer so it was fair to say that things could only get better… we just embraced the challenge.” Today, it’s apparent that Orthotix have upscaled their operations significantly. Employing 20 staff they are now an accredited NHS supplier of a diverse range of orthotic products encompassing all regions of the body from head to toe. They distribute over 500 medically approved products, with many manufactured in the UK and others sourced from market leading global partners. Having just been awarded a multi-millionpound supply contract they will now see their products issued in every NHS hospital in Wales for the next four years and they have similar trade agreements in place across the rest of the

UK. Orthotix are also proud to be recognised as the official suppliers of sports and rehabilitation bracing to Cardiff City FC, Welsh Athletics, Welsh Netball, Celtic Dragons and Disability Sports Wales. With the third generation of this family business now coming to the fore and taking over the management reigns it has brought fresh impetus. The open-mindedness and lateral thinking of the grandchildren of the original

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founder has enabled Orthotix to flourish into a modern multi-channel business. The emergence of online sales saw Orthotix become an industry pioneer and establish online trading platforms to encourage the general public to purchase product of this nature direct from the comfort of their own homes. The use of professional how-to-fit video demonstrations, simple to follow measurement charts and informative product guides has made this a reality. Members of the public can now select suitable and affordable non-technical products online and receive it next working day via tracked delivery service. The new headquarters incorporate a privatehealth style customer reception area, complete with product fitting rooms which are open to the public Monday to Friday. Anyone can walk-in without an appointment or come via referral from GP or other healthcare professionals for assistance with non-technical orthotic product. If a patient requires the attention of a clinical healthcare professional known as an Orthotist, then a diarised appointment can also be made to facilitate this. It’s a truly unique experience which provides the public with direct access to a choice of medically approved product for

a plethora of common injuries or conditions and leave with an orthotic solution in under 15 minutes. One of the main advantages that Orthotix possesses is its access to an in-house team of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals. Over the last decade this benefit has enabled the development of innovative new products for the UK marketplace. Some of the most successful to date include; ankle foot orthoses for drop foot, fashionable soft shell helmets for epilepsy, discreet hernial underwear for inguinal hernias, clinically proven functional insoles for flat feet, resting splints for plantar fasciitis, heel inserts for limb length discrepancies, wrist bracing for rheumatoid arthritis, corrective splints for bunions, specialist knee ligament bracing for Skiers and many more. Considering everything that this fascinating business has put in place past and present, it is clear to see that Orthotix is taking big strides to realise its mantra of ‘supporting your wellbeing’. n

If you’re a member of the public with an orthotic requirement or a potential referral source get in touch! T: 02920 370696 E: W: I CARDIFF LIFE I 37

COME DINE OUTSIDE WITH ME Summertime and the eating is easy – with these Cardiff al fresco dining spots By John Mather 38 I CARDIFF LIFE I


“This quirky little building in Victoria Park now specialises in coffee, cake and cava”


ood tastes better when you’re wearing shades. Fact. Whether it be in a charming courtyard, looking out over acres of green space or watching the sunset over the bay, nothing says summer more than dining with an outdoor view. Here’s a round-up of just a few of local al fresco spaces that’ll suit everyone’s taste.


opposite page: Dining outdoors at Porro has a holiday vibe; this page from top clockwise: BLOC has evolved into a foodie community hub; Pettigrew’s in Bute Park specialise in Welsh bakes; here’s to drinking in the Cardiff sun with lovely friends

Pettigrew Tea Rooms, tel: 02920 235486; A warm welcoming 1920s style Welsh tea room, providing fresh, locally and ethically sourced produce, and freshly baked bread and scones from their sister company, Pettigrew Bakeries. They have a paved terrace at the back of the tearooms, directly overlooking Bute Park, and can provide seating for up to 50. There is a gazebo for shelter in the heat of summer, and when it’s cooler, the gazebo gets sides and heaters to provide extra warmth. When the heat is on, their cold brew teas are legendary with jasmine pearl tea and elderflower iced tea proving to be the big hits of 2018; both refreshing liquid accompaniments to the all butter scone, served with Welsh butter, clotted cream and Welsh strawberry preserve or Welsh mature cheddar.


Porro, tel: 02920 565502; Take a little time out from the bustling streets of Llandaff High Street to drink in the majesty of Llandaff Cathedral from a gorgeous roof garden. Porro’s philosophy of combining an Italian influence to Welsh cooking lends an indulgent holiday vibe to the whole elevated dining experience. Go for a summertime main with the fresh fish of the day served with a mussel croquette, tender stem broccoli, cockles and a lemon butter sauce, or opt for the full-out Med approach with small sharing plates of antipasto and aracini balls. Wash down with the bestselling house special, Garden of Wales which is Tanqueray gin, elderflower, apple juice and orange bitters. Cin cin!


BLOC; Bloc stems from the Welsh spelling of ‘block’ and is a nod to the building’s past as a disused public toilet now converted into a charming and creative open plan café. This quirky little building in Victoria Park had been dilapidated for many years until its conversion in 2018 and now specialises in coffee, cake and cava. The rear terrace is small but perfectly formed, with views of splendid park laid out before you. It can seat about 30 people and is dog and child friendly. On chillier days there are blankets available for customers and there are plans to install outside heaters to keep the evening dining happening for longer. Also in the pipeline are pop up events with guest chefs and comedy nights, making this a buzzing go-to al fresco community hub. I CARDIFF LIFE I 39


That’s a five-star view from voco St David’s


Twenty Nine Park Place, tel: 02921 157605; The latest creation from the Knife and Fork Food team is a beautiful townhouse gastro pub in the heart of Cardiff’s civic centre. It has seating at the front and back of the venue, with the paved back courtyard and parasols in both gardens. From the front garden, you get a lovely view of the civic centre and also the lush and green Gorsedd gardens – the perfect spot for people watching. The team always have sun cream on hand for their al fresco diners and so you don’t miss out on that lovely sunshine it’s full table service even when dining al fresco. Choose from summer specials such as the slow cooked lamb neck served with summer vegetable fricassee, charred shallot petals, feta mousse and black olive crumb, while you watch the sun go down. But don’t leave just yet, because it’s then the fairy lights and candles come on, and what was a family-space is transformed into a social cocktail bar to chill and catch up with friends.

“A wonderful place to watch life on Cardiff Bay”


voco St David’s Cardiff, tel: 02920 454045; The terraced area, which seats around 50, is situated on the edge of the waterfront, overlooking Cardiff Bay and Penarth Marina. Whether you’re in for a relaxed and rejuvenating lunch-time bite to eat, or a cocktails at sundown, the stunning location and the allafternoon sun, makes this a wonderful place to watch life on Cardiff Bay. There’s live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights and the summertime menu includes delights such as light Welsh crab cakes, kim-chee salad, grilled lime, with chilli and ginger dipping sauce. And if it’s a cheeky cocktail you’re after, The Herb Garden is their newest creation and contains Chase vodka and elderflower liqueur, shaken (not stirred) with fresh basil, mint, thyme, and Chartreuse, and is garnished with pretty edible flowers.


New House Country Hotel; tel: 02920 520280; Striking a perfect balance between city and country, hustle and bustle, and rest and relaxation, this country house offers panoramic and far reaching views right across the city. On a clear day you can see the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm, the limestone islands in the Bristol Channel. There’s also an Italianate-style courtyard with stunning floral displays and a centrepiece fountain. Despite its grandness, there’s a sense of tranquillity here, and the unfussy summer menu reflects that, with choices such as ploughman’s lunch and Caesar salad. For instant luxe order with a glass of processco and toast the perfect Cardiff summer. n


Voco St David’s light bites suit the warmer weather

As the evening draws in, enjoy an al fresco cocktail at Twenty Nine Park Place

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Keyif Turkish cuisine Mehmet Yildiz, owner of KEYIF a Turkish restaurant based in Penarth, talks about the delicious dishes, moreish cocktails and welcoming vibe that customers will find


eyif, opened in June 2018, and located on a quiet street in Penarth, offers local residents a taste of Turkish heaven. Mehmet, the owner of Keyif and has been living in the UK for the last 10 years, working within the hospitality trade, managing a hotel in Bournemouth before coming to Cardiff. Keyif is his second restaurant as he also co-owns Saray Restaurant on City Road. Mehmet wanted to change the perception of Turkish food as many people associate Turkish cuisine with a kebab at the end of a heavy night out! This, however, is certainly a misconception and not what you get when you visit and dine at Keyif. Instead you’ll get diversity with the vast array of flavours created within the Turkish realm of cuisine. The extensive menu provides a range of options catering for everyone. From popular well-known starters, tzatziki, tabbouleh and hummus to stuffed vine leaves consisting of rice, fresh mint, dill, parsley and finely chopped onions. There are also a variety of hot starters should you need warming up with soup of the day or pan fried king prawns with garlic and double cream. There are a variety of casseroles to choose between and even a host of vegan options.


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LÂL Turkish Rosé Best with “Keyif Specials”

EFES Turkish Pilsner Best with pretty much everything on the menu!

If it’s not just great taste you’re after but, also atmosphere, warmth and superb customer service then it’s very much worth a visit. Mehmet says “We like our customers to feel the Turkish hospitality they experience when they travel,” and the service at Keyif certainly delivers on this promise living up to expectation. The walls adorn many photographs of regular clients enjoying the food and atmosphere at Keyif. Not only are customers provided with Turkish hospitality, they’re also provided with rich cuisine dating back form the Ottoman time. Keyif is a vibrant, airy space providing some of the tastiest dishes Turkish cuisine has to offer. It’s difficult to pick the most popular dish although it seems to be shish dishes especially the ones with yogurt since they are served with their special Mesopotamian sauce. Keyif offer a lunchtime menu popular with local residents and should you be looking to party, Keyif can host 50 people within its restaurant and can serve you with the very moreish cocktails from the menu. Cardiff is a great city and has a fantastic vibe and is happy to celebrate special occasions with their clientele. The restaurant is available for private hire and will also be celebrating its first birthday in June. Mehmet says, “New Year’s Eve was an absolute blast as we celebrated with wonderful people and great customers. As a local business-owner, I cannot be any more pleased to be a part of this amazing community, not only Cardiff but Penarth too.” ■

21 Glebe Street, Penarth CF64 1EE tel: 02920 702429 email: online: I CARDIFF LIFE I 43

PIATTO For great Italian food, Sarah Moolla discovers PIATTO is first pasta the post


’m going out for pasta. I’ll be honest, usually, for such an event I’m not wondering what to wear, or whether I should get my hair done nor am I Googling the venue’s menu beforehand. Sometimes going out for pasta is a bit ‘meh’. A bowl of pale tubes in an insipid ketchup-like sauce and you think, ‘I could’ve had this at home.’ It’s the equivalent of going on holiday and then staying in your hotel room to watch Netflix. There’s no adventure to it, no sense of ‘we’re worth-it inspiration’, it’s simply pasta and we’re over it. But this time I’m going out for pasta at Piatto, and this is no ordinary, hum-drum pasta place. Founded by restaurant legend Giovanni Malacrino, who has been feeding the capital city for 35 years via Park Place and The Hayes, which claim to be the original and oldest family-run Italian restaurants in Wales. Famous for glamorous, old-school Italian vibes, and having fed everyone from Ed Sheeran to Luciano Pavarotti, already the Piatto credentials are sounding pretty bella bella. This is also a venture with Giovanni’s son, the LA-based actor Luca, who has added a touch of Hollywood to the former Caffi Sïo site. In 2016, the former St David’s


Catholic College pupil was in a film with the awardwinning Francis Ford Coppola, when the director gave him a brilliant tip. “He said,” explains Luca, “it was always a good idea to be in business and keep acting as a passion, no matter how successful you become.” On arrival at the striking glass-fronted building and terrace on Lloyd George Avenue, it is evident there is also passion, energy and imagination invested in this swish, chic, and stylish little restaurant. Designer Henry Craven helped Luca create an ultra-industrial meets almost tropical-botanical space with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Wales Millennium Centre and drinking in delicious views of the Bay. Thought has also been applied to the layout, where the split level restaurant has been designed around a social dining concept, which means diners are encouraged to stop scrolling and start talking. Each three-tier table in Piatto faces the WMC, and seating is at a diagonal angle to encourage conversation – there’s even a slot within each table for diners to deposit their phones. Luca says, “Food is an art, it’s a way of bringing people together and I’m fed up of going into a restaurant and seeing everyone on their phones.


“Growing up, eating meant lively conversation around a table, everyone chipping in with something to say. I think it’s so important that we don’t lose that.” Back to that pasta then. Surely all this talk means this is going to be style over substance, gnocchi with gimmick? Piatto, which means plate in Italian, serves 10 different types of pasta which can be added to the different, all delicious sounding sauces, so we let the lovely Massimo be our guide to the best combos. Immediately we’re all talking, and not mulling over our choices in silence. First up is a platter of crispy, sea-fresh calamari that does not chew or pull, but softly bites and are even more gorgeous when dredged through the deeply garlicky mayo. There’s been a major buzz about the house speciality, a parmesan edible cheese bowl (there is a vegan option available) so how could we not try this? I confess there is a sneaking out of the phones for its arrival, with this golden cheesy basket getting a lot of social Insta Love. The contents get a lot of instant love from me. The beads of al dente trofi are generously coated in the ragu di beef e Barolo, which is made up of plentiful nuggets of locally sourced, slowly cooked beef, pungent and rich with Barado full-bodied wine, and a smoky, deep tomato sauce. My companion’s zucchini e gamberi, which contains sweet and plump king prawns, wisps of aromatic herbs, and chunky cubes of gardenfresh courgettes, all with a buttery, olive oil sheen and poured over tagliatelle pasta, is a triumph. The sort of dish that lingers on in the memory and on the palate. Pudding is the sweet treat of chocolate sauce and hazelnuts on a pizza base. They only do sweet pizzas and once you try it, you realise no other pizza will do. Thanks to the bright, breezy and bold décor, the incredible views and the delightfully charming Piatto team, it’s been easy to click into the chat, dine and smile vibe. But it’s also helped us see pasta in a whole new sunny light. n

“Food is an art, it’s a way of bringing people together”

Dining details Piatto by Giovanni’s, 339 Lloyd George Avenue, Cardiff Bay, tel: 02920 495480; Opening time Seven days a week 11am-10pm, except Mondays which is 11am-6pm Types of food Contemporary Italian, specialising in fresh pasta, with plenty of vegan options Prices Starters £2.95-£7.95 Mains £12.50-£16.95. Desserts £3.95-£8 Service and atmosphere Chatty, bright, funky, and welcoming Covers 60, with a lift for disabled access I CARDIFF LIFE I 45


Jez and Harry are hoping to top their already brilliant reputation

PIZZA THE ACTION Anna Garrod, the brand director with financial director Mithra Fernando and operations director Rodrigo Rashinthe


Sri Lankan street food restaurant The Coconut Tree will be opening their next site in Cardiff City Centre on 28 June. The new 120 cover restaurant, which will be situated on Mill Lane and is their fifth, follows the recent launch of two new restaurants in Bristol. Anna Garrod, the brand director says, “Cardiff seemed like the obvious location for our fifth restaurant and we’re really excited to be joining the already vibrant and growing food scene in the city. As the first Sri Lankan restaurant to open in Cardiff we’re hoping that our authentic dishes, which cater for vegans, vegetarians and meat-lovers alike, will appeal to all.” For more: Sri Lankan food comes to Cardiff


For the first time in the history of The London Pizza Festival, a pizzeria from outside of London, Ffwrnes Pizza from Cardiff, is competing. Founded by Jez Phillips and Ieuan Harry in 2014, Ffwrnes (Welsh for ‘furnace’) has won Best Pizza in the 2017 Welsh Italian Food Awards, competed at the Pizza World Championship in Parma in April 2018, and in August last year set up their first permanent pizza place at Cardiff Market. Ieuan says, “The support we’ve had since setting up Ffwrnes has been incredible, so we think it’s only right that we give something back to our customers. It’s going to be a pretty brilliant May, culminating in a true first at London Pizza Festival.” The London Pizza Festival will be held at Borough Market, London on 2 June. For more:;

A GOOD START The people of Cardiff are being encouraged to Wake Up To Organic on 12 June, with the offer of free mini breakfasts. It’s part of a nationwide campaign by Organic UK who want to demonstrate how tasty and simple it is to make the switch to food grown or raised without synthetic fertilisers, pesticides or hormones. An Organic UK spokesperson explains, “Cardiff will see a number of stores dish up free breakfast tasters to show how easy it is to go organic and encourage people to make the simple switch and celebrate food as it should be – full of goodness. There is also a variety of breakfast recipes, as well as tips for breakfast swaps available on our website.” Those taking part and serving up options such as muesli bread and banana loaf, are the city’s three Beanfreaks stores, and Pettigrew’s Tea Rooms and Pettigrew’s Bakery. For more:

LEFT: Now, doesn’t that look better than a pop tart?; BELOW: Beginning the day the healthy way


An international conference Dr Claire focusing on how food can Havenbe used to develop a more Tang hospitable society is to be held in Wales for the first time. The International Conference on Culinary Arts and Sciences (ICCAS) will be hosted by Cardiff Metropolitan University on 27 – 28 June. Topics discussed will include food supply chains and society’s role in facing evolving health challenges. Dr Claire Haven-Tang, chair of the ICCAS 2019 International Scientific Committee, Cardiff Metropolitan University, says, “The food and hospitality sectors are crucial to the lives of people and communities across Wales and are instrumental in creating long-term sustainable local economies. We look forward to welcoming academics and industry professionals from across the world to discuss how food can help make society more hospitable.” As part of the conference, staff from The Clink Restaurant in Cardiff, which is the fine-dining restaurant run by prison inmates serving dishes made with organic Welsh produce, will work with the Park House, an award-winning restaurant set in a Grade 1 listed building in Cardiff, to deliver the conference gala dinner. For more: Cardiff’s Clink Restaurant will help deliver the conference gala dinner

MAIN IMAGE: The interior of the Ivy in Bath, which opened in 2016; ABOVE: The Ivy specialises in modern British dishes

THE CITY AND THE IVY It’s been an on off relationship, but the latest news is it’s back on. The Ivy Collection is planning to open in Cardiff, after it was revealed Troia Restaurants Limited who own the classic group of luxe restaurants, brasseries and cafés, which specialise in modern British food, has applied for a premise licence for alcohol and music on The Hayes site. This will be the first Welsh restaurant for The Ivy collection, which was established in London in 1917, has recently opened eateries in Bath and Bristol, and is about to open in Glasgow. For more:

Mathew’s a 24 carrot kinda guy

VEGGING OUT Mathew Pritchard aka the Dirty Vegan chef and author, is about to host a huge vegan supper club in Cardiff. He is teaming up with award-winning Cardiff catering company The Tidy Kitchen Co, to serve up a five-course vegan feast inspired by his recent trip to Bali. Taking place on 15 June in the warehouse space DEPOT, up to 100 ticket holders will enjoy music from a live DJ, vegan drinks, a welcome talk from Matt and a menu that includes Balinese curry and coconut ice cream. Matt says, “For this event I’ve teamed up with another chef called Laura, from The Tidy Kitchen Co in Cardiff, so we can make it as big and as badass as we possibly can. We’ll have big tunes, and a great venue, and now we’re just really looking forward to making all of those people happy with our banging vegan grub.” For more: I CARDIFF LIFE I 49

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Law matters The experts at BERRY SMITH LAWYERS can offer advice on all aspects of private client law


have a five year old child from a relationship which ended two years ago. Whilst our separation was amicable, we’ve had little success in determining the child arrangements and it seems like my former partner is contesting every facet of the children’s lives. Last year, with the help of mediation, we were able to make some progress with the living arrangements for the children, including the arrangements for the holidays. Based on that agreement I had expected to have children from the date that they finish school in the summer holidays. My partner does not agree to that date, however, arguing that inset days (which usually bookend a holiday period) are within term-time and not school holidays. Is this correct? A: The local authority has responsibility for determining, and publicising, information relating to the term-time periods for schools. These can

usually be found on the local authority website but are often also published by the individual schools. Calendaring of inset (or training) days, however, is for the individual school to determine and the details are often not published until long after the local authority has published details of term-time periods. Inset days are scheduled within the term-time and, therefore, whilst they can bookend a school holiday, strictly form part of the school term. This is, often, not an issue, but can be tricky when school holidays start on Tuesday, with an inset day on a Monday. Whilst in many instances matters often work themselves out, with parents agreeing to a ‘common sense’ approach, this is, regrettably, not always possible. In cases where your partner is likely to be difficult, in reaching an agreement it is important to think about, agree, the detail in advance. n

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T-shirts are the wonder garments of a man’s wardrobe. Dress up, dress down, wear it all year round, there’s not much a t-shirt can’t do. It can say things loudly via logos, slogans and branding, or it can make a statement in a subtle understated way. Essentially it makes a great present for Father’s Day, and source it from a Cardiff-indie, and you’re about to make it perfect. The skull t-shirt costs £40 and the baseball hat, £20. Both are from Faded Studios, an independent streetwear brand based in Cardiff; I CARDIFF LIFE I 53

LOVE STORY, WITH MURDER, BY HARRY BINGHAM Body parts keep turning up in the kitchens, garages and potting sheds of a cosy Cardiff suburb From The Wellfield Bookshop, 16 Wellfield Road, Roath, Cardiff. tel. 02920 483106;

COFFEE GIFT BOX, £9.99 He’ll be buzzing with this gift of heavy bodied bespoke ground coffee and eco travel mug From Cadwaladers, Unit 30, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, Grangetown, Cardiff. tel: 02920 497598;

BECAUSE HE’S THE MACK DADDY Father’s Day gifts for the main man in your life on 16 June

SERFS UP! BY THE FAT WHITE FAMILY, £24.99 (APPROX) Give him instant credibility with this thoughtful, textural and powerful masterpiece from Sheffield superstars. And yes, on vinyl From Spillers Records, 27 Morgan Arcade, Cardiff. tel: 02920 224905;


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ED’S CHOICE PUGILA ROBOT BIG MUG GIFT, £ 9.95 Inspired by Japanese 1950s robots, this mug is a knockout choice From The SHO Gallery and Shop, The Castle Emporium, Womanby Street, Cardiff;

PATEK PHILIPPE CALATRAVA GENTS WATCH, £23,440 This might use up all your pocket money, but he’s worth it right? From Laings, St David’s, 27 The Hayes, Cardiff. tel: 02920 660890; ANNWYL ALE, £3.35 This Welsh golden ale by Tomos a Lilford is vegan-friendly and very, very dad-friendly From Wally’s Delicatessen, 38-42 Royal Arcade, Cardiff;

GYDA BARF POSTER, £10 ‘Gyda barf daw cyfrifoldeb’ meaning with a beard comes responsibility. He needs to know being hirsute is no joke From Bodlon Shop & Coffee Shop, 12 Park Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff. tel: 02920 650564;

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Achieving that whiter smile Robyn Ventrice, hygienist at THE PARADE SPECIALIST DENTAL CENTRE, talks about Airflow, a simple, safe, but effective way to remove stains and reveal a brighter smile


e live in the generation of the ‘Insta smile’ where taking selfies is a common trend seen all over social media. With social media being such a key role in daily life, it has come as no surprise that having the perfect smile is becoming so popular. Having whiter teeth is one of the most asked for requests dental practitioners get on a daily basis from patients, and now with the use of whitening, bonding, veneers, and other restorative processes, such as the Airflow, we are able to achieve whiter looking teeth for that lovely ‘Insta smile.’ The reason for teeth staining comes down to lifestyle and daily wear and tear. Tea and coffee are the usual culprits. This is due to an ingredient called tannin. Other common causes of staining can be red wine, berries, enamel wear and certain medications. There are two types of staining that can occur on your teeth. They are:

EXTRINSIC STAINING This refers to staining on the tooth surface (enamel). This is yellow in colour and is easily removed by professional stain removal.


Many people attempt to whiten their teeth at home with home remedies such as bicarbonate of soda with lemon or whitening/ charcoal toothpastes. These should be avoided. Not only do they not work, they are highly abrasive. This can result in tooth wear leading to dentine sensitivity. They can also scratch and damage the enamel making the surface rough. This can result in more stain sticking to the tooth surface than before.

This refers to staining on the inner layer of teeth (dentine). This is much harder to resolve and is usually treated by the dentist.


Finding out the type of stain that is present on your teeth is important. This allows the dental practitioner to discuss treatment options and outcomes. There are many ways to prevent staining from sticking to your teeth: • Visit your dentist or hygienist regularly. • Reduce your coffee/tea consumption and duration you are drinking them. • Use a straw while drinking drinks known to stain teeth. • Rinse your mouth with water after drinking tea/coffee. • Maintain good oral hygiene.

Airflow is a safe and minimally invasive treatment which removes surface stain, young calculus and biofilm from teeth with the use of water, air and erythritol and sodium bicarbonate based powder. Erythritol contains antibacterial properties which help prevent the adhesion of plaque to the tooth surface, therefore, helping to prevent further stain building up between hygienist visits. The results of airflow are fast! They can be achieved in just one visit to your hygienist. Air flow is cheaper than whitening. Teeth whitening can be used after airflow to achieve an even whiter smile. There are two

options available under the prescription of a dentist. In surgery whitening, which takes an hour, can make your teeth up to six shades whiter, or home whitening which will whiten your teeth gradually over a two-week period. Appointments are available at The Parade Specialist Dental Centre. Book today to achieve that whiter looking smile. ■

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ON THE MAIN STAGE Got your ticket yet? Packed your wellies? Yes, festival season is right around the corner so cue the glitter fuelled party vibes and the opportunity to show off your style prowess. Whether you want to go big or keep it simple, here’s some of the best summer pieces to make your festival season start with a bang IT’S IN TENTS Looking to make a statement this year? This red linen square neck camisole top (3) gives the ultimate summery look while still packing a punch with the vibrant colour. Feeling the flower power vibe? Then try out this gorgeous blue button-down dress (5). Tie a cardie round your waist, add wellies and make your way to the front. If the sun is shining and the ground is dry, then this stunning Reiss painterly maxi dress (6) with some brightly coloured flip-flops will look effortlessly beautiful. Dig out your favourite band t-shirt and team with the baby blue, fruit skirt (4) and plain black pumps for that regular festival veteran look. MUSIC TO OUR EARS Want something that can take you from day to night to the early hours, and looking chic 24/7? This elegant silver, metallic cami top (7) looks great with daytime denim cutoffs or night-time go-to jeans. The lightweight knit material is perfect for those hot summer days and late night dancing. Pair with these black double buckle ankle boots (9), guaranteed to rock-chick up your look, keep your feet dry and help you feel comfortable all day. For when there is a chill in the air, you can add this super stylish denim jacket (1)– there’s not an outfit this won’t look good on. ACCESS(ORISE) ALL AREAS Accessories, whether it be a feather boa bought from a stall on a whim or all your favourite bangles combined with your VIP festival pass around your wrist, create a sense of fun and razzle dazzle to your look. Add a pop of colour with these quirky crochet earrings (10) or the silver and aqua sunnies (8), which are great for adding that extra oomph to your outfit. The eyelet flat top white sun hat (2) is a staple for any ensemble this festival season – that extra detail round the rim of the hat adds a playful interest but also a hat serves a practical purpose of keeping you protected from the sun. All items available at St David’s Dewi Sant in Cardiff or online at the time of writing. To keep up to date with the latest trends, news and offers, see St David’s on Instgram, Facebook and Twitter (@StDavidsCardiff) or at


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SHOPPING LIST 1. Kyrie Denim Shirt Jacket, £98, AllSaints 2. Eyelet Flat Top Sunhat, £28, Oliver Bonas 3. Linen rich square neck camisole top, £25, M&S 4. Fruit Skirt, £59.40, Oliver Bonas 5. Blue summer dress, £70, Monsoon 6. Painterly maxi dress, £195, Reiss 7. Metallic cami top, £95, Reiss 8. Sunglasses with blue lense, £115.20, Michael Kors 9. Black heeled boots, £169, Kurt Geiger 10. Pink and orange, crochet earings, £9.50, M&S 10



THE STYLE FILE Nathan Palmer

Nathan with his three gorgeous children, Monaco, Nathan and Obi

Tailor made for the job The Penarth based fashion designer reveals the most important aspect of his life’s work is being a dad Nathan’s boys modelling for a wedding shoot

“I have come to learn that stepping back will allow my children to grow into a better version of themselves”


have recently styled new people, reached new audiences, and stepped out of my comfort zone. Mathew Prichard, famous skateboarder and triathlete, rocked one of my jackets for the first Dirty Vegan cookbook. Callum Daniel aka @icoderobots, the 10 year old genius and CEO of iCodeRobots and official LEGO YouTube presenter, wore a tailored suit for the Screen Nation Awards. A bright lad in one of my bright suits – what an honour. I was even more proud when he also appeared in my one of my suits on the red carpet of the première of Aladdin, where he met and was photographed with stars such as Will Smith and Guy Ritchie. I always find it fascinating and exciting to venture into new horizons and create custom garments for customers passionate about what they do. I have designed sportswear before with Welsh boxer’s Lee Selby’s fight shorts, and more recently was tasked with the honour of creating an equestrian jacket when I made a custom piece for dressage trainer Shelly Harriss.

Back in April I judged Miss Wales at the Riverfront in Newport. It was a privilege to be a judge in a national competition, surrounded by people who love and respect fashion and integrity. Congratulations to Gabriella Jukes for winning the crown and good luck at the Miss World Thailand in November and December to represent Wales. My suits also took part in two recent photoshoots as well, both at Tredillion Park with See & Sky Photography, on the 2 and 29 of April. The photos will be featured on the Tredillion website, the National Wedding Blog and in multiple wedding magazines. Weddings are one of the most magical events one could experience in life, and to be a part of that, in a way that is commemorated forever through photographs and memories, makes what I do worthwhile. But there was another reason I loved doing this, the photos featured both my sons. Every part of my work helps me grow as a person, and as a stylist. However one of the most important aspects of my job is making my children, Monaco, 10 years old,

Callum Daniel, right, wearing one of Nathan’s designs, meets film superstar Will Smith

Nathan Jnr seven years old and Obi James, four years old, proud. While I admit, it is hard at times to balance my work and business with being a dad, it doesn’t stop me striving to be the best father I can possibly be. By working in such a creative career, I hope to encourage individuality and allow them to create their own personalities. They will also, hopefully, be just as creative as me, or more so even. As a parent, I worry a lot about them, and I still want to coddle and protect them. But I have come to learn that stepping back will allow them to grow into a better version of themselves. I will always push them to follow their dreams – I didn’t follow a stereotypical, scientific route, so why should my children? As cheesy as it sounds, I just want them to love what they’re doing, and for it to fulfill them as much as possible. That’s all a parent can want really: a happy, fulfilled child, who is both proud of themselves and makes their parents proud. n For more: I CARDIFF LIFE I 61


Do you hear a ringing, roaring, clicking, or hissing sound in your ears? Do you hear this sound often or all the time? Does the sound bother you a lot? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have tinnitus and you should see a hearing professional. Tinnitus affects 1 in 10 people in the UK. Tinnitus has many causes and can severely disrupt people’s lives and that’s why it’s important to know what’s causing it and how to manage it. If you are curious, distressed or concerned, we can help so please call to book your FREE session.


Tinnitus is a noise that you can hear in your head that isn’t coming from the environment around you. One in ten people in the UK suffers with some degree of tinnitus.


Tinnitus is a symptom associated with many forms of hearing problems. (It can also be a symptom of other health problems.) Tinnitus is typically caused by: Blocked ears/ ear infections, Hearing loss, loud noise, illness and more than 200 medicines.


Finding out what exactly is going on will help to allay your fears. The condition is very common, we can diagnose the potential causes and advise on the suitable treatment and management options available. Booking an appointment is your first step towards tinnitus relief, call us today.

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Where there’s a will... ...there’s often a lot of confusion. CJCH SOLICITORS help explain some of the jargon, terms and legal issues surrounding wills, and also how it might directly affect you



What is an executor of a will? An executor of a will is the person or persons responsible for ensuring that a person’s estate is administered according to the contents of their will. The executor(s) will be able close your bank accounts, sell your property and pay any bills after you have died. How should I choose the executor of my will? The executor(s) should be someone you trust who is willing to take up the role. It is quite common for people to name beneficiaries as executors as well. What is probate? Probate is the act of applying for the legal right to deal with a person’s estate either when someone doesn’t have a will or if someone has a will but their estate is over a certain financial threshold. The threshold can depend on the type and size of the assets in the estate. How long does it take? This can depend on the nature of the estate as before you can apply for probate you need to get accurate valuations for all assets including savings and property and any debts owed by a person’s estate. Once all that information is available an application can be submitted to your local probate registry. How do I know if I have to get probate? When you contact the various banks and companies that hold assets for a person they will be able to tell you whether you require probate or not as their internal rules vary. If you need to sell or transfer a property in an estate you will usually need to apply for probate first but there can some times be exceptions if the property was owned jointly.

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SOLICITOR (RESIDENTIAL CONVEYANCING, WILLS AND PROBATE) What is a will? A will is a document which is put into place during your lifetime which stipulates inter alia who you would like to inherit your possessions, property and monies when you pass away. You are also able to provide your wishes on funeral arrangements and guardianship of any minor children. Why do I need a will? If there is no will in place then you may find that your wishes are not carried out when you pass away. At what age should I make a will? There is no set age at which you should write a will. Some of the instances where you should consider writing a will are when you purchase a property or when you have assets which you would like to be passed to a certain person or when you have children. Do I need to change my will if I marry or get divorced? Marriage will automatically revoke any existing will and assume that you wish to leave all assets to your spouse, which is not always the case and so it is important to implement a will at this stage. On divorce it is important that you review your will arrangements as depending on what the previous arrangements were you may find that your wishes are not now correctly reflected. What will happen if I die without a will? The intestacy rules will come into effect. These are rules which govern who should instead inherit your estate which can sometimes result in your property or possessions not going to the beneficiary which you would have intended. What should be included in a will? Is there anything specific that should be focused on? Important factors to consider would be the appointment of your executor, trustee and any guardian together with any specific gifts of money or items of sentiment of value that you may wish to leave to someone. I CARDIFF LIFE I 63



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Anthony Evans Steph Horsley, Brenda Jackson and Georgina Horsley

Molly Smith, Lisa Smith, Sian Grigg and Eve Wilson


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Wales, BAFTA Cymru, hosted an Audience With event with the Oscar-nominated Welsh make-up artist Siân Grigg at Cardiff Met on 26 April. Siân, who has worked on Titanic, The Revenant (for which she was nominated for a BAFTA and Oscar), Suffragette, the recent film Goodbye Christopher Robin, was in interview with Olwen Moseley, dean of the School. Pictures by Matthew Horwood

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Supporters of the Cardiff 10k help spread the word


The launch of the 2019 Cardiff 10K was announced on 7 May with this year’s organisers Kidney Wales revealing they hope to encourage 9,000 people to take part and a further 30,000 spectators. The event will take place on 1 September with Cardiff Metropolitan University as the headline sponsor.

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The 2019 Quick Reads titles were launched on 30 April at the Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay. The event was opened by author and television producer Jos Andrews and officially launched by Minister for Education Kirsty Williams, and was attended by the 12 year old tennis star Anna Hursey, Olympic star Colin Jackson, and Welsh bobsleigher Mica Moore who all feature in Reset Your Goals by Jos Andrews. Turn to page 32 for more. Pictures by Patrick Olner I CARDIFF LIFE I 65

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What is your role? I’m a general practitioner, and cover all aspects of general practice. In a nutshell, my work can include; check ups, emergency appointments, fixing and replacing teeth, and treating gum conditions. I also take referrals for sedation and extractions. What key bit of advice would you give to somebody considering finding a dentist? Whether you go NHS or private, or whether you see a general practitioner, or a specialist for particular work that you want doing, I certainly would recommend asking your dentist what options there are for various treatments. I’m always open for patients to seek second opinions or to refer to specialists for specific work. What is your favourite part of the job? Having happy and satisfied patients is really important to me. It’s really nice when you can turn things around for a patient, going from them first coming to the practice dreading something, but then eventually getting to a stage where they’re really comfortable coming to the practice. What do you think is the biggest misconception surrounding dentistry? This might not be a misconception, but something that isn’t well enough known is the recommendation to not rinse your toothbrush or your mouth with water during, or after brushing your teeth, ‘spit don’t rinse’! The aim of toothbrushing is to coat the teeth in fluoride from the toothpaste and rinsing will dilute or remove the fluoride. Fluoride is essential to avoid decay if you are eating a Western diet.

Describe what it is you do? My working week is spent providing dental implant and oral surgery care to patients across South Wales at clinics that I visit in the Swansea, Cardiff and Newport areas. How long have you been working with dental implants? I have been placing dental implants for 13 years with over 98.5% success and it is a subject I am very passionate about. What is it you like about working with dental implants? I love seeing how dental implants can be used to help improve patients’ lives; be it allowing them to chew the foods they want to eat, smile for selfies again and feel confident in social situations or to be able to throw away the denture glue! You seem to have travelled a lot for study, what was that like? I have attended Universities in England, Scotland, Wales, Switzerland, Australia, and the USA, and been lucky enough to combine my love of travel with a love of studying. This has allowed me to accumulate a large amount of training and experience which I can then pass on to my patients. What advice would you give to patients looking to have dental implants? Three factors contribute to the predictable long-term success of any implant treatment. 1. The quality of the implant componentry used. 2. The experience and training of the surgeon. 3. The quality of the laboratory work used. Choose where you have treatment wisely as compromising with any 3 of these factors can create expensive problems to fix.

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Crocodile & Embrace Orthodontics 02920 751102 How did you get into dentistry? Our local dentist was a family friend and she first got me interested in general dentistry. Once I’d qualified, I was lucky enough to get a place on a three year master’s programme in orthodontics. It was a natural progression I guess because I wanted to know how to produce that perfect smile. Did you always want to be a dentist? No. I grew up on a farm and in my early years, farming was my passion.

How would you best define modern dentistry? ‘Hi-tech’. I would apply this to dentistry in general, and orthodontics in particular. There are so many techniques available to treat patients that specialists now devote a great deal of time researching, and talking patients through all the treatment options available to them. There is no one treatment fits all because everyone is different. What have been your career highlights so far? Definitely getting my stripes and qualifying at the Royal College of Surgeons as a bona fide orthodontist. How long have you worked at your current practice? I’ve been practising in Llanishen now for 20 years, but it’s passed so quickly. Describe your ideal day... Getting to work with no traffic and plenty of time to spare. Having my usual team around me, plenty of time for my patients, and getting home from work with no traffic, and plenty of time to spare. What do you most enjoy about your job? The outcome. For me the day we complete treatment is the culmination of the time and effort spent in order to get that smile right. How do you spend your time at work? I would say about 20 per cent of my time is administrative and the other 80 per cent clinical. Most forward-thinking practices invest a lot of time planning and developing to provide their

patients with the best they can. We couldn’t do any of that without a great team. A lot of our staff have extended their roles in the practice and sat additional exams whilst with us. I think if your staff feel valued, the workplace is a happy one. Why do you think some people are scared of going to the dentist? Believe it or not, I think that perception is changing. Explanation is the key, and talking patient’s through procedures is really important to us. As orthodontists we treat children and adults, and the one thing that puts any patient at ease is feeling they have control of a situation. I think the profession has become more empathetic. Were you good at brushing your teeth as a child? In the main I was pretty good. But as with a lot of children I had moments when my behaviour was far from perfect, and the tooth-brushing was probably similar. What are you like as a patient? You might be better off asking my dentist. As a child I was a bit anxious but had really good care, and that might have coloured my career choice in some way. As an adult I feel that I am in really good hands and that gives me confidence when I make my annual visits. When did you last visit the dentist? Last week actually. I got a thumbs up thank goodness!

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How would you best define modern dentistry? Dentistry is such a fast-moving profession. There are advances pretty much every day. Keeping up and making sure we are always able to offer the best to our patients is key. People want beautiful teeth, and it’s our job to make sure they aren’t just beautiful, but also comfortable, healthy and will last you your lifetime. How do you spend your time at work? Apart from the obvious, we are very keen that we build great relationships with our patients, so actually I spend a lot of time chatting and getting to know them better. Our ethos is to treat the person, not just the teeth. What do you most enjoy about your job? There’s nothing like seeing a patient, who previously hated their teeth, beaming at you with renewed confidence. That is everything in this job. When did you last visit the dentist? We have a peek at each other’s teeth every year, but I love getting my teeth professionally cleaned, if one of our hygiene team has a free appointment, I’m straight in the chair! What’s your favourite sweet thing? Simple pleasures are my thing, I’m not into posh chocolates to be honest. I love Maltesers. They have to be in a box though, I love the noise they make rolling around.

How would you best define modern dentistry? It’s about treating the whole person, not just filling holes in teeth. I do lots of aesthetic treatments, like anti-wrinkle injections and lip fillers. Little tweaks added here and there, on top of a great smile that can complete the picture. How might you describe what you do? It’s all about taking time, understanding individual needs and offering what each patient wants to achieve. Not everyone wants a Hollywood smile and we always champion great health as a first priority. What aspect of your work is most rewarding? I love it when we’ve worked with super nervous people and get them to a point, where they wander in for treatment, as if it’s nothing more stressful than nipping out for a pint of milk. Those days, I go home xxxxxxxxxxx a happy dentist. What have been your career highlights so far? Having owned our practice for 12 years now, we love building relationships with our patients and their families. It’s very rewarding looking after a pre-school child all the way through to them leaving for university. When did you last visit the dentist? Vic looks after my teeth and I do hers, it means we make sure to keep a regular eye on our own mouths. What’s your favourite sugary treat? It’s very rare for me to have sweet things but my weakness would probably be a milkshake as a treat after a long race.

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Felix Asare-Donkoh one of the OU in Wales alumni featured in the photography collection


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OPENED MINDED Open University celebrates its 50 years in Wales


he Open University in Wales has began a year-long celebration to commemorate its 50 year anniversary. The Cardiff headquarters will host the archive exhibition titled The Open University: 50 years spanning historic photographs as well as ten students shot by photographer Chris Floyd. Felix Asare-Donkoh (above) is one of the 213,863 students to have benefited from the OU and was photographed by Chris Floyd.

He was able to graduate with a BEng Honours degree whilst being stationed away from his Cardiff home. He says, “What I’ve achieved would have been impossible without the OU. The flexibility and support they offered me meant I didn’t have to choose between my career and my education. “Because of that I was able to get hands-on, practical experience in the armed forces that has been incredibly relevant to my degree.” Louise Casella, director of the OU in Wales, says, “As well as

looking back and celebrating all of those who have shaped the OU into what it is today, we’re also looking forward to the future and how we can continually innovate and provide open learning opportunities to all.” The OU allows long distancelearning opportunities for around 9,000 students in Wales and is the largest provider of part time education in the country.

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PIGGIES IN THE MIDDLE Ecclesiastical Insurance has launched the Movement for Good Awards, a scheme that will see over £1million donated to UK charities this summer. Marked by 500 orange piggy banks in Cardiff city centre, the specialist insurer will share the money between 500 publically nominated charities. The public has been nominating charities

to receive £1,000 with the randomlyselected winners being announced from 3 to 14 June. To receive the award of £50,000, charities must be UK based, and can apply from 17 June to 26 July. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and announced 30 September to 4 October. Mark Hews, Group CEO of Ecclesiastical which is a specialist insurer

of faith, fine art, charities, education, and private client sectors, says, “Charitable giving is at the heart of our business. We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Movement for Good awards which will help charities change lives for the better and we know that for many charities, £1,000 can make a real difference.” For more:

Humie Webbe and First Minister Mark Drakeford at City Hall

WEBBE OF SUCCESS Humie Webbe, strategic equality and diversity lead at the National Training Federation for Wales (NTFW), recently received double honours at the Ethnic Minority Welsh Women Achievement Association Awards (EMWWAA). Humie, who has been promoting apprenticeships and career pathways to disadvantaged black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) communities at the NTFW for two years, and was the national diversity coordinator for Mind Cymru’s Time to Change Wales campaign, says, “It was such a great honour to be nominated alongside women I know have done some incredible things. I received the awards for a combination of things I have done over the years. But you don’t stand alone in your achievements; you work with other people. It was fitting that some of my colleagues involved in equality and diversity were also nominated.” For more:


business insights Blake Morgan and Guide Dogs Cymru are taking the lead

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Carol is Riverside Real Food’s new enterprise manager


Carol Adams is the new enterprise manager of Riverside Real Food, Cardiff’s weekly farmers’ market situated on the Taff embankment. Carol, who founded the food tourism company Food Adventures that later became a co-operative promoting international skillssharing and learning exchanges through food, says, “With the market having recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, it’s a very exciting time to be joining the team. I want to use that momentum to help bring the community benefit of a weekly market like this to the fore.”


International real estate advisor Savills has announced five promotions at its Cardiff business. They are Claire Turner, Chris Phillips and Alanta Williams to Associate, and Helen Griffiths and Anna Kuzniar to Associate Director level.


Berry Smith, the independent Welsh law firm, has promoted six of its team members in its Cardiff and Bridgend offices. Paul Evans and Sarah Alford are promoted to the role of Senior Associate with Dan Dowen, Michael Shutt, Benjamin Delve and Alex Mitchell being promoted to the role of Associate.

PAWS FOR THOUGHT The law firm Blake Morgan have chosen Guide Dogs Cymru as Wales office’s Charity of the Year. A ‘meet the puppy’ session marked the beginning of the law firm and charity’s two-year relationship. Andrea Gordon, engagement manager for Guide Dogs Cymru, says, “We look forward to working with Blake Morgan to highlight the many issues facing people in Wales who are blind or partially sighted. These include dangerous pavement parking, challenges to their right to

Sarah John is the NTfW chair

access services and facilities, and the need for a more inclusive built environment.” Eve Piffaretti, head of Blake Morgan in Wales, says, “We want not only to raise funds, but also to engage and educate our team on the issues around living with sight loss, as well as providing them with volunteering opportunities and the chance to get to know the many brilliant guide dogs working in Wales.”

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LOOKING AHEAD The National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW) will be focussing their annual conference on Future Skills for a Future Generation. Sarah John, NTfW chair, explains, “This conference focuses on what can be done to improve the apprenticeships and skills provision in Wales, both now and in the future. As well as the changes in the macro-environment, there are also changes taking place at a sectorial level too, not least of all the changing nature of provision, the increasing need to professionalise the work force, and, of course, the systems and structures that underpin the work sector.” The day-long event, which takes take place on 27 June at Cardiff City Stadium, will include speakers and workshops covering apprenticeships, support for disabled learners, digitisation and e-learning, and the opportunities and challenges for bilingual learners. For more: I CARDIFF LIFE I 71


CARDIFF LIFE AWARDS 2019 LAB 22 Elliott Skehel, bar manager of the cocktail and lounge bar Lab 22, talks drinks, the community, and the euphoria of (and subsequent extended celebrations for) winning the Cardiff Life Award for Best Bar

Elliott Skehel, Tani Hasa, and Alex Mills make nice drinks for nice people


question of ‘what is he doing with his hands?’ came back into question.


How did you celebrate?

You won! Congratulations!

Thanks! It’s not our first dance with Cardiff Life, the company has received the prestigious award before in 2014, but it’s the first time with the current team. Talk us through the build up to the Awards ceremony...

The days leading up were more filled with conversation of what we were going to wear and imbibe throughout the evening, with nerves not really coming into play until the night itself. As friends and colleagues dotted around the hall hear their name called out or not, you can’t help but share in their elation or disappointment, it’s infectious. What was it like when you won…?

As our category was announced I imagine the most nervous person in the room had to be the near stranger to my left, unaware where the red wine situated in my firmly grasped hand might end up. Thankfully he was safe, the euphoria of hearing one’s name read out lead to subsequent fist pumping, shouting and photos where once again the

Winning Cardiff Life’s Best Cardiff Bar 2019 was huge for us as a team. It was something that had dominated our team meetings for months and disturbed our slumber for days. Celebrations weren’t muted. After a few, maybe several, glasses of champagne we headed back to our bar to celebrate with the rest of the team unable to attend. We were joined by numerous friends in the industry who passed on their congratulations as we spilled and sipped on yet more fizzy French wines.


old white rum, blended sugars, and some spiced orange bitters. Straight forward, strong, and robust – much like the man himself.

Where is your Award now?

The Award takes pride of place on our awards shelf in Lab, which thankfully has bulked up rather extensively over the past 12 months. We hope to be given the opportunity by Cardiff Life to add to it in 2020.

Does Lab 22 have a philosophy?

Nice drinks for nice people.

Can you talk us through awardwinning cocktails please?

Happily! Our drinks menu, of which we’re incredibly proud, has received more than its fair share of local and national praise. We’ve been fortunate enough to receive Imbibe’s Themed Drinks List of the Year award for our current signature menu, beating bars from around the UK. What’s the bestseller?

The most popular libation would be Cloning Unicorns. A house blend of Finlandia vodka, raspberry, rose, vanilla and apple, make this accessible drink both seem new and familiar. Add a glittery dusting of imagination and you’re onto a winner. We’ve seen re-creations attempted around many fellow Cardiff bars, but never quite to the same perfection. ...and what’s your own current favourite cocktail?

Lab 22 does more than just serve drinks though doesn’t it?

We do a lot of event work through which we always reach out to local independent business for mutual support. Our charity work always seeks to benefit Wales and the Welsh experience. Our menu curation and sourcing is ever more ethical and sustainable. We’re still very much learning ourselves, but we hope to continue to inspire others, the next generation of hospitality workers, to consider their impact too. What are the immediate and long term plans for Lab 22?

My personal favourite however is slightly more stripped back. The Industrial Oil is a creation of Lab 22’s Alex Mills – the UK’s Best Bartender 2018. Olive oil, washed three year

We’re lucky enough to work in a hugely creative industry, and our recent success within it has allowed us to reach a point where we feel we can help dictate the way in which it will grow. So much of our recent success has come from supporting the local community and considering the larger impact we have on the planet. For more: Lab 22, 22 Caroline Street, Cardiff, tel: 02920 399997; I CARDIFF LIFE I 73

Team work makes the dream work at The Vale

OUT OF OFFICE JOHN MATHER finds out why your best work might be achieved away from the work place


recent study claimed that it takes between four to six times longer to sell to a new customer than it does to an existing one. So a little investment in getting to know new and potential clients can go a long way. This also applies to team building exercises – key factors like communication, bonding, and a sense of belonging can be enhanced by fun, out of office activities, from abseiling down cliffs to attending a rugby match to enjoying a mini-break with hotel disco, it can all help increase motivation and productivity. Sounds like a no-brainer to us, but before we log off and head for the hills, we explore a few local options designed to sharpen up our work skills.


Climbing the ladder of success at Celtic Manor

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Activities for legal eagles at The Vale

Hoping to get ‘fired’ at The Vale

Canyoning, climbing, abseiling, clay pigeon shooting and falconry are now all on the menu for corporate delegates at the Vale Resort in Hensol, South Wales. The four-star resort has teamed up with both Wales-based Call of the Wild, which counts John Lewis, Vodafone, the BBC, and Panasonic among its clients, and Wings of Wales, established by conservation photographer and bird of prey handler Lewis Phillips, to offer a whole host of teambuilding events. Richard Williams sales manager at the Vale Resort, explains, “People can try some out-of-the-ordinary activities in a secure and safe environment led by professionals. They can discover skills and personality traits within themselves (and colleagues) they would have potentially never seen before, while making lasting memories. Already these events are getting booked by corporates, with Sony being among the first to road test our new offerings.”


Celtic Manor Resort is one of the UK’s top corporate and incentive destinations. Set in 2,000 acres of panoramic parkland in the beautiful Usk Valley, the resort offers a selection of world-class facilities, with three championship golf courses, two luxurious health spas, seven restaurants and has a history of corporate entertainment. Vanessa Russell, marketing director of the Celtic Manor Collection, explains, “Celtic Manor Resort was host of the 2010 Ryder Cup and the 2014 NATO Summit, it has an enviable reputation for hosting world-class events. The resort is also proud to have been voted ‘Best UK Conference Hotel’ for five consecutive years. “We also offer the opportunity to experience many outdoor activities, including high ropes and golf, perfect for individuals, groups and corporate team building. You can even enhance your employee or customer engagement with a memorable incentive travel experience.”

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There are lots of types of courses someone can do to advance their prospects at work, but a golf course is probably one of the most enjoyable. From chats and deals around the fairway to celebrations at the 19th hole, there’s worse ways to talk business. Stephanie Hobrow the sales leader at Marriott St Pierre says, “Housed within a historic 14th-century manor home in Chepstow, the St. Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club is surrounded by 400 acres of parkland in the beautiful Wye Valley, along with luxe rooms, a heated indoor pool and a fully equipped gym, and a tranquil on-site spa, you can perfect your swing on one of our two golf courses, the Championship Old Course and The Mathern Course. “We also have the golf simulator which lets you play courses from around the world including Pebble Beach, Quail Hollow and Carnousti, and is fantastic for a social evening or team building event as everyone, regardless of experience and ability, can get involved.”


Kim Pedlar, director of sales at the Angel Hotel Cardiff says, “We offer everything from small intimate dining to large banquet style functions for any form of corporate entertainment, but we are most renowned for Rugby International corporate entertainment as the hotel plays a huge part in Welsh rugby history. We pride ourselves on our ‘Welshness’ so each package celebrates Wales with menu choices, locations, and themes. “We are also proud to sponsor the Cardiff Arms Park Male Voice Choir so on any International Rugby home fixture they grace our stunning staircase for performances along with private recitals to the corporate suites.” n


“A little investment in getting to know new and potential clients can go a long way”

THE MAKE IT WORK DIRECTORY The Angel Hotel; Celtic Manor; St Pierre Marriott Hotel &Country Club; Vale Resort;

above: Cardiff Arms Park Male Voice Choir entertain at the Angel

Hotel Cardiff; below: The golf courses at Marriott St Pierre work for both client and staff entertainment and activities







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ELSIE CHADWICK seeks out expert advice on how to use Living Coral, Pantone’s colour of the year, in our homes

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“Wearing the colour coral was said to ward off evil” above: Timothy Oulton’s Peeling Ceiling velvet design seen on the sofa utilises a touch of coral;

left (from top): Pair coral with soft blues like this Thiabut wallpaper impact; Justine of The Tap End has seen coral tones in bathroom designs; Use Annie Sloan Chalk Paints to add instant Living Coral to any room

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t the beginning of the year, Pantone revealed Living Coral as its Colour of 2019. They describe their chosen shade as ‘an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge.’ Er, if you say so Pantone. We were thinking more pink meets red with a splash of orange, and being honest, initially we weren’t convinced by this terracotta tinge. True, we were all over 2017’s Greenery, and we instantly embraced 2018’s Ultra Violet, but Living Coral was causing flashbacks of 2015 with that sludgy brown Marsala, that no-one quite knew what to do with. However Living Coral has started to grow on us – it’s warm, it’s bright and it’s nearly orange, which is always a winner. But liking a colour, and knowing what to do with a colour, are two very different things, so we’ve called in the experts for their advice on how to get ok with coral…


Defining and describing this shade is not easy, as interiors specialist Ceri Hill says, “Living Coral is a tricky one to pin down, it’s not an insipid peach, nor an earthy terracotta but a warmer softer pink with orange undertones. It’s not a colour that is much used in the UK with our cooler, northern light. In sunnier climes, where the light is warmer, it comes into its own.” Designer Ruth Turner agrees, “I would define it really as an orange, – not light enough to be a peach and not red enough to be a terracotta. It brings up feelings of warmth and of days spent in the sunshine in hot countries such as Morocco.”


It is believed Pantone chose this punchy, optimistic hue – officially, Pantone number 16-1546 – because it is linked to our natural world, drawing attention to the beauty of coral, a living organism that is dying fast due to our increasingly warming oceans. But that isn’t always the immediate link people make. “Coral shades can be found in a lot of Asian and African countries,” says interior designer Rebecca Klein. “Jaipur in India, for example painted the whole city in dusky pink in 1876. The Maharajah at the time wanted to impress British Prince Albert during his India tour in order to strengthen the ties between the two royal families.” However, for interiors designer Louise Misell, it’s the well-being history of this colour she associates with Living Coral, “the ancient Egyptians harvested coral reef to make jewellery and wearing it was said to ward off evil. The idea that coral could protect you continued down through the ages, with the baby Jesus often depicted wearing a coral amulet.”


Most of us accept that colour is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, and even influence physiological reactions. So how might Living Coral impact on our lives? Lisa Ridge-Valentine believes the shade has a positive effect, “it’s warm and glowing, reminiscent of tropical sunsets, yet painting all four walls in this energetic and bold shade could be overwhelming. Like a lot of Pantone’s choices, while you may love the feeling the colour brings, using it in your home can be daunting.” I cardiff LIFE I 85

INTERIORS Living Coral might bring us happiness and creativity, but what other shades might this bold statement colour work well with? Ceri says, “Living Coral is unlikely to be everyone’s choice, but there are some lovely examples of it being used against a pale wood finish and then bringing out its warmth with brass accessories.” Louise advises looking at the colour wheel for partner inspiration. “Coral is opposite blue-green on the colour spectrum, so deep rich shades of teal and turquoise look quite dramatic when used with this shade.” While Angela Coles, store manager of Natuzzi Italia Cardiff Bay suggests keeping the other shades more muted saying, “I think it works beautifully with greys tones and neutral colours.”


“I would use Living Coral in most rooms, but I feel it works well in lounges and bedrooms in particular,” says Ruth. “Using a lot of it in small rooms such as the downstairs cloakroom can have a wow effect if you use it on all the walls, but while I would not recommend using it on a very large space, it can look amazing as an accent wall.” Cardiff designers The Tap End have seen Pantone’s colour of 2019 impact on their bathroom schemes, “For us the Living Coral trend has opened the door for bathroom designers to bring more feminine tones back into the bathroom,” explains Justine Bullock. “Blues reign when it comes to colour in a bathroom but this year more and more people are using this pretty, shade and variations of it, in cloakrooms, en suites and bathrooms. In bathrooms, we particularly love how the coral shades looks when mixed with lush green plants and a clean, neutral base.”


For those of us less brave, our experts have plenty of suggestions to subtly introduce the coral shade to our homes as Lisa suggests, “look out for art works with hints of coral, bring in towels and cushions to add pop of colour, or why not paint a piece of furniture with chalk paint – Annie Sloan has amazing coral shades such as a beautiful pinky coral shade and the vibrant Barcelona orange.” Rebecca says, “for the braver coral lovers, the colour can be added by creating a focal point such as doors, which can be recurring in other elements in the room such as rugs and pendants.” Timothy Oulton of the eponymous British furniture and interiors company, reveals while coral isn’t a colour he works with often, when he does it can have real impact. “Peeling Ceiling design sees the clash of dominant hues of pinks and oranges, woven with a hint of blues, yellows and greys, clamouring across in a mottled effect on soft velvet, and pairs beautifully with dark grey and metallic accents.” n


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above: Moroccan homes utilise the warm colours of coral, as encapsulated in this Osborne & Little wallpaper; right: Use Living Coral as an accent to bring interest to a room like this Cole & Son design

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MEET THE EXPERTS Rebecca Klein, head interior designer at artisan interiors; Angela Coles, store manager of Natuzzi Italia Cardiff Bay; Ceri Hill, design director at Chalkhouse Interiors; www.chalkhouseinteriors. Louise Misell, founder of Louise Misell Interiors; www.louisemisellinteriors.

Ruth Turner, owner of Ruth Turner Design;

Justine Bullock, director of The Tap End;

Tim Oulton, founder of Timothy Oulton;

LISA RIDGE-VALENTINE , homeware specialist;

Put simply... we love bathrooms!

Zoe Curtis - Designer

Here are some examples of our completed projects. All varying in size, shape, brief and budget, all uniquely personal to each client’s specific needs. We love a good before and after reveal. One of the questions that we ask clients is “how long do you want your

Lynda Rees - Co-creator

In listening we gain an insight into the client’s priorities, learn how the room is used, how frequently and by whom, establish a wish list of items (such as a freestanding bath, double basins etc) and set the budget. In doing this designing is then made easier and the client should not get any big shocks when it comes to presentation time, both in design and cost.

Justine Bullock - Co-creator

When designing a bathroom, the most important thing for a designer to do is to listen. This can be difficult for creatives, we like to go in all guns blazing with grandiose ideas fit for a modern art exhibition, but that style is not for everyone, and it certainly doesn’t translate well into timeless designs for real homes.

new bathroom to last?”. Often clients haven’t thought about this and it is very important. If you are expecting to be in a property for around 5 years or under, mid range products will last for this length of time. However, if you want your new bathroom to endure daily use and last 10-15 years you should look at the best brands possible for your budget, and really seek out quality over cost saving. All high end brands have entry level ranges, and these ranges are affordable but often more superior in quality than lesser known budget products. After all this is one of the hardest working rooms in a home, and a room that everyone uses. Achieving your dream bathroom can be a fun, exciting and exhilarating process, naturally we recommend getting a bathroom designer on board. Having a bathroom designers assistance will avoid you making any costly mistakes and give you the very best quality and finish for your budget. Our design service is completely free of charge, for more information visit us in store.

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Project Two; Master Ensuite , Cyncoed Cardiff This master en-suite needed updating, the clients wanted to bring this space more in line with their personal taste and style. The previous walk-in shower, whilst large, didn’t feel very inviting and, as the room did not have a window, felt dark. Now it’s a well illuminated, warm and inviting space featuring coloured brassware, and our clients are thrilled!

Project One; Family Bathroom, Pontcanna Cardiff Having a larger room is sometimes more difficult than a smaller space as you have more to consider when planning your new layout. This client came to us for a complete overhaul, and the finished results are exactly what they wanted. Glass coloured feature tiles, lots of storage and a walk around shower area. What’s not to love?!

Project Three; Family Bathroom, Cyncoed Cardiff The poor layout out of this family bathroom meant there was a lot of unused space. We utilised every inch of it, transforming it into a relaxing, luxury space which now includes a freestanding bath, steam shower and other features including ambient lighting and open element mirrored storage.

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Laura Honey explores a perfect beachside home that works for all seasons 92 I CARDIFF LIFE I


lagstones, warm, under your feet, a tang of sea salt in the air, and verdant land melting into the ocean. Standing here you might believe that you’ve found paradise. And you’re not wrong. But, let’s rewind for a moment. To get here, turn off a lane and follow a private road to a serene spot on the edge of Swanbridge, near Penarth. Here, bathing in serenity between vibrant gardens and the beach is Southwinds, is a five-bedroomed, two-storey contemporary oasis. Once through the front door, you’ll find yourself in a light and open hallway that sets the tone for the rest of the house. Oak and glass stairs float up to a galleried landing with the suggestion of more elegant beauty, but let’s stay on the ground floor for now. At the heart of this home is a stylish, open-plan dining kitchen. Quartz worktops and integral appliances of the highest quality frame a central isle. The giant windows and double doors open the room to expansive panoramic coastal views. They highlight that breath-taking proximity to the beach without any of that sand in your sandwiches drama. Instead, the marble tiles gently warm the underneath of your feet with under floor heating that runs through the house. The high shine marble flows into a beautiful oak floor,


marking the beginning of a dual aspect sitting room with two sets of double doors bringing both the front and rear garden into the living room in a fusion of the elements telling of the house’s recent renovation. On most days, this room feels light and airy, but on those magnificent stormy nights it morphs into a romantically cosy space with a smart wood-burning stove to enhance the atmosphere. The configuration harmonises private and meditative areas. Away from the dramatic views and intuitive space of the kitchen, the study makes a thoughtfully serene area, flooded with light. A spectacular amount of space is one of the striking aspects of the house and what makes it so suitable to raising a family, or for entertaining the many guests who’ll want to come calling. Flexible accommodation begins with bedroom five on the ground floor, which sets the tone of the other four bedrooms upstairs. Each is meticulously styled, with a luxe combination of stone-grey carpet, Canadian Maple, marble, and porcelain. This all contributes to the effortless elegance of the house that does not falter. The master bedroom deserves a special mention. Double doors open onto one of the house’s spacious balconies. This boasts

a view of the garden, ebbing into the sea and with the constant soundtrack of wave after wave after wave. Back in the bedroom there’s an en suite bathroom and connected dressing room. So if the house didn’t already make you feel like you were living the dream – it will now. With a home so stunning on the inside, it’s easy to spend an evening lounging in one of the sitting rooms or enjoying the underground billiards room beside the conveniently positioned wine store. But that ever-changing landscape of outside is even more irresistible. The terraced, south facing front garden calls out for those cinematic evenings bathed in the evening sun, the wafts of barbecue curling in the air and that view which serves as a constant reminder that this is no humble beach chalet: there are few who can boast that they have the beach as a back garden. As the sun sets, you can migrate to the rear, easy maintenance, astro-turfed garden and hop into the hot tub. With nothing but the bubbles, stars and the sound of sea around you it’s hard to believe that Penath town centre is three miles away and Cardiff is only another four miles on top. It’s close enough for easy access, but far enough for peace – a connected escape, if you will. n

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“For over a decade I played for and captained the mighty Rhiwbina RFC Squirrels” our products to every NHS hospital in Wales for the next four years. Have you had any horrid jobs along the way? As part of my degree I had to do a month-long placement in an abattoir, it was truly horrific. Even to this day I shudder and recoil when I remember the sights and smells I endured, so that job is definitely not for me.

PAUL COOPER He’s a Whitchurch boy with a passion for the band Blue and calamari, but don’t mention the abattoirs Also known as the Wolf of Whitchurch, Paul has lived in Cardiff his entire life. He grew up in Whitchurch and recently moved back to the area to renovate what he hopes will be his dream home. He is about to become the managing director of the orthotic healthcare business Orthotix.

Tell us a little about Orthotix… It manufactures and distributes medically approved orthopaedic supports and sports injury bracing to NHS hospitals, sports teams and direct to public across the UK. And what is its background? It is one of three businesses in our family portfolio. My brother, sister, father and I also run Dacey

Orthotic Solutions Ltd and ACE Feet In Motion Ltd. It’s a real family affair and we are proud to be challenging as market leaders in the niche industry of Orthotics. What was your path to this line of work? Starting out I won a scholarship from Cardiff Council to study a degree in Environmental Health at the University of Wales. I graduated in 2004 and on my first day of employment with them I handed in my notice so that I could join my family business. What has been the highlight of your career so far? Upscaling Orthotix by moving the entire operation into a newly renovated 25,000 square foot headquarters, which coincided with us being awarded a multimillion-pound contract to supply


Any other passions? Apart from the world of business, my other passion has always been rugby. For over a decade I played for and captained the mighty Rhiwbina RFC Squirrels before a serious knee injury forced me to hang up my boots. How do you like to spend your free time? I don’t have any kids yet so I like to make the most of being able to sneak away when I can by jetting off to explore new places. I’ve got Verona, Italy on my radar for my next adventure. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? The original Wolf of Wall Street – the American author, motivational speaker, and former stockbroker Jordan Belfort; former British heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper; The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson; and the amazing Audrey Hepburn. When did you last cry, and why? I’m terrible with sad fi lms and TV programmes, I don’t know what happens to me but I turn into a blubbering mess. The last one to

affect me like this was the moving documentary, Avicii: True Stories which is on Netfl ix and is about the Swedish DJ who committed suicide. Who would play you in a film about your life? I think a fellow Welshman like Luke Evans would fit the bill nicely wouldn’t he? Tall, dark and handsome, plus he’d nail the accent. What’s on your bookshelf at the moment? Single-Minded by Claude Littner and Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog, both books are inspiring success stories. Who’s your celebrity crush? I was a little bit obsessed with Khaleesi in Game of Thrones. What’s your guiltiest pleasure? I’ve always been a massive fan of the boy band Blue, it’s mortifying but I’ve still got all their albums and listen to them when nobody is about to judge me…. the song All Rise is still a belter! Tell us your secret and favourite bits of Cardiff I’ve lived down the road Insole Court in Llandaff for 37 years now and I’ve only just discovered it. If the sun is shining and I fancy a quiet coffee, there’s no place better. I Giardini di Sorrento on City Road is my favourite restaurant at the moment. The owners Massimo and his wife always look after me and my girlfriend when we visit and their calamari is the best in Cardiff. ■ For more:

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