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Food/Arts/Entertainment/Shopping/Property ISSUE 213 / JANUARY 2020 / £3




A business resolutions special



Shopping choices to reflect on



How to make a house a home

The capital’s new beautiful builds




A look back at 2019

Oh yes he does!





all y cyfnod sy’n dilyn y dathlu fod yn ddigon anodd i rai ohonom – mae’n bosibl y byddwn yn teimlo’n ddigalon ar ôl i’r tinsel gael ei roi i gadw ac ar ôl i’r tymor ewyllys da ddod i ben. Gall y rheidrwydd i fod yn llawen neu fod yng nghwmni eich teulu estynedig, neu’r ffaith eich bod yn syml iawn wedi blino, adael eu hôl arnoch. Mae gennym fechgyn sydd yn eu harddegau, felly mae’n rhaid i ni gael cynllun i osgoi’r di astod hwnnw. yddwn naill ai’n mynd i ffwrdd am ychydig ddiwrnodau drwy gyfnewid t neu aros mewn caraf n ym mhenrhyn yr neu’n sicrhau ein bod yn gwneud rhywbeth gwahanol bob dydd, p’un a yw hynny’n golygu ymweld ag oriel neu fwyty, mynd am dro hir neu dreulio ychydig oriau gyda’n talebau yn y siopau’n chwilio am fargen. Dyma’r tactegau oedd yng nghefn ein meddwl wrth gynllunio’r rhifyn hwn! r y clawr, rydym yn dathlu’r ffaith bod he Ivy wedi agor yng ghaerdydd. um yn ddigon ffodus i gael ymweld â’r lle (ar dudalen 38) a byddwn yn argymell yn bendant bod pawb yn mynd yno rywbryd yn ystod 2020. Ar wahân i’r ffaith bod y lle’n brydferth, bod y bwyd yn fendigedig a bod y staff yn hyfryd, mae’r bwyty hefyd yn adlewyrchu llawer o rinweddau Caerdydd a’i thrigolion. Roedd llawer o gyffro yngl n ’r lle cyn iddo hyd yn oed agor doedd neb yn amheus, neb yn cwyno a neb yn ceisio chwilio am wendidau. Roedd y ddinas yn llawn brwdfrydedd a chynnwrf ynghylch y ffaith bod bwyty newydd yn cyrraedd canol Caerdydd. Mae pobl y ddinas yn gweld ei fod yn arwydd o dwf a llewyrch ac maent wedi’i groesawu â breichiau agored. Dyma’r agwedd a’r momentwm sy’n golygu ei bod yn gymaint o fraint i fi fod yn eich cwmni wrth i ni gamu i mewn i 2020. Pob dymuniad da a phob llwyddiant i’n dinas yn y Flwyddyn Newydd!


his post festivities time can be a tricky time for some of us a kind of tinsel and goodwill hangover. ll that forced ollity, confined spaces with extended family, or ust feeling shattered, can take its toll. s a family with teen boys we have to have a plan, otherwise it would be miserable carnage – we either try to get away somewhere for a few days either house swap or a caravan in the ower, or we make sure we do something different every day. hether it be a gallery, a long walk, a few hours around the sales with our vouchers, or a meal out. It’s with these tactics in mind we’ve planned this issue. n the cover we’re celebrating the opening of he Ivy Cardiff, which I was lucky enough to get to visit page and can honestly recommend everyone should pay it a visit in . es the place is beautiful, the food is definitely divine and the staff are utterly delightful, but it also encapsulates so many positives about Cardiff and the people. here was such a bu about this place even before it opened no cynicism, no moaning, no one is trying to look for the aws. he city was enthusiastic, excited and positive about a new restaurant coming to the centre. hey see its presence as sign of growth and prosperity, and have embraced and welcomed it as such. It’s this momentum and attitude that make me feel so honoured to be going into with you. Here’s to an onwards and upwards, and wonderful ew ear for our city

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Issue 213/January 2019 COVER he Ivy Cardiff’s ladies’ toilet is in another Ivy league page


26 INTERIORS resh looks from the Cardiff experts for

your new home


15 INTRO You saw the whole of the moon – at Wales

Millennium Centre

16 WHAT’S ON Arts, gigs, shows and comedy, it’s all

going on in Cardiff



irror images to shop locally



38 RESTAURANT n the trail of the new Ivy Cardiff 41 FOOD & DRINK NEWS A Pontcanna café on the

BBC, and two awards for a local restaurant


46 HEALTH & BEAUTY A visit to the Josh Lee Salon

leaves our reviewer shining bright

68 MOTORING Test driving the locally-built Aston

Martin DBX


51 CARDIFFWORKS ews, views, and inspiring

interviews with the region’s professionals

59 CARDIFF LIFE AWARDS Find out what winning

an Award means for the Simon Constantinou Salon


72 NEW BUILDS ew homes on the Cardiff block 78 SHOWCASE he no. apartment at ainte

Adresse will be lucky for someone



look back at our favourite Cardiff

stories of 2019

23 WYBURN & WAYNE The boys are back and out on

the town

45 ANDREA BYRNE Baby, beaches and baubles with

the I



ales presenter

64 SCENE arty on people 82 CARDIFF LIVES The New Theatre Cinderella stars –

including ok

an talk panto

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LIFE IN CARDIFF 2019 A few fab highlights from the past year




uilding work began on he ogs rust’s Cardiff ehoming Centre, due to open in 2021. The state-of-the-art centre in plott will have glass kennels complete with under oor heating, as well as a veterinary suite boasting hydrotherapy and physiotherapy rooms. For more:

Chapter Arts Centre launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise , to rescue a large scale sculpture sculpture by in uential British artist Garth Evans that was originally was placed in The Hayes for six months as part of the Peter Stuyvesant City Sculpture project. For more:



BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales (BBC NOW) marked a decade since the opening of its home – BBC Hoddinott Hall – by its patron HRH The Prince of Wales. Housed in the Wales Millennium Centre, it’s named after celebrated Welsh composer Alun Hoddinott. For more:



Cardiff celebrated going car free on ay with a full city centre road closure in place. The second of its type, and with an estimated 10,000 people reclaiming the streets, it was deemed a huge success with a free cycling festival as a major highlight. or ore www.cardiff. o .uk



even Cardiff schools Cathays igh chool, lbany rimary, llensbank Primary, Gladstone Primary, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, St Monica’s Church in Wales Primary and Ysgol Mynydd Bychan – were awarded a grant of £12,500 to celebrate the career of Geraint Thomas and the key role that cycling club, the Maindy Flyers, played in his development. For more:

Cardiff kicked off ICC en’s Cricket orld Cup in style with a giant cricket catch relay. The Ultimate Delivery was hosted by the orld Cup ambassador, ritish and Irish Lions and Welsh rugby legend, Shane Williams, and covered over 8,851 metres, with 1,835 throws and catches. For more:






even spectacular trees were shortlisted for this year’s ales ree of the ear competition, including two Cardiff beauties he ailway treet cherry tree in plott, and the Cathedral oad lime tree, which was nominated by Cardiff Civic ociety for being a champion among trees’ and because of the amount of oxygen it pumps into the area. or ore www.woodlandtrust.or .uk



More than 500 players representing over 50 countries travelled to Cardiff on uly to play in the week long festival of football, he omeless orld Cup. he Cardiff bid was led by elsh actor and activist ichael heen, who said bringing the omeless orld Cup to ales was a real dream come true for me. ll round the world I’ve seen how football can play a massive part in helping people transform their lives, bring some oy and hope when things seem at their worst or ust help to get you through a day. For more:



vengers cience raining and actical Intelligence perative etwork . . . .I. . . at t avid’s Cardiff was a multi room exhibition offering arvel fans of all ages the opportunity to delve into the super workings and back story of each member of he vengers superheroes as they train to become an agent of the . . . .I. . . or ore www.stda



ovember saw the inaugural City of rcades ay to celebrate years of elsh retail history. any of the shops, restaurants, and businesses housed in the seven ictorian and dwardian arcades held special in store offers and workshops, along with live music and tastings. or ore www.thecityo



record number of professional athletes, runners and fundraisers took to the streets of Cardiff on eptember to take part in Cardiff etropolitan niversity Cardiff k and k fun runs. here were , entrants to the k race, which over the last three years has helped to raise more than , for the charity organisers idney ales. or ore www.cardiff1 ru



rediscovered painting by the Italian renaissance master andro otticelli went on display at ational useum Cardiff, after it was featured in the C our series Britain’s Lost Masterpieces. The painting, a adonna and Child painted in the s, was thought to be a copy by an unknown artist until research identified it as originating from otticelli’s workshop, with significant parts of it likely done by otticelli himself. For more: I CARDIFF LIFE I 9


Winter weather Sarah Alford of BERRY SMITH LAWYERS answers two frequently asked questions concerning snow days


here is plenty of snow forecast for January 2020, which will no doubt cause concerns for both employers and employees. Some employees may be wondering how they are going to get to work due to travel disruptions, and employers will have to deal with the difficulties surrounding absences, health and safety and pay. If an employee doesn’t attend work because of the bad weather will they get paid? Whether it’s the public or private sector, it’s important to check the wording of staff contracts and consider whether the organisation has an 'Adverse Weather/Bad Weather' policy in place. Such a policy can be helpful in ensuring consistency amongst staff and avoiding uncertainty regarding payment. Where there is no policy in place and contracts don’t refer to adverse weather, if a member of staff is willing and able to attend work but the place of work is unable to open due to bad weather, then not paying them will likely leave the

organisation exposed to a claim. However, if the place of work is open but a member of staff is unable to attend due to the weather conditions, the employer may not be required to pay the employee. This will depend on a range of factors, taking into consideration whether members of staff have a contractual right to be paid (express or implied) and custom and practice. Bear in mind that disabled staff might find it more difficult to get to work in adverse weather and the employer is under a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that such individuals are not disadvantaged because of their disability. Can an employer stipulate that any days off work due to bad weather are taken as paid holiday? If contracts and policies do not deal with this issue, then it is always preferable for an employer to agree a mutually acceptable solution with its employees, preferably before the situation occurs, or immediately upon the employee returning to work. This could include treating the days off as paid holiday, or allowing employees

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to make up lost time as overtime later in the month. Whichever option an employer chooses, it is important that they are consistent in their treatment and dealings with employees. n

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Business vs sport Xavier Rush ex-All Black and Cardiff Blues captain, who successfully launched HEAD QUARTERS HAIR TRANSPLANTS CLINIC in Cardiff’s city centre this year, tells us how owning a medical clinic differs from his time as a professional sportsman…


irst thing’s first, the main difference is we don’t allow tackling in the hair clinic! After that there’s a lot of similarities. Recruitment is the most important part of any sports team or business. You can have the best road map on the planet but if you have the wrong people on the bus, you are not going to reach your destination. People, staff, and players are your biggest assets and many coaches will tell you 80% of your success is down to the quality of your squad. It’s the same thing in business – the quality of our hair transplant surgeon and his assistants, was one of our, if not our most, important decision. It’s important to stay current at the forefront of the industry. One of the ways we do this is by attending the ISHRS world conference annually where they discuss research in different areas of hair restoration. It’s a great place to share ideas and look at latest technologies. In sport and in business constant improvement is always needed you cannot become complacent. In the same way the All Blacks show relentless drive to dominate professional rugby and be unstoppable in their excellence. I too apply that game plan of consistently striving to raise the bar with medical excellence and innovation through my team. Results are always judged on our last performance and we constantly debrief after each surgery, looking at any small way we can improve. I had a previous hair transplant at another hair clinic in 2015, it was a good hair transplant, but not a great transplant. Since opening Head Quarters I have had a second transplant to improve my hair density to give it a fuller look and I have had my hair line being re-created irregularly regular this gives me a more natural looking head of hair. Natural looking results with optimum density whilst 12 I CARDIFF LIFE I

respecting the donor area and speedy recovery is what we strive for at HQ for all of our patients. Recovery is talked about a lot in professional sport, especially a sport like rugby. It’s the same after surgery, we want our patients back to their normal lifestyle as quickly as possible. We use one of if not the finest extraction punches to extract hair from the donor area– it’s called the WAW FUE System by Devoye. The quality of the hair grafts we extract is second-to-none, and the impact from the extraction is minimal, this is key to ensuring the patient has the speediest recovery time. We also insist, where possible, a patient comes in the next day to allow HQ staff to wash their hair again to speed up recovery and to teach the patient how to look after their new hair grafts. Speed of recovery is an area we pride ourselves on getting right. Consistency in performance is important. If there is constant change in sports teams starting line ups, it’s unsettling for teams as there is no cohesion. Same as in business, customers want the same surgeon who performed the consultation. I didn’t want to own a clinic where there are multiple surgeons aligned to the clinic, I wanted a surgeon whose work was to an exceptional standard that I trusted and whose pride, care and attention for his medical excellence was second to none. I know Dr Ted Miln goes into every surgery wanting to get the best possible results for each patient. Hence why I partnered with Ted, and why I wanted him and only him to perform my hair transplant in 2019. When I think about enjoyment in sport and business I only got through the ups and downs of professional rugby because I loved it. Any sane man would have given up after horrendous injuries, countless disappointments, and the tough grind that goes hand in hand with professional sport. I take great enjoyment in seeing patients

leave the clinic so happy with the surgery. It’s a very fulfilling experience to be able to restore confidence, choice, control and happiness to our patients. This has to be my main reason, for setting up Head Quarters Hair Transplants clinic and why I enjoy the business so much. n

Discreetly located on Charles Street in Cardiff, we honour full patient confidentiality. You can fill out a 2 minute booking form on our website or give us a call. Phone: 029 2009 9385 b x


WINTER EXHIBITION 14th November – 11th January

A changing exhibition of work by more than 40 artists View the exhibition on our website 74b Albany Road, Cardiff, CF24 3RS | T: 029 2048 7158 | E: Gallery open: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am-4pm



S N A P S H O T S O F C A R D I F F ’ S C U LT U R A L L I F E

MOON LANDING You may have seen Gaia, the epic installation of planet earth, floating majestically in the Wales Millennium Centre foyer during the summer. Now the moon has come to town. The Museum of the Moon by the same artist, Luke Jerram, is here to inspire the same sense of awe and wonder. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, with each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture representing 5km of the moon’s surface. Accompanying the viewing is an atmospheric score by BAFTA-winning composer Dan Jones. Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram can be seen at Wales Millennium Centre until 5 January; I CARDIFF LIFE I 15

WHAT’S ON 28 December – 31 January


THE SNOW QUEEN A favourite through the generations, this enchanting and sparkling tale is brought to life with a spectacular set and costumes, superb storytelling, and a spellbinding original score combing to create a magical theatrical experience. Sherman Theatre;

Until 31 December

COPPÉLIA / THE NUTCRACKER / SWAN LAKE The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia, who have built an international reputation for delivering performances of

It seems everyone loves the Kaiser Chiefs more and more. See them at Motorpoint Arena on 31 January

outstanding quality and unusual depth, return with three enchanting ballets, and perform three magical new sets transporting us into a wonderful fairytale world. St David’s all; www.stda

Until 4 January

LES MISÉRABLES This brilliant new staging has taken the world by storm and has been hailed as ‘Les Mis for the 21st century’. With scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, the magnificent score of Les Misérables includes the songs, I Dreamed A Dream, On My Own, and Bring Him Home. Donald Gordon Theatre;

Until 5 January

THE NUTCRACKER ON ICE Following sold-out seasons at the


Royal Albert Hall and The London Palladium, The Imperial Ice Stars are bringing the amazing ice spectacular, The Nutcracker on Ice, to the UK’s most prestigious new event destination, the International Convention Centre Wales.

Until 12 January

CINDERELLA Gok Wan, Mike Doyle, Ceri Dupree and Phil Butler join forces for seasonal merriment. Turn to page 82 for our festive catch up. New Theatre Cardiff;

2 January

FROZEN II The long-awaited sequel to the smash-hit animated musical. The original cast assemble, with Idina

Menzel returning as ice-shifting princess Elsa, Kristen Bell as her sister nna, onathan roff as ristoff the Iceman, and osh ad as snowman Olaf. ‘The past is not what it seems’ and Elsa must explore her powers in preparation for an unknown challenge. Chapter;

8 – 18 January

THE KING AND I Shall we dance? Oh go on then! With tunes like Whistle a Happy Tune and Getting to Know You, it’s easy to see why this is considered one of the greatest shows from the golden age of musicals. And with a company of over 50 world-class performers and a full-scale orchestra, this promises to be a truly lavish spectacle. Donald Gordon Theatre;


ack’s one not to miss. The Great Hall, Cardiff;

11 January

THE MUSIC OF PRINCE Celebrate the life, legacy and the music of rince with a two hour extravagan a including hits such as 1999, Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain, Kiss, Diamonds And Pearls, and Raspberry Beret. St David’s Hall; www.stda

19 January

BEETHOVEN: THE 1808 CONCERT C and rchestra present eethoven, with aime art n conductor, Carlo i i conductor, teven sborne piano, l r illiams piano, and lwyn ellor soprano. St David’s Hall; www.stda

31 January

ABOVE: Off The Wall has a collection of Mark Zytynski’s work on display including Brendan Hill; LEFT: Have pies and laughs with Anne Edmonds at The Glee Club on 16 January; BELOW: Woman and Bird by Ilona David is part of the current Albany Gallery exhibition

21 – 25 January

SIX From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry III finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a minute celebration of st century sisterly sass itude. ominated for five livier wards including est ew usical, this sell out smash hit is the phenomenon everyone is losing their head over. urn to page for our chat with ort albot born auren rew, who plays Catherine of ragon. Donald Gordon Theatre;

MUSIC / BANDS 9 January

JACK SAVORETTI onths of rapturously received shows across the world a triumphant, sold out embley rena homecoming collaborations with artists as diverse as ylie, ika and igma and an album, Singing To Strangers, which is one of the best selling albums of the year,

KAISER CHIEFS aiser Chiefs, along with special guests a orlight, are on a nine date arena tour following the release of anthemic new single People Know How To Love One Another taken from their forthcoming new album Duck. It’s the antithesis of Every Day I Love You Less And Less, says icky ilson hinting at the eeds rockers musical move to songs that are a declaration of human warmth. Motorpoint Arena Cardiff; www. otor

COMEDY 31 December

NYE COMEDY SPECIAL ee in with the best comedians including elly Convey and arred Christmas, some excellent food, and an afterparty to remember. here will be a countdown at midnight and a to keep the party going in to the wee small hours. lee Club Cardiff; www.

4 January

JACK WHITEHALL   ward winning comedian, actor, writer and posh sounding nice guy ack hitehall is on his biggest ever tour. ook out for his mum’s friends in the audience. Motorpoint Arena Cardiff; www. otor

9 January

SANDI TOKSVIG LIVE!: NATIONAL TREVOR xpect tall stories, fascinatingly funny facts, really silly okes, a uick fire and a ui . on’t expect I CARDIFF LIFE I 17

tap-dancing, leotards or a forward roll from the half-Danish comedian, novelist and broadcaster. St David’s all; www.stda

16 January

THURSDAY NIGHT PIE FACE Perk up your week with excellent comedy and delicious food at The Glee with stand up comedians like Anne Edmonds and some seriously tasty offerings from the master pie makers at Pieminister. lee Club Cardiff; www.


PIERRE WILLIAMS AND CATHY LEWIS The exhibition at the gallery features collections from both Pierre Williams and Cathy Lewis, including pieces from Cathy’s stunning Reset Teaset collection. Blackwater allery; www. blackwater

Until 11 January

WINTER EXHIBITION A changing exhibition of paintings, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery from more than 40 artists including Donald McIntyre, Gyrth Russell, Andrew Douglas-Forbes, Rob Piercy, Aled Prichard Jones, and first time exhibitors at the gallery Ilona David, Parastoo Ganjei and Sally Harrold. lbany allery; www.albany

Until 26 January

DIPPY THE DINOSAUR As part of a road trip across the UK, Dippy the dinosaur has ventured out of ondon for the first time since 1905. ational useu Cardiff; www. useu .wales

Until 26 January

GARTH EVANS But ands a e yes is a solo exhibition featuring six decades of sculpture. Alongside works produced in the and Cardiff in the s and 1970s, Garth will also present a body of new sculptural work that he’s produced in the United States since his move there in 1981. Cha ter; www.cha ter.or

Until 31 January

CHRISTMAS SHOW A mixed show of some of the gallery’s favourite artists including Mark Zytynski, Sheryl Roberts, Elaine Kelly, and Jacqueline Jones. Off The all allery; www.

Until 1 March

AUTUMN PHOTOGRAPHY SEASON Focusses on the work of four of the most in uential photographers August Sander, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and Martin Parr with his Welsh collection. ational useu Cardiff; www. useu .wales



TOP: See Frozen II at Chapter on 2 January to learn why Elsa’s magical powers threaten her kingdom; ABOVE: The Aelwyd exhibition at Craft in the Bay starts 18 January and features 15 Welsh artists; BELOW: The gorgeous Nutcracker On Ice can be seen at the International Convention Centre Wales

WHAT’S ON Aelwyd is Welsh for hearth – a word synonymous with home. Through their material, making, story or use, the objects in this exhibition explore a deep-rooted sense of belonging and home. Fifteen makers, all from or living in Wales, create handmade items that are a pleasure to live with. Craft in the Bay;

Lauren, centre, singing about her life as Catherine of Aragon

SPORT 1 January

CARDIFF DEVILS V COVENTRY BLAZE eague, face off pm. iola rena Cardiff nternational S orts illa e; www.cardiffde

3 January

CARDIFF BLUES V SCARLETS uinness , kick off . pm Cardiff r s ark;

12 January

CARDIFF CITY V SWANSEA ky et Championship, kick off pm. Cardiff City; www.cardiffcity

12 January

CARDIFF DEVILS V DUNDEE STARS eague, face off pm. iola rena Cardiff nternational S orts illa e; www.cardiffde

17 January

CARDIFF BLUES V PATARO CALVISANO uropean Challenge Cup, kick off tbc. Cardiff r s ark;

25 January


woman and make her so relatable in today’s world is quite humbling.

Lauren, who is originally from Port Talbot, is currently playing Catherine of Aragon in the musical SIX at the Wales Millennium Centre. This funky, awards-winning retelling of the lives Henry VIII’s six wives runs 21 – 25 January.

Did you like history at school? What school did you go to? I went to Sandfields Comprehensive school in South Wales, Port Talbot. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t too hot on my history, however had SIX been part of the school curriculum, it may have piqued my interest a lot more.


CARDIFF CITY V WEST BROMWICH ky et Championship, kick off pm. Cardiff City; www.cardiffcity

Is it very hard work being on a tour like this? Well there’s the obvious aspect of having to move around weekly, so you never really get to settle. But it’s wonderful getting to visit and explore all the places around the UK.


Have all the queens become good friends? We’re literally like one big family, and have been pretty much since the first week of rehearsals. We all just gel so well!

Until 5 January

THE GREAT SKATE The Great Skate returns with a glistening ice rink set against a backdrop of twinkling lights in the spectacular rooftop garden. Celtic Manor Resort;

Until 5 January

THE GREAT SKATE Enjoy an undercover ice rink, seasonal activities, bars and food stalls, plus The Alpine Ice Trail, an incredible metres long, open air ice trail. City Hall Lawn; www. n

What’s your character, Catherine of Aragon, first wife of the King, like? She’s very self-assured and strong. She knows what she wants and won’t go down without a fight. Catherine stayed true to herself until the day she died, she didn’t change her morals or beliefs for anyone. And can you relate to her at all? I think we can all find ways of relating to her in one way or another. Being able to play a strong

So, you’re from Port Talbot – will there be lots of friends and family in the WMC audience? Oh you bet! My family are so incredibly supportive and have been my whole life. They wouldn’t miss this for the world – the Port Talbot tribe will be there with bells on! Does that make you a little nervous? It makes me so excited. What means more to me than anything is that my family don’t have to travel for hours to see me perform, like they usually have to, and my gramma who is my everything gets to see me play my first leading role. Any other plans while you’re here? When I’m not doing the show, I’ll simply be catching up with some friends I don’t get to see while I’m working, and having some quality time with my family. For more: I CARDIFF LIFE I 19


Lighting the way EMA LIGHTING talks trends for 2020, and shares top tips for making lighting the focal point of your home


020 is nearly here and the world of interior design is asking questions in its preparation. What is going to trend in 2020? And possibly the biggest question, what’s in and what’s out? Well, fear not, we are on hand to help with all things lighting related. Firstly, what’s here to stay. Signature pieces, big, bold statement lighting. Design at its core should evoke emotion and there’s few things more deeply rooted in

humanity than gathering around a large fire. This basic human instinct in transferable into any lighting design. Make your lighting piece a bold central point and remember, in this instance, bigger is better Copper finishes are in. They remain modern yet traditional, copper manages to create warmth and elegance without trying too hard. Unlike chrome, copper evokes a sense of familiarity and strength. Vintage bulbs are also here to stay. With a trend toward the industrial style fitting, we are experiencing a higher focus on the lamp/bulb. By utilising a warm vintage LED bulb the focus no longer falls only on the fitting. It’s about marrying the two, through complementing colours and textures. For a cosy and elegant atmosphere, we recommend a matte black and copper fitting, paired with a very simple vintage style led bulb. This simple design solution can really create a timeless and elegant atmosphere. Our final tip for lighting in 2020 is simple. Mood is everything. Consider what does your lighting do for your mood? Of course purely practical lighting

solutions have their place, but this year think about how everything from your choice of fitting to the warmth of the bulbs will impact your mood. Well-being in design is crucial and it can be easily achieved simply by creating a space you feel at home in. n

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WYBURN & WAYNE Move over Ant & Dec. Make way Edina & Patsy. Stand aside Batman & Robin. Our dynamic duo are in town and they’re here to give us the low down on the Cardiff high life

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irst may we please trumpet one of our proudest achievements of aside from winning the Cardiff i e Award for Roath Rocks) – we did it! We won Cardiff’s avourite ntertainers at he mbrella wards . he Awards are an annual event, held at Minsky’s showbar, created to celebrate, and being together, with all those who work hard within the LGBTQ+ scene. To be there celebrating with Cardiff’s finest entertainers, bar staff, door staff, DJs and drag queens was a an honour in itself and a reminder of the effort everyone puts in all year round to help our city be such a welcoming, inclusive, and forward-thinking city. We take pride in our weekly

Wednesday karaoke party at The Golden Cross, all our fundraisers throughout the community and also outside of it and far beyond it too. Thanks to everyone that voted for us – it’s a real incentive for us to keep going and make even better and more beautiful yet. We were lucky enough to go see es is rables at the Wales Millennium Centre and both came away charged, emotionally drained, and on a high. It’s the kind of theatre the word epic really does apply to. Putting on a wonderfully crafted Christmas tale is the always-special Sherman Theatre. The Snow ueen is an enchanting tale of friendship and determination, and a delivers a beautiful blizzard of Christmas magic.

“Wonderful to see so many of us, ro different back rounds all sin in ro the sa e hy n sheet”

Any umbrellas? Oh, just this little ol’ Umbrella Award

We also took a blast down memory lane bringing back memories of Christmasses past when we attended NOW That s hat Call s down at St David’s Hall. All those pop classics performed live on stage for over three hours by incredible performers including previous The oice contestant and good friend and fellow Welshy, Shellyann, who won BBC’s ll To ether ow earlier this year. Nearly 40 years on and those songs can still get everyone up on their feet singing, grooving and grinning. Also putting a huge smile on our faces and keeping us in the holiday mood was Kinetic School of Performing Arts. They put on lovely traditional Christmas carol service at St Andrew’s Church.

The evening had a great mix of classic carols and pop songs. We’re proud to be the patrons of a theatre school giving so many young people incredible opportunities to shine, right here in Cardiff. huge well done to Emma, Kris and the team, and thank you for kindly splitting your overall door earnings between the school and the church. Always wonderful to see so many of us, from different backgrounds, all singing from the same hymn sheet! Long may this be the Cardiff spirit for To kee u to date with the adio Cardiff Js yburn ayne ollow the on acebook Twitter yburn ayne and nsta ra wyburnandwayne

The Kinetic School of Performing Arts in fine voice! I CARDIFF LIFE I 23


A FRESH NEW LOOK How to make your new build your home By John Mather

Tiles by Mandarin Stone



t’s said the new-build property provides the perfect blank canvas, but that doesn’t necessarily make it any easier knowing where to start – in fact, that pure white screen to make your mark can be both daunting and intimidating. Without the distraction of structural issues, or removing a carpet we know we hate, do we go for practical, or look at trends, or should we simply follow our heart’s desire e called in the Cardiff experts to help guide us through prettifying those plain walls and lending elegance to empty spaces.


First up, what are the advantages of a new build from a décor point of view? Dawn Llewellyn-Jones, the interior design sales and operations manager for the Welsh-based retailer of home furnishings, Leekes, says, “One of the main advantages of buying a new build is that you will have the option to select your own fixtures, fittings, ooring and colour scheme. lso financially, there are usually minimal repair costs for the first few years, which makes budgeting easier. On a further practical note Marc Hailes, managing director at the Cardiff based eating and Plumbing, adds “Fundamentally there is a much lower cost associated with the initial fit out and

“Don’t be afraid to consider relocating rooms within your home”

Leekes’ Harlequin Momentum Collection


Bedroom styled by Di Oro Interiors

ongoing upkeep of a new build as you aren’t having to undo someone else’s work before you begin your own.” Rhian Francis, managing director of the largest furniture store in Wales, The Place For Homes, also points out, “An added bonus is you won’t be inheriting or in uenced by anyone else’s tastes, meaning you can create a home that is truly a re ection of you, your personality and your lifestyle.”


sther ilardi, design director who founded the Cardiff interior design firm i ro Interiors, strongly suggests to start thinking creatively about the room you would spend the most time in. “Make sure that you are confident about what atmosphere you want to create as this will set the tone for all the other rooms on the same oor. his way you will achieve a sense of cohesiveness, which will blur the boundary between the individual rooms in the house and in turn make the whole house feel more spacious.” For many that space is the kitchen, as Alice Vaatstra, kitchen designer at igma itchens, explains, It’s often the central point for friends and family gatherings, therefore this is a great starting point. With more homes opting for open plan living, the kitchen is frequently the largest room in the home therefore it’s essential that the room works for your wants and needs.” Louisa Morgan of Mandarin Stone, which specialises in tiles and ooring and has a showroom in Cardiff, agrees the kitchen is a great place to start because, “key services such as electrics, water, gas are required in this area, so it’s essential to plan these as soon as possible.” dvice backed up by ’s arc, It’s always worth considering


“You can create a home that is truly a re ection o you getting the messy work completed first, as you really don’t want dirt on those lovely new carpets.” Sigma 3’s Alice also suggests thinking big and beyond the existing layout of your new build: “Knocking through adjoining walls to create open plan kitchen and living spaces can create an entirely new feel to a home. And don’t be afraid to consider relocating rooms within your home so that you best utilise every inch of space.”


Now we know where to start, it’s the fun part of gathering ideas for your blank canvas. Justine Bullock, designer and co-creator of The ap nd, the bathroom designers and fitters based in ontyclun, recommends the Houzz website. “We love it for all things interiors,” she says. “ Unlike other inspirational platforms such as social media, this website showcases images pertaining to the home only, so you won’t get distracted as you search. “Also looking at other properties online and in magazines can provide lots of ideas go for Instagram hashtagging searches for example, #realhomes, #bathroominspo, and if you wanted to go more specific, go for whitelounge, greybathroom, pinktiles. andarin tone’s ouisa says, I’m a great fan of interest for initial inspiration to find out what you really like. hereafter it’s always

CLOCKWISE: Mandarin Stone tiled bathroom; Morris & Co Melsetter wallpaper from Leekes; Bathroom design by The Tap End

useful to visit friends or family who have recently completed building work and renovations to listen to their advice. And, of course, talking to electricians, plumbers as well as kitchen designers, is where you find out what’s actually possible.” Jacob Crofts of EMA Lighting, suppliers of designer lighting, believes inspiration will find you when it needs to, and advises not to stress about making choices. “Keep an open mind when watching television or on your travels, and take in uence from what makes you happy. It’s about realising what suits you and following up your instincts with professional advice. Give yourself time, and ask yourself in what environments are you most happy, and what elements could you use to inspire your own design.”


A move can often be harder than expected on budgets, so it can be helpful to know what should take priority when putting your mark on your new property. EMA Lighting’s Jacob suggests that it’s lighting where you’ll see the most dramatic impact. “If your lighting scheme is simply so you can ‘see’, you’re really neglecting what can be easily turned into a beautiful piece of furniture. “By changing very little you can completely transform a room’s atmosphere, for example warm light bulbs will naturally create a more inviting space. Also consider injecting some personality into your lighting – so instead of buying a piece of art, why not look for a unique lamp, with a custom lampshade. This helps give your room an artistic focal point without trying too hard.” Rhian of The Place for Homes agrees on the importance of lighting, “Lighting has a huge impact on the way a space looks and feels, and it can make or break an interior design scheme. Once you move in, play around with oor and table lamps to complement the built in lighting and see what works, and what feels, best.” I CARDIFF LIFE I 29


Hunter kitchen designed by Sigma 3

“Give yourself time, and ask yourself in what environments are you most happy” Leekes’ Dawn reminds us to check out the actual windows carefully. “This is where natural light comes in and choosing the right window dressings will help to create an impact, and can soften or add vibrancy to a scheme using different colours, styles and textures. And to help make your new house feel cosy, design director Esther says, I find that accessories, such as cushions, throws, frames, trays and potted plants, instantly elevate a room and make a house a home. An idea echoed by The Tap End’s Justine, “For a bathroom, think basin area accessories such as tumblers, soap dishes and plants. Also bathrooms are the perfect environment for aloe vera, bamboo and asparagus ferns. The addition of house plants is good for our wellbeing, as well as looking stylish. Plus you can easily move house plants from room to room as they grow and change, and even place them outside in warmer months, perfect for bringing the outside in and vice versa. If you have the money, ouisa advises investing in ooring, windows and lighting positioning now. “These are key elements that you won’t want to be altering in a hurry. They can carry large costs but the look of an entire property can be effected by these factors. And for those on a budget, Marc has these suggestions, “We’ve also seen some great transformations to bathrooms with simple upgrades such as taps and radiators and even plug sockets, giving the space a whole new feel without breaking the bank. n



Di Oro Interiors Ltd, 78 Whitchurch Road, Cardiff; tel: 07979 824433; EMA Lighting, Ocean Way, Cardiff CF24 5HH; tel: 029 2033 6665; Leekes, Cowbridge Road, RCT. CF72 8PN; tel: 0333 222 4120; Mandarin Stone, Unit 1, The Design Quarter, 4 Colchester Ave, Cardiff CF23 9XE; tel: 029 2049 0408; MWH Heating and Plumbing, Cardiff; tel: 029 2221 7197; The Place For Homes, Unit 1, Retail area, Sutton Road, Llandow, Cowbridge, CF71 7LT; tel: 01446 772927; Sigma 3 Kitchens, Unit 2, The Design Quarter, 4 Colchester Avenue, Cardiff, CF23 9XE; tel: 029 2048 5888; The Tap End, 57 Llantrisant Road, Pontyclun, CF72 9DP; tel: 01443 449056;


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GOLD ROUND BLOCK MIRROR, £160 You’ll be framed beautifully with this sunshine style design From Leekes, Cowbridge Road, Talbot Green, Pontyclun;

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Put simply... we love bathrooms!


Here are three examples of some of our completed projects from 2019. All different in size, shape, brief and budget, all uniquely personal to each client’s specific needs. As designers we love a good before and after reveal!

LYNDA REES Co-creator

If you have been umming and ahhhing over whether to start your bathroom journey, spring is always a good time to start. The weather is a little nicer so having the windows and doors open as installers are in and out isn’t so much of a bother. Don’t worry about spring cleaning your bathroom next year, get a new one instead! Spring might feel a long way off, however, the design process can take around two weeks from date of home visit to presentation. As well as this products and tiles have a lead time from date of order. You should also consider that all good fitters will be pre booked for at least a few weeks if not months in advance, so we recommend starting the process in January.


Reasons that a client may need a new bathroom vary, from needing an update due to a leak to moving home and making the place their own. Our clients all have varying briefs and budgets. Whilst the motives behind finally taking the plunge differ, clients always seek the same outcome; Good quality products and tiles, a timeless design and good value for money.

We always encourage prospective clients to visit our website to read all about our services. You can also check out our social media channels to see plenty of before and after images of our work. We also have a showroom in the heart of Pontyclun where we display some of the ranges we specify into our designs. You can touch and feel the quality of the brands and see samples of all the colour choices. Alongside our product offering we carry many tile samples to accompany product specifications which include natural stone, ceramic, porcelain and feature tiles. In our experience people will often opt for neutral in bathrooms, we cater for this market with plenty of choice in this category – but if you seek something more colourful, we can offer bespoke coloured vanities and patterned tiles galore. 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 you budget. Our design service is completely free of charge, for more information visit us in store.

The Tap End, 57 Llantrisant Road, Pontyclun, CF72 9DP • TelEPHONE 01443449056 • We are also on; Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • Houzz

Project Two; Family Bathroom, Bridgend For this project, the client had a separate bathroom and WC next to each other that they wanted to make one larger space. At only 1500mm wide the bathroom, even when knocked through, was compact. Despite the width limitations and the large window which took up one of the walls, we were still able to give the client a full size freestanding and walk-in shower.

Project One; Cloakroom, Lisvane Cardiff This cloakroom was designed and supplied for our returning clients. Having renovated their family bathroom and two ensuites with us previously, they were now onto remodeling their ground floor. They wanted something fun, and unexpected. We are thrilled they committed fully to the concept we proposed, even down to painting out the ceiling dark!

Project Three; Ensuite, Llandaff Cardiff This master ensuite renovation was a pleasure to be a part of. The new WC was an electronic bidet WC. There was storage underneath the basin and in the extra-wide mirror cabinet. The shower tray was a grey semi-textured flush to the tile set up, providing a walk-in experience.

The Tap End, 57 Llantrisant Road, Pontyclun, CF72 9DP • TelEPHONE 01443449056 • We are also on; Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • Houzz


Sarah Moolla finds the new city centre restaurant is another Ivy league


nce, The Ivy was just The Ivy – the one found in Covent Garden. It was a West End restaurant that served gastropub comfort food alongside champagne and cocktails, while the paparazzi waited for the celeb diners, and the hoi-polloi waited on the waiting list. It had sparkle, allure, glamour and an exclusivity that made relatively ordinary dining, extraordinary. Its subsequent rapid expansion as The Ivy Collection over recent years has been on a scale befitting its name, and akin to world domination. Such a growth prompted the restaurant critic, writer and presenter Jay Rayner to dub Yorkshire’s Ivy opening ‘a cynical move.’ And I was all set to agree with him. Especially because I was lucky enough to have been to the original Ivy, back in the day as a reporter for a roaring national and of course was smitten, not just the kudos of getting to eat there and that I was part of some in-crowd – okay, yeah, that did help – but I genuinely loved the charming old-school vibe and the proper food. o here I am at the Ivy’s first elsh offering, wanting to be all eye-rolling and talk about how you can’t replicate the original, and how the brand is only going to dilute the more it spreads. But instead I’m running around gasping at the


beauty and the scale, helping people take their selfies in the ladies’ loos (as seen on our cover), and before I leave, I’m looking to shake the hand of our waiter, Alexander, and the general manager osh. he night at he Ivy Cardiff has been exquisite – it has delivered an absolute masterclass in how to make diners feel special again. The Welsh fairy castle of a restaurant appeared at The Hayes in what felt like an overnight, magical, Jack and the Beanstalk, type tale – but in this instance the spell was cast by a cast of dedicated workers toiling day and night for just under eight weeks, and by what is rumoured to have been a lot of money… a lot of money. From the second you step under the green canopy, it’s like you’ve oined a fine dining members’ club. he staff smile, they seem happy to see us, and in an instant we’re I s. he old school glamour of the art deco in uences sweep through every space with a rich colour palette of red, oranges, gold, silver, green and pink. The surrounds are a sumptuous feast in themselves – plush velvet and shiny leather against mirror and chrome, with mighty pendant lights and shining stained glass windows. And this isn’t even mentioning the cherry tree that magnificently ascends and twists its way up through the two oors or the giant bron e dragon that stands atop the bar to remind us that this is no ordinary Ivy, this is Cardiff’s Ivy.


The seating arrangement is wrapped around the two lavish glittering central bars which ensures there isn’t a bad seat in the house, every view is spectacular and includes a respectful distance from your fellow diners – you can’t hear their chat but you can see their smiles. For my starter the meaty medallions of Atlantic scallops are just seared enough to add a caramelised sweetness which contrasts beautifully, both texturally and in taste, with the sharp, green apple wands and the pi uant cauli ower purée, with caper butter, tamarind glaze and a golden crumb. My dining companion’s lobster risotto comes with salty plump strands of samphire and whispers of fresh basil, with the arborio rice perfectly al dente and finished with a shellfish foam and crunchy cheese crust. We are sorely tempted by the classics, which includes The Ivy shepherd’s pie with slow-braised Welsh lamb leg with beef and Wookey Hole Cheddar potato mash; plus salmon and smoked haddock fish cake with crushed pea and herb sauce with a soft poached hen’s egg and baby watercress. However, capitalising on the ‘let’s keep this special’ feeling, I go for the special, and it is incredible. y deeply avoursome, precisely cooked fillet of rare beef is tender and juicy, served with a baton of rosti, fresh watercress leaves, a rich red wine jus and a silver gravy boat of creamy, hefty, emulsified gravy that keeps its sheen and consistency when poured. My companion’s sea bass special tastes so fresh that we think it might have just swum onto the plate and manages the trick of being delicate and chunky, a sweetness and even – shock, horror – a meatiness that pesky pescatarians might find droll. roccoli with miso butter, sesame seeds and chilli, plus green beans and almonds, made for a joyful contrast of tastes and shapes and textures. One of the charges that has been levelled at the Ivy, even by its biggest fans, is that the glitz can eclipse the cuisine, but tonight it surpassed all expectations. The service is exemplary – the crisp white uniformed waiters, looking like Orient Express stewards, are friendly and attentive, but never obsequious or pushy, and we never feel neglected. The vibe is decadent play palace, and the mood uplifting. In no hurry to leave – there’s a DJ setting up in the corner – I’ve ordered the seasonal special Snowball Fight pudding, which is a white chocolate dome featuring chunky Christmas pudding ice cream, crisp ginger bread, and brandy sauce with the clean waft of pine. he ambience, the food and the service, has been first class and reminiscent of a five star luxury cruise. o toast our bon voyage into the night, we order Ivy Royales made with gin infused with hibiscus and rosewater, sloe juice and Cocchi Rosa Vermouth topped with the Ivy’s own Collection Champagne, and toast our good fortune at having experienced he Ivy Cardiff. e’ve heard since that many consider the Cardiff restaurant to be top of the Ivy league – and we look forward to many return journeys in 2020. n

“The Ivy Cardiff surpasses all expectations”

DINING DETAILS The Ivy Cardiff, 43 The Hayes, St David’s Dewi Sant, Cardiff. Tel: 029 2233 8940; Opening hours Monday to Friday, 8:00 – 1:30am, Saturday, 09:00 – 1:30am, Sunday and Bank Holiday, 09:00 – 1:00am Chefs Head chef is Bartek Byba and executive chef is Sean Burbidge Type of food served Modern British classics, including The Ivy’s vegetarian shepherd’s pie Recommendations Warming roast truffled wild mushrooms with potato rosti, creamed mushroom, fried quail’s egg and grated truffle Covers 260 Outdoor space At the front of the restaurant Prices starters: £6.25 – £12.95 mains: £13.25 – £29.50 desserts: £3.25 – £8.95 Disability access No Drinks choice Local brewers Tiny Rebel Brewing Co.’s Cwtch Red Ale and Clwb Tropicana locally inspired cocktails include the Dragon’s Fire, and Bae Caerdydd made with vanilla vodka I CARDIFF LIFE I 39

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Michela Chiappa talks food with Cardiff’s Yusuf Ali

HERITAGE FOOD Celebrity chef Michela Chiappa has been celebrating the social history of Cardiff with her C show Our Food, Our Family with Michela Chiappa. In two of the shows, which can be seen on the C i layer, ichela, who is of Italian heritage herself, shares the stories of how culture, Cardiff and cuisine have combined. here’s the foodie tale of emi evins who

The Cardiff Steakhouse Bar and Grill team celebrate their awards

Michela visits Kemi Nevins and her son Patrick in their Pontcanna café

runs emi’s in ontcanna. he was born in 1962 to igerian parents studying medicine in ondon. t ust six months emi was fostered by a ritish family and once her parents had ualified, she was taken back to agos, aged six years, to live with them. ut she pined to return to her foster family. inally conceding to her wishes, emi returned to the and left any traces of her igerian life behind. emi runs the café with her son atrick, who would like

to learn more about his heritage. ogether he works with ichela to try and convince emi to reconnect to her roots through food. ichela also meets Cardiff restaurant owner usuf li who traces his family back to angladesh and discovers how his grandfather came to the in after a military coup, and went on to became a pioneer in sian food in Wales. For more:

THE STEAKS ARE HIGH he Cardiff teakhouse ar and rill has been named by lack and hite ospitality, arco ierre hite’s franchised estaurant of the ear, at an annual awards ceremony in ristol. he restaurant which opened in and is located in the city’s otel Indigo saw off competition from the acclaimed chef ’s almost strong based portfolio of franchised restaurants to scoop the title. It was a double celebration for the restaurant when head chef ee illiams won the arco ierre hite rand mbassador ward on the night as well. ictoria ilner, restaurant general manager, says, hese awards are a testament to the dedication of our team, who ensure our diners have exceptional experiences with us every day and we are so proud of them ot only is this fantastic recognition for Chef ee and teakhouse ar and rill, but a challenge in terms of building on what we’ve achieved in the months ahead. For more: I CARDIFF LIFE I 41


Cardiff businesses share their achievements from the past year


Voco® St David’s Cardiff has seen some significant changes in 2019, becoming the first voco™ hotel in Europe, the new upscale brand for IHG, the hotel has new comfy beds, invigorating showers, new lobby furniture, interior refurbishments and upgraded to AVEDA luxury toiletries. Having provided over 70,000 guests with the voco™ signature warm welcome and forging the way ahead with bold sustainability efforts. voco™ is committed to delivering quality and sustainability at the same time; over 150 recycled plastic bottles are put to good to use in voco™ St. David’s Cardiff guest rooms, turning harmful plastic waste into a sustainable good night’s sleep with high quality bedding made from environmentally friendly materials. been swapped for a biodegradable alternative. Eco-friendly finishes extend to the bathroom with aerated shower heads to support the reduction of water usage and lowering energy consumption for water heating. In addition, miniature toiletry bottles have been eliminated and replaced with large-format Aveda bottles, and plastic straws have been swapped for a biodegradable alternative. Since arriving on the scene, the hotel has made a bold commitment to making a positive impact on the local environment, combined with the six other voco™ hotels in the world this has led to: • Over half a million bottles have been recycled to create cosy bedding for all the guest rooms. • 80 per cent less plastic waste having switched from miniatures to larger amenities. • ‘Green ingredients’ taking centre stage with sustainably-sourced amenity partners using renewable or plant-based origins. • Launched over five initiatives to support local community projects to drive sustainability



LAB 22

22 CAROLINE STREET, CARDIFF, CF10 1FG TEL: 029 2039 9997 WWW.LAB22CARDIFF.COM Last year, Lab 22 became the first ever Welsh bar to win an award at the prestigious Imbibe Drinks List of the Year awards for their signature cocktail menu, ‘Discovery + Progress’. This year, they became the first ever bar to win the same accolade two years in a row with their new menu, ‘Pioneers + Revolutionaries’. Competing against of some of the world’s best cocktail bars, Lab 22 came home with the ‘Best Themed Menu’ trophy again, cementing their place among the UK’s elite cocktail bars, and as the clear leaders of the pack in Cardiff’s own cocktail scene.


UNIT 1 PONTCANNA MEWS, 200 KINGS ROAD, CF11 9DF TEL: 029 2022 5522 WWW.KITICYMRU.COM Kiti is now five years old and continues to grow from strength to strength. We are very proud to have been included in The Telegraph’s top 50 boutiques in the UK, the only one in Wales and the South West to do so. We have also taken on some very high profile brands who have limited exclusive distribution in the UK. These include Anine Bing and Ganni. We are now stocking more footwear as the trainer trend continues to grow and are thrilled to be stockists of the awardwinning brand Air and Grace and the highly popular ecological and environmentally friendly fashionable footwear Veja.


CASTLE ST, CARDIFF CF10 1SZ TEL: 029 2064 9200 WWW.THECAIRNCOLLECTION.CO.UK/ HOTELS/CARDIFF/THE-ANGEL In December 2019, The Angel Hotel launched their new pop up bar, The Chambers in the space on Castle Street which previously housed the staff quarters in 1886. The Chambers, is the brainchild of GM Richard Smith who wanted to create a quirky bar space out of recycled and donated materials. Created by the hotel maintenance team, The Chambers opened on 6 December and will be open on Fridays and Saturdays in December along with major event days, serving beers, wines and spirits in this unique space with Cardiff Castle views. The bar also features bespoke art work from artist Nathan Wyburn. The Chambers is also available for private hire. Visit the website, call, or email the team today for more information on I CARDIFF LIFE I 43



Our physiotherapy practice was established on Windsor Road in Penarth in 2006 and it has developed into one of the busiest and most well respected physiotherapy practices in Wales. 2019 was an incredible year for us culminating in our move to Penarth town centre to our completely renovated Courtyard practice which has three beautiful private consulting rooms and a fantastic full sized studio for late stage physio rehab and for our physio led pilates. Our physiotherapists always strive to provide the highest possible standard of evidence based assessment, diagnosis, treatment and self-management advice. Our team consists of physiotherapists who have worked for the Wales national football team, the Cardiff Blues and Glamorgan County Cricket Club and we also have specialists in spinal pain, paediatrics and respiratory physiotherapy and several excellent sports massage practitioners. All of our pilates sessions are taken by extremely experienced physiotherapists with APPI pilates instruction qualifications. We offer 1:1, 1:2 and 1:3 pilates sessions and 14 different pilates classes a week from very gentle classes for those with back pain and pathology to HIT pilates classes. We also run specific 2 hour Pilates workshops for sports such as skiing, running, golf, contact sports and racket sports. We also have lovely dedicated physiotherapy practices in Barry and Pencoed so there will be a PPP physio practice near you so look no further for the very best in physiotherapy.



Loving coastal rambles with baby and dogs

STEPPING IT UP Baubles, beaches, and baby’s first steps

“Fresh air and twinkly lights aplenty, Jemima was out for the count before we got home”


Jemima is the light of Andrea’s life

bedtime baby escape, which aby Byrne provided an ideal distraction from is almost no the temptation of our domestic longer a baby, I fairy lights. Luminate at Margam guess. Jemima is Park is a fantastic sound and light already pulling show offering something for small herself up on the and big kids alike. It also turned furniture and out to be perfect for lulling a cruising around certain livewire little one to sleep the living room. in her pram. Fresh air and twinkly I’m not entirely sure how we lights aplenty, Jemima was out for survived the festive season without the count before we got home. the tree being pulled down, but So, festivities over and with baubles, beads and bells did all a crawler and a cruiser on our manage to remain in situ. Instead, hands, the New Year has brought we’ve been finding other ways with it a host of new parenting out of the house – to keep us and challenges, aside from frantically our angel entertained and also safeguarding the house. I’m busy limit home destruction! preparing for my return to work By day, as dog lovers and dog post maternity. I’m back on your owners, our favourite pastime ITV screens delivering Wales’ has to be getting down to the evening news from 3 February, beach. Family Byrne – complete so with that in my mind, I’ve with Hank, Marcy and Doug (the infamous miniature Schnauzers) has been walking off the Christmas Andrea points out to Jason the trimmings with some wonders of Dirty Dancing long coastal rambles. We’re realising how important it is to soak up these special moments by the sea whenever we can, as it won’t be long until Jemima has grown so much that we’ll no longer be able to have her in the baby carrier in the same way we have been… and we do like to be beside the seaside! By night (or by dusk at least), we also managed to find the perfect pre

been trying to give my presenting persona some practice runs and remind myself what it’s like to string proper sentences together again. ortunately, the first of these events was the Royal College of Nursing ‘Nurse of the Year’ Awards – a night that always feels like family as I’m now on my fourth year as a host alongside BBC’s Jason Mohammed (yes ITV and BBC really do work in harmony). I was pretty nervous after months of not working, but the kind and generous audience didn’t let me down – they were all so warm in their welcome. And if you’re wondering why we are selfie posing with a copy of the movie Dirty Dancing, let’s just say Jason was ripe for teasing after revealing he’s never watched it! Which provides me with the perfect quote to wrap up this column. I truly have had ‘the time of my life’ in 2019. Having a healthy, happy Baby Byrne has been magical – sometimes a magical chaos, granted – but still magical. Now the stage is set for 2020. Television for me. Toddling for Jemima. And hopefully not too many tantrums for anyone! Follow Andrea on Twitter at @byrney15 and on Instagram @andreabyrnetv for all the latest Baby Byrne updates I CARDIFF LIFE I 45


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here are so many times I’ve sat down in the chair and wanted to ask what do you think In my head I shout, o wild use me as your muse and even if you see my crying, don’t spare the clippers ’ ut I can’t. ast experiences of being young and trusting have traumatised me. et’s start with the bubble perm when I was about . I believed them when they said it would give me the tumbling locks of a rock chick livia ewton ohn as bad girl andy in Grease. Instead it was a huge and high policemen’s helmet of uneven crispy, parched lumps. I could barely fit my cagoule hood over the fri y hair mountain for the next six months. hen there was the tailored, graduated bob that sprung up like a fat forest mushroom unless soaking wet. lus a minute’s silence please for the chunky blonde streaks on fire engine red hair reminiscent of tinned custard tipped over a dome of raspberry elly but much less fun. nd who hasn’t wanted to hibernate until that s art student fringe’ grows back he years between have made me no less


fearful when it comes to ever giving free rein again to a hairdresser, but also deep down there is a regret that I might ust be missing out on the best haircut I’ll never know. I’m at osh ee’s salon in airwater. he salon founder, osh, despite his youthful appearance, has more than a decade of experience in the hairdressing industry and was runner up airdresser of the ear at the elsh Hairdressing Awards organised by the ational airdressing ederation. e launched his business in ovember and has already become one of the most popular salons in Cardiff this must be in part to its clean, chrome and contemporary d cor, the beauty of free parking buses and walking in the rain aren’t always the kindest of things to do to a new hair do , plus the award winning team osh has sourced. his includes annah ambadarios pictured above with osh , who in ctober last year, won ales Colourist of the ear at the

Welsh Hairdressing Awards. Hannah’s balyages are the stuff of elsh legends. o with all these credentials going on I take courage osh, what would you recommend I do with my hair e runs his hands through my unruly mop of uncoloured grey hair, he studies it and me, in turn, before replying, othing. I nearly faint. hat no bleaching, chopping, feathering or layering ope. It needs to stay thick and long to keep the weight to keep it straight, which does suit you. our natural colour is nearly all there so we don’t want to mess with that. nd the condition is lovely. smart trendy hairdresser who doesn’t try and boss you, or impose the latest fad on you, or make you feel bad and belittle you I think osh could be a keeper. Instead he trims, shapes and yes, okay, a little bit of side layering which looks ama ing, gives me a shorter, tidier fringe, which I also love. nd the finishing blow dry is gorgeous all swishy, silver and shiny. e suggests I ditch my finishing oil, which is yellow in colour, as it is slightly staining my hair and gives me a sample of a clear finishing serum from the brand leven the salon stocks leven hair products are a cruelty free brand, using per cent natural ingredients, are vegan and approved and they add a mirror like shine to my hair without a whisper of yellow. ith prices for blow dries starting at ust , but the service and advice worth far more, it’s easy to see why the vibrant and no nonsense osh ee alon is headed for great things. n

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hinking about entering the Cardiff i e Awards? Well it’s time to put those thoughts into action. You can still win a prestigious Cardiff i e Award – but you’ll need to get your nomination in before the cut off on anuary. nd tickets for the glittering, gorgeous and celebratory event are now on sale. Anyone can enter: it’s free via the Awards website and there are just eight questions. Winners gain marketing benefits, a magnificent elsh slate trophy and the oy of being endorsed via Cardiff’s biggest business initiative. “Write your nomination, tell your story and then you, your team and your business might be a finalist or even winner at the Cardiff i e Awards,” explains event director, Steph Dodd. here are massive benefits in being associated with

the Awards – but please don’t leave it until too late. ominations close on hursday anuary. Less than three months remain until the uberglam Awards night on 19 March at City Hall. It has sold out in each of the last few years, with many on the waiting list missing out. ickets are strictly first come, first served via the site. ith nominations in full ow, the panel of independent judges to be announced shortly, and few category sponsorships remaining, excitement for the glittering Cardiff i e Awards is building strongly. inalists will be announced on anuary. ponsors and finalists will also be invited to a special reception event on ebruary at uku Club – perfect for networking before the big night. or ore www.cardi i I CARDIFF LIFE I 51

2020 VISION Cardiff businesses share their New Year’s plans for a prosperous and productive New Year The young and the old meet to positive effect at Ty Llandaff

“We’ve got some really new and exciting trips coming up and we’re going to continue to grow and invest in the latest boat technology.” Bay Island Voyages, co-owner Jane Hides;

“Our recent Christmas party with residents and toddlers was such a big hit and backs up research that shows that this type of inter-generational mixing can have a transformative power for older people. We are planning lots more events like this in the upcoming year.” Ty Llandaff, activities co-ordinator Melanie Geoghegan;

“Our ambition is to grow to 20,000 within the next few years. We are constantly investing in our portfolio and expanding at a rapid rate both in the UK and Internationally.” Regus, sales director John Ryder;

“With our new office in Womanby Street and our recent inclusion in the AJ100 top UK practices, we see a bright future in Cardiff. Our goal is sustainable growth and being an excellent place to work.” Gaunt Francis Architects, director Toby Adam;



“Plans are in motion to open another showroom in South Wales; we want to showcase our new bathroom and bedroom ranges, alongside a wider range of kitchens and appliances. Kutchenhaus aim to grow to 100 stores nationwide over the next three years.” Kutchenhaus Cardiff, design consultant and director Shahab Bari;

“Head Quarters plans to expand to Harley Street in London and internationally within the next five years. There’s already talk in the senior management team meetings of Dubai and New Zealand.” Head Quarters Hair Transplants Clinic, clinic manager Nell Brunwin;

Things are looking bright for the TRS legal team Matthew Webb, Eve Wilby, Karen Jones, Charlie Mason and Sue Saunders

“We are planning to take the brand The Locker Room outside of Cardiff for away fixtures. For example, we have hosted bespoke trips to Dubai for the Rugby Sevens, golf days and private sporting tours.” Genero Experiences, director Tom Shanklin;

“We have just expanded our Cardiff head office with four new people hired, and with a planned newly refurbished city centre office at the beginning of 2020 that will create a number of jobs to service its national portfolio of clients and candidates.” TSR Legal, legal director Rob Adams; I CARDIFF LIFE I 53


“TECHNOLOGY IS HUGELY SHAPING THE FUTURE OF INTERIOR DESIGN” think about Pinterest and Houzz, they certainly have changed the way people have become more aspirational in the remodel and update of their homes.

Esther Milardi

What are the trends and the next big thing happening in your field?

The interior designer and design director at Cardiff-based Di Oro Interiors shares where she finds her creative inspiration Hello Esther! You can tell from your accent you must be Italian. Whereabouts in Italy are you from, and how did you come to live in Cardiff?

I am from Reggio Calabria, a handsome town overlooking the Strait of Messina. I met my husband in London in 1997 and then moved to Cardiff in . Tell us a little about Di Oro Interiors – what is your company’s background?

For many years, I balanced a career in academia and the design of interiors for private investors until I finally made the transition to interior design to cater for the growing demand for my services. A key turning point came when I was given carte blanche in designing the interiors of a hotel for two amazing entrepreneurs, Chris Spiteri and Emma Ballson, directors of The Property Index. It was an amazing opportunity and it opened new doors. What was the inspiration to start up on your own?

I have always wanted to bring people closer to high-end design.

How might you define your business?

i ro Interiors is a Cardiff based interior design company that offers bespoke design services to private clients and developers who seek to create interiors that balance elegance with comfort and practicality and endure the test of time. I am responsible for designing projects, sourcing, and also dealing directly with both clients and contractors. Where do you find your creative inspiration?

Design inspiration is for me the result of multiple layering of subliminal in uences that come from art, fashion, classical history and music. They underpin my sense of colour, proportion and balance. Another great source of inspiration are my clients. In order to meet their challenges and exceed their expectations, I am pushed into new areas of design. A lot of research goes into my designs and this is what sparks my creativity. I go to lots of industry events and regularly go to London to source the best fabric, furniture, lighting and architectural products for our projects.

Why do you think that more people are increasingly requesting the services of an interior designer?

Our clients are very busy professionals who have tried in the past to project manage and design rooms in their homes and found the amount of choices to be made overwhelming. Many have told us about their costly mistakes and their regret that the rooms either never felt cohesive, failed to address functionality or look luxurious despite the amount of money spent. Other times, clients come to us because they like images from Instagram and need help to achieve a specific look and source high-end unique items. What are the changes you have seen in your industry?

Technology is hugely shaping the future of interior design. Accessibility of sophisticated digital programmes that enable 3D visualisations of a room lead to a greater engagement with clients. Social media also plays a vital role in the design industry as an effective way to showcase completed projects. If you then

It’s exciting when trends inspire the use of new finishes, colour combinations, interesting synergy of patterns and proportion. The latest design trend has been a strong shift in the industry from solely using brass and chrome, towards a variety of metals and finishes like black, bronze and antique brass. This is a welcome trend, yes, but our interiors will always seek to be timeless, never bound to shortterm fashions. Are you forever quietly assessing places you visit?

This is inevitable! Assessing is not only seeing what you personally would not have done in terms of design choice, but often feeling inspired by what can be done.

Are you always being asked for interior advice?

I am naturally quite an open person and like sharing advice with others. What are your immediate plans for 2020?

We are looking to recruit because we are increasingly being offered amazing projects. Working often on three projects at a time, we want to guarantee personal attention to each of our clients as well as e ciency. For more: Di Oro Interiors Ltd, hitchurch oad Cardiff. tel 2 ; I CARDIFF LIFE I 55


managing your own business so rewarding. What have you found to be the best tools for growth in your business?

here’s no doubt that having an e-commerce website has helped raise our profile both locally and nationwide. e also produce brochures showcasing our products that we send out by post, advertise in glossy maga ines such as Cardiff Life, and use radio and television.

Rhian Francis

The managing director of The Place For Homes reveals her hardest ever job interview was when she applied to join the family business When was The Place for Homes established?

The company started in the late s and was the first out of town superstore in the area. t that time we sold everything from furniture, to white goods to ewellery, ornaments, ooring and even sledges e are now a family run business that specialises in dining, bedroom and lounge furniture including a huge selection of sofas and chairs, carpets and ooring, soft furnishings and accessories. Are you from this region?

I was born in ridgend, and grew up with my family in lantwit a or. I attended Cowbridge Comprehensive and then went on to wansea niversity. What jobs were you doing before The Place For Homes?

fter leaving university I oined the accountancy firm wC in and then eloitte and ualified as a chartered accountant. I worked from the Cardiff and t lbans o ce throughout the . In , I decided I wanted to oin the family business and it was probably the hardest interview I’ve ever had.

How might you describe your key clientele?

e have a lovely customer base with a high level of return business. ur customers know that we have an unrivalled choice and a dedicated customer service department that you can speak to and will resolve your concerns. e have what some may describe as an old fashioned approach to retailing – we listen to what the customer wants and try and help them find the right product for them. What are a few of the common mistakes people make when buying furniture?

as to be si ing the si e of the sofa or piece of furniture they are ordering, and then the subse uent access into their home. e’re so lucky that we have a fantastic delivery team who are superb and over the years have come up with ingenious methods to make sure our customers get the goods they want where they want them. Anything you find frustrating in your line of work?

ur biggest frustration is the number of people who either forget

we’re here or have never heard of us. e’re off the beaten track in landow, ust outside Cowbridge. And so how do you make that a positive?

ue to the massive si e of our store we have the luxury to be able to display products in each department from modern to traditional and across every budget. ur aim and niche are our ability to showcase a truly enormous choice across all departments.

What advice might you have for someone who would like to set up their own business?

Some people don’t realise the diversity of skills needed to run a retail business and think it’s simple. y advice is to never underestimate the all encompassing nature of running your own business. ou don’t leave at the end of the day, close the door and forget about it you live it, breathe it and sleep it. It’s the passion, drive and enthusiasm, the ultimate responsibility for your team, your customers and the future of the business that make

“DAD’S WORK ETHIC IS PHENOMENAL AND HE IS STILL VERY MUCH MY SOUNDING BOARD” Is there someone in business that you admire and try learn from?

he person I truly admire is my dad who still comes into work every week. rought up in the hondda alleys, he left school at , working in several roles before taking the role of accountant in a furniture store in landow. e worked his way up to become managing director and eventually, with eslie hillips C , became a shareholder in . eslie is no longer involved in the business and it is wholly family owned, but he is still a close family friend. ad’s work ethic is phenomenal, and he is still very much my sounding board. Any moment you have been particularly proud of?

Celebrating our th anniversary was very special, there are not many businesses these days that have such a long history and we’re looking forward to the next years. I was also very proud when we were able to work in con unction with the council and help many families less fortunate than ourselves by providing free sofas and chairs to those in need. or ore The lace or o es nit 1 etail rea Sutton d landow Cowbrid e C 1 ; tel 1 2 2 ; www.the lace orho I CARDIFF LIFE I 57

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Simon Constantinou

Helen Rouse, director and marketing manager of the barbershop and hair and beauty salon Simon Constantinou, on why her dad is her business hero, and shares a few top hair trends for 2020

HAIR & BEAUTY WINNER Congratulations on scooping a Cardiff Life Award! How did it feel to win? ell, the bubbles were certainly owing on the night – it felt like a dream! The Award now sits proudly at the front of our salon in the reception area. What prompted you to enter the Awards? Have you done similar before? Until 2018 we had only ever entered industry specific awards, and have won world, European and British competitions. In 2018 we won the Wellness, Health & Beauty Business Growth Wales Award, and we realised that we do have something quite special in an ever-expanding hair and beauty market. So, giving it our best shot, this is why we thought we’d go for Cardiff i e Awards 2019.

Tell us a little about the company – what is its background? My grandfather, Odysseas, migrated from Cyprus and opened his first salon in the 1960s. He worked hard to uphold a reputation for quality and style and he went on to compete professionally. Then as his sons grew up, they also took on the same work ethic and creative are at these hairdressing competitions. It’s a real family business then? Yes, some of the following generation of grandchildren went on to successfully compete too – including Dody who now works alongside his uncle, Simon. You’ll spot lots of Constantinou’s hairdressers in and around Cardiff, but imon now runs the O.Constantinou & Sons Salon on Crwys Road. When was the salon established? Simon established the Brothers Constantinou Salon with his brother, Tino in 1980, and was joined by his

brother Stavros in the 1990s. He eventually returned back to his roots in the O.Constantinou & Sons in 2014. Do you think this family aspect is what helped secure the win? I think what we have is a ‘salon family’ and we have a community feel. We are inclusive and friendly whilst maintaining our professional standards. We are constantly inspired by trends and changes in the industry – we never want to stop learning.

“WINNING THE CARDIFF LIFE AWARD HAS MADE OUR NAME HEARD ABOVE THE NOISE” What is your own professional and career background? I come from a fashion design background, and I use my graphic and creative skills daily. And hairdressing is trend-led – just like fashion. I manage our social media accounts and website and put together all the graphic artwork. I’m lucky to be provided with photos of original and ama ing work from our stylists and beautician and this is the foundation of the online story we create.


And the paperwork? I’ve had to learn the business end of the salon – and there is a huge amount of paperwork that goes into the running of a salon, no matter how small the salon is. Is there someone in business that you admire and try learn from? Okay, this may sound cheesy, but yes, I am always learning from my dad, Simon. With more than 40 years of running a hairdressing business, he has so much knowledge in hairdressing – such as hair colouring, competing, the sensitive field of wigs and toupees, and product ranges – but also in book keeping, customer care and staff management. Nathan Pithers and Helen Rouse with their Hair and Beauty Award

What are the best tools for growth in your industry?

Marketing has changed so much over recent years, and I made it my job to get our name out there on every social platform available. Instagram, Facebook and Google local search are now our biggest sources for new clients. And, of course, winning the prestigious Cardiff i e Award has certainly made our name heard above the noise of a crowded marketplace. How does being based in Cardiff benefit the work you do? e love Cardiff. It is an ama ingly diverse city, with these wonderful pockets of culture, community and the university population. We love Cathays because of all its up and coming restaurants, bars and shops. There are wonderful local art movements and events which add to the creativity of the area. Do clients travel to see you? Yes! We have noticed that more and more people are willing to travel further afield to visit us, with two recent clients coming from Portsmouth and Jersey. What is the number one hair request at the moment? Hair colouring is one of our biggest services that we offer, with the most requested being balayage hair colour. This is a time consuming, hand-painted hair colouring process that is totally bespoke to suit the individual skin tone, but provides the client with a natural, low-maintenance look. Any moment you have been particularly proud of? arlier this year, our stylist and wig fitter Maggie raised a wonderful amount for The Little Princess Trust by running the Anglesey Half Marathon – we are so proud of her dedication to the cause. We were also especially proud to receive the Little Princess Trust Gold Crown ward for supplying and fitting wigs for children who have lost their hair through a diagnosis of cancer or alopecia. or ore O.Constantinou Sons. Crwys oad Cathays Cardiff C 2 . tel 2 2 11 1; I CARDIFF LIFE I 59


When things get difficult legally within the family unit, it needs a specialist and personal approach SANDRA ELAINE HORWOOD


What do you specialise in? I specialise in financial settlements although I have over 30 years’ experience in all areas of family law. I am a member of The Law Society Family Law Advanced Scheme. I help clients with the legal procedure and to understand their rights with the aim of achieving the best possible settlement for them. What misconceptions do people have about your area of family law? Clients often believe that it is the decree absolute which severs the financial ties between the parties on divorce. This is not the case as it is important to obtain a financial order dealing with the division of the parties’ assets to avoid future problems. How would you sum up the ethos of your firm? We aim to provide clear understandable family law advice and we focus on client care, value for money and a professional service backed up by a wealth of experience.

What is the biggest challenge in your job? When relationships break down there can be a lot of hurt and anger, directed at the situation and the other partner. It can take some encouragement and support to become focused on the pertinent issues so everyone can move forward. What would you say to someone who does not think they need a lawyer? It is difficult to make decisions when your whole world has been shaken or is falling apart. When issues are close to home, having a lawyer assist you in taking stock of the situation and achieving your best outcome can be invaluable. What advice would you give someone considering a career in family law? Go ahead! Matters relating to relationship breakdown and children are very sensitive but helping your clients achieve the right outcome for them and their family is so rewarding.



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ALUN JONES FAMILY LAW tel: 029 2002 3222; What do you specialise in? I specialise in financial remedy in divorce and private children law. What is your biggest career accomplishment? My biggest accomplishment is becoming a Resolution Accredited Specialist earlier this year in Complex Financial Remedy and Private Children Law. I feel that family breakdown should be dealt with in a constructive way that considers the needs of the entire family, and in particular the interests of the children. This is something that resolution promotes, and so I am proud to be part of this. What drew you to this area of law? Family law is different to most areas of law – not only is it essential to have the relevant legal knowledge, you must be able to understand people so you can support them throughout their case. Working in family law is more emotionally charged as people are often going through one of the most difficult times in their lives and being able to help them through this gives me true satisfaction. What does your role involve? I assist people with the legal implications of their separation. Where there are assets to divide or childcare arrangements to put in place it is my responsibility to assist them in achieving this through court orders, legal agreements and negotiations on their behalf both in and outside of court.

JNP LEGAL tel: 029 2076 3211 What do you specialise in? I specialise in family law with a particular emphasis on divorce, separation and Children Act matters. I advise and represent clients in financial remedy cases in divorce proceedings and in cohabitation disputes involving significant assets. I also regularly advise parents in complex child arrangement matters involving the arrangements for their children following the breakdown of the family relationship. What drew you to this area of law? The opportunity to assist and represent clients at what is often one of the most difficult times of their lives. It is hugely rewarding to know that you have supported and guided your client through intricate legal matters and achieved the best possible outcome for them at the end of the case. What is your biggest career accomplishment? Being appointed a director with the company in April 2019. I started my career at JNP Legal as a trainee solicitor in 2006 and I regard it as a huge honour and accomplishment to have had my hard work and dedication rewarded by being appointed as one of the directors.

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BERRY SMITH LAWYERS tel: 029 2043 5511; What does your role involve? I am a solicitor in Berry Smith’s family team which provides advice, support and representation to clients in a range of family related legal issues. Family lawyers are often referred to as ‘divorce’ lawyers. This is, however, only one aspect of our role and I am regularly instructed on a range of family related legal issues including preparing financial agreements (such as nuptial agreements), advise on property disputes between cohabitees and drafting surrogacy agreements amongst others. I, particularly, provide advice and support on complex financial matters (i.e. where parties have a high value, or com complex, financial arrangement), or in matters where there is an international element. What misconceptions do people have about your area of family law? A colleague of mine was once told that she (as a representative of the legal profession) was a major cause of the breakdown of the family unit in society. I do not know of any family lawyer who promotes or encourages the breakdown of a relationship. I chose to practice family law, in part, because I saw it as a means to support individuals in a challenging period of their life. We aren’t relationship counsellors, but we encourage parties, where possible, to strive to reach a fair outcome by agreement on amicable terms; unnecessary conflict, particularly where there are children involved, is rarely beneficial. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? When I was growing up, my father would often reiterate the principle behind the acronym K.I.S.S. I learnt that ‘keeping things simple’ didn’t mean dumbing things down, or limiting our options; it was a reminder to keep focused on the task we had before us and not to needlessly complicate the job at hand.


CJCH SOLICITORS tel: 029 2048 3181; What do you specialise in? I qualified in 2009 and specialise in family and matrimonial law, including the areas of divorce and separation, civil partnership, matrimonial finances, cohabitation and child arrangements. What does your role involve? It involves meeting people at difficult times in their lives, often following the breakdown of a relationship or when one parent is refusing to allow the other to spend time with a child. I identify the issues and advise on legal aspects. I formulate a plan with people to help them resolve those issues in the best possible way which could include referring to mediation, issuing divorce proceedings or making applications to court. I advise in respect to financial settlements following separation or divorce and the division of assets including the family home and pension funds. I help to negotiate arrangements for the children to spend time with both parents and their respective families and deal with disagreements that arise such as changing a child’s surname or taking a child abroad. I also help people plan at the beginning of relationships and pre marriage or cohabitation by preparing pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements. What drew you to this area of law? Family law is very much a people focused area of law with a great deal of client contact. Whilst very challenging, family law is also very rewarding. I meet people when often they are at their lowest point with no idea how deal with things and move forward. There is nothing more rewarding


that guiding them through the process and seeing them come out the other end, happier and stronger often having achieved financial independence and security or set arrangements to spend time with their children. What changes have you seen in this area of law over the past few years? In recent years there has been a definite increase in the number of couples seeking pre-nuptial agreements, choosing to take steps to protect their assets at the outset. What is the biggest challenge in your job? Because much of my job involves working with families that are experiencing a relationship breakdown or another sensitive issue, there is inevitably an element of emotional support provided to the client as well as legal advice. You can’t get caught up in the emotion and need to remain objective. The challenge is not ‘bringing work home with you’. What aspects do you enjoy? The opportunity to work closely with people and develop relationships is incredibly rewarding. Forging genuine connections with people and helping them deal with sensitive matters to improve their lives is a great privilege.

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Iwan Rheon and Bethan Jones

The winners for 2019 British Academy Cymru Award were announced on ctober at t avid’s all, Cardiff, in a glittering ceremony attended by around 900 guests and hosted by presenter Huw Stephens. Among the recipients were writer/director Jamie Jones collecting the Breakthrough award, and first time nominee abrielle Creevey for her role in In My Skin, which also won the Television Drama category.




Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill

The team behind In My Skin, which won best Television Drama


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Angharad Evans and Ruth Stringer Leroy Brito and Glesni Price-Jones


Around 50 people attended the launch of the Performances for the Curious season, which ended on 22 December. Held at Wales Millennium Centre’s Ffresh bar, the guests enjoyed St. Clement’s cocktails and canapes that included Welsh rarebit on laverbread, Thai pork balls, and red pepper mousse crostini. The season had a programme of 30 productions including new writing, circus, comedy, dance, spoken word, scratch performances, burlesque and drag shows. Photos by Dan Green

Nicola Reynolds Kelly and Zoey Allen, Nathan Wyburn and Wayne Courtney

Mathilde Lopez and Maggie Dunning

Saint and Michelle Pearce-Burke

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ASTON THRILLER Chris Lilly attends the launch of the locally-built Aston Martin DBX to discover if muddy dogs and high-performance cars really do mix

Aston Martin’s DBX is built in Wales


Aston Martin is chasing the likes of Porsche with the DBX


ston artin’s super cars and rand Tourers are rather nice, but what if you want to share a drive with more than one other passenger, or have your faithful hound experience the luxury and performance of a bit of British craftsmanship? Well have no fear, ston artin has the answer in the shape of the DBX. Still a proper Aston Martin If there are any concerns that the DBX will not offer true levels of ston artin performance, think again. Beneath the bonnet is a . litre twin turbocharged petrol engine. It’s the same unit as found in the antage and , though with a few modifications. It’s got hp and m of torque, giving it a gutsier character than found in the other ston models. If those are anything to go by however, DBX owners are going to be in for a treat as the engine’s a peach to drive. he figures translate to a mph sprint time of ust . seconds, and a top speed of mph it’s certainly an ston in terms of performance then. It’s a clever engine too, with cylinder deactivation technology turning the eight cylinder unit into a four pot when not under load. his improves fuel economy and, as

soon as more power is re uired, the rest of the engine kicks into life in an instant. ower goes through a nine speed automatic gearbox, which boosts e ciency while also improving performance.

“New ground has been broken for Aston Martin when looking at the off roadin element of the DBX” he company’s engineers promise new standards of handling for the class too. hereas the entley entayga and olls oyce Cullinan two other ritish luxury s have a focus on comfort, the ston artin has been tuned to offer as sportier like a drive on the road as possible for a car of its si e and weight. ston artin is chasing the likes of orsche with the , rather than rival models from its compatriots. Passengers get a pampering hile the driving experience might look pure ston artin, the practicality offered is certainly new for the company. The DBX seats four adults in comfort with plenty of

space for luggage in the back. Despite having a relatively compact footprint for its class, the offers class leading levels of interior space, benefiting from being built on a custom designed platform. ston artin’s engineers have worked hard to maximise space and practicality, and there are a number of touches that show some serious attention to detail. he doors extend beneath the sills for example, so that when passengers get out, they don’t drag the back of their legs through dirt and mud that usually accumulates there. he front seats have a at oor for occupants to get into, with no need to climb over a sill, and there are a number of lifestyle focused packs to customise the to your specific pursuits. he ield port pack features a lockable cabinet, luxury hamper, and seat stick, and he vent ack sees a pair of rear facing foldable seats to enable civilised spectating. articular attention has been paid to pets too, with a number of accessories tailored to their needs. mongst a large range of options, there’s a pet bed for the boot, a mini shower to wash over down after a muddy walk, a dog partition for the boot, and a rear bumper protector cover the paintwork. It’s clear that ston artin has a particular demographic in mind for its customers someone that likes horses, has an elderly relative they occasionally drive about, and a dog that revels in muddy country walks is ticking ust about all the boxes. he driver hasn’t been ignored however, I CARDIFF LIFE I 69


• The DBX is being built at a brand new site for Aston Martin at St Athan, Cardiff. This is the company’s second facility after its Gaydon HQ, and is a 90-acre facility built on former Ministry of Defence land. There are three former ‘super-hangars’ that have been transformed into a hightech production line. • Aston Martin’s expansion into the area is expected to create around 750 jobs, with even more for surrounding businesses in the supply chain. • The company has really embraced its new Welsh roots, with the DBX regularly being tested across roads and tracks within Wales.

That’s a dashing looking dashboard

• Deliveries of the Aston Martin DBX are expected to start in spring 2020, with prices starting at £158,000 and orders being taken now.

with Aston Martin’s highest quality leather featuring throughout. There is also a 12.3inch digital driver’s instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay connectivity, and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen – alongside the usual wood veneer or carbon fibre trim details. DBX: the roving Aston Aston Martin is familiar with producing high performance cars, and its cabins are of an exceptional quality, with the DBX simply having a larger interior than anything made previously. It’s pretty safe ground for the manufacturer so far then, but completely new ground has been broken for Aston Martin when looking at the off roading element of the DBX. As hinted at, the DBX is likely to tackle nothing more troublesome than a muddy field, but that’s still considerably more than any previous Aston Martin has been faced with. It looks like an SUV, and it needs to be able to tackle the rough stuff when confronted with it; Aston Martin looks to have complied. The DBX features all-wheel drive which normally focuses on the rear wheels for a sportier drive. As soon as any loss of traction occurs though, power can be put to all four wheels in an instant, and bias can be switched either side too, prioritising those wheels that have the most grip. Aston Martin reckons it’s got some serious mud-plugging potential, even if most buyers won’t go further off road than a bumpy ride across a patch of grass. It’s still good to know that trickier stuff has been thought of. For more:


Aston Martin’s expansion into St Athan is expected to create around 750 jobs

When a dog’s life is a cut above the average mutt’s

NEW BUILDS The river view from Bayscape



NEW HOMES ON THE HORIZON John Mather goes through the keyhole to take a first look inside the residential new builds on the Cardiff property scene I CARDIFF LIFE I 73


triums, art deco designs, luxury outdoor seating areas, restored fireplaces, incredible views of Cardiff the new residential buildings popping up across the city offer features to suit all tastes. he experts help us explore

BEN WELLS, managing director at Project Three Developments;

Tell us about a recent local project...

he oorwell is a beautiful art deco building that we were lucky enough to ac uire and bring back to life from its run down condition. What the number of properties, types and prices etc?

e have a total of apartments four one bed apartments, four two bed apartments, three duplex apartments and one incredible penthouse. rices are from k to k. What is the history of the site?

he building was constructed by tanley adler and was only one storey. hey later added a second oor and the building was then used for munitions during orld ar II. e have recognised the adler family in the naming of the property types he adler, he tanley, he oulkes and he ubrey. he building then changed hands and became oorwell otors, which is where the overall development gets its name. Talk us through the interiors…

e have worked really hard on the interior to try and provide something above and beyond what you would normally find from new build apartments. e have superb kitchens, all with uart worktops the bathrooms are tiled with beautiful orcelanosa tiles, and we have herringbone oak luxury vinyl tile in hallways and living area. e’ve touched on the art deco style with the ironmongery and the skirting and architrave profiles, but it’s very subtle.

What are the special features of this property?

s well as the great art deco style, we have an internal courtyard which is framed on the outside wall by the original steel framed Crittall windows, which we’ve had refurbished. lmost all of the ats have huge windows, so are ooded with natural light. PETER REILLY, commercial director of Portabella;

Talk us through the Cardiff development you’ve worked on...

e’ve ust completed rickworks, which was our largest pro ect undertaken to date. It was on rade treet, tucked ust behind Cardiff Central train station and right in the heart of the city’s most exciting regeneration area. What will we find there, and for how much?

e had apartments offering one, two and three bedrooms and ranging in price from , to , . What was there before?

It was the site of one of Cardiff’s oldest laundries for about years, and we understand it’s where many of those involved in the maritime industries at the port of Cardiff would have had their uniforms laundered. atterly, it had been various warehouses, although increasingly larger parts of it had fallen into disrepair. What is the exterior of Brickworks like now?

esigned by well known local architects C , we wanted the building to be in a warehouse style to re ect the area’s light industrial heritage and to echo its surroundings. his means the building is largely red brick with arched head windows to emulate that warehouse style. And the interiors…?

gain, we really played up the industrial vibe in the common areas with polished concrete oors and exposed brick but this was softened up in the apartment interiors themselves to suit a more domestic environment. owever there are still some stunning industrial inspired touches such as concrete effect kitchens and brick bonded tiles.

And the exterior?

he exterior of the building was what drew us to the pro ect originally. It has a very cool art deco style that we have fought very hard to keep, only adding a small lift shaft addition to the side of the building, while the front gets refurbished with new paint and windows. It means it will hopefully keep all the great art deco attributes, and still be recognisable as the original building.

The front view of Project Three ‘s latest project


NEW BUILDS work. The building was given Grade-II listed status for its unique role in South Wales’ industrial history and to celebrate the work of local architect John Prichard. What stage is the development at?

he first phases of homes are anticipated to be complete by winter spring 2020, with the next phase of new build apartments, overlooking the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, launching in 2020. Talk us through the interior of the house…

The homes located in the Grade-II listed building are incredibly spacious, the layout of each property has been individually arranged to create the most e cient and exciting use of space. any of the apartments benefit from stunning views over est ay or he oyal Porthcawl Golf Club, with balconies and terraces to take in the views. ll apartments come with allocated parking and feature a refined specification with contemporary fitted kitchens, me anine levels, under oor heating throughout, and high uality ooring included. Who might this property be perfect for?

The homes are ideal for those looking for a coastal retreat due to the outstanding location overlooking Rest Bay, with access to South ales’ top surfing beach with its golden sands and close to the elsh Coast ath. ffering bespoke design, the apartments boast fantastic open plan rooms perfect for modern living. he homes also offer opportunities for both long term lets and holiday rental, with benefits including impressive location, unique design and contemporary specification, making the homes ideal for investment. How many properties, and how much?

Phase 1 located in the historic building comprises one-, two- and threebedroom apartments, with prices from £250,000 to £750,000. n


A few other new development in the city

ABOVE: Bird’s eye view of The Links; BELOW: Interior of Bayscape

What about your next development?

We’re working on Laundry Quarter, a site we’ve acquired in Pontcanna where we’re in the process of obtaining planning permission for a mixed use scheme comprising sixteen four and five bedroom houses, and 18 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments alongside nine commercial units. JESSICA WARE, sales manager at Acorn Property Group;

Tell us about a housing project you’ve recently worked on...

he inks in orthcawl offers exceptional coastal living, overlooking Rest Bay and the award-winning Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. Sympathetically designed to blend old with new, The Links features the refurbishment and conversion of a Victorian Grade-II listed building along with a collection of carefully designed new build properties. This unique development is a stone’s throw from a newly opened watersports centre, surf shop and café, and is also close to tourist hot spots on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. The town centre of Porthcawl is minutes away and offers a wide range of facilities. What is the history of the site?

uilt as a specialist convalescent hotel, he est, it first opened its doors nearly 150 years ago. Supported by nursing pioneer, Florence Nightingale, the hotel provided a much-needed place for local labourers and miners to take a break from their demanding physical

• Bayscape Cardiff Marina, Watkiss Way, Cardiff; Bayscape’s collection of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments present a combination of elegant and contemporary living spaces, offering distinctive and modern design, and are priced between £175,000 and £645,000. The attractive surrounding landscape creates a relaxing environment that enhances the spaces between the buildings and promotes alfresco living. The setting can be further enjoyed from the residents’ private balconies and terraces with water and city views to select apartments. Located within easy reach of the city centre on the Bay Edge walkway, a scenic six-mile long footpath and cycle route means the Bayscape development is perfectly positioned to provide easy access to everything in the capital   • Tinkinswood Green, St Nicholas, Cardiff; The Tinkinswood Green development has 97 four-bedroom homes on the outskirts of the village of St Nicholas, near to Cowbridge, which was named by The Sunday Times as the best place to live in Wales. Since its launch in 2017, Tinkinswood Green has now seen over 95 per cent of its properties sold. Remaining properties, with prices starting at £434,995, include The Oxford Lifestyle – a generously proportioned detached home boasting three en-suite bedrooms, an integrated single garage and a substantial kitchen/dining room opening out onto the garden. The Cambridge is a four-bedroom contemporary, elegant house. And The Shaftesbury features four spacious bedrooms, with the master boasting an en-suite for increased convenience and luxury. I CARDIFF LIFE I 75


SAINTE ADRESSE achel Jefferies is sitting on the dock of the Bay and loving the new look Penarth apartments



verybody deserves a little bit of luxury in life. The chance to leave the hustle and bustle of Cardiff city behind and sink into something a little more tranquil. Mornings greeted with skyline views to make your wake-up call that little bit easier. A place to fall in love with; a place to call your home. Sounds like the dream, right? Nestled in Penarth’s secret cove and just a 12-minute drive from the city centre, you’ll find a set of steps that will lead you to an architecture’s dream: Sainte Adresse. uilt on the site of former orthcliff summer house, the apartments have been designed by award-winning local architect, Chris oyn. orthcliff ouse was constructed for M. Ernest Plisson a shipping merchant who traded with a small French coastal suburb called Sainte Adresse, from which his ship and now the new development derive their name. The coveted apartments have a huge catch on the property market for Cardiff, leaving partment the

only three-bedroom duplex apartment available at Sainte Adresse. Each home has been designed with space and privacy in mind, and the development is gated for high security. As you pull into the allocated parking space for Apartment 13, the strikingly modern exterior immediately sets a scene of ultimate comfort and peace. ntering the property, its contemporary decor ows throughout each room you enter, and with the option for buyers to add their own interior and appliance touches, this place will truly feel like home from the moment the keys hit your palm. he apartment’s lower oor corridor leads to two spacious double bedrooms. uilt with homeowner practicalities in mind, both bedrooms include built-in storage units for maximising space. Soon, you’ll discover the family bathroom and utility room, and if explore a little further and save the best till last, you’ll find the apartment’s remarkable open-plan kitchen and living space. The apartment’s kitchen is installed with the latest igma kitchen and under oor heating. he oor to

ceiling glazing reveals an outdoor private lower-level balcony, overlooking a stunning view of the headland. And if that isn’t luxury enough for you, the apartment’s upper level is entirely devoted to the master bedroom and en suite. The bedroom’s full-width terrace overlooks the spectacular skyline of Cardiff ay a view that can be seen from both the veranda and your bed – a nevertiresome, always energising scene to wake up to. The collection of the three terrace apartments sits proudly at the top of Penarth’s headland landmark, The Old Custom House. Located right next to Penarth arina and the Cardiff ay acht Club, you will never face a boring Sunday again (that’s if you can ever break yourself away from the stunning views right on your doorstep . Cardiff ay is a stone’s throw away, and ainte Adresse is just 15-minute walk from Heol Dingle train station. o far enough from the busy streets of Cardiff, but with easy access to shops, transport and restaurants. The Sainte Adresse apartment number 13,will be lucky for someone, offering a modern, forward thinking and luxe way of life, but with Cardiff at its heart. n

HOUSE NUMBERS Approx. square foot 1,281 Bedrooms




Private roof terrace 1 Balcony Guide Price

1 £575,000

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“I asked Santa for 12 hours sleep and a large bottle of gin” Did you get to kiss anyone under the mistletoe? My panto

husband, the theatre’s company manager Mike Chalmers. We are like an honorary family here during panto season.

What did you ask Santa for?

Oh no it isn’t… for the stars of New Theatre Cardiff’s panto Cinderella For our New Theatre Cardiff panto heroes, Christmas is still going on. While the rest of us are gamely finishing off the Baileys while packing away the fairy lights, the cast are still working tirelessly to keep the festive season magic alive with their thigh-slappingly wonderful production of Cinderella. Here they talk dressing room decs and mistletoe smooches.

GOK WAN – Fairy Gok-Mother

Did you decorate your dressing room for the festivities? Of course yes!

I always go to town on my room. This year it looks as if three unicorns and Santa had thrown up in there. What do you do in between shows? My dressing room

has an open door policy so in-between shows all the cast eat their dinners in there, we watch movies and consume an obscene amount of chocolate. What is your favourite Christmas tune? Driving

Home for Christmas by Chris Rea. I play it in the car on the way back to my parents on Christmas Day. It always gets me in the mood for a lot of food and cuddles with my mum. What is the most memorable gift you have ever received for Christmas? One year my

parents bought me a car. A reconditioned VW Beetle... they saved all year and it was the kindest and most lavish gift as they really couldn’t afford it. I have the best parents.


ROB WILSHAW – The Prince

What is the most memorable gift you have ever received for Christmas? It was an electric

12 hours sleep and a large bottle of gin... I got the booze but I’m still waiting on the rest.

keyboard – the start of my piano playing – I am sure that would be worth something these days.

What’s your chosen New Year’s Ball outfit? My panto costume

How did you decorate your dressing room? I got an actual

of course! It’s what every party needs – a 6ft 1in, half-Chinese silver fairy.


many diamantés as you can get on a dress.

What are you up to post panto?

I am having a week off and then I am going back up to Lancashire to finish the next series of Say Yes to the Dress. Then the new series of How to Look Good Naked is airing in the UK, plus there’ll be some more live shows and more DJing, hopefully again in Cardiff.

TELERI HUGHES – Cinderella

Who did you get to kiss under the mistletoe? My Fairy Gok-

Mother – he is awesome to work with and we have a great laugh.

What have your highlights so far in Cardiff? The St Mary

Street Markets and Winter Wonderland because of all the magical lights and hot chocolate beverages. It’s great performing in Cardiff because friends love coming here to visit.

Did you make your dressing room look festive? Yes, all the

Christmas tree and decorated it. When you’re at the theatre every day it reminds you that it’s still Christmas, and helps get you in the mood. What happens next for you after the panto? I run

a performing arts school in Newport called the Rob Shaw Academy so it’ll be the start of a new term.


Step sister Claudia

What was on your Christmas list? Another panto for 2020.

I just love them, it’s always great fun with lots of laughs along the way, and you get to work and meet great people and make audiences laugh during the happiest time of the year. What is your favourite Christmas gift? A back

scratcher, literally the best invention ever. And now I won’t be going anywhere without it. What are your New Year plans? I will be appearing in

while playing Baby its Cold Outside, the Bing Crosby and Doris Day version on a loop. I also got my nearby Fairy Gok-Mother to add an extra bit of sparkle to the room for good luck.

my own show at New Theatre Rocking with Laughter, from 25 Jan. And also I have a few cruise performances lined up after that. There’s no rest for this wicked stepsister! n

Got your New Year party outfit sorted? It’s Cinderella’s big and

For more: Cinderella performs at New Theatre Cardiff until 12 January;

puffy ball gown, it has about as

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