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Issue 47 Mar/Apr '18
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Inside this issue Interview
Conductor, singer and creative director David Mahoney explains why he calls Cardiff home
Win a pair of tickets to the RHS Flower show and a pair of tickets to see comedian Chris Ramsey in concert
Freshen up your home for spring with wonderful home decor and accessories from our villages
100 Years of Suffrage
Celebrating 100 years of women voting, we look at the local story behind the historic Suffrage and Suffragette movements
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Welcome / Croeso Spring has finally arrived after what seems like an unending winter. To celebrate the changing of the seasons and the welcome of warm weather and sunny days, we have put together a truly bright and uplifting issue. We all love our homes in North Cardiff and Spring is traditionally a time when we pack away the clutter from Winter and look to spruce up our homes and gardens. With this in mind, we have put together several features focused on both indoor and outdoor living spaces and how to make the most of them this season. Our interiors feature showcases some sensational products from our local retailers, designed to help freshen up our living spaces and cast away any remnants of Winter. It's also a fantastic opportunity to shop local and make the most of the expertise of our business owners who are passionate about what they do. As the sun starts to show itself, Kevin Revell gives us advice and top tips on how to prepare our garden to bring the seasonal splash of colour back to our green spaces. If upcycling is your thing, we show you how to use everyday items to transform your outdoor space into something a little different. Our interview is with David Mahoney from Only Men Aloud, who went to school in Llandaff and who has just returned from New York where he was working with Julie Andrews and Roger Daltrey. He talks to us about his rise to fame and why he calls Cardiff home. We hear from one local blogger who suffers from bipolar
disorder. She openly discusses the challenges she faces and how she manages to cope with the illness and be a mother on a day to day basis. Her story is inspiring and honest, and will hopefully encourage more people to talk about mental health issues. With a celebration planned for June in Cardiff to mark 100 years of women getting the vote, we chart the rise of the historic Suffrage movement and the local ladies who were instrumental in effecting change. For our younger readers, editor and award-winning writer Patric Morgan shares his knowledge on how to successfully write short stories. With a historical walk around our city centre, a guide to motoring around North Cardiff and two fantastic competitions, there is plenty to read and enjoy. As always, please remember to support our loyal advertisers who enable these magazines to continue to thrive, and please mention that you have seen their advert in the magazine.
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Whatâ€™s on Craft at the Court: Springtime Market Saturday 14th April 11am Insole Court, Llandaff Free entry to the springtime market Inspiring Wellness Weekend Sat/Sun 21st & 22nd April Holiday Inn, North Cardiff The show for your body and your soul. Visit more than 25 exhibitors within wellness and wellbeing
Llandaff Society: â€˜One House, Three Stories - The Cathedral School Friday 27th April Llandaff Institute, Llandaff A talk by School Archivist, Louise Mumford Cardiff 5k Sunday 6th May 7pm Whitchurch Village The 3rd annual running of the Cardiff 5K in Whitchurch Village
Outline Planning Application for new Snow brings villages to a Velindre Cancer Centre approved
Artist's impression of the new facilities
Cardiff County Council’s Planning Committee has approved Velindre NHS Trust’s outline planning application for a new Velindre Cancer Centre. The Council’s Planning Committee met in December to consider Velindre NHS Trust’s proposal to build a new Cancer Centre in Whitchurch. Steve Ham, Chief Executive of Velindre NHS Trust said: “The approval of our outline planning application is a significant milestone for the population we serve across South East Wales.
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“Although it has served us and our patients well for more than 60 years, our current Cancer Centre is no longer fit for purpose. More and more people across South East Wales require cancer treatment and our care. Because of that continued increase in demand on our services, we must do things differently. “As we move in to this next phase, we’re looking forward to continuing to work with our patients and our local community to ensure that the new Velindre Cancer Centre and its location can benefit everyone.”
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The Oaks Garden Nursery (part of local charity Vision 21) located off Allensbank Road, Heath has started laying foundations to offer animal care training to people with learning needs, as well as their usual horticultural opportunities. The charity will soon be welcoming giant rabbits to the project. One of three horticultural projects at Vision 21, The Oaks Garden Nursery is open to the public as well as running as a training project. All profits made from sales at the nursery are invested back into the project to develop opportunities for the trainees. Llandaff North PCSOs have been delivering off-road bike information leaflets to residents around Hailey Park. The leaflets were handed out after complaints from residents around the park. Footage and pictures of offroad bikes and riders that cause annoyance to the public can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. police.uk
Whitchurch, Llandaff and Llandaff North came to a halt in early March when Cardiff was hit by blizzards and gale force winds. Most schools were closed, as well as many shops as several feet of snow fell, bringing the villages to a standstill. Most grocery stores across North Cardiff saw their supplies stripped from their shelves. Deliveries to the shops were also affected as roads were closed because of the icy conditions. Resident Clare Morgan said: "I had to leave work early on the day that the snow arrived. The Met Office had issued a Red Warning and I wasn't taking any chances. It was falling heavily by the time I got home and it was just as well that I left when I did as they cancelled all the trains home an hour after I'd left." Public transport was suspended for several days but the bad weather did bring out the community spirit in the area. Many locals ferried NHS staff to UHW in their 4x4s, so that they could continue delivering vital NHS services. Children were also happy to be given the opportunity to enjoy the snow. Whitchurch Golf Club became the scene for many families who turned up for a spot of sledging. "I should be in school but instead I'm here," said 7-yearold Evie, joyfully.
Llandaff's loos to get a facelift
On January 23rd, Llandaff 50+ celebrated receiving charity status and launched the start of the redevelopment of the old toilet block in Llandaff High Street. The group's aim is to convert the old building at the top of Cathedral Close, next to the Bishop’s Castle, into a daily activity centre for older people. The Centre will be known as 'The Pound' as it is situated on the land that was ‘the Lord’s Pound of the Manor of Llandaff’. This was where strays from the Whitsuntide Fayrethat was granted to the Bishop of Llandaff by King John in 1205- were empounded before a fee was paid for their release. Llandaff 50+’s architects, Downs Merrifield, have advised that a small extension should be added to the side of the loo building, so that it will be large enough to hold a meeting room for activities for 20-30 older people, a small kitchen, a heritage room telling the story of Llandaff, and an accessible toilet open to the public when volunteers are on duty in the heritage room. A planned archaeological dig will hopefully increase the knowledge of this small part of the village. The activities in 'The Pound' will be run for, and by, older people and will possibly include craft, history research, fitness, and board games. Llandaff 50+ members will also be encouraged to tend to the herbs in the garden of the Bishop’s Castle, as well as play boules and enjoy history walks. The aim of 'The Pound' is to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older people by using their skills and talents to help others by helping themselves. Socialising, volunteering and creating are great ways to make friends, learn new things and support the community. Funding will be sought from various bodies to not only renovate the loos and Pound garden, but also to help Cardiff Council and Cadw to maintain the deteriorated
Whitchurch woman shaving locks for charity A retired woman from Cardiff, along with twelve others, is hoping to raise £10,000 for Whitchurch-based Cancer Research Wales this spring by shaving her head. Fifty-nine-year-old Sharon Davies will take part in the bold fundraising challenge, ‘Close Headshave II’, at the Maltsters Arms in Whitchurch in Cardiff on Saturday 14th April. The event follows ‘Close Headshave I’ held there in 2015 when 25 people raised £11,000 for the charity. Already a longstanding supporter of the Welsh charity, Sharon has volunteered at the Cancer Research Wales charity shop in Whitchurch for four years, and regularly raises money through local auctions and quiz nights. Sharon said: “A close friend of mine worked at the charity shop and told me they were looking for more volunteers; I thought I’d give it a go, and I’ve enjoyed it so much that I haven’t looked back.” Sharon decided to take her support to the next level this year, by taking the brave step of shaving her head to raise money for a cause close to her heart, after losing her mother to cancer. On volunteering, Sharon said: “I’m sure we all know someone who has lost a friend or relative to cancer. It affects many people from all walks of life and I wanted to help raise as much money as possible for the
charity I love by doing something daring. I’ve even dyed my hair on brand with the bright Cancer Research Wales colours to raise more awareness ready for the big day! “So far I’m the only woman brave enough to rise to the challenge and I wonder if any more long-haired supporters would like to join me? When my fellow fundraiser and event organiser Alastair Milburn asked me, my mouth answered before my brain engaged – I just couldn’t refuse and although I’m quite tentative about having my head shaved, on the other hand I’m secretly looking forward to it! “My family and friends think I’m crazy but very brave, and I’m extremely happy to be taking part in this challenge to raise vital funds for Cancer Research Wales to support the excellent work they do to help fight cancer.” Organiser Alastair Milburn said: “Over the last ten years, the community has come together and raised more than £50,000 for charity. Anyone who would like to join in on April 14 can contact me at email@example.com or 07813 857328.” The group has also set up a Virgin Giving page for donations at www.bit.ly/2CUaht1
Big litter pick makes difference
The weather was cold but that didn’t stop 16 volunteers coming together to litter pick Longwood Drive, Coryton in late February. The road is a problem area for rubbish, with the surrounding roads continually littered by vehicle owners who choose to discard their waste into the nearby nature reserve. The band of volunteers collected 26 bags of rubbish, along with fly tipping
waste including a printer, large metal pipe, car jack, large plastic bottle containing an unknown solution and handles from a supermarket trolley. The haul also included a tabard and paperwork. Volunteers from the following groups made a difference to the effort: Keep Wales Tidy Litter Champions, Love Where You Live Litter Champions, Whitchurch Waste Warriors and McDonalds staff who organise the litter picks. Cardiff Council Street Cleansing team also supported the groups. McDonalds Coryton have recently installed a new bin near their site along Longwood Drive, which they empty daily to try and encourage people to bin their rubbish.
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Recycling site closure a bad deal for North Cardiff For several months now, years in fact, Cardiff Council have threatened the people of North Cardiff with the closure of the Wedal Road Household Waste Recycling Centre. I live in Whitchurch and use the facility regularly. I know many others who do too. Finally last month, we heard the news that the site was to close for good - most alarmingly - without a suitable alternative. Council officials will have us believe that we are all capable of heading over to their new so-called 'Super Sites'. That all seems very well in theory but perhaps Council officials don't appreciate the amount of time it takes to get from one side of the city to the other because of the traffic. It was less than a year ago that this Council was telling us that the site would not be closing any time soon. Yet here we are, now without a facility here in North Cardiff. My fear is that because we all have waste to get rid of, that people will now start resorting to fly-tipping, which I have seen happening a few times in the last few weeks. Ultimately, this will probably cost the Council more to clean up. Cardiff is a big city, one of the biggest in the UK and having just two recycling sites is not sufficient. My other fear is that the closure will encourage people to recycle less because they will just want to shove everything in a black bag for collection by the bin men. All in all, it's a bad deal for the people of North Cardiff. Mr V Francis Whitchurch
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Polite request to motorists Please could I appeal through your columns to ask for a little consideration from drivers parking in our villages and outside our houses. Apart from causing damage to the local environment, it is just so unnecessary as parking is available in the road. Strangely, the bin men with their huge vehicles, never find the need to encroach on the grass. All it takes is a little bit of thought and care. It would make all the difference to us. Name and address supplied Whitchurch
Snuffers anyone? In an article in the South Wales Echo some years ago, it was suggested that the 'Snuffers' part of the famous Llandaff North pub may have had connections with candlelights along the canal towpath. Perhaps someone could shed more light on this? Simon Warmingham Email
Wallet returned I recently lost my wallet; I left it on a 21 bus, which passes through Rhiwbina and on to Whitchurch. Some very kind person not only found it, but returned it to my address. Unfortunately, I cannot thank them personally, since they left no details. I rather hoped I might do so through via Whitchurch and Llandaff Living's letter column. It is thoughtful actions such as this that makes North Cardiff such a pleasant area to live. Tim Coombs Rhiwbina Hill
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This year is the centenary of women getting the vote and on February 6th (the anniversary of the Representation of the People Act), I was very pleased to be invited up to the House of Commons along with other former MPs to mark the occasion. Not all women got the vote in 1918 but it was an important milestone. I urge all women, particularly young women, to make sure they’re registered to vote and to use this hard-won right at every opportunity. In the Assembly, I’ve continued to highlight the need for justice for those affected by the contaminated blood scandal. I welcomed the long-awaited announcement that a chair of the public inquiry has been appointed. I’ve campaigned for nearly 20 years with Haemophilia Wales, chaired by a constituent from Whitchurch, on this issue. In January, I organised the third annual vigil to commemorate the forgotten victims of the Holocaust. A moving ceremony took place on Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27th) on the Senedd steps. Along with the six million Jews killed, we remembered the Gypsies, gay people, disabled people, priests and political opponents of the Nazis.
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david mahoney From sell-out shows in theatre, festivals and television, David Mahoney's productions have inspired both audiences a nd performers alike David Mahoney is only 30 years old yet his career to date has seen him tick off a list of achievements that some could only manage in a lifetime. But for the singer, producer, conductor, creative director and Classical Brit Award winner, it's a lifestyle that is rooted right here in North Cardiff: "I grew up in Groes-faen and attended the primary school there. My mum still lives in the village. After primary school, I went to Llandaff’s Cathedral School and that’s where my interest in music started. I can honestly say that the Cathedral School is where I learnt
the most about music. My parents weren’t massively musical but at the school, I became a chorister and took a real interest in the subject." David studied at the famous Llandaff school before winning a music scholarship to Marlborough College in Wiltshire. He was then a choral scholar at St Peter’s College, Oxford University where he studied music and graduated in 2009. "I never intended to go into the music industry. In fact, I started a law degree in London in 2009 and only got two weeks into it when I got a phone call asking if I wanted to audition for Only Men Aloud. That changed everything."
Only Men Aloud had been delighting audiences around the world since the year 2000, with the hope that they could inject some new life and blood into the Welsh Male Choir tradition. "My plan was to simply postpone the law career but I never went back. Only Men Aloud became a big part of my life and it was through the choir that I was introduced to the music industry for the first time. I’d learnt all the academic knowledge at school and university but being in Only Men Aloud opened up all kinds of opportunities." Only Men Aloud shot to
people mainstream fame after appearing in the TV show, Last Choir Standing in 2008. Formed by Tim Rhys-Evans, a classically trained singer and former musical director of Welsh National Youth Opera, the choir originally started off with 15 members. Following Last Choir Standing, the choir signed a five-record deal with Universal Music and released their first album, performing with Josh Groban at The Royal Variety Performance later that year. "It was at that point that I think my musical career officially started, if you like," says David. "It opened doors and it opened my eyes. It allowed me to branch off into areas that interested me." The law degree was abandoned and David has not looked back since. He now splits his time between London, other parts of the world, and Cardiff - the place he calls home. "Wales and my Welsh heritage has had an incredibly large part to play in my career since – it’s been
hugely important. Having moved away to London originally, I found myself being drawn back home to Cardiff again. It’s where I’ve always felt more at ease. I couldn’t call anywhere else home. "Wales is also a place of opportunity for me and others. In 2011, I set up the Cardiff Music Festival. The Wales Millennium Centre has also played a pivotal role in the development of my career. I owe it a lot!" David's development has been nurtured right here in the Welsh capital: "I guess the turning point in my career, the point where I thought to myself that I’d actually ‘made it’, was in 2015. The Wales Millennium Centre was celebrating its 10th anniversary and as Creative
Director, I was given a big budget to create a show called Broadway to the Bay. It allowed me to create a vision that had virtually no boundaries. We put on three sell-out shows with 12 extremely talented artists performing. We had an amazing time and I remember feeling that I’d finally arrived!" But there was still more to come from the Cardiff man including the Opening Concert of the 2016 National Eisteddfod, and taking on the role of Music Supervisor for the Roald Dahl Centenary Celebrations, 'City of the Unexpected'. And when David hand picked a group of performers for a sell-out show at the Wales Millennium Centre, little did he know that it would be the beginnings of an orchestra that would perform with some of the biggest names in showbusiness. The Novello Orchestra, which David now heads up, quickly became renowned for its passionate, enigmatic performances and a charisma that has injected an energy and innovative take on the whole orchestral concept. The orchestra now brings the very best of musical theatre and other genres to audiences through spectacular shows with stars of the West End and Broadway. The orchestra has also become one of the world's leading film music ensembles, performing a series of Film with Live Orchestra theatre, concert hall and arena tours across the UK and Ireland. Added to that, David has also been an associate producer for Jonathan and Charlotte (ITV1) and three episodes of Songs of Praise (BBC1), while development work includes projects involving Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Tom Jones. David has also been Show Producer for the BAFTA Cymru Awards for the last three years. But now international work beckons: "I’ve just come back from New York where I was Creative Director
at the Raise Your Voice Gala too. This was my first big show in the United States and it featured Julie Andrews, Sam Smith, Roger Daltrey and Keith Urban." Looking ahead, David has a busy year. Upcoming productions include Music Supervisor/ Conductor for Disney's Beauty and the Beast Live in Concert (UK and Ireland Tour) and Star Wars: A New Hope Live in Concert (UK Arena Tour). "This is where we screen the film to an audience but provide the music with a live orchestra. It's an amazing experience." For David, it's musical experiences like these that keep his passion fired: "You’d think that because I work in music professionally, that I wouldn't enjoy it but it never feels that way. Work for me is a joy and I get great satisfaction from seeing the wonderful reactions and enjoyment that my work brings to people’s faces. Music is a universal language, one that everyone can respond to. I can’t imagine life without it."
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How to write a short story
Writing your own short story can be great fun, allowing you to create your own worlds, characters and storylines. Children's author Patric Morgan shows how you can write your own short story in 3 easy steps
1. Getting started The VERY first thing you need to do when writing any story is to decide who you are writing for. Everything else that you do will fit around your audience - the person you are writing your story for. So decide whether you're writing for 2-4 year olds, 4-7, 8-10 etc. Writing for younger kids will mean that you have to write simpler words and shorter sentences. Keep your audience in mind at all times! Next, decide on what your story is going to be about. Making something up completely on the spot can be difficult so think back to something that's happened to you. Think also of a place where you can set your story. It doesn't need to be somewhere exotic or somewhere you've never
been to before. In fact, short stories often work well when you use a place you've been to because you can describe it better. Deciding on what your THEME is going to be can help you decide where your story is going to be set. For instance, a story about friendship could be set in school. A story with family as its theme could be set at home. The THEME is the central idea that your story's about. Next you'll need to create your central CHARACTER. If you are going to be the main character, that's fine but bear in mind that you will probably need to write it from your point of view.
On the other hand, your main character can be based on someone you know - or can come completely from your imagination. Whoever you decide on, the best characters are those that are realistic. Be sure to give them a flaw - something that makes them not perfect and use this in your story. They will also need one or two traits - something that makes them different from other characters. If you think of your favourite film, each character is different and has different qualities. A main character often has a flaw that they overcome or use to their advantage later on in the story. The trick is to get your character to overcome their problem, even with their flaw, by the end of the story. That's what your reader will want. Finally, you'll then need to work out a PLOT. It's easier if you break your story down into five separate parts. You don't need to make the reader aware of this - this is just for your planning.
2. Getting it down In Part 1, you'll need to introduce your character, your SETTING and very importantly, describe the CONFLICT that your character is facing. Conflict is important in a story because your reader will want it resolved - and it's this that keeps them reading. In Part 2, there will need to be an incident that challenges your character. The challenge can come from another character, or a situation, or from circumstance. Part 3 will show your character reacting to their challenge. How are they adjusting to it? What are they planning to overcome their conflict? Part 4 is where you can add a sense of drama to your story. The plot will bubble over into what's called the climax - the high point of the story. This is where your main character takes on their conflict to overcome it once and for all. Part 5 is where your character adjusts to their new situation, having overcome their conflict. ADDED BONUS Some writers often drop in a TWIST at the end of their stories. A twist is something that's usually unexpected. Good writers plan their twists from the very beginning, often planning their entire story from back to front before they even write a word. A good way to add a twist to the end of your story is to plant something at the start of your story that can make a reappearance at the end. For example, you may want to show
the reader that your main character has a certain skill that is mentioned at the beginning of the story and never mentioned again. It's only at the end that your character uses their skill to get out of a tricky situation. Here are a few other things you'll need to bear in mind when you write your story: Your OPENING needs to catch the reader's attention straight away. If you don't, they'll put your work down and they'll never read the rest of your story. A good opening will pose a question for the reader, one that they will want answered. Here's one example: Harry looked down from the school roof. He could see the entire playground where he'd only been playing a few hours earlier. Who is Harry? And what's he doing on the school roof? Is he going to jump? So many questions that need answering from just two sentences.
DESCRIPTIVE WRITING You will have probably tried this
out in school but if you are good at describing things, you will be able to create a great setting. Use adjectives (describing words), alliteration (where you put a string of words together that start with the same sound eg. the deep, dark woods); use assonance (where you use similar sounding words in sequence eg. doom and gloom); use adverbs (a verb is a doing word and an adverb describes the doing word) eg. the man crawled (verb) slowly (adverb). Use colours and your senses to describe things and people. This is how humans experience the world so use sight, sound, smell, touch (or emotion) and taste. This will make your story rich in detail.
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3. Getting it polished Crafting your short story can take time so don't feel that you have to do it all in one go. The first version you produce will almost definitely not be the one you want to show people. Even as I'm writing this out, I'm doing a rough version and I'll then go back for what's called an EDIT. An edit is when you read your first draft to check over it. What you will usually find is that it's riddled with mistakes, both in the storyline and spelling. That's fine though. That's what an edit is for. Your story can go through an endless amount of edits but the purpose of an edit is to make sure that the story
makes sense and that there are no mistakes. Your first edit will also give you the opportunity to get a feel for how your reader will react when they read your story. It will also give you the chance to finalise things and correct all your mistakes. You are then set to try out a few things. You can read your story out loud to yourself to see how it reads. If you're happy with that, you can then show it to some close friends to see if they like it. If you're embarrassed about other people reading your work and if you have the means to do so, why not post your story online anonymously?
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100 Years of Suffrage 2018 marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act was passed, allowing women to vote for the first time
The Eisteddfod of 1912 was expected to be a usual mix of music, poetry and literature. But the event in Wrexham was interrupted by an incident that still has repercussions to this day. Lloyd George, the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time, was giving a speech when he was heckled from the crowd by a woman by the name of Kitty Marion. Born in Rietberg in Germany in 1871, Marion (real name Katherina Maria Schafer) had moved to England to become an actress. Working her way up from chorus to named parts, she was briefly the temporary stand-in for the lead before she fell out with her
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employer. Looking to find work in the music halls, she soon found out that employers expected sexual favours in exchange for the best work available. Kitty's gripe with Lloyd George was that women did not have the same rights as men - and she was determined to do something about it. Kitty's heckling of Lloyd George that day was to cost her. Arrested, she was beaten and humiliated. But it wasn't the first time, or the last time, that she had been arrested and beaten. She went on to become a prominent suffragette, enduring more than 200 force-feedings while in prison. A man in the crowd that day was heard to shout: "They are amongst the Ancient Britons and we'll show them how to deal with Suffragettes." The move for women to have the vote had already started in 1897 when Millicent Fawcett founded the National Union of Womenâ€™s Suffrage. Suffrage, meaning the right to vote, became a hot social and political topic for both men and women during the early 20th
century. Its reach into Wales took a while but by the early 1900s, Wales was encountering its own protests from women, including that from Kitty. Against the backdrop of increasing deep divisions of Home Rule in Ireland, and miners' strikes at Welsh coal pits, the rise of the suffrage spilled over into militancy. Walls were defaced, buildings - including theatres and sports pavilions were set on fire; national monuments, statues and paintings were damaged and defaced; golf courses were dug up and slogans painted on the grass; telegraph and telephone cables were also cut and post boxes were set on fire. The press portrayed the escalation as a sex war, the Suffragettes likened to terrorists. Cardiff witnessed its own scuffles - in 1909, violent scenes broke out at Mount Stuart Square when three women attempted to speak to a crowd about suffrage. The crowd, numbering about 1,000 people pelted the women with fireworks and flour and they had to be Main photograph courtesy of the People's Collection Wales
rescued by police. Similar scenes occurred throughout South Wales. 1910 saw the UK hold two general elections amid a constitutional crisis. Emboldened by the heightened political activity, the women pushed for more constitutional action. More peaceful means were also being sought out by the Suffragists, whose efforts were often overshadowed by the more extreme actions of the Suffragettes. Led by Rose Mabel Lewis of Tongwynlais, the South Wales Federation of Womenâ€™s Suffrage Societies' annual report for 1911 shows that they raised awareness through various means - including a jumble sale, a fancy dress dance and a whist drive. As a result, their membership rose to 930. By 1912, and the time that Kitty Marion made her stand at the National Eisteddfod, organisers were to take out extra insurance and employ guards at subsequent events because of the fear that women would burn down the Eisteddfod pavilion. The suffragette movement however was seen as blighting the work of the more peace-loving Suffrages. In 1913, a ruling dashed any hope of an amendment to include women in the Reform Bill. Bomb and arson campaigns were stepped up by the Suffragettes, leading to what was called the 'Cat and Mouse' Act. Under the act, hunger strikers were released then rearrested, preventing them from dying in police custody. Tragedy was soon to follow. Emily Wilding Davison, arrested nine times and force-fed 49 times, was knocked down by the King's horse at the Epsom Derby when she stepped out in front of it. She died of her injuries four days later. Opinion is still divided over whether the 40 year old meant to die on Derby Day or whether she was trying to merely disrupt the race to draw attention to the Suffragettes' cause - she had a return train ticket and another to a dance later that evening in her handbag. Her funeral was attended by thousands of women. Tens of thousands more lined the streets of London as her coffin passed by. 1913 also saw the Great Pilgrimage - a peaceful march to London from all over the UK. In Cardiff, members joined the West Country route, one of six national routes that converged on Hyde Park in July of that year. Many marchers set off in June, allowing themselves several
weeks to reach their destination. Each contingent was preceded by banners declaring the march to be law-abiding and non-militant. A banner that had been used in Cardiff in 1911 was once again used in 1913, and is now on display in the National Museum of Wales. The march on London was organised down to the finest detail. Information about upcoming villages was provided to the marchers, allowing them to plan accommodation and other facilities. There were daily roll calls and marchers were asked to wear rosettes in green, white and red not the purple of the Suffragettes. There were even some marchers who provided their own accommodation in the form of horse-drawn caravans. Public meetings were also organised along the way, some of these being met with violence. On Saturday 26th July, the marchers finally converged on Hyde Park for their rally, joined by
other supporters. Speakers spoke from 19 platforms, one for each Federation within the NUWSS and at 6pm, a vote was taken at each platform. Those present unanimously passed the motion 'That this meeting demands a Government measure for the enfranchisement of women.' It wasn't until 1918 that the Representation of the People Act was passed, allowing men over 21 and women over 30 to vote and the following year in 1919, the UK got its first female MP, Nancy Astor. It wouldn't be until 1928 when an amendment to the Representation of the People Act entitled everyone over the age of 21 to vote. On Sunday 10th June this year, a procession will take place through Cardiff to celebrate one hundred years of votes for women. Communities are being asked to create their own banners. More information can be found at www.processions.co.uk
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What’s different about it? Almost every national chain, department store and shopping centre has its own gift card but there isn’t much on the market that is destination-led. FOR Cardiff has stepped into change this and created a gift card aimed specifically at supporting local independent businesses across the city centre.
Why should you choose it? The high number of independent shops, cafés and restaurants is what sets Cardiff apart from other cities, and gives residents and visitors a completely unique experience. This is a gift card that anyone who loves shopping or dining out in Cardiff would be thrilled to receive. In addition, you will be helping support the independent shops, which are the beating heart of our capital city.
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This gift card encourages the recipient to step away from the beaten path to discover hidden gems around the city, many of which are found in our beautiful arcades. There are currently 50 shops, cafés, restaurants and experiences where you can spend the card - from Christopher George Jewellers to Shop Rugby and Chapel 1877.
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What it's like to live with bipolar Being a mum is hard, and having a mental illness is hard. But when you are a mum with a mental illness, it almost seems impossible. In her own words, one Llandaff mother describes what it's like living with the condition
y name is Laura and I am a 27 year old mum and writer, and I have Bipolar Disorder. It has been a long road for me, to finally be able to admit that I have a mental illness. Suffocated by stigma, and silenced by fear, I battled my illness alone for many years. I was unable to tell the doctor how I really felt and how I was really acting when I was depressed and manic. 'They will think I’m a bad mother; they will throw me in a padded room and my kids will go into care,' is what went through my head. Those thoughts, though irrational, are extremely real for those parents who suffer. The guilt that I feel is unfathomable. Guilt is a huge part
of depression and it’s also a huge part of being a parent. So one can only imagine how guilty I feel on a daily basis; I’m forever feeling like I don’t do enough for my kids. As parents, we're judged. Our choices are picked apart and our decisions are ridiculed, especially for new parents. Or a young parent. Or a parent with a mental illness. I was all of the above once upon a time. There have been sunny days that I’ve spent curled up in bed, while the kids played in their rooms. They have seen me cry and wiped my tears. My eldest boy has shown tremendous strength and maturity beyond his years. My kids tell me that they love me all the time and they never complain. But no matter what they say, and how much they try to reassure me, I will always feel a tremendous amount of guilt for not being well over the years. For being the fun parent one moment and depressed the next. For not building those relationships with other parents in the playground because I’m too socially awkward; for not always completing their homework projects; for getting them to class late. I constantly feel like I’m letting them down. The painful truth is that previously,
when I was in denial, I was hiding things from doctors and refusing to accept my situation. In an ideal world, it would be wonderful to be the perfect parent every day wouldn’t it? Healthy, homecooked nutritious meals, perfectly neat uniforms, never snapping or shouting, an immaculate home and having the best of everything. The reality though is far from the above for a lot of parents, but you know what? It’s okay to admit that. It’s okay to be a parent and admit that you struggle from time to time; it’s okay to cry in the shower, to moan about the monotony of parenting, to want a break, to be a human being. It’s okay. And for all those imperfect parents out there who don’t feel you’re doing enough, as long as you love your children – you are doing enough and you are enough. Hiding how we feel, mental illness or not, is when parenting becomes stressful and problematic. So don’t be afraid to say it. Don’t suffer in silence. I am a mother and I have a mental illness. I am a mother and I have struggled. I am a mother and I love my children. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters.
One thing that really helps ease my depression is getting out and about with the kids in the fresh air. With this in mind, I’ve put together a list of my favourite local places to go - and the best thing is that all of these places are free to enjoy!
Growing up and attending Llandaff City Primary School meant that Insole Court Gardens were always a precious part of my life. A botanical wonder, rich in history, the beautiful manor house and its grounds are the perfect place to regain some clarity. Friends of Insole Court have worked tirelessly to breathe life back into the building and thanks to funding, it now boasts a completely revamped main building as well as The Potting Shed café. There are also beautiful light spaces to hold meetings with the most wonderful timetable of community classes, courses and events. There’s something for everyone - from art classes to baby massage, yoga and drama classes. Insole Court is now blooming like the beautiful flowers it grows.
Penarth is a special place that holds deep sentimental value for me. Walking along the pier, the fresh sea air and the incredible views across Cardiff always bring me peace. The delicious ice cream and the vintage sweet shop that sells fresh sugared doughnuts also help! The boys and I have a tradition on rainy days - we head to Penarth, park up and eat ice cream in the car. It's brave I know, but I’m just glad that my children are making memories like the ones I hold so dearly!
Whenever I’m feeling a bit down, I love to go and walk around Cosmeston Lakes. It’s so peaceful and serene, especially at this time of year. It’s a great place to go walking, especially if you want to go off the beaten track. You’ll see plenty of wildlife too, but not before you’ve been greeted by the geese! It’s a great place for history too with its very own medieval village if you’re into that sort of thing.
I come here often to meet my sister. We walk the dogs around from Llandaff Fields to Bute Park and come back to Café Castan for a coffee and a bite to eat. It’s a dog-friendly café too so we can relax knowing that the dogs are welcome. My dad lived in a street adjacent to Llandaff Fields and I have fond memories of scorching hot summers at Blackweir Bridge, splashing in and out of the shallow water. The fields would be full of people with their picnic blankets, the smell of a throwaway BBQ never far away. The boys and I like to walk through the woods and skim stones on the river. It’s a beautiful place, full of wonderful wildlife, and it’s right on the doorstep of our city.
Another favourite of mine is Cefn Onn. It’s especially beautiful in the spring. The colours are just so pretty. It’s a little hidden gem in Lisvane - you probably wouldn’t
spot it if you didn’t know where it was. It's always quiet with the exception of dog walkers but it really is a lovely place to do a quick walk, with a lovely little stream running through it and plenty of picnic benches to park your bum and enjoy the lovely views.
When I was younger, my mum decided to have the house renovated so we moved in with my uncle for a while on Radnor Road. I loved being there with my uncle and all my cousins but what I loved most was the park at the end of the street - Thompson’s Park. It's a lot like Cefn Onn, but smaller. The park boasts beautiful flowerbeds and a lovely little lake to feed the ducks. As a kid, I loved all the different paths and hiding places - it reminded me of a big secret garden. I still love coming here with the kids - they seem to do exactly what I used to and head straight for the trees!
I’ve been coming to this beautiful place since there was a Butlins. My dad used to get us in for free because he was a fireman. It’s been a firm favourite ever since. Butlins is now long gone but there are still remnants of the tacky seaside holiday vibe it left behind - and I love it! The fresh doughnuts, the 2p machines, the feeling of excitement getting my bag of coppers - and watching those tickets come out of the machine so that I could buy something way under the value of what I had spent. Still, it was the best and it still is. I prefer it in the winter when it’s less packed. A hot cup of coffee to warm the hands and a brisk walk in the fresh sea air does me the world of good. You can follow Laura's blog at www.picturethepositive.com
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landscape. Showcasing a functional space for professional couples looking for a contemporary and green design requiring minimal maintenance, Bridgend College returns with firsttime designer Petra Kodurand to create ‘Suburban Euphoria’. The National Museum of Wales will be presenting mini laboratories in glass greenhouses for its fifth time at the show. Focusing on three areas of science and horticulture, the greenhouses will represent three of the seven museum sites: Big Pit National Coal Museum, National Museum Cardiff and National Waterfront Museum, each with interactive activities. Other interactive features include RSPB Cymru alongside Cardiff City Council and Buglife who will be joining forces to recreate Cardiff Bay from a swift’s bird’s eye view. Continuing the success of the RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign, the Regeneration Gardens will
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Hilarious Geordie comic Chris Ramsey is back at St David’s Hall for the third year running on Thursday 12th July. His last two tours have delved into how he has adjusted to adulthood, and now he’s Just Happy to Get Out of the House! As one of the UK’s brightest young comic talents, Chris is as typically busy as ever. In addition to being a regular on popular panel show Celebrity Juice, he’s now the host of Stand Up Central too. Chris is also a familiar face on popular programmes such as I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Mock the Week, Soccer AM, Live at the Apollo, Virtually Famous and Russell Howard's Good News. Ever the versatile star, he’s turned his hand to acting too in the BBC comedy series Hebburn, which revolves around a couple of newlyweds living in a Tyne & Wear town.
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Clean the drawers with some TSP. You can buy this from most DIY stores. You will then need to paint your drawers with two coats of outdoor paint. Line the inside of the drawers with black bin liners and cut holes out for drainage. Finally, add some bricks to the back of the drawers, and then fill with soil and flowers.
Who says that chandeliers are for indoors only? Take an old chandelier, preferably a metal one, and paint to the colour of your choice. Next, you'll need to drill some small holes in the base of each section for drainage. To add the lighting, source some solar-powered outdoor lights. Aim to get individual globe ones with stems that can be removed and can then be fitted neatly onto the top of each stem of your chandelier. You may need some glue to stick the lights on securely. It's then a case of hanging your chandelier somewhere where it can soak up plenty of sunlight during the daytime so that it can light up once the sun goes down.
You will need two or three jars with lids on. You will also need around 80 flat-bottomed marbles, that you can find at most hobby stores or online. You will most likely find some small marbles included - keep these to fill in any gaps after you've used the larger ones. Place the jar upside down on a table. Use clear silicone sealant (the type you'd seal guttering with) to smother the outside of each jar to about 1/4 inch thickness. Apply the marbles, flat side against the outside of the jar, from bottom to top, and leave to dry. Finally, punch a hole in the lid of the jar and screw it to a wooden post. Attach the jar to its lid when dry and place in garden.
You can brighten up your garden and add a good measure of interest by making these metal owls from old kitchen materials. You will need a few tools to get you going - metal cutters, a vice, pliers, a hot glue gun and glue sticks, a cordless drill and some screws. You can use old saucepan lids, strainers and cheese graters but for this example, an old tin lid will form the basis of the owl. Place a cake or a biscuit lid on a work surface. Play around with the positions of the eyes and beak until you get them just right. Large metal lids, which will form the background of the eyes, should be placed on the top half of the body, just overlapping the outside edge. Place a spoon in between the eyes to create a beak. Using metal cutters, remove the scoop section from two spoons. Place the narrow end of each handle into a vice and twist with some pliers to bend (these will form your owl’s eyebrows). Leave one set of eyes in place to act as a positional guide. Remove the other set of eyes and using a hot glue gun, attach a large metal lid, flat side down. Repeat for the other eye. Glue a medium metal lid in place, flat side up, then follow that with a small plastic lid with the flat side down. Glue a metal washer and a metal button on top of each other inside each small plastic lid. Repeat for the other eye. Glue a metal spoon between the eyes so its scoop section forms the owl’s beak. Glue bent spoon handles to the top edge of the eyes to form eyebrows. Finally, to create an owl perch, secure a tree branch to a fence or shed wall using screws. Position the owl so its base rests on the perch, then mark and drill a hole through the tin lid (between the spoon handles is best). Screw the owl to the fence.
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Breathe new life into old kids' toys by turning this old kids' wagon into a miniature herb garden. Easyto-grow basil, thyme, parsley, rosemary and chives have similar water and sun needs, making a nice array when planted side by side. You'll first need to drill some holes in the bottom of the wagon for drainage. Line the wagon with a 1 inch layer of gravel to improve drainage and keep the holes from clogging. Finally, add potting soil, stopping 1 inch below the wagon's lip. Plant herbs with similar water and sun needs and top with mulch. Then wheel to a sunny spot and watch your new garden grow.
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You can file your garden tools and equipment in an old filing cabinet albeit in a slightly different way. Remove all the drawers from the cabinet, sand the sides down and paint to a colour of your choosing. If you'd like to add functionality to the side of your new garage tidy, you can attach a pegboard to one end. You can then attach hooks and pegs to this to enable you to hang things.
It's difficult to talk about upcycling in the garden without talking about bicycles and tyres. Bicycles have become a well-used method of decorating gardens - and for good reason too. A retired bike can be an interesting piece of art in your garden and a reminiscent piece of your past. Practically, it can also be a place for flowerpots and even a useful construction for the plants, like vines, to hold on to. You can place your bike idly, surrounded by a flowerbed or go vertical and hang it on your fence. It is sure to be noticed.
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March ni to Spring Spring is a time of renewal, hope and a dappling of colour. But Kevin Revell reminds us that planning a spring garden starts way back in the autumn
pring flowering bulbs are planted in autumn but those who had the foresight to invest in some will by now, be rewarded with a host of golden daffodils, or at least a pot or two of tulips if your garden is more modest. The arrival of spring is announced to the world by a fanfare of golden trumpets of daffodils and narcissi – the only difference is one of scale; we tend to regard the large flowers of daffodils as distinct from the smaller flowers of narcissi but botanically speaking, they are one and the same. True daffodils, when they finally burst into flower are a joy to behold and really lift the
spirits but it can still be quite cold when they flower; strong winds will often blow the tall flowers over, spoiling the display. Varieties such as ‘Carlton’ and ‘Dutch Master’ are well regarded and grow to over 50cm. Wales has a particular affinity with the daffodil; it is after all, our national flower and is usually in flower for St David’s Day on 1st March. Very often, a cold spell of weather in February will delay flowering for a week or two, so it pays to have an insurance policy – pots of bulbs can be brought on early in a greenhouse or conservatory, or you could choose from a range of narcissi which naturally flower early. The popular variety ‘Tête à Tête’ is compact in size at only 15cm and is early into flower, making it a fine choice for pots and containers. Similar varieties include ‘Jetfire’ with a bright orange trumpet and the
narrow flowered ‘February Gold’. The Tenby Daffodil or Narcissus obvalaris is understandably popular in these parts and is believed to be native to Wales. Some claim that the sight of the first snowdrop signals the arrival of spring but they are better described as the last flowers of winter and indeed are often seen peeping out through a covering blanket of snow. Crocuses likewise flower early and do nothing to encourage winter coats to be packed away for the year. Their appearance is welcome but not a true indicator of spring. Some maintain that spring can only be rung in with celebratory peals of bluebells which carpet the floor of ancient woodlands in April. If you are lucky, they will have a vestigial presence in your garden but more often than not, these will be the introduced Spanish
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How concerned should we be about Alabama Rot? A friend of mine in the north of England said that a local dog was recently put down because it contracted this disease. And how do we know if our dog has picked it up? Alabama Rot is a relatively new condition which has been recognised in the UK only since 2012, although cases were seen in USA well before that (hence ‘Alabama’ rot). The condition starts with skin sores particularly on the paws and lower legs, but also on the face, body or tongue. These can look like weeping cuts or reddened sore areas, or ulcerated areas of skin. It is believed that many dogs recover from this form of the disease without serious consequences, but a small number go on to develop acute kidney injury and usually this is fatal. In spite of extensive research, at present we have no idea what causes Alabama Rot, although there any many theories. It appears that all affected dogs have been walked in muddy wooded areas, and most cases occur during the winter months. Because we don’t know the cause, it’s very difficult to know how to prevent the disease, but a sensible precaution would be to wash your dog down if he’s been for a walk in muddy woods. It is not believed to be infectious to other dogs, and people have not been affected. Alabama Rot is exceptionally uncommon in UK – up to May 2017, there had been only 94 confirmed cases, and 53 suspected. There have recently been a few more, and there have been six confirmed cases in Newport and one
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Start your city walk at the Old Library on the Hayes. The library building opened in 1882 as a 'Free Library, Museum and School of Arts'. The Welsh inscription high on the south end of the building translates as 'He will not be wise who will not read.' Head over to Cardiff Market, which was built by Solomon Andrews, a local entrepreneur. The market subsequently became known as Solomon’s Temple. The market is built partly on the site of the old County Gaol. This is where Dic Penderyn was publicly hanged in 1831 for his alleged part in the riots in Merthyr. Turn right towards St. John's Church. This is the oldest church in the city centre and apart from parts of Cardiff Castle, is said to be the oldest building in Cardiff still in constant use. Turn left at the pasty shop and you will now head into
St Mary Street, the most important part of medieval Cardiff. On your right is High Street. Cross over into Quay Street, down towards the Principality Stadium. This road got its name in the days when it led down to the town quay on the River Taff before it was diverted. Womanby Street, on your right and just after the City Arms, probably pre-dates the Norman occupation and its name might be of Norse origin. The earliest known form of the name, from 1270, is Hundmanby – possibly meaning the 'dwelling of the houndsman'. You will now drop down into Westgate Street, opposite the imposing Principality Stadium. This street runs along what used to be the course of the River Taff. Isambard Kingdom Brunel was responsible for the deviation of the river, which was made to complete his Great Western Railway westwards. The bridge that carried the railway on to Swansea still stands today. The resulting area of land that was left from the diversion allowed the 3rd Marquess of Bute to donate the area to the use of sport. The area was originally called the Great Park but became known as Cardiff Arms Park, after a nearby coaching inn. Cricket was the first sport played here. The Principality Stadium (formerly the Millennium Stadium) was built on the site of the former Cardiff Arms Park stadium for the 1999 Rugby World Cup Final. Turn right and head up towards the Angel Hotel, traditionally the place for rugby fans to get together before a big match. There have been several Angel Taverns on or near this site over the years. During World War One, it became the USS Chattanooga when the US Navy took it over. Across the road, you will notice the stone animals perched on the wall. The wall was designed by architect Please take care while out walking and dress appropriately. Living Magazines Ltd cannot accept responsibility for your safety on this walk.
William Burges in 1866 and was originally built in front of the Castle. The wall was moved to its present position in 1925 when the road was widened. Now turn right into Castle Street. Over the road you can see the site of the West Gate of the old town wall. You will pass by Castle Arcade, which was built in 1887. Crossing back over St. Mary Street, and keeping the castle to your left, you'll will shortly pass Duke Street Arcade. Further on, you will approach the statue of Aneurin Bevan, erected in 1987. As you head further down Queen Street, you will pass The Friary on your left. Turn up here. Franciscan Friars founded a friary (where the tall tower block now stands) in 1280. Ghosts are rumoured to wander the area at night. As you reach the Hilton Hotel, you will reach the Friary Gardens where you will see a statue of the 3rd Marquess of Bute. Keeping the gardens on your left, pass under the underpass to reach City Hall, located in Cathays Park. City Hall was designed by architects Lanchester, Stewart and Rickards, costing £129,000 to build and was opened in 1906 following the granting of city status to Cardiff the previous year. Head around the City Hall Lawn to the right towards the Museum and then cut back down through the park towards the main road junction. Cross back over the road into Park Place where you will find the New Theatre, which celebrated its centenary in 2006. Head straight on to rejoin Queen Street and walk all the way up to the Aneurin Bevan statue. From here, you can turn left and head back down to the Library where you started your walk, now more knowledgeable about our capital's past.
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Thai Green Vegetable Curry 175g brown basmati rice, rinsed 2 tsp coconut oil or olive oil 1 small white onion, diced 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger (about a 1-inch nub of ginger, peeled and chopped) 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped pinch of salt ½ bunch asparagus, tough ends removed and sliced into 2-inch long pieces 3 carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal into ¼-inch wide rounds 2 tbsp Thai green curry paste 400ml full fat coconut milk 120ml water 1 ½ tsp coconut sugar or brown sugar 400g packed baby spinach, roughly chopped 1 ½ tsp rice vinegar or fresh lime juice 1 ½ tsp soy sauce handful of chopped fresh coriander and red pepper flakes, to taste ☐ To cook the rice, bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add the rinsed rice and continue boiling for
30 minutes, reducing the heat as necessary to prevent it bubbling over. Remove from the heat, drain the rice and return the rice to the pot. ☐ Cover and let the rice rest for 10 minutes or longer, until you’re ready to serve. ☐ Warm a large skillet with deep sides over a medium heat. Once it’s hot, add a couple teaspoons of oil. Cook the onion, ginger and garlic with a sprinkle of salt for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the asparagus and carrots and cook for 3 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the curry paste and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. ☐ Pour the coconut milk into the pan, along with 120ml of water and 1 ½ teaspoons of sugar. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat and cook until the carrots and asparagus are tender and cooked through, about 5 to 10 minutes. ☐ Once the vegetables are done cooking, stir the spinach into the mixture and cook until the spinach has wilted, which will take about 30 seconds. Remove the curry from the heat and season it with rice vinegar and soy sauce. ☐ Add salt and red pepper flakes to taste. Divide the rice and curry into bowls and garnish with chopped coriander and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
Spring Greens Gnocchi 1 packet of gnocchi 1 tbsp olive oil 2 shallots, thinly sliced salt and freshly ground pepper 1 bunch of asparagus, chopped into 1 inch pieces 250g spring peas, thawed if frozen 125g grated Parmesan cheese (or dairy-free alternative) 60ml double cream (or dairy-free alternative) 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice red pepper flakes, for garnish ☐ Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Drop in the gnocchi and cook until done according to the instructions. Drain and lightly rinse with water and set aside. ☐ Heat a large skillet over a medium heat. ☐ Add the olive oil, the shallots and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook the shallots for 2-3 minutes until the shallots are slightly soft. ☐ Add the asparagus and cook for 8-10 minutes until the asparagus is tender when forked. ☐ Add in the peas and the cooked gnocchi, cooking for a further 2-3 minutes until the peas are heated through. ☐ Remove everything from the heat and sprinkle in the Parmesan cheese, the cream and the lemon juice. ☐ Stir to combine everything and add crushed red pepper flakes if desired.
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300g pasta of your choice, cooked and chilled 2 medium tomatoes, cored, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch dice 1 small cucumber, cut into 1/2 inch dice 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled 3 tbsp chopped fresh oregano 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 3 tbsp red wine vinegar 60ml olive oil salt and black pepper, to taste
150g gram flour 240ml water 1/2 tsp salt 300g passata 1 tsp nutritional yeast 1 garlic clove basil leaves 1/2 fennel bulb a few asparagus 1 leek 1 courgette a few mushrooms olive oil
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☐ Mix the flour, the water and the salt in a jug with a fork. Leave the mixture to rest for a few minutes. ☐ Place a baking sheet on a large baking tray. Pour the flour mixture onto the paper, into a circular shape if you can. ☐ Place the tray into the oven while you prepare the toppings. The base should take about 10-15 minutes to cook. The edges will start to brown. ☐ Mix the passata with the nutritional yeast in a bowl. Grate
the garlic into the passata, shred or tear the basil and add that in too. ☐ Using your peeler, shred a little of the fennel and put into a large bowl. Chop off about 2 inches from the bottom end of the asparagus. Roughly chop at a diagonal angle. Add this to the bowl. Finely slice the leek and add to the bowl. Cut the top and bottom off the courgettes. Using the peeler, shred into wide thin pieces. Add to the bowl. ☐ Finely slice the mushrooms but do not put these in the bowl yet. Add a splash of olive oil and a dash of salt to the bowl. Using your hands, mix this well and massage the oil into the veg. Now add the mushrooms and mix just a little. ☐ Take your base out of the oven if you haven’t already. Turn the oven up to 240°C. ☐ Top the base with the passata and add the vegetables. ☐ Put the pizza on the top shelf of the oven to cook. After 10 minutes, check the pizza. The vegetables should be starting to brown when ready.
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The A-Z of Driving (in) North (Cardiff) Driving around North Cardiff can be a frustrating experience. Here's a humorous and not-so-entirely factual guide on what to expect if you take to the roads around our villages A470
At 186 miles long, the Cardiff to Glan Conwy Trunk Road as it's also known, connects Cardiff on the south coast to Llandudno on the north coast. It also connects motorists spiritually just outside Nantgarw, where grown men have been heard to sob collectively at the slow-moving traffic.
Once a wondrous and breath-taking arboretum, Caerphilly Road has now been designated as an Area of Special Interest for Bus Lanes.
Possibly the largest roundabout in the world. Visible from space, it stretches for 34 miles and can hold up to a billion cars at anyone one moment.
When the estate was first built back in the 1980s, cars hadn't been invented and people used
to travel around the estate on horse and carts. Danescourt Way, the main road that loops around the estate is even older and was first laid out by the Romans. You can still make out some of the ancient city walls too - you can find them in the middle of Danescourt Way and if you're travelling at more than 30mph in your car, you'll know all about them as you pass over them.
These are the cars you won't hear as they approach. You'll also find that they are lighter than fuelpowered cars. Unless you get hit by one obviously.
If you've ever been hit with some kind of motoring fine, it's highly likely that you'll feel wronged in some way. Hurt even. But the annoying thing is - they're right. You've been VERY naughty.
Gabalfa Roundabout Commonly known as the Wacky Races. This roundabout is the hotbed of drag racing superstars,
each seeking to go from 0-30mph in the quickest time possible to avoid the car that comes bombing out of nowhere at the last minute.
Gone are the days when you can turn into Llandaff High Street and drive to the car park at the top in an easy and fairly relaxed manner. These days, you need to run the gauntlet of cars and goods vehicles parked on yellow lines, doddery and dithery older folk attempting to cross the road - and the deluge of traffic coming down the road in what has now become a single file road. The benches look nice though.
As we found out in March, driving on ice can be a tricky thing to master. Remember - always steer into the skid. Or is it the other way round? Only one way to find out!
usually filled in with Rice Krispies by the Highways Department when complaint levels reach a certain level. Also apparently.
An American term, describing the act of crossing or walking in the street or road unlawfully or without regard for approaching traffic. Schoolchildren are adept at this, especially along Merthyr Road between 3.30pm and 4pm on weekdays. Karma is when a motorist steals a parking space that isn't theirs, only to find themselves blocked in when they return to their vehicle.
This scenic viewpoint allows motorists to pull up in rush hour and savour the views of the posh houses and the BBC. Spending an hour or so here in the mornings is good for the soul because it allows you to catch up on the things that you'd not normally have time to do - like read War and Peace or grow a beard.
Merthyr Road Whitchurch's jewel in the crown. Just don't get stuck behind a bus when there's a long queue of people waiting to get on it.
Motorists often have names for other motorists who are driving around north Cardiff. Unfortunately, this is a family magazine and we can't reproduce any of those names here. Sorry.
Those in the motor trade like to refer to the driver's side of the car as the offside. This is the opposite to nearside, which is near the driver's side but not on the offside, or the other side, off the nearside, off the road and near the offside. Not to be confused with the offside rule which is very confusing.
They may look like giant craters but these holes are actually obstacles placed there by local council officials overnight to keep drivers alert. Apparently. They are
Also referred to as road rage. Often occurs when a motorist, clearly in a rush, pulls out on you at the last minute. They then proceed at no more than 15mph. There's a little roundabout near the Heathcock in Llandaff, and it holds back floods of traffic from three different directions. Motorists like to play a simple but devilishly exciting game here - motorists will arrive at the roundabout from three different directions all at once and stop. Then they all sit there and look at each other for about ten minutes, wondering who is going to go first. The tension is almost unbearable!
Back in the day of Tomorrow's World, we used to marvel at the fact that one day, we'd be watching more than four channels on TV. If Tomorrow's World was on TV today, they'd be talking about selfdriving cars, some of which will be programmed to drive like lunatics, just to keep the tradition of humanbased driving alive. And it'll be here before we know it.
Ty'n Y Parc Road
At several points during the working day, it's the biggest car park in north Cardiff. Want to turn into the Tesco garage? Ha! No way! I'm going to park right over the entrance so that NO-ONE can get in while I wait for the lights to change.
This manoeuvre can often been seen by daring motorists at traffic lights on North Road.
You can distinguish these cars from any other car by the fact that they've always got their headlights on. Always. Swedish government statistics on road traffic accidents showed that cars with lights on were involved in accidents
significantly less often. So the Swedish government made it law that cars had to have their lights on all the time. And guess where Volvos are made.
Ah Western Avenue, so-called because it's the main thoroughfare of Western civilisation. It was once the only link between the Western world and the Far East. Now used by people wanting to get to Tesco for a ready meal.
Also referred to as High Intensity Discharge (or HID) headlights, they offer a crisp, whitish-blue light that illuminates the road far ahead. They can also temporarily blind any other motorist heading in the opposite direction at a distance of two miles.
Yes, car yoga is a real thing. Perhaps one of the most popular positions is The Slug, where the motorist sits motionless for up to half an hour at a time. See also Llantrisant Road.
Usually found located a few metres away from a busy roundabout, causing no end of chaos on the said roundabout when someone decides to step out onto the said zebra crossing. Happy Motoring!
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Spring issue of Whitchurch and Llandaff Living. Features an exclusive interview with conductor and singer, David Mahoney.
Published on Mar 13, 2018
Spring issue of Whitchurch and Llandaff Living. Features an exclusive interview with conductor and singer, David Mahoney.