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LEGALLY BLONDE | STAGE PREVIEW

LEGALLY BLONDE | STAGE PREVIEW

New Theatre, Cardiff Mon 20 – Sat 25 Nov The film Legally Blonde remains a huge success. Its effervescent protagonist Elle Woods (originally played by Reese Witherspoon), the sorority queen who proves herself as an intellectual lawyer, engaged audiences of all ages. The film spawned a popular Broadway and West End musical, and the hit production […]

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THE GURUGU PLEDGE | BOOK REVIEW

THE GURUGU PLEDGE | BOOK REVIEW

Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, trans: Jethro Soutar (And Other Stories) This award-winning book details the journey of desperate migrants from North Africa to Europe. Composed of multiple stories, the novel shares some of the histories behind their migration. The dialogue is sometimes over-explained, their stories show us the personal character of people who have fallen […]

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SHOPPING / GAUCHE / LAWNDALE HIGH | LIVE REVIEW

SHOPPING / GAUCHE / LAWNDALE HIGH | LIVE REVIEW   Gwdihw, Cardiff, Thu 9 Nov For a gig that sees promoters All My Friends and Joy Collective teaming up together, it’s fitting that all three bands on the bill are collaborative ventures. First up are Lawndale High, formed from members of local outfits Pink Grapefruit, […]

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ROBYN HITCHCOCK | LIVE REVIEW

ROBYN HITCHCOCK | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Sun 5 Nov For the last four decades, psychedelic powerpop folk icon Robyn Hitchcock has been making these wonderfully surreal solo gems. From The Soft Boys to the Egyptians, Hitchcock has a back catalogue of albums any music veteran would admire. In recent years albums such as Love From […]

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RECIPE: WELSH GRILLED CHEESE | FOOD FEATURE

RECIPE: WELSH GRILLED CHEESE | FOOD FEATURE

So I recently learned that the distinguishing feature of an American grilled cheese, as opposed to a British cheese toastie, is that it must be fried in butter. Having no qualms with this (surely some time spent in a hot pan swimming in butter improves anything?), I decided to try a welsh twist on an […]

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THE HEAD / THE BRWMYS / RUM PUPPETS | LIVE REVIEW

THE HEAD / THE BRWMYS / RUM PUPPETS | LIVE REVIEW   Gwdihw, Cardiff, Wed 8 Nov A rather chilly November evening failed to detract from the warmth within Gwdihw’s gaudy four walls, which found Atlanta-based three-piece The Head gearing-up to play their sixth stint on a 14-date UK tour. As first act of the […]

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DMX KREW | CLUBS PREVIEW

DMX KREW | CLUBS PREVIEW

Rotary Club 4th Birthday, Undertone, Cardiff Sat 18 Nov Not content with putting on superb annual fireworks displays and the annual ‘Youth Speaks’ debating contest… oh, sorry, wrong Rotary Club. Rather, this Rotary Club is one of Cardiff’s flourishing tasteful 4/4 nights, which are doing great things in the capital right now. While they originally […]

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LEROY BRITO: BUTETOWN’S FINEST | INTERVIEW

LEROY BRITO: BUTETOWN’S FINEST | INTERVIEW

Butetown born-and-bred Leroy Brito has taken the Welsh comedy scene by storm ever since his debut performance at Chapter Arts Centre in 2011. His humour focuses on tackling Welsh stereotypes in an intelligent and slick style. “Growing up in Butetown is pivotal to who I am as a comedian, the show is gonna have a […]

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FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL | FILM PREVIEW

FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Paul McGuigan (15 105 mins) A bittersweet true-life romance that pulls at the heartstrings with two wonderful central performances, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is uplifting celluloid. Adapted from Peter Turner’s memoir, we follow Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening, excellent as ever), a former Oscar-winning Hollywood star, fading in the UK, who meets aspiring […]

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MARCO’S CAFÉ | FOOD REVIEW

MARCO’S CAFÉ | FOOD REVIEW

The Esplanade, Barry Island. twitter.com/marcos_cafe_ Food **** Atmosphere **** This isn’t technically a food review, more a review of a much-loved café-cum-meeting place. It has been and still is famous because of Gavin & Stacey, but Marco’s is more widely loved for its friendly, chatty staff and legendary coffees and bacon sarnies. Marco has developed […]