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THE CHICKEN SOUP MURDER | BOOK REVIEW

THE CHICKEN SOUP MURDER | BOOK REVIEW

Maria Donovan (Seren Books) When a book opens with, “The day before the murder, George Bull tried to poison me with a cheese sandwich”, you know you’re onto a winner. Maria Donovan’s novel is definitely one you won’t want to put down. Told from the perspective of Michael, an adolescent, the story charts the disruption […]

 Lucy Menon

JON RICHARDSON | COMEDY INTERVIEW

JON RICHARDSON | COMEDY INTERVIEW

Probably most well-known for his appearances on 8 Out of 10 Cats, comedian Jon Richardson is embarking on his latest stand-up tour (including Venue Cymru, Llandudno 21st September and St David’s Hall 28th September and 1st October). Lucy Menon caught up with him to find out more about the show and how much of a […]

 Lucy Menon

THE BIG TRIBUTE FESTIVAL | LIVE REVIEW

THE BIG TRIBUTE FESTIVAL | LIVE REVIEW

The Big Tribute Festival, Aberystwyth Fri 25 – Sun 27 Aug It’s been 10 years since my last festival and, with only hazy memories of portaloo problems and the sound of something that definitely wasn’t rain coming down on my tent, I felt I was ready to give them another go. The Big Tribute Festival […]

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THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF AN UNDERTAKER | BOOK REVIEW

THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF AN UNDERTAKER | BOOK REVIEW

Tom Eldwin (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform) Death affects us all and yet remains something rarely discussed with ease, and it maintains an air of mystery. Through this book, Tom Eldwin opens out this enigma by writing about his own experiences as a young Englishman moving to South Wales to become an undertaker. Eldwin writes with […]

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TIME OF LIES | BOOK REVIEW

TIME OF LIES | BOOK REVIEW

Douglas Board (Lightning Books) This book is dedicated to the memory of the murdered MP Jo Cox and, despite the fact it’s been a year since her death as well as the myriad political issues we’re currently facing, there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to read this book. Douglas Board manages to create a riveting satire […]

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THE HOPKINS CONUNDRUM | BOOK REVIEW

THE HOPKINS CONUNDRUM | BOOK REVIEW

Simon Edge (Lightning Books) One of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s most famous poems is The Wreck of the Deutschland and it’s from this that Simon Edge has taken his inspiration. Edge cleverly weaves three narratives together to form the novel. One part of the plot involves the tale of the 19th century nuns involved in the shipwreck; another […]

 Lucy Menon

INTERNATIONAL DYLAN THOMAS DAY | BOOKS FEATURE

INTERNATIONAL DYLAN THOMAS DAY | BOOKS FEATURE

Following the immense response in 2014 to the activities and events to celebrate Dylan Thomas’ centenary, the request was met to set a public day to revel in all things Dylan. Part of a three-year project funded by the Welsh Government in the hope of raising awareness of Thomas’ work, not only in Wales but […]

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5 PLACES TO ROT YOUR TEETH | FOOD FEATURE

5 PLACES TO ROT YOUR TEETH | FOOD FEATURE

Lucy Menon strikes back at dentists everywhere with this dangerous yet tasty list of the best places in South Wales to rot your teeth. Be careful. Don’t actually rot your teeth. Make sure to brush and floss for God’s sake. LOLLIES TRADITIONAL SWEET SHOP With shelves of jars filled with sweets of every description, this […]

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CREATIVE CO-WORKING IN CARDIFF | FEATURE

CREATIVE CO-WORKING IN CARDIFF | FEATURE

For freelancers, it’s well known that when you work from home you will inevitably have moments of feeling totally isolated and uninspired. Being trapped within your own four walls without anyone to bounce your ideas off can become a bit of a downward spiral in terms of creative output. Luckily, Cardiff has been trying to […]

 Lucy Menon

LORD OF THE DANCE | STAGE REVIEW

LORD OF THE DANCE | STAGE REVIEW

  St David’s Hall, Cardiff Friday 27th January 2017 To start the show there was a video of Michael Flatley explaining how the company have made it against the odds and the importance of following dreams. Flatley also states that Lord of the Dance is the biggest selling dance show of all time and, after […]