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STONE ROCK PIZZA | FOOD REVIEW

STONE ROCK PIZZA | FOOD REVIEW

9-10 Upper Church Street, Chepstow. 01291 621616 / www.stonerockpizza.co.uk Food ***** Atmosphere ***** Stone Rock Pizza, a Chepstow–based artisan pizzeria and takeaway which opened earlier this year, is nothing short of a revelation. Small and unassuming, this pizzeria offers a family-run warmth and honestly, the best pizza this writer has ever eaten. Stone Rock Pizza […]

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DECEMBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

DECEMBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

BEANS ON TOAST *****  Cushty (Xtra Mile) Beans On Toast – aka Essex folk singer Jay McAllister – covers, in poetic fashion, a wide range of subjects from mobile phone usage and fake news, to fracking, artificial intelligence and oak trees in Sherwood Forest. Open Door Policy begins with the announcement “The world is dying” but […]

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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 […]

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NOVEMBER GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

NOVEMBER GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

MORROWIND ***** Bethesda, PC Games like Morrowind are rare, and since its release 15 years ago, it’s captivated the hearts of RPG fans with its otherworldly surreal universe. The many overhauls, fan-made remakes and mods are testament to this, and with a major new overhaul having recently been released, it’s worth taking a look back. It […]

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TRANSLATION AS TRANSHUMANCE | BOOK REVIEW

TRANSLATION AS TRANSHUMANCE | BOOK REVIEW

Mireille Gansel trans. Ros Schwartz (Les Fugitives) This English PEN award-winning memoir/treatise is a journey around Europe, to Vietnam and Israel and through the hows and whys of translation. Gansel’s Jewish family suffered under the Nazis and she later grew up in post-war France, with an early curiosity about the world of words. She talks […]

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NOVEMBER SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

NOVEMBER SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

AMOR **** Higher Moment / Amnesia (Night School) No real comedown from Amor, the Glasgow collection of heads whose last 12″ located its skewed piano disco halfway between the art school and Studio 54. Another two 13-minute workouts here, more fractured and distant for sure, but still blazing their excellent half-Buckfast, half-champagne path to glory. […]

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THE POTTING SHED CAFÉ | FOOD REVIEW

THE POTTING SHED CAFÉ | FOOD REVIEW

  Insole Court, Fairwater Road, Llandaff, Cardiff. 029 2116 7920 / www.insolecourt.org Food **** Atmosphere *** Insole Court is now open to the public and in the safe hands of The Insole Court Trust. After years of campaigning and the local community pledging to save the historic mansion and gardens, the whole of the building […]

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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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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 […]

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NOVEMBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

NOVEMBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

ANJA SCHNEIDER *** SoMe (Sous Music) It’s Anja Schneider’s regeneration and no genre is safe from a forced merge. The opening two tracks seemed to be straight from Detroit with elements of Chicago house; following this, two more tracks clearly rooted in jungle – All I See even has a ragga vocal. Sanctuary is spellbinding with a […]

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