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HUMMINGBIRD | BOOK REVIEW

HUMMINGBIRD | BOOK REVIEW

Tristan Hughes (Parthian) Set in a remote corner of Northern Ontario, the story follows the life of teenager Zachary and his fellow inhabitants in a sleepy corner of Canada. Living with his father, his summer is invigorated when a local resident’s niece, Eva, comes to visit and the story reveals the events that have shaped […]

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APRIL GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

APRIL GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

HORIZON ZERO DAWN ***** Guerilla Games, PS4 Guerilla Games (Dutch developer of the PlayStation exclusive FPS franchise Killzone) are back with a new IP that feels fresh, looks phenomenal and plays like a futuristic Tomb Raider with some giant robot dinosaurs thrown in for good measure. It’s an open world action-RPG where you take control of a young […]

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THE DEDALUS BOOK OF GIN | BOOK REVIEW

THE DEDALUS BOOK OF GIN | BOOK REVIEW

Richard Barnett (Dedalus Ltd) Gin is in. Once an ‘old fashioned’ drink, something your Mum might drink on a trip to the local, gin has now had a resurgence and is trendy once more. It’s also a drink with a fascinating history, from medicinal purposes, to being blamed for society’s ills. The Dedalus Book of […]

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PLOUGH & HARROW | FOOD REVIEW

PLOUGH & HARROW | FOOD REVIEW

Food **** Atmosphere **** Buzz has reviewed the Plough & Harrow, one of the Vale Of Glamorgan’s cosiest country pubs, before, and it is always a pleasure to go back to – whether it be for the numerous beer festivals they hold throughout the year, the live music or the home-cooked food. The fact they […]

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TRIPTYCH: THREE STUDIES OF MANIC STREET PREACHERS’ HOLY BIBLE | BOOK REVIEW

TRIPTYCH: THREE STUDIES OF MANIC STREET PREACHERS’ HOLY BIBLE | BOOK REVIEW

Rhina E. Jones, Daniel Lukes, Larissa Wodtke (Repeater Books) There’s something very satisfactory about seeing my fellow former teenage Manics fans grow up and do some really cool things. All that angst basically transformed into brilliant creativity, and this book is proof of that. Triptych is a cool and creative book, full of insight and intelligence, […]

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I GIARDINI DI SORRENTO | FOOD REVIEW

I GIARDINI DI SORRENTO | FOOD REVIEW

City Road, Cardiff. 07703 429185 / www.i-giardini.com Food: **** Atmosphere: *** Taking inspiration from the flavours of the Sorrento peninsula, just a hop, skip and a jump from Pompeii, I Giardini di Sorrento is an independent Italian restaurant located just at the bottom of City Road, and since its opening in Kismet’s former location, it’s […]

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APRIL ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

APRIL ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

  75 DOLLAR BILL ***** Wood Metal Plastic Pattern Rhythm Rock (tak:til) Two American experimental musicians, Rick Brown (who’s played in scads of weird artrock bands I’ve never listened to) and Che Chen (who I’d straight up never heard of), melt my defences using scratchy quasi-blues guitar, clonky percussion and rusty horns. Only four songs, […]

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MARCH GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

MARCH GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

SEMISPHERES *** Vivid Helix, PS4 Meditative indie puzzler Semispheres utilises minimalist art, audio and mechanics in smart, unique ways to produce a strangely compelling, chilled experience. Using both sticks, players manoeuvre a pair of peculiar little orbs through increasingly complex stealth puzzles. Mechanically, it does take a little getting used to, however, the difficulty is thankfully […]

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THE MAIAS | BOOK REVIEW

THE MAIAS | BOOK REVIEW

Eça de Queiroz (Dedalus) Like many of de Queiroz’s work, The Maias is about a family and their struggles. This time the family is told to us through three generations, just like Gilmore Girls. And just like Gilmore Girls, there’s a grandparent who thinks they know best, a lost and whimsical parent who makes mistakes in […]

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JOSEPH VAN PEARCE AND THE PROPHECY OF THE DRAGON’S HEAD MEDALLION | BOOK REVIEW

JOSEPH VAN PEARCE AND THE PROPHECY OF THE DRAGON’S HEAD MEDALLION | BOOK REVIEW

C.C. Brampton (Brampton Publishers Ltd) This fantasy novel is definitely aimed at the younger generation. This judgment is not based off the age of Joseph (the main character who is 15), or off the assumption that fantasy novels are childish (if you haven’t watched/read Game of Thrones, you’ve probably heard of it and that is […]

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