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COMPANIONS | BOOK REVIEW

COMPANIONS | BOOK REVIEW

Christina Hesselholdt, trans. Paul Russell Garrett (Fitzcarraldo Editions) Companions follows the lives of a group of friends and the challenges that mid-life presents them. The novel is narrated through a series of monologues from the various characters’ perspectives and has settings that span all across Europe from the Lake District to Belgrade. The multiple voices give […]

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ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST | STAGE REVIEW

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST | STAGE REVIEW

***** Torch Theatre, Milford Haven 13 October 2017 Oh for f’…One Flew Over The…? Not that old thing again? God, we all know the story, we all know the themes. Read the book, seen the film, bought the Che Guevara-type T Shirt. And we’re all aware of the misgivings about the play: it’s been described […]

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THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY | STAGE REVIEW

THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY | STAGE REVIEW

THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY | STAGE REVIEW *** Until Sat 21 Oct, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff  Tues 24 – Wed 25 Oct, Aberystwyth Arts Centre The Hartlepool Monkey, the new play from Gyre & Gimble, known for their puppet-based plays, including the London Old Vic’s The Lorax, is a production filled with comedy and tragedy, but tinged […]

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X SCREAM | REVIEW

X SCREAM | REVIEW

***** Rhondda Heritage Park Mon 16 Oct If you’ve ever dreamt of acting in a horror movie, this Halloween scare attraction is perfect for you. The website describes X Scream as more “terrifying, blood-curdling and ghastly” than any horror film you have ever seen before, stating that a horror movie, with you playing the starring […]

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THIS LITTLE ART | BOOK REVIEW

THIS LITTLE ART | BOOK REVIEW

Kate Briggs (Fitzcarraldo Editions) Perhaps a bizarre trait in a monoglot such as my shameful self, this, but recently I’ve become increasingly interested in literary translations: their rules, aesthetics and politics, which covers a lot of ground on all those fronts. Briggs does a compelling job of demystifying this world, hidden to most and often […]

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OCTOBER SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

OCTOBER SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

JANE WEAVER **** The Architect EP (Fire) Backed by a remix by her husband and Twisted Nerve label boss Andy Votel and a couple of fine unreleased tracks, The Architect is a perfect sub-four-minute encapsulation of this year’s sublime LP Modern Kosmology: a spaced-out yet pop-savvy Stereolab, all retro-futurist synths, propulsive drums and existential wonder. BW […]

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MIRCHI | FOOD REVIEW

MIRCHI | FOOD REVIEW

City Road, Cardiff. 029 2049 2344 / www.mirchicardiff.com Food: ***** Atmosphere: **** Mirchi is an Indian Pakistani restaurant based in Cardiff’s multicultural food district, City Road. It’s a remnant of a culture now past, with devastatingly tasty results. Nestled around the middle of City Road, Mirchi specialise in what they call Indo-Pak cuisine – and […]

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SWAPS: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE DAVID HURN COLLECTION | EXHIBITION REVIEW

SWAPS: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE DAVID HURN COLLECTION | EXHIBITION REVIEW

“Photographers”, opined David Hurn in On Being A Photographer: A Practical Guide, “should not put pictures in a box under their beds and be the only ones that see them. If they put film in their camera, it presupposes that they want to record what they see and show somebody else. Photography is about communication.” […]

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OCTOBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

OCTOBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

ALAW **** Dead Man’s Dance (Taith) Dead Man’s Dance inventively blends the mysticism of traditional Welsh folk with the emotional vibrancy of pop and rock. Travelling through uplifting moments and hints of sadness, we explore the theme of reflecting on the simpler things in life. All the way from the hand-clapping romp of Santiana to the wistful […]

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JON RICHARDSON – OLD MAN | REVIEW

JON RICHARDSON – OLD MAN | REVIEW

JON RICHARDSON – OLD MAN | REVIEW St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, Thursday 29th September & Sunday 1st October When a man begins his almost 2 hour comedy gig with a bit about cardigans, you know you’re in for a good night. 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’s Jon Richardson came to Cardiff on Thursday […]

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