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SORRY TO DISRUPT THE PEACE | BOOK REVIEW

SORRY TO DISRUPT THE PEACE | BOOK REVIEW

Patty Yumi Cottrell (And Other Stories) A striking debut, Sorry To Disrupt The Peace provides a unique and intriguing angle by delving into the complex subject matter of suicide, as a mix of emotions are explored in this dark, deep and at times humorous novel. The story is narrated by Helen Moran, the main character who […]

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RETURN FROM DARKNESS | BOOK REVIEW

RETURN FROM DARKNESS | BOOK REVIEW

Graham Jones (Y Lolfa) Inspired by the tale from the Mabinogi of Twrch Trwyth, the boar hunted down by King Arthur, Graham Jones uses the rich Welsh tradition of storytelling and juxtaposes it with various beautiful and spiritual descriptions of the Welsh landscape to create a compelling narrative of his own. With many a twist and turn, the […]

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MAY SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

MAY SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

ANI GLASS *** Ffrwydrad Tawel EP (Recordiau Neb) Translating as Quiet Explosion, this W H Dyfodol (Y Pencadlys)-produced EP is the next stage in Ani Saunders’ metamorphosis into an accomplished electronic artist. Last year’s excellent single Y Ddawns is included here and, along with Geiriau, provides the poppier angle of an otherwise experimental EP. BG HMS […]

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MAY ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

MAY ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

ALICE COLTRANE *** Turiyasangitananda (Luaka Bop) Worthwhile archival work from Luaka Bop, who serve up a selection of tracks from Alice Coltrane’s devotional music tapes of the 80s and 90s – which were only really available to members of her California Ashram. There’s plenty of swirling synth, eastern percussion and peppy devotional chanting. Perhaps too […]

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50 BUILDINGS THAT BUILT WALES | BOOK REVIEW

50 BUILDINGS THAT BUILT WALES | BOOK REVIEW

Mark Baker, Greg Stevenson and David Wilson (Graffeg) This fascinating coffee-table book combines photography of some Wales’ most important and interesting buildings by Mark Baker alongside analysis by architectural historians Dr Greg Stevenson and Dr David Wilson. Good formatting, interesting insights and captivating photography make this book a great overview of Welsh history and Wales […]

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HAPPY GATHERING: DIM SUM MENU | FOOD REVIEW

HAPPY GATHERING: DIM SUM MENU | FOOD REVIEW

Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff. 029 2039 7531 / www.happygatheringcardiff.co.uk Food: **** Atmosphere: *** Arguably one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in Cardiff, Happy Gathering stands out as one of the culinary highlights in Canton’s bustling foodie scene. The restaurant is also renowned for its dim sum (Chinese tapas) and is a popular spot for […]

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INANIMATE PEOPLE | BOOK REVIEW

INANIMATE PEOPLE | BOOK REVIEW

Gerhard Kress (Mabon Arts Publishing) This book is the accompaniment to a touring art exhibition which was at the Senedd last month. You can catch some of these images, hopefully, at the YMCA shop in Pontypridd this month, too, when it will become a pop-up gallery. Gerhard Kress is a musician, artist, and writer of […]

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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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