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IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD: 1967 AND THE HIPPIE IDEA | BOOK REVIEW

IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD: 1967 AND THE HIPPIE IDEA | BOOK REVIEW

Danny Goldberg (Icon Books Ltd) Ronald Regan once said: “A hippie is someone who looks like Tarzan, walks like Jane and smells like Cheetah.” But there was so much more to the hippie movement than that. Indeed, some of the most influential people today draw direct influence from it. People such as Steve Jobs, Oprah […]

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THE TWIST IN THE BRANCH | BOOK REVIEW

THE TWIST IN THE BRANCH | BOOK REVIEW

Melanie Smith (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform) Set in the Welsh valleys, this young adult novel blends horror, myth and fairy tale and has a sense of menace throughout. Characterisation is spot on and 17-year-old Sephone’s distinctive voice draws the reader into her world. Something strange is happening and it is this mystery that makes the […]

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ONE TO WATCH: DON LEISURE | MUSIC FEATURE

ONE TO WATCH: DON LEISURE | MUSIC FEATURE

Cardiff producer Don Leisure has evolved considerably in the decade or so he’s been releasing wax. Indeed, he wasn’t Don Leisure when he was making drum’n’bass in the late-00s – he did that as Jamal, his real name – but adopted the pseudonym when he hooked up with Che Ahmed to make tracks as Darkhouse […]

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AUGUST SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

AUGUST SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

LA FORME **** Birds In An Aviary (Libertino) Newport’s La Forme have returned with their most accessible slice of sophisticated pop thus far. Complete with Dave Gahan-style baritone, they have immersed themselves into the darker side of electro hinted at by their previous single Falling Leaves Pattern and the song captures the intensity of their rare […]

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AUGUST DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

AUGUST DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

NITEROOMS facebook.com/niterooms This Caerphilly balladtronica trio used to be called Atterbury & Gibbz, which presumably means they’re weren’t always a trio, and have removed all their songs recorded under that name from cyberspace – leaving only Wash, their rather alluring debut as Niterooms. Super-slow codeined-out r’n’b that probably digs The xx and The Weeknd but […]

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WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

THE BROOD CFDC (available on Google Play) In David Cronenberg’s engaging mix of custody drama and body horror, the narrative focuses on estranged couple Frank and Nola, Nola’s continuing therapy, and the murders happening around them. The formal elements are a mixed bag, with an uninteresting everyman protagonist, but intense supporting performances, and sharp, layered […]

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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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THE HUMBLE ONION | FOOD REVIEW

THE HUMBLE ONION | FOOD REVIEW

Station Road, Dinas Powys. 029 2051 4900 / www.thehumbleonion.co.uk Food *** Atmosphere **** “#stayhumble” insist the proprietors of this fairly new, fairly petite restaurant. Repeatedly, via social media. It sounds like a vapid corn-studded nugget worthy of the shallowest Instagram narcissist, but in most respects The Humble Onion seem to be living up to it. […]

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AUGUST ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

AUGUST ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

AKERCOCKE **** Renaissance In Extremis (Peaceville) Reinvigorated, refocused and back home on Peaceville Records, London’s Akercocke return after a five-year hiatus, with the best slab of prog-influenced death/black metal since their debut album back in 1999. With the return of original guitarist Paul Scanlan, Renaissance In Extremis will remind fans why they fell in love with […]

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MEZZA LUNA | FOOD REVIEW

MEZZA LUNA | FOOD REVIEW

City Road, Cardiff. 029 2047 2772 / www.mezzalunacardiff.co.uk Food ***** Atmosphere **** Lebanese and Moroccan restaurant Mezza Luna, opposite the Roath Park Inn, is surely one of the best not just on City Road, but in the country, a point proven by it recently being named in the British Kebab Awards as the best kebab […]

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