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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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BLACK DAHLIA RED ROSE | BOOK REVIEW

BLACK DAHLIA RED ROSE | BOOK REVIEW

Piu Eatwell (Liveright) In this informative and insightful account of a true life American unsolved murder, the author conveys a detailed and succinct account of the infamously-titled Black Dahlia case and her findings. The murder in question occurred on January 15th 1947, when the dismembered body of Elizabeth Short was discovered in Los Angeles. The […]

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THE ADMIRAL ST DAVID | FOOD REVIEW

THE ADMIRAL ST DAVID | FOOD REVIEW

St David’s Hotel, Havannah Street, Cardiff. 029 2045 4045 / www.admiralstdavid.co.uk Food ***** Atmosphere ***** Following an overhaul of the restaurant at Cardiff’s deluxe St David’s Hotel, The Admiral St David has exploded onto the city’s food scene. Drawing from a wide range of inspirations from Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, The Admiral brings an […]

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THE OTHER SIDE | BOOK REVIEW

THE OTHER SIDE | BOOK REVIEW

  Alfred Kubin (Dedalus) Although originally published in 1908, Kubin’s dystopian world is still awe striking today. Its strange logic, akin to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, shows the absurdism of bureaucratic nonsense. While the social quirkiness and word play, similar to Alice and Wonderland, creates a wonderfully dark and humorous atmosphere. Knowing the German […]

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OCTOBER GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

OCTOBER GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

METROID: SAMUS RETURNS **** Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS More of a reimagining than a remake of the 1991 classic Metroid II: Return of Samus, Metroid: Samus Returns feels like a classic Metroid game, back to its roots as a side-scrolling guns blazing action adventure game. The 3D Metroid Prime series is great fun, but it’s great to see the […]

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MILKWOOD | FOOD REVIEW

MILKWOOD | FOOD REVIEW

83 Pontcanna Street, Cardiff. 029 2023 2226 / www.milkwoodcardiff.com Food ***** Atmosphere **** For 20 years, and until a few months ago, this restaurant was formerly Cibo. It remains an intimate setting, though, with an attentive maître d’, Andrew, on hand. Milkwood offers four starters, main courses and desserts apiece: although this may seem slender […]