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DOWNSIZING | FILM PREVIEW

DOWNSIZING | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Alexander Payne (15 135 mins) Getting small has never had such a giant impact. Writer/director Alexander Payne goes very high-concept after a series of excellent dramas – Election, About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants, and Nebraska – with this fable about America and masculinity in microcosm. We follow put-upon occupational therapist Paul (Matt Damon), trapped […]

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BRECON BEACONS WATERSIDE COTTAGES | TRAVEL FEATURE

BRECON BEACONS WATERSIDE COTTAGES | TRAVEL FEATURE

Located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons lies Wales’ very own Waterfall Country. Home to challenging walks through rocky gorges, breathtaking views and slow ambling rivers, the Brecon Beacons stage the perfect setting for a cosy holiday adventure. Bursting with an array of majestic waterfalls and cool water lakes, you are never far from […]

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DECEMBER-JANUARY SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

DECEMBER-JANUARY SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

ALIEN STADIUM **** Livin’ In Elizabethan Times (Double Six) Steve Mason, who used to be in the Beta Band, and Primal Scream’s Martin Duffy have collaborated on this pretty damn fine EP, which sounds like the BBC Radiophonic Workshop colliding with Scott Walker. The concept here seems to be something to do with inviting aliens […]

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HOLLY DAVEY: THE CONVERSATION | ART PREVIEW

HOLLY DAVEY: THE CONVERSATION | ART PREVIEW

g39, Cardiff Until Sat 3 Feb Individual aspects of life are considered differently when presented as a whole. While we are living in the present, subconsciously we are always hunting for memories amongst the shifts of reality; the silences can often be just as familiar as the noise. The Conversation is a multimedia, solo show […]

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NEIL SINCLAIR: SECRET SPACES | INTERVIEW

NEIL SINCLAIR: SECRET SPACES | INTERVIEW

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of his book The Tiger Bay Story, one of its favourite sons, author and social historian Neil M.C Sinclair, talks to Chris Andrews about a vital part of Cardiff’s history. What prompted you to want to write your story in the first place? I always thought that people outside of the […]

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JANUARY FOODIE FOCUS | FOOD FEATURE

JANUARY FOODIE FOCUS | FOOD FEATURE

New year, new skills and lots of great food – as we enter 2018, these foodie courses across Wales are great chance to improve your cookery skills – whether you’re already a maestro who wants to find new tastes or that friend who wants to be the dreaded dinner host no longer! Culinary Courses at […]

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THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI | FILM PREVIEW

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Martin McDonagh (15 115 mins) Frances McDormand is on superb form as a woman avenging her daughter’s death in this barnstorming neo-western from the skilled wordsmith and director Martin McDonagh. The Irish playwright and director previously brought us the excellent In Bruges and the quizzical Seven Psychopaths, but this is his most assured work […]

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INSANE | BOOK REVIEW

INSANE | BOOK REVIEW

Rainald Goetz, trans: Adrian Nathan West (Fitzcarraldo) Never has a book title been so apt. Insane is an enjoyable and extremely disturbing examination of everyday life in an asylum. Originally published in 1983, Goetz’s debut novel is only now getting its first translation into English. We follow Dr Raspe, a wide-eyed young psychiatrist with aspirations of […]

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PARAMORE | LIVE PREVIEW

PARAMORE | LIVE PREVIEW

Motorpoint Arena Cardiff Thurs 11 Jan After an elongated hiatus, Paramore are set to head out on the third instalment of their current tour in support of latest offering, After Laughter, kicking off at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. It could be said that Paramore, as a group, were once the epitome of noughties alt-rock (think 2007’s […]

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THE BAND: ALISON FITZJOHN & RACHEL LUMBERG | STAGE INTERVIEW

THE BAND: ALISON FITZJOHN & RACHEL LUMBERG | STAGE INTERVIEW

Using the music of Take That as it’s foundations, the new musical The Band, written by Tim Firth is currently touring around the UK, already having broken records in terms of pre-sales. Telling the story of a group of five friends as both teenagers and 25 years later as women, all obsessed with “the band”, […]