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DECEMBER GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

DECEMBER GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY ***** Nintendo, Nintendo Switch For a game that encourages exploration, Super Mario Odyssey sure is infuriating. Some parts will drive you mad whilst others will make you punch the air with some of the finest platforming ever seen in 30 years of Mario.  But this weakness may just be its greatest strength, for […]

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CHRISTMAS WITH A TWIST | ART PREVIEW

CHRISTMAS WITH A TWIST | ART PREVIEW

Craft in the Bay, Cardiff Until Sun 7 Jan The Makers Guild in Wales is renowned for supporting and championing contemporary Welsh craft and nowhere is this more apparent than in their latest exhibition, Christmas with a Twist. As the title suggests, this is not the usual Christmas extravaganza but rather a more muted, if […]

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THE CARDIFF CHRISTMAS CLUB | BOOK REVIEW

THE CARDIFF CHRISTMAS CLUB | BOOK REVIEW

Nick Frampton (Self-published) I am certainly not the target audience for this feel-good romance, where protagonist Katy returns from a year abroad and, whilst trying to put her life back together, is forced to choose between her ex David and Rhodri – both of whom are depicted as six-foot-plus muscly dreamboats with oceans of sensitivity. […]

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TENBY BOXING DAY SWIM | ROUND UP

TENBY BOXING DAY SWIM | ROUND UP

Swap leftovers for lengths this Boxing Day, joining hundreds who will brave the ice-cold conditions to swim across the shores of North Beach in Tenby for the 47th time, all in the name of charity. The legendary Tenby Boxing Day Swim is a key date on the festive calendar for locals and a source of […]

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WELSH SPORT IN REVIEW | SPORTS FEATURE

WELSH SPORT IN REVIEW | SPORTS FEATURE

It only seems like yesterday that we were barely waiting for the Six Nations to start, and yet now it is December, bringing with it a time of merriment, frost and reflection. Football Fresh off an impressive run at Euro 2016, expectations were understandably high for Wales’s team to reach their first World Cup in […]

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NEW YEAR’S PLANS | ROUND UP

NEW YEAR’S PLANS | ROUND UP

If you are brave enough to venture into Cardiff for New Year’s Eve celebrations, there are many venues to choose from. Tiger Tiger is offering a Champagne and Citroc takeover, whilst at Pryzm you can party until the early hours of 2018. 10 Mill Lane is offering an affordable NYE party, whilst over at Lab […]

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MOLLY’S GAME | FILM PREVIEW

MOLLY’S GAME | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Aaron Sorkin (15 140 mins) A dazzlingly verbose script propels writer Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut. No stranger to dialogue after penning The West Wing, The Social Network and Steve Jobs, Sorkin finds a perfect actor to channel his complex, meaty scripts in Jessica Chastain. She plays Molly Bloom, an Olympic skier who, following an […]

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2018 PREVIEW | FILM FEATURE

2018 PREVIEW | FILM FEATURE

More superheroes, more Star Wars and more diversity, let’s hope that 2018 proves to have a bumper crop of celluloid…these should be movies to watch out for… THE SHAPE OF WATER – Guillermo del Toro’s latest monster movie romance has been wowing festival crowds with Sally Hawkins superb as a loner stumbling upon a government experiment […]

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CLIMBING TREES | MUSIC FEATURE

CLIMBING TREES | MUSIC FEATURE

Since forming in 2011, the rise of countrified Pontypridd rock band Climbing Trees has been steady rather than meteoric, but it’s opened an impressive number of doors for them both locally and afar. As recently as October, for example, the four-piece travelled to New York to play their first three American gigs. “We played our […]

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ONES TO WATCH: STAGE | FEATURE

ONES TO WATCH: STAGE | FEATURE

Ones to Watch: Stage Compiled by Claudia Rutherford and Chris Williams Common Wealth Rising in popularity, the Common Wealth theatre company pursue an ambition in voicing the struggles of working-class people. The company’s core project is to produce art that communicates the real concerns of everyday people, and in a post-Grenfell Britain, their work could […]