remembering silvertalon

On Friday morning, I woke up to the news that a very old friend, Sally / Alex, had died from an accidental drug overdose.   It would be wrong for me to claim that I’ve been close to Sally in recent years; in fact we probably haven’t spoken much for more than a decade. However, […]

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250: Paris, Texas (1984)

From the opening shot, a flyover of the Mojave desert coming to rest on protagonist Travis Henderson, Paris, Texas is a compelling and brilliant film about a man coming to terms with and learning to overcome the mistakes of his past. When I decided upon this project, I considered myself reasonably well versed in film – […]

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Welsh Invasion At SXSW

In Austin, Texas, the city is currently inundated with tourists and travellers from all parts of the globe attending their 24th annual South By South West (SXSW) festival. The city festival, inspiration for Wales’ own Sŵn Festival, has been hugely influential. Expanding from its music festival roots in 1994 by adding in a Film and […]

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Going Like hotcakes

There’s no better place to spend Shrove Tuesday than in Wales. Last year we looked at our own griddle-cooked Welsh cakes, this year, we’ll take a look at what we’ve got locally available to us in Wales to make your pancakes, or “crempogs” in Welsh, a little more interesting. With our abundance of fresh produce […]

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Beach Break Live 2010

With Wakestock almost upon us, now seems like a good time to have a look at another festival that took place in Wales just two weeks ago. I like to think of myself as a bit of a festival veteran – My first festival was Reading in 1997, where my 3 day camping ticket cost […]

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Chocolate… Chocolat… Siocled…

Regardless of the language, except for you Americans who speak English but seem to insist on labelling all confectionery as “candy”, the word for chocolate is, phonetically speaking, almost universal. When it comes to the product itself, however, every chocolatier around the world is intent to put their own unique twist on their craft; none […]

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