I grew up in Essex, but as we lived just outside of Zone 6, I might as well have lived in London. The big smoke, where everything you could possibly want was just a few minutes away on the tube. When I first moved to Cardiff for university in the early 2000′s, I was struck […]Read more "Cardiff – The Big Little City"
I’ve been back in work a few days now and have recovered from my post-festival blues and the hangover that inevitably comes with them. Now fully returned to normality, just in time for Halloween, I can put last weekend, the first 4-day Swn Festival, into perspective. I’m a big fan of the left field festival […]Read more "Over Too Swn – Swn Festival 2011 in review"
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 […]Read more "Welsh Invasion At SXSW"
Today is a momentous occasion; medieval action flick Ironclad goes on general release in the UK. The movie follows the seven-week long siege on Rochester Castle by King John in 1215, with the king, played by Paul Giamatti, trying to take back power of the castle after signing the Magna Carta. So why is a […]Read more "Iron Production Returns To Welsh Valleys"
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 […]Read more "Going Like hotcakes"
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 […]Read more "Beach Break Live 2010"
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 […]Read more "Chocolate… Chocolat… Siocled…"