Cymru Culture

Editors' Note / Nodyn Golygyddion

Editors' Note: Edition 8

(February 16, 2011)

Welcome to the summer, though you wouldn't know it, and to the June 2012 edition of cylchgrawn Cymru Culture magazine. This quarter's articles, the previous quarter's and all interviews with artists and designers are linked on the frontpage.

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In this edition:


Leanne Wood - Senedd




Leanne Wood discusses the early days in her leadership of Plaid Cymru, and how Plaid can effect the future of Wales.




Portrait - E G Bowen




In "The rich science heritage of Wales", the first of a series of articles on Welsh scientists , Dr Neville Evans looks at the achievements of Eddy 'Taffy' Bowen; instrumental in the practical application radio direction finding technologies.






Portrait of the author




Robert Wade's fascinating investigation discusses Welsh women and the law. Here, in part one, he looks at women's rights under cyfraith Hywel (the Laws of Hywel Dda), how women's rights disapeared under English rule and how only now are we catching up.






Picau ar y maen




The only Welsh cakes recipe you'll ever need from the Head Chef at Tŵr Cymru Culture Towers, Claire Meredith. This recipe for picau ar y maen (Welsh cakes) gives a twist to the traditional.






Ras y Cestyll - Finish at Cricieth Green - 10m to the line




In the first of our articles highlighting Welsh sport in this issue, Phil Gregory takes us for a run across the country, from Caernarfon to Cardiff, and past many of our most iconic buildings. The Welsh castles relay - a great Welsh road race – is run on the second weekend of June each year, starting this year on 9 June.






Cymru v Iwerddon






Welsh women's rugby has been going from strength to strength recently. Megan Rule provides an overview of the current state of the women's game in Wales






Portrait Abi Davies




Football journalist, Abigail Davies, reviews Loud, Proud & Positive; Swansea City captain Gary Monk's autobiograpy.






MUW owners/organisers, Habbeb Adeokun and Vivienne Sharman-Lewis (L&R) introduce the new winners for 2012. Left, Abigail Williams, Miss Universe Swansea, Holly Hale, Miss Universe Cardiff and Louise Dunn, Miss Universe Newport




In the latest of our Another Day in the Life of Viv series, Vivienne Sharman-Lewis looks at the Miss Universe Wales Grand Finale 2012, and on to Miss Universe GB.






Court Cupboard Craft Gallery




Interview with Stuart Neale, from Sioni Rhys Handweavers, is on the beautiful Court Cupboard C, Monmouthshire.






Boyd Clack (Photo- Ben Hussain)Boyd Clack (Photo- Ben Hussain)




Modern Welsh renaissance man, Boyd Clack, shares some beautifully-written and moving reminiscences with us; in The snows of yesteryear.






Aimee Taylor - Welsh Braille and Art




In Côd Braille Cymraeg, Aimee Taylor explains how she was inspired to produce tactile artwork, using Welsh language braille.






Escape B&B, Llandudno Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd 3 Pen Cei - harbour view




In the first of three reviews, we look at the Escape, a 5* B&B in the elegant north Wales resort of Llandudno; the second focuses on Pontypridd gastro-pub the Bunch of Grapes; and last, but not least, we look at 3 Pen Cei, a beautiful 5 * harbourside guesthouse, in the charming seaside town of Aberaeron.






Simon Wright




And we interview the multi-faceted Simon Wright; writer, retauranteur, broadcaster and so much more.






Enjoy ...



Claire Meredith
Dai Barnaby




© 2012 Caregos Cyf. | Hawlfraint - All rights reserved








Welcome back to cylchgrawn Cymru Culture magazine, and our eighth edition. We've had a long break, which encompassed the Christmas festivities (we do hope you had a chic and decadent time) and are now refreshed and invigorated, and looking forward to the new Spring/Summer season.

First off, we have a selection of easy to create, and chic, party food ideas. Using a range of fresh ingredients, and some cheat's tips, you too will be able to surprise your guests with these delicious and inventive party food ideas.


Party 1: King Prawn Chilli Blinis


Also, we have two hotel reviews for you this issue. Firstly, a review of the Crown at Whitebook, which has again retained its Michelin star for 2011. A stunning 'restaurant with rooms' - wonderful service and amazing food.


Crown 1,1 Front

Crown 3 Lounge 2


Secondly, we have a review of the New White Lion, Llandovery. A beautifully furnished 'boutique hotel', within which we enjoyed a warm welcome and wonderfully delicious food.


New White Lion Rest 2


New White Lion Bedroom 1


Having stayed in the beautifully appointed 'Physicians of Myddfai' suite at the New White Lion, Cymru Culture features a black and white photographic study of the stunning village of Myddfai itself.


Mud 4


We also feature new designs from jewellers Caregos Couture, who for their new Spring/Summer 2011 collections have worked in the colourways Copper and Jet, using Swarovski crystals and pearls.


Caregos New 1


Caregos New 5


We also have another fascinating article from solicitor Robert Wade, entitled 'Gloom or Bust'. As always with articles from Robert, his subject matter is explored with a great blend of insightful humour, extensive research and fun.


RB New


In this edition was have another entertaining and chic insight into the world of PR guru Vivienne Sharman Lewis, who recently organised and hosted a charity fashion and boxing event, proceeds from which were donated to the Welsh Warrior Foundation.


Viv New 1


At Cymru Culture we always welcome the opportunity to showcase work by talented artists and designers, and in this edition we feature the  stunning photographic artwork of Ryan Bater

In our next edition, we'll be featuring an interview with Ryan and showcasing further images from his portfolio.


Ryan Bater 4


Also in this edition we feature the beautiful creations of talented textile designer Clive Grabham. We interview him and explore what motivates and inspires him to design such beautiful and unique pieces.


Clive 2 use


Another one of our featured articles looks at the phenomenon that is the cupcake. Comments and observations are provided by Shelly Williams, owner of 'The Vintage Tea Party'.


Capa Cupcake 1


Enjoy ...

Claire Meredith
Dai Barnaby

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