Don’t Shoot Me Cardiff

In the light of uproar over food critic Jay Rayner’s comments on Cardiff’s food scene, I pick the highlights of my recent visit to the Welsh capital. If there’s one thing to be learned from the recent saga of Jay Rayner vs. the City of Cardiff, it’s that some words are better left unsaid. Little…

Blog: DRY BABY – January: Ground Zero Percent

An Actor Consumes struggles through the first month of his self-imposed sobriety… Ground Zero Percent          So here we are at the end of January, twenty-two days since my last drink. I lie. It was my birthday two weeks ago, and under the terms of our agreement I was allowed a glass…

Blog: DRY BABY – Why I’m going sober for my wife’s pregnancy.

An Actor Consumes decides to go sober in solidarity as his wife is expecting their second child with unexpected reactions. Babies, booze and Billy Joel My friend looks me straight in the eye, all expression drained from his face. There’s a beat. No scratch that, a pause. A Pinter pause, a protracted silence that’s brimming…

Feature: Wilderness 2016 Part 4 – The End

Sunday ​And so we get to Sunday morning, the beginning of the end, always a melancholy moment of any festival with its back to school feeling and two day suspended hangover. This one begins with the confirmation of what I knew was coming all weekend but didn’t want to admit; all of the girls are…

Feature: Wilderness 2016 Part 2 – Friday Night/Saturday Morning

Arrival ​Like all good festivals, there’s absolutely zero sign of Wilderness until suddenly it’s taking up your entire field of vision, and there’s no denying it looks glorious with leaves in bloom and sun blazing down on the hillside. Anticipating late arrival we stumped up for a pre-allocated plot with its own car park, but to begin…

Feature: Wilderness 2016 Part 1 – Confessions of a Sceptic

  It’s 12:05 on a sunny Friday afternoon in Stockwell and I’m on edge. I’m loading up a car that doesn’t belong to me with hastily packed bags from an upstairs flat in the gated mews I’ve gained access to, and it’s attracting the attention of staff working in the office below, which happens to be a…