Street seen: the SHO must go on

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“If we could go back to when we were setting up The SHO Gallery I don’t know what advice we’d give ourselves. We learnt so many little things along the way. The one thing we do know now is how little we knew back then!”

As seen in: Roath

The SHO Gallery

Photograph by Helia Phoenix

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Street seen: pick up your guitar

Nic Thomas

“I started playing guitar at around the age of 12 after becoming hooked on classic rock music. I wanted to be like them! I still love Aerosmith, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi! Started writing songs at 15 and have just done it ever since. Cardiff is a great place to play gigs, but it can be quite cliquey. Having said that I’ve met some great musicians and promoters and have seen some great bands here. It seems to be getting better, but a lot of the alt-country-style bands I love seem to go unappreciated or seem to play Bristol more.”

As seen in: Cardiff city centre

Nic Thomas Music

Photograph by Gareth Davies

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Street seen: favourite tune

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“I can’t pick a favourite song. There are too many I love! If I had to pick the perfect song for this very moment, it would be ‘Africano‘ by Earth Wind and Fire.”

As seen in: Roath

Photograph by Helia Phoenix

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Street seen: advice for newly-weds

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“My advice for newly-weds? Don’t do it. Actually I think it’s probably too late for that by then, isn’t it? So my advice is – show no weakness.”

As seen in: Roath

Photograph by Helia Phoenix

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Street seen: a taste of childhood

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“The meals that remind me of my childhood are pie and … eggy bread. Pie because we rolled filo with my grandmother on the sofra (low round table) sitting in a lotus posture and eggy bread because it’s the treat we had every Thursday for a meal – little did I know it was my poor working mom’s cheats supper on her 12 hour work days!”

As seen in: Roath

Visit Lia’s Kitchen

Photograph by Helia Phoenix