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Bob's still on the road; BOB DYLAN @ CIA, Cardiff (April 28).



Byline: Compiled by Nathan Bevan

A SIDE from travelling the globe on a supposedly never-ending world tour, his Bobness stills find the time to record his popular Theme Time Radio Hour show for Radio 2, star in TV ads for sexy lingerie and iPods and bang out well-received records.

His face has even turned up on a series of novelty baby-gros, alongside an appropriation of one of his most famous lyrics, which reads: "Time I need a'changing."

Thankfully, they use a photo of him from a more youthful time.

Had they gone with the way he looks now - with that increasingly large stalactite of a conk and thin spivvy moustache that makes him look like Vincent Price crossed with a vulture - I dare say you'd never get your little ones off to sleep.

Enquiries: 029 2022 4488

best panto

Cinderella@Grand Theatre, Swansea (today until January 18)

WHAT, Christmas is over you say?

Oh no it isn't! At least while panto is still going on.

Su Pollard, the former Hi-De-Hi star who is the only person alive to give Dennis Taylor glasses envy, stars as Baroness Hardup, Cinders' evil step-mother. CBeebies presenter Chris Jarvis is Buttons while local favourites Kevin Johns and Frank Vickery are the boo-tastic Ugly Sisters. Swansea lass Nia Jermin takes the title role, and the Sensational Shetland Ponies will be on hand to take her to the ball in a spectacular carriage.

Neigh, neigh and thrice neigh, as Frankie Howerd might have said.

Call: 01792 475715

best day out

Chocs Away Pontypool, Torfaen

OH, cobblers to all those New Year resolutions, that's what I say anyway.

I mean, let's face facts - there's no way you, me or anyone else is going to last the next 12 months of economic misery, rained out summer days and perpetual Graham Norton (is it me, or is he everywhere these days?) without relapsing and smearing our greedy little mouths with lovely milk chocolate.

Chocs Away is a unique opportunity to assuage those feelings of shame by presenting us with a chance to craft our own soft, creamy fudge, dark chocolate ganache or Welsh vanilla creams, which are just waiting to be dipped in bowls of the finest Belgian melted chocolate.

See, if you've toiled to make it in the first place it doesn't feel as bad stuffing it down your gullet afterwards.

You can even package your creations and take them home - assuming they'll so much as survive the car journey there.

Info: 01495 757611

best show

Beyond The Barricade@St David'sHall, Cardiff (Thursday)

FOR those of you too tight to buy tickets to all the top musicals individually, your prayers have been answered.

One of the UK's leading musical theatre concerts, Beyond the Barricade, is returning to Cardiff with a special 10th anniversary show which incorporates the best bits from some of the world's most popular musicals.

With a cast made up of the past principal performers from such West End hits as Les Miserables, fans can expect all the big numbers from the likes of Miss Saigon, The Lion King, Phantom Of the Opera, We Will Rock You, Chicago and many more.

The whole thing climaxes with a spectacular finale from Les Mis, which should send you all out singing about the fall of the Bastille, or something, at the tops of your voices.

Vive la revolution and all that!

Box office: 029 2087 8444

best of the rest

Threatmantics @Barfly, Cardiff (Wednesday): The acclaimed noisy Cardiffrock trio areback in town. Enquiries: 029 2039 6589

Kris Roe @TJs, Newport (Friday): The Ataris' punky frontman goes it alone. Tickets: 01633 216688

The Poozies @StDavid'sHall, Cardiff(Tu esday): All female folkies play English and Scottish traditional tunes, and afew of their own too. Box office: 029 2087 8444

We AreThe Ocean @Ebbw Vale Institute, Ebbw Vale (tomorrow): Promising London-based rock quintet currently generating abig buzz fly into Blaenau Gwent. Tickets on the door.
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Date:Jan 11, 2009
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