ARIES (March 21st to April 19th) You could make a social gaff of enormous proportions this month if you don’t do your homework properly. You will meet someone new and you ought to have some of their background at your fingertips if you are to cast the right sort of impression. Remember this could be the opening you have long sought, so don’t lose it carelessly. Do allow yourself to be approached by outsiders too. You have been very much inclined to keep casual acquaintances at arm’s length lately, and as a result you are missing a whole spectrum of experiences that would greatly enrich your life. TAURUS (April 20th to May 20th) The first thing to note this month is your own level in the society in which you move. This is an important factor indicating how you are likely to respond to developments or circumstances connected with your welfare and well-being. An outside influence will attempt to direct your attention away from an event you ought to be present at. This is purely for personal and political purposes, and if you go along with it, you will have lost an enormous opportunity to influence some important decisions. Be on your guard therefore and go your own way every time.
GEMINI (May 21st to June 21st) You may well be suffering from feelings of isolation and rejection this month. This is partly due to the general low in your constitution. Don’t give in to it but don’t ignore it either. Just come to terms with the way you feel, understand why you feel that way, and slowly you will become more confident. It is nothing unusual you know, everyone gets to feel like this from time to time, it will pass. Socially you will be in demand, and although you may not feel like it, you should make every effort to join in with as many activities as possible.
CANCER (June 22nd to July 22nd) Try to fill your days with as much people- orientated activity as possible. It will be ill- advised for you to spend too much time alone at the moment because you are rather inclined to brood. There is a health matter you should have attended to before now, it’s not serious, but it will cause aggravation if you neglect it much longer. The real upheaval and dramas this month are likely to involve your earnings and resources. You are at a point in your life when fate deals you a joker. It’s up to you, whether or not you make a perfect hand, or play safe and ask for a re-deal. LEO (July 23rd to August 22nd) Formality has never been your strong point. You have a way of adjusting to the level of those with whom you are communicating, without losing your dignity or stature. This month however there will arise just one occasion when it would be most advisable to stand in your own shoes. You have a position in the community that cannot be denied, and on this occasion you must make it plain to everyone around you. On another tack entirely, you should reorganise your domestic arrangements. There is a possibility a security lapse could put some of your possessions in jeopardy. Take note and make changes, fast! VIRGO (August 23rd to September 22nd) This month you will find your greatest fulfilment in the arms of your family. There are situations arising there that only you can really sort out. You will have to set yourself up as both judge and jury in one dispute, and for this you will have to draw on that deep well of experience and wisdom that is yours alone. Financially there should be a nice surprise arriving mid-month, though there will be no shortage of people to tell you how to dispose of it once again. Listen only to your own instinct in this, it has never really let you down up to now. Socially, perhaps you ought to slow down just a touch, if only to conserve your energy for more important matters. LIBRA (September 23rd to October 23rd) Joint family activities will be no laughing matter this month, which is perhaps why you ought to
seek your own solitary company for a while. Someone may say a hurtful thing inadvertently, you must not over-react. You must not allow this to sour the relationship, either or both of you will be losers. If advice is asked of you, decline to give it. The asker does not want to hear the sensible solution. If someone requires financial backing do consider it. Have the proposal looked at by a financial brain. If it receives the thumbs- up, help with finance by all means, but insist on a controlling stake in the enterprise. SCORPIO (October 24th to November 22nd) Legal matters may preoccupy you this month. Whether or not you have the courage and confidence to resist attempts by associates to make you settle for less than your due, depends on how seriously you treat such matters. You do appear poised however and that alone may make them think twice before pressing their advantage. If this happens, you won’t have a problem. If however they are more persistent, you will have to summon all your resources and enlist outside help. An emotional problem may come to a head toward the end of the month. If so, allow matters to take their natural course because everything has to come to an end sometime. SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd to December 21st) It may not be the call of the wild, which gets you this month, but something radically new is bound to fire your imagination. It could enable you not only to travel outside your usual areas of activity, but also to avoid the upsets, delays and frustrations that normally accompany such excursions. You may begin to feel you have a special roll to fill in the destiny of a related youngster. You have, but take care not to push too hard in your favoured direction, or you will lose their confidence and they will go the wrong way entirely. Someone is trying to upset you for reasons of their own. You know who, so don’t fall into their trap, just turn the tables! CAPRICORN (December 22nd to January 20th) You need to pay greater attention to those personal details allied to your financial position. This is as secure as possible, but have you thought if you are making the best of what you have? Perhaps by spreading your investments a little wider you could gain that extra that would put the cream on the cake and also greatly lessen even the tiny risk that is still inherent in your circumstances. You should welcome a new association that comes together with proposals you will find remarkably stimulating. It will become even more valuable to you as the weeks and months go by.
AQUARIUS (January 21st to February 19th) If you persist in allowing others to make your decisions
for you, you only have yourself
to blame if you find yourself committed to a course of action you are not in agreement with. Basically you are feeling lazy and lackadaisical, and in such a mood you are inclined to ignore the wiser issues, looking only inwards to your own feelings. This month these particularly are irrelevant and factors affecting your finances and future should be to the fore. Don’t let yourself be pushed along on the tide of another’s enthusiasm, the solution they choose may not be appropriate for you.
PISCES (February 20th to March 20th) Throw yourself into activity this month with everything you’ve got. There is so much to do and be prepared, and comparatively little time to do it all in. Why not allow someone to help? You have had several offers and one in particular was most attractive. If you are involved in business, take care with staffing problems. There is a potential trouble-maker about who could upset the apple-cart in no uncertain terms. Your partner may need a psychological boost which only you can give. Do play your part there, don’t ignore that silent plea for help that only you can hear.
CLUES ACROSS 7 Celebrity (4) 8 Involuntary spasm (8) 9 Newly bereaved (4, 7) 11 Fastener (4) 12 Charm (8) 13 Horse deportment (8) 15 Temporary road marker (4) 16 Crossed laths (7-4) 18 Hurt (8) 19 Go fast (4)
CLUES DOWN 1 Construction (9) 2 Shredded (6) 3 Festive fir (9, 4) 4 Educator (13) 5 Lingers (6) 6 Easter treat (3) 10 Nautical support (4, 5) 14 Flight of steps (6) 15 Fearful person (6) 17 Era (3)
A Shadow on the Lens Sam Hurcom
A stifling, atmospheric gothic crime novel its a unique protagonist and killer twist - for fans of The Woman in Black, The Silent Companions and Little Strangers. 1904. Thomas Bexley, one of the first forensic photgraphers, is called to the sleepy and remote Welsh village of Dinas Powys, several miles down the coast from the thriving port of Cardiff. A young girl has been found murdered in the woodland - her body bound and horribly burnt.
As the strange case unfolds, Thomas senses a growing presence watching him. One night he develops the photographic plates from the crime scene where he finds a face dimly visible in the photographs. Hardback £14.99 available from Amazon or www.orionbooks.co.uk
Cause and Effect Keane The record - released on 20 September - is Keane’s first in seven years. The band announced they were taking an extended break from music as a group in 2013, having formed in 1995.
Cause and Effect was written by the band and co-produced with David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Marina). During Keane’s hiatus, frontman Tom
Chaplin released two solo albums. The return of the band, he says, was fuelled by missing his musical partner and band member Tim Rice-Oxley: “I found myself wondering how I had come to let this very enigmatic and important relationship in my life drift.”
Much like Hopes and Fears, Tim describes Cause and Effect as a break-up album, but of a very different kind: “It’s a bit different when you’re older and you’ve got kids – your whole little world shifts on its axis.
Cardiff & South Wales Advertiser - Friday 30th August 2019 - 19
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