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Alesha Dixon takes time out from Britain’s Got Talent for Avon

It was a case of Alesha calling, as Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon brought a splash of colour to a grey day in Cardiff city centre. The former Mis-Teeq singer was in the city in her role as beauty and empowerment ambassador for beauty company Avon. It was part of a recruitment drive for the company and to congratulate …

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From under canvas to on the canvas

When out of control teenager John Abell was kicked out of school his life spiralled into drug addiction. But in a remarkable turnaround the once homeless 26-year-old has been recognised as one of the best new artists in the country having just been named runner up in the Welsh Artist of the Year competition. “My drug use escalated quite quickly …

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Llandaff fields saga sees new twist as local cricket club switches sides

A cricket club that spent two years backing plans to build a sports centre on Llandaff Fields has walked away from the project to support its opponents. Cardiff Gymkhana Cricket Club had hoped to be part of the plans of Llandaff Fields Community and Sports Trust.  But they jumped ship after being told by Clwb Rygbi president Martyn Williams – …

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Boris Johnson’s former special adviser to take charge at Cardiff council

A former special adviser to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson is to temporarily take charge at Cardiff council as a highly-paid consultant, it can be revealed. Sir Peter Rogers will take the helm from July while the council searches for a permanent replacement for outgoing chief executive Jon House, who is joining PricewaterhouseCoopers. Sir Peter, previously chief executive of …

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Distraught parents call for changes to social housing allocation policy following daughter’s death

The devastated parents of a 25-year-old woman who was found dead in her flat have called for a change in the way vulnerable single parents are housed. Keri Matthews was found dead in her Cardiff flat on June 5. The cause of her death is still being investigated. Her parents Angie and Alan Matthews spoke openly to the Echo about …

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More to just cricket in Glamorgan’s business strategy

The captains and kings of one-day cricket have departed. The shouting has died away and the army of Indian supporters dispersed, leaving a small band of loyal South Africans at the gates of the Swalec Stadium. For Glamorgan County Cricket Club’s chief executive Alan Hamer, the day after the first game in the ICC Champions Trophy is a period for …

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Review: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff

Does the innocent optimism of youth inevitably decline into to world-weary disillusionment of old age? It was a question that might have crossed the mind at this concert which took as its theme first and last thoughts, or entrances and exits. The selected exits, as Welsh writer Gwyn Thomas might have put it, were the final works of Bartok and …

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Bon Jovi Cardiff: Superstar arrives in Wales to rock Cardiff

Jon Bon Jovi has arrived in Wales to play his gig at the Cardiff City Stadium tonight, the rock legend will play hits from his three-decade-long career, as well as performing songs from his latest album What About Now. Bon Jovi have already rocked stadiums around the country while on their ‘Because We Can’ tour, and tonight they will set …

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Ann Clwyd reveals a fifth of nursing compassion complaints sent to her have come from Wales

Allegations of cruelty and neglect on Welsh wards were laid bare yesterday by an MP leading a review of hospital care after the death of her own husband. Cynon Valley Labour MP Labour MP Ann Clwyd, whose husband died in hospital in October in “battery hen” conditions in Cardiff, told MPs that 20% of the 2,500 letters detailing patient suffering …

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Suspect found hanged in cell after being told ‘you have no human rights’, inquest hears

A suspect remanded in prison who had mental health problems was found hanged in his cell the morning after an officer said to him “you have no human rights”, an inquest was told. Andrew Hawkins, from Llantwit Fardre, Pontypridd, was found dead in his cell on the morning of December 18 last year by prison staff at HMP Cardiff. The …

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