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Future of Welsh-language festival in Cardiff at risk

The future of a Welsh-language festival is at risk if Cardiff council refuses to reverse a £20,000 funding cut, organisers have warned. Over the next week, 10,000 people are expected to attend Welsh-language events across Cardiff, including comedy nights and gigs, as part of Tafwyl. The Welsh Government stepped in to save this year’s festival, which starts tomorrow, after the …

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The environmentally friendly community of the future: is this a taste of the future of house building?

With the largest “green” residential roof for miles, rainwater harvesting and ultra energy-efficient heating and lighting systems, it has been dubbed the “environmentally friendly community of the future”. The nine homes in this development also feature thermally treated “burglar proof” windows which keep in more heat while being unbreakable even with crowbars. Also among the host of green technologies at …

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‘Online betting? I’ll wager pitch and toss, dog-racing and the gambles of yesteryear were a lot more fun’

Gambling in Britain is as serious a problem as alcoholism, says one MP. Yeah, and fixed odds machines in betting shops are like crack cocaine, says another. And as Cameron “voices concern” over online betting, hardnut actor Ray Winstone pop ups during every big football game urging you to ‘ave a go. Yep, he may croak on in those diamond-geezer …

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British historians ask whether staying out of World War I would have made world a better place

So this week we’ve been told how this cash-strapped country will spend at least £50m on commemorating one of the most pointless wars in history. The 100th anniversary of the Great War sees Britain reliving a tragedy that cost 15 million lives and changed the course of history very much for the worst. Last year David Cameron said he regarded …

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From closure threat to £150k makeover: South Wales school’s remarkable reversal of fortune

A South Wales school which was threatened with closure earlier this year is now set to be boosted by £150,000 of extra improvement funding. Oakfield Primary School, on the Gibbonsdown estate, Barry, was one of three in the Vale of Glamorgan which faced closure as part of a planned school reorganisation programme. But the closure recommendations were rejected by council …

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Cardiff Council considers changing chief executive role when Jon House steps down

Labour-run Cardiff council is considering rebadging the authority’s top job when current chief executive Jon House steps down next month. Replacing the post of chief executive with a “city manager” with fewer responsibilities and a lower salary is one of three options being considered, WalesOnline understands. Another is to merge the position with a neighbouring local authority, such as Caerphilly …

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Prison restaurant venture ‘helps cut re-offending rates for inmates’

A gourmet restaurant at Cardiff Prison where the dishes are cooked and served by criminals is helping slash rates of re-offending, new figures have shown. The Clink Cymru on Knox Road, is on its way to reduce the re-offending rate of released prisoners who worked there to an astonishing 12.5%. The national average is 47%. The 96-cover eatery employs 28 …

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Review: Noises Off, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Timing is everything. It’s never more true than in theatre and, in theatre, it’s never more true than with farce. The Old Vic and West End smash hit Noises Off has no shortage of plaudits to its name. In its 31-year history the Michael Frayn masterpiece has been enjoyed across London and the UK, winning multiple awards and being hailed …

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‘This rigmarole feels wrong,’ says journalist at centre of free speech row

“My Welsh-speaking grandfather Stephen Owen did not, I think, join the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry in 1914 and fight in the trenches so that his grandson could be banned from speaking at Cardiff Library almost a century later. It’s a complicated saga, but Cardiff Skeptics in the Pub had booked me to talk about my book, Church Of Fear: Inside the Weird …

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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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