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Artists look to Green Man Festival for global stage

Export ready bands and artists are hoping to use this year’s Green Man Festival in Powys as a gateway to the world stage. The event, which starts next Thursday (August 15) in Powys, is being promoted by the Welsh Music Foundation (WMF) as a chance to market the Welsh music business around the world. This year’s festival will include a …

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Malky Mackay unfazed by missing out on top-end transfer targets as Premier League looms closer

He might have missed out on highly-rated French international midfielder Etienne Capoue, but Malky Mackay is not a man easily fazed by transfer market setbacks. Instead, the pragmatic Scot is of the opinion that when one door closes during football’s aptly named silly season, another, more beneficial, opening can often present itself. Which is why, as the Bluebirds prepare to …

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Send us your pictures and win our Echo on Tour competition

The sun is shining, the plane has just landed on the Tarmac and you’re looking forward to two weeks in a continental hotspot. You’ve packed all the important things – suncream, hat, Speedos, Imodium – but there’s one thing you’ve got that you would never be without: your copy of the South Wales Echo. For years now, we’ve been running …

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Welsh writer Pete Baynham tells how Alan Partridge made it to the big screen

The journey of British comedies from the small screen to the cinema has traditionally never been much to laugh about. In fleshing out their half-hour formats into full length features, the characters we’d come to know and love tend to get worn of their charm via a series of contrived and cliched plot-lines, usually involving them being packed off on …

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Thieves steal Cardiff fundraiser’s bike days before 50-mile cycle challenge

Heartless thieves have stolen the bicycle a Cardiff fundraiser was going to use on a 50-mile cycle challenge this weekend in memory of his brother. Dave Hilling, a 51-year-old Cardiff Bay graphic designer, had been training on the £480 hybrid cycle for months in preparation for his Brecon to Cardiff ride on Sunday with friends Simon Moore, Nick Moore and …

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It’s an education teaching at the school of hard knocks for comic actor Steve Speirs

Those of us who suffered unhappy  schooldays may find it hard to  believe, but the corridors of  education are a rich comedic seam.  Or so it seems in classroom sitcom Big School, a  new BBC One series about troubled teachers,  unrequited love and interactive whiteboards. As any pupil imagines, there is much in the  way of dysfunction behind the hallowed …

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The Welsh head north

There are hundreds of shows in the  theatrical scrum that is this year’s  Edinburgh Festival, but I doubt any  are as small as Gardening: For The  Unfulfilled And Alienated. The debut Edinburgh production from Cardiff’s  Undeb theatre company will be staged in a  garden shed starring one actor and an audience  of two. It’s a unique move to stand out …

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Cowbridge farm mucks in with plan to create electricity from cow manure

First it was wind turbines, then it was solar farms – now thousands of tonnes of cow manure is to be harnessed as a green power source. Cardiff-based Syrus Energy wants to set up an anaerobic digestion facility (ADF) on a farm in Cowbridge, in the Vale of Glamorgan. The company has asked the council if an environmental impact assessment …

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Councils splash out more than £31m on redundancies despite warnings on budgets

Cash-strapped councils across Wales have shelled out more than £31m in payouts for voluntary redundancies over the past three years – despite dire warnings over shrinking budgets. Figures obtained by the Welsh Conservatives through Freedom of Information requests found that Wales’ 22 councils paid out the sums, despite council leaders suggesting they were seeking to change Big Lottery Fund rules …

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