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What a grey day! Depressed Cake Shop pop up in Wales to help cure the blues

Walking down the high street, it’s easy to see that baking has, in recent years, become a national obsession. Blame the recession and our ‘make do and mend’ attitude, or perhaps our eagerness to mirror America’s interest in ‘whoopie pies’, but whatever it is, wake up anywhere in the middle of modern Britain and rest assured a cupcake won’t be …

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High hopes for new stage drama, Fallen

An idea by playwright Greg Cullen will finally be brought to life on stage next week – 17 years after it first came to him. Like many writers, he stores away his observations before they work their way into his plays. The first draft of his new drama, Fallen, was penned almost two decades ago after he read that a …

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Royal Navy recruit’s career back on course after age mix-up

A young man whose lifetime ambition of joining the Royal Navy was put in jeopardy when he was mistakenly sold a child’s train ticket is back on course to begin his career. Jordan Elliott, 20, of Treorchy, travelled to Plymouth last month to take up the place he was offered as a fresh recruit. But he was sent home after …

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‘Swearing is bad enough, but when women do it, it’s beyond the pale’

An article published in this month’s edition of the Welsh-language magazine Barn (translation – Opinion) caused teacups to rattle across Wales. Interestingly, the article’s author, Emlyn Evans, was the very first editor of Barn. He begins by a way of apologising, explaining that he’s going to do something he is loath to do, which is to attack the literature of …

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Hundreds flock to Cardiff Bay’s new urban beach… despite the weather

Cardiff Beach

Hundreds of visitors enjoyed the official opening of an artificial Cardiff beach – despite rain threatening to dampen spirits. The ‘urban beach’ on Roald Dahl Plass opened in beautiful sunshine an evening ahead of schedule on Friday, before rain struck on Saturday afternoon. The Cardiff beach has been created with 300 tonnes of sand, a swimming pool, hamster balls on …

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Cardiff faith school taken out of ‘special measures’

A faith school has been given a clean bill of health by inspectors and is now out of ‘special measures’ after years of upheaval. Education watchdog Estyn said St Alban’s RC Primary School in Tremorfa, Cardiff, had made “sufficient progress” since November 2011 and would be removed from any further follow-up activity. It marks a significant milestone in the school’s …

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Cardiff council leader forced to reshuffle her reshuffled cabinet

Cardiff council’s Labour leader has been forced to make changes to her recently announced cabinet reshuffle after it emerged one of her appointments had a potential conflict of interest. The Opposition jumped on the double reshuffle claiming it showed Heather Joyce’s leadership was “inadequate” and her administration in “complete disarray”. The Cardiff Civic Society, which champions the capital’s built environment, …

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New Cardiff beach gets ready to open

Cardiff Beach

With more than 300 tonnes of sand and 900 gallons of water transported into Cardiff Bay – visitors are hoping that the current sunny weather will continue. Roald Dahl Plass has been transformed into a city summer haven with Cardiff’s first man-made beach, as part of  Cardiff Festival. Cardiff beach opens on Saturday and is expected to draw thousands. The …

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Review: Romantic Welsh Proms, St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Welsh Proms Peter Donohoe

Tomorrow will see the climax of the Welsh Proms with founder Owain Arwel Hughes leading the celebrations at what has become a highlight of the summer season. But the festivities are unlikely to top this Romantic Prom concert which featured the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Peter Donohoe. It was the highlight of a week of fine music-making which had …

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Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival

The leafy surroundings of Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens are the perfect setting for this turn-of-the-century interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved creations, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Athenian youngsters Hermia and Lysander are in love and desperate to be together, but Lysander’s rival Demetrius is Hermia’s dad’s favoured candidate for her hand. Meanwhile, Hermia’s embittered friend Helena is devoted to Demetrius, who …

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