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The Kinks: Almost over before they began thanks to on-stage Cardiff bust-up

They were one of this country’s most influential and dysfunctional bands, almost as well known for their bruising bust-ups as they were for penning such timeless classics as Waterloo Sunset and Sunny Afternoon. But, as a new biography into The Kinks reveals, the group’s celebrated career was almost cut short before it had even begun thanks to one tumultuous gig …

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Thomson to carry out checks to determine cause of emergency landings at Cardiff Airport

Holiday firm Thomson has confirmed it “will be looking into the cause” of a technical fault that led to the same aircraft declaring a full emergency twice in just over 24 hours. Emergency services were called to Cardiff Airport on Saturday and Sunday when the plane, a Boeing 757, experienced difficulties with its wing flaps. The landing flaps slow an …

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‘Cardiff Singer of the World Jamie Barton had me in tears with her winning performance’

It wasn’t over until the thin lady sang. But it was fat lady who won the prize. As I contemplate my ample girth, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton’s victory at this year’s Cardiff Singer of the World competition has come as a confidence-boosting joy and a welcome snub to those who tell us that only people with svelte figures can succeed. Ladies …

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BBC’s The Call Centre gives distorted view of critical sector say industry heads

Contact centres are ‘highly professional operations’ employing 30,000 and contributing £400m to the Welsh economy, the head of the sector’s industry body said yesterday. Sandra Busby, managing director of the Welsh Contact Centre Forum, said the “antics” of BBC Three’s The Call Centre are not representative of the sector. “If you’ve seen the television show the whole nation seems to …

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Coffee#1 wins Coffee Bar Chain of the Year for fifth time

A coffee shop chain owned and  operated by brewer SA Brain has won a record breaking fifth title as Coffee Bar Chain of the Year at the Café Society Awards. The award, which was announced at a ceremony at the  Rooftop Gardens in Kensington, London, saw Coffee#1  beat off some of the best  known names on the High Street to …

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Dan O’Neill looks at origins of pitch and toss… if only

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 pops up during every big football game urging you to ’ave a go, the implication being he’ll break yer legs if …

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Confusion over airport express link after Welsh Government appears to back down on plans

Plans for a mooted express bus link between the city centre and Cardiff Airport confirmed to start in August are in “shambles”, with the Welsh Government refusing to acknowledge it will happen, it has been claimed. First Minister Carwyn Jones confirmed in the Senedd that an express service, first proposed by the Welsh Government in July 2009, would be launched …

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An end to the talking

There is little doubt that the economy of South Wales would benefit from having a 10,000-plus seater indoor arena and dedicated convention centre. While we have world class infrastructure in the Millennium Stadium, the Wales Millennium Centre and the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, adding an indoor arena and convention centre into the mix would only help to further South …

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Couple who built a theatre in their Cardiff home thought Queen’s Birthday honours mention ‘was a hoax’

They spent £500k converting their conservatory into a professional theatre in order to raise thousands of pounds for charity. But when Hywel and Gwyneth Jeffreys got a letter through the door saying they were going to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours, they thought it was a wind-up. Last week, the couple were finally able to go public after …

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Cardiff City make sensational £10m bid for Celtic FC star Victor Wanyama

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Cardiff City have made a stunning £10m bid for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, WalesOnline can reveal. The Bluebirds had feared losing out to Premier League rivals Southampton in the race to land the highly-rated 21-year-old Kenyan international. However, talks between Wanyama and Southampton are believed to have broken down last night over personal terms. Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay upped the …

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