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Review: Manic Street Preachers at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

Eleven year-old me would be proud of the way I’ve stuck with this band. Heck, I’m proud of it. When James, Nicky, Sean and Richie told me “You Love Us” on Top of the Pops in early 1992, I must have subconsciously chosen to obey them from that point onwards, without question. Now, 22 years later I’m happily singing along …

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TV: Four to cwtch up for tonight

Alan Carr: Chatty Man Channel 4, 10pm The crown of TV’s current King of Chat Alan Carr is back with a new series. With Graham Norton on a break until next week, Carr is the undisputed king of the sofa for at least one week. And the emphasis is definitely on having a good time. Carr says: “My problem with …

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Porthcawl Jazz on the Sands 2014

Having been running for 12 years now, this year’s Porthcawl ‘ Jazz on the Sands ‘ will see some thousands of jazz enthusiasts travel down to listen to around 180 artists over 24 events in nine different venues. First set up in 2002, the festival originally focused on the best jazz talent from across South Wales and West England. These days, the …

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Thanks for sending in your messages for Mother’s Day

Thank you to everyone who took up our offer of a FREE message for Mother’s Day. We were inundated! Look out for the special pullout in this Saturday’s South Wales Echo.            More on Mother’s Day: Mother’s Day gifts: 9 great books to give your mum Mother’s Day gifts: Beauty buys to spoil your mum rotten this Mothering Sunday Mother’s Day: …

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Soapbox spoilers! Because if you miss it, you won’t miss out

EastEnders It’s another testing week for the Carters as Mick comes home with a bruised face and an unconvincing cover story about being attacked by kids. However, he soon has a whole new set of awkward questions to answer when Tina discovers their father Stan is in hospital. She insists on bringing him to the Vic, and Mick reluctantly agrees …

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Students’ art goes on show in Swansea and Cardiff

The BA Fine Art year two students currently studying at University of Wales Trinity St Davids, Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthen present their exhibition, Moments in Time, at the Elysium Gallery in Swansea from April 2 to April 6 from noon to 5pm. Admission is free. The exhibition then moves to the Norwegian Church Arts Centre in Cardiff Bay from April …

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A case of the blues as plug is pulled on annual music festival

This year’s Abertillery Blues Festival has been cancelled. According to Blaenau Gwent council, the leisure department has had to “look long and hard” at what services it can keep due to the need to save £20m in the next three years. And, at a recent meeting between officers and councillors, it was decided that a smaller, alternative blues event for …

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A case of the blues as plug is pulled on annual music festival

This year’s Abertillery Blues Festival has been cancelled. According to Blaenau Gwent council, the leisure department has had to “look long and hard” at what services it can keep due to the need to save £20m in the next three years. And, at a recent meeting between officers and councillors, it was decided that a smaller, alternative blues event for …

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Mother’s Day gifts: 9 great books to give your mum this Mother’s Day

View gallery “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ View gallery   This Mother’s Day give mum the perfect excuse to relax and put her feet up by giving her an engrossing new novel to get stuck into. We asked Waterstones to recommend the best in enthralling new fiction and here they give their top reads for Mother’s …

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