Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)

Media Wales Ltd. publishes Western Mail, a community newspaper that focuses on news and events. The editor of this publication is Alan Edmunds.

Articles from July 25, 2003

And Oh Dear Mary, Where Did You Get That Frock?
Byline: Lowri Turner MARY Archer's frosty reception for husband Jeffrey on his release - a pair of Thunderbirds puppets might have exhibited more human warmth - was striking for another reason: her choice of dress. Mary isn't short of a bob or...
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Arts Editor
Byline: Hannah Jones HOW do you make a Wino out of Winona Ryder? Not with Tippex or a stint sleeping rough and drinking out of a brown paper bag, I can tell you. When actor Johnny Depp split up with the sticky- fingered actress, he had to have...
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A Tale of Two Slugs in the Week I Forgot What Sitting Down Was Like
Byline: Liz Shankland Agricultural shows are great events says smallholder Liz Shankland - but not if you have to spend six days on site THERE are times when being chained to a computer desk has its attractions. I've just collapsed into my...
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At Forefront of Promoting the Triple Harp; Preview Nansi Richards, Telynores Maldwyn July 31, 9pm, S4C
Byline: Emily Lambert ON the eve of the Montgomeryshire and the Marches National Eisteddfod, an S4C film documentary will celebrate the life of one of the all-time heroines of Montgomeryshire. The hour-long documentary Nansi Richards, Telynores...
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Believe in a Free Wales,says Possible Plaid Leader
Byline: Martin Shipton PLAID CYMRU leadership hopeful Helen Mary Jones has accused people in Wales of whingeing, calling on them to reject the Labour 'culture of dependency' and develop the self-confidence to embrace independence. Ms Jones, a...
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Big Cash Injection to Spruce Up City
Byline: Robin Turner MILLIONS of pounds are being ploughed into making Swansea's city centre a better place to visit by bus. Almost pounds 1.5m is being invested in sprucing up 'outdated' shop units at Oxford Street in Swansea's city centre....
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Burns Has Chance to Blaze Trail; Eccentric Countries' Events Beckon for the Rally Leader
Byline: Anthony Peacock MONTY Python - the embodiment of English eccentricity - once wrote a song about Finland. An odd choice of subject admittedly, but these are the same people who also composed a chorale about Spam. The Finland song bemoans...
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Cash Snub Could End Jazz in the Streets
Byline: Karen Price THE free street entertainment in Brecon town centre during the annual jazz festival is probably one of the most important aspects of the event. For the musicians on the streets help bring a real buzz to the area and provide...
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Centrica Snaps Up Welsh Power Station in Pounds 39.7m Deal; Barry Plant Will Boost Company's Total Generation Capacity to 2,174 Megawatts and Provide Electricity to Customer Base
Byline: Sion Barry CENTRICA yesterday announced the acquisition of a South Wales power station in a pounds 39.7m deal. Centrica, which owns British Gas and the AA, has agreed terms for Barry Power Station with American owners AES Corporation....
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Champion Show
ALSO on the event programme is the new-for-2003 Junior Rallycross Championship which is following the same 10-event calendar as the British and BRDA Championships. The junior championship is structured so that drivers count only six scores from...
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Child Poverty 'Needs Separate Budget'
WALES must have a separate children's budget if it is to address the national scandal of child poverty, according to a leading charity. One in three children in Wales is living below the poverty line but it is unclear what proportion of the national...
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Crack Highway; Operation Tarian on Alert for M4 Drug Gangs
Byline: Robin Turner THE M4 is a pipeline into South Wales for Class A drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine, say senior police officers, and now there are fears that organised gangs like Jamaican Yardies are using the road as a quick entry and...
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Cricket: Croft Steps in to Liven It Up with Three Wickets
Byline: Andrea Morgan GLAMORGAN captain Robert Croft bagged three quick wickets to liven up proceedings against India A at St Helen's yesterday. The former England spinner triggered a middle-order collapse for the tourists at Swansea as they...
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Cricket: No Feelgood Factor for Naz's Men; No Mercy as Smith and Gibbs Pile Up the Runs on Edgbaston Day of Misery
Byline: Myles Hodgson ENGLAND'S cricketing revival was brought to a shuddering halt at the start of the Test series with South Africa delivering a brilliant performance which firmly stamped their authority on the opening encounter at Edgbaston....
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C&W's Revenues Fall
Byline: Ben Griffiths TELECOMS company Cable & Wireless yesterday said revenues had fallen 2% in the first quarter as it battles to haul itself out of a two-year decline. In a trading update, Cable & Wireless (C&W) said revenues fell...
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Dolphin-Lovers Welcome EU 'Pinger' Rule
Byline: Robin Turner CAMPAIGNERS have welcomed new measures to protect rare marine creatures. The European Union wants commercial fishing boats in some areas to fit acoustic warning devices known as 'pingers' to scare dolphins and porpoises away...
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Doran Aims to Stay out in Front
Byline: Robin Roberts WELSH competitors are hoping to move up the rankings as the British Rallycross Championship moves to Blyton, Lincolnshire, on Sunday. The seventh round of the 10-event championship will take place on the fastest track in...
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Doubt Hangs over Children's Return to Class after; Parents Are Told Welsh-Medium Primary Has Failed to Obtain Building
Byline: Rhodri Owen THIRTY pupils at one of Wales's newest primary schools have been told there may be no room for them there after the summer holidays. Year Four pupils at Cardiff's first purpose-built Welsh- medium primary school may have to...
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Do You Remember?: Zippo's a Leading Lighter in the Style Stakes
IT started life as a simple solution to an old problem - how do you light your cigarette in a gusting wind? Today the Zippo lighter is more a style icon than a utilitarian object and something of a collectable. And despite the world starting...
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Driver Told to Pay Police for His Stolen Car
A DRIVER whose pounds 300 car was stolen was outraged when the police charged him pounds 105 to get it back. Thieves stole Mike McCarthy's F-Reg Ford Escort from outside his home in Ebbw Vale, but abandoned it just half-a-mile away. Mr McCarthy,...
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Driving Divas Prefer to Go Topless; Women Who Want Horsepower Are Prepared to Put Weddings and Families on Hold
Byline: Robin Roberts FAST women really want to go topless, according to a new survey. The convertible sports car, so long the preserve of young and old males, is now the preferred choice of an increasing number of women. And the fair sex...
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Dylan's Daughter Returns to Launch Anniversary Festival
Byline: Dave Roberts DYLAN THOMAS'S daughter visited his home town of Laugharne yesterday to launch a festival in his name, saying the legendary Welsh poet was more popular than ever. Aeronwy Thomas will also star in the week-long programme by...
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Eagle's Eye Is on Pounds 50k for Athletes
MINISTER for Disabled People Maria Eagle was in Cardiff yesterday to see how disabled people in Wales will benefit from a pounds 50,000 government grant. The grant was given to the Federation of Sports Associations for the Disabled (Wales) (FSAD)...
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Far from the McGann CROWD
Byline: Hannah Jones Stephen McGann, one fourth of an all-male acting dynasty, was once an Emmerdale heart-throb. Now he's moved from Beckindale to acting out Thomas Hardy. But, as HANNAH JONES finds out, he still has a thing for sheep IF talking...
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Fischler Assures Family Farmers; Union Voices Fear of Drop in Income
Byline: Steve Dube FAMILY farmers in Wales were told yesterday that they had nothing to fear from the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy. But the days are numbered for the small subsistence farmer in some of the eastern European countries...
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Flaming June Pushes Shop Sales
THE economy got a welcome boost yesterday after the hottest June since 1976 caused monthly retail sales to grow at their fastest pace in more than a year. Consumers treating themselves to barbecues, food, drink and new clothes in the sultry weather...
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Flat Holm Island to Beam Prized Signals across the World in Contest
FLAT HOLM island is to take part in an international broadcasting competition. The island, five miles from Cardiff, was involved in sending the first Morse code message across water in 1897. Tomorrow and Sunday the island will be part of the...
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Football: Campbell: Our Earnie Will Be One Singled out; First Division Defences Will Mark out 35-Goal Striker, Says Play-Off Winner
Byline: Mario Risoli CARDIFF CITY'S play-off ace Andy Campbell has spoken of the huge pressure on Robert Earnshaw's shoulders after the little Wales striker smashed 35 goals for the Bluebirds last season. Earnie's phenomenal goalscoring exploits...
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Football: Gibbs: We Really Are TOGETHER
Byline: Gareth Roberts SCOTT GIBBS last night spoke of his hopes for the new Neath-Swansea Ospreys regional team by declaring they could make their mark on Welsh rugby next season. Just two days after the WRU announced their own 'Together' slogan,...
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Football: Great Dane Schmeichel Big Help in Murphy's Lore
Byline: Ian Hunt NEW Swansea City No 1 Brian Murphy last night revealed how he had been taught by a goalkeeping legend ... Peter Schmeichel. And the 20-year-old hopes to put some of the tips he learned from the Great Dane to good use at the Vetch...
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GM Crop Ban 'Will Break the Law'
WALES will be breaking the law if the National Assembly declares the country a GM-free zone, it was warned yesterday. European farm commissioner Franz Fischler told an audience yesterday that no country would be allowed to ban GM crops under European...
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Golf: Dejected Woosie Wishes Langer Well
Byline: Paul Williams IAN WOOSNAM last night spoke of his disappointment at not being named Ryder Cup captain - and said, 'It would have been nice to be told.' Woosnam found out two-and-a-half hours after Bernhard Langer was announced as Europe's...
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Golf: Langer Will Benefit by American Connection
Byline: Mark Garrod BERNHARD LANGER emerged as the obvious choice to captain Europe's Ryder Cup side because of his American connections, according to former skipper Mark James. The 45-year-old German, who only made himself available for the...
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Groundbreaking Audi Sports Car Is Top Gear
Byline: Robin Roberts THE sports car is about to make an evolutionary leap in Britain with the introduction of the new Audi TT Coupe 3.2 quattro which, in the best tradition of Vorsprung durch Technik, will post a new milestone in sporting transmission...
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Ground Force
Byline: Hannah Jones PREVIEW by Hannah Jones Garden Secrets by Jan Gardner Ruthin Craft Centre, Denbigh, until September 14. IS there such a thing as an environmental artist? By that I don't mean one who paints outdoors or religiously recycles...
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Hoon and Straw Side-Step Questions over Scientist's Death
Byline: Pippa Crerar DEFENCE Secretary Geoff Hoon and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw side-stepped a barrage of questions yesterday over the death of Government scientist Dr David Kelly. Despite repeated calls, both men refused to discuss the matter...
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Investing in the Environment Is Creating Jobs
THE hidden benefits of the so-called green sustainable economy, fiscal activity linked indirectly and directly to the environment, were published by the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) at the Royal Welsh Show yesterday. Unveiled in a glossy...
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Leading Article: Do Yourself a Favour - Have Breakfast
IF YOU'VE seen it once you've probably seen it a thousand times. In every family sit-com and soap opera there is routinely a gathering around the breakfast table. These scenes are, of course, a dramatic device designed to move the programme on....
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Legal Euthanasia 'Tells Patients We Don't Value Them as People' Welsh Peer and Professor Reignites Heated Debate
Byline: Madeleine Brindley SOCIETY risks devaluing human life if it decides to legalise euthanasia, says a leading Welsh professor. Ilora Finlay claims that allowing doctors the power to assist terminally-ill patients to die would lead the country...
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L&G Forecasts Demand Increase; General Insurance Boosts Operating Profits to Pounds 365m
Byline: Sion Barry INSURER Legal & General said yesterday it expected to see demand for its products pick up over the rest of 2003 after seeing half-year profits rise 1%. The group, whose chief executive is Welshman David Prosser and employs...
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Lord Chancellor Wants 'Tesco Law' after Legal Review
Byline: David Barrett THE possibility of supermarkets offering wills, pre-nuptial agreements and other legal services alongside the weekly shop took a step forward last night. In what he dubbed 'Tesco law', the Lord Chancellor revealed that he...
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Love & Cate
Byline: ROB DRISCOLL She's renowned as being an actress who thrives on difficult roles. Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett tells ROB DRISCOLL about one of her biggest movie challenges to date CATE Blanchett is not one for the easy option. After a string...
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Moral Climate Is Changing but Paedophilia Is Non-Negotiable
Byline: Elaine Morgan THE troubles of the Church of England are strictly none of my business, but the problems that Rowan Williams is wrestling with at the moment concern us all. Arguments about homosexuality are seldom based on reason. I know,...
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New Top-Selling Freelander Is Unveiled
Byline: Chris Russon THESE are the first pictures of the new Land Rover Freelander, which will go on sale in the autumn. The top seller has been given a new look inside and out, as well as being tweaked to produce the sportiest production Land...
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Oh Dear, Cherie ... Sit Down
Byline: Lowri Turner JUST when things couldn't get any worse for Cherie's husband she has become a victim of Dancing Dad Syndrome. This week Cherie Blair treated a Beijing gathering to an impromptu rendition of When I'm 64. (Is that her IQ? For...
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Optician Denies Cheating NHS with Scam to Gain Goodwill
AN optician gave customers free pairs of glasses then claimed the money back from the NHS, a court heard yesterday. Ceri Malpas-James, 43, allegedly gave out free spare pares of glasses to keep customers and gain goodwill at her opticians practice....
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Plans Well under Way to Make Rally Biggest and Best
AS THE World Rally Championship global battle reaches the halfway stage, preparations are already under way to make the 14th and final leg of this international event, Wales Rally GB the biggest and best yet. The scale of this world-class event...
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'Proof' of Tyrant Sons' Death; Pictures Show Signs of Injuries
Byline: Tom Kelly GRAPHIC photos of the battered bodies of Saddam Hussein's sons were released by the US yesterday in a bid to convince sceptical Iraqis that the feared brothers were dead. The head shots showed Uday and Qusay Hussein caked in...
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Rhodri Accused of Misleading Parliament over Objective One; First Minister Says Comments Were Misinterpreted
Byline: Martin Shipton RHODRI MORGAN was last night accused of misleading Parliament following a decision to bring control of the Objective One European aid programme under direct National Assembly control. Yesterday The Western Mail revealed...
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Rugby Union: Charvis Casts Shadow over Launch; Ospreys' Take-Off Almost Grounded as the Curse of the Regions Strikes Again
Byline: Andy Howell IT could only happen in Wales, couldn't it? And, sure enough, it did once more yesterday as the launch of one of our bold new regional sides was again overshadowed. Neath and Swansea formally became Neath-Swansea Ospreys as...
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Rugby Union: Come in No 9; Shane: I Want to Be the Next Gregan
Byline: Andy Howell SHANE WILLIAMS last night threw himself into the Wales scrum-half pot after opting to compete for the No 9 jersey at Neath-Swansea Ospreys. Although he has won his 10 Test caps as a fleet-footed wing, the player with probably...
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Shaky Start to Top of the Class Mercedes Is Getting Better All the Time in Drive for Greatness; Mercedes Is Getting Better All the Time in Drive for Greatness
Byline: Robin Roberts THE Mercedes-Benz A Class is getting better all the time. From its introduction it was a revelation for the traditional German company and brought many new buyers to the brand. But it got off to a shaky start and it took...
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Stage Right
Name: Kezi Silverstone Age: 30 Occupation: Singer and sister of famous Hollywood actress, Alicia Silverstone Your life seems like the plot of a novel - put into care as a child after being abandoned by both parents, brought up in foster homes...
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Still a Winning Formula; Classless Style and Fine Features of New Golf
Byline: Robin Roberts BIGGER and bolder, the new generation Golf is revealed. The fifth generation of the car will be launched at the German motor show in Frankfurt in September. Since introduction over 30 years ago, more than 20 million Golfs...
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Success in Store for MFI
FURNITURE group MFI was toasting the success of its new-look stores yesterday after seeing profits jump almost 19%. The group, which runs the MFI furniture chain as well as the Howden Joinery business, saw underlying profits climb 18.7% to pounds...
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Sugared ALMOND; I've Always Wanted to Confuse People. I like It When People Wonder about You Because Then They Don't Know What to Expect
Byline: Hannah Jones He taught the world to sing about Tainted Love and made bondage outfits fashionable. But is there more to Marc Almond than bleached blond hair and sleazy songs? HANNAH JONES meets the sweet king of kitsch IMAGINE if Judy...
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The Most Important Meal of Your Day, and Possibly Your Life
Byline: Joanne Atkinson SKIPPING breakfast could have potentially lethal consequences - for both parents and their children. Missing the 'most important meal of the day' may be a way of gaining an extra 10 minutes in bed in the morning, but new...
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The Plot Thickens
Byline: Mario Basini JASPER FFORDE has created a burgeoning literary career out of the idea that you can get lost in a good book. The Talgarth-based writer, who spent a previous life sharing film sets with the likes of Anthony Hopkins and Catherine...
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Things Far from All Black as Welsh Culture Thrives in Heart of Kiwiland
Byline: Paul Carey FANCY eating laverbread and Welsh cakes 12,000 miles away? If you happen to be near Wellington, New Zealand, and feel the hiraeth tugging, a restaurant set up by a Swansea couple may just be what you're looking for. Mike...
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Upgrade for Popular Punto
Byline: Steve Hughes THE LATEST incarnation ofFiat's Punto arrives here on August 9 with new engines and transmissions, subtly revised styling, updated interiors, enhanced specifications and minor improvements to the driving dynamics. There is...
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Voice of Big Brother Is Looking Forward to the Future
Byline: Wil Marlow THE fourth series of TV phenomenon Big Brother comes to an end tonight, and producers can pat themselves on the back for creating another resoundingly successful run of the reality show. Yet there have been those that have...
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Volvo Joins Superleague; Blistering Speed to Take on Rivals
Byline: Chris Russon A DOUBLE dose of turbo boost is about to put Volvo in the superleague of high performance cars. Tackling the likes of Mercedes, BMW and Audi, Volvo is introducing potent versions of its S60 saloon and V70 estate with blistering...
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Welsh Father Brutally Murdered in South Africa
Byline: Mike Jones A WELSH father and international businessman has been found stabbed to death in his South African home. Michael Roberts, 46, who was born and bred in Llandudno, was murdered in Johannesburg after he returned to his bungalow...
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Welsh 'Relaxed' about High Level of Debt
Byline: Tony Trainor THE Welsh are remarkably laid back when it comes to borrowing large sums of money, according to new research. Consumer borrowing in the UK increased in May, with the rate of debt rising by pounds 1.7bn - pounds 0.4bn higher...
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When Art Imitates LIFE
Byline: Karen Price Cate Blanchett's film Veronica Guerin is the latest in a long line of Hollywood takes on real life stories. KAREN PRICE analyses if the big screen adaptations have any bearing on reality CATCH ME IF YOU CAN When you read...
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WNO and Classic FM Duet from the Same Song Sheet; Three-Year Partnership Deal to Build New Audiences
Byline: Hannah Jones WELSH National Opera and Classic FM are singing the same libretto after the company was named the broadcaster's official opera company. At the heart of the three-year partnership is a shared desire to build new audiences...
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Woman's Death Remains Mystery
Byline: Robin Turner THE death of a woman less than three weeks after she was injured in a violent row when her boyfriend caught her in bed with another man remained a mystery yesterday. Though an experienced Home Office pathologist told a Swansea...
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