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Guest blog: When it comes to the crunch

By Wood Ingham In the last few years, people with a passion for the creative are taking control and creating their own venues to inspire and support each other. This month, two of these grass-roots arts events in Wales, The Unemployed Daytime Disco in Cardiff, and Swansea’s The Crunch, celebrate anniversaries. They’re glowing examples of … Continue reading

Guest blog: The effect of domestic abuse on children

Sally Hanson is a children’s services practitioner for the NSPCC’s DART (Domestic Abuse Recovering Together) programme in Prestatyn. The Welsh Government’s Christmas campaign to help raise awareness and challenge attitudes towards domestic abuse in Wales has been launched by the First Minister in Cardiff. The devastating effects of domestic abuse on adults are well documented. … Continue reading

Guest blog: CLIC Awards – Celebrating Young Welsh Talent

This Saturday saw the inaugural CLIConline awards held in Cardiff, celebrating the work of young people involved in the CLIConline project across Wales.  CLIConline.co.uk is a website that offers information, news and advice to young people between the ages of 11-25 all over Wales. Each county in Wales has its own local site which is named, designed … Continue reading

Guest blog: Cardiff fired up by Loeb’s eight-stravaganza and Latvala’s ice-breaking win

by Tudor Rus The Wales Rally GB got under way on Thursday in Llandudno as the last stage of the FIA World Rally Championship. Andrew Coe, chief executive of Wales Rally GB organizer International Motor Sports, told BBC News that; “The drivers are tremendously excited. There are some really big names and some of the best … Continue reading

Guest blog: Rally’s unsung heroes – the volunteer marshals

Bec Hinton, 29, is the marketing and sales manager for the Deli Farm Charcuterie at Delabole, north Cornwall. She has been marshalling for 15 years and involved in rallying since she was 18 months old. This weekend she will again battles the wind and rain at this year’s Wales Rally GB as a volunteer marshal. Bec … Continue reading

Guest blog: Are Wales best footballers any less Welsh for wanting to compete on Team GB?

By Tzevai Chong With London 2012 less than a year away, public interest has been increasing regarding the make up of the Team GB football squad. Current England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has been confirmed as the head coach for the tournament but the four home nation Football Associations have failed to reach any agreement … Continue reading

Guest blog: “Social values need to be part of our planning system”

We’ve been running guest blogs from the four main political parties in Wales on the subject of environment and development in the country. Our final blog is from Julie Morgan, Labour AM for Cardiff North. By Julie Morgan British Labour Leader, Ed Miliband, has talked a great deal recently about re-establishing the connection between wealth creation … Continue reading

Guest blog: Scrutinizing TAN 8

We’re running guest blogs from the four main political parties in Wales on the subject of environment and development in the country. Russell George, Conservative AM for Montgomeryshire By Russell George I have found the last few weeks as a member of the National Assembly’s Environment and Sustainability Committee absolutely fascinating. For those not aware, the … Continue reading

Guest blog: The ‘trust deficit’ that threatens a sustainable future for Wales

We’re running guest blogs from the four main political parties in Wales on the subject of environment and development in the country. William Powell, Liberal Democrat AM for Mid & West Wales, calls for a renewable energy strategy that balances Wales’ energy needs with input from local communities. By William Powell AM Few would disagree with our … Continue reading

Guest blog: Cardiff Blogs meet

By Sarah Hill It’s time for another Cardiff Blogs meet, hooray! The topic for the October meetup is “Themed Blogs”. We’ve lined up two blogs from the Wales Blog Awards shortlist to talk about what it’s like to run a themed blog and how they feel about being shortlisted. Tom Fowler will be talking about … Continue reading

Guest blog: I’m one of the “Hardest Hit”

By Phillip Richards Phillip Richards lives in Capel Llanilltern near Cardiff. He’s 56 and had a stroke in April 2010 as a result of a heart condition. Phillip now struggles to walk long distances and needs a walking stick. After his stroke he had to give up work, he’s joining other disabled people and their … Continue reading

Guest blog: ‘Wales must make greatest possible use of the wealth from our resources’

We’re running guest blogs from the four main political parties in Wales, on the subject of environment and development in the country. Simon Thomas, Plaid Cymru AM for Mid and West Wales, calls for a national ‘wealth fund’ to be set up. By Simon Thomas AM A crucial question for the future of Wales is … Continue reading

Guest blog – Housing and poverty… the challenge for Wales

by Michael Trickey As the financial squeeze bites and the threat of a double dip recession looms, two new JRF publications illustrate the scale of the challenge faced by policy-makers and politicians in Wales. The Institute of Fiscal Studies report warns of a significant increase in child poverty and decline in real median household incomes across … Continue reading

Guest blog: Harsh lesson for ‘Men in Red’

By Paul French A lone young supporter draped in a Welsh flag in an emptying Millennium Stadium is the abiding image of Wales’s agonising World Cup exit. It was a night of what if’s for Warren Gatland’s team. What if Sam Warburton had only seen yellow, what if James Hook hadn’t lost his footing when … Continue reading

Guest blog: A defence of organised student bar crawls

By Thérèse Wynn-Davies It’s that time of year again where the media latches onto the common theme of drunken students roaming the streets. But is it really like that? The ‘skimpy clothed’ and ‘boozy’ teens that are dominating the streets of the UK – Cardiff in particular this year- look to be disgracing the country but … Continue reading

Guest blog: Hopes and predictions ahead of Wales v France

By Tzevai Chong In 1987 four teams made the semi-finals of the inaugural Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. The home nation faced (and beat) Wales, while France overcame Australia to make it through to the final. The All Blacks went on to win the tournament while Wales beat Australia to finish third. Roll forward 24 years … Continue reading

Guest blog: Wales prepare for the unknown

By Paul French Let me put Wales’ semi-final date with destiny against France into context. The last and only time the men in red made into the final four of the Rugby World Cup, only around 22,000 spectators were present to see them beaten by the All Blacks. Over the next 24 years, while the … Continue reading

Guest blog: The Rocky Road living with a diagnosis of terminal cancer

By Hywel Jones Another month draws to a close and yet another cancer awareness item is in the news. Whether breast, lymphatic, lung, or one of over 200 different types of cancer, it affects us all at some point in life, directly or indirectly. I am one of those unfortunate people to have acquired not one, … Continue reading

Guest blog: Leading LGBT film festival Iris Prize prepares for fifth year

Berwyn Rowlands Director and Founder, Iris Prize Festival The Iris Prize continues to be the world’s largest lesbian and gay short film prize valued at £25,000 offering a talented film maker the chance to make a new short film. Thirty shorts compete for the Iris Prize, 18 are nominated by our partner festivals from 11 … Continue reading

Guest blog – Putting old rivalries to one side

Here in New Zealand, it seems as though there’s only one subject on the mind of the nation.  That topic, unsurprisingly, is rugby. Now, we’re down to the business end of the World Cup tournament. The country is full of people more than willing to share their thoughts with complete strangers as to who they … Continue reading

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