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Some of the most beautiful music ever played will thrill orchestra lovers later this month when Blackwood Miners’ Institute hosts

Welsh Sinfonia

 The Welsh Sinfonia. The set list covers around 250 years of classical music and offers a good balance of popular and lesser known compositions.

In the first of a series of concerts around Wales The Cardiff based orchestra will perform symphonies and concertos from the likes of Antonio Vivaldi, Edward Elgar and Amadeus Mozart in Blackwood on Thursday, April 29. This event is a rare opportunity in Wales and sees the orchestra, now in its 20th birthday season, draw on a variety of music written by composers from as early as the 16th century.

For tickets for the show call the Institute box office on 01495 227206.

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Fancy a tale of sex, revenge and death?

Dangerous Liaisons - Mappa Mundi

Then take a trip back in time to Blackwood Miners’ Institute this month to see Dangerous Liaisons, a new stage production by one of Wales’ most dynamic and popular theatre companies, Mappa Mundi.

Adapted from the original 18th-century French novel, it is a story of lust, greed, deception and romance and stars Keiron Self from BBC series High Hopes and My Family. The show will be visiting Blackwood on Tuesday, April 27. The production will be a lavish portrayal of wickedness and betrayal, with some innuendo thrown in for good measure.

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Caerphilly Town

Two can be better than one.

That’s the message from Caerphilly County Borough council who are planning to celebrate 50 years of twinning in style.

The anniversary of twinning Caerphilly with Ludwigsburg in Germany is approaching and the council are marking the occasion with a special exhibition later this year. They are looking for people who are willing to share any photos, letters or information about friendships that have been formed over the past half a century between the two county boroughs.

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Pupils from Lewis School in Pengam are turning into musical marvels.


Singer Chris Paul has joined the likes of Katherine Jenkins in being accepted into the National Youth Choir of Wales having previously attended the choir’s training course in North Wales and was offered a place without audition. He is currently studying for his AS Levels and is planning on going into higher education.

Eight Sixth Form and two first year students also competed in the Mid Somerset Festival in Bath recently. Sixth Former Jac Jones won the Ainsley Cup after performing the pop song Hey Ya! by Outkast alongside Adam Vile on guitar.

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Owen Money

Never, in his 50 year career, could comedian Owen Money find it more difficult to crack a mother-in-law joke.

Because the BBC radio host and clubland stalwart will be performing to 500 women later this month when he is the guest speaker at this year’s Women in Wales Luncheon during Save the Children’s National Appeal Week.

This year will be the 18th anniversary of the event, attended by nearly 500 ladies every year, and it will again include the popular auction lead by TV presenter Hywel James; a fashion show organised by Cowbridge fashion retailers featuring the latest designs from award-winning milliner Alison Tod and a raffle with some fantastic prizes.

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Cub Scouts are famous for collecting badges. From cooking to karate, science to skating, public relations to aviation arm patches are

Cub Scout salute

often worn with pride. But for five Second Merthyr Tydfil Cubs now have something special to show off on their uniforms. Matthew Howells, Brennig Brown, Scott Urmston, Christopher Fyfe and Alex Evans are now all the proud bearers of Chief Scout Silver Award. The badges signify the highest award that can be earned as a member of a cub scout troop.

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Singing from behind a black veil Jared Leto belted out ‘Escape’ and as the curtain fell there he was sporting a brand new mohawk.

30 Seconds to Mars lead singer

His new style fitted in perfectly with the band’s new rebellious themed album ‘This Is War’ and the recent lawsuit with their label Virgin Records.

The band then launched straight into one of their new songs ‘Night Of The Hunter’ followed by two classics ‘Attack’ and ‘From Yesterday’ from the iconic ‘A Beautiful Lie’ album.

Next, Jared Leto decided it would be a good idea to play a few acoustic songs from the balcony! And he was right; the crowd loved it and were screaming song names when Jared asked for requests.

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Women's Day march

 In an effort to promote and improve gender equality in the UK Gordon Brown is urging businesses to strongly consider gender diversity on thier boards.

The Financial Mail Women’s Forum (FMWF) reported that Brown said: “If we don’t see a dramatic change in the composition of company boards in the future, we will need to consider taking more serious action to ensure companies recruit from the diverse pool of exceptional talent we have in the UK.

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Who will be the Richard Branson’s and Alan Sugar’s of the journalistic future? Entrepreneurial journalism is all the rage right now with ex-newspaper journalists setting up their own websites and even making it look easy – take a look at Chris Brown’s website Bristol 24/7.

This entrepreneurial trend all started with the rise (and continuation) of a little known revolution called Citizen Journalism. Jeff Jarvis is always going on about it, but he does pose an interesting question: “How do we train journalists when everyone can do journalism? How do we train everyone?

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Pyretta Blaze, a gothic and fetish model from Swansea has set up her own photography business called ‘Lillith In Bloom.’

Credit: Lillith In Bloom

Pyretta Blaze

Established in early 2007, the alternative style photography business has recently blossomed and is now run by some well known people within the modeling and photography industries. Although still in its experimental stages, Lillith In Bloom also works with other businesses such as Angel Illustrations and Mirror Images.

Originally from Bridgend and named Sarah Jayne, Pyretta Blaze created her alter ego as a means of utilizing her everyday appearance. She began modeling at the age of 15 and was running a small jewellery business. Unable to pay models to wear her unique designs she started to do it herself. She said, “My first photoshoot was for a Cardiff University student and it went from there!”

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