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Bonnie's 'Total Eclipse' soundtracks partial eclipse

The near-total solar eclipse over Britain provided a highlight for at least one person - raspy-voiced Bonnie Tyler saw online demand for her hit Total Eclipse Of The Heart more than triple.

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Streaming service Spotify said demand for the Swansea singer's song - a number one in 1983 - more than tripled following the event this morning when the moon crossed in front of the sun, covering up to 97% of its face.

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It is not the first time the track, which has more than 30 million streams on Spotify, has had a sales boost from mother nature - an earlier lunar eclipse saw its streaming demand double.


Presiding Officer stands by Bond filming decision

The Assembly's Presiding Officer, Dame Rosemary Butler has said that she stands by her decision to reject a proposal to film scenes for the latest James Bond movie in the chamber of the Senedd.

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Dame Rosemary Butler said that as Presiding Officer, she had to weigh up a number of factors including the disruption to business:

There has been much criticism of my decision not to allow a scene from the forthcoming James Bond film to be filmed in the Senedd Siambr. I did not take this decision lightly when it was put to me. I fully recognise the prestige and reach of the James Bond franchise and I am enthusiastic about the Senedd continuing to play its part in supporting Wales’ creative industries.

Such decisions are my responsibility as Presiding Officer. When I am asked to make a decision I have to weigh up the factors involved in each request. In this case, as well as recognising the potential advantages, I also considered the probable scale of what was being proposed and the likely impact on the Siambr given the number of people and amount of equipment involved in a production of this type, and the adjustments to the Siambr which would have been involved. We offered other areas of the Senedd but this was not taken up.

On balance, the risk to the Siambr and potential for disruption to business was too great. As Presiding Officer I believe that the Senedd Siambr’s primary function needs to be safeguarded and maintained above all else, so the use of the Siambr has to be treated differently to rest of the Assembly’s estate. This is not new; allowing such filming in the Siambr would have been a departure from the practice that has been in place since the Senedd was opened.

I am disappointed that the discussion has portrayed the Assembly as a body that is not open to do business with the creative industries. We have hosted a number of dramatic productions such as Doctor Who, Sherlock, Caerdydd and Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year programme. We proactively seek out productions that could be interested in locating some of their activity on the Assembly estate.

Clearly opinions differ about whether this filming should have been allowed. I stand by my decision. It is the responsibility of the Presiding Officer to take a considered, balanced decision, having weighed up all relevant factors and that is what I did.

– Dame Rosemary Butler, Assembly Presiding Officer

Presiding Officer rejected Senedd Bond film bid

A decision to refuse makers of the new James Bond movie to film in the Senedd chamber in Cardiff Bay was made by the Assembly's Presiding Officer, Dame Rosemary Butler.

The new Bond film, Spectre, is set to be released in November. Credit: ITV Wales News

On Friday it was revealed that a proposal to film part of the 24th James Bond film, Spectre, was rejected.

In a statement, the Assembly said "Some media activity is allowed in the Siambr when it relates to the work of the Assembly (but) it is not a drama studio."

Remake of cult 90s film The Crow to be shot at Pinewood

A remake of the 90s cult classic film The Crow is to be filmed at Pinewood Studio Wales.

A remake of the film The Crow will be shot at Pinewood Studio Wales - part of Pinewood’s global network of studios. Credit: Steve Parsons / PA Wire

The original 1994 film, starring Brandon Lee, is based on a comic book franchise.

The remake will be the first major feature film production to be shot at the studio, which is based at the Welsh Government-owned former Energy Centre building at Wentloog, Cardiff.

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