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Singer James Blunt says Welsh MP 'a wazzock'

Singer James Blunt has accused Rhondda MP Chris Bryant of being a “classist gimp” after the politician singled the rock star out as a performer from a privileged background dominating the arts according to the Guardian newspaper.

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The Brit award-winner wrote back arguing that his private education and background worked against his success in the British music industry, where he was thought to be “too posh”.

The MP for Rhondda wants more diversity in the arts. Credit: PA

You classist gimp... No one helped me at boarding school to get into the music business

– James Blunt

In the forthright message to Bryant, who is the shadow culture minister , Blunt accused him of being a “prejudiced wazzock” teaching the politics of jealousy, rather than celebrating success like in America, where the singer got his first big break, reported the newspaper.

He argues that it is Bryant’s “populist, envy-based, vote-hunting ideas which make our country crap."

In a previous article for the newspaper Chris Bryant said the arts world must address a lack of diversity.

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An 'out of this world holiday' - the UFO hotel break

It's 1978 and where else are you going to go for your holidays but a hotel in Wales specialising in UFO sightings.

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No it's Welsh weather... Credit: ITV News

The Gwesty Sir Benfro hotel near Milford Haven was offering an 'UFO package holiday', and yes, people checked in and enjoyed the view. The area was famous for many UFO sightings - and became known as 'The Welsh Triangle'.

But perhaps the real reason by the alien themed mini-break was that the Spielberg UFO film 'Close Encounters of The Third kind' had just been released.

They didn't check-in for the weather. Credit: ITV News

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Bafta 2015: Pride nominated in three categories

The film Pride, which tells the story of gay and lesbian activists who raised money for Welsh miners during the 1984-85 Miners' Strike, has been nominated for three Baftas.

Cast members Paddy Considine and Bill Nighy walking the streets to promote the film Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The film is nominated in the following categories:

  • Outstanding British Film
  • Best Supporting Actress - Imelda Staunton
  • Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director of Producer - Stephen Beresford and David Livingstone

Welsh movie Pride 'drops' gay references for US DVD release

A film about the true story of gay and lesbian activists' support for the Welsh miners in the 1980s has had references to homosexuality removed from the American DVD release.

The film was set in the heart of a Dulais Valley. Credit: CBS Films

The film, about a group of gay and lesbian activists who rallied in support of striking miners in the 1980s, was released in the UK to acclaim last year.

However, according to The Pink News the US DVD cover makes a number of changes, removing all reference to sexuality. A picture on the back cover has been digitally altered – removing a sign stating ‘Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners’.

All gay references were removed from the US version on the DVD. Credit: CBS Films

Pride has been nominated for a Golden Globe award. It stars Bill Nighy and Paddy Considine - and is one of five films competing for Best Motion Picture. The cast and crew worked closely with families involved in the strikes during filming - much of which took place in the South Wales valleys.

CBS Films said, “We’re looking into this now and our page for the film remains the same as it has for months: http://cbsfilms.com/pride/”

Festive fundraising from the ITV Wales team for Text Santa

The ITV Cymru Wales team have been raising money today

The ITV Wales team has been raising money for Text Santa, ahead of next Friday's live show on ITV.

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