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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:32 UK time, Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Is it a good time to be Welsh as today's headline says in the Independent?

The Rugby Union team are set for the Grand Slam, Cardiff City are in the FA Cup semi-finals, and Duffy is on top of the charts. We'll forgive Andy McSmith for not including Wrexham beating derby rivals Chester in his report - as he prefers to focus on Ruthin boy-done-good Rhys Ifans' good news.

Just when I think he might be right, and the mood is altogether brighter - Toyota agrees to spend big on Deeside, Fron Choir are doing well, and we could have Olympic stars on the doorstep come 2012 - then comes the reality check.

A quick trawl of the other recent headlines shows the local stories that the London Press wouldn't pick up on:
- Anger at waste plans near Rhuddlan castle
- JCB warns factory jobs could go

For as many upbeat stories [Reprieve for Prestatyn hospital] I can find, there as many down [Glass company's closure warning]. Is Cool Cymru back [again], or is this all just a generalisation dreamed by the headline writers?

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