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TONIGHTS TELEVISION: WHO WILL BE THE ONE?; CLASH OF THE CITIES BBC1 7.30pm.

Byline: JO MANNING

SO come on then Liverpool. You want a piece of Cardiff? Well do ya? Cardiff'll take on all of you. Even you bunch of Geordie hard men with your multi-million pound plans for regenerating your city centre.

That's right folks, it's time for all the namby-pamby City of Culture yapping to stop and time to dust down the boxing gloves for the real fight for our city to start. After all, we have got the mighty choirboy Aled Jones fighting in our corner. He'll be presenting a two-minute documentary arguing Cardiff's case. But honestly, why on earth did they pick Aled to be the `celebrity' to front our campaign in this televised battle to become the people's choice for the European City of Culture in 2008?

With all due respect to Aled and his talents, he's hardly the thrusting, internationally recognised talent of Paul McCartney, who's shouting in Liverpool's corner, or Sting, who's backing Newcastle. Hell, even celebrity karaoke singer/actor Robson Green has got more street cred than poor Aled. And to add insult to injury, Jones isn't even from Cardiff - he's from North Wales!

Surely, we could have got someone from a little closer to home - Tom Jones for example? Dame Shirley - there's another. Or what about one Catherine Zeta Jones or Anthony Hopkins? Or am I reaching a little too high there?

While I'm sure the Cardiff 2008 team have tried to bring all of these people on board for this programme, it justfeels a little disappointing that we've ended up with Aled Jones.

After all, the city which finally wins Britain's bid for the European City of Culture -- an award worth an estimated pounds 1bn in European Union cash and tourism revenue.

Well anyway, you'll have the chance to vote for your favourite capital of culture by telephone, digital satellite television or e-mail today, so get your dialling fingers warmed up and ready to go. The internet voting site is: www.bbc . co uk / c

asho f t hec i t es And the telephone number: 09011 90 30 40.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 28, 2003
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