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However the job losses are understood to include the loss of 400 posts which have been announced previously, softening the blow for staff.
The delivery of a fleet of toy cars to the children's wards at the University Hospital of Wales is aimed at softening the blow and helping children on the road to recovery.
Despite the lack of natural snow, ski resorts in Big Bear have been able to use snow-making machines, softening the blow of a dry winter.