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December (77 posts)

  1. Merlin to make guest appearance at Caerphilly's medieval fayre

    Thursday 8 December 2011, 10:30

    Polly March Polly March

    Fans of the BBC's Merlin can get a sneak preview of the penultimate episode in this series by taking a trip back in time to the medieval era this weekend.

    As part of its Medieval Christmas Fayre event, Caerphilly Castle has opened its stunning ramparts to offer exclusive screenings of the show, as a...

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  2. Serving up Christmas treats with Berlioz

    Thursday 8 December 2011, 10:29

    Laura Sinnerton Laura Sinnerton

    The Christmas tree is up in Hoddinott Hall! Many sections of the orchestra are arranging Christmas outings, and the festive cheer is bringing much needed relief to the end of what has been a particularly busy winter season.

    It's all got a bit Christmassy musically too. Friday evening will see the commencement...

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  3. Saunders Lewis under the spotlight

    Thursday 8 December 2011, 09:53

    Polly March Polly March

    The work of Plaid Cymru pioneer and leading Welsh political and literary icon Saunders Lewis will be the subject of the next Richard Burton seminar at the Richard Burton Centre in Swansea.

    In 1922, after returning from fighting in World War One and graduating in English from Liverpool University, Lewis...

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  4. Lost Welsh classics: The Table - Do The Standing Still

    Thursday 8 December 2011, 09:53

    James McLaren James McLaren

    The other day I was introduced to a 1977 song by Welsh band The Table, called Do The Standing Still. Not quite punk, not quite new wave and not quite anything else, it had a brilliant effervescent charm and energy that had all the hallmarks of late-70s punk but with added musicality. Add the fact that...

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  5. Wintry storms and gales coming

    Wednesday 7 December 2011, 16:03

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

    It's time to batten down the hatches

    If you thought today was windy, just wait until tomorrow! An Atlantic storm is heading our way bringing heavy rain and strong to severe gale force winds.

    Scotland and Northern Ireland will be worst hit but the Met Office has issued a wind warning covering North...

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  6. Cat Whiteaway's tips for creating a three-dimensional family tree

    Wednesday 7 December 2011, 10:58

    Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway

    People often ask me if I can do their family tree for them. While this is a lovely compliment I always decline the offer, since it is far more satisfying to research your own family history.

    There is so much more to it than the simple flat two-dimensional family tree that people think can be printed...

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  7. Snow alert for North Wales

    Tuesday 6 December 2011, 13:45

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

    Figures from the Met Office suggest Autumn 2011 was the joint warmest on record in Wales (shared with 2006).

    The mean temperature for September, October and November was 11.6 Celsius, two degrees above the average.

    Sunshine was on target and it was drier than normal with 338 mm of rain, 22% below...

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  8. A programme full of tunes!

    Tuesday 6 December 2011, 13:00

    Laura Sinnerton Laura Sinnerton

    On Monday evening, we were once again live on Radio 3. The concert saw us reunited with conductor Martyn Brabbins - he who undertook the gargantuan, superhuman task of corralling us, our colleagues in the BBC Concert Orchestra, several brass bands and pretty much every singer in the United Kingdom, not...

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  9. The Living World

    Tuesday 6 December 2011, 11:28

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    Despite the cooler weather, fungi are still going strong and the constant flow of fungi photos to our BBC Wales Nature Flickr group is testament to that.

    A scientist has just discovered a rare fungi living in a Worcestershire garden - the powdercap strangler.

    Only found in a handful of locations around...

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  10. Mary Hopkin's Christmas Songs EP

    Tuesday 6 December 2011, 11:20

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Welsh music legend Mary Hopkin has released her Christmas Songs EP via digital outlets.

    The three-song release brings together the traditional songs Mary Had A Baby and Cherry Tree Carol with Mary's own composition, Snowed Under.

    The first two songs were originally released in 1972 through Regal...

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