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Archives for May 2007

Police 'Community Portal' to go live on the web

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Alys - Web Team Alys - Web Team | 11:04 UK time, Wednesday, 30 May 2007

July will see the launch of the country's first Police 'Community Portal'. Deeside has been chosen as one of the pilot areas for the project which will give police officers another means of communicating with their community. The plan is to have "news, views, blogs and a community forum for all to use". Darren Wareing, Deeside Police Inspector, uses the Deeside views page to share information about the project.

Bird flu & the every day people you meet

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:50 UK time, Wednesday, 30 May 2007

It's amazing, isn't it, just how many people we come into contact with in our daily lives? And this has become evident as the National Public Health Service for Wales - responsible for controlling the avian flu outbreak near Corwen - has been identifying people who may have had some degree of contact.

So far they've identified 221 people, that's 36 in the 'household setting', 14 in the local school and a massive 171 in the workplace, including patients and staff at two hospitals.

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Brunstrom goes public with his expenses

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:16 UK time, Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Never-far-from-the-media-spotlight Richard Brunstrom has had a pop at MPs for trying to keep their expenses secret [see BBC Local News] - and then pledged to keep us up to date about his claims. Take a look [it's a pdf document] at the Chief Constable's claims or follow the links from www.north-wales.police.uk.

There's nothing exciting in there for the last few months. It shows motorway toll fees, hotel and meal bills and air travel to London and back. Frankly, it shows his work-based activities are as humdrum as the rest of us!

Help solve Wrexham's congestion problems

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 14:47 UK time, Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Wrexham town centre

So there I was, supposedly 'popping' out over lunch and yet finding myself taking what felt like an age to drive from Wrexham town centre - via the dreaded queues along Grosvenor Road - and out to Plas Coch retail park. It would have been quicker to have walked.

What were the alternatives? Drive along Rhosddu Road - but that would risk my wing mirrors as I hoped for the best passing on-coming traffic under the railway bridge by the Remploy factory.

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The Beatles & the benefit of hindsight

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 14:19 UK time, Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Picture the scene, a bedraggled bunch of wannabe popstars turn up on the doorstep of your hotel and offer to perform a gig for customers. They look nothing special and, as it's early 1960s, their name doesn't yet mean anything to you.

Fast forward a few years and think again. If only the Beatles had caught you in a better mood that night!

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BB's Nikki didn't make a fuss

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 16:04 UK time, Monday, 28 May 2007

As promised TV celebrities, popstars and football legends turned out for a charity football match today and among was the TV queen of storm-in-a-tea-cup tantrums, aka Big Brother contestant Nikki who amazed everyone with her good nature and willingness to get stuck in. She even scored a goal!

Ruthin post box saved

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 12:33 UK time, Saturday, 26 May 2007

Hurrah - the town centre's only post box has been reinstated since being closed for H&S reasons since February - and much to the pleasure of local people, businesses and rhuthun.blogspot.com.

Help solve Wrexham's congestion problems

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 10:47 UK time, Friday, 25 May 2007

Wrexham town centre

So there I was, supposedly 'popping' out over lunch and yet finding myself taking what felt like an age to drive from Wrexham town centre - via the dreaded queues along Grosvenor Road - and out to Plas Coch retail park. It would have been quicker to have walked.

What were the alternatives? Drive along Rhosddu Road - but that would risk my wing mirrors as I hoped for the best passing on-coming traffic under the railway bridge by the Remploy factory.

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Lottery cash for Ponciau Banks

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Alys - Web Team Alys - Web Team | 16:25 UK time, Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Ponciau Banks park has received a £504, 000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for restoration and improvements. Among proposed developments are plans to renovate the bandstand and and install a "viewing amphitheatre" which would then be used for outdoor events. The ultimate aim is to restore the park "to its former splendour of the 1950s period". For further information see Wrexham Council's website.

Celebs in Wrexham & don't forget Rhyl Week

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 15:57 UK time, Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Rhyl Week kicks off on Sunday with a host of events to put the spotlight on the resort over the Bank holiday weekend. Meanwhile, celebs including Caprice, Towers of London, Liberty X, possibly Jade Goodey, and others will be at Wrexham's Racecourse Stadium on Monday for the charity Soccer Six tournament. We'll be there and will add photos to the site - so watch this space.

Deeside's winning art entry revealed

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Alys - Web Team Alys - Web Team | 15:06 UK time, Monday, 21 May 2007

The winning entry in the competition to design a Lottery funded artwork for Deeside has been revealed today as 'A Postcard to Wales' by architects Tonkin Liu, as reported on www.landmarks.org. You've been telling us what you think of the plan, now let us know what you think of the chosen design.

Llongyfarchiadau! Congratulations

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 15:55 UK time, Friday, 18 May 2007

Another Wenglish entry as dwi'n dysgu Cymraeg [I'm learning Welsh]

Llongyfarchiadau i dysgwraig Alison o'r Wyddgrug. Enillodd hi gystadleuaeth am ddefnyddio Cymraeg yn ystod ei gwaith hi. [Congratulations to Welsh learner Alyson from Mold. She won a national competition for using her Welsh at work]

Mae Alison yn mynd i fy nosbarth nos Cymraeg [Alyson goes to my Welsh night class] and by day she works in the NHS as a radiographer and found using Welsh, particularly with older patients, put them at ease.

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Baby Jake & the worst possible timing for a breakdown

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:32 UK time, Thursday, 17 May 2007

Spare a thought for Lisa Roberts from Connah's Quay who was forced to give birth to Jake in the back of the family car at the side of the road at the Rossett turn-off on the A483 Wrexham Bypass after an untimely breakdown during a dash to the Maelor Hospital.

Worse was still to come for husband Sean; it was 3.50am, cold and pitch black and when he called 999 they gave him instructions - he was going to have to deliver the baby onthe back seat of the car! You can read the full story online at www.eveningleader.co.uk

Launch for new lifeboat

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 11:53 UK time, Wednesday, 16 May 2007

More than 200 people are expected to attend the Royal National Lifeboat Institute Flint crew's official naming of their new lifeboat on Sunday. Funded by the people of Flintshire who donated £25,000, it will be handed over to the volunteer crew during a special ceremony, including singing from Flint Male Voice Choir.

Fun's over at Rhyl fair

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 14:49 UK time, Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Share memories, thoughts and comments about 96-year-old Rhyl Fun Fair as Denbighshire County Councillors has just formally granted premission for the site to be flattened to make way for a homes and leisure park called Ocean Plaza. You can add your comments to our Rhyl mini site.

There's a background story about the redevelopment on the website, http://icwales.co.uk. Meanwhile, Denbighshire Council is due to issue a press release on their website about today's decision.

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Do you remember your old teacher?

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 11:55 UK time, Tuesday, 15 May 2007

You remember the good teachers who had an influence on your life, don't you? We had an English teacher whose enthusiasm for literature was infectious. I can still hear her reading aloud the Importance of Being Earnest and barking the immortal line ...'in a handbag'.

Anyway, other people have been sharing stories of their school days and favourite teachers like Wendy at high school in Flintshire, and Elizabeth who was a pupil and then teacher at the same school in Wrexham.

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Arhoswch! [Wait] I'm not ready...

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 12:11 UK time, Friday, 11 May 2007

Another Wenglish entry as dwi'n dysgu Cymraeg [I'm learning Welsh]

Dwi'n gweld bod gwaith wedi dechrau ar y maes yn Yr Wyddgrug yn paratoi am yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol ym mis Awst. [I see that work has started on the field in Mold in readiness for the National Eisteddfod in August]

The Eisteddfod trucks are on site and so are workmen laying a white stone path along the farmer's field just off A494 Mold Bypass and across the road from the Evening Leader Newspaper offices.

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Where's the best spot for a picnic?

So far nominations for the Picnic Spot of the Year include Greenfield Valley Heritage Park and Ewloe Castle, in Flintshire; Conwy Castle; as well as Minera Lead Mines and Nant Mill, both in Wrexham. We're not aware of any suggestions for Denbighshire. Bala Lake has been suggested for Gwynedd.

Go online to Warburtons' website www.welovebread.co.uk to nominate your favourite picnic spot. I've nominated Moel Findeg because of the panoramic views and because it's not as popular as nearby Loggerheads or Moel Famau - but don't tell anyone as they'll all be there at the weekend.

Oompah! Oompah!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 15:35 UK time, Wednesday, 9 May 2007

We're looking forward to this weekend's German Folk Festival in Wrexham, including beers, food and live music from an Oompah band.

It is being held on Llwyn Isaf green from Friday until Sunday night. The green, popular with Yale College students, is an alcohol-free zone - and the policy is usually strictly enforced by police - but I guess this event must exempt. Isn't it?

Blimey, these boys are worth a fortune

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 14:23 UK time, Tuesday, 8 May 2007

There's a fascinating article in today's www.telegraph.co.uk which looks at the story behind the rise and rise of the moneysupermarket.com empire, based at Ewloe, and which was set up Simon Nixon and the little known Duncan Cameron whose company would be worth around £1 billion if floated on the stock market.

Trouble is, apparently the pair no longer see eye-to-eye and the 'paper goes on to say the Mr Cameron, it seems, would rather race his supercharged Ferrari or seek wines in France than be part of a dotcom flotation that would make him, on paper, worth up to £480 million.

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Wrexham's most important match ever?

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Alys - Web Team Alys - Web Team | 16:15 UK time, Friday, 4 May 2007

I don't know much about football but even I know that tomorrow's match is pretty important for Wrexham FC! For those who, like me, don't know much about the 'beautiful game', the Independent has an article outlining the situation Wrexham, Boston and Macclesfield find themselves in as they battle to avoid relegation. Good luck Wrexham!

Good luck Fron Choir!

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Alys - Web Team Alys - Web Team | 15:12 UK time, Thursday, 3 May 2007

Fron Choir go head to head with artists such as Bryn Terfel and Paul McCartney in the Classical Brits tonight. For a full list of nominees see the Classical Brit awards website. Good luck boys!

Factory 'explosion' & fire

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 12:30 UK time, Wednesday, 2 May 2007

www.firefightingnews.com has a full report on yesterday's 'explosion' and blaze at Ruthin Precast Concrete which started after a spark from steel cutting equipment set fire to a pool of hydraulic oil and spread to wooden outbuildings and then the main concrete production building.

Election update

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 10:54 UK time, Wednesday, 2 May 2007

Just checking you know you can get tomorrow's results for your local area sent to your phone via a free SMS service being offered by the BBC.

I'll be sending in the results from the count for Delyn and Alyn & Deeside which are being held at Flint Pavilion. Meanwhile, fellow BBC blogger Betsan Powys, BBC Wales' political editor, has promised to give updates throughout the night.

She has also picked up on an interesting story concerning Ken Skates, Labour's list candidate for North Wales who has found himself in hot water - for speaking honestly.

Recycling's a winner in Denbighshire

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Alys - Web Team Alys - Web Team | 09:14 UK time, Wednesday, 2 May 2007

3000 households in Ruthin and Denbigh are to receive deliveries of wheelie bins and bags for recycling their rubbish. The 'x2 refuse collection system' has already reduced the amount of waste sent to landfill by 3000 tonnes in other parts of the county, that's equivalent to the weight of 11 jumbo jets! To find out if your street is to be included in the scheme go to Denbighshire County Council's website.

Police heli-log blog - essential reading

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 10:22 UK time, Tuesday, 1 May 2007

I have to admit to reading the police heli blogs, especially as we see the force helicopter in the sky over Wrexham and Mold quite a bit these days.

I see it was over our way on Saturday after being called to a firearms incident in Wrexham and again following an accident to a mountainbiker at Llandegla.

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