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Podcast [29-05-09]

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 13:09 UK time, Friday, 29 May 2009

Podcast - NE Wales Update
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Coming up this week, the family of a man from Denbighshire with Multiple Sclerosis tell reporter Sarah Easedale about their battle with red tape; Bodnant Garden is the star of a new BBC Two Wales series; and we visit a programme in Rhyl for overweight youngsters.

Plus, Wrexham triathlete Matthew Bennett returns triumphantly from his epic trip, local opera singer Anne Williams-King chats to Jamie and Louise about life on the cruise ships and a vicar from Corwen aims to raise the roof for a good cause.

Taking the High Street to market

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 10:42 UK time, Thursday, 28 May 2009

Wrexham's Town Centre Forum has hit on a novel idea to promote shops in the town - put them on a market stall!

So far, 18 retailers will be displaying goods on Queen's Square on Saturday, 9am-4pm.

Number crunching to predict Flintshire's future

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:00 UK time, Thursday, 28 May 2009

An economic regeneration report for Flintshire gives us lots to think about.

Here are the main stats and predications:-

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On the look-out for polecats

Update, 13.30: Leave your polecat sightings on the Springwatch site - not here!

Springwatch presenter Simon King has been inundated since asking on last night's programme for your reports of polecat sightings, including several in NE Wales.

polecat photographed by security staff at BHP Billiton gas terminal at Talacre

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Site changes [pt.4]

Updated: 02 June 09
We're due to move to a new look site in late June which will be similar to our sister site, South East Wales.

The content production system [CPS] we'll be moving into is that used by BBC News. Therefore, what you'll get will be a fresh new look, including things like bigger and better use of picture galleries.

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Another bad week for the workers

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:32 UK time, Thursday, 21 May 2009

--- Update: Use our tags credit crunch and jobs for continuing updates on the jobs front in the region ---

It's becoming difficult to keep a tally on all the jobs going in the region what with confirmed losses and all the firms in discussions with staff about 'savings' and possible redundancies.

Rexam Plastic Packaging, Deeside industrial estate, is set to close with the loss of 70 jobs.

Payne Security is considering closing its branch on Bromfield Industrial Estate, Mold, which makes personal ID cards, and 31 workers are at risk of being made redundant.

Meanwhile, 13 workers have been made redundant at Discover Leisure, Wrexham's Industrial Estate, which is one of seven branches being closed by the caravan and leisure retailer.

These latest announcements take the losses in NE Wales to 1942 since the credit crunch began.

Tags credit crunch and jobs

Riding the Clwyds

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:12 UK time, Tuesday, 19 May 2009

First the stats: 35 booked, 9 dropped out [presumably after seeing the grim weather forecast] 26 started, 1 quit 10 miles in due to 1 nasty blister, 1 2-hour downpour, a handful of showers, 20 real-time photos / tweets, and a huge sense of satisfaction!

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Podcast [15-05-09]

Podcast - NE Wales Update
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This week, we hear from residents in Wrexham who want a bail hostel closed down after it emerged a serial sex offender was housed there; we report from the trial of a Prestatyn man - accused of trying to kill his wife and unborn baby; and Clwyd South MP Martyn Jones chats to Peter Johnson about his retirement plans - reviving Wrexham Lager.

Meanwhile, Jamie and Louise try to help track down the owners of a stray goat in Mold; Chris Dearden gets a lesson in Nordic walking as part of the Prestatyn Walking Festival; and West End singer Mark Evans from Llanrhaedr tells Roy Noble about his plans to set up a summer school for budding stars.

Join us [virtually] on a walk over the Clwydian Range

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:48 UK time, Thursday, 14 May 2009

Update: We did it!

We're going to try to give you a real time feel for the highs and lows of walking over the Clwydian Range [20 miles from Moel Famau to Prestatyn] this Sunday and here's how you can follow:

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Pass on a Smile and other links [13-05-09]

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 11:19 UK time, Wednesday, 13 May 2009

--- We highlight local stories for your interest via our shared reader [what's this?] or you can follow via ---

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Caption competition

Mark shows off his waterproof map

North East Wales Search and Rescue member Gerald Davison took this photo whilst colleague Mark was taking part in a river rescue training exercise.

Suggest a caption using the box below!
PS. This is not really a competition and so there are no winners - it's just a bit of fun!

What's wrong with the Caia Park book?

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 10:18 UK time, Friday, 8 May 2009

Further to the post, Rebranding Rhyl, things don't appear to have turned out so well on Caia Park.

Work to share a feel good factor with people living on the Wrexham housing estate - with an old image it's still trying to shake off [like Rhyl] - seems to have backfired.

In short, a book was published and delivered to housholders on the estate for free in a "celebration of Caia Park, a record of Caia in 2009 and a monument to Caia people".

However, people are apparently handing back their free copy, according to the bloggers at

[Tell us why you returned your copy]

Rebranding Rhyl using sun, sea, sand and 60s sex appeal

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:16 UK time, Friday, 8 May 2009

Rhyl blogger Colin Jones is asking for ideas about the best way to market Rhyl as a seaside destination now the restyling of the Prom is well underway and things are starting to look up for the resort.

As a local historian he found some old postcards, including this 'saucy 60s picture postcard'.

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Newsletter [07-05-09]

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UPDATES: Locals, pirates and Swine flu - Why Mrs Pudsey Bear can't get a passport - Bye, bye, Brunstrom - WWII memories: Dog fight over Rhyl beach - Walking festival - Rants and Raves - Clwydian Range - News Round-up - Break a leg boys! - Podcast - And more

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Clwydian Range: Making a mountain out of a few hills

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:51 UK time, Wednesday, 6 May 2009

We've yet to exploit [in an environmentally-friendly way] the Clwydian Range as a major draw for walkers and tourists and, spotting an opportunity to get back out on these fabulous hills, we're in the initial stages of creating some content based on the landscape, its history and the people who make their lives on the hillsides and those who come to enjoy them.

With all that in mind, can you help us?

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Locals fight off Somali pirates and Swine Flu

Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 11:46 UK time, Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Wherever in the world there's a big story, you can guarantee there's always someone local caught up in it:

Wrexham man fights off Somali pirates with deck chair - Evening Leader
Oswestry men at Swine Flu 'ground-zero' - Tizer
Chester man in Swine Flu quarantine in China - BBC News

Bye, bye, Mr Brunstrom

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 12:35 UK time, Monday, 4 May 2009

Official news that North Wales Chief Constable Richard Bruntrom is to retire in July received widespread coverage over the weekend - but none of it showing much support for the man never afraid to stand out.

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