Thursday 20 November 2014, 10:51
Producer/director Steve Humphries on the seventies – the decade when a more liberal and permissive culture took hold.
Friday 28 November 2014, 17:29
Forget black Friday - it’s been grey Friday for a good part of Wales today with low cloud. Only in the west and south-west has it been bright with a good deal of sunshine. Pembrey on the Carmarthenshire coast was one of the warmest places in the UK today with a high of 14 Celsius; about 4 degrees above the late November average.
Ewloe Castle in autumn by Steve Warrilow from Connah's Quay
Over the weekend, there’s plenty more dry weather to come. There will be some sunshine and lighter winds, though with the possibility of some low cloud. Watch out for mist and fog patches if you’re travelling, especially on Sunday morning. In the sunshine tomorrow it will feel mild with temperatures rising as high as 13 Celsius, though it will be a little cooler where it stays cloudy.
If you’re in Cardiff for the rugby tomorrow, it will stay dry and the sun should break through with a high of 12 Celsius. See the weekend weather chart.
On Sunday mist and fog patches will slowly lift. Some places will stay grey with low cloud, and the odd spot of drizzle possible (but no more than that), and some places should brighten up with sunshine. Temperatures on Sunday will reach 9 to 11...
Thursday 27 November 2014, 12:29
In many respects Jack Jones, the writer of “Off to Philadelphia in the Morning” – a fictional picture of the early career of Welsh composer Joseph Parry – was a typical product of life in the industrial valleys of South Wales in the first half of the twentieth century.
He was a writer, a fine public orator and a political activist who at various stages in his life pledged his allegiance to no fewer than five different political parties. Despite this he remained a man with firm left-wing convictions whose interest and affiliation were always with the ordinary working people of Wales.
Jack Jones Jones was born on 24 November 1884 at Tai-Harri-Blawdd in Merthyr Tydfil. He was the eldest surviving son of miner David Jones and his wife Sarah. The couple had fifteen children in all but only nine survived infancy. Educated at St David’s Elementary School, Jack finished formal education at the age of twelve and went to join his father working in the mines.
In 1901 the young man joined the army and, in the wake of the Boer War, was posted to South Africa. He was unhappy there and went absent without leave. On his recapture he was sent to serve in India. His term of enlistment over...
Wednesday 26 November 2014, 16:48
North and west Wales enjoyed the best of the weather yesterday followed by a stunning sunset.
Here are a selection of your photos:Llandudno sunset by Derren Jones The view from Mialey Deyna-Jones' home in Llanfair, Harlech
Sunset over Tenby's South Beach by Mandy Llewellyn And there were more on Twitter by Bryn Williams, Amelia Davies, Justin Van Marle, Steve Richards-Price, Elan Mererid Rhys, Gareth Williams and Mike Raine.
Tuesday 25 November 2014, 17:23
We've had the first widespread frosts of the autumn recently; near Llanwrtyd in Powys the temperature dropped as low as -4 Celsius last night with a few freezing fog patches as well. Frosty Senni Valley at dawn by Gerald Marsh from Penderyn It was fine and dry yesterday thanks to a ridge of high pressure with Hawarden enjoying over 5 hours of sunshine. Temperatures have struggled in mid and south Wales today with low pressure bringing some rain, a little sleet, and even some snow on Pen y Fan. Meanwhile Anglesey was one of the warmest places in the UK today with hazy sunshine and a high...
Monday 24 November 2014, 17:25
Even by my holly-loving, fairy-light adoring, Christmas crackers standards, the high streets started their aggressive Christmas onslaught rather early this year. However, as I assemble the ingredients to begin the 2014 Sinnerton Family Christmas Cake Bake, I have decided to simply embrace the coming of the festive period.
Don’t give me your bah humbug cries of ‘it’s not even December yet’ because I don’t care! From now until Epiphany my house will be a haven of gingerbread and mince pies. Some people diet for their summer holidays - I diet for the Christmas period so I can eat myself...
Monday 24 November 2014, 16:30
It’s not just disgusting. It’s dangerous. We may not think much about our waste – but if it was seeping through your home?
X-ray viewers who had a flood of sewage in their new home
Tonight we’re meeting X-Ray viewers who bought a brand new property, their dream home, shortly before they got married. They’d lived there less than two years, when one day, after one of them had taken a shower, they found their toilet overflowing, raw sewage spreading through into their hallway. They said it was just disgusting, absolutely horrific.
Despite continuing problems, the couple tried not to let...
Monday 24 November 2014, 13:54
It was a frustrating weekend. We tried really hard and thought we were turning a corner. It looked like all that hard work was about to reap some reward. Then tragically, it alluded us again. Maybe it’s not going to happen. Maybe we’ll never find those two duff notes in Goldfinger that Shirley Bassey told Wynne Evans about last week. After such great press and social media coverage (with thanks to everyone involved in that) I can’t be the only one who went back to listen? Shirley Bassey Meanwhile, we lost to New Zealand again. If you haven’t heard it already, Steffan Garrero and...
Friday 21 November 2014, 17:39
Predicting the weather is not always easy and this weekend is not straight forward by any means, especially on Sunday. It looks like there is more rain on the way but we should see some dry, bright weather as well. Fingers crossed it will improve on Sunday though with slightly lower temperatures.
Now we've all seen some rain today; some heavy rain too and it has been chilly. It’s only been 8 Celsius in Wrexham though it has been milder in Pembrokeshire, with temperatures reaching 12C in Milford Haven.
This evening the rain will clear northwards but more rain will spread from the west overnight...
Friday 21 November 2014, 12:22
Ghost stories are, in themselves, a fascinating phenomenon. In countries like Wales and Ireland they proliferated in the pre-industrial days of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when travel between one place and the next was difficult and dangerous and when the wind and rain seemed to have lives of their own.
Some ghost stories did manage to survive into the more worldly-wise nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In Wales, as industrialisation changed the face of the country for ever, such stories were a way of keeping in touch with a more reassuring and accepting past.
Many of us will remember...
Thursday 20 November 2014, 10:51
Steve Humphries is producer/director for the new series Wales in the Seventies.
What was the most influential book for teenagers in Wales growing up in the 1970s? For previous generations it might have been the Bible. But not any more.
There were two books that stood out in the minds of a lot of the people we spoke to in making our new series on how Wales was transformed in the seventies; ‘The Little Red Book’ – a radical new handbook for rebellious teenagers written by two Danish teachers, and Alex Comfort’s bestseller ‘The Joy of Sex’, published in 1972. Wendy Harrison from Lampeter...