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  1. High pressure back in charge on Sunday

    Friday 19 September 2014, 15:54

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

    There was some dramatic weather last night with thunderstorms in parts of mid, west and south Wales.

    This picture of fork lightning over the Bristol Channel was taken by Jac Osborne from Barry. 

    Lightning in Barry Island last night. Photo: Jac Osborne Lightning in Barry Island last night. Photo: Jac Osborne

    There will still be a few hit-and-miss heavy and thundery showers this evening with a yellow warning in force covering most of the country until midnight.

    Overnight, the showers will gradually clear away eastwards.

    Tomorrow mist and low cloud will lift during the morning, leaving most places dry and bright at times with sunny intervals.

    However, a few showers are possible, mainly in the south where they could be heavy.

    Highest temperatures will be in the south reaching 20 or 21°C. It will be nearer 17°C on the north coast with a breeze off the sea.

    Tomorrow night there may be a few showers in north Wales otherwise dry with clear spells and a cooler, fresher night than of late.

    On Sunday high pressure will be back in charge of our weather centred over the UK which will mean a nice day.

    Any mist or fog patches first thing will soon clear leaving sunny spells.

    Cloud will develop but it will stay dry and it will turn out pleasantly...

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  2. The story of Sapper D J Roach: Part 1 – Missing records

    Friday 19 September 2014, 12:11

    Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway

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    The service files of several million WWI soldiers were destroyed during the Blitz in WWII. This is one of the many problems faced by historians researching the stories of soldiers who fought during WWI. Here, genealogist Cat Whiteaway explains how she overcame this issue when uncovering the story of one Welsh soldier.

    It began with an email from John Roach from Swansea, who provided the autobiographical details surrounding the military service of his father, Sapper David James Roach, 92519 of Royal Engineers:

    "My father signed up for the duration of the war. He served in the Somme, Ypres, Mametz Wood, and Cambrai, my research is ongoing. I hold several photographs taken in this country and in France and other objects."

    Sapper David James Roach, 92519, RE Sapper David James Roach, 92519, RE. Image courtesy of John Roach

    John has vivid memories of his father and of the WWI stories he had been told. Apparently his father had signed up in 1914 and completed his training at Abergavenny and also Shrewsbury.

    He served with the Royal Engineers right through the war, seeing front-line action. That he survived major battles including Ypres and Mametz Wood is in itself not much short of a miracle. He suffered shrapnel wounds...

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  3. Paul Wittgenstein: The man behind Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand

    Friday 19 September 2014, 10:49

    Laura Sinnerton Laura Sinnerton

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    On Tuesday 23 September the BBC National Orchestra of Wales will perform Ravel’s Concerto for Left Hand at BBC Hoddinott Hall. Initially, it may seem like something of a curio; a vanity work for pianistic virtuosity, but I want to tell you about the work’s conception, and about the incredible character behind it - Paul Wittgenstein

    Despite being a son of one of the wealthiest Viennese families of the early Twentieth Century, Wittgenstein’s family life was not wholly a happy one. Although his father, Karl, was an amateur violinist and an avid supporter of the arts, he was utterly against his sons' involvement in them.

    Paul Wittgenstein. Image credit: Bernard Fleischer Moving Images/CC by 3.0 NL Paul Wittgenstein. Image credit: Bernard Fleischer Moving Images/CC by 3.0 NL

    The steel tycoon’s dogmatic insistence that his sons follow him into the family steel business resulted in much animosity at home (Brahms likened the family atmosphere to that of being in court), and it was only after the death of three of his sons, who tragically took their own lives, that Karl relented and allowed Paul and his younger brother Ludwig (who would become a celebrated philosopher) to pursue artistic endeavours. It is perhaps interesting to note, however, that Paul...

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  4. Heavy showers and thunderstorms heading our way

    Thursday 18 September 2014, 15:59

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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    Porthmadog was the warmest place in Wales yesterday and today, along with Eglwyswen in Pembrokeshire, the temperature reached 25°C. Not a record for September but eight degrees above average.

    It's been a very dry month so far with only 1mm of rain. In fact it's been the driest start to September for over 50 years. 

    The average total rainfall for Wales for the whole of September is 116.6mm.

    In the next 24 hours, a few heavy showers and thunderstorms will move north into Wales and the Met Office has issued a yellow warning, but the downpours will be hit and miss.

    Some places could have an inch of rain...

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  5. Turning humid with a risk of heavy showers

    Tuesday 16 September 2014, 15:33

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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    August in Wales was wetter and cooler than average.

    It was the coldest August for 21 years breaking a trend since last November where every month has been warmer than normal. 

    But as soon as the school holidays ended the weather improved and so far September is making up for the disappointing August.

    High pressure has brought plenty of fine weather and sunshine, a real bonus for the farmers and their harvest, and we’ve been treated to some lovely sunsets as well.

    Newgale sunset by Sue Penberthy Newgale sunset captured by Sue Penberthy

    The nights have been chilly with some morning low cloud and mist as you’d expect at...

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  6. Born at Monmouth, one of the most famous of English kings

    Tuesday 16 September 2014, 10:08

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

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    Henry V is one of the most famous of all English kings. However, the perception of most people has been formed not by reading history books but by watching Shakespeare's plays. Henry features in three of them: two as heir apparent and, perhaps more memorably, as the friend of Sir John Falstaff and one as the actual king. 

    The second English king from the House of Lancaster, Henry succeeded to the throne in 1413. In a brief reign of just nine years he won the Battle of Agincourt and very nearly managed to bring the whole of France under his control. Had he succeeded it would have ended the Hundred...

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  7. All eyes on our Celtic cousins

    Monday 15 September 2014, 09:42

    Steve Austins Steve Austins Editor, BBC Radio Wales

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    Firstly, well done to Beverley and the Proms in the Park team for a fantastic night on Saturday. Swansea sounded sparkling on the radio. As it looks on the big screen in fact. Mal Pope’s film Jack to a King has been a labour of love but truly worth it. Go see it if you can.

    All roads lead to Scotland this week – both the high ones and the low ones – with Thursday’s referendum on independence. Our job in this is simple: tell the story and interpret what it will mean for Wales whether it’s a yes or a no.

    Scottish and Welsh flags Scottish and Welsh flags

    Good Morning Wales this week comes live from Wales, England...

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  8. Filming the hotel high life

    Friday 12 September 2014, 11:39

    Carrie Smith Carrie Smith

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    I've always been fascinated by the hotel. My dad lives just over the Severn Bridge so maybe it's because I've spent so many hours driving past it on the M4. 

    I've also stayed there just the once. It was on my 30th birthday five years ago, and my twin girls had been born three months early. They were still very tiny on my birthday and unable to come home from the special care baby unit in Newport.

    My mum, not knowing what gift she could possibly get me, decided that booking an overnight stay in a suite near the hospital might cheer me up. She was right and we ate in the hotel's fine dining restaurant...

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  9. Dyffryn House and Gardens

    Thursday 11 September 2014, 11:04

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

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    These days Dyffryn House and Gardens fall under the remit of the National Trust and thousands of visitors flock to the site every year. Being close to Cardiff but still nestling in the depths of quiet countryside, it is the ideal location for a day out. Yet it was not so long ago that the place was a private residence – albeit one with a long and fascinating history.

    Dyffryn House by Gale Jolly Dyffryn House. Photo: Gale Jolly in the BBC Wales Nature Flickr Group

    Situated just outside St Nicholas in the Vale of Glamorgan, the Dyffryn Estate dates back to the seventh century when the Manor of Worleton, which then included...

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  10. Dewi - we salute you

    Monday 8 September 2014, 10:42

    Steve Austins Steve Austins Editor, BBC Radio Wales

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    We may have ruined breakfast for thousands of people across Wales yesterday morning. For that, I can only apologise. 

    Dewi Griffiths' decision to call time on his 60-year BBC career also brings to a close one of Radio Wales' most popular and iconic strands, A String of Pearls

    A String of Pearls Dewi Griffiths

    After a notable career in sport drew to a close, Dewi started the weekly show in 1988 to cater for people, like him, who grew up listening to music from the golden age of showbusiness. 

    It has consistently been one of our top-performing programmes over the last 26 years. So, when the great man taps you...

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