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  1. A snapshot of Sŵn

    Monday 22 October 2012, 15:27

    The sixth Sŵn festival hit Cardiff at the weekend and with it came a better than ever mix of artists spanning every imaginable genre.

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  2. Huw Stephens on Sŵn: 'The variety amazes me sometimes'

    Tuesday 16 October 2012, 11:30

    "It remains small and independent which is something we are happy with."

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  3. The world's first passenger hovercraft

    Thursday 19 July 2012, 10:04

    Half a century ago the future of transport appeared on a beach in north Wales. The hovercraft service from Rhyl to Moreton beach, Merseyside - the first of its kind in the world - was unleashed to masses of enthralled onlookers. This was the way forward - or so it seemed.

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  4. The mystery of MC Jones' need for speed

    Monday 28 May 2012, 11:45

    For just over a century a 2.5 mile oval of tarmac, bricks and metal has provided one of the world's paramount sporting spectacles. Many a British driver has encountered speed, danger, death and riches at the Indianapolis 500, and 80 years ago a driver from north Wales met his end there.

    Or did he?


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  5. Elis James: "Mach Festival is one of my favourite things in the world"

    Thursday 3 May 2012, 13:39

    Comedian Elis James is one of the most promising emerging acts on the Welsh comedy scene at the moment - although 'emerging' may be the wrong adjective, as he's become such a familiar voice on BBC Radio Wales of late.

    Elis has enjoyed recent success with Pantheon Of Heroes, a mixture of sketch show and...

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  6. The Queen in Wales

    Tuesday 24 April 2012, 12:44

    This week the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will visit south Wales, as part of her diamond jubilee celebrations. On Thursday she will visit Llandaff Cathedral, previously the scene of a 1960 visit, before making her way to Margam Park and Merthyr. On Friday the royal party will visit Aberfan, Ebbw...

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  7. James 'Big Jim' Callaghan

    Monday 26 March 2012, 15:23

    James Callaghan - the only 20th century prime minister to hold the offices of Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary - was born a century ago today.

    Callaghan became the Labour MP of Cardiff South in 1945. After serving as a junior minister in the Attlee government, he became...

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  8. Newport City: 10 years on

    Wednesday 14 March 2012, 14:06

    Ten years ago, in the year of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee, Newport was awarded city status. The 2002 accolade proved third time lucky for the Gwent town after two unsuccessful bids in the 1990s.

    By becoming a city Newport joined Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea and St Davids as Wales' cities; ticking...

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  9. The tragedy of Tom Pryce, Wales' Formula One hero

    Sunday 4 March 2012, 09:00

    Monday 5 March is the 35th anniversary of the death of Welsh Formula One driver Tom Pryce. The man from Nantglyn near Ruthin was tipped for F1 championship glory by many of his contemporaries, but at the age of just 27 his life and career were cut short in one of the most bizarre, tragic accidents in...

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  10. Sŵn Festival 2011, Cardiff

    Tuesday 25 October 2011, 09:10

    If Thursday's Sŵn-related larking possessed a wonderful sense of anticipation, then Friday night brought it all together.

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  11. Sŵn, Cardiff, Thursday 20 October 2011

    Friday 21 October 2011, 15:07

    So, once again it's the most puntastic of inner city festivals as Sŵn spreads its tentacles across all sorts of live music venues. This year is the fifth turn for the brainchild of promoter John Rostron and BBC disc jockey Huw Stephens and it is a tonic to see Queen Street, St Mary Street and Cardiff...

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  12. Cold War Wales

    Wednesday 15 December 2010, 12:55

    Forty five years ago the Cold War classic The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, starring Richard Burton, was released. Alongside Claire Bloom and Oskar Werner, Burton played the flawed and manipulated spy Alec Leamas, the "lowest currency of the Cold War" who, in a world of courtrooms and Kalashnikovs,...

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  13. Classic rally action

    Thursday 11 November 2010, 10:10

    Peek beyond the blood, sweat and churned turf of the rugby Autumn Internationals and Wales is playing host to another truly high-octane global sporting extravaganza. This week sees the final round of the World Rally Championship where some of the world's finest drivers will powerslide through the unforgiving...

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  14. Aces on film

    Wednesday 18 August 2010, 17:18

    In a recent blog article, we touched upon the role of Welsh pilots in the Battle of Britain. One of the most notable men that faced the might of the German Luftwaffe in 1940 and beyond was Wrexham-born Air Chief Marshall Sir Frederick Rosier.

    This rare BBC News clip from April 1968 catches up with...

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  15. Battle of Britain: Welsh aces

    Friday 13 August 2010, 10:20

    Seventy years ago the tide began to turn against Hitler's plans to invade Britain. By August 1940 the wave of German attacks that had overwhelmed central Europe and France, stalled in the skies over Britain and the English Channel.

    RAF fighter planes

    13 August is officially designated as Adlertag (Eagle day). On this...

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  16. The Battle of Britain: training days

    Wednesday 28 July 2010, 10:38

    Seventy years ago, Hitler's planned destruction of the Royal Air Force was under way and the initial exchanges of the Battle of Britain already etched into history. As waves of German bombers and fighters attacked airfields and targets in the south east of England, events taking place west of Offa's...

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  17. Tom Pryce: Wales' fastest man

    Monday 19 July 2010, 13:39

    Thirty-five years ago today: the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. A dashing young chap from north Wales sits in his Formula One car at the front of the grid. A Welsh speaker on pole position, a Welsh flag emblazoned on his crash helmet.

    Thomas Maldwyn Pryce may not be a household name, but he was faster...

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  18. The Battle of Britain comes to Wales

    Thursday 8 July 2010, 12:00

    Seventy years ago the first rumblings of what is today known as the Battle of Britain commenced. By May 1940 German forces had overrun Belgium, the Netherlands and northern France. Hitler's goal was now fixed on destroying Britain's Royal Air Force and the invasion of Great Britain.


    Many remember the...

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  19. Korea Remembered

    Friday 25 June 2010, 11:51

    Sixty years ago thousands of British servicemen went to war in a far away land. On 25 June 1950 communist-backed North Korean forces invaded South Korea, triggering a global military conflict just five years after the cessation of the Second World War.

    Following the division of the Korean peninsula...

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  20. A Welshman's World Cup final

    Thursday 10 June 2010, 17:30

    England won their only World Cup in 1966. A 'Russian linesman', from Azerbaijan famously allowed Geoff Hurst's debatable second goal that paved the way for England's historic 4-2 victory over West Germany at Wembley.

    Wales' national team, despite a deluge of quality players over the years have only made...

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