Joe Goodden

Senior web producer, BBC Wales

Blog posts in total 27

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  1. Everest's links to Wales go back even further than the days of Hillary and Tenzing. The mountain itself was named after Colonel Sir George Everest, who was born in Crickhowell, Powys in 1790.

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  2. Born in Swansea on 21 March 1933, Michael Ray Dibdin Heseltine grew up at 1 Uplands Crescent (now number five) and was a keen angler in Brynmill Park.

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  3. Henry VII's victory against Richard III was due in no small part to a Welsh soldier and landowner, Rhys ap Thomas.

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  4. Today marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of David Lloyd George - the only Welshman to have been prime minister, the founding father of the welfare state, wartime leader and the last Liberal PM.

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  5. Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (c.1223-1282), or Llywelyn the Last, was the last prince of an independent Wales. He died at the Battle of Orewin Bridge on 11 December 1282.

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  6. Stereophonics are giving away their new single, In A Moment, as a free download through their website.

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  7. The Tudor dynasty passed some of the most repressive laws of any English monarchy against the people of Wales.

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  8. Students from south Wales are being invited to design a trophy to be presented to the winner of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

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  9. The Women's Institute (WI) is a the largest women's volunteer organisation in the UK. The movement originated in Canada in 1897, but crossed the Atlantic in the early 20th century. You may, however, be unaware that the British organisation began in 1915 on Anglesey, north Wales.

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  10. "There were few greater champions of Welsh music than James McLaren."

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  11. James McLaren, who worked as a journalist and assistant producer on the BBC Wales website, passed away yesterday at the age of 34.

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  12. The line-up for next month's Dinefwr Literature Festival has been announced, with National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke opening the first day. More than 100 literature, music, arts and comedy events will take place at the bilingual festival, which runs from Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July at Dinefwr Park and Castle in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire. Among the spoken-word guests will be Andrew Motion, Tim Burgess, Howard Marks, Jasper Fforde, Robert Minhinnick and Wendy Cope. Comedy will be provided by John Hegley, Simon Munnery, Josie Long, Tom Wrigglesworth and others, while music performers will include Julian Cope, Gruff Rhys, Georgia Ruth, Ghostpoet and Emmy The Great. Lleucu Siencyn, one of the festival's directors, said: "This is a festival with everybody in mind - families, music fans, readers, writers and those who love the great outdoors." Weekend, day and camping tickets are available, with discounts for National Trust and Literature Wales members.

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  13. On 13 May 1897 radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi made telecommunications history, transmitting a radio signal across open sea for the first time. He chose Lavernock Point in the Vale of Glamorgan as the location for the event. Lavernock Point is a headland situated on the southern coast of the ...

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  14. A painting depicting Captain Scott's ship, the SS Terra Nova, leaving Cardiff Docks on its ill-fated Antarctic expedition on 15 June 1910, has been bought at auction by The Cardiff Story museum. The painting, by Richard Short, an accomplished painter who settled in Cardiff after retiring from...

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  15. A north Wales gallery has launched an appeal for privately held artworks by Sir Kyffin Williams to go on show in a special exhibition. Oriel Ynys Mon in Llangefni, Anglesey, wishes to borrow original artworks held in private hands. The gallery is planning a major exhibition of Sir Kyffin's le...

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  16. Bangor-born pianist Gwilym Simcock is one of 12 artists shortlisted for the 2011 Mercury Prize. Simcock's album Good Days At Schloss Elmau is nominated alongside releases from Adele, Elbow, PJ Harvey and Tinie Tempah. Here's the full list: Adele - 21 Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys! Everything Everything - Man Alive Ghostpoet - Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam Gwilym Simcock - Good Days At Schloss Elmau James Blake - James Blake Katy B - On A Mission King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine Metronomy - The English Riviera PJ Harvey - Let England Shake Tinie Tempah - Disc-Overy Another Welsh connection on this year's shortlist comes with Everything Everything's Man Alive, which was engineered by north Wales-based producer and sometime solo performer David Wrench. Last September, when The xx won the 2010 award, my colleague James McLaren wrote a piece on the Welsh and the Mercury Prize. He found a total of four nominations since 1992: Manic Street Preachers' Everything Must Go in 1996 and This Is My Truth in 1999; Super Furry Animals' Rings Around The World in 2001; and Scritti Politti's White Bread Black Beer in 2006. The Mercury judges have traditionally proved indifferent towards the jazz and classical nominees, leading to accusations of tokenism in the shortlist selections. This year's winner will be announced on 6 September, and we'll wait and see whether Gwilym Simcock fares any better. We wish him well.

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  17. John Harrison. Photo: Celf Calon John Harrison's Cloud Road, an account of his five-month journey through through the Andes, has been named as the English-language 2011 Wales Book of the Year. The winner of the Welsh-language award was Ned Thomas for his autobiography Bydoedd. Read more...

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  18. Welsh actor Richard Burton is to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, it has been announced. A fundraising drive was led by Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, director of enterprise at the University of Wales. He was informed on Wednesday that the application for a star had been successful. "I learnt of the announcement that the decision had been made via Twitter but didn't realise our application had been granted until I checked my email. "Normally these stars are paid for by film companies or studios hoping to promote their movie but I think it's important for Wales that we raise the money ourselves. "It's what Richard Burton would have liked, for us to do this ourselves is important and shows national appreciation for his talent and standing." The campaign group must now raise around £28,000 to create and maintain the star. For more information visit the BBC News website.

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  19. A number of Welsh acts have been added to the Wakestock festival line-up. The music and wakeboarding event will include appearances by Masters In France, Sibrydion, Colorama, Mr Phormula, Poket Trez, Bare Left and BBC Radio 1's very own Huw Stephens. They join previously-announced headliners Ellie Goulding, Chase and Status, The Wombats, Biffy Clyro and The Cribs. Wakestock takes place from 8-10 July in Cardigan Bay, north Wales. Visit the official website for ticketing information.

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