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December (56 posts)

  1. Les Misérables comes to Wales

    Tuesday 8 December 2009, 15:21

    Nicola Heywood Thomas Nicola Heywood Thomas

    It's a big event - the 25th anniversary tour of the mega hit musical Les Miserables starting in Wales and there's a strong Welsh presence in the cast.

    I interviewed the star of the show, John Owen Jones, for the Radio Wales arts programme on 10 December and he was in fine form, despite a nightmare five...

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  2. Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 6 December 2009

    Tuesday 8 December 2009, 14:40

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    This week's show is a Self Raising Records special. Neath's Rod Thomas is one of Wales' most skilled tunesmiths. His ability to silver the ear with sophisticated pop melodies is second-to-none. It's an ability that has propelled him through a dizzying 2009.

    Listen again until Sunday, and view the show...

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  3. Welsh and the weather go together

    Tuesday 8 December 2009, 14:15

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

    I've been learning Welsh on and off since I was a boy and have an O' level in the subject. After leaving school I didn't speak any Welsh but I took it up again in 1997 when I started working at BBC Wales.

    In 2005, I took part in the Big Welsh Challenge which was great fun. The challenges involved me...

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  4. Polar bears: Hudson Bay reflections

    Tuesday 8 December 2009, 10:17

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    As part of the BBC Wales Green Season, we recently featured a short film by Tom Rugg - a science teacher from Wales who is doing his bit to raise awareness about climate change and its effects on polar bear populations.

    Tom has kindly written an exclusive blog for us about his thoughts on this subject...

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  5. My top 10 albums of the decade

    Monday 7 December 2009, 17:28

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    It seems like everybody has been compiling their lists of Best This and Best That of the Noughties. I could be contrary and stubbornly refuse to fall in line with everyone else, claiming that reducing albums to lists is an affront to their artistic value, but what the hell: Wales has produced some excellent...

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  6. Sunshine on the way!

    Monday 7 December 2009, 16:16

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

    For those of you fed up with the rain and constant wind - there is, at long last, a change on the way...

    High pressure is going to take over from Thursday bringing a dry spell of weather.

    Some sunshine, lighter winds with a threat of overnight frost and fog.

    At the moment, next weekend looks dry and beyond...

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  7. Welsh music industry faces tough future

    Monday 7 December 2009, 11:46

    BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music

    Many parts of the Welsh music industry could suffer a catastrophic slump in revenue, according to a new report by Bangor University's School of Music with the Centre for Business Research and Market Intelligence.

    The industry's annual turnover may plummet by 84% next year from £1.5m to £260,000, according...

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  8. Craft in the Bay: 25 years on and flourishing

    Monday 7 December 2009, 11:37

    Nicola Heywood Thomas Nicola Heywood Thomas

    Last week I was in Craft in the Bay, the Cardiff home of the Makers Guild in Wales. Based in a refurbished and listed maritime warehouse with a purpose built extension on the poetically named The Flourish in Cardiff Bay, the building is full of high quality crafts and the Christmas exhibition, Seren...

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  9. Sowerby's beaked whale washed up

    Monday 7 December 2009, 10:34

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    Look away now if you're squeamish - another dead whale I'm afraid but a pretty rare find for South Wales nevertheless.

    They tend to live in deep water in the North Sea area between the UK and Norway although they do crop up elsewhere from time to time. One was once discovered off Florida but is thought...

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