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December (77 posts)

  1. Manic Street Preachers at the O2, London

    Tuesday 20 December 2011, 12:25

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Manic Street Preachers played their one-off Greatest Hits show at London's O2 on Saturday, with guest appearances from Gruff Rhys and Nina Persson. We asked some attendees to give us their impressions of the night.

    Greg Haver, Manics producer

    Nearly 22 years ago one of my long defunct bands had a full...

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  2. Only 12 hours of recording left until Christmas!

    Tuesday 20 December 2011, 11:21

    Laura Sinnerton Laura Sinnerton

    As I write, it is Monday 19 December and a very dark, wet morning. The National Orchestra of Wales has only two days left to work before the Christmas holidays begin and, much as I enjoy work, I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am.

    Since September the orchestra has performed over 30 concerts,...

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  3. Making sense of census records

    Tuesday 20 December 2011, 11:15

    Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway

    When researching family history the best place to start is often with census records. These are an invaluable resource containing vast amounts of information which can help you track your ancestors; identifying where they lived, who they lived with, ages, gender, where they were born, marital status...

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  4. Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 18 December 2011

    Tuesday 20 December 2011, 11:12

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    This week's show is now available via the BBC iPlayer. Please visit the link any time between now and the start of the next programme.

    I woke up this morning (not an intro into a blues song) and it dawned on me that this week's show would be my last live Sunday night show on BBC Radio Wales after 10...

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  5. No white Christmas

    Tuesday 20 December 2011, 10:24

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

    I know some of you will be disappointed, but I'm afraid we've seen the last of the snow and frost for a while as it's turned milder today but wet with some heavy rain on the way for this evening.

    This will clear leaving Wednesday drier and very mild with temperatures as high as 12 Celsius, 54 Fahrenheit...

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  6. Swimming, hunting or singing?

    Monday 19 December 2011, 11:54

    Rachael Garside Rachael Garside

    You'll be glad to know that it's not too late to sign up or turn up for the annual Boxing Day Swim in Tenby this year.

    This time last year someone (who will remain nameless) suggested a radio programme which would involve me taking part in the aforementioned event which was celebrating its fortieth...

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  7. Ukraine: early starts, language barriers and indescribable food

    Monday 19 December 2011, 11:17

    Jayce Lewis Jayce Lewis

    Well it's 5am and the boys have just turned up, so off to Luton Airport we go. We had some issues last night with the promoter having only booked four items of holding luggage and not even asking us how much gear we are bringing with us - crazy!

    We arrive at...

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  8. Tinsel tops and elf hats

    Friday 16 December 2011, 14:02

    Laura Sinnerton Laura Sinnerton

    I love Christmas. I even put my Christmas tree up before December this year (in my defence, my parents were visiting and it was a nice family thing to do). Last year, I missed the orchestra's Christmas concerts because I was on jury service, so I've been very much looking forward to being involved in...

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  9. Snow disappointing

    Friday 16 December 2011, 13:07

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

    I'm sure some of you were disappointed not to wake-up to a blanket of snow this morning. I know I was when I pulled back the curtains and didn't see a single flake!

    Mind you, I did say yesterday than not everywhere would have snow and some places would just have rain. That's just the way it is sometimes...

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  10. The greatest rugby game ever played?

    Thursday 15 December 2011, 14:00

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    The Welsh rugby team has been involved in some magnificent matches over the years and the performance of the side in the recent 2011 Rugby World Cup gave heart to supporters and enthusiasts everywhere. But no game has ever quite been able to match the 1905 clash with the All Blacks of New Zealand.

    The...

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