January (99 posts)
Friday 31 August 2012, 12:40
When legendary magician and escape artiste Harry Houdini visited Newport in 1905, he was already a star on both sides of the Atlantic.
Tuesday 31 January 2012, 11:16
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 lesser known...
Tuesday 31 January 2012, 09:05
The Coal Exchange is now one of the largest entertainment venues in Cardiff. But in past times this elegant and distinctive building operated as one of the economic centres of world trade.
This was where the leading businessmen of the south Wales area - ship owners, shipping agents, mine owners ...
Monday 30 January 2012, 16:03
Much of Wales has had a wintry mixture of rain, sleet and snow over the last 24 hours, with most of the snow falling on higher ground.
I'm not expecting much (if any) more snow over the next few days, but the thermals will definitely come in handy as this week it's going to be one of the coldest so...
Friday 27 January 2012, 16:30
Although daylight hours have been in short supply I have spent many happy hours sitting at my kitchen table answering family history queries that are sent to me from people all around the world.
In preparation for this week's appearance on BBC Radio Wales' Jamie and Louise programme I've been busy...
Friday 27 January 2012, 15:34
Welsh poet Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch has taken up a new post as artist in residence at the National Wool Museum in Dre-fach Felindre.
The artist in residence post is a result of funding awarded by the Leverhulme Trust, which makes awards for the support of...
Friday 27 January 2012, 15:20
Yesterday was more like winter should be with sleet and snow in some parts of the country. Most of the snow fell in the Heads of the Valleys area during a heavy downpour yesterday afternoon.
Near Dowlais in Merthyr Tydfil about an inch of snow fell and this caused delays for drivers travelling along...
Friday 27 January 2012, 12:30
Mention the name RD Blackmore and most literally-minded individuals will probably reply "Lorna Doone". Set in the Devon countryside, Lorna Doone was the Victorian novelist's most famous and most popular book.
However, what many people do not know was that this gentle...
Friday 27 January 2012, 10:18
Those with an interest in architecture and its connection with art should check out a new exhibition soon to open at Chapter in Cardiff, by Lothar Götz.
Wait Until Dark, which opens at the arts centre on Friday 3 February, Götz has created a series of new pieces that refer to and comment on the current...
Thursday 26 January 2012, 17:03
This has been a relatively quiet week in work for the National Orchestra of Wales. We had two days of recording at the start of the week and on Friday we have three concerts as part of the BBC Radio Wales day.
I always think recording a concerto must be quite an exhausting experience for a soloist....