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March (103 posts)

  1. How many rugby fans does it take to get to Number One?

    Monday 19 March 2012, 11:00

    James McLaren James McLaren

    With Wales winning the Six Nations Grand Slam last weekend, musical ears and eyes are turning to Sunday's chart rundown, to see if Cwm Rhondda/Bread Of Heaven can break into the hit parade.

    Paul Child recorded the Millennium Stadium crowd singing the 1907 John Hughes hymn at half-time. It was rush-released...

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  2. Born on this day: Tommy Cooper

    Monday 19 March 2012, 09:30

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    Loved for his on-stage magic trick buffoonery, trademark Fez hat and infectious laugh, comedian Tommy Cooper was born on this day in 1921.

    Though Cooper's family moved to his mother's native Devon when he was just a few years old, the comedian was born in Caerphilly...

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  3. Adam Walton playlist and show info: Saturday 17 March 2012

    Monday 19 March 2012, 08:47

    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 shan't blather on, really I shan't.

    I have a cold that'd stun a Tyrannosaurus Rex. My nose is redder than a drunk strawberry's. My head is full of drunk, green sloths...

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  4. Mothering Sunday prompts flurry of family history searches

    Saturday 17 March 2012, 09:00

    Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway

    You could be forgiven for thinking that being a family history researcher is not a seasonal job. But each year as Mothering Sunday approaches my inbox swells with queries relating specifically to mothers, and then as June approaches the same thing happens with Father's Day.

    So far this year is no different...

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  5. Grand slam of birds

    Friday 16 March 2012, 16:11

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    It looks like a mixed bag of weather for the Six Nation's Final on Saturday but fingers crossed the rain holds off and the roof being open makes no difference whatsoever to France.

    Currently the Met Office are warning of the odd heavy shower along with sunny spells for Cardiff tomorrow afternoon, with...

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  6. Julie Murphy, Theatr Clwyd, Mold - Thursday 15 March 2012

    Friday 16 March 2012, 14:23

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    I don't know anything about folk music, not really. I know I'm not much inspired by the folk stereotype: someone lost in the past with a finger in their ear. But using stereotypes to judge music is asinine: you could consign all country and western into a bin marked Billy Ray Cyrus, and all dubstep into...

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  7. William Williams, Pantycelyn

    Friday 16 March 2012, 14:00

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    William Williams remains one of the great religious figures of Wales. Along with Daniel Rowland and Howell Harris, he dominated Welsh religious thinking and attitudes for much of the 18th century.

    Born in 1717, Williams is often known simply as Pantycelyn, the name of the farm on which he lived most...

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  8. A harpist, a harpsichordist and a pianist walk into a bar...

    Friday 16 March 2012, 13:22

    Laura Sinnerton Laura Sinnerton

    There is always something a little bit quirky, a little bit left of centre in Frank Martin's music. It is seldom avant garde enough harmonically to offend the ear, but there will always be a little curiosity, whether it be in the technique used by the solo instrument, or, more commonly, the collection...

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  9. Histories of Wales: Rhodri Morgan on making Rebecca and the radical tradition

    Friday 16 March 2012, 12:31

    BBC Wales History BBC Wales History

    Rhodri Morgan spoke to BBC Wales History about researching the next episode of Histories of Wales, Rebecca and the Radical Tradition. Rhodri's family were connected to the Rebecca Riots. Sunday 18th March, 1.30pm, Radio Wales.


    If ever there was an example of 'living history', making my half hour slot...

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  10. Anti-cyclonic gloom

    Thursday 15 March 2012, 14:54

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

    The weather's been quiet and settled this week with high pressure over us but it has brought a mixture of weather - from glorious sunshine to low cloud, mist, fog and even drizzle, which meteorologists call anti-cyclonic gloom!

    The best of the sunshine and the highest temperatures have been on the...

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