Blog posts by year and month November 2009

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  1. I've just got back from the launch of National Theatre Wales' first year of programming and I'm really excited. The fact that the new company would be staging 12 shows around Wales was common knowledge and that it aimed to bring a fresh and innovative approach to English language drama but all I can say is WOW!

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  2. I was really saddened to hear that the artist Arthur Giardelli had died. He was 98 and had been one of the major figures in Welsh art for over half a century.

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  3. I'm sitting on a train to Manchester, over-priced, magma-hot coffee on the shaky table, flush with the familiar disappointment of having left Something Important at home. I'm on the way to Manchester to meet Martin Carr for breakfast (ooh, hark at me!). I'm a day and a half late. I was supposed to make this journey on Monday night, to come and see Martin support the very great Jimmy Webb. However a fever and sore throat conspired against me. In less melodramatic terms: I had a bit of a cold. I thought that I'd listen to John Lawrence's new album, Rainy Night, on the way and thus inspired and prepared would write an insightful review that would compel you to rush out and buy it. Well, stay in and buy it... you order it off the internet, but that doesn't have the same ring to it.

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  4. National Theatre Wales today unveiled its much anticipated first programme of events, and what a spectacle it promises to be. Established in late 2007 by the Welsh Assembly Government and the Arts Council of Wales, at the helm of the company is creative director John McGrath, who outlined the 1...

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  5. If you're planning a bonfire party or firework display this evening then wrap-up warmly and take an umbrella if you're heading out. It's not going to the best of weather for being outdoors although some parts of Wales will fair better than others. Low pressure is moving south across Britain today producing some rain, showers and gusty winds. It looks like Mid and North Wales will see the worst of the rain. In fact the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rain for the following counties until 9pm this evening: Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Anglesey, Powys, Wrexham Heavy and prolonged showers this afternoon and at first this evening are likely to give rainfall totals in excess of 15 mm with a 3 hour period in some places. Overall totals in excess of 30 mm of rain are expected in some parts, more especially over high ground. So it's going to be a bit soggy in places this evening but parts of south Wales may get away largely dry. There's a big 'Firework Fiesta' on Barry Island which is scheduled to start at 7.45pm. Its going to be chilly so don't forget your scarf and gloves. I wouldn't rule out a shower but most of the time it should be dry. Further North, there are Fireworks on the Beach at Y Felinheli near Bangor from 7pm plus a BBQ as well. It's going to be breezy here with a greater chance of showers. Have fun and be careful with those sparklers! Derek Learn about Guy Fawkes on Wikipedia BBC History - The gun powder plot

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  6. I'm looking up and I can see blue skies and a yellow orb...could it be the sun?! At this rate we might even be in for a dry, clear evening but I'm sure Derek will have something to say about that! As far as the animals are concerned - bonfire night is not on their social calendar. For alot of people it's an issue too, especially those suffering from hyperekplexia. Pet owners are advised to keep cats and dogs inside tonight and if you're planning on lighting a big bonfire, remember to make sure it's not near any trees or fences which might catch alight if the wind changes direction. Also, do a quick check before lighting it, just to make sure there aren't any hibernating animals like hedgehogs underneath - as they love to snuggle up under piles of old wood on cold winter nights. Download this handy guide from the RSPCA if you're unsure of what do with your pets tonight. Last year I went to a display at the Penarth athletics ground and was 'blown away' by the impressive display (excuse the pun). It seemed to go forever...I kept walking away thinking it was over and then having to go back as they kept launching mortars! When I was a kid I was happy with a 'catherine wheel' a couple of rockets "ooooh, aaahhh" and a sparkler to write my name with. These days it seems to be the the norm to have a 30-40 minute pyrotechnic display costing the earth - Don't won't, I won't go into the environmental impact... This year I'll be in the Porthcawl/ Bridgend area, so if anyone knows of any good displays - drop me a note in the comments area below. Some diplays in North West Wales Firework photos from Mid Wales Be safe and have a great night! Gull

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  7. Following up his best-selling debut, Rhydian Roberts has announced details of his second album, O Fortuna.

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  8. J Mervyn Williams, who founded the Cardiff Singer of the World competition n 1983, has died aged 74. 'Merv', as he was universally known, was BBC Wales' Head of Music in the first half of the 1980s, he was responsible for a huge amount of music broadcasting from Wales, during which the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra (now the BBC National Orchestra of Wales) became the most-televised orchestra in Britain. But perhaps Merv's greatest achievement at the BBC was the establishment of Cardiff Singer of the World. Read Merv's recollections of the struggle he had to get Cardiff Singer off the ground in 1983, and our full tribute on the competition website.

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  9. BBC Cymru Wales is searching for an artist to create a permanent tribute to the late broadcaster Ray Gravell. The commission is to create a portrait sculpture in memory of the accomplished rugby player from Mynydd-y-Garreg who became a familiar and much-loved presenter on BBC Wales services.

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  10. Katie-jo Luxton has been appointed Director for Wales at RSPB Cymru - the first female country Director in over 20 years to be appointed at such a senior level in the RSPB. She said: "I'm delighted to have been appointed Director and to be leading RSPB Cymru at such an exciting and important ti...

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