Blog posts by year and month December 2009

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  1. 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...

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  2. 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, enduring music this decade. Here is an honest list of the Welsh albums that I have listened to the most over the last 10 years. I'm not deluded enough to think that this is a definitive guide to the Best Welsh Albums Of The 00s - it's a trawl through my favourites. Please tell me what your favourites have been, too, by leaving a comment at the end.

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  3. 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 look...

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  4. 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 to the Daily Post in north Wales.

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  5. 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, S...

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  6. 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 i...

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  7. One of our favourite new artists of 2009, Marina & The Diamonds, has made the 15-strong long list of the BBC Sound of 2010 list.

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  8. September and October were both drier than average. In fact September was the driest in Wales since 2002 but we paid the price for this, in November with over 13 inches of rain! This was more than double the average of 156.8mm, making it the second wettest November in Wales and fell just short of the November record of 336.9 mm set in 1929. Looking ahead, there is more rain to come this weekend but I can promise some dry weather as well. Friday afternoon: Cloudy with spots of light rain. Highs of between 5 to 8 Celsius with a S > SE breeze. During this evening a band of heavier will spread across Wales. The rain lasting 2 or 3 hours followed by clearer, drier weather but with heavy showers in the South and West. No frost tonight! Lowest temperatures, 5 to 8 Celsius. Saturday: Scattered showers in the South and West first thing in the morning will die away to leave a few hours of dry and bright weather. However, rain will reach Pembrokeshire around midday. The rain will be spreading across the rest of the country during the afternoon, reaching NE Wales after 3 pm. Top temperatures 8 to 11 Celsius with a S > SW breeze. Saturday evening: Wet and breezy. Some heavy rain with strong S winds. Gales on exposed coasts and high ground. The rain will be heaviest in the South and West with a risk of localised flooding. Overnight lows 7 to 10 Celsius. Sunday: Early rain will clear leaving a mixture of sunshine and scattered showers. Most of the showers in the South and West. Breezy. The SW wind fresh to strong with top temperatures around 10 > 12 Celsius. Monday: Low pressure will bring another spell of rain and strong winds followed by blustery showers. Have a good weekend Derek

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  9. So where did the last 10 years go? It only seems like yesterday that the first Number One of the Noughties, Masses Against The Classes by Manic Street Preachers, was crashing into the charts. The decade has been a very successful one for Welsh music, so we've put together our own list: http:/...

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  10. Sixties pop icon Andy Fairweather-Low of Amen Corner chatted to Mal Pope this week on Radio Wales' Evening Show. Listen to the interview.

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