Blog posts by year and month December 2009

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  1. Thousands of these weird and wonderful creatures - which look like they're on the run from Torchwood have been washing up at Newgale beach in Pembrokeshire recently. They are however completely harmless and are actually called goose or stalked barnacles. This pic was sent in to our Flickr group by Aligail1: Unlike most other types of barnacle which have small feeding arms known as 'cirri', they rely on the motion of the water to feed, so tend to be found only on exposed coasts throughout the temperate oceans of the world They will often attach themselves to ships and clumps of driftwood and as such, do get washed in from time to time. We had some similar scenes on Gower at Oxwich Bay earlier this year in August. In some countries they're considered quite a delicacy to eat and believe it or not - were once thought to be birds rather than barnacles! Their colouration is very similar to that of the barnacle goose (use your imagination) and since no-one had ever seen a barnacle goose hatching out in Britain... People believed they came from these crustaceans and grew up on ship's hulls before developing feathers and flying away. And why not? It makes perfect sense... Why our very own Welsh monk, Geralt Gymro or Giraldus Cambrensis as he's known in Latin, also got involved and claimed to have seen goose barnacles turning into barnacle geese in the 12th century. Clearly a man with a wicked sense of humour who lived a very exciting and colourful life. If anyone else has similar tales or fables connected with other wildlife species, then I'd love to hear your stories - so please feel free to add your comments to this blog. Gull Goose barnacle article on ARKive Goose barnacle on BBC Wildlife Finder

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  2. Back in July I cowered awestruck as Future Of The Left thundered and screamed to the cacophonous end of their set at the Legendary TJ's in Newport. I'm 38 years old - THIRTY-EIGHT - and should have heard it all by now. That set, full of humour, rage, noise, poetry and - I promise you - hooks that would give Cowell colic, was the finest and most thrilling evocation of rock 'n' roll that I have ever seen. Future of the Left leave many such reviews in their wake. But they appear to sell albums in quantities that would most assuredly give Cowell colic. Despite almost universal critical acclaim; despite a loyal and intelligent fanbase; despite being the best band to tear across stages from Belgium to Boston and, tonight, Birmingham, Future Of The Left are on their arses.

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  3. Karl Jenkins is conducting his new composition for orchestra and choir, Stella Natalis, on a five-date UK tour in December.

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  4. Of all the Welsh musical achievements of the past decade, I hope that those of Penyffordd / Wrexham's Mountaineers aren't forgotten in the inevitable snowstorm of Best of Decade lists. Their 2001 debut EP on Liverpool's influential Deltasonic label (The Coral, The Zutons, Candie Payne) is still...

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  5. Our stand-in editor is coming up to Wrexham to meet those of us who work on the music show this Thursday. He's keen for the station to support new Welsh music as best it can. He's particularly keen that communities throughout Wales are represented and engaged by the station. I thought it would ...

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  6. This week's show is the first of my monthly wall-to-wall music nights. From now on, the last Sunday of every month will cram as much invigorating, new Welsh music into the three hours as is feasible. Listen again until Sunday, and view the show's playlist.

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  7. You can squeeze a lot into a year of radio activities. Here's a quick reminder of all we've recorded in exclusive sessions for Radio One's Introducing In Wales, and some of my favourites over the past 12 months.

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  8. This weekend the BBC and partners across the UK will attempt to break two world records. The first will be for the most number of trees planted in one hour between 11am - 12 noon on Sat, 5th December and the second record for multiple locations. It's all free - all you have to do is turn up a...

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