Blog posts by year and month January 2010

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  1. The big freeze of January 2010 released its grip mid month with a thaw. The period January 15th to the 18th was mild in comparison with daytime temperatures as high as 8 to 11 Celsius. But January is going to finish on a cold note with northerly winds from the Arctic this weekend bringing a m...

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  2. Dilwyn Llwyd's Yucatan are Caernarfon's Sigur Ros. It's an obvious comparison, it's even written in the band's history. Dilwyn went to Iceland a few years back and ended up bumping into a member of Sigur Ros, subsequently doing some recording at their Reykjavik studios.

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  3. When? 30-31 Jan, 2010 A year has flown by (excuse the pun) but it's that time again when the RSPB ask the nation to keep a careful eye on their gardens over a 1 hour period and record the bird species they see in their gardens. Why only an hour? Well it's an easy ask for starters, which means more people will take part! It doesn't matter when you do it either, although birds are generally more active in the morning when feeding. Winter time has been chosen as birds tend to come into our gardens more in search of food and shelter, so you can sit inside and count from the comfort of your own home. Come rain or shine, there will be around half a million people taking part in this weekends survey so don't panic if your particular patch is quiet. A wren by Sue Tranter, courtesy of RSPB images: The important thing is to be accurate, so only add birds you actually see during the hour you choose, even if your regular visitors fail to turn up, don't be tempted to add them - they will have been counted somewhere. It's also crucial to submit your form/ info even if you don't see anything, as all the data is important and helps the RSPB learn about bird populations and work out which species need their help. Visit the RSPB website from tomorrow onwards to submit your data. You can download a form to record your sightings here but don't post this in - it's just to help you remember what you've seen. To help attract more birds have a go at making bird feeders: Things you'll need: Plastic drinks/ bottles, scissors, wire or string, bird seed, yoghurt pots or milk cartons (make sure they're clean) Cut a hole in the side large enough to allow a free flow of seeds, but in such a way that it won't all fall out on the ground in the slightest puff of wind, and won't get wet if it rains. Make a few small holes in the bottom of your feeder to allow any rainwater to drain away. Hang it with wire, or even strong string from a tree or your washing line. If your feeder starts to wear out or the food in it goes mouldy, recycle it and make another one! Remember to keep your feeders well stocked, especially in winter too as birds come to rely on them and will go hungry if you forget. Feeling peckish? Try making the speedy bird cake: Things you'll need: Good quality bird seed, raisins, peanuts, grated cheese, suet or lard, yoghurt pot, string, mixing bowl, scissors. Carefully make a small hole in the bottom of a yoghurt pot. Thread string through the hole and tie a knot on the inside. Leave enough string so that you can tie the pot to a tree or your bird table. Allow the lard to warm up to room temperature, but don't melt it. Then cut it up into small pieces and put it in the mixing bowl. Add the other ingredients to the bowl and mix them together with your finger tips. Keep adding the seed/raisin/cheese mixture and squidging it until the fat holds it all together. Fill your yoghurt pots with bird cake mixture and put them in the fridge to set for an hour or so. Hang your speedy bird cakes from trees or your bird table. Watch for greenfinches, tits and possibly even great spotted woodpeckers. We've got plenty of information about garden birds on our website too. I'll be taking part so will share my results with you on Monday! Gull

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  4. Sharp-eyed bird lovers may spot an unexpected migrant visiting Aberglasney gardens this winter. A little egret, a small heron, usually found on the Continent, was spied by gardeners as it made its way through the stream garden at Pigeon House Wood at Aberglasney. The delicate looking white b...

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  5. As well as Radio One, my working week also involves organising gigs in Cardiff's Buffalo bar every Thursday. This is a great opportunity to be able to support Welsh bands beyond the realms of radio, and to really see new bands develop.

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  6. Temperatures yesterday reached 11 Celsius at Hawarden in Flintshire but it's feeling chilly again today and after some rain tonight it's going to turn colder tomorrow and over the weekend. Arctic winds will be bringing a drop in temperature, as well as some frost and wintry showers. The air will be very cold and as it flows over the relatively warm waters of the Irish Sea, it will become very unstable forming large towering clouds and showers. Who gets the showers is very dependant on the wind direction. On Saturday a north to north-westerly wind is expected which means west and north west Wales (Gwynedd, Conwy, Anglesey, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire) will catch most of the showers with a covering of snow in places, especially on higher ground e.g. Snowdonia and the Preseli Mountains. Sunday another cold day with wintry showers a little more widespread.The snow showers will be heaviest in North West Wales and Pembrokeshire. Take a look at the latest Met Office weather warning. Away from the showers there will be plenty of blue skies and sunshine to enjoy and the air will be very clean, so if you're out walking you'll see for miles. Next week, temperatures look set to recover in the first few days of February bringing a little rain but beyond that it looks like high pressure over Scandinavia and Russia will take control again with colder air returning from the east towards the end of next week. Brrrrr! Derek

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  7. It has been reported by The Sun that Duffy has split from Jeanette Lee, her manager, after five years together. The relationship had "run its course", the newspaper reported her spokesperson as saying. Duffy was introduced to Rough Trade's Lee by ex-60ft Dolls man Richard Parfitt and Catatonia's Owen Powell after she had appeared on S4C's Wawffactor. The singer has been much criticised in recent months for her advert for Coca Cola, which was lambasted this week by Blur's manager. She is currently recording the follow-up to her amazingly successful debut, Rockferry. Duffy - BBC artist page

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  8. A stage version of Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird is touring Wales during February and March.

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  9. This week we continue our Ones To Watch 2010 run of sessions from new bands who have maybe only started on the tentative journey into rock n' roll manhood, but have caught our attention from the hundreds of demos we get into the office each week, and this week its Leucine. Leucine are a band fo...

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  10. A failure to "meet licensing objectives" has meant the cancellation of this year's Square Festival in Ceredigion.

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