Blog posts by year and month March 2010

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  1. Plans for the renovation of Penarth's Pavilion Pier will include a cafe, bar, observatory and a multi-purpose auditorium. A design team, fronted by architect Niall Phillips, has been appointed. There's more information on the Penarth Pavilion website.

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  2. Stress busters! Recent studies have shown that 78% of people in Wales feel stressed on a daily basis but fortunately 70% found that escaping to the country helped them feel instantly relaxed. Being by the sea side, walking and having sand between our toes were the top stress busting sensations. We've got plenty of walks and places to go on offer across Wales so take a look next time you're feeling stressed! The National Trust has over 140 miles of spectacular coastline to explore. Find one near you. Grass fires Grass fires have been raging all over Wales this week, stretching fire crews to their limits.The largest fires have occurred in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bangor, Gwynedd and on Gower. The fires are all thought to have either been started deliberately or have occurred when controlled burns by land owners have got out of hand. What on earth? A wildlife life survey looking at five of Britain's most threatened species has been launched today. All of the species are found here in Wales and include - the corncrake, bluebell, hazel dormouse, greater horseshoe bat and stag beetle. To get involved visit www.whatonearth.org.uk Saving the sewin Bangor scientists are beginning a scientific survey looking into sewin (sea trout) numbers which have been in decline in recent years. The Celtic Sea Trout Project aims to discover more about the lives of these mysterious fish, highly prized by Welsh anglers. Noah's Ark Students are helping create a new rare breeds centre in North Wales with an emphasis on farm animals with Welsh origins. The £1.8m facility will form part of the development at Deeside College. The existing unit already houses 100 species of animal which is set to expand and include more exotic species. Mista ferret And finally a ferret belonging to a local escape artist has escaped and is currently on the run in Cardiff. The ferret known as 'Mista Ferret' has his own Facebook group and is described as being 'streetwise'. If you've got something you'd like featured in this blog then get in touch. Gull

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  3. Ralph Hancock, born in Cardiff in the year 1893, was undoubtedly the Capability Brown of the domestic and city garden - and yet, these days, virtually nobody has heard of this Welsh gardening genius. Sabatini Garden designed by Ralph Hancock

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  4. On Sunday 12 March, 1950, a plane packed with jubilant Welsh rugby fans returning from Dublin crashed at Llandow, in the Vale of Glamorgan, claiming the lives of 80 people. At the time it was the world's worst air disaster. Only three people survived the crash. On the 60th anniversary of the tragedy, Wales News Online has an interview with survivor Melfyn Thomas, now 84, and a full report on the disaster.

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  5. Yesterday I mentioned that it would be a nice morning for a walk in Llandudno and sure enough - it was. Gareth Pritchard climbed the Little Orme and took this lovely photograph of Llandudno Bay and the Great Orme: Lots of sunshine there with temperatures reaching a pleasant 9 Celsius...

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  6. Man founder member - and the only member to have been in every line-up of the band - Micky Jones, has died today, aged 63. Music Week reports that the prog rock band's guitarist passed away after a long illness. Live Music Forum founder Phil Little is quoted by Music Week: "In the early se...

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  7. Just spotted this story on News Online about a new survival course taking place on Flatholm Island and it brought back a few memories. Find out about the survival courses on Flatholm I was given a two day castaway adventure with Dryad Bushcraft courtesy of my wife for my birthday a couple of y...

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  8. The annual South By South West (SxSW) music festival, happening from 17-21 March in Austin, Texas, will be playing host to a range of Welsh businesses and music attempting to secure valuable exposure in America and around the world.

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  9. Tonight on Wales and the History of the World (Wednesday 10 March, 7.30pm, BBC One Wales), Eddie Butler focuses on the Welsh innovator behind the world's first sleeping bag. Pryce Jones (1834 -1920) was a true entrepreneur. He's considered to be the father of mail order shopping. In the 1860s ...

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  10. The first raft of acts for this year's Wakestock festival have been announced, with N-Dubz, Maximo Park and Wales' own Los Campesinos! among the top names.

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