Blog posts by year and month May 2010

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  1. One of the biggest songs of the last five years, Empire State Of Mind by Alicia Keys, has been given a Welsh-flavoured reworking in the run-up to this weekend's Big Weekend in Bangor.

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  2. Exciting news just in from the RSPB: The Glaslyn osprey pair's first chick hatched on Saturday 15 May at 11.27am, watched by a crowd of eager onlookers in the visitor centre. The second egg hatched this morning at 8.05am, this time with just Project Officer, Geraint Williams and volunteer Marg...

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  3. An exhibition featuring the work of North Wales-based artist Karel Lek is set to go display at Oriel Ynys Môn, Llangefni at the end of the month. Karel Lek MBE, was born in Antwerp in 1929. Aged just 11, he and his Jewish parents were forced to flee Belgium during World War Two. They settled ...

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  4. Work has begun on the refurbishment of Gwyn Hall in Neath following the fire that largely destroyed the community arts centre in 2007. Holder Mathias Architects are responsbile for the renovation, which is set to include a 400-seat state of the art community theatre, 70-seat cinema, studio, new cafe and entrance area. The project is due to be completed in the autumn of 2012. An impression of the £7m renovation of Gwyn Hall. Photograph © Holder Mathias Architects.

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  5. Doctor Who is set to regenerate this autumn into a live action arena tour featuring Daleks, Cybermen and many more terrifying creatures from the hit BBC sci-fi show. Though stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan will not appear at the events, which will take place in nine cities across the UK incl...

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  6. Welsh hopeful Sophie Evans has made it to the series finale of BBC One entertainment show Over The Rainbow. The leading lady for Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End production of The Wizard Of Oz will be found this coming weekend in the dramatic climax. The three Dorothys will face the public v...

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  7. Gavin & Stacey star Ruth Jones is set to star in a new one-off drama on the private life of comedy actor Hattie Jacques. The drama, set to be screened later in 2010 on BBC4, will examine the complicated love life of the Carry On legend, which saw Jacques embark on an affair with a younger man while married to Dad's Army star John Le Mesurier. Jones said of Jacques: "She was an incredibly talented and fascinating woman both on and off screen and so much more than just the 'funny fat lady'." Read more about Ruth Jones on the BBC Wales arts website, and find out more on the story on BBC Wales News. Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this or any other BBC blog, you will need to sign in to your BBC iD account. If you don't have a BBC iD account, you can register here - it'll allow you to contribute to a range of BBC sites and services using a single login. Need some assistance? Read about BBC iD, or get some help with registering.

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  8. I really don't go to as many gigs as I should do these days, but having spent the last couple of weeks writing about Start Something: The Story of South Wales Rock, Bethan Elfyn's Radio One documentary, I felt I really had to go to Cardiff Barfly on Saturday.

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  9. This summer, the BBC joins forces with the National Trust for a national campaign, launching on Monday 17 May to investigate the plight of honeybees in Britain. The Bee Part Of It campaign is supported by BBC Local, Springwatch and wildlife presenter Kate Humble, who now manages her own bee hives at home. Bees are the world's most important pollinating insects and honey bees are worth around £200 million a year to British agriculture. Their dramatic decline in numbers recently has become a cause of global concern. Bees, along with other pollinators like butterflies, moths, beetles, and hoverflies are crucial to the entire ecosystem. Albert Einstein is alleged to have once said that, without bees, humanity would die out in four years - now there's a scary thought! Perhaps Hollywood should stop making movies about apocalyptic global warming scenarios and focus on the extinction of bees instead? As Iolo Williams recently mentioned - the biggest threat to our planet is mankind and it is us who will ultimately suffer. Nature will resume, long after we're all gone... As part of the build up to this campaign I've been asking you to send in your best bee photos. Here's a gallery of some of the best ones so far. All native bees have been in decline for some time and a combination of factors are believed to be responsible: habitat loss, pesticides, and disease are key. A bee by Steve Tynant: Recent poor summers have also caused enormous damage to honey bees: a third of all colonies were lost in 2008. Matthew Oates, the National Trust's Chief Conservation Advisor, says: "Bee consciousness is vital and we can all help; we can do simple things like planting bee friendly plants and flowers to encourage bees into our gardens. We want more people to understand the crucial role that bees play in our food chain." The main focus of this campaign is the honey bee, and as part of this project, Radio Wales has adopted two new hives on National Trust property.The first will be at Dinefwr in West Wales. The second hive location has yet to be confirmed. Each hive comes with a bee keeper who'll look after the hive for the summer and hopefully deliver up to fifty jars of honey at the end of the season. I've already bought a new toaster! ;) We'll monitor the hives progress for the duration, and you'll be able to follow the story locally on the Jamie & Louise show as well as on the BBC Wales Local websites. We're also giving away packs of bee friendly flower seeds in June (details to follow), and bees will feature at the Springwatch Wild Days Out. In the meantime, find out which species of flowers are bee friendly from the RHS website and get planting. Bee keeping isn't just a rural operation - bees can thrive in villages, towns, and cities, as long as the conditions are right. Bee Facts: There are 250 species of bee in the UK consisting of bumblebees, honeybees and solitary bees. Pollination delivers â�¬14.2bn to the European economy, most of this is through bumblebees and honeybees. Bumblebees have smelly feet. They produce oily secretions to inform other bees which flowers have already been visited Source: The Bumblebee Conservation Trust That's it for now. If you've got a story concerning bees in Wales then do get in touch. I can mention it here in the blog and pass on any useful information to colleagues involved in the campaign. Gull Having trouble identifying bees? Try the BWARS image gallery.

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  10. Monday 17 May marked the 45th anniversary to the day of one of Wales' most tragic coal mining disasters in recent memory. As miners at Cambrian Colliery, Clydach Vale near Tonypandy, neared the end of the morning shift, an explosion ripped through the P26 district. Located near Tonypandy and ...

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