Blog posts by year and month July 2010

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  1. BBC Radio Wales book programme Phil The Shelf has recently returned to the airwaves. In this Sunday's show, presenter and author Phil Rickman delves into the crime genre as he explores the work of Val McDermid and Peter James. He speaks to a forensic psychologist about the efficacy of psycho...

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  2. This Saturday Bethan Elfyn takes over Stuart Cable's slot on BBC Radio Wales and she'll be playing great new Welsh music, live sessions, interviewing stars of Welsh music and playing some of the classic rock and pop that made Cable's show so popular. You can tune in from 6pm tomorrow evening, then of course you can listen again on the BBC iPlayer. Each week on the show, I'll be joining her to open my 'Welsh Music Atlas' and talk about a moment from Welsh pop that you may not know about. This week we're kicking off with Led Zeppelin's time at Bron-Yr-Aur. You can read more about the story on the link above, but we're always looking for your own recollections, memories or thoughts about the features we're doing. Please feel free to comment below, or if you want to contribute directly to upcoming features, or suggest ones, then you can email wales.music@bbc.co.uk. 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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  3. It's that time of year again when thousands of people descend on the sleepy seaside town of Abersoch on the Lleyn Peninsula for three days of music, partying and wakeboard action from the world's best riders. In the same way that snowboarding revolutionised the skiing industry, wakeboarding ha...

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  4. One of Wales' collection of midsummer festivals has fallen by the wayside for this year after its licence was revoked. Organisers of The Celtic Blue Rock Festival had meant to appeal a decision by Pembrokeshire County Council but the court date fell too close to the festival to make the appeal and festival viable. The organisers of the Llanfyrnach event, which was due to be held on 6-8 August this year, said on their website, "The Voluntary Management Committee of the Celtic Blue Rock Festival on Wednesday 23 June had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year's event. This decision was not made lightly and it was after long and careful consideration and much debate that this unfortunate conclusion was drawn. "The festival organisers have found themselves in the unenviable position of having their licenses revoked and whilst we were planning to appeal against this decision, unfortunately, the dates we were given for the appeal hearing were too close to the festival itself and therefore left little room for the planning and marketing of the event. "The decision was then made that a positive plan of action be implemented and this began with the withdrawing of the appeal and therefore, cancelling the event." The 10,000 capacity festival was due to be headined by Goldie Lookin' Chain and The Beat. 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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  5. This evening's BBC Radio Wales Arts Show features a giant of the Welsh classical and operatic world, Bryn Terfel. Bryn Terfel as Hans Sachs in the WNO's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg © Catherine Ashmore Terfel is currently starring in the Welsh National Opera's production of Wagner's Di...

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  6. Philip Gross has won the 2010 Wales Book of the Year prize with his poetry collection I Spy Pinhole Eye. It is the second major literary accolade for the professor of creative writing, who teaches at the University of Glamorgan, after he collected the 2009 TS Eliot Poetry Prize for another poet...

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  7. Storytelling festival Beyond The Border returns to St Donat's Castle in Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan, this weekend. The festival, which runs from 2-4 July 2010, is dedicated to promoting understanding of the world's pre-literature and oral traditions. It started life in 1993, and was the...

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  8. Myrrha Stanford-Smith has secured an impressive three-book deal at the age of 82, following her submission of a manuscript to BBC Radio Wales book show Phil The Shelf. Myrrha was born and brought up in Brighton before retiring to Anglesey. She submitted a manuscript of a children's story to t...

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  9. We recently announced the exciting news that the third Glaslyn chick had hatched. How time flies? (excuse the pun) I'm pleased to report that all three chicks are all doing well and were recently ringed. Qualified ringers from the BTO climbed the 80 foot tree to the nest site and carefully lo...

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  10. The sinking of the liner Arandora Star on 2 July 1940 is a story of tragedy and human folly, a disaster that need never have happened. The Arandora Star, previously run as a cruise ship by the Blue Star Line, had been commandeered by the Admiralty in the early days of World War Two and on 1 Ju...

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