Blog posts by year and month July 2010

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  1. Sir Tom Jones releases his album Praise and Blame today. We've had a scan around the web for a flavour of what reviewers are saying. Largely positive, critics are praising Tom's use of his voice with stripped-down instrumentation. Have a read and make your own comment below. The Indepdenden...

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  2. As previously reported on this blog, Stuart Cable's former bandmates are releasing their tribute single to the late sticksman today. Former Mining Town is available through all the usual digital outlets and is in aid of Stuart's favourite charities, The Teenage Cancer Trust and Ty Hafan Children's Hospital. Killing For Company said when the single was announced, "We will be releasing the single, Former Mining Town, and dedicating it to Stuart. He was hugely proud of the album and this track in particular. "Not only have we lost a rock legend but also a best friend and the heart of our band. The stage will not be the same without him." 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. Walkers on Gower are being warned to watch their step after a man was bitten on the ankle by an adder at a caravan park in Port Eynon recently. Adders (Vipera berus) are the UK's only venomous snake and common through the UK. Like most snakes they are shy creatures which will do their best to avoid contact with humans. They will only bite as a last resort or if you accidentally step on one, so it's worth wearing walking boots and thick socks when walking in overgrown areas. Adders basking in the sun at Parc Slip. Image by 'Former ex-tog' Their venom is fairly strong but we're not talking taipan or king brown here (no-one has died from an adder bite since the 1970s) but if bitten, you will require hospital treatment in the form of antivenom. Their venom is designed to stun small prey such as lizards, small mammals and amphibians. Bites will initially cause a sharp pain followed by drowsiness, nausea, tenderness, swelling of joints and bruising around the affected area although symptoms can be more severe in certain cases. If bitten, remain calm and don't move around. Take a paracetamol to relieve the pain and get to hospital as soon as possible. Adders will also bite cats and dogs so always keep your dog on a lead when walking in potential adder hot spots. Unfortunately, adders like us, tend to be more active on warm, sunny days when we all decide to go walking. They can often be found basking in the open around the edges of woodland, coastal footpaths and at the back of beaches and dunes. Adders are a protected species and should be treated with respect. Do not handle or disturb them and they'll do you no harm. Watch what happened when Iolo Williams went looking for adders. Find out more about these snakes on the BBC Wildlife Finder. Gull

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  4. This morning I spent a nerve-wracking 15 minutes pre-recording some waffle about The Sex Pistols' famous 1976 gig in Caerphilly. It was for Bethan Elfyn's Radio Wales show, which you can listen to from 6pm tomorrow, 24 July. View a gallery of photos from the Sex Pistols' gig. Once the Sex Pistols piece has been buffed and polished it'll take its place next to part one of a great interview Beth did with Sir Tom Jones backstage at last weekend's Latitude festival. He's released his latest album Praise And Blame this week to some rave reviews. Lastly, Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins picks his Personal Playlist. 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. A new film about the life and career of legendary Welsh boxer Howard Winstone is set to have its world première in Cardiff as part of a three-day boxing festival. Risen is directed by and written by Neil Jones. He co-wrote the film with Stuart Brennan, who stars as boxer Winstone in the film. A host of boxing personalities also appear in the film, including Enzo Maccarinelli, Steve Robinson, Erik Morales, Tim Witherspoon, Leon Spinks, John H Stracey, Richie Woodhall, Glenn Catley and Robin Reid. The film also stars John Noble as Eddie Thomas, Shane Ritchie as Mike Barrett, Gary Dourdan as Sugar Ray Robinson and Grainne Joughin as Benita Winstone - Winstone's wife. Howard Winstone was born in Merthyr Tydfil in April 1939. During his days as an amateur boxer he lost the tips of three fingers on his right hand in an accident at work in a toy factory. The accident made Winstone reassess his fighting style, as he'd lost most of the punching power in his right hand. Having won 83 of his 86 amateur fights (the highlight of which was the gold medal he clinched at the Empire Games in Cardiff in 1958) he turned professional in 1960. Just two years later he won the British Featherweight title, and became the Featherweight Champion of the World at the age of 29 in 1968. He retired just six months later, after losing the crown to Jose Legra. He received an MBE in 1968, and died in 2000 at the age of 61. In 2006 a short film of the Howard Winstone story - The Fifteenth, by the same producers of Risen, Burn Hand Films - screened at the Cannes Film Festival. In the summer of 2006 plans were put in place to begin the feature film. Images courtesy of BurnHand Films Filming took place in Wales and across the UK over a five-week period in the summer of 2006. Following a two year break, the project resumed in September 2008, during which editing also began, and the final instalment was filmed in April 2010. Risen will première on 29 July at the World Boxing Council Night of Champions event, which will take place over three days from 29-31 July at the Cardiff International Arena. Additional information Sean Davies' biography of Howard Winstone on BBC Wales Sport online www.howardwinstone.com www.burnhandfilms.com Risen on the Internet Movie Database website WBC Night of Champions website 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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  6. Welsh star of stage and screen Daniel Evans will act as this year's Honorary President at the Blaenau Gwent and Heads of the Valleys National Eisteddfod. Evans trained at London's Guildhall School of Music and has worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company and British National Theatre. He has won two prestigious Olivier Awards for his roles in Merrily We Roll Along and Sunday In The Park With George. The successful actor is currently the artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, which takes in The Crucible, The Lyceum, and the Studio Theatre. Evans follows in the footsteps of some of Wales' greatest names in acting as the Eisteddfod's president, with recent post holders including former First Minister Rhodri Morgan, Lord Gwilym Prys-Davies, Professor Prys Morgan, Guto Harri and Dafydd Wigley. In Eisteddfod history a different president was honoured each day, but in recent years there has been one sole president for the whole week. David Lloyd George was the Day President for the Thursday for many years and other notable politicians, including Gladstone, also enjoyed the accolade. Evans is also set to act as one of the adjudicators for this year's Richard Burton Prize, having won the award himself in its inaugural year 20 years ago in 1990, aged just 17. He will give his president's speech at the Eisteddfod on Wednesday 4 August. Read the latest news on the 2010 National Eisteddfod on the BBC Eisteddfod website. 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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  7. Welsh Hollywood icon Catherine Zeta Jones and her husband Michael Douglas will today visit the Children's Hospital for Wales to boost its fundraising campaign. Zeta Jones, who is a patron of the Noah's Ark Appeal, set up to raise funds for the hospital, officially opened the children's hospital in 2006. The couple's visit coincides with the 10th anniversary of the original Noah's Ark Appeal, and they are expected to take a tour of the hospital's facilities. Read the story in full on the BBC Wales News website.

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  8. Radio Wales presenter Dewi Griffiths was just eight years old when World War Two began. Growing up in Ton Pentre in the Rhondda Valley, Dewi remembers how family life centred around war reports on the wireless and how, as a young lad he knew the distinctive sounds of the enemy aircraft. Here h...

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  9. The 16 young writers longlisted for the £30,000 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize were announced yesterday. For the first time in the prize's history a playwright has been included on the longlist, with the writers hailing from Canada, New Zealand, the USA, South Africa and Somalia, along with five longlisted authors from the UK - but none from Wales. Judges on this year's panel include Kate Burton - actress and daughter of Richard Burton - and the Gwyneth Lewis, the first National Poet of Wales. Peter Florence, the founder of the Hay Literature, will chair the judging panel. The prize honours the work of Swansea-born poet Dylan Thomas, who died in New York in 1953, and is open to any published writer in English who is under 30. The shortlist for the prize will be announced in early September, with the prize-winner to be announced at an awards ceremony in Swansea on 1 December. Read more on the story on BBC Wales News online and visit the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize website for further details. 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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  10. Well it's the last day of the Royal Welsh Show and this week has really flown by. Apart from Tuesday, which was wet, the weather has been very kind to us. In fact Llanewedd has been very lucky as other parts of Wales have been hit by heavy downpours and floods. Earlier on today I did my lu...

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