Blog posts by year and month July 2010

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  1. The Royal Welsh Show isn't all about pigs, sheep and cattle although there's a fair bit of that too! There are plenty of other things here to keep you entertained, such as the JCB Dancing Diggers which I saw yesterday, strutting their stuff in the main ring. They've been described on the RWS website as "a down to earth version of the Red Arrows, and have curtsied for the Queen; pirouetted for TV and thrilled thousands of people all over the world." These mechanical monsters performed intricate routines to all kinds of music from pop to classical including a hit from Tom Jones. The diggers circled around each other and weaved in and out with only inches to spare. The drivers also used their hydraulics to perform acrobatic moves and even did hand-stands! It was amazing to watch as the machines raised their back wheels off the ground, creating an arch for other machines to drive through. The finale was accompanied by fireworks which really got the crowd going. The JCB Dancing Diggers are a spectacular and unusual entertainment, well worth watching - even in the rain. Derek

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  2. Julie McKenna from Merseyside sent in some fabulous shots of a garden tiger moth she spotted whilst camping at Trearddur Bay on Anglesey recently: Learn more about these flying sensations on the RSPB website.

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  3. This week's show (ready for you to hear at a mouse click via the iPlayer link above) is a much-more-music/much-less-chat affair than usual. We have debut plays for Y Morgrug, Evariste Galois, Efa, Super Cute Voices, O'Casan, El Buen Capitan and Mike Thomas. www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00t4...

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  4. We've been dipping into our extensive backlog of videos from Wales Music Day, held on 1 March this year by BBC Radio Wales to celebrate the best of Welsh music. Pete Lawrie, signed to Universal Island and with a growing reputation, performed his song How Could I Complain?, which you can watch...

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  5. An exciting arts festival hits Caernarfon this weekend and promises to be jam-packed full of literature, music, art and film. Howard Marks and Rhys Ifans are two of the big names to feature at the Gŵyl Arall (Another) Festival on Saturday night. The two are set to chat to Nia Medi, though the...

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  6. The last unfinished poem by Dylan Thomas, written in America just a few years before his death in 1953, will reside at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth after it was bought from a collector. Elegy was purchased as part of a collection of the poet's works; the manuscript is said to ...

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  7. This weekend sees the reformation of one of Wales' demi-legendary indie bands; Swansea's Pooh Sticks will be headlining the indoor stage at Indietracks this Saturday. Indietracks takes place in Derbyshire and is a quite frankly bizarre combination of heritage trains and indiepop music, in aid of The Midland Railway Centre. Music became part of the fundraising activities in 2007 and this year a host of big indiepop names will be appearing including The Primitives, Slow Club, Shrag and White Town. We caught up with Hue Pooh, frontman and chief yarn-spinner of The Pooh Sticks for a brief chat about the reformation. What prompted this reformation? The last Pooh Sticks show was in Osaka, Japan in December 1993. That seemed too perfect so I thought I'd spoil the copybook and do the unthinkable. What is the line-up going to be? As ever, The Pooh Sticks live experience is me with some other people. Your girl and mine Ms Amelia Fletcher will be helping out which augurs well for a good show. The last show with Amy was in Hoboken in 1992 so it should be a treat. The rest of the band consists of a bloke from The Rosehips, some chap who used to be in The Fat Tulips, the bass player from 14 Iced Bears and a lad out of The Boomtown Rats. Anything fans can expect in the set? Blood, toil, tears and sweat. And placards. What makes Indietracks the best place for this reformation? Indietracks is the Glyndebourne of cutie pop! Are you fans of vintage steam railways? WeIl I've always loved Ivor the Engine and especially the music of Vernon Elliott. Does this mark a return to the wider live music scene? I think Indietracks will probably be wide enough. Are you still excited by new music? Yes of course, though I don't really distinguish between old and new. All music is new when you hear it for the first time, right? Who else are you looking forward to seeing on the bill? Are Standard Fare playing? I'd like to see them. Any good Welsh bands you like at the moment? Gene Latter is my latest thrill.

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  8. I'm in a perpetual state of rush. Trying to hit the other end of the country the moment the band I want to see take to the stage, and not a moment sooner or later, is what seemingly defines my fate. Basically I'm a peptic ulcer waiting to happen. I wish I could do something about this, but li...

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  9. Sir David Attenborough is urging all of us to get involved in saving our butterflies. http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/northwestwales/hi/people_and_places/nature/newsid_8834000/8834611.stm Butterfly Conservation

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  10. As part of the 2010 Newport Festival, the south Wales city will hold its first comedy festival in the autumn. Confirmed comedians for the festival already include big name acts Shappi Khorsandi and Jon Richardson, who will both perform at The Riverfront. Paddy the Clown will be bringing co...

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