Blog posts by year and month August 2010

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  1. According to today's Guardian Cardiff, Super Furry Animals are calling a halt to their band activities to concentrate on other projects. Update: On his Twitter, Gruff Rhys has posted: "Slow news day. SFA have not split up. Love SFA." Guardian Cardiff editor Hannah Waldram quoted an unnamed...

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  2. Listen to a clip from my final appearance on the Jamie and Louise Show on BBC Radio Wales, this time presented by Mal Pope and Lisa Rogers. 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 hav...

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  3. Here's my weather prediction for the bank holiday weekend: Saturday should have some sunshine with the best of this occurring in the south and east. It will be mostly dry but a few showers are likely in parts of the north and west. Top temperatures 15 to 20 Celsius, with a light to moderate...

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  4. Gwent Theatre has lost its appeal against the Arts Council of Wales' decision to withdraw its funding. The decision to end the annual funding of £250,000 was announced in June, and is likely to spell the end of the Abergavenny-based organisation. Michael Sheen was among those pledging their s...

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  5. Much of Mid and South Wales had another good soaking recently. Some torrential downpours with flooding in places. At Tyn y Waun in the top of the Rhondda Valley, over 63mm of rain fell in the last twenty four hours, about 2.5 inches. The wettest day of the year at this location so far! Meanw...

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  6. A ship that once appeared in the popular 1970s BBC television drama The Onedin Line will once again be sailing along the north Wales coast. The ship, called Kathleen and May, is Britain's last three-masted topsail schooner. It was built for Captain John Coppack in 1900 in Connah's Quay in Flintshire, for cargo trading around the Irish Sea. The Kathleen and May was renamed the Charlotte Rhodes for the BBC Show. Made of oak and pine, it was found derelict back in 1998 by her owners Steve and Marilyn Clarke, who restored it over a period of two years. It was completed at a cost of £2 million. From next March, the ship will based at Liverpool's Cannign Dock but will be used for overnight trips along the north Wales coast, as well as making journeys to Cumbria, the Isle of Man and Ireland. Peter Gilmore as Captain James Onedin and Anne Stallybrass as Anne The Onedin Line was a popular British television series that ran from 1971 through 1980. Set in the 1860s, the drama followed the fortunes of James Onedin (played by Peter Gilmore), an ambitious, clever and determined shipowner whose private life was as tempestuous than the seas he sailed. 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. The Welsh Assembly Government have announced proposals to tackle TB found in other wildlife in Wales. Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones has launched a consultation on a draft legislative order to control TB in camelids, goats and deer. What's a camelid I hear you cry? Take a look at the wik...

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  8. Stereophonics are to reissue their first two albums and celebrate the release with special gigs at London's Hammersmith Apollo. According to their official website today, 1997's Word Gets Around and 1999's Performance And Cocktails will each be reissued in two-CD deluxe and three-CD super deluxe formats. "It's over 10 years since the first two albums were released," says Kelly Jones. "Listening back to them and all the b-sides and live tracks brought back a lot of memories. It's taken over a year to find and compile all the tracks, pictures and notebooks, Stuart's passing in June has made the whole experience more poignant. "To celebrate the albums we will playing two nights at Hammersmith Apollo playing every track and selection of b-sides, something we have never done in a live experience. There's a lot to learn but it's going to be rocking!" Word Gets Around will be performed on Sunday 17 October at Hammersmith Apollo, while Performance And Cocktails gets its airing the following day.

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  9. London-based North Walians The Joy Formidable have signed a major record deal in the United States. Following in the footsteps of Kings Of Leon, the space rock trio have signed to the Warner group's Canvasback label in the US, and a prominent record exec has been enthusing about them to Music Week. Canvasback's managing director Steve Ralbovsky (who signed acts such as The Strokes, Kings Of Leon and My Morning Jacket) told the industry magazine: "As soon as I saw them I knew it was game on for me. There was an amazing power coming from the three of them and such a great wall of sound there was not a soft moment in the whole set. "It's not going to be a case where we will be developing the band in the UK before moving them to the US, it is more a case of developing both markets at the same time." The Joy Formidable can look to a busy period of touring and promotion around the release of their début album in early 2011. 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. Imagine it. A merchant ship blown in half by a mine and then simply welded together again so that she could continue to play a role in the effort to keep Britain supplied during the dark days of World War Two. That is exactly what happened to the oil tanker Tafelberg. Built by Armstrong Whitwo...

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