Blog posts by year and month September 2010

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  1. Stuck for something to do this weekend? Well, if you happen to be wandering around Porthcawl this weekend - don't be alarmed if you bump into 1000's of Elvis fans sporting wigs, side burns and outrageous costumes. The Porthcawl Elvis Festival begins tonight and runs until 26 September. The...

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  2. This weekend is the final weekend of Open Doors, the largest annual free celebration of architecture and heritage to be held in Wales. Around 50,000 visitors have already enjoyed free access to over 300 sites across Wales so far this month. Here are just a couple of highlights for this coming weekend: Explore Newport Castle on the banks of the river Usk, which was once inhabited by ancestors of Henry VIII and isn't normally open to the public. Llantrisant Castle Take a walk around the historic town centre of Llantrisant. The town carries a royal charter for those who fought in the battle of Crécy. It was also once home to the pioneer of cremation Dr William Price. In Bridgend, visitors have the option to go on a guided walk around the newly completed Townscape Heritage Initiative area and a one-off chance to see inside one of the oldest medieval houses in south Wales. Two of Cardiff's finest churches are taking part in Open Doors this weekend. St John's, Canton is regarded as one of the best examples of Victorian Gothic churches in Cardiff. Another St John's Church, this time in the city centre, was founded in 1180 and was extensively reconstructed in the 15th century when its magnificent Somerset-style tower was built. St John's Church in the city centre On Saturday 25th in Caerphilly County Borough a team of dedicated volunteers will be demonstrating the original Victorian winding engine at the Winding House museum on the site of the former Elliot Colliery at New Tredegar. Read our earlier blog about the museum. The historic market town of Ruthin in Denbighshire offers an extended programme of events. As well as a variety of buildings open to the public there will be guided walks, tours and exhibitions. Open Doors is organised by the Civic Trust for Wales on behalf of Cadw, the Welsh Assembly Government's historic environment service. A full listing of all remaining events and properties taking part in Open Doors from now until the end of September can be found on the Civic Trust for Wales website www.civictrustwales.org/ehd. 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. West Wales duo Vanguard are to headline a free Radio 1 United Nations gig, hosted by Bethan Elfyn from BBC Introducing in Wales. Vanguard She said: "Introducing is a wonderful, massive BBC family; it's all about sharing some of the most exciting new acts in the UK every week. Every now and again we have a get together called Radio 1's United Nations - a gig to bring together some of the best artists from the four nations of the UK. "In November last year, we went to Belfast; in April we did it in Glasgow but in a couple of week's time we're going to be doing it all again, and this time it's on home turf here in Wales. "Huw Stephens, Rory McConnell, Vic Galloway and I have have picked out the best electronic acts to represent live at Cardiff's Clwb Ifor Bach on Thursday 7 October." Headlining the gig and chosen by Beth are Vanguard. "This wonderful duo are the best Welsh producers at the moment, making great French house music." Full line-up and details: Vanguard (Wales) Hot City (chosen by Huw Stephens to represent England) Not Squares (chosen by Rory McConnell to represent Northern Ireland) Kobi Onyame (chosen by Vic Galloway to represent Scotland) with C.Y.N.T. DJs Doors 8pm, first act on 8.20pm Highlights from the night will be broadcast on Radio 1 on Wednesday 3 November. All tickets for the night are absolutely free but there are only a limited number available. To apply for tickets click here: bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/shows/radio_1_united_nations

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  4. Sara Kempe, a 20 year old singer from Abergavenny, is celebrating the Ryder Cup next week with the release of her theme tune for the event, Let Me Fly. Sara Kempe The single is out on Monday through Virgin/EMI and has thus far been used in promotional material and adverts for the enormo...

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  5. A quick round up of some of the other nature & outdoor stories in Wales this week: Wind power finally arrives on Ramsey Island meaning the wardens and volunteers will no longer have to rely on the old generator for power. The Millennium Stadium has set itself a target of becoming the UK's first green events venue. Plans are afoot to restore the Grade II listed swimming lido in Pontypridd after it received a £75,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Sadly a marine conservationist student from Wales has drowned while diving off the coast of Martinique. Thomas Dunkley, 28 had been carrying out research for his Masters degree at Bangor University; looking into the effects of global warming on coral reefs. Workers have uncovered 100's of single shoes whilst repairing a chimney stack on an old stone 17th century cottage in Snowdonia. The shoes are thought to date from Victorian times and have left the National Trust baffled. One explanation is the "concealed shoes" phenomenon - an ancient and superstitious practice aimed at guarding a house against bad luck. Beaches across Wales had a good clean up recently thanks to the 'big beach watch clean up' organised by the Marine Conservation Society. An unmaned robotoc yacht named Pinta was launched off the Irish Coast earlier his month by a team from Aberystwyth University. Teams from around the world use on-board sensors and GPS technology to help their boats navigate themselves across some of the most treacherous oceans in the world. Pinta is only 3m long and not expected to complete the challenge but it will be interesting to see how far she gets. And finally Welsh naturalist - Iolo Williams is set to star in BBC's Autumnwatch series next month.

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  6. Five of the six shortlisted authors up for the prestigious 2010 Dylan Thomas Prize are women, it has been announced. A six-strong shortlist for the £30,000 prize, which is now awarded annually, has been revealed from a longlist of 16 - with the young authors hailing from five continents. Of the six works, two are collections of poetry while the other four are novels. The shortlisted authors and their works are: Caroline Bird, Watering Can; Elyse Fenton, Clamor; Eleanor Catton, The Rehearsal; Emily Mackie, And This is True; Karan Mahajan, Family Planning and Nadifa Mohamed, Black Mamba Boy. Professor Peter Stead, prize founder and judge, with the shortlisted books taken at the statue of Dylan Thomas in Swansea Read more on this year's shortlist on the BBC Wales News site, read more about Dylan Thomas on BBC Wales Arts and visit the official Dylan Thomas Prize website for further information.

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  7. A new exhibition featuring some of the most recognisable Welsh faces from the worlds of arts, sport, business, politics and science will begin next month at the Washington Gallery in Penarth. Artist Carolyn Merrifield has teamed up with photographer Jocelyn Allen for her latest collection, of ...

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  8. The Vinyl Factory in Middlesex used to manufacture one million slices of shiny black vinyl a week, and had factory visits from The Beatles, Pink Floyd and other major stars in its time as the EMI plant. These days it produces 25,000 records a week, catering for a tiny proportion of the UK mus...

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  9. It's just two days to go until Goldie Lookin' Chain's alternative Ryder Cup Celebrity Golf Tournament and gig, and more details have been announced for the afternoon's nine hole round of club 'n' ball fun on the Caerleon municipal golf course. The Goldie Lookin' Golf Tournament is free for th...

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  10. The final band in our trilogy of the new school term of bands that we're excited by are called Town, a fourpiece 'britwave' band from Newport. I threw some questions their way to coincide with their session on Radio One Wales this week. Town Are you a full-time band, or do you have other...

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