Blog posts by year and month October 2010

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  1. One of the biggest problems the families struggled with wasn't the animals, and it wasn't the tough dawn to dusk work routine. It was the food. With limited supplies, generous helpings of offal, no supermarket to pop out to and every meal having to be prepared from scratch, Alisa and Catrin face...

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  2. It's been a windy old day, strong to gale force winds with gusts between 55 and 65 mph on some coasts, hills and mountains but the wind will ease tonight. The cloud will also be breaking and clearing with a few scattered heavy showers. Saturday will be a much drier and brighter day. There will be a few showers around, and if you catch one it could be heavy, but a bit hit and miss as some places will stay dry. Top temperatures 11 to 14 Celsius and with lighter winds and some sunshine so it will feel warmer than today. Snowdonia Marathon. Image by Colin Paxton: It should be a decent day for the Snowdonia marathon near Llanberis tomorrow after today's rain and gales. The runners may bump into a shower but I can promise some sunshine as well. The temperature ideal around 12 Celsius with a south to south-westerly breeze. Tomorrow evening will be generally dry with mist patches forming in the north. However, for mid Wales and the South expect rain after midnight. On Sunday morning the rain will spread into the north. Drier weather should follow from the south with scattered showers. Temperatures about average 11 to 14 Celsius with a south-easterly breeze. By Halloween it should be dry. The wind light by then and not too cold! If you fancy a spooky Sunday check out Gull's blog for some ideas. Have a great weekend and enjoy the extra hour in bed on Sunday. I plan to go for a walk but I am not sure where yet! Derek

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  3. Welsh comedian Rob Brydon has been speaking to Roy Noble on BBC Radio Wales ahead of the start of his new series The Trip on BBC Two. Take a listen to the interview: The Trip is a six part comedy series which follows the journey of odd couple Brydon and Steve Coogan on an improvised tour of the north of England. The story may be fictional but the characters are based on loose versions of themselves in a Curb Your Enthusiasm kind of way. Coogan, a food critic, is commissioned by the food supplement of a Sunday newspaper to review half a dozen restaurants and plans a business-mixed-with-pleasure trip with his girlfriend. However, she ends the relationship, which leads to Coogan reluctantly inviting along the only person he can think of who will be available - his friend Brydon. Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan in The Trip © BBC/Revolution/Phil Fisk Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan in The Trip © BBC/Revolution/Phil Fisk Over the course of six meals at six different restaurants in and around the Lake District, Lancashire and the Yorkshire Dales, the ultimate odd couple find themselves debating the big questions of life over a series of culinary delights. The series is directed by Michael Winterbottom and builds on the success of previous collaborations between the comedy pair such as A Cock And Bull Story and 24 Hour Party People. A feature length film of the series was recently shown at the London Film Festival. The Trip starts on BBC Two Wales on Monday 1 November at 10pm. The Trip director Michael Winterbottom. Photo: BBC/Revolution/Phil Fisk

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  4. A disconsolate Nicky Wire appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning to apologise to Manic Street Preachers fans after the band were forced to postpone gigs this week as a result of James Dean Bradfield's laryngitis. Watch a short clip here: 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. Next month sees a number events to mark the centenary of the Tonypandy Riots. On Saturday 30 October, a Llafur event will be held at Coleg Morgannwg to mark the 100th anniversary. The event is free to attend and there will be a whole host of lectures taking place, including talks by Pr...

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  6. Halloween is thought to have its roots planted firmly in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced 'sow 'inn') - a time when Celts celebrated the end of summer and the beginning of winter. They believed that during this time, the boundaries between the living and the dead we...

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  7. Penarth's Martyn Joseph has penned a collection of songs as part of a project to mark the centenary of the Tonypandy Riots. Martyn Joseph Speaking to the Western Mail, Joseph said of the Broken Peace album: "I knew something of the Tonypandy Riots already but as I journeyed on, my int...

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  8. A while back I wrote a blog on the Welsh representatives at this year's BFI London Film Festival. Well lo and behold, I missed one out - apologies all round. Submarine is the debut feature film by Richard Ayoade - otherwise known as office oddball Moss from Channel 4's The IT Crowd - and is based on the novel of the same name by Swansea-born writer Joe Dunthorne. It is produced by Warp Films in association with Red Hour Films - the production company headed by Hollywood superstar Ben Stiller. Craig Roberts is a 19-year-old newcomer from Maesycymmer in Caerphilly, and plays the title role of Oliver Tate in Submarine. In the film he has two aims: one is to stop his mother (Sally Hawkins) from leaving his father (Noah Taylor), the other is to lose his virginity to his classmate/girlfriend Jordana. Craig Roberts as Oliver and Yasmin Paige as Jordana in Submarine. Photo © www.image.net Yasmin Paige - who has previously starred in BBC series The Sarah Jane Adventures - plays Jordana in this coming of age comedy, while other stars include Paddy Considine and Gemma Chan. Submarine had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year before enjoying its British premiere at the London festival last week. The Telegraph's David Gritten has written a brilliant review of the film, in which he says "Richard Ayoade's Submarine feels like the most refreshing, urgent and original debut the British film industry has seen in years." He also praises Roberts, saying of his performance, "15 year old Oliver (Craig Roberts) [is] a clever, smallish, lugubrious schoolboy in a duffel coat, whose unchanging deadpan expression inescapably recalls Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate." Read more about Submarine on The Internet Movie Database website and on the London Film Festival site. And read the review by David Gritten in full on the Telegraph website.

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  9. Remember last years amazing effort from Jack Penketh? Lionel has subsequently gone on to bigger and better things - appearing in a recent Walkers crisp advert with Gary Lineker ;) Send in your pumpkin carving snaps to me here at wales.nature@bbc.co.uk and I'll feature the best and worst... i...

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  10. After postponing three gigs this weekend, including tonight's Brixton Academy gig, Manic Street Preachers have released a statement from acutely laryngitis-struck singer James Dean Bradfield. James Dean Bradfield "I would like to personally apologise to the fans. Nothing makes us feel worse than having to postpone a show. We were particularly looking forward to playing two nights at Brixton as we have such special memories of previous gigs at this venue. To say we are gutted about this situation is putting it mildly!" Tickets for the Birmingham O2 Academy gig are valid for the rescheduled show on Tuesday 14 December. Yesterday's Brixton tickets are valid for Friday 21 January and tonight's tickets are valid for Saturday 22 January. Did you have tickets for the postponed gigs? 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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