Blog posts by year and month December 2010

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  1. It was a quiet weekend - dry and not too cold so ideal for a walk or Christmas shopping but it will be a very different story next weekend as an Arctic blast looks set to bring more snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Over the next few days, a ridge of high pressure will keep things largely dry and settled. There'll be some sunshine and a few fog patches with just a slight frost overnight - nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year but don't be fooled... A cold front over the Arctic will sweep south across Britain during Thursday and that will open the gates to some very cold air, direct from the North Pole. Most of Wales will be in the firing line for snow on Thursday and Friday and the Met Office has issued an early warning. Very low night time temperatures are also expected with further snowfall over the weekend. At the moment, it looks like it may turn less cold next week, so don't bank on it being a white Christmas just yet, but there could well be snow still visible on 25 December. Derek

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  2. Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys has joined an indie supergroup to raise money for education and employment projects in Brazil, Africa and the UK. Rhys has joined The Bottletop Band, which also features Carl Barât of The Libertines, Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys and Drew McConnell of Babyshambles. Their début single, Fall Of Rome, was released online this weekend, and an album, Dream Service, follows in April. The single is available for download from the band's official website. Alongside the four main players, The Bottletop Band also features guest musicians including Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, VV Brown, Sam Sparro, Fink, Reverend And The Makers, Eliza Doolittle, Tim Burgess of The Charlatans and Brazilian musicians. 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. It's that time of year again and we're in for a treat tonight and early on Tuesday morning as the skies should be fairly clear over much of Wales. The Geminids can be seen annually at this time of year. Most meteor showers are linked to dust and debris from comets but the Geminids originate from an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon. 3200 Phaethon has a cloud of dust trailing from it that the Earth moves through every year in mid December. Particles of dust travelling at 80,000 mph hit our atmosphere and appear as bright pale green streaks of light, streaking across the sky at a rate of up to 80 per hour. To see the Geminids, stand with your feet pointing North, West or Southwards and look up at an angle of about 45 degrees. I'll be cheating this time and using my iphone 'star walk' application to find them! ;) If you know your constellations then look up towards the Castor star which forms part of Gemini. The best time to see them will be a couple of hours after midnight so set your alarm and wrap up warm, as it will be a chilly night. There's a nice little piece in the Guardian about the meteor showers today. As ever I'd love to see your pics particularly with the BBC 'star gazing' event coming up in early January...but more on that nearer the time. Send your pics to me at wales.nature@bbc.co.uk or submit them to our fantastic Flickr group.

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  4. The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea this evening opens the first of three new seasons of exhibitions focusing on film. Ffilm 1: Single Shot is the first collection of films in a series that is set to run until April 2011 in various spaces across the gallery based in Alexandra Road. Films...

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  5. In man's 'roaming about' development, horse-riding followed walking, coaches followed horses, trains followed coaches, bikes slipped in there somewhere, along came motor cars and then, my favourite group movement conveyance trundled out: the bus. Man oh man, my love affair with the bus goes b...

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  6. On 11 December 1282, a small skirmish took place close to the River Irfon in Mid Wales. The battle - if it can be called that - was fought between a party of mounted English knights and a group of unarmoured Welshmen who were clearly travelling on foot - an uneven contest if ever there was on...

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  7. Well, it was a pleasant change not having to scrape ice off the car windscreen this morning! Across much of Wales, temperatures stayed above freezing although Pembrey on the Carmarthenshire coast dipped down to -1 Celsius. The air over us today has come from the Atlantic so it is milder & ...

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  8. A heritage and tourism summit was held at the historic Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House in Conwy yesterday. The summit, organised by the Welsh Assembly Government and Cadw (the historic environment service of the Welsh Assembly Government) and involving European experts, discussed ways in whi...

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  9. An independent, Bafta Cymru award-winning film that was shot in Swansea is in line for a $1m prize as part of a film competition. Hailed by The Independent as: "The Royle Family meets Nil By Mouth... One of the best British films I've seen in years", Little White Lies is a film about a family ...

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  10. 2010 has been a year mixing great success with tragedy, with a great album from Marina And The Diamonds to the death of Stuart Cable. Here we cover the year month-by-month. Let us know what you remember from 2010. January Lostprophets' The Betrayed January saw the release of Lostprophets' fourth album, The Betrayed. It was their first to be released completely independently. We loved it, with all its big pop hooks, menacing atmosphere and a sterling production job by the band's bassist, Stuart Richardson. Read our track-by-track guide. February Marina And The Diamonds' Family Jewels Marina And The Diamonds delivered her much-anticipated début album, The Family Jewels, in February. It lived up to expectations, with some superb pop gems delivered in an inventive, leftfield fashion and great charm. Read our track-by-track guide. March John Sicolo One of the Welsh music scene's larger-than-life characters died in March. John Sicolo, owner of the TJ's venue in Newport was missed by many and his legacy was much-praised. Read our obituary. April In April, ex-Guns N' Roses manager Alan Niven, a highly-respected big player in the international music industry, declared that an unknown guitarist from Abercarn was the best in the world. Chris Buck of The Tom Hollister Trio was that man. Watch Buck play. May Radio 1 came to Bangor in May for the Big Weekend. 480,000 people registered for tickets to see a line-up that included Florence And The Machine, Dizzee Rascal, Pendulum, Rihanna, Lostprophets, Paramore, Justin Bieber, 30 Seconds To Mars, Kids In Glass Houses and The Joy Formidable. Visit the official Big Weekend website. June Stuart Cable June was over-shadowed by the tragic death of Stuart Cable. Many stars of the UK music scene paid tribute to the drummer and radio presenter with a big personality. But many more tributes came in from members of the public. It was astonishing and moving to see how much the frizzy-headed rock animal meant to so many. Read our obituary. July In the world of social media, the ability to share great finds means sometimes a hit comes out of nowhere, even scooping appearances on the news. Newport (Ymerodraeth State Of Mind) was widely criticised, but it got over two and a half million hits on YouTube before being taken down. Read about the track. August Beset by problems over the years, Bryn Terfel's Faenol Festival was cancelled in August. Poor ticket sales for the multi-genre music festival near Bangor were blamed. Terfel said it was "dreadfully disappointing". Read about the story. September Manic Street Preachers' Postcards From A Young Man September saw the release of Manic Street Preachers' 10th studio album, Postcards From A Young Man. James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore had made an album of radio-friendly tracks that aimed for "mass communication". Read our track-by-track guide. October Growing year-by-year, the Sŵn Festival swamped Cardiff in great gigs during October. Adam Walton wrote three epic review pieces for us. Read Adam's review of day one. Read Adam's review of day two. Read Adam's review of day three. November Duffy's Endlessly Duffy's second album, Endlessly, was released last month. As the follow-up to one of the best-selling albums of the last five years, pressure was on the Nefyn singer. Read BBC Music's review. Read what the papers said about the album. What are your memories of this year in Welsh music? 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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