Blog posts by year and month February 2011

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  1. A north Wales art gallery is in the running for the Art Fund Prize 2011, the UK's largest arts prize. The Mostyn gallery in Llandudno has been longlisted for this year's £100,000 prize, which rewards excellence and innovation in museums and galleries across the UK for a project completed or un...

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  2. Presenters Eddie Butler and Heledd Fychan investigate Welsh places with extraordinary stories in tonight's Hidden Histories, with reseachers from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHW). Eddie Butler and Richard Suggett from the Commission visit the Denbig...

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  3. Today, February 2nd, is Candlemas Day - a traditional Christian festival. It was the custom on Candlemas Day for clergy to bless candles and distribute them to the people and a lighted candle was placed in churches and windows to brighten up the dark winter nights. In Pagan times, it was known as the 'feast of lights' and celebrated the mid point of winter, half-way between the shortest day in December and the spring equinox in March. In the United States and Canada, Candlemas Day is better known as 'Groundhog Day' - made famous by the film starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. In the United States and Canada, Candlemas Day is better known as 'Groundhog Day' - made famous by the film starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. Yes, it's definitely Groundhog Day ;) According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow and winter will soon end. If it's sunny, the groundhog will see its shadow and go back into its burrow for another nap, and winter will carry on for another six weeks! Some people believe that the weather on Candlemas Day can tell us what the rest of the winter will be like and there's an old rhyme: 'If Candlemas Day be fair and bright, winter will have another fight but if Candlemas Day be clouds and rain, winter is gone and will not come again.' Well, it is raining today but it would be a brave person who says that winter is over... There is no sign of any more heavy snow on the horizon, at least in the next two weeks, but of course it can snow in March and snow is more common at Easter than at Christmas. In the meantime, I can promise a drier and brighter day tomorrow with some sunshine but make the most of it, because there is more wet and windy weather on the way later this week. Some heavy rain is likely too with strong to severe gale force winds but nothing compared to what Cyclone Yasi will be unleashing on Northern Queensland shortly. Derek

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  4. The video for Norwegian band Röyksopp's single Forksaken Cowboy has won an award for its director, Cardiff's Matt Callanan. Shot in and around the streets of Cardiff, most notably the Roath and Cardiff Bay areas, Forsaken Cowboy has been given a top award by www.genero.tv. You can watch the v...

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  5. Sad news today, as it was announced that Margaret John, Welsh actor and star of Gavin & Stacey, has died at the age of 84. Margaret John John, who also starred in the BBC Cymru Wales comedy High Hopes and had an acting career spanning six decades, died in hospital in Swansea after a short illness. Read the full story on the BBC News website, and read more about her career on the BBC Wales Arts website.

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  6. Think of it, the classic eccentric inventor, the man who designed and built a death ray and a sky projector for flashing messages onto the clouds - Batman or what? - and he's just moved into a house situated outside your home town. Troops were sent to guard Harry Grindell Matthews When Worl...

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  7. I had a very interesting question from my News Editor yesterday. She wanted to know how far down the ground freezes? I didn't ask why she wanted to know, but thought I'd better find out and do some research to keep my boss happy! Basically, it depends on a few things: How cold the ...

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  8. Tonight on BBC Four at 9pm is The Children Who Built Victorian Britain. This moving and unsettling documentary looks at the Industrial Revolution through the eyes of working children. It is presented by Jane Humphries, a fellow of All Soul Souls College, a Professor of Economic History at Oxf...

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  9. It has been announced today that Welsh Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens has been given a prime weekend slot, taking over from Jo Whiley. Huw Stephens His new show is from 1-4pm on Saturday afternoons, but he will carry on presenting his midnight-2am show on Wednesday nights. He said: "Taking o...

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  10. Golden eagle spotted in Mid Wales. The RSPB said the rare bird, spotted in the skies above Pontrhydygroes, near Aberystwyth, could have escaped from captivity or might have just lost its way. It's not the first time we've had golden eagles circling over Wales and in the past sightings have been reported over Cardiff, Bridgend and Cwmllinau but most are thought to be escapees. See more birds of prey on BBC Wales Nature & Outdoors.

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