Blog posts by year and month October 2011

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  1. The National Trust have enlisted eight celebrities, including the comedian Omid Djalili, the best selling crime-writer Val McDermid and Time Team's archaeologist Francis Pryor to find the nation's favourite walk. Representing Wales is celebrity weather presenter, Sian Lloyd who chose Powis ...

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  2. Last night I went to see old-school, 'crusty' politicopunks New Model Army at Cardiff University and I was the youngest person there, pretty much. Seeing as the band formed in 1980, that's not too much of a surprise. But what did surprise me was the participation of the heroically-grizzled audie...

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  3. Well, it's been mild recently but with clear skies tonight it's going to be a much cooler night than we've had to for some time. In fact in parts of Powys temperature will fall low enough for a ground frost. Tomorrow most of the country will be fine with bright skies and sunshine but not ev...

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  4. Community arts festival Made in Roath returns this weekend, with some events having already kicked off today in the Cardiff district. The small hub of Roath in Cardiff is home to a wealth of artistic talent, and to celebrate this the arts festival Made in Roath sprung to life in 2009. This weekend's festival, which is organised in collaboration with the Milkwood Gallery, promises a range of activities to get involved with. The work of both established and emerging artists will be on show not just in galleries but also in shops, houses - acting as open studios - and even the parks in the area. There'll also be a large choice of spoken word and musical events taking place while Penylan library will host readings and workshops by local authors and poets plus Room to Read, an outdoor group reading aloud event. A selection of images from last year's Made in Roath festival, courtesy of Fra Beecher Made in Roath runs from today, Friday 14, to Sunday 16 October. To see exactly what's going and how you can get involved, visit the website.

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  5. At 8.00am on Tuesday 14 October 1913 a huge explosion rocked the tiny town of Senghenydd, to the north of Caerphilly. It came from the coal mine belonging to the Universal Colliery, the most significant employer in the area, and before the hour was out it was clear to everyone, miners and their ...

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  6. A festival to celebrate the lifetime achievements of the man they call the Welsh Dickens gets underway in Mold, Flintshire this weekend. Author Daniel Owen was born in 1836 into a mining family and is seen by many as representative of the typical struggles and issues of local life in that era...

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  7. As the nights draw in, the temperatures plummet and we await the clocks turning back, thoughts are increasingly turning to Christmas. And for those keen to get into the spirit in the run-up to the big event, there is a huge offering of Christmas shows and pantomimes in Wales to choose from th...

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  8. Huw Lewis, Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage, has announced that some of Wales' most important historic buildings are set to benefit from Welsh Government grants ranging from £11,200 to £75,000. The grants awarded to historic buildings across Wales will pay for essential repai...

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  9. Swansea is gearing up for this year's Dylan Thomas Festival, which runs from 27 October to 9 November, with various literary figures descending on the city to share their thoughts on the icon while showcasing their own talents. The festival, now in its 13th year, focuses not only on Dylan Tho...

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  10. The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, are returning to the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea this December to share and discuss their work. The event was a sell-out last year and this time looks like being no different, with tickets going so fast tha...

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