Blog posts by year and month December 2011

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  1. A group of professional artists based in and around Barry is staging an exhibition on the theme of light. The Vale of Glamorgan Artists' Association (Voga) consists of around 20 artists who regularly collaborate to put on events and workshops in all kinds of venues, ranging from formal galler...

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  2. It's that annual dilemma - real or artificial, cut or pot-grown, large or small, local or foreign? The decision to buy a Christmas tree has become a tricky business. I don't want to sound smug, but I'm feeling fairly virtuous after buying a medium-sized pot-grown tree at the weekend, which is...

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  3. A photographer turns up at a venue somewhere in Britain in order to take shots of the new hot act, The Indubitable Idiots. She's got a photo pass from The Idiots' press company, but on arriving at the venue is presented with a piece of paper she must sign before being allowed in. It's in impe...

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  4. Feeder have announced details of a new single and studio album due in January. Feeder Borders will be released on 29 January through Big Teeth Music, and available on download, CD single, seven inch vinyl and - in a nod to a lost notion of cool - cassette. It precedes their ninth stud...

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  5. It is a cold, sharp morning in Cardiff Bay and I am contemplating how many layers I can wear to work without looking like a yeti. It was quite difficult to leave the warmth of the duvet this morning, but I'm finally getting ready to head for the studio, and it is with great excitement that I can...

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  6. We might think that naming children after special events, famous people and memorable places such as Chardonnay, Britney and Brooklyn is a modern day phenomenon, but people have always taken inspiration from their surroundings and occurrences in their lives. One of my favourite names is Methu...

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  7. Jayce Lewis is keeping a tour diary as he joins Gary Numan on tour in the UK, Russia and Ukraine. Well, here I am on my day off in Southampton. I played what I think is the best UK show so far at the Southampton Guildhall last night. It's a huge venue with a sound system to match, and it made...

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  8. One of the stormiest periods the UK has seen for years is set to continue this week with Wales in the firing line for more heavy rain, gales and some snow too. The Met Office has issued weather warnings. The reason for the turbulent weather is the jet stream, a ribbon of strong winds travelling at speeds of around 200mph high in the atmosphere around 30,000 feet. This will steer areas of low pressure in from the Atlantic bringing spells of wet and windy weather and some heavy rain is likely with gales and a risk of localised flooding. On Tuesday and Wednesday the air will be cold enough for some of the showers to fall as sleet and snow. Most of the snow will be on ground above 100 metres or 300 feet. The snow will settle in places, especially on some hills and mountains where 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 inches) of snow is possible but I wouldn't rule out slushy deposits on some lower ground. Later on Thursday and into Friday we could be in a significant spell of stormy weather as a deep area of low pressure steams in from the Atlantic. We could see wind gusts of 60 to 70mph, with some exposed coasts and hills touching 80 mph. At the moment, though, there is some uncertainty about the exact track, the storm will take and consequently which part of the country will be worst hit. Don't forget you can follow me on Twitter @derektheweather and send your weather photos by email to dereksdiary@bbc.co.uk. Take care Derek

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  9. This week's show is now available via the BBC iPlayer. Please take a listen any time between now and the start of the next programme. Our special guest this week is Bangor's fuzzy-haired weaver of song, Huw M. Huw's new album, Gathering Dusk, is as delightful and refreshing as a mountain strea...

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  10. Here's part one of Jayce Lewis's tour diary as he joins Gary Numan in the UK, Russia and Ukraine. Well, here we are on to on tour with Mr Numan and co! The tour bus picked us up at 9am yesterday and, as always, it was a right nightmare to get a double decker to fit down my street, but it keep...

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