Blog posts by year and month February 2012

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  1. Last week I talked to Feeder about the songs that made their career. Prior to the release of their latest album, Generation Freakshow (out 26 March), the band were in the Radio Wales studios to record special acoustic tracks and an interview with Georgia Ruth Williams' show, to be broadcast t...

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  2. Fans of the BBC daytime drama The Indian Doctor will be pleased to see the programme returning for a second series on Monday. Ahead of the start of the new series Sanjeev Bhaskar, who returns as Dr Prem Sharma, will be talking to Jamie and Louise on BBC Radio Wales on Monday morning about the Welsh-filmed drama. Sanjeev Bhaskar in The Indian Doctor. Photo: Rondo Media/BBC The first series, which was first broadcast in November 2010, proved popular with viewers, with a record number of people contributing comments on Sanjeev's blog post for the BBC TV blog. The new series of The Indian Doctor continues the story of Dr Prem Sharma, the high-flying Delhi graduate who has come to Britain in the early 1960s as one of the first wave of Indian doctors invited by the health minister, Enoch Powell. This time around Prem has to deal with three different complications; a new adversary in the form of evangelist preacher Herbert Todd (Mark Heap), an outbreak of smallpox that threatens to bring catastrophe to the village, plus the arrival of his dreaded mother-in-law Pushpa. Sanjeev Bhaskar as Dr Prem Sharma, Ayesha Dharker as Kamini Sharma and Indira Joshi as Pushpa. Photo: Rondo Media/BBC Actress Ayesha Dharker returns as Dr Sharma's wife Kamini, and Welsh actors starring in the drama include Mali Harries, Alun ap Brinley, Ifan Huw Dafydd and Naomi Everson. Tune in to the Jamie and Louise show on BBC Radio Wales on Monday 27 February from 9am to hear what Sanjeev has to say about the new series. Watch The Indian Doctor on BBC One Wales on Monday at 2.15pm, or on the BBC iPlayer soon after transmission for the subsequent seven days. Visit the BBC programme page for The Indian Doctor to find out more about the series.

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  3. There are many people who can lay claim to the title of Wales' best loved entertainer but, surely, no-one has more right to that title than the mercurial Ryan Davies. Ryan Davies Between 1971 and 1973, with his fame and success already assured in his native Wales, Davies and his comed...

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  4. At Capel Curig in Snowdonia over 50mm (two inches) of rain fell yesterday with some flooding in the Conwy Valley between Llanrwst and Trefriw but today it is much drier and mild. The air over us has come all the way from the tropics but as it crosses the sea it cools forming low cloud, mist, fog and drizzle. Edward Brown sent this picture to me on Twitter. You can just make out the moored ferry in Pembroke Dock. However, as the air moves over the land it dries out, the cloud lifts and breaks leaving parts of north and east Wales fine, warm and sunny. In fact it's been like spring on the north coast. Richard Hopkins took this snap looking towards Colwyn Bay and Rhyl. The temperature in Hawarden in Flintshire nearly reached 17 Celsius today, 63 Fahrenheit. That's nine degrees above average and more like May than February. But we haven't broken any records. But we haven't broken any records... The highest temperature in Wales in February was in 1990 when Velindre near Glasbury in Powys recorded 18.6 Celsius, 65 Fahrenheit on 23 February. Mind you, it hasn't been spring-like everywhere today. In the south and west it has been cooler, especially on the coast with low cloud, mist, fog and drizzle. On Gower the temperature has only been around nine Celsius. At this time of year, the sea is still is cold, around seven or eight Celsius, so where the wind is onshore it can be chilly.

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  5. Perhaps my title is slightly misleading - it was a blink and you'll miss it moment - but I had several bars to play on my own during the BBC National Orchestra of Wales' live broadcast for Radio 3. Had I taken leave of my senses, ran to the front of the orchestra, booted the soloist out of th...

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  6. As we reported last month Jack White, once of the White Stripes, has recorded a single with Wales' evergreen Tom Jones, but if you want to get your hands on a special vinyl version, only one record shop in the world will be able to help you. Evil (Is Going On) cover Evil (Is Going On)...

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  7. Fashion designer Julien Macdonald returned to his home town yesterday to open a new bridge, calling Merthyr Tydfil a "beautiful part of Wales". In a change from unveiling glamorous catwalk creations and working in the upper echelons of celebrity society, Macdonald opened the new bridge at the ceremony in Pentrebach. The bridge forms part of the Trevithick Trail, a walking and cycling route named after inventor and mining engineer Richard Trevithick who was influential in the area in the early 1800s. It has been named Puddlers Bridge after local resident Alan Lewis won a Sustrans competition to name the structure. A steel sculpture of Macdonald now stands alongside one of Trevithick and one of fellow designer Laura Ashley next to a bench on the route. Macdonald said: "It's a really special feeling to have the people from the area I grew up in recognise me in this way, and I hope the portrait bench becomes a well-used and familiar part of the landscape. "Merthyr is a beautiful part of Wales and a route like this one will inspire more people to get out on foot or bike and discover just how beautiful it is." Macdonald was joined by pupils of Afon Taf school, Sustrans Cymru and Cllr Jeff Edwards, Leader of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council for the opening. The designer has not presented a collection at this week's London Fashion Week. As Wales Online revealed last month, Macdonald has given the event a miss to concentrate on his career in America, creating made-to-measure outfits for some of the biggest Hollywood stars.

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  8. It may seem that I'm becoming slightly obsessed with canals at the moment, but I'd just like to take this opportunity to wish the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal a very happy birthday. Monmouth and Brecon canal A whole year's worth of events marking the celebrations began on 10 Februa...

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  9. This week's Radio Wales Arts Show presents a mix of film and theatre as presenter Nicola Heywood Thomas hears from directors and actors alike. Actress Minnie Driver and Welsh director Marc Evans talk about their new film Hunky Dory, which is set for release on 2 March. Minnie Driver and ...

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  10. Last year I received a plea for help which tugged at my heart. Tanya Roberts emailed to say: "During the war my family in Nantymoel had an evacuee from London, a little boy called Stanley Cordish (unsure of spelling). He had to leave us as his parents decided to send him to America for safety...

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