Blog posts by year and month May 2012

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  1. This week's show is now available via the BBC iPlayer. Please visit the link any time between now and the start of the next programme. My Viking genes don't get on too well with sunshine. But I'm no killjoy, I love that other people are outside having 'fun': guiltlessly gobbling ice cream; throwing frisbees in municipal parks and messing about (safely) on rivers. Me, I just want a hammock in the shade, a good book, and access to my DAB radio or an iPlayer stream. Great sounds make great summers, as much as great weather does, and I hope I have a programme bursting with them for you this week. There are début plays for Bennetton, She Ripped, Mandy, Milestone, Zervas & Pepper, Zebedy, Dubrising & Rhys Trimble, Mr9Carter and Daine. I'm determined to dig up as much excellent, new Welsh talent as is humanly possible this year. That doesn't mean I'll play any old flannel. The standard of new music across Wales is remarkably high. Send me good stuff - your best recording/a recommendation about a band who blew your flip flops off - to themysterytour@gmail.com. Download links/high quality mp3s, please. Elsewhere in this week's show, a defiantly tweedy Ben Hayes treats us to some Monochrome Set - and, cooler than a shaved polar bear's arse, Lara Catrin translates some Derwyddon Dr Gonzo for us. The iPlayer link in this email is specially designed for sharing. Spread the word about all this great music and move me a step closer to world domination. Actually, being well-known enough to secure a good seat in the local supermarket caff would suit me just fine. Many thanks/diolch o galon, Adam Walton. GORKY'S ZYGOTIC MYNCI - 'Patio Song' Camarthen POKET TREZ - 'Rockin'/Dom Da' Caernarfon/Cardiff FUTURE OF THE LEFT - 'Failed Olympic Bid' Cardiff MARTIN CARR - 'Sailor' Cardiff BENNETTON - 'Framework' Cardiff Label SHE RIPPED - 'Ultra - Social Happy Man' Treorchy RALPH RIP SH*T - 'Something [ Radio Edit ]' Cardiff SUE DENIM - 'Bicycle' Bangor EUROS CHILDS - 'Spin That Girl Around [ Single Version ]' Pembrokeshire SCHOOL, THE - 'I Should Do' Cardiff POOH STICKS, THE - 'The World Is Turning On' Swansea MANDY - 'George And Lorna's Secret Romance' Cardiff SHY AND THE FIGHT - 'Breaks' Chester/Llangollen STEFAN MELBOURNE - 'How Long Is Always? ( Featuring Chloe Leavers ) E. P. Version' Manchester BO NINGEN - 'Koroshitai Kimochi (reprise)' Japan CREISION HUD - 'Satellite' Caernarfon/Cardiff TRWBADOR - 'Gwlana' Camarthen/Cardiff IFAN DAFYDD - 'To Me ( E. P. Version )' Llanrug CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN - 'Brokenarmy' Llandudno MILESTONE - 'Showtime' Bridgend CRIMEA, THE - 'How To Make You Laugh' Swansea/Aberystwyth ZERVAS & PEPPER - 'One Man Show' Cardiff ISLET - 'This Fortune' Cardiff MOWBIRD - 'Thank You, You Are Revolting' Wrexham SILVER/BACK/CLUB - 'It's A Wolf' Connah's Quay ZWOLF - 'Breathe' Cardiff ZEBEDY - 'This Is My City [ Radio Edit ]' Conwy CLOCKWORK RADIO - 'Feel It Up [ Youan Remix ]' Caernarfon/Manchester SEAN BW PARKER - 'A More Defensive Attack' Llandeilo/Istanbul EUROS CHILDS - 'Just A Dream [ Single Version ]' Pembrokeshire LARA CATRIN - 'Spoken Contribution' Bangor/Cardiff DERWYDDON DR GONZO - 'Bwthyn' Caernarfon/Manchester PANABRITE - 'Moss Port' Seattle/Welsh Label DUBRISING & RHYS TRIMBLE - 'Kapita [ Radio Edit ]' Wales/Poland OZRIC TENTACLES - 'Disolution ( The Clouds Disperse )' Somerset MR9CARTER - 'The Moombatune' Swansea MAJOR TRIADZ - 'U K People' Powys DAINE - 'Wonderful Waste' Queensferry BEN HAYES - 'Spoken Contribution' Ruthin MONOCHROME SET, THE - 'Jet Set Junta' London A THOUSAND ARROWS - 'Caveat' Cardiff MARTIN CARR - 'I Will Build A Road' Cardiff

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  2. A rare, little tern colony is doing well in north Wales thanks to some extra protection from an electric fence, courtesy of Denbighshire Council. Welsh ospreys are also doing well. At the RSPB Glaslyn reserve all three chicks have hatched and the pair at the Dyfi Estuary should have chicks hatching this weekend. Keep an eye on the Dyfi Osprey Facebook page for some incredible HD webcam images of the birds on the nest - probably the best you will ever see of a bird of prey! Welsh beaches gained 43 Blue Flag awards this year but six lost their status including Aberavon, Llandudno North Shore, Aberystwyth South, Criccieth and Newport. For snake lovers out there, The National Poisons Information Service - (yes it does exist) have revealed that Wales is an adder bite hotspot. 23 people in Wales were bitten by the UK's only venomous snake between 2009-11 but to keep things in perspective, no-one has died from an adder bite for more than 20 years. If bitten, get to a hospital ASAP but providing you watch where you're walking and keep your distance, adders will invariably move away before you even see them. Springwatch is back in Wales for another series, live from the RSPB Ynys-hir reserve. The series starts on Monday 28 May at 8pm on BBC Two. Our Flickr group continues to capture some wonderful images from around Wales. Here are a few that have caught my eye lately: female adder basking in the sun by Matthew Fox Jo Edwards found this hedgehog dehydrated in her garden so gave it some food and water and got it back on its feet. Here's something you don't see every day, a highly camouflaged, treecreeper chick on the nest in Roath Park - snapped by Anthony Cronin A rare cuckoo, feeding on caterpillars - spotted by Mike Warburton Who needs Springwatch when you've got your own webcam set up in the back garden. Laurence Clark was amazed to find badgers in his back yard!

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  3. This weekend sees the grand final of Eurovision 2012. How will Engelbert Humperdinck do? Will it be nul points again for the UK? What might happen if Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland went it alone? Could Manic Street Preachers represent Wales at Eurovision? Since about the year 20...

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  4. If you were born in 1976, there's a good chance that Save Your Kisses For Me topped the charts at the time. The summer of drought, water bowsers and sunburn was also the summer of Brotherhood Of Man - Eurovision winners and chart superstars. Brotherhood Of Man's Nicky Stevens of Carmarthen is...

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  5. In 2004 James Fox became the last Welsh person to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest. He came 16th, so not an unmitigated disaster, but neither was it a stellar success. I talked to him about his time on the competition. James Fox Looking back to 2004, what were your thou...

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  6. Did you know the most successful Eurovision single ever was, in part, Welsh? Or that the highest-placed Eurovision song since 1998 was wholly Welsh? No? Then read on as we plot the course of Welsh involvement in the biggest gathering of international singing talent on the planet! (And Jemini.) ...

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  7. Last week's article involved the creation of an A-Z of family history resources and it got me thinking about what comes after Z. In the General Register Office (GRO) birth indexes once you get to the end of each quarter you can often find a small separate list of individuals, all alone and un...

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  8. This week theBBC National Orchestra of Wales has been tackling Debussy's Images with associate guest conductor, François-Xavier Roth. Now, I have always had a bit of a problem with Debussy. I know his music is very lovely, and very exotic sounding, and all the other words that we are taught shou...

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  9. It's news that perhaps won't surprise many people given his penchant for a small dram or two but the will of Dylan Thomas, which has been now been published online, reveals that the Welsh poet left very little wealth behind him after his death. Genealogy website ancestry.co.uk has published th...

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  10. On Tuesday Pontypridd rock titans Lostprophets appeared on the Live Lounge section of Fearne Cotton's Radio 1 show. The band rocked out live from Maida Vale with one of the singles from the most recent album, plus a cover version with a very special guest. First up was We Bring An Arsenal from their fifth album Weapons. Watch it here: Then the band was joined by Hackney songwriter, rapper and producer Labrinth for a cover of his single Earthquake: 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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