Blog posts by year and month June 2012

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  1. We are used to hearing news of earthquakes in the developing countries or places such as New Zealand. Most of the time we might empathise briefly with the victims before then get on with our daily lives. Thank God such things don't happen here, we say to ourselves. But they do. Several hundr...

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  2. A few months ago a brand new Welsh singer - A Girl Called Ruth - started following BBC Wales Music on Twitter. I try to listen to the music made by our followers, especially if I've not yet heard of them. Very occasionally, the music I encounter on those listens make me sit up and pay attenti...

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  3. News is coming in this morning that, just a couple of years since the demise of TJ's, another great Newport venue could be in danger of falling out of live music usage. Le Pub, on the city's Caxton Place, has been put up for sale. The tiny two storey venue has gained a very special place in t...

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  4. I've been out walking with Derek Brockway and the team recently, filming for Weatherman Walking, series 6 which will probably be on TV in January 2013. Luckily we were blessed with some glorious summer weather as we walked a stunning part of the Carmarthenshire coast along the Loughor Estuary as far as the old harbour at Pembrey, just past Burry Port. We met some truly inspirational people along the way and if you've not walked, cycled or skated this stretch of coast before, then I highly recommend it. Glassy views over the Loughor Estuary on a calm, sunny day. It's under an hour from Cardiff by car, just off the M4 and easily accessible by train and bus too. The Millennium Coastal Park is ideal for walkers of all abilities and it's staggering to see what they've achieved there since 2000, when you consider the whole area was once a derelict industrial site - think Port Talbot being transformed into 'Teletubby land' and you get the picture. Derek with local guide and wheelchair athlete, Ritchie Powell at Burry Port. The 10 mile section of park is landscaped with rolling green hills, angling lakes and nature reserves such as the National Wetlands Centre and Pwll Lagoon. The wetlands area and surrounding salt marshes are very important habitats and home to up to 50,000 waders each winter. On a clear day you get stunning views over to north Gower and Whiteford Burrows lighthouse which is visible along the walk. Burry Port was where Amelia Earhart's plane, Friendship was towed to, after landing in the estuary making her the first woman to fly across the Atlantic on June 17,1928. Our second walk was closer to home as we visited Cardiff Bay to do a circular walk with TV presenter Frances Donovan - complete with Nordic walking sticks! Frances Cottey tries to teach Derek Brockway the basics of Nordic walking We began at Custom House in Penarth Marina and walked around the barrage visiting local iconic landmarks - The Senedd, The Pierhead Building, Whitewater Rafting Centre etc. The new Doctor Experience opens in mid-July and occupies the strangely shaped large blue hangar over towards the Norwegian Church. Rounding the St David's Spa Hotel we spent some time at the Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve - somewhere I'd never visited before. It's not that big but packs a lot in to a small space - a green oasis surrounded by freshwater and the urban jumble of Cardiff Bay. The warden mentioned that they have a large number of unusual species visiting the reserve which are not always easy to spot but rare bearded tits and water voles have been seen recently. Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve Warblers are out in force currently including Cett's, sedge and reed warbler as well as reed buntings and wildfowl including nesting great crested grebes. When the sun comes out the dragonflies and butterflies arrive and it's well worth a walk if you're ever visiting Cardiff Bay. From here we crossed over the busy road bridge back to Penarth, stopping off at the Whitewater Rafting Centre to film kayakers contorting their paddles, before making our way over the Pont y Werin footbridge to Penarth Marina and Custom House where we began. If you're a keen walker then the Monmouthshire Walking Festival runs from 22 June to 1 July and is a ticketed event. The guided walks cover a wide variety of terrains and topics taking in the local flora and fauna as well as hillforts, castles and plenty of stunning scenery - some of which we walked last year. Visit the website for more details.

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  5. We enjoyed some lovely weather yesterday with temperatures in Cardiff rising to 22 Celsius, 72 Fahrenheit in Cardiff making it the warmest day of the month so far. Yesterday was also the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, with the sun overhead the Tropic of Cancer at 23:09 GMT. As...

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  6. We enjoyed some lovely weather today with temperatures in Cardiff rising to 22 Celsius, 72 Fahrenheit in Cardiff making it the warmest day of the month so far. Today was also the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, with the sun overhead the Tropic of Cancer at 23:09 GMT. Astronomically this signifies the start of summer in the northern hemisphere but it won't feel very summery over the next few days as the weather is about to change. Pressure is falling and there's more heavy rain and showers on the way with strong winds and thunder possible too. The Met Office has issued a couple of yellow warnings for heavy rain. Yellow means be aware. On Friday the north, north west and Ceredigion are at risk from heavy, persistent rain which could lead to localised flooding and some rivers are likely become swollen again. The wind will also be an issue on Friday (fresh to strong) with gusts reaching 45- 50mph on exposed coasts and hills. You can keep up to date with any flood alerts or warnings that are issued on the Environment Agency's website. The inclement weather (with below average temperatures) looks set to continue over the weekend with further showers or longer spells of rain, heavy at times, but hopefully it will dry and brighten-up on Sunday afternoon with some sunshine. It looks like the changeable/unsettled weather is set to continue into the start of July. There is still no sign yet of any prolonged, settled weather on the horizon. Just the odd day or two of fine weather maybe three in a row if we're really lucky. Derek

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  7. Wednesday afternoon's concert from Hoddinnott Hall (live on Radio 3, and Thierry's last from our own studio) will feature Stravinsky's Symphony No 1 in E Flat Major, a work that I was unfamiliar with until now, and if I had heard it on the radio, I would definitely not have guessed it was a work...

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  8. Back at the end of last summer I received a plea for help from Bee Richards. It was accompanied by two such lovely old black and white photographs that it was impossible not to want to help. Bee's father was Thomas Edward Richards, born in 1895 in Llantrisant. He served in the army during Wor...

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  9. 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. No fancy dan, double glazing salesman speak to dress this week's show up. It is what it is: 40-ish pieces of prime new music - the vast majority of which h...

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  10. The Dinefwr Literature Festival, a new event with an exciting line-up, is taking place in west Wales at the end of this month. Highlights will include Gruff Rhys, Howard Marks, Emmy The Great, Julian Cope, Tim Burgess, Josie Long, Joe Dunthorne and loads more. Held at the beautiful Dinefwr Pa...

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