Blog posts by year and month December 2013

Posts (49)

  1. When I’m asked by people for tips on researching their own family tree, the questions range from which online resource to use, to ‘If I have two people with the same name, how do I know which one is mine?’

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  2. Music is the nerve endings of the world outside. I can't write about a song that affects me in isolation to that. It'd be like trying to write about the latest exhibition in the Tate Modern with a welder's mask on.

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  3. The reason for the winter warmth is down to the wind direction with southerly winds carrying mild air northwards from Spain and Morocco.

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  4. This is the second part of the rundown of my Top 10 Favourite Welsh Albums of 2013. It's very much a personal list. Music isn't supposed to be objective, democratic or fair.

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  5. This year marked my 20th as a new music broadcaster. Thinking back to 1993, it's remarkable how much Welsh music has evolved since then.

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  6. Cash machine fraud cost nearly £30m last year alone. It’s a staggering amount, particularly when Tony Blake from the dedicated cheque and plastic crime unit based in London, explained to me just how easy it is for us to beat the conmen.

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  7. Christmas is normally a time of goodwill and friendship to all mankind but in the 12th century such gestures and emotions were very far from people's minds. This was particularly the case in the now ruined Norman castle at Abergavenny, the scene of one of the most infamous massacres ever to take...

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  8. This week saw the beginning of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Recording Marathon. That's not actually an official thing, I made it up. It should be a real thing.

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  9. Step into the Wales Millennium Centre over the next few weeks and you will be greeted with a horde of mystical creatures dotted throughout the venue.

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  10. It was Peter Florence, director of the Hay Festival, who said, 'Why did it take you so long?' He meant writing a novel set in Hay-on-Wye.

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