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Thursday 2 September 2010, 13:54

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Just a quick catch up on a few things that have caught my eye recently...

  • The Tour of Britain cycling race is coming to Swansea! The city is set to host a stage of the elite cycle race and the Kingsway will become centre stage for a sprint finish at the end of the event's third leg on 13 September.

  • Toxic waste is to be cleared from a site in Cardiff. The waste posed a "significant environmental threat" and the 1,630 chemical barrels are to be removed from the former Seaport site at Roath Dock, Tremorfa which was closed over safety issues.

  • Geologist and Author - Brian John has spoken out over the Stonehenge 'blue stone' mystery that has had archaeologists, geologists and scientists baffled for decades.

It's always been assumed that the stones were transported from the Preseli Hills in West Wales to the site. Brian believes that the stones were probably collected from Salisbury Plain, much closer to Stonehenge - thanks to glacial movement around 450,000 years ago.

It is also known that at least 20 stones came from other parts of Wales including Newport, Pembs, the Brecon Beacons and possibly Fishguard.

  • Onto birds - there are calls to protect a rare colony of little terns in Gronant, North Wales and to make the site into a National Nature Reserve.

The birds are extremely vulnerable to predation but numbers have increased significantly since Denbighshire County Council took over management of the site. The hard work of volunteers and wardens has definitely paid off.

  • And finally Welsh artist, Chris Oakley plans to mark the 200th anniversary of the Jubilee Tower at Moel Famau with a difference.

The artist plans to illuminate the old tower using a beam of light that will shoot up out of the ruins and into the sky. The light will be powered by recycled bio-fuel and shine for about a week after 25 October. Find out more about the Clwydian Range in this BBC NE Wales video.

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