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Friday 9 August 2013, 13:14
During the 19th and early 20th century, three wooden warships became permanent fixtures in the docks area of Cardiff, then one of the greatest sea ports in the world.
Tuesday 6 August 2013, 11:00
Monday 5 August 2013, 11:00
The very first British ship sunk in the war was a small cruiser, mined and sunk on 5 August 1914, the day after the war broke out.
Friday 2 August 2013, 16:09
Quite apart from the language, Welsh customs are an important part of what makes Wales different, a country with a culture and a history all of its own.
Thursday 25 July 2013, 16:57
Wales has produced many interesting and unusual individuals over the years but none was more bizarre and arguably more mysterious than the writer Thomas Jeffery Llewelyn Prichard.
Wednesday 24 July 2013, 10:30
When peace was finally declared on 11 November 1918, ending the four years of bloodshed and mayhem that was the First World War, the initial reaction in Wales was one of relief.
Friday 19 July 2013, 13:31
Last year I was asked to investigate a story for a lady aged 91. Once I discovered the basic details I knew it would be a case that I just had to solve.
Thursday 11 July 2013, 16:25
On 11 July 1648 the siege of Pembroke Castle, which had begun eight weeks before, ended in the surrender of the garrison.
Wednesday 10 July 2013, 15:46
In the 1930s John Charles Peterson - Jack as he was universally known - was one of the most graceful and most popular of all British professional boxers.
Friday 5 July 2013, 16:22
The first periodical in Welsh was published in Holyhead by Lewis Morris, and it pre-dated English language magazines in Wales by nearly 50 years.
Friday 5 July 2013, 14:30
Last October I received a request for help while appearing on BBC Radio Wales. It read: "How would you go about tracing an American GI from World War Two?"
Friday 5 July 2013, 12:23
This year marks the centenary of the birth of Gwyn Thomas, one of Wales' greatest writers in the medium of English.
Thursday 4 July 2013, 12:37
Nobody knows exactly how many GI babies were born but it is estimated to be in the thousands.
Monday 1 July 2013, 11:46
In all 136 fishing boats were lost during the Second World War, with over 900 trawlermen going to their deaths. And many of those men came from south Wales.
Thursday 27 June 2013, 11:10
The druids, the supposedly human-sacrificing enemy priests, struck a chill in everyone's hearts, but it was the appearance of the women, wild haired and bearing torches, that most frightened the legionaries.
Friday 21 June 2013, 15:56
From Llewellyn the Last to Owain Glyndwr, Welsh history is littered with examples of male heroes. Welsh heroines, on the other hand, are much harder to come by.
Wednesday 19 June 2013, 15:34
John Campbell, better known as Lord Cawdor, is renowned as the man who beat the French when they landed at Fishguard in 1797.
Monday 17 June 2013, 15:09
These days rabbits are often kept as pets although rabbit meat is still considered a delicacy in many quarters. Yet they did not exist in Britain until after the Norman Conquest.
Thursday 13 June 2013, 15:57
The idea for a watered down version of Shakespeare had been in Bowdler's mind for years, ever since his own father had first read him the plays during his childhood.
Monday 10 June 2013, 16:30
No-one who has ever driven past Cardiff on the M4 can have failed to spot the fairytale castle that sits high up on the hillside, looking for all the world as if it had just fallen out of Cinderella's most imaginative dream.
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