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Thursday 28 October 2010, 16:02
The finale of Black History Month celebrations will take place this Saturday 30 October, between 12pm and 6pm at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.
In partnership with Black Voluntary Sector Network Wales, the programme culminates with a packed day of live music, workshops, discussions and...
Thursday 28 October 2010, 15:30
Jon Dee's passing away has got me thinking of funerals. His funeral takes place this week, and I'm sure it will be a fine one.
It's funny to think of a funeral as a fine one or a good one, but this has been important in the Welsh psyche for many, many decades. Of course, in the old days, when I was young...
Thursday 28 October 2010, 11:50
Great sadness this week. Jon Dee, who was the regular astrologer on my radio programme for twenty years, suddenly passed away. It was a great shock and a deep sadness because he had only recently moved to Bridgend and was setting up a publishing film.
Wednesday 27 October 2010, 13:32
When we think of America most of us will immediately conjure up an image of the Wild West, of cowboys and gunfighters and the US 7th Cavalry. What most people don't realise is that Wales and the USA are more intimately connected than might be supposed, particularly where soldiers and gunfighters are...
Monday 25 October 2010, 16:36
Dinorwig quarry hospital in Padarn Country Park, Llanberis, is holding an open day on Tuesday 26 October, where you can see what would have happened to injured quarrymen in Victorian times.
The open day is from 11am to 4pm and there are guided tours at 11.30am and 3pm. It is otherwise shut during...
Monday 25 October 2010, 11:18
Say the words "American gangster" and your mind invariably turns to criminals like Al Capone, Pretty Boy Floyd or John Dillinger. But one of the most successful of all gangsters - perhaps because he lived to a ripe old age - was actually a man of Welsh descent.
His real name was Llewellyn Morris Humphreys...
Friday 22 October 2010, 10:22
If you're looking for half-term activities next week, there are a couple of Snowdonia 1890 inspired events taking place.
Snowdonia 1890 Day
A fun 1890 themed workshops and events featuring Una the steam train in full steam, members of the Snowdonia...
Thursday 21 October 2010, 17:12
Wales History visited the Museum of Fire in September 2010. Based in Skewen, near Neath, this small museum, run by an enthusiastic group of volunteers had some exciting plans for expansion. Read the blog article.
One of the fire engines in the museum caught our eye, and it turned out to have quite a...
Thursday 21 October 2010, 14:45
'Ich bin ein Berliner': I am a Berliner. I hope that's right, because President Kennedy went slightly amiss with his podium cry. His declaration came out as 'I'm a Berlin doughnut', or so I'm led to believe.
Our annual visit to an autumnal European capital city with Aberdare Rotary Club went superbly...
Thursday 21 October 2010, 09:41
In the wake of the Easter Rising in Ireland in 1916, when Irish republicans, many of them members of the Irish Volunteer Army, seized the General Post Office in the centre of Dublin and held it for five days, the British government was frightened into the worst type of knee-jerk reaction.
Tuesday 19 October 2010, 14:04
The National Waterfront Museum at Swansea has been given a commemorative handkerchief from the 1893 Pontypridd Eisteddfod, which was found hidden in an abandoned house in Burma during World War Two.
Monday 18 October 2010, 15:44
As series producer of Snowdonia 1890, the last 12 months have been busy. I started the job in September 2009, with a simple but sweeping directive to send two brave families on an epic journey back in time, to live the tough everyday lives of Snowdonian smallholders.
Friday 15 October 2010, 15:02
Thursday 14 October 2010, 11:16
Following the phenomenal success of the two Coal House series, BBC Cymru Wales has recently launched a new 'back in time' programme, Snowdonia 1890.
Produced by the same team that recreated life in Blaenavon in the 1920s and '40s, this...
Tuesday 12 October 2010, 12:02
During World War Two nearly three million American soldiers and airmen were sent to Britain, most of them arriving in the years 1943 and 1944, prior to the D-Day landings in France.
Wales housed more than its fair share of these exuberant and sometimes...
Monday 11 October 2010, 09:25
Who discovered America? It's a simple question and one that usually brings the standard response - Christopher Columbus. But here in Wales we have our own theory. And that theory says that America was actually discovered 300 years before Columbus sailed "the ocean blue" in 1492 - and more importantly...
Friday 8 October 2010, 13:58
Llantrisant Leisure Centre plays host to the annual Glamorgan Family Society fair tomorrow, Saturday 9 October from 10am.
Teams of local experts in both family and local history will be on hand to help with your questions.
There will be stalls selling old postcards, local and family history books,...
Wednesday 6 October 2010, 14:48
The identities of two Welsh families picked to take part in BBC Cymru Wales's new series set in Snowdonia 1890 have been revealed.
The Jones family from Denbigh and the Braddock family from Abergavenny have been chosen to travel back in time to 1890.
The two families commit to living as closely as...
Wednesday 6 October 2010, 13:18
The final 100th object, chosen by the British Museum, needs to be an object that tells the story of the ingenuity and the challenges that shape humanity in the 21st century...
Monday 4 October 2010, 12:59
This autumn sees the start of a new landmark series called Snowdonia 1890 on BBC Cymru Wales.
You can watch a trailer about the programme below:
Filmed mainly in Rhosgadfan in Gwynedd, Snowdonia 1890 sees two specially selected families embark on an epic journey, as the men, women and children commit...
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