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Jason Mohammad Jason Mohammad | 17:59 UK time, Sunday, 1 August 2010

It turns out the salad bar is a few steps away from the BBC office. It takes a few days to get to grips with the Maes but the salad was well worth waiting for. I can thoroughly recommend the sweet potato, tomato and cucumber special - extremely good.

It's always good to see sports commentator Alun Wyn Bevan on the Maes. We had a great chat about sporting greats from Gwent which you can see tonight in the highlights programme on S4C.

Alun was speaking at Maes D and I caught up with him a few moments later and he spoke passionately about Welsh rugby international and Olympian Ken J Jones. He was born in Blaenavon and Alun goes through his career and achievements in tonight's programme. One point that emerges: there's no place in Alun's list for a certain Calzaghe. Discuss.

Anyway, there were more photos and autographs on the Maes today with the good folk of Blaenau Gwent. Most are asking "Where's Derek the weather?" and "When's Sport Wales coming back?" Mr Brockway, I have the pleasure in telling you, will be on the Maes tomorrow, and Sport Wales is back on Friday.

I managed to watch some of the competition today. The singing in the choir competition this afternoon was truly stunning.

Julie Hawkins popped in for a chat too. She's a finalist in the Welsh Learner of the Year competition and her story is truly inspirational. She had very little Welsh, but after travelling to Tanzania and Vietnam she moved back to Wales to ensure that her children were born here. She wanted them to go to a Welsh medium school and be fluent.

She is now using her Welsh on a daily basis with her children and her job. Again, Julie's interview is on the Mwy o'r Maes programme on S4C at 7pm.

I told you I couldn't wait to spend my money. I walked past a book stall, started chatting to a lady in Welsh and we began discussing books and family. She'd heard me talking on BBC Radio Wales about my children so she asked me for their names. I told her all about Lili, Max and Poppy - then she took me to a bookshelf and out popped Amser Gwely Popi a Macs, a children's book about Popi and Macs' bedtime routine!

They'll love it. Wonder if it will the ease the chaos of bed time? I doubt it.

Hope you like the snazzy shirt, by the way!

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