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What a load of rubbish!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 13:56 UK time, Friday, 30 June 2006

So say residents fed-up with a new recycling scheme which is apparently leaving rubbish piled up, according to www.rhyljournal.co.uk.

Are you finding the collections service working or not in your area? Introduced in May in parts of Rhyl and Prestatyn, household and recyclable waste is collected on alternate weeks, from different bins.

But, the newspaper says, householders in Maes Clwyd, Rhyl, have been faced with mounting piles of bags and overflowing bins as their rubbish has gone uncollected.

Driven round the bend!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 13:46 UK time, Friday, 30 June 2006

Road safety measures outside a couple's home is driving them around the bend and can mean a four mile journey just to turn around, according www.denbighshirefreepress.co.uk.

Prof John Solbe and his wife, Dr Rosemary Solbe, live on the west side of the A525 St Asaph to Rhuddlan dual carriageway, near the Talardy Hotel, and now with the access point across the central reservation being filled in they have to drive two miles up to the Rhuddlan roundabout and two miles back before they pass their home and continue on to St Asaph.

And as Prof Solbe is head steward at St Asaph Cathedral that sometimes mean four trips to church on Sundays - an extra 16 miles.

New supermarket an 'eyesore'

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 13:38 UK time, Friday, 30 June 2006

Residents living in the shadow of the new Tesco supermarket which is currently being built in Ruthin are branding it an 'eyesore', claiming the building looks 'disgraceful' from the back which faces their homes, according to www.denbighshirefreepress.co.uk.

Would you pay to shop in Corwen?

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 10:58 UK time, Thursday, 29 June 2006

Denbighshire Council has put on hold its plans to charge for car parking in Corwen following protests by locals who were concerned it would hit trade, reports BBC Local News.

Hollywood star broadcasts from spare bedroom

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 10:27 UK time, Thursday, 29 June 2006

Don't forget to tune your internet radio to Snug Radio tonight as Hollywood star Jeff Bridges is being interviewed by Lee & Maff, founders of the station which broadcasts from a spare bedroom of a house in Prestatyn.

We not good enough?

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:32 UK time, Wednesday, 28 June 2006

What is with border businesses that say their address is in Chester or Cheshire when clearly they are in Flintshire or Wrexham? A website has been set up to 'name & shame' the companies concerned.

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Generations unite for jubilee

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:11 UK time, Wednesday, 28 June 2006

Can you help us to find some jubilee stalwarts? This year marks the 150th Buckley Jubilee, a procession of Sunday School and different religious groups around the town that has become something of very special family event with three or four generations of families taking part together.

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Journey of remembrance

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Alys - Web Team Alys - Web Team | 14:53 UK time, Tuesday, 27 June 2006

The Battle of the Somme began on July 1 1916 and cost nearly 200, 000 British soldiers their lives. Army cadets from Wrexham will be travelling to Thiepval to take part in parades to commemorate the battle, reports BBC Wales News. For 15 year old Liam Smith the journey is especially poignant as it will give him the opportunity to visit the grave of his great uncle, Freddie Edwards, who lost his life during the Battle of the Somme. While in France the cadets are also planning to take part in a sponsored walk to raise money for charities including the Poppy Appeal.

A feast of world music

World music fans are in for a treat over the coming fortnight. With just over a week to go before the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod starts, the Ruthin Festival begins today, featuring music from the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band from India. Many other artists will feature over the coming week, playing a variety of music including jazz, classical and samba!

'Keep your hands off our hospital'

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 13:41 UK time, Saturday, 24 June 2006

That was wording on one of the placards being waved by one of the elderly women in a crowd of 200 people yesterday. They were protesting about plans which could lead to the closure of Flint's community hospital with the loss of 19 beds.

The review is being undertaken by Flintshire Local Health Board and locals held a public protest to show their opposition outside Flint Parish Church. Among them was local MP David Hanson.

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'Welcome' - if you can pay up!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 13:22 UK time, Saturday, 24 June 2006

So what do you think about the news that half a dozen nations won't be represented on the Llangollen Eisteddfod showfield in two weeks' time because they can't afford to pay for new UK visas? And isn't it embarrassing for the goverment that a festival promoting world unity will be missing representatives from nations like Indonesia, Ukraine, Turkey and Spain because they can't afford to pay up.

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Denbigh's special delivery

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:01 UK time, Friday, 23 June 2006

After a 30-year break, babies are once again being born in Denbigh Infirmary, reports the www.denbighshirefreepress.co.uk. And one of the first to use a dedicated room at the hospital was Rebecca Pace who gave birth to a baby girl.

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Ffrith: Your chance to quiz council

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 13:32 UK time, Thursday, 22 June 2006

OK - now's your chance to put Denbighshire councillors on the spot. For they are hosting a public question time
giving you the opportunity to ask them about plans to revamp Ffrith Gardens.

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'Evolve' voted top of the pops

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 13:22 UK time, Thursday, 22 June 2006

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Congratulations to up and coming St Asaph band Evolve who scooped this year's BBC Wales New Talent competition from a host of other unsigned bands in Wales.

It again proves the talent coming from this region because Ethergy from Rhyl got it last year.

For their efforts, Evolve win some studio time to cut a demo which they could release. Good luck lads.

Dennis says thanks & Michael hobbles home

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 22:01 UK time, Wednesday, 21 June 2006

Wrexham's first World Cup player, Dennis Lawrence, has thanked local people for backing him and the Trinidad and Tobago team. Dennis told www.eveningleader.co.uk: "The support we have received has been phenomenal. We came out here to make our fans happy and to make them feel proud of us. We had messages from so many people and especially from fans in Wrexham."

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Flint hosts eisteddfod ceremony

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 16:15 UK time, Wednesday, 21 June 2006

Flint will be hosting the proclamation ceremony for the 2007 National Eisteddfod on July 1 at 2pm with a procession through the town, featuring the Gorsedd of Bards. The ceremony itself begins at 3pm at the Gorsedd Circle off Coed Onn Road. The 2007 National Eisteddfod takes place in Mold.

Silent footage showing the gorsedd ceremony in Mold in 1923 can be viewed for free at www.britishpathe.com.

Fellas - Wrexham's bad for your health!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 15:50 UK time, Wednesday, 21 June 2006

Men born in Wrexham are estimated to live three years less than those born in more affluent areas of Wales, says a study reported in the www.eveningleader.co.uk.

Wrexham came 10th out of 22 Welsh towns surveyed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy with the average life expectancy estimated to be 75.8-years-old. Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenau Gwent came top of the list with life expectancy estimated to be no more than 73.

Bridge gets a makeover

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 13:05 UK time, Wednesday, 21 June 2006

icnorthwales.co.uk reports that work has started on a £400,000 major refit of the so-called Blue Bridge at Rhyl, a landmark in the town and one regularly photographed by contributors to this website.

War heroes honoured - at last

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 15:52 UK time, Tuesday, 20 June 2006

Forgotten World War I soldiers from Ruthin will be honoured after 90 years. The missing names of 30 soldiers will be added to the town's war memorial in a ceremony next month, reports icnorthwales.co.uk.

Radio station broadcasts from the spare bedroom

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 14:47 UK time, Tuesday, 20 June 2006

Snug Radio - the internet radio station run by two pals from a spare bedroom in Prestatyn - has landed a real coup as Hollywood actor Jeff Daniels has agreed to be on the show next week, presumably to talk about his musical career. Join Lee & Maff for the live show on Thursdays, 9pm GMT.

Dennis, king of Wrexham!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 13:47 UK time, Monday, 19 June 2006

Your comments show that Dennis Lawrence has become a local hero whether or not T & T make it through to the next round of the World Cup.

Messages like 'he should be made king of Wrexham' and 'you are doing Wrexham proud', show Dennis's following is growing by the game out in Germany.

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Give Dennis keys to Wrexham?

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:48 UK time, Friday, 16 June 2006

Is it too early to discuss honouring Dennis Lawrence on his return to Wrexham? After all, he is the club's first player to compete in a World Cup.

Steve from Wrexham is the first to mail in to praise the Wrexham defender and the rest of the Trinidad & Tobago team for their performance last night against England, despite losing 2-0.

Steve, who posted his message on our Dennis profile page, writes: "Dennis has done himself, his country and Wrexham FC proud after his first two World Cup performances. He almost helped his country humiliate the so called mighty England!"

Hope at last for Ffrith

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:35 UK time, Friday, 16 June 2006

Six interested parties are to pitch their plans for the redevelopment of Prestatyn's Ffrith Beach Festival Gardens - as Denbighshire Council tries to find ways to save the site - and about time too you might say.

www.rhyljournal.co.uk says top level talks between council bosses and developers are set to go ahead later this month which could see the Ffrith turned around for the better. What do you think?

Film star looks for N Wales home

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:28 UK time, Friday, 16 June 2006

Where do you suggest Hollywood actor Jude Law looks for a home in North Wales? Apparently, he and his kids had such a good time on Anglesey he's now looking for a home in this part of the world.

icnorthwales.co.uk reports locals were amazed to see the Alfie actor playing football on the beach and shopping on the High Street before surfing on Broad Beach.

So, do you reckon there is a nice little spot in North Wales for Jude?

Health fear for little Lloyd

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:19 UK time, Friday, 16 June 2006

www.eveningleader.co.uk reports that little Lloyd, four, is undergoing blood tests after he was pricked by a discarded needle while he was playing near bushes on Riverside Park, Deeside.

Hospital plan just the tonic?

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:12 UK time, Friday, 16 June 2006

What do you reckon to the plans to develop the former Denbigh Hospital, including housing, leisure facilities and employment units?

According to www.denbighshirefreepress.co.uk, legal issues need to be resolved before the owners and Denbighshire Council can move forward on the plans.

Give us a job!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 07:59 UK time, Friday, 16 June 2006

500 people turned up for a job during a recruitment drive to fill 200 posts at the new Tesco supermarket which is due to open in Ruthin in August, according to www.denbighshirefreepress.co.uk.

Soca it to St George!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:03 UK time, Thursday, 15 June 2006

There is a new twist in the saga, Flag of St George getting up your nose? For Wrexham's growing Trinidad & Tobago army of fans have snapped up 500 T&T flags in response to the number of England flags being waved around Wrexham.

The Guardian Unlimited reports on Wrexham FC club shop's 'roaring trade' saying they've also sold 500 T-shirts bearing the face of defender Dennis Lawrence and 200 shirts in the red, black and white colours of the so-called Soca Warriors.

Wish the boys luck

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:12 UK time, Thursday, 15 June 2006

Today is quite possibly the biggest day in the life of Bryn Williams and Dennis Lawrence. This evening, Wrexham defender Dennis, who has become the team's first player to compete in a World Cup, and the rest of the Trinidad & Tobago team face England, and he's describing it as a 'day to remember'.

Meanwhile, Denbigh chef Bryn had an early start as he began preparing a meal for the Queen at her birthday lunch after winning his place to prepare the fish course in the BBC2 TV series Great British Menu. Oh, and he's got another 350 guests to cook for too!

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The changing face of Wrexham

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 07:27 UK time, Wednesday, 14 June 2006

What do you think about the changing face of Wrexham as the town welcomes more people from different countries to live and work here? It has taken a long time to happen but now, it seems, the town is seeing an influx of people moving here for a fresh start.

There has been some disquiet from some 'locals' but, to clear up any misgivings or misunderstandings, Wrexham Council is doing much to create what it calls 'One Wrexham'.

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Who are you shouting for?

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:46 UK time, Tuesday, 13 June 2006

Will it be for Michael Owen - raised in North Wales and playing for England - or Wrexham defender Dennis Lawrence, a hero of the Trinidad and Tobago team? Either men or the closest we in Wales have got to shout about since our team failed to qualify. But before you make up your mind, we've taken a quick trawl of the world's newspaper headlines to see what they are saying about the World Cup rivals.

The difference between their lifestyles was an obvious angle. Owen plays for Newcastle and leads a millionaire's life with a £2m+ home in Sychdyn, near Mold, and has a helicopter to ferry him between his homes and 'office' and, well, Wrexham defender Lawrence doesn't have either!

In fact, he told Independent reporter Phil Shaw: "His house is one of these [holding his arms a yard apart] and mine is one of these [narrowing them to a foot]. So it's not quite the same."

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My boy can beat England!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 07:59 UK time, Monday, 12 June 2006

Wrexham defender Dennis Lawrence's Trinidad and Tobago will beat England on Thursday - so says Lawrence's mum!

"Everybody will be glued to the TV and we're looking forward to a victory," she told the newspaper Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

Are you a Wrexham fan cheering for Lawrence or will you be shouting for England's Michael Owen who was raised and continues to live in Flintshire?

Do you like to shop around?

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:14 UK time, Friday, 9 June 2006

Even though the World Cup is dominating the headlines, we thought we should still draw your attention to problems faced by traders at Wrexham's four historic markets. Basically, they're saying they could be out of business by Christmas.

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Flag of St George getting up your nose?

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:07 UK time, Thursday, 8 June 2006

North Wales deputy chief constable Clive Wolfendale today called on England fans in Wales to stop waving their flags of St George in the faces of everyone else.

He warned in an interview with today's Good Morning Wales (listen again) that flying the England flag from cars in Wales was likely to cause offence with Welsh people.

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Silver surfers & a toothless lion

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 15:54 UK time, Wednesday, 7 June 2006

BBC Radio Wales IT programme, mousemat, interviewed contributors to our village life pages for their latest show to find out why two communities in particular seem to be so popular with more mature web users.

You can listen again to the report but Norma, Alun & David basically said they felt it was a great way to stay in touch and share memories to do with where they grew up (Cefn Mawr & Acrefair).

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Residents attack plan to dig up graves

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 14:53 UK time, Wednesday, 7 June 2006

So says the headline in the Flintshire Evening Leader which reports on concern among locals amid plans by the Parochial Church Council to exhume graves and build a new church and hall on the former St Peter’s Church site in Rose Hill, Holywell.

The former church that stood on the site was torn down some years ago and the headstones of graves removed, says the newspaper, but the remains of those buried, including a number of First World War veterans, are still there.

To make representations write to the Diocesan Registrar, High Street, St Asaph, LL17 0RF, by June 30.

Take the tower tour

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:36 UK time, Tuesday, 6 June 2006

St Giles You're being given the opportunity to view Wrexham from a seldom seen vantage point this weekend - from the top of St Giles' Church.

The event is being held to mark the 500th anniversary of the tower, one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. There are a number of other events, including a Tudor Fayre.

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Landlord, make mine a Benno!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 13:51 UK time, Monday, 5 June 2006

New lagers are coming to Wrexham, once a big brewery town. For '90s legend Gary Bennett and 'greatest ever centre forward' Tommy Bamford are to have beers named after them at a launch this weekend, according to the Wrexham Supporters' Trust.

My First Entry

Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 18:49 UK time, Saturday, 3 June 2006

Ryan
Hi its me the kl Ryan.

Most of u have probably seen me on Level Up and know I have a great love for football and love being kl, who better could take u through the world cup than me.

Its Saturday afternoon ive just watched the England vs. Jamaica game wat a beltcha of a game 6-0 we beat Jamaica easy peasy.

As u know I love being kl, hanging with his friends, playing computer games and the beautiful game FOOTBALL.

Personally I think that Brazil and England are the only 2 teams that have a chance in the world cup. For starters Brazil have the best player in the world Ronaldinho the trickster of football that must count as something. Give me ur thoughts on who u think is the best player in the world.

England have one of the best midfields in the world, some of those midfield stars are David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole. If these players perform well England are unstoppable. Send me who u think will be England’s top goal scorer. I think it will be Peter Crouch at the mo I don’t kno if he’s a robot or player lol lovin the dance tho.

Will Rooney’s toe be ready for the world cup? fingers crossed. I don’t know wat to believe at the moment some people say he is fit and some people say his not. I saw him on tele kicking a ball so I think he could be ready. Send in and tell me wat u think.

The thing ime most exited is seeing
1. the England boys back in action
2. Ronaldinho’s fancy skills
3. And seeing if Wayne Rooney is fit

My ultimate world cup legend has to be Pele he was a great player and he scored over 93 hat-tricks imagine celebrating a hat-trick 93 times, amazing

COME ON U ENGLAND LADS INO U CAN DO IT AGAINSED PARAGUAY ONCE WE BEAT THEM WE’LL HAVE MOMENTOM.

What is a Blog and how does it work?

Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 10:53 UK time, Saturday, 3 June 2006

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Ryan's Blog.

What is a Blog?
The reason for all the fuss about blogs is that they let you write your thoughts and share them with the rest of the world.

How the Blog Works
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On the right hand side of the page, you'll see a calendar. When any date on that calendar is blue, that means there was one or more entry published on that day. Click on the date and the page will display that day's items.


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Did you see Rhys?

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 15:20 UK time, Friday, 2 June 2006

Hollywood actor Rhys Ifans came home to Ruthin and spent time at the Urdd youth festival - posing for one cheeky picture. He was unusually shy, preferring to keep a low profile when he was spotted with his brother and friends on the showfield. Did you see Rhys and chat with him or maybe you had your photo taken with him? Let us know.

A55: 'No' campaign grows

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:09 UK time, Thursday, 1 June 2006

Campaigners against planned changes affecting the A55 between Northop and Deeside are using the power of the web to galvanise support for the 'no' campaign.

Visit the website to learn more about the finer details of the proposals, and for info about the latest meetings (the next is at Ewloe Social Club, Ewloe, on June 15 at 8pm).

Meanwhile, there is a forum at http://uk.groups.yahoo.com and another has just been started on the BBC NE Wales Messageboard.

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