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Archives for January 2007

You really can get anything on ebay!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 11:35 UK time, Wednesday, 31 January 2007

I'm a relatively new to sites like ebay.co.uk - and hoping soon for the special icon you get next to your name when you buy or sell your 10th item.

But I didn't realise you can get a wife like David has done, according to BBC Local News. Seriously though, pob lwc [good luck] to both David and Cheryl.

Bobl bach - Wrexham kids can't speak Welsh o gwbl!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:36 UK time, Tuesday, 30 January 2007

Another Wenglish entry as dwi'n dysgu Cymraeg [I'm learning Welsh]

Ron i'n synnu I ddarllen [I was shocked to read] in last night's www.eveningleader.co.uk that a Welsh Assembly report on Welsh in schools shows 78.4 per cent of 11 to 15-year-olds in Wrexham's secondary schools have no grasp of the language o gwbl [at all].

Lle dan ni'n mynd yn anghywir? [where are we going so wrong?] I thought things were supposed to be getting better. But the figures speak for themselves. Just 238 out of 6,838 secondary school pupils, and 261 out of 8,935 [26.7 per cent] in primary schools speak Welsh at home.

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Do we need a prison?

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 10:37 UK time, Monday, 29 January 2007

The great community newspaper the Flintshire Chronicle ran an interesting article in this week's edition, looking at the sentences handed to criminals in our local courts.

Under the headline 'Have we gone soft on crime?', it was highlighting the implications due to the UK's prisons being full. The issue could also be used to restart the debate about having a new prison built - especially for North Wales. What do you reckon?

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Scala safe - at last!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 15:02 UK time, Thursday, 25 January 2007

Denbighshire Council has issued a press release saying the final part of the jigsaw has fallen in place to safeguard the £3.4m project to re-open Prestatyn's Scala Cinema as an arts and entertaiment venue.

It's been a six-year saga for the campaigners battling to save the venue. Are they breathing a sigh of relief or is it more a case of 'we'll believe it when we see it', do you think?

Wrexham fans chip in £248,000!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 14:47 UK time, Thursday, 25 January 2007

I was impressed to read in www.eveningleader.co.uk that Wrexham fans, through the Wrexham Supporters’ Trust, have so far raised £248,000 towards their target of £250,000 to buy themselves a place on the club's board.

The 'paper reports that during this week's WST forum owners Neville Dickens and Geoff Moss admitted they had stumped up £3m of their own money to get the club out of financial trouble.

Harriot's death brings era to an end at Erddig

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 12:43 UK time, Wednesday, 24 January 2007

The last surviving person to serve as a member of staff to the Yorke family at Erddig Hall has died. Harriot Ena May Davies, who died last week at the age of 100, served as a housemaid between 1925 to 1930, according to www.eveningleader.co.uk which reprints an earlier interview with Harriot.

A big part of the surviving history at Erddig is connected with the staff, including poetry and paintings of them - and the high regard in which they were held.

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Hovercraft hopes for Rhyl

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 12:27 UK time, Wednesday, 24 January 2007

We've just heard that hovercraftrental.co.uk has applied to council officials to restart a hovercraft service for tourists in Rhyl.

The resort operated the UK's first service - Rhyl-Wallasey Hovercraft - in the early 1960s. A company spokesman says: "Maybe the good old hoverdays will return again." We'll let you know if more comes of this.

'Route 66' and now 'A494 Queensferry' inspires song!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:32 UK time, Tuesday, 23 January 2007

Regular contributor John Butler has found a new way to oppose plans for the widening of the A494 between Queensferry & Ewloe - he's written a protest song!

Listen to the ditty - 'visitors on holiday are welcome to our shore, but left-hand speeding juggernauts, we don't need any more!' - and find out more from BBC Local News.

This unfair postcode lottery affects our health

Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:19 UK time, Tuesday, 23 January 2007

I see there has been another case of so-called postcode lottery - where the health service you get in one part of the country is not the same as another due to the way local health officials spend their money.

Lucy Shennan, 36 from Carmel, Holywell, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, was told she couldn’t receive a drug because of a lack of funding - but Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust had a change of heart after the local paper, www.eveningleader.co.uk stepped in.

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How to cure a society's problems

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:13 UK time, Monday, 22 January 2007

Families in Greenfield say yes, those in Mold says no and the jury is still out in Buckley and Flint. What am I talking about? Well, the supposed panacea for bored youth - skate and BMX parks, of course.

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Protest groups unite to fight wind farms

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:08 UK time, Monday, 22 January 2007

A new group has been formed to oppose the growing use of wind turbines in Denbighshire. But I thought there was advantages to their use - so much so that I noticed you can buy your own turbine - £1,500 all in - in one well known DIY superstore.

Anyway, Hiraethog Alliance aren't happy about them and is made up of the Ramblers’ Association, two North Wales Branches of Council for the Protection of Rural Wales, People Against Corwen/Cerrig Turbines and Denbighshire Against Rural Turbines.

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When everyone wore hats

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 13:49 UK time, Friday, 19 January 2007

Wrexham Carnival

Don't you just love old photos, like the ones we've just uploaded showing Wrexham Carnival in 1930.

They provide a fascinating insight to a different time when everyone wore hats, and you could drive an aeroplane up the High Street.

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All's looking well on the Rhyl Front!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 12:31 UK time, Wednesday, 17 January 2007

Rhyl's once-tired and frankly rundown-looking front has been given a fantastic makeover, if the photos submitted by Frederick are anything to go by.

I have to admit a soft spot for the resort which, whilst many say is well beyond its prime, I can still see the beauty in the place - even in the tatty buildings. At last, though, we'll have somewhere decent to sit and eat our fish and chips!

PS. The Denbighshire Council website has been charting the development of the so-called Drift Park project on the West Prom.

Jose & Hayley coming to town

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:17 UK time, Wednesday, 17 January 2007

Organisers behind Llangollen International Eisteddfod, the colourful annual world music festival, have pulled off another coup - landing world class tenor José Carreras and rising classical starlet Hayley Westenra.

José needs no introduction except to say he is the last of the famous three tenors to play at Llangollen as both Pav and Domingo have already wowed the crowds before in the pavilion.

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Selling Mold to the Eisteddfod visitors - yn Gymraeg & English

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 14:04 UK time, Tuesday, 16 January 2007

Another Wenglish entry as dwi'n dysgu Cymraeg [I'm learning Welsh]

Fellow blogger Rhys is putting together a wiki yn Gymraeg [in Welsh] and is asking people to suggest the good places to go, drink, eat, stay, and visit whilst in town yn ystod [during] the Eisteddfod.

If you don't wish to ysgrifennu at [write to] Rhys yn Gymraeg achos, fel fi [because, like me] you are a dysgwr [learner] or ddim yn medru siarad yng Nghymraeg [unable to speak Welsh], Rhys invites you to email him via http://eisteddfod2007.pbwiki.com.

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Local panto voted fairest in the land

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:05 UK time, Saturday, 13 January 2007

Dick Whittington at Rhyl Pavilion was one of the best pantos in Britain, according to a poll on timesonline.co.uk.

The show, starring Corrie's Reg Holdsworth, aka Ken Morley, as the smart boy who decided to become a 'medieval Ken Livingstone', was voted best in Wales and third in the UK.

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Eisteddfod wants us learners

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 14:37 UK time, Friday, 12 January 2007

It's great being a 'dysgwyr ar hyn o bryd' [a learner at the moment]. We're being spoiled. At the proclamation ceremony much was made of the fact that, more than ever, learners needed to be encouraged.

And as if to confirm that, the Welsh Assembly has given another £62,000 to help fund this year's National Eisteddfod in Mold. According to BBC Local News, the money allowed the festival to "travel to parts of Wales where the Welsh language is not widely spoken as a community language".

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Has our Den been treated badly?

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:55 UK time, Friday, 12 January 2007

I'm no football commentator but I do wonder whether ousted Wrexham FC manager Denis Smith has been treated fairly considering he stuck by the club during its darkest hour and, I heard on BBC Radio Wales Good Morning Wales programme today (listen again just after 7.20am), that for two years he had no contract.

A quick trawl of the messageboards shows I'm not alone.

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Dechrau newydd - new start

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 22:30 UK time, Thursday, 11 January 2007

Our learners' class at Mold restarted tonight after the Christmas break and, rhaid i mi deud [I must say], it wasn't too bad getting back in the swing of things. The hardest thing, I find, is getting there. This is a self-imposed three hour dosbarth nos [night class] - I've been learning for four years - and this group is great fun. But I need your help!

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Migrant workers' families put pressure on schools

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:28 UK time, Thursday, 11 January 2007

The influx of migrant workers is putting pressure on public services such as schools, according to a report in thisislondon.co.uk.

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Inspired movie idea or just bizarre?

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 11:42 UK time, Wednesday, 10 January 2007

Take a group of people, lock them in a house in Llangollen for a week with some cameras and what do you get? No, you'll be pleased to hear, it's not yet another reality TV series but, hopefully, it will lead to some great little movies being made by amateur filmmakers.

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Road widening - mass demo planned

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:34 UK time, Tuesday, 9 January 2007

Campaigners are planning to mount a mass protest to oppose plans for the widening of the A494 at Ewloe & Aston Hill [background info]. The protest will take place outside Deeside Leisure Centre where the plans will be previewed tomorrow by civic leaders before going on public display.

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Booze busting

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:22 UK time, Tuesday, 9 January 2007

More licensed premises have been caught by police serving alcohol to under age teens, according to www.denbighshirefreepress.co.uk. In the latest crackdown eight out of nine premises were caught in Glyndyfrdwy, Corwen and Llangollen. It comes after two pubs in Ruthin and Denbigh were caught out in the previous crackdown a week earlier.

Steaming ahead with railway plans

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:51 UK time, Monday, 8 January 2007

Who says the age of steam has long since gone? Plans by Llangollen Steam Railway to extend the line another two and a half miles into Corwen have gone a stage further because consultants have now been appointed, according to www.eveningleader.co.uk.

Time to pay for seasonal excess!

Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:40 UK time, Monday, 8 January 2007

OK, I'm back from two weeks' leave and my plans to go running in daylight rather than in the dark after work, including a run on Boxing Day with friends, failed to turn into reality. In fact, I did less than I normally do. Having said that I hope your Christmas was a belter as me and mine had a cracker - but now, I guess, we all have to pay for it!

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Band to play the local library!

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Alys - Web Team Alys - Web Team | 16:23 UK time, Friday, 5 January 2007

It's not the first place you'd think of going to hear an up and coming band, but Wrexham Library will soon be playing host to 'Mr Hudson and the Library', who have appeared on the Jools Holland show and whose single, 'Too late, too late', has been getting airplay on Radio 1 recently, according to Wrexham Council's website.

Get the year off to a green start!

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Alys - Web Team Alys - Web Team | 15:30 UK time, Wednesday, 3 January 2007

With the Christmas cards and decorations about to come down, Denbighshire Council has some handy hints for how to reduce the amount of waste we throw away, including re-using your Christmas cards as gift tags next year. Have you got any other ways you recycle what you've received over Christmas?

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