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Eisteddfod time!

It's been a long time planning, costing £2m to stage, and at least two months of hard graft for the workers on the maes who've been building the dozens of tents and marquees to make the 2007 National Eisteddfod in Mold as much as an indoor as it is outdoor event.

And, thanks to the last week of good weather, the site on the outskirts of Mold has largely dried out and is free from water-related problems - due to the landowner giving over another 20 acres to compensate for areas that were affected by the recent wet weather.

Plus, 6,000 tonnes of stone and 2,500 tonnes of tarmac planings have been used to create roads to ensure no one gets stuck on the maes [it actually occupies 150 acres].

Organisers have also arranged for the car parks at Mold's Theatr Clwyd to be used for the evening concerts with a bus service laid on from 6pm. These car parks will also be used on the first weekend, August 4-5, and the last Saturday, August 11, during the day.

Personally, I'll be using the shuttle service from Mold Bus Station to get to the maes and back over the next week.

By the way, come for a 'panad a sgwrs' [coffee and chat] in Maes D - the tent for learners and those interested in learning Welsh - on Saturday. I'm one of the volunteer stewards in the caffi [cafe] from 1.30pm.

Wela ti [see you]

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