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Archives for September 2008

Who's saying what about Brian's departure and Wrexham's new manager

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 11:16 UK time, Sunday, 28 September 2008

So Brian Little has quit Wrexham FC by mutal consent, says BBC News Wales.

Chairman Geoff Moss tells BBC Sport Wales he will not rush to find a replacement while a brief statement was published on the club's official website.

Members of the fanzine website www.red-passion.com have been quick to draw up a list of new managers, while Wrexham fans on the BBC 606 forum offer their suggestions, including Gary Speed.

Tardis on its way, newsletter and podcast [25-09-08]

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 11:03 UK time, Thursday, 25 September 2008

A copy of the weekly highlights sent by email to subscribers of bbc.co.uk/northeastwales

LATEST UPDATES: 'Husht thee naise!' Get it? - Sunrise photos - Tardis in town - Watch: History today - Rants and Raves - Town Talk - Queue jumpers - Our world on the web - Podcast - Wrexham fans - and much more.

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When Penycloddiau and Moel y Gaer were at the heart of local life

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:24 UK time, Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Maybe it's me, but every time I go walking over the Clwydian Range I can't help thinking it must have been a cold, windswept and inhospitable place to live - in one of the Iron Age Hillforts dotted along our hilltops.

It was probably the panoramic view that made them all the rage 2000 years ago - at least you could see who was coming from a mile away [if they had the heart and stamina to visit - or attack].

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From fat to fit, UFOs, saved by the Ferry Man and other links [23-09-08]

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:24 UK time, Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Highlights and quick links to some of the stories and blogs we're following today using our shared reader [what's this?]

- From Fat Slob To Fit Triathlete - a blog by 40-something mum of three Lynne from Mold
- Llandudno spotted from Everest - well, a sign at least!
- Chester City reveal plans for a multi-million pound Deva revamp [while there's a row in Wrexham]
- 'The day I nearly drowned' and how the Dee Ferry Man saved Dhughes
- More UFOs over Wrexham

Find out more here...

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Photos: Dee Day, food festival and a cracking sunrise

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 15:07 UK time, Monday, 22 September 2008

Here's a list of the photos that came in to BBC Local over the weekend.

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Site changes

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 14:38 UK time, Monday, 22 September 2008

Regular users of BBC Local will have noticed the navigation or 'browse' section on the homepage has changed recently to a much more condensed version [Full site directory still available].

This change to the navigation will be adopted across the whole of our site and is the first part of a series of developments to improve your experience when visiting our site - so please check back here for updates.

Fire in the sky, newsletter and podcast [19-09-08]

A copy of the weekly highlights sent by email to subscribers of bbc.co.uk/northeastwales

LATEST UPDATES: - TV chefs in town - Secrets revealed - Sparrowhawk drops in - History today - 'Fire in the sky' - Mayor's no confidence vote - Bluetongue - 150 new jobs - Paralympians return - Rants and Raves - Town Talk - and much more...

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Watch as secrets revealed

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:37 UK time, Friday, 19 September 2008

BBC Wales's new TV series, My Secret Wales, started last night and if you watch online [fast forward through to 19 minutes] you get a revealing insight into the region's once most secret of places, Rhydymwyn's Valley Works - the former WWII chemical weapons factory.

Regulars to this website probably know much about the complex's fascinating history but presenter Sara Edwards took a tour with two former employees and a local historian to bring the empty complex back to life.

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Rhyl's big heart

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 11:59 UK time, Wednesday, 17 September 2008

If you saw last night's Secret Millionaire TV programme which focused on some of the good people of Rhyl, you could not help but be inspired by their warmth.

The town is forever getting a bad press but the programme showed some of those who live there - the one who choose not to walk away - are playing a big part in helping the locals to help themselves.

There was landlady Geraldine who has taken in more than 100 homeless people, 75-year-old ex-boxer and trainer Jack who's giving young people a focus at Palace Boxing Club and friends Nigel and Tony, from the West Rhyl Community Company, who have been working hard to make the area safe and clean.

Secret Millionaire comes to Rhyl tonight

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:08 UK time, Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Gavin Wheeldon [worth £20m] spent 10 days living on the breadline in Rhyl to find people who could most benefit from some of his cash.

And you can see how he got on in tonight's Channel 4 programme, Secret Millionaire [9pm].

Gavin, 32, from the North West and who set up translation company www.appliedlanguage.com, went to Rhyl because that's where his family holidayed every year when he was a boy.

Another gold, newsletter and podcast [12-09-08]

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 13:13 UK time, Friday, 12 September 2008

A copy of the weekly highlights sent by email to subscribers of bbc.co.uk/northeastwales

LATEST UPDATES: - Paralympic gold - Tardis in Wrexham! - New-look Rhyl - Rants and Raves - Town Talk - Mapping traffic hotspots - Flood photos - Thieves saw off car parts - Safe as houses? - and much more...

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C'mon Bev!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:10 UK time, Thursday, 11 September 2008

Beverley Jones from Queensferry is competing in the shot and discus today at the Paralympics.

And on Friday watch out for Team GB wheelchair rugby team as Jason Roberts from Wrexham is in the squad and this games they're looking for a medal after coming fourth at Athens.

Twitchers and the Big Bang

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 07:52 UK time, Thursday, 11 September 2008

It's all a question of priorities, I guess. On the day of the Big Bang experiment birdspotters of North Wales were all of a twitter over a rare species sighted on Shotwick Lake on Deeside.

But, after a view spotters had visited the location, fellow fanciers were told to stand down for it wasn't the rare Whiskered Tern afterall, but the more common garden Arctic Tern. As you were...

Map: The most congested roads in N. Wales

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 07:45 UK time, Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Is Chester Road West, between Shotton and Queensferry, the worst for congestion?

You know the one; the hold-ups start at Asda, continue at a snail's pace by the fire station and leisure centre, up to the vets and the lights, then under the railway bridge and into Shotton [I could give you every twist and turn in the road but feel the painful point has been made].

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Your flood photos

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 11:23 UK time, Monday, 8 September 2008

Here's a round-up of photos and links showing how the area has been affected by the heavy rain over the last few days.

Llangollen September 6

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Come and meet the BBC Wales team

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 11:07 UK time, Friday, 5 September 2008

--Date for your diary--

Come and see us [and Doctor Who's Tardis if you need more incentive] - at BBC Wales's Here for You roadshow at NEWI, I mean Glyndwr University, on Sunday October 12, 10am-4.30pm.

We'll give you the full line-up of family fun a little closer to the event where you can read the news with Siân Lloyd and the Wales Today team, read the weather with Derek Brockway and have a go at sports commentating with Wrexham legend Dixie McNeil.

Hope to see you there!

Five go to the Paralympics, newsletter and podcast [05-09-08]

A copy of the weekly highlights sent by email to subscribers of bbc.co.uk/northeastwales

LATEST UPDATES: Our Paralympians - Factory floor memories - Celebrity chefs - Balloon festival photos - Rhyl Pier - Denbigh prison support - Rants and Raves - and much more...

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Choking on the fumes - memories from the factory floor

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 14:30 UK time, Thursday, 4 September 2008

There have been more fascinating memories submitted overnight giving a revealing insight into people's working lives like the time Neal remembers when his mining community used to up sticks and move en masse to Rhyl every year.

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Llangollen Balloon Festival - you had it covered!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 10:17 UK time, Monday, 1 September 2008

It's interesting how people's increasing use of social media websites is changing the way we can 'view' or experience online an event like last weekend's Llangollen Balloon Festival.

So many photos have been posted on photo sharing websites by individuals who visited the festival that when you view them collectively, you really get a true feeling for the event.

There are the close-ups, the detail, as well as the the wide shots, arty shots and more.

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