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Archives for October 2008

Podcast [31-10-08]

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 13:08 UK time, Friday, 31 October 2008

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Slideshow: Watch Eagles Meadow grow before your eyes

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 12:51 UK time, Thursday, 30 October 2008

Two years ago we started a photo pool inviting local photographers to help us chart the development of Eagles Meadow before work started and up to today's grand opening.

So, here are the photos

Opening 30.10.08

Site changes [pt.2]

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 14:40 UK time, Tuesday, 28 October 2008

It's seven years this month since BBC Local covering Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham was set up with the help of the local community who have made this site the success it is.

It was started quite literally with just a few pages but has grown and grown, with the vast majority of the non BBC Local News content provided by you - our audience.

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A beautiful swan, pregnant cravings and other links [27-10-08]

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 14:18 UK time, Monday, 27 October 2008

Swan

For no other reason than it's stunning, here's a photo that popped up in our feeds [what's this?] taken by Shogun in Llangollen.

We're always on the look out for local wildlife photos and there's also a photo group on our Wales Nature site.

Take a look at some of the other stories and blogs we're following today.

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Denbigh Hospital and what price entertainment?

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:13 UK time, Sunday, 26 October 2008

Most Haunted presenter Paul Ross told the audience gathered to watch the opening of the paranormal programme's controversial seven night show live from Denbigh Hospital that they would be sensitive to people's feelings.

After all, in the '90s this was still a working mental hospital, a home to patients and place of work to the staff who cared for them.

But what with talk of planned vigils including people in padded cells and strait-jackets, his words might prove to be empty and locals had started to call the programme bad taste before it even went on air [BBC Local: Will patients be turning in their graves? | 'Damned' TV show under fire | Daily Post: Show blasted as tasteless | Your comments: Helencard and Hydra]

So last night a couple of us went along to see for ourselves.

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There's a whacking great lion on the lawn!

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 07:26 UK time, Friday, 24 October 2008

[Imagine] You're an English holidaymaker travelling back home from north Wales. You've had a fab time, the locals were great [goes without saying] and, despite the weather, all went well.

Then, to round it off, you see her as you approach the Welsh-English border on the A5117 / A550 at Deeside. She's 20 metres long and nine metres high - a sculpture of white stone cut into the turf. She's a lion and the pride of England.

But what about the people on the other side of the border? Surely they'd have preferred a sculpture of a dragon!

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Beginning of the end for speed cameras?

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:04 UK time, Thursday, 23 October 2008

What will North Wales Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom make of it?

BBC Radio Five Live blogs the question [Beginning of the end for speed cameras?] in response to news that Swindon Council has become the first council in the UK to stop funding the unpopular cameras.

The question for us is 'will other councils follow suit and would authorities on the chief's patch even dare to consider it?' Watch this space...

Tags: cameras - chiefconstable

24 villagers get naked, Feeder gig photos, and other links [22-10-08]

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:25 UK time, Wednesday, 22 October 2008

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

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Denbighshire Council backs idea of a prison on the doorstep

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 14:27 UK time, Tuesday, 21 October 2008

We've just received a Press statement from Denbighshire Council's cabinet giving their backing to calls for a prison in North Wales.

And they've gone further, giving support for two locations in Denbighshire to be considered for a prison - the Greengates site off the St Asaph Business Park and the former North Wales Hospital site in Denbigh.

Tag: prison

Back to jail for 45 danger criminals, and other links [21-10-08]

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 10:47 UK time, Tuesday, 21 October 2008

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

- Back to jail for 45 danger criminals in North Wales
- Oswestry's water clean-up campaign
- Zero tolerance at Denbigh

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Councillors to get a laptop each, and other links [20-10-08]

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 11:45 UK time, Monday, 20 October 2008

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

- Flintshire Council plans to spend £100,000 on councillors' laptops
- Wrexham drivers given 4,000 tickets in six months
- Meet Sam, the 17-year-old farmer

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Living here is making me ill, podcast, and other links [17-10-08]

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

- Impassioned plea about living conditions at Flint's maisonettes
- Bid to bring £38m Welsh arts centre to Wrexham
- Chief Constable debates removing the word "police" on vehicles in favour of Welsh equivalent, "heddlu"

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Will patients be turning in their graves as Denbigh Hospital hosts TV's Most Haunted?

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 12:32 UK time, Thursday, 16 October 2008

Whether you're a believer or not, it's one thing to try and summon the spirits of a long forgotten age, but what will former Denbigh Hospital patients, staff and their families make of TV's Most Haunted team hosting live seances on site during Halloween?

Whatever your feelings, free tickets are being offered for the show [Oct 25-31] which, says the Evening Leader, is being billed as Denbigh 'The Village of the Damned'.

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'Not in my neighbourhood' and other links [15-10-08]

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:54 UK time, Wednesday, 15 October 2008

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

- Why Rhyl Pavilion theatre should not be closed
- £56m Oswestry market retail park critics voice fears
- Police advice to help us protect our communities

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E is for Eagles Meadow

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:26 UK time, Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Eagles Meadow, Wrexham

Jones the Camera has updated our Eagles Meadow photo pool on Flickr with a new batch of pictures and he's found some great angles to show us how the development sits alongside other buildings.

More about Eagles Meadow

We had a great day! Did you?

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 07:30 UK time, Monday, 13 October 2008

Thanks to everyone who came to see us yesterday at the BBC Wales Here for You roadshow. It was great chatting with everyone and we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.

BBC radio personalities Adam Walton, Roy Noble, Jonsi and Hwyel Gwynfryn were also there along with X-Ray presenters Lucy, Rhodri and Jess, weatherman Derek Brockway, news reader Sian Lloyd and our very own Wales Today journalist Matt Richards [see photos below and share yours via our Flickr groups].

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Zombie scares the kids, podcast, and other links [10-10-08]

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 12:40 UK time, Friday, 10 October 2008

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

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We're on the telly, our contributors are on the radio and you can have a go

We call it cross platform working; when material made for radio, telly or the web can be used on the other platforms too. It's not just cut up and re-used, it's adapted to suit the medium.

Take for example BBC Radio Wales's series Past Master series and tonight's programme, Rayon Queens.

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Local people 'who wrecked Britain' and other links [07-10-08]

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:32 UK time, Tuesday, 7 October 2008

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

- Two local men named in list of those 'who wrecked Britain'
- Inside Denbigh Hospital
- Saunders' plea to Wrexham people
- Named: 48 Post Offices to close

Find out more here...

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Let's move to...

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Alys - Web Team Alys - Web Team | 11:45 UK time, Monday, 6 October 2008

Wrexham featured in The Guardian's weekly column, Let's Move To..., last weekend and raised a couple of interesting points [Is Coedpoeth cute?] Annoyingly, it also referred to Wrexham as in Clwyd.

Why can't people from outside the area get this right? Clwyd hasn't existed for over 10 years! Other than that it was interesting to read the comments at the bottom of the page, 'From the streets of Wrexham', in particular one contribution the gist of which was that the best thing about Wrexham is...nearby Chester!

What do you think of the column's view of Wrexham and the surrounding area?

Rayon Queens, newsletter and podcast [03-10-08]

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

Rhyl Funfair film - Tragic mum speaks out - Rayon Queens - Wrexham's new boss - Rants and Raves - Podcast - and much more...

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Rhyl funfair footage, Wrexham record beaten and links [01-10-08]

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 10:35 UK time, Wednesday, 1 October 2008

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

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