As 2008 draws to a close, amid all the bad news about unemployment and the credit crunch it's good to see some local people being named in the New Year Honours list. Among them is Gay Harris from Rhyl, who formed the town's Gay Harris Dancers more than 40 years ago, and Linda Johnson, for work for palliative care in Flintshire.
Archives for December 2008
There will be an exclusive concert by 'Welsh rock legends' The Alarm on BBC Radio Wales' Evening Show tonight from 7pm onwards and you'll also be able to listen to it for seven days afterwards online on BBC iPlayer. The band, whose lead singer, Mike Peters, comes from Prestatyn, played their first gig 27 years ago!
Both myself and Alys will be taking a few days away so we'll blog again soon.
Hwyl am y tro - Bye for now.
The Evening Leader follow up on our story of asylum seeker Farid Boumerdassi who is awaiting deportation and claims he has been separated from his family, who are thought to have been flown back to Algeria.
And the funeral is being held today of the family killed in a fire at their home at Maesbrook, Shropshire, in August, reports BBC News Shropshire.
Just go to the force homepage and input your postcode to see what their priorities are in your area or scroll over the map to look at crime statistics for your community - it makes for interesting reading:-
Graffiti is vandalism - not art - Deputy Chief Constable Blog
He's obviously no fan of the much celebrated Banksy and citing research which shows areas affected by graffiti are more likely to suffer from anti social behaviour, and calls for it to be stamped out in N Wales.
Podcast - NE Wales Update
uploaded 1pm Fridays
This week, Good Evening Wales talks to a man from Ruthin caught up in the Mumbai terrorist attacks; the Richard Evans phone discusses the plan to make offenders on community service orders wear high visibility vests; And reporter Tom Singleton meets the young offenders doing ironing to re-pay their debt to society. Meanwhile, Jamie and Louise get the low down on locally reared buffalo meat and a Rhyl plumber has the recipe for happiness.
Another Wenglish entry as dwi'n dysgu Cymraeg [I'm learning Welsh]
Dysgwyr: Sut mae'r Cymraeg yn mynd? Dach chi'n defynddio Cymraeg mewn gwaith?
[Learners: How's your Welsh? Do you use Welsh in work?]
Gret i'w weld bod Tesco, Broughton, yn cefnogi defnyddio'r Cymraeg mewn gwaith. And a workplace right on the border too.
[Great to hear that Tesco, Broughton, are supporting the use of Welsh in work.]
Dan ni - dysgwyr - yn defnyddio Cymraeg trwy'r dydd yn ein swyddfa ni, pethau fel; "T'isio paned", "Sut oedd neithiwr", ac ati pan byddan ni'n siarad efo ein cydweithwyr Cymraeg ni.
[We - learners - use Welsh through the day in our office, things like; "Do you want a cuppa?"; "How was last night?", etc when speaking with our Welsh colleagues.]
Be amdana chi?
[What about you?]
Hwyl am y tro
[Bye for now]
£350m boost for capital projects - BBC News | Wales
Hospital reorganisation, schools and affordable housing will all benefit from a new £350m fund, announced by the assembly government. I maybe wrong, but the only specific spending being targetted on our area is £5m for a school in Wrexham [even though the council don't know what it's for!] and £1m to promote Welsh food in Conwy.
Plus, in another round of spending:
New road and rail links for North - Daily Post
Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones has announced £203m of new spending to improve north-south road links and improve rail links [£20m investment] between Wrexham and Chester.
But the "gateway to Wales" A494/A55 improvements at Aston Hill will be on a back burner until 2014 and even then it will only be for re-examination.
When does 163 = 220? - Plaid Cymru in Wrexham
The Plaid councillors hit back after last night's council meeting which discussed the NT's plans to develop land for housing near Erddig Hall. [Other reports: BBC Local News | Daily Post]