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Archives for September 2010

Photos: Life in miniature

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Alys - Web Team Alys - Web Team | 14:06 UK time, Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Take a look at minature versions of north east Wales that give the place a toy-town feel.

We're seeing an increasing number of photos using 'tilt shift' or diorama.

The techniques have the effect of making the subject of the photo look like a miniature version of itself.

Wrexham ( Toy ) Town by Karen OIiver, on Flickr

A photo contributed to our Flickr account by Karen Oliver shows Wrexham's fire station reduced to what looks like a tiny model of itself.

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Meeting discusses big appetite for local produce

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:26 UK time, Friday, 24 September 2010

As a major Flintshire food festival is about to get under way, local producers are meeting to discuss ways to use cuisine to entice more visitors to the county.

Fruit picking... members of local group Veg in My Back Yard

Mold Food Festival has become a big cultural event over the recent years, bringing in thousands of people from across the region, say organisers.

So a separate conference is being held to discuss ways to satisfy people's appetite for local produce throughout the year, rather than just at local festivals and markets.

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Local athletes to cheer on during Commonwealth Games

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Alys - Web Team Alys - Web Team | 16:22 UK time, Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Cyclist Rob Partridge

Cyclist Rob Partridge

Sports people from a variety of disciplines are heading to Delhi from north east Wales for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

They include twins Angharad and Megan Phillips, from Denbigh, who are competing in the table tennis event and shooter Cheryl Gizzi from Rhyl.

The 59 year old, who works for Denbighshire County Council, has been shooting for 20 years, but this will be the biggest competition of her life, according to an interview in the Daily Post.

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Fresh hopes for Denbigh hospital

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:22 UK time, Tuesday, 14 September 2010

News that the near derelict North Wales Hospital is being asset stripped by opportunist thieves - Looters stripping the fittings from listed gem of a Victorian hospital, says Western Mail - will come as no surprise to locals.

Denbigh hospital

Closed to the public: The site of North Wales Hospital

But what may come as a surprise is the work going on behind the scenes.

A Denbighshire council statement reads: "Although outward appearances may seem otherwise, there is a huge amount of effort going on at a most senior level to try to resolve the situation."

That will be welcome to people who are interested in the building. You only have to do a quick search of the web to see how the "private" property fascinates people even now, in its current state.

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New sculpture unveiled at St Deiniol's Library

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Alys - Web Team Alys - Web Team | 15:13 UK time, Friday, 10 September 2010

A statue representing Wisdom

The creator of the new sculpture is Tom Waugh, grandson of novelist Evelyn Waugh

A sculpture is to be unveiled tomorrow at St Deiniol's Library, Hawarden, by sculptor Tom Waugh, grandson of writer Evelyn Waugh. Warden Peter Francis, explained the works represents Sophia (Wisdom in Greek) who, in classical iconography, is depicted as a woman with one breast exposed to nurture the world. It is being unveiled during the opening of the annual Gladstone Festival which include lectures and tours. As well as the statue Mr Waugh has sculpted four stone benches with the words love, truth, justice and peace carved into the stone both in Welsh and English.

A History of the World via Greenfield and Ruthin

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 13:55 UK time, Friday, 10 September 2010

Joint BBC and British Museum project, A History of the World in 100 Objects returns to BBC Radio 4 on Monday for the concluding part of the series which has featured important artefacts from north east Wales.

It picks up from the 15th Century starting with old money - pieces of eight - and global trade and travel.

The project highlights other examples of this like the copper manillas - a Portugese word for bracelet - made in the mills in Greenfield, Flintshire, and which returned to these shores after being traded in Sierra Leone.

Scotch Cap

Scotch Cap, a device to stop prisoners communicating, courtesy Ruthin Gaol

They were produced in the 18th Century specifically to trade in Africa, in exchange for products, such as ivory and were part of the triangular trade between the UK, Africa and the Carribean, a trade route which included slaves.

Greenfield Valley Trust added the information about the manillas to the website supporting the project, along with other local interest groups, people and museums.

Other local objects include the macabre mask known as a Scotch Cap which prisoners in Ruthin Gaol were forced to wear to stop them communicating with other inmates.

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Photos: First signs of autumn

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 10:00 UK time, Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Share your photos showing the start of seasonal changes from summer to autumn across north east Wales.

Misty morning

To share your photographs, email, simply send us a link or join our group on Flickr, the photo sharing website: North Wales Street Scenes.

You will need to be a member of Flickr to add your photos, or you will need to sign up - it's free.

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