mousemat: Programme 20

Sunday 11th February at 5.03 pm
(repeated Wednesday 14th February at 6.03pm)

In this week's programme Adam Walton takes the programme to Lampeter to discover how the town is making the most of IT and the internet.

Valley Boy

It's a long way from Lampeter to Silicon Valley - and back again - but one man who's made that journey is Andrew Roberts. Nowadays he runs AJR Computing in Lampeter but before that he worked in software development at the beating heart of IT in California. Adam meets Andrew to find out how life in Silicon Valley compares with life in the Teifi Valley.

Welsh Online

Thanks to the University of Wales, Lampeter, your nearest Welsh class is no further away than your PC. The Department of Welsh runs e-learning courses in Welsh or Welsh studies which have now been taken up by over 2500 students in 35 countries. Adam visits the University's Welsh Department to meet Head of Department Christine Jones and Jennie Cranfield who runs the online courses and Lampeter's very successful Online Welsh Dictionary.

Green Weddings

Adam meets another guest on this week's programme at one of Lampeter's local institutions - Conti's Café which has been serving coffee and ice cream to the people of Lampeter for the last 75 years. Here he meets Caroline Carr whose website gives advice and contacts for couples who'd like to have a greener and more economical wedding. There are tips on everything from a carbon-neutral honeymoon to wedding invitations made from recycled sheep poo!

History Woman

Finally this week Adam meets Jen Mathias who teaches courses in IT skills and how to trace your family history using the Web. She's also Radio Wales' new community contributor for Lampeter. Adam soon discovers that Jen is even more into IT and gadgets than he is and, what's more, she can trace her involvement back to the days when Windows Vista was the view seen through a pane of glass!

Here are Jen's starting points for tracing your family history online:

BBC Family History Website;


Jen's Own Website

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