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  1. A sea of change

    The weather has been dry and settled recently with high pressure bringing us plenty of sunshine and frosty conditions over the weekend. You'll be pleased to know that Aberporth in Ceredigion was the sunniest place in Wales yesterday with 8.1 hours of sunshine! Last night the temperature fell ...

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  2. Sea slugs are flourishing

    Although slugs are not considered to be the most exotic of creatures, their cousins the sea slugs are a completely different prospect. A recent report by the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) about sea slugs at Skomer Marine Nature Reserve (MNR) has revealed that sea slugs are flourishing - with a huge variety of these attractive, striking species being recorded (66% of UK species represented in an area of just 13.2 square kilometres). CCW Assistant Marine Nature Reserve Officer Kate Lock said: "Sea slugs are specialised predators, each having their own particular food choice, which can be either plants or other animals". Crimora papillata pair. Image by CCW. "The high number of sea slug species means that there must also be all the different foods present too. This is a great indication that the health of the Marine Reserve is really good and that the conservation of this part of the sea is proving a huge success for wildlife". During the 2010 survey a wide range of habitats, in all conditions, were searched to find the sea slugs. Some can be hard to find as they are both very small and well camouflaged, and quite often the only clue to their presence is their eggs or prey species. There are some nice underwater video clips on You Tube from CCW too. Coryphella lineata by CCW Visit Skomer MNR's exhibition at Martin's Haven to see the beauty of the underwater world and find out more about techniques used to survey and monitor marine wildlife. Opening times: From Easter to November - 10.00 until 16.00 everyday. Winter opening times vary, but normally 10.00 until 16.00 on weekdays. Find out more about Martin's Haven. Watch a video clip about widlife on Skomer Island.

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  3. Charlotte Church collaborator on Radio Wales

    Cardiff's Jonathan Powell, boyfriend and songwriting collaborator of Charlotte Church, has his new single The Love Song (I Never Wrote You) A-listed at Radio Wales this week. Jonathan Powell You can catch Powell performing live on The Evening Show with Alan Thompson tonight from 7.30p...

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  4. Weekend weather: cold and dry

    The cold weather is going to stay with us over the weekend. I can't promise wall to wall sunshine, there is more cloud on the way, but much of the country will stay dry thanks to high pressure. Some frost is likely with night-time temperatures falling as low as -2 to -5 Celsius. The odd fog patc...

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  5. The death of the British pub

    It's a sad fact that upwards of 30 public houses are closing down every week in Britain. Other countries might have their taverns, beer halls or bars but the humble British pub has always been something of an institution, an establishment unique to this country. Every town or villag...

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  6. Matthew Rhys lends support to Fishguard theatre campaign

    Welsh actor Matthew Rhys is backing a campaign to save Theatr Gwaun in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. The theatre was earmarked for closure in 2010 after several loss-making years. Since then, the Friends of Theatr Gwaun group has been campaigning to save it, and have been investigating the possibility of turning it into a community-run arts centre. Hollywood-based Matthew Rhys has lent his support to the campaign, and there is talk of holding a Welsh film festival in Los Angeles to raise funds.

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  7. Listen again to Manic Street Preachers from Blackwood

    For one week, the very special Radio 2 Manic Street Preachers live Blackwood hometown gig is available to listen again. Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this or any other BBC blog, you will need to sign in to your BBC iD account. If you don't have a BBC iD account, you can register here - it'll allow you to contribute to a range of BBC sites and services using a single login. Need some assistance? Read about BBC iD, or get some help with registering.

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  8. Nicky Wire's 'terror' at homecoming gig

    Despite playing an absolute blinder at last night's Radio 2 Homecoming show from Blackwood, Manic Street Preachers' Nicky Wire has talked of his nerves as they took to the stage. Bassist Wire described the moments before going on stage wearing his old school tie as "sheer terror. Hometown gig...

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  9. Tom Jones on Celtic Connections

    This Sunday (30 January) Tom Jones is interviewed and performs live tracks for BBC Scotland's Celtic Connections programme. Watch Tom Jones performing Didn't It Rain live at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, a taster for the programme which airs at 11pm: Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this or any other BBC blog, you will need to sign in to your BBC iD account. If you don't have a BBC iD account, you can register here - it'll allow you to contribute to a range of BBC sites and services using a single login. Need some assistance? Read about BBC iD, or get some help with registering.

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  10. Wakestock 2011 line up takes shape

    North Wales' beach sports and music festival Wakestock has announced its first raft of artists, with Biffy Clyro, The Wombats, Ellie Goulding and Example taking centre stage. Biffy Clyro Wakestock is held each year at Abersoch near Pwllheli in Gwynedd. First held in 2000 in an overflow car park in Abersoch for 650 people, it has grown to a 25,000-capacity music and watersports festival that's able attract some of the UK's highest-profile acts. Event Director Stuart Galbraith said: "We are really pleased with how the line up is coming together and are sure that it will be the strongest yet with Brit award nominees and previous Brit winners. The Wombats are a great addition to headline the Sunday night." Other artists known so far are Danny Bird, DJ Fresh and Jaguar Skills. More line up details will be published as they become available on the official Wakestock website Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this or any other BBC blog, you will need to sign in to your BBC iD account. If you don't have a BBC iD account, you can register here - it'll allow you to contribute to a range of BBC sites and services using a single login. Need some assistance? Read about BBC iD, or get some help with registering.

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