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WALES THIS WEEK: Forever Families

Wales This Week – Forever Families is on Tuesday February 21 at 7.30pm and looks at the process of adoption and fostering in Wales.  By Fiona Scott. The journey of making this programme has been very emotional for the whole team. It’s this reaction which really captures the essence of adoption for me – it’s not … Continue reading

Time to Remember a Forgotten Hero

He is one of Wales’ greatest explorers – but few remember his name and there is no national monument in his honour. There is a story behind why Wales may have tried to forget Edgar Evans – but it concerns a sense of misplaced shame. ITV Wales’ Wales This Week has turned the clock back … Continue reading

WALES THIS WEEK: Hacked Off

Wales This Week: Hacked off will transmit at 1930 on Tuesday 7th February on ITV 1 Wales. The programme tackles the issue of online data security… Blog by Alun Jones  – @alungjones As a multimedia production team we are pretty much all regularly online or ‘on-grid’ as Davina Payne, the programme’s producer likes to say. We … Continue reading

WALES THIS WEEK: How to Stay Safe Online

Online Security Tips By Alun Jones New viruses are constantly being developed in which case you should ensure that both your firewall and your anti-virus software is up to date. Some software developers include updates within the cost of their anti-virus packages in which case it may be worth considering this as a valuable investment. … Continue reading

Wales This Week: Food Inspectors

By Ifan Tomos Do you think food businesses should be required by law to display food hygiene ratings at their premises? Under new plans outlined by the Welsh Government businesses such as restaurants, takeaways, supermarkets, as well as schools, hospitals and residential care homes will have to display their hygiene ratings if the legislation is … Continue reading

FOR SALE BY AUCTION – One collector’s life

by Rob Shelley Spend any time with Bob Gray and you start to realise he’s got a  catchphrase: ‘Now this is an interesting thing’. In fact, he’s responsible for three hundred and forty odd (and we mean odd) lots of interesting things – all very diverse, from radios which need valves and probably still get … Continue reading

Rare orchid comes into bloom at Treborth botanic gardens

We cover them every now and again. Stories about how our strange weather has had an impact on nature. Yesterday I was filming a rare orchid at the Bangor botanic gardens which would normally only ever bloom during the Summer, it’s now in flower. The theory is that the orchid is very receptive to light … Continue reading

A night with the North Wales Paranormal Group

By Lorna Prichard, North Wales correspondent Local clubs are often struggling for new members, but this was a club with a difference. The North Wales Paranormal Group was advertising in a local newspaper for new recruits. I got in touch with them to find out more. Not, I hasten to add, because I’m looking for … Continue reading

Reviving a famous brand: Wrexham Lager returns

The Roberts family of Wrexham are putting their money and their hopes into bringing back this famous beverage-that for more than a hundred years was part of the DNA of this town. But the Wrexham Lager brand became as victim of the world of big business and closed in the year 2000 with the brewery … Continue reading

A simple, complicated question

There are simple questions, complicated questions, and deceptively complicated questions. Among the latter, beware anyone who asks you ‘Are you happy?’ – there is no good answer. Watch Rob’s report online at ITV.com/Wales You might reckon, in an economic slump, that asking how many shops closed in Wales last year should be easy. You could … Continue reading

The future of our national parks: Museums or hi-tech powerhouses?

I’ve had a very interesting interview with Dr Christopher Jones, director of business analytics at Bangor Business School ahead of tonight’s Wales This Week programme. The theme of our interview centred on national parks and what advantages they can bring to an area, their future and the challenges they face. It was detailed but overall, … Continue reading

Bodelwyddan man makes plea to keep animal sanctuary dream alive

Its a story that inspires. Geoff Leedham lost his arm in an accident three years ago. He lost his job and for a time his will to live. But his love of animals brought him back from the brink. He has turned his bungalow home in Bodelwyddan into an animal sanctuary. Watch Ian’s report at … Continue reading

Wrexham’s nuclear secret

You never quite know, when you put your foot down on that firm stuff called earth, exactly what you’re treading on. Ask any one of the eight thousand or so students who make up Glyndwr University in Wrexham. Chances are they never know, as they hurry to tutorials or the coffee shop, what they’re hurrying … Continue reading

Skokholm Island – Beautiful, but unforgiving

Most of us have had those days when ‘giving it all up and living on a desert island’ is an attractive option. The trouble is, being able to survive only on what nature offers you takes a special sort of individual, as I found out when I visited the beautiful island of Skokholm off the … Continue reading

Pembrokeshire Chocolate Farm workers make YouTube plea to save Pemberton’s

Pemberton’s Chocolate Farm at Llanboidy in Pembrokeshire has been up for sale for a year but no buyer has yet been found. Now the workforce there have made a worldwide appeal on the internet for an investor to save their jobs. It’s a thriving business – making more than 200 different types of chocolate and … Continue reading

Guest Blog: Cardiff Blogs “For Love Not Money”

By the Cardiff Blogs Team Cardiff Blogs returns on September 5 with the next bloggers meet up following the summer social in July. Under new management and after seeking (extensive) feedback from both regulars and newcomers to the Cardiff Blogs scene, the team will host “For Love Not Money” – showcasing people in Cardiff who … Continue reading

Guest Blog: A Student in Swansea

by Christina Deias My name is Christina, and I have just finished my second year at Swansea University, studying Public and Media Relations. I have lived in Swansea all my life, and so deciding to go to its university, for me, was not just for convenience, but also, because I love my city. Well, I … Continue reading

Meet the married Welsh Centenarians Bert and Sue Hamilton

Bert and Sue Hamilton, who have both celebrated their 100th birthdays, believe they may have set a new Guinness World Record for being the oldest married couple in Britain. The couple have been married for more than 60 years and live together in a sheltered housing complex in Ynysybwl, near Pontypridd. Mr Hamilton served with … Continue reading

Guest Blog: Llanelli riots 100 years on

By Christina Deias The riots faced by cities in England recently shocked people throughout Britain and, indeed, the World. For the people of west Wales though, the riots have been a time to remember the unrest caused by the Llanelli railway strike exactly 100 years ago. The Llanelli railway strike on 17 August 1911 was the … Continue reading

How to save a fort like Hubberston

How do we preserve our history? That’s the question that’ll be taxing quite a few Pembrokeshire minds over the coming months as they wrestle with the future of one of Milford Haven’s historic landmarks. Hubberston Fort which overlooks Gelliswick bay was one of a number of coastal defences built in the nineteenth century to protect … Continue reading

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