Tue, 14 Mar 2017 Heno


Tue, 14 Mar 2017

Bydd Rhodri Gomer yn edrych 'nol ar un o gyfnodau tywyllaf yn hanes amaethyddiaeth Cymru - Eira Mawr 1947. Rhodri Gomer looks back at a dark time for farming in Wales - the snow...


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-Hello and welcome to Heno.

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-I've come outside the studio

-to the town centre of Llanelli.

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-The sky is calm above us

-and it's relatively mild.

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-But it was a very different scene

-across Wales exactly 70 years ago.

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-Rhodri Gomer is in Aberystwyth to

-recall one of Wales' worst winters.

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-I'm at the National Library tonight.

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-I've travelled to meet those who

-recall the heavy snowfall of 1947.

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-A couple of them will join me later.

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-I'll return to the sofa shortly

-to welcome my two guests.

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-They've got an exciting proposition

-for our viewers at home tonight.

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-Soloists aged 25 and over

-are eligible to participate...

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-..in a brand-new scheme called

-Ffatri Llais or the Voice Factory.

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-Tonight, I'm combining fashion

-and mathematics.

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-Don't worry, I just need to make

-a pattern for a circle skirt...

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-..using the formula Pi

-and it's just happens to be Pi Day!

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-Someone might wear a dress

-with a circle skirt...

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-..at Llinos' location tonight.

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-If you're looking

-for a wedding venue...

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-..you can look inside

-St Tewdrics House in Chepstow...

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-..that's run by the cyclist,

-Geraint Thomas and his wife, Sara.

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-We start tonight by looking back

-at the heavy snowfall of 1947.

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-Last night,

-we made an appeal for your stories.

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-Thank you to Ifor Lloyd of Bridfa

-Derwen Stud for this photograph...

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-..of the Welsh cob that started the

-farm during the blizzard of 1947.

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-Ifor's mother captured the moment

-on camera in Llanybydder.

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-Thanks for sharing your photo

-and story with us, Ifor.

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-Rhodri Gomer awaits our company now

-in Aberystwyth with more stories.

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-I'm at the National Library which

-is full of our nation's treasures.

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-I'm here tonight to find out more

-about the heavy snowfall of 1947.

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-For those who lived through it,

-the memories will never go away.

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-You can't imagine

-how terrible it actually was.

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-We lost all of our sheep

-and lost everything.

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-A neighbouring farmer

-used the piano as firewood...

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-..because he couldn't get any fuel

-or coal to keep his children warm.

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-Nothing was open so it was like a

-bank holiday that lasted two weeks!

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-My earliest memory...

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-..is of the prisoners of war

-at the camp in Henllan.

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-An army lorry was one of the first

-vehicles to go through the village.

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-They were more capable

-of travelling through the snow.

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-The severe snowfall of 1947...

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-..was caused by a blocking high

-over Scandinavia.

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-It led to many snow storms

-in the United Kingdom and in Wales.

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-Snow fell every day somewhere in

-the country for 55 successive days.

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-I have an interesting story

-about Lewis Tymbl or my Uncle Dai.

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-He died on 10 March 1947.

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-He was a famous and highly-respected

-minister in the Tumble area...

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-..but he wanted to be buried

-at Antioch Chapel in Crymych.

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-The coffin was taken from Whitland

-to Crymych on the Cardi Bach...

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-..but unfortunately, and let me

-quote from Ieuan Davies' book...

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-"The burial at Antioch was organized

-for 1.30pm on Saturday 15 March...

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-"..but that morning, the Creator

-rebelled against the burial...

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-"..and Crymych witnessed

-the worst snow storm in history.

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-"No burials

-would take place that day."

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-We had a lot of snow in 1962

-but it was nothing compared to 1947.

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-Everyone helped each other and

-there was a real sense of comradery.

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-As young lads, we went to Lampeter

-to bring back sacks of groceries.

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-I remember buying butter and

-the bread was hot from the bakery.

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-By the time we got back,

-the butter had melted...

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-..but they were happy to get it

-no matter its condition!

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-A disaster fund was set up to help

-the farmers who lost all the sheep.

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-The money meant absolutely nothing

-compared to losing all the sheep.

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-The heavy snowfall from 70 years ago

-remains a vivid memory for many...

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-..including my two guests,

-Charles Arch and Lyn Ebenezer.

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-Charles, you lived on a farm

-in Pontrhydfendigaid at the time.

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-The snow took its grip

-on rural areas.

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-Yes, without a doubt.

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-We lived over mile away

-from the nearest village.

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-The road was shut for eleven nights.

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-Everyone was digging out

-pathways through the fields.

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-It had a damaging affect on the

-farm buildings, cattle and sheep.

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-The loss was so extreme that

-many farmers never got over it.

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-Lyn, you were a youngster at the

-time so it must been fun for you.

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-I was seven years old.

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-I would still walk a mile to school

-every day.

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-I recall walking

-through two walls of snow.

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-Another thing that

-has remained in my memory...

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-..is a lamb

-stuck in some electric cables.

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-This shows how high the snow was.

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-The dead lamb hung from the cables

-long after until the end of summer.

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-I can stand here

-and reminisce with you all night.

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-Last night, we made an appeal for

-your stories of the snow in 1947.

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-One gentleman got in touch with us

-with an interesting story...

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-..about meeting a famous face

-that he met during this period.

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-Four of us were playing in the snow.

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-We saw these lights.

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-A car was stuck in the snow.

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-The car window opened.

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-A face popped out.

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-It was Lloyd George.

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-I had the honour of shaking his

-hand.

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-He gave us a shilling for helping

-him.

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-Bob from the local garage helped

-him.

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-The Eisteddfod season

-has arrived across Wales.

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-They're an invaluable contribution

-to our country and our communities.

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-The association known as

-Cymdeithas Eisteddfodau Cymru...

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-..is launching for the first time,

-a masterclass called Ffatri Llais.

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-Here to explain it all and encourage

-viewers at home to secure a place...

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-..is one of the scheme

-organizers, Shan Crofft...

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-..and Sian Meinir, an international

-opera singer, who will be tutoring.

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-Welcome to Heno, ladies.

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-Tell us more about

-this new exciting scheme.

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-We are break new ground here.

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-A partnership has been established

-between the National Eisteddfod...

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-..and Cymdeithas Eisteddfodau Cymru.

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-Training is being offered

-to amateur singers over 25 in Wales.

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-Ffatri Llais offers training to 30

-amateur singers over the age of 25.

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-Why singers over 25?

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-Wales is awash with talented

-amateur singers over 25.

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-Singers of this age category don't

-often get an opportunity like this.

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-You can develop performance skills

-and perfect your vocals.

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-These masterclasses will encourage

-confidence to perform on the stage.

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-The aim of the workshops is to offer

-experience of individual guidance.

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-We can experiment with our vocals.

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-We hope to take their skills to a

-higher level.

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-Local Eisteddfods are starting now.

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-The masterclasses will be held

-on the following dates:

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-The South Wales session

-is on Sunday 23 April.

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-The North Wales session

-runs on Saturday 6 May.

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-The Mid Wales session

-takes place on Sunday 7 May.

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-Locations of the masterclasses

-will be confirmed in due course.

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-It depends on who is chosen.

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-You can apply online.

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-Download an application form

-from the website, steddfota.org

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-Accomplished piano accompanist,

-Eurian Owen will join the sessions.

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-We welcome other accompanists.

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-Singers are grateful to their

-accompanists.

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-Our world is surrounded by circles.

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-We only have to look at our watches,

-steering wheels and road signs...

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-..to realize they are everywhere,

-and not forgetting our food!

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-Last week, we celebrated Pie Week

-but today is earmarked as Pi Day.

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-Frankly speaking, we need this pi

-in order to achieve this pie.

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-Why have you brought me to

-Bangor University to talk about Pi?

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-We're at the inner courtyard

-of the university.

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-It houses a lot of things that

-would not exist if it wasn't for Pi.

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-You need Pi for anything

-circular or spherical.

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-What is it?

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-What is it?

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-It's a way of measuring a circle.

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-Pi is the ratio of the circumference

-of a circle to its diameter.

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-The circumference is about three

-times the length of the diameter.

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-Pi is 3.1415926 and so on and

-so forth as it's never-ending.

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-The Welsh can celebrate Pi Day...

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-..as William Jones from Anglesey

-devised the familiar symbol.

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-He recognized the importance

-of the number of Pi...

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-..and that it deserved the symbol

-which is the one we know today.

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-It's the Greek letter of Pi and

-he first used that symbol in 1706...

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-..that was adopted

-on the international stage.

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-You're a fan of Pi.

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-You're a fan of Pi.

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-Yes, this is my Pi tie!

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-And Pi socks.

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-And Pi socks.

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-Yes, they were a Christmas present.

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-I only wear them on Pi Day.

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-One member of the Heno team uses Pi

-and relies on it.

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-My teachers at Ysgol Dyffryn Amman

-will be pulling their hair out...

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-..to see Huw Fash talking about

-Maths as I failed it four times!

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-These days, I use the Pi Theorem

-when making one of these skirts.

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-This is a circle skirt...

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-..so it's narrow at the top

-and all the fullness is at the base.

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-You need a series of measurements

-to make sure it sits properly.

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-Pi is a part of our daily lives and

-appears in all sorts of situations.

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-Happy Pi Day to you all!

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-It's time for us to take a break.

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-When we return...

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-..we take a sneak peak at a project

-by the Sky cyclist, Gareth Thomas.

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-His wife is busy restoring

-St Tewdrics House in Chepstow.

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-It's an ideal location for

-future wedding ceremonies.

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-We're also in Swansea University

-to mark National Science Week.

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-Dr Llinos Harris contributes to the

-science world in Wales and beyond.

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-Welcome back.

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-We start this part by congratulating

-Ysgol Cefn Coch in Penrhydeudraeth.

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-Last night, we enjoyed a snippet

-of their horror film...

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-..that was nominated for an Into

-Film award at Leicester Square.

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-The ceremony was hosted today.

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-It is a pleasure for us to announce

-that they are the British winners.

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-A massive congratulations to them

-and have a safe journey home!

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-Many of you will be aware of the

-Team SKY cyclist, Gareth Thomas.

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-Whilst he trains on his bike around

-France, what does his wife Sara do?

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-She's got a new project that is

-keeping her and her family busy.

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-Your wedding day is one of

-the happiest days of your life.

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-If you're a couple organizing your

-big day and need an unusual venue...

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-..you can book St Tewdrics House

-in Chepstow.

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-It's run by the cyclist,

-Geraint Thomas and his wife, Sara.

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-St Tewdrics House or the Italianate

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-..and sits in ten acres in Chepstow.

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-The house can sleep 16 people

-and a magical site is being built...

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-..that will host the reception and

-evening party for all your guests.

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-How did all this start, Sara?

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-It started when Geraint and I

-were looking for a wedding venue.

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-We couldn't find anywhere

-that ticked all the boxes.

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-I saw this house and felt

-it was perfect for our wedding.

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-We planned to live here but our

-guests said it was a lovely venue.

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-It stemmed from there.

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-What was the house like

-when you bought it?

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-The house itself was fine and

-just needed some cosmetic work...

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-..but the tower was derelict

-so needed refurbishing.

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-The courtyard was also derelict so

-we did all the work to improve it.

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-We're starting to see the

-finish line but it all takes time.

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-What does Geraint

-think about it all?

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-He's very excited and has put

-a lot of trust in Dad and Mam.

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-He's always happy when he comes back

-and he wants to live here...

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-..but that ship has sailed!

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-Where do you find the time to work

-on such a massive project...

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-..when you're away with Geraint

-for a lot of the time?

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-I'm really lucky

-because Dad has taken charge.

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-I come back, look at the place

-and leave again...

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-..but I do a lot of work online and

-send a lot of emails when in France.

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-I'm lucky because Dad does a lot.

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-How does it feel

-to work for your daughter?

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-I'm the boss at home and

-Sara's the boss when I come here.

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-I persuaded Sara to let me work here

-and we've had a great time.

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-We're happy with everything

-that we've created.

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-There's a place in the market

-for this sort of place.

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-Some couples have booked the venue

-and the place isn't ready yet.

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-I didn't expect it but the interest

-grew after we launched the website.

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-Will you be here on the day as

-a wedding planner extraordinaire?

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-Yes, me and either Mam or Dad or

-all of us will be here for the day.

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-Weddings are always so happy

-so this should be a great place.

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-People will remember the happiest

-day of their lives at St Tewdrics.

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-I'm really excited and want to get

-started as soon as it's finished.

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-All this week on Heno, we've

-marked National Science Week...

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-..by meeting and recognizing those

-who have made scientific impacts.

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-Tonight, we meet Dr Llinos Harris

-from Swansea University.

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-I'm Dr Llinos Harris

-and I specialize in microbiology...

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-..but more specifically

-staphylococci and implants.

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-Staphylococci is a bacteria that

-lives on the skin and in the nose...

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-..and any other damp parts

-of the body.

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-It features in the news

-as it's resistant to methicillin.

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-Infections after implants

-are very problematic.

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-I want to find a solution to this

-issue by improving the implant...

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-..or find new and better treatments

-for the infections.

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-The population is getting older

-so implants increasing...

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-..and many need a new hip or knee

-or need a catheter.

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-Those with kidney problems

-or need chemotherapy...

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-..are also at risk of infection.

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-We're running out

-of effective antibiotics...

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-..so it's interesting

-to find new treatments.

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-It's my ambition to find a treatment

-that can help people in the future.

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-It's so vast and the solution to one

-issue can cause other problems...

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-..so it's a very interesting field.

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-My studio guests have been

-Shan Crofft and Sian Meinir.

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-They're promoting a new scheme by

-the Eisteddfod for soloists over 25.

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-How can people apply

-to take part in the scheme?

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-Ffatri Llais offers training to 30

-amateur singers over the age of 25.

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-It's a great chance to improve

-your singing skills.

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-Gwyn Hughes Jones sings the praises

-of the Eisteddfod.

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-We enjoy being part of something

-exciting.

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-We will announce

-when everything is sorted.

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-Until tomorrow at 7.00pm,

-enjoy the rest of your evening.

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Bydd Rhodri Gomer yn edrych 'nol ar un o gyfnodau tywyllaf yn hanes amaethyddiaeth Cymru - Eira Mawr 1947. Rhodri Gomer looks back at a dark time for farming in Wales - the snow of 1947.