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Title: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 21, 2011, 08:02:18 AM
Post urgent and topical news items in here
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 21, 2011, 08:02:28 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-12519119 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-12519119)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Paddy on February 22, 2011, 08:41:30 PM
 I was having a beer in the King's Head earlier when a police lady came in saying there was a missing person on the Orme. does anyone have any more details?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on February 22, 2011, 08:49:02 PM
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I was having a beer in the King's Head earlier
Where's ours?  ;D

Fester and I will hopefully be representing the Forum at the Quiz there tomorrow night.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Paddy on February 23, 2011, 08:24:42 AM
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Fester and I will hopefully be representing the Forum at the Quiz there tomorrow night.

I might be in there myself!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wjones74 on February 23, 2011, 08:59:58 AM
Seaking was out around the orme area about midnight! possibly related to missing person ?  :(
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 23, 2011, 09:03:32 AM
 *&(
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on February 23, 2011, 11:09:02 AM
The Helicopter had been around during the evening as well, I was on the top floor for about an hour  around 8ish and it was circling then.
Title: Re: What's Llandudno Like Right Now?
Post by: DaveR on February 23, 2011, 12:50:26 PM
Fester says a body has been recovered from the sea just off the Great Orme.
Title: Re: What's Llandudno Like Right Now?
Post by: Paddy on February 23, 2011, 02:10:04 PM
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Fester says a body has been recovered from the sea just off the Great Orme.

Could this be the person the police were looking for yesterday?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Paddy on February 23, 2011, 02:15:53 PM
Apparently a body has been recovered today.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Trojan on February 23, 2011, 04:19:32 PM
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Apparently a body has been recovered today.

Police were called this morning after the force helicopter spotted a body on the cliff face at the Great Orme, Llandudno.
The man was recovered by the coastguard at around 10.30am.

District Inspector Ian Verburg said that they had no formal identification of the body at this time.

He said that the coroner had been informed and they were treating the death as unexplained.

There are no further details available.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wjones74 on February 23, 2011, 04:33:49 PM
Quite alarming! rhos, moelfre,pwllheli marina now one off the orme, all in a couple of weeks  :o
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Trojan on February 23, 2011, 04:35:59 PM
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Quite alarming! rhos, moelfre,pwllheli marina now one off the orme, all in a couple of weeks  :o

A possible off Conwy also.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: TheMedz on February 23, 2011, 05:21:27 PM
A handy site for info re the police helicopter activity.http://www.north-wales.police.uk/nwpv2/en/about/osdAirHeliLog.asp (http://www.north-wales.police.uk/nwpv2/en/about/osdAirHeliLog.asp)

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wjones74 on February 23, 2011, 05:41:02 PM
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Quite alarming! rhos, moelfre,pwllheli marina now one off the orme, all in a couple of weeks  :o

A possible off Conwy also.

Yes Trojan , Forgot about that , I can presume no further developements with that then ? , is les battersby still in the frame ?  ???
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on February 23, 2011, 06:51:27 PM
Well just to quell some local speculation, it certainly ain't Yorkie!  He is alive and well and will shortly be seen roaming all over the Three Towns Forum as usual!      ;)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on February 23, 2011, 11:57:43 PM
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Well just to quell some local speculation, it certainly ain't Yorkie!  He is alive and well and will shortly be seen roaming all over the Three Towns Forum as usual!      ;)

With Yorkie back, and BrumBob now in full flow...I think we can expect March to be a record breaking month of postings on the..... $3towns$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on February 24, 2011, 08:19:06 AM
I'll do my best!   After 3 weeks of inactivity my fingers are lacking a little in typing power but I'm having physiotherapy so should be back to form soon.     ZXZ
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 24, 2011, 08:23:14 AM
Welcome back :-)))
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on February 24, 2011, 08:36:54 AM
"A SEARCH team looking for a missing man yesterday found a body on a cliff ledge.

Police on board the force helicopter made the grim discovery on Llandudno’s Great Orme shortly after 10.30am. They had been searching for Andrew Lawrence Parvin, 48, last seen at 2pm on Sunday when he left his parents’ home in Deganwy to take a walk. When the experienced walker did not return, his family called police and the search was launched."
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/02/24/man-s-body-recovered-from-great-orme-55578-28225047/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/02/24/man-s-body-recovered-from-great-orme-55578-28225047/)

"THE body of a 35-year-old fisherman was found at Pwllheli Marina yesterday.

The grim discovery was made by a member of the public walking along one of the pontoons at the marina shortly after 7.30am.

Police were alerted and the inshore lifeboat launched but David James McMurdo, skipper of the 45ft trawler Kasey Marie, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A single man, Mr McMurdo hailed from Dumfrieshire in Scotland and lived in Plymouth. He had been based in Pwllheli since last November fishing for scallops in Cardigan Bay."
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/02/24/body-of-trawler-skipper-found-in-pwllheli-marina-55578-28225052/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/02/24/body-of-trawler-skipper-found-in-pwllheli-marina-55578-28225052/)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 25, 2011, 09:02:05 AM
Police closed the Marine Drive from the Zig Zag path to the concrete track, yesterday, between 1000 and 1300, while they, the Mountain rescue teams, Coastguard and emergency services in general based themselves in the Rest and Be Thankful car park.  It was, apparently, just below the Southern end of the car park that the man was found.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on February 25, 2011, 09:43:02 AM
http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2011/02/24/llandudno-could-have-living-history-exhibit-55243-28222508/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2011/02/24/llandudno-could-have-living-history-exhibit-55243-28222508/)

Oh dear--- doomed--we're all doomed!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on February 25, 2011, 09:44:13 AM
Didn't we have this as a quiz question?
http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2011/02/24/reward-for-painting-stolen-from-gents-loos-in-llandudno-restaurant-55243-28222227/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2011/02/24/reward-for-painting-stolen-from-gents-loos-in-llandudno-restaurant-55243-28222227/)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on February 25, 2011, 10:27:13 AM
It was very sad to see that thieves/vandals have destroyed one of the stained glass windows at St Tudnos Church:
http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2011/02/24/thieves-violate-llandudno-s-ancient-st-tudno-s-church-55243-28222513/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2011/02/24/thieves-violate-llandudno-s-ancient-st-tudno-s-church-55243-28222513/)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on February 25, 2011, 10:30:43 AM
Bastards need burying alive!    :rage:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on February 25, 2011, 12:49:31 PM
Although the report says the damage is covered by insurance, it still means that the Church will have to pay the first £500. And that is a sum that would be far better utilised towards the proposed roof project.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 25, 2011, 02:48:23 PM
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Apparently a body has been recovered today.

Police were called this morning after the force helicopter spotted a body on the cliff face at the Great Orme, Llandudno.
The man was recovered by the coastguard at around 10.30am.

District Inspector Ian Verburg said that they had no formal identification of the body at this time.

He said that the coroner had been informed and they were treating the death as unexplained.

There are no further details available.

Andrew Parvin was a client of mine.

He was a lovely lad and my condolences go out to his family.

RIP Andrew.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Blodyn on February 25, 2011, 02:51:36 PM
I found the above comments about the break in at St. Tudno's shortly after I posted some information and photos under "Policing Matters".  Thanks for your comments, folks.  
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Paddy on March 04, 2011, 09:51:47 PM
Five police cars outside the lifeboat station and the chopper in the air! Does anyone know what's going on?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on March 05, 2011, 12:14:13 AM
Dunno Paddy, but Police Helicopter hovering over the Llwynon Road / Black Gate area... for quite a while on Friday night.

It disturbed my watching of BENIDORM !
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on March 05, 2011, 08:45:15 AM
Suspect apprehended according to the link someone posted to the Police Helicopter's activities.

Benidorm?-- really Fester haven't you any paint drying ? _))* _))* _))*
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: brumbob on March 05, 2011, 03:20:35 PM
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It disturbed my watching of BENIDORM !
Wasn't it a lot funnier this week  D)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on March 12, 2011, 10:50:32 AM
Headline outside Vollams this morning.

Eyesore Hotel to be razed to the ground.

Can't find a thing on the Daily Post Website.
Anyone any wiser?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on March 12, 2011, 10:51:23 AM
It's the Grange Hotel in Rhyl, by the Suncentre:

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4151/5002166512_2909390b89_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/5002166512/)
La Grange (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/5002166512/#) by davidrobertsphotography (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: brumbob on March 12, 2011, 10:54:51 AM
A fine looking building with plenty of land to build new flats
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on March 12, 2011, 12:43:48 PM
Thanks for the info Dave, it has been in a state for some years now.
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Post by: born2run on March 12, 2011, 01:05:41 PM
I always walk past that when I go the Theatre in Rhyl. Very sad but sort of sums up Rhyl - once grand now falling apart
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Post by: Hugo on March 12, 2011, 01:20:31 PM
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A fine looking building with plenty of land to build new flats

I believe that it is a listed building that applied for planning application to be converted into flats.  Planning application was refused and the place was boarded up and became a home for squatters.  The buiding then had a fire that gutted the place so much so that it must have been unviable to rebuild as a hotel.   So surprise,surprise the next application to convert the hotel to flats was approved.
Seems to happen a lot in this area.
It's a shame really as it was a great place to go to at one time.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on March 12, 2011, 04:16:44 PM
The left hand part of the building is to be retained and refurbished, the right hand side is to be demolished and rebuilt in a modern design.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Trojan on March 12, 2011, 10:12:00 PM
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The left hand part of the building is to be retained and refurbished, the right hand side is to be demolished and rebuilt in a modern design.

They said something similar before West Shore's Gogarth Abbey Hotel was demolished. (completely)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: ormegolf on March 23, 2011, 07:31:21 PM
I'm not sure if I am putting this post in the correct place. But, it is to do with the press. I know local papers are having a hard time, falling sales, falling advertising revenue, but are they so skint that they cannot afford the most basic proof reader? Hacks of old would turn in their journalistic graves if they could see what I have just seen in one of our local papers. A full page with about ten individual adverts for firms competing for Mothers Day trade. Only one snag. Right across the top it states "Mothers Day. 14th March."  Last years date, of course. To make it even worse the date of the papers issue, Wednesday March 23rd, is printed alongside. Lord Beaverbrooke would  have given the lot the sack if he had seen it. Mike
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on March 23, 2011, 07:37:53 PM
Well spotted, Mike! I skimmed through the Pion...the paper in question, and never noticed.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on March 24, 2011, 03:32:52 PM
Nor did I ---our powers of observation must be slipping.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on March 24, 2011, 05:03:20 PM
Or we're dyslexic!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on March 26, 2011, 08:23:05 AM
Don't forget to set your clocks forward an hour tonight (Trojan excepted).  ;D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Paddy on March 26, 2011, 12:35:25 PM
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Don't forget to set your clocks forward an hour tonight (Trojan excepted).  ;D
Lucky me. I get to spend an extra hour sitting in the cab outside the Boulevard!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: TheMedz on March 26, 2011, 01:13:23 PM
One hour less possibly.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Paddy on March 26, 2011, 01:15:43 PM
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One hour less possibly.

I get confused, thanks Medz. Result!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Pendragon on March 28, 2011, 03:34:09 PM
It's been an eventful couple of days for my mate Ali Gugs.  On Saturday, his 9yr old son and his friend were playing on waste ground just outside Alis house in Penmaenmawr.  The lads were building dens when they looked down and noticed an object lying on the soil, fortunately Alis lad had been to a war museum with his Grandad a few weeks earlier and recognised it immediately as a WW2 Hand Grenade.  They ran in the house and alerted Ali, he then phoned the police who arrived 10 mins later. He was told the lads did the right thing not touching the Grenade as the pin had been removed.  Alis house was cordoned off over night with the police parked out front until the bomb squad turned up at 6am and removed it. 
He has since been told that the piece of land was once used for army training during WW2.  Seems a strange place for a training ground?
This is the photo he took on his camera.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Quiggs on March 28, 2011, 03:49:20 PM
That brought back a memory, it's just like the one I found. ( Episode 2 Quiggs Gunsite story )
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Trojan on March 29, 2011, 03:14:55 AM
Looks like a Mills Bomb which was made at the Mills Munitions Factory in Birmingham.

The pineapple effect on the casing was thought to aid fragmentation.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on March 29, 2011, 08:23:10 AM

What do you do when a blonde throws a pin at you?
Run like hell........she's got a hand grenade in her mouth !
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Pendragon on March 29, 2011, 10:43:13 AM
This government and our local councils make me laugh...............no actually they make me sick.  I have mentioned a couple of times on the forum my very good friend Mash.  He was in the Army for years, he did three tours in Northern Ireland in the early nineties, he was in war torn Bosnia, Afghanistan the list goes on, most of which he's not allowed to talk about, believe you me this guy fought for his country along with thousands of others.
This government cares not a jot for what our lads have endured and they couldn't give a toss regarding the mental torture these soldiers faced!!  All soldiers are taught to repress their emotions whilst serving the armed forces, which in some cases develops into PTSD, (Post Traumatic stress Disorder)  The symptoms of which can be Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Depression, Anger Issues, Persecution Complexes, Anxiety etc etc.  Nightmares about your past experiences even invade your sleep as a result you are medicated with sleeping tablets and quite often anti depression pills.
Mash does his best to keep it together and he's an amazing guy (course I'm completely bias) He's trained dogs that have recently saved lives.  He has two dogs at the moment the first being Socs, she's trained to search out Human Remains.  His other dog Lil a brown Labrador is in training at the moment to search in water for flood victims.  All this is done on a voluntary basis.
Mash, Gail and I  were sat in Gails house on Friday evening, when Mash received a phone call from his lodger informing Mash that a bailiff had just visited the house regarding unpaid Council Tax.  The lodger told the Bailiff that Mash wasn't in and wouldn't be home until Sunday as he was staying the weekend in mine.  Mash doesn't like going to pubs because he doesn't like crowds and rowdy places, so occasionally he comes down to my house.
The Bailiff was undeterred and told the lodger he would be returning at 6am to kick the door down and take items from the house. Kick the door down.  Those were his words!!  Of course Mash was beside himself with worry.  It turns out the outstanding amount was £39.  The best of it is, on the same day he received a cheque from Bangor Council amounting to £29 as Mash had only recently overpaid!  So the outstanding amount due was in fact £10.  So this gimp was going to kick down Mash's door for £10.   I was absolutely hopping.
We phoned the Bailiff and so far he hasn't turned up. A*** and Elbow comes to mind.
I can't help thinking what could have transpired had Mash have been in bed when the Bailiff turned up at 6am and kicked down his door................I wouldn't want to be in the Bailiffs shoes, Mash has after all been trained to deal with dangerous real hard men, armed to the hilt.  He would have tied this Munter up in knots and thrown him onto the street closely followed by his feckin clipboard.  Maybe I should have given him a lift home and waited until he turned up.  :rage: :rage:


Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on March 29, 2011, 11:43:20 AM
The feckin' Councils all seem to think they are a Law unto themselves.    I sent a Freedom of Information request to Llandudno Council on 7 March.   Not having heard anything I sent a reminder last week.  Apparently they found it neccessary to discuss this at a Full Council Meeting last Friday and decided to "allow" the Town Clerk to send me an e-mail to say it would be some time.    In other words they could not give a toss about the 20 days deadline in the Statute and are quite prepared to ride roughshod over the Law.   If the information is not supplied or late I will file a complaint with the Information Commissioner which will be about the third in respect of LTC.

It seems they regard the e-mail facility we pay for, and that is recommended for use on the LTC web site, may only be used by selected people, and I am not one of them!   

As far as I am concerned the whole lot better watch out, I feel an urge to clean the cobwebs off of my Blog and get down to publishing a few choice bits and pieces again!    >>>   >>>   
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Pendragon on March 29, 2011, 12:05:43 PM
Ha ha Alis just had a call from the Weekly News, they want to print the story on the Grenade his lad found.  You read it here first...................
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: TheMedz on March 29, 2011, 12:16:35 PM
Re the FOI act. I had the misfortune to work in a local authority on the IT systems required to supply any info requested from archived e-mails. During that time I had a look at the legal requirements that a council had to fulfil for FOI requests.

This states that

"an authority must comply with its duty under section 1 promptly and in any event within 20 working days (or other period, not later than 60 working days, set under regulations) from receipt of a request. If a fees notice is issued, time stops running from the issue of the notice until the fee is received. Working days do not include any Saturday or Sunday or Christmas Day, Good Friday or bank holidays under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in any part of the UK.


Where an authority is not able to reach a decision as to the balance of the public interest in disclosure within 20 working days, it must reach a decision within a reasonable period. In these circumstances, the authority is still required to issue a notice that an exemption applies under the provisions of section 17(1) within the 20 working day limit."



I'm not defending the council but if you submitted the request on the 7th of March then they still have a week to respond to you with the information or 1 week to tell you that it's going to take longer (which they did) to get all the info you requested.
 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on March 29, 2011, 12:36:15 PM
I am actually aware of the Statute and have a hard copy in my desk.  I have used the FOI Act for many years now and do undertsand the 20 working days.   As I had no acknowledgement of my request or any request for payment I felt that a reminder was in order. The problem with LTC is that I have asked some very awkward questions in the past and have been rather a pain in their ass!  For my sins I am also an ex Llandudno Town Councillor.   I am also well aware of exempt items and never address any matter that may come within that area.   Thanks anyway.    $thanx$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Trojan on March 29, 2011, 05:47:28 PM
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As far as I am concerned the whole lot better watch out, I feel an urge to clean the cobwebs off of my Blog and get down to publishing a few choice bits and pieces again!    >>>   >>> 

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Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Trojan on March 29, 2011, 05:49:55 PM
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Ha ha Alis just had a call from the Weekly News, they want to print the story on the Grenade his lad found.  You read it here first...................

 $3towns$  L0L
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: brumbob on March 31, 2011, 06:03:05 PM
Cadw: People over 60 and under 16 will no longer be allowed to visit many of Wales' historic sites for free.
The scheme, which began in 2008 and will end on 1 June, costs the Welsh Assembly Government around £130,000 a year.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-12917898 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-12917898)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on March 31, 2011, 06:37:35 PM
Well that's bloody great news.  I've only had mine for a month or so and haven't even used it yet!
b****r them I'll keep on with my National Trust which I pay for.   Quite true Yorkie expression, "thee don't get 'owt fer nowt!"    :rage:   :rage:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on March 31, 2011, 07:08:23 PM
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Cadw: People over 60 and under 16 will no longer be allowed to visit many of Wales' historic sites for free.
The scheme, which began in 2008 and will end on 1 June, costs the Welsh Assembly Government around £130,000 a year.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-12917898 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-12917898)

Thanks for the info Brumbob.  I was just going to have quite a few application forms run off for the old folks at our coffee morning so you've saved me some time and expense.
Not a good month really with Cameron knocking off some of the Winter fuel allowance too.      :rage:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Trojan on April 01, 2011, 12:48:08 AM
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Well that's bloody great news.  I've only had mine for a month or so and haven't even used it yet!

Well, you've got three months left. I'd go visiting a CADW site every weekend if I were you.  ^*^0
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on April 01, 2011, 08:05:34 AM
They are actually honoring existing Card Holders until the expiry date of their Card.  As mine is 28/02/2014  I've got plenty of time - who wants to look at ruins of Welsh  $walesflag$ Castles anyway?      $uk
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on April 01, 2011, 10:03:00 AM
I do Yorkie!      $wales
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on April 01, 2011, 11:08:26 AM
And me $wales
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on April 01, 2011, 11:44:36 AM
I do really, I just like to be controvertial, and get an extra post in!!    L0L
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on April 01, 2011, 08:24:45 PM
So...you were being 'Tongue in cheeky' then?

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Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on April 01, 2011, 08:34:52 PM
I actually find it rather difficult and most uncomfortable to put my tongue in my cheek.   I think a double jointed tongue is required!    _))*
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on April 01, 2011, 09:15:58 PM
 $wales Who ruined our castles in the first place. :P
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Trojan on April 03, 2011, 01:55:33 AM
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$wales Who ruined our castles in the first place. :P

 :>:>
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Pendragon on April 03, 2011, 06:45:14 PM
He didn't ruin them he liberated them  ;D

Now we charge tourists to enter them.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on April 03, 2011, 07:07:07 PM
Most castles throughout Britain fell into disrepair within 40 or 50 years of being built.
If they weren't ''lived in'' by a noble family, then they were not maintained at all...because the conflict they were built for was long since over.

The lead was stripped from the roofs, which meant that the roofs fell in, and then the floors beneath them too.
All the gleaming white render fell off the external walls, and exposed the haphazard stonework we see today.
Imagine what they would have looked like when new?

The Civil War in the 17th Century meant that many castles were garrisoned again.  But, at the end of that war Cromwell ordered them to be part demolished so they could not be used defensively again.  I believe that the tower near the Railway line at Conwy Castle was brought down for that reason... and then re-built by the railway company.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Pendragon on April 04, 2011, 08:53:49 AM
Yes that's right Fester.  You can see in the picture the gaping hole in the turret.  The Railway were ordered to under pin the turret due to safty issues with the Railway.

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Post by: Bri Roberts on April 04, 2011, 09:38:17 AM
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They are actually honoring existing Card Holders until the expiry date of their Card.  As mine is 28/02/2014  I've got plenty of time - who wants to look at ruins of Welsh  $walesflag$ Castles anyway?      $uk

Yorkie, you can also use is it at Plas Mawr in Conwy.

If you haven't been then I recommend you go as I went recently with my new Cadw card and very much enjoyed it.
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Post by: Nemesis on April 04, 2011, 10:58:17 AM
So did I, a great afternoon, very knowledgeable guides too.
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Post by: Yorkie on April 27, 2011, 04:29:12 PM
With the forthcoming Assembly Election we are, as usual, treated to a sight and introduction of their salient points in this weeks Pioneer.  Hoever on pages 8 and ( two of the candidates seem to be identical twins - Aberconwy Welsh Labour, Eifion Wyn Williams and Clwyd West Plaid, Eifion Lloyd Jones.

The similarity is absolutely amazing!
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Post by: Nemesis on April 27, 2011, 05:16:02 PM
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/04/27/131ft-pumpkin-sculpture-plan-for-conwy-valley-55578-28589398/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/04/27/131ft-pumpkin-sculpture-plan-for-conwy-valley-55578-28589398/)

What the ***** is the world coming to?
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Post by: Yorkie on April 27, 2011, 05:39:17 PM
April 1st. was a few weeks ago!     _))*
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Post by: Nemesis on April 27, 2011, 09:37:49 PM
mmmmm, that's what I thought, surely someone can't be serious!
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Post by: Pendragon on April 27, 2011, 09:42:18 PM
It could be worse they could have asked to erect a massive leak  _))* $walesflag$
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Post by: Nemesis on April 27, 2011, 09:51:16 PM
The mind boggles !
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Post by: Yorkie on April 27, 2011, 09:52:21 PM
Had to double take that one as I could not for the life of me what a massive leak had to do with the previous comments.  Then I realised it was supposed to be leek!!    _))*
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Post by: Nemesis on April 27, 2011, 09:56:39 PM
Thank goodness or Llanrwst would be more flooded than ever ! L0L
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Had to double take that one as I could not for the life of me what a massive leak had to do with the previous comments.  Then I realised it was supposed to be leek!!    _))*
Yes yes ok...........  D) my dasterdly plan is to "do a Yorkie" and say it was a double entendre
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Post by: Nemesis on April 27, 2011, 10:12:35 PM
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Post by: Trojan on May 02, 2011, 04:21:48 AM
Some wonderful news this evening - Osama Bin Laden has been killed!

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/osama-bin-laden-killed/story?id=13505703 (http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/osama-bin-laden-killed/story?id=13505703)
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Post by: Yorkie on May 02, 2011, 07:43:48 AM
 &well&  the Yanks.    

There will no doubt be repercussions throughout the World by all his fanatics so we can expect disruption for some time to come.

Now we just have to wait for the next Nutter to come along!
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Post by: SDQ on May 02, 2011, 04:48:34 PM
I hear Elton John has re-written Candle In The Wind to celebrate.
Sandals In The Bin will be released next week!
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Post by: Nemesis on May 02, 2011, 05:53:17 PM
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Post by: Fester on May 02, 2011, 05:55:56 PM
When I heard that Bin Laden, and Bin Laden Jr had been killed this morning,  I was confused.

I didn't know the Americans took the Bins out on Bank Holidays !

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Post by: Nemesis on May 02, 2011, 05:57:01 PM
Oh give up-- laughing makes me cough ! _))* _))* _))*
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Post by: Trojan on May 02, 2011, 10:06:15 PM
You have to give Osama some credit though.

He's just posthumously been awarded the World Hide & Seek Championship title.
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Post by: DaveR on May 04, 2011, 10:08:23 AM
RNLI collection box stolen during Extravaganza weekend
by Kelly Barker, DPW West May 4 2011

YOBS ripped a lifeboat collection box from its stand before smashing it open and making off with around £150 worth of donations.

The two-foot long replica boat was chained to a 20kg steel podium, when it was dragged from its spot next to the all-weather vessel, Fisherman’s Friend on Sunday.

The lifeboat was docked on Llandudno’s promenade for last weekend’s booming Victorian Extravaganza, where hundreds of revellers donated loose change.

Last night, crews said they were left “gutted” by the “mindless act” which they claim has cost them between £100 and £150.

Station mechanic Les Jones made the grim discovery when he turned up to empty the cash boxes and spend a night on the boat to stave off vandals.

Speaking to the Daily Post, he said: “There were three collection boxes situated on stands around the Fisherman’s Friend, and as soon as I arrived about 10.30pm, I could see that one of them was missing.

“It was obvious that the box had been dragged away still chained to the 20kg stand. When I had a look around, I found it had been prised open and emptied on the beach.”

He added: “We always get a lot of public support when we have collections, particularly at the Extravaganza, and I’d say there was easily £100 to £150 that was taken.

“What’s ironic is that I was preparing to spend a night on the boat to make sure it wasn’t damaged.”

He added: “Never in my 25 years of putting our boxes out, have I ever encountered such an incident.”

Last night police confirmed that two 15-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of theft following the incident. Neither are believed to be from the North Wales area.

A spokesman for Llandudno lifeboat said: “We are absolutely gutted. We consider all of our donations sacrosanct.

“We don’t get government funding and rely solely on legacies and donations and every penny helps.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/05/04/rnli-collection-box-stolen-during-extravaganza-weekend-55578-28630192/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/05/04/rnli-collection-box-stolen-during-extravaganza-weekend-55578-28630192/)
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Post by: Llechwedd on May 04, 2011, 11:33:51 AM
Perhaps it would be more sensible on such occasions to empty the boxes at more regular intervals. Then if anything is stolen it will only be say four hours worth and not a full days donations. Waiting until 10.30 p.m. is asking for it.
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Post by: Yorkie on May 04, 2011, 01:36:47 PM
It is a sad reflection on modern society when a person's reaction to the theft is to say that they were "asking for it".   Why should we be "asking for it" just because we leave our cars parked with the SatNav showing, or a shopping bag on the back seat?  Why should we be "asking for it" just because we don't stand guard 24/7 over everything we own?

All these tow-rags need teaching a lesson, and a lesson they won't forget.  Lock them up in a secure prison without TV, gyms and all the comforts of home, miles from anywhere.  Dress them in sackcloth uniforms, feed them gruel and make the bug***s carry out some hard labour.  Forget they supposedly had a bad childhood and were abused and mistreated.   Let the punishment fit the crime as Gilbert and Sullivan said.   We may then see some reduction in offending. :rage:
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Post by: Hugo on May 04, 2011, 02:28:20 PM
Llechwedd, you're right of course but Yorkies spot on with his comments too.   With the vandalism at St Tudno's Church and now this, nothing is sacred to these type of scumbags.
There does need to be a deterent when crimes are committed but it is obviously not happening now.
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Post by: Ian on May 04, 2011, 04:18:31 PM
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Lock them up in a secure prison without TV, gyms and all the comforts of home, miles from anywhere.  We may then see some reduction in offending.

Well, we imprison more of our population than any other country in Europe ,but it doesn't seem to deter re-offenders. Neither has it ever worked, even when punishments were far more draconian.

Regrettably, modern society, with its glitzy gadgets and expensive accessories, does mean that people have to take responsibility for safe-guarding their property and the Lifeboat people, working with the sorts of people and in the sorts of situations they do, ought to have been more careful.
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Post by: Yorkie on May 04, 2011, 04:37:52 PM
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Well, we imprison more of our population than any other country in Europe ,but it doesn't seem to deter re-offenders. Neither has it ever worked, even when punishments were far more draconian.

You've hit the nail on the head Ian.  We do imprison more than any other country in Europe, so maybe we should have a look at how they deal with similar problems.  Try Sweden, try Germany and a few others, maybe we could learn something and possibly manage to give up this mamby pambering of criminals.   Slaps on the wrist do no good.  Bring back conscription, the birch and hanging!    >>>
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Post by: Trojan on May 04, 2011, 06:03:33 PM
I'd throw them into an old rowing boat and then have RNLB Andy Pearce tow then 5 miles out into the Irish Sea at night with no lifejackets and one flare.

Maybe they would then appreciate the RNLI.
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Post by: Yorkie on May 04, 2011, 07:51:02 PM
And they would probably get a nice stone monument on the Promenade!     :)
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Post by: DaveR on May 04, 2011, 08:23:49 PM
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I'd throw them into an old rowing boat and then have RNLB Andy Pearce tow then 5 miles out into the Irish Sea at night with no lifejackets and one flare.
You're going soft, mate. Don't let them have a flare!  Utter vermin. WWW
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Post by: Trojan on May 04, 2011, 08:26:41 PM
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I'd throw them into an old rowing boat and then have RNLB Andy Pearce tow then 5 miles out into the Irish Sea at night with no lifejackets and one flare.
You're going soft, mate. Don't let them have a flare!  Utter vermin. WWW

The flare would signal they're location - so they could be rammed by the Andy Pearce.  WWW
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Post by: DaveR on May 04, 2011, 08:33:59 PM
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I'd throw them into an old rowing boat and then have RNLB Andy Pearce tow then 5 miles out into the Irish Sea at night with no lifejackets and one flare.
You're going soft, mate. Don't let them have a flare!  Utter vermin. WWW

The flare would signal they're location - so they could be rammed by the Andy Pearce.  WWW
Fair enough, then!  WWW
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Post by: Fester on May 04, 2011, 11:31:46 PM
I'm with Yorkie and others on this.

When I was a kid I often got a clout from parents, or a teacher or a policeman.
It taught me to either FEAR them or RESPECT them.
Either way, I certainly didn't have contempt for them.

Sadly, since the demise of corporal punishment, society had slid very badly into reverse.
Crime, and petty crime such as befell the RNLI, is rife because the perpetrators know they face little of no consequences.

If you cause someone PAIN or severe inconvenience, they are most unlikely to risk offending again.
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Post by: Ian on May 05, 2011, 07:32:58 AM
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Sadly, since the demise of corporal punishment, society had slid very badly into reverse.
Crime, and petty crime such as befell the RNLI, is rife because the perpetrators know they face little of no consequences.

But that's simply not true. Crime was far worse when punishments were far more severe.  In fact, there seems to be a correlation between the increasing severity of punishment and an increase in crime.  And Yorkie was talking about examining the penal systems of Sweden and Germany, for instance, but it's those countries that abolished corporal punishment well before we did.

There was a book published last year, Tough Times and Grisly Crimes: A History of Crime in Northumberland and County Durham by Nigel Green. Extracts from the book  give some figures and stories that show a little of what things were like in the past. Newcastle was plagued by juvenile crime in Victorian times; it was dealt with very harshly to little effect. In 1851 alone, 663 children were arrested in Newcastle, when the population was a quarter of what it is now.

One boy, Francis Dixon, was given six lashes at the age of nine for stealing oranges. A year later he was given ten lashes for stealing apples. He went on to become a career criminal. So pain didn't have much effect then.

People still have a strange faith in the idea that a few strokes of the whip is all that's needed to procure law and order and good behaviour. It didn't work in the past and there's no reason to think it would work now.

Those who promote hanging and flogging should also remember that there are inevitable miscarriages of justice, owing to faulty witness statements, poor procedures, inadequate case work, criminal conspiracies by police officers and revenge by those with axes to grind, to name but five of the most common reasons behind sentence rescinding and consequent payouts to those wrongly accused.

It's easy to read "The Police have arrested so-and-so on suspicion..." and assume the worst, but - fortunately - we live in a country which requires reasonable proof of wrongdoing and which asserts that people are innocent until proven guilty.
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Post by: Fester on May 05, 2011, 09:12:39 AM
I can't provide statistics to back up my theory, but it is human nature.
I for one, behaved very nicely in the classes of those teachers who had administered a clip round my ear previously.
Those who were 'a softer touch' had to put up with a high degree of hassle.

To say that it does not deter crime if the consequences are severe seems frankly ludicrous to me.
It is tantamount to saying that the moment that you put up an electrified fence, people will climb it even more than the non-electrified one next door.

Nice to see you again yesterday Mr Ian, (and Mrs Ian)  ..you have certainly lost some weight Sir.



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Post by: Ian on May 06, 2011, 07:53:23 AM
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I for one, behaved very nicely in the classes of those teachers who had administered a clip round my ear previously.

I'd suggest that was probably because you were brought up well by your parents. You were therefore conditioned to behave within acceptable bounds, and developed an innate respect for authority figures. That's why you pay your car tax promptly...  WWW

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To say that it does not deter crime if the consequences are severe seems frankly ludicrous to me.

I think the facts speak for themselves. Criminality  - which is what we're discussing rather than simply bad behaviour - seems to be down to the childhood experiences of the individual, and some of those would make you shudder.
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Post by: Ian on May 06, 2011, 07:54:41 AM
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Nice to see you again yesterday Mr Ian, (and Mrs Ian)

And it was good to see you again, F.   $good$
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Post by: Yorkie on May 08, 2011, 10:58:19 AM
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Post by: DaveR on May 10, 2011, 09:41:08 AM
Lynda Smith, the Froggy Fraudster:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1385140/Fraudster-used-Princess-Diana-host-stars-make-1m-frog-T-shirt-scam.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1385140/Fraudster-used-Princess-Diana-host-stars-make-1m-frog-T-shirt-scam.html)
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Post by: DaveR on May 12, 2011, 09:12:19 AM
"TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular walker who died after a cliff fall off the Great Orme.

Retired civil servant Vincent Wilfred Pinnington, 82, is believed to have been birdwatching when he plunged 75ft down a steep slope.

A yachtsman spotted his body on Sunday afternoon and an RNLI crew recovered his body.

A pathologist has given the provisional cause of death of Mr Pinnington, of Harlech Road, Llandudno as multiple injuries due to a fall. An inquest had been opened and adjourned."

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/05/12/man-who-fell-from-the-great-orme-a-fantastic-chap-55578-28678955/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/05/12/man-who-fell-from-the-great-orme-a-fantastic-chap-55578-28678955/)
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Post by: DaveR on May 12, 2011, 09:13:41 AM
"PLANS to build a miniature railway on Llandudno’s West Shore were given the go ahead this week.

Proposals to erect a 536m miniature railway track on derelict land behind the Dale Road Cafe were approved by Conwy planners yesterday.

The attraction, backed by the North Wales Model Engineering Society (NWHES), will include a clubhouse, a shelter for passengers, and a tunnel.

Mike Brown of the NWHES said he was confident the new attraction could boost tourism and generate interest in railways."

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/05/12/miniature-railway-s-green-light-for-llandudno-55578-28678954/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/05/12/miniature-railway-s-green-light-for-llandudno-55578-28678954/)
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 12, 2011, 10:15:37 AM
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"PLANS to build a miniature railway on Llandudno’s West Shore were given the go ahead this week.


I find this puzzling

'At yesterday's planning meeting, Cllr Jason Weyman said the NWHES’s report was misleading, and he believed the attraction would cause pollution.'

Not much pollution really from model steam engines is there

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Post by: DaveR on May 12, 2011, 10:25:37 AM
Perhaps he means noise pollution?
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Post by: Yorkie on May 12, 2011, 10:36:42 AM
And a side benefit may be that it would keep the seagulls away!   ;D
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Post by: Pendragon on May 12, 2011, 11:06:26 AM
Unless they sell food (and they will) in which case more attacks would take place!
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Post by: mull on May 12, 2011, 11:07:19 AM
At last something good happening at West Shore.
 :D
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Post by: Yorkie on May 12, 2011, 11:55:07 AM
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Unless they sell food (and they will) in which case more attacks would take place!

They already do sell food at the Cafe!   :P
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Post by: DaveR on May 20, 2011, 08:03:53 PM
The A470 was closed near Llanrwst late this afternoon due to a serious crash. All traffic was being sent along the B5106. Not sure if it has been cleared yet.
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Post by: SDQ on May 20, 2011, 11:47:02 PM
They've just spent a fortune on that stretch of road to make it safer, haven't they?
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Post by: Ian on May 21, 2011, 07:54:10 AM
They have.  Two people were killed in the incident.

Trouble is, you- can spend all you like to make roads safer, but you can never legislate adequately for bad driving.   That road is particularly bad in that respect. In the main, two types of driver use that road: the first is the business driver, who needs to use the road to get from Llanrwst or Betws to the coast.  The road has a national speed limit, so 60mph is the speed most of them would like to use, but they're often thwarted by the second type of driver: the elderly, non-working driver who has no where to go quickly and thinks everyone rushes about too much.

In fact, a little more thought on the part of both these types of driver, and the road would probably be a much safer place.
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Post by: DaveR on May 21, 2011, 08:17:29 AM
I've said before that I've seen some appalling driving on that road. It's usually the idiot who is late and tries to overtake several cars at once, even with a blind corner ahead - why would anyone be so stupid as to do something like that?

The road, of course, is for everyone's use and not everyone wants to drive at 60mph. One of the biggest problems (which is being addressed as the various improvements are carried out) is the width of the road - it's far too narrow in most places. So, when you have two cars (one overtaking) coming in one direction and two cars (one overtaking) coming the other way, there is simply not enough room and the crash occurs. The new sections of road are far wider.
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Post by: DaveR on May 21, 2011, 08:19:53 AM
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RNLI collection box stolen during Extravaganza weekend
by Kelly Barker, DPW West May 4 2011

YOBS ripped a lifeboat collection box from its stand before smashing it open and making off with around £150 worth of donations.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/05/04/rnli-collection-box-stolen-during-extravaganza-weekend-55578-28630192/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/05/04/rnli-collection-box-stolen-during-extravaganza-weekend-55578-28630192/)
Two lads from Oldham were convicted of this offence, together with stealing from Stalls at the Extravaganza.
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Post by: Ian on May 21, 2011, 08:47:42 AM
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The road, of course, is for everyone's use and not everyone wants to drive at 60mph.

That's true, but I'd make two points: there is a much more leisurely drive to be had down the road on the opposite side of the valley, with nicer views, too.  The A470 is primarily a trunk road, so one would expect the majority to use it as such.  I think the other aspect has to be the thoughtfulness. The driver who wants to poodle along at 35, on a perfectly straight and clear road, surely has to have some consideration for the bloke who's trying to make a living and has to be getting places? As you point out, the 470 isn't wide enough to pass at speed for much of its length, so if they were to pull over and just let the other driver pass occasionally, it would be better for everyone. Likewise, aggressive and dangerous overtaking and boot-hogging is equally dangerous and needs to be curtailed.
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Post by: DaveR on May 21, 2011, 07:43:39 PM
It's now been confirmed that three people died in the crash yesterday, one local man and a couple from Cheshire.
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Post by: Ian on May 22, 2011, 09:16:16 AM
...and Police want to 'urgently interview' the driver of a Red Vauxhall seen speeding off to Lanrwst at about the time of the incident.
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Post by: dwsi on May 22, 2011, 05:33:34 PM
The local man that passed away on Saturday was David Lesley Crapper known to everyone in Eglwysbach and further as Les Minafon. He was a well loved local character who was involved in a lot of events in the area, especially the Eglwysbach Show. He was the type of person that once you met him, you never forgot him.
There is currently a dark cloud over the village.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-13490582 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-13490582)
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Post by: dwsi on May 23, 2011, 08:33:00 PM
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/05/23/tributes-paid-to-man-who-died-in-a470-crash-55578-28743310/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/05/23/tributes-paid-to-man-who-died-in-a470-crash-55578-28743310/)

 $walesflag$
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Post by: Pendragon on May 24, 2011, 01:17:59 PM
The driver of the  Vaxhall Vectra police were appealing for in connection with the Llanrwst crash has come forward, police now say they are no longer looking for further witnesses.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/05/24/driver-police-wanted-to-talk-to-in-connection-with-maenan-crash-comes-forward-55578-28749859/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/05/24/driver-police-wanted-to-talk-to-in-connection-with-maenan-crash-comes-forward-55578-28749859/)
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Post by: ormegolf on May 25, 2011, 07:46:15 PM
Our one and only, DaveR, reported (in full) in the Pioneer. His comments about Colwyn Bay pier as posted yesterday in the forum. Fame at last, and well deserved
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Post by: ormegolf on May 25, 2011, 07:50:25 PM
Damn. The second after I clicked the reply button I realised that Daves comments wer'nt about the pier at all, but about the traffic in Llandudno last Sunday. Sorry Dave---but we all know you have a thing about piers and that clouded my mind
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Post by: DaveR on May 25, 2011, 08:19:11 PM
Don't worry, Mike, my pier comments will be probably be in next week's edition!  :laugh:
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Post by: Trojan on June 14, 2011, 02:33:00 AM
The owner of the motor yacht that berthed at Caernarfon recently is Mr Reg Advocaat, CEO of the Fortunate Sun Mining (gold) Company.

He has been in the area for a meeting with the Clogau Gold Co, with regard to possible business dealings with them.

Remember.......you heard it here first!

 $3towns$
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Post by: Ian on June 14, 2011, 10:08:45 AM
Yet another scoop,. brought to you by our North American correspondent :-)))


 $thanx$
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Post by: Bellringer on June 18, 2011, 09:46:39 AM
BARCLAYS BANK TO CLOSE ITS BRANCH IN HIGH STREET, CONWY - last day for business Friday 9th September 2011

"Due to consistently declining customer usage"
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Post by: Nemesis on June 19, 2011, 12:25:11 PM
Yesterday I walked on to the theatre to buy a couple of tickets. As I usually do, I proffered my debit card to pay for them. That will be £2.50 handling charge said the cashier. Pardon, said I, this is a debit card, not a credit card. Still £2.50 she said. Luckily I had cash in my purse so paid with that. No extra charge.MY OH bought some tickets the same way, over the counter, in April and wasn't charged the fee.
 Can someone tell me what  Venue Cymru are playing at? I was there, she was there, so who was handling what ?  I could have understood the procedure if the sum had been less than £10, but it was well over double that. M&S don't do that, as don't other stores. CCBC strikes again, no wonder places aren't busy.
 :rage:If I had been a less polite mortal I would have told her where to stick her tickets. :rage:
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 19, 2011, 02:17:48 PM
Thats incredible  :o you should have charged them a handling charge to cover your time in going there!  Lots of places seem to do this over the phone and it should be illegal (if it isn't already !) 
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Post by: Ian on June 19, 2011, 02:37:04 PM
It's a growing trend, and one that needs to be resisted. Imposing extra charges for any sort of card payment in an age when cheques are being phased out isn't on, but the only way retailers will stop the process is through competition with places that don't impose it.
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Post by: DaveR on June 19, 2011, 03:45:44 PM
There's really no justification for charging a handling fee on a debit card transaction, as it costs a flat fee of around 17p to process the transaction. Credit cards are a different story, they can be charged at up to 3% of the total transaction value for minor cards like Amex.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on June 19, 2011, 03:59:48 PM
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Yesterday I walked on to the theatre to buy a couple of tickets. As I usually do, I proffered my debit card to pay for them. That will be £2.50 handling charge said the cashier. Pardon, said I, this is a debit card, not a credit card. Still £2.50 she said. Luckily I had cash in my purse so paid with that. No extra charge.MY OH bought some tickets the same way, over the counter, in April and wasn't charged the fee.
 Can someone tell me what  Venue Cymru are playing at? I was there, she was there, so who was handling what ?  I could have understood the procedure if the sum had been less than £10, but it was well over double that. M&S don't do that, as don't other stores. CCBC strikes again, no wonder places aren't busy.
 :rage:If I had been a less polite mortal I would have told her where to stick her tickets. :rage:

Nemesis, if you use Venue Cymru on a regular basis have you considered purchasing a Premier Card for £25 per annum.

As well as no booking fees, we find we soon recoup the outlay with discounts on show tickets.

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Post by: Nemesis on June 19, 2011, 04:17:44 PM
Thanks Bri, but over the year my OH goes twice, both times to see Ken Dodd ( !) and I go once, usually to see PJ Proby. He isn't on this year-- Wonder why-- :roll:, so I am going to the Roy Orbison Tribute and also for a trip backstage!
If the seats were a little more comfortable, with a bit more knee room, especially for my OH who can't bend his knees far enough to have anywhere but a row end or front seat, we might go more often. As it is I usually can't straighten up the morning after a show !!
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Post by: Yorkie on June 19, 2011, 05:01:17 PM
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. . . . and I go once, usually to see PJ Proby. He isn't on this year-- Wonder why-- :roll

He's split has last pair of trousers!  Yet again!    L0L
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Post by: Trojan on June 19, 2011, 05:29:16 PM
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. . . . and I go once, usually to see PJ Proby. He isn't on this year-- Wonder why-- :roll

He's split has last pair of trousers!  Yet again!    L0L

Venue Cymru were going to charge him a handling fee to have them repaired.  :laugh:
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Post by: Nemesis on June 19, 2011, 06:22:42 PM
Oh Wow-- I'll get my needle and thread ready !! ;D
Don't think you can sew up a benefit fraud-- or can you ? ???
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on June 20, 2011, 12:31:21 AM
Ken Dodd ... not a benefit fraud but definitely a tax fraud, self confessed... and a tittifllarious one at that...

How tickled I was when I went to see him last year,  He came on stage at 7.40pm,  and the only (very short) interval was at 10.50pm.
I was in agony by then,

He finally left the stage (reluctantly) at 1.15am.

The man is genuinely a comic genius, but it doesn't half hurt to go and see him.
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Post by: SDQ on June 20, 2011, 01:02:02 AM
The Benefit Fraud is in reference to PJ Proby.
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Post by: Fester on June 20, 2011, 01:34:35 AM
PJ Proby... great singer, benefit fraudster perhaps?   
But like almost all great singers  (Matt Monroe, Elvis, Sinatra, Al Martino .)........DEAD !!!

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on June 20, 2011, 08:37:03 AM
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The man is genuinely a comic genius

One of a very small group, most of whom are now gone. Norman Wisdom, Tommy Cooper, Bob Monkhouse, Eric Morecambe, possibly Jasper Carrot and Billy Connolly were all outstanding, but stand-up is an early burn-out profession.  That Dodd's still so good is testament to his genius.
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Post by: DaveR on June 20, 2011, 08:43:14 AM
Frankie Howerd should also be in that small group.
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Post by: DaveR on June 20, 2011, 08:44:08 AM
..as should Lee Evans.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 20, 2011, 09:55:46 AM
and Jethro  ;D
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Post by: Ian on June 20, 2011, 10:43:34 AM
Not sure about FH and LE in terms of comic genius: one characteristic about all the comics I've listed is their ability to evoke belly laughs without resorting to any sort of swearing. LE seems to do that a lot, and FH - although quite possibly one of the greats - shared in common with Kenneth Williams a 'restricted' form of humour, mainly camp and double entendres, both of which resulted in long 'dry' periods in his career and ensured his type of humour was not universally enjoyed. I also think that LE hasn't been around enough to match their astonishing longevity.

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Jethro

Who?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 20, 2011, 12:26:13 PM
Jethro came to Llandudno in October 2009, we met him before the show and he talked with us for at least 20 mins and gave us a cd, a great chap, although rarely on tv. He makes us laugh a lot  L0L L0L

  http://www.jethro.co.uk/ (http://www.jethro.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on June 20, 2011, 01:00:19 PM
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and Jethro  ;D

Whose humour belongs and also seems to arise from the cess pit.  He loves talking about arses and the different way they can be treated amongst the Cornish and Devonian locals!   Not my sort of humour!   :(
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 20, 2011, 01:43:37 PM
well, each to their own!
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Post by: DaveR on June 20, 2011, 01:46:25 PM
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one characteristic about all the comics I've listed is their ability to evoke belly laughs without resorting to any sort of swearing.
Billy Connolly doesn't swear?!   :o
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Post by: Yorkie on June 20, 2011, 02:23:29 PM
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well, each to their own!

Good job we're all different or half of them would be out of work!    L0L


Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on June 20, 2011, 03:41:26 PM
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Billy Connolly doesn't swear?!

That's one reason why I made the comment "possibly Jasper Carrot and Billy Connolly".  Connolly performed many of his mainstream acts without swearing in the middle of his career, and he's a genuinely incredibly funny person who also enjoyed a fair longevity in his career, but I think he lost his 'edge' in later years.  But that's a professional hazard, I suspect:  certainly Carrot lost it completely after a relatively short TV 'life', but Cooper, Monkhouse and Morecambe retained an amazing capacity to amuse until they died - in all three cases, and Wisdom was doing pratfalls at the age of 88 plus. Humour is objective, that's true, but the true geniuses are very few and far between.  

The USA has produced some real comics, among them Shelley Berman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelley_Berman), who pioneered the imaginary telephone conversation gambit and Alan Sherman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Sherman) - probably best known for the Driving Instructor sketch.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on June 20, 2011, 05:22:50 PM
Some of the best comedians are still working in the Clubs around the country and will never allow themselves to be exposed on Television.     :D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on June 20, 2011, 05:51:13 PM
Hate to disagree Fester dear but PJ Proby is very much alive-- and on bail awaiting trial for Benefit Fraud.
He is still an excellent singer and usually comes to Venue Cymru at least once a year.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on June 20, 2011, 07:32:06 PM
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Hate to disagree Fester dear but PJ Proby is very much alive-- and on bail awaiting trial for Benefit Fraud.
He is still an excellent singer and usually comes to Venue Cymru at least once a year.

Oh Heck... you are absolutely right... :-[ :-[ :-[

I was thinking of Gene Pitney!  Dies in his Cardiff hotel room.

PJ needs to be careful now, because the last time I made that mistake, I was talking to another singer in Benidorm about Al Martino.
I was certain he was dead.... and the other guy insisted he was alive.
I came home and checked, and realised I was wrong.  but then he died that very day !!!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Dwyforite on June 20, 2011, 09:59:50 PM
me and the wife went to the gala bingo in rhyl one night about eight years ago and the management was changing hands,and they had ken dodd as a guest appearance,he came on about 9.30 pm and the new manager said he would entertain for 30 mins ,they had to throw a cargo net over him and drag him off at 12.30 a.m.but funny i was cross legged for two hours, he adjusts his act to suit his audiences,as he said he was the first person to use the  self assessing method of tax liability and felt the inland revenue should have given him credit for it and a little bung on the side,he is also a fine singer and sang without backup,a very very funny man who has unlimited energy
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on June 20, 2011, 10:13:21 PM
And still going strong at 83-- my OH is one of his biggest fans ! :o
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on June 22, 2011, 08:53:18 AM
Amazing...should have got a jail sentence, I think.


A ROAD rage driver, who attacked a woman after she tooted her car horn at him, was yesterday told he’d narrowly escaped being jailed.

John Paul Dovey had denied an assault charge but changed his plea to guilty over the Llandudno Junction incident.

The 33-year-old of Ffordd Gobaith in Mochdre, was told by Flintshire magistrates, sitting at Mold, he had committed a horrendous offence.

They said that, but for a change in sentencing guidelines, he would not be going home.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, said Daniella Rex was driving with friends at the Black Cat Roundabout, off the A55, when she tooted at Dovey, whose car was close to hers.

But he followed her and when she stopped he pulled up and walked up close to her.

It was alleged by the prosecution he swore and then grabbed hold of her.

He threw her towards her car but did not let go of her, then swept her legs from under her causing her to fall on her back. He also spat at one of her friends. She had pain in her shoulders and she also feared going out in the car alone.

Henry Hills, defending, said Dovey had got angry, over-reacted and became aggressive.

He was placed on a two-year community order to carry out 200 hours unpaid work. He must also attend an anger management course.

Magistrates also ordered him to pay £500 compensation to the victim which they said was not just for her injuries but for the trauma he had put her through. Dovey was also ordered to pay £100 costs.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/06/22/north-wales-road-rage-driver-attacker-spared-jail-55578-28918920/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/06/22/north-wales-road-rage-driver-attacker-spared-jail-55578-28918920/)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: suepp on June 26, 2011, 03:54:05 PM
Just had this alert on Facebook, hope he is found soon

If anybody knows where a 7 year old boy called Elliot is please notify police straight away, he went missing from Llandudno beach 30 mins ago, he has green tshirt and shorts on and a cap with monster on it. That's all I know sorry. Pls copy this as your status if ur local. Thanks.

updated now he has been found by police :)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on June 26, 2011, 08:36:55 PM
There was a lot of Police activity on the Prom in connection with the missing boy at about 3pm. There were 5 police cars and vans on the Prom, together with the Police helicopter hovering overhead. Fortunately, he was found not long afterwards.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on June 26, 2011, 11:11:01 PM
It was a very impressive operation connected with finding little Elliot.

As I walked on to the pier (to meet Dave R), absolutely everyone on the prom and the pier was alert and looking for the little lad.

Half an hour missing must seem like a nightmarish eternity for a parent.

All the pier staff, pier shopkeepers were on the lookout, and a lot of police were searching too.
The people in the Binoculars shop were using the goods to scan the entire beach for him.

Dave R himself had wandered off to join in the noble search.

All in all, a brilliant operation, and a successful one.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Trojan on June 27, 2011, 01:41:01 AM
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Half an hour missing must seem like a nightmarish eternity for a parent.

How did he 'slip away' from his parents in the first place?  ???
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on June 28, 2011, 11:02:10 AM
A CAMPER VAN burst into flames on the A55 forcing police to close the Conwy Tunnel.

Officers and firefighters are currently dealing with the incident on the westbound carriageway.

The vehicle broke down at around 10.10am before it caught fire.

Traffic is tailed back for miles with motorists being urged to use alternative routes.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on June 28, 2011, 11:49:46 AM
Update: The A55 is still closed in both directions between Junctions 15 and 17, due to the fire in the Conwy Tunnel. Extensive delays on alternative routes in Conwy area.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Llechwedd on June 28, 2011, 02:23:31 PM
Wondered why it took so long for the 5 bus to get into Conwy.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: suepp on June 28, 2011, 03:54:53 PM
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Half an hour missing must seem like a nightmarish eternity for a parent.

How did he 'slip away' from his parents in the first place?  ???

very easily done unfortunately in a crowded place, one or two minutes can seem like an eternity never mind half an hour, even the most conscientious parents haven't got eyes in the back of their head
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Trojan on June 29, 2011, 12:35:11 AM
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Half an hour missing must seem like a nightmarish eternity for a parent.

How did he 'slip away' from his parents in the first place?  ???

very easily done unfortunately in a crowded place, one or two minutes can seem like an eternity never mind half an hour, even the most conscientious parents haven't got eyes in the back of their head

Thanks for that Sue. It's just that I get a little concerned when children and North Wales beaches are involved.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on June 30, 2011, 11:22:45 AM
Apparently, the Landlord of the Blue Bell pub in Conwy was found dead this morning and Police are treating it as a suspicious death.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 30, 2011, 12:13:43 PM
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A CAMPER VAN burst into flames on the A55 forcing police to close the Conwy Tunnel.

Officers and firefighters are currently dealing with the incident on the westbound carriageway.

The vehicle broke down at around 10.10am before it caught fire.

Traffic is tailed back for miles with motorists being urged to use alternative routes.

I see that as usual it's a VW camper van, for some reason they are prone to fire! I feel very sorry for the owners, lots of happy memories gone up in smoke  :(

http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/local/103839/a55-closed-following-campervan-fire.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/local/103839/a55-closed-following-campervan-fire.aspx)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on June 30, 2011, 01:06:10 PM
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I see that as usual it's a VW camper van, for some reason they are prone to fire!
I was saying that to someone myself the other day, some sort of design fault?
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Post by: Trojan on June 30, 2011, 03:36:41 PM
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I see that as usual it's a VW camper van, for some reason they are prone to fire!
I was saying that to someone myself the other day, some sort of design fault?

Depends if it's an engine fault, or a propane cooker fault.  ;)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: suepp on June 30, 2011, 05:55:10 PM
I had a VW Camper, the engine blew up on the M6
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on June 30, 2011, 06:44:32 PM
I'm not an expert of the old VW Campers but was the rear mounted engine not air cooled?  Couple this with hot weather and trouble is not far behind!   WWW
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on July 01, 2011, 12:17:58 AM
I see that two of Wales biggest Newspapers have decided to no longer sell them in the street.

More here.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-13981570 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-13981570)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: suepp on July 01, 2011, 01:17:53 PM
Regarding Motorhomes, Hoteliers were complaining in the Weekly News about them parking on the prom overnight.

It's a shame there is not one proper campsite in Llandudno. The nearest is  in Bryn Pydew, too far out to be within walking distance of all Llandudno's attractions  :'(.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on July 02, 2011, 04:41:59 PM
I see from today's Daily Post that the lady missing from the Risboro' has been washed up on Ainsdale Beach, Southport. What a sad end.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on July 02, 2011, 04:46:39 PM
That's the usual place for bodies to turn up if they haven't been found within the first few days.  Sad.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Sara on July 02, 2011, 10:46:32 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2010431/Immigration-scandal-Saddam-Husseins-torture-doctor-allowed-work-British-hospitals.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2010431/Immigration-scandal-Saddam-Husseins-torture-doctor-allowed-work-British-hospitals.html)


Dr Mohammed Kassim Al-Byati who worked for the Iraqi Intelligence Agency patching up torture victims, so they could be tortured again has been working as a locum dr in the UK.

Apparently he has earned tens of thousands of pounds working at Llandudno Hospital in 2008, after he admitted his past so he could claim asylum.

The world really has gone mad.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Mikethewatch on July 04, 2011, 01:09:10 AM
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I'm not an expert of the old VW Campers but was the rear mounted engine not air cooled?  Couple this with hot weather and trouble is not far behind!   WWW
Either that or they fell asleep and left the chip pan on :D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Trojan on July 04, 2011, 09:19:58 AM
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I'm not an expert of the old VW Campers but was the rear mounted engine not air cooled?  Couple this with hot weather and trouble is not far behind!   WWW
Either that or they fell asleep and left the chip pan on :D

 :laugh:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on July 04, 2011, 11:42:22 AM
Daily Post now 50p (blimey, that's ten bob in old money!)

Does that mean the Weekly News is going up as well?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on July 07, 2011, 08:05:03 AM
 :roll: I just broke my promise never to buy the NWWN again , oh dear i read it in three minutes,not one bit of information or story;s about Llandudno,all they have done for me now is proved that i was right in the first place to stop buying it, if they can;t see that Llandudno has many issues regarding eyesores and when they have no news for Llandudno they should do just one article on one of them then they themselves have given up. :rage:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 07, 2011, 08:29:45 AM
the online version costs nowt! seems a bargain!  ;D

http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/)
Title: Ahoy there! What's going on?
Post by: Gavel on September 14, 2011, 02:06:59 PM
Can anyne tell me what the three small boats are doing moored in the bay off Rhos? They've been there for several days. Looked again today and one has gone. Is there something we should know?
Title: Re: Ahoy there! What's going on?
Post by: DaveR on September 14, 2011, 02:14:50 PM
I think they may be connected with the building of the new Gwynt Y Mor Windfarm? I noticed that one of the boats glows blue at night!
Title: Re: Ahoy there! What's going on?
Post by: Gavel on September 14, 2011, 02:20:02 PM
Yes, I noticed that too - looks like a floating video game! This is probably covered elsewhere, but how close to Rhos is this new wind farm going to come?
Title: Re: Ahoy there! What's going on?
Post by: DaveR on September 14, 2011, 02:55:10 PM
According to the article below, it will lie 17km off Llandudno.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2010/06/05/gwynt-y-mor-windfarm-project-to-bring-1-250-jobs-to-north-wales-55578-26592067/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2010/06/05/gwynt-y-mor-windfarm-project-to-bring-1-250-jobs-to-north-wales-55578-26592067/)
Title: Re: Ahoy there! What's going on?
Post by: Nemesis on September 14, 2011, 03:04:35 PM
Two are fishing boats, one of which is guarding the NOSTAG 10, a cable laying barge working off Prestatyn. There is also a tug--MAX which is supporting the barge.

http://www.shipais.com/currentmap.php?map=GreatOrme (http://www.shipais.com/currentmap.php?map=GreatOrme)
Title: Re: Ahoy there! What's going on?
Post by: Gavel on September 14, 2011, 04:55:56 PM
Thanks for the responses - very useful.
Title: Re: Ahoy there! What's going on?
Post by: Jack on September 14, 2011, 06:30:11 PM
Thinking on I did read something in the Daily Post a couple of weeks ago about cable laying from Ireland to Wales but didn't fully read the article perhaps that is what they are doing?
Title: Re: Ahoy there! What's going on?
Post by: Trojan on September 15, 2011, 02:17:36 AM
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I think they may be connected with the building of the new Gwynt Y Mor Windfarm?

 $happy$
Title: Re: Ahoy there! What's going on?
Post by: DaveR on September 15, 2011, 08:01:17 AM
Glad to see you've got it ready for me, mate.  $good$
Title: Re: Ahoy there! What's going on?
Post by: Nemesis on September 15, 2011, 09:39:04 AM
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Thinking on I did read something in the Daily Post a couple of weeks ago about cable laying from Ireland to Wales but didn't fully read the article perhaps that is what they are doing?

 Yes that is it, electricity cables from Ireland to Wales.  Perhaps it will be greener electricity when we get it ! _))*
Title: Re: Ahoy there! What's going on?
Post by: Trojan on September 15, 2011, 11:48:54 AM
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Glad to see you've got it ready for me, mate.  $good$

 ???
Title: Re: Ahoy there! What's going on?
Post by: Trojan on September 15, 2011, 11:49:13 AM
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Thinking on I did read something in the Daily Post a couple of weeks ago about cable laying from Ireland to Wales but didn't fully read the article perhaps that is what they are doing?

 Yes that is it, electricity cables from Ireland to Wales.  Perhaps it will be greener electricity when we get it ! _))*

 L0L
Title: Serial killer Peter Moore is dead
Post by: Bri Roberts on October 13, 2011, 12:04:40 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-15287228 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-15287228)
Title: Re: Serial killer Peter Moore is dead
Post by: DaveR on October 13, 2011, 12:32:53 PM
A serial killer, dubbed the "man in black," has died at high-security Broadmoor hospital, it has emerged.

Peter Moore, from Kinmel Bay, in Conwy, was called as dangerous a man as it was possible to find, when he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996.

Cinema owner Moore was convicted of killing four men in four months in 1995 for his sexual gratification.

He died on 30 July aged 70 but his death has only just been confirmed.

His death was confirmed by West London Mental Health Trust, which runs Broadmoor, home to some of the UK's most notorious criminals.

No statement has been released, and an inquest will be held later.

Moore, who was dubbed the "man in black" for his trademark black shirt and tie, was responsible for four murders in only four months:

Henry Roberts, 56, was stabbed to death at his home on Anglesey in September 1995.
Edward Carthy, 28, was stabbed and buried in a forest after meeting Moore in a gay bar.
Keith Randles, 49, a traffic safety manager, was similarly killed as he slept in his caravan at road works on the A5 in Anglesey in November 1995. Moore later told police there was "a certain enjoyment" for him in the killing.
Tony Davies, 40, his final victim was a married father of two who was stabbed at a beach near Abergele, Conwy, in December 1995.

Peter Moore ran a chain of small cinemas in north Wales
As well as the killings, Moore attacked more than 50 men across north Wales and Merseyside in what was described by the trial judge as "20 years of terror".

Moore had claimed during the trial that the murders were committed by a gay lover he nicknamed "Jason" after the character of a killer in the Friday the 13th films.

In 1996, Mr Justice Maurice told Mold Crown Court that Moore should never be set free.

Before being transferred to Broadmoor, he served time at high-security Wakefield prison in West Yorkshire with killer GP Harold Shipman, who hanged himself in 2004.

At the inquest into Shipman's death, Moore told West Yorkshire coroner David Hinchliff, sitting at Leeds Crown Court, that he spoke to the former GP every day in the prison's exercise yard.

In 2004, the Daily Post newspaper claimed it had refused to run an advertisement by Moore appealing for witnesses to help him overturn his convictions.

Two years ago, appeal court judges ruled that Moore, who was born in St Helen's on Merseyside, would spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Sir Anthony May, announcing the ruling said Moore had gained sexual gratification from the infliction of terror, humiliation and pain.

"He carried out a programme of savage murders of strangers who had done him no harm whatsoever." said Sir Anthony.

"This was a chilling orgy of murder, and it would be difficult to find a more dangerous man."
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on October 13, 2011, 05:40:39 PM
I take it there is no Llandudno news in the locals today .
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on October 13, 2011, 06:16:19 PM
Certainly nothing to get excited about.   :D
Title: Re: Serial killer Peter Moore is dead
Post by: Dave on October 14, 2011, 08:43:16 AM
Don't get too exited.... you got the wrong guy.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-15287228 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-15287228)
Title: Re: Serial killer Peter Moore is dead
Post by: Fester on October 14, 2011, 08:56:01 AM
Its a bigger story then.... SERIAL KILLER COMES BACK TO LIFE !!
Title: Re: Serial killer Peter Moore is dead
Post by: Dave on October 14, 2011, 09:09:49 AM
 
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Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: ormegolf on October 14, 2011, 08:19:43 PM
   I don't know whether or not to post this. I know/knew Peter Moore well. And his father. I even had dealings with Peter, but, before anyone gets the wrong idea --- before all the old cinema caper he got up to he ran the Merchandise Hall in Kinmel Bay and he became quite a specialist in buying job lots, big quantities of all manner of things and selling them off at discounted prices. As at that time I had a shop in Towyn, I did many a deal with him (but, luckily, only in the hours of daylight).
  But I found him O.K. to do business with. This was around the early 1980s. But I did notice a difference in him in later years. Thank goodness by then I was into coaching so I lost contact with him.
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Post by: Fester on October 14, 2011, 11:30:57 PM
Mike, see if you can get him a 'day release' ... seeing as he was an aquaintance of sorts, ....he might pay a visit to those lads who have been giving you grief on the Golf Course?

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Post by: Hugo on October 16, 2011, 05:27:17 PM
I used to see Peter Moore quite a lot when I lived in Towyn as I'd get my video's from his place.  I always found him a bit odd and he was definitely a "mummy's boy" especially when his mother was around.
There was a bit about him on TV when he was expanding his cinema business and by coincidence I saw  him the next day when he was in the Denbigh Police Station and had a chat with him there.
Some time after his arrest I was speaking to an acquaintance and he advised me that he had to see Moore on a business meeting and Moore had suggested that they meet up one evening at an isolated location. He found the request strange but agreed to it but as it turned out my acquaintance had to call it off due to unforeseen circumstances.
He still shudders at the thought of what might have happened!
Title: Llandudno on Television
Post by: Llechwedd on October 17, 2011, 11:35:05 AM
This week possibly tomorrow or Wednesday Trinity Trove near the station will be on the antique competition on BBC at tea time.

Also Alison Steadman on I think Wednesday evening will be travelling to Liverpool via the Great orme.  Check your Radio Times!
Title: Llandudno on television.
Post by: Sara on October 17, 2011, 07:39:42 PM
Both programmes on BBC 2 on Wednesday 19th October.
Antiques Road Trip 5.15pm
Alison Steadman, All Roads Lead Home 8.00pm
Title: Re: Llandudno on television.
Post by: dwsi on October 17, 2011, 07:41:31 PM
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Antiques Road Trip 5.15pm
Alison Steadman, All Roads Lead Home 8.00pm


Antiques Road Trip | Series 3 Episode 28 Antiques Road Trip | Radio Times http://bit.ly/n3ehKG (http://bit.ly/n3ehKG)

All Roads Lead Home | Episode 3 All Roads Lead Home | Radio Times http://bit.ly/pJy5mc (http://bit.ly/pJy5mc)
Title: Power Cut
Post by: Nemesis on December 31, 2011, 07:03:44 PM
Very inconvenient power cut for over 2 hours this morning. Came back on at almost 8.30.
Anyone else experience the same thing?
Title: Re: Power Cut
Post by: Bri Roberts on December 31, 2011, 07:25:14 PM
It was alright down in C-y-D. 
Title: Re: Power Cut
Post by: Yorkie on December 31, 2011, 07:26:48 PM
It was OK in Penrhryn Bay,  not enough Xmas lights to create a large demand!   _))*
Title: Re: Power Cut
Post by: TheMedz on January 01, 2012, 03:48:05 AM
A couple of minutes outage early Saturday morning and then back on again. No real inconvenience just resetting the digital and cooker clocks.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on January 01, 2012, 11:54:13 AM
Big hoo-ha in Upper Mostyn street this morning early on, as my OH went for his paper, before 8. Road block, police, fire etc. My Oh couldn't smell smoke, mind you it was raining hard, but couldn't see what was amiss.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Sara on January 01, 2012, 12:10:30 PM
There was a fire in one of the flats above Fountains, a man died.
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Post by: Sara on January 01, 2012, 12:15:12 PM

From the BBC news website:

A man in his 60s has died in an early morning fire at a flat in Llandudno town centre, say North Wales Police.

The flat was in a house of multiple occupancy and 10 other people escaped unharmed.

Fire rescue teams and police were called to an address on Mostyn Street at about 07:00 GMT on Sunday.

An investigation is under way into the blaze, but officers say it is not suspicious. The man was declared dead at the scene.

Three fire engines and an aerial ladder were used to put out the flames

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Post by: DaveR on January 01, 2012, 12:24:43 PM
I'm told it was across the road from Fountains, in the tatty flats at the side of the alleyway.

http://g.co/maps/nsgy9 (http://g.co/maps/nsgy9)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on January 01, 2012, 12:27:56 PM
I'm also told a body has been discovered on the beach at West Shore:

A man's body has been found after an extensive air and sea search off Conwy.

Concerns were raised on Saturday for a local man, and a hunt was launched and then called off at 03:30 GMT on Sunday.

The search resumed at first light for the man, who was in a 20ft vessel described as a day boat, and who told coastguards by mobile phone that he was lost.

The body was found on rocks on Llandudno's West Shore beach just after 09:00 GMT.

The Conwy inshore lifeboat had been launched on Saturday and located the boat - which was registered in Deganwy - about a mile north of the shore.

The search involved two lifeboats, coastguard shore teams and the North Wales Police helicopter.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dwsi on January 01, 2012, 12:51:50 PM
The body was found by Llandudno's RNLI team. One crew member injured his ribs while launching the boat eary this morning.
When I last saw the RNLI team they where dressed as Mario, Luigi and the mushroom from the Mario Bros. video game.  :D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on January 01, 2012, 03:46:20 PM
 
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I'm told it was across the road from Fountains, in the tatty flats at the side of the alleyway.

http://g.co/maps/nsgy9 (http://g.co/maps/nsgy9)

I noticed the aerial ladder was used by North Wales Fire and Rescue.

http://www.north-wales.police.uk/news__appeals/latest_news/fatal_fire_llandudno.aspx?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed (http://www.north-wales.police.uk/news__appeals/latest_news/fatal_fire_llandudno.aspx?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed)

It was not too long ago, the aerial ladder was being considered to withdraw it from service from Llandudno Fire Station.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on January 01, 2012, 04:05:50 PM
Yes, it's essential in a town like Llandudno. What if there was a fire in the Grand Hotel or similar?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Sara on January 01, 2012, 06:26:51 PM
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I'm told it was across the road from Fountains, in the tatty flats at the side of the alleyway.
My mistake Dave, I misheard what my daughter said when she phoned me, she was very upset as she knew the gentleman that died. Sad start to the New Year.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Sara on January 01, 2012, 06:31:12 PM
Not sure what I did wrong on the above post, Don't know why my post has appeared in the blue bit ???
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on January 01, 2012, 07:36:33 PM
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Not sure what I did wrong on the above post, Don't know why my post has appeared in the blue bit ???
No worries, it happens quite a lot.  It's when the [ /quote ] bit doesn't appear in the right place.  :)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: ormegolf on January 03, 2012, 07:11:49 AM
Regarding the sad fatal events and quote from a thread"what a sad start to the. New Yea r." not new. To Llandudno.. This y ear is the twentieth anniversary of Llandudnos worst nightmare. The New Year when a crazy man watched through the windows of his old marital home by the tram station at a happy party. Went in. Grabbed a knife, killed his Wife, seriously injured at least one other, then took off in his car, hid up a lane near tal y can and then drove deliberately head on into an oncoming car killing himself and three innocent lads just out for a drive. The Sun newspaper with its usual disregard for any dece nt  feelings had a f font page headline about an inch high "Bloody New Year" mike
Title: Re: Llandudno on television.
Post by: viv on January 03, 2012, 07:56:45 PM
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Both programmes on BBC 2 on Wednesday 19th October.
Antiques Road Trip 5.15pm
Alison Steadman, All Roads Lead Home 8.00pm


Antiques Road Trip | Series 3 Episode 28 Antiques Road Trip | Radio Times http://bit.ly/n3ehKG (http://bit.ly/n3ehKG)

All Roads Lead Home | Episode 3 All Roads Lead Home | Radio Times http://bit.ly/pJy5mc (http://bit.ly/pJy5mc)

Also on BBc 1 on 18th January - DIY SOS is coming from Dolgarrog. You may see some familiar faces as over 75 volunteers and tradespeople were involved in reconstruction of a home for a disabled dad and his 12 year old daughter.Great story.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: viv on January 03, 2012, 07:58:14 PM
forgot to say - BBC 1 at 8.00pm 18th Jan!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on January 03, 2012, 08:11:36 PM
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Regarding the sad fatal events and quote from a thread"what a sad start to the. New Yea r." not new. To Llandudno.. This y ear is the twentieth anniversary of Llandudnos worst nightmare. The New Year when a crazy man watched through the windows of his old marital home by the tram station at a happy party. Went in. Grabbed a knife, killed his Wife, seriously injured at least one other, then took off in his car, hid up a lane near tal y can and then drove deliberately head on into an oncoming car killing himself and three innocent lads just out for a drive. The Sun newspaper with its usual disregard for any dece nt  feelings had a f font page headline about an inch high "Bloody New Year" mike
Taxi driver, wasn't he? That guy in County Durham who killed the women yesterday was also one. And that guy in Cumbria who killed all those people earlier this year.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on January 03, 2012, 08:59:51 PM
Regarding the three young lads who died on the A470, three trees were planted in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church, but sadly they were fairly quickly vandalised. They were replaced but the same thing happened. In recent years trees have been planted around the perimeter of the Church grounds and are generally regarded as being in memory of those who have died in accidents/mishaps etc. including the three lads, and the youngsters who died in the boat tragedy in the Bay some years ago .

A seat commemorating the three is positioned along the Mostyn Street frontage of the Church and has a plate with wording on it quoting the names. "Froggy, Sid., and Bobby".
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: JasonW on January 11, 2012, 11:04:32 PM
Not sure if this is best thread for this but:
The History of Deganwy Group is looking for a new Treasurer.

Our current Treasurer is retiring at next Thursday's AGM.

If anyone is interested in helping the group with this, please let me know.

Many Thanks Jason

jasonweyman@tinyworld.co.uk
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dwsi on January 15, 2012, 10:19:11 PM
BBC News - Teenager 'critical' after road crash in Deganwy, Conwy http://bbc.in/AizsOf (http://bbc.in/AizsOf)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on January 15, 2012, 10:43:35 PM
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BBC News - Teenager 'critical' after road crash in Deganwy, Conwy http://bbc.in/AizsOf (http://bbc.in/AizsOf)
On Facebook last night, there were hordes of people on that lad's Facebook profile, expressing their sympathies at his death. Well meant, of course, but (fortunately) inaccurate.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Pendragon on January 16, 2012, 01:06:43 PM
There has been a lot of confusion over Kody's welfare.  I truly hope the lad pulls through and I feel for his family they must be going through hell.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: JasonW on January 16, 2012, 08:20:12 PM
Headmaster at Ysgol Deganwy, informed the older children this afternoon of the accurate facts, police were present. I'm sure this was repeated at the relevant senior school.
This is one problem with social media, when something is inaccurate.
Youth Service will be in the area tomorrow to meet up with the local youngsters.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Paddy on January 17, 2012, 12:59:56 PM
Sadly, Kody passed away at 20:23 last night with his family around him. RIP.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Pendragon on January 17, 2012, 01:02:44 PM
Tragic.............I feel so sorry for his parents.  RIP little man.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Blodyn on January 17, 2012, 10:04:15 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that.  My sympathy to his family.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on January 24, 2012, 10:57:05 AM
A 7 car pile up on the A55 this morning between Mochdre and the Black Cat roundabout. Lots of delays.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on February 03, 2012, 10:12:34 AM
The A470 is currently closed at Glan Conwy due to a serious accident.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Sara on February 05, 2012, 01:49:06 PM
Air ambulance landed on rugby field. Don't know what happened. Quite a few people in white shirts and ties, maybe something on at rugby club. Injured person transferred from ambulance to helicopter. About 15 mins ago.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Cambrian on February 05, 2012, 03:05:55 PM
Re Sara's post.  Went by a little while ago.  Seems the ambulance is stuck in the ground. Various people from Ambulance service trying to pull it out with a landrover.  This might be why the airlift was called.
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Post by: majormellons on February 06, 2012, 01:35:43 AM
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Re Sara's post.  Went by a little while ago.  Seems the ambulance is stuck in the ground. Various people from Ambulance service trying to pull it out with a landrover.  This might be why the airlift was called.
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Air ambulance landed on rugby field. Don't know what happened. Quite a few people in white shirts and ties, maybe something on at rugby club. Injured person transferred from ambulance to helicopter. About 15 mins ago.

The Air Ambulance response due to the road Ambulance being stuck, not so much to the seriousness of the injury.

A Wrexham lad with an injured back(his team mates in white shirts), we are awaiting further information on his condition, but, we are under the the impression that the ambulance was more of a precautionary measure.
You can't be too careful these days.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 06, 2012, 05:06:15 PM
The Welsh Affairs Select Committee will be sitting at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on Tuesday 7th February 2012 from 9.30am - 11am.  The committee will be taking evidence on Services & Facilities for Veterans in North Wales.  This session is open to the public and you do not have to pre-register.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 07, 2012, 11:59:23 AM
I had a couple of hours spare this morning so I went along as an observer.

There is nothing significant to report back especially as the Chair, David Davies MP, announced at the beginning that the meeting would only last one hour because some MP's had a train to catch.

One thing I did notice was there were no translation facilities available but it did not seem to bother anybody.

Last month, me and the missus went along to another meeting at VC hosted by WGov over the subject of organ donation where there were translation facilities available but nobody used them despite the cost of bringing someone in for the evening.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Llechwedd on February 07, 2012, 12:49:51 PM
This weeks Sunday Times reported that Llandudno was in the top 10 happiest towns in Britain.  Carlisle top and then York and Harrogate.  Think we were 6th or 7th!!!! :D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on February 07, 2012, 12:57:23 PM
Of course!  :D  ;D D)  ZXZ  <:<:<:< $happy$ $yes$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 07, 2012, 02:30:26 PM
On a day like today, and a view to die for from that meeting room in VC, I could not understand why all those Welsh MP's wanted to rush back to London.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on February 07, 2012, 03:46:49 PM
I can - some great Theatres that actually put on productions, some great Art Galleries, some great and interesting Museums, a fantastic and well used pleasure river, Historic houses in abundance, some great Parks, Zoos and other attractions, to name but a very, very few!   ZXZ

And, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Madam Tussauds, The Planetarium, Buck House (not forgetting the Queen),  Horse Guards Parade (and the Guards), the London Eye, plus all the other attractions in and within a few miles of the Metropolis!   ;D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on February 16, 2012, 10:52:45 AM
I love this story in the Daily Post today:

"RAIDERS armed with hammers and a bat struck at two pubs in one night – just days after a masked gang carried out a similar attack nearby."

I can just imagine the balaclava wearing villains wielding a Pipistrelle at terrified bar staff...  :laugh:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/02/16/raiders-strike-at-two-pubs-armed-with-hammers-and-bats-55578-30340534/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/02/16/raiders-strike-at-two-pubs-armed-with-hammers-and-bats-55578-30340534/)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on February 16, 2012, 11:02:04 AM
 _))* _))* _))*
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 16, 2012, 12:29:44 PM
 _))*. Get Batman on the case!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on February 16, 2012, 06:00:30 PM
How dare you attempt to trivialise these harrowing incidents with your feeble bat 'play on words' joke?

I shall summon you all to the Forum Head Office, for a severe dressing down.  &shake&
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dwsi on February 16, 2012, 06:29:45 PM
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How dare you attempt to trivialise these harrowing incidents with your feeble bat 'play on words' joke?

I shall summon you all to the Forum Head Office, for a severe dressing down.  &shake&

severe dressing down? the threat of in-line advertising will sort him out   ;D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 16, 2012, 06:33:03 PM
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How dare you attempt to trivialise these harrowing incidents with your feeble bat 'play on words' joke?

I shall summon you all to the Forum Head Office, for a severe dressing down.  &shake&

I'm not going to the batcave! ;D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on February 16, 2012, 09:13:03 PM
Bet you'd go if you could drive the batmobile ! L0L
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dwsi on February 16, 2012, 09:38:50 PM
you can always drive this version! http://amzn.to/wmocUg (http://amzn.to/wmocUg)  :laugh:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on February 17, 2012, 08:43:14 AM
Ahhh Bless !
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on February 23, 2012, 03:16:40 PM
Last year the week before the extravaganza the NWWN had no editorial about the event whatsoever,no mention of the biggest event that happens in the whole of North Wales and this vso called community paper gave the event not an inch,funny that.Lets hope nothing appears next week.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on February 26, 2012, 07:50:31 PM
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Firefighters have been dealing with a blaze on a wooden fishing boat in Conwy.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said three appliances were dealing with the incident on the 40ft (12m) vessel at about 17:30 GMT.

The boat involved is believed to be an abandoned trawler. The cause of the blaze has not been confirmed.

Holyhead coastguards said the Llandudno RNLI lifeboat was also called to the incident.

The fire service said crews were dampening down after the initial blaze.

http://bbc.in/z4O2NP (http://bbc.in/z4O2NP)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on February 27, 2012, 09:01:53 AM
Series of photos of the fire here, courtesy of Roj:

http://roj.posterous.com/grey-lady-burns (http://roj.posterous.com/grey-lady-burns)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: kristiani61 on February 29, 2012, 02:48:54 PM
We at i61 Church are delighted to announce our forthcoming change of address. Having originally started out a pub in Conwy six years ago, for the last twenty-four months we have been meeting in Ysgol John Bright.  Now we are on the move again, this time to Cineworld in Llandudno Junction! From the 11th of March, everyone and anyone will be welcome to come and catch a service with us, our ‘showing times’ are every Sunday at 11 AM. For more information, please visit our website www.i61.org (http://www.i61.org) or alternatively download the free i61 app from the iTunes store.

Senior Pastor Steve Houghton explains the church’s “Down To Earth Spirituality” tag-line:

“i61 is a contemporary church for unchurched people, in other words those who wouldn’t usually want to enter a church building. So we are incredibly excited to bring to them a place where they can enjoy the big-screen experience and amazing sound of Cineworld, as well as the friendly, family atmosphere of our church.”
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on March 01, 2012, 07:54:21 AM
Caffe Nero sounds like a good location,cup of coffee and a pray,yorkie could do the sermon.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on March 01, 2012, 08:39:14 AM
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Caffe Nero sounds like a good location,cup of coffee and a pray,yorkie could do the sermon.

Anytime Wrex old chap!  I've always fancied myself as a bit of a lay preacher!   L0L
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on March 01, 2012, 01:38:03 PM
Jail for 22 members of North Wales Drug Gang

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-17217510 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-17217510)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on March 08, 2012, 06:28:45 PM
Do i take it people are complaining that the Clarence is being done up,would they rather leave it as it is and leave the road open.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on March 08, 2012, 06:42:09 PM
Yes and a certain local personality thinks that all the pedestrians should have to cross the road. I can just see all the dolly trolly and zimmer people leaping around over the flower beds and railings.
http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2012/03/08/fears-12-months-of-building-work-will-hit-llandudno-businesses-55243-30481484/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2012/03/08/fears-12-months-of-building-work-will-hit-llandudno-businesses-55243-30481484/)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on March 08, 2012, 06:51:02 PM
It's amazing, isn't it? Would the shoe shop guy rather have a derelict, boarded up hotel to look at for another 10 years? A big renovation job like that can't be done without causing some disturbance. It's perfectly feasible to keep pedestrian access open in front of the Clarence by using the 3 parking spaces as a walkway - let's hope common sense prevails. $good$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 08, 2012, 08:13:16 PM
Wasn't Mr Andrew Roberts concerned with the fact that he and other local businesss owners were not consulted at all by CCBC.

If that is correct then perhaps the gentleman has a valid point.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Craigydonian on March 08, 2012, 09:23:46 PM
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Wasn't Mr Andrew Roberts concerned with the fact that he and other local businesss owners were not consulted at all by CCBC.

If that is correct then perhaps the gentleman has a valid point.

Exactly Brian. Neither Mr Roberts or any of the other business people in the area are objecting to the redevelopment work - in fact they indicated they welcome the development of the Clarence. However they've just endured three weeks of roadworks while Welsh Water installed new sewage pipes and are concerned that arrangements should be in place that will help minimise disruption during the 52 weeks of work on the Clarence.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on March 08, 2012, 10:10:11 PM
I believe there was a planning site meeting that local businesses had the opportunity to attend, and these matters were discussed then.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on March 08, 2012, 10:34:43 PM
What exactly does Mr Roberts want ,compensation,a say on how the work is done,it appears some people just enjoy being moaning .lol D)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on March 09, 2012, 08:25:39 AM
Yesterday, the Police helicopter spent some time on ther North side of the Orme looking for someone who had threatened to kill themselves.  Whether they eventually found him, I don't know, but that was the fourth person that day who'd gone missing and been notified as such.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on March 09, 2012, 08:36:10 AM
The helicopter has been overhead an awful lot this week-- we have heard it during the evenings a couple of times.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Craigydonian on March 09, 2012, 09:26:26 AM
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I believe there was a planning site meeting that local businesses had the opportunity to attend, and these matters were discussed then.
The site meeting was for councillors, I was told that businesses were not aware of it. It's not just Mr Roberts who is concerned -  I'm aware of eight small  businesses in the area who are equally worried. I don't believe they're looking for compensation Wrex, but with trading conditions as they have been over the past year or so they want customers to be able to access their businesses without too
many problems. For the duration of the Welsh Water sewage works the parking spaces outside Mr Roberts's shop and the others on that block became a temporary taxi rank for three weeks and that definitely impacted on trading - they have the figures to prove it!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on March 09, 2012, 09:38:42 AM
At the end of the day, the work is going on the OTHER side of the street to Mr Roberts's shop.

Shouldn't we be more worried about the businesses on the same side of road as the Clarence that possibly may have no pedestrian access at all from the Clarence side and a large hoarding blocking off visibility of their businesses completely from the West Shore end? They will be left in a dead end all year.

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 09, 2012, 10:04:36 AM
All the more reason then, DaveR, for a meeting to have previously been held between all the local business owners affected, CCBC, the developer and contractors to agree a satisfactory solution for everyone involved.

As the majority of the local business owners have been there for many years their contribution could have proved invaluable.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on March 09, 2012, 10:06:24 AM
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I believe there was a planning site meeting that local businesses had the opportunity to attend, and these matters were discussed then.
The site meeting was for councillors, I was told that businesses were not aware of it.
Not so, Mr Andrew Roberts was at that site meeting, along with least 3 other traders from Gloddaeth Street.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on March 09, 2012, 10:07:56 AM
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All the more reason then, DaveR, for a meeting to have previously been held between all the local business owners affected, CCBC, the developer and contractors to agree a satisfactory solution for everyone involved.

As the majority of the local business owners have been there for many years their contribution could have proved invaluable.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Sorry, just missed your new post, Bri. The traders did attend the site meeting and all these matters were discussed then.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 09, 2012, 10:10:32 AM
In that case, the NWWN must have been mis-informed.

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The site meeting was for councillors, I was told that businesses were not aware of it. 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on March 09, 2012, 11:51:29 AM
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In that case, the NWWN must have been mis-informed.


When I read that I immediately burst into song - "It's not unusual......"    _))*
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on March 09, 2012, 03:14:17 PM
Anyway what is the solution.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on March 09, 2012, 03:36:02 PM
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Anyway what is the solution.

The solution is quite simple.

Businesses and Business people and the general public have to realise that the infrastructure of a town has to be maintained.  Nothing lasts forever and pipes, buildings, roads, cables etc. etc. have to be not only maintained, but replaced or altered on a regular basis.

Providing such repairs, alterations and renewals are carried out with the minimum of disruption, and the public are made aware of road closures and diversions or other works related necessities there should be no complaint.

Apart from consultations there are Public Notices published in the press and nowadays even on Council and other web sites.   If we are made aware of forthcoming problems it is up to us to adjust our own plans and actions to ensure we are still able to function as normally as is possible.

In the case of emergencies notice may, of course, not be given.

If my wife wanted a new pair of shoes from David Roberts she would have had no problem achieving her aim, and if she couldn't get there today she would do it another day.  No sale would be lost I can assure you!    :D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: ormegolf on March 09, 2012, 04:36:58 PM
And getting back to the taxi rank, I would have thought most retail businesses. Would welcome a taxi rank outside with people arriving and departing, rather than cars with one or two occupants parked for hours on end outside. Mike
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 09, 2012, 04:51:37 PM
I have just driven along Gloddaeth Street and the road and pavements are clear for the weekend.

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dwsi on March 12, 2012, 07:59:28 PM
Conwy county council has gone over budget by £290,000 on it's school transport budget
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SDQ on March 12, 2012, 08:27:06 PM
If the past is anything to go by the
Llandudno Junction to Aberconwy
buses are the first they look at to
cut for financial savings.
Title: Road closure
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 13, 2012, 10:49:26 AM
Conway Road into Llandudno from its entrance into Asda will be closed from 18 March for five nights from 7pm - 7am.
Title: Road Closure
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 13, 2012, 05:00:41 PM
It seems for resurfacing work.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Info on March 16, 2012, 08:43:00 PM
I just went past the Camera Obscura, and saw that some thugs have been trying to rip off the lead from the roof. It looks as though it was too tough for them and it has been left flapping about and abandoned... unless they plan to return this evening.
I was wondering whether you have the details of who owns it, as they might want to be informed. Perhaps you could pass on the message.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on March 16, 2012, 09:38:27 PM
What a shame and thanks for letting us know. Does anyone happen to know who is currently running the Camera Obscura? It's two men, isn't it, don't know their names or contact details though.
Title: Road Closure
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 18, 2012, 08:11:23 AM
Just a reminder that the resurfacing work commences tonight.  $good$

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Conway Road into Llandudno from its entrance into Asda will be closed from 18 March for five nights from 7pm - 7am.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on March 18, 2012, 08:56:31 AM
Sunday Morning:  A55 westbound at Abergwyngregyn, 1fatality and 3 serious injuries, A55 CLOSED westbound, diversions in place, witness appeal 0300 3300101.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 18, 2012, 03:00:47 PM
I was surprised the helicopter from RAF Valley was called out.

Where was the Air Ambulance?

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SDQ on March 18, 2012, 04:57:01 PM
They may have used the RAF helicopter because it can transport more than one casualty at a time.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dwsi on March 18, 2012, 05:13:02 PM
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Sunday Morning:  A55 westbound at Abergwyngregyn, 1fatality and 3 serious injuries, A55 CLOSED westbound, diversions in place, witness appeal 0300 3300101.

BBC News - One man killed, three badly hurt in A55 crash in Gwynedd http://bbc.in/yiNOBg (http://bbc.in/yiNOBg)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on March 18, 2012, 07:31:48 PM
A CRASH on the A55 killed a man, and left three others seriously injured – closing the westbound lanes for nine hours.

The smash between a Mitsubishi Shogun and a white Renault Master van happened at 4am yesterday morning on an un-lit stretch between the junctions for Abergwyngregyn and Tal-y-bont, near Bangor.

Police, firefighters and paramedics raced to the crash scene, with cutting equipment used to free the casualties.

A helicopter crew from 22 Squadron Search and Rescue at RAF Valley was also called to assist with a search of the area and to provide lighting from flares.

One man, the passenger in the Shogun, was later pronounced dead and three others are being treated at Ysbyty Gwynedd. The deceased is not thought to be from North Wales.

Acting Chief Superintendent Andy Jenks-Gilbert said police had arrested a 27-year-old man in the Deeside area, on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Traffic officers closed the A55 in the westbound direction at Llanfairfechan (Junction 15), while the vehicles were removed and an investigation launched.

Vehicles heading west towards Bangor were diverted, off the expressway onto the A470 at Llandudno Junction.

This saw cars clogging Llanrwst and Betws-y-Coed on the hour-long, 40-mile diversion to rejoin the A55 at Bangor.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said that crews from Llanfairfechan and Bangor went to the scene along with the Technical Rescue Unit in Caernarfon.

They assisted in removing the casualties from the vehicles.

Police said they were appealing for information after the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to call North Wales Police on 101.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/03/18/man-killed-in-a55-crash-road-closed-and-diversion-in-place-55578-30564478/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/03/18/man-killed-in-a55-crash-road-closed-and-diversion-in-place-55578-30564478/)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 18, 2012, 08:37:46 PM
One man killed, three badly hurt in A55 crash in Gwynedd

A man has been arrested in connection with a road crash in which one man died and three people were seriously hurt.

North Wales Police said a 27-year-old man was arrested on Deeside on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A Mitsubishi Shogun and a white Renault Master van were in collision on the westbound carriageway A55 at Abergwyngregin at 04:00 GMT.

The force have asked witnesses to call the force on 101.

A man, not believed to be from north Wales, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three other people are being treated at Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor for serious injuries.

The road was closed westbound for several hours so investigations could take place.

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Paddy on March 19, 2012, 04:19:10 PM
The route the Olympic Torch will take has been announced. Here's a list of roads it will travel along whilst on our patch.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/19_03_12_day11_beaumaris_chester.pdf (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/19_03_12_day11_beaumaris_chester.pdf)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Paddy on March 19, 2012, 04:22:35 PM
Looks like Llandudno Fire Station will be losing it's turntable ladder. This is from Greg Robbins' facebook page:

Very sorry to report that despite the many letters of objection, the well supported petition and a detailed letter pointing out that the information that they were making there decision on is flawed (which was also sent to the Welsh Audit Office). The Fire Authority have voted to remove the fire Aerial Platform Ladder from Llandudno. Many thanks for all who signed the petition.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 19, 2012, 04:43:27 PM
In that case, we shall look forward to receiving a statement from the NW Fire Authority explaining the background to their decision.

If the statement does not stack up then our Town Mayor can possibly complain to the Public Ombudsman for Wales on behalf of the residents of Llandudno.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dwsi on March 19, 2012, 08:13:14 PM
This looks like a case of - bean counters 1 - common sense 0
I think, if there was a major fire in Llandudno and there were injuries or deaths caused by the time getting a platform to the fire. Would the fire service be liable for any compensation claims arising?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Blongb on March 19, 2012, 08:23:58 PM
You should be asking Why was Conwy only allowed one representative on the fire committee and the other 3 councils allowed 2 representatives. Its no wonder they voted to keep their turntable ladders and voted to get rid of ours.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on March 19, 2012, 08:44:27 PM
It reminds me of a phrase I used to say regularly to the Finance Director of a company I worked for.

''You know the cost of everything, but the value of nothing''
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on March 20, 2012, 07:54:00 AM
You're an Oscar Wilde fan, then?   :)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on March 20, 2012, 09:54:38 AM
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You're an Oscar Wilde fan, then?   :)

Not as such no, though I think Dave might be.  ;)
Actually I never knew the quote originated there. Its just something I heard in business.. and I liked it!

It was always a good line to beat the 'beancounters' and 'cost cutting consultants' over the head with.
Also a good way to establish the moral high ground.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on March 20, 2012, 10:01:23 AM
Here's some more quotes for you to steal, Fester...  &shake&

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on March 20, 2012, 10:08:23 AM
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Here's some more quotes for you to steal, Fester...  &shake&

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde)

They were intended to be used, mate its not stealing...

Anyway, ''there is only one thing WORSE than being talked about.... and that is NOT being talked about''.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Cambrian on March 20, 2012, 07:02:55 PM
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You should be asking Why was Conwy only allowed one representative on the fire committee and the other 3 councils allowed 2 representatives. Its no wonder they voted to keep their turntable ladders and voted to get rid of ours.

If you look at  North Wales Fire Authority website it gives details of the membership.  The Executive Panel which recommended the Llandudno ALP go to Wrexham has 14 members.  It looks as though each of the 6 Councils has 2 members but the Chair and Vice Chair
are also added to the panel.  This means that Denbighshire and the smallest one, Anglesey, both get an additional member each. Not very democratic.
I see David Powell in the Daily Post made the point that the chair, Sharon Frobisher, is from Prestatyn.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dwsi on March 20, 2012, 07:20:26 PM
Fire Authority Meetings http://bit.ly/GBgJ1U (http://bit.ly/GBgJ1U)

March 2012

Fire and Rescue Authority

Date: 19 March 2012 at 10:30

Siambr Dafydd Orwig, Cyngor Gwynedd, Caernarfon

Agenda

Minutes of meeting held on 19th December 2011

Chair's Report

Location of Aerial Ladder Platforms
FRA Appendix 1
FRA Appendix 1 (powerpoint presentation)
FRA Appendix 2
FRA Appendix 3

Strategic Equality Plan the Equality Act 2010 (Statutory Duties) (Wales) Regulations 2011
Appendix 1

Provisional Outturn 2011-2012
Appendix 1

Discretional Compensation for the Early Termination of Employment

Prudential Indicators, Treasury Management Strategy, Investment Strategy and Minimum Revenue Provision Policy

Establishment of the Welsh Fire and Rescue AUthorities' National Issues Committee
Appendix 1

Summary of Improvement and Risk Reduction Objectives for 2012-13

Temporary Delegation of Powers before the Annual Meeting

Pay Policy Statement

Standards Committee Annual Report

Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales

Members' Induction Plans post-election

Regional Safer Communities Board

Amendments to Standing Orders
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Cambrian on March 21, 2012, 12:24:32 PM
There's a cracking letter from a Mr Clague on the subject of the ALP, the Chief Officer and Coun Frobisher in the Daily Post today. Well worth a read. I wonder if the way this has been handled may herald the demise of the Fire Authorities in Wales and they will be run by Welsh Govt on a similar basis to what happens in Northern Ireland.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on March 22, 2012, 12:03:03 PM
No news weekly can;t have any news by the look of this blog.
Title: Stop Press - Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP)
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 22, 2012, 01:31:47 PM
I have scrutinised the agenda item on the North Wales Fire Authority’s website and I cannot find any evidence to confirm a due diligence audit report was commissioned and presented to support replacing the ALP’s at both Wrexham and Rhyl but not here in Llandudno.

http://www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk/page.asp?page=MEETINGS&articledate=32012 (http://www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk/page.asp?page=MEETINGS&articledate=32012)

I wonder what the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales would think about that?


Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 23, 2012, 09:33:09 PM
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A CRASH on the A55 killed a man, and left three others seriously injured – closing the westbound lanes for nine hours.

The smash between a Mitsubishi Shogun and a white Renault Master van happened at 4am yesterday morning on an un-lit stretch between the junctions for Abergwyngregyn and Tal-y-bont, near Bangor.


My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star's son James Doherty in court over fatal crash

The son of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star Paddy Doherty has appeared in court accused of causing death by dangerous driving.

David Doherty, 27, of Queensferry, Flintshire, was charged after the death of James Loveridge in a crash on the A55 near Bangor, Gwynedd.

He is also accused of failing to stop, report the crash, being uninsured and taking a Land Rover without consent.

He was remanded in custody at Caernarfon magistrates' court.

The court was told the incident happened on Sunday between 03:30 and 04:00 GMT.
David Doherty is accused of crashing a Mitsubishi Shogun into a Renault van parked in a lay-by at Talybont.

Mr Loveridge, 38, died at the scene and the van driver was left in a critical condition.

Three other people travelling in the Shogun were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
David Doherty's solicitor applied for bail and told the court: "His father, Patrick Doherty, has offered £20,000 and he can also put up the deeds on three properties, worth £500,000."

David Doherty's father has appeared in the Channel 4 programme My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and he won Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5 last year.

Bail was denied and David Doherty, who was on crutches, will appear at Caernarfon Crown Court on April 2

Title: Appeal for missing man in Llandudno
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 30, 2012, 07:44:28 PM
Appeal for missing man in Llandudno
30/03/2012


North Wales Police are appealing for help in tracing a man who has been missing from his home in Llandudno, since Friday March 23rd.

25 year old Benjamin James Steen was last seen in the area of Llandudo town centre on Sunday March 25th and has not been seen by his family since Friday March 23rd.

He was last known to be wearing a beige coloured Henri Lloyd Jacket, a black hooded top, grey tracksuit bottoms, and white trainers. He may also have a black and grey beanie hat with a zig zag pattern on it.

Anyone who has any information about his whereabouts or who may have seen him is asked to contact North Wales Police.

Anyone with information should contact North Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800555111.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: suepp on April 01, 2012, 04:31:41 PM
Latest Poster for Ben Steen
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on April 01, 2012, 09:10:32 PM
Not good news im afraid,on facebook there are a lot of R.I.P messages so it looks like bad news.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: majormellons on April 01, 2012, 09:55:43 PM
Sadly his body was found earlier on today.

RIP Ben.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 02, 2012, 12:30:21 PM
 :(

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/04/02/body-found-in-hunt-for-missing-llandudno-man-55578-30676331/#.T3mGQY5ootI.twitter (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/04/02/body-found-in-hunt-for-missing-llandudno-man-55578-30676331/#.T3mGQY5ootI.twitter)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 03, 2012, 08:39:52 PM
Very rough seas tonight, the Quarry ship at Llanddulas has been washed onto the rocks at the side of the A55. Police and Coastguard in attendance. Let's hope everyone on board is safe. Photo courtesy of View creative.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 03, 2012, 08:56:57 PM
Llandudno Lifeboat has now been called out to the beached ship. So close to the shore, this will be a very dangerous rescue for them.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 03, 2012, 09:06:42 PM
Both Llandudno and Rhyl Lifeboats have now been called out, together with a Rescue Helicopter from RAF Valley.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dwsi on April 03, 2012, 09:26:18 PM
the ship is called 'Carrier' -> http://bit.ly/HmpKta (http://bit.ly/HmpKta)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on April 03, 2012, 09:30:54 PM
A55 closed eastbound from Old Colwyn to Llandulas
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dwsi on April 03, 2012, 09:33:14 PM
This the vessels track as of 20:55 tonight
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dogstail on April 03, 2012, 10:06:46 PM
Oooh gosh, hope everyone will be ok. Very rough out there tonight, there are two ships sheltering this side (conwy) of the Orme. 

They have closed off part off the A55 at Llandulas for the helicopter to land.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on April 03, 2012, 10:49:56 PM
Rescue in Llanddulas as cargo ship hits rocks.

A rescue operation is underway after a cargo ship ran aground off the Conwy coast in rough seas

Two lifeboats and a helicopter were called at 20:30 BST on Tuesday after the ship hit a rock near a quarry jetty at Llanddulas, near Colwyn Bay.

The RNLI said the ship was a German commercial vessel and had eight crew members on board.

The A55 eastbound between junction 22 and junction 23 will be closed from 22:00 BST for the helicopter to land.

It is believed the ship is a coaster, which uses the jetty to load limestone.

The RNLI said the vessel hit a rock on the breakwater at Llanddulas.

It said the Llandudno and Rhyl all-weather lifeboats launched into a "full gale and rough seas" at 20:30 BST and arrived on scene by 21:00 BST.

It added that due to the "challenging weather conditions" and the ship's proximity to the shore, the volunteer crew on both lifeboats were on standby nearby as they waited for the RAF helicopter to provide extra assistance.

DaveR, please note the BBC request:

Are you in the area? Did you see the rescue operation? Please send us your pictures and videos.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on April 03, 2012, 10:52:07 PM
I sincerely hope that everyone from the vessel, and the emergency services are safe by the end of this night.

Is that vessel the sister ship of the one that sank off Llandulas last year?

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dwsi on April 03, 2012, 10:54:48 PM
the three towns forum resident paparazzi on the ground, AKA DaveR is there now taking photos. pictures on the way.  $good$

video of ship http://bit.ly/H72UIC (http://bit.ly/H72UIC)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 03, 2012, 11:10:40 PM
Horrible situation, the waves are absolutely massive, breaking right over the ship which is now firmly wedged on the rocks at the side of Llanddulas Jetty.

One horrible quality photo, taken from quarter of a mile way in driving wind and rain! You can see the A55, the ship and the massive wave breaking over it. The RAF helicopter searchlight is shining down onto it.

Your reporter on the ground is now back home, thawing out!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on April 03, 2012, 11:12:23 PM
A very dramatic picture..... well done
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on April 03, 2012, 11:14:34 PM
Hear Hear.

I do hope the crew manage to get off safely.  ££$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dwsi on April 03, 2012, 11:18:14 PM
5 out of 7 have been rescued so far
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 03, 2012, 11:40:46 PM
Another shot:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dwsi on April 03, 2012, 11:54:55 PM
helicopter has returned to RAF Valley with a broken winch. Winchman and 2 crew still onboard the ship
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: bigbadhenry on April 04, 2012, 12:35:20 AM
Rescue Helecopter 128 from Leconfield has arrived 00.32 bst
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on April 04, 2012, 07:12:42 AM
Rescue in Llanddulas as cargo ship hits rocks

Seven crew members have been rescued from a stricken cargo ship that ran aground off the Conwy coast in rough seas.

Two lifeboats and a helicopter were called at 20:30 BST on Tuesday after the ship hit a rock near a quarry jetty at Llanddulas, near Colwyn Bay.

An operation to refloat the stricken vessel is expected to begin later.

Concerns now are that the ship's fuel tanks may have been ruptured and pollution crews are on alert.

The Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the cargo ship was in one piece following the incident, but the fear was that it could begin to leak some of the 40,000 litres of fuel it is carrying.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: "The Welsh Government is closely monitoring the emerging situation at Llanddulas.

"We are being kept fully informed of developments."

The RNLI said the vessel - thought to be a coaster, which used the jetty to load limestone - hit a rock on the breakwater at Llanddulas and ended up broadside on the shore.

It added that the Llandudno and Rhyl all-weather lifeboats launched into a "full gale and rough seas" at 20:30 BST and arrived on scene by 21:00 BST.

Five of the Polish crew were successfully rescued by midnight but two remained on board with a helicopter winchman after the rescue helicopter's winch broke.

The A55 eastbound between junction 22 and junction 23 was closed from 22:00 BST to allow the helicopter to land and take-off.

The 82m-long (269ft) ship was registered in Antigua and Barbuda.

A Marine and Coastguard Agency spokesman said: "It is not yet clear what the reason was for this ship running aground."

Eyewitness Sophie Madeley, from Llandudno Junction, told the BBC the rescue teams had done an "amazing" job.

"I have watched this all night and was stood next to the A55 for the rescue, my high respect goes out to the pilot of the helicopter for the amazing work I watched him do, and also out to the crew for battling it through what has happened."

"I have watched this all night and was stood next to the A55 for the rescue, my high respect goes out to the pilot of the helicopter for the amazing work I watched him do, and also out to the crew for battling it through what has happened."

The grounding comes just months after another vessel - the Swanland - got into difficulties in the same area and sank on 27 November after loading with limestone at the jetty.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 04, 2012, 08:01:59 AM
The A55 will remain closed until about 10am this morning.

Looks like being a massive tide at Colwyn Bay this morning. Waves are already breaking onto the Prom and tigh tide is not until 9.44.

Let's hope the Pier survives...  :o
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on April 04, 2012, 08:32:02 AM
With the gales coming from the North, Llandudno Bay itself will also be getting battered, which is less usual than the winds coming from the West.

So, when I summon up some courage, I will venture to Llandudno Pier, at high tide, with trepidation to see what its like down there.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: andyCYD on April 04, 2012, 08:50:18 AM
From the Lifeboat's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Llandudno-Lifeboat/206077612742085 (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Llandudno-Lifeboat/206077612742085)

LLANDUDNO AND RHYL LIFEBOATS LAUNCH TO STRICKEN CARGO VESSEL

RNLI all-weather lifeboats from Llandudno and Rhyl were launched into a north-easterly gale, rough seas and driving rain last night to go to the aid of a cargo vessel which had gone aground at Llanddulas. At the same time a RAF Sea King rescue helicopter was tasked to the scene.

The German-owned, Antigua and Barbuda-flagged vessel, the m.v. 'Carrier' had loaded limestone at Raynes jetty, Llanddulas after arriving from Belfast. In the severe conditions she had been swept broadside on to the shoreline where she was being pounded by the heavy seas. She had a crew of seven.

Launching at 2040 hrs the two lifeboats arrived on scene shortly after 2100 hrs. However the extreme sea conditions and the ship's position precluded any attempt to take off the vessel's crew by sea. It was therefore decided to await the arrival of the helicopter which would attempt to winch the crew members to safety, with the lifeboats providing additional illumination from seaward.

The Sea King arrived overhead at 2200 hrs, and whilst assessing the situation its crew reported seeing a small fire below the port bridge wing of the 'Carrier', making an immediate airlift of the crew members even more imperative. As a result police closed the east-bound carriageway of the A55 (the nearest available landing place) and in the first lift a number of the ship's crew were transferred to this point.

This operation, in the continuing atrocious weather conditions, was made even more difficult when a power failure on land caused the street lighting on the A55 to be extinguished, making it too dangerous for the Sea King to attempt another landing. Instead, the aircraft took further crew members who had been winched off to the landing pad at Colwyn Bay police HQ.

When only two people remained on the ship, the helicopter's winch became unserviceable and the aircraft had to return to Valley. A second helicopter was then tasked and by 0100 hrs the last two crew members had been transferred to safety, allowing the lifeboats to begin the passage back to their respective stations.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on April 04, 2012, 11:05:57 AM
Just been on the 11am BBC News.
All crew are safe.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on April 04, 2012, 12:22:02 PM
Congratulations to everyone involved.

Who would have thought the lights along the A55 would go off and who would have anticipated a problem with the winch on the Sea King helicopter?

If ever there is a fire in Llandudno that needs the services of an Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) to travel over from either Bangor or Rhyl then let us all hope and pray no unexpected problems befall the ALP.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: martin on April 04, 2012, 12:30:19 PM
Does anyone know when the A55 is to reopen?  My brother is stuck in none moving traffic heading to Conwy, he came onto the road at Bodelwydann and has move about 1/2 mile in an hour.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on April 04, 2012, 12:43:39 PM
Quote
who would have anticipated a problem with the winch on the Sea King helicopter?

I seem to remember that the winch system is designed to detach if the load exceeds a certain limit, which could jeopardise the safety of the helicopter.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 04, 2012, 12:50:14 PM
Some great photos here:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2124784/RAF-dramatic-rescue-cargo-ship-crew-North-Wales-coast-amid-race-stop-40-000-litre-fuel-spill.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2124784/RAF-dramatic-rescue-cargo-ship-crew-North-Wales-coast-amid-race-stop-40-000-litre-fuel-spill.html)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on April 04, 2012, 12:55:38 PM
Some Youtube footage:

Llanddulas Cargo Ship Grounded.mp4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzOi0NEIlFU#ws)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 04, 2012, 12:59:03 PM
The West bound lane of the A55 is presently being reopened by Police, with a 40mph speed limit in force.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Sara on April 04, 2012, 01:35:02 PM
According to some of the news reports the first helicopter came from Prestwick and the second from Leconfield. If the reporting is correct why wasn't a helicopter sent from Valley?
Mind you wherever it came from they did a great job in that weather.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Sara on April 04, 2012, 01:40:36 PM
Just looked at Dave's Daily Mail link, they say Valley helicopters were out of service.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: martin on April 04, 2012, 02:36:15 PM
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The West bound lane of the A55 is presently being reopened by Police, with a 40mph speed limit in force.
 
Thanks for the info Dave.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 04, 2012, 05:57:11 PM
"The two helicopters involved last night, although they refuelled at Valley were not RAF aircraft. The first machine was a Sikorsky S61N from the Irish Coastguard. The second machine, which carried out the final lift, was a Royal Navy Sea King from HMS Gannet at Prestwick."
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on April 05, 2012, 04:21:00 PM
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The West bound lane of the A55 is presently being reopened by Police, with a 40mph speed limit in force.


I joined it at the West End in Colwyn Bay but got off at the Morrisons slipway as the traffic was horrendous!    It was still dreadful when I came past at about Noon today and two vehicles were actually reversing up the West End slipway rather than getting stuck in the traffic.          :o 

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 05, 2012, 05:05:37 PM
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, is in Llandudno this afternoon to give a speech to local Conservatives ahead of the May local Government elections..
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on April 05, 2012, 07:39:43 PM
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The Prime Minister, David Cameron, is in Llandudno this afternoon to give a speech to local Conservatives ahead of the May local Government elections..

I wish he would have walked on the pier, I would have had a speech prepared for him in return. (and a box of rotten eggs)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: John Oddy on April 05, 2012, 08:08:31 PM
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The Prime Minister, David Cameron, is in Llandudno this afternoon to give a speech to local Conservatives ahead of the May local Government elections..


He's my hero, I hope his little pep-talk works the old magic....







Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on April 05, 2012, 08:44:23 PM
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The Prime Minister, David Cameron, is in Llandudno this afternoon to give a speech to local Conservatives ahead of the May local Government elections..


He's my hero, I hope his little pep-talk works the old magic....

And he does a permanent vanishing act!     ZXZ   _))*
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 16, 2012, 05:35:16 PM
The prom at Rhos is currently closed to all traffic after a very serious RTA. Driver of a light blue car was coming down Rhos Road when he lost control and crashed onto the pavement at the bottom, demolishing the front of the Harbour Lights Newsagent on the corner and (I'm told) trapping two pedestrians underneath the car. The Air Ambulance has taken several people to hospital and the whole area is still completely cordoned off. Lots of traffic delays in the vicinity as you can imagine.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on April 16, 2012, 05:38:38 PM
It looks like one of the ladies has since died.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/04/16/woman-struck-by-car-in-north-wales-55578-30772314/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/04/16/woman-struck-by-car-in-north-wales-55578-30772314/)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 16, 2012, 05:39:54 PM
Our 'reporter on the ground' has taken this iphone photo:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: ormegolf on June 03, 2012, 08:30:50 PM
DDONT FORGET

                   ITS ONLY FIVE DAYS TO GO BEFORE THE FIRST OF THE

                     THREE TOWNS FORUM GOLF COMPETITIONS
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on June 15, 2012, 03:54:13 PM
Not sure where to post this but can I offer my congratulations to whoever has got St Tudno's cleaned up and ready for use. The last time I looked inside it was a building site. Now it looks wonderful, clean and polished.
I take my hat off to you.
Nem.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on June 15, 2012, 06:18:22 PM
I'm sure Blodyn will tell you more about it - she has been closely involved.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on June 15, 2012, 06:21:19 PM
Church or hotel.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on June 15, 2012, 06:22:13 PM
Church
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on June 15, 2012, 09:13:46 PM
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Church or hotel.

Nay lad-- would it be cleaned and polished?
Title: £1.1m cycle path improvement.
Post by: Bri Roberts on June 21, 2012, 09:52:21 AM
Work has begun on improving the safety of a cycle route in Conwy county which was once called "horrible", a "death trap" and a "disgrace".

The section runs along a narrow pavement next to the main A55 road between Conwy Morfa and Penmaenbach headland.

A £1.1m programme of improvements has now begun.

It includes building a new bridge over a nearby railway line to divert cyclists and pedestrians from the road.

The section was criticised by the former chief constable of north Wales, Richard Brunstrom, who cycled the route in July 2006.

He said at the time:"It is a death trap...you have to cycle on a very narrow pavement right next to the main road, with no protection at all. Horrible.

"This is part of the UK's national cycle network and it is a disgrace.

National Cycle Route 5, which ran along the section of road, has been temporarily suspended for several years as "unsuitable for leisure cyclists".

Improvement works are being co-ordinated by walking and cycling charity Sustrans.

Glyn Evans, area manager for north and mid Wales, said: "It will fill in a missing link along the north Wales coastal walking and cycling route between Conwy town and Penmaenmawr.

"This vital link will transform the walking and cycling experience on this key route.

"The new route will provide a bridge over the north Wales railway and a new path through the Conwy Morfa dunes, completing National Cycle Network Route 5 between Chester and Holyhead.

"The new link will also be part of the recently-launched Wales Coast Path."

Neil McKenzie, a keen cyclist from Llandudno, welcomed the start of the work.

He said: "It's brilliant. It's such a dangerous stretch. You're cycling facing oncoming traffic.

"You get a large blast of wind from passing lorries which can make it feel even worse."

The project will cost £1.1m, of which £300k has come from the Big Lottery Fund, the rest coming from the North Wales regional transport consortium - Taith - and the Welsh government.

Sustrans expects construction to be complete by August.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on June 24, 2012, 09:59:59 PM
Judith Philips  is going to do an article one day on why CCBC has left Llandudno down when it comes to tourism ,then we may get some excuses from the Cabinet.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: bigbadhenry on June 25, 2012, 07:57:18 AM
I was told by a senior council official the lack of money being spent on Llandudno is down to the cost of vehicle fuel.

Sounds like an excuse for bad management to me.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on June 25, 2012, 09:21:04 AM
Quite often, you will see gardeners or maintenance staff turn up in several vans or lorries to do one job.

So much unnecessary waste...
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on June 25, 2012, 10:39:12 AM
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I was told by a senior council official the lack of money being spent on Llandudno is down to the cost of vehicle fuel.

Sounds like an excuse for bad management to me.

Put them on bicycles!    :laugh:
Title: Celtic Fayre
Post by: Nemesis on June 25, 2012, 05:24:16 PM
Just been told this afternoon that the Celtic Fayre in Llandudno has been cancelled.
Anyone any news on the subject?
Title: Lifers
Post by: born2run on June 25, 2012, 10:06:52 PM
Anyone watch this? A gritty documentary about people serving life in prison, this show featured a young man from Llandudno. Well worth a viewing on More 4 for anyone that missed it.
Title: Re: Lifers
Post by: DaveR on June 25, 2012, 10:12:24 PM
What had he done to get a life sentence?
Title: Re: Lifers
Post by: born2run on June 25, 2012, 10:15:48 PM
He murdered someone over football in Scotland. Had a bit of a troubled past before that as well. I remember about a year or so before he had been arrested for racism against a local restaurant owner. It was quite widely reported locally as I remember. Big surprise seeing him on the TV
Title: Re: Celtic Fayre
Post by: wrex on June 25, 2012, 11:08:04 PM
Still on as far as i know,with a new organizer.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on June 26, 2012, 09:17:45 AM
Nice chap then!  $good$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Llechwedd on June 26, 2012, 12:24:42 PM
Has the junk shop in Madoc Street gone?  It's empty and a man painting the outside this morning.  Also Hoosons being emptied of old shelves etc.  Plus Digging by the Cenotaph.  Phew it's all go. 

Noticed a bee or wasp on the traffic island.  Must be the gardening competition time of the year.  I always think that it's cheating to just swoop in do the gardens just for the judges and then disappear for another year
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on June 26, 2012, 12:49:57 PM
My spies tell me that the fenced off area by the Cenotaph is for the installation of the new Floral Clock.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Mikethewatch on June 26, 2012, 01:00:12 PM
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My spies tell me that the fenced off area by the Cenotaph is for the installation of the new Floral Clock.
Yes the junk shop has closed.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on June 26, 2012, 04:19:22 PM
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My spies tell me that the fenced off area by the Cenotaph is for the installation of the new Floral Clock.

As a sequel to this news. I understand that the Council are employing a team of Consultants to advise them on where to put the numbers!     L0L
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dwsi on June 26, 2012, 04:24:48 PM
I wonder if the forums resident photo journalist will be taking photos?  ;D
Title: Re: Celtic Fayre Now The Llandudno Christmas Fayre 15th-18th November
Post by: KevChin on June 28, 2012, 05:02:54 AM
 Z** Z**Great goods Delicious Foods
The Llandudno Christmas Fayre is in Madoc Street 15th-18th November 2012,
Boosting the winter footfall and encouraging business in Llandudno.
If you want to get involved in any way contact
The Developement Officer,Simon Burrows
07725237667
Title: Re: Celtic Fayre
Post by: Nemesis on June 28, 2012, 12:56:32 PM
Not that one ! The one in August ;D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on July 17, 2012, 01:52:28 PM
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH

The Pay & Display car park will be closed to the general public on Friday 20 July until approx. 2pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience but the closure is to accommodate those attending the funeral of Barbara Scott, who was one of the Church's deputy wardens and long-time church worker.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on July 17, 2012, 06:08:28 PM
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HOLY TRINITY CHURCH

The Pay & Display car park will be closed to the general public on Friday 20 July until approx. 2pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience but the closure is to accommodate those attending the funeral of Barbara Scott, who was one of the Church's deputy wardens and long-time church worker.
Slightly related question, is it possible to buy a Season Pass for the Holy Trinity Church car park?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on July 17, 2012, 09:36:17 PM
No David, it operates totally on the Pay & Display scheme.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dwsi on July 19, 2012, 07:26:22 PM
Welsh council in secret negotiations with Tesco | News Daily | Convenience Store: http://bit.ly/Nln8oU (http://bit.ly/Nln8oU)

Who is running CCBC, councillors or civil servants?
Should there be a register of civil servants interests?
Because this story is starting smell like there's a dodgy civil servant (or more) in CCBC.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on July 19, 2012, 08:50:16 PM
I could tell many a tale about the Construction Industry - corruption in its many guises displayed its ugly head on many occasions during my career.   Daren't write a book for fear of being sued!   ;)

n.b. I am not suggesting that such has, is, or will be applicable to the present subject under discussion.

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on July 20, 2012, 07:01:16 PM
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HOLY TRINITY CHURCH

The Pay & Display car park will be closed to the general public on Friday 20 July until approx. 2pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience but the closure is to accommodate those attending the funeral of Barbara Scott, who was one of the Church's deputy wardens and long-time church worker.

We thank the general public for their co-operation with the request above. All went reasonably well. Signage at the car park entrance/exit had also warned about this.

Despite this it was very annoying that one Mostyn Street retailer chose to ignore the instruction and parked his 'big, black Range Rover'. How discourteous can anyone be?

This is a facility that is advantageous to the Church while offering reasonable town centre parking to the general public, many of whom regularly say how much they appreciate it.  However there always seems to be at least one who thinks instructions don't apply to him.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on July 20, 2012, 07:51:57 PM
Is that the one i see parked there every day?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on July 20, 2012, 08:19:37 PM
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Is that the one i see parked there every day?

Over stays parking times on the road and also obstructs the pavement no doubt!   WWW
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on July 20, 2012, 10:04:10 PM
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Is that the one i see parked there every day?

Yes probably it's the one with the personalised plate. I shall be paying him a visit in the next day or two to remind him strongly that he uses the facility subject to the Church's conditions ... not his.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on July 21, 2012, 07:29:49 AM
Let his tyres down or introduce clamping!    _))*
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on August 01, 2012, 08:59:28 AM
If youre thinking of travelling to Bangor area.....A55 currently closed in both directions at Jct13 (Aber) due to RTA.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on August 01, 2012, 10:42:19 AM
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/08/01/conwy-misses-out-on-1m-because-of-population-underestimate-55578-31520165/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/08/01/conwy-misses-out-on-1m-because-of-population-underestimate-55578-31520165/)

Just read this-- oh dear here we go again !
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on August 01, 2012, 03:24:21 PM
A55 misery and long tailbacks after lorry overturned on eastbound carriageway between Llandegai and Aber this morning.

More details www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-19074807 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-19074807)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on August 02, 2012, 03:47:38 PM
Plas-y-Dre is no more--- just a massive amount of rubble.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on August 02, 2012, 04:08:16 PM
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A55 misery and long tailbacks after lorry overturned on eastbound carriageway between Llandegai and Aber this morning.

I went to Bangor and back earlier and both carriageways are down to one lane as urgent repairs are being carried out to the damaged central reservation.

One thing I did notice though about the location of yesterday’s accident is there are 8 separate gaps in the central reservation over a stretch of a couple of miles for motorists to turn round and head back to Bangor on the eastbound carriageway immediately before the accident location but none at all on the westbound carriageway.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on August 02, 2012, 10:23:04 PM
I did wonder why a Contraflow system couldn't have been set up on the clear carriageway, so that some traffic could flow in both directions.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Blodyn on August 13, 2012, 09:28:50 AM
Just a reminder.

Today is the first

Friends of Happy Valley working party.

If you have some time to spare and could help to clear some undergrowth, the Friends will be working on the area around the Colonnade and Camera Obscura.

Meet at Headlands Hotel at 10.30 am or come along when you can and join in.

 $thanx$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on August 13, 2012, 10:21:19 PM
Rail services are currently suspended along the Coast line due to flash floods at Flint.
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/sa0bf09a58914f3ab6226a6a1d0e177d/details.html (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/sa0bf09a58914f3ab6226a6a1d0e177d/details.html)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on August 18, 2012, 10:30:19 PM
Jason Weyman has just tweeted that:

A55 east bound closed at Rhuallt hill. Looks like multi car pile up, lots of emergency services on site. Passed scene 20 mins ago
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on August 19, 2012, 12:26:49 AM
Fatality on the A55
18/08/2012
Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision on the A55 near Rhuallt. Officers were called to the incident on the A55 eastbound in Rhuallt at around 9.30pm on Saturday 18th August, where vehicles had collided with a pedestrian, resulting in his death. The A55 Eastbound is now closed in the Rhuallt area between junctions 28 and 29 whilst investigations are taking place.  Police are asking people to avoid area and are requesting that witnesses contact them on 101.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: majormellons on August 20, 2012, 01:06:41 PM
Apparently, a stabbing in Kings Road this morning......Police out in force.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dwsi on August 20, 2012, 01:33:21 PM
Happened in Cae Mawr. I Apparently 1 dead, 1critical and 1 on the run. Rumors of a shooting also
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on August 20, 2012, 01:54:54 PM
Man has now been captured and arrested.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Paddy on August 20, 2012, 02:36:02 PM
HTV NEWS - Llandudno man arrested for two assaults.  North Wales Police have arrested a man in connection with assaulting two people in Llandudno.
 
A man and a woman have been taken to hospital and both are said to be in a critical condition.
 
Police were called to the home in Ffordd Dulyn at around lunchtime today. They have cordoned off the area while investigations continue.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on August 21, 2012, 01:34:39 AM
It has reached my ears..... no one dead.... no guns, (nothing so dramatic)
A neighbour dispute in the West Shore/Fford Dulyn area...

2 stabbings, 2 hospitalised..... a definite drain on police and NHS resources.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on September 03, 2012, 11:57:00 AM
I do hope Judith gives us an update on the Clarence hotel this week,she did say that Mostyn estates thought it was still on going,what about the railway station,any news ,updates,is Judith aware there seems to have been some hold up on the American disaster,it would be nice for the NWWN to give us some news for a change instead of us relying on here and Oscar.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Craigydonian on September 03, 2012, 07:22:30 PM
Wrex, there are ongoing legal issues with regard to the Clarence. I will not report anything unless I have substantiated facts. I hope that answers your question. Several of the points you have raised recently have been covered in the Weekly News, and/or in my Tuesday column in the Daily Post - but if you don't buy the papers then you are unlikely to be aware of that.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on September 03, 2012, 07:56:54 PM
Sorry Craigydonian,i was;nt even aware that you had a Daily Post column,but all i;am saying is if you don;t follow things up how is anybody to know what is going on,i don;t know if you phone once a week or once a month to see whag on with the Clarence,im not sure if you have mentioned the state of the grass in Llandudno this summer or not,i know come xmas nothing will be mentioned about the lights,unfortunatley these are things that i want to know about and your paper does;nt,the only thing i miss the paper for is sadly missing who has passed away .
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Craigydonian on September 03, 2012, 08:08:58 PM
Hi Wrex.
Yes the grass cutting issue was mentioned a few weeks ago, as were the Christmas lights late last year. These stories might not be given the prominence you would like, but that is not my decision. I have an opinion column in the Daily Post every Tuesday which gives me the freedom to express views on stories of local and national interest and I'm really enjoying writing it.
I'm going to the town council's community services committee tomorrow evening. There are some things on the agenda you may find interesting if you want to come along? That goes for any member of the Forum because, as you know as a fomer councillor, members of the public are free to attend.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on September 03, 2012, 08:51:00 PM
Having sat there for nine years and seeing how little ever gets followed up and how easy it is for one or two councillors to run the show i feel most of what goes on in there a waste of time,sour grapes maybe,but i would rather have my say on here or OSCAR ,no sly looks or councillors trying to belittle you,seems a waste of time
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on September 03, 2012, 08:57:09 PM
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I'm going to the town council's community services committee tomorrow evening. There are some things on the agenda you may find interesting if you want to come along? That goes for any member of the Forum because, as you know as a fomer councillor, members of the public are free to attend.

If you go to the Council's web site you can read the remit of the Community Services Committee.  It is an all encompassing declaration which covers many of the particular services about which Wrex and many others complain.   From the state of the town it is pretty obvious how totally ineffective the committee is.   I wonder if they have any excuses for the lack of provision of those services they profess to deliver?    Pity the Press and the Public are not allowed to ask questions.   WWW WWW WWW
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on September 06, 2012, 11:59:26 AM
I take it by the lack of activity on here there is no news in the NWWN.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on September 06, 2012, 11:10:23 PM
I didn't buy it, so I don't know.

But, I did have the pleasure of meeting Judith Phillips today. :)

A great pleasure, I am just sorry we didn't have the chance for a proper chat as the wind and customers interfered!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on September 07, 2012, 07:06:00 AM
Have you tried Wind-eze chewable tablets?

They are available from all good high street chemists.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 07, 2012, 07:31:19 AM
 _))*
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on September 07, 2012, 02:33:56 PM
 L0L  :laugh:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Craigydonian on September 07, 2012, 04:27:13 PM
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I didn't buy it, so I don't know.

But, I did have the pleasure of meeting Judith Phillips today. :)

A great pleasure, I am just sorry we didn't have the chance for a proper chat as the wind and customers interfered!

It was a pleasure for me too, so good to put faces to pseudonyms!! Strange about the Weekly News - I'm sure I saw a copy peaking out from behind your counter!!! Perhaps it was last week's?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on September 07, 2012, 09:48:26 PM
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I didn't buy it, so I don't know.

But, I did have the pleasure of meeting Judith Phillips today. :)

A great pleasure, I am just sorry we didn't have the chance for a proper chat as the wind and customers interfered!

It was a pleasure for me too, so good to put faces to pseudonyms!! Strange about the Weekly News - I'm sure I saw a copy peaking out from behind your counter!!! Perhaps it was last week's?

Ha ha, Yes... it was actually 3 weeks old.... maybe you are making those crosswords just too tough!

Nice to see Bri and Dave and Merddin getting laughs out of such base toilet humour.  &shake& &shake&
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 07, 2012, 10:47:54 PM
 _))*  &shake&
Title: Stop Press - Jason Weyman resigns !!
Post by: Bri Roberts on September 13, 2012, 07:49:28 AM
From Jason Weyman:


"At today's meeting of Cabinet I announced my decision to resign from the Cabinet and from the Council.

I have been offered an interesting employment opportunity which I was unable to ignore. Details if the position can not be released until Friday, when I will post further, but I can say it is in the Private sector.

It has been a very hard decision and has only come about over the last few days. It is sad to leave so early in my second term as a Councillor, but opportunities do not come around very often, especially in the current climate.

In making my decision I have had to consider my own career and what is best for my family. I still have 25 years before I will be retirement age, and it is important that I consider these issues. I have not gone looking for this opportunity it is something that has arrived. I am extremely lucky to have been considered for the role.

I have discussed the situation with the Council's Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer and I was keen to see whether the bi-election could be timed to coincide with the Police and Crime Commissioners election on the 17th November. I'm pleased to announce that by timing my resignation to take affect as of the end of the month, that the bi-election will be able to take place at the same time. This should reduce the cost of the bi-election to a certain extent.

When I left Bodlondeb this afternoon, people were busy discussing the impact on the portfolio and Cabinet. We will have to see what comes about and once all the relevant people are able to discuss I'm sure we will see an announcement. One idea I did hear being considered is extremely interesting and I hope it is progressed.

The Cabinet were happy with me to continue with my duties over the next couple of weeks.

There was a suggestion as to whether I could continue in my role as Councillor. The suggestion being that I don't burn my bridges if things don't happen as expected. I would not feel comfortable with this and I think Deganwy and Conwy residents deserve someone totally committed to the role, so I have decided that I should resign as a Councillor.

It has been a very interesting four and a half years. The round of applause I received today from members and officers was very moving, and the messages of goodwill are really appreciated.
I hope that I have made a difference, the messages seem to suggest I have and that may be I've brought a fresh approach and new ideas.

This blog was set up in 2008 when I stood for election. Although the last few months has not seen many posts, I'm hoping the last 4 years have highlighted the role of a councillor and the workings of the Council. I will not be proceeding with the blog, it has served it's purpose and I will keep it live as a reference and record of my time as a Councillor.

I will update further at the weekend"


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Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: ormegolf on September 13, 2012, 07:54:13 PM
I am sorry to read your news but I appreciate your position. Best of luck wherever it takes you. Mike
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on September 15, 2012, 07:39:58 AM
A rather dramatic resignation letter!    ZXZ
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on September 16, 2012, 07:02:07 PM
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A rather dramatic resignation letter!    ZXZ

Indeed. it is what I come to expect from politicians, lots of words.
He seemed like a decent guy, but in his short time 'in office' all I really noticed were his contributions on this Forum and other social media.
Call me old fashioned, but I like to see something a little more substantial.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on September 16, 2012, 07:07:38 PM
What can one man do though, really? It's a flaw of the system. I've long said the only way to get any real progress would be to a directly elected Mayor with the power to do things.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on September 16, 2012, 07:25:51 PM
A fair point Dave.
I was referring to the fact that Jason was lauded as one of the new breed of politicians, more challenging, more counicative and more accountable.
However, after a relatively short time, he's gone and the new ''era'' is already at and with nothing to show for it.

I do sympathise though, because if anyone stands out from the crowd in politics, the party machine soon ensures that they blend in or get spat out the other end. 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on September 17, 2012, 07:46:42 AM
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I do sympathise though, because if anyone stands out from the crowd in politics, the party machine soon ensures that they blend in or get spat out the other end. 

Indeed, and the real irony is that without some party support getting things done is extremely difficult.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: TheMedz on September 21, 2012, 08:59:08 PM
Sorry it's bit late in the day but I've only just back from round there.

Dee Bridge just beyond Queensferry on the A494 Northbound coming off the A55 heading towards the M56 will be closed from 8pm tonight until 6am tomorrow morning
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Blodyn on September 24, 2012, 09:06:16 AM
The Friends of Happy Valley working party planned for today has been cancelled due to the rather inclement weather. 

A new date will be arranged and I'll post it on the Friends of Happy Valley thread.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on September 25, 2012, 01:46:58 PM
Be aware that pretty much all of the North Wales train network will likely be shutting down at 6pm today due to the flooding problems:

The following routes are highly likely to close by 1800 hrs. DO NOT TRAVEL unless absolutely necessary. Road transport severely limited.
Chester-Crewe, Llandudno-Manchester, Shrewsbury-Birmingham/Manchester/Holyhead, Wrexham-Bidston, Cambrian Line, Conwy Valley.

https://twitter.com/ArrivaTW (https://twitter.com/ArrivaTW)
http://www.journeycheck.com/arrivatrainswales (http://www.journeycheck.com/arrivatrainswales)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on October 05, 2012, 11:48:34 AM
Was there any news on the railway station yesterday,they said October.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: ormegolf on October 08, 2012, 08:22:29 PM
Everdentially not. The station is still there and looks in the same state it was in years ago Mike
Title: Re: Celtic Fayre
Post by: wrex on October 11, 2012, 11:58:57 AM
Im glad we have got rid of Mr Rose ,the man is only after money,money,money,yes we all like it but when you have greed he;s better off in the Bay,its his fault the town council ruined the xmas parade by taking it off Mr Rose because he asked the council for 6 grand towards running it,so they said they could do a better job,so we are left with our 2 hour shambles.
Title: Re: Celtic Fayre
Post by: Fester on October 11, 2012, 03:27:15 PM
Wrex, that sounds like interesting news, tell us more....
Title: Re: Celtic Fayre
Post by: wrex on October 11, 2012, 06:41:27 PM
Fester,it n years ago when Mr Rose came to the council chamber asking for 6,000 pounds to keep the xmas parade going,Cll G Davies said we could do a better job ourselves for half that cost,so we lost the the event that had been an allday festival,that was held in november and on a sunday,the event was much busier than it is now and of course bought a lot of people into town on the Sunday,now we are left with the two hour effort of the town council on a Saturday that is busy anyway,they are clueless.Cll J Finch was a big supporter of this but never ever came along to help,one year all the Clls went upstairs and left me and Maxplant hire too clear all the barriers,joke.
Title: Re: Celtic Fayre
Post by: Yorkie on October 11, 2012, 07:55:56 PM
All the Council know is to buy in entertainment at what is generally an exorbitant cost.  What is needed is input from the traders of the town with floats and such things as we had long ago.   I have always said is that The Lions or Round Table could do a better job with the help and support of other organisations in the town.

Will the Council listen?   We all NO the answer to that!

Wrex is right.
Title: Re: Celtic Fayre
Post by: Cambrian on October 11, 2012, 09:25:13 PM
I seem to recall that until the 1980s the Christmas Parade was run (and presumably paid for) by the Chamber of Trade - now defunct I assume. I don't recall an all day event in November.
Title: Re: Celtic Fayre
Post by: Bri Roberts on October 12, 2012, 07:15:52 AM
Yorkie, sadly the Llandudno Round Table is also defunct.  :(
Title: Re: Celtic Fayre
Post by: wrex on October 12, 2012, 07:24:04 AM
Before the town council took the parade back it was run by Mr Rose in conjuntion with the Llandudno regeneration group.This years event will leave from inside the waste land next to the station due to the main station apparently being rebuilt,the owner of the cafe on the coach park offered to put a BQ if it left from the coach park,the committee declined.
Title: Re: Celtic Fayre
Post by: Ian on October 12, 2012, 07:40:52 AM
For a period in the early '90s it was run by the Llandudno Heritage Trust.
Title: Re: Celtic Fayre
Post by: Yorkie on October 12, 2012, 09:57:41 AM
Sounds to me like too many people have had a hand in it!   Maybe it's time for the Three Towns Forum to take over!   :D

Title: Guy Martin
Post by: cygnusx-1 on October 29, 2012, 07:10:34 PM
An hour of possible good publicity?


http://www.channel4.com/programmes/how-britain-worked/episode-guide/series-1/episode-3 (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/how-britain-worked/episode-guide/series-1/episode-3)
Title: Re: Guy Martin
Post by: Fester on October 29, 2012, 10:24:34 PM
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An hour of possible good publicity?


http://www.channel4.com/programmes/how-britain-worked/episode-guide/series-1/episode-3 (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/how-britain-worked/episode-guide/series-1/episode-3)

So, its 8pm on Sunday 4th November?   Channel 4 .... I'm looking forward to that!   $thanx$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on October 31, 2012, 01:14:08 PM
Conwy public toilets saved from closure
By Mari JonesOct 31 2012
 

PUBLIC toilets facing the axe in Conwy county have been given a late reprieve, as the council backtracks on its closure plans.

The news will delight campaigners who have been battling to save the toilets from being shut.

Conwy County Council had planned to reduce the county’s public conveniences from 57 to 29, to save costs.

However, after holding a public consultation the authority has realised the strength of local feeling to keep the toilets open.

According to the council’s own figures, over a million people use the public conviences every year in Conwy.

Those that were under threat include Gwydir Park in Llanrwst, Rhos on Sea paddling pool, Trefriw, and Watling Street in Llanrwst.

Protestors from across the county handed in petitions signed by thousands of people to keep them open, and many were worried the closures would affect the tourist trade.

Darren Millar AM had even raised the matter at the Senedd saying it was “essential to safeguard” the provision of public lavatories. He pointed out that as a high proportion of the local population in Conwy are elderly, many need to use the conveniences regularly because of medical issues.

Cllr Mike Priestley, who holds the environment portfolio, said: “We’ve listened to the people and come to the conclusion that our communities would prefer an open toilet rather than a closed on, even if they are in a poor state.

“I’ve also submitted a business case to the council to ask for an extra £430,000 in next year’s budget on top of the £640,000 we already get to run the toilets.

“I would like to have the money to refurbish the toilets in Station Road, Betws y Coed, Conwy Quay, Llandudno paddling pool and the ones in George Street in Llandudno.

“But there’s no guarantee we’ll get the extra money as budgets are very tight at the moment, but we should find out in December.

“However, as we are striving to make public conveniences more sustainable there will be a 20p charge to use the refurbished toilets, although they will be free for the disabled.”

Cllr Priestley would also like private businesses or community groups to come forward who are interested in running any of the toilets.

“There are opportunities out there for community groups and businesses.

“For instance, if someone took on the running of the Rhos on Sea paddling pool ones, then we could discuss opening a kiosk on the site.

“A brilliant example is what Dan’s Den has done in Eirias Park. They’ve taken on the toilets and opened up a youth cafe.”

Town and community councils willing to maintain toilets would be supplied with financial costs.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/10/31/conwy-public-toilets-saved-from-closure-55578-32137313/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/10/31/conwy-public-toilets-saved-from-closure-55578-32137313/)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Blongb on October 31, 2012, 03:13:29 PM
Wonderful news that every little piddley assed facility in the County will now be kept open, with the exception of the one that is most needed.
I refer to the facility on North Parade / Happy Valley Road which used to provide for thousands of users per day throughout the season. It never ceases to amaze me that the town that provides the largest amount of revenue for the County is treated so poorly in return. If you think I’m over reacting come up and watch when the next Running Event takes place but if your of a modest disposition don’t try to go up the path to the Cable Car as you will see for yourself what the closure of the facility opposite the Grand Hotel results in.   $angry$ 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on October 31, 2012, 04:15:56 PM
Using the phrase 'piddley assed'' seems highly appropriate when discussing the issue of public toilets.  $smack$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 01, 2012, 08:10:59 AM
Is this really a story worthy of the Daily Post? Not to mention that Gwrych Castle is in Abergele and the Pensarn slip road is nowhere near the Castle anyway!

Mattress on A55 at Conwy causes morning rush-hour delays
by Dan Beavan, DPW WestOct 10 2012


A MATTRESS fell off the back of a lorry on the A55 – blocking one lane and causing delays in the middle of the morning rush hour.

The unusual obstruction took place on the Pensarn slip road to the eastbound lane near Gwyrch Castle, Conwy – between Pensarn and Llanddulas.

The mattress came loose from the truck and fell on to the road just after 8.30am, causing delays between junction 23A and junction 28.

A Traffic Wales spokesman said the incident caused “very minor delays” and the mattress was quickly removed.

“The mattress fell off the back of the wagon but traffic officers arrived at the scene very quickly and removed it,” he added.

North Wales Police confirmed officers attended the scene of the accident.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on November 01, 2012, 11:51:05 AM
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Is this really a story worthy of the Daily Post? Not to mention that Gwrych Castle is in Abergele and the Pensarn slip road is nowhere near the Castle anyway!



Or even the Three Towns Forum?   ZXZ    L0L
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 01, 2012, 11:59:13 AM
Well, you thought it worthy of commenting upon, so.....  :laugh:  $good$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 01, 2012, 12:18:26 PM
I've been waiting all morning for a new mattress to be delivered, no sign of it yet!  :)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on November 01, 2012, 12:23:00 PM
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I've been waiting all morning for a new mattress to be delivered, no sign of it yet!  :)

You have to take these things lying down! _))*
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 01, 2012, 12:36:40 PM
I will have to sleep on it!  ;D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: born2run on November 01, 2012, 09:31:25 PM
Conwy Castle on discovery plus 1 at 10pm tonight - channel 521 on sky
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on November 01, 2012, 11:49:25 PM
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Conwy Castle on discovery plus 1 at 10pm tonight - channel 521 on sky

Thanks a lot Dave, for all of 28.5 minutes notice!!!

Needless to say, I missed it.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on November 01, 2012, 11:52:34 PM
Hang on.... its on again at midnight... 4 minutes from now.... (fumbles hurriedly for remote control)

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Blodyn on November 14, 2012, 09:32:49 AM
Daffodil planting

The Llandudno Daffodil Capital team will be planting daffodils around Mostyn Champneys between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm today and tomorrow. 

There are a mere 25,000 "Tete-a-Tete" bulbs to plant, so anyone who would like to join in will be more than welcome!

 $walesflag$
 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 22, 2012, 05:44:09 PM
A bit of heavy rain for a few hours, and the A55, A5 and all train services shut down - pathetic!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SDQ on November 22, 2012, 05:56:34 PM
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A bit of heavy rain for a few hours, and the A55, A5 and all train services shut down - pathetic!


So you'd rather we open everything and end up with stranded or flooded cars & trains sitting in farmer's fields because the line may be washed away???
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on November 22, 2012, 06:30:33 PM
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A bit of heavy rain for a few hours, and the A55, A5 and all train services shut down - pathetic!


So you'd rather we open everything and end up with stranded or flooded cars & trains sitting in farmer's fields because the line may be washed away???

No SDQ, but it would be preferable that the roads and drains are able to cope with the rain in the firstplace.  Clearly there is a significant issue when the main trunk road across North Wales is closed for the 2nd time in 5 months due to flooding in virtually the same place i.e the stretch between Aber and Bangor; not to mention the number of accidents that close that same stretch of dual carriageway per annum.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 22, 2012, 07:02:18 PM
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A bit of heavy rain for a few hours, and the A55, A5 and all train services shut down - pathetic!


So you'd rather we open everything and end up with stranded or flooded cars & trains sitting in farmer's fields because the line may be washed away???

No SDQ, but it would be preferable that the roads and drains are able to cope with the rain in the firstplace.  Clearly there is a significant issue when the main trunk road across North Wales is closed for the 2nd time in 5 months due to flooding in virtually the same place i.e the stretch between Aber and Bangor; not to mention the number of accidents that close that same stretch of dual carriageway per annum.
Exactly the point I was trying to make. The idea that the only main route through North Wales can be closed after just a couple of hours rain is not acceptable - particularly when this is the second or third time this year alone that it has happened. Its not rocket science...if the existing drains can't cope, install more and bigger drains! There are hundreds of people stranded on both sides of the A55 flood - it's like a third world country!!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 22, 2012, 07:04:50 PM
A friend of mine is reporting that there is currently 10 feet of floodwater inside the Conwy Tunnel.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SDQ on November 22, 2012, 07:24:58 PM
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A bit of heavy rain for a few hours, and the A55, A5 and all train services shut down - pathetic!


So you'd rather we open everything and end up with stranded or flooded cars & trains sitting in farmer's fields because the line may be washed away???

No SDQ, but it would be preferable that the roads and drains are able to cope with the rain in the firstplace.  Clearly there is a significant issue when the main trunk road across North Wales is closed for the 2nd time in 5 months due to flooding in virtually the same place i.e the stretch between Aber and Bangor; not to mention the number of accidents that close that same stretch of dual carriageway per annum.
Exactly the point I was trying to make. The idea that the only main route through North Wales can be closed after just a couple of hours rain is not acceptable - particularly when this is the second or third time this year alone that it has happened. Its not rocket science...if the existing drains can't cope, install more and bigger drains! There are hundreds of people stranded on both sides of the A55 flood - it's like a third world country!!


That couple of hours of rain brought down a hell of a lot of water in a short time and the area in question has a lot of land for it to build up & gush off. Apart from the fact the problem couldn't be fixed overnight, who is going to pay for all this work. The ConDem Government have slashed finance to the local authorities to such a degree they've barely got enough to operate normally never mind spending hundreds of thousands of pounds putting storm drains in at Aber. There is obviously a lot of foliage mixed in with this water which will be blocking areas & causing the water to divert to places where there aren't adequate drains to cope so sadly it's time for a bit of that stiff upper lip they go on about so often and just wait for the water levels to drop.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 22, 2012, 07:25:40 PM
Video of flooding at Rhostryfan, outside Caernarfon:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-20451472 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-20451472)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 22, 2012, 07:29:34 PM
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A bit of heavy rain for a few hours, and the A55, A5 and all train services shut down - pathetic!


So you'd rather we open everything and end up with stranded or flooded cars & trains sitting in farmer's fields because the line may be washed away???

No SDQ, but it would be preferable that the roads and drains are able to cope with the rain in the firstplace.  Clearly there is a significant issue when the main trunk road across North Wales is closed for the 2nd time in 5 months due to flooding in virtually the same place i.e the stretch between Aber and Bangor; not to mention the number of accidents that close that same stretch of dual carriageway per annum.
Exactly the point I was trying to make. The idea that the only main route through North Wales can be closed after just a couple of hours rain is not acceptable - particularly when this is the second or third time this year alone that it has happened. Its not rocket science...if the existing drains can't cope, install more and bigger drains! There are hundreds of people stranded on both sides of the A55 flood - it's like a third world country!!


That couple of hours of rain brought down a hell of a lot of water in a short time and the area in question has a lot of land for it to build up & gush off. Apart from the fact the problem couldn't be fixed overnight, who is going to pay for all this work. The ConDem Government have slashed finance to the local authorities to such a degree they've barely got enough to operate normally never mind spending hundreds of thousands of pounds putting storm drains in at Aber. There is obviously a lot of foliage mixed in with this water which will be blocking areas & causing the water to divert to places where there aren't adequate drains to cope so sadly it's time for a bit of that stiff upper lip they go on about so often and just wait for the water levels to drop.
The A55 is Trunk Road Agency responsibility, not local Councils. Amazing, given they're so short of money, they seem to have plenty of brand new expensive 4x4s to drive round in?

There have been people stuck in traffic for 5 hours on the A55! No, it's just not acceptable - if these problems were actually tackled instead of just making excuses, who knows what we could achieve?!  :P
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on November 22, 2012, 07:48:44 PM
If the A55 had been designed and built properly in the first place then maybe this could have been avoided.  It has nothing to do with the current government or WAG this is a systemic failure from 30 years ago.  Proper drainage, a hard shoulder, proper length feeder lanes (that one as you merge from Tal-y-Bont eastbound is horrendous), the roundabouts, the ridiculous Pen-y-Clip 30mph zone, 50mph zone in Colwyn Bay the list goes on and on plus the constant closure of lanes for roadworks or worse still cutting the grass is why DaveR is correct in saying it is 3rd world and a disgrace. 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on November 22, 2012, 08:06:19 PM
Despite the shortcomings of the A55 it has certainly helped to relieve North Wales traffic over those intervening years.

Technology and knowledge has also advanced in that time and what was OK then is no longer what is accepted.   Modifications can be made and, no doubt, will be made.

Just as a matter of comparison the original M1 was totally acceptable t the time.    Since then it has been expanded width wise on a number of occasions, not because it was wrong in the first place but because of the increase in traffic.  It is regularly blocked and stopped on the London approaches.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 22, 2012, 08:34:33 PM
Many of the A55's problems are of fairly recent origin, though, Yorkie.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 22, 2012, 08:39:00 PM
Video of flooding at Llanberis today:
Llanberis flood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY__cig4WO4#ws)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 22, 2012, 09:00:44 PM
A55 UPDATE: The A55 remains closed between Junction 11 at Bangor and Junction 12 Tal y Bont with Emergency Services and the local authority in the process of clearing excess water from the A55 at this location and reopen the road as soon as possible.

A55 UPDATE: Police can confirm that three “Rest Centres” have been opened to offer shelter and refreshments to those who are currently stranded and unable to complete their journey and others effected by the flooding.
They are: Llandudno Junction Leisure Centre, (Opposite Cineworld complex) LL31 9XY
Caernarfon Leisure Centre, Ffordd Bethel, LL55 1DU
Ysgol Friars (School) Bangor, Lon y Bryn, LL57 2LN
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on November 22, 2012, 09:26:14 PM
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Many of the A55's problems are of fairly recent origin, though, Yorkie.

Naturally so Dave!   We all suffer as we get older and so does any manufactured or constructed item!  The A55 is no different.

As a matter of interest the speed limit through Colwyn Bay is due to the short length of the slip roads and restricted visibility.   Due to the good visibility at the Aber slip road the speed limit has been left at the National limit.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 22, 2012, 09:34:16 PM
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Many of the A55's problems are of fairly recent origin, though, Yorkie.

Naturally so Dave!   We all suffer as we get older and so does any manufactured or constructed item!  The A55 is no different.

As a matter of interest the speed limit through Colwyn Bay is due to the short length of the slip roads and restricted visibility.   Due to the good visibility at the Aber slip road the speed limit has been left at the National limit.
You misunderstand me, Yorkie. I'm talking about things like the ridiculous roundabouts at Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan that were only built relatively recently.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on November 22, 2012, 09:36:01 PM
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Many of the A55's problems are of fairly recent origin, though, Yorkie.

Naturally so Dave!   We all suffer as we get older and so does any manufactured or constructed item!  The A55 is no different.

As a matter of interest the speed limit through Colwyn Bay is due to the short length of the slip roads and restricted visibility.   Due to the good visibility at the Aber slip road the speed limit has been left at the National limit.

So the speed limit thru Colwyn Bay, the short slip roads, the lack of hard shoulder, the Summer grass cutting have all been there since the road's inception and nothing to do with old age just poor design.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on November 23, 2012, 07:54:02 AM
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So the speed limit thru Colwyn Bay, the short slip roads, the lack of hard shoulder, the Summer grass cutting have all been there since the road's inception and nothing to do with old age just poor design.

Have it your way Jack - I'm alright!

Sorry Dave!  My 'umble apologies!

All opinions are valid in my book.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on November 23, 2012, 08:08:28 AM
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.if the existing drains can't cope, install more and bigger drains!

That very issue affects the Marine Drive around the Orme; there's still no provision for excess water to be channelled through the wall so in the event of another massive storm like the 1993 event Llandudno could be flooded again.

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Amazing, given they're so short of money, they seem to have plenty of brand new expensive 4x4s to drive round in?

Makes you wonder if one of their bean counters did the sums and found it was cheaper to provide their people with 4 x 4s to navigate the inevitable floods instead of improving the drainage...   _))*
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on November 23, 2012, 12:13:26 PM
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So the speed limit thru Colwyn Bay, the short slip roads, the lack of hard shoulder, the Summer grass cutting have all been there since the road's inception and nothing to do with old age just poor design.


It was done as cheaply as possible, hence the poor design all the way along the coast.  It wasn't that long ago that they actually removed the roundabout in Llanfairfechan and then a few weeks later rebuilt it!    ??? ???   :rage:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Welshmunchkin on November 23, 2012, 01:15:21 PM
My daughter, who works in mental health, had taken one of her clients from Llandudno to Bangor on the bus in the morning. After the rain they were stranded in Bangor and had to wait like everyone else. Eventually at about 9pm they managed to get a taxi. From Bangor to Llandudno she was charged £110 !!! Driver said it was because of the bad weather. It's a long time since I traveled by taxi but this sounded excessive to me. I think some people always find a silver lining!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SDQ on November 23, 2012, 01:43:49 PM
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My daughter, who works in mental health, had taken one of her clients from Llandudno to Bangor on the bus in the morning. After the rain they were stranded in Bangor and had to wait like everyone else. Eventually at about 9pm they managed to get a taxi. From Bangor to Llandudno she was charged £110 !!! Driver said it was because of the bad weather. It's a long time since I traveled by taxi but this sounded excessive to me. I think some people always find a silver lining!


I thought taxis worked to a meter to charge fares?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian48 on November 23, 2012, 01:44:26 PM
Hugo- I am not sure that it was done as cheaply as possible. A road involving the cuttings at Rhuallt Hill, the CPOs for 300 hundred houses, relaying of miles of railway, and all work in Colwyn Bay, plus the Conwy Tunnel and the tunneling and abutments (through granite) at Penmaenbach and Penmaenmar was not cheap. In fact, I seem to recall it being, at the time, the most expensive road per kilometre ever built in the UK. Obviously it's inadequate now and standards and design have changed, but to imply it was done 'on the cheap' is incorrect in my opinion.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Welshmunchkin on November 23, 2012, 02:47:55 PM




I thought taxis worked to a meter to charge fares?
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So did I !!!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on November 23, 2012, 04:02:12 PM
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That very issue affects the Marine Drive around the Orme; there's still no provision for excess water to be channelled through the wall so in the event of another massive storm like the 1993 event Llandudno could be flooded again.

Went round the Orme today and no signs of any debris, land or stone slippage, and all looks well.  After 1993 some drainage work was done and one large drain was put a few yards before the junction with the Zig-zag road where the excess water goes via a drain under the road.   This was a particularly bad place in '93.   
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: mull on November 23, 2012, 05:10:36 PM
For a fraction of the cost othe A55 the railway lines from Crewe and Warrington to Holyhead coul have been electrified.
This should have been done as a European trunk route.
Here we are 30 years later and it is still being talked about.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on November 23, 2012, 06:20:07 PM
And we would have had traffic chaos on the old road.   I remember the long traffic queues and slow speed due to congestion every time  we came up to my Wife's parents.  The A55 was a blessing we all welcomed.    ZXZ
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: ormegolf on November 23, 2012, 07:58:31 PM
  Getting back to Welshmunchkins enormous taxi bill and the subsequent mentions about a meter charge. The journey from Bangor to Llandudno was around 9 p.m. but at that time the A55 was closed.
   So, I presume, they travelled up the A5 to Betws y Coed and maybe, down the Conwy valley. Dont forget that the Black Cat area would have been heavily congested, so maybe that had to take to the lanes around Bryn y Maen.
   It would therefore have been a mega long and time consuming journey.  And then the taxi had to get back to Bangor.
   The drivers remark about the large bill being because of the bad weather. Yes, originally it was. Because the bad weather made the long journey inevitable.
   Yes,it appeared from Welsh mucchs post to be highway robbery. But now you have read the full story it probably comes down to around five or six hours work say £20 an hour, normally the taxi owner would take two thirds i.e. about £80 and the driver would get £40.   And all at unsocial hours.  Mike   P.S.  And dont forget that the very adverse weather forecasts hours, even days, beforehand put off our intrepid DaveR on a photo shoot in that area.   Hardly the best time to set out with anyone with any type of disability
   
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 23, 2012, 08:05:32 PM
I think you're right, Mike. It's a big bill, certainly, but it's a long journey in very hazardous conditions.

I'm so glad I did cancel that photoshoot in Llanfairfechan on Thursday, otherwise I suspect I would have either been stranded there overnight or had to walk back as far as Conwy at least. However, I didnt get off entirely scott free, as the model came to see me in Llandudno instead and ended up stranded with me when the buses stopped running. So I paid for a taxi to take her back to Penmaenmawr (via Sychnant Pass)...wasn't cheap!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on November 23, 2012, 08:14:44 PM
That's a bit of tough luck DaveR! Stranded with a model  ;D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 23, 2012, 08:16:55 PM
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That's a bit of tough luck DaveR! Stranded with a model  ;D
Heck of a thing...  ;D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on November 24, 2012, 07:16:38 AM
Reverting to Mull's comments about trains and electrification, there's also the point that we used enjoy direct links with Liverpool and Manchester via rail.  Now, it's impossible for anyone to reach us from either of those major conurbations without at least one change at Chester. I'd have thought it made sense in tourist terms to have direct services from both places, especially now that rail travel has entered a renaissance and is proving so popular. 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 24, 2012, 10:56:20 AM
I've been along the A55 by Aber today and took the opportunity to see what the drainage is actually like. As far as I can see, it's rubbish. Considering the massive area of land that water drains off on the higher side of the road, there appears to be only a small french drain and the original 1960s road drains to cope with all the water - no surprise that the road floods then! The solution is not difficult (or particularly expensive) - a large drainage channel running along the field side of the hedge that adjoins the A55, that collects the water running off the fields and sends it under the road.

The section that caused the largest problem is in a dip by Tal Y Bont, a stream that usually flows under the road became obstructed and decided to flow onto the road. However, the River Ogwen flows under the A55 less than a hundred yards away - again, not difficult to construct a large culvert that would drain away flood water into the Ogwen in extreme weather conditions.

It's probably impossible to construct a drainage system that will deal with all eventualities. However, it not difficult to construct one that will ensure the road is clear again within, say, 30 minutes of the rain stopping.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on November 24, 2012, 11:13:33 AM
Ian48, you're missing the point that I was trying to make. No road is cheap to construct and the terrain in North Wales would also add to any cost.  Whether it was the costliest at the time, I'll take your word for it but that doesn't excuse the cost cutting that went on during the planning and construction of it.
For a start there should have been a hard shoulder on the road through Colwyn Bay and sound absorbing tarmac laid during not after construction.  Next we have the slip roads in Llanddulas,Colwyn Bay and Mochdre all of which are too short and potentially dangerous.  Penmaenmawr has no sliproads whatsoever and as for the westerly one at Tal Y Bont, it has a stop sign and is potentially lethal!
The Penmaenbach Tunnel was originally going to be a 4 lane tunnel as you would  expect but then on the basis of cost they used the original road for the two lanes of the westerly flowing traffic.   So now we possibly have the only permanent  30 mph stretch  of expressway in the World.
If you are travelling Westwards on the A55 and  go past two roundabouts and it is not flooded again and traffic halted for 6 hours (AM's are looking into this)  you then go into a single lane to cross the Brittania Bridge.
Would this happen in South Wales or South East England, you tell me?   
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on November 24, 2012, 11:26:46 AM
I think one must bear in mind that the A55 is not, and was never intended, to be of Motorway standard construction.   At the time it was a means to an end, to relieve the old narrow North Wales road and get traffic moving faster and by-pass the many towns and villages on the route from Chester to Holyhead. 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 24, 2012, 11:43:35 AM
It is part of a major European route, E22, is it not?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_route_E22 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_route_E22)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on November 24, 2012, 12:14:52 PM
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It is part of a major European route, E22, is it not?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_route_E22 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_route_E22)

Indeed it is but isn't the European Road Network just an agreed numbering system designating major routes?  The E22 is over 5000 miles long and I cannot see it all being of Motorway Standard.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SDQ on November 24, 2012, 01:35:13 PM
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Reverting to Mull's comments about trains and electrification, there's also the point that we used enjoy direct links with Liverpool and Manchester via rail.  Now, it's impossible for anyone to reach us from either of those major conurbations without at least one change at Chester. I'd have thought it made sense in tourist terms to have direct services from both places, especially now that rail travel has entered a renaissance and is proving so popular. 


You're half right. You need to change at Chester when travelling to/from Liverpool but there is an hourly direct service from Manchester serving the North Wales coast. Also I may be wrong but I think that even if they did electrify the coast you would still need to change at Chester for Liverpool as they run the 750v DC third rail system not the 25kv AC OHL system.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on November 24, 2012, 01:57:24 PM
Just asking but wasn't the railway shut as well on Thursday during the floods?  I take it that it would have been electrified or not?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SDQ on November 24, 2012, 02:21:46 PM
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Just asking but wasn't the railway shut as well on Thursday during the floods?  I take it that it would have been electrified or not?


Flooding would lead to railway services being suspended regardless of which system is used to power the trains as the infrastructure is what would be affected. If static floodwater is above rail head level or is running across the tracks at any level then the regulations forbid trains to move as it is impossible to ascertain the condition of the track & ballast may have been washed away.
On Thursday there was the added problem that a piece of infrastructure needed to be inspected but because the road was also flooded it could not be reached in the usual way so it took time to decide the best plan of action & instigate it.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on November 24, 2012, 03:04:50 PM
Thanks SDQ, I thought I had seen somewhere that services terminated at Junction but wasn't sure.
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Post by: DaveR on November 24, 2012, 03:21:39 PM
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It is part of a major European route, E22, is it not?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_route_E22 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_route_E22)

Indeed it is but isn't the European Road Network just an agreed numbering system designating major routes?  The E22 is over 5000 miles long and I cannot see it all being of Motorway Standard.
I bet the bits in Germany are.....
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on November 24, 2012, 03:25:22 PM
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Flooding would lead to railway services being suspended regardless of which system is used to power the trains as the infrastructure is what would be affected. If static flood water is above rail head level or is running across the tracks at any level then the regulations forbid trains to move as it is impossible to ascertain the condition of the track & ballast may have been washed away.
On Thursday there was the added problem that a piece of infrastructure needed to be inspected but because the road was also flooded it could not be reached in the usual way so it took time to decide the best plan of action & instigate it.

Maybe then, the same question could be asked about the Railways as has been asked about the A55.   Why were the railways not built with consideration for adverse conditions?   ZXZ
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on November 24, 2012, 03:27:59 PM
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I bet the bits in Germany are.....

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Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SDQ on November 24, 2012, 03:38:02 PM
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Flooding would lead to railway services being suspended regardless of which system is used to power the trains as the infrastructure is what would be affected. If static flood water is above rail head level or is running across the tracks at any level then the regulations forbid trains to move as it is impossible to ascertain the condition of the track & ballast may have been washed away.
On Thursday there was the added problem that a piece of infrastructure needed to be inspected but because the road was also flooded it could not be reached in the usual way so it took time to decide the best plan of action & instigate it.

Maybe then, the same question could be asked about the Railways as has been asked about the A55.   Why were the railways not built with consideration for adverse conditions?   ZXZ


With respect there is nothing wrong with the A55 or the railway, it is the surrounding area that caused the problem.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on November 24, 2012, 04:16:42 PM
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With respect there is nothing wrong with the A55 or the railway, it is the surrounding area that caused the problem.

Sorry SDQ, was not criticising your comment, merely using it as a last reference point?    In fact I tend to agree with what you say.   
 $good$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on November 24, 2012, 04:19:18 PM
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With respect there is nothing wrong with the A55 or the railway, it is the surrounding area that caused the problem.

Sorry SDQ, was not criticising your comment, merely using it as a last reference point?    In fact I tend to agree with what you say.   
 $good$

I suppose that you could equate that to building houses on a flood plain then.   They were aware of the problems but didn't have adequate drainage to cope with downpours, but isn't that bad planning?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on November 24, 2012, 04:23:35 PM
Almost!

Only problem is that you do't know it's a flood plain until it floods!
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Post by: DaveR on November 24, 2012, 04:24:27 PM
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With respect there is nothing wrong with the A55 or the railway, it is the surrounding area that caused the problem.

Sorry SDQ, was not criticising your comment, merely using it as a last reference point?    In fact I tend to agree with what you say.   
 $good$

I suppose that you could equate that to building houses on a flood plain then.   They were aware of the problems but didn't have adequate drainage to cope with downpours, but isn't that bad planning?
Of course. If something isn't designed to cope with the area around it, then it obviously a bad design, surely!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 24, 2012, 04:25:42 PM
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Almost!

Only problem is that you do't know it's a flood plain until it floods!
Surely you're not serious! The geography of an area doesn't change, a flood plain is a flood plain. The Meadows estate in Llandudno Junction is a great example - flooded how many times?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on November 24, 2012, 04:29:27 PM
Maybe some thought could be given to the surrounding land management.  Deforestation plays several roles in the flooding equation because trees prevent sediment run-off and forests hold and use more water than grasslands.  Thus a bit of afforestation wouldn't go amiss especially with native broadleaved species.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on November 24, 2012, 04:37:52 PM
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Almost!

Only problem is that you do't know it's a flood plain until it floods!

Now don't be silly Yorkie you should know better than most. Just Google it and all areas will be revealed.    Local knowledge helps too but that area is prone to flooding and there are flood warning  signs telling you about it
My Dad was a sub contractor bricklayer and he was asked to build a house on some land locally so he told the owner that the ground was liable to flooding but the owner replied that if he wasn't prepared to do it then he would employ someone who would.
So Dad built the house and guess what happened the following year?    Yes it did flood just like Dad predicted.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on November 24, 2012, 04:39:26 PM
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Maybe some thought could be given to the surrounding land management.  Deforestation plays several roles in the flooding equation because trees prevent sediment run-off and forests hold and use more water than grasslands.  Thus a bit of afforestation wouldn't go amiss especially with native broadleaved species.

As long as they are not Ash Trees Jack!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on November 24, 2012, 04:59:20 PM

As long as they are not Ash Trees Jack!


Good point Hugo! Or they might have to close the road to fell them  :laugh:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on November 24, 2012, 05:06:57 PM
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Almost!

Only problem is that you do't know it's a flood plain until it floods!

Now don't be silly Yorkie you should know better than most. Just Google it and all areas will be revealed.    Local knowledge helps too but that area is prone to flooding and there are flood warning  signs telling you about it
My Dad was a sub contractor bricklayer and he was asked to build a house on some land locally so he told the owner that the ground was liable to flooding but the owner replied that if he wasn't prepared to do it then he would employ someone who would.
So Dad built the house and guess what happened the following year?    Yes it did flood just like Dad predicted.

Not so silly Hugo.  There has been lots of change in the geographical features of the land due to water level rising, land being built on for development and natural land drainage being covered by impervious coverings such as concrete, tarmac and the like.  Just look at the building and development that has gone on in Llandudno over the past years.  Trees have also been removed to create agricultural land with no thought of the possible water run off effects.

My Dad was in the Merchant Navy but I spent most of my career in the construction Industry so have seen the mass of land that has gone under concrete in my lifetime.
 ZXZ
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: ormegolf on November 24, 2012, 05:09:19 PM
Hugo,, my friend. I'm being picky here. Go back to your posts on stop press yesterday. I think you will find you have mixed up your westerlys with your easterleys. Go on, tell me I should have better things to do with my time than pick holes in good posts lol mike
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on November 24, 2012, 07:59:56 PM
Mike do you mean my post today when I mentioned the westerly at Tal Y Bont, because there are two staggered sliproads there.  One goes easterly from Bangor to Conwy and is ok even if it is short but the one on the other side that goes westerly to Holyhead is dangerous.
It has a halt sign and goes at right angles to the road so you can't possibly build up any speed and it makes it dangerous for people coming on to the road,
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on November 24, 2012, 11:27:40 PM
Sorry Mike, I've reread my post and you are spot on regarding the 30mph stretch of road where "tooty tunnel" is.     It is the Eastbound lane and not the Westbound lane as I stated.
I must have been driving the wrong way.     :o     ^*^0

Hope that you are feeling better now than when I last saw you. 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 25, 2012, 10:26:56 PM
"police are stopping drivers going down Gloddaeth Lane nr Llandudno from Wormhout Way roundabout towards Penrhyn Bay. Believed to be due to flooding."
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 26, 2012, 09:04:34 AM
Here we go again:

Traffic news... A5 partially blocked near Corwen, because of flooding. Approach with care

Trains... Replacement bus running on Arriva Trains Wales between Holyhead & Llandudno Junction due to flooding.

Traffic news... Rain, surface water and visibility reduced on #A55 between J1, A5 (Kingsland Roundabout) and J11, A5 (#Llandygai).

Flood alert: River Conwy #Dolwyddelan to #Conwy. Rain to continue nxt few hrs; conditions to worsen. River at Bont Fawr, #Llanrwst rising

Pabo Lane near #LlandudnoJunction has been closed due to surface water.

Roads around #Glanwydden are flooded too, diversions are in place
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on November 26, 2012, 08:23:25 PM
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"police are stopping drivers going down Gloddaeth Lane nr Llandudno from Wormhout Way roundabout towards Penrhyn Bay. Believed to be due to flooding."

Yes, it is near the A470 end where the water is running off from St David's fields.   Blocked at Glanywydden Lane at the Penrhyn Bay end.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on November 27, 2012, 07:00:14 AM
Courtesy iof BBC Wales' Travel information:

Severe


    A5 Corwen, both ways between B4401 and A494

    A5 Denbighshire - A5 in Corwen closed in both directions between the B4401 junction and the A494 junction, because of flooding.
    updated Updated 4 minutes ago
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    A525

    A525 St Asaph, both ways between A55 J27 and A547

    A525 Denbighshire - A525 closed in both directions between St Asaph and Rhuddlan, because of flooding.
   

    A5

    A5 Llangollen, both ways at Maesmawr Road

    A5 Denbighshire - The carriageway is just passable on A5 in Llangollen around the Maesmawr Road junction, because of flooding.
    A494

    A494 Ruthin, both ways between A525 Llanrhydd Road and B5429

    A494 Denbighshire - The carriageway is just passable on A494 in Ruthin between the A525 Llanrhydd Road junction and the B5429 junction, because of flooding. Approach with care.
   
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 27, 2012, 07:21:26 AM
FLOOD WARNINGS IN ST ASAPH: 500 residents in St Asaph are being urged to leave their homes amid fears the River Elwy is about to burst its banks.
North Wales Police are working in conjunction with the Environment Agency, Denbighshire Council and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service to warn homeowners in the lower area of the city to stay with friends or relatives.
Denbighshire Council has set up an emergency refuge centre at the leisure centre at Ysgol Glan Clwyd.
A police spokesman said: "Police are patrolling the area and visiting small households to reassure the public."
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on November 27, 2012, 07:26:00 AM
A55 now closed as is A5, A494 and others.  Constantly updating list is here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews/northeastwales (http://www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews/northeastwales)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 27, 2012, 09:11:41 AM
A55 is apparently still open.

BBC Reporter Chris Dearden is in St. Asaph,  he just tweeted this pic of the roundabout under the A55, says the water is rising rapidly:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 27, 2012, 09:14:57 AM
FLOODING: Problems are now being reported in Ruthin. Properties on the Glasdir Estate on the outskirts of the town are being evacuated due to flooding.

Road closed in Denbighshire:
A5 Corwen
A525 St Asaph towards Rhuddlan
The Roe and surrounding roads in St Asaph.
A543 - Landslip on the outskirts of Denbigh.
Off slip of the A55 at St Asaph closed (westbound)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 27, 2012, 10:35:14 AM
The A5 is now also closed between Bethesda & Capel Curig.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Gwynant on November 27, 2012, 11:15:44 AM
               Just coming out of town now and a vanload of Police and the Coastguard Van were racing towards the prom with "Blues and Twos" on, closely followed by the 22 helicopter from Valley going overhead low eastbound. However as I write this the helicopter has just returned going back towards Valley.
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Post by: DaveR on November 27, 2012, 11:29:32 AM
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               Just coming out of town now and a vanload of Police and the Coastguard Van were racing towards the prom with "Blues and Twos" on, closely followed by the 22 helicopter from Valley going overhead low eastbound. However as I write this the helicopter has just returned going back towards Valley.

@RAF_Valley has taken a casualty to Ysbyty Gwynedd after they were found in the water at Angel Bay near #Llandudno Little Orme at 10.45am
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 27, 2012, 11:32:16 AM
Scene at Llanfair Th this morning, courtesy of Dominic Street:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: hollins on November 27, 2012, 12:13:41 PM
My husband is somewhere in the middle of that while I am sat in the sun in Dubai.....good timing!
On a serious note though, it sounds terrible and I am so sorry for people because it takes so long to get a flooded home back to normal.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 27, 2012, 12:49:14 PM
Chris Dearden of the BBC says that water levels are now starting to fall quickly in St Asaph. Here's another pic he's just taken:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 27, 2012, 01:14:22 PM
Amazingly, the river level in St Asaph was so high that it broke the measuring gauge after recording a record high!

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/riverlevels/120768.aspx?stationId=4188 (http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/riverlevels/120768.aspx?stationId=4188)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 27, 2012, 01:28:52 PM
As always, the Daily Mail has fantastic photos of the flooding:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2238931/UK-floods-500-families-evacuated-Welsh-city-river-bursts-banks--theres-rain-come.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2238931/UK-floods-500-families-evacuated-Welsh-city-river-bursts-banks--theres-rain-come.html)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on November 27, 2012, 04:37:10 PM
Tragically, we now have reports of a fatality due to the flooding in St Asaph.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20506344 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20506344)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: hollins on November 27, 2012, 05:24:17 PM
The river near our house on its way to St Asaph unfortunately.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on November 27, 2012, 06:27:53 PM
I hope that your property has escaped the floods Hollins,  its just horrific seeing the pictures on TV and on the links posted on the forum.
We phoned up an elderley friend who lives in the flooded area but thankfully for her the house isn't flooded. She said that her house is like an island with all her unfortunate neighbours being flooded.
I hope that tonights high tide doesn't make the situation worse.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Llechwedd on November 28, 2012, 01:49:05 AM

I'm amazed, I've just had a 'phone call from cousins in Florida asking if we are ok.  Apparently American tv news has been showing St. Asaph.
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Post by: Fester on November 28, 2012, 10:41:00 AM
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I'm amazed, I've just had a 'phone call from cousins in Florida asking if we are ok.  Apparently American tv news has been showing St. Asaph.

Florida, a wonderful place where many Brits go on holiday, and thousands more have bought property there and retired.

I wonder if the same level of resentment meets them when they do, or is that just reserved for the English in North Wales Llechwedd?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Llechwedd on November 28, 2012, 12:10:16 PM
All my family over there are American citizens not retirees.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on November 28, 2012, 12:34:11 PM
I never inferred that they were.
It was a general question, which you chose to side-step.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on December 06, 2012, 07:28:09 PM
A55 is down to one lane in the Abergwyngregyn area again due to flooding:

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A55 westbound Abergwyngregyn to Talybont down to one lane due to flooding. #highways and #trafficwales in attendance along with #NWP
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Blongb on December 06, 2012, 08:39:55 PM
Credit where it's due.  $thanx$ 2 weeks ago I lost both my recycling bins due to the strength of the wind coming up Hill Terrace. They probably ended up in Liverpool. I used the Councils on line reporting system and low and behold 2 brand new ones were delivered to my front door. Well done Conwy Council you've got something working well.  $good$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on December 07, 2012, 10:07:43 AM
This week I received my new info. about 'bin days' etc including a pink plastic bag from Crest for electrical items.
On the front it asks me not to put the following items in it--- TVs, fridges and washing machines.
The bag measures 14" x25" plus fixed gussets.
Think about it !!!!! :o
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 07, 2012, 10:22:52 AM
I had not read that and I've just spent an hour trying to fit an old fridge in the bag!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on December 07, 2012, 05:01:11 PM
 :o _))*
I imagine the Council/Crest think we must all be thick !
Wonder if it is better to empty the old washer first ?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on December 07, 2012, 11:54:44 PM
But there is a more important aspect to this...

Putting electrical products is a bright pink bag outside your house... Hmmm.

Well, its paradise for rag/bone men, scrap metal men, and other unscrupulous types who might attempt to re-sell these items to unwitting bargain hunters.

They will be round in the middle of the night, collecting the bloody lot before any of these bags reach the recycling centre.  &shake&
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on December 08, 2012, 07:24:53 AM
If I have a defunct item I like to get my tools out and take them apart.   I save all the nuts, bolts screws or anything else that may be useful including the lead and plug and then what's left gets thrown out!   No good to man nor beast after I've had a go at it!    ZXZ
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on December 08, 2012, 08:31:53 AM
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But there is a more important aspect to this...

Putting electrical products is a bright pink bag outside your house... Hmmm.

Well, its paradise for rag/bone men, scrap metal men, and other unscrupulous types who might attempt to re-sell these items to unwitting bargain hunters.

They will be round in the middle of the night, collecting the bloody lot before any of these bags reach the recycling centre.  &shake&

The same happens when people leave bags outside charity shops or depots outside their opening hours, the thieving inside the shops is bad enough, but where things can 'walk' unseen, I hate to imagine what goes. Our regular 'tea leaves' are closely watched, but we cannot mount 24 hour vigilance.
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Post by: Fester on December 09, 2012, 10:58:49 PM
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But there is a more important aspect to this...

Putting electrical products is a bright pink bag outside your house... Hmmm.

Well, its paradise for rag/bone men, scrap metal men, and other unscrupulous types who might attempt to re-sell these items to unwitting bargain hunters.

They will be round in the middle of the night, collecting the bloody lot before any of these bags reach the recycling centre.  &shake&

I'm of the opinion that this is a poor idea, and will cause safety and security issues.
Opportunistic thieves may also decide to investigate the fact that a NEW item is likely to be in the property, replacing the old one which is in the pink bag!  &shake&
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on December 10, 2012, 07:22:38 AM
The colour of the bag is of little importance as any enterprising tea leaf will know what colour the Council have chosen for certain items.   Better to just separate food from all other items and uses mechanical methods to divide up the different materials in the non food bag.   It can be done with the sophisticated recycling sorters available today and with the absolute minimum of human intervention.
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Post by: Nemesis on December 10, 2012, 08:38:35 AM
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But there is a more important aspect to this...

Putting electrical products is a bright pink bag outside your house... Hmmm.

Well, its paradise for rag/bone men, scrap metal men, and other unscrupulous types who might attempt to re-sell these items to unwitting bargain hunters.

They will be round in the middle of the night, collecting the bloody lot before any of these bags reach the recycling centre.  &shake&

I'm of the opinion that this is a poor idea, and will cause safety and security issues.
Opportunistic thieves may also decide to investigate the fact that a NEW item is likely to be in the property, replacing the old one which is in the pink bag!  &shake&

This is why when one buys new items it is not a good idea to put the boxes out whole, they are better cut open and folded flat inwards. Thus no one knows if you have bought the poshest telly available ! :o
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on December 11, 2012, 09:43:21 PM
MISSING: Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 58-year-old man not seen since Sunday. Robert Davies left Vaughan Lodge Residential Home on Vaughan Street in Llandudno at 4.30pm on Sunday and has not returned since.

He is described as a ‘bit of a loner’ and a heavy smoker and needs regular medication.

When he left the home he was wearing a check shirt (colour unknown), black trousers and a green coat, which comes to above his knees.

He is originally from Porthmadog, and has been known to visit the town on occasions. Anyone with information is asked to call Llandudno Police Station on 101.
Title: Re: Stop Press soutthparade pier portsmouth
Post by: romanjohn on December 12, 2012, 02:52:24 PM
southparade pier did not meet asking price    read  portsmouth.co.uk   the only good thing about it not being open it will stop fools jumping of the pier.they call it tombstoning three lads are in wheelchairs here in portsmouth.   hope its okay david r  posting on here .  romanjohn
Title: Re: Stop Press soutthparade pier portsmouth
Post by: DaveR on December 12, 2012, 08:16:46 PM
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southparade pier did not meet asking price    read  portsmouth.co.uk   the only good thing about it not being open it will stop fools jumping of the pier.they call it tombstoning three lads are in wheelchairs here in portsmouth.   hope its okay david r  posting on here .  romanjohn
Thanks for letting us know, mate. I'm surprised it didn't sell, there appeared to be a lot of interest in the auction. Whats your opinion on it, John, is there a viable business there?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on December 13, 2012, 09:28:10 AM
Welsh Government has approved spending of £3m to tackle drainage problems on A55 between Bangor and Aber.  $good$
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 13, 2012, 09:49:26 AM
Good to hear, they must have seen it discussed on here!  :laugh:
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Post by: DaveR on December 13, 2012, 11:44:00 AM
The Forum moves in mysterious ways, ME....  8)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 13, 2012, 12:36:48 PM
Indeed it does!   $3towns$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on December 14, 2012, 08:22:00 AM
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MISSING: Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 58-year-old man not seen since Sunday. Robert Davies left Vaughan Lodge Residential Home on Vaughan Street in Llandudno at 4.30pm on Sunday and has not returned since.

He is described as a ‘bit of a loner’ and a heavy smoker and needs regular medication.

When he left the home he was wearing a check shirt (colour unknown), black trousers and a green coat, which comes to above his knees.

He is originally from Porthmadog, and has been known to visit the town on occasions. Anyone with information is asked to call Llandudno Police Station on 101.

From the Daily Post

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/12/13/body-washed-up-on-beach-is-missing-llandudno-man-55578-32422819/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/12/13/body-washed-up-on-beach-is-missing-llandudno-man-55578-32422819/)

So sad.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on December 14, 2012, 01:06:39 PM
Beaumaris area of Anglesey badly affected by Flooding today:

BEAUMARIS: Our photographer Richard Birch is on the scene and describes the scene as "dramatic". Although no properties have flooded, the houses on the seafront were millimetres away from being flooded, according to the mayor. Richard says the car park and village green are like a lake, with one van stranded in the middle, the water level halfway up the wheel. Water levels reached just a foot or so from the top of Beaumaris pier walkway.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Cordyline on December 14, 2012, 02:39:15 PM
I hope someone can post photos of this flood
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Post by: dwsi on December 14, 2012, 02:55:16 PM
It's because of Winter high tides, tomorrow is going to be higher.
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Post by: DaveR on December 14, 2012, 04:08:08 PM
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It's because of Winter high tides, tomorrow is going to be higher.
Really? *charges up camera*
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 14, 2012, 04:44:11 PM
Pics here.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/12/14/anglesey-hit-by-high-tide-levels-and-wind-coastal-train-line-blocked-55578-32427767/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/12/14/anglesey-hit-by-high-tide-levels-and-wind-coastal-train-line-blocked-55578-32427767/)
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Post by: dwsi on December 14, 2012, 05:36:29 PM
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It's because of Winter high tides, tomorrow is going to be higher.
Really? *charges up camera*

cafes and coffee shops in Beaumaris  $cofffee$
http://www.yell.com/s/cafes+and+coffee+shops-beaumaris.html (http://www.yell.com/s/cafes+and+coffee+shops-beaumaris.html)
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 14, 2012, 05:57:33 PM
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cafes and coffee shops in Beaumaris  $cofffee$
http://www.yell.com/s/cafes+and+coffee+shops-beaumaris.html (http://www.yell.com/s/cafes+and+coffee+shops-beaumaris.html)

 _))* just make sure they are well above sea level!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on December 14, 2012, 06:11:16 PM
I usually go to the Bulkeley Hotel, Dwsi.  ;) A very High Tide today, photo courtesy Ye Olde Bulls Head Inn & Townhouse:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on December 14, 2012, 06:29:03 PM
Max tide at Beaumaris was at 8.55 this morning with 8.2 metres above datum being expected.  This evening down to 8.0 metres.   ZXZ
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on December 14, 2012, 06:53:09 PM
Highest tide forecast is 8.30 metres at 11.45 tomorrow (15th).   Z**
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Post by: DaveR on December 14, 2012, 07:26:13 PM
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Highest tide forecast is 8.30 metres at 11.45 tomorrow (15th).   Z**
That equates to 10.56am in Llandudno, for High Tide watchers!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast_and_sea/tide_tables (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast_and_sea/tide_tables)
Title: Re: Stop Press southparade pier viable for re build yes or no
Post by: romanjohn on December 14, 2012, 10:32:00 PM
 hi Dave R concensus of opinion is scrap it rebuild it or cpo. my club members 70 all told .when we are on the canoe lake it is in our sight most of the time sailing our boats and doing our displays . Our local council would bury there heads in the sand ohh we dont have much on our beach hmm I wonder if any is going spare anywhere hmm, the pier. There was no one from the noble organisation the owners of  the Brighton pier since 1984 they put Brighton pier up for sale last year did not meet reserve price. they invested  35 million. just been looking at  bits from Portsmouth news small pressure group wanting to save the pier dont think it will happen they need cash and will not get it  from the council or local goverment. The chap that runs the amusement centre locked himself in overnight for fear of the owners breaking in there is a dispute over rent, well I have come to the conclusion I will never be a novelist.  romanjohn.                                                                                                                                                                         
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Post by: Nemesis on December 15, 2012, 08:38:24 AM
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Highest tide forecast is 8.30 metres at 11.45 tomorrow (15th).   Z**
That equates to 10.56am in Llandudno, for High Tide watchers!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast_and_sea/tide_tables (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast_and_sea/tide_tables)

Oh dear-- if it is a rough day all the Fancy Dress Fun Runners will be paddling !
11am start.
Title: Re: Stop Press southparade pier viable for re build yes or no
Post by: DaveR on December 15, 2012, 08:49:41 AM
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hi Dave R concensus of opinion is scrap it rebuild it or cpo. my club members 70 all told .when we are on the canoe lake it is in our sight most of the time sailing our boats and doing our displays . Our local council would bury there heads in the sand ohh we dont have much on our beach hmm I wonder if any is going spare anywhere hmm, the pier. There was no one from the noble organisation the owners of  the Brighton pier since 1984 they put Brighton pier up for sale last year did not meet reserve price. they invested  35 million. just been looking at  bits from Portsmouth news small pressure group wanting to save the pier dont think it will happen they need cash and will not get it  from the council or local goverment. The chap that runs the amusement centre locked himself in overnight for fear of the owners breaking in there is a dispute over rent, well I have come to the conclusion I will never be a novelist.  romanjohn.                                                                                                                                                                       
Thanks for the info, John.  $good$
Title: Santa Run in aid of Ty Gobaith today
Post by: Nemesis on December 16, 2012, 12:21:04 PM
There was a good turn out today for the Santa Run, despite the showery weather (and S4C holding up the works :o)
The brave lady with the green face is an associate from the band of volunteers who man the shop in Llandudno.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on December 20, 2012, 09:26:37 PM
A man aged 38 has been taken to hospital with serious leg injuries after his car plunged 80 metres down a gully off Sychnant Pass Road in Conwy in a dramatic crash this afternoon.
Police were alerted to a blue Citroen Xsara Picasso at 3.57pm but details have only just emerged.
Officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident to contact PC447 Threlfall at the Roads Policing Unit on 101.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on December 26, 2012, 09:59:52 PM
Sewage on the streets, and risks to health in Llandudno Junction, due to these floods!

See here...  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-20838025 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-20838025)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on December 27, 2012, 07:58:28 AM
I appreciate it's an unsavoury situation, but politicians simply can't help themselves, it seems:

Quote
"Goodness knows what germs are in there. Is there any wonder that there's all the illnesses doing the rounds when people are walking through that?

So the seasonal illnesses are due to sewer overload in Llandudno Junction? Wonder how he explains that they're nationwide at the moment, then? And we know pretty well what 'germs' are in there: the pathogens present in sewerage are well known and easily dealt with, although they can induce some nasty stomach conditions if ingested.  However, they do have to be ingested, so basic hygiene is what he ought to be stressing, not attempting to scare the Junction residents with half-baked, ill-thought through and highly inaccurate  comments.

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"In one road - Broad Street - it forces pedestrians onto a busy main road when pavements are flooded and children also walk through this contaminated water on the way to school."

Edited for accuracy
  The schools aren't in for another ten days, although I appreciate he's talking generally.   But playing the 'children are at risk' card is a safe bet for politicians, and by not stressing - again - the need for basic hygiene all he manages to do is gain more publicity for himself and embarrass Welsh Water.

Now, it's entirely possible he didn't actually say any of this, and that a sub has inserted the comments to make the article more controversial;  it has happened and, if that's the case, I unreservedly apologise to Cllr Priestly.  But if he did say what's been attributed to him then my only question is why he hasn't stressed the need for basic hygiene. Because that's what will alleviate the spread of illness more effectively than anything else.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian48 on December 27, 2012, 09:47:40 AM
I think that's a rather unfair post. I didn't see anything wrong with what Priestley said at all. As the man has children himself I think he knows perfectly when the holiday dates are. If you read the article and get the same meaning from it as I do, he is talking in a general sense of when the rain has fallen lately, not specifically in the last few days.

He has a duty as an elected representative to voice the concerns of his electors and God knows, if I had s**t floating down my street I would want my local representatives to do their best to stop it.  And whether or not the illnesses are national, it can hardly be good for people to be exposed to raw sewage.

So, in short, I think your post was rather uncalled for and was a bit of an unwarranted dig to be honest.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dwsi on December 27, 2012, 09:55:40 AM
Have the new builds on Marl and Victoria Drive made things worse?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on December 27, 2012, 11:32:57 AM
Quote
So, in short, I think your post was rather uncalled for and was a bit of an unwarranted dig to be honest.

Fair enough, and I don't have any problem with most of what he said;  but he does seem to be equating seasonal illness with the sewerage issue "Is there any wonder that there's all the illnesses doing the rounds when people are walking through that?". which, to me, seems unwarranted and inaccurate and I still wonder why he hasn't stressed the need for basic hygiene practices which, since he has children himself, I'd have expected him to do.  I don't know him, personally. and he's well regarded, I agree.  I also appreciate rhetoric is an important tool of the politician.  However, I also feel politicians have a duty to try to be accurate and informative in what they're saying. Do you really think the relevant parts of that interview were either?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on December 27, 2012, 11:39:57 AM
I agree  with Ian.    :D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on December 27, 2012, 12:18:27 PM
Well, now I'm being told off by SWMBO who says Mr Priestley is a very nice man and a good councillor I'm simply being too pedantic.    <:<:<:<
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on December 27, 2012, 03:52:45 PM
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Well, now I'm being told off by SWMBO who says Mr Priestley is a very nice man and a good councillor I'm simply being too pedantic.    <:<:<:<
He's good at spending money in his Llandudno Junction powerbase to keep the electorate sweet. The rest of the County...not so much.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 05, 2013, 10:31:47 AM
Suspected body at lighthouse area. Large air sea rest/in progress now
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on February 05, 2013, 01:33:38 PM
Body found on Great Orme
Published date: 05 February 2013 | Published by: Staff reporter


THE body of a middle aged man has been found on the Great Orme this morning (Tuesday).

Emergency services discovered the body at 9.00am on the cliffs of the Great Orme in Llandudno.

North Wales Police are not treating the death as suspicious and the matter has been referred to HM Coroner for North West Wales.

No identification has yet been made.

The search was carried out by HM Coastguard, the RAF and Search And Rescue Dog Association for Wales.

The body has been taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd pending identification.

http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/119647/body-found-on-great-orme.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/119647/body-found-on-great-orme.aspx)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on February 05, 2013, 09:19:17 PM
Stephen Masters Body found in Llandudno, Police statement reads....

Following an appeal for information about 49-year-old Stephen Masters, officers can confirm that his body was found in Llandudno this morning (Tuesday, 5 February).

A post-mortem will take place to establish the cause of death and his next of kin have been made aware.

Mr Masters went missing from his home in West Kirby on Friday, 1 February.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on February 08, 2013, 04:15:20 PM
Earthquake shakes North Wales

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-21379112 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-21379112)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on February 08, 2013, 06:25:05 PM
A bit more on the Empire Hotel

5a
 Code Ref: 0/39171 - Construction of 3 no. fourth floor bedrooms, installation of 2 no. sash windows to east elevation on fourth floor, extension to smoking shelter and relocation of air handling unit. Empire Hotel, 73 Church Walks, Llandudno  PDF 104 KB

View the background to item 5a
Members’ views are sought as to whether to reaffirm the Committee resolution to be ‘minded to refuse permission’ and to delegate the issuing of the notice to Officers.

Resolution of Planning Committee at the meeting on the 12 December, 2012
 A)        Minded to refuse planning permission.
B)           That the Development and Building Control Manager be authorised to determine the application under delegation.

 
 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: ed jones on February 09, 2013, 06:55:01 PM
At last I can go into my local with my Welsh $welsh$ rugby shirt on (which I always do regardless of the result) with a bloody great big grin on my face. $walesflag$ {}{} $donald$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on February 09, 2013, 08:32:17 PM
been down the rugby club ,brilliant ,whoopee,fan,dab e dozee
 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on February 15, 2013, 04:10:24 PM
Looks like the drainage work in Deganwy near the Harbour View chip shop has virtually finished, and so the main road should be back to normal shortly.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on February 15, 2013, 09:55:40 PM
Although the work appears to have been completed, the lights are still there tonight. Presumably they don't want traffic running over the newly laid asphalt too quickly!!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on February 17, 2013, 09:19:25 AM
Mmmmm I remember a hole in our road being filled and somebody parking on it. When they set off again so did the filling in the hole !-- Attached to the car's tyres.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on March 05, 2013, 09:09:39 PM
Fires on the mountain near to the old Llangelynin Church tonight.
Title: Re: What's Llandudno Like Right Now?
Post by: Gwynant on March 08, 2013, 11:12:44 AM
         Just come along Glanwydden Lane and there has been a nasty two-car smash about half way down and the Police and Highways Dept. are in attendance. I had to wait about 10 mins. with the one-way sysyem in operation so if you are in a hurry avoid the area.
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Post by: Bellringer on March 08, 2013, 12:28:40 PM
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Fires on the mountain near to the old Llangelynin Church tonight.

According to NWWN it was a controlled burn started by a farmer and left unattended!!

How can it be a controlled burn if it was left unattended?
(I am not attaching any criticism to NWWN as I know what they mean, but it was somewhat irresponsible of the person supposedly controlling the fire!)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: dwsi on March 08, 2013, 06:59:13 PM
The fire had reignited itself
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on March 15, 2013, 06:31:36 PM
A55 westbound currently closed at Penmaenbach tunnel due to an accident. Long delays, traffic backed up to Colwyn Bay.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on March 22, 2013, 09:38:57 AM
Currently no trains running between Llandudno Junction & Chester.
A55 tricky Rhuallt Hill & towards Chester.
A5 closed north of Llangollen. NOW REOPENED

CONWY: Gritters have been out on all priority routes overnight, with all Trunk and Class 1 roads remaining open. Work is ongoing on Class 2 and access roads to villages. Worst affected area is inland and east of Conwy with up to 10cms of snow.Gritting team are still out, ploughing and salting and Conwy Council says it will continue to monitor the forecasts throughout the day. Motorists are advised to take extra care when travelling around the area.

Good current info here:
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-live/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-live/)

A55 eastbound at Caerwys this morning. picture taken by Ben Green:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on March 22, 2013, 10:17:33 AM
A55 Gwynedd - A55 blocked and stationary traffic westbound between J13, Station (Abergwyngregyn) and J12, Roman (Tal-Y-Bont), because of an accident involving a lorry and debris on the road.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 23, 2013, 09:40:54 AM
I'm hearing from a friend of the Forum that Vollams newsagents on Gloddaeth St is closed with police crime scene tape across the door.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on May 16, 2013, 05:25:30 PM
Llandudno's north shore retains Blue Flag status,

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-22529782 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-22529782)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on May 28, 2013, 10:01:14 AM
Llandudno named ninth in UK's top ten destinations
Published date: 22 May 2013 | Published by: Iwan Berry
 
LLANDUDNO has been named one of the UK’s top ten destinations.

The seaside town is ninth in this year’s TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Destinations Awards, which honours the top destinations in the world as decided by millions of travellers.

London topped the poll, followed by second place Manchester and Glasgow (third).

Torquay, in eighth spot, was the only other seaside town to make list.

A spokesperson for Visit Wales said: “We are delighted that Llandudno in Wales has been recognised as one of the best destinations in the UK.

“A beautiful seaside town, Llandudno boasts a special, Welsh charm, Victorian elegance and beautiful beaches.”

http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/122978/llandudno-named-ninth-in-uk-s-top-ten-destinations.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/122978/llandudno-named-ninth-in-uk-s-top-ten-destinations.aspx)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on May 29, 2013, 07:40:51 AM
Anyone feel the earthquake last night?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-22699004 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-22699004)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: hollins on May 29, 2013, 07:53:22 AM
It woke me up. There was a crash and the house shook. I thought it was one of the herons on the roof or something until I read the news this morning.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on May 29, 2013, 07:56:36 AM
It was very loud in Llandudno. Only seemed to last a second though, so I promptly went back to sleep.  ;D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on May 29, 2013, 08:03:19 AM
Good to know the Earth moved for the two of you :-)))  We seem to get quite a few tremors. Must be our volcanic past.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 29, 2013, 08:25:32 AM
We did not notice it in Rhos on Sea, why can't they have it in the daytime so that people can notice it! I blame the town council.....  ;D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on May 29, 2013, 08:27:18 AM
 _))* _))* _))*

Wonderful!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on May 29, 2013, 08:30:48 AM
A graphic showing the epicentre, that I pinched from Andrew Stuart's FB page:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on May 29, 2013, 08:35:56 AM
Well placed for a tiny Tsunami...
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on May 29, 2013, 08:49:56 AM
Assuming you had been on the beach there (and it happened in daylight), would you have seen anything?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on May 29, 2013, 11:06:05 AM
I doubt it. Maybe a startled crab, scuttling for cover :-)
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Post by: Fester on May 29, 2013, 08:19:55 PM
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It was very loud in Llandudno. Only seemed to last a second though, so I promptly went back to sleep.  ;D

I never heard a thing, but then again I never do once asleep. *snore* *snore*
In fact the first I heard was when I just read this Forum, some 18 hours later!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: TheMedz on May 30, 2013, 11:45:42 AM
The jackdaws in the rock face across the road went ballistic and woke us up around then but no tremors of note.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on May 30, 2013, 12:52:17 PM
Mark Bridger found guilty of murdering 5 year old April Jones.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on May 31, 2013, 07:58:26 AM
(Subsequent debate moved to Crime and Punishment in Members lounge)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Linda on May 31, 2013, 11:49:25 AM
Hi Ian where is the members lounge link ?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on May 31, 2013, 11:56:00 AM
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Hi Ian where is the members lounge link ?
http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,145.msg60417.html#msg60417 (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,145.msg60417.html#msg60417)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on June 02, 2013, 06:27:25 PM
There's currently a large grass fire on Conwy Mountain, on the Conwy Morfa side.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: born2run on June 02, 2013, 08:15:52 PM
I walk there often, hope the sheep are ok. They have just reappeared after being gone for a long time
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on June 02, 2013, 08:43:14 PM
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I walk there often, hope the sheep are ok. They have just reappeared after being gone for a long time
Seems to be out now.  $good$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on June 06, 2013, 11:18:35 AM
Accident on Rhuallt hill westbound.  Traffic at a standstill.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on June 17, 2013, 09:32:53 AM
A 50-year-old man has been remanded in custody accused of  wounding, rape and possession of a knife in what the prosecution said was a drugs-linked incident.

Craig Holness of Troed y Bwlch, Deganwy, appeared before a special weekend court at Llandudno.

John Wylde, prosecuting, alleged that a woman had been attacked by a man wearing a balaclava who placed a plastic bag placed over her head.

She had five stitches for a finger injury and suffered  cuts and scratches to the  head and had been traumatised.

Simon Sargent, defending said Holness “had from the outset maintained his innocence”.

The case was sent to Caernarfon crown court.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/man-court-accused-wounding-rape-4327262 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/man-court-accused-wounding-rape-4327262)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on June 21, 2013, 08:57:02 AM
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/sinking-feelingcar-submerged-after-getting-4692647 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/sinking-feelingcar-submerged-after-getting-4692647)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on June 21, 2013, 10:35:52 AM
Well I suppose that is one way of washing off the seagull muck !!! ???
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Linda on June 21, 2013, 12:43:25 PM
 $booboo$ or did he not know that there was an easier way of crossing the Conwy Over the bridge  :-[
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on June 27, 2013, 10:01:24 AM
The chairman and the chief executive of Wales' largest health board are to step down following a damning report.

An investigation found "significant management failings" at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) that potentially risked patient safety.

Operations had also been delayed and waiting lists allowed to grow to avoid financial problems getting worse.

The board runs NHS services in north Wales with a budget of around £1.2bn.

The relationship between chairman Prof Merfyn Jones and chief executive Mary Burrows had broken down and compromised the organisation, the report found.

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) and the Wales Audit Office (WAO) found a series of problems at the health board, which runs Ysbyty Gwynedd, Glan Clwyd and Wrexham Maelor hospitals.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford said he had accepted Prof Jones' resignation.

He said Ms Burrows had also told him she intends to leave and the health board is working through the detail of her departure.

Mr Drakeford has asked senior NHS officials to swiftly appoint a successor to Ms Burrows to "enable the health board to begin a fresh chapter".

Set up in 2009, BCUHB runs all aspects of the NHS in the six counties of north Wales, from family doctors and dentists to hospitals.

The report noted serious issues with its management, particularly among the 22 people who make up the board itself.

Investigators found senior managers were not taking control of major issues like outbreaks of infections like C Difficile on wards.

There was a "gap between the ward and the board," as shown by the way management handled an outbreak of the C difficile infection at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd near Rhyl in May 2013.

The report found the health board is in "an extremely difficult position" because Prof Jones and Ms Burrows were not able to work together.

Prof Jones told BBC Wales that while he regretted not being able to deal with the deep-seated problems sooner, he insisted patient safety had always been a top priority.

He said: "Leadership at the top of an organisation is critical and getting people to work together is essential.

"The issues are very deep-seated, as the report makes clear, and they are structural. I don't believe that they are to do with personal relationships.

Aled Roberts, Liberal Democrat AM for North Wales, said the report was "shocking".

"It's the worst I've probably read in the 25 years I've worked in the public sector," he added.

"It's quite clear that the report states that the board is incapable of making decisions with regard to the finances of the health board.

"Certainly during the latter part of the financial year in the early spring, operations were being cancelled just to meet financial targets and that cannot be a proper way to run a health service."

Mr Drakeford welcomed the report, adding: "It is clear the board has been through a difficult period.

"However, many fundamental challenges still remain within the organisation."

He said the new chair's first task would be "a root and branch reform of the board structure, to address the cultural and behavioural issues that have affected the organisation's ability to perform effectively".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-23073768 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-23073768)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on June 30, 2013, 05:44:41 PM
FIVE IN SPEEDBOAT BROUGHT TO SAFETY OFF NORTH WALES

An RNLI lifeboat and a windfarm support vessel were scrambled to a speedboat which broke down this afternoon in gusty conditions some way off the North Wales coast.

The skipper of the Bayliner 'Temper Tantrum' had made a Mayday call to Coastguards after his craft, with 5 people on board, including women and children had broken down off Llanddulas.

As a result, Llandudno's RNLI inshore lifeboat was called out at 1340 hrs to be taken by road for immediate launching at Colwyn Bay, whilst the 18-metre, 25 kt windfarm support catamaran 'Captain P', which was already at sea nearby sped to the scene. Arriving first, the 'Captain P' took the casualty in tow before the lifeboat arrived alongside a few minutes later to take over.

The RNLI crew took the broken down craft slowly through the choppy sea conditions to Colwyn Bay where it was safely brought ashore, its occupants unharmed.

Crew on board. Luke Heritage, James Salty Salt and Simon Hajahmad
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on July 01, 2013, 12:38:29 PM
Reports of a serious road accident in the Bryn Lupus Road area of Llanrhos.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: majormellons on July 10, 2013, 04:25:10 PM
Girl airlifted to hospital after falling out of land train on Gloddaeth Av. this afternoon.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on July 10, 2013, 05:20:49 PM
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Girl airlifted to hospital after falling out of land train on Gloddaeth Av. this afternoon.
Oh dear, that's bad.  :(  I did hear the sirens mid-afternoon.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on July 10, 2013, 05:34:23 PM
Large gorse fire reported on the Vardre at Deganwy.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on July 10, 2013, 05:34:50 PM
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Girl airlifted to hospital after falling out of land train on Gloddaeth Av. this afternoon.
Oh dear, that's bad.  :(  I did hear the sirens mid-afternoon.
ODDLER INJURED: A toddler was airlifted to hospital after falling off a land train in Llandudno. A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 3.08pm to reports that a child had fallen off a moving train near the Gloddaeth Avenue area of Llandudno. We sent a Rapid Response Vehicle and an Emergency Ambulance to the scene, and a female toddler with leg injuries was taken by Helimed to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.”"
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on July 12, 2013, 12:09:13 PM
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Girl airlifted to hospital after falling out of land train on Gloddaeth Av. this afternoon.
Oh dear, that's bad.  :(  I did hear the sirens mid-afternoon.
ODDLER INJURED: A toddler was airlifted to hospital after falling off a land train in Llandudno. A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 3.08pm to reports that a child had fallen off a moving train near the Gloddaeth Avenue area of Llandudno. We sent a Rapid Response Vehicle and an Emergency Ambulance to the scene, and a female toddler with leg injuries was taken by Helimed to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.”"

I haven't heard anything about the little child but I hope that she will be ok. I spoke to a Policeman last night and he knew that she had leg injuries but didn't know about her condition now.   
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Sara on July 17, 2013, 09:41:04 AM
Something happened outside/inside North shop in Vaughan St near the doctors. Area outside the shop cordoned off with police tape. Pavement outside the shop has a polythene sheet down, shop door open. PC standing outside.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on July 17, 2013, 09:55:46 AM
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Something happened outside/inside North shop in Vaughan St near the doctors. Area outside the shop cordoned off with police tape. Pavement outside the shop has a polythene sheet down, shop door open. PC standing outside.
Police confirm there has been an incident this morning, no details as yet.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on July 17, 2013, 10:24:57 AM
Daily Post is reporting that a man has jumped or fallen from an upstairs window, sadly.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on July 17, 2013, 10:48:04 AM
Wondered what the police van was for when I passed earlier.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on July 17, 2013, 01:07:56 PM
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/man-dies-following-fall-hotel-5118647 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/man-dies-following-fall-hotel-5118647)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on July 27, 2013, 01:13:31 PM
A55 at Old Colwyn currently closed In Chester direction due to crash - long delays.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on July 30, 2013, 05:37:10 PM
Apparently, they have stripped Vicky Pryce of her honour.

I didn’t realise she had an honour.

Perhaps, she took it on behalf of Chris Huhne.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Linda on July 30, 2013, 11:02:33 PM
Apparently paramedics airlifted someone off Conwy castle (one of the turrets) around lunchtime today. The person airlifted had an injury to leg or ankle.
I was driving over the bridge towards Conwy today and saw the helicopter hovering very low over the Castle i thought it was a demonstration but it was the real thing.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on July 30, 2013, 11:56:25 PM
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Apparently, they have stripped Vicky Pryce of her honour.

I didn’t realise she had an honour.

Perhaps, she took it on behalf of Chris Huhne.

What do points make? .............. PRIZES!

To be fair though, she does qualify for a title.   Britain's Ugliest Woman!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Blongb on July 31, 2013, 07:23:43 PM
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Apparently, they have stripped Vicky Pryce of her honour.

I didn’t realise she had an honour.

Perhaps, she took it on behalf of Chris Huhne.

 “stripped of her title Companion of the Order of Bath by The Queen”. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/10213236/Vicky-Pryce-deserves-the-Queens-honour-despite-being-a-nightmare-ex-wife.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/10213236/Vicky-Pryce-deserves-the-Queens-honour-despite-being-a-nightmare-ex-wife.html)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on August 05, 2013, 05:05:25 PM
Several people have been run over by a runaway car in St George's Place. I was there at time and called ambulance.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Blongb on August 05, 2013, 05:44:42 PM
Car reversed up the Pavement outside the St Georges Hotel ran over two old Ladies and a Man who was trapped under the Car. Air Ambulance waiting on the Prom at the moment.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Blongb on August 05, 2013, 06:06:02 PM
Update:- Elderly man Parking his car put it into forward instead of reverse and put his foot down. Collided with an Elderly Man and Woman who were walking on the Pavement out side the St Georges Hotel. The injured man has most probable lost both his lower legs and has been airlifted to Glan Clwyd Hospital. The Lady was taken away by Ambulance.
Title: Missing Llandudno Woman - Ann-Marie Sarjantson
Post by: DaveR on August 06, 2013, 08:42:36 AM
Ann-Marie Sarjantson Last seen Saturday August 3rd 2013. believed to be wearing long beige cardigan, black leggings, and flip flops with flowery beads. If you have seen her since then please contact NW Police on 101.

"A major search was launched after a woman was reported missing in Llandudno at the weekend.

Anne-Marie Sarjantson, 29, is thought to have been in the Great Orme area of the town late on Saturday afternoon.

The alarm was raised at about 7pm which sparked a land and sea search involving the RNLI, coastguard, an RAF Search and Rescue helicopter  and North Wales Police.

The search was halted at dusk but resumed again yesterday morning.

A North Wales Police spokesman said she was last seen at her home  at 7:30am on Saturday.

Holyhead Coastguard confirmed it was  asked to assist in the operation on Saturday evening, and the RNLI inshore lifeboat at Llandudno was  launched.

The missing woman is described as 5ft 6in tall, with straight blonde shoulder length hair, tied in a ponytail.

She is believed to be wearing a beige cardigan, light t-shirt, black leggings and flip flops.

Anyone who has information is asked to call police on 101."

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/missing-woman-llandudno-major-search-5586547 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/missing-woman-llandudno-major-search-5586547)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on August 06, 2013, 01:54:02 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-23585057 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-23585057)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on August 06, 2013, 04:13:59 PM
From BBC news:

A man in his 40s was trapped under a car in Llandudno after it mounted the pavement in front of a hotel.

Firefighters, police and paramedics were called to St George's Place near the St George's Hotel just before 17:00 BST on Monday.

The car was carefully moved to free the man who was taken to hospital by the Wales Air Ambulance which landed on the promenade.

A woman, in her 40s, was injured and an elderly driver treated at the scene.

Tim Mitchell, manager of the Chatsworth House Hotel on the town's promenade, heard the sound of police car sirens and rushed to the scene.

He said it looked like a car mounted the pavement between the parked cars and the St George's Hotel garden wall.
Helimed helicopter

"There were two people on the pavement," he said.

"I watched them load a man in a neck brace, with his legs taped together and on a stiff board onto the helicopter."

North Wales Police confirmed a man was trapped under a car which was believed to have collided with two pedestrians.

Officers were called to St George's place at 16:45 BST.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said they were called to reports of a man in collision with a car on St George's Place.

"We sent a rapid response vehicle, a basics doctor, an emergency ambulance and the Helimed helicopter to the scene," said the spokesperson.

"We took a woman in her 40s with leg injuries by land ambulance to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, a man in his 40s with leg and pelvic injuries by air to the same hospital."
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on August 14, 2013, 07:05:16 PM
From the Daily Post.

The body of a woman found on a Merseyside beach is that of missing Ann Marie Sarjantson from Llandudno.

The discovery was made at Formby beach in Sefton borough yesterday and police this afternoon confirmed her identity.
Title: Re: Missing Llandudno Woman - Ann-Marie Sarjantson
Post by: Blongb on August 17, 2013, 10:37:55 AM
Unfortunately  Mrs Sarjantson was found by HMCG at Formby.
                                                                                          R.I.P.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: FatAndy on August 29, 2013, 05:53:53 PM
There was a serious looking accident on Conwy Road this afternoon, an ambulance plus about half a dozen assorted police cars and paramedic cars were in attendance.  It looks like a pedestrian had tried to cross half way up from The Links but didn't make it.  No mention on the Daily Post website though so maybe it looked more serious than it actually was?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: BMD on September 05, 2013, 10:35:57 AM
Helicopter loudly buzzing above Colwyn Bay from 1.00am to 1.30am this morning. Anyone know the reason? - presumably something serious at that time, which doubtless disturbed the sleep of a lot of people (nothing in online news).
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on September 05, 2013, 05:58:46 PM
This afternoon at Caernarfon Crown Court, police officer Gary Donnelly from Llandudno has been cleared of attempting to rape a girl of 14 but still faces two counts of indecent assault.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on September 06, 2013, 08:38:31 PM
British Transport Police are appealing for help in identifying a woman they want to speak to after a member of rail staff was attacked on a train.

Officers want to speak to the woman pictured, who was on the Chester to Holyhead service at the time of the incident, at 9.45pm, on Saturday, June 22.

PC Sean Braithwaite, leading the investigation, said: “Between Llanfairfechan and Conwy, the conductor on the train spoke to a large group of people making lots of noise, to ask them to be quiet.

“When the train arrived at Conwy, a woman from the group approached the conductor and started arguing with her, grabbing her face as she did so.

“The woman then left the train at Conwy, having boarded at Llanfairfechan.”

Officers are eager to identify the woman pictured as it is believed she could hold important information central to the investigation.

PC Braithwaite added: “This was a nasty and unnecessary experience for a member of staff just trying to do their job.

“We do not tolerate abuse on rail staff or customers and will always do everything in our power to identify and prosecute anyone who carries out this type of unacceptable behaviour.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference B4/WWA of 05/09/2013. Alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bosun on September 08, 2013, 09:17:14 AM
I have gone through the forum sections and think this may be the correct place to post this; forgive me if it's not, perhaps a moderator will re-post it.

I have several fruit trees, heavily laden with fruit, both  eating and cooking apples. There are also pears, but they are not quite ready yet. There is far to much fruit for me to use and I'm trying to find an organisation/charitable cause/community group to donate them to. They are not great high tress, but because of a shoulder operation, I cannot reach up to pick the fruit. I telephoned Crest several times to offer it for their food boxes. They did not reply, so I called  into their offices to be told they were not interested and quoted 'health and safety'......

If anyone can recommend or knows of a suitable cause, please contact me at hillwalker@yahoo.co.uk

It seems to be a shame and waste to allow the fruit to fall and rot.

Many thanks. (The location is Deganwy.)
 

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on September 08, 2013, 02:06:29 PM
That's a very kind and generous offer Bosun and I hope that you soon get a reply from someone.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: norman08 on September 08, 2013, 02:23:42 PM
yes a nice kind gesture bosun ,this h/s lark can be really stupid at times ,hope someone gets in touch with you as you say shame to go to waste ,[would not have gone to waste in our day]mmmm
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on September 09, 2013, 10:09:36 AM
Police are going to try and recover money from a criminal gang who conned millions of pounds out of banks and building societies in Wales’s biggest ever fraud case

Specialist police financial investigators are on the case after four people, including an ex-police officer, were locked up for a total 21 years for their crime – the scale of which was described as “breathtaking” by the judge who locked them up.

 A court hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act  will happen late next year, to recover the funds from ringleader Antony Lowry-Hughes, a former police officer from Kinmel Bay, his business partner Sheila Whalley, 67, and their co-conspirators. Lowry-Hughes, 65, of Parc Tudor, was jailed for seven years on Friday and Walley, 65, of Tai Duon Bach, Llanfair TH, got six years. Both were banned from being company directors. Their accomplices, solicitor Nicholas Jones, 54, from Mold and surveyor Frank Darlington, 62, from Lancashire got four years each. Hughes’ wife Susan Lowri-Hughes, 60, also of Parc Tudor, was said to be on the periphery and under the influence of her husband - she received a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years with 300 hours unpaid work.

 All denied conspiracy to defraud but were convicted after a marathon four month trial.

 Restraint orders on the finances of all defendants were put in place at an early stage and now a time-table has been set for all financial information to be provided by gang members.

 Nigel Power QC – who represented Hughes told Mold Crown Court the losses were not yet known. The prosecution said they involved between £15.5m and £24m but Judge Rhys Rowlands dealt with the defendants on the basis of £6.5m for sentencing purposes only – that was the “net” difference between what was paid out and what would have been paid out had the 189 applications the court convicted them for, been genuine.

 The police officer in charge of the initial investigation has praised his team.

 Detective Superintendent Peter Chalinor, who has now retired, said Operation Valgus was the biggest fraud investigation ever undertaken by North Wales Police, who examined more than 850 fraudulent mortgage applications.

 A total of 3.2 million documents were seized – if they and all documents they had on computers were printed out then they would fill an air-craft hangar.

The investigation had a core team of four – who spent years interrogating the evidence with members of the Regional Asset Recovery Team.

 But more than 100 officers were involved when simultaneous raids were carried out and trucks had to be hired to carry away seized documents. Mr Chalinor said: “I am immensely proud of the small team that I had the good fortune to lead, in what became the longest investigation of my career.”

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-wales-police-recover-money-5855181 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-wales-police-recover-money-5855181)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Llechwedd on September 10, 2013, 11:58:10 AM
Oh Dave you obviously did not have Mrs Hansard as your English  teacher.

It's WALES'  contrary to what BBC Wales News people say every night- Walesus :-*
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on September 10, 2013, 04:21:53 PM
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Oh Dave you obviously did not have Mrs Hansard as your English  teacher.

It's WALES'  contrary to what BBC Wales News people say every night- Walesus :-*
It's a Daily Post article, I didn't write it!  :o  ???
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Llechwedd on September 11, 2013, 12:58:48 PM
Oops sorry dave.
 :(
Title: Re: What's Llandudno Like Right Now?
Post by: Jack on September 12, 2013, 08:10:40 PM
ACCIDENT: A WOMAN suffered serious injuries and had to be cut from a car after a road accident in Llandudno. Police, fire and ambulance services all attended the scene of the accident near the Craigside Inn in Penrhynside in Llandudno shortly after 5pm. Two vehicles carrying two people each were involved in the incident, and two casualties from the same car were taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd by ambulance. A fire service spokeswoman said a woman in her 30s had to be cut out of a car by fire crews using heavy cutting gear. An ambulance spokesman said she suffered serious injuries including a head injury and injuries to her legs. The man in his 30s who was taken to hospital was described as “walking wounded”. Colwyn Road in Llandudno remains partly closed.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on September 15, 2013, 05:46:11 PM
How many times has there been a serious crash on that section of road? Back in the early 90s, I was a passenger in a car that crashed there, demolished a lamppost and hit the wall. Wearing a seatbelt saved my life.  $good$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on September 15, 2013, 06:29:48 PM
Current speed limit is 40mph and needs reducing to 30.  That would be a start. 

Another is the people leaving the Premier Inn, probably after having a drink or two, in a happy mood and who fail to put their driver's hat on before pulling out into the road.  With a 40 limit they don't appreciate that traffic is bearing down on them at speed.   I have seen many a close shave there and put it all down to driver error. ^*^0 (*)

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on September 16, 2013, 05:54:42 PM
Woman dies after disturbance and suspected house burglary in Llandudno:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-24111591 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-24111591)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on September 17, 2013, 12:29:44 PM
Incident in progress at flats on Clarence Road by the Washington. 2 Fire Engines, 2 Police and Ambulance there.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on October 09, 2013, 09:06:50 AM
Marine Drive on Great Orme closed tomorrow (Thursday, 10th Oct) for Cambrian Rally Press Launch. Cars will be driving at speed the wrong way round the Orme with members of the motoring Press inside...
Title: Re: What's Llandudno Like Right Now?
Post by: DVT on October 09, 2013, 10:13:12 AM
There'll be some activity on the Marine Drive tomorrow (Thursday 10th) as North Wales Car Club are running their Press Day for special guests to have a ride in a rally car and media to interview drivers.  The "stage" will run from Rest & Be Thankful to the North Shore Toll Gate - road will be officially closed most of the day.

There will be officials there from 0830 hours, cars arriving soon after and then the guests.  Runs will start at 1100 until 1400 hours.

After that, a well-known TV company will be filming for a well-known children's programme, their presenters driving rallyschool cars and being filmed - this will include filming from a helipcopter!!!  That will be until about 1800 hours.  Hope we all get one of their badges!!!

Access to watch will be from the bottom of the zig-zags, or walk over to come down the tank tracks - everyone will be gathering at RABT.  You will need a pass to get access by car, which will be from the West Shore end - these have been issued to our guests (I suspect some may be on here!)

The Cambrian Rally itself is on Saturday 19th October when we will be running the Marine Drive stage in the "correct" way (Wales Rally GB are running it the "wrong" way!) - more info on www.cambrianrally.co.uk (http://www.cambrianrally.co.uk) later.
Title: Re: Re: What's Llandudno Like Right Now?
Post by: DaveR on October 09, 2013, 10:57:40 AM
Thanks for the info, DVT.  $thanx$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on October 09, 2013, 11:40:13 PM
Marine Drive was actually closed when I checked earlier on Wednesday, but I couldn't see a reason why.

I thought maybe a rockfall?   an event?  .... or maybe Getalife was getting busy with the cleaning fluid?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DVT on October 10, 2013, 09:48:34 AM
May have just had the Road Closed signs up ready for today, as we have to ensure there are no overnight anglers parked on the Drive this morning!

Next week it'll be closed from midnight Friday 18th for 24 hours.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on October 11, 2013, 08:18:18 AM
The event was much bigger than last year.  The organisation was tight, and ITV News' satellite truck was there, as was one of only two Hi-Def Gyro-stabilised camera-equipped helicopters in the UK, a huge BBC team (five camera crews - bigger than many movies) the production and presenting ensemble for Blue Peter and a host of Cambrian Rally's top drivers providing circuits to press and lucky friends, in addition to an international press corps.  What was interesting was the age range; while the drivers were primarily younger, the bulk of the CR team was in the upper 50 - 60 year range. The coverage was great for the town (big slot on ITV Wales last night) and great for the tourist business of N Wales.  The Blue Peter slot will be more than five minutes in length and will; be shown on the programme, which is now on CBBC, in the week following the Halloween special.
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Post by: DVT on October 11, 2013, 09:50:27 PM
Thanks for those words Ian, it certainly was a successful day for us.  I have passed your comments on to the rest of the team - not sure how they will take your guess at the age range (upper 50-60 year range)!!!  We have a wide range of ages on our Cambrian team and the North Wales Car Club committee (from mid-20's to mid-60s, unfortunately I fall in the latter.  I suspect, in common with many clubs and organisations, trying to get younger people to join in to assist in administration and organising is becoming more and more of a problem.  The Cambrian team has been hard at work for months and some of us working full time on the event, we've already started on 2014 as well!

As for age of drivers, the lad driving the very quick yellow Proton is just 18 years old, and is a potential winner of next weekend's event.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on October 24, 2013, 09:15:00 AM
Man, 63, arrested over woman's murder in Penlan, Deganwy

A 63-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a woman in Conwy county.

North Wales Police were called to a property in Penlan, Deganwy, at 18:45 on Wednesday, where an elderly woman's body was found.

The arrested man, also from Deganwy, was known to the woman, police said, and is in custody at St Asaph.

The cause of death has yet to be established and forensic officers are at the scene.
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Post by: FatAndy on October 24, 2013, 04:05:27 PM
Following a post mortem the death in Deganwy is no longer being treated as suspicious and the man has been released from custody.
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Post by: Ian on October 27, 2013, 10:52:26 AM
Weather could be bad tonight:
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Post by: Tosh on October 27, 2013, 11:21:21 AM
Well if we're getting all that I hope poor old Mull up there isn't getting the plague of frogs and boils.
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Post by: Ian on October 27, 2013, 12:45:18 PM
Or this...
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Post by: mull on October 28, 2013, 09:25:11 AM
Ah, you big southern Jessies.
All OK up here, Calmac still running as normal.
Might be differant tomorrow when the wind goes north and I have to go over to Oban.
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Post by: Tosh on October 28, 2013, 09:46:07 AM
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Ah, you big southern Jessies.
All OK up here, Calmac still running as normal.
Might be differant tomorrow when the wind goes north and I have to go over to Oban.

But what about the boils and frogs Mull?
 ££$
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Post by: FatAndy on October 29, 2013, 09:02:40 AM
I've just noticed this in the "North Wales Live" column of the Daily Post website -

"TRAFFIC DELAYS: There are delays of around 9 minutes for motorists going along the A547 at Highlands Road to the A55 at Old Colwyn because of traffic."

The thing is this was reported at 7.19am on a Tuesday morning.  Is there really so much in Old Colwyn at that time of the morning or are they just making this up to fill a bit of space?

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Post by: SDQ on October 29, 2013, 02:56:23 PM
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I've just noticed this in the "North Wales Live" column of the Daily Post website -

"TRAFFIC DELAYS: There are delays of around 9 minutes for motorists going along the A547 at Highlands Road to the A55 at Old Colwyn because of traffic."

The thing is this was reported at 7.19am on a Tuesday morning.  Is there really so much in Old Colwyn at that time of the morning or are they just making this up to fill a bit of space?




Could be because of the roadworks between the old 70 Degrees & Queens hotels causing tailbacks.
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Post by: ormegolf on October 29, 2013, 03:19:49 PM
   Handy to know though. Coming down from Llysfaen you could turn left past the old roger Hughes quarry and come out by close to Aldi. Or even turn right on the main road, down to Llanddulas and onto the a55
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Post by: FatAndy on October 29, 2013, 03:40:52 PM


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Could be because of the roadworks between the old 70 Degrees & Queens hotels causing tailbacks.

But would roadworks cause nine minute delays at quarter past seven in the morning?  Unless there are traffic lights that stay on red for eight minutes it sounds unlikely.  It's not that busy a road even at peak times.  And "around nine minutes" sounds every specific, wouldn't people normally round that off and say around ten minutes? 

I've also just found another odd one from 7.18am yesterday morning -

"TRAFFIC: Fifteen minutes of traffic delays because of queues along the A547 and Wellington Road, Abergele and Princes Drive and Conwy Road, Colwyn Bay."

I drove along Princes Drive at about quarter past eight to get to work and by then there were no delays at all, and there are no roadworks as far as I could see.  There aren't any roadworks in Conwy Road either so what could be causing these queues?  And the last time I looked Wellington Road was in Rhyl and not in Abergele!
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Post by: Bri Roberts on October 29, 2013, 04:33:32 PM
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Could be because of the roadworks between the old 70 Degrees & Queens hotels causing tailbacks.

I went up at 9.30am this morning and there was no problem passing through.

I returned downhill at 10.20am and I still went straight through without any delay.
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Post by: Mikethewatch on October 29, 2013, 05:46:08 PM
Temporary lights on the blue bridge in Rhyl just before Wellington road.
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Post by: Hugo on October 29, 2013, 06:45:21 PM
They were on the bridge about a week ago and it was a nightmare as the lights were out of sync.   It was chaos as both lights were on green for some of the time.    >>>
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Post by: Ian on November 02, 2013, 07:37:12 AM
The Blue Peter show that was filmed on the Gt Orme the other week and which features the presenters driving the rally course will be shown on CBBC at 1730 on Thursday, 7th November.
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Post by: Hugo on November 02, 2013, 12:26:53 PM
Thanks Ian.  I'll look forward to seeing that programme.     $good$
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Post by: Yorkie on November 03, 2013, 10:49:08 AM
Incident on West Shore this morning, Police, Coastguard, Helicopter, Ambulance...anyone know what's happened?
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Post by: Bri Roberts on November 03, 2013, 11:10:59 AM
BEACH RESCUE:

A man who had harmed himself was found in dunes and airlifted to hospital early today.

The patient in his late 20s or early 30s, was reported hurt in West Shore sand dunes in Llandudno.

A concerned passerby dialled 999 and HM Coastguards and a 122 Squadron helicopter from RAF Valley rushed to the scene watched by onlookers....

The casualty was airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

A North Wales Police spokesman said: "A member of the public reported a man in the dunes with what look like self inflicted injuries at 8am.

"His injuries are life threatening and he is poorly."

The wounds are thought to have been caused by a sharp object but the cause of the injuries has not been confirmed.

Coastguard rescue officers John Pailthorpe and Rosy Hearn were among the team from Llandudno who went to help the operation.

Mr Pailthorpe said: "We assisted the RAF. I helped him onto a stretcher."

(Via Daily Post)
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Post by: wrex on November 03, 2013, 01:58:00 PM
Anybody know anything about the smash on Conwy rd last night,lot of damage to the barriers and another lamp post demolished.
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Post by: Yorkie on November 03, 2013, 03:49:39 PM
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Anybody know anything about the smash on Conwy rd last night,lot of damage to the barriers and another lamp post demolished.

Probably boy racers or someone over the limit!    Z**
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Post by: FatAndy on November 05, 2013, 11:42:45 AM
BODY IN LLANDUDNO: North Wales Police said: “Police were called at 12.37am this morning by Ambulance Service reporting the death of a 44-year-old man who was found at the rear of Llwynon Road, Llandudno. Police inquiries are continuing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death.  The Coroner will be informed and a post mortem will be conducted."
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Post by: Fester on November 05, 2013, 05:07:22 PM
The rear of Llwynon Road?   Does that suggest Mike's Golf Course?
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Post by: DaveR on November 05, 2013, 05:14:44 PM
The man has been named as Barry John Roberts.
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Post by: TheMedz on November 05, 2013, 05:30:47 PM
I had the back alley running parallel with Llwynon road starting between no 1 and number. 2  in my mind but I suppose it could have been the golf course. Didn't hear anything out of the ordinary  last night.
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Post by: DaveR on November 05, 2013, 05:47:20 PM
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I had the back alley running parallel with Llwynon road starting between no 1 and number. 2  in my mind
I think that was where he was found.
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Post by: SDQ on November 05, 2013, 06:36:31 PM
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I had the back alley running parallel with Llwynon road starting between no 1 and number. 2  in my mind
I think that was where he was found.


Didn't he live in one of the houses half way up Llwynon Road?
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Post by: Jack on November 05, 2013, 07:20:47 PM
From Daily Post:

The body of a man was found on Llandudno’s Great Orme sparking a police investigation into  how he died.

The man, named locally as Barry John Roberts, aged 44, was found in an alleyway in the early  hours of Tuesday.

Friend Brian Hough said: “He was a great lad. He did a lot for his father after he had a stroke. If  anybody needed any help or was in trouble he would be there.”

A North Wales Police spokesman said: “Police were called at 12.37am this morning by the  Ambulance Service reporting the death of a 44-year-old man who was found at the rear of Llwynon  Road, Llandudno.

“Police inquiries are continuing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death.”

HM Coroner will be informed and a pathologist will conduct a post mortem examination.

Police say that there are no further details available at this stage.
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Post by: Nemesis on November 07, 2013, 10:16:40 AM
Latest news on the Tweedle figures.
I walked past about 45 mins ago and everything was in the same state-- no figures and the old carpet stuffed down the holes.
On my way back a couple of men were surveying the scene with a van parked nearby.' Are we having the figures put in place ? 'I asked. 'Well yes 'was the reply---' but when we have made holes in the correct place. The council have got the measurements wrong.!! :-X :o They have been up here once and they couldn't be fitted.'
I think I posted that I had seen them on a van heading down away from the Haulfre Gardens, so that must have been why.
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Post by: Yorkie on November 07, 2013, 01:21:01 PM
Dum Dee Dum!    :D
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Post by: Nemesis on November 07, 2013, 02:26:08 PM
Deedle Dee--- I saw them on October 16th heading away from their new homes so what have they been up to in the meantime?
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Post by: wrex on November 07, 2013, 03:23:06 PM
Back to the coach park where they have been for the last few months
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Post by: Nemesis on November 07, 2013, 03:54:50 PM
 :'( :'( :'(
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Post by: FatAndy on November 07, 2013, 08:59:44 PM
I've heard that the death on Llwynon Road was caused by a freak accident involving a car.
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Post by: Fester on November 08, 2013, 06:46:36 PM
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I've heard that the death on Llwynon Road was caused by a freak accident involving a car.

Andy, I do not believe that was the case, as the man was a neighbour of mine.
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Post by: Jack on November 08, 2013, 07:04:33 PM
From the Daily Post:

Tributes have been paid to a “fantastic daddy” who was crushed to death in an accident near his home.

Police investigating how Barry John Roberts died on the Great Orme in Llandudno are continuing with their enquiries.

 An inquest was opened yesterday in Ruthin into the death of the 44-year-old dad who lived in Llwynon Road, near the scene of the incident.

 HM Coroner for North Wales Central John Gittins said that the man was certified dead early Tuesday at 12.25am.

 Pathologist Dr Mark Atkinson conducted a post mortem examination at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan and found the preliminary cause of death to be crush injuries to the chest.

 In a statement released by North Wales Police, Barry’s family said: “Barry Roberts (Baz the lad) from the Great Orme, Llandudno sadly passed away, following a tragic accident which occurred early hours on the 5th of November, 2013.”

 They added: “Barry was a loving father to his beloved eight-year-old daughter, Melissa, and a devoted son to Hefina and the late David Roberts.

 “Barry was a larger than life, popular character who had an extremely positive outlook on life and many longstanding friends.

 “He was an avid Liverpool supporter, who loved his motorcross and spending time socialising at the local ski slope.

 “Barry was a fantastic ‘daddy’ who loved nothing more than just spending time with his beautiful daughter.

 “Barry will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him but will never be forgotten.”

 A full inquest will be held at a later date.
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Post by: Fester on November 08, 2013, 09:43:48 PM
It seems I might have been mistaken,  but it is incredibly tragic whatever the cause.
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Post by: Nemesis on November 15, 2013, 01:15:22 PM
My OH had to turn round and come back the wrong way from the Orme this morning as the road was completely blocked by a crane near Llys Helig Drive. The chap in charge said he could wait, but it could be 2hours !
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Post by: Nemesis on November 15, 2013, 01:17:10 PM
Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee are at last in position in the Haulfre Gardens.
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Post by: Dave on November 16, 2013, 05:33:13 PM
Great, at least they have moved out of the Welsh Assembly buildings then ?
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Post by: Nemesis on November 17, 2013, 09:20:10 AM
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Post by: DaveR on December 03, 2013, 09:20:51 AM
The A470 is currently closed in both directions at Tal Y Cafn, due to a crash.
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Post by: Ian on December 05, 2013, 07:19:07 AM
Extremely strong winds and very high tides with storm surges expected later today. Met office expects flooding of low lying properties on North Wales coast 1200 - 1400.
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Post by: DaveR on December 05, 2013, 08:40:06 AM
Flood Warnings can be viewed here:
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/34678.aspx?type=Region&term=Wales (http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/34678.aspx?type=Region&term=Wales)
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Post by: Bri Roberts on December 05, 2013, 09:30:38 AM
High Tide: 11.57am. 

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Post by: DaveR on December 05, 2013, 10:35:26 AM
FLOOD WARNING: Denbighshire council says there is some concern about 74 properties on West Parade, Rhyl (between Butterton Road and Sydenham Avenue). There is also some concern about flooding in an area between the Nova Centre Prestatyn and the Grand Hotel, as well as the Splash Point area of Rhyl. Arrangements are being made to prepare a rest centre at Rhyl Leisure Centre, with staff on-standby to deal with any issues if a flood occurs. A team of 30 Denbighshire staff are working along the coast, assisting partners in checking defences.  Rhyl Promenade has been closed to traffic as a precautionary measure and the Council is currently sandbagging junctions of streets leading from the promenade.
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Post by: Yorkie on December 05, 2013, 01:16:50 PM
A person in the Dentists was saying that the roof had blown off Mochdre School.  Parents phoned to collect children.   Z@@
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Post by: DaveR on December 05, 2013, 05:42:53 PM
DO NOT TRAVEL - No Train services on the North Wales Coast Holyhead - Llandudno Junction - Chester

Due to poor weather conditions in north Wales, trains services between Holyhead, Llandudno Junction and Chester are suspended until further notice.

Arriva Trains Wales advises passengers NOT TO TRAVEL to and from stations on these routes due to no availability of rail replacement buses and a number of road closures in North Wales. Tickets dated for travel today are valid for travel tomorrow (Friday 6th December 2013).

For further information, please visit www.journeycheck.com/arrivatrainswales (http://www.journeycheck.com/arrivatrainswales).
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Post by: Arobs on December 05, 2013, 05:45:49 PM
Hope everybody's staying safe, been looking at the pics on Daily Post website, looks awful :(  We're expecting our high tide about 1am over on the East coast x
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Post by: DaveR on December 05, 2013, 08:33:02 PM
Amended service in North Wales due to adverse weather

Due to track damage caused by adverse weather on Thursday 05th December,  amended services will operate as shown below.

The Conwy valley route (between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Llandudno Junction) is closed and train services are suspended. The route is expected to remain closed until at least Thursday 12th December.  Replacement road transport will operate.

The North Wales Coast route is closed between Chester and Rhyl and will remain closed until at least Saturday 07th December due to severe damage to the sea wall, however an hourly train service will operate between Rhyl and Holyhead in both directions
Replacement road transport will operate between Chester and Rhyl calling at all stations.

Customers for Deganwy and Llandudno should change at Llandudno Junction where a half hourly shuttle train service will operate. 
Any further information will be posted here when it becomes available.

For further information, please visit www.journeycheck.com/arrivatrainswales (http://www.journeycheck.com/arrivatrainswales).
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Post by: Bellringer on December 05, 2013, 10:07:37 PM
Nelson Mandela died earlier today (Thursday). He was 95.
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Post by: Linda on December 06, 2013, 12:42:59 AM
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Hope everybody's staying safe, been looking at the pics on Daily Post website, looks awful :(  We're expecting our high tide about 1am over on the East coast x

We have had a severe battering along the North Wales coast some poor folks evacuated from there homes once again, dreadful damage to their homes from floods. Keep safe Arobs and good luck on the East coast,lets hope the wind calms a bit before the high tide.  ££$
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Post by: Linda on December 06, 2013, 12:47:15 AM
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Nelson Mandela died earlier today (Thursday). He was 95.

 Goodbye to a fine man and a Legend. This world needs more like him.

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Post by: Ian on December 18, 2013, 02:05:31 PM
The Met office has issued a series of severe weather warnings for the next three days:

An area of heavy, rain along with strong to gale force winds, is expected to cross the north of the UK from Friday afternoon and into the early hours of Saturday morning. This will bring some locally large accumulations, particularly on hills, and following previous wet weather is likely to lead to some localised flooding across western and central parts of Scotland, north and mid-Wales and northwest England.

This is an update to the Alert issued yesterday.


A deep low pressure system is expected to move across the Atlantic later this week, arriving into western parts of the UK on Friday afternoon. With mild air and strong winds some large rainfall totals are possible, particularly over high ground in the western and central Scotland, northwest England and north Wales. There remains some uncertainty around this system and this alert is likely to be updated in the coming days.
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Post by: Ian on December 18, 2013, 02:11:37 PM
Currently, the Isometric chart for Saturday looks the worst for us.  The closer together the lines, the more strongly the wind will hit us:


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Post by: mull on December 18, 2013, 05:49:10 PM
Barometer dropping fast this afternoon.
Shipping forecast for sea area Malin overnight is Hurricane force 12.
Holding on tight up here, it is going to be a rough night.
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Post by: Ian on December 18, 2013, 06:18:09 PM
Good luck.  I suspect you'll be hit hardest tonight.
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Post by: Ian on December 20, 2013, 03:28:18 PM
The Bad Weather is set to continue.  Saturday and Sunday will remain windy, but Monday sees gusts of 60mph+ in Llandudno.
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Post by: Ian on December 20, 2013, 06:01:22 PM
Gusts across Conwy currently exceeding 55mph.
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Post by: Ian on December 21, 2013, 03:46:17 PM
Yellow Alert of Wind for Wales : Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhonnda Cynon Taff, Swansea, Vale of Glamorgan, Torfaen, Denbighshire, Flintshire & Wrexham valid from 0900 Mon 23 Dec to 2359 Tue 24 Dec
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Post by: Ian on December 21, 2013, 03:51:42 PM
Not wishing to depress anyone, but Monday and Tuesday are currently looking pretty unpleasant:

There is the likelihood of widespread gales, with gusts to around 70 mph for much of Scotland, Northern Ireland, west Wales, northwest England, as well as southern coasts of England. Gusts of 80-90 mph are possible, the greatest likelihood of these values being towards the northwest. Although many central and eastern areas of England should see lesser wind gusts, the combination of these winds with heavy rain and heavy holiday traffic may well increase impacts.
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Post by: Ian on December 22, 2013, 08:56:58 AM
The low that is going to cause most of the problems weather-wise will be 936mb at its core by Tuesday off the West coast of Scotland.  Fortunately, there will be a fair amount of rain on Monday, which will lessen the impact.
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Post by: Ian on December 22, 2013, 12:53:24 PM
Latest from the Met office suggests we might escape the worst of it.  Cornwall has a level 2 warning out (Be prepared) but the thinking now is that gusts here shouldn't be much worse than we've been seeing recently.  Anglesey will see significantly higher, as will the southern edge of the Llyn peninsula. 
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 22, 2013, 01:18:07 PM
Fingers crossed!  $walesflag$
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Post by: DaveR on December 23, 2013, 01:06:17 PM
A Flood Alert has just been issued for the River Conwy 'from Dolwyddelan to Conwy'.

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/34678.aspx?type=Region&term=Wales (http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/34678.aspx?type=Region&term=Wales)

There were reports of flooding in the Trinity Square area of Llandudno earlier.
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Post by: Ian on December 23, 2013, 06:55:36 PM
Conwy valley is flooding fast, and driving on the A470 isn't pleasant. The Met office has re-tuned their warnings to Yellow for Conwy - mainly for wind - overnight tonight and much of tomorrow. Xmas and Boxing days look calm, but it all kicks off again on Friday.
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Post by: dwsi on December 23, 2013, 07:48:41 PM
The river level in Trefriw is now dropping
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/riverlevels/120770.aspx?stationId=4191 (http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/riverlevels/120770.aspx?stationId=4191)
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 24, 2013, 10:05:26 AM
Just been to Asda, not too busy! We were only inside for about 15 minutes but we had dark skies and a sudden hail storm when we came out! Very low pressure on our barometer too! :o
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Post by: Nemesis on December 24, 2013, 10:42:33 AM
Just walked past M&S-- It didn't look as busy as it did on Sunday--at least you could see the floor.
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Post by: Ian on December 24, 2013, 11:14:03 AM
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Very low pressure on our barometer too!

It reached 924 off Scotland. They're not going to enjoy today at all.
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Post by: Bellringer on December 24, 2013, 12:22:13 PM
Tesco was quite busy (10am - 10.30) but plenty of tills open so no real hassle. All fairly good humoured apart from one fellow objecting to paying 5p for a bag. Bah. humbug!! %0%
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 24, 2013, 12:46:11 PM
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Very low pressure on our barometer too!

It reached 924 off Scotland. They're not going to enjoy today at all.

My barometer only goes down to 970!
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Post by: Bigmurph on December 24, 2013, 01:17:43 PM
It's been bad in wallasey also which is only about 30 miles up the coast as the crow flies just got caught in a really heavy shower while walking the dog on the prom and 2 mins later the sun is shining mad weather ?
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Post by: Blongb on December 24, 2013, 08:44:30 PM
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Very low pressure on our barometer too!

It reached 924 off Scotland. They're not going to enjoy today at all.

My barometer only goes down to 970!

When I worked up in the Brent Oil Field, which is around 85 miles East of the top of Shetland, we had to install specially Calibrated Aneroid Altimeters, to cope with the extreme low pressures that pass through those latitudes but 924mb is by any standard an extremely low pressure. Just glad it miss us.   
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Post by: Ian on December 26, 2013, 06:45:39 PM
It looks as though we might not be as lucky this time:

"Widespread gales are likely to develop across the area late on Thursday evening and last much of Friday. The worst of the winds are likely to transfer across northwest Wales and much of northern England during the day on Friday bringing gusts of 60 to 70 mph widely with locally 80 mph gusts affecting west coasts and high ground for a time.

The public should be prepared for disruption to transport and power supplies.
Another deep area of low pressure now developing over the Atlantic will bring another spell of very windy weather across the UK as it tracks northeastwards, crossing northern Scotland during the second half of Friday. To the south of the low pressure centre, a swathe of severe gales is likely to cross  northwest Wales and much of northern England. The worst of the winds should ease on Friday evening. "
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Post by: Bri Roberts on December 26, 2013, 09:14:51 PM
Our lights have flickered a couple of times so Mrs R has already brought in a couple of torches from the garage.  :votive:
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Post by: Ian on December 27, 2013, 07:33:20 AM
They got the wind warning spot on.  109mph gust recorded in Gwynedd..
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 27, 2013, 11:53:27 AM
Very windy in Rhos on Sea! This has just happened, it's being held by the Christmas lights and they are hanging on these excellent stick on hooks!
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Post by: dwsi on December 27, 2013, 12:31:39 PM
Current weather in Bodafon, Llandudno

http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=ICONWYLL2 (http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=ICONWYLL2)
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 27, 2013, 04:33:00 PM
I heard that a bus had it's windows blown in this morning by the wind! Near to Llandrillo College.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on December 27, 2013, 05:06:33 PM
We lost three roof tiles.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 27, 2013, 05:10:11 PM
We have a chap coming tomorrow to sort the roof edging out tomorrow, the piece fell off earlier, I've taken the Xmas lights down now so he has easy access to it, don't think I'll bother putting them up again till next Xmas!
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Post by: cygnusx-1 on December 27, 2013, 07:43:23 PM
A slightly worse bit of weather damage. The tree went into Conway Road not the other way into the house at 7.00am today. The council have cut it back to the fence and had to divert traffic via Bryn Avenue and Elian Road whilst they did it.   
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Post by: Nemesis on December 28, 2013, 01:26:33 PM
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We lost three roof tiles.

Can recommend a good roofer if you need one.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on December 28, 2013, 01:32:46 PM
Thanks but job now done, Nem.

One has to be very careful who to instruct.

I have just paid £60 plus a £5 tip to have done what an elderly couple over the road had paid £150 to have done a little earlier.

Both were local roofing contractors.  &shake&
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Post by: Blongb on December 28, 2013, 02:10:12 PM
Hen-Dy / Bay Tree Hotel, has had a rear Chimney stack come down in the high winds. What's left is looking very precarious as you look up from Varde Lane.
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Post by: DaveR on December 29, 2013, 11:45:46 AM
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We have a chap coming tomorrow to sort the roof edging out tomorrow, the piece fell off earlier, I've taken the Xmas lights down now so he has easy access to it, don't think I'll bother putting them up again till next Xmas!
I think that plastic roof edging is one of the biggest scams going. The roof tiles should be secured correctly anyway (using clips if necessary), the edging just isn't needed and is the first thing to come away in a gale.
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Post by: wrex on December 29, 2013, 12:00:20 PM
Anymore DIY tips for the new year DaveR.lol
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Post by: wrex on December 29, 2013, 12:02:36 PM
How about how to hang and wire a xmas light on Mostyn st,all answers too the town hall,DaveR you could have started something here.
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Post by: Cordyline on December 29, 2013, 12:41:37 PM
Quite right DaveR

  Plastic roof edging can also stop water  getting off the roof and instead guiding H2O into the wall cavity, especially in a strong gale
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 29, 2013, 12:50:52 PM
It was fitted long before we bought the place, most houses round here have it, how good it is I don't know to be honest. The plastic didn't fail, the baton that they were fixed to was not securely fixed to the roof! The ends of the tile batons all need doing too in the new year.
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Post by: Mikethewatch on December 29, 2013, 01:08:53 PM
How, just out of interest will they repair the ends of the tile batons?
I would have thought if rotten all the tiles will have to come off that are fixed to them.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 29, 2013, 01:40:47 PM
I think he said he will take off the tiles at the ends first, we will find out soon!
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Post by: Fester on December 29, 2013, 01:51:59 PM
Storm Damage Update from round our way!

A week or so ago, after the last gales, I found two large plywood roofing panels in our garden.  They were about 10 feet square, full of 1-inch screws and very heavy.  I could not lift them alone.
They had been ripped from the roof of a structure about 100 yards away in field belonging to Wyffydd Road School.
I alerted the school, they came round, apologised and collected the panels, I thought no more about it.
I did suggest that longer screws were required, and they should not be replaced until AFTER the expected bad weather.
Mrs Fester said that someone could have been killed, but I dismissed the idea.

Fast forward then to the early hours of Boxing Day morning.
We had barely slept due to the howling gales, and Mrs Fester went downstairs at 7am.
I heard a loud crash, and a scream.  I looked out of the window to see that those roof panels were back, and had smashed through our decking rails.  A lot of force needed to do that.
But that was not the reason for the scream.... and it was not Mrs F screaming!

Instead, our next door neighbour's house was the source of the commotion.
Another of those wooden panels, with the 4-inch square posts still attached to them, had crashed through the patio doors and into the living room.  It had taken a section of the wall in to the lounge with it.
I went round to take a look, and it was pure devastation. 
Mrs Fester was correct, if anyone had been in that living room, (or if it had been ours), someone could have been killed.
On top of that, something similar had impacted the roof and smashed a section of roof tiles, and scythed through the TV aerial.
CCBC were alerted as it was the school property that had caused this damage.  They are responsible for putting it all right. However, the CCBC man who quickly arrived on scene said that they have no builders available until 6th January!!

I have other problems and damage to report..... and they are due to the CCBC recycling policies and management.
I will post later about those, if anyone is interested.

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Post by: Nemesis on December 29, 2013, 02:16:40 PM
Fuel for your cause Fester.
 CCBC must have someone working-- We had the street swept on Boxing Day and this morning ( Sunday) the bin on the corner opposite was being emptied at 7.10am by a man with a van and a torch.
Surely they must have someone on call for emergencies such as yours.?
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Post by: Fester on December 29, 2013, 02:24:31 PM
From what the guy said, they have glazers, joiners, roofers, sparkies etc..... to call upon now, but no builders until 6th Jan.
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Post by: Nemesis on December 29, 2013, 02:26:37 PM
Crazy !
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Post by: Ian on December 29, 2013, 02:47:51 PM
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They are responsible for putting it all right. However, the CCBC man who quickly arrived on scene said that they have no builders available until 6th January!!

CCBC have emergency teams available. but clearly don't want to pay them. The damage and devastation is bad enough but it  clearly could have been far worse. I'd suggest some intense lobbying of the local CCBC councillor is called for.
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Post by: DaveR on December 29, 2013, 03:23:52 PM
What's to stop you getting your own builder and sending CCBC the bill?
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Post by: Ian on December 29, 2013, 04:47:09 PM
That thought occurred to me.
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Post by: hollins on December 29, 2013, 04:54:26 PM
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Storm Damage Update from round our way!


So sorry to hear about the problems you and your neighbour have encountered. Hope you are all safe. Tell your neighbours to check in to the Imperial and send the council the bill.
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Post by: TheMedz on December 29, 2013, 07:15:20 PM
We also appear to have been suffering from free wheeling down the Orme wheelie bin syndrome on Thursday night Friday morning. Could the owners of the two bins on the road opposite us please collect their bins. Just out of interest what is the significance of a Red Wheelie Bin ?
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Post by: Blongb on December 29, 2013, 09:10:19 PM
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We also appear to have been suffering from free wheeling down the Orme wheelie bin syndrome on Thursday night Friday morning. Could the owners of the two bins on the road opposite us please collect their bins. Just out of interest what is the significance of a Red Wheelie Bin ?

If you have a commercial property you can contract your rubbish collection with any number of Private Collectors. Red Bins are normally provided by Biffa.
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Post by: Ian on December 30, 2013, 08:24:15 AM
Thinking about the issues with F's neighbours and the ply-boards, if F warned them the first time around that they needed to secure them better, and this advice was ignored, it seems there are fairly solid grounds on which to claim compensation over and above what they'll be paying anyway.

Unfortunately, that means the council's insurers will have to pay out, which simply means they'll raise their premium, which comes back to us, the rate payers, when what we really want to see is the individual who decided to ignore the advice named and dealt with.
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Post by: Ian on December 30, 2013, 08:37:44 AM
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I have other problems and damage to report..... and they are due to the CCBC recycling policies and management.
I will post later about those, if anyone is interested.

Please do.  That's exactly what this place is for.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 30, 2013, 08:43:28 AM
Don't forget the Act of God clause, you only have a case if you can prove negligence. In this case it seems negligence is clear, otherwise you have to claim on your own insurance. As an example if a neighbour's fence panel is blown on to your car you have to claim on your car insurance. Seems unfair but that's how I understand insurance sadly.
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Post by: Nemesis on December 30, 2013, 08:50:33 AM
 Your councillor should before long know of your predicament Fester. :-X
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Post by: Craigydonian on December 30, 2013, 12:02:16 PM
Fester, could you give me a call on 01492 574348 or email Judith.Phillips@northwalesnews as I think the problems with storm damage on the Orme are worth a story.
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Post by: Fester on December 30, 2013, 02:49:10 PM
Judith, I think that my neighbour has suffered enough, and may not appreciate any further inconvenience.  I believe that CCBC Maintenance Services are dealing with her damage, although I am yet to hear from them!
Plus, I will not be in town until Jan 2nd.

However, if a reporter / photographer had been up here on Boxing Day, they would have seen two main stories.
1, Damage to buildings, roofs, trees and fences.... caused by 'natural' storms, which seem to be more and more frequent these days.
2, A vast amount of tin cans, broken glass, plastic etc...  littering the road and the hedgerows, from the recycling trolley boxes which were annihilated by the storm.
Much has been picked up by residents now, and much has been blown away, but I have also sustained some damage to my car (others may have too?) from these trolley boxes flying around.
All around the area, you will now see piles of plastic recycling boxes which have been separated from their trollies.
No doubt people are requesting new ones.  A costly business all in all.
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Post by: Craigydonian on December 30, 2013, 04:22:19 PM
Thank you Fester. No, we weren't working on Boxing Day, and I was laid up with a bad back, but I have been sent some pix of damage. Happy New Year to you and yours.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on December 30, 2013, 04:57:34 PM
Craigydonian, if you want a story I suggest you visit Mostyn Champneys.

We have just walked through there around 4.30pm and it is chaos with all the motorists trying to exit.

All it needs is a Community Beat Officer to manually switch off the traffic lights by McDonalds for 10 minutes and wave all the cars through.

Maybe another Community Beat Officer could stand in the middle of the road on Mostyn Broadway and stop the traffic at the rear of Venue Cymru for another 10 minutes and do likewise.

Simple.  &shake&
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Post by: wrex on December 30, 2013, 06:35:30 PM
Simple solution Bri,problem is who gives a monkeys,nobody,we could talk about this for years but nothing gets done.
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Post by: viv on December 30, 2013, 10:42:44 PM
I was stuck in the melee at Mostyn Champneys from 2.45pm today till 3:50pm with 3 small grandchildren. People were cutting through double parking spaces to double back into another lane and it was chaos! I won't be going there again until well after the holiday. 2 female PCSOs strolled past probably wandering along to catch a shoplifter, as they took no notice of the problems. It was absolute gridlock. Something needs to be done there definitely.
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Post by: Ian on December 31, 2013, 08:10:13 AM
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I was stuck in the melee at Mostyn Champneys from 2.45pm today till 3:50pm with 3 small grandchildren.

Unbelievable.
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Post by: FatAndy on December 31, 2013, 10:13:02 AM
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I was stuck in the melee at Mostyn Champneys from 2.45pm today till 3:50pm with 3 small grandchildren.

Great news for the parking management company Savills employ to manage the car park there.  No doubt a lot of those people stuck in the queue will now be sent Parking Eye scam invoices requesting £60 for "parking" for more than three hours  $angry$.
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Post by: Craigydonian on December 31, 2013, 12:24:57 PM
The mayor of Llandudno raised this issue, and I did a story a few months ago. Conwy County Council were non-commital but said they would look at the issue.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on December 31, 2013, 12:58:30 PM
Did you also speak to North Wales Police and Mostyn Estates.

If so, what were their responses?
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Post by: Cambrian on December 31, 2013, 03:10:18 PM
Possibly Champneys is a victim of its own success.  The real issue that unlike most regional shopping centres, Llandudno is at the end of a peninsula and traffic movements will always be restricted with a finite number of vehicles that can be accommodated in physical terms.  Altering traffic light sequences is not really the solution as this will only cause similar problems elsewhere on the network. Maybe the Borough should be thinking of a park and ride but that would no doubt be unpopular with motorists given the relatively short distance likely.
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Post by: Yorkie on December 31, 2013, 08:00:23 PM
Park and Ride was suggested some years ago and was found unworkable as they would not be able to move all the people at the peak times that the Resort experienced. 
 ZXZ
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Post by: Ian on January 01, 2014, 11:01:28 AM
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Altering traffic light sequences is not really the solution as this will only cause similar problems elsewhere on the network.

That's a good point, but I wonder if installing so-called 'smart' lights, which could make decisions based on sheer numbers at any given time, could help? I suppose another option is the creation of a new exit from the park.
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Post by: Yorkie on January 01, 2014, 11:19:50 AM
To my mind the problem will exist forever as with three large retail developments (ASDA, Mostyn Champneys and Parc Llandudno) within such a short distance of each other, and such developments being in the centre of the Town, it was destined to be a problem from day one.

A partial solution could be possible by a major redesign of the roads around that area and creating total one way traffic, essentially making one huge roundabout of Mostyn Broadway, Conwy Road etc.

 ZXZ
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Post by: Ian on January 01, 2014, 11:46:30 AM
Interesting idea.  The other solution that occurs would be to make the traffic heading out from Town merge into a single lane as it approached the MC lights, and for the traffic from MC to be channelled into the remaining lane - no lights needed.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on January 01, 2014, 12:45:31 PM
Ian, I assume MC stands for Mostyn Champneys and not McDonalds.

The problem with your suggestion is that it would render it dangerous for pedestrians walking along Conway Road in and out of Llandudno who depend on those traffic lights turning RED  so they can cross the junction safely.

In fact, anyone below a certain height and walking into Llandudno struggle to see back along Charlotte Road anyway because of the height of the perimeter hedge outside McDonalds.

Don’t forget also there is a bus stop outside Pets At Home, which would cause another queue if your suggestion of a single lane was implemented.

Would you believe yesterday MC was only just over half full when we walked through once again at 4.30pm and the traffic was flowing freely with no visible problems?

The problem only seems to arise when the car park is full and that is why I believe the intervention of a police officer for traffic duty for a short time is the obvious solution.
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Post by: Ian on January 01, 2014, 01:02:53 PM
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The problem with your suggestion is that it would render it dangerous for pedestrians walking along Conway Road in and out of Llandudno who depend on those traffic lights turning RED so they can cross the junction safely.

It's why I suggested a couple of years ago that there really ought to be pedestrian footbridges in place.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on January 01, 2014, 01:28:09 PM
With lifts for the elderly and disabled?
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Post by: Ian on January 01, 2014, 02:19:59 PM
No, but ramps would do for that and are widely used elsewhere.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on January 01, 2014, 03:22:38 PM
Ok but how would you overcome the problem with the bus stop outside Pets At Home?
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Post by: Ian on January 01, 2014, 03:28:37 PM
That one's simple.  It stays where it is, but only the bus can use it, instead of other vehicles at present.  To be honest, the only real issue I can see is the position of the emergency services garage exit.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on January 01, 2014, 03:45:16 PM
I can now see the wisdom of your thinking.  D)

However, the problem highlighted at MC is only an occasional problem when the car park is full, or near full, and is caused by a poorly-designed car park so does not necessarily need a permanent solution like the one you are proposing.

What do you think of my suggestion of police officers stepping in at one or both ends of Charlotte Road to help ease the traffic flow as and when they are needed?

It was a common sight when I was younger.
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Post by: Ian on January 01, 2014, 04:18:54 PM
That would seem to be the most cost effective solution.
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Post by: wrex on January 01, 2014, 04:50:38 PM
The problem is only 8 cars can get out at one time,so obviously traffic will que for longer to get out and you que every weekend.
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Post by: born2run on January 01, 2014, 05:12:46 PM
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That one's simple.  It stays where it is, but only the bus can use it, instead of other vehicles at present.  To be honest, the only real issue I can see is the position of the emergency services garage exit.

That's a good idea, the state of the local bus service it will hardly ever cause a problem!
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Post by: Bri Roberts on January 01, 2014, 05:15:49 PM
wrex, I have counted more than 8 before now.

You would be surprised how many cars form an outside lane exiting MC by the traffic lights and also how many cars go through on AMBER, and even RED, because they know they can get away with it as the traffic coming through the other set of traffic lights on Conway Road are so far away.

Because of the poorly-designed car park, it is motorists who park over towards Homebase and try to exit near McDonalds who will always suffer the most when the car park is full.

viv took over one hour to exit on Monday afternoon but, ironically, she would have driven straight out yesterday at the same time.

On the other hand, had viv parked in the Staples car park on Monday, she probably would have driven out within 5 minutes.

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I was stuck in the melee at Mostyn Champneys from 2.45pm today till 3:50pm with 3 small grandchildren. 

Please note I am not an anorak but I am merely providing feedback as an observant pedestrian who regularly uses this route into Llandudno.  )*)&
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Post by: viv on January 01, 2014, 08:55:50 PM
Never thought of parking at Staples! Great idea, but I hope not too many people have the same idea!
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Post by: Blongb on January 01, 2014, 08:57:27 PM
If that's full Viv you can also use DFS  $good$
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Post by: Bri Roberts on January 02, 2014, 08:56:04 AM
Actually, in my opinion, viv’s crisis on Monday afternoon highlights a more serious problem with Mostyn Champneys.

If viv was struggling to exit the car park at 2.45pm for over one hour then there must have still been motorists at that time of the day queuing up to enter the car park and not being informed that the car park was already dangerously full.

•   Had somebody collapsed with a heart attack outside Homebase at 3pm, how would an ambulance have managed to reach the casualty and then taken the patient to hospital?

•   Had there been a furniture fire in Harveys at 3.30pm, how would the fire engines have managed to get there? Would they have been restricted to access by the rear only?

Is Mostyn Champneys actively managed on a day-to-day basis and onsite with staff just like Parc Llandudno is?

If not, should it be?
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Post by: Ian on January 02, 2014, 06:28:42 PM
The weather for the next few days is a tad poor. Warning - amber for the wind and rain and actually several level 3 Red warnings for flooding - have been arriving throughout the day. Problem is yet another very low pressure system sweeping in on a very high tide on Friday / Saturday, followed by an even lower Low on Sunday.

From the Met office:

"A developing Atlantic low pressure system is expected to move northeastwards just to the west of Scotland on Friday. This will push further bands of locally heavy rain across the UK and winds will gust to around 60-70 mph over coasts and hills, locally 80 mph along some exposed Irish Sea coasts. Inland, gusts up to 50 mph are likely. Lowering pressure will combine with high tides around the UK coastline and bring the risk of some flooding."
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Post by: Hugo on January 02, 2014, 06:34:06 PM
It's not looking good for tomorrow.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25581387 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25581387)
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Post by: Ian on January 02, 2014, 10:12:12 PM
Level 2 flood warnings for Llandudno - both shores.
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Post by: mull on January 03, 2014, 11:38:07 AM
Hope you all ok there for the next high tide.

Keep safe.  ££$
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Post by: Ian on January 03, 2014, 11:53:43 AM
The issue in Llandudno is the combination: storm surge and rain.  Once the sea level has exceeded the height at which the drains drain, then the water doesn't go anywhere.
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Post by: Nemesis on January 03, 2014, 01:07:45 PM
This morning at high tide.
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Post by: Nemesis on January 03, 2014, 01:11:41 PM
Not as bad at the opposite end.

Found a lesser known sea creature lurking in the shelter here -- A forum member !! _))* _))* :twoface: :twoface: _))* _))*
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Post by: andyCYD on January 03, 2014, 02:01:26 PM
A few more photos from midday.

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Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 03, 2014, 05:12:18 PM
Rhos on Sea mid day
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Post by: Fester on January 03, 2014, 08:42:50 PM
Down in Aberystwyth, they are expecting waves 2 metres above sea level, and higher than the sea defences were designed to handle.   Evacuations are in progress tonight.
Also, in South and West Wales several coastal towns have been bracing for waves of up to 30 feet high!

More here..  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25593105 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25593105)
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Post by: DaveR on January 04, 2014, 05:26:43 PM
Llandudno town was once again very lucky yesterday, as the direction of the wind pushed the waves back from North Shore. If the wind had been straight on, then we would have seen considerable flooding along the prom and in parts of the town centre. Someone left the flood gates in front of the Meirion Hotel open, as well.....
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Post by: Fester on January 04, 2014, 05:39:32 PM
West Shore however, bore the full brunt of the storm.

Just took a walk on the beach and the concrete path just above the beach earlier, and many TONS of rocks, tree branches and miscellaneous debris has been washed right up everywhere, covering the path to quite a depth.
Amongst the debris are, perhaps thousands of plastic bottles, polystyrene cartons, etc, etc.

It seems to me that the storm surge reached just a few inches below the top of the sea defence wall, as there is little or no debris near the boating lake.


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Post by: Hugo on January 04, 2014, 05:48:20 PM
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Llandudno town was once again very lucky yesterday, as the direction of the wind pushed the waves back from North Shore. If the wind had been straight on, then we would have seen considerable flooding along the prom and in parts of the town centre. Someone left the flood gates in front of the Meirion Hotel open, as well.....

There's no excuse for stupidity by CCBC as they had had enough warning. They are just lucky in this instance.     &shake&

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Post by: DaveR on January 04, 2014, 05:52:24 PM
There were a few decent waves up by the Paddling Pool:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7440/11734125474_7a33d23717_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/11734125474/)
Llandudno Storm - January 2013-00687 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/11734125474/#) by [davidrobertsphotography] (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr
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Post by: norman08 on January 04, 2014, 06:18:31 PM
if that had been a northerly yesterday mostyn st may well have had water, not seen it that high, went over to the west shore took pics towards pen and it was black,  took a pic of the orme side it was like summer, mad weather
 
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Post by: Bri Roberts on January 06, 2014, 12:59:45 PM
Llandudno men hospitalised after taking drug

FOUR males from the Llandudno area have been admitted to hospital after taking a liquid substance believed to contain amphetamine, referred to as Brain.

A man and three teenagers were taken to Glan Clwyd Hospital after displaying symptoms including temporary blindness, increased pulse rate, palpitations and numbness of their limbs.                 

Jeff Moses, North Wales Police chief inspector, said: “We would strongly urge those who supply or use Brain, in particular, to stop immediately.”

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Post by: DaveR on January 06, 2014, 03:31:35 PM
Deganwy & West Shore took another heavy battering from the waves today:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3764/11801937845_97165211ab_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/11801937845/)
Deganwy Storms - January 2014-01077 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/11801937845/#) by [davidrobertsphotography] (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7406/11801936645_d9759bff16_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/11801936645/)
West Shore Storms - January 2014-00963 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/11801936645/#) by [davidrobertsphotography] (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Cat Stevens on January 07, 2014, 12:40:35 PM
Rumours are riff regarding The Esplanade Hotel going into receivership this week. And also about its subsequent sale.
A Sad loss if its true, but unfortunately a reflection of tough times in the town, and especially the leisure industry.
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Post by: DaveR on January 07, 2014, 01:00:33 PM
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Rumours are riff regarding The Esplanade Hotel going into receivership this week. And also about its subsequent sale.
A Sad loss if its true, but unfortunately a reflection of tough times in the town, and especially the leisure industry.
It's been on the market since last April, obviously no takers willing to spend the £1.2m!

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/llandudnos-landmark-esplanade-hotel-market-2728109 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/llandudnos-landmark-esplanade-hotel-market-2728109)
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Post by: DaveR on January 07, 2014, 01:15:43 PM
It seems that it is to become a holiday centre for disabled people:

http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/wales/105638-care-provider-buys-llandudno (http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/wales/105638-care-provider-buys-llandudno)
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Post by: outlawowl on January 07, 2014, 01:42:43 PM
In the North Wales Pioneer this week

A LLANDUDNO seafront hotel owned by one of the town's most important families has been sold to a care firm.
The Esplanade Hotel, on Lan y Mor Road, was sold this week to Blackpool firm Safehands, which runs holiday homes for disabled people, along with their families and carers.
The four-storey Victorian building with an asking price of £1.2million was purchased for an undisclosed sum.
The hotel was owned and run by John McDonald, who died in January last year, and his wife Gwenda.
Mrs McDonald is the grand-daughter of Jack Payne; the founder of JE Payne Ltd, which ran major attractions in the town such as the Winter Gardens Ballroom, on Gloddaeth Street - which, until closure in 1986, welcomed performers such as Gracie Fields and the Beatles - and Payne's Royal Cafe.
Mr Payne created the 59-bedroom hotel by joining five of the terraced holiday homes on the seafront during the 1920s.
Cllr Billy Evans, chair of Llandudno Town Council's tourism committee, said: "The main thing is that it's going to be developed, and not going to be left empty like some other locations.
"It's going to a good cause, and it will still keep its holiday theme."
Cllr Evans, who had worked on the promenade when the business had been run by Jack Payne's son Charles, said: "I'm sure Charlie Payne would be smiling if he could see this was happening."
Neil Thomson, associate director for estate agents Colliers International in Manchester, said: "Gwenda and her family are genuinely happy to have sold the hotel to a business that provides an excellent service to people with a range of disabilities and offers respite for their families."

 
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Post by: Hugo on January 08, 2014, 05:09:52 PM
Rockfall closes Marine Drive Llandudno

http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/ (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/)
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Post by: Ian on January 09, 2014, 10:19:50 PM
Quick reminder that if it's a clear night it might be possible to see the Aurora B if you look to the North. 1200 - 0300 is the best time.
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Post by: wrex on January 11, 2014, 03:01:29 PM
Car has smashed into the toll house on the West shore,not good for the sellers.
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Post by: Nemesis on January 11, 2014, 03:23:01 PM
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Rockfall closes Marine Drive Llandudno

http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/ (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/)

Any news on this? It is the Wirral to Llandudno Mini run tomorrow.
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Post by: Ian on January 11, 2014, 03:24:31 PM
Drive was due to open today.
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Post by: Jack on January 11, 2014, 03:33:38 PM
Re-opened yesterday according to CCBC's twitter feed.
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Post by: Nemesis on January 11, 2014, 03:35:47 PM
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Drive was due to open today.

Thanks for that both.
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Post by: Yorkie on January 11, 2014, 05:11:52 PM
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Drive was due to open today.

Thanks for that both.

Drive IS open, I went round today.  The Toll House at West Shore is a mess.  Too many people using the drive as a race track!   ^*^0
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Post by: Fester on January 11, 2014, 09:46:14 PM
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Car has smashed into the toll house on the West shore,not good for the sellers.

How bad was it mate?
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Post by: wrex on January 12, 2014, 04:36:06 PM
Not seen it myself Fester but Yorkie says its a mess,im sure it happened early yesterday morning.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on January 12, 2014, 06:37:38 PM
Building itself looks OK but the wall, gate and frontage has taken a good blow.  Barriers prevent seeing all damage as one drives past. 
 ZXZ
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Post by: Yorkie on January 31, 2014, 04:31:50 PM
 Happy Chinese New Year to everybody.  The Year of the Horse.
 <:<:<:< $bounce$ +}}{-- _))++ _))++

新年好
Xīnnián hǎo
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Post by: Quiggs on January 31, 2014, 07:35:13 PM
So will their meals contain 'The Trots'   :D
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Post by: Fester on January 31, 2014, 08:34:05 PM
When I used to travel to China, the customary greeting at Chinese New Year was 'Kung Hei Fat Choi'  (I think), and I always assumed it meant Happy New Year.

After about 6 visits someone pointed out that it actually translates as 'What have you got for me?'  :o
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 12, 2014, 04:11:19 PM
From the Met Office:

"Aberdaron has now recorded a wind gust of 108 mph, the strongest wind gust of the storm so far"
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 12, 2014, 04:19:07 PM
Roads affected by the winds:

The A493 at Pennal in Gwynedd is blocked because of a fallen tree near Pennal Primary School

* The A548 Flintshire Bridge is closed in both directions because of strong winds

* The A55 Britannia Bridge in Anglesey is closed because of an overturned lorry

* The A4067 at Ystradgynlais is partially blocked because of a fallen tree

* The A44 just outside Aberystwyth is partially blocked because of a fallen telegraph pole just after the Lovesgrove Roundabout

But the UK Government is sending in the Army, so best get on the 'phone quick, Ladies. 
^^^^ ^^^^ ^^^^
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on February 12, 2014, 04:26:55 PM
Perhaps we should have an SOS thread on this Forum?

I for one would be available to help any forum member who is in distress during these storms, (or other times)
I certainly don't do any work in this weather, so what else is there to do?

For example, we could share info regarding power outages, offer lifts, , clear debris, distribute food, candles.... etc.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 12, 2014, 04:43:38 PM
Good idea, although we could use this topic for the moment. I'll keep grabbing any reports on roads, etc , and posting them straight away.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 12, 2014, 04:48:40 PM

Severe
Traffic Incidents

A55
A55 Britannia Bridge Isle Of Anglesey, both ways between J8A A5 Ffordd Caergybi and J9 A487
A55 Isle Of Anglesey - A55 Britannia Bridge closed and queueing traffic between J8a, A5 (Holyhead Road) and J9, A487 (Treborth), because of an overturned lorry. Diversion in operation - via the A5 Menai Bridge and A487 to rejoin the A55 at J9.
Updated 54 minutes ago

Traffic Incidents

A493
A493 Pennal, both ways at Tower Road
A493 Gwynedd - A493 in Pennal blocked in both directions near the Tower Road junction, because of a fallen tree.
Updated 14 minutes ago

Traffic Incidents

A497
A497 Efailnewydd, both ways between B4415 and B4354
A497 Gwynedd - A497 closed in both directions between Efailnewydd and Boduan, because of several trees in the road.
Updated 20 minutes ago

Traffic Incidents

A498
A498 Prenteg, both ways between B4410 and A4085
A498 Gwynedd - A498 in Prenteg closed in both directions between the B4410 junction and the A4085 junction, because of a fallen tree. Police directing traffic.
Updated 1 hour ago

Traffic Incidents

A4085
A4085 Beddgelert, both ways between A498 Stryd Smith and A498
A4085 Gwynedd - A4085 in Beddgelert blocked in both directions between the A498 Stryd Smith junction and the A498 junction, because of a fallen tree.
Updated 6 minutes ago


Traffic Incidents

A5
A5 Menai Bridge Bangor, both ways between A487 Ffordd Treborth and Lon Cei Bont
A5 Gwynedd - Queueing traffic on A5 Menai Bridge in both directions in Bangor between the A487 Ffordd Treborth (Treborth Road) junction and Beach Road.
Updated 49 minutes ago
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on February 12, 2014, 06:26:28 PM
Road closed around Asda due to fallen tree; area around PC World closed due to a piece of roof 'the size of an aircraft wing' peeling off and alot of debris (slates and shop signs) flying around the station and Augusta Street areas of Llandudno.
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Post by: Ian on February 12, 2014, 07:14:58 PM
Thanks, Jack.  It'll be really useful if folk can post road closure events in here.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: FatAndy on February 12, 2014, 07:22:56 PM
The A470 was and possibly is still closed due a tree falling on to a car between the Black Cat roundabout and Glan Conwy.  I think this must have happened about ten minutes after I drove along that same stretch of road  :o.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 12, 2014, 07:28:00 PM
The A470 has been reopened.
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Post by: Jack on February 12, 2014, 07:37:57 PM
Police clearing a fallen tree on Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay near the memorial garden.
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Post by: Jack on February 12, 2014, 07:39:08 PM
Tree down on Brompton Avenue, Rhos on Sea.
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Post by: Nemesis on February 13, 2014, 10:45:06 AM
Still have all my candles and torches out and in place. I was sure we would lose the power last night. Were there any cuts in the area?
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Post by: TheMedz on February 13, 2014, 11:22:38 AM
The lights flickered a few times during the early evening.

Strong winds promised again for tomorrow but from the South East as opposed to yesterdays westerlies. I wonder if it will blow all my dislodged and angled at 45 degrees shrubs and trees back straight.

Unfortunately my favourite, and that of the nesting goldfinches we get each year,  a mature blue flowering  Ceanothus and also  a mexican orange blossom  snapped completely and are now on their way to the great garden centre in the sky.
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Post by: Fester on February 13, 2014, 02:29:08 PM
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Still have all my candles and torches out and in place. I was sure we would lose the power last night. Were there any cuts in the area?

Nem, I was in Cafe Indulgence this morning, and several people from further up Conwy Valley were there, who had all lost power at 6pm yesterday.
Some had stayed with friends, others had stayed in a hotel, but the power was still not on this morning.
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Post by: Ian on February 13, 2014, 03:59:56 PM
Rowen is also powerless.
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Post by: hollins on February 19, 2014, 02:48:40 PM
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Unfortunately my favourite, and that of the nesting goldfinches we get each year,  a mature blue flowering  Ceanothus and also  a mexican orange blossom  snapped completely and are now on their way to the great garden centre in the sky.

I really felt for you losing your ceanothus. It is also one of my favourites. This one was almost completely written off after that very cold winter a few years back. Anyway it was cut back hard and I noticed today that it is flowering already. Spring really must be just around the corner, (fingers crossed).
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 20, 2014, 06:50:51 AM
For those wondering why Llandudno Junction is closed to traffic from Black Cat at the moment, it seems there's a gas leak which they cannot locate.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 23, 2014, 07:43:12 PM
If you have an iPad or iPhone running OS7 go to system prefs / software update and follow the instructions.  It's an important update.
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Post by: Yorkie on February 23, 2014, 09:48:30 PM
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If you have an iPad or iPhone running OS7 go to system prefs / software update and follow the instructions.  It's an important update.

Apple released iOS 7.0.6 to patch a vulnerability, which if unpatched could allow attackers to capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS. However, quite a few users have reported that the upgrade didn’t go as planned and their iDevices have been bricked after the update or during the update process.

Users have flocked to Twitter as well as Apple support forums voicing their concerns and frustrations as quite a few users have tried updating their iOS 7 devices while on the move and once bricked, their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch requires a connection to iTunes to restart.

“Updated my iPhone 5s to 7.0.6 and the phone won’t turn back on”, wrote one user on Apple Support. “Same problem here. 7.0.6 completely bricked my IPhone 5s. It won’t turn on or restore”, wrote another user.

Some of the users were able to enter recovery mode and then after a factory reset managed to restore their last backup to get their iDevice working, but quite a few were not lucky.

“I had the same thing happen last night, but I’m unable to restore. iTunes detects my phone… even though the serial number field says N/A. But, when I press Restore it gives me an iTunes Error #11 and stops”, wrote one user.

“Warning: Apple iOS 7.0.6 bricked my device. Loses all data, requires iTunes cable. Common occurrence for others also. Do not install!” wrote one user on Twitter.

“iOS 7.0.6. Bricked my iPad Air. Help @AppStore :(,” wrote another.

The issue doesn’t seem to be widespread as there are relatively less entries on both Twitter and Apple Support; however, we recommend that users first backup their devices before they hit the update button and only go about doing it if they have their iTunes loaded system with them in case the update fails.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 24, 2014, 08:40:17 AM
That's actually not the issue.  Apple patched that particular bug last Friday, but then a far more serious flaw was discovered, which affects SSL encryption. It's caused by a 'trivial programming error', the full details of which are here"

https://www.imperialviolet.org/2014/02/22/applebug.html (https://www.imperialviolet.org/2014/02/22/applebug.html)

Incredibly, there are too many 'Goto's in the code, which means SSL isn't secure until patched.  Since we rely on SSL for all our banking, shopping, etc. it isn't safe to use anything which deploys Apple's own SSL library.  In effect. that means Safari, Mail and iMessage.  Firefox and Chrome use their own, so they're okay.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 24, 2014, 09:00:56 AM
Here's the full quote from the Reg:

"Although that particular glitch is real and irritating, it turned out not to be the showstopper that Apple patched on Friday: others have since uncovered a staggering cock-up that appeared in the latest available open-source code for Apple's SSL security library, specifically in the SSLVerifySignedServerKeyExchange() function.

Aptly, it's a double goto fail; so the code skips a vital verification step when exchanging keys with the server to prove its identity and authenticity. Oops."
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 24, 2014, 09:54:28 AM
If you have an iPhone, iPad, or Mac try loading this site:

https://www.imperialviolet.org:1266 (https://www.imperialviolet.org:1266)

It should come back 'access denied' or something similar. If you get a message saying 'If you see this..." then you need to get the update.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: ormegolf on February 24, 2014, 09:19:22 PM
   Ian, on your advice I had a look at "stop press" as I have an iPad.

    All I can say is I consider myself "reasonably" capable with computers. But after reading the last few posts I scratched my head and made a cup of tea.   Read it again. Scratched head again. Read them a third time.

    How on earth have you accumulated all this knowledge?  I really struggle to get the gist never mind put it into action.    Mike
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on February 24, 2014, 09:28:50 PM
Join the club Mike!    ZXZ
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on February 24, 2014, 09:58:42 PM
Mike and Yorkie, you guys are WAY ahead of me.... so don't ever feel like you are behind on this stuff.

OK, I'm no great yardstick, but I would hazard a guess that you are ahead of 99% of the population too.  $good$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 25, 2014, 07:09:04 AM
Quote
How on earth have you accumulated all this knowledge?

 :D  A long time ago I used to write games for a company called Sinclair. That's when I learnt how to use Assembler and I've tried to keep abreast of what's happened since. 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on February 25, 2014, 08:16:03 AM
My first PC was an Apple Euro plus with two floppy drives and a massive 16k of memory!  In about 1980 I managed to write an accounting suite for one of my businesses for this computer.  Due to the lack of memory i had to code each document or entry and go to and from the disc drives where the information was stored to retrieve data.  This machine was interfaced to an electronic typewriter on which all the printing was done.   Those were the days!
I used the ever popular BASIC language.   How things have changed since then!
 :D

There was a form of internet mail called something Gold, but I never got to use it.  Maybe Ian can remember.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: ormegolf on February 25, 2014, 10:08:56 AM
  For me Ian has hit the nail on the head quote "tried to keep ahead of what's happened"

   You read a few mags, wander around on your PC etc for a few months, and begin to think you know a little bit about it. Then for whatever reason you become diverted to another interest (going to pub?)) and you leave it alone for a few months.

  Come back and you are in a different tech world
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Dave on March 07, 2014, 07:12:44 PM
A major crime in Craig-y-Don today !

Someone stole my green garden waste recycling bags...all six of them ! How low can you go !!!

Anyone living near a No35 where there is a sudden appearance of the said bags with a large black felt pen number 35 on , can you please pass on my sympathies for their presumably desperate financial standing that they can't afford to buy their own.Must have a large garden though !
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Blongb on March 08, 2014, 07:43:50 PM
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A major crime in Craig-y-Don today !

Someone stole my green garden waste recycling bags...all six of them ! How low can you go

Happened to me twice Dave. I put mine out on the junction of Church Walks and North Parade because if I put them outside mine further up North Parade they weren't emptied. Twice someone thought they were lost and gave them a new home. Off to the Library £1:50p each for the replacement bags and I now put them out on Hill Terrace where a much nicer class of people reside.
 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: born2run on March 10, 2014, 01:51:32 PM
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/rhyl-wrexham-fight-back-over-6792821 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/rhyl-wrexham-fight-back-over-6792821)

Personally prefer them both to boredudno but then I am under 80  WWW
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: FatAndy on March 10, 2014, 03:41:28 PM
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http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/rhyl-wrexham-fight-back-over-6792821 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/rhyl-wrexham-fight-back-over-6792821)

Personally prefer them both to boredudno but then I am under 80  WWW

"South east Rhyl ward Cllr Blakeley, who retired from the Wirral to Rhyl in 1993, also said the town boasts Rhyl FC, the popular Vue cinema and the Pavilion Theatre, which is often packed out with Christmas pantos and stars like Marty Wilde, a Michael Jackson tribute act and others."

And people complain about Venue Cymru  ;).
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Post by: born2run on March 10, 2014, 04:15:43 PM
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http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/rhyl-wrexham-fight-back-over-6792821 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/rhyl-wrexham-fight-back-over-6792821)

Personally prefer them both to boredudno but then I am under 80  WWW

"South east Rhyl ward Cllr Blakeley, who retired from the Wirral to Rhyl in 1993, also said the town boasts Rhyl FC, the popular Vue cinema and the Pavilion Theatre, which is often packed out with Christmas pantos and stars like Marty Wilde, a Michael Jackson tribute act and others."

And people complain about Venue Cymru  ;).

That did make me laugh  :D
To be fair though I think for the size of the theatre Rhyl does a lot better than VC
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on March 20, 2014, 08:48:53 AM
Gorse fire on the Great Orme this morning:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/great-orme-fire-flames-seen-6854116 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/great-orme-fire-flames-seen-6854116)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Blongb on March 31, 2014, 04:27:31 PM

RESTORE LLANDUDNO BEACH TO ITS FORMER GLORY Public meeting at the Band Stand North Shore Promenade at 6:00pm this evening. If you love Llandudno and you think what CCBC are doing to the North Shore is nothing short of VANDALISM please come along and join the swelling murmur of discontent.

https://www.facebook.com/events/222603197948571/?ref=25 (https://www.facebook.com/events/222603197948571/?ref=25)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on April 01, 2014, 12:10:59 PM
A470 closed by Police at 1100 today between Tal y Cafn and Llanrwst.
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Post by: dwsi on April 01, 2014, 01:16:54 PM
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A470 closed by Police at 1100 today between Tal y Cafn and Llanrwst.

A470: Motorcyclist fighting for life after crash - Daily Post http://buff.ly/1fJQYMP (http://buff.ly/1fJQYMP)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on April 01, 2014, 06:16:08 PM
The motorcyclist has died. No more details at the moment.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-26839648 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-26839648)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on April 12, 2014, 08:23:54 PM
Bangor Road, Conwy closed due to an incident by the entrance to Bodlondeb. Police and fire appliance(s) in attendance, and traffic being diverted.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on May 23, 2014, 10:02:48 PM
Flooding is affecting the A55 between Conwy and Llandegai.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-27550939 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-27550939)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on May 23, 2014, 11:29:05 PM
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Flooding is affecting the A55 between Conwy and Llandegai.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-27550939 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-27550939)
Looks as though the £3m spent on preventing flooding on that section of the A55 was a waste of time. I think I said something similar at the time.  &shake&
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on May 24, 2014, 11:18:28 AM
Just been watching Bangkok on the BBC News again this morning.
 
For such a large city, I think it is amazing how the media always seem to be in the right place at the right time to capture their newsworthy items.

One of our daughters has been working in Bangkok for the past three years and lives in the area where it is supposed to be happening and our daughter has still not seen anything.

I certainly hope it stay that way until the problem is resolved.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on May 24, 2014, 12:17:06 PM
It must be an anxious time for you Bri so I hope that your daughter and every one else there will be ok in this latest incident.
My brother has just come back from there after being out there for 6 months so he has just missed the curfew and every thing else. 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on May 24, 2014, 11:08:32 PM
I spent about half a dozen buying trips to Bangkok,   and I saw some VERY strange goings on!   :o

I think you need to be unshockable to live or work there.
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Post by: DaveR on May 27, 2014, 12:44:53 PM
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Flooding is affecting the A55 between Conwy and Llandegai.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-27550939 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-27550939)
Looks as though the £3m spent on preventing flooding on that section of the A55 was a waste of time. I think I said something similar at the time.  &shake&

A55 flooding: AM calls for investigation after £3m drainage works failed
May 26, 2014 10:31 By David Powell

Hundreds of holidaymakers were stuck in queues for hours in parts of Conwy and Gwynedd

An Assembly Member is calling for an  investigation into why £3m drainage  works failed to prevent flooding on the  A55 which caused massive traffic disruption at the start of the Bank Holiday  weekend.

Hundreds of cars, many carrying holidaymakers, faced jams as traffic on a  westbound stretch of the A55 in Conwy  and Gwynedd came to a complete standstill after heavy rain on Friday.

The carriageway became awash  between 5.30pm and about 10pm  between junction 12 Roman Road at  Tal-y-Bont and junction 11 Llandygai/Bethesda.

Queues stretched back as far as the  Conwy tunnel, which was closed.

Highways officers were at the scene  and motorists were diverted 50 miles  along the A470 and then A5.

In January 2013, the Welsh Government carried out £3m worth of improvements over eight weeks.

This followed flooding in  November  2012, when a deluge of rain and 100mph  winds closed the A55 for almost 12 hours  in peak travel times in both directions  between Llanfairfechan and Bangor.

And now Plaid Cymru AM Rhun  Ap Iorwerth said the delays caused a  “major economic threat”.

He added: “It’s a major problem. We  can’t be having our major transport  artery closed due to rain. We can’t afford  for that to happen.”

The AM said: “I will be asking questions about how it (flooding) has not  been sorted it out. The fact it can and did  happen on a bank holiday weekend is  proof it is an economic threat.

“Even though people got through to  Anglesey and Gwynedd it’s not going to  create the best impression when they are  deciding where they want to go on  holiday next time.”

Former Anglesey councillor Barrie  Durkin, who accommodated eight stranded families at his guesthouse, fears the  traffic jams will deter future visitors.

Mr Durkin, who runs Aber Falls Lodge  in Abergwyngregyn, said: “It appears  that the drains were not taking the  quantity of rainwater that they should.

“They have spent £3m trying to alleviate flooding, including in this area,  but it’s quite clear that it hasn’t worked.  It beggars belief after such a large  amount of public money was spent.”

He said on Friday disorientated tourists abandoned their journeys and took  sanctuary at his guesthouse.

Mr Durkin added: “We had to put  people up overnight and filled eight  chalets. We also had some people we  couldn’t accommodate stay in the village. Some women and children were  distraught. They didn’t know there had  been a flood. In this day and age not  having the information is totally unacceptable.”

 Cllr Hywel Roberts said the drainage  improvements haven’t worked.

 He added: “When is the Welsh Government going to tackle this problem  properly? This is a problem that’s been  known about for years.

 “It’s high time that Welsh Government  Ministers started taking the problems of  the A55 seriously.”

A Welsh Government  spokesman said: “Problems on the A55  westbound this weekend were due to  exceptional localised rain fall within a  very short space of time, causing a significant amount of debris to block pipework running under the road.

 “This was a complex problem to resolve and not directly related to any  recent works on the drainage systems,  which operated well during the severe  weather. Immediate action was taken  and the road is currently operating normally.”

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/a55-flooding-am-calls-investigation-7172016 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/a55-flooding-am-calls-investigation-7172016)
Title: Re: What's Llandudno Like Right Now?
Post by: Nemesis on June 18, 2014, 10:00:13 AM
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/llandudno-bomb-discovery-leads-explosion-7283254 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/llandudno-bomb-discovery-leads-explosion-7283254)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on June 19, 2014, 01:58:47 PM
Helicopter rescue at rest and Be Thankful in progress now.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on June 19, 2014, 03:16:48 PM
The Marine drive w3as closed from the zig zgs to allow the helicopter t oland at the cafe. One man taken by ambulance to hospital after an hour and a half.
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Post by: Mikethewatch on June 19, 2014, 05:28:49 PM
Dodgy scone?
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Post by: Yorkie on June 19, 2014, 06:47:02 PM
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Dodgy scone?

Well it is Thursday!    ZXZ
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Post by: Ian on June 19, 2014, 08:54:19 PM
Poor chap attempted suicide. The chopper brought in paramedics who treated him, then an ambulance took him to hospital.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 19, 2014, 10:50:15 PM
Terrible, who knows what was going through his mind on such an otherwise lovely day!
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Post by: Bri Roberts on June 22, 2014, 07:45:56 PM
The A55 is closed in both directions at Dwygyfylchi due to a police incident.

It has also been closed westbound since teatime on Rhulallt Hill because of an accident.
Title: Re: What's Llandudno Like Right Now?
Post by: Bri Roberts on July 01, 2014, 02:00:58 PM
There is a fire at the rear of Wells Fitness in Oxford Road.

A fire engine was just going down Argylle Road when we were coming home.

I had dropped in to Sir Roger Mostyn Court off Builder Street and the smoke was quite black.

I did not stay too long with a Paint and Decorators Retail Store being in there.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on July 14, 2014, 09:52:07 AM
Crash in Deganwy, demolished the Newsagents:
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/car-smashes-deganwy-newsagent-early-7414797 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/car-smashes-deganwy-newsagent-early-7414797)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on July 14, 2014, 10:08:00 AM
During the mid-fifties, my grandparents lived in that white cottage next door to Mr Patel's shop and I can remember motor cars regularly coming through the railings at the top of their steps.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on July 18, 2014, 12:00:11 AM
BREAKING NEWS.... STOP THE PRESSES!!!

Today, I went to Llandudno Swimming Pool and Gym,   and other than my training session and swim, NOTHING HAPPENED!!

Everything passed off without hindrance, delay or obstruction,  this is a milestone in my life.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on July 18, 2014, 09:04:23 AM
And still no response to my email...
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on July 18, 2014, 09:07:02 AM
Ian,  did you not receive an 'out of office' message?

In reply to my email, I got a bounce back, saying Peter Aldous is away from the office until next week.

I will give him a few days, and then re-send if I haven't heard anything.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on July 18, 2014, 09:09:11 AM
Nothing at all.  I'll be following it up, however, and was nattering about it to a CCBC person only yesterday.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on July 18, 2014, 09:19:30 AM
I copied Dave R on my email to CCBC, regarding the Swimming Pool,  (I know we are on the wrong thread BTW) .... 
I would share the detail with you personally,  but don't want to post it here (yet), as it may pop up on other local sites before he has had a chance to address it.

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on July 18, 2014, 10:25:11 AM
Dave'll copy me, if you're happy.
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Post by: Fester on July 19, 2014, 12:04:39 AM
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Dave'll copy me, if you're happy.


That's fine... go ahead Dave... I just didn't want the detail bandied around before the guy had a chance to read and respond to it.
You understand about the need for fair play,
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on July 21, 2014, 05:34:04 PM
Llandudno is featured on Iolo at 7pm this evening on BBC2.

I think it maybe a repeat but still well worth a watch.
Title: Re:RAF chopper Orme
Post by: SteveH on July 25, 2014, 05:29:46 PM
There is an RAF   air sea rescue chopper on the Orme (Westshore side) not sure if training exercise, but spent 10min.  in same spot very low to the ground,  just flown towards Bangor.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on August 19, 2014, 01:28:29 PM
Just heard this morning that all bookings made for this year at the Travelodge ( Clarence) have been cancelled as it will not be finished.
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Post by: Cordyline on August 19, 2014, 02:28:16 PM
 Travelodge
I'm sure they will be open for our visit in December

Later this month we are staying in a Gloddaeth Street hotel; to coincide with our Waverley boat trip  $walesflag$
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Post by: Nemesis on August 19, 2014, 03:05:02 PM
I should double check if I were you. This has come from one of the site people !
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Post by: Ian on August 19, 2014, 03:52:30 PM
Just tried to make a booking for the Clarence Travelodge and the Travelodge site are accepting it for mid-December. II didn't complete the booking however, so it may have been declined at the last minute - I don't know.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Blongb on August 25, 2014, 08:29:35 PM
Just had a phone call from Waverley excursions; tomorrows trip on the Waverley has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions in Liverpool Bay :-[
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Cordyline on August 25, 2014, 10:27:26 PM
Yes, just received email confirming cancellation, we came to Llandudno for the excursion tomorrow.

We are looking for some Welsh slate, is there anywhere in the area ?

We only want about 6 slates. Our last lot we bought at Llanberis
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Post by: Yorkie on August 26, 2014, 11:12:48 AM
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We are looking for some Welsh slate, is there anywhere in the area ?

Richard Williams, Builders Merchants in the Junction.   ££$
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Post by: Cordyline on August 26, 2014, 06:00:00 PM
Cheers Yorkie, just bought slate at Richard Williams   $good$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on August 26, 2014, 09:27:55 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-28939287 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-28939287)

mmmm-- makes interesting reading and don't forget-- that is all tax payers money.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on August 26, 2014, 09:56:25 PM
The S.S.Waverley has left Glasgow, en-route to Liverpool.

Conditions in the Irish Sea are still uncertain, but there is a VERY GOOD chance that she will arrive at Llandudno Pier on Wednesday!

 $good$ $good$ ££$ ££$ ££$

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: hollins on August 26, 2014, 10:38:38 PM
Yes, it is doing 15 knots and is by the southern tip of the Mull of Kintyre.

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ (http://www.marinetraffic.com/)

I do hope it goes ahead. Try and get a photo Fester.

So sorry about your trip Cordyline. Hope you will be able to go again.

 ££$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on August 27, 2014, 07:56:49 AM
Serious crash on Prom by paddling pool, road is currently closed to traffic.
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Post by: Yorkie on August 27, 2014, 09:00:26 AM
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Serious crash on Prom by paddling pool, road is currently closed to traffic.

That will cause one very difficult diversion! 
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Post by: DaveR on August 27, 2014, 09:15:59 AM
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Yes, it is doing 15 knots and is by the southern tip of the Mull of Kintyre.

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ (http://www.marinetraffic.com/)

I do hope it goes ahead. Try and get a photo Fester.

So sorry about your trip Cordyline. Hope you will be able to go again.

 ££$
The Waverley arrived in Liverpool at 8.42am:
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/232001540 (http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/232001540)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on August 27, 2014, 01:45:25 PM
Just spoken to a neighbour-- The Waverley came and went without taking anyone onboard ! Anyone know why?
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Post by: DaveR on August 27, 2014, 01:54:20 PM
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Just spoken to a neighbour-- The Waverley came and went without taking anyone onboard ! Anyone know why?
Too rough for it to dock. Shame, as there was a large crowd there, together with ITV and BBC.  &shake&
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Post by: born2run on August 27, 2014, 02:40:22 PM
http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/137477/waverley-paddle-steamer-fails-to-dock-at-llandudno-again.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/137477/waverley-paddle-steamer-fails-to-dock-at-llandudno-again.aspx)

Elf and Safety  $good$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Cordyline on August 27, 2014, 02:43:35 PM
The Captain was concerned about the risk when returning from the short trip off Anglesey.
Cordy was interviewed by ITV Wales news. Later BBC Wales asked Ms Cordy to speak on camera

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 27, 2014, 03:57:32 PM
I get the feeling that it never will dock for various reasons, is the Captain a celebrity chef by the name of Bryn Williams?  :twoface:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: norman08 on August 27, 2014, 04:28:26 PM
Having been a part of the crew in the early 70s getting the I o m  boats in /out I went down to have a look how they would get the Waverley alongside  looking at the wind direction and the tide  as soon as she approached you knew it wasn't,t going to happen , I waited around but could hear no explaination to the many people waiting for her to berth  lots even thought she would reappear from the Orme .
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Post by: Mikethewatch on August 27, 2014, 06:38:25 PM
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Just spoken to a neighbour-- The Waverley came and went without taking anyone onboard ! Anyone know why?
Sea too rough/ windy  to dock
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Post by: Cordyline on August 27, 2014, 08:33:48 PM
It wasn't rough. A bit of swell yes.
In these days of litigation I certainly wouldn't criticise the Captain.

In the 80s when I was last on board the Waverley ~ In the  Clyde ~ the then Captain was up for anything, he often ran aground and no one seemed overly concerned.
If that happened now he would be in big trouble
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 27, 2014, 08:56:49 PM
Must be costing the boat company / society etc a fortune in refunds! Must be many unhappy people over this!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Cambrian on August 27, 2014, 10:07:08 PM
The  passenger access to Waverley is usually across the paddle so it might be a problem if there's a wind off shore.  If the paddle or its housing was damaged by hard contact with the dolphin, the vessel could be out of action for a while. Better safe and all that.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on August 28, 2014, 01:00:10 AM
This was the picture I took, and also tweeted, of the SS Waverley attempting to come alongside at Llandudno Pier.

The Captain was trying to let the Pier manager (and sickening array of Civic dignitaries) know by telephone that he would not be able to dock.  But, the Pier manager's phone had no signal at all.... like many watching, because the network was jammed and busy.  That's why no one had the true information at the time.
The Captain later explained that the docking would be just about possible, but the gangplank for disembarking and embarking passengers would have been very unsafe, tossing up and down in the swell.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: born2run on August 28, 2014, 09:10:29 AM
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This was the picture I took, and also tweeted, of the SS Waverley attempting to come alongside at Llandudno Pier.

The Captain was trying to let the Pier manager (and sickening array of Civic dignitaries) know by telephone that he would not be able to dock.  But, the Pier manager's phone had no signal at all.... like many watching, because the network was jammed and busy.  That's why no one had the true information at the time.
The Captain later explained that the docking would be just about possible, but the gangplank for disembarking and embarking passengers would have been very unsafe, tossing up and down in the swell.

Do they charge extra for this?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on August 28, 2014, 02:01:56 PM
I can see the SS Waverly at anchor just off Colwyn Bay.  It's high tide but relatively calm although there is a strong sea breeze at the moment.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on August 28, 2014, 03:54:02 PM
Paddle Steamer docking halted by strong winds


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-28955044 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-28955044)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 28, 2014, 04:39:11 PM
We went along the prom in Rhos to see the SS Waverly, thanks for the tip off Hugo! I do wonder if conditions will ever be suitable for her to dock on the pier given it's exposed location!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on August 28, 2014, 05:37:10 PM
A really important announcement.  Today Fester beat me at Scrabble (actually "Words with Friend").   &well&
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on August 28, 2014, 06:29:39 PM
Past problems that might account for hesitation in docking. 

ref. Wikipedia.....



On 15 September 2008 Waverley was involved in minor damage to Worthing Pier. After she berthed and secured lines to pier bollards, part of the landing stage was dislodged. The ship escaped damage and the only damage to the pier was that a length of timber was pulled out, but she had to leave without taking on passengers.[8]

On 26 June 2009 Waverley struck the pier at Dunoon, damaging both the ship and the pier. Some 700 people were aboard at the time, of whom 12 suffered minor injuries. The ship returned to Glasgow, where the damage was assessed. One week later she was back in service on the Clyde.[9] }

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on August 28, 2014, 07:30:00 PM
I wonder if there is a more suitable vessel available for such trips than the Waverley?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Mikethewatch on August 28, 2014, 07:34:15 PM
There will be, but for many its the fact  PS Waverley is unique that's the attraction
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on August 28, 2014, 08:06:58 PM
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Having been a part of the crew in the early 70s getting the I o m  boats in /out I went down to have a look how they would get the Waverley alongside  looking at the wind direction and the tide  as soon as she approached you knew it wasn't,t going to happen , I waited around but could hear no explaination to the many people waiting for her to berth  lots even thought she would reappear from the Orme .

Norman can you advise on DaveR's question "on a more suitable Vessel" ...is it the paddle? or the pier? or....
I have watched large cruise ships with modern bow thrusters etc. and tugs in an easy harbour take all morning to dock, solely because the wind direction was blowing the ship into the dock side.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: norman08 on August 28, 2014, 08:29:51 PM
On the Waverley the passengers get off above the paddle so that is risky on the pier , the gangway on the I o m boats were ok going up /down ,but with the paddles you couldn't,t do that , when the I o m boats were running we were in proper radio contact as the weather con can change all the time , the 2guys on the pier are not allowed to bring the boats in (Waverley send their own over ),and that is another reason why no boats won,t come in ,the pier owners won't insure them to bring them in , if you know what I mean .
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on August 28, 2014, 08:57:17 PM
Thanks N....It's making a bit more sense now, but , long term it does not look good for the Waverley they can only cancel so many times, there's already negative remarks, but I wish them luck to continue. ££$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: No 6 on August 28, 2014, 11:33:22 PM
There was simply no excuse for the failure to moor up. There was no sea worth mentioning and even less wind in the lee of the Orme.

As for the excuse that the weather on the return may be worse - it wasn't - this skipper has form for poor met office interpretation.

Never mind - the Balmoral will do the honours next year. She has a fifty year history with Llandudno and won't let us down.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 28, 2014, 11:47:10 PM
Strange to see the Waverley off the Colwyn Bay coast today, it must cost a lot to keep it running but they have just turned away lots of custom? I can't see the conditions ever being right for it to dock on the pier somehow!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: majormellons on August 29, 2014, 12:38:16 AM
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Strange to see the Waverley off the Colwyn Bay coast today, it must cost a lot to keep it running but they have just turned away lots of custom? I can't see the conditions ever being right for it to dock on the pier somehow!

The prevailing winds in Llandudno are South Westerlies, so the pier head should be in the lea of the Gt Orme.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on August 29, 2014, 01:18:43 AM
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There was simply no excuse for the failure to moor up. There was no sea worth mentioning and even less wind in the lee of the Orme.

As for the excuse that the weather on the return may be worse - it wasn't - this skipper has form for poor met office interpretation.

Never mind - the Balmoral will do the honours next year. She has a fifty year history with Llandudno and won't let us down.

No6, whoever you are, I have to disagree entirely with what you say.
Where you there?  I assume you were.   I observed the situation from very close quarters.
Putting a gangplank from a bobbing ship, across to a static pier would have been very volatile and hazardous to walk across.
It was obvious to 'most' looking on that there was NO CHANCE of a berthing in those conditions.
I was amazed that she was brought in so close by the ship's Master, just to see if it was possible to dock.
Better luck next time!


Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on August 29, 2014, 01:38:55 AM
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A really important announcement.  Today Fester beat me at Scrabble (actually "Words with Friend").   &well&

...... A momentous occasion indeed,  I'm guessing that I have won about 5 or 6 out of 250 or so games.....  makes you wonder why I bother really doesn't it?     Maybe I am a masochist.  8)



Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on August 29, 2014, 07:50:16 AM
You are actually much improved from the first game we had.   :D
I now have to think a lot more and try and improve my tactical play.   ZXZ
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: born2run on August 29, 2014, 10:09:40 AM
http://thoughtsofoscar.blogspot.co.uk/?_sm_au_=iVVVJFTw0vSwjSRr (http://thoughtsofoscar.blogspot.co.uk/?_sm_au_=iVVVJFTw0vSwjSRr)

Oscar's blog has ceased
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on August 29, 2014, 10:47:18 AM
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http://thoughtsofoscar.blogspot.co.uk/?_sm_au_=iVVVJFTw0vSwjSRr (http://thoughtsofoscar.blogspot.co.uk/?_sm_au_=iVVVJFTw0vSwjSRr)

Oscar's blog has ceased

One day it may well rise like a Phoenix from the ashes.  $walesflag$

Maybe now someone will run the credits for the list of characters who made it all possible.   :D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 29, 2014, 10:50:44 AM
He doesn't say he has ceased, just taking a break from it, seems like one of the Conservative Friends of Israel are after him! 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on August 29, 2014, 10:51:47 AM
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http://thoughtsofoscar.blogspot.co.uk/?_sm_au_=iVVVJFTw0vSwjSRr (http://thoughtsofoscar.blogspot.co.uk/?_sm_au_=iVVVJFTw0vSwjSRr)

Oscar's blog has ceased

One day it may well rise like a Phoenix from the ashes.  $walesflag$

Maybe now someone will run the credits for the list of characters who made it all possible.   :D

hear hear. Trouble is this has happened before.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on August 29, 2014, 02:42:02 PM
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There was simply no excuse for the failure to moor up. There was no sea worth mentioning and even less wind in the lee of the Orme.

As for the excuse that the weather on the return may be worse - it wasn't - this skipper has form for poor met office interpretation.

Never mind - the Balmoral will do the honours next year. She has a fifty year history with Llandudno and won't let us down.

I do not agree with your comments,the buck stops at the skipper, he has the experience. have you?

Did not know about the Balmoral, so looked into it, and found these links....She's having problems too.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Balmoral (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Balmoral)


http://www.heritagesteamers.co.uk/balmoral/ (http://www.heritagesteamers.co.uk/balmoral/)

There's a piece in the 2nd. link   " if these ships stop operating, it could have an adverse effect on existing piers" as in another reason to demolish them?


Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: norman08 on August 29, 2014, 04:40:42 PM
We take it no 6 has worked the pier or he,s captained boats .
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: mull on August 30, 2014, 11:10:00 AM
What has the sea state been off Llandudno pier for the past 2 days ?

Comment on Ships of Calmac Forum this morning.............
Instead of spending the whole 2 days anchored off Colwyn Bay, a short visit to the pier would have been good PR after Wednesdays fly past.
Good 15 minute video on there of Wednesdays sailing.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on September 03, 2014, 10:15:44 AM
Accident A55 early Wed. morning. causing problems at the Juncion

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/person-airlifted-after-crash-a55-7710964 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/person-airlifted-after-crash-a55-7710964)


Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Barney Baker on September 09, 2014, 07:40:58 PM
So Thoughts of Oscar has shut down and He has identified himself, great shame it came to the end.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Barney Baker on September 09, 2014, 08:17:38 PM
Does anybody know why the house at the top of Llewellyn Avenue is under police control
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on September 09, 2014, 08:21:40 PM
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So Thoughts of Oscar has shut down and He has identified himself, great shame it came to the end.

Unless,of course, you have been one of those who has suffered at his pen!   >>>

There will be a few Defamation actions I suspect.   ZXZ
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: FatAndy on September 10, 2014, 08:35:49 AM
It's all kicking off about "Thoughts Of Nigel", time to buy in the popcorn and take a seat on the front row WWW.

"Jerusalem North MP Guto Bebb  told the House of Commons there was strong evidence that a business associate of former Welsh Secretary David Jones has been involved in a “vicious and nasty local blog”.

The Conservative MP also raised the possibility of North Wales Police “collusion” as he blasted the blog Thoughts of Oscar which has now closed down
."

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/aberconwy-mp-guto-bebb-links-7745267 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/aberconwy-mp-guto-bebb-links-7745267)

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on September 10, 2014, 10:03:44 AM
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Does anybody know why the house at the top of Llewellyn Avenue is under police control

I heard that it was a suicide, but don't take that as gospel, it only came via the local grapevine.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Barney Baker on September 12, 2014, 10:33:11 PM
I see there is a new blog called : Oscar's Second Thoughts...... that can be found   http://oscarssecondthoughts.blogspot.co.uk/ (http://oscarssecondthoughts.blogspot.co.uk/)

have a look if your interested not much on there at the moment
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SDQ on September 12, 2014, 11:24:43 PM
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I see there is a new blog called : Oscar's Second Thoughts...... that can be found   http://oscarssecondthoughts.blogspot.co.uk/ (http://oscarssecondthoughts.blogspot.co.uk/)

have a look if your interested not much on there at the moment


A page of bitter ramblings by someone who needs to get a life, just my opinion of course.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 13, 2014, 07:53:43 AM
I thought the same!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on September 14, 2014, 10:46:46 AM
North Wales Police has announced it will review a series of complaints made in recent years about a controversial local blog that was condemned this week in the House of Commons.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/police-review-six-complaints-vicious-7763936 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/police-review-six-complaints-vicious-7763936)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on September 14, 2014, 10:56:59 AM
Interesting. 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on September 15, 2014, 02:37:07 AM
Well freedom of speech seems to have taken a step back now.We all think and agree with a lot Oscar said,from our pathetic CCBC to our overpaid idiots in government ,whether it be in Conwy,Cardiff or London,who now is going to put this shower too rights.We let religious clerics condem our soldiers but we can;t condem OUR elected few,something has gone wrong and needs changing.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on September 15, 2014, 08:23:55 AM
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Well freedom of speech seems to have taken a step back now.

Nope. Still exists. You can name and shame on here, Wrex, just so long as you can back up everything you say and everything is fair comment. What you can't do is make salacious and unfounded allegations about people. Nothing's changed.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: born2run on September 15, 2014, 12:24:23 PM
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I see there is a new blog called : Oscar's Second Thoughts...... that can be found   http://oscarssecondthoughts.blogspot.co.uk/ (http://oscarssecondthoughts.blogspot.co.uk/)

have a look if your interested not much on there at the moment


A page of bitter ramblings by someone who needs to get a life, just my opinion of course.

Definitely a familiar ring to that blog  ???
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on September 15, 2014, 12:30:32 PM
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I see there is a new blog called : Oscar's Second Thoughts...... that can be found   http://oscarssecondthoughts.blogspot.co.uk/ (http://oscarssecondthoughts.blogspot.co.uk/)

have a look if your interested not much on there at the moment


A page of bitter ramblings by someone who needs to get a life, just my opinion of course.

Definitely a familiar ring to that blog  ???
Someone's asking for trouble there, given the recent North Wales Police interest in such things.  &shake&
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on September 15, 2014, 01:33:14 PM
Someone who appears to 'have an axe to grind'. No comments recorded so far I notice.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jonty Hammers on September 15, 2014, 05:30:26 PM
This will likely cause something of a sea-change to the gossip scene in Llandudno. Oscar, for me, always seemed to tread an uneven line between right-minded and well-intentioned checking up on those in power, and cruel tattling and rumour-mongering. It is right and proper that democratically appointed officials, paid for out of the public purse, should be subject to consistent scrutiny. But it is not right that unfounded and likely damaging speculation ought to be aired into people's private lives; least of all when the target has no means of redress. And for such scrutiny to be useful, it needs to be well-informed and, in turn, subject to checks of its own.

I won't air any of the accusations those behind Oscar have made during the past few years (to do so would make me just as bad and likely just as liable for any lawsuits!!) but there will be a few injured parties who will now look to hit back at some of the things that have been said about them. A good chunk of what was said on Oscar could be quite cruel.

Here's hoping that in the vacuum that opens up, a new blog springs up - one which will continue Oscar's careful glare on public services, but with more care when it comes to personal spite, malice, slander or gossip. As Ian noted, freedom of speech does not guarantee one the right to say whatsoever they wish about anyone, without the expectation that they might some day be brought to task for their claims.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on September 18, 2014, 07:07:09 AM
Guto will be making himself available tonight for questions:

PUBLIC MEETING
Imperial Hotel, Llandudno.
Thursday, 18th September 2014
18:30 - 20:30


This week I shall be holding my first public meeting this autumn in the Imperial
Hotel, Llandudno.  The meeting is due to start at 18:30, with refreshments available
from 18:00 onwards.

These are an opportunity for you to question me on any subject - national,
international or local and have proved popular and interesting events.

If you are interested in attending or would like further details please telephone
01492 583094 or email office@gutobebbmp.co.uk.

I look forward to meeting with you and hearing your views.

Guto

PS.  If this meeting isn't convenient you may be interested in one of my other
public meetings:

Beach Cafe, Llanfairfechan  18:30-20:30, Thursday, 25th September 2014

Eagles Hotel, Llanrwst  18:30-20:30, Thursday, 9th October 2014
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on September 18, 2014, 01:01:39 PM
I believe he was seen out shopping recently ....... :D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 18, 2014, 01:19:04 PM
 _))*  _))* he will need that!  L0L
Title: Wales in Bloom 2014
Post by: Bri Roberts on September 19, 2014, 07:51:05 AM
Congratulations to Llandudno on winning the Wales in Bloom 2014 (Town Trophy Category)

Congratulations go also to Colwyn Bay upon winning Wales in Bloom 2014 (Large Town Trophy Category)

Special mention must go to Friends of Queens Park, Craig-y-Don, for being awarded Level 5 Outstanding in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category.

.

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on September 19, 2014, 08:23:20 AM
I think Colwyn Bay is the only town that enters the Large Town category, so it's perhaps no surprise that they win every year?   :laugh: ???
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on September 19, 2014, 03:41:17 PM
Shock we won.how did they manage that
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on September 20, 2014, 01:01:27 PM
Live: North Wales Live Blog.

Mother and daughter: Just spoken to Chris Lloyd from Ogwen Mountain Rescue he helped rescue a 61-year-old woman who had fallen on the Great Orme last night around 5.15pm. She had been walking in the area with her 22-year-old daughter, they were enjoying a day trip from Manchester. She had to be airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd by 22 Squadron from Valley. She had suffered a broken arm.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on September 21, 2014, 10:52:33 AM
I will put this in here for now, ......Admin can move into relevant sections.    :)

LOOK: Amazing Conwy images from 1890-1900 held in US Library of Congress

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/look-amazing-conwy-images-1890-1900-7786842 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/look-amazing-conwy-images-1890-1900-7786842)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on September 21, 2014, 11:03:42 AM
Excellent, Steve.  I've added it to the photo library in here (so ME can't see it  :twoface: ) and I'll copy it into the old photo topic on the main board in here.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on September 21, 2014, 11:13:15 AM
Have you seen the whole collection?,...... Dave will like them D)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 21, 2014, 12:33:44 PM
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Excellent, Steve.  I've added it to the photo library in here (so ME can't see it  :twoface: ) and I'll copy it into the old photo topic on the main board in here.

I can see it!  D) good pic too!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on September 21, 2014, 12:51:51 PM
Just in case it is not clear, click on link for more photos.... $good$

LOOK: Amazing Conwy images from 1890-1900 held in US Library of Congress

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/look-amazing-conwy-images-1890-1900-7786842 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/look-amazing-conwy-images-1890-1900-7786842)
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Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: BMD on September 21, 2014, 02:22:00 PM
Nice collection of pics - thanks for the link.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on September 24, 2014, 05:51:13 PM
Launch of the Daily Post Business Awards 2014

The Daily Post’s Business Awards 2014 aim to find the most innovative companies and talented people in the region who are driving forward the economy.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/daily-post-business-awards-2014-7784724 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/daily-post-business-awards-2014-7784724)

I was going to post this in the Venue Cymru thread, but changed my mind.   :roll:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on September 26, 2014, 12:12:14 PM
North Wales parents to be fined for children's truancy

A teaching union says the policy could 'cause more harm than good' as parents face fines of up to £120 if their son or daughter is away from school in term time
“What parents and children alike need is support rather than punishment.
“Parents need to be part of the solution and not be further alienated from the education of their children.
“Financially punishing parents will, in all likelihood, hit the most vulnerable people and those families closest to the poverty line.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-wales-parents-fined-childrens-7837659 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-wales-parents-fined-childrens-7837659)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: born2run on September 26, 2014, 12:36:49 PM
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North Wales parents to be fined for children's truancy

A teaching union says the policy could 'cause more harm than good' as parents face fines of up to £120 if their son or daughter is away from school in term time
“What parents and children alike need is support rather than punishment.
“Parents need to be part of the solution and not be further alienated from the education of their children.
“Financially punishing parents will, in all likelihood, hit the most vulnerable people and those families closest to the poverty line.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-wales-parents-fined-childrens-7837659 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-wales-parents-fined-childrens-7837659)

And the holiday camps put the prices for kids cheap as chips in term time and ten times more expensive in the holidays. Surely that is incitement to break the law!
A lot of poorer parents wouldn't be able to afford to take their kids away in the holiday time.
So if you're rich and can afford to go away in the holidays  ££$
If you're poor and can only afford to take them away in term time we are going to fine you  :twoface:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Dave on September 26, 2014, 01:39:23 PM
The answer is simple, come to North Wales in the holidays !
Constant pricing here all the year round of course. :o :o :o
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: hollins on September 26, 2014, 02:14:52 PM
I think it is so unfair on young families. I was looking at booking a holiday cottage on Anglesey recently and it wasn't hard to spot the half term weeks. This is just one example but they were all similarly priced.

October 2014
FRI   SAT   SUN   MON   TUE   WED   THU   7 NIGHTS   4 NIGHTS   3 NIGHTS   
B   B   B   B   B   B   B   £550   £440   £385   Book now
B   B   B   06   07   08   09   £550   £440   £385   Book now
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17   18   19   20   21   22   23   £795   N/A   N/A   Book now
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31   01   02   03   04   05   06   £550   £440   £385
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on September 26, 2014, 04:15:20 PM
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I think it is so unfair on young families. I was looking at booking a holiday cottage on Anglesey recently and it wasn't hard to spot the half term weeks. This is just one example but they were all similarly priced.


This has been the same old story for many a year, and will no doubt continue for many a year to come.  Hence the advantage of being retired, one can get cheap out of season holidays, to all the best places! 
 :D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on September 26, 2014, 05:08:20 PM
Anglesey 'energy island' jobs

A north Wales college is set to get a £20m investment to make sure the area is ready to meet the demands of a new nuclear power station on Anglesey.

The new Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant will need 8,500 construction workers and a 1,000 station staff when built.

The Anglesey Energy Island strategy aims to bring in 2,500 new jobs and £2.3bn of investment over 15 years.
It is hoped local people will make up at least 20% of the construction workforce.
"This is going to be a massive project - the equivalent of the London 2012 Olympic village - and this could cause a big displacement from across local employers."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-29364926 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-29364926)

http://www.horizonnuclearpower.com/wylfa (http://www.horizonnuclearpower.com/wylfa)


Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on September 26, 2014, 05:09:27 PM
mad isn;t it Yorkie,private schools have different or longer holidays so those who can afford it don;t have to pay and those who can;t really afford it do,mad ,mad,world.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Yorkie on September 26, 2014, 06:22:43 PM
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mad isn;t it Yorkie,private schools have different or longer holidays so those who can afford it don;t have to pay and those who can;t really afford it do,mad ,mad,world.

And it is us (that is MAN) who makes it so!    :D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on September 26, 2014, 06:59:19 PM
Greed
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Dave on September 26, 2014, 08:29:58 PM
It's called supply and demand.
Local businesses are just as guilty as everyone else of maximising income.
Local shops have sales to sell things cheaper that they couldn't persuade prospective buyers to offer more for.Holidays should be seen in a similar light, off season it's a sale price.

As for private schools... what's that got to do with the argument !!! At the price that they charge parents deserve some cheaper holidays but in many cases can't afford to take them at all as they have invested in their children's future rather than their own short term pleasure
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on September 27, 2014, 08:14:14 AM
I have to agree.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on September 27, 2014, 09:43:15 AM
North Wales parents to be fined for children's truancy     (posted yesterday 12.12)

I re read the article, And it would appear to be more serious than holidays in term time. the new measures are aimed at persistent and hard core truancy, and the long term effect on their education. 

Schools in the region have begun informing parents of a crackdown on absenteeism, following a change in policy by the Welsh Government.

“Persistent truancy is obviously a problem."
“Parents need to be part of the solution and not be further alienated from the education of their children."

“What we would like to see is the Welsh Government taking a different approach and instead working closely with local authorities to ensure that there are support systems in place for parents and schools to call upon to deal with hard core truancy.”

“This is a very serious issue that impacts on the life chances of individuals and the overall ability of schools to ensure high standards."
“Financially punishing parents will, in all likelihood, hit the most vulnerable people and those families closest to the poverty line.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-wales-parents-fined-childrens-7837659 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-wales-parents-fined-childrens-7837659)



Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on September 27, 2014, 11:37:47 AM
I believe fining for taking holidays during term time has been gong on for some years.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Dave on September 27, 2014, 05:00:40 PM
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I believe fining for taking holidays during term time has been gong on for some years.

The rule is there but I am under the impression it isn't implemented though
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on September 27, 2014, 05:07:31 PM
It's dependent on the school and the Headteacher.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on September 27, 2014, 05:56:30 PM
“What we would like to see is the Welsh Government taking a different approach and instead working closely with local authorities to ensure that there are support systems in place for parents and schools to call upon to deal with hard core truancy.”

I agree with the above, there are different levels of truancy, fining parents will help short term, but there is probably an underlying issue why these children stay away, slow learners etc made to feel stupid, mickey taking, it's easier not to go in, and it's only recently that dyslexia/ADD were recognized.
The down side of being under educated, apart from poor job prospects, is I think, these are the youngsters who end up in trouble, drugs, crime, and a criminal record, then they have children, and another cycle starts all over again.
I think it would be better and more economical to sort the problem now, rather than later, ...if it's not to late.

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on September 27, 2014, 06:24:17 PM
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The down side of being under educated, apart from poor job prospects, is I think, these are the youngsters who end up in trouble, drugs, crime, and a criminal record, then they have children, and another cycle starts all over again.

I agree to a point, Steve, but these children tend to be in a mess before they ever reach a school. Tackling bad parenting is the only answer, and it has to start very early.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on September 27, 2014, 06:49:49 PM
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The down side of being under educated, apart from poor job prospects, is I think, these are the youngsters who end up in trouble, drugs, crime, and a criminal record, then they have children, and another cycle starts all over again.

I agree to a point, Steve, but these children tend to be in a mess before they ever reach a school. Tackling bad parenting is the only answer, and it has to start very early.
I think that's what I was trying to say,(another cycle starts) it's to late for past generations, we have already seen the results of letting them slip through the net, it needs to be sorted now, and I think "fining" is the easy way out, pass the buck sort of thing.
They need educating, what ever it takes, to break the cycle.    easy..

I remember on TV , a kid breaking into a school in Africa, not to steal,... but to be part of the class, now that's the attitude needed,
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Cat Stevens on September 29, 2014, 05:08:57 PM
Just driven along rhos sea front and noticed mr Dickens house was crawling with police including scene of crime
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 29, 2014, 05:23:45 PM
Who is Mr Dickens?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on September 29, 2014, 06:03:38 PM
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Who is Mr Dickens?

He's  the Mr Dickens  ME      ;D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on September 29, 2014, 06:22:16 PM
Ref Daily post Blog 3.40PM

ARRESTS: Two people have been arrested today in an "ongoing incident" in Rhos on Sea, North Wales Police said. Four police cars were seen at a house near the promenade earlier today. Police would release no further details.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on September 29, 2014, 06:38:36 PM
Ref. D.P. Blog today

PETROL: Supermarkets are slashing the price of their fuel in a move that will provide some autumn cheer for motorists. Sainsbury's led the way by announcing that from tomorrow it would be cutting the price of its petrol and its diesel by up to 5p a litre. Then Asda announced that from tomorrow it would be reducing its petrol by 1p a litre and diesel by up to 2p a litre.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 29, 2014, 08:06:45 PM
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Who is Mr Dickens?

He's  the Mr Dickens  ME      ;D

Still none the wiser!  ???
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: viv on September 29, 2014, 09:26:58 PM
Would that be Mr Steve Dickens by any chance?

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Cat Stevens on September 29, 2014, 10:18:20 PM
Yes it was Steve Dickens house police everywhere and scenes of crime
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on September 29, 2014, 10:28:04 PM
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Who is Mr Dickens?

He's  the Mr Dickens  ME      ;D

Still none the wiser!  ???

That would be for the best Merddin.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: born2run on September 30, 2014, 10:13:53 AM
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Who is Mr Dickens?

He's that chap who wrote Oliver Twist isn't he?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: viv on September 30, 2014, 10:44:59 PM
More like Olive Twister!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: born2run on October 01, 2014, 04:24:38 PM
http://northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/138905/rhos-on-sea-businessman-appears-in-court-on-sex-offence-charges.aspx (http://northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/138905/rhos-on-sea-businessman-appears-in-court-on-sex-offence-charges.aspx)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: born2run on October 01, 2014, 04:25:15 PM
A PROMINENT businessman has appeared in court accused of a series of sex offences, including four of rape.

Steven Stanley Dickens, aged 50, of Marine Drive, Rhos-on-Sea, is alleged to have committed the offences against the same victim between 2012 and last Saturday, September 27.

In addition to the four charges of rape he also faces two of sexual penetration and one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against the same victim.

Magistrates in Prestatyn rejected an application by his solicitor Ian Till for Dickens to be bailed pending his appearance in Caernarfon Crown Court on October 13.

Mr Till said that his client, who had recently been working for his father-in-law at Cafe Culture in Conwy, had described the allegations as “wholly fabricated”.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on October 01, 2014, 06:54:27 PM
Fire this evening at the White House hotel:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-29449616 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-29449616)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on October 01, 2014, 07:50:46 PM
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Fire this evening at the White House hotel:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-29449616 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-29449616)

I hope that no one was injured in the fire.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on October 01, 2014, 10:24:16 PM
The article made it clear that no one was hurt Hugo.

No-one was hurt and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the blaze had not spread. It was out by 18:55 BST.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on October 01, 2014, 10:36:04 PM
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The article made it clear that no one was hurt Hugo.

No-one was hurt and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the blaze had not spread. It was out by 18:55 BST.

Thanks Fester, I hadn't read it properly and was thinking about smoke inhalation as well as other injuries.   
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on October 02, 2014, 08:25:11 AM
Bet they wished they hadn't moved 'our' ladder to Rhyl !
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on October 02, 2014, 10:51:09 AM
WATCH: Llandudno hotel guests evacuated after fire breaks out

A hotel was evacuated after a fire broke out.

Three fire engines rushed to the Whitehouse Hotel, on Mostyn Crescent, Llandudno, after the alarm was raised at 5.15pm yesterday.
Nobody was hurt in the incident, which was caused by  an electrical fault.
It is not known how many people, including staff, were evacuated.
But 48 guests were booked to stay at the four storey hotel which has a capacity of 108.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/watch-llandudno-hotel-guests-evacuated-7867437 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/watch-llandudno-hotel-guests-evacuated-7867437)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: chemirocha on October 02, 2014, 02:11:52 PM
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Bet they wished they hadn't moved 'our' ladder to Rhyl !

When I drove past at just before 7pm there were 3 fire engines (is that the correct term?) outside the hotel with one of them being the "ladder" so I guess it must have been stationed a bit nearer than Rhyl, or it came on a hovercraft.  :D

Plenty of flashing lights but not much in the way of smoke or flames, thank goodness.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: norman08 on October 02, 2014, 03:19:34 PM
Chemo rocha alarm raised at 515 hotel  high building so ladder would be called ,should have got there by 6 at least so would have been there when you passed .
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on October 02, 2014, 04:26:16 PM
WATCH OUT: The Met Office have issued a Yellow Warning of Rain for tomorrow. The bad weather is expected to affect Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, and Ceredigion from 3pm on Friday until 9am on Saturday.
ref DP blog.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on October 03, 2014, 10:07:20 AM
North Wales weather

Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy are predicted to be among the worst hit by possible flooding problems and surface water on roads

The Met Office said there will be “some heavy and persistent rainfall, with 20 to 40 mm possibly quite widely across the warning area, while a few locations may see in excess of 60 mm, much of this falling within a few hours”.

Although forecasters cannot say exactly where will be hit by the heavy rain, the warning is valid from 3pm today until 9am tomorrow.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-wales-weather-yellow-warning-7875350 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-wales-weather-yellow-warning-7875350)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on October 03, 2014, 09:17:14 PM
So far, so good !
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on October 03, 2014, 09:46:40 PM
It's going to be at its worst about 0200.

Big broadband outage tonight, with around 30 area codes affected.  If you lost internet about an hour ago, that was the reason.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on October 04, 2014, 08:28:11 AM
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It's going to be at its worst about 0200.

Big broadband outage tonight, with around 30 area codes affected.  If you lost internet about an hour ago, that was the reason.

And it was-- had to get up and shut the window as it was pouring in. :o
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on October 04, 2014, 10:19:46 AM
Flash flooding hits homes after rain across Wales

In north Wales, fire crews attended reports of flooding at two homes, in Caernarfon and Bangor.
The River Conwy at Llanrwst in Conwy county also burst its banks after heavy rain.
NRW issued flood alerts for several rivers on Monday.

Earlier, the Met Office issued a yellow warning for the whole of Wales which is valid until 21:00 BST on Monday.
A Met Office spokesman said that floods were a greater risk after periods of dry weather, with hardened ground not allowing water to be absorbed.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-23576219 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-23576219)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on October 04, 2014, 02:02:29 PM
Interesting national story..Tesco confirms delivery of Gulfstream jet worth £30m

Tesco has confirmed it has taken delivery of a new private jet worth £30m, a week after major errors were discovered in the company's accounts.
The supermarket's share price has plunged by nearly 50% so far this year.
News of the private jet comes a fortnight after it emerged that Tesco had overstated its profits for the first half of the year by £250m.
The days of unstoppable growth and profits are over thanks to Aldi and Lidl. The days of frugality, hard work and no private jets await

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29488777 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29488777)

Title: Re: Stop Press Storm photos
Post by: SteveH on October 09, 2014, 11:37:20 AM
LOOK: North Wales on flood alert as high winds and heavy rain expected

A flood alert has been issued for parts of the North Wales coast after the region was hit by high winds and heavy rain.
Thunder and lightning storms were captured on camera across the coast last night including Colwyn Bay, Caergeilog and Llandudno Pier.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/look-north-wales-flood-alert-7907735 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/look-north-wales-flood-alert-7907735)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on October 09, 2014, 03:41:21 PM
I was trying to get on the A55  eastbound lane at the big roundabout by the Black Cat Garage but Police were stopping vehicles from going up the slip road.
There were loads of Police vehicles and Fire Engines but I couldn't see if there were any ambulances present at the scene.   I'm just guessing but there must have been a bad crash on that sliproad
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on October 09, 2014, 03:57:13 PM
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I was trying to get on the A55  eastbound lane at the big roundabout by the Black Cat Garage but Police were stopping vehicles from going up the slip road.
There were loads of Police vehicles and Fire Engines but I couldn't see if there were any ambulances present at the scene.   I'm just guessing but there must have been a bad crash on that sliproad
ROAD CRASH: Emergency services are at the scene of a crash at the Black Cat roundabout in Glan Conwy.

 A car is believed to have hit a lamppost at about 3pm and the A55 eastbound entry slip road has been closed.

 Motorists heading for Colwyn Bay are being diverted through Mochdre. We'll bring you more details when we have them.
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Update..One person taken to hospital after car crashed into lamppost at Black Cat roundabout
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Post by: SteveH on October 09, 2014, 04:52:20 PM
Update DP blog
GLAN CONWY CRASH: It was a woman in her seventies who was taken to hospital for treatment after her car crashed into a lamppost earlier.
Emergency services were called to the Black Cat roundabout at Glan Conwy Corner at 2.45pm.
The condition of the casualty, who was in a Jaguar car, is not thought to be life threatening. The A55 eastbound towards Colwyn Bay was closed then re-opened by 4pm.
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Post by: DaveR on October 10, 2014, 09:55:44 AM
The A470 is currently closed in both directions at Llanrwst due to a fire.

Photo courtesy Carl Lemalle/Daily Post.
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Post by: Ian on October 10, 2014, 10:29:24 AM
You can circumnavigate the town itself but it's far from easy.  Fire engines are drawing water from a number of spate streams, so there are pipes everywhere - literally. The fire appears to have gutted the Funeral parlour and the flat upstairs,  It seems to have started at around 0600 this morning. There may have been one death or serious injury.
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Post by: SteveH on October 10, 2014, 10:35:04 AM
Man, 19, dies after Llanrwst flat fire

A 19-year-old man has died and a 39-year-old man is in a serious condition in hospital following a flat fire in Llanrwst in the Conwy Valley.

Police are investigating the blaze above a funeral director's in Ancaster Square in the town, which fire crews were called to just after 06:00 BST.

A third man, aged 48, escaped unhurt from the fire.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-29564668 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-29564668)
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Post by: SteveH on October 10, 2014, 04:07:03 PM
FIRE DEATH: It has been confirmed that the 39-year-old man taken to hospital following a fire in Llanrwst this morning has died. This is the second fatality following the incident which also claimed the life of a 19-year-old man.
Ref DPblog 3.47
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Post by: Dave on October 16, 2014, 04:17:05 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-29643652 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-29643652)

Details for littering fines on the BBC website today. This was discussed elsewhere on the Forum but I can't find it.
Conwy leads the way on revenue earning £176K. If all fixed penalties are £80 that accounts for £131K.
They might be handing out the fines but folk are still dropping the rubbish.
Littering is a greater number than cigarette littering but both are higher than dog fouling.
Dog fouling is the worst in my opinion as it has some particularly offensive aspects but in it's defence ( well not really but I'm sure you will comprehend my meaning) at least it's biodegradable.
Plastics aren't.
Dog mess in a picked up bag then left in a tree somewhere for another person to clear up. Why ?
Now that winters on it's way they make a very useful hand warmer until the first bin is found $good$
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Post by: born2run on October 16, 2014, 04:23:17 PM
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Details for littering fines on the BBC website today. This was discussed elsewhere on the Forum but I can't find it.
Conwy leads the way on revenue earning £176K. If all fixed penalties are £80 that accounts for £131K.
They might be handing out the fines but folk are still dropping the rubbish.

An alarming number in the difference between fines issued and fines paid in Conwy and Denbighshire.
So there are plenty of appeals going on and being successfully overturned   D)
As  I suspected these money grabbers are only interested in their personal KPIs and fining as much victims as they can get away with - I bet a lot more would have been overturned but people don't want the hassle of appealing. Time that these Moderated were off our streets for good they make no difference to the amount of litter dropped but are good at scaring away tourists and intimidating vulnerable people. $good$



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Post by: SteveH on October 16, 2014, 04:48:13 PM
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Details for littering fines on the BBC website today. This was discussed elsewhere on the Forum but I can't find it.
Conwy leads the way on revenue earning £176K. If all fixed penalties are £80 that accounts for £131K.

Other posts on litter wardens on "Obstacles to Tourism in Llandudno"     :)

Dave....Hand warmers!... WWW    B2R...Agreed..  " scaring away tourists and intimidating vulnerable people."  $angry$
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Post by: Dave on October 16, 2014, 04:59:16 PM
Might as well post this here now !
I hate littering and there is in my opinion usually no excuse if it's deliberate. I can see that on occasion it's accidental. I know someone who has a grass cutting contract who tells me they always pay special attention around petrol stations on dual carriageways as drivers pay for the petrol and often put their change on the dashboard as they drive off with the window open.They have found a surprising number of notes amongst the rubbish.
We could have the same opinion of traffic wardens as  litter wardens( they have another title too, I forget what). As a driver we all despise them as they often pounce on a vehicle that is minutes out of time but on the other hand do we really want our main shopping streets occupied by the same selfish vehicles all day ? For a visitor to Llandudno I do think that parking might be allowed for longer on the prom in the mornings as a ticket there would certainly leave a nasty taste and it's not easy to find an alternative if you are staying in an hotel around say the St Georges or Chatsworth.
Must admit last week I watched a white van parked on the pavement outside what was Hooson's Chemist get a ticket. A wardens council van with flashing hazard lights was parked on the section of road leading up to the roundabout from the prom which has lines painted on it. This isn't just a parking infringement, it's an endorsable offence. A visitor was with me and I got him to take a photo, he's gone home to Germany and I haven't got a copy but you should have seen the face of pure unadulterated hatred on the wardens face as he suddenly realised he was being photographed. I hope he's had a few sleepless nights wondering if it will appear somewhere.
It might yet if you are reading this "mate" !
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Post by: Yorkie on October 16, 2014, 06:41:16 PM
What you have said, Dave, is admirable!  One small point, Council vehicles are exempt from the Parking restrictions as they require to park to do their jobs. This, litterally means virtually everywhere, including approaches to Pedestrian crossings.
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Post by: ormegolf on October 16, 2014, 07:19:10 PM
 I am a bit confused here. Are we talking about two vehicles---or a council flashing light vehicle being photographed by a traffic warden?
  Another small point, Yorkie. If the criteria is "they have to park to do their job."  I guess that covers around 90 per cent of the potential working drivers who need to park.   Gosh, what an easy time I would have had as a coach driver stopping my coach outside M and S so that my passengers could get off.  I wish
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Post by: SteveH on October 16, 2014, 07:46:51 PM
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RefB2R..An alarming number in the difference between fines issued and fines paid in Conwy and Denbighshire.
So there are plenty of appeals going on and being successfully overturned
Hi B2R...Taking into account the overturned fines, it does not make sense?

Quote from: Dave on Today at 04:17:05 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-29643652 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-29643652)  figures below from link.   Welsh government statistics

FP Issued  2,359              FP Paid   1,646              Amount collected     =£176,925   

The figure of £176,925 equates to 2,359 tickets @ £75 but they say they have only collected for 1,646 which would equate to £123,450 a difference of £53,425 .?

And the council only receives £35.00 of each fine.   1,646 @ £35.00  =£57,610.?

So as far as I can tell (Check the figures please) somebody is playing games.     &shake&
The other authority figures do not add up either?
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Post by: Yorkie on October 16, 2014, 08:34:53 PM
As Einstein said, "There are lies, damned lies and statistics!"   Don't believe any of them!
 ZXZ
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Post by: Ian on October 17, 2014, 07:28:45 AM
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So as far as I can tell (Check the figures please) somebody is playing games.     &shake&
The other authority figures do not add up either?

Your figures are correct, Steve. It's possible that the BBC reporter didn't check them before copying them into their article.
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Post by: DaveR on October 17, 2014, 09:06:58 AM
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As Einstein said, "There are lies, damned lies and statistics!"   Don't believe any of them!
 ZXZ
That quote is usually attributed to Mark Twain.  $good$
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Post by: SteveH on October 17, 2014, 10:52:59 AM
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So as far as I can tell (Check the figures please) somebody is playing games.     &shake&
The other authority figures do not add up either?
Your figures are correct, Steve. It's possible that the BBC reporter didn't check them before copying them into their article.
Hi Ian, It is strange that non of the authority figures match up, but it does raise the question of "CBCC bad management" as discussed on other threads, these are simple figures, whoever is in charge should have picked it up.
I would still like to know if CBCC has £176,925 or have they assumed that amount, by issuing 2359 tickets.
It appears to be another example of CBCC thinking, or lack off, especially with the "Cuts" coming up.
Look after the pennies, and the pounds will look after themselves

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Post by: Yorkie on October 17, 2014, 11:56:38 AM
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As Einstein said, "There are lies, damned lies and statistics!"   Don't believe any of them!
 ZXZ
That quote is usually attributed to Mark Twain.  $good$

I thought you were correct until I found this!   ZXZ

The term was popularised in the United States by Mark Twain (among others), who attributed it to the 19th-century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881): "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
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Post by: DaveR on October 17, 2014, 12:07:13 PM
If you read on a bit further in that Wikipedia article, you'll see that it was incorrectly attributed to Disraeli, as it first appeared after his death.  $good$
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Post by: Ian on October 17, 2014, 12:10:50 PM
 An early reference to the expression, which may explain Twain's assertion, is found in a speech made by Leonard H. Courtney, (1832-1918), later Lord Courtney, in New York in 1895:

    'After all, facts are facts, and although we may quote one to another with a chuckle the words of the Wise Statesman, "Lies - damn lies - and statistics," still there are some easy figures the simplest must understand, and the astutest cannot wriggle out of.’

There's no indication that by 'Wise Statesman' Courtney was referring to any specific person, although it may be that Twain thought that he meant Disraeli.
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Post by: Yorkie on October 17, 2014, 12:26:33 PM
The plot thickens!   :D
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Post by: Dave on October 17, 2014, 01:54:56 PM
As far as litter pollution goes this makes sobering reading
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29631332 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29631332)

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Post by: SteveH on October 17, 2014, 02:13:49 PM
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As far as litter pollution goes this makes sobering reading
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29631332 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29631332)
I read that, from your original link, as you say "sobering",  it's not just the streets....
I cross the Oval football/rugby pitches now and again and am always surprised by the amount of discarded drinks containers left by the teams at the end of their game, I would have expected more respect from disciplined sportsmen.
I also remember many years ago fishing from CB pier, a group of 6 at the end of the day collected all their cans and rubbish in a cardboard box, I thought very commendable, until they chucked the lot over the railings into the sea..? &shake&
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Post by: ormegolf on October 17, 2014, 07:31:04 PM
  Something like the dog poo that Yorkie and I have been writing about in another thread
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Post by: SteveH on October 18, 2014, 01:38:02 PM
DPblog...AMBULANCE: The Ambulance, Police and Coastguard were on hand at Llandudno's North Shore this morning at 2:25am. A man in his 40's was later transferred to Ysbyty Gwynedd near Bangor and its believed he'd been in the sea for up to 30 minutes before he was rescued.
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Post by: SteveH on October 18, 2014, 03:10:04 PM
DPblog..LLANDUDNO: More information on the overnight incident 300 yards from Llandudno's north shore, at Craig-y-Don. The town's RNLI crew says he was found in a distressed condition and was 'totally unwilling' to be taken into the lifeboat, prompting half an hour being spent trying to persuade him to join them on board.
As the man begun to tire, and without him noticing. the crew was able to slowly work the lifeboat sufficiently close inshore for the police on the beach to apprehend the man.
Both lifeboats and their crews were then stood down after spending well over an hour on scene.
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Post by: Fester on October 18, 2014, 07:40:38 PM
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DPblog..LLANDUDNO: More information on the overnight incident 300 yards from Llandudno's north shore, at Craig-y-Don. The town's RNLI crew says he was found in a distressed condition and was 'totally unwilling' to be taken into the lifeboat, prompting half an hour being spent trying to persuade him to join them on board.
As the man begun to tire, and without him noticing. the crew was able to slowly work the lifeboat sufficiently close inshore for the police on the beach to apprehend the man.
Both lifeboats and their crews were then stood down after spending well over an hour on scene.

Time wasting, selfish tw&t.     &shake&
Why didn't they just leave him?, and toddle off home to their warm comfortable duvets.    Ahhhhhh. 
Title: Re: Stop Press Hurricane Gonzalo
Post by: SteveH on October 20, 2014, 01:02:04 PM
Remains of Hurricane Gonzalo to hit most of Wales

Gale force winds of up to 70mph and heavy rain will arrive in Wales on Monday evening, said the Met Office.

A yellow severe weather warning has been issued as the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo reach Britain.
Coastal areas and north-western parts of Wales are expected to see the worst of the weather.
The Met Office said while all of Wales will be affected, areas including Aberporth, Aberystwyth and Anglesey will likely see the strongest winds.
"Hurricane Gonzalo will run eastwards across the Atlantic, reaching the UK on Monday night, bringing strong winds and heavy rain," said a spokesperson.
"The strongest winds are expected on Tuesday as the low pressure clears eastwards."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-29685680 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-29685680)
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Post by: DaveR on October 20, 2014, 01:43:34 PM
Looks as though it will be at its worst about 5am tomorrow. Batten down the hatches!
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Post by: born2run on October 20, 2014, 01:45:58 PM
No smite for me this week then  :-[
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 20, 2014, 02:10:19 PM
Looks like I had better tie my Reliant down in those winds!  :o
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Post by: born2run on October 20, 2014, 02:48:08 PM
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Looks like I had better tie my Reliant down in those winds!  :o

Robins can fly  ££$
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Post by: SteveH on October 20, 2014, 02:50:56 PM
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Looks like I had better tie my Reliant down in those winds!  :o
Robins can fly  ££$

 _))*    $good$
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 20, 2014, 04:40:25 PM
True, but it's not a Robin, it's a Rialto!  ;D
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Post by: Ian on October 20, 2014, 06:52:28 PM
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Looks as though it will be at its worst about 5am tomorrow. Batten down the hatches!

The winds are coming from the NW, or - if luck prevails - WNW. The worst winds follow the system.
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Post by: ormegolf on October 20, 2014, 07:38:09 PM
  Why is it better if the wind is WNW rather than NW?
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 21, 2014, 08:00:22 AM
Why do we have to import these foreign storms? gonzalo sounds foreign to me, bring back the good old British storms I say!  WWW
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Post by: Bri Roberts on October 21, 2014, 08:38:24 AM
The 2014 hurricane name list is the same as the 2008 hurricane name list with the exception of three names that were devastating hurricanes in 2008 and thus retired.

Gustav was replaced by Gonzalo, Ike was replaced by Isaias, and Paloma was replaced by Paulette.

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Post by: SteveH on October 21, 2014, 10:42:11 AM
"A tree blew on to the roof of a building and ferry crossings have been cancelled as  the aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo hit North Wales last night.

Gusts of up to 70 miles per hour battered parts of the region with exposed coastal areas the worst hit and the Met Office have issued a yellow "be aware" warning for high winds and heavy rain until 6pm.

The Met Office says winds exceeding  55mph are likely inland, with 60 to 70mph again expected in exposed coastal areas. Hail and wintry showers are also predicted over high ground."
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/trees-blown-down-ferries-cancelled-7969379 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/trees-blown-down-ferries-cancelled-7969379)
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Post by: DaveR on October 21, 2014, 12:03:39 PM
Deganwy Library is to close at the end of the month.
Title: Re: Stop Press Police
Post by: SteveH on October 21, 2014, 01:23:51 PM
POLICE IN LLANDUDNO: Several officers are at the scene of an incident in Llandudno.

  Police were called at 12.50pm to a report of a man breaking windows in Gloddaeth Street.

  It is understood that a newsagent's window has been smashed.

?  ?
POLICE IN LLANDUDNO: There are reports of seven police cars near a newsagent's in Gloddaeth Street in Llandudno.
Title: Re: Stop Press Arrest
Post by: SteveH on October 21, 2014, 02:18:20 PM
POLICE IN LLANDUDNO: More on the incident at a Llandudno newsagent in Gloddaeth Street now.

 A witness has told the Daily Post: "A stretch of pavement has been taped off and there's a hole in the window with police inside talking to staff."
It appears that an Arriva Bus, with passengers aboard, has stopped nearby and is not leaving the scene.

PHOTO.....http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/live-north-wales-live-blog-7967146 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/live-north-wales-live-blog-7967146)

A MAN has been arrested following an attack on a newsagents in Llandudno.
North Wales Police were called to the Gloddaeth Street newsagents at 12.50pm, after they received a complaint of a man breaking windows.
Police attended the scene and the man was "quickly detained".  Ref Pioneer
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Post by: born2run on October 21, 2014, 02:57:22 PM
This should be in the OSCAR thread  WWW
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Post by: DaveR on October 21, 2014, 03:46:13 PM
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Nothing to do with that, I believe. Just a local nutter on the rampage.
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Post by: SteveH on October 21, 2014, 03:53:20 PM
Llandudno newsagent Nigel Roberts' shop windows smashed with 'bar'

The windows of a prominent newsagent's shop have been smashed by a man wielding a 'bar'
At least four windows of Nigel Roberts's store on Gloddaeth Street, Llandudno were broken in an attack that took place just before 1pm.

Video and photos....http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/llandudno-newsagent-nigel-roberts-shop-7973091 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/llandudno-newsagent-nigel-roberts-shop-7973091)
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Post by: dwsi on October 21, 2014, 04:53:08 PM
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This should be in the OSCAR thread  WWW
Nothing to do with that, I believe. Just a local nutter on the rampage.

The newsagent has had problems with this man for months
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Post by: Yorkie on October 21, 2014, 05:11:54 PM
Pictures,  it's a wonder that i haven't been accused of being the one responsible!   :D
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Post by: dwsi on October 21, 2014, 05:39:07 PM
Has Yorkie replaced DaveR as the forums resident news snapper?   D)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on October 21, 2014, 06:29:36 PM
No i think SteveH has taken over lol :laugh:
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Post by: Yorkie on October 21, 2014, 06:39:50 PM
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No i think SteveH has taken over lol :laugh:

My pics were courtesy of a passer by, I take no credit for them whatsoeve.   
 ;D
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Post by: SteveH on October 21, 2014, 06:57:39 PM
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No i think SteveH has taken over lol :laugh:

No way, photo's, not with my eyesight......but I must admit, since I learn't to "cut and paste" a couple of months ago, it may be getting out of hand, so I will look for a local CAP anonymous program.... :) :)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on October 28, 2014, 06:04:46 PM
Security man at Parc Llandudno stole £10k from pay and display machines

A security supervisor at a retail park stole nearly £10,000 from pay and display parking machines after altering CCTV cameras so he couldn’t be seen, a court heard on Tuesday.
Mark John Forte Evans, 34, of Bryn Gosol Road, Llandudno, was placed under 12 months supervision and must do 250 hours unpaid work. He was given 28 days to pay compensation of £9,899 and £145 costs.

Evans admitted stealing at Parc Llandudno between October last year and June 6. Prosecutor Tracey Willingham told the town’s magistrates he said to police he had alcohol problems at the time and used money to buy drink or lottery tickets. He was getting help.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/security-man-parc-llandudno-stole-8011429 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/security-man-parc-llandudno-stole-8011429)
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Post by: Dave on October 28, 2014, 06:12:02 PM
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Security man at Parc Llandudno stole £10k from pay and display machines

 He was getting help.


£10k's worth !
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Post by: Nemesis on October 29, 2014, 11:45:39 AM
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This should be in the OSCAR thread  WWW
Nothing to do with that, I believe. Just a local nutter on the rampage.

The newsagent has had problems with this man for months

So have a lot more people in the area.
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Post by: DaveR on October 29, 2014, 12:24:34 PM
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Nothing to do with that, I believe. Just a local nutter on the rampage.

The newsagent has had problems with this man for months

So have a lot more people in the area.
I don't understand why the community should have to put with people like this man, who is basically a danger to the general public due to mental health issues. Never mind his rights, what about the right of everyone else to be able to walk safely around town without fear of being randomly attacked?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 29, 2014, 12:29:51 PM
Time to reopen the Denbeigh asylum?  Seems like the lunatics have all escaped the asylum!  &shake&
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Post by: Nemesis on October 29, 2014, 02:35:05 PM
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Nothing to do with that, I believe. Just a local nutter on the rampage.

The newsagent has had problems with this man for months

So have a lot more people in the area.
I don't understand why the community should have to put with people like this man, who is basically a danger to the general public due to mental health issues. Never mind his rights, what about the right of everyone else to be able to walk safely around town without fear of being randomly attacked?

Could make quite a gang if they were all gathered up.
 I have every sympathy with mental illness, but when people become a danger to both themselves and the local community, they need care.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on October 31, 2014, 11:56:43 AM
A man in appearing in Crown Court on Monday with regard to the recent incident at the Newsagents, charged with threatening a witness, criminal damage, carrying an offensive weapon, threatening behaviour.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on October 31, 2014, 04:21:06 PM
LIFEBOAT CALLOUT: Llandudno Lifeboat was launched this afternoon after reports a semi rigid dinghy had capsized. The 16 foot dinghy with a woman and three children capsized in blustery conditions a quarter of a mile from Colwyn Bay pier.
The crew of the boat managed to right it, with all four making it back in and getting back to shore safely and unaided.
REFDPblog
NEW........
At 2pm today volunteers made their way to the incident, where a woman and three children aboard the dinghy were thought to be in distress.
When they got to the scene, the 16-foot Venture-class dinghy had been righted and made its way to shore unaided.
The lifeboat was not required to launch and was able to return to station 2.25pm.
A Llandudno RNLI spokesman said: “Whilst happily our services weren't needed on this occasion, situations like this can deteriorate very quickly and the member of the public who alerted the Coastguard with a 999 call so promptly definitely did the right thing.  Ref Pioneer
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on November 06, 2014, 03:53:23 PM
A47 closed from Tal y Cafn to Llanrwst. Diversions in progress.
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Post by: Yorkie on November 06, 2014, 07:05:13 PM
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A47 closed from Tal y Cafn to Llanrwst. Diversions in progress.

I think we need an 0 in the equation somewhere!    :D
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Post by: Ian on November 07, 2014, 07:16:39 AM
Oops!  Sorry...

Does anyone know why it was closed?
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Post by: Jack on November 07, 2014, 07:49:55 AM
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Oops!  Sorry...

Does anyone know why it was closed?

Another RTC - 4 people taken to hospital.
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Post by: Ian on November 07, 2014, 08:39:46 AM
Thanks, Jack.  Do we have any more details?
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Post by: Gwynant on November 07, 2014, 09:07:14 AM
             The details are in the Daily Post this morning Ian, and were on the on-line "Live. North Wales Blog" yesterday which always gives you up-to-date local news and incidents "as it happens".
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Post by: SteveH on November 07, 2014, 09:31:30 AM
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             The details are in the Daily Post this morning Ian, and were on the on-line "Live. North Wales Blog" yesterday which always gives you up-to-date local news and incidents "as it happens".
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/four-people-rushed-hospital-after-8062608 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/four-people-rushed-hospital-after-8062608)
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Post by: Ian on November 07, 2014, 09:46:24 AM
Thanks, Gwynant. And thanks Steve. I see now it happened on the notorious 'dog-leg' bit which is due to be straightened out by the WAG in the near future.  Twisty bends, poor line-of-sight, narrowing road and a junction just round the corner, combine with incompetent drivers who take the bends far too quickly.
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Post by: SteveH on November 07, 2014, 11:13:17 AM
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             The details are in the Daily Post this morning Ian, and were on the on-line "Live. North Wales Blog" yesterday which always gives you up-to-date local news and incidents "as it happens".
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/four-people-rushed-hospital-after-8062608 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/four-people-rushed-hospital-after-8062608)
North Wales Police 
A 73 old woman injured in A470 Llanrwst collision between Astra & VW Golf at noon Nov 6 has sadly died. Anyone with information call 101.”
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Post by: Ian on November 07, 2014, 11:17:51 AM
It'll be interesting to see if any charges are brought against anyone involved. I know the A470 from Maenan to Glan Conwy is the worst part of the entire road, right down to Cardiff. But appalling driving certainly forms a big part of the equation. Very sad to hear about the lady, though.
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Post by: SteveH on November 11, 2014, 06:12:41 PM
Uncover North Wales stories at Explore Your Archive week  It's Explore Your Archive week from November 10-16 with plenty of workshops, talks and activities to learn about our communities

Archives across North Wales will be opening their vaults as part of the Explore Your Archive week.

The campaign is to encourage people to discover the stories, facts, places and the people at the heart of our communities.

Members of the public will be able to visit a variety of free events and exhibitions including talks, school workshops, taster sessions, storytelling and sculpting. All of which will cover topics from World War I to celebrating 100 year's of the Women's Institute.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/uncover-north-wales-stories-explore-8092453 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/uncover-north-wales-stories-explore-8092453)
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Post by: SteveH on November 17, 2014, 03:44:00 PM
MISSING MAN: Police are currently searching for a man, reportedly in difficulty in the sea off Old Colwyn. A helicopter has been launched, but no-one has been found as of yet.REFDPblog
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Post by: SteveH on November 17, 2014, 05:53:58 PM
MISSING MAN: Llandudno RNLI Lifeboat service say they spotted what appeared to be a man at 2pm although the sighting wasn't able to be confirmed. However, during the ensuing search, which took the Police Helicopter and Lifeboat half a mile out to sea, no trace was found and the search called off at 3.00pmRefDPblog
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Post by: DaveR on November 26, 2014, 09:39:36 AM
Stephen Chilton: Search for missing Conwy man enters fifth day
Nov 25, 2014 18:22 By David Powell

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The search for a missing Conwy man has entered its fifth day.

Stephen Chilton, 39, from Rhos on Sea, was last seen on Thursday evening.

Police became increasingly concerned for the 6ft 3in man and mounted a search, which on Saturday centred on the Little Orme area.

Mountain rescue teams joined coastguards, police and lifeboat crews to search for a missing man in the Llandudno area at the weekend.

Mountain rescue teams with search dogs scoured the hillside for several hours. Police said nothing was found and the search was called off at dusk.

And today a North Wales Police spokeswoman said: “Further investigations are being carried out today and the Joint Underwater Search Team are also continuing with their work in the area.”

Earlier this week Chief Inspector Simon Barrasford from North Wales Police had said: “The multi agency search which began yesterday continues today with teams from the RNLI, mountain rescue, police and coastguard out in the area also conducting enquiries with the public.

“I would urge anyone who may have seen Stephen to contact North Wales Police immediately on 0300 3300101.”

Officers appealed for any sightings of Mr Chilton to be reported to police on 101.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/search-continues-for-missing-man-8174007 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/search-continues-for-missing-man-8174007)
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Post by: Bri Roberts on November 28, 2014, 02:08:13 PM
Stephen Chilton: Tributes paid to Rhos-on-Sea teacher found dead after going missing

The 38-year-old was found dead on Wednesday six days after he went missing from his mother's home

Tributes have been paid to a much loved teacher tragically found dead six days after going missing.

Art teacher Stephen Chilton “lit up a room” and inspired others to learn, say his grieving family.

The 38-year-old bachelor had vanished from his mother’s Rhos on Sea home, where he was living, on Thursday last week and was found dead on Wednesday.

Emergency services had searched for him around the Little Orme.

The exact circumstances of his death have not been released but police say it is not suspicious.
John Chilton, 44, one of his brothers, said: “We knew he had been on a bit of downer but none of us realised the full extent of it. We can’t believe it.

“People would say he would light up a room. He would energise a room - he was such a positive person.

“He brought joy and happiness. People who knew him are all devastated.”
Stephen grew up in Liverpool and later took a Fine Art degree at Aberystwyth University in the early 2000s.

He worked simultaneously at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre while he was an undergraduate - although he never had such problems himself, said Mr Chilton.
Stephen then went to Exeter to take a teaching degree and taught in Bradford and Swindon up to 2010.
But that year, he returned to Aberystwyth University to take a Masters degree in Fine Art.
More recently, Stephen has been teaching art in evening classes at a school in the Aberystwyth area.

“He inspired others to learn,” added Mr Chilton.

Mr Chilton said his brother enjoyed outdoor activities and was also trying to pursue a career as an artist.

Stephen ran in the London Marathon and half marathons and both men cycled together in the French Alps.

A post mortem examination is expected to be conducted today.

A full inquest is expected to be held next year to look into the cause of death.

Mr Chilton said: “The inquest will decide what happened.”

Stephen, who would have been 39 on December 16, leaves a twin brother Andrew in New Zealand, three other brothers, a sister, mother and stepfather.

The artist was last seen at midnight on Thursday. November 20.

Police became increasingly concerned for the 6ft 3in man and mounted a search involving officers, a Joint Underwater Search team and coastguards.

But they scaled down the search after property was found.

Mr Chilton thanked everyone who searched for his brother.


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Post by: DaveR on November 28, 2014, 02:32:44 PM
How sad.  :( Incidents like this seem to becoming more common in recent years.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on November 28, 2014, 02:48:42 PM
Yup.  :(
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Post by: DaveR on November 28, 2014, 02:57:54 PM
The ever increasing pressures of modern life, I suppose. :(
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 28, 2014, 05:03:21 PM
Tragic!   :(
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Post by: DaveR on November 29, 2014, 10:40:29 AM
Big congratulations to our very own Fester, whose shop has been mentioned by Maureen Lipman in the Spectator magazine this week!

"Holidaying recently in north Wales, however, I wandered into a kiosk of soaps and tinctures on Llandudno pier. There was a remedy for sleep that Peter, the knowledgeable proprietor, told me was his biggest seller. It contains lavender (naturally), ylang ylang (not a sleepy Chinese pianist) and odorata (not an impregnated insole). I paid three quid and left smiling drily. That night, still sneering. I applied it to my temples, wrists and the soles of my feet. Reader, I slept like a warthog! Result! The next day in pelting rain I ran back to the kiosk and bought six more phials for myself and my baggy-eyed friends. "

http://www.spectator.co.uk/health/opinion-health/well-worried/9370142/i-think-ive-finally-found-the-secret-of-a-good-nights-sleep/ (http://www.spectator.co.uk/health/opinion-health/well-worried/9370142/i-think-ive-finally-found-the-secret-of-a-good-nights-sleep/)

Anyone wishing to purchase the Sleep Remedy can find it here:
http://llandudno-emporium.com/onlinestore/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=109 (http://llandudno-emporium.com/onlinestore/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=109)
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Post by: Ian on November 29, 2014, 10:44:39 AM
Congratulations, Fester.  Well deserved :-)))
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Post by: hollins on November 29, 2014, 12:10:54 PM
Brilliant, well done Mr F. What a great story!
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 29, 2014, 12:40:44 PM
Well done! Great publicity!  $good$
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Post by: Nemesis on November 29, 2014, 01:17:52 PM
Well done Fes.-- The remedy you sold our daughter for her partner's feet was excellent as well.
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Post by: Fester on November 29, 2014, 06:34:36 PM
Hmmm, anymore of this and you will even have me believing that this stuff works!   :laugh: :laugh:

I have to say, having read the whole article, that Maureen Lipman writes in a really amusing style, very much like our very own Pendragon.     I miss Angie!


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Post by: snowcap on November 29, 2014, 09:42:41 PM
is she still sleeping after using your elixir ?
 Great to see you getting the praise you deserve P
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Post by: nwpo on November 29, 2014, 11:48:15 PM
Tudno FM (Llandudno Community Radio) amongst 53 licensees under investigation by Ofcom for failing to keep to their license conditions.

http://radiotoday.co.uk/2014/11/ofcom-to-investigate-over-50-community-radio-stations/ (http://radiotoday.co.uk/2014/11/ofcom-to-investigate-over-50-community-radio-stations/)
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Post by: Ian on November 30, 2014, 08:29:28 AM
It was always going to be extremely difficult for local radio stations in areas with small populations to stay within the limitations. As for TV stations the outlook is even more dire.
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Post by: DaveR on December 08, 2014, 10:25:45 AM
This is an amazing story, this guy has performed at hundreds of childrens parties in the area over the years...

Mark Whincup: North Wales children's entertainer in court over child abuse images and dealing crystal meth
Dec 05, 2014 15:22 By Eryl Crump, Gareth Hughes

The 50-year-old magician is facing 19 charges relating to making, distributing and possessing indecent images and three for supplying Class A drugs

Steve LewisMark Whincup worked with CAIS, the drug and alcohol agency, on a project called 'Don’t Touch, Tell' warning children of the dangers of needlesMark Whincup worked with CAIS, the drug and alcohol agency, on a project called 'Don’t Touch, Tell' warning children of the dangers of needles
A North Wales children’s entertainer has appeared in court charged with supplying, making and possessing indecent images of children and supplying Class A drugs including crystal meth.

Mark John Whincup, of Ebberston Road East, Rhos-on-Sea, faces 22 charges involving drugs and child pornography.

The 50-year-old, who is also known as “Magic Mark”, was remanded in custody at Prestatyn Magistrates and will appear at Caernarfon Crown Court next week.

As well as being a magician Whincup has also worked with CAIS, the drug and alcohol agency, on a project called “Don’t Touch, Tell”, warning children of the dangers of needles.

The entertainer has appeared in local pantomimes including those at Theatr Colwyn.

Robert Parry JonesMark Whincup when he played Wishee Washee in Aladdin at Theatr ColwynMark Whincup when he played Wishee Washee in Aladdin at Theatr Colwyn 
Prosecutor Tracey Willingham outlined the charges, three of them relating to the supply of a Class A drug, methamphetamine, which is known as crystal meth.

Whincup is also charged with nine offences of making indecent films, six of distributing indecent images of children, two of possessing videos of extreme pornography, one of possessing 674 video images and one of possessing 117 still images.

All the alleged offences occurred between January, 2012, and July this year, but Ms Willingham stressed that none of the images were of children with whom he had come into contact in his work as an entertainer.

Whincup, who sat with his head bowed and eyes closed much of the time as the content of some of the films was outlined, gave no indication of his pleas to the charges.

The magistrates declined jurisdiction and remanded him in custody after his solicitor Ms Elspeth Kenny said she was not in a position to put forward a bail address outside North Wales.

Whincup was first arrested on July 2 this year and answered bail on December 4 when he was charged with distribution, making and possession of indecent images of children and supply of class A drugs.

Speaking after Whincup was charged Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Evans said: “Following interview he was bailed for officers to complete their investigation and examine electronic equipment seized from him.

“On December 4 he answered bail and was charged with distribution, making and possession of indecent images of children and supply of class A drugs.”

The officer added: “The defendant is a well-known local children’s entertainer who has worked across North Wales for years. I understand this will cause concern however I can say that at this stage of the enquiry, none of the images were obtained during the course of his work. As this matter is now before the Courts it would be inappropriate to add anything further.”

If anyone has concerns or wants further information they can phone North Wales Police on 101.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/mark-whincup-north-wales-childrens-8236181 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/mark-whincup-north-wales-childrens-8236181)
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Post by: born2run on December 08, 2014, 04:37:26 PM
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Big congratulations to our very own Fester, whose shop has been mentioned by Maureen Lipman in the Spectator magazine this week!

"Holidaying recently in north Wales, however, I wandered into a kiosk of soaps and tinctures on Llandudno pier. There was a remedy for sleep that Peter, the knowledgeable proprietor, told me was his biggest seller. It contains lavender (naturally), ylang ylang (not a sleepy Chinese pianist) and odorata (not an impregnated insole). I paid three quid and left smiling drily. That night, still sneering. I applied it to my temples, wrists and the soles of my feet. Reader, I slept like a warthog! Result! The next day in pelting rain I ran back to the kiosk and bought six more phials for myself and my baggy-eyed friends. "

http://www.spectator.co.uk/health/opinion-health/well-worried/9370142/i-think-ive-finally-found-the-secret-of-a-good-nights-sleep/ (http://www.spectator.co.uk/health/opinion-health/well-worried/9370142/i-think-ive-finally-found-the-secret-of-a-good-nights-sleep/)

Anyone wishing to purchase the Sleep Remedy can find it here:
http://llandudno-emporium.com/onlinestore/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=109 (http://llandudno-emporium.com/onlinestore/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=109)

"IT LEAVES YOU FEELING LETHARGIC AND LACKING IN ENERGY."

Much like a night out with Fester then  ZXZ
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Post by: Fester on December 08, 2014, 11:53:17 PM
Bit naughty that, B2R, taking that quote entirely out of context, and twisting it......... like quite a number of your other posts on this Forum.

I must remember to repay this favour one day my friend.    In fact you can count on it.
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Post by: DaveR on December 09, 2014, 09:24:09 AM
Man arrested in connection to manslaughter of Rhos on Sea woman

Published date: 09 December 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter


A MAN has been interviewed on suspicion of manslaughter after a woman who collapsed at home later died.

An inquest was opened on Monday into the death of 58-year-old Susan Roberts who died in the intensive care unit at the Maelor Hospital, Wrexham, on December 2.

John Gittins, the coroner for North Wales East and Central, said at the hearing in Ruthin that Ms Roberts had collapsed at her home in Penrhyn Avenue, Rhos-on-Sea, on November 20.

“There may have been a delay in assistance being called,” he said.

A post-mortem examination was carried out by Home Office pathologist Dr Brian Rodgers who deferred a decision on the cause of death pending further tests.

The coroner said a decision to resume the inquest would be made when it is known whether criminal charges will be brought.

A North Wales Police spokes woman said later: “A 61-year-old man is currently on police bail after being arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of a woman.

“The 58-year-old woman, from Rhos-on-Sea, died at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital on the 2nd of December.

“Officers investigating the death arrested the man, who is also from Rhos-on-Sea, on December 3 and he has since been released on police bail while inquiries continue."

http://northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/141742/man-arrested-in-connection-to-manslaughter-of-rhos-on-sea-woman.aspx (http://northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/141742/man-arrested-in-connection-to-manslaughter-of-rhos-on-sea-woman.aspx)
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Post by: born2run on December 09, 2014, 09:28:46 AM
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Bit naughty that, B2R, taking that quote entirely out of context, and twisting it......... like quite a number of your other posts on this Forum.

I must remember to repay this favour one day my friend.    In fact you can count on it.

Who's a grumpy grinch then  L0L
You getting enough sleep? Because I know just the thing  $good$
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Post by: Fester on December 09, 2014, 05:10:42 PM
These delays in ambulance attendance.... it's getting progressively worrying.

Mrs Fester said today, ''Moving to Llandudno is the best thing we ever did, but we didn't think it through in terms of hospitals for when we get ill did we?''

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Post by: Nemesis on December 09, 2014, 06:48:48 PM
Can't grumble-- I am neither a regular visitor at the G.P. or a hospital, but I saw my G.P and within a month I was at Bangor. I was seen within 5 minutes of my appointment time and was happy with the way I was treated. Can't say that I wasn't scared stiff about going, as it is over 25 years since I went to a hospital apart from a few minor mishaps, but I was made to feel OK.
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Post by: Fester on December 10, 2014, 11:44:54 AM
Nem, I'm referring to emergencies... (God forbid you ever have one).... where an ambulance might turn up much later than it's targeted time, and then still has to get you 30 miles to the nearest Ozzie!
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Post by: DaveR on December 10, 2014, 01:09:55 PM
Please do not use the word 'Ozzie ' ever again when referring to a hospital. &shake&
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Post by: born2run on December 10, 2014, 01:45:56 PM
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Please do not use the word 'Ozzie ' ever again when referring to a hospital. &shake&

That word can only be used for bat decapitation related incidents
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Post by: Nemesis on December 10, 2014, 03:50:34 PM
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Post by: Fester on December 10, 2014, 06:23:35 PM
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Please do not use the word 'Ozzie ' ever again when referring to a hospital. &shake&

It was an aberration, borne out of laziness to a degree, together with an inherent need to be loved and accepted.

It will not be repeated.
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Post by: DaveR on December 11, 2014, 10:57:00 AM
Big congratulations to the journalist Judith Phillips, who is to receive the Freedom of Llandudno in recognition of her long years of service at the Weekly News.
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Post by: Tom Davidson on December 11, 2014, 11:07:46 AM
Well deserved after all her years here and in the town.
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Post by: Bellringer on December 11, 2014, 11:12:56 AM
Many congratulations Judith.
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Post by: DaveR on December 12, 2014, 08:51:52 AM
Snow and ice forecast overnight for North Wales
Dec 11, 2014 16:10 By Tom Davidson

Snow and ice is forecast to hit high ground in North Wales overnight.

The Met Office has given a yellow “be aware” warning for five counties, as part of a storm dubbed a “weather bomb”.

Plunging temperatures are predicted to see snow and ice hit Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd and Wrexham from midnight.

Up to 5cm (1.9in) of snow could fall on some parts of high ground.

The extreme weather will also hit mid-Wales, wit 70mph gales are also expected in south, east and west of Wales.

A Met Office statement said: “The public should be aware of the potential for hazardous driving conditions.

“Even at lower levels there is a risk that rain may turn to snow which could be heavy on the hills.

“Following clearance at the end of the night, there is an increasing risk of ice forming on untreated surfaces.”

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/snow-ice-forecast-overnight-north-8273669 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/snow-ice-forecast-overnight-north-8273669)
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Post by: DaveR on December 12, 2014, 09:07:07 AM
Speaking of the weather, there's a fair dusting of snow on the Carneddau this morning. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... ;D
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 12, 2014, 10:01:32 AM
 :laugh:  this weather bomb, otherwise known as winter?  ;D
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Post by: Ian on December 12, 2014, 10:04:22 AM
The phrase 'weather bomb' comes from the US, where it's been in regular use for some years. This is the first appearance of it over here, and it does rather devalue the whole idea of a 'bomb', I think.
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Post by: Gwynant on December 12, 2014, 03:46:22 PM
                    Just switched on the BBC News programme and it's saying that the air space over London is closed until 1900 hrs tonight due to an IT/Computer problem, so all incoming flights to all the London Airports might have to be diverted, and all outgoing flights are delayed.
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Post by: Fester on December 12, 2014, 09:22:17 PM
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:laugh:  this weather bomb, otherwise known as winter?  ;D

A ridiculous and sensationalised phrase.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on December 14, 2014, 06:09:33 PM
Missing woman’s car found in North Wales

Detectives searching for missing 48-year-old Michelle Webster from Sheffield have confirmed that her car has been found in North Wales.

At around 9.30pm last night, Saturday 13 December, officers from North Wales Police found Michelle’s silver VW Beetle in the Colwyn Bay area.

Michelle was last seen leaving her place of work in Woodseats, Sheffield, at around 2pm on Monday 8 December. She was due home from work at 6pm but did not return.

Officers continue to work closely with North Wales Police, who are making extensive enquiries in Wales to try and locate Michelle.

Detective Inspector Stephen Handley said: “We are grateful for everyone’s assistance in sharing our appeal thus far. We have now found Michelle’s car in the Colwyn Bay area but there has still been no contact or sightings of Michelle since Monday.

“We remain incredibly concerned for Michelle’s safety and wellbeing and I’d urge anyone in that area to report any possible sightings of Michelle to us immediately.”

Michelle is white, 5ft 5ins tall and of a medium build. She has short blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a black dress with black tights and black shoes. She was also wearing a three quarter length grey trench coat.

Anyone who may have seen Michelle is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident number 1041 of 8 December 2014.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on December 17, 2014, 04:04:40 PM
Missing Michelle Webster found safe in north Wales   $good$

A Yorkshire woman who went missing on 8 December has been found safe in north Wales.

There were concerns for the welfare of Michelle Webster, 48, from Sheffield, after her car was found in Colwyn Bay.

She was found on Wednesday by someone walking their dog in Penrhyn Bay, Conwy, and has been taken to hospital. Her family has been told.

Det Chf Insp Steve Whittaker of South Yorkshire Police said he is "absolutely delighted" Ms Webster has been found.

He added: "I am indebted to the support we have had from North Wales Police, who conducted extensive enquiries alongside our officers to bring Michelle home safely for Christmas.

"Thank you to the public in South Yorkshire and Wales who shared our appeal so widely and sent so many messages of support."
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Post by: DaveR on December 17, 2014, 04:52:45 PM
Good news!  $good$
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Post by: Bri Roberts on December 19, 2014, 09:40:11 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30547066 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30547066)

Who remembers this female living just off the main road near the former Deganwy Lido?
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Post by: Meleri on December 19, 2014, 02:10:05 PM
I have a vague recollection of being on the bus going to Llandudno in the 60's and the bus slowed down  in the area of the lido. Someone shouted there she is and everyone migrated to the right hand side of the bus and jostling each other to get a look out of the window at a large house with a red roof with a very flash car in the drive. I asked Mum who it was and she said someone famous, so I thought I would have a better look too and had a telling off and told to behave myself and sit down. Being only 10 I didn't understand any of it, but had a good look on the way back.
May she rest in peace now, as I'm sure what happened haunted her all her life.

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Post by: Bri Roberts on December 19, 2014, 03:02:51 PM
Your description of the house has reminded me it was actually called Red Roof or Red Roofs and the property is still there today.
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Post by: Hugo on December 19, 2014, 04:47:50 PM
You're spot on Bri with the house.   When I used to go to the Lido the house stood out but since the 60's other houses have been built around it.
I think that we have some photos in the Gallery here and they show the house on the photo.  Can't think who lived there though.
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Post by: Cambrian on December 19, 2014, 04:49:53 PM
Yes, it was Red Roofs - later owned by K Smith, a consultant surgeon at Llandudno Hospital. I think he may have built another, similar property in the quite extensive grounds.  Quite what Mandy was doing there is a mystery.  She seemed to fare better post the Affair than Christine Keeler but despite the latter's problems - health and housing - Mandy was the first to go.
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Post by: Mikethewatch on December 19, 2014, 06:28:24 PM
Wonder if it will get one of those plaques  ;)
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Post by: Dwyforite on December 21, 2014, 12:40:24 AM
i remember her,i was a young hod carrier and was working on the block of flats opposite and she was bathing topless across the road not so strange now but in the sixties WOW i was up and down that ladder like a ferret because the best view was from the first floor which i was loading out,if i remember correctly she came down here to get away from the press who had just opened up on the story in london
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on December 21, 2014, 08:10:10 AM
You've were a very naughty boy Dwyforite        $smack$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on December 21, 2014, 11:23:38 PM
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she was bathing topless across the road not so strange now but in the sixties WOW

I dunno Dwyforite,  it's still quite strange for round here.... I should know,  I've looked everywhere!   :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: What's Llandudno Like Right Now?
Post by: Gwynant on December 28, 2014, 12:50:36 PM
           Air Ambulance landed on Llandudno Rugby Club car park. It is reported that someone has had an accident in the flats nearby which required urgent treatment.
Title: Re: What's Llandudno Like Right Now?
Post by: Hugo on January 02, 2015, 04:51:31 PM
Driving past the Washington Hotel on the Promenade at about 1.00 pm today I saw about 3 Police  scientific support vans and a Police car parked by the nearby flats.
A couple of guys in the white gear were going into a property and it looked like something had happened to create such a Police presence.
Anyone know what's going on there?

Just seen the BBC News

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/man-attacked-llandudno-flat-left-8374936 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/man-attacked-llandudno-flat-left-8374936)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on February 11, 2015, 08:44:20 AM
I've moved all the posts which were not strictly 'Stop Press' posts into the TT coffee centre.  I appreciate how easy it is to drift off topic, but if we can try to keep this for the truly significant and immediate events it'll probably be of more use.  Ta!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Cat Stevens on March 04, 2015, 10:26:50 PM
Not sure whats going on but I am receiving reports if a robery or may-be a ram raid at the Nationwide Bank in LLandudno this evening
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: norman08 on March 04, 2015, 10:42:44 PM
Mostly nat closed of burnt out car in Craig y don evidently.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on March 05, 2015, 07:15:07 AM
Jut before 2000 the Nationwide was broken into.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-31744603 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-31744603)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on March 25, 2015, 03:46:01 PM
Grand Theatre is sold at auction for £140k.
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Post by: DaveR on March 25, 2015, 05:36:32 PM
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Grand Theatre is sold at auction for £140k.
Not a bad result for a building that requires £500k+ of repairs...
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Blongb on March 28, 2015, 11:56:06 AM
Just had my first notification from Waverley Excursions and as it gets sold out early I thought I'd give you the heads up. I do hope they have better luck docking this year

Liverpool & North Wales   
September 1st - September 2nd


Sailing from Liverpool Cruise Terminal and Llandudno Pier - recapture the days of the romance of the North Wales steamers – St Tudno – St Trillo – St Seriol.  On Tuesday September 1st, steam down the Mersey and along the North Wales Coast, past Colwyn Bay. Spend the afternoon ashore in the Victorian town of Llandudno or stay onboard to cruise along the spectacular Angelsey coast. On Wednesday September 2nd cruise round the Northern Coast of Anglesey to Holyhead, enjoying spectacular views of the Great Orme before cruising round Puffin Island to the vast sandy stretches of Red Wharf Bay. Book early for these cruises as they will sell out!

http://booking.waverleyexcursions.co.uk/?sailing_area=3&utm_source=MailingList&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SPRING+2015 (http://booking.waverleyexcursions.co.uk/?sailing_area=3&utm_source=MailingList&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SPRING+2015)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on March 28, 2015, 12:38:07 PM
There are also 3 dockings (at least) scheduled already for July.

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on April 01, 2015, 08:22:13 AM
An Australian businessman has apparently bought the pier. Jack Nemo, from Brisbane, made his fortune designing non-return boomerangs used for sheep herding in the outback and has a long history of asset-stripping. This can't be good news (http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/ten-of-the-best-april-fools-day-pranks/story-fnq2o7hp-1227285595615).

www.news.com.au/lifestyle (http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/ten-of-the-best-april-fools-day-pranks/story-fnq2o7hp-1227285595615)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 01, 2015, 09:00:13 AM
Good news! I expect it will be covered in Fosters adverts though!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DVT on April 01, 2015, 09:24:15 AM
... and the date today is ... ???

 ;D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on April 01, 2015, 11:26:07 AM
I presume that we shall be getting crocodile rides this year instead of donkeys????? :laugh:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: ormegolf on April 08, 2015, 10:19:02 PM
 Possible a new business on the new prom in Colwyn Bay is going to beat the so called celebrity chef carbuncle.
  Early this evening I spotted a car plus trailer plus a man taking photos of car and trailer and beach. The trailer was loaded with what looked, at a very swift sideways glance whilst driving, about 20 identical obviously brand new push bikes.
  Cycle hire springs instantly to mind. I know it was not a success in Llandudno but on that prom, right on the spot of a very successful cycle route and lots of car owners parked up and needing a bit of exercise, I think it could be a winner.
  Wish I had thought of the idea, provided the council don't want a Bryn Celebrity type of concession charge
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bosun on April 09, 2015, 09:34:31 AM
This appears to have slipped past virtually unnoticed, and whilst not wanting to sound like a NIMBY, I have had experience of this situation in a different part of the country and the result for the nearby locality was (and still is, twenty years later) absolutely appalling, as it was in many other similar situations. Nearby property prices dropped like a stone and litter, vandalism and local crime soared. I am aware that the Council have a legal obligation to provide 'amenities' for travellers, but at what expense of local Council Tax payers, Income Tax payers and businesses?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-32218633 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-32218633)[/color]
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Mikethewatch on April 09, 2015, 11:53:35 AM
This is typical of CCBC planning department, not listening to local views or genuine concerns.
There is a  serious problem unfolding regarding  the granting of permission for a care home on the Orme that they were warned about but took little or no notice....
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on April 09, 2015, 12:07:01 PM
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This is typical of CCBC planning department, not listening to local views or genuine concerns.
There is a  serious problem unfolding regarding  the granting of permission for a care home on the Orme that they were warned about but took little or no notice....

History repeats itself !
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Mikethewatch on April 09, 2015, 12:14:52 PM
EXACTLY !
Only this time we have emergency vehicles  blocking a single track  road  with poor access 2 or three times a week.
It beggars belief that this ever got through, makes one wonder......... :rage:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: born2run on April 09, 2015, 12:30:00 PM
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This appears to have slipped past virtually unnoticed, and whilst not wanting to sound like a NIMBY, I have had experience of this situation in a different part of the country and the result for the nearby locality was (and still is, twenty years later) absolutely appalling, as it was in many other similar situations. Nearby property prices dropped like a stone and litter, vandalism and local crime soared. I am aware that the Council have a legal obligation to provide 'amenities' for travellers, but at what expense of local Council Tax payers, Income Tax payers and businesses?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-32218633 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-32218633)[/color]

amazing that we all pay for a certain family live in palaces because it's 'tradition' but people don't want to allow travellers to stay on a field.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on April 09, 2015, 12:55:38 PM
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This appears to have slipped past virtually unnoticed, and whilst not wanting to sound like a NIMBY, I have had experience of this situation in a different part of the country and the result for the nearby locality was (and still is, twenty years later) absolutely appalling, as it was in many other similar situations. Nearby property prices dropped like a stone and litter, vandalism and local crime soared. I am aware that the Council have a legal obligation to provide 'amenities' for travellers, but at what expense of local Council Tax payers, Income Tax payers and businesses?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-32218633 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-32218633)[/color]

amazing that we all pay for a certain family live in palaces because it's 'tradition' but people don't want to allow travellers to stay on a field.

If you care that much, invite them to live in a field next door to you... or better still, let them live with you?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Mikethewatch on April 09, 2015, 01:01:30 PM
amazing that we all pay for a certain family live in palaces because it's 'tradition' but people don't want to allow travellers to stay on a field.

I don't foresee floods of tourists wanting to come and look at a bunch of caravans surrounded by rubbish, dogs, kids and transit pickups with out road  tax  to be honest!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 09, 2015, 01:55:40 PM
I certainly do not want them living anywhere near me! The travellers can be a nightmare! On the other hand the genuine Romany people usually leave their campsites cleaner than before they arrived!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on April 09, 2015, 08:00:18 PM
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EXACTLY !
Only this time we have emergency vehicles  blocking a single track  road  with poor access 2 or three times a week.
It beggars belief that this ever got through, makes one wonder......... :rage:

Same as another one I could think of !
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 12, 2015, 10:40:00 AM
The Lifeboat is currently out in Llandudno Bay in very rough seas, attempting to rescue a stricken yacht.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on April 12, 2015, 11:43:08 AM
I've nothing but admiration for the RNLI   but it seems reckless of the yachtsmen to be out in weather like  today when gusts of over 50 mph have been forecast.
I just hope that they all reach shore safely.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: norman08 on April 12, 2015, 02:13:11 PM
I was watching the lifeboat and inshore dingy comming back around the Orme into the bay the inshore came in by the imperial ,but the lifeboat went back round don,t tell me they had to go and shelter in conwy until tide was in .the lads are heroes the sea was very rough today .
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Dave on April 12, 2015, 03:30:15 PM
You have to question the two women onboard for having been out at sea in those conditions. I spotted the yacht come around in to the bay at about 9.30 and the sail and mast was at an angle of 45 degrees. I thought it was just a matter of time before the lifeboat was needed.
Surely these master mariners look at weather forecasts?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Dave on April 12, 2015, 03:30:58 PM
Waiting for reports of mountain rescues next !
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 12, 2015, 04:45:56 PM
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I was watching the lifeboat and inshore dingy comming back around the Orme into the bay the inshore came in by the imperial ,but the lifeboat went back round don,t tell me they had to go and shelter in conwy until tide was in .the lads are heroes the sea was very rough today .
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-32277111 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-32277111)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on April 12, 2015, 06:34:02 PM
I have a friend who was in the Dutch Royal Navy and when he retired he wanted to buy an ocean going yacht but first he had to obtain a certificate before he could even take the boat out to sea.
I sometimes wonder about whether our boat owners have to obtain a certificate of competence before they can go out on the water, but in today's rescue they would have failed a Certificate of Common sense.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on April 12, 2015, 08:54:58 PM
Quote
I sometimes wonder about whether our boat owners have to obtain a certificate of competence before they can go out on the water

You do if you want insurance. Unfortunately, like the walkers airlifted off Snowdon wearing sandals in winter, there's no legislation to stop stupidity.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bosun on April 13, 2015, 07:20:14 AM
There is sadly, no legal requirement for either qualification or insurance for pleasure craft in UK waters; the requirement for an International Certificate of Competence varies between countries, but is generally a requirement in the rest of the EU, but not the UK. Normally, boat insurance would be required for the use of a Local Authority mooring or by marina management. The use of Local Authority slipways in North Wales require the boat owner to hold insurance, but implementing the checks is difficult, and PWC can be launched virtually anywhere.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on April 13, 2015, 08:45:30 AM
It seems wrong that in the UK, if you have the money you can buy a fast car like a Ferrari or an ocean going cruiser even if you don't have the competency to be able to use it safely.  This puts the lives of others at risk just like the incident yesterday.
Many years ago I went on a weekend motor sailing from Felinheli.     We couldn't sail from the lock because the tide in the Menai Straits wasn't suitable so the skipper said that we could sail in the morning so we could relax and have a few drinks in the local pub.
The skipper who had been on numerous sailing courses had a couple of drinks but the rest of us had quite a few.
I remember sitting on the side of the boat at about 2.00 am still drinking when a guy walked on the other side of the lock saluting the security guards on patrol there.   He was obviously drunk and in a worse state than our crew were and he got on to a motor cruiser opposite which in today's money would have cost more than £1 million.
We thought he would be sleeping it off, but then we heard screams from some young girls on board that boat  and that same guy was on the flying bridge and starting the engines.   The lock gates opened and he sailed off into the Menai Straits in a pitch black night but hit the side of the lock about 3 times before he had even left the dock
We don't know what happened to him or the boat after that but it was a moment of pure madness.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on April 13, 2015, 09:00:15 AM
Sailing in tidal waters is something that shouldn't be attempted without at least Nav qualifications. We've been sailing in the Scottish highland coastal waters for years, and it never ceases to astonish me when we meet couples who can't even read a chart, yet they're sailing about 12 tons of boat around, often with absurdly powerful engines.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Gwynant on April 13, 2015, 09:27:48 AM
               When my brother was working in Hong Kong in the 80s he told me that not only did you have to pass an exam for basic seamanship and boathandling to obtain a licence to take charge of any recreatational vessel sailing in HK waters, you could be fined and/or have it revoked for not carrying it with you when you were out sailing by the Marine Police, who were monitoring any maritime activities permanently in large armed gunboats. There was a lot of smuggling and illegal immigration going on there then, but it also meant that the local standard of  seamanshipship  was very good!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: hollins on April 13, 2015, 10:12:16 AM
I was reading this report about the Lifeboat call out yesterday and it makes you realise how brave and competent these volunteers are.

http://llandudnolifeboat.weebly.com/recent-callouts (http://llandudnolifeboat.weebly.com/recent-callouts)


Mr Hollins has chartered a yacht a few times from Cowny marina and to do that he had to have a yachtmaster certificate but that is understandable as the boat owners will obviously not want anyone unqualified setting off in their expensive property.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 21, 2015, 12:03:56 PM
Alan Thompson named as man found at Penrhyn Bay
16:41, 20 April 2015

A man whose body was found on a Conwy beach had seemed “out of it” a short while earlier, it was revealed at the opening of an inquest today.

At a brief hearing in Ruthin, John Gittins, coroner for North Wales East and Central, said that, on the evening of April 11, Alan Thompson was approached by Anthony and Jacquie Bestall as they walked their dog in Penrhyn Bay.

They said he seemed “out of it” and told them he wanted to go to Llandudno, but a little later another couple spotted his body on the beach.

The coroner said Mr Thompson, 59, of Woodland Road East, Colwyn Bay, was under the care of the mental health team from Rhoslan surgery and had walked into the sea in July 2014.

Pathologist Dr Andrew Dalton, who carried out a post-mortem examination, deferred a decision on the cause of death pending the results of further tests.

The inquest was adjourned to a full hearing in Llandudno in September.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/alan-thompson-named-man-found-9084601 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/alan-thompson-named-man-found-9084601)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 29, 2015, 04:24:15 PM
Major congestion in the centre of Conwy at present - beware!

A North Wales Police spokesman said: "We were called out to a road traffic collision involving a BMW on Castle Square, Conwy.

"The fire service are also in attendance."

The A547 Castle Square is partially blocked and heavy traffic due to the accident near the B5106 Llanrwst Road (Conwy Castle roundabout).
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 30, 2015, 05:04:06 PM
I understand that Llandudno Pier has been sold, the name of the new owners will be announced shortly.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Jack on April 30, 2015, 05:38:04 PM
Over on Twitter, North Shore Photo says the pier has been bought by "arcade operators from Towyn"
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on April 30, 2015, 06:10:11 PM
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Over on Twitter, North Shore Photo says the pier has been bought by "arcade operators from Towyn"
http://companycheck.co.uk/company/09509212/LLANDUDNO-PIER-LIMITED (http://companycheck.co.uk/company/09509212/LLANDUDNO-PIER-LIMITED)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on May 02, 2015, 11:42:27 AM
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a little girl.( Born on my husband's birthday! ) Congratulations to them.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: hollins on May 02, 2015, 02:26:52 PM
....and Becksy's!        :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

 :o :o :o

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SDQ on May 02, 2015, 03:13:08 PM
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....and Becksy's!        :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

 :o :o :o

 ;D ;D ;D


You're obsessed woman!
You need help!  WWW
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on May 02, 2015, 05:22:32 PM
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....and Becksy's!        :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

 :o :o :o

 ;D ;D ;D


You're obsessed woman!
You need help!  WWW

Yes,  stop being such a Cougar Hollins.        ;D       Let's just hope the Royals don't call their baby girl Victoria.       &shake&
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Lyndylou on May 12, 2015, 10:23:08 PM
Great Orme on fire this evening around 8.45
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on May 12, 2015, 11:26:28 PM
What??  All of it??
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Lyndylou on May 13, 2015, 12:12:50 AM
Just this little bit
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on May 13, 2015, 08:49:00 AM
That bit of gorse on the side of Invalids Path seems to mysteriously catch fire on a regular basis.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on May 13, 2015, 11:46:36 AM
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That bit of gorse on the side of Invalids Path seems to mysteriously catch fire on a regular basis.
Apparently, a number of arrests have been made in relation to this fire.  $good$
Title: Re: Stop Press Earthquake north wales
Post by: SteveH on May 26, 2015, 05:34:00 PM
EARTHQUAKE: British Geological Society have confirmed North Wales has been hit by an earthquake centered around Anglesey.

At 15.43.....magnitude 3.0

EARTHQUAKE: More details on the Anglesey earthquake. British Geological society confirmed it was in the Caernarfon region and felt on Anglesey. It measured 3.0 on the Richter scale

EARTHQUAKE: The North Wales earthquake happened at 3.41pm and occurred at a depth of 6km centred around the Caernarfon area
Ref. Daily Post
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on May 26, 2015, 05:58:22 PM
An earthquake hit North Wales this afternoon.

Seismologists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) said the epicentre of the magnitude three tremor was Caernarfon.
But the force of the quake was felt in nearby Llanberis and Penygroes, parts of Anglesey and even as far away as Llangollen.
The BGS says it is continuing to investigate the tremor.
In a tweet posted earlier today, the BGS tweeted: “Our seismologists are looking at reports of an earthquake felt on Anglesey.”
Residents have taken to Twitter to report the earth shaking earlier this afternoon.
Sue Hall tweeted: “Shaken but not stirred... earthquake or sonic boom felt like something large had hit the house! #Anglesey.”
Janet Edent added: “Just felt house shaking explosion/earthquake at 4.41pm here in Southern Anglesey. Neighbours outside wondering!??”

There are no reports of any structural damage so far.          refDP.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on May 26, 2015, 11:52:37 PM
This is strange, and maybe a coincidence, but I was at home on the Gt Orme between 2pm and 4pm today, and whilst I was doing some work I felt and heard a strange thud.
It might have been a car door being slammed,  and I can't even swear that it was 3.43pm,, but I remember thinking at that moment...  Uh ho, that was odd,  it felt like a mini Earth tremor.

Then I saw this news report tonight on this Forum, and it made me wonder....  ?{}?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on May 27, 2015, 07:15:32 AM
Were you drinking at the time.
 8)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on May 27, 2015, 08:50:37 AM
What's interesting is that the tremor was about the same magnitude as the Kent one, roughly a week ago.  They had number one spot on the BBC news and even had callers being interviewed. But then - that was the South East...
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: ormegolf on May 27, 2015, 08:05:16 PM
   A resident of Llwynon Road hears a strange thud and thinks "earth tremor ".   Thats unusual. In these circumstances most of the residents react something in the lines of "Its that bloody golf course again up to some mischief"
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on May 27, 2015, 08:37:15 PM
I was thinking back to the 1984 earthquake, living in Rhos at that time, I thought the idiots had pressed the "button"

Looking for info. on that event, I was surprised to find North Wales is considered the UKs hotspot.
From 2 years ago....
http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2013/may/29/llyn-peninsula-uk-earthquake-hotspot (http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2013/may/29/llyn-peninsula-uk-earthquake-hotspot)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on May 28, 2015, 11:54:57 AM
Tom Davidson @DPTomDavidson  ·  3h 3 hours ago
Tom Davidson retweeted Red Ten
I've heard a rumour they (Red Arrows) may well be seen in the sky at 2.30pm.... #Anglesey  area Tom Davidson added,

Red Ten @RAFRed10
These wee beauties all lined up, ready for a day trip to the Isle of Anglesey. Arrive at RAF Valley at midday
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on May 28, 2015, 01:04:58 PM
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I was thinking back to the 1984 earthquake, living in Rhos at that time, I thought the idiots had pressed the "button"
Looking for info. on that event, I was surprised to find North Wales is considered the UKs hotspot.
From 2 years ago....
http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2013/may/29/llyn-peninsula-uk-earthquake-hotspot (http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2013/may/29/llyn-peninsula-uk-earthquake-hotspot)

The figures emerged in the wake of a 4.2 magnitude quake that shook homes in Kent in the early hours of last Friday.
In Wales there have been more than 153 smaller recorded earthquakes since the turn of the century.
Gwynedd leads the way with 36, while Powys comes second with 22.
But the most powerful quake was felt in Conwy on Valentine’s Day 2005, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale – the 14th most powerful quake to have been felt on mainland Britain over the past 15 years.

Dr Graham Bird, a Bangor University senior lecturer in physical geography, said north west Wales is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Llyn-Menai Strait fault zone.
Earthquakes may happen because there is movement in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge tectonic plate and also because ice from 20,000 years ago has retreated and the earth is regaining its “shape”.

He said: “We don’t really know if there’s a specific reason for earthquakes but one thing that could play a part is much of Wales and northern England were covered in ice 20,000 years ago and the ice has melted.
“Taking the analogy of a sofa cushion, as you get up off a sofa the cushion regains it original shape. In a similar sort of thing, if you remove the hundreds of metres of ice from the bedrock the earth is still slowly regaining its shape.”
Dr Bird added that Wales lies on bedrock, thousands of miles from where tectonic plates rub together, but it can still be affected by small movements.

British Geological Survey figures show that in:
Ceredigion there were two earthquakes since 2000, the highest magnitude being 2 on the Richter scale.
Conwy had seven (highest 3.3)
Denbighshire had threes (1.4)
Flintshire had two (1.4)
Gwynedd had 36 (2.7)
Anglesey had 11 (2.2)
Powys had 22 (2.9)
Wrexham had three (2)

Since the turn of the millennium the British Geological Survey has recorded an astonishing 1,161 earthquakes with epicentres on British soil, as well as a further 940 in territory covered by sea.
The most powerful of these mainland quakes was in Staffordshire in 2002 and measured 4.7, placing it at the high end of the “light” earthquake classification.

The recent devastating earthquake in which thousands of people died in Nepal measured 7.8.
Due to the nature of the scale this means that it was approximately 260,000 times more powerful than the one felt in Ramsgate last week

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/gwynedd-hotspot-earthquakes-say-experts-9335533#ICID=FB-DPost-bangor (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/gwynedd-hotspot-earthquakes-say-experts-9335533#ICID=FB-DPost-bangor)
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Post by: SteveH on May 28, 2015, 04:51:01 PM
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Tom Davidson @DPTomDavidson  ·  3h 3 hours ago
Tom Davidson retweeted Red Ten
I've heard a rumour they (Red Arrows) may well be seen in the sky at 2.30pm.... #Anglesey  area Tom Davidson added,
Red Ten @RAFRed10
These wee beauties all lined up, ready for a day trip to the Isle of Anglesey. Arrive at RAF Valley at midday
Red Arrows just flown past Llandudno heading along the coast.....very nice .....
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Post by: ormegolf on May 28, 2015, 08:46:24 PM
   I remember the 1984 earthquake well. At the moment it happened I was driving a large coach surrounded by glass on three sides and entering Flint I was surprised that I became aware that people where all pouring out of the local houses and looking around extremely puzzled. I hadn't got a clue what was going on. Coaches bounce around all the time as you were driving.
   It was only the next day when I read the papers I realised what had happened.
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Post by: DaveR on June 01, 2015, 12:48:22 PM
Conwy landlord fined for fraudulent mortgage claims rakes in £100k from housing benefit
08:00, 1 JUNE 2015
BY JEZ HEMMING


Mark Thorogood - self-proclaimed "pied piper of Llandudno" - was fined and banned by regulator FSA over knowingly submitting false claims, but he claims he's the real victim

A landlord who was fined £100k after making fraudulent mortgage claims has raked in the same amount in housing benefit from putting tenants in his unregistered properties.

Mark Thorogood - who calls himself the “pied piper of Llandudno” - received £98,369 from Conwy council last year.

That is roughly the same amount as he was fined by the Financial Services Authority when they banned him from being involved in “regulated financial services” in 2010.

The ban was handed down because of false statements of earning being made in order to secure mortgages and a failure to properly monitor his staff at his companies.

He has not registered some of his properties as Houses of Multiple Occupation, which would mean having to go through a “fit and proper person test” - and has not paid the FSA fine, which he claims is “unjust”.

Mr Thorogood, 49, of Beaumaris, claims he has been victimised by Conwy council and that police decided not to pursue the charged levelled by the FSA - now the Financial Conduct Authority.

He claims he has no case to answer. North Wales Police declined to comment on the case, but it is understood that once a case has been dealt with by the FSA and a judgement made, the Crown Prosecution Service would be unlikely to ​pursue​​ a criminal case.

He claims fines imposed on him and clawbacks on housing benefit put him under financial strain and his remaining properties were taken by receivers.

He says he had to sell his cars to pay fines instigated by the council but says his houses were not HMOs so didn’t need to be registered.

“The council has put me out of business,” he said.

In papers from the FSA, detailing the charges against Mr Thorogood as owner of Property Park Mortgages, it is claimed applications were made using bogus figures.

The charges also state a mortgage application in his name showed false statements of earnings and he failed to have adequate systems in place or monitor his staff.

He denies he did anything underhand and says the stress caused him to have a breakdown.

He said: “I was earning the amounts I said I was. I’ve made mistakes but my ambition is to be honest and true.

“I have been victimised. I am an entrepreneur and I will take a few calculated risks.

“I have housed more people than you can imagine. I am the pied piper of Llandudno and I had tenants chasing me asking for somewhere to live.

“I had a million pound turnover with five staff but the regulations are so tight they are making it hard for landlords.”

Mr Thorogood admitted he has not paid the £104,294 fine imposed by the FSA as he believes it is unjust.

A spokesperson for Conwy County Council said: “Licensing houses in multiple occupation is important because it helps to raise standards, thereby protecting both the tenants and the local community.

“The council is committed to raising the standards of HMOs in the area and will prosecute landlords who disregard their responsibilities as this case clearly shows.”

New laws drafted by the Welsh Assembly Government are due to gain assent this year and will tighten the requirements on landlord licensing and registration of properties.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/conwy-landlord-mark-thorogood-fined-9345634 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/conwy-landlord-mark-thorogood-fined-9345634)
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Post by: SteveH on June 07, 2015, 04:41:40 PM
Sad day for North Wales.....

Two men dead after Llanberis waterfall accident
Two men have died following  getting into difficulty while swimming near a waterfall in Llanberis.

The men aged 33 and 21 were part of a group of four who had been swimming at a spot close to the Snowdon Mountain Railway track in the Gwynedd village
The other two men, aged 27 and 25, were taken by ambulance to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor but have since been released.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident at 8.30am this morning and remain at the scene.
North Wales Police released a statement earlier this afternoon confirming that a 33 year-old man had died as a result of the incident and that they were searching for a 21 year-old man who unaccounted for.

A short while later, the police confirmed that they had recovered his body.
I can confirm that a body has been recovered and that a second man, aged 21, has died as a result of the incident.”

Superintendent Alex Gross said: “North Wales Police have been dealing with an incident near a water fall in Llanberis after a multi-agency response was mobilised earlier this morning.
“The incident took place at a water fall near the Snowdon Mountain Railway and involved four men who had been swimming in the area and had got into difficulty. "
“Two other men aged 27 and 25 have received treatment at hospital and have since been released.
“Police were alerted to the incident at 8.30am this morning and a multi agency response was mobilised involving the police water rescue unit, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Welsh Ambulance Service and Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team."  http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/llanberis-men-dead-waterfall-swimming--9405827 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/llanberis-men-dead-waterfall-swimming--9405827)

Competitor dies during Bala triathlon

An athlete has died after falling ill during an event in Bala police have confirmed.

The Bala Middle Triathlon started in the town at 9.30am this morning and involved a 2,000m lake swim, a 81 kilometre bike ride and a 20K run.
In a statement Inspector Chris Griffiths of North Wales Police said: “Following a sporting event in the Bala area North Wales Police have attended the scene in relation to the death of a cyclist who became ill during the event and has sadly since passed away.
“There are no suspicious circumstances.”
A tweet from British Triathlon said: “Very sorry to confirm Bala Middle Distance event cancelled due to a fatality. No 3rd parties involved. Family information and sincere condolences offered.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/bla-triathlon-death-dies-gwynedd--9406571 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/bla-triathlon-death-dies-gwynedd--9406571)


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Post by: SteveH on June 16, 2015, 06:35:40 PM
Welsh phones pick up Irish network data charges

Mobile users on the north Wales coast have run-up extra charges after their phones connected to Irish networks.
One couple said it can cost £20 more a month when the problem happens at some trouble spots on Anglesey.
Experts warned people to check their phones to avoid racking up roaming costs.
Phone company Vodafone apologised to customers and advised them to change their settings to stop it happening again.
"We can be standing firmly on Welsh land, and yet we're being charged extortionate amounts of money," said Alan Davies, from Llandudno, Conwy county.
He and partner Ruth Miller regularly visit places such as South Stack, near Holyhead at Anglesey.
He told BBC Radio Wales' Jason Mohammad programme his phone picks up an Irish mobile network once or twice a month, but warning text messages do not always come through until later.
A Vodafone spokesman said: "Unfortunately, radio waves do not recognise national borders and we do occasionally see incidents of this nature."
Ann Durrell, from Manchester, was on holiday on Anglesey when she was charged extra.
She said: "I didn't receive any warning that my phone had locked on to an Irish network. I just happened to check my bill when I got home."
Telecoms expert Ernest Doku from uSwitch.com said the problem also happens on the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, and on the south coast of England.
"It happens to all phone networks. Sometimes the local geography can block the UK phone signal," he said.
REFBBC.

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Post by: SteveH on June 20, 2015, 10:32:27 AM
LUCKY ..... WWW

Red Devils in Airshow mid-air parachute drama
A Red Devil parachutist had a lucky escape when his chute failed to open during an airshow - but a team-mate caught him in mid-air.
The Army freefall parachute display team was performing at the Whitehaven Air Show in Cumbria on Friday night when the parachute failed.
Pictures on social media show the men coming down together and crashing into the harbour waters.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-33209713 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-33209713)
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Post by: Ian on June 20, 2015, 05:09:37 PM
Summer Solstice 2015

Tomorrow sees the longest day of the year, and it has an interesting history. In Wales it's called Gŵyl Ifan, or Gŵyl Ifan Ganol Haf (St John's of Midsummer) to distinguish it from Gŵyl Ifan Ganol Gaeaf (St John's of Midwinter, the feast of John the Evangelist). Large agricultural fairs used to be held, along with significant debauchery, hell-raising and drinking. A bonfire was also lit.

Up to about the 7th C people would arrive at their local church and spend all night in prayer.  Over time this changed to the women spending the night in the church and the men outside spending the night drinking, dancing and having a big bonfire and gradually the women joined them. So no change there, then.

The celebration of Midsummer's Eve (St. John's Eve among Christians) was from Neolithic times a festival of the summer solstice. Bonfires were lit to protect against evil spirits which were believed to roam freely when the sun was turning southward again. In later years, witches were also thought to be on their way to meetings with other powerful beings.

The solstice itself has been a special moment of the annual cycle of the year since Neolithic times. For obvious reasons, it's really only celebrated in the extreme northerly or southerly hemispheres.

Next year the solstice occurs on June 20th (it moves around) but from Monday onwards the days start to shorten.
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Post by: snowcap on June 20, 2015, 10:00:35 PM
where has this year gone, it only feels a couple of months it was xmas and here we are going into shorter days, i haven't even got a tan yet.
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Post by: Ian on June 21, 2015, 07:40:21 AM
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i haven't even got a tan yet.

I suspect that's more to do with the dismal weather this year :-)))

The change in the day length won't be noticeable until the end of July, really. The actual solstice occurs at 5.39pm this afternoon.  If you stick a pencil in the ground and lean it at 37 degrees (S) the shadow (assuming the sun's out, of course :-)) will disappear completely at that time, allowing you to celebrate with dancing, noxious beverages and generally hedonistic pursuits.

From tomorrow,you can start planning Halloween, your fireworks display and the Christmas presents for the relatives.
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Post by: wrex on June 21, 2015, 08:55:46 AM
Good write up on Llandudno in the Sunday times.
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Post by: Jack on June 21, 2015, 11:42:51 AM
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Good write up on Llandudno in the Sunday times.

Yes, great exposure for the town - just a shame that they put it in a county it has never been in - Clwyd  $walesflag$
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Post by: wrex on June 21, 2015, 03:08:07 PM
I can see fester sitting in his kiosk.lol
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Post by: ormegolf on June 21, 2015, 07:45:54 PM
  What a pity the photographer hadn't turned just a fraction to his right. He might have a taken in a battered old bike chained to a lamppost !!!
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Post by: SteveH on June 23, 2015, 01:08:18 PM
SCAM WARNING: A warning has been issued by Royal Mail and Action Fraud over emails appearing to be from Royal Mail. When opened, malware is downloaded onto your computer. Advice is to be careful opening emails from unknown sources.
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Post by: born2run on June 23, 2015, 02:03:46 PM
I'll tell you what is a royal mail scam never mind Melanie Ware or whatever she is called

1st class stamp 63p

If you want to guarantee it even gets there £1.73 for signed for

If you want to guarantee it gets there when it SHOULD get there (ie before 1pm the next day) £6.45

Ridiculous  $angry$

You can't offer a service then charge extra as a guarantee that they'll actually bother to do that service!

If I went into a barbers and asked how much for a haircut and he said

"That'll be a fiver mate, but if you want to guarantee I'll get actually attempt to cut it that will cost you £8
Oh and if you want to guarantee that I'll cut it in the next hour without slicing your ear off that'll be £15"

I would think that was ruddy ridiculous  _))*

But that's what 'royal' mail do to us every day

SCAM
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Post by: Cambrian on June 23, 2015, 02:45:42 PM
B2R strikes a chord. Trying to buy a large letter stamp at Llandudno GPO is like entering a "Twenty Questions"round.  What's in it; Is it inflammable ? etc  Do you want it delivered next day (No, that's why I asked for 2nd class!) and so on until we get to the insurance questions and the "would you be interested in our broadband offer" bit.  No wonder there are usually queues there.  It used to be so simple to buy a stamp.
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Post by: Fester on June 24, 2015, 12:53:06 PM
... or you could go to the expensively re-furbished Post Office in the One Stop shop at West Shore.

There, they are guaranteed to be either 'on lunch' or on break' when you arrive... and if you are lucky they will re-direct you to the shop counter where PO services are offered.
Well, I say offered.... after queuing at the general counter, you are likely to be greeted by a badly trained and badly motivated member of One Stop staff,  who will first of all moan about the hours they have worked, and then moan about the fact that they haven't been trained to do basic PO operations.  (like sending my parcels)

After you eventually muddle through with the transaction, you turn around to see the irate queue that has assembled behind you, and you feel the deep embarrassment as you walk away... as if it was your fault!

 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on June 24, 2015, 07:43:49 PM
SCHOOL BUS PASS CUTS: In Penrhyn Bay/ Penrhynside area, who's children currently attend and are going to attend Ysgol John Bright & receive a concessionary bus pass.

Conwy County Council intend to remove this facility on the 16 July 2015. To fight this there will be a meeting on Thursday, June 25, at 8pm, at Penrhynside Village Hall.

Everyone is welcome. refDP.
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Post by: hollins on June 24, 2015, 10:22:05 PM
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B2R strikes a chord. Trying to buy a large letter stamp at Llandudno GPO is like entering a "Twenty Questions"round.  What's in it; Is it inflammable ? etc  Do you want it delivered next day (No, that's why I asked for 2nd class!) and so on until we get to the insurance questions and the "would you be interested in our broadband offer" bit.  No wonder there are usually queues there.  It used to be so simple to buy a stamp.

I am totally with you on that one Cambrian. I can't bear to go in there for the Spanish inquisition ever again.
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Post by: SteveH on June 25, 2015, 04:29:14 PM
Just in case................

"a phone call from someone saying she was calling from HMRC in Newcastle, she sounded very plausible, only giving details and not asking for any. She said that she there was a legal case that they were involved in and they needed to ring them to sort it out and she gave her a London number to ring, (0207 193 6903) which again sounds plausible. being quite savvy, wrote it all down and didn't ring the number, instead she reported it to the Police Fraud team.
HMRC would not ring you, they would send a letter.
the number she was given into a search engine and it gives you a Chinese website. I can only assume if you ring that number you will be charged ridiculous amount and that's the scam, I'm guessing here but it has to be a scam.
Please pass on so others don't fall for this."
Title: Re: What's Llandudno Like Right Now?
Post by: FatAndy on July 03, 2015, 03:06:48 PM
Not that I need much of excuse not to go into Llandudno but it seems there's been a (possible) outbreak of Ebola on the prom.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/man-taken-ill-llandudno-being-9582086 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/man-taken-ill-llandudno-being-9582086)
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Post by: SteveH on July 04, 2015, 05:04:21 PM
 A man in Llandudno who was admitted to hospital in Liverpool amid fears he may have contracted the deadly Ebola virus has tested negative for the disease.
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Post by: Ian on July 05, 2015, 11:15:28 AM
Good news.
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Post by: Ian on July 06, 2015, 05:36:50 PM
Alien life on its way?

Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, studied in detail by the European Space Agency Rosetta and Philae spacecraft since September 2014, is a body with distinct and unexpected features. Now two astronomers have a radical explanation for its properties – micro-organisms that shape cometary activity. Dr Max Wallis of the University of Cardiff set out their ideas today (Monday 6 July) at the National Astronomy Meeting at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, Wales.

Comet CG details smallA close up image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken at a distance of 130 km using the OSIRIS camera on the Rosetta spacecraft. A range of features, including boulders, craters and steep cliffs are clearly visible. Rosetta data have revealed an irregular ‘duck shaped’ comet with about 4.3 by 4.1 km in extent. It appears to have a black crust and underlying ice and images show large, smooth ‘seas’, flat-bottomed craters and a surface peppered with mega-boulders. The crater lakes are re-frozen bodies of water overlain with organic debris. Parallel furrows relate to the flexing of the asymmetric and spinning double-lobed body, which generates fractures in the ice beneath.

Dr Wallis, and his colleague Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, argue that these features are all consistent with a mixture of ice and organic material that consolidate under the sun’s warming during the comet’s orbiting in space, when active micro-organisms can be supported.

In their model, the micro-organisms probably require liquid water bodies to colonise the comet and could inhabit cracks in its ice and ‘snow’. Organisms containing anti-freeze salts are particularly good at adapting to these conditions and some could be active at temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius.

Sunlit areas of P/67 Churyumov-Gerasimenko have approached this temperature last September, when at 500 million km from the Sun and weak gas emissions were evident.  As it travels to its closest point to the Sun – perihelion at 195 million km – the temperature is rising, gassing increasing and the micro-organisms should become increasingly active.

Dr Wallis said: “Rosetta has already shown that the comet is not to be seen as a deep-frozen inactive body, but supports geological processes and could be more hospitable to micro-life than our Arctic and Antarctic regions”.

Wallis and Wickramasinghe cite further evidence for life in the detection by Philae of abundant complex organic molecules on the surface of the comet and in the infrared images taken by Rosetta.

Professor Wickramasinghe commented: “If the Rosetta orbiter has found evidence of life on the comet, it would be a fitting tribute to mark the centenary of the birth of Sir Fred Hoyle, one of the undisputable pioneers of astrobiology.”

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA.
Title: Re: AIR/SEA RESCUE...2015 RNLI
Post by: SteveH on July 15, 2015, 04:56:26 PM
MISSING BOAT: Four RNLI lifeboats - from Rhyl and Llandudno have been at sea for several hours today following reports of a missing fishing vessel. Caernarfon-based Coastguard SAR helicopter and coastguards ashore were scrambled just before mid-day to help. An area between Rhos Point and Llanddulas is currently being searched.
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Post by: SteveH on July 15, 2015, 06:19:16 PM
5.40pm.  SEARCH ONGOING: An extensive search since 10am today for a fisherman out fishing in Conwy Bay since last night in his 24-ft fishing boat is ongoing after a concerned relative called the Coastguard this morning to report the vessel had not returned as expected. A massive search with lifeboats and helicopter found a life raft from the boat drifting off Llanddulas,
Title: Re: AIR/SEA RESCUE...2015 RNLI
Post by: SteveH on July 15, 2015, 08:51:59 PM
A life raft found by search and rescue services has been matched to a missing fisherman’s vessel.
An extensive air and sea search has been continuing since before midday on Wednesday after the man failed to return from night fishing.
The alarm was raised on Wednesday morning after there had been no communication with the lone fisherman since 11.30pm on Tuesday night.
UK Coastguard Controller Graham Clark said: “We are fearful that this fisherman may have entered the water overnight.
“Nevertheless the search is ongoing.”
Inshore and all weather lifeboats from Rhyl and Llandudno were leading the search for the 24ft fishing vessel, with support from the Coastguard’s Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue helicopter based in Caernarfon.

Coastguard rescue teams from Rhyl and Llandudno also combed the shore investigating debris and searching for clues to the fate of the craft.
After reports of the drifting life raft this morning off Llanddulas crews were quickly at the scene to establish that it was from the missing fishing vessel.
The search was continuing into the early evening on Wednesday with the S-92 helicopter visible around four to five miles off the coast.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/missing-boat-lllanddulas-search-rnli-9665331 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/missing-boat-lllanddulas-search-rnli-9665331)

MISSING FISHERMAN: Missing fisherman thought to be skipper of boat the Susie Mo II from Conwy.

  HELP.....My last 3 posts appear to be on Stop Press. ?  ?...............
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Post by: FatAndy on July 15, 2015, 09:27:37 PM
The new rescue helicopter appears on FlightRadar24 so you can track it's flightpath.  It's spent the past couple of hours flying back and forth between Rhos-on-Sea and Rhyl and slowly working it's way towards the shore.

http://www.flightradar24.com (http://www.flightradar24.com)

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Post by: Ian on July 16, 2015, 06:59:39 AM
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HELP.....My last 3 posts appear to be on Stop Press

Sorry, Steve.  I moved them into here as it seemed to be a developing emergency situation.
Title: Re: Stop Press RNLI
Post by: SteveH on July 16, 2015, 12:40:38 PM
Missing Conwy fisherman: search for Brian Hughes called off

The search for missing fisherman Brian Hughes has been called off, the Coastguard has confirmed.
It was called off at 10.15am this morning, a spokesman said.

Coastguard rescue teams, RNLI lifeboats and rescue helicopters were involved in the operation to find Mr Hughes, who went out on his boat the Susie Mo II on Tuesday night but never came back.
The extensive search covering the sea and coastline continued until last light yesterday and resumed with a shoreline search for several hours this morning.

The Susie Mo II is believed to be the boat missing at sea
A life raft belonging to the missing vessel was found yesterday drifting off Llanddulas.

Messages of support for family of missing fisherman Brian Hughes

UK Coastguard Controller Graham Clark said, “We have completed extensive searches both yesterday and this morning, unfortunately the fisherman hasn’t been found. His family have been informed that the search has finished."  REF  DP.
Title: Re: Stop Press RNLI
Post by: SteveH on July 19, 2015, 09:13:28 PM
Man's body found on Kinmel Bay beach
A body has been found washed up on a beach in Conwy.

Police were called to the beach in Kinmel Bay at 5.29pm this afternoon. Inspector Rob Rands of North Wales Police says the body is that of an adult male, but says the force will not be releasing any further details at this stage.

A spokeswoman for the coastguard said they sent a rescue team to the scene following reports that a body had been washed ashore.
She said they are continuing to assist police with their enquiries.
REF DP
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Post by: SteveH on July 20, 2015, 04:06:55 PM
The body of missing fisherman Brian Hughes has been found.

Mr Hughes, 66, went missing last week after going out fishing in his boat the Susie Mo II but never returned.

A massive search and rescue operation was launched but it was called off after 24 hours.
REF DP
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Post by: SteveH on July 21, 2015, 08:53:51 PM
CROSS THEFT: The altar cross from Britain’s smallest chapel has been stolen, sparking fears it could be used for “occult purposes”.

The plain wooden cross was taken from the historic St Trillo Chapel in Rhos on Sea, which is thought to be the smallest chapel in Britain.REFDP
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Post by: SteveH on July 21, 2015, 09:35:10 PM
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CROSS THEFT: The altar cross from Britain’s smallest chapel has been stolen, sparking fears it could be used for “occult purposes”.
The plain wooden cross was taken from the historic St Trillo Chapel in Rhos on Sea, which is thought to be the smallest chapel in Britain.REFDP
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Post by: Gwynant on July 25, 2015, 10:03:12 PM
     The new Search and rescue helicopter is hovering over Cwm Mountain, Llandudno with searchlights on.
Title: Re: Re: What's Llandudno Like Right Now?
Post by: SteveH on July 25, 2015, 10:09:38 PM
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     The new Search and rescue helicopter is hovering over Cwm Mountain, Llandudno with searchlights on.
I got this link of Andy not so long ago very interesting you can follow most aircraft, the chopper is on line now.....
If you zoom in and click on the chopper you will see previous flightpath and aircraft info on the left hand side...... You get thirty minutes on line
http://www.flightradar24.com/53.2,-3.67/10 (http://www.flightradar24.com/53.2,-3.67/10)

this is going on a long time nearly twenty mins. circling
Aircraft(S92)
Sikorsky S-92A
Registration(406DDB)
G-MCGJ
Altitude
1,400 ft   Vertical Speed
0 fpm
Speed
59 kt   Track
177°
Latitude
53.3079   Longitude
-3.8237
Radar
T-EGNR12   Squawk
0023
Title: Re: Re: What's Llandudno Like Right Now?
Post by: SteveH on July 25, 2015, 10:32:27 PM
They have lowered a crew member down on the Cwn mountain.............waiting to pick up stretcher

Picked up stretcher heading to Ysbyty Gwynedd landed at 22. 50
Title: Re: Re: What's Llandudno Like Right Now?
Post by: Dave on July 25, 2015, 10:37:39 PM
Seem to be spend all their time hovering around Craig-y-Don.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on July 26, 2015, 10:03:46 AM
From Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation

17 year old female fell into a disused quarry, banged her head and was witnessed having a fit. Due to the difficult access for the WAST crew and the serious nature of her condition, both the Team and the Coastguard helicopter were tasked. A joint effort between the WAST crew, team members and the Coastguard helicopter enabled her to be winched out of the quarry and flown to hospital
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Post by: SteveH on July 26, 2015, 12:30:38 PM
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From Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation
17 year old female fell into a disused quarry, banged her head and was witnessed having a fit. Due to the difficult access for the WAST crew and the serious nature of her condition, both the Team and the Coastguard helicopter were tasked. A joint effort between the WAST crew, team members and the Coastguard helicopter enabled her to be winched out of the quarry and flown to hospital
The 17 year-old girl, believed to be local, found herself in trouble at around 8.50pm at a former quarry site off Maenan Road, Llandudno.
She was helped by a paramedic and Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue (OVMRO) volunteers at the scene before being flown to Ysbyty Gwynedd by the coastguard helicopter.

It is understood the girl and two friends had gained access to the fenced off quarry through barbed wire before she slipped and fell, hitting her head.

First on the scene was a Welsh Ambulance Service paramedic.

Rescue 936, the Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue helicopter was drafted in and ferried the girl to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

Although her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, the nature of wounds is not yet known.
Emergency services were alerted when she appeared to be having a seizure according to Chris Lloyd of OVMRO.
He said: “The young girl had slipped and banged her head and appeared to be having some kind of fit.
“A paramedic treated her at the scene and Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue volunteers were called to assist with the stretcher.”
A spokesman for the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “An ambulance was called to Maenan Road at 20.53 on Saturday to a report of young girl who had fallen.
“An emergency ambulance and paramedic attended with helicopter support and the female patient was flown to Ysbyty Gwynedd.”
REFDP.
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Post by: Hugo on July 27, 2015, 11:53:32 AM
Police hunt man over 'Conwy cow fly-tipping deaths'

 www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-33670226 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-33670226)

I just hope that they find this person and prosecute him.   
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Post by: Ian on July 27, 2015, 12:01:24 PM
Just to help, "the culprit is described as a heavily built man, aged 50 to 60, with curly brown hair, driving a dark blue pick-up truck.  Anyone with information can call 101.

"Apparently he has been dumping clippings over past two weeks. Has to be living/working local to Colwyn Bay," Sgt Rob Taylor, of the rural crime team, tweeted on Sunday. "

This bloke deserves to be caught.
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Post by: SteveH on July 27, 2015, 07:12:07 PM
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The body of missing fisherman Brian Hughes has been found.
Mr Hughes, 66, went missing last week after going out fishing in his boat the Susie Mo II but never returned.
A massive search and rescue operation was launched but it was called off after 24 hours.
A fisherman whose body was washed ashore a week after he was reported missing was wearing a life-jacket, it was revealed at the opening of an inquest.
Brian Hughes, 66, of Ronald Avenue, Llandudno Junction, was reported missing on July 14 after leaving Colwyn Bay in his 24ft boat Susie Mo II and his life raft was later found off Penmaenrhos.

The body of the experienced seaman, who was known as 'Bychan', was found near the Sunnyvale Holiday Camp in Kinmel Bay on July 20.
At a short hearing in Ruthin John Gittins, the coroner for North Wales East and Central, said that he was wearing a life vest when found.
Pathologist Dr Andrew Dalton has deferred a decision on the cause of death pending toxicology tests.
The inquest was adjourned to a full hearing, probably in Llandudno in December.    REFDP

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Post by: SteveH on July 29, 2015, 02:05:15 PM
Australian couple lose precious photos from their Welsh 'holiday of a lifetime'

An Australian couple who lost the precious photos from their Welsh “holiday of a lifetime” are appealing to the people of North Wales to reunite them with the images.

Beverley Czerniawski and her husband Mitch were devastated to lose their Panasonic Lumix Digital camera on Wednesday, July 1. The camera was lost on either Mostyn Street, Madoc Street or Vaughan Street in Llandudno.

It contained hundreds of images from their month-long trip to Wales.
The couple, who have been married for 35 years, have now returned to their home in Melbourne, but contacted the Daily Post in a last-ditch attempt to get their camera or at least their memory stick back.

Beverley said: “I don’t really care that much about the camera, but the memory stick had four weeks of photos on it, which I would dearly love to get back.
“I’m offering 100 Australian dollars to anyone who can help.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/lost-camera-llandudno-north-wales-9750590 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/lost-camera-llandudno-north-wales-9750590)
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Post by: SteveH on August 01, 2015, 02:57:23 PM
A plane that was part of a display team has crashed at the CarFest motoring event in Cheshire.
Police have confirmed they are attending an incident at Oulton Park where the event is being held.
There is no confirmation of any injuries or the type of plane involved. People attending have posted pictures on Twitter of smoke in the sky.
Emergency services are at the scene. The BBC understands the crash happened just after 14:00 BST.
BBC presenter Chris Evans who was the founder of CarFest, which raises money for BBC Children in Need, has tweeted about the crash.
He said: "I am very sad to announce there has been a serious air incident at CarFest North off site. The emergency services are in attendance.  REFBBC
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Post by: SteveH on August 09, 2015, 07:31:15 PM
Conwy kids triumph at national Transplant Games

Two youngsters from Conwy scooped up medals at an annual games competition for people whose lives have been changed by having transplants.

Ella Noon, nine, from Llandudno Junction , and 10-year-old Dylan Murphy from Cerrigydrudion , both overcame the odds as small children and have gone on to show that they can still compete with the best of them.

In 2008 Ella received a liver transplant as did Dylan when he was just 11 months old.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/conwy-kids-triumph-national-transplant-9820647 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/conwy-kids-triumph-national-transplant-9820647)
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Post by: DaveR on August 10, 2015, 10:04:05 AM
I'm hearing that there has been a robbery at William Hill in Gloddaeth Street. Lots of Police on the scene.
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Post by: Nemesis on August 10, 2015, 10:44:39 AM
Helicopter overhead just now. Circling very low.
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Post by: Fester on August 10, 2015, 12:08:50 PM
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I'm hearing that there has been a robbery at William Hill in Gloddaeth Street. Lots of Police on the scene.

Good,  well they've robbed me enough times over the years.
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Post by: SteveH on August 10, 2015, 01:16:58 PM
Witness appeal after robbery at Llandudno bookmakers

Staff were threatened and quantity of cash was taken during a robbery at a bookmakers in Llandudno this morning.
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after the incident at the William Hill Bookmakers on Gloddaeth Street shortly before 9.30am.

An offender, who is believed to be a man and had his face covered, entered the shop, threatened staff and demanded money before leaving with a quantity of cash.

A heavy police presence was reported in the area as police hunted the suspect with the force helicopter hovering overhead.

Detective Inspector Iwan Roberts of St Asaph CID said: “The bookmakers has been cordoned off, crime scene investigators are making their way to the scene and detectives are already in the area making inquiries.

"A search of the area is also being undertaken involving a police helicopter.

“The suspect is described as white, around 5ft 3ins to 5ft 5ins tall of slight build and is believed to be in his early to mid-20s. He has a tanned complexion and was wearing a blue hooded top, dark blue tracksuit bottoms, black trainers and had his face covered with a dark green bandanna which had an emblem or motif upon it.
"He was also carrying a white drawstring bag and was last seen heading towards the junction with Chapel street."

He added: “As part of our inquiries we are appealing to anyone who was in the Gloddaeth Street area before 9.25am this morning and saw any suspicious activity or any suspicious vehicles to please get in touch with us immediately.

"Llandudno is a popular and busy town and it’s therefore possible that someone may have seen something that could assist us with our inquiries or have information that prove useful.

"If so, please to contact us at St Asaph CID on 101 ref S120361.”
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/robbery-llandudno-william-hill-police-9825261 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/robbery-llandudno-william-hill-police-9825261)
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Post by: born2run on August 11, 2015, 12:32:31 PM
http://northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/151281/update-man-arrested-in-connection-to-robbery-at-llandudno-bookmakers.aspx (http://northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/151281/update-man-arrested-in-connection-to-robbery-at-llandudno-bookmakers.aspx)

Followed my advice - BEAT YOU STEVE H  WWW

A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested following a robbery at a Llandudno bookmakers.

Police were called to the scene at the William Hill betting shop on Gloddaeth Street at 9.26am on Monday, August 10, where an individual entered the shop, threatened staff and demanded money.

The offender had his face covered and left the store with a quantity of cash - believed to be just over £200, according to a source.

A reward of up to £10,000 has been offered by the betting firm for any information that would lead to a conviction.

A spokesman from William Hill bookmakers said: “Through the Association of British Bookmakers, there is a reward system available for up to £10,000 for information that leads to a conviction.

“If anyone has any information then the best thing to do is call Crimestoppers – 0800 555 111.”

The suspect is currently still in custody and is being questioned by officers.

Detective Inspector Iwan Roberts of St Asaph CID said: “As part of our inquiries we are appealing to anyone who was in the Gloddaeth Street area before 9.25am this morning and saw any suspicious activity or any suspicious vehicles to please get in touch with us immediately.

“Llandudno is a popular and busy town and it’s therefore possible that someone may have seen something that could assist us with our inquiries or have information that prove useful.”

The popular betting shop was reopened later that afternoon after crime scene investigators had finished examining the area.

Anyone with information is urged to contact St Asaph CID on 101 quoting reference S120361.
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Post by: SteveH on August 12, 2015, 11:52:55 AM
Man charged with Llandudno betting shop robbery to appear in court

A man is due to appear in court this morning charged in connection with an alleged robbery at a bookmakers on Monday.
Jaher Ahmed Miah, 21, will appear at Prestatyn Magistrates charged with counts of robbery, possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled drug.
Police were called to the William Hill betting shop on Gloddaeth Street at 9.26am on Monday after a man allegedly entered the premises, brandished a gun and demanded money.

On Monday Zakaria Zakeri, who runs the Turkish Barber shop next door to William Hill said: “This is my first day here in this shop, and I came to Llandudno because I thought it was a nice and quiet seaside town!
“I didn’t here any alarms or anything I just saw a load of police cars turning up and they cordoned off the shop.”

Local businessman Nigel Roberts added: “I came out of the local café to see police cars on Gloddaeth Street outside William Hill, I was then approached by a police officer asking if I had seen anything as the bookmakers had been robbed

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/man-charged-llandudno-betting-shop-9839640 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/man-charged-llandudno-betting-shop-9839640)
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Post by: SteveH on August 12, 2015, 04:30:04 PM
ARREST: North Wales Police have arrested a second man in connection with the robbery at William Hill Bookmakers in Llandudno. The 21-year-old man is currently in custody in St Asaph.REFDP
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Post by: Fester on August 14, 2015, 04:13:08 PM
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The offender had his face covered and left the store with a quantity of cash - believed to be just over £200, according to a source.


 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:   ... if he had wanted to steal just £200, he should have robbed my kiosk on the pier... on a 'good' day!

 :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on August 16, 2015, 01:15:03 PM
Fires sparked by dodgy chargers have tripled in two years

Millions of electrical chargers are being sold in unregulated online markets as firefighters warn blazes sparked by them have TRIPLED in two years.

Our investigator uncovered hundreds of devices being sold on the internet not carrying European safety markings.

Many were unbranded. And some were on offer for only a few pence.
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/fires-sparked-dodgy-chargers-tripled-9865143 (http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/fires-sparked-dodgy-chargers-tripled-9865143)
Title: Re: Stop Press aircraft bird strike
Post by: SteveH on August 17, 2015, 12:32:07 PM
Live: Plane from Liverpool to Bucharest circling over North Wales for more than an hour

MORE....http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/local-news/live-plane-liverpool-bucharest-circling-9871173 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/local-news/live-plane-liverpool-bucharest-circling-9871173)


Flight OB134 had a bird strike, has been burning off fuel to enable a safe landing-passengers and crew safe-shortly coming into land
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Post by: SteveH on August 17, 2015, 04:54:19 PM
Plane landed safely at 12.34pm, before checks were carried out to assess whether any damage had been caused.

No marks or damage were found and the plane was cleared to refuel and head back out to complete its flight to Romania a short time later.

Passengers on-board were kept on the aircraft until it was ready to take back off.

Robin Tudor, head of PR at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, said the flight had landed “perfectly” after a decision was made to return to Liverpool as a precautionary measure.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/plane-circling-north-wales-bird-9873898 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/plane-circling-north-wales-bird-9873898)
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Post by: SteveH on August 20, 2015, 07:10:18 PM
Man arrested following armed robbery at Conwy post office
A man has been arrested following an armed robbery at a post office in Conwy this afternoon.

North Wales Police were alerted to the incident on Conway Road, Talybont, shortly after 3.30pm

A short while later a man was arrested in connection with the crime and is now in police custody.

Det Insp Michael Isaacs said: “Officers took swift, positive action and as a result a man is now in police custody.

“I would like to reassure the public that offences of this nature are unusual for the west Conwy area, albeit there was an unrelated similar offence in Llandudno two weeks ago where a man was arrested, charged and put before the courts.”

Anyone with information regarding the latest incident is asked to contact North Wales Police on 101, quoting reference number S126545.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/armed-raid-conwy-post-office-9899555 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/armed-raid-conwy-post-office-9899555)

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Post by: SteveH on August 21, 2015, 11:58:48 AM
A man will appear in court today charged with armed robbery after a Conwy Post Office was targeted yesterday.

Nigel John Edwards will appear at Prestatyn Magistrates Court this morning charged with attempted robbery and possession of a knife.
Edwards, of Gwel yr Afon, Llandudno Junction , was arrested by officers just hours after the Post Office in Talybont was raided yesterday shortly after 3.30am.
Bail was refused and Edwards will be put before Magistrates this morning.

Det Insp Michael Isaacs said: “I would like to reassure the public that offences of this nature are unusual for the west Conwy area, albeit there was an unrelated similar offence in Llandudno two weeks ago where a man was arrested, charged and put before the courts.”

Anyone with information regarding the latest incident is asked to contact North Wales Police on 101, quoting reference number S126545.    refDP
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Post by: SteveH on August 21, 2015, 02:34:55 PM
Man admits Lllandudno William Hill bookies robbery

A young man has admitted armed robbery of a member of staff at a Llandudno bookmaker’s office.
Defendant Jaher Ahmed Miah, 21, appeared from custody at Mold Crown Court today for a preliminary hearing.
But Miah, of Carmen Sylva Road in Llandudno, asked that the charges be put to him and he admitted them all.
He pleaded guilty to robbery at The William Hill Bookmaker’s office in Glodaeth Street, Llandudno, on August 10, possessing an imitation firearm while carrying out the robbery, and possessing a quantity of cannabis, a class B drug.

A second man, Andrew John Owens, 21, of Maes Clyd, Llandudno, admitted a charge that between August 8 and August he conspired with Miah to commit the robbery.

Judge Rhys Rowlands was told that it was the prosecution case that while Owens was not with Miah at the time the robbery occurred, they had been discussing the robbery beforehand.

The court was told that Owens had no previous convictions and that Miah had one previous conviction for burglary.
No details of the robbery were opened in court today and the judge remanded both in custody, to appear for sentence on September 17.
The judge told them that custody was inevitable, and that it was simply a question of how long the prison sentence should be.
But he adjourned for pre-sentence reports and he said that the guilty pleas at a preliminary stage were very important and that they would both receive a full one-third credit when it came to sentence.

The judge also asked that a victim impact statement be taken from the victim by the time of the sentencing hearing.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/llandudno-betting-shop-robbery-guilty-9903977 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/llandudno-betting-shop-robbery-guilty-9903977)
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Post by: SteveH on August 24, 2015, 05:14:11 PM
Llandudno Burglary suspect who let dogs out to get into house is caught on homeowner's CCTV

A Llandudno woman learned she had been burgled after finding all her dogs had been let out of her house.
Samatha Leach came home to discover her six Shih Tzus in her back yard, and on checking her CCTV system she saw footage of a man letting them out before returning later and apparently stealing items from the house.
Ms Leach posted the CCTV footage on social media in the hope that it will lead police to an arrest.

A North Wales Police spokesman said: “The incident was reported to us at 6pm on August 15 and relates to a burglary at an address in Llandudno where an offender entered the property.
“Police are now investigating and enquiries are ongoing.
“Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101 quoting incident reference number RC15123707.”
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/llandudno-burglar-cctv-dogs-police-9919482 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/llandudno-burglar-cctv-dogs-police-9919482)
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Post by: Hugo on September 07, 2015, 05:36:33 PM
I was going into the Archives mid afternoon today when a call went out for the Lifeboat.  The Coxwain and the crew were there in minutes and when I came out of the Archives about 20 minutes later I went up to St Tudno's Church and the Lifeboat was next to a yacht about 400 yards from the Great Orme.
I don't know what had happened to the yacht but those volunteers who man the Lifeboats do a great job.
Title: Re: silver grey Citroen hatch back SCAM Warning
Post by: Hugo on September 09, 2015, 06:18:01 PM
Yesterday a friend of mine was driving up Kings Road and stopped at the T junction by St Andrews Church as a car was approaching from Lansdowne Road and going up  Kings Drive.
He let the car pass and then followed it up the hill.    Without any warning the car in front stopped immediately, there were no brake lights on the other vehicle. It was the squeal of brakes from the other car that alerted my friend and he did an emergency stop and veered to the right and thus avoided an impact.
The other car with two male occupants then raced off at speed, so fast that my friend couldn't see the registration number.
He realised that this was a scam and reported the matter to the Police.
If anyone on here is involved in a similar scam with this silver grey Citroen hatch back  please report the matter to the Police
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Post by: Ian on September 09, 2015, 06:51:49 PM
Thanks, Hugo.  No wonder more folk are installing dashcams.
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Post by: Hugo on September 09, 2015, 08:07:33 PM
I've already got one installed in one of my cars just in case something like that happened to me.     $good$
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Post by: Gavel on September 09, 2015, 09:33:39 PM
Forgive the hijack Hugo, but can you recommend a good dashcam based on your experience?
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Post by: Hugo on September 09, 2015, 10:31:54 PM
Mine's just a cheap one, about £29.95  that I bought through the Daily Mirror but I think that you can get it at Maplins.    It's just cheap and cheerful and I suppose you get what you pay for.
It's audio as well as video but I haven't had to test it out yet.   After watching some of those Russian car crashes as well as some of the drivers that are around here I thought that I'd give it a go.
At the price I paid for it, I wasn't too bothered about the quality so I can't really recommend a good dashcam for you, sorry Gavin
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Post by: Gavel on September 09, 2015, 11:34:26 PM
I'm with you. I can't afford to spend too much. Thanks for the response.
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Post by: Hugo on September 14, 2015, 02:28:33 PM
I heard on the 10.00am traffic news that a vehicle had overturned on Waun Road Glanwydden near to the Queens Head pub and was blocking the road.
I've been unable to find out anything else about the accident or if anyone was hurt in it.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on September 21, 2015, 08:25:23 AM
Fron the Daily Post:

" Lifeboat teams from Criccieth and Pwllheli were called out to help a lone yachtsman whose boat had run aground trying to get into Pwllheli around 8.45pm last night. A Holyhead Coastguard spokesman said Abersoch and Criccieth coastguard volunteers were also alerted. The boat was secured for the night."
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Post by: Ian on October 05, 2015, 07:59:33 AM
From BBC News:

"A motorbike passenger has died following a crash in Conwy county.

The woman, who was in her 70s, was on the back of the BMW on the A470 near Betws-y-Coed when it collided with a Nissan Qashqai at about 14:15 BST on Sunday, 4.9.15.

North Wales Police said the male rider remains in a serious condition at Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor.

The road near Waterloo Bridge re-opened just after 19:00."
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Post by: Ian on October 05, 2015, 04:08:53 PM
The passenger on the Bike has now died.
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Post by: born2run on October 05, 2015, 04:14:35 PM
Do you mean the rider?
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Post by: Ian on October 05, 2015, 04:24:01 PM
No, the passenger:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-34448234 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-34448234)
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Post by: born2run on October 05, 2015, 04:43:12 PM
Ok it's just that it said the passenger had died in the original report. Terrible tragedy anyway, seems to happen more and more lately around here.
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Post by: DaveR on October 08, 2015, 12:18:39 PM
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Ok it's just that it said the passenger had died in the original report. Terrible tragedy anyway, seems to happen more and more lately around here.
We were in Betws Y Coed on Sunday lunchtime and saw that the A470 was closed when we were leaving, so took the B5106 back down to Conwy.

I think that Betws has been spoilt by the vast numbers of motorbikes that turn up there at the weekend now, it's a constant stream of revving bikes going through the town and around the Station area, there must have been a hundred or more there last Sunday. It's not what people come to the National Park for really, is it?
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Post by: Dave on October 08, 2015, 04:32:10 PM
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Ok it's just that it said the passenger had died in the original report. Terrible tragedy anyway, seems to happen more and more lately around here.
We were in Betws Y Coed on Sunday lunchtime and saw that the A470 was closed when we were leaving, so took the B5106 back down to Conwy.

I think that Betws has been spoilt by the vast numbers of motorbikes that turn up there at the weekend now, it's a constant stream of revving bikes going through the town and around the Station area, there must have been a hundred or more there last Sunday. It's not what people come to the National Park for really, is it?

Couldn't agree more. I drove down to Rhayader the weekend before last and the number of motorbikes driven at stupid speeds that we came across along the route was depressing. A walk in the hills above the A5, somewhere like Moel Siabod is ruined by the constant noise of speeding bikes and 30mph zones like at the bottom of the Llanberis Pass are totally ignored as bikes pour through doing 60mph..
I happen to think Richard Brunstrom was right in his intentions when he showed the press pictures of a decapitated biker. He was trying to get the press to start backing his anti speeding campaign instead of mocking his efforts as the Mad Mullah of the Traffic Taliban.
It's not just a selfish minority either, it's a selfish majority of bikers that are a menace on North Wales roads from what I can see.
That said, I think speed traps like the one that is set up in the dip as after you go past Robertsons in Llanrhos is just a money maker and has little to do with road safety.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: ormegolf on October 08, 2015, 09:20:24 PM
  In reply to Dave (not DaveR in the previous post) I have often thought the speed limits around Robertsons are completely wrong. Where it says 30 mph I should be 40, and where it says 40 it should be 30. In both directions.
  Driving from Deganwy to Llandudno you go though the 30 which extends into fields by the cemetery but then as you approach houses. a very busy traffic island, triple the amount of traffic joining off the "new" road, guess what? Its up to 40.
 In the reverse direction after you go past Robertsons at 30 you then go up to 40 just in time to drive into the area with a large estate on the right and a school not far away. Agreed now its down to 30 again, but you take my gist.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Dave on October 09, 2015, 08:14:21 AM
I agree entirely Mike. To make even more of a nonsense of the radar van in the Robertson's dip, it was there on a Saturday when presumably there is no one around to exit their premises.
I was under the impression that radar vans should be placed in spots with a history of accidents too. Not aware of any here.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: born2run on October 21, 2015, 10:48:47 AM
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/girl-hit-bus-near-aberconwy-10301872 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/girl-hit-bus-near-aberconwy-10301872)

Witnessed this on the way to work this morning. Kids always running across that road not looking.
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Post by: FatAndy on October 21, 2015, 07:11:48 PM
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I agree entirely Mike. To make even more of a nonsense of the radar van in the Robertson's dip, it was there on a Saturday when presumably there is no one around to exit their premises.

I was under the impression that radar vans should be placed in spots with a history of accidents too. Not aware of any here.

A car overturned onto its roof in an accident in Deganwy this morning, in which a woman in her 30s suffered a back injury. Three marked police cars, an ambulance and a fire engine attended the scene on Pentywyn Road, near Fugro Robertson's, at around 8.30am.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/car-overturns-onto-roof-deganwy-6137564 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/car-overturns-onto-roof-deganwy-6137564)

A cyclist has suffered serious injuries after a road crash.  Emergency services were called to Pentywyn Road, Deganwy, near the entrance to Robertson Research at around 10.40am today.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/cyclist-suffers-serious-injuries-after-8677198 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/cyclist-suffers-serious-injuries-after-8677198)

A MOTORCYCLIST was taken to hospital after a crash near Deganwy yesterday morning.  Four vehicles were involved in the incident on Pentywyn Road.
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-200083715.html (http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-200083715.html)

Personally I don't think it makes sense to only put cameras in places where accidents have already happened because by then it might be too late.  Wouldn't they better used to prevent accidents from happening in the first place?

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Dave on October 21, 2015, 10:48:20 PM
Thanks for pointing those incidents out. ... an average of one every 24 months is too high but although Pentwyn Rd is mentioned it appears only two might be in the area of road being monitored by the radar van and in fact, even they are doubtful too. The van only monitors traffic heading towards Deganwy.
I would think there have been more accidents on the Prom in Llandudno but I have yet to see any form of traffic monitoring there.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on October 22, 2015, 06:54:35 AM
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Personally I don't think it makes sense to only put cameras in places where accidents have already happened because by then it might be too late.  Wouldn't they better used to prevent accidents from happening in the first place?

I suspect the Cameravans are only deployed reactively, in response to complaints about speeding drivers or when statistics reveal a high incidence of accidents. On the A470 between 0730 and 0830 would be an excellent time.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: born2run on October 22, 2015, 09:56:16 AM
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I agree entirely Mike. To make even more of a nonsense of the radar van in the Robertson's dip, it was there on a Saturday when presumably there is no one around to exit their premises.

I was under the impression that radar vans should be placed in spots with a history of accidents too. Not aware of any here.

A car overturned onto its roof in an accident in Deganwy this morning, in which a woman in her 30s suffered a back injury. Three marked police cars, an ambulance and a fire engine attended the scene on Pentywyn Road, near Fugro Robertson's, at around 8.30am.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/car-overturns-onto-roof-deganwy-6137564 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/car-overturns-onto-roof-deganwy-6137564)

A cyclist has suffered serious injuries after a road crash.  Emergency services were called to Pentywyn Road, Deganwy, near the entrance to Robertson Research at around 10.40am today.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/cyclist-suffers-serious-injuries-after-8677198 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/cyclist-suffers-serious-injuries-after-8677198)

A MOTORCYCLIST was taken to hospital after a crash near Deganwy yesterday morning.  Four vehicles were involved in the incident on Pentywyn Road.
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-200083715.html (http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-200083715.html)

Personally I don't think it makes sense to only put cameras in places where accidents have already happened because by then it might be too late.  Wouldn't they better used to prevent accidents from happening in the first place?

Speaking of lazy journalists FA - I notice on this article

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/cyclist-suffers-serious-injuries-after-8677198 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/cyclist-suffers-serious-injuries-after-8677198)

"near the entrance to Robertson Research"

Hasn't been called that since about 2003 - it was Fugro Robertson after that and is now CGG Robertson.

LAZY LAZY LAZY  &shake&
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Dave on October 22, 2015, 01:33:55 PM
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That said, I think speed traps like the one that is set up in the dip as after you go past Robertsons in Llanrhos is just a money maker and has little to do with road safety.

Now does that make me  a)Lazy or b) Unsure what they have changed their name to yet again! :)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: born2run on October 22, 2015, 02:31:27 PM
You're not a paid journalist are you Dave? So it is excused.  $good$

(Also you didn't include the defunct research so you weren't really wrong)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on October 23, 2015, 09:31:59 AM
"Two men who drowned at a north Wales waterfall did not realise the dangers of swimming in it after drinking alcohol and taking drugs, an inquest has heard.

Steffan Vernon, 33, and Alex Hadley, 21, died at Ceunant Mawr waterfall near Llanberis, Gwynedd, on 7 June. The inquest in Caernarfon concluded their deaths were accidental.

Coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones will write to the council asking it to install danger warning signs at the site."

Full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-34598592 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-34598592)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on October 24, 2015, 08:19:23 AM
Just a reminder in the unlikely event that anyone's forgotten: Clocks go back one hour at 0200 tomorrow.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 24, 2015, 04:54:24 PM
I'm not taking my clocks back, I like them too much!  ;D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on October 24, 2015, 06:09:39 PM
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Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SDQ on October 24, 2015, 10:34:51 PM
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Just a reminder in the unlikely event that anyone's forgotten: Clocks go back one hour at 0200 tomorrow.


Ugh! An extra hour in work!  $angry$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Gwynant on October 27, 2015, 08:22:40 AM
               I noticed quite a large sailing ship anchored in Conwy bay off the gunsites when I was out earlier this mornig. I looked it up on Ship AIS  when I got home and it's the "Stavros.S.Niarchos", a 195 ft brig owned by the Tall Ships Youth Trust and launched in 2000 but currently for sale. It should look quite impressive when it gets under way under sail.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on October 28, 2015, 02:37:12 PM
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/janet-haworth-am-quits-conwy-10345525 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/janet-haworth-am-quits-conwy-10345525)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on October 28, 2015, 03:15:35 PM
There is a major incident on the prom between Rhos and Penrhyn Bay. 3 police cars, 4 ambulances and the air ambulance on scene. Possibly a serious car crash?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Gwynant on October 28, 2015, 04:09:29 PM
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There is a major incident on the prom between Rhos and Penrhyn Bay. 3 police cars, 4 ambulances and the air ambulance on scene. Possibly a serious car crash?
          We were passing through Rhos about 2.30 - 3 this afternoon on the bus and police and ambulances were heading onto the prom near St. Trillo's Church. According to the Daily Post  website recently a car left a side road onto the prom and went straight across the road and over the prom through the railings and onto the rocks below. The Air Ambulance was also in attendance.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Gwynant on October 28, 2015, 04:14:10 PM
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               I noticed quite a large sailing ship anchored in Conwy bay off the gunsites when I was out earlier this mornig. I looked it up on Ship AIS  when I got home and it's the "Stavros.S.Niarchos", a 195 ft brig owned by the Tall Ships Youth Trust and launched in 2000 but currently for sale. It should look quite impressive when it gets under way under sail.
               This beautiful ship is now moored alongside Beaumaris Pier. (see pic below. if it comes out!)
                    Phil HenUGC credit: Phil Hen Stavros S Niarchos, operated by tall ships youth trust, moored at Beaumaris pier
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Gwynant on October 28, 2015, 04:22:37 PM
               Re- Pic of Sailing ship in previous post. My apologies for absence of pic, I can never get to transfer photos from other sites onto here, it transferred onto an e-mail OK, I'll try once more. It can be seen on the Daily Post Live website.
                      Phil HenUGC credit: Phil Hen Stavros S Niarchos, operated by tall ships youth trust, moored at Beaumaris pier
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: hollins on October 28, 2015, 04:35:44 PM
I think there maybe something wrong with the photo loading on the forum. I am going to try and load a photo now that my friend took last night of the ship.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: hollins on October 28, 2015, 04:36:35 PM
Well, that proves me wrong! Worked that time.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Gwynant on October 28, 2015, 04:53:03 PM
         After Hollin's success in posting that pic I'll have one last attempt before finally admitting defeat!
       Phil HenUGC credit: Phil Hen Stavros S Niarchos, operated by tall ships youth trust, moored at Beaumaris pier
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on October 28, 2015, 05:11:12 PM
A woman has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and three people are seriously injured in hospital after a car crashed through railings and onto a beach.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing a woman being led away in handcuffs close to where the incident happed in Rhos on Sea.

The woman, believed to be in her 40s and wearing dark clothing, was being held by officers, according to eyewitness reports.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: hollins on October 28, 2015, 05:15:58 PM
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         After Hollin's success in posting that pic I'll have one last attempt before finally admitting defeat!
     

I tried again in another topic Gwynant and it didn't work so I still think there is something wrong.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 28, 2015, 06:10:19 PM
Test pic
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 28, 2015, 06:10:56 PM
Working for me ok!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on October 29, 2015, 06:37:15 PM
I drove past the place where the car crashed into the rocks at Rhos on Sea and stopped to look at the place.
The car mounted the kerb and drove down the embankment and then dropped about two foot onto the promenade before crashing through the barrier and landing about 8 feet below on the rocks.
It's a miracle that no one died as a result of that accident.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on October 30, 2015, 08:07:42 AM
Apparently the three people in the car, including the 47 year old woman driver are still in hospital.   Looking at the wreckage of the car they were lucky to escape with their lives after that accident
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SDQ on October 30, 2015, 08:54:27 AM
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Apparently the three people in the car, including the 47 year old woman driver are still in hospital.   Looking at the wreckage of the car they were lucky to escape with their lives after that accident


Modern cars are designed to crumple in an accident which takes most of the force out of the impact.
They end up looking a mess but the passenger compartment stays relatively intact & with the help of airbags/curtains the survival rate is much higher than a few years ago.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on October 30, 2015, 12:21:42 PM
It's just as well that cars are built that way because there was quite a drop onto the rocks below.   I don't know how or why it happened but the facts will come out in due course.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: FatAndy on November 02, 2015, 06:04:33 PM
The body of a man has been found at a North Wales hotel.

Police were called to the Travelodge in Gloddaeth Road in Llandudno this morning after the body was discovered.

It is understood that the man was a guest and was found in his room.


http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/mans-body-found-travelodge-llandudno-10375028 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/mans-body-found-travelodge-llandudno-10375028)

One thing we can rule out, it wasn't anything he ate while staying there.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: norman08 on November 02, 2015, 10:18:53 PM
Sorry fat andy last line is a bit silly , I won,t say anymore .
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on November 02, 2015, 10:32:46 PM
Norm, I think Andy was just making the point that Travelodge don't offer any food.

I noticed the police presence there late morning, and they were still there after it got dark.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: norman08 on November 02, 2015, 10:52:08 PM
I know he meant that fester I,m not getting at him ,but I know the unfortunate part of it .
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bosun on November 02, 2015, 10:57:49 PM
                                              'One thing we can rule out, it wasn't anything he ate while staying there'

It was actually a tactless and thoughtless comment; it might have been a misplaced attempt at humour, but I don't think that it would make pleasant reading for his family or friends.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Giggly girl on November 12, 2015, 07:11:10 PM
Chinese whispers that Mostyn Estates are planning a food centre type business in Llandudno rather like Bodnant Food Centre.  That should be a tourist winner.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on November 13, 2015, 07:08:43 AM
For those of you who have visited Harrogate or even the mention of Harrogate and most people will say Betty;s tearooms,how nobody with money in Llandudno has not done a similar project i don;t know,quality would be really appreciated,no brainer,anyone got a spare million.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bosun on November 13, 2015, 08:20:10 AM
Sorry Wrex, if I did have a spare million, I wouldn't spend it on making cakes for the blue-rinse brigade. Coincidentally, I'm in Harrogate tomorrow, but won't be going to Bettys, mainly because I know there will be a queue out of the door. There are five or so Bettys Tea Rooms, and I have to agree that one in Llandudno would probably be as popular a venue as Harrogate.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on November 13, 2015, 10:04:27 AM
Now Wrex...........................If yet another Coffee Shop /  Tea Room or  whatever floats your boat, why not contact Betty's?? I believe Taylors of Harrogate are the people behind it ! Do let us know the response.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: wrex on November 13, 2015, 11:59:28 AM
I think as yorkshire folk might be able to get a better answer.lol
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on November 13, 2015, 01:09:54 PM
Possibly Betty's prices would be more than the average holiday maker would pay, but of course there is the Yorkshire saying. "More brass than wit !" :o ;D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Dave on November 13, 2015, 08:45:49 PM
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Possibly Betty's prices would be more than the average holiday maker would pay, but of course there is the Yorkshire saying. "More brass than wit !" :o ;D

Can't be any more expensive than Costa Lot et al.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: hollins on November 13, 2015, 09:37:47 PM
Worth every penny in my view for the quality, service and presentation.

http://issuu.com/bettysandtaylors/docs/autumn-winter-main-menu-2015?e=1631292/11912189 (http://issuu.com/bettysandtaylors/docs/autumn-winter-main-menu-2015?e=1631292/11912189)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on November 14, 2015, 02:35:29 PM
 *&( $donald$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: alw on November 14, 2015, 06:27:23 PM
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For those of you who have visited Harrogate or even the mention of Harrogate and most people will say Betty;s tearooms,how nobody with money in Llandudno has not done a similar project i don;t know,quality would be really appreciated,no brainer,anyone got a spare million.

I too, enjoy a visit to Betty's when "oop north" and it is without equal now that Badgers Cafe in the Victoria Centre is no more.

Badger's was a perfect example of a high quality tearooms and it won all sorts of awards, unfortunately it failed due to high rents and council tax.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bosun on November 15, 2015, 02:06:53 PM
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For those of you who have visited Harrogate or even the mention of Harrogate and most people will say Betty;s tearooms,how nobody with money in Llandudno has not done a similar project i don;t know,quality would be really appreciated,no brainer,anyone got a spare million.

I too, enjoy a visit to Betty's when "oop north" and it is without equal now that Badgers Cafe in the Victoria Centre is no more.

Badger's was a perfect example of a high quality tearooms and it won all sorts of awards, unfortunately it failed due to high rents and council tax.

Badger's failed because it was prosecuted and heavily fined for repeatedly breaching hygiene regulations. The café that now occupies the premises is successful and a delight to visit. 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: ormegolf on November 16, 2015, 11:39:16 AM
 I have written here before that there is NOTHING that sticks in public minds more than a newspaper report of a public health prosecution, in particular if it is a pricey upper class type of place. There have been umpteen examples of this. If you are prosecuted the only thing you can do is shut up shop.
Title: Conwy landlord Mark Thorogood ordered to repay record housing benefit sum
Post by: Mr Tunnock on November 23, 2015, 04:54:15 PM


Mr Thorogood, who refers to himself as "the Pied Piper of Llandudno", has been ordered to repay nearly £50,000
A landlord who once referred to himself as the “Pied Piper of Llandudno ” has been ordered to repay a record amount of housing benefit.

Mark Thorogood has been ordered by The Property Tribunal Wales to refund Conwy council £47,955, the largest such refund of its kind in Wales,

Earlier this year Mr Thorogood, of Townsend House, Beaumaris , was convicted of failing to licence his properties as HMOs.

Landlords who operate a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) without a licence may have to repay housing benefit.

Conwy council applied for a repayment order to reclaim money paid to Mr Thorogood in housing benefit relating to six properties in Llandudno.

On October 7 a Residential Property tribunal assessed the case.

A Conwy Council spokesman said: “The panel were satisfied the council had complied with the legal requirements before making the application to the Residential Property Tribunal.

“Mr Thorogood confirmed that the Authority had acted correctly.

 Llandudno landlord back in court - this time for unlicensed properties

“Mr Thorogood has until noon on Friday, 12th February 2016 to pay the money back to Conwy council.”

In June Mr Thorogood was fined £100,000 after making fraudulent mortgage claims.

The ban was handed down because of false statements of earning being made in order to secure mortgages and a failure to properly monitor his staff at his companies.

Cllr Philip Evans, Conwy’s Cabinet Member for Regulation, said, “We believe this is the largest Rent Repayment Order to be awarded in Wales and the third largest in England and Wales.

“Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is important because it raises management, safety and amenity standards, thereby protecting both the tenants and the local community. Poor standards in rented properties can have adverse effects on neighbourhoods and spoil the quality of life for others.

 Conwy landlord fined for fraudulent mortgage claims rakes in £100k from housing benefit

“This case should send a clear message to all landlords that we will take action if they fail to apply to licence an HMO, and we will seek to recover housing benefit paid when they were operating an HMO outside the law.”

In June Mr Thorogood said: “I’ve made mistakes but my ambition is to be honest and true.

“I have been victimised. I am an entrepreneur and I will take a few calculated risks.

“I have housed more people than you can imagine. I am the pied piper of Llandudno and I had tenants chasing me asking for somewhere to live.”

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/conwy-landlord-mark-thorogood-ordered-10486797#comments-section (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/conwy-landlord-mark-thorogood-ordered-10486797#comments-section)

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on November 24, 2015, 11:57:24 AM
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Sorry Wrex, if I did have a spare million, I wouldn't spend it on making cakes for the blue-rinse brigade. Coincidentally, I'm in Harrogate tomorrow, but won't be going to Bettys, mainly because I know there will be a queue out of the door. There are five or so Bettys Tea Rooms, and I have to agree that one in Llandudno would probably be as popular a venue as Harrogate.
Bettys is a fantastic business, I visited earlier this year. If I were opening such a business in Llandudno, I would want a location like the Carlton or Coffee Culture to maximise revenue.
Title: Re: Conwy landlord Mark Thorogood ordered to repay record housing benefit sum
Post by: DaveR on November 24, 2015, 12:06:12 PM
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Mr Thorogood, who refers to himself as "the Pied Piper of Llandudno", has been ordered to repay nearly £50,000
A landlord who once referred to himself as the “Pied Piper of Llandudno ” has been ordered to repay a record amount of housing benefit.
I noticed the other day that several of what I believe to be his properties in Bodhyfryd Road are now boarded up.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on December 12, 2015, 05:41:39 PM
Fat man is here, Troll.

What's on your mind?   ?{}?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on January 04, 2016, 01:51:55 PM
I've just had a phone call from my brother who said that the Marine Drive in Llandudno is closed at the West Shore end as there has been a land slide in that area.
Traffic is now a two way system from the Marine Drive and Llys Helyg Drive to the zig zag's by St Tudno's Church
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on January 04, 2016, 06:38:11 PM
Can you clarify that a bit more Hugo? We have been in touch with the Wirral to Llandudno Mini Club organisers, who in turn have been in touch with Conwy CBC. Conwy reckon that whatever will be a 3 day job, so their usual trip round the Orme will go ahead. It is due to be held on Sun. Jan 10th.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on January 04, 2016, 10:30:46 PM
Hi Nemesis,   all I can tell you is what my brother told me when I phoned him.    He was working on the old Railway Convalescent home just on the entrance to Llys Helyg Drive but was unable to drive there because of a rockfall which I would think is between the Toll House and St Petrocks where they have had other landslides.
To get to the old Railway Convalescent home he drove along the Marine Drive past the lighthouse to Llys Helyg Drive and then he would have had to return the same way.
Other cars came towards him travelling up the one way system so he had to drive carefully as he was going down.
I've not heard from him since and couldn't see anything about the rock fall in the Daily Post web page so I can't tell you any more than that I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on January 05, 2016, 02:15:47 PM
Nemesis I went to the West Shore today and the Marine Drive is closed to vehicles and pedestrians but I was able to walk to the rock fall. The first one is only a small fall but the one near St Petrocks has a lot of large boulders there.
The road is closed until further notice but they are expecting heavy machinery there very soon.    I suppose that clearance of the rocks etc is only part of the work as they will have to make sure that the rest of the cliff is stable
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on January 05, 2016, 06:53:59 PM
Thanks Hugo, we have been in contact with the Wirral Mini Club and also Conwy CBC, who are assuring everyone that all will be open by Sunday. I only hope that this will be correct as there are usually over 100 Minis and any diversion of route will be difficult to implicate. We hope to be there to spectate ( we have a Morris Minor now, so are n't eligible to join in !) if we ever get straight from a decorating episode ! :o
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: llandudnotrust on January 05, 2016, 08:45:39 PM
Anyone know what is happening at The Snowdon it in darkness
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Mr Tunnock on January 06, 2016, 06:52:14 PM
■ By DAVID POWELL Daily Post Reporter david.powell@trinitymirror.com
TWENTY criminals including murderers and arsonists have been granted unescorted leave in the last three years from the secure unit from which vicar killer Richard Dennick absconded.

The patients were all residents at Tŷ Llywelyn in Llanfairfechan from which Dennick, 48, went missing in September after being allowed out alone. He handed himself in 24 hours later in London.

In an answer to a Freedom of Information Act request, Betsi Cadwaladar University Health Board said: “We can advise that over the past three financial years a total of 20 patients were granted unescorted leave.”

But the health board was initially reluctant to divulge their crimes, citing confidentiality. The Daily Post appealed against that decision and BCUHB then “reviewed” the situation and came out with more information.

The FOI answer stated: “All patients would have commenced unescorted leave for the shortest period. Of these patients, there was a range of offences identified including arson, assault, actual bodily harm, wounding, attempted murder and murder.

“Those who would have had longest period unescorted leave are those that were discharged into the community. Those convictions included arson, assault, wounding, actual bodily harm and attempted murder. All periods are approved by the Ministry of Justice.”

They revealed “unescorted leave” means patients are “initially in hospital grounds” for “short timed periods”. This is then extended to the “local village and wider community”.

When Dennick (left) went missing and his murderous past was revealed by police the day after his disappearance, there was an outcry that such patients were allowed out on their own. Police said at the time Dennick was without his medication and could become unpredictable.

A special liaison committee was set up in the wake of the incident to try to alleviate the community’s concerns.

It is understood Dennick remains at the unit, but it is not known if he is still allowed out on unaccompanied leave.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on January 07, 2016, 03:13:59 PM
Nemesis, just in case you don't already know, the Marine Drive has now reopened to traffic
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on January 07, 2016, 06:30:15 PM
Thank you for the info Hugo. $thanx$

The Snowdon was closed the other day for a staff'do'
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bosun on January 17, 2016, 08:24:50 AM
Sorry, but this event planned locally in August does not sit well with me.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-35323040 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-35323040)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on January 17, 2016, 05:00:57 PM
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Sorry, but this event planned locally in August does not sit well with me.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-35323040 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-35323040)

It reminds me of the time when I used to play football.    Phil Jones had seven pints before one game and scored seven goals, all with his head.   
I just had a couple but didn't score any, perhaps I was drinking the wrong stuff.         Z**
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: born2run on January 18, 2016, 12:19:31 PM
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Sorry, but this event planned locally in August does not sit well with me.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-35323040 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-35323040)

Why?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Dave on January 18, 2016, 03:22:45 PM
I must admit the  option of "run, walk or crawl" does suggest the intention should be to drink yourself stupid. However, the idea of a walk to sample the wine is not a bad one at all. I have been several times to one in Germany which involves a 22km walk through the vineyards where the wine is produced sampling at one of around 10 stations along the route. It's a great family event, some complete the whole walk as I have done, others just sample a small section. There are thousands of people take part for this annual festival. You get a card that can be stamped and if you get a certain number of stamps from the different stations you qualify for a free raffle draw with some excellent locally donated prizes.
I think something similar would be a terrific idea here as well. Maybe an opportunity to sample food and drink. We have local beer which to my mind is more appropriate than wine.
Incidentally, the measure of wine on the German walk is not a full glass although you can buy by the bottle if you so wish.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bosun on January 19, 2016, 10:12:04 AM
Dave, your walk through the vineyards and suggestion for a local 'trail' is a good idea; such as an extended version of the current Conwy pub trail. I have walked various footpaths and ways in areas of Spain, Ireland, Madeira as well as the Pennine Way and Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, all between hostelries and have done (three times, but I hasten to add, some years ago,) the 'Batham Eight'. However, the planned event is a RACE, and is billed as such with a winning/finishing line, and that is different to a 'trail; simple experience suggests that people, alcohol and physical exertion of that type is a dangerous mix.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on January 23, 2016, 05:33:45 PM
I can see from my window a helicopter hovering above the ship that has been moored in the Bay at Colwyn this afternoon. As it's dark now I can't see exactly what is going on but it's hovering pretty low at the moment.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SDQ on January 25, 2016, 07:52:26 PM
Inshore lifeboat just launched from Deganwy slipway (19:45hrs) heading slowly with a searchlight towards the helicopter hovering over West Shore.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SDQ on January 25, 2016, 08:19:34 PM
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Inshore lifeboat just launched from Deganwy slipway (19:45hrs) heading slowly with a searchlight towards the helicopter hovering over West Shore.


Heading towards Conwy now!
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on January 25, 2016, 08:21:31 PM
And now gone off towards Bangor.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SDQ on January 25, 2016, 08:25:35 PM
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And now gone off towards Bangor.


Aye, lifeboat has just got back to Deganwy too so whatever it was must now be over.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on January 25, 2016, 08:32:41 PM
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And now gone off towards Bangor.


Aye, lifeboat has just got back to Deganwy too so whatever it was must now be over.

 *snore* *snore* *snore* *snore* *snore* *snore*
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: hollins on January 25, 2016, 08:33:53 PM
Daily Post blog says this......


Boys found after search

We’re told that a missing person search was sparked after two boys aged 12 and 13 attempted to take a kayak from Deganwy to Conwy. The alarm was raised by one of the boy’s sisters we believe, after the kayak was found empty. But after a search the boys were discovered safe and well in a chip shop in Llandudno Junction.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on January 25, 2016, 08:45:17 PM
Enoch's perchance?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: DaveR on January 26, 2016, 09:02:56 AM
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Enoch's perchance?
A good place to be discovered in. Yummm...fish and chips.....
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on February 23, 2016, 07:32:31 PM
Mars recalls chocolate in 55 countries

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35642075 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35642075)

I wish I'd known that before eating my Mars bars today.    :o
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on March 28, 2016, 10:58:23 PM
Watch yobs vandalise Llandudno restaurant signs on night gang of men was barred from town's pubs

Yobs were filmed mindlessly vandalising signs outside a Llandudno restaurant on a night a large gang of men was barred from the town’s pubs.

Patrick O'Neill, the owner of the resort’s Cambridge Mostyn Restaurant, accused the yobs of causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage to his signs in an incident caught on CCTV.

A group of 17 men, thought to be from Flint, descended on Llandudno on Easter Sunday, smashing signs and kicking pub doors after being singled out by the resort’s Pub Watch scheme.

Police eventually saw the group onto a minibus and away from the scene.
Mr O’Neill said: “There were five police cars and they had coralled a group across the road by HMV.
“I looked at my CCTV footage and I saw it was 9.40pm when they were assaulting our signs.
“There were four damaged at £600 each, and we need them to attract customers because we have no ground floor frontage.
“Without all my signs, I could lose up to £6,000 trade over the next three days.
“This has happened three years on the trot.”

The group was ejected from Bar 147 after becoming rowdy, and Pub Watch and the town’s CCTV system were alerted.

Yobs were then captured on CCTV kicking and breaking the restaurant signs and they were refused entry to Wetherspoons, The Town House and the London pubs.
Jimmy Mann, licensee of the King’s Arms, said the yobs kicked their doors after being refused entry.
“We got told by the Pub Watch they had been refused by another bar in town,” he said.
“I instructed the staff to close the doors, turn the outside lights off and not let them in.
“When they were refused, they started to kick the door. We had customers in here.”
Staff called the police, who held the group across the road from the pub and dispatched them via minibus.

A North Wales Police spokeswoman said: “We had a report of criminal damage in Llandudno just before 10pm on Sunday by a large group of men.
“Our investigation is ongoing to identify those responsible for causing the damage.
“If anyone has any information, call 101 and ask for Llandudno police.”

VIDEO..    http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/watch-yobs-vandalise-llandudno-restaurant-11104668 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/watch-yobs-vandalise-llandudno-restaurant-11104668)


Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Blongb on March 29, 2016, 02:16:23 PM
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Watch yobs vandalise Llandudno restaurant signs on night gang of men was barred from town's pubs

Patrick O'Neill, the owner of the resort’s Cambridge Mostyn Restaurant, accused the yobs of causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage to his signs “There were four damaged at £600 each, and we need them to attract customers because we have no ground floor frontage. “Without all my signs, I could lose up to £6,000 trade over the next three days. “This has happened three years on the trot.”

I can't say I'm surprised by the fact that three years on the trot damage has been done to Mr O'Neill's signs outside the entrance to the Cambridge. The number of them he puts out, blocking the pavement to attract customers, is utterly ridiculous. If he needs that many signs to attract customers into his establishment he's obviously trading in the wrong place.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on April 09, 2016, 01:04:34 PM
From April 2016 it will be a legal requirement for ALL dogs to be micro chipped and contact details up-to-date.

As a dog owner I can't think of anything worse than having your dog stolen or lost and I've read in the papers recently of dogs being reunited with their owners thanks to the fact that the dog was micro chipped.  We had ours micro chipped when he had his first injections, just like the other dogs we have had.
When anything is made mandatory there will always be some people objecting to it and there was a guy on TV this week speaking out against micro chipping dogs and even implied that it was against the animals rights to be chipped.
He advised dog owners, especially those with small breeds, not to have their dogs micro chipped.    It's not a choice now, as it has been made compulsory for dog owners to have their dogs micro chipped and there is a hefty fine if the dog owner refuses to do so.
I bet that guy on the TV won't pay the fine for them

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwieg4OXvYHMAhWCXBoKHTWIB1kQFggjMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.petlog.org.uk%2Fpet-owner%2Fcompulsory-microchipping-for-dog-owners%2F&usg=AFQjCNG4lVCAkj_0hGRw7eH5zY_9fAK6xg (https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwieg4OXvYHMAhWCXBoKHTWIB1kQFggjMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.petlog.org.uk%2Fpet-owner%2Fcompulsory-microchipping-for-dog-owners%2F&usg=AFQjCNG4lVCAkj_0hGRw7eH5zY_9fAK6xg)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 09, 2016, 03:45:26 PM
I wonder how long before humans are microchipped?   ;D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Fester on April 09, 2016, 04:35:45 PM
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I wonder how long before humans are microchipped?   ;D

If it was up to me, it would be done immediately
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on April 27, 2016, 10:46:30 PM
Sonar mapping project highlights sunken ships


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-36138518 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-36138518)
Title: Re: Stop Press Business rates revaluation
Post by: SteveH on May 19, 2016, 05:06:36 PM
GOOD NEWS OR .......

A business rates revaluation will cause shockwaves to North Wales high streets - with ‘winners and losers’ across the region.
The business rates review in 2017 is expected to bring the largest change to business rates for high street retailers in a generation.
Running two years late, it will be the first revaluation by the Valuation Office Agency since 2010 - a period of huge change on the high streets of North Wales.

The long period between valuations - which are based on open rental values - means there could be dramatic changes in the rates paid when new bills drop through the letter box next year.
Current rateable values are based on rents from April 2008 while the next will be based on April 2015 rental values.

""Using their own research they have estimated that town centre businesses in Wrexham and Rhyl could see rates fall by 28% while Llandudno firms could see cuts of up to 40%.""

In Wales there is the added uncertainty about fresh plans for business rates as powers are passed from the UK to the Welsh Government.

MORE...   http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/north-wales-high-streets-hit-11347444 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/north-wales-high-streets-hit-11347444)

 
Title: Re: Stop Press DOG WARDENS
Post by: SteveH on May 24, 2016, 01:32:35 PM
Dog wardens ticketing owners, as I write on the Oval, not the usual boys in black, I think it is because they had dogs on the football field....... I am not sure if the list below is up to date I have seen one mentioning The Oval but cannot find in at the moment sorry.....

MORE    http://www.conwy.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=9807&doc=30614&Language=1 (http://www.conwy.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=9807&doc=30614&Language=1)


It is an offence to allow your dog to enter a designated Dog Exclusion area. Failure to comply with the Dogs Exclusion Order 2012, can result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued.   

The areas you CANNOT take your dog on to are:

In Parks and Open Spaces

Land owned and / or maintained by Conwy County Borough Council, which has 'Dog Exclusion Zone' signs erected
Fenced Children's Play Areas
Multi Use Games Areas
Tennis Courts
Skate Parks
Bowling Greens
Fields attached to schools, including community fields used by schools for sports.
The playing area of marked sports pitches (the pitch area must be clearly identifiable and defined by a specific line)
Betws yn Rhos Playground
Capel Garmon Playing Fields
Cae Ffwt Football Ground, Glan Conwy
Gyffin Playing Fields
Gower Road Recreation Area, Trefriw
Maes Aled Playground, Llansannan
The football pitch, bowling green and multi use games area, Llansannan
On the Beach

If an area of beach is not included in the list below, you are free to enter and for your dog to be off lead thereon.

*(including the seashore, foreshore and any slope or staircase leading onto the beaches) as follows:

Between 1st May and 30th September:

Rhos on Sea Beach (between Rhos Point and the eastern end of the Cayley Promenade)
Colwyn Bay Beach (between the Victoria Pier and the entrance to Eirias Park).
Pensarn Beach (between the embedded wooden posts by the café and the embedded concrete posts at the western end of the promenade).
Kinmel Bay Beach (between Dinas Avenue, Kinmel Bay and Sandbank Road Towyn)
Llandudno North Shore Beach (from Llandudno Pier to Clarence Road)
Llandudno West Shore Beach (between the two stone groynes)
Penmaenmawr Beach (from the east side of the café to the sailing club slipway)
Llanfairfechan Beach (between the 2 slipways extending down from the promenade to the Low Water Mark)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on May 24, 2016, 05:22:31 PM
This is the piece I had seen re above.....also the wardens had no visible identification, just two normally dressed..........?

The Dogs on Leads Order 2012
You MUST keep dogs on a lead on:

Any land owned and / or maintained by Conwy County Borough Council which has 'Dogs on leads' signs displayed.
Pavements, footways and verges of all roads with a speed limit of 40mph or less.
All Cemeteries and Churchyards.
Cae Derw Playing Fields, Llandudno Junction (does not include the fenced area designated for dog exercising).
Betws yn Rhos Sports Ground.
Pentywyn Road Recreation Field, Deganwy
Clwyd Park Recreation Field, Kinmel Bay
The Oval, Llandudno
Maesdu Road Recreation Ground, Llandudno
Rowen Recreation Field
Riverside Walk from the Bridge to Plas Y Dre Car Park, Llanrwst
Footpath across the Golf Club, Betws y Coed
North Wales Golf Club, Llandudno
Sand Dunes, Kinmel Bay
Llysfaen Community and Recreational Association Land
Llanfairfechan Recreation Ground and Land surrounding the Boating Lake
Llansannan  (all recreational land surrounding the football pitch, bowling green and multi use games area within Llansannan playing fields including the public footpath which runs through the playing fields)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on May 25, 2016, 01:04:28 PM
Kingdom security are in the news again,....."Llandudno pensioner hit TWICE in a week with dog walking fines condemns scheme"  .....you can argue once bitten etc. but I find the rules complicated.

 ie.   Dogs on leads order 2012 above says a dog must be on a lead if you are on the Oval, however the "The areas you CANNOT take your dog on to are:"    " Multi Use Games Areas"  and " The playing area of marked sports pitches"   as I see it the second rule cancels out the first ?

If you are a dog owner you better do your homework......

Going back to Kingdom security, their methods have been discussed before "low profile" etc. I noticed yesterday that after dealing with the dog owner, they removed their ID lanyards ?  getting ready for another ambush ?
And the pensioner from above commented in the DP article.....“The next week he was wearing a red jumper and a beanie hat."      not only low profile but in disguise..........
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/llandudno-pensioner-hit-twice-week-11382803 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/llandudno-pensioner-hit-twice-week-11382803)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: born2run on May 25, 2016, 01:20:31 PM
Kingdom $ecurity

It's all about the commissions  ££$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on June 01, 2016, 04:20:53 PM
Todays Pioneer article has lifted the bar on litter fines,....... I am assuming that these people did not pay the fine, so ended up in court,............I also found the Mayors comments uninformed.

FINES running into tens of thousands of pounds have been dished out to litter-bugs in Conwy.
More than 60 cases of litter-dropping were brought by Conwy County Borough Council before magistrates in Prestatyn yesterday (Tuesday) – the majority being smokers who litter Llandudno with cigarette ends.

Offenders were forced to cough up fines and costs totalling over £37,000. Only one defendant appeared in person and in each of the other cases a fine of £440 was imposed. Each defendant was also ordered to pay costs of £125 and a surcharge of £44. total £609

Louise Emery, chairperson of the Friends of West Shore, condemned the action of dropping litter but expressed doubt on whether the imposition of fines would stub out of the problem.
"I just can’t understand the mentality behind people that drop litter,” she said.
”We would like to ensure that penalties are handed out fairly and that those accused are given the chance to explain their actions and in some circumstances be given a warning.”

Carol Marubbi, mayor of Llandudno, also condemned the practise of litter dropping but said it was important – in the case of fines – to look at the circumstances behind the offence.
”Kingdom – Conwy Council enforcement officers – can be brutal at times,” she explained. “For an example, a little old lady who’s dropped something and they will pounce on her within seconds
ӣ37,000 is an awful lot of money for the court to collect. Does it go into the town? to bin improvements?
”This action will frighten some people and what we don’t want is for people to be put off from coming to Llandudno.

”It does all depend all depend on the circumstances – if it is a baby or a child for example and a tissue drops on the floor, you can’t control that.
“If it is an element of abuse and people are abusing the system – then I don’t agree with that at all. We are all working towards a cleaner Llandudno – we all are proud of our town and want the same result.”

Cllr Francis Davies, deputy mayor of Llandudno, said: "Dropping litter and fly tipping is a blight on modern society, it is unacceptable behavior.
"Education is the key to solving this problem. A fine should be a deterrent - how much, is up to the law makers and courts.            (A deterrent is a uniformed warden)
"Llandudno is a beautiful and popular town with tourists it should be respected by all who live and visit here."

Cllr Philip Evans, Conwy’s Cabinet Member for Regulation said, “These cases should send a clear message that the authority will have no hesitation in prosecuting people who show so little respect for our community.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to keep Conwy a clean and attractive place to live, work and visit.   Littering is not acceptable - put your litter in a bin or take it home with you.” refPioneer

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: TheMedz on June 01, 2016, 11:05:54 PM
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Offenders were forced to cough up fines and costs totalling over £37,000. Only one defendant appeared in person and in each of the other cases a fine of £440 was imposed. Each defendant was also ordered to pay costs of £125 and a surcharge of £44. total £609

Louise Emery, chairperson of the Friends of West Shore, condemned the action of dropping litter but expressed doubt on whether the imposition of fines would stub out of the problem..

FairPlay to the Pioneer reporter who chose to use of "Cough up" and "stub out" in an article about dropping cigarette ends.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: bigbadhenry on June 02, 2016, 08:28:30 AM
"Cllr Philip Evans, Conwy’s Cabinet Member for Regulation said, “These cases should send a clear message that the authority will have no hesitation in prosecuting people who show so little respect for our community. "

He should look round his ward it's a tip. Due to Asda, MacDonald's, John Brights and the like.

Do the council enforce litter regulations outside of the main shopping/tourist areas ????
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on June 05, 2016, 01:06:15 PM
There appears to have been an incident in the Benarth woods area of Conwy involving both The Air Ambulance and the Coastguard helicopter being in attendance. Both have now left the scene with the Air Ambulance heading towards Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and the Coastguard heading home.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on June 08, 2016, 12:30:13 PM
Flock of sheep and lambs on Glodaeth Ave at the moment, .......quite a pleasant site,....... cars are slowing down to take photos                        small crowd gathering for more photos , police are aware.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on June 14, 2016, 11:43:59 AM
Major road works with the A470 down to one lane between the Bodafon turn-off and Glan Conwy, one lane at the Links roundabout on the North going side and one lane just past the Debenham's entry road.  They might well be linked as they're all digging fairly substantial holes in the roads.

The G;an Conwy works are digging in a field to the left going South.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on June 21, 2016, 11:30:53 AM
RAF Valley jet aborts take-off on Anglesey because of birds.
The pilot had reached speeds of around 100 knots when the birds appeared in front of the plane at RAF Valley.
He aborted take-off and went through the crash barrier on the runway. He was left shaken but unhurt.
Sqn Ldr Dave Williams said the jet remained on its wheels and came to a stop close to the beach. "It's what we train for and why we have those barriers," he added.   ref BBC
Title: Re: Stop Press .............FREE BEER
Post by: SteveH on July 03, 2016, 03:31:42 PM
  $walesflag$          Everyone in Wales to be given FREE BEER by Budweiser ...truly                 $walesflag$
                                                                                                                           
Everyone in Wales is going to be given a free beer to celebrate the national team 's defeat of Belgium. Seriously.

Anheuser-Busch InBev, says it wants everyone to "raise a Bud" to Chris Coleman 's men after they secured a place in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 with a decisive 3-1 victory.

Details about when and where people can claim their free beer will be announced next week - although people will need to be over 18 to claim it.

A Budweiser UK spokesperson said: “At Budweiser, we’re all about celebrating epic moments, and that’s why we wanted to raise a Bud to the dedication of all the Welsh football fans out there in honour of their recent success, and to show our support ahead of the nation’s next big game – by giving everyone 18+ in Wales a Budweiser on us.

"We also have one of our biggest breweries based in Magor, and have close ties to the Welsh community, which makes this moment that little bit more special for us too.

“We’ll be releasing more details about how Wales can get their hands on a complimentary Budweiser this week – watch this space. In the meantime, this Bud’s for you Wales!”      refDP
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on July 03, 2016, 03:43:55 PM
Don't forget to keep us up to date Steve, the Portugal game isn't too far off.       Z**     Z**
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: norman08 on July 03, 2016, 04:02:45 PM
Bet they think Wales stops in Cardiff 😡
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on July 03, 2016, 04:04:19 PM
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Don't forget to keep us up to date Steve, the Portugal game isn't too far off.       Z**     Z**

They are giving the beer for the last win over Belgiun, but when Wales *** we might get two..... $good$

Re the original post I think its a good opportunity to get the most likes ever on the forum... $drink1$ give it a go.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on July 03, 2016, 05:06:36 PM
I'll second that.            Z**       
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: born2run on July 04, 2016, 12:34:46 PM
I've seen this linked everywhere today - Brilliant advertising for them  Z** $walesflag$
Title: Re: Stop Press ..........Free ish Beer
Post by: SteveH on July 06, 2016, 11:00:09 AM
They did say free, not that it would easy...........

You can now get a free beer to watch Wales take on Portugal in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 tonight.

To celebrate Wales’ amazing exploits at the competition, Budweiser has teamed up with the Daily Post to offer you all a free drink.

All you need to do is buy a paper copy of the Daily Post, cut-out the voucher inside and present redeem it at a participating Tesco, One Stop or Co-Op store before 11.59pm this evening.

But please read the full terms and conditions of the offer before you redeem your voucher.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/wales-euro-2016-heres-how-11573095 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/wales-euro-2016-heres-how-11573095)
Title: Re: Stop Press ........ Free ish Beer
Post by: SteveH on July 06, 2016, 11:37:04 AM
Supermarkets SELLING OUT of Budweiser as Welsh fans descend for free beer.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/supermarkets-selling-out-budweiser-welsh-11574326 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/supermarkets-selling-out-budweiser-welsh-11574326)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: born2run on July 06, 2016, 12:34:31 PM
 :'( I won't be able to go to TESCO until after work

 Z** $walesflag$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: ormegolf on July 13, 2016, 08:39:02 PM
   Now this really is STOP PRESS. Have just heard that GHA buses have gone into immediate administration. That means now. That means that upwards of 250 buses will not leave their six depots tomorrow morning an who knows, maybe 5000 passengers of all ages including many, many school buses will not be running.
  GHA are by far the largest privately owned bus company in North Wales, maybe all Wales. They are based mainly in the Wrexham area but stretch out as far as Barmouth and in the other direction well into England. I can hardly believe it. Six depots. Hundreds of employees.
   Who can fill this gap? Arriva is the only one, but whether they would want to is another matter.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bosun on July 13, 2016, 09:11:35 PM
That  really is 'hold the front page' news.....
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Cambrian on July 13, 2016, 10:00:55 PM
On a more smaller scale, something similar happened when Padarn folded.  Their services were absorbed by other operators without much fuss.  With a few exceptions (eg the 12 and 13 day time services) most bus services are wholly or partly subsidised by local authorities or Welsh Government so operators are confident of base income.  GHA possibly may have grown too quickly, too soon.

Most of their stage carriage services operate in the Wrexham area where there are numerous smaller operators as well as a significant Arriva presence - so hopefully these can step in and minimise disruption to travellers.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: ormegolf on July 14, 2016, 09:23:55 PM
Stop press again. THAT MAN HAs AT LAST GONE. His home boarded up. GUESS WHO.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on July 23, 2016, 11:19:52 AM
A470 in Glan Conwy blocked in both directions
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: rhuddlan on July 23, 2016, 04:42:54 PM
Hi Folks,

I thought you should all know that my friend Hugo has fairly recently attained a significant Birthday.

I'm sure there are are members of the forum that might wish to say something.

He is a good friend and a very kind man indeed.

Rhuddlan.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: hollins on July 23, 2016, 05:12:15 PM
Happy Birthday Hugo!
I won't ask how significant a birthday but I hope you are enjoying it. xxxxxxx

Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on July 23, 2016, 05:41:35 PM
Kept that quiet, not even a hint..........Many congratulations on your ****** birthday.............

 <:<:<:< <:<:<:<+}}{-- :__)+ :__)+ _))++ $bounce$  clappinghappy

All the very best wishes.... $drink1$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on July 23, 2016, 06:12:15 PM
Thanks Rhuddlan for letting the cat out of the bag,  I was hoping to get away with it!      Thanks for coming to the lunch and  I hope that you and your better half enjoyed the meal at Signatures.

Thanks Hollins and Steve for  your good wishes.


Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: mull on July 23, 2016, 06:26:24 PM
Happy birthday from Mull.
Keep enjoying your walks and posting them on here. You are lucky to have company on them, wish I had up here.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: TheMedz on July 23, 2016, 06:35:27 PM
Happy Birthday Hugo. Always enjoy your Walk posts. 
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on July 23, 2016, 06:40:10 PM
Twenty six again, eh?  All the best  Z**
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on July 23, 2016, 06:50:24 PM
Loads of good wishes for your birthday Hugo, from Frizzy too !xx
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on July 24, 2016, 11:08:28 AM
Thanks everyone for your kind words now that Rhuddlan has spilled the beans.   

I hope my walks won't all be down hill from now on!          ;D
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Meleri on July 24, 2016, 12:03:44 PM
Happy belated Birthday Hugo, what a fantastic cake. If I could take this opportunity to thank you for all the help and very interesting contributions you have given to us all. Mr M and I especially enjoy your illustrated walks.

Meleri  $walesflag$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: hollins on July 24, 2016, 12:10:38 PM
Well said Meleri.
Hugo is a special contributor to this forum with all the hobby/walking topics and also he always gives a fair balanced approach to the more serious topics of the day.
Thanks Hugo, I really enjoy reading all your contributions.
Wish there were more like you. It's so easy to leave it to others and not bother yourself.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on July 24, 2016, 05:03:07 PM
Anyone know what happened in Glan Conwy yesterday? It was, apparently, a three-vehicle accident that closed the rod for much of the day.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Tom Davidson on July 25, 2016, 09:06:28 AM
I'm looking into that one Ian - police press are rubbish on a weekend.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on July 25, 2016, 12:32:52 PM
Thanks, Tom.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SDQ on August 09, 2016, 02:51:11 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-37023986 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-37023986)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SDQ on August 09, 2016, 03:07:04 PM
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-37023986 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-37023986)


Latest news is all four crewmen are ok but the air ambulance has been sent to Watkin's Pass as a precaution.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on August 10, 2016, 11:21:35 AM
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Latest news is all four crewmen are ok but the air ambulance has been sent to Watkin's Pass as a precaution.
Wrecked RAF helicopter which caught fire on Snowdonia could be removed later today.

A Chinook helicopter may be needed to remove the wreckage of the Griffin training aircraft which had to make an emergency landing on Yr Aran.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/wrecked-raf-helicopter-caught-fire-11727708 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/wrecked-raf-helicopter-caught-fire-11727708)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on August 16, 2016, 11:36:59 AM
An elderly couple have died following a house fire in Conwy county.
Emergency services were called to the blaze on Gannock Park West, Deganwy, at about 07:40 BST on Tuesday.
A man and woman were brought out of the building but died, while another woman managed to get out of the property before fire fighters arrived.
The fire was quickly brought under control but an investigation is now under way to establish the cause.
Insp Kelly Isaacs said: "Despite their [emergency services'] rapid deployment, they were sadly unable to prevent the deaths of the two elderly occupants."
North Wales Police has closed the road and urged people to avoid the area.    REF BBC
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bellringer on August 19, 2016, 12:43:16 PM
Barclays Bank is circulating customers that the Llandudno Junction branch will close on Friday 2 December.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on August 22, 2016, 10:31:29 PM
Flood warning issued for Conwy Valley

http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/165802/flood-warning-issued-in-conwy.aspx#.V7tunXgOVxk.email (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/165802/flood-warning-issued-in-conwy.aspx#.V7tunXgOVxk.email)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on August 23, 2016, 07:55:17 PM
Conwy tunnel closed in both directions due to a 'system failure' (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/local-news/live-a55-closed-after-conwy-11790163). Our very own Tom reporting...
Title: Re: Stop Press ......... Accident Rhos
Post by: SteveH on September 06, 2016, 02:39:22 PM
Live: Crash at Rhos on Sea between car and bus..............Tom Davidson.

People are being cut free from vehicles as emergency services work at the scene.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/live-crash-rhos-sea-between-11848838 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/live-crash-rhos-sea-between-11848838)
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on September 06, 2016, 03:59:47 PM
Elderly man in Rhos on Sea crash cut free from car
15:02, 6 SEP 2016 UPDATED 15:02, 6 SEP 2016    ref DP
BY TOM DAVIDSON
An elderly man had to be cut free from his car after a crash with a bus in Rhos on Sea.

The motorist has been taken to hospital with “potentially serious” injuries following the smash outside Coleg Llandrillo on Llandudno Road at about 1pm.
Firefighters had to cut the roof off the car to get the elderly man out, before he was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

Passengers on the bus were checked over by ambulance crews at the scene but did not need hospital treatment.
Llandudno Road is currently closed in both directions while an investigation is conducted by North Wales Police.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at about 1.05pm to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car and a bus.

“A crew in an emergency ambulance and a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle attended and an elderly man was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd with potentially serious injuries.
“Four further patients were checked over at the scene, but did not require hospital treatment.”
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Nemesis on September 06, 2016, 06:34:02 PM
Got mixed up with this heading for the dog groomers this afternoon. Trouble was the road wasn't closed then and all the motorists were having to turn round and retrace their steps. Chaos and amazing how many drivers couldn't manage a 3 point turn.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Ian on September 06, 2016, 06:42:23 PM
..along with parking, reversing, driving in a straight line, signalling...  >?>??
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on September 18, 2016, 04:32:52 PM
Police helicopter over Llandudno............apparently looking for 5year old boy, on a scooter?
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Bri Roberts on September 18, 2016, 04:41:38 PM
I hope they soon find young Rhys.
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: SteveH on September 18, 2016, 05:33:18 PM
All's well, found safe and sound................ $good$        $good$
Title: Re: Stop Press
Post by: Hugo on September 22, 2016, 12:32:14 PM