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A Historic pub that became the UK’s first town centre community-owned watering hole when it attracted backers from as far away as San Francisco is to become a centre for Welsh culture.
Campaigners launched a community share issue last year to re-open Wrexham’s grade II-listed 19th century The Seven Stars under the Welsh name Y Saith Seren (a direct translation). Now the group, who set up the co-operative Canolfan Gymraeg Wrecsam Cyfyngedig (Wrexham Welsh Centre Limited) to run the pub, is launching a second share issue.
Does your life sometimes feel, like mine does, as though someone has handed you a grenade with the pin pulled? Life seems to be this continuous, exhausting dance performed on a treadmill and from which one occasionally gets the most fleeting of respites, doesn't it? Or is it just me?
PARIS – Residents of a sleepy French village in Bordeaux have been left dumbfounded after discovering their local 18th-century chateau was completely bulldozed "by mistake." The mayor's office in Yvrac said Wednesday that workers who were hired to renovate the grand 140,000-square-foot manor and raze a small building on the same estate in southwest France mixed them up. "The Chateau de Bellevue was Yvrac's pride and joy," said former owner Juliette Marmie. "The whole village is in shock.
Guyana seeks help from Dutch in US$11.5 million gold heist
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday December 3, 2012 – The Guyana government warned on Saturday that it would seek to prosecute anyone involved in the theft of more than US$11 million in gold from a Guyanese vessel on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao on Friday.
Natural Resources Minister Robert Persaud said Georgetown is also seeking help from the Dutch authorities in recovering the US$11.5 million worth of raw gold that was stolen.
Dieticians have instructed you to give up on these foodstuffs if you want to lose weight, yet the temptation makes you want to eat it. We give you 5 such unhealthy foods you may incorporate in your diet in a healthy moderation.
Butter: We are not instructing you load up on butter, but according to experts, naturally occurring saturated fats, like those found in butter, may actually be good to include in your diet in moderation when compared with processed fats like those found in margarine.
Fears the end of the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world this coming December have run rife on the internet in recent years.
Less well known is the rumour that one particular mountain in south-west France will burst open on that day revealing an alien spaceship which will carry nearby humans to safety.
Well, if you were counting on that possibility to save you from the apocalypse, prepare to be disappointed. French officials have banned access to the Pic de Bugarach to avoid a rush of New Age fanatics, sightseers and, above all, journalists.
No computers, no mobile phones, and eager young reporters dashing back to the office to hammer out their news stories on battered old typewriters. That was the world of newspapers 50 years ago, and a former M.E.N. journalist has written a book recalling those days.
“Phone hacking was not even dreamt of then,” says Terry Hamilton, “and journalists were fairly well thought of by the general public, certainly those reporters who worked on local newspapers.
Fake Venezuelan Olympians busted for cocaine smuggling
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Wednesday November 21, 2012 – Police in Argentina have arrested 10 Venezuelan drug mules who masqueraded as members of the Olympic weightlifting team in a failed attempt to avoid arousing suspicion.
Law enforcement officials in Buenos Aires said the men were dressed in track suits and claimed to be members of Venezuela's Olympic weightlifting team, presumably because they suspected that a large group of young men travelling together on an international flight could attract the attention of customs officers.
A pet cat named Dodger is living up to his name - by catching free bus trips from his home town. The ginger moggy, who was named after the Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist, has taken to hopping on and off the public transport at the bus station near his home.
The 15-year-old Tom even sits on bemused passengers' laps as the bus makes up to 10 mile round trips from Bridport to Charmouth in Dorset.
Dodger is such a regular customer that some of the drivers take tins of cat food to work with them to give to him. They even know what stop to let him off at.