The news that ITV is axing the Bill after 27 years reminded me of my brush with the programme. In the early 90s I was living in a hall of residence in Tooting while I was training as a journalist. One morning there was a lot of noise and activity in my corridor and we … More The Bill RIP
The last Dragon’s Eye before Easter and before the General Election is now on the iplayer here. What can you expect? I’ve been trying to peer into the Budget small print to find out how much less the Welsh Assembly can expect to get in the coming years. As far as I can tell (and … More Dragon’s Eye
Could Banksy have crossed the Bristol channel and moved to Newport? Almost certainly not. Even so this graffito has appeared beneath the flyover on the way into Newport in the last couple of days so maybe he has an admirer here. Will Newport art gallery host a special exhibition. Again, probably not. In the meantime … More The Newport Banksy?
Friday evening and the first chance I’ve had to think about blogging links to the programmes. It has been quite a week and I blame my tiredness for being class dunce in Italian this morning. So here’s the iplayer link for Dragon’s Eye. What you get is an in-depth look at what sort of First … More Friday evening catch-up
I am enjoying Beach House on lovely vinyl at home and via download on my iphone and in the car. This is how music gets into all the nooks of modern life and I love it. I get grizzly if a vinyl LP doesn’t come with a download code and itchy if my favourite music … More Beach House
Well we know now – as the Archbishop of Cardiff suggested to me last week – that the Pope won’t be visiting Wales which means he won’t be going to Porthcawl (not that anyone was expecting him to do so.) I have been to Porthcawl today though for this week’s Dragon’s Eye filming. We were … More The Pope and Porthcawl
I was up nice and early this morning to stand in on Good Morning Wales whose regular presenter, Peter Johnson, was unwell. After the shock of the alarm going off at 5am I rather enjoyed myself. Chance to read through most of the papers and get up to speed on what the news is. We … More Wake up little snoozey.
Paul Flynn’s autobiography the Unusual Suspect has already generated headlines and controversy and even an Early Day Motion. All good publicity I’m sure, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that it is, as you’d expect, a good read. And away from the newsy bits, there are plenty of interesting titbits. For instance, I didn’t … More The Unusual Suspect
Tonight’s Called to Order is already up on the iplayer here. My guests were two AMs: the Conservative Jonathan Morgan and Plaid Cymru’s Helen Mary Jones. Highlights include Helen Mary Jones revealing that Carwyn Jones would have held First Minister’s Questions at 3pm on Wednesday but the Conservative group didn’t agree. It also includes an egregious use … More Called to Order
I’ve made a series of five films for Dragon’s Eye previewing the General Election. The first is an introduction and then I look at the chances of each of the four main parties and the likely battlegrounds in terms of constituencies and policies. BBC Wales online website has very handily put them all here.