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American handball is in the Rio Olympics but did you know that a more older, Gaelic version of the game, is still played in Nelson in the Rhymney Valley. In Nelson teams play in what is considered to be the oldest three sided court in the UK   Could Wales be medal favourites if Gaelic handball were reintroduced to a future Olympics?

 

Handball

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With the Rio Olympics now underway we look at Quoits one of many traditional Welsh sporting pastimes that could appear if Wales were to host a future Olympics.

 

Quoits

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2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the Royal Mail. In this clip we see the heyday of the GPO delivering our mail, telegrams and phone calls throughout Wales.

 

Royal Mail 500

 

 

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Today marks 50 years since the boat disaster in the small village of Penmaenpool, near Dolgellau. The ‘Prince of Wales’ ferry was transporting forty-two passengers from Barmouth to Penmaenpool itself. As it arrived in the village, the boat collided with the toll bridge and sank. Fifteen people drowned.

Mae heddiw yn nodi 50 mlynedd ers trychineb cwch ym mhentref bach Penmaenpool, ger Dolgellau. Roedd y fferi ‘Prince of Wales’ yn cludo pedwar deg dau o deithwyr o’r Bermo i Benmaenpool ei hun. Wrth iddo gyrraedd y pentref, tarodd y fferi mewn i’r bont a suddodd yn syth. Boddwyd pymtheg o bobl.



Legendary Cardiff folk group, The Hennessys, perform at the Swansea Festival in 1987 with the Harri Webb song ‘The Steelworks Song‘  about the future of Port Talbot steelworks. 30 years later the future of the Port Talbot steelworks and it’s community still raises passions.

 

Hennessy blog

 

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To this day the question remains unanswered; Is it Towyn or Tywyn?.

 

Tywyn Blog

 

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A segment from the magazine programme ‘Here Today’ in 1960. This is one of the creepiest films in the collection, and an alleged inspiration for the famous scene in the Toy Story film!
Please don’t have nightmares!
(There is no audio on this clip)

Darn o’r rhaglen gylchgrawn ‘Here Today’ yn 1960. Un o’r ffilmiau mwyaf arswydus yn y casgliad, ac yn ôl rhai, yr ysbrydoliaeth i’r olygfa enwog yn y ffilm Toy Story! Peidiwch a chael hunllefau!
(Does dim sain ar y clip yma)



Levitation, 10.06.1968

In this clip filmed near Bwlch Newydd, Trimsaren, Carmarthnshire we see a gang of school boys taking part in the levitation craze that swept through West Wales during the late 1960s’.

Interesting fact: The first boy interviewd is noted tv producer Ronw Protheroe.

Levitation
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K-nockers. 1971

Another clip from the HTV West collection and this time it’s K-nockers or Clackers as they were called in Wales. The craze swept the schoolyards in the early seventies. Perceived as dangerous many schools banned children taking the toy into school; the toy remains on the banned list of toys to this day.

Knackers
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