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Games, Jokes & Quizzes / Re: Quiz Time!
« Last post by SteveH on February 24, 2024, 10:00:46 am »
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Conwy and Gwynedd trails among UK's best family friendly walks

Three walking/hiking trails in North Wales have been named among the best family-friendly walks in the UK.

AllTrails - one of the most trusted and used outdoor platforms/apps in the world and recently named Apple's iPhone App of the Year - has released its ?Year on the Trails? report.

The report gave a comprehensive overview of the app?s highest-rated trails of 2023.

It showed the "best of" the more than 420,000 curated trails AllTrails has compiled worldwide based on input from the app?s community of more than 60 million walkers, hikers and nature enthusiasts.

Hobbies and Interests / Re: Local Wildlife
« Last post by SteveH on February 24, 2024, 09:51:04 am »
The important reason odd shaped blocks are part of sea defence work on North Wales beach
Sea defence work is nearly complete along the Old Colwyn promenade

"One type has a mesh over depressions in the side and a depression on top for a pool. That is for molluscs to inhabit with seaweed. They will be placed on the groynes and outfall further out.

"The other type has a rock pool in the top. They are placed in the base of the revetment near the pier.

Local News & Discussion / Re: What's Llandudno Like Right Now?
« Last post by Hugo on February 23, 2024, 10:35:57 pm »
Tickets go live ahead of Waverley returning to Llandudno!
The  Paddle Steamer Waverley will return to North Wales from Monday, June 24 until Wednesday, June 26 after the "resounding" success of her sailings in 2023.

This time, for the first time this century, the world?s last seagoing paddle steamer will set sail from Holyhead.
Games, Jokes & Quizzes / Re: Quiz Time!
« Last post by BrianP on February 23, 2024, 06:51:18 pm »
7 out of 10, must try harder.
Games, Jokes & Quizzes / Re: Quiz Time!
« Last post by Hammy on February 23, 2024, 06:00:40 pm »
Ditto, 8 out of 10,
Games, Jokes & Quizzes / Re: Quiz Time!
« Last post by Hugo on February 23, 2024, 05:41:05 pm »
Test your knowledge of the news with our Big Fat Quiz of the Week
Questions cover the refurbishment of a hotel, the Rhyl Air Show and David Tennant at the Baftas

I tried it and got 8 out of 10
Hobbies and Interests / Re: Exploring The Area
« Last post by Hugo on February 23, 2024, 05:31:11 pm »
The 14 spectacular North Wales waterfalls that are worth visiting all year round
The region is home to a number of beautiful waterfalls which each offer a spectacular sight for visitors.    With all the rainfall we have had recently they will be very impressive
Politics & Current Affairs / Re: National Health Service
« Last post by SteveH on February 23, 2024, 01:40:20 pm »
I have to admit I have nothing but praise for the English NHS that I have had dealings with this week.

During a scan for something else last year, at Ysbyty Gwynedd, a growth was found on my left kidney.  It was then investigated further and yes, cancer.  Unfortunately, although a local surgeon at YGC could carry out the removal there was insufficient backup, that's at a major hospital.

So, on Monday I was taken by taxi to London, had the kidney removed along with the cancer on Tuesday, and came home yesterday, again by taxi.  The service and attention I got in London cannot be faulted.  I lost count of the number of different people I saw, and also lost count of different nationalities, but all were always very pleasant.  The actual surgery was carried out by an Irish female surgeon who explained everything to me afterwards - it had not been as straight-forward as first anticipated.

This does beg questions of the Welsh NHS ... there was 4 months between confirming the problem and actually having the offending part removed, which had grown 15mm in that time.  Insufficient back-up in the theatre was the reason I was sent to London, the local surgeon suggested I write to the management to complain - and apparently there are 2 or 3 patients a week going from Wales to the same London Free Hospital as I did, plus others going to other hospitals depending on the propblem.

Whilst our beloved Senedd won't put money into the Welsh NHS they seem happy to pay for my taxi there and back, there was also the pre-op three weeks earlier.

No, they waste money on 20-mph stuff, farmers, trees in Uganda, Drakeford's helicopter trips and as for Lee Waters and Systrans, well no comment, along with a long list of wasteful projects  And they are still pressing on with spending "our" money onthese proposals.

Senedd really need a huge wake-up call.  I have been one of the lucky ones, there will be many not to be so.

Dave, Glad to hear your operation went well, and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

The rest of your post has left me speechless.
Local News & Discussion / Re: Roads in the area
« Last post by Hugo on February 23, 2024, 12:27:41 pm »
After having a nice breakfast at the Talgoed Nursery in Glan Conwy we returned to Colwn Bay on the A470  and just a short distance away the traffic had stopped because of a car crash by Nev's Garage.
It looked like a car had gone into the back of a van but there were already two Police cars at the scene but no ambulance was present.   After passing the scene of the accident another Police car with its blue lights flashing  flew past us heading for the accident.    I just hope that no one was badly injured
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