Author: LJ Taylor

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At over 1200 years old and after saving the world countless times, it’s not surprising that the Doctor has a huge collection of friends and fans, and last month we all got together to celebrate his 50th anniversary in one blockbuster of an episode. The buildup was spectacular, the aftermath remarkable but what about the episode? After months of speculation and waiting, did Steven Moffat’s ‘The Day of the Doctor’ give Earth’s greatest hero the birthday he deserved? When those now famous time vortex titles first hit the screen in 1963 it marked the beginning of a new era: William Hartnell’s…

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Three areas of ‘university activity’ have been highlighted in the ongoing effort to manage the £5 million deficit, Seren has learned.  Research and Enterprise, Financial Management and Student Administration are facing changes to their internal structure as part of the savings programme launched last year. ‘It’s important to note that whilst we are looking to make savings through operating more efficiently we are determined that this will not adversely affect frontline services to students,’ said David Learmont, Director of Business Improvement, who is overseeing the programme. This process aims to look at ‘back office functions’ such as financial workflows and…

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Bangor City 0 – 1 Carmarthen Town Date: Saturday, 9th November 2013 Venue: The Book People Stadium Attendance: 504 Photos by LJ Taylor and Jez Harvey Despite a grueling afternoon battle Carmarthen Town manage to cling onto third place. A 504 attendance made it to Nantporth this weekend with high hopes of Bangor City continuing their winning streak and snatching third place from Carmarthen Town this remembrance weekend. It was a slow but promising start from the home side who dominated possession and had their fair share of chances but couldn’t quite convert.  In an unusual change from normal Bangor play, the action seemed to be…

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Bangor City 4 – 1 Connah’s Quay Date: Friday, 1st November Venue: The Book People Stadium Attendance: 604 Photos by LJ Taylor and Nicola Hoban (Full Gallery available here: https://www.facebook.com/Serenbangor/media_set?set=a.10202487924904083.1373686312&type=3) Home game triumph rockets Bangor to fourth place. A relentless Bangor side gave their supporters a victory to be proud of as they took down opponents Connah’s Quay 4-1 at Nantporth on Friday night. Things got off to a rocky start for City after Mike Hayes capitalised on a rebound leaving the home side trailing 1-0 in the third minute. Conceding the goal seemed to kickstart the Bangor engine and a Sion Edwards cross met by…

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Wales 4 – 0 San Marino Date: Tuesday, 15th October 2013 K.O: 14.00 Venue: The Book People Stadium, Bangor There’s a bright future for Welsh football if their Under 21 performance is anything to go by. Wales, who beat Lithuania 2-0 last week, secured a 4-0 victory against San Marino at The Book People Stadium this afternoon, plummeting them to the top of the UEFA Under 21 championship’s Group 1. From the very start of the match the home side looked to be the clear favourites with the majority of the possession and the ball constantly in San Marino’s half of the pitch. The young Welshmen found…

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Bangor City 3 – 2 Aberystwyth Town Date: Friday, 4th October Venue: The Book People Stadium Attendance: 602 A thrilling 3-2 fight to the death gave Bangor’s faithful ‘citizens’ a lot to cheer for in their team’s first home win of the season. Nev Powell’s youthful Bangor team piled on 90 minutes of pressure against a hungry Aberystwyth to gain their first home win of the season. The first minutes of the match were promising with Bangor dominating possession and looking more confident than their opponents. City had the ball constantly in Aber’s half threatening their goal until things began to go wrong, starting with a yellow card…

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University rolls out a range of new IT services The University has released a number of new updates over the past week which seek to enhance the online experience of both students and staff alike. These, technologically focused, improvements have seen a revised email system, complete online registration, and improved internet access for all of the universities halls of residence along with many other changes. “The changes aim to make it easier for students to register, find out about what’s going on in the University, get credit for their academic and extra-curricular activities, and to communicate with staff and indeed other students” – Professor…

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When Jordan McKee first turned up on our screens we were unsure what to think of her. She had a trouble that meant anyone she touched would writhe in pain and quite frankly, with her being a member of the mysterious Guard, that was quite a terrifying prospect. It wasn’t long before Jordan won the fandom over, she was tragic and she was brilliantly played by actress Kate Kelton. Now in season four it looks as though we’re about to see a whole other side to the troubled spitfire in leather.  This week Seren’s LJ caught up with Kate to…

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Score: Bangor City 1 – 1 Port Talbot Date: Saturday 14th September 2013 Venue: Nantporth, The Book People Stadium Attendance: 446 Photos by LJ Taylor and Jez Harvey Full gallery available here Despite a strong attacking force and domination of both halves, Bangor City had to settle for a draw Saturday afternoon with Port Talbot Town. Nantporth was host to a crowd of 446 as the home side made their attempt to get the three points they desperately needed. However, things took a bad turn for Bangor before the game even began with defender, Chris Jones, injuring himself in the warmup.…

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A group of nine young volunteers are to spend the next week doing work around Bangor’s Cathedral and grounds. The group, led by Bangor student Annabel Benjamin and Nicholas Vun, has been organised by CSV Heritage whose ‘mission is to enable people to take an active role in their communities’. Work will begin today (Thursday) and will be overseen by the Cathedral’s Dean, Sue Jones. The volunteers will take part in a number of tasks such as cleaning the stained glass windows and painting the fences. “The main idea is to do a bit of spring cleaning, anything from cleaning…

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Bangor City played host to the sold out under 21’s Euro 2015 qualifier between Wales and Finland last week. “It’s been a real team effort and quite an achievement for us, the first time we’ve hosted a competitive international in over twenty years” said Gwynfor Jones, Bangor’s General Manager and Club Secretary. The Welsh team, which was missing a few key players from it’s usual starting 11, were outmatched by their Scandinavian opponents from the start. Just 7 minutes into the game and their opponents had already taken the lead with a shot hitting the back of the net from…

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Lately I’ve found myself listening to the radio on the drive to work, perhaps because my CDs have started to skip. For some stupid reason I automatically find myself tuning into Radio One despite the fact that I hate the majority of the music on it and the competitions in between the songs make Radio Four sound appealing. One night however, after working until 2am, I was driving home from work to the sound of an unfamiliar Radio One DJ. From what I can remember it was a show featuring the kind of bands that all the cool DJs knew…

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After finally accepting his demi-God status and saving the world from near destruction at the hands of a fellow demi-God, Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) is living the life at Camp Half Blood. That is, until his confidence takes a beating and a giant bronze bull breaks through the camp’s protective barrier, hurling Percy and his friends onto a journey to find the Golden Fleece. Set after the events of the 2010 movie Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters follows the story of Rick Riordan’s book of the same name from his New York Times bestselling…

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This month Seren decided to find out a little bit more about the winner of Seren’s Local Business Awards: Best Restaurant and met up with co-owner Mary Phillips.  How long has Noodle One been around? I think it’s been around for about five or six years now. It was quite well established which was nice. It made it easier for us. How long have you been in Bangor as a business? Well, we bought Noodle One in October last year but my partner, Iwan and I have both been previous employees here. We’ve had a good ten months so…

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Bangor’s Pontio project will team up with Theatr Cymru to stage the first Welsh language performance in the upcoming centre. The production, which was announced at this year’s Eisteddfod, will be an adaptation of T Rowland Hughes’ ‘Chwalfa’. It will be the first time the Welsh novel has been performed on stage and is scheduled to take place around the opening in September next year. ‘Chwalfa’ was published in 1946 and is now considered a Welsh literary classic. Whilst set in the fictional quarry town Llechfaen, the story is actually based on the ‘Great Strike’ of Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda…

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When Korean giants Samsung showcased their impressive new displays earlier this year, it was an exciting sign of things to come. Paired with the launch of flagship smartphone the Galaxy S4, it’s clear that Samsung is “avalanching” the tech market whilst competitor Apple is simply dropping “snowflakes”, according to Dan Farber of CNET. The latest addition to that avalanche of products is Samsung’s Ativ Q, a Windows-Android hybrid tablet. Comparable to Sony’s Vaio Duo 11, an 11.6”, 1920 x 1080 resolution tablet, the Samsung’s new release also uses Windows 8’s touchscreen functionality for optimal use both as a tablet and laptop.…

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