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A vegan restaurant in Bangor is refusing to take the new £5 note of its customers. Voltaire, a vegan restaurant, has recently stated on their Facebook site that they will no longer accept the new £5 note due to the fact it has been found to contain animal fat, tallow. Rachael Phoenix, the owner of Voltaire, released a statement on the restaurants Facebook site yesterday stating: “most of you will be aware of the current issues in relation to the new £5 note. We have decided not to accept the notes here at Voltaire as a stand against using animal…

The concept? Studies showed petting dogs helps to unwind from the stress of exams. Bangor University, taking this into account, decided to follow the recent trend of “canine calming rooms” . Universities such as Nottingham, Aberdeen, Central Lancashire and Bristol organised them in period of essays and exams and met great success. In Bangor as well, students are fond of dogs. On Facebook, 602 of them said they would participate and 519 were ‘interested’. And, the icing on the cake: having a relaxing time stroking dogs would help raising funds for Guide Dogs Cymru, an association that offer services to…

Organised by Bangor Indian Society (BIS), Holi Festival was a hit among Bangor students. Around 300 hundreds attended the “Holi Party” on Thursday 10th and, two days later, some of them seized the opportunity to celebrate it the traditional way by throwing colored powder in the air. Originally, Holi comes from Hinduism and its celebration started in India. It is praising the “true devotee” that was Prahlada, who resisted fire thanks to his faith, in opposition to Holika who turned into ashes. ‘Holi’ comes from ‘Holika’, who was a she-demon. In celebration of the victory of good over evil, people…

Love your clothes and Bangor University are organising several manifestations to promote clothing sustainability from 11-16 March. Workshops, clothes swapping, talks and masterclasses were set up to help reducing the amount of clothes thrown away- 350, 000 tonnes every year in the UK. Catrin Palfrey from Love Your Clothes, said: “Four out of every five adults have not worn some of their clothes in the last 12 months. We want to work with the people of Bangor to reduce the impact of clothing on the environment in a fun and engaging way by encouraging people to donate clothing, to buy…

The Wings and Wheels of Wolverhampton, Dawlish, Manchester, and Shoreham airplays have all been cancelled following the Shoreham crash that caused the death of 11 people last year in August. Due to the accident, the Civilian Aviation Authority (CAA) had to review safety rules and many said they needed more time to adjust. Edward Hiller, managing director of landowners Mostyn Estates Ltd, which organises Llandudno air show said: “A number of factors have led us to this decision. The key one being the recently published CAA regulations following the accident at Shoreham last summer. We will need to review how…

The former “Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery” has moved across the road to be situated at the Bishop’s Palace in between Pontio and the Roman Cathedral. In the current fashion for splicing two names together, the name of the museum, “Storiel”, is made up of two Welsh words,“oriel” (welsh for art gallery) and “stori” (welsh for stories and denoting history and heritage). In order to be accessible by the greatest number of people the museum’s challenge was to stay free of charge but generate enough income to stay open. Changing buildings was essential to achieving this as it allowed the…

Gwynedd council recently announced the development of Bangor’s new leisure centre by company Liberty Properties Developments Ltd. Liberty made proposals that included a multi-screen cinema, five restaurants, a family pub and a Welsh produce shop with the possibility to add a Tourist Information Centre and a drive through coffee shop. Liberty Development Director EmyrWilliams said: “We are delighted to have been selected by [the] Welsh Government to promote a high quality destination [and] family leisure scheme, at Bryn Cegin. We believe this will act as a catalyst to “kick start” the Bryn Cegin employment site, but also to act as…

Sunday evening, Ffriddoedd village. Music resonates around one of the many building of the student accommodation. Students are staying in their  room but, as the singer begins to sing, some of them, out of curiosity, decide to leave their room to follow the sound and figure out what is going on. Surprisingly enough, they will end up in a small, over-crowded kitchen. In between the Christmassy decoration and the dishes laying around, there is a guy with his guitar only. The dozen of people seated are enthusiastically moving their heads as if they knew the song already. Some clap, some…

Inaugurated on the 17th of November, the Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People of Bangor University working in association with Swansea University, already published early research. After the survey said 3/4 of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) users had a bad experience with the service, Health and Social Services Minister, Mark Drakeford, asked how could it be improved. Observatory@Bangor and charity partners observed the findings; the main complaint was that the response from CAMHS was too slow and didn’t keep them safe, and gave their conclusion for the attention of the minister. The Observatory on…

Llandudno’s Christmas Market has doubled in size, compared to 2014, with 140 food, drink, craft, and bric-a-brac stalls. It has thus become one of the largest in Wales. This year’s Christmas fayre expanded it to Trinity Square in addition to the usual Madoc Street. From the 19th of November to the 22nd it is expected to have attracted more than 30,000 visitors. For £1.50, visitors could access about 140 stalls, which is 60 more than in Liverpool. The increasing quantity of stalls, however, made it less coherent, with stands from regular vegetable selling to bric-a-brac. Santa’s Grotto actually consisted of…

A promised land. That was what St. Mary’s looked like in the projections. Still, in September, no photos of the site were on the internet. It could have been for the best or for the worst. The most skeptical were certainly right in thinking that it was not finished. The building was not even the main problem. Of course, the noise and presence of dozens of workers on site can be annoying, but the main issue was the state of the installations in the accommodations – for those whose buildings were finished. Some international students who arrived earlier than the…

Opening in February 2017, Wrexham Prison is already recruiting and offering graduate programs in diverse fields. The 65-acre prison with 2,106 offenders is a vast project. It requires all kinds of workers from builders, to nurses, to designers, to ecologists, to archeologists… a truly exciting opportunity for Bangor university students. “We want to create a community inside the prison”, says Simon Caron, project director of Lendlease, the company in charge of the construction, “and we have got a whole industry behind it, with locals representing 77% of the employees on site”. For design and technology students interested in work in…

Pontio-stic ! After endless years of building, Pontio appears to be worth the boast “state-of-the-art”, after its architecture, variety of new technologies, and environmental awareness were unveiled this week. Pontio comes from the Welsh “to bridge”. Anybody crossing the memorial arch, entering the building, walking the numerous stairs and finding themselves facing Main Arts would think the name appropriate. It is a literal bridge between the center of the city and the university and a figurative bridge between the ancient and modernity. The brightness is striking as you enter Pontio. There are windows on either side of you but also…

Bangor student Jamie Thomas has been signed by publishers Y Lolfa to write Wales’ Euro 2016 campaign. Jamie, who has already followed the team to qualifying matches in Cyprus and Cardiff, says that the project is “like a dream” and that “it doesn’t feel like work”. In an article on the Bangor University website, Jamie tells of how he never expected such swift success: “I read a lot of footballing books, and I’ve always wanted to write my own, but I thought it would take me years to build up the contacts and experience to be able to do it.”…

Dr Sophie Williams, who entered a coma after falling ill on a research trip to Southern China, was flown to the Walton Centre from Bangkok today. The conservation expert, 31, contracted Japanese encephalitis during a field expedition with students on July 6th. She was found unconscious after complaining of exhaustion and illness and was later taken to hospital for specialist treatment. Williams, who is from Yorkshire, was working on a collaboration between Bangor University’s Treborth Botanical Garden and Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden. Japanese encephalitis is a viral brain infection spread by mosquito bites, usually between livestock and birds. Though rare…

The world’s longest man-made surfing lagoon, The Surf Snowdonia Wavegarden, was opened in Conwy on the 1st August. Surf Snowdonia is the first ever commercial surfing lagoon to generate waves simultaneously for beginners, intermediate, and advanced surfers. The lagoon holds a team of surfing teachers led by Welsh Surf Champion Jo Dennison. Located on the former site of the century-old Dolgarrog aluminium factory, between the Snowdonia national park and the river Conwy, the surf site serves six-foot barrels once every minute. The £12m facility is 300m long and produces waves by pulling a snowplough-like wedge along under the water. The…

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