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Samson Lee unfazed by talk of ghost at Wales' World Cup hotel

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Samson Lee has revealed talk of ghostly goings-on at Wales' World Cup hotel in Surrey.

The 19th Century Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge is known for tales regarding sightings of the so-called "grey lady" in a crinoline dress, while room 1313 on the hotel's third floor has a history of guests reporting extreme temperature changes and the feeling of a "presence".

The hotel, which dates back to 1856, stands on the site of the Tudor royal palaces of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

A few boys think they've seen a ghost, but I'm not sure they actually have. I think it's best to stay away from room 1313. It has been discussed over food and stuff like that, and Dan Lydiate isn't happy about it. He actually thinks he's seen a ghost, but I think he's dreaming

– Samson Lee, Wales Prop

Dan Lydiate and Taulupe Faletau have said they've seen a couple of ghosts, but I haven't seen any. I am sure a few of the boys are playing a few pranks, like hiding in the cupboards. But fingers-crossed, I haven't seen any ghosts yet.

– James King, Wales back row

Any cheerful paranoia about the paranormal, though, will certainly not hinder preparations for next Saturday's World Cup Pool A decider against Australia at Twickenham, with Welsh spirits high after booking a last-eight place.

Unbeaten Wales know that victory over the Wallabies - a feat they have not accomplished since 2008 - would see them progress as top seeds and into a probable quarter-final appointment with Scotland or Japan.


IT firm promises 100 jobs

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Information technology company Capgemini is planning to expand its operation at Treforest with a £17.1m investment aiming to bring 100 jobs.

The site will become the firm's primary centre for security sensitive projects for the private and public sectors.

The investment is over the next five years and is backed by Welsh Government Business Finance funding.

This is excellent news and I am delightedCapgemini is expanding its operations in Wales. Capgemini is a global IT brand that will bring high quality, well paid, and specialist technical development roles to the region. Capgemini’s decision to base this new operation in Wales sends out a very strong message about the expertise and availability of high level skills in Wales.

– Edwimna Hart AM, Economy Minister


Helimeds 6, 5th October 2015

In the last of the series we’re back with the Welsh flying medics as they’re called to the most critically ill or injured patients in Wales.

This week on Helimeds a famous climber comes down to earth with a bump whilst abseiling in Snowdonia, presenter Andrea Byrne will be getting my boiler suit on and joining the Brecon fire crew for a training session and we’ll join them and Helimed 57 on the Brecon Beacons to rescue a young pair from carnage.

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