Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)

Media Wales Ltd. publishes Western Mail, a community newspaper that focuses on news and events. The editor of this publication is Alan Edmunds.

Articles from March 1, 2005

Accused Matron 'Treated Me like Dirt', Says Resident
A 70-year-old nursing home resident said a former matron accused of killing another old man, 'Treated me like a lump of dirt'. A jury yesterday heard ex-cinema projectionist Michael Thomas make the statement from his bedside at Bodawen nursing home,...
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Airbus Jobs Boost as Pounds 13bn Deal Takes Off
The Government has given a boost to the Airbus plant at Broughton by naming a European consortium as the preferred bidder for a pounds 13bn private finance initiative contract to supply refuelling aircraft to the RAF. Around 7,500 jobs in the UK defence...
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Alfie's Thumb, Kevin's Head and the State of the Nation's Blood Pressure
Byline: By MADELEINE BRINDLEY Western Mail It has been alternatively called, 'gripping', 'stunning' and 'thrilling', but Wales' momentous victory over Les Blues in France measured 10 on the stress scale for anxious fans at home. Reeling from a poor...
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Baffled Laporte Finds Fickle French Fans Hard to Figure
Byline: By MARK BURTON Stunned Les Bleus coach Bernard Laporte admits the French support baffles him. The under-fire Laporte was still in shock yesterday 48 hours after Wales' incredible 24-18 Six Nations victory in Paris and at a loss to explain...
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Big Apple Bites into Wales on March 1
Welsh produce is taking centre stage at events around the world to celebrate St David's Day. Food from Wales will be on offer in New York, Dubai, Paris, Brussels and London. Arwyn Davies, the Welsh Development Agency's agri-food director, said, 'Food...
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Birthplace of Dylan (and His Poetry) Up for Rent
Byline: By ROBIN TURNER Western Mail The semi-detached house where Dylan Thomas was born is to be restored to its condition when the poet lived there. The famous four-bedroom house, at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands, Swansea, is to be rented out to...
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British Suicide Bomber Admits Planning to Bring Down Passenger Plane
Byline: By NEVILLE DEAN, PAT CLARKE, AND SHENAI RAIF Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism chief last night hailed a 'very important conviction' after a British suicide bomber admitted plotting to blow up a passenger jet with a shoe bomb. Former grammar...
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Charolais in the Record Books
Byline: By STEVE DUBE Western Mail Welsh Charolais breeders were in the money in Perth last week at the breed society's official spring sale, where despite heavy snow sweeping across Scotland, strong demand for quality Charolais bulls from commercial...
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City Will Beat Drop, Says Former Hotshot Moore
Byline: By MARIO RISOLI Western Mail The Championship relegation fight was blown wide open on the weekend and once again Ninian Park is not a place for the faint-hearted. Just when Cardiff City looked to be on their way to safety, Lennie Lawrence's...
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Comic Compiles A-Y of Being Welsh
A welsh comedian has used the alphabet and S4C's film archive to piece together a portrayal of Wales past and present. Welsh comedian Tudur Owen has compiled an A to Y of Welshness, an alphabet list missing out Z quite simply because there is no such...
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Defra- Too Little, Too Late
The Dutch seed potatoes that caused Britain's first outbreak of potato ring rot had been refused permission to enter Guatemala. Roger Williams, the Liberal Democrat MP for Brecon and Radnorshire has discovered that the consignment was refused entry...
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Drunk Dad Killed Terminally Ill Son
A drunk father murdered his terminally ill son in an act of selfishness before toasting the youngster's death, a court has heard. Former soldier Andrew Wragg then dialled 999 and confessed to suffocating his 10-year-old son Jacob, claiming it was a...
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Eastwood's 'Baby' Is Knockout Winner at Oscars
Byline: By SHERNA NOAH Britain walked away almost empty-handed from the Oscars yesterday, as the glory went to Clint Eastwood and his boxing movie Million Dollar Baby. Despite winning more Academy Awards than its rivals, The Aviator missed out on...
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Finding Her Fashion Niche
With so many fashion designers and labels catering only for perfect models, it's encouraging to find a Welsh student who's hoping to help real women who are less than 6 foot and perfect, as Anna Morrell discovered When it comes to fashion some designers...
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For Me, I'm a Ladies' Man Every Time
There was a time when gun dog breeders were happiest if a litter produced more dogs than bitches, because dog puppies commanded the readiest sale. These days, this has changed and the demand for bitch puppies usually exceeds that for dogs. This...
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From Wild Child to the Leader of His Nation
Byline: By SIMON THOMAS Western Mail From wild child to the leader of a nation - that's the transformation Gareth Thomas has undergone during his rugby career. So says Welsh assistant coach Scott Johnson, who has observed the player's development...
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Give Fair Dairy Price, Warn AMs
The three main opposition parties in Wales are backing a Farmers' Union of Wales campaign for a fair return for dairy farmers. North Wales AMs Brynle Williams, Conservative, Eleanor Burnham, Liberal Democrat, and Anglesey's Ieuan Wyn Jones, Plaid Cymru,...
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GM Safety Laws Demanded
Byline: By STEVE DUBE Western Mail Farmers joined environmental campaigners and a cross-party group of AMs to demand tough new laws to prevent GM contamination of conventional crops. The Farmers' Union of Wales, Friends of the Earth Cymru, National...
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Good Enough for Rome, So What about Wales?
Byline: By GWYN HOWELLS Hybu Cig Cymru is making sure everyone is ready to celebrate Wales' patron saint today in style with specially created point-of-sale kits for retailers. And tomorrow HCC will be taking the 'buy local' message to the National...
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Guarding Organics from GM
Wales is sticking to its guns in the fight to protect organic and conventional farming from the commercialisation of GM crops. Behind the news headlines and public debates, the Assembly is at the heart of a strong movement urging the European Union...
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Guys like Kyle Learn the Hard Way: Nice Girls Diss a Kiss 'N' Tell
Byline: By CLAIRE HILL Western Mail Simply RED's Fairground became one of our theme tunes at school, getting played at every party. For the boy it was aimed at - to mercilessly rib him about a dalliance, unsurprisingly, at a fairground with one...
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How about Stopping These Immigrants' Illegal Misery?
Byline: By DENISE ROBERTSON In all the welter of accusation and counter accusation over immigration into this country, one obscenity seemingly goes unchecked and I don't hear politicians of any party shouting about it. I'm referring to the importation...
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HSBC Banks Record Pounds 9.18bn in Profits
Byline: By RHODRI EVANS Western Mail Hsbc has announced the biggest profit in UK banking history, after making pounds 9.18bn last year. The group, which generates around one-fifth of its earnings from the UK, said it had been 'another good year'...
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In Defence of Maggie Jones
Sir - Peter Law is outraged that the democratic rights of the people of Blaenau Gwent have been denied by the selection of Maggie Jones as Labour's parliamentary candidate. Bizarrely, he then attacks her (Western Mail, February 17) for not having been...
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Iraq Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 125
Pope John Paul is recovering without complications and has started therapy to improve his breathing and speaking, the Vatican said yesterday. The Holy See said the 84-year-old pope has been eating regularly and spending some time sitting in an armchair....
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Jackson Accused of Abuse of Young Cancer Patient
Superstar Michael Jackson sexually abused a young cancer patient and showed him pornographic material on the internet, a Californian court was told yesterday. In his opening statement, District Attorney Thomas Sneddon said that Jackson showed the boy...
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Leaping Back into the Swamp
Rambert Dance Company, Britain's flagship modern dance company, returns to Wales with a rich programme of dance that is physically powerful, emotionally engaging and above all entertaining. Artistic director Mark Baldwin continues to take Rambert from...
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'Leicester Lip' Healey Changes Tune to Back Ruddock's Men for Clean Sweep
Byline: By SIMON THOMAS Western Mail Lions star Austin Healey - the man Welsh rugby fans love to hate - reckons he would put everything he's got on Wales winning the Grand Slam. The 'Leicester Lip' who has often appeared to enjoy giving Welsh rugby...
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Level of Concern about Health Is a Serious Worry
Byline: -COMMENT Oday's St David's Day State of the Nation poll for BBC Wales tells us something most of us already sensed - that the state of the NHS in Wales is the most important issue in people's minds as the general election approaches. ...
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Man U's Captain Keane Accused of Assaulting Boy
Byline: By PAT HURST Manchester United captain Roy Keane grabbed a frightened teenager around the neck while shouting in his face after the youngster called him a 'w*****', a court heard yesterday. The Irish international also swung a punch at the...
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Morning Serial
Byline: By ADRIAN MOURBY Western Mail 'Go!' said Bill, making sure that the barrel was pointed straight at his uninvited guest. For one moment he could easily have pulled the trigger but the next found him checking in his own mind that the thing...
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New York, Paris, Milan. and Newport
The fashion design degree course at University of Wales, Newport is one of the most highly-regarded in the country. Here, the college's Phil Mansell tells why Wales is back on the fashion map It was appropriate that the University of Wales, Newport...
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Nurses for Schools Campaign Launched
Byline: By MADELEINE BRINDLEY Western Mail Every comprehensive school in Wales should have its own school nurse within five years under plans being unveiled by nurses today. The Royal College of Nursing wants to see the provision of school nursing...
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Pension Victims Left in Suspense for a Whole Year
Byline: By KIRSTY BUCHANAN Western Mail Fifty thousand workers hoping to receive compensation for their lost pensions face a year-long wait to find out what aid, if any, they will receive Pensions Secretary Alan Johnson last week announced aid for...
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RETRO REPORT-MARCH, 1986:olof Palme Assassinated
Byline: By TONY WOOLWAY Western Mail SWEDEN'S Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated on a central Stockholm street last night. Mr Palme, 59, was walking with his wife Lisbeth at 11.30pm and had just stepped onto the Sveavagen, one of Stockholm's...
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Rhys Hopes to Win the Race for Wing Berth
Byline: By SIMON THOMAS Western Mail It's a tale of a wing and a prayer as Rhys Williams faces an anxious wait to see if he makes the Wales team for Murrayfield. The Blues speedster played his part in Saturday's Parisian triumph, coming on as a...
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Roadshow Will Lift the Curtain on Single Payments
The nfu used its national conference last week to launch a membership service offering support and assistance on the implementation of the new single payment scheme (SPS) The new service will include: NFU Cymru SPS roadshows to be held across Wales...
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Schools Fear Gang Culture Is Spreading
Byline: By JENNY REES Western Mail A fifth of secondary schools believe gang culture is widespread among their pupils and more report teenagers carrying weapons and drugs, school inspectors said today. The dramatic findings come in an Ofsted report...
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Scramblers Chased off Beacons
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has called time on scramble bikes and other off-road vehicles. National Park wardens and Dyfed Powys Police caught 10 scramblers in a major sting during February. They say they will take similar action throughout...
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Shanklin Sets Sights on Shooting Down Scots
Byline: By ALEX LOWE Tom shanklin admitted the biggest challenge Wales face ahead of their Six Nations trip to Scotland is to not get swept along in the public tide of euphoria. After the thrilling victory in Paris, expectations are high that the...
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Sole Backs Wales for Successful Murrayfield Mission
Byline: By ANGUS MORRISON Former Scotland skipper David Sole admits, 'We won't upset Welsh hopes of a Grand Slam.' Many fans feel Wales' match against the Scots on March 13 is a potential banana skin, but Sole, who captained them to a Grand Slam...
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'Swans Have the Class to See off Promotion Rivals'
Byline: By IAN HUNT Western Mail For Swansea City, the last two months of the season are going to be tense. Very tense. With 11 games left to go, the Swans are just outside the top three and level on points with three of their automatic promotion...
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Sweeney Aims to Make Most of 'Once in a Lifetime' Chance
Byline: By SIMON THOMAS Western Mail Ceri sweeney last night hailed his call up for the Tsunami Rugby Aid match as a once in a lifetime opportunity. The Dragons fly-half has been included in a star-studded northern hemisphere squad for Saturday's...
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Teach Your Children about Their Heritage on St David's Day
Is wearing a leek or a daffodil the only thing you will do to mark St David's Day? Jennifer Stewart, manager of Heritage Lottery Fund Wales, believes we need to teach children to celebrate our heritage on our patron saint's day WALES' rich and diverse...
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The Tiny Village of Nevern Is Busy Reviving the Ancient Art of Ploughing, Writes Hugh Thomas
This is not really a story about a ploughman, more about the dying interest in countryside pursuits, and in particular, ploughing. All around the countryside is changing; traditional methods of farming have been changing dramatically over the last...
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Trio Join Park Bodies
Wales Environment Minister Carwyn Jones has appointed two new members to the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and one to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. Irene Evison and Peter Seaman will join the Brecon Beacons National Park...
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Vets Urge TB Badger Cull
Byline: By STEVE DUBE Western Mail More than 300 British vets have urged the Government to back a strategic cull of infected badgers they claim are behind the alarming spread of tuberculosis in cattle. On the eve of today's publication of Defra's...
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Wales Is No Longer Europe's Best-Kept Secret ... You Only Have to Look at the Empire State Building
Byline: By TOMOS LIVINGSTONE Other countries still associate Wales with stereotypes like sheep and coal mines, First Minister Rhodri Morgan said today. In his St David's Day message, Mr Morgan said negative images of the country remained, despite...
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Wales, St David's Day, 2005: A Nation Obsessed with Health
Byline: By MARTIN SHIPTON Western Mail A snapshot of the Welsh nation today on St David's Day 2005 shows we are a people obsessed with the poor performance of the National Health Service in Wales. Yet despite that, more than twice as many of us...
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We Love Spar
What is the world's biggest food retailer? Asda/Wall Mart? Tesco? No, it's Spar. The red, green and white signs of Spar shops are so common across Wales and the UK that they symbolise mundane everyday life. They're never exciting shops to visit, but...
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Welsh Couple Won't Let Charles and Camilla Steal Their Thunder
A welsh couple with royal connections will get married on the same day as Charles and Camilla. As the Prince of Wales and his long-term partner tie the knot in Windsor in a civil ceremony, Gareth Dyer and Victoria Jenkins will be walking down the aisle....
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Welsh Mutual Unveils St David's Day Makeover
Byline: By RHODRI EVANS Western Mail Wales' biggest building society is planning to take the fight to the high street banks, after unveiling a new image, products and website. The Principality is marking St David's Day with the official launch of...
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We've Come a Long Way from Miners' Fortnight and One-Car Families. the St David's Day Poll Gives an Insight into Today's Lifestyle Choices. Aled Blake Reports:
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail PROPERTY:More than three quarters of people in Wales own their own home. The poll showed 76% either own their property outright or are still paying a mortgage. Getting on the property ladder is still tricky, with...
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What IS It about St David's Day?
Byline: By MARIO BASINI Western Mail As we mark St David's Day, Saturday's epic match is still the big talking point. Mario Basini examines why sport, and rugby in particular, plays such a big part in the Welsh psyche TODAY, as on so many other...
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When Kite Flew in to Fish
It is important that when something is opened - be it a grand Millennium Centre or a tin of sardines - it is done correctly. To many of us the opening of the trout fishing season is a grand occasion and deserves the accolade given to the Glorious Twelfth...
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Why Blair Is Now Trying to Woo Working Mums
Byline: By JOHN DEANE Government proposals to extend paid maternity leave from six to nine months were given a frosty reception by business leaders yesterday. Prime Minister Tony Blair said the Government would 'definitely' press ahead with the...
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Woosie Set to Nick Ryder Cup Verdict
Byline: By MARK GARROD European tour greats Ian Woosnam and Nick Faldo will today end their wait to discover which of them is to be the next Ryder Cup captain. Although Sandy Lyle has also declared an interest, the vote taken in Dubai by the players'...
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WRU Fully Behind Twickenham Clash of the Titans
Byline: By SIMON THOMAS Western Mail Welsh rugby chiefs have given their wholehearted backing to the North v South clash in aid of the victims of the tsunami disaster in south-east Asia. Four members of Mike Ruddock's Six Nations squad - Dwayne...
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