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 April 20, 2002

A+ Is an Ideal Addition to Any Family; MERCEDES BENZ: Exclusive Special Edition
THE innovative Mercedes-Benz A-Class range has been enhanced with the exclusive A+ special edition, which is available at all Mercedes-Benz retailers from 30 May 2002. Based on the popular Classic model, the A+ scores highly with a first class...
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All Whites Issue Title Warning to Newport; WELSH-SCOTTISH LEAGUE: Swansea Chasing Final Heineken Cup Place
Byline: ANDY HOWELL SWANSEA intend to put another another giant dent in Newport's bid for a first Welsh-Scottish League title by beating them at St Helen's tonight. Newport's shock home defeat to Neath in midweek has opened the Welsh-Scottish...
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All Whites on Top Is Connolly Vow; RUGBY UNION: Straight-Talking Aussie Will Expect Swansea Players to 'Knuckle' Down in Fight for Supremacy
Byline: ANDY HOWELL JOHN CONNOLLY vowed to take Swansea back to the top on his first public appearance at St Helen's yesterday. The straight-talking Australian, whose nickname is "Knuckles", has teamed up with another renowned rugby hardman,...
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A Negative Disguises the Positive Trend in ARM Results; SHARES: Quarterly Figures Draw Attention to Royalty Revenue Blip but Market Soon Swings with the Good Vibrations
Byline: Peter Sharkey A FEW years ago, a Conservative chancellor - Norman Lamont - made reference to the "green shoots of economic recovery" he felt were in evidence following several years of depressing economic performance. In a week when...
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Architect's Dream Comes True; CAERNARFON: Maredudd Ab Iestyn and His Family Live Inside the Fruits of His Imagination
Byline: MARRED JONES WE all love to dream. It's a very pleasant way of fleeing the pressures of life for a few seconds, a few minutes or a few hours. But Maredudd ab Iestyn has made his dream a reality. He actually lives with his young daughter,...
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Assembly Urged to Fund GP Changes; HEALTH: Contract Proposals Aim to Ease Pressure on Overworked Family Doctors
Byline: PATRICK FLETCHER HARD-PRESSED Welsh GPs are demanding the National Assembly fund radical new proposals they believe will save services from collapse. The British Medical Association says family doctor services in Wales are in crisis...
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Attic Keeps Ethos of Its Founders; GALLERY: Supporting Modern Art
Byline: HANNAH JONES IT was started 40 years ago by using its three female founders' "stocking money". Although its visionaries were often described as "bored housewives with a toy with husbands with money", Margaret Aeron-Thomas, Brenda Bloxam...
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Barry Hoping to Celebrate Sixth Wales Crown; LEAGUE OF WALES
Byline: JOHN EDWARDS BARRY TOWN will be celebrating their sixth League of Wales title in seven seasons if they win at Oswestry today and Bangor City fail to pocket all three points at Afan Lido. Peter Davenport's side, who have battled bravely...
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Beth Wnaethoch Chi Nos Iau?; CRWYDRO: Cip Ar Gymeriad Dylan Iorwerth
Byline: BETHAN MAIR TRA eich bod chi'n gwylio Dylan Iorwerth a Iolo Williams (Crwydro, Nos Iau, 8pm) roeddwn i yng Nghaerdydd yn gwrando ar y prifardd o newyddiadurwr deallus, craff yn traddodi darlith ar ddyfodol llenyddiaeth boblogaidd yng...
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Big Title Setback as Cardiff Are Gunned Down; Edinburgh 32 Cardiff 10
Byline: DAVID ROBERTS EDINBURGH stepped up their Welsh-Scottish League revival as they celebrated their debut at Meadowbank Stadium with a convincing victory in the battle of the capitals. It was another miserable trip north of the border for...
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Birthplace of 'America's Greatest Friend' Pulls in Tourists; BRIDGEND: Regeneration Group Reawakens Interest in Richard Price, Torchbearer of Freedom
A TINY farmhouse high in the hills and well off the beaten track has become an unlikely tourist attraction. It was here at Tynton Farm, near Llangeinor in Bridgend's Garw Valley, that one of the greatest moral philosophers of all time was born....
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Brothers' Grim Taste for Grotesque; ANTIQUES & AUCTIONS - POTTERY: In the Late Victorian Era Many People Were Eager to Buy the Martins' Bizarre Figures
Byline: JEFFERY MUSE AT ABOUT the time Doulton was making a successful range of stoneware and expanding into art pottery, there were innumerable other small potteries following suit. Many earned a meagre living but some, like the Martin Brothers,...
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Calzaghe Can Crash Wall of American Scepticism; WEIGHT SCARE: Welsh World Champion Can Retain WBO Title against Brewer Who Sweated for 90 Minutes to Make 12st Limit
Byline: GARETH JONES JOE CALZAGHE can finally break down the wall of American scepticism tonight after surviving a weighin scare yesterday. The problem belonged to American opponent Charles Brewer - who weighed in one-and-three-quarterpounds...
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Campaign of Civil Disobedience Urged; LANGUAGE: Policy of Political Lobbying Has Failed, Says Pressure Group Founder
THE Welsh-language pressure group Cymuned is holding its first annual general meeting today, with a debate expected on whether it should begin a campaign of civil disobedience. So far the group has focused on a political lobbying campaign to ...
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City Market Report; MONEY
Byline: Abigail Townsend and Steve Hawkes THE London market crept into positive territory yesterday after a session most notable for subdued trading. The FTSE 100 Index closed 14.2 points ahead at 5243.6, unable to break out of its narrow trading...
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Clay Digs beneath the Surface to Capture the Vital Forces of Nature; EXHIBITION: Artist Aims to Convey the Energy and Power of a Place
Byline: HANNAH JONES IT'S not that she seeks to aspire to echo the ever changing and dynamic forces of nature. But somewhere in the deep layers of her work, Andie Clay captures something as meaningfully lucid and characteristically erosive....
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Colourful Art Pottery Invites Collectors to Poole Resources in a Piece of Social History; ANTIQUES & AUCTIONS - PRODUCTION: Family Switched Tiles to Tableware
Byline: RYAN BEACH POTTERY has been made in the Poole region for centuries; this is mainly due to the large deposits of clay in the region, especially the fine white clays of Dorset, particularly favoured by the Staffordshire potters. The...
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Curtis Poised for Return to Vetch as Cusack's No 2; SOCCER
Byline: MARIO RISOLI SWANSEA CITY idol Alan Curtis will be unveiled as Nick Cusack's No 2 next week. Curtis was sacked as Swansea's assistant manager last September following a 3-1 defeat at Plymouth - and is set for a dramatic return to the...
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Discovery of IRA Hit List Unsettles Peace Process; ULSTER: Unionists Alarmed at Implications of Intelligence Files
Byline: ALAN ERWIN A HIT LIST of senior Conservatives discovered in IRA intelligence files could wreck the Northern Ireland peace process, it was claimed last night. The potentially devastating document was seized during searches following...
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Downbeat Start to Chancellor's Brave New NHS; LEADER COLUMN
CHANCELLOR Gordon Brown's brave new NHS world is not getting off to the bright start he might have hoped for. It is good the Government is beginning to recognise there is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to the challenges facing the...
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Driven by Methane Gas and a Passion for Classic Cars; MONEY
Byline: Tim Jenkins THE Budget did very little for investors directly but you may recall my interest in a company called Alkane, which I wrote about a few weeks ago. Alkane produces methane gas which is a commodity politicians are keen to...
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Ever-Increasing Tax Bill to Be Paid on Provision of Fuel; MONEY: Investment/Tax
Byline: Sharon Linnard QI have a company car which has been leased quite recently by my company. I also have fuel provided by my employer and understand that, at present the fuel benefit is not based on CO2 emissions. However, am I correct in...
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Fair to Feature Attwell's 'Cherubic Characters' ANTIQUES & AUCTIONS - CARDIFF
ANTIQUES for everyone are promised at Towy Antiques Fair's Cardiff Antiques & Collectors' Fair which takes place on April 27 and 28 at the Cardiff Bowls Club, Sophia Gardens. From the organisers of Wales's biggest antiques fair at Carmarthen,...
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Faulconbridge's Fond Farewell to Wrexham; NATIONWIDE LEAGUE: Birthday Boy Convinced Dragons Are Good Enough to Bounce Back into Second Division
Byline: IAN HUNT CRAIG FAULCONBRIDGE will say an emotional farewell to his Wrexham colleagues today convinced they are good enough to steer The Red Dragons straight back into the Second Division. The former Coventry City player will spend his...
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Financial Reality in Great Soccer Upheaval; Talking Business in Sport
Byline: Peter Sharkey YOU could be forgiven if you presently considered all sports, not just football, to be enveloped in a cloak of unremitting financial gloom. The ITV Digital debacle drags on, with the latest twist being negotiation via...
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Fortune-West Unhappy at 'Most Improved' Plaudits; SOCCER: Tag Is 'Patronising, ' Says City Striker
Byline: MARIO RIOLI LEO FORTUNE-WEST has been hailed as the most improved player at Ninian Park since Lennie Lawrence took over as Cardiff City manager two months ago - but the striker said he founds that tag "patronising." And the former...
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From One Extreme to Another; TELEVISION: Jackie Chan Is Not Alone When It Comes to Displaying Varieties of Madness
Review Jackie Chan: My Stunts Sunday, Channel 5 Jackass Friday, Channel 4 Duncan Higgitt THERE are nutters, and then there are nutters. There is always the dodgy bloke down the pub - the one with the skinhead, tattoos and a scar that looks...
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Frontiers of Medicine Pushed Back to Give Hope; RESEARCH: Stem Cell Breakthrough and New Gene Knowledge Help Target Treatments to Better Effect
Byline: MIKE JONES SUPERMAN actor Christopher Reeve is pinning his hopes of walking again on medical technologies that have been fodder for science fiction writers for decades. Parkinson's disease sufferers have just been given new hope of...
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Give College Places to Best State Pupils, Says MP; EDUCATION
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES UNIVERSITIES should give places to the best state school pupils from their local areas, regardless of the Alevel grades they actually scored, a former top adviser to Tony Blair indicated yesterday. David Miliband, MP for...
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Glass Attacker Gets Three Years; COURT: Drink Fuelled Grudge
A YOUNG father who attacked a man in a pub with a broken beer glass had a grudge after a bust-up on a soccer pitch two years earlier, a judge heard yesterday. Phillip Owen, 24, left 22-year-old Gwyndaf Jones needing 38 stitches and scarred, possibly...
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Good News from Ford for Parts Suppliers; AUTOMOTIVE
Byline: ROBIN ROBERTS AUTOMOTIVE companies in Wales have a bright future if they meet quality and cost demands from the booming Ford Premier Automotive Group. That's the belief of Professor Garel Rhys, chairman of the Welsh Automotive Forum...
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Griffin Will Have Treasure to Guard Once Again; CAERPHILLY: Rudry Mountain Development
THE Griffin may have been a mythical creature which guarded hidden treasure, but the former Griffin Inn, resting on the shoulders of Rudry Mountain near Caerphilly, was a jewel yet to be realized until developers Miller Contractors acquired the...
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Guide Reveals Irate Soldier Shot Gun to Terrorise Dylan Thomas; TRAIL OF HAVOC: Quarrel in a Pub Led to Threats and Gunfire
A NEW book about Dylan Thomas reveals new information about his extraordinary and dangerous life near Newquay in Ceredigion in the 40s. As well as his well-known drinking habits, David Thomas reveals how Thomas survived a shooting incident at...
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Harrington and McGinley at the Double to Take First-Day Lead; GOLF: Irish Pair Go to the Last Green in Morning Greensomes and Afternoon Foursomes
Byline: MARK GARROD LOCAL stars Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley were double winners as Britain and Ireland took a 5-3 first day lead over Continental Europe in the Seve Trophy at Druids Glen. The Irish pair had to go to the last green...
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Hotels, Pubs and Shops Claim Pounds 1bn from Defra for Lost Tourist Trade; FOOT-AND-MOUTH: Government Mishandled Crisis and Frightened off Countryside Visitors, Say Campaigners
Byline: BEVERLEY JONES WELSH businesses struggling to recover from the foot-and-mouth crisis are preparing to sue the Government for more than pounds 1bn in compensation. Lawyers representing the Rural Business Campaign, started in Powys last...
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How to Become the Ultimate Fuel Miser; ECONOMY: Look after Your Car, Adopt a Suitable Driving Style and Squeeze the Greatest Mileage out of Every Drop of Petrol
Byline: DAVID NORMAN AS certain as the sun will rise tomorrow, petrol prices won't ever see the pounds 3 gallon again! So the economy-minded motorist has two avenues to explore: seek out the most fuel-efficient cars - and learn to drive more...
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Inside Knowledge Lands Pounds 7m Thriller for Wales; LOCATION: Producer Predicts Pounds 3m Boost to Economy
Byline: KAREN PRICE FILMING is due to start next month on the biggest-budget production ever to be shot entirely in Wales. Cardiff-based CF1 has secured a contract to film the American psychological thriller The I Inside, which has a budget...
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It's Official - Television Really Is Addictive; RESEARCH: Compulsive Viewers Turn to the Box for Mood Enhancement and Feel Guilty When Unable to Switch Off
Byline: CATRIN WILLIAMS WATCHING television can be a genuine addiction. Just like dependence on drugs, drink or gambling, it relaxes and soothes but hitting the "off" button can make you go cold turkey, says a new report. Viewers tuning...
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Jenkins Unhappy at Llanelli Restrictions; STRADEY PARK: Europe and Injuries Take Toll
Byline: ANDREA MORGAN LLANELLI director of rugby Gareth Jenkins has admitted he has been unable to select the team he wants to face Glasgow at Stradey Park today. The Scarlets have injury worries over Stephen Jones, Neil Boobyer and Wayne...
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Kennedy Building on His Kudos; POLITICS: Lib-Dems' Constructive Role Is Winning Converts, Says Party Leader
Byline: NICK SPEED CHARLES Kennedy will tell his party's Welsh conference today that it is poised to cash in on its rising credibility with voters. The Liberal Democrat leader says the doomsayers who predicted the party would be swallowed up...
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LBW - Legend Begins Walk; IAN BOTHAM: Cricketing Great Sets off on Latest Charity Feat
Byline: STEVE DUBE THE sun shone and the band played as Ian Botham set off yesterday on the first stage of a walk through Wales in aid of the Noah's Ark appeal. Accompanied by fellow sporting heroes Mike Gatting and Gareth Edwards and comedian...
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Lib-Dem Bid to Overtake Tories in May Election; CONFERENCE: Push to Become Third Party of Wales
Byline: CLIVE BETTS THE Liberal Democrats declared yesterday their aim to overtake the Conservatives next May as the third party of Wales. The party opened its annual conference claiming that the party was growing so well in Wales that it was...
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Little Mo Condemned but Drama Praised for Raising Awareness; TELEVISION: Story Applauded for Raising Awareness about the Horrors of Abuse
Byline: CATRIN WILLIAMS LITTLE Mo - centre stage in an Eastenders drama that has gripped 13 million viewers - was found guilty last night of attempted murder. The jurors argued for hours over whether she deliberately tried to murder husband...
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Looking Back; PEOPLE
Byline: STEVE DUBE THE newspapers were full this week with the debate about how to pay for the things we need to ensure that our society continues its civilised perambulation towards perfection. We're talking of course about how Tweedledum...
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Looking Forward April 20-26; PEOPLE
TODAY: WASHINGTON, USA: Spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank. TOMORROW BIRMINGHAM: Electrical Retailing Show (to April 23). NEC. LONDON: British Chambers of Commerce National Conference "Shaping Partnerships" (to April 23) to be addressed...
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Lost Certificate
SIR - In November 2001 I personally took my driving-licence application form together with my birth certificate to the DVLA. I did not entrust this document to the postal service but personally presented it at the counter in the DVLA office building...
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Man Gets Five Years for Post Office Raid with Toy Gun; NEWPORT
Byline: RHODRI EVANS A MAN who held up a Newport sub post office with an imitation gun has been jailed for five years. Newport Crown Court heard that 31-year-old Glyn Evans of Penarth bought a gun and loaded it with blank ammunition in preparation...
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Man Jailed for Benefit Deception; SWANSEA: Marching Band Member Claimed Pounds 50,000 in Disabilty Benefits While Holding Part-Time Job
Byline: ROBIN TURNER A MAN who claimed pounds 50,000 in disability benefits after he said he was unemployed because he could not walk worked in a JobCentre and was a member of a marching band. Former ambulance driver Barry Law was sentenced...
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Mansion among Meadows Green; ON THE MARKET: Castell Madoc, on the Honddu Six Miles North of Brecon
Byline: KATE JACKSON CASTELL Madoc is an imposing country mansion, six miles north of Brecon. Much Welsh history is tied up in the site since the founders of the estate were the Powell family, who came over to Britain with William the Conqueror....
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Man Tried to Hijack Car after Escaping Police; COURT: Violent Behaviour Results in Prison Sentence
A MAN who escaped from police after being arrested for a violent incident in Wrexham town centre later tried to hijack a car in order to get away. Mark Terrence Lake, 21, of no fixed abode but who comes from the Wolverhampton area, admitted affray,...
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Mortgage Lending Soars as Consumers Borrow Pounds 16.6bn; ECONOMY: Record Figures for March
Byline: NICKY BURRIDGE THERE was no let up in mortgage lending during March with consumers borrowing a record pounds 16.6bn, figures showed yesterday. The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said the figure, which includes total lending by both...
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Neath's Jones Promises Payback Time; THE GNOLL: Welsh All Blacks Are on Revenge Mission against Vale
Byline: JEREMY KING TITLE contenders Neath will have revenge on their minds when they play host to Principality Cup semi-finalists Ebbw Vale at The Gnoll today (2.30). The Welsh All Blacks are still smarting after being dumped out of the cup...
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Newspaper Must Pay Pounds 129,160 for Contempt of Court; LONDON
THE Sunday Mirror was yesterday ordered to pay a total of pounds 129,160 in fines and costs for contempt in running an article which led to the collapse of the first trial of two Leeds United footballers on charges arising out of an assault on an...
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NHS Needs Help Now but Budget Millions Are for Next Year; HEALTH: Debts Are Mounting
Byline: PATRICK FLETCHER CHANCELLOR Gordon Brown's NHS millions will not arrive in time to beat a mounting hospital debts crisis in Wales. If the National Assembly does not act now to help hospitals tackle the problem millions of pounds earmarked...
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No Agreements in ITV Digital Crisis as Brinksmanship Continues; UPDATE: Creditors Meet in a Pleasant Atmosphere but No Solutions in Sight
Byline: MARTIN ZIEGLER THERE was a glimmer of hope that a settlement in the ITV Digital crisis could be achieved after senior executives of Carlton Communications and Granada yesterday came face-to-face with Football League officials for the...
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No Apologies
SIR - In reply to the letter "Local tribute" from R J Williams (April 16) I make no apologies for the use of the words hypocrisy and fascist as expressed in my original letter. In fact I think I let Plaid off lightly. With regard to the plaque...
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Performer Goes Undercover; FFOTOGALLERY: Operation Ferrule Looks into State of the Arts
Byline: HANNAH JONES FFOTOGALLERY will manage and co-ordinate an artist's commission with a detective twist created specifically as a legacy to the Year of the Artist initiative. The ambition for this project is to provide a visual commentary...
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Phelan Puts His Faith in Classy United; PREMIERSHIP
MANCHESTER UNITED first-team coach Mike Phelan claims the Red Devils can handle the pressure in the Premier League title race and take the championship race right down to the last kick of the season. United go into today's match against Chelsea...
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Playing the Market - with a Pounds 5,000 Dividend; COMPETITION: There Is Still Time to Join the the Western Mail Fantasy Share Game and Win Cash Prizes without Risk
Byline: SION BARRY THERE is still time to enter The Western Mail's Fantasy Share Competition which carries prize money of pounds 5,000. There has already been a strong response to the game in which players trade in ten companies, at least three...
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Politicians 'Ignored TB Risk during Foot-and-Mouth Crisis' CATTLE: Hundreds of Herds Yet to Be Tested as Farmers Call for Badger Cull
Byline: RHODRI CLARK POLITICIANS were accused yesterday of abandoning tests for TB in cattle in their desperation to avoid negative headlines on foot-and-mouth disease. Several areas of Wales are now counting the cost of the suspension of...
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Pontypridd Show Cutting Edge to Power Home; Pontypridd 32 Bridgend 13
Byline: ANDY HOWELL DEVASTATING finishing from Pontypridd allowed them to effectively end Bridgend's challenge for a Heineken Cup place and climb above Swansea in the Welsh-Scottish League. Four cracking tries - Ceri Sweeney (2), Paul John...
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Pounds 104m Movie Investment Will Shoot Wales into the Big Time; AQUARIUS FILMS: Company Harnesses Support for International Production Venture
Byline: SION BARRY A WELSH-BASED investment company, which has secured the distribution rights to a host of Hollywood movies, is looking to invest up to pounds 104m in new film ventures. Cardiff-based Aquarius Films, which has successfully...
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Price Slump Unlikely, but Be Cautious; MONEY Line - HOUSES: Boom Looks Set to Continue but Don't Take out the Biggest Loan You Can Get
Byline: Dave Watts HOUSE prices have gone up by 16pc in the last year according to the latest Halifax House Price Index. Nationwide reckons that prices have risen by around 14pc. Using either index, prices are booming. Most experts believe...
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Real Nightmare of a Season at the Vetch Field; SOCCER: Promising Start Soon Became an Annus Horribilis for the Swans
Byline: IAN HUNT WHAT began with a promising 3-1 victory at Macclesfield Town on August 11 can only be described as an annus horribilis in the history of Swansea City Football Club. When Mike Lewis paid former chairman Neil McClure pounds 1...
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Remodelled Jones Makes Storming Start to Campaign; CRICKET: Winter's Graft at EWCB National Academy in Australia Pays Dividends
Byline: JEREMY KING A WINTER'S graft at the EWCB National Academy in Australia, in which he remodelled his bowling action, paid instant dividends for Glamorgan paceman Simon Jones as he made a storming start to the new county championship season...
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Removal of US Tariffs 'Will Not Be Enough' STEEL
EXEMPTIONS for UK steel companies from controversial tariffs imposed by the US are not a long-term solution to the current crisis, the Government was being warned last night. Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt used a visit to Corus's...
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Renewable Energy - the Great Debate; LEADER: Wind Farms, Tidal and Solar Power Could Help Save the Planet from Global Warming - but at the Price of Its Natural Beauty
Byline: MARIO BASINI FOR many of those dedicated to preserving Wales's greatest asset, her natural beauty, the ranks of ghostly, skeletal wind turbines marching across the countryside are as polluting as acid rain or a major oil spill. For...
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Rigoletto in Kennedy's Camelot; OPERA: Exciting Summer Season for the WNO
Byline: HANNAH JONES WASHINGTON in the 1960s is the scene for Welsh National Opera's new production of Rigoletto, which forms the centrepiece of the company's summer 2002 season. WNO welcomes for the first time the Royal Court Theatre's associate...
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Samuel Ready to Make Up for Aintree Blunder
Byline: ALAN KEYTE THE Welsh-trained Samuel Wilderspin can make amends for an early exit in the Martell Grand National with victory in the Scottish equivalent at Ayr today. The Richard Lee-trained 10-yearold fell at the fourth fence at Aintree...
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Scudamore Considers Future; Turf Talk
Byline: Alan Keyte PETER SCUDAMORE is considering training on his own given the right offer following his split with Martell Grand National winning handler Nigel Twiston-Davies. "Yes, I'll give training serious consideration. If someone came...
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Slurp Your Soup but Bank on Avoiding Poor Results; MONEY - WORLD CUP: Hints on Etiquette in Japan and Korea This Summer
Byline: SION BARRY AS thoughts of summer holidays merge with World Cup fever, the idea of a break in Japan and South Korea is springing to the minds of many people. However, for the vast majority making the trip the currencies and culture...
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Smart Car Is Prudent in Size and Performance; BABY BENZ: Designed for Chancellor Gordon Brown?
Byline: ROBIN ROBERTS THE Budget-busting Smart car could have been designed for Gordon Brown. It is prudent in size, performance and running costs and just occasionally brings a smile to the face. Now available in right-hand drive, the ultimate...
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Soak Up the Scenery When Going Gets Slow; LEADER COLUMN
PERHAPS we should not be counting our chickens, but the weather most of Wales has been enjoying this past week suggests summer could be coming early this year. Along with it of course arrive the usual challenges such as how to find a spot on...
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Soapiness That Leaves Viewers Frothing; LEADER - TELEVISION
Byline: HANNAH JONES ALL right, you lot, you know the drill. You get home from a hard slog at work and go to turn on the television. What you want is tidy pockets of half-hour escapism. You might not be in the mood for upbeat tales of single...
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Spoilt for Choice in Something Special; FAVOURITE ROOM: Random Choice of Castell Deudraeth's Robin Llewellyn a Winner
Byline: DARREN DEVINE THE village of Portmeirion with its distinctive Italianate buildings is home to some of the most interesting architecture in Wales. It must have been difficult then for its managing director Robin Llewelyn to choose one...
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Stevens in Search of Steel at Crucible; SNOOKER: Embassy World Championship, Sheffield
Byline: PAUL WILLIAMS CRUCIBLE specialist Matthew Stevens is relishing the prospect of getting back onto the green baize in his favourite arena today. By his own high standards, the Carmarthen cueman has had a disappointing season, slipping...
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Surrey Dominate on an Emotional Day at the Oval; CRICKET: Frizzell County Championship Round-Up
SURREY dominated the first day of the first-class season against Sussex at an emotion-tinged Oval. The Frizzell County Championship Division One matchday, though, had opened on a sombre note with the sides holding a two-minute silence before...
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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Mighty Men of the Marathon
Byline: Alun Rees on TV ONE of sport's most moving sights appears in that moment of crisis in a distance race when a top-flight runner confronts the bitter truth that he's beaten. No matter how deep he digs, no matter how hard he grits his teeth,...
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The Curse of Romanticism; LEADER
Byline: Tom Davies I have spent a great deal of my life complaining about how we are often possessed by stupid or mad ideas and have been able to pursue my arguments with vigour and confidence because no-one ever had stupider or madder ideas...
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The Elusive Role in the Life of a Character Actor; PEOPLE: Paul Rhys Has Reached a Stage Where Some Homely Company Wouldn't Go Amiss
Byline: ROB DRISCOLL PAUL Rhys was in reflective mood. "I've gone very broody recently, " he confided, sotto voce. "I don't know where that's come from." Maybe it's come from working alongside the lad who plays the seven-year-old son of...
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Try to Keep Your Property in Tip-Top Condition; ADDED VALUE: A Spot of DIY Is Going to Make the Home More Attractive to a Potential Buyer
Byline: DAVID NORMAN AS the prime season for houseselling gets underway, homeowners hoping for a quick and profitable sale are being urged to keep their homes in top condition. Latest figures show that pounds 6.5bn of home loans were signed...
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Unfathomable!; PEOPLE - LONDON DIARY
Byline: JAMES PRITHCARD IF you were one of the thousands from Wales in the throng of the London Marathon last Wednesday then you will probably be still nursing a few blisters and sore muscles. As first-time runners like the South Wales Echo's...
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Uplifting Tale of Depression; LEADER
Byline: Mario Basini Almost four years ago, I found myself with a considerable thirst, a need to urinate sometimes as often as five times a night and an inexplicable weight loss. Diabetics among you will recognise the classic symptoms of the...
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Venturing a Career in Hope of Inspiring Enterprise; Profile: Philip Cooper
Byline: ROBERT JONES JAMES BOSWELL, biographer and travelling companion of Dr Johnson, described himself as "a citizen of the world". Boswell laid claim to the title having travelled through Holland, Germany and France which left him "never...
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'Wales Well Placed to Benefit from Economic Recovery' VISIT: Member of Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee Says Country Has Converted Itself Well to Needs of Modern Economy
Byline: ROBERT JONES CAPABLE management and commercial resilience will see Wales well placed to benefit from the recovery in the world's economy, said Ian Plenderleith, a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee yesterday. ...
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Wannabes Seeking Glory Star on HTV's Presenters; TELEVISION
Byline: HANNAH JONES WANNABE comperes get their last chance to impress the judges as they are taken through their paces for the HTV show, Presenters. At auditions in Llandudno, Cardiff and Swansea, five hundred television hopefuls aim to be...
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Waste of Energy
SIR - I was amazed and saddened to read that Assembly members Owen John Thomas and Daffyd Wigley refused to pay their electricity bill because the bill had been printed only in English. How immature and childish. I was born in Bristol. My family...
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Wedding Lists with No Shopping Aisles; INTERIORS - MAIL ORDER: Make Life Easier for Yourself and Your Guests by Choosing Your Gifts from an Online Company Annabel Bevan, an Interiors PR Consultant, Looks at Setting Up Wedding Lists Online. She Can Be Contacted on 01792 460200
Byline: Annabel Bevan A LONG, long time ago a lowly Dutch miller fell in love with the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman. The miller, being revered in his community for his benevolent nature, sadly now had nothing left to give the beautiful...
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