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 August 5, 2006

40 Years Jail for Trafficker Who Gunned Down Girl, 7
Byline: By Pat Clarke and Karl Mansfield A man who gunned down a seven-year-old girl and her father in cold blood was in prison last night after being jailed for a minimum of 40 years. Twisted drug-dealer Joel Smith remained defiant to the...
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Act Gives Us Our Own Transport Strategy for the First Time
Byline: By Professor Stuart Cole Transport expert Professor Stuart Cole explains how we could best use our new powers to come up with local solutions THE Transport (Wales) Act brought many changes in government responsibilities for transport...
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A Day in the Life of the Welsh Criminal Justice System
Byline: By Rin Simpson Western Mail The criminal justice system has been under the microscope like never before after a series of scandals involving sentencing, prison escapes and immigration. Rin Simpson interviews the people who run the system,...
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Aspiring Buyers Must Save More
Despite planning to spend two years saving for their deposit, first time buyers will face a potential shortfall of over pounds 5,000, according to a report from Alliance & Leicester Mortgages. The Alliance & Leicester Mortgages study looks...
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As the Carnage Goes on, Blair Bows to Pressure and Delays Holiday Departure
Byline: By Tomos Livingstone Western Mail Tony blair put his summer holiday on hold last night in a bid to oversee a deal to end four weeks of violence in the Middle East. Having insisted it was pointless to call for a ceasefire without a ...
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Beat the Heat and Chill out in Style with Minimalist White
Following Federer's four-set win over Nadal and Mauresmo's convincing defeat of Henin- Hardenne in the women's final, this year's Wimbledon is certainly one that won't be forgotten in a hurry. The annual tennis tournament not only caused a stir...
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Breanne Thrilled at Cup Boost
Byline: By Chris Smart Wales international Breanne Loucks is back home after the 'most fantastic' experience of her life and is now relishing the prospect of her next adventure. The bubbly 18-year-old made the most sensational Curtis Cup debut...
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Buy-to-Let Market Looks Bright for Investors
The private buy-to-let sector is continuing to perform well with more single-person households, higher numbers of students and increased immigration pushing up demand for rental property, new figures reveal. Rising investment property value and...
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Capital
Byline: By Lucy Corry How doable is a weekend treat away to Washington DC? LUCY CORRY highly recommends it THE immigration officer rubbed his sizeable stomach. 'How long will you folks be in the US ma'am?' he asked, scrutinising my passport...
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Classic
Byline: By Molly Watson Western Mail Just across the river from Cardiff Central station, the Riverside Cantonese's surroundings are inauspicious to say the least. But the restaurant claims to be the oldest Cantonese in South Wales and the...
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Courageous Kevin Earns His Chance
Byline: By Ian Hunt Western Mail Overcoming injury problems is one thing. Recovering from the physical and mental effects of a horrifying car accident is quite another, writes Ian Hunt. Kevin Amankwaah can testify to that, but the fact Swansea...
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Create a Bespoke Garden Design with Hardwearing Patio Slabs
Byline: By Colin Law A good patio provides you with a hardwearing, all-weather surface which requires little maintenance. Even with the introduction of decking, paving slabs are still a popular patio choice. They are easy to lay and allow...
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Daunting Target for Glamorgan Run Bid
Byline: By Richard Thomas Western Mail Glamorgan's batsmen were faced with the rather daunting task of making a further 495 for victory on the final day today. Worcestershire skipper Vikram Solanki's rather cautious declaration did not come...
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Davies and Matthews Ready for Showdown
Byline: By Chris Smart Rhys davies, one of the top college golfers in America and former Southerndown greenkeeper Llewellyn Matthews will go head-to-head over 36 holes at Pyle and Kenfig today to decide the Welsh Amateur title. Davies, the...
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Deeper in Debt: Welsh Bankruptcy Epidemic
Byline: By Rhodri Clark Western Mail A record number of people became insolvent this spring as Britons struggled to pay off credit card bills and loans, the Government said yesterday. The Insolvency Service said 26,021 people in Wales and...
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Earnie Was Not Ready for the Top
Byline: By Steve Tucker Western Mail New Cardiff City striker Kevin Campbell believes Wales striker Robert Earnshaw's all-round game did not warrant him a place in the Premiership. And the 36-year-old, who will be on the bench for City's ...
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'Enjoyable Family Sport'
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Western Mail On these long summer days there's nothing I like better than to indulge in the traditional British pastime of Conservative baiting. Like the sound of leather on willow or the murmur of contented voices...
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Fears for Young Families in Current Market
Byline: By David Bexon, MD We are increasingly aware of the current media attention around housing shortages in the UK, suggesting that supply is failing to meet demand with a lack of suitable houses on the market. I have particular concerns...
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From Parchment to Pixels
Byline: By Steve Dube Western Mail Anyone can now view for themselves what William the Conqueror dearly wanted to see, but never did. The complete Domesday Book, the 920-year-old survey of most of England and bits of modern Wales and Scotland,...
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Glorious Grouse
Byline: By Georg Fuchs In a few days' time, grouse moors across the land will be reverberating to the blast of gun shot. The Glorious 12th, a peculiarly British event which sees the moors opened up to shooting parties for the brief season which...
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Good Weather and Crowds Can Put Eisteddfod Back in Black
Byline: By Sam Burson Western Mail Eisteddfod organisers are optimistic about finally getting back into the black by staging potentially the most lucrative-ever festivals this week. Good weather predictions and the Felindre site's crowd-pulling...
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Happy Jones Feels Ready for the Big Challenges Ahead
Byline: By Steve Tucker Western Mail Pressure? What pressure? Cardiff City boss Dave Jones sends his side into today's Championship opener at newly-promoted Barnsley in confident mood after a promising pre-season. The Bluebirds boss has...
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Head out of Town for Great Bargains to Set Up Home for a Fraction of High-Street Costs
Byline: By Yvonne Jones l Great homeware bargains can be found everywhere these days but you have to know where to look. Sadly for the high street, these deals are to be found in places where overheads are low - warehouses, out-of-town shopping...
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Hello, Is That the Doctor? If You're Looking for Your Tardis It's Landed in My Garden
Some dads build their children a tree house, others might go as far as a dolls' house. But one devoted father has managed to create a replica of the Tardis for his eight-year-old son. James Briggs got possibly the best birthday present any...
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Home Truths
Byline: By Rhodri Clark Western Mail Do we really want to live in new houses with traditional pitched roofs, or are we conditioned by the choices made for us by developers and planners? RHODRI CLARK spoke to homeowners and architects who believe...
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How You Can Tell We're Entering Tony Blair's Twilight Zone
Byline: By Tomos Livingstione Western Mail Something very odd has happened in the past few months. Members of the Government are openly disagreeing with government policy, and are not being criticised, let alone fired. In the past 12 months...
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Husband Charged with Killing Wife
A pub landlord and a married woman appeared before a court yesterday jointly charged with murdering the publican's Indian-born wife. Stephen Marsh, 36, and Rebecca Harris, 29, appeared separately before Swansea Magistrates charged with murdering...
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Idyllic Site near Brecon Beacons
Home-buyers are being given a rare opportunity to purchase a home of the edge of the Brecon Beacons national park in the picturesque village of Abercrave, near Swansea. Dinefwr Developments' new homes will be located on the rim of the 520 square...
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I'm Aiming to Keep That No 9 Jersey, Warns Ace Phillips
Byline: By Andy Howell Western Mail Mike phillips has warned British Lions star Dwayne Peel that he won't give up the Wales No 9 jersey without a fight. Blues catalyst Phillips is the man in possession of the shirt following the summer tour...
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Israel Takes out Targets in Christian Areas
Israel's pounding of Hezbollah positions across Lebanon expanded yesterday with missiles targeting bridges in the Christian heartland north of Beirut for the first time. At least 23 more civilians were killed when four Israeli missiles slammed...
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'It's One Thing to Write Stories about a Naughty Child but Another to Have One in Your House!'
Byline: By Rhodri Clark Western Mail So says author Angharad Tomos, who's finding art is really imitating life in her home these days. RHODRI CLARK finds out more WRITER Angharad Tomos did it the wrong way round. Her books about a mischievous...
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Jackett Puts His Side under Pressure to Come out Firing
Byline: By Ian Hunt Western Mail You'd think Swansea City's players were already under enough pressure from the fans. Play-off final failures last term, the weight of expectation on them to deliver promotion at the second attempt is colossal....
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Judge Tells Smirking Sex Killer, 24, He Will Die in Jail
Byline: By Alan Erwin A smirking sex killer who murdered a pensioner just months after being freed for rape must stay in jail until he dies, a judge has ruled. An unrepentant Trevor Hamilton, 24, was given the longest prison sentence yet imposed...
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Key Staff Show Life Inside Criminal Justice System
Byline: By Rin Simpson Western Mail The highs and lows of the Welsh criminal justice system, are revealed today by those who work within it. Six key staff - including members of the police, forensic science service and the legal profession...
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Last Property Available at Persimmon's Roman Gate
Purchasers looking to secure a new home in Gelligaer are being urged to move quickly as just one property now remains at Persimmon Homes' popular Roman Gate development. The final property is one of the development's signature townhouses in the...
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Marriage on the Cards for Pounds 100k Ceri
Wales has continued its Lottery winning run with a family landing pounds 100,000 on a scratchcard. The Williams family win came just days after retired miners John Ackerman and John Stinchcombe won more than pounds 11m in a double rollover jackpot....
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Michael Is Left Alone after Zeta Hits It off with a Hunk, and Everyone Lives Happily Ever After. We Hope
Byline: By Hannah Jones Western Mail It could well prove to be one of the most risky moves in their careers - especially as he gets to play the baddie and she gets to walk off into the sunset with a hunk. Catherine Zeta-Jones and husband Michael...
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Mind Matters
Byline: By Duncan Higgitt Western Mail Because of the Bush administration, Israel is free to act like a spoilt brat bereft of any strictures T WASN'T the most widely reported fact in the wake of the Qana massacre, but it might eventually prove...
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My Head Is Mush. I Can't Believe He Has Done This to Me
Byline: By Vicky Shaw A former race equality chief was sentenced to an 18-month community rehabilitation order yesterday after secretly filming himself having sex with a woman. Jazz Iheanacho, 45, a former director of Race Equality First, ...
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New Skipper Roberts Will Look to the Feelgood Factor
Byline: By Darren Devine Western Mail New Wrexham captain Neil Roberts is adamant the Red Dragons can use their emergence from administration as a springboard for League Two promotion. Roberts enjoyed a double celebration on Thursday, cheering...
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Not Left on the Shelf
Even though we are surrounded by books today, few people in this country enjoy the luxury of a library at home. Yet in the 18th century, and for a while in the 19th, it was normal to allow for the provision of several hundred fine volumes when...
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Pedigree Chums
Claire Cooper, 30, is also a director of Blue Apple HR Solutions in Cardiff FI and I met in London when we both worked for a management consultancy. During Fi's first week, she bounced in one morning with some freshly baked bread - made with...
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Penalty Blow for Leader Alonso
Byline: By Alistair Moffitt Fernando Alonso's world championship challenge has been dealt a crushing blow after he was given a two-second qualifying penalty for the Hungarian Grand Prix tomorrow. The Renault driver was punished by race stewards...
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Pietersen Rides His Luck to Be a Ton-Up Hero
Byline: By Myles Hodgson Kevin pietersen belatedly joined England's growing list of century-makers against Pakistan with a fortuitous hundred to establish a strong position in the third Test. Pietersen has suffered a quiet series while other...
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Plain English
Buying a bottle of shampoo in a hurry is a challenge these days. You're confronted with product descriptions that sound like gourmet dishes rather than detergent for hair. One high-street chain seems to have noted this difficulty. It sells shampoo...
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Pop Star Effect Brings Record Profit for WRU
Byline: By Gareth Morgan Western Mail The pop star effect has created record profits for Welsh rugby as the Millennium Stadium becomes a cash-cow for the WRU, it was revealed yesterday. The ability of the stadium to attract big-name acts like...
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Reid to Change Law That Favours Refugees
Byline: By Cathy Gordon Home secretary John Reid has vowed to change the law after losing a Court of Appeal battle over the rights of nine Afghan hijackers. Mr Reid said he would introduce retrospective legislation to deny rights to 'undesirable'...
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Repossessions Rocket as Wales Struggles under Growing Debt Burden
Orders for properties to be repossessed in Wales have rocketed by 37%, new figures show. The biggest rise in court orders for repossession came in the rural west of Wales, where house prices have increased dramatically in the most picturesque...
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'Rhodri Told Me the Job Was a Weird and Wonderful Opportunity'
Byline: By Martin Shipton Western Mail The former presenter of ITV Wales' political programme Waterfront has been appointed as Rhodri Morgan's top spin doctor in the run-up to next year's National Assembly election. Jo Kiernan, who recently...
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Roe Takes Courage in Both Hands and Snaps into Gear
Byline: By Phil Casey On the same course where he once hit a six-inch putt 45 yards back down the fairway, Sheffield's Mark Roe snapped a club into three pieces yesterday. But instead of a pounds 2,000 fine, the 43-year-old found himself in...
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Shackles of Criticism Shaken off by Centenary Celebration
Byline: By Jess Goodman Western Mail A maverick Welsh composer will be celebrated with a week-long series of programmes, in a tribute this year marking the centenary of her birth. Grace Williams might have been ignored in the male-heavy Prom...
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She Only Said Four Words in Her Defence 'I Am Not Guilty'. the Jury Took 10 Minutes to Find Her Guilty
Byline: By Abbie Wightwick Western Mail Retired senior policeman Gerry Toms investigates four notorious Welsh crimes from the past ... and reaches some surprising conclusions. Abbie Wightwick reports IT is nearly 100 years since Leslie James...
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Sheridan Hails His Shock Giant-Killing Court Victory in 'Swinging Sex' Libel Case
Byline: By Paul O'Hare and Katrine Bussey Tommy sheridan last night hailed his sensational pounds 200,000 defamation victory over the News of the World as the equivalent of football minnows Gretna beating European giants Real Madrid. The former...
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Skyscape of Purple and Orange
Byline: By Darren Devine Western Mail Set in one-and-three-quarter acres of glorious Monmouthshire countryside and offering dramatic panoramas of the Black Mountains, Lee and Kath Robson's three-bedroom bungalow is the kind of home the words...
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Sleazy Does It as Testosterone Takes All the Fun out of Summer Sport
Byline: By Carolyn Hitt Summertime and the livin' is sleazy. The Tour de France leaked more testosterone than John Prescott, doped-up athletes are duping us all and footballers' lives are making charmless reading. When did summer sport get...
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Summer at Westonbirt Offers Real Class
Antiques lovers and dealers from Wales should get ready to travel for a spectacular fair in Tetbury. The fine art and antiques fairs held at Westonbirt School, Tetbury, have been organised by Somerset based Cooper Antiques Fairs for over 10 years...
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The Best Family
Ok, it's cooler, but it's still that beach holiday time of the year. We combed the Welsh coast to find and rate ten examples you might want to try this weekend or during the rest of the summer holidays 1How to get there: Turn off the A55 Expressway...
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The First Word
Byline: By Hannah Jones Western Mail When i was little I thought I was the love child of 'Little' Jimmy Osmond and Purdy, from The New Adventures. I had a page boy haircut and used to wear a battered Welsh hat - the string was broken so I...
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The Only Way Is Up
Byline: By Phil Blanche Western Mail There was one clear message from Wales' three Football League clubs last night, 'We're going all out for promotion.' As the Coca-Cola League season gets under-way today, expectation among fans in Wales...
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The Rugby Might Be Poor but the Profits Are Good
Byline: By Editorial Comment Western Mail Ews of record profits for the WRU Group is a welcome good news story for an organisation which has not seen the on-the-pitch success that the public hoped for this year. While last year's record profits...
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This Was My Chance to Experience in Some Small Way Just What Scott Was Dealing With
Byline: By Aled Blake Western Mail Explorer Bruce Parry has defended Captain Scott's tarnished reputation after recreating his epic race against Norwegian Roald Amundsen, who reached the South Pole before him. Parry, who shot to fame in the...
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Trundle's Benchmark Still Same
Byline: By Ian Hunt Western Mail Starting the season as a back-up striker is not a scenario Lee Trundle is used to. In his first three years at Swansea, Trundle (pictured left) was the headline act pretty much guaranteed to be in the starting...
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TV and Technology Boosts Entrepreneurship in Wales
Byline: By Sion Barry Western Mail Swansea and Newport have been identified as hotbeds for business start-ups in the UK. According to the Royal Mail's latest Business Barometer, both have moved into the top 10 UK towns and cities with the...
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Wales' Most Famous Son Dies at 58
Retro report August , 1984 - Richard burton, one of Wales' most famous sons, died yesterday at the age of 58. The acting genius, whose turbulent love life and hell-raising gained as many headlines as his great roles on stage and screen, died of...
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Water Felons
Byline: By John Humphries Western Mail An overgrown grassy central reservation between two busy city roads in Newport has been designated a Nature Conservation Area by the local council. It's a euphemism, some believe, for neglect, because...
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Why Has a Fast Food Restaurant Got the Same Status as Some of Wales' Most Valued Heritage Sites?
Byline: By Sam Burson Western Mail The iconic brown road sign has traditionally been a means to direct travellers to places of interest. Perhaps a castle or area of natural beauty might be expected to be marked out with the distinctive colour....
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WMC to Take Its Ivor Novello Show to the West End
The musical work of Ivor Novello will be the highlight of a special gala concert in the West End Theatre which now bears the composer's name. After premiering the show in Cardiff and San Francisco, the Wales Millennium Centre will bring a one-night-only...
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Woman's Safety Invention Left Her with Huge Debts
A successful business- woman, who had hoped to make millions from an invention, told yesterday how she and her business partner now face massive debts. Liz Williams, a former Female Inventor of the Year, told an employment tribunal that she and...
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Women's Own
Is Boudica the patron saint of sales shoppers? With that natty chariot with the rotating knives on the wheels, I think she should be K, I'm going to start by having a rant. Not a huge rant, because I'm not much one for ranting really. But right...
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