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 February 11, 2002

Addicted Party Girl Preferred Cocktail-Bar to Outdoor Life
FROM her teens, Princess Margaret was the party girl with a long tortoiseshell cigarette holder. While other royals, notably her sister Elizabeth, chose the sporty, outdoor pursuits of their class, Margaret preferred the cocktail-bar and party circuit,...
Addison's Dithering Costs the Swans Two Points; DIVISION THREE: Leyton Orient 2 Swansea City 2
Byline: MARIO RISOLI at Brisbane Road SWANSEA CITY left London's East End with a valuable point, but they could have taken all three had manager Colin Addison not dithered over a substitution midway through the second-half. After an hour the...
All aboard for Coach Idol; Westgate
Byline: Carolyn Hitt Heard about the new Saturday night entertainment show for BBC Wales? It's called Coach Idol. Contenders for the hottest seat in world rugby line up in front of an ancient panel of blazer-wearing pensioners and, after being...
A Passion for Paradise; an Island Idyll in the Sun
SHE had many love affairs but none outlived her passion for the paradise island of Mustique. But like her romantic dalliances, Princess Margaret's flirtation with the Caribbean isle ended in tears. The dream began in 1960 when Margaret was given...
A Songbird Trapped in a Gilded Cage
WHEN an appropriate period of mourning is over the Royal Family needs to start thinking about the future. In particular, the Queen and Prince of Wales need to consider what to do with the minor royals. The passing of Princess Margaret has offered...
Boycott 'Risky Experiments' on GM Maize Crops, Says FoE; POLICY: Assembly's Defiant Stance Wards off First Wave
Byline: STEVE DUBE WELSH farmers are being urged to boycott the government-sponsored tests of genetically modified maize. Friends of the Earth Cymru say the trials are badly planned, resisted by local people and rejected by the National Assembly....
Brynteg's Back-Row Strength Proves Crucial in Pool B; SCHOOLS RUGBY: Neath College 7 Brynteg CS 22
Byline: HUW STHOMAS BRYNTEG confirmed their reputation as a skilful and inventive side by inflicting on Neath College a home defeat in this vital Pool 1B match in the Dragons Rugby Trust Schools League. Because of the frequent demands of representative...
Champions Closer to Retaining Silverware; WELSH CUP: Barry Town 4 Caersws 3
THE Welsh Cup, which sits proudly in the Jenner Park trophy cabinet, is one step closer to remaining there at the end of the season, following Barry's safe passage into the quarter-finals. It was a more comfortable victory than the score suggests,...
Charvis Is Back and Hungry for Glory; Caerphilly 3 Swansea 38
Byline: WILF ANTHONY at Virginia Park GLOBE-TROTTING Colin Charvis helped pilot Swansea to a welcome Welsh-Scottish League victory and immediately set a target of reclaiming his Welsh backrow berth. Flanker Charvis, jettisoned from Graham Henry's...
Completely Different from Her Older Sister
Byline: VANESSA ALLEN GROWING up with the future Queen, Princess Margaret became one of the most famous younger sisters in the world. She was just six when the abdication of Edward VIII and her father's accession to the throne sealed her older...
Consignia 'Facing Pounds 800m Pension Shortfall' ACCOUNTING: Post Office Operator Describes Claims as 'Alarmist'
Byline: STEVE HAWKES POST Office operator Consignia could face a pension fund shortfall of pounds 800m if it presses ahead with plans to cut 30,000 jobs, it has been claimed. The company, currently losing more than pounds 1m per day, may have...
Dancers Symbolise a Meeting of Cultures; SWANSEA: East Meets West in Dance as Chinese Community Celebrates Start of the Lunar New Year
EAST came West yesterday to celebrate Chinese New Year. And as two differing cultures embraced, the Welsh dragon found a friendly ally in the Chinese lion. It was a starkly symbolic moment when local schoolchildren performed a dragon dance to...
Devotion to Art and Music Inspired Me, Says Her Gifted Son
Byline: HANNAH JONES Arts & Media Editor PRINCESS Margaret's devotion to art and music inspired her gifted son, Lord Linley. When he appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs last week, he said, "I think my love of music is...
Don't Become Second Pod Victim, Jones Tells Hansen; RUGBY UNION: Neath Coach's Advice to New Man at Wales Helm
Byline: ANDY HOWELL Rugby Correspondent NEATH coach Lyn Jones has urged Wales caretaker coach Steve Hansen not to become the "second victim" of the pod system. Jones believes Graham Henry decided to quit his job as national coach last Wednesday...
Euro Glory in Sydney for 'Whippet' Johnson; GOLF: Swede Lands the ANZ Championship
Byline: MARK GARROD SWEDEN'S Richard Johnson, given the nickname of 'The Whippet' during the week, won his first European tour title in Sydney yesterday. The 25-year-old, only 5ft 8in and less than 11 stones, became nearly pounds 120,000 richer...
Evans's Season Could Be over; INJURY: Swans Wing-Back Could Have Suffered Broken Jaw
Byline: MARIO RISOLI SWANSEA CITY wing-back Terry Evans could miss the rest of the season with a suspected broken jaw after being elbowed in the face during the Swans' 2-2 draw against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road on Saturday. Evans was caught...
Forecast
OIL giant BP issues fourth-quarter figures tomorrow, less than a week after Anglo-Dutch rival Shell disappointed the market with its results. Shell reported a slide in earnings on the back of lower crude oil prices and BP is expected to be similarly...
Future of Opera Company Secured; ARTS: Pounds 4.25m Rescue Package
Byline: KAREN PRICE Arts & Media Correspondent THE future of Welsh National Opera has been secured by a pounds 4.25m rescue package. The money means WNO can double its touring weeks in Wales, restore a full touring programme in England and...
Gabbidon Wants City to Go Up for Regular Wales Place; PROSPECTS: Bluebirds Defender in Hughes's Squad, but Denied Selection by Brentford Fixture
Byline: IAN HUNT DANNY GABBIDON believes Cardiff City must win promotion to Division One if he is to become a regular member of the Wales side. The Bluebirds defender is in the squad for Wednesday's clash against World Cup favourites Argentina...
Giggs 'Certain' to Face Argentina; SOCCER: World-Class Player Emerges from the Valley Unscathed
Byline: MARIO RISOLI WALES MANAGER Mark Hughes breathed a sigh of relief last night after Ryan Giggs came through Manchester United's 2-0 victory at Charlton unscathed. Giggs will now almost certainly star in Wednesday's prestigious friendly...
Ginola Displays Trickery but Gunners Collect Points; Everton 0 Arsenal 1
Byline: PAUL WALKER DAVID GINOLA brought his own special brand of trickery back to the Premiership but it was the hard-nosed men from north London who walked off with the points. Arsenal's hard-earned win at Everton keeps the Gunners firmly in...
GP Plan Threatens Park Development; EMPLOYMENT: Hi-Tech Project in the Balance
Byline: RHODRI CLARK THE future of a controversial new science and technology park in a deprived area of Wales may be hanging in the balance. Planning permission was given last year for the park in Abergele, which was promoted as a way to induce...
Greens Claim Government Ignores Renewable Energy; ANALYSIS: Campaigners Attack Nuclear Policy
Byline: AMANDA BROWN THE nuclear industry is still getting the bulk of UK Government spending on energy research and development while renewable energy is starved of funds, Friends of the Earth claimed yesterday. The environmental campaign group...
Hat-Trick Try Hero Tiueti Sinks Sad Ravens; Neath 35 Bridgend 21
Byline: ANDY HOWELL at The Gnoll BRIDGEND'S lingering hopes of a place in next season's Heineken Cup were blown away by hat-trick man Dave Tiueti at The Gnoll. The Tonga centre showed the easiest way to break an opposition defence is to attack...
Identity Crisis of the Firm's Peripheral Players; There Are Lessons for Prince Harry in the Life of a Troubled Princess
Byline: TOBY MASON Political Correspondent AS the tributes pour in for Princess Margaret, one of the overwhelming themes is of a glamorous, witty young woman whose position in the Royal Family led to a life which spanned the poles of hedonism and...
Ignorance of Contraception Revealed; SURVEY: Only 37pc of Young People in Wales Are Aware of the Morning-After Pill
Byline: TOBY MASON A NEW survey reveals that awareness of emergency contraception in Wales is well below the rest of the UK, despite a high-profile National Assembly campaign. The survey, conducted by the Family Planning Association, shows that...
Judge's Proposals Would 'End Local Justice as We Know It' LAW: Report Could Lead to the Closure of More Magistrates' Courts
PROPOSALS in an influential report on reforming criminal courts could lead to the closure of more magistrates' courts, it was warned yesterday. The Central Council of Magistrates' Courts Committees, which represents the 42 bodies which run magistrates'...
Lawrence Wins the Fans over; DIVISION TWO: Wrexham 2 Wigan Athletic 0
Byline: PHIL BLANCHE at The Racecourse DENNIS LAWRENCE celebrates his first anniversary at Wrexham knowing he has finally won over The Racecourse faithful. There are few places to hide when you stand 6ft 7in in your stockinged feet and Lawrence...
Leaders Saracens Win Kicking Duel; Divisions Five to Seven
Byline: HOWARD EVANS MUDDY grounds not only saw matches called off, but when clubs did play, it saw low scores as kicking became difficult and tries were hard to come by. In 7 East all the matches were called off as Cardiff parks pitches, in...
Limelight Dazzled Diana of Her Day
Byline: HANNAH JONES ONCE "Margot" - as Princess Margaret was known to her legion of close friends - was a beautiful and vibrant princess who rivalled the late Princess Diana for glamour. In her day, the golden age of the 50s, she was a Royal...
Media Battle Ahead as MMR Advice Is Rejected; HEALTH: Parents Seek Single Jabs
Byline: PATRICK FLETCHER A MASSIVE media blitz to persuade parents to take up MMR will fall on deaf ears in Wales. Anxious parents are ignoring government information and scouring the internet and setting up support groups in a bid to get their...
Opera Plans for a Secure Future; WNO: Self-Assessment and Appraisal Possible through Stabilisation
Byline: ANTHONY FREUD General Director Welsh National Opera RUNNING a world-class arts organisation costs money. It's a simple fact. To deliver artistic excellence you need to invest. Few can dispute the credentials of Welsh National Opera as...
Pedersen Looks Forward to Big Hill to Make Amends; WINTER OLYMPICS: British Ski-Jumper Fails to Make Final - but He Gets Another Chance Tomorrow
Byline: MARK STANIFORTH BRITAIN'S Glynn Pedersen turns his attention to tomorrow's big hill competition after failing to qualify for the final of the K90 ski jump at Utah Olympic Park yesterday. Pedersen's jump of 78 and a half metres was three...
Plaid Tables More Steel Questions; MITTAL ROW: Nationalists Seek to Embarrass Labour in Run-Up to Ogmore By-Election
Byline: NICK SPEED THE controversy over Indian tycoon Lakshmi Mittal's Governmentbacked buy-out of a giant Romanian steel company is set to further unravel this week. And it comes at a time when the Labour Party which the billionaire has so generously...
Prayers for a Princess Who Lived Life to the Full; IN TRIBUTE: Her Wilfulness Made Her the 'Black Sheep' of the Royal Family but Her
PRINCESS Margaret's royal funeral will be held on Friday. It will be a private occasion for family and friends. State funerals with full pomp and ceremony are generally limited to sovereigns but may, by order of the reigning monarch and by a vote...
Prince of Wales Praises 'Darling Aunt'
HERE is a transcript of the Prince of Wales' comments at Sandringham, Norfolk, after the death of Princess Margaret. He said, "This is a terribly sad day for all my family but particularly of course for the Queen, my mama, and my grandmother, the...
Record Pounds 247,000 Payout to Lung-Disease Miner; COMPENSATION: Only 7pc of Claims Have Been Settled
A RECORD pounds 247,357 compensation payment has been made to a miner suffering from lung disease. The pay-out, to a man from Neath, is the biggest so far in the UK, according to figures released yesterday by Neath MP and Europe Minister Peter Hain....
Romance Crushed by the Cabinet; Peter Townsend
Byline: PETER ARCHER Her tender touch betrayed their secret, as Margaret attentively brushed fluff from the dashing officer's jacket. Until then, Group Captain Peter Townsend and the Princess had been forced to hide their feelings. With the world...
Romance Gave Bloom to a Special Relationship; IN TRIBUTE: Marriage Formed the Bond but Princess Margaret Found a Place in Her Heart for Wales
Byline: EMMA JAMES Crime Reporter PRINCESS Margaret formed what was to be a strong and lasting relationship with Wales in 1960 when she married the son of a distinguished Welsh barrister. From her fairytale wedding to Antony Armstrong-Jones,...
Scottish Lament for Visitors; Pontypridd 25 Glasgow 20
Byline: GEORGE WILLIAMS at Sardis Road PRECIOUS league points for Ponty brought no glee for Glasgow as the Scots again suffered at the House of Pain. Bane of the pain for Glasgow was that they wasted a 17-9 half time lead, scored two tries to...
Share Tips
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH With the market in the United States poised for recovery, and consumer confidence continuing in the UK, now is a good time to tuck away a few shares in glittering jewellery retailer Signet. Buy at 102 1/4p. Restaurant and bars...
Smith Believes His Side Can Get out of Trouble; DOGFIGHT: February Fight Holds No Fears
Byline: PHIL BLANCHE DENIS SMITH believes Wrexham will continue to rise to the challenge of a demanding February fixture list. After last week's 3-2 victory at Peterborough boosted their battle to avoid the Second Division drop, Wrexham made...
Solskjaer Determined to Stay in United Side; Charlton Athletic 0 Manchester United 2
Byline: DAVID ANDERSON OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER was pleased to have added to manager Sir Alex Ferguson's problems after his double strike sent Manchester United back to the top of the FA Barclaycard Premiership table at The Valley. The Norwegian...
Spirits Lifted by Company of Youngsters at Party
PRINCESS Margaret's spirits were boosted in the last few days of her life when she attended her three-year-old grandson's birthday party and was surrounded by playing children. The ailing Princess returned home from the London party of Arthur, Lady...
Strange Golden Glow Surrounds Exiles on Triumphant Afternoon; London Welsh 34 Otley 15
THERE was a strange golden disk in the sky over Old Deere Park on Saturday and London Welsh coach Adrian Davies was a worried man. "We could not be pinned as a fairweather side, " he said of impressive performances against Coventry and Worcester....
Strokes and Smoking Take Their Toll
PRINCESS Margaret survived some major health scares over the years. Once a heavy smoker, she had part of a lung removed in 1985. She suffered a mild stroke in 1998 and, the following year, badly scalded her feet in the bath, causing lasting injury....
Super Swedes Grab the Davis Cup Glory; TENNIS: Henman and Rusedski Are Unable to Make Home Advantage Count in Singles Showdown
Byline: PHIL CASEY TIM HENMAN and Greg Rusedski suffered the most disappointing Davis Cup defeat of their careers as Sweden produced a brilliant final-day fightback to deny Britain a place in the Davis Cup quarter-finals. An epic five-set victory...
Thorne in the Side - 'New City Player' DIVISION TWO: Cardiff City 3 Swindon Town 0
Byline: IAN HUNT at Ninian Park THE long-awaited return of record-signing Peter Thorne explains why Cardiff City manager Alan Cork has been at pains to deny rumours he is planning to bring a new striker to Ninian Park. Thorne has been out of...
Turner Clocks in for Europe; ATHLETICS: Welsh All-Comers Record Is Fastest Time This Year by Briton
Byline: ANDREA MORGAN DOUG TURNER clocked a qualifying time for the European Indoor Championships at the Lansing Linde Severnside Trophy in Cardiff yesterday and set a new Welsh all-comers record in the process. The 35-year-old European outdoor...
Union Urges Sickest Miners Be Dealt with First; COMPENSATION: Backlog in Respiratory Claims Still a Cause for Concern despite Hain's Attempts to Speed Up Process
Byline: COLIN HUGHES CALLS for the Government to speed up compensation payments to miners came again as new figures show that nearly 32,000 claims are outstanding. Mining union Nacods made the renewed call after the figures were released by Europe...
Vision of Hospitals with No Queues; HEALTH: 'Management the Key'
Byline: TOMOS LIVINGSTONE WAITING lists for operations in Welsh hospitals could be wiped out in little more than a year, it was claimed last night. All that NHS trusts have to do is follow the lead of hospitals in the Morgannwg Health Authority...
Webster's Blast for Welsh Players; SIX NATIONS
Byline: ANDY HOWELL Rugby Correspondent FORMER British Lions star Richard Webster last night blasted the attitude of a number of players in Wales, accusing them of living in a comfort zone. And he offered them a challenge to test their work ethic,...
Welsh Cup Round-Up
IF Carmarthen are to lift the Welsh Cup this season they will have to do it the hard way, following another tense, difficult 2-1 win over Connah's Quay Nomads at Richmond Park. Having disposed of Afan Lido and now the Nomads, they receive fellow...
What They Said
"SHE was a girl of unusual, intense beauty confined as it was in her short slender figure and centred about large eyes, generous, sensitive lips and a complexion as smooth as a peach. "She was capable, in her face and in her whole being, of an astonishing...
Williams Is Mastered by Hunter; SNOOKER: Leeds Man Retains Title after Epic Battle with Wales's World No 1
Byline: MARK BURTON PIN-UP Paul Hunter became the first player for nearly a decade to retain his Benson and Hedges Masters title after an epic battle against world No 1 Mark Williams. Hunter, who lifted the trophy last year after a 10-9 comeback...
Woman of Contrasts Who Had Her Ups and Downs
PRINCESS Margaret was a king's daughter with wealth and status - but her life was far from a fairytale. Her romances made world headlines for more than 30 years. There was the war hero whose love she renounced for duty and status, the socialite...