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 May 2, 2003

A Catalyst for Foreign Business; Queens Award Winner out to Conquer North America
Byline: Will Smale # Assistant Business Editor A MANUFACTURER of enzymes used in the food production industry is aiming to double its turnover over the next two years as it continues to power into the North Ameri-can market. If you buy your orange...
Activity Levels Offer Ray of Hope for Manufacturers
Byline: Graeme Evans MANUFACTURERS were yesterday offered a ray of hope after activity levels showed signs of a rally from the sharp slump seen in March. The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply's UK-wide barometer of conditions in the...
Actor Dorien Has Other Talents Too
Byline: Tony Trainor t on y. r a no r @wme co uk THE problem with being cast as a screen rogue, says actor Dorien Thomas, who played bent detective Greyo in the cult movie Twin Town, is always having to pay. ``Because I'm always playing villains,...
A Photographic Celebration of Football
Byline: Karen Price SINCE the removal of Wembley from the sporting map, Cardiff has taken over as the principal football venue in the UK. The Millennium Stadium has hosted some of the biggest soccer showdowns, and is currently preparing for the...
Asda Chief Executive to Take the Helm at Boots
RETAILER Boots ended its search for a new chief executive yesterday after it poached Asda's chief operating officer. Richard Baker, 40, will take the helm at the Nottingham-based business in September after almost eight years with Asda. On top...
As He Tries to Find Fame in the States, Actor Matthew Rhys Writes Home to Keep His Family Informed of His Luck. Here's His Letter from America
Byline: Matthew Rhys Dear Mam and Dad WELL, here I am in the City of Angels, otherwise known to you as Los Angeles. But I'm leaving tomorrow for Toronto because, guess what? I've got myself a job! I'm going to be playing an American rookie...
ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2003: 5am SPECIAL: It's Labour!; # Rhodri Has Overall Majority in His Sights on Night of Regains from Plaid # Turnout Hovers below 40% as Fall Questions Assembly Mandate # Outcast Marek Wins Seat to Gain Revenge on Party That Ditched Him
Byline: Martin Shipton and Kirsty Buchanan RHODRI MORGAN was today heading towards an overall majority as Labour crushed Plaid Cymru's vote in heartland seats and comfortably fought off Tory challengers. Labour stormed to victory in Islwyn and...
ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2003: 5am SPECIAL: We Need to Take Stock, Plaid Cymru Admits
PLAID Cymru this morning conceded defeat in the National Assembly as they suffered huge swings to Labour. The party said it was clear it was not going to take power after losing key seats to Labour. A party spokeswoman said, ``There is no way...
ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2003: Low Turnout Puts Legitimacy of Assembly at Risk, Says Wigley
Byline: Andrew Woodcock THE NATIONAL Assembly could be facing a confidence crisis this morning after early results suggested a collapse in turnout. In Alyn Deeside in North Wales the turnout was just 25%, less than half the turnout there in the...
ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2003: Marek Tastes Victory at Expense of Former Party Colleagues
Byline: Rhodri Clark VICTORIOUS John Marek this morning (FRI) lashed out at the ``lies and smears'' his former party had used against him. In his acceptance speech Dr Marek pointedly omitted to thank his Labour rival and former assistant, Lesley...
ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2003: No Skiing, but Some Skating on Thin Ice
Byline: Catherine Davies WATER skiing is not, by his own admission, something Nick Bourne spent the election day doing. After issuing a final rallying call to voters, claiming to be the only party able to end Labour's ``wasteful agenda'', Mr...
ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2003: Senior Tory Resigns and Says IDS Must Go
Byline: David Williamson SENIOR Tory Crispin Blunt quit the front bench last night and called on his party to oust Iain Duncan Smith in a devastating attack on his leadership. The resignation could not come at a worse time for the embattled Tory...
ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2003: So Was It Really a Very Good Morning for Wales?
Byline: Kirsty Buchanan and Martin Shipton IT was two in the morning; Ron Davies and Dafydd Wigley sat glumly in a makeshift office at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, drinking beer and coming to terms with defeat. Half of the referendum...
ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2003: Swingometer Turns Red
Byline: News reporters LABOUR last night found much to celebrate despite widespread concern at the plunge in turn-out. As the first results came in last night, constituency after constituency registered swings away from Plaid Cymru to-wards Labour....
ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2003: War Won the Fight for Headlines in Extraordinary Campaign for Votes; `We Couldn't Get a Word in Edgeways with All the Talk about Baghdad, Basra and Kuwait' - Rhodri
Byline: Martin Shipton RHODRI MORGAN sat in a pub in his Cardiff West constituency yesterday lunchtime contemplating the strangest election campaign he's ever been involved in. As he drank a pint of Bass and ate The Conway's house curry, Mr Morgan...
Back Row: Gary Slaymaker, S4C's Film Expert, Reviews the New Movies
Byline: Gary Slaymaker Heartlands (Cert 12a, 91mins) ** How do you follow up a review of the world's greatest super-hero team? How about a new British film about a sad corner-shop owner who takes a journey of self discovery on his moped to Blackpool?...
Beks Returns to Sars-Hit Hong Kong
Byline: Rhodri Evans and Joanne Atkinson TELEVISION presenter and DJ Beks Walter came back home to Wales from her new life in Hong Kong in the midst of fears over the Sars outbreak. But she is returning there now that the disease seems to be in...
Big Brother Going Back to Basics
THE new Big Brother house was unveiled yesterday as producers announced they were taking the show back to basics. There will be no more gimmicks designed to divide the housemates, like last year's prison-style bars and rich/poor divide. Instead...
Come on in, the Water's Lovely
Byline: Ceri Jones IT'S NEVER been a better time to be beside the seaside in Wa es . A record number of bathing waters have been given the Good Beach Guide seal of approval, showing that the sea around our coast is getting cleaner. A survey published...
Do You Remember?: Friday Nostalgia: Service Stations Are a Few Sandwiches Short of a Picnic
ONCE upon a time, not so long ago, parents would take their children out on a very British ritual - a picnic. They would drive along the new, open tarmac roads that cut their way through the heart of the countryside until they spotted a nice grassy...
ELECTION 2003: And It's Labour in Scotland Again Too
LABOUR was this morning returned to power in Scotland after a night of high drama in which nationalists failed to make expected gains, while the Tories unseated a Labour minister. In a stunning victory, Tory leader David McLetchie became the first...
Football: Fergie Factor Can Swing It for Swans; Good-Luck Messages and Advice from Manchester United Manager Pep Up Flynn for Relegation Dogfight
Byline: Paul Abbandonato # Assistant Editor (Sport) BRIAN FLYNN last night revealed how Sir Alex Ferguson has been helping to pep up Swansea City in their fight to keep their Football League status. Ferguson spoke to his friend Flynn in the build-up...
Football: Lennie's Fury Sky-High as Play-Off Semi-Finals Face Switch for TV
Byline: Mario Risoli LENNIE LAWRENCE last night expressed his fury at Sky TV over the Second Division play-off semi-finals. The Cardiff City boss doesn't know the days on which the play-off matches will be played - even though the end of season...
Football: Lewis: It's Been a Horrendous Week
Byline: Andrea Morgan BRIDGEND director of rugby Allan Lewis yesterday revealed the misery that has seized the club since players were awarded regional contracts earlier this week. Lewis described the dark cloud that has hung over the title-chasers...
Football: Remember the Spirit of '81; Flynn Calls for Repeat of Famous Leeds Win to Ensure Swans Hold on to League Status on Their Day of Destiny
Byline: Ian Hunt BRIAN FLYNN last night called for Swansea City fans to evoke memories of Leeds, 1981, when their Nationwide League existence goes on the line tomorrow. The game - the Swans' first match in the old Division One - has gone down in...
Football: Smith Is Facing Cash-Hit Future
Byline: Mario Risoli WREXHAM boss Denis Smith will have to prepare for life in the Second Division without a transfer kitty. And the former Stoke defender will begin holding talks with his 15 out-of-contract players after tomorrow's season finale...
Football: Whalley: It's No Surprise Railwaymen on Right Track
Byline: Mario Risoli GARETH WHALLEY believes Crewe winning automatic promotion should not be considered a surprise - even though the Railwaymen have spent a fraction of Cardiff City's outlay in the transfer market. The former Crewe midfielder tomorrow...
From Bay Row to Barcelona Icon
Byline: Joanne Atkinson THE architect involved in the long-running saga of the new National Assembly building has been chosen to transform one of Europe's cultural icons. Richard Rogers, whose design was initially selected for the new home of...
Husband Sent Wife's Lover a Fateful Message
A CHEATED husband accused of murdering his wife sent her lover a text message saying, ``Meeting her was the worst thing you ever did,'' a court heard yesterday. Landscape gardener John Simms yesterday told a murder trial jury how he had a holiday...
Letter: Welcome the Refugees
Byline: Dr RUSSELL DEACON # SIR - Re the UK being overtaken by refugees, I am writing in connection with D Tudor Greaves of Porthcawl's letter. I would just like to inform him and others of the same views of a few additional facts. Firstly, not...
Lovell Wins Work across Wales
Byline: Will Smale Assistant Business Editor AFFORDABLE housing provider Lovell has won new work worth pounds 78m this year. The company, which has its Wales office in Gwaelod-y-Garth, near Cardiff, has secured a number of new contracts across...
Lowri Turner's Column: Poor Ginola. but Then He Is French
Byline: Lowri Turner DAVID Ginola is used to having women throwing themselves at him. After his latest comments, however, he might have to get used to them lobbing other things in his direction: rotten tomatoes, wet sponges, derision. Suggestions...
Monster Pike Prepares to Meet Its Match with Angling's Answer to David Beckham; Date of Showdown a Secret to Stop Army of Fans Descending on Lake
Byline: Carl Yapp WHEN you have to catch a fish that's Wales's answer to Jaws, only one man can do the job - angling's answer to David Beckham. Matt Hayes - who even wears Beckham-style white wellies - is taking on the 5ft pike of Llangorse Lake,...
Motoring: Flying Finn in Best of Welsh; Historic Gems Big Part of Classic Line-Up
Byline: Peter Hughes ALMOST 30 years after it won the event, the Ford Escort used by Markku Alen will again be competing in this weekend's Welsh Rally. The military ranges on Mynydd Epynt will be the venue for one of the oldest events in the...
Motoring: Hot Peugeot a Hard Case
HOT on the heels of a hat-trick of rally success, Peugeot has turned up the heat on its top-selling hatchback. Built at the French manufacturer's UK plant at Ryton, Coventry, the Peugeot 206 GTi 180 is intended to follow in the scorch marks left...
Motoring: New Life Abroad for Old Cars; European Law Could See Whole Vehicles Which Are Due to Be Scrapped in UK or Their Stripped Parts Sold Overseas
Byline: Robin Roberts OLD CARS due to be scrapped in the UK could be pensioned off to a new life abroad, according to the latest CAP Grey Book. It is suggesting that when the End of Vehicle Life law is passed that some vehicles may be exported whole...
Motoring: Plan to Scrap Hard Shoulders under Fire; More Deaths and Serious Injuries on Motorways Forecast
Byline: Robin Roberts A GOVERNMENT plan to scrap the motorway hard shoulder threatens to result in more deaths and serious injuries on the roads, says motoring organisation RAC. Proposals by transport secretary Alistair Darling, will see hard...
Motoring: Signum Delivers Loads of Legroom; Passenger Comfort Is Priority for New Vauxhall Niche Motor
Byline: Stewart Smith IT MUST be increasingly tricky being a car designer nowadays with so many different customer sectors to please. In days gone by we were offered small cars, medium-sized cars, big cars and estates. Some of these had two doors,...
Motoring: Take off in Tardis of the Tarmac; Seat Cordoba Is Economical
Byline: Robin Roberts FROM almost nothing a few years ago, Seat has developed a wide range of models to suit every taste and requirement. And the development goes on with one of the latest versions being the 100bhp version of the 1.9 diesel engine...
Motoring: Va Va Voom at a New Level
SQUATTING low on the road the new Renaultsport V6 has the face of a supercar and twin tailpipes that look more like gun barrels. Its power takes Va Va Voom to a new level, 255bhp to be exact from a 3.0-litre 24-valve engine that offers savage performance....
Motoring: Watch out for May Day Jams
South Wales # Ongoing A40. Between south of Monmouth (B4293) and Raglan Interchange (A449), roadworks in both directions, contraflow in place. # Ends tomorrow A48 Newport, between Cardiff Road Ebbw Bridge Roundabout (A4042/B4239) and Cardiff Road...
Music: Arts Editor
Byline: Hannah Jones # I was never one of those kids with posters of pop stars on my wall. Not that I didn't like the Bay City Rollers or want to be Suzi Quatro, mind you. But, for years I was convinced I was the love child of Purdy from the...
Music: Cerys Is Simply COCKAHOOP to Be Moving in a Different Direction
Since she spilt with Catatonia, the music world has waited with bated breath to see what former wild child Cerys Matthews would do next. With the release of her first solo album, Cock-A-Hoop, just weeks away, Karen Price gave advance copies of her...
Music: Sound Bites
Byline: Christopher Rees World Without Tears Lucinda Williams (Lost Highway) **** Described by Lucinda Williams herself as a ``natural progression'', World Without Tears finds the multi-grammy winning queen of alt-country expanding her horizons...
Performing Arts: HE AIN'T A LUVVIE He's My Brother; Sera Evans Has Just Spent Seven Months in Germany Teaching English, While Her Olivier Award-Winning Brother Daniel, Rehearsed for Yet Another High-Profile Shakespearean Role. as Soon as Sera Returned Home She Caught Up with Her Rhondda-Born Sibling at Rehearsals. Here She Writes about How She Loves Watching Him Take Centre Stage
Byline: Sera Evans SUCH was my relief at touching down at Birmingham airport last week that tears filled my eyes. Although I was pleased to be on British terra firma once again, I was forced to wait before I could cross the border into my beloved...
Performing Arts: REVIEW: Molly Sweeney; Clwyd Theatre Cymru, Mold
Byline: Victor Hallett The theatre critic David Adams has raised some interesting points in these pages about what he sees as the differences between theatrical theatre and television theatre. Now surely there can't be anything much closer to watching...
Performing Arts: REVIEW: Our Song; Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, until Tomorrow
Byline: REVIEW by Gail Cooper The spectacle of respectable elderly audience members earnestly reading a programme article entitled, ``So you're thinking of having an affair?'' was almost as enjoyable as the production it referred to. For adultery...
Performing Arts: REVIEW: Transitions; Sherman Theatre, Cardiff
Byline: David Adams Interesting man, Rudolf Laban. We'd call his approach today holistic - as far as he was concerned emotions, health, education, politics and the arts were all interconnected. And as a choreographer, teacher and theorist he changed...
Performing Arts: Spanish Lies; Grand Theatre, Swansea, from Tuesday until May 10 and Then Moves to the Coliseum in Aberdare from May 19 until 24
Byline: Lauren Turner What better way to celebrate 25 years of wedded (sort-of) bliss than to revisit your honeymoon for a trip down memory lane. In Frank Vickery's Spanish Lies, Dougie does just that, taking wife Lorna to the Majorcan hotel they...
Rugby Union: Clarke: We Want to Be No 1 at Pontypool
Byline: Mike Walters VICTORY over bottom club Treorchy tonight will take Pontypool back to the top of Division One. Pooler are unbeaten at home all season and last Tuesday Mark Jones and his men ran in 15 tries against Glamorgan Wanderers, including...
Rugby Union: James Has Op as Knee Injury Drags On
Byline: Phil Blanche STEVE JAMES has revealed his growing frustration with a ``chronic'' knee injury that will rule him out for the next month. The Glamorgan captain will have a minor operation today to clear up an on-going knee problem that...
Rugby Union: Jarvis Makes Shock Move to Join Gwent
Byline: Simon Thomas LEE JARVIS last night revealed he is joining the Gwent regional team for next season. The Neath fly-half is the latest Welsh international to commit his future to Mike Ruddock's side, following his club colleague Jamie Ringer...
Rugby Union: Ponty Threat to Ravens' Record; Pontypridd Team Up with Bridgend for Next Year's European Campaign but There'll Be No Love Lost at the House of Pain
Byline: Simon Thomas # Rugby Correspondent FROM next season, Lynn Howells will be working hand-inhand with Allan Lewis in a common cause. But this evening at Sardis Road he will be out to slow down his good friend's march towards the Premiership...
Rugby Union: Raiwalui: Relax and Turn It into a Real Cup Final to Remember
Byline: Andrea Morgan NEWPORT captain Simon Raiwalui has warned that the pressure and expectation surrounding tomorrow's Principality Cup final could make for a disappointing showdown at the Millennium Stadium. Raiwalui has urged his team-mates...
Rugby Union: Thomas out to Master Regional Rugby
Byline: Simon Thomas CAERPHILLY'S Justin Thomas says he would love to play regional rugby next season - provided he can keep up the day job. Welsh international Thomas - who returns to his former club Cardiff for a Premiership encounter tonight...
Rugby Union: You'v E Got It So Very Wrong, Chris; Jenkins Hits Back at Davey's Western Mail Blast and Says Welsh Rugby Is on the Right Footing
Byline: Simon Thomas TOMORROW, Gareth Jenkins' focus will be firmly on Llanelli's Principality Cup final against Newport. But, by his own admission, he already has one glinting eye on next season and the birth of regional rugby in Wa es Scarlets...
Screams Rise from School Rubble after Quake Horror; Rescuers Battle to Reach Children in Buried Dormitory
Byline: James Helicke # in Turkey RESCUE teams were feverishly clawing their way through the ruins of a boarding school's dormitory last night, hunting for dozens of children trapped after a pre-dawn earthquake in eastern Turkey. The children's...
Snooker: Lee Hit by Williams Blitz
Byline: John Curtis MARK WILLIAMS demonstrated why he is overwhelming favourite to capture a second Embassy World Championship crown as he blitzed Stephen Lee 7-1 in the first session of their semi-final at the Crucible Theatre last night. Williams...
Sports Chain Is of F the Pace
Byline: Graeme Evans JD Sports owner John David Group has reported a ``disappointing'' financial performance after a major acquisition disrupted business. Posting results for the 10 months to January 31 yesterday, the group said that integration...
The Pensioner: Once More with Feeling ... as Fame Comes Calling Again
Byline: Elaine Morgan # I CAN'T say I ever suffered withdrawal symptoms when the days of wine and roses came to an end. Fame was good fun, but it faded over the decades to the level of ``Didn't she used to be a writer?'', which I found pleasantly...
The X Factor; Given the Commercial Success of the First X-Men Film It Was a Sure Bet That Marvel's Gaggle of Genetically Mutated Superheroes Would Be Back. Rob Driscoll Meets the Heroes (and Villains) of the Piece Who Tell Him Why This Time the Public Can Really Believe the Hype
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, the leader of the mutant packYou might think that Hugh Jackman's three-year-old son is not the ideal target audience for Dad's cinematic alter ego, Wolverine, the razor-clawed, butt-kicking, attitude-heavy, down-and-dirty...
Union Wins Case for Miners
Byline: Madeleine Brindley THE Government faces a pounds 250m benefits payout to workers with vibration white finger after the High Court ordered it to scrap a controversial test used to assess claims. In a landmark case that will open the door...
Visual Arts: Regarding RICHARDS; Ceri Richards Is Widely Acknowledged as Wales' Most Important Artist of the Mid-20th Century. but How Good Is the Founding Father of Welsh Modern Art? Critic Dr Peter Wakelin Examines the Evidence
Byline: Dr Peter Wakelin THE reputations of artists follow strange pathways. All too often, those considered masters in their lifetimes are forgotten after death as fashions change. The avant garde becomes the `old guard' in an instant. But...
Warning over Lack of Plans to Deal with Asbestos in Workplace
Byline: Will Smale # Assistant Business Editor ABOUT 83% of businesses in Wales have no plans in place to deal with the risks associated with asbestos in the workplace. That is that stark finding of a new survey by Cardiff-based insurer Zurich....
`Weakest Link' Host Snaps
THE President of the Oxford Union claimed yesterday that Anne Robinson refused to host a charity version of The Weakest Link after discovering he was the grandson of a judge who denied her custody of her daughter. Ambrose Faulks, 21, admitted that...
Western Mail Comment: Low Turnout Sets a Major Challenge for Us All
IT was the result that all those with a vested interest in the National Assembly feared. Forget who has the most seats in the National Assembly this morning. The big question for the National Assembly and the people of Wales this morning is how...
What's Great about Kathy Burke?
1 Who is she? Where have you been?! She was the loud-mouthed ginger ``piece'' in the now sadly defunct BBC comedy Gimme, Gimme, Gimme and is comedy's equivalent of Kim Basinger. 2 What's she up to now?Well, not a lot of people know this but actress...
Where Ghosts Still Walk; Strange Visions, Moving Pictures and Voices in the Dark. Robin Turner Traces the Ghost Map of Wales as a New DVD Is Released on the Subject
Byline: Robin Turner THE candle lights were blazing in Cardiff Castle in 1848 when the creator of modern Cardiff, the second Marquess of Bute, suddenly collapsed. His flowing cloak spread out beneath him, the 55-year-old marquess took his last breaths...