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 24, 2011

A Closed Flock Helps Protect from Disease
Byline: BRIAN HARDCASTLE ON THE gameshoot I run near Llanwrtyd Wells, my diary is blanked out for the foreseeable future. I'm going nowhere soon. Why? Because it's the rearing season, the time of the year when my birds lay and the annual cycle really...
Ashling Handed His Big Glamorgan Chance against Surrey
Byline: GARETH GRIFFITHS GLAMORGAN are set to hand Chris Ashling his first start of the season at Surrey today. Bowling spearhead James Harris has been left out of the 13-man squad as a precaution to rest a minor foot problem after taking eight...
Badger Cull Will Not Curb TB in Cattle, Say TV Naturalist; SPRINGWATCH STARS CALL FOR A FRESH SOLUTION
Byline: KATE WHITING CULLING badgers is scientifically proven to be ineffective in reducing the spread of bovine TB, a high-profile naturalist has warned. Television presenter Chris Packham, who is opposed to the cull, made the claim ahead of...
Bafta Beauty; MAC Cosmetics Was the Official Beauty Partner at Sunday Night's British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards 2011. So We Asked Its Senior Artists for Their Top Tips on Creating Stunning Red Carpet Make-Up, and Keeping It Camera Flawless All Night Long
Lynsey Alexander on skin, like Gemma Chan For camera-ready skin it's important to spend a bit of time prepping before you apply foundation. If you have time, exfoliating will ensure your skin is at its smoothest, allowing further products to glide...
Beware of Screaming Piglets Which Can Turn a Sow into a Killing Machine; Our Columnist Has Had a Busy Weekend at the Royal Welsh Spring Festival
Byline: LIZ SHANKLAND I'M SHATTERED. Every agricultural show is tiring when you're showing stock, but the first one of the season is always the worst. The first show is a bit of a wake-up call to the body that it needs to get fit again. It's...
Book Club; Many People May Dream of Writing Novels, but How Do You Go about Making It a Reality? WM Spoke to Three Writers, Each at Different Stages in Their Life, about How They Finally Found the Courage to Go for It, with the Help of a Small Welsh Publisher for Women
Claire Peate, 37, from Creigiau "I got into writing properly on August 9, 2000, when I was 26. I know the date exactly because the working title for my first book The Floristry Commission was called 9-8-00, in honour of the day I stopped finding...
Brendan Has Another Mountain to Climb as Kilimanjaro Summit Looms; SWANS CHIEF SET TO SCALE AFRICA'S HIGHEST PEAK
Byline: ROBIN TURNER PREMIER League survival won't be the only mountain coach Brendan Rodgers will have to climb should his Swansea City team win promotion on Monday. The coach is aiming to climb Africa's highest mountain Kilimanjaro next month,...
Chilly Start for Opening Grass Season Race Day; Trotting
Byline: MAUREEN LLOYD ON a chilly Saturday afternoon Knighton races heralded the start of the Welsh grass racing season, with some good racing and several close finishes. The Nursery races saw another win for the up-and-coming Greenhill Cliff,...
Citymarketreport
THE London market slipped to its lowest level since the end of March after fresh fears over the eurozone debt crisis rattled investor confidence. The FTSE-100 Index fell by 112.6 points to 5835.9 after world markets were spooked by a credit rating...
Composers' Swan Songs Full of Serenity; PREVIEW: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, St David's Hall, Cardiff
T WO emotional and powerful works written by Bruckner and Richard Strauss will be performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales this week. Conducted by the orchestra's Dutch principal guest conductor, Jac van Steen, Four Last Songs make up a collection...
'Cwtch Means Hug in Welsh - That's Exactly What It Does' RESTAURANT IN ST DAVIDS NAMED BEST IN WALES
Byline: RACHAEL MISSTEAR IT MAY be nestled in Britain's smallest city and have been pitched against Michelin-starred competitors - but this modest Pembrokeshire restaurant has proved it is one of Britain's finest. Cwtch, in St Davids, which celebrates...
EKF's Diagnostics Delighted with Deal Struck on Stanbio; 12 MONTHS HAS SEEN IT GROW 'FROM ZERO TO Pounds 50M'
Byline: SION BARRY EKF Diagnostics Holdings' aim of becoming a leading global diagnostics point of care business was boosted yesterday following what it described as a "transformational" acquisition. Established in late 2009 by Penarth-born biotech...
England Candidates Urged to Stake Claim
ENGLAND'S fringe World Cup candidates have been urged to take their chance and give Martin Johnson a selection nudge at Twickenham on Sunday. The annual Barbarians clash comes just six days before England Saxons' Churchill Cup campaign continues...
England Star Morgan Looks for Inspiration from Old Glamorgan Favourite Kallis; EOIN ADMITTING HIS MOVE TO THE IPL WAS A TEST GAMBLE
Byline: GARETH GRIFFITHS ENGLAND batsman Eoin Morgan has revealed how former Glamorgan star Jacques Kallis will inspire him in Cardiff this week. Morgan and the rest of the England team assembled in the wet and windy Welsh capital yesterday ahead...
English Breed Takes Top Prize in Debut at Record-Breaking Show; WELSH BREEDER'S OXFORD DOWNS TAKE SUPREME GROUP OF THREE TITLE HONOURS
Byline: STEVE DUB[ETH] A RECORD crowd at the Royal Welsh Smallholder and Garden Festival over the weekend signalled that the event is now firmly established as an opener to the show season in Wales. The 11th spring festival topped 26,000 visitors...
Faletau Family Has a Say in Toby's Commitment to Wales
Byline: ANDY HOWELL RISING star Toby Faletau has revealed that he spoke to his family before committing himself to Wales. The 20-year-old back-rower is primed to make his Wales debut against the Barbarians on June 4 after enjoying a sensational...
Family Upset as Antigua Judge Splits Murder Trials
THE family of a Welsh couple shot on their honeymoon in Antigua have been left disheartened after the trial date of two men accused of their murders was once again delayed. Avie Howell and Kaniel Martin were due to appear in the Caribbean island's...
Flights Cancelled as Volcanic Ash Heads towards Scotland
Byline: CERI WILLIAMS THE first cancelled flights because of the latest Icelandic volcanic ash cloud were announced last night, with further disruption likely today. With ash forecast to reach Scotland by last night, Glasgow-based carrier Loganair...
Giggs Unmasked; Welsh Icon Named as 'Gagging Order' Star
Byline: MIKE JONES PARLIAMENT, the judiciary and the media were on a collision course last night as Ryan Giggs was named as the married footballer at the centre of a controversial privacy case even though judges refused to lift the gagging order....
Healthcare Helped by Testing Times of Post-War Babies; CHECKS ON VOLUNTEERS HAS REVEALED INTRIGUING FACTS
Byline: MADELEINE BRINDLEY FOR the past 65 years they have been weighed, measured, prodded and poked. They've given countless blood samples and taken numerous tests. They've been pulled out of classrooms to fill out questionnaires and been...
How to. ...Be a Good Veggie; It's National Vegetarian Week, So We Asked Food Blogger and New WM Magazine Columnist Rachel Kinchin, to Provide Her Tips for Ethical Eating
1. Don't eat meat Contrary to popular belief, vegetarians do not eat fish or chicken. These are of course animals. A person who eats fish but not meat is a pescetarian. A person who eats chicken is a person who eats chicken. My rule of thumb is anything...
How to Be a Man; What Makes a Bloke a Proper Man? A Very "Sensitive" Graham Henry Attempts to Find out by Reading a Man-UAL for the Modern Fella
MY mother told me the last time I visited her that I was "not exactly manly". She insisted that it was a compliment. Apparently being "sensitive" is more important to being a modern man than being able to change a tyre, or punch, or cook a big,...
I'll Listen and Learn, Says New Minister for Farming; DAVIES PAYS WARM TRIBUTE TO HIS PREDECESSOR
Byline: STEVE DUB[ETH] IT WILL be business as usual in the world of Welsh agriculture, according to new farming minister Alun Davies. The Blaenau Gwent AM, appointed to the new non-Cabinet post of deputy minister for agriculture, food and European...
Irishman Barack O'Bama, of the Lost Apostrophe, Goes Home
US PRESIDENT Barack Obama told Ireland he was home last night in an electrifying open-air address topped off with his world-famous motto. The College Green speech in Dublin in front of 25,000 people was rounded off with his campaign rallying cry...
I Should Be Playing in Final at Wembley - Taylor
Byline: MARK CURRIE HEARTBROKEN Swansea City defender Neil Taylor heads for Wales duty in Dublin convinced that he should be playing at Wembley. Taylor is set to win his second cap against Scotland in the Carling Nations Cup tomorrow and with...
Is It Worth It?
Sam Jones tried the Detoxifying and Purifying Voya Wrap at The St Brides Spa Hotel, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire What they say The natural detoxifying benefits of seaweeds combined with dry skin brushing energise the body and increase the microcirculation...
Jones Tops Hammers Hit List
Byline: STEVE TUCKER CARDIFF CITY boss Dave Jones has emerged as West Ham's No.1 managerial target. Jones - whose future as Cardiff manager is under review following the Bluebirds' failure to win promotion to the Premier League - has been linked...
Judge Explains Reason for Secrecy as Ban Remains
Byline: JAN COLLEY THE judge who has twice upheld an order protecting the anonymity of a married footballer who allegedly had an affair with reality TV star Imogen Thomas said yesterday that to do otherwise would result in a "cruel and destructive...
Lucky 13 for Goldikova and Connections Wait
CONNECTIONS of Goldikova are in no rush to decide whether the brilliant mare will return to Royal Ascot following her comeback victory in the Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp on Sunday. Freddie Head's six-year-old secured a remarkable 13th Group One...
Merlin Banks Hit over New Lending Shortfall; SMALL FIRMS CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE TO ACCESS CASH
Byline: SION BARRY THE UK's top banks were yesterday accused of failing to do enough to back small businesses after figures revealed lending targets agreed with the Government are set to be missed. Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking...
Monk out to Prove Swans' Critics Wrong
Byline: TIM LEWIS SWANSEA CITY are ready to prove critics who dismissed their chances under Brendan Rodgers wrong. Skipper Garry Monk believes some pundits were too quick to write off Swansea because of the uncertainty surrounding the club when...
Morningserial
One of the things you can't help noticing when you come to Wales is the chapels because even the smallest village has at least two. I should imagine there must have been terrific competition between all the denominations, Baptists and Wesleyans...
MPs Reject 'Hot Air' Safety Fears over Shale Gas Drilling; 'NO EVIDENCE THAT UK WATER SUPPLIES WOULD BE AT RISK'
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMSON DRILLING for shale gas in Wales came a step closer last night when a cross-party group of MPs gave it the green light and rejected safety concerns. The Energy and Climate Change committee concluded drilling will not endanger...
Mum Who Killed Son 'Desperate for Help but Got None'
A WOMAN who killed her disabled son was let down by social services, downtrodden by her husband and left putting up a pretence of being able to cope, her lawyer claimed yesterday. John Charles Rees QC told a jury there was bound to be an inquiry...
Murray Is Not Taking Prodon Lightly in First Round of French Open
ANDY MURRAY will take nothing for granted when he meets Frenchman Eric Prodon in the first round of the French Open today. On paper the 29-year-old journeyman, who has qualified for the main draw of a grand slam for the first time, is one of the...
Nursing Home Fined Pounds 70,000 over Woman's Death; MOST OBVIOUS WARNING WAS NOT HEEDED, SAYS JUDGE
Byline: ELWYN ROBERTS SYSTEMIC failures in a nursing home led to the death of a woman asphyxiated when she became trapped in her bed, a court heard yesterday. Elizabeth Roberts, 89, died when her head and neck became lodged between the headboard...
One Piece of Speculation Followed Another until Giggs Was Put in Frame; A CAREER SIMPLY LITTERED WITH SPORTING GLORIES
Byline: MIKE JONES Like an old-fashioned parlour game or jigsaw puzzle, a few weeks ago a new popular pastime emerged in Britain - speculating on the identity of the top flight footballer who had taken out "the injunction". And yesterday an MP...
Ovation for Sheard on Win after Bad Luck at the 13th; Turf Talk
Byline: BRIAN LEE PAUL SHEARD received a tremendous ovation on returning to the unsaddling enclosure after landing the young horse maiden race on his seven-yearold bay gelding Gouranga Society at the Gelligaer Farmers Hunt Point-To-Point Steeplechases....
Part-Breds and Geldings Most in Demand at Spring Sale Event
A TOTAL of 149 of the 203 Welsh ponies, cobs and partbreds in the Brightwells Spring Sale at the Royal Welsh Showground on Saturday, May 14 were sold for a sale total of pounds 98,820 - an average of pounds 663. The greatest demand was for part-breds...
Passport Office Saga Is a Study in How Not to Deal with a Sensitive Issue; Western Mail
THE sad saga of the scaling back of the Newport Passport Office should be studied by decision-makers as an example of how not to handle a situation of such profound sensitivity and economic importance. Ever since the first reports of the possible...
Passport Office to Lose 150 Jobs as Battle Ends; 'NEWPORT CUTS WILL STILL HAVE A DEVASTATING EFFECT'
Byline: DANIEL FISHER FEWER jobs are being shed from a South Wales passport office than had been feared, it was confirmed yesterday. The Home Office said 150 posts will remain at the Newport passport office which is "significantly more" than...
Pounds 6m in Damages for Plastic Surgery Woman
A BUSINESSWOMAN who brought a High Court action against a plastic surgeon who she said decided to "play God" with her life was awarded more than pounds 6m damages yesterday. Penny Johnson, 49, claimed that Mr Le Roux Fourie carried out experimental...
Ranking Schools Hides Achievement; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES
* SIR - "Every school in Wales laid bare" - the banner headline on May 21 referred to the value-added data on secondary school performance that had been compiled by the Welsh Government. The Government rightly stated that this indicator refers to...
Rookie Anglers Learn to Enjoy Fly Fishing with Welsh Team; CORPORATE DAY OUT IS A HIT AS ALL CARES FLOAT AWAY Angling
Byline: MOC MORGAN LAST week I returned to Garnffrwd Fishery near Carmarthen. It is a wonderful fishery for anglers of all ages to visit and enjoy. It is also an ideal fishery for all would-be anglers - be they young, middle-aged or members of the...
Royals Family Too Much for Swans, Warns Church
Byline: MARK BLOOM WALES striker Simon Church feels the 'Royals family' will be too much for Swansea City. Church's Reading lost twice to Swansea in the regular Championship season but the 22-year-old believes it's going to be third time lucky...
Sales Soar 20% to Hit Pounds 86m at American Golf
SPECIALIST golfing retailer American Golf drove sales by 20% to pounds 86.6m in the 12 months to January this year. The company, which has stores in Cardiff and Swansea, said it has been boosted by amateur golfers continuing to shrug off the economic...
Save an Hour EVERY Day; Michael Heppell, Author of a New Book That Aims to Help You Focus, Stop Dawdling and Start Making the Most of Your Precious Time, Explains How
1. Stop writing To Do lists Instead write a Not To Do list. You waste hours by doing pointless tasks that sap valuable time and energy. Not To Do could include pointless TV, trips to the shops and even bits of housework. 2. Have an almighty clear-out...
Scores Die as Tornado Rips Joplin to Shreds
Byline: MIKE JONES AT least 90 people have been killed by a massive tornado that tore a six-mile swathe of destruction across the US state of Missouri. A hospital was wrecked and entire districts of the town of Joplin, which has a population...
Skipper Monk Is Aiming for a Final High in Rollercoaster Swansea Year
Byline: TIM LEWIS WHEN Garry Monk leads Swansea City out at Wembley in the play-off final it will be the climax of an emotional year for the club captain. On the pitch not once, but twice, he feared he wouldn't be part of Swansea's play-off journey,...
Still Freewheelin' after All These Years, the Multi-Identity Mystery That's Dylan; Bob Dylan Today Celebrates His 70th Birthday but Retirement Is Not an Option for a 'Masked' Musician Who Shows No Desire to Get off the Road, Writes David Williamson
Byline: David Williamson JUST as Winston Churchill never quit the Commons for the cosy confines of the House of Lords, at the age of 70 Bob Dylan remains on a perpetual world tour. The late Prime Minister's journeys to the green benches of the...
Talking WM Sense
GWYNETH Paltrow has been labelled out of touch for recommending "spring basics" costing $18,000. The actress offered the style advice on her website GOOP, listing her favourite spring pieces "for the office or leisure time", all purchasable at high-end...
Top Amateur Rider on Life Support after Fall in Race
WALES' leading amateur rider Isabel Tompsett is on a life support machine in a Cambridge hospital after being injured in an horrific fall at Fakenham Races on Sunday. Isabel, 28, a farmer's daughter from Llandeilo, was thrown to the ground at the...
Truly Picturesque - Artist Sir Kyffin's Former Home Looks out for New Owner; SHELLEY ALSO ENJOYED THE VIEW, NOW ON SALE AT Pounds 1.45M
Byline: DARREN DEVINE IN THE words of the Welsh artist who built his reputation on committing some of Wales's most lyrical landscapes to canvas, the view from its veranda was among the finest in Europe. And Sir Kyffin Williams wasn't the only...
Valleys Back Garden in the Chelsea Spotlight; 1940S RETRO PLOT INSPIRED BY A TRIP TO ST FAGANS
Byline: JULIA MCWATT IT features a coal cinder path, marigolds and a mug that has survived since World War I. This creation, which seeks to evoke a 1940s Welsh Valleys back garden, will be on display today as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show opens. ...
Wayoutwest
SO the swirling mists of time have taken Swansea City from its quirky, higgledy-piggledy Vetch Field to the brand new Liberty Stadium and another chance to compete with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool. Steve Dub in Carmarthen And, thankfully,...
WIN TICKETS TO SEE THE SWANS IN THE PLAY-OFF FINAL AT WEMBLEY; Support Your Npower Home Team
WE'VE teamed up with npower, title sponsors of The Football League, to offer Western Mail readers an incredible Play-Off Final prize. Thanks to npower, you and a friend could be going along to Wembley to watch Swansea City in action in the npower Championship...
Your Stars
Friends can spur you on, and due to a strong Uranus influence on your situation it can be your more off beat pals that inspire you most. Even money making schemes can benefit from a slice of innovation. If you spend cash, it may be on a ground breaking...
Y Sioeau Bach Yw Calon Cymdeithas Cefn Gwlad; Ffermio GWAWR LEWIS
DWI wedi bod yn mynd o ymarfer i ymarfer ac o gystadleuaeth i gystadleuaeth dros y mis neu ddau ddiwethaf. Dwi eisoes wedi cystadlu yn fy rali ffermwyr ifanc olaf ac nawr dwi'n edrych ymlaen at gystadlu yn Eisteddfod yr Urdd yr wythnos nesaf gyda'r...