Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)

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Articles from November 2, 2010

4,100gns Ewe Tops the Final Southam Flock Dispersal Sale
THE FINAL dispersal of the renowned Southam Flock of pedigree Charollais sheep was held last week at Tymaen farm, Rhos, Llandysul, on behalf of Lionel and Jenny Organ. Twenty-seven senior ewes were presented, most scanned in-lamb to well known sires....
A Jog a Day Keeps the Doctor Away; FREQUENT BRISK EXERCISE HELPS CUT COLDS, SAYS STUDY
Byline: MADELEINE BRINDLEY AN APPLE a day supposedly keeps the doctor away, but new research suggests daily exercise could be the key to preventing the common cold. A study by US researchers, which is published today, reveals keeping fit can...
Bothroyd and Pratley Are out, but Who'll Be Missed the Most? BIG DERBY COUNTDOWN: There's No Argument, It's GOT to Be Goal Ace Bothroyd, Insists STEVE TUCKER
Byline: STEVE TUCKER IT is interesting to note when the press gathered to interrogate Bluebirds boss Dave Jones following victory over Norwich the first question was about the loss of Jay Bothroyd for Sunday's South Wales derby. The fact Cardiff...
Building the Future; YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES
SIR - It was reassuring to hear Finance Minister Jane Hutt telling a conference in Cardiff this week that the construction industry is "vitally important," to the Welsh Assembly Government and that it plans to use its leverage to help the sector weather...
Burgeoning Welly Wardrobe the Height of Farm Fashion; Our Smallholder Columnist Wonders How She Would Manage without Some of the Key Items in Her Wardrobe
Byline: LIZ SHANKLAND SOME women live to buy shoes. They collect them like rare pieces of china and worship them like false idols. Smart footwear has never really done it for me. Even in the days when I made a living writing about the latest...
But Pratley's a Huge Player in the Swans Engine Room, Argues
Byline: TIM LEWIS HEN referee WFred Graham showed Darren Pratley a yellow card in the 81st minute at Crystal Palace on Saturday he was doing more than just punishing a clumsy foul. Graham was putting a dent in Swansea City's hopes of claiming...
Children Know What They Want - but Not Its Price in the Shop; YOUNGSTERS BELIEVE COST OF MILK IS FOUR TIMES HIGHER
Byline: SALLY WILLIAMS THEY are often vilified as the most avid of consumers thanks to their pester power and constant demands for pocket money, sweets and the latest must-have toys. But children in Wales have little idea about the actual price...
Citymarketreport
THE FTSE 100 Index got the month off to a positive start and pushed higher after strong data from China and the US lifted confidence in the recovery. Investors were encouraged by a report from the US Institute for Supply Management which said manufacturing...
Claire Talking WM Sense
ANEW pub has just opened around the corner from my flat. This should've been exciting news. It's a gastro pub, it's huge, it has tables outside and takes two minutes to walk to. Simple things please me, I like it when I discover a new place where...
Colman Faces Jail over Child Pornography; FORMER AUDITOR GENERAL IS DENIED BAIL BY THE JUDGE
Byline: ANTONY STONE; ALED BLAKE WALES' former Auditor General was facing jail last night after admitting possessing scores of indecent images of children. Jeremy Colman was denied bail after admitting 14 separate offences connected with possessing...
Commons Body Revived in Row over Cuts to MPs
A DORMANT parliamentary body once chaired by Aneurin Bevan will be revived after a 14-year break tomorrow - because of a row over cuts to the number of Welsh MPs. The Welsh Parliamentary Party (WPP), an assembly of all Welsh MPs which has not met...
'Cuts Are Unfair to Wales - We Have Been Picked On' VOTERS THINK WE'VE BEEN HIT HARDER THAN OTHER AREAS
Byline: HELEN TURNER THE majority of Welsh voters think the proposed spending cuts are "unfair" and nearly half believe the nation faces worse cuts than the rest of the UK, a new poll has revealed. Following last month's release of Treasury figures...
Cyfrol Sy'n Dangos Gwir Fawredd Cartrefi Cymru; WELSHCOLUMN
CLYWAIS rywun reit bwysig ar S4C yn dweud eu bod wedi methu manteisio ar y cyfle i werthu deunyddiau perthnasol i'r ddrama Pen Talar sydd yn cael ei dangos ar hyn o bryd. (Ac un dda iawn yw hi hefyd). Gyda nifer o raglenmi Saesneg fe geir llyfrau...
Don't Write off Obama Yet, Says Welsh Uni Expert, as President Faces Poll Pasting; IF REPUBLICANS WIN CONTROL THEY MAY ROLL BACK REFORM
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMSON AMERICANS will go to the polls today for elections which will be read as a referendum on the Obama presidency. If the Democrats lose control of both houses of Congress, a president who entered the White House in a haze...
Drink or Drugs - Which Is Really the Worse Menace Facing Our Society Today? Former Government Adviser Professor David Nutt Re-Ignited the Drugs Debate Yesterday by Suggesting Alcohol Is More Dangerous Than Heroin, Crack and Cocaine. Darren Devine Asked Two Experts Whether the Problems of Binge-Drinking and Alcoholism Are Now a Greater Threat Than the Drugs Menace
Byline: David Nutt YES: The Rev Martin Blakebrough, chief executive of South Wales drugs and alcohol charity, Kaleidoscope "ALCOHOL has to be more dangerous because of the numbers involved. Drink-driving kills more people on the roads than illicit...
Edwards Burns the Midnight Oil to Stop Wallabies
Byline: SIMON ROBERTS SHAUN EDWARDS has revealed how he has been burning the midnight oil to stop world rugby's most potent attacking unit. The Wales defence coach knows the homework he does on the Wallabies will be vital at the Millennium Stadium...
England Star Broad Is Braced for a Rigorous Ashes Series
Byline: DAVID CLOUGH THE gloves will be off from the moment England begin their Ashes tour in earnest against Western Australia this week. Stuart Broad acknowledged today that he needs to be measured with his own aggressive streak, but makes...
Fabulous at 50; When Caroline Sarll Turned 30, She Felt So Frustrated, She Mowed the Figures into the Middle of Her Front Lawn. Now the 49- Year-Old Writer Has Set Herself a Challenge - Her Own Version of the 'Bucket List'. This Time It's 50 Things to Do before She's 50
When the big 30 threatened, I mowed the numbers on the middle of our lawn. At 6am, on my actual birthday. I'd got up at 5am, to finish my novel, but then realised by 5.45am, that starting it would probably have been a big help. After an hour of...
Family Wins Court Battle over Single Farm Payment; JUDGES SIDE WITH FARMER IN BATTLE WITH WELSH ASSEMBLY
Byline: STEVE DUB[ETH] A WELSH farming family from Breconshire has won a landmark Court of Appeal case against the Welsh Assembly Government that clarifies rights to the single farm payment. Austin and Glenys Gwillim and their sons Darren, 39...
Fire Crews Lacked Kit to Help Tube Victims
Byline: SAM MARSDEN FIREFIGHTERS spoke yesterday of their frustration at shortages of first-aid equipment that hampered their attempts to save lives after the 7/7 bombings. The fire crews sent to the Tube train bombing at Aldgate station in London...
First Impressions; Don't Let Chipped Nail Varnish, like Charlotte Church's, Let You Down. This Winter, Make Sure Your Nails Are in Tip-Top Condition
Charlotte Church's chipped nail varnish at the Q Awards KEEPING your nails polished and healthy is just as important as looking after your hair regularly," says Donna Johnson, beautician at the new Kamigata Lifestyle Salon and Spa in Cardiff. "Hands...
Four Party Leaders in Wales Call on PM to Keep S4C Independent; OPPONENTS UNITE TO ASK FOR INDEPENDENT REVIEW
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMSON THE leaders of the four main parties in Wales have made a joint appeal to Prime Minister David Cameron for S4C to continue as an independent broadcaster. They are calling for an independent review of S4C and defend its...
Gall Y Toriadau Arwain at Golli Cyrff Pwysig; Cefn Gwlad
Byline: LLOYD JONES ER MWYN lleihau'r ddyled enfawr o pounds 155bn mae'r wlad ynddi, mae'r Llywodraeth am wneud toriadau eithafol. Bwriedir sicrhau arbedion trwy ddiddymu nifer o gyrff cyhoeddus fel y cwangos sy'n gysylltiedig ag amaethyddiaeth...
Gamekeepers' Body Recruits Keen Sportsman Gareth Edwards to Be a Patron
RUGBYlegend Gareth Edwards is to be a patron of the National Gamekeepers' Organisation in Wales. The man widely regarded as Rugby Union's greatest player of all time - he won 53 caps for Wales at scrum half- is also an enthusiastic countryman, and...
Glastir Scheme's Application Deadline Looms; Farm Forum
Byline: ELIN JONES FARMERS need to remember that the deadline for applying to join the All Wales Element of Glastir in its first year of operation, 2012, is less than three weeks away. Applications to join Wales' new land management scheme must...
Have a Go at Grav Grow! It's That Time of Yearagain Whenmenacross Wales Attempt to Growfacial Hair to Raise. Peter Law, Left, Put Down His Razor to See What All the Fuzz Is about Money for a Good Cause
MY face is itchy, the wife complains every time I go to kiss her and it's surely only a matter of time before someone at work pulls me aside to have a quiet word. My attempt at growing a beard started a couple of weeks ago when I discovered our...
How to. Write a Will, by Emma Hardwidge, Director of Bridgend-Based Solicitors, RLE Law
More than 60% of the adult population have not made wills, but without one, the State determines who inherits what should you die - meaning that you risk your friends, relatives or favourite charities not getting anything. It's not necessarily uplifting...
If the Milk Tanker Fails to Turn Up in Bad Weather Are You Insured?
DAIRY farmers are being urged to check that they are insured for loss of income if the milk tanker fails to turn up during adverse weather conditions. Farmers' Union of Wales business development director Emyr James said many farmers suffered losses...
In Association with Matalan Fake - Is It the New Black?
Byline: CLAIRE REES BEAUTY - it's a fickle old thing. It wasn't long ago we were being told to throw out our foundation, and brave the world in a new dawn of barely there. Nicola Roberts ditched the orange tan she'd been sporting in a bid to...
Is It Worth It?
Lynsey Hek tried the Elemis Nurturing Massage for Mother-to-Be at The Laguna Health and Spa, Park Plaza, Cardiff What they say Your massage is adapted to each stage of pregnancy. The inspirational therapy connects mother and baby through the power...
Is There Such a Thing as a Truly Wild Animal? Angling: WHY THE OTTER AND RED KITE SHOULD ALWAYS BE CHERISHED
Byline: MOC MORGAN WE ALL have our favourite animals and birds - those charismatic inhabitants of our wonderful and great outdoors. In an X Factor contest involving these creatures I would find it virtually impossible to vote for just one of them....
Leaders to Advise on Wales' Digital Future; MOVE FOLLOWS REVIEW OF OUR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
Byline: RHODRI EVANS A NEW board has been set up to advise the Welsh Assembly Government on all aspects of the digital economy. Leading business figures and technology experts have been appointed to serve on the new Digital Wales Advisory Board....
Loss to London of Pounds 1bn in Rents 'A Systematic Steal' RHODRI'S FORMER ADVISER DENOUNCES LABOUR POLICY
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMSON LABOUR'S failure to change a system that saw Wales send pounds 1bn of council house rent to Westminster over the course of a decade was a "tragedy", according to a hard-hitting report by Rhodri Morgan's former senior special...
Man with In-Depth Knowledge of Almost Every Leading Herd; A Cattle Geneticist, about to Retire after 40 Years Helping to Improve the Quality of Livestock on West Wales Farms, Was Honoured by Cattle Breeders at the Welsh Dairy Show. Meyrick Brown Profiles Carmarthenshire's Mike Davies
Byline: Meyrick Brown MIKE DAVIES, now aged 68, was brought up on a small holding at Trevaughan, Whitland, and after completing his education at the local grammar school, chose to follow a course in agriculture at the then relatively new Golden...
Marking All Saints; YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES
SIR - I take exception to the misleading remarks of the absurdly dressed Lionel Fanthorpe in the Western Mail Magazine ("All Rev-ved up for ghastly goings on", Oct 30). Just as Christmas (the celebration of the birth of the Son of God) was invented...
MORNINGSERIAL; the Songbird Is Singing
Byline: Alun Trevor Mam sobbed with her head resting on Mrs Williams' shoulder. Mrs Williams said little to her: words don't count for much, they lose all meaning when you are left desolate, devastated; Arthur snatched away like that. No words...
New Enterprise Tsar's Remit to Slash Red Tape Welcomed; BUT BUSINESS LEADERS SAY BIG CULTURE CHANGE IS NEEDED
Byline: RHODRI EVANS BUSINESS leaders in Wales have welcomed the appointment of Lord Young as the new enterprise tsar, with a remit to slash red tape. But some remain to be convinced the former Trade Secretary can bring about the massive culture...
Powerful Plot Bombs Easily Able to Blow Up Aircraft
Byline: WESLEY JOHNSON THE bombs used in the cargo plane terror plot were at least 50 times more powerful than would be needed to blow a hole in an aircraft fuselage, officials said yesterday. Experts in Germany said the bombs at East Midlands...
Rafa Keeps His Counsel over Bale. at Least until Tonight
Byline: BEN RUMSBY INTER MILAN boss Rafael Benitez played down any link with Welsh starlet Gareth Bale ahead of tonight's Champions League return against Spurs at White Hart Lane. Bale hopes to leave his mark on Europe once more as he comes face-to-face...
Revealed - How Much We'll Have to Pay for Carrier Bags Next Year; Price for Bags Set at 5p - but Not till after Assembly Poll
Byline: PETER LAW SHOPPERSinWales will have to pay 5p for every carrier bag they use from October next year after the Assembly Government watered down its original proposals to introduce a charge. Plans to introduce a 7p charge on single use...
Rodgers Is Wary of Bellamy's Big Impact
Byline: TIM LEWIS SWANSEA CITY boss Brendan Rodgers insists Craig Bellamy should be playing in the Champions League and not the Championship. Wales star Bellamy's move from Premier League giants Manchester City to Cardiff City has been the talk...
Sam and Rhys Make Their Mark with Race Victories at Wetherby
Byline: BRIAN LEE WELSH jockeys Sam Thomas and Rhys Flint landed the two big races at Wetherby last Saturday. Cheltenham Gold cup winning jockey Sam, who comes from Abergavenny, took the Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase on the Tom George-trained Nacarat,...
Shoppers Face an Extra Burden Costing Millions, Say Stores; TOPUKFIRMSUNITEDAGAINST CARRIERBAGCHARGEPLAN
Byline: PETER LAW THE introduction of a carrier bag charge will costWelsh shoppers millions of pounds a year, harm trade and hit those on lower incomes hardest, some of Britain's most powerful companies have warned. The Western Mail can today...
Skin Cancer Patient Has His Funding-Bid Rejected
A PATIENT diagnosed with skin cancer has been refused funding by Welsh health managers to join a pioneering research project in England. Charles Ellis' application for funding for cutting-edge treatment at the world-renowned Royal Marsden Hospital,...
Spending Pounds 25,000 on Torches for Pupils 'An Absolute Disgrace'
Byline: RACHAEL MISSTEAR COUNCIL leaders in West Wales have come under fire for spending more than pounds 25,000 on torches for schoolchildren. Critics have also questioned why 2,000 of the mini-torch key rings were needed so urgently by Pembrokeshire...
Sprint Star Malcolm Back on World Class Funding Programme
Byline: PHIL BLANCHE WELSH sprint star Christian Malcolm has been invited back onto the World Class Performance Programme after being part of a record medal haul at the European Championships. Malcolm lost his top-tier lottery funding in October...
Teen Faletau in the Wales Selection Mix
Byline: SIMON ROBERTS LATE call-up Toby Faletau is in the Wales selection mix to take on Australia. Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards has admitted the teenage Dragons No 8 - the son of former Tonga and Ebbw Vale lock Kuli Faletau - could force...
The Stars Come out for Opera Group; PREVIEW: Il Trovatore, Burry Port Memorial Hall
BURRY Port Opera are celebrating their 60th anniversary with a performance of Il Trovatore. Verdi's opera is a story of intrigue, kidnap, rivalry, a duel, murder and revenge - all for love. And, of course, it contains some of the 19th century Italian...
The Widow Who Thought She Was Divorced, a Lover and Two Wills; ALLEGATION OF FORGERY IN BATTLE FOR A FORTUNE
Byline: JAMES MCCARTHY AN ESTATE agent's widow and his lover both used forged wills in a wrangle over his fortune, a court heard yesterday. The faked will of estate agent Chris John was discovered when it emerged he was still married to the woman...
Tipsy Trixie, the Pub Cat with a Drink Problem; RETRO REPORT: NOVEMBER 1996-How We Covered
Byline: Tony Woolway AFAMILY'S cat was feared to be at death's door until a vet discovered it was not on its last legs but legless. Montgomery vet Peter Monroe discovered the local pub pet was a secret soak, lapping up leftover beer in drip trays...
Tom's the Voice of the Valleys Who's Always Revelled in the True X Factor; Western Mail
IT IS not unusual that Sir Tom Jones should be presented with an award honouring his lifetime's achievement in music, but it is well deserved. Trophies are often handed to performers who are about to hang up their spurs - or even shuffle off their...
Two Welsh Crises Are Set to Burst into Flames in Westminster Cauldron; Wales Faces a Dangerous Double Whammy of Disproportionate Spending Cuts and a Cull in Its Number of MPs under the Current Westminster Regime, Says Labour Politician and Shadow Wales Office Minister Owen Smith
Byline: Owen Smith POLITICAL crises come in two main types: those that erupt, Vesuviuslike, with no warning, petrifying all caught in their shadow; and those that are a slow-burn, only revealing the full extent of their damaging impact some months,...
University Students Could Have to Pay Up to Pounds 9,500 a Year; CABLE TO TREBLE CAP ON ENGLISH TUITION FEES?
Byline: GARETH EVANS STUDENTS could be forced to pay up to pounds 9,500 a year for their university education under new plans being considered by the coalition Government. Business Secretary Vince Cable is this week expected to announce a trebling...
Wallabies Boss Insists They'll Respect Wales
Byline: ANDY HOWELL AUSTRALIA coach Robbie Deans has insisted the Wallabies won't underestimate Wales on Saturday. Deans shrugged off suggestions that beating Warren Gatland's side would be a formality following Australia's thrilling 26-24 Bledisloe...
Way out West
Byline: Robin Turner SWANSEA council plans to spend pounds 40m on Fabian Way over the next decade... and not before time. Steve Dub The old route following the lines of a Roman road is the main entrance to the city for tens of thousands of motorists...
We Can't Let the Wallabies' Cooper Man Get into Full Flight - Jones; WALES STAR WARNING OF THE THREAT FROM WIZARD OF OZ
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS STEPHEN JONES admits Wales can't afford to take their eyes off Australia playmaker Quade Cooper for one minute on Saturday or he will "make us pay". Given time and space, New Zealand-born Cooper won't need a second invitation...
'Welsh Lamb Is the Best Th He World Can Offer - I Don't Use It Because it'sWelsh Bu Ut Because It's So Good' PRINCEHOSTS MEATCLUB
Byline: STEVE DUB[ETH] PRINCE Charles joked about "suicidal" sheep as he bestowed royal patronage on yet another initiative to boost the Welsh livestock industry last week. Launching the London Welsh Lamb Club at a reception in his Clarence House...
Widower Awarded Pounds 220,000 Settlement
A WIDOWER has been awarded pounds 220,000 compensation after his wife committed suicide days after she was refused a bed at a mental health unit. Paul Thorne discovered his wife Elizabeth hanging at their home in Vivian Park Road in Port Talbot...
World Number One Westwood Is Not Writing off Golfing Great Tiger
Byline: ANTHONY WOOLFORD LEE WESTWOOD insists Tiger Woods should not be written off after deposing the American as world number one. Westwood was yesterday confirmed as Europe's first number one since Nick Faldo in 1994 after Martin Kaymer failed...