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 20, 2011

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10 of the Best Beds; WM Interiors Editor Rin Simpson Picks out a Few Clear Style Winners for the Bedroom, and Explains How You Can Choose Your Ideal Bed
Sleep near but not on the floor with this simple, Oriental-style bed base which would work just as well with a mattress or futon cushion. And you can rest assured that you're not doing the environment any damage, as the Natural Bed Company only uses...
Access All Areas; Early Morning Finishes, Muddy Fields and Hobnobbing with Musicians. It's All in a Day's Work for BBC Radio Wales DJ Bethan Elfyn. Here She Shares Her Experiences of Festivals as She Gears Up for Glorious Green Man and Looks Forward to Reading
* am always asked which festival is my favourite and it's an impossible question for me to answer - there are so many that are traditions in my life by now. But if I had to pick one, I'd truthfully say Green Man. I've seen it grow, I've seen it...
A Clear View of a Dolphin and Our Summer Swims into Focus
Byline: RHODRI MORGAN * ELL, I can definitely report that plenty of good times are being had down here in Mwnt. Weighed down with huge quantities of kidney beans, rhubarb, plums and apples from the garden and buoyed up by Wales beating England by...
Albacete Ready for 'War' as His Pumas Look to Get Spot-On for the World Cup
Byline: TIM LEWIS ARGENTINA lock Patricio Albacete is expecting a "war" up front at the Millennium Stadium today. The second row admits he was surprised at Wales' physicality in the contact area during their double-header fixtures against England...
And All That Jazz
Byline: John Humphries What constitutes jazz I have always found difficult to define, except to say it is predominantly improvisation, in which respect it has much in common with every herbaceous border I have planted. While jazz musicians never...
A New Life for a Historic Building
An ambitious architectural gem, Kemeys Folly redefines the term 'wow factor'. The original Grade II-listed former hunting lodge dates back to around 1712, but the folly was rebuilt in the early 20th century and converted into a residential dwelling...
AUTHOR'S NOTES; Elizabeth Byrne-Jones Gives King Lear's Daughter Cordelia a Pig. Here the Author Tells Why She's Put a New Slant on an Old Story
No sooner had the Park-and-Ride bus delivered us to the centre of Bath than we noticed the pigs. Pink pigs, blue pigs, multicoloured pigs; Pigsaw, Pigasus and Pigasso, each one strategically placed to catch our attention, peeping round a corner...
Be Smart to Stayslim; If You're Looking to Lose a Bit of Weight, but Don't Fancy Drastically Changing the Way You Eat, or Going on a Diet Plan That You'll Never Stick to, a Few Simple and Easy Changes Will Help You along the Way. Anna Verdon Discovers How
Byline: Anna Verdon WE all love to eat and drink a little of what we fancy, but serial snacking can be the downfall of any healthy eating plan and make those jeans feel tighter. By making some simple changes, you can still enjoy those naughty...
BETHANLLOYD; O Hyn Ymlaen Mi Fydd Pob Drws Ar Glo
Roedd gwylio'r delweddau o'r terfysgoedd yn Lloegr ar y teledu wythnos diwetha yn ddigon i godi ofn ar rhywun heb sn am wneud i chi golli ffydd mewn pobl. A dw i'n credu mai dyna pam nes i ymateb fel nes i i ddigwyddiad brawychus iawn nos Sadwrn...
Bill of Rights; Seventeen Years after His Untimely Death, the BBC Is to Broadcast a Revealing Documentary about the Late US Comedian Bill Hicks. Nathan Bevan Looks at the Confrontational Star's Legacy of Laughter and Talks to Two Welsh Stars Whose Lives He Changed
He was the controversial comic whose searing honesty and acerbic humour made him as divisive as he was revered. But while his firebrand philosophising and scathing social satire won him as much adoration as it did scrutiny from the censorial so-called...
Bond Sure Modric Staying at Spurs
LUKA MODRIC will remain at Tottenham despite Harry Redknapp's claim the squad could benefit from his departure, Spurs assistant manager Kevin Bond insists. Chelsea have made unsuccessful bids of pounds 22m and pounds 27m for the player this summer,...
Books
Byline: Gwen Davies Following his Daily Mail piece last week slamming Bred of Heaven, reviewer Roger Lewis is a dead cert for the Tacsi gong, a Kingsley Amis-sponsored prize for Welsh baiter of the year, previously held by AA Gill. He's also...
Boyle Set to Gather Neath for Title Bid
Byline: JOHN EDWARDS NEW Neath boss Terry Boyle expects to have a better idea of his side's Welsh Premier title dream after meeting champions Bangor City at the Gnoll tomorrow (2.30pm). Both clubs have made flying starts to the campaign, the...
City Market Report
THE London market fell 1% yesterday after fears of a global recession continued to haunt investors during a volatile session of trading. The FTSE 100 Index closed down 51.5 points at 5040.8 with banking stocks among the biggest fallers amid fears...
Clan Gather to Mark Fletcher Family's Journey
MORE than 40 distant relatives whose ancestors were at the centre of the industrial revolution in Wales are gathering together this weekend. A full 216 years after Phillip Fletcher was baptised at St Fagans, Cardiff, in 1795, his descendents have...
Coffee Break Extra
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Contepomi Aiming for Happy Returns at Milllennium to Celebrate Birthday
Byline: DELME PARFITT FELIPE CONTEPOMI celebrates his 34th birthday today - and if Argentina's fortunes end up the same as when the veteran fly-half first played for his country at the Millennium Stadium, then he will definitely be able to reflect...
Cyfres Ti'n Jocan: Hiwmor Y Cymoedd, Cennard Davies, Y Lolfa, Pounds 4.95 ''
Dyma'r bedwaredd gyfrol ar ddeg yng nghyfres Ti'n Jocan y Lolfa. Ar un olwg, gellid dadlau fod y teitl yn un camarweiniol - gan taw dim ond straeon o Gwm Rhondda sydd wedi'u cynnwys! Mae Cennard Davies yn gwbl ddiedifar ac yn barod i gydnabod ei fod...
CYMRAEG Hud Yr Haf; Ers Dechrau'r Haf, Mae BBC Cymru Wedi Bod Yn Ymweld , Sioeau, Eisteddfodau a Gwyliau O Bob Math, Gan Ddod , Blas o'r Digwyddiadau I'r Gwylwyr a Gwrandawyr. Yma Mae Rhai O Gyflwynwyr BBC Cymru Yn Hel Atgofion Am Eu Hafau Hwythau
* Hywel Gwynfryn "Mae gen i go' cynnar o fynd hefo 'Nhad a Mam ar wyliau i westy Gwern y Wylan yn Benllech... Ac roedden ni yn reidio beic o Langefni hefyd, yn griw o hogia', brechdanau mewn bag ar y nghefn, a rheiny yn socian erbyn cyrraedd a pilio'r...
DIGITAL; We've Scoured the Digital and Satellite Channels to Pick Five Unmissable Shows
what? Strike Back: Project Dawn when? Sky1, tomorrow, 9pm The original series of this thrilling military adventure felt like a landmark moment in British TV drama, where we finally showed that we can produce action series every bit as spectacular and...
Diverting Cash to Hyper-Local TV Will Prove to Be against Wales' Interest
* ULTURE Secretary Jeremy Hunt appears to be one of the few people in the UK to believe that local TV stations will succeed. Those feeling generous may be inclined to congratulate him for his tenacity in sticking to this view. Yesterday, as he embarked...
DON'T MIND YOUR Qs PS & TAKE ONE; Got a Medical Problem That You Want Looking at? Then Make an Appointment with Dr Llinos Roberts
Q: How would you describe the Doctor Doctor series? A: The show is presented by Nia Parry and Dr Gwyn Jones and along with me - the series doctor - the team discuss and deal with a wide range of medical issues. They include unusual ones and more common...
Don't Rule out Gav, Says Greenwood, but Wales Must Find Big Solution
Byline: ANDY HOWELL * ILL GREENWOOD believes the crocked Gavin Henson could yet play a part in Wales' bid for World Cup success. But the 2003 England World Cup winner insisted Welsh problems aren't in midfield but up front... and warned they...
Engravings on a Platter
Byline: Bargain Hunter If the value of an antique were directly proportionate to the amount of time and effort that went into making it, I'd be sitting on a fortune with this Indian brass tray. For this is one of the most profusely decorated...
Exercise of the Week
WHEELCHAIR RUGBY If you are up for a challenge and fancy a nail-biting, seat-gripping, full contact wheelchair sport, then wheelchair rugby could be the thing for you. It's not nicknamed 'murderball' for nothing! BENEFITS: If you have upper and...
'Facebook Riot' Accused Remanded in Custody; PRISON POPULATION FALLS JUST 1,500 SHORT OF CAPACITY
Byline: CLAIRE MILLER FOUR men accused of trying to encourage rioting on Facebook were remanded in custody yesterday - as the prison population soared to record levels in the aftermath of widespread disorder. At Cardiff Magistrates Court, Jamie...
Fans Urged to Share Memories as Top Flight Football Returns to Wales
AS Swansea City bring top flight football back to Wales as they take on Wigan at the Liberty Stadium today, fans are being asked to share their memories of seasons past. Peter Owen, of Brynhyfryd, Swansea, was just nine the last time Swansea City...
Fewer Welsh Students Are Accepted by Universities; DROP IN TOP GRADES IN A-LEVELS IS LINKED TO FEWER ADMISSIONS
Byline: GARETH EVANS EDUCATION experts last night called for scrutiny of this year's A-level results as figures revealed the number of Welsh students being accepted into university has fallen. Fears that fewer top grades could lead to more talented...
FILMS Top 10
1 Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (12A) Will Rodman (James Franco) is determined to find a cure for Alzheimer's and feels certain he is close to a breakthrough. However, a high-profile showcase with shareholders goes wrong and Will's boss, Steven Jacobs...
Friday
THE MERITS OF FERRETS Channel 4, 7.35pm and vicious; however, in their experiences, ferrets have proved to be the most loyal and caring of friends - and they have decided it's high time they gave something back to their four-legged friends. Kelly runs...
From Hotel Chic to Boho Cool - Anything Goes
Byline: YVONNE JONES I love to eat, and always feel it's a shame that we don't have a Michelin star restaurant in Cardiff for the odd splurge. However, on September 29, Bryan Webb, Michelin-starred chef from Tyddyn Llan (www.tyddynllan.co.uk),...
Gardening
Top talk Anne Wareham of Veddw House Garden, a modern romantic garden tucked away in the heart of Monmouthshire, calls herself the Bad Tempered Gardener and has written a book of the same title, to prove it. Keen to make it clear that she is not...
Glamour Few Comes in a to Cannes; Confirmed Francophile Bess Manson Shows Her Family What She Loves about the Glittering Cote D'Azur
* BEST FOR: French Riviera beaches and Provencal countryside. * TIME TO GO: Spring and summer. DON'T MISS: A flutter at a Monte Carlo casino. * NEED TO KNOW: A car is an absolute necessity. * DON'T FORGET: Your best threads for a night out on the...
Good Enough to Eat; We Have Some of the Best Local Produce in the World and Boast World Class Cooking. as a Record Number of New Welsh Entries Are Listed in the Good Food Guide, Abbie Wightwick Examines How Eating out in Wales Has Changed Magazine Saturday20August2011
Eating out in Wales is the best it's ever been according to food lovers' bible, The Good Food Guide. A total 81 of our restaurants are listed in the soon-to-be-published Good Food Guide 2012. Two - The Crown at Whitebrook, Monmouthshire, and...
Government Borrowing Sees a Massive Drop during July; Pounds 20M FIGURE WELL BELOW ESTIMATE OF Pounds 2.5BN BY CITY
Byline: SION BARRY THE Government saw a marked drop in its borrowing last month after it started to account for its levy on banks' balance sheets, figures revealed yesterday. Public sector net borrowing, excluding financial interventions such...
Half of Young Adults Expect to Never Own Home
MORE than half of young adults who are not on the property ladder believe they will never be able to afford a house, according to research published today. A survey conducted by Post Office Mortgages found 53% of would-be homeowners aged 25 to 34...
'He Not Only Identifies with Dylan Thomas but Often the Two Merge' Actor Bob Kingdom Is about to Resurrect His One-Man Show about Dylan Thomas and He's Planning to Premiere Another about King Edward VIII. He Tells Karen Price How He Picks People to Portray
* ichael Sheen isn't the only Welsh actor who's renowned for his accurate portrayals of real people. For Bob Kingdom is something of a chameleon too. On the stage he's already brought authors Dylan Thomas and Truman Capote, funnyman Stan Laurel...
Henry Sure Win Important for Boks
NEW ZEALAND coach Graham Henry has rubbished claims from the South Africa camp that the performance is more important than the result in today's Tri-Nations clash in Port Elizabeth. With the World Cup taking priority, the Springboks, Wales' opening...
Holidays Past and Presented; from the Romans to Romantics, Chalets to Canvas, Redcoats to Blue Flags, Wales Has a Long, Lush History of Memories Made from Happy Holidays. Tourism Expert Dewi Davies Reveals Why People's Wales Holiday Histories Should Be Immortalised and How You Can Help
People's Collection Wales - a contemporary, bilingual website dedicated to sharing the history and experience of Wales and its people with the world - is looking to collect the stories, snaps and soundbites of people's holidays. And anybody can contribute....
I'd Heard It in Rugby Games and It's a Song That Really Makes You Stand Back. It Was Awesome. to Hear It Was Amazing. NEW VERSION OF HYMNS AND ARIAS FOR SWANS HOME GAME
Byline: SION MORGAN HIS songs have been synonymous with rugby since he first crossed the Rhigos mountain in 1973. But today Max Boyce will unveil a new version of Hymns and Arias in front of a sell-out football crowd at the first Premier League...
Injured Cyclist's Huge Thank-You for Wide Support
A PARALYMPIC cyclist seriously injured when he was hit by a van has thanked well-wishers who have offered him support. Simon Richardson, 44, from Porthcawl, has been sedated in hospital after he experienced intense pain in his damaged lung. Mr...
'It Is about Preserving Art in Wales Good Welsh Art by Talented Welsh - We Want to Make Sure That Artists Isn't Just Lost along the Way' the Contemporary Art Society for Wales Has Just Unveiled Its New Purchases of Art Work Collected for the Welsh Nation. Karen Price Reveals More about the Sculptures and Paintings - and Where You Can Find Them
Byline: Karen Price IMPORTANT pieces of art are more often than not snapped up by private collectors which means that they don't get seen by the wider public. But for the last 75 years, the Contemporary Art Society for Wales has been buying paintings...
It's D-Day for Wales' Wannabes as Places in World Cup Party Really on the Line
Byline: ANDY HOWELL * ALES versus Argentina ... the final opportunity for Warren Gatland's World Cup wannabes to stake their claims for places on the August 31 flight to New Zealand. When this warm-up fixture was announced almost a year ago,...
Jones Follows in Footsteps of Parks with Charity Trek; TWO-DAY HIKE ACROSS WALES RAISES CASH FOR CHARITIES
Byline: SION MORGAN THEY were both forced to leave competitive rugby prematurely due to injury - now former Wales international Dafydd Jones wants to follow Richard Parks' lead by taking on some extreme new challenges. The former Scarlets back-row...
Just Add Water; Make the Most of the Last Weeks of Summer by Getting out into Your Garden and Creating a Pond, Says Julia Gray
Byline: Julia Gray Last week, we looked at how to plan a pond and now it's time to line and edge it. Once you've dug your pond, you need to line it with either a flexible or rigid liner. Flexible liners are usually made from PVC, butyl rubber,...
JUST READ Steve Dub
Noteworthy Bruce Cardwell (Seren, pounds 14.99) Cardwell was not amused, 20 years ago, to be told he was wasting his time learning to play different musical instruments when a synthesiser could reproduce all the sounds at the touch of a button. ...
Late Deals
UK/IRELAND * LAKELAND: Wordsworth Hotel and Spa, Grasmere, (01539 435 592) offers three nights' dinner, B&B on midweek stays between August 30 and October 29, from pounds 275 per person per night incl free bottle of champagne, chocolates and 10%...
LEFIGRUFFUDD; Terfysgoedd Yn Sicr O Arwain at Fwy O Fewnfudo
Ry'n ni wedi dysgu dipyn yn dilyn y terfysgoedd diweddar yma yn Lloegr - o gael ein hatgoffa mor ofnadwy yw David Cameron, mor ddiwerth yw Ed Miliband ac mor bell ar l yr Alban ydyn ni yng Nghymru mewn cymaint o ffyrdd. Yn l ymateb cryn dipyn o...
Legend Jenks Backs Hook to Make His Mark at No.10
Byline: ANDY HOWELL JAMES HOOK has been told to go out and nail down the Wales World Cup No. 10 jersey when he lines up against Argentina at the Millennium Stadium today. The prodigiously-talented Hook, whose 13-point second-half blitz was key to...
Let's Channel Our Energies into Saving 4 Star Service
Byline: CAROLYN HITT * E discovered something new that could kill us this week: telly. Six hours of watching the box a day can apparently shorten our lives by almost five years. I feel like dying every time Dickinson's Real Deal is on, but that's...
Liam Sues Noel over Oasis Split Comments
FORMER Oasis star Liam Gallagher is taking legal action against his brother Noel for what he claims are "lies". The singer has been enraged by comments made by his guitarist brother last month in which he alleged Liam pulled out of a major festival...
'Llanelli Troops Were Right to Shoot' CLAIM ON ANNIVERSARY OF KILLINGS
Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON A RETIRED colonel from the regiment that shot dead two unarmed men during a railway strike in Llanelli 100 years ago has insisted that the troops were right to open fire. John Lowles, who served with the Worcestershire...
'Lost Generation' Lost in Jobless Statistics
Byline: DYLANJONESEVANS EARLIER this week, the labour market data for Wales was released, showing that unemployment had increased by 10,000, leaving Wales with the highest jobless rate (8.4%) of the four "home nations" with 122,000 people out of...
Making Your Home Secure; YOU CAN DO IT
Byline: Property Solutions In recent years many people in the public domain have become more aware and accustomed to the use of private security to protect their own homes and possessions. The most common forms of personal security for your home...
Mancini Considers Attacking Riches
MANCHESTER CITY boss Roberto Mancini admits he could have trouble accommodating all his attacking options this season. Mancini has bolstered his already-considerable forward line with the club record pounds 38m signing of Sergio Aguero from Atletico...
Marshall out to Stay No. 1 Man
CARDIFF CITY goalkeeper David Marshall has vowed to keep up his excellent start to the season and cement his place as the Bluebirds' No. 1. The Scot saw his 2010-11 campaign blighted by injury, but successful surgery on his elbow has seen him return...
Martinez Was 'Naive' with Comments, Insists Tate
Byline: CHRIS WATHAN * LAN TATE reckons Roberto Martinez was naive to make the comments that are set to be held against him today. Martinez is likely to run the gauntlet of Swans fans still upset by him quitting the club for Wigan more than two...
Martyn Set for Finale at Millennium
Byline: GARETH GRIFFITHS MARTYN WILLIAMS is ready for his farewell Test appearance at the Millennium Stadium today. Of course, that has been said before and the veteran flanker could be accused of picking up gold watches and carriage clocks before...
Mindmatters ALEDBLAKE
Byline: ALEDBLAKE Lately, I've been glued to my computer screen, clicking through link after link - searching out a cure for my newly self-diagnosed medical disorder. I know it's a dangerous game, this self-diagnosis malarkey. It can make you...
Ministers Are Locked in a Horror Movie - Nightmare on Wall Street; If You Hear the Sound of Hoofbeats When You Look at Share Prices, Writes David Williamson, It's Possible the Horsemen of the Apocalypse May Be around the Corner. A Storm Is Brewing Which Threatens to Sweep Away Not Just Banks but Governments
Byline: David Williamson THERE'S a moment in horror movies when a beast the hero thought was slain jumps back into life, claws outstretched. Finance ministers are locked in an economic horror movie - the sequel to the 2008 epic which featured...
Morningserial
* t was greasy and thin, bland with a coil of cream like a white turd. It came with a granary roll that tasted of nothing. I bent my head to the spoon. If I complained, Carol would say I was a snob. She didn't have much time for fads. Her idea of...
Moving Up at Ground Level
Byline: KIRSTIE MCCRUM The housing market slump is no new story but there is good news for bungalows in recent statistics. Just two per cent of British homes are single-storey properties, so high demand is helping to keep prices strong, even...
My Telly
Mainwaring They say love makes the world go around, but money certainly helps. And in a world that is obsessed with wealth and fortune, it's certainly interesting to find out what our attitude is to money. In Cherry's Cash Dilemma, (BBC Three,...
Nicola Wilkes
Byline: NICOLA WILKES Q. I've read about a new energy-saving lightbulb on a blog that actually looks good but I can't remember where you could buy it. Do you know? A. I think you are referring to the award winning Plumen 001 bulb with an exclusive...
Norway Massacre Gunman Has Detention in Isolation Extended
A COURT has extended the isolation detention of the man who massacred 77 people in Norway by another four weeks. The Oslo District Court says Anders Behring Breivik will continue to be kept in isolation by police, partly for fear of him tampering...
Nurse's Anger over Police Caution for Patient Who Throttled Him; ATTACK LEADS TO CALL FOR BETTER PROTECTION FOR HEALTH WORKERS
Byline: MADELEINE BRINDLEY A NURSE has spoken of his anger after a patient who throttled him was "let off" with a police caution. Neil Evans, who was attacked while working in the A&E department at the Princess of Wales Hospital, in Bridgend,...
Opponents Seek Recall of 11,600 Homes Plan; ANGER AT THE 'HUGE THREAT' TO LANGUAGE
Byline: SION MORGAN CAMPAIGNERS say council plans for more thousands of new homes in a Welsh-language heartland pose a "huge threat" to the language. Carmarthenshire council's local development plan (LDP) includes proposals to build 11,600 homes...
Our Division Is So Unpredictable, Says Cardiff Boss Mackay
Byline: STEVE TUCKER * HEAD of his side's trip to Burnley today, Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay could not help musing on the unpredictability of Championship football. The Scot, who moved from Watford to the Bluebirds this summer, has had...
Police Chief's Anger as Officer Arrested over Leaks to Media
Byline: TOM MORGAN ; SAM MARSDEN THE police chief in charge of the phone-hacking investigation has spoken of her anger as a detective in her own team was arrested over leaks to journalists. Officers arrested and suspended their 51-year-old colleague,...
Questions on Climate-Change Minister's Trip to Canada; TORIES INSISTING ON RESULTS - NOT LIKE CANCUN FAILURE
Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON QUESTIONS have been raised about the value of sending a minister and two officials to a climate change conference in Canada. Environment Minister John Griffiths, a policy official and a private secretary will travel from...
Salon Shooting Gunman Is Found Dead in Woods; Gunman Found Dead as Locals Tell of Shock at Salon Shooting
Byline: JULIA MCWATT A MAN on the run after three women were injured in a shooting at a hairdresser's was found dead in woods last night. One woman was shot in the knee, another was shot in the arm and the third was shot in neck in the incident...
Saturday
THE X FACTOR ITV1 Wales, 8pm singer-songwriters, Gary Barlow, above. The opening rounds are always the best for we get to guffaw hysterically at those who can't hold a note or carry a tune. Joking aside, you'd be mad not to tune in tonight as the solo...
Seaside Specials; If You're Longing for a Life by the Sea after a Dream Holiday in a Coastal Resort, You'll Need Some Tough, Weatherproof Plants If Your Garden's Going to Thrive, Hannah Stephenson Discovers
Byline: Hannah Stephenson Going to the seaside is such an uplifting experience, with the huge expanses of blue water and sandy beaches. Many people return home with dreams of living on the coast, but for gardeners it can bring a glut of problems,...
Secondglance
WHILE you may have been lying on a beach in recent weeks, quaffing white wine, reading a page-turner and generally enjoying this most glorious of Welsh summers, the nation's politicians have been attending to a higher calling. Steve Dub in Carmarthen...
Singing Sensation Potts Adds Star Power to Couple's Very Special Day; BRIDE IN IVORY GOWN GETS THE WEDDING OF HER DREAMS
Byline: ROBIN TURNER A TOWERING 6ft cake, chimney sweeps and an internationally renowned singer - it's not your average Welsh wedding. Bride Alex Doig got the wedding of her dreams yesterday with "rags to riches" star Paul Potts and fellow Britain's...
Sleep Easy in a Romantic Boudoir. ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
"Given that we all spend a third of our lives in bed, it's essential that our bedroom is our sanctuary - a place to relax, unwind and recharge our batteries* Fleurette three light chandelier, pounds 132. And what better way to create a peaceful...
Small but Perfectly Formed; the Market for Single-Storey Accommodation Is Booming, So What Does Wales Have to Offer? Kirstie McCrum Chose Bungalows Which Have the Edge on the Two-Storey Alternative
WHERE? Redlands Cottage, Hasguard Cross, Haverfordwest WHAT? Recently refurbished to a high standard throughout with a spacious, contemporary style and a fabulous high specification kitchen, diner, bathrooms, en suite shower and four generous sized...
Smiles Inspire Canadian Photographer to Capture Welcoming Faces
THE faces of people from Wrexham will have a starring role in a photographic project. Canadian-born snapper Ioan Said has been inspired by the warm welcome he received when he came to live in the area. He will be capturing as many of those welcoming...
Spotlight On
Byline: Cheryl Cole Image: Outspoken popstar Best Known For: Being one fifth of Girls Aloud Early Life: Born Cheryl Ann Tweedy in Newcastle upon Tyne on June 30, 1983. She has three brothers and a sister. As a child she was a keen dancer, entering...
Straight off the Vine
Byline: Neil Cammies Oh, I love Sundays, such a lazy languid day to be enjoyed after reading the papers, devoured over a freshly-brewed coffee and a bit of breakfast. Nothing too hefty mind you as a roast dinner usually looms on the horizon,...
Sunday
THE MAN WHO CROSSED HITLER BBC Two Wales, 9pm Set in 1931, when Germany was on the brink of economic collapse, this one-off drama tells the little-known true story of Jewish lawyer Hans Litten (Ed Stoppard), above right. When a group of Nazi thugs...
Superior Fitness Pays off for Wales, with Hard Work Ahead
WALES 19 - England 9. How sweet that sounds! We must not get carried away but we do not often beat England by 10 points, even at the Millennium Stadium. Usually it's the Welsh camp obliged to explain how they are going to "take the positives out...
Surprise at Wales Entry in Atlas of Stateless Nations; PLAID MP SAYS BOOK FAILS TO RECOGNISE DEVOLUTION
Byline: DARREN DEVINE WALES features in a new Atlas of Stateless Nations in Europe - despite its 12-year-old Assembly running everything from education and health to housing. Breton author Mikael Bodlore-Penlaez, who played an important part in...
TAKE3; What Can You Get for Your Money across Wales Right Now? We've Found Three Properties from Different Price Ranges Which May Suit Your Budget
Under pounds 120,0 WHERE? The Moorlands, Cardiff WHAT? Set just outside Cardiff City Centre, The Moorlands development is no ordinary Victorian conversion, with a host of period features adding oodles of charm to this striking Grade II listed building....
Take4
pounds 179,950 WHERE? Inverness Place, Roath WHAT'S IT GOT? Situated in a highly sought after area, this three-bedroom period house is packed full of original features, including a traditional farmhouse-style kitchen. The downstairs of the property...
TAKE TWO; Sally Linsday Takes on a Comedy Challenge in Sky 1's New Series, Mount Pleasant
Q: It's been five years since you were on Coronation Street. What have you been doing since barmaid Shelley Unwin stopped pulling pints? A: I've been working towards getting something like Mount Pleasant, to be honest. I wanted to get back into comedy...
Talks Aim to Put US Flights Back on the Horizon for 2012; GOVERNMENT SETS SIGHTS ON GLOBAL AIR SERVICES
Byline: SION BARRY HOPES of landing the first scheduled airline service from Wales to North America have been rekindled. As reported by the Western Mail last year, American airline Delta were in discussions with the Welsh Government over a potential...
Thefirstword
Byline: ABBIE WIGHTWICK The best meal I ever had was egg and chips in a small town cafe in Ireland. The chips were freshly made, the eggs were local and I was starving after a day in a blustery landscape. Food, like most things, is all about...
The Property Doctor
Byline: EMYR PIERCE Q. I own a leasehold house and have lived there for more than 20 years. My landlords say it is the only house in the road which is still leasehold. Do I have little alternative other than to purchase the freehold? A. If the term...
The Twilight Zone; DESIGN GUIDE
Byline: GAYNOR WITCHARD August is a time when the garden starts to relax before its late summer plantings fade into autumn. The days are still long, and evenings are a time to sit back in a favourite chair and watch the light grow fainter. But before...
'This Room's Ideal for Entertaining'
Byline: DAVE OWENS FOR a woman who is in the entertainment business, Sheila Willicombe has the perfect venue to entertain. Her six-bedroom house in Derwen Fawr, Swansea is the jewel in the crown of her business Speakers Unlimited - an events...
'This Was a Dastardly Attack Designed to Attack British Interests, Ultimately Ending in Many Afghans' Deaths.' TEACHERS TOOK REFUGE IN PANIC ROOM AFTER SUICIDE BOMBING
Byline: SAM MARSDEN; WESLEY JOHNSON ; ARJ SINGH TALIBAN suicide bombers waged an eight-hour gun battle at the British Council in Kabul as two terrified female teachers took refuge in a panic room. The insurgents killed at least eight people,...
Thursday
THE CULTURE SHOW AT THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL BBC Two Wales, 11.30pm festival on the planet doesn't receive much attention on TV. What we are left with is a few review shows like tonight's when Sue Perkins, above, directs us towards an exhibition of portraits...
Time to Bury Ghosts as 'El Gaffer' Comes Back to the Liberty to Take on Rodgers
Byline: CHRIS WATHAN YOUR AT-A-GLANCE GUIDE Liberty Stadium, 3pm Swansea Team: Probable: Vorm, Rangel, Williams (capt), Caulker, Taylor, Britton, Allen, Dobbie, Dyer, Graham, Sinclair. Subs: (from) Moreira, Tate, Gower, Orlandi, Agustien, Routledge,...
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THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBER'S SECRET TAPES: REVEALED Five, 8pm was tracked down - in Rio, Brazil - by journalist Colin Mackenzie. In April 2009, Biggs was freed from prison due to poor health. This documentary gives us an insight into the real Ronnie Biggs,...
Unique Waterside Living in Swansea; Last Chance to Snap Up a Marina Villa
Buyers looking for a contemporary home by the water had better get their skates on, because just one property remains for sale at Charles Church's luxury Marina Villas development in Swansea. The property, a one-bed, ground-floor apartment, is on...
Waiter Linked to Killing of Irish Holidaymakers
Byline: ED CARTY ; DAVID YOUNG A WOMAN and her best friend were stabbed to death on holiday in Turkey after she refused a waiter's proposal to marry her 15-year-old daughter, sources said yesterday. Marion Elizabeth Graham and Kathy Dinsmore,...
'Wales Needs TV That Is National, Not Local' PLANS FOR HYPER-LOCAL SERVICE IS A SWITCH-OFF
Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON CULTURE Secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday defended his controversial plans to roll out local TV channels across Britain. In Wales six locations - Cardiff, Swansea, Carmarthen, Bangor, Mold and Haverfordwest - have been earmarked...
We'll Stick to Our Style, despite Critics - Ashley
Byline: TIM LEWIS ASHLEY WILLIAMS insists Swansea City are paying no attention to critics who have already written off their chances of survival. Following their opening game 4-0 defeat to Manchester City, the Swans were quickly tipped for relegation...
Welsh County Makes 'Hotlist' for Must Visit Destinations; SECOND ONLY TO CHILE IN 'COOL' GUIDE FOR TOURISTS
Byline: RACHAEL MISSTEAR IT may not boast sun-drenched beaches or palm trees but a Welsh county has been named one of the "coolest" places in the world to visit by a fashion magazine. Red put Carmarthenshire second in its list of must visit places...