Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)

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Articles from December 31, 2011

2012 ... 60 Years of the Queen, and a 100 since the Birth of Gwynfor Evans; Anniversaries Have the Power to Bring Painful, Passionate and Joyous Memories Surging into the Present with the Potential to Unite and Divide, Inspire and Embolden, Writes David Williamson. as We Make Our Way through 2012 We Will Pass a Bumper Crop of Milestones
Byline: David Williamson R EPUBLICANS who failed to win converts in 2011 when the nation was bathed in the newly regal glory of the Duchess of Cambridge will have just as tough a time this year. On February 6 the country will mark the 60th anniversary...
An Insight into World of Acclaimed Sculptor
AN insight into the world of one of Britain's most renowned living artists is provided in a new book. David Nash is an internationally acclaimed sculptor who takes his inspiration from the distinctive landscape surrounding Blaenau Ffestiniog but...
Ban Forcing Smokers to Leave Hospital Grounds; ALARMS WILL SOUND IF PEOPLE SMOKE IN MAIN ENTRANCES
Byline: MADELEINE BRINDLEY SMOKING will be prohibited in the grounds of some of Wales' biggest hospitals as bans come into force in the new year. Both Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales and Aneurin Bevan Health Board in southeast...
Bellamy at Double as Reds Find Their Winning Home Touch at Last
TEAM LIVERPOOL NEWCASTLE 31 LIVERPOOL'S record signing Andy Carroll may have not made his mark against his former club, but ex-Newcastle striker Craig Bellamy more than made up for it with two goals at Anfield. Another for Steven Gerrard on only...
Boxing Clever; It Was a Bumper Year for Television, with 2011 Producing Some of the Best Televisual Treats Nathan Bevan's Seen in a Long While. Here He Picks His Highlights from the Past 12 Months
BEST REALITY The Apprentice, BBC One Having clearly learned a lesson from previous years trying to find new underlings to buff his Jag for him, Lord Sugar announced there would be no job waiting for 2011's series victor. Instead, the eventual winner...
Brainteasers
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Charities Warn of Increase in Child Poverty
CHILDREN'S charities have warned that more children risk slipping into poverty due to failed policymaking over the last 20 years. In its New Year message, Save The Children Wales warned that the nation's children had been "comprehensively and tragically...
Cofio Blwyddyn Rhyfedd
Byline: LEFIGRUFFUDD Mae wedi bod yn gyfnod digon rhyfedd i'r wasg brint - mae fel y Mary Celeste yma. Dyw hi ddim yn fater o ofyn pwy fydd yma ymhen 100 mlynedd, ond pwy fydd ar fl ymhen y flwyddyn. Bu'n flwyddyn pan ymddeolodd Gwilym Owen fel...
DIGITAL; We've Scoured the Digital and Satellite Channels to Pick Five Unmissable Shows
what? Cirque du Soleil: Saltimbanco when? Sky Arts 1, tonight, 8pm If you were up at 6am and watching Sky Arts 1, you'll have seen the documentary Fire Within. It focuses on young acrobats hoping to join Cirque du Soleil's Varekai production. Then,...
Downturn Hits Wages in 86% of Professions; 277 OUT OF 322 OCCUPATIONS NOW PAY LESS THAN FOUR YEARS AGO
Byline: GRAHAM HENRY WAGES for more than 86% of occupations have declined in real terms over the past four years, new figures have revealed. Research by the GMB union show that 277 out of 322 occupations have suffered a drop in living standards...
'Drip Feeding' Could Give You a Growing Market Share; Jeremy Gates Looks at the Nation's Money Issues and Reports on Where Investors Should Be Putting Their Money in 2012
Byline: Jeremy Gates DESPITE the death of founder Steve Jobs, Fortune magazine has no doubts: Apple is the share to buy for 2012, it says, with earnings set to soar by 30%. Great news, I thought, as the fund where I save pounds 100 a month -...
Exhilarating Action and Controversial Talking Points That Made It a Year for Fans to Savour; Rugby Correspondent ANDY HOWELL Hands out the 'Andys', His Awards for an Action-Packed 2011
Byline: ANDY HOWELL ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR * A HOST of contenders here with France coach Marc Lievremont leading the way via his no-holds-barred attacks on his own players. After questioning their courage, or rather lack of it, following the...
Filmguide
NEW YEAR'S EVE Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders (ITV1 Wales, 7.50am) The cowardly canine and his friends stumble on a small town dogged by tall tales of aliens snatching cattle, and decide to do a spot of investigating. Animated adventure, with the...
Film-Maker Experiences the Highs and Lows of Life on Road with Rock Stars; She's Had a Film Screened at the White House, Won an Award for Her Latest Project and Spent a Year on the Road with a Rock Band. Karen Price Catches Up with Welsh Film-Maker Medeni Griffiths
Byline: Karen Price WHEN she received an invite from an American rock band to film behind-the-scenes of their latest tour, Medeni Griffiths was expecting to be away from home for a month. But she ended up spending a year travelling the world...
Firstword
Byline: Karen Price Here's a puzzler for you: Can you think of some good quality current TV dramas which showcase one of the many regions of the UK? A quick poll among colleagues and we struggled to come up with anything that isn't a soap - Coronation...
Forest in a False Position, Warns Marshall
CARDIFF CITY goalkeeper David Marshall has warned Nottingham Forest are a tougher prospect than their Championship position might suggest. The Bluebirds travel to the City Ground today to face a Forest side three places off the bottom of the table...
Friday
HUSTLE BBC One, 9pm This is the last ever run of the crime caper, which is a shame considering the last series was one of the best to date. In the first episode, the grifters take on gold dealer Dexter Gold (Paterson Joseph). He has no qualms about...
Geth and I Have Decided to Go Our Separate Ways. We Are Both beyond Broken-Hearted. Your Hugs and Support Will Be Much Appreciated. COUPLE WERE PLANNING TO TIE THE KNOT IN 2012
Byline: MIKE JONES THEY were the golden couple set to marry next year in a perfect Welsh wedding. But just 10 months after announcing their engagement, Katherine Jenkins and Gethin Jones have split. The pair broke the news one after the other...
'Giving My Money Away to Arts Companies Is a Joy and I Get a Sense of Achievement' for Sir Vernon Ellis, Investing Money in the Arts Is a Hugely Important Part of His Life. on a Visit to Wales, the Philanthropist Tells Martin Shipton Why He's So Passionate about Culture and How We Can Help Make a Difference
Byline: Martin Shipton * ONATING money to arts organisations provides a "psychic return" for the giver, according to Sir Vernon Ellis. He should know. As well as chairing the British Council and English National Opera, he is one of the UK's most...
Greenscene
Byline: Lynne Allbutt Top talk Artist Barry Bartlett, pictured, has portraits he has painted hanging in studios and galleries worldwide but it took him nearly 60 years to pursue his dream. As he explains: "I started painting in junior school...
Heart Scare for Duke Brings Back Memories of My Second Chance
* APPY the man for whom the bells tinkles before it tolls. I think every hospital which treats heart patients gives that cheery message to all their patients as they leave hospital with stents inserted in their coronary arteries. No different for...
Henson Has No Fears on His Big Return to the Liberty
Byline: SIMON THOMAS GAVIN HENSON admits he is not bothered if he gets a hostile reception from Ospreys fans on his return to the Liberty Stadium tomorrow. The double Grand Slam winner faces his old Ospreys teammates in the colours of the Blues...
Honour for a 'Boy from the Valleys Who's Done Quite Well in Rugby'
Byline: GRAHAM HENRY RUGBY legend Martyn Williams has been honoured with an MBE in the New Year Honours List in recognition of his record-breaking career. The Cardiff Blues flanker was unveiled as the recipient of a gong for services to rugby...
Hot Spring and Autumn Make 2011 the Second Warmest
Byline: MIKE JONES THE past year has been the second warmest on record, the Met Office said yesterday, despite the summer being disappointingly cool. It said provisional figures showed that only 2006, with an average temperature of 49.5F (9.73C)...
Hough Performs Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 1 with BBCNow
ACCLAIMED pianist Stephen Hough will be joining forces with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for a concert next month. The performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 1 will take place at St David's Hall in Cardiff. Composed when Rachmaninov...
How Artist Dan Was Quick on the Draw in War-Torn Afghan Province; SKETCHES CAPTURE WELSH TROOPS BATTLING TALIBAN
Byline: ALED BLAKE THESE moving images show the frontline in Afghanistan through the eyes of an artist. Dan Peterson has been with the Welsh Cavalry - officially known as 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards (QGD) - recording their time battling Taliban...
How to Stop Bale Having a Ball
Plenty have tried - and failed - to stop Gareth Bale shining for Spurs. Here we look at the options available to Swansea as they look to topple Tottenham at the Liberty... 1: DOUBLE UP The most notable example of this success was when Everton pair...
Icy Adventures in the Arctic; as a Growing Number of Hardy Tourists Choose to Be Polar Explorers on Their Holidays, Victoria Mitchell Heads to the Far North to Experience the Wonders of a Snowy Wilderness
It's mid-afternoon, minus 20 degrees and pitch black. There are polar bears out there, somewhere, and our guides are armed. The only sound is the breathing of six husky dogs pulling our sled along the snow-carpeted valley floor. Our intrepid...
I Should Be Going to Hell; Patricia Cornwell's Life Has Been as Colourful as Her Forensic Pathologist Heroine Kay Scarpetta. Emily Lambert Discovers How Battling Anorexia, Being Gay and Dealing with Difficult People Have Made the Top Thriller Writer Who She Is Today
PATRICIA Cornwell, below, is a striking woman. To some, the thriller writer who has spent a career enveloped in crime - through her early years as a crime reporter, before moving on to work in the medicals examiner's office in Richmond, Virginia and...
I Think We're a Great Team; after the Huge Success of Gavin & Stacey, Ruth Jones Has Devised a Far More Gentle Comedy Drama, Which Is Produced by the TV Company She Runs with Her Husband. as the Countdown Begins to the First Episode of Stella, Karen Price Meets the Couple
If you were responsible for creating one of the most popular TV characters of modern times, chances are you'd be tempted to follow your tried and trusted format - or lock yourself away and not even think about replicating your success. But as well...
Justread
Byline: Paul Rees The Conservatives: A History by Robin Harris (Bantam Press, pounds 30) By the time a long book, which is part history and part polemic, reaches its conclusion it is tempting to imagine reprints in the future changing the title...
Late Deals
SHORT-HAUL TRAVEL * MARRAKECH: Voyages Jules Verne (0845 166 7035) offers four nights' B&B in Hotel Farah Golden Tulip from pounds 395, or seven nights from pounds 475 during Jan/Feb, with range of optional excursions incl day tour of city with...
McIlroy Seals Fine Year with an MBE
RORY McILROY has ended a glorious year with another prize after being awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List. The 22-year-old Northern Irishman has been recognised six months after producing one of the sport's great performances to win the...
Mindmatters
Byline: Aled Blake I've never been one to enjoy New Year's Eve. All that looking back, then looking forward and finally realising the passage of time relentlessly marches on is all a bit depressing. There's also the perennial problem of deciding...
Monday
THE CHANNEL 4 MASH UP Channel 4, 6.30pm This year, Channel 4 will be proudly marking its 30th anniversary. The celebrations start early with this Mash Up, which sees some of the channel's best-loved shows getting a new twist. First up is The Million...
Monmouth Chosen to Star in Unique Wikipedia Experiment; A WORLD FIRST FOR WELSH TOWN IN NEW ONLINE PROJECT
Byline: PETER LAW WIKIPEDIA, the online encyclopaedia, is launching a new project to document the life and history of an entire Welsh town. In a world first, historians and local residents are being invited to contribute articles and photographs...
Morningserial
* n the mornings we wake and I make tea in the little kitchen, enjoying the early-morning scent of gas, the feeling of being alone before the day begins. After dinner, we watch the sun from the upstairs lounge, going down through torn cinema curtains...
Morrell Targets a Profitable January
3pm RACECOURSE WREXHAM v TELFORD WREXHAM player-manager Andy Morrell believes January offers a huge opportunity for the Dragons to consolidate their position at the top of the Conference Premier. The Dragons welcome Telford tomorrow and, following...
MYHEALTH; Richard Thomas Is 29 and Lives in Penylan, Cardiff. He Is a Solicitor at Cardiff and Pontypridd-Based Specialist Personal Injury Firm Mooneerams Solicitors
HOW HEALTHY ARE YOU? I like to think that I've always been quite healthy. I exercise regularly and try to eat the right things, but I don't always eat at the right times - usually too much in the evening! WHAT'S IN YOUR FRIDGE? Not much to be honest....
My Real Welsh Women of the Year. and Not a Panda in Sight
* N a year in which the BBC couldn't find a single woman worthy of its shortlist for Sports Personality of the Year it was perhaps inevitable that its Female Faces of 2011 includes a panda. Tasked with choosing a woman to represent each month, the...
My Spurs Downfall Makes Life Back in the Top Flight All the Sweeter - Gower
Byline: CHRIS WATHAN * ARK GOWER has been waiting a long time for this afternoon. But Spurs' Premier League visit to Swansea is more than just a Tottenham trainee and lifelong Lilywhite facing his boyhood club. It's what it stands for. Gower...
Mytelly
Byline: Kirstie McCrum Christmas is all about nostalgia. The music, the television, it's all geared towards offering the most sentimental parts of us an opportunity to revel in the wondrous past, rose-tinted spectacles and all. That's is why The...
O'Connell Steps in to Lead Ireland in the Six Nations
Byline: ANDREW BALDOCK PAUL O'CONNELL will captain Ireland in this season's Six Nations, the Irish Rugby Football Union has announced. Ireland coach Declan Kidney has turned to Munster lock O'Connell in the absence of regular skipper Brian O'Driscoll,...
Officers Sacked over Facebook Posts; SOCIAL SITE WAS USED TO HARASS EX COLLEAGUES
Byline: WESLEY JOHNSON WARNINGS about being careful what you post on Facebook have been around as long as the site itself. But it seems many of our police officers are not heeding that advice, if new research is anything to go by. At least...
Old Trafford
12.45pm OLD TRAFFORD MAN UTD v BLACKBURN SIR ALEX FERGUSON must once again contend with massive defensive problems ahead of Manchester United's Premier League encounter with rock-bottom Blackburn. Jonny Evans (calf) has joined Nemanja Vidic (knee),...
Only Men Aloud: Y Llyfr/ the Book ''
Bethan Mair/Emyr Young pounds 14.99, Gomer Ar gyfer cefnogwyr brwd popeth sy'n ymwneud ag Only Men Aloud, mae llyfr newydd yn olrhain mewn lliw llawn eu taith anhygoel at enwogrwydd. Gyda ffeithiau diddorol iawn am aelodau unigol y grwe p a ffotograffau...
PATAGONIA S4C, Yfory, 9pm
Bydd Patagonia - ffilm ysbrydoledig a gweledol drawiadol wedi'i chyfarwyddo gan Marc Evans - yn cael ei dangosiad cyntaf ar deledu ar S4C ddydd Calan. Mae'r ffilm yn dilyn straeon dwy fenyw, gyda'r naill yn teithio o'r de i'r gogledd yn y gwanwyn...
Police Discover Body in Search for Teen
POLICE searching for a missing North Wales teenager yesterday found a body in a lake at a hotel where he was last seen. Haydn Evans, 18, from Mold, Flintshire, disappeared eight days before Christmas after attending a party at Carden Park Hotel...
Police Put Up Pounds 50k to Catch Student's Killers
Byline: CERI WILLIAMS GREATER Manchester Police have offered a pounds 50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of Anuj Bidve, the 23-year-old Indian student gunned down in Salford on...
Poundnotes
MORE people are planning a big night in than the traditional big night out this New Year's Eve, with many revellers staying indoors due to concerns about cash, a survey has found. Nearly three quarters of people (74%) will stay in this year, according...
Reasons to Be Cheerful in 2012 about Welsh Sporting and Cultural Life; Western Mail
IT'S an appropriate annual tradition at this time for a newspaper to extend best wishes to its readers with the hope they will enjoy prosperity in the coming year. We have no hesitation in complying enthusiastically on this occasion - even when the...
Scarlets Punish Slipshod Dragons in Derby Clash
Byline: ANDY HOWELL ANDY HOWELL at Rodney Parade DRAGONS SCARLETS 6PENS Tovey (2) 10 TRY J Edwards CON Newton PEN A Thomas Team: M Thomas; T Chavhanga, A Hughes (W Harries 59), L Roblin, A Brew; J Tovey (A Tuilagi ht), W Evans; N Williams (P Price...
Scott Deflects Attention from Misfiring Ospreys
Byline: ANDY HOWELL SCOTT JOHNSON cheekily branded the Blues the new "Galacticos" ahead of tomorrow's New Year's Day RaboDirect Pro12 clash with his Ospreys at Swansea's Liberty Stadium. The term Galacticos has rankled officialdom at the under-achieving...
Secondglance
Byline: Matt Withers HAPPY New Year. Peace on Earth and goodwill to all men. Except in Wales, where 2012 could well see political discourse descend into all-out warfare. Steve Dub in Carmarthen The change of tone in First Minister Carwyn Jones'...
SOAPS; A Sneaky Glimpse at What's Happening to Your Favourite Fictional Families This Week
How will the residents of Walford ever cope without Pat to give them some firm but fair advice and a roof over their heads? Sadly, they're about to find out as her condition deteriorates rapidly and her friends and family gather around to say their...
Star Turns for 2012; LOVE MATTERS Astrologer Patrick Arundell Takes a Look at What Next Year Has in Store for You When It Comes to Matters of the Heart, Money and Your Well-Being
Mar 21-Apr 20 In the first six months, encounters can come through work or through spending time at your local fitness centre. Yet with Saturn reversing to June things may not go exactly to plan, but you'll learn plenty about your relating needs. Your...
Straightoffthevine
Byline: Neil Cammies With 2012 just around the corner and working on the old adage of "New Year, new you", why not apply that thought process to the wines you buy. Drink better quality but drink less. Put like that it almost sounds like a detox!...
Sunday
HACKS Channel 4, 10pm Guy Jenkin is one of Blighty's best comedy writers, as he's proved countless times over the years with Not the Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, Drop the Dead Donkey and the brilliant Outnumbered. Now he's teamed up with a superb...
Swans Ponder Their Options as They Look to Halt Threat of Superstar Bale; SWANS IN THE PREM
Byline: CHRIS WATHAN * O, just how do you stop Gareth Bale? It's a question that has stumped sides all over Europe, not to mention the best managerial minds. Today it will be Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers' turn to come up with the answer....
Syrians Hold Huge Protests for Observers
IN the largest protests Syria has seen in months, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets yesterday in a display of defiance to show an Arab League observer mission the strength of the opposition movement. Despite the monitors' presence...
Tell Me What Solo Show You'd like to See; PREVIEW: The Twice Removed, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
WHAT do you get when you take one woman and 148 biographies? An innovative stage show, that's what. The Twice Removed investigates the concept of a 'biographical' in which one performer presents only what other people want to see and hear. Pigeon...
Theinsider
Byline: Nia Davies Every year my mum has Christmas customs to which we must adhere. Cakes must be stirred on certain dates, scraggy old Fimo cribs must be resurrected and lolly-stick stars tacked to the tree for the twentieth year. She gets out...
The Trouble with Lilies. HOMETRUTHS John Humphries
Byline: John Humphries If I were to have a New Year's wish it would be for a garden that lilies love, not one stuffed so full of heavy clay I have to resort to growing this icon of the herbaceous border in terracotta pots on the patio. I recently...
The Truth about Hangovers; Myths about Hangovers Are as Varied and as Fanciful as the Cocktails That Cause Them. from Eating Pasta at Bedtime to the Hair of the Dog, Rachel Mainwaring Picks the Biggest Party Night of the Year to Sort Fact from Fiction
1. MYTH: Hangovers are nothing to worry about FACT: A hangover is the body's reaction to being poisoned with too much alcohol. Heavy drinking plays havoc with the central nervous system. It interferes with brain chemicals, leading to headache, dizziness...
This Could Be the Start of an Entrepreneurial Renaissance in the UK, and One That's Overdue
OFTEN it is far easier to be pessimistic about the prospects for the UK economy which, given the fragile state of business and consumer confidence, ends up being a self-fulfilling prophecy. With official sources suggesting that the UK economy's...
Thursday
CELEBRITY MASTERMIND BBC One, 7pm Host John Humphrys faces down Midsomer Murders actor Neil Dudgeon, comedian Stewart Francis, broadcaster Andrew Collins and 1960s icon Sandie Shaw as they all prepare to sit in the famous black chair. Their diverse...
Tuesday
ACCUSED: THE 74 STONE BABYSITTER Channel 4, 9pm The name Mayra Rosales may not ring any bells, but rest assured you won't forget it after 10 minutes into this fascinating documentary. Rosales was at the centre of one of the most incredible murder trials...
Ulster Get Victory They Need
ULSTER 33 MUNSTER * 17 ULSTER badly needed this RaboDirect Pro12 win after Boxing Day's heavy defeat to Leinster. Brian McLaughlin's side kept their play-off hopes alive with this thumping bonus-point win over a weakened Munster outfit. Ian Humphreys...
Wednesday
ONE BORN EVERY MINUTE Channel 4, 9pm The fly-on-the-maternityward-wall documentary heads up north to Leeds, where we meet two soon-to-be fathers who are desperate to see their babies being born. Soldier Shaun is about to start a six-month tour of Afghanistan...
We Need to Put 'Building' Back in Building Society; MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
As 2011 draws to a close, we reflect on current uncertainty and look forward to 2012 with the country bracing itself for tougher times ahead. High inflation continues to place huge pressure on household budgets and the increasing threat of unemployment...
What Might the Coming Year Hold in Store for Businesses Operating in the Construction, Property and Finance Sectors? as Welsh Businesses Prepare for the Challenges of a Fresh Year, We Asked Companies across Wales to Tell Us What 2012 Holds for Their Firms and Sector PROPERTY & CONSTRUCTION
"These are uncertain times, but architecture is about building for the future. We have to be optimistic about 2012. It may seem like a simple wish, but it is surely not beyond the Welsh Government to look at providing greater investment opportunities...
Whittingham Is Not for Sale as Mackay Looks to Build for Bluebirds Success; THE CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: STEVE TUCKER CARDIFF CITY boss Malky Mackay insists he has the full backing of the Bluebirds' board as he slapped a firm "not for sale" sign on star man Peter Whittingham. The Bluebirds have already rejected a pounds 3m offer from West...
Women'sown
Byline: Lynne Barrett-Lee Ah, the traditional New Year contemplative moment. When you look at what's been and what you hope will be better next year, and then the next step - you feel obliged to make resolutions. Well, phooey to resolutions,...
Your Stars
Byline: patrick arundell The Moon enters your sign just slightly before midday, perfect for helping you to judge the mood of events that you encounter. You may look out for the youngsters, or help to make today a success for older members of your...