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 April 7, 2012

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Africa Ripe for Export but It's Not Top of List
BRITISH companies are failing to capitalise on the export opportunities in Africa, according to new research from Barclays. Its report, entitled Trade with Africa, included a survey of 250 UK companies currently exporting to Africa, which found...
A Little of What You Fancy Might Not Be So Bad; It's Easter, the Biggest Choc Fest of the Year, and You're Worrying about the Effect on Your Hips. However, New Research Has Shown That Far from Making Us Fatter, a Small Amount of Chocolate Might Actually Help Us Stay Slim. Rachel Mainwaring Looks at the So-Called 'Bad' Foods, Which Might Not Be So Naughty after All
Byline: Rachel Mainwaring 1. CHOCOLATE Think chocolate and most of us could be forgiven for thinking that it's an instant "naughty" sin. But it's not all bad news. A recent study by the University of California has found that regular chocolate...
A New Chapter for Awards as Organiser Looks to Take Literature to the Masses; There Is a New Look to the Annual Wales Book of the Year Award for 2012. Lleucu Siencyn Tells Karen Price Why the Changes Are Being Made and What People Can Expect
Byline: Karen Price TAKING Welsh literature to the masses is Lleucu Siencyn's aim. The chief executive of Literature Wales is making changes to the annual Wales Book of the Year award to make it more accessible. There will no longer be two...
A Question of Design
Byline: NICOLA WILKES www.walesathome.co.uk Q. Can you point me in the direction of a chair that would suit a home office space? I want to create a gentleman's club type of look. Any suggestions? A. I know their name crops up time and time again,...
Archbishop Calls for Stand against Violence Worldwide; WELSH CHURCH LEADERS ISSUE THEIR EASTER MESSAGES
Byline: PAUL ROWLAND WALES' religious leaders have called on their followers to stand up against war, violence and infringements of freedom in their Easter messages. The calls come after a year which has seen violent scenes across Africa and...
A Step Ahead in Rural Spain; Turning His Back on Beachside Hotels, Chris Court Heads Inland to Find Wildlife, History and Stunning Scenery in Valencia
The natural cave that bored straight through the soaring 1,000m high, 4km long limestone wall of the Berniere Ridge on Spain's Costa Blanca was only 20m long. But a crouching, crawling passage through its narrow, bumpy length led me from the heights...
AUTHOR'SNOTES; Cyan Jones Has Left the Land Behind and Gone to Sea in His All-Consuming Second Novel Set, like His First, in His Homeland of West Wales
There's a light rain settling. By the time I get to the net it's got persistent-feeling and colder. The sea is thick. On the air you can feel the salt. I lift the net and begin to pick out the weed that's got into it on the in-and-out-gone tide....
Automation Firm Tripling in Size with Growth Fund Help; EXPANSION TO COPE WITH SURGE IN DEMAND FOR ROBOTICS
Byline: SION BARRY A LLANELLI company is planning to treble the size of its workforce in a major expansion project. EBS Automation, which manufactures and installs highly sophisticated bespoke automation and robotic systems, is to increase its...
Beware Being Sucked into Eurozone Mire; YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES & COMMENT DEBATE
[bar] SIR - Europe fought to place all the blame on Greece for the ongoing economic crisis in the Eurozone but it became apparently obvious this was not the case when Portugal and Ireland also required bail-outs. The contagion spread to Italy, and...
Blues Look to Their Goodbye Gang to End Week on a High
Byline: SIMON THOMAS THIS WEEK should have been the culmination of everything the Cardiff Blues have worked towards all season. Instead, it has been the week from hell and it's not over yet. When Justin Burnell and Gareth Baber took the helm...
Bowe Has Signed off with Ospreys
Byline: GARETH GRIFFITHS IRISH wing Tommy Bowe has played his last game for the Ospreys. Bowe, who had already announced he was returning to Ulster next season, underwent surgery to cure an on-going medical issue yesterday ruling him out of the...
Brainteasers
This magazine is published by Media Wales Ltd and is a licensed user of listings supplied by [c] BBC Enterprises Limited, 1991, [c] ITP Ltd, 1991 and [c] S4C 1991. Hannah Jones 029 2024 3767. Mae'r cylchgrawn hwn yn cael ei gyhoeddi gan y Media Wales...
Brilliant Cisse Has the Edge as Toon Soak Up the Swans' Pressure in Style
Byline: Chris Wathan Chris Wathan at the Liberty Stadium SWANSEA CITY NEWCASTLE UTD 0 2CISSE 5, 70 Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Caulker, Taylor, Dyer (Sinclair 66), Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Moore (Graham 66). Subs not used: Tremmel, Tate,...
Business Leaders Call for More 'Pro-Employment' Changes; ACTION ON DISMISSAL CLAIMS 'THE ONLY REAL STEP SO FAR'
Byline: SION BARRY BUSINESS leaders have urged Government to do more to help companies create jobs by developing a more "pro-employment landscape.". The CBI said extending the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims from one year to two,...
Campsite Death of Girl, 6: Parents Released
A MAN and woman arrested in connection with the death of a six-year-old girl at a campsite in Holmsley, Hampshire, were released last night with no charge after a post-mortem examination found no suspicious circumstances, Hampshire Police said. ...
Cashing in on Swans' Run Has Bluebirds Looking for a Profit; WINNINGLINE the Best Bets and the Best Odds for the Sporting Weekend
Byline: IAN CARBIS THOUGH it's always harsh to intrude on people's private grief, Swansea City's poor run has been good for Winning Line finances. Yesterday's Papiss Cisse double saw us quids in, and only added to the feelgood feeling from White...
Change to Reporting of Injuries Will Cut Red Tape
CHANGES to the reporting of injuries to workers will save businesses thousands of hours of form-filling every year, the Government claims. From yesterday employers will no longer have to report to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) injuries which...
"Cythral O Dan - Cofio 75 Mlynedd Ers Llosgi'r Ysgol Fomio ''
Arwel Vittle Y Lolfa pounds 7.95 Dywed rhai haneswyr fod yn rhaid wrth bersbectif amser i fedru cloriannu digwyddiadau hanesyddol yn gytbwys. Dywed eraill fod treigl y degawdau yn rhoi arlliw o fytholeg i'r gorffennol sy'n gallu dod rhyngom a'r gwir....
Damage to Springs; YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES COMMENT & DEBATE
[bar] SIR - Many parts of England are facing a drought and water supplies are very low for the time of year. Here in Mid Wales streams are low due to lack of rainfall, or could it be the effect from massive concrete pads that hold wind turbines...
DIGITAL; We've Scoured the Digital and Satellite Channels to Pick Five Unmissable Shows
what? JESUS: THE LOST 40 DAYS when? History, tomorrow, 6pm Whether you're a committed Christian or die-hard atheist, odds on you're probably pretty familiar with the main stories of the Bible. But there is a good chance that your knowledge of Jesus'...
Disabled Couple Face Eviction over 'Bloody Minded' Council's Stance; AM SAYS BUNGALOW PLAN WOULD NOT HARM ANYBODY
Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON A DISABLED couple forced to sell their home when they were no longer able to work say they face being thrown on to the streets because of a council's intransigence. Their local AM Angela Burns, who has been trying to resolve...
Discovering Fuchsia in the Andes; HOMETRUTHS
Byline: John Humphries Ibeen a plant hunter judging from the ripple of excitement when encountering in its native habitat a plant I had previously known only from garden cultivation. Many of the plants we grow do so in what is an alien environment,...
Don't Be Shocked at Boris' Effrontery, Jus' Start an Effective Fight for Fairer Funding; in the Wake of Boris Johnson's Call for London to Be Given More Funding, Martin Shipton Warns That His Logic Could Break Up the United Kingdom
Byline: Martin Shipton THIS week Boris Johnson opened up the can of worms that David Cameron has been attempting manfully to keep the lid on - the seething resentment felt by many Londoners at having, as they see it, to subsidise the rest of the...
DON'T MIND YOUR Qs PS & TAKE ONE; Aled Jones Is a Very Busy Man, but We Managed to Catch Up with Him in between Motorbike Rides
Q: Your BBC Radio Wales chat show is back on air. You had Dame Eileen Atkins on last Sunday and presenter Chris Hollins joins you tomorrow. Tell us a bit about the series. A: Well, we've done over 160 hours since the show started and I'm still enjoying...
Dragons Are Facing Play-Off Lottery Again
TEAM WREXHAM ALFRETON T 0 1 WREXHAM'S first back-to-back home defeats of the season at the Racecourse yesterday all but ended their already slim hopes of overhauling league leaders Fleetwood Town to the automatic promotion spot and left them facing...
Drovers and Quins Are Fired Up for Epic Battle
Byline: HOWARD EVANS THIRD-PLACED Llandovery meet fourth-placed Carmarthen Quins at Church Bank today (2.30pm) in an epic battle. A win for the Drovers would take them back to the top spot, while a Carmarthen win with a bonus would take them...
Easter Day
WILLIAM AND KATE: ONE YEAR ON Five, 7pm A year ago, Britain was gearing up for a royal wedding that would be watched by millions across the globe. While some cynics claimed they had no interest in what happened to Prince William and his bride, Kate...
Easter Monday
KELLY & HER SISTERS GROW UP ITV1 Wales, 10pm In 1999, then-prime minister Tony Blair pledged to end child poverty forever. Thirteen years on, and some families are still struggling to make ends meet. Eleven years ago, one of those clans featured...
Efforts Continue to Remove Fuel
EFFORTS to pump away the remaining fuel from the stranded cargo ship the MV Carrier were continuing yesterday. The operation to remove the marine gas oil was undertaken twice at low tide, in the early morning and again in the early evening. Officials...
EMYR PIERCE the Property Doctor
Q. There ares three properties in our housing chain and we have been waiting three months for everything to be put in place. All three solicitors now finally have the individual contracts to exchange. How long should it take for exchange to take place?...
Famous Players Provide an Easter Treat; PREVIEW: Feast of Fiddles , Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd
[bar] DYNAMIC fiddle group are heading to Wales tonight as part of their 19th consecutive annual tour. The flamboyant Feast of Fiddles marked their "coming of age" last year. Their yearly spring tours which take in the Easter holiday, have become...
Festival Has Taken Steps to Find a Perfect End to the Bank Holiday
HAYLEY WESTENRA, John Owen-Jones and Steps will all take to the stage in North Wales this summer as part of Gw yl Gobaith Music Festival. The New Zealand soprano will open the event in the grounds of Deeside College/Glyndwr University on August...
Filmguide
TODAY Road to Rio (BBC2 Wales, 12.20pm). Two disaster-prone travelling musicians are forced to run away from their irate former employers and stow away on an ocean liner. On board, the charmers meet a beautiful heiress whose aunt is trying to force...
FILMS Top 10
1 The Hunger Games (12A) In a post-apocalyptic future, North America lies in ruins. Every year, one boy and one girl are selected by lottery from each district to take part in The Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death. 2 Wrath Of The Titans...
Firstword
Byline: Cathy Owen Ican't remember the first time I heard the story about the Titanic, it's just one of those tales from my childhood that has always been there. Growing up in the place where the doomed liner was built, it was impossible to ignore...
Food for Thought; Local Produce from Sustainable Sources May Be the Latest Food Fad but a New Series Shows That in Wales the Idea's as Old as the Land Itself. Kirstie McCrum Speaks to Presenter Giles Coren about What Exactly We Know about Our Food
As modern shoppers, we may see gathering supplies as grabbing whatever convenient foods we can from the supermarket shelf, but there's something to be said for developing a close relationship with the land. When farmers lived and worked day in,...
Fresh Flowers Bring a House to Life
Byline: YVONNE JONES NOW that spring is here and we have native flowers such as daffodils and tulips in abundance, it costs less to festoon the house with blooms than in the winter months, when stems are imported. I think single stems in small...
Friday
PIERS MORGAN'S LIFE STORIES: WILLIAM ROACHE ITV1 Wales, 9pm As characters came and went in Coronation Street, lothario Ken Barlow left millions of Corrie fans hungry for more as he romanced his way around every attractive woman in town. In 2012, Ken...
Gardening
Byline: Lynne Allbutt Top talk Former champion boxer Eddie Avoth, below, has hardly let the grass grow under his feet since retiring from the ring in 1972. The British and Commonwealth - "it was the Empire title back then" he tells me - Light...
Gavin Given a Vote of Confidence by Company after Flight Antics See Him Dropped by Big Names; BINGO FIRM SAYS STORY WAS 'BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION'
Byline: LIZ DAY YOUNG, talented, popular and handsome: there was a time when Gavin Henson was a marketing man's dream. Leading firms, including global brands like Gillette and Nike, queued up to pay the well-groomed Wales hero generously to endorse...
Getting the Most from the Coast; in His New Book, Camper Van Guru Martin Dorey Reveals How Easy It Is to Cook and Eat Well on a Coastal Odyssey
Byline: Martin Dorey With British Summer Time finally upon us and the Government urging us all to holiday at home to celebrate the Jubilee and the Olympics, it's time to savour the great British seaside. So says Martin Dorey, bubbly author and...
Giorgio Paid Fine Upfront So That He Could Party! RHODRI MORGAN Mr Wales Writes Exclusively for the Western Mail
Byline: RHODRI MORGAN [bar] HEN I read of the death this week at the age of 65 of Giorgio Chinaglia, one of Italy's greatest ever centre-forwards, my mind went back to his father Mario's cafe just east of Queen Street Station in Cardiff. The...
Heroism, Courage, Cowardice ...a Legend Lives on; 100TH ANNIVERSARY WILL ADD NEW GENERATION TO THE STORY
Byline: PETER WOODMAN ALMOST 100 years on, the Titanic disaster still tugs at the heartstrings. The events of that dramatic night in April 1912 are well known but constant re-telling of the tale only seems to add more lustre to the legend. ...
'Homes for People Who Appreciate Quality'
INTRODUCING The Terrace - Cardiff's most exclusive new address! They are selling fast but if you hurry you can move in next month. Visit the gorgeous new show home this month and see for yourself what all the fuss is about. The Terrace is the...
Hotshot Papiss Made the Difference for Us at Liberty; NEWCASTLE VIEW
Byline: ALAN PARDEW ALAN PARDEW admitted "red-hot" Papiss Cisse was the difference between the two sides at the Liberty Stadium. Cisse grabbed a brace to undo all of Swansea's hard work against the Toon, and leaving a beaming Pardew conceding...
I Didn't Move for the Money, Says Taylor on City Switch
Byline: STEVE TUCKER BLUEBIRDS defender Andrew Taylor has tried to head off the Boro boo-boys today by insisting - "I took a pay cut to join Cardiff City". The 25-year-old full-back makes his first return to the Riverside today to face the side...
Interest-Only Mortgage Holders Could Be Forced to Stay Put as Lenders Continue to Act Tough; Jeremy Gates Looks at the Nation's Money Issues and Reports on the Dangers of the Interest-Only Mortgage
Byline: Jeremy Gates AS house prices stagnate and even fall across many areas of Britain, fears are growing that many homeowners with interest-only mortgages could find it increasingly difficult to move as big lenders clamp down sharply on their...
Justread
Byline: Margaret O'Reilly The Help (audiobook) by Kathryn Stockett (Whole Story Audiobooks, pounds 30.62) The US may now have a black president but it was only 50 years ago when "coloureds" were not allowed to board the same bus or even use the...
Keys Aim to Serve Up a Cup Treat for Their Fans
Byline: ANDY HOWELL TREBLE-CHASING Cross Keys are expecting a bumper crowd at Pandy Park today for what is being billed as one of the most important matches in their 127-year history. They face former champions Cornish Pirates in the semi-finals...
Lacklustre Show by the Rivals
TEAM NEWPORT C TELFORD UTD 0 0 NEWPORT County and AFC Telford settled for a point in their relegation battle last night in a contest where neither side managed to strike a decisive blow. The Exiles are now five points clear of the relegation zone...
Last Chance to Give Just One Lido a New Lease of Life; at the Height of Their 1920s and 30s Popularity, Wales Boasted More Than 50 Lidos. Now All Are Closed and Most Demolished, but Campaigners Are Fighting to Ensure at Least One Is Revived - at a Cost of Pounds 4m. Darren Devine Reports
Byline: Darren Devine [bar] HEY sprung up in the 1920s and '30s when health experts hoped the mix of fresh air and exercise they offered might help counter conditions like tuberculosis, then rife in Wales' industrial heartlands. More than 50...
Late Deals
SHORT-HAUL SUN [bar] SICILY: Citalia (0844 415 1956) offers seven nights' B&B at charming Villa Paradiso, Taormina, with views of Mount Etna, from pounds 695, saving up to pounds 300 per couple, ex-Gatwick April 16 and including transfers. [bar]...
Life in Monochrome; See Life in Black and White with the Classic Alternative to the New Bold Colour Trend. Gabrielle Fagan Picks the Best Ways to Embrace the Look
Razzle-dazzle colour may be having its day in interiors, but do you really want to wear sunglasses to avoid the glare whenever you enter your home? For those secretly yearning for calm, peaceful spaces and soothing neutral schemes, a little monochrome...
Llanelli Ace Griffiths Is Wanted Man
A POSSIBLE tug-of-war for Llanelli's prolific striker Rhys Griffiths has been the backdrop to this afternoon's crucial clash at Park Hall where The New Saints can close in the Welsh Premier title. Reds boss Andy Legg disclosed this week that possible...
Mancini Is Still in Hunt for the Title
MANCHESTER City boss Roberto Mancini claims "anything can happen" in the title race - despite admitting his side's hopes could be over by tomorrow night. Mancini conceded defeat at Arsenal this weekend, coupled with a win for rivals Manchester United...
Martyrs Slam Their Top Rivals to Boost Those Promotion Ambitions
TEAM MERTHYR T HALLEN 4 1 MERTHYR TOWN'S recovery from the brink of total disaster is bang on course. The Martyrs, now owned and run by the Merthyr Town FC Supporters Society, looked down and out when the club was liquidated in 2010. Now they are...
Mindmatters
Byline: Aled Blake MINDMATTERS Aled Blake Right now I have all the admiration in the world for those brave men and women who undertake regular public speaking duties. From politicians making landmark speeches, to management consultants giving their...
Morningserial
'If you're Nick Talbot, Master Burbage wants you,' he sniggered, and made off. A little of the gloss went out of the day, and Nick sighed. Shrugging he turned left instead of right, up Gracechurch Street, and went to meet his fate. It was a longish...
Mowbray Aiming to Hold on to His Winning Record
Byline: STEVE TUCKER MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray has warned he is looking to keep his perfect record against the Bluebirds intact today. The two play-off rivals face off at the Riverside today for what will prove a vital encounter. Both...
Mum of Twins May Return Home Next Week
A MOTHER from South Wales who was forced to give birth in Liverpool because of a lack of neo-natal cots in Wales has been told she may be able to return home next week. Melanie Wilson, 29, has been in Merseyside for the last five weeks as there...
MYHEALTH; Lynsey Orr, 25, Is Club Manager at Cardiff's KuKu Club
HOW HEALTHY ARE YOU? I'm fairly healthy. I've been a vegetarian for many years, so I tend to eat healthily and exercise regularly. I work a stone's throw away from the Laguna Health & Spa, so I have no excuse not to exercise. WHAT'S YOUR HEALTH...
Mytelly
Byline: Rachel Mainwaring Viewers were warned before the return of Silent Witness (BBC One, Sunday, 9pm) that there might be some scenes of violence. And those warnings were certainly well-timed but did little to prepare us for the brutal scenes...
Neil Cammies STRAIGHTOFFTHEVINE
Byline: Neil Cammies A couple of years back I attended an Australian wine extravaganza at the marvellous Saatchi Gallery in London surrounded by wonderful Indian art, drinking the finest wines of Oz and chatting to some great wine makers. So what's...
Other National Trust Properties to Visit in Wales
The Round House, The Kymin, Monmouth Tel: 01600 719241 Landmark hill topped by two Georgian buildings in nine acres of pleasure grounds and woods. The Naval Temple was built by public subscription in 1800 and the Round House, a banqueting house built...
Pa Bryd Y Dylid Cofio?
Byline: LEFI GRUFFUDD Dyw hi ddim yn glir i fi beth yw'r rheolau ynghylch dathlu digwyddiad, er cof, er clod, neu i'n hatgoffa ein bod yn hen genedl -- "chof hir, hen gof, y gwir". Er enghraifft, dyw hi ddim yn hawdd dathlu 600 mlynedd ers rhyfel...
Poundnotes
[bar] THE new fixed-term Yorkshire Building Society savings bond promises a best-buy rate of 3.2% gross/AER - with the option of earlier access to part of the balance if needed. Although the flexible bond matures on September 30, 2013, savers can...
Priestland on the Bench as Scarlets Go for Euro Glory with Trip to Brive
Byline: GARETH GRIFFITHS WALES outside-half Rhys Priestland has only been deemed fit enough to be included as a replacement for tomorrow evening's Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final showdown in Brive. Priestland is fit, but has been given some...
Prior in Confident Mood
WICKETKEEPER Matt Prior has backed England to complete their first victory of 2012 and hold on their world number one spot. Having lost all four Tests since the turn of the year, a fifth-wicket stand of 90 between Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera...
Radically Different from How the National Trust Normally Does Things; They've Long Been Loved by Those Who Know Them but Now the National Trust Hopes to Attract Thousands More Visitors to Their New and Future Charges, Tredegar House and Dyffryn House and Gardens. Abbie Wightwick Steps Back in Time to Find out What's in Store
Byline: Abbie Wightwick Fancy kicking off your shoes and lying on a four poster bed? If that's not your thing you could lose yourself in magical gardens for a day or play draughts in a 17th century parlour. S These are just some of the things...
Remembering the Titanic; It Has Been a Century since the Titanic Was Lost to the Sea. since Then Hundreds of Tributes, Visitor Centres, Memorials, a Hollywood Film and Sunday Night Series Have Been Made in Memory of the Doomed Liner. Now It's the Turn of Two New Programmes from Wales to Pay Homage. Cathy Owen and Rachel Mainwaring Talk to Those Still Affected by the Tragedy
At 2.20am on April 15, Tony Waters will be on board a ship at the exact point where, 100 years before, the Titanic sank to its watery grave, writes Cathy Owen. As a young boy, Tony watched the 1958 Titanic film, A Night To Remember, and like many...
'Robbie's Such Good Fun but It Was a Challenge Getting Gavin to Open Up' Welshmen Have Dominated Strictly Star Katya Virshilas' Life Lately. as She Prepares to Perform in Wales Tonight, the Dancer Chats to Dave Owens and Reveals the Highs and Lows of Life on the Dancefloor with Gavin Henson and Robbie Savage
Byline: Dave Owens [bar] S befitting a duo who know how to dazzle and impress, it sounds as if Strictly Come Dancing stars Katya Virshilas and Pasha Kovalev are as much a whizz on the road as they are on the dancefloor. When I ask about their...
Rocket Robbie Stuns Glamorgan
WEST Indian paceman Robbie Joseph left Glamorgan's batsmen shell-shocked on his Leicestershire debut, claiming six for 47 to put his side into a match-winning position at Grace Road. s The Welshmen were routed for 124, giving Leicestershire a...
Sarajevo at a Standstill to Remember War Dead
Byline: MIKE JONES BOSNIAN capital Sarajevo yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of Europe's bloodiest conflict since World War II. In an emotive ceremony described as "haunting" by correspondents in the city, lines of empty red chairs were...
Saturday
CASUALTY BBC One, 9.10pm Nobody had heard of Connie Fisher before she took part in How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? She went on to win it and as a consequence was able to win rave reviews for her performance in the lead role in Andrew Lloyd-Webber's...
Secondglance
Byline: Matt Withers DSteve Dube ON'T panic! Said the UK Government last week, after tacitly encouraging the public to engage in collective panic. Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude was forced to apologise after flicking through his little book...
Ship Disaster Once Again Puts the Focus on Dangers Our Coast Faces; the Cargo Ship Which Ran Aground This Week Was a Reminder, If Any Was Needed, of the Daily Threat Faced by Wales' Fragile Coastal Ecosystems from the Shipping Industry, Writes Aled Blake
Byline: Aled Blake IT IS an image which still haunts Wales 16 years on. A tanker is left stricken in some of the most ecologically sensitive waters in the world, leaking what seems an endless stream of putrid, black oil. The devastating impact...
'Sick' Nurse Spent Days Filming Blockbuster with Hollywood Stars; FRAUDSTER CONVICTED
Byline: CERI WILLIAMS AN NHS nurse lied about being sick so he could take an acting part in a Hollywood blockbuster movie. Film-lover Mark Preece, 33, told his hospital bosses he had a back injury which meant he was unable to work as a community...
Small Nations Lead the Way in Successful ICT Strategy; THE PROFESSOR WHO SHOOTS FROM THE HIP
Byline: DYLANJONESEVANS [bar] ARLIER this week, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published its annual Global Information Technology Report which measures the extent to which various nations are developing their Information and Communications Technology...
Smart Storage Is the Key to Bathroom Bliss; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
A MESSY bathroom can have a serious effect on our wellbeing - robbing us of a serene space in which to relax. And yet the difference between a cluttered, chaotic washroom and an attractive spa sanctuary is very simple: storage. "From cosmetics,...
Sports Roundup
[bar] CYCLING: Great Britain's Victoria Pendleton won a dramatic duel with Australia's Anna Meares on her way to a sixth Track Cycling World Championships sprint title in Melbourne. In an extraordinary third day at the Hisense Arena, 2008 Olympic...
Spotlight on. MICHAEL SHEEN
Byline: MICHAEL SHEEN Image: The most promising actor of his generation Best known for: Playing Tony Blair, Richard Nixon and Brian Clough Early life: Michael Christopher Sheen was born on February 5, 1969, in Newport but grew up in Port Talbot....
Spotlight on. MIKE MYERS
Byline: MIKE MYERS Image: Comedy superstar Best known for: Austin Powers and Shrek Early life: Michael John Myers was born in 1963 in Ontario, Canada. He's the youngest of three sons whose parents came from Liverpool. His father sold encyclopaedias...
Spotlight on. SEAN BEAN
Byline: SEAN BEAN Image: Rugged actor Best known for: Blunt-talking soldier Sharpe Early life: Born Shaun Mark Bean in 1959 in Sheffield, the elder of two children. A fanatical Sheffield United supporter with "100 per cent Blade" tattooed on his...
Sprawling Grounds Set the Scene for a Grand Home
SET amidst stunning north Monmouthshire countryside a few miles to the east of Abergavenny, Tresaison is in a league of its own. The splendid country property combines a handsome house, cottage, period and modern outbuildings, menage, lovely gardens...
Synchronised Set for National
CHELTENHAM Gold Cup winner and former Welsh National hero Synchronised is becoming increasingly likely to take his chance in the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree next Saturday. Trainer Jonjo O'Neill is waiting for owner JP McManus to decide...
TAKE 3 What Can You Get for Your [...]
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 WHERE? Church Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff WHAT? A ground floor duplex apartment with private garden and parking...
TAKE 4 Detached Homes ... [...]
Detached homes ...TO BUY WHERE? Lower Leigh Road, Pontnewyndd, Pontypool WHAT'S IT GOT? An imposing executive four/five bedroomed property situated in a elevated positioning with breathtaking views across the valley. WHAT'S SO GOOD ABOUT IT? The...
TAKE TWO; the Welsh Mr & Mrs Steps out with a Brand New Look This Weekend. One of the Presenters, Stifyn Parri, Tells Us More about the New Sion a Sian
Q: So the iconic series is back on our screens. A: Yes - and I'm lucky enough to be co-hosting the brand new show on S4C with the lovely Heledd Cynwal (pictured). We've had a great time meeting and getting to know the contestants and asking them...
The Cradle of the Industrial Revolution - in Wales, in Britain, and in the Global Economy
The history written about the Industrial Revolution has been a very English affair. In most of the well-known textbooks Wales gets barely a look-in. The scene of the action is nearly always located in England. In the self-styled "birthplace of industry"...
The Family That Likes to Eat Together; ALISON YOUNG Favourite Room
NICKY Punter is a great believer in gathering her family around the table to eat together every day. Which means that the dining room in her home at Treoes near Bridgend is in regular daily use - unlike those in many homes where it is often the...
The Growing Credit Unions with Their New Beefed-Up Powers Could Soon Be Offering an Alternative to the Banks
THE emergence of credit unions as an alternative to high-street lenders continued today after figures showed further growth in savings and loans. The Association of British Credit Unions (ABCUL) said about pounds 703m in savings was being managed...
Theinsider
Byline: Gwen Davies Our cuddly archbishop, Rowan Williams, lately launched Literature Wales' imaginative Literary Tourism programme, a venture which combines books, guided tours, history and personalities (they offer a choice of Owen Sheers on foot...
The Style Council; Hooked on Retro Television Series Mad Men? Modern Home Buyers Are Snapping Up Style That's More 1960s Than the 1690s. Kirstie McCrum Selects Her Top Six
WHERE? Trearddur Bay, Anglesey WHAT? A seaside home, this four-bedroom detached bungalow has a style that harks back to the middle of last century. It enjoys a sea view from the lounge and briefly comprises four bedrooms, lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom...
The 'Unbearable Pressure' on Welsh Families' Finances
Byline: GRAHAM HENRY THE spiralling cost of living in Wales is putting "unbearable pressure" on families struggling to cope with the financial downturn, charities have warned. The stark assessment came as a study found the cost of running a home...
Those Feeling the Crunch Are Facing a Long Wait for Things to Get Better; Western Mail
WHEN the credit crunch hit in 2008 few could predicted how far reaching its effects would be. Four years later and families in Wales are still feeling the pinch and the austerity measures introduced under the UK coalition government are causing...
Three Grand Slams, but There Are Still Major Issues to Tackle in Our Regional Game amid Football Boom; THE CHAIRMAN'S STORY: Wales' Triple Grand Slam Triumph Seen through the Eyes of WRU Boss David Pickering, as Told to DELME PARFITT
Byline: DELME PARFITT [bar] S the most powerful man in Welsh rugby, David Pickering has much to be pleased about, and also a fair few things that will cause his brow to furrow. T'was always thus in the down-one-minute-up-the-next world of professional...
Time to Burst the Bubble on Match Restrictions, Say Fans; WELSH TEAMS PLAYED OVER 40 HIGH-SECURITY GAMES
Byline: CIARAN JONES A CIVIL liberties group has called for an end to so-called "bubble" policing of football games after Wales' top two sides played more than 40 high-security fixtures in a decade. Cardiff City fans were subjected to rigorous...
Tuesday
THE HAIRY BIKERS'' BAKEATION BBC Two, 8pm It seems the nation can''t get enough of Dave Myers and Si King. The eponymous stars of this show also attracted a fair bit of attention from tourists while performing a recent cooking sketch in the Netherlands....
Union Raises Spectre of More Strikes in Schools over Changes to Pensions; CONFERENCE TO CONSIDER CALLS FOR JOINT ACTION THIS SUMMER
Byline: ALISON KERSHAW SCHOOLS could face fresh strikes as early as this summer as teachers remain embroiled in a row with ministers over changes to pensions and pay, it has emerged. A priority motion on public sector pensions, expected to be...
Warnings of Racism 'Fell on Deaf Ears at Met Police Force'
Byline: KATIE HODGE ; TOM MORGAN WARNINGS of racism at Scotland Yard have fallen on "deaf ears" for more than a decade, a top policeman said as eight officers were suspended from the force. Superintendent Leroy Logan, of the Black Police Association,...