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 November 18, 2003

A Hearty, Healthy Christmas
Bangers and mash on Bonfire Night, Christmas feasts just around the corner, even hearty dinners at Thanksgiving (if you're American or a fan of Friends!)... we're certainly into saturated fat season. All of which may be great fun but isn't necessarily...
Anglo-Saxon Spin Halted to Credit the Welsh at Last; US Historian Says Archaeology and DNA Is Putting the Real Britons Back Centre Stage
Byline: Rhodri Clark CENTURIES of banishing the Welsh to the margins of British history are coming to an end, according to an American academic. Professor Chris Snyder, of Marymount University, Virginia, says modern science is forcing historians...
Are the Welsh Turning into Secret Supporters of England?
Byline: Rhodri Clark FOR the first time in their lives, many Welsh rugby fans will support England in next Saturday's Rugby World Cup final. But most will be too embarrassed to admit it to their mates in the pub. That's the view of cultural...
Big Boys' Toys
Byline: David Williamson People used to worship meteorites as gifts from the gods, writes David Williamson. Give someone a gadget and they will emote similar adoration and wonder in your direction 1PERIOD DIVER'S HELMET Since Ikea opened within...
Blue Sign, Seal and Deliver for Fans; Review Blue, CIA, Cardiff
Byline: Hannah Jones TOP band Blue brought their Guilty Tour to South Wales this week to the delight of their legions of fans. Named after their new number one album, it was more of a musical event than a concert. Using eight dancers and a...
Bush Sydd Yn Amhoblogaidd Nid Yr Americanwyr Cyffredin
Byline: Hafina Clwyd WN I ddim sut y mae pethau yn Llundain heddiw. Hyderaf y bydd yna brotest fawr, ond di-drais, yn erbyn ymweliad Sior o'r Llwyn, er mwyn iddo gael gwybod nad yw pawb o bobl y byd yn cytuno 'i bolisau. Mi fyddai'n dda gen i...
Can Big Brother Cope with the Coming Ice Age?
JUST as I was getting used to the idea of global warming (lots of warm Christmases basking in the back garden and no more chilblains) scientists have wrecked my week by announcing we are heading for the next Ice Age It was only five minutes ago...
Charlotte Has Oxford Union in Stitches - about Posh
SINGING sensation Charlotte Church launched an attack on Victoria Beckham's musical talents when she addressed the Oxford Union last night. The 17-year-old had students at the debating society in stitches when she told them the former Spice Girl...
Cricket: Anderson Quick to Play Down His Leading Role
JAMES ANDERSON'S rapid rise means he starts his first full tour as England's premier strike bowler - but he is quick to distance himself from that description. Less than a year after his debut against Australia in Melbourne, the 21-year-old is the...
End-of-Month Blues Get Darker with a Lack of Cash; Whether You're Male or Female, You Could Be Suffering from a New Version of PMT
Byline: Joanne Atkinson DO you get depressed, moody and worried as the month progresses and your bank balance shrinks? Does the stress of stretching your cash until payday affect other areas of your life like your diet, leisure activities and...
Extend Free School Bus Passes 'To Ease Traffic' Pilot Schemes Will Cut Rush-Hour Congestion, Welsh Assembly Government Believes
Byline: Madeleine Brindley THERE were growing calls last night for Wales to extend free school bus passes to ease the congestion nightmare of the school run. Campaigners believe increasing the number of children who travel by bus will reduce...
Faster Internet for All 'By 2005' BT Sets Broadband 'Trigger Levels' for 244 Exchanges
Byline: Sion Barry TELECOMS giant BT yesterday said that blanket broadband coverage in Wales was achievable by 2005, providing there was Government support. BT currently makes broadband available to 65% of Welsh households, a figure expected...
First Trip to Istanbul for Archbishop of Canterbury
THE Archbishop of Canterbury hopes to visit two Turkish synagogues where 24 people were killed in suicide bombings last week, Lambeth Palace announced yesterday. Dr Rowan Williams - who arrived in Turkey yesterday and returns to Britain tomorrow...
Football: Burns: We Still Have a Huge Task in Holland
TOMMY BURNS is convinced Scotland were lucky to beat Holland on Saturday - but insists the players will try to use that knowledge as a tool to complete the job in Amsterdam tomorrow. The Scots are 90 minutes away from the Euro 2004 finals following...
Football: Flynn: We Didn't Pose a Threat
DISAPPOINTED Swans boss Brian Flynn admitted his side were fortunate to avoid a heavy defeat at Northampton last night. And Flynn is demanding a big improvement on Swansea's poor Sixfields performance when struggling Darlington visit the Vetch at...
Football: It's Not Lost Yet but We Must Change Tactics, Says Russia Star
STRIKER Marat Izmailov has promised Russia will 'attack and attack' at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow. The diminutive Lokomotiv star - a second-half substitute in the first-leg Moscow stalemate - admitted that Russia were complacent before kick-off...
Football: Jones: We Know It Will Be Difficult but We're Confident
Byline: Andrea Morgan WALES goalkeeper Paul Jones hopes he can take the national team one step further than his legendary predecessor Neville Southall. The Southampton stopper has less than half of the record 92 caps Southall won between from...
Football: Koumas: Hard Work's Done Now We Must Finish the Job
Byline: Andrea Morgan JASON KOUMAS believes his big performance in Moscow will silence the critics who questioned his commitment to Wales. And the West Bromwich Albion midfielder is keen to turn their criticism into more praise by helping Wales...
Football: Melville: Bulykin Can Eat His Words; Wales Defender Says Comments Were Perfect Motivation
Byline: Mario Risoli ANDY MELVILLE last night admitted he would relish 'sticking two fingers up' at the Russians - and in particular outspoken striker Dmitri Bulykin. Before Saturday's Euro 2004 play-off first leg in Moscow, Bulykin fired a broadside...
Football: No Swiss Role May Turn Sweet for Kavanagh
Byline: Mario Risoli GRAHAM KAVANAGH believes not playing in the Republic of Ireland's dismal Euro 2004 qualifying defeat in Switzerland might have saved his international career. The Cardiff City skipper was recalled to the Irish squad for last...
Football: Russians Target Ryan on the Field and off It; Having Failed to Kick Giggs off the Park on Saturday Wales' Play-Off Rivals Are Now Trying to Get Him Banned
Byline: Mario Risoli THE Wales camp rallied around Ryan Giggs last night as the star winger's participation in the Euro 2004 play-off return with Russia came under threat. Russia are calling on UEFA to suspend the Manchester United star from...
Football: Sven Calls on FA to Review 'Crazy' System
SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON insisted it is 'crazy' Rio Ferdinand is still awaiting a hearing for missing a drugs test as he stressed the need for urgent changes to the Football Association's entire disciplinary system. Eriksson will push for the disciplinary...
Football: Swans Fade as Cobblers Dish out a Hammering; Flynn's Men Left Floundering While Northampton Carve Them to Shreds
SWANSEA CITY were lucky not to suffer a Monday massacre last night as rampaging Northampton carved them open in a thrilling Division Three clash at Sixfields Stadium. This was only Swansea's fourth defeat on the road this season, but the margin...
Fortress Britain to Greet Bush
PRESIDENT George Bush will today fly into fortress Britain for the start of his controversial state visit as police mount one of the tightest and most costly security operations ever seen. Leave has been cancelled for 14,000 officers and a security...
Guess Who's the Top Doctor Who?
MANIC Tom Baker was voted the greatest ever Doctor Who in a poll to mark the cult show's 40th anniversary. In the role Baker was famed for his boggle-eyed stare, mop of curls and his multi-coloured scarf as he outsmarted cybermen, daleks and zygons....
Henry Likely Successor If Mitchell Gets the Boot; Former Wales Coach Widely Touted for New Zealand Job
Byline: Andy Howell GRAHAM HENRY is expected to find out on Thursday if his dream of coaching New Zealand could become reality. The former Wales coach has remained silent since the All Blacks crashed out of the World Cup against Australia while...
Is Your Lifestyle LETHAL?
Byline: Karen Price We all know about the dangers of pesticides and pollution, but did you know that your daily shower, the veg you eat, the perfume you wear, even your clean new car, could all be harming you? Karen Price investigates the world...
Law May Unfairly Brand Youths
Byline: Madeleine Brindley TOUGH new laws to combat antisocial behaviour among children will criminalise normal teenage behaviour, a Welsh charity warns today. Groups of two or more children simply hanging out on the nation's streets could feel...
Leading Article: Supervised Buses: The Safe, Healthy School Run
ANYONE who has ever had the misfortune to be stuck in a rush-hour traffic jam or attempted to negotiate the roads around their local school will know first-hand of the congestion generated by the daily run to and from schools. Concerns about children's...
Lecturer in Battle with Planners over Rescued Prefab-Home Tourist Venture
Byline: Gareth Morgan A UNIVERSITY lecturer has begun a campaign to save one of the last of a doomed species in Wales - the prefab house. But planners in Ceredigion are not helping his cause and have refused planning permission to bring a prefab...
Lessons in Love; (and Flirting)
Byline: Claire Hill It's the same old story - is that bloke really winking at you or has something flown into his eye? Flirting, as shown perfectly by CZJ and George Clooney in Intolerable Cruelty, is an art. But where do you go to learn it? TV's...
Letter: AM's 'Wilful Ignorance'
SIR - David Davies AM is entitled to his view about the worth of the All Wales Ethnic Minority Association, but does he have to impose his willful ignorance on your readers? Of course our largest single cost is staffing - does he know of any organisation...
Letter: Breakfast by Big Brother
SIR - National identity cards demonstrates Westminster's Big Brother gone out of control. Now, further to controlling the movement of the British populace of all ages, the Welsh Assembly Government wants to control the future of our children. What's...
Letter: SME Development
SIR - I read with interest Russell Lawson's piece (November 12th) on the availability and appropriateness of development opportunities for small businesses in Wales. We often fall into the trap of perceiving that SMEs are all the same and have similar...
Mass for Peace a First for Wales
Byline: Hannah Jones KARL JENKINS, whose Adiemus projects have made him the UK's most successful contemporary composer ever, will begin his 60th birthday celebrations next year by conducting his chart-topping opus, The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace...
Men's Stuff
Byline: Jamie Baulch Web cams! The big news is I've got a new gadget to add to my collection of thing-a-ma-jigs. As I said last week, I was going cold turkey gadget-wise after spending far too much time playing computer games. I'd been playing...
Middle Aged Bimbo; Confessions of A
Byline: Robin Turner Forget Tupperware and tan tights, Jenny Eclair is one woman who refuses to face middle age with anything other than wit, wine, and a cheeky wink, as Robin Turner discovers NOVELIST, actor and professional loud mouth Jenny...
Motorists Warned Not to 'Talk and Drive'
Byline: Rhodri Clark OFFICIAL advertisements were launched yesterday to warn motorists of the imminent ban on driving while using a mobile phone. The Government-funded radio adverts warn that any car driver caught using a hand-held mobile while...
Motorsport: Burns Vows to Return to Wheel
RICHARD BURNS' rally career could be in jeopardy after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Britain's former world champion will undergo a course of radiotherapy but has been ordered to miss next season. Burns is determined to make a full recovery...
MyTravel Given a Rough Ride but Pounds 147m Sell-Off Approved
WORRIED shareholders supported fresh moves yesterday by tour operator MyTravel to shore up its battered balance sheet. The sale of a string of businesses worth pounds 147m won unanimous approval, although some of the 100 or so shareholders at a...
Pampered Pooches
Byline: Anna Morrell Celebs like Linda Barker, Geri Halliwell, and Tamara Beckwith can't bear to be parted from their tiny furry friends ... even George Bush is bringing his trusty pet Barney. Pet dogs are the hottest accessory in town, but how...
Pep Up Your Party Peepers
Of all the signs of a hangover - grey skin, no colour, pale cheeks - the worst by far is red eyes. A dead giveaway, tired and watery eyes let everyone know you were out till 2am partying. Fool your mum, your mates and, of course, your boss with these...
Poached Salmon Now a Rarity
Byline: Peter Morrell MANY, many moons ago, when our rivers were full of salmon, the November 'Hiring Fairs' was regarded as the most productive time for salmon poaching. The practice was to go out to the riverside at night carrying powerful...
Pretenders to the Throne
Byline: David Williamson The concept of President Bush sleeping in Buckingham Palace has not prompted the men and women of Britain to rehearse the lyrics of America the Beautiful. When President Kennedy visited the west coast of Ireland the rapture...
Rugby Union: England Aim to Keep It Tight before the Final
ENGLAND will adopt their usual security measures this week as they leave no stone unturned in an unflinching quest for World Cup glory. Counter-intelligence work has been taken seriously for the last two years, checking hotels and changing rooms...
Rugby Union: Ponty Fans Want Moffett Meeting on Sardis U-Turn
Byline: Andrea Morgan SUPPORTERS of Pontypridd have demanded an urgent meeting with David Moffett after the Welsh Rugby Union allowed Celtic Warriors to drop Sardis Road as a home venue. Angry Ponty fans claim the valleys have been disenfranchised...
Rush of Interest in Leisure Proposal
Byline: Rhodri Evans FIVE parties have expressed an interest in redeveloping Swansea's troubled leisure centre, the city's council has revealed Only last week the City and County of Swansea Council announced that the leisure centre would remain...
Sales of Football Shirts Soaring; Replica Rugby Tops Outsold by Football Strips Three to One
WELSH football shirts are selling three times faster than replica rugby tops in some areas of the country as D-Day approaches for the national soccer side. One sportswear retailer in North Wales said sales of the football shirt will be 'frightening'...
Small Firms in Wales Squandering Pounds 45m in Energy Bills, Trust Warns
Byline: Rhodri Evans SMALL businesses in Wales have been warned they are wasting pounds 45m a year in energy bills, with some squandering as much as 30% of the energy they use. The warning comes from the Welsh Assembly Government's Economic Development...
Sniper Faces Death Penalty
JOHN ALLEN MUHAMMAD faces the death penalty after a jury yesterday decided he was one of the Washington area snipers. Muhammad was convicted of capital murder, concluding he used a rifle, a beat-up car and a teenager who idolised him, to kill randomly...
Stylish Vintage Bags; 60S LookVintage
Byline: Sarah Drew. Jones Right ladies, the party season is nearly in full swing - what with winter birthday parties, glamorous charity balls, Christmas work/office parties as well as family Christmas holiday parties looming - I just hope you're...
Undercover Cosmo
Byline: Sarah Drew. Jones If you're looking for fab lingerie to slip underneath your winter woollies, or want some ideas for Christmas pressies, point your bloke in the direction of this page. Swish mag Cosmopolitan has launched a new range of luscious...
Up to 70% of Welsh Women Use Informal Childcare Help; New Guides Reveal Benefits to Business of Supporting Employees
Byline: Joanne Atkinson UP to 70% of employed women with children in Wales are using informal childcare arrangements. New guides are being launched today urging that business-based childcare should at least match the standard provided by the...
Wales in Anxious Wait over Giggs Ban Threat
RYAN GIGGS faces the threat today of missing out on Wales' crucial Euro 2004 play-off second leg showdown with Russia. Uefa is investigating Russian claims that the Wales winger elbowed defender Vadim Evseev in the face during the first leg of the...
What It Feels like; to Touch Fake Boobs: To Have Fake Boobs: To Be Struck by Lightning: To Be Gored by a Bull:
It's the book everyone's talking about. Those great men at Esquire have compiled a handy pocket-sized tome filled with a series of exhilarating first-person tales which is disturbingly entertaining. So, assuming that you've never touched fake boobs...
Where on Earth Is Middle Earth?; Tolkien Fans across the Globe Will Tell Welsh Research Team
Byline: Gareth Morgan WHERE in the world is Middle Earth? A team of Welsh researchers are about to find out with a huge internet survey. From the frozen Scandinavian wastes through the wild Celtic countryside to the modern films set in New Zealand,...
World's Most Expensive Saloon Car Could Be Built in Wales; Zircon Project May Create 600 Jobs
Byline: Robin Roberts WALES is in line to win a pounds 100m luxury car plant creating more than 600 jobs. The world's most expensive high-performance saloon could be rolling out of a Welsh factory inside four years. Confirmation of Wales's...
'Wrong' Track on Stereophonics' Single Could Be Worth a Fortune
Byline: Gareth Morgan A STRANGE mistake on the latest Stereophonics release could actually add value for record collectors, experts said last night. Collectors craving quirkiness could be in for a treat if they hunt down the new Stereophonics...
WTO Chief Warns Europe Not to Politicise US Tariff Row
EUROPE was yesterday warned not to politicise its steel tariff row with the United States. The World Trade Organisation's (WTO) director-general Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi said such a move risked damaging the integrity of the world trading system....
You're All Right Jack
Byline: David Williamson After filming some of the world's most famous stars, Jack Cardiff is a film legend in his own right. David Williamson finds out why If word got out that Rembrandt would be in a Cardiff gallery tomorrow night, to explain...
'You Think I Did It' - Trial Told What Weeping Huntley Said; 'He Asked Was He a Suspect? He Looked Pale and Clammy'
SOHAM accused Ian Huntley burst into tears as he told a police officer, 'You think I've done it,' his Old Bailey murder trial heard yesterday. Huntley cried when he spoke to Detective Constable Jonathan Taylor near his home three days after Holly...