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 13, 2010

A Badger Cull Here Would Be a Blessing
Byline: BRITHLIW LIKE many farmers in the area, we were contacted by officials at the end of March asking if they could survey the farm for badger setts, which I happily agreed to. They turned up next morning, were very polite and took care to show...
Ageing Church to Seek Younger Clergy; 'Come and Enthuse Us with Your Vision of Change,' Says Bishop
Byline: David Williamson THE Church in Wales is to launch a campaign to encourage more young people to seek a career in the Church after admitting there is an "urgent need" for new clergy. Its governing body will meet in Lampeter tomorrow to...
Benn Defends Hunting Ban on Visit to Rural Marginal
LABOUR last night defended the ban on hunting with dogs, saying it remained a "touchstone" issue for voters in marginal rural seats. Environment Secretary Hilary Benn, speaking on a visit to Carmarthen, said the future of the 2004 Hunting Act was...
Brown Sets Sights on Expanding UK Middle Class with 'Blair-Plus' Manifesto; Severn Barrage Decision 'Early in Next Parliament'
Byline: Tomos Livingstone GORDON BROWN launched Labour's election manifesto yesterday with a "Blair-plus" pledge to create a bigger middle class. With the prospects for a public spending bonanza constrained by the economic crisis, the document...
City Marketreport
RETAIL stocks pushed the FTSE 100 Index higher yesterday as takeover speculation surrounded Argos owner Home Retail Group. Talk of a potential bid by supermarket chain Asda - whose chief executive Andy Bond is moving to a part-time chairman role...
Claire Talking WM Sense
OH, to be a teenager again. Yesterday, on my lunch break, I witnessed a lovely scene. Maybe it was the sun, or maybe it's because with youth comes incredible guts, because as I queued at the cashpoint, young love blossomed. A blonde in her...
Concentrating on Fit and Healthy Cows Makes Herd One of Britain's Top Ten
Byline: Steve Dube CARMARTHENSHIRE farmer Andrew Richards says hard work and attention to detail is behind his Richley herd of pedigree Holstein making the top ten dairy herds in Britain. "It's 20 years of breeding, every year since I came home,"...
Copycat Beauty; We Can't Always Afford Their Outfits - but Bagging the Stars' Make-Up Secrets Won't Break the Bank
Gwyneth Paltrow THE LOOK: Fresh and sensual. "Gwyneth has a natural radiance here that can be achieved by using an illuminating primer all over the face to bring a glow to the skin," recommends Estee Lauder international make-up artist Alan Pan. FACE:...
Councillor in Childcare-Bill Row Quits
Byline: Martin Shipton A COUNCILLOR who is under investigation by the Ombudsman for childcare claims totalling pounds 14,800 resigned his seat yesterday. Kevin Etheridge, who had been leader of the independent group on Caerphilly council, quit...
Dear Diary; Cringe Nights Are Taking off All over the UK, as Women Read from Their Teenage Diaries as an Alternative Night in or out with the Girls. WM Asked Two Childhood Best Friends to Leaf through an Embarrassing, and Also Poignant, Trip Down Memory Lane
Stacey Vaughan-Age 15 Sunday, January 4, 1981 Fed up of holidays now. Went to rugby club last night, pretty fed up. Mark and Keith were here, everyone went to the Queens but I couldn't cause I had no money. I'm not going to like Mark anymore cause...
Defender Loves the Highs and Lows of Life at City
Byline: Mark Bloom CARDIFF CITY defender Kevin McNaughton believes Bluebirds fans are in for another end-of-season roller-coaster ride. A year ago, the Bluebirds were preparing to crazily tumble out of the Championship play-offs - sparked by...
Derby Pressure on the Scarlets, Insists Dai
BLUES boss Dai Young insists all the pressure is on the Scarlets ahead of the big Magners League Welsh derby down west. The Scarlets desperately need a home victory on Saturday evening to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for next season's Heineken...
Dissidents Threat 'Severe' after MI5 HQ Attack; Real IRA Bombing Condemned
Byline: Michael McHugh THE threat from dissident republicans who attacked the MI5 headquarters in Northern Ireland is "severe", the police chief constable said yesterday. Matt Baggott said he was saddened after a car bomb claimed by the Real...
Ex-All Black Wary of Welsh Threat on the Summer Tour
Byline: Andy Howell FORMER All Black Byron Kelleher believesWales have an ace up their sleeve for this summer's tour of New Zealand. Wales meet South Africa at the Millennium Stadium on June 5 - two weeks before the first Test with the All Blacks...
Fabulous Florals; Nothing Brightens Your Day Quicker Than a Posy of Freshly-Picked Flowers Now Spring Has Sprung - but Why Stop There? John Lewis' Mockie Harrison Shows You How to Make Your Whole Home Blooming Marvellous
Florals is one of the key looks in interiors this season - and you will see elements of it across all areas of home design, from fabrics to wallpaper. The key to creating a practical home, yet keeping up-to-date with this season's trends, is to...
Farrowing Would've Been Harrowing So Babs Is Now Bangers and Burgers; Our Smallholder Has Bid a Sad Farewell to an Old Friend, but Is Looking to the Future
Byline: LIZ SHANKLAND I HAVEN'T been sleeping very well lately. Maybe it's because, just like Lady Macbeth, I've got blood on my hands and I'm racked with guilt. Last week, I signed the death warrant for Barbara, my favourite sow. It had to be...
Father Pays Tribute to 'Caring' Daughter
THE father of a careworker found strangled in a ditch has paid tribute to his "thoughtful" and "caring" daughter who "lived her life to the full". A passer-by spotted the body of 22-year-old Ffion Wyn Roberts in a ditch known as "Y Cyt" near her...
Forget the 1980s,the Tory Has Recovered the Centre; Former Welsh Secretary Says Voters Must Look to the Future Not the Past
Byline: Darren Devine FORMER Tory leader William Hague yesterday insisted David Cameron has succeeded in changing the face of the Conservative Party - thanks to a commitment to job creation and broadening the social background of its MPs. Hearing...
Glamorgan Sent Crashing by Nash Spin
PART-TIME off-spinS ner Chris Nash claimed career-best figures to help Sussex secure an opening County Championship win over Glamorgan by 201 runs on the final day at the Swalec Stadium. With Glamorgan offering some stubborn resistance from Ben...
Goody's Widower Raped Me, Student, 20, Tells Court; Club Promoter and Friend Deny the Offence
Byline: Wesley Johnson A 20-YEAR-OLD student yesterday described how her body went in to "complete lockdown" when she was allegedly raped by the widower of reality TV star Jade Goody and his friend. The shy young woman was "frozen with fear"...
Hill Ponies Descending for Open Day at Glanusk
ONE of the oldest traditions of the Welsh countryside will be celebrated in a Rare Breed Open Day at Glanusk Park near Crickhowell on May 9. Hundreds of Welsh hill ponies will be joined by Fell and Exmoor ponies and giant Shire horses in an event organised...
Holley Demands Ospreys Bounce Back at Ravenhill
Byline: Tim Lewis OSPREYS coach Sean Holley admits tonight's trip to Ulster will be a big test of his side's mental and physical strength. The Ospreys head to Ravenhill off the back of the demoralising Heineken Cup defeat to Biarritz on Saturday...
Labour Offers Up Promises for an Austere Age
Byline: martin.shipton THE cover of Labour's manifesto will appeal to lovers of naive primitive painting. There's something a bit Soviet-retro about a picture that shows a perfectly formed family of four looking into the sunshine where the message...
Legal Aid for MPs Accused of Fiddling Expenses
THREE politicians accused of fiddling their expenses have won a bid to get the public to pick up their legal bill. Court officials confirmed yesterday that the three Labour MPs will receive taxpayer-funded legal aid. David Chaytor, Elliot Morley...
Legendary Seductress Cleopatra Returns - to Promote a Virgin Event
GLAMOROUS Thandie Newton smoulders in a starring role as one of the world's best-known sex symbols - Cleopatra. Newton dressed up as the legendary seductress to launch this year's Virgin Media Shorts competition, which champions undiscovered UK...
Legend Liz Heads for Marriage No.9, but Still Holds a Candle for Burton
Byline: Robin Turner WHILE movie legend Elizabeth Taylor could be about to wed for the ninth time she will always have a special place in her heart for Welsh star Richard Burton, it was claimed yesterday. The 78-year-old actress is said to have...
Libe Dems' Pounds 10k Tax Threshold 'Will Benefit 200,000 in Wales'
Byline: Robin Turner LIBERAL Democrat Treasury spokesman Vince Cable has announced "radical" proposals to raise the income tax threshold to pounds 10,000. Speaking during a visit to Swansea the 66-year-old said it would lift 200,000 people in...
Llaeth Yn Gyfrwng I Leihau Afiechydon
Byline: LLOYD JONES TEIMLIR y dylai llawer mwy o gyhoeddusrwydd fod wedi ei roi i adroddiad a gyhoeddwyd yn ddiweddar ar waith ymchwil gan brif weithredwyr o America. Profwyd fod llaeth yn medru lleihau nifer o afiechydon o'r newydd. Deallir...
Manifesto Mania Seizes the Country, or at Least Worries It with Small Print; OPINION
Byline: Steve Dube OH NO! It's manifesto time. (Again? So soon?) Packages of proposals are being produced with aplomb. Politicos and at least a few journalists will peruse them with care. Such self-sacrifice! Such devotion to the cause. Such small...
Manufacturing Leads Recovery but Jobs Confidence Still Weak
BUSINESS activity in Wales rose for the 11th consecutive month in March, but the rate of growth has tailed off since February according to the latest purchase managers' index report. The data suggests that the Welsh manufacturing sector was the...
Mervyn Davies Gives the Lowdown on Greedy Bankers; Economic Inactivity in the Valleys - Can It Change?
Byline: Chris Kelsey THE latest issue of Business in Wales magazine kicks off with an interview with Lord Mervyn Davies, former chairman of Standard Chartered and currently Minister of state for Trade, Investment and Small Business in Gordon Brown's...
Mickelson Backing Lee to Be a Major Champion
Byline: Anthony Woolford PHIL MICKELSON not only thinks Lee Westwood can win a Major soon, but wants him to. Proud owner of a third Masters green jacket after a three-shot victory made all the more emotional by his wife Amy's struggles with breast...
Milner Gets No Apology from Terry
Chelsea Bolton V Stamford Bridge, 8pm CHELSEA captain John Terry has not apologised to midfielder James Milner for his controversial Wembley challenge, despite calls for him to do so from Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill. Terry was booked for his...
Morning Serial
Byline: Alun Richards SEX was a lie, marriage was a lie, art was a lie. Living itself was nothing like it was cracked up to be. There came a time in your life when all you could do was look back and then images floated into your mind without...
Murder Theories; LETTERS
SIR - I am expressing my concern over comments made by a spokesman from South Wales Police regarding the "half-baked theories" of amateur sleuths writing novels on early murder cases ("Secrecy over 1940 murder as DNA offers new leads", March 31). ...
Naughty Foods Increase to Satisfy Customers' Need for Comfort Bites
AN overwhelming array of comfort food choice has come on the market for depressed consumers to munch on through the recession, new data showed yesterday. The choice of snack foods, such as chocolate, cakes and crisps in supermarkets has increased...
Os Na Wnawn Ni Bleidleisio Arnom Ni Fydd Y Bai Pan Aiff Yr Hwch Drwy'r Siop
Byline: Hafina Clwyd FEL mae'n digwydd yr wyf wrth fy modd yn gwylio a gwrando ar raglenni gwleidyddol ac felly yr oedd cael gwybod - o'r diwedd - mai Mai 6 fydd y diwrnod mawr yn gwneud i mi deimlo'n reit hapus a chyffrous. Galwch fi'n od. Dim...
Ospreys Must Follow Irish Lead to Help Conquer Europe - Donal
Byline: gareth griffiths LIONS legend Donal Lenihan has told the Welsh regions they must follow Munster and Leinster's lead and learn from their constant European failures. The Ospreys' heartbreaking 29-28 Heineken Cup defeat to Biarritz last...
Palace - Harry Did Not Buy Pounds 10,000 Champers
CLAIMS by clubbers that Prince Harry spent pounds 10,000 on vintage champagne during a night out partying were denied by St James' Palace yesterday. He treated his friends and other partygoers to more than 45 bottles of bubbly last Friday at an...
Park's Challenge over Green Energy Plant Is Hard to Digest; Anaerobic Unit Would Turn Abattoir Waste into Electricity and Fertiliser
Byline: Steve Dube PLANS by a farming family to invest millions of pounds in a climate change-busting enterprise have become tangled in a planning nightmare. Two years after securing planning consent for a pounds 3m anaerobic digester to convert...
Pinter Classic Back for 50th Anniversary; Preview the Caretaker Theatr Brechiniog, Brecon
A LANDMARK of 20th-century theatre arrives at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, tomorrow as London Classic Theatre presents a production of Harold Pinter's The Caretaker. First performed at The Arts Theatre, London, in 1960, half a century on, Pinter's...
Plaid Needs to Raise Its Game to Wield Real Power; COMMENT
A WEEK into the General Election campaign and some themes are already becoming apparent: credibility on the economy is the key issue, while new twists in the expenses scandal keep threatening to blow carefully-laid plans off course. The electorate...
Polling Firm Believes Its 42% Profit Slump Will Be Turned Around
POLLING firm YouGov yesterday posted a 42% half-year profits fall but predicted an upturn in performance as it gears up for the UK election. YouGov said the decline in pre-tax profits to pounds 1.4m in the six months to January 31 came as good performances...
Prison for Banned Director Who Left Pounds 1.5m Debt Trail; Daughter Who Was Used as a Front for Dealings Is Given a Community Order
Byline: Liz Keen A COMPANY director who drove Mercedes and Range Rover cars and sponsored polo events was jailed for two-and-a-half years yesterday after a judge heard he left a trail of debts totalling nearly pounds 1.5m. Steven Baber, 53, ran...
Reader's Digest Rescuer to Speak at Corporate Finance Conference; Better Capital Chief Is Critic of Other Private Equity Firms
Byline: Graham Henry ONE of the world's leading private equity figures Jon Moulton will address a conference in Newport this week. Mr Moulton, whose private equity firm last week acquired Reader's Digest, will be a keynote speaker at a corporate...
Retailers Report a Cracking Good Easter
RETAIL sales growth hit its highest level for nearly four years last month as firms received a welcome Easter boost, according to figures today. The latest snapshot from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG revealed the total value of sales...
Shamed Joe Gets Morales Sympathy
Byline: David Williams MEXICAN boxing legend Erik Morales admits he has sympathy for Joe Calzaghe over his struggle to adapt to life outside the ring. The unbeaten Welshman, who quit boxing last year, has vowed to clean up his personal life following...
'Something of a Pantomime Character', 'A Looney' and a 'Half-Witted Clown' - Viewers Give Their Doctor Who Verdicts; Archives Reveal How Time Lord Split Loyalties through Ages
Byline: Aled Blake THE new Doctor is "something of a pantomime character", "a looney" and a "half-witted clown", viewers of Doctor Who have complained to the BBC. But actor Matt Smith need not worry - the comments come from newly-published BBC...
Spring into Style; St David's Shopping Centre Unveiled Its Spring Collection in a Week of Fashion Shows in the Capital. the Stylist Behind It All, Ricky Partner, Talked WM''s Emily Woodrow through the Five Key Looks from the Catwalk That Will Take Us All the Way through to Summer Ricky Partner
Byline: St David's 1. Military at Warehouse "Military is huge at the moment and the great thing about it is it's so very versatile. You s can dress it up for a night out or simply chuck it on for a quick visit to the shops. It's a look that really...
Tackling the Ugly Obstacle Race for Spawning Salmon; out in Force to Inspect, Log, and Repair the Brook's Many Problems
Byline: MOC MORGAN MANY, many moons ago my shooting mate Ben and I would, once every fortnight, go shooting on a small marsh alongside the river Teifi. I vividly recall how the teal, those spitfires of the wild fowl world, would fly into the marsh...
The Lurcher Man Was Holding the Hind Feet of Something Quite Dead. Surely It Wasn't a Hare?
Byline: Linda Auld THERE was a slight orange glimmer as the sun set and I walked towards Mynydd Bach. I passed Treweithan house where Gwyn and Daisy Williams lived in the Fifties. Gwyn's summer journal, 1951, describes how they wrote, painted, cut...
Tiger Gets No Joy from Masters
TIGER WOODS exceeded most people's expectations of him on his return to golf, but not his own. "I only enter events to win," he said after finishing joint fourth at The Masters, five behind Phil Mickelson. That it was his great rival Mickelson...
Tour Operators in Wales Plan Fight-Back as Last Year's Staycationers Get Itchy Feet; 'People Will Still Want Short Breaks at Home'
Byline: Sally Williams THE days of the "staycation" may be numbered, but Welsh tourism operators are convinced they can hold their own this summer. After many Britons opted to go on short local breaks last year, this time round an increasing...
Trio Takes Doubles at the Glamorgan; Mathias Foils Merlyn's Magic to Clinch Victory by Just Half a Length
Byline: BRIAN LEE THERE were doubles for Luke Price, John Mathias and Tom David at the rearranged Glamorgan Hunt Steeplechases which attracted a crowd that Chepstow Racecourse - held on the same afternoon - would have envied. Luke Price, 20,...
TV Grilling Ducked by Plaid amid Leadership Confusion; Party Denies Llwyd Has Been Sidelined: Plaid Gave ITV Four Different Reasons for Refusing Interview
Byline: Martin Shipton PLAID CYMRU officials have blocked a plan for their leader Ieuan Wyn Jones to be interviewed on TV by former Tory Welsh Office Minister Rod Richards, the Western Mail can reveal. ITV Wales said it had been given four separate...
Ugly Win Would Be Just Beautiful for Swans Star
Byline: Blair Wood SWANSEA CITY star Darren Pratley has urged his teammates to forget their usual footballing philosophy and win ugly. While even the most avid Swans fan will admit free-flowing football has been at a premium in recent weeks,...
United Must Learn to Win without Rooney - Phelan
MANCHESTER UNITED assistant boss Mike Phelan has admitted the Red Devils must learn to win without Wayne Rooney. Although United have lost matches with their 34-goal talisman in the side this season, the wheels have fallen off their domestic campaign...
Unthinkable: Sheen Film Is Heading Direct to DVD; Terrorist Movie Struggles to Get into Cinemas
Byline: Nathan Bevan ONE is among the greatest actors Wales has ever produced, the other an A-list Hollywood heavyweight whose presence practically guarantees box office gold. Yet a new film featuring both Michael Sheen and Samuel L Jackson looks...
Urge Politicians to Care for the Health of the Planet; Nature Watch
Byline: DANA THOMAS WITH the general election taking place in a month's time we need to ask politicians grappling with the budget deficit to try to find ways to settle the ecological debt. In 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, we face...
US Gallery Forced to Close Exhibition of Masterpieces on Loan from Wales; Famous Davies Sisters' Collection Threatened by Air-Con Malfunction
Byline: David Williamson A MAJOR exhibition in the US featuring some of Wales' most valuable paintings has been closed - thanks to a malfunctioning air conditioning system. Art lovers have flocked to see the masterpieces collected by Gwendoline...
Warning from Family of Girl, 13, Groomed Online
THE family of a girl who was groomed by a 37-year-old man from North Wales warned parents yesterday of the dangers of children meeting people online. Timothy Fullard was jailed for two years at Northampton Crown Court yesterday after admitting two...
We Still Believe in Tying Theknot, Insist Children of Divorced Parents; Parental Splits Don't Put Women off Getting Wed
Byline: Helen Turner CHILDREN of divorced parents are not being put off getting married themselves, according to a new survey, More than eight out of 10 young women polled said they still wanted to tie the knot in spite of their parents' relationship...
Working Lunch; Jamie Robins Has Found the Perfect Cure for Lunch Break Boredom - Document Everything His Colleague Is Eating - Then Tell a Growing Number of Followers about It on the Web. Trouble Is, the Subject's Feeling a Little Stalked
Byline: Jamie Robins WHAT did you have for lunch yesterday? That's an easy question, you could probably answer it. What did you have to eat on Wednesday, February 3? That isn't so easy. Well it is for my friend and colleague Dom. You see,...