Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)

Media Wales Ltd. publishes Western Mail, a community newspaper that focuses on news and events. The editor of this publication is Alan Edmunds.

Articles from August 2, 2005

Almost All Application Forms Returned in Wales
Contrary to the predictions of some, who were sure we were facing a worryingly low return, 98.65% of farmers in Wales returned their Single Application Forms by the official closing date of May 16. Given that 20,348 forms were issued, this high...
'Amazing' Welsh Cave System Wins UK Natural Wonder Poll
Byline: By ROBIN TURNER Western Mail A range of Welsh caves, which has become an almost compulsory destination for school trips, has landed the title of Britain's Finest Natural Wonder. The National Showcaves of Wales at Dan-yr-Ogof has won a 'David...
Archdruid Calls for Eisteddfod to Remain Welsh
The National Eisteddfod appeared to distance itself from its new Archdruid yesterday after he suggested the festival should give no more ground to the English language. Selwyn Iolen has announced he will not give interviews in English as Archdruid,...
Badgers Threat to Hedgehogs, Farmers Warn
Byline: By STEVE DUBE Western Mail The Farmers' Union of Wales has warned that the over-protection of badgers could lead to hedgehogs becoming as rare as red squirrels. The union demanded urgent Government action after the Mammals Trust released...
Beauty of Our National Parks Is Focus of Exhibition
Byline: By STEVE DUBE Western Mail Paintings of landscapes in the three national parks of Wales feature in an exhibition of paintings by artist Rowan Huntley to be shown in both North and South Wales this summer. The exhibition, Eternal Landscape...
Beckham Phones Terminally-Ill Girl
The remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has shot to the top of the UK box office charts on its opening weekend. It has taken almost pounds 8m since opening on Friday. Tim Burton's remake earned pounds 7.97m in the UK and Ireland, according...
Booming Cardiff Biotechnology Firm Turns Losses into Profits as Share Price Leaps
Byline: By DAVID WILLIAMSON Western Mail British Biocell International has turned losses into profits in a year that has seen its share price double. The Cardiff biotechnology firm has now set its sights on a series of acquisitions. Turnover...
'Bridesmaid' Jibe Got Davies in the Mood
Welsh swimmer David Davies has pledged to get in the gym and work on his 'scrawny arms' to end the rule of 1500 metres king Grant Hackett. Davies dug deep to win only Britain's third medal of the World Championships in Montreal in the early hours yesterday,...
Bubbling Britton Ready to Leap into Action for Swans
Byline: By PHIL BLANCHE Western Mail New system, new stadium, new pitch. No wonder Leon Britton can't wait for the new season to kick-off on Saturday with Swansea City starting out on life in League One at home to Tranmere Rovers. As the dust...
Call for Welsh Language to Be Given Equal Status with English
Byline: By MARTIN SHIPTON Western Mail A member of the Welsh Language Board is expected to create a storm when he advocates that employees in all parts of Wales should have the absolute legal right to conduct their working life through Welsh. ...
Cardiff Mum Is Fifth Woman to Win Eisteddfod Crown
Byline: By DANIEL DAVIES Western Mail A mother who began writing poetry to help recover from illness was crowned as an outstanding poet at the National Eisteddfod yesterday. Christine James, who was raised in an English-speaking home in the Rhondda...
Cheese Makers Hit by Bacteria Tests Fallout
Byline: By STEVE DUBE Western Mail The great Welsh cheese revival has been feeling the ill-effects of a growing rift between cheesemakers and public health officials. One prize-winning cheese has effectively ceased production and others are worried...
Darlington Goes for a Burton in City Move
Byline: By MARIO RISOLI Western Mail Jermaine darlington said he jumped at the chance to move to Ninian Park so he could work under Terry Burton again. The Cardiff City utility man played under the Bluebirds coach during his time at Wimbledon and...
Drugged Driver Blamed for Children's Deaths
Byline: By SAM BURSON Western Mail Distraught families have welcomed a coroner's verdict which yesterday found an 18-year-old under the influence of drugs to blame for their children's deaths. Jason Hartt, his girlfriend Tammy Williams, 14, and...
Elis-Thomas Harks Back to Crusades in His Look at Today
Byline: By MARTIN SHIPTON Western Mail Dafydd elis-thomas will today deliver a lecture in which he characterises our age as one of 'state and anti-state terrorism'. The Plaid Cymru peer, who is Presiding Officer of the National Assembly, has called...
Familiar Faces in Favourite Shows
Byline: By KAREN PRICE Western Mail Repertory seasons used to be held at theatres throughout the country. And one venue which has maintained the tradition is the Grand Theatre in Swansea. The summer repertory season in the Welsh city is now in its...
Fears over New Northern Ireland Security Plan
British Government moves to disband units of the Royal Irish Regiment could further set back the return of the Northern Ireland Assembly, it was claimed last night. Democratic Unionist leader the Rev Ian Paisley sounded the warning after Northern Ireland...
Fly the Flag for Our Natural Wonder
Byline: -COMMENT Ales has so much to be proud of. Our language, art and culture are the envy of many other nations - including our next door neighbour, although its inhabitants might not admit it. And today we can celebrate officially having the...
Food Finalists Wait to Hear Whose Is the Best of the High-Quality Products
After two days of tasting the judges in the 2005/06 True Taste/Gwir Flas Wales Food and Drink Awards have come to their decisions. However, we will have to wait to see who will take the coveted trophies this year. But while two days sampling some...
From Terraces to Mini Mansions
Byline: By TRYST WILLIAMS Western Mail As property gurus Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer prepare to unveil the best houses for pounds 180,000 around the UK, Tryst Williams takes a look at what that sum - the UK's average house price - could get...
GM Superweed Springs Up after British Farm Trials
Byline: By STEVE DUBE Western Mail More problems have surfaced for biotechnology companies promoting GM crops in Britain, with the discovery of the country's first genetically-modified superweed. GM oilseed rape grown during farm trials has cross-bred...
Gone to the Horses
SIR - Last Saturday, I switched on my television to S4C hoping to see my young relatives taking part in band competitions at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. To my amazement, all I could get was horse racing nearly all day from a country outside...
Goodway Takes Top Post
Byline: By SION BARRY Western Mail Russell goodway is to make a dramatic return to high office in Wales after last night being named as the new chief executive of Cardiff Chamber of Commerce. Confirmation of his appointment comes after the Western...
'He Is a Victim Too-Just like Our Beloved Liz'
Byline: By CATRIN PASCOE Western Mail Lizzie neels was their 'miracle baby' who died when a Welsh rugby fan, exhausted after a long-haul flight to New Zealand to follow the Lions, fell asleep at the wheel. Her parents' dreams for their beloved only...
HSBC Banks Unexpected Profits
Banking giant HSBC yesterday unveiled a forecast-beating 5% rise in half-year profits to $10.64bn (pounds 6.03bn), as it reaped the rewards of its major global presence. The group, which generates less than a quarter of its earnings from the UK, said...
Hunger Strike Grandfather in Bid to Tackle Rhodri on Language Bill
Byline: By RHODRI CLARK Western Mail A grandfather who has gone on hunger strike at this week's National Eisteddfod plans to confront First Minister Rhodri Morgan today over a pledge made in Westminster 12 years ago. When Mr Morgan was MP for Cardiff...
Ian Is Hoping for Big Things from New Horse Nick Junior
One Welsh hunt-racing fan who stands head and shoulders above the rest is former Abertillery and Cardiff rugby player Ian Brice who has high hopes for his new horse Nick Junior, an impressive winner of a maiden hurdle race at Southwell last month....
If Michael Wanted to Contact Us in Five Years' Time and Let Us Know How He Is Doing I Dare Say We Will Show Interest
Byline: By CATRIN PASCOE Grieving Michael and Lori Neels were reluctant to meet the man who had killed their daughter. Welshman Michael James Berry had pleaded guilty on June 27 to careless driving causing injury and careless driving causing the...
Iran Delays Nuclear Restart for Two Days
One of the main terror suspects in the recent attacks at an Egyptian resort town was shot and killed yesterday during a shoot-out with police in his mountain hideout, the interior ministry said. Police have been searching for Mohammed Saleh Flayfil,...
IRA Terrorism: Lest We Forget
Byline: By DENISE ROBERTSON It's been a strange week. On the one hand we've been capturing alleged terrorists who wished to blow up innocent people and failed. On the other hand, Sean Kelly, a convicted terrorist who.: Let the ladies splash out...
Kevin Smith
Byline: By GARETH MORGAN Western Mail I'm not even supposed to be here today. The words that galvanised a generation and brought the precocious talent of Kevin Smith to the fore. Not to be confused with the New Zealand actor of the same name, Smith...
Longest-Living Heart Transplant Patient Dies
Byline: By MIKE JONES Western Mail Britain's longest-surviving heart transplant patient has died, soon after celebrating the 25th anniversary of his life-saving operation. Heart swap pioneer Derrick Morris, 75, from Swansea, died in hospital after...
Milk Marque Plans to Change
Byline: By STEVE DUBE Western Mail Milk Marque is bidding to become a private limited company. All MM members are being asked to approve a change in status that will also open the way to the issue of pounds 15m in capitalisation shares to 10,149...
Millionaire Who Killed His Wife Jailed for Seven Years
Byline: By PAT CLARKE AND SHENAI RAIF Millionaire architect Michael Morton was jailed for seven years at the Old Bailey yesterday for killing his estranged wife who disappeared without trace eight years ago. Her body has never been found. Morton,...
Morning Serial
Byline: By EMYR HUMPHREYS It was an operation that needed to be conducted with a degree of delicacy and expertise. He had a reputation for success in interviewing candidates for all sorts of posts. These enquiries of course would be far more friendly...
Mourinho Fears My Liverpool, Says Benitez
Byline: By PAUL WALKER Rafael benitez believes Jose Mourinho's comments regarding Steven Gerrard's loyalty to Liverpool show the Chelsea manager to be 'worried'. The Liverpool boss, who also distanced himself from a move for Michael Owen, insists...
North Wales Clubs Furious at WRU Move
Byline: By ANDY HOWELL Western Mail North Wales rugby was in shock last night after the WRU's management board voted to block them from reaching the higher echelons of the domestic game. Only North Wales delegate Peredur Jenkins voted against the...
Now the Thong's Dead, How Are We to Know Who to Stay Away From?
Byline: By CLAIRE HILL Western Mail Ladies take a deep breath. Jodie Marsh is hanging up her knickers and covering up. Well, not completely - that's ridiculous: how'd she ever get in the papers? But she is stopping her long-time romance with thongs....
Offa's Dyke
In the first of three features on Offa's Dyke, Countryside Council for Wales feature writer Jonathan Neale investigates the background and history of the ancient earthwork On asking my children recently whether they'd heard of Offa's Dyke, I was a...
Once Ridiculed Skoda Owners Drive Most Reliable European Car
Byline: By PAUL ROWLAND Western Mail For years they were mocked, ridiculed and widely perceived as one of the worst cars on the market. Now Skoda owners have had the last laugh after the company beat off competition from the likes of Mercedes, Porsche...
Pickering Now Clear Favourite to Retain Post
Byline: By ANDY HOWELL Western Mail David pickering was last night emerging as a hot favourite to be retain his position as chairman of the Welsh Rugby Union. A survey of clubs in Wales, carried out by the Western Mail yesterday, indicates Pickering...
President's Home Pride
Byline: By STEVE DUBE Western Mail Ten days after the close of the Royal Welsh Show and a hectic four days of greeting thousands of visitors and attending countless functions, show president Dai Lewis is back home at Penrhiw Farm, Llandysul. ...
RETRO REPORT-AUGUST, 2001:stun Gun Initiative
Byline: By TONY WOOLWAY Western Mail POLICE officers could be armed with stun guns in the latest initiative to beat crime on the streets. London's Metropolitan Police and the force in Northamptonshire are considering introducing so- called 'Taser'...
Root of the Trouble
SIR - I read your article (July 28) 'Brazilian victim's family accuse police of changing policy after learning from 'training' death', with its prominent quotation, 'They killed one person to learn that lesson. I hope they never kill again.' I'm...
Saudis Rush to Reassure Jittery Oil Trade as Abdullah Succeeds King Fahd
Byline: By ANDREW WOODCOCK The Queen and the Prime Minister last night led British tributes to King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, who died aged 84 yesterday following a long illness. The King's death sent oil prices up to a near new record, with traders...
Secret Files Reveal Jagger's Dismissed Drugs Accusations
Sir Mick Jagger may now be a knight of the realm but 35 years ago when he claimed that detectives had tried to plant drugs on him, police were distinctly unimpressed. Secret files released today to the National Archives show that an internal inquiry...
Show Will Celebrate Its Past and Look to the Future
Byline: By STEVE DUBE Western Mail A children's competition will link past and present as the Brecon Show celebrates the 250th anniversary of its society on Saturday. Young people coming to the show, which is the oldest in the UK, will be invited...
So, Lovely Ladies, Would a Better Body and Improved Looks Help You Up the Career Ladder?
Byline: By ANNA MORRELL Western Mail WM's feature writer Anna Morrell says it's better to be able to do the job rather than simply look the part YOU can fool some people some of the time but not all people all the time, says the old adage. And it's...
Springboks Call on Sir Clive in Bid to Beat the All Blacks
Byline: By ANDY HOWELL Western Mail British lions fans who travelled to New Zealand in their thousands might want to check their calendars right now. Because those long-suffering Lions supporters - the majority of whom were Welsh - could justifiably...
Stars Come out for Maynard's Final Farewell
Byline: By PHIL BLANCHE Western Mail Cricket legend Sir Viv Richards heads the list of stars keen to twinkle at Matthew Maynard's playing farewell. The former Glamorgan favourite - who was forced to quit first-class cricket earlier this summer after...
Still out in the Fields
Byline: By SALLY WILLIAMS Western Mail Countryside people know that farmers carry on working 'forever' and 73-year-old Charles Price of Powys is living proof of this unofficial rule.Mr Price of Nantcarfan, Llanbrynmair, received a Long Service Medal...
Sullivan: Purse Will Bring Riches to City Assault
Byline: By MARIO RISOLI Western Mail Birmingham city supremo David Sullivan last night backed Darren Purse to become a Ninian Park hit. The 28-year-old defender became Cardiff City's costliest signing for two years after moving to South Wales in...
Suspected London Suicide-Bomber Is Charged in Italy with Terrorist Offences
Byline: By TIM MOYNIHAN AND NICK ALLEN One of the July 21 suspected would-be suicide bombers was charged with terrorist offences in Italy yesterday. Hussain Osman, also known as Hamdi Isaac, was charged with 'association with the aim of international...
The Key Is to Plan Well Ahead
It's never too soon to start thinking about Christmas, you know. I've got friends who go shopping in the January sales with the following Christmas in mind. There are some things that really do require forward planning. By the time you read this, I'll...
Time to Use Welsh for the Sake of Winning Customers
Byline: By DAVID WILLIAMSON Western Mail One of Wales' leading economists yesterday used a speech at the National Eisteddfod to urge businesses locked in difficult trading conditions to embrace the Welsh language for competitive advantage. Professor...
Two Held in Hunt for Teenager's Racist Killers
Byline: By WILL BACHELOR The brother of Premiership footballer Joey Barton was being sought by police last night in connection with the racist murder of black teenager Anthony Walker. The 18-year-old student was bludgeoned to death with an axe by...
Two More Step Down from Pony Society
Byline: By STEVE DUBE Western Mail The troubled Welsh Pony and Cob Society has been rocked by further resignations. Two more members of the society's council stood down last week amid increasing anger over recent decisions. Wyn Jones of Nerwyn...
United Plan to Rustle Up Big Names for Kevin
Byline: By DAVID WOLFE Wales legend Joey Jones last night revealed that Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs are eager to turn out for Kevin Russell's Racecourse testimonial tonight (7.45pm). Wrexham take on a Manchester United XI expected to be without most...
Welsh Amputee to Ride in Marathon Cycle Challenge
A welsh television producer who lost a leg when he stepped on a landmine in Iraq is to tackle a marathon cycle ride through Death Valley to help other victims. Stuart Hughes, 33, will face 90F heat on his 200-mile Californian trip in November in aid...
Welsh Business Game Is a Winner
Byline: By DAVID WILLIAMSON Western Mail Daily competitions featuring a Welsh game inspired by Monopoly are introducing future entrepreneurs at the National Eisteddfod to the challenges of business. The board game is the brainchild of Professions...
We Shall Not, We Shall Not Be Moved
More and more of Britain's football stadiums are being bulldozed amid a spate of redevelopment schemes and their tenants moved elsewhere - and Wrexham AFC could be next. What, if anything, should be done? Craig Owen Jones investigates LAST month...
Women Considering Cosmetic Surgery to Further Careers
Byline: By LYNDSAY MOSS More than 50% of women believe improved looks would help them speed up the career ladder. Growing numbers of cosmetically enhanced celebrities appear to be helping undermine the 'brains over beauty' battle in the workplace,...