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 September 5, 2006

All aboard for Safer and Better School Buses
Byline: -COMMENT Chool transport is one of those disturbing areas of the public sector where we all expect the highest standards of care, efficiency and safety, yet the reality, for all the good intentions of those in charge, continues to fall worryingly...
Blind Man Drove Car for Half-a-Mile
A blind man who lost his eyes in a bomb blast was convicted of dangerous driving after getting behind the wheel of a car for a half-mile journey. Iraqi Omed Aziz followed instructions on steering and braking given by a friend who was also banned from...
Brecknock Tup Shows He's Up to the Challenge of a Harsh Life in the Valleys
Byline: By STEVE DUBE Western Mail High on a Heads of the Valleys hillside in conditions as harsh as any in Wales, sheep farmer Brian Bowen is regularly making top prices for his lambs at local markets. Pencoedcae Farm, where Brian farms with his...
British Tourist Shot Dead and Six Wounded by Jordan
Byline: By EMILY BEAMENT A british man was killed and two British women injured when a gunman opened fire on tourists in Jordan yesterday. Three other foreigners and a Jordanian tourist police officer were also wounded in the shooting at the Roman...
Bryn Finds Contracting Is a Winner
Diversification has been a success for farmer Bryn Llewelyn Hughes. He won a prize of pounds 2,000 in the contractor category of this year's Agri-Environment Awards. In the second of three features on this year's award winners, Jonathan Neale of the...
Cardiff Castle
Byline: By BRIAN LEE Right in the heart of the capital city of Wales stands the famous Cardiff Castle - a building that represents nearly 2,000 years of history. At first it was a Roman fort, an eight-acre stronghold standing on the banks of the...
Chelsea Claim Gallas Made 'Own Goal' Threats
Byline: By RONNIE ESPLIN Chelsea claim French defender William Gallas threatened to score an own goal and refused to play for the club before he was sold to Arsenal as part of the deal which took Ashley Cole to Stamford Bridge. The Premiership champions...
Crystal's Clear That Best-Selling Zero-Tolerance Polemic on Punctuation Is Not in the Real World
Byline: By RHODRI CLARK AND PAUL CAREY Western Mail It was the book that made grammar sexy, but now one of Britain's leading language experts has launched a broadside at the zero-tolerance attitude of the best seller Eats, Shoots and Leaves. David...
'Da Vinci Code' Blasphemous? Just Wait until the Film of 'His Dark Materials' Hits the Screen
Byline: By DARREN DEVINE Western Mail Christians say cinematic versions of a series of what they say were anti-religious novels will prove as controversial among churchgoers as Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials,...
Decades of Riding
SIR - Brian Lee's piece in Turf Topics (Aug 22) regarding pony flapping certainly revived memories about this sport that was popular in South Wales during the 1940s, '50s, '60S and '70s. I got interested in pony racing during the 1960s and stopped...
Family Pays Tributes to Crash Victim Dad
Byline: By SALLY WILLIAMS Western Mail The family of a motorcyclist 'known for his bear hugs' who was killed in an accident have paid tribute to a 'caring father - a gentle giant'. Paul Weaver, 40, of Tyn Y Graig, Builth Wells, was in a collision...
Filming of Controversial 'Dark Materials' Trilogy Set to Trigger Renewed Cries of Blasphemy
Byline: By DARREN DEVINE Western Mail Christians say cinematic versions of a series of what they were anti-religious novels will prove as controversial among churchgoers as Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials,...
Furious Bjorn in Outburst at 'Barmy' Woosie
Byline: By PAUL WILLIAMS Western Mail Thomas bjorn has launched an astonishing broadside against Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam after being overlooked for one of his two wild-card selections. Denmark's Bjorn, a driving force in two Ryder Cup wins,...
Gareth Edwards Returns to the International Rugby 'Field' (but His Wife Grabs the Glory)
Byline: By TRYST WILLIAMS Western Mail They used to say that behind every great man there was a great woman. Now it seems the wife of rugby legend Gareth Edwards has stepped out from her husband's formidable shadow. At an exclusive Kenyan beach...
Gerrard's Simply the Best, Says Team-Mate Crouch
Byline: By SIMON STONE England goal hero Peter Crouch has labelled Steven Gerrard the world's No 1. While few doubt his class, Gerrard has tended to find it difficult reproducing his inspirational club form on international duty and it appeared...
Handle Bird Flu without Flapping
While the risk of incursion of avian influenza into the UK is still regarded as low, poultry keepers will be aware that there is a marginal increase in risk at this time of year due to wild birds returning from northern latitudes and passing over the...
How to Turn out Better Citizens Than the Most Exclusive Finishing School
As an angler, it is doubtful if I have ever had a summer so full of bad news. Sufficient to say that the drought in June, July and the first half of August was very worrying as were the reports of serious pollution on many of our best trout rivers....
ICC Gives Pakistan Final Warning over Outbursts
Byline: By MYLES HODGSON Pakistan have been given a final warning by cricket chiefs to stop making 'unnecessary or inappropriate public comments' - or risk the prospect of facing another disciplinary charge. The tourists are still indignant about...
'I Could Slap These People, Because Richard's Not Here to Defend Himself'
Byline: By TRYST WILLIAMS Western Mail Richard burton's 'abusive' relationship with Elizabeth Taylor consisted of nothing more than banter about her weight, his family claimed last night. After her well-documented weight issues in later life, there...
Increased Autism 'Risk' from Older Dads
Older fathers are far more likely to have autistic children, experts said yesterday. Children born to fathers aged 40 and over are around six times more likely to suffer from autism compared with those born to fathers under 30, they said. But the researchers...
Injury Liability Worries Jump to Front
Welsh point-to-point bookmakers could be made to take out personal liability insurance in future. A racegoer, injured by a bookmaker's umbrella at the rain-soaked Tivyside meeting at Cilwendig last March, has apparently sought advice from a no-win...
It's One Step at a Time on Ryan's Return
Byline: By ANDY HOWELL Western Mail Ryan jones is smiling again after recovering from major shoulder surgery - and is a certainty to be in Gareth Jenkins' Wales squad for the autumn campaign. The British Lions sensation might have only played one...
'I Want It to Be Just like Playing Brazil. for Real'
Byline: By STUART COLES Wales boss John Toshack wants the real Brazil to turn up in London tonight to help his players get over their Czech heartbreak. Toshack believes the White Hart Lane friendly is the perfect tonic for players stunned by the...
'I Went Shopping and Everyone Was Coming Up to Me. Paparazzi Were Hiding in Bins'
Byline: By TOMOS LIVINGSTONE Western Mail Glyn wise says his new-found fame means that his family home in rural Wales is fast becoming a tourist attraction. Huge numbers of fans were waiting for him to arrive home after he was evicted from the Big...
Morning Serial
Byline: By RICHARD COLLINS It's large, is built of stone and weather-boarding, has a pan-tiled roof. Vines and fig trees grow against the walls. Oliver pushes open an ornamental iron gate, a dog barks and a woman appears through an archway at the...
Mum Relives Neighbour's Suicide Gun Rampage as Sons Are Shot
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail A mother yesterday spoke of the terrifying moment she discovered her two sons had been shot by a neighbour who then turned the gun on himself. Motorbike fans Anthony Davies, 20, and Gareth, 17, were targeted by...
Murray Counts Cost as Gilbert Link Pays Off
If Andy Murray's wallet can stand it, his relationship with new coach Brad Gilbert is destined for a glorious future. Both are on the same page when it comes to advancing Murray further this week at the US Open than he has ever been before at a Grand...
One-Day Show Continues to Draw Top-Class Exhibits and Trade
Byline: By MEYRICK BROWN Some of the leading show animals in Wales competed for the top prizes at the 103rd Pontarddulais Show last week. The first show, back in 1889, was a humble affair but it has grown into one of the leading one day shows in...
Organic Dairy Farm Prepares to Reveal Its Secrets
Farmers across Wales will be able to learn more about the practical side of organic farming at an Iger open day next week. Organic food sales are growing at a phenomenal rate. Wales was named third in the UK's top 10 organic regions last week, behind...
Plan Now to Avoid a Long, Lean Winter
A slow start and long period of dry weather have made for a challenging growing season. Yields seem to be down and with grass running short going into late summer due to dry weather, it has been necessary to start feeding winter stocks early in many...
Plea for an All-Wales Safety Code on School Transport to Save Lives
Byline: By MARTIN SHIPTON Western Mail A survey of councils in Wales has revealed a disturbing inconsistency in checks aimed at ensuring children are transported to school safely. As pupils across the nation begin a new school year today, the Western...
Readers Voting for TV Awards Decide Doctor and Rose Are Just the Best
Doctor Who stole the show at a TV awards ceremony last night - while EastEnders won Best Soap for the first time in three years. Wales-produced Doctor Who won Best-Loved Drama at the 2006 TV Quick and TV Choice Awards. Its star, David Tennant, 35,...
RETRO REPORT-SEPTEMBER, 2000:wyn Jones Takes Plaid Leadership
Byline: By TONY WOOLWAY Western Mail IEUAN Wyn Jones is beginning his first full day today as only the fourth leader of Plaid Cymru since World War II. He won a landslide victory in the contest to replace Dafydd Wigley. The Ynys MOn AM and MP last...
Rhodri Starts the Motor on Election Campaign
Byline: By TOMOS LIVINGSTONE Western Mail Labour has exceeded its own expectations in cutting unemployment in Wales, First Minister Rhodri Morgan said last night as he prepared to fire the opening shots of the 2007 Assembly elections. Mr Morgan...
Sky's the Limit for Wales Young Gun Bale
Byline: By IAN HUNT Western Mail Brian flynn, for one, is reluctant to start comparing hot new Wales prospect Gareth Bale with Ryan Giggs. But even the Wales U21 manager would have to admit the parallels between teenage Southampton star Bale and...
Suicide Attack and Road Bomb Kill Three Soldiers
Byline: By ANDREW WOODCOCK Three British soldiers were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq yesterday in a black day for the Army, as its most senior officer warned that troops are fighting at the limit of their capacity. Chief of General Staff General...
TechGuys on the Way with 24-Hour IT Help
The owner of Currys electrical stores has pledged to create 2,000 jobs with the launch of a new service providing expert support to IT users. DSG International, which also owns the online brand Dixons, said TechGuys would provide homes and small businesses...
Therapy Could Benefit Us All
Byline: By DAVID WILLIAMSONWestern Mail Anxiety and depression cost the UK economy pounds 12bn a year, according to a report from the London School of Economics. There are now more mentally ill people on incapacity benefits than the total number...
There May Be Big Trouble Ahead
I'm not quite sure how I'm going to cope over the next few weeks. Gerry says things are going to be pretty quiet at work during September, so he's decided to take some leave and claim back some of the time he's owed. Now on the face of it, that...
Thomas Fit for Action in the Autumn Series
Byline: By ROB COLE Gareth thomas will return to the Welsh camp today and declare himself fit to resume international rugby. Back in Cardiff to help launch the new Wales kit, the inspirational Thomas returns home on the back of a try-scoring appearance...
Tributes to Crocodile Hunter Who Was Killed by a Stingray
Byline: By JAMES WATSON AND SIMON BAKER Tributes have been paid to Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, who was killed by a stingray while filming a documentary off the coast of Australia yesterday. Survival expert Ray Mears said his death was a 'sobering...
TV Cameras Show the Life of Our Leading County Lady
Byline: By STEVE DUBE Western Mail She owns an 18,000-acre estate, is Lord Lieutenant of Powys and is a lady-in-waiting to Princess Anne. But Shen Legge-Bourke, the energetic owner of the beautiful Glanusk estate near Crickhowell, is as down to...
Union Helps to Develop a Bigger Appetite for Breakfast through 1,500 Events
The Farmers' Union of Wales has been a keen supporter for the past few years of the annual Farmhouse Breakfast Week campaign - organised by the Home-Grown Cereals Authority - and looks forward to being involved once again next January. Every year...
Wales Needs Its Migrant Workers
There has been a surge in emotive debate about the impact of migrant workers from Eastern Europe on the Welsh economy. But is it really as clear-cut an issue as so many politicians make out when they call for restrictions on the number of immigrant...
Warmed by the Power of Rock
Byline: By GARETH MORGAN Western Mail The wind was buffeting, the rain horizontal, and the venue a farm shed - but nobody seemed to care. The first Gwyl Macs Festival in Carmarthen went off with a bang on Saturday even though the elements seemed...
'We Can Keep Brazilian Ace Quiet'
Byline: By STUART COLES Ryan giggs hopes the genius of Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho will be kept in check tonight - just like the last time the two men were on the same pitch. The Wales skipper loves the fact Ronaldinho plays with a smile on his...
Welsh Side Commands Respect
Byline: By STEVE TUCKER Western Mail Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho believes John Toshack's track record in Spain means Wales must be respected. Football's world player of the year might not know too much about Wales players from Derby, Hull and...
We're Better off Now but a Pint of Beer Costs a Lot More Than 80p
Byline: By TOMOS LIVINGSTONE Western Mail A poll suggests most of us think Britain is a worse place than it was 20 years ago. Political Editor Tomos Livingstone considers whether it's a fair conclusion, or whether it's just our rose-tinted spectacles...
Westwood Delighted by Ryder Cup Wild-Card Pick
Byline: By MARK GARROD Four months ago people were wondering just how much Lee Westwood wanted to be part of the Ryder Cup this year. In a run of seven successive missed cuts - five in the United States, two in Europe - Westwood said, 'I'm not prepared...
Why Are Women Still the Whipping Posts for the Ruin of All Society?
Byline: By CLAIRE HILL Western Mail Just kill me now. My life is in ruins and I now realise, thanks to Michael Noer, that I won't be a good wife. For those not in the know about Noer, he now has his own Wikipedia page after his article in Forbes...
Windfall Tax Urged as EU Subsidies Flow to the Rich
Byline: By STEVE DUBE Western Mail A breakdown of the main recipients of European farm subsidy during 2005 has brought calls for a windfall tax on the biggest payments. The Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment and Rural Affairs Secretary Chris Huhne...
Zi Medical Borrowing Pounds 7m as It Moves into Black
Byline: By DAVID WILLIAMSONWestern Mail The scourge of Aids is being combated by a North Wales medical company with a growing reputation for transferring medical technology to civilian use. Zi Medical, based at St Asaph, has received a pounds 2.5m...