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 26, 2008

105mph Wales Under-21 Footballer Loses Licence
A WALES football player was yesterday banned from driving after he admitted travelling at 105mph on a dual carriageway. Neal Eardley, 19, was on his way home to Llandudno after playing for Oldham Athletic in Swansea on February 2 when he was spotted...
22 Years on, Welsh Farms Still under Chernobyl Shadow; Strict Rules on Movement in Place for Sheep
Byline: Darren Devine UP to 359 Welsh farms are still operating under restrictions imposed in the wake of Chernobyl, more than two decades after the Soviet nuclear plant went into meltdown. The Food Standards Agency Wales revealed the figure...
24 HRS WITH... NICOLA JONES; Nicola Jones, 25, Is a Website Designer for Cardiff-Based Providers of Digital Solutions, Imaginet. Originally Hailing from Devon, Nicola Now Lives with Her Flatmate Cat in Roath
MY day usually starts at 6.30amand I like to head straight to the gym. Conveniently for me, the Park Plaza gym is right next door to our office so it's a fantastic way for me to start the morning. We typically have a 'kick-off' meeting in the mornings...
Ace Ventura! TRAVEL Britain's Newest Superliner Got a Sensational Secret Agent Send-Off from Southampton Last Week. Paul Cole Joined the VIP Party
Byline: Paul Cole IT'S part and parcel of maritime history. Breaking a bottle of Champagne across the bows of a new ship is seen as a golden guarantee of good luck. Get it wrong and the consequences can be dire. Eight years ago, the Princess...
Ahi-Tech Lesson from America
Byline: dylan jones evans GREETINGS from the United States of America! For the last three days, I have been a guest of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where I was invited to meet with organisations involved in developing enterprise,...
A Question of Design
Byline: NICOLA WILKES Q Where can I find a good collection of decorative letters to display as home accessories? A Stand-alone letters have become quite a popular interiors accessory of late - from vintage signs to old printer's blocks - they...
AUTHOR'S NOTES; Nia Wyn, Nominated for Wales Book of the Year, Explains How Blue Sky July Came out of Jottings on a Journey of Discovery BOOKS
Byline: NIA WYN BLUE Sky July is a story about love and miracles. It follows the journey of a mother whose life is tipped upside down when her newborn son suffers a devastating brain injury and records her battle through the depths of heartbreak...
Awduresau'n Torchi Llewys! CYMRAEG
Sawl gwaith y clywsoch chi awdur yn dweud fod y broses o ysgrifennu yn gallu bod yn brofiad reit unig? Wel, nid felly y bu hi gyda nofel Gymraeg sydd newydd ei chyhoeddi. Yn wir, bu'n broses gymdeithasol iawn gan mai nofel gywaith yw Nerth Bon Braich,...
Be Sure to Cherish Special Souvenirs; A Woman's View on the World of Sport
Byline: carolyn hitt A FRIEND of mine heading for a new life in Australia combined his farewell barbecue with a house sale that saw guests rummaging through his belongings like deranged Cash In The Attic contestants. While a tussle over his Phoenix...
Bright Sparks Who Gave Us the Modern World; despite Wales' Relatively Small Population, It Can Boast Scores of Inventors Who Have Played Significant Parts in Shaping Our World. Today, Which Is World Intellectual Property Day, European Patent Attorney Dr Gillian Whitfield Profiles Some of Those Innovators, and Argues Why Their Achievements Should Be Used to Inspire a New Generation of Pioneers
Byline: Dr Gillian Whitfield THERE have been times when Wales has been accused of being too parochial, so it may come as a surprise to learn that it was the Welsh who first flew, pioneered radar, developed the internet, made climate change an international...
Brown like a Drunkard Who's Blown His Wage Packet, Says Cameron of 10p Tax Row; Yesterday, Prime Minister Gordon Brown Had His Say in the Western Mail. Today Conservative Leader David Cameron Explains How His Party Would Be Different from Today's Labour Government
Byline: David Cameron THIS week's humiliating Government U-turn on income tax has surely undermined whatever was left of Gordon Brown's reputation. It is worth recalling that his original decision to raise income tax by 10p in the pound for many...
City Bulletin
THE London market finished the week on the front foot yesterday after a recovery in transport and banking shares offset disappointing UK growth figures. Early gains on Wall Street kept the mood buoyant in London despite data showing UK economic...
Clegg Admits Lack of an 'Iraq Factor' Could Hold Party Back
Byline: Tomos Livingstone THE lack of an "Iraq factor" could make it more difficult for the Lib-Dems to repeat the sweeping gains they made in the 2004 council elections, party leader Nick Clegg admitted last night. Four years ago the Liberal...
Climate Change Is Not Simply Due to Carbon Emissions, as These Centuries-Old Cycles Reveal; Climate Change Is "A Bigger Threat Than Terrorism" According to One Former Government Chief Scientist, and the Blame Is Being Placed Squarely on Fossil Fuels. Paddy Rooney, a Cambridge Science Graduate and Former Director of an Engineering Group Who Is Nowa Livestock Farmer near Llandovery, Begs to Differ
Byline: Paddy Rooney LAST year, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC) issued its fourth report in Valencia in Spain. The launch was attended by large numbers of scientists, politicians, officials, advisers, pressure...
Clouds on Horizon as UK Growth Slows
Byline: Aled Blake Business Correspondent THE UK economy is growing at its slowest pace for three years, official figures showed yesterday. The fresh evidence of a slowdown came as the economy grew by an estimated 0.4%in the first three months...
Country-Style Living in the City; despite Being within Walking Distance of Cardiff City Centre, Mill House Has Lots of Space with Landscaped Gardens and Established Fruit Trees
SET within walking distance of Cardiff city centre, this Grade II listed three-bedroom family home offers country-style living with city convenience. Approached by a lane ending in wrought-iron gates, Mill House has one third of an acre of landscaped...
Cricket: Dalrymple Provides First Evidence of Why He Could Be So Important to Glam
Byline: gareth griffiths reporting from Lord's JAMIE DALRYMPLE yesterday gave his old county Middlesex a glimpse of what they will miss following his winter move to Glamorgan. The England one-day all-rounder led the Welsh county's fight back...
Cricket: Glam Hold Fire on Twenty20 Plans
Byline: Gareth Griffiths GLAMORGAN are waiting to see how they will be affected by the Twenty20 revolution that is set to transform cricket in England and Wales. Following the commercial success of the IPL, the England and Wales Cricket Board...
Day and Night Comics Take Tinsel Town by Storm; Outrageous Comedy Lothario Russell Brand and the Office's Geeky Mackenzie Crook Are like Chalk and Cheese - but They're the Brit Boys Making Waves on the Big Screen, Both with Movies out This Weekend. Rob Driscoll Talks to the One-Time Stand-Up Comics Turned Hollywood Stars
Byline: Rob Driscoll RUSSELL Brand enters the room and it is all, suddenly, his. He prances, preens and performs, lying back on the sofa and showing the blackened soles of his bare feet, while ensuring that not a minute passes without a bon mot...
Death-Crash Trucker Drove for 19 Hours; German Jailed for Four Years
Byline: Adrian Curtis A GERMAN trucker, who drove hundreds of miles for 19 hours without taking a break, was jailed for four years yesterday, after he admitted causing the death of an Anglesey woman motorist by dangerous driving. Defendant Rolf...
Digibox Fivetosee
what? Britain's Next Top Model when? Living, Monday, 9pm THERE are some programmes that are total guilty pleasures, and are worth booting the rest of the family out so they can be savoured in peace and quiet. This series, now in its fourth season,...
DON'T MIND YOUR; PS & Qs
TAKE ONE Caerdydd actor Gareth Pierce talks gambling, good looks and getting to grips with new projects Q Your character in the series Caerdydd, Osian, has been described as an endearingly naive young man. What do you make of him? A When we...
DYLAN WYN DAVIES; Won for Best Youth Programme in 2004 and 2006
A MOVE from music to TV has taken 28-year-old Dylan all over the world. Working on Freesports for Channel 4 he has been to Brazil, New Zealand and America covering sports events. It's a long way from Aberyswyth, where he grew up "wanting to be...
Eco Chic; Nicola Haywood Thomas' Family TV Room Got 'Green' Makeover to Create a Healthy Haven for the Whole Family
Creating a blank canvas The old ceiling Artexwas stripped off using a X-Tex, a non solvent-based textured coatings remover from Rounded Development Enterprises (029 2040 3399). With this product, you don't even have to worry about ventilating the...
Estate Agent's Victorian Home Where Kitchen Comforts Rule; Favourite Room
Byline: BY LYDIA WHITFIELD THOMAS GEORGE was looking for a much smaller house when he moved into his Victorian home three years ago. Thomas, who owns Cardiff-based Thomas George Estate Agents and Thomas George Letting Agents, bought his home...
Eve Myles
THERE'S no need to introduce Eve Myles. The 28-year-old has been seriously hot property ever since her move from the stage into the world of television and starring roles in Belonging and Torchwood. And she's been extra busy since winning her Bafta....
Excelerate Technology Helps Irish Police Stay in Control
Byline: Aled Blake Business Correspondent MOBILE communications specialist Excelerate Technology has won a major government contract in Ireland - days after securing a multi-million pound deal with the NHS. Cardiff-based Excelerate Technology,...
Fiction from Wales Translated to Meet Demand in Asia
FICTION by Welsh authors is being translated into Turkish and Arabic to meet Asian bookworms' growing interest in contemporary Wales. Publishers in the Middle East have chosen some of the grittiest portrayals of life in Wales for their readers -...
Football: Blues Leave Grieving Lampard to Say If He Wants to Face United
Chelsea V Manchester United Stamford Bridge, 12.45pm FRANK LAMPARD'S participation in today's crucial Barclays Premier League showdown with Manchester United remains unresolved with coach Avram Grant insisting the decision would be left to the...
Football: It's Great to Know We' Re Still in Henry's Thoughts - Wenger
Byline: Mark Burton ARSENE WENGER believes Thierry Henry will prove himself at Barcelona - but refused to rule out the possibility of the Arsenal legend returning to his old club. Henry - who scored 174 Premier League goals in 254 appearances...
Football: Lethargic Ospreys Just Do Enough to Overcome Dragons' Limited Challenge
Byline: Andy Howell at the Liberty Stadium THIS could have been a 40-pointer if the wasteful Ospreys hadn't failed to turn numerous chances into points at Swansea's Liberty Stadium last night. It was a wretched encounter against a Dragons team...
Football: MPs to Launch Football Inquiry
THE power struggle at Liverpool is to be focus of a new inquiry into football by MPs. The All Party Parliamentary Football Group is to launch a new inquiry into English football and its governance, and the ownership crisis at Anfieldis one of the...
Football: Ridsdale Hints at a New European Row with FAW
Byline: steve tucker CHAIRMAN Peter Ridsdale has warned Cardiff City may quit the FAW following comments by former secretary Alun Evans about the Bluebirds eligibility for Europe. The angry City supremo has given the clearest indication yet he...
Football: Ruddock Rues Welsh Absence in Europe Cups
Byline: Simon Thomas MIKE RUDDOCK has admitted it's disappointing that no Welsh team has made it through to the semi-finals of Europe this season. In contrast, England have provided six of the eight teams in the semis of the Heineken Cup and...
Football: Sadness, Shock and. Success; It's Fair to Say It's Been Emotional for Our Big Three Clubs This Term. Chris Wathan Talks through the Highs and Lows with John Toshack
Byline: Chris Wathan JOHN Toshack last night spoke of his mixed emotions after a rollercoaster season of surprises, triumphs and sadness for Welsh clubs. In a campaign of unbelievably contrasting fortunes, the Wales manager witnessed amazing...
Football: Wrexham Wield the Axe as 14 Players Move On
Byline: Mark Burton WREXHAM are set to part company with at least 14 players following their relegation to the Blue Square Premier league, The news comes as Brian Little's team bid what they hope is a temporary farewell to the Football League in...
From Wales
Byline: JOHN JONES Katherine John Black Daffodil (Accent, pounds 6.99) A TENSELY written thriller, the fourth in the Trevor Joseph detective series, from Wales' queen of crime. Trevor Joseph has his work cut out yet again with the advent of...
Green Goddess; Gardening
Byline: LYNNE ALLBUTT Top talk COMEDIAN Rhod Gilbert's earliest gardening memories are rather painful. "My Mumused to send me out to the garden with a bowl to pick fruit for hours at a time," he tells me. "I remember picking gooseberries,...
Hedging Your Bets
Byline: JOHN HUMPHRIES IN an increasingly congested world the hedge is making a comeback as a last line of defence, which, ironically, was its purpose in ancient times. This was when hedges were used to protect land and buildings from intrusion...
Helpu Pobl I Ddilyn Yr Etholiad; CYMRAEG MELERIWYNJAMES
GYDAG etholiadau lleol ar y gorwel, braf yw gweld gwleidyddiaeth ar y tudalennau blaen ac ar flaen tafodau amser coffi 'fyd. Ond ai polisiau sy'n cael sylw? Yng Nghymru, mae ffrae yn y Senedd. Felly, pwy sy' wedi dweud beth am ddyfodol Cymru? Wel,...
Hughes Values His Blackburn Strikers
BLACKBURN manager Mark Hughes believes his strikers offer great value for money after Benni McCarthy agreed a new deal to stay at Ewood Park until 2011. The South Africa international, who has scored 11 goals this season, has signed a two-year extension...
Humph's Last Trump. Giant Dies at 86
HUMPHREY LYTTELTON, presenter ofRadio4comedyshow I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, has died aged 86, the BBC said last night. Lyttelton, who had hosted the "self-styled antidote to panel games" since 1972, was admitted to hospital earlier this week for...
IOLO WILLIAMS; Won for Best On-Screen Presenter for Iolo's Welsh Safari
DOWN-TO-EARTH nature presenter Iolo Williams keeps his Bafta award in an unusual, although useful, place. "I use it as a doorstop in my office," he says. But he admits: "To be honest, I've only got it propping the door open because I've had to clear...
I'R RHAI Sydd Yn Eu Deugeiniau; CYMRAEG
I'R RHAI sydd yn eu deugeiniau hwyr, mae hud i enw Heather Jones. Mae clywed yr enw bron a bod fel cerdded i mewn i beiriant amser sy'n cludo dyn yn ol i'w ieuenctid pan oedd bywyd yn fwy diniwed a sinigiaeth heb ei darganfod. Mae hunangofiant Heather...
It's a 12-Year Itch as I Run out of Views to Entertain You My Dear Readers. Home Truths
Byline: Graeme Whitfield THOUGH some people believe it happened in 1996, it was actually this week that I finally ran out of things to say in this column. A busted flush, I rang the editor to explain that it was all over. He would have to find...
It's Fruit and Veg Ken against Flaky Boris, the Cereal Bowl
Byline: Alice Klein KEN LIVINGSTONE likened his leadership as Mayor of London to a diet of fruit and veg during a studio debate. The discussion, filmed for BBC's Question Time, saw Mr Livingstone, together with fellow candidates Boris Johnson...
It's Six of One and Half-Dozen of the Other as Details Escape of New Version of Cult S; ITV Confirms Plan to Remake the Prisoner
Byline: Darren Devine A NEW series of cult TV drama The Prisoner is to be made more than40years after the original was first broadcast. Since the series, which was filmed at the Italianate village of Portmeirion, in Gwynedd, ended, there have...
Junior Doctors Demand Pounds 4,800 for Loss of Free Accommodation; Emergency Motions at AGM
Byline: Greg Tindle JUNIOR doctors in Wales are demanding a pounds 4,800 pay rise to compensate for the withdrawal of free accommodation provided by hospitals in their first year on the wards. The young doctors are furious at government plans...
Just Doing It for the Kids; FOOD
PARENTS are always feeling guilty. These days not only do we worry about feeding our children the right food, while they are bombarded with an onslaught of unhealthy horrors through both advertising and peer pressure, but also - especially when both...
Madonna Worship; It's Safe to Say That Three Things Will Always Be with Us: Rugby, Taxes and Madonna. Although She's about to Turn 50, Her Madgesty Shows No Sign of Slowing Down and Will Release Her New11th Studio Album, Hard Candy, on Monday. Victoria Richards Asks Four Welsh Women, All the Same Age as the Original Material Girl, If They Think She's Still in Vogue
Life at 50 is better than ever before... PRODUCTION Manager Ellen Davies will share her landmark birthday celebrations in May with her twin sister, and for her, life at 50 is better than ever before. "What does a 50-year-old look like?" she said....
Making of a Killer: The Life and Death of Gary Gilmore; as Dic Edwards' Capital Punishment Play Utah Blue Gets a Revival, Director Phillip Mackenzie Talks to Gavin Allen about Who or What Creates a Killer
Byline: Gavin Allen "YOU could see the fear in their eyes," recalls theatre director Phillip Mackenzie. "They knew they were going to die." Mackenzie is remembering the summer job he took at Homebush Abattoir, Sydney - the biggest abattoir...
Mind Matters
Byline: tryst williams REALLY can't be bothered writing this column today. What with working in the newsroom and then getting home to what can sometimes, with three little children in the house, seem like just a different kind of work, I've decided...
Morning Serial; Hole: Kidnapped in Georgia
Byline: by Peter Shaw I admire greatly the songwriters and lyricists of that era; George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Irvine Berlin, Rodgers and Hart and many others. I also play the piano, another legacy of my Dad, not well, but...
Motorists Urged Not to Panic over Refinery Workers' Strike
Byline: Alan Jones and Rhodri Clark THE giant Grangemouth oil refinery was closed down last night ahead of a strike by 1,200 workers which threatens UK fuel supplies. The 1,700 acre site in Scotland was shut down by owners Ineos as it prepared...
Motor Racing: Impressive Kimi Puts Down a Barca Marker; Barcelona
Byline: Ian Parkes KIMI RAIKKONEN gave further credence to the suggestion he will be the man to beat in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. Formula One's reigning world champion, who also leads this year's drivers' standings by three points,...
Mytelly
I THOUGHT telly was supposed to be a means of escapism. How come then much of Sunday evening was spent feeling largely inadequate - again! - as the other half forced me to sit silently through another inexorable episode of Bear Grylls: Born Survivor...
New Releases; Books
Byline: EMILY LAMBERT The Book of Football Obituaries By Ivan Ponting (KnowThe Score!, pounds 16.99) THE writing of obituaries has become something of an art, a celebration of the lives of achievers from all walks of life. It is to Ponting's...
Oes Dyfodol I'r Glymblaid?
Byline: LEFI GRUFFUDD DIFYR oedd gwylio darllediad gwleidyddol swreal Plaid Cymru wythnos diwetha (ie, yr un hunanfodlon hwnnw nad oedd cweit yn gweithio). Does dim dadl fod 'na benderfyniadau anodd i'w gwneud o ran y glymblaid. Achos faint o hygrededd...
Paisley: Demise of Gunman Opens Up Opportunities
FREE from the shackles of paramilitarism, Northern Ireland has the potential to become the most prosperous part of the UK, outgoing First Minister Ian Paisley said yesterday. The 82-year-oldsaidrecent economic boosts, such as a EUR150m investment...
Period Designs Go Back in Time
Interior designer Andy Bradshaw goes back in time to the Fab 50s History Following the gloom of the 1940s, post-war Britain looked optimistically towards a bright new age and 50s style embraced thi with a vengeance. The Second World War had created...
Plaid Opens the Door to Talks with Tories If Votes Are Split; Politics Deal-Maker Adam Price Says He'll Put the Needs of Wales First
Byline: Tomos Livingstone and Matt Withers PLAID CYMRU last night opened the door to a post-election deal with David Cameron in the event of a hung parliament. Adam Price, the MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr and the man credited with negotiating...
Pounds 370,000 Pot for Councillors to Spend as They like 'Buys Votes' Electoral Commission Is Asked to Investigate
Byline: Martin Shipton Chief Reporter THE Electoral Commission has been asked to investigate a scheme which, according to some candidates, allows sitting councillors to "buy votes". Carmarthenshire County Council has introduced a scheme which...
Powys No Longer Top Dream Destination for Homebuyers
MID Wales is no longer the dream destination it once was, although it is still in the top 10 of most popular areas with homebuyers. Powys was previously the number one area in Britain for house buyers. It has now been replaced by Cornwall's Truro....
PR Firm Buys London Agency
Byline: Aled Blake Business Correspondent LISTED PR and marketing firm Freshwater has paid the maximum amount for London-based agency Attenborough Saffron. Freshwater, based at Cardiff Gate, will pay the maximum deferred amount of pounds 1.3m...
Quizopedia
Byline: by Mike Harris 1 Whose larvae are called tadpoles? 2 During the C19th were the Palmerston Follies, i) a naughty touring seaside stage show or ii) a line of defensive English Channel forts? 3 Identify the "guests" who were forced to...
Real Politik
Byline: Tomos Livingstone "Office politics speak eloquently behind the scenes at Westminster GEORGE OSBORNE, the Shadow Chancellor, likes to joke with visitors to his small Commons office that the room isn't half as grand as David Cameron's a...
Revitalise Your Home with Stylish Accessories; Interiors
Byline: YVONNE JONES MUCH can be done to reinvent your home with glamorous accessories. You can inject vigour and verve with rugs and paintings - without spending a fortune. Eye-catching light fittings and attractive lamps make the world of...
Rich List Reveals Wales Has Lost Its Only Billionaire - but He's 'Still Extremely Wealthy'
Byline: Catherine Evans WALES has lost its only billionaire, according to this year's Rich List. Sir Terry Matthews, 64, computer tycoon and owner of the Celtic Manor Resort, has dropped pounds 60m in value to pounds 950m this year. Although...
Rival Leaders Take Risks in Their Own Ways; COMMENT
HEY may have shared a train on their way from London to South Wales yesterday, but David Cameron and Gordon Brown didn't have time for a chat. Perhaps it would have been fun for them to have compared notes on their way back to Westminster, for their...
Ruddock Rues Welsh Absence in Euro Cups
Byline: Simon Thomas MIKE RUDDOCK has admitted it's disappointing that no Welsh team has made it through to the semi-finals of Europe this season. In contrast, England have provided six of the eight teams in the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup...
Rugby Union: Barkley Backs Bath's Belief
OLLYBARKLEY believes self-belief is the key to Bath's impressive bid for a domestic and European double this season. The West Country club last won a major trophy in 1998, when the likes of Jeremy Guscott, Ieuan Evans, Jon Callard and Richard Webster...
Rugby Union: Big Game Helps Bid to Shock the Boks; Shane's Wales V Justin's Jewels
Byline: Simon Thomas SHANE WILLIAMS has sent a warning to world champions South Africa by declaring his glamour testimonial game will ensure Warren Gatland's Wales are razor sharp for the two-Test summer showdown. A galaxy of stars will descend...
Rugby Union: Shane's Such a Genius, It's Easy to Tempt Stars out for His Big Game
Byline: simon thoma JUSTIN MARSHALL says it's been an "easy sell" to persuade some of the biggest names in world rugby to come on board for Shane Williams' testimonial match. Marshall has revealed that a host of southern hemisphere stars have...
Rugby Union: Watkins Slams Rugby Union's Shortcomings
Byline: Andy Howell RUGBY legend David Watkins has launched a stinging attack on union - insisting it is trailing far behind rugby league in the entertainment stakes. The former Wales outside-half is still the only man to have captained Britain...
Siblings with Designs on Boutique Hotels; Emily Lambert Meets a Brother and Sister Who Left the Rat-Race Behind to Converted Two North Wales Buildings into Attractive Destinations for Visitors
IN some ways, brother and sister Gavin and Debra Harris have followed a similar path. They both enjoyed successful careers in London but wanted a less stressful pace of life. Independently, they decided to return to their native North Wales,...
Snooker: Day Sets Sights on Removing Higgins' Crown
Byline: Phil Casey JOHN HIGGINS showed he was feeling the pressure of trying to retain his 888.comWorld Championship yesterday after squandering a promising position against Wales' Ryan Day. Higgins, looking to become only the third back-to-back...
SPOTLIGHT ON... Method Man
Image: Hip-hop hero-turned-actor Best Known For: Being part of the Wu-Tang Clan Early Life: Born Clifford Smith in New York on April 1, 1971. He was raised in Staten Island, where he lived with his mother and two sisters, but also spent...
SPOTLIGHTON... Wednesday
Byline: Steve Davis Image: Straight-faced snooker player Best Known For: Being interesting Early Life: Born in Plumstead, London, in 1957, Davis was interested in snooker from a very early age - he was given a two-foot toy table for...
Spring of Discontent
Byline: Tomos Livingstone Political Editor A LABOUR Government struggling in the polls and a young, energetic Toryleader bouncing around on the campaign trail. Shoppers worried about rising inflation and high taxes. And wave after wave of strikes...
Straight out of Brit School Classroom; Review the Kooks Newport Centre
ONE establishment has threatened to smother the UK music scene in recent years - The Brit School. It's alumni reads like a Who's Who of the industry, with Kate Nash, Leona Lewis and Adele all cutting their musical teeth at Croydon's most savvy college....
Style Says It All. in Wales to Get out the Vote, Brown Skulks in a Lab While Cameron Has His Tail Up and Presses Flesh; Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Tory Leader David Cameron Yesterday Took the Same Train to Wales in a Last-Minute Appeal for Votes in Next Week's Council Elections. but as Matt Withers and David Williamson Discovered, the Two Men Have Radically Different Ideas of How to Win Votes
Byline: Matt Withers and David Williamson GORDON BROWN staged a fight back on his visit to Wales yesterday - but this was no charm offensive. The Prime Minister insisted the Government was right to scrap the 10p income tax threshold and pledged...
Swans Are the Real Champs Come What May - Ashley
Byline: Chris Wathan ASHLEY WILLIAMS has insisted Swansea City are the people's champions - even if the Football League won't recognise it yet. And the Wales international is adamant the rest of the country is united in accepting RobertoMartinez's...
Tale with No Silver Lining; ANTIQUE the Bargain Hunter Cautions against Jumping to Conclusions Such as Mistaking Reproduction Polished Pewter for Silver
A FRIEND of mine was quite excited when he spotted this candlestick, deeming it a late 17th or early 18th century silver stick. The absence of hallmarks he put down to it being "continental". This provides a cautionary tale about not jumping to...
The Big Problem People Have with Council Tax Is It's Not Based on the Ability to Pay
ONE of Westminster's youngest MPs came to Wales this week to champion the Liberal Democrats as the party of fair taxation. Julia Goldsworthy, 29, is convinced that frustrations with council tax rises and the furore surrounding the scrapping of the...
The First World
Byline: HANNAH JONES WHEN I was young I didn't want to be Madonna. How's that for a mission statement? I bet you thought I was going to drone on and on about how fabulous I thought she was, how sexy, how powerful, how wonderful, how, like, totally...
The Insider; Books
Byline: PETER FINCH SO did many of us go Off to Philadelphia In The Morning, as the great Rhondda novelist Jack Jones suggested we did? If you check the graveyards of Pennsylvania and New York State you'll find quite a few Welsh names. The nation's...
The Part-Exchange Age; Selling Your House in an Unstable Market Can Be Daunting. No Surprise, Then, That Part-Exchange Schemes Are Increasingly Popular. Here, Meadgate Homes' Annette Gregory Sheds Light on the Current Situation
More than75%ofMeadgate Homes' sales so far this year have been through ourpart-exchange scheme. Recently we held a part exchange weekend at our Parc-y-Felin development in Derwen Fawr, Swansea, where a financial advisor and part exchange manager were...
There's Lots of Potential at This Farmhouse in the Hills
Byline: Emily Lambert A GRADE II-LISTED hill farm set 1,200 feet up in the Black Mountains, Ty'rywen also comes with 97 acres of land and extensive outbuildings. Located in a National Park and with direct access to the bordering mountains and...
'There's No Point Travelling around the Country Unless You Get to Meet Some Real People'
Byline: Matt Withers WHILE Gordon Brown skulked in Swansea, David Cameron bounced into Barry with all the enthusiasm one would expect of a man riding a 21-year-high lead in the polls. Making the most of the Prime Minister's apparent avoidance...
The Ultimate in Job Satisfaction; the Dresses Have Been Picked, the Tuxes Are Ready and Wales Is about to Put on the Glitziest Show of the Year. but What's So Great about Bafta Cymru Anyway? Asked Those in the Know
Byline: Matt Thomas SINCE the first Bafta Cymru awards ceremony held way backin1991, alotof things have changed in the world. There might not be any Gulf War coverage in this year's Best Current Affairs category, but there's certainly no shortage...
Three Key Trends; It's All about Mixing and Matching Textures When It Comes to Updating Your Home This Season. Interior Designer Karen Davies Has Three Easy and Affordable Ways for You to Get the Look
Byline: Karen Davies Metallics Trends in interior design go hand in hand with what's happening on the catwalk, says Llanelli-based interior designer Karen Davies. And just as metallics are still on the highstreet, so too are they invading our...
Trains Carry True Taste of Wales; 'Treat Trip like a Restaurant Visit'
Byline: Rhodri Clark THE newest train company in Britain hopes to lure passengers onto its trains by using the wholesome image of Welsh food. It even aims to persuade people to treat the train-whose menu will include a "Welsh signature dish"...
Weird World
FLOWER POWER A supermarket supervisor claims she was told to resign because she gave away a bunch of out-of-date flowers. Mary Whitner, who worked at the store for 23 years, said she was told to "resign or be sacked" after letting a customer...
Welsh Uni First to Slash Fees for Children of Gurkhas from Pounds 10,000 to Pounds 3,000; MoD Applauds the Righting of 'Anomaly'
Byline: Gerry Holt A WELSH university has become the first in Britain to offer cut-price fees to the student children of serving Gurkhas. The University of Wales Institute (Uwic) in Cardiff will charge the sons and daughters of the Nepalese servicemen...
Westminster Frenzy Will Not Topple a Focused Brown, Says Jowell
Byline: Gavin Cordon CLAIMS that Gordon Brown's position could be under threat after the debacle over the scrapping of the 10p tax rate were dismissed by a Government minister as "Westminster hysteria". Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said Mr...
What's Hot in the Kitchen? Think Dark, Curvy and Intelligent - No, We're Not Talking Nigella Lawson - It's Ie New Trend for Kitchens. Paula Morris, Marketing Manager with Sigma 3 Kitchens, Reports
The kitchen is no longer the humble room that time - and style - forgot. It is now the social hub of most households, with one recent survey revealing that two thirds of Welsh people have ditched the dining room in favour of the kitchen as the main...
What's Occurring, Steff? He Might Still Be on Our Screens in Belonging, but as Steffan Rhodri Tells Catherine Jones, Fans Only Want to Talk about One of His Most Recent Acting Jobs in Barry
HE might be still on our screens as the rogue Ed Gordon in Belonging. But when people see actor Steffan Rhodri out and about, they can only talk about one thing. "It's Gavin and Stacey, isn't it," says the man who played bus driver Dave and Nessa's...
Winter of Strikes Helped to Propel Thatcher to Power
THE term "winter of discontent" was applied to the winter of 1978-79, when there was a wave of strikes by public sector trade unions demanding larger pay increases for their members. The phrase comes from Shakespeare's Richard III, and appeared...
Women's Own
Byline: lynne barrett-lee IT'S just as well I've been away so much recently, because unless I get a very firm grip on myself, I'm in danger of becoming Billy No Mates. It's only my not being here to drone about my kitchen that means I'm not all...
Zimbabwe Opposition HQ Hit as Mugabe Clings On
RIOT police and intelligence officers yesterday ransacked Zimbabwe's opposition party headquarters and the offices of independent election monitors. Hundreds were arrested in the strongest signal yet that Zimbabwe's leader Robert Mugabe intends...