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 May 8, 2007

Airforce 'Warrior' Exercise Takes Off
A large-scale multi- nation air exercise will be conducted over Wales and the UK, starting today, the Ministry of Defence MoD has announced. The exercise, code- named Wycombe Warrior, is a force integration exercise that is designed to train operators...
'All-Guns-Blazing' Holby Blue Set to Take Viewers by Storm
Byline: By Karen Price Western Mail Kudos satisfies public thirst for police dramas All-guns-blazing Holby Blue set to take viewers by storm Karen Price 2007-05-07T11:54:14 MILLIONS of viewers are expected to tune into edgy new cop drama Holby Blue...
AM Who Made Countryside His Priority Is Defeated
Byline: By Sally Williams Western Mail The defeat of Montgomeryshire-based Tory AM Glyn Davies means that there will be one less farmer pushing for rural issues in the Assembly. Mr Davies, who has represented Mid and West Wales since the Assembly...
A Showcase of the Best of Wales' Sustainable Projects
Byline: By David Williamson Western Mail THE shortlist has been revealed for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Wales awards 2007. The 17 shortlisted entries celebrate achievements including the sustainable Coed Y Brenin visitors centre,...
A Sick Reunion Too Far
Byline: By Denise Robertson His ability to forgive grievous wrongs is the reason why Nelson Mandela is so widely respected around the world. I sometimes marvel at the ability of ordinary people to forgive those who have robbed them of a loved one....
Bear Shop Seeks New Owner as Smoking Ban Bites
Byline: By Sion Barry Western Mail ONE of Cardiffs most famous commercial icons is to disappear when a retail tobacco business closes its doors in a few weeks time. The 200 year-old Russian bear that gives its name to the shop in the citys Wyndham...
Blair's Not Trying to Do Bad Things but There's No Big Vision or Great Passion
Byline: By David Williamson Western Mail Gerald Holtham is one of Wales' most influential businessmen who shaped New Labour policy in the mid-1990s. With the party in Cardiff and Westminster at a crossroads, David Williamson reports on the man who...
Cassette Tapes to Be Ejected into the Dustbin of History
Byline: By Martha Linden THE days of the romantic cassette mix-tape are doomed, it was predicted last night, after a major electrical retailer announced it was pressing the eject button on sales. Currys, with more than 500 stores in the UK, said...
Coalition Deal Should Cover a Barnett Review
Byline: - Comment He public service groups who are advocating an investigation into the funding formula that determines how much money comes to the National Assembly have made a timely intervention. Realising Labour needs to make a deal with another...
Come on the Reds! Why a Squirrel like This One Could Return to Your Back Garden
Byline: By Rhodri Clark Western Mail The red squirrel is making such a comeback in parts of Wales that people are now feeding them in their gardens. There are hopes that its rival grey squirrel, one of the top 100 most invasive species worldwide,...
Compare Your Costs with Your Neighbour
Snapshot surveys of sheep and beef farmers in Wales, compiled by Hybu Cig Cymru in recent years, have highlighted marked differences in outgoings. They show some farmers are incurring twice as many costs and yet produce less marketable beef or lamb...
Cricket: Maynard Has Glamorgan Role Waiting for Him Next Summer
Byline: By Phil Blanche Western Mail Matthew maynard will return to Glamorgan as the club's director of cricket - but not until next season. Former Glamorgan captain Maynard, who led the county to championship glory in 1997, was yesterday replaced...
Dairy Crisis Could Even Lead to Lives Lost Ar Sea
Dairy crisis could even lead to lives lost at sea Dairy crisis could even lead to lives lost at sea Sarah Manners 2007-05-04T19:02:12 LESS than a couple of months ago I was expressing my dismay that a young Flintshire farmer had been forced to give...
Designer Cheek Is My Get-Rich-Quick Method to Make Megabucks-to-Go
Byline: By Claire Hill Western Mail I am in the process of working out my multi-platform career complete with spin-off series and added extras. When I was a little girl I foolishly thought that the point was to have one career. I settled on being...
Education and Health Bodies Call for Review of Welsh Funding
Byline: By Martin Shipton Western Mail A consortium of health, education and transport groups wants a Government commitment to an inquiry into the way Wales is funded. There are concerns that Welsh hospitals, schools and other public services could...
Emergency Body Wants Wales to Reject Walk-In Centres for Sick
Byline: By Madeleine Brindley Western Mail Political parties urged to rethink, but nurses strongly disagree Emergency body wants Wales to reject walk-in centres for sick Madeleine Brindley 2007-05-03T13:44:28 EMERGENCY staff are urging politicians...
Evans Produces Another Champion Bull at Welsh Black Spring Sale at Dolgellau
The bulls took the lead on Friday as the Welsh Black Cattle Society celebrated its 50th annual Spring Show and Sale at Dolgellau. There were 12 bulls among the 27 animals sold, including the top price of 4,800 guineas for the pre-sale show champion,...
Feeling Stressed? Then Head outside and Talk to the Animals
Our smallholder columnist may have deadlines looming, but she knows just how to get rid of all the tensions THIS time last week I was still reeling from the shock and thrill of successfully delivering two healthy lambs. At the same time, I was coping...
Fishing Problems Surface as Drought Starts to Bite
Taking stock is something that we all should do periodically, especially in this age of rapid changes. Anglers, generally the most laid-back of sportsmen, certainly should look carefully at their lot as recent events are changing the whole concept...
Garden Seeks Funds to Bring Conservation to Life
Byline: By Sally Williams Western Mail THE director of the National Botanic Garden of Wales has appealed for more public funding to enhance it, even though visitor numbers are up. The Carmarthenshire garden, which came perilously close to closing...
'Have Respect for Vocational Skills'
Byline: By David Williamson Western Mail THE men and women who will form the next Assembly Government were yesterday urged to hold school children who specialise in developing vocational skills in the same esteem as those pursuing academic subjects....
Labour Figures Press for Plaid Pact
Byline: By Martin Shipton Western Mail Senior Labour figures in Wales are calling behind the scenes for a "stability pact" which would mean siding with Plaid Cymru rather than the Liberal Democrats in the Welsh Assembly. The Western Mail can reveal...
Leading Restaurant to Sell Its Surplus at 'Gourmets' Market'
Byline: By Sally Williams Western Mail The head chef of the Felin Fach Griffin, the first high-profile restaurant in Wales with a certified organic garden, is opening up a pioneering "gourmets' market" this spring. While we have all become familiar...
Liberty Bell Tolls for Williams and Oakes
Byline: By Phil Blanche Western Mail Tom williams has revealed he wanted to leave Swansea City in March after being told a "massive club" wanted to sign him. Williams and back-up goalkeeper Andy Oakes were the only two not to be offered new terms...
M25 Recovery Vehicle Crash Kills Stag Party 6
Groom misses 2.15am smash which destroys six-seater cab 2007-05-07T17:09:54 A STAG party ended in tragedy yesterday as five of the party-goers were killed when the recovery truck carrying their broken-down minibus collided with a lorry. A STAG party...
Morning Serial
Byline: By George Brinley Evans They had been on board the Ormon for four weeks. It was nice to be on dry land again. There were beggars everywhere. One old man who looked old enough to be his grandfather walked backwards in front of him touching...
My Wife Missed Many of My Career Highs Because of Depression, Says Sir Tom Jones
Byline: By Karen Price Western Mail Sir tom jones has revealed how his wife's battle with depression has meant that she has missed some of the biggest moments of his career. Melinda, who is known as Linda, has not been photographed with her superstar...
Northern Ireland Devolution 'Now Set in Stone',says Hain
Byline: By Tomos Livingstone Western Mail Devolution to Northern Ireland is now "set in stone", Secretary of State Peter Hain said last night, as he prepares for today's historic restoration of power-sharing to the Province. The Rev Ian Paisley...
'Please, Please, Do Not Hurt Her' Begs Mother
Police suspect abductor may be British Please, please, do not hurt her begs mother 2007-05-07T17:58:57 POLICE were last night able to offer the family of missing youngster Madeleine McCann no firm assurance that she is still alive. The blow came just...
Pot Noodle Is the Pits, Says Poll to Find Top UK Brands
Byline: By Rhodri Clark Western Mail Internet search engine Google is the UK's favourite brand while Welsh-made Pot Noodle is the least popular, according to a poll published today. Online retailer Amazon and auction site eBay also featured in the...
Promising Youngster Wins by a Neck in Close-Run Men's Open
Luke price, 17, from Ponty-pridd, was seen at his best when getting Paul Miles's 11-year-old Valjean home by a neck from Chesnut Wood and Marc Barber in the men's open race at the Tredegar Farmers meeting last Sunday after the pair had jumped the last...
Race to Be Labour Deputy Is Hotting Up
LABOUR was contemplating the shape of life under Gordon Brown last night, after the Chancellors last potential heavyweight rival for the leadership threw in the towel. In the wake of John Reids decision to step down as Home Secretary, attention was...
Rugby Union: Lewis Confident of Euro Progress
Byline: By Andy Howell Western Mail Wru boss Roger Lewis believes significant strides will be made in Dublin today to save the Heineken Cup. A European Rugby Cup meeting will be held when it is expected to be announced that Europe's flagship club...
Rugby Union: Ospreys Red-Faced as Marshall Opts out of Magners
Byline: By Andy Howell Western Mail Ospreys officials were left red-faced last night as Justin Marshall opted to play in New Zealand friendly matches and miss key matches in the Magners League title run-in.Joint managing directors Roger Blyth and...
Rugby Union: Ospreys Seek to Kick Complacency into Touch at the Dragons' Lair
Byline: By Andy Howell Western Mail Shane williams has admitted complacency cost the Ospreys victory at Glasgow to leave their Magners League title hopes balanced on a knife edge. Ahead of tonight's must-win clash with the Dragons at Rodney Parade,...
Shot Officer 'Was Trying to Save Two Colleagues
THE hero police officer shot dead in Shrewsbury was trying to save two unarmed colleagues being held at gunpoint, police said last night. Rat-catcher Peter Medlicott, 33, is believed to have shot Constable Richard Gray with a .222 calibre rifle he...
Stars Sienna and Keira Step out Together on a Windy Welsh Beach as Filming Gets under Way
Byline: By Claire Hill Western Mail Dressed in thick woollen tops, wellingtons and 1940s style floral dresses Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller took a walk along a Welsh beach yesterday. But while tourists were enjoying the bank holiday, the two...
Strength of Pound 'Has Not Dented Confidence'
Byline: By Sion Barry Western Mail MANUFACTURERS have continued to shrug off the impact of the strong pound after a survey yesterday reported a marked improvement in business confidence. It is the first time since February 1995 that the CBIs quarterly...
Teachers
Byline: By Gareth Rosser Western Mail I'm sure we all remember our days at school with a certain amount of sadness and a certain amount of happiness. Certainly, though it may have only been for one moment, and you may be reluctant to admit it, you...
UK Set to Follow Wales in 'Secret Speed Traps' Pilot
Byline: By Rhodri Clark Western Mail Police forces across the UK could scrap the lists giving advance-warning of speed camera locations, with a Welsh force taking the lead. Under new legislation police forces are planning to stop providing public...
Welsh Children Track Polar Bears to Learn about Global Warming
Wwf Cymru has helped launch a Save the Polar Bear website as an educational tool, to teach Welsh children about the environmental impacts of climate change. The site, at www.panda.org/polar bears will include a variety of activities suitable for children...
We're Only Here for the Nostalgia
Byline: By Catherine Scott Western Mail The audience at St David's Hall in Cardiff might have been entirely made up of women in their late 20s and early 30s (aside from the handful of gay couples and husbands and boyfriends no doubt dragged along),...
When the Green, Green Grass of Home Turns Brittle Brown
Byline: By Sally Williams Western Mail Farmers will need to consider dry land farming and improved irrigation in future, as the Welsh climate heats up, warns Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees Hotter. Mr Lynas said Welsh farmers will start to find...
Why Sophie's Glad to Be Living in a Flat and Not Her Ancestor's Welsh Castle
Byline: By Rin Simpson Western Mail Why Sophies glad to be living in a flat and not her ancestors Welsh castle Rin Simpson 2007-05-01T17:25:40 IMAGINE living in a towering castle in the heart of Wales. Peering out of high turrets at the sprawling...