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 21, 2007

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Catrin dafydd ...25, is an author. She lives in Carmarthen but is originally from Gwaelod-y-Garth near Cardiff. She holds creative writing workshops and travels the length and breadth of Wales as a storyteller I eat my porridge with half a banana...
Advantages and Risks for Corporate Bloggers
Byline: By Hywel Evans As blogging increases in popularity legal expert Hywel Evans of Hugh James Solicitors examines the impact on business of this online phenomenon AT FIRST, only computer whizzes did it, then politicians and businessmen caught...
April Showers on the Way
Byline: By Sally Williams Western Mail Sunseekers can expect temperatures that are six degrees above average across Wales today , according to forecasters. But the Met Office warns that the dry and settled balmy weather we have enjoyed for the...
A Rare Tranquil Manor
Maesycrugiau Manor is a 100-year-old manor house situated in about seven acres of landscaped grounds with fine views across the Teifi Valley in Carmarthenshire, an area of outstanding natural beauty. It was built between 1903 and 1905 on the site...
As Getaway Vehicles Go, You Wouldn't Think This 4mph Canal Boat Would Be Hard to Catch
Byline: By Gareth Morgan Western Mail A stolen canal boat has evaded police on the waterways of Wales and England despite having a top speed of just 4mph. The pounds 40,000 vessel disappeared from the Llangollen Canal with a holidaymaker at...
Bells Toll for the Campus Gunman's Victims
Silence fell across the Virginia Tech campus at noon yesterday then bells tolled in churches across the United States in memory of the 32 people killed in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern US history. On the campus, much of the shock from...
Bigger, Wetter, Better
Byline: By Rin Simpson Western Mail A gadget created in Wales looks set to transform sandcastle making forever. Rin Simpson took five creative kids to Barry Island's Whitmore Bay beach to see what they made of it A SANDY beach without a bucket...
Boots' Shares Surge as Rival Approach Sparks Bidding War
Byline: By Holly Williams Boots looked set to become the first FTSE-100 firm to fall into private equity hands as a bidding battle broke out for the health and beauty giant yesterday. The group's potential price tag soared to pounds 10.8bn as...
Brilliant Scarlets Can Refresh the Heineken by Turning on Welsh Style to Tame Tigers
Byline: By Simon Thomas Western Mail Whatever else happens today, the one thing the Scarlets are adamant about is they don't want to die wondering. That was the very phrase used by skipper Simon Easterby earlier this week as he looked ahead...
British Gas Boss Apologises for Billing Problems
Byline: By Emily Beament The managing director of British Gas apologised yesterday for problems caused by a new billing system which have led to a surge in complaints from customers. Phil Bentley admitted the new system, which has led to thousands...
Britton Is Hoping to Clinch a Homecoming
Byline: By Phil Blanche Western Mail Leon britton has selfish reasons for reaching the Championship with Swansea City, writes Phil Blanche. For Britton (left) could end up going back to his old East End manor next season with West Ham United...
Brush with the Play-Offs Totally New Ball Game for Ace Painter
Byline: By Phil Blanche Western Mail Three games to go, nine points at stake - but don't mention the word pressure to Marcos Painter. The baby of Swansea City's play-off contenders is enjoying every minute of the thrill of the chase in League...
Calls for a Ban on Low Flying over Wales after RAF Trainer Crashes on Anglesey
Byline: By Rhodri Clark Western Mail Investigators are today attempting to work out why a pounds 7m RAF jet crashed as it tried to land at a Welsh airfield. The pilot ejected and parachuted into a nearby field as the plane broke into two pieces....
Chancellor Gordon Brown Hit the Campaign Trail Yesterday in Ultra-Marginal Cardiff North. Political Editor Tomos Livingstone Went to See Him Sweat a Little in the Sunshine
Byline: By Tomos Livingstone Western Mail 'so what's it like being Prime Minister?' It's a question Gordon Brown should be able to answer properly in a couple of months' time, but he was in no mood to answer it yesterday as he stepped in to...
Change Is Right for England and for Under-Fire Fletcher
Byline: By Myles Hodgson Michael vaughan believes both England and Duncan Fletcher will benefit from his decision to end his eight-year reign as coach and begin a brave new era. Fletcher's announcement that he will be leaving the post after today's...
Child's Play
Byline: By Yvonne Jones The kids' stuff available at the moment is particularly inspiring. Parents beware, however, because with so many gorgeous goodies around, it's all too easy to break the bank. Lula Sapphire ( 0870 850 7541/www.lulasapphire.com)...
Coastguards at the Ready for Your Distress Call as a Deal Is Done to End Dispute over Injury Cover
Byline: By Geraint Thomas Western Mail Emergency 999 pagers were expected to be switched back on today after the coastguard dispute, which saw the removal of rescue services from large parts of the Welsh coastline, was brought to an end. The...
Cures for NHS Wales Avoid Eye-Catching Promises and Concentrate on Improving Its Overall Health
Byline: By Dr Richard Lewis Secretary of the politically impartial British Medical Association Cymru, Dr Richard Lewis, casts an eye over what the parties' manifestos mean for NHS Wales and its patients AN observer might conclude there's not...
Dolls' House Furniture Looking for a New Home
Byline: By Jane Reynolds Time warp discoveries never fail to excite buyers. At Brightwells' next collectors' sale on May 16, a group of miniature furnishings and objects, untouched since the 1940s, will be offered for sale. The new owners of...
Dott Enjoying His Reign as World Champion
Byline: By Ben Rumsby Graeme dott has had a year to get used to the moniker 'world champion,' but he has still got goosebumps about being introduced as such at the Crucible today. Last year's surprise winner begins his defence of his 888.com...
Downstairs
Byline: By Rin Simpson Western Mail After spending three back-breaking months as a chambermaid when she was a teenager, Rin Simpson swore she would never work in a hotel again and would only stay as a guest - until now that is WHEN the invitation...
Eats Shoots and Leaves
Expect garden pests and diseases to be more troublesome this summer after what was, for a large part, an exceptionally mild winter. Hard frosts were rare, which in some ways was a pity because freezing temperatures are far more effective in reducing...
Edinburgh-Bound Comic's Home Run Ending at the Riverfront Is like a Dream Come True
Byline: By Claire Hill Western Mail Comedian Steve Williams has played to packed Edinburgh audiences and got laughs in Dubai, but he'd rather play in his home town. He tells Claire Hill why he can't wait to headline in Wales and why he loves Noel...
Editorial Comment Children's Hospital Must Be Top of the Agenda
Ometimes a cause can bring some unlikely people together, and sometimes it gathers such pace that it can get the whole nation behind it. The Children's Hospital for Wales fell squarely into this category. What else could have brought Ian Botham...
End of Term Report ... We Score Each of Our AMs out of 10
Byline: By Martin Shipton Western Mail SOME AMs from all parties have been a credit to the National Assembly and to Wales, but too many have not performed as well as we have a right to expect. As we approach the third Assembly election, we have...
Family Wish for Execution of Man Whocarried out Sex Attack on Girl Aged, 3
Byline: By Rhiannon Beacham A predatory sex attacker who carried out a horrifying assault on a three-year-old girl was jailed indefinitely yesterday. Darren Rose, 21, of Duke Street, Abertillery, was caught by police when his DNA matched that...
Find That Space You Hanker After
Byline: By Emma Leeke Whether you live in a five-bedroom detached family home or a small city centre crash pad, most of us still hanker after more space but don't necessarily want - or can't afford - to go through the hassle of moving house. ...
Finest Mix of New V Old
The latest phase of Cymric House in Cardiff Bay is proving popular with first-time buyers, investors and empty nesters - with only 15 properties remaining in the landmark building. To give homebuyers a sense of the lifestyle on offer at this unique...
FirstGroup Gets Backing to Buy Iconic US School Buses and Greyhounds
Byline: By Sarah Davies Shareholders yesterday backed a pounds 1.9bn move by FirstGroup to become the largest private operator of America's iconic yellow school buses. Aberdeen-based FirstGroup, which is the UK's largest train and bus operator,...
Former Chief Executive of ITV News and Regions Joins the S4C Board
One of the UK's best-known television executives, Clive Jones, has been appointed to the board of Welsh-language channel S4C. The former chief executive of ITV News and Regions joins the board - which is responsible for developing strategy and direction...
Fury over Coalition 'Lies' as Election Race Hots Up
Byline: By Martin Shipton Western Mail Plaid cymru last night dramatically offered to hold talks with Labour to stop any prospect of the Conservatives entering government in Wales. The move was Plaid leader Ieuan Wyn Jones's response to the...
Grieving Mother Accuses US of 'Disgusting' Cover-Up after Son's Death in Iraq Copter Crash
Byline: By Darren Devine Western Mail The mother of a Welsh soldier who died on the first day of the Iraq war said yesterday the American authorities have been responsible for a 'disgusting' cover-up over her son's death. Twenty-four-year-old...
Holding out for A
Byline: By Rob Driscoll He can't stand reality TV and thinks most shows made in the UK are rubbish. So why has Stephen Fry accepted a role in a British drama after a 10-year hiatus? Rob Driscoll talks shop with the actor STEPHEN Fry is on a high...
Homes Go on Show
Two brand new show homes at one of Bryant Homes' flagship developments in Radyr near Cardiff open today. Visitors will get their first opportunity to see around the four-bedroom detached Fairfield and the three-bedroom Gosforth townhouse, all at...
How to Buy with a Stranger
Byline: By David Bexon I have become increasingly aware of the growing number of co-buying sites entering the market, aimed primarily at assisting want-to-be home owners who cannot afford to go it alone to step onto the housing ladder. They then...
I'll Be Staying Ninian No 1, Promises Forde
Byline: By Steve Tucker Western Mail Cardiff city goalkeepers Neil Alexander and David Forde played a round of golf together recently. It was Alexander who took the win, but that is the only thing he will be taking off the Irishman for now,...
Informal But
As the name suggests, Herbs Restaurant started off as a vegetarian establishment. Now it has diversified into meat and seafood. I was curious to see how the restaurant had made the transition, and we visited as a family on Good Friday after our...
Inspiration Behind Gothic Architecture and Design
Byline: By Jeffery Muse It is reputed that when Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-1852) ventured into the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral he burst into tears at the state of the place. He cried, 'O God, what has England done to deserve this?' ...
In the Kitchen at Parties
Byline: By Paul Rowland Western Mail When Michael Bishop and his wife Catrin drew up plans for their new five-bedroom house, there was one thing at the forefront of their minds. The 4,000 sq ft property, in which they have lived for two years,...
It's Time to Deliver, Vows Dafydd as His Side Look Forward to That Big Date with Destiny
Byline: By Simon Thomas Western Mail Heineken cup try king Dafydd James says the time has come for a Welsh team to finally put their name on the trophy. James' Scarlets are two wins away from becoming the first side from Wales to conquer Europe,...
Keeping a Safe
It took 10 years of living in Wales for poet Jeremy Harding to feel he was able to draw on his experiences in his work. Here he explains the delay TO be is to be in place.' The words of an American philosopher express pretty well how I feel about...
Let's Have a Little Bit of Dylan Thomas in Your Birthday Suit
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Western Mail It seems to me beyond question that men should, at least once a week, read poetry to their partners while naked. Men, as this column has established on a number of previous occasions, are essentially rubbish....
Lifting Lid on Rare Ewenny Tobacco Jar
Byline: By Emily Lambert The spring Carmarthen Antiques and Collectors' Fair has moved forward this year and will now take place at the United Counties Showground, Carmarthen on April 28 and 29. The first fair of the year in February was exceptionally...
Mark of the Master
Jasper Ware has been produced by the Wedgwood company for over 230 years, so how do you date a piece? THERE can be few people who see this picture, right, and don't immediately think of the name of Wedgwood. Called 'Jasper Ware' by Josiah Wedgwood...
McKenna Looking for Saints to Clinch It This Time
Byline: Bj ohhn EdwardsWestern Mail The new saints have a third opportunity to clinch the Welsh Premier title when they visit Newi Cefn Druids this afternoon with manager Ken McKenna stressing that there is no panic within his camp. Shock defeats...
Mind Matters
Byline: By Tryst Williams Western Mail To return to the days of the cornershopoly would be as wise as swapping cars for horses or PCs for abacuses EEP it under your hat. I've a bit of a shocking admission to make. But I, um, actually quite like...
Moores Is Man for England
Byline: By Richard Thomas Western Mail Tony cottey believes his former Sussex colleague Peter Moores has all the right attributes to be the natural successor to out-going England coach Duncan Fletcher. The former Glamorgan and Sussex batsman...
Morgan Aims to Put Dragons on the Right Road for Rugby Glory
Byline: By Andy Howell Western Mail Kevin morgan believes beating favourites Clermont Auvergne in today's semi-final of the European Challenge Cup would put the Dragons on the rugby map. The Wales full-back hasn't any doubts about the importance...
Mum Spared Jail over Video of Toddlers Forced to Fight
Byline: By Tom Palmer A mother who forced her two toddlers to attack each other with weapons and filmed the fight was spared jail yesterday. Zara Care, with her sisters Serenza and Danielle Olver and her mother Carole Olver forced the two toddlers...
Nuts about Brazil
Byline: By Gareth Llewellyn Beautiful beaches, breathtaking nature and a warm welcome delight Gareth Llewellyn MANGUE Seco, a small and remote village at the tip of the peninsula formed by the Rio Real, is normally a sleepy and idyllic place...
On May 3 You'll Be Voting for People Who'll Be Able to Do Much, Much More
Byline: By Tomos Livingstone Western Mail As we begin our in-depth coverage of the Assembly elections, Political Editor Tomos Livingstone explains why this will be the campaign that defines Welsh politics for a generation DEVOLUTION was famously...
Out of the Rat Race for a Breath of Country Air
After years of city life, Sien Evans and husband John decided to opt out of the rat race, trading their city-slicker home in Pontcanna, Cardiff, for a rural retreat in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan. The move was strongly influenced by her son,...
Plaid Raises Concerns over Relationship between Tesco and Labour Party
Byline: By Martin Shipton Western Mail Plaid cymru has raised concerns about the relationship between Labour and the retail giant Tesco. Shadow Enterprise Minister Alun Ffred Jones said, 'The Electoral Commission's listing of donations to political...
Police 'Cash-for-Honours' File Passed to CPS for Decision on Prosecution
Byline: By Gavi Cordon Detectives investigating the 'cash-for-honours' affair yesterday handed over their main evidence file to the Crown Prosecution Service. Prosecutors will assess information gathered in a 13-month inquiry by the police team...
Probe into How Pounds 83m IT Plan Went Awry
Swansea Council has ordered an inquiry to find out who is to blame for the authority's plans for an pounds 83m e-government programme which went badly wrong. Instead of making savings of pounds 17m, the computerisation project is likely to cost...
Scarlets Can Make It Third Time Lucky, Insists Jenkins
Byline: By Simon Thomas Western Mail Wales coach Gareth Jenkins is backing the Scarlets to make it third time lucky by reaching their first Heineken Cup final. Jenkins was at the helm on both previous occasions when Llanelli suffered semi-final...
Scary Derren Wants Anthony Hopkins under His Influence So He Can Work His Magic
Byline: By Rob Driscoll Dressed like an accountant or a bank clerk, Derren Brown wouldn't merit a second glance in a bar. But put him on stage - he's coming to Wales shortly - or give him a TV show and he's magical. Rob Driscoll reports THERE'S...
Shaw Fears Somerset's Master-Blasters
Byline: By Phil Blanche Western Mail New Glamorgan coach Adrian Shaw fears size could matter when the Welsh county open their Friends Provident Trophy campaign at Taunton tomorrow (10.45am). Somerset have a wonderful array of attacking batsmen...
Shining Star Hook Is Ready to Upstage the Top No 10 Carter
Byline: By Andy Howell Western Mail Justin marshall last night pledged to do everything in his considerable powers to help James Hook challenge Dan Carter for the mantle of the world's best No 10. The New Zealand scrum-half, left, great beamed...
So Who Has a Key to Your Home?
A leading Welsh estate agency has discovered that most people have little idea of who could get into their home while they are away. The Peter Alan online survey of home security shows that most of the 975 people polled do not collect all the front...
Sprinkler Company Looks to Legislation to Fire Growth
Byline: By Sion Barry Western Mail A valleys fire sprinkler systems company says it is focused on driving revenues after a management buyout. Following the deal, Ystrad Mynach-based Fire Sprinklers GB is looking to grow turnover - currently...
Steel Plant Woes
SIR - May I be allowed to respond to Robert Dangerfield's letter of April 19 about steel's high standards? I live in the shadows of the Port Talbot Steel Plant, and have been at the same address since 1958. I was employed at the plant for about...
Stimpson Comes Clean on That Vital Semi Kick
Byline: By Simon Thomas Western Mail The man who broke Scarlet hearts in their last Heineken Cup semi-final has revealed the full story behind his match-winning kick, writes Simon Thomas. It was back in April 2002 when Tim Stimpson landed a...
Super Macleod in Late Show for Blues Success
Byline: By Matt Lloyd Nick macleod smashed over a dramatic injury-time winner to keep the Blues' Magners League title hopes alive in a thrilling clash at the Arms Park last night, writes Matt Lloyd. The 24-year-old outside-half was handed a starting...
The Choice for Wales
Chancellor Gordon Brown sets out why he thinks the nation should vote Labour in the Assembly elections and lends his support to Rhodri Morgan ANYONE who visits Wales regularly, as I do, can see the transformation taking place across this country....
The First Word
Byline: By Hannah Jones Western Mail I have never really been much of a collector. When I was a kid I did the usual thing of putting a few stamps in a scrapbook; my father's sea dog legs also brought home coins from around the world. I tried...
THE GREAT Escape
Byline: By John von Radowitz Cowrie shells on the beach, a dazzling sun, but dip your toe in the sea and, as John von Radowitz discovers, it's not tropical BEFORE me the shimmering sea is a palette of colour, shifting between turquoise and deep...
The Red Cloud Floats above the Rest in the Quest to Find a Living Landmark for Our Nation
Byline: By Rin Simpson Western Mail An art installation made up of dozens of red painted human figures has won the Western Mail's poll to find a 'living landmark' for Wales. Although the official decision will not be made by Landmark Wales for...
Those 11,000 Welsh Fans Won't Just Be Supporting 15 Men in Scarlet
Byline: By Carolyn Hitt There has only been one message written across the homepage of the Scarlets fans website this week, 'C'mon boys - let's win this for Grav!' Wales's standard bearers in Europe are not short of motivation but what better thought...
Time's Running out to Save 'Unique' Building
Byline: By Sally Williams Western Mail An historic Welsh workhouse that was given huge publicity three years ago as part of BBC2's Restoration series is still battling against the clock for cash. Now a local volunteer group for Llanfyllin Union...
Toshack Homes in on Eastwood
Byline: By Paul Abbandonato Western Mail Paul Abbandonato rounds up the Wales football scene with news that the national boss will take a first-hand look at new man Eastwood this afternoon WALES manager John Toshack today plans to run the...
True Grit
Byline: By Emily Lambert Piers Morgan is happy to send himself up in his Don't You Know Who I Am? diaries. He lets Emily Lambert in on the jokes WHEN controversial ex-Mirror editor Piers Morgan was sensationally sacked over hoax pictures depicting...
Two Years on, the Second Phase of Welsh Children's Hospital Is Still Stalling
Byline: By Madeleine Brindley Western Mail It has been more than two years since patients were admitted to the first phase of the Children's Hospital for Wales, but not a single brick has been laid since, it has emerged. Work on the second phase,...
We Are Ready to Do Welsh Double Now, Warns Moody
Byline: By Simon Thomas Western Mail Lewis moody has warned the Scarlets that Leicester's EDF Cup final victory over the Ospreys has taken a huge weight off their shoulders. The England and Lions flanker says the Tigers will now go into today's...
We'll Shoot Down Gulls
Byline: By Darren Devine Western Mail Defender Shaun Pejic has urged his Wrexham team-mates to heap more misery on a Torquay United outfit still reeling after losing their League status. Pejic believes Wrexham must strive for an early advantage...
Welsh Anti-Yob Device with a New Purpose
Byline: By Tryst Williams Western Mail Healthy eating campaigners last night criticised the inventor of a Welsh 'anti-yob' device for allowing it to be used in a fast food advert. The Mosquito alarm first hit the headlines in 2005 for using...
'We Want to Invest More, the Others Want to Invest Less'
Byline: By Tomos Livingstone Western Mail Gordon brown promised yesterday not to turn off the public spending taps if Labour wins May's Assembly elections. The Assembly's budget has ballooned to pounds 14bn, double the 1999 level. A public...
What's New Pussycat? Nothing, Writers Are Still Penning Corny Lyrics
Byline: B Sally Williams Western Mail The lyrical crimes that make the nation cringe are to be exposed in a huge music poll. Radio station BBC 6 Music wants to find the lines that spoil the great tunes by their tastelessness, or lack of intelligence...
When Politicians Start Missing Free Meals, Something Must Be Going On
Byline: By Tomos Livingstone Western Mail We've been waiting for ages for the Assembly election campaign to come to life. This week it has, and I have proof - politicians have not only been turning down free lunches, but dinners and breakfasts too....
WHO, What, Where, When
Did you know that Cardiff writer Terry Nation is credited with creating the Daleks? Edward Russell, senior brand executve of Doctor Who, has come up with 101 other fascinating facts about the world's favourite Timelord 1. Doctor Who's first producer...
Wife Says She Can't Remember So Who Did Stab Neil at Barbecue?
Byline: By Robin Turner Western Mail The best friend of a man allegedly murdered by his wife at a barbecue yesterday strongly denied he or any of his friends at the midsummer party committed the killing. David Morgan also denied he was falsely...
'Will the Last Person to Leave Llanelli Switch off the Lights'
Byline: By Owen Walker Western Mail Heineken Cup fever has gripped West Wales and even spread as far as Ireland as interest in the Scarlets' semi-final swells. Stuart Gallacher has been chief executive at Stradey Park for 11 seasons and he says...
Women's Own
Byline: By Lynne Barrett-Lee I've wanted a leaf blower for two years now; ever since I saw that fit TV gardener bloke using one. That's what I need, I thought. My own personal blower T was bound to happen, wasn't it? Everyone knows that the more...
Write Your Life Stories, Kirk Tells Michael and Catherine
Byline: By Robin Turner Western Mail Screen legend Kirk Douglas is urging his actor son Michael and daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones to write their autobiographies now so they can 'gain perspective' on their famous lives. The Spartacus actor,...