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 February 21, 2009

"A Black Week for Brown - but at Least There's No Real Labour Rival; Real Politik
Byline: Tomos Livingstone IT'S not easy to work out why David Cameron has had a much more relaxing half-term week than Gordon Brown. Mr Cameron got to talk to some voters in Barry and to pose for the cameras at a film premiere (in London, not...
All about Eve and Me
Byline: Nathan Bevan LIVING with one of Wales' most recognisable and most successful actresses might be a problem for most men, writes Nathan Bevan. First there's the constant attention from male fans, not to mention that fact you'd hardly ever...
Angry French Coach Marc Is Getting That Friday Feeling
Byline: Simon Thomas FRANCE coach Marc Lievremont has slammed the decision to play Wales on a Friday night. Lievremont also moaned that Warren Gatland's men have got an advantage for the big Six Nations showdown next Friday because his own players...
A Yw Dynion Dan Anfantais Annheg Y Dyddie Hyn?
Byline: LEFI GRUFFUDD Mi oedd yna gyfnod yn y byd llyfrau pan oedd menywod dan anfantais, ac yn methu a chael yr un cyfle na chydnabyddiaeth a dynion am eu doniau, gydag amryw yn defnyddio ffugenwau gwrywaidd i wneud eu marc. Ond, erbyn hyn,...
Bank Puts Pounds 340m into 'IOU' Scheme
THE Bank of England yesterday said it had spent pounds 340m so far under its asset-buying scheme to kick-start frozen lending markets. The Bank is buying commercial paper - which is like a corporate bond, or an IOU used by companies to raise funds...
Be Bold and Be Brave with Those Patterns; Interiors
Byline: YVONNE JONES THINK big when it comes to fabrics this season. Everything is on a huge scale, with lots of high impact colour combos. As overscale is the theme for the brave new world of fabrics, you can go completely OTT and get away with...
BOOKS: A Quick Read
Byline: Steve Dube SOME of the writers of the latest Quick Reads will be absent when the books are launched on Monday at the Wales TUC Cymru Conference in Cardiff for a very simply reason: they're in prison, writes Steve Dube. Inside Out: Real...
Books: The Insider
Byline: Peter Finch THERE is a rumour doing the rounds that in the days when the Hayes Island Snack Bar in Cardiff was known colloquially as Cafe Latrine and served tea so strong it would melt spoons, a club called the Hayes Al Fresco Drinking Club...
Bring Back the Bank of Wales to Help the Nation; the Banking Crisis Has Made the Need for the Return of the Bank of Wales Even More Pressing, Says Geraint Talfan Davies, Chairman of the Institute of Welsh Affairs
Byline: Geraint Talfan Davies BECAUSE of the scale of the merger between HBOS and Lloyds TSB to form the Lloyds Banking Group, few will have given thought to the fact that sitting in a drawer in an HBOS office in Edinburgh are the deeds to the Bank...
Car Industry Is Heading for the Scrapyard, Warns Union
Byline: Tomos Livingstone Political Editor THE number of new cars made in Britain slumped again last month, with unions warning that thousands more jobs are on the line. A total of 61,404 cars were manufactured in January 2009 - a 58.7% drop...
Carpets in Comeback as the Underfoot First Choice; Home Trends
Byline: SAMANTHA MASKREY IT'S official - carpet is back in vogue. People are moving away from wooden and laminate flooring that has been popular over the last few years and embracing the carpet again. What used to be a blank canvas for the rest...
Cast of Nine Exceeds Expectations; Review Great Expectations Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold ***** Coffee Break
I ALWAYS have great expectations of any production with Tim Baker's signature on it. His new production at Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold of Dickens' classic Great Expectations lives up to Baker's deserved reputation. He and his team have turned this...
Chancellor Must Drop Budget Cutbacks and Save Jobs, Says Salmond; 'Devolved Regions Need More Financial Muscle to Fight Recession'
Byline: David Williamson THE Chancellor has been urged to make a U-turn on multimillion pound Budget cutbacks for Wales amid concerns thousands of public sector jobs are at risk. As the leaders of the devolved regions met in Cardiff yesterday...
City Market Report
THE FTSE 100 plunged more than 3% into the red yesterday as fears over a worsening global recession ensured a gloomy end to the trading week. The Footsie was 129.3 points lower at 3889.1 at the end of the session. The fall of 3.2% increased concerns...
Coffee Break Extra: Brainteasers
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Coffee Break Extra: Quizopedia
Byline: Mike Harris 1. What sport did Otto Jelinek (1940-), a Canadian politician and former champion ice skater, describe as the "ultimate laxative"? 2. Identify the most numerous type of animal on Earth . 3. Of which wars were these battles...
Could Clothes like These Save Us from the Credit Crunch? Think Fashion's an Unnecessary Expense in a Recession? as London Fashion Week Opens in Style, and Retail Figures Show Sales of Clothes Bucking the Downward Trend, Charlotte Laing Argues That It Could Just Be the Industry to Save Us All
Byline: Charlotte Laing HAVE you ever spent the day slouching round the house in a baggy jumper and faded jogging bottoms? It makes you feel kind of awful, doesn't it? Shapeless, fat, frumpy, useless. Last time I spent the day like this I...
Counting the Cost of Going Green; Budgetary Pressures Meant Couple Had Make a Few Concessions Building Eco-Friendly Dream Home
THINKING green and staying within budget isn't always easy when it comes to your house. That's what Gordon and Annie Campbell discovered when they came to build their dream home in Mid Wales. "We wanted to be as green as possible, but had to...
Cut-Price Clothes Help to Fuel a 0.7% Increase in Retail Sales for January
CUT-PRICE clothes and footwear offers helped drive an unexpected 0.7% hike in January retail sales, official figures showed today. Sales of non-food goods rose by 1.6% between December and January amid the traditional clearance discounting, which...
Darlun Gwych O Realiti Bywyd Plant Yn Yr India
Byline: BETHAN LLOYD MAE fy rhieni yng nghyfraith newydd hedfan i Awstralia am chwe wythnos ac mae fy mam yn Sbaen ar hyn o bryd am bythefnos. Sy'n golygu na fydd gynnon ni fywyd cymdeithasol am sbel eto. Felly pan ddaeth fy rhieni yng nghyfraith...
Digital
3 what? Under the Greenwood Tree when? ITV3, tomorrow, 5.50pm Ashes to Ashes gave Keeley Hawes, above, the chance to flounce around an 80s police station wearing a white leather jacket and an off-the-shoulder top, but she's in a very different sort...
Dimi Wary of His Link to the Swans
NEW Cardiff City signing Dmitri Konstantopoulos admits his Swansea connections were on his mind when deciding whether to come to Ninian Park. Dave Jones swooped for the Greek goalkeeper when injuries ruled out Peter Enckelman and Tom Heaton for...
DON'T MIND YOUR; Qs & PS
TAKE ONE As TV's most famous cartoon family reach 20, Matt Groening tells us what he thinks about Homer Q Congratulations on celebrating 20 years of The Simpsons, a cast of characters which you named after your own family. A It's amazing -...
Early-Release Rapist Plied Teens with Drink and Porn; Ex-Pub Landlord Jailed for Three Years for Exploiting Boy and Girl
Byline: Ben Glaze A RAPIST sexually exploited two children after being allowed out of prison early. A judge jailed pub landlord Andrew Edwards, 42, originally from Llanishen, Cardiff, for 12 years in October 2000 after a double rape on the same...
England Cricket Chiefs Drop Deal with Suspect Stanford
Byline: Matt Williams ENGLAND'S cricketing chiefs yesterday severed all links with alleged fraudster Sir Allen Stanford, after FBI agents tracked down the "missing" billionaire. The flamboyant businessman was found in Virginia and served legal...
Faryl's Got Talent; She's Got Katherine Jenkins on Quick Dial, Landed a Multi-Million Pound Record Deal and Simon Cowell Is Her Number One Fan. Karen Price Is Granted a Look Inside the Brave New World of 13-Year-Old Singing Sensation Faryl Smith
Byline: Karen Price SHE may be the singing schoolgirl with a big voice who captivated Simon Cowell when she appeared on Britain's Got Talent. She may also have signed a pounds 2.3m contract with major record label Universal and is preparing for...
Food for Thought; the Start of Fairtrade Fortnight Next Week Is a Chance for Consumers to Learn More about the Movement and Discover Why Wales Is Propelling Fair Trade into the Mainstream
DID you know that two billion people - that's a third of the world's population - still survive on less than pounds 1 a day? Trade rules keep them in poverty, but they face the global challenges of food shortages and climate change too. Fair trade...
Former Rectory Is a Victorian Gem; Set in Impressive Gardens, Five-Bedroom Home Retains Period Charm despite Much Modernisation
BUILT in 1854, Cedar Hall started life as the village rectory of Gresford, near Wrexham. The church it was built to serve, All Saints, is a late 13th-century construction once described as the finest Cheshire Church in Wales. A five-bedroom family...
From Wales
Wales: Churches, Houses, Castles Simon Jenkins (Allen Lane, pounds 25) AWEIGHTY subject, to be sure, but tackled with panache, wit and glorious colour by a journalist who is also chairman of the National Trust. He dedicates the book to the...
GARDENING: GREEN SCENE; Top Talk
Byline: Lynne Allbutt CHIEF Executive of Admiral Insurance, Henry Engelhardt, recalls the time he was looking to locate his business in the UK. "The presentations that were made by Cardiff Council all had the most incredible images of Cardiff...
GARDENING: Prevention Is Always Better Than Cure; HOME TRUTHS
Byline: John Humphries One slug is not a problem but an army of them is another story GARDENERS are accustomed to waging an on-going battle against often invisible enemies that distort leaves and shoots, spoil flowers and fruit, sometimes causing...
Gloucester Have Roared Back from Euro Exit
GLOUCESTER boss Dean Ryan believes his Guinness Premiership leaders have delivered an impressive response to their European demise. The West Country club hold a four-point advantage over closest rivals London Irish heading into today's Twickenham...
Goddard Looking to Upset Wizards
DIVISION Three South East minnows Llantwit Fardre will be bursting with confidence when they travel to the Talbot Athletic Ground to face Premier outfit Aberavon in the sixth round of the Swalec Cup today. They are soaring ahead at the top of their...
Guantanamo Detainee to Be Flown Back to UK
Byline: Sam Marsden and Matt Williams A BRITISH resident held at Guantanamo Bay for more than four years is expected to be flown back to the UK early next week. Foreign Secretary David Miliband said yesterday the UK and US governments had "reached...
Gwefusau'n Gwenu; Tra Bod Y Ffilm Slumdog Millionaire Wedi Cipio Sawl Gwobr Am Ei Phortread o'r Tlodi Yn Slymiau India, Mae Cyn-Athro O Gymru Wedi Sefydlu Elusen I Helpu Rhai O Blant Tlotaf Bangladesh. Yma, Yn Ei Eiriau Ei Hun, Mae Wil Morus Jones Yn Esbonio'r Cymhelliad Tu Ol I Sefydlu'r Elusen BanglaCymru
Byline: CYMRAEG BANGLADESH, yn ol ystadegau'r Cenhedloedd Unedig, yw gwlad dlotaf Asia. Mae lefelau anllythrennedd, ofergoeliaeth, diffyg maeth, glanweithdra, gofal meddygol ac addysg yn anghyffredin o uchel. Mae cyflwr cymaint o'r tai a'r amgylchedd...
He's Hardly Changed a Bit. Welsh University Remembers the Talented Student Now a Favourite for Oscars; Slumdog Director a Great Example, Says Professor
Byline: Tim Lewis IN 1978 Danny Boyle was an aspiring actor studying English and drama at a Welsh university. Now, just over 30 years later, he is red-hot favourite to walk away with the Oscars for Best Film and Best Director after sweeping all...
'I'm Still in Love with Linda Today. We'll Never Split No Matter What I've Done' Marriage to Valleys Sweetheart Drove Me to Succeed, Says Tom
Byline: Nathan Bevan HE'S the legendary snake-hipped singing lothario at whom women threw their underwear, hotel room keys and themselves. She is the Valleys girl who shunned the spotlight, stayed at home and shut her doors to the press and her...
Is It Worth It? ALL THOSE TEMPTING BEAUTY TREATMENTS TRIED AND TESTED BEFORE YOU PART WITH YOUR CASH Samantha Jones Tried the Thalgo Indoceane Treatment at the Cliff Hotel & Spa, Gwbert
They say More than just a relaxing treatment, Indoceane offers a complete relaxing replenishing treatment that goes even deeper than the rest and relaxation offered by Hot Stone Therapy. This treatment takes you on a journey incorporating influences...
'It Was Some Weekend - I Saw Wales Win, Carried off the Sweepstake at My Local Pub, and Was Cast in a Film by Clint Eastwood' Welshman's Role in Hollywood Mandela Biopic
Byline: Robin Turner ONE'S a double-Oscar winning Hollywood icon... and the other is a little-known Welsh actor most famous for his roles in Welsh dramas like Caerdydd and Belonging. But Julian Lewis Jones is preparing to fly to South Africa...
'I Will Never Forgive Him for Taking Our Two Beautiful Children. No Day Is Easy without Them' Mum's Fury at Ex Who Gassed Youngsters Then Killed Himself
Byline: John Fahey AN "EVIL" father plotted to kill his wife with homemade bombs before drugging his two young children and gassing them in his car. Karate expert Brian Philcox, 53, killed his daughter Amy, seven, and son Owen, three, during...
Johnson Hotline Plugged into the Ospreys' Future
Byline: Gareth Griffiths OSPREYS coach Sean Holley has revealed he has already been in contact with his new boss Scott Johnson about plans for next season. Johnson will leave his role at the USA Eagles to assume the role as Ospreys director of...
Jones More Than Willing for City to Swap Places with Wobbly Wolves
Byline: simon kendal-williams WOLVES' grip at the summit of the Championship may be slipping right now, but Dave Jones knows where he would rather be. A dismal run of one win in nine games has cut the Midlands club's lead to three points ahead...
Law Man Alun Puts His Case for Welsh Defence
Byline: simon thomas IT says a lot about the high standards Alun Wyn Jones sets for himself that he's more preoccupied with the two tackles he's missed during the Six Nations than the 21 he's made. Jones put in 12 hits in the championship opener...
Legend of Outlaw Twm Sion Cati 'Should Be Used to Pull Tourists' If England Can Do It, Why Shouldn't We Exploit Our Own 'Robin Hood'?
Byline: Sally Williams WELSH tourism should use the legend of Twm Sion Cati in the way England promotes the story of Robin Hood, experts have urged. Historians want the legend of the Welsh outlaw to pull tourists into the Cambrian Mountains -...
Letter: Cuba Is Very Different
Byline: EMRYS ROBERTS SIR - David Williamson's article, "Cuba's still marching to a different drum half a century on" (Feb 16), refers to criticisms of Cuba's human rights record made by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Mr Williamson...
Letter: Nationalist Minority Need a Reality Check
Byline: DAVID P GRAY SIR - Last Saturday, like many exiles, I made the journey to Cardiff to watch the rugby and needless to say I was delighted with the result. My wife who is English came with me and, while I went to the match with our son,...
Man Accused of Killing Paedophile a Fool, Says His QC; but 'Stabbing Was Accidental'
Byline: Lauren Turner A MAN accused of fatally stabbing a former policeman who was facing child pornography charges is "an idiot" but not a murderer, a court heard yesterday. Geoffrey Harries, 49, collapsed in his wife's arms after being attacked...
Merthyr Given an 11th Hour Reprieve
Byline: David Williams MERTHYR TYDFIL have been granted a temporary stay of execution after brokering a deal to keep going until next week. Club officials clinched a deal late on Thursday night to ensure Penydarren Park's electricity and water...
Mind Matters
Byline: TRYST WILLIAMS THE stereo's been taken away by the binmen. The CDs are boxed in the grave-like quietude of the attic. After months of fighting against the technological tide like a suburban Canute, I've taken the plunge and invested in the...
My Dotty Must Be the Luckiest Dog in the World
A SEVEN-MONTH-OLD puppy plunged more than 200 feet into a flooded quarry - and survived. The cocker spaniel, called Dotty, was chasing a bird when she tumbled over the edge as her owner watched in horror. The puppy bounced off the cliff face...
My Telly
Byline: Chiara Rinaldi I'M extremely religious about Saturday mornings. Wake up, make tea, watch Saturday Kitchen (10am, BBC One). I was particularly devoted to this week's episode as my friends Lauren and Gareth were guests at the chef's table....
Now Could Be the Right Time to Buy
WITH interest rates at record lows, new home prices continuing to fall and housebuilders offering a host of incentives to assist those buying in today's market now really could be an excellent opportunity to buy new, says David Bexon. According...
Panasonic's Proposed Cuts Bring More Welsh Jobs Woe
MORE than 200 jobs are to go at Panasonic's operations in Cardiff and Newport, the company has announced. The decision to make the redundancies follows a review of its global operations which will see it cut 15,000 jobs by 2010 - half in Japan,...
Philcox Sends Chilling Text Message to Brother-in-Law before Tragic Event
Brian Philcox once texted a relative: "You don't know what I am capable of." And he was right, said David Walker, Evelyn McAuliffe's brother-in-law, who told the inquest he was surprised by the karate expert's callousness. Mr Walker, who received...
Plaid to Debate Labour's Proposals for Top-Up Fees
PLAID CYMRU'S National Council will meet today in Aberystwyth and debate controversial proposals which would result in Welsh students paying university top-up fees. Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP Adam Price has appealed for the Labour-Plaid coalition...
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Michael Sheen Will Be at the Oscars Tomorrow Night, Hoping His Much-Praised Movie, Frost/Nixon, Will Clean Up. Here, His Parents Meyrick and Irene, Give Us a Tantalising Browse through Their Family Photo Albums as Gavin Allen Traces Sheen's Rise from Port Talbot Burger Flipper to Hollywood Leading Man
TOMORROW night Meyrick and Irene Sheen won't be staying up late to watch the 81st Academy Awards from the comfort of their burgundy two-seater sofa. But they will record it to add it to the family archives. More than 5,000 miles away, their son...
Pottery Sheds Light on Religious Feuding
Byline: Jeffery Muse THIS striking pottery jug was known as a greybeard when it first appeared in 17th-century Britain - but these days it's more likely to be called a bellarmine. They are widely available, though early examples are at a premium....
Prince Calls for Local Food for Hospitals and Schools; 'Virtuous Circle Would Cut Costs and Food Miles'
Byline: Tim Walsh THE Prince of Wales yesterday said he hoped food "hubs" could be developed to help hospitals and schools source from local farmers. Speaking at the national launch of an awards scheme for caterers who buy local, organic and...
Property Issues Strain Relations
Byline: Matt Thomas A TOP Welsh legal firm has recorded a threefold increase in will disputes linked to properties over the past year. According to Leo Abse and Cohen, the lengthy legal disputes are costing families thousands of pounds - a situation...
Recession Could Be a Blessing in Disguise for Public Sector; 'Organisations Need to Make Immediate Tactical Changes'
Byline: Aled Blake THE recession gives the public sector in Wales the chance to reform and deliver better services, according to report from a business advisory firm. Deloitte's report Turning The Tide focuses on the impact of the downturn on...
Repossessions Are Up by 54% and Heading for 75,000 This Year
Byline: Sally Williams MORE families are having their homes repossessed, with warnings that ever greater numbers in Wales are falling into mortgage arrears. The number of homes in the UK repossessed by lenders last year rose by 54% to 40,000, according...
Rugby Union: Celebrity Status Brings a Degree of Responsibility
Byline: carolyn hitt THERE is no escape for the modern rugby player who indulges in "varying degrees of regrettable conduct". Whatever Gav (below) was up to on the pool table in the Queen's Vaults - and let's hope he was standing on his good...
Rugby Union: Dixon Refuses to Panic as He Sets Long-Term Target
Byline: Simon Kendal-Williams JOHN DIXON will not be pressing the panic button, even if the Celtic Crusaders fall to their third straight Super League defeat tonight (6pm). Their opening two matches yielded plenty of positives, but no points,...
Rugby Union: Dragons' Wizard Morgan Set to End Injury Horror
Byline: Simon Roberts KEVIN MORGAN will end his eight-month injury spell on the sidelines tomorrow. The Welsh international, who snapped his achilles tendon in the summer, has made a miraculous recovery from another career- threatening injury...
Rugby Union: Jamie Shows His Talent before Blues Bid Him Farewell
Byline: simon thomas JAMIE ROBINSON showed the Blues what they will be missing out on next season by scoring two tries to help them secure a much-needed Magners League victory. The Welsh international centre looks set to leave the Arms Park after...
Rugby Union: Scarlets Aim to Spring Stealthy League Ambush
Byline: Gareth Griffiths SCARLETS supremo Nigel Davies has declared his side are aiming to sneak up on Magners League rivals in their bid for silverware. The Llanelli-based region lie fourth in the Celtic competition behind Munster, Ospreys and...
Salome Lifts the Veil on Her Long Preparation to Star inWNO's Seductive Opera; Box Office Arts & Entertainment as She Prepares to Make Her UK Debut with Welsh National Opera Tomorrow Soprano Erika Sunnegardh Tells Karen Price Why It Took Her So Long to Get Her Career off the Ground
Byline: Karen Price FOR almost two decades, Erika Sunnegardh earned her living with a succession of unglamorous jobs, including waiting on tables and acting as a translator. Today she's travelling the world as an opera star after making her debut...
Small Businesses Turn to Family and Friends for Help as Credit Runs out; Survey Says That Banks Are No Longer Lending
Byline: Aled Blake SMALL business owners are increasingly turning to friends and family for money instead of the banks as they struggle to keep their firms afloat. A survey published yesterday by Close Invoice Finance - part of the merchant banking...
Soaps
The Street's most unlikely lothario is at it again as Ken plays away, leaving Deirdre nursing a burnt moussaka. In Albert Square there are saucy goings on at the chippy - and we don't mean on the fish! CORONATION STREET KEN can't resist the chance...
Spotlight On
Byline: Uma Thurman Image: Willowy, tough and cool. Best Known For: Playing The Bride in the Kill Bill movies. Early Life: Born Uma Karuna Thurman on April 29, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts. She has three brothers and was named after a Hindu...
Straight off the Vine; Wine & Dine
Byline: Neil Cammies AFTER a very fruitful day spent rooting around the London Annual Trade Tasting and Consumer Fair a few weeks back, I'd like to continue my exploration into the wines of New Zealand. The two chardonnays tasted from Morton...
Taliesin Inspires Composer to Bring the Ancient to Life; Box Office Arts & Entertainment Ancient Poems by Taliesin Have Provided Welsh Composer Sianed Jones with Inspiration for Her Latest Project. Emily Lambert Finds out More
Byline: Emily Lambert INNOVATIVE Welsh composer Sianed Jones is creating a new work that delves into shape shifting, magic and shamanic dreaming. Her piece, Taliesin, is based around the ancient 6th-century poems of Taliesin. This involves not...
The Death of Justice; Morning Serial
Byline: by Michael O'Brien THE judges went on: "It is not the fact that the codes were breached that is important; it is the reality of what occurred or may have occurred. It is for the respondents to satisfy us so that we are sure that the confessions...
The First Word
Byline: HANNAH JONES HAT were you doing when you were 13? Chances are you weren't entering TV talent competitions and singing in front of millions of people. When I was that age, I was fantasising about being cast as Annie in a production...
The Property Doctor
Byline: BY EMYR PIERCE Q I share a drive with my neighbour who I don't get on with particularly well and he has erected gates across the main driveway along which I have right of access. Is this an infringement of my right of way? A It most definitely...
'The Room's Mood Changes in the Spring and Summer' Favourite Room
Byline: BY CATHY OWEN FESTIVAL organiser Berwyn Rowlands is busy all year round. The 42-year-old runs the Cardiff-based Festivals Company, whose major projects include Cardiff's Indian Food Festival, Ffresh, the student moving image festival of...
'This Is for Mam and Dad' Says Jones; RETRO REPORT February, 2003 Howwe Covered
Byline: Edited by Tony Woolway WELSH legend Tom Jones was last night honoured at the star-studded Brit awards in London for his outstanding contribution to music. Superstar Robbie Williams led the tributes to the Pontypridd-born singer. He told...
TRAVEL: Hotel Du Vin, Trumpington Street, Cambridge; SHORT STAY
TRAVELLING with a reluctant teenager? Then the Grand Suite of the Hotel du Vin in Cambridge could be for you. Off the bedroom lies a complete home cinema and electronic games room with a screen filling one wall and two reclining armchairs. Teenage...
Travel: Late Deals
SHORT BREAKS BRUGES/LILLE: Travelsphere (0800 191 418) offers three nights' B&B from Mar 20 with Channel crossings by ferry/Eurotunnel from pounds 169. VENICE: Citalia (0871 664 0253) offers three nights' B&B from pounds 195 at three-star...
TRAVEL: Living la Dolce Vita under the Tuscan Sun; Bess Manson Found Many Things to Love about Tuscany, Especially the Food
THE air tingles with anticipation during cocktail hour at Le Casacce. As the late summer sun dips behind the parched Tuscan hills, guests gather as if for a theatrical denouement. Champagne corks are popped and the hum of chatter competes with the...
Victory a Must for Title Bid of Saints
Byline: John Edwards THE NEW SAINTS must restore the tag of invincibility if they are to stretch their Welsh Premier title challenge into the last two months of the season. At home to sixth-placed Haverford west today anything but a victory would...
We Must Get Points to Prove We're No Passing Fad - Rangel
Byline: chris wathan ANGEL RANGEL has urged "fashionable" Swansea City to show they're no passing fad with a stylish return at the Liberty this afternoon. And he has underlined the importance of seeing plaudits reinforced with points as Roberto...
Western Mail COMMENT: Treasury Should Listen to Cardiff and Edinburgh
THERE may have been some other items on the agenda, but there was only one real issue to be debated at yesterday's British-Irish Council - the impact of the downturn. This is devolution's first recession, and how the Assembly Government and Scottish...
Why Are We Dragging Our Feet on Bright Path to Prosperity?
Byline: dylan jones evans IN July 2007, a report was published that had the potential to turn around the Welsh economy. The Report of the independent Task and Finish Group on Commercialisation in Wales conducted a wide-ranging review into how...
Why Not Start with Finnish?
Byline: Don Rodgers POST-WAR Scandinavian glass has been a strong performer in the marketplace over recent years, its cool designs looking quite at home in modern minimalist interiors. Swedish glass, particularly Orrefors, has generally been...
Women's Own
Byline: LYNNE BARRETT-LEE LARKS-A-HOOEY, or whatever the expression is. End of February already, and I've still done nothing about the disgusting state of my office. Which is bad, because plan A is to clear it out as the precursor to plan B, which...
Workout with the Stars; If Your New Year Fitness Goals Seem like a Distant Memory - after All, Who Wants to Go to the Gym When It's Raining or Snowing? - Revive Your Good Intentions with a DVD Workout in the Comfort of Your Own Home. Fitness Instructor Tara Hammett Puts Six Celebrity Exercise Regimes through Their Paces
LEAN ROUTINE WITH LETITIA DEAN Letitia was very friendly and talked about her former weight issues, although there's a bit too much pouting and posing for me. She looks in great shape after losing two stone and seven inches off both her waist...
Wrexham Boss Deano Has a Wembley Double Date in His Sights
WREXHAM boss Dean Saunders is bidding for a Wembley double ahead of his side's FA Trophy quarter-final showdown with cup-holders Ebbsfleet United today. With the Dragons just two games away from a Wembley final in the cup competition, they are also...