Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)

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Articles from August 15, 2009

Absolutely Fibulous; Successful Writer, TV and Film Actor and Radio Personality, Now Rob Brydon Can Add Quiz Show Host to His List of Achievements
THE more Rob Brydon speaks, the more he reminds you of his most famous characters Keith Barret and Uncle Bryn. Although it must be stated that he's infinitely more hip and self-aware than either his Marion & Geoff or Gavin & Stacey alter-egos....
Adam, Asperger's and Me; as Hollywood Puts Asperger's on the Big Screen Once Again, Does Bringing the Condition to the Mainstream Really Help the Cause? Sally Williams Speaks to a Sufferer and Campaigner about the Reality of the Condition
IN the future, everyday individuals not suffering from "high-functioning" autism will be viewed as "disabled" by those who have it. That is the world Asperger's campaigner and sufferer Colette Morgan is going to portray in a book she's working on....
A Home Improvement Holiday
Byline: SAMANTHA MASKREY AUGUST is the month most of France goes on holiday. In Paris the top restaurants close as their regular customers migrate to the country. Here in Britain we do not follow the French example to the letter, in fact we take...
American Denied Entry to UK to Attend BNP Festival
Byline: Ellen Branagh AN American white supremacist was stopped from entering the country to attend a controversial BNP festival this weekend. Preston Wiginton was turned back at Heathrow Airport when he arrived for the party's Red, White and...
Americans Should Put Their Own House in Order
IN the debate over the future direction of health care in the United States, our National Health Service has come under some harsh and unfair criticism. Indeed, in some circumstances what has been said has been downright mischievous. US politicians...
Ancelotti Ready for a Tough Battle for Title
CARLO ANCELOTTI insists the Premier League title will be tougher to win than the Serie A crown. The Italian coach guided AC Milan to Serie A success in 2004 but the quality of the opposition in the English top flight promises to provide him with...
'Athletes Face Pressure as Host Nation' Challenge of Expectation
Byline: Darren Devine THE huge burden of expectation is the biggest challenge facing our 2012 London Olympic hopefuls, it has been claimed today. Shane Sutton, who helped mastermind Britain's cycling success at last year's Beijing Olympics when...
'Benefits Are There for All to See'
Byline: victoria winckler THE sometimes bizarre criticisms of the NHS in the US have unleashed an outpouring of praise for the health service from UK politicians and ordinary people alike. It's a change from the criticism about waiting times,...
BETHANLLOYD; Troi Fy Nhrwyn Ar Fwydydd 'Frankenstein'
RYDAN ni newydd ddychwelyd o'n gwyliau yn y Gorllewin a buon ni'n aros yn y bwthyn lle rydan ni wedi bod sawl tro erbyn hyn. Er bod y Gogledd yn le hyfryd i fyw mae 'na rywbeth hamddenol, braf am y Gorllewin - tebyg i Gernyw - sy'n gwneud i rywun ymlacio'n...
Brainteasers
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Broughton Airbus Jobs Gain from Pounds 340m Taxpayers' Loan
Byline: Aled Blake HUNDREDS of jobs were secured yesterday with hundreds more created at the Airbus UK plant at Broughton after the Government backed the project with a pounds 340m loan. Business Secretary Lord Mandelson made the announcement...
'Build Now or Face a Huge Homes Shortage in the Future' A Buildings Watchdog Has Claimed New Houses Are Getting Too Small. but They're Failing to Present the Full Picture, Says Smartnewhomes.com Boss David Bexon
THERE have been some discussions in the press recently on the issue of space and density in the production of new homes, which has unfairly called into question homebuilders' commitment to meeting the nation's housing needs. First came Boris Johnson's...
Cardiff Church Warden Latest on Fourth Plinth
CHURCH warden Linda Quinn will be one of the latest people to stand on the Fourth Plinth in London's Trafalgar Square as part of Antony Gormley's latest arts project. And she hopes that her efforts will help raise cash for Llandaff Cathedral's new...
Choose Natural Stone Tiles for a Long-Lasting Style
Byline: YVONNE JONES WHEN it comes to tiles, styles come and go. What's more there's a bewildering array of shapes, sizes and colours out there. So, if you are feeling spoilt for choice, and don't know where to leap, I'd suggest natural stone....
City Marketreport
THE FTSE 100 Index was dragged back from a 10-month high yesterday as a steep fall on Wall Street put an end to London's winning streak. US shares fell sharply after a weaker than expected report on consumer sentiment left investors worried that...
Digital
what? 100 Years of the Girl Guides when? BBC Four, tomorrow, 9pm A century ago, a group of young scallywags with pigtails decided that tapestry and flower-pressing was no way to spend a sunny afternoon. They raided their brothers' wardrobes and headed...
Do Not Abandon Youngsters to a Learning-Poor Recession
Byline: dylan jones evans LAST week, I wrote about the importance of higher education to the Welsh economy. However, it must be remembered that the main providers of post-16 education in Wales are not universities, but further education colleges....
DON'T MIND YOURPs& Qs; TAKE ONE: Gloria Hunniford Plays the Heavenly Host in a New Series on Sky
Q: You're hosting a new show about the angel phenomenon, but do you believe in them? A: I've always believed in something else, I've grown up with this rather nice feeling of a guardian angel looking after you. When I was working for the BBC in...
'Dour Scot' Brown Lacks Right Personality, Says Book
GORDON BROWN, below, is today branded a "disgruntled dour Scot" who most voters see as uncaring. The damning comments came in a book by former Labour First Minister of Scotland, Henry McLeish. Psychologist Anne Ellis also claimed that the Prime...
Dragons Need to Show Grit to Win
WREXHAM manager Dean Saunders says aggression, determination and workrate must come before football if the Dragons are to pick up a first away victory of the Blue Square Premiership season at Crawley Town this afternoon. With a virtually full-strength...
DYFI JYNCSHIYN - Y Ddynes Yn Yr Haul, Gareth F Williams, Gwasg Gwynedd, Pounds 8.95
BYDD unrhyw un sydd wedi darllen nofel flaenorol Gareth F Williams, Dyfi Jyncshiyn - y dyn blin, yn gwybod pwy yw Marian, prif gymeriad y nofel hon, ac yn sicr o fod yn eithaf chwilfrydig i wybod ei hanes yn dilyn ei hymddangosiad nwydus ac angerddol...
Elsom Is Set for Return
AUSTRALIA coach Robbie Deans is confident star flanker Rocky Elsom will be fit for next week's crucial clash against New Zealand in Sydney. Elsom, who rejoined the ARU in June after a successful stint with Irish club Leinster, is yet to add to his...
England Shake-Up Looks on the Cards
Byline: Richard Gibson ENGLAND'S four-man selection panel met at Trent Bridge yesterday to pick a squad for the country's biggest match for four years. The Geoff Miller-headed quartet will have deliberated long and hard over a number of issues...
Ennis Looks to Make Up for Lost Time on Trail of World Glory
Byline: David Martin JESSICA ENNIS is relishing the opportunity of challenging for heptathlon gold at the World Championships in Berlin this weekend. Ennis was tipped to be a serious challenger for Olympic gold last year, but a fractured right...
Eve Back in the Frame with Latest Role
TORCHWOOD star Eve Myles is to star in a new BBC network drama set in Wales. Framed, based on a best- elling children's book, is about a small village in North Wales suddenly being inundated with priceless works of art. The 31-year-old from Ystradgynlais...
Exporters Reject Attacks on IBW as Unfair and 'Playing Politics'
Byline: Aled Blake A GROUP of exporters have thrown their backing behind the under-fire Assembly Government export assist arm, International Business Wales. The IBW has been attacked by the leader of the Liberal Democrats in Wales, Kirsty Williams,...
Feel Free to Judge, but Remember Your Own Party's Mistakes as Well; Realpolitik
Byline: Martin Shipton TO what extent should the sins of a party's past be used to judge its representatives of today? That was the question which occurred to me when a couple of statements reacting to the latest unemployment figures dropped into...
Four Go Mad in Brittany; TRAVEL: Dave Mark's Whole Family Found Lots to Do on Their Well-Equipped French Campsite, and Even More to Do and Eat outside It
STAY T HINK London luxury and The Langham Hotel has been doing its bit for as long as anyone can remember. SHORT Ideally located between Oxford Street and Regents Park, The Langham has hosted royalty, dignitaries and celebrities since opening...
Friday
The Tudors BBC Two Wales, 9pm Full of great performances, political meddling, no end of saucy bedroom antics and a dark, brooding anti-hero at its core, it's hard not to be swept away by its rich imagery and attention to detail. It's just a shame...
From under Milk Wood to across the Pond; the Memory of Dylan Thomas Lives on across the Pond with a Chicago Theatre Company Planning to Stage a Series of Works by Him - and about Him. Karen Price Finds out More
Byline: Karen Price DYLAN THOMAS has always had a close relationship with the USA. After all, he spent much of his time in New York, the city where he died in 1953. Now a Chicago-based theatre company is planning to revive his legacy for American...
GB Chief Happy at Radcliffe New York Run
CHARLES VAN COMMENEE was consulted and supported the decision for Paula Radcliffe to compete in the New York City half marathon tomorrow just seven days before the World Championships marathon takes place. Radcliffe (left), who has not raced since...
Get on the Property Ladder for Pounds 50,000; Scheme to Cut Cost of a New Home from Redrow
A DEVELOPER has launched a plan aimed at getting buyers on the property ladder for less than pounds 50,000 at one of its new sites. Redrow Homes has brought its Debut scheme to one of its developments in North Cornelly, near Bridgend. The properties...
Get Two Homes in One with This Sunny Seaside Hideaway; with Rooms to Spare Fernley Lodge Is the Perfect Home for a Large Family, or a Place for Entertaining
BUILT for a tea planter returning from India, Fernley Lodge is set in the heart of Manorbier, near Tenby, designated a conservation area by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The six bedroom house was erected around 1875 for William Parcell...
Golden Wonders; This Time Last Year, Welsh Athletes Were Winning Gold Medals at the Beijing Olympics. Twelve Months on, They Reveal How Their Lives Have Changed
DAVID ROBERTS CBE Paralympic swimmer, four golds in the 100m, 400m and 50m freestyle events and the 4x100m freestyle relay "It's back to reality now. It took until Christmas before I was ready for that. "I was back in normal training before that but...
Green Scene; Gardening
Byline: Lynne Allbutt Top talk Allbutt BBC Radio 2 presenter Lynn Bowles, right, got half way through her practical year studying agriculture before she realised it wasn't for her. Lynne "It wasn't because of the bad weather or anything,"...
Home Repossessions Drop by 10%, but Rising Jobless Rate Will Push It Back Up
Byline: Nicky Burridge THE UK is heading for a fresh wave of repossessions despite a fall in the number of people who lost their home during the second quarter of the year, it was forecast yesterday. Around 11,400 people had their properties...
Home Truths; Gardening
Byline: John Humphries IHumphries T grows everywhere. Not especially popular, except with butterflies, it is the one plant that even those who would never be seen dead in a garden cannot fail to notice. John A cracked chimney pot, or overgrown...
House Building Shows Improvement as Rate of Decline Slows
HOUSING construction showed a "sharp improvement" in the second quarter of the year in a further sign that pain in the sector is moderating, research revealed yesterday. Overall construction continued to decline between April and June although at...
If I Could Do It All Again; as the Time Traveler's Wife Opens in the Cinema, We Asked Eight Welsh Women What They Would Do If They Had the Chance to Go Back - or Forwards - in Time
Lisa Lazarus, 21, model from Llanelli "I probably wouldn't change anything! I have always learnt from my experiences and mistakes, which has helped get me to where I am now. Although I would love to go back in time to when I was younger when there...
In Death, Jackson Is Sweet Music for Chrysalis
RENEWED interest in Michael Jackson songs has boosted music firm Chrysalis after it reported an "extraordinary surge" in demand for his work. The writer behind Jackson hits such as Thriller and Rock with You - Rod Temperton - is on Chrysalis' books...
I Want to Play at 10: The Coaches Know It, I Know It, We All Know It; Hook's 'Starting' Message to Gatland and Co
Byline: Simon Thomas JAMES HOOK last night sent out a clear pre-season message by declaring: "I want to play at No 10." The versatile Hook was moved into the centre by the Ospreys towards the end of last season, with teenager Dan Biggar being handed...
Jones Welcomes Back Old Pal 'Ollie'
Byline: Simon Kendal-Williams IAN HOLLOWAY'S return to football has been warmly welcomed by Dave Jones ahead of today's Championship clash. The manager known as "Ollie" takes charge of his first home game at Blackpool today after taking over...
Katherine Asks Her Fans to Approve Movie-Star Style; Twitter Question: To Wear or Not to Wear Victoriana?
Byline: Catherine Evans AFTER flirting with Hollywood glamour and boho chic, Katherine Jenkins has now found the ideal style to make the most of those luscious curves. The stunning 29-year-old mezzo soprano emanated the sex-appeal of voluptuous...
Killer Driver Spared Jail after Family of Victim Pleads for Compassion
Byline: Gareth Llewellyn A MOTORIST was spared jail yesterday for killing a female cyclist after her family urged the judge to show the "compassion and generosity" she was known for in life. Oxford University graduate Kate Auchterlonie was killed...
Late Deals
DEALS SHORT BREAKS OMAN: Kuoni (01306 747 008) offers five nights' B& B for Sept 3-9 at four-star Barr Al Jissat Resort & Spa in superior room from pounds 549, saving up to pounds 360. LATE JERSEY: BA Holidays (0844 493 0758) offers three...
LEFIGRUFFUDD; Cynghorau Lleol Yn Methu Herio'r Cwmnau Pwerus
AR l dychwelyd o'r eisteddfod yn flinedig a llesg, dwi'n flynyddol yn cymryd cwpwl o ddyddiau bant i grwydro caffis Aberystwyth, heb ffn symudol na dim i amharu ar ddiogi pur ar l profiadau hunllefus fel carafaniwr gwael. Eleni, fe ges i siom: roedd...
Life Goes on between the Harp and Apron Strings; as She Prepares for a One-Off Concert Tonight, Catrin Finch Shares Her Plans for the Future with Karen Price - the World Premiere of a Harp Concerto and a New Baby
Byline: Karen Price CATRIN FINCH is walking to the park with her daughter Ana Gwen when I call her. She's enjoying some free time after a busy few months of touring, which has included dates in Washington, New York and Quebec. Since the birth...
Mari Ar Bererindod I Batagonia; CYMRAEG: Mae'n Debyg Mai Fel Actores Y Byddai'r Mwyafrif Yn Adnabod Mari Emlyn. Ond Mae Hi Hefyd Yn Awdures Sydd , Diddordeb Ysol Mewn Llythyrau Fel Cyfrwng
EI diddordeb yn y Wladfa ym Mhatagonia a ysbrydolodd Mari Emlyn i gyhoeddi ei llyfr diweddaraf, Llythyrau'r Wladfa 1865 - 1945, sy'n gasgliad gwerthfawr o lythyrau o'r cyfnod cynnar rhwng y Gwladfawyr a'r Cymry. Ond sut gychwynnodd ei diddordeb...
Martinez Vows to Spark Wigan the Swans Way
ROBERTO MARTINEZ takes his first steps into the Premier League today as Wigan manager - but he insists he will do it with Swansea City style. Furthermore, the Spaniard who swapped the Liberty for the Latics, insists it will be a former Swan that helps...
Matthew Reveals Shortlist for Iris Film Prize
A TOTAL of 30 short films from around the globe have made it through to the final of the Iris Prize Festival. The annual event, which was launched in Cardiff two years ago and celebrates the best in gay and lesbian film, will be staged in the city...
McCormack and Ledley to Feature against Tangerines
Byline: simon kendal-williams SOMEWHAT surprisingly, it's 'as you were' for Cardiff City at Blackpool today. A week towards the end of the transfer window is a long time in football. And there were more than a few Bluebirds fans who thought...
Mindmatters
Byline: ALEDBLAKE HATE is not a word that should be used lightly. There's too much hate going on in the world and not enough peace and love, as a '60s hippy might be prone to say. Nevertheless I do think that it's always good to have a nemesis,...
Minister Replies: Critics of NHS Are Ignorant, - We Are Proudof It; Row over Obama's Hope for Public Health Reform Flares
Byline: Abby Alford CRITICS of the NHS, which has been portrayed as "evil" and "Orwellian" in the US, are ignorant of its many achievements, Health Minister Edwina Hart said yesterday. As the healthcare debate intensified on both sides of the...
MoD Says Officer Is Still with Unit Af Ter Criticism
THE Ministry of Defence has denied rumours that a Welsh Guards officer who criticised the Army's role in Afghanistan has been removed from his unit. The officer sparked a political storm when he wrote an account in a London newspaper of the difficulties...
Monday
The Street BBC One Wales, 9pm The final episode of this magnificent drama stars Street stalwart Timothy Spall alongside Ruth Jones, above (see page 12). Jimmy McGovern's series concludes back in the cash-strapped McEvoy household, where Margie has...
Morning Serial
Byline: Alun Richards I was also in some confusion about my mother. She was slim and elegant whereas I had a deep-rooted conviction from local observation that mothers were fat. They were to be seen pinafored and aproned, arms akimbo, half-bathed...
'My Back Garden Studio Is like a Different World'
Byline: GAVIN ALLEN MARTYN JOSEPH is rarely happier than when he is in his own little wooden world. The singer/songwriter and his family have lived in the same house since 1985 but it was just over two years ago that he made an addition that...
My Friend Ronald; A Series of Letters between RS Thomas and His Friend Raymond Garlick Sheds Light on Their Poetic Vision, Religious Beliefs and Politics, Writes Steve Dub
Byline: Steve Dub WALES is a land of poets and none are better known than the two Thomases - Dylan and Ronald Stuart, better known as RS. The first stoked a reputation as a Bohemian boozer and died young; the other was regarded as a cantankerous...
My Telly
Byline: Chiara Rinaldi TWO friends of mine will soon be emigrating to the USA, and I was hoping to cadge a free holiday. So when I saw a programme advertised about the place they're moving to, I thought I'd tune in. Unfortunately it was titled...
My Week; GARDENING
"WHAT'S the fastest vegetable in the garden? A runner bean!" I have heard this joke several times this week as a result of committing to a bit of a run-athon next month. It all starts with the Cardiff HSBC 10K on September 6 where I'll be running...
Negative Views on NHS Reflect Badly on US Lobby; COMMENT
T HE negative attention being focused on the NHS by right-wing Republicans in the United States is not something we need be ashamed of. Theirs is a society in which people get medical treatment based on their ability to pay, and where within living...
New Boy Dobbie Aims to Make the Most of His Second Chance
Byline: chriswathan STEPHEN DOBBIE will hope to complete a week of firsts today, knowing just how important his second chance has been. The Swansea City striker is aiming for a first league start against Middlesbrough this afternoon after his...
Optimism Returns to Buy-to-Let Market; Buy-to-Let Appeals to Cautious Buyers
Byline: Matt Thomas AS new figures reveal many landlords are expanding their property portfolios and building societies release cut-rate buy-to-let mortgages, it seems now could be the time to invest in a rental property. Both Nationwide and...
Pounds 1m Reward to Nab Pounds 43m Raiders Is Biggest Ever; Flying Squad Appeals to Criminal Associates to Turn Heist Robbers In
Byline: Wesley Johnson A pounds 1M reward is to be offered to catch thieves who pulled off Britain's biggest jewellery heist, Scotland Yard said yesterday. The reward, of up to pounds 1m, for information leading to the identification, arrest...
'Pressure' on Lockerbie Bomber to Drop Appeal
Byline: MIke Jones THE Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing applied yesterday to drop his appeal amid claims that pressure had been put on him to stop an attempt to clear his name. Relatives of victims reacted angrily to the news Abdelbaset...
Princely Profit from a Chinese Takeaway
Byline: DON RODGERS IN the West, we often hear about the cultural debt we owe to China. The two Chinese items illustrated here make a pleasant change in that they were made using a technique that was taken to China from the West. They're both...
Private Companies on the Warpath over Public Sector Pay 'Immunity' Institute of Directors Says Public Pay Not Suffering from Recession
Byline: Aled Blake A GROWING divide is emerging between public and private sector pay, a leading business body has warned. The Institute of Directors (IoD) in Wales, which represents business executives, found that nearly 50% of bosses in the...
Quizopedia
Byline: Mike Harris 1. Identify the cities, grounds, and scores of each of the three Springboks v British Lions Test matches played recently in South Africa. 2. The US contains eight states whose names contain only one repeated vowel. List them....
Relax with a Good Book
Bit on the Side - Work, Sex, Love, Loss and Own Goals Edited by Anna Kiernan (Parthian) This collection of life-snippets depicts what women from Wales are looking for in life, how past experiences have shaped them, and what being a woman, or being...
Retirement Housebuilder Rated Top by Customers
RETIREMENT developer McCarthy and Stone, the company behind Pritchard Court in Llandaff, has topped the charts in a national survey of British housebuilders for the fourth year running. The retirement specialist is the only builder in Britain to...
S4C Not Included; LETTERS
SIR - I returned home after having enjoyed one of the best National Eisteddfodau for years. My grateful thanks to Elfyn Llwyd MP, and his merry men, who ensured that it all worked like clockwork. A number of us, eisteddfodwyr all, stayed in a most...
Saturday
ER Channel 4, 7.15pm Dr Morgenstern is back and it's great to see him again - even if it is only for an hour. Morgenstern is in Chicago to see Oliver Kostin, a once-great doctor now suffering from dementia. When Kostin arrives at the ER, he looks...
Singh Fails to Close the Gap on the Leaders
VIJAY SINGH failed to bridge the gap to the leaders at the top of the US PGA Championship leaderboard as front-running Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington got their second rounds under way at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Woods held a one-shot overnight...
Sunday
Rivers With Griff Rhys Jones BBC One Wales, 9pm This series sees Griff taking a look at the influence Britain's waterways have had on our lives throughout history. More specifically, this penultimate episode sees Griff head to London as he explores...
TAKE TWO; Welsh International Rugby Referee Nigel Owens on Pitching in with a New Radio Cymru Show
Q: You've had a very busy year on and off the pitch. What have been the highlights for you so far? A: It's hard to think of all the highlights as there have been so many this year! But the two main ones were being the first to referee two years...
The Entertainment Guide
TODAY ABERYSTWYTH: Arts Centre (01970 623232), The King & I. 2.30pm, 7.30pm. Tickets from pounds 16.50. CARDIFF: Wales Millennium Centre (Donald Gordon Theatre) (08700 402000), The Sound of Music. 2.30pm, 7.30pm. Tickets from pounds 15. HARLECH:...
Thefirstword
Byline: HANNAHJONES I CAN'T help it, I think Rob Brydon, inset, is one of the funniest and therefore sexiest men on telly. Then again I have a penchant for Jeremy Clarkson, but for totally different reasons. Oh, and Dara O'Briain, but it's not...
The Game's Got It All - Sex, Drugs and Ruck'n'roll; Carolynhitt A Woman's View on the World of Sport
THE old chestnut that football is a gentleman's game played by ruffians and rugby is a ruffian's game played by gentlemen has been roasted lately. Much to the glee of soccer-saturated hacks such as Martin Samuel, rugby has spent most of the summer...
The Ice Queen Cometh
WHEN restaurateur Morfudd Richards, right, saw a pink Seventies ice cream van on eBay in 2004, she knew she had to have it. She bought it "unseen" and flew down to Land's End to collect it. But the spontaneous purchase turned out to be a filthy...
The Insider
Byline: Peter Finch Finch Peter S ETTING off on a career as a writer without checking how things work is a little like driving a car without reading the handbook. You've got the talent and the push. It's in you and it has to come out. You are...
The Property Doctor
Byline: EMYR PIERCE Q I am considering buying a touring caravan, but the only place I can keep it is in the front garden in full view of the neighbours. Will I need planning permission for this? A The first thing you need to establish is whether...
The Song of the Modern Man; Preview the Spooky Men'sChorale Borough Theatre, Abergavenny
AN Australian choir with a difference will be entertaining audiences in Wales next month. The Spooky Men's Chorale is a group of 15 male singers who live in the Blue Mountains area of New South Wales. Their repertoire consists largely of songs...
They Said What?
"I am over it, so, so over it - 100%. I didn't think I'd move on this quickly. I thought it would take years. But I've finally accepted our marriage is over. I've shed my last tear" Singer Peter Andre on the break-up of his marriage to the former model...
Thomas Now Ready to Rid Himself of Demons and Return to the Rugby Field
Byline: simon thomas WALES and Ospreys back-row star Jonathan Thomas has opened up on his injury hell and admitted he feared his rugby career might be over. The Grand Slam winner has been plagued by groin trouble for more than a year and has...
Thursday
As Seen On TV BBC One Wales, 8pm Arlene Phillips, pictured, probably never realised quite how popular she was until it was announced that she was being replaced by Alesha Dixon as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing. The news caused a huge outcry,...
Tidy like; A Comedy Panel Show for News Hounds with a Heavy Welsh Slant Is about to Hit the Airwaves. It's the Latest Commission for Tidy Productions, Set Up by Actress Ruth Jones and Her Husband David Peet. Catherine Jones Chats to Those Involved
HERE'S a starter for 10: What happens if you put the finest Welsh comic talent in a radio quiz about celebrity and current affairs? Answer: You get a programme that informs (and appeals to a more mature audience) and entertains (to keep everyone happy)....
TNS and Bala off to Fine Start
Byline: John Edwards FOUR-TIMES Welsh Premier champions The New Saints made the perfect start to the new campaign with a thumping 5-0 victory over Prestatyn Town at Park Hall last night. Saints crushed the visitors in a breathtaking first period...
Top 10 Films of the Week
1. The Ugly Truth (15, 96 mins) Knocking Harry Potter off the top spot is this romantic comedy in which the battle of the sexes turns ugly, starring Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl. 2. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (12A, 118 mins) Based on the popular,...
Travels with My Credit Card
Hannah Cooper, 20, from Cwmbran, is a fashion student at University of Wales, Newport What are you up to at the weekend? This weekend I will be busy arranging a trip to London in September where I will be doing a work experience at a fashion house....
Tuesday
You Have Been Watching Channel 4, 10pm pretty much the same. Writer and comedian Charlie Brooker is known for providing an examination of the week's TV that is both refreshing and brutally frank, as well as an equally unapologetic round-up of...
Turkish Delight for Boro
MIDDLESBROUGH boss Gareth Southgate is ready to unleash strikers Tuncay and Leroy Lita on Swansea City today, writes Adam Taylor. Following their 0-0 draw with Sheffield United last Friday in their Championship debut, Southgate will be looking for...
Variablespeed Traffic Control Plan to Bring Safer, Jam-Free Driving to M4's Busiest Part; 'Intelligent' Sensors Will Activate Limit of between 20 and 70mph
Byline: Sarah Miloudi TODAY the Western Mail can reveal the detail behind a pi-oneerinpounds 7m road system which aims to end commuters' frustrations and slash accidents along Wales' busiest route. But, the evidence suggests, that to ease the...
Weak Government, Greedy Supermarkets; LETTERS
SIR - Our farming industry, which is the backbone of our wealth producing industries in rural Wales, is now much in decline due to the greed of the supermarkets and the weakness of the Government to govern. Dairy Farmers of Britain, which until...
Wednesday
The Edinburgh Festival Show BBC Two Wales, 11.20pm It's that time of the year when comedians and performers from across the world descend on Edinburgh to showcase their talents. Some will play to a handful of people and leave the same obscure figures...
'Welsh Period' of Turner Will Bring Crowds to Tate
Byline: Robin Turner WALES' influence on one of Britain's greatest landscape painters is to be featured in a major new exhibition at London's Tate Britain gallery. JMW Turner made five visits to Wales in the 1790s after becoming fascinating by...
'When the Phone Rang All I Could Think Was, Is He Dead?' Mother of Holiday Attack Victim Talks of Family's Ordeal
Byline: Emily Woodrow AS her son Alex prepared for a dream holiday in Majorca, mother Helen Hughes main concern was getting his clothes washed in time. It seems "silly" now, she admits, as the 16-year-old lies unconscious in a hospital bed, the...
Which Is Best? Depends on Whether You Value Big Choice or Fair Distribution
Two countries divided by a common language was George Bernard Shaw's verdict on the UK and America. The recent US denunciation of the NHS once again reveals our mutual incomprehension. So, who's right? It depends on what you think a good health...
Wine & Dine; Straight off the Vine
Byline: Neil Cammies THERE are still a few things in this world that are quintessentially British. Donkey rides on the beach in the drizzle, pinstripe suits and a crisp white shirt, a full English breakfast with a nice cup of tea to name but a few....
Women'sown
Byline: LYNNEBARRETT- LEE ONof the most arresting developments of our shiny new century is, I think you'll agree, that they've decided to bring out bags of just red and black wine gums. It's a watershed confectionery moment, for sure, but one...
Your Stars with Patrick Arundell
Byline: Patrick Arundell You may have an excess of nervous and physical energy today, so you need to do your best to burn these off. Sitting around watching too much TV could just see you become listless and irritable, so if you can try to get out...