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 16, 2009

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Accused Appears in Court over Two Double Murders; Man Charged with Killings Two Decades Ago
Byline: Antony Stone A MAN accused of two double shotgun murders dating back more than two decades appeared in court for the first time yesterday - and shouted: "Please don't judge me until the facts come out." John William Cooper, 64, of Letterston,...
Afghanistan Trip under Fire; Council Leader Defends MoD Visit against Attack on 'Unwise' Expense
Byline: Martin Shipton about the personal expenses being incurred by politicians of all parties. "Incurring costs on what appears to be an unnecessary trip at a time when many of the public are experiencing financial difficulty seems to be extremely...
A Night of Sheer Dramatic Brilliance
THIS is a pristine revival of Richard Jones' nightmarish production of The Queen of Spades that remains as eye-popping and jaw-dropping as that first night almost a decade ago. This production excels through Ukrainian Misha Didyk's masterly portrayal...
Another Upmarket Hotel to Open in Cardiff Next Month
Byline: Sin Barry CARDIFF will have another upmarket hotel when the Radisson Blu opens next month. Part of the Razidor Hotel Group, the 219-room four-star hotel will provide fresh competition to the city's other upmarket hotels like the St David's...
A Novel Comic; Comedian Turned Novelist Julian Clary Opens Up on Stage Fright, Sex Scenes and Suicide. Emily Lambert's All Ears
Byline: Ebury Press, pounds 14.99, IN a street near London's bustling Camden High Street, I'm waiting for Julian Clary to answer the door to his flat. The flamboyant comic might now be a member of the comedy establishment, but I've still got...
Are They Saying People with a Disfigurement Should Be Covered Up in a Paper Bag?
Byline: James McCarthy d FOUR supermarkets came under mounting criticism yesterday for banning the sleeve of a Manic Street Preachers album which depicts a child with a facial disfigurement. Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's have all confirmed...
Back in Vogue; HOME TRUTHS John
Byline: John Humphries WHETHER you think rhubarb is a fruit or a vegetable it is not grown widely, and rarely figures on restaurant menus which is a pity because it has a delicious flavour. Although botanically classed as a vegetable it is usually...
Barclays Confirms Bid Interest in Its Pounds 6.6bn Asset Management Arm
BARCLAYS yesterday confirmed takeover interest in its Barclays Global Investors asset management arm - a division estimated to be worth around pounds 6.6bn. The banking giant is already offloading its iShares fund management business, which is the...
Bluebirds Set to Tempt Johnson with Captaincy
Byline: terry phillips ROGER JOHNSON seems certain to be Cardiff City's new captain next season - if he does not join a Premier League club this summer. The Bluebirds centre-half has attracted interest from several Premier League clubs, including...
Brainteasers
CYMRAEG This magazine is published by Media Wales Ltd and is a licensed user of listings supplied by [umlaut] BBC Enterprises Limited, 1991, [umlaut] ITP Ltd, 1991 and [umlaut] S4C 1991. Hannah Jones 029 2024 3767. Mae'r cylchgrawn hwn yn cael ei gyhoeddi...
Brazilian Jailed for Killing and Cutting Up Teenager
A BRAZILIAN man who killed, dismembered, then stuffed the body of a British teenager in a suitcase, was sentenced to 21 years in prison yesterday. Mohamed D'Ali Carvalho Santos admitted stabbing to death Cara Burke, 17, before dismembering her in...
Breathtaking Boston; Judith Fielding Flew to Boston for a Weekend of History, Art and Super Shops
IN recent months, regular travellers to the US have become resigned to ever-lengthening queues to clear immigration at New York airports, an exhausting ritual which is then followed by at least an hour's cab or bus ride into the city. It is a very...
Business Bucks Up as Harry Potter Fans Fall under the Spell of 'Awesome' Shell Cottage; over the Past Week the Idyllic Pembrokeshire Coastline Has Seen a Steady Pilgrimage of Spellbound Harry Potter Fans and Locals Eager to Catch a Glimpse of the Set of the Young Wizard's Latest Movie. Reporter Andrew Pugh Joined the Throng
Byline: Andrew Pugh ON an average weekday afternoon in May, the long golden strands of coastline at Freshwater West Beach are sparsely populated. It's a different story in the summer months, of course, when it becomes a magnet for surfers, dog...
Byw Ffantasi; Mae CYr Orpheus Treforys Newydd Ryddhau Eu Halbwm Diweddaraf, Nella Fantasia. Gwen SiYn Fu'n Holi Cyfarwyddwr Cerdd Y cYr, Joy Amman Davies
DOEDD byth yn fwriad gan Joy Amman Davies fod yn sefyll o flaen cant o ddynion yn arwain un o gorau mwyaf enwog Cymru. Yn wir, wedi cyfeilio i Gr Orpheus Treforys am 16 o flynyddoedd hapus, symud ymlaen oedd y bwriad cwta flwyddyn a hanner yn l. ...
"CAN I Ask You," the TV Interviewer Asked; as MPs Reel from the Expenses Scandal, Political Editor Tomos Livingstone Looks Back at 10 Days That Shook the Political System
Byline: Tomos Livingstone "CAN I ask you," the TV interviewer asked politely. "Why an pounds 800 massage chair is so important for you?" Shahid Malik was a junior Justice Minister when he was asked the question yesterday morning, and his reply explains...
Celtic out to Trump Swans' McCarthy Bid
Byline: chris wathan GORDON STRACHAN looks determined to end Swansea City's chase for Scottish wonderkid James McCarthy before it's even begun. Swansea caused a real stir on Thursday when reports first emerged of Roberto Martinez's ambitious...
Charles Church Offers Smart Deals and Rural Living
A RURAL location and Government-backed financing are two of the selling points at a new Mid Wales site. Located in the village of Llanymynech, Powys, the Badgers Green development from Charles Church is a collection of two, three and four bedroom...
City Marketreport
THE FTSE 100 Index struggled for direction yesterday despite a boost for Barclays and a positive start on Wall Street. The banking giant rose as much as 10% at one point as it confirmed takeover interest in its Barclays Global Investors division,...
Concerns Raised over Pounds 39m Plan for Mumbles Pier Revival; Groups Seek Guarantees over Character of Area
Byline: Robin Turner CONCERNS have been expressed about ambitious pounds 39m plans for a 150-bed hotel and leisure development above the landmark Mumbles Pier. Ameco, the family-run firm which has run the Victorian pier for the past 70 years,...
Courageous Todd Aims for Wembley Glor Y
Byline: Chris Wathan FORMER Swansea City defender Chris Todd heads to Wembley tomorrow aiming for a Football League return - just months after completing an even greater comeback. Diagnosed with leukaemia six months ago, Todd has amazed onlookers...
Critical MPs Move to Oust the Speaker over Handling of Their Expenses Fiasco
COMMONS Speaker Michael Martin faces a direct challenge to his position on Monday when MPs table a parliamentary motion calling on him to go. A cross-party campaign to oust him over his handling of the expenses affair is gathering pace - although...
Crusaders Left to Pursue First Win without Duggan
Byline: Simon Kendal- Williams Bradford Bulls Celtic Crusaders V Grattan Stadium, tomorrow, 3pm IF Celtic Crusaders are to enjoy any success this season, they will almost certainly have to do so without talismanic full-back Tony Duggan. The...
CYFRES STORI SYDYN: PETER MOORE - Y GWAETHAF O'R GWAETHAF, Dyfed Edwards, Y Lolfa, Pounds 1.99
YN l yr FBI, rhaid i rywun lofruddio pedwar neu fwy o bobl cyn ennill y fraint amheus o gael ei ddisgrifio fel llofrudd lluosog. Golyga hyn mai dim ond un llofrudd lluosog sy'n perthyn i Gymru, sef Peter Moore. Mae Moore yn ddihiryn mor esgymun fel...
Dealer Was out for a Duck with Her Overpriced Collectibles
Byline: DONRODGERS THERE are many different approaches to collecting. One of the most common is collecting by subject. Sport, militaria and transport all have their devotees but for me a particularly interesting area is that of natural history....
Defnyddio a Rian Cyhoeddus I Bluo Nythod Moethus
Byline: BETHAN LLOYD SORI - dyna air rydan ni wedi ei glywed sawl gwaith yr wythnos hon. Gordon Brown, David Cameron ac ambell i aelod seneddol oedd yn ddigon dewr i wynebu'r cyfryngau, i gyd yn mynnu eu bod yn "sori". Ac, o, roedd hi'n braf eu...
Delicious Dishes for Everyday Dinners; WINE&DINE
IT seems a bit strange to be sitting in my study looking at the rain trickling down the window pane reviewing ros wine. Nearly as absurd as our "special" sparrow. The poor feathered chap has social and psychological issues. He's shunned by his cousins...
Digital
1 what? Ian Hislop's Changing of the Bard when? BBC Four, tonight, 10pm If new Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy wants a bit more insight into what she's just let herself in for, she could do a lot worse than watch this documentary. Presented by Ian...
Donaldson in Hunt as Irish Amateur Sets Course on Fire
Byline: Mark Garrod Baltray JAMIE DONALDSON is in contention for a maiden European Tour victory after a second astonishing day in the Irish Open at County Louth. But the Welshman, who fired a 65 to go with his first-round 66, left the course...
DON'T MIND YOUR Qs&Ps TAKEONE; Radio Presenter Nia Roberts on Juggling Family and Career and Why She's Not a Perfect Housewife
Q: Your BBC Radio programme has a special theme this week 'Adra efo Nia' (At Home with Nia). Would you describe yourself as the perfect housewife? A: No, I wouldn't call myself a perfect housewife! But I would say I'm quite lucky to have a family,...
Edwards Insists Lions Are Priority
Byline: Alex Lowe SHAUN EDWARDS insists the British and Irish Lions will not be affected by any fall-out from Ian McGeechan's sudden departure from Wasps. McGeechan stood down from his post as director of rugby in a development which caught Edwards,...
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies Channel 4, 8pm Got a nasty skin condition? Teeth that could be used by druids as a place of worship? A birth-mark on your backside in the shape of Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards? Too embarrassed to talk about it? Well, why not go on...
End of an Era Beckons for Rugby at Arms Park; Welsh Legend Edwards Shares Memories as Blues Move Home
Byline: andy. howell GARETH EDWARDS chuckles as he reflects on the great battles that have taken place at Cardiff Arms Park. The famous club ground - which was opened in 1970 when Cardiff hopped next door due to the building of the National Stadium...
Falle Y Dylen Ni Sefydlu Adran Dryloywedd
Byline: LEFI GRUFFUDD M AE wedi bod yn wythnos ddigon diflas i wleidyddion, gydag Aelodau Seneddol yn hawlio arian am fwyd ci, dom a glanhau pyllau nofio. Diolch byth felly ein bod yn byw yng ngwlad y menig gwynion lle mae pethau mor wahanol (heblaw...
Father Spared Jail over Prostitute Gift for Boy; Suspended Sentence for Soliciting Sex for 14-Year-Old
Byline: Theo Usherwood A MAN who asked a prostitute to take his son's virginity as a present for the 14-year-old was spared jail yesterday. The Polish national took the boy out in his car and allowed him to pick the prostitute, who was standing...
Ferrari Set to Take Battle into Courtroom
Byline: Mike McGrath THE Formula One crisis is set to spill into the courtroom after it emerged Ferrari have applied for an injunction to proposed rule changes. FIA president Max Mosley, F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone and team representatives were...
Former Wales Captain Jones Cleared of US Bar Assault Charges
Byline: Matthew Davies ACTOR and former footballer Vinnie Jones was yesterday cleared of assaulting a man during a bar brawl in the US. The ex-Wales international had been accused of hitting Juan Trevino-Barrera three times in the head during...
Gatland Should Be with Wales Team; LETTERS
SIR - Criticism in the Western Mail regarding the nonappearance of Warren Gatland at the announcement of the Welsh touring party for North America seems a little harsh. It is entirely possible that Warren wanted to give the tour management their...
Glamorgan in Late Slump to Hand Victory to Lancashire
Byline: gareth griffiths SORRY Glamorgan slipped to their fifth defeat in six Friends Provident Trophy matches with an eight-wicket defeat against Lancashire in the rain-affected clash at the Swalec Stadium last night. The Dragons could not even...
Glass Tubes on Slate Win Museum Share of Pounds 75,000
NATIONAL Museum Wales has won a share of a pounds 75,000 award after curator Andrew Renton embarked on a successful art race against the clock. Independent charity The Art Fund and the Crafts Council are behind the Art Fund Collect award which allows...
Green Scene
Byline: Lynne Allbutt Top Talk Real Radio's Breakfast DJ Tony Wright's enthusiasm, below, is instantly engaging. "I love gardening," he says, adding cheerfully, "I'm just not very good at it." During our chat, it becomes apparent he's being modest,...
Gunter's Future Is at Spurs
CHRIS GUNTER has been told he has a future at Tottenham Hotspur - after Harry Redknapp insisted the Wales star is not for sale. Nottingham Forest made their move to try and land Spurs defender Gunter on Thursday after reportedly tabling a bid for...
Home by the Sea Where the Old and New Come Together; Seven-Bedroom Penarth Property Boasts Original and Modern Features and a One-Acre Garden
LYING a short stroll from the Esplanade, this Penarth house is an imposing stone-built edifice with outdoor space, sea views and its own pool. The seven-bedroom property has been modernised, but retains many original features. Set over three...
Hook in Form but Champs' Show by Munster
Byline: Mark Burton 36 10 Tries: Warwick, Wallace (2), Leamy, Horgan Cons: O'Gara (4) Pen: O'Gara Try: Hook Con: Hook Pen: Hook Attendance: 2 0 , 0 0 0 Referee: Peter Allan (SRFU) Mark Burton at Thomond Park Team Warwick, Howlett, Earls (Lewis 72),...
It Felt like Pulling Back the Curtain and Catching a Glimpse of What Living in Poverty Really Looks and Smells like; Oxfam Cymru's Luned Jones Recently Spent Three Weeks in Sierra Leone to See the Work Being Carried out by the Charity. This Is Her Story of Her Time in the War-Torn Country
WHEN you touch down in Sierra Leone, the first thing that hits you is the sticky intense heat, noisy polluting traffic, people shouting and smells of open wood fires cooking the first meal of the day. Freetown is home to two million people, and...
Jersey - Europe without the Euro; ADVERTISING FEATURE
THROUGHOUT the UK people are looking for an alternative to continental holidays and in the process re-discovering treasures that have a continental feel but without incurring the cost of the Euro. Within the fluctuating exchange rates, holiday makers...
Katherine's Pretty in Pink but Her Dress for the Classical Brits Hits a Flat Note with Designers; All Eyes on Red Carpet at Classy London Awards
Byline: Clare Hutchinson WELSH stars wowed audiences at the Classical Brit Awards but proved hit and miss on the red carpet. Katherine Jenkins performed a duet with one of the world's greatest opera stars, Placido Domingo, at the ceremony, but...
Landlords Attack 'Well-Meaning but Flawed' Plan for Register of Properties
RESIDENTIAL landlords have attacked Government plans to create a register of properties and people involved in the rental market. The National Landlords Association labelled the recommendations "well-meaning but flawed." The scheme is part of the...
Late Deals
SHORT BREAKS MILAN: Flexible Trips (0870 160 9192) offers two nights' B& B at three-star Best Western Berlino Hotel ex-Bristol June 29 from pounds 134. ISTANBUL: www.netflights.com (0800 923 1803) offers two nights' B& B at three-star hotel...
Lenders Holding Back Housing Market; Lenders Are Holding Back the Housing Market
Byline: Matt Thomas WHILE banks and building societies are benefiting from a relaxation in interest rates, they are not passing that reduction on to their customers, according to a top Welsh financial adviser. "The rate at which banks lend to...
Let's Go Glamping; CAMPING'S HAD A POSH MAKE OVER, WITH BRITS EATING PAELLA OUTSIDE CATH KIDSTON TENTS, ACCORDING TO NEW RESEARCH. IF YOU WANT TO JOIN THE RANKS OF THE GLAM CAMPER - OR "GLAMPER" - HERE'S HOW
Raise the roof T he first and most important step when it comes to camping in style, is a stylish tent. Which means looks are very important, and the more exotic you can make your model the better. Cath Kidston do some gorgeously girly models, pictured...
Lifeboatman's Funeral Disrupted as Mourners Rush to Sea Rescue
A LIFEBOATMAN'S funeral was held up because mourners had to dash off to an emergency. Volunteer rescuers were at the chapel for the funeral of veteran crewman Roland Bateman, 55, unaware that a drama was unfolding nearby. The priest asked the...
Lions Are Taking on a Nation - Gethin; Welsh Prop Spelling out the Mission Awaiting Best of British in South Africa
Byline: Simon Roberts GETHIN JENKINS has warned the 2009 Lions will do battle with an entire nation in South Africa this summer. The Wales prop, who has been selected for his second Lions tour, is a certain Test starter for Ian McGeechan's men....
Lions Values Are Still Strong Insists Davies
Byline: Phil Blanche WALES legend Gerald Davies believes the core values of the Lions remain as strong as ever. The Lions tour manager (below) went on the 1968 (South Africa) and 1971 (New Zealand) tours as a player and believes the bond of friendship...
Man Denies Hammer Attack on Pregnant Partner
A MAN who allegedly attacked his heavily pregnant partner with a hammer in their home said yesterday she was his number one concern. Simon Morris, 36, admitted having a relationship with another woman behind Nerys Price's back in the months before...
'Many Careers Are Going to Come to an End over This'
Byline: Robin Turner THREE of Wales' "elder statesmen" last night lambasted MPs embroiled in the expenses row, claiming they have seriously damaged British democracy. Respected Labour peer Lord Morgan of Aberdyfi, (Professor Kenneth Owen Morgan)...
Martyn Backs Lions to Reach Great Heights against Boks
Byline: Andrew Baldock BACK-ROW warrior Martyn Williams will embark on his third Lions tour claiming: "We are capable of producing something special." The Blues flanker heads to South Africa later this month as part of a 37-man squad that has already...
Mindmatters
Byline: TRYST WILLIAMS ISHOULD have written this last night. I should've set aside some organised time at the computer table after the kids had gone to bed. Instead, the comfortable post-8pm tiredness of the late-30-something took hold, lulling...
Minister Forced to Step Down over Pounds 100 Rent Deal While Claiming Pounds 66,000; but Shahid Malik Says He Will Return with His 'Head Held High'
Byline: Tomos Livingstone A GOVERNMENT Minister was forced to step down yesterday pending a sleaze inquiry into a cheap rent deal on his constituency home. Shahid Malik, a junior minister at the Ministry of Justice, is the highest-ranking casualty...
Morning Serial
Byline: George Ewart Evans "THAT'S all right, Ginge," Fatty Hughes said. "We're not bringing her with us. But this is the place for us. Look, there's a flat bit of turf over there." He pointed to a small clearing, and we all agreed that it was the...
MP Davies in Call for a Citizens' Committee
Byline: Robin Turner THE deputy leader of the Conservative Party in Wales, David Davies, has suggested a "citizens' committee" be set up to examine his expenses. The 38-year-old father-ofthree, and MP for Monmouth, above, says he has no confidence...
My Study Is My Sanctuary - a Place to Work and a Source of Inspiration
Byline: LYDIA WHITFIELD WHEN Richard Baker, MD of digital agency Sequence, bought a family home in Dinas Powys, he was thrilled the deeds were available so he could pore over details of previous occupants. "We got all the deeds from when it was...
My Telly
Byline: Rachel Mainwaring HAVING had a loving childhood, rich in joy, happiness and security, it's easy to forget that some kids don't have it so lucky. And though we hear many stories about atrocities facing Third World children, there are thousands...
New Homes Shortfall Fears as Developers Hit Hard; the Next Two Years Could Be Make or Break Time for Residential Builders, According to David Bexon of SmartNewHomes.Com
Byline: David Bexon GOING back to your roots is always a good move from time to time - especially if you want an accurate snapshot of the new homes market. Pundits can pontificate about the housing market's ups and downs but what about the house...
Number of People in Wales Declaring Themselves Bankrupt Rises by 38%
THE number of people declaring themselves bankrupt is continuing to rise, new figures show. The statistics, released by the Ministry of Justice yesterday, show a 38% increase in people in Wales petitioning for their own bankruptcy, as opposed to...
Old Ground Will Be a Hard Act to Follow
Byline: carolyn hitt The farewell dinner at the Arms Park tomorrow will celebrate more recent heroes as "the greatest Cardiff and Cardiff Blues XV of the professional era" is unveiled. I've been trawling through my own Arms Park archive of the...
Our Political Masters Should Heed Sir Adrian's Wise Words
Byline: jones evans SOMETIMES in life you are lucky to come into contact with individuals who can make a real difference to the world around them. In my case, I was fortunate enough to work closely with one such individual for four years when...
Passport
IN the beginning, the vivid orange ship of easyCruise was a popular choice for backpackers and stag parties needing a cheap floating hotel to deposit them in some of Europe's grander addresses. Now the concept has come in from the cold, selling...
Pianist Stapleton's New Work to Get Its World Premiere in Cardiff
A NEW work by pianist/composer Dave Stapleton will receive its world premiere by the Mavron String Quartet in Cardiff this month. During the last five years, Stapleton has written six criticallyacclaimed jazz-based albums, performed at some of the...
Police 'Misinformation' on G20 Death under Scrutiny; Watchdog to Investigate How Two Forces Handled the Media
Byline: Sam Marsden THE police watchdog will investigate how two forces handled the release of information to the media after the death of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 demonstrations. Mr Tomlinson's family have complained that the Metropolitan Police...
Prepare for an Adventure into Space; Interiors
Byline: YVONNE JONES MOST of us would like more space in the home than we actually have. Even if we move into a bigger home it seems that we soon expand to fill the extra space and wish we had even more. One answer is to throw out unwanted...
Quizopedia
Byline: Mike Harris 1 Name the first billionaire author. 2 Identify the first names of President and Mrs Obama's two children. 3 Complete this ecstatic response to some unique and welcome news in the form of a newspaper headline. "WG GRACE,...
Rambling? No, We're Going Podscrolling. Hiking Is about to Become a Lot More Hi-Tech
Byline: Sally Williams WALKERS in the Brecon Beacons can now download maps of popular tourist routes on their mobiles and ipods and tune into audio trails - giving a whole new meaning to their "favourite tracks". Instead of listening to the sounds...
Recession Can't Dampen Demand for Italian Quality and Style; Home Trends
Byline: ROBERT MASKREY FOR one week of the year, a quarter of a million people descend on Milan. Leading designers, architects, furniture buyers and design students swarm to the city with one thing in common: a love of interior design. This is...
Reviews
Y Ln Wen: The White Lane Kate Roberts (Gomer, pounds 12.99) This first full-length translation of the autobiography of the undisputed "queen" of Welsh language literature is nothing less than a treasure. I'm not usually appreciative of books with...
Robin's Honour in Last Clash
LOCAL boy Robin Sowden-Taylor has the honour of skippering the Blues in their final match at Cardiff Arms Park. The Wales flanker takes charge for tomorrow's clash with Edinburgh as Wales' European flag-bearers look to secure a fifth-place finish...
Scarlets Excited at Thought of Having Found Shane's Successor as Wales' Next Wing Wonder
Byline: Andy Howell MOVE over Shane Williams! That's the message booming from Parc y Scarlets in the direction of the International Rugby Board's player of the year. Coach Nigel Davies reckons the Scarlets might have unearthed a "new Shane" in...
Scholes Has Eyes on the Future Prizes as United Go for the Title
Manchester United Arsenal V Old Trafford, 12.45pm PAUL SCHOLES is adamant if Manchester United do manage to secure their 18th league title today it won't be long before they start plotting to win No 19. Although he already has eight Premier League...
Sportlight On
Byline: June Brown Image: Grand Dame of British soap Best Known For: Playing chain-smoking pensioner Dot Cotton/Branning in EastEnders Early Life: Born in Suffolk in 1927. She had four siblings, but her younger brother died in 1932, aged just 15...
Spotlight On
Byline: Isabella Rossellini Image: Exotic beauty Best Known For: Being Ingrid Bergman's daughter Early Life: Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini was born on June 18, 1952, in Rome, the daughter of Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman and her...
Spotlight On
Byline: Martin Sheen Image: Actor with a conscience Best Known For: Being the patriarch of a respected acting family Early Life: Born Ramon Estevez, on August 3, 1940, in Dayton, Ohio. He's the seventh of 10 children from a poor, but close-knit,...
SPOTLIGHT ON... Phillip Schofield
Image: Silver-haired TV stalwart Best Known For: His years in the broom cupboard Early Life: Born April 1, 1962, in Oldham, Lancashire. At the age of 10, he regularly wrote to the BBC informing them he intended to work there. He was finally offered...
Star Names and Writing Talent Set to Change Face of Daytime Television; Contemporary Dramas to Be Shown Next Week
Byline: Karen Price SHEILA HANCOCK, Dervla Kerwin, Richard Armitage and Lesley Sharp are part of an all-star cast set to change the face of daytime TV with the launch of a new BBC drama strand next week. Moving On is a new series of five contemporary...
St David's 2 Will Mind Its Language to Give Shops a Welsh Touch
Byline: Abby Alford WALES will not be lost behind the glossy facade of the biggest retail scheme in Europe, developers have announced. Keen to avoid accusations that the pounds 675m St David's 2 is merely a clone of other shopping centres, officials...
Stop the Flipping Fiddles and Play Fair - Hell Hath No Fury like a Voter Scorned; OPINION
Byline: Tomos Livingstone COME lunchtime on a Thursday, most Welsh MPs are wheeling a little suitcase behind them and heading for Paddington or Euston, keen to be away from Westminster for the weekend. I doubt there was much enthusiasm for the...
Swalec Stadium Comes in for Close Scrutiny
PITCH inspectors were called into the Swalec Stadium yesterday to investigate the wicket used in Glamorgan's seven-wicket defeat against Essex last Tuesday. Glamorgan were reported for producing a substandard strip by the umpires for the Friends...
Sylwadau Joy Ar Y Traciau
1. Nella Fantasia - cyfansoddwyd gan Ennio Morricone ar gyfer y ffilm "The Mission". 2. Deus Salutis - Roeddwn i ishe cynnwys darnau Cymraeg - darn mor bwerus. 3. Deep River - Trefniant gan organydd y cr, Leslie Ryan. Pan ofynnodd y cr i mi helpu...
TAKETWO; Corrie's Kym Marsh on Her Recent Heartbreak and Why She's Thrilled to Be Back at Work
Q: You've starred in Corrie as Michelle Connor for three years now. Did you think it would be easy making the transition from pop star to actress? A: After (the band) Hear'Say, a lot of people were expecting me to fall on my a***. I don't blame them...
Ten Authors Long-Listed for the Wales
TAG (Cinnamon) The former barman, warehouseman, museum attendant and teacher lives in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire with his wife and two youngest children, where he is the Director of the Ted Hughes Arvon centre at Lumb Bank. He has written two plays,...
Test-Driving the Laurence Approach to Fashion as a Lifter of Battered Spirits
He may have made some questionable fashion choices - leather trousers, starched shirts with ruffled cuffs and fuchsia hunting jackets to name a few - but interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen has some words of wisdom for every woman today. The...
The Entertainment Guide
TODAY The Coliseum Theatre ( 01684 881 Nick Lowe and band. 8pm. Tickets pounds 25/ 27.50. CIA ( 029 2022 4488), Counting Tickets pounds 33.50. Glee Club ( 0871 472 0400), Tony Simon Clayton, Bennett Arron, Guest. Tickets pounds 16. New Theatre (...
T H E Firstwo Rd
Byline: KAREN PRICE HATTING to celebrities is a funny old game. As the Western Mail's chief arts correspondent, I've made it my business over the years to find out their business - but it's not as glamorous as it sounds. Don't get me wrong,...
The Insider
Byline: Peter Finch S out to be the new rock and roll. That was merely a marketing ploy from the '90s. Poetry is now more popular than soccer. That was the headline on a piece I read at the turn of the millennium. That didn't seem to be true...
The Property Doctor
Byline: EMYRPIERCE Emyr Pierce is managing partner of Emyr Pierce Solicitors in Cardiff, Western Mail Conveyancer of the Year, specialising in domestic and commercial property. See www.emyrpierce.co.uk Q In my tenancy agreement there is a clause...
There Won't Be a Dry Eye in the House as the WNO Calls Time on Production; for the Last 25 Years, Welsh National Opera's Production of Puccini's la Bohme Has Been Charming Audiences. but Now It's about to Be Revived for the Final Time. Karen Price Finds out More
Byline: Karen Price REBECCA EVANS admits that her latest project will probably be one of her most emotional. For the Grammy Award-winning soprano is reprising her role as Mimi in Welsh National Opera's critically-acclaimed La bohme for the final...
Three to See
The Silence of the Lambs When? ITV1, tonight, 10.35pm What's It About? Rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling seeks help while tracking down a serial killer. She gets more than she bargained for while conferring with imprisoned cannibal Hannibal Lecter....
Tourists Could Bring the Boost That Wales; COMMENT
ITH the summer approaching, Welsh tourism operators will be crossing their fingers for a bumper year. It's a vital sector in the Welsh economy, and one that we should all be getting behind. As we report today, other sectors of the economy are suffering...
Tuesday
Holiday Showdown ITV1 Wales, 9pm Brace yourselves for a barrage of arguments as the latest edition of this eye-opening series hits the screen. Cameras follow the Brown family, self-confessed loners who spend their holidays on an SAS-style survival...
UK Signs Deals to Secure Pre-Pandemic Flu Vaccine
THE Government has signed contracts for up to 90 million doses of a pre-pandemic swine flu vaccine, as the total number of UK cases reached 85. Three new cases were confirmed in Scotland yesterday, followed by the another four confirmed cases in...
Welsh Business Reporting a Rise in Confidence
Byline: Sin Barry BUSINESSES in Wales have reported a marked improvement in confidence, according to new research from the Western Mail and Deloitte The latest Wales Business Watch survey of 300 companies shows that 40% of firms are now more optimistic...
Welsh Interest Gives Fit-Again Lydiate a Real Shot in the Arm
Byline: simon thomas MISSING out on a Wales tour once you've been selected must be hard to take, especially for an uncapped player. But when you've been through what Dan Lydiate has over the past 18 months, it's probably easier to put such a...