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 July 6, 2013

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7 Worth Going out For
TODAY As You Like It Cardiff Castle, 7.30pm Summer's here - allegedly - and alfresco theatre is as much a part of the season as strawberries and Wimbledon. Among the open-air touring theatre companies are The Lord Chamberlain's Men who are presenting...
7 Worth Staying in For
TONIGHT The Million Pound Drop Live Channel 4, 8.20pm Despite this being one of the most formulaic, repetitive shows on the box right now, the nation is still gripped. Whether that's down to the lovely Davina McCall on hosting duties, the overly tense...
A Blast from Griff's Past; in a New Documentary, Griff Rhys Jones Goes on an Emotional Voyage into His Welsh Father's Past. the Presenter and Comedian Tells Keeley Bolger about Delving into Family History and Growing Older
Griff Rhys Jones has forged a career out of being TV's Mr Cranky. From grumbling his way around the world in a wooden vessel in the Three Men In A Boat series, to addressing his temper in Losing It: Griff Rhys Jones On Anger, the Cardiff-born comedian...
A Dangerous Idea; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES
| SIR - I read one headline in the Western Mail on Monday: "City council spent PS26m gagging ex-employees in 'compromise' packages"; and then on another feature: "Park authorities are no longer affordable, say council leaders". This latter article...
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A Sound Reaction
Byline: Dave Owens dave.owens@mediawales.co.uk @asoundreaction One of the most eagerly awaited annual fundraising concerts is held in Cardiff tomorrow night. Please Mind Your Head IV will be staged at Clwb Ifor Bach and features the talents of...
At Least 15 Business Are Heading to Be Owned by Their Employees
AT LEAST 15 businesses are bring prepared for employee ownership in Wales a year after a Government report recommended making it easier for companies to make the transition. A specialist team from the Wales Co-operative Centre is working on 15 active...
Bartoli Happy to Enjoy Time in Sun after Her Dark Days
Byline: ELEANOR CROOKS sport@walesonline.co.uk MARION BARTOLI completes her journey from rock bottom to the most prestigious match in women's tennis today when she steps out on Centre Court to contest the Wimbledon final against Sabine Lisicki....
Bony Keen on Move as Swans Lift Bid to PS12m
Byline: CHRIS WATHAN chris.wathan@walesonline.co.uk SWANSEA CITY have upped their offer to sign Wilfried Bony after tabling a stunning PS12m bid for the Ivory Coast striker. And the Vitesse Arnhem star has his heart set on becoming a Swan after...
Brainteasers
This magazine is published by Media Wales Ltd and is a licensed user of listings supplied by (c) BBC Enterprises Limited, 1991, (c) ITP Ltd, 1991 and (c) S4C 1991. Week End is edited by Hannah Jones. Call 029 2024 3767 or e-mail hannah.jones@mediawales.co.uk....
Breaking Barriers; ENTERTAINMENT 2 A "Voyage of Discovery" Collaboration between Dancers and Musicians from Two Nations Culminates with Performances in North Wales. Mike Smith Meets the Woman Who Came Up with the Idea
Byline: Mike Smith On the surface, clog dancing and Brazilian martial arts may not have much in common. But the two art forms have been merged in a performance which will be previewed at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. Despite...
Breakthrough for Sagan as He Takes Stage
PETER SAGAN spent the first week of the Tour de France in the role of chief bridesmaid but took victory yesterday in Albi after a determined effort from his Cannondale team. The Slovakian had clocked up three second-place finishes in the opening...
Bufton Reveals Ukip Split on National Assembly's Future
A SPLIT on the future of the Assembly has emerged in Ukip with Welsh MEP John Bufton restating his commitment to seek its abolition. Last week, Ukip leader Nigel Farage said that he was "relaxed about a federal future for the UK" in which the Assembly...
Cardiff Met Students Outperform Oxbridge in Job-Hunting League; - BUT EXPERTS WARN FIGURES DON'T PAINT FULL PICTURE
Byline: GARETH EVANS Education Correspondent gareth.evans@walesonline.co.uk STUDENTS graduating from Cardiff Metropolitan University outperformed Oxford and Cambridge graduates when it came to securing jobs or places on postgraduate courses last...
Carl Mills 'Sent Murder Text the Day of Fatal Fire' ALCOHOLIC SENT BARRAGE OF TEXTS THREATENING GIRLFRIEND
Byline: JAMES MCCARTHY james.mccarthy@walesonline.co.uk ALCOHOL-DEPENDENT Carl Mills sent a barrage of texts warning his girlfriend he was going to "murder" her and her family in a house fire, a court heard. Mills, 28, of no fixed abode, pleaded...
Cassidian Joins Bid to Tackle Cyber 'Gunpowder Moment' MOD ANNOUNCES LATEST STEP IN FIGHT AGAINST CYBER WARFARE
Byline: CHRIS KELSEY chris.kelsey@walesonline.co.uk SECURITY and networks business Cassidian has been named as a partner in a new UK Government attempt to get on top of the problem of cyber security. Yesterday the Ministry of Defence announced...
Chance to Vote on EU Future Is Closer
LEGISLATION to bring forward a referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union by 2017 was given a unanimous second reading in the House of Commons yesterday. MPs voted by 304 votes to zero to give Tory MP James Wharton's European...
City Market Report
BLUE-CHIP shares fell back yesterday following Thursday's spectacular rally as positive jobs data from America added to fears that the US Federal Reserve may soon start to taper off its support for the world's biggest economy. The FTSE 100 Index...
Compton Faces Axe as England Take Root for Huge Oz Showdown
ENGLAND'S selectors have already made their only tough call for the first Investec Test against Australia. Today's squad announcement will therefore be mere confirmation, cruel in Nick Compton's case, of intentions telegraphed 12 days ago. It...
Converting Modern Living into Stylish Simplicity
IF the success of a barn conversion is measured by the sheer style of the resultant property, Mawdlam near Porthcawl is an absolute corker. From its sweeping driveway to its individually-designed interiors, this four-bedroom barn conversion is a...
Design Therapy
Byline: LESLEY TAYLOR www.lesleytaylor.co.uk Q. I've just moved into a new house that needs a lot of work. I'm starting with the kitchen and want something uber-modern and stylish but child friendly (I've got two-year-old twins) too. How do I ensure...
DOD A'r Byd A'r Bobl at Yn Llangollen Ei Gilydd
Mwynhewch Eisteddfod Gerddorol Ryngwladol Llangollen ar S4C wrth i'r byd ddod i Gymru am yr wyl flynyddol llawn swn a lliw. O ddydd Mawrth i ddydd Sul bydd y rhaglenni'n dod a chymysgedd o ddarllediadau byw yn y dydd, uchafbwyntiau gyda'r nos a chyfle...
Dydd Gwener
Four Rooms Channel 4, 8pm This programme has that familiar been-there-done-that feel to it, yet it's strangely addictive. For the uninitiated, it sees hopeful members of the public attempting to sell their collectible to some of our top art dealers...
Dydd Iau
Nick and Margaret: We All Pay Your Benefits BBC One, 9pm Whether your job involves hosting Countdown or briefing Alan Sugar on which would-be Apprentice could start a row in an empty room, your taxes go towards supporting the benefit system - which...
Dydd Mawrth
Imagine - Rod Stewart: Can't Stop Me Now BBC One Wales, 11.05pm Alan Yentob will be reminding us that the crooner years were just the latest period of reinvention from a man who has gone from beatnik to disco artist. But what has remained a constant...
Dydd Mercher
Hollywood Me Channel 4, 8pm Chris Lamb founded the charity Hannah''s Trees after her daughter lost her battle with cancer. The charity provides Christmas trees and decorations to children''s hospices so that terminally ill children and their families...
Dydd Sadwrn
The Americans ITV Wales, 9.45pm After five weeks of watching Phillip and Elizabeth killing people, beating other folk up and sending covert messages back to their Soviet homeland, it did seem obvious that, sooner or later, the authorities would catch...
Edmund Is Beaten in Semi
KYLE EDMUND'S junior singles career ended with defeat by Italy's Gianluigi Quinzi in the boys' semi-finals at Wimbledon yesterday. The 18-year-old from Beverley in East Yorkshire is Britain's best male prospect since Andy Murray, but he let chances...
Engineers Doubles Exports to Make List of the Best; SWANSEA-BASED DAWNUS ONE OF ONLY TWO WELSH FIRMS
Byline: CHRIS KELSEY chris.kelsey@walesonline.co.uk A CIVIL engineering contractor that has more than doubled its international sales within a year is one of only two Welsh businesses to make a list of the best performing private firms in terms...
Extreme DIY and the Homemade Home; Rachel Griffiths and Her Husband Have Renovated Ty Newydd from the Ground Up to Make It a Charming B&B. She Tells Us Why the Kitchen Is the Heart of Her Home and Her Business
MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS My husband Sid used to live here with his parents and brother. His family moved here 30 years ago to an 18th century farmhouse by the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal. They built a canal boat marina and a fleet of holiday boats and...
FEEDING TIME; Satisfying Your Hunger for All the Latest News from the British Lions Camp
? LIONS legend Sir Ian McGeechan has declared he would have picked Brian O''Driscoll for today's series decider. Warren Gatland's decision to drop the Irish centre has dominated the build-up to the final Test against the Wallabies. Giving his...
Fire Protection 'Worse in Poor Areas' - Claim; COUNCIL REJECTS ACCUSATIONS
Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON Chief Reporter martin.shipton@walesonline.co.uk A LABOUR councillor has accused the only Tory-controlled council in Wales of failing to provide the best possible fire protection at schools in poorer areas. Armand Watts,...
First-Time Home Buyers - How to Get Started; MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
BUYING your first home can be a daunting proposition - you have to consider what deposit to save, what mortgage to take and that's without finding the right house. But there is plenty that can be done to minimise the stress. Before you start house...
Forget Milk and Cuckoo Clocks.The True Swiss Success Is Its Economy
Byline: DYLANJONESEVANS THE PROFESSOR WHO SHOOTS FROM THE HIP LAST Tuesday evening, one of our leading legal firms held what turned out to be a highly informative event in Cardiff at which the book Swiss Made - The Untold Story Behind Switzerland's...
Genia Ready for Battle with 'Abrasive' Phillips in Sydney Shoot-Out
Byline: DUNCAN BECH sport@walesonline.co.uk WILL GENIA will cherish a unique moment in his career when Australia and the British and Irish Lions collide in today's series decider at ANZ Stadium. While the 2001 Wallabies were initially unaware...
Getting to Grips with the Garden Bullies; GARDEN RULES
Byline: John Humphries Two of the biggest thugs in the garden are Giant Hogweed and Japanese Knotweed, pictured. Sap from the first, or even contact with the leaves at certain temperatures, can cause severe and serious blistering. Japanese...
Green Scene
Byline: LynneAllbutt Hands off foxgloves I always enjoy hearing from readers and last week Bill Sweetman wrote to ask me if I know why foxgloves are so plentiful this year. Well Bill, I think it may be connected to the huge amount of rainfall...
Heat's on as Temperature Set to Hit More Than 6degc Higher Than July Average; THERMOMETER COULD HIT HIGH 20S IN WALES THIS WEEKEND
Byline: JAMES AL-MUDALLAL james.al-mudallal@walesonline.co.uk TEMPERATURES are forecast to soar this weekend as Wales finally gets a full taste of summer. With some of the year's hottest weather expected in Britain over the next week, much of...
Henry: It's Too Close to Call
Byline: DELME PARFITT with the Lions Down Under delme.parfitt@walesonline.co.uk GRAHAM HENRY has backed Warren Gatland's controversial selection for today's Lions third Test showdown with Australia - but believes the game is too close to call. ...
Hero McCullum Wary of the Bears Backlash
KIWI star Nathan McCullum is wary of facing the same team within four days after his midweek match-winning Twenty20 heroics against Warwickshire. Glamorgan - who have won their opening two matches in the Midlands, Wales & West group - head to...
Hibbard Won't Duck Chance to Make Rugby History
RICHARD HIBBARD had a novel way of describing the feeling of going into today's third Test decider against Australia. "It feels pretty much like a duck," said the Welsh hooker, restored to the starting line-up in place of England's Tom Youngs. ...
'High Turnover at Top Is Proving Unhelpful for Education in Wales' Education's a Sector in Flux and, Argues Education Correspondent Gareth Evans, Leadership Changes Should Be a Concern
Byline: Gareth Evans THE stability of Wales' education department was called into question earlier this year after "unnerving" changes in leadership. The resignation of schools director Chris Tweedale in May meant the Welsh Department for Education...
'Horses Suffered - Some to the Point of Death' DEFENDANT'S TWO SONS FACED A HORSE CRUELTYL CHARGES TOO
Byline: ELENA CRESCI elena.cresci@walesonline.co.uk A HORSE trader was yesterday jailed for eight months in a "shocking and horrendous" case of widespread animal cruelty. y Thomas Tony Price, 49, from Wick in the Vale a of Glamorgan, was sentenced...
How to Get Your Holiday Budget to Stretch Further; UK Families Are Set to Spend PS27bn on Getaways This Summer, and Many Are Dreading the Extra Strain on Their Budgets. Vicky Shaw Has Some Ideas
Byline: Vicky Shaw SUMMER is finally here and it's time to recharge our batteries with family and friends. But while many are counting down the days until they'll be lying on a sun-kissed beach or enjoying fun days out with the kids, a significant...
Imaginative, Magical and Captivating; REVIEW Grandpa in My Pocket: Teamwork! New Theatre, Cardiff ?????
THERE was adventure on the high seas with Jason Mason and his beloved grandpa, who can shrink to tiny size thanks to his magic shrinking cap in this stage version of the hugely successful CBeebies' show. Filmed locally in South Wales, the programme's...
In Focus
Forest: exploring a return to nature Just months after making its international debut in Japan, National Theatre Wales will be showcasing its work in Germany. Branches: The Nature of Crisis, which premiered in Wales last year, is to be re-staged...
In My View
Byline: Rachel Mainwaring rachel.mainwaring@walesonline.co.uk @RachyMain Imake it my business never to watch creepy shows on my own. So I was safe in the knowledge that I had my husband firmly beside me on the sofa as I tuned into the first episode...
Islamists Threaten Showdown after Army Kills Pro-Morsi Demonstrator; FIREBRAND RALLIES SUPPORT FOR EX-PRESIDENT
Byline: CERI WILLIAMS newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk TENS of thousands of Islamists last night streamed towards Cairo's Tahrir Square, threatening a showdown moments after the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood defiantly spoke before a cheering crowd,...
'It Must Mean Something to Have Two Books on the List, after All' READ 1 Meic Stephens Confesses He's Never "Set Much Store on Literary Prizes" but Feels a Warm Glow at Seeing Two of His Books Shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year AUTHOR'S NOTES
Having already written in the Western Mail about my book Welsh Lives, a collection of obituaries and one of the titles short-listed for Book of the Year, I have no choice but to dilate now upon another of my books that appears on the list, namely Cofnodion,...
Keep Our National Parks Independent; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES
| SIR - As the recently appointed chair of the Campaign for National Parks (CNP) Cymru, I was concerned to read the views of leaders of the three local authorities which encompass the Welsh National Parks ("Park authorities are no longer affordable,...
Labour Attacks Tory Candidate's 'Giroville' Comments before Vote; PARTIES' WAR OF WORDS OVER JOBS BEFORE BY-ELECTION
Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON Chief Reporter martin.shipton@walesonline.co.uk A CLERGYMAN standing as the Conservative candidate in the Ynys Mdn by-election has been criticised over a sermon in which he referred to a village on the island as "Giroville"....
Labour's 'Clause Four' Moment Will Change the Political Landscape; Western Mail
BACK in the day when the Labour leader was known as "Red Ed," nobody would have expected to see him at the centre of a high stakes row with Britain's biggest trade union. But Ed Miliband has asked the police to investigate alleged irregularities...
Ladies' Circle Gives Charles a Few Tips on Being a Good Grandparent Ahead of the Royal Birth; PRINCE PRAISES QUEEN MOTHER
Byline: ANTONY STONE newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk THE Prince of Wales stunned a ladies' circle when he asked them for advice on his own impending grandfatherhood. The women meeting in the village of Kenfig, near Bridgend, offered plenty of tips,...
Latin Beats; ENTERTAINMENT 1 after Being Inspired by the Sounds of Africa, Karl Jenkins Looked to Latin America as He Recorded His Latest Adiemus Album. the Composer Shares His Story with Karen Price
Byline: ARTS & CULTURE edited by Karen Price karen.price@mediawales.co.uk @karenmediawales When he turned his back on a successful career composing music for TV adverts to launch an album featuring an invented "language" many people may have...
LefiGruffudd; GAIR I GALL
Wrth basio bandstand Aberystwyth wythnos diwetha o'n i'n cael rhyw deimlad o ryddhad o feddwl fod pethe bach gwell na fuon nhw. Flynyddoedd yn ol doedd cael fy ngorfodi i chwarae'r cello yno ddim lot o hwyl, fel nad oedd gweld band y dref yn chwarae...
Licence to Thrill; Marked out as One of the Acting World's Most Exciting Young Talents, Aneurin Barnard Seems to Be on Every Screen Going at the Moment, Both Big and Small. He Slows Down Long Enough to Talk to Kirstie McCrum about His Grand Plans
Byline: Kirstie McCrum There's no shortage of actors queuing up to play the world's most famous secret agent on film. But when it comes time for Daniel Craig to hang up his James Bond tuxedo, it's easy to see how dark-eyed, brooding Aneurin Barnard...
Like Geraint, Wales' Lions Are Tough - They're Welsh
AS you're reading this, the Lions, two thirds of them Welsh, are about to play the biggest game of their lives. Some nice things have been said about the Welsh this week, as when Tour de France favourite Chris Froome's compliment to his Team Sky...
Lions Anachronistic; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES
| SIR - Your article "Why the whole of Britain and Ireland must get behind the Lions" drove me to write this letter. In the professional age, where rugby players from many countries play in the same club or regional side it seems far less important...
Llond Pabell Binc O Gomedi Gwreiddiol; Cymraeg WATCH
Am y tro cyntaf erioed, yn Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Bro Morgannwg 2012, cafodd comedi groeso ym Mhafiliwn y Brifwyl. Nawr, ar ddiwedd Wythnos Gomedi S4C, bydd y Gala Gomedi yn cael ei dangos ar deledu am y tro cyntaf. Roedd Daniel Glyn yn un o drefnwyr...
Miliband Wants a Punch-Up with Unions, Says McCluskey; LABOUR TO HAND EVIDENCE OF ALLEGED VOTE-RIGGING TO POLICE
Byline: GAVIN CORDON newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk ED MILIBAND'S showdown with Labour's biggest trade union backer escalated last night as the party announced it was to hand evidence of alleged ballotrigging to the police. Party officials said they...
Movie WATCH
TONIGHT Scott Pilgrim vs The World Channel 4, 10pm WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Scott Pilgrim is your classic no-hoper - weedy, jobless, sharing a one-room flat with a friend and playing bass in a struggling band. Then, one day Scott meets the girl of his dreams,...
Murray Shines under the Lights to Book His Final Spot
Byline: KATIE HODGE sport@walesonline.co.uk ANDY MURRAY clinched his place in the Wimbledon final last night following an electrifying and controversial clash with 6ft 8in Polish sensation Jerzy Janowicz. Murray, 26, held both hands aloft as...
My Pal Brian Is Rallying Us in Training, So We Want to Get the Job Done for Him - Bowe
Byline: DELME PARFITT with the Lions Down Under delme.parfitt@walesonline.co.uk BEING one of his Ireland team mates, Tommy Bowe knows better than most what Brian O'Driscoll has gone through in the last two days. But the former Ospreys wing last...
New from Wales
trouble. Concerned for her safety, her mother arranges for Morgana to marry Cai Jenkins, the widower from the far hills who is unaware of the nasty gossip circulating about Morgana. After a swift wedding, Cai takes his new wife to his farm. Initially...
NOW & THEN; Beti George the Dreaded Disease - David's Story Tells What Happened When the Presenter's Partner of Almost 40 Years, David Parry-Jones, Was Diagnosed with Alzheimer's
David was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2009. Since then both of us have been on a journey that can only be described as a mystery tour. Trying to convince him that the TV remote control is not secateurs that can trim plants in the garden, or that...
Officer Could Face Trial over Rodney Death
Byline: MIKE JONES newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk A POLICE marksman could face trial for gunning down a robbery suspect after a former judge found there was "no lawful justification" for killing the 24-year-old. In a damning report, Sir Christopher...
Opt out of Donation; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES
| SIR - It is with dismay, but not surprise, that I learned that the Welsh Assembly Government has passed the Bill to change legislation, relating to Human Organ Donation. This was passed in an internal vote of the Assembly. There has not been a...
Party in Your Own Park This Summer; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
If recent weather forecasts are to be believed, it's time to get your garden guest ready for a scorching July - spending some longed-for time in the great outdoors. Jackie Edwards shares her tips for hosting a fun summer party in your very own garden...
Poundnotes
| New European rules cap mobile bills New rules came into force this month which make it cheaper to use your mobile phone while travelling across the EU. Traditionally, the cost of using a mobile outside your own country, known as roaming, has been...
Praise for Glyndwr University
A UNIVERSITY has received commendation from the body responsible for safeguarding standards in higher education. Glyndwr University was given a clean bill of health by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), which adjudged the quality of academic standards...
Record-Breaking Djokovic Proud of Victory
NOVAK DJOKOVIC edged past Juan Martin del Potro in a record-breaking semi-final which the Serb claimed was one of the best matches he had been involved in. The Centre Court clash stretched to four hours and 44 minutes, knocking the 1989 last-four...
Restoration Woman to the Rescue; Revamp WATCH Serial Renovator Caroline Quentin Is Gearing Up to Follow More Owners of Crumbling Historic Buildings as They Save Them from Ruin by Restoring Them into 21st-Century Dream Homes
Q: Who's first up on your new series of Restoration Home? A: Oh, the prettiest little house which was once a crumbling shell, cracked and contorted out of symmetry. But it was love at first sight for Alex and her partner Martin when they spotted the...
Roam the Eternal City; You'll Pound Some Serious Pavement to See the Sights of the Italian Capital, but the Rewards Are Truly Awe-Inspiring, Writes Rob Irvine
Byline: Rob Irvine CONSIDERING they were built a couple of millennia ago, many of the structures of Ancient Rome are strangely familiar, and not just because you've seen their pictures in guide books and on travel shows. The fact is the Romans...
Rooney's Staying Put, Says New Boss Moyes
Byline: SIMON STONE sport@walesonline.co.uk NEW Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed that Wayne Rooney is not for sale after facing the media for the first time in his Old Trafford reign. Rooney's future has been the focus of much...
Secondglance
Byline: Gareth Evans ONE of the biggest rivalries in sport returns to British shores next week. And for once, the weight of expectation rests firmly on the shoulders of Alastair Cook and his charges. I am, of course, talking about the Ashes....
Sheddies' Treat; A Haven, an Escape, a Shelter from the Storms of Life - Call It Want You Want, a Shed's a Shed, Right? Apparently Not. Shed of the Year Organiser and Uber Sheddie Andrew Wilcox Tells Kirstie McCrum Why It's So Much More
Byline: Andrew Wilcox Once upon a time, that institution known as the Great British shed was the sole domain of dads. It was a distinctly male definition of heaven, a quiet place of retreat where Him Indoors could go outdoors and indulge in manly...
Single Buyers Wait 15 Years to Get Foot on Housing Ladder; HARDEST AREAS TO BUY A HOME ARE REVEALED
Byline: GRAHAM HENRY R Senedd Correspondent graham.henryr @wawlesonline.co.uk FIRST-TIME T buyers in Walesa are being forced to wait more than a decade to save up enough to get on the housing ladder,r wecan reveal. Statistics analysed by the...
Sir Stelios in Revolt at EASYJET Plan for New Fleet
EASYJET will try to face down a revolt by founder and largest shareholder Sir Stelios Haji-Ianonnou next week when it asks investors to approve the multi-billionpound purchase of up to 235 new Airbus planes. Sir Stelios, who with his family controls...
Soap WATCH
Pobol y Cwm After many months of judging her, Meic sees another side to Debbie as she defends Kevin against the wagging tongues in the village. Has the tide finally turned in her relationship with her father-in-law? Sioned decides to tell Ed about...
Sorry Mam, but This Sunday Lunch Was Even Better Than Yours
Byline: Kathryn Williams eats, shoots and scores the Felin Fach Griffin in Brecon What makes the the perfect Sunday lunch? Achieving it is certainly no mean feat, and all comparisons inevitably lead back to Mam's - often cited as the best. Sadly,...
Spotlight On
Byline: Idris Elba Image: Intense but sexy thesp Best known for: Playing Stringer Bell in The Wire Early life: Born Idrissa Akuna Elba on September 6, 1972, in Hackney, London. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked in a car factory;...
Spotlight On
Byline: Tony Blackburn spotlight on... Tony Blackburn Image: Perma-tanned eternal teenager Best known for: Being Radio 1's first DJ Early life: Antony Kenneth Blackburn was born on January 29, 1943, in Guildford, Surrey. His father was a doctor....
Spotlight On
Byline: Stefan Dennis spotlight on... Stefan Dennis Image: Aussie heart-throb Best known for: Playing Paul Robinson in Neighbours Early life: Born October 30, 1958, in Tawonga, Victoria in Australia, but his family eventually relocated to Queensland....
Spotlight On
Byline: Dick Van Dyke Image: All-round entertainer Best known for: His Mary Poppins accent Early life: Richard Wayne Van Dyke was born on December 13, 1925, in West Plains, Missouri, but was raised in Danville, Illinois. He became interested in...
Spotlight On
Byline: Ewan McGregor spotlight on... Ewan McGregor Image: Home-grown hear t-throb Best known for: Trainspotting and Star Wars Early life: Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971, in Crieff, near Perth, Scotland, the son of two teachers...
Spotlight On
Byline: Kim Basinger Image: Sultry blonde bombshell Best known for: LA Confidential and Nine 1/2 Weeks Early life: Born Kimila Ann Basinger on December 8, 1953, in Athens, Georgia, the third of five children. Her father was a jazz musician, her...
Spotlight On
Byline: Terence Stamp Image: Ageing icon Best known for: His hit 1960s movies Early life: Terence Henry Stamp was born on July 22, 1939, in Stepney, London. He's the oldest of five children. His father was often away with the Merchant Navy, so Stamp...
Straight off the Vine
Byline: Neil Cammies On Wednesday this week my stony heart was melted by the fragility of life. By the side of the road I spotted an injured crow. Now I'm no Doctor Doolittle but as I carefully sidled up to him he stayed put, panting heavily and...
Stylish Homes Ahoy; like the Tides, the Seaside Trend Returns Time and Time Again. Gabrielle Fagan Goes Beachcombing for Home Products, So You Can Dive into the Coastal Look with Style This Summer
THERE'S something special about being close to water, wide expanses of sea and sky, and living with open doors and broad horizons. So captivating is their style that it returns every year, sending a wave of seaside-inspired looks through interiors...
Sweet Smell of the Past
Byline: DON RODGERS Bargain Hunter THE 18th and early 19th century household could be a smelly place, thanks to unhygienic conditions, lack of sanitation, and the burning of animal fat candles. The decorative piece of porcelain shown here, modelled...
Take Five; Rhiannon Pritchard, Principal Accompanist with City Voices Cardiff, Convinces Us to Buy Tickets to the Choir's Annual Concert
Byline: Rhiannon Pritchard, 1. City Voices Cardiff is celebrating its fifth birthday. The choir started in 2008 with only 25 singers. Today it has a membership of around 160. We perform a range of different music, from big band, to songs from the...
Tears and Cheers When War with Wallabies Came Down to the Wire; Today's Sydney Decider Is Not the First Time a Series between the Lions and Australia Has Gone Down to the Last Test - SIMON THOMAS Talks to Two Welsh Wingers Who Have Different Memories of How Those Final Tour Matches Turned Out
DAFYDD JAMES, 2001: Oz 29, Lions 28 (Australia win 2-1) THE 2001 Lions tour of Australia was a real roller-coaster ride and for no-one more than Dafydd James. Having begun the trip as a rank outsider for a Test spot, the Wales winger forced his...
The Day the Lions Beat Australia with 10 Welsh Players - Including a Heroic Gorseinon Fullback; Sixty Three Years Ago 10 Welshmen Lined Up for the Lions against Australia to Decide the Series. Sion Morgan Revisits the Story the 2013 British Lions Are Hoping to Repeat Today
Byline: Sion Morgan ON Saturday August 19, 1950 a fullback from Gorseinon named Lewis Jones made history when he lined-up next to a record nine fellow Welshmen as the British Lions beat Australia in their own back yard. This morning another fullback...
THE FIRST WORD; This Week I've Been Mostly
Byline: Ceri Gould @GouldThomas | Voting... For the People's Choice category in the Welsh Book Of The Year via WalesOnline.co.uk. The shortlisted books are Burying the Wren by Deryn Rees-Jones, Clueless Dogs by Rhian Edwards, Banjo by Samantha...
The Making of a Captain. How Alun Wyn Showed He Had the Right Stuff
Byline: SIMON THOMAS simon.thomas@walesonline.co.uk JOHN DAWES (1971), Willie John McBride (1974), Finlay Calder (1989), Martin Johnson (1997). Today, Alun Wyn Jones hopes to join an elite group of recent individuals in leading the Lions to a...
The Orient Excess; Whether It's Technology or Tradition, Andy Welch Finds Everything in Japan Is Larger Than Life as He Boards the Bullet Train from Tokyo to Kyoto
THINK of Japan, and normally one image springs to mind - a futuristic science fiction one. Landing at Narita airport, you don't have to wait long to see it. There are glowing neon signs, space-age toilets complete with sound effects and seat heaters,...
The Pointe of City Living; First Homes to Be Unveiled in Waterside Development
POTENTIAL buyers will get their first look at new homes being built as part of a PS200m development on the edge of Cardiff Bay this week. At a launch event at St David's Hotel and Spa on Thursday, the first properties to be released at Cardiff Pointe...
The Property Doctor
Byline: EMYR PIERCE Q I completed on a house last week but was only provided with one front door key despite there having been three adults that had lived in it previously. I have also been given a key to the garage which doesn't work the lock....
THIS MUCH I KNOW; Lynne Barrett-Lee Www.lynnebarrett-Lee.com OPINION
We have become a nation of reviewers. Have you noticed? I can't recall where or when but I saw something written recently that highlighted the fact that we're all at it these days - go people power! - with a massive percentage increase in audience...
Top of the Shopping List
Byline: KIRSTIE MCCRUM kirstie.mccrum@walesonline.co.uk WHEN it comes to insider information, househunters simply can't have enough in the way of pointers from the experts who really know what happens in a sale. Julie Elliott from Fine and Country...