Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)

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Articles from February 17, 2002

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A Big Broadway Break for Denise
Byline: with Zoe Black EX-BIG Breakfast star Denise Van Outen is going from Basildon to Broadway by joining the New York cast of hit musical Chicago next month. The star was praised for her role as Roxie Hart during a stint in London's West End...
A Case of Sleazy Come, Sleazy Go; Commons Man Chris Moncrieff's Week at Westminster
Byline: Chris Moncrieff THE House of Commons - with a few honourable exceptions - should be ashamed at how it has mistreated its so-called sleazebuster Elizabeth Filkin. This was one hell of a tough lady hired to crack down on malpractices by...
All the Garage!; MIS-TEEQ ARE NOW THE UNDISPUTED CHAMPS OF UK GARAGE AND THEY'RE JUST LOVING IT
Byline: with Zoe Black EVER since Artful Dodger and Craig David introduced UK garage to the charts, the genre has been dominated by male faces. But girl band Mis-Teeq have brought some welcome relief by injecting it with their sassy female attitude....
A Nice Day for a Not-So-White Wedding
FOR weeks, viewers of S4C's youth drama series Rownd a Rownd have been gearing up for Gwenllian and Eifion's big day. But with dark clouds looming on the horizon, the prospects are hardly rosy for this not-so-white wedding on Monday. For all...
A SPARK-LEE OF HOPE! !; Argentina Match Revives Self-Belief in Wales Squad
Byline: PAUL ABBANDONATO SITTING around the table with Mark Hughes, he smiled as I ventured, "I don't want to over-raise expectations among the Welsh public. . ." ". . .But you're going to anyway, " grinned the Wales manager. In for a penny,...
At Last, a Real Game of Rugby
Byline: BY BARRY JOHN AFTER the horror show in Dublin, this was a performance to restore pride to the nation. Beaten, but certainly not disgraced on this occasion, I can't applaud the Welsh players enough. They felt embarrassed after the Ireland...
Auction Packed!; Wales under the Hammer - and We're Buying All the Tat
Byline: BY JENNIE BIBBINGS WALES is going, going, gone auction mad! Gorgeous TV presenter Liz Fuller has revealed the astonishing fact that almost half the viewers of new TV shopping channel Auction World. tv are Welsh. Latest figures show we've...
Badger; He's Top of the Pops for Hot Gossip
What a week of love it's been on The Wave. Could it be that there was a genuine feeling of romance in the air? Or was it just the exhaustion of the big Pop Idol Final? We caught up with Gareth and the big winner Will and managed to get a few...
Beauty
Byline: with Noreen Barr THERE aren't many things that Tory politician Ann Widdecombe and Hollywood superstar Julia Roberts have in common but undergoing a dramatic change of look thanks to a bottle of blond hair dye is one of them. These women...
Bellamy: Look at What We Achieved
Byline: BY PAUL ABBANDONATO UNDER-FIRE Wales ace Craig Bellamy reflected upon his week of lows and highs, vowed, "The critics won't get to me" - and went on to declare, "I hope Argentina go on to win the World Cup." Bellamy explained: "That would...
Best Is Yet to Come; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: BY PAUL ABBANDONATO FORGET the 7-1 World Cup hammering in Eindhoven, Robbie Savage being kicked out of the squad for throwing away Paolo Maldini's shirt, a spat with Ian Rush, the dressing room bust-up with skipper Gary Speed. Nothing...
Big Ben: 'I'm Striking out for England'
Byline: By SIMON ROBERTS BEN EVANS is willing to quit Wales and move to England or France in a bid to resurrect his international career. The Swansea tighthead is out of contract with the All Whites at the end of the season and is poised to leave...
BRAM'S BAG; Sports Letters
SIR - May I compliment the Welsh team on its performance against Argentina. It was professional and long overdue. We are a dozing nation with the blend of players that are collectively underestimated. Mark Hughes has the qualities to bond the players,...
BYE-BYE BYERS?; Blair Pressured to Curb Advisers & Sack Minister
Byline: BY GAVIN CORDON TONY Blair was last night under pressure to rein in the government's special advisers following the resignations of Jo Moore and Martin Sixsmith. Senior Labour MPs called for new legislation to give the rules governing...
Calzaghe Next in Sights of Champ Lockett
Byline: BY DELME PARFITT GARY LOCKETT used to stack supermarket shelves - now he's on his way to becoming the next Joe Calzaghe. The hottest Welsh prospect in years made the boxing world sit up and take notice by demolishing highly-rated Australian...
Ccracking Car Crime
Byline: BY TONY WILLARD MOTORING CORRESPONDENT ANNE loves her pounds 30,000 MercedesBenz CLK coupe because it is great to drive, looks stylish and is elegantly trimmed inside. Or least she did until last month, but now she wants to sell it and...
CHOCKS AWAY!; Game on - Reviews
Once more into the breach, chaps! That's right, it's time to take to the air with with Microsoft's Flight Simulator and fast-paced epic Ace Combat: Distant Thunder for PS2 Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 (Microsoft) For PC CD-Rom Price: pounds 49.99,...
City Forecast
THE banks' earnings season continues next week, but the market will also be updated with figures from Guinness giant Diageo and gas-andcredit card group Centrica. COMPUTER services firm Logica will update the City on Wednesday when it posts interim...
Come & Get Me Glam; Says Shoaib Akhtar
PAKISTANI pace-ace Shoaib Akhtar has a sensational message for Glamorgan: "I'm yours if you want me". The Rawalpindi Express would love to join the county and last night invited Glamorgan bosses to give him a call. Shoaib has strong links with...
Connor: Neath Offer Gave Me a New Lease of Life; Ebbw Vale V Neath Saturday, Sept 23 2.30pm Kick-Off
SHAUN CONNOR admits leaving Ebbw Vale and signing for Neath saved his career in Welsh rugby's top flight. The full-back/fly-half has enjoyed a new lease of life this season since he joined the Welsh All Blacks. The 26-year-old admits he was preparing...
Don't Brand Me a Dirty Player; the Quinnell Verdict
Byline: By DELME PARFITT SCOTT Quinnell last night pledged to study his firsthalf sin-binning on video but passionately declared: "I am not a dirty player." The British Lion number eight got his marching orders after a collision with French...
Dragons Suffer a Huge Blow to Their Survival Hopes; Qpr 2 Wrexham 1
Byline: JOHN HARRISON reports from Loftus Road WREXHAM'S survival hopes were dealt a bitter blow as a last-gasp Kevin Gallen header condemned the Red Dragons to defeat at Loftus Road. Dennis Smith's men had looked set for a point but were cruelly...
Dressing Room
Byline: BY LYDIA WHITFIELD TODAY we can reveal the fashion secrets of the woman who put the glamour into telly show Footballers' Wives. And she reveals some of the designer togs worn on the show come from her own wardrobe. Not since Dallas'...
EUTHANASIA ON THE NHS?; Family Demands Inquiry after Grandmother Receives 'Higher Dose Than Shipman's Victims'
Byline: BY MARTIN SHIPTON CHIEF REPORTER THE Government is likely to decide this week whether to launch an inquiry into allegations that an 86-year-old Welsh grandmother was killed as part of an unacknowledged "involuntary euthanasia" policy in...
EVERTON V CREWE Goodison Park, 1.30pm
DAVID GINOLA has already won a standing ovation at Everton - in training from his new teammates. The Frenchman, who will relish another big TV date today to show his talents in the FA Cup tie against Crewe, has secured the appreciation and approval...
Fans 'Are Back Behind the Players' SAYS ALAN PHILLIPS
ALAN PHILLIPS believes Wales have rebuilt the bond with the Welsh fans after the performance against France. The Wales team manager admitted the side owed the supporters a big performance after the humiliation in Dublin two weeks ago. Scott Quinnell's...
FANS TO UNITE IN ACCLAIM FOR KEV; but Robbo's Men Ready to Spoil Return
KEVIN KEEGAN will know exactly what to expect when he walks out at St James' Park with his Manchester City side tonight. The former England boss will receive a standing ovation for the thrills and spills he brought to Tyneside during his five-year...
Flu-Ridden Lobsters Are Just So Shellfish!
Byline: Valley Boy DID I ever tell you about my time as a shellfish farmer? Yeah, it was my first job after leaving school. Maggie up the social sent me to Tresaith, a quiet coastal village in west Wales. There I was to take over a medium...
Gareth Gets His Turn
Byline: JOE COOL TV and music competition Pop Idol climaxed with an astounding 8.7 million people voting for their favourites last weekend. Will Young snatched the title from friend and fellow finalist Gareth Gates with 53 per cent of the votes...
Get Giggs, Har Tson and Bellamy on the Defensive to Give Us Hope
Byline: BY PAUL ABBANDONATO ANDREW MELVILLE has revealed the secret of Wales's new-found hope under Mark Hughes . . . Ryan Giggs, John Hartson and Craig Bellamy are just one of the lads. Melville said Wales's better defensive record is down to...
GET OUT, FANS TELL CORK; WIGAN 4 CARDIFF CITY 0 City Boss under Fire as His Players Argue on Day of Disaster at Wigan
Byline: JOSHUA JONES reports from Springfield Park THE pressure on manager Alan Cork to go reached new heights as Cardiff City crashed to humiliating defeat against Wigan Athletic at the JJB Stadium in Wigan. Owner Sam Hammam did not attend the...
Giving What You Can; MONEY TALK
Byline: Nick Hudson THE dream of taking early retirement could be fading for thousands of UK employees as more companies close their generous final salary pension schemes. Increased life expectancy, falling investment returns and a new accounting...
Global News
USA: A disgruntled New York Romeo tried to win back his former girlfriend by cutting off his finger and sending it to her for Valentine's Day. Forest Simon, 24, chopped off his left middle finger and sent it to the stunned hairstylist in a black ring...
GUNNERS FIRE FIVE; ARSENAL 5 GILLINGHAM 2 Skipper Adams Returns to Kill off Brave Gillingham
Byline: RICHARD GIBSON reports from Highbury TONY ADAMS fittingly scored as Arsenal finally disposed of Gillingham in the FA Cup fifth round at Highbury. The Arsenal captain, returning after almost five months on the sidelines with a stress fracture...
HANDY HARRY; Your Guide to DIY
THERE'S still time for a really cold snap to remind us that winter's not over yet. So don't get caught out during the last weeks of winter especially if you're going away and leaving the house empty. First of all, make sure you know where the stopcocks...
Hansen: Henry and I Ripped Up the Gameplan; THE HANSEN VERDICT
Byline: By SIMON ROBERTS STEVE HANSEN has revealed former coach Graham Henry called from New Zealand to congratulate him and the players for their peformance against France. Henry called Hansen minutes after the game and the new Wales coach paid...
HEAVY PEDAL; GO-ZONE Mountain Biking in Wales Is Ideal for Half Term
WALES is officially the best mountain biking destination in the UK, having been rated as highly as California - the sport's birthplace - by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). There are six specifically developed mountain biking...
Hell for Leather!; INTERIORS
Byline: with Gabrielle Fagan LEATHER'S come a long way since the days of garishly coloured three piece suites which were just so 80s. It's emerged as a front runner in the style stakes and this year no home can afford to be without something...
Henry and I Ripped Up the Game Plan, Says Steve; THE HANSEN VERDICT
Byline: By SIMON ROBERTS STEVE HANSEN has revealed former coach Graham Henry called from New Zealand to congratulate him and the players for their peformance against France. Henry called Hansen minutes after the game and the new Wales coach paid...
How Did the New Boss Do?; the Wos View
Byline: BY DELME PARFITT WHAT a line to come out with in your first press conference as Wales coach. "So Steve, " asked one journalist as pens were poised and cameras flashed, "when you went to sleep last night you must have dreamed about a performance...
HUGE BLOW TO SURVIVAL HOPES; QPR 2 WREXHAM 1 A Last-Minute Gallen Header Condemns Dragons to Defeat at Loftus Road
Byline: JOHN HARRISON reports from Loftus Road WREXHAM'S survival hopes were dealt a bitter blow as a last-gasp Kevin Gallen header condemned the Red Dragons to defeat at Loftus Road. Dennis Smith's men had looked set for a point but were cruelly...
I'M TOO BIG FOR LONDON; WHY STUNNING RACHEL JUST WALKED AWAY FROM THE SIZE-PARANOID CATWALK INDUSTRY - So I'll Start My Own Welsh Agency, Says Top Model
Byline: BY RACHEL MAINWARING SHE'S stunning, tall and a slim size 12 - but model Rachel Jones is leaving the London catwalks because she thinks she's just not thin enough for modelling. Gorgeous Rachel, who's 5ft 9in, signed up with a top model...
Is Pop Idol Worth It?; Weask Two Upcoming Acts the Question.
Byline: JOHN GILHEANEY THEY'VE spawned the likes of Will, Gareth, Darius and Hear'Say to fame and fortune. But do talent shows really have any credibility? There's no escaping shows like Popstars, Soapstars, Pop Idol and CBBC's The Next Big Thing...
IT'S DISNEY MAGIC!; READER CLUB Win a Visit to the Walt Disney Studios at Disneyland Resort Paris
EVER dreamed of going behind-thescenes on a live television production? Or uncovering the wizardry of movie-making? Now's your chance to go on a voyage of discovery where the magic of cinema, television and animation comes alive. From the imagination...
It Was So near and Yet So Far for Us; VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM - Kevin Morgan
KEVIN MORGAN refused to criticise the video referee even after Aurelin Rougerie's controversial try was awarded at the start of the second half. The Swansea fullback slid over the line with the Frenchman and the evidence on the big screen at least...
I've Wasted a Whole Year since Potting World Crown; EXCLUSIVE: Mark Williams on Why He Hasn't Won a Major Final since 2000
Byline: BY DELME PARFITT MARK WILLIAMS has revealed his runnerup jinx is down to a "wasted year" after he became world champion. The Welshman still sits proudly at the top of the world rankings, despite not having won a tournament for more than...
'I Want to Stay in the Top Flight' - Savage
LEICESTER midfielder Robbie Savage admits playing in the Barclaycard Premiership is crucial to his hopes of staying in the Wales side. Savage turned in a man-of-the-match performance for his country in their creditable 11 draw with World Cup favourites...
Jacko Faces His Own Cuban Crisis; Athletics
Byline: BY DELME PARFITT COLIN JACKSON will find out if he can still cut it with the very best when he goes against Olympic and world champion Anier Garcia as well as his nemesis Allen Johnson at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix this afternoon....
Jan Stands by Her New Man. . .; Boxer May Have Served Time, but He's Just Perfect
Byline: BY RICHARD EVANS ACTRESS Jan Anderson has defended her new love, a boxer who has served time for assault. The 27-year-old former Casualty star has revealed why the six-months new beau Dean Francis spent in jail after being convicted of...
KEEP TV STARS OFF THE STAGE; Idols of Small Screen Lack Stage Stamina - Says Sheen
Byline: BY RACHEL MAINWARING WEST End actress Caroline Sheen reckons most TV stars are unprepared for life on the London stage. The Les Miserables star said that while the likes of Denise Van Outen and Martine McCutcheon have raised the profile...
KING OF THE CASTLES!; GO-ZONE Discover Why Wales Has the Best Castles
HALF-TERM is the time to get out and get to know Wales now the warmer weather is here. Nothing compares with the castles of Wales for a great day out for all the family. Kids' imaginations run wild among historic ruins - and they burn off plenty...
Kinnock Says Mugabe Sanctions 'Cer Tain'
EUROPE'S top election observer has been ordered to leave Zimbabwe by the Robert Mugabe regime, MEP Glenys Kinnock said yesterday. The order came just hours after Pierre Schori said he had no immediate plans to leave the troubled country, despite...
Laporte: We Were Lucky to Win It; the French Verdict
Byline: By SIMON ROBERTS COACH Bernard Laporte admitted France were lucky to hold on and survive the Wales comeback and get a second victory in the Six Nations. The French boss paid tribute to a passionate Wales performance against his side at...
Late Breaks; GO-ZONE
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Leeds Boss Pleads: Give Iestyn Time
Byline: By SIMON ROBERTS THE man who helped strike the deal to bring superstar Iestyn Harris to Wales has pleaded with the Welsh public to give him more time to adjust. Gary Hetherington, chief executive of Harris's previous side Leeds Rhinos,...
Let's All Pull Together
Byline: By SIMON ROBERTS STEVE HANSEN has made his personal bid to end the club-versus-country war that has dominated Welsh rugby for the past decade. The new Wales coach, who replaced former boss Graham Henry last week, called a meeting with...
Let's Put Up or Shut Up!
Byline: SIMON ROBERTS SO, WALES need a Welshman as the national coach and that will sort out all the problems we have. Somehow, I don't think so. Once again, we have fallen hook, line and sinker for the same old story that a coach will solve...
Lifestyle; Top Magazine Deputy Editor Andy Dixon with a Regular Look at the Issues That Matter to You
Byline: Andy Dixon Ever thought of becoming a vegan? Here, experts answer your questions Lately, I? ve been considering veganism. I do lead a very active life, which involves playing a lot of sport. Is this a wise move, or would I be depriving...
LOOKOUT; What's Hot on the High Streetwith Suzie Brewer
Byline: Suzie Brewer YOU'VE never seen underwear like this before! This is the new Undressed collection from exciting new Dutch designer Marlis Dekkers. She's renowned for using top quality fabrics with daring designs. They're provocative...
Married Couples Keep Their Money Separate; WORK TALK
Byline: Rachel Mainwaring ONE in five couples keep separate bank accounts after they get married, with many claiming they don't want their partner to know what they spend their cash on, research claimed this week. Around 21 per cent of people...
Merthyr Are Martyr-Fied; MERTHYR TYDFIL 2 CRAWLEY TOWN 2
THE MARTYRS were denied a worthy three points by an extraordinary penalty decision 18 minutes from time which had even the Crawley fans blushing. Merthyr made a fine start to the game and stung their promotion-chasing opponents by taking a 12th...
Much Better Say the Fans
Byline: BY SUZIE BREWER IT'S time to start holding our heads up again - and that's an order. We've had our share of doom and gloom since Ireland blew us away in that horrid hurricane of rugby demolition two weeks ago. And I say - enough's...
MY BOY BOTHER; No Valentines as Charlotte Reaches Sweet 16.
Byline: BY JOHN GILHEANEY ON the eve of her sixteenth birthday singing sensation Charlotte Church has revealed that fame keeps the boyfriends away. Charlotte, who will sing at the Winter Olympics next week, turns sweet sixteen on Thursday and...
My Emotional Baggage; A NOTE FROM MUM
Byline: Suzanne Robinson IT'S now a matter of hours before Miss Six, Mr Robinson and I move to New Zealand. And the vexed question of luggage has raised its evil head. I've always been that person with the shabby luggage and the bulging zip....
My Pact with Cath on Work and Play; Douglas Sheds Light on Bringing Up Baby Dylan
HOLLYWOOD star Michael Douglas has revealed his work pact with Catherine Zeta Jones that gives them quality time with baby son Dylan. Douglas, promoting his latest film Don't Say A Word, said he's proud that, despite busy work schedules, Hollywood's...
Mytrack Pain
Byline: Suzie Brewer I RARELY travel by train because it doesn't help my blood pressure. In fact, it's more than a year now since I last answered the call for: 'All aboard!" Maybe absence had made the heart grow fonder, or maybe the memories...
Newsfile
DENBIGHSHIRE: Emyr Williams, rural development officer with Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council, will give a presentation on small grant schemes at Dyserth Community Hall on February 25. CARDIFF: Bike riders concerned about theft can have their...
No Reward for County; NEWPORT COUNTY 1 KETTERING 2
DESPITE a very impressive performance against promotion-chasing Kettering, County failed to take any reward from 90 minutes at Newport Stadium. Kettering went ahead on eleven minutes when a sweeping move from right to left ended with Brad Piercewright...
Not Land of My Grandfather's; the Spin Doctor
WOULD Ambrose Bebb have wrung his grandson's neck? That's one of the most potent questions to arise out of the Ogmore byelection. Back in 1925, Ambrose was one of the founders of Plaid Cymru. I don't have the reference books at hand, so I'm not...
Now Me Julie's out!; Ali G's Lady Is a Lesbian Jailbird - in Tv's Bad Girls
Byline: BY RICHARD EVANS BAD news for Ali G - Me Julie's a Bad Girl now. The king of da Staines Massive is in for a wicked shock next time he tunes into ITV. He won't be shouting boyakasha when he sees that Kellie Bright - who plays longsuffering...
ONLY IN AMERICA Myemotional Baggage; Hugh Dougherty Reports from across the Pond
THE football season has ended in America, to the disappointment of many fans. But one watcher took it far worse - he killed someone. Monty the 10ft Burmese python asphyxiated his owner Rick Barber, 43, crushing him so badly that it took seven firefighters...
OOOH, YOU'LL NEVER GUESS; Are the Welsh the Biggest Gossips since Cissie and Ada?
Byline: JENNIE BIBBINGS ARE the Welsh the world's gossip kings and queens? The world of Welsh rugby this week stood accused of gossip-mongering over Iestyn Harris and his girlfriend Becky Schofield. Rugby star Iestyn hit back at unfounded...
Out! out! out! - Cork under Fire from Angry Fans; Wigan 4 Cardiff City 0
Byline: JOSHUA JONES reports from the JJB Stadium THE pressure on manager Alan Cork to go reached new heights as Cardiff City crashed to a humiliating defeat against Wigan Athletic at the JJB Stadium in Wigan. Owner Sam Hammam did not attend...
Pathetic England Slump Again; CRICKET: New Zealand V England Second Lowest Total in One-Day Internationals
Byline: MYLES HODGSON reports from Wellington ENGLAND yesterday slumped to a comprehensive 155-run defeat by New Zealand in their second one-day international after disappointing with bat and ball under the lights of the WestpakTrust Stadium. ...
QUINS IN GIANT-KILLING FRAME OF MIND; Carmarthen Quins V Bridgend Saturday, Sept 23 2.30pm Kick-Off
his ambitions are, is refreshingly level-headed in a boxing world more renowned than ever for its hyperbolic hot air. "I never really look past my next fight, " said Lockett. "I have always been a good trainer and I am getting more and more experienced...
QUOTES of the WEEK
"I'm as buxom and curvaceous as a Thomas Hardy wench and could be a poster-girl for Super Weight-On. For someone who has been relatively careful about eating for years it feels almost surreal to be tucking into crumpets for tea again" - Liz Hurley...
Raewyn: We Won't Bear Any Grudges
Byline: BY DELME PARFITT RAEWYN Henry has a message for the Welsh people - we're not bitter. Speaking for the first time since husband Graham quit as Welsh coach, she told Wales on Sunday: "We won't be bearing any grudges to anybody." It's...
Rats That Got the Cream. . .; REVIEW OF THEWEEK OCEAN'S ELEVEN (12) Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts
STEVEN Soderbergh's sexy and smart heist movie is a rare beast - a Hollywood remake that surpasses the original. The inspiration is the 1960 Rat Pack movie that starred Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr as a team of crooks planning a...
REDEEMED: BUT CONQUERED; WALES 33 FRANCE 37 Passionate Display Not Enough
Byline: Chief rugby writer SIMON ROBERTS REPORTS from the Millennium Stadium STEVE HANSEN asked his side for pride, passion and guts before the game against France. And he got exactly what he demanded. Wales deserved to win this game after a...
Sam Slam!
Byline: ANGELA GRAY What's the first meal you can remember eating? What ingredients could you not do without? If you were marooned on a desert island, hat foods would you crave. These are just some of the thought-provoking questions I put to...
Scotland Are Rome and Dry; Italy 12 Scotland 29
Byline: SIMON STONE reports from the Stadio Flaminio A FLASH of brilliance from Gregor Townsend once again proved enough to inspire Scotland to victory. The visitors were living on their nerves, taking just a three-point lead into the final 10...
Showbiz Gossip
Byline: with Zoe Black SHE'S ALL STARS MADONNA to the soundtrack of the next James Bond film. The 007 movie, starring PIERCE BROSNAN and HALLE BERRY, is in production with the working title Bond 20. Madonna's publicist has said she will perform...
Sidibe Guides His Side out of Danger; SWANSEA CITY V SOUTHEND PAUL ABBANDONATO Reports on the Fallout from Friday Night's Game at the Vetch
Byline: PAUL ABBANDONATO COLIN ADDISON will know about shoving football club directors into uncompromising positions; his mentor was former Forest soccer chief and legend Brian Clough. And Swansea's crucial 3-2 Third Division victory over Southend...
Soapbox
EASTENDERS Lisa comes under pressure from Phil to let him see Louise, and when Mark tries to take control of the situation, he gets a sharp reminder of how much he stands to lose. The Slaters help Little Mo with her cleaning to raise money for the...
Sounding Off
Byline: JOE COOL TLC LAWSUIT: R&B ladies TLC enjoyed one of their biggest hits in 1999 with Unpretty, but now their past has returned to haunt them. The group are among the defendants in a lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the Southern...
Stargazing; All the Latest News on the Stars and Movies Coming to a Cinema near You
NICOLE KIDMAN reveals she wanted JULIANNE MOORE to replace her in The Others because she did not want the role. "I begged to get out of the movie because I just didn't want to play a woman who did those sorts of things to her children, " she says...
SUNDAY SECRETS; the Latest Word from Hollywood
Byline: Suzie Brewer Friends star MATTHEW PERRY could be starring in hit show Ally McBeal. Variety reports that the actor is closing a deal to guest in two upcoming episodes of the popular comedy which stars CALISTA FLOCKHART. Perry will play...
THATCH OF THE DAY!; It's Our John's Real Hair, Says Ad Watchdog
Byline: BY RACHEL MAINWARING WELSH soccer star John Hartson's barnet is completely genuine - and that's official! The Celtic striker's pounds 8000 head of hair, transplanted onto his head by hair specialists when his locks started to thin, has...
The Badness of King George
IT'S surely got to be the ultimate dream team - George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts all appearing in the same movie. Happily it's no dream. The stellar line-up all appear in the new movie Ocean's Eleven, a remake...
THE GIFT OF THE GABBY; Welsh TV to 'Search' for New Presenter
Byline: BY RACHEL MAINWARING GABBY Logan is hosting a brand new Pop Idol-style talent search to find Wales' next TV presenter. And Wales could get its very own versions of Nasty Nigel and Evil Yvonne with a panel of expert judges - including...
There's Plenty of Strength, but Where's the Depth
Byline: PAUL ABBANDONATO SO, PAUL, is it true the Welsh soccer team are going to play against France instead of the rugby men in the Six Nations? If I heard that comment once, I heard it 100 times after Wales's 1-1 draw against Argentina on Wednesday...
The Specialist Jammed a Long Spike into My Knee and Hit the End with a Hammer. . . That Was a Bit Worrying; MARK TAYLOR WATCHES HIS 'VIDEO NASTY' Pontypool V Swansea Friday, September 22 7.05pm Kick-Off
MARK TAYLOR has his own video nasty to remind him of the knee injury that nearly wrecked his career. The Wales star is on the comeback trail but will miss Swansea's Principality Cup clash at Pontypool next weekend. But the Swansea centre has...
The Vice of Life!
Byline: By Wil Marlow RELAXING in a posh London hotel, Ken Stott's dark, button eyes glint intensely as he ponders his answers. The Scottish actor, who's cornered the market in hard-bitten detectives, is very like the characters he plays in The...
THEY WERE THE TWO HARDEST DECISIONS OF MY LIFE!; THE FIRST INTERVIEW Making Up My Mind to Quit Was as Tough as Deciding to Come to Wales Says 'No Regrets' Henry
GRAHAM HENRY has broken his silence to reveal he had been wavering for six months about his future as Wales coach before quitting 10 days ago. Speaking from New Zealand, where he is taking a three-week break, Henry also revealed: The two hardest...
TURNER PRIZE!; How Lowri Got Back in Shape Lifting Weights
Byline: BY RACHEL MAINWARING FORGET step classes and hours on the treadmill - TV presenter Lowri Turner has revealed the secret to her sylph-like figure is Arnie Schwarzenegger-style weight-lifting. Pint-sized Lowri, who presents DIY SOS on BBC1...
Turn Out's a Turn Off
SO the turnout at the Ogmore by election was just 30 per cent. I am amazed that many people bothered to turn out. In fact it is time the politicians listened to the clear majority - the 70 per cent who basically gave them all the thumbs down. ...
Vava Voom Raider!
ATTACH the word sport to a car and its image is transformed - even for people with no great interest in Formula 1 or rallying. Renault's Clio is like that. The most popular engine in the range is the 16-valve 1.2-litre, a good engine but naturally...
VIENNESE YOUR CULTURED HEART. . .; GO-ZONE Art and Beauty in Austria's Capital
Byline: BY MIKE SMITH IN the rather refined and highly cultured city of Vienna it comes as a bit of a jolt to find yourself in the heart of a lively - if not tacky - amusement park. Just a short metro ride from the heart of this beautiful city...
Wales Lack That Killer Instinct
Byline: BY GRAHAM PRICE FORGET the video decisions and that agonising finish. To a man, France were better than Wales and deserved to win. Yet they came close to defeat and Wales cannot say they didn't have ample opportunity to win. If they...
Wales Sparks Far East Health Crisis
Byline: BY MARTIN SHIPTON THE influx of nurses from the Philippines to Wales and other parts of the UK is causing havoc to the south east Asian country's own health service. Research shows that all but two of Wales' 13 NHS trusts that run hospitals...