Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)

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Articles from February 5, 2012

Adam Hair-Ing towards a Ton
Byline: GARETH GRIFFITHS HAIR'S LOOKING AT YOU KID THE SOFTER SIDE OF WALES' PROP IDOL: >18&19 ADAM JONES has set his sights on 100 Wales Test caps as he looks to extend his international career for the next three years. The Wales prop...
Airport Copes Well with Rush to Dublin
IT HAS also been an anxious time for Wales' rugby fans making their way to Ireland. One flight to Dublin was slightly delayed at Cardiff International Airport (CIA) yesterday afternoon with technical problems. But, while snow and the threat of freezing...
A Seven-Sent Opportunity
ARSENAL ................................ BLACKBURN ......................... ROBIN van Persie smashed a hattrick as Arsenal thrashed 10-man Blackburn to win in the Premier League for the first time in 2012. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also scored...
A Stroll in Parks for the English
ENGLAND'S new era began with a scrappy first win at Murrayfield in eight years as Scotland's familiar failings led to their downfall. Two Dan Parks penalties handed Scotland a 6-3 half-time lead and put the hosts on course for just a second opening...
BIG CHILL TIGHTENS GRIP; Welsh Hospitals Fear Surge in Admissions
Byline: WAYNE NOWACZYK ;ROBIN TURNER SNOW blanketed the nation yesterday as it was gripped in freezing temperatures, making travelling conditions difficult and disrupting sporting fixtures. A car had to be winched back up an embankment in Ystradgynlais...
Boost for Jenkins in Her Olympic Medal Bid
Byline: GARETH GRIFFITHS WORLD triathlon champion Helen Jenkins has been told she will be given a helping hand by Team GB in her bid for bid for Olympic gold this summer. Abbie Thorrington, who is aiming to be part of the three-women team in...
Boy Blinded by Sunlight
Byline: DARREN DEVINE LITTLE Kaleb Perman is a boy blinded by what most kids take for granted. Even Xbox fiends and PlayStation addicts love nothing better than playing outside in bright sunshine. But Kaleb has to take cover from the rays...
Carnage (15, 79 Mins)[.]
CARNAGE (15, 79 MINS)Starring: Jodie Foster, John C Reilly, Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet * IRECTOR Roman Polanski strips away the veneer of civility that supposedly separates man from beasts and reduces two well-to-do couples to snarling adversaries...
'Coleman Cuts the Mustard for Me'
Byline: TERRY PHILLIPS BEN TURNER has no doubts Chris Coleman will be a successful Wales manager. The two men worked closely together at Coventry City and Turner has a huge amount of respect for his former manager. Yet Birmingham-born defender...
Consistency Is the Key for Ireland, Insists Best
RORY BEST has urged Ireland to build on the consistency they displayed during the World Cup when their RBS Six Nations campaign opens against Wales today. The Irish topped their pool in New Zealand, securing resounding victories over Australia and...
Council Up in Arms, Unlike Miss Sunshine; Quirky Stories from Behind the Scenes in the Corridors of Power
SPIN DOCTOR SPIN Doctor makes no apology for beginning this week with local politics - as Pontypool is rocked by what's become known as Mr Mengate. Councillors are up in arms after booking two of the characters, namely Little Miss Sunshine and Mr...
DANES WITHOUT FRONTIERS! Danish Porkers Ham-Per Welsh Air Quality
Byline: RHODRI CLARK WE'RE not telling porkies but the air we breathe in Wales today could be polluted by pigs - in Denmark. And the new pollution problem has been picked up in Port Talbot, known for its heavy industry and M4 motorway traffic....
Daytripper
This is a simple afternoon walk from Pontsarn to Cefn Coed returning through the Taf Fechan Nature Reserve. It is moderate with one steep descent and two short but steep climbs. It should take about three hours. Park at the Pontsarn Hotel (Sat...
Diary of an Olympic Hopeful
Byline: CHRIS BARTLEY "THE countdown is on with now less than six months to go to London 2012. "It is Olympic year and you have all the extra pressures that come with it. But it is like any other year at the moment and you still have to perform...
Don't Be Fooled by the Hype. It Will Be Too Close to Call
Byline: DELME PARFITT WHEN it comes to the start of a Six Nations campaign, Wales has never been short of blind optimists. Let's back our boys, let's believe in ourselves, in Warren Gatland (or whoever happens to be in charge) we trust. They've...
Dublin Return Is Memorable One for Jones
Byline: JON DOEL RYAN JONES is hoping to create more Dublin history today - four years on from one of the most memorable moments of his career. In 2008, the former Wales skipper lifted the Triple Crown trophy aloft at Croke Park as Warren Gatland's...
Favourites Kick off Six Nations with Italy Win
FRANCE ............................. 30 ITALY ................................... 12 FRANCE started their RBS Six Nations campaign with a comfortable defeat of Italy in Paris. Tries from Aurelien Rougerie, Julien Malzieu, Vincent Clerc and Wesley...
Game Zone; the Latest Releases in a Console World
FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 PS3, pounds 39.9 THIS had its fair share of critics, even within the camp of previously staunch Japanese-RPG fans. An unnecessary digression to linear storyline progression and levelling up restrictions were just two of the 'features'...
Going It Alone Going Nowhere
DID the candidates for the leadership of Plaid Cymru pay close attention to the important parts of the major opinion poll published last week? No, not the part on the ITV Wales/YouGov poll which put them down two points in voting intentions in constituencies...
HAIR'S LOOKING HAIR'S LOOKING AT YOU KID! AT YOU KID! Feeling Nervous about the Wales Ireland Game This Afternoon? Imagine How Their Wives and Girlfriends Feel. RACHEL MAINWARING Finds Out
Byline: RACHEL MAINWARING NICOLE Richards-Jones, 28, is a teacher from Merthyr Tydfil. She is married to Wales and Ospreys star prop Adam Jones, who is this year celebrating his testimonial year. After a romance that blossomed on Facebook, the couple...
Holidays from the Heart; Learn to Fall in Love Again with a Break Away Inspired by Valentine's Day. Sarah Marshall Selects Getaways Suited to Every Type of Twosome
BEST FOR... LAID-BACK LOVERS Hotel Hermitage Gantois, Lille, France Paris may be the obvious choice for a romantic getaway, but lesser-known Lille is a chic alternative, with the added bonus of being closer to home. Near the Belgium border, it's...
Iceman Cometh to Swans' Rescue at Albion
Byline: CHRIS WATHAN 1:2 WEST BROM SWANSEA Fortune 54 Sigurdsson 55 Graham 59 ATTENDANCE: 24,274 REFEREE: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire) RED-HOT Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson made sure Brendan Rodgers' men didn't freeze when the chance of only...
Irish Eyes Could Be Smiling as Injuries Take Toll on Wales
Byline: BARRY JOHN A FEW weeks ago I was quite confident Wales would go to Dublin and win. Wales would have been my favourites for this Six Nations opener against Ireland because everything seemed to be in place. Warren Gatland's side had...
IRON MAT; TV Daredevil's Tough Man Test
DIRTY Sanchez star Matthew Pritchard is a glutton for punishment - he's taking part in this year's Ironman Wales race. A Welsh professional skateboarder, daredevil and one quarter of the Dirty Sanchez crew, Pritch is used to taking on new and different...
It's Assad Day
Byline: JON HARRY UK blasts Russia and China veto on Syria BRITAIN yesterday accused Russia and China of encouraging the Syrian regime's "killing regime" after they vetoed a United Nations resolution seeking an end to the violent repression. ...
It's the Chill of the Chase
Byline: BRENDAN HUGHES WHEN it comes to extreme sports and daredevil stunts, they should be the very first to air a note of caution. But three environmental health officers are campaigning to show the positive side of health and safety - by risking...
It's Time to Put on Make-Up, It's Time to Dress Up Right. as Jim Henson's Famous Creations Return to the Big Screen after More Than a Decade's Absence, the Stars of the Muppets Tell Shereen Low Why Everyone Was Overjoyed to Hear from Them Again
Byline: Shereen Low * S movie offers go, it must be hard to turn down one from Mr Kermit T Frog. This is how Amy Adams, the three-time Oscar nominee, found herself starring alongside the Muppets in their latest film outing, cunningly also called...
I'VE Had a Brain Wave. and It Happened [...]
Byline: RHIAN WILLIAMS I'VE had a brain wave. And it happened whilst watching Dancing on Ice, which I know is wrong but I can't help it. Last Sunday I did try to switch over to BBC Four so I could enjoy the documentary on the daily rituals of...
JENKINS FAN GILL HAS BIG BOOTS TO FILL; Legend of the Front Row
Byline: GRAHAM PRICE I READ last week new Wales prop Rhys Gill is a big fan of Gethin Jenkins and modelled his game on the Lions front-rower. Well, Rhys is now going to have to show he can fill the massive boots left by the injured Gethin in...
Lambert Hails Canaries' Victory as One of the Best
NORWICH ............................... 2 BOLTON ................................... 0 NORWICH manager Paul Lambert rated yesterday's victory over Bolton as one of the best performances he has seen since taking over at Carrow Road three years ago....
Last Orders; Wales' Eye-Opening Nightlife in Spotlight Again
Byline: BRENDAN HUGHES 'Disgraceful' TV bouncers get the boot THE nightclub doormen from boozy TV docusoap Bouncers have been sacked from venues across Newport after outraged owners witnessed their comments towards punters on TV. Revellers in Newport...
Lawrie Bid for Glory Replay
PAUL LAWRIE is looking to bridge a 13-year gap as he goes into the final round of the Commercialbank Qatar Masters with a one-stroke lead. Lawrie was the second winner of the title in 1999 - and followed it up by becoming Open champion at Carnoustie...
Let's Sort out Scrum and Get on with It
ADAM JONES is hoping the Six Nations will not be blighted by the scrum problems that have affected rugby over the last year, writes Gareth Griffiths. The scrum has become the game's Achilles heel with the set-piece often slowing the match down or...
Light's out for Lizz as Take Me out Teenager Finds Love
LIKE all of the women on the show, Lizz Penny applied to Take Me Out to find herself a boyfriend. But although things didn't quite work out between her and chosen date Jack from Huddersfield, she claims she has no regrets. Love didn't flourish...
Lovers' Hitch
Byline: BRENDAN HUGHES Courts had banned groom from contacting his bride THERE was a major problem when this Welsh couple decided to get married - the groom had been banned from contacting his bride by a court order. Jeremy Houlston, 41, and...
Malky's Hard Work Ethic Has Connected Club with Its Fans; > CARDIFF
FEW would have begrudged giving Malky Mackay time before he was expected to deliver promotion. All that had been asked of the new appointment at Cardiff City Stadium was that he put a stamp of stability on things at the Bluebirds and delivered some...
Malky - We Gave Game to Blackpool
MALKY MACKAY said Cardiff "gifted" Blackpool the three points after the Seasiders came from a goal down to humble the hosts. The Bluebirds boss said he was disappointed his team didn't manage to hold on to the lead they established and was even...
MEGAN MAY NEVER FULLY RECOVER; Schoolgirl's Nightmare Holiday Ordeal Goes On
Byline: CIARAN JONES A SCHOOLGIRL left with crippling stomach problems three years after a luxury holiday in Egypt has been told she may never fully recover. Solicitors acting on behalf of Caerphilly teenager Megan Fitzgerald are demanding thousands...
MID-LIFE DESPAIR PREYING ON MEN; His Death Shocked the Footballing World and Continues to Baffle Those Asking Why One of Wales' Sporting Icons Would Be Found Hanging in His Garage. but Here Mental Health Experts Tell DARREN DEVINE How Men in the Same Age Group as Former Wales Manager Gary Speed Are Increasingly Vulnerable
Byline: DARREN DEVINE WITH no note left at the scene to end the uncertainty, rumours persist about why Gary Speed might have been found dead at his luxury Cheshire home last November. At his inquest on Monday his wife Louise told the hearing...
Naomi's Eyes on 2012 Prize
Byline: GARETH GRIFFITHS WELSH table tennis star Naomi Owen is one step away from completing her memorable Olympic journey from Llandrindod Wells to London. The seven-times Welsh champion was last week included in a fourstrong GB women's squad,...
OST People I Know Think [...]
Byline: Nathan Bevan * OST people I know think I'm odd because I don't go out and I don't drink. Granted, those aren't the only reasons most people think I'm odd, but seeing as this column's only about 550 words and brevity's a factor, we'll...
Our Agony; We're the Real Victims Say Siblings Caught in Bitter Divorce Battle
Byline: CIARAN JONES THE children at the centre of a vicious pounds 560,000 divorce battle have spoken of the anguish the lengthy court dispute has caused them. Millionaire property developer Paul Hutchings was last month ordered to pay a pounds...
Penalty Paves Way for City
MAN CITY ............................... 3 FULHAM .................................. 0 SERGIO AGUERO shrugged off recent signs of tiredness to turn in a man-of-the-match display as Manchester City defeated Fulham to open up a three-point lead at the...
Peugeot Bags a First with a Diesel Hybrid
Byline: CHRIS RUSSON WHEN it comes to technology Peugeot's new diesel hybrid is a world first but what really counts is how much it can save drivers in everyday use. Strip away the remarkable systems which make the 3008 Hybrid4 a car like no...
Phillips Duo Turn Screw on Cardiff
Byline: SIMON GASKELL 1:3 CARDIFF BLACKPOOL Mason 59 K Phillips 79 M Phillips 83, 90 ATTENDANCE: 22,577 REFEREE: Keith Stroud (Hampshire) CARDIFF CITY were haunted by football's ultimate old-stager and a man they tried to snare in the January transfer...
Praise for Forest Boss Doughty
TRIBUTES were paid last night following the death of millionaire Nigel Doughty, the owner of Nottingham Forest and a major Labour party donor. The football club said Mr Doughty was found in the gym at his Lincolnshire house. It said in a statement:...
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* POLICE want to speak to these two women in connection with an assault in Canton, Cardiff. A 20-year-old woman was attacked by two unknown women as she walked from the cash machine at Tesco Metro on Cowbridge Road East to the taxi rank near Barclays...
Racing Hit by the Big Freeze
FFOS LAS became the latest victim of the sub-zero temperatures to leave a Saturday programme without any National Hunt action in Britain. Officials at Wetherby and Sandown had already drawn stumps early, with the freezing temperatures that hit the...
Revitalised North Set for Big Test
Byline: DELME PARFITT SINCE scoring twice against South Africa in the autumn of 2010, George North has barely stepped off the rugby treadmill. Sixteen caps, six tries and a World Cup later, and the Scarlets young gun has gone from unknown rookie...
Rogers Hails His Midfield Signing
BRENDAN RODGERS hailed Gylfi Sigurdsson as perfect for Swansea City after his starring role set up an away win in awful conditions at The Hawthorns. Iceland international Sigurdsson has impressed since arriving at the Liberty on loan from Hoffenheim....
SAILOR BOY DIDN'T FLOAT MIMI'S BOAT; Dating Show Take Me out Is Back on Our Screens for a Second Series, and We've Already Seen Two Gorgeous Welsh Girls on There Bagging Themselves Dates. EMILY WOODROW Spoke to Them about Their Failed Quest to Find 'The One'
Byline: EMILY WOODROW SERIAL dater Mimi Rees from Llandudno left her light on for Navy boy Adam from Middlesbrough because she liked his accent - and the fact he wears a uniform for a living. But after failing to find that spark on their date...
Sky's the Limit for Rowe against Contador and Co
WELSH cycling ace Luke Rowe will make his Team Sky professional road race debut today in Spain. Rowe will ride in Team Sky colours at the Mallorca Challenge against the likes of Tour de France winner Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck. The Cardiff...
Sporty Suzuki Swipes at Quattro; ADVERTISING FEATURE
Byline: Chris Russon SUZUKI is to strike at the heart of Audi territory with the introduction of a high specification all-wheel-drive saloon. The Kizashi will be going on sale in the summer and while not quite a quattro it will cost from around...
Stability Ensures Dragons Real Chance of League Return; > WREXHAM
AS seemingly ever with Wrexham, ambitions on the field had been overtaken by necessities off it when the campaign kicked-off. But, with the club now in the care of the Trust, it is a joy for all concerned that talk of what's to come at the Racecourse...
STATE OF WALES' SOCCER NATION; THE End of January Doesn't Simply Bring with It the End of the Transfer Window - It Marks the End of the Beginning. the Final Throes of the Season May Be Some Way off, but Football Writer CHRIS WATHAN Takes a Look at the Story So Far for Wales' Four Premier Clubs All Chasing Respective Glories - and What Could Be in Store for the Final Chapters of the Campaign
Byline: CHRIS WATHAN Confidence, courage and composure key to Swans' start in first top-flight campaign > SWANSEA THOSE who had seen Swansea City before they stepped into the Premier League spotlight have not been surprised. The confidence,...
Superb Shane Is Quitting Too Soon; Talking Straight Delme Parfitt
Byline: DELME PARFITT SO Shane Williams has just nine games before he hangs up his boots for good...I have to say I think that will be a premature end to a wonderful career. Looking at the Ospreys fixture list that's the number of Pro12 fixtures...
The Five Best. Roman Polanski Films
The Ninth Gate JOHNNY Depp plays a sleazy, unscrupulous book dealer tasked with travelling across Europe to track down an ancient book of satanic verses. Nothing to do with Salman Rushdie, however, although the actor probably would have wanted to...
The Food's the Star
* RYAN Webb, Michelin star chef/proprietor at Tyddyn Llan in Denbighshire once said that a chef's three dreams are to run their own establishment, publish a recipe book and gain a coveted Michelin star. Now that he has achieved all three, Bryan's...
The Moyer the Merrier; before Being Cast as Vampire Bill Compton in True Blood, Stephen Moyer Was a Single Man Who'd Given Up on His Hollywood Dreams. the Sexy Actor Tells Lisa Williams about the Role That Changed His Life
" HAVE you got a pen there, babes?" asks Stephen Moyer. Sadly he's not talking to me but his wife, who's in the background buying a present for his sister on the internet. The Essex-born actor is performing a juggling act worthy of the circus at...
THEY CAN'T GO TO WAR; Argentina 'Nothing to Offer' - Weston
Byline: CIARAN JONES FALKLANDS hero Simon Weston has dismissed Argentina's claim to the South Atlantic islands as tensions soared to the highest level seen since the 1982 war. The former Welsh Guardsman accused the South Americans of "hysteria"...
TIME FOR TALKING TO STOP; Irish Skipper O'Connell's Warning Ahead of Dublin Revenge Mission
Byline: GARETH GRIFFITHS PAUL O'CONNELL insists the talking will stop as Ireland bid to avoid a hat-trick of defeats against Wales today. Warren Gatland takes his side to Dublin for their RBS Six Nations opener knowing Wales held the upper hand...
Wales Must Build on 'Beautiful' Publicity
RECENT reports highlighting the beauty of Wales and the outstanding attractions we have here have been very good news for everyone in the tourism sector - but such positive publicity is only of use if we take advantage of the opportunities it offers...
Wales Taxi Terror Alert Fanatic at Centre of London Bomb Conspiracy
Byline: BRENDAN HUGHES TODAY we can reveal how a terrorist at the centre of an al-Qaeda-inspired plot to bomb the Stock Exchange was investigated by police in the months leading to his arrest amid fears he could target locations in Wales by posing...
WELSH TROOPS' DARING RAID ON TALIBAN; Brave Welsh Cavalry Seize Enemy's Cache of Weapons
Byline: JULIA McWATT WELSH soldiers have risked their lives by playing a pivotal role in a daredevil pre-dawn raid against the Taliban in Afghanistan, we can reveal today. The terrifying attack this week saw soldiers from 1st The Queen's Dragoon...
When Scarlets Star Easterby Bowled Ponting a Bouncer on Ashes Tour
FORMER rugby star Simon Easterby has revealed how he drunkenly asked Aussie cricket captain Ricky Ponting when he was retiring on his stag weekend. The Ireland and Scarlets star, who is married to Welsh TV beauty Sarra Elgan, was dressed up as Little...
Win Wales V Scotland Tickets
THIS year's RBS 6 Nations looks set to be yet another exhilarating competition and the brewers of GUINNESS' want to give you and your mates the chance to be there, soaking up the atmosphere over a pint of the black stuff. What better way to make this...
Your View
COOLER heads spotted a long time ago that anthropogenic global warming (AGW) was nothing more than a scam to extract more taxes from the masses. Indeed, this unscrupulous exercise was aided by many a climatologist and scientist (thankfully not all)...