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Articles from December 18, 2011

All Fine and Dandy Again; DON'T MISS TONIGHT
FELIX AND MURDO (Channel 4, 10.35PM) [bar] Over the past year, comedy fans could have been forgiven for thinking that Armstrong and Miller had effectively gone their separate ways. Alexander Armstrong has been busy with his other sidekick, Richard...
'Almost a Perfect Away Performance'
BRENDAN RODGERS hailed Swansea City's St James' Park performance as close to perfect - and claims the point shows they're no soft touch. The goalless draw gave Rodgers' side their third point on the road and eighth clean sheet of the season in just...
Anderson Raises Our Expectation; Gillian Anderson Gets under the Flaky Skin of Miss Havisham in a New BBC One Adaptation of Great Expectations. Lisa Williams Meets the Actress on the Spookily Realistic Set
[bar] MOULDY wedding cake is perched upon a laid table and several dusty clocks are stopped in their tracks at 20 minutes to nine. Onto the scene appears a white-haired, spectral figure treading the wooden floor in a rotting wedding dress and one...
An Inside View of Bluebirds History
Byline: PAUL ABBANDONATO CARDIFF CITY fans have an opportunity to purchase a couple of books with a difference this Christmas. Bluebirds legend Phil Dywer signed copies of his autobiography Mr Cardiff City ahead of yesterday's crunch Championship...
Ant and Dec on Text Alert! DON'T MISS TONIGHT
TEXT SANTA (ITV, 7.30pm) [bar] THE idea of Father Christmas having a mobile is a bizarre one to say the least, but thinking about it, there's no better way for him to find out what we all want on December 25 than from a text message. So you could...
At Last Justice Has Been Done
Byline: Benjamin Wright THE parents of murdered honeymooner Ben Mullany have spoken of their relief that their son's killers will spend the rest of their lives behind bars. Mr Mullany and his wife Catherine, both 31, were both shot in the head...
BATH SUNK BY LEINSTER; HEINEKEN CUP Review
LEINSTER delivered a performance worthy of Heineken Cup champions as Bath's faint hopes of progressing from Pool Three were finally ended in a 52-27 hammering at a packed Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The West Country side had run the Irishmen close...
Blues Must Raise Game
Byline: SIMON THOMAS JAMIE ROBERTS admits the Blues have got to step their game up to another level - he says their 19-12 Heineken Cup defeat to Edinburgh just wasn't good enough. The Cardiff-based region went into the Murrayfield meeting full of...
Boxing Day
BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA WHEN? BBC One, 11.10am WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Fun family comedy following the adventures of Chloe, a pampered pooch who spends most of her days running around an LA mansion in designer bootees. She's about to discover a very different...
Bradley Blow
Byline: JON HARRY A US army appeals court has rejected a request for the officer overseeing the hearing of an army analyst accused of leaking government secrets to withdraw. The military court case against Private Bradley Manning yesterday resumed...
BRITAIN'S GORE TALENT! Crazy Life of TV Circus Man
Byline: JAMES McCARTHY THE Britain's Got Talent star who wowed the nation with his freak show has lifted the lid on the big top upbringing that led him into the ring. Feather boa clad singing ringmaster John 'Dr Haze' Hayes stunned viewers with...
Chaos CARDIFF SUNK BY A BORO DOUBLE WHAMMY
Byline: PAUL ABBANDONATO CARDIFF City fans must be fed up with the sight of Tony Mowbray's Boro bashers in 2011. New manager, new season, new-look team, but the end result yesterday was another agonising home defeat to follow that crushing 3-0...
Chezza Comes Up Smelling of Roses after Flower Show; Quirky Stories from Behind the Scenes in the Corridors of Power SPIN DOCTOR
SHE might occasionally look like an extra from EastEnders (Spin Doctor apologises for his catty side, he just can't help it sometimes) but few people had Cheryl Gillan, pictured, down as a Benson and Hedges kind of girl. The Welsh Secretary, plummy-voiced...
Christmas Day
MONSTERS VS ALIENS WHEN? BBC One, 3.10pm WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Weather girl Susan Murphy is about to be married when she is hit by a meteorite that has the effect of turning her into a giant. She's immediately captured by the military, who hold her in...
Clegg Calls for Calm after Eurozone Row
Byline: JOE CHURCHER NICK CLEGG yesterday claimed the extraordinary cross-Channel spat between Britain and France had happened because politicians were "a bit tired". The Deputy Prime Minister said that politicians on both sides of the sea needed...
Confident Ponty Breeze to Victory over Leeds
PONTYPRIDD.........................18 LEEDS .......................................... 7 PONTYPRIDD, British & Irish Cup semi-finalists last season, made absolutely sure of their place in the last eight this time around with a comfortable victory...
DEBT THE HALLS! Dangers of Taking out Loans to Pay for Christmas
Byline: DANIEL FISHER RISING numbers of families could be putting themselves at risk of a lifetime of debt by turning to payday loans to put presents under the tree this Christmas, experts said yesterday. Politicians and debt charities called...
Don't Write off Our Cup Chances Just Yet: Hibbard
RICHARD HIBBARD claimed the Ospreys can still reach the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup despite losing their proud unbeaten home record to Saracens. English League champions Saracens posted a 16-13 victory at Swansea's Liberty Stadium to end...
Downton Lets Its Hair Down; the Staff of Downton Abbey Might Be Looking Forward to a Break This Christmas, but Actress Lesley Nicol Tells Lisa Williams There Will Still Be Plenty of Drama to Keep Them Busy
[bar] HERE'S a world first awaiting viewers of the special two-hour Christmas Day episode of Downton Abbey. Despite all the cliff-hanging plotlines, actress Lesley Nicol, who plays the wealthy Grantham family's harangued cook Mrs Patmore, wants...
EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL BLING; How to Get Dazzle like Screen Siren Liz Taylor without Having to Spend Pounds 74m
Byline: EMILY WOODROW IT was a life's work - an unrivalled collection of gems, gold, ivory, silver, platinum and pearls set by the world's greatest jewellers for one of its most famous beauties. For all those unable to afford the prices paid...
Family in Bid to Curb Drug
Byline: ROBIN TURNER THE family of young West Wales mother Desiree Phillips who died of accidental paracetamol poisoning have launched a campaign to have the painkiller made prescription only. Desiree, 20, an up and coming singer who made a CD...
Fellowes Baffled by Success of Hit Show Downton
DOWNTON Abbey creator Lord (Julian) Fellowes has admitted he does not "fully understand" why the stately home show has been such a hit with viewers. He told Radio 4's Desert Island Discs he had been "a bit pompous" about complaints about the show's...
Gender on the Agenda; DON'T MISS TONIGHT
SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2011 (BBC ONE, 8pm) [bar] Christmas is just around the corner, and if you needed a reminder of that (God forbid!) then the BBC's annual celebration of all things sporty should give you a heads-up. It's traditionally...
Get Me into the Jungle!
Byline: SIMON GASKELL Robbie sets new goals in life after tragedy of pal Speed ROBBIE SAVAGE has got a taste for celebrity TV after Strictly - and says he is considering going into the jungle in 2012. Speaking to Wales on Sunday, the 37-year-old...
Gilfach on Top in Big Ash Clash; LOCAL RUGBY ROUND-UP
GILFACH Goch bounced back from their disappointing loss in the Cup last weekend to pick up their 11th win in Division One East with a 26-9 try bonus success over Mountain Ash at Parc Duffryn Pennar. There was nothing to choose between the two sides...
Gomez Gets a Stunner
WIGAN ....................................... 1 CHELSEA.................................. 1 JORDI Gomez stunned Chelsea with an 88th-minute equaliser to earn struggling Wigan a vital point at the DW Stadium. Victory over Manchester City on Monday...
HERE'S THE TOP FIVE; It's Our Top 40 Countdown of Welsh Soccer's Top Stars for 2011
Club: Tottenham Nationality: Welsh Position: Wide left WELL, who else could top our list? PFA player of the Year, nominated on the short-list for the FIFA team of the year, so too the best side compiled by UEFA bigwigs. Over the course of 12 months,...
HITCH, KING OF WIT; CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, a Writer Who Enraged, Infuriated and Divided the World in Life, Has United It in Tribute Following His Death from Cancer. Here Is His Genius, in His Own Words
Byline: CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS On George W Bush: "He's unusually incurious, abnormally unintelligent, amazingly inarticulate, fantastically uncultured, extraordinarily uneducated, and apparently quite proud of all these things." On Mother Theresa...
Holiday Snaps from Butlin's; DON'T MISS TONIGHT
THE BUTLIN'S STORY (ITV1, 8pm) [bar] Forget far-flung destinations the really memorable holidays of the past involved all the extended family packing into the box-size car, driving for what felt like an eternity and enjoying a week of conga dance-filled...
Hope for Missing Ben after Police Win Court Order to Obtain His DNA
THE family of Ben Needham, who disappeared in Greece as a toddler more than 20 years ago, have been given fresh hope after police won a court order to obtain his DNA. Ben, pictured, was 21 months old when he vanished from the island of Kos on July...
'How I Managed to Beat Bulimia'
Byline: EMILY WOODROW A BULIMIC who battled eating disorders for a decade has revealed how she found a cure... through bodybuilding. Lydia Rees survived on just a bowl of cereal a day when she suffered with anorexia for a year, and then battled...
INDEPENDENT TENDENCIES; the War of Ideas within Plaid Recalls Labour's '80S Turmoil
IN October 1985 Neil Kinnock made a speech at the Labour Party conference in Brighton, in which he denounced the far-left Militant Tendency which ran Liverpool City Council. The council had lost its battle against spending cuts imposed by the Thatcher...
Invasion of the Space Gardeners; Comedy Stars Bill Bailey and Arabella Weir Give Sarah Morgan a Sneak Preview of the Unusual Costumes They're Forced to Wear in Return for a Part in the Doctor Who Christmas Special
[bar] T'S an unseasonably warm day when the Doctor Who set flings opens its doors to give a sneak peek at its Christmas special. Matt Smith, who's played the Doctor for two years now, is his usual livewire self - popping over between scenes to say...
...IT'S OUR TOP 40 FOOTBALL STARS OF 2011; HEAD of Sport PAUL ABBANDONATO Turns Football's Answer to Alan Freeman as He reflectsintoWelsh upon an Historic Year and Picks the Top 40 Players, in Descending Order, Who Have Lit Up Our Soccer Stage in 2011. the Wales on Sunday List of Welsh Football's Finest Is Produced Here over the Next Three Pages
40 MARK HUDSON Club: Cardiff City Nationality: English Position: Centre back JUST makes it onto our top 40 because of the greater solidity and leadership skills he has shown for Cardiff City this season. Many criticised Hudson's defensive prowess...
'I Was So Proud to Have Her with Me, I Don't Know What to Do with My Life Now' Boyfriend's Tears for His Emma
Byline: DARREN DEVINE THE partner of Penygroes murder victim Emma Jones has spoken movingly of his grief. Speaking exclusively to Wales on Sunday, Dave Douglas revealed he and "perfect" Emma were planning to marry next spring. Emma, whose...
Jason Bounces Back into Slapstick; So What Convinced Sir David Jason to Return to a BBC One Comedy? the Jokes, Pure and Simple, He Tells Lisa Williams
Byline: Lisa Williams [bar] IR David Jason has been knighted by the Queen and hailed as a national treasure, but that didn't stop the producers of his latest comedy outing getting him into all sorts of undignified scrapes. The Only Fools And...
Junk Foods Pushed to Kids Online
Byline: MADELEINE BRINDLEY A LEADING charity has fired the opening salvo in a battle against junk food brands using the internet to attract children. Sugar Puffs, Cheestrings, Cadbury's Buttons and Nesquik Imagination have all been named and...
MATTHEW: I WANT TO PLAY MY IDOL BURTON; Plan to Land Role in Scorsese Movie
Byline: CHRIS COUSENS WELSH star Matthew Rhys has revealed his plan to audition for the big screen part in Richard Burton's biopic - he's going to send the director tickets see him on stage. Brothers and Sisters star Rhys, who has returned to...
Merc Goes Macho; ROADTEST
Byline: Edward Stephens [bar] HEN Mercedes-Benz launched its SLK back in 1996 the radical new folding metal roof was something which genuinely stunned the motoring world. Others copied - although not always too successfully - and manufacturers...
MERRINESS, NOT MAYHEM; Black Friday Proves Quieter Than Expected
Byline: SIMON GASKELL DESPITE scenes of drunken revelry across Wales, the traditional Christmas office party weekend passed more quietly than usual, police and emergency services said. From early Friday afternoon, colleagues on their office Christmas...
Merry Christmas
Byline: Nathan Bevan IT'S Chrrrristmassssssss! Sorry about that. I'm not normally so hyped up with festive spirit - it's just I've had Slade's Noddy Holder screeching those words in my ear in every shop I've been in since the middle of November....
Mitchell Has No Regrets over Move to Exeter; DRAGONSv EXETER Rodney Parade, 5.45pm
THE growing exodus of Wales stars to clubs in France and England is the hot topic in Welsh rugby. But one of those exiles, Craig Mitchell, has mounted a fierce defence of his decision to leave the Ospreys for English club Exeter Chiefs. "I made...
Movie Magic; What Could Be More Chrismassy Than Relaxing in Front of a Good Movie. So Settle Back, Put the Kettle on and Get Ready to Enjoy Our Pick of the Best Festive Films on the Box
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE WHEN? BBC One, 5.50pm WHAT'S IT ABOUT? If you don't know the tale behind this film, you haven't had a proper childhood! But for the uninitiated; members of the Pevensie family are evacuated...
MY HEARTACHE; Grieving Girlfriend of War Photographer Tells How Knowing He Died Doing What He Loved Most Will Comfort Her This Christmas
Byline: JAMES McCARTHY THE BEREFT girlfriend of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Tim Hetherington has spoken of her heartbreak as she prepares to face her first Christmas since his death in a bomb attack. The tragic Vanity Fair photographer was killed...
Neath Bow out of Cup
NEATH.........................6 PLYMOUTH ........... 24 NEATH failed to finish their British & Irish Cup campaign on a high, going down to Championship strugglers Plymouth Albion at The Gnoll. Having won first time out at holders Bristol, back-to-back...
New Age Dawning, Claims Soap Star
Byline: GRAHAM HENRY HE'S best known as the ever-present fixture of Britain's best-loved soap. But Corrie favourite William Roache - who has played Ken Barlow for more than 50 years - has revealed a wackier side by telling a Welsh chat show host...
NOT ALL WHITE; Christmas Day Snow Hopes Fade
Byline: CHRIS COUSENS HOPES of a white Christmas in most of Wales were fading last night as forecasters predicted wind from the west would make conditions milder next week. Bookmakers were offering 6/1 on snow falling on the Millennium Stadium...
PARKS' CHARITY TARGET CLIMBS; Pounds 250,000 HIT AS ADVENTURER HEADS FOR Pounds 1M PEAK
Byline: CIARAN JONES IRON man adventurer Richard Parks has finally broken the pounds 250,000 mark in his efforts to raise pounds 1m in aid of Marie Curie, we can reveal today. The former Wales rugby star revealed to Wales on Sunday he has totted...
Patient Suffered from Hospital's Failings
THE last few days in the life of a victim of Huntington's disease were dogged by gaps in communication at a major hospital, an inquest has been told. It's the second time in three months that an inquest has heard criticisms of Gwynedd Hospital,...
PONTY RACE TO DOUBLE AWAY WINS; First Consecutive Road Victories in Six Years
BRIDGEND...........................19 PONTYPOOL ......................27 NINETEEN unanswered first-half points and a rousing defensive effort in the closing minutes ensured that Pontypool recorded their first back-to-back away victories for six years...
Pride, Heroes and Hankies; DON'T MISS TONIGHT
A NIGHT OF HEROES: THE MILITARY AWARDS (ITV1, 8.30pm) [bar] In October 2009, Corporal Andy Reid's life changed in a split second. While on patrol in Afghanistan, the soldier, who had spent more than a decade with 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment,...
Queen Sees Happy Days; DON'T MISS TONIGHT
A ROYAL YEAR TO REMEMBER (ITV1, 9pm) [bar] In 1992, the Queen gave a famously honest Christmas address describing the previous 12 months as an "annus horribilis". Well to be fair, the royal family had just been rocked by divorce, scandal and a fire...
Ready to Hit Your Lounge; DON'T MISS TONIGHT
MICHAEL BUBLE - HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (ITV1, 9pm) [bar] Suited, booted and preened to perfection with a voice that booms from here to the other side of Christmas, Michael Buble never fails to put on a show-stopping performance - and that's obviously the...
SANTA'S REALLY LITTLE HELPER; Jacob Was Born Weighing 700g, Now He's Looking Forward to His First Christmas in the Best of Elf
Byline: RACHEL MAINWARING WHEN Jacob O'Brien was born he weighed less than a kilo, had lungs the size of raisins and could easily fit in the palm of his dad's hand. Born 13 weeks early, and weighing a tiny 700g, his skin was transparent, he had...
Secrets, Truths and Some Little White Lies
Byline: RHIAN WILLIAMS More bad news today I'm afraid. There will be no morris dancing at next year's London Olympics opening ceremony. Morris dancers are registering themselves onto anger management courses across the United Kingdom as we speak....
Shopping Surge Delights Traders
COLD weather failed to deter Christmas shoppers yesterday as millions poured into stores on what was one of the busiest shopping days of the year. High streets and shopping centres were full of bargain-hunters and retailers reported a sales increase...
So, Where Will You Be Spending Christmas?
As people across Wales make their final preparations for the big day, we asked Welsh stars from the worlds of music, stage, screen and more how they were planning to spend Christmas Day - and what they wanted in their stockings... As people across...
Superstar's Cruising in; DON'T MISS TONIGHT
THE JONATHAN ROSS SHOW (ITV1, 9pm) [bar] A few years ago a guest dropped out of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, so bare-footed Antipodean pianist Tim Minchin filled in... and stole the show. With a specially written ditty, he converted a new wave...
SWANSEA TOON ON THE STYLE; It's an Eighth Clean Sheet for Delighted Boss Rodgers
Byline: CHRIS WATHAN BRENDAN RODGERS hailed his Swansea City side after holding Newcastle United at St James' Park and keeping yet another clean sheet. The Swans' rearguard resilience against the Toon made it eight for the season after just 16...
Swans End Strongly to Scare Newcastle
Byline: CHRIS WATHAN AWAY the lads! Swansea City hinted they are ready to get it right on the road at last as they left Tyneside clutching a precious point. Still no first Premier League win on the travels yet - but it was the way they turned...
THE DAY JONNY GAVE ME A KICK; RUGBY Correspondent ANDY HOWELL Delivers a Personal View of England Great Jonny Wilkinson, Who Retired from International Rugby This Week
Byline: ANDY HOWELL THE one thing squeaky clean Jonny Wilkinson never did during his glittering Test career was court controversy ... so it raised a few eyebrows when he named me in a newspaper column! Nice guy Wilkinson didn't really have a...
Toffees Goal Luck Turns with a Late Deflection
PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP EVERTON'S luck in front of goal finally changed as Leon Osman's deflection earned them a late 1-1 draw at home to Norwich. The introduction of on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Royston Drenthe for the last 20 minutes proved...
Top Welsh Impresario Raises the Curtain on Role in US Pantomime
Byline: DAVID OWENS A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE Welsh businessman is hoping to strike gold again - by taking pantomime to the United States. Former sports agent and financial adviser Jonathan Power made his fortune advising star clients such as Craig...
Treading the Boards; Children's Classic the Borrowers Has Been Given a 21st Century Makeover in Time for Christmas. Kate Whiting Talks to the Diminutive Cast about Life under the Floorboards
Byline: Kate Whiting [bar] ITH suckers strapped to his knees and hands, Christopher Eccleston is shinning up a bookshelf in Victoria Wood's living room before diving into an enormous tin of Quality Street. It's a surreal sight and can only mean...
TV Special
BEST GIGGLE 8 Out Of 10 Cats Christmas Special (Channel 4, December 23, 9pm) [bar] Stand up comic and presenter Jimmy Carr hosts a cracking Christmas special, overseeing disputes and deliberations on the festive topics that set the great British public's...
Victims' Fury at Farepak 'Gravy Train'
Byline: JAMES McCARTHY THE accountants handling the winding up of collapsed Christmas savings firm Farepak have been paid pounds 8m - but only raised pounds 5.5m to return to victims, it has emerged. Five years on from the company's collapse,...
Vincent Enjoys Good Kompany; TODAY'S BIG GAMES PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEW
MANCHESTER City skipper Vincent Kompany is not fazed at the prospect of facing the Barclays Premier League's top scorer today. Arsenal striker Robin van Persie heads to City with 15 league goals to his name, part of an overall tally of 19 for the season...
'WE HAVE TO STEP UP TO NEXT LEVEL' Big Opportunity for Young Side to Come of Age
MUNSTER v SCARLETS Thomond Park, 12.45pm SCARLETS coach Nigel Davies has labelled today's Heineken Cup crunch clash against Munster as a potential defining moment in the region's short history. The Scarlets travel to a sellout 28,000 Thomond Park...
'We'll Be Back to Winning Ways at Watford'
MALKY MACKAY pledged his Bluebirds would bounce back from their Middlesbrough misery and beat Watford in their next game on Boxing Day. "The players in that dressing room are really down and disappointed," said the Cardiff City manager. "They...
Wives Fear for Rowers as Closest Rival Boat Capsizes
Byline: JAMES McCARTHY THE wives of transatlantic rowers John Haskell and Jamie Windsor have spoken of their emotions after a boat on the same 3,000-mile trip sank. Both men's wives have been left fearing for their husbands after two rowers capsized...
Wrestling with the Past
POBOL Y Cwm star Tara Bethan always knew her wrestling star dad Orig Williams sheltered her from many aspects of his colourful life. But the actress and presenter said she got to know her dad, known professionally as El Bandito, even better after...
Your View
WE LEARN from "Prosiect Gwyrdd", the so called "Green Project", that either Viridor or Veolia will build a large incinerator to burn the residual waste of Caerphilly, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Newport and Vale of Glamorgan. Despite claiming to be...