Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)

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Articles from June 12, 2011

40 Years Have Just Flown By
Byline: HELEN TURNER THEY'RE the couple who have stayed married for four decades in spite of the husband's other passion - for the birds. Jim Hooper, who today celebrates his 40th wedding anniversary, says he is lucky long-suffering wife Hazel...
'Best-Looking Family Car on the Market'
Byline: PATRICK JAMES When Honda overhauled the Britishbuilt Civic in 2005 it looked like a visitor from another planet. Now it has been given a mini-makoever with a range of cosmetic enhancements, at no extra cost. Improvements include a new...
Bevan on the Box Box
Byline: Nathan Bevan * 'M not quite sure what this says about me but I've become increasing fond of Gatehouse, the softly-spoken, titfer-wearing, but otherwise stone-cold killer on BBC Two's The Shadow Line. So much so that each time he appears...
Books
AMERICAN WEATHER BY CHARLES MCLEOD (Harvill Secker, pounds 12.99) THE author's debut novel is a satirical stab at the country's corpulent commercialism. Jim Haskin, the owner of green advertising firm American Weather, dons the guise of eco warrior...
Bread Is a Slice of Heaven at Foodie Paradise in Deepest Carmarthenshire
WHEN food writer Jay Rayner discovered Y Polyn, he raved their exquisite homemade sourdough bread was better than poline, a quality round loaf celebrated by Parisians, and breathlessly described the eating experience as 'bread heaven'. Other fans...
Caravan Break Ends in Tragedy; Blaze Claims Grandad and Son, Tot Critically Ill
Byline: MIKE JONES A CARAVAN fire which killed a man and his son and left a two-year-old girl fighting for her life is thought to have started accidentally, emergency crews said last night. The emergency services were called to the Sunny Sands...
Certain Shades of Limelight
Byline: LUCY EVANS I'M HOME from possibly the best holiday of my life. I honestly didn't think someone could actually function with only 28 hours' sleep for a whole week, but my friends and I proved you can. We arrived late on the Saturday night...
Crusaders' Fightback Fails to Halt the Dragons
CATALAN DRAGONS .......31 CRUSADERS......................... 18 AN IAN Henderson-inspired Catalan Dragons ground out a victory in the South of France against a gutsy and determined Crusaders outfit. Henderson came off the bench to dominate the ruck...
DAD'S FAIRY TALE COMES TRUE; Father Gives Dream Wedding to Daughter Abducted as a Baby
Byline: SAM MALONE THE proud dad of Welsh baby-snatch victim Natalie Horrell has fulfilled a vow he first made more than 20 years ago - by giving her the wedding of her dreams. On May 2, 1988, five-month-old Natalie was abducted by a bogus store...
Dai Is Pipped in the Big Apple in 400m Hurdles Surprise
Byline: MARTIN WHITEHOUSE need, bring it on. Throw kitchen sink at me as says the 48-year-old full-mum. WELSH hurdler Dai Greene warmed up for the European Team championships next weekend with a third place finish in the Diamond League meeting...
Daytripper
This walk in the Black Mountains starts in the free car park at Llanthony Priory (Sat Nav NP7 7NN). It is one of the tougher walks we've described so make sure you have good boots, are well equipped, and take OS Map OL13 with you. It's a good day...
Dragons Gunned Down by Spitfires
Byline: GARETH GRIFFITHS GLAMORGAN lost their 100% record at the Swalec Stadium this season with a six-wicket home T20 defeat at the hands of Kent last night. The Dragons were beaten by the Spitfires to end their unbeaten run of six matches in...
Enjoy a Smooth Ride with Sinclair Volkswagen
As a premier Motability specialist, Sinclair Volkswagen prides itself on offering a hassle-free motoring experience for Motability customers. With dedicated teams in Port Talbot and Swansea, plus a further four locations across South Wales in Newport,...
FAW BOSS: WHY WE BACKED BLATTER AHEAD OF ENGLAND; 'Wales Have Earned a New Respect'
Byline: PAUL ABBANDONATO WELSH football's most powerful man has outlined for the first time why the FA of Wales threw their weight behind Sepp Blatter at the expense of England over the controversial Fifa presidency issue. The whole furore took...
Foster Carer; Director and Oscar-Winning Actress Jodie Foster Talks to Kate Whiting about Her Latest Film the Beaver - and Why She Took the Controversial Step of Casting Mel Gibson
* OYALTY is a rare commodity in the movie business, unless it's on screen. So when Mel Gibson delivered a drunken, anti-semitic rant five years ago to a police officer, his working relationships in Tinseltown unravelled as quickly as his reputation....
Gatland's Men Look as If They Have Lost the Will to Win with Poor Baa-Baas Performance
AM I the only one who thinks Wales got off lightly in the post-match inquest following last weekend's capped international against the Barbarians? Yes, there was the sort of feel to it that one would expect from a game against the famous invitational...
Giggs and Model 'In Raunchy Romps' Former Beauty Queen Tells of Affair When Star Was Single
Byline: SAM MALONE A FORMER Big Brother star has lifted the lid on her saucy relationship with Welsh international football legend Ryan Giggs. With the world still waiting for the Manchester United star to address allegations of extramarital...
Glamour for Tiny Tots Is like Child Abuse
KATIE and Tom look tame however, compared to the self-titled "Human Barbie" - who gave her daughter, for her seventh birthday, a voucher for a boob job. WTF No, no, no, no, no! How warped is that? Apparently, it was just what Poppy had always wanted....
Greene on Euro Mission
Byline: GARETH GRIFFITHS WELSH star hurdler Dai Greene is hoping he can lead Great Britain to European glory in Sweden next weekend. The Commonwealth and European 400m hurdles champion has been chosen as Great Britain team captain for the two-day...
Heavy Metal Wonder
Byline: CHRIS RUSSON * T'S been a long wait but Volkswagen is finally breaking into the pick-up market with a monster truck that's got muscle on and off road. The Amarok has all the right credentials to carry the necessary amount of bling while...
Hey Pesto! Give Your Dishes a Twist with a Spoonful of Pesto - Made in Wales of Course
* his week we bring a touch of the Mediterranean to the kitchen, as the sauce is central to both recipes featured here. Pesto has its origins in Genoa, in northern Italy, and takes its name from the Genoese word 'pest' which means to 'pound or crush'....
Honey Ain't So Sweet
* RRIVING eight years after the original Honey with director Bille Woodruff still at the helm, this flat-footed dance sequel doesn't boast a single original move. Honey 2 high-kicks and somersaults from one predictable set piece to the next as a fiercely...
Impressive Insignia Bears the Signs of Quality and Style
Byline: MALCOLM ROBERTSHAW Vauxhall's answer to economy running for family and business people is the 2.0-litre diesel ecoFLEX estate version of the Insignia. Although not quite as capacious as its predecessor the Vectra, the Insignia is still...
INFAMOUS 2 PS3, Pounds 49.99 Cole [...]
INFAMOUS 2 PS3, pounds 49.99 Cole MacGrath is back, making a dramatic journey to the historic Southern city of New Marias in an effort to discover his full super-powered potential - and face a civilisation-ending confrontation with a dark and terrifying...
Inquests to Open into How Four Died in Refinery Blast
INQUESTS into the four deaths at the Chevron oil refinery are due to be opened by the Pembrokeshire coroner tomorrow. Eleven days after the deadly explosion, the inquests into the deaths of Dennis Riley, 52, Robert Broome, 48, and Andrew Jenkins,...
IT'S SNOUT OF THIS WORLD! Siadwell's Finally Bringing Home the Bacon - as Voice of Peppa Pig
Byline: RACHEL MAINWARING HE'S the cult Welsh comedian who has managed to beat Cheryl Cole in cracking the US market - with stories of a cartoon pig. John Sparkes first made his name as comedy character Siadwell (pronounced "Shadwell") on '80s...
Jail Bird Wasn't What She Seemed
HOWARD Marks has revealed the heroine in his new novel was inspired by a guard he fancied while banged up in a maximum security prison in Florida. The former notorious drugs smuggler turned best-selling author from Kenfig Hill spent seven years...
James Backs GB Decision to Miss Hamburg Event; ROWING
Byline: GARETH GRIFFITHS WELSH Olympic rowing champion Tom James has outlined why Great Britain have pulled out of the World Cup series event in Hamburg next weekend. The GB team became the first nation to withdraw from the event in Germany because...
James Hits a Ton for Usk; Glamorgan/Monmouthshire
THIRD placed Usk won the toss and batted against St Fagans at Crofft-y-Genau Road in Division One. Ollie James made a superb 109, Mark Tamplin 45 and Ian Clayton 32 as Usk reached 239-7 in their 50 overs. Jarrad Tate took 3-39 off 10 overs for...
Jump into It!
COASTEERING is a combination of scrambling, climbing, traversing, cliff jumping and swimming that was first developed in Wales during the 1980s and 1990s. It's an activity that has now taken off all over the world - but centres throughout Wales...
JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE TABLE; PHIL SUMBLER Is Chairman of the Swansea City Supporters Trust
JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE TABLE FOR the next 12 months, at the very least, there's not much of a debate to be had. PHIL SUMBLER is chairman of the Swansea City Supporters Trust You can argue every way you want about who may or may not be perceived...
KATE REIGNS ON QUEEN'S PARADE; Charles and William Take Part in Trooping Ceremony
Byline: Tony Jones THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in the Queen's birthday parade yesterday, taking prominent roles in the Trooping the Colour ceremony for the first time. William rode on his grey charger while Kate took her place...
Land of Natural Wonders .. despite Being Battered by the Elements Recently, the Australia State of Queensland Is Still Very Much Open for Tourists to Enjoy Its Spectacular Scenery and Wildlife, as Wesley Johnson Discovered
FROM bathing in a rainforest billabong to floating just inches from the Great Barrier Reef. There is surely no place else on earth where two such stunning natural wonders sit side by side. Queensland - its catchphrase is "where Australia shines"...
Lazarus Refuses to 'Rise from the Dead', but Parks Stays Committed
ADVENTURER Richard Parks has conceded his frostbitten big toe will not be healed for the next stage of his 737 challenge. But the chipper former Wales international has nicknamed his sick digit Lazarus - after the biblical figure who was brought...
Lowe Aiming to maKe a Splash as She Plots Shanghai Surprise
Byline: GARETH GRIFFITHS SWANSEA Performance flyer Jemma Lowe admits home comforts helped her book her spot at this summer's World Championships - and now she's plotting to spring a Shanghai surprise in July. The 20-year-old returned to home...
Mackay Is Favourite for Cardiff
Byline: TERRY PHILLIPS MALKY MACKAY last night emerged as the new favourite for the Cardiff City hot-seat. The Watford boss has overtaken previous front-runner Chris Hughton in the betting after being backed with bookmakers over the weekend....
Massive Fan Base Says It All; Swansea City's Premier League Promotion Poses the Question: Which Is the Bigger Club, Swansea or Cardiff? Two Fans' Leaders Give Their Views
SWANSEA CITY have the chance to appeal to a global audience now they're in the Premier League, but I'm not too sure many people around the world know where Swansea is. Compared to that, Cardiff is the capital and is by far better known outside of...
Meriva's Miracle Doors Make Life Easier; Alistair Coull and Val Jessop
Flexibility is everything in family-friendly "hold-alls" and the Vauxhall Meriva has had my vote for practicality for some time. I'm not going to harp on about a cabin layout that makes life easier for 2.2 families or larger groups, save to say...
Moon Ready to Shine
Byline: ANITA CHAMBERS PALACE Moon can prove a highly apt winner of the Bridget Swire's Palace Affair & Sakhee's Secret Cathedral Stakes at Salisbury. The six year old was bred by the late Miss Swire and his last win at Newmarket back in...
More Children Going into Care
Byline: SAM MALONE THE number of Welsh children being taken into care has rocketed 10% in the past year as the effects of the Baby Peter scandal continue to be felt, figures obtained by Wales on Sunday reveal today. The figures show the extent...
Newalbums
LAKI MERA THE PROXIMITY EFFECT THIS quartet Laki Mera have been compared to the likes of Cocteau Twins and Portishead among others and this debut album certainly suggests that, although their sound is eclectic enough to embrace electronica with more...
NZ Next Up for Captain Cook and His Young Guns
Byline: GARETH GRIFFITHS WALES Under-20 captain Macauley Cook expressed his delight at his side's bonus-point victory in their opening Junior World Championship game against Argentina. Ospreys outside-half Matthew Morgan inspired the 34-8 victory...
'Our Mission Statement Is to Be the Most Customer-Focused Retailer' ADVERTISING FEATURE
* ESSEX Garages opened its new Nissan Superstore on Hadfield Road, Cardiff, on June 4. To mark the occasion an Open Day will be held today again in two weeks on June 25-26. Ahead of this customers have already used the facility and have said how...
Plaid Faces a Battle Royal
WHAT an odd, odd decision by Ieuan Wyn Jones to miss the Queen's opening of the Assembly last week to remain on holiday in France. Mr Jones is an experienced politician, a veteran of both Westminster and Cardiff Bay, a long-time leader and former...
Pool-by-Pool Guide to the 2011/12 [...]
Pool-by-Pool guide to the 2011/12 season... POOL 1 MUNSTER, NORTHAMPTON SAINTS, SCARLETS, CASTRES THE SCARLETS have their work cut out in this season's 'Pool of Death' as they look to qualify for the knockout stages for the first time since 2007....
Pool's Woes Look Condover; Shropshire
WELSHPOOL looked on course to ease their basement worries in the FBC Manby Bowdler Shropshire League as they closed in on victory against fellow strugglers Condover at Maesydre. Both sides had started the day languishing in the lower reaches of...
Predictable Feel to England Squad as Flower and Strauss Take Plaudits
Byline: DAVID CLOUGH IT is symptomatic of England's Ashes and Honours-winning management that the announcement of the squad for the third Test appears so predictable. The sole variable is the fitness of James Anderson and all the indications...
PRICE HIKE FUELS FEAR OF 'EAT OR HEAT' HELL; A Huge Price Rise of Almost 20% in Gas Prices by Scottish Power from August Will Force Some Consumers Living on Stretched Budgets to Make the Choice between Paying to Heat Their Home or Paying for Food to Eat
NEXT winter is already set to witness a chilling prospect to rival any ferocious cold snap - the cost of staying warm. This week, energy giant Scottish Power announced a hike in gas tariffs of an average 19% from August 1, with electricity prices...
PUNCHLINE WAS FATED; He Missed the Titanic Only to Become the World Champion That Never Quite Was. JAMES McCARTHY Goes on the Trail of Eddie Morgan, Welsh Boxing's Forgotten Nearly Man
PRIZEFIGHTER Eddie Morgan furiously tore up his Titanic ticket as he watched the "unsinkable" liner sail from the quay. His dreams of conquering America's boxing rings were floating over the horizon. After a night of lust the fighter and his passionate...
Rhys Still in Touch
BRIDGEND'S Rhys Davies birdied two of the last four holes to stay near the top of the Italian Open leaderboard yesterday. But the day belonged to Niclas Fasth, who shot a blistering eight-under par 64 to share second place two shots behind leader...
Rodgers Aims Even Higher for Hospice
Byline: SAM MALONE HE HAS already ascended to the heights of the premier league but now Brendan Rodgers is tackling the challenge of an altogether different climb. The Swansea City coach yesterday reached base camp in his charity fundraising...
Russell to Be Richard?
Byline: ROBIN TURNER RUSSELL Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones should play Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in the forthcoming movie of their tempestuous romance, according to the film's author. Nancy Schoenberger, on whose book Furious Love...
Safety and Style Come as Standard with Classy Coupe; Maxine Ashford
From the second you lay eyes on the Volvo C30 you cannot fail to be dazzled by its stylish lines and beautiful crafting and then there is the look-at-me orange flame metallic paintwork that's certainly guaranteed to turn heads. Anyone would think...
Salmond, Robinson and er, Who's He? Quirky Stories from Behind the Scenes in the Corridors of Power SPIN DOCTOR
EMBARRASSMENT for First Minister Carwyn Jones last week as, not for the first time, it emerged that nobody east of Offa's Dyke knows who he is. Mr Jones was in London for the Joint Ministerial Committee, where the leaders of the UK's devolved administrations...
Secrets, Truths and Some Little White Lies
Byline: RHIAN WILLIAMS SOME people pass through life unnoticed, keeping their opinions to themselves lest they offend someone. And then there's Prince Philip who was 90 years young last week and, like him or loathe him, there's never a dull moment....
Seven Heaven for Dafen
South Wales Association THERE is no change at the top of the table in Division One of the Thomas Carroll Insurance South Wales Association and Dafen continue to set the pace after defeating Briton Ferry Steel by seven wickets. After bowling Briton...
Seven to Lust After
THRILLS AND SPILLS * This man-sized apron will keep the muck off the barbecue king while he fires up the barbie, marinades the meat, and bathes in the afterglow of a gourmet feast. Just make sure he doesn't get carried away with the Jamie Oliver/naked...
Shed Stands Test of Time
Byline: JAMES McCARTHY WHO on earth would find the time to build a shed like this? Design engineer John Williams found space in his schedule to knock up this pounds 700 version of the Tardis. But the lifelong Doctor Who fan has been unable to...
Sheers' Secret Film Stint; Owen Does a Hitchcock
Byline: JAMES McCARTHY MOVIE writer Owen Sheers has revealed he makes an Alfred Hitchcock-style secret appearance in his new Michael Sheen film. The Master of Suspense (right) was famed for blinkand-you'll-miss it walk-on shots in his thrillers...
SHOCKING COST OF SHELTER IN WALES; COUNCILS SPENT ALMOST Pounds 2.2M TO HELP STRICKEN FAMILIES LAST YEAR
Byline: JAMES McCARTHY SHOCKING homelessness figures in Wales forced councils to put families up in bed and breakfast accommodation for the equivalent of more than 200 years in the last financial year. A Wales on Sunday investigation has revealed...
SO GLAD I TOOK SEX TRADE ROLE; Actress Aimee-Ffion Keeps Faith with Luther
Byline: RACHEL MAINWARING WHEN Aimee-Ffion Edwards saw the script for the part of a sex worker in the latest series of Luther, she nearly didn't turn up for the audition. The 24-year-old actress, from Newport, didn't think she would be right...
Still a Star Turn; Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band Are about to Play a String of UK Concerts. in a Rare Interview, the Former Beatle Tells Andy Welch How Life on the Road Has Changed since the Early Days with John, Paul and George
Byline: Andy Welch * ALKING up the front steps of Apple's headquarters for the first time is a slightly spine-tingling experience. The Beatles' company, not to be confused with the makers of the iPod and other gadgetry, moved from its Savile...
Stoner Lands Pole with a Record
words Megan Fletcher said to her mum Fiona before peacefully passing away in her arms. AUSTRALIAN Casey Stoner will start today's airAsia British MotoGP on pole after setting a track record time at Silverstone, but the session was overshadowed by...
Super 12? You Must Be Joking
THE RaboDirect Pro 12? Doesn't exactly have much of a ring to it does it? But all the same, that's the new name for what has been the Magners League since 2006. A friend of mind asked me why they hadn't gone with the altogether catchier Super 12...
Super Seb Shoots into Top 10 with Canada Pole
SEBASTIAN VETTEL continued his qualifying dominance this season as Red Bull definitively proved they have a car for all circuits by claiming pole for today's Canadian Grand Prix. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal was expected to be Red Bull's...
Swans 'To Stay in Faw'
Byline: CHRIS WATHAN SWANSEA CITY will NOT quit the Football Association of Wales following their Premier League promotion. But, Wales on Sunday can reveal, both the Swans and Cardiff City are set to inch closer to the English FA after an agreement...
The Five Best. Films with Food in the Title
Layer Cake NOW famed as a dry run for donning 007's tuxedo, Daniel Craig's smooth amoral drug runner in Matthew 'Kick Ass' Vaughan's 2004 crime thriller was basically James Bond: Licence To Pill. Luckily it sideswiped all the Mockney geezer palaver...
Thirsty Work
Message in a bottle... spoil the man in your life with one of these tasty tipples for Father's Day, says Sam Wylie-Harris Men aren't always the easiest to please, but he'll be putting on his Sunday best for Father's Day (June 19), if you spoil daddy...
Tragic End to Caravan Break; Blaze Claims Granddad and Son, Tot Critically Ill
Byline: MIKE JONES A CARAVAN fire which killed a man and his son and left a two-year-old girl fighting for her life is thought to have started accidentally, emergency crews said last night. The emergency services were called to the Sunny Sands...
Tragic Megan's Message of Hope Lives on; Mum Taking Daughter's Words of Wisdom to Other Cancer Sufferers
Byline: EMILY WOODROW "MUM, I'm tired. I've had enough." Those were the poignant last words Megan Fletcher said to her mum Fiona before peacefully passing away in her arms. The 21-year-old had spent the previous 16 months battling Hodgkin's...
Tributes Paid to Siblings Killed in US Plane Crash
TRIBUTES were last night paid to a young British trainee pilot, who had represented Scotland in athletics, and her brother after they were killed in a US plane crash. Carly Beattie, 21, was flying in a Cessna 152 with her brother Daniel, 24, when...
Ward Misses out on a Final Showdown with Murray at Queen's Club
JAMES Ward's dream run at the AEGON Championships was finally ended in the semi-finals by fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who will face Andy Murray for the title. Ward, the British number two, is ranked 216 in the world and had reached the last four...
Web Star Ruby's Stuck in Care
Byline: DARREN DEVINE IRISH traveller Joe Purcell is looking forward to an emotional reunion with his Welsh pony Ruby - after being left heartbroken when the unlikely internet sensation was taken into care. Joe's niece said Wrexham council had...
WELSH IN FOR REAL FIGHT IN EURO BID; Europe Has Not Been a Happy Hunting Ground for Wales and Rugby Writer SIMON ROBERTS Sees Another Tough Year Ahead in the Heineken Cup
THE Heineken Cup proved to be a painful experience for Welsh rugby last season and there is little chance of that changing during the new campaign. The cash-rich French clubs have already plundered the world's best talent, English rugby is looking...
Westwood's a Master When the Pressure Is Mounting
LEE Westwood has revealed he enjoys the pressure of a competitive tournament in the week leading up to a major championship, a situation he finds himself in currently as he is taking part in St Jude Classic ahead of the US Open which starts on Thursday....
Win Take That Progress Live Tour Tickets and a Samsung Galaxy Ace
Missed out on tickets for THE biggest tour of 2011? Well, all is not lost yet! Wales on Sunday has teamed up with Samsung, the headline sponsor for Take That's upcoming 'Progress Live' tour, to give you the chance to see the band tour again for the...
World Domination Beckons as Ford's Baby Grows Up; Val Jessop
The Ford Fiesta was once dubbed 'baby of the Blue Oval brigade', but in recent years it had partly conceded the title to the Ka. Today's impressive supermini has now shed the 'junior' label, with an inflated body - not that much smaller than its...
WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT? Visit the City of Gwasanaethau and Try Some Lava Bread
Byline: RACHAEL MISSTEAR DID you know the A5 road in North Wales was named after the size of the paper it was designed on, or that the "Hotel Gwesty" chain is the nation's most popular? And were you aware the pounds 50 note used to feature a portrait...
YOUR TAXES ARE GOING ON NIPS 'N' TUCKS; Pounds 3M SPENT IN WALES AS PATIENT PESTER POWER WINS EAR PINNING, FACELIFTS, TUMMY TUCKS, NOSE JOBS
Byline: DARREN DEVINE THOUSANDS of Welsh hospital patients are getting free plastic surgery on the NHS, we can reveal today. Welsh surgeons are performing the ops on patients' noses, ears, breasts and stomachs with the costs now spiralling to...
Your View
SIR - In reply to the letter about the leadership of Plaid Cymru ("I am glad Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas is standing as leader..." in last week's Wales on Sunday) - while I recognise the achievements of Dafydd Elis Thomas as Presiding Officer since 1999...