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Archive - Thursday, 24 October 2002

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On this day:

  • Jones to make his debut against the Scots

    WALES Under-21 cap Rhys Jones makes his debut at number eight for Newport against Borders at Rodney Parade on Saturday. read more

  • Jenna: Police say text message came from her

    POLICE hunting for missing schoolgirl Jenna Baldwin say they have fresh hope she is alive. read more

  • Brave Simon

    A TALENTED young musician and sportsman this week died at the age of 14 after a losing his battle with cancer. read more

  • bowlers slate big mac

    STROUD bowls players have this week accused burger giant Macdonald's and Stroud District Council of ignoring the views of the people of the town. read more

  • Police raid nets suspect illegals

    POLICE and immigration officers raided premises in Newport last night in one of the biggest joint operations to catch illegal immigrants in Wales and the West. read more

  • Primaries face closure

    AROUND 200 pupils and parents from closure-threatened Abergavenny schools took their fight to keep them open to the Assembly yesterday. read more

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  • Yobs bring bonfire night ban

    A COMMUNITY fireworks display in Newport is being cancelled for the second year running - because of trouble-making youngsters. read more

  • Charvis: We need to develop our team

    WALES captain Colin Charvis believes his squad has a good mix of youth and experience as they prepare for the Autumn international series. read more

  • Fire strikes

    EMERGENCY cover for strike days in Gloucestershire will be provided by police and the army. read more

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  • Jones to make his debut against the Scots

    WALES Under-21 cap Rhys Jones makes his debut at number eight for Newport against Borders at Rodney Parade on Saturday. read more

  • Spain will be no holiday for Dredge

    BRADLEY Dredge is today praying the "golfing gods" are with him as his quest for that first elusive European Tour success continues, writes Peter Shuttleworth & Josh Ball. read more

  • Go-ahead

    NEWPORT'S Welsh League clash with Caerphilly on Tuesday will go-ahead despite the planned firefighters strike. read more

  • 'Don't alter the name of our pub'

    A VILLAGE pub on the outskirts of Chepstow is being renamed, despite angry objections from its regulars. read more

  • Fury at plan for nursery

    ANGRY residents have pledged to fight proposals to turn an Abergavenny guest house into a children's nursery. read more

  • Cwmbran need a big miracle now

    CWMBRAN need a miracle if they are to receive £15,000 for reaching the quarter-finals of the FAW Premier Cup and a guaranteed home draw against the likes of Cardiff City, Swansea City, Wrexham or Barry Town. read more

  • Police cordon off knife siege house

    A POLICE negotiator was called to a Gwent street after a man threatened to stab himself. The area around Vivian Street, Abertillery, was sealed off yesterday afternoon, as the householder said he would stab himself with a kitchen knife. read more

  • statue

    A PRICELESS 15th century wooden statue of the Madonna and Child has been stolen from Prinknash Abbey near Painswick. Benedictine monks at the abbey believe the 20 inch high Flemish Oak statue - once owned by Sir Thomas More around the time of Henry VIII has been stolen to order for a crooked art collector. "It is too distinctive ever to be sold on the open market and we believe it has been stolen for a private collection," said distraught Father Stephen, one of the 18 monks who live and work at the Abbey. "I feel a deep sense of personal loss - there is a vacuum here now that it has gone. "It has been the focus of our devotion and prayer for the last 77 years." The dark oak statue was in the Abbey Church at the Monastery and was taken at about 7.30pm on Friday night - when all the monks were at supper. "We suspect it was somebody who had 'cased the joint' as they say, and knew there would be no-one in the church at that time," said Father Stephen. read more

  • Prince reigns supreme at Chepstow

    SUPREME Prince proved the potential equine star on show at Chepstow yesterday when romping away with the Redbridge Novices Hurdle for trainer Philip Hobbs. read more

  • 'Give Wales its own Mental Health Act'

    A LEADING Gwent mental health campaigner has joined a growing number of health experts and Assembly Members in demanding a separate Mental Heath Act for Wales. read more

  • Miners payout celebration attacked

    ISLWYN AM Brian Hancock has criticised the government for "celebrating" the fact it has paid millions of pounds of damages to miners in Wales. read more

  • Wales are most improved

    WALES are officially the most improved side in world football - and how Mark Hughes knows it. read more

  • Tony Shows His Tricks

    by Jeremy Wade ART lovers interested in seeing the creative process at work have an opportunity to do so in Stroud from next week. The occasion is the first ever public showing of designs and sketches for The Key to the Kingdom, the award-winning book and playing-card set created by internationally renowned artist Tony Meeuwissen, from Amberley. Three years in the making, the project was inspired by a commission from London's V & A Museum to design the picture cards for a deck based on nursery rhymes. "After doing it I thought it would be interesting to do a set where all the cards are picture cards," said Tony. "So I did some thumbnail drawings to see if I could find enough interesting ideas using the four symbols." This led to his full deck of 53 "transformation" cards, where each one has the appropriate number of hearts, clubs, diamonds or spades cunningly incorporated into a picture. "Some of the ideas came while I was sitting at my desk playing with shapes and patterns. Others came from observation," he explained. "For example, the last card I did was the Ace of Diamonds. I had already explored images such as flying carpets and pyramids and walking in the wood one day I saw a bright red curled-up autumnal leaf. And there it was - perhaps the most striking image of them all." In another leap of lateral thinking, the reflected funnels of the sinking Titanic make the Three of Diamonds. Look closely at a wasp's abdomen and it's the four of spades. In one clever visual pun, an octopus brandishes a pen in every arm, with the nibs adding up to the Eight of Spades. And not only schoolboys will snigger at the Two of Hearts, in which a baboon innocently looks at you over his shoulder. As well as becoming a collector's item, The Key to the Kingdom won the WH Smith award for best illustration and The Designers and Art Directory Association of London gold award. As a record of the process behind the finished work, this exhibition, which commemorates the tenth anniversary of publication, is a unique piece of art history. It runs at Mills Cafe in Withey's Yard, just off Stroud High Street, until November 23. read more

  • Sainsbury plans hotel and store

    SAINSBURY's is understood to be planning a new store and hotel complex in Newport which could create around 200 jobs. read more

  • Go-ahead

    NEWPORT'S Welsh League clash with Caerphilly on Tuesday will go-ahead despite the planned firefighters strike. read more

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