8 things for which Gwent comes a commendable second

South Wales Argus: 8 things Gwent is second-best at 8 things Gwent is second-best at

ON the day that Sir Terry Matthews was pipped to the post as Wales' richest man, we bring you eight instances where Gwent comes a commendable second.

1. The Severn bore - the second biggest tidal river wave in the world

The Severn Bore is the second-biggest tidal bore or wave in the world and can reach speeds of up to 13 mph. Its largest recorded wave was 9.2ft (2.8m). The biggest in the world is the Ch'ient'ang'kian (Hang-chou-fe) in China. At spring tides the wave can get up to 25 ft (7.5 m) and a speed of 16.7mph.

2. The second-biggest lock gates in the world

South Wales Argus: NEWPORT DOCKS: A picture from 1926

For a brief time, Newport Dock's South Lock (the Great Sea Lock) was the biggest lock gate in the world, but was overtaken by the lock gates on the Panama Canal which opened a month later in August 1914.

3. River Severn again - the second highest river tidal range in the world

South Wales Argus: Image from PictureGalleryModule_ID:3121419

The River Severn has the second-highest tidal rise and fall of any river in the world with a range of 11m (36ft). The highest is in the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia, Canada, with a range of 16.8m (54.6ft).

4. Newport - the second biggest commuter area in Wales

South Wales Argus: Newport railway station usage falls

In 2008, 31,400 people commuted to work in the city making Newport the second biggest destination for commuters in Wales after Cardiff.

5. The second-fastest solo walk to the South Pole

South Wales Argus: HERO: Richard Parks at the South Pole

Newport's rugby player-turned adventurer Richard Parks completed the second-fastest solo, unsupported and unassisted journey to the South Pole.

He reached the pole on January 4th this year after he walked 1,150km (715 miles) in 29 days, 19 hours and 24 minutes. It did make him the fastest Briton to complete the journey.

6. Newport firm is second in UK

South Wales Argus:

Big Newport employer Admiral is the UK's second biggest car insurer.

7. The UK's second-biggest castle

South Wales Argus: – the largest castle in Wales – is among the stops on the Easter Monday day trip.

Admittedly just outside Gwent, Caerphilly Castle is the second-biggest in the UK. The largest is Windsor Castle.

8. Sir Terry Matthews - Wales' second Richest man

South Wales Argus: Sir Terry Matthews (1144000)

The Newbridge-born billionaire remains in second place on the Welsh Rich List and is worth £1,190m.

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12:36pm Sat 17 May 14

Walter Devereux says...

Caerphilly Castle is outside the historic county of Monmouthshire but IS in the boundaries of the Gwent lieutenancy area.
Caerphilly Castle is outside the historic county of Monmouthshire but IS in the boundaries of the Gwent lieutenancy area. Walter Devereux
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12:41pm Sat 17 May 14

Mr Bump. says...

Newport and Cardiff are Cities.
Newport and Cardiff are Cities. Mr Bump.
  • Score: 7

12:42pm Sat 17 May 14

Mr Bump. says...

Out of interest can you actually see the severn bore in Gwent?
Out of interest can you actually see the severn bore in Gwent? Mr Bump.
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12:45pm Sat 17 May 14

Mr Bump. says...

Mr Bump. wrote:
Out of interest can you actually see the severn bore in Gwent?
Just done a bit of research to satisfy my curiosity, and apparently it forms upstream of Sheerness, so in answer to my Question i'll say no.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: Out of interest can you actually see the severn bore in Gwent?[/p][/quote]Just done a bit of research to satisfy my curiosity, and apparently it forms upstream of Sheerness, so in answer to my Question i'll say no. Mr Bump.
  • Score: 6

12:47pm Sat 17 May 14

Mr Bump. says...

Mr Bump. wrote:
Mr Bump. wrote:
Out of interest can you actually see the severn bore in Gwent?
Just done a bit of research to satisfy my curiosity, and apparently it forms upstream of Sheerness, so in answer to my Question i'll say no.
Correction, Sharpness.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: Out of interest can you actually see the severn bore in Gwent?[/p][/quote]Just done a bit of research to satisfy my curiosity, and apparently it forms upstream of Sheerness, so in answer to my Question i'll say no.[/p][/quote]Correction, Sharpness. Mr Bump.
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3:55pm Sat 17 May 14

On the inside says...

Second best newspaper behind - any of the others?
Second best newspaper behind - any of the others? On the inside
  • Score: 3

7:07pm Sat 17 May 14

Foxyboy3rd says...

The Severn is not in Gwent, the Severn bore happens in Gloucestershire. The second highest tide in the world after that of the Bay of Fundy ...... is....... the mouth of the Usk.
How many mistakes in this edition alone, e.g. an armoured personnel carrier is a tank ???
The Severn is not in Gwent, the Severn bore happens in Gloucestershire. The second highest tide in the world after that of the Bay of Fundy ...... is....... the mouth of the Usk. How many mistakes in this edition alone, e.g. an armoured personnel carrier is a tank ??? Foxyboy3rd
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7:43pm Sat 17 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Somewhat intriguingly, Newport is the second most important city for the sport of cheerleading in Britain with courses and try-outs taking place each July at the Newport Centre - the first most important venue in the British Cheerleading Association's calendar being Stockport, Manchester.
Somewhat intriguingly, Newport is the second most important city for the sport of cheerleading in Britain with courses and try-outs taking place each July at the Newport Centre - the first most important venue in the British Cheerleading Association's calendar being Stockport, Manchester. Katie Re-Registered
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8:06pm Sat 17 May 14

Independentvoter says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Somewhat intriguingly, Newport is the second most important city for the sport of cheerleading in Britain with courses and try-outs taking place each July at the Newport Centre - the first most important venue in the British Cheerleading Association's calendar being Stockport, Manchester.
What ???? Are you in the cheer leading group Katie ?

All this negativity what about the firsts or Golds ? Can anyone help me out on this one ?

Newport Gymnastic Club FIRST in Wales......
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Somewhat intriguingly, Newport is the second most important city for the sport of cheerleading in Britain with courses and try-outs taking place each July at the Newport Centre - the first most important venue in the British Cheerleading Association's calendar being Stockport, Manchester.[/p][/quote]What ???? Are you in the cheer leading group Katie ? All this negativity what about the firsts or Golds ? Can anyone help me out on this one ? Newport Gymnastic Club FIRST in Wales...... Independentvoter
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9:50pm Sat 17 May 14

Mr Bump. says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Somewhat intriguingly, Newport is the second most important city for the sport of cheerleading in Britain with courses and try-outs taking place each July at the Newport Centre - the first most important venue in the British Cheerleading Association's calendar being Stockport, Manchester.
It might be if cheerleading was a sport. I'm not knocking the activity, but it definitely isn't a sport.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Somewhat intriguingly, Newport is the second most important city for the sport of cheerleading in Britain with courses and try-outs taking place each July at the Newport Centre - the first most important venue in the British Cheerleading Association's calendar being Stockport, Manchester.[/p][/quote]It might be if cheerleading was a sport. I'm not knocking the activity, but it definitely isn't a sport. Mr Bump.
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12:35pm Sun 18 May 14

sooty001 says...

Without doubt Newport County the best team in Wales lol.
Without doubt Newport County the best team in Wales lol. sooty001
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