WEEKENDER: Heat remains on FIFA over Qatar World Cup finals

South Wales Argus: Beach football (11884462)

8:14am Saturday 25th October 2014

AS participants in childhood summer football matches will no doubt recall, one does not always realise at the time the potential damage to one's system that can be caused by hoofing a piece of leather around for hours in the merciless glare of the sun.

EDITOR'S CHAIR: Odd tale of the UKIP DJ and his calypso calamity

South Wales Argus: CHANGING HIS TUNE: Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read who apologised for “unintentionally causing offence” with his Ukip Calypso, sung with a mock Caribbean accent

11:46am Thursday 23rd October 2014

READERS of a certain age (and by that I mean people who are as old as me) will remember Mike Read as something of an Eighties superstar.

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle

4:08pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE issue of human rights has become a political hot potato at United Kingdom level.

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM Jocelyn Davies

South Wales Argus: Jocelyn Davies (3885071)

4:30pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

NO ONE likes being charged extra when they go shopping, so it was no surprise that the 5p plastic bag charge was controversial when it was introduced by the Welsh Government in 2011.

YOUR MP WRITES: Torfaen MP Paul Murphy

5:25pm Monday 20th October 2014

IT WAS a great relief that the people of Scotland voted to remain part of the United Kingdom. During the last few weeks of the campaign, Scottish friends and colleagues genuinely feared that our Union may break up, as resentment against austerity and Westminster politics caused undecided voters to consider a yes vote, despite their uncertainties about issues like currency. Our Union, which has survived for centuries, was under threat.

THE NEWSDESK: Man up, Prime Minister, and sack Lord Freud

South Wales Argus:

2:55pm Sunday 19th October 2014

WHAT a strange affliction which seems to be gripping some of the ministers of this government.

WEEKENDER: Welsh football and pessimism go hand in hand - for now

South Wales Argus: Welsh fans (11365323)

1:31pm Saturday 18th October 2014

HERE we go again...

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Charlotte Greig, organiser of the Monmouthshire Food Festival

2:46pm Friday 17th October 2014

If you had to be stuck in a lift with someone, who would it be and why?

THE COUCH POTATO: The Apprentice is back - pass me a lemon....

South Wales Argus: (11578460)

11:45am Friday 17th October 2014

WHEN life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

YOUR AM WRITES: Blaenau Gwent AM Alun Davies

South Wales Argus: ALUN DAVIES AM FOR BLAENAU GWENT (7742702)

6:18pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

LAST week saw the Welsh Government announce its draft settlements for local authorities which we know will lead to some really tough decisions having to be made.

YOUR MP WRITES: Islwyn MP Chris Evans

5:14pm Monday 13th October 2014

WHEN I was first elected, a former MP once told me it is important to take some time out from the political world once in a while. If someone was to ask me where the best place to do that I would answer straight away – Cwmcarn Forest Drive.

All hail the mavericks - for sport can be dull without them

South Wales Argus: File photo dated 09-10-2014 of Cricketer Kevin Pietersen. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday October 10, 2014. Kevin Pietersen claims he is still none the wiser as to the reasons for his sacking from the England team. See PA story CRICKET Pieters

2:22pm Saturday 11th October 2014

MAVERICKS eh? Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Nick Webb, Tory candidate for Newport West

South Wales Argus: CANDIDATE: Nick Webb

3:05pm Friday 10th October 2014

If you had to be stuck in a lift with someone, who would it be and why?

COUCH POTATO: Watching Bake Off? Well you missed out

South Wales Argus: From Hatrick ProductionsCelbrity Dinner Date on ITVBePictured: Jodie and Joe Swash.This photograph is (C) ITV Plc and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made a

1:51pm Friday 10th October 2014

WITHOUT question, Wednesday evening witnessed the TV culinary event of the year.

YOUR AM WRITES: Islwyn AM, Gwyn Price

6:10pm Thursday 9th October 2014

THE Minister for Finance has recently unveiled the draft Welsh budget outlining Welsh Government priorities.

YOUR AM WRITES: Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay

South Wales Argus: CONCERN: Nick Ramsay, Tory AM for Monmouth and shadow business minister

4:00pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

THE spectacle of parliamentary roundheads fighting it out with royalist cavaliers in a recent Sunday skirmish on the Monmouth School playing fields may have come as a bit of a surprise to some.

YOUR MP WRITES: Newport West MP Paul Flynn

South Wales Argus: YOUR MP WRITES: Newport West MP, Paul Flynn

4:00pm Monday 6th October 2014

WHY did one Newport solider die in the first Iraq war in 1991 and none from United Arab Emirates?

WEEKENDER: The story of 1991 and the road to nowhere

South Wales Argus: Argus-Mark     15-03-13
Traffic congestion approaching J28 on the M4 after a fatal accident in the Brynglas Tunnels (1223255)

1:58pm Saturday 4th October 2014

I AM not sure if, in the words of the well-covered song, 1991 was a very good year.

COUCH POTATO: Strictly Come Dancing XII off to a flyer

South Wales Argus: Aliona Vilani, Gregg Wallace (11045876)

12:50pm Friday 3rd October 2014

TESS Daly posed a curious question in BBC1’s ballroom on Saturday night.

YOUR AM WRITES: Torfaen AM Lynne Neagle

South Wales Argus: SubmuttedLYNNE NEAGLE (1290467)

4:07pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

EVEN in this age of the internet, e-mail, and the social network, the Post Office continues to play a hugely important role at the heart of many of our communities.

POLITICS FILE: Gwent councillors give views on proposed mergers

South Wales Argus: POLITICS FILE: Speed bumps on the road to fewer councils?

7:01pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

THE political map of Wales could be on the verge of its biggest shake-up since 1996, with Gwent councillors warning that counties risk being forced to merge with neighbouring authorities.

YOUR MP WRITES: Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith

South Wales Argus: YOUR MP WRITES: Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith

4:08pm Monday 29th September 2014

I WRITE this as I return from another successful Labour conference that I believe set out a real road map for what could be achieved come 2015 and beyond.

THE NEWSDESK: I offend, you offend, we offend, they take offence

South Wales Argus:

3:42pm Sunday 28th September 2014

THE word of this past week in Newport has to be this: "offended".

WEEKENDER: The late summer sun triggers memories

South Wales Argus: CB 28.9.11 

2:16pm Saturday 27th September 2014

I THOUGHT we’d lost it there for a minute – the drizzle that set in on Thursday evening as I walked the dog seemed to signal at last the end of an unfeasibly long summer.

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Paul Chambers, marketing officer at the Riverfront Theatre in Newport

5:48pm Friday 26th September 2014

If you had to be stuck in a lift with someone, who would it be and why?

COUCH POTATO: Release The Hounds has a bark worse than its bite

South Wales Argus: (10767319)

11:46am Friday 26th September 2014

THOSE of a nervous disposition, look away now.

YOUR AM WRITES: Newport West AM John Griffiths

South Wales Argus: MM 11.7.11 STORY D DEANS 

4:28pm Thursday 25th September 2014

FOLLOWING a reshuffle in the Welsh Government, I am no longer a minister, but continue as an Assembly Member for Newport East.

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Heather Myers, chief executive of Abergavenny Food Festival

South Wales Argus: Heather Myers chief ececutive of Abergavenny Food Festival (10270595)

3:53pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

If you had to be stuck in a lift with someone, who would it be and why?

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM William Graham

South Wales Argus: Argus-Mark   Reporter-David  20-04-11
BMA Assembly elections hustings
William Graham (1307859)

4:12pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

I WELCOME the result of the Independence for Scotland Referendum and I am pleased that they will remain within the Union.

THE NEWSDESK: The sharing of power is not just a matter of geography

South Wales Argus: NO supporters celebrate at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh as the final results of the Scottish independence referendum are announced. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 19, 2014. See PA story REFERENDUM Main. Photo credit should

2:02pm Sunday 21st September 2014

IT'S been a funny old week.

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Ebbw Vale actor Evan James, star of the 'Book of Mormon'

South Wales Argus: ACTOR: Evan James

5:53pm Friday 19th September 2014

If you had to be stuck in a lift with someone, who would it be and why?

COUCH POTATO: Where's the talent on Sunday Night at the Palladium?

South Wales Argus: FROM ITV

SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE PALLADIUM on Sunday 14th September 2014

Show one


The illustrious Sunday Night At The Palladium, one of the UK's best loved entertainment shows is back on ITV.

Some of the UK’s best

2:52pm Friday 19th September 2014

BRINGING back any long-gone, widely cherished show carries risks greater than simply smart alecs like me crying: “Blatant lack of creativity!”

WEEKENDER: Scotland - breaking up is hard to do, but staying together is no less tricky

South Wales Argus: Yes campaign supporters in George Square, Glasgow, as ballet papers for the Scottish independence referendum are counted through the night. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 19, 2014. See PA story REFERENDUM Main. Photo credit should

12:45pm Friday 19th September 2014

IN much the same way as it has been said of astronauts - that when they come back they are never the same - so the United Kingdom is a different place following the referendum in Scotland.

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle

4:06pm Thursday 18th September 2014

PEOPLE have suffered a dramatic fall in their living standards since the recession with power, food and fuel bills rising while wages have been held down.

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM Jocelyn Davies

4:07pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

IT'S impossible to predict how we would each respond in an emergency. While we might like to think we’d stay calm and know exactly what to do, when faced with someone who’s ill or injured and needs help, many of us don’t feel confident enough to act.

YOUR MP WRITES: Newport East MP Jessica Morden

4:04pm Monday 15th September 2014

EARLIER this year witnesses told the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, which was looking at preparations for the Nato Summit, that if organisers could get Wales mentioned a few times by some world leaders we would be doing wonders for the brand of Wales internationally, let alone Newport.

THE NEWSDESK: What kind of image does the loss of documentary photography to Newport present of our city?

South Wales Argus:

2:32pm Sunday 14th September 2014

IN 2011, we had the privilege of being part of the run-up to the 2012 celebration of 100 years of documentary photography courses in Newport.

WEEKENDER: Will Leighton Andrews step back into the bullring?

South Wales Argus: Education Minister Leighton Andrews quit after a row over his support for a school in his Rhondda constituency, which faced closure under his own surplus places policy.

1:25pm Saturday 13th September 2014

WHILE Scotland continues to gear itself up for its referendum on independence next week, The Welsh Government has signified its intention to try to refocus its own plans for the redrawing of boundaries.

COUCH POTATO: The definition of an ideal CBB contestant

South Wales Argus: (10262452)

1:27pm Friday 12th September 2014

ANYONE fortunate enough to miss the shocking moment in the house, on Monday night, would believe I’m making this up.

YOUR AM WRITES: Blaenau Gwent AM Alun Davies

South Wales Argus: ALUN DAVIES AM FOR BLAENAU GWENT (7742702)

4:07pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A WEEK ago we were anxiously and excitedly looking forward to the arrival of President Obama, the first visit of a serving American President to Wales, leading the largest ever group of world leaders to visit the country.

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM Mohammad Asghar

South Wales Argus: MOHAMMAD ASGHAR (8489748)

4:12pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

HUGE congratulations are due to everyone involved with Team Wales at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

YOUR MP WRITES: Torfaen MP Paul Murphy

4:05pm Monday 8th September 2014

MPs travelled back to Parliament last week for the annual September sitting, although the Government seems to have very little legislation for us to debate or vote on. Talk in Westminster has therefore centred around two main issues.

THE NEWSDESK: Did we all just have a surreal Nato summit dream?

South Wales Argus: THANK YOU: Police thanked residents following the Nato summit

12:25pm Sunday 7th September 2014

AS we drive to work this week, it will be a strange feeling to see roundabouts in Newport without the presence of police officers standing on them.

WEEKENDER: Nato - Why our city can be proud of itself

South Wales Argus: British Prime Minister David Cameron and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel (10017341)

11:38am Saturday 6th September 2014

ALL of a sudden, they're gone.

POLITICS FILE: So far, so good – for a first Nato summit

South Wales Argus: Nato protesters gather outside Newport crown court (9829209)

8:02pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

THE Nato Summit at the Celtic Manor this week is a prime opportunity for protesters to get their political message across.

YOUR AM WRITES: Nick Ramsay, AM for Monmouth

5:25pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

M4 COMMUTERS can’t have helped but notice the motorway warning signs and miles of security fencing paving the way for the NATO summit.

THE NEWSDESK: Are you playing Nato police force bingo?

South Wales Argus: Police have blocked off pedestrian access to Coldra Roundabout.  Pictured is a Police officer from Lancashire Constabulary on the pedestrian path at Chepstow Road. (9800243)

1:45pm Sunday 31st August 2014

IT IS pleasing that Saturday's anti-Nato protest march through Newport was a good-tempered affair.

WEEKENDER: Wrong team inflicted United’s cup calamity

South Wales Argus: File photo dated 26-08-2014 of Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal showing his dejection during defeat to MK Dons during the Capital One Cup Second Round match at Stadium:mk, Milton Keynes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday August 27, 20

3:38pm Saturday 30th August 2014

AMONG long suffering fans of teams other than Manchester United, there was widespread glee earlier this week as Louis Van Gaal’s team was dismantled by Milton Keynes Dons.

YOUR AM WRITES: Torfaen AM Lynne Neagle

4:03pm Thursday 28th August 2014

I'VE spoken out on various aspects of the UK Government’s welfare reform agenda in the past, but I’m really worried about plans that will see newly unemployed workers face a minimum five-week wait before they receive any financial help.

YOUR AM WRITES: Newport West AM Rosemary Butler

4:11pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

COMMEMORATIONS were held across Newport and across Wales recently to mark the start of the First World War.

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