THE NEWSDESK: Foodbanks are under attack by those trying to sell us a culture of blame

South Wales Argus: UNDER ATTACK:  A foodbank volunteer at work

5:26pm Sunday 20th April 2014

THEY used to sell us aspiration - bigger mortgages, an en-suite bathroom, designer kettles, sports cars.

COUCH POTATO: BGT: Same old from the same mould...

South Wales Argus: (5517534)

12:26pm Friday 18th April 2014

Call off the search.

YOUR AM WRITES: Gwyn Price, AM for Islwyn

4:03pm Thursday 17th April 2014

OVER the next month or so you will all hear more and more about the European Union.

POLITICS FILE: Should Newport have a directly elected mayor?

South Wales Argus: Newport lost 3,400 private sector jobs between 2011 and 2012

3:34pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Should Newport follow Bristol and have its own directly elected mayor?

YOUR AM WRITES: Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay

4:03pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

It seems the political silly season has started earlier than usual this year with the re-emergence of old calls to rebrand the Assembly as the Welsh Parliament - and we wonder why the public are disillusioned with politics!

WEEKENDER: In grudging praise of the fly - my perfectly formed foe

South Wales Argus: WEEKENDER: In grudging praise of the fly - my perfectly formed foe

12:30pm Saturday 12th April 2014

MANY things drive me to distraction, but the buzzing fly has a unique power - in inverse proportion to its size - to provoke me almost beyond reason.

COUCH POTATO: D-Day cookery show leaves bad taste

12:47pm Friday 11th April 2014

AS THE 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings approaches, BBC2 has handed responsibility of marking the occasion in a dignified manner to one of its safest programmes.

YOUR AM WRITES: Lynne Neagle, AM for Torfaen

South Wales Argus: SubmuttedLYNNE NEAGLE (1290467)

4:03pm Thursday 10th April 2014

AWAY from the cut and thrust of party politics and set piece debates, in the Assembly it’s often at committee level where you really get to drill down into the detail of some really important and often very topical issues.

EDITOR'S CHAIR: Before you go Maria Miller... you still owe us 40k

South Wales Argus: Maria Miller reading an apology statement in the House of Commons in London over her parliamentary expenses. PA Wire

2:30pm Thursday 10th April 2014

THEY still don't get it, do they?

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Magor fundraiser, Charlotte Andrews

5:01pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Five Minutes With nurse and Ups'a'Daisy Foundation fundraiser, Charlotte Andrews from Magor

YOUR AM WRITES: Rosemary Butler AM for Newport West

4:02pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

THE Welsh Government is making good progress with the Welsh economy, with the unemployment rate dropping and staying below the UK average.

YOUR MP WRITES: David Davies, MP for Monmouth

South Wales Argus: (5171827)

4:03pm Monday 7th April 2014

It seems like only yesterday that the First Minister of Wales celebrated yet another tranche of powers being handed over to the Welsh Government and informed us he now had all the "tools" he needed to "get on with the job".

WEEKENDER: Will Brazil be ready for the World Cup?

South Wales Argus: WEEKENDER: Will Brazil be ready for the World Cup?

11:30am Saturday 5th April 2014

“IF you want me to summarise, in one word, we are not ready.”

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Newport round-the-world cyclist Ryan Farley

4:50pm Friday 4th April 2014

Ryan Farley of Newport who will cycle around the world for Cancer Research UK.

COUCH POTATO: Touring the world to buy The King’s wart

South Wales Argus: Mark Evans from Dead famous DNA  for Couch potato (5097316)

12:33pm Friday 4th April 2014

COUNTLESS career paths lie before a humble television presenter.

YOUR MP WRITES: Newport East MP Jessica Morden

South Wales Argus: Jess Morden MP

4:10pm Monday 31st March 2014

Some of the most heartbreaking cases I see in my office are those where elderly constituents have been scammed by increasingly clever and sophisticated techniques. That’s why it’s great to see Trading Standards and Age Cymru making May their scams awareness month.

THE WEEKENDER: Too fat to fight back -are we at the point where overweight is OK?

South Wales Argus: HEALTH Obesity 1 (4930873)

3:13pm Saturday 29th March 2014

IF you are just sitting down to a hearty Saturday morning bacon and eggs breakfast - with all the trimmings - this might not be the time you want to think about obesity.

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Cwmbran businesswoman Laura Adams

South Wales Argus: FIVE MINUTES WITH: Cwmbran businesswoman Laura Adams

12:14pm Friday 28th March 2014

Cwmbran businesswoman Laura Adams who runs the graphic design and laser cutting company, Bespoke Laser UK.

COUCH POTATO: Music memories give reality show new hit

South Wales Argus: FROM ITV2

THE BIG REUNION on Thursday 27th March 2014

Picture Shows:  3T perform at Hammersmith Apollo

This photograph is (C) ITV Plc and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above,

11:32am Friday 28th March 2014

EMOTIONAL scenes at the Hammersmith Apollo as Michael Jackson’s nephews 3T take to the stage.

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle

4:02pm Thursday 27th March 2014

DURING a debate in the Senedd last week I talked about the importance of employers in the public sector being encouraged by the Welsh Government to offer people with disability more job opportunities.

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM Jocelyn Davies

4:04pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

I have been seriously worried about the use of exploitative zero-hours contracts for domiciliary care workers who care for elderly and vulnerable people for sometime.

YOUR MP WRITES: Torfaen MP Paul Murphy

South Wales Argus: MP Paul Murphy (2995836)

4:04pm Monday 24th March 2014

The Welsh Day Debate, held on or around St. David's Day, is a chance for Welsh MPs to raise issues important to our constituencies on the floor of the House of Commons. The debate is often far removed from the noise and bluster of Prime Ministers Questions, which increasingly frustrates me as much as I think it does my constituents.

THE NEWSDESK: Beer and bingo - that was the week that was

South Wales Argus:

4:47pm Sunday 23rd March 2014

IT'S hard to find the time to write this column this week, what with all the beer drinking and playing bingo.

WEEKENDER: Celebrating the return of the 12-sided piece

South Wales Argus: File photo dated 31/12/08 of a pound coin as the £1 coin celebrates its 30th birthday on Sunday - although the pound in your pocket does not go as far now as it did in 1983. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday April 19, 2013. The coin

12:30pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

THE demise of the pound coin - signalled by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne this week - and the first sight of its 12-sided replacement, has triggered some fond memories of early pocket money 'treats'.

COUCH POTATO: Shuttle stars sharing a view from the top

South Wales Argus: Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, left, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, center, and NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio. Picture AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev

12:39pm Friday 21st March 2014

In space, no one can hear you scream.

POLITICS FILE: ‘Planning legislation bid is undemocratic’

South Wales Argus: POLITICS FILE: ‘Planning legislation bid is undemocratic’

6:18pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

Could a proposed new planning system for Wales take major decisions about our local areas away from elected representatives? Politics File looks at the controversy over a new Welsh law.

YOUR MP WRITES: Islwyn MP Chris Evans

South Wales Argus: Islwyn MP visits reopened Cwmcarn High School

4:53pm Monday 17th March 2014

As we mark 100 years since the First World War, communities across Islwyn will come together to remember all of those that lost their lives in this terrible conflict.

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Ex-Newport rugby star Dennis Perrott

1:16pm Friday 14th March 2014

Five Minutes With... Dennis Perrott who played on the wing for the Newport side who famously beat New Zealand 3-0 in 1963.

COUCH POTATO: Michael McIntyre - don’t get too fond of chatshow chair

South Wales Argus: TALK-SHOW DISASTER: The Michael McIntyre Chat Show

12:52pm Friday 14th March 2014

Good old El Tel offered a timely nugget of wisdom to the world's top-earning comic on Monday night.

YOUR AM WRITES: Islwyn AM Gwyn Price

South Wales Argus: Islwyn AM Gwyn Price in his Assembly office in Cardiff (4135097)

4:00pm Thursday 13th March 2014

EVERY so often I am invited to attend events that really pull on the heart strings.

EDITOR'S CHAIR: How two huge egos destroyed the mining industry

South Wales Argus: MINERS STRIKE (4435173)

10:21am Thursday 13th March 2014

YESTERDAY marked 30 years since the start of the last significant national strike in this country.

YOUR AM WRITES: Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay

4:02pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

“A week is a long time in politics” a former Prime Minister once famously told the waiting media. I certainly agree.

YOUR MP WRITES: Newport West MP, Paul Flynn

South Wales Argus: SubmittedPaul Flynn (1188019)

4:03pm Monday 10th March 2014

Since 1987 I thought it was my biggest mistake. In my first year as an MP I advised a sixth former at Bassaleg to take up politics and join a party. He did. The results were gruesome.

THE NEWSDESK: Why Newport has to go back to the future

South Wales Argus: (L-R) Joanna Cartwright (Property Manager Tredegar House for National Trust) Newport Mayor councillor Cliff Suller and Mayoress Christine Suller and Dan Taylor ( Head of Monoply) play a game of Monopoly at Tredegar House (4379449)

8:18am Sunday 9th March 2014

MONOPOLY - it ended up being banned in our house.

WEEKENDER: Shouldn't class be a thing of the past?

South Wales Argus: Special report: What now for our children over division on issue of free schools?

10:50am Saturday 8th March 2014

According to senior Government policy advisor Peter Brant, working class children should be helped to feel more comfortable in middle class settings if they are to thrive at university and in more lucrative professions.

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Jodie Emes, who runs Cwmbran pub the Blinkin' Owl

4:56pm Friday 7th March 2014

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

COUCH POTATO: End in sight for The Voice - a flop of a talent show

South Wales Argus: COUCH POTATO: End in sight for The Voice - a flop of a talent show

10:20am Friday 7th March 2014

QUITE outlandish pop-star comparisons were casually bandied about on Saturday night.

YOUR AM WRITES: Torfaen AM Lynne Neagle

South Wales Argus: (4412398)

4:03pm Thursday 6th March 2014

Having used this column previously to highlight some of the important issues around dementia diagnosis rates, as well as the really fantastic work the Alzheimer’s Society do across the country to support those affected, I was really pleased to be invited to the launch of their new Dementia Friends scheme at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff recently.

YOUR AM WRITES: Newport West AM Rosemary Butler

2:54pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

MANY of Newport’s Post Offices are going through a modernisation process, and I would encourage constituents to take part in a consultation to move the Bridge Street Post Office to a new branch located in Sovereign Arcade, Kingsway Centre.

EDITOR'S CHAIR: Do you 'treasure' your local council's Pravda?

1:24pm Friday 28th February 2014

IT is absolutely right that local councils have direct lines of communication to their residents.

COUCH POTATO: ITV’s obsession with Wright is plain wrong

South Wales Argus: A MAVERICK TELEVISION PRODUCTION FOR ITV 2

PARTY WRIGHT ROUND THE WORLD - NYC

Pictured: MARK WRIGHT

ITV2 has commissioned a brand new six part series, Party Wright Round The World, in which king of the Essex party scene Mark Wright travels the globe in

11:02am Friday 28th February 2014

ITV2. Bless their cotton socks.

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Newport City Council Chief Executive Will Godfrey

South Wales Argus: FIVE MINUTES WITH: Newport City Council Chief Executive Will Godfrey

2:41pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

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

YOUR AM WRITES: William Graham, South Wales East AM

12:41pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

THE IMPACT OF THE NHS SOUTH WALES PROGRAMME IN OUR REGION

THE NEWSDESK: The public needs answers over New Year attack charge

South Wales Argus: ATTACKED: Christopher Collins

12:27pm Sunday 23rd February 2014

I THINK the images of Chris Collins, the Newport man who lost an eye thanks to an unprovoked and vicious attack, tell his story better than a thousand words.

WEEKENDER: Sport and politics are an unavoidable mix

South Wales Argus: Great Britain's (left to right) Lauren Gray, Claire Hamilton, Vicki Adams, Anna Sloan and Eve Muirhead pose for a picture in the Olympic Park during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday February

12:06pm Saturday 22nd February 2014

IF THE 2014 Winter Olympics has taught us anything, it should be that politics and sport, whether we like it or not, do mix.

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Newport fundraiser Alexandra Morgan

5:40pm Friday 21st February 2014

Alexandra Morgan, 30, of Beechwood, Newport, is a former Miss Heart of Wales and community fundraiser for cancer charity Tenovus.

COUCH POTATO: Star-laden Brits with added bizarre turns

South Wales Argus: James Corden on stage during the 2014 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 19, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
            
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12:24pm Friday 21st February 2014

SOMEONE needs to remind ITV of that old adage: “Start as you mean to go on.”

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle

South Wales Argus: SubmittedLindsay Whittle (889033)

4:03pm Thursday 20th February 2014

DURING debates at the Senedd on the Welsh Government’s new Social Services and Wellbeing bill, I was delighted that the Deputy Minister accepted my key amendment on advocacy services.

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Helen Beveridge of The Fudge Fairy

South Wales Argus: Five Minutes With: Helen Beveridge  of The Fudge Fairy Ltd

5:55pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

Five Minutes With: Helen Beveridge of The Fudge Fairy Ltd

POLITICS FILE: Euro candidates prepare for election challenge

South Wales Argus: Chamber of the European Parliament in Strasbourg (4080325)

2:53pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

WALES’ main contenders for the European Elections are beginning to set out their stall for the vote on May 22. DAVID DEANS reports.






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