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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...

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.

WEEKENDER: The story of 1991 and the road to nowhere

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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.

WEEKENDER: The late summer sun triggers memories

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

WEEKENDER: Beer, chocolate and wellies... festival fun being had by all

South Wales Argus: Reading Festival (9600870)

2:33pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

BY now, music fans at the Reading Festival will be waking up after the first full day and night's entertainment, ready for another few hours' slogging around the site eating unhealthily and possibly getting very wet.

WEEKENDER: Games’ feelgood spirit is a lesson for football

South Wales Argus: Members of the England team arrive during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 23, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Ceremony. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA

12:18pm Saturday 26th July 2014

WHEN I was a boy, the Commonwealth Games was as much an exercise in geography as a feast of sporting entertainment.

WEEKENDER: We should celebrate sporty youngsters

South Wales Argus: There off. The National Trust Easter egg hunt at Tredegar House, Newport. L-R Isla Williams 8  Carys Salter 9 and Joe Salter 7  (7859636)

11:05am Saturday 5th July 2014

CYNICS among us will be saying that with Andy Murray crashing out of Wimbledon, it is a good job it is a World Cup finals year, to provide a boost in the battle to get children out and playing sport.

WEEKENDER: A real buzz about the contest’s underdogs

South Wales Argus: Belgium's Nicolas Lombaerts blocks a shot by South Korea's Koo Ja-cheol during the group H World Cup soccer match between South Korea and Belgium at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

11:31am Saturday 28th June 2014

AS I begin to type this column, I am accompanied by a chorus of oooooooohs, aaaaaaahs and eeeeeeehs from the living room, as Lady Weekender and our eldest son tune into the latest World Cup match.

WEEKENDER: England’s woes have an entertaining side

South Wales Argus: England fans are left dejected after the final whistle during the Group D match the Estadio do Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. See PA Story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/P

1:44pm Saturday 21st June 2014

THE ceremonial tearing up of my England ticket - drawn out of the hat for the office World Cup sweepstake – has been carried out.

WEEKENDER: Stop playing down the Scudamore gaffe

South Wales Argus: File photo dated 26/10/2013 of Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 20, 2014. Rani Abraham, the former temporary personal assistant who leaked sexist emails sent by Premier League chief executi

1:47pm Saturday 24th May 2014

AS ITS own chief executive Richard Scudamore might be moved to describe it in an e-mail, the Premier League's irrationality appears to have increased exponentially this week.

WEEKENDER: France kick off early with row

South Wales Argus: Fruit and vegetables (6272851)

3:41pm Saturday 17th May 2014

THE World Cup finals ‘kicked off’ a month early this week, when Samir Nasri’s exclusion from the France squad prompted a potty-mouthed Twitter rant by his girlfriend.

WEEKENDER: Turning 50 is just another number

South Wales Argus: Passengers aboard a cruise ship (6063675)

12:02pm Saturday 10th May 2014

GIVEN the practice these days for a given landmark age to be dubbed ‘the new (insert appropriate 10 years younger)’, yesterday I celebrated my ‘new 40th’ birthday.

WEEKENDER: Government-approved rock music - the nightmare begins

South Wales Argus: SHAKING THINGS UP: Rock 'n' roll music has been studded with individual artists and bands, and musical movements, that have by turns bemused, befuddled and downright scared The Establishment. Pictured is one such band of the 1950s, Bill Haley and

11:20am Saturday 3rd May 2014

IT has taken 60-odd years, but it seems that the corporatisation of rock 'n' roll is finally complete.

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.

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'.

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.

WEEKENDER: Politicians fail to give flood crisis any welly

South Wales Argus: Wales players look dejected in the final minutes of the RBS 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 8, 2014. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brain Lawless/PA Wi

11:30am Saturday 15th February 2014

THE humble wellington boot, like large swathes of England and Wales, has taken a battering this week.

WEEKENDER: Sporting memories rekindled in the mud

South Wales Argus: Luke Connolly looks to break  for Blackwood against Pontypool (3872286)

11:27am Saturday 8th February 2014

AS I WRITE this, the sky is an unfamiliar blue, there is barely a puff of wind and, whisper it quietly, it’s not raining!

WEEKENDER: A longer school day must be all about the children

South Wales Argus: Chemistry Teacher with Students in Class  (3739886)

2:12pm Saturday 1st February 2014

IT is awfully decent of the Prime Minister’s former policv chief Paul Kirby to volunteer for the role as the UK’s number one hate figure among children and young people.

WEEKENDER: Time to give the apostrophe its due

South Wales Argus: Generic texting (3621202)

10:26am Saturday 25th January 2014

THIS column would never advocate the breaking of the law – but a small act of defiance in Cambridge recently, though technically a matter of criminal damage, has left me with a feeling of something approaching satisfaction.

WEEKENDER: Drone delivery? You’re joking!

South Wales Argus: File photo dated 28/11/13 of the Amazon fulfillment centre in Peterborough Cambridgeshire. Online retailers are expecting their busiest day of the year as pre-Christmas shoppers take part in Cyber Monday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday Decemb

11:12am Saturday 7th December 2013

AT first I thought it was a joke - then I realised that it was probably just me failing to keep up with headspinning advances in technology.

WEEKENDER: A father’s Christmas is always a busy one

South Wales Argus: File photo dated 28/11/13 of the Amazon fulfillment centre in Peterborough Cambridgeshire. Online retailers are expecting their busiest day of the year as pre-Christmas shoppers take part in Cyber Monday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday Decemb

11:07am Saturday 7th December 2013

THIS week it is only right that, with Christmas fast approaching, I speak up on behalf of dads.

WEEKENDER: Rising sales put vinyl fans back in the groove

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Diverse Music on Charles Street in Newport, a large section of vinyl records on sale (1676412)

2:02pm Saturday 19th October 2013

I WILL never forget the first time my children saw a vinyl record.

WEEKENDER: Tighten up on young drivers, but cut costs

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11:25am Saturday 12th October 2013

IT IS not often Weekender feels the urge to laud government proposals– but those unveiled this week concerning learner and recently qualified drivers are by and large difficult to argue with.

WEEKENDER: Delight and despair over art in Newport

South Wales Argus: The demolition of the Chartist mural in Newport (1317500)

10:02am Saturday 5th October 2013

IT IS a bitter irony that on the same day hundreds of Newport schoolchildren got to enjoy up close the quirks and delights of a work by one of Britain’s greatest artists, the city endured the destruction of another, more public, piece of art.

WEEKENDER: Cuts will mean more than just 'lights out'

South Wales Argus: COST CUTTING: How much a year would be saved by closing all or libraries for one, two or three days a week?

3:02pm Saturday 28th September 2013

DOOM, gloom and dire predictions abounded this week concerning the future of our public services.

Fracking could come to us all – north, south, east and west

South Wales Argus: Lord Howell wants to see fracking sites like this across parts of the north of England

11:10am Saturday 3rd August 2013

IT has been easy but justifiable to get angry at the insensitivity of Lord Howell of Guildford this week over his calling the north east of England - and then the north west - desolate.

THE WEEKENDER: The sad demise of the ice-cream van

10:00am Sunday 14th July 2013

WHENEVER I hear the chimes of an ice cream van - sadly, a rare event these days - memory goes into overdrive and I am transported back to seemingly more innocent, carefree times.

THE WEEKENDER: Lions pose test for the nerves

South Wales Argus: IMPRESSIVE: Lions lock Ian Evans

9:10am Saturday 29th June 2013

THANKFULLY, I am missing the opportunity the watch the second Australia v British and Irish Lions Test match.

THE WEEKENDER: Obama's music mix-up is no laughing matter

12:30pm Sunday 23rd June 2013

BARACK Obama's George/Jeffrey Osborne gaffe has caused much hilarity this week, but it will be no laughing matter if this leads to On The Wings Of Love choking the airwaves.

THE WEEKENDER: If you want to get ahead – get a jet washer

South Wales Argus: THE WEEKENDER: If you want to get ahead – get a jet washer

10:20am Sunday 16th June 2013

I AM hopelessly behind the times. I know this because my teenage sons tell me so on an almost daily basis.

THE WEEKENDER: Will we get our money back at the pumps?

South Wales Argus: PUMPS: Prices appear to be on an upward spiral.

11:10am Sunday 19th May 2013

WHILST we are only at the investigation stage, the oil price fixing allegations engulfing giants of the industry such as BP and Shell throw up an intriguing question: If price fixing is proved, who pays us back?

THE WEEKENDER: Wait for it, wait for it: COME ON COUNTY!

South Wales Argus: ONE STEP AWAY: Newport County players and fans celebrate reaching the play-off final

10:21am Sunday 5th May 2013

THE most difficult task this week has been ignoring the hype. Most football fans love nothing more than spending hours discussing the strengths and weaknesses of theirs and the opposition’s teams, the myriad possible outcomes of upcoming matches.

THE WEEKENDER: Keep school summer holiday long and leisurely

South Wales Argus: Michael Gove

12:40pm Sunday 21st April 2013

AH, the school summer holidays... six weeks of long lie-ins, sunshine, and doing nothing much at all, apparently. But for how much longer?

THE WEEKENDER: Divisive in life, Thatcher has proved divisive in death

South Wales Argus: Iron Lady: Thatcher is remembered for attempting to get British athletes to boycott the 1980 Olympics and demonising football fans through the attempted introduction of an identity card scheme

10:20am Sunday 14th April 2013

DIVISIVE in life, it was only to be expected that Margaret Thatcher would be divisive in death, and so it has proved.

THE WEEKENDER: Easter – the movable and unpredictable feast

South Wales Argus: The Easter cross

12:10pm Sunday 31st March 2013

WITH Easter Monday falling on April Fool's Day, we can be forgiven for thinking that Someone On High is playing a prolonged and decidedly unfunny trick on us.

THE WEEKENDER: Horror tackles must not go unpunished

South Wales Argus: AWAITING RESULTS: Newcastle's Massadio Haidara is stretchered off during Sunday's defeat at Wigan - following a horror tackle by Callum McManaman, but one that was defeated by Chairman Dave Whelan

11:50am Sunday 24th March 2013

WE'VE all seen it, we've all winced and shuddered at it.

THE WEEKENDER: Only one winner on Saturday

South Wales Argus: RUGBY'S THE WINNER: I suppose we won't be watching the Derby v Leicester game on Saturday

9:10am Saturday 16th March 2013

TITANIC sporting encounters - I just can't get enough of them.

WEEKENDER: Keep Mother's Day simple - give her a lie-in

11:10am Sunday 10th March 2013

ACCORDING to a survey published earlier this week, the most popular 'gift' mums want on Mothering Sunday is a good night's sleep and a lie-in.

THE WEKENDER: The future holds no fun for shoppers

South Wales Argus: BLEAK TIMES: Empty shops on Commercial Street in Newport

11:10am Sunday 3rd March 2013

THE old adage that a shop is never so popular as when it has a sale on, may need modifying.

WEEKENDER: Respect the ref - it's the rugby way

10:40am Sunday 24th February 2013

SERGIO Parisse may or may not have insulted referee Laurent Cardona while playing for his club Stade Francais last weekend - but when it comes to talking to the man in charge during matches, he talks loudest and longest.

WEEKENDER: Pancakes trump hearts every time

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2:10pm Saturday 9th February 2013

EXCITEMENT is mounting at Weekender Towers as preparations get under way for one of the most eagerly awaited days in the calendar.

WEEKENDER: Time to stop ballboys running down the clock

South Wales Argus: AFTERMATH: Swansea ballboy Charlie Morgan lies on the ground as Chelsea players gather round the referree at the Liberty Stadium

12:20pm Saturday 26th January 2013

AS the latest example of a once-great sport's moral decline, the ballboy incident at the Swansea City v Chelsea League Cup semi-final this week takes some beating - or should that be kicking?

WEEKENDER: Mammoth task to stop flight of Welsh talent

South Wales Argus: WORLD CLASS: Dragons and Wales back row superstar Dan Lydiate is likely to be back earlier than expected after surgery

2:10pm Saturday 8th December 2012

METAPHORICAL horses, in the form of Welsh rugby internationals, are galloping all over Europe - yet this has not deterred the Welsh Rugby Union from at last attempting to fit some sort of a lock on the stable door.

WEEKENDER: Dying for an Australian fag?

South Wales Argus: GRAPHIC: The new packaging for Australian cigarettes

1:10pm Saturday 1st December 2012

THERE is uproar Down Under about a recent move to change the packaging of tobacco products.

WEEKENDER: Non-stop democracy would be a nightmare

South Wales Argus: Barak Obama's acceptance speech

12:59pm Saturday 10th November 2012

AS President Obama settles down to another four years in the White House, it is worth breathing a huge sigh of relief over the fact that we in the UK do not share a political system with the USA.

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