• Lift-off for airport with extra flights

    In a first for Wales, passengers will be able to fly directly from Cardiff to Cancun in Mexico and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. Thomsonfly (previously Britannia Airways), announced the new long-haul plus extra European destinations from Cardiff

  • 'Houses going up like bombs'

    AN ELDERLY resident living in fear of arsonists targeting derelict prefab homes on a Newport estate has attacked a housing trust's "complacency" over plans to demolish the houses at the end of June. Last week the Argus reported how arson attacks on several

  • Lewis remembered as 'brightest star'

    FAMILY, friends and team-mates of a popular Newport schoolboy rugby player comforted each other yesterday as hundreds gathered to say goodbye to their "brightest star". Around 500 people packed into St John's Church in Maindee to celebrate the life of

  • Home from home

    LEGENDARY Ryder Cup golfer Colin Montgomerie can't wait to tee off in the 2005 Wales Open, because he loves the support he gets in Newport and South Wales. Montgomerie, the seven-time European order of merit winner, told the Argus yesterday that he considers

  • Dream time in lap of luxury

    While the dream of owning your own castle in remote and beautiful countryside may for most of us never be realised, it is at least possible to live out the fantasy for a short while. Myres Castle, just outside the small village of Auchtermuchty in Fife

  • Confidence high for Labour in traditional safe seat

    THE constituency of Islwyn has traditionally been an extremely safe seat for Labour. And it is one that the party will be confident of keeping in tomorrow's election - in contrast with the free-for-all that has emerged in neighbouring Blaenau Gwent. The

  • Family fury at toppled graves

    A GWENT woman slammed the decision to cordon off her relatives' graves, reopening a bitter row over rules forcing the council to topple unsafe memorials. Torfaen council has confirmed 60 per cent of memorial stones in the most recent section of Cwmbran

  • Jedi stars to wow fans at sci-fi fair

    THE force will be with Star Wars fans in Gwent when actress Femi Taylor pays a visit this weekend. Femi - who played the slave dancer Oola in Return of the Jedi - is to be the guest of honour at a sci-fi and comic fair at Newport Leisure Centre. An R2D2

  • It's neck and neck

    TWO Gwent Labour seats appear to be too close to call just hours before voting starts. Blaenau Gwent and Monmouth could prove to be an upset for Tony Blair in tomorrow's General Election. Candidates in both areas were making their final push for votes

  • Mads will be comeback King

    DANISH ace Mads Kornel-iussen returns to action for Newport Wasps in their Premier Trophy fixture at King's Lynn tonight after a spectacular crash last time out. The young rider was fortunate to escape with minor facial and arm injuries in a last-heat

  • Islwyn candidate's statement

    James Criddle Plaid Cymru THIS election is about who you trust to represent Islwyn and Wales in London - Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales or New Labour. Wales has the resources to improve the lives of each and everyone of us but to achieve this we need

  • Closer to home

    CORUS hotels, with its choice of country manors, coaching inns and secluded retreats, has availability at a number of its hotels across the UK, with prices starting from £24 per person per night. For example, the Beauchief Hotel, Sheffield, a traditional

  • Parents pay penalty for truancy

    PARENTS in Newport and Cwmbran were hit with fines and costs totalling almost £3,000 for failing to make sure their children went to school. Fifteen parents pleaded guilty or were found guilty of an offence under the 1996 Education Act in cases brought

  • See a different side of island

    These days you're far more likely to see Majorca written as Mallorca but, while the pronunciation remains the same it's a sign that other things have changed too. This particularly applies if you have a stereotypical image of the island. As I sipped a

  • Welcome...

    THIS month at escape.... we are taking a look at some of the, shall we say, more mature tourist destinations. Mallorca, or Majorca as it became known in this country, has enjoyed a thriving tourist industry for decades - often based on the pleasures of

  • Internet rogue is behind bars

    A TEENAGE swindler who made nearly £46,000 by conning people on Internet site e-bay and led a jetset lifestyle on the proceeds was locked up today. In October, Phillip Percival Shortman, aged 18, formerly of Chester Close, New Inn, Pontypool, pleaded

  • Camping trips are so much fun for families

    For some people, camping would not be their idea of a relaxing break. But visit any campsite on any weekend in summer and you will find plenty of people willing to extol the virtues of holidays under canvas. One of them, is escape... editor and deputy

  • Refined resort could herald island's new dawn

    FAMED for its year-round sunshine and friendly island residents, Tenerife nevertheless has had a bit of a reputation for being a bit 'touristy. Despite having natural beauty and spectacular mountain views, the stereotypical view of the place is that it's

  • Victory in tourism awards

    THE dockyard which is home to Nelson's flagship Victory has won a prestigious tourism 'Oscar' to enhance its celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard was joint winner of the Large Visitor Attraction

  • Spanish prize

    MIGUEL Angel Jimenez, a five-time European Tour winner in 2004, is the latest big name to sign up for next month's Celtic Manor Wales Open, alongside with a whole host of other big names, as exclusively revealed in later editions of last night's Argus

  • Islwyn candidate's statement

    Don Touhig Labour THERE is no greater privilege than representing people from my own valleys in Parliament. I was born and brought up in the valleys and live with my family in Blackwood. As I go around the constituency talking to people I better understand

  • It's fit for a prince - let alone a Duchess

    Mick Gannon got a taste of cool living when he stayed at one of the trendiest hotels in London. AFTER a weekend in The Halkin you could be forgiven for thinking that you have made the big time. Situated in the heart of London in a quiet side street off

  • Emma aims for title

    IT could be a big year for this newly-crowned carnival queen who is hoping to make the news in more ways than one. Not only will 17-year-old Emma Corten lead Ponty-pool's summer carnival, she might find herself on the catwalk for Miss Wales, which this

  • Shop, eat and be merry at markets

    Rows of brightly decorated stalls brimming with Christmas goodies, the aroma of warming mulled wine, candy floss and chestnuts filling the air, and a vibrant atmosphere alive with festive cheer - if you're looking for a Christmas shopping break with a

  • Islwyn candidate's statement

    Phillip Howells Conservative CONSERVATIVES are campaigning on a Welsh manifesto of more police, cleaner hospitals, lower taxes, school discipline and controlled immigration. Labour is deliberately misleading voters with claims that there will be £35bn

  • competition...Win a luxury city break

    The Lowry Hotel, pictured, winner of the Excellence in England EURO " Large Hotel of the Year award, enjoys a stunning waterfront location in the heart of Manchester and now you could win a great May Bank Holiday stay there with our fabulous competition

  • Treasure trove is put on display

    FOR 12 years a Cwmbran treasure hunter has been unearthing ancient relics from our Roman past. With his trusty metal detector pensioner Tom Smith, 72, has dug deep searching for coins and other valuable Roman artefacts, discovering more than 140 items

  • Islwyn candidate's statement

    Lee Dillon Liberal Democrats AT this General Election the Welsh Liberal Democrats are giving the people of Wales a real alternative with our policies. Our manifesto builds on the principles of freedom, fairness and trust, principles that will guide us

  • Sizing up some classy wheels

    HUNDREDS of visitors flocked to Abergavenny's annual Bank Holiday Toy and Train Collectors' Fair. Vintage cars, coaches and tractors were on display and train sets and Dinky toys were among the items on sale at the town's indoor market. Organiser Geoff

  • Newbridge face long road back

    NEWBRIDGE remain hopeful that a shortly to be announced new management team will keep them on an even keel next season. Last night's match at Bridgend marked the final appearance on the Welsh Premiership stage for the relegated Welfare Ground side, who