The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from November 10, 2001

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Aiming to Take Education into the 21st Century; Education Secretary and Birmingham MP Estelle Morris Talks to Education Correspondent Richard Warburton about Life in the Cabinet and Her Vision for Britain's Schools
Estelle Morris's infectious enthusiasm for education stems from a lifetime's passion and involvement with learning. A sports star at school in Manchester, she studied to be a teacher in Coventry before 18 years at the front of the classroom until...
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All Hands on Shrek
NEW TO RENT THE DISH (Cert 12, 101 mins). Comedy. Sam Neill, Kevin Harrington, Tom Long, Patrick Warburton, Roy Billing, Bille Brown, Eliza Szonert. On July 20, 1969, the world crowded around television sets to watch the landing module of the...
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Alliance Take City as Taliban Fighters Flee
The Northern Alliance last night jubilantly proclaimed victory over the Taliban in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif - the most significant prize in northern Afghanistan. A US official confirmed the opposition was in the city and said fighters of the ruling...
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A Mistress of the Tragi-Comedy of Love; Iris Murdoch: A Life - the Authorised Biography. by Peter J Conradi (Harper Collins Pounds 24.99). Reviewed by Michael Emery
When Dame Iris Murdoch died of Alzheimer's disease in 1999, Harold Bloom, the American academic who in the opinion of many is the world's leading literary critic, wrote that there were now after Murdoch's death 'no first rate writers left in Britain'....
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A Most Peculiar CHAT SHOW; Goodness Gracious Me's Sanjeev Bhaskar Tells Phil Gould about the Inspiration Behind His Latest Venture
At first glance The Kumars could be any suburban family. There's mum, dad, granny and a son who dreams of becoming a television chat show host. But not every family has a TV studio built on the back of their home where celebrities arrive to be interviewed...
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Anthrax Traced to New Jersey
Anthrax has been found at four New Jersey post offices that send mail to the processing centre where contaminated letters were sent to Washington and New York. Tests found traces of anthrax spores in all four of the small satellite offices. Authorities...
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Antiques: Brewery Calls Time on 250 Years of Historical Gems; at a Half Timbered House in Solihull Next Week One of Britain's Biggest Remaining Archives of Historic Documents Will Be Dispersed. Harry Hawkes Looks at Some of the Artefacts from More Than 250 Years History of Whitbread the Brewers
At 11am next Wednesday, the auctioneer's hammer will fall on a series of lots which effectively marks the demise of Whitbread's, the giant British brewers and the christening of 'Future Whitbread' - the company which is increasingly reducing its dependence...
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Antiques: Period Accessories at Affordable Prices; Win a Pair of Tickets to the UK's Largest Prestige Antiques and Fine Art Fair
In two week's time Antiques for Everyone, the UK's largest prestige antiques and fine art fair, arrives at the NEC. During the four day collecting extravaganza, you can view some of the finest antique examples from the leading dealers specialising...
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Antiques: Pieces of Silver with the Mark of Excellence; Richard Edmonds on the Hunt for Antique Silver, Not Always as Expensive as You May Believe, He Points Out
Good silver is likely to hold its own in a world where stocks and shares yo-yo and paintings suffer vagaries of fashion. If you decide to become a silver collector where do you start? It is a question I am often asked at antiques fairs and in...
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Archive
25Years Ago Allegations that as many as 50 Range Rovers have 'disappeared' are being investigated by British Leyland at its Solihull factory where several men have already resigned over a bribes scandal. This was said last night by a company spokesman...
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Arms to Iraq Men Up for Pounds 1m Payout
Byline: Jonathan Walker Political Correspondent Two Midland businessmen at the centre of the arms to Iraq scandal are to receive compensation of up to pounds 1 million each. The Home Office has agreed payments to two directors of Coventry firm...
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Atheism Not to Blame for Massacres
Byline: J L MULLINS Sir, - Mr Collman and Mr Arora both make the same mistake in claiming that atheism was responsible for the massacres in Russia, China and Cambodia. While it is true that the orders came from dictators who were atheists (although...
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Bees Warn off Rivals as Pountney Spells out His Commitment; Midland Alliance
Studley BKL have fired a 'hands-off' warning to clubs on the trail of Craig Pountney after the striker agreed to sign a contract. The 22-year-old forward, a summer signing from Sutton Coldfield Town, has bagged 18 goals in 16 games for the Bees,...
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Ben Elton's Satire Takes Bite of Reality TV; Dead Famous. by Ben Elton (Bantam Press, Pounds 16.99). Reviewed by Simon Evans
It was only a matter of time before someone took a satirical knife to the gruesome world of reality television and in this engrossing comedy-thriller Ben Elton, co-writer of Black Adder and one-time enfant terrible of alternative comedy, wields it...
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Bin Laden Dossier Will Tell the Truth
Byline: Andrew Woodcock The Government is to publish a dossier of comments by Osama bin Laden which it believes definitively incriminates him for the September 11 terror attacks on the US. It will include details from videos produced by bin Laden...
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Birmingham's Music Man Sir Simon Rattle Conducts the CBSO during Rehearsal for His Last Concert with the Orchestra in 1998. above Left, a Young Simon Rattle Pictured Not Long after His Arrival in Birmingham; Simon Rattle - from Birmingham to Berlin. by Nicholas Kenyon (Faber & Faber, Pounds 20). Reviewed by Post Music Critic Christopher Morley
Nicholas Kenyon's original biography Simon Rattle appeared in 1987, when the 32-year-old conductor had been at the helm of the CBSO for just seven years, when he had yet to achieve his knighthood, and when Symphony Hall was but a hole in the ground...
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Blair Tells Gibraltar: You Are Safe with Us
Tony Blair yesterday signalled that the Government has no plans to make changes to the sovereignty of Gibraltar without the consent of its residents. The Prime Minister was trying to defuse a growing row with Gibraltar's government, which earlier...
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Blues Target Quick-Fix to Lift Midfield
Byline: Brian Halford Birmingham City have decided that the time has come to get busy again on the transfer front despite their continuing difficulties in installing a permanent manager at St Andrew's. Blues' manoeuvres in the transfer market...
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Book Ends: Adventurer Washes Up in the City
Warwickshire-born adventurer Jim Shekhdar, who provided one of the year 2000's memorable images - wading ashore in Australia like a reincarnation of Neptune - will be in Birmingham next Wednesday (November 14) at Waterstone's Bookshop in the High Street...
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Book Lines
Still, Ned was thrilled to be leaving modern Birmingham behind him for what he thought would be the glories of medieval Oxford. Birmingham, for all its new wealth, was not the City Beautiful. Even the local councillors had difficulty in finding good...
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Boys Who Set Tramp Alight to Serve at Least Seven Years
Byline: Justin Penrosee Two schoolboys who murdered a sleeping tramp by setting him ablaze 'for a laugh' were yesterday sentenced to be detained at Her Majesty's Pleasure. Judge Mr Justice Bell lifted reporting restrictions at Maidstone Crown...
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Brammer Shares at New Low
Byline: RICHARD TYLER CITY EDITOR Shares in industrial services group Brammer slumped 19.3 per cent to 256p - a new low for the year - as analysts yet again cut their profit forecasts after another gloomy trading update. The distribution and...
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Bristol Pair Plan Kingsholm Mission
Byline: Simon Stone Gloucester old-boys Jason Little and Neil McCarthy return to Kingsholm today aiming to inflict the most painful of defeats on the cherry and whites in the first West Country derby of the season. Little bagged a brace against...
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Burr Set to Add to Kelly Capture
Nuneaton Borough manager Steve Burr is planning a further move into the transfer market to follow the on-loan capture of Leon Kelly. The former Atherstone United striker has arrived for a month from Cambridge United and will make his debut today...
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Busst Urges Bubbling Borough to Go Goal Crazy
Chris Smith and Derek Hall might feature as the Western Division's deadliest strike duo but Solihull Borough stressed the importance of sharing their goals throughout the team. Hall's double to sink Bloxwich United in last week's FA Trophy tie took...
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Buy-to-Let Boom Takes Shy Europe by Storm
Private investors throughout Europe nursing the financial wounds caused by the global economic downturn are pumping their cash into old-fashioned bricks and mortar. From Birmingham to Berlin, property is now the favoured investment of those looking...
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Byers Turns on Tories for Railtrack 'Smoke Screen'
Byline: Tom Wilkinson Under-fire Transport Secretary Stephen Byers yesterday hit back at critics who claimed he misled Parliament over his handling of the Railtrack collapse. Mr Byers said he looked forward to proving he had not acted improperly...
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Calm England Hungry for the Wizards of Oz; Woodward Urges New-Look Side Not to Panic
Byline: Simon Stone England coach Clive Woodward brushed off talk of panic with a laugh and a joke - but nothing could mask the steely determination to see off Australia at Twickenham today. After a record 11 successive Test victories, the England...
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CD Reviews
JAZZ CD OF THE WEEK BOX SET OF THE WEEK GREATEST HITS ROUND-UP HHHHH Christopher Morley Page 6 Saturday 10.11.01The Birmingham Post HHHH Duncan Alison PLAYGROUP (Source): Dance music for people who don't like dance music, seventies...
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Chess
The Warwickshire third team for players graded below 150 has a new captain. Simon Smith (Warley Quinborne) must be well satisfied with the result of the first match under his captaincy. He intends to act as non-playing captain but take a board if he...
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City Pride in an Innovative Approach to Education
The University of the First Age pioneered a new and controversial idea - that schools, teachers and councils should continue educating children outside school hours. It was a great success, and has spread across the country. But the headquarters,...
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Claret & Bleu; THE SATURDAY INTERVIEW: Riding High as Lewis Sets His Sights on Landing the Biggest Prize of All at Cheltenham
Byline: Veritas Far left - Edredon Bleu, the champion two-mile chaser, ridden again by Jim Culloty Racing Correspondent Veritas discovers why racing is such a wonderful life for Villa fanatic Jim Lewis With the money that Jim Lewis has spent...
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Classical
Byline: Christopher Morley VERDI Falstaff (Deutsche Grammophon): Shortly to be succeeded by Sir Simon Rattle as music director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado here conducts a fizzing, tender reading of Verdi's wonderful swansong,...
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Clubs Forced to Make Way for 'Money Tests' Michael Blair Finds Anger and Resignation as Internationals Force Changes in Kick-Off Times
Times were when clubs, their match time intruded upon by televised internationals, kicked up an unholy stink and a fat lot of good it ever did them. Some still do take serious umbrage and Coventry's chairman, Keith Fairbrother, having seen fit to...
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Coming Up Roses for Christmas Colour; Mild Weather and the Right Growing Conditions Can Make for Colourful Winter Displays of Indoor Blooms, Says Roger Clarke
When it comes to Christmas we tend to be very conservative in our choice of festive plants. Poinsettias, azaleas, cyclamen and hyacinths tend to take centre stage, with daffs and winter cherries in the chorus. Amaryllis, or more accurately, hippeastrum,...
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Coping with the New Plans for Parental Leave
Byline: Fergal Dowling Employers and employees have to accept that there is a certain amount of tension between the time spent with the family and at the office, but there has to be a balance. Formulating new laws governing the issue means taking...
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Courtroom Anger as Two Cleared of Murder
Two men were cleared yesterday of the murder of a father of four at a block of flats in Birmingham. There were angry scenes at Birmingham Crown Court as the jury announced not guilty verdicts in all charges against Kiaro Beckford and Junior Morris....
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Crossair Looking for American Partnership
Swiss airline Crossair which is set to become Switzerland's new national carrier in the wake of Swissair's collapse, has been talking to American Airlines about a possible partnership deal. Chief executive Andre Dose said he held negotiations with...
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D'Arcy Doubt Delays Irish
Byline: Ronan O'Brien Ireland have been hit by another injury headache before tomorrow's international with Samoa at Lansdowne Road (2pm). Leinster wing Gordon D'Arcy pulled up in training at Greystones Rugby Club, another victim of the heavy...
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Determined Robinson Untroubled by Doubt; the Man from Wigan Is under Scrutiny, Reports Frank Malley
For a small guy in a big man's world Jason Robinson exudes an impressive air of serenity. Not a trace of arrogance, no caustic Austin Healey-type pronouncements - just plain common sense and a determination to utilise his God-given talents to their...
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Discreet Bank for Wealth That Knows No Bounds
Byline: John Cranage Personal Finance Editor Behind a discreet door off a quiet courtyard in the heart of Birmingham's finance quarter lies evidence of the personal wealth generated by West Midland industry and commerce. The door is access for...
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Driven from Home by Nazis; Henny Rednall, Who Came to Britain as a Child to Escape the Nazis, Speaks to Jenni Ameghino about Growing Up in a Foreign Country
Among those for whom tomorrow's poppies trigger powerful memories of the Second World War will be the countless men and women who were, as youngsters, evacuated from Britain's cities to the 'safety' of rural areas. For post-War generations weaned...
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Dublin Still a Major Player at Villa Table
Byline: Hyder Jawad Chief Football Writer John Gregory said, with a hint of irony, that he has never seen a transfer list at Aston Villa so it is a sure bet that the name of Dion Dublin will not be on it. Contrary to reports yesterday, Dublin...
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Eriksson out to Test England's Reserve
Byline: Hyder Jawad Chief Football Writer Michael Owen has been passed fit to play for England against Sweden at Old Trafford yesterday as the preparations for the World Cup begin in earnest. The Liverpool striker had a slight hamstring problem...
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Fame and the Family Man; the Hit TV Show Celebrity Big Brother Gave Ben Elton the Idea for His Latest Novel - but the Former Angry Young Man of Comedy Would Never Dream of Taking Part in Any Form of Reality TV Himself. Elton Explains to Hannah Stephenson Why Fame Sits Uneasily on His Shoulders - Especially since the Birth of His Three Children
For the last few years, Ben Elton hasn't been out much. Instead the former angry young man of British comedy has been spending his days and nights up to his ears in babies and books. And he's exhausted. In the space of three years, Elton has become...
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Family Life: Harry Potter and the Merchants of Hype; the Harry Potter Hype Machine Is in Full Flow with the Release of the Eagerly Awaited Movie. in the Run Up to Christmas, Store Shelves Are Being Flooded with Every Type of Potter Merchandise You Can Think of as Kids Go Mad for Their Wizard Hero. Wil Marlow Discovers Why Shoppers Are Wild about Harry
The words Harry Potter and hype are now synonymous as the blockbuster books turn into blockbuster movies. The marketing juggernaut has gone into overdrive with the release of the hotly anticipated film version of Harry Potter And The Philosopher's...
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Family Life: Just Potty about Harry; as the New Harry Potter Film Opens Next Week, Alison Jones Talks to the Stars of What Is Set to Be This Year's Biggest Blockbuster
Question time with Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley). Question: You are excited to be playing Harry at 12. He has to stay at Hogwarts (wizard school) until he is 18. How do you feel about...
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Family Life: What Will Be in Your Child's Christmas Stocking?; Parents Beware - Do You Know Which Must-Have Toys Your Child Will Be Sending Begging Letters to Santa for? Noreen Barr Sneaks a Peek at the List
It's going to be a wizard Christmas this year as children fall under the spell of Harry Potter toys. The much-anticipated film, based on the bestselling books, is about to be unleashed and toy experts anticipate that kids will go wild about Harry...
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Feathers Flying in Costume Drama
Like most of us, I love a good scrap, and I really thought the spat between Sir Alex and Scholesy was on course to be dubbed 'fight of the week'. Until, in another leafy suburb of Manchester, came news of a far more heavyweight contest . . . between...
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Feed the Birds but Not the Garden Raiders
Grey squirrels and magpies are increasingly becoming the scourge of small garden birds. Not only do they raid bird tables, grabbing the food put out for songbirds, but they also eat the eggs and young of the kinds of birds most people like to see...
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Feisty Jones Turns Diplomat
Byline: Mike Sinclair Australia's coach Eddie Jones yesterday called a truce in the war of words with England 24 hours before the match at Twickenham. 'It's diplomacy day,' Jones said at his team's hotel in Windsor. He said proper preparation...
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Film Festival Still Has So Much to Offer; Mike Davies Previews the Birmingham Film Festival
It's seventeen years now since the inaugural Birmingham Film and Television Festival, during which time it has become a vital part of the city's cultural events calendar. Over that time there have been inevitable highs and lows, reflecting the availability...
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Find Your Ski Legs; Hannah Stephenson Takes a Beginner's Course in Skiing at la Plagne in the Savoie Area of the French Alps, Attempts to Keep Up with Her Husband and Discovers It's Not Such an Ordeal after All I Hadn't Been on Skis since My Schooldays, When Lessons Were Regimented, You Were Constantly Cold and Side-Stepping Up a Nursery Slope Was the Only Option to Warm Up
If you don't know your snowplough from your schuss then, like me, you are probably a novice on the slopes. So it was with some apprehension that I agreed to go skiing with my husband, who is a pretty good intermediate. My decision to go came...
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Fingers Point at Grainger after Ugly Rosler Incident
Byline: Michael Ward West Bromwich Albion's on-loan striker Uwe Rosler has returned home to spend the weekend nursing his wounds - the result, he claims, of a head-butt by Birmingham City wing-back Martin Grainger. Rosler, who was substituted...
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Flower Attack Girl's Parents Beg Charles to Intervene
The family of the Latvian schoolgirl who slapped the Prince of Wales in the face with a bunch of carnations, last night begged him to intervene as she faced the prospect of 15 years in jail. The draconian sentence is the maximum Alina Lebedeva,...
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Forget Fast Cars, the Man Is Driven without Them; Top Floor: Dan Watkins Stepped out of the City to Climb the Ladder of Birmingham Midshires
Byline: John Cranage Business Staff Despite launching his finance career in the City of London in the heady, champagne years of the late 1980s, Dan Watkins says he was never a Porsche-driving, flaming Ferrari-drinking, wheeling-dealing yuppie. ...
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Garden Diary
Keep in touch with West Midlands gardening and floral events through this column every Saturday. Events and garden openings may be cancelled because of the foot and mouth epidemic. Saturday-Sunday, November 10-11: Shirley Chrysanthemum Society,...
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Give Yourself Sporting Chance
Byline: Peter Axon Professional soccer clubs lose 50 players and pounds 40 million a year through serious injury. Yet amateurs cost the NHS pounds 500 million annually, and approximately three million people need hospital treatment for a sports...
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Golf; Why Broadhurst Wishes School Was out Forever . . .; Injury-Plagued Midlander Faces His Toughest Test. GED Scott Explains
When Paul Broadhurst lines up on the first tee in sunny Spain next week, he's the first to admit he'd rather not be there at all. For any British golfer fed up with the bitterly cold, windy turn our weather has just taken, there are worse places...
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Graydon Looks to Counter Forest's Passing Danger
Walsall's recent improvement in form will be vigorously challenged by a mean and moody Nottingham Forest side in tomorrow night's tussle at the Bescot Stadium (6.15pm), writes Brian Halford. The Saddlers will go into action knowing that victory...
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Green Fingers, Good Fun and No Flat Caps in Sight
Byline: Sarah Probert Environment Reporter A new army of growers cultivating the green heart of Birmingham has sparked a renaissance in what was once deemed the sole territory of the flat-capped gardener. For the first time since the 'Dig for...
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Green Talking Good Game at Bloxwich
It's good to talk, suggested the old BT advertisements, and that's been the story of Bob Green's chatterbox efforts to bolster his Bloxwich United squad. The Griffins manager points to the defensive statistics to highlight where he needs to strengthen....
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Gym Will Fix It to Stay in Shape
Byline: Emma Brady Consumer Affairs Reporter A new-look Birmingham is at the heart of a fitness boom which is attracting more gyms and health clubs to the West Midlands. There are currently five private gyms in the city centre with dozens dotted...
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Gypsy Curse and Irish Invention before Johnson Sting; Sporting Week
SATURDAY Just like Southampton, who also moved grounds in the summer, Oxford United have yet to win at their new home. So worried about it are they that the club are now convinced they are cursed - by a troop of gypsies who were camped on what...
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Henry Wants Welsh Passion
Byline: Ian Gordon Wales' coach Graham Henry believes his side have to rediscover their pride and passion if they are to overcome Argentina at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff today (2pm). Henry knows Wales face an immense task returning to...
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Hero Dunn Leading by Example in Fightback; Holland U21s 2 England U21s 2
England Under-21 captain David Dunn was modesty epitomised despite scoring a wonder goal in the draw with Holland in last night's European Championship play-off in Utrecht. The 21-year-old Blackburn Rovers midfielder produced a breathtaking run...
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Hibbitt Gets Back to What He Loves Best; Dr Martens Premier
Byline: Colin Stoner Non-League Correspondent It's a love affair that suffered a couple of painful separations but Kenny Hibbitt's romance with the beautiful game is blooming again. After two years in the wilderness, the former Wolves legend...
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Home-and-Away Result Sets Up Kidderminster
Byline: Colin Stoner Jan Molby has used his links at home and abroad to complete a double deal to prevent any striker crisis at Kidderminster Harriers. Molby has signed fellow Dane Bo Henriksen from Danish First Division side Herflge, plus Richie...
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Hospital Queues Are Getting Shorter
Byline: Helen Bruce Waiting times and waiting lists have tumbled in hospitals across the West Midlands, according to Government figures published yesterday . The latest monthly statistics, covering all 220 NHS trusts, show patients enduring shorter...
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Ill-Wind Blows Field off Course
Byline: Mark Garrod In Jerez Fierce winds gusting up to 45mph forced play to be called off on the second day of the Volvo Masters in Spain. With Ireland's Paul McGinley leading by two shots officials decided that the danger of balls being blown...
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Jameson Fills the Breach for Warwickshire
Byline: Brian Halford Former Warwickshire and England opening batsman John Jameson has been appointed to the Warwickshire general committee to fill the vacancy created by the recent retirement of another former Bears opener, David Smith. Smith...
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Jazz CD of the Week
ROY HAYNES Birds Of A Feather (Dreyfus): This is a Charlie Parker tribute album from the drummer who worked with him leading a band of exceptional players all of whom arrived on the scene long after the Bird had flown. On bass is the rock solid...
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King Has the Eye for a Bargain; NATIONWIDE CONFERENCE
Straight-talking Jake King admits he will have to hunt for players in the bargain basement if his Telford United squad begins to disintegrate. With the Bucks' squad up for sale as chairman Andy Shaw tries to halt growing losses, Chester City have...
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Land and History of Walford Court; Residential Property Helen Macklin Looks at a Home Steeped in History and Set in the Midst of Unspoilt Countryside
This country house sits in more than 20 acres in the Teme Valley and comes with its own ancient monument and a dovecote. Walford Court is mentioned in Pevsner, listed as being built in the 17th century, with later additions, although it could well...
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Leading Retailer's New Store Proving Its Value to Group
Byline: John Cranage Business Staff John Lewis' new West Midland flagship store in Solihull is making a 'robust contribution' to sales. A trading statement from John Lewis underpinned hopes that buoyant consumer confidence would help to offset...
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League to Hold ITV to Pounds 315m Contract
Byline: Martyn Ziegler & Alastair Moffitt The Football League will resist strongly any attempts by the ITV Sport digital channel to renegotiate their pounds 315 million three-year deal with Nationwide clubs. There have been claims that ITV...
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Make the Ordinary Extraordinary; Birmingham Post Short Story Challenge Master Class No 3: Be Inspired
In the third of our short story master class articles, Jackie Gay looks at the craft of American writer E Annie Proulx. Born in Birmingham, Jackie Gay travelled in Europe, Asia, the Far East and Africa before returning home to write. Her first novel...
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Mills Beats Early Retirement
Tamworth player-manager Gary Mills celebrates his 40th birthday tomorrow but says his playing days are far from over. Mills's career already spans four decades, having made his bow as a Nottingham Forest apprentice in 1978-79. A year later, he collected...
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Mini ATMs May Mean Cash at Hand in Pubs and Car Boot Sales
Cash machines are set to spread to pubs and car boot sales with the launch of a mini automated teller machine (ATM). NCR has produced a new ATM the size of a supermarket till which can be bolted to a wall or counter in a bid to meet the growing...
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Mistaken Identities and Misread Bills Make for Funny Business
Byline: John Bright As I wandered around the CBI conference this week I bumped into top Birmingham matrimonial lawyer Diane Benussi. She had discovered that she went to the same teacher training college as London Mayor Ken Livingstone attended....
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Ned Begins to Wake for Champion Challenge
Ned Kelly took his first step on the Champion Hurdle trail when scoring a bloodless victory in the Anglo Irish Bank Hurdle at Down Royal yesterday. He won by 20 lengths from Joe Cullen in a three-horse race and afterwards trainer Edward O'Grady...
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No Desire Whatsoever to Waste Time at Eton
Byline: David Wilson Two pieces of personal trivia form the basis of my column this week - one from crime and the other from education, and while each was resolved in a different way, I hope that the conclusions that I reached were grounded in a...
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Olympic Hope to Strike Gold with Hanson Signing
Rushall Olympic's quest for a regular goalscorer has prompted a swoop for Boldmere St Michaels' experienced striker Jon Hanson. Rushall manager John Allen, having bolstered his midfield in the last week by signing Kevin Casson (Stourbridge) and...
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Paget on to Winner with Youth Scheme
Necessity has forced cash-strapped Paget Rangers to adopt the motto: 'If they are good enough, they are old enough'. Not that manager Dave Beckett is complaining after watching one of the youngest sides in Alliance history sweep Paget to a stunning...
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Pakistani Police Shoot Taliban Sympathisers; Fanning the Flames: Islamic Party Takes Four Policemen Hostage
Pakistani police opened fire on pro-Taliban protesters yesterday, killing four, in a crackdown on a strike called by Islamic parties against government support for the US-led attacks on Afghanistan. The strike, which shut down most bazaars but attracted...
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Paradise That's Heavy with the Stamp of Seve; There's More to San Roque Than Tour School Heartache Says GED Scott
If ever there was a place to make golfing heartbreak a little more bearable it must be the delightful secret Spanish sojourn that is San Roque. Some of the hard luck stories that associate themselves with Tour School make golf pros shudder at the...
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Passport to Travel
In a fortnight, thousands of British holidaymakers pack their bags to escape gloomy winter weather for a long winter sojourn in the sun. Late November usually means lift-off for lucky Britons who don't have to worry about work any more. Many...
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Pinning All Hope on Late Carnation
Byline: Veritas Racing Correspondent This is the day when looking at the naps table might furnish some weird and wonderful selections; when a tipster's service to their readers comes second to winning money for themselves from the Naps Championship...
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Players Approve Strike; PFA Wins Backing of 99 PC in Cash Row
Byline: Hyder Jawad, Ged Scott and Michael Ward Players across the footballing spectrum in the West Midlands gave a thumbs-up to overwhelming backing for strike action in a bid for a greater share of television money. More than 99 per cent of...
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Police to Reconstruct Failed Car Terror Blast in City Clubland Tonight
Byline: Sophie Blakemore Police will tonight stage a reconstruction of the suspected Irish terrorist attack in Birmingham, a week after the bomb attempt almost wrecked the city centre. A replica of the car used in the terrorist strike, believed...
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Police Urge Victims to Speak Up about Rape
Byline: Sophie Blakemore A West Midlands detective who helped to convict a rapist yesterday urged victims of sex attacks to come forward. Lionel McIntosh was convicted of raping a French student and was jailed for nine years at Birmingham Crown...
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Prowling the Roads Once Again; Few British Cars Have the Charismatic Appeal of Classic Jaguars. Ross Reyburn Talks to the Television Presenter Who Helped Restore an E-Type for a New Series and Two Midland Jaguar Enthusiasts
'It is a stunning, stunning car - driving around the country lanes of Warwickshire when we were finishing our filming was just fantastic. There is no modern car which has the same grunt and rawness as those 1960s sports cars'. The tribute to an...
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Quick Lee Helps Gilchrist Turn Heat on Wounded Kiwis
Adam Gilchrist and Brett Lee tore into the New Zealand attack as Australia reached 435 for seven on a rain-curtailed second day of the first Test at Brisbane yesterday. The bad weather set in for good at tea, and umpires Steve Bucknor and Daryl...
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Rambling: Folklore Footsteps
Byline: Richard Shurey It is wonderful to spot in Staffordshire notices about the new National Forest. Although there is little evidence at the moment of extensive tree planting this will obviously delight generations to come. It is especially pleasing...
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Reasons to Be Cheerful: Pt 2
The revival of Marc Edworthy's career at Coventry City owes much to the appointment of Roland Nilsson as manager - for two reasons. Nilsson's replacement of Gordon Strachan in September was one boost and his decision to stop playing was another....
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Rebel Pair Kicked out by Ulster Unionists
Rebel Ulster Unionist assembly member Peter Weir was last night expelled from the party for defying instructions to back David Trimble's re-election as Northern Ireland First Minister. A disciplinary hearing in Belfast suspended another dissident...
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Redditch Targeting All Areas for Revival; DR MARTENS WESTERN
Byline: Colin Stoner Non-League Correspondent Rather than waiting for their luck to turn, Redditch United manager Nicky Cross intends to nudge a change in fortune with a triple move to bolster his defence, midfield and attack. Top of the list...
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Relief as Churchill Not Broken by US Crisis
Byline: Richard Tyler City Editor Churchill China's 1,200 employees breathed a sigh of relief yesterday as the Stoke-based company said falling US sales did not mean mass redundancies. Earlier in the week, Potteries rival Waterford Wedgwood axed...
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Rugby League: Farrell Looks to Break with History
Great Britain captain Andy Farrell is calling on his players to seize the moment and turn the course of history when the Guinness Test Series gets under way. Farrell will lead his side into the first Ashes battle for seven years at Huddersfield's...
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Saturday Interview: The Father of Style
Byline: Alison Jones There is a ride at the Disney theme park in Florida called It's a Small World. This bite-sized piece of philosophy was brought home to me while interviewing Terence Conran. That same morning I had been bused out to Knebworth...
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