The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from September 8, 2008

AGENDA: For a Few Days the News Headlines Were All about Eve
Byline: SARAH EVANS If it's true that it is pictures that make opinion-shaping news stories, then you'd have to say last week was a strong boost for the female profile. You couldn't open a newspaper any day without women jumping out at you. There...
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AGENDA: Golden Oldies Prove They Are the Key of Life for Bloggers; FROM THE BLOG
Golden oldies preoccupied the minds of two of our bloggers in the lifestyle section. In 'I just called to say I blog you' on Sept 6, Richard McComb was looking forward to tonight's appearance of legend Stevie Wonder at the NIA. "There are two...
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AGENDA: I Have a Few Words to Share with Prime Minister Brown
Byline: JERRY BLACKETT I am going to imagine what I might say to the Prime Minister in Birmingham today. It would be something along the following lines: "I know your future and that of your government depends on how voters feel. So the temptation...
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AGENDA: Second Best Not Good Enough for Go-Ahead West Midlands; with Gordon Brown and His Cabinet Due in Birmingham Today, Advantage West Midlands' Chief Executive Mick Laverty Praises the Region's Can-Do Attitude and Outlines Economic Plans for Its Future
Byline: Mick Laverty It is a terrific honour for Birmingham and the West Midlands region to host the Government's first Cabinet meeting outside of London in 87 years. I have no doubt that ministers will be given many opportunities today to experience...
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A Little Dated - but If It It's Not Broke Don't Fix It; CD REVIEWS
ROCK & POP Swing Out Sister - Beautiful Mess *** For a brief time in the mid-80s, Swing Out Sister were huge in Britain, their popularity peaking with Breakout, a classic single of the era. They've been off the radar for many years, but...
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. . . and There's More Floods on Way
The torrential rains which lashed the country over the weekend may have eased off but forecasters last night warned of more floods to come. Today's clear skies are likely to be the calm before another storm. At least six people have died in weather-related...
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Anxious Time for Players in Pursuit of Stanford's Millions
Byline: JACK BANNISTER Cricket's equivalent of the Battle of the Somme takes place in Antigua in 54 days' time, and the troops will be named tomorrow. The casualties will only suffer through their bank balance, unlike the hundreds of thousands who...
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Apology from Minister over 'Unhappy' Female Staff Member; POLITICS
A Government Minister has apologised unreservedly to a female civil servant who asked to be moved out of his private office because of his behaviour towards her. The Department of Health said the woman, named in reports as former Birmingham pupil...
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Award-Winning Artist Turns His Hand to Music by Numbers
Byline: By Terry Grimley Arts Editor Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed will break new ground later this month when he has a composition for orchestra performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by its new music director...
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Baby Boom Leaves West Midlands Short of Midwives
Hundreds of new midwives are needed to cope with a baby boom in the West Midlands, the Royal College of Midwives said today. There has been a 15 per cent rise in the number of births in the region since 2001, with more than 70,000 babies born in...
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Bayliss Finally Breaks Duck to Claim Famous Win in Donington Deluge; MOTORSPORT WORLD SUPERBIKES
Byline: By Tom Rostance, PA Sport Troy Bayliss closed in on his third World Superbike title after breaking his Donington duck on a chaotic day of racing. The 39-year-old is retiring at the end of the season and capped his last competitive visit...
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Blues Star Is Optimistic as Scotland Bid to 6ght Back; ROUND-UP
James McFadden has assured the Tartan Army his partnership with Kenny Miller will click soon after Scotland suffered an early setback in their quest to qualify for the World Cup. The duo have featured together just twice since George Burley became...
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Bolger Setting Big Targets after Gutsy Performance
New Approach bounced back to winning ways with a workmanlike triumph in the Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown yesterday. Having finished a keen third behind Duke Of Marmalade in the Juddmonte International, Jim Bolger's...
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Boxing: Khan Retains Confidence in His Cuban Trainer after Knockout
Byline: By Phil Barnett, PA Sport Amir Khan believes the first defeat of his career has given him a "kick up the backside" after being spectacularly knocked out in less than a minute by Colombian Breidis Prescott. A stunning 54-second knockout...
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Brakes Turn on the Power in Blitz at New Windmill; NON-LEAGUE: BGB MIDLANDS DIVISION
An uneventful opening ten minutes was the lull before a goal storm as Leamington extended their winning start to the British Gas Business League Midlands season to Eve matches. The Brakes had seven different scorers as they demolished Marlow 7-2...
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Breakdown Failure Gives Ruddock Headache
Byline: By Brian Dick After seeing his Worcester side lose their first game of the Guinness Premiership season, Mike Ruddock expressed his concerns at the new breakdown directives and fears they could discourage attacking rugby. The Warriors...
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British Artist Takes the Prize at the Venice Film Festival; MEDIA & MARKETING
Visual artist Steve McQueen scooped another prize for his film Hunger, at the Venice Film Festival. The British artist, who won the Camera d'Or Prize at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year for the movie about the Maze Prison, was handed the...
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Burghley Joy for Fox-Pitt after Earning Place in Record Books; EQUESTRIANISM
Olympic team bronze medallist William Fox-Pitt brought the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials to a tumultuous close as he captured his fifth Burghley title. Fox-Pitt claimed first and second places on Tamarillo and stable companion Ballincoola, matching...
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Call for Pupils to Get Lessons in Love; EDUCATION
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi Education Correspondent Teaching children how to manage relationships at school should be a compulsory component in the curriculum to help tackle Britain's high divorce rate, it has been claimed. They need to be educated...
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Civil Servants Vote on Action; POLITICS
Hundreds of thousands of civil servants are to be balloted on whether to take industrial action for at least three months in a bitter dispute with the Government over pay. The Public and Commercial Services Union said about 270,000 of its members...
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Controversial Campaigner in Backing for All Black Schools; EDUCATION
A controversial race relations campaigner has called for the creation of "black schools" to "stem the avalanche of educational failure and the descent into violent gang culture". Lee Jasper, who advised former London Mayor Ken Livingstone on equalities,...
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Council to Sell Historic Sketch by Constable
A Midland council is to sell a sketch by the 19th century painter John Constable to help plug a hole in its finances. Solihull Borough Council hopes to get as much as pounds 20,000 for the drawing of Malvern Hall, now part of Saint Martin's School....
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Criminals Brought to Book by the Way They Write and Talk
Byline: By Richard Sadler Murderers, paedophiles and other dangerous criminals are finding it increasingly difficult to escape justice thanks to a new type of forensic science developed in Birmingham which homes in on the electronic trail of evidence...
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Culture: Be Proud of Your Roots in the Crucible of Metal; Music
For too long Birmingham and the West Midlands have failed to celebrate what is rightfully theirs, to claim the city and the region as home of "heavy metal". "Heavy Metal was born in the West Midlands and has developed a global following matched...
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Culture: Let ArtsFest Light Up Your Life at Town Hall; Music PETER BACON'S JAZZ DIARY
Byline: PETER BACON It could be a good year for ArtsFest. The logic goes like this: usually it rains on Arts-Fest weekend, but after the last six weeks surely - surely! - there's none left to fall? Anyway, the jazz element usually takes the form...
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Culture: Skinner the Loan Ranger Remains Streets Ahead; Music Mike Skinner Tells Andy Welch about the Long Road to Everything Is Borrowed
Byline: Andy Welch Mike Skinner, the man from The Streets, looks a little tired today. But then that's what happens if you don't get enough sleep. "I've been doing Gordon Brown hours lately," he says, rubbing his eyes. "Maybe not Gordon...
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Cycling: Olympians Upstaged by Hayles in Capital Show
Byline: By Jon Charles Rob Hayles upstaged Great Britain's Olympic cycling heroes at the opening Tour of Britain stage in London. The 35-year-old Hampshire rider finished the 53-mile stage in second, beating off competition from Sweden's Magnus...
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Doncaster on Course for a Classic Week
It is all systems go for the four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster this week despite the rain that has affected the country for most of the summer. The South Yorkshire venue has soaked up 230 millimetres in the last two months and more...
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Durham Title Hopes Ended by the Weather; PRO40 LEAGUE
Durham Dynamos' NatWest Pro40 League Division One game against Lancashire Lightning was abandoned without a ball being bowled which ended their chances of winning the title. Following a pitch inspection at the Riverside this morning the decision...
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Epic Journey Back in Time in Search of the 'God Particle'
Scientists will this week "switch on" the most powerful particle accelerator ever built as they prepare for an epic journey back in time to the birth of the universe. The pounds 5 billion Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will smash protons - one of the...
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Fisichella to Keep Seat in Force India Car for 2009
Byline: By Ian Parkes Giancarlo Fisichella appears certain to be retained by Force India for next season. Indian billionaire owner Vijay Mallya sees Fisichella's experience as vital if the team are to make further progress in 2009. Although...
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Forecast of Further Downpours .
Byline: By Rhona Ganguly The West Midlands has been warned to brace itself for further rain - but will escape the worst of the torrential downpours that are still to come, forecasters said yesterday. More showers and flooding are set to hit parts...
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Fresh Hope as Hall's 'Beyond Repair' Boiler Given Reprieve
Byline: By Paul Dale Public Affairs Editor Campaigners fighting to save Moseley's Friends' Institute have been given fresh hope after Birmingham City Council officials changed their minds and decided a "beyond repair" boiler could be mended after...
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Fruitless Run Chase for Kent amid the Gloom; LV COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
Joe Denly and Rob Key's hectic opening stand lent a late glow - but fell short of an extra bonus point - in a frustrating conclusion to Kent's rain-induced stalemate against Surrey. In an LV Division One match at Canterbury which ultimately confirmed...
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Gloucester Hit Again as Meyer Opens Tigers Reign with Win
Byline: By Andrew Baldock Leicester ensured a winning start for new boss Heyneke Meyer as the Tigers reeled off a third successive Guinness Premiership victory at Kingsholm yesterday. South African Meyer, in charge following Marcelo Loffreda's...
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Going Thirsty as Pubs Close at the Rate of Five a Day; LEISURE
Byline: By Josie Clarke and Duncan Tift British pubs have closed at the rate of five a day during the first half of this year, according to figures released today. Closures have accelerated to 36 a week, up 33 per cent from the 27 closures a...
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Golf: Unsettled McIlroy Lets Victory Slip Past Hole
Byline: By Mark Garrod, PA Sport at Crans-sur-Sierre Rory McIlroy was a five-foot putt away from becoming the third youngest winner in European Tour history - and then saw it all go horribly wrong. The 19-year-old Northern Irishman lost the Omega...
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Good Times Return to Lamb with Easy Victory; NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL - BLUE SQUARE NORTH Tamworth 3 Harrogate Town 1
Byline: By Colin Stoner at the Lamb Gary Mills says his only target this season is to bring back the smiles to the faces of Tamworth FC. On the evidence of Saturday's hugely convincing victory over second-placed Harrogate Town, the Lambs will...
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Groups Urged to Apply for Grassroots Grant Millions
Small voluntary and community groups in the West Midlands are being urged to apply for grants from a pounds 12.7 million Government fund. The Grassroots Grants scheme is available to organisations with annual incomes of below pounds 20,000. Money...
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HBG Construction Secures Pounds 40m Severn Trent Contract; CONSTRUCTION
Byline: By Duncan Tift Business Staff HBG Construction, which has a major presence in the West Midlands, has turned the credit crunch on its head to land new business in the region worth pounds 62 million. Jewel in the crown of the new projects...
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Heading All in Here and in Here; PREVIEW Ahead of Tomorrow Night's Mercury Music Prize Awards Evening, Elbow Keyboardist Craig Potter Speaks to Jon Perks
Byline: Jon Perks The announcement of the Mercury Music Prize shortlist is always met with a degree of surprise, criticism and controversy - someone's favourite band left off, often that year's big sellers conspicuous by their absence. Few can...
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Ike Roars in and Rips Roofs off Houses; INTERNATIONAL HAITI
Hurricane Ike ripped off roofs, swept away boats and collapsed a bridge on the last road into a flooded Haitian city yesterday as it roared over the southern Bahamas as a ferocious Category 4 hurricane. The Florida Keys was evacuated and Cuba prepared...
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James Leads Way as Bath End Memorial Hoodoo with Convincing Victory
Bath triumphed over Bristol 33-20 in the west country derby yesterday, scoring three tries to two as fly half Butch James kicked 18 points for their first Premiership victory at the Memorial Stadium since March 1998. That was the season when Bristol...
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Kightly Now Confident of Running into His Best Form; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Just 18 months after he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Conference National side Grays Athletic, midfielder Michael Kightly is enjoying the thrill of pulling on an England shirt and making his mark with Stuart Pearce's international Under 21s,...
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Lawn Tennis: Federer in Relaxed Mood While He Awaits Final Opponent; TENNIS: US OPEN
Byline: By Simon Lewis, PA Sport in New York Roger Federer stormed into a fifth straight US Open final and insisted he has nothing to prove at the end of a difficult year that has seen him lose his No1 ranking. Four-time defending champion Federer...
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Letter: Bold Leadership Is Required, Putting People to the Fore
Byline: JOHN TYRRELL Dear Editor, Many years ago, while I was at school, I remember a teacher giving us a view of our future. Given the way that technology was advancing we could expect, she thought, a time when we would retire earlier and even...
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Letter: Repeating the Myth on Manufacturing
Byline: PETER O'GRADY Dear Editor, I am writing in response to the article from James McCartney of Microsoft UK (Post, Sept 4, Why time is running out for city's 9-to-5 way of working) on behalf of the EEF, the Manufacturers' Organisation. We...
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Letter: The Need for More Social Housing Is Greater Than Ever
Byline: GINA KING Dear Editor, As the debate about affordable housing need in the West Midlands rages on, it is important for us to remember that people in the region have a right to a decent home, and it is all our responsibility to make sure this...
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Milner Looking to Shine Away from Newcastle Debacle
Byline: By Lisa Smith James Milner has revealed his delight at being an Aston Villa player and being out of the controversy and unrest which is threatening to tear apart his former club on Tyneside. The 21-year-old midfielder says, while he has...
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Mother's Grief at Foster Family Tragedy
The mother of millionaire businessman Christopher Foster has spoken of her grief and shock at the loss of her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. In a short statement issued by West Mercia Police, Enid Foster twice said she could not condone...
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PHWT Planning Big Steppes from New Office in Moscow; MEDIA & MARKETING
Byline: By Anna Blackaby Media and marketing editor Midlands-based marketing communications agency Palmer Hargreaves Wallis Tomlinson (PHWT) is expanding its activities in Russia with the opening of an office in Moscow. PHWT is opening a permanent...
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Pounds 64m Deal for Midlands as Brown Brings Cabinet to City
Byline: By Paul Dale Public Affairs Editor The Prime Minister is to attend crucial talks with business and council leaders in Birmingham today following the announcement of a pounds 64 million package of economic aid for the West Midlands. Mr...
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Reid Forced to Settle for Second after Collapse
England's Melissa Reid blew a six-stroke overnight lead to lose the Nykredit Masters in Denmark by one stroke to Germany's Martina Eberl. The Derbyshire-based 20-year-old carded a level-par 73 to finish runner-up on 13 under as she was overtaken...
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Rugby Union: Latham's Thunder Is Stolen by Hartley as Warriors Crumble; RUGBY UNION GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP
Byline: By Brian Dick at Franklin's Gardens Northampton Saints 21 Worcester Warriors 13 The stage that was supposedly set for Chris Latham to announce his Premiership arrival was well and truly stolen by the Warrior that never was as Dylan...
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Rugby Union: Redruth Dispel Any Notions of Easy Ride for Earnshaw's Bees; NATIONAL LEAGUE TWO
Redruth 35 Birmingham& Solihull 28 Russell Earnshaw's pre-season planning went out the window in deepest Cornwall on Saturday as his Birmingham & Solihull side lost their opening National Two clash. A torrid first half gave the Bees...
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Rugby Union: Victory Still Leaves Room for Improvement for Moseley; RUGBY UNION NATIONAL LEAGUE ONE
Byline: By James Peacock at Monks Lane Newbury 12 Moseley 30 Evidence of the growing divide between main and bit-part players in National League Division One was laid bare at Monks Lane in a game billed as the "Battle of the Underdogs". ...
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Rugby Union: Well-to-Do-Pirates Are Sunk by Maynard's Band of Brothers
Byline: By Brian Dick at Butts Park Arena Coventry 16 Cornish Pirates 0 It's all very well being bigger, faster and more highly paid but this match was proof - if any were needed - that the most important part of a rugby player's anatomy is...
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Science Fails to Inspire Today's Youngsters; EDUCATION
Children are losing interest in science as they progress through school, new research suggests. A poll of 4,000 children aged nine to 14 found that youngsters find science less inspiring and relevant to their lives as they move from primary to secondary...
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Slowdown Has Low Impact on Jobs in Many Sectors; ECONOMICS
Byline: By Nevill Boyd Maunsell Economics Editor The economic slowdown has so far had very little impact on jobs outside occupations connected with the acute problem areas of housing and finance. Tim Watts, chairman of the recruitment company...
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Soft-Centred Saddlers Go Too Far with Generosity; COCA-COLA LEAGUE ONE Walsall 0 Leyton Orient 2
Byline: By Rob Tanner at Banks's Stadium Walsall manager Jimmy Mullen admitted his side were too soft as they meekly succumbed to their first home defeat of the season against Leyton Orient. Mullen was left cursing two defensive slips that gifted...
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Solving Three-Card Trick Is 6rst Test for Capello; WORLD CUP QUALIFYING GROUP SIX Andorra 0 England 2
Byline: By John Curtis in Barcelona Fabio Capello faces a series of immense selection posers involving three of his most experienced players ahead of Wednesday's crucial second match of the 2010 qualifying campaign against Croatia in Zagreb. ...
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Stewards Put Brakes on Hamilton's Title Charge; MOTORSPORT: FORMULA ONE
Byline: By Ian Parkes, PA Sport in Spa-Francorchamps Two hours after jubilantly believing he had won his fifth race this year at the Belgian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton saw his victory overturned and replaced with a retrospective third-placed finish....
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Straw Orders Inquiry as Data Goes Missing; POLITICS
Byline: By Andrew Woodcock A computer disc containing personal details about thousands of justice staff which went missing at a Midland facility is not thought to have fallen into the wrong hands, a Government Minister insisted yesterday. Justice...
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Strettle Posts Reminder as Wasps Get off to a Flier
David Strettle took just 53 seconds to remind England supremo Martin Johnson of his try scoring prowess as Harlequins opened their Guinness Premiership campaign with a 24-21 victory over big-spending Saracens on Saturday . Strettle was dropped from...
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Suicide Bombers Strike as Bhutto's Widower Elected; INTERNATIONAL PAKISTAN
The death toll in a massive suicide blast in Pakistan's militant-plagued north-west reached 35, officials said yesterday, as the country prepared for the widower of assassinated ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto to take over as president. The attack...
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The 58 Plate Is a Very Rare Beast as Sales of New Cars Drop to New Low
Byline: DUNCAN TIFT There are many barometers to the overall health of the economy - many of which have been getting quite an airing in recent weeks and months. Some of these are tangible, some are not. Fuel and energy prices, the stagnation...
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THE BIRMINGHAM POST: It's Good to Talk, but We Need Action
It is easy to dismiss Gordon Brown's decision to hold a Cabinet meeting in Birmingham today as a gimmick designed to make an unpopular Government and Prime Minister appear cutting-edge and sexy, which is exactly what it is. But the Prime Minister's...
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'This Is Soul-Destroying'
Byline: By George Dobell Chief Cricket Writer Mark Newton has described the return of flood waters to New Road as "soul-destroying." Worcestershire's chief executive spent the weekend attempting to salvage equipment from the flood as the ground...
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Triple Gold Rush for Britain as Cycling Team Reigns Supreme; PARALYMPICS
Byline: By Matt McGeehan, PA Sport in Beijing Great Britain stormed to joint first place in the medal table at the end of day one of the Paralympic Games in Beijing after winning four gold medals. Simon Richardson won the first of three cycling...
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'University City' Drive Gathering Momentum; EDUCATION
Birmingham's three leading vice-chancellors have welcomed a drive to turn Birmingham into the country's leading university city. The campaign, launched last week, includes an advert screened at 400 cinemas across the country promoting Birmingham...
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US Dog and Cat Market a Strong Point for Dechra; CAPITALISATION SHARE PRICES
Sunday Telegraph: The biometric and radio-frequency identification (RFID) microchips developed by RCG Holdings are used in everything from container ships, where they aid the tracking of consignments, to hospital wristbands that help prevent the kidnap...
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US Government Bolsters Ailing Mortgage Giants; ECONOMY
The US government yesterday seized control of crippled mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a Northern Rock-style nationalisation. The aggressive move is designed to shore up the US housing market and economy. The move comes...
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Walsall One Point from Title with Himley's Forlorn Hopes All but over; BIRMINGHAM MIDSHIRES BIRMINGHAM & DISTRICT PREMIER LEAGUE
Byline: By George Dobell Rain may have prevented play, but it could not prevent Walsall strengthening their grip upon the Premier Division title on Saturday. They now require just one point from this weekend's game, against Wolverhampton, to...
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We're 2-0 Down, Says Balls; POLITICS
Labour is "two-nil down" to the Conservatives in the race for the next general election, one of Prime Minister Gordon Brown's closest allies admitted yesterday. But Schools Secretary Ed Balls insisted there was "still a lot to play for" and - in...
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