The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from February 20, 2009

All the Fun of the Farm; Once Only Four-Legged Creatures Would Consider Calling a Draughty Barn Any Kind of a Des Res. but Once Their Primary Purpose Becomes Redundant, the Simple Lines and Long Length of the Typical Barn Means They Can Make Modern Open Plan Homes While Still Retaining Their Rural Character. Alison Jones Takes a Look at Some Real Barnstormers. BARN CONVERSIONS
Byline: Alison Jones Oak House Modern refurbishment has left Oak House, a barn conversion that sits in Martin Hussingtree, just two and a half miles from the Spa town of Droitwich, looking as pretty as a picture inside. Accessed through a...
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Anger over 'Racist' Obama Cartoon; INTERNATIONAL
Some 200 people chanting "Boycott the Post! Shut it down!" marched in front of theNewYork Post's offices to protest over a newspaper cartoon which critics say compares US President Barack Obama to the chimpanzee that was shot dead by police in Connecticut....
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ANTIQUES: Crafty Buys; Early Birmingham School Output Is Very Collectable, Says Sally Hoban
Byline: Sally Hoban The Birmingham Municipal School of Art was arguably one of the most important art schools in the UK at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, comparable to the Glasgow School of Art which launched the career...
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ARTS: Bard's Mysterious Play Is Now Cast in a Fresh Light; Reviews the Tempest the Courtyard, Stratford-upon-Avon ****
Byline: Terry Grimley Having helped launch the RSC's Complete Works festival two years ago with a memorable Hamlet, Cape Town's Baxter Theatre Centre returns with a production in which its African roots prove even more telling. This Tempest is...
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ARTS: Totally Improvised; Kumars Star Is Ready for a New Challenge, He Tells Roz Laws
Byline: Roz Laws SANJEEV Bhaskar admits he is terrified about stepping into the unknown for his latest project. The comic actor and writer, best known for his TV work on Goodness GraciousMe and The Kumars At No 42, is in Totally Looped. The...
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A Sound Investment; PROPERTY EXPERT
In days gone by it used to be the smell of coffee brewing and fresh bread which would secure a house sale (or a run on the bakery counter at Sainsbury's). But now technology is the key to getting purchasers to sign on the dotted line. Freesat...
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BAE Enjoys 30pc Rise in Profits despite Recession; AEROSPACE
Byline: JOHN CRANAGE Industrial Correspondent Defence group BAE Systems yesterday reported a 31 per cent rise in annual earnings and said it expected a "further year of good growth" in 2009. BAE, which has benefited from an increase in military...
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Bees Old Boy Matthews Is Enjoying New Life with Blackheath and Wasps; NATIONAL TWO in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: BRIAN DICK While Will Matthews hopes his former team-mates at Birmingham & Solihull secure an immediate return to the First Division, he hopes they miss a beat against his Blackheath tomorrow. The 24-year-oldmakes his first return...
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Best Keen to Harness Super-Hero Powers to Propel Coventry to Double over Blues; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: ANDY TURNER Coventry City striker Leon Best says he feels like a super hero since donning the protective mask that has enabled him to play despite his fractured cheekbone. He fancies himself as The Beast, the blue-skinned Shakespeare-quoting...
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Big Banking Gains End Five-Day Losing Streak; SHARE PRICES MARKET REPORT
The FTSE 100 Index broke a five-day losing streak yesterday but banks proved a rare bright spot amid subdued trading in London. The blue-chip index added only 11.5 points to 4018.4 by the close although big gains for Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds...
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BIRMINGHAM POST COMMENT: Meeting the Challenge of Diversification; 24 HOURS
The financial crisis has seen attention focus on manufacturing, as concerns are raised in particular about the future of carmakers and their suppliers. If there is one silver lining to come out of the recession, it is that politicians seem to have...
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BOOKS: All about Impact; Beautifully Illustrated Works Show Graphic Design Flowering between the Wars, Says Richard Edmonds
Byline: Richard Edmonds Design: Le Witt and Him By Ruth Artmonsky, Design: Harold Curwen and Oliver Simon By Brian Webb and Peyton Skipwith. Both published by Antique Collectors' Club at pounds 12.50. The late 40s and the 50s saw...
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Call to End Uncertainty over Assisted Suicide
Byline: JOHN ASTON Parliament is being urged to end the "cruel" uncertainty over the law on assisted suicide after multiple sclerosis sufferer Debbie Purdy lost her Court of Appeal bid to clarify it. Three appeal judges spoke of Ms Purdy's "dreadful...
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Chancellor's Plan Hit by Tax Revenues; ECONOMICS
Byline: NEVILL BOYD MAUNSELL Economics Editor An all-round collapse in tax revenues during the key month of January has put out of reach forecasts for the public finances made by Chancellor Alistair Darling only last November. In his pre-Budget...
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Cheques No Longer the Only Alternative to Cash; Personal Finance
Byline: NICKY BURRIDGE The cheque is 350 years old but its days as a payment method look numbered as consumers turn to high-tech alternatives. The earliest cheque known to be in existence is the UK is dated February 16, 1659. It is made out...
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City Urged to Seize Major Opportunity; PROPERTY EXPERT Council Can Reap Benefit of Housing Downturn, Claims Begbies Traynor's John Kelly
Byline: John Kelly Birmingham City Council should buy up half finished housing developments that have gone into receivership or administration and create a whole new range of council housing at a vastly reduced cost, according to one of the region's...
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Cottons Top the Table at the Villa
Cottons Chartered Surveyors have retained their position as the Midlands leading auctioneers for the seventh successive year. Auction partner Andrew Barden admitted that while trading conditions during 2008 had been testing, his auction team had...
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Cricket: Powell and Edwards Stand Their Ground to Deny England; in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: RICHARD GIBSON, PA SPORT in St John's England failed in their race against time to dismiss West Indies as the third Test ended in a nailbiting draw at the Antigua Recreation Ground. Andrew Strauss' team remain 1-0 behind in the series...
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Darling Hopes for Lucky Break; City View
Byline: NEVILL BOYD MAUNSELL Now we know why Chancellor Darling has opted to deliver his Budget on April 22, waiting longer into the spring than any previous Chancellor that I can recall. It is all very right and proper not to hurry MPs back...
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Dental Hospital in Line for Demolition
Byline: ALISON DAYANI Health Correspondent New plans could see the Birmingham Dental Hospital demolished and replaced with a new building and satellite clinics in a pounds 585million project. Health authority chiefs from West Midlands NHS have...
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DHL Staff Sacked Then Re-Hired 'On Lower Pay' AUTOMOTIVE
Byline: JON GRIFFIN Business Staff About 200 workers at Land Rover's Lode Lane factory have been sacked and rehired on inferior terms and conditions, it was revealed. Drivers, forklift truck operators and warehouse staff employed by logistics...
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Field of Dreams. RURAL LIVING
People who want to sow the seeds of a property portfolio will be among those bidding to buy a Worcestershire farm that has just come on the market. Cofton Richards Farm, in Cofton Hackett, is available as a whole or in four lots for anyone wishing...
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FILMS: Retail Therapy; the Latest Films Reviewed by Roz Laws and Graham Young
Byline: Roz Laws and Graham Young Confessions Of A Shopaholic Cert PG,104 mins **** It's partly because of people like Rebecca Bloomwood we're in recession. She is a shopaholic with no willpower, who can spend EUR700 on Marc Jacobs lingerie...
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First Nappy Recycling Plant to Be Built in City
Byline: NEIL ELKES Local Government Correspondent Regular disposable nappies which take hundreds of years to rot on the nation's landfill sites could soon be recycled at a new pounds 12 million Birmingham-based facility - the first of its kind the...
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Foley Believes Wolves' Clash with Cardiff Is Not Winner Takes All; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: ROB TANNER Staff writer Promotion will not be won or lost on Sunday when Wolverhampton Wanderers bid to bounce back to winning ways against in-form Cardiff City atMolineux, defender Kevin Foley has said. The clash with the Bluebirds has...
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FOOD: Balti Curries Favour Again; the Balti Is Back - and Its Return Couldn't Be Better Timed, Says Richard McComb
Byline: Richard McComb There was a time when eating out in Birmingham meant only one thing: the balti. The dish reigned supreme and reached its zenith in the mid-1980s and 1990s, garnering national publicity for the city and attracting the chattering...
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FOOD: Sizzle or Snooze - It's Your Choice; CREDIT CRUNCH LUNCH
Byline: Richard McComb Place: Must, 11-13 Newhall Street, Birmingham. T: 0121 212 2266 Why go?: Cool bar and sizzling Oriental food. Price: Lunch offer - choose from a selection of dishes marked up on the main menu: 2 courses for pounds 14.50,...
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Fulham Provide Model for Albion's Survival; BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: ROB TANNER Staff writer West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray believes his side can draw inspiration from the achievements of Roy Hodgson's Fulhamandmount their own successful survival campaign. Fulham looked dead and buried last...
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Hiddink-Fired Chelsea 'Can't Think of Easy Game' - Knight; BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: MAT KENDRICK Staff writer Aston Villa defender Zat Knight expects to face a highly-motivated Chelsea side rejuvenated by the arrival of temporary manager Guus Hiddink at Villa Park tomorrow. Knight was the hero of the corresponding fixture...
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HISTORY: Birthing Pains; with Hospital Facilities Once So Limited, Chris Upton Says It Is No Surprise That Local Women Acted as Midwives
Byline: Chris Upton As far back as the time of the Ancient Greeks, women have played a central role in the affairs of birth and death. One could hardly expect them to be absent from the former (especially the mother concerned but they were present...
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Hot Property; PROPERTIES ABROAD for Many Brits, Spain Is the Holiday Destination, with More Than 12 Million of Us Holidaying There Last Year. with Affordable Property Prices, Buying a Place in the Sun Is Now a Reality for More and More People, Writes Alison Jones
Byline: Alison Jones This year we Brits are off to sunny Spain, again. It seems we cannot get enough of that particular bit of Iberia. Last year Spain was, according to national statistics, the top holiday destination with a total of 12,029,325...
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Invest in Growth with This Historic Property; GREAT GARDENS Sitting in More Than Half an Acre of Land, This Glorious Expanse of Garden Adds to What Is Already a Fine Family Home in Edgbaston, Writes Alison Jones
Byline: Alison Jones A passion for gardening would certainly be a plus for anyone considering buying this impressive family home in Vicarage Road, Edgbaston. It sits in more than half an acre of land which has been lovingly designed and tended...
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Is Government Inaction Incompetence or Indifference? 24 HOURS
For those with morbid curiosities and strong stomachs, a study of the psychopathology of New Labour could be one way of attempting to make sense of what is happening in this country today. On the one hand, it could be argued, never have we been...
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January Lending by Banks and Societies Fell by Half on 2008 Figure; MORTGAGES
Byline: Nevill Boyd Maunsell The value of mortgages lent by banks and building societies last month fell to pounds 12.4 billion - not allowing for repayments and redemptions - down from pounds 13.5 billion in December and a fall of 52 per cent from...
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Join the Caravan of Love; MAIN FEATURE the Future's No Longer Beige as Richard McComb Mingles with the Caravan Enthusiasts at the NEC
Byline: Richard McComb Stephen Hawking's views on caravanning are unreported but should the cosmologist visit the National Exhibition Centre this week he may care to update A Brief History of Time. In his guide to the universe and everything,...
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Last Orders for Pub Squatters
Byline: JONNY GREATREX AND JANE TYLER Staff Reporters Protesters who squatted in a Birmingham pub to protest at lack of affordable social housing in the city have been evicted and ordered to pay nearly pounds 4,000 legal costs to the owner of the...
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Leases Offer a Silver Lining for Flat Owners; PROPERTY EXPERT
There is a small silver lining in the grim cloud of the housing slump, for flat owners at least. The Law Society of England & Wales say this is the perfect time for them to extend their long leases because property value is a significant factor...
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Letter: It's Not Plain English Now
Byline: iron angle It seems only like yesterday that leaders of Birmingham City Council's Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition were boasting about the clarity of local authority reports, which we were assured had won some sort of charter mark from the...
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Letter: Join Us on Our Quest to Raise Awareness of Asbestos-Related Lung Diseases
Byline: Doug Jewell Dear Editor, It was heartening to see your report (February 17th) that lung cancer cases are due to drop by a fifth in the next twenty years; however people should be aware that this does not include all lung related cancers....
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Letter: Knockout Blow to Fairer Sex Image
Byline: Douglas J Wathen Dear Editor, Are New Labour MPs out to destroy the mother image and the one of the fairer sex? There are no bounds to the ambitions of the New Labour women MPs (none of them I would admit as being in the image of the...
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Lovell Lend Helping Hand
A housing developer has announced a scheme to help first time buyers get over the tricky hump of having to raise a deposit for the home that will finally let them get a foot on the property ladder. Lovell's Shared Equity Scheme is now available...
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McLeish Demands End to Eduardo Discussions; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: ANDY WALKER Staff writer Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish has criticised the 'mischief makers' who are refusing to let the Martin Taylor and Eduardo incident lie. The media circus that was created from Birmingham centre-back Taylor's...
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MOTORING: C5's a Winner; French Flair for Design ... Edward Stephens Looks at the Latest Offering from Citroen
Byline: Edward Stephens Citroen's latest C5 has so many innovations it's difficult to know where to start. Some of the features are for safety, some for comfort and some just to make the car more user friendly to its owner. In both saloon...
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Murdered Mother-of-Two Had Multiple Stab Wounds, Post Mortem Reveals
A mother-of-two found murdered five days after informing police of threats from her estranged husband had suffered stab wounds, it has emerged. West Midlands Police said a post-mortem examination had shown that the 36-year-old woman, named by friends...
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Of Monks and Scones. . . It's Friday Fun Time
Byline: john bright We've decided that Fridays - with the prospect of a well-earned weekend off - ought to be a day when we try and cheer everybody up with a few gags. So enjoy Friday fun time... An elderly man lay weakening in his bed. While...
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OUTDOORS: Grow Your Own and Save Cash; in the Garden
Those two words 'credit crunch' are inescapable nowadays and it seems that everywhere we look we see advice on how to cope with the phenomen on which is blighting so many lives. It has therefore come as no surprise that Garden Organic, the UK's...
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OUTDOORS: Heed Warnings to Stop Disease on the Chase; Nature Watch
Byline: Peter Shirley A lot of attention is currently being paid to Charles Darwin and his work, this month seeing the 200th anniversary of his birth. When he was a young man, still living in this region, his early studies included bilberry and...
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OUTDOORS: Stop Being Driven Nuts; They Look Cute, but Hannah Stephenson Says Squirrels Are a Garden Menace
Byline: Hannah Stephenson The announcement of a pounds 1.3 million cull of grey squirrels in Scotland to preserve the population of red squirrels has provoked strong reaction from animal protection groups and conservationists alike. Since the...
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Overseers' Clean Bill of Health for Women's Hospital
A Birmingham hospital with exceptional superbug rates was today receiving a glowing report from overseeing body the Healthcare Commission on its cleanliness. Birmingham Women's Hospital has been given a clean bill of health by the Healthcare Commission...
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Pounds 11m Conferences Boost as Lib Dems Vote for City
Byline: JONATHAN WALKER Political Editor Birmingham is set for an pounds 11million boost after the Liberal Democrats announced they were bringing their annual party conference to the city. The decision to host the gathering at the International...
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Purse Strings Attached; Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg Calls for a Major Shift of Power Away from Central Government to Local Communities
Byline: Nick Clegg Who knows best about the problems on your street and how to fix them? You and your neighbours or a government bureaucrat miles away in London? The honest truth is that ministers and civil servants exist in a world far removed...
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Rail Passengers Pay Too Much
Byline: PATRICE JOHN Transport Correspondent Rail passengers in Birmingham are enjoying more train services than other European cities, but paying high prices according to a passenger watchdog group. Passenger Focus found UK fares were far greater...
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Ricor Buys Metal Pressings out of Administration and Saves 65 Jobs; AUTOMOTIVE
An historic Midland automotive components business has been bought out of administration saving about 65 jobs. Metal Pressings Group Ltd - which operates across two sites in Studley - has been acquired by local competitor Ricor for an undisclosed...
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Rugby Union: Rodwell Still on Course to Scuttle the Pirates; in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: BRIAN DICK Rugby Correspondent James Rodwell's jet-set lifestyle affords him a rare outing in the Red and Black of Moseley this Saturday and an opportunity to further spoil Cornish Pirates' week. While the rest of the country shivered...
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San Carlo Cooking Up Middle-East Expansion; LEISURE
Italian restaurant chain San Carlo, which has an outlet in Birmingham's Temple Street, has secured a multimillion-pound expansion programme to open a string of new restaurants throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Directors of the family...
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Savings Are a Key Buffer in Recession; PERSONAL FINANCE
Byline: JEREMY GATES With a Nationwide Building Society survey showing that 54 per cent of adults believe this is a bad time to save and with 51 per cent saying that Government policy discourages saving, the dangers of slashing savings rates to...
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Shoe-Thrower 'Wanted to Restore Iraqi Pride' INTERNATIONAL
The Iraqi journalist who gained cult status for throwing his shoes at George Bush said the had wanted to restore the pride of his devastated country. In his first public appearance since he was takeninto custody onDecember 14, Muntadhar al-Zeidi...
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Sotherton Sets Sights on Turin after Pulling out of NIA GP
Byline: PHIL CASEY, PA SPORT Kelly Sotherton hopes she will be fit to compete in next month's European Indoor Championships in Turin after pulling out of Saturday's Aviva Grand Prix. Sotherton was due to compete against Olympic heptathlon champion...
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Sounds Interesting; PROFILE the Jam House Is Well-Established as Birmingham's Music Venue for the More Discerning. Jayne Howarth Spoke to the Club's Manager, John Bunce, about How He Plans to Keep Ahead of the Game
Byline: Jayne Howarth The man from the JamHouse laughs as he relates how he recently got into a pickle. John Bunce, the operations manager at Birmingham's live music venue, is recalling a trip to Edinburgh when he was delivering a piano. The...
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Stourbridge Wary of Threat Posed by Westcombe; in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: BRIAN DICK Neil Mitchell is taking nothing for granted as his team prepares for this weekend's National Two clash with Westcombe Park. While the Stourbridge director of rugby says tomorrow's game is one his side should win, he also concedes...
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The Barn Supremacy; BARN CONVERSIONS
When considering the importance of location to buying a house, the things that usually work in a property's favour are the proximity to good schools, to work and to the nearest attractions (shops and culture for city dwellers, mother nature for country...
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TRAVEL: The Vienna Masterpiece; A Sense of History Hangs Heavy for Chris Henwood
Byline: Chris Henwood Fearing for his life, Harry Lime darts through the moonlit streets of Vienna. Shadowy figures loom large as the chase descends into the sewers below the rubble-strewn city above, ravaged by the Second World War. It's...
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Walsall Require Better Defence to Climb Table Says O'Connor; COCA-COLA LEAGUE ONE in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: BRIAN HALFORD Staff writer Defence has been high on the agenda for Walsall this week as they prepare to try to extend their three-match unbeaten run when they visit Northampton tomorrow. The Saddlers' fortunes have taken a turn for the...
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Warriors Need Rub of the Green at Leicester; GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: BRIAN DICK Rugby Correspondent Mike Ruddock will invoke memories of the Kick That Never Was as he takes his Worcester team to Welford Road tomorrow desperate for a reversal in fortunes. The Warriors director of rugby is not only hoping,...
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Worrying Signs Facing Charities; PERSONAL FINANCE
Byline: TREVOR LAW Ithink it's fair to say that in these straitened times the thought of giving to charity does not figure high in most people's list of priorities. The philanthropic urge tends to take a backseat when your concerns centre on...
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