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Articles from April 17, 2011

A DOG'S LIFE IS FINE - SIMON; Settled Star Is Keen to Extend Hawthorns Stay
Byline: GREGG EVANS SIMON Cox would love to extend his stay at Albion - so staff at the club's training ground can enjoy some puppy love. The Baggies forward admits he will be barking with joy himself if he is offered a long-term contract at...
Andy's Been Diamond for Us - Keogh
Byline: ALAN POOLE RICHARD Keogh, the one constant factor in Coventry City's chaotic season, has added his tribute to caretaker manager Andy Thorn for all but banishing the threat of relegation. Signed from Carlisle last summer, Keogh is the...
Audi SUV Is Right on Q
Byline: MIKE TORPEY AUDI'S smallest sports utility vehicle, the Q3, will make its world debut next week at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show. This third and most compact member of the Audi Q series is set to hit the streets in November with a price...
Bears Blow Away Title Favourites
Byline: BRIAN HALFORD WARWICKSHIRE completed a sensational start to their season by sweeping to victory by an innings and 382 runs - the biggest win in their history - over title-favourites Somerset at Taunton. After dominating the first two...
Beckley Takes the Mykel with Treble; MIDLAND ALLIANCE
MARVELLOUS Mykel Beckley bagged a hat-trick to steer Stratford Town to a thrilling 4-3 victory at Ellesmere Rangers. Dan Barton had fired Ellesmere ahead on 15 minutes but Beckley poked home the equaliser seconds later and netted twice more before...
Bee Man Fails to Create a Buzz at Our Royal Wedding Party
BIT miffed that I - along with every other parishioner - have been castigated in the parish magazine for being 'less than enthusiastic' about this month's royal wedding. There's a reason for this. We're less than enthusiastic. I think the marital...
Bees Get Late Kick in Teeth
ESHER 29 B'HAM & SOLIHULL 27 ESHER'S David Slemen struck a last-minute penalty to deny relegated Birmingham & Solihull a comeback to savour. Trailing 26-5 early in the second half, a spirited fightback brought Bees within a whisker of finishing...
BORO HAVE TO BATTLE FOR POINTS; Rob's Just the Job to Seal Victory
Nuneaton Town ........................... 2 Workington ................................. 1 UNPREDICTABLE Nuneaton rekindled their play-off dreams with the recalled duo of Danny Spencer and Rob Oddy grabbing the all-important goals to complete the double...
Burr Draws Some Comfort after 'Blip'
EASTBOURNE 1 KIDDERMINSTER 1 KIDDERMINSTER boss Steve Burr believes his side will keep on striving for the Blue Square Bet Premier play-offs, despite a disappointing draw at relegated Eastbourne yesterday. The Aggborough outfit produced one of their...
By Any Other Name
Byline: PETE MATTHEWS "ANOTHER one?" Detective Sergeant Gerry Roberts was studying the postcard, which had arrived in yesterday morning's post. Its long, taunting message was neatly written with a calligraphy pen. Tiny figures were drawn in the...
Checkerboard Can Jump to Front
Byline: ANITA CHAMBERS CHECKERBOARD showed a glimpse of promise on his return from a lengthy lay-off last time and he is worth a shout in today's Yorkshire Post Ladies' Day - 19th May Handicap Chase at Wetherby (4.10). The eight-year-old has...
Dark Days, but We Danced, Jived and Jitterbugged Every Night; LETTERS
I WORKED on the Spitfire at the Birmingham Guild in Grosvenor Street West, whose previous name was Grosvenor Workmens. They used to make iron gates and railings before the war but all iron railings around parks and cemeteries were melted down for...
Davies Sets Scholars on Way to Win
Chasetown .................. 2 FC United .................... 0 A RECORD league attendance of 1,089 at the Scholars Ground saw Chasetown rekindle their play-off hopes with a 2-0 win over nine-man FC United Of Manchester in the Evo-Stick Premier Division....
Death Is the Most Basic of Human Rights
THIS summer millions of viewers will tune to BBC2 to watch a man commit suicide. They will see a Motor Neurone Disease sufferer named only as Peter slip quietly from this life to the next. The scenes, which are certain to upset, represent a first...
Derbyshire Cruise to Innings Victory; DERBYSHIRE V LEICESTERSHIRE
DERBYSHIRE completed an emphatic first victory of the County Championship Division Two season before tea on the third day when they saw off Leicestershire by an innings and 32 runs. They bowled Leicestershire out for 177 to wrap up their first victory...
Devilishly Good in Tasmania! Bev Bevan's ROCK 'N' ROLL DIARIES
Here are some extracts from my tour diaries from the last two weeks of April! 1963: Denny Laine and the Diplomats weekly residences continued at the Springfield Ballroom and also at the Adelphi in West Bromwich, plus gigs at the Lakeside Twist Club...
DKs STAR IN THE UNBEATABLES; JUNIOR RUGBY ROUND-UP
DUDLEY Kingswinford rounded off a memorable season in Midlands One West, recording their 26th win out of 26 with a 68-19 victory over Worcester Wanderers. Centre Stefan Shillingford scored five tries, while prop Stefan Thorpe scored three on a day...
Dragon's Den! Merlin Is One of British Television's Greatest Hits, and Now It's Weaving a Spell in the Midlands. PAUL COLE Reports from the Court of Camelot. the New Warwick Castle Attraction Really Is Magic
Byline: PAUL COLE IT is when Kilgharrah turns to look at you, and starts up a conversation, that you have to suspend disbelief. Kilgharrah, you see, isn't just anyone. He is the Great Dragon, the last of his kind. He has been imprisoned beneath...
Ex-Teacher: I Wanted a Sex Change
Byline: JONNY GREATREX THE former brother-in-law of a top Midland cop who admitted making the officer's life a misery had once considered a sex change. Robert Cook pleaded guilty to harassing West Mercia Police Assistant Chief Constable Simon...
Final Fantasy for City after Toure Winner
MANCHESTER CITY 1 MANCHESTER UTD 0 PAUL Scholes was sent off as Manchester City ended Manchester United's treble bid by booking their first FA Cup final appearance since 1981. Man-of-the-match Yaya Toure was City's second-half matchwinner, seizing...
Get Flex Appeal
Byline: LEE GIBSON SINCE it first appeared in 2002 the Vauxhall Meriva has garnered a deserved reputation as a durable and versatile family shuttle due largely to its innovative interior. The FlexSpace seating system featured in this mini-MPV,...
Gloucs Have Welsh Mountain to Climb; GLAMORGAN V GLOUCESTERSHIRE
A PATIENT half-century from all-rounder Jim Allenby helped Glamorgan set Gloucestershire a target of 385 at Cardiff. That was after the home side declared their second innings at tea on 370 for nine. By the close Gloucestershire had moved to...
Godfrey Is Treble Tops for Town
WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL LEAGUE BEWDLEY Town blew a huge hole in Bustleholme's hopes of a top-three finish after thrashing them 5-0 at Tipton Academy. Chris Hough headed Bewdley in front after Dan Flowers caught the Bustleholme defence napping with...
Good Reads
CHICK LIT SING YOU HOME Jodi Picoult (Hodder & Stoughton, (pounds 18.99) BEST-selling author Jodi Picoult, whose previous offerings have included My Sister's Keeper, which was made into a Hollywood film starring Cameron Diaz, has created another...
Grew Keeps Close Eye on the Fat Lady
TORQUAY 0 PORTVALE 0 VALE boss Mark Grew was full of praise for his players after a battling draw at Plainmoor in which only the crossbar and a late goal-line clearance stood between his side and victory. And he stressed that Vale's bid for play-off...
HAMILTON'S LONG HAUL.. It May Take Time to Beat Red Bull, Admits Lewis
Byline: JAMIE STRICKLAND MCLAREN'S Lewis Hamilton is confident Red Bull will be overhauled at some point this season but admits it could be "several races" before that becomes a reality. Hamilton and team-mate Jenson Button trailed in the wake...
Heather Forced to Wait for Title Party; MIDLAND COMBINATION
WALSALL Wood prevented leaders Heather St John's from putting the title beyond doubt, holding the Leicestershire side to a 1-1 draw at Oak Tree Park. Ashley Spencer put Heather into a 30th-minute lead from the penalty spot, but Walsall's Marc Bandarac...
Hit and Myth H Action
1 SCREENED here just one day after its US debut, this much-hyped new drama series screams big budgets. It looks amazing and boasts a great British cast. It's an ambitious adaptation of George RR Martin's fantasy novels, taking us into a stunning...
How Can I Get Son off His Computer?
Byline: ask Anna QI'M worried that my son spends far too much time online and not enough mixing with real people. He spends hours on his computer and, although he chats with his friends that way, he doesn't meet up with them much. I know that...
I Can Only Say I Didn't Do It and Hope Someone Will Listen; WHAT THE CANNOCK CHASE KILLER TOLD THE MERCURY
Byline: ADAM ASPINALL CANNOCK Chase murderer Raymond Leslie Morris has broken a 42-year silence to claim he is innocent of the brutal killing of three Midland schoolgirls. The factory worker was jailed for life in 1969 after being convicted of...
I Clung on to Pilot as He Was Sucked out of the Window; HERO STEWARD RECALLS MID-AIR DRAMA 21 YEARS AGO
Byline: BEN GOLDBY HE was the hero flight attendant who rescued a pilot from being sucked out of a passenger airline after a windscreen exploded at 23,000ft. British Airways Captain Tim Lancaster and co-captain Alistair Atcheson were flying from...
I Craved Perfect Tan and Got a Hole in My Leg; YEARS OF SUNBEDS AND BRONZING LEFT STACEY FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE
Byline: ANUJI VARMA As a teenager Stacey Pickess was obsessed with getting a good tan. The beautician, 28 and from Burton-on-Trent, tells ANUJI VARMA how her addiction led to skin cancer - and a change of career. IPICKED out the short white dress...
'IMMIGRATION ROW HEALTHY' Clegg Speaks out in Brum
Byline: JONNY GREATREX DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg yesterday attempted to defuse the immigration row that has split the coalition - by saying that disagreement between Tory and Lib-Dem MPs is 'healthy'. Speaking at a library in the Sheldon...
I Nearly Died in 100mph Smash, Says TV Daredevil; Star Goes for World Record despite 'Hammond Moment'
Byline: ROZ LAWS TV presenter Jason Bradbury nearly died when he crashed at 100mph - but now he's risking his life again in a bid to break a world record. The star of The Gadget Show is determined to be the fastest man in the world on a jet-powered...
I Threw Bombs in Sea!
Byline: JONNY GREATREX IT was a blast from the past when Charles Ryder heard about 93 Second World War bombs washing up on a south coast beach. Because more than 60 years ago the then teenager had removed fuses from hundreds of stockpiled mortar...
It's the CHAV Royal Wedding, Innit! Music Producers Plan a Rival Party. and Want a Couple to Marry
Byline: BEN GOLDBY IT is set to be the high society event of the decade. Next week Dukes, Earls, Kings and Presidents will descend on London for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. But in a music studio in Digbeth, Birmingham,...
I Was Kicked out of Class after Turning Up Sozzled!
Gary Topley, 32, became an alcoholic after a troubled upbringing. Today the full-time dad, from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, tells ZOE CHAMBERLAIN how he beat the booze - and is now helping other addicts. T'S an age old question. Is being an alcoholic...
Jackson 5
1 JEDWARD made pounds 3 million last year, and their talent for pocketing dosh is set to continue when they replace the Coco Pops monkey on the front of the cereal box. Quite appropriate, really. Jedward's career is like a bowl of cereal - it's all...
Jee Jee's Well Worth a Flutter; POSH NOSH JEE JEE'S, SMETHWICK
THERE'S a new breed of pub in town - and Jee Jee's is the latest addition. It's one of the growing numbers of Punjabi-themed pubs, and is not to be confused with a curry house. There are a few of these venues springing up in and around the West...
Join the Fleet; Peugeot Enters Business Market with Sleek 508
Byline: LEE GIBSON PEUGEOT sets sail into the fleet market this week with a brand new cruiser it hopes will sink the opposition. The 508 is the French firm's latest business class flagship - and the Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia and VW Passat...
KING CROWNS STAR DISPLAY; Thorn Hails Sky Blues as Best since Prem
Byline: PETER SQUIRES COVENTRY 2 King 7 mins, 84 MILLWALL 1 Townsend 54 mins DELIGHTED Coventry City caretaker manager Andy Thorn labelled the current team as the best the club has had since their relegation from the Premier League. The club...
KVESIC IS FACING A BUSY SUMMER; Young Warrior Matt Happy to Miss Break
Byline: BRIAN DICK WORKAHOLIC Warrior Matt Kvesic will put off his summer holidays to be ready for what he is hoping will be a shot at the Premiership. The 19-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Sixways with yesterday's play-off game...
Language Skills Vital - Makoun
Byline: GREGG EVANS JEAN Makoun's English vocabulary is rapidly improving - especially where swearing is concerned. The French-speaking star is determined to learn the language so he can fully understand his team-mates as Villa bid to secure...
Laurels & Hardy; BELLA HARDY ALBUM OF THE WEEK SONGS LOST AND STOLEN
SHE made her name as a folk singer - but Bella Hardy isn't resting on her laurels. She's dipping a toe in the mainstream. The Derbyshire singer songwriter's new album, Songs Lost And Stolen, is her first entirely self-penned set. And the mix...
LET'S GET THE PARTY STARTED; We Can't Celebrate Properly until We're Safe Admits Liam
Byline: GREGG EVANS LIAM Ridgewell wants Blues to wrap up Premier League survival quickly - so they can properly celebrate winning the Carling Cup. The versatile defender reckons their epic win has been overshadowed by the threat of relegation and...
LIFE BEGINS AT 40 FOR VILLA! Prem Survival Boost as Gabby Grabs Late Winner
Byline: MAT KENDRICK WEST HAM 1 Keane 2mins ASTON VILLA 2 Bent 36mins, Agbonlahor 90+1 GERARD Houllier's claret and blues were more concerned with doubles than bubbles as Aston Villa's first of the season edged them closer to safety and hammered...
Maddie: New Book Gives Fresh Hope
Byline: BEN GOLDBY KATE McCann has penned a book about her lost daughter Madeleine to encourage people to come forward with fresh information. The new book, simply titled Madeleine, is due to be published on May 12, which will be the Leicestershire...
Making a Killing out of Eco-Funerals; Families Charged Up to Pounds 600 for a Cardboard Coffin
Byline: ANUJI VARMA MIDLAND funeral homes are cashing in on death by selling cardboard coffins for almost THREE TIMES more than the wooden alternative. Eco-friendly folk who want green funerals are being forced to fork out up to pounds 605 for...
Maximum Impact for MINI; ADVERTISING FEATURE
Byline: SYTNER BIRMINGHAM BIRMINGHAM now boasts a dynamic new "shop window" to showcase everyone's favourite small car - the MINI. And with its dazzling bright lights, vast expanse of glass and an extensive line up of the little cars on view...
Memories of the Cruel Sea; LETTERS
MY MEMORIES go back to 1942 when the German submarines were having a birthday sinking the ships in convoys. Uncle Paddy was on one of those ships in the north Atlantic. Previous to that he had been a tugboat captain in New York in 1929, the year...
NO CHELSEA BLUES HERE - HODGSON; 'We Were Beaten by Better Side'
Byline: CHRIS LEPKOWSKI WEST BROM 1 Odemwingie 18 mins CHELSEA 3 Drogba 23 mins, Kalou 26, Lampard 45 ROY Hodgson had no complaints after tasting defeat for the first time in his Hawthorns reign. The Baggies dropped to 11th after being outclassed...
No Eurovision Blues This Time
Byline: ANUJI VARMA BLUE singer Simon Webbe has revealed how his band plan to bring home the Eurovision crown - after branding previous flop UK entries "cheesy". The former Brummie has reunited with his chart-topping group who are among the favourites...
Paige Hotfoots It into TV Final
Byline: ROZ LAWS PAIGE Smith is the Black Country's very own Dancing Queen, a barefoot disco diva. She's one of only 20 contestants to reach the live finals of the BBC1 show So You Think You Can Dance, performing for the first time last night....
Phil 'N' Fearne Are Real Labour Pains for Holly
NEVER has the pitterpatter of tiny feet been met with so much excitement from the world of showbiz. When This Morning star Holly Willoughby was admitted to hospital after going into labour earlier this week, co-presenter Philip Schofield sprung...
PITMEN SECURE PLAY-OFF SPOT; Late Salvo Steals It after Terras Fightback
Weymouth................................ 2 Hednesford Town .....................4 LATE goals from Nick Wellecomme and Danny Quinn secured a superb victory for Hednesford Town on the South coast. Victory moved the Pitmen above Salisbury and Cambridge...
PLAY IT AGAIN! Angie's Aintree Ace May Yet Go for National No.5
Byline: BOB DOWNING STATE Of Play, the horse with the best recent record in the John Smith's Grand National without actually winning it, could be prepared for a fifth tilt at the great race next year. There were some concerns after his fourth...
Play It Again! Classic TV & Film; Goldfinger (1964)
IT might have been the third 007 movie but for most of us it was surely Goldfinger that made James Bond a household name. With Auric Goldfinger's audacious bid to destroy the world's gold reserves, Oddjob's deadly bowler hat, torture by laser beam...
Pounds 4M PARK REVAMP FORGOT THE FUN; under 5s Play Area Has Jagged Rocks and One Swing
Byline: SARAH TAYLOR WHEN parents turned up with their toddlers for the grand reopening of their local park following a pounds 4 million investment, they expected big things. After all, picturesque Beacon Park in Lichfield, had been closed for...
Pub Quiz
Pot Luck 1. Who wrote Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? 2. In Shakespeare's play, who dies first, Romeo or Juliet? 3. What in Olympic competition measures 164 feet by 68 feet 11 inches? 4. Which car manufacturer took over Rover in 1994? 5. What...
PUB TALK; BLACK EAGLE, Hockley
WHERE IS IT? Black Eagle, 16 Factory Road, Hockley, Birmingham B18 5JU WHEN IS IT OPEN? 11am to 3pm & 5.30pm to 11pm (Monday to Thursday); 11am to 11pm (Friday); midday to 3pm & 7pm to 11pm (Saturday); midday to 3pm (Sunday). WHAT IS IT?...
REUNITED with the Dad I Never Knew; Daughter's 20-Year Hunt for Father Is Finally Over
Byline: ROZ LAWS AS she waited at Birmingham's New Street Station for her boyfriend, a scared and pregnant teenager hoped he would whisk her away in the romantic style of Brief Encounter. But he never turned up. Left alone, Carolyn set in...
Right Up Our Street!
Byline: ZOE CHAMBERLAIN STREET parties are a British tradition. As David Cameron encourages everyone to hold street parties to celebrate the Royal Wedding this month, we take a trip down memory lane to some memorable Midland parties. It is...
Rolf Harris Turned My Life around; Teenage Dropout Pays Tribute to Jamie's Dream School
Byline: ROZ LAWS IF school lessons had been like this, Ronnie Crosland would have done rather better in his exams. In just one month, the teenager visited the Prime Minister in Downing Street, had a private art class with Rolf Harris, talked...
Round-the-Clock Vigil Keeps Travellers at Bay
MERIDEN residents have mounted a 24 hour a day, seven day a week vigil at the gypsy site. Marilyn Crawley lives just 50 yards from the spot and takes it in turn with scores of neighbours to man the two protest camps. The former businesswoman,...
Rovers in Trouble as Leon Fires
EVERTON 2 BLACKBURN 0 BLACKBURN boss Steve Kean claimed not to be worried as his side slipped deeper into relegation trouble with a dismal defeat at Everton. Rovers are now just two points above the Premier League relegation zone after a 2-0 loss...
SMITH LEAVES ON HIGH NOTE; Coach Bows out with Fourth Straight Win
Byline: BRIAN DICK MOSELEY 30 PLYMOUTH 25 MOSELEY completed their Championship campaign with a deserved win in an end-of-term party that marked the end of Ian Smith's seven-year reign. A brace from Nathan Bressington and scores from Craig Voisey...
SOAP TALK Him Mr Hit With
EASTENDERS NOW that's the look of joy that's been missing from Kat's face since she thought her baby son had died. TALK Now, after one of the most controversial storylines ever to hit soapland, she is finally reunited with Tommy - and Alfie is delighted...
'Someone's Been Seen with an Economy Size Bag of Monster Munch' THE FUNNY SIDE OF LIFE BY THE MIDLANDS COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR
Byline: MIKE LOCKLEY AND Sue, said the slimming class guru, placing an arm round the beaming, plump woman, has lost a beautiful two pounds this week. Fellow plump women raised their arms in jubilation, bingo wings jiggling with excitement. ...
Stoke Set for a Close Encounter
Byline: CHRIS HUTCHEON BOTH Bolton and Stoke head to Wembley today con-fident of reappearing there in May for the FA Cup final. But it's the Trotters, at 6-4 with Stan James, that should have the upper hand. Owen Coyle's side are in decent...
Story to Sit Down on; Artist Returns to His Roots to Recreate Close-Knit Community Spirit
Byline: LORNE JACKSON MANY of the great works of art were made to be gazed upon. Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, for instance, is a feast for the eyeballs. Other artworks can be touched or stroked, like Michelangelo's statue of David. But there can't...
SUPER SEB SEIZES ON SIMON SLIP; Keeper Clanger Aids Survival Bid
Byline: COLIN TATTUM BIRMINGHAM 2 Larsson 41 mins, Gardner 66 SUNDERLAND 0 BLUES secured another crucial St Andrew's victory that edged them ever nearer to Premier League safety. They followed-up the defeat of Bolton Wanderers here last time...
Sven: We Have to Get Ugly
READING 3 LEICESTER CITY 1 LEICESTER boss Sven-Goran Eriksson was disappointed with his side's finishing as Reading dug into earn victory at the Madejski Stadium. The Swede also expressed concern about the way they defended as goals from Jimmy Kebe,...
Tai: I Almost Stayed in Oz
Byline: NIGEL PEARSON TAI Woffinden has revealed how he almost turned his back on speedway during the winter. The Wolves ace, who won his second British Under-21 title at Lakeside on Friday, spent the close season with friends in Australia where...
The Thin Blue Airline; COPS SPEND Pounds 15,000 ON INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
Byline: ADAM ASPINALL COPS were forced to spend pounds 10,000 to bring a fugitive paedophile back to the Midlands from South America to face justice. And in total West Mercia Police paid out nearly pounds 15,000 on plane tickets for extradited...
Thrill a Minute; GAME OF THE WEEK MICHAEL JACKSON THE EXPERIENCE (Kinect)
IAM happy to report that this is a much more fitting tribute to the late great King of Pop than the hideous statue that Mohammed Al Fayed has stuck outside Fulham Football Club. I am also happy to report that it's another step in the right direction...
TIGERS DRAW NO COMFORT; Cockerill Fury over High-Scoring Stalemate
Byline: MARTYN BLAIR LEICESTER 41 GLOUCESTER 41 LEICESTER boss Richard Cockerill slammed his team's performance after the Aviva Premiership leaders were held by Gloucester in a remarkable contest at Welford Road. The Tigers led by 14 points with...
TITANIC FACT AND FICTION; Midland Captain Is Cleared of Guilt in New Investigation
Byline: BEN GOLDBY SECRETS of the Titanic disaster have been uncovered in a new book - which also reveals the truth about its Midland captain. Researcher Tim Maltin spent two years scouring historical records, eyewitness accounts and transcripts...
TOP COP IN Pounds 2m FRAUD PROBE; Police Force Investigation into Timeshare Property Crash
Byline: ADAM ASPINALL AN ACTING chief constable is being investigated over a pounds 2 million timeshare property crash, sources claimed last night. Gordon Fraser, 47, was suspended by Leicestershire Police in December following allegations described...
TO SEE 7 JAMIROQUAI Tonight, LG Arena, Birmingham, 0844 338 8000
FOLLOWING the huge success of seventh album Rock Dust Light Star, which charted in more than 20 countries, Jamiroquai's first UK tour in five years is hotly anticipated, not least by Jay Kay himself: "We're looking forward to playing stuff from the...
To the Manor Born; Golf Courses Are Busier Than Ever in the Wake of the US Masters. JONNY GREATREX Tees off in South Wales, at the Home of the Famous Ryder Cup
Byline: JONNY GREATREX "GOOD drive!" my playing partners said as I sent another tee shot arcing down the tight fairways of the Twenty Ten Course at the Celtic Manor Resort in south Wales. "Thanks," I replied. "I always find driving the ball easy...
Truth Hurts, Doesn't It?
THE truth is often unpalatable, as David Cameron has realised after his speech on immigration. Playing to the gallery of Middle England, the PM finally admitted that Britain's opendoor policy has torn entire communities apart. He said that far...
Tuck Shop Treat Saved Mum's Day from Disaster; LIGHT BITE THE ONE AND TWO HALVES, Oldbury
WE'D booked in to The One and Two Halves for Mother's Day for three reasons. (1) I thought the simple menu would suit everyone's tastes; (2) the play area would keep the kids happy and (3) the two-for-pounds 10 deal would save us from blowing the...
U R NICKED! Motorist Furious after Getting Text Message Saying
Byline: JONNY GREATREX A SPECIAL constable passed details of a ticketed driver to a friend - who sent the furious motorist a text teasing: "You've been nicked!" The Staffordshire Police of-ficer had handed the driver a fixed penalty notice for having...
VAMACHINE RUN; Chopra Aims to Build on Flying Start to Season
Byline: BRIAN HALFORD THERE is a lot to be said for setting the bar high and Varun Chopra could not have set it much higher this week when Warwickshire began their season against Somerset down in the west country. When the Bears were put into...
VILLAGE AT WAR; One Year on, Big Fat Gypsy Row Rages On
Gypsies sparked a village blockade and public outcry when they invaded Green Belt land in leafy Meriden, Solihull, on April 30, last year. Today the leader of the resident protest campaign, David McGrath, reveals his diary of an extraordinary year......
VIOLENT THIEVES SCAM 4X4 STAFF; Land Rover Workers Warned of 'Bump and Run' Tactics
Byline: BEN GOLDBY LAND Rover workers have been warned they could be targeted by car-jackers using "bump and run" tactics. An internal email has been sent to staff at the Solihull plant of the 4x4 manufacturers warning them about the violent...
Walsall Are Not in the Party Mood
Byline: GREGG EVANS WALSALL 1 BRIGHTON 3 WALSALL failed to spoil Brighton's promotion party as the Seagulls ran out comfortable winners and wrapped up the League One title. Goals from Inigo Calderon, Glenn Murray and a screamer from Elliott Bennett...
WARRIORS ON TS ]=HE RAMPAGE; Hill Delight at 11-Try Victory over Old Club RFU CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: RORY MILLS WORCESTER 81 BRISTOL 13 WORCESTER Warriors tore hapless Bristol apart as they ran in 11 tries to secure an emphatic win to send out a defiant message to their three remaining Championship play-off rivals. Warriors played with...
We Dodged Bullets and Dived for Cover; LETTERS YOUR WAR STORIES
IT WAS as a direct result of the wounds suffered by my father in World War One that money was tight for our family of nine and we found ourselves glad of a little help from folks with a heart. Dad was in the First Eighth Warwickshire Regiment when...
We're Not Safe Yet - Eck
Byline: COLIN TATTUM ALEX McLeish last night refused to believe Blues were safe from the threat of Premier League relegation. Despite a vital win over Sunderland that moved Blues clear of the drop zone, McLeish said nobody would be resting on...
Who's Afraid of the Wolf?
WHAT big brown eyes you have, boys. All the better for luring young girls into the cinemas, my dear. Female teens will flock to see this film to watch two handsome new stars emerge, in the form of Shiloh Fernandez and Max Irons. It's called the...
Why It's Bonkers to Ban the Burka; LORNE JACKSON Write to Lorne Jackson, Sunday Mercury, Fort Dunlop, Fort Parkway, Birmingham B24 9FF
Byline: LORNE JACKSON THERE'S something very human about stupidity - perhaps it's what defines us most. Humans can be smart, too, of course. Especially when you compare us to the rival animals we share the planet with. We're definitely brighter...
Wigan in Good Move
BLACKPOOL 1 WIGAN 3 WIGAN moved out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone and pushed Blackpool into it with a comfortable victory at Bloomfield Road. Hugo Rodallega put the visitors ahead early on by nutmegging Matt Gilks and Charles N'Zogbia...
Win Pounds 300 Worth of Gardening Equipment; COMPETITION
IN a set of gardening tools from FOCUS DIY! WThat's the bloomin' brilliant prize offer from the Sunday Mercury to help you get your garden in shape this Spring. We've teamed up with FOCUS DIY, to give FIVE readers the chance to win fantastic...