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Articles from March 1, 2009

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10 Great Reasons to Check out Our Blogs Today. Reviews
1 WEIRD SCIENCE: Our new blogger Dan Smith has been busy again this week chewing the fat over ancient fish and an underground mountain range in Antarctica. 2 DIVA DIARIES: Sarah Morris brings us the latest from London Fashion Week. 3 JONNY DANGEROUS:...
Anthea and Grant Leave Brum Flats in the Lurch; EXCLUSIVE Shock as Prestigious City Development Is Threatened by Collapse of Couple's Multi-Million Pound Empire
Byline: BY ED CHADWICK THEY are the celebrity credit crunch victims whose property empire has been rocked by the recession. Midlands-born TV golden girl Anthea Turner and Grant Bovey had run the hugely successful Imagine Homes, renting flat sand...
Bob's Brain Teasers
Byline: Compiled by BOB BROWN CARLING Cup holders Tottenham Hotspur defend the trophy against Manchester United today in the final of the competition at Wembley Stadium. How much do you know about the glittering prizes in other sports? 1....
Books: Fascists Driving on the Far Left; Book of the Week LIBERAL FASCISM by Jonah Goldberg ****
Byline: by Lorne Jackson IT'S no easy task attempting to pursue a serious debate with the silky-smug Lefties who dominate the political agenda. When you mildly complain to them that the number of migrants allowed into the UK should be monitored...
Books: Perfect Time to Pick Up a Book
Byline: by Lorne Jackson YIPEE! Books are taking over the world! Well, for one day only, at least. World Book Day 2009 takes place this week, on Thursday, March 5. This regular and thrilling event has now been running for over a decade....
Breast Surgery Ban on Medic; Victim of Botched Operation Relieved after Six-Year Legal Fight EXCLUSIVE
Byline: BY ADAM ASPINALL A MIDLAND surgeon has been banned from doing breast surgery for life after leaving patients with 'horrific' wounds and permanent scars. Brian Gwynn's errors first came to light in 2003 when Tracy Todd began legal action...
Bristol to Fight to the End Says Hull
Byline: BY JON MCLEOD NEW coach Paul Hull insists bitter end to avoid relegation - and maintains there is still an outside chance they can preserve their Premiership status. Hull, formerly the assistant coach, assumed the front-line role on Friday...
Cheap as Chimps! EXCLUSIVE Midland Trade in Apes Slammed
Byline: BY VICKY FARNCOMBE CHIMPANZEES are being offered for sale for less than pounds 500 on the internet by unscrupulous Midland dealers, the Sunday Mercury can reveal. Greedy sellers are promising to ship the jungle primates to residential...
Children on Crime Rampage
Byline: BY BEN GOLDBY A KIDDY crime wave is sweeping the Midlands, a Sunday Mercury investigation has revealed. Cops have arrested dozens of children under the age of ten in the past 12 months for drug offences, violence, theft - and even sexual...
Chris Serves Notice for Off-Season
FLYING Bees flanker Chris Brightwell is hoping to carry on serving up aces when the rugby season finishes. The 24-year-old New Zealander broke into the Bees first team only in December but has since held court with five tries in his last three league...
Claude Helped Mak-E Up My Mind. EXCLUSIVE BAGGIES NEW BOY TURNED TO HERO FOR ADVICE ON MOVE
Byline: BY ROB TANNER NOT many young footballers get to play alongside their heroes but Albion new boy Youssouf Mulumbu has done just that. The 22-year-old idolises former France and Chelsea international Claude Makelele and has trained and played...
COLEMAN EYES ON PLAY-OFFS; Sky Blues Boss Targets Late Push for Prem
Byline: MICHELLE WILSON at Carrow Road NORWICH CITY 1 Grounds 53 mins COVENTRY 2 Henderson 19 mins, Fox 73 mins CHRIS Coleman insists it is not impossible for Coventry City to reach the Championship play-offs after this hard-fought victory....
Coronation Street USA
Byline: LORNE JACKSON WITH British movie Slumdog Millionaire cleaning up at the Oscars, hopes are riding high that a UK invasion of Hollywood is imminent. It certainly seems likely, and not just It certainly seems likely, and not just on the...
Craddock Art Packs a Punch; Exclusive
Byline: BY LISA SMITH FIRST it was Eric Cantona and his poetry and then Vinny Jones and his Hollywood acting career but footballers with a talent away from the pitch are generally few and far between. But now Wolves' defender Jody Craddock has...
Crash Horror for 'Miss Whiplash'
FORMER brothel keeper Lindi St Clair remained in hospital last night after being trapped upside down in her car in a Midland stream for almost 24 hours. Her vehicle careered out of control and left the road near the village of Risbury, Herefordshire,...
Crazed Driver in Mob Car Mayhem; EXCLUSIVE Driver Mounts Kerb as He Aims for Fleeing Clubbers
Byline: BY ADAM ASPINALL THESE are the chilling images which show a crazed motorist trying to mow down a crowd of clubbers after they attacked his car. Like a scene out of the Grand Theft Auto computer game, the speeding driver mounts the kerb...
CREDIT CRUNCH VICE; Price War on the Street as More Women Are Driven to Prostitution EXCLUSIVE
Byline: BY ADAM ASPINALL DESPERATE Midland women are turning to prostitution to fight the credit crunch, the Sunday Mercury can reveal. Sex workers in Birmingham say an increasing number are turning to vice as they and their families struggle...
Dean Bench Call 'Dream Come True'
Byline: BY ANDY WALKER BUDDING Blues keeper Dean Lyness has described his first taste of senior football as 'a dream come true'. The 17-year-old second year academy scholar, below, had a shock call-up to Blues' bench last Saturday at Coventry...
Dinner's on Me, O'Neill Tells the Travelling Fans
UNDER-fire Villa boss Martin O'Neill has offered a 'peace meal' to angry Villa fans left out of pocket after travelling to Moscow. He made the extraordinary pledge to host a slap-up dinner at Villa Park for every supporter who travelled to Russian...
Director Decision for Giles
Byline: BY PAUL BOLTON WARWICKSHIRE'S director of cricket Ashley Giles will have to decide by Friday whether to apply for the job as England's team director. The post has been created to replace the job of England coach which has been vacant...
Dk Miss Chance to Grab Win; Junior Rugby Round-Up
SECOND played third in Midlands Two West as hosts Dudley Kingswinford shared the honours 25-25 with Burton. Fly-half Simon Bown had a chance to win it for DK in the last minute but he missed a kickable penalty. Burton had taken the lead in the...
Don Floors Challenger
DON Broadhurst made a successful first defence of his Commonwealth super-flyweight title with an 11th-round stoppage of Ghanaian Isaac Owusu in Birmingham last night. The local lad was not afraid to trade shots with the challenger and floored his...
ENGLAND CROKE IT IN DUBLIN; Yellow Cards Cost Johnson Again
Byline: ANDREW BALDOCK at Croke Park IRELAND 14 ENGLAND 13 CAPTAIN Brian O'Driscoll paid tribute to England after leading Ireland to a gritty triumph at Croke Park - and keeping his team on course for the Grand Slam. The 30-year-old scored...
England One-Dayers Firing Flintoff before Spice of Ipl
Byline: BY RICHARD GIBSON ANDREW Flintoff insists England commitments rather than the Indian Premier League are at the forefront of his mind upon returning home from the tour of the Caribbean. The 31-year-old will miss the remainder of the Test...
Enjoy the Weekend Up North
COME with us to discover the secrets of Emmerdale Country. The Sunday Mercury's famous Reader Travel Service has lined up a great weekend break in Yorkshire for fans past and present. And as a special recessionbusting deal, we're offering two...
Food: Feast Fit for a King; Eating out COOMBE ABBEY, Coventry
Byline: ZOE CHAMBERLAIN NEVER before had I had a bib tied around my neck as I sat down to dinner. I was beginning to think my reputation had proceeded me but then I was at a Mediaeval Banquet at the stunning Coombe Abbey. It was my chance...
Forest Hit Reading Hopes
READING 0 NOTT'M FOREST 1 NOTTINGHAM Forest manager Billy Davies hailed his players for upsetting the odds with victory at promotion-chasing Reading. Forest eased their Coca-Cola Championship relegation fears thanks to Lewis McGugan's second-half...
Four Play Is Great for Crewe; Coca Cola FOOTBALL LEAGUE
CREWE moved out of the drop zone in League One with a 4-0 thumping away to fellow strugglers Brighton. The visitors scored three time in the final 11 minutes after Billy Jones got the ball rolling with a 24th-minute penalty. Steven Schumacher...
Foxes Forced to Take It to the Max! MK DONS 2 LEICESTER 2
A SPECTACULAR free-kick deep into stoppage time by Max Gradel preserved Leicester City's 12-point lead and extended their unbeaten run to 21 matches. They looked set to slip to only their third defeat of the season when referee Andy Penn awarded...
Frankie Shows His Class
FORMER world amateur champion Frankie Gavin kicked off his professional career with a win after ditching the head guards and vests last night. The local boy beat game Georgian George Kadaria with a stoppage in the fourth and final round at Birmingham's...
Freeman at Double for Sphinx; MIDLAND ALLIANCE
TEENAGE striker Dave Freeman was the toast of Coventry Sphinx after helping his side to a 3-1 win over Oadby Town. The 18-year-old was starting his first game after being promoted from the youth team and made an immediate impact by scoring a second-half...
Frustrated Tourists Get Help; TV UMPIRE UNDER SCRUTINY AS ENGLAND TOIL IN THE FIELD
Byline: RICHARD GIBSON in Bridgetown ENGLAND benefited from the controversial technology decisions which bewildered their West Indian opponents as they attempted to level the series in the fourth Test. Two of the four dismissals on the third...
Give a Child Health
THIS week we have received a donation of pounds 100 from Margaret Neil 'in memory of my brother Eddie Bennett and his wife Ethel. I am also remembering other family members no longer with us - my brother Norman, sisters Norah and Liz and my greatnephew...
Grove Grabs His Chance in Warriors Win
Byline: MARTYN BLAIR at Sixways WORCESTER 13 WASPS 12 WORCESTER coach Mike Ruddock described centre alex Grove's first Premiership start as "a dream debut" after the youngster scored the only try of the match in the 13-12 win over London Wasps...
Hatton: Bet You I'll Win in Vegas
Byline: BY HARRY NOBLE RICKY Hatton insists his invincibility at the 140lbs light-welterweight limit will help him win his super-fight with Manny Pacquiao when the pair clash in Las Vegas on May 2. Hatton and Pacquiao yesterday met face-to-face...
Hiddink: Title Still Possible
CHELSEA 2 WIGAN 1 CHELSEA'Sinterimcoach Guus Hiddink promised Manchester United a fight to the finish after Frank Lampard kept their marginal title hopes alive with a stoppage-time winner against Wigan. The victory left Chelsea seven points...
Holidays: I Partied with Lionel All Night Long Our Larges; the Caribbean Is Famous for Its Joyous Party Atmosphere. ANUJI VARMA Jets off to Antigua to See Her Idol Lionel Richie. CARIBBEAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Byline: ANUJI VARMA MY boss bounded up to my desk: "Do you want to see Lionel Richie in concert?" He knew I was a huge fan of the Motown crooner, singer of hits such as All Night Long, and Dancing on the Ceiling. "Of course I do," I beamed...
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HORROR TACKLE FIGHT FOR CASH; EXCLUSIVE Amateur Footballer Left off Work for 11 Months
Byline: BY BEN GOLDBY AN amateur Midland footballer who almost lost his leg in a horror tackle is fighting for compensation after finding out that he wasn't insured. Daniel Bates, 20, from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, broke his left leg in SEVEN...
I Enjoy Watching My Team - Tony
Byline: BY ROB TANNER ALBION boss Tony Mowbray has declared he will not compromise his footballing beliefs, despite his side slumping to another disappointing defeat at Everton. The Baggies are stuck in the Premier League basement after two desperate...
I'll End Wayne's World - Matt
Byline: BY ROBIN MARSHALL MATTHEW Macklin has taunted Wayne Elcock "you've got nothing to beat me with" as he turned up the heat ahead of their Second City British middleweight title showdown. Macklin can only see one winner when he steps into...
Ince Not Worried about the World Cup Cauldron
Byline: BY BRIAN HALFORD CLAYTON Ince will not be fazed in the slightest if he fulfils his ambition of playing in the World Cup finals in South Africa with Trinidad & Tobago next year. Very little fazes Walsall's highly-experienced goalkeeper...
I Regret My Rant at Teenage Son; Ask Anna
Byline: anna QI KNOW first-hand that dealing with a teenager can be like treading hot coals without burning your feet. We've been through it with our 21 year-old daughter and made it unscathed. She's a well-mannered, clever young woman with likeable,...
IT'S AGONY FOR ALBION; Improved Show Undone by Two Defensive Errors
Byline: ROB TANNER at Goodison Park EVERTON 2 Cahill 36 mins, Saha 70 mins. WEST BROM 0 IT was the same old sorry story for Albion as they were given another lesson in the harsh realities of life in the Premier League. While Tony Mowbray's...
I Was Abandoned by My Family and Abused in a Home; EXCLUSIVE the Heartrending Story of How Thalidomide Victim Louise Fought to Overcome a Childhood from Hell and Find Love
Byline: BY ZOE CHAMBERLAIN THALIDOMIDE victim Louise Medus was at the centre of the fight for justice for hundreds of youngsters who were born disabled as a result of the drug scandal. Her dad, David Mason, led the campaign to secure compensation...
Jade Is a Gem for Bloxwich; WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL
LEAGUE leaders Bloxwich United remain four points clear at the top of the table thanks to a 2-0 win away at Gornal Athletic. United claimed all three points at the Garden Walk Stadium courtesy of second half goals from Leon Taylor and new signing...
Jones on Way Back to Fitness
Byline: BY PAUL BOLTON WORCESTERSHIRE admit that they will not know for another month whether former England fast bowler Simon Jones is likely to be fit to start the new season. Although Jones made an impressive start to his Worcestershire career...
Jonjo Is Hit by Weight Expectation
Byline: By BOB DOWNING IT might have been said tongue in cheek but Paul Nicholls' comments when the weights for the Cheltenham Festival handicaps were announced had people thinking. It had just been revealed that only ten per cent of the 200-plus...
Keep Me in Prison until I'm A WOMAN! Transexual Crook Wants Sex Change Op on the NHS
A CROOK undergoing sexchange treatment in prison has pleaded with a judge: "Let me serve long enough to become a woman." Transsexual Jeffrey Smith, 41, admitted two charges of burglary when he appeared at Birmingham Crown Court - and then asked...
Kennedy Hands It to Saints; Coca Cola CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP
STRUGGLING Southampton recorded a surprise 1-0 victory over promotion-chasing Cardiff at St Mary's. The Saints were gifted the lead in the 11th minute when Mark Kennedy handled in the area and David McGoldrick stepped up to convert the penalty....
KNOCKED OUT IN 38 SECONDS; Strugglers Too Good for Wolves
Byline: LISA SMITH at Molineux WOLVES 0 PLYMOUTH 1 Gallagher 1 min JUST 24 hours after manager Mick McCarthy's call-to-arms for players and supporters to unite and go into this game with a positive attitude, the Wolves boss saw his plans...
Kray Twins' Art Goes under the Hammer
SEVEN paintings created by the Kray twins during prison art classes are expected to sell for thousands tomorrow. The works of notorious gangsters Reggie and Ronnie were painted in the 1970s when they were serving life sentences in Parkhurst Prison...
Last-Gasp Mose Earn Semi Spot
LONDON WELSH 21 MOSELEY 27 MOSELEY booked a place in the semi-final of the EDF National Trophy after capping a stirring comeback with a spectacular lastminute try. Daniel Norton went over in the corner to complete a remarkable turnaround for...
LATE TRY ROBS BATTLING BEES; Ref Justice as Hosts Are Denied Trophy Upset
Byline: BRIAN DICK at Sharman's Cross Road B'HAM & SOLIHULL 24 LEEDS CARNEGIE 26 BATTLING Bees were robbed of yet another glorious cup upset by a contentious referee's decision and a try at the death. With just one play left the Solihull...
LAURSEN'S KINDER SURPRISE; EXCLUSIVE REVEALS HIS UNUSUAL JOB CHOICE Working with the Children Was Something That I Always Loved
Byline: BY ANDY WALKER VILLA'S kindergarten cop Martin Laursen insists that there's never any need for him to stamp out child's play at Bodymoor Heath. The injured skipper will yet again cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines today when Villa...
Leaders Owe It to Proctor; MIDLAND COMBINATION
SOUTHAM United held on to top spot with a 1-0 victory over Continental Star, Simon Proctor getting the all-important goal 10 minutes into the second half. Gareth Day sealed the points for Oldbury Athletic after setting up their first strike in a...
Left for Dead in Burning Wreck; EXCLUSIVE Gran Norma Slams Drink Driver's 10-Month Sentence
Byline: BY ADAM ASPINALL A MIDLAND gran who was left to die in the burning wreckage of her car by a cowardly drink driver has condemned his 'pointless' sentence. Paul Chaplin, 34, from East Leake, Nottinghamshire, was jailed for ten months on...
Letter: A Smile and Tear
Byline: DG TWISS READING Mr Dulson's memories of Sparkbrook in the Sunday Mercury left me with both a smile and a tear. We were the Twiss family of No 2 Sydenham Grove, Sydenham Road, Sparkbrook. Being at the bottom of the Grove, we were opposite...
Letter: Ronnie Has Paid His Debt; THE BIG ISSUE
Byline: RON EDWARDS I DO think Ronnie Biggs should be freed - all they did was nick a few quid. OK a man did die, but that was six months down the line. Being in prison, you meet all kinds of filth who have done mega-wrong. I know people...
Lorry-Jacker's Last Robbery; Exclusive
Byline: BY JEANETTE OLDHAM THIS is Dean Skidmore - a modern-day highwayman who paid for his crimes with his life. Police sources have revealed that the 36 year-old, of Brierley Hill, Dudley, had a long list of convictions before he set out on...
Marcus: I Was a Blade Stunner; BLUES STRIKER HOPING FOR M0RE HAPPY BRAMALL LANE MEMORIES
Byline: BY ANDY WALKER MARCUS Bent is desperate to give Blues a boost by recreating the razor-sharp goalscoring form he produced for the Blades ten years ago. Alex McLeish's men head to Bramall Lane today to take ona Sheffield United side who...
Matt Double Does Job for Perfect Ten; KIDDERMINSTER 2 EASTBOURNE 0
HOT property Matthew Barnes-Homer hammered home twice as ten-man Harriers easily accounted for Eastbourne Borough. Barnes-Homer produced two precise pieces of finishing after Harriers had their ranks reduced following the shock 14th-minute dismissal...
Maybe They're Not Good Enough
Byline: ROB TANNER YOU know what the trouble with Blues/Villa/Wolves/Albion/Walsall (delete as applicable) players is, they haven't got any heart for the club. They wouldn't die for the shirt like the fans would!' How many times have you heard a...
McIlroy's Keeping Promise
RORY McIlroy was tipped to shine this year and so far he has not disappointed. The Northern Irishman, who at the 2007 Open at Carnoustie had an impressive opening round and finished with the silver medal, has climbed into the world's top 20, bagged...
Misfiring Gunners Booed Off
ARSENAL 0 FULHAM 0 ARSENE Wenger accepts Arsenal's goal drought is playing on the team's mind, and that another draw has dealt a "big blow" to their hopes of getting back into the Champions League places. The misfiring Gunners were booed off...
Motors: Seriously Good Fun; MAZDA2 A SPORTS STAR
Byline: BY ROBIN ROBERTS DRIVING is a serious business these days. There are a number of well thought out, high efficiency, low polluting city cars out there. But the Mazda2 1.5 Sport has brought the fun element back to motoring. There...
Murphy G-Force Topples Rovers; British Business Football League DIVISION ONE MIDLANDS
Nuneaton Town 2 Bromsgrove Rovers 1 ANOTHER Gez Murphy double was enough to give Nuneaton maximum points as they came from behind to beat a lively Bromsgrove outfit. The Liberty Way side had an early shock when Guy Hadland was adjudged to...
Music: You Can Count on the Crows
Byline: by Andy Coleman. Paul Cole & Jack Daniels COUNTING Crows front man Adam Duritz has admitted that touring is bad for his health - but he's still determined to get out on the road and take his music to the fans. The 44 year-old rocker,...
My Friend Wendy the Joker; Longtime Friend on and off Screen Ian Lavender Opens His Heart
Byline: BY ROZ LAWS BRUMMIE TV star Ian Lavender last night paid a touching tribute to Wendy Richard, who was one of his oldest friends. The pair worked together on EastEnders, but he had known her for almost 40 years - since they were both in...
My Life Angel as an of Mercy; Confessions of a Birmingham Ambulance Driver
Byline: BY LORNE JACKSON POKER is a game of skill - especially when it comes to hiding your emotions from other players. Sometimes, that's not so easy. On other occasions it's a whole lot simpler than you would think. Especially when the...
O'Neill's Gamble Takes Shine off Euro Odyssey
Byline: ROB TANNER INEVER thought Martin O'Neill was a betting man but there is no doubt he has taken a big gamble by fielding a second string side in Moscow on Thursday night. Aston Villa haven't given their fans much to moan about in recent...
On-Loan Jordan's Feeling Right at Home
Byline: BY ANDY TURNER JORDAN Henderson admits that he wasn't particularly Coventry City to join them for a month. Making good progress in Sunderland's reserves, the 18-year-old winger had already had a taste of first-team football at the Stadium...
Outplayed Vale Feeling Fans' Wrath; PORT VALE 1 LUTON TOWN 3
Byline: ANTHONY MUNDAY at Vale Park ANGRY fans staged protests before and after dismal vale's tenth home defeat of a troubled campaign. About 100 supporters gathered at 2pm outside the main entrance where they unfurled banners and chanted for...
Pal Olof Enjoying Turin Life; Never-Say-Die Villa Star
Byline: BY ANDY WALKER MARTIN Laursen has revealed that his best pal and ex-Villa favourite Olof Mellberg has settled into life in Italy - but only after his pep talk prepared the Swede for the footballing culture-shock. Mellberg, who bid an...
PITMEN SUNK BY CAMPBELL; Hednesford's Hopes Are Left in the Soup
Bradford Park Avenue 3 Hednesford Town 0 THE two Premier Division play-off hopefuls were evenly matched in the first half with the game flowing end to end. It was however a different story in the second half as in only the second minute ex-Middlesbrough...
Porsche Playboy Is Serial Driving Offender; EXCLUSIVE Jailed Rich Kid to Be Quizzed over Midlanders' Deaths
Byline: BY NICK McCARTHY THE US millionaire who owned the car that killed two Midland businessmen in Florida had previously clocked up FIFTY driving offences. Playboy Ryan LeVin, 34, was jailed in Chicago last week for failing to complete a drugs...
Potters Can Beatt the Drop - Sidibe
Byline: BY PAUL WALKER STOKE striker Mamady Sidibe believes his new partnership with James Beattie can lead the club to top-flight survival. Beattie joined struggling Stoke in the transfer window from Sheffield United and has scored four goals...
Prem Title Is United's to Lose - Rafa
Byline: DAMIAN SPELLMAN at The Riverside MIDDLESBROUGH 2 LIVERPOOL 0 Liverpool manager rafael Benitez all but conceded the Barclays premier League title to Manchester United after seeing his side slip up at Middlesbrough. The Reds' unbeaten...
Prezzie Will Really Have the Old Girl Jumping for Joy
Byline: MIKE LOCKLEY HOPE my silver-haired mater likes her Mother's Day gift. If she doesn't, I'm sure other residents of 'Dunwhinging Residential Care Home' will get a great deal of joy from the snowboard. Pushed the boat out this year, I...
Pub Quiz
pot luck 1. What is one thousandth of a metre called? 2. Which US state did Sir Walter Raleigh name, in honour of his Queen? 3. What name is a bird and a fruit? 4. Lady Jane, Angie and Miss Amanda Jones are all what? 5. Who did Rocky...
Ram-Pant Sarwan Is Ton-Derful; WEST INDIES MASTER BLASTER FRUSTRATES TOURISTS AGAIN
Byline: RICHARD GIBSON in Bridgetown RAMNARESH Sarwan extended his rich vein of form against England with a third century of the Test series at Kensington Oval. Sarwan celebrated a 160-ball effort on the third afternoon of the penultimate Test...
Reluctant Punters Miss a Gift Horse! Going to the Dogs
Byline: Stephen Rea THE big tip on the grapevine at Hall Green last week was for an animal called Josiah Bartlett - the only problem was that the beast in question was a racehorse and not a greyhound. However, although it was strongly tipped...
Rodwell Is Dreaming of a Place in Sevens Heaven
Byline: BY BRIAN DICK Rodwell has backed Moseley to win the biggest match of their season - even though he won't be there to help. The rest of his Red and Black team-mates will try to take a big step towards National One security when they travel...
Russian Roulette; Taylor: 'WRONG' Big Ron: 'RIGHT' It Is the Decision That Has Divided Aston Villa Fans and May Come Back to Haunt Manager Martin O'Neill. the Ulsterman Sent a Young Second String Team to Play CSKA Moscow in a UEFA Cup Clash So He Could Rest His Stars for the Premiership - but They Crashed out. Now Two Claret and Blue Legends Debate the Controversial Decision
IAN TAYLOR played for Aston Villa from 1994 to 2003, making 234 appearances and scoring 28 goals. "THIS decision was a big disappointment from the fans' point of view. "There are a lot of people I know who paid good money to go over there and...
SADDLERS FIND NEW DIRECTION; Hutchings' Delight at Latest Victory
Byline: BRIAN HALFORD at The Banks's Stadium WALSALL 2 Deeney 52 mins, Nicholls 54 mins YEOVIL TOWN 0 WALSALL'S young guns led the way as Chris Hutchings' resurgent side recorded a rock-solid victory to preserve their play-offs hopes. ...
Scots Gladden Hadden
SCOTLAND 26 ITALY 6 FRaNK Hadden admitted he always expected Scotland to make hard work of beating Italy following their win at Murrayfield. a sensational try from Simon Danielli - his first at Test level for five years - and a fine maiden international...
SLACK EFFORT LIFTS ROBINS; Kevin and Robbo Link Up to Net the Points British Gas Business Football League PREMIER DIVISON
Yate Town 0 Evesham United 1 KEVIN Slack and Anthony Robinson continued their excellent strike partnership as they combined to land the Robins a second league double of the season. Robinson provided the pin-point 37thminute cross that Slack...
Soaps: Will Tina Tell the Truth? Coronation Street the One to Watch
Byline: by Roz Laws THE pressure has really been mounting on poor Tina, who has a terrible decision to make. It's no wonder she crumbled under the strain and ran away, though she turns up at the last minute to face the music. She has to decide...
STOLEN JAG GANG CRASH; Have-a-Go Hero Suffers Heart Attack
Byline: BY NICK McCARTHY A HAVE-a-go hero is recovering in hospital this morning after having a heart attack while taking on a gang of robbers. The man,who has not been named, gave chase after the gang lost control of their stolen Jaguar XKR...
Teen's Brave Battle Ends before Life-Saving Op
Byline: BY KAT KEOGH A TRAGIC Midlands teenager died half an hour before she was due to undergo a potentially lifesaving operation. Kimberley Jones, who had been bravely battling leukaemia for months, was "just too ill to go on" and died 30 minutes...
Telford Thank On-Fire Danks! BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Hyde 0 AFC Telford 4 THE goals rained in for AFC Telford as they maintained their challenge for the Blue Square North title. Telford took the lead eight minutes before half-time as Carl Rodgers fired in from the edge of the box after being...
Telly: Going the Extra Mile; Ben Daniels the Big Interview
Byline: by Roz Laws IN HIS latest TV role, Ben Daniels plays a barrister so obsessed with his work that his wife left him. It's clever casting as Ben is a workaholic too, whose level of commitment goes far deeper than viewers of Law & Order:...
The 65-Year Wait for a Council House; That's How Long It Could Take to Clear Waiting List
Byline: BY WILL OLIPHANT THE Government was called upon to flood cash into Birmingham last night - after latest figures revelved it will take 60 YEARS to clear the city's council house backlog. Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Bowen warned that...
The Future's BRIGHT
Byline: BY ZOE CHAMBERLAIN Lifestyle Editor THINGS can only get better - or so it would seem, according to the crazy carousel that is London Fashion Week. Forget the recession, autumn signals a new beacon of hope as some of Britain's best designers...
The Killers Are Thrillers; Reviews Show of the Week THE KILLERS LG Arena, Birmingham ****
Byline: PAUL COLE YOU have to hand it to Brandon Flowers. He always has an ace up his sleeve - and never more so than in live performance. So while The Killers occasional succumb to electropop banality and disco cheese, there's always a stadium...
THE Pounds 150K MISTAKE; 'Upside Down' Stamp Auctioned Off
Byline: BY ANUJI VARMA YOU can usually pick them up in a post office for 36p. But one of the world's rarest stamps will be sold in the Midlands for a whopping pounds 150,000 on Wednesday. It is believed the tiny inverted Jenny from the US...
Tiger's Return Brilliant to See; Offside with Luke Wilkins KERRANG! 105.2
Byline: luke wilkins THIS week I took a trip down South to visit my big brother in London. Apart from consuming my own bodyweight in wine, I also got a chance to see one of the most talked about comebacks in sport - that of arguably the greatest...
To the MANOR BORN; Homes & Gardens
Byline: BY KATE WOLFE SEECHAM Manor, near Alvechurch, has spent 500 years adapting to modern lifestyles. At the start of the 19th century, thesix bedroom Grade II* Listed house even changed its name, from Rowney Green House. Still, the manor...
Toyah's a 'Grow Your Own' Rebel! Green-Fingered Brummie Star Set for TV Culinary Duel
Byline: BY ROZ LAWS TOYAH Willcox has revealed her way to beat the credit crunch - grow your own! The singer and actress has a Midland garden bursting with fresh fruit and vegetables. Now she's encouraging others to shave pounds off their...
Triumph for Grumpy Clint; Cinema Gran Torino (15)
Byline: by Roz Laws CLINT Eastwood certainly doesn't let his age - he turns 80 next year - slow him down. This is the fourth filmhe's directed in just two years, and while Flags Of Our Fathers, Letters From Iwo Jima and Changeling were all quality...