Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)

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Articles from May 20, 2007

Back in Time: All the Girls Cried on Our School's Last Day; Your FOOTBALL Memories
PAM SMITH, of Wythall, is not all that keen on football, but has kept this photograph of her school's last ever team for 50 years! Pam writes: "I thought you might like to print this football photograph in the Sunday Mercury. It's taken at Station...
BLAIR TARGETED AS EXPLOSIONS ROCK EMBASSY; Fierce Mortar Attack as PM Arrives in Iraq BOMBS BLAST BRIT HQ
Byline: BY NIGEL NELSON & JAMES DOWARD with Blair in Baghdad MORTAR shells thudded around the British Embassy in Baghdad yesterday just minutes before Tony Blair arrived on an undercover farewell visit. The three rounds exploded in the Iraqi...
BOARD STUPID; Bungling Burglar Leaves His SKATEBOARD at Crime Scene
Byline: BY ANUJI VARMA A BUNGLING burglar may have left a vital clue at the scene of his crime - his multicoloured skateboard. The raider broke into a Co-op store in Colehill, Tamworth, Staffordshire, and fled with thousands of pounds of electrical...
Bobbys Brain Teasers
Byline: Compiled by: BOB BROWN AFTER yesterday's showdown between Manchester United and Chelsea, why not test your memory of the FA Cup final over the last 20 years? 1. 2006: Who scored a dramatic 90th-minute equaliser for Liverpool? 2. 2005:...
Bring the Birds Back
Byline: BY TOBY MUSGRAVE The TV Gardener HAVE you noticed how few sparrows there are around these days? One estimate indicates that certain species, such as the tree sparrow, have declined by 90 per cent since the 1960s. A major contributory...
Cinema: Addicted to MURDER; ZODIAC (15) ****
Byline: by Roz Laws A SERIAL killer who called himself The Zodiac struck several times in California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He killed at least five times, taunting the police and press with letters and cryptogram puzzles which he...
Cricket: Al: I'll Get Bowlers' Sting Back
Byline: By PAUL BOLTON WARWICKSHIRE legend Allan Donald has promised to bring the sting back to England's bowling attack if, as expected, he joins Peter Moores' new coaching panel. The ECB are expected to confirm tomorrow that former South Africa...
Cricket: BATTLING BRAVO'S 50 DEFIES PANESAR; ENGLAND V WEST INDIES FIRST TEST, LORD'S Npower Test Series Dwayne Puts the Brakes on Monty as Harmison Misfires
Byline: By DAVID CLOUGH ENGLAND'S misfiring pace attack allowed West Indies back into the first npower Test at Lord's - where Steve Harmison's offcolour form came as no surprise to the grateful tourists. While Harmison and his pace partner Liam...
Cricket: BATTLING SUSSEX STOP ROT AT HOVE; SUSSEX V SURREY
MURRAY Goodwin's second century of the match steered Sussex to safety and thwarted Surrey's hopes of a first win of the season at Hove. Sussex, following on 261 behind Surrey's 626 for three declared, batted all day on a flat wicket to reach 372...
Cricket: Darren: Old Pals Are My Enemy Now
Byline: By ANDY WALKER DARREN Maddy will be looking to get one over on his mates at Edgbaston today. The Bears skipper faces Leicestershire for the first time competitively since arriving from Grace Road as Warwickshire look to continue their...
Cricket: DERBYS PAY FOR MISSED CATCHES; DERBYSHIRE V MIDDLESEX
DERBYSHIRE were left counting the cost of dropped catches after the rain-affected LV Championship Division Two match against Middlesex ended in a draw. The visitors were in danger of losing when they collapsed to 121 for seven, only 144 ahead, but...
Cricket: FOXES FRUSTRATED BY NIFTY NAPIER; LEICESTERSHIRE V ESSEX
AN UNBEATEN 72 from Graham Napier ensured Essex came away from their rainaffected LV County Championship clash against Leicestershire with a draw. The 27-year-old all-rounder, playing his first Championship game of the season following an elbow...
Cricket: IT'S TOUGH TO IGNORE THE HYPE - LOUDON; EXCLUSIVE Pressure Got to Me Admits Alex
Byline: By ANDY WALKER ALEX Loudon admits that the hype surrounding him has felt like a weight on his shoulders. The all-rounder has been on the verge of breaking into the England set-up for some time but has been held back by injury and loss...
Cricket: Kumar's Hit by a Change in Weather! WARWICKSHIRE V DURHAM
Byline: ANDY WALKER at Edgbaston NEW arrival Kumar Sangakkara witnessed the great British weather at its finest as Warwickshire endured their second consecutive rain-affected draw. The Sri Lankan, who smashed 149 in his debut innings for the...
Cricket: SILLENCE BID TO REPLAY DAY OF GLORY
Byline: By ANDY WALKER WORCESTERSHIRE'S County Championship clash with Sussex on Thursday will be an emotional one for Roger Sillence. The Pears all-rounder has fond memories of an impressive first-class county debut against Sussex in 2001 for...
Cricket: WINDIES HIT BACK TO DEFY PANESAR; ENGLAND V WEST INDIES FIRST TEST, LORD'S Npower Test Series Monty on Song but Seam Stars Hit by Usual Worries
Byline: By MYLES HODGSON ENGLAND'S hopes for a bright start to their new era were undermined by the same old problems with injuries and a wayward attack undermining their victory bid in the opening npower Test. Just three days into the reign...
CV Should Reflect You; PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS
BUSY recruiters spend less than 30 seconds looking at each CV to decide if yours goes on the Yes pile or on the No, so your CV has to get their attention quickly. There is no right or wrong way to write it, but your CV should reflect your individuality....
Dining: HOT SMOKED SALMON WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA; Eating in Each Week We Bring You a Cut-out-and-Keep Recipe from Top Chef KEVIN ASHTON, Who Has Cooked for American Presidents and Hollywood Movie Stars. (Serves Four)
If you ever wondered what the difference is between hot-smoked and cold-smoked foods, it's how close the food is to the fire. In the case of smoked salmon, the fish is usually placed a long way from the fire so that by the time the smoke passes over...
Dining: No Tarrant Just Good Grub; Eating out RAJDOOT TANDOORI FINE INDIAN CUISINE, BIRMINGHAM
HIS blond hair looks as innocent as an afternoon spent sipping Horlicks with Doris Day. And that Woody Woodpecker chuckle is full of hi-jinks and jocularity. Chris Tarrant has based his entire career on turning Tiggerish. But beneath the boing-boing...
Dining: Taste of Latin Was Nothing to Get Excited about; LAS IGUANAS, BIRMINGHAM
Byline: FIONNUALA BOURKE I'VE always thought chim-ichanga is a great word. Apparently it's Spanish for 'thingamajig' - another great word. I've eaten a couple in my time too, but found them less exciting than their title. That is not to...
Disney Fairytale Became a Farce in Florida; Compensation Victory over Mickey Mouse Treatment at Hotel
Byline: BY TOM SCOTNEY IT was supposed to be a fairytale holiday to Disney-world in Florida. But dad Chris Walker says the dream break was ruined after his family was forced to change hotel rooms THREE times because of a catalogue of problems....
Dog Racing: FLYING PING KNOCKS SPOTS OFF RECORDS; GOING TO THE DOGS
Byline: Stephen Rea HORSESHOE Ping showed electrifying pace to storm clear of his rivals as the Betfair Scurry Gold Cup burst into life with one of the performances of the year at the Barr on Thursday. He ran the bends without hesitating and,...
Football: Classy Kevin Values Goals above Gold; THE FINAL WORD
Byline: GRAHAM HILL AT a time when seasoned strikers are preparing for a career outside football, Kevin Phillips is one goal-getter who shows no signs of slowing down. Robbie Fowler has made his Anfield swansong while Villa's Chris Sutton's chances...
Football: COOKE HAPPY TO FACE HEAT; Hot-Shot Andy Relishes Shrews' Big Date
Byline: By MAT KENDRICK SHREWSBURY sharpshooter Andy Cooke believes next weekend's League Two playoff final at Wembley will eclipse his Millennium Stadium success with Stoke. Cooke, 33, stepped off the bench to bag a brace and fire Town to a...
Football: DARREN: I'LL PUT BAGGIES ON SPOT; BATTLE FOR THE PREMIERSHIP: ALBION V DERBY.. 8 DAYS TO GO
Byline: By DAVID INSTONE DARREN Moore has warned old club Albion that he is ready to rise to another big occasion when he walks out at Wembley. Moore - "Big Dave" to Albion fans - believes it is "unreal" that he will come up against the club...
Football: Davies Bids to Chew Up Tony's Men; BATTLE FOR THE PREMIERSHIP: ALBION V DERBY.. 8 DAYS TO GO
Byline: By MAT KENDRICK DERBY boss Billy Davies is ravenous for the sweet taste of success at Wembley - after almost collapsing through hunger during his first meeting this season with play-off rivals Albion! Davies defied doctor's orders to...
Football: DROG SHOW LIFTS JOSE! CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 THE FA CUP E-On Moment of Magic Lights Up a Stinker
Byline: GRAHAM HILL at Wembley JOSE Mourihno began the week arguing over his dog - but ended it celebrating with a hair of the Drog! We had waited long enough for the new Wembley to be built for the return of this showpiece final, and it took...
Football: Fergie Hails Deadly Didier; the FA Cup E-On
Byline: By MAT KENDRICK SIR Alex Ferguson paid tribute to match-winner Didier Drogba after the Chelsea powerhouse destroyed Manchester United's dreams of the double. The Old Trafford giants were hoping to add the FA Cup to their league title...
Football: Future's Looking Brighter for 'Pool
BLACKPOO 3 OLDHAM 1 (Aggregate 5-2) BLACKPOOL manager Simon Grayson saw his side book their place at Wembley in the Coca-Cola League One play-off final and then insisted it was time the club stopped living in the past. The Seasiders proved...
Football: HEROES ARE ENTITLED TO POSH DOSH; THE FINAL WORD
Byline: MAT KENDRICK IT'S quite appropriate that Walsall have changed the name of their ground to the Banks's Stadium after their sponsorship deal with the beer firm. Because "bitter" is the best word to sum up the Saddlers following the acrimonious...
Football: MOUR'S PRIDE IN HISTORY MAKERS; CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 THE FA CUP E-On
Byline: By MAT KENDRICK JOSE Mourinho saluted his Chelsea heroes for making history after their FA Cup triumph completed his full sweep of domestic trophies. The Portugese manager extended his collection of silverware to six in three years folllowing...
Football: PAUL'S SISTER ACT COULD BE JUST DIVINE.. EXCLUSIVE BATTLE FOR THE PREMIERSHIP: ALBION V DERBY.. 8 DAYS TO GO Nuns Backing McShane at Wembley
Byline: By PHIL CAMPION MOST pundits say that Albion beat Wolves for a place at Wembley because they were the better team over two legs. But there is evidence to suggest that one Baggies player had the edge because he had God on his side. Many...
FROZEN BY FEAR; EXCLUSIVE Girl Chews on Safety Pin in Birds Eye Chicken Burger
Byline: BY JEANETTE OLDHAM A MUM has told how her young daughter bit into a Birds Eye chicken burger - and ended up chewing a safety pin. Schoolgirl Skye Bridle, 10, cut her tongue but luckily escaped serious injury. Birds Eye has apologised...
GEOFF LANDS Pounds 5,000 TITLE; Pounds 12,000 MIDLANDS FANTASY FOOTBALL Sunday Mercury Sponsored by BANKS'S
AFTER an exciting season of highs and lows for the thousands of managers taking part in our inaugural Midlands Fantasy Football competition, Geoff Pryor of Gloucester has finally emerged triumphant. Geoff picks up our fabulous top prize of pounds...
Get Your Home Fit for SALE
IT'S the start of the homeselling season and clusters of 'For Sale' boards are springing up across the Midlands. If you're planning to put your home on the market and want eager buyers knocking on your door, your property needs to be 'fit for sale'....
Golf: IT'S THREE-SY FOR BATTLING HARRINGTON; Padraig Set to Make History on Home Soil
Byline: PHIL CASEY in Limerick PADRAIG Harrington will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Irish Open as he looks to become the first home winner of the event in 25 years. Harrington carded a third-round 71 for a four-under-par...
Golf: O'Hanlon: Peter's Put Me on Course
Byline: By LEE McLAUGHLAN FORMER Villa goalkeeper Peter Sch-meichel has been casting a critical eye over Midland golfer Richard O'Hanlon as he bids to upset the big guns at the European Tour's flagship event - the BMW PGA Championship. The Staffordshire-based...
Haunted Private Eye Gets Down to Earth and Leaves Us Wanting More; Books the Unquiet (Hodder & Stoughton, Pounds 16.99)
Byline: JOHN CONNOLLY HIS first wife and daughter were butchered by a sadistic serial killer. His second wife and daughter walked out because of the sinister strangers turning up on the doorstep. Little wonder that private eye Charlie Parker...
Highly Trained to Play a Vital Role; PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS
THE uniformed public services offer a range of rewarding, responsible vocations which are very special in that they are of great value to the community. Indeed, the opportunity to help people is the motivation behind many people entering these professions....
HISTORY BROUGHT TO LIFE; Family Tree
RESEARCHING your family tree and want to put it into context? Then there's a trip back in time coming up in the Black Country. The Light House arts centre is presenting a repeat run of nostalgia film footage - by public demand. When they showed...
Holidays: The Price Is Right; Doc Holiday GEOFF SALTMARSH, Travel Expert and Managing Director of THE SALTHARSH PARTNERSHIP Offers Experts Tips
Byline: GEOFF SALTMARSH Q I'VE always wanted to go to the USA for a long weekend - ideally somewhere on the East Coast. I see that the dollar is very weak at the moment. Do you think now is a good time to travel? If so, what should I expect to pay...
Holidays: Wonder of the Lost City; There's Seven Weeks to Go until a New Definitive List of the Seven Wonders of the World Is Unveiled. FIONNUALA BOURKE Seeks out One of the Hot Favourites - Indiana Jones' Lost City of Petra
Byline: FIONNUALA BOURKE IT stands on the edge of the Arabian desert, shimmering in the heat. Once the glittering capital of the Nabataean empire - before Christ was born - Petra is the lost city. Known to millions from its starring appearance...
Horse Racing: HENRY BACK IN CLASSIC SHAPE; Ex-Champion Cecil Set for Double Oaks Tilt IN ASSOCIATION WITH RELIANT WINDOWS LTD
Byline: By BOB DOWNING IT was a few years ago that a tall man sitting astride a horse looked very much like an intruder peering into the highprofile world of horseracing. I was with a number of other racing hacks scurrying around trying to pin...
Horse Racing: IT'S A RED-LETTER DAY FOR EVIE
Byline: By MARTIN KELLY RED Evie rattled off seven straight wins last summer and started 2007 in similar fashion when slaying the colts at the highest level in the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. Although below par on her final outing last...
Hospital Blunders Meant We Never Had the Chance to Say Goodbye; EXCLUSIVE FAMILY TELLS OF SIMPLE OP THAT ENDED IN DEATH OF THEIR BELOVED DAUGHTER
Byline: BY ADAM ASPINALL FOR most people a Caribbean cruise would be the holiday of a lifetime. For teenager Stephanie Hamblett it was to be the final voyage with her family before cancer took her life. But her parents say a tragic catalogue...
If You Don't Want to Pay Pounds 8 for a Burger Eat Your Sarnies on the Train; EXCLUSIVE WHAT WEMBLEY BOSSES TOLD ANGRY ALBION FANS
Byline: BY ADAM ASPINALL WEST Bromwich Albion fans have been told to expect sweet FA from the new Wembley after complaining about 'ripoff' food prices at the play-off final. Bitter Baggies supporters plan to boycott stadium fare after soccer...
I Had Dinner with the London Suicide Bombers; EXCLUSIVE CLEARED BRUM TERROR SUSPECT ADMITS MEETING JULY 7 KILLERS JUST MONTHS BEFORE OUTRAGE
Byline: BY JEANETTE OLDHAM TWO of the July 7 suicide bombers visited the Birmingham home of a man arrested by anti-terrorist police just months before the London attacks, the Sunday Mercury can reveal. Imran Motala, 22, admitted that he chatted...
I'll Never Go under the Knife Ever Again; SHARON VOWS TO GIVE UP PLASTIC SURGERY
Byline: BY ANUJI VARMA Showbiz Writer SHARON Osbourne has vowed never to go under the knife again - because she is too old and surgery is too painful. The wife of Brummie rocker Ozzy has had a string of operations including face, brow and bottom...
Iraq Decision Is Best for Royals
Byline: GEORGE TYNDALE WELL, they've seen sense at last. But the decision that Prince Harry should not go to Iraq is a disastrous three months too late. As this column pointed out back in February, to have sent the Prince on a six-month tour...
Jackson Five
Byline: LORNE JACKSON 1 PIRATES of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley says she dreams of pumping up her curves. "I'd love to have t**s," she says. Sounds to me like another example of a movie star trying to deflect accusations of arrogance...
Jude's Little Princess for a Day
LITTLE Ellie Stirling last night heard the words women all over Britain are longing to hear when film star Jude Law declared that she looked "absolutely beautiful". She consented to a kiss on the hand from Law but she would not allow him to kiss...
Just Don't Mention the F Word. ULTIMATE SPORT IS.. THE FRISBEE SPECIAL REPORT
Byline: BY LORNE JACKSON WANT to play frisbee? Then there's one thing you need to know. Nobody plays frisbee. In fact, let's not even consider using the pesky F-word. At least not while we're in the vicinity of the Pavilion sport centre...
KELLY: JO ON RIGHT ROAD; Holmes Backs Pavey Marathon Ambitions
Byline: By DAVID MARTIN DAME Kelly Holmes believes her pal Jo Pavey will take another major step in carving out a road-racing career in today's BUPA Great Manchester Run. Pavey, although planning to contest the 10,000 metres at the World Championships...
Make a Difference to People's Lives; PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS SPECIAL the Public Sector Offers a Wealth of Job Opportunities. in the Armed Forces, Hospitals, Schools, Police, Fire and Ambulance Services - Each Individual Job Presents Its Own Challenges and Rewards. This Special Feature Offers Advice and Information on Some of the Careers Available and How to Apply
THE public sector is an exciting, dynamic and rewarding place in which to work, according to the Improvement and Development Agency, which has played a major role in a national event currently under way. Public Sector Jobs Week was set up three...
Maximum Success for Classy Ulrich
Byline: By MIKE BERRY ULRICH Ostergaard completed a memorable week by booking his place in the Danish Championship final when he finished third in Friday's semi-final at Outrup. The charismatic Dane was beaten only by Mads Korneliussen and Charlie...
Motor Racing: Wales Call to Soothe Wayne's Wounds
Byline: By MAT KENDRICK WAYNE Hennessey is keeping his fingers crossed that the wounds of Wolves' play-off exit will be eased by his international debut for Wales next weekend. The rookie goalkeeper was thrown into a cauldron of local rivalry...
Motors: DRINK & DRIVE; I'd Recycle Cans to Make New Audi TT
Byline: BY TONY LARNER Motoring Writer GETTING a little fed-up with all these "save the planet" fascists. Remember the days when you could just throw your beer cans into the bin after draining them dry? Try that nowadays and you'll get a knock...
Move over Palin as Comics Swarm All over the World
Byline: by Roz Laws COMIC travelogues are suddenly all the rage. For years Michael Palin had cornered the market in being amusing while going round the world, then came Victoria Wood with her series on the British Empire. Now comes Paul Merton...
Music: Win Tickets to Dance Party
Byline: by Paul Cole, Jack Daniels & David Brookes IT'S Bank Holiday party time and the Preview team has 10 pairs of tickets to give away to two super dance events. Superclub Air, in Digbeth, will be turning into a giant al fresco disco this...
My Hairdryer Is Still Working 48 Years Later
Byline: BY ANUJI VARMA WHEN Patricia Doyle was given a Morphy Richards hairdryer for her 21st birthday, she was blown away. Now, 48 years later, the machine is still hot stuff - because it remains in full working order. And that's remarkable...
MY SCHOOL DAYS RUINED BY LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR; Race Hate Sparked by TV Show Says Lenny
Byline: BY ROZ LAWS TV Editor FUNNYMAN Lenny Henry has revealed how his schooldays were blighted by a controversial TV sitcom show. He says the 1970s show Love Thy Neighbour gave ammunition to teenage bullies, supplying them with a dictionary...
Padding out Former Life; Our Guest Columnist on Family Life
Byline: MIKE LOCKLEY INDEBTED to satellite channel UK Gold for resurrecting glitzy 80s soap Dallas: a series that persuaded so many women to wear shoulder pads that they had to widen fire escapes in workingmen's clubs the length and breadth of the...
Pounds 2.5m REWARD HAMPERS SEARCH FOR MADELEINE
Byline: BY ADAM ASPINALL THE pounds 2.5 million in reward money offered for the return of missing Madeleine McCann could be HAMPERING the police investigation, it was claimed last night. Sources in Portugal claim the huge bounty has sparked dozens...
Restoring COMFORT
Byline: BY KATE WOLFE HERITAGE House, in High Street, Kinver, is a heartening monument to British conservationist spirit. Fifteen years ago, passers-by never guessed that the house would be transformed into the charming family home it is today....
Reviews
MIKA Carling Academy HIGH-pitched crooner Mika camped it up in Birmingham when he dressed up as a chicken and handed out lollies to fans at his show. The Lebanese-born singer was a hit with the crowd at the modest-sized venue as he launched into...
Rugby Union: BATH DREAM DOWN DRAIN; CLERMONT AUV. 22 BATH 16 Clermont's Slick Show Shatters Cup Hopes
Byline: ALEX LOWE at The Stoop BATH'S hunt for a major trophy will enter its 10th year after they were beaten by Clermont Auvergne in the European Challenge Cup final at the Twickenham Stoop. Once a mighty club, Bath won an incredible 16 trophies...
Rugby Union: Dream Show Eases Lamb Nightmares
Byline: By HARRY NOBLE RYAN Lamb insists England Saxons' Barclays Churchill Cup victory against USA served as the perfect antidote to his Guinness Premiership final nightmare. The Gloucester fly-half turned 21 on Friday and celebrated by producing...
Rugby Union: HISTORY BECKONING KEV AFTER 10-YEAR TEST WAIT
Byline: By ANDREW BALDOCK KEVIN Yates dreamt of resurrecting his England career. And if he realises the dream and features for the world champions on their tour of South Africa, he will set a record. When Canada-born Yates, left, last wore a senior...
Rugby Union: RUWERS: I'LL PACK PUNCH AT SIXWAYS
Byline: By ANDY WALKER WORCESTER new boy Shaun Ruwers insists Bath's loss is Warriors' gain. The powerhouse prop, who stands at 6ft 3 in and weighs 19st 6lbs, arrived at Sixways this week on a one-year contract from relegated National One outfit...
Rugby Union: STINGING WILL NOT HURT ME - TUILAGI; HEINEKEN CUP FINAL: LEICESTER V WASPS Ace Misses Trouble by a Smile
Byline: By ALEX LOWE GIANT winger Alesana Tuilagi is determined to be Leicester's smiling assassin in today's Heineken Cup final against Wasps. Tuilagi was sent off at Twickenham last season after a brawl with Lewis Moody during Samoa's defeat...
Second Chance for the Children Getting Real Lessons in Life; SPECIAL REPORT
Byline: BY FIONNUALA BOURKE IT is the charity which has dramatically improved the lives of thousands of disabled Midland children. The National Institute of Conductive Education (NICE for short) teaches pioneering techniques to kids battling...
Sent Bananas by Euro Meddling; OUR GUEST COLUMNIST ON FAMILY LIFE
Byline: MIKE LOCKLEY CORNERSHOP owner Mr Patel has seen his bananas fall foul of EU bureaucracy - on the lame grounds that they're carrots, apparently. "How was I to know - I'm colourblind," blustered the trader during a heated phone call with...
Son's Rich Friend Shows Just What I'm Missing; Our Guest Columnist on Family Life
Byline: MIKE LOCKLEY SHE-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed is over the moon because our son has befriended the son of the rich couple in the Big House. This is an appalling brand of snobbery, of which I am not guilty. Affluent or poverty-stricken - anyone can...
STREETS OF FEAR; EXCLUSIVE Battle for Power Leads to Spate of Shootings
Byline: BY ADAM ASPINALL A VIOLENT power struggle within one of Birmingham's most notorious gangs has led to a spate of shootings across the city. Young guns within the infamous Johnson Crew gang in Aston and Lozells are said to be responsible...
The Bald Truth Is a Worry
Byline: LORNE JACKSON THE bane of blokekind has long been the flummoxed follicle. When a man's hair starts the mass immigration from bonce to brush, his confidence usually heads for Calais, too. No longer. A cure for baldness has arrived,...
This Is Very, Very Serious. They Must Be Caught before a Patient Dies; EXCLUSIVE HOSPITAL APPEAL TO CATCH SABOTEUR
Byline: BY BOB HAYWOOD POLICE last night launched a hunt for an evil hospital saboteur after vital medical equipment was disabled at a major hospital in the Midlands. There are fears that a patient could die before the twisted culprit is caught....
THUG MAY BE JAILED TWICE FOR SAME ATTACK; EXCLUSIVE Charged with Murder after Coma Victim Dies 7 Years Later
Byline: BY JEANETTE OLDHAM A MIDLAND thug has been charged with murder and faces jail for a second time for the SAME brutal attack - because his victim has died after seven years in a coma. Jason Anthony, 26, from Erdington, Birmingham, spent...
TV & Radio
Byline: by Roz Laws That Mitchell And Webb Sound, Radio 4 Thursday 6.30pm THEY may have made a hash of their first film, Magicians, but David Mitchell and Robert Webb are still funny on the TV and Radio 4, their natural home where they started...
TV & Radio: Search for a Great British HERO
Byline: by Roz Laws HOW can you compare Julie Andrews with Ozzy Osbourne? Or measure the achievements of Stephen Hawking and Stephen Redgrave against those of Charlotte Church and Simon Cowell? But that's what viewers are being asked to do when...
WE NEED YOUR PROTECTION; Widow's Battle to Change Law after Daughter Was Killed by Mental Patient
Byline: BY TOM SCOTNEY A GRIEVING Midland widow is urging politicians to approve tough new measures to protect the public from dangerous mental health patients. Wendy Robinson's daughter Georgina, an occupational therapist, was stabbed to death...
What Is It?
CONDUCTIVE Education was devised after the Second World War by unconventional Hungarian physician Andras Peto. He returned from Vienna to war-devastated Budapest and agreed to take charge of the city's physically disabled. What emerged was an...
WIN Signed Blues Shirts
BLUES are flying high - right into the Premiership. Just like shirt sponsors FlyBe, who are jetting to new destinations in Germany. We're celebrating both, by giving away 12 signed Birmingham City shirts. Each has been autographed by the promotion-winning...
WIN Simon Webbe Tickets
FORMER Blue star Simon Webbe is coming home - for a Birmingham supershow. And YOU could be there. We're giving away tickets to Simon's NIA gig next Sunday. We have two pairs up for grabs in an easy-to-enter phone, text and e-mail competition....
WIN the Trip of a Lifetime; VOYAGES JULES VERNE
WIN a trip for two to discover the lost city of Petra. That's the prize offer from the Sunday Mercury and Voyages Jules Verne. We've teamed up to give away the holiday of a lifetime. And you'll soon see why Petra is in the running to become...
Your Life: Should I Have Needle Course? Ask the Doc
Byline: Dr James Briscoe Q I'VE been looking into having acupuncture for back pain after it was recommended to me by my doctor. What can I expect from a course of treatment and how safe is it? A ACUPUNCTURE is one of the most popular and well-established...
Your Life: STRESS BUSTER; Chilling out in the Heart of the City
STRESS is now the major cause of longterm absence in the workplace. And with increasing hours and demands being made on employees, it's no wonder added pressures are causing anxiety. Stress is a major cause for many health problems, so it is...