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Articles from February 11, 2010

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A Climate for Investment; Shareleague
There is no doubt that listed companies in the Midlands are looking like much better value than they did two years ago and merger and acquisition activity is beginning to be restored. As indication of this, the acquisition of Cadbury was agreed...
Adult Care and Music Cut
Adult social care and the music provision for youngsters are the services hardest hit in Warwickshire County Council's new budget. The Conservative-led council voted for pounds 9.7 million of cuts this year. It plans to increase charges for communitybased...
A Life in Crime That Helps the Public Purse
It's hardly a secret but nothing sells books or TV drama like murder. But details of real-life killings are equally as compelling. So much so that the most senior Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutor in the Midlands admits: "I prefer murder...
All Hail to the New Electric Cab
Byline: TOMS COTNEY Anew West Midlands-devel-oped electric taxi could AAspark a battle for control on the streets of London. The Mercedes 'eVito' taxi -developed by a consortium including Lichfield drivetrain specialists Zytec and Coventry consultancy...
An Exhibition with All the Right Elements
A Birmingham graffiti artist will be bringing a unique form of 3D art to life city this month, to mark the Chinese Year of the Tiger celebrations. Chu, real name Wayne Edwards, has been involved in aerosol art for more than a decade. From humble beginnings...
An Eye for Potential; for Many People Viewing Properties, It's Difficult Enough to Envisage How the Building Will Look with Their Own Furniture and Decorations. Imagine Then, the Vision Required to Transform a Farmhouse That Had Stood Derelict for Two Decades. Annie Roberts Discovers More
Byline: Annie Roberts Twenty years ago Lower Farm was derelict. It had stood empty for two decades and lack of care had taken its toll. Luckily some individuals can see through the neglect, and its new owners began a renovation project that...
Anyone Seen Mike Whitby Lately? COMMENT
It is regrettable that the leader of Birmingham City Council did not see any reason to attend a press briefing on the authority's 2010-11 budget where he could have given political insight into plans to axe up to 2,000 jobs and reduce spending by pounds...
A Picture Postcard Example of an English Cottage; for Owner Sue Howl, This Group of Three Properties Epitomises the Ideals of Living in the Country, Writes Annie Roberts
Byline: Annie Roberts There may be no evidence how The Malt House acquired its name but there is no mistaking why the current owner still loves the place. "It is a very quirky cottage and I really do love living here," admitted owner Sue Howl,...
Appointments
APPOINTMENTS Clearwater Corporate Finance has strengthened its healthcare team with the appointment of former 3i analyst Ramesh Jassal. In his new role, Mr Jassal will work closely with the firm's dealmakers in the origination and execution of investment...
A Space to Think; Ten Years after Walsall New Art Gallery Opened Its Doors, Graham Young Sees How the People's Gallery Is Faring
Byline: Graham Young Walsall probably wasn't the most obvious place to build a pounds 21 million art gallery in celebration of the New Millennium. But, since it's at the heart of such a heavily populated region, why not? Her Majesty The Queen clearly...
Assessing the City's Culture
Byline: HELGAHENRY As part of Birmingham's bid to become the UK's first City of Culture, Fierce has been hard at work on www.canvasbirmingham.com. We are literally canvassing the people of the city to find out what cultural activities they take...
Awkward Set Was a Greek Tragedy Waiting to Happen; THEATRE REVIEW
MEDEA B2, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Northern Broadsides scored a hit by taking a chance on Lenny Henry in last year's Othello, but its new take on Euripides' tragedy arrived in Coventry trailing the kind of reviews that hinted at a mustsee theatrical...
BBC Big Band Offers a Taste of America
Byline: JAZZ DIARY Jazz has always fed upon the great American songwriters, but what was it going to do once George Gershwin and Cole Porter and Irving Berlin and Harold Arlen had passed on? Luckily Burt Bacharach and Henry Mancini came on the scene....
Beautiful Restoration of the Old Smithy; Alison Jones Casts an Admiring Eye over a Period Property in Middleton, Warwickshire, That Has Been Lovingly and Sympathetically Modernised
Byline: Alison Jones The words Old Smithy conjure up images of a crumbing rustic building, brick walls blackened with age and soot from the forge, maybe a wheezy old bellows gathering dust and cobwebs in the corner. Quite a contrast then to the...
Campaign to Raise Cash for Forces Charity
Lichfield firm LSC Group has launched a new ''Let's put all our energy into SSAFA'' campaign as part of its ongoing commitment to fundraising for its 2010 corporate charity. The software company has chosen the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families...
Casualties of War Hit Home; A Rising Number of Military Casualties Are Putting Increasing Pressure on Birmingham's Selly Oak Hospital. Phil Vinter Looks at the Consequences for Patients
Byline: Phil Vinter n increasing number of hos -pital patients are being AAAtransferred to private hospi -tals because an increase injured soldiers is putting pressure on Birmingham's Selly Oak hospital. Last year 200 patients were transferred...
Church's Many Mansions; the Church of England Is Looking at Selling off Some of Its Finest Palaces to Save Money. Rebekah Oruye Looks at the Uncertain Future for Hereford Palace
Byline: Rebekah Oruye Steeped in history, the lavish Hereford Palace has been the grand home of the city's bishops for centuries. But now, this fine palace, parts of which date back to the 12th century, could be put up for sale as the Church...
Controversy-Rocked Station Back on Track; with the Latest Radio Listening Figures Suggesting BRMB's Star Might Once Again Be in the Ascendancy, Anna Blackaby Finds out Whether All PR Is Good PR for the Station Which Made Global Headlines When It Sacked a Presenter for Calling the Queen's Speech Boring
Byline: Anna Blackaby t's probably fair to say it's been an eventful six months for BRMB. IWhen Orion Media chief executive Phil Riley picked up the keys to the door in the midst of a listener slump last July, he knew he had a tough job on his...
Council 'Panic' Led to Jobs Cull; Birmingham City Council's Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Has Been Accused of Panicking after Announcing Plans to Axe Up to 2,000 Jobs and Slash Spending by Pounds 75 Million, Reports Public Affairs Correspondent Paul Dale
Byline: Paul Dale he 2010-11 city council budget, one of the toughest TTTfor years, will put Birming -ham in a better position to deal with unprecedented government spending cuts over the next few years, according to chief executive Stephen Hughes....
Council's Attitude on CO2 Is Unsustainable
Dear Editor, It's disappointing to read that Birmingham City Council rejected an inspirational plan for renewable energy in the city just two days after signing up to the 10:10 campaign and launching its own Green New Deal. (birminghampost.net) t On...
Cup Ties an Unwelcome Distraction
Byline: BRIAN DICK The British and Irish Cup breaks the momentum of what is becoming an absorbing Championship season this weekend with a pair of fixtures to numb the senses. Friday night in Port Talbot beck-k ons for Moseley as they take on...
Curzon Sreet Should Be Our High Speed Link
Dear Editor, We wait with trepidation for the findings of Lord Rowland's report and the proposals for the High Speed 2 line between London and Birmingham. Lord Adonis and the Department for Transport will hopefully come to the conclusion that the...
Deferred Payments Are Facing Scrutiny
Over the past 12 months, HMRC has been assisting businesses seeking a temporary deferral of tax liabilities through what is known as 'time to pay' arrangements. However, there is now some evidence that deferred payments are facing increased scrutiny....
Disruptive Pupils 'Hidden' from Ofsted Inspectors
Byline: EDWARD CHADWICK Birmingham Catholic school is at the centre of an AAAinvestigation amid claims it duped inspectors into giving it a better mark by drafting in teachers from other schools and removing disruptive pupils. St Edmund Campion...
Don't Slip Up over Absence; FERGALDOWLING
Snow - I loved it when I was a child as it meant fun, sledging and snowballing. Now, while I like skiing, during the working week I regard snow as a hindrance. Recent weeks saw snow-w fall cause disruption to businesses. The flakes were accompanied...
Down to Earth; New Films Reviewed by Graham Young and Roz Laws
Byline: Graham Young ; Roz Laws BATTLE FOR TERRA Cert PG, 79 mins For anyone who has seen Avatar, the plot for this film will sound familiar. The peaceful inhabitants of an alien planet face annihilation from greedy humans, but one Earthling discovers...
Dutch Supercar Heads for Covent
The Midland automotive industry has received a timely boost in the shape of a 187mph Dutch supercar. The Netherlands-based car-maker Spyker has begun production of its Aileron sport coupe in Coventry, after opting to switch production from Zeewolde...
Employing the Greatest Expertise and Experience; PROPERTYEXPERT
There isn't an estate agent in the country that has not been told at least once that home-owners have no need of his or her profession. It might be very temping thought, but the reality might just be very different. Mark Wiggin of property specialist...
End of Drama for Election Counts?
raditional election night TTdrama could be consigned to the dustbin of history as Birmingham draws up plans to publish General Election results a full day after votes are cast. Birmingham provided one of the dramatic highlights of the 1997 election...
Family Seeks European Justice
Byline: TOM SCOTNEY he Midland family of the man killed by an overseas doctor on TTTan out-of-hours call has said it will be continuing legal action against medical groups and governments to stop it ever happening again. And their Birmingham...
Fancy a Curry? It's in the Bag
Aformer school worker has fulfilled a lifetime's ambition by launching her own range of DIY curry kits, writes Richard McComb. Ever since she was a child, Sally Hares was fascinated by cookery and wanted to work in the food industry. So when the...
Fire HQ Merger Flawed - Malik
he Government has admit -t ted rushing plans for a giant TTTregional control centre which fire brigades fear could become a pounds 9 million white elephant. Minister Shahid Malik told a Commons inquiry: "The truth is that insufficient detailed work...
Global View Serves Our History Well; CHRISUPTON
Not so long ago the collections of our great museums appeared to be under threat. First there were the Greeks, making it abundantly clear that they would like their marbles back. With a new Acropolis museum in course of construction in Athens, it was...
Going Dutch; Conductor Jaap Van Zweden Chats with Christopher Morley Ahead of a Visit from the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Byline: Christopher Morley Mention the name Hilversum to anyone of a certain age and they will go all misty-eyed and start talking about the good old days of steam radio. While we waited for those valve-engorged wooden-cased mains-connected monsters...
Halls Well That Ends Well. Left to Rot for 20 Years, Halls Cottage Has Been Lovingly Restored Back to Its Former Glory by Current Owners Russell and Jane Smith, Writes Annie Roberts
Byline: Annie Roberts For about 20 years a cottage had stood dere lict. Trees grew through its roof and the building was a far cry from the home it had once been for estate workers. That was 16 years ago. Halls Cottage has undergone a transfor-r...
Handing Power over to N Councils Can Be Double-Edged Sword
Byline: JONATHAN WALKER leaders usually prommore power to local comm -nd councils - and fre an -appoint once they get sa It's far too soon to com I -David Cameron has is pattern. He hasn't h o Downing Street yet. to was an ominous sign e when it...
Holistic Outlook Is Good for All
Byline: JERRY BLACKETT Never waste a good crisis. In the view of Sir Michael Bischard, the senior civil servant championing the government's Total Place pilots, now is our best chance in twenty years for creat-t ing a Birmingham budget. Total...
Honeysuckle Heralds the Start of Spring; NATUREWATCH
Byline: Peter Shirley Even though we are still in the grip of winter weather the first signs of spring are here if you look for them. From the spiky shoots of garden bulbs to the first tiny leaves of marsh marigolds and lesser celandine, from snowdrops...
How Communications Technology Levels the Playing Field; Alison Adams, Senior Product Manager, Product, Virgin Media Business, Shows How Businesses in the Midlands Are Seeing the Benefits of Savvy Investments in Technology
Byline: Alison Adams T he global digital economy has opened doors for UK companies. Today over half of organisations are doing business on a national scale, whilst one in eight is trading internationally. The good news is that the opportunities...
Imaginary Assets on Council's Accounts; the Extent of Official Concern over Birmingham City Council's Financial Procedures Has Become Clear Following Publication of an Audit Commission Report Which Orders the Local Authority to Follow an 18-Point Improvement Plan, Reveals Public Affairs Correspondent Paul Dale
Byline: Paul Dale For the first time in its long history, Birmingham City Council's annual accounts have not been given a clean bill of health by auditors. Inspectors found the books littered with errors, in particular an asset register supposedly...
In Brief
Elections for the 2010/11 committee of the Birmingham Trainee Solicitors' Society will be held on March 11 at the Old Joint Stock. The deadline for nominations and manifestos for the group is February 25. The group's AGM will be held on the same...
Innovating in the Midlands
Byline: Paul Lawrence Paul Lawrence, head of sales Midlands region, Virgin Media Business, says that innovation in telecoms can provide positive solutions for Midland businesses I n the last 18 months, customers in Birmingham have become much more...
Innovation in Business Telecoms; Phil Stewart, Director of Customer Service, Believes That Now Is the Time to Get a Maximum Return on Innovation
Byline: Phil Stewart B usinesses up and down the country have found the last two years very challenging. Yet, Keith Goffin, professor of innovation and new product development at Cranfield School of Management, believes that hard times can result...
International Support despite Roberts' Trying Inconsistency
With Moseley's season nearing its crescendo Tristan Roberts, the man central to the direction of the campaign, has received a welcome vote of confidence. According to former Wales scrum-half Andy Williams the mercurial playmaker is the man to lead...
In the Bag - Growing Your Own Potatoes; GARDENWATCH
Byline: Colin Hambidge When I first started growing vegetables back in the 1970s, it was generally regarded that a large garden was needed if you wished to grow potatoes and that for most people it therefore made more sense to buy them from the...
Is This Another Bright Idea?
Byline: SARAHEVANS I have always had difficulty remembering what the difference is supposed to be in government-speak between 'gifted' and 'talented.' There is on, of course, and when money follows the correct application of the label, it's been...
It's All about You; in Association With
T hree years ago Virgin Media was born, creating the largest Virgin company in the world. Its aim was to be the simple choice in a complex digital world. As a result, today we're the UK's leading entertainment business, with people up and down the...
It's a Sell out for Harborne Central
In only four months the first phase of Harborne Central has virtually sold out. Birmingham Properties Group have revealed that only one apartment remains for sale in the first phase of 20 luxury apartments, priced at pounds 170,000. The two-bedroom...
Jobs Saved by Underthreat Support Group
A West Midland automotive support group under a severe funding threat has helped to safeguard hundreds of jobs and identify new markets, according to experts. Development of new technologies are also among some of the impressive results to emerge...
Joe's Legacy; Chris Upton Looks at How Joseph Chamberlain Tore Up the Rule Book to Create the City We Know
Byline: Chris Upton In 1875 Parliament passed the Artisans' and Labourers' Dwellings Improvement Act, sometimes called the Cross Act after the Home Secretary in Disraeli's government. S Few people in Birmingham saw the passing of the Act as...
Let's Put Region Back on PLC Map, Says New KPMG Boss
Byline: TOM SCOTNEY he man lined up for one of the top financial roles in the Midlands has Tsaid he wants to help create a "new generation of plcs" in the region. Steve Hollis has been named as the new head of financial giant KPMG in the Midlands...
Listening and Giving Customers What They Want; Virgin Media Business Launched Today and Looks Set to Shake Up the Business Telecoms Market. We Sat Down with Managing Director Mark Heraghty, to Find out More about What Being a Virgin Company Means for Its Customers
Byline: Mark Heraghty What are your aspirations for Virgin Media Business? Simple, to grow our company and be the telecoms company that people want to do business with. But to do that, you have to listen to customers and give them what they want....
Marriage Made to Order
Byline: PETER SHARKEY Sport's voracious appetite for cash is nowhere better illustrated than at a football ground where advertisers and sponsors have acquired every spec of available space in an often forlorn attempt to convey their message to a...
May's Day Comes in Blink of an Eye
Byline: BRIAN DICK Jonny May has travelled a long way, both in the last 24 hours and the last two years. While his Moseley team-mates prepare themselves for Friday night in Port Talbot, the young centre will today jet out to Venice with the rest...
Money Returning to Property Sector
Money is suddenly pouring back into property as the vicious decline finally runs out, researchers have revealed. Malcolm Hunt, head of UKclient services at IPD, said the sector was seeing a turnaround "like a bat out of hell". But so far the...
NEC Boss Predicts Two More Years of Economy Woe
The UK faces up to two more years of economic pain and neither Labour nor the Tories are offering "convincing" arguments to ease the crisis, believes NEC chief executive Paul Thandi. But the exhibition centre boss, who topped last year's Birmingham...
New Accounts at the Tipton
The Tipton and Coseley Building Society has launched two new savings accounts which will provide local people with access to a wider range of investment accounts. The Tipton's new postal account, the 'Premier 30' aims to give high invest-t ment...
New Planning Specialist Joins Environmental Push at Ansons
Midlands law firm Ansons Solicitors is looking to be at the forefront of the green revolution with the appointment of environmental and planning law specialist John Rowe. Mr Rowe is an experienced solicitor who is a member of the Law Society Planning...
Nobel Prize Winner Fears UK Science Cuts
Byline: CATHERINE Birmingham graduate who won the Nobel Prize for his ground-AAAbreaking research into cancer has expressed concern for the future of science funding while on a return trip to the city. Sir Paul Nurse, president of The Rockefeller...
No Room for Complacency with FA Cup Stakes High
Byline: COLIN TATTUM It's Alex McLeish's steady nature that means Birmingham City consider nothing a formality. The sensible Scot knows that to rest is risky. Throughout this season, even when his Blues side have been ploughing their way up...
Northern Highlights; Ross McCarthy Discovers the Picturesque Delights of the Northeast - and Finds It Is Not the Least Bit Grim
Byline: Ross McCarthy Maybe triple Olympic gold medallist and multiple world champion Chris Hoy can pedal a bit faster than me. But then again Scotland's most successful Olympian just goes round and round one of those boring banked tracks wearing...
Not a First Time for Everybody; Alun Thorne
rying to predict the future of the housing market can be a pretty TTTunedifying experience. The multitude of data and the varying methods of interpreta -tion is enough to make even the most brazen err on the side of caution. Wading through the mass...
Now for Good News
Byline: CHRIS LEPKOWSKI t's not a particularly clever time as far as football is concerned. IThere's John Terry, nervously get-t ting up every morning wondering what delights await him in that morning's papers. Then there's Bradford's Stuart...
O'Neill Will Give Villa's Nearly Men Their Chance
Byline: MATT KENDRICK Martin O'Neill has assured Aston Villa's forgotten men that they could all still have a part to play during the club's three-pronged challenge for glory. O'Neill is expected to shuffle his pack for Sunday's FA Cup fifth...
On the Wing; Birmingham Is a Haven for Birds, According to a New Wildlife Census. Ed Chadwick Reports
Byline: Ed Chadwick Birmingham has been found to be a haven for rare and exotic birds after the first-ever census of winged wildlife in the city. The two-year study by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Birmingham University and more...
Oxford Street Deal for City Design Firm
A Birmingham retail design agency was the creative force behind the appearance of the latest flagship fashion store to open on London's Oxford Street. Jewellery Quarter-based Green Room Retail provided New Look's window concept for the store on...
Paradise Circus Must Last for Generations; Viewpoint
Dear Editor, The preliminary proposal for Paradise Circus and the surrounding area provides a glimpse of what can be realised with the removal of the existing Central Library and adjacent buildings. (Post, February 4) Opening up views of the Town Hall,...
Portrait of an Artist; Jasbir Authi Gets to Know the Tortured Genius Behind Some of the World's Greatest Art
Byline: Jasbir Authi He died after shooting himself in a wheat field, yet the crowds today have been waiting hours to see his iconic masterpieces. He sold nothing in his lifetime but Ann Dumas, curator of this exhibition at the Royal Academy of...
Public Help for Victims of Failed Training Firm
Byline: ANNA BLACKABY he public sector may be forced to mop up the mess left by two TTcollapsed Worcestershire training firms which have left thou -sands of students dreaming of new careers stranded without courses to attend. Regional minister...
Push on Export Gifts Firm Exotic New Sales
A giftware company has helped boost sales with a focus on international trade which has seen customers emerge in Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. Gray's of Shenstone, which specialises in giftware with equestrian and rural themes, such as clocks, jewellery,...
Put a Tiger in Your Tum; It's the Year of the Tiger and There's a Feast of Fine Cooking in Birmingham, Writes Richard McComb
Byline: Richard McComb It is the calm before the Chinese New Year storm and a feast is laid out in front of us on a window table inside Henry Wong in Harborne. Don't be fooled by the restaurant's outlook, opposite a monolithic bingo hall, slap...
Qatar Expansion for Corporate Financiers
Odyssey Corporate Finance is marking the end of its first year by launching a Qatari office to help the country's sovereign wealth fund build a long-term economy for the oil nation. The boutique firm, which was launched in the recession-hit climate...
"Quick Robin - to the Bat Loft!"
Batman sprang into action when an uninvited visitor was discovered lurking in a Staffordshire couple's home. But the man in question wasn't a blackclad superhero, and the visitor was just a tiny pipistrelle bat found hanging around in its roost...
Race Row Threatens Tory Fight for Seat; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Paul Dale The Tory party in Birmingham is to defend itself in court over a claim that it is guilty of racial discrimination, reveals Public Affairs Correspondent Paul Dale n African Caribbean busi-ness consultant is taking AAAthe Ladywood...
Re-Tracing Your Biological Tree; FAMILY TREE
Byline: Paul Wilkins Family historian Paul Wilkins gives advice on searching adoption records FAMILY TREE You may know of someone in your family who was adopted and you might want to try and trace adoption records. The key date to remember in regards...
Rewriting the Record Books; RUGBY NOTES
Even in these days when clubs' public relations machines have an iron fist around the throat of the free press, some details - basic facts such as score lines - cannot be obscured. Or so I thought. Take for instance Moseley's match-day announcer,...
Solar Power Race Needs Investors
Byline: ANNA BLACKABY Delays in raising venture capital funding are threatening an opportunity for the West Midlands to get ahead in the race to bring the next generation of solar power technology to market. Scientists at the University of Warwick...
Something of the Knight? Was Robin Hood Connected to the Knights Templar? Richard Edmonds Looks at the Evidence in a New Book
Byline: Richard Edmonds Robin Hood, The Unknown Templar By John Paul Davis (Peter Owen: 14.99) Forget your preconceptions as to the identity of Robin Hood the legendary greenwood outlaw with a keen sense of social justice, John Paul Davis moves...
Spectacle before Substance; CLASSICAL REVIEWS LANG LANG Symphony Hall
I feel like the spectre at the feast here. There was a sold-out audience at Symphony Hall on Thursday vociferously applauding the young Chinese super-pianist Lang Lang, even between movements of Beethoven piano sonatas, but I was left totally cold...
Step in Time; Tamara Harvey Tells Diane Parkes Why She Should Ignore Meryl Streep's Version of Dancing at Lughnasa
Byline: Diane Parkes It was the first time Tamara Harvey had been asked to direct a play in Birmingham and she was fully prepared for rehearsals at the city's Repertory Theatre. But with work already underway for the refurbishment of the theatre...
St Modwen Losses Rise
A round up of top stories from last week on birminghampost.net Developer St Modwen has revealed annual losses more than doubled to pounds 101.7 million as tough conditions continued last year. The Birmingham-based firm revealed the surge in losses,...
Style and Substance; Colin Firth's Latest Role Explores the Beauty of Life from the Depths of Grief. Alison Jones Spoke to Him
Byline: Alison Jones Colin Firth cuts an elegant figure as he stands up to greet us in the equally well styled surroundings of a Soho Hotel. He is taller and slimmer than might expect from his screen work, standing more than 6ft 1in tall. His...
Taking Business a Better Place; We've Talked a Lot about Customer Service, but We Really Believe That This Is Where We Can Make a Difference. So How Are We Going to Match Our Words with Actions? Phil Stewart, Director of Customer Service, Has Answers
Byline: Phil Stewart Keeping promises In the business world it can be easy to lose perspective of the value that we as people place on a promise. Perhaps that's why so many get broken. The general consensus is that the telecoms industry is...
Technologies That Are Making a Real Difference to Businesses
W hether you want to become more competitive locally or expand and open a new office knowing which technologies are a smart invest-t ment can be tricky. Virgin Media Business works with companies of all shapes and sizes. Below we've put together our...
Test Novice Trott's Away at a Gallop; Coverstory
Byline: BRIAN HALFORD hen you launch your Test career with a cen WW-tury you set a pretty lofty standard. When you mark your debut with not just any old century but a match-turning, Ashes-clinching ton, you've set the bar unfeasibly high. ...
The Claws Are out; Edward Stephens Samples the Guttural Power of the Jaguar XKR's Awesome New 5-Litre Engine
Byline: Edward Stephens Most performance car makers would be satisfied with a 4.2-litre, 420bhp V8 to power their sporting flagship - but not Jaguar. The 2010 model year XKR has discarded the old engine in favour of a massive 5.0-litre, 510bhp...
The Funny Side of Depression; Ruby Wax Talks to Roz Laws about the Stigma of Mental Illness as She Prepares for a Gig at the Priory
Byline: Roz Laws Ruby Wax is deadly serious when she says: "Laughter really is the best medicine. The ultimate, in fact." She has to admit, though, that she wouldn't be able to make people chuckle if she wasn't benefiting from conventional...
There's Safety in Diversity
The FTSE has had a pretty miserable couple of weeks. The index rose above 5,600 in early January, but had tumbled below 5,100 a month later. This fall was mirrored in stock markets around the world. The Dow Jones Index in New York fell below 10,000...
The View from Birminghampost.net; Viewpoint
wildjed wrote: This badly executed PR exercise is designed to detract from the nightmare of constructing the hideous and overrated new library which should never have been approved. By the time they have finished there will be nothing but a great hole...
Things Aren't Rosy Just Yet
Byline: NEIL GREENAWAY Let's keep the champagne on ice. For now. The UK has struggled out of recession like the kid who twisted his ankle on a run. While the other major economies have all registered some sort of growth for the last six months,...
Time to Back Innovation
Byline: KUMAR BHATTACHARYYA For 30 years I have been the director of Warwick Manufacturing Group. We have spent three decades work-k ing on enterprise and innovation with businesses around the world. Yet, it took a global economic tsunami for...
Toasting a Brighter Future; Many Pubs Have Had to Change Their Game after Competition and the Recession Made Alcohol Less Profitable. Tom Scotney Speaks to Three Publicans Who've Had to Look beyond Food and Drink in Tough Times
Byline: Tom Scotney It used to be so simple for publicans - if you build them, the thirsty drinkers would come. Uncounted thousands of pubs grew around the country to service the seemingly unquenchable demand for beer and spirits from the British...
Top Salon Forced to Leave Brindleyplace; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: CATH LILLINGTON n iconic Birmingham salon opened by hairdresser to the AAAstars, Umberto Giannini, has been forced to shut. The talented crimper, who died in 2001 and had a client list which included Madonna, the Beckhams and Leonardo DiCaprio,...
Tories and the White Wing
Byline: PAUL DALE Birmingham will become Britain's first majority ethnic city probably within the next 10 years, which really isn't very far away at all. But how relevant in 2020 will the city's Conservative Party be to the vibrant and cosmopolitan...
Tributes to Post & Mail Photographer and Gentleman Reavers
Friends and colleagues have paid tribute to former Birmingham Post and t Mail photographer John Reavenall - described as "one of the best". The award-winning photographer, who has died aged 63, was known affectionately as Reavers. During a career...
Trouble with Our Paradise; Viewpoint
Byline: RICHARD MCCOMB It's important to stay one step ahead of the game so I've often considered what I would do if I had to call it a day on crusading journalism. There's always my cross-dressing high-wire act but if that doesn't pan out I've...
What Does 2010 Hold for Your Business? Paul Lawrence, Head of Sales Midlands Region, Virgin Media Business, Gives His Perspective on the Importance of Driving the Local Economy
Byline: Paul Lawrence T he economic engine of the West Midlands, Birmingham is a city that obviously has strong roots in industry. Reinventing itself to lead high growth sectors such as transport and services has kept the city at the forefront of...
Wife's Kidney Gift of Life
Byline: ALISON DAYANI Adoting wife has spoken of how she gave up her kidney AAto save her husband's life. Charlotte Sutton, a medical secretary from Shirley, Soli -hull, offered to become a donor for 63-year-old husband Barry even though they are...
WIN a Romantic Getaway at Ragdale Hall; Birmingham Post Competition
With Valentine's Day falling this week, what could be more perfect than taking your loved one on a romantic getaway at a luxurious health spa? We've teamed up with Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa to offer one Post Reader a two-night romantic...
With Imaginary Friends like These
CHILDREN'S BOOK Invisible Fiends by Barry Hutchison. HarperCollins. pounds 5.99. Many children have imaginary friends. They're harmless, right? Ask Kyle. He might have a different answer. It's Christmas Day and Kyle is at home with his mother...