The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from November 17, 2001

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Ageless Mills Has Time on His Side; Tamworth Midfielder Nick Colley Will Be Hoping to Play His Role in an FA Cup Giant-Killing Today When Rochdale Visit the Lamb the Romance of the FA Cup Is Alive and Well at the Lamb, Writes Michael Ward
Byline: Michael Ward Gary Mills is the only member of Nottingham Forest's European Cup-winning team of 1980 still playing competitive football and today, the nerves he felt in Athens 21 years ago will be jangling just the same when he leads Tamworth...
Albion Have Eye on Record Win
Byline: Michael Ward West Bromwich Albion will equal their achievement of a year ago, winning four league games in a row if they come back with three points from their trip to Rotherham United this weekend. Yet it is a record which has stood...
A Life Less Ordinary Awaits Lorry Driver Lottery Couple
Byline: Emma Brady Consumer Affairs Reporter Lorry driver Thomas Naylor's dream was to have a car for every day of the week. Today, a car for every day of the month is a reality for the 46-year-old from Sandwell after he scooped a staggering...
Alliance Anger at UK Troops
Byline: Jane Merrick in Kabul Tensions between the Western coalition and the Northern Alliance emerged yesterday after the anti-Taliban forces claimed they had not been told that British troops were being sent into Afghanistan. But as thousands...
Animal Rights Activists Call for Supporters to Act
Byline: Richard Warburton Animal rights activists have contacted a Birmingham-based anti-cruelty group with extreme plans aimed at closing a Cambridgeshire research firm. A group calling itself The Provisional HLS Campaign has urged Stop Huntingdon...
Antiques and Collecting: Perfect Marriage of Fine Silver and Old Glass; with Seasoning Came the Cruet Sets. Richard Edmonds Traces Their History from 18th Century England
Byline: Richard Edmonds Until the second half of the 17th century, when foreign cuisine began to penetrate England, the English had always maintained a rock-hard prejudice against uncooked food and veg. The common belief was that their unwashed...
Antiques and Collecting: Selling the House That POWs Built; Britain's Biggest Indoor Antiques and Collectibles Fair Opens Its Doors at the National Exhibition Centre on Thursday. Harry Hawkes Takes a Look at Some of the Items on Sale
Byline: Harry Hawkes More than 100 paintings and drawings from a Warwickshire-born artist are creating a worldwide stir prior to their sale next week in the Midlands. Charlie Johnson Payne, better known under his artistic pseudonym of 'Snaffles',...
Appointments: Betta Looks to Crossley to Make Mark at Group
Mark Crossley has been appointed group financial controller at Birmingham waste management company BETTA. He becomes responsible for the holding company and its three subsidiaries - Betta Special Waste, Betta Environmental Solutions and Betta Trucks...
Archive: 25years Ago
Production of the prestige Rover car has slumped more than 20 per cent below target because of the productivity crisis at the Castle Bromwich body plant in Birmingham. And a strict quality audit by Leyland on the cars that are being produced has...
A Revealing Study of Three Extraordinary Wives; Good Wives? Mary, Fanny, Jennie and Me, 1845-2001. by Margaret Forster. (Chatto and Windus, Pounds 17.99). Reviewed by Christine Barker
Byline: Christine Barker Looked at coldly and logically, marriage is a pretty bizarre institution. A man and a woman agree to live together, share their lives and nurture their children in front of witnesses - family and friends - and often their...
Atherstone See Percival Return as Top Priority
Jason Percival has become Atherstone United's No 1 target to bolster their strikeforce. Manager Steve Mackenzie has targeted the Barwell striker for a return to Sheepy Road as the Adders try to cope with the loss of broken- leg victim Bruce Lwando....
Banned Threesome Leave Re-Shuffling Sky Blues on Run
Coventry City's promotion mettle will be severely tested today when Roland Nilsson fields a team missing three suspended midfielders and an injured central defender for their top-of-the-table showdown with Burnley at Highfield Road, writes Michael...
Barton in Welcome Show of Strength
Byline: Ray Gilpin at Newcastle Barton put up an impressive exhibition of jumping under Tony Dobbin to gain his first success over fences in the Newcastle Flooring Novices' Chase at Newcastle yesterday and his programme will now be geared to the...
Battle Brews over Classroom Helpers
A fresh row blew up yesterday over the Government's plan to put more classroom assistants into schools as the leader of the second largest teaching union came under fire for reportedly describing them as 'pig-ignorant peasants'. Nigel de Gruchy...
Battle of the Giant-Killers; FA CUP: The Greatest Leveller in World Football Starts Today with a Focus on the Midlands Teams Hoping to Cover Themselves in Glory GED Scott Goes Back to the Past in Anticipation of the Clash of Two of the FA Cup's Greatest Giant-Killers
Byline: Ged Scott Think of an FA Cup upset, and (Coventry City fans excepted) only one image inevitably comes to mind. February 5, 1972, Edgar Street, non-League Hereford v mighty Newcastle . . . Ronnie Radford's 40-yard exocet equaliser, Ricky...
Benefit of Doubt for Muscat as Jones Slips Connelly Leash
Byline: Ged Scott He might be 12,000 miles, and ten hours, away on the other side of the world preparing for Australia's World Cup play-off with Uruguay, but Kevin Muscat still dominates thoughts this weekend back here in the Northern Hemisphere....
Bin Laden's Right Hand Man Killed
In twin blows to the Taliban and al Qaida, US officials disclosed that Osama bin Laden's military chief may have been killed, and a report said the Taliban's supreme leader was ready to abandon his Kandahar stronghold. Mohammed Atef, Osama bin Laden's...
Birmingham Post Comment: A Reform Too Far for Health Groups
It was heralded as the 'grass roots revolution' designed to hand power to GPs and other frontline staff. But family doctors, the people at the very centre of this new family policy, are opposed to it. In south Birmingham, which is earmarked as the...
Birmingham's Newest School; Long Term: Ex-Pupil Unveils Replacement of Temporary Classes Which Lasted 65 Years
Byline: Richard Warburton Education Correspondent Lord Rooker yesterday unveiling a plaque at Birmingham's newest school more than 50 years after attending lessons on the site. The Home Office Minister and former MP for Perry Barr joined pupils...
Blue Dyson Is One Part of Hibbitt's Equation; DR MARTENS PREMIER
Hednesford Town have offered former Birmingham City youngster James Dyson the chance to revive his career after a two-year injury nightmare. The 22-year-old defender marked his debut for the Pitmen with their consolation penalty in Monday's Dr Martens...
Book Lines
A few weeks earlier in Kandahar, the Taliban had lifted their longstanding ban on football. The United Nations (UN) aid agencies - seizing a rare chance to do something for public entertainment - rushed in to rebuild the stands and seats of the bombed...
Books Book Views
Global Village Idiot. By John O'Farrell (Doubleday, pounds 10.99) The idiot of the title is of course Dubbyer, an icon of all that is surreal in world politics - 'It's not that George W Bush is ill-informed about greenhouse gases, but he can't understand...
Burr Trumpeting England Hopefuls
Nuneaton Borough duo Warren Peyton and Lee Charles will be given the opportunity to prove their England international credentials next week. But Boro manager Steve Burr has urged national semi-professional boss John Owens not to ignore other Manor...
CD Reviews: BLUES CD OF THE WEEK
Byline: Peter Bacon VARIOUS Down the Dirt Road: The Songs Of Charlie Patton (Telarc Blues): Everyone's heard of Robert Johnson, partly for the legend that he sold his soul to the devil and partly through his being championed by the blues archivists...
CD Reviews: JAZZ CD OF THE WEEK
Byline: Peter Bacon KEITH JARRETT/GARY PEACOCK/JACK DEJOHNETTE Inside Out (ECM): The celebrated pianist really is back on top form following his debilitating illness of recent years, and this disc is something of a new departure. Recorded at...
CD Reviews: Rock and Pop
Byline: Andrew Cowen, Duncan Alison, Mike Davies THE CURE Greatest Hits (Polydor): Imaginatively titled best of package from the perennial big girl's blouse Robert Smith and pointy-booted muckers. It's a chronological romp through the band's many...
Chess
The Nuneaton club's young prodigy Li Wu has just returned home after a long and gruelling time in the World Youth Championships for under-12 year olds. Participation in the tournament held in Spain was made possible by funding from the Nuneaton club....
City to Host Largest Advent Calendar
Byline: Emma Brady Consumer Affairs Reporter Birmingham's historic town hall is to be transformed into the world's biggest advent calendar next month. Soft drinks giant Coca Cola has agreed to put up a giant festive hoarding to lead the city's...
Classy Gibbs Pitches in to India Attack; Test Match Round-Up
Century-maker Herschelle Gibbs took one look at the green, seaming pitch and decided to attack the Indian bowling on the opening day of the second Test match in Port Elizabeth yesterday. After South Africa lost the toss, Gibbs dominated the day's...
Colombian Blend That Has Woken Up the Fans; after a Shaky Start, Juan Pablo Angel Has Won over the Doubters and Made Himself a Hero, Reports Chief Football Writer Hyder Jawad
Byline: Hyder Jawad Not many people emerge from 24 hours of transatlantic travel feeling fresh, but Juan Pablo Angel is not your average guy. The Aston Villa striker returned to Birmingham from Asuncion, Paraguay on Wednesday to prepare for this...
Council's Homes for Elderly Could Close Unless Crisis Solution Is Found
Byline: Helen Bruce All of Birmingham's council-run old people's homes could be closed within months if the city's residential care crisis is not resolved. The warning was issued by social services director Sandra Taylor last night as campaigners...
Court Backs Soldiers' Attack Fears
Byline: Mike Taylor Hundreds of former soldiers who are to be called as witnesses in the Bloody Sunday inquiry yesterday won the first round of their legal battle to avoid giving their evidence in Londonderry where they fear reprisal attacks by...
Cup Winner Ratcliffe Is on Mission Improbable; BRIGHTON V SHREWSBURY TOWN
Byline: Ged Scott Kevin Ratcliffe started his Shrewsbury Town reign in FA Cup combat two years ago. So it seems entirely appropriate that, as he this week celebrated his second anniversary at the Gay Meadow, he should once again be preparing...
Danger and Love in Rough Tough Walsall; Surviving Sting. by Paul McDonald (Tindal Street Press, Pounds 7.99). Reviewed by Simon Evans
Byline: simon evans It's the summer of 1979 and change is in the air. Margaret Thatcher has just been elected, the Sex Pistols have broken up and the Labour left is in the ascendant. On the Jerome Estate in Walsall, however, life continues to...
Dangerous Ideas of a True Romantic; Flaubert - A Life. by Geoffrey Wall (Faber, Pounds 25). Reviewed by Richard Edmonds
Byline: Richard Edmonds This is the only study of Flaubert I have come across since Herbert Lottman's biography of the French writer in 1988, and Geoffrey Wall's book eclipses Lottman in a significant way. Primarily, Wall knows his subject intimately,...
Defending Grounds for Belated Upset; Fan's Eye View Tamworth, Hopefully, Have Not Used Up All Their Luck on Bromsgrove, Writes Martin Warrilow
Byline: Martin Warrilow One of my favourite days of the football year occurs in the middle of our ludicrously short close season. It's that day in July when the Football Association's competitions department unveils the draw for the qualifying...
Derby Cracks Whip despite Town Win
Lennie Derby stressed the search for new players must never stop if Stratford Town are to remain among the title pacesetters. The Masons Road manager was delighted with how his team responded after their FA Vase hammering at Raunds Town, producing...
Doctors Reject Revamp for NHS
Byline: Jenny Hudson Health Correspondent Family GPs in Birmingham have dealt a massive blow to the Government's plans to transform NHS services in the city. Doctors have overwhelmingly rejected proposals to establish the biggest primary care...
Electoral Roll Infringes Human Rights
A retired accountant yesterday won a landmark human rights case over whether the supply of information from the electoral register to commercial organisations interfered with the right to privacy. Brian Robertson had brought proceedings against...
Emirates Flying High as Daily Route Is Resumed
Byline: Shahid Naqvi Business Staff Emirates is to resume daily flights between Birmingham and the Middle East next week as it spearheads a drive to restore confidence in the airline industry following the US terrorist attacks. The move was welcomed...
Family Life: Learning to Give Our Children the Best Start in Life; Many Parents Dread the Day Their Child Starts Nursery School, but an Early Chance for Them to Socialise Is an Important Part of Their Growing Up, Says Claire Hills
Byline: Claire Hills The Beckhams are on the hunt for the perfect kindergarten for their son Brooklyn in a bid to give him the best educational start in life. Many full-time parents dread the day their child has to be apart from them but pre-school...
Family Life: Return to the Age of Childhood; with Some Children as Young as Five Dressing and Behaving like Teenagers, a Group of Mothers Are Determined to Stop This Worrying Trend That Fast-Forwards Tots into Adulthood. Gabrielle Fagan Reports
Byline: Gabirlle Fagan A group of mothers are bending over their clipboards, frowning with concentration and frantically scribbling. They need to be totally focused for this tough task - attempting to stop their young daughters growing up too quickly....
Film: New Releases
Disco Pigs (18) A dark, tragic tale of intense obsession as the insular lifelong friendship between two Irish teenagers starts to unravel as she begins to make relationships beyond him. Ghost World (15) Brilliant coming of age comedy-drama based...
'Final Whistle' Goal Puts Harborne out after Khalsa Appeal
Byline: Paul Raymer Harborne are out of the English Hockey Association Men's Cup following Khalsa's appeal to have the result of their third-round tie reversed. The Leamington-based club protested that Harborne's third goal, which took the match...
Former Pcs Win Prize for Drugs Gang Book
Two former police officers yesterday won a literary prize for their account of an undercover operation which ended with them being shot by a ruthless drugs gang in Birmingham. Philip Etienne and Martin Maynard, who wrote The Infiltrators with journalist...
Former United Ace Stam Is Banned in Steroid Shocker; National News
Lazio rallied behind Jaap Stam last night after the former Manchester United defender was suspended for testing positive for nandrolone. Club president Sergio Cragnotti declared his shock at the news, while the club's doctor insisted he and his...
Garden Diary
Keep in touch with West Midlands gardening and floral events through this column every Saturday. Saturday, November 17: Birmingham Botanical gardens and Glasshouses, workshop, Basic Basket Making, with Ms Jan Doran, Study Centre, Edgbaston Road,...
GED Scott on Saturday: Motty's Vision Is Slightly Skewed
Byline: Ged Scott It wouldn't be Edgar Street on FA Cup day without John Motson, let's face it. When Hereford play Wrexham tomorrow afternoon, the somewhat statistically-minded one will be back at the ground where he made his name as a commentator...
GED Scott on Saturday: Time to Tackle Muscat
Byline: Ged Scott It must have been Aussie Rules day in the world of sport last weekend. Not in terms of results, of course, with England's Rugby Union triumph over the Wallabies at Twickenham followed a day later by Great Britain's Rugby League...
Grass in Diet for the Hungry of the North
The United Nations World Food Programme yesterday announced that it was winning the struggle to deliver food to Afghanistan but warned that it was not necessarily reaching those most at risk. On Thursday, the WFP reached its monthly food aid target...
Graydon's Hard Choice on Carbon
Ray Graydon will need to satisfy himself that Matt Carbon is prepared to push himself through the pain barrier for 90 minutes before he recalls him to face Bradford City at Valley Parade today, writes Michael Ward. A series of niggling injuries,...
Greater Share Expelled Pupils of Primary Age
A growing proportion of pupils who are expelled for bad behaviour are of primary school age. Headteachers said it was hardly surprising given the 'rising tide' of unruliness among children as young as four or five. Figures from the Department...
Gregory Turns Blind Eye
Byline: Ged Scott The return of Gareth Southgate, Ugo Ehiogu, Steve Harrison and Paul Barron to the West Midlands looks set to dominate centre stage at Villa Park this afternoon. Yet, as Aston Villa bid to bounce back from the 3-0 chasing that...
Harness Power of Human Touch; Birmingham Post Short Story Challenge Master Class No 4: Use Your Characters
Byline: Joel Lane In the fourth short story master-class article, Birmingham writer Joel Lane looks at the evocative way in which eminent American science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury uses his characters in his short stories. Lane, who works in...
Harry's Touch Is Magic for Hornby
Byline: John Cranage Business Staff Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express has helped to haul model railway maker Hornby towards a wizard 52 per cent increase in its interim profits. The Hogwarts model was launched to coincide with the release of the...
Hemp Dilemma as Warwicks Dig in on Two-Year Offer
Byline: Brian Halford Warwickshire are likely to learn next week whether their vice-captain, David Hemp, will sign another contract at Edgbaston or head for pastures new this winter. Glamorgan and Essex are leading the race for the left-hand...
Henry Still Committed under Fire
Coach Graham Henry has told his under-fire Welsh players to forget about all the carping and criticism and start restoring their rugby pride against Tonga in Cardiff today. The Kiwi faces probably the toughest match of his career and a first defeat...
Honour for Tragic Star as Moore Made CBE
Byline: Sam Greenhill Pint-sized comic Dudley Moore was a shadow of his former extravagant self yesterday when he was made a CBE at Buckingham Palace. Moore arrived in style, sweeping through the Palace gates in a 1954 Silver Wraith Rolls-Royce...
How the Leopard Changed His Spots to Become Legend; World Record-Breaking England Prop Jason Leonard Deserves His Place in Rugby History, Says Frank Malley
Byline: Frank Malley When Jason Leonard takes the field for today's match against Romania at Twickenham, it will mark a masterpiece of timing, even by his own meticulous standards. In the week which saw the publication of his autobiography, he...
In Brief
BOXING: Coventry's Skydome is to stage a world-title fight next month. Former WBC supermiddleweight champion Robin Reid will make the fourth defence of his lesser-recognised WBF title on December 19, heading top of a bill that will also feature...
In Brief
David Johnson has been revealed as the new owner of top French hurdler Magnus, who set an auction record for a National Hunt horse when bought by Martin Pipe for pounds 340,000 in France on Thursday. The five-year-old will fulfil his engagement...
John Bright Column: Birmingham Future Boss with Flower Power Behind the Wheel
Byline: John Bright A great story from Simon Johnson, chairman of Birmingham Future, who works for accountants Ernst & Young in Birmingham. For he has recently got himself a new car and is rather fond of it. He writes: 'Having recently...
Just the Job: Straight Talking Proves the Point
Byline: Anthony Tomkins I'm willing to bet that there has never been such a dramatic change in business fortunes as there has been since September 11. Certainly during my career, there has never been a time like it. But although companies are...
King's Delight at Moore Commitment; NATIONWIDE CONFERENCE
Part-time he might be, but Paul Moore's full-time love of football has convinced Telford United boss Jake King he is one to watch. Thrust into Conference football amid an injury crisis when he joined from Bromsgrove Rovers at the end of September,...
Lewis Views Risky Strategy against History's Statistics
Byline: Mark Staniforth In Las Vegas Across the Strip from the hotel where Lennox Lewis bids tonight to reclaim the world heavyweight title, you can visit a drive-thru psychic parlour, book Elvis as your best man or buy a vasectomy reversal under...
Life for Bogus FBI Agent in Brutal Love Rival Killing
Byline: Sophie Blakemore The family of a Birmingham man who was brutally murdered by a love rival who posed as an FBI agent in the United States yesterday said they welcomed the life sentence imposed on the killer. Greg Marcinski was jailed for...
Low-Key Parkin Demands Solidarity from Tykes Fans; FOOTBALL LEAGUE FOCUS
Steve Parkin will be given his first taste of life in Division One today when he makes his bow as Barnsley boss against Wimbledon at Oakwell. Although not the high-profile name the Tykes fans were hoping for, Parkin remains unconcerned because all...
Made to Measure; A Multitude of Customer Specifications Become a Reality at Jaguar's Castle Bromwich Plant. Philip Williams Visits the S-TYPE Production Line
Byline: Philip Williams When Henry Ford ventured that the punters could have his new Model-T in any colour they wanted so long as it was black, he was offering no more than the amusing truth. These days empowering, nay pampering, 'gimme' customers...
Merseyside Magistrate and Six Court Clerks Face Corruption Allegations
Byline: Will Batchelor A district judge and six court clerks were yesterday arrested and questioned over allegations of corruption. David Tapp, the most senior magistrate on Merseyside, was arrested following a joint investigation between police,...
'Missing Link' Johnson Counts Blessings
Byline: Michael Blair Rugby Correspondent Elisi Vunipola has gone off to play for Tonga, Zinzan Brooke has gone to commentate on him playing for Tonga and the jam-packed international calendar has this week caused a further depletion in Coventry's...
Molby Makes Some Noise; KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS V DARLINGTON
Byline: Michael Ward Jan Molby is urging Kidderminster Harriers fans to turn out in force at Aggborough today and recreate the atmosphere that inspired their 3-1 victory at Leyton Orient last weekend. The FA Cup provides an ideal stage for Kidderminster's...
Mothercare Factory Now Costing New Parent Dear
Byline: Steve Pain Business Staff Teething problems at a huge new warehouse in the Midlands are set to hamper crucial Christmas sales and cut full year profits for UK mother and baby products retailer Mothercare. The pounds 10 million warehouse...
M&S Counts on Caffeine to Keep New Sales Buzzing
Marks & Spencer yesterday revealed the weapons it is using in the high street fight to win back customers. The chain launched a new strategy in March to focus on its core UK business, closing its European operation, selling off its two US chains...
Muslims Vow to Focus on Ramadan
Today is the second day of Ramadan for Birmingham's 100,000 Muslims, who have vowed to put the sacred month ahead of their concerns following the terrorist attacks of September 11. Throughout the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, the Fast of Ramadan...
Mutant Ninja Terrapins Devouring Park's Ducklings
A hunt for the 'monsters' responsible for slaughtering ducklings in a leafy park yesterday revealed them to be none other than ... pet terrapins. The reptiles have been terrorising historic Waterlow Park in Highgate, north London, emerging from...
Navigating Your Way to Fitness Using the Body Map; Getting Yourself into Shape Is Taking on a New Importance, As
Byline: Paula Franklin The state of your health seems to be linked to your body shape but, pear-shaped or apple-shaped, you can help to keep yourself fit and well by maintaining a balanced diet and keeping weight down so, left, how many women will...
Nervy Hewitt on Top of the World; Australian Lleyton Hewitt Is Confirmed as the World's No 1
Byline: Larry Poole in Sydney Lleyton Hewitt was more nervous trying to become the youngest year-end No 1 than playing in the US Open final. At the age of 20 years and eight months, the Australian triumphed over good friend Pat Rafter in straight...
New Dawn for Railways
Byline: Phil Davis Sir, - I am sure Railtrack boss John Robinson's CBI Conference row with Stephen Byers was good theatre, but what did he hope to achieve? Many feel his campaign against the Government's widely supported decision to pull the plug...
New Options in Reds' Revamp; Dr Martens Western
Byline: Colin Stoner Non-League Correspondent Rod Brown's Redditch United revamp will start to take shape next week after the new manager revealed moves for half-a-dozen new faces. Brown, who switched from Stourport Swifts on Thursday, confirmed...
Oil Gains Stoke Shares into Upbeat Mood
London shares ended the week in upbeat mood yesterday, helped by solid gains in oil and banking stocks. By the close of trading, the FTSE 100 Index was 52.8 points ahead at 5291 - its highest close since the beginning of September. Oil stocks...
Palm Yourself off with an Island Hideaway; on a Trip to the Caribbean with Its Clear Seas, Warm Sunshine and Perfect Beaches, Colin Webster Discovers That Heaven Really Is a Place on Earth
Byline: Colin Webster Our Virgin Atlantic 747 Dancing Queen flew lazily across the Caribbean sky above the turquoise blue sea shimmering around the enchanting Grenadine Islands far below. The aircraft's captain, a veteran of many years' flying...
Passport to Travel: News from the Industry
The first glimmer of an upturn in the beleaguered travel industry is further away than ever after this week's Airbus A300 plane crash in New York. Yet a whole new generation of tour operators is likely to emerge as soon as prospects look more promising....
Personal Finance: 'Crisis of Faith' for Amateur Investors
West Midland stock market investors are keeping faith with pharmaceutical and banking stocks. They emerged from the Halifax's latest Wealth of the Nation Survey as preferred investments among the 52 per cent of punters in the region who say they...
Personal Finance: FSCS New One-Stop Shop for Your Financial Security
Consumers put the safety and security of their money at the top of the list of their requirements when taking out investments, insurance or placing deposits. This emerged from a MORI poll for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), which...
Personal Finance: Islamic Path to the New Economy
Byline: John Cranage Personal Finance Editor The USA and Britain may be fighting Islamic extremists in Afghanistan, but the financial values of Osama bin Laden and his followers are gaining ground in the West, it was claimed this week. According...
Personal Finance: Moving Tales of Mistakes Home Buyers Can Avoid
Byline: Peter Axon Special Correspondent Homebuyers will have to dig deep into their pockets if they want to move house. The one-off costs of buying and selling property are rising fast, with an average mid-market move now costing pounds 4,500....
Personal Finance: So Have You Saved Enough to Retire?
Byline: Simon Heath Midland pensioners are waking up to the fact that they did not save enough to guarantee the sort of retirement lifestyle they wanted. Research carried out by AA Financial Services found that 45 per cent of people questioned...
Personal Finance: Why Gordon Won't Axe Inheritance Tax - Yet
Any hopes that middle class families will see the burden of inheritance tax lifted in Chancellor Gordon Brown's next Budget are probably groundless, a West Midland tax expert said. Speculation has been rife that Mr Brown will use his annual pre-Budget...
Perspective: Heartfelt Lecture Describes Life Inside in Spell-Binding Detail
Byline: David Wilson As a way of starting a lecture, I can think of no more dramatic an opening than, 'Hello, my name is Dean, I am an alcoholic, drug addict, and a murderer, but I never wanted any of those labels. In fact I wanted to be a policeman.'...
Perspective: Sledgehammer Coup; Now That the Taliban Regime Has Been Toppled in Afghanistan, Francis Lorne Slaney Looks at the Strategy Which Achieved Such a Rapid Success
Byline: Francis Lorne Slaney So, the coalition forces, following their largely unpopular and controversial high level bombing strategy, may have got it right after all. It has struck a crippling blow at terrorist heartland and at the same time,...
Player Chase Adds Weight to Daniels' Words
Steve Daniels' assertion that Bromsgrove Rovers possess some of the best players in the Midland Alliance has been proved by approaches for three of their squad from Dr Martens clubs. Rovers will face a fight to hold on to the services of striker...
President Blair 'An Enemy of Brown'
Prime Minister Tony Blair has been publicly accused by ex-Minister Mo Mowlam (right) of being at odds with his Chancellor and acting like an American presidential figure. In a TV programme to be shown today, Ms Mowlam, who was Northern Ireland Secretary...
Price Falls on Pleasant Support
Byline: Veritas There is always a great deal of interest in horses that suddenly attract attention in the betting market. Foly Pleasant, the nap selection to win the Thomas Pink Gold Cup at Cheltenham today, is one such horse. The Henrietta Knight...
Rambling: The Garden Route
Byline: Richard Shurey I often advise folk who are lonely or distressed to join a rambling club - the therapeutic benefits of walking especially with a friendly group are well known. Just try walking with fellow ramblers and not talking whether...
Residential Property A Country Home with Its Roots in Industry
Byline: Helen Macklin Brickyard House is a country residence that bears testimony to its historical manufacturing connections. It stands within six acres of beautiful Shropshire land, and comes with a separate cottage annexe and period outbuildings...
Seasonal Magic Spoiled by Feeble Fight Scene; St Petersburg Ballet Theatre Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
Byline: Richard Edmonds The sets and costumes for The Nutcracker in this St Petersburg interpretation of the old classic, are a delight. We began with a splendid scene that could have come out of a book of fairytales. Snow falls at twilight...
Skimmed Operation at Express but Profits Sour
Byline: Steve Pain Business Staff Business has soured for milk supplier Express Dairies, which yesterday posted a 44 per cent fall in interim pre-tax profits. The impact of stiff competition in the shop and supermarket sector - and lower demand...
Sporting Week: Plenty of Money, Money, Money but No Super Troupers
SATURDAY It all goes back to Abba really. Ever since the lovely Annafrid, the even lovelier Agnetha, and those two muppets on guitar and keyboards, beat Olivia Newton-John into fourth at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, we've not managed to...
Stellar Light Show Outshines Fireworks Night; Tonight Could Be One of Our Last Chances in the Next Few Decades to See a Leonid Meteor Storm Reports Sally Ballard
Byline: Sally Ballard Eyes across the Midlands will be looking skywards this weekend to catch one of Nature's most spectacular night shows. For tonight and tomorrow night, as long as the clouds roll back, the pitch black sky will be a backdrop...
Step Back in Time to Discover the Borgias' Italy; A Little-Known Part of the Eastern Italian Coast Charms Carole Howland with the History and Beauty of Its Architecture, Museums and Rare Wildlife
Byline: Carole Howland As the boat glides through the green water, birds fly up from the marsh grasses. Two rows of posts with canes wedged in between hold the canal banks intact. Venice, this is not. The Po Delta Park covers 150,000 acres of...