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Articles from September 8, 2011

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Adviser's One-Man Fight to Save Business Link
Byline: ENDA MULLEN Abusiness guru who has helped more than 4,500 would-be entrepreneurs take their first steps on the road to commercial success has launched an e-petition calling on the Government to rethink plans to downgrade Business Link. ...
After a Summer of Fear We Are Heading into an Autumn of Panic
Byline: JOHN CLANCY The signs are not good this autumn. Markets, bankers, financiers and politicians are bracing themselves already. All the indices are starting to replicate the conditions for the last financial collapse. Whether it's...
A Journey with Marathon Man; BOOK REVIEW
Why We Run By Robin Harvie (Published by John Murray) "All who have put on a pair of trainers will know the sense of freedom that comes with fresh air on the face miles from home," writes Robin Harvie in the prologue to his excellent book, Why We Run....
A Knight to Remember; Diane Parkes Travels to Malta and Discovers Her Days Are Full of Knights
Byline: Diane Parkes The skies are alight with bursts of colour. TOne moment we are watching showers of silver stars fall to earth and, the next, blue and red flowers of sparkle explode into the darkness. These incredible pyrotechnics are...
Alex: We Have Cover If Bent Is Ruled Out
Alex McLeish reckons Villa have got enough back-up firepower to cope with the loss of Darren Bent. The club record signing is facing a race against time to be fit for Saturday's trip to Everton after a groin injury forced him out of England's Euro...
Alwin Move onto Grazebrook Park
Alwin Ltd has become the latest new company to move onto the well-established Grazebrook Park industrial estate, known for its high- quality units and the lowest service charge in the West Midlands. Local waste management company Alwin Ltd, has...
An Account Manager at a [...]
An account manager at a Wolverhampton metal coatings company has raised more than pounds 1,200 for a cancer charity. Stacey Rhodes from Cooper Coated Coil (CCC) took part in the recent Cancer Research UK Race for Life at Weston Park near Shifnal...
A New World on the Horizon for Financial Advisers
Byline: TREVOR LAW The financial services profession, advising millions of Britons on their pensions and investments, will be seeing major changes in the next few years. With the Financial Services Authority (FSA) implementing the Retail Distribution...
Angel Network Invests Pounds 1m in Fledgling Firms
A business investment network has raised more than pounds 1 million from its members in just over a year to support early-stage firms. The University of Warwick Science Park's Minerva Business Angel Network, which aims to give firms access to the...
Angry Wall Could Be Restored in Revamp of Vandalised Park
The Angry Wall which marked a dispute between two of Birmingham's most historic figures is among the features which could be restored under a revamp of a city park. The 20ft wall, which borders one side of Highbury Hall and Park, was, according...
An Unlikely Conspiracy
Byline: PAUL DALE It is pointless arguing with a conspiracy theorist, because you will never win. The more effectively their grotesque claims are demolished, the more they become convinced that you must be part of the plot because they are right...
Are the Insurers Blameless? It's Time to Redress the Balance!
The insurers' PR machines seem to have been in overdrive recently. Barely a day goes by without mention of "the compensation culture", "the spiraling cost of claims" and the payment of referral fees to Claims Management Companies who, it is said, have...
A Taste for Gourmet Deli-Ghts; Richard McComb Salutes Birmingham's Band of Gastronomic Brothers
Byline: Richard McComb n many ways, they are the unsung heroes of the Birmingham culinary renaissance. IThe top chefs tend to make the headlines and win the plaudits, but there is another lesser known group of food champions whose role is equally...
A Wartime Friendship That Spans Decades; A National Campaign to Erect a Memorial for the Three Million Children Evacuated during the Second World War Is Underway. Diane Parkes Meets Two Pensioners Supporting the Initiative
Byline: Diane Parkes Barry Fletcher and Harry Spalding are the best of friends. BNow in their eighties, theirs is a companionship which goes back more than 60 years - as it was a friendship forged in war. As little boys the two youngsters,...
Boosting Your Finances
Even if homeowners don't have a property to spare for letting out, they can still take advantage of the high demand from people looking for space to rent. Crest Nicholson has reported a surge in room renting at its Park Central development in Birmingham....
Bright Future with a Baton; Ambitious Birmingham Musician James Ham Talks to Christopher Morley about His Desires to Be a Fulltime Conductor
Byline: Christopher Morley ames Ham is a young conductor of immense enterprise as he follows his dream. JThe 27-year-old University of Birmingham graduate already has a huge portfolio of achievements, including undergoing conducting tuition at...
Buildings Put Up for Sale by Cash-Strapped Council; Weekontheweb
A round up of the most popular stories from birminghampost.net in the past week Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council is planning to raise money by selling several prominent empty office buildings. The Victorian Aston Council House, built in 1900,...
Caskie Now Looking to Put Georgia on the Map
For many coaches the Rugby World Cup marks the end of a four-year cycle, yet for Don Caskie the 2011 tournament is an important staging post ahead of what he hopes will be a bright future for Georgian rugby. The former Moseley assistant is just...
Charity Legacy Will Keep Bowker's Memory Alive
Byline: ANNA BLACKABY The creators of a new charitable fund have vowed to keep alive the legacy of one of the "true gents" of Birmingham's business community. The Ronnie Bowker Foundation aims to support the local community in education, social...
Chief to Put Agriculture in the Spotlight
The new top man in West Midlands agriculture has vowed to put issues like bovine TB, dairy prices and supermarket power at the head of his agenda. John Mercer, who studied at Shropshire university college Harper Adams, has been appointed as the new...
Clubs Being Coerced into Flying the Flag for Britain
Byline: PETER SHARKEY Crisis, what crisis? If football transfer fees were a measure of improving or deteriorating economic performance, it would be fair to say that UK plc was finally on the road to recovery. During the 2011 summer transfer window,...
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Funding for children's mental health services is cut So why hasn't the council cut the cost of their own perks, for example all the money that goes on the "free councillor meals", or the money diverted to Marketing Birmingham that then gets spent on...
Community Came Together to Build a Better Future
The scaffolding has come down and the deafening sound of hammers and drills no longer fill the air inside two once-derelict buildings in Soho Road in Handsworth. This week 170 smartly-dressed children filed through the imposing Regency-era doors...
Compensation Culture - What Compensation Culture?
Compensation culture is a myth and is, in fact, a buzz concept created by the insurance industry, according to Jaswinder Kaur Tawana, an Associate in the Personal Injury team at West Midlands law firm FBC Manby Bowdler LLP. "A recent report by the...
Cooper the Main Man in the Garden of Eden
Byline: Brian Dick The grammar isn't great but with just hours to go before the seventh Rugby World Cup bursts into life in New Zealand the sentiment bears repetition, writes Brian Dick. With the tension between the host nation and Australia,...
Council Tax Plea to Save Firefighter Jobs from Cuts
Byline: PAUL DALE Millions of pounds needs to be raised from council tax payers to help save the jobs of firefighters, the region's fire authority chairman has said. John Edwards, who is also a Labour councillor in Sandwell, is under pressure...
CPP'still on the Right Road to Acquiring Spyker Marque'
Byline: ENDA MULLEN Ongoing financial problems at Saab will not dent Coventrybased CPP Global Holdings' ambitions to acquire the Spyker supercar marque - even though the deal has currently stalled. Last week CPP announced it was buying the former...
Croeso. That's Welsh for Welcome; Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower. What's It All about? Seaside or City? Shopping or Sailing? Dylan Thomas or Catherine Zeta Jones? Laverbread or Italian Ice Cream? Soccer or Surfing? Blue Flags or Green Footprints? Truth Be Told, It's All of These Things. .and More!
roeso' to the gateway of South West Wales. 'C When you experience the captivating coast and countryside of the Gower Peninsula, you'll understand why it was designated as the UK's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With its awardwinning beaches,...
Daegu Experience Gives Bushell Extra Motivation for London
Birmingham wheelchair sprinter Mickey Bushell couldn't force his way on to the World Championships podium in Daegu but after sharing the limelight with the likes of Usain Bolt he's vowed to make sure it's a different story at London 2012. In one...
Daws Starting to Open as Craig Makes Impression
Byline: CHRIS LEPKOWSKI Whisper it quietly, but Craig Dawson is getting himself a bit of a reputation. Having got himself a move to West Bromwich Albion a year ago, the centre-half managed to force his way into the England Under-21 squad and...
Debate Hots Up over New City Decision Makers
Byline: JONATHAN WALKER Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has been honoured by a visit of some of Birmingham's finest, after they requested a meeting to talk about the Government's plan for a mayor. A guest list I have seen (I wasn't worthy...
De la Harpe out to Pull the Strings
Byline: BRIAN DICK Eighteen months ago Ryan De La Harpe's route back into rugby looked a lot longer than the onemile circumference of the municipal park he was confined to running around to keep in shape. At that stage of his life and career,...
Dentists in Pilot Care Plan Launch
Byline: ALISON DAYANI Dentists across the region have been selected by Whitehall for a new trial that could overturn the controversial Dental Contract. The trial also aims to boost children's teeth after Birmingham was shamed for the scale of...
Disciplinary Hearing Set for iSoft's Accountants
The audit firm and partner which carried out accounting work for a software specialist which made millions for its founders before irregularities saw its share price collapse are set to face a disciplinary hearing. RSM Robson Rhodes and Glyn Williams,...
Do You Know What Your Employees Want?
Byline: Dave Manning How happy are your employees with the benefits you provide? Most employers would anticipate a mixed response from across their workforce. Recent UK research in fact suggests that more than half may be dissatisfied with the...
Dynamic Techniques to De-Risk Your Pension Fund
Byline: Rekha Ravichandran Market volatility, changes to accounting rules and broader awareness amongst analysts, shareholders and financiers have made pension funding very much a corporate concern. No longer are the investments of pension schemes...
Edgbaston Double-Take; with Its Symmetrical Styling, Westfield Road Offers Its Occupiers Fantastic Aspects - Twice, Writes Alison Jones
Byline: Alison Jones Why have one bay when you can have two? And why have one front door when you can double up? The central part of this grand looking house at 87 West?eld Road, Edgbaston, is a mirror image thanks to the semi-circular bays on the...
Engineering - Not Just about the History
Byline: JON GRIFFIN It's probably a mistake to over-romanticise the loss of much of British heavy industry over the last 30 years, even if we are talking hundreds of thousands of jobs disappearing forever. So many of those jobs, be they coalmining,...
Enjoy Cultural Extravaganza That Is Artsfest
Byline: Lorne Jackson Birmingham's free Artsfest returns to the city this weekend. The annual jamboree will once more provide an impressive display of unabashed creativity in the city, with a mouth-watering line-up of major artists from across...
Family Snub in Deal to Save Historic Carpet Firm
Byline: ANNA BLACKABY The family who owned Kidderminster carpet-maker Brintons for more than two centuries claim the historic firm was "pulled from under their feet" by US private equity giant Carlyle. For 228 years Brintons has been synonymous...
Fine Country Home Bears Witness to a Long History; Alison Jones Reports on Chambers Court, a Grand Example of Gothic Revival Set in Just under 33 Acres of Gardens, Woodland and Pasture
Byline: Alison Jones It would seem very appropriate that a house named Chambers Court on the Worcestershire/Gloucestershire border should belong to a QC. Although His Honour David McEvoy and his wife Belinda have lived there for 30 years, it...
Fire Cuts Require National Approach; BIRMINGHAM POST COMMENT
There can be little doubt that pounds 30 million of Government-imposed spending cuts over a four-year period will have a serious impact on the West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service. Any public sector organisation which stands to lose a third of...
Folk
Byline: ANDREW COWEN Moseley Folk Festival Normal critical rules don't apply when it comes to talking about Moseley Folk Festival weekend. For a start, it's not strictly a folk festival. Certainly, there are many artists on the bill working within...
Game of Cat and Mouse since Time Immemorial
Byline: CHRIS UPTON As far as I know, the Tudors did not consume much in the way of drugs. Not beyond alcohol and the newfangled stuff called tobacco, anyway. Cokayne was no more than a mythical kingdom, smack was something you did to your...
Glynn Takes the Wraps off His Reborn Asquith; the Future's Bright, the Future's Ginger ... Glynn Purnell Gives Richard McComb an Exclusive Peek of His New Bar and Restaurant
Byline: Richard McComb Glynn Purnell catches me looking at the battered old sink that lies beached in the middle of his new restaurant, The Asquith. The back room at 11 Newhall Street has wallpaper but that's about it as far as interior decor...
Gove Hails Sikh School as a Beacon for City; Birmingham's New Sikh-Led Free School Will Be "A Beacon" to Others in the City, Education Secretary Michael Gove Tells Political Editor Jonathan Walker
Byline: Jonathan Walker Education Secretary Michael Gove has praised Birmingham's new Sikh ethos school as an example of the "big society in action" and rejected claims that more schools with a religious links will lead to divisions in society....
Graduates Are Flocking to Sign Up for JLR Careers
Byline: JONGRIFFIN Booming Jaguar Land Rover has been swamped by 30,000 job applications in the last year - including more than 8,000 for its largest ever intake of graduates. The resurgent vehicle manufacturer, which clocked up pre-tax profits...
Grocer Expands with New Store in Edgbaston
An award-winning Birmingham grocer is expanding in Edgbaston with the opening of a new store. Simon Dunmore is set to launch The Deli at Edgbaston at 21 Highfield Road in late September. "We've got a two-tier plan for the new store and the concept...
Harvesting the Fruits of the Urban Jungle; Foraging for Free Food in the City Is Not about Rummaging in Bins but Something Much More Rewarding, as Sarah Probert Discovers
Byline: Sarah Probert The last time I met celebrity gardener Alys Fowler she was extolling the virtues of being a thrifty gardener, scouring skips for bits of wood or old drawers to make plant containers. Now the former BBC TV's Gardeners' World...
Hodgson: I'm Happy with Deals Done in the Summer
Roy Hodgson has admitted he was 'pleased' with Albion's summer transfer activity. Potential record signing Shane Long and loanee Ben Foster were the two identified by Hodgson as his key summer arrivals. They were joined by Bosman trio Zoltan...
I'm in with a Fat Chance
Byline: RICHARD MCCOMB quarter of my body is fat. AIf you put me in an oven I would self-baste, like a Bernard Matthews' turkey. This is good news if you want to roast me, although I'd suggest slow-cooking. Better still, chuck in some turnip,...
Impossible to Oppose Reds
Byline: DAVID MYERS It is a clich that you are only as good your last game and ominously for Bolton, Manchester United's last outing saw them destroy Arsenal 8-2. Fortunately from a Trotters' perspective, the champions are an unrealistic-looking...
In Brief
*Lloyds Bank'sBirmingham-based corporate markets team has made three new appointments. Rob Walker, Ifor Williams and Bina Ganatra have all joined the division, which delivers corporate banking and risk management services to business with a turnover...
In Brief
Midland law firm Challinors has launched a specialist service dedicated to providing professional mediation services across its range of legal advice for individuals and businesses. Challinors Mediation Services is led by associate Pramila Meghani,...
Jag Takes E-Type to Another Level
Byline: ENDA MULLEN Jaguar's spiritual successor to the iconic E-Type is to be unveiled to the world at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show. The C-X16 is being billed as a production concept, though it is tipped to go on sale in roadster and coupe...
Jazz Gets City Artsfest off with a Swing; Jazz Diary
Byline: Peter Bacon The annual showcase of all things arty in Birmingham,Artsfest,fills the city centre this weekend, and jazz plays its part. Birmingham Jazz's own band, the Birmingham Jazz Ensemble, has grown out of its education work, and...
Jenas Looking to Revive His Career at Villa Park
Byline: MAT KENDRICK Aston Villa midfielder Jermaine Jenas is aiming to utilise his temporary spell in claret and blue to rediscover the form which once made him one of English football's most exciting midfield talents. Jenas has joined Villa...
Jerome Still Tortured by St Andrew's Heartache
Byline: COLIN TATTUM Cameron Jerome may be looking forward to a fresh chapter in his career at Stoke City, but he admits he finds it hard to take what happened to Birmingham City. Jerome, who moved to the Potters in a deal worth around pounds...
Jobs Threat as Hospital Plans More Lab Work
Birmingham's largest hospital trust has approved a business case to create an pounds 11 million testing laboratory that can take on more private work in the future. Heart of England Foundation Trust is moving ahead with plans to expand its Laboratory...
Justice Unlikely to Be Swift as Backlogs Hamper the Courts
Byline: JONATHAN WALKER The criminal justice system faces "complete meltdown" as cases are delayed because of funding cuts, lawyers have warned. A recruitment freeze which began four years ago means that the number of sitting days has been reduced,...
Leasing Space for Cars Is a Glimpse of Future
City workers have been investing in shelter of a more unusual kind, not for themselves but for their cars. They have been leasing space in the new hi tech underground garage in The Cube (which is fully automated and parks the cars using the UK's...
Legaladvice
Q. After we'd been married 20 years my husband met a woman with whom he has lived for four months. Now I've received a solicitor's letter telling me to put our house up for sale and saying there is no third party involved. Will he be entitled to a...
Let Children Learn about Growing Up - on Their Own
Byline: SARAH EVANS It is hard to decide which is the cruellest month for parents of school age children. Depending on the age of your offspring, you have only just recovered from the horrors of the mothers' race at sports day in July or the...
Lib Dems Will Get Extra Security for Conference
Police will step up security surrounding the Liberal Democrat conference in Birmingham following the riots. An extra cordon will be erected around the Hyatt Hotel during the five-day conference, running from September 17 to 21, amid fears of public...
Longbridge Ready for First Residents
The ?rst residential development on the Longbridge site has of?cially been launched and residents should be moving in a matter of weeks, according to developer St Modwen Homes. Construction is already well underway at the pounds 12.5 million scheme,...
Mercer in the Midlands - Local Presence, Global Strength
Mercer is a global provider of human resource consulting, outsourcing and investment services, with a significant presence in the Midlands. The team in Brindleyplace, Birmingham consists of around 140 professionals including actuaries, investments...
Mick: Euro Jaunts Will Make Ward Even Better
Mick McCarthy believes experiences like the 90 minutes Stephen Ward played in Ireland's goalless draw in Russia will make his utility-player even better. "He's never done anything other than play well for me, whether it be left-back, wide left,...
Mortgages Come before Sky TV, Owners Warned
Thousands of homeowners are to be warned by taxpayer-owned banks to forget renewing their subscription to Sky TV or buying a new BlackBerry and instead focus on paying their mortgage. More than 30,000 Bradford & Bingley and Northern Rock customers...
Movies on Release
Also This Week Dekalog 89+ Vol 2 (tbc) Part two of the Kieslowski celebration asks how far we can influence our own fate. (Fri, mac) An Independent Mind (E) Documentary about how eight artists and journalists from China to the UK have experienced resistance,...
My Cunning Plan to Save City Markets
Byline: AMMO TALWAR Stallholders, market traders, costermongers - lend me your ears, comrades, your hour of deliverance could be at hand. I have a plan which I hope will confound the council and save the markets. But what sneaky strategy could...
No Hiding from True Cost of Care Homes; Viewpoint
Dear Editor, Birmingham's social services finance manager David Waller has asked for maturity from care home providers over fee levels (Post, July 28), while director Peter Hay criticises home providers for taking legal action with the aim of obtaining...
Nursing Legend's Gifts Go under the Hammer
A letter and gifts from Florence Nightingale which were sent to a Warwickshire woman are to go under the auctioneer's hammer - more than 100 years after the death of the Lady With The Lamp. Stourbridge auctioneers Fieldings are to auction off an...
Olsson Sure That Ibanez Can Do a Job with Blues
Birmingham City new boy Pablo Ibanez will benefit from his frustrating spell at West Bromwich Albion, according to former teammate Jonas Olsson. The former Spain international linked up with Chris Hughton's men after a last-gasp transfer deadline-day...
Pamper to Perfection; Alison Jones Takes a Look at Some of the Latest Products Designed to Make You Feel Great
Byline: Alison Jones If you have already used up your holiday allowance at work than you can still take a well-earned break at a Dove Spa, if you have 60 minutes to spare. The Dove Drift Away package lasts an hour but combines an impressive four...
Pensioners Are Picking Up the Bill
Byline: RUSSELL LUCKOCK As the September nights draw in, and the mornings feel that little bit chillier, it is becoming more apparent that Government is relying on the pensioners to pay a large proportion of the bill left to the nation by those...
Pensions in the UK - Not as Broken as You Might Think; by Steve Brothwood, Head of Mercer's Retirement, Risk & Finance Consulting Development Group
Byline: Steve Brothwood Reading the mainstream media you might be forgiven for thinking that today's generations of pensioners are soaking up the sun during a blissful retirement, while future generations face a bleak future of poverty in old age....
Pensions Wrangle Leaves Museum with Pounds 156k Bill
Byline: ANNA BLACKABY The collapsed Wedgwood Museum Trust has paid thousands of pounds in administrators' and legal fees ahead of a hearing to determine whether its priceless assets can be secured for the nation. The Wedgwood Museum was placed...
Planes, Trains and Data Disasters
Byline: Neil Bolding Take a look at any pensions literature these days and undoubtedly you will find some reference to the decline of defined benefit pension provision and its now apparent targeted flight path towards closure and wind-up or buy-out....
Plans for Expansion after Firm Launches Franchise
A new solicitor-led national law firm franchise has been launched by West Midlands firm Blakemores, with plans to extend to Europe and the US. The Lawyers2you franchise is being spearheaded by Blakemores' managing partner Guy Barnett (pictured)....
Plummeting Stock Markets Impact on Pension Schemes
Plummeting stock markets have rocked pension schemes, leaving members of Defined Contribution (DC) schemes feeling they are in a worse position than if they had kept cash savings, while corporates face larger pension deficits and potentially higher...
Poignant Tribute to Wartime Airmen; Writer William Ivory's New Wartime Play Has Hit Close to Home, He Tells Lorne Jackson
Byline: Lorne Jackson William Ivory jabs a clenched fist in my face, and says: "See this?" The Midland author isn't angry. He's merely showing me his knuckle, which is indeed a peculiar specimen. Knobbly to the nth degree and grotesquely swollen,...
Police Vow to Save Pounds 750k on Interpreters Service
Byline: NICK MCCARTHY West Midlands Police is to cut 40 per cent off the pounds 1.8 million a year it spends paying interpreters to communicate with non-English speaking offenders. The force, which has to save pounds 126 million over four years...
PR Firm Founder Roulla Sells Up after 12 Years
One of the best-known faces on the Birmingham PR and marketing circuit is leaving the company she founded 12 years ago. Roulla Xenides, who cofounded S&X Media in 1999, is stepping down from the firm after a whirlwind few years working on projects...
Professional Education: What Is It Worth? Advertisement Feature
At a time when the return on any investment made by an organisation is scrutinised more than ever before, how can you be sure that your investment in training and education is delivering sufficient value to both your employees and, in turn, the company?...
Putting the Rom Back into Com; Graham Young and Roz Laws Review the Latest Films
Byline: Graham Young; Roz Laws Friends With Benefits Cert 15, 109 mins Justin Timberlake was born in Memphis just three years after the original multimedia pioneer Elvis Presley died there. From a boy band star with 'N Sync to a bestselling,...
Ready for Anything; 'Be Prepared' Is the Scout Motto - It's Also a Term That Would Have Described Yeomans House - before That Is, the Present Owners Decided to Decommission One of Its More Unusual Features. Alison Jones Discovers More
Byline: Alison Jones The pretty period property that the Parton family moved into 14 years ago had many desirable extras that are often found in luxury homes. There was a heated swimming pool and an all-weather tennis court in the garden... and...
Referral Fees: Some Myths, Some Truths and Industry Wide Issues; the Business of Paying for Referrals Is So Extensive That It Is an Industry in Its Own Right and as We Have All Been Told It Costs the Public and the Insurance Industry Many Millions of Pounds a Year or Does It? Simon Prew, Operational Manager of the Insurance Claim Department at Blakemores Solicitors, Reports
Byline: Simon Prew In 2008, according to Datamonitor, an estimated 675,000 motor claims and 87,500 Employers' Liability claims costing the insurance industry over pounds 5.3 billion in payouts to successful claimants were reported. The figure for...
Region's Heritage Sites Open Doors to Public for Free
Byline: MATT LLOYD From historic places of worship to Birmingham's world famous coffin works and buildings which inspired J.R.R Tolkien, heritage sites across the region will throw open their doors to the public this weekend. For two days, visitors...
Regulator Blamed over Hospital
Byline: MATT LLOYD Two former health ministers have blamed regulators for allowing a scandal-hit Midlands hospital to be granted foundation status. Andy Burnham MP, a former health secretary, and Ben Bradshaw, a former health minister, said the...
Rep Is the Perfect Setting for Emerald; Diane Parkes Meets an Ambridge Star Kicking off the Country Wellies to Tread the Boards in the Big City
Byline: Diane Parkes While playing the part of Emma Grundy in radio soap The Archers, actress Emerald O'Hanrahan was a regular visitor to Birmingham - but she admits she only saw a tiny sliver of the city. "I knew it from New Street station to...
Retirement Apathy Will Cost You Dearly; Planningforretirement
It's a sad fact of modern life that many people risk a life of poverty in retirement because they are significantly underfunding their retirement savings. A pension fund of pounds 200,000 sounds impressive, but today that will buy you an annual...
Riot Refund Refused as Show Goes on at 'Safe' Hippodrome
Byline: CATHERINE LILLINGTON A Birmingham theatre has been criticised for being "irresponsible" for encouraging visitors through its doors while the riots raged. Tina Webster's in-laws, Jack and Nancy Webster, were too frightened to go to Birmingham...
Rock
Byline: JON PERKS Ron Sexsmith Town Hall, Birmingham While many a rock star has dabbled in the world of hard drugs, Lemsip is about as extreme as it gets for mild mannered Ron Sexsmith. The 47-year-old Canadian was suffering from the snivels when...
Senegal Giant Is Knocking on the N'Daw
Guirane N'Daw believes Birmingham will get out of the Championship - and vows to do all he can to help. The midfielder is preparing for his first taste of action on Sunday at St Andrew's against Millwall. And the loan signing from Saint-Etienne...
Shining a New Light on the Dark Ages; While the Staffordshire Hoard Is Dazzling People across the Midlands Another Anglo Saxon Treasure Is Proving Just as Precious, as Chris Upton Finds Out
Byline: Chris Upton You'll have noticed, for sure, that the Staffordshire Hoard is currently making a triumphal tour of the Midlands. Like some marauding Saxon fyrd (their name for small army) it has conquered Birmingham and Stoke, and lately moved...
Six of the Best
Post Property THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 19 LET'S MOVE TO... STONELEIGH SIX OF THE BEST CHURCH LANE THE BANK, STONELEIGH Guide price: pounds 595,000 Agents: Godfrey Payton Tel: 01926 492511 A handsome character Georgian house that was part of the...
Society's Ills Aren't Down to Unwilling'role Models'
Byline: KEITH GABRIEL he concept of a role model has always rankled with me. TRole models aren't simply to be admired. A 'role model' is someone you wish to emulate and respect. A person who you actually want to be like , A person whose contribution...
'Something Better Change'
Byline: Elaine O'Keefe If people don't understand the importance of pension saving, they cannot make informed choices about their financial future, and will end up with less to live on than they hoped for. Even if they understand the importance...
Some Things Never Change
Byline: Jane Ralph Jane Ralph heads up Mercer's leadership team for the Midlands. Here she looks at current developments in pensions and other benefits in the workplace - including changes old and new Two years ago, Mercer featured in a similar...
Spacious Farmhouse with Character Features
Field House is a 19th century farmhouse which has had some of its old work buildings incorporated into the main building to create an even more spacious home. Patterns in the red brick and decorative gable ends give a lift to the exterior of the...