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Articles from September 29, 2004

Arts Reviews: Brazil by Design; Africa Rifting: Lines of Fire, Namibia/Brazil Wolverhampton Art Gallery Contemporary Printmakers RBSA Gallery, St Paul's Square
Byline: Terry Grimley Most of us can remember where we were on September 11, 2001, and now I know where the South African artist Georgia Papageorge was: she was draping scarlet banners over cliffs on the Brazilian coast. The photographs she took...
Arts Reviews: Desperately Seeking a Bit of Bite; the Shell Seekers Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
Byline: Richard Edmonds Rosamunde Pilcher's fictional world is cosily middle-class, underpinned by the Church of England, the Stock Exchange and lunch. Her novels (and The Shell Seekers is the one adapted here for the stage by Terence Brady and...
Ask Linda; Each Month Linda Flint, Spa Manager at Staffordshire's Hoar Cross Hall, Answers Your Beauty Queries
Byline: Linda Flint Q. My face always looks tired no matter how much sleep I get, and no matter how much water I drink. I have tried High Street shops for facial masks but they either have no discernable effect, leave me with a greasy face or end...
Birmingham Post Comment: Good News for Our City's Grand Old Lady
Globalisation and technology advances are changing British industry in all sorts of ways, but there is one profession where the boom times just go on and on. The law and judicial system are as influential in Birmingham today as at any time in the...
Blair under Fire from the Bereaved after Troops Die
Byline: John-Paul Ford Rojas Tony Blair yesterday paid tribute to two British soldiers gunned down as they tried to help injured comrades when their convoy was ambushed near Basra. The attack came just hours before Mr Blair addressed the Labour...
Boyfriend Relives Final Call from Backpacker
The boyfriend of murdered British backpacker Caroline Stuttle yesterday told of their last phone conversation, just before she was allegedly hurled 30 feet to her death from an Australian bridge. Ian Douglas Previte, aged 32, has pleaded not guilty...
Bush Gang Will Turn Up TV Heat on Kerry
Republican strategists hope to make presidential challenger John Kerry sweat - literally - when he goes head to head with George Bush on live TV. Bush officials have been in tough negotiations with Democrats about logistics for the three campaign...
City View: How to Spot Winners as Rest of Use Lose out over Oil
Byline: Nevill Boyd Maunsell So where is all the oil money going? I haven't seen anyone estimate confidently how much more we are all paying for $50 oil that we weren't paying when it cost $23 a barrel last winter. You may be sure that the money...
Clinton Cards Set to Close Two City Outlets
Byline: John Cranage Clinton Cards is consolidating its Birmingham outlets on to three sites, chief executive Clinton Lewin said yesterday . The move will see the closure of one of two shops in the Bullring and a second in Union Street. That...
Closure Is a Blow to Optimism Says CBI
Byline: John Cranage Business optimism in the West Midlands has fallen since Ford announced plans to effectively close Jaguar's Browns Lane factory in Coventry, regional CBI leaders said yesterday . At the same time, companies are concerned about...
Colin & Justin: Sound Advice
The perfect scenario for anyone trying to scale the property ladder is the creation of a home that's not only personally appropriate but one which is also relevant to its potential market. What's surprising, that said, is just how few 'nester/investors'...
Consultants WYG Unveil Ambitious Plans for City
Byline: John Revill Building consultant White Young Green said it had 'ambitious expansion plans' in the Birmingham area as it unveiled a 17 per cent rise in profits and a bulging order book. The company, which worked on Birmingham's Bullring...
Courts to Get Pounds 10m Revamp; Pounds 1,000 By
Byline: Richard Warburton Home Affairs Correspondent Birmingham's Victoria Law Courts is to remain a courthouse but will undergo a pounds 10 million revamp as part of a major overhaul of the criminal justice system in the West Midlands. Despite...
Cricket: Bell Caps Superb Year with Fitting England Call-Up
Byline: George Dobell Ian Bell's wonderful year continued with his selection in England's one-day squads to tour Zimbabwe and South Africa. Bell will join Warwickshire team-mate Ashley Giles and Worcestershire pair Gareth Batty and Vikram Solanki...
Cricket: COMMENT: Feeble Morgan Shames England; ECB Weakness Condemns Team to Tour, Writes Jack Bannister
Byline: Jack Bannister For the first time ever, the two England oneday squads for Zimbabwe and South Africa were sneaked out on the England and Wales Cricket Board's website, and not released at the normal official press conference at which questions...
Cricket: Gough at Ease with Difficult Decision
Darren Gough says he has found it hard to make a decision on England's tour of Zimbabwe. The Essex bowler, named in the squad which will travel to Harare next month, is committed to the controversial one-day series but conceded he had been in two...
Culture: Amateur Stage: Young, Free and Disloyal
Byline: John Slim More than 260 people attended the presidential banquet that was the social highlight of the annual conference of the National Operatic & Dramatic Association at the weekend. It was an impressive show of support for one of...
Culture: Jazz Diary: Commuter Classics
Byline: Peter Bacon Don't you just love this time of the year? Those autumn leaves may float past our windows, those autumn leaves of red and brown, but so too do leaflets and flyers promoting some very exciting gigs. This week the first one...
Culture: RSC Shows Commitment to Developing New Work; the Royal Shakespeare Company's New Work Festival Is Aiming to Put Contemporary Writing Back at the Heart of the Company's Agenda, Writes Terry Grimley
Byline: Terry Grimley There has never been much danger of the Royal Shakespeare Company abandoning Shakespeare, but the other focus envisaged by its founders in the 1960s has been doing less well recently. The emphasis on new writing which has...
Culture: The Real Dr Strangelove; Mike Davies Talks Life and Death with Geoffrey Rush
Byline: Mike Davies Whether the film will get a sufficiently high profile enough American release to secure him a fourth Oscar nomination is debatable, but there's no arguing with the fact that Geoffrey Rush gives a remarkable, award worthy performance...
Dolly Creator Looks to Human Embryos
Byline: Elizabeth Pane The scientist who created Dolly the sheep yesterday said cloning human embryos would be an 'extremely powerful' tool in understanding motor neurone disease. Professor Ian Wilmut has applied for a licence from the Human...
Emap Tells an Upbeat Tale of Two Countries
Media group Emap yesterday reported strong sales for its UK titles and offered investors hope that the worst of its trading woes in France may be over. The group said underlying sales of UK magazines including FHM, Heat and Empire were likely to...
Enterprise: Inventor Is Glowing with Bright Ideas
Byline: Martin Faint An elderly woman awakes in the middle of the night, thirsty and alone in the dark. The light switch too far to reach, she decides to make a grasp for her glass of water, only to miss her hold - sending the glass flying to...
Enterprise: We Can't Go on Expecting Everyone to Speak English
Byline: Diane Rayner There was a fascinating programme on the radio a few days ago about communicating with living beings on other planets. As a world we are apparently working very hard and spending, presumably, large sums of money to do this....
Enterprise: You Don't Have Go It Alone, Says Janette
Janette Rawlinson is no doubt about what she would do differently if she were to set up in business alone again - not be quite so alone. 'From what I have learnt I would certainly have asked more people for help,' the Birmingham-based businesswoman...
Football: Agogo Stretches Harriers' Poor Run; LDV VANS TROPHY Bristol Rovers 1 Kidderminster Harriers 0
Byline: Graeme Welch at the Memorial Stadium Kidderminster Harriers' participation in this season's competition ended last night despite a resilient performance against Ian Atkins' Bristol Rovers side. A goal in the last ten minutes was enough...
Football: Albion in Double Trouble
Byline: Ged Scott West Bromwich Albion paid a double price for on-field indiscipline last night after two of their players had their collars felt under close FA scrutiny. Only an hour after Neil Clement had been slapped with a three-match suspension...
Football: Bruce Recipe for Dunn Return Is Week's Training; THE PREMIERSHIP
Byline: Ged Scott David Dunn is in line to make his long-awaited first Birmingham City start of the season in Sunday's home match against Newcastle United. The injury-hit midfielder, who has been nursed back to fitness after a pre-season hamstring...
Football: Cureton Takes Full Advantage of Sky Blues' Defensive Chaos; Queens Park Rangers 4 Coventry City 1
Byline: Lee Corden at Loftus Road Coventry City were on the end of a real thumping at Loftus Road last night. Peter Reid's Sky Blues were outplayed, out-worked and out-muscled in every department and got exactly what they deserved as Jamie Cureton...
Football: Jones at Decision Time for Wolves; THE CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: Ged Scott Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Dave Jones faces a tough week deciding whether to make changes for this weekend's match at West Ham United. The under-pressure Jones thought his faltering side were out of the woods after their...
Football: Merson Earns Himself a Lifeline; Walsall 1 Rushden & Diamonds 0
Byline: Paul Marston at Bescot Stadium Walsall reached the second round with a narrow win over League Two opposition Rushden & Diamonds, but had to survive a penalty score on the way to their first win in five games. The vital goal came 15...
Football: Mourinho Happy to Swap Popularity for Domination
Byline: Mark Bradley Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that he would not be concerned if Chelsea became the most disliked club in the country - as that would only make them even stronger. And he warned that critics who dared to question...
Football: O'Leary Delight at Angel Poser
Byline: Brian Dick With the return to fitness of Juan Pablo Angel the next couple of weeks will see David O'Leary make the single most important decision in his tenure at Villa Park. The Irishman finally has his three front-line strikers fit...
Football: Wenger Convinced Reyes Can Shine in Nordic Night; CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Byline: Jim van Wijk Arsene Wenger believes Jose Antonio Reyes could well be the man to spearhead Arsenal's quest for Champions League glory. The manager is the first to admit the young Spaniard has been a revelation this season. Reyes, who...
Fresh Fears of Petrol Price Rises
The cost of crude oil raced to record highs above $50 a barrel yesterdaysparking fears of new petrol price rises. US light crude touched $50.47 a barrel, while London's Brent crude set a new peak at $46.80 a barrel, before easing to $46.60, up 67...
Half Male Population of Bounty Mutineers' Island Face Sex Abuse Charges
Half the men on remote Pitcairn Island, populated by descendants of the Bounty mutineers, go on trial today for a string of alleged sex attacks dating back to the 1960s. But a group of women on the Pacific island defended the seven men at a meeting,...
Half-Year Loss Sees Shares in Pressac Dip
Shares in Pressac hit a new low yesterday after the motor equipment and telecoms company reported a half-year loss after tax, along with a shift to more sophisticated higher-margin products and a drive to cut back borrowings and interest charges. Chairman...
Help Me, He's on His Way to Kill Me
Byline: John Bingham and Katherine Haddon A mother-of-two told a police operator she had 'about one minute before I die' as she hid in a downstairs cupboard while her estranged husband rampaged through their luxury home with a gun, an inquest heard...
Horror as Daughter Fell from Ambulance
A horrified mother watched her teenage daughter cling on to the open door of an ambulance as it sped along the motorway, an inquest heard yesterday. Natalie Kathryn Dibden, aged 16, suffered fatal injuries when she fell from the vehicle near junction...
Housebuilder Scoops Top Award
KingsOak South Midlands was last night named as the overall winner in the 2004 Birmingham Post & Mail House Design Awards. The housebuilder took the top category award for City Apartments with its Priory Place scheme in Coventry city centre...
How GI George Said Thank You, 60 Years On
Byline: Emma Pinch An American army veteran has tracked down the Walsall family whose kindness during the the Second World War he never forgot. George Klein of Stratford, Connecticut, was billeted at Whittington Barracks near Lichfield for five...
Jarvis Boss Quits after Watchdog Warning
The boss of troubled engineering company Jarvis last night said he was stepping down from the firm. Chief executive Kevin Hyde said he believed it was an appropriate moment for him to leave the company after putting in place 'the urgent actions'...
Just like Brad Pitt, Selfridges Is Really Cool
Birmingham's iconic new Bullring (left) has helped push Selfridges into the stratosphere of cool according to a new survey. According a survey of 'urbanites' - city dwellers aged 18-24 - it ranks among the likes of Brad Pitt, Jude Law and Johnny...
Labour Party Conference: British Talent Promised Pounds 10,000 Scholarships in Preparation for 2012
Promising young athletes will get pounds 10,000 scholarships to prepare them for the 2012 Olympics, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell announced yesterday. And she urged the nation to channel the passion inspired by British success in Athens into making...
Labour Party Conference: Hecklers in Custody as Protests Are Soured
A pro-hunting campaigner and two other demonstrators were in police custody last night after they heckled Prime Minister Tony Blair's keynote address to his party as protests erupted inside and outside the Labour conference. Mr Blair's speech was...
Labour Party Conference: Look out, Prime Minister, He's Behind You . . . Political Editor Jonathan Walker Gives His Verdict on Tony Blair's Make-or-Break Speech
Byline: Jonathan Walker If there was any doubt that the political parties have entered election mode, Tony Blair dispelled it last night. 'We can win a third term,' he told delegates. 'Now let's get out and do it.' This was a let's-get-to-work...
Labour Party Conference: Sorry Seems to Be Hardest Word for Blair over Iraq
Byline: Jonathan Walker Political Editor Tony Blair launched Labour on its 'third term mission' yesterday and insisted the war in Iraq was right even though there had been no weapons of mass destruction. But Mr Blair scrapped plans at the last...
Legal Matters: A Victorian Masterpiece Now Too Small for the Job; Built Almost 110 Years Ago, Birmingham's Victoria Law Courts Is the Busiest Courthouse in Europe and Is Bursting at the Seams. Home Affairs Correspondent Richard Warburton Looks at the History and Significance of One of the City's Most Important Buildings
Byline: Richard Warburton When the then Prince of Wales opened the Victoria Law Courts on July 21, 1891, it was described as the finest modern building in Britain. Four years earlier Queen Victoria had laid the foundation stone for the building,...
Legal Matters: Britons Held at Guantanamo Bay to Face Military Tribunals
The four Britons detained at Guantanamo Bay will face special military tribunals within a month, it was reported yesterday. Military officials hearing the cases will presume that Moazzam Begg, from Sparkhill, Birmingham, Feroz Abbasi, Martin Mubanga...
Letter: Reader's Letter
Byline: STEPHEN HARTLAND Dear Editor, - With regards to your article (Post, Sept 20) concerning the small print in the PFI deal and the large-scale felling of trees across the city, it would seem incredible if any organisation, whether it be council...
MacLellan Boss Insists 'We'll Still Clean Up'
MacLellan chief executive John Foley firmly dismissed suggestions yesterday that a same-again first half in terms of earnings per share could mean that the fast-growing Worcester-based cleaning and facilities management company was taking a pause for...
Make a Grand Entrance; A Hallway Is Much More Than the Space Behind the Front Door - It's the Gateway to Your Home. and as Gabrielle Fagan and Eloise Fysh Find out, First Impressions Count
Byline: Gabrielle Fagan and Eloise Fysh First impressions count - so make a great entrance to your home with your hallway. They set the scene for the rest of your rooms, but all too often halls are neglected or cluttered, collecting all the debris...
Market Report: Mining Stocks Dig in to Lift London
A good start on Wall Street and positive sentiment among mining stocks helped sustain gains on the London market. The FTSE 100 Index lost hold of an earlier 35-point gain, but steadied to end yesterday 26.1 points up at 4567.3. The Dow Jones Industrial...
M&B Toast to Success
Byline: Steve Pain Birmingham-based pubs group Mitchells & Butlers cheered investors yesterday with a stronger than expected trading update. The group, which runs more than 2,000 managed outlets such as All Bar One, O'Neills and Harvester...
Motor Show Organisers Rev Up for Super Prix
Byline: Campbell Docherty Transport Reporter The organisers of the International Motor Show yesterday gave their backing to Birmingham City Council's attempts to bring back the city's Super Prix. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders...
NatWest Bankers Deny Fraud Charges
Three British bankers have been accused of a million pound fraud 'as a means to prosecute major figures in the Enron scandal', a court heard yesterday. The trio of former NatWest investment specialists are alleged to have defrauded a subsidiary...
Perspective: It All Started with a Conker
Harry Hawkes has been collecting anything and everything for just about as long as he can remember. The author of a weekly column on collecting in The Birmingham Post and self-confessed hoarder, Harry recalls the days when collectors had to look...
Perspective: Let's Bring Exhibitions out to the Public
Byline: Chris Upton During my time in Birmingham I can remember three really big exhibitions. Back in 1989, and in what was then called the Library Exhibition Hall in Paradise Circus (long since gone, I'm afraid), they staged an exhibition to celebrate...
Perspective: The Lengths I'll Go to to Be One of the Boys; as the Priceless Collection of One Obsessive Hoarder Goes under the Hammer Today, Alun Thorne Explains How One of His Childhood Friends Caught the Bug and Never Shook It Off
Byline: Alun Thorne I was just applying a second layer of Brylcreem to my 'Gazza' cut when the phone rang. 'The bill's come through and you need to find pounds 50. Today,' said the breathless voice on the other end of the line. I'd like to...
Police Confident of Blakelock Breakthrough
Byline: Keith Hamilton Police last night said they were very confident a breakthrough in the Pc Keith Blakelock murder could help bring his killers to justice. Officers acting on 'first rate intelligence' began searching 16 Willan Road in Tottenham,...
P&O to Close Four of Its 13 Ferry Routes with the Loss of 1,200 Jobs
Shipping giant P&O is to close four of its 13 ferry routes with the loss of 1,200 jobs, it confirmed yesterday. Reducing the number of ships it operates from 31 to 23, the company said it would be closing all its Western Channel routes except...
Racing: Channon's Yajbill Can Hit a Hat-Trick
Byline: Stable Boy Yajbill can complete a hat-trick with victory in the Averti Conditions Stakes at Salisbury today. Mick Channon's two-year-old has been in cracking form lately and he seems to be improving after opening his account in good style...
Retail Therapy: Life on Nars
Byline: Alison Jones There are times when a girl needs rescuing - from a bad hair day, a skin outbreak or even from herself and her love of late night partying. This is when they hold for a hero, or a hero product, as Nars dubs its Aqua Gel Hydrator....
Rugby Union: The Antidote to Yellow Fever - Punish Them with Points
Byline: Michael Blair This I have seen: a rugby forward sent to the sin-bin for an infringement of one of the game's less comprehensible laws. And a minute later one of his teammates is dismissed for something similar. And a minute or two after...
Rugby Union: Third in Line Talks Good Game before Stint at Sandhurst; Brian Dick on Prince Harry, Assistant Rugby Development Officer
Byline: Brian Dick Prince Harry's appearance in Walsall yesterday gave rise to several questions, not least how can an assistant rugby development officer afford to travel to a routine school coaching session in a Jaguar while his kit arrives separately...
Smoothly Does It
Never has the saying 'beauty is only skin deep' been so true. In a world obsessed with turning back the clock, there's a new anti-ageing treatment on the block - and it's already proving an overnight success. Whether you are looking to fill wrinkles...
Soccer Star's Agent 'Offered Pounds 250,000 to Pay off Associate'
The agent of England soccer star Wayne Rooney offered a pounds 250,000 cash 'pay-off' to an associate of the teenager's former representative, a court heard yesterday. Paul Stretford signed Rooney to his Proactive agency after the young striker...
Son's Shock as Relatives Die in Blaze
Byline: Emma Pinch A son who lost four members of his family in a house fire last night spoke of his 'shock and devastation' as detectives tried to find the cause of the suspected arson attack. Ajit Singh, aged 62, and his 60-year-old wife Gurdish...
Standards Outlook Is Good for Council
Byline: Paul Dale More than half of the improvement targets set by Birmingham City Council are on course to be delivered, but the local authority's problem areas of housing and social services continue to raise cause for concern. Figures for...
Staying Ahead of the Game; Couldn't Decide What to Wear This Morning? Well, How about Trying to Pick Clothes for Next Summer? Lifestyle Editor Lisa Piddington Spends a Day with the Buyers for Fashion Lable Betty Barclay to See How They Decide on Future Collections
Byline: Lisa Piddington The three leggy models before me are dressed in the brightest of brights - pineapple, Curacao, and kiwi are the colours, I'm told. Immaculately dressed women are eyeing them up and down, deciding what top works with what...
TABLE TALK: A Decent Start for the West End; West End, Bull Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6DT. 01789 268832. Alison Davison Heads off to Stratford-upon-Avon
Byline: Alison Davison The West End might suggest the glittering lights of London theatreland but this West End is actually a pub tucked away down the rather chi-chi small streets of Stratford old town. The stage connotations are presumably intentional...
Transport: Community Bus Project Launched for Young
A new community bus project aimed at getting young people in Wolverhampton more active has been launched. Citywide, supported by the region's public transport promoter Centro, is a free minibus service that allows children and young people between...
Transport: Does the Train Take the Strain? the Public Transport System in the West Midlands Attracts a Fair Amount of Criticism. Some of Birmingham's Top Executives Recently Spent a Week Testing out the System, Travelling to Work and Back and Kept Diaries of Their Experiences. Transport Reporter Campbell Docherty Sees How They Fared
Byline: Campbell Docherty Your basic highpowered businessman and businesswoman has got a thing about the car - and expensive, powerful ones at that. Never having been either high-powered or a businessman, I can only speculate why. Various theories,...
Virgin Mobile Progress on Track despite Shares Taking a Tumble
Shares in Virgin Mobile tumbled yesterday despite a forecast of substantially higher earnings. The mobile phone network operator, part of entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson's Virgin group, said it remained on course to make a maiden fullyear dividend...
WINE STYLE: On the Grapevine; Ruinart - 'The Professionals' Champagne'
Byline: Clive Platman Perhaps not the best-known Champagne label, Ruinart is commonly regarded as the 'Professionals' choice'. The house is dedicated to the highest standards and has rigorously targeted the wine connoisseur. At the same time, it...
Workers Killed in Railway Horror
Byline: Phil Hazlewood Two workers were killed yesterday when they were struck by a rail maintenance vehicle as they were getting off an engineering train. Emergency services said the accident happened at 4.30am near Winchester Road, off Crab...