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Articles from July 7, 2011

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A Home That's Built to Last; Shepherds Oak, in Kinwarton, Alcester, Is a Thoroughly Modern Home with a Timbered Salute to Construction Methods of the Past. Alison Jones Takes the Tour of This Impressive Property
Byline: Alison Jones Although Shepherds Oak in Kinwarton, Alcester, has taken many of its design cues from the past, it is, in fact, a recent construction. While one might associate clean lines, uncluttered rooms, futuristic kitchens and masses...
Airlines Given a Warning about Using Surcharges
Airlines and travel companies have been threatened with legal action if they continue to spring last-minute fees on customers for paying by card. Air, rail and ferry customers often have to click through several pages online before a payment charge...
A Man of Many Letters; Victorian Edward Capern Was a Humble Postman Who Captivated the Nation with His Appealing Verse, Writes Chris Upton
Byline: Chris Upton Just off Tennal Road in Harborne lies Capern Grove. There's nothing especially historical about the road or its houses, but I wonder how many of its residents know the reason for their street's rather unusual name. Who or what...
Anger as Historic Church Falls into Rack and Ruin
Byline: BRETT GIBBONS Alocal authority has been accused of neglecting its architectural heritage by angry campaigners determined to preserve an iconic landmark facing demolition. Work has commenced on knocking down the remaining structure of...
An Opportunity to Test Drive Your Retirement
Byline: TREVOR LAW When you consider what we can change throughout life, your mortgage provider, credit cards, bank accounts, internet provider, partner and some would argue your sex, the same cannot be said about the decision the majority of us...
Artistic Genius for Hire; Richard Edmonds Follows the Fortunes of a Gifted Society and Celebrity Painter
Byline: Richard Edmonds Johan Zoffany Mary Webster (Yale University Press, pounds 75) n 18th century painting by Zoffany is truly something extraordinary to behold. AFew painters in the 18th century, (that time of great painters which included...
A VIP Weekend at the Gloucester Quays Food Festival WIN; Birmingham Post Competition
Gloucester Quays is hosting its first ever Food Festival this summer from July 22-24 and has secured its own special ingredient that's sure to draw in the crowds. Two of the UK's favourite TV chefs, Gino D'Acampo and James Martin, will be cooking...
Bird Ruffles a Few Feathers with Record-Breaking Innings
Byline: JOHNBRIGHTTROPHY New cricketing territory was entered last week when Ernst & Young captain Simon Bird set a new tournament batting record and Cobbetts solicitor Richard Holmes unveiled a maverick method of run-making in the Lord's Taverners...
Brunt Picks Up a Badge of Honour
Byline: CHRIS LEPKOWSKI Life after playing? It's not something West Bromwich Albion's Chris Brunt needs to worry about too much. But he's already making plans for the future. The 26-year-old winger returned to pre-season training this week...
Calls for Inquiry over Phone Hacking Claims
Byline: JONATHANWALKER Senior executives at News of the World owners News International must "face the full force of the law" over allegations of phone hacking, an MP has insisted. Black Country MP Tom Watson (Lab West Bromwich East) made the...
Call to Ban Cleric Who Said Hurricane Was God's Punishment
The Home Secretary has been urged to investigate a controversial American preacher who is due to speak at a rally in Birmingham next month. Pastor John Hagee believes the Holocaust was part of God's plan to force Jews to return to Israel and claims...
Chinese'keen on City Car Plant' A Round Up of the Most Popular Stories from the Past Week at Birminghampost.Net
China's state-owned car manufacturer FAW is in exploratory talks to bring a major vehicle assembly plant to Birmingham, the city council leader has revealed. Coun Mike Whitby held talks with First Automobile Works executives during the visit of...
Chinese'keen on City Car Plant' Weekontheweb A Round Up of the Most Popular Stories from the Past Week at Birminghampost.Net
China's state-owned car manufacturer FAW is in exploratory talks to bring a major vehicle assembly plant to Birmingham, the city council leader has revealed. Coun Mike Whitby held talks with First Automobile Works executives during the visit of...
ClassicalReviews
Byline: Christopher Morley Ian Venables Premiere Elias String Quartet, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham *****sic of the Worcesterbased composer Ian Venables has never failed to grip the listener with its accessibility and ability to communicate,...
Comments from Birminghampost.Net
Thinktank to merge with Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Museum of Science and Industry is an OK name, but much better would be Museum of Science and Industry, and it should be relocated to a new site in Newhall Street. The former Elkington Silver...
Cultivating an Old Fragrant Friend; Garden Watch
Byline: Colin Hambidge Some like it hot - and some like it dry. Lavender likes both as it thrives in full sun on well drained soils and is remarkably drought-tolerant. In fact it is the archetypal Mediterranean plant, despite its long association...
Dealer Revs Up to Sell Supercars
Byline: ENDA MULLEN Two of Britain's most sought-after car marques are sitting side by side in a new Solihull dealership which opened its doors for business this week. And would-be buyers might have a tough choice on their hands choosing between...
Delivery Firm in Big Shed Deal; A Round Up of News from the Region's Commercial Property Sector in the Past Week
One of the largest lettings in Staffordshire this year has been secured by Coltham Developments at its Emperor Point site on Centurion Park in Tamworth. Home and Retail Deliveries has taken 179,221 sq ft in a deal done by Jones Lang LaSalle, who...
Delph Ready to Challenge in Midfield Says McLeish
Byline: MAT KENDRICK Alex McLeish has challenged Fabian Delph to prove himself as a Premier League regular next season after admitting he has high hopes for the combative youngster. Delph is determined to pin down a starting role in McLeish's...
Destroyed Nightclub to Rise from Ashes as Office
Byline: JONGRIFFIN The former home of legendary Birmingham rock venue Edwards No 8 has risen from the ashes - with a major pounds 3 million restoration. The John Bright Street building, a magnet for 20 years for Midland rock fans, has been completely...
Down in the Woods; Funding for a Project to Restore an Ancient Woodland Is Coming to an End. Matt Lloyd Meets Its Conservationists
Byline: Matt Lloyd As one of the nation's ancient woodlands, the Wyre Forest has been used by humans for hundreds of years. Whether for work or play, human activity within the forest, which spans 4,000 hectares on the Worcestershire/Shropshire...
Edward Parkes Joins the Team at Salway Bradbury
Edward Parkes has recently joined Salway Bradbury, Solihull's leading independent firm of Chartered Surveyors. Edward brings with him approximately 15 years of surveying experience, having worked for large firms such as Donaldsons (now DTZ), Andrew...
Enjoy a Little Park Life; Alison Jones Looks at an Alternative Form of Housing - Park Homes
Byline: Alison Jones Henry Morrison jokes that the units that make up the little communities on the parks he and his family owns should be called "immobile homes". "These are not something you are going to move around." Although the concept...
Feet-on-Ground Policy Could Take Bears to Top
Byline: BRIANHALFORD Jim Troughton insists that no-one in Warwickshire's squad will be getting ahead of themselves following the Bears' surprise climb into the thick of the County Championship title race. But after the Bears closed in on top...
Firms Are Urged to Make Most of Enterprise Zone
Developers and businesses are being urged to act now if they are to make the most of a potential enterprise zone that could lead to 14,000 new jobs in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. The rallying call was made by industry expert Paul Aldridge,...
Firms Have to Be Aware of Agency Directive
Byline: FERGALDOWLING Despite the coalition Government's commitment to cut red tape, the Agency Workers Directive is something many businesses cannot avoid. Implemented through the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) 2010, the directive follows...
Fit for Purpose; Edward Stephens Gets the First Look at Jaguar's New Style Fuel Efficient Four-Cylinder Diesel
Byline: Edward Stephens Jaguar has thrown down the gauntlet to its German competitors with the most fuel efficient car it has ever built. And, to prove the point, one of the new 2.2-litre, four-cylinder diesel XF models was driven from the Castle...
Forum for Commercial Agents in Solihull
Solihull Council has launched a new initiative to attract and support new business growth in Solihull. On May 24, the Council was joined by commercial agents from leading property companies in the borough for the launch of the Solihull Agency Forum....
Fragrant & Fabulous; Alison Jones Casts an Eye over the Latest Perfumes and Treatments
Byline: Alison Jones Tous perfumes has performed its own little miracle by turning scent into water. Its eco-chic H20 fragrance (right) has a percentage of its annual sales donated towards water projects in countries where Oxfam is working. ...
Gadgets
Byline: Jon Perks Lavazza A Modo Mio Extra pounds 125, www.lavazzamodomio.com You have to have your espresso/latte fix in the morning but time is of the essence. Step forward the Lavazza A Modo Mio system; like the Nespresso,Tassimo and Dolce...
George by Name - Georgian by Nature; This Fabulous Grade II Listed Edgbaston Home Has Real Appeal, as Alison Jones Discovers
Byline: Alison Jones With its three storey height, towering chimneys and white exterior, this Grade II listed townhouse is quite at home among the af-?uent surroundings and grand houses of Edgbaston. Built in 1802, the proportion and balance...
Georgian Charm Set in a Conservation Area
Wellesbourne is a village that likes to protect its past. It can trace its history back to the 9th century and bears the unusual distinction of being the site of one of the earliest recorded tornados in Britain. It struck in May 1140, killing a woman...
Good Signs as Exports Boost Moflash Sales
A Birmingham signal manufacturer has reported a 60 per cent rise in turnover on the back of export growth. Tyseley-based Moflash Signalling, which makes a range of visual and signalling devices for a number of markets including industrial, fire...
Hammond Urges Supporters to Get Vocal
The official consultation into plans to build a new high speed rail line between London and Birmingham could conclude the public opposes the scheme, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has said. With just three weeks before the consultation ends,...
Hard-Earned Respect While Fighting the Flak; One of the Most Influential Muslim Politicians in the UK Has Announced She Is to Step Down from Politics. She Talks Exclusively to Brett Gibbons
Byline: Brett Gibbons Salma Yaqoob, the leader of Respect Party and city councillor for Sparkbrook has revealed that she is to step down as a councillor because of ill health. She has voiced concerns about the effects of a long-term illness and...
Haye Is Likely to Do U-Turn and Box On
Byline: DAVIDMYERS The bookies were laughing all the way to the bank after David Haye's disappointing defeat against Wladimir Klitschko in Germany - the damp squib of a contest pocketing them a packet after patriotic punters piled into the confident...
Hazel's Living Life in the Fast Lane
Byline: BRIAN DICK Not much has changed in the nine months since Louise Hazel clubbed the Commonwealth's best multi-eventers into agreeing it would probably be best for all concerned if the heptathlon gold medal came back to Birmingham with her....
High Speed Rail Will Help City Attract New Firms
Byline: PAULDALE High speed rail will reshape the economic geography of the UK and help close the North-South wealth gap by creating new economic prosperity, Birmingham City Council will say in its formal response to Government plans for HS2. ...
Historians, Politicians - It's All the Same on TV
Byline: CHRIS UPTON I've noticed that in recent months historians have been turning up as panellists on Question Time. First there was Simon Schama, then David Starkey, and most recently Niall Ferguson has joined this exclusive club. In no...
Hughton Stays Calm
Byline: COLIN TATTUM Chris Hughton has not been fazed by Birmingham City's plight in the aftermath of relegation. The new Blues manager has made no fuss about the state of affairs at St Andrew's. In typical fashion, Hughton has just got on with...
Idyllic Grade II Country Home Ticks All the Boxes; Alison Jones Reports on an Historic Country House That Has Everything - a Secret Passageway, a Priest Hole and the Distinction of Being the Birthplace of a Famous 17th Century Antiquarian
Byline: Alison Jones eld, of One of the great historic homes of Warwickshire, birthplace of the antiquarian Sir William Dugdale and a house that not only had a priest hole but also a secret passageway, will come under the hammer at the next Bigwood...
In Brief
Coffee-machine maker Fracino is expecting a rise in sales of its cappuccino and espresso machines in Germany after agreeing an alliance with a key franchise. Ilker Baris and Philip Austermann have launched an exclusive Fracino Espressomaschinen...
In Brief
A "tsunami" of homeowners face falling behind on their mortgage repayments as soon as interest rates begin to rise, a leading banker has warned. Richard Banks, the chief executive of UK Asset Resolution (Ukar), believes a "scary" number of families...
In Brief
A new head of Access Legal from Shoosmiths has been appointed following a successful first 18 months. David Palmer joins the consumer legal services provider from US marketing and loyalty company Affinion International, where he was UK managing...
Inside Track on Finding Success as Double Act; Interview: Ben Miller
Byline: Albertina Lloyd Ben Miller knows all about being one half of a hit comedy double act.The 45-year-old and his long-time friend and comedy partner Alexander Armstrong won a Bafta for The Armstrong And Miller Show. But Miller has been flying...
It's Just Not Cricket. but Bears Planning for Edgbaston Profit; after Investing Pounds 30 Million in Redeveloping Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Warwickshire CCC Is Set to Embark on a New Business Plan to Increase Revenue. Graeme Brown Talks to Chief Executive Colin Povey about the Proposals
Byline: Graeme Brown Edgbaston boasts 129 years of history, an international reputation and is home to some of the country's top cricket stars - but is only used to capacity for four days a year. And therein lies a problem that has beset the...
Jazz Diary
Byline: Peter Bacon Festival fever continues to raise the temperature around the city, as the 27th Birmingham International Jazz Festival enters the home straight. Highlights today (Thursday) include the Greg Abate Quartet, from the US, playing...
Jobs Boost as Eyesore Is Turned into a New Hotel
Thirty jobs have been created at a Birmingham hotel after a multi-million pound development was completed. Digbeth-based Ace Hospitality will operate the new 83-bedroom venue on Coventry Road, in Yardley, under the Holiday Inn Express brand after...
Learn from the 1980s to Make a Success of Zones; Businessview
Byline: DAVIDBAILEY Enterprise zones didn't work particularly well back in the 1980s. The zones were effectively expensive subsidies to persuade firms to move to particular places, and in many cases were short-lived and ineffective, often coming...
Legal Aid Cuts 'Come at the Worst Possible Time'
The Government's proposed cuts to Legal Aid come at the worst possible time, with a growing number of married couples already struggling, emotionally and financially, according to a Birmingham family law expert. Fiona O'Sullivan, partner and head...
LinkedIn Seems to Be Taking over the World
Byline: CHRIS TOMLINSON I have noticed a recent increase in the number of people asking me to "connect" via LinkedIn and I have been searching for a reason. Sadly my new-found popularity cannot be attributed to an increase in wealth or influence...
Loyalist Divisions Could Spark More Sectarian Clashes; A Birmingham Lecturer Has Expressed Fears about More Rioting in Northern Ireland Following Visits to the Country. She Spoke to Brett Gibbons
Byline: Brett Gibbons The return of rioting on the streets of Northern Ireland could escalate as the climax to the marching season approaches, according to Dr Lyndsey Harris, who has become one of the UK's leading experts on paramilitaries. Dr Harris...
Loyalty Belongs to a Bygone Era
Byline: GREGG EVANS It's sad to say it, but the loyalty in football has gone. Make no mistake, it's been eroding away for years, but now it's well and truly disappeared. Gone are the days when a player will spend an entire career at his boyhood...
Making Is the Only Route to Mending
Byline: LORDBHATTACHARYYA Some commentators claim that our current economic woes are more to do with structural weaknesses than the aftermath of the 2008 banking crisis. It is argued that we have lost the Protestant work ethic, our education...
Man Tasked to Save Pounds 1bn for Taxpayers Exits the Line of Fire; the Official Responsible for Spearheading Birmingham City Council's Controversial Business Transformation Programme Is Leaving after Eight Years of a None-Too-Comfortable Ride, Explains Public Affairs Correspondent Paul Dale
Byline: Paul Dale The departure of Glyn Evans will put paid to one of Birmingham City Council's most enduring and amusing rituals. On numerous occasions over the past eight years Mr Evans has subjected himself to close questioning from sceptical...
'Manufacturing Will Still Play Its Part in Growth'
Byline: ALUNTHORNE Manufacturing has a key role to play in the region's recovery but we shouldn't get "doe-eyed" about its potential to return to the glory days of the last century, according to the head of the CBI. John Cridland, who took over...
Melrose Set to Face Rival Suitors for Charter Bid
Analysts are predicting more firms will show an interest in struggling engineering firm Charter International after a pounds 1.3 billion bid was turned down from a Midland rival. Alcester-based Melrose bid for the Irish firm, which recently saw...
Midland Firms Should Weather Bombardier Storm
The hundreds of West Midland firms supplying the rail industry will not suffer lasting damage following drastic cutbacks at Bombardier in Derby, according to experts. More than 1,400 jobs are being shed at Britain's last train making company, which...
Money Goes to Money; Ironangle
Byline: PAULDALE No great surprise that last week's strike by local government workers in defence of their gold-plated pensions failed to generate much in the way of support, either from council staff or the general public. This is an issue wide...
Movies on Release
Byline: MIKE DAVIES New Films This Week The Tree Of Life (12A) Starring Brad Pitt with Sean Penn as the adult version of his son. Terrence Malick's meditation on the world, life, family, change and permanence won this year's Palme D'Or at Cannes....
MusicReview
Byline: Jon Perks Cornbury Festival The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire *****mmer packed with festivals, it takes something to stand out from the crowd. Now in its eighth year, Cornbury does just that. Having moved to a new home this year and expanded...
Natural Healing; Treatment Table
Byline: Malcolm Akers This month I investigate Reiki - a holistic natural healing treatment - with a literal meaning of 'universal life energy'. Often mistakenly linked with religion, this treatment comes with no rules/religious links, although...
Onerous Task Prizing Open Death Grip on Power
Byline: JONATHANWALKER The future of Advantage West Midlands' pounds 180 million property empire looks a little brighter, after Ministers promised the remaining sites would be used to "deliver economic growth and regeneration". It emerged that AWM...
Paranormal Tale Leaves You Wanting More; Children's Book
Byline: Jayne Howarth Perfectly Reflected SC Ransom (Nosy Crow, pounds 6.99) I loved SC Ransom's debut novel Small Blue Thing. It was Nosy Crow's first book to be published and it heralded a great start for this new publisher. I eagerly awaited...
Pledge to Tackle Health Trainee Unemployment
Byline: ALISONDAYANI England's chief medical officer has pledged to act on high levels of public health unemployment amid NHS cutbacks after being confronted in Birmingham. Professor Dame Sally Davies, who is originally from the city, was put under...
Pounds 100m Research Centre Reliant on Fate of 'Crazy' Housing Plans
Byline: PAULDALE Plans for a world-class medical research centre in Birmingham could be scuppered because of local opposition to a housing development that would pay for the project. University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust wants...
Pounds 1.7m Invested in Repairs Firm; A Round Up of News from the Region's Finance Sector in the Past Week
A Coventry-based specialist building repair and maintenance firm has netted a pounds 1.7 million equity investment from the Catapult Growth Fund. ACS Building & Maintenance, which was founded in 2001, is the fund's sixth transaction of 2011....
Pounds 200k Repaid by Quango for Not Flying Europe's Flag
The West Midlands quango set up to support the region's economy repaid pounds 201,801 to the European Union after it failed to include the EU logo on publicity material. Advantage West Midlands was forced to repay the sum after it received an EU...
Premier League Is No Longer Calling the Shots; Businessofsport
Byline: PETERSHARKEY Perhaps the welcome absence of a distracting senior international summer football tournament has focused managerial attention or maybe some players are available at bargain-basement prices. Either way, transfer window activity...
Putting Their Heads Together; Jon Perks Speaks to a Husband and Wife Team about Life after Talking Heads
Byline: Jon Perks Everyone from The Beatles and Chic to Stock Aitken and Waterman have been sampled or covered by another artist, but Tom Tom Club must surely hold a record with their 1981 track Genius of Love. The band's second single not only...
Reaching out at Last; They're the 'New' Band That Have Been Going for Seven Years. Jon Perks Spoke to Emily Kokal of Warpaint
Byline: Jon Perks They may not drink Guinness, but all-girl rock band Warpaint clearly follow the Irish stout's advert slogan "good things come to those who wait". It's been seven years since the group first picked up their instruments to play,...
Residential Hope for St Modwen as Sector Still Down in the Dumps
Byline: GRAEMEBROWN The chief executive of St Modwen says there are few signs of confidence returning to the property sector - despite the firm increasing profits by 40 per cent. The Quinton-based regeneration firm - which is behind the major...
Retail Designs Win Praise on an International Stage
Two high-profile projects by Birmingham-based retail design practice Green Room are rubbing shoulders with New York retail icons after scooping awards in a prestigious US visual design competition. Work by Green Room for Mercedes-Benz Retail Group...
Same Deal as Band Reunites after 30 Years
Birmingham rock band Mean Street Dealers are reuniting more than 30 years after going their separate ways. The six-piece will play a one-off show at The Asylum in Hampton Street, Hockley, tomorrow (Friday). They plan to record the gig - just...
Six of the Best
LET'S MOVE TO... SWADLINCOTE SIX OF THE BEST OVERSEAL MANNOR MULBERRY BARN Guide price: pounds 1,175,000 Agent: Knight Frank Tel: 0121 362 7878 Overseal Manor is a fine village house dating back to around 1830. The property is beautifully presented,...
Solihull to Back Rail Plan despite Village Concerns
Byline: KATBALDWYN Solihull Council is expected to voice its support for the Government's high speed rail proposals when it forms its official response to the public consultation next week. A special scrutiny meeting to examine the plans recommended...
Space Travel Is Costly and Risky - but You Can't Hold Back Progress
Byline: STEVENCUTTS This week the space shuttle Atlantis will blast off from Cape Canaveral and fly to the International Space Station. It is the last scheduled launch of a space shuttle and will be followed by redundancy notices for a lot of NASA...
Strip Club Bosses Take Pavement Battle to Court; Postbusiness
Byline: ENDA MULLEN Two renowned Birmingham club bosses are embroiled in a High Court battle to decide who owns a strip of pavement outside the lap dancing club they once made a handsome living from. Lawrence Reddy and Allan Sartori are at loggerheads...
Supporting Entrepreneurs; BUSINESS AWARDS 2011
The Birmingham Post is delighted to confirm Challinors as the sponsor for the SME and Business Start Up Category within this year's Birmingham Post Business Awards. Challinors'' 210-strong team includes 22 partners and over 100 fee earners. It is...
Take Heart in Being Wrong
Byline: JIMWOOD-SMITH The potentially uncomfortable message is that we all know very considerably less than we think we do and over-confidence is the greatest threat to all who roam the markets. History tells us that pretty much every time we...
Talk of an End to the Misery Has Quietened
Byline: JONGRIFFIN So you thought the downturn was well and truly over, merely a bad memory from the bleak midwinter of 2008-09, when the corporate world seemed to be tottering on the edge of Armageddon? Think again. In the last month alone,...
Taste of Things to Come; Singer Neneh Cherry Talks Family, Festivals and Food with Jon Perks
Byline: Jon Perks eneh Cherry's musical CV sm|rg...sbord mirrors the diversity of her family tree. NBorn to a Sierra Leonean father and Swedish mother and brought up by her mother and stepfather Don Cherry, an African-American jazz musician,...
Teddy Hopes to Steal March on Idowu in Birmingham
World triple jump champion Phillips Idowu will warm up for the defence of his crown in South Korea next month by taking on French rival Teddy Tamgho at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix. Tamgho, the world indoor record holder and world number one...
The Blind Chefs with a Culinary Vision; It's Probably the Best Conference Food You've Never Eaten - and It's Cooked by Blind Chefs. Richard McComb Reports on the Success of a Unique Catering Venture
There is nothing to suggest the kitchen is any different from those found in other professional restaurants. It cost pounds 150,000 to fit out and is kept spotlessly clean. It has been awarded the top hygiene rating by inspectors and looks the same...
The Blue Lagoon; the Jewel in Turkey's Coastal Crown Attracts Visitors by Land, Sea. and Air. Sarah Probert Dips a Toe in the Water
Byline: Sarah Probert t is possibly one of the most photographed beaches in the Mediterranean. IThe famous blue lagoon at Olu Deniz on the south coast of Turkey has become a prime spot for travellers who seek tranquil waters and a place to relax...
The Oasis Retailers Thirsty for More after Comeback; Consumer Editor Emma McKinney Reveals How Small Birmingham Shopping Centre the Oasis Is Bounding Back after 40 Years in Business
Byline: Emma McKinney Three years ago the future of The Oasis in Birmingham city centre looked pretty grim. The historic fashion outlet in The Square shopping centre, in Corporation Street, had gone from a once thriving mecca for shoppers seeking...
The Simple Drink That Gestated into a Growth Business
Byline: ANNA BLACKABY For most people preparing for your first baby is more than enough to think about - but a mum- and dad-to-be have launched a new venture which they hope will revolutionise the pregnancy nutrition market. Anna Ridgeway and...
The Time's Come to Get Involved; as Part of the ViewPoint Series, David Clarke, Chairman of the Birmingham Civic Society, Urges Businesspeople to Get out and Make a Contribution to Community
Now here's an interesting statistic. A nationwide survey conducted for Civic Voice by YouGov revealed that 78 per cent of us believe we have no or not very much influence over decisions made by councils and other official bodies which affect the quality...
Tower to Keep Flame of Old Fire Service HQ Alive
Byline: ALUNTHORNE These are the first pictures of the new tower that is set to transform Birmingham's skyline whilst bringing back to life one of the city's bestloved buildings. The new 30-storey building is part of a pounds 50 million scheme...
Town with a Rich History at the Heart of the Forest; Jordan Muckley and Gemma Pass Take the Tour of the Small Town of Swadlincote, Which Sits in the Middle of the National Forest, in South Derbyshire
Byline: Jordan Muckley; Gemma Pass WHY? Swadlincote, or 'Swad' to the locals, is a small unparished town in South Derbyshire. It sits in the heart of the idyllic New Forest, a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of Birmingham, which is just...
Two into One Does Go
Once upon a Victorian time there were two estate cottages. These were united to create the somewhat larger High House Farm, which dates back to around 1890. Located in High House Lane, Tardebigge, it is an attractive stone built property with ?ve...
'Unacceptable' Gaps Masking Hospital Failings
Byline: MATTLLOYD Investigations into serious failings at hospitals are being prevented because of gaps in the current regulation system, a public inquiry has heard. Speaking at the inquiry into standards of care at Stafford Hospital, the chief...
Vibrant Chorus; Christopher Morley Previews the Classical Music Programme at the Lichfield Festival
Byline: Christopher Morley After a festival Evensong, the 30th Lichfield Festival gets under way tonight (Thursday) with a major concert in the cathedral from the CBSO (7.30pm). The popular John Wilson, so much a favourite with audiences not...
Vote Fraud Feud Rumbles on as Bar Drops Disciplinary Hearing; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: NEILELKES One of Birmingham City Council's bitterest feuds shows no sign of ending after a disciplinary hearing against a top Liberal Democrat and barrister was dropped. The Bar Standards Board has "reluctantly" withdrawn four allegations...
Vow Schools Won't Suffer as Building Debts Mount
Byline: ANNABLACKABY Shareholders of a company set up to build the next generation of city schools have said its projects will not be left "high and dry" despite a warning it may not be able to pay its debts. The Birmingham Lend Lease Partnership,...
'Wealthy Should Pay More for Care in Old Age'
Wealthy homeowners in the south of England should be asked to pay more for their care in old age than homeowners in the West Midlands, according to an MP. Margot James (Con Stourbridge) issued the plea after an independent review called for the...
What a Tangled Web They Weave; Graham Young and Roz Laws Review the Latest Films
Byline: Graham Young ; Roz Laws Trust Cert 15,106 mins This week's movies are arriving like a bald-tyred Hillman Imp that's about to be crushed between two juggernauts. Faced with the mighty onslaught of last week's Transformers 3 and next week's...
Whatever Happened to 'One Nation Toryism' ? Viewpoint
pounds 1 NUMBER Dear Editor, The Prime Minister is giving us mixed messages. On one hand he is talking about giving us all money for us to decide what medical services we wish to spend our money on, whilst at the same time taxing those who have private...
What It Means to Be a Science City; COMMENT
It is difficult to imagine that a proposal to turn Birmingham's former Queen Elizabeth Hospital into a pounds 100 million world class medical research centre could generate any serious opposition in a city that needs desperately to position itself...
Where Did We Lose Trust in Businesses?
Byline: RUSSELLLUCKOCK I have just spent more than a month reading up the minutes of my company's board meetings for the last 20 years. This was to enable me to add two chapters to the existing book covering the period from 1880 to 1990. It set...