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Articles from July 22, 2005

A Roadshow Where Dreams Can Come True; Michael Aspel and His Team of Antique Experts Came to a Warwickshire Stately Home Yesterday as Part of the 28th Series of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow. Helen Gabriel Mingled with the Antiques, the Experts and the Enthusiasts
Byline: Helen Gabriel After 27 years, 456 programmes and seven million weird, wonderful or just plain wacky objects, the Antiques Roadshow has become a national institution, so much so that it features third on the list of fantasies I use to cheer...
ATHLETICS: Powell Is in Gatlin's Sights
Byline: By David Martin Olympic 100 metres champion Justin Gatlin has vowed to make amends for his disappointing showing in last year's Norwich Union London Grand Prix when he renews his rivalry with Asafa Powell at Crystal Palace tonight. World...
Baby Death Appeal Denied by Judges
Byline: By Emma Brady A Birmingham man has failed to have his conviction for manslaughter in a so-called 'shaken baby' case overturned by the Court of Appeal yesterday. Alan Cherry, who was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court in 1995 for the death...
Birmingham Post Comment: Grim Reality May Have to Replace Hope
It will take some time before it is clear exactly what happened in London yesterday and Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has understandably refused to speculate. But he did state that the intention of the people behind the incidents...
Birmingham Post Comment: Straight Talking
Education is the key to a lot of things. But not to stopping teenagers having sex. It is universally agreed that promiscuity among young people can have negative consequences, such as the spread of diseases which can cause infertility, as well as...
BNP Leader Griffin Denies Race Hate Charges
BNP leader Nick Griffin has pleaded not guilty to four race hate charges arising out of an undercover documentary about the party. Griffin appeared at Leeds Crown Court alongside party activist Mark Collett, who denies eight similar charges. ...
Boots Warns of Bad Trading Times Ahead
Boots, the country's biggest chemists, stayed on the sick list yesterday as it reported a fall in like-for-like sales and warned that trading conditions were likely to remain tough in the coming months. The group, which has an estate of about 1,400...
Buy to Let Is Back in Business - Assetz
Byline: By John Cranage Business Staff Conditions in the buy-to-let housing market have stabilised after an uncertain year and is ready to resume slow but steady growth. That was the assessment yesterdayof Assetz, which claims to be the country's...
Celebrate Summer with a Great Deal at Zinc
Conran's Zinc Bar & Grill and The Birmingham Post have teamed up once again to offer all readers the chance to make great savings whilst dining at Zinc Bar & Grill. Enjoy a two course meal for only pounds 10 per person, or a three course...
Closure of RAF Base Will Have 'Devastating' Effect on Stafford
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor The loss of up to 500 jobs at an RAF base in Stafford will have a 'devastating' effect on the local economy, council leaders have warned. Defence Secretary John Reid announced yesterday that storage...
Colt Says It Will Grow Further Now
Byline: By Steve Pain Deputy Business Editor Corporate telecoms company Colt Telecom Group - which has a major operation in Birmingham - yesterday posted a better-than-expected ten per cent rise in underlying second-quarter earnings. Chief executive...
Company Oiling the Wheels of Industry
An Anglo American company that made its name during the 9/11 World Trade Centre disaster is embarking on a major expansion programme. The company is Evac+Chair International, which makes emergency wheelchairs used to evacuate disabled or injured...
Cricket: Davies Enjoys Another Day to Remember; COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION TWO Northamptonshire Trail Worcestershire by One Run with Nine Second Innings Wickets Remaining
Byline: By Brian Dick At Wantage Road Worcestershire's middle and late order held together resolutely yesterday to hand the county what looked a useful 82run first innings lead on a Wantage Road pitch that showed signs of becoming increasingly inconsistent....
Cricket: McGrath Destroys England; England (92-7) Trail Australia (190) by 98 Runs with Three First-Innings Wickets in Hand
Byline: By Jack Bannister at Lord's A dramatic first day of the long-awaited first Ashes Test was dominated by both pace attacks on a pitch which started unusually dry, with an inconsistency of bounce which blew holes in batting techniques all day....
Cricket: Victims Pile Up for the Master; THE ASHES FIRST TEST Richard Gibson on Glenn McGrath, Cricket's Ultimate Predator
Byline: Richard Gibson Whether he is the best or marginally second in Australia's legacy of fast bowlers is inconsequential, what matters is that Glenn McGrath has been outstandingly good for the most successful side that ever played Test cricket....
Culture: Drop the Dead Donkey: The Complete First Series Cert 12 2 Entertain/Hat Trick RRP Pounds 19.99 Out: Now
Byline: Emma Brady It is often suggested by cynics that news bulletins are made up of stories that are rehashed and repackaged versions of events which happened ten, 20 or even 50 years ago. So the release of the first series of newsroom sit-com...
Culture: It's Noice. Different. Unusual; Kath & Kim Series One Cert 15 Release by VCI RRP Pounds 19.99 Out: Now
Byline: Emma Pinch Kath & Kim has the same shimmer of genius that marked The Office even during its low-key inaugural run on BBC 2. But like the legendary Slough-based sit-com Kath & Kim's first outing was easy to miss, so here it is...
Culture: Jennifer Is a Real Water Babe; Oscar-Winner Jennifer Connelly Talks to Alison Jones about Becoming a Scream Queen
Byline: Alison Jones It can be hard for an actor to escape from the shadow of stereotyping, just ask Hugh Grant. The millstone round brunette beauty Jennifer Connelly's swan-like neck is 'the drug addict parts, women on the verge and whatnot.'...
Culture: Kirov Set to Return to Symphony Hall; Terry Grimley Previews Symphony Hall's 2005-6 International Concert Season
Byline: Terry Grimley Symphony Hall's director Andrew Jowett has acquired a fund of maestro stories over the the last 14 years, but the ones about Valery Gergiev tend to stand out. The charismatic conductor of the Kirov Opera, who will bring...
Football: Henderson Hoping for Rangers Contract
Byline: By Brian Dick Aston Villa's strength in depth between the sticks has meant they have sent goalkeeper Wayne Henderson to Queens Park Rangers on trial. The Republic of Ireland Under-21 keeper has been training with League One outfit Bristol...
Football: Moxey Sees No End to Agents
Byline: By Harry Jack Agents fees will remain a necessary evil in football, according to Jez Moxey, the chief executive of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Moxey presided over the third biggest bill for intermediaries in the Championship last season...
FORMULA ONE: Button Makes Partial Defence of F1 after Mansell Broadside
Byline: By Ian Parkes in Hockenheim Jenson Button believes there is room for improvement in Formula One - although does not share Nigel Mansell's view that it has become 'Mickey Mouse'. The 1992 world champion launched a scathing attack on the...
For What It's Worth
Byline: Marsya Lennox Just over a million pounds should be a sufficient budget for the Midland buyer after a few acres and a choice of traditional, country house trappings. Among this week's extras are tennis courts, a swimming pool, stables and...
Girl, 16, Dies after Arson Attack
A teenage girl who was rescued from a house following a suspected arson attack has died from her injuries. Kylie Scott, aged 16, had been critically ill in hospital since the suspicious fire at her family's Scunthorpe home on Sunday. Humberside...
GOLF: Aberdeen Puts the Wind Up Smyth; SENIOR BRITISH OPEN
Irishman Des Smyth blew his chance to lead the field near the end of a long wind-wrecked opening day in the British Open seniors championship over Royal Aberdeen Golf Club's Balgownie Links. The two-time winner on the US Champions Tour this season,...
GOLF: Dogged Davis Stays in Touch
Byline: By David Parry at Evianles-Bains England's Laura Davies stayed on the trail of the leaders after a second round 70 in the Evian Masters in France yesterday - but it was world No 1 Annika Sorenstam who launched the main European attack on...
GOLF: Late Lapse Ends Gurney's Hopes
Worcestershire's Richard Gurney's hopes of winning the English Boys Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship were dashed yesterday after a final-round of 78. The Kings Norton member was leading after three rounds over the par-73 Moor Park course in...
Harry Potter and the Lost Sales of Ottakar's
Byline: By John Revill Business Staff Heavy price-cutting by supermarket rivals on the latest Harry Potter book has been blamed blamed for poor recent sales at bookshop chain Ottakar's. The retailer sold the sixth instalment in the adventures...
Hooligans Take Battles to the Street
Football hooliganism is still blighting matches despite the best efforts of clubs to stamp it out, a Midland MP has warned. David Wright (Lab Telford) said violence had largely been banished from stadiums - but it had moved to the streets outside...
I Was Protecting My Brother
A teenager accused of killing a drinker with a single punch in a pub car park brawl told a jury he attacked the man to protect his brother because he believed he was going to be hit with a bottle. 'I preferred to hurt someone than my brother get...
Kimber Could Create More Jobs
Byline: By John Revill Manufacturing Editor A thousand more jobs could be created at Longbridge if a revised and enlarged offer by Project Kimber is accepted by the administrators. A second strand to the consortium's attempts to revive production...
LEGAL & FINANCE: Britain's Pension Deficit Stands at Pounds 100 Billion, Says Deloitte
The total deficit for final salary pension plans of UK companies currently stands at pounds 100 billion, according to analysis by accountants Deloitte. This compares to pounds 130 billion at the start of the year. The deficits of FTSE 100 pension...
LEGAL & FINANCE: Finally, Equal Pay for Women
Byline: By John Duckers Business Editor Employers are being urged to right a 35 year wrong by finally giving women equal pay for equal work -averting the threat of legal action at the same time. The call comes from Ranjit Dhindsa, head of employment...
LEGAL & FINANCE: Roving Eye May Cost Dear
Byline: By John Duckers Business Editor Wealthy spouses with a roving eye may find themselves digging deeper to pay out on their divorce settlements, according to a Birmingham family law specialist. Unless, that is, a recent High Court decision...
London Clubs May Stake on Merger
The chief executive of gaming group London Clubs International has refused to rule out a merger with rival British casino operators such as Rank Group or Star City casino operator Stanley Leisure. Bill Timmins was speaking as his company reported...
MARKET REPORT: Stocks Not Rocked by London Attacks
Top flight stocks stayed in positive territory despite the second attack on London's transport system in as many weeks. The FTSE 100 Index slipped from an intra-day high of 5256 to a 35point loss following the latest explosions across the capital,...
MFI Rides Storm as Profits Dip
Furniture retailer MFI saw profits fall by 26 per cent at the half-way stage - but insisted it was winning the battle to revive sales at its core chain. MFI credited an advertising blitz and price cuts for a double-digit increase in sales volumes...
Misys Paints a Brighter Future Ahead
Byline: By Steve Pain Deputy Business Editor West Midlands-based software group Misys yesterday painted a bright picture for its banking and healthcare products after it reported annual earnings towards the top end of forecasts. Misys told shareholders...
Motoring: Bentley's Flying Spur Set to Soar
Byline: By Mike Torpey The winged badge with its distinctive letter B in the centre is soaring like never before. Bentley, based outside Crewe in Cheshire, has seen the biggest transformation of any automotive business in modern times. Plagued...
Motoring: Cameras 'Speeding Up Road Deaths
Claims that speed cameras help reduce road deaths have been turned on their head following an investigation by Britain's top motor cycling magazine. The exclusive investigation by MCN reveals that in areas where the number of speed cameras has gone...
Motoring: Plastic Fantastic for Next Car Generation
The perfection of plastic cars has taken a major leap forward following a dramatic breakthrough by UK scientists. Conventional metal vehicles could eventually become a thing of the past if they can be replaced by plastic ones without any disadvantages....
Motoring: This Big Cat Is Simply Purr-Fection in Motion
Byline: By Tony Larner Some believe size doesn't matter but when it comes to the Jaguar XJ Sovereign, bigger is definitely better. I previously reviewed the XJ6 3.0 and was mightily impressed by the jaw-droppingly gorgeous model which had power...
Murder Laws Set to Change
Byline: By David Barrett A major review which could lead to the law on murder being dramatically changed has been launched by Ministers. The inquiry could recommend that some offences which are currently treated as murder, such as mercy killings,...
Perspective: From Little Acorns Grows Big Hope; Brian Vertigan Met the New Chairman of the National Forest and Discovered Her Plans for Turning an Acorn into a Mighty Oak
Byline: Brian Vertigan Talk to the new chairman of the National Forest - the 200 square mile area that takes in parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire - and one is immediately impressed by her passionate belief in the project. ...
Perspective: More Insp Clouseau Than Osama Bin Laden
Byline: JON WALKER London has been targeted once again, although as events unfold the chief characteristics of the terrorists appears to be their incompetence. We should grateful that the latest bunch of would-be murderers have taken Inspector...
Perspective: Why State Boarding Schools Are a New Lesson for Us All; They Are One of the Best Kept Secrets of the British Education System. Here John Phillips Explains Why He Sent His Son to a State-Run Boarding School
Byline: John Phillips Investment in future generations is a mark of a truly advanced society and to skimp in this area is unforgivable. On one level responsibility starts at the highest point in Government but pragmatically as parents we are...
Planning Rejection Puts the Future of AE Harris in Doubt
Byline: By Paul Dale The future of AE Harris, one of Birmingham's oldest metal-bashing firms, hangs in the balance after planners rejected a scheme to redevelop the firm's Jewellery Quarter premises. Members of the city council planning committee...
Please Back Fort Dunlop
Byline: By John Duckers Business Editor The people of Birmingham were yesterday urged to back the redevelopment of the famous Fort Dunlop complex. The call came from Nathan Cornish, senior development manager of Urban Splash, which is transforming...
POST DEBATE: How Drinking Fluoride Water Ruined My Life; Fluoride Has Been a Controversial Addition to Our Water Supply since It Was Introduced in the 1960s Jasbir Authi Asks Whether We Should Worry about Fluoride or Put Our Faith in the Experts
Byline: Jasbir Authi Midlands residents are among the six million people across the country who have a fluoridated water supply. The Department of Health has long said that putting fluoride - a poisonous by-product of aluminum - in drinking water...
Pounds 70m Crimebusting Fund
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor Birmingham is to receive a windfall of almost pounds 70 million to tackle crime and poverty. The grant from the Treasury is designed to help the city council improve education and housing services,...
Powergen Bills Set to Soar
Byline: By Louise Barnett Powergen has announced that its gas prices are to rise by 11.9 per cent and electricity by 7.2 per cent. The increases, which come into effect on August 31, will hit the majority of the energy company's residential customers....
Racing: Dunlop Lines Up Double at Newbury
Byline: By Stable Boy John Dunlop had his horses in phenomenal form at Royal Ascot at York and the old master can enjoy further success at the Ascot replacement fixture at Newbury today. Dunlop can kick off a possible brace with the lightly-raced...
Residential Property: Historic Site of Larden Hall
Byline: By Marsya Lennox Property Correspondent In Volume ll of the Burke's and Savills Guide to Country Houses, one will find a tantalising picture of Larden Hall in Shropshire before its demise in 1967. Apparently, it was demolished - and transported...
Residential Property: Second Chance for Ashorne House
Byline: By Marsya Lennox Property Correspondent The summer of 2004 saw the successful sale of Ashorne House at Ashorne in Warwickshire, brought to the market with a guide price of pounds 2.8 million and sold for more, after competitive bidding....
Residential Property: Starter Homes at Castle Vale
Byline: By Marsya Lennox Property Correspondent Redrow is to bring its innovative new starter homes to Birmingham's Castle Vale, keenly-priced apartments starting at just under pounds 60,000. The housebuilder tested the water with its first examples...
Residential Property: The Answer to Your Prayers
Byline: By Marsya Lennox Property Correspondent It is not that easy to imagine living under the lofty roof trusses of a church - those soaring upper reaches that inspire worshippers' thoughts heavenward. At St James in Edgbaston, heaven seems...
Residential Property: The Plot: Create a New Country House
Byline: By Marsya Lennox Property Correspondent There's no point in beating round the bush. The person who wants to build a brand new, premier league country house in 100 acres on Chacombe Hill and the Oxfordshire border will need well over pounds...
Residential Property: Wootton Grange Farm House
When Elizabeth 1 was busy visiting her favourite at Kenilworth Castle, Wootton Grange Farm House provided a billet for some of her courtiers. At least that's the story and the dates do fit as Wootton Grange Farm House was already in place by 1547,...
Schools Fail to Spell out Message
Byline: By Tim Ross Special Correspondent Schools must teach children more about the dangers of alcohol as 'significant' numbers of teenagers risk their health through drink-fuelled sex, Ofsted has said. Overall education on drugs and addiction...
So, What Is Abi Famous for; A Love That Began on a Reality TV Show Looks Set to Blossom in Real Life Too, Abi Titmuss Tells Neil Connor
Byline: Neil Connor There was no way that a press officer could stand in the way of Abi Titmass's affections for former Midland soccer star Lee Sharpe. 'What's the situation between you and Lee', I asked, referring to a relationship developed...
Sun Brings out Shoppers
Byline: By Philip Waller and John Duckers Shoppers splashing out on new summer clothes and sports goods boosted monthly growth in high street sales to its highest level for more than a year, official figures showed yesterday. A pick-up in fashion...
TENNIS: Warwicks Rout Sets Up Title Decider
Byline: By Sally Jones Warwickshire today face favourites Surrey to decide the Group One winners of the Inter-County National Championship at Eastbourne. Warwickshire set up the title showdown after defeating South Wales 8-1, with top coach Claire...
Two Weeks Later Terror Strikes London Again
Byline: By Emma Pinch Bombers launched a second attempt to kill Londoners yesterday - exactly two weeks after a series of suicide bombings which claimed 56 lives in the capital. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said the intention...
University in Bug Zap Triumph
Byline: By John Duckers Business Editor Coventry University has developed a method of killing water bugs that could improve the health of populations in third world countries. As well as being used to clean water in cooling towers and swimming...
War on Terror: Emergency Services May Have Been Target
Terrorism expert David Capitanchik said the latest explosions in London may have been 'amateurish' devices aimed at emergency services who arrive at the scene. The Professor at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen said eyewitness reports of small...
WAR ON TERROR: Family Shuns Terror Suspect
Byline: By Lyndsay Moss The family of a London bombing suspect reportedly arrested in Pakistan said they had lost contact with him many years ago. Haroon Rashid Aswat, aged 30, said to have been detained in Lahore, was brought up in the same...
War on Terror: Leaders Condemn Latest Attacks on Capital
The attack on London's transport system was condemned by leaders around the world. Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern said: 'Coming so soon after the appalling terrorist attacks of 7 July, they are utterly callous and unjustified. 'I...
War on Terror: Londoners Will Not Be Bowed, Says Blair
Tony Blair last night urged the public to carry on with 'business as normal' following the latest attacks. The Prime Minister said it would play into the terrorists' hands if people allowed themselves to be deterred from going about their day-to-day...
WAR ON TERROR: Sinister Similarities in Latest Attack
The second wave of attacks on London bear striking similarities with the devastating July 7 atrocities. But there are also some crucial differences between the two bombing campaigns. Uncanny resemblances between them include Yesterday's incidents...
War on Terror: We Smelt Burning Then Ran for Safety
Byline: By Jon Deane Londoners told of their fear and panic as the capital was targeted by bombers for the second time in as many weeks. They spoke of hearing bangs and smelling smoke as several tube stations were evacuated following four explosions...
West Midlands' Thriving Music Industry
Byline: By John Duckers Business Editor The West Midlands' thriving music industry is set to make more noise about the region's creativity and talent. It follows a pull-together event held at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce aimed at making more...
We Will All Be Trying to Make a Living in an Old Man's World
Byline: JOHN DUCKERS It seems that all us old farts are threatening to derail the British economy. At least so claims Roger Bootle, economic advisor to accountants Deloitte. He points out that over the next five or six decades the UK's population...