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Articles from April 15, 2006

A Matter of Priorities for NHS Staff
It's been a roller coaster week for the doctors, nurses, managers and other staff of the NHS. As it started, those working for trusts in Staffordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire were still coming to terms with announcements...
ANTIQUES & COLLECTING: The Black and White Story of a Monarch; Harry Hawkes Takes a Look at the Queen's Birthday Stamps
Byline: Harry Hawkes In the 53 years in which she has been Queen, Elizabeth II has appeared on more postage stamps than any other British ruler so it must be getting quite difficult for the present generation of Royal photographers to achieve original-looking...
ANTIQUES & COLLECTING: Through the Eye of an Explorer; Sally Hoban Reports on a Forthcoming Auction Sale That Includes a Telescope Used on Scott's First British Antarctic Expedition of 1901
Byline: Sally Hoban As antique scientific instruments go it is not expensive, and at first glance it certainly doesn't look very impressive, but this telescope is of enormous historical importance and very rare. It has a wonderful provenance...
ARCHIVE: Short Hop to Brewing Empire; Chris Upton Discovers How a Small Pub in Smethwick Was the Catalyst for One of the Largest Breweries in the Country
Byline: Chris Upton It was practically the size of a small town. There were houses, a sports club, garages, stables and even a fire station. It occupied more than 100 acres and 1,500 people were employed there. Now there are just the houses. ...
Army Helps UK Gear Invade US Stores
A Warwickshire sports brand has signed a deal to sell training shoes bearing the British Army's logo in the United States. Nuneaton-based UK Gear will now supply one of America's largest sporting retailers, Dicks Sporting Goods, as well as independent...
Attacks 'Just Part of Job'
Byline: By Emma Brady Health Reporter Almost a third of NHS staff have been attacked or assaulted at work but many others fail to report they are victims because they have accepted it as an "occupational hazard". According to the latest Healthcare...
Backers Row Hits Academy Policy
Byline: By Gavin Cordon and Tim Ross Tony Blair was under pressure last night to end the practice of recruiting wealthy backers for his flagship city academies as police continued to investigate claims that supporters were rewarded with peerages....
Badminton: Wootton Claims National Crown; RACKETS
Byline: By Sally Jones Stratford - upon - Avon's Charles Wootton has won the National Schools Under-15s Championship in the ancient sport of rackets, the explosive forerunner of squash and the world's fastest ball-game. Wootton is a 15-year-old...
Ballroom Is Strictly for Inspiring Young Dancers; THE SATURDAY INTERVIEW with Pierre Dulaine
Byline: Alison Jones Champion ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine has achieved a rare distinction this week: the second film about his life's work has just been released. Pierre has already been glimpsed as an MC and judge in the documentary Mad Hot...
Beatties Builder Joins Weaver
The former group controller of development and planning for Beatties has joined Bromsgrove construction group WEAVER as senior project co-ordinator in its building design division. Malcolm Phillips spent 14 years at Beatties, the last three responsible...
Be Sure to Search for Insurance
Byline: By Jeremy Gates Special Correspondent As many as a quarter of all drivers don't bother to get alternative quotes before they renew their car insurance each year. Their laziness could waste millions of pounds in a highly competitive market...
Blues' Revival Eases Bruce for Derby O'Leary Dare Not Lose
There has been a seismic shift in the mindset of Second City football fans in three weeks, writes Ian Clarkson. Aston Villa's travails have seeped into the public's psyche whereas a semblance of a Birmingham City revival has lifted the clouds hanging...
BOOKS: Portrait of the Artist; John Minton: Dance till the Stars Come Down, by Frances Spalding, Lund Humphries Pounds 35/ Gertrude Stein, A Woman without Qualities, by G F Mitrano, Ashgate, Pounds 49.95. Review by Richard Edmonds
Byline: by Richard Edmonds When I first encountered John Minton's work many years ago it was in book form - the artist as illustrator - when books were, in fact, cheaper than they are today. The book in question was Time Was Away - A Corsican...
BOOKS: REVIEWS; Home Truths, by Freya North, HarperCollins, Pounds 10.99. Reviewed by Cathy Winston
Byline: Cathy Winston Fans of Freya North will already be familiar with the McCabe sisters - Pip, Fen and Cat - the heroines of three of her previous bestsellers. This time, she brings the trio back together, several years on from the last instalment,...
Charity Urges Us to 'Focus on Others'
A charity dedicated to supporting blind people in Birmingham has launched an Easter weekend drive to recruit fresh volunteers. The Birmingham Focus on Blindness's outreach team will be on streets across the city throughout the Bank Holiday weekend...
Coaches' Role in Gerrard's Success; BOOK REVIEW
Byline: Peter Sharkey Steven Gerrard: Portrait of a Hero By Adam Cotier John Blake Publishing 4sportsbooks.co.uk price: pounds 8.98 saving pounds 9.01 on published price A friend who heads the football academy at a not over-glamorous Football...
Councillor Quits over Drinking Charges
Byline: By Neil Connor Black Country councillor Fiona Latter is to quit politics after being banned from the roads for drink-driving and fleeing the scene of a crash. Coun Latter, who sits on the licensing committee at Wolverhampton City Council...
Country Hits Jackpot with Gambling Boom
Byline: By Rhona Ganguly A pounds 50 billion stake by punters in the last year has helped gambling on the way to being one of the country's most lucrative industries. A Nottingham Trent University report concludes that the gambling sector could...
Cricket: 2006 - A GUIDE TO THE COUNTIES; Chief Cricket Writer George Dobell on Who's Playing Where and Winners and Losers George Dobell
DERBYSHIRE (2005 - County Championship: 9th and bottom, Division Two' National League: 5th, Division Two' C&G Trophy: Round Two' Twenty20: Quarter-finalists) Captain: Graeme Welch Coach: David Houghton Overseas players: Michael Di Venuto...
Cricket: Dravid Measured in His Praise of Flintoff Feat
Rahul Dravid hinted England do not play enough one-day cricket as he reflected upon opposite number Andrew Flintoff's landmark appearance today. The England captain, aged 28, was due to earn his 100th cap for his country in the city of Dravid's...
Cricket: England Better for Cooley's Coaching; TOUR OF INDIA
Byline: By Richard Gibson in Indore England's final match of the tour of India marks 5* the departure of a significant contributor to their recent success as Troy Cooley heads Down Under. The 40-year-old bowling coach has switched camps to his...
Cricket: Rejuvenated Clarke Makes Hostile Case
Byline: By Myles Hodgson at Lord's Rikki Clarke seized on his opportunity to remind England's selectors of his ability as Nottinghamshire, the county champions, struggled on the opening day of the season in their four-day match against MCC at Lord's...
Cricket: Triumphs Realistic for Strong Bears
Byline: By George Dobell Chief Cricket Writer Warwickshire take their first steps today on a campaign that could bring great triumphs. All teams should embark on the season full of hope but Warwickshire's confidence is far from baseless and the...
Cricket: Warwickshire in Their Own Words; Chief Cricket Writer George Dobell Looks at the Warwickshire Squad and Hears Their Ambitions
Byline: George Dobell HEATH STREAK Age: 32 The side's only truly world-class seamer. The pace may be somewhat reduced, but he showed at Stratford and Gloucester last year that he can still be lethal if the conditions are right. His burden...
Dances Taken at Too Fast a Gallop; CBSO Symphony Hall
Byline: Christopher Morley Lesser-known works by three of Russia's greatest composers made up Thursday's CBSO programme, two of them masterpieces, the other tolerable because its creator went on to much better things. Rachmaninov's The Isle of...
Exercising Hope Is a Quality Worth Noticing; Easter Message 2006 by the Very Rev Bob Wilkes, Dean of Birmingham
Byline: Bob Wilkes Thousands of daffodil bulbs, which have been planted on a hillside near Alcester in the form of a 150foot cross and are in full bloom in time for Easter Picture, JOHN JAMES What gives a person hope? We exercise hope every day,...
Faith in Life after Death Can Make Sense; Easter Message 2006 by the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Birmingham, and the Archdiocese of Birmingham
Byline: Vincent Nichols Recently I watched the film Shooting Dogs. It's just been released. It's an account of the last few days before the outbreak of the massacre of the Tutsi people of Rwanda by their Hutu neighbours and one-time friends. The...
Family's Plea to Hit-and-Run Motorist
Byline: By Neil Connor A hit-and-run driver who killed a Birmingham father-of-two was last night urged to give himself up. Inspector Mark Watkins said the family of 38-year-old John Brady, from Sheldon, needed to know the circumstances surrounding...
FAMILY: Test Your Knowledge of the 1990s; Post Competition
Do you know the date Take That split up? Or who made a movie comeback as Fred Flintstone's mother-in-law? Or even how many Friday the 13ths there were in 1998? These are just some of the questions in the brand new Trivial Pursuit 90s Edition, the...
FAMILY: When Divorce Could Work out the Kindest Option; Increasing Numbers of Unhappy Couples Are Shunning Divorce Purely on the Grounds of Finance, but at What Cost to Their Children?
Byline: Lisa Salmon No child wants to see their parents split up, so the news that some divorce rates are falling initially appears good for kids. But when you examine the reason behind the drop, the figures aren't so positive. While the number...
Firms Say 'Yes' to Albion's Scheme
What is thought to be the first ever industrial-related business improvement district has moved a step closer after receiving a resounding endorsement from firms. Nearly eight of ten of companies on the Albion Road Industrial Estate in Greets Green,...
Football: Bookies Giving Villa the Nod; ODDS & EVENS
Byline: By Peter Sharkey Another weekend, another relegation scrap for the Midlands' Premiership trio, another derby. It's impossible not to get caught up in the permutations at the foot of the table. Everywhere you look, fans are spending a...
Football: Campbell Needs Bonus Ball to Hit the Jackpot; THE PREMIERSHIP ARSENAL V WBA
Byline: By Hyder Jawad It is easy to tell when a relegation battle is entering its final chapter: West Bromwich Albion wheel out Kevin Campbell for an exercise in good old-fashioned spin. Campbell knows everything about avoiding relegation -...
Football: Dog-Fight Focuses Claridge on Walsall's Future; LEAGUE ONE
Byline: By Ian Clarkson At the ripe old age of 40, footballing nomad Steve Claridge is finally ready to lay down roots. The ubiquitous striker has been arguably one of the scruffiest yet effective players of his generation with an energetic style...
Football: Faulkner Highlights Home Inadequacies for Title Failure; NON-LEAGUE NATIONWIDE NORTH
Bob Faulkner has no doubts that Moor Green's home form has cost them the league title this season. The Moors will relish the chance to pit their skills against championship-chasing Stafford Rangers at Damson Park today. But their form since moving...
Football: Hines Retains Belief in Pitmen's Survival; NON-LEAGUE NATIONWIDE NORTH
Byline: By Colin Stoner Non-League Correspondent There are enough photographs around Keys Park to remind Les Hines of his greatest moment as a Hed-nesford Town player. Nothing, he says, will ever top the feeling of scoring in an FA Trophy final....
Football: Hornets Draw the Sting out of Wolves; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Ged Scott at Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Watford 1 It was a night to remember only for any 'Stattos' present as Wolverhampton Wanderers' promotion hopes drifted to the edge of oblivion. Just as Glenn Hoddle started at...
Football: It's about More Than Pride; THE SECOND CITY DERBY Just for Once, Says Hyder Jawad, Tomorrow's Villa-Blues Game Really Does Mean Something
Byline: Hyder Jawad We have waited 36 years but, at last, tomorrow there is a match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City that is more important for the distribution of league points than for the local pride at stake. Not since March 30 1970,...
Football: Milner Ready to Renew Acquaintances with Old Pal and New Rival Pennant
It shouldn't take a lot to fire any player up for a derby, but if there is one player in the Aston Villa line-up tomorrow who is particularly champing at the bit it has to be James Milner, writes Ged Scott. Six games on the sidelines with a strength-sapping...
Football: NON-LEAGUE - Local Gets Vocal as Pinkney Joins Robins Supporters
Byline: by COLIN STONER Grant Pinkney is determined to play his part in Evesham United's battle to escape the relegation quicksand. Even if it means exercising his vocal chords, rather than his footballing skills. A groin and stomach muscle injury...
Football: NON-LEAGUE - Preston Sees Play-Offs as Halesowen Chequered Flag; SOUTHERN PREMIER
Byline: by COLIN STONER He might have been named after one of the greatest Formula One racers but Niki Preston's driving ambition is restricted strictly to footballing matters. The Halesowen Town skipper was christened after Niki Lauda, the Austrian...
Football: NON-LEAGUE - Wilding Maintains Move to Redditch Justified despite Fight to Avoid Drop; NATIONWIDE NORTH
Byline: by COLIN STONER Craig Wilding admits his decision to swap Stafford Rangers for Redditch United might be considered foolish when the league table shows the former chasing promotion and the latter scrapping to survive. But statistics don't...
Football: No Room for Local Sentiment; BARCLAYS PREMIERSHIP ASTON VILLA V BIRMINGHAM CITY GED Scott Hears the Villa Manager Make a Qualified Case for Blues' Premiership Survival
Byline: Ged Scott David O'Leary would love to see Birmingham City playing again at Villa Park next season. Not only that, he'd love to have West Bromwich Albion back there too, not to mention Wolverhampton Wanderers. But, if keeping his Aston...
Football: Robson in Despair over Catalogue of Striking Injuries; THE PREMIERSHIP ARSENAL V WBA
Byline: By Hyder Jawad Bryan Robson is bemoaning the injuries that have caused the West Bromwich Albion strikers to lose their momentum at crucial stages of the season. Nathan Ellington is the latest player to suffer such misfortune although...
Football: Sky Blues in Bid for Rare Away Win
Byline: By Gareth Parkes Coventry City are hoping to dispel suggestions that they are schizophrenic when they play at Luton Town today. Coventry have won only twice away from home this season - a contrast to their fine home form - and are baffling...
Football: Tait's Got Trouble off to a T; BARCLAYS PREMIERSHIP ASTON VILLA V BIRMINGHAM CITY Ian Clarkson Meets the Man Who Caused Uproar Just by Ripping off His Shirt
Byline: Ian Clarkson Paul Tait and Aston Villa are not comfortable bedfellows. The former Birmingham City midfielder was a prodigiously talented midfielder at St Andrew's who, by his own admission, didn't fulfil the vast potential blessed upon...
Glyn and Liam Will Keep on Running to Set World Record
Byline: By Rosamond Hutt For some, it's time for a holiday while others look forward to putting their feet up and enjoying the Easter break. Glyn Marston and his teenage son Liam, however, have chosen a more gruelling option - a seven-day challenge...
Golf: Lynn Forced to Go through the Pain Barrier; GOLF
England's David Lynn grabbed a one-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the Volvo China Open, despite fearing a painful boil on his groin would cause him to withdraw. The 32-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent put himself in title contention with a superb...
HEALTH: Ready or Not - It's Now or Never; Next Sunday, Health Reporter Emma Brady Will Join 35,000 Runners at the Start Line for the 2006 Flora London Marathon - but Is She Ready?
Byline: Emma Brady After a car accident and bout of flu had interrupted my six-days-a-week training regime, I was itching to get back on track by mid-March. But with the main event just six weeks away, my only option was to increase my weekly...
HEALTH: Running Free to Explore the World about You; Shake off the Winter Doldrums and Run Your Way to Summer Health and Fitness, Says Emma Pomfret
Byline: Emma Pomfret Those unused but well-meaning New Year gym memberships might be gathering dust but, with the evenings growing lighter and the weather getting warmer, now is the perfect time to don your running shoes and start getting fit for...
Homes & Gardens: Can You Dig It?
Byline: Robert Brenchley The seemingly endless winter appears, by and large, to be over. The bees come out whenever the weather is reasonable, bringing in masses of willow pollen to feed growing numbers of grubs. I've checked both my surviving...
HOMES & GARDENS: Provide a Haven for Ladybirds and Bees in Your Garden
Byline: JULIAN RANSON Ladybirds and bumblebees are not only attractive insects to have in the garden. They are useful, too. These insects are among the most beneficial creatures that share our gardens and vegetable plots and both play vital roles...
HOMES & GARDENS: Weed out the Problems; Hannah Stephenson Offers Some Advice on How to Keep Your Lawn in Tip-Top Condition
Byline: Hannah Stephenson The warmer weather has sparked a burst of activity in gardens nationwide as daffodils open, tulips and wallflowers emerge, and the grass is growing again. Spring is a great time to help your lawn look lush and green,...
Horse Racing: Rohaani Stays on Track
Byline: By Keith Hamer The Sir Michael Stoutetrained Rohaani has been installed as 11-4 favourite by the sponsors for the Coral Rosebery Stakes over ten furlongs at Kempton Park today. The four-year-old has only met with defeat once in his career...
Housing Act Regulations Mean Landlords Must Now Be Licensed
Byline: RICHARD CRATHORNE Those of you who derive an income as a landlord will know that you may now have to possess a special licence. If this news comes as a bolt from the blue, then read on as it could save you thousands of pounds in fines....
If We Go beyond a 3C Rise, We Reach Levels of Temperature Increase and Sea Level Rise Which Would Be Extremely Difficult for World Populations to Manage
Byline: Prof Sir David King The world must start work now if it is going to to counter the effects of global warming, the Government's chief scientist has warned. Professor Sir David King said that even by the most optimistic assessments carbon...
Israel's Regime Is Doomed, Says Iran
Byline: By Oliver Billingham Israel is a "rotten, dried tree" that will be annihilated by "one storm", Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday. Opening a conference on supporting the Palestinians, Ahmadinejad fired a series of verbal...
Jack and Vera Hatch Their Own Eggs in Time for Easter
Three emu chicks have made a timely arrival at a theme park, hatching just in time for Easter. Proud parents Jack and Vera are guarding their new born which went on show yesterday at Drayton Manor Theme Park, in Tamworth, Staffordshire. The chicks,...
Jobs Gamble
It was not very many years ago that gambling, for most people, meant a small flutter at the bookies every now and then or taking part in the annual Grand National sweepstake. Then along came the National Lottery, which soothed consciences by donating...
Just Get Me There. Is That Too Much to Ask?
Byline: Andy Skinner The last time I went into a supermarket I don't recall receiving a detailed breakdown on the bill of the cost of the pint of milk I had bought. Not just the cost of the milk, but the packaging, the insurance the farmer has...
Lawn Tennis: Determined Murray Parting Company with Coach Petchey
Byline: By John Skilbeck Andy Murray's determination to be master of his own destiny claimed a casualty yesterday as Mark Petchey lost his job as the British No 1's coach. The 18-year-old has shown signs of fatigue in recent weeks after several...
Midland Car Parts to Drive MG Revival
Byline: By John Revill Business Staff Nanjing Automobile Corporation has approached manufacturers across the Midlands as it attempts to revive MG car production at Longbridge. Hundreds of firms have been contacted by Nanjing (NAC) for complex...
MIDLAND: Huge Demand for Charity's Help
A national children's charity has launched a major new appeal in the West Midlands to cope with soaring demand. The NCH charity, formerly known as National Children's Homes, has seen the number of vulnerable and disadvan-taged children using its...
MIDLAND: Ron Breaks Link with Past by Closing Forge
Byline: By Rhona Ganguly For 500 years, the Mold family of blacksmiths has shod horses for the great and the good across the Midlands. The services of Ron Mold, who became a blacksmith at the age of 15, used to be considered so valuable to the...
MIDLAND: Violent Students 'Must Face Courts'
Pupils who attack tutors should be threatened with court action, a teaching conference in Birmingham was told yesterday. Thousands of violent incidents go unrecorded because of a "grey" area in communication between schools and local education authorities,...
Netball: Etti's Hard Work Pays off with England Call-Up; NETBALL
Byline: By Sally Jones Melanie Etti has every reason to celebrate her selection for the England under-19 net-ball squad. Last season, weeks of trials and nerve-wracking waiting ended in disappointment when the teenager from Bearwood, Birmingham,...
Penalised for Raising Children; A New Report Says the Baby-Boom Generation Is Worried about Its Pensions. Jane Hall Reports
Byline: Jane Hall Ann Willers is a fully signed up member of the last generation that will enjoy a fruitful old age. A former primary school teacher, the 58-year-old took early retirement two years ago and is enjoying reaping the benefits of...
Pleased as Punch That Pubs Giant Has Imbibed Spirit
Byline: By Joanna Geary Punch Taverns was catapulted into the role of Britain's largest pub company after it's pounds 2.7 billion acquisition of Spirit. Now, four months on, the group is slowly getting to grips with its new identity. As group...
Priest Crawls to Highlight Imprisoned Singer's Plight
A priest crawled one-and-a-half miles across Birmingham city centre yesterday to highlight the imprisonment of an African Christian singer. Dr Dick Rodgers of Saint Martin's Church crawled from the International Convention Centre, through Victoria...
Rentokil's New Chief Executive Paid Pounds 2m for Nine Months' Work
The chief executive of troubled pest control-to-hygiene group Rentokil received more than pounds 2 million for nine months' work last year. Doug Flynn earned a total of pounds 2.15 million during the nine months to the end of December. This was...
Rivals Squeezing out Jaguar
Byline: By John Revill Business Staff Jaguar is a victim of globalisation with its next generation of cars described as make or break for the Midland manufacturer, an industry expert has claimed. Peter Cooke, professor of automotive industries...
Rugby Union: Double-Headed Opportunity for Brain's Troops; GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP
Byline: By Josh Ball Worcester Warriors have made several changes to the side that lost to London Irish last weekend for this afternoon's trip to Gloucester. Injuries to Aisea Havili and Andre Van Niekerk have seen Mark Tucker and Chris Fortey...
Rugby Union: Only Pride at Stake for Bees; NATIONAL ONE
Byline: By Josh Ball Pertemps Bees will be playing for nothing more than pride against Nottingham at Sharmans Cross Road this afternoon. With relegation suspended for the season, Bees, who currently sit at the bottom of National One, have only...
Rugby Union: SO WHO ARE YOU, THEN? Surprising Facts about This Weekend's Opposition
Byline: Martin Warrillow GLOUCESTER (v Worcester) Gloucester provide the only example of a father and son both scoring four tries in an international for England. Arthur Hudson, one of the club's greatest players, scored his quartet in England's...
Rugby Union: Umaga Looks to Nullify Pack
Coventry travel to Goldington Road today with much the same problem as every team in National One - nothing to play for, writes Josh Ball. With all the important issues already decided, Harlequins are going up and no-one is going down, the emphasis...
Seven British Soldiers Injured
Byline: By Tim Moynihan Seven British soldiers suffered minor injuries in incidents in Afghanistan and Iraq. Three were hurt in an attack in southern Afghanistan, and four in Shaibah, near Basra, Iraq. In the incident in Afghanistan, a man...
Skinner's Double Booked
Byline: JOHN BRIGHT Unlike Hermione Grainger of Harry Potter fame, PR guru Andy Skinner has not yet worked out how to be in two places at once, hideous though the concept in itself is. So when he magnanimously offered his services to the Birmingham...
South Korean Expansion on the Cards for Shortlisted Tesco
Tesco is poised to expand its presence in South Korea after making it on to the final shortlist to buy French group Carrefour's stores in the country. The supermarket giant is reported to be one of four companies that are still in the running for...
Spending More Than One Earns Is the Order of the Day
The nation is spending beyond its means and using overdrafts and credit cards to pay for it. That was the stark conclusion of research carried out by online bank Cahoot, whose latest Lifestyle Index report shows that 59 per cent of people spend...
The Grapes of Wrath; Richard McComb Meets a Man on a Mission to Revitalise the Local Greengrocer
Byline: Richard McComb You wouldn't want to cut Charlie Hicks with a knife because he's such a nice chap. But should you do so, accidentally, perhaps while trimming some Evesham asparagus or a Bull's Horn sweet pepper, there's a good chance his...
THE GROCER: Barrow Boy Leads the Green Rebellion
"We deal with small growers all the way through. The man I buy off in Covent Garden is from Sorrento in southern Italy and he goes out there four or fives times a year. He knows the people he is buying from "So I know the lemon guy, I know where...
The Peter Principle of Being Creative; John Revill Talks to Peter Rees Steer, Who Left Behind the World of Accounting to Immerse Himself in Culture and Help Develop the Next Generation of Business Leaders
Byline: John Revill According to the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy, the meaning of life is 42. It is also the age when you are no longer young - well it is according to Peter Rees-Steer. Age is important because he is chairman of the Young...
TRAVEL: A Tour around Some of the Best Deals on the Market; GREAT ESCAPES
SEE THE ASHES If you haven't booked your trip to the next Ashes then worry not, Grandstand Sports Tours still has availability. The operator has put together the "Long Hop tour", a 25-day package, departing November 27, featuring the second and...
Travel: Concierge; Do You Have the Vision?
Entries are open for the 2006 Travel Photographer of the Year competition (TPOTY). This international challenge for amateur and professional photographers is in its fourth year, and once again features superb prizes along with a new selection of...
TRAVEL: Feel at Home Abroad; It May Be Dubbed "Abroad for Beginners", but Malta Is a Joy, Says David Firth
Byline: David Firth We roared through crowded, sundrenched streets, with only a blast of hot air through an open window for respite. Welcome to public transport Malta style. Forget air-conditioned hire cars. A 1960s Leyland Tiger bus is the way...
TRAVEL: Where Some like It Hot; Find out Why Eddie Brown Took a Trip to the Desert in Tunisia-And Bought a Coat to Keep Warm
Byline: Eddie Brown Heard the one about the Scotsman who took his wife on a trip to the desert . . . and ended up buying her an overcoat to keep warm? You have now. We'd all obviously watched too many Foreign Legion films, the ones where the...
TV Host Backs out of Crucifixion
It was meant to be the end of a personal journey to rediscover his faith, but the thought of being nailed to a cross proved too much for journalist and TV presenter Dominik Diamond. Diamond had travelled to the Philippines to join a ritual where...
UK 'Faces Ridicule over Wine Warnings' Egon Ronay
Food critic Egon Ronay has criticised Government proposals to put health warnings on alcohol. Ronay, whose food guides have sold more than two million copies worldwide, said the proposed changes would expose Britain to "worldwide ridicule". Public...
UK TRAVEL: Be a 'Royal' VIP at the Palace Jousting; Post Competition
The Birmingham Post has teamed up with Blenheim Palace to offer the chance to play royalty for the day at a jousting tournament. Gallant Knights and their mighty steeds will meet at Blenheim Palace this May Bank Holiday to battle for glory in a...
UK TRAVEL: Just Add Your Own Gossip; Fancy a Girls' Night in? Then Head off for the Five-Star Berkeley Hotel in London, Writes Alison Jones
Byline: Alison Jones Staying in is the new going out, or at least that is the premise behind The Berkeley Hotel's new Girls' Night In. They are slumber parties in five-star surroundings where, should you choose to eat in the restaurant downstairs,...
UK TRAVEL: Scotland Is Top Spot for Mountain Biking
Scotland has been named the world's top destination for mountain biking. In its annual report, the International Mountain Bike Association gave Scotland an A-grade for its "outstanding mountain biking and successful bicycling advocacy". The recognition...
United's Eye Is on America; BUSINESS OF SPORT
Byline: PETER SHARKEY Unlike several other high-profile sporting brands, Manchester United's recent behaviour when negotiating with a prospective shirt sponsor was completely out of character for an organisation whose business dealings have generally...
We Need Terrorism Minister
Byline: By Gavin Cordon Tony Blair has been urged to appoint a counter-terrorism Minister to co-ordinate the battle against violent extremism. Commons Home Affairs Committee chairman John Denham said he was concerned that initiatives launched...
What You Should Be Doing for a Better Retirement
TWENTIES People in their first jobs suddenly have to deal with tax and National Insurance and many do not want to have the extra worry of a pension. But there are many advantages to joining a company scheme. The key benefit is that a company...