The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from February 3, 2007

100 Year Milestone for Isle of Man Races; Harry Hawkes Looks at a Range of Stamps and Souvenirs Issued to Celebrate the Isle of Man TT Road Races
Byline: Harry Hawkes In an era in which foreign motorcycle manufacturers seem to be grabbing most of the glory, you virtually need a history book to glimpse the days when Birmingham had the reputation of being the world's "beautiful bike city turning...
Airbus Compensation Talks
Byline: By Steve Pain Deputy Business Editor Thai Airways International will maintain its order for six Airbus A380 superjumbo planes but wants further talks with the plane maker about compensation for delivery delays, a board member said yesterday....
At Home with the Crocs on an Adventure Down under; No Trip to the East Coast of Australia Is Complete without a Trip to See the Crocodiles
Byline: By ALISON JONES "Don't worry I have been doing this for years," said the guide as he climbed into the crocodile pit and stood in front of a particularly long and leathery specimen. The croc was called Paul. He had been brought in from...
A Tour around Some of the Best Deals on the Market; GREAT ESCAPES
DISCOVER THE UK Enjoy a nine-day cruise around Great Britain and Ireland on board the Ocean Majesty The cruise, which starts at Harwich, takes in Aberdeen, Greenock, Dublin, the Isles of Scilly and Dartmouth before arriving in London. Probably...
Averted Strike Means Crash Landing for BA's Profits
British Airways yesterday said pretax profits in the third quarter slid nearly 32 per cent - to pounds 113 million from pounds 166 million - after it revealed it would lose some pounds 80 million due to the threatened strike averted earlier this week....
Banks Flout Credit Check Rules in Drive for New Business
Byline: By John Cranage Personal Finance Editor Banks are flouting guidlines to require applicants for credit cards to provide evidence of their income, it was claimed this week. In fact, a massive 96 per cent of customers were able to bypass...
Betting: Drop Fears Could Ease for O'Neill; Spread Betting
Byline: By Andrew French A win this afternoon could massively ease Aston Villa's lingering fears of being sucked into a relegation battle - and at the same time, Martin O'Neill's men could dent the survival hopes of former Villa midfielder Alan...
Bid to Outlaw Electric Dog Collars That Can Shock Family Pets
Electric dog collars which issue a shock when pets misbehave must be banned, according to a Midland MP. John Spellar (Lab Warley) said the public would be horrified to learn the devices were freely available in Britain. The MP has tabled a Commons...
Bid to Stop 'Garden Grabbers' Blocked
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor A bid to stop developers ruining leafy suburbs by buying up properties with large gardens and building blocks of flats has been blocked in the House of Commons. Caroline Spelman (Con Meriden) proposed...
British Tourist Dies in Mexican Hotel Fall
A British tourist has died in Mexico after falling from the top floor of a Cancun hotel, the Foreign Office confirmed yesterday. The spokesman said British embassy officials in Mexico were aware of the incident, but the name of the man, aged 34,...
Buy-to-Let Market Looks Safe from Rises
The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee's third increase in interest rates in five months is expected to cause the housing market to slow, but will not cause buy-to-let landlords to flee from the market, experts believe. Tenant demand remains...
Caretaker Spotted Bombers' Bin Bags
A caretaker at the "bomb factory" of the alleged July 21 terror plotters saw pictures of three men he thought he recognised - one of them his friend - on TV a day after the alleged attacks, a court heard yesterday. Earlier that day William Sarpong...
Competition Fever Is Underway
At a time when there's snow in the air, frost on the ground and little motivation to go into the garden, top designers are now well on their way to completing their plans for this year's major garden shows including Chel sea, Malvern and Gardeners'...
Cricket: Door to World Cup Left Ajar for Gough
Darren Gough's World Cup dream is still alive after England inquired about changing personnel in their preliminary 30-man squad. Veteran fast bowler Gough was overlooked for the original party with the England & Wales Cricket Board releasing...
Cricket: Joyce Keeps England Afloat
Byline: By Richard Gibson In Sydney England's one in ten has left them with the chance of another crack at Australia Down Under. England finally broke their duck against Australia after three months on tour and kept alive their chances of facing...
Cricket: Warwickshire Swoop for Classy Sangakkara and Speedy Steyn
Byline: By George Dobell Chief Cricket Writer Warwickshire have reacted to the first setback of the year by transforming it into a potential triumph. The signing of Kumar Sangakkara, a 29-year-old Sri Lankan batsman of the highest class, is a...
Driven by a Burning Desire for Selling; Joanna Geary Meets Chris Rattigan, Managing Director of Rowan, Which Works with Companies of All Sizes, from Start-Ups to Multi-Nationals, to Help Them Develop Their Products and Bring Them to Market
Byline: Joanna Geary "Market researchers should all be shot!" It is something that Chris Rattigan, managing director of Coventry-based Rowan, feels pretty strongly about. Mr Rattigan - tall, prepossessing with a strong south London accent...
Emotional Return to Falklands to Remember Fallen Comrades
A soldier who lost comrades on one of the most disastrous days for British forces since the Second World War made an emotional pilgrimage to honour them yesterday. John Jones, 50, looked on eight miles away as the landing ship Sir Galahad was hit...
Ex-Smokers Reap Insurance Benefits
More than four million are thought to have stubbed out the smoking habit in recent years. With a packet of 20 cigarettes now costing more than pounds 5, that's a lot of money being saved, but how much more can an ex-smoker save on his or her life...
Fire Engines Too Hot for Kids
A fire service has banned youngsters from climbing inside fire engines during community visits in case the pounds 250,000 appliances are damaged - and to protect firefighters from false allegations. Devon Fire and Rescue Service changed its policy...
Football: All-Important Feeling That Drives Creighton and Co; Non-League FA Trophy
There's a plethora of ways and means to get the best out of a football team but, according to Mark Creighton, there's one simple phrase in the Kidderminster Harriers dressing-room. For all the training during the week, it's the "five o'clock feeling"...
Football: Barry Wins Recall for England
Byline: By Hyder Jawad Gareth Barry was strolling around Bodymoor Heath at noon yesterday when the news from London confirmed that he was about to be selected for the England squad. Four hours later, long after he had left the Aston Villa training...
Football: Bookies Backing Villa for Victory; Odds & Evens
Aston Villa can douse any relegation worries by beating struggling West Ham United at Villa Park, an outcome confidently predicted by bookmakers. Stan James have installed Martin O'Neill's men as their 5-6 favourites, with the Hammers offered at...
Football: Bruce Seeks Rapid Response to Upson; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Hyder Jawad Steve Bruce had hoped for Birmingham City to be going into February with a tenpoint lead at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship. The reality is that they are six points adrift of leaders Derby County and struggling for form....
Football: Colley Heading South after Missing Return to Tamworth; NON-LEAGUE
Byline: Colin Stoner Nick Colley is more disappointed for football reasons than any other that he will not be making a return to Tamworth today. The Worcester City winger accepts he would have faced an emotionally-charged match at The Lamb following...
Football: Double-Figure Player Deficit Leaves Greenbacks Struggling for Numbers; NON-LEAGUE BGB MIDLANDS
Martin Sockett believes he has a top-six quality side at Bedworth United. If only the Greenbacks manager could get his players on the pitch to prove it, writes Colin Stoner. The Greenbacks will be without ten players for today's home game with Chasetown....
Football: Feared Old Rivals Now Colleagues of Happy Kiely
Byline: By Ged Scott The much-travelled Dean Kiely wasn't the only one delighted when he found another footballing home this week. As the 36-year-old goalkeeper finally found his way back to the club where he trained as a teenager, his father...
Football: Gee Happy to Join Lambs' Struggle to Avoid Drop; NON-LEAGUE NATIONWIDE CONFERENCE
Former title-winning manager Darron Gee has returned to Tamworth with his eyes wide open to the challenge of saving the club from relegation. Gee has rejoined Gary Mills as his No 2 after deciding to reject the chance to stay at Alfreton Town as...
Football: Halifax Provide Challenge to Whitcombe Match of Videos; NON-LEAGUE
Damian Whitcombe has yet to play in the last 16 of the FA Trophy. But it's a moot point whether Halifax Town versus Redditch United will be the biggest match of his career. While there will be about 2,500 spectators at the New Shay today, the Redditch...
Football: Ince Backs Saddlers' Determination to Be Key Factor in Title Charge; LEAGUE TWO
It was at Rochdale in August that Walsall's march towards promotion all kicked off, writes Ged Scott. But Saddlers goalkeeper Clayton Ince says his team's season-opening 1-0 win at Spotland that day counts for nothing when Dale pitch up at the Bescot...
Football: Kyle Hoping to Light Up Former Wearside Haunt
Byline: By Ged Scott Kevin Kyle will be a fired-up striker when he returns to the Stadium of Light with Coventry City today for the first time since joining the Sky Blues from Sunderland in August. The former Scotland striker has had a tough...
Football: Murray Making Up for Lost Time; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Ged Scott Matt Murray has this week once again heard the sweet words of praise from England manager Steve McClaren ringing in his ears. Rightly too, after Murray almost single-handedly won promotion-chasing Wolverhampton Wanderers...
Football: Self Interest of Clubs Represents Platini's Greatest Challenge; Business of Sport
Byline: Peter Sharkey As a player with Nancy, St Etienne and Juventus, Michel Platini was never anything less than an over-achiever. Three-times European Footballer of the Year, he was capped 72 times for France, scoring 41 goals and captaining...
Football: Smikle Now Enjoying Football with a Smile at Aggborough; NON-LEAGUE
Brian Smikle believes he is starting to show his best form for Kidderminster Harriers but there is still plenty of room for improvement; especially in his goal celebrations. Not that the 21-year-old former West Bromwich Albion player has had many...
Football: Softley Approaches Shay Trip with No Worries as Redditch Eye Repeat; NON-LEAGUE
Richard Softley has not been short of advice this week, thanks to his football-mad pupils, writes Colin Stoner. PE teacher Softley (pictured) works at a school in Kidderminster but plays for Worcestershire neighbours Redditch United and there has...
Football: Swayed by O'Neill Factor; Barclays Premiership
Byline: By Hyder Jawad To Shaun Maloney, it was the ultimate sacrifice: turning down a European Cup tie for Celtic against AC Milan to sign for Aston Villa. Whichever way Celtic supporters look at his departure to Villa Park, he cannot be accused...
Football: Webster's Shattered Season Finally Coming Together Six Months Late; NON-LEAGUE FA Trophy
So much for the best-laid plans of bagging more goals than ever before. So much for the dream and aspirations of being the star man week in, week out to reawaken one of the Midlands' so-called sleeping giants, writes Colin Stoner. Adam Webster had...
Football: Window Shuts on Hopes and Dreams
Byline: By Ged Scott It was hard to decipher from those craggy northern features just how pleased Tony Mowbray was to see the transfer window shut this week. It meant the frustrating end, for now, of his quest to sign his old Hibernian mid-field...
Golf: Fisher Steals Tiger's Thunder
Byline: By Gary Rose in Dubai Tiger Woods knows he will have to be at his best in the next two rounds if he is to retain his Dubai Desert Classic title as Ross Fisher proved he was not a one-round-wonder by carding another excellent seven-under-par...
Hack Not Currying Favour
Byline: JOHN BRIGHT A bit of a squeeze - I bet he's never been called a squeeze before - in India for Midland business hack Simon Penfold. Never a man to turn down an overseas freebie which involves calorie-mounting curries. Simon found himself...
Halifax Turns Up the Heat in Current Account War
Halifax has upped the ante in the current account war, unveiling an account paying a market-leading interest rate and a pounds 100 sweetener. The high street bank said its high interest current account would pay six per cent gross to new and existing...
Hockey: Jwanda Returns as Cannock Look to Seize Title Initiative
Byline: By Paul Raymer Cannock hope to regain sole leadership of the Slazenger England League Men's Premier Division tomorrow night, provided the other co-leaders cancel each other out. A win for Cannock against hosts Belper plus a draw between...
Horse Racing: Detroit Set to Motor On
Byline: By Stable Boy Detroit City can clock up his eighth win on the spin in the Listed Agfa UK Hurdle at Sandown Park this afternoon. Philip Hobbs' Champion Hurdle market leader was well beaten on his hurdling debut but has never looked back...
How a Minister Dealt with the Aftermath; Emma Pinch Joined Birmingham Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne as He Met Constituents Living in the Shadow of Wednesday's Terror Raids BIRMINGHAM TERROR ARRESTS
Byline: Emma Pinch In his pinstripe suit, with a mini entourage trotting beside him, Liam Byrne cut a distinctive figure outside the Bollywood video shops and shalwar kameez suppliers of the Alum Rock Road. But after a week which saw the nation's...
How Caribbean Dream Came True for Blackflash; Poker
Byline: By Peter Sharkey Imagine the scene: you walk into work feeling rather chuffed with yourself, greeting everyone with a decidedly more cheerful "morning" than usual, a huge smile the most obvious outward sign of your chirpy spirit. Your sunny...
How Much Longer Can Blair Go on like This? as Tony Blair Insists He Is Still in Charge, Political Editor Jonathan Walker Asks How Much Longer the Prime Minister Can Survive
Byline: Jonathan Walker Tony Blair insisted he would not be quitting as Prime Minister, as he was forced to take to the airwaves to reassert his authority. Mr Blair yesterday said he was getting on with the job of running the country, adding:...
In the Street Where Traders Are Losing Fight to Survive; It Should Be One of Birmingham's Most Vibrant Shopping Districts, So Why Is Harborne Having Such a Tough Time?
Byline: By RICHARD McCOMB Several Italian sausages hang forlornly from a steel bar while a huge circular cheese, possibly a Stilton, sits rotting on a shelf. This is all that remains of Elegusto, an upmarket delicatessen and bijou wine store that...
IVA Storm as Debt Firms Nose-Dive on Profit Warnings
Investors in debt management firms had a rude awakening this week when the sector nose-dived on the back of profit warnings from two of the market's major players. The double digit gains seen over the past year reversed into equally substantial...
Lanner's New Grant Means Business
Lanner - a dynamic Worcestershire firm which is a world leader in developing business performance improvement software - is poised to embark on a revolutionary research project following a grant from regional development agency Advantage West Midlands....
Letter: Leadership on Transport
Byline: JOHN HALL Dear Editor, In the Business Section (Road charge speeds up, Post, Jan 31), business leaders accept that something needs to be done about congestion in Birmingham, because the unreliable road journey times are harming trade. The...
Local Producers Crowned Champions
Two West Midlands' producers have been named champions in an annual tastiest sausage competition. The Parson's Nose of Suck-ley, Worcestershire, won the Heart of England Fine Foods (HEFF) award for the traditional pork breakfast sausage. And...
Maltings Brewing Up Distinctive Accommodation
Two former Bass Development surveyors have returned to Burton-on-Trent with plans to refurbish and convert Grade ll listed former maltings in Wetmore Road into offices/workshops for owner occupiers. Cliff Dare and Iain Masters, directors of Odin...
MBO Takes Group into New Arena
Byline: By John Revill Business Staff The management of West Midland events services firm Arena Group has completed a pounds 30 million buyout from parent group Evenser. The company, which provides seating and stages for events ranging from the...
Minister Steps in to Cool Blair Terror Row
Byline: By Emma Pinch and Emma Brady A Government Minister yesterday said he understood the "disappointment" felt in the Birmingham community which was snubbed by the Prime Minister following this week's terror raids. Immigration Minister Liam...
Mix and Match Investments to Spread the Risk of Funding Retirement; Trevor Law Concludes His Two-Part Examination of Venture Capital Trusts
Byline: Trevor Law Many commentators view venture capital trusts as a serious alternative to using personal pensions to provide funding and income for retirement. Last week's article looked at VCTs and how an individual can benefit from a range...
Mrs Zhivago of Queen's Park by Olivia Lichtenstein, Pounds 9.99, Orion Books
Byline: Reviewed by Alison Jones Dr Zhivago is the story of a romantic's struggle between his great love and duty to his family while the Russian Revolution rumbles on. Mrs Zhivago of Queen's Park similarly deals with illicit affairs with dashing...
Nature Watch
There is a group of plants both mysterious and familiar, widespread but rarely dominant in any one place, preferring cool, dark and damp places, which some scientists think may have saved the planet. It is the ferns, elegant but not showy plants...
New Honda Hatchback Has a Wider Appeal; Honda Civic Type R Pounds 17,660 Tested by Malcolm Robertshaw
Byline: Malcolm Robertshaw Throughout most of last year, Honda was busy shaking up the UK hatchback sector with its futuristic new Civic five door model. Already the space-age looks of this eighth generation model have paid dividends in the hotly...
PERSPECTIVE: Ken Is Lost for Words over the Super Casino Bid; LOCAL GOVERNMENT WITH A SLANT
Byline: By Paul Dale The normally talkative Birmingham cabinet member for regeneration, Ken Hardeman, has been unusually quiet of late. In fact, Hardeman disappeared from the radar completely earlier in the week when an announcement about Britain's...
PERSPECTIVE: The Question Is: Will You Stay or Will You Go? in Wide-Ranging Interview for BBC Radio 4's Today Programme Yesterday, Prime Minister Tony Blair Was Asked about the Ongoing Police Investigation into Cash-for-Honours Allegations and about His Intentions for His Future. Here Is the Exchange on Those Subjects between Mr Blair and Interviewer John Humphrys
JOHN HUMPHRYS: We can't go on like this, can we? TONY BLAIR: We can't go on in what sense? JH: This inquiry, it's doing damage, isn't it? TB: Well, I think it has got to run its course over the next few weeks. I hope it will be wound up and...
Racism in Othello 'Not Suitable' for Younger Students
Young teenagers should not study Othello in their English lessons because they are too young to discuss racism, according to a report from the Gov-ernment's exams advisers. The themes of race and sexual jealousy in Shakespeare's tragedy are "too...
Record Sainsbury's Bid Now Looking Possible
Byline: By Joanna Geary Shares in Sainsbury's soared yesterday after it emerged that a trio of private equity investors were weighing up the possibility of a takeover offer. CVC, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Blackstone confirmed they were assessing...
Relative Value in a Manchester City Break; You Don't Have to Apologise for Liking Manchester - Even If You Are from Birmingham
Byline: By MARTIN WARRILLOW We're not supposed to like Manchester, are we? Down here in the West Midlands, we're supposed to see it as a rival for Birmingham's status of Britain's second city - and one that isn't really worthy to stand alongside...
Rugby Union: Croke Park Will Inspire Ireland - Fitzpatrick; RUGBY UNION: SIX NATIONS
Byline: By Brian Dick Rugby Correspondent History tells us the mantel of pre-tournament favourites immediately transforms Ireland from likely champions into gibbering also-rans. The challenge this year is to fulfil their undoubted potential. ...
Rugby Union: Cusiter and Parks Key to Make 'New Team' Chase Game; RUGBY UNION: SIX NATIONS ENGLAND V SCOTLAND, TWICKENHAM, TODAY, 4pm
Byline: By Brian Dick Rugby Correspondent It is less than two years since Ben Hinshelwood last played for Scotland but so has much changed since the former Worcester three-quarter last pulled on a dark blue shirt. Nothing more so than the fact...
Rugby Union: Harvey Driven to Plan B by Albion's Maul
Byline: By Brian Dick Pertemps Bees' task is to force visitors Plymouth Albion to turn to Plan B at Sharmans Cross Road this afternoon and if they can do that, coach Ben Harvey is confident his side can pull off an upset victory. First Harvey...
Rugby Union: Henderson Accentuates the Positives
Murray Henderson takes charge of the Coventry side today for the first time since arriving at the club ten days ago, writes Brian Dick. He will be hoping his second sighting of his new team is rather more pleasurable than his first. The New Zealander...
Rugby Union: Le Roux Fears for Important Areas of Laporte's France; RUGBY UNION: SIX NATIONS TODAY, 1.30pm (GMT)
Byline: By Brian Dick The latest craze sweeping French rugby is a game called Lampoon Laporte, a variant of our own Roast Robinson which was popular last autumn. The rules are simple. Pick a target, the national rugby team's head coach for example,...
Rugby Union: Perry Presses Recall Claims; LAST NIGHT'S ACTION
England A 34 Italy A 5 Shaun Perry pressed strong claims for a senior England recall after inspiring the Saxons to victory over Italy's second string at Sandy Park, Exeter, last night. The Bristol scrum-half and former Dudley- Kingswinford...
Rugby Union: Revived Horsman Eyes Irish Front-Five; RUGBY UNION: SIX NATIONS WALES V IRELAND, MILLENNIUM STADIUM, TOMORROW, 3pm Brian Dick on the Worcester Lock's Debt to John Brain for Raising His Game
Byline: Brian Dick There have been times this season when the prospect of Chris Horsman playing any part in the Six Nations has been more remote than a hermit's shack in the Outback. Suspect fitness, poor form and even worse discipline - never...
Rugby Union: Rib Injury Has Perry Wincing; RUGBY UNION: SIX NATIONS Brian Dick on Why Harry Ellis Is "Wearing Shaun Perry's Shirt"
Byline: Brian Dick Shaun Perry's two-year rise from welder and part-time rugby player to England's finest scrum half, meteoric by anyone's standards, has left little time for setbacks. But when the reigning world champions begin their Six Nations...
Rugby Union: Robinson Blow Forces Stour to Reshuffle Backline Again; NATIONAL TWO
Byline: By Brian Dick The curse of the fly-half has struck at Stourton Park for the second season running forcing Neil Mitchell to field a reshuffled backline for the visit of National Two leaders Esher. Mitchell had already lost Chris Buck for...
Rugby Union: Upwards and Onwards; NATIONAL ONE
Byline: By Brian Dick Rugby Correspondent Moseley go to Monks Lane today looking for their first ever victory over Newbury, confident that they start the match as the form team. Last weekend's hugely cathartic victory over Otley not only dissipated...
Rugby Union: Why Italy Need Group Feeling to Exploit Ball Skills; RUGBY UNION: SIX NATIONS ITALY V FRANCE, STADIO FLAMINIO,
Byline: By Brian Dick Although Italian club rugby is going through something of a slump former Coventry captain Will Johnson believes the national side could cause the Six Nations' more celebrated teams some serious trouble. Johnson, who left...
Rugby Union: World Cup Is the Main Dish; RUGBY UNION: SIX NATIONS the Post's Rugby Correspondent Brian Dick Wants Brian Ashton to Answer Some Serious Questions
Byline: Brian Dick To me the Six Nations, I'll drop the sponsor's moniker if you don't mind, is not just the king of rugby tournaments, it's the king of all tournaments. It is a unique exploration of the power balances and social sensitivities at...
Sadness as US Sits on 'Secret' Tape of Killing
Byline: By Alex Young The Oxford coroner hearing an inquest into the death of a British soldier at the hands of the Americans yesterday said he "had no choice" but to delay his verdict until a recording of the incident is produced by the Government....
Sainsbury's Sniffs Start Retail Soaring; MARKET REPORT
Retail stocks soared yesterday after three buy-out groups confirmed their interest in an offer for supermarket chain Sainsbury's. The potential return of merger and acquisition activity gave the London market a boost, with the FTSE 100 Index 28.7...
Sainsbury's Suitors Bucking Latest Private Equity Trends
The private equity firms circling J Sainsbury would be trying to buck the recent trend of private equity firms failing in attempts to take UK companies private as high stock prices take them out of their reach. Private equity firms CVC, Kohlberg...
Splash of Colour on a Dull Day; Gardeners Can Enjoy the Spring Bulbs of a Worcester Haven This Weekend
Byline: By SARAH PROBERT Most shoppers in Worcester may blink and easily miss it, but there is a beautiful haven in the heart of the city that is definitely worth a look this weekend. The walled garden at Greyfri ars is opening for one day only,...
Staying Alive in Football's Depths; Book Review Believe in the Sign by Mark Hodkinson Pamona Books
Byline: Peter Sharkey 4sportsbooks.co.uk price: pounds 6.59, saving 34% on rrp Crede Signo, or 'Believe in the Sign', is the motto of Rochdale FC, a club that, according to all available indices, is the worst-performing club to have had continuous...
Students Go off the Slippery Slopes to Learn How to Cook; A Midland Cookery School Is Offering People the Chance to Learn to Become Chalet Chefs in Ski Resorts
Byline: By SARAH PROBERT Bob Marley wails in the background and students gently nod in time to the music as they float about the kitchen. After preparing their first meal of the day, they are clearing away for morning break, placing cookies and...
Table Tennis: Browne Bows to Ferguson
There will be no-one happier within Warwickshire table tennis circles than Mike Browne if the county can make it third time lucky in their bid to climb the County Championships ladder, writes Colin Stoner. The team captain had lost his place in...
Take Home Your Own Piece of Movie Magic; This Week Sees the UK's Biggest Ever Sale of Film and TV Costumes
Byline: By SALLY HOBAN If you like dressing up and are prepared to invest some serious cash in your outfits, there's a chance to get your hands on some of the most famous costumes in film and television history at a dedicated sale next month. ...
The Forgotten Poet of Wootton Wawen; the Works of an 18th Century Poet Had Even Dr Johnson Admitting Admiration
Byline: By CHRIS UPTON The 18th century was not English poetry's finest hour. The influence of the classics was just a little too heavy, the verse a bit too didactic, and competence and learning were valued more highly than inspiration. Augustan...
The One That Didn't Get Away - a Fishmonger Fights Back
Richard Jennings's grandfather, Charles, first opened a fish and chip shop in Harborne High Street in 1927. Charles changed tack slightly in the 1960s and moved into selling fresh fish, a business his son Ron - Richard's father - took over. Richard...
The Pursuit of Pleasure Was All That Mattered; Gender Taste and Material Culture in Britain and North America, 1700-1830.edited by John Styles and Amanda Vickery (Yale: Pounds 40)
Byline: Reviewed by Richard Edmonds Eighteenth century England was politically unsavoury and in a sexual sense totally devoid of morals with hygiene which could be judged only by comparison with the nearest sewer. And things haven't changed all...
This Week's Films in Brief
Byline: BY MIKE DAVIES NEW RELEASES Arthur and the Invisibles (U) Chaotic kids live action/CGI adventure as a young boy joins forces with an elfin princess to help save his aunt's farm from a landgrabber and their world from an evil tyrant. ***...
Three Degrees Sing Blues for Mankind
Byline: By Alan Morris The world's average temperature will rise three degrees by the end of this century, scientists warned yesterday - and mankind is directly to blame. The most authoritative climate change study ever produced predicts catastrophic...
Two Muslim Soldiers Acted as Bait to Flush out Extremists in Police Sting; BIRMINGHAM TERROR ARRESTS
Two soldiers who could have been the target in the alleged terror kidnap plot were used in an extraordinary sting operation, it emerged yesterday. The Muslim servicemen were told of the possible plot to snatch a squaddie and agreed to act as bait...
UK like Nazi Germany, Says Mosque Chief; BIRMINGHAM TERROR ARRESTS
An Islamic community leader yesterday compared the political situation in Britain with that of Nazi Germany. Dr Mohammad Naseem, chairman of the Birmingham Central Mosque, said Muslims were being labelled as a threat like the Jews were under Adolf...
Warnings for Reid over New Law Move; BIRMINGHAM TERROR ARRESTS
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Home Secretary John Reid will face staunch opposition if he attempts to use the Birmingham terror arrests to push through new anti-terror laws, a Black Country MP warned. David Winnick (Lab Walsall North) said he still...
Watson Wants to Curb Speed Cameras
Ministers were urged to support the British motor industry and scrap proposals for more speed cameras. Tom Watson (Lab West Bromwich East) criticised proposals to give councils more power to erect speed cameras. Speaking in the Commons, he said...
We Must Have the Power to Be Nimbys; THE BIRMINGHAM POST
An attempt to end the practice of "garden grabbing" by changing the law has failed. Backbench MPs are entitled to present their own Bills to the House of Commons, but they rarely succeed in winning approval for the legislation without the support...
'White Men's Clubs' Missing Top Recruits
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi Education Correspondent A "white man's club" syndrome at management level and a recruitment focus on red-brick universities is preventing Midland firms from hiring the best people, a Birmingham pressure group warned. Divercity...
Why It Is Vital to Check Your Trees for Storm Damage
Byline: JULIAN RANSON It may be a couple of weeks since the worst storms battered our homes and gardens, but how many of us have been brave enough to examine the damage closely? Battering from storms leaves many gardens worse for wear, whether...
Women Who Fought the World; Women Who Changed the World by Rose Horton and Sally Simmons, Quercus, Pounds 15
Byline: Reviewed by Jayne Howarth There have been thousands of women who have helped to shape the world's history. They fought authority and made their voices heard in a predominantly man's world. They were influential in dozens of major fields,...
Worst Year for UK Debt Crisis
Byline: By John Revill Business Staff More than 100,000 people went bust in England and Wales during 2006 in the worst ever year for Britain's "debt crisis". The Insolvency Service said a total of 107,288 people went insolvent during the year....