The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from February 27, 2009

1m Drivers Targeted in 20-Year Rail Plan
Byline: PATRICE JOHN Transport Correspondent A 20-year vision to move more than one million car drivers from road to rail has been unveiled by the region's passenger transport authority. The plans would see Moor Street station rival New Street...
A Big Day in Digbeth; Graham Edwards Says This Evening's Opening of Fazeley Studios Is Key to Regenerating the Area
Byline: Graham Edwards Today marks an Important milestone In the efforts of everybody who has a stake In the success of the creative Industries and the economic wellbelng of Birmingham. Five hundred people from the creative Industries sector...
A Haunting Tale of Brutality and Death; ARTS REVIEW the Hounding of David Oluwale Birmingham Repertory Theatre ***
Byline: Terry Grimley David Oluwale was a Nigerian who arrived in Britain as a stowaway in 1949 with dreams of of studying to become an engineer. Twenty years later, a vagrant sleeping rough on the streets of Leeds, he became the target of a...
All Your Prayers Are Answered at Rectory; COVER STORY Dating Back to 1803, Annie Roberts Finds That This Secluded Georgian Village Stately Home Boasts a Wealth of Period Architectural Features and Five Bedrooms
Byline: Annie Roberts One of Shropshire's finest Georgian village properties, complete with barn/office, swimming pool and tennis court is on the market. The Old Rectory enjoys a secluded position in the picturesque village of Pitchford, eight...
Another Away Win Not beyond Albion Says Boss Mowbray; BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: ROB TANNER Staff writer West Bromwich Albion head to Goodison tomorrow in search of only their second away win of the campaign but manager Tony Mowbray is convinced they can taste success on the road again this season. Albion were poor...
Arrears and Fears as Repossessions Rise; MORTGAG ECOSTS Figures Show Many Homeowners Will Face Challenges in 2009 - but Steps Are Being Taken to Help Borrowers
New statistics from the Council of Mortgage Lenders on mortgage arrears and repossessions show that there has been a sharp rise in 2008. Many steps are being taken to help borrowers facing difficulty but many home owners will face similar challenges...
A Rural Counsellor; HISTORY Chris Upton Reveals the Legacy Left Us by the Fascinating Diaries of Robert Francis Kilvert
Byline: Chris Upton As Britain stumbled towards war in the late-1930s and dark clouds gathered over Europe, there were two good reasons for turning back to more manageable times. One was the unveiling in the summer of 1939 of the country's greatest...
A World of Opportunity; INVESTING ABROAD We Can All See That the Property Market Is Experiencing Problems - but Ironically, 2009 Could Well Be the Year to Buy Real Estate Abroad. Annie Roberts Investigates
Byline: Annie Roberts It's no secret that the property finance landscape has changed dramatically in the last six months and that we are all suffering the knock-on effects of what has been dubbed the 'credit crunch.' Mortgages are now far harder...
Blues Facing a Test of Their Title Mettle, Says McLeish
Byline: ANDY WALKER staff writer Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish has bluntly urged his under-performing players to respond to the mounting pressure or clear off. A dozen Championship fixtures remain for Birmingham this season, 12 games that...
Brown Ill-Suited to Make Cash Stretch Further in Public Services; 24 Hours
When Labour came to power in 1997, its supporters were hoping that schools and hospitals would enjoy major increases in funding. In this case, the new Government did not disappoint, and money poured into public services. Some of this came from...
Buonissimo-The Ideal Antidote to Culinary Pomposity; FOOD CREDIT CRUNCH LUNCH
Place: Buonissimo, 1 Albany Road, Harborne, Birmingham. T: 0121 426 2444 Why go?: Hugely relaxing suburban Italian producing the sort of food you want to eat - as opposed to food that thick restaurateurs think you should eat. Best espresso coffee...
Capita Expects to Be 'Net Winner' from Recession as Organisations Cut Costs; OUTSOURCING
Capita, the back-office outsourcing giant that employs nearly 2,000 people in Birmingham, met its financial forecasts yesterday with a 16 per cent rise in 2008 profit and said it expected to be a "net winner" from the recession as government and companies...
Drop in Savings Rates Leave ISAs Damp Squib; PERSONAL FINANCE
Byline: JEREMY GATES Traditionally, these weeks approaching the end of the tax year on April 5 see savers rushing to get money beyond the taxman's reach by investing in Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) holding cash, shares or bonds. Interest...
Emily and the Naughty Boys
Byline: iron angle Emily and John are talking to each other again. Mike and Emily are talking to each other. But John and Mike are most definitely not on speaking terms. Probably never will be. No, this Is not some strange IQ test, but the latest...
End of Free Banking on Current Accounts Looms; PERSONAL FINANCE
Byline: NICKY BURRIDGE A decision yesterday by the Court of Appeal could change the current account landscape and even lead to the end of free banking In the UK. The beleaguered banking Industry was dealt a further blow when appeal judges upheld...
Evolution in Art; BOOKS Darwin's Theories Had a Big Impact on the Arts as Well as on Science as Richard Edmonds Discovers Endless Forms, Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts Edited by Diana Donald and Jane Munro (Yale: Pounds 40)
Byline: Richard Edmonds It is well known that during the 19th century, Charles Darwin (whose 200th anniversary falls this year) had a profound influence on the fields of biology and natural history, endowing us all with a biological history which...
Fairytale Come True; TRAVEL A Short Break in the City That Never Sleeps Is No Longer a Dream, Says Paul Bradley
Byline: Paul Bradley If your looking for a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of work then forget about a trip to New York. But if you're after a taste of the high life around some of the world's most iconic sights then jump on the plane...
FILMS: Clint Is on a Roll; the Latest Films Reviewed by Graham Young and Roz Laws
Byline: Graham Young and Roz Laws Gran Torino Cert 15, 116 mins ***** Like the classic car which gives the film its title, Clint Eastwood is the ultra-reliable king of cool. And his stock is getting better with age, too. He'll be...
Finance Deal Could Inflate Price of New Car above 50pc; PERSONAL FINANCE
Despite the credit crunch, some 360,000 consumers are expected to hit the garage forecourts in search of bargains as dealers struggle to shift stock. However, new research from uSwitch.com reveals that this hard haggling could be completely negated...
Financial Stocks Lifted by Toxic Debts Pledge; SHARE PRICES MARKET REPORT
Financial stocks surged yesterday after the Government unveiled details of its scheme to insure toxic debts worth hundreds of billions of pounds. Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland both posted gains of more than 20 per cent as investors...
Gavin Ready to Make His Mark; in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: PHIL BARNETT, PA SPORT World amateur champion Frankie Gavin will end eight-months of frustrating inactivity when he makes his professional debut in his native Birmingham this weekend. The 23-year-oldwas Britain's best gold medal hope...
Green by Name, Green by Nature; OUTDOORS Harry Green Tells Jo Ind about 40 Years of Conservation Work
Byline: Jo Ind When Harry Green was a schoolboy, he had no way of knowing that a particular interest in birds would lead to a lifetime of nature conservation. But at the age of 75, he has been awarded the Christopher Cadbury medal to mark his40years...
Health Bosses under Fire over Number of Teen Pregnancies
Sexual health bosses have been criticised after latest teenage pregnancy figures show millions of pounds of projects are failing to make an impact on under-age mothers. The West Midlands has seen a two per cent rise among theunder-18s for 2007 with...
Hive of Activity Heralds Start of Nesting Season; OUTDOORS Nature Watch
Byline: Anna Keen Following the cold snap recently, I was pleasantly surprised a few days ago to step out of my front door to a milder breeze, full of the promise of spring. As I continued my walk along the Rea Valley, I couldn't help but notice...
I Have Grape Expectations; FOOD Clive Platman Celebrates the Versatility of Chenin Blanc
Byline: Clive Platman Let's start with a conundrum. What grape canage like riesling, when dry it matches white Burgundy, when sweet it rival Sauternes and, when sparkling, make an inexpensive Champagne substitute? In South Africa it's known as...
In RBS's Case, New Insurance Scheme's a Risk Worth Taking; City View
Byline: NEVILL BOYD MAUNSELL Vince Cable, the leader the Liberals kick themselves for not having, has a reputation for going to the heart of matters. Yesterday he denounced the government's new insurance scheme for banks as a "disgrace" because...
Is It Time for Labour Party to Cut out the Red Rose?
Byline: john bright We've decided that Fridays - with the prospect of a well-earned weekend off-ought to be a day when we try to cheer everybody up with a few gags. So enjoy Friday fun time... The Labour Party has announced that It Is changing...
It's Top Four or Bust Now for O'Neill Troops; UEFA CUP Weakened Side Fall to Predictable Defeat in Russian Capital CSKA MOSCOW 2 ASTONVILLA0 (CSKAwin3-1onaggretage) in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: BILL HOWELL in Moscow A fortnight ago it was two trophies and a Champions League place. Now Martin O'Neill's eggs are all in one basket. Predictably his side were no match for CSKA Moscow who scored twice but sauntered to victory and...
Lean Years for Schools and Hospitals - Byrne
Byline: JONATHAN WALKER Political editor Schools and hospitals face ten lean years as the effects of the recession limit the cash available for essential public services, Birmingham MP Liam Byrne has warned. Mr Byrne (Lab Hodge Hill), a senior...
Letter: Don't Let LDV Go the Way of Rover
Byline: Coun Neville Summerfie Dear Editor, Below Is my letter to Ian Pearson MP, economic secretary to the Treasury. He has been delegated the responsibility of reviewing the request for government support from LDV. Dear Mr Pearson, I understand...
Long Arm of the Law! PROFILE Ros Dodd Speaks to One of the City's Newest Family Lawyers about Her Journey from Belfast to Birmingham
Byline: Ros Dodd It's difficult to know where to start when describing Lucy Taylor because there are so many strings to her bow. She's a family lawyer who recently joined the ranks of renowned Birmingham-based matrimonial practice Benussi &...
Lounge on the Beach
A company director, fed up with the slump in the property market, is offering a 14-night holiday in the West Indies to the buyer of his early 19th century terraced cottage near Welford-on-Avon. Pierre Shone has spent 20 years improving and modernising...
Making a Splash in the New Housing Market; Annie Roberts Takes a Look at Three Waterside Developments
Byline: Annie Roberts BRYANT HOMES DIGLIS WATER DEVELOPMENT FROM pounds 159,995 Bryant Homes' Diglis Water development, which is situated where the Birmingham and Worcester canal meets the River Severn, has breathed new life into Worcester's...
Masterplan for Coventry's New City Centre Is Unveiled
The final masterplan for a new city centre in Coventry has been unveiled after a consultation involving more than 3,000 local people. The billion pound plus design is the biggest regeneration project in Coventry for half a century and will guide...
Midland Property Giant Suffers Shock Collapse; PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT
Byline: TOM SCOTNEY Business Staff One of the biggest success stories in Midlands business has become the latest casualty of the turmoil in the property market. Castle more Securities, which had a development pipeline worth pounds 1billion and...
Moseley at Twickenham? We Can Do It Says Caves; in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com EDF NATIONAL TROPHY
All the talk emanating from Billesley Common this week has been about focusing on the next game and most definitely not where it could lead. Privately Moseley players wonder what it would be like to beat London Welsh in the quarter-finals of the...
National Express Warns of Jobs Cull; TRANSPORT
Byline: PETER WOODMAN Birmingham-based National Express whose rail empire includes one of the UK's busiest routes has warned of possible further job losses this year. The company, which operates the London to Scotland East Coast Main Line, has...
New Pounds 7m Digbeth Studios Give Arts, Design and Digital Enterprise a Unique Home; CREATIVE
Birmingham's new pounds 7million home for digital and creative businesses is holding its official launch this evening and celebrating the fact it is 60 per cent full just three months after completion. Fazeley Studios is a 1.25 acre collection of...
ODDS AND EVENS; BET RESCUE in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: PETER SHARKEY West Brom face an uphill struggle at Everton tomorrow. A 7/1 shot according to Bet direct. They've not won at Goodison Park since May 1979, hence Everton kick off as bet365's 1/2 favourites. Albion may consider a draw (16/5,...
O'Neill Must Wait to See If Gamble Pays off; UEFA CUP Top Four Finish Is Crucial after Second String KO in Europe
Byline: IAN PARKES, PASPORT in Moscow Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill will only fully appreciate the consequences of his actions come the end of the season. Villa crashed out of the UEFA Cup at the hands of CSKA Moscow on a bitterly cold night...
Open All Hours; OPEN HOUSES Popular in America and New Zealand, These Three British Properties Are Holding Open Houses Where Prospective Buyers Can View Homes at Any Time on a Designated Day. Annie Roberts Finds out More
Byline: Annie Roberts MILFORD HALL, POWYS, pounds 850,000 An historic hall is throwing open its doors to entice potential buyers to make a move. Milford Hall, just outside Newtown in Powys has an impressive history. Tom Carter, manager...
Opposition Grows towards Part-Privatising Royal Mail
The government faced growing opposition to Its controversial plan to part-privatise the Royal Mall after saying It was the only "credible option" to save the postal group. Business secretary Lord Mandelson published the Postal Services Bill which...
Past Masters Look to Future; ARTS Terry Grimley Finds Vocal Consort's Latest Recording Wears Its Heart on Its Sleeve
Byline: Terry Grimley As well as being a ravishing collection of past choral masterpieces, the latest recording from Warwick based Armonico Consort is a declaration of the organisation's commitment to the future. Proceeds from the CD, which was...
RBS's Pounds 25billion Lending Promise; LENDING
Byline: NEVILL BOYD MAUNSELL Economics Editor The Royal Bank of Scotland committed itself to lending an extra pounds 25billion in the next 12months - pounds 9billion to homebuyers and pounds 16billion to business - as part of an intricate deal whereby...
Relishing a Taste of Freedom; MAIN FEATURE Donya Hemati Is the New Face of Iran. So Why Does She Fear Going Home?
Byline: Richard McComb reports I am sitting inside a Persian restaurant in the heart of Birmingham's student bedsit land when a mighty roar rips through the building. It sounds like an express train. Stunned, I look at Donya Hemati, who doesn't...
Rental Surge Is Good News for Tenants; PERSONAL FINANCE
Byline: JOHN CRANAGEE Personal Finance Editor The number of rental properties coming on to the market nearly doubled last month, driving down average rents. Property search engine Globrix said there was an 88 per cent jump in the number of homes...
Rise in Tenancies Is Great News for Landlords; Cover Story
The last quarterly survey of member lettings agents by the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA) showed that the number of new tenancies had risen by 20 per cent. This is great news for landlords, but not so great for tenants who are...
Road Congestion Headache Is Costing Us Dear; BIRMINGHAM POST COMMENT 24 Hours
The Conservative shadow transport secretary was in Solihull last night to set out ambitious plans for a new high speed rail line linking Birmingham with London, the North and the Continent. She made it clear that the recession would not jeopardise...
Roaring Success; MOTORING Chris Russon Gets Behind the Wheel of the Most Powerful Saloon to Bear the Jaguar Badge
Byline: Chris Russon Jaguar's record-breaking XFR is ready for the road to become the most powerful saloon ever to wear the fast cat badge. Pumping out 510bhp from an all-new five-litre V8 engine, it blasts from 0 to 60mph in 4.7 seconds. ...
Ruddock Looks to Turn around Sixways Season; GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP Two Quick Home Games Crucial after Three Heavy Defeats in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: BRIAN DICK rugby correspondent With his reign reaching a decisive juncture, Mike Ruddock has predicted an end to the slipshod ways that have seen his side concede more points than anyone else in the Premiership over the last three games....
Savers Give Pounds 1bn Boost to Britannia; FINANCIAL
Byline: JOHN CRANAGE Business Staff Britannia, the Staffordshire-based building society that is merging with Co-op Financial Services to create a "super mutual", said yesterday it attracted more than 150,000 new members last year as savers steered...
Sir Fred Warns He'll Not Shred His Pension Voluntarily; BANKING
Former Royal Bank of Scotland boss Sir Fred Goodwin has written to the Treasury indicating he will not voluntarily give up his pension. Sir Fred "the shred" is coming under increasing pressure to give up at least part of the pension, worth an estimated...
Strauss Gets England off to Test Flier; in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: RICHARD GIBSON, PA SPORT in Bridgetown Captain Andrew Strauss scored his 16th Test century to charge England out of the blocks in their must-win fourth Test match against West Indies. He and Alastair Cook shared England's first double...
The Price Is White; Mention the White House and an Image of the Famous Washington Home of the Presidents Immediately Springs to Mind. It's Not the Only 'White House' However; Annie Roberts Takes a Look at Three Less Famous Examples
Byline: Annie Roberts The bench where Justine Webb sat just moments there - the ideal location for those who want to simply relax in glorious countryside. It is more than nine years since Justine first sat on the bench and while the tranquil...
'Too High' Borrowing Hindered Government - King; ECONOMICS
The Governor of the Bank of England said Britain entered the financial crisis with "too high" public borrowing which hindered the government's response to the downturn. Speaking to the Treasury Select Committee, Mervyn King said debt levels had...
Tories Vow to Push Ahead with High-Speed Rail Link
Byline: JONATHAN WALKER Political Editor A high-speed rail line linking Birmingham with London and the North will provide a massive boost to the West Midlands economy and help to end the wealth divide with the South-east, according to Shadow Transport...
Treat Those Plants to Some Mulch; OUTDOORS in the Garden
Byline: Julian Ranson Think March, think mulch! The temperature is beginning to rise, the ground is warming up and the plants are springing into life. So now is the perfect time to give a little TLC to those plants that have valiantly survived...
Trucker Held on Suspicion of Murder after Stab Death
Byline: MARK COWAN Crime correspondent A lorry driver was last night being questioned on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed to death and two others injured during an apparent attempted robbery on his truck. The 41-year-old trucker called...
Tunnel Vision; ANTIQUES Canal Pioneer James Brindley's Papers Have Stirred Great Interest, Says Sally Hoban
Byline: Sally Hoban Weekend revellers in and around Birmingham's Broad Street will no doubt have enjoyed the odd pint or glass of wine in the James Brindley pub over the years. If you have never been, it is a convenient spot in which to take in...
TV World Pays Tribute to 'Loveliest of Ladies'
Tributes have poured In from across the showbuslness world for actress Wendy Richard who has lost her battle with cancer. The former EastEnder, described as one of the greats of British television, passed away in the Harley Street Clinic In London...
Two-Year Ban for Rugby Star Stevens over Drug Shame; in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: ALEX LOWE, PASPORT Matt Stevens' rugby career lay in tatters last night after he was banned from all levels of the gamefor two years following a positive test for cocaine. The Bath and England prop pleaded guilty at a European Rugby Cup...
Why Property Has Such a Lot to Offer Investors; PROPERTY EXPERT Bigwood Auctioneer Ron Darlington Believes Now Is the Perfect Time to Put Your Money in Bricks Rather Than Banks
Byline: Ron Darlington Investors hunting for bargains and looking for higher returns than current bank rates would do well to focus on investment properties, according to an auctioneer. Ron Darlington, joint head of auctions at Bigwood, said:...
Wolves Won't Underestimate Argyle, Insists McCarthy; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP in Association with WWW.Flybe.Com
Byline: LISA SMITH Mick McCarthy insists his high-flying Wolverhampton Wanderers side will not be taking this weekend's opponents Plymouth Argyle lightly despite the fact that some 20 league places divide the sides. The Pilgrims have only won...