The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from November 4, 2006

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Amicus Set to Sue over Wage Leaks
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor A trade union is threatening to take Birmingham City Council to court over the council employee paid pounds 91,000 a year who has been off sick for a year. Amicus accused the council of leaking inaccurate...
A Million Interested in BSkyB Broadband
Pay television company BSkyB said yesterday it had signed up 113,000 customers to its new broadband service but investment in the product meant pretax profits slipped 17 per cent. Revenues lifted 11 per cent to pounds 1.1 billion in the three months...
A Momentous Time in History Approaches; Today the National Trust Holds Its AGM in Cheltenham While at the Same Time in London There Is a Major Demonstration about Climate Change. Here Fiona Reynolds, Director General of the National Trust, Explains Why the Two Events Are Intrinsically Linked
Byline: Fiona Reynolds There are moments, rare but important moments in history, when you can almost hear society's great tectonic plates shifting and you know that things may never be quite the same again. In the last century, that must have...
ANTIQUES & COLLECTING: Step This Way for Vintage Style; the Best of Vintage Fashion and Textiles Will Come to Birmingham Next Week as the City Plays Host to an International Exhibition
Byline: By SALLY HOBAN If you're a lover of vintage fashion and accessories or are looking to invest in a design classic from the 20th century for your home then there is only one place in the Midlands to be next weekend. An exciting new antiques...
BA Profits Fall as Pounds 100m Cost Hits Home
British Airways yesterday conceded the terror scare in August hit it far harder than initially expected as profits fell more than a quarter. Europe's third largest airline said grounded flights and disruption at airports cost pounds 100 million...
Beach Volleyball: Chinese Turning Attention to the Beach in Search of Beijing Gold
Byline: By Graham Winbury Already a major force in traditional volleyball, China has now turned to the beach to boost its medal tally for the 2008 Beijing Games. While China has four women's volleyball medals from the last six Olympic Games,...
BNP Leader's Muslim Rant
British National Party leader Nick Griffin told a crowd that Islam was a "wicked, vicious faith" and Asian Muslims were turning Britain into a multiracial hell as they tried to conquer the country, a court heard yesterday. Griffin urged the gathering...
BOOK REVIEWS: New Chapter for Ronnie; Ronnie Corbett Has Written a Poignant Memoir of His Life with Sidekick Ronnie Barker
Byline: By HANNAH STEPHENSON It's more than a year since Ronnie Barker died, but everywhere his comedy partner and lifelong friend Ronnie Corbett looks, there are memories of him. His house near Croydon, he says, is full of Ronnie B. "There...
BOOK REVIEWS: This Chef Is One Hot Potato; Humble Pie, My Autobiography by Gordon Ramsay, Pounds 18.99, Harper Collins
Byline: Reviewed by Sarah Probert He is loud, rude and has reduced many a timid comi chef to tears. But inside Gordon Ramsay's tough exterior there is a sensitive, caring man just fighting to get out. This is what we are led to believe in...
Boxing: Arthur on a Mission in Title Defence
Alex Arthur believes an enforced spell out of the ring has made him more determined and physically ready to successfully defend his European super-featherweight title. Arthur faces Spaniard Sergio Palomo tonight almost seven months since his last...
Boys Are Back on the Buses
Byline: JOHN BRIGHT Veterans of the Birmingham business scene David Bucknall and Sir Digby Jones, now partners in crime at construction consultancy Bucknall Austin, felt like lost schoolchildren earlier this week. They emerged from matters of...
Brown Looks Poised to Take Power without a Challenge
Gordon Brown is unlikely to face a challenge to succeed Tony Blair when he steps down as Prime Minister, a Cabinet Minister acknowledged yesterday. Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain said it was now widely accepted within the Labour Party that...
Brum Is One of Greenest UK Areas
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor The Midland towns and cities most responsible for global warming have been identified by the Department for the Environment. Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire is one of the worst offenders - while...
Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks Join Sector Profits Boom
Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, the UK arm of National Australia Bank, unveiled an 8.3 per cent increase in full-year earnings, helped by stronger income from increased lending. CYB said pretax earnings to September 30 came in at pounds 326 million,...
COVER STORY: Burn the Lot - or Cherish Forever?
Richard McComb explains why he burnt his love letters Over a period of five years, my wife and I amassed a collection of several hundred love letters. The correspondence began days after our first steamy snog at a boozy university disco and terminated...
COVER STORY: Letters of Love and Despair; Kings, Conquerors and Tragic Lovers Have All Used Letters to Express Their Deepest Feelings. Here Are a Few of Them Romantic Missives from History's Famous Names
Letters penned by a woman to her sweetheart during the First World War were recently returned to their only daughter, 91 years after they were first sent. Retired teacher Patricia Mose-ley, aged 78, of Moseley, was amazed to receive the two letters...
Cricket: Arthur Believes Gayle Can Blow Away Any Team
Byline: Richard Gibson South Africa coach Mickey Arthur believes any side in the world can be blown away by Chris Gayle, writes Richard Gibson. The West Indies opening batsman has been the star of the Champions Trophy and ensured the holders'...
Cricket: Ashes Winners Snubbed in ICC Awards
Byline: By Richard Gibson in Mumbai England's Ashes legacy was recognised with a token award while Australia were lauded for their response to losing the coveted urn at the International Cricket Council's awards ceremony. Although England retained...
Cricket: Windies at Ease in Cup Frame - Lara; CRICKET: CHAMPIONS TROPHY
Byline: By Richard Gibson in Mumbai Brian Lara believes Champions Trophy holders West Indies would be comfortable to be tagged among the favourites for the World Cup. Although West Indies, who defend their crown against Australia at the Brabourne...
Danger Warning of Investing in Emerging Markets
Investors were this week warned of the dangers of ploughing into the latest hot investment sector after figures highlighted the volatility of emerging markets. They have topped the list of best-performing markets each year in the last decade, according...
DRIVE TIME: All-Singing Top of the Pops; A British-Built Engine Is Back in Britain's Best-Loved Little Car, Making the New Mini Even More of a Driver's Delight
Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON The second generation BMW Mini is here - on sale November 18 - the day original Mini creator Sir Alec Issigonis would have been 100. The latest model may look familiar but is totally re-worked. Every panel of the second...
Entwistle Video Is a New Direction for Fay
Byline: By Emma Pinch Fay Goodman, businesswoman, martial arts supremo, musician and author can now add another skillset to her CV - documentary-making. The former spokeswoman for the Federation of Small Businesses is celebrating the international...
Environmental Fever Means Business Opportunities
Byline: By Tim Hobden Special Correspondent Not so long ago the thought of investing in an eco-friendly business would have been enough to turn many investors a pale shade of green. The prospect of cutting emissions, lowering output and being...
False Rape Charge Woman Had Made Up Previous Accusation
A woman who told "a series of wicked lies" and falsely claimed her ex-husband raped her has been jailed for a year. Sally Henderson (40), from Woodmancote, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, claimed she was the subject of a string of sex attacks....
Fertility Clinic Is Voted Best in Britain
Byline: By Emma Brady Health Reporter A private fertility clinic in Birmingham has been voted the best in Britain by patients, in a new survey. BMI Priory Hospital, in Edgbaston, received an overall score of 98.4 per cent, beating its nearest...
Five per Cent Rate Warning
Byline: By Matt Fallon and John Duckers The service sector grew faster than expected and at its strongest in six months in October, a survey showed yesterday. And new business expanded at the sharpest rate in two years. Economists judged data...
Flybe Takes over as BA Ends Operation
Byline: By Steve Pain Deputy Business Editor Low cost airline Flybe is taking over struggling regional carrier BA Connect in a move which will see British Airways pull the plug on its operation at Birmingham International Airport - effectively ending...
FOOD & DRINK: The Region's Rich Pickings; Great Geese and Laid Back Pigs Are Just Some of the Fine Foods to Come from Our Region
Byline: By SARAH PROBERT With their squashed-up noses and pale appearance, the pigs of Huntsham Court Farm may not look their best. But, as the impressive client list will show, you should never judge a pig on first appearances. The taste...
Football: 1-0 to the Villa Has Familiar Sound; ODDS & EVENS
Byline: By Peter Sharkey Aston Villa's last two Premiership encounters against Blackburn at Villa Park have finished 1-0 in their favour and it would surprise few observers if tomorrow's duel ended in similar fashion. Betdirect rate the probability...
Football: Bedeau Anxious to Change Fortunes; COCA-COLA LEAGUE TWO
Byline: By Brian Dick Tony Bedeau's desperation to be in the Walsall starting line-up will never be more acute than this afternoon when the Saddlers face his old team, Torquay United, at Bescot Stadium. The striker, who was manager Richard Money's...
Football: Chapple Inspires O'Connor; FA TROPHY by COLIN STONER
Ask Joe O'Connor to name his most influential managers from a 20-year career and the new Rushall Olympic boss suggests three men who made history-making impacts at their clubs. But when it comes to the FA Trophy there is only one he would love to follow....
Football Club Bosses Escape Jail Terms
Boston United Football Club's manager and former chairman escaped jail yesterday after cheating the taxman out of hundreds of thousands of pounds to "prop up" their ailing club. Steve Evans (43), who wept with relief when told he was free to leave,...
Football: Cooper Keeping Derby Tie on Back Burner in Pursuit of Vital Points; NON-LEAGUE NATIONWIDE CONFERENCE
Mark Cooper will quickly find the antidote for any FA Cup fever by warning Tamworth that today's league game at Southport is far more significant. The Cup draw has paired the Lambs with neighbours Burton Albion in a mouthwatering all-Conference...
Football: Farrell's Lofty Ambitions Fuelled by Cousin's Lead; NON-LEAGUE FA TROPHY
Solihull Borough prospect Aaron Farrell need only pick up the phone and dial his cousin's number for confirmation that football dreams still come true. This time last year, Aaron Brown was a part-timer playing for Tamworth but a spotlight-grabbing...
Football: Faulkner Aiming to Bounce Back as Ashby Seeks Edge; NON-LEAGUE NATIONWIDE NORTH
Bob Faulkner says Moor Green need to build on the positives and forget their FA Cup heartache when they meet Nuneaton Borough at Damson Park today. The Moors were left distraught when an injury-time goal snatched a win for Morecambe in last week's...
Football: Hayward Due Share of Trophy Fortune; FA TROPHY by COLIN STONER
D ave H ay ward needs little time to ponder his favourite FA Trophy moments. There haven't been any. But it's just as well that there is plenty of inspiration from across the Halesowen Town dressing-room. While Hayward notes down May on his calendar...
Football: Hendrie Keen to Make His Point on TV
Lee Hendrie will be into the second month of his loan at Stoke City when he runs into familiar Midland opposition in the form of Coventry City at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night, writes Ged Scott. But he will be taking the chance to perform...
Football: Johnson Ruling Stuns Bruce
Byline: By Brian Dick Tony Mowbray's attempt to consign the Battle of Broken Jaw to football's history books failed yesterday when Steve Bruce claimed the challenge that left Damien Johnson eating through a straw was worse than the infamous Ben...
Football: Malvern Going on Road in Bid to Find Right Direction; NON-LEAGUE BGB MIDLANDS
Home Sweet Home has been anything but for Malvern Town this season but they aim to get their form back on the right road today. The Worcestershire side, who have yet to win at their Langland Stadium since their promotion to the Southern League,...
Football: McCann Gives Villa Edge for His 200th Start; BARCLAYS PREMIERSHIP ASTON VILLA V BLACKBURN ROVERS
When it was pointed out to Martin O'Neill that his Aston Villa team would be up against the dirtiest team in the Premiership tomorrow afternoon, he reacted with impressively diplomatic impartiality, suggesting that "he's not too crazy" about statistics....
Football: Moore Torture Ahead; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP DERBY COUNTY V WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Byline: By Ged Scott Let's face it, what did West Bromwich Albion really expect when they chose to appoint their new manager on Friday the 13th, but it's been a bit of a scary week for Baggies fans. First up was last Saturday's High Noon nightmare...
Football: O'Neill's Belief Reaps Rewards; BARCLAYS PREMIERSHIP ASTON VILLA V BLACKBURN ROVERS
Byline: By Ged Scott This time last season young rookie Liam Ridgewell was a regular in the centre of Aston Villa's defence simply because David O'Leary had nobody else to pick. But playing in a struggling side can have a therapeutic effect....
Football: Owen Remains on Right Road; FA TROPHY by COLIN STONER
It's an irony not lost on Mark Owen that having decided to play more local football to cut down his travelling he is spending more time on the road than a longdistance lorry driver. Owen has been one of the Midlands top marksmen in recent years...
Football: Sadler Pays Back Bruce; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP PLYMOUTH ARGYLE V BIRMINGHAM CITY
Byline: By Ged Scott It is Steve Bruce's fate that when something goes wrong at Birmingham City it goes very wrong, yet it also seems that now things having taken a turn for the better there is no problem for which there is not a solution. The...
Football: 'Safe' Warnock Thinks Sack Race Should Be Called Off
Clubs should not be so quick to sack managers who do not produce instant success, according to Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock. The Blades chief, who is a month away from seven years' service at Bramall Lane, takes his side to Newcastle today....
Football: Slater Still Hoping for Shot at Big Time; FA TROPHY by COLIN STONER
Blackpool is hardly the most glamorous destination for spending the summer. But for Chasetown defender Chris Slater the seaside resort famous for is Kiss-Me-Kwik hats and fish and chips on the prom convinced him that nothing will ever better the...
Football: Sutton Likely to Make First Start for Villa
Byline: By Ged Scott Everything points to Chris Sutton making his first Aston Villa start tomorrow afternoon against Blackburn Rovers, the team with whom he won his one Premiership winner's medal in 1995. Having replaced the hapless Milan Baros...
Football: Wilson Spot on with Diversion; BOOK REVIEW
Byline: Peter Sharkey Googlies, Nutmegs and Bogeys By Bob Wilson Icon Books 4sportsbooks.co.uk price: pounds 5.99, saving 40 per cent on rrp You may imagine that the publishing world would pride itself on its originality' of all Britain's industries,...
Football: Wolves Go in Search of Fish; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP: WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS V SOUTHEND UNITED
Byline: By Ged Scott Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy welcomes the Championship's bottom club, Southend United, to Molineux today knowing that he needs a result. The Black Country derby defeat against West Bromwich Albion a fortnight...
Former Iranian Premier's Speech
Former president of Iran Mohammad Khatami yesterday urged British Muslims to integrate into society while retaining a sense of identity. Addressing a meeting organised by the Muslim Council of Britain in Whitechapel, east London, Mr Khatami said...
Golf: Scott Benefits from Calm of East Lake
Byline: By Gary Love in Atlanta Australia's Adam Scott, taking advantage of calmer conditions at East Lake Golf Club, moved two strokes clear midway through the Tour Championship second round here yesterday. The world No 4 four, who carded a...
Hockey: Tough Double for Sutton
Byline: By Paul Raymer Another double bill will be a big test for Sutton Coldfield who, for the second consecutive week, meet their local rivals Olton - this time in the third round of the Women's Cup at home tomorrow (noon). Last Sunday, Olton...
Horse Racing: McLaughlin Primed for a Shock
Byline: By Stable Boy Kieran McLaughlin believes his Breeders' Cup Classic chance Invasor can turn over hot-favourite Bernardini at Churchill Downs, Kentucky, tonight. The four-year-old is expected to go to post as second favourite - with Stan...
Hotel Chains Scramble for a Piece of the Action in Emerging Economies
Global hotel chains are increasingly targeting booming emerging economies for expansion, with India and China set to become major battlefields for future growth, accountancy Price Water-house Coopers said in a report. "As emerging markets turn into...
In Brief
AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Britain is favourite to be the first country to stage a competitive NFL game outside the American continent, with the new Wembley the likely venue. Last month saw the NFL's 32 team owners vote to play two regular-season games...
Inexorable March of the Ethical Investment
Byline: TREVOR LAW Ethical investing can no longer be seen as the preserve of long-haired hippies who knit their own muesli. The total invested in ethical funds in the UK is now nearly pounds 5 billion, up from only pounds 1 billion ten years...
Insolvency Rates Rise to Record High
Byline: By John Revill Business Staff Rampant overspending, easier access to credit and aggressive marketing from "IVA pushers" have led to a record number of people going insolvent during the summer. The headline figure of 27,644 individual...
Iraq Leaders Prepare for Saddam Verdict Backlash
Iraq's defence minister yesterday cancelled leave for all army officers, apparently fearing violence after tomorrow's expected announcement of a verdict in the trial of former leader Saddam Hussein. Defence Minister Abdul-Qader al-Obeidi was heard...
Iraq: True Price of Freedom
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi Education Correspondent Sanctions against Iraq, the subsequent military conflict and the turmoil of its aftermath have cost the country up to 40 per cent of its national income, according to a Midland academic. Dr Colin...
Kitchens and TVs in Demand at John Lewis
The John Lewis Partnership yesterday said it was in good shape for the runup to Christmas after a "stunning" week of business during half term. Sales at its 26 department stores, which include an outlet in Solihull, were up 15.8 per cent in the...
Letter: Climate Change - Getting the Point Home
Byline: VICTORIA SHEEN Dear Editor, As an attendee of the West Midlands Regional Assembly Conference held in Lichfield, I would like to respond to the claim that the event was a complete waste of public money (Climate change conference waste of...
Letter: Counting the Cost of Reorganisation
Dear Editor, I have worked in Fire Control, which is based above Central Fire Station in Lancaster Circus, for eight years. We are responsible for taking the 999 emergency calls and moving fire appliances around to make sure there is adequate fire...
LOCAL HISTORY: And So to Bed, for Another Winter
National Trust staff at Baddesley Clinton will be revealing housekeeping secrets and top tips for cleaning in behind-the-scenes talks. Each winter, the moated manor house near Solihull is "put to bed" for essential cleaning and conservation work....
LOCAL HISTORY: Signs of the Baskerville; This Year Marks the 300th Anniversary of One of Europe's Greatest Printers, Birmingham's Own John Baskerville
Byline: By CHRIS UPTON Paradise Lost, The Book of Common Prayer, The Complete Works of Horace, The Bible, The Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus. Out of Birmingham in the 1750s and 1760s came forth a series of volumes, as famously described by...
Market Gives Harsh Verdict on Carroll
Byline: By Karen Attwood Special Correspondent The appointment of the first female chief executive to head a leading mining company was greeted by surprise in the City last week and has brought into focus the distinct lack of women in top jobs....
Marks & Spencer Results Are Expected to Confirm Group's Revival
The recovery of Marks & Spencer is expected to continue next week when the high street giant publishes its results for the first half of the year. M&S is expected to post a massive rise in pretax profits from pounds 308.2 million in the...
Murdered Boxer's Nephew Arrested
A 20-year-old nephew of former heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick and another man have been charged with beating him to death. Harold Berbick, who had been involved in a land dispute with his uncle, allegedly killed him as part of the long-running...
Murder Suspect Dies of Burns
A husband who killed his wife and four daughters by setting their home alight died yesterday from burns. Detectives believe Mohammed Riaz,49, locked and bolted doors, poured fuel and lit several fires, while his family were asleep early on Wednesday....
Museum Visitor Numbers Soaring
A pounds 24 million investment to transform West Midlands museums into a regional centre of excellence has been hailed a major success. The initiative, part of Renaissance in the Regions, has led to a five-fold increase in children taking part in...
No Drifting for Doctor at Sea; Joanna Geary Talks to Nigel Roberts, Former Chief Medical Officer on the QE2, Whose Latest Project Is a Set of Luxury Apartments in Barbados
Byline: Joanna Geary If anyone was going to play Dr Nigel Roberts in a TV series, it would be actor Nick Berry. Nigel is sure of this, because it very nearly happened. Nick was due to take up the starring role as Nigel - chief medical officer...
Olympian Raid on Lottery Is Nothing Short of Scandalous; BUSINESS OF SPORT Peter Sharkey Was Sceptical about the Cost of 2012 Even before the Bid Was Won - Is He Being Proved Right?
Byline: Peter Sharkey For years, if not centuries, politicians of every persuasion have been hailed as accomplished dissemblers, saying one thing in public, but actually meaning the complete reverse. Take the 2012 Olympic Games in London, now...
Outrage as Head Gets Old Job Back
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi Education Correspondent Pressure mounted yesterday on a Birmingham school that re-employed a head sacked this year for allegedly forging a signature to win a pay rise. A number of parents have contacted Birmingham City...
PERSONAL FINANCE: Competition Brings Benefit for the Motorist in Spite of Premium Fears
Consumers will continue to benefit from fierce competition in the car insurance market, despite fears of a widespread hike in premiums, it was claimed this week. Financial research company Defaqto said drivers would still be able to find competitive...
PERSONAL FINANCE: IHT Scheme for Wealthy to Be Given Wider Appeal
Byline: By John Cranage Personal Finance Editor An inheritance tax planning scheme developed to help wealthy individuals to keep the bulk of their assets out of the chancellor's hands after death, is being made available to a wider public. Specialists...
PERSONAL FINANCE: PPI Goose Lays Pounds 5.5bn Golden Egg
Byline: By Jeremy Gates Special Correspondent While Britain has gorged itself on credit in recent years, banks and building societies have built a lucrative new business - selling payment protection insurance (PPI) to enable borrowers to keep up...
Poker: Laboratory for Learning Basics of Trading
Byline: By Peter Sharkey Attending a job interview is a genuinely stressful time, ostensibly because there can be so much at stake and plenty to think about. This can range from the mundane (is my tie straight, is my hair combed?) to the more pertinent:...
Poker: Three Points Key If Wolves Are Real Deal; SPREAD BETTING
If Wolverhampton Wanderers are going to halt their slide down the Championship table then a visit from the division's basement boys Southend United could be just perfect - or it could be the afternoon when the alarm bells really do sound around Molineux....
Prison for 'Ruthless' Sex Gang
Byline: By Melvyn Howe Six members of a "ruthless" multimillion-pound Chinese brothel gang, including two from the West Midlands, who smuggled scores of vice girls into Britain, have been jailed. Women were recruited in Malaysia and then effectively...
Queen of Marquees Takes Top Accolade
Byline: John Revill The managing director of a company supplying marquees to the National Exhibition Centre has been crowned Black Country Business Woman of the Year, writes John Revill. Sara Murphy of Macey and Bond was among eight women honoured...
Rugby Union: All-Action Wilkinson Proves Return to Fitness in Fine Style; LAST NIGHT IN THE PREMIERSHIP
Newcastle 26 Bristol 21 World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson made a successful comeback after two months out. Wilkinson had a hand in just about everything, starting with Mathew Tait's eighth-minute try when he was in the move twice and then dropped...
Rugby Union: Andrew Confident England Can Get Back on Course
Rob Andrew insists there is still time for England to claw back the ground surrendered to their rivals since their World Cup triumph - with victory tomorrow over "pretenders" to the throne New Zealand starting the healing process. England's post-2003...
Rugby Union: Bees Plotting Plan to Counter Leading Try-Scorer Forster
Byline: By Brian Dick Rugby Correspondent Steve Williams' Pertemps Bees must find a way of stopping the league's leading scorer today when they take on Doncaster at Sharmans Cross Road. Jason Forster has crossed the opponents' line on 11 occasions...
Rugby Union: Belief Is the Key to Nightmare November
Byline: By Brian Dick Rugby Correspondent Moseley's Nightmare November starts this afternoon when they go to Exeter's Sandy Park for the first time, writes Brian Dick. In normal circumstances a trip to south Devon would rank as one of the toughest...
Rugby Union: England Hopeful Back in Running; PREMIERSHIP PREVIEW
Gloucester boss Dean Ryan has welcomed the return of "mesmerising talent" James Simpson-Daniel for today's Guinness Premiership clash against Saracens at Kingsholm. Simpson-Daniel makes his first appearance of the campaign after recovering from...
Rugby Union: ENGLAND V NEW ZEALAND - THE KEY BATTLES; ANTHONY ALLEN (England) V AARON MAUGER (New Zealand)
England have wasted little time throwing 20-year-old former Millfield School pupil Allen into Test rugby, having made less than 25 Premiership starts for his club Gloucester. He has already shone, though, against such revered opposition as Brian...
Rugby Union: Form Team Blackheath to Determine Stour's Season
Byline: Brian Dick Whither Stourbridge's season? We'll know the answer to that question this evening after they have taken on the form side in National Two, Blackheath, writes Brian Dick. At least that's the significance being attached to today's...
Rugby Union: Larrechea Lights Up Dour Night with 15 Points; LAST NIGHT IN THE PREMIERSHIP
Sale Sharks 18 Wasps 9 Daniel Larrechea claimed a 15-point haul with the boot as Sale edged a fierce encounter at Edgeley Park. The Frenchman bossed the game superbly from fly-half and kept his composure to land four penalties and a drop goal....
Rugby Union: Life's No Longer Black and White for Hodgson; Frank Malley Says England's No 10 Has Come out of the Mental Shadows at Last
Byline: Frank Malley Charlie Hodgson used to worry for England. Not any more. England's fly-half is determined to embrace life in the white shirt with the red rose motif rather than be troubled by the dark thoughts which have compromised his...
Rugby Union: Quinnell Keeps It in the Family; GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP
Byline: By Brian Dick Rugby Correspondent The evolution of Gavin Quinnell from boyhood golfer into Premiership rugby player continues when he travels with the rest of the Worcester squad to Welford Road this afternoon. Since arriving at Sixways...
Rugby Union: Sparkling Perry Enjoys Heady Rise to the Top; Brian Dick, Rugby Correspondent, on a Black Country Boy about to Get His Biggest Day Out
Byline: Brian Dick According to Gordon Bannatyne, Dudley Kingswinford's former director of rugby, Shaun Perry's opening training session with the DK first team ended with the cocky 17-year-old calling the shots. All Perry remembers, however, is...
Rugby Union: Wallabies Won't Be Giving Welsh Threat Williams Enough Rope
Even with former Wales coach Scott Johnson providing inside information, Australia have had to devise some special measures to stop Shane Williams in this afternoon's clash at the Millennium Stadium. Johnson was in the red dragon camp last November...
Runway Success from UK Routes
Byline: Steve Pain Flybe is already one of Europe's largest and fastest growing low fare airlines, writes Steve Pain. Its growth makes it one of the most successful regional airlines in Europe. Flybe employs 1,800 and has 37 aircraft serving...
RURAL LIVING: Get Your Skates on for the Catch of the Day; Landlocked Fish-Lovers Can Now Enjoy the Catch of the Day Thanks to a Speedy New Delivery Service
Byline: By RICHARD McCOMB A future devoid of skate and scallops loomed large when Fiona Asson's local fish supplier shut up shop. Undeterred, Fiona decided to cast her net and launched her own fish delivery service from the unlikely setting of...
SATURDAY INTERVIEW: Back in the Old Days When Bliss Was Being 10 Years Old; It's Neither Sensational nor Gory, but Griff Rhys Jones Thinks His New Book Will Strike a Chord with the Boy in Many a Middle-Aged Man
Byline: By ALISON JONES Griff Rhys Jones has unexpectedly found himself to be the guardian of Britain's history as the host of Restoration, seeking out past architectural glories and bringing them back to life. And he adopts the same approach...
Table Tennis: I Want a Seat at Top Table; Colin Stoner on the Birmingham Teenager Who Is Rising Up the Table Tennis Rankings
Byline: Colin Stoner Birmingham teenager Navinder Matharu reckons he is playing the best table tennis of his career. Which is just as well because today, he faces the player who has made the Butterfly Grand Prix events his own property in the last...
The BIRMINGHAM POST: Pitfalls of Credit
The credit industry is there to help, but they are not your friend. This should be taken into account when they deluge you with the latest offers, credit cards and loans. They are after all a business, there to make money, and consumers should...
The BIRMINGHAM POST: School Clusters Will Ensure a Good Ethnic Mix
The debate over whether schools help or hinder efforts to create a more integrated society has been fuelled by plans to increase the number of faith schools. The Government is to encourage churches or other religious groups to manage schools, and...
THE GARDEN: A Little TLC and You Will Reap the Rewards; Make a Some Effort Now to Enjoy the Benefits Next Year with Stunning Plants in Your Garden
Byline: By HANNAH STEPHENSON Winter may almost be here, but the garden can still be interesting as bold and subtle leaf variegations, shining berries and colourful, textured bark come into their own. But some plants will need a little TLC to...
The Garden: Garden Cuttings
BASKET COURSE Learn the basics of weaving and design at Ryton Organic Gardens next Saturday. Sally Smith is holding a masterclass in how to create the perfect basket frame using willow and colourful garden prunings on Saturday, November 18 at...
THE GARDEN: Prepare Now for Next Summer's Display
Byline: COLIN HAMBIDGE Now that the display produced by summer flowering bulbs, tubers and corms has well and truly finished, it is time to consider how best to keep them through the autumn and winter months before they spring back into life again...