The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from January 31, 2013

1,000 University Staff Set to Strike over Forced Redundancies
Nearly 1,000 staff at a top Birmingham university are poised for strike action in a bitter row over "forced" redundancies. University and College Union members at the University of Birmingham branch could walk out next month amid claims of "aggressive"...
130 Apartments on Way
The latest phase of Crest Nicholson's Park Central development is well under way and scheduled for completion this autumn. Named Central Plaza, it will deliver 132 new one and two bedroom apartments in two residential buildings sitting over a 139-space...
2013 Is Year of Expansion for Manufacturing Group
Byline: JONGRIFFIN Business Staff A Midland-based manufacturing collaboration has launched a major expansion drive which aims to secure PS7.5 million of new work and create in excess of 150 jobs. The Midlands Assembly Network (MAN) - a nine-strong...
450 Schools Have Reserves of PS90 Million
Byline: NEILELKES Local GOVERNMENT Correspondent Birmingham's 450 schools are sitting on cash reserves totalling more than PS90 million, sparking an inquiry by the city's education watchdog. The council's education scrutiny committee wants to...
Alp Yourself to Some Quality Family Time; Ian Harris Discovers the Delights of a Little Known Ski Resort in the Heart of the French Alps
Byline: Ian Harris Where? Never heard of it, well that was my reaction as well when I was asked to review a ski resort in the French Alps called Les Karellis. This little known gem seems to have slipped under the radar for quite a while and is...
Alzheimer's Test Could Have Future after PS3.5m Deal
Byline: GRAEMEBROWN graeme.brown@birminghampost.net Groundbreaking research in Birmingham that could revolutionise the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease has been saved after a PS3.5 million funding deal. Medical sciences firm Cytox - which is...
A'pursuit of Happiness' That Transcends the Years; This Week Marks the 200th Anniversary of the Publication of What Is Perhaps Jane Austen's Most Loved Novel, Pride and Prejudice. Professor Karen O'Brien, Austen Expert Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, Explains Why Its Appeal Has Spanned Two Centuries - and Is Still Growing
Byline: Karen O'Brien Pride and Prejudice is read and enjoyed all over the world, and I think it always will be. Not for the obvious reason that it is an absorbing love story with an intelligent, witty, admirable heroine with whom we all want...
A Round-Up of News from the Region's Commercial Property Sector in the Past Week
Birmingham property agents welcome new director A Birmingham property sales and letting company has promoted one of its staff to associate director. Irma Iantosca worked in FleetMilne Property's lettings team for three years before her new appointment....
A Round-Up of the Week's News from the Region's Finance Sector
Instant advice Catalyst Corporate Finance has advised the management and shareholders of Instant on the growth capital investment made by MML. Instant sources flexible office solutions for companies all over the world, providing a range of solutions...
A Round-Up of the Week's News in the Region's Legal Sector
Three law firms to merge Three Coventry law firms are to merge to form a large new legal practice. Band Hatton, Button Legal and Varley Hibbs have signed an agreement which will see them become one firm from the start of April. The new firm -...
A Sea Change to One Teenage Girl's Life; Children's Book
Smuggler's Kiss Marie-Louise Jensen (Oxford University Press, PS6.99) When Isabelle walks into the sea with the express intention of drowning herself, she never imagined what would happen next and how her life would change. She is running away,...
Bad Weather Doesn't Stop the House-Hunters; the Recent Bad Weather May Have Slowed Down House Selling but It Isn't Frozen. Anona Van Lawick from Strutt & Parker Advises How to Make the Best of the Snow and Ice. PROPERTYEXPERT
Byline: Anona van Lawick The recent snowfall across the UK and plunging temperatures have brought with it closures to schools and workplaces as well as travel mayhem. However, vendors should not be too negative as those wishing to buy haven't stopped...
BBC Must Accept That It Needs City; COMMENT
Birmingham may be the home of some of the BBC's greatest achievements - The Archers - but it's enjoyed an unhappy relationship with the broadcaster in recent years. The BBC's decision to move its headquarters to Salford was a blow to Birmingham,...
BBC 'Pledge' to Invest in Region after Recent Cuts 1
Byline: JONATHANWALKER Political Correspondent The acting director general of the BBC has pledged to develop a plan for investing in Birmingham and the West Midlands, according to MPs who met him this week. The delegation pledged to bring together...
Big Move to the Region for Agency
Award-winning Leicester-based creative agency, Big, has announced plans to expand its operations by opening a new full-service office in the West Midlands. The agency moved into office premises in Birmingham on January 2, with the new team being...
Booze Battle Washington Is Intoxicating; Graham Young Reviews the Latest Films
Byline: Graham Young Flight Cert 15, 138 mins The genius of Denzel Washington is that he could probably mow down a dozen pensioners on the silver screen - and you'd still feel more sorry for him than the victims. In new movie Flight, he's an...
Borrowing That Cuts out Banks; High Street Banks Are Falling out of Favour as Savers and Borrowers Struggle to Find a Good Deal. but a New Trend of Peer-to-Peer Lending May Offer a Glimpse of the Future of Banking, Says Kathryn Gaw
Byline: Kathryn Gaw This week marks the fourth anniversary of the Great British recession (the first one, that is), and things are not looking great. A triple-dip recession is still a possibility, and in the meantime, austerity measures, rising...
CBSO/Nelsons Conducts Tchaikovsky Symphony Hall [...]
CBSO/Nelsons Conducts Tchaikovsky Symphony Hall In many concerto performances, soloist and conductor are like ships that pass in the night, dutifully undertaking the task in hand, pocketing the money, and then moving on. But certainly not last week,...
City Ballroom Jazzed Up for Grand Drama; A Major New TV Drama Has Taken an Iconic Birmingham Location Back to the 1930s, Discovers Roz Laws
Byline: Roz Laws t's hard to believe that this ornate room stands in the middle of building site. ISurrounding this splendour is rubble and scaffolding, but the magic of television has transformed the ballroom in Birmingham's Grand Hotel into...
City Chef's on Top of the World at 'Food Olympics'
Byline: RICHARDMCCOMB Food Critic, in Lyon Birmingham can boast of having the world's best young chef after achieving stunning success in the culinary equivalent of the Olympics. Kristian Curtis, of Michelin-starred Simpsons in Edgbaston, was...
City to Lead the Way in Hydrogen Car Experiment
Byline: ENDAMULLEN enda.mullen@birminghampost.net The city is blazing a trail for the development of the hydrogenpowered cars of tomorrow - thanks to pioneering research at the University of Birmingham. The university's Centre for Hydrogen and...
Civil Servants 'Biased' over West Coast Line Tender
Civil servants overseeing the West Coast Main Line franchise may have been biased against Virgin Trains, a Commons inquiry has concluded. MPs demanded a fresh inquiry into the botched contest to decide which firm would run inter-city services to...
Clark Laments Problems of Deadline Day Limbo
Byline: COLINTATTUM indow pain for Birmingham City? WBy 11pm this evening (Thursday) we will know for certain. Peter Pannu's statement that 'no one is for sale but everyone is available' in December spread fear. Players have to be sold to...
Coming Up
Rock legends The Who will be performing their iconic 1973 double album Quadrophenia in its entirety, along with a selection of Who classics at LG Arena. The band's Birmingham appearance follows an acclaimed tour of America where Rolling Stone noted...
Comments From
Council hit with PS800k bill in late accounts debacle Council staff have stated repeatedly that the one thing hindering them in their work is their incompetent management or senior management. The problem is, who do the MPs go to, to ask who should...
Commons Row over City Charge on Jobless
Plans to make Birmingham's unemployed residents pay a share of council tax are a deliberate attempt "to tax the poor in order to blame the Government and for party political gain", an MP has claimed. But Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming (Birmingham...
Concert Venues Put on a Good Show as Sales Soar
Byline: JONGRIFFIN Business Staff Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall have blown away the midwinter blues - with an impressive surge in ticket sales. Both city centre venues reported a 'substantial increase' in ticket sales and income for...
Cosy Chalet Hotel's a Great Base in the Alps; A Hotel Chalet Is an Excellent Place for a Family, Writes Justine Halifax
Byline: Justine Halifax Two words proved a revelation to my young family on a recent skiing holiday to the breathtaking Swiss Alps. And it came as the result of our inaugural experience of staying in a "chalet hotel" with Inghams. Although...
Denzel Lets It All Hang out in Oscar-Nominated Role; Interview: Denzel Washington
Flight starts with a phone ringing, disturbing a man who is fast asleep. Waking up with a jolt, his clothes strewn on a chair with an equally nude woman beside him, he answers the phone before reaching for the vodka and a line of cocaine. Minutes...
Disused City Stations Could Reopen with HS2 Scheme; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: JONATHANWALKER Political Editor Closed and neglected urban rail stations in Birmingham could be transformed under proposals being drawn up by Midland councils and business leaders. The Birmingham Post can reveal that a detailed list of...
Encouraging Relaunch That Goes in the Right Direction; DINING OUT PURNELL'S BISTRO 11, Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 3NY. Telephone: 0121 200 1588 VERDICT: 7/10 WITH RICHARD MCCOMB
Byline: WITH RICHARD MCCOMB Sitting in a restaurant, looking at limp plates of food and wishing you were at another place just down the road rates as one of the worst things in the world. Obviously, it is not the worst thing. That's probably...
Every Dog Has His Day - It Just Takes a Bit of Time
Byline: RICHARDMCCOMB It doesn't seem to matter if they have two legs, four legs, loads of legs or no legs at all. Britain's native animals always tend to get a kicking in health checks. The latest species to face a dim, dodolike future is the...
False Reasoning Behind 'Need' for HS2; Viewpoint
Dear Editor, The tiny North Warwickshire village in which I live, is adjacent to the route of HS2. The line sweeps past us, missing us by 100 yards or so. Not close enough to place villagers into any compensation category - but close enough to blight...
Final Chance for Football to Get Its House in Order
Byline: PETERSHARKEY There was a time when a politician's opinion was considered valuable, a useful addition to national debate, or wise counsel offered magnanimously without the accompanying need to score political points or pursue some form of...
Finally, an Answer to the Poser'what Makes a Brummie?'
Byline: NEILELKES Local Government Correspondent Council leaders have agreed to implement a string of recommendations aimed at bringing Birmingham's communities closer together. Plans for a Birmingham history week and a focus on neighbourhoods...
Finding Right Balance on Human Rights
Byline: MARYKAYE Human rights appear to have got a lot of bad press recently. The words are bandied about whenever a personal right becomes an issue. Therein lies the problem. We have begun to confuse individual rights with the rights of humanity....
Fine Detached Full of Character; This Traditional 1930s Residence Has Exposed Oak Strip Floors, Splendid Fireplaces and Impressive Gardens, Writes Alison Jones
Byline: Alison Jones There are a number of character features that stand out in this handsome looking four-bedroom house in Elvetham Road, Edgbaston. There are exposed oak strip ?oors to a number of rooms and splendid ?replaces in the two reception...
First Impressions Don't Always Tell the Full Story; It's What Lies Behind That Provides the Real Surprise at This Spacious House, Writes Alison Jones
Wyverne in Astley Burf is a house with hidden secrets. From the front it is a spacious looking contemporary property. However, inside and at the back it has some surprisingly charming features. The south-facing back garden is a particular...
Ford Must Regret Selling Us - Land Rover Director
Byline: JONGRIFFIN Business Staff Ford 'secretly' regrets offloading Jaguar Land Rover after watching the Midlands' biggest manufacturer enjoy unparalleled growth in the last three years, a senior official claimed. Alan Volkaerts, plant operations...
Foxes Test Will Be Good for Wolves - Saunders
Byline: BILLHOWELL Dean Saunders says tonight's (Thursday) trip to in-form Leicester City is the perfect test for his struggling Wolves team. The Foxes have the scent of promotion in their nostrils whereas manager Saunders admits his side are...
Gary Looking to Keep Women Streets Ahead
Such is the strength of England women's rugby that head coach Gary Street has been able to split his forces ahead of the Six Nations. The tournament starts this weekend as England take on Scotland at Esher on Saturday, a match for which the Birmingham-born...
'Gold' Service for Those Relocating
A new 'gold standard' of estate agents is being established across Great Britain which includes local agent Andrew Grant among its ranks. The Relocation Agent Network was of?cially launched yesterday with a fundraising drive for the Make-A-Wish...
Honest and Refreshing; BOOKREVIEW
Shot and a Ghost: A year in the brutal world of professional squash - James Willstrop It's no surprise that virtually all sporting autobiographies are ghostwritten. Why wouldn't they be? Sportsmen and women are usually busy enough without having...
House Plan for Ex-Hospital Site; A Round-Up of the Most Popular Stories from Birminghampost.net in the Past Week
Up to 650 new homes will be built on the former Selly Oak Hospital site in Birmingham despite fears of increased pressure on school places and local roads. City councillors have ruled that the University Hospitals Trust can develop the 17 hectare...
How a Cash Converters Saw the Beginning of Beatlemania
Byline: BENHURST ben.hurst@birminghampost.net It was a time when Beatlemania was just dawning - and the four, who were already fab, played a small Birmingham ballroom. The concert at The Ritz, in Kings Heath, had been booked before the group...
How a Midland Abbey Set the Scene for Austen Classics
In Persuasion: The Midlands claims a close association with Jane Austen through an abbey which was founded by Cistercian monks in 1154. Stoneleigh Abbey played host to the author in 1806 when she, along with her mother and sister, visited. They...
How Big Earners Will Be Hit by Pension Tax Relief Changes
Byline: TREVORLAW The recently announced changes to pension tax relief will impact most on the country's high earners. From April 6, 2014, the lifetime allowance will reduce to PS1.25 million and the annual allowance will fall by PS10,000 to...
Iconic Tolkien Folly Sold for Just PS1
Iconic Perrott's Folly tower in Birmingham, said to have inspired JRR Tolkien in writing the Lord of the Rings, has been sold for just PS1. A charity for the homeless has snapped up the seven-storey building overlooking Edgbaston Reservoir. It plans...
Jazz Diary
It's a jam-packed programme over the next couple of days with visitors from near and far, and a few rare treats to be had. Tomorrow's Jazzlines Free session at Symphony Hall's cafe bar is an overly generous one, a band that we really all should...
Jet-Lag Not a Problem for Busy Bears - Jim
Byline: BRIANHALFORD Jim Troughton believes that Warwickshire's busy pre-season schedule - more than three weeks in Barbados and the United Arab Emirates with just one night at Birmingham in between - will have not have an adverse effect when they...
JLR's Lesson in How to Invest, Grow and Succeed
Byline: JONGRIFFIN There's doom, there's gloom... and then there's Jaguar Land Rover. A blatant over-simplification of the state of the economy perhaps, but the story and lessons of the extraordinary rise of our biggest regional manufacturer...
Let the Little Fish Have a Bite of Council Contracts
Byline: JOHNCLANCY It's time for local authorities to dump the big fish - quasi-private, outsourcing multinationals like Capita, Serco, G4S, Amey and VT. Instead, consortia of Small and Medium Sized Businesses (SMEs) from the local authority's area...
Lots of Noise, Little Power
Byline: NEILELKES The mysterious case of the Hare and Hounds should dispel any illusion that the planning system is a barrier to development. A planning application for a flat, suspended above a narrow passageway off Kings Heath High Street,...
'Luxury'apartments Scheme for Birmingham Students
A PS48 million 'luxury' student apartment scheme could be built in Birmingham this year. A development of more than 747 student flats on Vesey Street near Aston University is part of a PS240 million project to build five schemes nationally this...
Mountain of Excitement on the Slopes; with Views to Die for, Paul Suart Is Reminded to Keep Safety in Mind When Snowboarding
Byline: Paul Suart Snow capped mountains stretched out across the vast horizon below me from the upper reaches of Austria's SkiWelt resort. It was a breathtaking view most skiers and snowboarders would die for. Yet, adopting the most severe...
Movies on Release
Also out this week Cirque De Soleil: Worlds Away 3D (PG) Film adaptation of the live spectacular. Combining acrobatics, puppetry, dance, music, lights and special effects, the fantasy storyline sees a young lady captivated by travelling circus star,...
'MyPlace'centre Sheds New Light on Inner City Youth
A new youth centre designed by a firm of Birmingham architects for PS5 million has opened its doors in Aston. MyPlace, which overlooks Six Ways island, is built to cater for 13 to 19-yearolds in Aston, Lozells and Newtown and was conceived by Associated...
New Route 'Threatens' National Forest in North Midlands; Environment Reporter Mary Griffin Investigates What Impact the Line Could Have on the Countryside North of Birmingham
Birmingham Airport's chief executive has hailed it as a "game changing opportunity" for the city. The head of Midlands public transport authority Centro reckons it will provide a "real economic boost" while Network Rail's chief executive says it's...
No Need for O'Driscoll to Turn over New Leaf - Maggs
Byline: BRIANDICK Kevin Maggs believes his old midfield partner Brian O'Driscoll will continue to put his body on the line for Ireland. The Moseley head coach won more than 40 of his 70 Irish caps as O'Driscoll's centre partner and remains a...
On Course to Discover a Stunning Residence; A View across a Racecourse Is Just One of the Impressive Features of This Stylish Home, Writes Alison Jones
Byline: Alison Jones Race lovers can enjoy uninterrupted views across Pitchcroft Racecourse which runs right at the back of this superbly renovated house in Britannia Square, Worcester. Location is just one of the many things to recommend this...
One A Level Exam, Several Problems
Byline: SARAHEVANS I would be saying to myself, "It's not fair," if I were Michael Gove. For years you have heard complaints about A levels, then you come up with some ideas on how to improve things, have a consultation, and incorporate everyone's...
Opportunity Knocks for British Business as China Begins to Look Inward
Byline: MIKELOFTUS While the start to the New Year here - especially on the High Street - has seen the impact of subdued economic activity drag on pretty much unabated, the prospect of the Chinese New Year (which falls on February 10) does appear...
Petty Criminals Given a Stock Punishment; Chris Upton Looks Back at an Age When Townsfolk Were Invited to Throw Rotten Eggs and Fruit at Offenders
Byline: Chris Upton The Coleshill Pillory If you are ever tempted to wander, drunk and disorderly, around the little town of Coleshill in Warwickshire, something in Church Hill may make you pause for thought. Half-way up the street and clamped...
Players'minds Focused on Games - Reilly
Callum Reilly has insisted the St Andrew's uncertainty does not affect Blues' players come game-time. The state of the club's finances, the takeover saga nor the cloud that has hung over the squad due to the transfer window harms them on the pitch....
Police Memorial to Midlands' Bravest
Byline: JAMESCARTLEDGE Staff Reporter They were the bravest of the brave - police officers who signed up to protect the public and paid with their lives. Now West Midlands Police is honouring the memory of almost 100 recruits killed in the line...
Practical, Economical CR-V Is a Silent Thriller; Edward Stephens Enjoys Honda's Sleeker, Roomier and Quieter New Model
Byline: Edward Stephens It's not very often that you try a car and find you get somewhere near what the manufacturer claims is the average fuel consumption. And the reason is that - in order to maintain a level playing field - cars are tested...
PS18m Expansion for the School That Almost Shut
Byline: KATKEOGH Education Correspondent An inner city Birmingham school which was praised by the Prime Minister is set to double its roll after moving into a new PS18 million building. Former Labour education minister Lord Adonis and Bishop...
PS50m Project to Kick-Start Economy in Midlands
A PS50 million project to help kick-start the West Midlands economy and cut traffic congestion and carbon emissions was launched by Local Transport Minister Norman Baker as he visited the West Midlands. Measures include better facilities for cyclists,...
Reaction to Phase Two
The announcement was welcomed by Birmingham Airport, which is campaigning for government support for its own expansion plans. Paul Kehoe, the airport's chief executive, said: "Airports are a critical part of this story and we need to build a vision...
Region Must Find Its Hunger for Growth; Last Week's Preliminary GDP Estimate for the Final Quarter of 2012, Has Highlighted How Our Return to Growth Is So Far Proving Elusive. However, as Mike Steventon, Midlands Chairman of KPMG Argues, the Region Must Be Unrelenting in Its Hunger for Growth
Byline: Mike Steventon There were no prizes for guessing that the preliminary figures for the final quarter of 2012, issued by the Office for National Statistics last Friday (25 January), confirmed our economy is currently flat lining. The past...
Renovated Farmhouse Poses an Address Puzzle; Set in 'No Man's Land', This Home Dating Back to the 16th Century Is a Real Anomaly, Writes Alison Jones
Byline: Alison Jones Park Farm in Gorcott Hill is something of a geographical anomaly. Though its address is Beoley it is actually closer to the village of Ullenhall. It is in Warwickshire but carries a Worcestershire postcode. "The property...
Saying 'Tara' to TV and Coming Home to the RSC; Film and TV Actress Tara Fitzgerald Is Making Her Stratford Debut in the Winter's Tale. Marion McMullen Finds out What It Means to Her to Return to Her Old Warwickshire Haunts
Byline: Marion McMullen 1 Warwickshire childhood will always have a special place in Tara Fitzgerald's heart. "It was idyllic," remembers the Brassed Off and Waking The Dead star with a fond smile. "The River Avon was at the bottom of the garden...
School Academies Pose Threat to City Council Leisure Centres; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: NEILELKES Local Government Correspondent Up to 12 Birmingham City Council-owned leisure centres and sports facilities could be facing the axe due to swingeing budget cuts. In many cases, the at-risk venues are on school grounds which...
Signs Are Good but Economic Policy Is Failing
Byline: JIMWOOD-SMITH It is rare that market commentators have such a smorgasbord to choose from - global equity markets going from strength to strength, David Cameron's European masterstroke, the UK's miserable economy, China's steady improvement,...
Six Nations Crunch for Lions Hopes; with the RBS Six Nations Kicking off on Saturday, Rugby Correspondent Brian Dick Discusses What Will Unfold and Who Needs to Do What in Their Last Audition for the British Lions
If it all goes right: Stuart Lancaster's Legion will prove the shellacking of New Zealand was the rule and not the exception as the forwards produce quick ball, and the backs turn it into points. If it all goes wrong: Jim Telfer's right, England...
Skills at the Forefront in Impressive Family Home; Couple Have Taken a Truly Hands-On Approach to Creating a Dream Home, Writes Alison Jones
Byline: Alison Jones Ray Blundell's father used to be a carpenter and it is clear he has inherited some of his skills. Ray spent his career as a sales director of a heat exchange company in Derby but when the ?rm became one of the casualties...
Slope off to the Big Party after a Challenging Ski; Colin Tattum Enjoys St Anton, an Entertainment Capital Which Plays Host to the Alpine Skiing World Cup Series
Byline: Colin Tattum It had been two decades since I last visited St Anton, the so-called cradle of Alpine skiing. Situated in western Tirol, it is the destination of choice for Austrians and also British aficionados, primarily the intermediate...
Small Firms Get Boot to Make Way for Hub
Byline: ENDAMULLEN enda.mullen@birminghampost.net Plans to create an advanced manufacturing hub in Birmingham could spell the demise of more than a dozen firms employing 150 workers, a city businessman has claimed. Stuart Homer said the jobs...
Social Media Offering from City-Based PR Company
Byline: JONGRIFFIN Business Staff McCann Birmingham got 2013 off to a flying start - with the launch of a new integrated social media offering for clients. Chris Date, former PR director at Rave Communications, has been appointed social media director...
Spotlight on Dark Days of Exclusion; Richard Edmonds Takes a Look at the Woman Reader through History and Her Painstaking Climb towards Equality
Byline: Richard Edmonds The Woman Reader Belinda Jack (Yale: PS20) This week's column, which deals with women's reading in an historical spectrum, is dedicated to Harriet Westwood, suffragette and staunch defender of women and their rights. Westwood...
Stu Has to Juggle England's Pieces
Byline: BRIANDICK Stuart Lancaster must feel like a man who has returned home, flushed with excitement about his newly-acquired flat-pack furniture but having laid all the pieces out discovered one, crucial component is missing. Manu Tuilagi. ...
Stylish Dwelling a Stone's Throw from Market Town; This Stylish, Four-Bed Home Has a Crisp Colour Scheme
Although this delightful Cotswold stone house on the outskirts of Chipping Campden was built in 1967 there isn't a hint of eye jarring prints, futuristic furnishings or boho chic. Since 2010, Overdale has been completely renovated and modernised...
Tackling Fraud 'Would Pay for Council Tax Rises'
Byline: JONATHANWALKER Political Editor Local authorities planning to increase council taxes could raise the same money "in a couple of weeks" if they cut back on fraud and error, ministers have claimed. The Government launched a pre-emptive...
Tories Suffer from Attack of Amnesia
Byline: JONATHANWALKER You might think the Tories would show a little gratitude to their Liberal Democrat colleagues, as they wouldn't be in power today without Lib Dem support. But their antipathy towards the "yellow peril" (a phrase used by...
Tough Times Ahead for Legal Firms in Region
A Midland insolvency expert has said that the legal industry is facing tough times, as city law firm Cobbets announced it was calling in administrators. John Kelly, regional partner of Begbies Traynor's Birmingham office said he believed many were...
Trainees Taste Success in Michelin Star's Kitchen
Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell has served up the career opportunity of a lifetime by hiring three apprentices to work in his award-winning kitchen. The Chelmsley Wood-born chef has chosen three talented cooks to join the staff at Purnell's...
Truly Picture Perfect in an Ideal Setting; Tradition Meets Modern Living at This Cottage, Writes Alison Jones
Hall Cottage at Lions Den in Hammerwich, Staffordshire, has some real picture postcard qualities. The cottage has been renovated but still has quaint beamed rooms, sloping ceilings in the splendid family bathroom and pretty dormer windows on the...
University Leads the Way on Technology Link-Up in Vietnam
Byline: JONGRIFFIN Business Staff Aston University is spearheading a new trail-blazing educational partnership - in the Communist state of Vietnam. The Birmingham campus has been designated UK leader of a consortium to bring new international...
Unprecedented Change in Construction Sector
Byline: Mike Froom, head of infrastructure, building and construction at KPMG in the Midlands The construction sector could be facing an unprecedented amount of change with a very different industry and supply chain emerging when economic conditions...
'Vamped-Up' Tale Is a Thing of Real Beauty; Birmingham Choreographer Matthew Bourne Has Transformed the Classic Fairytale Sleeping Beauty in His Latest Production. He Talks to Marion McMullen about How Tchaikovsky's Music Has Inspired Him
Byline: Marion McMullen Once-upon-a-time meets Twilight-style blood-sucking vamps, Gothic fairies and dark fantasy in Matthew Bourne's new dance treat Sleeping Beauty. He's given audiences sexy male swans in Swan Lake and a sweetie-chocked version...
Villa Good Bet to Earn Draw
Byline: DAVIDMYERS On paper, Everton's home match against an apparently spiritless Aston Villa looks a foregone conclusion. Bookies certainly think so, with William Hill installing the Merseysiders as 4/9 favourites to register three points,...
Vote for God - He Seems to Be on All Sides
Byline: CHRISUPTON I wonder if God has ever considered a career in politics. I know He's supposed to keep above this sort of thing, but I can see a glittering career ahead. Last week, for example, I was listening to a report from Chad, the West...
We Have to Trust Players with Twitter Says Clarke
Byline: CHRISLEPKOWSKI If only Peter Odemwingie had read a Ben Foster interview from way back last summer. When asked about his involvement on Twitter, the Albion goalkeeper delivered his answer with the usual eloquence. Let's consider those...
We Need to Play for the Whole Game - Lambert
Byline: MATKENDRICK Paul Lambert took heart from Villa's outstanding second half display against Newcastle on Tuesday night - but warned his team they need to perform with the same tempo from the first whistle. Villa were a goal down in just...
Why Some Are More Unequal Than Others; Chris Game Delves into the Figures That Give a True Picture of the Second City in the 21st Century, and It Doesn't Make for Happy Reading
Byline: Chris Game irmingham - second city, and second most unequal. BSecond place, someone said, just represents the failure to get first. 'Second city', though, is an unofficial title that Birmingham generally welcomes - if only to upset...
Why the Battle for Messines Ridge Came to the Midlands; A First World War Army Camp Buried under Cannock Chase Could Hold Significant Clues to the Bloodshed That Took Place Hundreds of Miles Away on the Western Front, Writes Ben Hurst
Byline: Ben Hurst For many being sent to die in the killing fields of France in the First World War, it was one of the last memories they would have of England. Cannock Chase was transformed into a huge depot for training soldiers - during the...
Worthy Homage to War Masterpiece; Once Again What a Musical Force He Is, Writes Christopher Morley
Byline: Christopher Morley Following upon my recent review of the Arthaus DVD of Britten's War Requiem from Coventry Cathedral last May, with CBSO forces under the baton of Andris Nelsons, there are a couple more of the conductor's recent releases...