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Road tunnel turned into nightclub 

3 Mar

A tunnel on Coventry's notorious ring road is to be transformed into a nightclub as part of a three-day motoring festival.

Miss Coventry ready to hand her crown after “incredible year” 

2 Mar

Karla Fitzpatrick will hand over the title of Miss Coventry on Saturday, March 14...

Coventry City avoid transfer embargo after filing accounts on time 

2 Mar

Sky Blues chiefs ensure the club will avoid Football League transfer embargo...

Motorway crash shuts M1 and M6 near Coventry 

2 Mar

Crash near Catthorpe Interchange involving two lorries and a car has closed miles of motorway...

CCTV: Three men wanted in connection with Coventry McDonalds attack 

2 Mar

Do you recognise these men who the police would like to talk to...

Grace Academy students compete in business challenge 

2 Mar

Coventry pupils hone their entrepeneurial skills in online simulation game...

Teen charged over pensioner death 

2 Mar

A Coventry teenager is charged with the murder of a pensioner who died following an assault in the city.

Valentine’s Day wedding groom Paul Williamson dies two weeks after marrying sweetheart 

2 Mar

Paul Williamson passed away peacefully at Myton Hospice in Warwick a fortnight after making his dying wish come true...

Coventry council leader Lucass attack on middle class was disrespectful 

2 Mar

COVENTRY councilamp;#039;s Labour leader Ann Lucas has been accused of making amp;quot;disrepectfulamp;quot; remarks about a large number of city people and voters by launching a scathing attack on the amp;quot;outragedamp;quot; middle class.

President Kennedy pupils have a Wizard time on stage 

2 Mar

School production of The Wizard of Oz features nearly all the 273 Year 7 pupils...

Coombe Abbey parking fees to change after pay-and-display machines stolen 

2 Mar

Thieves used mechanical claw and lorry to rip parking machines out of the ground...

Stoke Park School pupils Blitz poetry workshop! 

2 Mar

School teams up with Coventry University to mark 75th anniversary of Coventry Blitz...

Teenager charged with murder after OAP’s death in Foleshill 

2 Mar

Omair Zaman, aged 19, will appear at Coventry Magistrates Court on Tuesday...

Henley College students taste success! 

2 Mar

Hospitality and catering students win awards at NEC competition...

Man who brought Coventry to a standstill with ring road bridge protest is jailed 

2 Mar

Suspended sentence is activated after Jason Gamble, 44, admitted damaging a police car...

‘I’ve never turned anyone away’ – foster carer Janet Finch has looked after more than 300 children 

2 Mar

Prolific fund-raiser nominated for Pride Of Coventry and Warwickshire Award...

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Red Button: Elvis won’t be leaving one building just yet… 

2 Mar

He may have left the Ricoh for good but former Coventry City manager won't be quick to quit his north Leamington home...

Some Architectural Praise for Coventry! 

2 Mar

Anna sent me this link about Coventry which I thought should be shared with others.

Scam Alerts – 2nd March 2015 

2 Mar

  Coventry Consumer Network – Scam Alert – March 2nd 2015 Mobile phones and fake anti-virus alerts.

A Pig in a Ditch! March 2015 

2 Mar

Residents in Fivefield Road contacted me recently to report that they had discovered a dead pig dumped in a ditch along their road.

External Funding News – 2nd March 2015 

2 Mar

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#Я Борис Немцов 

2 Mar

The really big problem with attempting to convey a really big idea is the necessity to form a really meaningless sound bite or, in this increasingly digital age, a stupid hash tag...

Red Button: Coventry fast food favourites fear becoming victims of university’s expansion 

1 Mar

Jimbo Chinese restaurant and others could be latest businesses to suffer 'retail cleansing...

More Improvements on Tamworth Road 

28 Feb


Bablake Residents Say No to Speeding 

27 Feb

BABLAKE RESIDENTS SAY NO TO SPEEDING!   Residents say they are fed up with motorists who are regularly breaking the speed limit whilst driving along the Windmill Hill and Browns Lane in Bablake.

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Some you win, some you lose. 

2 Mar

Overdosed on disappointing Sports' results over the weekend I'm afraid.

UK Universities with Malaysian campuses 

2 Mar

There are now a total of five UK Universities with campuses in Malaysia.

Samsung Galaxy S6: Is this the Samsung phone we have been waiting for 

2 Mar

When it comes to mobile phones, I have been a loyal Samsung fan.

Year 6 

1 Mar

Looking at this photo I can't believe how sweet my boy looked back in Year 6.


1 Mar

You have probably noticed that I have been rather busy recently.

DNA evidence shows surprise cultural connections between Britain and Europe 8,000 years ago 

27 Feb

The ancient British were not cut off from Europeans on an isolated island 8,000 years ago as previously thought, new research suggests.

Dementia Diaries 

26 Feb

At the beginning of a Dementia Friends awareness session, I often ask participants to sum up dementia in one word.

We could all be worse off because of price comparison websites 

26 Feb

The existence of price comparison websites may be bad for consumers, research by the University of Warwicks Department of Economics has found.

We could all be worse off because of price comparison websites 

26 Feb

The existence of price comparison websites may be bad for consumers, research by the University of Warwicks Department of Economics has found.

Sleeping over eight hours a day associated with greater risk of stroke 

26 Feb

People who sleep for more than eight hours a day have an increased risk of stroke, according to a new study and this risk doubles for older people who persistently sleep longer than average.

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Tykes v Sky Blues 

2 Mar

Tykes v Sky Blues Vitalfootball:Coventry:02/03/2015 21:05:00 Coventry City aim to build on their hard-earned victory over MK Dons at the weekend when they face Barnsley at Oakwell on Tuesday night.

Winnall back for Barnsley 

2 Mar

Barnsley striker Sam Winnall is expected to make his long-awaited return to action in new boss Lee Johnson's first home game in charge against Coventry.

Barnsley v Coventry preview 

2 Mar

Team news for Tuesday's League One clash between Barnsley and Coventry City at Oakwell.

Open Meeting Cancelled 

2 Mar

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, the open meeting for tonight, 2 March, is CANCELLED.

Monday The Day For New CCFC Boss? 

2 Mar

Monday The Day For New CCFC Boss? Vitalfootball:Coventry:02/03/2015 14:11:00 Mowbray set to be named ahead of Barnsley clash...

City Sell Themselves Well To New Manager 

1 Mar

City Sell Themselves Well To New Manager Vitalfootball:Coventry:01/03/2015 20:40:00 Sky Blues give it all to beat the Dons...

Jim’s column 28.2.15 

1 Mar

Last Saturday's 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane together with results elsewhere pushed Coventry City into the bottom four of League One precipitated the departure of Steven Pressley, after two years in charge.

Robinson upbeat despite defeat 

28 Feb

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson believes his team finally "woke up the town of Milton Keynes" despite a 2-1 defeat to Covenrty.

Robinson upbeat despite defeat 

28 Feb

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson believes his team finally "woke up the town of Milton Keynes" despite a 2-1 defeat to Coventry.

Clouds lift for Coventry 

28 Feb

Managerless Coventry secured three vital points in their battle against relegation with a 2-1 win over promotion-chasing MK Dons.

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Coventry Blaze stun Sheffield Steelers to improve play off hopes 

2 Mar

THREE goals in the final period helped Blaze secure a valuable 5-3 victory over Sheffield Steelers at the Skydome in their bid to make the Elite League play-offs.

Stubborn Street Battle To Victory As Gate’s Tactics Fail To Produce. 

2 Mar

Broadstreet Rugby Football Club made the long trip to the historic North Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate a rewarding one, returning to Coventry with four league points having pipped Harrogate RUFC by...

Poor home run ends as Sky Blues beat MK Dons 

2 Mar

Coventry City 2-1 MK Dons League One Ricoh Arena THE LONG search for a home league win finally came to an end for the Sky Blues after they produced a brave performance to beat promotion-chasing MK Dons 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry Blaze miss out on Challenge Cup final 

26 Feb

BLAZE coach Chuck Weber insists his focus remains on the Elite League play-offs after his sideamp;#039;s hopes of reaching the Challenge Cup final came to an end following a 5-3 defeat at Cardiff Devils in the second leg.

Win tickets to see Wasps take on Gloucester Rugby 

26 Feb

THE COVENTRY Observer has teamed up with the UK's leading sports nutrition brand MaxiNutrition, the nutrition choice of champions.

Sky Blues fans react to Steven Pressley departure 

25 Feb

THERE has been lots of reaction on social media following the sacking of manager Steven Pressley.

Vicky Lewis takes Gold in Sheffield 

25 Feb

IT PROVED to be third time lucky for University of Coventry boxer Vicky Lewis as she celebrated her first ever win in the ring at the BUCS Nationals in Sheffield.

Steven Pressley: I could have kept Sky Blues up 

25 Feb

FORMER Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley believes he could have kept the Sky Blues in League One if he was given more time.

Coventry stumble to second consecutive defeat 

25 Feb

THE WHEELS have come off the promotion train for Coventry after a second consecutive defeat in National League One leaves them six points behind Ealing Trailfinders.

Lewis Bridger leaves Coventry Bees following fallout 

25 Feb

LEWIS Bridger will not be taking up his place with the Bees for the forthcoming 2015 season.

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    An hour to kill in Coventry this afternoon and a new acquisition, a refurb. Canon 10-22mm EFS lens picked up at Focus on Imaging at the NEC conspired to suggest calling into the Cathedral.

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NEW: Plumbing giant acquires substantial stake in Coventry bathroom business 

2 Mar

WARWICKSHIRE plumbing and heating giant, Wolseley, has acquired a substantial stake in a Coventry-based online bathroom retailer in an undisclosed deal.

Mixed bag of results for Trinity Mirror 

2 Mar

NEWSPAPER publisher Trinity Mirror - owner of the Birmingham Post & Mail and the Coventry Telegraph - has reported a fall in revenue but a slight increase in profit.

Coventry Gateway decision may see jobs lost to other regions 

27 Feb

The Communities and local Government Secretary Eric Pickles recently turned down the proposed 'Coventry Gateway' scheme.

Huge surge in profit at Coventry Building Society 

27 Feb

COVENTRY Building Society has recorded strong results with underlying profit increasing by 51% to £217.8m for the year ending December 31.

Bodycote’s business improvement programme paying off 

26 Feb

ENGINEERING group Bodycote has reported strong annual results, as it doubled a special dividend to investors to 20p per share.

Election candidates give us their views 

26 Feb

David Myskow, vice chair of the Mid-Warwickshire branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce...

140,000 sq ft department store in Coventry comes to the market 

24 Feb

A COVENTRY department store has been placed on the market through Midlands agents Harris Lamb and Bruton Knowles, creating the biggest retail opportunity within the city for many years.

Multi-million China contract win for Meggitt 

24 Feb

AEROSPACE sector firm Meggitt, which has operations in Birmingham and Coventry, has won a lucrative contract in China.

Coventry engineering firm selected as partner for £14m casting centre 

23 Feb

COVENTRY engineering firm Sarginsons Industries has been announced as the casting partner at the new £14m National Advanced Metal Casting Centre.

Plan to open up Coventry riverside unveiled 

23 Feb

THE developer behind the regeneration of Far Gosford Street in Coventry says a similar scheme could restore the historic area around The Burgess and Palmer Lane and open up the citys river.

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Appeal to find missing Ozi Akerele 

1 Mar

Appeal to find missing Ozi Akerele Coventry police have released CCTV of Ozi's last known movements after he left friends at the Iglu club in Spon Street around 3.30am.

Mother of missing Ozi Akerele makes plea for help to find her son 

1 Mar

Mother of missing Ozi Akerele makes plea for help to find her son The mother of missing Coventry student Ozeivo Akerele has issued a heartfelt appeal for information which could lead to finding her son.

Jewellery store ram-raid, Coventry 

12 Feb

Jewellery store ram-raid, Coventry Visit our website for more information at http://www.

Fire stations plans 

12 Feb

Plans to demolish and replace two of the West Midlands’ community fire stations are set to be considered by members of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority (WMFRA).

Lollipop man robbed of safety sign 

28 Jan

Lollipop man robbed of safety sign A popular lollipop man who has helped Coventry schoolchildren cross the road for over 14 years has been left injured after a robber pushed him to the ground and stole his road sign.

Woman in wheelchair gets up to steal goods in Coventry 

26 Jan

Woman in wheelchair gets up to steal goods in Coventry Do you recognise these two individuals? Officers from Coventry Police want to speak with them after food was stolen from an MS in a BP Service Station on the A45.

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Unoccupied Properties in the Coventry Area 

2 Mar

Response by Coventry City Council to Emily Doull-Reeves on 2 March 2015 .

Kerb stones have come away from pavement, 2nd March 

2 Mar

I live at number 12 chace ave and the kerb stones have come away I tripped on one as I went to get in my car they are very dangers all the kerb stones want repair from my house to past the bus stop I hurt my ankle as I stepped on the kerb stone...

Kurb stones have come away from pavement, 2nd March 

2 Mar

I live at number 12 chace ave and the kerb stones have come away I tripped on one as I went to get in my car they are very dangers all the kerb stones want repair from my house to past the bus stop I hurt my ankle as I stepped on the kerb stone...

Record numbers take part in Decathlon Coventry’s Half Marathon 

2 Mar

A record breaking 3,566 of Coventry's runners took to the startline of this year's Decathlon Coventry’s Half Marathon.

Someone on a scrambler motorbike riding on Canley Ford, 28th February 

28 Feb

16:30 - for more then 30 minutes now, someone has been riding around on Canley Ford.

Coventry: Leonard Cheshire, the Living Wage and fees for residential care for younger adults 

28 Feb

Follow up sent to Coventry City Council by Doug Paulley on 28 February 2015 .

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25 Feb

It's been an extremely busy few weeks chez Watson.

Not Just Bits Of Paper – Greg Bull / Mickey ‘Penguin’ – Part 1 – Pictures Of Pain re-release – All The Madmen records 

22 Feb

Not Just Bits Of Paper – Greg Bull / Mickey ‘Penguin’ – ISBN: 9781505703382 “We have our own words, scrawled on bits of paper smudged with some grimy hope.

Golden Oldies 

12 Feb

FOREVER YOUNG Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Wednesday 11 th February, 2015   Set in the common room of a retirement home, this musical comedy adapted from the German original, has a cast of elderly characters, portrayed by much younger actors – a...

Days out and Evenings In 

8 Feb

It's been a few days since a blog post again, but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy - far from it.

Burial Plot 

27 Jan

DEAD SIMPLE Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Monday 26 th January 2015 Shaun McKenna’s adaptation of the Peter James novel keeps the twisty-turny plot to the fore, which is as it should be in a story of this type.

Getting Through 

25 Jan

Despite my promises to blog more often, I have allowed a week to pass without a post.

Ha! Ha! Funny Polis – Groucho Marxist Records – 1981 / Quango – First World Problem Records – 2013 

18 Jan

Defiant Pose – Fight / Urban Enemies – Who Do You Hate? The Fegs – Mill Street Law And Order / X.

Peace at Last 

17 Jan

Lazy Saturday nap time, so I've got a few minutes to sit down and update my blog in peace and quiet.

The Primitives – Coventry band 

15 Jan

First main Pete Clemons article for the Coventry Telegraph in 2015, this time remembering the 80's hit band The Primitives who reformed.

Smoothie Experiments 

15 Jan

My quest to get my five a day in smoothie form continues, and I have to say I do feel the benefit of them, at least my stomach does! One of the latest attempts has been this:   Frozen Black Forest Mix, a pear, grapes and some blueberries, topped up ...

Coventry Music Stars 2014 

14 Jan

Coventry music stars that made 2014 a year to remember Article by Pete Clemons for the Coventry Telegraph.

Fun and Games 

11 Jan

Thought I'd post a little update of what we've been getting up to in the last few days...

Happy New Year From The CoverUps 

9 Jan

Happy New Year to you all! We’ve had a hectic couple of months playing weddings, Christmas and New Year’s parties.

Raspberry and Banana Muffins 

6 Jan

After we returned from visiting the family over the Christmas period, we didn't have a lot of food left in the house, but for some reason I had about five very overripe bananas.

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