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Danny Wilson: Ex-Blues coach to become Scotland assistant to Gregor Townsend 

18 Jun

Danny Wilson is confirmed as Scotland's new forwards coach after Scottish Rugby agrees terms with Wasps to release him.


Ben Stokes & Chris Woakes: England all-rounders set to miss Australia ODIs 

18 Jun

England all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes are set to miss the remaining three one-day internationals against Australia.


Cannabis oil delay for Warwickshire epileptic boy ‘cruel’ 

17 Jun

Alfie Dingley's mother urged the government to intervene after another boy was give the medication.


River warning after scrap metal blaze near Ryton-on-Dunsmore 

17 Jun

Environment Agency staff check the River Avon for pollution following a large fire.


Fire crews remain at Ryton-on-Dunsmore scrap metal blaze 

16 Jun

About 70 firefighters tackled the blaze which closed Coventry Airport for an hour.


Former Coventry council leader had house ‘shot at twice’ 

15 Jun

Ann Lucas, first female leader at Coventry City Council, said security measures were put in on police advice.


Women’s Tour: Sarah Roy sprints to victory as Coryn Rivera retains her lead 

15 Jun

Australia's Sarah Roy sprints to victory to win stage three of the Women's Tour in Leamington Spa.


Huge scrap metal fire shuts Coventry Airport 

15 Jun

Smoke from the fire can be seen for miles around and drivers are being warned to take care.


Dormice move into secret Warwickshire location 

14 Jun

Twenty breeding pairs will be monitored in the hope they breed successfully.


West Midlands PugFest cancelled over poor ticket sales 

14 Jun

Paul Merson and Peter Shilton were due at the event which included a pug five-a-side football match.


Job losses as Mattressman bed retailer closes stores 

14 Jun

Poor sales have forced the company to downsize, closing 14 stores with the loss of 100 jobs.


Man arrested after fatal Coventry motorbike crash 

14 Jun

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, police say.


Jonson Clarke-Harris: Coventry City re-sign striker on two-year contract 

13 Jun

Coventry City agree to re-sign striker Jonson Clarke-Harris on a two-year contract following a loan spell last season.


Kieran Brookes: Wasps sign Northampton Saints tight-head prop 

13 Jun

Wasps sign England international prop Kieran Brookes after he opted to leave Northampton Saints this summer.


County Championship: Ian Bell steers Bears to win over Glamorgan 

12 Jun

Ian Bell's second century of the match helps Division Two leaders Warwickshire to a four-wicket win over Glamorgan.


Social workers honoured on Queen’s birthday list 

12 Jun

This year’s Queen’s birthday honours list has recognised a number of social workers and managers, and others involved in social care, for their services to the sector.


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Feminist book fortnight: two weeks in June 

24 Apr

Bookshops around the country will be highlighting the diversity of feminist books.


Come to Coventry: Telegraph’s open letter to Channel 4 board 

21 Dec

We write to the board of Channel 4 to explain why this city is the perfect new home for the broadcaster...


Hull shows what UK City of Culture can do for Coventry 

30 Nov

The city has benefitted enormously from being UK City of Culture 2017 and Coventry can do the same, by Angus Young, the Editor of the Hull Daily Mail...


Inside the ivory tower 

21 Nov

“I am frequently asked why so few women of colour hold leadership roles in academia – the answers lie in this book.


How UK City of Culture bid can make Coventry’s streets fun 

15 Nov

Ludic Rooms to create 'hidden moments of joy' on the streets of Coventry...


The whole region is backing Coventry to be UK City of Culture 2021 

14 Nov

Coventry's UK City of Culture bid has won support from across the region...


City of Culture: Why Coventry University is backing the bid 

10 Nov

New chancellor Margaret Casely-Hayford on her role and the city's bid to be UK City of Culture 2021...


“These car drivers are just lazy” readers react to school driving ban 

8 Sep

I know how easy it is to drive and get lazy school run parents criticised on Facebook...


Trust in me 

1 Sep

Even when a mature democracy becomes a little dog-eared around the edges and the very definition of democracy presents wear and tear in more urgent need of refurbishment than a crumbling Palace of Westminster, the basic premise of the relationship ...


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Features »

Union Action 

17 Jun

Both my Dad and I have been union reps during our working lives.


New ID pictures of conducting polymers discover a surprise ABBA fan 

15 Jun

First ever detailed pictures of conjugated polymers which conduct electricity and are highly sought after captured with novel visualisation technique developed by University of Warwick New approach realises Richard Feynman’s famous remark that it...


UK Universities host high-profile careers fair in Shanghai 

15 Jun

Careers professionals at the Universities of Warwick, Birmingham and Nottingham are busy planning their next business partnership in China after their first joint graduate careers event in country attracted praise from employers, students and alumni.


Do We Care? 

15 Jun

It’s a simple, four letter word.


Summer Skifflebilly Voodoo Style. 

15 Jun

As promised last Friday, we can now confirm we will be playing a very lively Skifflebilly set in the only pub garden in Coventry city centre.


£1.2 million boost to crop research at University of Warwick 

15 Jun

The University of Warwick is set to receive £1.2 million in funding to support its pioneering research in improving the resilience, sustainability and productivity of UK crops, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced today.


Lamppost EV charging points brought to market thanks to WMG 

14 Jun

Lampposts could be the answer to electric vehicle charging, thanks to help from researchers at WMG, University of Warwick in bringing a new brand of charging points to market some of which are powering electric vehicles on the University campus.


Unique personalised online resource for carers of older people launched 

14 Jun

A personalised online resource specifically for carers of older people in the UK has been launched by the University of Warwick.


Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 13th June 2018 

13 Jun

13th June 2018 In this week’s show: Leo continues reading extracts from the 1954 classic “Reach for the Sky”; Sheila reads about the ‘Matchbox Girls’; Cliff has a light hearted piece about Great Aunt Harriet; Sue has a piece about the 50th ...


Toolkit for more inclusive conferences launched by Warwick researchers 

12 Jun

A set of recommendations to help cure the problem of feeling ‘in two places at once’ when attending work-related events such as conferences is being launched today by University of Warwick researchers.


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Coventry City FC »

The making of Maddison 

18 Jun

Leicester’s expected signing of James Maddison from Norwich is just the next step in the midfielder’s development.


Concern over the City Tour to Alicante 

18 Jun

A few Sky Blue Trust members have been in contact with us to express their concern and disappointment at the recently announced changes to the clubs tour of Spain in early July.


Carabao Cup: Lampard’s Derby at Oldham 

15 Jun

Frank Lampard's Derby will visit League Two side Oldham in the first round of the Carabao Cup.


Episode 188 – Lovely Wembley 

12 Jun

Well, we did it! Hopefully you’ve not calmed down in the slightest.


EFL AGM: What’s on the agenda? 

8 Jun

The EFL AGM is set to get underway on Friday, with clubs expected to vote on issues including extra time in the Carabao Cup, the ABBA system and match programmes.


2017-18 Stats review 

5 Jun

Stats summary 2017-18 After the miserable 2016-17 season which saw the club relegated to the fourth tier for the first time since 1958, four managers and some of the worst stats imaginable, albeit enlivened by a winning trip to Wembley in ...


Understanding this sky blue heart of mine ???? 

31 May

We are going up.


Robins: Championship return possible 

30 May

Coventry City celebrated their first promotion in 51 years with an open-top bus parade through the city on Wednesday but their manager Mark Robins is already dreaming of a return to the Championship.


Fanstastic – We’ve Done It !! 

29 May

{Image - courtesy of Getty Images} We've been promoted from League 2 and will be playing in League 1 next season.


‘Proud’ Robins hails Coventry quality 

28 May

Mark Robins praised the quality and unity of his Coventry side after the secured their first promotion in 51 years against Exeter at Wembley.


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Sport »

Plymouth 21 – 24 Coventry 

5 Apr

Bit of a slog, but another win.


Caldy 12 – 55 Coventry: Champions! 

21 Mar

It's taken a little while, but we're back in the Championship.


Darlington Mowden Park 0 – 42 Coventry 

5 Mar

Rather better than most expected...


Coventry 40 – 10 Cambridge 

17 Feb

A tougher game than the scoreline suggests...


Trinity Guild RFC needs you! 

13 Feb

New Mini & Junior Players wanted, so come along and give rugby a try, and join the second oldest Club in the City...


Guild takeover the Wasps! 

29 Jan

Guard of Honour duties for the Guild...


Save the date 

24 Jan

Date for the 2018 Dinner Dance...


Coventry 57 – 12 Esher 

20 Jan

Coventry return to form.


Blackheath 61 – 29 Coventry 

13 Jan

If we should go up, I don't think we'll miss going to Blackheath...


Coventry 52 – 5 Old Albanians 

6 Jan

Whatever happens now, we've definitely won the majority of our games this season.


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Business news »

Bromsgrove finance expert joins charity team as trustee 

16 Feb

A SPECIALIST grant-giving organisation in Coventry which awards funding to community projects across the region has welcomed two new trustees including finance guru from Bromsgrove.


Rhino Interiors expands with new Birmingham office launch 

14 Feb

Coventry-based company agrees deal to open new office and showroom in Colmore Row...


MP hails ‘fantastic’ news that new battery centre for electric cars will bring thousands of jobs to Warwickshire 

5 Dec

News that a national battery centre for electric cars will be built in Coventry and Warwickshire, bringing thousands of jobs with it, has been hailed as 'fantastic' by a local MP.


Coventry Toys R Us is not earmarked to close in company cull 

5 Dec

The nearest Toys R Us store to Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth will remain open despite a company cull.


Meggitt to close Birmingham factory 

29 Nov

Aerospace group plans to shut its plant in Tyseley to support creation of new 130m super site in Coventry...


RICS unveils new Colmore Row base 

12 Oct

Property trade body confirms it will move its West Midlands team out of Coventry to new base in city centre...


New home for Birmingham haulage firm 

24 Aug

J Madden Transport takes space at Electrium Point in Willenhall...


Black Country manufacturer plans £3m HQ renovation 

14 Jun

Assa Abloy to introduce host of changes and improvements to its UK headquarters in Willenhall...


Rigby Group buys exec airline operation at Birmingham Airport 

31 May

The owner of Coventry Airport has expanded its footprint in the West Midlands with undisclosed deal to buyout Marshall's Solihull base...


Coventry’s streets to shape City of Culture if victorious 

16 May

City unveils some of the details in its bid document as it continues campaign to win 2021 crown...


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Betrayed husband is convicted of wife’s murder in Willenhall  

26 Jul

A jilted husband who stabbed his wife to death after finding her lover at their family home has today (Wednesday) been jailed for life after being convicted of her murder.


Burglar traced to seaside camping hideout 

25 Jul

A prolific thief has been sent to a youth offenders institute for a series of burglaries in Solihull – after West Midlands Police traced him to his seaside campsite hiding place.


Coventry woman charged with terrorism offences 

24 Jul

An 18-year-old Coventry woman arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences has today (Monday 24 July) been charged.


Bus company and driver charged over fatal Coventry crash 

24 Jul

A bus company and one of its drivers have been charged over a fatal bus crash in Coventry in which two people died.


Appeal to help find missing Walsall teenager 

22 Jul

Police are urgently appealing to help find Aaron Taylor who went missing from his home in Hilton Road, New Invention, Willenhall yesterday (21 July) at around 5pm.


Detective Academy: New investigators united in passion for cracking crime 

22 Jul

West Midlands Police’s new breed of detectives range from seasoned cops with almost 20 years’ police experience to new recruits with burning ambitions to crack crime.


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LocalGov »

Continuous red light offenders, 16th June 

16 Jun

Everyday I see people jump the lights at this junction.


In cut grass, 15th June 

15 Jun

Very long grass on Birmingham Road.


NHS Heroes – friendship and camaraderie 

14 Jun

Friendship and camaraderie are a huge part of working in the NHS.


Education Management System 

14 Jun

Response by Coventry City Council to Mike Parker on 14 June 2018 .


Four new artists join the Godiva Festival lineup 

14 Jun

Coventry’s Godiva Festival has confirmed four new artists for its 2018 lineup; Jonas Blue, Professor Green, Blood Red Shoes and Little Comets.


Capita Contracts and risks 

14 Jun

Response by Coventry City Council to Mary Redman on 14 June 2018 .


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Arts & Culture »

You Can Sometimes Get What You Want – Review of the Rolling Stones and Specials Concert by Pete Chambers 

9 Jun

MUSIC MATTERS: You can sometimes get what you want.


A Nudge To Arms 

9 Jun

TRYING IT ON Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Friday 8 th June, 2018   At the grand age of 70, playwright David Edgar turns performer for the first time in this self-penned piece that blends autobiographical material and interviews with fellow ...


Traitor or Devil? : Could Coventry Duo, Sue and Mary, Have Influenced the Presley Hit, Devil in Disguise? 

8 Jun

Traitor or Devil? : Could Coventry Duo, Sue and Mary, Have Influenced the Presley Hit, Devil in Disguise? In 1962, weeks before the Beatles released Love Me Do and months before Elvis released Devil in Disguise, two Coventry schoolgirls, Sue and Mary...


Frank Ifield – Tobacco Road 1961 and the story behind the song. 

6 Jun

Frank Ifield - Tobacco Road 1961 by Trev Teasdel Coventry born Frank Ifield recorded a cover of JD Loudermilk's Tobacco Road in 1961, long before Micky Most produced the Nashville Teens hit version in 1964! Frank Ifield, born in Coundon, Coventry 30...


The Rolling Stones and The Specials at the Ricoh 2018 

5 Jun

The Rolling Stones and The Specials at the Ricoh 2018 by Pete Clemons Support band, The Specials, appeared on stage at just before 7pm.


Sweet and Sour 

1 Jun

MOUNTAINS: The Dreams of Lily Kwok Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Thursday 31 st May, 2018   When Helen leaves her native Manchester to work as a lawyer in Hong Kong, she feels out of place, a fraud, an English girl in a Chinese body.


Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets 

22 May

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets by Pete Clemons There wasn’t much chat from the stage.


Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells 

17 May

Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells by Pete Clemons One album that music lovers never seem to forget the release of was that of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells.


White Noise – St Johns Church (Delia Derbyshire) 

10 May

White Noise – St Johns Church ( Delia Derbyshire) By Pete Clemons The people who designed and built those wonderful medieval churches centuries ago, along with the relatively more modern structures, could never have imagined that, years later, what...


Repeat Offender 

9 May

FLEABAG Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Wednesday 9 th May, 2018   It’s a real treat to be able to see Maddie Rice reprise the hit one-woman show, three years since I first enjoyed it in Birmingham.


Hired and Fired-Up 

5 May

THE HIRED MAN The Albany Theatre, Coventry, Friday 4 th May, 2018   If Thomas Hardy upped sticks and moved north to Cumbria (or Cumberland, as it was known then) the chances are he would have come up with something very like Melvyn Bragg’s family ...


The Rolling Stones in Coventry 

2 May

The Rolling Stones in Coventry by Pete Clemons Rock and roll is for the young people.


Being Mark Rylance 2 

25 Apr

Being Mark Rylance 2 by Pete Clemons Artist Nicky Cure and musician annA rydeR, spelt as such to presumably distinguish herself from the interior designer and TV personality, are collectively known as Radar Birds.


Just My Cup of Chai 

25 Apr

THE GAME OF LOVE AND CHAI Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 24 th April, 2018   Marivaux’s 18 th Century French farce, The Game of Love and Chance , gets an update from Tara Arts and Nigel Planer of The Young Ones , no less.


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