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The Lord Mayor of Coventry helps community centre make a ‘New Start’ 

27 Mar

New Start 4 U provides support for Eastern European people arriving in the UK...

Coventry rail users to get new Oyster-style travel cards 

27 Mar

The new smart ticketing will be introduced in the city later this year after a £620,000 government grant for the West Midlands...

Coventry copper confused with One Direction star Zayn Malik by David Cameron during live debate 

27 Mar

Zaid Malik, a response officer in the city, asked David Cameron about police budgets...

Revealed Leaked email exposes Geoffrey Robinson MPs resignation plan 

27 Mar

THE Coventry Observer can today reveal a leaked email which appeared to reveal Geoffrey Robinson MPamp;#039;s intentions to belatedly stand down before the general election in favour of Greg Beales, an aide of Ed Miliband.

Controversial plan to get rid of Canal Basin bridge is shelved – for now 

27 Mar

Coventry City Council says it will "prioritise" other projects but will return to the plans eventually.

Foleshill flat death appeal: police ‘not looking for anyone else’ 

27 Mar

Younis Masih was cleared of murder at an appeal court hearing this week...

Coventry and Warwickshire weather: Make the most of today – wind and rain to come 

27 Mar

Easter promises to be dry and bright after conditions settle down mid-week...

New Warwickshire Police chief constable being investigated over misconduct claim 

27 Mar

Martin Jelley will still take over as chief constable next month...

Godiva Festival talent search launches in Coventry 

27 Mar

'Godiva Calling' hunt is on to find performers to play the summer festival - including comedy acts for the first time...

Coventry MP Geoffrey Robinson could go back on decision to retire weeks before General Election 

27 Mar

Speculation growing in Westminster that the member for Coventry North West will now stand for re-election after pressure from national party bosses...

Warning issued after flasher seen on playing fields next to school in Wyken 

27 Mar

Caludon Castle School tell pupils to "take the safest route home" following incident...

Live: Rush-hour news, travel and sport from Coventry and Warwickshire 

27 Mar

Coventry and Warwickshire news plus weather, traffic and sport on Friday, March 27...

New Coventry venture for Unipart set to create 150 new high skill jobs 

27 Mar

Latest jobs boost from The Unipart Manufacturing Group comes in wake of major announcements by Jaguar and London Taxi Company...

Shamed would-be Coventry MP to be investigated over role at new company 

27 Mar

Vincent McKee's Lagan Writing Services position to be investigated by West Midlands Police and Trading Standards after concerns raised...

Recap: Rush-hour news, travel and sport from Coventry and Warwickshire 

26 Mar

Coventry and Warwickshire area news plus weather, traffic and sport on Thursday, March 26...

Sneak peek: Coventry’s Phoenix pub set to reopen after £280,000 revamp 

26 Mar

Far Gosford Street pub opens on Friday - complete with high-tech gizmos...

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West Point 55 

26 Mar

Great launch and exhibition at The Good Honest Food Company in Gardenia Drive on Wednesday 25th March celebrating the 55th anniversary of the West Point Estate in Allesley.

Speeding Campaign on Browns Lane – MARCH UPDATE 

25 Mar

Local Residents have done further Community Speed Watch events on Browns Lane/The Windmill Hill this month.

Overslade Crescent 

25 Mar

Proposal: Two storey side and rear single storey rear Site address:  117 Overslade Crescent To view the application copy and paste the following link into your internet browser.

Jaguar Land Rover: Car giant could return Coventry to a golden age 

25 Mar

Why JLR's commitment to the city will provide a world of opportunities for future generations...

Jaguar Land Rover plans give Coventry back ‘its pride, self-belief and self-esteem’ 

25 Mar

Region back on the map thanks to JLR's plans for two new factories in the city...

Scam Alert – March 2015 

23 Mar

Scam Alerts from Coventry Trading Standards – 20 March 2015 In this issue: Cold callers reported in Cheylesmore and Potters Green Door to door ‘charity’ collectors Rogue traders jailed after ripping off elderly victims in Dudley in roof ...

Sadler Road – March 2015 

23 Mar

An application has been received for the following development.

Red Button: Tony Mowbray likes a lot of chocolate on his biscuit and he joined our club! 

23 Mar

Sky Blues chief facing a tough Lent, while Pete Waterman's decision to sell his train collection spells the end of hopes his star loco will be guesting locally...

Red Button: Coventry city centre AXA tower colour spree still needs planning permission! 

20 Mar

20-storey building’s exterior has been painted in a mosaic of reds and blues which hasn't pleased everyone...

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Orwell Prize once again lists University of Warwick Human Rights Centre 

27 Mar

It has just been announced that Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi from the Centre for Human Rights in Practice at the University of Warwick has been long-listed for her work by the prestigious George Orwell Prize for Journalism.

Warwick wins over £600,000 to research crucial sheep disease 

27 Mar

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council's (BBSRC) Animal Health Research Club (ARC) has today, Friday 27 th March 2015, announced a range of new research projects to improve the health of livestock.

Migrant watch 

27 Mar

Wednesday 25th March 2015 The search for migrants continued at a variety of local ish venues such as Caldecote, Merevale, Shustoke, Alvecote and Birchmoor.

Warwick declared as one of the seven fastest rising young universities in the world 

27 Mar

The Times Higher Education (THE) have declared the University of Warwick declared as one of the seven fastest rising young universities in the world in a study announced before the THE Young Universities Summit.

£4.2 million for world’s most adaptable driving simulator to research driverless cars 

27 Mar

WMG have been awarded 3.2 million by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to create one of the worlds most adaptable and advanced driving simulators.

Stratford-Upon-Avon school shows savvy business acumen in national competition 

26 Mar

Business-savvy students from Stratford-Upon-Avon Grammar School eclipsed competition from seventeen other local teams to win the Coventry and Warwick heat of ICAEWs national business and accounting competition, BASE on 20 March which was held at the ...

Couple vow to raise funds for recurrent miscarriage clinic in Coventry that helped them to become parents 

26 Mar

A couple who experienced four heartbreaking miscarriages in two years are raising money for a recurrent miscarriage clinic at University Hospital in Coventry which helped them to finally become parents to a baby boy.

Fast Triumph for WMG Academy as their F1 Team Win National Schools Competition 

26 Mar

There were more celebrations at the WMG Academy for Young Engineers, Coventry this week as their F1 in Schools team were awarded the competitions fastest car trophy in front of a packed audience at the Big Bang Fair at the NEC.

Coventry Talking Newspaper-25th March 2015 

25 Mar

In this weeks show Leo reads Did You Know,an article taken from Chatterbox , we have part 2 of Edwina’s series about a Jane Austin tour, Sheila tells us about the National Shopping Basket used to calculate inflation,Dave reports on a Monday ...

Education may not improve our life chances of happiness 

25 Mar

Getting a good education may not improve your life chances of happiness, according to new mental health research from the University of Warwick.

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Coventry City FC »

Mowbray plans for the future 

27 Mar

Boss Tony Mowbray admits he is planning a summer overhaul as he looks at his Coventry squad.

Peterborough United v Coventry City 

27 Mar

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's League One game between Peterborough and Coventry (15:00 GMT).

Peterborough v Coventry preview 

27 Mar

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Peterborough United and Coventry City at London Road.

Trio in line for Posh starts 

27 Mar

Peterborough interim manager Dave Robertson could throw three new arrivals straight in against Coventry.

Miller time for York 

26 Mar

York have signed striker Shaun Miller on loan from Coventry until the end of the season.

York sign Coventry forward Miller 

26 Mar

York City sign Coventry City forward Shaun Miller on loan until the end of the season.

Miller time for Minstermen 

26 Mar

York have signed striker Shaun Miller on loan from Coventry until the end of the season.

City Aim For Away Hat-Trick 

26 Mar

City Aim For Away Hat-Trick Vitalfootball:Coventry:26/03/2015 13:41:00 Coventry City travel to Peterborough United for their final fixture of March, hoping to take at least a point into the relegation battles to come.

CCFC: Loan Deadline On Thursday 

25 Mar

CCFC: Loan Deadline On Thursday Vitalfootball:Coventry:25/03/2015 19:41:00 Boss Mowbray looking for two new players...

Freedom of Information Requests and Tim Fisher 

25 Mar

In an effort to keep our members fully and properly informed regarding the proposed stadium development, we have conducted a series of Freedom of Information requests to Local authorities and other public bodies.

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Broadstreet Blitz Belgrave In Eight-Try Bonanza. 

26 Mar

Still suffering from a healthy dose of “internationalitis”, it was a patched-up, many-players-out-of-position, but generally young and enthusiastic Broadstreet third XV that headed in to Leicestershi...

Skipper Jim O’Brien feels Sky Blues deserved a point 

24 Mar

SKY Blues skipper Jim Oamp;#039;Brien believes his side deserved something from Saturdayamp;#039;s 3-1 defeat at home to Doncaster Rovers at the Ricoh Arena.

Blaze end Elite League regular season with Hull defeat 

24 Mar

BLAZE ended their Elite League regular season with a 2-1 shoot-out defeat at home to Hull Stingrays at the Skydome on Sunday night.

Ben Jacobs signs new Wasps deal 

24 Mar

BEN Jacobs has described Wasps as his second family after signing a contract extension with the Aviva Premiership club.

Act Now For Tickets For England’s Two Rugby World Cup Preparation Matches. 

23 Mar

Match Tickets are available for England’s two warm-up games.

Broadstreet Host Midlands Finals Of 2015 National 17s. 

23 Mar

The 2015 Midlands Finals of the National Under-17 competitions are to be held at Broadstreet RFC on Sunday 29th March 2015.

Bees star Anderson praises Brandon track after Leicester win 

23 Mar

THERE will be no repeat of last yearamp;#039;s tensions between the Bees and Coventry Stadiumamp;#039;s track curator after number one rider Hans Anderson revealed all of the clubamp;#039;s riders have confidence in the track.

Tony Mowbray disappointed with Doncaster defeat 

23 Mar

TONY Mowbray failed to hide his disappointment after watching his Sky Blues side throw away a 1-0 lead at home to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

Bennett Legends Day is our chance to say thank you 

19 Mar

SKY Blues 1987 FA Cup-winning hero Dave Bennett is urging fans to attend this weekendamp;#039;s Legends Day so the former players can say thank you for their loyal support down the years.

Chris Harris pleased with new look Coventry Bees squad 

19 Mar

BEES captain Chris Harris is delighted with the club's team building plans ahead of the new Elite League season, writes Robin Allen Harris, or -€˜Bomber' as he is more commonly known, is reunited with number one Hans Andersen once again after...

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Compensation claim lodged for 250 ex-City Link employees 

27 Mar

A CLASS action claim on behalf of workers of collapsed Coventry delivery firm City Link has been lodged.

More good news for Coventry as Unipart launches new manufacturing business 

26 Mar

FOLLOWING announcements this week from Jaguar Land Rover and Geely that they will be investing heavily in Coventrys automotive industry, Unipart Group has revealed it is to launch a new manufac...

Jaguar Land Rover to double the size of operations at Whitely HQ 

26 Mar

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) yesterday announced plans to double the size of its operations at its headquarters at Whitely in Coventry.

Coventry business leaders hail investment in city’s automotive industry 

26 Mar

BUSINESS leaders in Coventry have welcomed the second major boost to the citys manufacturing capabilities in as many days.

Taxi company confirms £250m investment plans for Coventry 

26 Mar

CHINESE automotive company Geely has confirmed plans to invest £250m to build a new state-of the-art research, development and assembly facility for the London Taxi Company in Coventry.

Green light for £20m Coventry regeneration project 

26 Mar

CONSTRUCTION work will start on the final piece of an 18-year Coventry regeneration project this summer after it was given the all clear by planners.

Student accommodation firm graduates to Cambridge 

23 Mar

COVENTRY student accommodation firm Study Inn has acquired Cambridgeshire County Councils former head office buildings at Castle Court in Cambridge for an undisclosed sum.

We’re not party political but we want growth 

23 Mar

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

Works starts on Coventry University’s new science and health building 

20 Mar

A TWO-year project to consolidate Coventry Universitys Faculty of Health and Life Sciences into a new building is underway.

Coventry industrial estate sold for £3.2m 

20 Mar

INVESTMENT vehicle Grafton Associates has bought the Central City industrial estate in Coventry for £3.2m.

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Adrian’s award 

25 Mar

Watch Commander Adrian Hutt became Coventry's latest Good Citizen when he was presented with an award by the city's Lord Mayor, Councillor Hazel Noonan.

Image issued following phone theft at Coventry station 

6 Mar

Do you know this man...

Image issued following phone theft at Coventry station 

6 Mar

Do you know this man...

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.

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Free Therapy 

28 Mar

Come and try hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) free of charge.

One Voice Family Event 

28 Mar

We are a group of parents with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities who have joined together to help influence and shape services for our children in Coventry...

Stealing from wheelie bins, 27th March 

27 Mar

We have a problem in the area where people are always head deep in your wheelie bins and stealing our rubbish, this is a concern as it could lead to identity fraud.

Recruitment, selection and appointment of Head of Planning 

27 Mar

Response by Coventry City Council to keith Kondakor on 27 March 2015 .

£43,000 funding support to community projects 

27 Mar

Thirty nine community and voluntary sector projects in Coventry have secured grant funds amounting to £42,848 in total.

Next phase of city centre improvement work set to begin in April 

27 Mar

Coventry City Council has announced plans for the next phase of Public Realm Improvement work which is due to begin in the city centre.

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Arts & Culture »

Toxic Grafity: Reflections on Self-hood and Revolution 

14 Mar

14th February, 2015 I write this on a significant date.


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.

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