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Coventry news »

Could life-saving drones take to Coventry skies in the future? 

20 Aug

Research suggests they are quicker than ambulances...

20 brilliant things Coventry and Warwickshire gave the world 

20 Aug

Tell us who or what makes you proud of your Coventry roots...

Caught on Camera: Man kicking homeless person’s dog, and vicious attack 

20 Aug

West Midlands Police need your help to find these wanted faces...

When is the best time to buy a house in Coventry? 

19 Aug

Estate agents will tell you that spring is the most popular time of year, but they're wrong...

What are they doing to the Tin Angel? 

19 Aug

A charity has big plans for the venue...

Barcelona travel advice after terror attack from airlines and government 

19 Aug

Birmingham Airport operates flights to the city...

Police “very concerned” for safety of missing Coventry boy 

19 Aug

West Midlands Police have appealed for help to trace him...

Could you pass a GCSE maths exam? Take our quiz to find out 

19 Aug

Can you remember the days of your GCSEs? Or do the likes of algebra and the atomic structure make your head spin...

Zayn Malik’s ‘ex-girlfriend’, Burberry’s Neelam Gill, on racism during childhood in Coventry 

19 Aug

One Direction romantic link also sparked hate from racist trolls...

This is how you can get an NUS card – without being a student 

19 Aug

The card is a useful money-saver for students in the city...

Actress raises £11k for hospice after husband dies 

19 Aug

Holly Matthews, who appeared in Waterloo Road, raised funds for The Myton Hospices by launching an online appeal.

Watch: Virgin trains footage shows Glasgow to London in just EIGHT MINUTES 

19 Aug

This drivers-eye view shows the picturesque train journey including route through Midlands...

The full weekend weather forecast for Coventry 

19 Aug

If you're heading out and about, check this first...

Watch: Shocking road rage where man screams abuse and jams on brakes 

19 Aug

Dashcam footage captures shocking incident involving Volvo...

These are officially the clumsiest names in Britain 

19 Aug

New data revealed by tech repair specialist iSmash, uncovers the clumsy truth behind the UKs rising need for phone repairs...

Woman, 90, on sixth degree ‘addicted’ to studying 

19 Aug

Joy Gibson, from Stratford-upon-Avon, re-entered academia at the age of 59.

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Tears of a clown 

16 Jul

Only a complete fool would dare to suggest that extracting the fifth largest economy on the planet from the largest single market on Earth would be a simple undertaking and such a daunting task would probably freeze the blood of even the most skilful...

Ich bein ein Hamburger 

10 Jul

Perhaps the most enduring and delightfully amusing myths generated by the cold war, is the continued belief that a President of the United States stood before a crowd in West Berlin and described himself as a jam-filled doughnut...

Combined authority investment welcomed by new mayor 

14 Jun

Coventry regeneration schemes awarded £3.7 million loan.

Air sick 

3 Jun

As the English language continues to gloriously expand and evolve, it has yet to create an adequate word or phrase to capture the true essence of what it means to be a spectator of political campaigning...

Which side are you on? 

26 May

I have to admit that until Monday evening, I had never heard of Ariana Grande and even now, more than 72 hours later, I remain completely unfamiliar with her work but recognise that her talent and status make her important as an icon and role model ...

What are the parties offering women at the 2017 Election? 

9 May

Come and question the candidates at our hustings meeting: Coventry Women’s Voices Hustings  Tuesday 16 May, 7-9pm Committee room 3, Council House The meeting is free but please email CoventryWomen@gmail.

Stockton-on-Tees syndrome 

7 May

After being forcibly abducted, illegally deprived of liberty, brutalised and threatened with violence and death, it is beyond belief that a hostage would regard a hostage-taker with anything other than complete contempt and utter loathing...

Breakfast, dinner and tea 

4 May

For all their blindingly obvious failings, it is still possible to feel some sympathy for arrogant career politicians forced out onto the streets and into radio and television studios to explain themselves to an unworthy and inferior electorate...

Sixth Republic 

26 Apr

At the end of the Second World War, the Fourth French Republic was established and governed with an unstable mix of Gaullist and Communist elected representatives until 1958 when the colonial civil war in Algeria, the debacle in Indochina and revolts...

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Features »

Chinese media on Trump: two languages, two different messages 

18 Aug

Here’s one that should interest Global Journalism students: the Chinese media is enjoying the disintegration of Trump’s “administration”, but its Chinese-language outlets take a completely different line to its English language ones.

Coventry parkrun 2 September: Cancelled 

18 Aug

Due to the Donkey Derby (and the event setup) being held on 2 September in the War Memorial Park, there will be no Coventry parkrun on that day.

Car parking at Coventry parkrun 

18 Aug

Please use the main Park Ride car park when joining us on Saturday mornings rather than the Leamington Road car park.

University of Warwick ranked 3rd in Russell Group for providing extra value 

18 Aug

The University of Warwick is one of the UKs top 20 universities for providing students with extra value, the Economists Valued Added Earnings Rankings has found.

Lasers used to detect risk of heart attack and stroke 

17 Aug

Patients at risk of heart attacks and strokes may be spotted earlier thanks to a diagnosis tool that uses near-infrared light to identify high-risk arterial plaques, according to research carried out at WMG, University of Warwick, the Baker Institute...

Only two-thirds of trainee GPs plan to work in NHS general practice 

17 Aug

A new study by the University of Warwick indicates that only two in three doctors who are completing their training to become GPs plan to work in NHS general practice.

Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 16th August 2017 

16 Aug

16th August 2017 In this week’s show we have Wish you were here a nostalgic view of the  predigital age read by Alan, Edwina reports on a Resource Centre outing to Baddesley Clinton, Leo reads an article which re examines the legendary Dunkirk ...


16 Aug

Leveson is no longer the issue of the moment but it still has ramifications, especially after the press regulator Impress gained Royal Charter recognition.

How to get good lighting indoors 

15 Aug

This is a really handy explanation of lighting for DSLR shoots – with use of tin foil.

Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses – did it actually happen? 

15 Aug

Martin Luther's posting of the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on 31 October 1517, what the Germans call the Thesenanschlag, is one of the most famous events of Western history - but did it actually happen? In 1517: Martin ...

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Coventry City FC »

Jim’s column 19.8.2017 

20 Aug

Fifty years ago today the Sky Blues took the field at Turf Moor, Burnley for the club's first ever game in Division One.

Stats: Coventry City v Newport County 

19 Aug

Stats: Coventry City v Newport County Vitalfootball:Coventry:19/08/2017 20:58:00 All the stats from Coventry City (0) vs (1) Newport County, Ricoh Arena, 19 August 2017, 15:00 Att: 8,745...

Exiles end Coventry’s perfect start 

19 Aug

Coventry failed to maintain their 100 per cent winning start to the League Two season after a 1-0 defeat at home to Newport.

CCFC Family Zone 

18 Aug

CCFC Family Zone Vitalfootball:Coventry:18/08/2017 21:30:00 Some fantastic work again this season...

The pre-game ramble: Newport County 

18 Aug

Gameweek three of our League Two existence welcomes Newport County to the Ricoh.

Coventry v Newport preview 

18 Aug

Coventry boss Mark Robins must decide whether to change a winning team for the visit of Newport.

League Two Preview 

17 Aug

League Two Preview Vitalfootball:Coventry:17/08/2017 20:46:00 Weekend fixtures in the division...

LISTEN: EFL Matters podcast 

17 Aug

The first edition of the EFL Matters podcast is here, as Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway and pundit Andy Hinchcliffe joined David Prutton to discuss all the latest talking points in the Championship, League One and League Two.

Prutton’s EFL predictions 

17 Aug

David Prutton returns with his latest round of predictions ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet EFL matches.

Coventry City: Alive and Kicking (Part 5) 

16 Aug

Coventry City: Alive and Kicking (Part 5) Vitalfootball:Coventry:16/08/2017 22:18:00 You're in the Army now...

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Broadstreet Bested, Sale Sunk 

19 Aug

Sounded like two impressive displays by Cov in the pre-season double-header friendly at the BPA today.

Run your team with the Manager app 

18 Aug

With the Manager app from Pitchero, you can manage admin effortlessly and run your team on the move.

Preseason Fixtures 

17 Aug

The first and second team have two preseason games before the start of the season Saturday 19th August 1st Team – Coventry development at Butts Arena CV1 3GE Follow by Coventry vs Sale sharks 12:30pm ...

It’s that time again for the Autumn Internationals 

9 Jul

Tickets are available for fixtures in Old Mutual Wealth Series in November.

#OneClub Values pay dividends for ‘Street 

3 Jul

11 Colts added to Senior Squad Broadstreet RFC today confirmed that 11 Colts from last year have confirmed their intention to stay with the club and have been promoted to the Senior Squad.

Lee Is Our Leader 

2 Jul

Paul Hurst, Broadstreet RFC Head Coach, today announced Lee Chapman as the 1 st XV Captain for the 2017-18 season and Mike Worthington as Vice-Captain.

Broadstreet RFC Announce New Signings 

26 Jun

Broadstreet RFC today announced four new signings as preparation for the 2017/18 season in National Two South continues.

Reminder about the Guild Dinner Dance 2017 

7 Jun

Tickets are still available for this years end of season dinner.

Come and enjoy Trinity Guild’s RFC Summer Bash! 

6 Jun

Camp Out up the Guild...

Congratulations to the New Broadstreet RFC Committee 

24 May

Officers: President – Garry Watts Chairman – Simon Skene Treasurer – Peter Garlick Secretary – Paul Harcourt Social Secretary – Paul Hurst Fixture Secretary – Danny Rowan General Committee: Richard H...

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Business news »

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...

RICS to relocate team to Birmingham 

26 Apr

Property industry body decides against keeping Coventry staff in the city in favour of a new home in Birmingham...

Birmingham IT firm acquired by Arden Group 

20 Apr

Coventry group makes third acquisition in the space of 18 months as it aims to boost its roster of services...

Subcon Lasers: ‘in the forefront’ due to continual investment in the latest technology 

16 Apr

Subcon Laser Cutting, based in Nuneaton, invests in the latest technology available to keep at the forefront of a rapidly changing and challenging manufacturing environment.

Fifth anniversary for Coventry & Warwickshire Champions 

9 Apr

Business from across the West Midlands region gathered for a prestigious Coventry Warwickshire Champions meeting...

Strategy launched for thriving games and digital industry in and around Leamington 

24 Mar

A new strategy for growing the games cluster and the wider digital creative sector in and around Leamington has been launched by Coventry and Warwickshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).

MIPIM told speculative development a sign of Coventry & Warwickshire’s strength 

15 Mar

Speculative development of both large sheds and smaller units is a key barometer of the strength of Coventry and Warwickshires commercial property sector, investors at the MIPIM property exhibi...

RSC supplier aims to make light work of expansion 

14 Mar

A Coventry business that designs and manufactures specialist LED lighting for locations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Emirates Stadium and Twickenham, has announced plans to double in s...

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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 »

Caludon Castle Park clean up 

20 Aug

Wyken Waste Warriors - come and help us clean up the park.

Derelict garages, 18th August 

18 Aug

Site of derelict garages.

Litter Statistics 

18 Aug

Response by Coventry City Council to Samantha Davey on 18 August 2017 .

City shows its support for the people of Barcelona 

18 Aug

Coventry’s Lord Mayor and Council Leader are writing to the Mayor of Barcelona on behalf of the people of Coventry to send our deepest condolences to the people of, and visitors to Barcelona.

Car left off road on railway bridge between Newcombel Road and Westwood Road, 18th August 

18 Aug

Car has been here for at least 3 weeks Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Earlsdon Avenue North, Coventry Report on FixMyStreet...

Been parked for 8 days same spot restricting access an parking items left behind, 17th August 

17 Aug

Been using area as a garage, car smoking bad last time had to close window due to fumes an revving car.

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Arts & Culture »

The Dirt Road Blues Band 

13 Aug

The Dirt Road Blues Band by Pete Clemons I don’t think that it’s an exaggeration to say that Leamington Spa is blessed with its fair share of blues performers.

A chat with Kristian Hartridge – Moom. Sometime during 1995/96 

10 Aug

A chat with Kristian Hartridge – Moom.

The Pineapple Thief – Where We Stood 

10 Aug

The Pineapple Thief – Where We Stood by Pete Clemons The last time I wrote at length about The Pineapple Thief was around the time of the bands tenth studio album ‘Magnolia’ being released.

Callum Pickard and the Third Look 

2 Aug

Callum Pickard and the Third Look by Pete Clemons https://www.

Badfinger at the Godiva Festival 

23 Jul

Badfinger at the Godiva Festival by Pete Clemons And as the sun continued to beat down Coventry’s adopted band, Badfinger, took to the stage shortly before 3pm for their debut gig in the city.

RiD (Rock in Defiance) 

20 Jul

RiD (Rock in Defiance) by Pete Clemons Rid on Facebook https://www.

The Stranglers at The Godiva Festival 

20 Jul

The Stranglers at The Godiva Festival by Pete Clemons A reported 36,000 people attended the Godiva Festival on its opening day.

Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla at the Godiva Festival 

12 Jul

Joe O’Donnell's Shkayla at the Godiva Festival.

Bard’d Wire – Time Has Come 

6 Jul

Bard’d Wire – Time Has Come by Pete Clemons Facebook page https://www.

A chat with Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree) late 1994 

4 Jul

A chat with Steven Wilson late 1994...

A chat with Gary Ramon – Sundial. Sometime during 1995 

4 Jul

A chat with Gary Ramon – Sundial.

Mods and Mockers 

20 Jun

ROMEO AND JULIET Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 20 th June, 2017   The consistently excellent Oddsocks Productions revisits Shakespeare’s tragedy of star-cross’d lovers, this time giving it a mods and rockers setting.

Come Die With Me 

18 Jun

DINNER Bear Pit Theatre, Stratford upon Avon, Saturday 17 th June, 2017   One of the many commendable things about the Bear Pit Theatre Company is they are not shy of staging productions of works that provide challenges for cast and audience members...

The Stranglers 

15 Jun

The Stranglers by Pete Clemons I have to say that I was personally delighted when I heard that The Stranglers were going to headline the Friday evening of the Godiva Festival 2017.

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