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Coventry fatal bus crash: Kailash Chander charged 

24 Jul

Two people died when a double decker bus hit a supermarket.


Diana, Our Mother: William and Harry speak of regret at last ‘desperately rushed’ call with Princess 

24 Jul

The brothers open their hearts about the last chat they had with their mother...


Sandeep Samra of Coventry charged with terror offence 

24 Jul

She was charged with being concerned in the commission or preparation of acts of terrorism.


Cervical smear tests: ‘Concerning’ delays on results letters 

24 Jul

A change to the screening system is thought to be the cause as fewer staff are replaced when they leave.


What are horseflies and what to do if you get bitten by one this summer 

24 Jul

As the weather heats up, there is a whole host of creepy crawlies just waiting to take advantage of your open windows...


Coventry set for ‘amazing Indian summer’ with forecasters predicting soaring temperatures until October 

24 Jul

Large swathes of the country will also enjoy warmer temperatures than usual...


Grandad, 33, hauled off Ryanair flight – what budget airline said 

24 Jul

In the aftermath, a passenger on the Ryanair flight claimed their removal was a last resort for the captain...


Pollock impresses in Bears T20 debut 

23 Jul

Ross Whiteley hits six sixes in an over but Worcestershire lose to Yorkshire, plus Sunday's T20 Blast round-up.


Smoking cannabis could lose you your home – here’s why 

23 Jul

Residents warned drug use taken seriously...


A drone has crashed into my garden and other Coventry drone police calls 

23 Jul

Coventry Police have taken 29 drone calls since 2012...


Only 1 in 1000 people can work out this mind-boggling puzzle 

23 Jul

Rgardless of your acumen in the world of numeracy, you may struggle wit this mind-bending question...


UNSOLVED: Brutal murder which baffled police remains a mystery – 20 YEARS ON 

23 Jul

A 2009 police review into the murder of Jodine Brown identified no new lines of enquiry...


Diana, Our Mother: William and Harry speak of regret at last ‘desperately rushed’ call with Princess 

23 Jul

The brothers open their hearts about the last chat they had with their mother...


Drivers are failing MOTs for these ridiculous reasons 

23 Jul

An astonishing list of reasons for failing an MOT has been put together by Scrap Car Comparison...


Watch: Cats trapped in bins and snakes on the loose – these are West Midlands Fire Service’s amazing animal rescues 

23 Jul

There were 48 call outs to Coventry to help save endangered animals...


You need to delete your old Myspace account right now – and this is why 

23 Jul

The process has been branded so flawed it deserves its own place in history...


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Comment »

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 »

Vegetables on Paper 

24 Jul

When I saw these stamps called Farmer's Market by Altenew, they struck as being so unusual that I felt the urge to order them! I had a play with them last weekend making some simple cards for my card box.


Ancient Yew 

23 Jul

On our recent trip to see Katie in Wales, we stopped off at Powis Castle on the way.


I get my life back…. 

22 Jul

Enough said.


WBS conference to ask howluxury evolve in the digital age? 

21 Jul

Some of worlds brightest thinkers in luxury marketing including brand experts from McLaren and LOral will be converging for a conference on how luxury evolvles in the face of Millennials' demands and the growing sharing economy.


A MOJO strategy (a live document) 

21 Jul

I’m using this space to pull together useful links and ideas for a mobile journalism teaching strategy.


More of That Voodoo Skiffle 

21 Jul

Word of our storming gig at the Gatehouse last weekend has led to one more acoustic skiffle-a-billy afternoon in a pub garden with the Voodoo boys! Oh yes!….


Nuneaton mother inspires family to return to education 

21 Jul

A Nuneaton mother who returned to education and graduated from the University of Warwick this week has inspired her whole family to do the same.


Warwick submarine team UK champions at international race 

20 Jul

Students from WMG at the University of Warwick, who designed and built a submarine, were the UK champions at the 2017 International Submarine Race (ISR) in Washington DC, USA.


World-changing nanoscientist honoured at Warwick degree ceremonies 

20 Jul

Revolutionary physicist, Dr Don Eigler, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Warwick in honour of his achievements in scientific research.


The Old College 

20 Jul

Aberystwyth University began its life in a gothic building on the seafront called The Old College.


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Coventry City FC »

Coventry City: Alive and Kicking (Part 1) 

23 Jul

Coventry City: Alive and Kicking (Part 1) Vitalfootball:Coventry:23/07/2017 15:12:00 Sky Blues avoid the drop (just...


Two Sky Blues Seasons Captured In Print 

22 Jul

Two Sky Blues Seasons Captured In Print Vitalfootball:Coventry:22/07/2017 21:17:00 New Coventry City books in October...


Sky Blues See Off The Dons 

21 Jul

Sky Blues See Off The Dons Vitalfootball:Coventry:21/07/2017 21:16:00 2-0 win for City on Friday evening...


Myths: Home advantage? 

20 Jul

They often say a team has home advantage - but is there such a thing? We've checked every league result since 1888 to bust the myth...


New Defender Impresses In City Defeat 

19 Jul

New Defender Impresses In City Defeat Vitalfootball:Coventry:19/07/2017 21:05:00 McDonald the pick for Vital Coventry's man at Oakwell...


Back In The Swing Of It 

19 Jul

Back In The Swing Of It Vitalfootball:Coventry:19/07/2017 20:15:00 First game of 2017/18...


Swansea City Win Battle For City Starlet 

18 Jul

Swansea City Win Battle For City Starlet Vitalfootball:Coventry:18/07/2017 11:22:00 Harries completes move to South Wales...


Swansea sign Coventry’s Harries 

17 Jul

Swansea City have signed Wales Under-20 defender Cian Harries from Coventry City.


September TV Selections Made – Soon To Be Announced 

17 Jul

September TV Selections Made - Soon To Be Announced Vitalfootball:Coventry:17/07/2017 07:27:00 Sky Sports selected their TV picks for the month of September last week and fans will know which games have effected on Wednesday.


Oakwell Trip As Sky Blues Return 

16 Jul

Oakwell Trip As Sky Blues Return Vitalfootball:Coventry:16/07/2017 19:25:00 Barnsley friendly on Tuesday for City...


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Sport »

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...


David L Parker of Broadstreet RFC nominated for inaugural Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards 

18 May

#VolunteerOfTheYear and @MitsubishiUK @EnglandRugby David L Parker of Broadstreet RFU has been nominated for the inaugural Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards for their work as a rugby vol...


AGM 2017 

17 May

NOTICE: BROADSTREET RFC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held at the Rugby Road clubhouse on Tuesday 23rd May 2017 @ 7.00pm.


Will Maisey grabs the awards. 

15 May

Will Maisey capped a terrific return to Cov with a couple of very significant awards...


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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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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.


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.


CCTV footage released after a man is attacked in Small Heath 

22 Jul

Police have released CCTV footage as part of an on-going investigation into a serious assault that took place in Small Heath earlier this month.


Detectives granted further time to question Coventry woman on suspicion of terrorism offences 

19 Jul

Detectives have been granted further time to question an 18-year-old Coventry woman who was arrested yesterday (Tuesday 18 July) on suspicion of terrorism offences.


Coventry woman arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences 

18 Jul

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


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LocalGov »

Primary schools get building boost 

24 Jul

Three Coventry primary schools are to get new buildings to help meet new requirements for nursery provision.


2017 MJ Awards 

24 Jul

Response by Coventry City Council to Arthur Smith on 24 July 2017 .


Tree Preservation Orders Digital Format 

24 Jul

Follow up sent to Coventry City Council by Mr Wilde on 24 July 2017 .


Council responds to false flag fine story 

24 Jul

We've been made aware of a story circulating on Facebook about the Council that isn't true.


Tobacco crime not to be sniffed at by Trading Standards across Central England 

24 Jul

Over 5.5 million illegal cigarettes and 645 kg of hand rolling tobacco were seized by local Trading Standards within the Central England Trading Standards Authorities (CEnTSA).


Fleet Information 

24 Jul

Response by Coventry City Council to Iain Irvin on 24 July 2017 .


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Arts & Culture »

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.


Steven Wilson to visit the Midlands 

15 Jun

Steven Wilson to visit the Midlands by Pete Clemons At the time I last put digit to keyboard and put a few words together about Steven Wilson, his third studio album ‘ The Raven That Refused to Sing ’, was about to be released.


Back out in the Outback 

14 Jun

PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Tuesday 13 th June, 2017   Three Spires and Guildhall take a bold stab at the colourful musical, based on the joyous Australian comedy film starring Terence Stamp and Guy Pearce.


Stone Foundation 

7 Jun

Stone Foundation By Pete Clemons Nowadays, the music business is a very strange and fickle place.


Voices and Choices 

26 May

MY COUNTRY Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Thursday 25 th May, 2017   This touring show from the National Theatre is described as a work in progress – largely because, I suspect, Brexit has yet to happen and the debate still rages on – this ...


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