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Five things you might have missed in Coventry this Bank Holiday weekend 

2 May

All the stories and headlines you need to know from over the past three days...

Thousands turn out for rescued Earlsdon Festival 

2 May

Annual event had been in doubt before the Rotary Club of Coventry Phoenix came to the rescue...

M42 baby born on busy motorway ‘fell out of trousers’ 

2 May

Tommy Kemp was born on the hard shoulder after arriving three weeks early...

Jaguar to launch stretched version of XF saloon in China 

2 May

New XFL will be produced at Jaguar Land Rover's Chinese factory...

Spice up your life! Coventry University student makes film to mark the Spice Girls 20th anniversary 

2 May

Alex Lodge has created the film which documents the band launch into super stardom with the release of Wannabee...

No monkeying around! Twycross Zoo recruiting keepers to look after primates 

2 May

Keepers for apes and primates needed at Twycross Zoo...

Supermarkets pull oyster sauce from shelves because packaging oysters missed from allergy list 

2 May

Blue Dragon sauces are being recalled due to undeclared allergens on the chow mein, sweet chilli and oyster sauce packs...

Supermarkets pull oyster sauce from shelves because packaging oysters missed from allergy list 

2 May

Blue Dragon sauces are being recalled due to undeclared allergens on the chow mein, sweet chilli and oyster sauce packs...

North Pole explorer from Coventry reveals dramatic pictures from global warming trip 

2 May

Mark Wood and two serving soldier teammates returned to the UK on Thursday...

Police helicopter called to help find man thought to have caused damage to Keresley home 

2 May

Heavy police presence seen around Sadler Road after man ran from scene...

Scales of Justice: Stealing washing powder from B&M and cannabis possession among cases heard 

2 May

A round-up of cases heard at Coventry Magistrates Court on March 24...

‘Sinister, aggressive and menacing’ – Jaguar Land Rover worker sacked over gun pictures 

2 May

Khalid Usman shown the door by JLR after proudly sharing images with frightened employees...

On This Day: Old photos of Coventry and Warwickshire on May 2 

2 May

A selection of photos taken by the Telegraph on this day in history...

Increase in overweight patients being admitted to hospital in Coventry 

2 May

Government figures show 5,281 obese patients were treated in the city in 2014-15...

“I’ve lost my best friend” – owner’s heartache after elderly Jack Russell is killed by another dog 

2 May

Eagle, aged 17, was rushed to the vets but was told he wouldn't survive such serious injuries...

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing” – dog walker spots man try to hang cat from tree 

1 May

Brave Kerry Reeve stepped in when she spotted the individual trying to hang a ginger cat from a tree in Binley...

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‘EDL not welcome in the city of peace and reconciliation’ 

26 Apr

Keith Perry says we can and must sort out our problems by working together...

Opinion: News editor Sam Dimmer on the latest shocking child neglect case to rock Coventry 

7 Apr

The child - described only as Baby E - died in hospital after growing up in squalid conditions at a house in the city...

Wife beater 

16 Mar

Responding to a legitimate if carefully planted parliamentary question regarding war crimes being committed in Syria, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has launched a blistering attack on the brave men and women of the US Air Force and the RAF...

The crisis facing the elderly and their carers 

29 Feb

Looking at the impact of austerity on those delivering care to older people.

Witney hold `em 

18 Feb

Even if we disregard the blatant lies, the avarice, the duplicity, the arrogance and the sheer incompetence and if we forget the broken pledges, promises, pleas and piffle and if we ignore the bluff, double-bluff and triple-bluff, it is still ...

Basket case 

5 Feb

It seems that February will offer no respite from the relentless onslaught of public loss and collective grief that January inflicted upon a heartbroken society.


30 Jan

Ducks are deceptive calculating creatures that must not under any circumstances be trusted...

Chilly con Carney 

24 Jan

The chill winds blowing around the picturesque streets of Davos during this last week can be considered as a balmy zephyr compared to the El Nino event likely to thunder along Threadneedle Street and possibly remove the unfixed roof of number 11 ...

Deeply disturbing…probably 

22 Jan

When a government resorts to summary execution, extrajudicial assassination and cold blooded murder then that government is clearly failing and represents a rogue and pariah state...

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The Seeker 

2 May

Saturday 2nd May 2016 Just like the lyrics of the hit by The Who, I've been searching.

Getting Verified on Twitter by Making a Case for some UK Police Officers who’ve earned the blue badge 

2 May

If I'm to give anything to UK Social Policing from now on, it's going to be on the side of innovation and making things happen that have either not been done yet or do not technically exist..


1 May

I have been sort of hoarding the papers from the Shimelle Starshine paper range since buying them (as they are out of stock almost everywhere), but have decided that I really do need to make inroads into them.

Brian Redknap RIP 

1 May

Brian Redknap RIP One of the Coventry Societys most loyal friends passed away on 2nd April at Myton Hospice at the age of 88.

Dementia idea sees Warwick Business School team win case challenge 

29 Apr

An all-woman team from Warwick Business School pocketed 4,500 after winning a case challenge focused on helping dementia sufferers live in their homes longer.

Memories of the Louvre 

29 Apr

I took these photos of the sumptuous interiors of the Louvre museum in Paris that Napoleon used for his state apartments while in the capital.

Coventry parkrun 314, 23 April 2016 

28 Apr

Coventry parkrun 314,  23 April 2016 This week there were 626 runners, of whom 54 were first timers and 135 recorded new Personal Bests.

Eating chocolate each day could reduce heart disease and diabetes risk 

28 Apr

Including a small amount of chocolate each day could help prevent diabetes and insulin resistance according to research findings from the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) and the University of Warwick.

Coventry Talking Newspaper for the blind & partially sighted for 27th April 2016 

28 Apr

27th April 2016 In this week’s show Leo reads Hope for sight loss, Chris talks about the Garden shed, Cliff Meets Dr DogMichelmore and Graham Wale talks about the Mysterious Monks.

New £180m fund to accelerate energy research across the Midlands Engine 

27 Apr

Midlands Innovation Launched: A major new fund designed to drive cutting-edge research, innovation and skills across the Midlands Engine, has been officially launched on 26th April with significant backing from Chancellor of the Exchequer George ...

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Coventry City FC »

Goodbye Or Farewell To Coventry City Stars? 

2 May

Goodbye Or Farewell To Coventry City Stars? Vitalfootball:Coventry:02/05/2016 19:59:00 Who's going and who's staying at the Ricoh Arena...

Pick your player of the month 

2 May

Sky Sports can now reveal the contenders for the PFA Fans' Player of the Month Awards for April.

Stats: Coventry City v Sheffield United 

1 May

Stats: Coventry City v Sheffield United Vitalfootball:Coventry:01/05/2016 18:31:00 All the stats from Coventry City (3) vs (1) Sheffield United, Ricoh Arena, Saturday 30 April 2016, 15:00 Att: 13,177...

Jim’s column 30.4.2016 

1 May

As I wrote last week, this month sees the 80 th anniversary of Coventry City's first ever promotion in the Football League from Division Three South.

Tony Mowbray feels Coventry should have been top six 

30 Apr

Coventry boss Tony Mowbray was left thinking of what might have been as his side ended their home campaign on a high with a 3-1 win over Sheffield United.

Coventry win after early touch of Fortune 

30 Apr

Marc-Antoine Fortune's fortuitous goal helped Coventry end their home campaign with a 3-1 win over Sheffield United.

The Final Sky Blues Home XI Is… 

30 Apr

The Final Sky Blues Home XI Is...

L1: Wigan secure promotion 

30 Apr

Wigan have secured their return to the Sky Bet Championship at the first attempt after they defeated relegation-threatened Blackpool 4-0 at Bloomfield Road.

Fortune favours the Sky Blues 

30 Apr

Marc-Antoine Fortune's fortuitous goal helped Coventry end their home campaign with a 3-1 win over Sheffield United.

Coventry City v Sheffield United 

30 Apr

Live coverage of Saturday's League One game between Coventry City and Sheffield United.

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Broadstreet 1sts Squad – Home – Sedgley Park RUFC – Apr 2016. 

29 Apr

Broadstreet RFC 1sts Squad versus Sedgley Park RUFC - 30th April 2016.

Broadstreet 1sts Squad – Away – Huddersfield RUFC – Apr 2016. 

22 Apr

Broadstreet RFC 1sts Squad versus Huddersfield RUFC - 23rd April 2016.

Spring Clean 2016 

19 Apr

Volunteers required at Broadstreet RFC Saturday 25th June 2016 and Sunday 26th June 2016.

Broadstreet 1sts Squad – Home – Leicester Lions RFC – Apr 2016. 

15 Apr

Broadstreet RFC 1sts Squad versus Leicester Lions RFC - 16th April 2016.

Broadstreet 1sts Squad – Away – Harrogate RUFC – Apr 2016. 

8 Apr

Broadstreet RFC 1sts Squad versus Harrogate RUFC - 9th April 2016.

Jordan Simpsons London Marathon 

5 Apr

Street's Mini rugby Coach and senior rugby player has had his running shoes on recently pounding the streets of Leamington and Warwick getting the hard miles done in preparation for his first London ...

Broadstreet 1sts Squad – Home – Sandal RFC – Apr 2016. 

1 Apr

Broadstreet RFC 1sts Squad versus Sandal RUFC - 2nd April 2016.

Broadstreet 1sts Squad – Away – Luctonians RFC – Mar 2016. 

18 Mar

Broadstreet RFC 1sts Squad versus Luctonians RFC - 19th March 2016.

Broadstreet RFC Established As Wasps’ Partner Club. 

9 Mar

Broadstreet’s Chairman Accepts Partner Plaque.

Broadstreet 1sts Squad – Home – Otley RUFC – Mar 2016. 

4 Mar

Broadstreet RFC 1sts Squad versus Otley RUFC - 3rd March 2016.

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Business news »

Consultancy creates 10 jobs with Birmingham expansion 

29 Apr

A UTILITIES consultancy has created 10 jobs with the opening of its second office.

Manufacturer to invest £20m in new UK headquarters 

29 Apr

AN industrial robot manufacturer is taking 170,000 sq ft at Coventry\'s Ansty Park as it relocates its UK headquarters across the city.

Business leaders welcome consent for JLR’s latest expansion 

27 Apr

BUSINESS leaders have welcomed approval of new plans for a massive expansion of Jaguar Land Rovers operations in Coventry.

Discover how to tackle the construction crises 

27 Apr

RETURNING for 2016, the Midlands Construction Summit is to be held on September 20 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry and for the first time the Summit will be held alongside the Midlands Construction Expo...

Smoke alarm firm says sorry to shareholders after meltdown 

26 Apr

COVENTRY-based smoke alarm supplier Sprue Aegis has issued an apology to shareholders after the firms shares went into meltdown following a profit warning due to warranty issues with its device...

Ricoh Arena to host major international sporting fixtures 

22 Apr

INTERNATIONAL rugby league is returning to the Midlands after Coventry\'s Ricoh Arena was selected to host a double header in this autumn\'s Four Nations series.

Coventry gaming industry lands £4m US boost 

21 Apr

COVENTRYS important gaming industry has been handed a £4m boost after firms took part in an international trade mission to San Francisco.

Jaguar Land Rover expansion will drive Motor City growth 

21 Apr

TWO major investments in the automotive industry by Jaguar Land Rover will create world class manufacturing facilities for Coventry, it has been claimed.

Recruitment firm undergoes MBO 

18 Apr

A MIDLANDS recruitment company with bases in Birmingham and Coventry has undergone a successful MBO.

Coventry University unearths something special for the Chelsea Flower Show 

18 Apr

BIOMECHANICS experts from Coventry University are set to show off their expertise to a rather more unusual audience.

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‘Sheriff of Hillfields’ Barney Barnes is hanging up his hat 

1 May

He has struck a chord with the Coventry community for more than two decades - but PC Barney Barnes is now hanging up his hat.

Police appeal for witnesses following a fatal collision in Coventry 

29 Apr

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Coventry yesterday, between a car and a pedestrian.

Police search for wanted Coventry man 

29 Apr

Police are searching for a Coventry man who is wanted for burglary.

Drugs ring crushed by West Midlands Police – members jailed for 30-plus years 

28 Apr

Members of a Coventry drugs ring have been jailed for more than 30 years - after their illegal empire was crushed by West Midlands Police.

Three charged with terrorism offences 

28 Apr

Two men and a woman from Birmingham have today (Thursday) been charged with terrorism offences.

Tattoo artist jailed for Coventry biker gang shooting 20 years ago 

26 Apr

A man who shot a DJ in the face after being asked to leave a pub in Coventry 20 years ago has been jailed for three years after being found guilty of wounding.

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Friend or Foe? Seminar 

3 May

Bringing together academic, civil society, political & intergovernmental voices to discuss the myths & realities surrounding the investment chapter of TTIP and other international investment treaties.

Bankruptcy orders 

1 May

Request sent to Coventry City Council by Michael Turner on 1 May 2016 .

Uneven Road Surface Winding House Lane, 1st May 

1 May

Very uneven road surface which makes a very bouncy ride just after Burbages Lane towards Prologis Park.

Countryside Loop – 31 Mile Sky Ride Local Guided Ride 

1 May

Coventry Countryside Loop - 31 Mile Sky Ride Local Guided Ride.

The pothole is back again, 30th April 

30 Apr

The pothole is back.

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs 

29 Apr

Request sent to Coventry City Council by Iona Moore on 29 April 2016 .

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Arts & Culture »

My Big Fat Indian Wedding 

27 Apr

BRING ON THE BOLLYWOOD Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 26 th April, 2016   Katrina is a doctor – the trouble is she’s 32 and unmarried.

Remembering when Birmingham’s best would travel to perform in Coventry 

26 Apr

Remembering when Birmingham's best would travel to perform in Coventry Pete Clemons remembers when Brummie bands of the 1960s would make the short trip down the A45 http://www.

The history of Birmingham legends ELO and their connections to Coventry 

26 Apr

The history of Birmingham legends ELO and their connections to Coventry In his 125th article for Coventry Telegraph, Pete Clemons discusses the Brummie icons http://www.

Flashback: Remembering Coventry band Jigsaw 

26 Apr

Flashback: Remembering Coventry band Jigsaw Pete Clemons on the sixties and seventies Coventry and Rugby musical outfit http://www.

From the Tic Toc to the Kasbah: A history of the Coventry nightclub 

26 Apr

From the Tic Toc to the Kasbah: A history of the Coventry nightclub Pete Clemons on the historic venue in Primrose Hill Street http://www.

Turkey Pizza Base 

15 Apr

Last week I mentioned the chicken pizza base.

The Cravats – Overground Records – 2016 

14 Apr

The Cravats – Overground Records – 2016 Anyone who has had even a vague love of punk music over the last thirty five  years will know The Cravats or, at least, be aware of their existence.

Beat off 

13 Apr

HEARTBEAT Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 12 th April, 2016   The much-loved TV series, a staple of Sunday night viewing for 18 years, is resurrected in the form of this touring production, a kind of extended episode featuring two members of the...

The Bread Cave 

4 Apr

Yesterday, after making the pizza base (we had regular pizza alongside the chicken base), there was some left over so I kneaded in some chilli flakes and flattened it out to make a flatbread.

Chicken Pizza Base 

4 Apr

We have been experimenting with alternative pizza bases recently.

Perfect Tense 

31 Mar

THE PERFECT MURDER Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wednesday 30 th March, 2016   This production gets a new lease of life in a new tour starring EastEnders double act, Kat and Alfie Moon – Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie.

Breathing Space 

25 Mar

So maternity leave is officially over and I'm back at work (though since it's the Easter holidays I don't have to face the trauma of leaving my babies for another two weeks yet).

Acts of Violence 

24 Mar

GET CARTER Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wednesday 23 rd March, 2016   The iconic British film was based on the novel Jack’s Return Home by Ted Lewis.

Raisin’ a Family 

23 Mar

A RAISIN IN THE SUN Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 22 nd March, 2016   Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 is a landmark play, now a period piece, but with continuing resonance in our benighted age.

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