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Watch: Coventry Foodbank ready to help the hungry this Christmas 

22 Dec

Some families will receive a much-needed food parcel to help them through the festive period...

It’s finally here…Coventry has its very own Christmas song 

22 Dec

'Spon End Santa' from Coventry songwriter David Goody even features city pop legend Horace Panter who makes a brief appearance as himself...

VIDEO: ‘Partying’ sparks ambulance call rise 

22 Dec

Alcohol fuels busiest weekend of year...

Man charged over car fire death 

22 Dec

A man is charged with causing the death of a woman whose car burst into flames in a crash in Coventry.

Driver badly hurt in Balsall Common crash 

22 Dec

Injured motorist was airlifted to hospital after smash at junction...

Heroic staff at Earlsdon Post Office fight off armed robbers 

22 Dec

Pair, armed with gun and metal bar, flee empty handed after attack on Friday...

Pupils at Coventry’s Westwood Academy remember Peshawar dead 

22 Dec

'They were ordinary pupils and ordinary teachers just like us,' says Westwood Academy head, remembering those killed in Pakistan school...

Parents warned over cheap dolls found to contain cancer causing chemicals 

22 Dec

Four out of 20 toys tested by Midlands trading standards officers contained illegal levels of chemicals linked to cancer and asthma...

Christmas parties mean huge rise in 999 calls for ambulances 

22 Dec

West Midlands Ambulance Service received 3,385 calls on Sunday - the 12th busiest day on record...

Allesley crash: Man, 27, appears in court after woman died in Browns Lane smash 

22 Dec

Nicky Gosal, from London, charged with causing the death of Georgina Johnson by driving dangerously...

Wasps owner reveals motives for Ricoh Arena takeover 

22 Dec

Millionaire Derek Richardson says he is not interested in land around Coventry stadium...

Which Coventry chemists will be open over Christmas? 

22 Dec

Handy guide to pharmacies staying open on Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day...

Wasps chief says fresh Sisu legal action ‘won’t harm relationship’ 

22 Dec

Sky Blues' new landlords dragged into dispute with Coventry City Council over Ricoh Arena loan...

How good is your phone company ? Coventry’s best and worst mobile networks revealed 

22 Dec

Coventry gets a raw deal compared to other areas, says new report...

Billie Whitelaw: Stars pay tribute to Coventry actress 

22 Dec

A life in pictures: The Omen star who grew up in Coventry and has died at the age of 82...

Fatal crash in Browns Lane: Driver in court today 

22 Dec

Man faces three charges including causing death while driving whilst disqualified...

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Red Button: Heavy rock royalty gets private viewing of vintage Jags awaiting a new home 

21 Dec

Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain views cars once showcased at Brown’s Lane museum...

Red Button: Bill Clinton and Desmond Tutu touted for Coventry Peace Festival 2015 

19 Dec

International heavyweights invited to headline city event by ambitious events mastermind Chris Hughes...

Tory-led Government’s pension changes could put firefighters’ lives at risk 

15 Dec

The way Ministers in the Tory-led Government have handled firefighters’ pensions has been deeply irresponsible.

Red Button: Rolf Harris’s unwanted legacy at Warwick University bar 

15 Dec

The student union had the good sense to remove their picture – a cartoon of Rolf as a kangaroo hopping across an Oz landscape...

Human-scale, decentralised technologies 

8 Dec

In 1995, the Times Literary Supplement placed a book by E.

Red Button: Euan’s such a card, Tony… but he’s got plenty to grin about 

5 Dec

Former PM's son is beaming with festive cheer on this snapshot with his office colleagues in Coventry city centre...

School Talk: Isolation rooms are from ‘Dickensian era’ and turn schools into prisons 

3 Dec

We have to ask ourselves is it right to remove one child from the room so that the others can learn? Is this the only way to do it...

Red Button: Sainsbury’s supremo Justin King keeping us guessing over next move 

3 Dec

King’ has founded Harbury House Ltd with the main product himself, as motivational public speaker and consultant...

Red Button: ‘Sisu fell down a hole they’d dug themselves, leaving Wasps to canter home as a lone runner’ 

28 Nov

Former Coventry City chairman John Poynton dismisses Sisu as 'typical hedge fund, throwing money around like confetti in the belief they can walk away with big profit within five years...

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18th December & 21st December 2014 

22 Dec

Been a little quiet on the blogging front just lately but I have been out about but getting back to basics just birding more rather than out just with the camera,so the last few months have been spent travelling locally afar watching commoner ...

£5 million Christmas gift for researchers at University of Warwick 

22 Dec

Researchers at the University of Warwick have picked up an early Christmas present in the form of more than 5 million worth of grants from the European Research Council (ERC).

XMaS comes early for Physics Students 

22 Dec

Fourteen upcoming female scientists received an early Christmas present today when they found out they had won an all-expenses paid trip to Grenoble, France.

Bacteria are wishing you a Merry Xmas 

22 Dec

A bacterium has been used to wish people a Merry Xmas.

Ecosystems need maths not random nature to survive 

22 Dec

A previously unknown mathematical property has been found to be behind one of natures greatest mysteries how ecosystems survive.

Days 14 and 15 

22 Dec

Last weekend we headed off to see Kev's parents and his brother's family up in Leicester to exchange presents.

Saturday 20 December 

21 Dec

The three amigos were still present the Scaup, Red-crested Pochard and the Common Sandpiper.

Day 13 

21 Dec

This time last week I was getting over the annual Christmas works do.

Day 11 and 12 

20 Dec

Term has ended at last, just need to get the house ready for the 14 for dinner next Thursday.

Kuwait – appendix 

19 Dec

Final few images from Kuwait including interesting image of Red whiskered Bulbul.

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Pressley hoping for late present 

22 Dec

Coventry have been given Christmas Day off by manager Steven Pressley - in the hope they deliver him a late present.

Pressley hoping for late present 

22 Dec

Coventry have been given Christmas Day off by manager Steven Pressley - in the hope they deliver him a late present.

Pressley hoping for late present 

22 Dec

Coventry have been given Christmas Day off by manager Steven Pressley - in the hope they deliver him a late present.

Jim’s column 20.12.14 

21 Dec

My Greatest ever Christmas games With Christmas almost upon us I thought I would compile my Top Ten Coventry City Christmas games.

Winning feeling eluding Pressley 

20 Dec

Steven Pressley warned his team they must start winning games when they dominate, following a 1-1 home draw with Fleetwood.

Jackson papers over cracks 

20 Dec

Simeon Jackson came off the bench earn a 1-1 draw for Coventry when they looked set for a narrow defeat to Fleetwood on home soil.

Jackson papers over cracks 

20 Dec

Simeon Jackson came off the bench earn a 1-1 draw for Coventry when they looked set for a narrow defeat to Fleetwood on home soil.

Jackson papers over cracks 

20 Dec

Simeon Jackson stepped off the substitutes' bench to earn a 1-1 draw for Coventry when they looked set for another miserable afternoon on home soil.

Positives For City From Fleetwood Draw 

20 Dec

Positives For City From Fleetwood Draw Vitalfootball:Coventry:20/12/2014 17:10:00 Sky Blues 1 Cod Army 1 at the Ricoh Arena...

Stats: Coventry City v Fleetwood Town 

20 Dec

Stats: Coventry City v Fleetwood Town Vitalfootball:Coventry:20/12/2014 16:55:00 All the stats from Coventry City (1) vs (1) Fleetwood Town , Ricoh Arena, 20 December 2014, 15:00 Att: 10,254...

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Street Pull A Christmas Cracker. 

22 Dec

Broadstreet Rugby Football Club completed the double over neighbours Birmingham Solihull in a seven try, maximum five point bonanza home win, despite a lacklustre first half saw ‘Street trailing...

Goode Stars In Ricoh Opener 

22 Dec

Coventry-born Goode scored 33 points, kicking eight penalties and two conversions to go with his try, to complete a Premiership record for the most points scored by a single player in a game.

Broadstreet RFC Proudly Presents The O2 RFU ‘Wear The Rose’ Rugby Experience. 

18 Dec

Amazing Oculus Rift virtual reality technology puts you at the heart of the England Rugby team on Saturday 20th December 2014.

New Blaze coach Chuck Weber aware of big challenge 

18 Dec

NEW BLAZE coach Chuck Weber is confident he can deliver his successful blueprint at the Skydome and transform the clubamp;#039;s miserable season.

Wasps and Ricoh Arena Stadium Announcement 

18 Dec

WASPS will set a new record attendance in Rugby Union's Aviva Premiership when they play their first match in Coventry on Sunday.

Steven Pressley issues rallying call to Sky Blues fans 

18 Dec

SKY BLUES boss Steven Pressley has paid tribute to the club's supporters ahead of this Saturday's home clash against Fleetwood Town.

Tim Stimpson guest for Wasps opener 

17 Dec

FORMER England and British Lions full back Tim Stimpson will be making a guest appearance when Wasps begin life at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday.

Judy Murray launches new girls programme 

17 Dec

TENNIS coach Hazel Cranston became one of the first coaches in the UK to take part in a training session with Judy Murray ahead of the launch of -€˜Miss-Hits' a new programme that will encourage more young girls into the sport.

Local pride at stake in Wasps opener 

17 Dec

FAR MORE than just Aviva Premiership points will be at stake when Wasps start life in Coventry this Sunday.

Confident Coventry win again at Blackheath 

17 Dec

PASSION, team work and commitment were just a few of the key ingredients displayed by Coventry as they recorded a record breaking 11th successive win in League One.

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Coventry project secures Government support for disabled workers app 

19 Dec

A COVENTRY-based project developing a new app that will help improve the work skills of disabled people has been given a funding boost by the Government.

Mazars advises Proteus Software on sale to Sanderson Group 

19 Dec

Proteus, which is based on Solihull Parkway at Birmingham Business Park, was acquired by the Coventry-based software and IT services business...

Swedish manufacturer heads to Coventry 

18 Dec

AN expanding Swedish automotive engineering service company has established its first UK operations in Coventry.

Birmingham Community Law Centre marks first anniversary 

16 Dec

Coventry Law Centre established the new law centre service for Birmingham towards the end of 2013 in the wake of the closure of Birmingham’s only remaining law centre...

Coventry factory set for closure as Rolls-Royce wields the axe 

12 Dec

AERO engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has revealed details of its proposed cutbacks as it looks to try and offset declining demand across it aerospace division.

MTC selected as base for new National College for Advanced Manufacturing 

11 Dec

A NEW National College for Advanced Manufacturing is to be jointly headquartered in Coventry and Sheffield, the government has announced.

Coventry University superlab attracts £5m grant 

11 Dec

COVENTRY Universitys flagship new Science and Health Building has been awarded a £4.9m grant by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

JCB concludes £4.5m engine supply deal to Coventry firm Terex GB 

8 Dec

STAFFORDSHIRE-based JCB, best known for its iconic excavators, has won one of the biggest engine supply deals in its history after securing an annual contract worth £4.5m.

Sanderson buys software firm for up to £1.9m and hints at further acquisitions 

8 Dec

SOFTWARE and IT services group Sanderson has acquired Solihulls Proteus Software for up to £1.9m.

PEL turns to European bus sector for growth after being given a steer by McLoughlin 

5 Dec

A COVENTRY-based engineering company is targeting the European bus and coach market for expansion after opportunities in the sector were underlined by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

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Seasonal safety 

5 Dec

Update issued at 12pm, Tuesday 9th December.

Charlotte’s story SD 

13 Nov

Charlotte's story SD Charlotte joined the Young Firefighter's Association in Coventry with no confidence.

CCTV: Toilet cubicle offender 

5 Nov

CCTV: Toilet cubicle offender Officers have released CCTV footage of a man we would like to speak to after a woman was assaulted in the female toilets at a Coventry leisure centre.

Battering ram cam captures unique footage of police raids 

23 Oct

Battering ram cam captures unique footage of police raids Ever wondered what it's like to be on a police raid? This unique footage captured on a state-of-the-art camera shows officers on the frontline of Operation Trivium in Coventry this...

CCTV APPEAL – Coventry theft – Check your fob has done its job. 

24 Sep

CCTV APPEAL - Coventry theft - Check your fob has done its job.

Appeal for information after assault on train – Coventry 

11 Sep

British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information and witnesses following an incident which took place on board a train travelling between Birmingham and Coventry.

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Stoke Library stay and play (Tuesday) 

23 Dec

Bring your young children to the stay and play session at Stoke Library every Tuesday.

Stoke Library Rhymetime 

23 Dec

Join us for fun with rhymes at Stoke Library every Tuesday.

Tile Hill Library Storytime & craft session 

23 Dec

Join us for a storytime and craft session.

Willenhall Library Homework Help (Tuesday) 

23 Dec

Get help with your homework and advice from friendly staff in the library every Tuesday.

Trading Standards warning about dangerous chemicals in toy dolls 

22 Dec

Centsa Press Release - Dangerous chemicals in toy dolls...

Tile Hill Library Homework Help (Monday) 

22 Dec

Get help with your homework and advice from friendly staff in the library every Monday.

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19 Dec

So I've finally reached the end of term, and boy has it been a tough one! Ed is doing a Primary PGCE which is a whole lot of hard work, and I have been struggling through not feeling very well a lot of the time.

Étude in Stripes 

14 Dec

My next project to share here after our mammoth photographing session the other day is my Étude in Stripes.

‘The Truth Of Revolution Brother’ Book Launch – Brixton Windmill – December 2014 / Crass Interview 1984 / World Domination Enterprises 1985 

13 Dec

ISBN 978-0-9930190-0-5 to order from book stores or buy direct from HERE During a wet and rainy Thursday night in Brixton south London a book launch was being held.


11 Dec

When I first saw a photo of Ramona on my pattern highlights feed on Ravelry, I knew I would have to knit it.

Yes It Most Definitely Is 

11 Dec

OH NO IT ISN’T Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wednesday 10 th December, 2014   In the Belgrade’s B2 Studio there’s an alternative to the traditional pantomime playing in the main house.


8 Dec

I've written a number of blog posts about my knitted hoodie, Hudson.

Square and Stripe 

6 Dec

So I'm back again, only a few weeks later.

Rubbing Along Nicely 

6 Dec

ALADDIN Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Friday 5 th December, 2014   The Belgrade’s pantomime this year is that curious mix of Arabian Nights and a China that never was, the rags to riches story of Aladdin.

Playing by the Rules 

5 Dec

HOKE’S BLUFF Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Thursday 4 th December, 2014   We have all seen them, those sports-themed movies.

The Enduring Privacy of Pink Floyd – Pete Clemons 

24 Nov

The latest article by Pete Clemons for the Coventry Telegraph features Pink Floyd .

Brigandage – Gung Ho Records – 1986 / John Peel session – 1983 

23 Nov

Pretty Funny Thing / One Touch / Ripped And Torn (DOWNLOAD) Horsey Horsey / I Need Something Part 1 + Part 2 / Angel Of Vengeance (DOWNLOAD) Brigandage were a band that I enjoyed listening to from the earlier 1980’s until the mid 1980’s.

Lady and the Tram 

12 Nov

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Tuesday 11th November, 2014  The Secret Theatre Company’s  new production of the Tennessee Williams classic is startling in its approach.

King – The Rise and Fall of this Coventry Band 

10 Nov

Pete Clemons no has his articles published automatically on line as well as in the physical version of Coventry Telegraph .

Crass / Poison Girls – Manchester Mayflower – 17/10/80 

5 Nov

Uploaded this November 5th is an exclusive Kill Your Pet Puppy post helped along perhaps not by a cast of thousands, but certainly by the following kindly folk.

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