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Wasps unveil plan to build retractable garden roof for Ricoh Arena 

1 Apr

'The Goof' to be constructed in time for the start of 2015/16 Aviva Premiership season...

Victim of savage domestic violence in Coventry dragged through family court days later 

31 Mar

Zoe Dronfield has now launched a charity and wants the government to reform "archaic" system...

Zoe Dronfield thought she had the perfect boyfriend – until he stabbed her as she slept 

31 Mar

Mum-of-two tells how her "charming and slick" Jason Smith turned into a monster after losing his job...

Coventry man jailed for ten years for attacking girlfriend with a meat cleaver and a knife 

31 Mar

Jason Smith, from Bell Green, was sentenced after being found guilty of causing Zoe Dronfield grievous bodily harm with intent...

Young Warwick rugby players secure national championship title after intense final match 

31 Mar

Warwick School's U13 rugby team went head to head against Trinity School, Croydon in the School Sports Magazine National Finals...

Weather: Driver’s incredible escape in Tile Hill as storms bring tree down on her car 

31 Mar

Woman was driving to the hairdressers when her car was crushed by falling tree in 40mph gales...

Warwickshire’s key battlegrounds 

31 Mar

Marginal seats means it's all to fight for...

Coventry classic car parade bids to break world record 

31 Mar

COVENTRY is to bid to smash the world record for the largest classic car parade ever staged.

Weather: Driver’s lucky escape in Tile Hill as tree falls on car in high winds 

31 Mar

Woman walked away unscathed after branches smashed through her windscreen in Tile Hill...

Sainsbury’s to create 300 jobs at new ‘Technology Hub’ in Coventry 

31 Mar

The food retailer announces plans to create specialists roles at its sites at Ansty Park and Walsgrave...

More than 2,000 classic cars lined up for world-record attempts through Coventry city centre 

31 Mar

Parade will start from Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Sunday June 14 and also include around 1,000 Jaguars...

Easter getaway: Travellers warned to expect major disruption on the trains and roads 

31 Mar

Trains between Coventry and London set to be worst affected...

General Election 2015: Manifesto for Coventry – full survey results 

31 Mar

We asked you what issues were important to you in the run up to the General Election.

Browns Lane fatal crash: Man in court to face charges after death of Georgina Johnson 

31 Mar

Georgina Johnson died when her Smart car was involved in a crash with a Mercedes...

Coventry Winter Night Shelter: 1,800 beds provided for rough sleepers 

31 Mar

Coventry Winter Night Shelters saw around 150 guests stop off for at least one night during 17-week project...

Woman from Solihull in X-rated office sex session caught on camera 

31 Mar

Man and woman were fillmed by partygoers at a bar across the street...

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Popular Earlsdon cafe-delicatessen Kendalls could be turfed out of premises for new pub 

30 Mar

Red Button: Spencer Park could close, Banger Walsh is backing the Sky Blues to end home woes and green lamp-posts are bing hunted down...

Red Button: Who approves of the Axa tower’s coat of many colours? 

27 Mar

It has now emerged that the repainting of the Coventry skyscraper, thought to have contravened planning regulations, does not need the city council's consent after all...

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.

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20th March 2015 

31 Mar

On the afternoon of the 19th a phone call from John Oates telling me that a Black-tailed Godwit was showing very well at Marsh Lane,Meriden had me cussing as I was on the way to work luckily enough the next morning it was still present so had a ...

Mini Magic for Myton 

31 Mar

Best buddies, Mark Evans and Steve Heard are embarking on a fundraising motoring tour for Myton in memory of Mark’s wife Amanda...

Hooting Cafetiere. 

31 Mar

Katie has really got into knitting since going to University and joining KnitSoc.

22nd March 2015 

30 Mar

Headed back down to the Forest of Dean for another crack at the Hawfinch's as last time we only had a single bird high up in the tree only scope views so an early start to get a good place in the carpark was needed,on the way down we had to make a ...

15th March 2015 

30 Mar

Headed over to Corby this morning for the single Waxwing which had been knocking about the only 1 near enough this winter with the birds being scarce this year,had great views although the light was poor before heading upto Gonalston in Notts for the...

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

30 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.

£80 million NAIC construction contract awarded to Balfour Beatty 

30 Mar

The University of Warwick has announced today, Monday 30 th March 2015, that the international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has been awarded an 80 million contract to construct the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC).


29 Mar

Harry played in his last rugby match of the season today for the club he trains with.

Mobile journalism blog 

29 Mar

Just found a good-looking blog on mobile journalism, by Matthias Sdun, who reports from the 2015 Mojocon conference in Dublin.

Jobs axe suggests teaching still outranked by research 

28 Mar

After the university fee cap was raised to £9,000, the universities minister David Willetts (who once thought I was a car parking attendant) said teaching needed to be regarded as highly as research.

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A Good Wednesday For City? 

31 Mar

A Good Wednesday For City? Vitalfootball:Coventry:31/03/2015 20:39:00 Coventry City look to steal a march on their relegation rivals as they host Leyton Orient on Wednesday night at the Ricoh Arena.

Get Behind The Team! 

31 Mar

With the end of the season approaching fast, and the Sky Blues still in the danger zone, we think its important that fans get behind Tony Mowbray and the team.

Coventry City v Leyton Orient 

31 Mar

Preview followed by live coverage of Wednesday's League One game between Coventry City and Leyton Orient (19:45 BST).

Coventry v Leyton Orient preview 

31 Mar

Team news for Wednesday evening's League One clash between Coventry City and Leyton Orient at the Ricoh Arena.

Mowbray urges Maddison caution 

31 Mar

Boss Tony Mowbray has urged caution over Coventry youngster James Maddison and insisted he must be protected from pressure.

Maddison looks set to miss out 

31 Mar

James Maddison is unlikely to feature for Coventry against Leyton Orient despite making his comeback for the under-21s.

Mowbray keeps calm over Maddison 

31 Mar

Boss Tony Mowbray urged caution over Coventry youngster James Maddison and insisted he must be protected from pressure.

Coventry not a step down – Turgott 

30 Mar

Coventry City midfielder Blair Turgott says he does not feel his move from Premier League West Ham was a step down.

Safety Begins At Home For Coventry City 

29 Mar

Safety Begins At Home For Coventry City Vitalfootball:Coventry:29/03/2015 20:55:00 Sky Blues chalk up third successive away victory...

Jim’s column 28.3.15 

29 Mar

What an amazing day at the Ricoh last Saturday as 35 former Coventry City players attended the eighth Legends Day.

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Harbury Haunted By Street Scrum. 

31 Mar

Broadstreet 3rds travelled to Harbury RFC in the deep south of Warwickshire to return the league fixture from early on in the season.

‘Street Host The Late, Late Show! 

30 Mar

Broadstreet Rugby Football Club pulled off another late comeback to register an emphatic 31 – 15, sixth in a row, maximum points, victory against a battling Leicester Lions at the Ivor Preece Field...

Jason Garrity gearing up for big season 

30 Mar

BEES fast-track reserve Jason Garrity says he is looking to establish himself at the top level after becoming a club asset over the winter, writes Observer speedway reporter Robin Allen.

Annabelle Pask wins Gold in Glasgow 

30 Mar

PENTATHLETE star Annabelle Pask finally took her impressive form from training into competition after winning gold in the Scottish National Indoor Combined Events Championships in Glasgow.

Joonas Kylmakorpi returns for Coventry Bees 

30 Mar

BEES have made a late change to their Elite League line-up after it was confirmed this week that Joonas Kylmakorpi will return to Brandon in place of Jakub Jamrog.

O’Marra hopes to end his career on a high with Blaze 

30 Mar

BLAZE's leading point scorer this season Ryan O'Marra is determined to finish his last campaign in ice hockey by lifting the Elite League play-off trophy.

Tony Mowbray pleased with ugly Peterborough win 

30 Mar

TONY Mowbray admits Saturdayamp;#039;s 1-0 win at Peterborough was not the prettiest display of football but the Sky Blues boss was delighted to see his side win ugly.

Russell Cowley earns Great Britain recall 

30 Mar

EXPERIENCED Blaze star Russell Cowley has been named in Pete Russell's 23-man Great Britain squad for April's World Championships in Holland and two international fixtures against Poland.

Coventry Blaze reach Elite League finals weekend 

30 Mar

BLAZE head coach Chuck Weber knows his side are in for a amp;#039;huge challengeamp;#039; after progressing to the Elite League play-off finals weekend.

Brandon track pleases Coventry Bees star Anderson 

30 Mar

THERE will be no repeat of last year's tensions between the Bees and Coventry Stadium's track curator after number one rider Hans Anderson revealed all of the club's riders have confidence in the track.

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Business news »

Coventry aerospace firm eyes turnover hike following property deal 

30 Mar

A COVENTRY manufacturing firm which supplies parts to the aerospace industry plans to substantially increase productivity and double turnover following a six-figure property deal.

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.

Fine foods firm gobbled up in MBO 

26 Mar

COVENTRY-based Arden Fine Foods been acquired by its management team, led by managing director Gary Barr, for an undisclosed sum.

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...

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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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Allsorts – Easter holiday activities – Spring Garlands 

3 Apr

Come along during the holidays for a range of spring themed activities...

Allsorts – Easter holiday activities – Butterfly flutterby 

2 Apr

Come along during the holidays for a range of spring themed activities...

Central Library Cathy Cassidy Event 

1 Apr

On 1st April author Cathy Cassidy will be launching her new book "Looking Glass Girl".

Allsorts – Easter holiday activities – Egg Painting Eggravaganza 

1 Apr

Come along during the holidays for a range of spring themed activities...

Speed camera broken, 31st March 

31 Mar

The speed check camera on Lentons Lane no longer flashes '30' when people speed up the lane as the bulbs have gone.

Supervised Contact Service 

31 Mar

Response by Coventry City Council to clare sanderson on 31 March 2015 .

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Arts & Culture »

Charting the Rich Musical History of Warwick University – Pete Clemons 

30 Mar

It's been a while since we had a Pete Clemons post on here but pete is back in fine form looking at the musical history of Warwick University for the Coventry Telegraph.

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...

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