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Valentine’s Day wedding couple “overwhelmed” by generosity of well-wishers 

4 Mar

Paul and Anne Williamson of Tile Hill in Coventry wrote thank you letter shortly before he died of cancer...

Sidney Stringer pupils experience firefighter training 

4 Mar

Pupils face hazards in pitch black building during visit to Safeside training facility...

Look: Detached country cottage at Ansty is our property of the week 

4 Mar

Four-bedroom property with a wealth of character is offered for sale with a guide price of £545,000...

Circus comes to Sidney Stringer Academy 

4 Mar

Staff stage 'The Greatest Show on Earth' for pupils at Coventry academy...

‘Coventry is regarded nationally as a buy-to-let landlord’s paradise’ 

4 Mar

Student accommodation and privatisation of the utilities - Coventry Telegraph Letters for March 4...

Reclaim the Night march to be held in Coventry city centre by women’s rights groups 

4 Mar

The event is being hosted in the lead up to International Women's Day and hopes to breakdown women's fears of violence when out alone at night...

Fire-hit opticians reopened in Coventry by cleaner who raised the alarm 

4 Mar

Specsavers in the Lower Precinct is open again more than two months after being damaged in a blaze after Christmas...

Whitley Academy pupils visit Houses of Parliament 

4 Mar

Students also enjoy the Science Museum during educational trip to London...

Coventry council accused of absurd Ricoh secrecy and new misleading claims 

4 Mar

COVENTRY City Council has been accused of amp;#039;absurdamp;#039; new levels of secrecy and more misleading claims over its Ricoh Arena deal with Wasps after an angry speech by leader Ann Lucas.

Revealed: More than HALF of the West Midlands left red-faced in awkward job interviews – what’s YOUR worst experience? 

4 Mar

52 per cent of West Midlands residents have been embarrassed in a job interview - with some even spilling drinks over their interviewer...

Look: Coventry Night Life: Were you partying at JJs on Saturday night? 

4 Mar

Were you one of the revellers spotted out on the town at the Skydome venue...

Coventry man arrested on suspicion of rape 

4 Mar

Police called to address in the north of the city on Saturday morning...

Corpus Christi pupils encourage classmates to share school council ideas 

4 Mar

Ernesford Grange school takes part in event which helps raise £2,600 for 'Rosie's Dreams...

Landslip-hit line to reopen early 

4 Mar

The Chiltern Mainline, between Birmingham and London, should reopen ahead of schedule on 13 March, Network Rail says.

Coventry and Warwickshire weather: Mild, bright and dry as spring is sprung! 

4 Mar

Still the threat of frost as temperatures plunge at night...

Plan for 80,000 new homes in Coventry and Warwickshire given council backing 

4 Mar

Allocation of new houses for Coventry and Warwickshire set to be agreed by full council later this month.

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Red Button: Elvis won’t be leaving one building just yet… 

2 Mar

He may have left the Ricoh for good but former Coventry City manager won't be quick to quit his north Leamington home...

Some Architectural Praise for Coventry! 

2 Mar

Anna sent me this link about Coventry which I thought should be shared with others.

Scam Alerts – 2nd March 2015 

2 Mar

  Coventry Consumer Network – Scam Alert – March 2nd 2015 Mobile phones and fake anti-virus alerts.

A Pig in a Ditch! March 2015 

2 Mar

Residents in Fivefield Road contacted me recently to report that they had discovered a dead pig dumped in a ditch along their road.

External Funding News – 2nd March 2015 

2 Mar

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#Я Борис Немцов 

2 Mar

The really big problem with attempting to convey a really big idea is the necessity to form a really meaningless sound bite or, in this increasingly digital age, a stupid hash tag...

Red Button: Coventry fast food favourites fear becoming victims of university’s expansion 

1 Mar

Jimbo Chinese restaurant and others could be latest businesses to suffer 'retail cleansing...

More Improvements on Tamworth Road 

28 Feb


Bablake Residents Say No to Speeding 

27 Feb

BABLAKE RESIDENTS SAY NO TO SPEEDING!   Residents say they are fed up with motorists who are regularly breaking the speed limit whilst driving along the Windmill Hill and Browns Lane in Bablake.

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New C-suite position needed to tackle today’s issues 

4 Mar

Serious incidents such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and factory fires in India and Bangladesh highlight why some companies should create a new Chief External Officer role, according to new research.

Warwick Conferences strikes gold at M&IT Awards 2015 

4 Mar

Warwick Conferences proved winning is thrice as nice after bringing home three awards at this years Meetings Incentive Travel (MIT) Awards.

Alastair Campbell talks to an invited audience at WMG about what it takes to be a winner 

3 Mar

OnTuesday 2nd of March Professor Lord Bhattacharyya was pleased to welcome Alastair Campbell, former Chief Spokesman and strategist to Tony Blair, to WMG, at the University of Warwick to speak about his recently published book - Winners: And How They...

SMALL PEOPLE AND THE SMALL SCREEN The story of children’s television from 1946 to today 

3 Mar

A major new exhibition on Children's Television will open at the Herbert Museum in Coventry later this year, with help from the University's Film Television Department...

Tuesday 3rd March 

3 Mar

There was a male Stonechat this morning on the north-east shoreline it was showing well but was continually being moved along, but seem reasonably settled.

Coventry pupils to mark 10 day week with 3D printing at Herbert Art Gallery & Museum 

3 Mar

British Science Week is three days longer than a normal week (13-22nd March) and Coventry school children will be making use of the 3 extra days in that week with a special 3D printing and engineering event led by the University of Warwick at the ...

A Lovely Jumper 

3 Mar

A photo of Katie from the NEC a couple of years ago wearing a lovely festive jumper.

Some you win, some you lose. 

2 Mar

Overdosed on disappointing Sports' results over the weekend I'm afraid.

UK Universities with Malaysian campuses 

2 Mar

There are now a total of five UK Universities with campuses in Malaysia.

Samsung Galaxy S6: Is this the Samsung phone we have been waiting for 

2 Mar

When it comes to mobile phones, I have been a loyal Samsung fan.

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CCFC: Oakwell Reflections 

4 Mar

CCFC: Oakwell Reflections Vitalfootball:Coventry:04/03/2015 19:57:00 Barnsley 1 Sky Blues 0...

Mowbray hoping to ‘ignite’ Coventry 

4 Mar

New Coventry City boss Tony Mowbray says he hopes to help the Sky Blues back to where they "rightfully belong".

Johnson in dreamland at Oakwell 

4 Mar

Lee Johnson enjoyed a victorious home debut as his Barnsley side ran out 1-0 winners against Coventry.

Babb: Mowbray can make impact 

4 Mar

Former Coventry City defender Phill Babb believes Tony Mowbray is the right man to revive his old club’s fortunes.

Mowbray backed to make impact 

4 Mar

Former Coventry City defender Phill Babb believes Tony Mowbray is the right man to revive his old club’s fortunes.

Sky Blues Undone By Set Piece 

3 Mar

Sky Blues Undone By Set Piece Vitalfootball:Coventry:03/03/2015 23:06:00 Barnsley 1 Coventry City 0...

Johnson in ‘dreamland’ at Oakwell 

3 Mar

Lee Johnson enjoyed a victorious home debut as his Barnsley side ran out 1-0 winners against Coventry.

Waring with the winner again 

3 Mar

George Waring was Barnsley's hero for the second game in a row as they claimed a 1-0 win over struggling Coventry.

Tony Mowbray vows to reignite Coventry City with passion, honesty and a blend of romance and realism 

3 Mar

Former West Brom and Celtic manager is 'excited in my belly' at working for a club with such history and tells Henry Winter he will give fans a team to make them proud...

Mowbray sets sights on promotion 

3 Mar

Tony Mowbray targeted a return to the Sky Bet Championship with Coventry after being appointed their new boss.

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Canadian Derek Lee warns Blaze not to get complacent 

4 Mar

CANADIAN forward Derek Lee has warned Blaze are -€˜not out of the woods yet' despite their formidable form in the Elite League.

Olympic star Denise Lewis honoured at Ricoh awards 

4 Mar

OLYMPIC Gold medallist Denise Lewis was crowned the Jaguar Lifetime Achievement Award winner at the first Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic sports awards at the Ricoh Arena.

Fans react to Tony Mowbray appointment 

4 Mar

THE APPOINTMENT of Tony Mowbray has received a positive response form the majority of Sky Blues fans.

Stars of the future selected for Aegon programme 

4 Mar

TWO young tennis players from Coventry have been highlighted potential stars of the future.

Poor start for Coventry Bears at Oldham 

4 Mar

THE FIRST steps for the Bears on their journey into the semi-professional ranks proved to be rough after suffering a heavy 42-6 defeat away at experienced Oldham Roughyeds.

Five new recruits for Coventry 

4 Mar

THERE was a flurry of action for Coventry RFC ahead of last months' transfer deadline day after the National League One club signed five players to boost their promotion campaign.

Sphinx bounce back to winning ways 

4 Mar

SPHINX bounced back from two consecutive heavy defeats to claim a 4-1 victory at home to Brocton in the Midland League Premier Division.

Soccer – Coventry City Unveil New Manager Tony Mowbray 

4 Mar


Kick-Off Times. 

4 Mar

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Street Young Guns Show That Teamwork Is The Key. 

3 Mar

There were a couple of changes from the selected side, ending up at kick-off time with a squad that was somewhat short of experience and with an average age of probably twenty-three or thereabouts.

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Business news »

Security products group expands presence with two acquisitions 

3 Mar

SECURITY products group Assa Abloy has strengthened its position with two acquisitions part advised out of Birmingham.

C&W to host events at key property show 

3 Mar

THE Coventry and Warwickshire MIPIM Partnership 2015 is to host a series of high level events during the four-day show in Cannes next month.

Sanderson reports progress on all fronts 

3 Mar

SOFTWARE and IT services group Sanderson has announced that sales order intake is ahead of last year In a statement ahead of todays AGM, Coventry-based Sanderson - which specialises in multi-ch...

City Link workers’ compensation case heading to a tribunal 

2 Mar

A LAW firm representing more than 200 former staff of the collapsed parcel carrier City Link is taking their case for compensation to an employment tribunal.

NEW: Plumbing giant acquires substantial stake in Coventry bathroom business 

2 Mar

WARWICKSHIRE plumbing and heating giant, Wolseley, has acquired a substantial stake in a Coventry-based online bathroom retailer in an undisclosed deal.

Mixed bag of results for Trinity Mirror 

2 Mar

NEWSPAPER publisher Trinity Mirror - owner of the Birmingham Post & Mail and the Coventry Telegraph - has reported a fall in revenue but a slight increase in profit.

Coventry Gateway decision may see jobs lost to other regions 

27 Feb

The Communities and local Government Secretary Eric Pickles recently turned down the proposed 'Coventry Gateway' scheme.

Huge surge in profit at Coventry Building Society 

27 Feb

COVENTRY Building Society has recorded strong results with underlying profit increasing by 51% to £217.8m for the year ending December 31.

Bodycote’s business improvement programme paying off 

26 Feb

ENGINEERING group Bodycote has reported strong annual results, as it doubled a special dividend to investors to 20p per share.

Election candidates give us their views 

26 Feb

David Myskow, vice chair of the Mid-Warwickshire branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce...

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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.

Fire stations plans 

12 Feb

Plans to demolish and replace two of the West Midlands’ community fire stations are set to be considered by members of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority (WMFRA).

Lollipop man robbed of safety sign 

28 Jan

Lollipop man robbed of safety sign A popular lollipop man who has helped Coventry schoolchildren cross the road for over 14 years has been left injured after a robber pushed him to the ground and stole his road sign.

Woman in wheelchair gets up to steal goods in Coventry 

26 Jan

Woman in wheelchair gets up to steal goods in Coventry Do you recognise these two individuals? Officers from Coventry Police want to speak with them after food was stolen from an MS in a BP Service Station on the A45.

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PPL and PRS for Music online survey 

4 Mar

Reminder to complete online survey, deadline Friday 6 March 2015.

Skipworth Rd – pothole before speed bump, 4th March 

4 Mar

A deep pothole just before the speed bump is creating a hazard.

Last few places left: create, make … and eat cake FREE teacher event at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum 

4 Mar

FREE CPD event for primary school teachers to try out new techniques, develop their creative talent and get inspiration to take back to the classroom.

Litter thrown from car, 4th March 

4 Mar

Two youths in a black Mk II Ford Focus threw all their litter out of their stationery car window on Bayley lane whilst parked in a disabled area Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Bayley Lane...

Department of Health – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services | Estimates 2014-15 – Department for Work and Pensions | Commons debates 

3 Mar

It is good to hear that the Government are setting those targets.

Department of Health – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services | Estimates 2014-15 – Department for Work and Pensions | Commons debates 

3 Mar

Does my hon.

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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...

Happy New Year From The CoverUps 

9 Jan

Happy New Year to you all! We’ve had a hectic couple of months playing weddings, Christmas and New Year’s parties.

Raspberry and Banana Muffins 

6 Jan

After we returned from visiting the family over the Christmas period, we didn't have a lot of food left in the house, but for some reason I had about five very overripe bananas.

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