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Watch: The new Star Wars trailer is finally here… 

28 Nov

but you'll have to wait another 12 months to see the film in full...

CCTV: Horrific baseball bat attack on Rugby shopkeeper 

28 Nov

Trader suffered serious head injuries and may have been scarred for life...

Whitley Academy host Japanese visitors 

28 Nov

Pupils learn calligraphy and origami during action-packed day...

Coventry’s £600,000 Speedback damaged on way to show 

28 Nov

The 5.0-litre V8 supercar suffered a scuff and a dent while being delivered to Munich...

Look: What bargains were Black Friday shoppers grabbing at Gallagher retail park ? 

28 Nov

Black Friday deals were enjoyed by shoppers looking for Christmas presents across Coventry today...

Grace Academy Coventry pupils perform at Shakespeare Festival 

28 Nov

Year 9 girls stage abridged version of Titus Andronicus at Bridge House Theatre...

Giant charity teddy bear stolen from charity at Coventry’s University Hospital 

28 Nov

#whostoleourteddy appeal has been launched to find missing mascot...

Black Friday: Police urge shoppers to be wary of scams 

28 Nov

Fraud police are helping online shoppers avoid being stung on Black Friday and Cyber Monday...

Black Friday hype hits Coventry as shoppers rush for Christmas deals 

28 Nov

Deals included games console bundles for under £300, and huge discounts off designer dresses and perfumes...

Coventry’s magical sleigh ride opens at Heart of England Co-op 

28 Nov

The ride and visit to Santa's grotto has been a Christmas tradition in the city for over half a century...

Watch: Amazing Black Friday scenes at Arena Park Tesco as shoppers try to grab a bargain in the early hours 

28 Nov

Scrum at Coventry Tesco near Ricoh as doors open at midnight...

Councillor assaulted after cuts idea 

28 Nov

A Coventry city councillor is assaulted after he proposed transport cuts for disabled children in Coventry.

Coventry and Warwickshire Weather: Dry, bright weekend ahead 

28 Nov

Coventry autumn on course to be third warmest since before 1892...

Coventry councillor attacked by three men in disabled cuts row at city centre car park 

28 Nov

David Kershaw, aged 72, was pushed to the floor after being told: ‘You are going to know what it’s like to be disabled because you’re taking transport off disabled kids.

Black Friday 2014: Coventry stores gripped by spending frenzy as hundreds join early queues for festive bargains 

28 Nov

Tesco and Asda stores in Coventry swamped with bargain hunters...

Black Friday: Coventry stores get ready for spending frenzy 

28 Nov

Almost half of UK shoppers say they intend to buy a Black Friday deal...

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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...


27 Nov

You can view Bob’s original letter and Mr Appleton’s response here...

Red Button: Coventry council covers up country’s most useless cycle lane – the Spon End spurt 

18 Nov

Bizarre five-yard stretch of cycle lane has vanished under a layer of asphalt...

Red Button: Coventry MP calls in fire service after leak exposed 

14 Nov

Jim Cunningham's faulty fridge sparks evacuation of office block and a road closure...

The size of a fridge 

14 Nov

There is a lot of fun to be had when filling in the equal opportunities monitoring section of an application form or a questionnaire...

The One Show In Coventry 

12 Nov

This post is currently developing and as a result, is liable to change at any time without notice Tonight, BBC’s The One Show took it’s rickshaw challenge to Coventry, more specifically University Square, opposite Coventry Cathedral.

Tower of London poppies are a stunning memorial to ALL of our fallen heroes 

11 Nov

Alan Poole travelled to see the poppies at the Tower of London only to find queues, confusion and a national newspaper trying to make political capital...

Red Button: Missing Maya – on the look out for Coventry city councillor Ali 

10 Nov

Half-time report on city councillors’ attendances at important meetings makes for interesting reading...

Kev’s Column: Highway To The Future 

7 Nov

Ever week Kevin publishes his very own “Kev’s Column” online, this week he takes a look at the latest news on the A303.

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A Very Special Myton Christmas Tree 

28 Nov

Patients and members of the creative arts service have been working together to create each of the beautiful decorations for the tree...

Local Students Debate their way to Westminster 

27 Nov

Four students from the WMG Academy for Young Engineers, based in Coventry, enjoyed a trip to Westminster to watch Prime Ministers Questions in the House of Commons yesterday.

Warwick’s X-citing X-mas X-travaganza 

27 Nov

In the spirit of Christmas, the University of Warwick is offering a series of free, public lectures to further spark the communitys interest in science.

Coventry Talking Newspaper-26th November 2014 

26 Nov

In this weeks show Sheila reads an article called Dig for Victory, Leo  reads part two of an article called 60 years of Tony Hancock, BBC Coventry Warwickshire radio presenter Vic Minette ends her talk to the Monday Club,Leo reads the first part of...

The Nutcracker by Sprungsters 

26 Nov

The Nutcracker by Sprungsters Saturday 13th 3pm and 5pmSunday 14th 3pm @ Unit 5 Fargo Village, Coventry, CV1 5ED The Christmas tree is up, decorations set and the turkey’s been bought but you it still doesn’t feel like Christmas.

A quiet week 

26 Nov

Wednesday 26th November 2014 A somewhat subdued period birdingwise at the moment.

Christmas Light Switch-On 

26 Nov

Sunday 30th November – FarGo’s First Christmas We have so much going on this Sunday – celebrate the start of the festive season with our cheesy Christmas family day Open 11am-4pm Free admission 12.00 – 4.00pm SANTAS GROTTO &#...

Data mining study identifies Twitter as lifeline for the chronically ill 

26 Nov

Painstaking analysis of hundreds of thousands of tweets by a researcher from the University of Warwick has revealed how Twitter is acting as a lifeline for those with gut-related chronic illness.

South African visitors exchange ideas on education at Warwick 

25 Nov

A delegation from South Africa has visited the University of Warwick to exchange ideas and practices in delivering education.

A Festive Frolic 

25 Nov

Giddyup Vintage Events presents an Evening Festive Frolic.

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Wasps to dig up Ricoh Arena pitch 

28 Nov

Wasps chief executive Nick Eastwood confirms that the Ricoh Arena pitch is to be ripped up and replaced this summer.

Coventry City v Walsall 

28 Nov

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's League One game between Coventry City and Walsall (15:00 GMT).

Toffees Defender in Line for City Start 

28 Nov

Toffees Defender in Line for City Start Vitalfootball:Coventry:28/11/2014 11:30:00 Pennington pencilled in by Pressley...

Coventry v Walsall preview 

28 Nov

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Coventry City and Wasall at Boundary Park.

Coventry v Walsall preview 

28 Nov

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Coventry City and Wasall at Boundary Park.

Trio still out for Coventry 

28 Nov

Coventry are still without Danny Pugh, Seb Hines and Jordan Willis for the visit of Walsall.

One In, One Out as City Land Everton Man 

27 Nov

One In, One Out as City Land Everton Man Vitalfootball:Coventry:27/11/2014 20:16:00 Loan deadline deals...

Coventry sign young Everton defender 

27 Nov

Coventry City sign young Everton defender Matthew Pennington on a youth loan until 4 January.

Miller makes Crawley move 

27 Nov

Crawley have signed striker Shaun Miller on a month-long loan deal from Coventry.

Miller makes Crawley move 

27 Nov

Crawley have signed striker Shaun Miller on a month's loan from Coventry.

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Wasps pulling the strings over Pressley’s Sky Blues 

27 Nov

This week's fan's view has been written by Tom Furnival-Adams who takes a look at the relationship between the Sky Blues and their tenant Wasps: -€œTHE SIGHT of mocked-up Wasps logos plastered all over the Ricoh Arena in place of the familiar...

Steve Waggott I will not let you down 

27 Nov

STEVE Waggott is urging the region's business community to back the Sky Blues in their drive for success.

Sky Blues fans hold positive meeting with Wasps 

27 Nov

SKY Blues fans have held a -€˜constructive' and -€˜positive' meeting with Wasps CEO Nick Eastwood who has once again confirmed the League One remain part of their future plans in Coventry.

Ronnie Moorcroft RIP. 

27 Nov

Ronnie Moorcroft RIP.

Hot prospect James Maddison signs first professional deal with Sky Blues 

26 Nov

TEENAGER James Maddison celebrated his 18th birthday with the perfect present after signing his first professional deal with the Sky Blues.

Coventry climb continues into top three 

26 Nov

COVENTRY moved up to third in National League One after producing without doubt their best away performance of the season at Tynedale.

Coventry star Joe Sheriff aiming to build on Bedworth win 

26 Nov

CRUISERWEIGHT Joe Sheriff is ready to build on his positive start to life as a professional boxer when he returns to the ring in the Black Country this weekend.

England star Jordan Henderson praises spell with Sky Blues 

26 Nov

ENGLAND and Liverpool star Jordan Henderson has said he enjoyed every minute of his time with the Sky Blues.

Coventry City Ladies defender Nat Wilcox retires 

26 Nov

POPULAR defender Natalie Wilcox has described playing for Coventry City Ladies as an honour after hanging up her boots this week.

New iniative set for launch in Coventry 

26 Nov

ALL rugby clubs in Coventry and Warwickshire are being invited to consult on plans to introduce a major rugby development programme.

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Work with us to make most of opportunities 

27 Nov

David Myskow, vice chairman of the mid-Warwickshire branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce writes...

March of the discounters continues as Poundland’s sales surge 

27 Nov

DISCOUNT retailer Poundland has seen its sales leap by 15% in six months as shoppers continue to hunt for a bargain.

Coventry top performing West Midlands city – report 

26 Nov

CITIES in the Midlands are holding up well in an annual index of UK cities performance and with strong scores in terms of health, transport and environmental measures.

De Vere completes sale of its Village Urban Resorts hotels 

26 Nov

HOTEL group De Vere has sold the Village Urban Resorts as part of a long-term plan which has so far generated more than £1bn.

Coventry business leaders frustrated as Gateway decision delayed until the New Year 

25 Nov

THE Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership has expressed its frustration over a further delay to a decision over the future of an employment site in the area.

Jobs created after Coventry manufacturer receives RGF grant 

25 Nov

A COVENTRY manufacturing company, celebrating its 30th anniversary, has created new jobs after receiving a £75,000 grant from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF).

MTC playing central role in cutting edge wings project 

25 Nov

THE Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry is to play a key role in a £30m research programme which could revolutionise aircraft wing design and manufacture.

Sanderson to invest in ecommerce solutions after results boost 

25 Nov

SOFTWARE and IT services group Sanderson has reported significant progress with revenue up by nearly £3m.

Former Birmingham Post editor joins Barques PR 

25 Nov

Alun Thorne, who also edited the Coventry Telegraph, will focus on new business development in new role with Jewellery Quarter PR firm...

Ignore the election and focus on the economy, Chancellor told 

21 Nov

BUSINESS leaders in Coventry and Warwickshire have urged Chancellor George Osborne to put the economy before the election in his Autumn Statement next week.

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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.

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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Earlsdon Residents Parking Scheme 

28 Nov

Response by Coventry City Council to Rebecca Fox on 28 November 2014 .

Mistletoe charity sale at War Memorial Park 

28 Nov

Christmas is a time of many traditions none more so than puckering up for a kiss beneath a bunch of fresh mistletoe.

Direct Payment and Self Funder Users 

28 Nov

Response by Coventry City Council to Adam Wallace on 28 November 2014 .

Students and politicians set to debate votes for under 18s 

28 Nov

Voting for 16 and 17-year-olds will be the hot topic for the man in charge of the city’s children’s services.

New team being set up to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation 

28 Nov

A new team is being created to focus on protecting Coventry children at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

Tickets to Wasps matches at Ricoh Arena just £8 to Coventry Passport to Leisure and Learning Card holders 

28 Nov

Wasps have today announced that tickets to watch the Club’s matches at the Ricoh Arena will be available for just £8 to Coventry’s Passport to Leisure and Learning card holders.

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Arts & Culture »

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.

HALLOWEEN by P W Barnabas / PART1 album re-issue on All The Madmen records 

31 Oct

Firstly I would like to thank P W Barnabas for allowing me to place the Halloween story onto the Kill Your Pet Puppy site exclusively.

In the same boat 

16 Oct

THREE MEN IN A BOAT Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wednesday 15 th October, 2014   The Original Theatre Company – who brought us the superlative Birdsong – return with their rip-roaring adaptation of Jerome K Jerome’s classic comic novel, a book ...

Black-and-White Minstrels 

9 Oct

THREE MINUTE HEROES – The 2 Tone Musical Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wednesday 8 th October, 2014 It’s 1979 in Coventry and an amiable group of young people put together a band to play ska.

October in Coventry 

9 Oct

APRIL IN PARIS Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wednesday 8 th October, 2014   I have mentioned before my preference for John Godber’s earlier works: plays like Teechers and Bouncers , which combine theatrical brio with pertinent social commentary – ...

Hobo Workshop – Concert that Led to 7 Day Protest 

7 Oct

In this issue, for the Coventry Telegraph , Pete Clemons tackles an issue that I was involved in organising Hobo Magazine and and co-organiser of the Hobo Workshop gigs , originally based at the Holyhead Youth Centre in Coventry c September 1974.

Vote for the Coventry Godiva Festival 

6 Oct

The Coventry Godiva Festival is in the running for three awards at the prestigious Festival Awards and needs your vote.

ABBA REUNION SHOW COVENTRY – Albany Theatre on Saturday 25th October 2014 

3 Oct

This post is not related to Pete Clemon's Coventry music articles but information sent to me by promoter Maria Phillipou of Music Entertainment PR Agency , M P Promotions , andmight be of interest to some of you.


3 Oct

THE LAST ADVENTURES Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Wednesday 2 nd October, 2014   Forced Entertainment’s new show makes for another unusual night at the theatre.

Vince Martin and the Vampires 

23 Sep

Back again - Pete Clemons with memories from Vince Martin of the Vampires , Coventry 1950's / early 60's for the Coventry Telegraph.

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