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Alzheimer’s breakthrough: brain metals that may drive disease progression revealed 

21 Jun

Alzheimer’s disease could be better treated, thanks to a breakthrough discovery of the properties of the metals in the brain involved in the progression of the neurodegenerative condition, by an international research collaboration including the ...


Suppressed Shakespeare speech revived for Refugee Week 

21 Jun

A short film, supported by the University of Warwick and involving Professor Tony Howard, is being released as part of Refugee Week (18th -24th June) has taken as its starting point a speech thought to be written by William Shakespeare over 400 years...


Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 20th June 2018 

21 Jun

20th June 2018 In this week’s show: Leo reads Paul Brickhill’s edited extracts from the classic 1954 book ‘Reach for the Sky, Sue reads Sweet Memories of treats from childhood, David Kershaw talks to the Monday Club,  Dave reports on the ...


Post GST and the Business Crooks 

21 Jun

After the new Malaysian Government announced the removal of GST, a lot of people were happy, hoping that prices would go down and people would have more money to spend overall.


Breaking down the barriers to employment for military spouses and partners 

20 Jun

Nearly one in five military spouses or partners want to work but can’t get a job because of the unique challenges presented by military life, according to a new study by the University of Warwick’s Institute for Employment Research and QinetiQ ...


First Warwick behavioural science summit inspires international audience 

20 Jun

World Bank Senior Behavioural Scientist Nina Mazar was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Warwick Behavioural Science Summit, attended by about 200 delegates from the academic community, the civil service, and industry.


Aberwystwyth Castle 

20 Jun

This photo of Katie has been sitting in my Wales album for four years (when we took her off the University), and as she is about to graduate, I thought it was time to get it scrapped! I'm sure the image of her holding up the collapsing wall of the ...


Boost for female engineers: Warwick partners with Women’s Engineering Society 

19 Jun

Female Engineers of the present and future are to be better encouraged, supported and developed, as the University of Warwick’s School of Engineering has become an official Education Partner of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).


Boost for female engineers: Warwick partners with Women’s Engineering Society 

19 Jun

Female Engineers of the present and future are to be better encouraged, supported and developed, as the University of Warwick’s School of Engineering has become an official Education Partner of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) .


Rewiring plant defence genes to reduce crop waste 

18 Jun

Plants can be genetically rewired to resist the devastating effects of disease significantly reducing crop waste worldwide according to new research into synthetic biology by the University of Warwick.


Union Action 

17 Jun

Both my Dad and I have been union reps during our working lives.


New ID pictures of conducting polymers discover a surprise ABBA fan 

15 Jun

First ever detailed pictures of conjugated polymers which conduct electricity and are highly sought after captured with novel visualisation technique developed by University of Warwick New approach realises Richard Feynman’s famous remark that it...


UK Universities host high-profile careers fair in Shanghai 

15 Jun

Careers professionals at the Universities of Warwick, Birmingham and Nottingham are busy planning their next business partnership in China after their first joint graduate careers event in country attracted praise from employers, students and alumni.


Do We Care? 

15 Jun

It’s a simple, four letter word.


Summer Skifflebilly Voodoo Style. 

15 Jun

As promised last Friday, we can now confirm we will be playing a very lively Skifflebilly set in the only pub garden in Coventry city centre.


£1.2 million boost to crop research at University of Warwick 

15 Jun

The University of Warwick is set to receive £1.2 million in funding to support its pioneering research in improving the resilience, sustainability and productivity of UK crops, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced today.


Lamppost EV charging points brought to market thanks to WMG 

14 Jun

Lampposts could be the answer to electric vehicle charging, thanks to help from researchers at WMG, University of Warwick in bringing a new brand of charging points to market some of which are powering electric vehicles on the University campus.


Unique personalised online resource for carers of older people launched 

14 Jun

A personalised online resource specifically for carers of older people in the UK has been launched by the University of Warwick.


Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 13th June 2018 

13 Jun

13th June 2018 In this week’s show: Leo continues reading extracts from the 1954 classic “Reach for the Sky”; Sheila reads about the ‘Matchbox Girls’; Cliff has a light hearted piece about Great Aunt Harriet; Sue has a piece about the 50th ...


Toolkit for more inclusive conferences launched by Warwick researchers 

12 Jun

A set of recommendations to help cure the problem of feeling ‘in two places at once’ when attending work-related events such as conferences is being launched today by University of Warwick researchers.


Large-Scale Study Indicates Novel and Abundant Nitrogen-Fixing Microbes in the Surface Ocean 

12 Jun

Move over, cyanobacteria! A large-scale study, involving Dr Christopher Quince of the Warwick Medical School, of the Earth’s surface ocean indicates the microbes responsible for fixing nitrogen therepreviously thought to be almost exclusively ...


Uk’s first access course in Islamic Education launched at Warwick 

12 Jun

The UK’s first access course in Islamic Education has been launched by the Centre for Education Studies at the University of Warwick.


High-tech treatment of open leg wounds no better than using regular dressings 

12 Jun

A new study of open leg fractures suggests there is no difference to patient recovery whether high-tech negative pressure wound therapy devices are used, compared to standard dressings.


Kazakhstan – June 2018 

11 Jun

Monday 11th June 2018 After a relatively quiet spell of local birding.


WMG part of £1.4m EPSRC research project on user-centric and privacy-aware personal data management for leisure travellers 

11 Jun

WMG, at the University of Warwick are partners in a £1.4m EPSRC funded research project addressing challenges about Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security in the Digital Economy.


Zombie Train 

8 Jun

The lads have been talking time out from the live scene and rehearsals to complete the final scenes for the video footage for the next albums video’s.


We are now a “Cancer Aware” centre! 

7 Jun

Following the weekend training at the Centre, we are now able to say that The Amethyst Centre is a “Cancer Aware” Centre!   The Amethyst Centre became the first Centre in the UK to become accredited with the “Supporting Clients with Cancer” ...


UK companies need to act now to prepare for the loss of the EU right to freedom of establishment, advises Warwick legal expert 

7 Jun

Thousands of UK corporations could lose their legal rights to do business after Brexit, warns a new briefing paper from GLOBE, a research centre within the University of Warwick’s Law School.


Bad news becomes hysteria in crowds, new research shows 

7 Jun

News stories about terrorism, disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and other potential threats become increasingly negative, inaccurate and hysterical when passed from person to person, according to new research by the University of Warwick.


More than words: Migration, Identity, and Translation Network public summit calls for action to tackle the monolingual mindset and language exclusion 

7 Jun

Academics, practitioners and activists meeting at the University of Warwick call for language teaching and learning to be seen as essential in today’s global society and urge policymakers to adopt a national and international strategy to break the ...


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Feminist book fortnight: two weeks in June 

24 Apr

Bookshops around the country will be highlighting the diversity of feminist books.


Come to Coventry: Telegraph’s open letter to Channel 4 board 

21 Dec

We write to the board of Channel 4 to explain why this city is the perfect new home for the broadcaster...


Hull shows what UK City of Culture can do for Coventry 

30 Nov

The city has benefitted enormously from being UK City of Culture 2017 and Coventry can do the same, by Angus Young, the Editor of the Hull Daily Mail...


Inside the ivory tower 

21 Nov

“I am frequently asked why so few women of colour hold leadership roles in academia – the answers lie in this book.


How UK City of Culture bid can make Coventry’s streets fun 

15 Nov

Ludic Rooms to create 'hidden moments of joy' on the streets of Coventry...


The whole region is backing Coventry to be UK City of Culture 2021 

14 Nov

Coventry's UK City of Culture bid has won support from across the region...


City of Culture: Why Coventry University is backing the bid 

10 Nov

New chancellor Margaret Casely-Hayford on her role and the city's bid to be UK City of Culture 2021...


“These car drivers are just lazy” readers react to school driving ban 

8 Sep

I know how easy it is to drive and get lazy school run parents criticised on Facebook...


Trust in me 

1 Sep

Even when a mature democracy becomes a little dog-eared around the edges and the very definition of democracy presents wear and tear in more urgent need of refurbishment than a crumbling Palace of Westminster, the basic premise of the relationship ...


Tears of a clown 

16 Jul

Only a complete fool would dare to suggest that extracting the fifth largest economy on the planet from the largest single market on Earth would be a simple undertaking and such a daunting task would probably freeze the blood of even the most skilful...


Ich bein ein Hamburger 

10 Jul

Perhaps the most enduring and delightfully amusing myths generated by the cold war, is the continued belief that a President of the United States stood before a crowd in West Berlin and described himself as a jam-filled doughnut...


Combined authority investment welcomed by new mayor 

14 Jun

Coventry regeneration schemes awarded £3.7 million loan.


Air sick 

3 Jun

As the English language continues to gloriously expand and evolve, it has yet to create an adequate word or phrase to capture the true essence of what it means to be a spectator of political campaigning...


Which side are you on? 

26 May

I have to admit that until Monday evening, I had never heard of Ariana Grande and even now, more than 72 hours later, I remain completely unfamiliar with her work but recognise that her talent and status make her important as an icon and role model ...


What are the parties offering women at the 2017 Election? 

9 May

Come and question the candidates at our hustings meeting: Coventry Women’s Voices Hustings  Tuesday 16 May, 7-9pm Committee room 3, Council House The meeting is free but please email CoventryWomen@gmail.


Stockton-on-Tees syndrome 

7 May

After being forcibly abducted, illegally deprived of liberty, brutalised and threatened with violence and death, it is beyond belief that a hostage would regard a hostage-taker with anything other than complete contempt and utter loathing...


Breakfast, dinner and tea 

4 May

For all their blindingly obvious failings, it is still possible to feel some sympathy for arrogant career politicians forced out onto the streets and into radio and television studios to explain themselves to an unworthy and inferior electorate...


Sixth Republic 

26 Apr

At the end of the Second World War, the Fourth French Republic was established and governed with an unstable mix of Gaullist and Communist elected representatives until 1958 when the colonial civil war in Algeria, the debacle in Indochina and revolts...


Jellyfish 

10 Apr

Ask any legitimate gathering of jellyfish, amoebas, plankton, protozoa and an accredited assortment of single-cell organisms making a living as newspaper editors and politicians and they will all agree that Bashar al-Assad, the 19th President of ...


Imagine 

27 Feb

Imagine that after defying all the odds and confounding both critics and supporters alike, you wake up to find that you have guided Leicester City to unexpected and ultimate success as Champions of the Premier League...


Staff training course now online 

23 Feb

New, bespoke ‘help for students’ module for university staff developed.


Combustion in the trouser department 

16 Feb

In primary classrooms, Sunday schools, Madrassas, Gurdwaras, Synagogues, Temples and nurseries across the planet the message is simple; if you tell a lie you will always be found out...


Constant sorrow 

20 Jan

In an infinite, expanding and increasingly bizarre universe where strangeness and what once passed for normality have become blurred, the prospect of George Clooney forming a ZZ Top tribute band to perform at the inauguration of a racist con man as ...


Picking cherries 

18 Jan

Thank heavens, thank goodness, thank all our lucky stars and thank you sweet baby Jesus for giving us at long last some clarity and a time scale as to how the British government is systematically taking leave of its senses...


Asteroid 

16 Jan

After a journey of trillions of miles taking thousands of light years, on Saturday 15th January 2017 an object about the size of a sofa originating in the Kuiper belt far beyond the orbit of the planet Neptune approached Earth at great speed...


Annus horribilis 

30 Dec

There are and will be many eloquent eulogies, obituaries and retrospectives of those who breathed their last during 2016 and although some might find the deification of dead celebrities somewhat mawkish, this years` harvest of notable souls has been ...


Ministry of Magic 

18 Dec

Of all the government departments labouring away in the dark recesses of Whitehall, none is more expert at artifice, trickery and prestidigitation than the secretive Ministry of Magic...


Rogue One 

14 Dec

When something outrageous or provocative is broadcast on television or radio, there is a simple solution that could avoid a dangerous increase in blood pressure, impotent fury and a desire to hit the domestic appliance with an unusually heavy object.


Never mind Christmas Eve boxes – why advent calendars of presents are the real scourge of Christmas 

5 Dec

Some kids are getting presents - not chocolate - in their advent calendar...


Home run 

27 Nov

The chances of Fidel Castro living to the ripe old age of 90 seemed rather slim given that the most powerful nation on earth has devoted considerable energy, resources and the best part of 60 years attempting to secure his removal and death...


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Gary Numan 

21 Jun

Gary Numan by Pete Clemons Now 60 years old it is good to see Gary Numan back in vogue again.


Rough Magic 

19 Jun

THE TEMPEST Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 19 th June, 2018   It’s not the first time The Tempest has been set in outer space.


You Can Sometimes Get What You Want – Review of the Rolling Stones and Specials Concert by Pete Chambers 

9 Jun

MUSIC MATTERS: You can sometimes get what you want.


A Nudge To Arms 

9 Jun

TRYING IT ON Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Friday 8 th June, 2018   At the grand age of 70, playwright David Edgar turns performer for the first time in this self-penned piece that blends autobiographical material and interviews with fellow ...


Traitor or Devil? : Could Coventry Duo, Sue and Mary, Have Influenced the Presley Hit, Devil in Disguise? 

8 Jun

Traitor or Devil? : Could Coventry Duo, Sue and Mary, Have Influenced the Presley Hit, Devil in Disguise? In 1962, weeks before the Beatles released Love Me Do and months before Elvis released Devil in Disguise, two Coventry schoolgirls, Sue and Mary...


Frank Ifield – Tobacco Road 1961 and the story behind the song. 

6 Jun

Frank Ifield - Tobacco Road 1961 by Trev Teasdel Coventry born Frank Ifield recorded a cover of JD Loudermilk's Tobacco Road in 1961, long before Micky Most produced the Nashville Teens hit version in 1964! Frank Ifield, born in Coundon, Coventry 30...


The Rolling Stones and The Specials at the Ricoh 2018 

5 Jun

The Rolling Stones and The Specials at the Ricoh 2018 by Pete Clemons Support band, The Specials, appeared on stage at just before 7pm.


Sweet and Sour 

1 Jun

MOUNTAINS: The Dreams of Lily Kwok Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Thursday 31 st May, 2018   When Helen leaves her native Manchester to work as a lawyer in Hong Kong, she feels out of place, a fraud, an English girl in a Chinese body.


Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets 

22 May

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets by Pete Clemons There wasn’t much chat from the stage.


Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells 

17 May

Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells by Pete Clemons One album that music lovers never seem to forget the release of was that of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells.


White Noise – St Johns Church (Delia Derbyshire) 

10 May

White Noise – St Johns Church ( Delia Derbyshire) By Pete Clemons The people who designed and built those wonderful medieval churches centuries ago, along with the relatively more modern structures, could never have imagined that, years later, what...


Repeat Offender 

9 May

FLEABAG Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Wednesday 9 th May, 2018   It’s a real treat to be able to see Maddie Rice reprise the hit one-woman show, three years since I first enjoyed it in Birmingham.


Hired and Fired-Up 

5 May

THE HIRED MAN The Albany Theatre, Coventry, Friday 4 th May, 2018   If Thomas Hardy upped sticks and moved north to Cumbria (or Cumberland, as it was known then) the chances are he would have come up with something very like Melvyn Bragg’s family ...


The Rolling Stones in Coventry 

2 May

The Rolling Stones in Coventry by Pete Clemons Rock and roll is for the young people.


Being Mark Rylance 2 

25 Apr

Being Mark Rylance 2 by Pete Clemons Artist Nicky Cure and musician annA rydeR, spelt as such to presumably distinguish herself from the interior designer and TV personality, are collectively known as Radar Birds.


Just My Cup of Chai 

25 Apr

THE GAME OF LOVE AND CHAI Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 24 th April, 2018   Marivaux’s 18 th Century French farce, The Game of Love and Chance , gets an update from Tara Arts and Nigel Planer of The Young Ones , no less.


Marquee Wedding From Home, Oxfordshire 

19 Apr

Marquee tents have been a common choice for wedding parties over the years.


Labour in Vain 

18 Apr

THIS HOUSE The REP, Birmingham, Tuesday 17 th April, 2018   This hit production from the National Theatre/Chichester Festival Theatre/Headlong comes to this town and reminds this reviewer of its brilliance.


50 years of the Quo 

18 Apr

50 years of the Quo by Pete Clemons I must admit to having a soft spot for the Status Quo.


1968 – As I remember it – by Pete Clemons 

11 Apr

1968 – As I remember it by Pete Clemons.


Kast off Kinks – Belgrade Theatre 

5 Apr

Kast off Kinks – Belgrade Theatre by Pete Clemons Although they should have been, I never felt The Kinks were really given the same credit that bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who had.


Crooning Glory 

30 Mar

CROONERS The Albany Theatre, Coventry, Thursday 29 th March, 2018   As the curtain opens, a David Attenborough-type voiceover introduces us to that rare and endangered species, the crooner, inviting us to observe them in their natural habitat, ...


A chat with John Coles – A Coventry Music Photographer and More 

29 Mar

A chat with John Coles - A Coventry Music Photographer and More.


Steven Wilson – Warwick Arts Centre 

24 Mar

Steven Wilson – Warwick Arts Centre by Pete Clemons The last time Steven Wilson appeared live in Coventry was with his band Porcupine Tree.


The Bees’ Knees 

24 Mar

HONEY The Albany Theatre, Coventry, Friday 23 rd March, 2018   When you behold a patchwork quilt, you see it at first as a whole.


The Beverley Martyn Story 

14 Mar

The Beverley Martyn Story Pete Clemons But first a little Intro...


The Old Grey Whistle Test 

10 Mar

The Old Grey Whistle Test By Pete Clemons Nowadays, music channels seem to be all over the place but going back to the early 1970s there were very few music programmes on TV to watch.


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