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Chinese media on Trump: two languages, two different messages 

18 Aug

Here’s one that should interest Global Journalism students: the Chinese media is enjoying the disintegration of Trump’s “administration”, but its Chinese-language outlets take a completely different line to its English language ones.

Coventry parkrun 2 September: Cancelled 

18 Aug

Due to the Donkey Derby (and the event setup) being held on 2 September in the War Memorial Park, there will be no Coventry parkrun on that day.

Car parking at Coventry parkrun 

18 Aug

Please use the main Park Ride car park when joining us on Saturday mornings rather than the Leamington Road car park.

University of Warwick ranked 3rd in Russell Group for providing extra value 

18 Aug

The University of Warwick is one of the UKs top 20 universities for providing students with extra value, the Economists Valued Added Earnings Rankings has found.

Lasers used to detect risk of heart attack and stroke 

17 Aug

Patients at risk of heart attacks and strokes may be spotted earlier thanks to a diagnosis tool that uses near-infrared light to identify high-risk arterial plaques, according to research carried out at WMG, University of Warwick, the Baker Institute...

Only two-thirds of trainee GPs plan to work in NHS general practice 

17 Aug

A new study by the University of Warwick indicates that only two in three doctors who are completing their training to become GPs plan to work in NHS general practice.

Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 16th August 2017 

16 Aug

16th August 2017 In this week’s show we have Wish you were here a nostalgic view of the  predigital age read by Alan, Edwina reports on a Resource Centre outing to Baddesley Clinton, Leo reads an article which re examines the legendary Dunkirk ...


16 Aug

Leveson is no longer the issue of the moment but it still has ramifications, especially after the press regulator Impress gained Royal Charter recognition.

How to get good lighting indoors 

15 Aug

This is a really handy explanation of lighting for DSLR shoots – with use of tin foil.

Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses – did it actually happen? 

15 Aug

Martin Luther's posting of the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on 31 October 1517, what the Germans call the Thesenanschlag, is one of the most famous events of Western history - but did it actually happen? In 1517: Martin ...

Antifreeze to improve aeroplanes, ice cream and organ transplants 

15 Aug

The design of aeroplane wings and storing organs for transplant could both become safer and more effective, thanks to a synthetic antifreeze which prevents the growth of ice crystals, developed by researchers at the University of Warwick.

AI trained to recognise beautiful scenery 

14 Aug

Scientists at Warwick Business School have trained a computer to recognise beautiful scenery using deep learning, an approach to artificial intelligence which is inspired by the architecture of the human brain.

Researchers help digital currency users get more rewards for exercising 

14 Aug

Researchers at the Institute of Digital Healthcare in WMG, University of Warwick have been awarded an Innovate UK grant to assist Sweatco Ltd to further develop their app for users to earn more rewards from a broader range of exercise activities.

Dementia and holistic therapies – Victoria Brown 

13 Aug

Our massage therapist Victoria Brown has worked with dementia patients for some time now.

Unlucky Fried Kitten 

13 Aug

Ever since I have known Kevin, he hasn't been keen on fast food.

Coventry City Council leaders visit leading automotive centre 

11 Aug

WMG, at the University of Warwick hosted a visit from the leader, and deputy leader, of Coventry City Council who were keen to see for themselves the significant investment in automotive research within the City.

Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 9th August 2017 

11 Aug

9th August 2017 In this week’s show we have a Library update for August read by Sinead , Leo tells us some train trivia, Alan reads a piece about the father of weather forecasting,St Swithin and Dave attended the service of dedication for the ...

The Castle Hotel 

11 Aug

When in Aberystwyth back in May, we stayed in a hotel above a pub.

‘Against Prejudice: Ira Aldridge, Theatre Manager’ to be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe 

10 Aug

Professor Tony Howard, of the University of Warwicks Department of English and Comparative Studies, will also a panel of performers and scholars, including BBC historian David Olusoga and actor Joseph Mydell, on Tuesday 19 th September in considering...

Parents of premature babies as happy as other parents by adulthood 

10 Aug

Parents of very premature or very low birth weight babies have the same life satisfaction as parents of full-term babies, when their children reach adulthood according to new research by the University of Warwick.

Coventry parkrun, event number 379, 5 August 2017 

9 Aug

This week 548 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 109 recorded new Personal Bests.

Not More Cocktails! 

9 Aug

Cocktails are so popular at the moment that I have taken many photos of them, and made more than one layout.

Asian hornet to colonise UK within two decades without action 

8 Aug

The yellow legged or Asian hornet a voracious predator of honey bees and other beneficial insects could rapidly colonise the UK unless its spread is combatted, according to new research by the Universities of Warwick and Newcastle, working with the...

About Kansa Facials 

8 Aug

Amanda Miller, our Kansa wand facial magician, has written about the wands and why she uses them in her facials for us.

Another Powis page 

7 Aug

When we travelled to Wales back in May, we took along Kevin's mum and dad for the short break.


5 Aug

I rarely begin preparing for Christmas so early in the year, October is my usual starting point, but this year I felt the urge to get ahead.

Voodoo Summer Holidays 

4 Aug

Well we’ve arrived at that time of year where we grab our surf boards and head to the discothech-a-go-go by the coast, or coasts around the planet.

Blue plaque unveiled to commemorate Ira Aldridge 

3 Aug

Blue plaque unveiled to commemorate Ira Aldridge A new blue plaque was unveiled today in the Precinct for Ira Aldridge, a black actor and anti slavery activist who came to Coventry in 1828.

The Story Continues, but in a New Chapter… 

3 Aug

The loss of Roxy hit us all pretty hard.

Below Stairs 

3 Aug

Whenever we visit old houses, one of my favourite places to visit is the servants quarters.

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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...


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 ...


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...


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...

Our man in Diego Garcia 

23 Nov

In a surprise move announced by the Foreign Office, former leader of UKIP and renown international diplomat Sir Nigel Farage, PhD, OBE, VC and bar, has been appointed as the next Commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory of the Chagos ...

E Pluribus Unum 

9 Nov

The voting places are beginning to close and in the next few hours the 45th President of the United States will be democratically elected...

Joint enterprise 

1 Nov

Image via Press Association Some rather momentous things went on in 1984 and, unless he was exerting influence from beyond the grave, none of the drama had anything to do with ...

The truth is out there 

30 Oct

We all love a good conspiracy theory no matter how far-fetched or unlikely the juicy confection might be; so when the reputation and character of the Democrat US presidential candidate offers a buy one get one free deal on the legality of Hillary ...

Supporting courage in the face of adversity 

27 Oct

Liberty held its annual Human Rights Awards event on 26 October.

Clearance Clarence 

26 Oct

When the details of a secret that was never really a secret are revealed to an incredulous public, there are some punters with attention deficit who will be genuinely surprised and others, with something of an alternative agenda, who will feign shock...


18 Oct

As the sublimely wonderful Stevie Wonder so eloquently pointed out, if you believe in things that you don`t understand; you suffer – superstition ain`t the way...

Kicking and screaming 

14 Oct

In an incredibly uncertain world populated by tyrants, dictators, ne`er do wells and various other foreigners, it took a mere 90 days for the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to present himself at the House of Commons in order ...

Make `em laugh 

10 Oct

To openly gloat over the misfortunes of others, even if they happen to be the most unpleasant, hate-filled, narcissistic attention seekers to ever pollute political debate, is not big and not clever...

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