Coventry news and blogs Tuesday 17 October 2017
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Saturday through to Monday 

16 Oct

SATURDAY Joy, June and I had a good walk around Cannock Chase, mainly in search of the reported Crossbills.

Ivo Barum launches MOJO column on investigative journalism site 

16 Oct

Another handy resource: the more so since it’s very current (April 2017): Ivo Barum’s new column for the Global Investigative Journalism Network opens with news that two-track video editing is now available for Android as well as IoS.

Gold origin confirmed with first ever neutron star gravitational wave sighting 

16 Oct

Gold’s origin in the Universe has finally been confirmed, after a gravitational wave source was seen and heard for the first time ever by an international collaboration of researchers, with astronomers at the University of Warwick playing a leading...

Professor Celia Lury elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences 

16 Oct

The Academy of Social Sciences has awarded a Fellowship to Professor Celia Lury, Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM) at the University of Warwick.

One in five witness someone collapse who requires CPR but the majority do not act 

16 Oct

An estimated one in five adults in the UK witness someone collapse who needs immediate CPR, yet the majority of people do not act, according to new research funded by the British Heart Foundation and condcuted by Warwick Medical School.

Apple Day 2017 

15 Oct

Castle Bromwich Hall hosts a day to show the harvest of the gardens every year, we didn't make it last year as the weather was so bad, but this year it was a lovely autumnal afternoon.

Friday 13th October 

14 Oct

With news of a Rock Thrush breaking late on Thursday it was a no brainer that this would be a target for us today.

Back on the’patch’ 

13 Oct

Friday 13th October Both the Caldecote and Mancetter walks have been very quiet.

Rockin Roots ‘n’ Blues 

13 Oct

Voodoo Kings to host a new live music event in Coventry city centre! Throughout the winter months Rockin Roots ‘n’ Blues will feature some hot acoustic acts and also introduce new acts to our live scene.

BBC’s quick tips on MOJO 

13 Oct

This is jolly useful… but it’s also evidence that the BBC (and by extension, the industry) is taking mobile journalism seriously.

A Pre-Scrapbooking Photo 

13 Oct

I had a sort out of my old photos a while back and found this old one of mine taken back in 2000.

Milestone hit in the construction of the National Automotive Innovation Centre 

12 Oct

The National Automotive Innovation Centre, at the University of Warwick, saw a construction milestone hit, today, with the completion of the external grounds.

VirionHealth Raises Series A Funding from Abingworth 

12 Oct

University of Warwick spin-out company, VirionHealth - a new biotechnology company developing novel therapeutics for respiratory viral infections, has raised £13m in Series A funding from Abingworth.

Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 11th October 2017 

11 Oct

11th October 2017 In this week’s show Edwina talks about Diana, Princess of Wales, Peter visits Ryton Pools miniature railway, we hear from Lieutenant Pidgeon at the Monday club and Leo reads a piece by Melvyn Bragg about the Lake District.

Warwick announces shortlist for The Warwick Prize for Women in Translation 

11 Oct

Six titles have been shortlisted for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation, a new prize that aims to address the gender imbalance in translated literature and to increase the number of international women’s voices accessible by a British and ...

Students Zoom In To Win Fastest Car Award In World Finals 

11 Oct

Four Coventry teenagers, all students at WMG Academy, Coventry, are celebrating after the car they designed was named the fastest in a worldwide competition.

Girls Night Out 

11 Oct

I've been loving the Papermania Capsule Pigment collection, and used it to make this layout about our summer holiday.

Lord Ashcroft on St Helena 

10 Oct


Workplace wellbeing needs holistic approach 

10 Oct

Erika Kispeter and Sally Wright from the University of Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER) examined how Suffolk County Council has responded to the challenge of managing mental health at work.

Doh… it’s not just the picture that’s flipped 

10 Oct

From the home page of the Coventry University website, September 2017: students at Cov are so good, they can read backwards.

Voice training resources 

9 Oct

From the BBC Academy blog: Charles Miller on his own experience of getting voice training, including tips...

Shetland Week (Tuesday to Friday) 

9 Oct

WEDNESDAY With the winds stuck in the West it wasn’t looking that promising, but at least we managed to get some birding in.

Shetland Week – (Sunday/Monday) 

9 Oct

With predictions of the weather varying from bad to very bad (biblical proportions) we woke up not expecting to be stuck in the house for most of the day.

Shetland Week (Friday / Saturday) 

9 Oct

FRIDAY Drove up to Perth for an overnight stay as we were flying direct from Aberdeen this year.

Hardy’s Inspiration 

9 Oct

While wandering around Dorchester back in August, I noticed a blue plaque on an imposing Georgian house.

8th October 2017 

8 Oct

The past few months has seen me hardly doing any birding at all apart from a cpl of visits to Seeswood Pool where I did manage to find a Cetti's Warbler on the 24th Sept which was a 1st for the pool...

The Shetland Isles – 2017 

8 Oct

30th Sept - 7th October 2017 After a very long drive and a good flight we, (Pete and Joy Forbes and myself) arrived at Sumburgh on the southern tip of the Shetland Isles for a week's birding.

The Gilded Teapot 

7 Oct

In Dorchester, the county town of Dorset, there is a quaint little tea shop selling loose teas and coffee.

Universities global connectivity via the air transport network gives significant insight to global rankings 

6 Oct

The demand for higher education is on the rise and so is the cost of education.

The Warwick Business School student inspiring young girls to dream big 

6 Oct

Victoria Azubuike is a buzz of energy, relentlessly pursuing projects to help her community that would be a full-time job for most.

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

Trust in me 

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Tears of a clown 

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Ich bein ein Hamburger 

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Combined authority investment welcomed by new mayor 

14 Jun

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Air sick 

3 Jun

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Which side are you on? 

26 May

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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...

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