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Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 22nd March 2017 

25 Mar

22nd March 2017 In this week’s show Alan reads another part of “All in a Day’s Work”,  Cliff reads about Mother Sunday, Leo reads part 2 about about the Real Godfather and Dave is at the resource centre with sky blue veterans.

Migration Report 

23 Mar

Wednesday 22 Marsh 2017 It rained all day but at the end of it I'd seen a few new birds for the year.

Go Somewhere New 

23 Mar

This layout is about Lime Street Station in Liverpool, I loved the building and was surprised on arrival to hear the seagulls inside the station of a large city; coming from far inland it seemed odd to be close to the sea in a big city.

Tuesday 21st March 

22 Mar

Despite an early arrival, I wasn’t early enough, it was bitterly cold and rather windy so I didn’t linger.

A gander at the Geese 

21 Mar

21st March 2017 Excellent couple of days Birding.

New particles discovered in CERN experiment with Warwick physicist 

21 Mar

A new group of particles which have long been hiding in plain sight have finally been discovered thanks to the incredibly sensitive LHCb experiment at CERN - involving a physicist from the University of Warwick.


21 Mar

I saw this set of stamps and positioner that was shown at Creativation this year, nd thought I might have a go.

Migration begins 

19 Mar

Sunday 19th March 2017 The end of last week saw a definite movement of birds across the area.

Richard Garay and Altnew Cards 

19 Mar

I picked up a set of Origami stamps, dies and scrapbook papers by Richard Garay back in January, and used them (along with watercoloured backgrounds) and some Altenew stamps to make a set of cards.

18 March 

18 Mar

With some fine Spring weather I to find time for a little birding.

Why water splashes: new theory reveals secrets 

17 Mar

New research from the University of Warwick generates fresh insight into how a raindrop or spilt coffee splashes.

Cathedral Page 2 

17 Mar

Here is the second of the double layout about the catholic cathedral in Liverpool.

It’s All About People 

16 Mar

I received a lovely message the other day.

Better sleep feels like winning the lottery 

16 Mar

Improving your sleep quality is as beneficial to health and happiness as winning the lottery, according to research by the University of Warwick.

Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 15th March 2017 

16 Mar

15th March 2017 In this week’s show Alan reads another part of “All in a Day’s Work”,  Sheila tells us about the man who fed wartime Britain, Leo reads about about the Real Godfather and Dave finds out about the Sonata Plus Internet Radio.

Liverpool Cathedral Page 1 

15 Mar

Kevin took me away at half term to help me on the road to recovery from an illness, it was nice to get away for a couple of nights as I had not visited Liverpool before.

A quiet spell 

13 Mar

Monday 13th March 2017 The previous week saw visits to several local sights with the hope of finding early migrants but with no success.

Protected: Assistant lecturers 

12 Mar

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10 March 

10 Mar

It has been a very disappointing winter generally in the Midlands, but Shustoke itself has been the quietest I can remember in all my years birding here.

Do I teach Reiki? 

10 Mar

I do get asked regularly about learning Reiki.

Floods and hurricanes predicted with social media 

10 Mar

Social media can warn us about extreme weather events before they happen such as hurricanes, storms and floods according to new research by the University of Warwick.

MBA with Entrepreneurship Specialism launched 

9 Mar

Warwick Business School is launching an MBA with Entrepreneurship Specialism for the Full-time and Executive course this September that will give students an all-round view of how a firm works plus the key insights to help bring their business idea ...

Warwick hosts joint UK University China Careers Fair 

9 Mar

Students from seven UK universities got the chance to meet Chinese employers and discovered career opportunities in China - at the China Careers Fair, hosted for the first time by the University of Warwick this month.

Midlands Innovation welcomes the publication of the Midlands Engine strategy 

9 Mar

Midlands Innovation, which inlcudes the University of Warwick, has welcomed the publication of the Midlands Engine strategy.

The Discrimination of Dementia 

9 Mar

What does make sense is that, as I tell her every time I see her, she’s still my Mum.

Rainbow Backgrounds 

9 Mar

I have not been very well since Christmas, and have not even felt up to crafting much.

Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 8th March 2017 

8 Mar

8th March 2017 In this week’s show Alan reads another part of “All in a Day’s Work”,  Pru Poretta talks to the Monday Club about Lady Godiva’s monk, Sue reads an extract from a book about Douglas Fairbanks and Dave and Graham report from ...

Ten subjects named in the world’s top 50 

8 Mar

The QS World University Rankings by Subject published today, March 8 th 2017, has declared 10 subjects at the University of Warwick to be in the worlds top 50 with one in the top 20.

We don’t update this very often these days 

7 Mar

And that's mostly good news.

Warwick academics to present research in new ways at Tate Modern London 

7 Mar

Researchers from the University of Warwick have teamed up with international artists to put on a free 6 day public programme at the Tate Modern in London spanning the visual arts, film, photography, design, architecture, spoken and written word ...

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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...


30 Sep

There was a time when hard work, integrity, honesty, diligence and morality were considered as rewards in themselves for any duty, task or employment but in an age when hypocrisy and negligence are essential requirements on the job description for ...

Twilight`s last gleaming 

28 Sep

Way back in 1992, the ubiquity of email was far from established and many employers regarded the internet as the work of the devil that had no place in a productive workplace...

Fairness, justice and wishful thinking 

31 Aug

As August departs in a blaze of sunshine, with a resigned sigh we contemplate an autumn of discontent and a winter of absolute, all consuming misery...

Medalling with worlds 

23 Aug

For a global sporting event to be considered successful, it must be preceded by dire predictions of unfinished facilities, dangerous infrastructure, drug scandals, blatant corruption and civil unrest...

Naked politics 

28 Jul

It has been five weeks since the great European referendum that was expected, regardless of outcome, to change British and European politics forever...

News from the Combined Authority AGM 

20 Jun

The West Midlands Combined Authority intended to hold its inaugural AGM last Friday, 10 June, but a little local difficulty in the House of Commons meant that the legislation hadn’t been completed in time.

In or out of Europe: what does it mean for women? 

7 Jun

Coventry Women’s Voices, Coventry Women’s Networking Group (WNG) and Coventry Feminists invite you to: Date and time: Tuesday 21 st June 2016, 7pm – 9pm Venue: Coventry Council House – Diamond Rooms 1 2 Earl Street, Coventry CV1 5RR The ...


2 Jun

Muchachas y los amigos de España; the great kingdom of Spain faces an unprecedented existential crisis brought about by unregulated immigration actively encouraged by faceless, unelected Eurocrats...

Facing forward in flats 

28 May

Viewed from this considerable distance, watching Hollywood musicals produced in the 1930s is tinged with an indistinct melancholia...


26 May

Clearly David Cameron is facing a number of questions that require something approaching answers rather than his predicable, tiresome and carefully rehearsed weasel words...

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21 Mar

STYLUSBOY by Pete Clemons Ploughing his own furrow for a good number of years on the local circuit, and beyond, has been Steve Stylusboy.

Barnabus – A Charity Gig 2017 

21 Mar

Barnabus Charity Gig by Pete Clemons On the same evening that Black Sabbath were saying au revoir, by way of their hugely publicised gigs at the LG arena, another band from the region, were doing similar.

Golden Wedding Anniversary At The Forest Hotel, Dorridge 

21 Mar

We’ve enjoyed our quieter season this winter and have hunkered down preparing for 2017 wedding season! The quiet season is, however, coming to a close.

Otis Redding by Pete Clemons 

16 Mar

Otis Redding by Pete Clemons Another article by Pete that was originally earmarked for the Coventry Telegraph.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by Pete Clemons 

16 Mar


Stuff and Nonsense 

22 Feb

The Quite Remarkable Adventures of THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 21 st February, 2017   Edward Lear’s famous nonsense poem was the springboard for a book by former Python Eric Idle.

Big Big Train 

13 Feb

Big Big Train By Pete Clemons - another article written for but unpublished by the Coventry Telegraph.

Syd Arthur 

13 Feb

Syd Arthur by Pete Clemons (another recent article earmarked for the Coventry Telegraph but unpublished by them) syd Arthur Not a Coventry band but one of Pete Clemon's many articles for the Coventry paper.

Many Wrongs Make a Right 

24 Jan

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Monday 23 rd January, 2017   Those of us involved in live performance in any way will have stories to tell, usually for comic effect, about moments on stage that have gone awry: a prop that wasn...

Dark – Round the Edges – Review by Pete Clemons 

21 Jan

Dark - Round the Edges - Review by Pete Clemons A Kenilworth record shop recently acquired a copy of one of the rarest pieces of vinyl currently out there.

Pink Floyd – The Early Years 1965-1972 

21 Jan

PINK FLOYD - The Early Years 1965-1972 By Pete Clemons Fans of Pink Floyd will, no doubt, already be aware that during July 2016 it was announced that a major new work.

European Bands by Pete Clemons 

21 Jan

Pete Clemons - Owing to changes at the Coventry Telegraph, it's looking unlikely that the newspaper will be publishing anymore of Pete's articles,which is a shame but Pete has send a few that were earmarked for the paper - and this is the first - on ...

The CoverUps 4-Piece Male Lead – Adam! 

18 Jan

Check out this short clip of our male lead vocalist singing a favorite dance floor filler, Dynamite by Taio Cruz! If you want to see the full video, hop on over to our videos page where you can also see videos of all of our lineups...

Indian Summer – New Album 

9 Jan

This Pete Clemons article in 2 parts so it is readbable! Original album 1971 Record Collector Indian Summer album http://shop.

Pete Clemons Looks back on 2016 

9 Jan

Pete Clemons with another article for the Coventry Telegraph...

Pete Clemons on the enduring genius of Yes and Jon Anderson 

8 Jan

Pete Clemons on the enduring genius of Yes and Jon Anderson Telegraph contributor analyses an incredible turn of fortunes for iconic musician.

Pete Clemons on how rock’n’roll impacted Coventry 

8 Jan

Pete Clemons on how rock'n'roll impacted Coventry Telegraph contributor delves into the history of the musical genre in our city.

Pete Clemons on the enduring legacy of The Ramones 

8 Jan

Pete Clemons on the enduring legacy of The Ramones Telegraph contributor discusses the legendary band 40 years on from their self-titled debut.

Pete Clemons on the day The Clash rocked Coventry 

8 Jan

Pete Clemons on the day The Clash rocked Coventry The Clash famously played at the ‘Lanch’ along with The Sex Pistols.

International A-Z: Bulgarian Holiday Bread 

8 Jan

For the letter 'B' I decided to do a version of a traditional Bulgarian Christmas loaf.

Lunchroulette at the German Market again 

8 Jan

I went back to the German Market again and picked a random stall to buy my lunch.


11 Dec

The German Market is in full swing in Birmingham and I am still using the random number app to choose my lunch.

Lunchroulette at the German Market 

11 Dec

The German Christmas Market returned to Birmingham last week.

Banana Bread/Pumpkin Traybake 

26 Nov

This was another 'make room in the freezer' baking session.

International A-Z: A for Algeria 

26 Nov

Earlier this year I was watching Saturday Kitchen and they were showing one of the many regular clips from Rick Stein.

Dick Leads The Way 

26 Nov

DICK WHITTINGTON Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Friday 25 th November, 2016   My first Christmas show of the season and it’s a cracker!  The Belgrade may not hire the ‘big’ names on the panto circuit but this is more than compensated for by a ...

Pumpkin Cupcakes 

7 Nov

When we scooped out the pumpkins to make Halloween lanterns, I grated and froze the flesh so I could try cooking something with it.

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