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Civic Day 2018: Celebrating Coventry’s Postwar Architecture 

23 May

Civic Day 2018: Celebrating Coventry's Postwar Architecture and Planning This year the Coventry Society will be celebrating UK Civic Day on Saturday 16th June at the Priory Centre near Holy Trinity church and St.


Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 23rd May 2018 

23 May

23rd May 2018 In this week’s show: Leo reads the final piece about music composed in concentration and prison camps during the war; Michelle Manville talks to the Monday Club about Blind Veterans; Sue reads an article about Nicholas Parsons and ...


Really Old Photos. 

22 May

When Kev and I were 'courting' we took our first holiday together walking in the Lake District.


Coventry parkrun celebrates the 70th Birthday of the NHS – NHS70 

21 May

The NHS is celebrating 70 years this year.


Hotter bodies fight infections and tumours better – researchers show how 

21 May

The hotter our body temperature, the more our bodies speed up a key defence system that fights against tumours, wounds or infections, new research by a multidisciplinary team of mathematicians and biologists from the Universities of Warwick and ...


Friends House 

20 May

The Society of Friends or Quakers run a cafe over the road fro Euston Station in London.


The answer is yes – now what’s the question? 

20 May

I went to a seminar last week about storytelling, and I learned about Shep.


Here comes the Summer 

18 May

Well it’s eventually arrived in Blighty! With it comes the festivals and the joy of live music in the great wide open… We hope to bring the Voodoo to one or three of these occasions and we will let you know as soon as we’ve confirmed.


The Grand 

18 May

A layout using very old K and Co stash to make this page about The Grand Hotel in Scarborough.


University of Warwick delighted at Coventry’s European City of Sport win 

17 May

The University of Warwick is celebrating Coventry’s latest accolade - European City of Sport.


Moderate to high intensity exercise does not slow cognitive decline in people with dementia 

17 May

Moderate to high intensity exercise does not slow cognitive (mental) impairment in older people with dementia, finds a trial led by a University of Warwick researcher...


Six months of Herceptin could be as effective as 12 months for some women with HER2 positive breast cancer 

17 May

Study that finds women with HER2 positive early-stage breast cancer taking Herceptin for six months could be as effective as 12 months in preventing relapse and death, and can reduce side effects, finds new research.


Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 16th May 2018 

16 May

16th May 2018 In this week’s show: Sue reads about the best trumpet makers in Britain; Sheila has an article about an English winemaker who exports wine from China to the UK; Leo has a piece about music composed in concentration and prison camps ...


A Double Layout 

16 May

Kevin found a lovely place to have afternoon tea while we were in London.


UK’s first 1 GHz solid-state NMR Spectrometer funded at Warwick 

15 May

The UK’s first 1 GHz solid-state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer is on its way to the University of Warwick, thanks to £8 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).


US boycott of Chinese researchers could ‘stifle’ global progress, research suggests. 

14 May

Academics are warning that proposed measures by the Trump administration to restrict Chinese researchers from working in the US could ‘stifle’ global progress.


Copyrights, patents and trademarks – how will Brexit affect intellectual property rights? 

14 May

The second in a new series of briefs bringing current legal thinking to bear on public policy issues and contemporary concerns has been published today by GLOBE, a research centre within the University of Warwick’s Law School.


A Day out in London 

14 May

After being unwell for much of the Easter holiday, the 11th of April was one of the few days I was well enough to go out.


BBC journalist, Paralympic gold medalist, South African mediator, and NASA scientist to receive honorary degrees from the University of Warwick 

14 May

Leading BBC Journalist Stephen Sackur, Paralympic rowing gold medalist Pamela Relph, a South African conflict mediator Peter Harris, and a NASA scientist Douglas Terrier, are just four of the people who will receive honorary degrees from the ...


Sunday 13th May 

13 May

Have been over quite a few times recently but it has been quiet as a whole, as it has across the Midlands generally.


We Play 

12 May

My Dad used to love to make teeth from orange peel when the children were small and as Hannah was his first grandchild this is the first picture we have of us playing with the 'dangerous teeth' I was expecting Katie on this holiday and as it was ...


The parkrun Code 

11 May

The parkrun Code has been given a lick of paint.


Oral drug treatment helps protect cancer patients from potentially deadly DVT and pulmonary embolism 

11 May

Research from the University of Warwick indicates that taking a tablet a day can help treat cancer patients of a potentially deadly condition.


AI Network launched to tackle societal issues 

10 May

Warwick Business School is launching a research network to investigate how artificial intelligence can be used to take on some of the world’s biggest challenges.


Many newborn screening recommendations do not assess key evidence on benefits and harms 

10 May

Many national recommendations on whether to screen newborn babies for rare conditions do not assess the evidence on the key benefits and harms of screening.


Cherish 

10 May

Here is another pre-digital photo, taken so long ago that I could hardly remember the occasion it was taken.


Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 9th May 2018 

10 May

2nd May 2018 In this week’s show: ..


Sonia Bhanot – Reiki Practitioner 

9 May

We are welcoming Sonia Bhanot to the Amethyst Centre on Tuesdays from the 15th.


WMG Enhances Collaborative R&D Capability with the UK’s most advanced 5G mmWave Test Platform 

9 May

Mobile telecommunication operators, infrastructure suppliers, car manufacturers, and local councils are all seeking to understand the benefit from the leap in bandwidth promised by 5G technologies, and are lining up to use the very latest 5G ...


Nanoscale measurements 100x more precise, thanks to improved two-photon technique 

8 May

The precision of measuring nanoscopic structures could be substantially improved, thanks to research involving the University of Warwick and QuantIC researchers at the University of Glasgow and Heriot Watt University into optical sensing.


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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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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.


Thrilling 

7 Mar

THRILLER Live Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 6 th March, 2018   This electrifying tribute show is doing the rounds and this week it’s Coventry’s turn to become reacquainted with the back catalogue of the ‘King of Pop’, Michael Jackson.


Shannon Cooper-Garland 

28 Feb

Shannon Cooper-Garland By Pete Clemons Facebook can be the most strange of places and, at the same time, the most incredible of places.


LOL-alot 

28 Feb

SPAMALOT Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 27 th February, 2018   We all know them, the bores who can spout reams and reams of Monty Python scripts and manage to suck all the humour of it, as if just saying the lines is enough, when what matters, ...


London Love, Wedding at the Victoria Stakes 

22 Feb

We’re back! Kicking off with our first wedding of the year in North London.


Roger Lomas – From The Sorrows to Award Winning Producer 

19 Feb

Another piece from the prolific pen of Pete Clemons - published inThe Coventry Telegraph in 2013.


The 7” single………. 

16 Feb

The 7” single……….


‘The Man and the Journey’ Pink Floyd 

8 Feb

'The Man and the Journey’ Pink Floyd by Pete Clemons ‘The Man and the Journey’ was a suite of music performed by Pink Floyd during their 1969 tour.


Gregory Bull and Friends – The Books 

3 Feb

Perdam Babylonis Nomen by Gregory Bull.


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