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Latest health evidence shows that making changes to diet, physical activity and behaviour may reduce obesity in children and adolescent 

22 Jun

A Cochrane report which was led by a University of Warwick researcher summarizes evidence on the effects of different interventions for treating obesity and overweight in adolescence.

Adulthood wellbeing lower for single-parent kids – new research 

22 Jun

People who grew up in single-parent families have lower levels of wellbeing and life satisfaction in adulthood, according to new research by the University of Warwick.

Government declares Warwick teaching “excellent” – Tops year of teaching success for University 

22 Jun

It was announced today, Thursday 22 nd June 2017, that the University of Warwick has been awarded silver status in the Governments Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 21st June 2017 

21 Jun

21st June 2017 In this week’s show Leo concludes the article about Elizabeth Montagu and has a short story about two brohers, Billy Bell recalls the day Coventry City won the FA Cup, Cliff has a piece about the NHS, Alan reads about the joy of ...

Diamonds to be won at Warwick University free event highlighting cutting edge research 

21 Jun

Diamonds are set to be won by audience members at a free public event at the University of Warwick - to be held on Monday 10 th July at 7.30pm.

Fun on Father’s Day 

20 Jun

We went out for a Father's day meal the week before last, as it coincided with two family birthdays and had great fun at a local hotel.

Mission to discover habitable Earths given green light 

20 Jun

A mission to discover and characterise Earth-sized planets and super-Earths orbiting Sun-like stars in the habitable zone of the solar system scientifically led by the University of Warwick - has been given the go-ahead today by the European Space ...

Radical new voice in literary fiction secures publishing deal 

20 Jun

Graduate of the Warwick Writing Programme Sophie Mackintosh has secured a publishing deal with Hamish Hamilton for her debut novel The Water Cure following a seven-way auction.

Lightweight steel production breakthrough: brittle phases controlled 

20 Jun

High-strength, lightweight steels can finally be processed on an industrial scale, thanks to a breakthrough in controlling undesired brittle stages from production - by WMG, University of Warwick.

Lightweight steel production breakthrough: brittle phases controlled 

20 Jun

High-strength, lightweight steels can finally be processed on an industrial scale, thanks to a breakthrough in controlling undesired brittle stages from production - by WMG, University of Warwick.

1st June – 18th June 2017 

19 Jun

With the breeding season in full swing the birding has taken a bit of a slow down with most trips out for Dragonflies,Butterflies moths however I did get my most wanted bird a fine male Corncrake which took up residence at Alvecote Pools for over a ...

New ultrasonic ZIP probe tests Zinc galvanizing kettles while bathed in 450°C molten metal 

19 Jun

Zinco UK Limited and Sonemat Limited have signed an agreement to use ultrasonic probe technology developed from research which was first conducted at the University of Warwick.

Have your say on driverless cars – free public event 

19 Jun

Driverless cars what do you think about them? Do you think theyll improve our lives, or not? Theres a chance to have YOUR say in Coventry this month, at an Ideas Caf event hosted by WMG, University of Warwick.

Professor Laura Green awarded OBE 

19 Jun

Professor Laura Green, currently Head of the School of Life Sciences and deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (interdisciplinary research and impact) from September 1st, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queens ...

MSc Finance jumps into Financial Times global top 10 

19 Jun

Warwick Business Schools MSc Finance has risen seven places to be ranked in the worlds top 10 and number one in the UK by the Financial Times .

Catch Up 

17 Jun

The week in Scotland went well but we only managed to climb one Corbett near Aviemore named Meall a’ Bhuachaille as it destroyed my legs for the rest of the week.

Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 14th June 2017 

16 Jun

14th June 2017 In this week’s show… All this plus the usual mix of News, What’s On, Sport and Postbag.

A Handmade Gift 

16 Jun

My knitting daughter made me a cute little gift when she was home from Uni over the Easter holidays.

Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife 

15 Jun

I was looking for a pocket knife that was not too bulky and could be attached to my car keys for everyday carry (EDC).

Peer-led self-management programmes may not help teenagers with asthma 

14 Jun

A study from the University of Warwick suggests peer-led self-management programmes have little impact on the quality of life or lung function of adolescents with asthma.

Warwick researchers awarded Parliamentary Academic Fellowships 

14 Jun

Two University of Warwick researchers have been awarded Parliamentary Academic Fellowships, as part of a new scheme that offers academics the opportunity to work on projects in the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Warwick Graduates in top ten for highest earnings in over a dozen subjects 

14 Jun

The Governments latest Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) datasetpublished this week, on Tuesday 13th June 2017, shows that in over a dozen subjects University of Warwick graduates are ranked in top 10 in the UK for high earnings three years after...

Tea Party To Celebrate Girls In Engineering 

14 Jun

Girls in Solihull are invited to a tea party next week to celebrate Women in Engineering Day at the WMG Academy for Young Engineers in Solihull.

Clean energy stored in electric vehicles to power buildings 

14 Jun

Stored energy from electric vehicles (EVs) can be used to power large buildings creating new possibilities for the future of smart, renewable energy - thanks to ground-breaking battery research from WMG at the University of Warwick.

It Runs in the Family… 

13 Jun

b oth crafting and blogging I think.

Palazzo Pesaro Papafava hosts exhibition during Art Night Venezia 

13 Jun

Warwicks Venetian campus will host Italy is Out , a unique exhibition of photographer Mario Badagliaccas work during this years Art Night Venezia, on Saturday 17 June.


12 Jun

A few of the highlights from the moth trapping sessions in the back garden over the past cpl of months with some good local records inc Tissue (1st Warks record this year only 2nd for a number of years) Lime-speck Pug Red Green Carpet Seraphim Green...

Experts to discuss how mindfulness can improve Higher Education 

12 Jun

The University of Warwick is hosting a two day conference to explore how mindfulness can improve teaching in higher education.

Improvement needed in mental health services for children & adolescents across Europe 

12 Jun

A study of child and adolescent mental health care has found provision needs to be improved across the whole of the EU.

Research finds care home design isn’t depressing – providing you can actually get outside 

12 Jun

With around 40% of residents in UK care homes having significant depressive symptoms, researchers have questioned whether the design of the physical environment of homes could be contributing to the problem, and how this could be addressed.

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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...


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...

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Mods and Mockers 

20 Jun

ROMEO AND JULIET Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 20 th June, 2017   The consistently excellent Oddsocks Productions revisits Shakespeare’s tragedy of star-cross’d lovers, this time giving it a mods and rockers setting.

Come Die With Me 

18 Jun

DINNER Bear Pit Theatre, Stratford upon Avon, Saturday 17 th June, 2017   One of the many commendable things about the Bear Pit Theatre Company is they are not shy of staging productions of works that provide challenges for cast and audience members...

The Stranglers 

15 Jun

The Stranglers by Pete Clemons I have to say that I was personally delighted when I heard that The Stranglers were going to headline the Friday evening of the Godiva Festival 2017.

Steven Wilson to visit the Midlands 

15 Jun

Steven Wilson to visit the Midlands by Pete Clemons At the time I last put digit to keyboard and put a few words together about Steven Wilson, his third studio album ‘ The Raven That Refused to Sing ’, was about to be released.

Back out in the Outback 

14 Jun

PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Tuesday 13 th June, 2017   Three Spires and Guildhall take a bold stab at the colourful musical, based on the joyous Australian comedy film starring Terence Stamp and Guy Pearce.

Stone Foundation 

7 Jun

Stone Foundation By Pete Clemons Nowadays, the music business is a very strange and fickle place.

Voices and Choices 

26 May

MY COUNTRY Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Thursday 25 th May, 2017   This touring show from the National Theatre is described as a work in progress – largely because, I suspect, Brexit has yet to happen and the debate still rages on – this ...

Badfinger – musical legacy 

15 May

Badfinger - Musical Legacy By Pete Clemons To view the history of Badfinger and conclude it as just complicated is a massive understatement.

Godiva Rocks – The Coventry Musical 

15 May

Godiva Rocks The Coventry Musical.

Pete Shelley / Howard Devoto 

4 May

Pete Shelley / Howard Devoto By Pete Clemons Continuing a theme, I set myself during 2016, of attempting to celebrate the new wave of bands, and their music, that had shook up the whole scene some forty years previous, I think it must be worth ...

David Bowie at the Kasbah, Coventry 

29 Apr

David Bowie at the Kasbah, Coventry.


26 Apr

OUT OF THIS WORLD Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Tuesday 25 th April, 2017   Mark Murphy’s latest piece for V-Tol pulls out all the stops in terms of theatricality – in fact, when it begins, I feel bombarded and disoriented by the barrage of ...

Tim Bowness, vocalist. 

24 Apr

Tim Bowness, vocalist.

Ian Bourne, Nuneaton Singer Songwriter. 

24 Apr

Ian Bourne, Nuneaton Singer Songwriter By Pete Clemons I don’t know Ian Bourne , as such, but I do know of him.

Led Zeppelin – Locarno 1971 

17 Apr

Led Zeppelin – Locarno 1971 Pete Clemons Rock band, Led Zeppelin, are considered to have been one of the most innovative, influential and successful rock groups in the history of modern day popular music.

Bubbling Over 

7 Apr

THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Thursday 6 th April, 2017   A co-production with Theatre Royal Stratford East, this new version of Kirsten Childs’s appealing musical froths with effervescence, like ...

The Play Works 

5 Apr

THE MACHINE STOPS Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 4 th April, 2017   This production from Pilot Theatre comes to the end of its tour at the Belgrade’s B2 studio.

Joe O’Donnell’s Gaodhal’s Vision 

4 Apr

Joe O’Donnell's Gaodhal’s Vision by Pete Clemons To celebrate its 40th anniversary Coventry resident Joe O’Donnell is giving his 1977 concept album, Gaodhal’s Vision, a complete makeover and a whole new lease of life.

The Sorrows in Europe October 2016 

28 Mar

The Sorrows in Europe October 2016 By Pete Clemons They say you can’t keep a good band down.

Honky Tonk Rose 

28 Mar

Honky Tonk Rose by Pete Clemons Honky Tonk Rose Buried within the bleakness of a country album called ‘ Deguello Motel ’, is a more upbeat song called ‘ Honky Tonk Rose ’.


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.

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