God's gift to MTV returns home for gig in Birmingham

Halesowen News:

1:50pm Friday 29th August 2014

HE was God’s gift to MTV in the 1980s and now Roland Gift is returning to Birmingham for a intimate homecoming gig, writes Steve Zacharanda.

Boycott Joan Rivers? You're having a laugh she's hilarious

Halesowen News:

9:54am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE IRRESPRESSIBLE Joan Rivers is sharpening her knives and pouring acid on her tongue ahead of a gig in Birmingham, writes Steve Zacharanda.

Have you done your health homework?

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

The new school year is on the horizon, and soon children up and down the country will be back in the classroom - those breeding grounds of knowledge and creativity. But, steel yourself parents, they're also prime breeding ground for the lurgy.

Sly's not Expendable yet

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

He may be a go-to action hero, but Sylvester Stallone is feeling a little fragile today.

Tuning into the Channel Islands

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

I imagine children who have grown up by the sea have a natural ability to scramble over rocks like sure-footed crabs and leap across gullies with lightening ease. Unfortunately, I spent my formative years inland, and so I lag woefully behind the rest of our group on a coasteering expedition exploring Guernsey's coastline.

To be Frank

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

The phrase 'hardest-working man in show business' is overused. And more than that, it's an impossible thing to measure.

Rudy's Rare Records ready for jump from radio to stage

Halesowen News:

11:38am Wednesday 13th August 2014

BLACK Country funnyman Lenny Henry stars in the stage premiere of Rudy’s Rare Records at Birmingham Repertory Theatre next month.

Preserving Africa's mane attraction

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

As the lioness wearily raises her head from a parched acacia thicket, safari guide Daniel seizes the opportunity to count the number of whiskers tapering beneath her fleshy-pink nose.

Feel the heat

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

With British summers so unreliable, it's no wonder many of us are keen to make the most of the sunshine when it shows up, and a leisurely walk - or a strenuous hike - is a great way of getting outdoors into the fresh air.

The boys are down(under) and out

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

Three years ago, shortly before the first big screen version of their successful TV comedy The Inbetweeners was released, Simon Bird, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas and James Buckley insisted that the movie marked a final goodbye to the socially inept teenagers we'd all come to love since their debut in 2008.

Thirsty work

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

Whether you're fond of an elegant white wine, a casual, neutral style, or something as sharp as a whistle, summertime always signals bright, young things to sip in the sunshine.

Join the fashion packs

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

Forget spotting the Big Five; simply go on the prowl for this season's safari trend instead.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Shady business

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

You may have heard of the word contouring, you may even have seen Kim Kardashian's contoured selfies, but many women don't have a clue how to do it themselves.

Where art you now, Romeo?

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

The Magic Numbers' fourth album has been finished for about a year now. Understandably, Romeo Stodart, the man who wrote and produced most of it, is anxious for other people to finally hear it.

Cruise passengers enjoying Rebeca's voyage of musical discovery

Halesowen News:

11:00am Thursday 7th August 2014

Former Birmingham Conservatoire student Rebeca Omordia’s thrilling artistry left Fred Olsen passengers with stars in their eyes on board cruise ship Braemar, writes Lesley Bellew.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens blooming as outdoor theatre venue

Halesowen News:

12:18pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

THE majestic Birmingham Botanical Gardens is the setting for three outdoor theatre productions this month.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Life's a bowl of cherries for Khoo

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Rachel Khoo barely pauses for breath, as she lists off the reasons why the tiny Parisian flat in which she found fame wasn't as romantic as it seemed.

Rattling around with St Vincent

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

When an artist, or anyone for that matter, comes to the end of a busy period in their life, you'll often hear them saying they're going to take a break to reset, or change gear, 'reconnect' with nature.

Six of the best: Running gadgets

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Listen up

All things bright and beautiful

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

If there's an optimum time on the calendar to experiment with colour, it's high summer.

Fire up a healthier flamin' feast

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Chomping into juicy burgers at summer barbecues, few people will spare a thought for the health risks of al fresco dining. Unless, of course, they've had a nasty experience at a previous event...

Diesel branches out with new tree role

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Vin Diesel bursts into a quiet hotel room, his team in tow, brandishing a speaker attached to his mobile phone.

Going Potty in Florida

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Walking along a cobbled alley, I come a across a Victorian pet shop with a huge snake in the window.

Blackpool's back with fun for all the family

Halesowen News:

10:10am Thursday 31st July 2014

Blackpool has always been my favourite seaside resort - I have fond memories of riding a donkey along the beach as a child, exploring the piers and being amazed by the illuminations.

Anyone who has ever loved, couldn't walk on by Burt Bacharach in concert

Halesowen News:

4:53pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

Birds suddenly appeared and stars fell down from the sky when Burt Bacharach performed in Birmingham last night, writes Steve Zacharanda.

About a girl

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

hen news emerges of an actor releasing an album, it's hard to stifle the groans.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Six of the best: grooming gadgets

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

Sparkly smile

Back to cool

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

A sticky, heatwave can melt away the foundations of your working wardrobe in an instant.

A wee problem that's more common than you think

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

Men are notorious for burying their heads in the sand about their health, and it seems this is especially true when it comes to things going on 'down there' potentially relating to the prostate, the gland which sits underneath men's bladders, surrounds the urethra and produces semen.

Believing in life after death

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

By Jeananne Craig, Press Association

All aboard the perfect pre-cruise stopover

Halesowen News:

11:49am Monday 21st July 2014

When you are looking forward to a relaxing getaway on a leisurely cruise, the last thing you need is a three-hour, early-morning drive to the coast in order to make the departure time.

Setting sail for island time travel

Halesowen News:

11:20am Monday 21st July 2014

From the moment our ferry set sail across the gleaming waters of The Solent from Southampton, we knew our maiden voyage to the Isle of Wight was going to be memorable.

A zest for life in Sorrento

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

Using the same care and attention a jeweller might employ to handle precious stones, 68-year-old farmer Peppino Nunziata examines the plump, waxy lemons hanging from wooden pergolas in his 10,000 square metre garden.

James and the giant peace

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

James returned with a new album earlier this year, six years after their previous work.

Club Tropicana

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

If you don't have a plane ticket booked for the tropics, get some exotic escapism via your closet.

A Bug's Life

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

The Prime Minister has warned that antibiotic resistance could soon cast the world "back into the dark ages of medicine", and the Chief Medical Officer has said it poses a threat as important and deadly as climate change and international terrorism.

It's a dog's life for BGT'S Ashleigh

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

It's no wonder Ashleigh Butler describes her life as "surreal".

Steel Pulse preparing for reggae fun in the sun at Simmer Down

Halesowen News:

5:11pm Thursday 17th July 2014

THE biggest reggae festival in the Midlands is set to take place in scorching temperatures this weekend.

Why Ireland will drive you wild

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

I rest on my kayak paddle and gaze at the horizon as a golden hue from the setting sun illuminates the pale waters at Killary fjord.

Attenborough takes action for butterflies

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

Since creating a meadow area in his own back garden three years ago, Sir David Attenborough has enjoyed an influx of wildlife and is this year hoping to see a wide range of butterflies visiting it.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Get curried away

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

For many of us, Indian food conjures up images of a naughty but nice takeaway with all the trimmings, or a quick and calorific curry ready meal.

Judas Priest back at the altar

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

Heavy metal, to use the phrase coined all the way back in the late Sixties, is among the most enduring genres of music.

It's all white

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

If you've overdosed on bright colour, zingy neons and bold prints so far this summer, make a clean break with white. The coolest shade of the season is the ideal tonic for the heatwave months.

Unsung heroes of wartime hospitals

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

Young soldiers being killed or horrifically injured in brutal warfare is the classic image of the First World War.

Knightley Night New York

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

Keira Knightley's a little peeved. It's the mention of her appearance on The Graham Norton Show, in which she revealed her husband's attempts to teach her the guitar almost ended in divorce, that's done it.

Kimichi School of Music hits right note with open day

Halesowen News:

2:25pm Friday 11th July 2014

MUSIC-LOVING children are being given the chance to hone their skills at a special music workshop this weekend.




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