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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

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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.

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.

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.

Healthy holidays

Halesowen News:

7:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

After packing shorts, T-shirts and sunglasses for that long-awaited sunshine holiday, don't forget another essential for your summer family getaway - a well-stocked first aid kit.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Sarandon's on the road again

Halesowen News:

4:46pm Friday 4th July 2014

Susan Sarandon is reflecting on a "crazy" moment a few weeks ago where she set thousands of film fans' hearts aflutter.

Gray's skies brighten

Halesowen News:

3:51pm Friday 4th July 2014

When David Gray released White Ladder in 1998, it became something of a slow-burning success.

Tickets still available for giant Wireless festival in Brum

Halesowen News:

3:57pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

TICKETS are still available for the three day Wireless music festival in Birmingham this weekend.

Five favourite Abz giving the love at Brum birthday bash

Halesowen News: Abz Love

4:04pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

FANS of Five favourite and Celebrity Big Brother star Abz can get the chance to party with their hero tonight (Tuesday).

The Waiting is over - beautiful music on route to Britain from Barcelona

Halesowen News: Raquel and the Professor

12:35pm Monday 30th June 2014

A BRAND new band, by way of Birmingham, Columbia and Barcelona, is putting the beauty back into the Britain often boring music scene.

Joy in the slow lane

Halesowen News: Joy in the slow lane

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

It's almost three years since Slow Club released their second album, Paradise.

I owe Simon Cowell'

Halesowen News: I owe Simon Cowell'

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

Leona Lewis may have recently severed ties with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Music, but there's no bad blood between her and the media mogul.

Mile high cocktails

Halesowen News: Mile high cocktails

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

If you're lucky enough to fly British Airways First Class, you now won't only have the extensive wine list to consider, you can also taste an award-winning cocktail, courtesy of James Fowler, the World Class UK Bartender of the Year 2014 .

No chemical attraction

Halesowen News: No chemical attraction

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

Modern life exposes us to chemicals every second - from the food we eat and the water we drink to the everyday products we use, and even the air we breathe.

Six of the best: Digital cameras

Halesowen News: Six of the best: Digital cameras

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

It's going fast

Score a style hat trick

Halesowen News: Score a style hat trick

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

The sporting calendar is virtually impossible to avoid this summer. Admit defeat and channel your favourite tournament with this season's sports luxe trend.

A wealth of treasure on Costa Rica

Halesowen News: A wealth of treasure on Costa Rica

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

As the driver slams on his breaks, passengers in the back of the mini bus lurch forwards. The perilous pedestrian blocking our path, however, doesn't seem to be in any hurry to cross the road. Hardly surprising since, even at top speed, this three-toed sloth can only muster 0.15mph.

Life's a beach

Halesowen News: Life's a beach

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

Football isn't the only focus of Rio right now. Famed for their toned curves, some of Victoria's Secret top supermodels hail from Brazil. Just Google the likes of Gisele Bundchen, Alessandra Ambrosio or Adriana Lima for some serious beach body inspiration.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

All the world's a stage for Spacey

Halesowen News: All the world's a stage for Spacey

6:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

There are moments in his new documentary film where you forget that Kevin Spacey is a world famous, Oscar-winning star.

Another chapter in Sellers' tasty Story

Halesowen News: Another chapter in Sellers' tasty Story

6:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

Among the truffles and foie gras on the menu at Michelin-starred restaurant Story, sits the unlikely foodie offering of bread and dripping.

Best dressed guest

Halesowen News: Best dressed guest

6:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

Forget the bikini season panic. There's nothing like a summer event dress code to put you in a fashion spin.

Be a summer smoothie

Halesowen News: Be a summer smoothie

6:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

Most of us rejoice at the start of summer, but there is one serious downfall: depilation - and lots of it. A woman's legs and armpits amounts to around 78,000 hair follicles.

This is England well on the way to inspiring a nation

Halesowen News: Jimmy Davis

4:32pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

ENGLAND has finally got a World Cup song it can be proud of - and it is a hip hop tune from the streets of Birmingham.

Rock some Rio style

Halesowen News: Rock some Rio style

6:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

So what if the World Cup isn't top of your priorities? Revelling in this summer's Brazilian-inspired beauty turns the football thing into a whole different ball game...

Chrissie stops pretending

Halesowen News: Chrissie stops pretending

6:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

"Don't let this exotic Ohio accent fool you, I've lived in the UK for 40 years," says Chrissie Hynde by way of introduction.

Just statin the facts?

Halesowen News: Just statin the facts?

6:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

They can substantially reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, may stave off dementia, and could even boost your sex life.

'I begged for this role'

Halesowen News: 'I begged for this role'

6:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

Charlize Theron is laughing about a memorable day she had on the set of her new comedy western A Million Ways To Die In The West.

Going with the flow on the Rhine

Halesowen News: Going with the flow on the Rhine

6:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

Admiring the last drops of sunlight sparkling on the canals of Amsterdam, it is hard to believe that just two days ago I was sipping champagne as I watched the sun go down behind the impressive skyline of Cologne in Germany.

Shades of summer

Halesowen News: Shades of summer

6:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

It's not officially summer until you've got a shiny new pair of sunglasses on your head.

Six of the best gadgets for: better baking

Halesowen News: Six of the best gadgets for: better baking

6:00am Saturday 31st May 2014

All mixed up

Dapper dads ahoy!

Halesowen News: Dapper dads ahoy!

6:00am Saturday 31st May 2014

When it comes to fashion, fathers can be stuck in their wardrobe ways: unlikely to be swayed by the latest catwalk trends and nonplussed by celebrity style icons.

Thirsty work

Halesowen News: Thirsty work

6:00am Saturday 31st May 2014

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Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 31st May 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Groom and bloom this Father's Day

Halesowen News: Groom and bloom this Father's Day

6:00am Saturday 31st May 2014

Most dads are more at home preening flower beds than their faces, but you can still treat him to a grooming gift this Father's Day.




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