Be inspired by autumn walks

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

So it's official - a walk to take in the seasonal colours of autumn is good for our wellbeing, according to new research by the National Trust.

Laughter is best medicine for Merton

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

I'm half expecting Paul Merton to be one of those angst-ridden comedians who's deadly serious off-stage, the comic genius only emerging when he steps into the spotlight.

Brain tumours 'poor cousin' of cancer resarch

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

They're the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40, yet brain tumours currently receive just 1% of the national spend on cancer research.

Scodelario has found her way

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

Kaya Scodelario's mother recently pleaded with her daughter over her choice of roles. "My Mum asked, 'Can you stop playing crazy characters? I can't handle it any more'," reveals the 22-year-old actress, laughing.

Six of the best: iPhone extras

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

Stand up

Cooking up a desert storm in Jordan

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

As the sun disappears behind the cluttered skyline of Amman and the call to prayer echoes through the city, I'm sitting down to dinner.

Playtime beckons for Johnny Marr

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

You wait 26 years for a Johnny Marr solo album, and then two come along at once.

Hugh sees food in a new light

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

A few years ago, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was startled to learn he had high cholesterol.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Seeing red

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

In a sea of dark neutrals, red is fashion's standout hue of choice this season.

The family way

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

The Tooth Fairy is visiting more young children's homes than she should be, judging by a new report which shows many three-year-olds have tooth decay.

Thirsty work

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

With the curtain finally closing on our Indian summer and the wine harvests underway, there couldn't be a better time to replenish the wine rack with styles to suit the change of seasons.

All bases covered

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

A key component of autumn's 'no make-up' make-up trend is a flawless complexion, and right on time, a ton of the big beauty brands have unveiled their latest foundation formulations.

Nothing beats a trip on the unforgettable Cambrian coastal line

Halesowen News:

5:19pm Thursday 9th October 2014

THE first time I took the train from Birmingham to North Wales was unforgettable, writes Steve Zacharanda.

'I've made the decision to die'

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

Lynda Bellingham is hoping to make it to Christmas to celebrate her favourite part of the year for one last time, surrounded by her family.

Schizophrenia in the spotlight

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

As head of empowerment and social inclusion at the Mental Health Foundation, David Crepaz-Keay is in a good position to talk about 'living with schizophrenia', the focus of this year's World Mental Health Day on October 10.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

A good Ed on his shoulders

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

Ed Sheeran is sitting in his dressing room in Melbourne Cricket Ground. In the background, Tom Jones can be heard soundchecking.

Pike's good girl image gone

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

Rosamund Pike sits munching from a fruit plate. She's pregnant with her second child, and apparently has a craving for watermelon. "I'll gun down any questions that contain spoilers," she warns with her mouth full.

Plan your perfect US getaway with My America Holiday

Halesowen News:

4:36pm Friday 3rd October 2014

SPECIALIST USA travel firm My America Holiday have announced a raft of discount deals for tourists wanting to sample state-side.

Six of the best: For 3D printing

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

Robox - £849.90 from robox.cel-uk.com (Available for pre-order from December)

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Get the London look

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

When it comes to the Fashion Week calendar, London is undoubtedly the most experimental of the capitals, while New York is commercial, Milan is all about glamour and Paris showcases high-end chic.

The backstage rebels

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

Spring/summer season at Fashion Week is notorious for its no-make-up looks. The fresh-faced glows, the oh-so slightly dewy cheeks and rosebud mouths.

Find garden inspiration under the covers

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

With autumn comes books, lots of them. Celebrity autobiographies, new novels from top-notch authors and, best of all, a plethora of gardening books.

"I'll keep going 'til my knees give up'

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

When you meet Liam Neeson in person - all 6ft 4 of him - it's easy to see why he's still fielding action hero offers, while others his age dream of retirement.

Hang(over) a minute!

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

How many times have you been hung-over? I have no idea - which probably implies, and rightly so, that the figure's pretty high.

Beauty is more than skin deep in Cyprus

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

Locking my gaze into the splintered grooves of a pine tree, I try to hold my balance as I totter on one leg with my hands in an Anjali Mudra pose. There's not a mirror in sight, but as I wobble from side to side, I imagine I look a bit like an unsteady Buddha.

'It's raucous up north''

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

It's a curse of modern life that whenever you ask someone how they are, they say they're 'busy'.

An oasis of peace set in stunning surroundings!

Halesowen News:

11:21am Friday 26th September 2014

HIDDEN away down a quiet country lane in the stunningly beautiful west Pembrokeshire countryside, Ty Gwartheg is the kind of idyllic holiday retreat which, once discovered, you'll want to return to again and again.

Cycle-friendly Calvia rightly sends riders' weak at the knees

Halesowen News:

5:30pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Mention Mallorca to a cyclist and they go misty-eyed and weak at the knees, writes Steve Zacharanda.

Milton comes up trumps in intimate venue to keep audience smiling

Halesowen News: Sell-out gig of Jones the Jeep

5:34pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Milton Jones is one of those comedians whose face is familiar from the plethora of panel shows on television, writes Phil Barnett.

Mack got back on track after start that lacked

Halesowen News: Lee Mack

5:29pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

It rarely bodes well when a comedian resorts to a bad impression of the local accent just seconds into a performance, writes Phil Barnett.

Top tucker served Down Under

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

"How about we cook a kangaroo tail for afternoon tea, Pete?" suggests my charismatic aboriginal host Neville, as I cast a fishing rod into the river and keep an eye out for crocodiles.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

'It's time for us to turn things on their head'

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

Faris Badwan is more than half an hour late to our meeting.

The family way

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

Mums who do all the cooking at home could make their lives easier by getting the kids to help in the kitchen - perhaps using some of the skills they'll now be learning at school.

Protect our Pollinators

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

We know bees, hoverflies and other beneficial insects provide a welcome sight for gardeners in spring and summer, pollinating our flowers and helping us to reap rich harvests, but these valued species also need plenty of protection in the winter to ensure they return in years to come.

Palin's progress

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

He has travelled pole to pole, been around the world in 80 days - well, in 79 days and seven hours to be precise - and most recently played to sell-out crowds at The O2 with his Monty Python pals.

Mirren's a real madame

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

Whenever Helen Mirren's in need of a little pick-me-up, she searches out a slice or two of eggy bread. "My mother used to make it. Oh, it's amazing," she says, a wistful look in her eye as she pictures the naughty treat.

Beware the silent killer

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

Autumn will soon be in full swing, and it won't be long before the central heating is cranked up in many British homes. But as well as warming people up, the big switch-on could also bring with it a silent killer.

Uncle Tone returns with a familiar touch of old school class

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4:50pm Friday 12th September 2014

Tony Bennett, approaching the end of a joyful performance, again pronounces Birmingham's Symphony Hall as 'the best concert hall in the world', writes Phil Barnett.

Strictly at sea

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

Peering over a balcony, I admire the dancers below. I'm not sure what dance they're performing, but it looks like they know what they're doing. A cute teenage couple are perfectly in step, the girl's pretty dress swinging elegantly as she moves. On the other side of the room, an elderly lady is with a very handsome young gentleman, who looks especially suave in a tuxedo. They're gliding over the dance floor, and from above, it looks like they could almost be floating.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

The drugs do work

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

After The Pierces released You & I in 2011, it turned into a word-of-mouth hit.

Grey matter

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

If black and navy are the fallback colours for autumn/winter, then grey is the new neutral on the block.

Boost your spring garden with new bulbs

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

There's a nip in the air which, to me, signals the end of summer and provides a wake-up call to start planting some spring bulbs to brighten up borders and patios next year.

'I'm the bolted-on Buchan'

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

Elizabeth Buchan, a former winner of Romantic Novel of the Year, is often approached by readers at book festivals who ask whether she's related to the late, great John Buchan, novelist, politician and author of The Thirty-Nine Steps.

Thirsty work

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

The sun may be setting on summer, but that's no reason to sweep away the refreshing, light wines you've been enjoying or replace the ice bucket with a crystal decanter.

'Acting is such a weird profession'

Halesowen News:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

In an industry where people crave fame and recognition, Jesse Eisenberg is quite an anomaly.


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