Spring coat care

Halesowen News: Spring coat care

10:25am Thursday 17th April 2014

With spring in full swing it is time to give your canine friend a bit of TLC after a long, wet and muddy winter and as the temperature rises. During the colder months we often avoid bathing our dogs to prevent chills and to maintain healthy grease in their coats and we can sometimes get a bit relaxed about completing their regular brush and groom and nail clip too! So why not use spring as inspiration to treat your dog to a full service? Whether you are preparing for spring or summer dog shows or simply giving him a clean up ready to enjoy the warmer weather, he is sure to appreciate your efforts!

How the budget will affect you

Halesowen News: Imagination and desire needed to fulfil your financial destiny

1:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

This month Mitch Hopkinson, a winner of the Financial Adviser, a Financial Times publication, ‘UK Independent Financial Adviser of the Year’ award, looks at how the budget will affect you. Are you a bingo player or an aspiring Lamborghini owner?

Customers seeking the total freedom that caravan ownership offers

12:15pm Monday 14th April 2014

Last summer’s glorious sunny weather, the improving economy and the total freedom offered by owning a caravan or motorhome are fuelling a record start to the year for a business with a base in Stourport-on-Severn.

Fashion's candy crush saga

Halesowen News: Fashion's candy crush saga

6:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

Go sickly sweet in this season's pastel tones for Easter. Lisa Haynes shows you how to hit a stylish sugar high.

Cracking beauty finds

Halesowen News: Cracking beauty finds

6:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

Easter eggs are so last year. Lisa Haynes unveils the beauty alternatives to a serious cocoa overdose.

Thirsty work

Halesowen News: Thirsty work

6:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

Fancy a drink? Our drinks columnist Sam Wylie-Harris hunts down the best bottles to compliment a traditional Easter spread.

Lamb swaps for Easter

Halesowen News: Lamb swaps for Easter

6:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

With Easter around the corner, it's the perfect time to feast on succulent lamb - but you don't have to stick to the traditional roast. Ewe could try a tasty tagine, and chops aren't baa-d either, as chef Mark Sargeant tells Keeley Bolger.

Six of the best Easter-themed treats

Halesowen News: Six of the best Easter-themed treats

6:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

Six of the best gadgets and gizmos on a theme. This week: Six of the best Easter-themed treats.

The family way

Halesowen News: The family way

6:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

There's no excuse for kids to sit staring at screens throughout the Easter holidays, says Lisa Salmon. Not when there's a wealth of other fun ideas around, come rain or shine.

Training your puppy

Halesowen News: Training your puppy

8:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

So you have just picked up a little bundle of joy; your new puppy! But where to begin on training this cute bundle of fluff to be the type of dog you want as an adult? Efficient and effective training is vital from a young age to ensure a happy, healthy and obedient canine friend.

Singin' in the rain

Halesowen News: Singin' in the rain

6:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

Survive the April showers with puddle-proof fashion. Lisa Haynes reveals how to make a splash - stylishly.

No more frizzle in the drizzle

Halesowen News: No more frizzle in the drizzle

6:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

Battle the hair-spoiling effects of April showers. Lisa Haynes reveals how to give frizz the brush-off.

The family way

Halesowen News: The family way

6:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

Paralympic cycling champion and new mum Dame Sarah Storey shares her tips for families thinking of getting on their bikes this Easter.

Mastering family mealtimes

Halesowen News: Mastering family mealtimes

6:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

The secret to stress-free family cooking is crafting meals everyone enjoys, says cookery writer Annabel Karmel. She tells Lisa Salmon about her new book, and shares three recipes to please kids and grown-ups alike.

Six of the best: Gadgets for fitness fans

Halesowen News: Six of the best: Gadgets for fitness fans

6:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

Six of the best gadgets and gizmos on a theme. This week: Six of the best: Gadgets for fitness fans.

Thirsty work

Halesowen News: Thirsty work

6:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

Fancy a drink? Our drinks columnist Sam Wylie-Harris celebrates springtime with some refreshing recipes from her little black book.

Gervais hoppin' for Muppets success

Halesowen News: Gervais hoppin' for Muppets success

6:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

Ricky Gervais is never short of a word or two (and acerbic ones at that), but it would seem he's finally met his match. Keeley Bolger catches up with the comedian and his caustic co-star, Constantine the frog.

Spend a night of strife with Mack the Knife at the Rep

Halesowen News: Patrick Baldwin in Threepenny Opera

5:06pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

THE pioneering 1930s musical which spawned the timeless classic Mack the Knife, the biggest ever selling song about a serial killer, is coming to Birmingham.

Dogs for Dementia

Halesowen News: Dogs for Dementia

8:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

Can man's best friend, the dog, really make a difference to the care of people suffering with Dementia? The latest research and a fantastic, new Dementia Dog Project, has certainly proved the answer is yes!

Children should be seen and not herd

Halesowen News: Children should be seen and not herd

6:00am Saturday 22nd March 2014

With growth spurts offering the perfect excuse for a shopping spree, Claire Spreadbury hunts down the best in spring childrenswear.

Be a natural beauty

Halesowen News: Be a natural beauty

6:00am Saturday 22nd March 2014

Go green with your beauty routine. Sarah Stacey and Josephine Fairley, co-authors of The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible, share their best finds with Lisa Haynes.

The family way

Halesowen News: The family way

6:00am Saturday 22nd March 2014

Parents don't need to stop arguing for the sake of their children, they just need to do it better, a relationship expert tells Lisa Salmon.

Six of the best wearable tech

Halesowen News: Six of the best wearable tech

6:00am Saturday 22nd March 2014

Six of the best gadgets and gizmos on a theme. This week: Six of the best wearable tech.

Thirsty work

Halesowen News: Thirsty work

6:00am Saturday 22nd March 2014

Fancy a drink? Our drinks columnist Sam Wylie-Harris celebrates springtime with the green, tangy taste of New Zealand sauvignon blanc.

If you can't stand the heat...

Halesowen News: If you can't stand the heat...

6:00am Saturday 22nd March 2014

Take one journalist, add two tough judges and chuck in a mysterious box of ingredients. Cooking doesn't get tougher than the MasterChef invention test, as Jeananne Craig discovers.

Canine Dash & Splash!

Halesowen News: Canine Dash & Splash!

3:00pm Monday 17th March 2014

Dash and Splash is a fantastically fun canine activity hitting UK shores after having been popular in the United States of America for several years. A Dash and Splash event involves the competing dogs galloping down a 30ft runway before launching themselves with wagging tails into 40 foot specially designed swimming pool. Sounds a bit bonkers doesn't it?

In full bloom

Halesowen News: In full bloom

6:00am Saturday 15th March 2014

Spring's perennial print has gone a little bit wild. Lisa Haynes reveals how to cultivate this season's oversized petals.

Dazzle like a movie star

Halesowen News: Dazzle like a movie star

6:00am Saturday 15th March 2014

Master a Hollywood makeover at home. Lisa Haynes reveals how anyone can glam up like an Oscar winner.

The family way

Halesowen News: The family way

6:00am Saturday 15th March 2014

GP Dr Ellie Cannon wants first-time mums to trust their instincts, and tells Lisa Salmon all about her no-nonsense, anti-rules approach to parenting.

'Life is all about sharing'

Halesowen News: 'Life is all about sharing'

6:00am Saturday 15th March 2014

With a solo TV show and new book to promote, her schedule couldn't be more jam-packed. But The Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry always tries to make it home to cook supper, as Jeananne Craig finds out.

Six of the best household helpers

Halesowen News: Six of the best household helpers

6:00am Saturday 15th March 2014

Six of the best gadgets and gizmos on a theme. This week: Six of the best household helpers.

Thirsty work

Halesowen News: Thirsty work

6:00am Saturday 15th March 2014

Fancy a drink? Our drinks columnist Sam Wylie-Harris joins in the Gaelic fun, pairing spirits and wines to a traditional Irish menu ahead of St Patrick's Day.

Six of the best new smartphones

Halesowen News: Six of the best new smartphones

6:00am Saturday 8th March 2014

Six of the best gadgets and gizmos on a theme. This week: Six of the best new smartphones.

Phil Vickery gets fruity

Halesowen News: Phil Vickery gets fruity

6:00am Saturday 8th March 2014

Phil Vickery may be the professional cook in the family, but it's Fern Britton who serves up some of the most popular meals in their house. The TV chef tells Keeley Bolger about his wife's famous tats and the Bramley apples campaign he's involved with.

Canine Separation Anxiety

Halesowen News: Canine Separation Anxiety

12:00pm Thursday 6th March 2014

Separation anxiety in our canines describes a condition where the dog exhibits distress and behaviour problems when separated from their owner or left alone. Why some dogs suffer with separation anxiety, whilst others cope well with being left alone, is unknown, but useful, well delivered management techniques can minimise your dog’s stress if they are affected by separation anxiety.

Mono mania

Halesowen News: Mono mania

6:00am Saturday 1st March 2014

The black and white obsession continues for another season. Lisa Haynes seeks out the chicest monochrome must-haves.

Must-have miracle workers

Halesowen News: Must-have miracle workers

6:00am Saturday 1st March 2014

Beauty products are becoming more intelligent. Lisa Haynes looks at the cleverest cosmetics on the market.

Top six portable chargers

Halesowen News: Top six portable chargers

6:00am Saturday 1st March 2014

Six of the best gadgets and gizmos on a theme. This week: Top six portable chargers.

The family way

Halesowen News: The family way

6:00am Saturday 1st March 2014

Chalk, toothpaste, ice cream with chips; Lisa Salmon asks why stomach-churning combinations are craved when a baby's on the way.

Thirsty work

Halesowen News: Thirsty work

6:00am Saturday 1st March 2014

Fancy a drink? Our drinks columnist Sam Wylie-Harris raises her glass to a good cause and marks Fairtrade Fortnight

Give eggs a crack!

Halesowen News: Give eggs a crack!

6:00am Saturday 1st March 2014

Celebrity chef Dean Edwards is on a mission to prove eggs are more than just a breakfast staple. The former digger driver shares his secret for perfectly-cooked eggs, and reveals how his grandmother inspired his passion for food.

Reduction of the Lifetime Allowance

11:27am Wednesday 26th February 2014

This month Mitch Hopkinson, a winner of the Financial Adviser, a Financial Times publication, ‘UK Independent Financial Adviser of the Year’ award, looks at the impending reduction of the Lifetime Allowance (LTA), coming into effect on April 6 this year. The significant drop in LTA from £1.5m to £1.25m could have a catastrophic effect on pensioners’ retirement incomes – many more retirees will be affected than might be expected.

Flat or round McDiarmid as Galileo will be out of this world

Halesowen News: Ian McDiarmid as Galileo

3:50pm Monday 24th February 2014

THE Royal Shakespeare Company is pitching up in Birmingham to provide West Midlands culture vultures with one of the theatre events of the year.

Fashion week's front runners

Halesowen News: Fashion week's front runners

6:00am Saturday 22nd February 2014

Discover London Fashion Week's highlights for the season ahead. Lisa Haynes rounds up the action from the front row.

Face the facts

Halesowen News: Face the facts

6:00am Saturday 22nd February 2014

Stop the clock with good skincare habits. Lisa Haynes reveals some surprising ways to slow down the ageing process.

The family way

Halesowen News: The family way

6:00am Saturday 22nd February 2014

Many mums who return to work after having a baby feel guilty and find being a working parent tough. Employment experts discuss return-to-work problems - and solutions - with Lisa Salmon.

Bikers gear up for Asian adventure

Halesowen News: Bikers gear up for Asian adventure

6:00am Saturday 22nd February 2014

You can travel to the other side of the world, but nothing beats a good pork scratching. Foodie friends Dave Myers and Si King, aka The Hairy Bikers, tell Keeley Bolger about their Asian Adventure.

Thirsty work

Halesowen News: Thirsty work

6:00am Saturday 22nd February 2014

Fancy a drink? Our drinks columnist Sam Wylie-Harris suggests some refreshing wines to please potato heads ahead of Chip Week.

Six top gadgets for better chips

Halesowen News: Six top gadgets for better chips

6:00am Saturday 22nd February 2014

Six of the best gadgets and gizmos on a theme. This week: Six top gadgets for better chips.

New Aardman Animations attraction at ThinkTank expected to amaze kids

Halesowen News: New Aardman Animations attraction at ThinkTank expected to amaze kids

1:24pm Friday 21st February 2014

THE brains behind Morph, Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep are bringing their brilliant animated world to Birmingham.




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