Things are not quite what they seem when it comes to James Plant and James Moss. Despite their respective surnames and the fact they run their design partnership from a garden shed in Birmingham, their products have nothing to do with horticulture.
The next owners of Eyton Hall in Shropshire should take a walk through the private woodland as winter ends.
If they time it right, they will be there for the magnificent annual display of snowdrops.
Airline pilot campaigns to combat contaminated cabin air danger
A Birmingham airline pilot claims he was forced to abandon his career after being poisoned by in-flight toxic fumes which threaten the health of passengers and crew.
The faithful turned out in their thousands to welcome Pope Benedict
From human rights to grumpy old women, there is something for everyone at this year’s Birmingham Book Festival, says Jayne Howarth.
A series of vicious assaults were committed every day for a week in Telford earlier this month – but only in the name of education!
The country’s newest forest will provide bio fuel to heat this astonishing eco home.
It’s in the Midlands and waiting for somebody to build it, reports Marsya Lennox.
He wrote a piano sonata at the age of 11, won the praise of Edward Elgar and beat Gustav Holst in a competition to earn a music scholarship.
And Albert Ketelbey was born right here in Birmingham, in a house on Alma Street, in Lozells.
A wonderful, warming and spicy dish for October, brought to us by Indian Chef Anita Sharma- James, who runs The Spice Trade Indian Cookery School, based in Bromsgrove.
Probably the last comic book style hero of this sporting age, one Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff departs stage left via Out Patients and the saloon bar of the Three Lions public house.
Knowle grandmother Liz Burn had only ever driven her mother’s old Morris Minor before turning to drag racing in the 1970s. Sally-ann Bloomer talks to her about a high speed life of thrills and spills.
As concern grows over the expansion of religious education in Britain, we ask: Is there a place for faith-based schools?
Ros Dodd’s column….. I’m not a big fan of the phrase “count your blessings;” it sounds patronising and doesn’t make people feel a whole lot better if they’re profoundly down about something.
Now the nights are starting to draw in, our appetites are turning to more substantial cuisine than seafood and summer salads.
Beef Wellington hits the spot.
Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery, has been invited to curate a major exhibition of contemporary art in Beijing.
Negotiations, which opened last week at the Today Art Museum, includes the work of sixty artists from China and across the world, including Palestine, Cuba, India, Thailand, Mexico and Algeria.
It’s maintenance time for your wildflower meadow, says Heather Gorringe
Solihull School has appointed a new Headmaster to maintain and build on its outstanding reputation for academic, sporting and extra-curricular success.
A report that Birmingham City councillors are discussing the possible sale of trophy assets to Middle Eastern wealth funds drew a swift rebuttal this week from Mike Whitby, the council’s leader.
Cast your mind back to those classics of their time – the Police Academy series.
Out of the many irritating characters included in those endless sequels, there was one who stood head and shoulders above the rest, namely the character played by Bobcat Goldthwait.
One of Henry Ford’s quotes is in my book of favourites.
He said ‘whether you believe you can, or whether you believe you can’t, you’re absolutely right.’ It’s a succinct rendition of the mantra of believing in yourself. Putting mind over matter and succeeding in whatever you put your mind to.
Two of America’s biggest names are among a trio of world-class blues artists that will be performing at Birmingham’s Jam House this autumn.
It’s been a hectic summer for Solihull pensioner Alan Hopkinson. But he has found time to reflect on what has been going on in his life.
It was best feet forward for executives and staff from BHSF who raised £3,356 on the 28-mile St Basil’s Cotswold Challenge 2010.
Student rebel Richard Howarth recalls those early days away from home, tropical fish, and his ‘discovery’ of a Kings Heath girl who defied the critics to become an icon of the times.
I reckon I could invent the cure for cancer and I’d still be known as the guy who ran out Ricky Ponting.
Failed grower Ros Dodd discovers there’s more to unripe fruit than just chutney…there’s cake:
I gave up growing tomatoes a few years ago after a particularly disastrous summer when I spent weeks watering and nurturing my plants, only to see half of them succumb to blight and the rest stay resolutely green.
Students who want to avoid huge debts on graduation should consider studying in their home towns, the Universities Minister said during a visit to Birmingham.
Birmingham audiences have always been fond of Alan Bennett, so expect this acclaimed National Theatre production – beginning its regional tour at the Rep next week – to sell out quickly.
RESTAURANT REVIEW by Philip Parkin
“Homo Sapiens should rid himself of speed,” declares the Slow Food Movement manifesto, “before it reduces him to a species in danger of extinction!
The seventh annual Blythe Valley Park Charity Fun Run has helped raise more than £3,000 for two Solihull charities.