Dagger to turn on Bilston

Hailed as the 2nd greatest Rock & Roll band in the world, The Counterfeit Stones frontman ‘Nick Dagger’ with ‘Keef Rickard’ join in with the Mayor of Wolverhampton and children from Wilkinson Primary School for the grand switch on of Bilston’s Christmas lights.

Of Princes and Prisoners

Two stories are splashed across the pages of the remnants of our newspapers today- and both make historic reading.

The first is the happy faces of Prince William and Kate Middleton- soon to be married after 8 years of courting. All well and good. We have a princess and ultimately a queen well into the 21st century.

Olympic muddles

The European Tour Operators Association ran a snapshot survey of 200 leading tour operator buyers asking what effect they estimated the Olympics would have on their business in 2012 compared with 2011 in the top European inbound destinations. The following emerged:

Green shoots in Asia

The World Travel & Tourism Council’s revised forecasts, global growth and world trade are set to beat expectations in 2010. The economic recovery has been reflected in a faster-than-expected rebound in international travel, particularly in Asian markets.

Restrepo – Your chance to see it in Birmingham

Restrepo, an award-winning documentary film chronicling the deployment of a platoon of American soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, is to be shown at Birmingham Library Theatre this week. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, “Restrepo”, named after a platoon medic who was killed in action and considered one of the most dangerous postings in the US military.