Bruce Sallan

The beginning of the end

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Posted on 11:05am Thursday 28th August 2014

No, this isn’t a doomsday column. In fact, it’s a very positive one as we are watching and waiting for that big day. That day every parent wonders when or if it will ever arrive. That day that seems further and further away in this generation. That day, when…the kids leave!

Citizens Advice Bureau

Cost of Telephoning the Government a Disgrace!

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Posted on 1:31pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Wyre Forest Citizens Advice is on the warpath about the high cost of telephoning government departments. Have you been affected?.....read on....

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Low Wages A Threat To The Economy and Families!

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Posted on 12:28pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Wyre Forest Citizens Advice is concerned that although the Government has made good progress on the economy life is still a struggle for many families.....read on....

Kyle Pedley

Preview: Wolverhampton welcomes back World-renowned Medium Holbrook for One Night Only

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Posted on 5:33pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

Wolverhampton is set to welcome back one of the UK's most celebrated names in Spiritualism next month as acclaimed medium Stephen Holbrook returns to the Midlands and takes to Wombourne Civic Hall for a ticket only, one night event.

Bruce Sallan

Modern relationships stink

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Posted on 10:18am Thursday 14th August 2014

The other night my wife and I went on a date night to a very nice restaurant. We had a very nice waitress who was attractive, friendly, and declared almost immediately that she wasn’t going to have any children. Huh? I then asked her if she had a boyfriend. She instantly and disdainfully said, “No way.”

Craig Bateman

Update: Youth Engagement in Social Action and International Youth Day

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Posted on 5:43pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

In this update, Craig Bateman who is a Member of Worcestershire Youth Cabinet for Wyre Forest looks at youth engagement in social action and the significance of International Youth Day

Bruce Sallan

No one is more vicious than…

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Posted on 8:00am Tuesday 5th August 2014

Any parent of a teenager(s) knows the rest of this title…Our Kids. If there is karma in the world, I’m getting payback for the jerk I was (I’d use a stronger word if this were not a PG-rated column) to my parents for so many years. And, for all the incredible angst and sleepless nights I likely caused them. They only had me so I’m getting double since I have two boys, now 17 and 20. Payback is a b****.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Unfair Broadband Charges: Wyre Forest Citizens Advice Bureau on Warpath!

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Posted on 10:41am Monday 4th August 2014

People in Wyre Forest are being pressed by debt collectors when they stand up to costly broadband cancellation charges.......read on.....

Craig Bateman

Update: Craig Bateman

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Posted on 9:41pm Saturday 2nd August 2014

In this week's update, Craig Bateman who is a Member of Worcestershire Youth Cabinet reflects on his recent internship placement at Bewdley Development Trust, and looks at the social impact it is having on the local community

Kyle Pedley

MISS SAIGON - THEATRE REVIEW

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Posted on 4:41pm Friday 1st August 2014

Cameron Mackintosh has brought Claude Schönberg's 'Miss Saigon' back to the West End stage with a lavish new revival production that has already broken London Box Office records - but does it deserve to? I headed to London to review the show and find out for myself...

Rosemary Lobley

David Cameron: offensive on so many levels

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Posted on 12:09am Friday 1st August 2014

You know what's a really nifty idea? PR stunts involving other people's homes.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Why Volunteer with a Citizens Advice?

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Posted on 1:44pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

All types of people volunteer for many different reasons. There is a rewarding role for you at Citizens Advice.

Bruce Sallan

There’s no such thing as unconditional love!

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Posted on 1:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Some religions and some spiritual groups/thinkers like to use the idea of “Unconditional Love” in ways that are bunk. Most EVERY love we have for every other human being is absolutely conditional and should be.

Craig Bateman

Summer Update 2014 (Worcestershire Youth Cabinet)

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Posted on 7:16pm Saturday 19th July 2014

In this entry, Craig Bateman who is a Member of Worcestershire Youth Cabinet for Wyre Forest provides an insight into some of the activities that he has engaged in over the summer term 2014

Bruce Sallan

Men vs. Women: Food, Sex, and the Kitchen

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Posted on 2:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

It’s often said that the biggest causes of divorce are sex, money, and “the kids.” I would argue that a bigger cause of dissention is food (and the kitchen). In continuing this blog series – and the pre-cursor to a book based on these columns – let’s tackle this divisive issue between men and women!

Kyle Pedley

WICKED - THEATRE REVIEW

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Posted on 5:20pm Friday 11th July 2014

One of the most celebrated and successful musicals of the 21st Century, Wicked flies into the Midlands this week as it begins it's summer tenure at the Birmingham Hippodrome. I headed to the show's fabulous press night to see if the musical is deserving of its acclaim and adoration, and whether it is worth taking a trip down the yellow brick road to Brum this summer...

Kyle Pedley

THEATRE INTERVIEW - Liam Doyle (Wicked)

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Posted on 6:17pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Wicked opens at the Birmingham Hippodrome TONIGHT, and to celebrate, here is the second part of my interviews with the show's leading cast, this time with leading man Liam Doyle, who plays Fiyero in the show. I chat with Coventry born-and-raised Liam about returning to the Midlands with the show, his unconventional career path so far, and what it means to be playing his dream role at such an early stage in his career...

Citizens Advice Bureau

Scam Alert!

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Posted on 11:56am Monday 7th July 2014

Scams are part of our everyday life and we need to be watchful.....here is a current scam causing great distress to some people.....read on.....

Craig Bateman

Looking at the importance of the NHS in modern politics

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Posted on 3:27pm Friday 4th July 2014

In this article, Craig Bateman explores the narrative that the National Health Action Party and the Independent Community and Health Concern Party adds to the local political make up, and investigates into the importance of the NHS, ahead of it's 66th brithday on 5th July 2014.

Kyle Pedley

THEATRE INTERVIEW - Nikki Davis-Jones (Wicked)

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Posted on 5:59pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Musical phenomenon 'Wicked' flies into Birmingham next week, beginning it's summer-long tenure at the Hippodrome. Ahead of the show's stay, I caught up with lead Nikki Davis-Jones to discuss the show, her role and career so far, and how Wicked is proving to be the gift that keeps on giving...

Kyle Pedley

SHOW BOAT - THEATRE REVIEW

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Posted on 1:59am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Birmingham continues to get into the 4th July spirit this week as another all-American musical classic rolls into town as Cape Town Opera bring their lavish production of 'Show Boat' to the city for one week only. I headed over to press night to review the production and see if Ol' Man River deserves to keep rollin' along...

Kyle Pedley

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN - THEATRE REVIEW

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Posted on 1:35am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Jason Donovan once again takes to the stage in a musical capacity as he co-leads this brand new revival production of Irving Berlin's classic Western Musical. I headed over to the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, where the show is running until Saturday, to get first impressions...

Bruce Sallan

When I was your age, it was much easier

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Posted on 4:52pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

How extraordinary that these oh-so-familiar words – “When I was your age” - now have a completely opposite meaning! There was a time when parents often exhorted these words to induce guilt, motivation, and/or reason in their children to excel. Today’s generation of parents is the first perhaps in history that can’t realistically expect – across the entire generation – that their children will do better than they themselves did. That is a powerful statement, but I believe it to be true to the core of my being!

Kyle Pedley

DOLLY PARTON: BLUE SMOKE WORLD TOUR - REVIEW

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Posted on 3:04am Monday 23rd June 2014

The undisputed Queen of Country brought her latest world tour to Birmingham's LG arena with a blend of hits old and new, including some highlights from her latest album 'Blue Smoke'. I headed to the LG to review the show and see if Dolly still had a thing or two to teach the new generation of musical superstars on how it's done...

Kyle Pedley

DAWN FRENCH: THIRTY MILLION MINUTES - UK TOUR REVIEW

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Posted on 1:11am Thursday 19th June 2014

One of the Nation's leading comediennes has embarked on her first ever solo UK tour this month, and I headed to the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham to catch the loveable Dawn French and assess whether or not her debut outing into solo touring territory is a success...

Bruce Sallan

I’m mad as hell, but what can I do about it?

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Posted on 11:25am Wednesday 18th June 2014

I recently returned home after an extended “leave of absence” during which time I skied a bunch, attended a Dad conference in New Orleans, and spent 2 ½ weeks in Boston helping my son with his sophomore year and packing up to continue whatever is next, back in California (he’s not returning to school in Boston).

Kyle Pedley

DESIGN FOR MURDER - THEATRE REVIEW

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Posted on 12:13am Wednesday 18th June 2014

The Wolverhampton Grand's Summer Play Season continues this week with 'psychological drama' DESIGN FOR MURDER. After the mixed reaction to the seasons opener, LADIES IN RETIREMENT, I headed over to the Grand to see if this tale of intrigue, betrayal and murder could add some much needed fire to the season...

Kyle Pedley

THEATRE PREVIEW - ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

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Posted on 3:10pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

Birmingham gets set to welcome back star of TV, Stage and the pop charts, Jason Donovan, as he heads up the cast of a new major revival production of Irving Berlin's classic Western musical 'Annie Get Your Gun'. I preview the show, with some words from Donovan and his leading lady, ahead of it's run at the Alex next month...

Craig Bateman

CREATING SUSTAINABLE FUTURES FOR WORCESTERSHIRE’S NEXT GENERATION

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Posted on 4:20pm Sunday 15th June 2014

On 22nd November 2013, I took part in the Children Commissioner’s Take-Over Day where I had the opportunity of ‘taking over’ the role of Chief of Wyre Forest District Council for the day. Attending various meetings such as the Worcestershire Health and Wellbeing Board, Local Enterprise Partnership, and Chief Executive’s Panel, I found the day invaluable and was able to take some of the big decisions surrounding issues such as health and economic regeneration on behalf of my local community.

Bruce Sallan

How to Speak Chinese with Your iPhone

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Posted on 3:07pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

I’m sitting on a flight from Boston to Los Angeles. My older son and I are returning home together though we’re seated in different parts of the plane. Next to me, asleep, is the random passenger that happens to be my travel partner on this trip.

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New Protection for Consumers......Online and Home Shopping!

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Posted on 2:02pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

From Thursday 13th June 2014 Online and Home shoppers will have more protection from unscrupulous traders........read on....

Kyle Pedley

GOOD PEOPLE - Theatre Review (London)

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Posted on 8:38pm Friday 6th June 2014

Part 2 of my West End foray this week comes in the form of David Linsey-Abaire's Boston-set drama 'Good People', starring the superb Imelda Staunton. A show ostensibly about class and social divide, as well as one woman's struggle against increasing hardship, Staunton leads this terrific, sharply written show with completely class and conviction. Read on for my full review of this must-see play before it closes next Saturday!

Kyle Pedley

THIS MAY HURT A BIT - Theatre Review (London)

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Posted on 5:09pm Friday 6th June 2014

Stella Feehily's latest play is a satirical take upon the NHS and the government changes being forced upon it. I headed down to London and was surprised by how accessible and entertaining this important piece of new theatre is, buoyed by a wonderful central performance by National Treasure Stephanie Cole...

Bruce Sallan

My fear and loathing of getting old

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Posted on 9:59am Wednesday 4th June 2014

Getting old is something most of us will face and most of us would choose to face. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some fears along the way and I have many that date back to my childhood. In my lifetime, the whole idea of getting old has been somewhat re-defined by my generation – the baby boomers. Now, sixty is the new fifty, and seventy is the new sixty, and so on. Like most things we boomers do, it’s foolish and, in this case, just a form of denial.

Bruce Sallan

The real problem is.....(part two)

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Posted on 11:19am Thursday 29th May 2014

Do you know any young couple planning on having more than one or two children? I ask all young people I meet about their “family” plans and I rarely hear them say they plan on a big family. The social norms in Western Society have changed so radically in just a few decades that having children and building a family have become second thoughts after getting a new BMW.

Kyle Pedley

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS - THEATRE REVIEW

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Posted on 5:20pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

One of the most critically acclaimed and successful comedies of the past decade, The National Theatre's 'One Man, Two Guvnors' arrives in the Midlands this week, visiting the Birmingham Hippodrome as part of it's biggest ever UK and Ireland tour. I headed to press night to review the show and see if it is worthy of all the praise...

Citizens Advice Bureau

VOLUNTEERS' WEEK.......a time to say thank you!

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Posted on 11:35am Saturday 24th May 2014

Volunteers Week (June 1st-7th) is an annual and national celebration of the great army of volunteers that serve our country in so many different ways......read on to find out how we at Wyre Forest Citizens Advice will be celebrating this event......

Citizens Advice Bureau

VOLUNTEERS' WEEK.......a time to say thank you!

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Posted on 11:34am Saturday 24th May 2014

Volunteers Week (June 1st-7th) is an annual and national celebration of the great army of volunteers that serve our country in so many different ways......read on to find out how we at Wyre Forest Citizens Advice will be celebrating this event......

Kyle Pedley

MILONGA - THEATRE REVIEW

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Posted on 11:44pm Friday 23rd May 2014

This year's International Dance Festival Birmimgham draws to a close this weekend, and is bowing out with acclaimed choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Milonga, a stunning exploration of Argentine Tango and Dance. I headed to press night at the Hippodrome to review this years' festival finale...

Alice McMahon

Find out what Bertie's been up to this week!

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Posted on 10:48am Friday 23rd May 2014

Hi everyone, Bertie here. Me and the fundraising team here at KEMP have had a very busy weekend.

Bruce Sallan

The real problem is.....(part one)

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Posted on 12:49pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

What is the biggest world problem? Some would have you believe it is Climate Change; others might say Iran, China, and/or North Korea, while others will cite Russia or corruption/dissention in our capital. Yes, those are all problems with the exception, in my opinion, of “climate change” which used to be labeled “global warming” but is simply – WEATHER.

Kyle Pedley

LORD OF THE FLIES - THEATRE REVIEW

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Posted on 12:34am Friday 16th May 2014

As the International Dance Festival Birmingham continues across the city, I headed to the Birmingham Hippodrome to review one of it's more prolific pieces amongst this years programme - acclaimed choreographer Matthew Bourne's new interpretation of William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies'...

Kyle Pedley

SISTER ACT - THEATRE REVIEW

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Posted on 11:54pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

West Bromwich Operatic Society bring one of the more recent musical theatre success stories back to the stage this week as their production of Sister Act: The Musical runs at the Wolverhampton Grand until Saturday. I review the show and see if the local society have been able to create a show just as 'Fabulous' as its professional predecessor...

Kyle Pedley

ROCK OF AGES - THEATRE REVIEW

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Posted on 2:50am Tuesday 13th May 2014

Having recently finished it's run in the West End, jukebox musical Rock of Ages comes to the Midlands this week as it takes residency at Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre. I headed over to press night to review the show and see if it offers enough rock, roll and bang for your buck...

Citizens Advice Bureau

Spot Scams.....Stop Scams!

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Posted on 11:21am Thursday 8th May 2014

May is Scams Month here at Citizens Advice.....here are our tips to help you avoid being caught out by the scammers.......read on......

Rosemary Lobley

Farage rage

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Posted on 7:55pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

It helps if you pretend 'rage' is pronounced 'rahj'.

Alice McMahon

Bertie 's Mission

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Posted on 3:03pm Tuesday 29th April 2014

Hi my name is Bertie and I've just joined the fundraising team here at KEMP Hospice.

Kyle Pedley

20TH CENTURY BOY - THEATRE REVIEW

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Posted on 2:24am Tuesday 29th April 2014

The music of Marc Bolan and T-Rex remain as infectious and enjoyable as ever almost 40 years after his untimely death. This year sees a new musical based on the life and death of Bolan tour the UK, arriving at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham this week. I headed to press night at the Alex to review the show...

Bruce Sallan

Would you sign a life contract?

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Posted on 10:55am Friday 25th April 2014

I had a conversation with a friend about getting older, quality of life, and how baby boomers are continuing to try and re-invent everything. Out of this conversation came a great “What If,” which I want to explore and ask YOU what you would do?

Kyle Pedley

HAPPY DAYS: A NEW MUSICAL - Theatre Review

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Posted on 2:16am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Original 'Happy Days' creator Garry Marshall brings this new musical adaptation of the hit TV show to the stage as this brand new production arrives in Birmingham at the Hippodrome this week. I headed over to press night to review the show and to see if this is a show that will indeed be helping say goodbye to those grey skies, or if musical theatre has finally 'jumped the shark'...

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