Milton comes up trumps in intimate venue to keep audience smiling

Stourbridge 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

Stourbridge 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.

Protect our Pollinators

Stourbridge 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

Stourbridge 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.

Beware the silent killer

Stourbridge 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.

Mirren's a real madame

Stourbridge 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.

Top tucker served Down Under

Stourbridge 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'

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

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

The family way

Stourbridge 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.

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.

Grey matter

Stourbridge 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.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Thirsty work

Stourbridge 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.

The drugs do work

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

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

Kerridge's recipe for success

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

If Tom Kerridge was still drinking, now would be the time to crack open the bubbly and toast his success.

Boost your spring garden with new bulbs

Stourbridge 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'

Stourbridge 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.

The pain of migraine

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

As one of the symptoms is a throbbing pain in the head, migraine is often dismissed as a headache.

'Acting is such a weird profession'

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

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

Strictly at sea

Stourbridge 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.

Roland really is the Gift that keeps on giving

Stourbridge News:

2:47pm Friday 5th September 2014

You can have too much of a Good Thing, writes Steve Zacharanda

World renowned pianist preparing for free Brum concert

Stourbridge News:

5:36pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

WORLD renowned pianist Peter Donohoe CBE is tinkling the ivories in Birmingham on Saturday.

Acclaimed musical Blood Brothers heading for Birmingham

Stourbridge News:

2:01pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

ACCLAIMED musical Blood Brothers is coming to Birmingham's Hippodrome in October.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

God's gift to MTV returns home for gig in Birmingham

Stourbridge News:

1:50pm Friday 29th August 2014

HE was God’s gift to MTV in the 1980s and now Roland Gift is returning to Birmingham for a intimate homecoming gig, writes Steve Zacharanda.

Boycott Joan Rivers? You're having a laugh she's hilarious

Stourbridge News:

9:54am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE IRRESPRESSIBLE Joan Rivers is sharpening her knives and pouring acid on her tongue ahead of a gig in Birmingham, writes Steve Zacharanda.

Tuning into the Channel Islands

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

I imagine children who have grown up by the sea have a natural ability to scramble over rocks like sure-footed crabs and leap across gullies with lightening ease. Unfortunately, I spent my formative years inland, and so I lag woefully behind the rest of our group on a coasteering expedition exploring Guernsey's coastline.

To be Frank

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

The phrase 'hardest-working man in show business' is overused. And more than that, it's an impossible thing to measure.

Have you done your health homework?

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

The new school year is on the horizon, and soon children up and down the country will be back in the classroom - those breeding grounds of knowledge and creativity. But, steel yourself parents, they're also prime breeding ground for the lurgy.

Sly's not Expendable yet

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

He may be a go-to action hero, but Sylvester Stallone is feeling a little fragile today.

Rudy's Rare Records ready for jump from radio to stage

Stourbridge News:

11:38am Wednesday 13th August 2014

BLACK Country funnyman Lenny Henry stars in the stage premiere of Rudy’s Rare Records at Birmingham Repertory Theatre next month.

Thirsty work

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

Whether you're fond of an elegant white wine, a casual, neutral style, or something as sharp as a whistle, summertime always signals bright, young things to sip in the sunshine.

Join the fashion packs

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

Forget spotting the Big Five; simply go on the prowl for this season's safari trend instead.

Shady business

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

You may have heard of the word contouring, you may even have seen Kim Kardashian's contoured selfies, but many women don't have a clue how to do it themselves.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Where art you now, Romeo?

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

The Magic Numbers' fourth album has been finished for about a year now. Understandably, Romeo Stodart, the man who wrote and produced most of it, is anxious for other people to finally hear it.

Preserving Africa's mane attraction

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

As the lioness wearily raises her head from a parched acacia thicket, safari guide Daniel seizes the opportunity to count the number of whiskers tapering beneath her fleshy-pink nose.

Feel the heat

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

With British summers so unreliable, it's no wonder many of us are keen to make the most of the sunshine when it shows up, and a leisurely walk - or a strenuous hike - is a great way of getting outdoors into the fresh air.

The boys are down(under) and out

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

Three years ago, shortly before the first big screen version of their successful TV comedy The Inbetweeners was released, Simon Bird, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas and James Buckley insisted that the movie marked a final goodbye to the socially inept teenagers we'd all come to love since their debut in 2008.

Cruise passengers enjoying Rebeca's voyage of musical discovery

Stourbridge News:

11:00am Thursday 7th August 2014

Former Birmingham Conservatoire student Rebeca Omordia’s thrilling artistry left Fred Olsen passengers with stars in their eyes on board cruise ship Braemar, writes Lesley Bellew.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens blooming as outdoor theatre venue

Stourbridge News:

12:18pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

THE majestic Birmingham Botanical Gardens is the setting for three outdoor theatre productions this month.

Fire up a healthier flamin' feast

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Chomping into juicy burgers at summer barbecues, few people will spare a thought for the health risks of al fresco dining. Unless, of course, they've had a nasty experience at a previous event...

Six of the best: Running gadgets

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Listen up

Diesel branches out with new tree role

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Vin Diesel bursts into a quiet hotel room, his team in tow, brandishing a speaker attached to his mobile phone.

Rattling around with St Vincent

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

When an artist, or anyone for that matter, comes to the end of a busy period in their life, you'll often hear them saying they're going to take a break to reset, or change gear, 'reconnect' with nature.

Going Potty in Florida

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Walking along a cobbled alley, I come a across a Victorian pet shop with a huge snake in the window.

All things bright and beautiful

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

If there's an optimum time on the calendar to experiment with colour, it's high summer.

Life's a bowl of cherries for Khoo

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Rachel Khoo barely pauses for breath, as she lists off the reasons why the tiny Parisian flat in which she found fame wasn't as romantic as it seemed.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.



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