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Posted on 4:57pm Thursday 19th December 2013
Panto season has kicked off here in the Midlands as former King of the Jungle and comedian Joe Pasquale teams up with the nations number 1 female impersonator, Ceri Dupree, and Lucy Evans (Coronation Street) to bring 'Sleeping Beauty' to the Wolverhampton Grand this Christmas and New Year.
Posted on 2:51pm Wednesday 18th December 2013
No, this is not a column about race. The other N-word is nepotism. It often has a negative connotation but I actually have been re-thinking the word; how nepotism is practiced and felt today, and how I’m going to take this idea and expand it into helicopter parenting. A reach? But, of course!
Posted on 2:19pm Wednesday 18th December 2013
With just one week until Christmas Day, high street retailers are preparing for their busiest weekend of the season. This time last year, consumers spent up to £5 billion on last minute Christmas shopping, according to the British Retail Consortium.
Posted on 8:57pm Monday 16th December 2013
One of the years most astounding, ambitious and celebrated musicals arrives in Birmingham for a Christmas and New Year residency, so here's a preview of the spectacle to be expected in this terrific show, featuring interviews with it's lead stars...
Posted on 3:21pm Monday 16th December 2013
Craig Bateman, your Member of Worcestershire Youth Cabinet reviews the last three months leading up to the festive period
Posted on 10:27pm Friday 13th December 2013
As Peter Jackson's second epic instalment of his Hobbit trilogy arrives in cinemas today, I headed to the London screening on Tuesday to review the ongoing saga of Middle Earth's unlikeliest hero...
Posted on 6:32pm Friday 13th December 2013
Disney's timeless classic Mary Poppins comes to Blu-Ray this Winter in the form of a lavish 50th anniversary HD upgrade. I sat down to revisit an old favourite and see what additional goodies this anniversary edition had to offer...
Posted on 12:00pm Thursday 12th December 2013
No, this is not an announcement for the new high school edition of the classic sit-com, “Friends,” with Joey as the class clown, Monica as the class slut, Chandler as the class nerd, etc. Nor, is “The Movie” being made. This is about the impact teen friends have on our teens. Let’s face it, that impact can be more powerful than whatever dads or moms have to say. The teen years are so wildly transitional and mercurial that it is essential for parents to understand what influences their teenagers.
Posted on 7:00am Thursday 12th December 2013
DECEMBER is here and the natural world is setting itself for the rigours of the winter season. Most of the trees will now have lost their leaves after one of the most gloriously coloured autumns I can remember.
Posted on 8:25pm Sunday 8th December 2013
Disney release their wintery-themed latest animated classic in cinemas this weekend, but can it keep up with the standards set by recent success stories 'Tangled' and 'Wreck-It Ralph'? I headed to the London press screening to check it out...
Posted on 9:59am Friday 6th December 2013
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Posted on 1:27am Friday 6th December 2013
This new musical adaptation of the 1947 Christmas classic comes to Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre this week. As a keen festive enthusiast, I headed over to see if it was a case of brilliant or bah, humbug!
Posted on 11:00am Wednesday 4th December 2013
New adventures, those we choose, are always so exciting, aren’t they? Initially for some, being outside of one’s comfort zone may feel a bit frightening but, like anything new (e.g. one iPhone to another), we can eventually accept the change and decide ‘well, that wasn’t so bad after all.’ With such changes, whether big or small, we grow. Depending on the type of experience (e.g. learning how to operate that new iPhone, realising a mistake about a relationship, failing an important exam etc.), we grow in understanding. From what we learn, we have a better idea of the next step.
Posted on 3:55pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Thanksgiving has just passed and I hope everyone had a lovely time. I hope everyone actually took some time from the food and the games to actually “give thanks.” I also hope everyone ignored all the political pleas to discuss politics at the Thanksgiving Meal. What a horrible idea and suggestion! But, most of all, I hope and pray that everyone reflected on the blessings in their lives and encouraged their kids to give thanks along with the adults.
Posted on 4:49pm Thursday 28th November 2013
Citizens Advice consumer service are receiving 6000 used car complaints each month. Don't be one of those who get caught out when purchasing a second-hand car..........see our top tips for buying a used car.......read on
Posted on 2:00pm Thursday 28th November 2013
Perhaps one of the most enjoyable aspects of doing this series of columns is ruffling feathers and reflecting – often with humor – on my own life and wife. Since my wife rarely reads my columns, I can write whatever I want with relative impunity. Of course, I’m ALWAYS writing the exact truth. It’s never slanted or biased from my male point-of-view. I’m the objective journalist with this series.
Posted on 5:57pm Saturday 23rd November 2013
Well what can i say, sorry would be a start, the last time i spoke to you i had moved College's and i was studying my level 2 Bakery course which i was really enjoying, well the truth of the matter is that i was in fact telling you the truth, i was enjoying the course and what it entailed however little did i know things were soon to change.
Posted on 5:49pm Thursday 21st November 2013
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Posted on 12:00pm Thursday 21st November 2013
There are so many clichés around parenting that I could literally fill a book. I like “no one said it would be easy” for parenting and many things. In fact, most of the best things in life aren’t “easy.” They may be fun, but they are often not easy. Dennis Prager has often talked about this very fact when he speaks on happiness and differentiates between what makes us happy and what is simply fun.
Posted on 3:41pm Tuesday 12th November 2013
In this era of Helicopter Parents and more government entitlements and “babysitting,” it’s no wonder our children aka young adults, are less and less able to take care of themselves. Pampered, spoiled, entitled, dependent, are some of the words that come to mind when I think about older teens and young people in college and recent graduates. Why is this the case? Like most social issues, it isn’t black or white, but a combination of factors, which I’ll try to illuminate from this dad’s point of view.
Posted on 2:24pm Friday 8th November 2013
This was one of my weekly columns in Worcester News which appears on a Monday in the Health Section. I publish them all, and this one is a litle contentious. Have a read and tell me if you think I am wrong. Whatever, our Hospitals are in the top band of the Care Quality Commission for safety and effectiveness.
Posted on 9:52pm Thursday 7th November 2013
The stars of this years Wolverhampton Grand pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, kicked off the season in style last night with an evening of pantomime fun and hilarity at Wolverhampton's Molineux Stadium.
Posted on 5:01pm Thursday 7th November 2013
THE news that Steve Burr committed himself to Kidderminster Harriers was the perfect way to end a difficult period.
Posted on 1:00pm Wednesday 6th November 2013
No one likes to lose but the irony is that losing is often better for us. I love Bruce Springsteen’s music (hate his politics) and I think he covered this idea so well in “Glory Days” where he sings about the high school baseball star who reflects on those days in high school where he probably “peaked,” along with the cute cheerleader who is now divorced and taking care of her kids, alone.
Posted on 12:24pm Tuesday 5th November 2013
Plans for a ‘Gold Class Lane’ to be built next year on the road between Dubai and Abu Dhabi are being made. The ‘exclusive’ members-only lane will be an extra 50cm wide, segregated from the other lanes by red velvet rope, and drivers will be allowed an extra 10kmph top speed limit.
Posted on 2:13pm Friday 1st November 2013
Tommy was a beautiful baby. I know; I've seen the photos. But after 10 days of fighting he passed away. Read his story and why bubbles are important
Posted on 2:11pm Wednesday 30th October 2013
Citizens Advice in the Wyre Forest celebrates a half a century of serving the people of the Wyre Forest.......read on.....
Posted on 12:00pm Wednesday 30th October 2013
I just love commercials and the incredible lies or, to put it nicely, exaggerations that most exclaim. I do enjoy many of the classic commercials from the past and present and get a kick – so to speak – out of the ones made expressly for The Super Bowl. But, if we allow our children to watch a lot of commercial television and therefore a lot of commercials, we are allowing Madison Avenue (yes those “Mad” people) to pollute their minds!
Posted on 11:58pm Monday 28th October 2013
Richard O'Brien's cult hit returns to the Midlands and settles in at the Wolverhampton Grand this weekend. I timewarped my way over to the Grand and checked out whether or not this 40th touring anniversary production still packs its naughty, irrepressible punch...
Posted on 3:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013
I can’t believe I haven’t taken on cars in this series on Men vs. Women! There are such gigantic differences in how we look at, buy, appreciate, and deal with the horseless carriage. In many ways, I think our respective attitude about cars is emblematic of our attitudes about most everything. Again, this is not a right or wrong, just a big difference.
Posted on 8:54pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013
Energy issues are dominating the media this week. The Big Six energy companies are increasing prices yet again and it looks as if our bills will be 10% higher. Why do we have to put up with such high prices for our energy? What can we do? A visit to the Wyre Forest's 1st Energy Day this Saturday October 26th could be the answer....... read on for more information....
Posted on 9:32pm Monday 21st October 2013
Taking a temporary break from my London Film Festival coverage, as Halloween approaches everyone's favourite killer doll returns as Curse of Chucky comes to Blu-Ray and DVD today. I review Chucky's latest outing as the series returns firmly to it's horror roots...
Posted on 12:13pm Saturday 19th October 2013
Have you got an iPhone or an Android phone? In today’s society it’s much easier to ask who hasn’t got a smart phone. I have recently discovered the ebay app. Unfortunately (for me) it makes it so easy to buy things! Thousands of perfectly good clothes, at very reasonable prices are available at my fingertips. I find myself scrolling down the never-ending list of pretty skirts and shoes that are all just waiting for me to buy them.
Posted on 1:52pm Wednesday 16th October 2013
Looking to save money on your Energy Bills? Kidderminster Town Hall on the 26th October is the place for you........read on for more information.....
Posted on 11:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013
It was an iconic movie moment when Albert Finney, in Paddy Chayevsky’s movie Network screamed out, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!” I wonder how many readers saw that movie when it came out? Or even know of it at all? My question is why is everyone so angry these days over often very trivial things?
Posted on 6:46pm Sunday 13th October 2013
Even amongst the hectic excitement of the London Film Festival, I'm equally glad and thrilled to continue supporting local Midlands theatre, and so last night headed to the closing night performance of South Staff's Musical Theatre Company's impressive production of Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, 'Carousel'.
Posted on 12:25pm Saturday 12th October 2013
The last month has been fairly quiet for Stourport Band, after the summer jobs were over. Our only engagement was to play in Kidderminster town centre on 5th October for the 125th anniversary of the opening of jeweller TH Baker in the town.
Posted on 9:39pm Friday 11th October 2013
The extraordinary quality of films on show at this years London Film Festival continues with the American Airlines Gala film of choice - Alfonso Cuaron's extraordinary space thriller 'Gravity'. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney fight for survival in one of the years most impressive and enthralling movies.
Posted on 9:53am Friday 11th October 2013
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Posted on 6:00am Thursday 10th October 2013
AUTUMN is now well on its way. The nights are staring to draw in and the trees are being the process of losing their leaves.
Posted on 9:26pm Wednesday 9th October 2013
I attended the press screening and conference (getting to meet Tom Hanks!) of this years London Film Festival Opening Night Gala and another early Oscar favourite, director Paul Greengrass' (United 93, the Bourne films) 'Captain Phillips'. Out next Friday and based accurately on real life events, I bring you my exclusive review from London...
Posted on 8:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013
Writers never know what is going to connect, resonate, please, and/or anger readers. Staying Single (Part One) achieved that.