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

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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.

Tuning into the Channel Islands

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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?

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

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

Preserving Africa's mane attraction

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Feel the heat

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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.

Where art you now, Romeo?

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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.

Cruise passengers enjoying Rebeca's voyage of musical discovery

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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.

Going Potty in Florida

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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.

Fire up a healthier flamin' feast

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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...

Diesel branches out with new tree role

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Rattling around with St Vincent

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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.

Blackpool's back with fun for all the family

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

10:10am Thursday 31st July 2014

Blackpool has always been my favourite seaside resort - I have fond memories of riding a donkey along the beach as a child, exploring the piers and being amazed by the illuminations.

Anyone who has ever loved, couldn't walk on by Burt Bacharach in concert

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

4:53pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

Birds suddenly appeared and stars fell down from the sky when Burt Bacharach performed in Birmingham last night, writes Steve Zacharanda.

A wee problem that's more common than you think

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

Men are notorious for burying their heads in the sand about their health, and it seems this is especially true when it comes to things going on 'down there' potentially relating to the prostate, the gland which sits underneath men's bladders, surrounds the urethra and produces semen.

Believing in life after death

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

By Jeananne Craig, Press Association

About a girl

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

hen news emerges of an actor releasing an album, it's hard to stifle the groans.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

All aboard the perfect pre-cruise stopover

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

11:49am Monday 21st July 2014

When you are looking forward to a relaxing getaway on a leisurely cruise, the last thing you need is a three-hour, early-morning drive to the coast in order to make the departure time.

Setting sail for island time travel

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

11:20am Monday 21st July 2014

From the moment our ferry set sail across the gleaming waters of The Solent from Southampton, we knew our maiden voyage to the Isle of Wight was going to be memorable.

A zest for life in Sorrento

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

Using the same care and attention a jeweller might employ to handle precious stones, 68-year-old farmer Peppino Nunziata examines the plump, waxy lemons hanging from wooden pergolas in his 10,000 square metre garden.

A Bug's Life

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

The Prime Minister has warned that antibiotic resistance could soon cast the world "back into the dark ages of medicine", and the Chief Medical Officer has said it poses a threat as important and deadly as climate change and international terrorism.

It's a dog's life for BGT'S Ashleigh

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

It's no wonder Ashleigh Butler describes her life as "surreal".

James and the giant peace

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

James returned with a new album earlier this year, six years after their previous work.

Steel Pulse preparing for reggae fun in the sun at Simmer Down

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

5:11pm Thursday 17th July 2014

THE biggest reggae festival in the Midlands is set to take place in scorching temperatures this weekend.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Judas Priest back at the altar

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

Heavy metal, to use the phrase coined all the way back in the late Sixties, is among the most enduring genres of music.

Why Ireland will drive you wild

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

I rest on my kayak paddle and gaze at the horizon as a golden hue from the setting sun illuminates the pale waters at Killary fjord.

Unsung heroes of wartime hospitals

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

Young soldiers being killed or horrifically injured in brutal warfare is the classic image of the First World War.

Knightley Night New York

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

Keira Knightley's a little peeved. It's the mention of her appearance on The Graham Norton Show, in which she revealed her husband's attempts to teach her the guitar almost ended in divorce, that's done it.

Attenborough takes action for butterflies

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

Since creating a meadow area in his own back garden three years ago, Sir David Attenborough has enjoyed an influx of wildlife and is this year hoping to see a wide range of butterflies visiting it.

Kimichi School of Music hits right note with open day

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

2:25pm Friday 11th July 2014

MUSIC-LOVING children are being given the chance to hone their skills at a special music workshop this weekend.

Healthy holidays

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

7:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

After packing shorts, T-shirts and sunglasses for that long-awaited sunshine holiday, don't forget another essential for your summer family getaway - a well-stocked first aid kit.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Sarandon's on the road again

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

4:46pm Friday 4th July 2014

Susan Sarandon is reflecting on a "crazy" moment a few weeks ago where she set thousands of film fans' hearts aflutter.

Gray's skies brighten

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

3:51pm Friday 4th July 2014

When David Gray released White Ladder in 1998, it became something of a slow-burning success.

Tickets still available for giant Wireless festival in Brum

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

3:57pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

TICKETS are still available for the three day Wireless music festival in Birmingham this weekend.

Five favourite Abz giving the love at Brum birthday bash

Bromsgrove Advertiser: Abz Love

4:04pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

FANS of Five favourite and Celebrity Big Brother star Abz can get the chance to party with their hero tonight (Tuesday).

The Waiting is over - beautiful music on route to Britain from Barcelona

Bromsgrove Advertiser: Raquel and the Professor

12:35pm Monday 30th June 2014

A BRAND new band, by way of Birmingham, Columbia and Barcelona, is putting the beauty back into the Britain often boring music scene.

No chemical attraction

Bromsgrove Advertiser: No chemical attraction

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

Modern life exposes us to chemicals every second - from the food we eat and the water we drink to the everyday products we use, and even the air we breathe.

A wealth of treasure on Costa Rica

Bromsgrove Advertiser: A wealth of treasure on Costa Rica

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

As the driver slams on his breaks, passengers in the back of the mini bus lurch forwards. The perilous pedestrian blocking our path, however, doesn't seem to be in any hurry to cross the road. Hardly surprising since, even at top speed, this three-toed sloth can only muster 0.15mph.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Joy in the slow lane

Bromsgrove Advertiser: Joy in the slow lane

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

It's almost three years since Slow Club released their second album, Paradise.

I owe Simon Cowell'

Bromsgrove Advertiser: I owe Simon Cowell'

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

Leona Lewis may have recently severed ties with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Music, but there's no bad blood between her and the media mogul.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

All the world's a stage for Spacey

Bromsgrove Advertiser: All the world's a stage for Spacey

6:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

There are moments in his new documentary film where you forget that Kevin Spacey is a world famous, Oscar-winning star.








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