Find garden inspiration under the covers

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

With autumn comes books, lots of them. Celebrity autobiographies, new novels from top-notch authors and, best of all, a plethora of gardening books.

'It's raucous up north''

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

It's a curse of modern life that whenever you ask someone how they are, they say they're 'busy'.

Beauty is more than skin deep in Cyprus

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

Locking my gaze into the splintered grooves of a pine tree, I try to hold my balance as I totter on one leg with my hands in an Anjali Mudra pose. There's not a mirror in sight, but as I wobble from side to side, I imagine I look a bit like an unsteady Buddha.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Hang(over) a minute!

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

How many times have you been hung-over? I have no idea - which probably implies, and rightly so, that the figure's pretty high.

"I'll keep going 'til my knees give up'

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

When you meet Liam Neeson in person - all 6ft 4 of him - it's easy to see why he's still fielding action hero offers, while others his age dream of retirement.

An oasis of peace set in stunning surroundings!

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

11:21am Friday 26th September 2014

HIDDEN away down a quiet country lane in the stunningly beautiful west Pembrokeshire countryside, Ty Gwartheg is the kind of idyllic holiday retreat which, once discovered, you'll want to return to again and again.

Cycle-friendly Calvia rightly sends riders' weak at the knees

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

5:30pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Mention Mallorca to a cyclist and they go misty-eyed and weak at the knees, writes Steve Zacharanda.

Protect our Pollinators

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Palin's progress

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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.

'It's time for us to turn things on their head'

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

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

Top tucker served Down Under

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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.

Beware the silent killer

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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.

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.

Boost your spring garden with new bulbs

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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'

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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.

Strictly at sea

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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.

The pain of migraine

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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'

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

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

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

The drugs do work

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

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

Roland really is the Gift that keeps on giving

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

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

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

5:36pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

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

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

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.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

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.

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.






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