Bruce Sallan »

Three entitled women

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Posted on 12:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

One of my enjoyments in life is getting to know all sorts of people, from all walks of life, places, and all ages. My boys often get embarrassed when I strike up conversations with strangers but I love what I learn from people. And, often, these encounters lead to cool opportunities and opened doors. My second career is thriving largely due to this outgoing side of my personality for which I’m very grateful.

Paul Allen »

One of our more elusive and enigmatic wild animals

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Posted on 6:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

SPRING is erupting all around us, and the hedgerows and nature reserves are starting to produce vibrant flowers and foliage that make the countryside such a joy to visit at this time of year.

Kyle Pedley »

EVITA - Theatre Review

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Posted on 11:57pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical colossus makes a triumphant return to the Midlands this week as it arrives for a two-week engagement at the Birmingham Hippodrome. I headed over to the show's press night to see if this touring production, which I previously gave a 5 * rating to, remains as enchanting as impressive...

Kyle Pedley »

BRASSED OFF - Theatre Review

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Posted on 12:47am Wednesday 9th April 2014

The Touring Consortium Theatre Company, accompanied by the Jackfield Brass Band, bring their latest production to the Wolverhampton Grand this week with 'Brassed Off', based on the hit 1996 film of the same name starring Pete Postlethwaite and Ewan McGregor. I headed to the press night to review the show.

Kyle Pedley »

THE FAAABULOUS CERI DUPREE SHOW - Theatre Review

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Posted on 2:04pm Monday 7th April 2014

The UK's leading female impersonator returned to the Wolverhampton Grand this week as he brought his One-Man, Twenty-One Woman solo show along, having recently played the theatres' pantomime dame in their 2013/2014 pantomime 'Sleeping Beauty'. I headed to the Grand to check out the frocks and the fun...

Kyle Pedley »

WEST SIDE STORY - Theatre Review

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Posted on 3:33am Thursday 3rd April 2014

The Midlands Theatre event of the Spring arrives in Birmingham this week as one of the undisputed greatest musicals of all time arrives at the New Alexandra Theatre for a three-week engagement. I headed over to the shows Gala press night to see if the something coming is something good... (that's a pun from one of the songs, you see...)

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NEW SERVICE FOR THE WYRE FOREST!

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Posted on 2:03pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A brand new service was launched in January 2014.....this might be just what you are looking for......read on.....

Kyle Pedley »

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS - Theatre Review

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Posted on 11:56pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

Another vintage show arrives in the Midlands this week as I fancy-footed my way over to the Wolverhampton Grand to review the new touring production of this all-American dance musical classic...

Bruce Sallan »

The greatest soap opera and serial drama of them all

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Posted on 4:39pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

I like to engage with pretty much anyone I meet wherever I am or wherever I go. It may be in a foreign country such as on my recent trip to Africa or simply sitting next to someone on a chair lift when skiing. If the person is young, I’m especially interested in the choices they will be making and I often ask personal questions about whether they are in a relationship or not. If I sense they are open to these questions, I will probe further.

Kyle Pedley »

FROZEN - Home Release Review

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Posted on 12:06pm Monday 31st March 2014

Disney's cultural behemoth Frozen arrives on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD this week, just as it is announced as having become the most successful animated movie of all time. I take the films Blu-Ray for a spin and see if it has earned the hype...

Kyle Pedley »

THEATRE PREVIEW: 'Something's Coming' and it's going to be BIG as 'WEST SIDE STORY' comes to the Midlands

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Posted on 2:29pm Friday 28th March 2014

Birmingham gets ready for a Manhattan musical makeover as one of the most celebrated musicals of all times takes to the stage at the City's New Alexandra Theatre next month. I preview the colossal 'West Side Story'...

Bruce Sallan »

How to stay cool to your kids

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Posted on 11:00am Thursday 27th March 2014

One of my favorite mantras is that the job of being a parent is being our kids best parent rather than their best friend. As strongly as I believe in that, I also believe we can be cool to our kids by doing things that support being their best parent. This may seems at odds, but truly it’s not.

Kyle Pedley »

THE TWO WORLDS OF CHARLIE F - Theatre Review

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Posted on 1:05am Thursday 27th March 2014

Owen Sheers highly respected production, featuring a company consisting mostly of genuine ex-servicemen and women recounting their experiences of wartime trauma, comes to the Midlands this week. I headed to press night at the Grand, where the show is running until Saturday, to gauge its impact...

Kyle Pedley »

SAVING MR. BANKS - Home Release Review

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Posted on 2:25pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

One of my unexpected highlights of last years' London Film Festival, Disney's delightful biopic comes to DVD and Blu-Ray this week, I review the films home release to see if it retains its magic on the small screen...

Citizens Advice Bureau »

Buy Your Stamps Now!

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Posted on 1:51pm Monday 24th March 2014

Its always good to think and plan ahead. Here is a little tip to help you save some money if you are someone that uses the postal service. There is such a lot of helpful advice and useful tips on many issues on the Citizens Advice website.......why not look us up.......read on..

Kyle Pedley »

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER - Film Review (PLUS Scarlett Johansson interview)

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Posted on 11:20pm Sunday 23rd March 2014

This week I had the pleasure of attending press in London for Marvel Studios' 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', the latest in the studios slew of blockbusting superhero spectaculars. I review the film, which is in many ways the best Marvel release yet, and even got to have a chat with star Scarlett Johansson about the character at the films press conference...

Debbi Love »

Spot light on…….beetroot

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Posted on 3:16pm Friday 21st March 2014

Beetroot is such an easy to grow vegetable. When planned, successional crops can see you through from early July to mid May the following year. The swollen roots have an earthy taste and can range in colour from deep red to golden-yellow and even pale white. The traditional red colour associated with common beetroot is from a combination of pigments; betacyanin and betaxanthin. There are even varieties that have concentric pink and white rings! When harvested at the right times, the roots and leaves can all be eaten making it a very economical vegetable to grow.

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New rules on consumer credit

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Posted on 6:00am Thursday 20th March 2014

THE Financial Credit Authority (FCA) has confirmed its new rules for the consumer credit industry.

Kyle Pedley »

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - Theatre Review

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Posted on 2:54am Thursday 20th March 2014

Another beloved movie musical takes to the stage this week as the recent, critically acclaimed West End production of 'Singin' in the Rain' comes to the Birmingham Hippodrome. I headed over to press night to review the show and see if I would be showering it with praise or coming out feeling a bit damp...

Bruce Sallan »

Changing directions

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Posted on 10:00am Wednesday 19th March 2014

If you’ve been following my columns over the years, you’ve followed my parental journey as my boys got older, as I got older, as I re-married, and as I’m doing more and more in new and old media. It’s been quite a trip and now I’m going to take another fork in the road.

Bruce Sallan »

Another look at the best friend or best parent idea

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Posted on 3:57pm Friday 14th March 2014

One of my favorite sayings about being a parent is that you must be your kid’s best parent, not their best friend. Far too many parents are concerned about being their kid’s buddy, being liked by their kids, and by their friends. Sure, it’s cool to be in the good graces of our children, but that is NOT our job. Our job is to educate, raise, and equip our children to live good and productive lives. Our job is not to be their entertainment director and master of good times.

Paul Allen »

Snowdrops now rare species in their original homeland

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Posted on 6:00am Thursday 13th March 2014

FEBRUARY has been a damp month but as we move into March the first glimmers of spring have started to appear. One of the most stunning has to be the blast of pale white blooms of the snowdrops in the wet woods of Hurcott.

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March Update

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Posted on 7:18pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

We have been very busy since our last update, preparing for the 2014 Regional Contest. Last Sunday saw us take to the stage in Bedworth in the Fourth Section. For those of you who don’t know much about the world of contesting, the areas involve all bands playing the same test piece and being anonymously judged by two adjudicators (who have to sit all day in a small tent-like construction!). With a draw taking place for order of play, it is a brass bander’s version of the F.A. cup, only much more competitive. The top three bands, as decided by the adjudicators, qualify to play at the National Finals in Cheltenham.

Kyle Pedley »

URINETOWN - Theatre Review

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Posted on 3:32am Wednesday 12th March 2014

It's a theatre double feature! The most curiously named new musical in years officially opens this week as the Tony Award-winning 'Urinetown' arrives in London. I headed down to London to check the show out this weekend, and the result is my most comprehensive and detailed Theatre review ever!...

Kyle Pedley »

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Theatre Review

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Posted on 2:01am Wednesday 12th March 2014

Former star of 'Starsky and Hutch' Paul Michael Glaser stars as Tevye in one of the world's favourite musicals, brought to life in this new production directed and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Revel Harwood. I headed over to press night at the Birmingham Hippodrome to review the show...

Bruce Sallan »

Epiphany

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Posted on 9:00am Wednesday 5th March 2014

Titles are supposed to be the hook to a column, book, or movie. Maybe if this were a Spielberg movie starring Hugh Jackman, “Epiphany” would be a great title. I chose this title simply because it is what jarringly happened to me this past weekend, as again I’m writing my column on an airplane.

Kyle Pedley »

LA TRAVIATA (Welsh National Opera) - Theatre Review

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Posted on 2:01am Wednesday 5th March 2014

The Welsh National Opera bring the splendour and majesty of Verdi's 'La Traviata' to the Birmingham Hippodrome this week. I headed to review this lavish, sumptuous production which also acted as my inaugural opera experience...

Citizens Advice Bureau »

DOES YOUR ENERGY COMPANY OWE YOU MONEY?

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Posted on 1:04pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

It is just possible that your energy company may owe you some money. There is £400 million sitting in Energy Companies accounts waiting to be claimed! To find out if you can claim back some of this money......read on......

Kyle Pedley »

FAME - Theatre Review

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Posted on 1:16am Tuesday 4th March 2014

FAME is back, and whilst it may have plans to 'live forever', it's at the Wolverhampton Grand for one week only, so I headed over to Press Night to review this special 25th Anniversary touring production...

Kyle Pedley »

WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND AND FRIENDS GET 'BRASSED OFF' WITH BOSTIN' BLACK COUNTRY LAUNCH EVENT!

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Posted on 12:32am Wednesday 26th February 2014

I headed over to the Black Country Living Museum on Monday to check out the Press Launch for the Touring Consortium Theatre Company's 'Brassed Off', which will be running at the Wolverhampton Grand this April. Live brass music, traditional fish 'n chips, a trip down the mines and a tour on a vintage double decker were all part of the fun!...

Kyle Pedley »

TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT - Theatre Review

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Posted on 2:20am Tuesday 25th February 2014

Tonight's the night that.... 'Tonight's the Night' came to Birmingham, so I headed over to Press night tonight to..... oh heck, here's my review of The Rod Stewart Musical!

Kyle Pedley »

SOME GIRL I USED TO KNOW - Theatre Review

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Posted on 7:45pm Saturday 22nd February 2014

The ever-versatile Denise Van Outen brought her one-woman show to the Midlands this week at the Wolverhampton Grand, co-writing and being the sole star of this original piece on love, life and nostalgia. I headed over to review the show and see if it is a worthwhile trip down memory lane...

Bruce Sallan »

Re-entry is hard

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Posted on 9:39am Wednesday 19th February 2014

I am writing this column, again on a plane, two weeks after returning home from my incredible trip to 13 countries, 21 cities, in 38 days (mostly in India and Africa). I’m on a very short flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City. It’s a piece of cake in comparison to the 17-hour flight from Johannesburg to Atlanta, Georgia, which was just one leg of my trip home. Heck, there’s only a one-hour time change. We were 10-12 hours ahead on the other trip.

Denise Watson »

The real difference between England and Spain

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Posted on 10:00am Tuesday 18th February 2014

At last, I have found the real difference between England and Spain!

Craig Bateman »

Worcestershire Youth Cabinet; Our Future

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Posted on 11:27am Friday 14th February 2014

A look at the work of Worcestershire Youth Cabinet, and it's significance in providing positive opportunities for young people in the future

Paul Allen »

Hard to believe - but our wetlands are drying out!

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Posted on 6:00am Thursday 13th February 2014

THE year so far has best been described as wet.

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IS YOUR CHILD SAFE ONLINE?

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Posted on 4:54pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

It was Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 11th February. Here are some helpful tips to keep your child safe when they use the internet......read on....

Bruce Sallan »

Dubai to Mumbai: Decadence and deprivation

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Posted on 10:00am Wednesday 12th February 2014

Going from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to various stops in India is about as stark a change as one can imagine. Dubai is a 42-year-new country with unlimited resources and a tiny (indigenous) population of 1 million, while India has been around since well before the birth of Christ and its 1.2 billion inhabitants account for 18% of the world’s human beings.

Bruce Sallan »

Crossroads at work - What next?

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Posted on 12:00pm Thursday 6th February 2014

I’m currently sitting in a hotel room in New Orleans, on the 26th floor, where I’m attending a conference about and for dads. A disturbing dream woke me up in the dark of morning as I hear the sounds of train-horns in the distance and know the Mississippi River is lazing by in one direction and Bourbon Street is in the other direction.

Kyle Pedley »

BLACK COFFEE - Theatre Review

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Posted on 12:10am Tuesday 4th February 2014

TV star Robert Powell brings Agatha Christie's Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot to the Midlands boards this week as the queen of crime's first ever play continues its successful UK tour. I headed to the Wolverhampton Grand for press night to review the show, and hopefully solve a murder in the process....

Bruce Sallan »

Absence makes the kids grow independent

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Posted on 11:31am Monday 3rd February 2014

My recent trip overseas resulted, as most such trips do, in many unexpected and enlightening experiences. It was an extraordinary adventure. What I truly did not expect was what happened back at home while we were gone.

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Sportivate 2014

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Posted on 5:52pm Saturday 1st February 2014

This year we see a new national initiative ‘Sportivate’. The programme is aimed towards encouraging 16-25 year olds to take part in a sport of their choice for 6 weeks.

Kyle Pedley »

PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL - Theatre Review

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Posted on 11:37pm Thursday 30th January 2014

Get your stilettos at the ready guys and girls as one of the most irrepressibly entertaining musicals ever rolls back into the Midlands this week as Priscilla comes to Wolverhampton. I headed over to the Grand to see if the show still had al its fizz, spark and fabulousness...

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EXCITING NEW SERVICE LAUNCHED THIS WEEK!

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Posted on 3:49pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

This week in partnership with medical centres in the Wyre Forest the 'Health and Wellbeing Buddy Service' is being launched......read on.......

Bruce Sallan »

Flying home after 13 countries, 21 cities, in 38 days

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Posted on 9:00am Thursday 23rd January 2014

I am sitting on a full flight, flying home from Johannesburg, South Africa to Atlanta, Georgia on the world’s longest non-stop flight at 17 hours, give or take. We have to go through Customs in Atlanta and then another flight to Los Angeles and my adventure will be over. I just finished watching “Rush,” the movie about the Formula One racing rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. It was powerful, but the baby won: the baby that has been crying for much of this flight.

Bruce Sallan »

Genetic determine everything

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Posted on 11:43am Monday 20th January 2014

For the past few weeks I’ve been traveling overseas, largely on a cruise-ship. As often is the case, cruise lines bring aboard guest lecturers, usually experts in travel that speak about the places the cruise will visit. But, on this particular cruise, in addition to those ubiquitous and familiar lecturers, they invited an especially fascinating scholar and exceptional speaker, Dr. Robert Schrire. His topics have been loosely related to politics but more specifically about how the past and present will impact our future.

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Life has changed...

Posted on 1:33pm Friday 17th January 2014

Ok, when i said a couple of weeks i really did not expect i would be writing this blog half way through January 2014. Were now into a new year and i'm happy to say that things could not get much better, i'm loving College and i'm happy about that and i'm happy to be me basically, nothing major or exciting has happened but that's ok as i'm just enjoying life at the moment.

Paul Allen »

Grey squirrel - loved or loathed

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Posted on 6:00am Thursday 9th January 2014

DURING the winter months most of our wildlife hides itself away from the bleak weather.

Bruce Sallan »

Men vs Women - Sex appeal

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Posted on 9:00am Wednesday 8th January 2014

We all know that a great keyword is sex. I’ve actually found that money is even better. Hmmm, maybe I should use both? I was having a discussion with a friend about sex appeal and how men and women view each other differently in this regard. In the course of the discussion, I reflected on four women – famous women/actresses – each of whom I’d met and/or worked with in my former life in showbiz.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM CITIZENS ADVICE!

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Posted on 3:10pm Monday 6th January 2014

The new year brings its own challenges and frustrations. For many it can be a difficult time.....but as always Citizens Advice are here to help, however we could also do with extra help.....read on..

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