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2009-04-04 12:48:21

Organizers of a new talent show called Britain's Most Talented Pet say they have found a dog that can mow the lawn and play the piano. The Ultimate Pet Show competition organizers said Hope the German shepherd can place his front paws on a lawn mower's handle and push the machine along like a human operator, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. The 4-year-old dog reportedly is a canine wiz when it comes to pianos, as well, a skill that helped Hope win April 2008's National Pet Month honors....

2008-09-28 18:00:24

A STAR Wars fanatic has landed a top movie prize from his hero George Lucas. Oliver Jones, 24, from Sutton Coldfield, accidentally submitted a 59-second short film, based on The Empire Strikes Back, after attempting to enter an entirely separate online contest. He won best short film at The Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards, run by Lucasfilm Ltd, and judged by the hit film's creator George Lucas. (c) 2008 Sunday Mercury; Birmingham (UK). Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-18 18:00:27

KNOWING your way around a computer can make a huge difference to your professional as well as personal life. Understanding how computers work can also lead you towards an illustrious career in IT. This is why Sutton Coldfield and Matthew Boulton Colleges are encouraging both sixth form and adult learners to sign up for a range of information technology and computing courses that will improve their employment prospects, as well as help create the next generation of IT professionals....

2008-09-17 16:51:22

By JOHN SLIM'S AMATEUR THEATRE It is good to see the spirit of optimism is alive and well at Birmingham's Crescent Theatre. Although audiences last season were often by no means as large as could have been hoped, the city's leading amateur theatre has boldly extended its box office opening hours. Instead of being available from 4.30 pm to 7 pm for telephone callers and to 8 pm for patrons who arrive in person, it has taken another step towards the professional image that its shows...

2008-09-10 18:00:06

PARKING capacity at a busy city train station near Erdington may be increased - by using rear gardens. Centro wants to extend the Chester Road park-and ride scheme, between Erdington and Sutton Coldfield, by using half of the gardens at five houses on nearby Green Lanes. The changes between 16 and 24 Green Lanes will include the rearrangement of spaces at the back of number 12 and 14 to create 38 new spaces on top of the current 149-vehicle capacity car park.. The plans for the...

2008-08-28 18:00:22

STAFF and students were celebrating excellent results in the GCSE re-sit programme at Sutton Coldfield College with many Grade A* and Grade As being awarded among the results. Ann-Toni Jones was delighted with her Grade A in chemistry, which will now allow her to take AS-level chemistry next year. She has already achieved good grades in her other AS subjects this year, but had to pass GCSE chemistry to take the AS qualification. Students should call into the campus to make an...

2008-08-01 18:00:14

By A Brown AT A loose end during the recent wet weather, I idly started searching through the You Tube video site - the first time I have ever visited it. What a treasure store of golden oldies can be found on there - from great crooners such as the incomparable Frank Sinatra to great entertainers such as Rolf Harris and very funny comedians like Benny Hill, whose video for the song Ernie is hilarious. I always thought the internet was for young people, but now I have discovered there...

2008-07-16 18:00:26

By JOHN SLIM'S AMATEUR THEATRE When Euan Rose sits down to write a show, the result is usually a musical, created in co-operation with someone who joins him to make the melodies. The biggest and most successful has been Wallop Mrs Cox, which traces a family through a century of life in Birmingham, but another is Ridin' the No 8, the story of the city's Inner Circle bus route, and the most recent is Charlotte Badger, about Bromsgrove's woman pirate, who took charge of the ship that was...

2008-06-24 18:00:00

By Tony Collins THE future's looking bright, and healthy, for pupils at a Birmingham primary school. Children at St Joseph's RC Primary in Little Sutton Lane, Sutton Coldfield, have been enjoying unprecedented success in the world of sport with no less than 18 trophies in the past year. But improvements of a different kind have also been going on inside the school buildings. Local artist Bruce Jones has been brightening up a corridor and communal changing area with a series of...

2008-06-20 18:00:31

PUPILS from a Sutton Coldfield primary school took a giant step towards learning about democracy when they took part in a mock debate at the Council House in Lichfield. Year 6 children from Little Aston Primary School, which sits just inside the Staffordshire boundary with Birmingham, were invited to learn about the services the council provides and also join in a debate in the council chamber. Coun Joseph Powell, vice-chairman of Lichfield District Council, and Coun Colin Ablitt,...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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