Find garden inspiration under the covers

Redditch 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.

Six of the best: For 3D printing

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

Robox - £849.90 from robox.cel-uk.com (Available for pre-order from December)

Beauty is more than skin deep in Cyprus

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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.

'It's raucous up north''

Redditch 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'.

Get the London look

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6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

When it comes to the Fashion Week calendar, London is undoubtedly the most experimental of the capitals, while New York is commercial, Milan is all about glamour and Paris showcases high-end chic.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

The backstage rebels

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6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

Spring/summer season at Fashion Week is notorious for its no-make-up looks. The fresh-faced glows, the oh-so slightly dewy cheeks and rosebud mouths.

Hang(over) a minute!

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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'

Redditch 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!

Redditch 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

Redditch 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.

Milton comes up trumps in intimate venue to keep audience smiling

Redditch Advertiser: Sell-out gig of Jones the Jeep

5:34pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Milton Jones is one of those comedians whose face is familiar from the plethora of panel shows on television, writes Phil Barnett.

Mack got back on track after start that lacked

Redditch Advertiser: Lee Mack

5:29pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

It rarely bodes well when a comedian resorts to a bad impression of the local accent just seconds into a performance, writes Phil Barnett.

The family way

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6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

Mums who do all the cooking at home could make their lives easier by getting the kids to help in the kitchen - perhaps using some of the skills they'll now be learning at school.

Protect our Pollinators

Redditch 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.

Palin's progress

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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.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Top tucker served Down Under

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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.

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

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

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

Beware the silent killer

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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

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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.

The pain of migraine

Redditch 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'

Redditch 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.

Grey matter

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

If black and navy are the fallback colours for autumn/winter, then grey is the new neutral on the block.

The drugs do work

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

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

Thirsty work

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

The sun may be setting on summer, but that's no reason to sweep away the refreshing, light wines you've been enjoying or replace the ice bucket with a crystal decanter.

Kerridge's recipe for success

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

If Tom Kerridge was still drinking, now would be the time to crack open the bubbly and toast his success.

Boost your spring garden with new bulbs

Redditch 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'

Redditch 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

Redditch 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.

Roland really is the Gift that keeps on giving

Redditch 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

Redditch Advertiser:

5:36pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

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

Acclaimed musical Blood Brothers heading for Birmingham

Redditch Advertiser:

2:01pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

ACCLAIMED musical Blood Brothers is coming to Birmingham's Hippodrome in October.

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

Redditch 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.

Boycott Joan Rivers? You're having a laugh she's hilarious

Redditch Advertiser:

9:54am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE IRRESPRESSIBLE Joan Rivers is sharpening her knives and pouring acid on her tongue ahead of a gig in Birmingham, writes Steve Zacharanda.

Have you done your health homework?

Redditch 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

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

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

Tuning into the Channel Islands

Redditch 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

Redditch 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.

Rudy's Rare Records ready for jump from radio to stage

Redditch Advertiser:

11:38am Wednesday 13th August 2014

BLACK Country funnyman Lenny Henry stars in the stage premiere of Rudy’s Rare Records at Birmingham Repertory Theatre next month.

Preserving Africa's mane attraction

Redditch 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

Redditch 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

Redditch 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.

Thirsty work

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

Whether you're fond of an elegant white wine, a casual, neutral style, or something as sharp as a whistle, summertime always signals bright, young things to sip in the sunshine.

Join the fashion packs

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

Forget spotting the Big Five; simply go on the prowl for this season's safari trend instead.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Shady business

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

You may have heard of the word contouring, you may even have seen Kim Kardashian's contoured selfies, but many women don't have a clue how to do it themselves.






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