All aboard the perfect pre-cruise stopover

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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

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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.

Club Tropicana

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6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

If you don't have a plane ticket booked for the tropics, get some exotic escapism via your closet.

James and the giant peace

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6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

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

A Bug's Life

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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

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6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

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

A zest for life in Sorrento

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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.

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

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5:11pm Thursday 17th July 2014

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

Attenborough takes action for butterflies

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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.

Get curried away

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6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

For many of us, Indian food conjures up images of a naughty but nice takeaway with all the trimmings, or a quick and calorific curry ready meal.

It's all white

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6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

If you've overdosed on bright colour, zingy neons and bold prints so far this summer, make a clean break with white. The coolest shade of the season is the ideal tonic for the heatwave months.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Judas Priest back at the altar

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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.

Unsung heroes of wartime hospitals

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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

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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.

Why Ireland will drive you wild

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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.

Kimichi School of Music hits right note with open day

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Redditch 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

Redditch 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

Redditch 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.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Mile high cocktails

Redditch Advertiser: Mile high cocktails

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

If you're lucky enough to fly British Airways First Class, you now won't only have the extensive wine list to consider, you can also taste an award-winning cocktail, courtesy of James Fowler, the World Class UK Bartender of the Year 2014 .

Six of the best: Digital cameras

Redditch Advertiser: Six of the best: Digital cameras

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

It's going fast

Score a style hat trick

Redditch Advertiser: Score a style hat trick

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

The sporting calendar is virtually impossible to avoid this summer. Admit defeat and channel your favourite tournament with this season's sports luxe trend.

A wealth of treasure on Costa Rica

Redditch 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.

Joy in the slow lane

Redditch 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'

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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.

Life's a beach

Redditch Advertiser: Life's a beach

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

Football isn't the only focus of Rio right now. Famed for their toned curves, some of Victoria's Secret top supermodels hail from Brazil. Just Google the likes of Gisele Bundchen, Alessandra Ambrosio or Adriana Lima for some serious beach body inspiration.

All the world's a stage for Spacey

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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.

Another chapter in Sellers' tasty Story

Redditch Advertiser: Another chapter in Sellers' tasty Story

6:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

Among the truffles and foie gras on the menu at Michelin-starred restaurant Story, sits the unlikely foodie offering of bread and dripping.

Best dressed guest

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6:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

Forget the bikini season panic. There's nothing like a summer event dress code to put you in a fashion spin.

Be a summer smoothie

Redditch Advertiser: Be a summer smoothie

6:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

Most of us rejoice at the start of summer, but there is one serious downfall: depilation - and lots of it. A woman's legs and armpits amounts to around 78,000 hair follicles.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

This is England well on the way to inspiring a nation

Redditch Advertiser: Jimmy Davis

4:32pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

ENGLAND has finally got a World Cup song it can be proud of - and it is a hip hop tune from the streets of Birmingham.

Just statin the facts?

Redditch Advertiser: Just statin the facts?

6:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

They can substantially reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, may stave off dementia, and could even boost your sex life.

'I begged for this role'

Redditch Advertiser: 'I begged for this role'

6:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

Charlize Theron is laughing about a memorable day she had on the set of her new comedy western A Million Ways To Die In The West.

Shades of summer

Redditch Advertiser: Shades of summer

6:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

It's not officially summer until you've got a shiny new pair of sunglasses on your head.

Rock some Rio style

Redditch Advertiser: Rock some Rio style

6:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

So what if the World Cup isn't top of your priorities? Revelling in this summer's Brazilian-inspired beauty turns the football thing into a whole different ball game...

Chrissie stops pretending

Redditch Advertiser: Chrissie stops pretending

6:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

"Don't let this exotic Ohio accent fool you, I've lived in the UK for 40 years," says Chrissie Hynde by way of introduction.

Going with the flow on the Rhine

Redditch Advertiser: Going with the flow on the Rhine

6:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

Admiring the last drops of sunlight sparkling on the canals of Amsterdam, it is hard to believe that just two days ago I was sipping champagne as I watched the sun go down behind the impressive skyline of Cologne in Germany.

Kirsten Dunst do arm candy roles

Redditch Advertiser: Kirsten Dunst do arm candy roles

6:00am Saturday 31st May 2014

Kirsten Dunst walks into the hotel suite where we're meeting and makes a beeline for the balcony. "Oh, this hotel is so beautiful. And it's so cosy, it makes you want to take a little nap," says the 32-year-old in a girlish voice.

Six of the best gadgets for: better baking

Redditch Advertiser: Six of the best gadgets for: better baking

6:00am Saturday 31st May 2014

All mixed up

Dapper dads ahoy!

Redditch Advertiser: Dapper dads ahoy!

6:00am Saturday 31st May 2014

When it comes to fashion, fathers can be stuck in their wardrobe ways: unlikely to be swayed by the latest catwalk trends and nonplussed by celebrity style icons.

Thirsty work

Redditch Advertiser: Thirsty work

6:00am Saturday 31st May 2014

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Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 31st May 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.






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