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Thief takes disabled children’s laptops in Wolverhampton 

22 May

The laptops, built so the two children can communicate, are taken from Wolverhampton rail station.

Wolves: Jack Price & George Saville staying, Mike Williamson released 

19 May

Wolves take up one-year options on the deals of Jack Price and George Saville, while Mike Williamson is released.

Bogus workmen in Wolverhampton steal digger in daylight 

18 May

Thieves making off with the £25,000 machine are caught on CCTV.

Lambert’s future at Wolves in doubt 

12 May

Paul Lambert's role as Wolves head coach is in doubt over a dispute about who has the final say on signing players.

Harry Potter prequel stolen in Birmingham burglary 

12 May

The manuscript was penned on both sides of an A5 card for a charity auction nine years ago.

Wolverhampton construction workers tested for skin damage 

11 May

Researchers say many outdoor workers aren't aware of the skin cancer risk they face.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Preston North End 

5 May

Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Championship game between Wolves and Preston North End.

Runway in bits as plane takes off near Wolverhampton 

2 May

Vampire jet in rubble cloud during air show at Halfpenny Green Airport near Wolverhampton.

Derby County v Wolverhampton Wanderers 

27 Apr

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Derby County and Wolves.

Jordan Graham: Wolves winger ‘force to be reckoned with’, says Richard Stearman 

26 Apr

Fit-again Wolves winger Jordan Graham will be a 'force to be reckoned with' next season, says team-mate Richard Stearman.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town 

24 Apr

Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's Championship game between Wolves and Huddersfield Town.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers 

21 Apr

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Wolves and Blackburn Rovers.

Cat dies from anti-freeze poisoning in Wolverhampton 

21 Apr

It is only a few months since the owner's other cat, Jess, died of the same thing.

Leeds United v Wolverhampton Wanderers 

16 Apr

Preview followed by live coverage of Monday's Championship game between Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves v Brighton & Hove Albion 

13 Apr

Preview followed by live coverage of Friday's Championship game between Wolves and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Man jailed for life for murdering former housemate 

13 Apr

A murderer who stabbed his former housemate to death in a "savage" street attack in Wolverhampton after serving time for a similar killing in Sweden has been jailed for at least 40 years.

Zenga appointment was big mistake – Shi 

7 Apr

Wolves director Jeff Shi says naming Walter Zenga as head coach was the "only big mistake" made by the club's Chinese owners.

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Comment »

Election campaigning has been suspended due to terrorist attack in Manchester 

23 May

All general election campaigning has been suspended due to the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester.


19 May

Women Against State Pension Inequality WASPI fights the injustice done to all women born in the 1950s affected by the changes to the state pension law (1995/2011 acts) riasing pension age for women from 60 to 68 and to achieve fair transitional ...

Don’t lose your right to vote 

13 May

Apply to register to vote https://www.

Resolution calling on the OVC to demonstrate its commitment to genuine consultation: 3rd of May 2017 

10 May

UCU Negotiating Committee calls on OVC to demonstrate its commitment to genuine consultation on the MARS document by: a) agreeing a schedule of meetings in May and June 2017 with UCU and UNISON representatives b) completing this schedule of ...

Resolutions passed unanimously: Mutually Agreed Resignation Scheme (MARS) & ‘The Wolverhampton Academic’ 

9 May

As you can see below, we are expecting a formal response by May 22nd to the following two resolutions; this is in addition to the expected response to the resolutions that we informed you about yesterday, regarding the consultation process relating ...

Newsletter November 2016 

3 May


UNISON/Fairtrade meeting 

1 May

all welcome...

Out of the Darkness 

29 Apr

Out of the Darkness - new exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery .

Emma launches survey to seek your views on the priorities for our city after the general election 

28 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has launched an online survey seeking residents’ views on their priorities for our city.

Emma forced out on the campaign trail with newborn baby Theo 

25 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has been forced out of maternity leave to campaign ahead of the snap election.

Emma Reynolds announces the arrival of baby Theo into the world 

20 Apr

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, has welcomed baby Theo as a new addition to her family.

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Features »

Happy Birthday Hugh 

27 May

Nigel was a little reluctant to leave his beloved swans behind, but we had promised to spend the weekend with Hugh at his country bolt hole in Worcester for his birthday.

Voices and Choices 

26 May

MY COUNTRY Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Thursday 25 th May, 2017   This touring show from the National Theatre is described as a work in progress – largely because, I suspect, Brexit has yet to happen and the debate still rages on – this ...

Nigel’s Emotions Are Wrung Through The Mill ……. 

26 May

Nigel went to visit his beloved swans nest yesterday afternoon and got a the most horrendous shock …….

Time For Darrell To Return Home ….. 

25 May

Darrell’s stay in London with Hugh, his showbiz friend, bon viveur and style guru to the stars has been short and but very sweet, Eurovision, a spot of mooching and then homeward bound.

May Day is still marked 

24 May

Just read the article by Vanessa Scott in Bugle 1289 about the celebrating of May Day.

Eva was able to identify herself in photograph 

24 May

As outlined in my previous letter (on page 9 of last week's edition) on Easter Sunday 2017, Eva Wixon (nee Cox) returned to her childhood church, All Saints' in Sedgley, to attend Evensong.

Half-Decent Proposal 

24 May

THE WEDDING SINGER New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, Tuesday 23 rd May, 2017   There is a trend among theatre-makers to turn a mediocre film into a stage musical (eg Legally Blonde ) and this show sits firmly in that genre.

A Most Romantic Nursery School …… 

24 May

Just up the road from Hugh is a bilingual nursery called La Petite Ecole Bilingue, just how romantic is that? Darrell has been imagining who unbelievably cute it would be to pick Iris up from nursery and greet her in French, with something along the ...

Deaffest 2017 Music Video 

23 May

The FIRST ever music video that Deaffest has created by combining TWO incredibly talented Deaf professional artists from the UK and US – Chris Fonseca and Rosa Lee Timm! The NDCS’s children were inspired by these brilliant Deaf role models and ...

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Wolves »

Cast Adrift – Then A Story Of Success 

25 May

A Future Shaped By Some Molineux Shortcomings Charles Bamforth is well used to locating long-lost members of the Molineux family.

Wolves And Their Changing Manager Habits 

22 May

Summer Doubts A Sign Of Molineux Times Will we see Paul Lambert on the front of the Wolves programme again? Recent uncertainty over the future of Paul Lambert has underlined that job security among Wolves managers is nothing like what it once...

Wolves: Jack Price & George Saville staying, Mike Williamson released 

19 May

Wolves take up one-year options on the deals of Jack Price and George Saville, while Mike Williamson is released.

Bob’s Part In Epic Promotion Triumph 

19 May

Cobblers Reunion Sparks Happy Memories Bob Coy pictured during last weekend’s celebrations.

Great Nephew, Great Pride 

17 May

Recognising A Hero Once More, 100 Years On Bobby Thomson….

Back For Part Two – Bigger And Better 

13 May

Golfers Out In Increased Numbers Steve Plant at last year’s event.

The Bloggers’ Ball 2017 

12 May

To all those who attended and survived…I salute you.

Lambert’s future at Wolves in doubt 

12 May

Paul Lambert's role as Wolves head coach is in doubt over a dispute about who has the final say on signing players.

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England Honours for Bob 

26 May

Having being forced off the pitch 12 months ago in National 1 Play Off through injury, Bob has made a comeback and next it's England...

Billy’s greatest assignment was to beat fears after ankle… 

24 May

ONLY the biggest stars in football got to put out their own books and only the luckiest youngsters woke on Christmas morning to find one in their stocking.

St Andrews side of the 1960s…Are you on this photo? 

24 May

THIS picture of a schoolboy football team has been emailed to us by Geoff Alford of Merry Hill, Wolverhampton.

From his local team to West Bromwich Albion 

24 May

A FOOTBALLER'S place of birth has very little bearing on where he plays in this day and age, but the further back in time you go, the more local lads a team would feature.

I’ll never forget the streets paved with gold and black 

24 May

BACK IN spring 2014 we dedicated several pages to readers' recollections of Wolves' last big day at Wembley.

Black Country boys who helped humble Puskas’ Honved outfit 

24 May

THREE Black Country lads played key roles in the most famous game in Wolves history.

When snow denied Wilshaw the chance to captain his country 

24 May

WOLVES in the 1950s could boast players who had captained England at both professional and amateur level, namely Billy Wright and Bill Slater.

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Business »

Halfords hit by weak pound as profit dips 

25 May

Retailer sees overall revenue rise but timing of Easter and 2016 Brexit vote damages pre-tax profit...

Birmingham Post Business Awards 2017: Seven top companies reveal why they are sponsoring our awards 

24 May

HSBC, Birmingham Airport and Browne Jacobson are among this year's BPBA sponsors...

Jaguar Land Rover posts huge profit rise and record sales 

23 May

Luxury car manufacturer sees sales in China rise by a third as profit stays above the 1.6bn mark...

Birmingham Airport considering terminal building for new HS2 station 

22 May

Airport is proposing to build a new terminal at the Birmingham Interchange station to improve passenger experience...

Cadbury wins latest trademark battle with Nestlé 

17 May

Swiss group has tried to protect the distinctive shape of its famous four-fingered KitKat bar but fails in the Court of Appeal...

Council IT supplier Service Birmingham to be wound up to save taxpayers’ money 

17 May

Controversial joint-venture company dissolved by 2018 and 200 staff moved back to the city council...

Victory for Birmingham colleges as Government performs u-turn over apprenticeship funding 

17 May

City politicians and colleges win their battle to get funding for Birmingham colleges to provide apprenticeships...

Jewellery Quarter creative space and JLR factory win RIBA Awards 

16 May

Annual ceremony which recognises exceptional architecture unveils the top projects in the West Midlands...

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Where Are The Stick People? 

29 Jul

It’s been quite a few months since I last published a blog post and I’m often asked what’s happened to Stick Child and his friends.

The Professionals 

22 Nov

Imagine a police force that handed out firearms to its officers without training them.

Chain Reaction 

14 Oct

No, nothing to do with an old Diana Ross track, but the title of a presentation I gave at the UK’s first ever TEDx policing event in Leeds yesterday – #OldBillRebuilt, ably organised by Gareth Stubbs.

Freeze Frame 

11 Sep

Watching the TV programme ‘The Force’ last night (which follows the work of officers from Greater Manchester Police), I thought of yet another analogy to help explain why binary comparisons are rubbish.

Schools quiz 2015 

13 Jul

Pupils from a Sandwell school are celebrating, after taking first place in the final of the West Midlands Fire Service Schools’ Safety Challenge 2015.

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LocalGov »

SEN children transitioning from primary to secondary school in 2017 

26 May

Response by Wolverhampton City Council to Christina Savage on 26 May 2017 .

City of Wolverhampton Council/West Midlands Pension Fund investments 

26 May

Response by Wolverhampton City Council to Edward Jones on 26 May 2017 .

PFI PPP Safety Audit 

25 May

Clarification sent to Wolverhampton City Council by Megan Ingles on 25 May 2017 .

SEN children transitioning from primary to secondary school in 2017 

25 May

Request sent to Wolverhampton City Council by Christina Savage on 25 May 2017 .

City of Wolverhampton Council/West Midlands Pension Fund investments 

25 May

Request sent to Wolverhampton City Council by Edward Jones on 25 May 2017 .

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Events »

Micah P. Hinson and the Holy Strangers 

26 May

Future Perfect presents Micah P.

The Royal Opera: Rigoletto 

26 May

The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera.

The Royal Ballet: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 

26 May

Credit: Johan Persson / Royal Opera House / ArenaPAL At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit.

The Royal Opera: La Boheme 

26 May

When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love.

The Royal Opera: The Magic Flute 

26 May

Die Zauberflote by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Mozart’s glorious opera The Magic Flute is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane.


26 May

Churchill – Publicity Productions Still © Salon Churchill Ltd The biographical drama about Sir Winston Churchill in the days immediately before the D-Day Landings.

Fire at Sea 

26 May

As part of activities around Refugee Week, and presented by Amnesty International Wolverhampton.


26 May

Widow Emily Walters (Diane Keaton) lives beside the picturesque Hampstead Heath.

My Cousin Rachel 

26 May

A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian.

Wonder Woman 

26 May

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, Princess of the Amazon and a trained warrior.

My Life as a Courgette 

26 May

My Life as a Courgette Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

The Levelling 

26 May

Ellie Kendrick as Clover Set during the aftermath of the Somerset floods.

It was 50 years ago… The Beatles Sgt Pepper and Beyond 

25 May

On 1st June 1967, The Beatles released their ground-breaking studio album… Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The Smiths: My Story – An Evening with Mike Joyce 

25 May

A rare chance to hear the story of Mike Joyce, drummer of legendary band The Smiths, on his first visit to Light House.

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