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Nigel’s Fruit Of Mystery Update 

19 Sep

Nigel’s fruit of mystery from the other week certainly got a few heads scratching, but no definitive answers, so the first thing Nigel did when we got back from Swindon was to go and get a few to dissect in a Tom the Scientist type manner, to see ...

Tracks and Field 

18 Sep

I haven’t written about a gig in ages.

Librarians With Lives Podcast Interview 

18 Sep

I was recently interviewed by Jo Wood for her new Librarians With Lives podcast where she interviews people who work in the library and information profession about their career history, their passions, their dreams, and some lighter questions too.

4000 weekends 

18 Sep

Nick The Milk told me you had basically 4000 weekends in your life and this one has definitely been one of those where I have tried to wring every drop out of it.

Wolverhampton hero killed 100 years ago 

18 Sep

MY GREAT-UNCLE, Second Lieutenant Horace Frederick Gough, DSO, a Wolverhampton man, was killed on September 21, 1917, and in a few days time, on the 100th anniversary of his death my family and I will be remembering him with great sorrow.

Workers’ valiant efforts to save Wolverhampton motorcycle maker 

18 Sep

I WORKED for Norton Villiers Ltd from 1972 until 1975.

Time To Bid A Fond Farewell To Swindon. 

18 Sep

Sadly it’s time to bid a fond farewell to the pleasures of Swindon and head back to The Towers, but not before availing ourselves of one last sample of Swindon’s finest Holiday Inn cuisine …….

Our Holiday Inn Express Room 

17 Sep

I don’t think we have stayed in many Holiday Inns, if any, and although the name conjures up visions of Danny Kaye and Fred Astaire kicking up their heels, whimsical flurries of snow and romantic festive crooning, our room, sadly, did not reflect ...

Raise a glass to a good cause as Scout hut serves up real ale 

16 Sep

IT'S NOT too often you can get pie-eyed and claim it's all in a good cause, but there's a rare opportunity to do just that in Sedgley next week.

Spooky Goings On ……… With A Logical Answer 

16 Sep

Last night, as Darrell entered our room he said he had suddenly come over all funny, saying that he had felt a very distinct weird sort of sensation as soon as he came in, despite only being on the Diet Coke all evening.

Willenhall poet’s cup final dream that did not come true 

15 Sep

THOMAS Bratt (1852-1929) was a Black Country man of rare talent.

Nigel’s Secret Fascination 

15 Sep

Darrell and I like to keep Nigel as far away of a hotel’s corridors while any vacated rooms are being serviced …… …….

New lease of life for Tettenhall station 

14 Sep

THE Great Western Railway's Tettenhall Station in Wolverhampton had a brief life, opening in 1925, then closing 40 years later and quickly falling into dereliction.

Six-wheeled pioneers who carried passengers right around the… 

14 Sep

HOW many Bugle readers, we wonder, remember when Wolverhampton's bus fleet was home-made?Guy Motors, one of several world-famous vehicle builders once based in the town, made the town's buses for decades, and anyone who visited the town from anywhere...

For the Record 

14 Sep

SON OF A PREACHER MAN New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, Wednesday 13 th September, 2017   The words ‘jukebox musical’ are enough to send a shiver down this reviewer’s spine.

Dianne our Beloved Friend from Florida ………. 

14 Sep

Our beloved friend and daily commenter Dianne has been very much in our thoughts this past week or so as we knew that she was in direct line for Hurricane Irma, and since it hit as we haven't heard from her.

A Room ……. With A View!!! 

14 Sep

Hank, Marvin, Sammy and Norm have now all left to return home, leaving just us.

Police said ‘don’t worry it’s only a film’ 

13 Sep

I HAVE just opened my copy of the Bugle dated August 30 and read Dan Shaw's article about the filming of The Man in the Sky in and around Wolverhampton.

We watched horrified as smoking plane few over 

13 Sep

YOUR article on The Man in the Sky, filmed at Pendeford, took me back to my young teenage years.

A Shark In Our Midst? 

13 Sep

It seems that The Ever Fragrant and very LOVELY Sammy is something of a Card Queen on the quiet …… …… and though very much strangers to a deck of cards ourselves, it would have looked most rude not to join in with a hand or two when invited...

Alison Hulme “My Life in Stitch” 

12 Sep

If you missed this evening's lecture from Alison Hulme.

Photocall For All Convention Delegates In Five Minutes Please! 

12 Sep

After the night before …… it took quite a while for all of us to get back to our own rooms to freshen up, put on our convention t-shirts and generally make ourselves look vaguely human and presentable …….

Funny Things Comedy Festival 

11 Sep

Wolverhampton’s Comedy Festival, FUNNY THINGS arrives in the city at the end of October across multiple venues.

A Heavy Night? 

11 Sep

What can I say? None of us are proud ……..

Party Party Party!!!! 

10 Sep

After a really lovely evening meal, where we all clubbed together and ordered three of every starter to make a “picky” smorgasbord type communal tea.

Reunited …… And It Feels Soooooo Good (Peaches & Herb) 

9 Sep

What can I tell you? To be honest, I’m not really sure whether our almost full English yesterday morning was that good an idea, because once we’d finished it all that was left to do was wait for Hank, Marvin, Sammy and Norm to arrive...

Crime in Essington 

8 Sep

There is currently a bit of a problem in Essington as The Principality is suffering a prolonged outbreak of crime in respect of drug trafficking, burglary and van breaks-ins.

Dementia Friends sessions in Sedgley 

8 Sep

THE SALVATION Army in Sedgley are inviting the community to become 'Dementia Friends' by launching the new Singing By Heart group.

Nigel Calms His Convention Nerves By Checking Out Breakfast. 

8 Sep

We all slept well, despite a few pre-convention jitters, but with Hank, Marvin, Norm and Sammy not arriving until about 11.30am, Nigel decided to calm his nerves by lining his stomach with a hearty breakfast to make sure it would be acceptable for ...

Funny Things Comedy Festival comes to Light House 

7 Sep

We are proud to be a host venue for the forthcoming FUNNY THINGS comedy festival in October and November.

Next Stop… Leeds, England! 

7 Sep

Beating my post Scotland blues I looked towards Yorkshire to serve something industrial and then historical.

We’re In Swindon! 

7 Sep

We’re in Swindon, wooooo hoooooo hoooooo …….

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Birmingham Bin Strike demo 

12 Sep

Sunday 17 Sept 11am Victoria Sq Birmingham B1 1DB...

Scrap the Pay Gap 

12 Sep

Wed 20 Sept B'ham 6pm UNITE + PCS public meeting with Mark Sewotka and Len McClusky...

Emma launches crime and policing survey 

11 Sep

I have launched a survey about crime and policing because public safety is a number one priority for me.

Emma enourages people to consider registering as organ donors during Organ Donation Week 

6 Sep

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East is encouraging people to consider becoming organ donors during Organ Donation Week 4-10 September 2017.

Emma congratulations everyone who took part in yesterday’s Carver Wolverhampton City Marathon 

4 Sep

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East.

Emma wishes the local Muslim community in Wolverhampton a happy Eid al-Adha 

31 Aug

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has sent her best wishes to the local Muslim community in Wolverhampton ahead of Eid al-Adha.

Emma congratulates Wolverhampton’s A-level and GCSE students on their exam successes 

24 Aug

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East has congratulated students and teachers at Wolverhampton’s schools and sixth form colleges on their A-Level and GCSE results.

Emma praises multi-agency approach to tackling modern slavery in raid on local business 

23 Aug

Yesterday, West Midlands Police raided the Ming Moon restaurant on the Stafford Road.

National Conversation on Immigration 

19 Aug

We held a structured discussion – the results of which fed into the national debate...

Emma Reynolds marks the 72nd anniversary of VJ Day 

15 Aug

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East will today be marking VJ Day and the sacrifices made by so many.

no to fascists in Wolves 

11 Aug

Gather Queens Sq 11am Saturday, 12 Aug 2017 - join Wolves TUC/ Black Country UAF in opposition to fascist group coming to Wolverhampton.

Demonstrate at Tory conference 2017 

11 Aug

National Demonstration - Sunday 1 October 2017 Tories Out | No More Austerity | Scrap the Pay Cap For Decent Health, Homes, Jobs Education Assemble: 12:00pm, Castlefield Arena, Rice Street, Manchester - March to the Conference Centre This is the ...

Experience Exchange – Medical Services 

9 Aug

Have you accessed any health or social care services during 2017 so far, such as attending a GP Appointment, or visiting your local hospital, dentist or pharmacy, or visiting a relative in a nursing or care home? If so Healthwatch Wolverhampton ...

Question Time for neurological Conditions 

9 Aug

If you are someone with a neurological condition, or know someoen who is, you need to put to mark September 5th in your diaries.

Make:Shift – get inspired! 

9 Aug

Let’s Make:Inspiration together on 10 th August at 12:00 for a 12:30 start at WildBytes café As part of a programme of activities in the lead up to Make:Shift 2017 (on 11 th November), Make:Shift will be showing some TED videos during lunchtimes ...

Emma is promoting the many benefits of breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week 

4 Aug

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton and a new mom, is giving her support to World Breasfeeding Week.

Emma pledges her support towards eliminating viral hepatitis on World Hepatitis Day 

28 Jul

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East has pledged her support for World Hepatitis Day which is today, Friday, 28 July.

Emma urges residents to have their say on the Black Country Core Strategy 

24 Jul

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East is urging local residents to have their say on the Black Country Core Strategy.

2017 Summer Rota 

6 Jul

3/7 Catherine Lamond, Anne-Marie Beaumont 10/7 Penny Welch, Jane Harvey 17/7 Aidan Byrne, Jane Harvey 24/7 Catherine Lamond, Mike Cunningham 31/7 Paul Barrow, Whyeda Gill-McLure 7/8 Paul Barrow, Whyeda Gill-McLure 14/8 Stuart Farquhar, Sue Gill 21/8 ...

Emma Reynolds MP expresses concerns about potentially flammable cladding on Wolverhampton student accommodation but welcomes plans to relocate students 

5 Jul

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has expressed concern following the discovery that cladding on two student blocks in Heath Town is a type of aluminium composite material (ACM) which may be flammable.

Emma Reynolds MP encourages schools in Wolverhampton to mark School Diversity Week 

4 Jul

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has encouraged schools to mark School Diversity Week (3-7 July), an initiative organised by the charity Just Like Us.

Emma Reynolds MP welcomes u-turn by the government to give women from Northern Ireland better access to abortion in England and Wales 

4 Jul

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP from Wolverhampton North East, has welcomed a u-turn by the government this week, which will give women from Northern Ireland better access to abortion.

Emma Reynolds MP calls for more investment for public services in Wolverhampton and votes in favour of scrapping the public sector pay cap 

30 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, on Thursday 29 June voted against Theresa May’s Queen’s Speech and has called for more funding for schools, the NHS, the police, housing and for local services provided by the City Council in...

MPs write to local mosques following the terror attack on worshippers at Finsbury Mosque 

27 Jun

Wolverhampton MPs, Emma Reynolds, Pat McFadden and Eleanor Smith, have jointly written to mosques in Wolverhampton offering their sympathy following the terror attack at Finsbury which tragically resulted in the death of a man, and further offering ...

Emma Reynolds MP thanks our brave service personnel on Armed Forces Day 

23 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has encouraged people to mark Armed Forces Day (Saturday 24 June).

Emma writes to government demanding action to make tower blocks safe for residents 

22 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has written to the government in light of the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower to call on them to improve fire-safety in tower blocks.

Emma seeks assurances for residents on the safety of high rise buildings in the city 

19 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has today written to the city council and Wolverhampton Homes seeking assurances for tenants and residents in the wake of the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower.

President’s Report 2017 

15 Jun

WBDTUC President's Report The President's report tends to focus on the political situation of the previous year whilst the secretary will report on the many and varied meetings, activities and campaigns of the Trades Union Council In previous years ...

Please use your vote to re-elect Emma as your local MP today 

8 Jun

It has been a privilege to serve as the MP for Wolverhampton North East since I was elected in 2010.

Workers’ Rights – manifestos analysed 

28 May

The Institute of Employment Rights (to which WBDTUC is affiliated) has analysed the parties' manifesto effects on your rights at work if Tories or Labour are elected at the general election - use your vote wisely to protect and improve your rights.

Refugee Week 

28 May

Monday 19 June 6pm Wolverhampton Amnesty are putting on the film Fire at Sea.

500 Wolverhampton jobs threatened by Tory cuts 

28 May

The Conservative government announced that it was closing 150 Tax Offices, including the Wolverhampton office at Crown house, which employs over 500 staff.

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.

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Blue Rose Code 

15 Sep

Blue Rose Code Mon 22nd January 2018 7:30pm(D) Ages 16+ Blue Rose Code is as slippery as an eel; a genre dodger; a mess of influences and contradictions.

The Lost Boys 

11 Sep

WLV Alumni Association presents a special screening of THE LOST BOYS.

Funny Things Comedy Festival 

11 Sep

Wolverhampton’s Comedy Festival, FUNNY THINGS arrives in the city at the end of October across multiple venues.

Funny Things Comedy Festival comes to Light House 

7 Sep

We are proud to be a host venue for the forthcoming FUNNY THINGS comedy festival in October and November.

Funny Things: The Future of Funny Things 

7 Sep

Part of the FUNNY THINGS Comedy Festival The Future Of Funny Things Sunday 5th November 3.00pm – 5.00pm Details to follow...

BBC Asian Network Comedy Live 

7 Sep

Part of the FUNNY THINGS Comedy Festival BBC Asian Network Comedy Live More details to follow.

Funny Things: Getting Started in Comedy 

7 Sep

Part of the FUNNY THINGS Comedy Festival Getting Started in Comedy Sunday 5th November 1.00pm – 2.30pm If you’re trying to develop your career in comedy, come and have lunch with comedy promoters, programmers and performers to get some top tips on ...

Funny Things: The Punch and Judy Man 

7 Sep

Part of the FUNNY THINGS Comedy Festival The Punch & Judy Man – film (1963) Saturday 4th November 4.40pm – 6.15pm Starring Tony Hancock, Sylvia Syms, Ronald Fraser, John Le Mesurier, Hugh Lloyd.

Funny Things: Upfront Comedy Club 

7 Sep

Part of the FUNNY THINGS Comedy Festival Upfront Comedy Club Friday 3rd November 8.30pm – 10.30pm Upfront Comedy (‘the most enterprising black comedy promoters in the country’ The Guardian) present a rip-roaring line up for their Funny Things ...

Funny Things: Titanic Love 

7 Sep

Part of the FUNNY THINGS Comedy Festival During our Funny Market, the film Titanic Love by local film maker Mark Pressdee will be showing at 11.30am each day.

Funny Things: Clicking Comedians – Talk by photographer Steve Best 

7 Sep

Clicking Comedians – talk by photographer Steve Best Sunday 29th October 12.30pm – 1.30pm Steve Best tells his story behind the photos he’s taken of Britain’s finest stand-up comedians, the unique access into the comedy world and his Herculean ...

Funny Things: Bostin Boots 

7 Sep

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October 4.00pm – 4.30pm Bostin Boots is an original comedy play written and performed by local company, Sneaky Beast.

Funny Things: A Century of Chaplin 

7 Sep

Part of the FUNNY THINGS festival A Century of Chaplin with live accompaniment by Meg Morley Saturday 28th October 2.00pm – 3.30pm Charlie Chaplin first hit the big screen in 1914 but it wasn’t until 1917 that he’d perfected his craft and ...

Funny Things: Funny Market 

7 Sep

Part of the FUNNY THINGS Festival Funny Market – MARKET, EVENTS AND COMEDY SCREENINGS 11am – 4.30pm Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October Light House will be full of Funny Things on the weekend of 28th and 29th October with the Funny Market.

Funny Things : Clicking Comedians Photography Exhibition 

7 Sep

Clicking Comedians Photography Exhibition 23rd October to 5th November at Light House Media Centre, Balcony Gallery opening hours Monday – Friday 9am – 8.30pm Sat 28th & Sun 29th Oct 11am – 4.30pm Sat 4th Nov 2pm – 8.30pm Steve Best’s many ...

Barry Hyde (The Futureheads) 

6 Sep

Future Perfect presents Barry Hyde (The Futureheads) Formerly the lead singer and guitarist from The Futureheads, now going solo, playing powerful new anthems.

Plat-it Global 

1 Sep

NETWORKING EVENT: PLAN-IT GLOBAL Free event on Tue 3 October 10am – 1pm PLANit Global is a growing and evolving platform and a really exciting way for your business to lead the way in shaping the careers information that schools and students ...

Howl: Live at Light House 

1 Sep

Presenting Wolverhampton’s finest musical talent.

Saturday Night at The Movies 

1 Sep

Live Music from the movies in Cinema One, raising money for New Cross Hospital’s Children’s Ward.

Cafe Psychologique 

30 Aug

Cafe Psychologique is back Monday 18 Sept, 7pm Conversations in the art of life Does Gender Still Matter in 2017 – If so to whom? INTRODUCED BY: TRACY WALLIS All are welcome For more information contact: Sally Smith (s.

NT Live: Hamlet 

29 Aug

HAMLET by Shakespeare, , Writer – William Shakespeare, Director – Lyndsey Turner, Set design -Es Devlin, Lighting – Jane Cox, The Barbican, 2015, Credit: Johan Persson/ Encore Screening Thurday 5 October 2017 Academy Award® nominee Benedict ...

God’s Own Country 

29 Aug

null Celebrating PRIDE in Wolverhampton Spring.


29 Aug

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.


29 Aug

Based on David Harrower’s play ‘Blackbird’.

Victoria and Abdul 

29 Aug

Set in the later years of her reign, the extraordinary true story of an unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria and a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

Final Portrait 

29 Aug

Final Portrait The film depicts the making of artist Alberto Giacometti’s final portrait of American writer and art lover, James Lord.

Atomic Blonde 

29 Aug

Oscar winner Charlize Theron explodes onto the big screen in this breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors.

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