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East Lake, Wuhan: Nature, Museums & Secrets… 

23 Aug

The Summer of 2016 has been a scorcher, for that reason I haven't been out and about much.


BARBARA DYMOCK 

17 Aug

CD Review Leaf an' Thorn There is something really comforting and uplifting about listening to Barbara Dymock .


Getting Around China… Rail, Air & Sea! 

15 Aug

Getting from one place to another can be enough of a stress but I have found that getting around China has never been easier! From boarding my first experience on one of China's High Speed trains to then taking my first Xiamen Air flight from Wuhan ...


Finding our fallen 

15 Aug

Sharp eyed readers will have gathered that I am now the Secretary of our local British Legion and as such I’m putting together a short talk about The Somme and Essington in 1916.


Inside Dudley Training College 

14 Aug

DUDLEY Training College, which turned generations of students into teachers, has featured several times in the Bugle in recent weeks.


Mulan Mountain & Heaven Lake, Wuhan 

13 Aug

City life is great but I wanted to trade the concrete style of Wuhan's Optics Valley for a mountain view.


Bilston soldier who fought at Rorke’s Drift 

12 Aug

A VICTORIAN medal brought to a valuation day at Fieldings Auctioneers of Stourbridge has led to a series of events, which will culminate with the unveiling of a new headstone for an unmarked grave in Bilston Cemetery on Sunday August 14.


Soap and towels were provided at Wolverhampton baths 

11 Aug

Meanwhile, in The Bugle) I remember Wolverhampton Central Baths from my time going there in the late 50s and early 60s.


TRAIL WEST 

10 Aug

CD review Rescattermastered It doesn't matter where you are in the world or where you come from, be warned, if you listen to this album you are at serious risk of being compelled to wear tartan and prefix your surname with Mac.


August 2015: Something To Remember… 

9 Aug

Twelve little months ago I had just about settled into my new life in Wuhan, China, but little did I know it was going to be a month to remember for many reasons! From special encounters and career calamities I overcame the crazy, through that ...


Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance 

8 Aug

The legendary Miss Saigon comes to cinemas for one day only on Sunday 16th October.


National Theatre Live: The Threepenny Opera 

8 Aug

The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill , in collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann in a new adaptation by Simon Stephens.


10 Sep 2016 10:00 : Enrolment 

8 Aug

Enrolment on all our courses will be available during this week so if you are interested in developing your existing skills or want to learn something new then drop in and chat to us about how we can help.


09 Sep 2016 10:00 : Enrolment 

8 Aug

Enrolment on all our courses will be available during this week so if you are interested in developing your existing skills or want to learn something new then drop in and chat to us about how we can help.


National Stitch day August 2016 

7 Aug

It was National Stitch Day Saturday August 6th and Wolverhampton chose to celebrated it stitching leaves at a local garden centre.


THE CHANGING ROOM 

6 Aug

CD Review Picking Up The Pieces Last year The Changing Room released their first full album, Behind The Lace , which was a cracker of a disc, not least because of the distinctive and emotive singing of Sam Kelly and the incredibly moving lyrics of ...


08 Sep 2016 10:00 : Enrolment 

5 Aug

Enrolment on all our courses will be available during this week so if you are interested in developing your existing skills or want to learn something new then drop in and chat to us about how we can help.


07 Sep 2016 10:00 : Enrolment 

5 Aug

Enrolment on all our courses will be available during this week so if you are interested in developing your existing skills or want to learn something new then drop in and chat to us about how we can help.


CHAMBERLAIN & HAYWOOD 

3 Aug

CD Review First Impression You can't say you don't get your money's worth when it comes to musical journeys with Scottish duo Paul Chamberlain and Michael Haywood as their debut album takes in much of Europe and farther afield while showing ...


City Archive scoops national award 

3 Aug

WOLVERHAMPTON'S Archives and Local Studies service has received a prestigious award from the National Archives.


RYDVALL/MJLEVA 

2 Aug

CD Review Vårdroppar There is so much good fiddle music out there in the folk universe at the moment with musicians such as Seth Lakeman , Aly Bain , Phil Beer , Blazin Fiddles , Nancy Kerr and Alastair Savage , to name but a few, that listeners are...


The mental menace of Shibboleth 

1 Aug

Those who know what I do for a living will know the trials and tribulations of installing and configuring Shibboleth and how frustrating it is.


Toilet Humour 

31 Jul

URINETOWN Old Joint Stock, Birmingham, Saturday 30th July, 2016 The world is in the toilet.


Teaching English: One Year At Etonkids… 

31 Jul

I was introduced to Etonkids during the final throws of August 2015, I vividly remember walking into the grand apartment complex that led me to Guanggu's very own Etonkids Huizhu Kindergarten.


If you’re even remotely interested in the Labour Party on any level… 

30 Jul

… then I would recommend that you read this .


Summer of Live Music at Light House 

29 Jul

This summer, we’ll be holding music events in our iconic covered courtyard, with Lock Works Café Bar open to add to the chilled atmosphere! The first celebrates the music of Ella Fitzgerald: Annette Gregory Live   – Friday 19th August £8 ...


Dr. Sun Yat-Sen: Wuhan, Guangzhou & Nanjing 

28 Jul

Dr.


SOLARFERENCE 

27 Jul

CD Review Locks and Bolts There is an offshoot of mainstream folk music, an oxymoron if ever there was one, which is an eclectic sounding type of folk sometimes described as electrofolk or altfolk, within this strand are bands such as Harp A Monkey...


Bringing beauty to the trenches 

26 Jul

From 1st July until November 1916, 415,000 men were killed at the Somme, turning the Flanders countryside into a sterile wasteland.


72 hours by Frank Pope 

25 Jul

A book bought for me the The Stymaster & Mistress and another great read! This book is about a submarine rescue by the Royal Navy of a Russian mini sub AS-28 which got entangled in 2005 off Kamchatkya.


The First World War by John Keegan 

25 Jul

I wish I’d have had this book when I did my A-Levels as it is brilliant! A must read if you want a great overview of the origins of the conflicts and some marvellous summing up of key points such as the Somme: ”The Somme marked the end of an age ...


17 Aug 2016 10:00 : Information Day 

25 Jul

If you missed our June Open Day, don’t worry we have more Information Days planned throughout the Summer leading up to our courses starting from September.


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Unionlearn Learning and Skills Event 

21 Aug

  Thursday 15 September 2016  from 10.00 am to 3.30 pm and include lunch.


Occupational cancers conference 

21 Aug

Sat 17 September , Birmingham 11am-3.30pm free but booking needed...


Stop Arming Saudi 

21 Aug

UK-made weapons are being used in Saudi Arabia's devastating bombing in Yemen, and the government continues to license further arms exports – despite overwhelming evidence of repeated breaches of international humanitarian law.


Challenging NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans 

21 Aug

National Conference - Challenging the "Sustainability and Transformation Plans (  STPs ) Birmingham, Saturday September 17th 11-4pm Carrs Lane Conference Centre, BIRMINGHAM B4 7SX (opposite Moor St Station...


Why not join the Tettenhall Gardening Club? 

13 Aug

Tettenhall & District Horticultural Society is changing, well sort of! We are now called Tettenhall Gardening Club and hope our new everyday name will give us a friendlier appearance.


The Mind @ Work! 

9 Aug

City of Wolverhampton Council, Wolverhampton Healthy Minds Team and the Workers Education Association have put together a programme offering:  An Emotional Well-Being check  Five Ways to Wellbeing Workshop  Learn Coping Strategies ...


Emma calls on the Tory government to get a grip on the housing crisis in the West Midlands 

3 Aug

Emma has called on the Tory government to get a grip on the housing crisis.


Emma launches survey about Europe and an early general election 

2 Aug

You may fill in Emma’s survey HERE .


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.


Emma supports Cancer Research UK’s campaign against childhood obesity 

26 Jul

Emma is supporting Cancer Research UK’s new hard-hitting campaign to remove junk food adverts from TV before the 9pm watershed.


Emma welcomes start of work on Heath Town regeneration project 

19 Jul

Emma has welcomed the start of work on the Heath Town Estate regeneration project.


Angela Eagle coming to Wolves 

14 Jul

Angela Eagle will be at Chubb buildings (Lighthouse) Friday 15 July @6pm for a women only meeting and @7pm for all LP meeting.


Mental Capacity Act Video 

5 Jul

The Mental Capacity is the law about how people can be supported to make decisions for themselves, including the right to make mistakes.


WH Job – Quantity Surveyor 

23 Jun

Wolverhampton Homes seek applications for the job of Quantity Surveyor.


Universal Credit and Rent Arrears 

21 Jun

According to a survey of people on Universal Credit who are in ALMOs like Wolverhampton Homes, over three quarters of those receiving Universal Credit are in arrears, compared to less than one third of tenants overall.


Permission to perform – Kuli Kohli 

21 Jun

In May 2016, I was invited to take part in ‘Permission to Perform’ workshop and performance gig for disabled people at the Newhampton Arts Centre.


annual conference of Trade Union Councils 2016 – delegate report 

16 Jun

The 85th annual conference of Trade Union Councils...


Midlands TUC Regional Council – delegate’s report 

15 Jun

21 May 2016, Derby  - WBDTUC delegate's report...


Emma joins Labour In for Women campaign day in Birmingham City Centre 

15 Jun

On Monday 13th June, Emma joined other Labour women MPs including Harriet Harman, Labour’s former Deputy Leader, Angela Eagle , Shadow First Secretary of State, and Yvette Cooper, former Shadow Home Secretary, who were campaigning in the West ...


Stop government taking control over local government pensions 

15 Jun

5 million people rely on the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) to pay their pensions.


Recovery House 

14 Jun

City of Wolverhampton Council reply to the Recovery House Consultation: Between November 2015 and February 2016 the City of Wolverhampton Council proposed changes to the four bed crisis support and outreach service for people with mental health ...


Emma explains why she is voting to Remain in the EU on 23 June 

14 Jun

Emma appeared on the BBC Sunday Politics to explain why she is voting to remain in the EU on 23 June.


autism strategy 

13 Jun

Autism can affect people in different ways.


Emma welcomes progress on new train station for Wolverhampton 

13 Jun

Emma has welcomed the progress towards Wolverhampton’s new railway station.


June 2016 

8 Jun

Secretary's Report June 2016 Wolverhampton, Bilston District TUC   www.


125 years of Usdaw 

8 Jun

exhibiting at the Dudley Archives and Local History Centre until 30 June 2016 A pop-up exhibition ‘Usdaw: 125 Years Strong’ will open to the public, free of charge, from  at the Dudley Archives and Local History Centre.


Emma and other MPs write to The Guardian explaining the EU’s workers’ rights protections 

8 Jun

Emma today has written to The Guardian newspaper with other MPs.


Emma calls on government to extend voter registration deadline 

8 Jun

Emma has urged the government to extend the deadline for voter registration to ensure that everyone can have their say on this important issue.


Emma tours the West Midlands to make the case for remaining in the EU 

8 Jun

On Friday 3rd June, Emma Reynolds MP for Wolverhampton North East, joined the Labour In For Britain bus visiting sites across the West Midlands campaigning for Britain to vote to remain in the European Union on 23rd June.


Emma calls on those not registered to vote to sign up for the EU Referendum 

7 Jun

Emma is calling on everyone not yet registered to vote to register before it is too late.


Emma challenges EU Leave campaign over their threats to workers’ rights 

7 Jun

Emma is backing a Labour campaign to highlight the threat posed to workers’ rights from Conservative eurosceptics.


Unwelcome the Tory Conference to Birmingham 2016 

2 Jun

Saturday 1st October  Counter Conference  Sunday 2nd October, the day the Tory Conference starts, TUC demo/rally with Victoria Square and Colmore Row booked.


Do we vote to stay in europe or leave? 

2 Jun

Dudley Trades Union Council have organised a public meeting and debate to discuss this vital question.


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Events »

Ben Hur 

21 Aug

The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army.


The Magnificent Seven 

21 Aug

(l to r) Vincent D’Onofrio, Martin Sensmeier, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Byung-hun Lee star in Columbia Pictures’ THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.


Julieta 

21 Aug

The much anticipated Pedro Almodovar film which tells the story of a broken-hearted woman who decides to confront her life and search for her estranged daughter.


Hunt for the Wilderpeople 

21 Aug

Julian Dennison as Ricky Baker and Sam Neill as Uncle Hec in HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE.


diddi dance – Thursday mornings 

19 Aug

Starting Soon Funky pre-school dance classes for boys and girls At diddi dance we realise and encourage endless enthusiasm and energy in an action packed, full of fun 45 minute dance class Classes are suitable for both boys and girls aged from 18 ...


The Smiths Ltd 

16 Aug

“Brilliant Smiths tribute band, they are amazing.


Knit Dates 

12 Aug

Knit-Night is a fun, free event at Lock Works.


Pagan Federation West Midlands Conference and Market 

12 Aug

Speakers on various pagan subjects followed by live bands – plus free entry to market from 11am till 6pm pagconwm.


Embraced Burlesque: Christmas Special 

12 Aug

Wolverhampton’s ultimate cabaret extravaganza has just got Festive! Join your Embraced host jolly old St.


Hip Hop Halloween with Akala 

12 Aug

MOBO award-winning hip hop artist, writer, poet and educator ‘Akala’ is a label owner and social entrepreneur who fuses his unique rap/rock/electro-punk sound with fierce lyrical storytelling.


Tempest presents Hunter & the Bear 

12 Aug

A new Rock and Alternative live music night featuring Hunter & The Bear, Kris Barras Band, Amy Jane Hughes.


The Jack Fletcher Band 

12 Aug

Beginning his next musical chapter Jack Fletcher, formerly the frontman & songwriter of The Town, embarks on a solo career complimented with a talented three piece band behind him.


Fun Palace 

10 Aug

A free celebration of culture and community Everyone an artist, everyone a scientist Fun Palaces is a campaign for culture at the heart of every community.


Mike Silver & Johnny Coppin 

10 Aug

You haven’t heard a duo until you’ve heard this one! Johnny Coppin & Mike Silver first met in Penzance in the early seventies.


My Big Fat Cow Pat Wedding 

9 Aug

You are invited to join the guests at Clare and Arjun’s wedding reception.


Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance 

8 Aug

The legendary Miss Saigon comes to cinemas for one day only on Sunday 16th October.


National Theatre Live 

8 Aug

National Theatre Live launched in June 2009, regularly broadcasting live theatre from both the National Theatre and from other theatres in the UK.


National Theatre Live: The Threepenny Opera 

8 Aug

The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill , in collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann in a new adaptation by Simon Stephens.


The Songs of Leonard Cohen 

29 Jul

Keith James  THE SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN   Each song stripped back – desolate, naked and sensual   The most enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural songwriter the English speaking world has ever known.


Permission To Perform: Angryfish & MC Gareth Berliner 

29 Jul

Permission To Perform Developing New & Emerging Disabled Artists and Performance Opportunities Angryfish & MC Gareth Berliner Stand Up Comedian & ‘Macca’ from Coronation St Presents an Evening of Creative Disability Arts Performances including: ...


Summer of Live Music at Light House 

29 Jul

This summer, we’ll be holding music events in our iconic covered courtyard, with Lock Works Café Bar open to add to the chilled atmosphere! The first celebrates the music of Ella Fitzgerald: Annette Gregory Live   – Friday 19th August £8 ...


An Evening with Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) 

29 Jul

Future Perfect and NAC presents An Evening with Glen Matlock Newhampton Arts Centre  Thursday 10th November  16+ / 7pm Onsale Monday 1st August at 10am https://www.


Branagh Theatre Live: The Entertainer 

29 Jul

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live cinema season continues.


Woolverhampton Map 

25 Jul

This fabulous map of the city is currently displayed at Light House.


Andre Rieu – Christmas with Andre 

25 Jul

More details to be announced.


Silver Screen Year 

25 Jul

SILVER SCREEN YEAR 2016 marks 25 years of Light House in The Chubb Buildings and 30 years since it started as a joint Council and Polytechnic initiative.


David Brent: Life on the Road 

25 Jul

A camera crew catches up with David Brent, the former star of the series ‘The Office’ as he now fancies himself a rock star on the road.


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