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Quality dad time

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Food unites everyone at Lozells Faith Festival By Thaiba Ishtiaq


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orcestershire County Council's Saffron Children's Centre in Stanley Road is calling all dads to join them at 10am to 12pm on Saturday 23rd June for a fun, free, play session and spend some quality time with their children under five. Children and dads will be able to dig, bury, shovel, splash and explore in messy outdoor play and sand and water. They can also use all of the toys, books, costumes and puzzles available in the centre. For those who like to be a little creative, dads and children can make cars, wands, animals or whatever takes their fancy with some sticky junk modelling. The next session is on 23rd June and then takes place every 4th Saturday of the month. Becky Llewellyn, Children's Centre Manager said, "This group has been popular with Dads who want to spend some quality time with their children away from their home environment. It builds their confidence and can inspire them to play more with their children at home."

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l Big Bob and Steve brought Caribbean food.

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he Lozells community came together recently, for a day of fun, food and faith. The ‘Food and Faith Festival’ took place at George’s park on a grey and rainy Saturday, but even the dull weather couldn’t keep people away! A fabulous vibe of diversity and community spirit echoed throughout the festival as the different cultures of Lozells united to showcase the perfect example of a multicultural community. From bouncy castles and merry go rounds to face painting and food from every culture, there was something for all the family. Local talent was given the platform to perform on stage after lo-

cal faith leaders spoke about the project which made it possible for everyone to enjoy the day. With funding from Near Neighbours, Pall Singh of The Lozells Project was able to organise an event connecting everyone regardless of age, culture, background or religion, something which local leaders were eager to draw upon: “Diversity is the most beautiful thing. There has been a fantastic turn out and my aim is to sustain this event” said Labour Councillor Waseem Zaffar of Lozells and East Handsworth Ward “in future I would like to see more support from local agencies” he added. “I am also a very strong supporter of interfaith events” added

l Matloob Hussain from Lozells Central Mosque with local councillors and a resident.

colleague Councillor Mahmood Hussain “integration of faiths should always be encouraged”.


During the riots a few years ago, different faith leaders united to diffuse the escalating situation. Since then, a strong congregation of faith leaders has been created in Lozells, with the Faith and Food festival being just one example of what can be achieved through unity. Local resident Ibrar Masood shared his views on the festival, “It is very pleasing to see everybody come together peacefully. Although we have had tense moments in Lozells in the past, we are still one united community”

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Breitling Wingwalkers to display at Best of British Show


he Breitling Wingwalkers will take to the skies at the Best of British Show, Cotswold Airport, on Monday 27th August. They will perform a breathtaking sequence of formation loops and rolls, while daring wingwalkers in patriotic Union Jack flying suits will perform acrobatics on the wings.

Based in the Cotswolds, the world’s only formation wingwalking display team is renowned for dazzling spectators at events throughout the UK and Europe. Official supplier to the aviation world, Breitling is the leading manufacturer of high quality luxury sports watches. With their strong aviation heritage supplying instruments for professionals, the wingwalking team is honoured to represent the Breitling brand. Chief Pilot Martyn Carrington

commented: “Precision timing is a crucial aspect of all display flying and we are delighted to display at the Best of British Show which celebrates all that is iconic about Britain including the love of flying.” Painted in their striking orange Breitling livery, the beautiful 1940s Stearman biplanes will roar through the skies at speeds of up to 140mph above the Best of British Show. Each with a wingwalker climbing around the aircraft and performing handstands while waving to the crowd below. For the impressive ‘Cockpit Lady’ pass, the daring wingwalkers leave the safety of their static harness and climb down to the cockpit during flight. While standing in front of the pilot’s windscreen they perform a balletic pose as they soar above Cotswold Airport at 100 mph!

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Blind Dave brings the Olympic Torch back to West Bromwich S

andwell marathon hero and honorary freeman Blind Dave Heeley brought the Olympic Torch straight back to West Bromwich after carrying the Flame in Stoke. Dave, aged 54, described the experience of carrying the torch as “a wonderful, brilliant experience”. Family and friends travelled to Cobridge, Stoke, to witness Dave’s once-in-a-lifetime moment early this morning (Thursday). This afternoon, he was back in West Bromwich outside the new Sandwell College building, making plans to visit local schools and community groups to show them the torch and share his experiences with them. Dave, who was accompanied on his 300m stretch of the Olympic Torch Relay by guide dog Seamus, said: “It was a wonderful,

brilliant experience. “In some ways it felt like the longest 300m I’ve ever done, in other ways it passed by in a flash and went too quickly. What an amazing experience!” Dave said he wanted to thank everyone who campaigned for him to carry the torch and who came to support him in Stoke. A special thank you went to tandem partner and former Sandwell Police commander Steve Dugmore who set out at 3am to cycle to Cobridge to cheer Dave on.


Council leader Councillor Darren Cooper, who led Sandwell Council’s campaign for Dave to carry the torch, said: “I am very pleased that the Olympic organisers acknowledged Dave’s amazing efforts, which have helped thousands of people. “His unselfish attitude in light of his disability makes him a truly

deserving recipient of this honour. “Once again he has put Sandwell and the Black Country on the map as an ambassador for the area.” Dave, who was born and lives in West Bromwich, became the first blind person to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days in 2008. And last year he completed a John O’Groats to Land’s End running and cycling challenge for Macmillan Cancer Relief - 1,000 miles in 10 days. He has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities including Guide Dogs and Macmillan Cancer Support. Dave’s family and friends joined councillors and VIPs to see him made the borough’s 11th Honorary Freeman in a ceremony at the Council House in Oldbury in March. Another local charity marathon runner, Graham Howell from Rowley Regis, will also be

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making Sandwell proud when he carries the Flame in Bolton this evening. He is due to carry it at around 6.25pm. For more information on Graham and other Sandwell torchbearers, visit our torchbearers web page. You can find out how Sandwell is celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including when the Olympic Flame comes to Sandwell on Saturday 30 June, at the Sandwell for 2012 website and on this website. Sandwell College in West Bromwich is hosting one of three free public events on the afternoon of 30 June for people to celebrate the Olympic Flame coming through the borough. Find out more about the three events at the Sandwell for 2012 website.

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Jubilee celebrations for Andy Thaiba Ishtiaq reports on a man who has been entertaining us for as long as our Monarch reigns


elebrations kicked off all over Birmingham early this month as thousands gathered to celebrate 60 years of the Queen’s monarchy. Coinciding with Cannon Hill Park’s annual Spring Festival, the ‘Diamond Decades’ party took on 1950s themed entertainment throughout the weekend. From arts, crafts and nature trails to live music, fairground rides and a tea dance on the newly refurbished bandstand, the event turned out a great success despite the grey skies. The Notebenders (featured in The Phoenix May edition) had the honour of playing during the inauguration of the bandstand at Cannon Hill, where bands last played before the Second World War. This was a particularly momentous occasion for the Notebenders whose inspiration, the legendary jazz saxophonist Andy Hamilton, passed away over the weekend. Born in Jamaica in 1918, Andy formed his first band in 1928,

making his first saxophone out of bamboo. He emigrated to the UK in 1949, and lived and worked in Birmingham, forming the Jazz group Blue Notes with fellow Jamaican pianist Sam Brown. Despite his music being so popular, Andy didn’t make an album till he recovered from a diabetic coma in 1991, at the age of 73 years. ‘Silvershine’ became the biggest selling UK jazz album of the year followed by ‘Jamaica at night’. The Notebenders are a product of his work in establishing the Ladywood Community School of Music, a place “To nurture every person's musical aspirations to their full potential". Accordingly Andy was awarded an MBE from the Queen in 2008 for his services to music and the community. The day at Cannon Hill quite fittingly was a day to celebrate the achievements of a woman who has become one of our longest reigning monarchs, but also a day to remember the man, of humble beginnings in the West Indies, who has been entertaining us for just as many years.

Young Indian slum children inspired by Ghandi and King


ixteen children from slums in India are giving their UK premiere performances of EKATVA, a show inspired by the lives of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. EKATVA, which means ‘Oneness,’ is a pilgrimage by these young global ambassadors, aged between 11 and 17, to spread the message of compassion, service and unity through a multi-media dance-drama production performed in English at The Drum, in Birmingham, later this month. Organised by the Manav Sadhna organisation based in the Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, the EKATVA journey began 2 and half years ago with auditions of more than 8,000 children from Ahmedabad’s four main slum communities and in over nine months, sixteen children were selected. The overall aim was to nurture a deep transformation in the spirit and lives of the children and those involved, and demonstrate the po-

tential for all children to shine if given the opportunity and proper support. Whilst here, the children will also be volunteering and making connections with charitable organisations.


Together with the creative support of Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, the EKATVA show and experiment has been directed by Nimesh Patel, a Business School graduate and gifted hiphop artist from the United States. He says: “This has been a journey of personal transformation for me and an opportunity to plant seeds of love and transformation in the hearts of these kids. It’s an experiment to share with the world that will hopefully inspire others to connect and give back to underprivileged children.” Each EKATVA child has faced the daily challenges of living below the poverty line, each with a unique story. Dharmaji, for one, used to pick rags in a rough slum and looked after his father’s

donkeys. He never cared about school and was beaten by his elder sisters. He got connected to ManavSadhna through their street school program, auditioned and was selected, giving him the chance to grow up in a different environment and improve his prospects. Things are picking up. Recently, he was being forced into marriage, but, through his mentor, his parents were convinced otherwise. Now, he is excited about education, and everyone talks about how he used to be and how his whole spirit has changed for the better. EKATVA’s UK international tour is being organised by UKbased charity, Connect India which has had a long-term relationship with ManavSadhna. Connect India’s AniDeveli says: “We believe that not only will the lives of these children be transformed but they will act as role models and an inspiration to all those around them.”

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Heroes out in force at Acorns Abseil A corns Childrens Hospice week was highlighted by a team of Birmingham superheroes who took part in a sponsored abseil to raise urgent funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice. Amongst those who took part were bride-to-be Michelle Ferrarin whose head bridesmaid Emma Jones suggested the 120ft drop down the House of Fraser building in Birmingham City Centre for her Hen Party celebrations! Michelle, of Acocks Green, said: “Normally I don’t like the attention, but Emma is such a good friend, she sorted out a great Hen Party!” Hazel Beesley, of Great Barr, was the oldest abseiler at age 76 and raised £300 for Acorns. Daughter Wendy Brown said “this is just the sort of thing she’d do! We are so proud of her.” The super hero theme was set to celebrate the strength and fighting spirit of every child with a life limiting condition. Nearly 100 abseilers joined forces to raise over £12,000 in

l Pensioner Hazel Beesley was the older abseiler at 76, and managed to raise £300 for Acorns

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l Schoolchildren taking part in a tag rugby competition organised by B’ham North Police

upils in years five and six from Kings Rise Community Primary School, St Margaret Mary's Catholic Primary, Story Wood School, Warren Farm Primary and Christ the King Catholic Primary School were invited to take part in a tag rugby competition organised by Birmingham North Police. The tournament, which was held at Old Edwardians Rugby Club in Kingstanding on Wednesday 30 May, invited teams of youngsters to compete against each other while battling for their spot in the National Tag Rugby Festival to be held in July. The event was organised by PSCOs Tracy Baker, Peter Brown, Cindy Tierney and PC Simon Bolwell from the Kingstanding neighbourhood team.

PC Paul Emms, Young Persons Officer in north Birmingham, said: "The tag rugby scheme has been running in the West Midlands for many years and has been a great success. There is a great amount of talent out there amongst our youngsters! "Some neighbourhood officers from Birmingham North Police have undergone intensive training in tag rugby. This scheme offers young people the chance to take part in a team building and disciplined sport, keep fit, build better relationships with local police officers and create relationships built on mutual respect. "The day was a great success and everyone involved really enjoyed themselves."

The two winning teams from the tournament were St Margaret Mary's Catholic Primary and Christ the King Catholic Primary Schools. Their pupils will now move forward to the regional stage of the competition which is being held at West Midlands Police's training centre, Tally Ho, on Friday 15 June. The winners of that competition will then be invited to compete in the National Tag Rugby Festival held at Rugby School, Rugby in July. The officers involved in the tournament this week would like to thank the Witton Lodge Community Association, who provided funding to buy medals, kit and trophies for the event.

support of local life limited children. Philippa Gay, Major Events Officer, said: “It is wonderful that our ‘hero’ supporters, took courage and came out to support Acorns’ children. Their efforts are such an encouragement, as Acorns is currently caring for 630 children who have life limiting or life threatening conditions and 880 families, including those that are bereaved.” Proud Acorns teamed up with Kerrang! radio team, who are committed to raising funds for local children through their charity Cash for Kids. There is no charge to families for using the services but it does cost £750 per day for each child’s care. Acorns urgently needs donations, relying on them for the majority of its income. To find out more about the work of Acorns Children's Hospice and how you can help raise vital funds call Acorns on: 0845 120 6892 or visit:

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Shard End opens new £1.9m building


housands of local people will benefit from The Shard, a stunning new £1.9million building which incorporates a library, neighbourhood office and community space for the residents of Shard End. The distinctive bright red building – featuring a chameleon-cladded point that changes colour with the sun – offers improved library services, an area to advise and assist people with Birmingham City Council services, the latest technology including cloud wi-fi access and a dedicated area for the local community. The building is the result of a joint project between the city council and housing developer Barratt Homes, as part of the wider partnership arrangement to develop Shard End Urban Village. Barratts gifted the city the building (worth £1.4million), while the council has spent £500,000 on fitting out the development.

l ‘The Shard’ - A new multi million pound building incorporating a library, neighbourhodd office and community space for local residents.

Paloma spreads the Faith with UK Tour


aloma Faith has announced a series of UK tour dates for 2013. Paloma’s incredible second album ‘Fall To Grace’ reached number 2 in the UK albums chart when it was released in May. The album was beaten to the number 1 spot by Gary Barlow’s Diamond Jubilee record, by only 5000 copies!

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l Keep the faith - Paloma is touring after her third album her onstage in support of International Women’s Day. One of this 26-year-old’s greatest assets is her wicked and wry sense of humour. She’s outspoken and unafraid to have an opinion. And as an artist she pulls from a wide range of sources. With a degree in contemporary dance and a Masters in Time Based Arts from Central St Martin’s, Faith is tri-lingual (English, Italian, and conversational Spanish), and a talented actress to boot (she played the romantic foil to Tom Waits’ Devil in the Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Imaginarium of Dr

Parnassus’). You’re as likely to find Faith on the red carpet or on the fashion front row as judging London’s Next Top Tranny at the local working men’s club. Now as Faith flips the page and writes the next chapter of her story, this Hackney-born girl is keen to express a new level of intimacy with her music. That’s not to say she lost any of her sartorial and performance panache, but Faith’s focus is on her songwriting. On her new, second album ‘Fall To Grace’ she’s made the decision to strip herself emotionally bare.

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Birmingham publisher to launch summer school for writers


irmingham-based Tindal Street Press is joining forces with celebrated authors including Helen Cross and Catherine O’Flynn to host a series of intensive creative writing masterclasses over the summer.


irmingham is known as a Reggae City with artists like Steel Pulse, UB40, Apache Indian, Bitty McLean and Pato Banton all having roots in the city. With that in mind, this years BASS (British Arts and Street Sounds) Festival, the UK’s only month-long celebration of Black music and arts, has launched its 2012 programme of music, arts and cultural events across Birmingham to explore the unstoppable influence of Jamaica on British creative talent. As part of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence, this years’ series of events shows how much more powerful and apparent it is today, especially in our Jamaican community. Ammo Talwar, founder of festival organiser, Punch, says, “It may be the impact of Dub on our club scene or the way that Dancehall is transforming Street fashion, but Brand Jamaica is touching everyone’s life in Britain today.”

The two-day masterclasses, to be held over four weekends in July and August, will cater to a range of skills from first-time creative writers to experienced authors moving into a new genre. The masterclasses will help new writers put pen to paper, as well as workshopping existing material for practising writers who are stuck on their current project.

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Running until July, at venues across Birmingham, including Custard Factory, The Jamhouse, mac, Library Theatre, PST, The Edge, The Drum, The Rainbow and Hare and Hounds. the BASS 2012 Festival delves into all aspects of Jamaican culture in the UK, featured the opening of an exhibition by Birmingham painter Mark Anthony Carrol, and premiering new Jazz work from Black British musician, David Grey. Musical highlights include Junior Murvin, whose massive hit “Police and Thieves” became the sound track for the Dread beat and Punk era. London’s hottest soundsystem, The Heatwave present: “Showdown” featuring Gappy Ranks, Top Cat, Lady Leshur and much more. The legends of the Dub scene Channel One play an intimate set for lovers of Roots Reggae, whilst members of Musical Youth and Steel Pulse debate reggae and its impact on the city of Birmingham from the 70’s onwards. BASS is also very proud to honour Birmingham stalwart photographer Vanley Burke with a special commission; “Respek Vanley.” Working with the local community and schools, musician Bobbie Gardner will produce new work which reflects his images. Other festival highlights include "Same Difference" – a new spoken word theatre piece, and a celebration of Rastafarian culture with a Marcus Garvey Day of youth workshops and good vibes. Because Jamaican culture stays close to its roots there will be a whole series of pop-up exhibitions, concerts and dance performances around the city – watch this space!

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l Caudwell Children Destination Dreams volunteers at Universal Studios, helping life-limited children and their families


audwell Children, the national children's charity, is calling for people across the country to help make the dreams come true for a group of children with lifelimiting illnesses. They will be taking up to 25 children and their families to Disney World, in Florida, this December as part of their annual Destination Dreams campaign. Designed for children with a high medical dependency, a team of charity staff, paramedics and doctors will join the successful volunteers to assist families and ensure they have a respite from the stresses of constant care, creating some happy memories and

potentially aiding the children's health. Volunteers will assist families around the parks, distribute information and act as the face of the Charity throughout the trip. Individuals wouldn’t necessarily carry out personal care for the children and no medical training is required. Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive at Caudwell Children, said "The Destination Dreams programme offers volunteers a unique experience and an opportunity to really make a difference to the lives of a family faced with the trauma of their child's serious illness." Lindsay Gibb is a Solicitor at law firm Irwin Mitchell. She has

been volunteering for two years, saying: "The trip can seem really daunting, but the charity support you every step of the way beforehand and during the trip. As soon as you meet the families you realise there is nothing to be worried about. It really is a privilege to share such precious memories with them and you come away with so much." One of the parents is Jayne Hughes, who travelled to Florida with her daughter Amy (20) who has Cockayne Syndrome. She said: "Due to Amy's medical needs, our family is often separated as my husband looks after Amy's brothers and sister while I look after her, but because of the

friendly and caring volunteers, we were able to enjoy time together as a family. It was a week none of us will ever forget." The Charity's ambassadors include Hollywood actress and author, Joan Collins, actress Elizabeth Hurley, Rod and Penny Stewart, Peter Andre, Bruce Forsyth and singer, Robbie Williams. Caudwell Children provide treatment, therapy, equipment and family support services for sick and disabled children throughout the UK. To date it has provided services worth over £17 million to thousands of children with different medical conditions.

Bhangra King a Star on Broad Street Birmingham’s own King of Bhangra, Malkit Singh MBE, become the first Asian artist to be honoured with a star on Broad Street’s Walk of Stars. He was presented with the special honour in recognition of his global contribution to Bhangra music at the very popular Gatecrasher Nightclub. The internationally renowned singer with a passion for music is the front man of the world’ longest running Bhangra group, Golden Star. His trademark anthem, ‘Tutak Tutak Toothiyan,’ is the most successful and fastest selling Bhangra song of all time and the album ‘Up Front’ won Malkit a platinum

disc. Some of his other hit songs have been featured in mainstream films including ‘Jind Mahi’ in Bend It Like Beckham and ‘Gur Nalon Ishq Mitha’ in the film Monsoon Wedding. Malkit received the MBE for his services to Punjabi music and he has was also recognised in the Millennium edition of the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling Bhangra solo artist in the world. An overwhelmed Singh said: “I was extremely delighted to receive this honour by the City of Birmingham. Although Bhangra music originated in Punjab, it was in Birmingham that it was first recognised and popularized.”

Cross, whose My Summer of Love was made into a successful film, and O’Flynn, author of Costa-winning What Was Lost, are among four authors who will join Tindal Street’s publishing director, Alan Mahar, to deliver the courses. Mahar said of the announcement: “This is a chance for first-time creative writers to those more experienced and wanting to try their hard at a new genre. Regardless of where they are on the creative journey, they’ll find their abilities benefit from professional advice, and attending one of our weekend workshops can guide them towards something they can be proud of.” Birmingham-based author, Cross, added: “Every writer needs to learn and practise their craft and strengthen their creative voice. This masterclass programme offers an invaluable opportunity for writers to take risks, explore and develop.” With three books listed for the Booker Prize in the last nine years, it will be a taster for the independent publisher’s upcoming weekly masterclasses, piloted successfully in January and starting again in September. To add to the creative atmosphere, the summer classes will be held in Room 101, known affectionately as The Orwell Suite, at Tindal Street’s home at the Custard Factory in Digbeth. Courses are as follows: ‘Getting Started (6–7 July), ‘Taking on the Novel (3–4 August), Short Story Masterclass (10–11 August) and Writing Crime (27–28).

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Olympic Street Parties given the green light Coventry City Council is so pleased with the success of the 40 registered Diamond Jubilee street parties, that it’s planning to do it all again – this time for the Olympics. The August Bank Holiday on 25 - 27 August offers the perfect opportunity for neighbours to once more come together and celebrate what will have been an historic exciting summer, with an Olympic themed street party. The Olympics will be over and the Paralympics about to start, so what better way to mark this momentous time, than by embracing the Olympic ideals of friendship and respect, with neighbours at a street party. Vicky, from the organising committee for the Tudor Avenue Street Party said: “Despite the appalling weather on Sunday 3 June, residents of Tudor Avenue/ Trossachs Road in Eastern Green, were able to go ahead with their Jubilee party thanks to the local Mount Nod School, opening up their hall. The Council is now hoping to build on this success and help bring even more Coventry communities together as Olympic Local Leaders.

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Wolverhampton volunteers honoured at annual awards ceremony


ardworking students who volunteer and work alongside their studies have been recognised at a University of Wolverhampton awards ceremony. The annual event celebrates the achievements of volunteers and those who have completed european placements. Over 115 people attended the Employment and Volunteering Awards on 10 May 202 to celebrate students and graduates who have achieved success in an aspect of employment and / or volunteering whilst continuing academic study.

Hard Workers

l Past and present students at the Employment and Volunteering Awards at Wolverhampton Science Park. Awards were given for everything from volunteering for large numbers of hours, to finishing European Placement oportunities.

This year’s winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award was Natalie Vaughan who volunteered with Trail-Blazers. Her role involved mentoring young offenders and assisting with new mentor training. Simon Brandwood, Head of Careers and Employment Services, said: “Volunteering and gaining work experience, whether it is paid or unpaid, is an excellent way of developing skills and qualities that can’t fail to impress any future graduate employer.”

SMART Technologies bringing you the classroom of the future via new App


olverhampton hosted the international unveiling of a new innovative learning software package for the iPad. SMART Technologies, whose software has transformed learning in city school classrooms, unveiled its Notebook application for the Apple iPad computer at Wolverhampton Science Park on June 13. The first screenshots from this new programme were shown at the launch event – representing a major international coup for the city and the UK. The event also saw keynote speeches and workshops from delegates from Apple, Wolverhampton City Council’s Learning Technologies Team and international learning organisations, ending in a special video keynote from Phoenix Arizona. Wolverhampton is leading the way in using SMART software in an increasing number of schools in its e-learning programme Learning2Go. This has seen the use of a range

of the latest technologies l (l-r): Phil Page, Lawrence Stephenson, such as an on- and Dave Whyley with iPads at the unveiling. line learning platform, interactive whiteboards, iPads but we have taken a more document cameras and touch measured approach to e-learning screen tablet PC’s and now iPads in our schools, developing pro- being used by both teachers and grammes using the best software learners to enhance learning both available. in and beyond the classroom. “It is only now with the launch The success of this initiative of this fantastic application that has seen members of the Learn- we feel that the integration of ing Technologies Team invited to Apple products into mainstream Canada, Germany and across the schools is possible.” UK to share the good practice beCouncillor Phil Page, Wolvering carried out in Wolverhampton hampton City Council’s Cabinet schools. Member for Schools, Skills and This long standing expertise in Learning, said: “This is a fantastic e-learning has resulted in SMART coup, not only for WolverhampTechnologies choosing Wolver- ton but for the UK. hampton to preview its Notebook “This is further recognition of application to the world. how our schools are leading the Dr David Whyley, Wolverhamp- way when it comes to learning ton City Council’s head teacher technologies and this really puts consultant for learning technolo- us on the map. gies, said: “We are delighted that “Children and young people in SMART chose Wolverhampton to the city have been using a range unveil its Notebook application of technology to enhance their for the iPad. education and this will only help “Schools in other local author- build on that.” ity areas have rushed to purchase 9605 Sandwell Fostering Bus Scrolling 6 sheet.indd 1

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Sandwell schools playing the game of ‘Healthy Eating’ Children at two Sandwell schools helped with the launching of a new 'Bellybusters' game – in a bid to promote healthy eating and exercise in schools across the borough. The first throw of the dice with the new game was made by Councillor Bob Badham, cabinet member for children and families, at Bleakhouse Library. The game is aimed at encouraging children to eat healthily and take regular exercise, and has been developed by B. B. Games Limited. Ninety children from Warley Infants and St Hubert's Primary schools went along to play the game, which was funded by Heart Research UK and a copy

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of which has been donated to the library service Councillor Badham stressed the importance of a healthy body by promoting healthy eating and exercise, as well as a healthy mind that can be developed through reading. "It is an importance message to get over and if this new game can help youngsters to get information about the need for healthy eating and exercise it will be very worthwhile," he said. The 'Bellybusters' and other games themed around healthy eating and the environment will be touring libraries around Sandwell during the summer as part of the holiday activity programme.

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any men have concerns about their prostate. But less than half of them feel comfortable talking about them to their GPs. That's the key message from a survey by the European Men’s Health Forum (EMHF) of users of their website The EMHF’s analysis of questions asked by men in the UK about their prostate health showed that despite being concerned about symptoms fewer than 50% of men had approached a GP before coming on-line to ask their question of a specialist urologist nurse. The questions men most ask about their prostate health concernchanged urination patterns and sexual health. Their concerns included increased frequency, a feeling of imcompleteness, needing to get up several times in the night to wee and getting and maintaining erections. The ‘Your Prostate’ website ( is an email surgery offering specialist urologist nurses to answer questions and encourage men to seek further medical help on all aspects of prostate health - from the most general of concerns though symptoms, diagnosis, support and treatment to follow-up care.

The Forum is releasing its preliminary findings to coincide with International Men’s Health Week and, building on the success of the English-language service, is also announcing the launch of this pioneering service in German and Spanish. EMHF President Dr Ian banks said: ‘This is probably the first prostate health research project to ask men what they want to know, rather than telling them what they need. The finding that most men have not previously discussed their concerns with a GP proves that this on-line service is long overdue.’ As well as a service for men, is also a research project designed to see if men in

Munich or Madrid, Manchester or Marbella think the same way and have similar experiences to men in Berlin or Belfast, Barcelona or Bonn when it comes to the prostate. This insight will be used to design new health materials. Two papers based on the earlier research have already appeared in the Journal of Men’s Health. Dr Ian Banks, called on health professionals and organisations across the EU to get behind the project. He urges that, ‘We must all encourage men to use this site. We have valuable data from the first phase of the project and making the service available in other languages will help us to report on similarities and differences across other cultural backgrounds.’

and what they could do together to help avoid them. They include health issues like: Cardiovascular health conditions (47%), eye problems such as damage to the retina (30%) and sexual health issues such as erectile dysfunction (19%).

Diabetes and in improving lives. Dr Katharine Barnard, Health Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, comments: “Given that 68% of people with diabetes are talking to their family about their condition, with nearly 1 in 10 talking to them more often than healthcare professionals, we need to ensure that they are armed with the knowledge and guidance they need, so they can provide the best support possible. Conversations at home should be supportive and enquiring about the kind of help the person with diabetes would like. Cooking healthy meals for the whole family or going for a walk together can help increase the exercise level of the whole family. Gentle nudging towards healthier lifestyles for the whole family is far more effective than nagging. Working together to help the person with diabetes feel empowered to make those vital lifestyle changes has the added benefit of helping to improve the health of the family overall.”

Diabetes sufferers putting themselves at unnecessary risk


n NHS audit has found that around one million diabetes patients face a higher risk of stroke, blindness, heart attacks and amputation because they are getting too few medical checks. According to the National Diabetes Audit, over half of people with diabetes in Britain are receiving all nine checks. Harnessing the power of relatives’ support identified as key to better management of type 2 diabetes people could live healthier lives and avoid complications if their loved ones were better armed to help them manage their condition. Research reveals that families are ready and willing to help but they need more information and greater guidance on how best to provide support. A third say they were unaware of what health checks their loved ones should have. Pharmacists are well placed to provide this through expert consultations and discussions about how to best manage type 2 diabetes.” Of families questioned, over half (56%) have had a loved one experience a complication, but six in 10 (62%) believe they could have helped if they’d been more aware of what the complications might be, what might cause them

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In terms of what support family members would like to receive, research found: Over six in 10 (61%) want more guidance on what to do if their loved one has a health problem as a result of their diabetes, over four in 10 (46%) want to better understand the medication their loved one had been prescribed, nearly two thirds (59%) want help on how to better encourage their loved one to make diet and lifestyle changes without feeling like they are nagging, half (50%) would like more information on how to inspire and motivate their loved one to take better control of their condition and, finally, a third (36%) of family members are unaware of what health checks their loved one should have each year. With 80% of the NHS’s 9.8 billion annual UK diabetes bill being spent on treating complications, mobilising the wealth of support could prove a powerful weapon in better management of Type 2

Boots UK has launched the Diabetes Information Service which can help support those living with the condition, providing information as well as valuable advice and guidance for their families.

Phoenix Health is sponsored by MA3K FITNESS

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Fergie goes “Wet & Wild”

Katy Perry “Meow” Singer Katy Perry, has recently launched a new fragrance called “Meow“. Inspired by the cat-woman Katy Perry is posing for her advertising campaign in a leopard print latex suit. With Katy Perry’s first fragrance donning the name “Purr,” it came as no surprise when the star revealed that

her follow-up scent will be called “Meow”. Perry created "Meow!" while on her "California Dreams" WorldTour promoting her platinumselling second record, Teenage Dream. This scent is a wearable interpretation of the fun, sensual spirit of fun; in fact, Perry felt the name of the fragrance needed an exclamation point

at the end of it. While "Purr" marks Perry's first foray into the fragrance world, "Meow!," more than anything, embodies her energy. Meow, commands a soft sexuality appropriate for use during any time of day. Its signature comes from a pairing of honeysuckle and pear with the backdrop of creamy vanilla, musk and amber.

G-Star Raw flagship store With 680 square meters divided over two levels, the new Hong Kong flagship store is G-Star’s largest flagship store to date. The opening of this new flagship store further supports G-Star’s presence in the Asia-Pacific region. The new Hong Kong store is located in Leighton Centre and showcases many special features

including a floor to ceiling LCD panel installation which will be streaming video content, a custom dressing area and it’s unique façade. The façade is constructed from a double layer of Corten steel sheeting – that gives the façade a ‘rusty’ look - a material never before used in Hong Kong - cut

with a custom-designed G-Star pattern. Soaring more than six storeys high, by day the raw nature of the steel contrasts sharply with the surrounding concrete buildings and by night, built-in lighting washes the surface creating a big G-Star lantern visible from far away.

Rihanna Rebelles

With much anticipation, Rihanna’s new fragrance Rebelle will finally be available later this month and has been “built off the sexy back of Reb’l Fleur”, her first fragrance. Rihanna asked her fans to vote on the name of the new fragrance in a poll on her webiste in which 68% chose Rebelle. She describes the scent as being “like high heels with a short, flirty dress” and is packaged in a variation of the original bottle.


ergie is continuing her foray into the glamorous life with yet another fab gig: the Black Eyed Peas frontwoman is the first-ever face ofWet n Wild. The brand announced the partnership on Friday; the singer will star in a series of campaigns beginning later this year. “I’m someone who goes from light neutrals during the day to some really dramatic looks at night for the red carpet,” Fergie tells PEOPLE. “I love that I can find all of these colors with Wet n Wild. Plus, the company and I come from the same [California] hometown!” In addition to serving as a brand ambassador, Fergie will launch some signature Wet n Wild products, too. “I think the brand is a realistic beauty buy for every woman out there,” she explains. “It’s beauty for all. It’s on-trend, it’s affordable and it’s easily accessible.” The star will shoot her first campaign photos in March, and will wear Wet n Wild products to Sunday night’s Grammy Awards. “[Fergie's] versatility and range is perfectly aligned with Wet n Wild,” the company’s COO, Bill George, says in a release. “She has the unique ability to go from hip, edgy and sexy to red-carpet glamorous. We couldn’t be more thrilled to work with her.” Tell us: What do you think of Fergie partnering with Wet n Wild?

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elcome to the new exciting Street Cred Magazine entertainment and lifestyle section to be featured every month in the Phoenix Newspaper. Myself, assistant editor Daniel Riley and PR guru Paivi

will bring you the most funky and glamorous news in the Fashion world, weighty news in the music industry and keeping you in the know with what’s really hot. Street Cred brings to you what we see as the in thing. We are

Seal of Approval


eal pays loving homage to that vibrant time in his own musical life with Soul 2, his eighth studio album, bringing his immense talents and deep sensibilities to songs that were coming out of Detroit, Memphis and especially Philadelphia, a sound that in England became known as Northern Soul. Working with producer Trevor Horn (who launched Seal’s career and produced his first four albums) and on four songs David Foster (who produced Seal’s first foray into the classics catalog, the international hit 2008 album Soul, and 2010‘s Commitment), Seal at once internalizes and evokes the spirit of such musical giants as Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, Smokey Robinson, Bill Withers, the Spinners and the O’Jays.

Seal’s first Soul album captured, by-and-large, the spirit of the ‘60s, with songs of Sam Cooke (a glorious version of “A Change Is Gonna Come”), Otis Redding among others, selling

3 million copies worldwide and standing as the top-selling album of the decade in France. Soul 2 leans more to the ‘70s, digging deep into a time in which artists explored new heights of personal expression and cultural openness with equal measures of inventive creativity and populist immediacy. As a set it features love songs (the Chi-Lites’ “Oh Girl,” Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ “Ooo Baby Baby”), out-of-love songs (Pendergrass’ “Love T.K.O.,” Rose Royce’s “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”) and some that are both (the Spinners’ “I’ll Be Around”). As a set, they show a time that defies capsulizing and cliches, a time of complex emotions and issues. And it allows Seal to expand the range and talents he’s shown throughout his career, on such hits as his international Top 10 1990 debut “Crazy” and the 1995 U.S. No. 1 “A Kiss From a Rose,” which earned him Grammy Awards for song of the year, record of the year and best male pop vocal performance.

very excited about our collaboration with The Phoenix as we are able to reach more readers every month and of course these pages are only a teaser from our 100 page digital edition which you can view online at our website above. SC is always cutting edge bright and devoted to bringing positive news to our readers. We also accept editorial contributions and ideas you may have for our section. Street Cred entertainment is one of the biggest and most credible features you will ever find in a newspaper. We are a 15 year established name brand so what we will bring to you will be the very best international news.

Check out the new edition of Street Cred online today! Mark Dwayne

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Cheryl Flies Solo


heryl announces her first solo nationwide arena tour. With dates up and down the UK, the announcement comes as her latest single looks set to top the charts this week. Cheryl Cole tickets go on-sale on Friday 15th June and are available from or www.ticketmaster.

will be performing songs from all three albums on the tour as well as some surprises.

Although this will be Cheryl’s first headline arena tour, she is certainly no stranger to the live

Cheryl released her new single Call My Name this week which went straight to #1 within hours of release on iTunes, clocking up record breaking sales. Her third album ‘A Million Lights’ will be released next week (8th July) The album follows Cheryl’s previous solo albums ‘3 Words’ and ‘Messy Little Raindrops’ both of which hit #1 in the charts. Cheryl


tereophonics – one of Britain’s best-loved bands – will perform four intimate warm up shows before their highly anticipated set at the Olympic Opening Ceremony Concert in Hyde Park July 27th. Starting out at Llandudno Venue Cymru, taking in Derby Assembly rooms, the Grimsby Auditorium and finally the Cambridge Corn Exchange these promise to be very special one off events. With 11 Top Five singles, 21 Top 20s and five consecutive No.1 albums under their belt, Stereophonics are one of Britain’s biggest bands. The band are currently putting the finishing touches on a new album due early 2013.

l This will be Cheryl’s first solo headline arena tour

circuit. She opened as special guest on the Black Eyed Peas European tour in 2010 and also played four sold-out arena tours as part of Girls Aloud. CHERYL COLE TOUR 6 Oct Capital FM Arena, Nottingham 7 Oct 02, London 9 Oct Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield 11 Oct Echo Arena, Liverpool 12 Oct LG Arena, Brimingham 13 Oct Manchester Arena, 15 Oct SECC, Glasgow 17 Oct Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle


July 2012 Sun 22nd LLANDUDNO, Venue Cymru Mon 23rd DERBY, Assembly Rooms Tues 24th GRIMSBY, Auditorium Wed 25th CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange

l Seal and Heidi Klum at the Golden Globe Awards

l Stereophonics are to play a highly anticipated set at the Olympic Opening Ceremony

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Rising Rock featuring The Ocean’s Eyes @ O2 Academy

Big Screen Feature

Here at Street Cred, we love our movies, so this month we’re bringing you coverage of an upcoming movie that you do

not want to miss out on! Total Recall, a remake of the Arnie classic is hitting the big screen and it looks set to be a really big

hit for everyone involved! Move over Arnie, there’s a new kid in town...

Do you have T Total Recall?

otal Recall is a film based on a short story, that was first brought to the big screen in 1990 with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role. With Colin Farrell taking over from Arnie, it looks set to be one of the big films of the summer! Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) whom he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston) – there is no one Quaid can trust, except possibly a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) working for the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy). The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate. The film is directed by Len Wiseman. The screenplay is by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback and the screen story is by Ronald Shusett & Dan O’Bannon and Jon Povill. The producers are Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe. The film is out in cinemas August 3.

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f you wanted to hear something new, fresh, young and kind of leftfield, ‘Rising Rock featuring The Ocean’s Eyes,’ at Birmingham’s O2 Academy ticked all the right boxes and then some. Featuring a choice number of up and coming bands, with no sense of fear or inhibitions, it was a showcase of what’s bright and exciting for the future music. Led by the band in the night’s title, The Ocean’s Eyes produced full energy, punch, and singalong choruses, exactly what the event set out to do. Starting off with Scarlet Creek, a 4-piece band which was created at Cadburys College, in south Birmingham, they grinded out their own take on alternative rock which was a great indication of what was to come. With an age range of 17-19, this

wasn’t their debut live performance, them having showcased their talent whilst busking in St. Phillips ‘Pigeon Park,’ before their first live, sanctioned gig, at The Flapper, in the city.

Bright Talent

Another band of fresh, new things was 8-Bit Monster, whose metal core style of music was both refreshing and quite listenable, whatever your musical taste is. This 5-piece band, again from Birmingham, started at an even earlier stage in their lives, at school in Northfield. For lead singer, Sophie Rawle it was a triumph against adversity, she having joined the band only twoweeks before the night. Whatever Tomorrow Brings is an older band providing their own alternative take on a blend of punk and indy. The 4 band members have been together for

4 years-starting at South Birmingham College-and have already played the O2, HMV Institute and the Sound Bar, as well as having an EP, which they done last year. The Ocean’s Eyes finished the night off in fine style. This 5-piece pop/punk band from London blended memorable pop with a raw punk edge, causing a stir throughout Britain since 2010. Raw passion with tracks executed with such gusto it brings a whole new dimension to the music industry. This was a very special night based on ‘youth.’ The organizer was 14-year-old King Edwards for Girls student, Aaliyah Williams and the majority of the packed crowd were 14-19, willingly chaperoned by their parents/ guardians. On the evidence of this night, the future is bright.

Misha B headlines Black Exposure Live at Bingley Hall


o celebrate the Olympics and Jamaica’s 50th Independence Day, community organisation CUSH will be hosting the event deemed to be Birmingham’s hottest ethnic celebration for 2012, Black Exposure Live – and your favourite X Factor contestant Misha B will be there. Being held at the prestigious New Bingley Hall on Saturday August 4th 2012, this culturally packed event will celebrate Jamaican culture in a fun, friendly and family atmosphere. Over 100 businesses will be exhibiting their range of products, selling a number of consumer goods including popular hair and beauty products and cosmetics, beautifully handcrafted jewellery and seasonal greetings cards, money transfer services and high quality high street clothing and homeware at discounted prices. Sunrise Bakery, who are suppliers of food to the Jamaican Olympians training camp which is situated at The University of Birming-

ham will be exhibiting their range of authentic Caribbean delicacies and their newest line Paradise Estates Caribbean Rum Cake. Singing sensation Misha B from The X Factor will make a personal appearance during the exhibition to meet and greet visitors and then later perform her debut single, “Home Run”, scheduled for release in July. Breathtaking dance shows by young, creative dance crew PressuriZe will demonstrate the talents that young people in Birmingham possess today whilst a flamboyant fashion show featuring designs influenced by ethnic prints will show the creative flair we have within the city. Informative seminars will be held throughout this all day mega family event. Olympic torch bearer, Leroy Henry, will deliver a seminar on the benefits of healthy eating and regular exercise and will host a Q & A to answer all your fitness queries. Natural hair care specialist Miss Brown from The United Sates of America will

deliver a natural hair care seminar with handy tips on how to combat all your hair care woes! Other seminars not to be missed include wealth creation and relationship seminars. Black Exposure Live will cater to all age ranges and the dedicated children’s zone will feature a number of activities including a bouncing castle, ice cream factory and face painting facilities that will be sure to keep your children entertained whilst you indulge on Birmingham’s finest jerk chicken that will be served exclusively in the Cuisine Corner. Black Exposure Live promises to deliver a cultural event that the whole family can enjoy, tickets start from only £6 from www., Hatman Corporation Street Birmingham, Midland Box Office, Queen Square Wolverhampton. For more information, see the advert at the end of the Entertainment section on page 16.

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Living for the Roots, Lovers and Rock & Roll S


ince the turn of this century they’ve been the biggest sound to come out of the West Midlands, make no mistake. Abelwell have been producing beautifully crafted sounds that have wowed a massive and loyal following throughout the length and breadth of Britain. Outlining and defining their cultural and spiritual experiences through their music, they have, to date, crafted two of the finest reggae albums fusing their individual love of roots, ska, steppers, jazz and lovers rock in a way that is distinctively Abelwell. Hailing from Wolverhampton and Birmingham, the band comprises of five musicians and two vocalists, with Toppa G, Peter Vibe and E-Sterling the name stay of the band since its foundation, have taken their gospel inspired music to a level that gives you articulated lyrics to complement the Band members (l-r) Toppa G, Skippa, Mikey Tuff, Deiko, Sensi,Vinnie Pee and Peter Vibe at Studio 6 Productions, Digbeth perfectly crafted harmonies that’s

Jay_S - The new young soulstress making noise

Max Marriott Photography A Feast for the Visual senses


o much talent in the UK is unheard and even though we have Britain’s Got Talent you don’t get to see much of the raw urban acts that many of us want to see. Right now we have our eye on this young girl who is currently making a buzz on the streets as a singer songwriter and presenter. Her name is Jay_S. You may have caught her interview with the legendary Shola Ama on SC TV and Richard Blackwood. We also showcased her at the SC Chatroom party where she did an amazing rendition of Killing Me Softly. Jay_S is a young a bubbly soulful singer coming from a family that has experience in music that is looking to make waves in the entertainment industry. Already she ghost writes for singers and produces R&B and funky house music , for a 23 year old you’d be surprised at the type of music that moves her. ‘ growing up I listened to what my mum and dad listened to, and that was good soul and reggae.’ Says a bubbly Jay_S ‘I just loved earth wind and fire Cameo and Diana Ross.’ ‘I find those musical influences have helped me to be really melodic. Sometimes my friends wonder what the hell I am singing as

just a dream to listen to. From playing Glastonbury to appearing on stage with Beres Hammond they’ve already boast a list of major venues at which they have performed and international stars they’ve toured with, the likes of which will give you good enough reason to put them up there as one of the country’s biggest band: “We live for our music,” says lead vocalist, Toppa-G. Abelwell’s second album, ‘Fine Incense,’ is out now, propagating the message of love for all regardless of race colour and gender. They’ve drawn the attention of the likes of Radio1 DJs, Trevor Nelson and Chris Goldfinger who, respectively, describe their sound as authentic and appealing to everybody. They will be at the Jamaican 50th Anniversary Celebrations in Wolverhampton’s Weston Park later this year, as well as the massive Reggae Sunsplash showcase, in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

l We caught Jay_S in the middle of a recording session! I always hum old tunes from the 70’s. But my best time for music was the 90’s I loved Mariah SWV Jade TLC and that just made me fall in love with music more’ Jay_S started out in a girl group called Madam Sound and auditioned for X Factor two years ago, this was fun times but sadly fell apart when Simon Cowell said that they didn’t go well with eachother. The words of Simon influenced the girls to split up as he wanted to completely change their sound and look. At first they took the advice but as time went on they found they couldn’t get along as the whole concept of Madam sound went down the drain. Jay S decided to embark on a solo career and invest in her mini studio which has enabled her to produce her own music. She is currently collaborating with many grime and hip hop MCs in Birmingham. At the moment she is a popular choice to have as a female on underground

tracks. ‘Ive seen alot in my life, many of my friends and family have lost their way but they all look to me and I love that.I am really greatful for the support of my dad who is also a musicaian and I learn alot from him as he is well experienced in that field. I really do love music as I feel its a great way to reach people. I don’t really want to be the typical image led act I want songs out there that have meaning and can uplift young people’ We’ve put Jay_S in the spotlight this issue and we definitely feel she is one to look out for. This could be the new R&B star from Birmingham. Right now she is available for performances of her own songs and covers. If you want powerful and sultry vocals then Jay_S doesn’t fail to please. You can contact Streetcred for booking details. Look out for her new mixtape to hit the roads this year. We will keep you updated.

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Desi Moves steps it up a gear


nkhile Putt Punjab De ‘Best Desi Movers 2012,’ won the ‘Desi Moves 2012’ trophy, a £1000 cash prize and the chance to perform at this years’ Sandwell & Birmingham Mela. The exhilarating dance competition produced by Punch, in partnership with International Dance Festival Birmingham, brought the best of dance from across the Indian sub-continent, to here in Britain and beyond. Held at the Town Hall and hosted by BBC Asian Network presenters Raj & Pablo, at the city’s Town Hall, Desi Moves brought out the biggest names in their respective fields to witness and judge on those who would continue the legacy of dance. Dance-Lyf, up against the eventual winners in the final dance-off,

Haripa Dance Group, WDC, Hina Dancers and Kuntals Dance Company all made prominent names for themselves in front of a celebrity judging panel including Honey of Honey’s Bollywood Dance Academy, Toffee of Sticky Toffee Dance Foji Gill and surprise judge Karan Pangali artistic director of KSPARK Entertainments Mandeep & Gurpreet project directors commented: “It was a great night, attracting a wealth of talent to create a phenomenal showcase. Seeing all ages, races and our community coming together and dropping some Bhangra steps with Foji Gill was the highlight of the evening. Desi Moves 2013 will be bigger and bigger!” Ankhile Putt Punjab De said: “We are very thankful that Punch through Desi Moves or-

ganised such a fantastic event and gave us the platform to perform. We now have a trophy and the title of Best Desi Movers 2012. It is an overwhelming feeling to have had the opportunity to perform and win in front of our family, friends and a diverse audience. We would relive that moment we experienced a million times.” Desi Moves is part of Dancing for the Games, which is inspired by London 2012 and part of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands. It has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, which is creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK, as well as Arts Council England and Advantage West Midlands.

D&G Velvet D olce & Gabbana is launching its collection of six new fragrances. The Velvet Collection will be exclusive to Saks5th Avenue. “Six scents, each bearing reference to specific olfactive influence coming from the designers themselves”: Velvet Wood “Inspiration: Lacquered wood. Rich ebony wood offers profound depth, with warm resinous notes yielding to attractive benzoin and a refined black leather. Sophisticated and exotic, abundant with visceral ardor.”

Mediterranean summer. Classic, sumptuous cologne effect of vetiver and galbanum blend with a contemporary pique of Mediterrenean fig. Solar and understated, with a sense of refined elegance.”

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“Inspiration: Iconic incense. Intense, luxurious patchouli oil drenched with kephalis cedes to a rich, musky presence. Dominant in present and statement, exudes strength.”

“Inspiration: A scented reminiscence of the Renaissance. Fulsome white flowers provoke an explosion of gardenia and intoxicating tuberose. A hint of frangipani offers a sophisticated flourish. Provocative, tantalizing and unashamedly feminine, an expression of timeless sensuality.”

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R Kelly releases new album “Write Me Back”


here isnt R&B without R Kelly, you can not deny that this man puts the genre on the map. We dont hear much media wise from this man but doesnt mean that he hasnt been working. R Kelly is constantly touring and recording music. The Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and producer, will release his 11th studio album, Write Me Back, on June 25th. Write Me Back is the follow up to 2010’s critically acclaimed Love Letter, which celebrated the music of the 50s and 60s. The new album represents the natural progression of Kelly’s musical time machine, recalling the sultry and seductive sounds associated with such icons as Barry White, Marvin Gaye and Teddy Pendergrass, among others. Like its Love Letter predecessor, Write Me Back is also a celebration of love and that is what we love him for.

King of R&B

R Kelly always boasts that he has a lot to do with the birth of babies since the 90’s, from classic R&B to hip-hop, inspirational to gospel, no other artist has covered the vast array of human emotions more than R. Kelly. With a track record that boasts over 40 million

Superstar Kevin Hart will have the NIA in stitches


merican comedian Kevin Hart has burst onto the scene as one of the most versatile comedy actors in film and television. Now, he will be bringing his brilliant stand-up comedy to the UK as he tours, stopping at Birmingham’s NIA on 13 Sep-

tember. In 2009, Hart's one-hour comedy special I'm a Grown Little Man on Comedy Central was one of the highest rated specials for the network, catapulting him to the top of his game. The Philadelphia-born actor has appeared in numerous films in-

Tickets are priced at £27.50 & £42.50 (plus booking and transaction fees) and will be on sale from Friday 15 June 2012 at 9am. They are available from The Ticket Factory: www. or 0844 338 8000.

l R Kelly is one of the most influencial R&B artists. albums sold worldwide, 6 #1 albums, 11 #1 singles, 3 Grammy Awards, 8 Soul Train Awards, 6 American Music Awards and 6 Billboard Music Awards, R. Kelly has rightfully earned his title as the undisputed “King of R&B.” In 2011, Billboard named R. Kelly the #1 most successful R&B artists of the last 25 years! When not in the spotlight, Kelly has written and produced hit

songs for Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Maxwell, Britney Spears and countless others. More recently, Kelly was tapped to write and produce original music for the upcoming Sparkle soundtrack. We can guarantee that this will be another R&B classic and look forward to a UK tour.

cluding Meet the Fockers Sequel aka Little Fockers, and Death at a Funeral, alongside Chris Rock, in Fool's Gold, as well as opposite Steve Carell in The 40 Year Old Virgin. Hart's film credits also include: Soul Plane opposite Tom Arnold, Method Man and Snoop Dogg, Not Easily Broken, Extreme Movie, Drillbit Taylor, Epic Movie, The Last Stand, Scary Movie 4, and In the Mix, Meet Dave and Superhero Movie. Hart's DVD Seriously Funny is one of the fastest selling DVDs in recent years and has gone four times platinum.


June 25 Alanis Morissette 25 The Triple Threat Tour 26 Gojira The Safety Fire 28 Catapult Club ft. Oceans Ate Alaska 29 Propaganda 29 Silent Filter ft. Deliah’s No.10 30 Emma Scott Presents... Hostile, Captain Horizon, Point Blank Fury, Zombie Xtras, Chemikill 30 Mike + The Mechanics Dominic Crane with Harry Boylan July 01 Adrenaline Mob Voodoo Six 02 Lights 03-04 School of Rock & Pop 05 Catapult Club ft. Semi-cide 06 Propaganda 06 Silent Filter ft. Idle Playthings 08 RAMS’ Pocket Radio Shadow City, The Fading Lights 09 Brian Jonestown Massacre Cate Le Bon 09 Baroness 12 Catapult Club ft. Lakota Sioux 13 Propaganda 14 Emma Scott Presents... The Whiskey Syndicate, Crooked Dawn, JD and The FDC’s, Black Russian, Lipshock 16 Nite Jewel 17 Lady Antebellum Kasey Musgraves 18 Orange 20 Silent Filter ft. Yes Sunshine 20 Propaganda 22 Shadows Chasing Ghosts Tantrum To Blind 23 Fei Comodo Paige, I Divide 24 That Sunday Feeling Amy Can Flyy, Falling Faster 25 Frankie Rose

BIRMINGHAM HMV INSTITUTE June 26 Editors, Peace & Free School 27 Editors, Victories At Sea & Swim Deep 28 Nas **CANCELLED** 29 Marina & The Diamonds 30 Affinity9Zero

July 04 Gabrielle Aplin 05-06 MFY Amplified 06 Futures 07 Panic! 14 Legendary Shack Shakers, Dirt Daubers 15 Wu Legends, Wu Legends, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, GZA 24 Champions Tour, Chip, Lady Leshurr, Krept & Konan 24 Lera Lynn


June 21st Malevolent Creation + Anaal Nathrakh + Diamanthian + Towers Of Flesh 23 Desercration + Condemned + Unbreakable Hatred + Amagortis + Regurgitate Life + Hellsworn + Kataleptic + Phlefonyaar July 02 ARNOCORPS 27 Tony Martin + Blaze Bayley


June 25 Two Countries - One Voice 28 The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain 29 The Robert Cray Band 30 Sing Live Present Back to the Big Band July 01 2012 Brant International Piano Competition Final 02 Town Hall Tour 02 Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Everest, The Eiger and more 18 Rhys Darby - This Way to Spaceship 20 CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy 21 BSS Showbiz Summer Showcase 24 Nanci Griffith


June 29 Rush Hour Blues: Simon Spillett Quartet 29 George Benson 30 Sax in the City 30 Wagner’s Ring: Die Walküre July 01 Black Dyke Band featuring International Multi Instrumentalist James Morrison 06 Sci-Fi Symphony III: CBSO

Friday Night Classics 11-12 Birmingham Music Service - Summer Gala Concerts 14 Mid-day Mantra: Manasamitra present ‘Nada Notes’ 14 Last Night of the Summer Proms 15 Bob Brolly & Friends 18 Symphony Hall Tour 20 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis 21 Musical Picnic: The Gypsy’s Tale 25 Jamaica’s 50th Independence Cultural Extravaganza and Salute to the Athletes Show

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estivities rung throughout the Nation as Britain and the Commonwealth celebrated 60 years of Her Majesty’s reign. The much anticipated Diamond Jubilee spanned out over a period of a four day national holiday in honour of the Queen and the years she has devoted to the country.

Queen and crowd with impressive tricks.

Greeted with cheers from the crowds as 130,000 people gathered to greet her and the Duke, Her Majesty the Queen arrived at Epsom Derby to uphold a tradition she has carried out for the last 60 years. Her love of all things equestrian has always been apparent, so what better way to launch a long weekend entirely devoted to her and her achievements over the years, than at one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar.

Meanwhile, 21 mini cannons were fired at Windsor Castle to mark the start of the Diamond Jubilee weekend, followed by a 41 gun salute by the The King’s Troop, Royal House Artillery, and 21-gun salutes at Edinburgh Castle, Belfast and Cardiff. Street party preparations were underway all over Britain as 1000 boat crews put the finishing touches to their vessels. The Diamond Jubilee Pageant was assembled to escort the Royal barge seven miles from Battersea to Tower Bridge, and was the largest flotilla to have ever been brought together on the Thames.

The fabulous carnival atmosphere, complete with stilt walkers and live music made the grey weather seem so much less daunting. Katherine Jenkins performed the national anthem to a huge cheer from the crowd as winners of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, Ashleigh and her dog Pudsey, entertained the

The London 2012 Olympics was recognised with the presence of the Great Britain women’s hockey team, who were amongst a host of celebrities including Donna Air, Mischa Barton, Phil Tuffnell and Matt Dawson.

The ‘Spirit of Chartwell’ carried the Royal family at the centre of an impressive fleet of rowed boats, working boats and pleasure vessels of all shapes

and sizes, drawing over one million rain soaked people to the Thames. The pageant culminated in a performance of the National Anthem by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal College of Music Chamber Choir at Tower Bridge as the last vessel completed the route. Lord Salisbury, Chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation, said: "We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Her Majesty The Queen, the Royal Family and all those people who braved the elements to come out to enjoy our Pageant. We hope it was a fitting tribute to 60 years of service. I would also like to pay tribute to our Pageant team. It was a triumph of their professionalism and years of hard work." In the meantime, thousands up and down the country braved the rain to party outdoors as part of the ‘Big Jubilee Lunch’ project. Communities came together in traditional street party style celebrating Britain’s diversity, alongside the 60 year reign of the monarch who has long since openly embraced multiculturalism.

The Commonwealth comes together to celebrate the Jubilee

l The Flotilla processing down the Thames

l The Queen and Prince Phillip arrive at Epsom

l The Duchess of Cambridge

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l Annie Lennox

l Sir Tom Jones

l Sir Paul McCartney

l Prince Charles giving his thanks and speech about the Jubilee l Elton John

l Prince Charles and The Queen

l Sir Elton John shaking hands with the queen with Cliff Richard, Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Tom Jones.

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l Madness performed on the top of Buckingham Palace

l Robbie WIlliams


l Jessie J and

l Kylie Minogue

The Queen talking to Grace Jones

l Stevie Wonder

l Gary Barlow and Cheryl Cole after their duet

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Bringing our communities and country together More than a million people, from a multitude of communities braved the poor conditions to pay respect to the Queen, during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, that she was moved to make a speech in response to the euphoric outpouring.

She, deeply touched and humbled by what she witnessed at firsthand, talked of how overwhelmed she was at the way the celebrations had brought communities together as one. Equally overwhelmed she made the decision to make the address after witnessing the groundswell of public support in the run-up to the Jubilee weekend. She said. “The events that I have attended to mark my Diamond Jubilee have been a humbling experience. It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbours and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere. This is something that has brought the country

together and you definitely notice that in my constituency, in the smallest villages that I went to. In the whole country, everyone's talking to each other, everyone is chatting with their neighbors. It brings communities of people together, whatever your politics." With the her husband, Duke of Edinburgh, taken to hospital with a bladder infection she showed great courage and dedication to Her people by choosing to go ahead with her duties and responsibilities hours later. They have been married for 64 years with the Queen credits him as being her ‘strength and stay’ for the six decades of her reign. It’s been an eventful six decades with a huge number of positives during her reign. To date, who better to represent us than the always regal, stoic and upstanding Queen-of all our community’s collective hearts?

The Queen’s musical Jubilee celebration


Take That front-man, Gary Barlow, deserves a knighthood for putting together such an event, on the Her front doorstep. Take that, then, eh?

Stars, old and fairly new paid their own respect in a weekend of celebrations with a concert that you, me and they will remember for years to come.

Grace Jones’s extraordinary display with those hula-hoops proved a ‘show-stealer’ as she oozing charisma others lack, her classic ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ caused everything in her wake to curl up and wither away. A standout performance, if ever there was one, with stunned looks from the royal box, she won’t be forgotten any time soon.

Ego’s put too one side and stars from Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Tom Jones and Sir Cliff Richard, to JLS, Cheryl Cole, Jessie J and Ed Sheeran rocked the rain soaked night, leaving us overwhelmed with what we were all a part of.

The Queen did miss first hour and half a miss, which meant she got there in time for Grace’s typically ‘Grace’ performance. She also managed to take in rock’s own royal family of Sir Paul McCartney, Elton, Stevie and Shirley, who all serenaded her quite amicably, with their indi-

or anyone to have a gig in your front garden must be the dream present. For Her Royal Highness, a concert of mega-proportions on Horse Guards Parade, with the biggest names in the world of music in her ‘front garden,’ as it were, was a triumph for all that is great in music and the Queen herself.

vidual hits including ‘Your Song,’ ‘Sir Duke,’ ‘All My Loving’ and ‘Diamonds Are Forever.’ They definitely rocked crowd. Pop veterans Madness’ performance at the end the night’s fes-

tivities was, as they always are, refreshing and, as on the night, very poignant, especially with their performance of ‘Our House’ from the roof of Buckingham Palace.

Also worth mentioning that between the music acts, hosting duties were handled amicably by comedy’s own royalty, Dudleyman, Lenny Henry, Rob Brydon, Miranda Hart, and Lee Mack.

With an OBE now to his name, doesn’t ‘Sir Gary’ have a little ring to it?

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Rishi J has that magic touch


ver since Rishi Jethwa could put pen to paper, he let himself be inspired by his love of cars, recreating each model perfectly as his passion increased and developed into what it is now; a unique art, or in his own words, a unique vision. At 22years old, Rishi works as a Pharmacy Technician, but fter seeing the quality of his work exhibited on the community board at a local Tesco branch, one can not help but ask why such a talent isn’t being pursued as a career. The reason is clear once you meet him. Rishi is a buzzing, energetic entrepreneur full of creative flair and the unique

ability to juggle his multiple skills and interests:

“As humans we pick up many skills during our lives, naturally, we only put into use the ones we need and leave the rest on the shelf as ‘back up’. The only thing different about me is that I want to put all of my skills into practice!” says Rishi. Juggling a degree in Automotive Design & Engineering at Aston University with his pharmacy job, and his artwork, Rishi is in his element. His art is no longer just a hobby; the popularity he has gained has put him on the road to establishing his own business producing pieces of art for customers as sentimental gifts. Drawing eve-

rything from portraits to cars to items of jewellery in scrupulous detail, Rishi calls himself an innovator and a passion designer rather than an artist; as he creates a vision for the future.

Ambitious and always thinking out of the box, Rishi has long since decided that he would rather be ‘a jack of all trades than a master of one’. Realising the importance of social skills and networking, he uses these skills to his advantage, encouraging other young people to do the same “don’t be afraid of connecting with people, asking them what they’re all about and telling them about you. You don’t know how many opportunities are out there waiting for you!”

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£162mil boost to fund English Arts and Heritage Purnima a real jewel Organisations


hirty four arts and heritage organisations across England are set to get a £162 million funding boost after successfully applying for a share of a new £56 million scheme to support endowments. The successful projects are expected to attract an additional £106 million from private and corporate donors as a result of the scheme. The Catalyst: Endowments programme is a joint initiative between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Designed to bring new money into the cultural sector, the programme offers match-funding to help arts and heritage organisations become more sustainable and resilient by building a new endowment fund or developing an existing one, in order to increase their annual income. The organisations will use the grants of between £500,000 and £5 million to attract money from private philanthropic sources. Applications were assessed by an independent panel chaired by Michael Portillo, and final awards made by the National Council of Arts Council England and the Board of Trustees of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Many of the successful applicants have already secured pledges from donors, or are in productive discussions with prospective corporate and individual sponsors. Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt said: “Long term financial stability is an essential part of a successful cultural sector. With these grants, and the additional money they are bringing in, I’m delighted that we’ve been able to get a significant number of organisations on the road to long-lasting and sustainable endowments which will continue to support their work for years to come.”

Successful Projects

Michael Portillo said: “The Advisory Panel was impressed with the calibre of the applications we saw. I believe those we recommended for approval are well-placed to secure match

funding from donors, and to build endowments which should strengthen their future financial resilience.” Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “The Catalyst: Endowments Programme is part of our response to helping boost private giving across the heritage sector. Alongside our plans to build the fundraising capacity of smaller groups, we expect the programme to form part of a shift in approach to philanthropic giving that will help build financial resilience and attract new money to heritage groups of every size.”

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Dame Liz Forgan, Chair of Arts Council England said: “Public funding of the arts in this country is at the heart of their success. It enables organisations to attract private investors, and gives them the confidence to continue to take the bold artistic leaps that keep audiences coming. “Catalyst Endowments and Catalyst Arts will help support that public investment, increasing the sustainability of our world class arts organisations who bring delight to millions and play such an important part in our national economy.” Successful organisations include: • The Halle Concerts Society which will receive £1 million to create an endowment to support educational activity at St Peter’s Ancoats and more ambitious large-scale artistic projects; • Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust in Bristol which will receive £500,000 to build an endowment to help secure the future of the 45 acre site, saved from commercial development by local people, where a sensitive restoration programme is now underway; • Birmingham Royal Ballet which will receive £1 million for an endowment which will be used to fund a dance fellowship that will support young dancers; • The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, County Durham, which will receive £1 million towards creating an endowment fund that will generate income to support the Museum’s inter-

nationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts; • The Serpentine Gallery which will receive £3 million to create an endowment which will support activity at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery; • The Old Vic Theatre which will receive £5 million to create an endowment which will support long-term resilience and arts activity; • St Martin-in-the-Fields in London which will receive £1 million towards building a major endowment to secure the long term maintenance of the recently restored Grade I listed buildings; and • The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) which will receive a match-funding pledge of £5 million to support the Museum’s ambitions to build a £100 million endowment over the next 15 to 20 years. The endowment will support its core scholarly activities that include research and conservation, alongside its permanent collection of over 2.75 million objects.


Endowments are typically large funds held in perpetuity by organisations, helping to provide long term financial security by contributing to annual running costs through the interest earned by the fund. They are often used in the United States by large cultural organisations but are currently less common in the UK. The Catalyst: Endowments fund is part of a package of measures put in place by the Government designed to increase philanthropy for cultural organisations. Other measures include: • a change in inheritance tax rules to increase the number of people leaving money to charitable causes in their will; • the establishment of a new Cultural Gifts Scheme which will encourage the donation of preeminent objects or works of art to the nation in return for a reduction in tax liability; and • reform of gift aid, reducing administrative burdens and allowing charities to claim gift aid on up to £5000 of small payments each year made without a gift aid declaration.

In the hub of bustling Bearwood lies a jewel in the crown. ‘Purnima Indian Cuisine’ sets itself apart from the rest with its elegant atmosphere, friendly staff and of course, fabulous food! Opening its doors late last year, the ‘full moon’ restaurant lives up to its name with its stunning ambience complete with spectacular dishes from across the Middle East. The more traditional dish such as the Lamb Bhuna or Chicken Korma finds itself amongst

an array of tasty specials on the chef’s recommendations, which range from speciality Bengali fish dishes to stir frys and dishes such as the ‘kala mirchi’ which come with their very own stark warning of ‘not for the faint hearted!’ What adds to the uniqueness of Purnima is its collection of specially selected wines. Owner Ruhul Islam explains how he spent three days with a wine specialist selecting the best of trade wines, “the wines available

at Purnima are of the best quality. You can’t get them anywhere else!” “I have been in the restaurant business for 20 years, I know how important it is to provide an excellent service alongside excellent food” he adds. So head down to Purnima today and sample the great food for yourself! With takeaway orders also available, there really is no reason why you should miss out!

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Spice it up!


he streets of Birmingham are lined with kebab shops and fast food takeaways, but in the heart of Erdington lies a rather unique establishment. Paprikás, has become a ‘home away from home’ for the growing Eastern European population of the West Midlands. The small Hungarian restaurant set up in traditional Hungarian style with its red and white chequered table cloths, is the only one of its kind in the West Midlands, and one of only four in the whole of the UK. Laszlo and Adam Halasz along with Zoltan Jenei, came to the UK from Hungary with a passion for cooking the best of Hungarian dishes in the traditional style

Apprentice surge backed by Chamber A campaign to increase the number of businesses taking on apprentices is being backed by Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group at a special event next month. David Way, chief executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, will speak at the event to be held at Birmingham Metropolitan College on Thursday, July 26. He said: "We want to rid businesses in our area of some of the myths we read about the recruitment of apprentices and replace that with facts. Employers will be encouraged to take up the offer of one-to-one 'surgeries' with National Apprenticeship Staff as part of the event. For many businesses, the recruitment of apprentices is the starting point for boosting pro-

ductivity and efficiency. It also develops the very latest skills sets, drives business growth and workforce motivation." The Chamber's VicePresident Steve Brittan, managing director of BSA Machine Tools, is taking one of his apprentices to the event to share their experiences. And Clara Kenyon, director of customers, curriculum and qualifications at OCR, one of the UK's leading providers of apprenticeships and part of the University of Cambridge, will talk about the value of qualifications. Jerry Blackett, Birmingham Chamber's chief executive, said: "I am delighted to be offering this excellent, free event to our members. The Chamber fully supports the apprenticeship programme and I hope as many of our l members will support it as possible."

Birmingham Chamber Chief Executive Jerry Blackett

they grew up with. Teaming up with Andy Rysztogi, a Birmingham coach driver by trade, they have made it their goal to address the gap in the market “Britain is known for its diversity and multiculturalism, every nationality feels at home here. Those of eastern European origin have also become a part of that now, Paprikás aims to address their needs and share their culture and food with the rest of the community” says Andy. Hungarian food traditionally consists of a variety of soups and stews. In rural Hungary such dishes are still prepared outdoors in large cauldron type pots as family members gather around the communal fire to share the meal. Hav-

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ing experienced the food in their home country, Laszlo and Zoltan were able to bring these experiences with them to the UK. Being ‘people of the food’ they are able to recreate each dish perfectly, as well as experiment with new cuisines creating a unique fusion of British and Hungarian food. Hungarian food with a twist, Paprikás does not solely target a fixed audience. Introducing vegetarian and also Halal options it recognises the different requirements of the community it now belongs to. Treating every customer like a ‘member of the family’, Andy, Adam, Laszlo and Zoltan are all set to spice things up in Birmingham!

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Calling all Brilliant Bosses and Extraordinary Employers


hether it’s the stereotype of Mad Men style chauvinism, or celebrities treating their personal assistants more like maids than valued assistants, the image of the personal assistant’s boss hasn’t always been a positive one. That’s why the Executive PA Magazine / Hays Awards 2012 is searching for the country’s best employers and bosses to recognise the role they play in the careers of top PAs. The ‘Employer of the Year’ award will recognise the organisations that go the extra mile to support and develop the careers of their administrative and secretarial staff, and employers can be nominated by personal assistants, executive assistants, secretaries and office managers. The ‘Boss of the Year’ award will be awarded to the boss who demonstrates a strong working relationship with their personal assistant, which benefits their career and organisation. Hays PA & Secretarial, the leading recruiting expert, has joined forces with the Executive PA

Magazine Awards to recognise the achievements of the best secretaries, personal assistants and executive assistants and their employers.

with Executive PA Magazine to identify our 2012 winners.”

Entries close on the 31st July 2012, so if you think your boss deserves this recognition then enter the awards at

· PA of the Year · Newcomer of the Year · Employer of the Year (sponsored by Brother) · Boss of the Year (sponsored by Corporate Traveller) · Best Organised Event (sponsored by LFM)

Geoff Sims, Managing Director at Hays PA & Secretarial, the leading recruiting expert, says: “The encouragement of a supportive boss can make all the difference to the ability of a PA to perform at their best and have a positive impact on their organisation. We want to recognise commitment to supporting administrative staff, which will help attract and retain the most talented PAs out there. We have been celebrating the successes of high achieving PAs for six years through the Hays PA of the Year Awards, and every year the finalists impress us with their enthusiasm and dedication to the role. We know that excellent PAs can transform an organisation, and look forward to working

The five categories at the awards are:

The panel of judges consists of: Andrew Organ, Publisher, Executive PA Magazine (UK); Cora Lydon, Editor, Executive PA Magazine; Victoria Darragh, EA to Group HR Director, Hays; Katie Clifford, EA to Jacqueline Gold, CEO of Ann Summers; and Geoff Sims, Managing Director at Hays PA & Secretarial. Entries close on 31st July 2012 and all finalists would need to be available to attend the awards ceremony on Thursday 13th September 2012 in London. For full terms and conditions, and to enter the awards visit:

Enhancing the street scene to benefit traders and visitors


raders and visitors to Wolverhampton are being asked to give their views on proposed new rules on the use of A-boards and tables and chairs outside city businesses. A consultation on Wolverhampton City Council’s draft policy covering A-boards, tables and chairs and goods on the highway outside premises such as shops, cafes and bars is expected to be launched on July 1. A number of city businesses and key stakeholders, such as disability groups, have already been consulted with and provided feedback that has shaped the proposed policy. The aim of the policy is to encourage traders to promote their businesses in a way that enhances the area, making it attractive to shoppers, while also being sensitive to the needs of all road users. The council is keen to support businesses to prosper in Wolverhampton and provide an enhanced experience for visitors, such as

fostering a café culture. But there is also a need to ensure pedestrians, particularly visually impaired and disabled people and parents with pushchairs, are able to move freely through obstacle free streets. Now the authority is seeking the views of all traders and residents across Wolverhampton on the proposals. Aspects of the draft policy being considered include: *Ensuring at least 1.5 metres is available on the footway for pedestrians from items placed on highway to nearest obstruction and/or carriageway *Each business will generally only be permitted one A-board *Items placed on the highway must not block fire exits Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Prosperity, said: “We are committed to helping businesses prosper and enhance and promote the city for residents, shoppers and visitors.

“To help us achieve this, we have produced a draft policy for the use of A-boards, tables and chairs and goods on the highway “With this we want to work closely with all traders to promote their businesses and also improve the streets. It is also a balancing act in that we need to ensure pedestrians are able to move safely and freely on streets so that they can enjoy what these businesses have to offer. But I want to stress that this is a consultation. We want to hear everyone’s views on the proposals and all comments will be welcome and taken on board.” Wolverhampton City Council’s Licensing Committee previously confirmed a reduced tables and Chairs application fee of £25 (from £261- the same fee of £25 will apply to applications for Aboards) and is set to discuss these new proposals at a meeting next week. The consultation is due to begin on July 1.

National campaign to suit-up the homeless unemployed receives over 1000 donations

With nearly 80% of homeless people wanting to get a job and support themselves, this spring tailoring company A Suit That Fits teamed up with three homelessness charities to help their members get back into work. In a climate with 2.63 million people unemployed in the UK, the pressure is on to impress at interview and studies have shown that first impressions, like what you wear, affect your fundamental judgement of a person.

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For seven weeks, suits were donated to the Suit for Success campaign and donators were rewarded with a £50 tailoring voucher. Donated suits were gifted to homelessness charities Amber, Broadway and Emmaus, who all work with their members to help them support themselves. Each charity offers work and learning outreach programs to their members to equip them with the skills and confidence they need to get a job and be able to fully support themselves. But they regularly find their members have nothing to wear to their interview, which affects their confidence and impacts that allimportant ‘first impression’. By providing them with a smart suit

we are making the process just a little bit easier. F1 analyst and Amber supporter Eddie Jordan and television presenter Rick Edwards backed the campaign.

Suit Up

Paul Wilson is a trustee at Broadway – he is 57 and came to Broadway in 2008; Paul benefited from Eddie Jordan’s suit and is currently looking for work In 2003, Paul was married with two children, and living in London, where he owned his own construction business with a childhood friend. When he caught his wife having an affair with his business partner, not only did his

marriage breakdown, but it also signaled the end of his business. When he approached the council for help, he was informed that he was not a priority for housing, and he ended up sleeping on the streets. Due to the trauma of this, Paul started drinking heavily as a coping mechanism. After a long process of rehab, social services put Paul in touch with Broadway. Paul is now an incredibly active member of not just Broadway, but homelessness services throughout London. He is now living completely independently, and looking for a job.

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New Bentley is rather speedy


entley is introducing a new performance flagship, its fastest production model ever, the Continental GT Speed coupe. The new 205 mph (329 km/h) GT Speed will appeal to driving enthusiasts who place a high value on outright performance, agile handling, distinctive design and sporting luxury. Orders for the new GT Speed are being taken now, with deliveries to commence in October 2012. At the heart of the new Continental GT Speed is an up-rated version of the unique Bentley 6-litre, 48-valve, four-cam, twin turbocharged W12 engine. For the new model, the legendary Bentley W12 develops 625 PS (616 bhp/460 kW) at 6000 rev/ min and 800 Nm of torque to deliver thunderous, supercar performance with effortless overtaking capability. The 0-60 mph sprint is dispatched in a mere 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.2s) and the GT Speed has a top speed of 205 mph

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(329 km/h). The new Speed’s immense power is transmitted via a closeratio, ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. This state-of-theart transmission delivers quick yet imperceptible gear changes through intelligent adaptive control software to ensure the perfect combination of speed and refinement. The new gearbox also makes a significant contribution to an overall twelve per cent improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Channelling the extreme performance of the GT Speed is a unique chassis tune that includes uprated steering and suspension systems and a lowered ride height. The enhanced chassis is complemented by unique 21-inch Speed wheels, available in two lustrous finishes, and fitted with 275 35 R21 Pirelli PZero ultra-high performance tyres. The result is a sportier and more engaging Bentley driving experience with tauter handling and improved agility.



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Birds see red and...

l If you’ve got a red car, you’re more likely to find a mark


right red cars attract more bird droppings than vehicles of any other colour, according research from Halfords. A study recorded the frequency that birds left their mark on cars in five cities around the UK, and found crimson motors were targeted the most. Green cars were found to suffer least, followed by silver, while white vehicles escaped more often than black in the analysis of 1,140 cars in Brighton, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Bristol over two consecutive days, to see whether colour made a difference to birds. During the study, drivers were

also asked how quickly they removed droppings from their cars. Only 17 per cent, one in six, said they wiped off deposits immediately when they saw them, 20 per cent said they took action “within a couple of days” while 55 per cent waited until the next car wash. The remaining 8% never washed their cars or left it to others to organise.

Green Stays Clean

As well as being unsightly, insurance industry figures show bird droppings on vehicles can be an expensive problem and estimate the damage caused by birdpoop-stained paintwork costs motorists £57m a year in unnecessary repairs.

How to: Remove bird poo 1. Remove at the earliest opportunity 2. A moist cloth should be used – Autoglym Bird Dropping Wipes are ideal – to gently lift the deposit from the vehicle surface. 3. If the deposit is dry or

doesn’t lift easily, place a moist cloth over it for ten minutes to soften the deposit 4. Dispose of any cloth or wipe used to remove bird droppings immediately and carefully wash your hands, as bird lime can harbour diseases

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Citihenge launches new Škoda Model


ar giant ŠKODA has installed a unique replica of Wiltshire’s iconic Stonehenge - made entirely from recycled car parts - on London’s Southbank. The sculpture, which has been unveiled in time for the evening of the Summer Solstice (20th June), has been specially positioned to sit on little known ley lines and is set to become one of the key talking points in the capital this summer… With the new car as its centrepiece, the audacious piece of automotive art dubbed ‘Citihenge’ by the makers, was specially commissioned to celebrate the launch of the ŠKODA Citigo. The giant build will be in position on the Southbank on 19 and 20 June. Citihenge, led by sculptor Tommy Gun, took a design team three months to create. The am-

bitious piece of art, built using 18 scrap cars, stands at over five metres tall. Each henge is five metres wide and the commanding structure weighs a remarkable 36 tonnes.

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Gun, a self-taught artist who specialises in big sculptures often made from machine parts, has exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show and The Grand Designs Show, Olympia, and was commissioned to produce a sculpture for the Tour de France. The installation is the latest in a series of cultural creative projects undertaken by ŠKODA, which has included giant cakes, a car in a cage and collaborations with musicians Anastacia and DJ Tiësto. The beacon of economical motoring will remain at Potters Fields for two days before touring the UK, with a move to the Good-


hese are the first official pictures of the new-look Astra Hatch and Sports Tourer, along with the latest addition to the GTC range, the 195PS BiTurbo diesel model. Available to order now, with first deliveries in September, the refreshed design of the Astra Hatch and Sports Tourer – both of which are built at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire – gives the cars a more bold and aggressive appearance. Both body styles get a new front grille, with repositioned logo-bar in the upper section and a re-styled lower section too. New front indicator lamps and a new design of fog lamp (where fitted) complete the front-end revisions. The rear of The new range of new-look Astra Hatch and Sports Tourer along with the GTC BiTurbo both models has also been re-

wood Festival of Speed and its celebration of car culture, in West Sussex from 28th June – 1st July. Tommy Gun, sculptor says: “The Citihenge project has been the most amazing challenge. Stonehenge is a huge, iconic structure and the Citihenge replica is too. It is made entirely from old car parts, which taps into my own childhood growing up on a farm where I used to love building and creating things with pieces of discarded machinery.”

Citigo re-defines what’s possible with a city car - small exterior dimensions yet exceptional interior space offering ample space for four adults. Great manoeuvrability, exceptional comfort and safety with high levels of equipment, Citigo has been designed to deal with almost anything life can throw at it. freshed, with new rear-panel styling complemented by a chrome lower moulding. New-look Astra pricing remains unchanged from the previous model.


Also available to order from today is the Astra GTC 2.0 CDTi BiTurbo, which will become the most powerful non-VXR model in the range, producing 195PS and 400Nm of torque. And while the extra power and torque give it a healthy lift in performance with 0-60mph arriving in just 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 139mph, the BiTurbo still achieves a combined 53.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 139g/km. All BiTurbos receive Vauxhall’s Start/Stop system as standard.

Citihenge facts

1. The structure is engineered to withstand force 12 hurricane winds. 2. 36 tonnes of steel used in the structure (including the cars). 3. The entire structure weighs 30 tonnes. 5. The accumulative mileage of the cars used in the structure is 1.9 million. 6. The structure was erected on site in London in less 12 hours. 7. The Citihenge structure is 100% recyclable.

Uniquely in this class, the GTC uses a sequential turbocharging system, with the smaller turbo accelerating quickly at lower speeds to eliminate ‘lag’, providing 350Nm of torque from just 1500rpm. In the mid-range, both turbochargers work together providing maximum torque of 400Nm between 1750-2500rpm. The Astra GTC BiTurbo enters the range at £23,925 – a premium of £995 over the GTC 2.0 CDTi 165PS model – but in addition to extra power and torque, receives: bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels, Electronic Climate Control, 6mm lower ride-height, a new bodykit and ‘Track’ interior trim, with a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel.

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Hybrid Audi R8 e-tron quattro takes pole position at Le Mans 24 Hours P remiere at the Le Mans 24 Hours: The 80th running of the endurance classic that has been held since 1923 will see a sports car with hybrid drive starting from grid position one for the first time - the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro. The intelligent combination of TDI power at the rear axle and an electrically driven front axle made it possible for André Lotterer in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro designated as car number "1" to achieve a fastest lap of 3m 23.787s in the final qualifying session on Thursday night shortly after 22:00 - and thus an improvement of last year’s best time by nearly two seconds. "The car was running like it was on rails, simply incredible," raved the 31-year-old German as he praised the advantages of the new type of electric quattro drive that is already being tested at Audi for use in production vehicles. "The guys at Audi Sport did a top job yet again and made my first pole position at Le Mans possible for me. Many thanks to them for this!" But not only the R18 e-tron

quattro showed a convincing performance on both qualifying days at Le Mans. World championship front runner Loïc Duval in the fastest conventionally powered number "3" R18 ultra was merely 0.291 seconds slower. "My lap wasn't’ completely free, more would have been possible," reported the Frenchman. "That’s why I’d actually expected my time to be beaten. But the main goal was to be in front of Toyota and we achieved this."


Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen in the number "2" Audi R18 e-tron quattro set the fourth-fastest lap (3m 25.433s) behind the quickest hybrid vehicle from Toyota. Le Mans rookie Marco Bonanomi in the number "4" Audi R18 ultra took grid position six (3m 26.420s). This meant that all four vehicles fielded by Audi Sport Team Joest qualified for the three front rows. After 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2011, this marked the seventh pole position for Audi at Le Mans. Each time, the brand with the four rings secured the complete front row at those events

l The Audi team of Fässler, Lotterer and Tréluyer celebrating their pole position start as well - albeit never before with two different technologies. "Of course, we’re proud to be

the first automobile manufacturer to clinch the pole position with a hybrid vehicle at Le Mans and to

outperform the two Toyota hybrid cars," said Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "But

this is just a very small step. The much bigger task is still ahead the race. Therefore, as always, we used the two practice days almost exclusively to work on the race set-up. The result is that we’ve now got cars that are very good to drive and which until now ran with absolute reliability too. But you could also very impressively see today that you can’t only be fast at Le Mans with a diesel – that’s exactly what we’ve always said. This double pole is the nicest thank you for the entire squad that has been working hard on preparing the cars so superbly." The 80th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours will be started on Saturday at 15:00 and broadcast live by numerous TV channels worldwide. At com Audi is offering live streaming in which spectators can continually watch the race from the onboard perspective of the Audi R18 cars. The smallest Audi made a big appearance at Le Mans as well. The A1 quattro that is produced in a limited number of 333 cars will be driven in front of the field on the formation lap.

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Half of all holidays are taken by the over 45’s

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Lovebirds flock to El Gouna

Older travellers today account for over half of all holiday spending, with the trend only set to increase, according to a report published this week by leading escorted travel specialist Travelsphere. The Travelsphere ‘Frequent Flying and Globe Trekking Older Travellers Report’, prepared in association with Mintel Research Consultancy, debunks the myth that older consumers are one homogenous group. Those aged 4554 opt for frequency, taking more holidays abroad than any other age group, while those aged 55-64 were the only segment to increase long haul travel between 2008-10, in the context of an overall market decline of 9%. Older travellers are today’s globetrotters - 40% of all long haul trips were taken by 45-64 year olds in 2010. People over 65 years old are the most prolific of the older 45+ market, with 28% taking two or more foreign holidays a year, compared to 19% of all British holidaymakers. The report also dispels images of how older people travel and book their holidays, showing those over 55 are more likely to go on a touring holiday than young backpackers, and are more likely to book their whole trip online than under 45 year olds, with two thirds doing so, rather than 57% of the younger group.

Time, Interest & Energy What is clear from the research is that while current economic hardships have impacted harder on the holidaying habits of the under 45s, those over 45 still consider holidays essential. Two thirds of over 55s see holidays as necessary spend, compared to only half of 45-54 year olds and 45% of under 45s. Ian Smith, group CEO, Page & Moy Travel Group, said “The fact that people over 50 are the highest spending and most prolific long-haul-travellers is backed up by Travelsphere’s experience. We’re the UK’s leading escorted and group travel company, specialising in enriching holidays for all older travellers, and we are also the UK’s leading long haul operator to China, and reporting increasing demand for holidays to Asia and the USA.” Ian continues, “Many of today’s older travellers have time, money and the internet at their fingertips to entice and enable. The UK’s older population is growing at the fastest rate, accounting for 17% of our population today, but is expected to rise to 23% by 2035, so


ith wide-spread flooding, stopstart showers and lingering drizzle, it’s little wonder that Brits are leaving the country to find the sun in Red Sea resorts like El Gouna. Tour operators Holiday Designers and Red Sea Holidays have both seen sales peak over the last fortnight and believe the erratic weather and lack of summer weather is the prime reason. With the near-guaranteed sunshine that El Gouna offers, it’s no surprise that the resort is a popular pick.

couples, with the Three Corners Ocean View Hotel in El Gouna reporting a 16% increase in UK bookings over the last two weeks, all made by two adults sharing a double room. Dan Lion, Managing Director at Holidays Designers, concurs: “Late bookings for El Gouna are typically made by couples heading over for a week to make use of their bank holidays rather than being stuck indoors at home.”

In particular, the Red Sea resort is proving attractive to

Both Holiday Designers and Red Sea Holidays report that it’s the late deals that are really proving popular for people fed up with the rain, with most bookings made within two

older travellers will continue to dominate the tourism offering at home and abroad”. John Carter, former presenter of

Wish You Were Here and a Travelsphere customer, said “It’s no surprise to me to discover older holidaymakers are taking over

weeks of departure. Jason Hilton, Sales Director at Red Sea Holidays, says that El Gouna has remained a popular choice for travellers since April this year: “Sales have been exceptionally strong since the Easter break, particularly late sales. There’s no doubt the unpredictable weather is playing a big part in driving sales with people desperate for some welldeserved sunshine!” El Gouna is recognised as Egypt’s most environmentallyfriendly holiday destination, with unspoilt lagoons and miles of sandy beaches.

the world. We’ve got the time, interest and energy to search out destinations we’ve always dreamed of visiting”

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Tata inspires ‘Kids of Steel’ in the park

l One triathlete finishes the course in Birmingham which is sponsered by Tata Steel Over 700 local school children flocked to Handsworth Park, last month, to take part in the ‘Tata Kids of Steel’ event, giving school children a fun, new experience of the fast growing, modern and dynamic sport of triathlon. The event, organized by British Triathlon in partnership with Tata Steel was part of the commitment to provide at least 50,000 8-13 year olds with a positive experience of triathlon by the end of 2012. Children from 31 local schools were given the chance to swim, bike and run, everyone fitted with the correct size bike, helmet and swim cap, plus t-shirt and gym

sack to help harness the very best of their inner triathlete. Sytske Seyffert of Tata Steel said: “As Corporate Partner of British Triathlon, Tata Steel is committed to nurturing the grass roots of the sport and enabling children to experience the sport of triathlon, regardless of ability. This year marks the sixth year of Tata Kids of Steel and, with more than 20,000 children expected to participate in 24 events nationwide, it promises to be the biggest and most exciting yet. Many events take place close to our sites, demonstrating our commitment to the local communities that we are part of."

British Triathlon Chief Executive Zara Hyde Peters OBE, added: “To see over 700 youngsters all enjoying triathlon in Birmingham, was fantastic. With the support from Tata Steel, who provided equipment and support for all the participants, our aim is to ensure that every child walked away with a smile on their face and inspiratrion to support our athletes as they race for Team GB this August.” Birmingham was the 11th event in the 2012 Tata Kids of Steel triathlon series and since launching in 2007, over 35,000 children from over 400 schools have taken part in Tata Kids of Steel events.

Claret and Blue Honours given to former Aston Villa Football legends

l David James

l Paul Elliott


t was a claret and blue celebration in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Former Aston Villa stars Paul Elliott and David James were both awarded medals for their respective services to football. Goalkeeper James was made MBE for his contribution to the game as well as his much respected charity work.

It Out’ and other connected organisations. “I feel privileged, humbled and flabbergasted by this honour,” said an emotional Elliot. “As a footballer you set out in life to win things. I just try to make a positive contribution to the game, in particular and life in general. I’m grateful for organisations such as ‘Kick It Out’ for all the work they do.”

Ex-Villa defender Elliott, already awarded an MBE, was upgraded to CBE for services to equality and diversity in football with anti-racism work with ‘Kick

Former England goalkeeper, James, set up the ‘David James Foundation’ to help communities in Malawi, the poorest country in the world that is not at war.

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Danny Boyle pays tribute to volunteers at 2012 Olympics


ith 45 days to go to the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games preparations have picked up a pace, and today artistic director Danny Boyle has paid tribute to the 10,000 volunteers, cast and crew rehearsing night and day to make the Opening Ceremony a success. There have already been 157 cast rehearsals for the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, with volunteer performers giving up their evenings and weekends to take part in 37 rehearsals at the new site in Barking & Dagenham where detailed preparations for both the Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies are taking place. 3 Mills Studios remains the production base for the London 2012 Ceremonies Team where the prop store is currently looking to complete the production of 2,956 props and staff in the costume department are working hard to produce 23,000 costumes for all four ceremonies, including sewing 24,570 buttons onto the costumes for one of the opening sequences of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. In the Olympic Stadium the installation will begin shortly for

ceremonies lighting which includes 1,100 automated lamps, 1,000 conventional lamps, 500 LED fixtures, and 32 follow spots. This will be accompanied by a million watt sounds system using more than 500 speakers and 50 tonnes of associated sound gear. Work has now started to install the set for the opening scene of the Ceremony, which is called ‘Green and Pleasant’. On entry to the Olympic Stadium in East London the audience will see a scene that represents a traditional and idyllic view of the British countryside.

England, the thistle of Scotland, the daffodil of Wales and flax from Northern Ireland. Danny Boyle, London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Artistic Director, said: ‘The Ceremony is an attempt to capture a picture of ourselves as a nation, where we have come from and where we want to be. The best part of telling that story has been working with our 10,000 volunteers. I’ve been astounded by the selfless dedication of the volunteers, they are the purest embodiment of the Olympic spirit and represent the best of who we are as a nation.’

The whole of the field of play in the Stadium will be transformed into the rolling British countryside as the London 2012 Ceremonies Team creates one of the largest sets ever built. The set will be complete with meadows, fields and rivers, and featuring families taking picnics, sport being played on the village green and farmers tilling the soil whilst real farmyard animals graze – including 12 horses, 3 cows, 2 goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, 9 geese, 70 sheep, and 3 sheep dogs. Each of the four nations will be represented by their national flower– the rose of

l Danny Boyle

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Frater to use Aviva Grand Prix to prepare J

l Michael Frater with his Jamaican 4x100m relay team at the IAAF Champtionships

amaican 100m sprinter and Beijing gold medallist Michael Frater is aiming to use the Aviva London Grand Prix on 13-14 July to acclimatise to the conditions he is likely face at the Olympics this summer. Frater will swap the warm climes of the Caribbean for the unpredictable British weather, as he lines up against a world-class field, just two weeks before the Games begin. Frater will be hoping to repeat the form of his last visit in 2008, when he ran a PB of 10.00. “I’m really excited about coming to Crystal Palace in July – I haven’t competed at the Aviva London Grand Prix for four years, so it’s going to be really interesting to test myself against the conditions I am likely to face if I secure selection for the Olympic Games this summer. “The London Diamond League always seems to attract a worldclass line-up, and I’m sure this year will be no different. It is two weeks before the Olympic Games and I see this as a real opportu-

nity to test myself against the best and give the crowd a real taste of what’s to come in the following few weeks. “I know that the further the season goes on, I will get better and better - I proved this when I set a personal best in Lausanne last year. I have no doubt that when the Aviva London Grand Prix comes around in July, I will be on the top of my game.” Before the Aviva London Grand Prix, Frater will be faced with the gruelling task of coming up against a formidable line-up in the Jamaican Trials at the end of this month. As the sixth fastest Jamaican in the world this year, Frater will have to be at his very best if he is to secure a spot in the 100m team. “Before London, I’ve have to make sure I’m fully prepared and at my best for the Jamaican Trials. I am under no illusions; the Trials will be one of the toughest races in my career. With [Usain] Bolt, [Asafa] Powell, [Yohan] Blake, [Nesta] Carter, [Lerone] Clarke, [Nickel] Ashmeade, [Jacques]

Harvey all in the mix for selection, I have to make sure whatever they run, I have to go even quicker.” Personal glory aside, Frater will also be looking to continue his unprecedented record in the 4x100m relay team. Following a world record winning performance in Beijing, Frater was a part of the team that won gold in the 2009 and 2011 World Championships – the latter being another world record time of 37.04. With the hunger for medal glory still burning strong in Frater, the 29 year old has set his sights on an unprecedented fourth successive medal at major championships. “I have both personal and team ambitions for the Olympics this summer. Obviously individual gold is in my thoughts, but I also have ambitions to successfully defend the relay title we [Jamaica] won four years ago in Beijing.” Back the team and watch the world’s best athletes in action at the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on 13-14 July 2012.

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Windies breeze through

In recording the highest score by a number even batsman, Tino Best knock of 95 in the Third Test at Edgbaston was another major plus for a West Indies cricket team that is slowly laying the foundations for another spell at the ‘top table’ of Test cricket. His astonishing innings not only rewrote the record books, but his efforts resurrected the West Indies on a dramatic day as he and Denesh Ramdhin’s rearguard partnership denied the host any chance of a ‘white-wash’ in the 3-Test series. It was a great knock after a great evening of meeting and greeting supporters, by Tino and his teammates at the Hope’s Bar in Small Heath. For Team Manager, Richie Richardson, Edgbaston could be looked at as a watershed for cricket in the Caribbean: “We’re not the dominant force we once were but with three of the top five batsmen in the world being West Indian, we believe our time will come sooner than you think.” Best became the 13th man in the history of Test cricket to score a fifty at No 11. In fact, he had the opportunity to become the first man to score a hundred at that position.

Final of the ICC at Edgbaston

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dgbaston has won the right to host the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013, with the world’s top eight One Day International teams, including England, Australia and India coming to Birmingham. Colin Povey, Chief Executive of Edgbaston Stadium, said: “Staging the final of such a prestigious tournament is not just fantastic news for Edgbaston, but for the City of Birmingham, which will host many of the world’s greatest players and their supporters during the course of the competition. The £32 million redevelopment of Edgbaston was designed to bring great tournaments and the world’s biggest cricket matches to the city, se are delighted to be chosen for the final.” Edgbaston hosted five matches in the ICC Champions Trophy in 2004, including a semi-final where England famously beat Australia by six wickets and ended their run of 14 consecutive

ODI defeats by their Ashes rivals. In 1999 the venue also staged the legendary tied World Cup semifinal between Australia and South Africa.


Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "It is fantastic to hear that Edgbaston Stadium will be hosting the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013, underlining its status as one of the world’s premier cricket grounds. Birmingham is proud of its sporting heritage, earned because it attracts world-class events like this. Clearly, it is a major coup for the city, and I am delighted for everyone at Edgbaston.” Edgbaston’s £32 million redevelopment programme was completed last summer. This year, England will play there in all three forms of the game. Following on from the recent Investec Test Match against West Indies, there’s the NatWest Series ODI against Australia in July, then a

NatWest t20 International against South Africa in September. Chief Executive for Marketing Birmingham, Neil Rami, said: “Sport is one of the greatest means of promoting a city’s name and image across the world, so the decision to award Edgbaston Stadium with five matches of the prestigious ICC Champions Trophy, including the final, will provide invaluable global exposure for Birmingham. The redevelopment cemented Birmingham as the home of sport in this country, with the city boasting an unrivalled sporting heritage and playing host to more national, European and world sporting championships than anywhere else in the UK. We look forward to welcoming fans to a number of exciting and diverse sporting events in the region in the coming months, including Diamond League athletics and international tennis at the Edgbaston Priory Club.”

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he ‘Last Man Standing’ 8-Man 3K Tournament & Super Fight, in Birmingham, last month, was, to date, the biggest event of its kind to take place in the Midlands to feature the strongest card in UK Muay Thai history.

l Yogi (left), with Manny Bansal of Auto Surgery (middle) and Simon Brade of Inprintz (second right)


youth projects over the years and we continually reinvest back into our local community. That, in itself, is fulfilment of Yogi’s dreams and aspirations.

Away from the thriving, hugely success gym, he also works with the Birmingham Metropolitan Colleges, including the James Watt, Sutton Coldfield and Josiah Mason campuses:

With World, Common1st Floor wealth, European and For ‘Yogi,’ it was reward for the British title holders and contend858 dedication Washwood Heath Road and application he apers converging on the city’s New Ward End, Birmingham, plied to getting the major internaBingley Hall complex, it proved tional event in Birmingham. B8 2NL an overwhelming success for promoters of the major fight night, “Firmly believe that our future Having established Tel: 0121 785 0900 the promiBlack Widow Martial Arts Acadnent Black Widow Martial Arts fighters and instructors need to be emy. Academy in Ward End, it already invested in from an early age, I boasts several regional and na- use Thai Boxing as an enrichment The highly anticipated mega- tional champions including cur- sports activity. showcase was, for Black Wid- rent two times World Champion, ow and, in particular its Chief Dean James, now one of a team of We are home to 150 juniors Flyer.indd 1 Instruct, Events Manager A5and who utilise our facilities. Underqualified trainers there. owner, Yogendra Parekh, a night standing that not all kids want to in which you’d have to go far and Having worked with so many fight, we also realise that they can wide to see any bigger and better. students over the years, help- achieve outside the ring, by coming them to expand and develop pleting their gradings and workEvery fight featured the very their skills to help them to their ing towards the highest levels in best A and B class Muay Thai full potential and maximise their Muay Thai.” fighters, as well as fast-paced Pro capabilities, the academy’s princiMMA and K1 bouts, which added ples and goals are to produce the In the ring we have strong junior to the night’s excitement. Champions and Instructors of to- fighters, producing several junior morrow and with a host to several British champions in our time. Our children and young people grow in confidence and self esteem, which enhances their lives, making them better, more balanced individuals.” A passionate Yogi goes on to say: “I believe that the children and young people who attend our classes exhibit nothing but enthusiasm and dedication albeit with a little direction from us as instructors. This illustrates the essence of what Muay Thai offers. It’s a lifestyle sport and these children prove to me day in day out why I do what I do for a living.”

l The students of Black Widow and their instructor at the Academy in Ward End

Birmingham Win FA Cup

Black Widow host several youth projects, as they continually reinvest into the local community. They work with kids who have anti social behaviour orders against them, to regular visits to local schools. Black Widow Martial Arts Academy will be hosting further events this year, including a ‘Fight Night’ at Gatecrashers, in September and their ‘Night of Champions,’ at the New Bingley Hall, in October.

Congratulations to Birmingham City who won The FA Women’s Cup for the first-ever time after beating Chelsea in a dramatic penalty shoot-out at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate.

Karen Carney, who scored the winning penalty, said of the victory: “I think we showed everyone our character and it was all about the team and the staff. We’re a

family. We thoroughly deserved it.” In addition to the trophy the Blues Ladies received £5000 from The FA prize fund for their historic win.

Look out for the ‘Last Man Standing,’ March next year. It will be the biggest of its kind, ever.

l Students in action at the Martial Arts Academy

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