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Comeback Fashion Trends 

18 Oct

If you don’t think your mother is the trendiest person you know, then we have bigger problems on the horizon than you might think, or you might be under a bewitching spell in which the women who gave you life isn’t cooler than millennial pink...


Pearls for Tears. 

18 Oct

Princess Margaret in 1951.


Halloween Fashion From New Look 

18 Oct

In the car this morning, as I once again tried to avoid sleep walking through the school run, a song came on the radio that immediately made me smile.


My taste of Thailand 

18 Oct

If there is one place that I truly love in the world, it has to be Thailand.


Reviewed: The Hampton Cornflower Blue Grab Bag from Yoshi Bags 

17 Oct

Yoshi Lichfield should really be called the home of the bag.


Bath or Shower – which do you prefer? 

17 Oct

It’s an age old question that can start arguments, divide families, and generally go unanswered.


What colour shirts do women prefer? 

16 Oct

When choosing a shirt to impress, a few questions might cross a man’s mind: does it match with the trousers? Is the material of a good quality? Is it suitable for the dress code? But something else that men should be asking is – what does this ...


5 Tips to vacationing with pets in the Lake District 

16 Oct

Whether you have children or not, it is not uncommon for a dog, cat, or other pet to become a member of the family.


Toothpaste Confidential 

13 Oct

Toothpaste sales worldwide are literally a billion pound industry with supermarket shelves stacked high with every conceivable option.


Fashion Friday: Latest Collaborations and Limited Editions 

13 Oct

This season has seen a whole host of limited collection pieces and designer collaborations that have made the High Street a very exciting place to be.


Ophion obscuratus ichneumon wasp 

12 Oct

First record in Staffs since 1973.


Fun ways for you and your child to stay fit this Autumn 

12 Oct

As Winter starts to draw in, and the days get colder, it would be very easy to opt for the choice made by bears and just hibernate until Spring comes around again.


How to transform your child’s room into a princess paradise 

12 Oct

Every princess needs a palace, but sometimes they have to just settle for a bedroom.


Travel Needs Sorted With Cabin Zero 

11 Oct

For many people, the joys of traveling and experiencing new places are slightly tempered by the luggage situation.


Cilla the Musical: A Star is Born 

11 Oct

Cilla the Musical opened at Birmingham’s New Alex Theatre last night and proved to be the best new musical of the year.


A Dark Fairytale at Chi Chi London 

6 Oct

Chi Chi London is always a great place to find fairytale dresses.


Nude Jewellery Blue Lagoon Rainbow Rocks Bracelet 

6 Oct

Nude Jewellery is a fabulous destination for unique and bespoke jewellery .


Monthly Treats That You Deserve 

6 Oct

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hotel Chocolat.


The Wedding Singer is a Joy at Wolverhampton Grand 

5 Oct

I really should start this review with a disclaimer.


Aladdin Weaves A Magic Spell at the Birmingham Hippodrome 

4 Oct

I think that even adults need the magic of fairy tales in their lives, and last night I was transported to the land of beautiful Princesses, handsome heroes and magic lamps when I attended the press preview of Aladdin by the Birmingham Royal Ballet ...


Visiting Harlech Castle 

3 Oct

If you are looking for somewhere to visit this half term, you could pay a visit to the magnificent Harlech Castle .


More on GDPR 

2 Oct

Following Andy Hughes talk at the Derby meeting recently here are some links to documents explaining more about GDPR overview-of-the-gdpr-1-12 12 Step Preparation for GDPR (ISO) GDP General Data Bill (as is) (ICO) GDPR Whitepaper Forms...


Treat Yourself To A New Handbag This Autumn 

2 Oct

If there is one fashion item that I cannot resist, it is the lure of a new handbag.


Win! xtava Pro-Satin Infrared Straightener 

2 Oct

There is a bit of a fallacy about hair straighteners that they are only useful for people who have curly, or at least wavy hair.


Flight Delay – Could You Claim Compensation? 

2 Oct

This Autumn has proven to be a miserable time for travelers.


Halloween Fun For All the Family 

2 Oct

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hotel Chocolat.


Selfridges – The Advent Calendar is Here 

30 Sep

It is always the most anticipated, the most looked forward to Advent Calendar of the season, and the Selfridges Calendar is now available to buy online and in store.


Stunning Storage Solutions From Lumino 

29 Sep

Increasingly we want our homes to be full of products that can do more than one job.


Charity Shop Shopping Haul 

28 Sep

Sometimes a shopping haul can be a trip to a shopping centre or a department store.


Found in a lawn 

28 Sep

Common Ink Cap, Dwarf Bell, Weeping Widow, Verdigris Roundhead and two photos of a slime mould in different phases (yellow to white and then blackening).


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Pearls for Tears. 

18 Oct

Princess Margaret in 1951.


National Adoption Week 

17 Oct

This week it’s National Adoption Week and with almost seven out of 10 children waiting for adoptive families from sibling groups, there’s a real need to help find them loving homes.


And now to something close to all our hearts, good food and drink 

11 Oct

This Friday some of the best food & drink businesses from across the county will go head-to-head at the Taste of Staffordshire GOOD FOOD AWARDS.


Chasewater Railway Coal Train event this weekend 

7 Oct

Sorry again for the late notice but I note Chasewater Railway have their Coal Train event this weekend (Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October 2017) with a mixture of diesel and steam runnings, demo trains and working plant.


Unlocking the power of the crowd 

5 Oct

Supporting communities to be at the heart of local initiatives is the future of local government, and the way that we’ll continue to improve the lives of people in Staffordshire.


The Local Government Challenge, and a Connecting Us Survey reminder 

2 Oct

We had two teams participating in Local Government Challenge this week, run by the West Midlands Employers (WME) of whom we are a member.


Fancy joining work parties at Chasewater? They start today and run through October 

2 Oct

A quick appeal here for folk to join work parties at Chasewater starting today (Monday 2nd October 2017) helping the rangers clear the raised beds around the innovation centre and south shore that have become such a mess.


Stuck in a rut – beware, folks – the deer are getting horny…. 

28 Sep

This is just a quick note to warn people given to exploring the open spaces of the area that over the next 8-10 weeks or so the deer population will be getting amorous - it's rutting time for our large brown friends, and that means one thing: the ...


Appeal underway to keep Leekfrith Torcs in Staffordshire 

28 Sep

Back in February, people worldwide were amazed at the story of how two friends struck gold in a field in Leek.


Join the Friends of Chasewater for a coffee this Friday! 

26 Sep

That there Kate Cardigan from Lichfield Lore has been in touch to say that her new Friends of Chasewater group have a Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Innovation Centre this Friday morning between 10am and 1pm.


Connecting Us Survey and Burton Gateways update 

25 Sep

The Connecting Us Survey is just about to go live, and I would like to take the opportunity to encourage you to make sure that your voice is heard.


Get ale and hearty at Chasewater this weekend! 

23 Sep

Noted ale arse The Stymaster has been in touch to let me know that from 12 noon until 5pm today and tomorrow (Saturday and Sunday 23/24th September 2017), Beowulf Brewery in the craft units by Chasewater is having an open day.


People get their first glimpse of plans for new Staffordshire History Centre 

19 Sep

  This month we are giving people a sneak preview of our plans  for the exciting new Staffordshire History Centre at a series of open days.


Crowdfunding, and thanks 

18 Sep

There’s a hugely important milestone in our People Helping People work this week, with the launch of the Crowdfund Staffordshire platform.


Big Air wakeboard festival this Saturday at Chasewater 

15 Sep

There's a great event taking place at the Chase Watersports Centre at Chasewater - The Big Air 2017 Wakeboard Competition is a whole festival of Wakeboarding fun for all the family, taking place this Saturday 16th September.


Praise from Ofsted for our children’s services 

12 Sep

This week, we have received confirmation of the result of the recent OFSTED inspection of the Children’s Service.


Strolling again! 

10 Sep

I've always supported the wonderful parent and toddler walking and social group that took place weekly at Chasewater - Chasewater Strollers, which grew via the human dynamo of Esther Allen and others into the wonderful Spark movement in Burntwood...


A remedy to the shortage of water 

10 Sep

Several times over the previous eight years of this blog the question of the function and decommissioning of the steam pump that once stood at Chasewater has cropped up, and always provokes interesting debate - well, reader Ian James has been in ...


Chasewater Railway Late Summer Gala this weekend 

9 Sep

Sorry again for the late notice but I note Chasewater Railway have their late Summer Gala this weekend (Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017), with special guest engine Bagnall 0-4-0ST 2842 Kent No 2 and a much busier running timetable than...


A busy week for parents with children back at school 

8 Sep

It’s September again and this week sees children across the country heading back to school for the new term after the summer break.


Study in light. 

30 Aug

1952 Lucas-Freelight brochure, recently advertised and sold via eBay.


Summer breaks, My HR and the return of IRONMAN 70.3 

29 Aug

I hope that you have all had a relaxing break over the summer and had the opportunity to spend some well-earned time with family and friends.


Friends of Chasewater: Meeting this Wednesday evening! 

22 Aug

That there Kate Cardigan from Lichfield Lore, Lichfield Discovered and a host of other historical and community based projects is appealing for people to join her and other volunteers in the new Friends of Chasewater Group, and to that end they have ...


The new county council Cabinet 

22 Aug

In a recent blog post, I announced the appointment of County Councillor Alan White as the county council’s new Deputy Leader, after Ian Parry stepped down from the Cabinet last month, Following on from this, I am now pleased to announce two new ...


Your chance to meet a Great War historian! NOTE IMPORTANT UPDATE PLEASE 

19 Aug

Here's one I'm awfully late with, but you still have chance to catch the wonderful war historian Andrew Thornton at the Cannock Chase Military History Weekend tomorrow (Sunday 20th August) and this afternoon if you're exceedingly quick to get up to ...


Hot to trot 

18 Aug

I'm not going to beat around the bush, a remarkable piece of local history right out of the blue courtesy of Twitter pal Ben Graham who drew my attention to it an hour ago - those interested in the local history of trotting, Chasewater Stadium and ...


Dignity in Care 

14 Aug

I spent the best part of a day with the carers who look after our most vulnerable people at the annual Dignity Awards, held this year in Newcastle-under-Lyme College.


UK Corporate Games to return to the county 

11 Aug

Sports and leisure has always played an important role in society and a strong offer has the ability to generate visitors, jobs and prosperity for an area.


New Deputy Leader for the Council 

9 Aug

As some of you may already be aware, Ian Parry took the decision to step down from the Cabinet and Deputy Leader in July to focus on a new role with the Centre for Public Scrutiny.


Chasewater Railway – Annual Charities Day this Sunday! 

2 Aug

Chasewater Railway - the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Sunday (6th August 2017) staging it's Annual Charities Day, when the railway will be operating with steam trains, and there will be charity stalls and activities ...


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