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Three Short Ballets from the Birmingham Royal Ballet 

22 Jun

Last night saw the opening of the second show of the Birmingham Royal Ballet summer season for 2017.


Dinosaurs in the Wild – a trip back in time at The NEC 

21 Jun

Last night I traveled back 67million years in time to Time Base 67, a groundbreaking research facility that is finding out all that needs to be known about the Cretaceous period, and the dinosaurs that roamed and ruled the world.


The Hidden Benefits of Prepaid Cards 

21 Jun

It is widely known that prepaid cards are reloadable and are today a recognised payment option, offering the same functionality as traditional credit and debit cards.


The Best Things to Wear With Leggings, Jeggings and those Skinny Jeans 

21 Jun

Skinny pants, including leggings, jeggings, and skinny jeans, are a fashionable addition to any wardrobe and open up a world of possibilities for women to be stylish and comfortable.


Claiming Compensation As A Victim Of Abuse 

20 Jun

“People are now asking me why Sir Jimmy Saville’s victims were not able to ask for help.


How To Capture Tuscan Style 

20 Jun

Tuscany has to be one of the most beautiful parts of Italy, as well as one of the most diverse.


Stylish Succes – What Does A Fashion Stylist Need To Know To Succeed? 

20 Jun

The job of being a stylist is now, more than ever, one of the most popular popular emerging professions in the wide world of fashion.


Style Focus – Coffee Table Books At The Works 

19 Jun

There are books that are made to be read and read.


Making the Most of your Garden this Summer 

19 Jun

Although the great British Summer is notoriously unpredictable when it comes to the weather, the warm, sunny spells we’ve been having recently does give us a chance to make the most of our garden or outdoor space, whilst we can.


Watchshop.com – They Do Sunglasses Too. 

19 Jun

Watchshop.


RIP Anita Pallenberg 

18 Jun

This week saw the death of the ultimate rock chick.


Friday Fashion – Lovedrobe Stripe Print Bardot Top 

16 Jun

There are certain fashion trends that make a comeback after a period in the fashion wilderness, and then decide to stick around.


Trying out #PrezzoLaFamiglia at NewSquare, West Bromwich 

14 Jun

Italian food chain Prezzo recently launched a new concept on it’s already impressive menu.


June 11th – A terrible end to a ride that started really well. I… 

14 Jun

June 11th - A terrible end to a ride that started really well.


Coppelia – Shimmering, Sparkling and Super Fun 

14 Jun

The Birmingham Royal Ballet summer season began in Birmingham on Tuesday evening with the opening at the Hippodrome of  the ever charming Coppelia .


Holiday Picks From Dorothy Perkins 

13 Jun

It was one of the main anomalies in the fashion world, just as you actually enter a season (i.


Dating Ideas for Culture Vultures 

13 Jun

Dating used to be so simple.


Summer In The City Sizzlers From Boden 

12 Jun

In my last post I talked about staycations , and all the fun you can have if you are not going abroad this year.


Reviewed – Magic Bodyfashion Amazing Bra 

9 Jun

As a fairly big busted lady, I can hold my hand on my heart and say I never go without a bra.


Top cars to rent this summer 

9 Jun

This summer, why not drive the car of your dreams by renting from companies in the UK.


How Often Should You Change Your Mattress? 

9 Jun

Aaaah! My bed.


Adding Metallic Elements To A Room 

8 Jun

Even though it remains true that neutral colours are the most popular choice when it comes to decorating our homes, more and more people are now looking to more interesting choices.


Bringing Foreign Cultures Into Your Wardrobe And Home 

8 Jun

Western markets run their annual cycle of fashion ranges and sometimes as a business, many brands opt for the safer route.


May Outfit Posts 

7 Jun

May was busy.


Online Shopping: Hacks You Need To Know About! 

7 Jun

Everyone’s shopping online nowadays, and if you not – where have you been hiding? It’s the new way of life, no more waiting in line at the store or getting told your size is no longer in stock after scanning the place for hours! Everything is ...


Running Wild is simply incredible at the Wolverhampton Grand 

7 Jun

Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild opened at the Wolverhampton Grand last night, with a show that truly made you feel like you were in an Indonesian rain forest.


Learning to Cook Like a Pro For Your Family 

6 Jun

If you’re a mom, chances are you have to do at least some of the cooking for your family.


Top 6 Ways To Create Your Own Retro Games Room 

6 Jun

Regardless of your age, the nostalgia you have from being a child is universal.


The Crucible at the New Alex Theatre – Powerful and Brilliant 

6 Jun

The 1950s were strange times in America.


A touch of Westwood from OD’s Designer Clothing 

5 Jun

OD’s Designer Clothing is a one stop shop for all those with a love of designer labels.


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Celebrating Armed Forces Day 

22 Jun

Armed Forces Day is this Saturday (24 June) and as a big supporter of the forces we all hope people will join the county council in showing our support for the brave men and women who make up our Armed Forces community.


The Grenfell Fire 

20 Jun

The fire in the Grenfell tower block in Kensington was a truly horrific event, one that defies description in any normal way.


Hot spell causes bloom of blue-green algae at Chasewater 

20 Jun

This is an important one for dog-walkers and users of Chasewater in general who may let dogs swim in the water - blue green algae has once more been found in the lake, and Staffordshire County Council yesterday (19th June 2017) issued a warning to ...


Get some Iron, man – Ironman hits Chasewater and South Staffordshire this Sunday 

16 Jun

Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that this Sunday (June 18th 2017), the Third Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 Triathlon will be staged, with a 1.2 mile early morning swim in Chasewater being amongst the highlights.


Celebrating three years of Superfast Staffordshire project 

15 Jun

Superfast broadband is recognized as the next essential utility for everyone, whether it’s for business, schools, or leisure and when we don’t have good access we miss it.


Want to be a Friend of Chasewater? Come find out more this evening! 

14 Jun

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 ...


End of year budget 

12 Jun

I’ll probably refrain from making any observations on this week’s General Election, as the dust has not settled and there remains much that is undecided.


Please be deer aware! 

10 Jun

There's an important warning I need to share from Chasewater Rangers about the local deer population - not just at Chasewater, but all thought our area from the heaths of North Walsall to Cannock Chase.


Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 

8 Jun

VIDEO: How ‘Leek Food Co-op’ is Helping people lead healthier and happier lives Throughout this week we have been recognising and celebrating the contributions of the thousands of volunteers helping out across the county to make Staffordshire a ...


Remembering the Battle of Messines and its Staffordshire connections 100 years on 

31 May

On 7 June 1917 Allied troops were fighting their way into the village of Messines in Belgium in one of the most successful offensives of WWI.


Manchester, and Volunteering Week 

30 May

I could not start this week’s entry in any other way than to pay my respects to the relatives of those killed in Monday’s terrorist attack in Manchester, and to wish those injured a full recovery.


Beware: Lady intimidated at Chasewater Heath 

27 May

I note in the last couple of days a worrying report of a lady being followed by a male behaving oddly on Chasewater North Heath, and post the following to warn dog walkers, particularly other women, to.


Welcoming new county councillors 

26 May

This week we had our first Full Council meeting since the election in May and welcomed 31 new members to the Chamber.


Urgent – Millie the dog stolen from Brownhills West – can you help? 

22 May

I note from local social media that a pug cross dog, Millie was stolen this evening, Monday 22nd May 2017 from Hednesford Road, Brownhills - I would ask that anyone seeing the dog, or who knows who may have her, contact the local police, K9 Search or...


Learning at Work Week; Stafford Office Moves 

22 May

Last week was Learning at Work Week, and it was a real pleasure to join a group of colleagues undertaking a 2 hour session on project and change management.


In the soup again… at Chasewater this Saturday! 

18 May

This Saturday, 20th May 2017 sees the second Chasewater Soup micro funding event, run by, among others, Kate cardigan from Lichfield Lore.


Countdown on for IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire 

18 May

It’s hard to believe it’s almost a year since our last IRONMAN, but it’s back for the third time and there’s now less than a month to go.


Friends of Chasewater: informal meeting this evening! 

16 May

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 ...


NHS IT Ransomware; The Trusted Executive 

15 May

The ransomware attack on NHS IT systems dominated media coverage over the weekend and really brought home the importance of cyber security for an organisation like ours.


Making a difference in local communities 

12 May

There are lots of people in our communities going out of their way to make a real difference within their local neighbourhoods and following the County Council’s local elections on 4 May, 62 councillors were chosen by the people to represent them.


My election experience as Returning Officer 

8 May

The highlight this week was undoubtedly the county council election on Thursday, and the results day on Friday.


Friends of Chasewater: informal meeting this evening! 

3 May

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 ...


Comparing the challenges of the public and private sector 

2 May

I spent a day last week in my Colonel Commandant role in the Army.


Big Ideas Need Attention to Detail Too 

24 Apr

I spent a very useful couple of hours in Northfield Village in Stafford with Philip Atkins and Mike Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council.


Learning a work: the recipe for success 

19 Apr

I hope that you have all enjoyed a relaxing break over Easter, even if it was only the long weekend.


The story of a Norton Canes ANZAC 

16 Apr

I take huge pride today in being able to post the following article by noted and very much respected war historian Andrew Thornton, who's done so much to record the life, times and service of som many servicemen, local and not so local.


Well, this really floats our boat! 

15 Apr

Yesterday, I pointed out that Brownhills was hosting the Historic Narrow Boat Club who have their Wyrley Cruise event on this weekend, and the tour will be spending a couple of days at Silver Street in Brownhills (15-16th April 2017) before moving to...


Historic canal boat tour comes to Brownhills this weekend 

14 Apr

The sharp eyed amongst you will have no doubt noticed that Brownhills has some rather special guests staying with us over Easter - the Historic Narrow Boat Club have their Wyrley Cruise event on now, and the tour has hit town! Continue reading...


The Care Brokerage Team, SMART working and creating the conditions for more and better jobs 

10 Apr

I spent a very useful and enjoyable hour with the Brokerage Team this week, learning more about how we commission care for the frail elderly.


Friends like these are friends indeed! 

8 Apr

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.


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