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Marilyn Spot Midi Dress from Scarlett & Jo 

18 Jun

I have long been a fan of Scarlett Jo .

Delicious Food at Jailbird 

18 Jun

You may remember Nosh Quaff, the Birmingham eaterie with a focus on steak and lobster and a cool yet casual vibe.

Summer Plans – Travel, Work And Family 

17 Jun

As we seem to be moving through June at an alarming rate, I am currently making some plans for the Summer holidays, which will be upon us very soon.

Move Over Diva Cup! Other Menstrual Cups to Consider 

15 Jun

If you’ve tried a menstrual cup before, it’s likely that you’ve tried the Diva Cup .

Travel Etiquette For Brits Abroad 

14 Jun


Celebrating The Natural History Collection With Oasis 

14 Jun

Last Thursday saw another fabulous Brum Bloggers event take place at Oasis, Bullring.

UK Holiday Destinations: Wales 

14 Jun

When it comes to choosing your holiday destination, the old saying is that a change is as good as a rest.

Fabulous Staircase Scenes From The Movies 

13 Jun

When we were house hunting, and looking for our dream home, we visited a house that, although it needed a lot of work doing to it, had one dream feature, a pair of beautiful staircases that were joined by a landing large enough for a feature table.

Simply Stunning: Beautiful Opens At The Wolverhampton Grand 

13 Jun

I have an enormous girl crush on Carole King.

An Evening With Dave Haslam At Birmingham Town Hall 

13 Jun

If there was a World Cup dedicated to having quite a life, then Moseley born Dave Haslam would certainly be into the knockout stages.

Buying Gifts for the Man in Your Life 

12 Jun

It’s not always easy choosing presents for your special man, because while you want to show him how much you love him, not many male-orientated gifts really convey that message.

Enjoy Summer Festivals As Part Of Your Holidays 

12 Jun

Your Summer holidays are a time to relax and unwind in glorious sunshine, whilst maybe also taking some time to explore a new place, finding out something about its history and culture.

How Does Money Impact on Relationships 

11 Jun

“I don’t care too much for money, cos money can’t buy me love.

Selling Your Home – The Improvements You Need. 

11 Jun

We’ve all seen that advert where a family selling their home are asking for advice from Sarah Beeny about what improvements are worth doing in order to get the best price for their home.

Dating Suggestions For The Older Generation 

7 Jun

Starting dating can be exciting, and a little bit daunting whatever your age, the thrill of meeting someone new, of finding a person whose company you enjoy and getting to know them, and hopefully, finding love.

Spring Fashion Update 

7 Jun

A confession to make.

More Father’s Day Gift Ideas 

6 Jun

If you are still looking for inspiration for Father’s Day, then step right this way.

Firing The Spark In A Relationship. 

6 Jun

Whether you are in a long term relationship, are enjoying the first flush of love, or are currently enjoying no strings dating, there is no excuse for letting all the passion and excitement go from your life.

Tips for your job interview 

5 Jun

A job interview can be one of the most nerve wracking experiences of your life.

Love Island – It’s back! 

5 Jun

It was the surprise Summer TV hit of 2017, and the viewing figures and Twitter excitement looks set to make the 2018 version an even bigger hit.

Moontide Contours Twist Swimsuit From UK Swimwear 

4 Jun

First a disclaimer.

5 Reasons To Love Sheer And Silk Lingerie 

4 Jun

There are a hundred and one kinds of women’s underwear out there on the market.

Financing Your Life And Choices 

4 Jun

Once upon a time shopping was simple.

Secrets To Maintaining Your Health & Happiness 

31 May

If one fact is for certain, it’s that everyone is trying to figure out the secret to remaining healthy and happy on a consistent basis.

Simply Snorkelling in Cyprus 

28 May

You may remember a few weeks ago I wrote a post about how I was looking forward to testing my snorkeling kits from Simply Scuba during our holiday in Cyprus.

How To Enjoy Your Summer On A Budget 

22 May

You can still enjoy your summer despite being on a budget, it just means you’ll have to get creative here and there.

The Royal Wedding – Meghan Makes A Beautiful Bride 

19 May

It was the most wonderful of royal weddings.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas 

18 May

Are you like me and always find Father’s Day a tough one to choose a gift for? I never seem to know what to get for my dad, and he is frankly no help in that department when I ask him.

Married life after the big day — what are the costs that lie ahead? 

17 May

With a certain royal wedding taking place this Saturday there is currently a  lot of hype in about weddings, and all the planning and work that goes into making them perfect! But whilst Meghan and Harry won’t ever have to worry about their ...

Getting Set For Summer With Gudrun Sjoden 

16 May

I’m having a fan girl moment for Gudrun Sjoden once again.

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Conducting a Peer Challenge in Gloucestershire 

18 Jun

I spent last week in Gloucestershire as part of the Peer Challenge for the County Council.

Above and beyond at Chasewater again – and a closer look at the dam house 

17 Jun

It’s always nice to see local drone photography and I’m very pleased and honoured to share this set fro former Brownhills lad Steve Martin, whose incredible and high quality work I’ve featured here before.

Staffordshire’s growing economy 

14 Jun

The latest unemployment figures issued this week show that only 1.3 per cent of the local working age population here in Staffordshire is claiming out of work benefits and it has been the same over the last three months.

MBEs and BEMs for Staffordshire residents 

11 Jun

Firstly, a huge congratulations to everyone who was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours over the weekend.

Doing things differently and giving children the best start in life 

7 Jun

The County Council is always looking for new innovative ideas and finding new, more efficient ways of doing things.

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

7 Jun

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that this Sunday (June 10th 2018), the fourth Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 Triathlon will be staged, with a 1.2 mile early morning swim in Chasewater being amongst the highlights IRONMAN 70.3 ...

Remembering D-Day. 

5 Jun

Today is D-Day (well it was during the war) Our Dad was in the South Staffs Pioneer Corps, which I have found out were part of The Royal Engineers.

The fall and rise: Fixing a hole in the cut begins 

5 Jun

Following the sudden and unexpected drop in water level of the canal through Brownhills, and the Wyrley and Essignton Canal as a whole, top Canal and River Trust operatives have isolated the leak in the canal bed at Stoney Lane, Little Bloxwich with ...

Ironman 70.3 

4 Jun

If you enjoy your sporting events, then this Sunday is the IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire triathlon which for the first time will finish in the centre of Stafford.

County Show, Future First Events and Childcare Success 

4 Jun

It’s been the week of the Staffordshire Agricultural Show and it was a great pleasure to spend a couple of hours walking around the stands and watching some of the judging of the animals in their competition classes.

Chasewater Railway Made in Staffordshire Gala this weekend! 

26 May

Sorry again for the late notice but I note Chasewater Railway have their Made in Staffordshire 50th Anniversary Gala this spring Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 26th through to Monday 28th May 2018), with loads of steam and diesel heritage traction ...

Got time to foster? 

24 May

This month we’re celebrating Foster Care Fortnight,  which is the annual celebration of the amazing difference that foster families make to children’s lives every day.

Huge welcome to England squad as they arrive in Staffordshire 

22 May

With just less than a month to go until the start of the World Cup in Russia, it was great to be able to welcome the England squad to St George’s Park were they kick off their training.

The relationship between the private and public sectors 

21 May

I was invited to speak this week at a dinner of the New Local Government Network, one of the leading think tanks in our sector.

Urgent! Please look out for these stolen motorbikes 

20 May

Images posted on Facebook by Stacey Woodfull Hey folks – please be on the lookout for these stolen motorbikes/quads, taken last night Saturday 19th/Sunday 20th May 2018 from Brownhills West and a separate incident in Norton East Road, Norton Canes...

Chasewater from above 

17 May

It’s always nice to see local drone photography and I’m very pleased and honoured to share this set fro former Brownhills lad Steve Martin, whose incredible and high quality work I’ve featured here before.

Meetings, and the common issues facing county councils 

14 May

I spent a day and a half with the other County Council Chief Executives last week at their Spring Seminar.

Successful campaign to Mitigate Impact of HS2 on the county 

11 May

Last month I was in London in front of the HS2 Select Committee campaigning for measures to mitigate the impact of high speed rail on the county.

The Gender Pay Gap, Equality and Diversity, and Learning at Work Week 

9 May

I was thinking about our Gender Pay Analysis and what we should do about addressing it, and would appreciate some feedback from readers.

Summer’s on its way and tourism is booming 

3 May

With the summer just around the corner and tourism emerging as one of the fastest growing industries in the UK, it’s good to see that we’re also reaping some of the rewards here in Staffordshire.

Lots to do at the Chase Sailing Club open day this bank holiday Monday 

1 May

An interesting event is taking place next weekend, Bank holiday Monday 7th May 2018 at Chasewater, where the Chase Sailing Club (that’s the one on the north shore) will be holding their annual open day for people to come and check out what they do.

All set for Staffordshire Day 

30 Apr

With only a day to go now, we’re all set and incredibly excited for our third Staffordshire Day taking place tomorrow.

Current Squad. 36 Mitch Candlin. 

27 Apr

Mitchel James Candlin (born 8 June 2000) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for EFL League 1 side Walsall.

Current Squad. 35 Hayles-Docherty 

27 Apr

Tobias Martin Hayles-Docherty (born 30 January 1999) is an English professional footballer, who plays in Midfield for  EFL League 1 side Walsall Hayles-Docherty came through the youth team to first make the first team bench in April 2017.

Current Squad. 29 Will Shorrock 

27 Apr

Will Shorrock  is an English professional footballer who plays in midfield for League ! side Walsall Shorrock made his first-team debut, as a 74th-minute substitute for  Josh Ginnely in a 2–1 victory over Sheffield United in an EFL Trophy group ...


23 Apr

Saturday involved, after sorting a couple of household things, a beer trip to meet Andy & JC.

On meetings and Elon Musk 

23 Apr

Elon Musk has made the headlines this week with his thoughts on meetings.

A great disco in aid of a wonderful local charity on tonight! 

20 Apr

Just a quick note to point this event out that’s happening this evening (Friday, 20th April 2018) over in Cheslyn Hay that friend of the blog Stephen Hill has let me know about.

Current Squad. 30-33-34=37-38-Mr Mystery. 

19 Apr

All of the above were entered into the squad by Jon Whitney, but I cannot find any information on them I would appreciate it.

Congratulations to our Commonwealth medal winners 

16 Apr

I hope people got the chance to enjoy some of the Commonwealth Games over the last couple of weeks and in particular cheer on some of our very own Staffordshire sporting stars.

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