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Coal heater behind fatal leak 

5 Apr 18

She died at her Old Penkridge Road home, in Cannock, on Tuesday…

Thursday 15th March 2018 

15 Mar 18

1115 – 1230 rain stopped, 10c : Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing 2, Little Egret, Cormorant 5, Goosander 4, Wigeon 8, Teal 6, Pochard f, GC Grebe 2, Common Gull, Buzzard 3, Sparrowhawk, Coal Tit, Lt Tit 2.

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Bricks, floods and rattling chains 

2 Mar 18

As is already known to many, the old industrial area in the heart of the West Midlands known as the Black Country, was a direct result of the large mineral deposits to be found readily available there needed to fire the industrial revolution, i.

Sunday 14th January 2018 

14 Jan 18

Early afternoon, overcast, 4c : little of interest present.

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Review: Daddy’s Home 2 

29 Nov 17

Film Critic Tom Smith Wrinch believes the cast of Daddy’s Home 2 all deserve a lump of coal The post Review: Daddy’s Home 2 appeared first on Redbrick .

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Goat Girl – Cracker Drool 

15 Nov 17

Not sure if any of the ladies involved in this are actually goats but who cares when it sounds this good? It’s a bit 60s, it’s a bit Riot Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrl (goat or otherwise) and the video appears to show the band beating someone to …

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Public Service Broadcasting at The O2 Academy, Leeds, UK – 19th October 2017 

19 Oct 17

Public Service Broadcasting arrive in Leeds halfway through the UK leg of the tour promoting their third album, Every Valley.

Steam day weather (WS7 weather report 8-10-2017) 

8 Oct 17

It is a drizzly start to the day but the good news is that the satellite images are showing that there will be some thinning (after 09:30 hours) and even, possibly, breaks in the cloud bed.

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Chasewater Railway Coal Train event this weekend 

7 Oct 17

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.

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A man of outstanding ability in mining 

1 Oct 17

Well, that was quick and you guys never, ever cease to amaze me – Having done the morning chores and gone for a wander out, I came back to find that following my publication of Jodie Henfrey’s enquiry about the Potters Clay and Coal Company and the …

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Colliery documents had connections with family 

16 Aug 17

THE two bundles of legal documents regarding Pearson’s Colliery which John Taylor has in his possession (Bugle 1293 and 1298) relate to a relative on a separate branch of my family tree.

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Design needs ironing out 

9 Aug 17

THE article in Bugle 1299 (July 19) was interesting but as a metallurgist I am finding the design of the memorial difficult to understand.

Council workers pension fund urged to boycott coal, oil and gas companies 

22 Jul 17

The 14.7 billion West Midlands Pension Fund should instead back housing and renewable energy says Birmingham City Council…

Black Country readers’ letters special 

21 Jul 17

It’s a symbol of our heritage only Does Ms Smith class all chains as symbolising slavery? What about neck chains, bracelets, watch chains? That’s trying to look for connotations that don’t exist.

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West Bromwich carnival float’s plea to burn Co-op coal 

3 Jul 17

A LOT of things may have changed since the 1930s, but political debate has barely budged.

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Cradley Heath coal yard owner’s shotgun is a hand-tooled work of… 

21 Jun 17

WE’RE more than used to readers contacting us regarding stories we published several months earlier, but thanks to our ever-expanding online archive we’ve been contacted by a gun collector in Cumbria who has just seen a Bugle article from more than a…

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Restoration after 83 years service on the Black Country’s canals 

12 Jun 17

DUDLEY Canal and Tunnel Trust own the historic tug called No.5 Bittell.

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Historic papers reveal story behind fires at Old Hill colliery 

10 Jun 17

IN RECENT years John Taylor of Kidderminster has shared with us a wealth of artefacts and interesting pictures from his collection of all things relating to his birthplace of Stourbridge.

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Rare views of the Dudley Tunnel in colour 

4 May 17

THESE postcards take us back in time over 100 years, to the early 1900s, with their rare colour views of the Dudley Tunnel.

On this day: Miner from village near Lichfield dies after coal… 

3 Mar 17

On this day, March 4 1932, John Cheshire, a miner from Chorley near Lichfield, died.

Saturday 4th February 2017 

4 Feb 17

Linley Wood 1415 – 1500, sunny 6c : Nuthatch, Coal Tit 2, Goldcrest, Goldfinch 3, Chaffinch 2, Bullfinch 2, Long-tailed Tit 4, Redwing 2, Blackbird m, Buzzard, Rook over.

Monday 16th January 2017 

16 Jan 17

1130 – 1230 constant driizle, 8c : Great Crested Grebe 3, Cormorant 7, Mute Swan 5, Heron, Canada Geese 201, Teal 11, Tufted 28, Coot 39, Moorhen 12, Lapwing 176, GBb Gull 17, Common Gull 2, Herring & LBb Gull 100+, Bh Gull 200+ incl a white-ringed …

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A Water Coal Man! 

30 Dec 16

Today’s walk was along the Coventry Canal, on one of my favourite routes, from The Glascote Road Bridge to the Fazeley Aqueduct, where you can stand by the canal and look down at the River Tame, which always intrigues me.

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My happy memories of growing up in Wall Heath 

13 Dec 16

I MUST express how much I enjoyed reading Terry Church’s walk down memory lane in Bugle 1263 and 1264.

Thursday 1st December 2016 

1 Dec 16

Linley Wood 1400 – 1500 fairly sunny, 6c : Nuthatch 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit 2, Long-tailed Tit 6, Redwing & Fieldfare mixed flock of 15+, Blackbird 6, Wren, Chaffinch 2, Goldfinch 5, etc.