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Hollywood comes to Shipston-on-Stour

Ann C Holland
Starsky

The Art of Paul Michael Glaser will be exhibited in the Cotswolds in September. Just ten miles away from Stratford, Mr Glaser will bring a little piece of Hollywood to Shipston-on-Stour. His first UK exhibition includes an introductory presentation by Zoom, by invitation only. Running from the 24th to the 26th of September, the public […]

Sent to Coventry – for culture!

Bryan Manley-Green
Lady Godiva

Back in late June, Facebook conveniently reminded me that we’d had a lovely day in Hull when it was UK City of Culture back in 2015. Living less than an hour from Coventry, the current UK City of Culture, we thought we’d take another step out of lockdown and see what the city had to […]

Slavery in the Midlands

Molly Woodcock

The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, begun by UNESCO, is held on the 23rd of August every year. To commemorate this day, Molly Woodcock investigates some links the Midlands had with not only the slave trade, but also the abolition of the slave trade and slavery.

F1 sponsor to deliver a loss to Towcester?

Ann C Holland
DHL Towcester

Concerns over Formula 1 sponsor The recent British Grand Prix saw concerns raised by campaigners in Towcester. DHL, a British GP sponsor, has applied to build a massive warehouse near the historic town which could change its character, they claim. The group, No DHL at Towcester said the proposed one million square foot centre is […]

We don’t have to build on the green belt

Ryan Priest
Brown field site - no need to build on the green belt

Before the recent West Midlands elections, Mayor Andy Street did his campaigning tour boldly claiming that the green belt was under threat, and that only a vote for the Conservatives could save it. To the passive political spectator, it was a sure vote winner, but it didn’t take much digging to uncover the paradox in the Mayor’s claims. … If there is a threat to our green belt, it is clear where that threat comes from.

Sunlit uplands? Not quite

J.E.S. Bradshaw

Sheep farming has had a higher profile in the last two years than for decades. Brexit negotiations and HMG’s increasingly frantic attempts to justify its ditching of 40 year-old, highly beneficial trade agreements have brought it to the front. Nothing has highlighted sheep farming more than the public current discussion of the proposed Australia deal. These are a few personal thoughts, from a very small-scale lowland lamb producer in the Midlands.

Midlands farming sold out: ‘it’s crass and it’s wrong’

Simon Ferrigno

Stanley has farmed 700 acres of land with his parents for the past 12 years in the region. The farm is a mixed arable and beef and mainly tenanted farm on which the family have native longhorn cattle, a breed that was classed as rare until recently. Stanley clearly loves his cattle, and talks with passion about the many dozens of native sheep and cattle breeds that hover near extinction. He fears a Free trade Agreement (FTA) with Australia, said to offer Australia zero tariffs and quotas, will tip these breeds over the edge alongside most of the people who rear them.

The Midlands After Brexit

Cliff Mitchell

Trade figures recently released for the first quarter of 2021 (1Q2021) provide worrying clues as to the impact of both COVID-19 and Brexit on the Midlands economy. One thing that is clear is that long-term planning has never been harder – previous economic trends have been blown out of the water by the pandemic lockdowns, the uncertainty of the transition period, and the confusion of post-Brexit trading.

The Death of Dalian Atkinson

Anna Girolami

Last year in Minneapolis, a black man was killed by a white US police officer. Two weeks ago, officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd in a landmark court case that was reported around the world and hailed by the US president himself as a “giant step forward” against systemic racism […]

Climate denial taints Tory green credentials in Warwickshire County Council race

Simon Ferrigno

Tory-run Warwickshire County Council flaunts its green credentials. It even declared a climate emergency in 2019. However, a press release from a group of local organisations including Stratford Climate Action and local branches of Extinction Rebellion, Stratford Youth Strike 4 Climate and Warwickshire Climate Alliance, has drawn our attention to the climate sceptic position of Councillor Peter Butlin.

The Bard’s town- an unfolding tragedy?

Bob Moore

Once one of the jewels in Britain’s heritage crown, thanks to a combination of Covid and ham-fisted local administration Stratford upon Avon is slowly becoming a wasteland of empty shops and unfulfilled promise.

‘Extreme hoarders – Midlands billionaires edition: part 2’

Joel Bates

Last time we brushed elbows with four of the West Midland’s top wealthiest as outlined by BirminghamLive’s Midland’s affiliated billionaires list. This week, we’ve got our eyes set on the final four in the hopes of helping them stop their billionaire hoarding ways. We now know what a billion pounds looks like. We’ve learned the […]