• Cash crisis forces Birmingham homeless charity to axe services

    An award-winning homeless charity is being forced to axe its weekend cover because of a £74,000 cash shortfall. SIFA Fireside in Birmingham can no longer afford to hold drop-in sessions on Saturdays and Sundays as its staff, some of whom are facing redundancy, struggle to balance the books. The cut in funding has …

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  • Lunch at 35,00ft in Business Class with US Airways

    I settle down for the flight from Manchester to Philadelphia with a singer from Memphis and a glass of sparking Italian wine. I’ve got Al Green on the headphones (the bishop isn’t actually travelling with me) and the Prosecco has just been poured by a welcoming stewardess from US Airways. We are still …

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  • Selma, Bloody Sunday and “Uncle Martin’s” pyjamas

    We are standing inside the bedroom at the front of the single-storey house when Jawana Jackson picks up a carrier bag. She removes a blue garment that is neatly folded in a cellophane wrapper. “These are Uncle Martin’s pyjamas,” says Jackson, who is aged 55. “They say I should handle them with …

    A pair of Martin Luther King's pyjamas, left behind when he moved on from Selma
  • Pastry chef Sandra is a Birmingham star baker

    Sometimes you have to take your hat off to a young chef’s drive, talent and creativity… Take a bow Sandra Sentjurin. The Birmingham-based pastry chef runs a burgeoning bakery business in her native Estonia, managing orders for handmade chocolates, cakes and desserts via the internet from her UK home. Sandra balances her business interests with the …

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  • Whisky a go-go at Birmingham’s best pubs

    Gone are the days when the local boozer just sold budget blended whiskies and kept a bottle of single malt near the pickled eggs for weddings and wakes. The quality of the whiskies sold in pubs has undergone a rapid transformation in the last couple of years as landlords have sought to diversify …

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  • Best value lunch in Birmingham: MinMin

    What can you buy for £7.80? Obviously, you can pick up a classic album, possibly two. For example.. and I find this hard to believe … you can pick up “Guilty” by Barbra Streisand (with help from Barry Gibb) and Barry White’s “The Collection” for a combined price of £7.20. Isn’t that …

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Cash crisis forces Birmingham homeless charity to axe services

An award-winning homeless charity is being forced to axe its weekend cover because of a £74,000 cash shortfall. SIFA Fireside in Birmingham can no longer afford to hold drop-in sessions on Saturdays and Sundays as its staff, some of whom are facing redundancy, struggle to balance the books. The cut in funding has …

2014-10-30 09.27.44

Lunch at 35,00ft in Business Class with US Airways

I settle down for the flight from Manchester to Philadelphia with a singer from Memphis and a glass of sparking Italian wine. I’ve got Al Green on the headphones (the bishop isn’t actually travelling with me) and the Prosecco has just been poured by a welcoming stewardess from US Airways. We are still …