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The new-look Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar on the 25th floor of The Cube

Facelift for Cube's Laurent-Perrier champagne bar

Upholstery firm Mr McQueen leads revamp of 25th-floor bar

God-ly treats that deserve a big revival

Leigh Waite holding a plate of her Godcakes
An historic Midland cake recipe features in a new book of beloved British bakes. Mary Griffin meets the woman behind the revival of Coventry Godcakes

Spacious Skoda still lives up to its name

Skoda Superb Elegance Greenline Estate
Skoda has created a revamped roomy estate with its new Superb model, writes Edward Stephens

Medic's pioneering study of public health

Birmingham General Hospital in Summer Lane, another charitable medical institution, where John Darwall became a physician in 1831
Chris Upton looks at the work of a 19th century surgeon who researched the health of Birmingham's factory workers

Then and Now: Remarkable images show changing face of Birmingham's business district

The biggest differences can be seen around Chamberlain Square after the development of the Central Library in Paradise Circus, itself due to undergo massive redevelopment later this year
Green-fingered Jo Wesley and Avril Rogers are competing in The Big Allotment Challenge

Growing for gold in BBC competition

Two friends from Worcestershire are digging for victory in a new TV series. Roz Laws talks to them about the joys of keeping an allotment

Birmingham Independent Food Fair to be held at Millennium Point

The event will spill on to Eastside Park with tables, bars and streetfood outside

Facelift and new deal for Cube's Laurent-Perrier champagne bar

The new-look Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar on the 25th floor of The Cube
Upholstery firm Mr McQueen leads revamp of 25th-floor bar
Worcester Cathedral

Solving mystery of the epitaph that got Wordsworth musing

Lying close to the final resting place of nobels is a grave with a rather derogatory one-word epitaph. Chris Upton reports

Medic's pioneering study of public health

Birmingham General Hospital in Summer Lane, another charitable medical institution, where John Darwall became a physician in 1831
Chris Upton looks at the work of a 19th century surgeon who researched the health of Birmingham's factory workers

The perfect place more by accident than design

Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire has a rich history
With its dark secrets and dastardly deeds, Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire has a rich history, as Chris Upton reports.
Volkswagen CC GT TDI BlueMotion DSG

Freewheeling coupe that's fuel friendly

Edward Stephens tests out the comfort factor of the Volkswagen CC

Spacious Skoda still lives up to its name

Skoda Superb Elegance Greenline Estate
Skoda has created a revamped roomy estate with its new Superb model, writes Edward Stephens

Super sleek Evoque has gone up a gear

Range Rover Evoque
The new super slick Range Rover Evoque has some extra special touches, writes Edward Stephens

Midland home designed by architectural revolutionary Edgar Wood on the market

The flamboyant Wood, who was noted for his extravagant taste in hats which lead to his nephews calling him Uncle Headgear, was an admirer of John Ruskin and William Morris, and a contemporary and acquaintance of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Property of the day: Rotherwood House packed with Georgian elegance

There is fine carpentry work throughout, delightfully detailed door cases and a number of beautiful fireplaces

Morris Homes to create 10 new Midlands developments in £234m building programme

The schemes are expected to create 850 new jobs for directly-employed staff and subcontractors who will be working to provide more than 1,200 homes

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Midland home designed by architectural revolutionary Edgar Wood on the market

Sports fashion: it's not just for the gym any more

Then and now: Remarkable images show changing face of Birmingham's business district

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Graeme Brown
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Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
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Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor