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A taste of heaven that comes out in the wash
Soap is far too crude a term for our modern merchandisers; far more oblique strategies have been found to avoid using it.
Railways spelt end of the line for grand assembly room
Chris Upton tells the tale of the lost lion of Herefordshire.
Writing off the demons of the road
The sound of crunching metal; then, the sight of a big HGV disappearing into the distance, with a “so long, sucker” expression writ large in its tail-lights.
Haunting figures of city’s hidden mural
The artwork of a Jewish painter who fled Nazi Germany can be seen in a Coventry church. Chris Upton takes a look.
Toying with the past for anniversary
Chris Upton is searching for a Gladstone and Chamberlain toy to display at a conference to commemorate Joseph Chamberlain’s death.
Royal death still haunts Scots psyche
The death of James IV in 1513 at the Battle of Flodden was a blow from which the country never fully recovered.
Village visit inspired writer’s famous poem
Chris Upton delves into the literary history of the Polesworth Circle in Warwickshire.
British Industries Fair in Birmingham was a right royal occasion
A quiet spot of industrial Birmingham became a huge attraction for kings, queens and VIPs for 40 years.
This AA book of walks can take a hike
The guide by Nick Reynolds has not been updated in four years and landscapes have changed.
Biological attack on Cotswold town
A Cotswold community hit by a smallpox outbreak has been studied by scientists looking at the spread of disease. Chris Upton reports.
Strip down to the bare essentials
You may have noticed in the press that people have been taking their clothes off in Erdington.
Captured artillery a reminder of what troops were facing
Weapons seized from Germans in the First World War were installed as trophies on sites across Birmingham. But in later years their popularity quickly diminished, as Chris Upton reports.
When did banking become 20 questions?
It’s the moment I dread. “I just have a couple of security questions,” says the call centre operative at my (not so local) bank.
Coventry's remarkable collection of glass is still under wraps
Medieval treasures removed from Coventry during the war have never been fully displayed in the city ever since. Chris Upton looks at the collection.
Football League Cup
Something to smirk at for once
As Wolves begin their thankless wanderings to Stevenage and Crawley, Port Vale and Preston, I can console myself in the knowledge that (a) we have a ground (b) our owner is not in custody and (c) I have no tattoos. Perhaps I can smirk after all.
Midlands glazier created this medieval masterpiece
One of the triumphant achievements of the Middle Ages was created in the Midlands, writes Chris Upton .
Nelson and an expectant jubilee party
It was one of Birmingham’s most glittering of days. On October 25 1809 the new statue of Lord Nelson was unveiled in the Bull Ring.
Library of Birmingham
The Central Library... the story so far
As a new chapter in the history of Birmingham’s Central Library is about to begin, Chris Upton reports on its origins.
House of Lords out of date and out of touch
The House Of Lords is full of cloying anachronisms. Can anything in Westminster said to be humble?
Tamworth politician left a great legacy despite his mean reputation
Despite using some of his wealth to help the citizens of Tamworth, voters turned their back on would-be politician Thomas Guy. Chris Upton takes a look at the life of the 17th century businessman.
Right step for old staircase worth saving
Chris Upton visits some of Birmingham's most decorative spiral staircase's.
Naked ambition of HMS Birmingham
Chris Upton looks at the Bane of HMS Birmingham.
A wandering mind come rain or shine
It is a remarkable feature of the human brain that it is incapable of retaining focus during the weather forecast.
Astley Castle restoration was a noble deed
The renovation of one of Warwickshire’s lesser known castles has been completed. Chris Upton takes a look around.