Design plans for the cars that could have saved MG Rover have been revealed in a motoring magazine.

According to Autocar magazine, the plans were presented to bosses of both Rover and its prospective partner Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) less than a month ago.

Designs shown included four- or five-door saloons, but the vehicles were unlikely to be on the market "this side of 2008", Autocar said.

Among the designs were a new Rover 45 with a new grille and a pedestrian-friendly frontal crash structure; a softer, more conservative four-door version of the Rover 75; and a five-door MG hatchback.


When Veteran Birmingham sailor Tony Bullimore entered the Oryx Quest 2005 round the world yacht race he was widely underestimated.

When he and his crew showed up with their catamaran Daedalus in the Gulf state of Qatar in February, more than a few people smiled at the audacity of a skipper who would enter an older yacht against some of the newest and fastest multihulls in the world. Despite a recent refit, Daedalus still bore the scars of many miles of tough offshore sailing.

At 66 and just over 5ft, Bullimore was the oldest and smallest skipper competing. Similarly his catamaran, Daedalus, was the race's smallest and oldest entrant at 102ft long and 21 years.

But on Friday they silenced their critics, overcoming the light and fickle winds of the Arabian Gulf to take second place and collect a $300,000 prize.


At least 20 per cent of lawyers drink to excess out of stress, according to the profession's helpline LawCare.

It is little wonder. The pressure to stay longer at work, socialise with clients afterwards, and bill more and more has never been greater.

Step in Debra Goldston.

The entrepreneurial 41-year-old, from Moreton in Shropshire, has crafted her own relaxation technique drawn from her experience as a litigation lawyer and a qualified hypnotherapist.


Michael Howard unveiled a #10 million plan to fight the MRSA hospital superbug as he visited the West Midlands - but scored an own goal when he broke hygiene rules on a hospital visit intended to highlight his plans.

The Conservative leader pledged to expand a revolutionary new procedure for identifying MRSA cases, developed by a Birmingham consultant, to hospitals across the country.

He was attending a seminar on health policy at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.

But earlier he failed to follow basic procedures aimed at halting the spread of MRSA on a visit to London's National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.


A Birmingham school where a teacher was suspended for allegedly assaulting a pupil has had its head teacher moved to a new role and is set to be put into special measures.

Education chiefs decided to act amid deteriorating behaviour and achievement levels at Shenley Court Specialist Arts College and Sixth Form Centre in Weoley Castle.

The school's former head Carole Gumbley has been transferred into a new role within the local education authority.

She has been replaced by Ruth Harker, head teacher of top-performing Bournville School.


Hundreds of employees who together form 'Cares', the Business in the Community flagship programme, are converging on Birmingham to share ideas on community volunteering.

The National Cares Convention is being held at Millennium Point and is aimed at widening the impact of company charity projects.

The challenge, which will be unveiled today, is to get a minimum of 25 per cent of all employees in Cares-supporting companies involved in volunteering.

Birmingham Cares, which is supported by The Birmingham Post, is one of 27 local employee volunteering partnerships under the Cares umbrella.

Read more on these stories in Wednesday's Birmingham Post