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Friday, January 30th, 2015

An Apple A Day

Details of a study, released this week, show that the growth in obesity rates amongst the young in England is ‘levelling off’. The number of children being overweight or obese had at one point been increasing by 8% per year but is now remaining relatively static.

This is hardly good news, though, because over a third of

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Happy (and Optimistic) New Year

Firstly, a belated Happy New Year to all.

The New Year has started on extremely positive notes. Firstly Nick Clegg visited the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP to give the sub-region some money to invest. The subsequent press release said:

“Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today joined private and public sector directors from the GBSLEP board

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Friday, December 5th, 2014

Time for a Rethink on HS2??

The HS2 line from Birmingham to London is starting to look out of date already and it is not set to open until 2026 at the earliest.

The  Central Japan Railway Company is also working on a high speed line over a not dissimilar distance, and due to open in 2027. This will link Tokyo and

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Friday, November 21st, 2014

Every One A Winner

This Monday saw the presentation of the Solihull Civic Honours 2014, recognising the dedication, commitment and endeavours of people who make Solihull a better place. Each of the nine Awards presented went to a fully deserving winner from our community sector, whose achievements should be recognised and we should celebrate their success with them.

The winners

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Friday, November 7th, 2014

Shove Up, We All Have To Take Up Less Room Here

It is very sobering to read of a study suggesting that 14% of the humans that have ever lived are alive today, and talks in terms of a need for fertility control,  see: and

The fact is that the human race is highly successful at survival and reproduction but is in danger of outgrowing the resources of

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Pay As You Go? Why Not?

In a month’s time the way we punters will pay to use the southbound Queen Elizabeth II Bridge and northbound Dartford Tunnel, as the M25 navigates the Thames, will change. There will be no more queuing to pull up at a booth and grope for change. When we venture that way, we will sail through

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Friday, October 10th, 2014

Important Days of our Lives

Some of the most important days of our lives will be ones that we cannot remember in our minds but will have had a profound effect on who we are and how we have navigated this mortal coil.

In the first five years we will have built the foundations of our very selves as our brains underwent their most dramatic

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Friday, September 26th, 2014

A Vital Read

May I point you to a vital piece of reading for everyone with an interest in life and wellbeing in Solihull, our Director of Public Health’s Annual Report.

This contains some excellent news, not least that compared with a decade ago, in Solihull:

• 1030 fewer premature deaths have occurred from cardio-vascular disease
• 750

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Friday, September 12th, 2014

Grasping the Economic and Political Outlook

Two contrapuntal things have hit my radar this past week. Firstly, came a realisation of how far the Scottish Referendum has led many of those with a vote to attempt to get their heads around the economic and political implications, probably, in many cases, further than they ever have before. The news bulletins have reflected an intense level

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Friday, August 29th, 2014

What Folk Really Want to Vote for…

We sit between two contrasting elections. Last week’s West Midlands Crime Commissioner election plumbed the depths of apathy. There was as much animation atop the plinth of Nelson’s Column as there was at our Polling Station when I called in to cast my pair of crosses. Not another punter in sight from the second I

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