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Central driving for a storage solution.

Abizarre report reaches me of strange goings-on at Central TV's new building.

A certain magazine reports that directors recently held a meeting at their new premises which are smaller than their old one in Broad Street.

It is reported that the new building has insufficient space to store video tapes and documents in its library and officials feared that directors would not want to be confronted with corridors piled high with tapes and paper.

Thus - it is claimed - a lorry was loaded with the offending material and ordered to drive round the city centre until the meeting was over.

Can it be true?

Things I'll bet you didn't know section: A Birmingham City Council report about Edgbaston Conservation Area says: "The area lies on a low, but quite distinct, ridge of Keuper Sandstone which runs from Northfield in the south of Birmingham to Sutton Coldfield in the north.

"The so-called Birmingham fault passes through the extreme south of the conservation area, roughly parallel with the Bristol Road.

"This separates the Keuper Sandstone of the ridge from the lower-lying Keuper Marl of the Rea Valley floor. Both Keuper Sandstone and Keuper Marl belong to the Triassic period of geological formation.

"Keuper Sandstone in particularly fertile loamy soil."

So there.

This weekend is Wolverhampton Wanderers' big day with a semi-final FA Cup clash against Arsenal at Villa park.

But will chairman Sir Jack Hayward be there?

It is less than a month since Sir Jack underwent triple heart by-pass surgery in a Los Angeles hospital, having delayed the operation until after he'd seen Wolves beat Leeds United 1-0 at Elland Road in the quarter-finals.

But managing director John Richards is fairly sure of the answer.

"If he can cope with the pressure and tension surrounding Hans Segers' last minute penalty save against Leeds in the last round, he can cope with anything."

Good luck Sir Jack.

Researchers trying to stop battery hens being accidentally killed have, strangely, hooked them on to television.

Researchers at Scotland's Roslin Institute, where Dolly the sheep was cloned, showed hens and chicks video images for ten minutes each day to see if it would calm their aggression.

In just a few days they were hooked.

"As soon as the TV appears, they whiz across and spend time there," Roslin researcher Bryan Jones said.

And the most addictive images - fish and flying toasters, apparently.
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Author:Bright, John
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Apr 3, 1998
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