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What do the stars of The X Factor, the neighbour’s cat, EastEnders and unexpected callers have in common? No, they’re not guests at the strangest party you’ve ever been to, they’re among the top 50 things which makes dads in the West Midlands grumpy, according to a new survey. Lights left on in empty rooms, heating on too high, drum and bass music and being treated like a taxi service also featured on the chart of cantankerousness.

Through personal experience, from the Bible and from urge from people wanting him to document the things he said which motivate them in the course of teaching or conversation has inspired author Fidel Frederick to write “Greatness Without Tears”. This book will teach readers how not to be contented with their comfort zone or current position by giving them the vim to move to upper levels even when they think they do not need to grow further in anything.

A particularly diverse set of subjects go under the spotlight in a series of local history talks taking place in January. The City of Wolverhampton Council's Arts and Museums Service organises regular talks on a wide variety of historical subjects, including three next month. They begin with He's Behind You!, which tells the story of Victorian and Edwardian pantomime.

Following a hugely successful first leg of the tour, the people’s favourite and one of Britain’s greatest ever comedians, Jim Davidson OBE has added a further 17 dates to his ‘Charlton Nil’ UK tour.The son of a Glaswegian father, born and bred in Charlton, this show is all about Jim’s previous experiences ranging from drummer to window cleaner via shelf stacker - coming to a theatre near you. It’s guaranteed to be the most irreverent, outrageous and truthful show of Jim’s to date.

A spectacular fireworks display will light up the skies over Birmingham on New Year’s Eve as the city bids farewell to 2015 and welcomes 2016. Visible from Centenary Square, the five-minute fireworks display, supplied by Pains, is digitally fired and will feature vibrant colours and memorable, breath-taking sequences. The event, which will run from midnight to 12.05am, is organised by Bob Wilson’s Funfairs in partnership with Birmingham City Council.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (MET), one of the world's largest and finest art museums, is exhibiting “Encountering Vishnu: The Lion Avatar in Indian Temple Drama” till June 5 next year. “Dramas presented during religious festivals in southern India are an important aspect of popular Hindu celebration. This exhibition highlights five rare wooden sculptural masks that represent a largely unrecorded category of late medieval Indian devotional art”, MET announcement says. Artifacts shown go as far back as 5th century.

The Photography Show has announced new show feature, the Wedding and Portrait Stage, sponsored by Loxley Colour, for the forthcoming edition at NEC Birmingham, 19-22 March 2016. Set in the thematic surroundings of a mock-up chapel, visitors will take to the pews to hear from speakers renowned for their expertise in the wedding and portrait genres, including Kevin Mullins, Kate Hopewell-Smith, Brett Florens, Drew Gardener, John Denton, Neil Freeman, Stephen Perry, Marcia Michel, Marian Sterea, Robert Pugh, Adam Bronkhorst, Lisa Devlin, Steve Howdle and Stephanie Thornton.

One lucky Birmingham shopper got more than she bargained for during their latest shopping expedition at Bullring Shopping Centre; the chance to drive home for Christmas in a brand new MINI One. Kelly Breakwell from Great Barr was the lucky winner of Bullring's competition to win the new MINI One; MINI's new style icon worth £13,935.  Shoppers could enter the competition simply by downloading the Bullring PLUS app and scanning the car's QR code for the chance to win the ultimate Christmas gift.

Actor John Altman, who is starring in this year's pantomime at the Grand Theatre, is taking time out from rehearsals to support Alzheimer’s Society by calling into one of Wolverhampton's dementia cafés. Best known as Nasty Nick in Eastenders, John has supported Alzheimer’s Society for many years and will be spending time at the dementia cafe at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on Thursday (17 December) to join in the Christmas merriment with carols and mince pies.

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio presenter, Trish Adudu, will introduce a number of the very best acts from Coventry. Featuring; Sandra Godley, AfroJosh, U.V. Beatz, Ruder Than U, MOBO nominees - Cho3en, the Coventry & Warwickshire Gospel choir and the Allesley School of Dance at the Albany Theatre in the city. Sandra is a 2013 MOBO nominated singer, whose work has won her recognition nationally and internationally.

The South East's most beautiful winter ice rink is open for its sixth year, now until January 17 2016, on the Royal Pavilion's Eastern lawns in Brighton. With the former Royal pleasure palace as the backdrop, huge rink side bar and restaurant with a 40 metre terrace, this hidden gem of a rink is beautifully lit at night and is a great choice for those wanting to skate in a beautiful setting as well as sit down to eat après ice.

The closing date for entries is 7 February, so there's still time to get snapping for Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2016, the world's most prestigious celebration of all that is special and significant about food photography and film. The competition is open to everyone - professional and amateur, young and old - from across the world and boasts a prize pool worth £10,000.

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of music icon Shakin’ Stevens’ classic ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’, which topped the charts in 1985 and continues to re-chart globally each year.  To celebrate the occasion, and for a cause close to his heart, Shaky has re-recorded the hit adopting a Folk/Rock style, and renamed it as ‘Echoes Of Merry Christmas Everyone’, with the proceeds of sales for this year going to The Salvation Army.  

All 3 days of the brand new Liverpool International Horse Show will be action-packed with world class sporting action from the UK's best riders including Team GB's Olympic gold-medallists as the greatest show jumpers from around the globe, who are travelling to Liverpool for this spectacular show. This high energy event will take place on the city's waterfront over the New Year holiday from 1-3 January 2016 and is the newest international sporting event to be held in Liverpool.