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Handsworth, West Midlands

Handsworth is a suburban town and an inner city, urban area of northwest Birmingham in the West Midlands. In Staffordshire, Handsworth lies just outside Birmingham City Centre; the name Handsworth originates from its Saxon owner Hondes and the Old English word weorthing, meaning farm or estate. It was recorded in the Domesday Survey of 1086, as a holding of William Fitz-Ansculf, the Lord of Dudley, although at that time it would only have been a small village surrounded by farmland and extensive woodland. In the county of Staffordshire, it remained a small village from the 13th century to the 18th century. Accommodation was built for factory workers, the village grew, in 1851, there were more than 6,000 people living in the township. In that year, work began to build St James' Church. St Michael's Church was built as a daughter church to St James'. In the census of 1881, the town was recorded as having approx. 32,000 residents. By the census of 1911, this had more than doubled to 68,610; the development of the built environment was sporadic and many of Handsworth's streets display a mixture of architectural types and periods – among them some of the finest Victorian buildings in the city.

Handsworth has two grammar schools -- King Edward VI Handsworth School. St Andrew's Church is a listed building in Oxhill Road which held Sunday school classes in a small building on the corner of Oxhill Road and Church Lane, it contains Handsworth Park, which in 2006 underwent a major restoration, the vibrant shopping area of Soho Road and St. Mary's Church containing the remains of the founders of the Industrial Revolution - Watt and Boulton; the 1901 Red Lion public house was grade II* listed in 1985, but has been empty since 2008 and is considered "at risk". Handsworth parish was transferred from Staffordshire to Warwickshire, became part of Birmingham, in 1911; the redbrick building with the clocktower in the photograph was the offices of the district council on Soho Road. Birmingham historian Dr. Carl Chinn noted that during World War II the boundary between Handsworth and the outlying suburb of Handsworth Wood marked the line between being safe and unsafe from bombing, with Handsworth Wood being an official evacuation zone, despite being at least ten miles away from any countryside that might now qualify as "green belt" land, being on the periphery of many "high risk" areas.

During World War II, West Indians had arrived as part of the colonial war effort, where they worked in Birmingham munitions factories. In the post-war period, a rebuilding programme required much unskilled labour and Birmingham's industrial base expanded increasing the demand for both skilled and unskilled workers. During this time, there was direct recruitment for workers from the Caribbean and the area became a centre for Birmingham's Afro-Caribbean community. A tram depot was erected near Birmingham Road, next to the border with West Bromwich, during the 1880s, remained in use until the tram service ended in 1939. Although it has since been demolished, a replica of the depot was created in the 20th century at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley; the West Indian population in Birmingham numbered over 17,000 by the 1961 census count. In addition, during this time, Indians Sikhs from the Punjab arrived in Birmingham, many of them working in the foundries and on the production lines in motor vehicle manufacturing at the Longbridge plant some 10 miles away.

A growing city centre is driving development into the area. Smaller wards and management of boundaries in 2018 will redefine this area. Property prices are rising. Matthew Boulton's Soho Manufactory was set up on the northern edge of Handsworth, on Handsworth Heath, it operated from 1766-1848 and was demolished in 1863. Boulton commissioned Samuel Wyatt to design his nearby house Soho House, now a museum. In 1790, Heathfield Hall designed by Wyatt, was built for Boulton's business partner, the engineer James Watt. Watt died in the house in 1819, was buried at nearby St Mary's Church. In the 1880s engineer George Tangye bought the hall and lived there until his death in 1920. From 1927 the hall was demolished and the lands redeveloped. What was the Heathfield Estate is now the land that comprises West Drive and North Drive. Watt's workshop from the house was rebuilt in the Science Museum, London. A riot occurred in 1981, during which similar riots took place in Brixton and Toxteth. The'sus' law saw black youths being disproportionately stopped and arrested by the police, on the grounds of mere'suspicion' of possible illegal activity.

Following the Brixton riots of 1981, the subsequent Scarman report concluded that the events of 1981 were "essentially an outburst of anger and resentment by young black people against the police." This scenario was replicated in Handsworth and Toxteth. A similar social backdrop of tensions and hostility towards the police existed during the rioting of September 1985, which lasted for two days, it began in Lozells Road and spread into Handsworth. After the 1985 riots and a change in perception of British sub-urban integration, community relations were reviewed. Local government worked to improve community relations as a way of managing both racial and cultural differences. Encouragement was provided by arts organisations such as West Midlands Ethnic Minority Arts Ser

Catherine West

Catherine Elizabeth West is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom. She was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Hornsey and Wood Green in May 2015. West was born on 14 September 1966 in Australia, her parents were both teachers. She is the great-great niece of Italian actress Italia Conti, she grew up in Sydney and was educated at the Ravenswood School for Girls. West studied social work at the University of Sydney. While studying there, she met her future husband Colin Sutherland and they lived together in Darwin, Northern Territory where she worked as a social worker in a refuge for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, they moved to the United Kingdom in 1998 when her husband gained a job at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She gained a master's degree in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. West became a caseworker for MP David Lammy two years later. From 2 May 2002 to 22 May 2014, West was a member of the Islington London Borough Council representing the Tollington Ward.

She was leader of the council's Labour Party group from 2004 to 10 October 2013 and Council Leader from 6 May 2010 to 10 October 2013. She resigned as councillor, she was elected Member of Parliament for Wood Green in the 2015 general election. West opposes the renewal of Trident nuclear weapon system. In September 2015, West along with Tulip Siddiq and Keir Starmer wrote a letter to British prime minister David Cameron seeking urgent action to address the refugee crisis due to the Syrian Civil War. Following the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party, whose campaign she supported, Catherine was promoted to the Official Opposition Frontbench as a Shadow Foreign Office Minister. During the 2016 EU membership referendum Campaign, West was involved with Britain Stronger In Europe, campaigning for the UK to remain within the European Union, arguing that "Britain would be stronger, more prosperous, more secure and more peaceful" if they were to remain within the EU. West's constituency of Hornsey and Wood Green secured the highest remain vote in the UK with 81.5% voting to remain.

Following the EU referendum, West confirmed she would vote against invoking Article 50 should a vote come before parliament. In September 2016, she founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on UK-EU Relations, that seeks to secure a positive and progressive relationship between Britain and the EU; this group has cross-party support with Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas, former Conservative Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan and former Labour Higher Education Minister David Lammy among its elected officers. In January 2017, West voted against triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the process by which EU Member States may use to withdraw from the European Union, along with 46 other Labour Party Members of Parliament. West was sacked from the Labour frontbench in June 2017 after she voted in favour of an amendment to the Queen's Speech which called on the UK to remain in the European Single Market, in defiance of the Labour whip. West is a Quaker, she is one of three Quakers elected during the 2015 general election, the others being Ruth Cadbury and Tania Mathias.

She is married to Colin Sutherland, co-director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's Malaria Centre. They met, they have a son. Official website Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom Contributions in Parliament at Hansard Voting record at Public Whip Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou

Azul Tequila

Azul Tequila is a Mexican telenovela. The 80-episode serial was produced for TV Azteca by the celebrity couple Christian Bach and Humberto Zurita in conjunction with Humberto's brother Gerardo through their production company ZUBA Producciones; the complete series has been released in an 8 DVD box set. Azul is a young woman in the end of the 19th century, forced to get engaged to Arcadio Berriozabal when she is in love with his brother Santiago Berriozabal. Before her wedding peasant revolution is started and she is kidnapped. Santiago, believing she is dead, creates one of the finest tequilas and calls it "Azul Tequila". Bárbara Mori as Azul / Soledad Mauricio Ochmann as Santiago Berriozabal Víctor González as Arcadio Berriozabal Rogelio Guerra as Adolfo Berriozabal Leonardo Daniel as Mariano Fabiola Campomanes as Lorenza Úrsula Prats as Hilda Lorena Rojas as Catalina With an approximate cost of $5,000,000 United States dollars, this production was praised by the critics, but was not a great success with the Mexican audience although it was in Europe, Asia and Thailand.

One of the reasons for its lower rating was that it was broadcast at the same time as El privilegio de amar, the most successful telenovela of rival network Televisa that year. This was the first telenovela for Ursula Pratts with TV Azteca, the first in 10 years after Monte Calvario in 1988. Argentina: Canal 9 Paraguay: Canal 13 Uruguay: Channel 10 Azul Tequila at the Telenovela Database Azul Tequila on IMDb