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Bus stop windows graffiti photos at London Art Biennale exhibition 

20 Feb

The care worker took the photos while travelling for work in and around Birmingham.


Former Birmingham head teacher charged with sexual offences 

20 Feb

Graham Hardy has been charged with six historical sexual assaults and one count of rape.


Brave West Midlands Police officer receives award after helping children from burning bus 

20 Feb

A brave West Midlands Police officer who helped evacuate schoolchildren after their bus burst into flames has received an award.


BBC Travel: This is why the BBC has closed its traffic and travel site 

20 Feb

The broadcaster shut down the site this month as part of a plan to save 15 million...


Yanks very much! USA athletics stars heading to Birmingham 

20 Feb

Track and field performers preparing for IAAF World Championships...


Replacing chief executive Mark Rogers ‘won’t solve Birmingham City Council’s problems’ 

20 Feb

Birmingham MP responds to news that the city council's chief executive is going...


What it’s like to…Run a theatre 

20 Feb

Fiona Allan can’t describe a typical day as the boss of Birmingham’s Hippodrome Theatre.


Rough sleepers with dogs allowed into Birmingham hostels 

20 Feb

A number of hostels in Birmingham have now agreed to take in homeless people with their dogs.


National Express reduces bus fares in Black Country but not Birmingham 

20 Feb

Operator says bus travel patterns are different in different parts of the West Midlands...


Levison Wood talks ahead of Birmingham show 

20 Feb

While most blokes get home from work, crack open a tinnie and settle down in front of the box – stopping off in the kitchen for a microwavable ready meal, of course – Levison Wood has a different routine.


Two teenagers arrested following a series of stun gun attacks on female drivers. 

20 Feb

Two more teenagers have been arrested as part of an investigation into a series of stun gun attacks on female drivers.


Business leaders praise departing Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council 

20 Feb

Greater Birmingham’s business community has today (20/02) praised the work of Mark Rogers, who is to leave Birmingham City Council after three years as chief executive.


Celebrate the countdown to Spring with Birmingham Botanical Garden’s half-term events 

20 Feb

Children’s imaginations will spring into action this February half term with a host of activities at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, including Science Day and a Countdown to Spring.


Birmingham named the fourth most traffic congested city in the United Kingdom 

20 Feb

Drivers are spending an average of 34 hours a year stuck in jams during peak periods in Birmingham, according to traffic information company Inrix.


Harry Potter pub crawl sees 500 fans flock to Birmingham for second event – in pictures 

20 Feb

Five hundred Harry Potter fans descended on Birmingham at the weekend for a themed pub crawl.


West Midlands Ambulance Service to invest over £400K to strengthen its Hazardous Area Response Team 

20 Feb

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is investing over £400,000 to strengthen its Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) beyond the standard national requirements.


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Comment »

Council Chief: the hard work starts now 

20 Feb

And so Birmingham starts its search for another new Chief Executive, writes Andy Howell.


Video: Birmingham’s Muslims: Communities in Context – University of Birmingham 

20 Feb

Here’s a video of my opening talk from the Birmingham’s Muslims conference hosted at the University of Birmingham on 21st October last year.


Comment: فوز ترامب يعني ازدياد الإسلاموفوبيا – Huffington Post Arabi 

20 Feb

Here is a piece that was translated into Arabic that the Huffington Post Arabi republished.


Comment: On Being A Working Class Academic: A Personal Reflection – Huffington Post 

20 Feb

The following article appeared in the Huffington Post on 27th January 2017; the original can be found here.


Comment: Five Considerations When Refuting The Critics Of Islamophobia – Huffington Post 

20 Feb

Been a bit slow at uploading articles of late but here’s the first of a few that I’ve authored over the past few weeks.


Birmingham TUC mini-bus to the Health Campaigns United/Peoples Assembly demo, Saturday 4th March, London 

19 Feb

There are places on the Birmingham TUC minibus.


Council CEO to leave: the story behind the story 

19 Feb

On Saturday night, we broke the story that Mark Rogers, chief executive of Birmingham city council since early 2014, would be leaving the Council this week.


Fake news 

19 Feb

Dateline: Saturday 18th August 2017 Newly elected British Prime Minister Keir Starmer has caused further controversy just two days into office by signing a series of executive orders distancing the United Kingdom from formal agreements made by his ...


A Strong Labour is Needed for Democracy 

18 Feb

Comment writer Zoe Olukoga considers where the voice of opposition comes from today, and how necessary it is The post A Strong Labour is Needed for Democracy appeared first on Redbrick .


Farewell to Wigs in the Commons 

18 Feb

Bea Harvie comments on the social progress in the Houses of Parliament The post Farewell to Wigs in the Commons appeared first on Redbrick .


No More Fake News! 

18 Feb

Jadzia Samuel urges politicians and the media to tell the truth and move on from fake news The post No More Fake News! appeared first on Redbrick .


WMNEG meeting: the economic policies of the mayoral candidates 

17 Feb

West Midlands New Economics Group Thursday 23 rd February 5-7 pm Open meeting: FOE Warehouse, 54 Allison St, B5 5 TH What are the economic policies of the mayoral candidates for the West Midlands Combined Authority? – presented by Ann Wackett.


This company is offering new dog owners PAID LEAVE to look after their pets 

17 Feb

BrewDog is launching the Puppy Parental Leave programme to give employees time to bond with their new pet...


Geese are spoiling our parks – we need some action 

17 Feb

MPs want to tackle seagull menace, but they should be looking at the wild geese too...


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City-centre news »

Next Drop-in Session This Tuesday 21 February 

20 Feb

On Tuesday 21 February, members of the Committee of the City Centre Neighbourhood Forum (CCNF) will be holding a Drop-in session in Café Nero in Brindleyplace from 6pm onwards.


Super Cycleway To Connect Selly Oak To City Centre 

19 Feb

Birmingham Cycle Revolution*  is planning a cycleway from Selly Oak to Hurst Street in the city centre.


Live Music Round Up 

19 Feb

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


Visitation of Fatima Statue to St Chad’s Cathedral 

17 Feb

Nearly one hundred years ago, from May to October 1917, Our Lady appeared to three young shepherd children, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, and Lucia dos Santos, at Fatima in Portugal.


20mph & Health Conference on 8 March in Birmingham 

17 Feb

If your serious about limiting the speed of, or pollution caused, by traffic then this is the conference for you in Birmingham.


Fatima Event at St Peter Apostle, Leamington Spa 

17 Feb

Fatima Centenary Celebration Saturday 13 th May 2017 St Peter Apostle, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AE CHURCH 9.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession 9.40 Morning Prayer 10.00 Mass – Our Lady of ...


JD – King of Trainers 

17 Feb

JD are celebrating their title as the ‘Undisputed King of Trainers’...


Black Country Community Grants Programme – now open 

17 Feb

Are you running employment support activities in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall or Wolverhampton? ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) Programme which is distributing £900,000 in small grants in the Black Country region between...


St Patrick’s Festival Fundraiser 2017 

16 Feb

When: Friday 24 February, 19:30 onwards Where: Hennessey’s Bar, 30-31 Allison Street, Digbeth, B5 5TJ Tickets: £10 As most of you are aware, the Birmingham St Patrick’s Festival has to deal with higher costs and diminishing funding streams every...


Security guard ran six marathons in 2016 and doesn’t intend to stop 

16 Feb

Rae Black Rae and Shelly Black had met 21 years ago while working together and tied the knot in 2004.


Birmingham Connected Update 

15 Feb

This is the latest update containing transport news and information for the city.


Beorma Quarter – Phase 2 

15 Feb

Work will soon start on the second phase of the Beorma Quarter project, creating one of Birmingham’s tallest office and residential buildings.


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Aston Villa »

Time and tide wait for no man 

20 Feb

Dave Woodhall on Villa’s Monday night misery at Newcastle.


Stats: Newcastle v Aston Villa 

20 Feb

Stats: Newcastle v Aston Villa Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/02/2017 21:55:00 All the stats from Newcastle (2) vs (0) Aston Villa, St James' Park, 20/2/17 Att: 50,024...


Team Sheets – Newcastle v Aston Villa 

20 Feb

Team Sheets - Newcastle v Aston Villa Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/02/2017 19:16:00 Aston Villa go to St James' Park as the visitors to Newcastle for the latest Championship game.


The Villa Times – 20/02/2017 (Villa News Round Up) 

20 Feb

The Villa Times - 20/02/2017 (Villa News Round Up) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/02/2017 12:43:00 The latest news and views on AVFC via the uno fish ial one...


12 Mangers And 60 Players In 7 Seasons For Aston Villa 

20 Feb

12 Mangers And 60 Players In 7 Seasons For Aston Villa Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/02/2017 12:04:00 lewis1980 on the chaos of Aston Villa in the last seven seasons.


Steve Bruce Once Again Thanks The Unwavering Fans 

20 Feb

Steve Bruce Once Again Thanks The Unwavering Fans Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/02/2017 11:58:00 Steve Bruce again recognising the fans.


Season Ticket Prices – This Isn’t Radical – It’s Average 

20 Feb

Season Ticket Prices - This Isn't Radical - It's Average Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/02/2017 11:45:00 Average season ticket offer, retention should be the number one plan surely? Price freeze announced.


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Birmingham City FC »

Opinion: Is Zola Really Safe? 

20 Feb

Opinion: Is Zola Really Safe? Vitalfootball:Birmingham:20/02/2017 20:29:00 Sask's opinion on Zola's managerial time at Birmingham City.


Blues under Zola: What SHOULD have been 

20 Feb

Blues under Zola: What SHOULD have been Vitalfootball:Birmingham:20/02/2017 14:47:00 Rob Wildey assesses how many points Blues should have got under Gianfranco Zola's stewardship so far...


An open letter to Panos Pavlakis 

20 Feb

An open letter to Panos Pavlakis Vitalfootball:Birmingham:20/02/2017 09:51:00 An open letter to Panos Pavlakis...


Birmingham back Zola 

20 Feb

Gianfranco Zola still has the full backing of the Birmingham City board despite his record of just one win in his 14 games in charge, Sky sources understand.


Our club does not belong to us 

20 Feb

Following QPR’s victory over Birmingham City, their manager had a message to Blues fans.


Defeat at Molineux and Zola’s being fed to the Wolves 

20 Feb

Defeat at Molineux and Zola's being fed to the Wolves Vitalfootball:Birmingham:20/02/2017 09:02:00 Gianfranco Zola`s future as Birmingham City manager is likely to rest on the outcome of Friday evening`s derby...


Tilton Talk -Birmingham City FC 

20 Feb

Tonight’s show is expected to be anything but quiet, with the outcome of a meeting between the board and Zola ...


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Sport »

Travel arrangements for Skelmersdale 

20 Feb

A limited number of seats at £10 each are available for supporters who wish to travel on the team bus on Saturday 25th February.


UoB Gets to the Heart of Cardiac Screenings with CRY 

20 Feb

Sports Officer Georgie Freeman, the Guild of Students and UB Sport endorse cardiac screenings which are due to take place at the UoB School The post UoB Gets to the Heart of Cardiac Screenings with CRY appeared first on Redbrick .


Birmingham Sweep at Home BUTTS Leg 

20 Feb

Birmingham's archers competed in the next leg of the BUTTS Indoor league, which took place at the Selly Oak campus at the weekend The post Birmingham Sweep at Home BUTTS Leg appeared first on Redbrick .


Ilkeston come out on top in relegation battle 

20 Feb

The Royals made the short trip to Ilkeston but returned empty handed after the home side grabbed the winner in the first half.


Jonathan Trott: Former England batsman signs new Warwickshire contract 

20 Feb

Jonathan Trott signs a new contract with Warwickshire to stay with the club until the end of the 2018 season.


Live: BUCS Nationals – Sunday 

19 Feb

Redbrick Sport brings you updates on how Birmingham are getting on at the final day of BUCS Nationals The post Live: BUCS Nationals – Sunday appeared first on Redbrick .


U16’s 

18 Feb

Honours even in friendly...


Live: BUCS Nationals – Saturday 

18 Feb

Redbrick Sport bring you updates from Day 2 of BUCS Nationals which is taking place in Sheffield The post Live: BUCS Nationals – Saturday appeared first on Redbrick .


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    Business »

    Opinion: Birmingham’s hidden sculptures 

    20 Feb

    Mary Keating, from campaign group Brutiful Birmingham, is encouraging people to stay and take a good look at Birmingham's hidden architecture...


    Channel 4’s Extremely British Muslims to lift lid on life as a Birmingham Muslim 

    20 Feb

    New documentary series was filmed over a year at Birmingham Central Mosque...


    Birmingham shopping centres boost full year results for Hammerson 

    20 Feb

    Retail property company Hammerson part owner of Birminghams Grand Central and Bullring has seen a rise in income levels from its various sites although annual profits fell by mo...


    Bistrot Pierre to create 100 jobs with new restaurant launches 

    20 Feb

    French chain which opened in Birmingham last summer is planning further expansion in the West Midlands with two new venues...


    Tata Steel invests £4m in Black Country factory 

    20 Feb

    Steel group has created new high-tech robotic welding line at its service centre in Wednesfield...


    Mark Rogers to leave Birmingham City Council 

    19 Feb

    Birmingham City Council chief executive Mark Rogers is to leave his post.


    Record year for Birmingham communications firm 

    17 Feb

    National marcomms agency, Beattie Communications Group - which has one of its eight UK offices in Birmingham - has reported a record year for 2016.


    Birmingham’s backing for Axis Square redevelopment 

    17 Feb

    New office block and a public square next to the Mailbox are warmly welcomed by city council's planning committee...


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    Business columns »

    New investment for Millennium Point 

    20 Feb

    Further expansion planned at city meetings venue.


    New look for Wolverhampton restaurant 

    16 Feb

    Bilash cooks up £100,000 investment.


    Peugeot Citroen looks to take over GM Europe? 

    15 Feb

    Professor David Bailey on PSA Group holding advanced talks with General Motors about buying its European division...


    Grotto visitors raise funds for Children’s Hospital` 

    15 Feb

    Santa visits help pioneering childrens centre.


    Ineos goes off road with ‘Defender-inspired’ 4×4? 

    14 Feb

    Professor David Bailey on chemicals group Ineos stating that it will enter automotive production, aiming to launch an off-road vehicle inspired by the Land Rover Defender...


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    Events »

    New Show: Nightmares On Wax 

    20 Feb

    We’re delighted to announce that Leftfoot will be bringing  Nightmares On Wax (DJ Set) back to the Hare Hounds on Saturday 8th April as part of the Soundcrash Funk Soul Weekender launch party.


    Acoustic Sessions, 19 Feb 2017 

    17 Feb

    19 Feb 2017 - Rock Pop at Prince of Wales, Moseley Sunday might have you feeling a little worse for wear.


    New Show: Hazel English 

    17 Feb

    We’re pleased to announce that This Is Tmrw will be bringing Hazel English to the HH on Sunday 21st May.


    Flight 15, Mistrusted, 17 Feb 2017 

    16 Feb

    17 Feb 2017 - Rock Pop at The Flapper...


    AREA GUIDE – New Art West Midlands 2017 edition 

    16 Feb

    You can read the latest edition of AREA GUIDE here.


    Tobogganing @ Ackers Adventure, 18 Feb 2017 – 27 Feb 2017 

    16 Feb

    18 Feb 2017 - 27 Feb 2017 - Community at The Ackers (suitable for under 18s) Come and try tobogganing at Ackers Adventure suitable for ages 3-12.


    Learn To Ski ~ Ages 8-16 ~ Holiday Scheme, 20 Feb 2017 – 24 Feb 2017 

    16 Feb

    20 Feb 2017 - 24 Feb 2017 - Community at The Ackers (suitable for under 18s) Our Junior Ski Camp is running on Monday 20th February, Wednesday 22nd February and Friday 24th February.


    Tonstartssbandht Next Tuesday at the H&H 

    16 Feb

    This Is Tmrw and Killer Wave team up to bring  Tonstartssbandht to the HH next Tuesday 21st February.


    The Real Junk Food Project, 18 Feb 2017 

    15 Feb

    18 Feb 2017 - Rock Pop at Ort Cafe Come on down for the double-scintillations of music and Pay-As-You-Feel food...


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    Music blogs »

    Home of Metal’s London Gallery is now online 

    20 Feb

    Our Home of Metal volunteers were on hand at every one of Black Sabbath ‘s final UK dates, to document the band themselves but also the fans who made each one of these gigs such a special occasion.


    Preview: Cirque Du Soul 

    20 Feb

    Feel-good rave Cirque Du Soul stops off at Birmingham.


    Live Review: Jessarae 

    20 Feb

    Californian singer-songwriter Jessarae performs in Birmingham.


    Soundtrack Of My Life: Sophie Rashley 

    19 Feb

    Take a look at the five tracks that make up Sophie Rashley's life The post Soundtrack Of My Life: Sophie Rashley appeared first on Redbrick .


    Live Review: Dan Shake 

    19 Feb

    Nathan Davies reviews a positive, disco-centric party headlined by selector Dan Shake The post Live Review: Dan Shake appeared first on Redbrick .


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    999 »

    Further arrests following ‘stun gun’ attacks   

    20 Feb

    Two more teenagers have been arrested as part of our investigation into a series of stun gun attacks on women drivers.


    Former headteacher charged with historical sex offences 

    20 Feb

    A former head teacher of a Birmingham school has been charged with sexual offences against adults.


    Brave bobby receives award after helping children from burning bus 

    20 Feb

    A brave West Midlands Police officer who helped evacuate schoolchildren after their bus burst into flames has received an award.


    Boy (16) charged with drug and gun offences 

    18 Feb

    A teenager has been remanded into custody on firearms and drugs offences after police found a revolver and crack cocaine in a car in Castle Vale.


    Teen charged in connection with car-jacking incident 

    17 Feb

    Detectives searching for two people after a heavily pregnant woman was attacked and had her car stolen last December have charged a teenager in connection with the incident.


    Teens arrested as police move swiftly to quash armed disorder  

    17 Feb

    Six teenagers have been arrested – and knives and a gun recovered – after West Midlands Police moved swiftly to break up a large fight in Aston yesterday (Feb 16).


    Smethwick man put behind bars for historic child sex abuse 

    17 Feb

    A 52-year-old Smethwick man who repeatedly raped and indecently abused three children throughout the 1990s has been handed a 16-year prison sentence after finally facing justice.


    Boy (14) charged over stun-gun attacks on women drivers 

    17 Feb

    A 14-year-old boy has been charged over a series of stun gun attacks on female drivers in Birmingham.


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    LocalGov »

    Public seating at bus stop 14 and 28, 20th February 

    20 Feb

    The seating at the bus stop for 14 and 28 just outside pavalo chippy is damaged looks like a car may have hit seating and its unstable and you can sit on it .


    Healthcare reimbursement 

    20 Feb

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Callum Bruce on 20 February 2017 .


    Flying visits 

    20 Feb

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Callum Bruce on 20 February 2017 .


    Bins 

    20 Feb

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Callum Bruce on 20 February 2017 .


    Dog faeces all over the crescent, 20th February 

    20 Feb

    There is dog poo all over the crescent where people let their dogs out in the morning and call them back when they have done their business but do not collect it up and where people are too lazy to pick up after their dog.


    Trade union facility time 

    20 Feb

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Callum Bruce on 20 February 2017 .


    Enforcement Officers 

    20 Feb

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Callum Bruce on 20 February 2017 .


    Council Tax Liability Orders (prescribed forms omitted since 2003) 

    20 Feb

    Response by Birmingham City Council to mary glister on 20 February 2017 .


    Fixed penalty notices 

    20 Feb

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Callum Bruce on 20 February 2017 .


    USA Track & Field confirms Birmingham training camp  

    20 Feb

    Hot on the heels of Birmingham’s staging of the Müller Indoor Grand Prix, the world’s top indoor athletics meeting, USA Track Field (USATF), the governing body for athletics in the US, have confirmed that their training camp will be based...


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    Social media »

    why i joined the head of comms slack group and why you should too 

    18 Feb

    Every one of us needs support in our working lives.


    5 highlights from news:rewired: from live video ethics to mobile data journalism 

    14 Feb

    Photo: Reuters News Agency In a guest post for OJB, Livia Vieira rounds up some of the highlights of News:Rewired 2017 , from best practices to deal with fake news and engagement with live videos, to newsroom automation, mobile data journalism and ...


    fake news at the Parish pump… and what you need to do about it 

    14 Feb

    Facebook groups and pages are where a massive online audience is.


    NEWS FLASH: Fake news at the Parish pump… and what comms and PR people need to do about it 

    14 Feb

      You need to think about fake news.


    argggghh!!!! the powney comms grief model is here 

    14 Feb

    Heard of the grief model? There's now the Powney comms grief model.


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