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Sir Doug Ellis donates £1 million to university school and cancer research 

1 Feb

Sir Doug impressed by school's vision of providing top class education to deprived children...


‘Loveable and friendly’ Staffordshire bull terrier found on Birmingham city centre streets 

1 Feb

Dog was found in the Fazeley/Digbeth area on Saturday night.


Remember C&A or Chelsea Girl? 33 Birmingham shops you used to love 

1 Feb

We look back at some of the city's best-loved shops of old - think Chelsea Girl, The Pier and Lewis’s - which do you remember...


Birmingham’s homelessness time bomb – when poor housing and greedy landlords saw families forced out on the streets 

1 Feb

Carl Chinn looks at the plight of the homeless in post-war Birmingham...


I will knot be pigeonholed by the type of music I like 

1 Feb

I went to see Slipknot this week.


John Madin’s NatWest Tower could finally go 

31 Jan

Vacant office block has become 'poster boy' for lack of speculative development in Birmingham, according to the company charged with its regeneration...


Birmingham father accused of importing Lithuanian prostitutes to be extradited for trial 

31 Jan

A father accused of importing prostitutes from Lithuania to work in Birmingham yesterday failed in his High Court bid claim that if he was sent back to Lithuania for trial it would be a breach of his human rights.


Caught on CCTV: Man sought after city centre needle attack 

31 Jan

Images of a man have been released after a woman's arm was punctured with a needle outside Birmingham New Street station.


Lessons in gay and lesbian values welcomed by pupils at Allens Croft Primary School in Kings Heath 

30 Jan

School children in Birmingham are being taught LGBT issues to safeguard against prejudice and discrimination following the Trojan Horse scandal.


‘Needle-stab’ man sought by police 

30 Jan

A man is being sought by police after a woman was apparently stabbed with a needle near Birmingham New Street station.


Mr Birmingham candidate is model in more ways than one 

30 Jan

From suffering depression and psychosis at school, James Bradley has become a role model to others after getting through to the finals of Mr Birmingham.


Surge Orchestra – 20 jazz musicians form together for mac Birmingham concert 

30 Jan

Composer and band leader Sid Peacock h has a debut concert at mac Birmingham with his newly assembled jazz orchestra...


Police hunt for Birmingham needle attacker 

30 Jan

CCTV image released of man suspected of stabbing woman in Stephenson Street in city centre on Christmas Eve morning...


Birmingham Mail Nostalgia Photos – our look back at this week in years gone by – January 30 

30 Jan

Birmingham Mail Nostalgia Photos: Our selection of the best nostalgic pictures of the week.


Yardley playing fields homes battle: Hundreds sign up to fight Co-op plan 

30 Jan

Yardley Residents’ Protection Group hands in petition protesting against scheme to buld 82 houses on land off Barrows Lane...


Black Country and Birmingham transport plans move step closer 

30 Jan

Long-awaited plans for tram lines and light rail services connecting the Black Country’s key towns with each other and Birmingham have been revived.


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Comment »

Addressing our ‘desiccated, manipulated, disloyal, extractive and highly unequal economy’ 

1 Feb

Like Hall Green’s alderman and economist Professor Michael Wilkes and Northfield’s Dr Dick Rodgers, historian Mark Mazower expresses the need – in the FT – for a notion of the common good to be restored.


Is Cultural Appropriation Undermining Black Music History? 

1 Feb

Amy McMillan argues that the continued rise in white hip hop artists may be undermining the history of black music.


The Problem with Private Education in the UK 

1 Feb

Satya Mouland suggests that elite private educational institutions are the cause of social segregation and economic inequality - causing a cultural problem in the UK.


Chancellor’s Questions Debate: The Labour Party are a Shambles 

1 Feb

James Honke discusses his first-hand experience of labour's defeat at Chancellor's Questions.


Islamophobia: the new norm on campus 

1 Feb

Asif Mohammed comments on the rise of Islamophobia and how this is affecting a Muslim experience of University...


Should British Muslims be Pro-active in the Fight Against Home-Grown Terrorism? 

1 Feb

George Reeves argues in agreement with the government that British Muslims have a role to play in combating and preventing extremism.


Reactions to the Paris Attacks: the Need for Peace and Solidarity 

31 Jan

Francesco Finucci calls for unity following the recent spate of worldwide attacks that culminated in the Charlie Hebdo killings.


Report: After France: Unity – no to fascism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia – defend civil liberties public meeting 

31 Jan

Yesterday’s Parliamentary meeting made a powerful statement of unity against racism, Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism, defending civil liberties.


Transition town focus 

30 Jan

A transition town is a grassroots community project that seeks to build resilience in the face of peak oil, climate destruction and economic instability.


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City-centre news »

Broad Street Closure Now In Place 

1 Feb

Into city from Bridge street...


‘Loveable and friendly’ Staffordshire bull terrier found on Birmingham city centre streets 

1 Feb

Dog was found in the Fazeley/Digbeth area on Saturday night.


Live Music Round Up 

1 Feb

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


Why I joined BUCF, and you should too – Ben Callaghan 

1 Feb

Growing up in a part of the United Kingdom where the Conservative Party is not very popular or active meant I had very few chances to get involved with the party.


Remember C&A or Chelsea Girl? 33 Birmingham shops you used to love 

1 Feb

We look back at some of the city's best-loved shops of old - think Chelsea Girl, The Pier and Lewis’s - which do you remember...


Birmingham’s homelessness time bomb – when poor housing and greedy landlords saw families forced out on the streets 

1 Feb

Carl Chinn looks at the plight of the homeless in post-war Birmingham...


Hotel Chocolat’s Healthy Start 

1 Feb

Kick off the new year with a healthy start at Hotel Chocolat.


We’re so social too! 

1 Feb

Follow Bullring on social media too.


Welcome to 2015 

1 Feb

It's a new year, time to explore the newness.


The Tiptop Monster Shop 

31 Jan

The Tiptop Monster Shop is Birmingham’s premier kooky creature emporium.


Funeral Arrangements – Fr Anthony Timlin RIP 

30 Jan

Funeral Arrangements: Wednesday 11th February 2015 at 7.00 p.


Feast of St Josephine Bakhita 

30 Jan

St Josephine Bakhita The feast of St Josephine Bakhita – 8 February – as Day of Prayer  for Victims of Human Trafficking and those who work to combat it, has been celebrated by Catholics in England and Wales since February 2013 and in ...


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Aston Villa »

Goal-shy Aston Villa lack quality and belief 

1 Feb

Alan Smith: Paul Lambert's men look to be heading for the Championship unless they can quickly end their goal drought...


Lambert Not Best Pleased With The Defence 

1 Feb

Lambert Not Best Pleased With The Defence Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:01/02/2015 18:18:00 Manager Paul Lambert has bemoaned the ease with which we conceded goals in the five nil hammering by Arsenal earlier today.


Fewest Goals, Worst Goal Difference, We’ll Be Fine 

1 Feb

Fewest Goals, Worst Goal Difference, We'll Be Fine Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:01/02/2015 18:06:00 Fewest goals, worst goal difference in the league, don't panic, we'll be fine.


Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Paul Lambert accuses his players of throwing in the towel in 5-0 defeat 

1 Feb

Beaten manager hits out at his team's second-half performance in 5-0 defeat against rampant Arsenal...


Arsenal 5 – 0 Villa; A gulf in class and an utter shambles 

1 Feb

They say the bookies are usually right and so it proved today.


Arsenal 5 Aston Villa 0, match report: Gunners hammer five past toothless Aston Villa 

1 Feb

Arsenal 5 Aston Villa 0: Arsene Wenger's side have too much guile for the visitors who never look like threatening, writes Henry Winter...


Stats: Arsenal v Aston Villa 

1 Feb

Stats: Arsenal v Aston Villa Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:01/02/2015 15:37:00 All the stats from Arsenal (5) vs (0) Aston Villa, The Emirates, 1/2/15 Att: 59,958...


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Birmingham City FC »

View from the South – Birmingham City v Norwich City 

1 Feb

It was another cold one with a dusting of snow overnight that was nevertheless thawing into a dank soft mush on the ground.


PICTURES: Birmingham City fans in the crowd at St Andrew’s against Norwich City 

1 Feb

Did we spot you in the crowd at St Andrew's...


Hope and Expectation – Norwich match reflections 

1 Feb

Birmingham City were held to a goalless draw by Norwich City yesterday in freezing conditions at St Andrews.


Rowett’s View: Norwich City (h) 

1 Feb

Gary Rowettt was pleased with Blues' defensive display after the goalless home draw against Norwich.


Blues 0 Norwich City 0 

1 Feb

Championship play-off hopefuls Blues and Norwich failed to get back to winning ways in an evenly-balanced stalemate at St Andrew's.


Birmingham City analysis: Dour St Andrew’s encounter was one to forget 

31 Jan

Brian Dick's post match thoughts after watching Blues draw with Norwich at St Andrew's...


Birmingham City: Gary Rowett talks Norwich draw and transfer deadline day 

31 Jan

Gary Rowett is happy enough with a point against Norwich City at St Andrew's...


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Sport »

From New to Old. 

1 Feb

Yohan Rutty-Smith leaves the Academy to further his career at Notts County.


1st XV – Handsworth 65 – 5 Uttoxeter 

1 Feb

Lea Hat-Trick Helps Handsworth on Way to 11 Try Defeat of Uttoxeter...


Warwickshire Cup Final – Development Squad 

1 Feb

After a great run the cup is in sight...


Saturday midway through the Magic Weekend 

1 Feb

All away at DK...


Magic weekend starts Friday! Wales v England 

1 Feb

Curry and a pint for £5 and watch the match on the big screens...


U14 – Sutton put the wind up Malvern 

1 Feb

A rampant U14 side ran in 7 tries before half time completing the walkover with another two tries ten minutes into the second half.


Goals galore… 

1 Feb

Full match analysis including team statistics and player ratings available at TeamStats...


Men’s 2nds bounce back following cup exit 

1 Feb

After their defeat in the cup last week, the Mens 2nds Football looked to bounce back at home to Coventry.


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Business »

£1bn Southern Gateway masterplan to be unveiled at MIPIM 2015 

1 Feb

Birmingham City Council will showcase its plans for a mixed-use development on the former site of the Wholesale Markets in Cannes this year...


BBC boss defends Birmingham commitment in face of criticism 

1 Feb

Peter Salmon, who leads BBC England at MediaCity UK in Salford, spoke out after a storm of criticism questioning the corporation’s commitment to Birmingham...


300 guests attend KPMG’s annual event in Birmingham 

1 Feb

KPMG's annual event at the firm's Birmingham office attracted 300 attendees.


Work underway on much anticipated new bar and restaurant 

31 Jan

WORK is well underway on a much anticipated new bar and restaurant set to open at Birmingham's Mailbox, by an entrepreneurial Redditch couple.


John Madin’s NatWest Tower could finally go 

31 Jan

Vacant office block has become 'poster boy' for lack of speculative development in Birmingham, according to the company charged with its regeneration...


Patisserie Holdings lands top award for IPO 

30 Jan

BIRMINGHAM-based Patisserie Holdings has been named IPO of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony.


New £40m Birmingham Conservatoire plans set for approval 

30 Jan

Planning officers say brick design, previously compared to an Oxo cube, is 'high standard...


Asian jewellery students flock to Birmingham university 

30 Jan

Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery said 80 per cent of its international students who started this academic year were from Asia...


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Business columns »

SONGS FROM THE SLOPES 

31 Jan

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Brindleyplace celebrates twenty years of great memories 

31 Jan

Competition marks development’s anniversary.


Covpress illustrates why Chinese growth is unstoppable 

30 Jan

Jon Griffin visits China to see the opening a major new factory b engineering firm Covpress...


WHITHER THE HEALTH OF THE NHS? 

30 Jan

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Black Country visit for cabinet minister 

30 Jan

Arrival coincides with investment announcement.


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Events »

Remember C&A or Chelsea Girl? 33 Birmingham shops you used to love 

1 Feb

We look back at some of the city's best-loved shops of old - think Chelsea Girl, The Pier and Lewis’s - which do you remember...


Birmingham’s homelessness time bomb – when poor housing and greedy landlords saw families forced out on the streets 

1 Feb

Carl Chinn looks at the plight of the homeless in post-war Birmingham...


Kaleidoscope Man: Army calls tanks in to battle alien invasion of Birmingham 

1 Feb

Screaming people flee Victoria Square as UFO attacks city centre...


CHAOPHRAYA COOKERY SCHOOL 

1 Feb

Learn how to cook the Thai way with Cookery School at Chaophraya...


Valentine’s Day Birmingham 2015: 14 quirky places to get married 

31 Jan

Proposing on Valentine's Day? We have wedding and reception ideas galore - from arriving by boat to getting hitched at a theme park...


Local Band Spotlight – Bishop – Interview 

30 Jan

Continuing our campaign to get recognition for local bands we feature heavy five-piece outfit Bishop.


17 of the best comfort foods in Birmingham 

30 Jan

Beat the winter blues with comfort food to lift the soul...


Aston VILLAS for Scott Sinclair: Six Birmingham homes for new signing and pregnant girlfriend Helen Flanagan 

30 Jan

LOOK: Here are six houses that new Aston Villa signing Scott Sinclair and pregnant girlfriend Helen Flanagan could snap up...


Moseley Comedy Festival promises four days of top comedy from this weekend 

30 Jan

The Dark Horse Pub in Moseley hosts acts including Gary Colman, Iszi Lawrence and Geoff Norcott from February 1...


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Music blogs »

The inventive and resourceful Tom Peel 

1 Feb

Not one but two albums in 2015.


Warwick Music Festival celebrates University’s anniversary 

31 Jan

Arts centre to commemorate landmark birthday.


Local Band Spotlight – Bishop – Interview 

30 Jan

Continuing our campaign to get recognition for local bands we feature heavy five-piece outfit Bishop.


It’s no mystery 

30 Jan

Toyah Willcox is one of the best-known and most versatile entertainers Birmingham has produced.


Rod McKuen RIP 

30 Jan

My favourite songwriter? Quite possibly Jacques Brel, due in no small part to the rather wonderful English translations of his songs (which were generally originally written and sung in French) done by Rod McKuen who’s sadly ‘gone away’ forever...


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999 »

Images issued after needle attack at Birmingham New Street 

30 Jan

Do you recognise this man...


Images issued after needle attack at Birmingham New Street 

30 Jan

Do you recognise this man...


Call the Rozzers! 

29 Jan

This post is one I have been reluctant to write – Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are seen as somewhat complicated and potentially difficult to understand and issues for the police arising from DoLS have been queried with me only very...


Staff security, WMP2020 and doing the right thing 

28 Jan

An awful lot has been going on since I last wrote a blog.


Police appeal for eight men to come forward after man assaulted outside Birmingham New Street station 

27 Jan

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for further witnesses to come forward after a man was assaulted outside Birmingham New Street station the week before Christmas.


Police appeal for eight men to come forward after man assaulted outside Birmingham New Street station 

27 Jan

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for further witnesses to come forward after a man was assaulted outside Birmingham New Street station the week before Christmas.


Criminalising Children 

27 Jan

When is it acceptable to criminalise a child who is already detained under the Mental Health Act within our secure mental health system? I asked this question on Twitter and it did amaze me, quite frankly, that I didn’t get a single reply...


Police appeal after bike stolen from Birmingham New Street 

26 Jan

British Transport Police (BTP) officers have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to after a bicycle was stolen from New Street station in December.


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LocalGov »

Flytipping, 1st February 

1 Feb

Settee and bags of rubbish and various items dumped outside my flat, 71 miranda close rednal b450eh ...


Bollard, 1st February 

1 Feb

Unlit bollard knocked over--on central reservation Report on FixMyStreet...


Gritting alert – Feb 1 

1 Feb

The Birmingham gritters are heading out to treat the roads again at 6pm.


Timing on light wrong, 1st February 

1 Feb

Street light outside my house b25 8rq timing out light not always on in the night.


Fly Tipping, 1st February 

1 Feb

Sunday.


Gritting alert – Jan 31 

31 Jan

The Birmingham gritters have been out treating the Birmingham roads since 9.30pm.


Corner of wellesbourne and Church Hill Rda number of, 31st January 

31 Jan

A number of black sacks left on the pavement Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 53 Wellesbourne Road, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...


Potholes in centre line of carriageway, 31st January 

31 Jan

Potholes forming at intervals along centre line of Heath and between junction with Selly Oak Road and junction of Heath Road with Hawthorne Road.


Traffic bollards broken again, 31st January 

31 Jan

Traffic bollards in centre of Hawthorne Rd at junction with Heath Rd damaged again.


Traffic Light Fault, 31st January 

31 Jan

On Harborne Road/Vicaridge Road, there is a green light not working on the traffic light with Asset ID 3.


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Social media »

up for the cup: how #foxnewsfasts stormed the charts 

31 Jan

Our post on the exceptionally brilliant response to the exceptionally stupid Fox News commentator stormed the chart this month.


16 survival tips for a bad day 

31 Jan

We've all been there.


The Comedy Club Ipswich 

30 Jan

The Comedy Club Ipswich at The Grand Old Duke of York on Saturday 14th February.


GE15 gets a kickstart 

29 Jan

We’ve just passed 100-day day on the election countdown, and while once again we’ll find voices calling it as the “social media election” (despite previous elections making the same claims) the thing that’s caught my eye...


Recent things written about open data and community groups and democracy 

28 Jan

BBC Reports that ” The UK government is the most open and transparent in the world, according to global rankings looking at public access to official data.


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