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Birmingham Poundland fined for rodent-gnaw Santas 

20 Jan

Evidence of months of "mice activity" was found at two of the chain's Birmingham stores, a court heard.


Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City 

20 Jan

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City.


Poundland ordered to pay £152,000 for mice infestation in its city centre store. 

20 Jan

Poundland Ltd has ordered to pay more than £152,000 after pleading guilty of eight offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 at its Corporation Street store in the city centre.


First Midland Metro tram leaves UK to be fitted with batteries. 

20 Jan

A Midland Metro tram had made its was to Spain to be fitted with hi-tech batteries allowing it to run without the need for overhead power cables.


Aston Villa v Preston North End 

20 Jan

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Aston Villa and Preston North End.


Birmingham sign Besiktas winger Frei 

20 Jan

Birmingham make their fifth January window signing, former Fulham winger Kerim Frei from Besiktas.


WIN: Tickets to Kaiser Chiefs at Birmingham’s Asylum Venue 

20 Jan

In association with Absolute Radio, The Asylum Venue in Birmingham have announced that rock heavyweights Kaiser Chiefs will be performing an intimate set at their venue on January 30.


Chef Tom Kerridge talks ahead of Birmingham Town Hall show – interview 

20 Jan

He’s one of the nation’s most popular cooks.


Seventh Wave Festival returns to Birmingham 

20 Jan

The second The Seventh Wave festival returns to Birmingham in March.


Celebrities back £1m Birmingham cancer centre appeal 

20 Jan

A £1 million appeal to fund the expansion of a ‘globally significant’ centre for life-saving cancer treatment has been backed by several celebrities.


Floyd Mayweather to appear at special events in Cannock and Birmingham 

20 Jan

American boxer Floyd Mayweather will follow on from meeting fans in Cannock with a special appearance at a knockout night to be held in Birmingham.


King Creosote to headline Birmingham Town Hall 

20 Jan

Down tempo singer-songwriter King Creosote will return to Birmingham to headline the city’s town hall tomorrow.


Martha Wainwright talks ahead of Birmingham show 

20 Jan

Born into a family of entertainers, Martha Wainwright was always destined for the stage.


Frank Carter talks ahead of Birmingham show 

20 Jan

They’re known for putting on one of the most raucous, energetic and moving shows in rock and rightly so – with over ten years’ experience in the music business, Frank Carter The Rattlesnakes are fast-becoming one of the must-see bands for ...


MiC LOWRY to headline Birmingham’s O2 Academy 

20 Jan

An urban group who supported Justin Bieber on his sold-out European tour and who were described by BBC 1XTRA as ‘the next big thing to come out of the UK’ will headline Birmingham’s O2 on February 19.


Tom Allen heading to Birmingham’s Glee Club 

20 Jan

One of comedy’s rising stars will headline Birmingham’s Glee Club tonight and tomorrow after hitting the road for a string of dates.


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Comment »

Constant sorrow 

20 Jan

In an infinite, expanding and increasingly bizarre universe where strangeness and what once passed for normality have become blurred, the prospect of George Clooney forming a ZZ Top tribute band to perform at the inauguration of a racist con man as ...


We need to be bold and imaginative with adult care 

19 Jan

Cllr Paulette Hamilton, cabinet member for health and social care, talks about how we must be bold and imaginative if we are to truly transform adult care.


Down memory lane in Colmore Row yesterday – please oil the Metro trams! 

19 Jan

After meeting a pleasing new neighbour and walking to Stirchley Street station – renamed Bournville (why?) – I travelled by train to New Street, now Grand Central (why?) and got on the Metro to Colmore Row.


They love London and they’ve discovered the North, but politicians forget the Midlands exists 

18 Jan

Conservatives and Labour have big plans for the North, but less to say about the Midlands...


Davos: energy, transport and industrial companies are forming a hydrogen council 

18 Jan

Bloomberg reports that thirteen energy, transport and industrial companies are forming a hydrogen council to consult policy makers and highlight its benefits to the public as the world seeks to switch from dirtier energy sources, according to a joint...


HSBC Birmingham HQ construction January 2017 Update 

18 Jan

Construction work continues at a pace on the new HSBC UK headquarters as The Telegraph reports that demand from current employees to work at the new office has seen twice the number of applicants to job roles, http://www.


Picking cherries 

18 Jan

Thank heavens, thank goodness, thank all our lucky stars and thank you sweet baby Jesus for giving us at long last some clarity and a time scale as to how the British government is systematically taking leave of its senses...


ITHECA: ‘some good stuff’ at University of Aston as well 

17 Jan

We followed up this emailed reaction – a response to the recent post on air pollution in Birmingham which referred to three city projects: Birmingham University’s Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research University of Birmingham’s award-...


Birmingham schools will lose £97 million by 2019. That’s 2,604 teachers and £579 per pupil. Find out here how much your school will lose, and support the campaign. 

16 Jan

The updated Schoolcuts website – http://www.


Lying, cheating, money-grubbing bastards #3 BT 

16 Jan

I knew it was a mistake.


Evidence: Towards a Working Definition of Islamophobia – Briefing Paper 

16 Jan

Following the presentation of oral evidence to the Home Affairs Committee in December 2016, I have drawn together a short briefing paper on the need to establish a widely accepted working definition on Islamophobia that I have duly submitted.


No Such Thing As Free Advice 

16 Jan

This  is more related to business than the usual vague music and culture thing I’d blog about but I’m wary about putting it on my business site because…..


Reimagining health and social care 

16 Jan

Prevention, innovation and integration have been broadly accepted as the route to relieving social care pressures, but an overhaul of leadership and governance is also vital.


Duty Now For The Future 

16 Jan

Colleagues I’d like to send you my very best wishes for 2017.


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Chinese New Year at Selfridges 

20 Jan

Enjoy Chinese New Year at Selfridges...


Unclarity over police’s use of mobile data extraction devices 

20 Jan

It has emerged that 28 UK police forces have bought mobile data extraction software from hacking technology supplier Cellebrite .


INFOGRAPHIC: Birmingham house prices rise by 3% in 2016 to an average of £200,000 

19 Jan

House prices in Birmingham increased by 3% in 2016 to average of £200,000 with the average property increasing in value by £5,600.


Veggie Friendly 

19 Jan

Discover just some of the vegetarian delights to be found at Bullring...


Thorntons recall ‘Jolly Santa’ for plastic risk 

19 Jan

200g Milk chocolate “Jolly Santa” (image: Thorntons) High street chocolatier Thorntons is recalling its  200g milk chocolate Jolly Santa  because the product may contain a piece of plastic.


Valentine’s at Boux Avenue 

18 Jan

Boux Avenue will have you feeling body-confident for Valentine's Day.


Brunch at Mughli 

18 Jan

Mughli Market at Selfridges launch their brunch menu...


#Brexit: 10 Graphs which help explain why the UK voted to leave the EU 

18 Jan

Yesterday, Theresa May outlined her 12 point strategy for leaving the European Union.


Ratings of anxiety have increased in the last year 

18 Jan

To be edited by Charelene Lavery Latest data from the Office for National Statistics  shows levels of anxiety have increased in the last year.


Birmingham City Hospital’s fundraising appeal reaches £2m 

18 Jan

Birmingham Children’s Hospital ’s fundraising campaign Star Appeal has reached over £2 million towards their £3.65m appeal to build a Rare Disease Centre .


Number of male domestic abuse victims rise by over 80%, Eastside investigation finds 

17 Jan

The number of men being classified as victims of domestic abuse in the UK has increased by over 80% in the past five years, it has been revealed.


New council busking rules to ‘ensure the performers have a clear set of principles.’ 

16 Jan

Birmingham City Council has announced that it has finalised plans to ‘encourage responsible busking and street entertainment’, following a consultation period that began in May 2016.


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Aston Villa »

Officials – Aston Villa v Preston (21/1/17) 

20 Jan

Officials - Aston Villa v Preston (21/1/17) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/01/2017 17:06:00 The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Aston Villa and Preston North End this Saturday...


The Villa Times – 20/01/2017 (Aston Villa News Round-up) 

20 Jan

The Villa Times - 20/01/2017 (Aston Villa News Round-up) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/01/2017 16:39:00 The very latest brand new sparkling news and views on Aston Villa via the uno fish ial one...


Aston Villa – What Was – What Is 

20 Jan

Aston Villa - What Was - What Is Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/01/2017 16:09:00 A look at what was, what is and what might be.


Something For The Weekend (560) 

20 Jan

Something For The Weekend (560) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/01/2017 15:25:00 Villa were left howling in the wilderness after a self-inflicted defeat to Wolves on Saturday.


Little Villa Fan Charlie Needs Help – He’s One Of Our Own 

20 Jan

Little Villa Fan Charlie Needs Help - He's One Of Our Own Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/01/2017 12:55:00 Time for the football community to once again come together, little Charlie Round - he's one of our own - he needs your help.


It’s Official – Lansbury Now Claret And Blue 

20 Jan

It's Official - Lansbury Now Claret And Blue Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/01/2017 12:24:00 It's official, Aston Villa have got their man.


Video: Steve Bruce Press Conference Pre PNE 

20 Jan

Video: Steve Bruce Press Conference Pre PNE Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/01/2017 11:23:00 Steve Bruce video of the press conference pre Preston North End.


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Birmingham City FC »

The three-and-a-half-year approach 

20 Jan

The three-and-a-half-year approach Vitalfootball:Birmingham:20/01/2017 21:56:00 Blues carrying a long term vision is a refreshing change for the fans, says Rob Wildey...


One To Watch: Jason Steele 

20 Jan

One To Watch: Jason Steele Vitalfootball:Birmingham:20/01/2017 21:40:00 Sask's about the oppositions best player.


Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City 

20 Jan

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City.


Officials – Blackburn v Birmingham (21/1/17) 

20 Jan

Officials - Blackburn v Birmingham (21/1/17) Vitalfootball:Birmingham:20/01/2017 17:08:00 The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City this Saturday...


Newcastle and Brighton to win promotion? 

20 Jan

Newcastle and Brighton to win promotion from the Championship? That is the prediction of a special computer programme - but how do you think it will finish...


Instrumental week at Blues to turn Zola’s fortunes round 

20 Jan

Instrumental week at Blues to turn Zola's fortunes round Vitalfootball:Birmingham:20/01/2017 15:04:00 Tom Heslop, editor of Vital Birmingham, discusses why this week at Blues could turn round the fortunes of Gianfranco Zola...


Birmingham sign Besiktas winger Frei 

20 Jan

Birmingham make their fifth January window signing, former Fulham winger Kerim Frei from Besiktas.


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Sport »

Birmingham Past and Present Named in GB Hockey Squad 

19 Jan

Online editor, Nicola Kenton, reports on the news that eleven representatives of the University of Birmingham have been named in the GB Hockey squad The post Birmingham Past and Present Named in GB Hockey Squad appeared first on Redbrick ...


NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Year 

19 Jan

Sports writer Alex McLachlan discusses his pick for Defensive Rookie of the Year following the end of the regular season in the NFL The post NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Year appeared first on Redbrick .


Redbrick Sport Does Fantasy Football – Week 21 

18 Jan

What happened in the Redbrick Sport fantasy football league over the past six weeks? Dan Steeden finally returns and rounds up week 21 of fantasy football The post Redbrick Sport Does Fantasy Football – Week 21 appeared first on Redbrick...


List Of Paid-Up Members (2016-17) 

17 Jan

The list is compiled from information submitted and therefore may be out of date...


Music 4 The Muses Part III 

17 Jan

Music extravaganza at Coles Lane on Friday 17th February...


Coach to Frickley 

17 Jan

Travel Arrangements for this Saturday 21st January 2017...


Next Quiz Night 

17 Jan

Quiz Night Friday February 3rd 7:30...


Match report – 13th Jan 2017 

17 Jan

Sutton Coldfield 39 pts v Moseley Oak 33 pts...


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    JLR crush accident leaves victim ‘unable to dance’ 

    20 Jan

    900,000 is first stage in 'drawing a line' under accident as factory worker seeks compensation for leg amputation following 2015 factory crush...


    Niche food outlets combine for flavour fusion 

    20 Jan

    TWO of Birminghams niche food outlets have come together for a two-day fusion of flavours.


    Jaguar Land Rover pioneers VR to enhance car buying experience 

    20 Jan

    JAGUAR Land Rover is pioneering a new way of buying cars across its global network through Virtual Reality.


    Birmingham hotel in tune to the needs of the CBSO 

    20 Jan

    A BIRMINGHAM city hotel is extending its support of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) following the announcement that the orchestra is to receive a 25% cut in funding from Birmingham Ci...


    Meet the team behind Birmingham’s changing food scene 

    20 Jan

    It is hard to imagine that just ten years ago, Birmingham boasted a few chain restaurants and bars and not much else.


    Councillors approve Jaguar Land Rover’s latest expansion 

    20 Jan

    COUNCILLORS have approved plans for the further expansion of Jaguar Land Rovers Powertrain Development Facility.


    Bids invited for £2.75 billion HS2 high speed trains contract 

    20 Jan

    Winning firm will build new HS2 trains to run between London and Birmingham...


    Brotherly hire for Naismiths in Birmingham 

    20 Jan

    Commercial property consultancy expands team in the city with appointment of pair of brothers...


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    Business columns »

    Street legal on High Street 

    20 Jan

    Richard Lutz contemplates what’s on offer inside a US marijuana shop What better way in Seattle to thank a gracious host than to pick up a little gift at Uncle Ike’s? It’s one of the city’s 30 legal pot emporia and business is buzzing in ...


    ITS put Rockingham back in the race 

    20 Jan

    Midlands IT and communications specialist helps boost race venue.


    Midland companies urged to sign up for Czech visit 

    20 Jan

    Local business able to exploit new markets.


    Brexit boost for Coleshill agency 

    19 Jan

    Post-Brexit vote recruitment boost delivers record year for Candidate Source.


    Man jailed after employee plunges to his death 

    19 Jan

    Court heard of “recklessness and negligence”.


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    Events »

    The Proper Ornaments Next Tuesday at the H&H 

    20 Jan

    This Is Tmrw welcome The Proper Ornaments to the HH on Tuesday 24th January.


    Raising the Skirt: Lament and Dissent, 20 Jan 2017 

    19 Jan

    20 Jan 2017 - Workshop at P Café FREE https://www.


    New Show: Pumarosa 

    19 Jan

    We’re pleased to announce that Live Nation will be bringing Pumarosa to the HH on Monday 17th April.


    Molton Brown Valentines 

    19 Jan

    Molton Brown Valentine's Evening - 9th Feb...


    Payback Live Radio, 22 Jan 2017 

    18 Jan

    22 Jan 2017 - Club at PST Our first show of 2017 is back on the airwaves Sunday 22 Jan 4-10pm (GMT) live and direct from Birmingham’s number one venue CLUB Pst and streamed live on http://listen.


    New Show: DJ Format & Abdominal 

    18 Jan

    We’re pleased to announce that Freestyle will be brining DJ Format Abdominal Live back to the HH on Friday 12th May.


    Moseley Bog Archaeology Walk, 21 Jan 2017 

    17 Jan

    21 Jan 2017 - Community at Moseley Bog Come and Join Dr Mike Hodder, former City of Birmingham Archaeologist, and learn about the interesting history and archaeology of Moseley Bog Reserve, including the bronze age burnt mound and Victorian gardens.


    Killer Wave ’17, 18 Jan 2017 

    17 Jan

    18 Jan 2017 - Rock Pop at Sunflower Lounge...


    Dates for 2017! 

    17 Jan

    Hello everyone, We hope you’re settling into 2017 well.


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    Music blogs »

    Second Electronic Music Festival comes to Birmingham! 

    20 Jan

    In March of 2017 the second ‘The Seventh Wave Festival of Electronic Music’ takes place across four days and across three venues.


    Competition: Win Tickets to See Olly Murs 

    20 Jan

    Love Olly Murs? You can win tickets to see him through Redbrick Music The post Competition: Win Tickets to See Olly Murs appeared first on Redbrick .


    Single Review: Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill and Shape of You 

    20 Jan

    Heather Evans gives us the low-down on the tracks that brought Ed Sheeran back into the limelight The post Single Review: Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill and Shape of You appeared first on Redbrick .


    Album Review: The xx – I See You 

    20 Jan

    The xx's third offering is refreshingly different, says Matthew Freddura The post Album Review: The xx – I See You appeared first on Redbrick .


    Be part of Metal history 

    19 Jan

    “It’s an honour to be a part of the Home of Metal.


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    999 »

    Historical Sex Abuse: A survivor’s story 

    20 Jan

    An historical abuse survivor repeatedly raped by her mother’s partner more than 30 years ago has thanked the West Midlands Police team that fought for her justice − and urged other victims yet to break their silence to reach out for help.


    Securing justice for survivors of historical sex offences 

    19 Jan

    A specialist West Midlands Police team established to investigate historical sex offences has dealt with almost 300 cases in its first year – and secured justice for some survivors who suffered abuse up to 50 years ago.


    Till receipt leads police to doorstep robber 

    19 Jan

    A robber who attacked a pensioner on his own doorstep has been jailed for more than four years - after officers tracked him down from a till receipt he dropped at the scene.


    Pensioner dies in Birmingham collision 

    19 Jan

    Police are asking for witnesses to come forward after a man died in a collision in Edgbaston on Tuesday evening (17 January).


    Man jailed after employee plunges to his death 

    18 Jan

    A Birmingham businessman was sentenced to 30 months in prison for corporate manslaughter yesterday (17 Jan) after a man plunged to his death from a factory roof.


    Armed burglar and girlfriend jailed 

    18 Jan

    A burglar who used a gun in a terrifying house robbery has been jailed for 12 years.


    Six more charged over prison disorder 

    17 Jan

    Six more people have been charged in connection with a large-scale disorder at HMP Birmingham last month.


    Driver jailed for mowing down police officer in car 

    17 Jan

    A motorist who mowed down a police officer – sending him flying as he sped away from a suspected drug deal – has been jailed for assault and dangerous driving.


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    LocalGov »

    Graffiti on bollard, 21st January 

    21 Jan

    There is graffiti on two of the bollards outside of mooch on broad st.


    Missing brick, 21st January 

    21 Jan

    A brick is missing outside of the rep/ marmalade by the lampposts.


    Broken and sunken paving slabs, 21st January 

    21 Jan

    Broken paving on path leading from Baskerville house to copthorne Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Paradise Circus, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...


    Broken paving, 21st January 

    21 Jan

    Broken pavin between crown plaza and mailbox Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...


    Poundland ordered to pay £152,000 for mice infestation 

    20 Jan

    A Midlands-based discount retailer was ordered to pay more than £152,000 after pleading guilty of eight offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013, at Birmingham Crown Court today (20 January 2016).


    Again dumped black bags and debris, 20th January 

    20 Jan

    Again dumped black bags and debris Overflowing- approximately 12 bags Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 1 Avenue Road, Handsworth Report on FixMyStreet...


    Once again collection of black bags dumpedOnce again collection of black bags dumped, 20th January 

    20 Jan

    Once again collection of black bags dumped Approximately 10 bags overflowing Report on FixMyStreet...


    Green shop bin overflowing with black bags alongside, 20th January 

    20 Jan

    Green shop bin overflowing with black bags alongside It Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 7 Farnham Road, Handsworth Report on FixMyStreet...


    Social Care Team Directory 

    20 Jan

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Oscar Daramola on 20 January 2017 .


    Dog mess outside 724 Walsall Roaf, 20th January 

    20 Jan

    This dog mess had been outside the property for weeks.


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    Social media »

    41 key moments in the history of online journalism – have I missed any? 

    18 Jan

    A key moment in recent journalism history: Adam Stacey’s image taken during the July 7 bombings In the history chapter of the Online Journalism Handbook you will find a timeline of key events in web journalism .


    The machine that learns how to stop whistleblowers 

    16 Jan

    An example of whistleblower behaviour taken from Harry McLaren’s slides Workplace surveillance is nothing new , but this slide from Harry McLaren’s talk on Machine Learning for Threat Detection illustrates particularly well the challenges facing ...


    don’t let an out-of-date stereotype hold back creative thinking in your comms team 

    11 Jan

    Often, a new blog post sparks debate and a follow-up post.


    This snooker trick shot video is radio, remember 

    11 Jan

    6.9 million views and counting on this video.


    Report: looking back at 2016 — *not* looking forward to 2017… 

    11 Jan

    A couple weeks ago I published my responses to Nic Newman’s annual review exercise .


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