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‘Trojan Horse’ hearings against teachers and governor cost £1.27m 

17 Aug

Misconduct cases were brought against 14 teachers in Birmingham but only one was found at fault.

Mitchell Clark: Aston Villa loan Wales Under-19 defender to Port Vale 

16 Aug

Port Vale sign Wales Under-19 international defender Mitchell Clark on loan from Championship side Aston Villa.

Family fun at the Lord Mayor’s Show at Cannon Hill Park this weekend. 

16 Aug

This year’s Lord Mayor’s Show returns to Cannon Hill Park on Sunday 19th August with a fun-packed, family friendly event from 11am to 4pm.

Commonwealth Games Village planning application submitted 

16 Aug

Birmingham’s plans to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games stepped up another gear today with the submission of the formal Planning Application for the residential element of the Village, which would be home to the participants in four years’ time.

The lead for Aesthetic at Virgin Care Private Dr Vikram Swaminathan talks about aesthetic myths and truths. 

16 Aug

Dr Vikram Swaminathan is the lead for Aesthetic at Virgin Care Private, and has years of experience in helping people feel good and look great through  non surgical aesthetic procedures, skin health and rejuvenation .

Two Birmingham mosques attacked with catapults 

16 Aug

Worshippers feared "someone with a gun" was attacking one of two mosques targeted in Birmingham.

Birmingham City v Swansea City 

16 Aug

Preview followed by live coverage of Friday's Championship game between Birmingham City and Swansea City.

Cadbury has introduced Boost + Protein Bars. 

16 Aug

The famous Bournville chocolate maker has introduced Boost + Protein Bars, which contain 12 grams of protein and 32% less sugar than a standard Boost bar.

Agreement finally reached to complete the construction of the Midland Metropolitan Hospital. 

16 Aug

Patients across Sandwell and western Birmingham will benefit from a brand-new, state-of-the-art hospital after the Government and local Trust reached an agreement to finish construction work.

‘Enormous’ NHS pressure blamed for huge surge in cancelled operations at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. 

16 Aug

There has been a surge in the number of operations being cancelled at the last minute at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Cheikh Ndoye: Birmingham City loan Senegal international back to French club Angers 

16 Aug

Birmingham City loan back Senegal international defender Cheikh Ndoye to French club Angers.

T20 Blast: Surrey & Birmingham Bears win to maintain quarter-final hopes 

15 Aug

Surrey and Birmingham Bears keep their T20 Blast quarter-final hopes alive by winning their penultimate group games.

Images capture cyclist riding on Aston Expressway 

15 Aug

It is the fourth incident in three days where bikes have been seen on motorways, police said.

Tree fall and landslip disrupts trains for second day 

15 Aug

Services on the Cross City route via Birmingham are cancelled at least until end of service.

Whatever your dream is, it is not too late to achieve it. 

15 Aug

At age 23, Tina Fey was working at a YMCA.

Cross City south to remain closed while trees and embankment are made safe 

15 Aug

In the last 24 hours, two trees have fallen onto the line, badly damaging overhead power lines, and a section of the embankment, north of University station, has become unstable.

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15 Aug

WEST MIDLANDS NEW ECONOMICS GROUP The meeting on Thursday August 23 rd will be held at the Community Hub in John Lewis, from 5 to 7pm.

HSBC at heart of Central changes – August 2018 

15 Aug

It's been ten months since my last update on the construction of the new HSBC UK headquarters at the Arena Central development, http://birminghamcentral.

Liberal Hypocrisy Over the Death Penalty is Beyond Parody 

15 Aug

Liberal anger over Sajid Javid's decision to allow the possible execution of two Islamic State militants is dangerously misplaced, argues Comment Writer Harpreet Pannu The post Liberal Hypocrisy Over the Death Penalty is Beyond Parody appeared first ...

Higher still 

13 Aug

In April I blogged about the allure of high rise and the views afforded of Birmingham's skyline offered by towers but also the hillier than people realise landscape around Birmingham, http://birminghamcentral.

Paradise rising – Update VII 

10 Aug

The glorious sunny weather of the last month has shown the paradise development progress in literally the best light.

Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Young People’s Role in the Political Climate 

9 Aug

A comment piece by West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street.

And if we tolerate this… 

9 Aug

It’s time Britain’s media began treating racism in the Conservative Party as seriously as it does racism in the Labour Party says Steve Beauchampé.

For the West Midlands economy, Brexit could be a perfect storm: David Viney (Localise West Midlands) 

8 Aug

With the government’s own economic impact assessments for the West Midlands making grim reading – the worst case scenarios reminiscent of the early 1980s recessions that devastated the social and economic fabric of the region – it is vital that...

Pressing Issues: Donald Trump and Global News Journalism 

8 Aug

News Editor Tom Leaman discusses whether President Trump's continued attacks on the media threaten the accuracy and freedom of the global press.

Solihull’s 3-year split bin problem: the suppliers’ responsibility? 

7 Aug

In December last year it was reported that   several of the brown recycling bins supplied to Solihull Council by Yorkshire manufacturer MGB Plastics were faulty .

Far right UKIP supporters involved in attack on Bookmarks shop 

6 Aug

Pictured above is one of the main protagonists of the far right assault on Bookmarks bookshop, which took place on Saturday afternoon, in central London.

Birmingham Central at Ten 

6 Aug

How time flies.

Garden Cities in the Midlands – finally under way? 

5 Aug

A few months ago ( Housing 31 ), this site touched on the promotion of community housing and community land trusts by Pat Conaty , remembered in Birmingham for his co-founding of the Aston Reinvestment Trust and the Debt Advice Centre at the ...

Blue steam ahead 

4 Aug

Trams gliding between Birmingham and Wolverhampton will be turning blue as the combined authority, WMCA, takes control under a new company Midland Metro Ltd after 18 years being run by National Express, https://www.

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Metro Alliance – Westside Weekly Issue 011 

14 Aug

Below is issue 11 of  Westside Weekly newsletter released by the Midland Metro Alliance.

World Photography Day 

13 Aug

It's nearly World Photography Day! Click to see our top camera picks from John Lewis in Grand Central.

The Ritual of Holi 

13 Aug

Life is meant to be fun, not serious.

Scam Alert – Fake British Gas Emails 

10 Aug

Watch Out For These Fake British Gas Emails.

If the Shirt Fits 

9 Aug

Call it history re-invented; the Ben Sherman Archive Shirt collection is back.

Paradise Circus Closure Communication 

8 Aug

Further details about the closure of Paradise Circus between 3 September and Summer 2019 have been issued by Midland Metro Alliance.

Metro Alliance – Westside Weekly Issue 010 plus Historical Artefacts Discovered 

8 Aug

Below is information on the  recently-unearthed historical items found during the Metro extension works in Victoria Square and where to view them.

Birmingham Connected Update – 2 August 2018 

8 Aug

Welcome to the latest Birmingham Connected update containing transport news and information which we hope you will find useful.

Grants awarded in the West Midlands at its lowest level since 2010 

8 Aug

Funding awarded to West Midlands’ institutions in 2017 reached its lowest point since 2010 , an analysis by Birmingham Eastside shows.

The best non-alcoholic cocktails in Birmingham 

6 Aug

Visit us and try these delicious mocktails at Bullring & Grand Central...

“HS2 in Birmingham” News Update 23 July 2018 

4 Aug

Works around Birmingham City Centre.

“HS2 in Birmingham” News Update 27 July 2018 

4 Aug

Appointment of the new HS2 Construction Commissioner and details about safety and security support vehicles starting in your area.

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Aston Villa »

Villa un-Huished 

14 Aug

Villa beat Yeovil 1-0 in the League Cup round one, with Dave Woodhall commenting on proceedings.

Yeovil Town vs. Aston Villa: Carabao Kicks Off 

14 Aug

Sometimes I marvel at the amount of football that gets played.

Aston Villa 3-2 Wigan Athletic: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly 

13 Aug

The first home match of the 2018-19 campaign saw the Villa once again come from behind, this time eking out 3-2 result at the expense of visiting Wigan, who must’ve been gutted to to lose at the death.

Substance over style at Villa Park 

12 Aug

Dave Woodhali on a packed Villa Park, a last- minute winner and heroes old and new.

Jack Grealish: A Legend in the Making? 

10 Aug

Sometimes I’m right—the old broken clock, if nothing else.

Opening up 

6 Aug

Villa kicked off the season with a 3-1 win at Hull.

Villa in for Scottish midfielder 

6 Aug

Aston Villa are closing in on a 2.1million move for Hibernian midfielder John McGinn...

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Sky Live: Birmingham v Swansea 

16 Aug

Birmingham are short of midfield options for Swansea's Sky Bet Championship visit on Friday night.

Prutton’s EFL predictions 

16 Aug

David Prutton returns with his Sky Bet EFL predictions ahead of this weekend's fixtures, but who is he tipping for victory? Find out here...

The Glue Melts Away 

16 Aug

Say what you want about Carson Yeung, Peter Pannu & Co (and there was a lot to say) but I think ...

Who are Birmingham City’s Summer Signings? 

16 Aug

With the Blues operating under a transfer embargo that the EFL were only willing to lift for a week before the summer window slammed shut for permanent signings on Thursday, 9 August, there haven’t been too many fresh faces added to the...

Ndoye leaves Birmingham on loan 

16 Aug

Birmingham midfielder Cheikh Ndoye has rejoined his former club Angers on a season-long loan, a year after he was signed by Harry Redknapp.

BCFC Tilton Talk with Paul Devlin 

15 Aug

Great episode with Blues legend Paul Devlin in the studio (and some great stories…unfortunatly we couldnt broadcast them all, (recorded ...

Royals brush Monk’s Blues aside 

14 Aug

Reading secured their first victory of the season when they eased past Sky Bet Championship rivals Birmingham 2-0 in the Carabao Cup first round.

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John Terry offered this next career move after Aston Villa exit – reports 

16 Aug

Terry left AVFC this summer after failing to achieve promotion to the Premier League...

Aston Villa defender leaves on a season-long loan 

16 Aug

Teenager Mitch Clark has gone to League Two to continue his development...

Storm Ernesto set to batter parts of Britain after sweeping in from Caribbean – but will it hit Birmingham? 

16 Aug

The worst of Storm Ernesto will fizzle out by the time it reaches this country by the weekend...

This popular Birmingham city centre pub will no longer allow football fans in on matchdays 

16 Aug

The pub have decided against entertaining supporters on a match-day this campaign...

We predict how Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Brom will do in the 2018/2019 Championship season 

16 Aug

BirminghamLive's football desk have given their verdicts on Villa, Blues, West Brom and Co...

How the £275 million Birmingham tower block development will look 

16 Aug

Work on the New Monaco scheme will begin later this year...

Police to step up patrols following double mosque attacks 

16 Aug

Masjid Qamarul Islam mosque on Fosbrooke Road in Small Heath and the Al-Hijrah mosque on Hob Moor Road nearby were targeted...

‘We’re working hard’ Garry Monk’s transfer update as Birmingham City look to replace Cheikh Ndoye 

16 Aug

The BCFC manager has seen Ndoye return to Angers - and he accepts it's left him light in midfield...

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    Protective coatings made by Indestructible – a family-owned company in Sparkhill 

    9 Aug

    ‘ Indestructible Paint , a manufacturer of high performance paints and coatings, started in 1978 in a small workshop in Acocks Green.

    Kidderminster law firm expands into Second City 

    9 Aug

    WYRE Forest law firm mfg Solicitors has expanded into Birmingham after announcing it has concluded a deal to merge with an historic legal practice.

    Salts Healthcare, now at Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston. 

    17 Jul

    Last year Salts Healthcare , which manufactures medical devices, moved into the Apollo building in Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston.

    Law staff to scale new heights with children’s hospital challenges 

    28 Jun

    STAFF from a Midlands law firm will be swapping their day roles for hiking boots and aerodynamic lycra to raise more than £10,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

    Aston’s JS Wright sets up prefabrication unit 

    14 Jun

    As construction workers from EU countries leave following the Brexit vote and the skilled British workforce is ageing, Britain is once more turning to prefabrication.

    The Times, the FT and the Chancellor focus on late payment 

    13 May

    o Earlier two football clubs were commended on this site: Liverpool managed an average of 27 days, beating Arsenal’s 35.

    Kind Stourbridge lawyers launch fundraising initiative for Birmingham Children’s Hospital 

    20 Apr

    STAFF from a Stourbridge-based law firm have pledged their support to help Birmingham Children’s Hospital carry out its life-saving care.

    More good news from West Midlands manufacturers: ADI Electrical, W H Tildesley and Brooks Forging 

    30 Mar

    o Gasification Plant Converting Waste to Fuel – a ’world first’ This post updates the 2016 coverage of Adi Electrical, whose head office is in Kings Norton, Birmingham.

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    Alternative path for A level students to consider 

    16 Aug

    Award-winning Birmingham engineer urges young people to consider apprenticeships on results days.

    Construction students get funding from industry body 

    13 Aug

    Donation from National Federation of Builders will help improve learning.

    Acclaim for Longbridge redevelopment 

    12 Aug

    Cofton Grange named one of the UK’s Best Regeneration Projects.

    Midlands building society appointing Member Council 

    10 Aug

    New council will influence West Brom’s strategy.

    Making a mountain from Ant Hill 

    7 Aug

    Birmingham recruitment firms join forces.

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    Manifest, 7eventh Sea, 18 Aug 2018 

    15 Aug

    18 Aug 2018 - Rock Pop at The Actress Bishop...

    Musical Picnic: The Destroyers, 18 Aug 2018 

    15 Aug

    18 Aug 2018 - Workshop at Symphony Hall FREE (suitable for under 18s) A special 'Little People's Edition’, featuring a number of wonderful musicians and music educators from the ever­-expansive full-sized band, The Destroyers bring their flair, ...

    Funeral Shakes, Frown Upon, Wood and Nails, 16 Aug 2018 

    14 Aug

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    A-level Results Party, 16 Aug 2018 

    14 Aug

    16 Aug 2018 - Club at Snobs Nightclub...

    Dino Discovery Day 

    14 Aug

    Enjoy dino fun for the kids on Saturday 25th August at John Lewis...

    Last 75 Tickets For Sons Of Kemet This October! 

    14 Aug

    This October, Leftfoot   THSH Jazzlines welcome Sons Of Kemet as part of their ‘UK Jazz Season’ programme, and there are less than 75 tickets left! With a unique sounds that effortlessly blends the contemporary London jazz sound with the ...

    Street Food Fridays, 17 Aug 2018 

    12 Aug

    17 Aug 2018 - Community at Rowheath Pavilion FREE (suitable for under 18s...

    A Level Results: Marbella Beach Party, 16 Aug 2018 

    12 Aug

    16 Aug 2018 - Club at Rosies...

    Live Jazz & Salsa, 13 Aug 2018 

    12 Aug

    13 Aug 2018 - Jazz at RJJZ Jazz Bar Soothe away your Monday blues with live jazz music, followed by SALSA! Piano Lounge 7pm - 8pm SALSA 8pm - midnight...

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    MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Aug 17-Thu Aug 23 

    16 Aug

        NEW RELEASES Christopher Robin (PG) Just a thumbnail plot description about a grown… Read more The post MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Aug 17-Thu Aug 23 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .

    Daniel Bogarín Granados – concluding the story 

    16 Aug

    “it’s difficult to explain that in another language…even in Spanish it’s difficult to…” In the final instalment from our Black Sabbath oral history with Daniel Bogarín Granados we hear his experience of seeing the band live in Costa ...

    Aretha Franklin RIP 

    16 Aug

    As The Queen of Pop turns 60 The Queen of Soul goes to that great gig in the sky.

    The French – The Model 

    14 Aug

    No bargain CDs at the weekend but picked up a handful of 7 inch singles including this little 'darkwave' gem by The French with their cover of Kraftwerk's The Model.

    Essential Albums: Patti Smith – Horses 

    14 Aug

    Music Editor Letty Gardner discusses why Patti Smith's 1975 debut 'Horses' is an incredible listen and an essential album The post Essential Albums: Patti Smith – Horses appeared first on Redbrick .

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    Justice Delayed, not Denied 

    5 Aug

    On August 3rd 2018, Kaylsey Smithen was convicted of the manslaughter of his 46yr old mother, Janice, which took place in Birmingham more than six years earlier.

    A Safeguarding Call 

    3 Aug

    The recent conclusion of an inquest in to the death in 2016 of Mr Luke Leggatt in Canterbury has given rise to a social media debate amongst police officers about the East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s reaction to Coroner’s process...

    A hot few weeks and a long blog 

    27 Jul

    Have you been enjoying the weather? I confess I have a mixed reaction.

    Telephone Triage 

    25 Jul

    A curious thing appeared on the internet recently: a preventing future deaths report from the Warwickshire Coroner, which has been sent to the Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull’s Mental Health Trust (BSMHfT).

    Acute Intoxication is a Mental Disorder 

    6 Jul

    The longer I work on policing and mental health, the less frequently I experience certain things which used to hit me square in the face every time I went near the topic as a PC: a new piece of knowledge that leaves you entirely confused and...

    Accountable to the Law, not the NHS 

    5 Jul

    On 12th November 2013, I wrote a blog entitled ‘Here We Go Again‘, following the death of a vulnerable man in Bedfordshire who we now know was called Leon Briggs.

    Conversations, reviews and operational issues 

    2 Jul

    Since I leased out the blog to the rest of the team in May there is a fair bit to cover.

    Exacerbating Tensions 

    30 Jun

    I’ve had to ask myself recently whether I’m guilty of potentially exacerbating tensions or conflict between the police and mental health services, after a number of suggestions on social media and elsewhere that this is the effect...

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    Obscene Graffitis, 16th August 

    16 Aug

    There are obscene graffitis on the canal way beside the canal.

    Graffiti of male private part, 16th August 

    16 Aug

    The bridge connecting to canal here contains obscene graffitis on the path itself.

    The path connecting the old know road to the canal via bridge, 16th August 

    16 Aug

    There is a footpath and cycle path bridge which connects oldknow road to the canal.

    Very dangerous elongated pot holes on Kingsbury road at junction of Wiggins Hill road., 16th August 

    16 Aug

    This pothole was marked several months ago but never repaired so now much larger.

    Miss collections, 16th August 

    16 Aug

    They mist collection from lodge road church .

    Mattress dumped on pavement, 16th August 

    16 Aug

    Been there for a few weeks - obstruction of pavement for walkers Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 134 Boscombe Road, Greet Report on FixMyStreet...

    Burnt out car, 16th August 

    16 Aug

    On the Billesley common car has been totally burnt out Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 28 Chessetts Grove, Moseley Report on FixMyStreet...

    Green Garden Waste, 16th August 

    16 Aug

    Green garden waste not collected on Wednesday.

    Bin full and overflowing on, 16th August 

    16 Aug

    Bin full and overflowing outside Chicken Hut Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 55 Spring Hill, Hockley Report on FixMyStreet...

    Car (Tyota silver) dumped on the raod with no numbwr plates., 16th August 

    16 Aug

    This car has been dumped on the road for over 8 weeks it has no number plates and has flat tyres.

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