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Willenhall man left unconscious after attack at Birmingham Snow Hill station 

22 Dec

A Willenhall man was left unconscious with a broken jaw after he was assaulted on a packed platform at Birmingham’s Snow Hill Station.


Birmingham Snow Hill Station attack: Man beaten unconscious on platform 

22 Dec

Police hunt attacker who assaulted victim at packed city station...


NHS to ‘unlock secrets’ using DNA 

22 Dec

A Birmingham NHS trust is to become one of 11 new centres for a genetics project that could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases", the NHS says.


Arsonists blamed for school fire 

22 Dec

Firefighters tackle a "severe" fire at a Birmingham school which is treated as suspicious.


Moseley residents left with a MONTH of uncollected rubbish 

22 Dec

Sacks only cleared after they threatened to blockade Wake Green Road...


Centenary Square design competition attracts nearly 200 architects 

22 Dec

Entries received from all over the world to Royal Institute of British Architects' project to reshape public space outside library...


Eight reasons to love the controversial new Birmingham Conservatoire 

22 Dec

After a raft of criticism for new plans, the dean overseeing the new Birmingham Conservatoire spells out why it is a step forward...


Yardley street plunged into darkness in wrangle over new lightbulb 

21 Dec

Pensioner fears accident unless bulb is replaced...


Fire damaged Kings Heath cinema to be restored as shop and apartments 

21 Dec

'Phoenix-like recovery' welcomed by planning committee...


St Patrick’s Day Parade: Crowd funding campaign launched to save Birmingham event 

21 Dec

The 2015 St Patrick's Day parade is going ahead as planned.


Trainee teachers in a class of their own 

21 Dec

Education correspondent Emma McKinney meets the trainees who will be educating the next generation of pupils...


Lucky escape for driver as car hit by debris thrown from footbridge 

21 Dec

The driver of a BMW had a lucky escape after debris was thrown from a Birmingham footbridge.


Washwood Heath jobs breakthrough as committee calls on HS2 to adjust plans 

21 Dec

The massive former Alstom and LDV sites in Washwood Heath are currently being held for a HS2 Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot...


200-year-old mystery of Shugborough Code ‘solved’ 

21 Dec

Linguistic expert believes he has solved mysterious sequence of letters on a stately home's monument in Staffordshire...


Lucky escape for driver as car hit by debris thrown from footbridge 

20 Dec

The driver of a BMW had a lucky escape this evening after debris was thrown from a Birmingham footbridge.


Look: Are you pictured in Birmingham city centre in our ‘panic Saturday’ gallery? 

20 Dec

More than 300,000 expected at Bullring over the weekend...


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In the bleak midwinter – Get out and do some petitioning! 

22 Dec

Join us to call for the proposed cuts to the Library of Birmingham to be reversed.


The enduring appeal of pantomime at Christmas 

22 Dec

One tradition that many families indulge in during the festive season is a trip to the theatre to see a pantomime.


Shall we celebrate a reprieve for Madin’s fine building or mourn obdurate civic vandalism? 

22 Dec

News on the grapevine is that an authority on celebrated concrete buildings is working out how to project images of the Madin library on to one of the fly towers of the National Theatre (below).


Hippo Birdie Two Ewe 

22 Dec

On the 22 December 2009 at 1:08am, this blog surfaced from the depths and has continued with its annoying blather ever since...


Is the term ‘localism’ used by government to promote outcomes that contradict its original meaning? 

21 Dec

A thoughtful appraisal of localism by Ekklesia’s staff writers was brought to our attention by James Robertson’s December newsletter .


Polls show Greens and NHA party ‘trending’ 

20 Dec

The Green Party of England and Wales has polled 10% for the first time this week, and online media reports that – according to a YouGov pollster – the recent surge in support is coming largely from Labour’s younger voters .


Protecting the vulnerable in a time of cuts 

19 Dec

Cllr John Cotton Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr John Cotton, on the challenge of protecting vulnerable people at a time of massive Government cuts.


1. In Solihull, developers run rings round legislators; what hope is there for Birmingham’s ‘Development Plan’? 

19 Dec

In his monograph on housing issues , business correspondent Nick Mathiason* rec ords that – i n England alone – there are 1.4 million households on council waiting lists – a 34% rise since 1997.


2. What hope for the city’s Development Plan? 

19 Dec

The Birmingham Development Plan expresses the intention to build on brownfield sites – but will find it hard to get developers to do this.


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City-centre news »

Higher Awards Recognise a jolly good fellow! 

22 Dec

Birmingham Metropolitan College recognised the valued contribution from partner employer organisations recently at its prestigious Higher Education Awards Graduation Ceremony, and Allan Ovington, Regional Service Operations Manager from Worcester, ...


Digbeth Community Awards 2014 

22 Dec

Earlier this month, Digbeth Residents Association gave out their coveted Community Awards at The Old Crown, as part of their end of year celebration.


Birmingham Snow Hill Station attack: Man beaten unconscious on platform 

22 Dec

Police hunt attacker who assaulted victim at packed city station...


Live Music Round Up 

21 Dec

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


Candlelight Acoustic 

20 Dec

When: Sundays from 16:30 Where: The Old Crown, 188 Digbeth High Street, Digbeth, B12 0LD With the cold and dark setting in, there’s no better place to spend a Sunday evening than a warm and cosy atmospheric pub.


Look: Are you pictured in Birmingham city centre in our ‘panic Saturday’ gallery? 

20 Dec

More than 300,000 expected at Bullring over the weekend...


Panic Saturday: Crowd control introduced at Birmingham New Street station 

20 Dec

Thousands expected in city centre shopping frenzy on last weekend before Christmas...


Mad Friday: Police out in force for pre-Christmas celebrations in Birmingham 

19 Dec

One of busiest nights of the year for 999 crews heralds start of huge weekend...


Watch: Teenager gives £400 Christmas present to homeless man in Birmingham city centre 

19 Dec

For every share on Youtube the video game tutor pledges US$1 to homeless charities...


Free Christmas Dinner for Homeless in the City of Birmingham 

19 Dec

On Saturday 20th December, St George’s Hub in Birmingham will open its doors to around 200 homeless guests for a free Christmas dinner and all the trimmings.


Dig Digbeth 

19 Dec

In case you haven’t seen it all over Twitter and social media, a new visitor guide for Digbeth has been launched this month.


Traffic chaos feared as Spaghetti Junction and Paradise Circus road works begin 

18 Dec

Commuters set for huge disruption as £11.4 million road improvements get underway...


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Aston Villa »

Are referees targeting the Villans? 

22 Dec

The Villans had their third sending off of the season against Manchester United at the weekend and another yellow card to add to the growing collection.


Villa appeal Agbonlahor red 

22 Dec

Aston Villa have appealed Gabby Agbonlahor's red card against Manchester United.


Is celebrating an away goal among home fans ever acceptable? 

22 Dec

Rob Bagchi: A father claimed he and his two young sons were told to leave Villa's Family Stand for celebrating Man Utd's equaliser - but should they have been...


Lambert To Contact Riley Over Gabby Red 

22 Dec

Lambert To Contact Riley Over Gabby Red Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:22/12/2014 13:18:00 Manager Paul Lambert has said he will make the call to referees chief Mike Riley over the ridiculous sending off of Gabby Agbonlahor as Villa appeal the decision...


Aston Villa appeal Gabriel Agbonlahor’s red card 

22 Dec

Forward was sent off for a challenge on Ashley Young during the draw with Manchester United, but Paul Lambert believes it was fair, as does the supposed 'victim...


Okore & Sanchez Gain Lambert Praise 

22 Dec

Okore Sanchez Gain Lambert Praise Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:22/12/2014 13:03:00 Manager Paul Lambert has heaped praise on Jores Okore and Carlos Sanchez following their performances against Manchester United at the weekend.


Benteke Makes BBC Team Of The Week 

22 Dec

Benteke Makes BBC Team Of The Week Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:22/12/2014 12:57:00 Striker Christian Benteke has made Garth Crooks' BBC Team of the Week following his goal and overall performance in the game against Manchester United at the...


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Birmingham City FC »

Birmingham City blog: David Lewis is encouraged by the talents rolling off the Blus production line 

22 Dec

Over the past decade Birmingham have received more than £7 million from transfers of academy players...


Lincoln extend Adams loan deal 

22 Dec

Conference Premier side Lincoln City extend the loan of Birmingham City midfielder Charlee Adams for another month.


Birmingham City: Hong Kong Stock Exchange investigating Peter Pannu’s alleged comments 

22 Dec

The Football League have spoken to Blues about the alleged outburst and the club felt compelled to issue a statement...


BIH Confirms Suspension of Shares is Regarding Comments Made on OP 

22 Dec

Birmingham International Holdings have today confirmed that the continued suspension of trading in shares in the company is in relation to comments made by Peter Pannu on this website.


Birmingham City: 5 things we learned from the win at Huddersfield, including that Blues boast a Plan B 

22 Dec

Brian Dick outlines the findings from Blues' 1-0 victory at John Smith’s Stadium...


Birmingham City: Blues plotting a swoop for Andrew Shinnie’s brother Graeme 

22 Dec

Gary Rowett has had the Inverness Caledonian left-back watched and could team him up with his sibling at St Andrew's...


Rowett keen to keep Randolph 

22 Dec

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett has confirmed he wants to extend Darren Randolph's contract beyond the end of the season.


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Sport »

1st XV – Willenhall 10 – 29 Handsworth 

22 Dec

Handsworth Finish Unbeaten in League During 2014...


Sutton Coldfield RFC 1st XV – Match Report – 20th Dec 2014 

22 Dec

Sutton Coldfield 10 pts v Nuneaton RFC 35 pts National League 3 Midlands...


Boxing Day Breakfast Club 

22 Dec

The Royal Breakfast Club will be open as normal on Boxing Day.


SPARKHILL UNITED 7-1 BIRMINGHAM TIGERS 

22 Dec

Sparkhill United got back to winning ways after a convincing win against Birmingham Tigers.


First Team – Chasetown 1-1 ROYALS 

22 Dec

Leaders held by Scholars...


Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal, Division One, 1989 

21 Dec

21 December ~ When thinking of matches between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield, much of the focus is on the climax of the 1988-89 season, when the away side won 2-0 and took the League title back to London.


Romulus 2 Newcastle Town 2 

21 Dec

Last gasp penalty denies Roms another home win...


Next Up: Chasetown Fc 

19 Dec

Top toppers on the road to Staffordshire next.


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Business »

Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces: Inside the BT Tower – an icon on city skyline 

22 Dec

It was designed and constructed by the Ministry of Public Building and Works and was opened by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham in 1967...


Jaguar Land Rover worker nearly died in conveyor belt horror 

22 Dec

Manufacturing giant admitted breaching health and safety laws after 57-year-old worker was trapped in a machine at Solihull plant...


First class Dubai flights added at Birmingham Airport 

22 Dec

Emirates is adding a service from August 1, 2015, departing Birmingham Airport at 9.10am and arriving at Dubai International Airport at 7.10pm...


Celebrating the completion of refurbishment at the Hyatt Regency 

22 Dec

People were treated to an evening of drinks, canapés and revelry at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham following the completion of its multi-million pound refurbishment.


Sydney Mitchell’s fundraising efforts reach £5,500 

22 Dec

Sydney Mitchell handed over cheques for £2,750 to Diane Watt of the Maria Watt Foundation and Eileen Rock of the Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity...


Eight reasons to love the controversial new Birmingham Conservatoire 

22 Dec

After a raft of criticism for new plans, the dean overseeing the new Birmingham Conservatoire spells out why it is a step forward...


Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces: Modern Mailbox hides underground secret 

21 Dec

Original tunnel used for moving mail quickly across Birmingham still sits under former sorting office...


Washwood Heath jobs breakthrough as committee calls on HS2 to adjust plans 

21 Dec

The massive former Alstom and LDV sites in Washwood Heath are currently being held for a HS2 Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot...


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Business columns »

Prince Charles re-enters the planning debate 

22 Dec

Planning is about building quality places for us all.


Business innovators continue to benefit from fund 

21 Dec

More tech start-ups enrol onto Innovation Birmingham’s Entrepreneurs for the Future programme.


Politicians welcome call for ‘Plan B’ at Washwood Heath 

21 Dec

All-party support for HS2 Committee announcement.


LEONARD THE LIONHEART 

19 Dec

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BEDDING DOWN WITH A BISHOP 

17 Dec

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Events »

Misty’s Big Adventure Return This Christmas Eve 

22 Dec

Misty’s Big Adventure return to the Hare Hounds this Wednesday for their annual Christmas Eve show.


First Creative Apprentice in Birmingham achieves qualification at mac 

22 Dec

Bethany Whitehead becomes first young person in Birmingham to achieve creative apprenticeship qualification.


Screengrab: Whatever’ll get you thru the night 

21 Dec

RICHARD LUTZ CAREENS THROUGH THE TV SCHEDULES TO GET YOU THE THE HOLIDAY MOVIES YOU CAN’T MISS (BUT PROBABLY WILL) MONDAY Some films become instant classics.


Moseley Folk 2015 Dates Announced 

21 Dec

We are delighted to announce that Moseley Folk will be returning on 4th – 6th September 2015  for its 10th consecutive edition! Last year saw the likes of The Waterboys, Johnny Marr, Richard Thompson, Thurston Moore, Jimi Goodwin, Lau to name ...


The World Of Pandora 

19 Dec

The World Of Pandora - O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 28, Mar 15...


Brumnotes Xmas Party with Midnight Bonfires 

19 Dec

Brumnotes will be celebrating another successful year of publications by getting together and throwing a Christmas bash right here at the Hare Hounds.


Boxing Day sales in Birmingham 2014: When do the shops open? 

19 Dec

Find out when the shops open in Birmingham for the Boxing Day sales...


New Show Announcement: Medlar 

18 Dec

We’re pleased to announce that Leftfoot will be joining forces with Shadow City to bring Wolf Music’s Medlar to the HH on Friday 13th March.


mac achieves notable awards in 2014 

18 Dec

Awards highlight work with young people, board activity, sustainability, social responsibility and communications.


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Music blogs »

Live Review: EofE 

22 Dec

Nadhira Koh reviews as the Black Country group hit the top of the bill...


Some tracks of 2014… 

22 Dec

Sticking two fingers up at all those boring Top 10s of the year here's my Top 11.


Live Review: Rodrigo y Gabriela 

22 Dec

Alexandre Akchatel sees Rodrigo y Gabriela at the Symphony Hall...


RIDICULOUS MAGAZINE [del.icio.us] 

21 Dec

Ridiculous Mag is a biannual club photography and underground music mag, documenting the UK club scene via club photography and features with up and coming DJ's/producers.


10 Thoughts On YouTube Music Key [del.icio.us] 

21 Dec

Google just announced its long anticipated YouTube Music Key.


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Police appeal for information after serious assault – Birmingham Snow Hill 

22 Dec

Do you know this man? That is the question British Transport Police (BTP) detectives are asking following a serious assault at Birmingham Snow Hill railway station which left a man with his jaw broken.


Police appeal for information after serious assault – Birmingham Snow Hill 

22 Dec

Do you know this man? That is the question British Transport Police (BTP) detectives are asking following a serious assault at Birmingham Snow Hill railway station which left a man with his jaw broken.


A Disparity of Esteem 

21 Dec

Imagine two medical problems had occured involving two seperate people – an elderly lady suffering a serious asthma attack or chest pains and a young child who falls and hits his head and scrapes his hands after falling whilst playing...


Bus cam captures collision between car and girl 

20 Dec

Bus cam captures collision between car and girl We have released upsetting CCTV footage of a car knocking a 12-year-old girl over while using a zebra crossing on her way to school in Kings Heath, Birmingham.


Levi Blu Cassin trial – CCTV from second-hand shop 

19 Dec

Levi Blu Cassin trial - CCTV from second-hand shop The parents of Birmingham toddler, Levi Blu Cassin, have today (19 December) been found guilty of causing or allowing the 21-month-old's death.


Cycle theft at Selly Oak rail station: Do you recognise these men? 

19 Dec

That is the question British Transport Police (BTP) officers are asking as they launch an appeal for information following the theft of a bicycle from the cycle racks at Selly Oak railway station.


CCTV images released after cycle theft at Selly Oak rail station 

19 Dec

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public's help to identify a group of men as investigations continue into the theft of a mountain bike from the cycle racks at Selly Oak railway station.


CCTV images released after cycle theft at Selly Oak rail station 

19 Dec

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public's help to identify a group of men as investigations continue into the theft of a mountain bike from the cycle racks at Selly Oak railway station.


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LocalGov »

Dirty alleyway., 22nd December 

22 Dec

In the alleyway from Tollhouse Road and Rednal Mill Drive, beside Kidderminster carpets and the Citroen Repair Shop, the alley way is getting over grown and filling up with rubbish and leaves, needs to be cleaned away.


Graffiti on cable box beside job centre., 22nd December 

22 Dec

On Tessall Lane, white graffiti has appeared on the green cable box beside the Orange wall of the job centre.


Graffiti on maisonettes., 22nd December 

22 Dec

At the very end of Rednal Mill Drive, on the maisonette near the alleyway, graffiti in large bubble letters has appeared on the side of the building, it is light blue in colour.


Deep pot hole on Lickey Road., 22nd December 

22 Dec

As you turn left onto Lickey Road from Edgewood Road, a very deep pot hole has appeared on the side heading towards Lowhill Lane, on the lane nearest the grass central reservation, it appears just before you get to the turning for Lowhill Lane...


Fly tipped sofas, 22nd December 

22 Dec

A pile of abandoned household furniture causing a nuisance immediately behind the fence as you enter westward close Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 12 Westward Close, Great Barr Report on FixMyStreet...


Pedestrian accident on erdington high street, 22nd December 

22 Dec

My mom,who is aged 83,has tripped and fallen on loose pavement slabes.


Litter strewn in the street, 22nd December 

22 Dec

Even though we have moved to wheelie bins, every morning I greeted with litter all down the street and in my front garden.


How many council owned properties have been sold through the Right to buy scheme in B9 area 

22 Dec

Response by Birmingham City Council to James on 22 December 2014 .


Fireworks Cost in Birmingham 

22 Dec

Response by Birmingham City Council to Conor on 22 December 2014 .


Youth Promise – presentation to young Birmingham man 

22 Dec

A young man who took part in a consultation around Birmingham City Council’s Youth Promise has been presented with a tablet computer, in recognition of his contribution.


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Social media »

‘question: 2014? what changed?’ 

22 Dec

We decided to crowdsource an end of year piece on how 2014 was for our community.


content marketing and comms people 

22 Dec

What is content marketing? Does it have a place amongst the comms mix? Actually, yes, says one campaigns delivery manager.


help! take part in our 3rd annual state of comms survey 

21 Dec

As 2014 heads towards the exit we're looking to take a snapshot of what our community think and do.


This Christmas, encrypt your emails and make the haystack bigger 

20 Dec

Image by Daniella Hartmann Why should journalists be interested in web security ? You may not fear your social media accounts being hacked by propagandists , your email hacked by companies you write about , or your  phone records being seen by ...


Tree Surgeon in Essex Will Make Your Garden Very Attractive 

19 Dec

Life is beautiful when you have lots of beautiful trees around you.


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