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Head teacher of failing Birmingham school vows to turn it around this year 

25 Oct

Michelle Hooper, head teacher of failing West Heath Primary school, in Birmingham, vows to turn it around by the end of the year.


Carl Chinn: A proud Aston wench never short of a song 

25 Oct

This week Carl Chinn pays tribute to his mum, who died earlier this month...


RSPCA West Midlands: Can you give Sisco and Moochy a loving home? 

25 Oct

Yours has linked up with the RSPCA to help to find homes for pets at the charity's Animal Centre at Newbrook Farm, Frankley Green, Birmingham.


Jason Manford learns to dance to star in The Producers in Birmingham 

24 Oct

Smash hit show coming to Birmingham...


Judy Murray’s Strictly Come Dancing choreographer having a ball in in Birmingham 

24 Oct

Scott Cupit - who also helps Scott Mills - to appear at Aston Students' Union Birmingham Swing Dance Ball on Saturday 25...


Five men deny Sparkbrook murder 

24 Oct

Five men deny murdering a father-of-four during disorder in Birmingham in July.


Birmingham City fan Glynn Purnell brings Saturday Kitchen to Villa Park for charity fundraiser 

24 Oct

Cure Leukaemia event sees former Villa, Blues and Wolves players put on aprons to cook a five-course meal...


Rare Disease appeal hits £600,000 thanks to Birmingham Mail and Sunday Mercury readers 

24 Oct

Fundraising drive for pioneering centre to treat sufferers of rare diseases over halfway mark to £1m target...


Cruel Hodge Hill dog owner who starved pet to death avoids jail sentence 

24 Oct

Claire Williams even claimed Buster was a stray she'd found and offered to adopt him when quizzed by dog wardens...


Hit-and-run death driver jailed 

24 Oct

A Birmingham man is jailed for causing the death of a 22-year-old student by dangerous driving.


Sutton Coldfield’s green belt takes centre stage in housing battle 

24 Oct

Four-week public inquiry launches into 17-year development plan for Birmingham with campaigners arguing that any development is going too far...


Flash flooding hits Birmingham as rush hour starts 

24 Oct

Cars break down as major roads across city are covered with water...


JAILED: Driver who ran over and killed Villa fan Jody O’Reilly sent to prison for five years 

24 Oct

Fahid Saber, aged 22, of Bromford Lane, Bromford, killed avid Aston Villa fan Jody O’Reilly, who was thrown 40ft through the air, in the early hours smash last December...


Hanged inmate ‘improperly monitored’ 

24 Oct

A mentally ill inmate from Birmingham who hanged himself at a Shropshire prison was improperly monitored by in-house teams, an inquest jury finds.


David Cameron pays tribute to retiring MP Sir Richard Shepherd 

24 Oct

Black Country MP Richard Shepherd is to leave the Commons at the next election...


Murdered Keith Murrain’s Birmingham family beg detectives: “Help us find his killer.” 

24 Oct

Family's appeal for answers over Keith Murrain Jamaica murder...


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Comment »

Sex, drugs and Cameron’s £1.7 billion headache 

24 Oct

When I issued the warning that drugs and prostitution would add to Britain’s EU contributions, it never occurred to me Brussels would try to back-date the bill.


Why Britain needs to go Federal 

24 Oct

What are the historical reasons for sticking to a first-past-the-post system and is it time for Britain to change things up...


Renee Zellweger: Did she? Didn’t she? Who cares? 

23 Oct

It’s time we stop focusing on whether or not Renee Zellweger had plastic surgery, and instead appreciate her outstanding acting skills.


Peter Sharkey: Bid to give football fans a greater say in how clubs are run 

23 Oct

Politicians want supporters involved in ownership and decision-making...


Joe Holyoak: Ordinary architecture can be out of the ordinary 

23 Oct

Big, expensive architecture was in the news as the Library of Birmingham lost out in the Stirling Prize.


Jonathan Walker: Time to think the unthinkable on councillors’ pay 

23 Oct

Holding down a job and being a councillor leaves precious little time for the other important things in life.


Confidence growing for a Combined Authority for Christmas 

23 Oct

We had a great Think Birmingham event on Monday night in the City’s Council House with a very august panel drawn from the upper echelons of the West Midlands’ political and business...


BrumBudget15: Shaping the future together 

23 Oct

Good morning colleagues.


“It’s good that Cadburys did not link their housing to employment . . .” 

23 Oct

These were the words of a reader on hearing the news that Mondelez International – ‘delicious world’ – have announced job losses (est.


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City-centre news »

Autumn Market at the Bond 

24 Oct

When: Saturday 25 October, 12:00–18:00 Where: The Bond Company, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE Tickets: £1.50 on the door; kids go free Seasonal Markets return to The Bond Co this weekend, with an autumn market celebrating the best of &#...


Digbeth Community Garden Meeting‏ 

23 Oct

When: Saturday 25th October, 10:00-12:00 Where: Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage (or inside Birmingham Friends of the Earth depending on the weather) The newly formed Digbeth Community Garden is having a meeting this Saturday; please ...


The Big Hoot: Birmingham to be invaded by 100 giant owls for art event 

22 Oct

Owl statues each standing five-and-a-half feet tall will flock to city for public art event next summer in support of Birmingham Children's Hospital...


Birmingham District Energy Scheme 

22 Oct

Trenches in the City Centre explained...


The Digbeth Kid comes home! 

22 Oct

When: Thursday 23 October, 21:00 onwards Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH By now, I’m sure all our readers are fully aware of our community screenings of Peaky Blinders at the Spotted Dog in Digbeth.


Skippers Fish Bar attack leaves peacemaker scarred for life 

22 Oct

West Midlands Police issued CCTV footage of a suspect believed to have lashed out with a bottle at takeaway in Holloway Circus...


Retired Greek teacher awarded British Empire Medal after six decades of dedication in Birmingham 

21 Oct

Christoforos Cartoudis in the Queen's Honours List for his services to education...


Archbishop of Birmingham visits the Golden Temple, Amritsar 

21 Oct

The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley is visiting Amritsar this week (21 -28 October) at the invitation of Bhai Sahib Dr Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia – the spiritual leader of one of the largest Sikh communities in ...


Metro Consultation for Digbeth 

21 Oct

Centro is planning an extension to the Metro network, to link the HS2 terminus at New Canal Street with a proposed new multi-storey car park at Adderley Street.


2014 AGM 11th November St Anne’s Presbytery 7.30 pm 

21 Oct

Community report on The St Patrick's Festival and Parade 2014.


The Urban Village Vintage Fair 

20 Oct

When: Saturday 25 October, 11:00–16:00 Where: Market Hall, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA Tickets: £1 entry fee Urban Village couldn’t stay away from Digbeth forever! This weekend sees the return of the brand to the Custard ...


Police search for girl who lost mum in Birmingham city centre 

20 Oct

Officers issue CCTV image as concerns grow...


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Aston Villa »

Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa: team news and match preview 

24 Oct

Match preview and team news of the Premier League game between Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa at Loftus Road on Monday, October 27, 2014, kick-off 20.00 (GMT...


Lambert Looking For QPR Response 

24 Oct

Lambert Looking For QPR Response Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/10/2014 17:43:00 Manager Paul Lambert has said the players have responded perfectly to our no show against Everton and he's now looking for that same response in the game...


QPR Injury Update 

24 Oct

QPR Injury Update Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/10/2014 15:40:00 Manager Paul Lambert has said that he will give late assessments to both Philippe Senderos and Nathan Baker on Monday ahead of the game against Queens Park Rangers.


Cleverley deal interests Lambert 

24 Oct

Boss Paul Lambert has announced Aston Villa have an option to sign Tom Cleverley in January.


The Villa Times – 24/10/2014 

24 Oct

The Villa Times - 24/10/2014 Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/10/2014 11:56:00 The latest AVFC news and views via the fishy one...


Lawro In Villa Win Shocker – Mystic In Depression 

24 Oct

Lawro In Villa Win Shocker - Mystic In Depression Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/10/2014 11:29:00 It's prediction time folks...


Which Kick Off Time Is Hated The Most? 

24 Oct

Which Kick Off Time Is Hated The Most? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/10/2014 10:55:00 Results to the question, which kick off time do you hate the most...


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Birmingham City FC »

Birmingham City: Blues hopeful duo will be ready for Bournemouth clash 

25 Oct

David Davis and Stephen Gleeson both recovering from knocks but joint-caretaker manager Malcolm Crosby hopes both will be fit to play...


Birmingham City job could ‘make or break’ the career of the next manager 

24 Oct

Former player Kenny Burns warns job comes with high expectations...


Aston Villa and Birmingham City stats: Paul Lambert has a WORSE points record than sacked Lee Clark 

24 Oct

Villa boss gets new contract, while his Blues counterpart gets the axe...


Birmingham City: Bill Howell says Blues must sign Gary Rowett and not Mike Phelan 

24 Oct

Bill Howell gives his thoughts on Lee Clark's sacking...


Birmingham City: Goalkeeping dilemma as Darren Randolph returns following a one-match ban 

24 Oct

Neal Eardley suspended for Bournemouth clash...


Birmingham City v Bournemouth 

24 Oct

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


Birmingham City still a great job for the next manager – despite the financial problems 

24 Oct

Caretaker Malcolm Crosby insists club is still attractive to would-be bosses...


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Sport »

Next Up: Stocksbridge Park Steels Fc 

24 Oct

New faces in Royals line up...


New Signing 

24 Oct

Tooth Brings in Experienced Smith...


Everton Remain Top After Lille Draw 

24 Oct

The home side went closest to finding a goal in the first half when Idrissa Gueye struck wide.


Flintoff To Play For Brisbane In Big Bash League 

23 Oct

The 36-year-old came out of retirement to make a return to action this summer with a handful of appearances in the shortest format for Lancashire, coming close to helping them snatch victory over Birmingham Bears in the T20 finals.


Trott signs new Warwickshire deal 

23 Oct

Warwickshire's England batsman Jonathan Trott signs a new three-year contract with the Bears.


Frankie Gavin won’t dwell on his Civic return 

23 Oct

Birmingham’s Frankie Gavin insists he won’t let the memory of his first defeat in nine years blight his return to Wolverhampton Civic Hall tomorrow night.


Dream England debut for Benjamin Whittaker 

23 Oct

Darlaston’s Benjamin Whittaker will see “a dream come true” when he travels to Denmark to make his debut for Team England this weekend.


The Academy raring to go!! ! 

22 Oct

The new Romulus Academy team looks ready to take on the challenge after a promising start.


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Head teacher of failing Birmingham school vows to turn it around this year 

25 Oct

Michelle Hooper, head teacher of failing West Heath Primary school, in Birmingham, vows to turn it around by the end of the year.


Cadbury Bournville can’t return to ‘days of women in hair nets’ 

25 Oct

Cadbury workers must accept owner Mondelez International's modern practices 'ultimatum' to survive, claims MP Steve McCabe.


£8m MG Rover pension settlement reached ten years after firm collapsed 

24 Oct

SOME 95 former MG Rover workers are to be given a pensions boost after an £8m settlement was reached.


Lloyds Bank hosts property team event in Birmingham 

24 Oct

Lloyds Bank hosts property team event at Primitivo Bar on Barwick Street, Birmingham.


Ten-year MG Rover pension delay finally resolved with £8m payout 

24 Oct

Saga branded an 'impenetrable mess' by MP will see 95 former Longbridge staff receive additional money following 2005 collapse...


Selly Oak student block poised for go ahead 

24 Oct

City planning chiefs recommended to back scheme  to build 100 bedrooms in place of derelict buildings in Bristol Road...


Construction litigation partner relocates to Trowers & Hamlins’ Birmingham office 

24 Oct

Mr Bange will be leading the firm’s regional construction litigation practice from its Birmingham base...


Islamic Bank of Britain to rebrand as it focuses on growth 

23 Oct

THE Birmingham-based Islamic Bank of Britain, the UKs only wholly Sharia compliant retail bank, has announced it is to change its name.


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Business columns »

Coventry University achieves ‘guaranteed ethical’ business award 

24 Oct

Recognition for socially aware approach.


West Midlands investment co-operation on display 

23 Oct

Regional partners join forces to showcase engineering expertise at major exhibition.


Supermarket giants have only themselves to blame for decline 

23 Oct

Retail giants Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Asda have forgotten what made them successful in the first place, and are ignoring the needs of the customer.


Birmingham bids to shed ‘Cloak of Invisibility’ in moves to Combined Authority 

23 Oct

Solihull, apparently due to its difference in political colour, is more reluctant to throw its lot in with the Labour-run metropolitans.


Further investment boost from city fund 

23 Oct

Green Room has designs on growth.


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Events »

Screengrab: A’hunting for the Caged Animal 

24 Oct

RICHARD LUTZ checks out the truly good films hidden in the TV schedules over the coming week Doncha just love Nick Coppola? You know Nick, the guy with the face like a hound dog with big eyebrows in great movies like Raising Arizona and Honeymoon in ...


Days Out: The National Trust’s Kedleston Hall in Quarndon, Derby 

24 Oct

Graham Young visits The National Trust's Kedleston Hall in Quarndon, Derby.


Candlelight Acoustic , 26 Oct 2014 

24 Oct

26 Oct 2014 - Rock Pop at The Old Crown FREE Candlelight Acoustic live @ The Old Crown in Digbeth Birmingham is a new open mic / unplugged night...


Walk in the Park: St Paul’s Square in Hockley 

24 Oct

Graham Young visits St Paul's Square, Hockley, Birmingham B3 1QZ.


Buy Three Get A Fourth Free Tickets For Amp Fiddler 

24 Oct

Leftfoot bring Amp Fiddler to the Hare Hounds on Saturday 1st November for his first Birmingham show in nearly ten years.


Stallholders at the November Market 

24 Oct

We’re so very excited about bringing the Stirchley Community Market back on Tuesday 4th November! We’ve got a great line-up of stallholders who’ll be gracing PSL Bowling’s carpark with their presence.


Halloween Hackathon, 25 Oct 2014 

23 Oct

25 Oct 2014 - Workshop at Birmingham Science Park Aston FREE (suitable for under 18s) Ever wondered how quickly a video game can be made? Well WewanaPlay is going to show you by challenging coders to make a game in just 30 hours with their Halloween ...


World Unlimited Bring Tarras Minor to the H&H 

23 Oct

Normally a six-piece band with drums- the group have launched an all-venue friendly Acoustic trio version (Tarras Minor) using the core of the group- singer/songwriters Ben Murray , Rory Connor and Michael Woodward Piano.


Lunchtime Organ Concert – Thomas Trotter 

23 Oct

Take a midday break with our Associate Artist Thomas Trotter and hear two of the finest organs in Europe in two of its greatest concert halls.


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Music blogs »

Essential Albums: Kate Bush – The Kick Inside 

24 Oct

Rachael Clear unpacks a Kate Bush classic...


Single Review: Royal Blood – Ten Tonne Skeleton 

24 Oct

Anna Gunn reviews Royal Blood's newest slice of Rock & Roll...


Rumba de Bodas – Karnaval Fou 

24 Oct

Saluti! You know what, had I not been born English I’d probably choose to be Italian.


Jay rocks 

24 Oct

A unique talent is on display next week.


The Future Is Here: Bandcamp Steve Lawson Subscription Launched! 

23 Oct

This is some SERIOUSLY exciting news.


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999 »

Alcohol awareness animation produced by University of Birmingham 

23 Oct

Alcohol awareness animation produced by University of Birmingham University of Birmingham short film aimed at helping students stay safe.


Mum urges pals of shooting victim to help police murder inv 

23 Oct

Mum urges pals of shooting victim to help police murder inv The mother of a Leicester man shot dead at a Birmingham music event has urged friends with him on the night to help detectives bring his killer to justice.


CCTV images released after member of rail staff assaulted – Birmingham New Street 

22 Oct

British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information following an incident which took place on platform 5A at Birmingham New Street railway station.


CCTV images released after member of rail staff assaulted – Birmingham New Street 

22 Oct

British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information following an incident which took place on platform 5A at Birmingham New Street railway station.


Police release CCTV still after attempted smart phone snatch – Small Heath 

22 Oct

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public’s help after a man attempted to steal a mobile phone from a woman at Small Heath railway station in Birmingham.


Police release CCTV still after attempted smart phone snatch – Small Heath 

22 Oct

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public’s help after a man attempted to steal a mobile phone from a woman at Small Heath railway station in Birmingham.


Evidence Based Policing 

21 Oct

The creation of a professional college for policing – part of the professionalisation agenda – is an opportunity to work towards becoming evidence based.


Do you know this woman? Appeal for information after theft – Birmingham New Street 

20 Oct

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public’s help to identify a man and a woman they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of goods from a shop on the concourse at Birmingham New Street railway station...


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LocalGov »

Council Spend on Office Space and Internet 

24 Oct

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Kat Kynes on 24 October 2014 .


Birmingham woman banned from having pets for 15 years 

24 Oct

A Birmingham woman was banned from keeping, owning, transporting and working with any animals for 15 years, for two offences of causing unnecessary suffering and failing in her duty of care, under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, today (24 October...


Social Care Frameworks 

24 Oct

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Adam Dominic on 24 October 2014 .


Business Rates 

24 Oct

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Katy Stone on 24 October 2014 .


Media Watch – Oct 24 

24 Oct

Top Birmingham City Council Stories Council’s US junket to boost local relations (Daily Telegraph, Star) Birmingham City Council has drawn sharp criticism for sending staff on a taxpayer-funded trip to the United States which, it said...


Sizeable pothole, 24th October 

24 Oct

There is a pothole forming (probably 12 in diameter, several inches deep) on Kingsbury Road, Birmingham-bound lane, opposite the turning into Newchurch Gardens.


Hole, 23rd October 

23 Oct

Hole in road Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 35 Thornbridge Avenue, Great Barr Report on FixMyStreet...


Big Hole in road, 23rd October 

23 Oct

Big hole causing houses to shake everyone a bus or hgv goes over it ..


Don’t lose your chance to vote at the General Election 

23 Oct

Birmingham residents are being urged to ensure they are on the electoral register  – or risk losing their chance to vote in next year’s General Election.


Miss aligned traffic signal, 23rd October 

23 Oct

Traffic signal at the cross road on Parkway to Morrisons and the Medical Center has AGAIN been turned and not facing traffic flow also no green light on it Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Birmingham...


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Social media »

Join Reputed Andy1st Driving School For Top-Class Training 

23 Oct

Learning to drive is a tough skill to develop as it needs a lot of confidence.


How to keep your website ahead of the curve 

22 Oct

With every passing year, the stakes are getting greater for website owners.


why 300 seconds is a really good thing 

20 Oct

300 seconds emerged from a realisation that women were not speaking at tech conferences.


are you getting the social balance right? 

20 Oct

Plan and research, by all means.


SOCIAL CONTENT: Are You Getting the Balance Right? 

20 Oct

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for comms planning and having a purpose.


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