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Digbeth Dining favourite Baked in Brick announce restaurant at the Custard Factory. 

19 Feb

Baked in Brick, who are currently enjoying a residency at this month’s Digbeth Dining Club have announced that they will be opening a pizzeria a stone’s throw away from their regular hide-out, at the Custard Factory, very, very soon! The team, ...


Aston Villa v Preston North End 

19 Feb

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


Brentford v Birmingham City 

19 Feb

Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's Championship game between Brentford and Birmingham City.


The Brit Awards take place this Wednesday and here is what to expect. 

19 Feb

This Wednesday (21/02) will see the stars descend upon London’s O2 Arena for what is usually the most raucous night of the music calendar.


Former University of Birmingham academic sentenced to 32 years imprisonment for depraved sexual and physical acts.  

19 Feb

A former University of Birmingham academic, who dubbed himself ‘evilmind’ and ‘666devil’ has today (19/02) been sentenced to 32 years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to 137 charges including encouraging the rape of a four-year-old boy, ...


Matthew Falder: How global taskforce caught Birmingham paedophile 

19 Feb

Dr Matthew Falder blackmailed victims into sending him horrific material which he put on the dark web.


Seven steps towards a more anti-oppressive social work approach to care proceedings 

19 Feb

by Simon Haworth Following on from my previous article on social work and social harm, I wish to reflect upon potential ways forward for practice within the court arena to become more strengths-based, anti-oppressive and family focussed.


Women’s FA Cup: Manchester City reach quarter-finals with extra-time win 

18 Feb

Holders Manchester City need extra time to beat Birmingham City and reach the Women's FA Cup quarter-finals.


Portsmouth stabbing: Birmingham man critically injured 

18 Feb

Police said officers carried out "vital" first aid on the victim at the scene in Portsmouth.


Why are we letting rough sleepers die in the streets? 

17 Feb

The nation was shocked when a rough sleeper died near an entrance to Parliament.


Cranes block Birmingham Children’s Hospital helipad landings 

17 Feb

Air ambulances are landing more than three miles from the hospital due to the "flight safety issue".


Jump on the bus this half-term and explore the West Midlands with National Express. 

17 Feb

Half-term has arrived so it’s time to get creative and decide what you and the kids will get up too.


Chinese New Year: Dance team prepare for Birmingham celebrations 

17 Feb

A lion and dragon dance team from Birmingham prepare for the city's Chinese New Year celebrations.


Birmingham gang jailed for firearms offences 

16 Feb

Four men and a boy have been given sentences totalling more than 40 years over firearms offences.


Take in the sights as you sail on the Swan Boats of Cannon Hill this weekend. 

16 Feb

Romance is certainly in the air all around our city this week and we can’t think of a better way to top off the most passion-filled time of the year than with a tranquil trip across Cannon Hill’s Boating Lake on their pretty, Swan Pedal Boats.


Aston Villa: Championship club’s owners reduce losses for the 2016-17 season 

16 Feb

Aston Villa's owners Recon reduce the club's losses from £80.7m in their relegation season to £14.5m in 2016-17.


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Comment »

Mayor Andy Street and Bishop David Urquhart could begin to address homelessness 

18 Feb

Some time ago West Midlands metro mayor Andy Street travelled to Finland – thought to be the only country in Europe where homelessness is falling.


Are you a Northerner or Southerner? 

18 Feb

Food Editor Caitlin Dickinson examines the North-South divide, and how Northern stereotypes have affected her time at a Southern-dominated university The post Are you a Northerner or Southerner? appeared first on Redbrick .


Female Crisps? It’s a Dorit-no From Us! 

18 Feb

Comment Writers Jadzia Samuel and Helena Shaw discuss the uproar following the news that Doritos are releasing a new 'female friendly' crisp The post Female Crisps? It’s a Dorit-no From Us! appeared first on Redbrick .


Why are we letting rough sleepers die in the streets? 

17 Feb

The nation was shocked when a rough sleeper died near an entrance to Parliament.


Stormi in a Teacup 

17 Feb

Comment Writer Helena Shaw discusses why she believes Kylie Jenner's pregnancy was an elaborate business plan.


Valentine’s Day: A Straight-Up Misrepresentation 

17 Feb

Comment Writer Rhi Storer criticises Valentine's Day's narrow representation of sexuality and gender The post Valentine’s Day: A Straight-Up Misrepresentation appeared first on Redbrick .


Wylde Green meeting on March 8th: the possible implications of Brexit on trade 

16 Feb

7pm at Wylde Green United Reformed Church, Britwell Road, B73 5SW Global Justice Now formerly known as the World Development Movement (WDM), Click on the image to enlarge  The decision to leave the European Union is the biggest political choice the ...


Spotlight On: LGBTQ+ Students 

16 Feb

With February being LGBT History Month, we spoke to students in UoB's LGBTQ+ Society to hear and share their stories The post Spotlight On: LGBTQ+ Students appeared first on Redbrick .


De-Nile of Democracy in Egypt 

16 Feb

Comment Writer Tom Moran questions why Egypt has yet to see meaningful change, 7 years on from the removal of President Mubarak The post De-Nile of Democracy in Egypt appeared first on Redbrick .


Destroying Oxfam is not in public interest 

15 Feb

My twitter profile identifies me, inter alia, as a disheartened centrist and internationalist.


Birmingham MP delighted by asylum seekers project 

15 Feb

Pioneering project supports young asylum seekers and refugees.


WMNEG: Brexit – values, priorities and mechanisms? 

14 Feb

WEST MIDLANDS NEW ECONOMICS GROUP Date: Thursday 22nd February, 5pm-7pm John Nightingale, who will be chairing this session, intends to do a brief introduction.


Labour and Conservatives compete to prove who cares most about animal welfare 

14 Feb

MPs know animal welfare is one of the topics voters care about most...


Labour and Conservatives compete to prove who cares most about animal welfare 

14 Feb

MPs know animal welfare is one of the topics voters care about most...


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Fr Martin Newell cp in court Feb 28th for a fine from DSEi Arms Fair protest 2009 

19 Feb

Catholic priest Father Martin Newell cp, will be in Birmingham Magistrates Court at 10am on Feb 28 th , for non-payment of a £515 fine resulting from a protest at the DSEi Arms Fair in 2009.


Birmingham Churches Together 

19 Feb

A short survey has been launched by Birmingham Churches Together, and as many people as possible in the Birmingham and Solihull areas are being encouraged to take part.


Servers Commitment and Dedication is Celebrated 

19 Feb

It was a sight to behold at St Chad’s Cathedral today (Sat 17 Feb) as hundreds of altar servers from across the Diocese gathered to take part in this year’s Guild of St Stephen Annual Mass.


Next Drop-in Session This Tuesday 20 February 

19 Feb

On Tuesday 20 February members of the Committee of the City Centre Neighbourhood Forum (CCNF) will be holding a Drop-in session in Café Nero in Brindleyplace from 6pm onwards.


Turntables: back in fashion 

16 Feb

Here’s how to be part of the vinyl revival...


Local Church Wins Award for Living Simply 

16 Feb

The Live Simply award has been given to parishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby, in recognition of the efforts of individuals and the parish as a whole to live simply, to live sustainably with creation and to live in solidarity ...


What Kind of Person do You Want to be? 

16 Feb

Bishop David spent a morning with all the staff and Governors at Our Lady and St Kenelm Catholic Primary School in Halesowen, reflecting on their RE teachings and Catholic Life in school, using the Catholic Pupil Profile as a guide.


New from Thomas Sabo 

16 Feb

Thomas Sabo unveils their new Generation Charm Club collection...


A Rosary Club at Work 

15 Feb

St Dominic’s Primary School at Stone, in the parish of The Immaculate Conception and St Dominic, boasts a Rosary Club.


Rola Wala Comes to Selfridges! 

15 Feb

Rola Wala proves it’s hot stuff, serving up the spiciest chilli chutney in Birmingham at Selfridges...


A Free Public Meeting About HS2 and Homelessness 

15 Feb

On Saturday 24 February, key people will give expert insights into these important subjects in Birmingham.


We Welcome Lent 

14 Feb

Copy and pics by Faye Fawcett Hundreds of people have gathered at St Chad’s Cathedral this lunchtime to mark the start of Lent.


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Aston Villa »

Look Who Is Back And Training! 

19 Feb

Look Who Is Back And Training! Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/02/2018 16:58:00 Looks like a bit of good news might be on the horizon for Aston Villa.


Walking Football At Villa Park – Villa Foundation 

19 Feb

Walking Football At Villa Park - Villa Foundation Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/02/2018 16:00:00 The Aston Villa Foundation runs weekly Walking Football sessions every Tuesday from 2-3pm...


The Vital Villa Man Of The Match – Away v Fulham 

19 Feb

The Vital Villa Man Of The Match - Away v Fulham Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/02/2018 15:34:00 The Vital Villa man of the match for the away loss to Fulham.


Football’s Something, But Not Everything 

19 Feb

Football's Something, But Not Everything Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/02/2018 13:40:00 A disappointed Steve Bruce spoke to the media following the defeat to Fulham, and whilst he was rightly frustrated with the result and the performance...


Why Have The Wolves Fans Become Obsessed With Villa? 

19 Feb

Why Have The Wolves Fans Become Obsessed With Villa? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/02/2018 12:19:00 Why have the Wolves fans become as obsessed as the Baggies with the Villa? I couldn't really give a care in the world about either...


Villa Away v Fulham Match Musings 

19 Feb

Villa Away v Fulham Match Musings Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/02/2018 09:38:00 Tierney shares his thoughts on the Villa loss to Fulham at Craven Cottage.


Dude, Where’s Your Card – Aston Villa v Preston (20/2/18) 

18 Feb

Dude, Where's Your Card - Aston Villa v Preston (20/2/18) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:18/02/2018 21:07:00 The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Aston Villa and Preston North...


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Birmingham City FC »

David Davis likely to miss Brentford trip 

19 Feb

David Davis likely to miss Brentford trip Vitalfootball:Birmingham:19/02/2018 19:35:00 David Davis is unlikely to be fit for tomorrow's trip to Brentford...


Blues hit by a Wall of frustration 

19 Feb

Blues hit by a Wall of frustration Vitalfootball:Birmingham:19/02/2018 15:16:00 Rob Wildey reacts to Blues' defeat to Millwall on Saturday...


The Che Adams vs Jota substitution row 

19 Feb

The Che Adams vs Jota substitution row Vitalfootball:Birmingham:19/02/2018 11:13:00 Vital Birmingham editor Tom Heslop offers up his thoughts on the current substitution making by manager Steve Cotterill...


Brentford v Birmingham preview 

19 Feb

Brentford winger Sergi Canos continues his suspension for the Sky Bet Championship clash against Birmingham.


Dude, Where’s Your Card – Brentford v Birmingham (20/2/18) 

18 Feb

Dude, Where's Your Card - Brentford v Birmingham (20/2/18) Vitalfootball:Birmingham:18/02/2018 21:12:00 The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Brentford and Birmingham City...


Instant Reactions – Birmingham v Millwall (17/2/18) 

17 Feb

Instant Reactions - Birmingham v Millwall (17/2/18) Vitalfootball:Birmingham:17/02/2018 18:30:00 Following today's clash between Birmingham City and Millwall, here are the instant reactions from both managers.


Stats: Birmingham City v Millwall 

17 Feb

Stats: Birmingham City v Millwall Vitalfootball:Birmingham:17/02/2018 17:00:00 All the stats from Birmingham City (0) vs (1) Millwall, St Andrew's, 17/2/18 Att: 19,111...


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Sport »

Wolves U23 player ratings: Jordan Graham and Rafa Mir endure nights to forget against Aston Villa 

19 Feb

Here's how we scored Wolves' U23s in heavy defeat to Aston Villa...


Aston Villa U23 player ratings: Brilliant Callum O’Hare sends Steve Bruce a message in Wolves rout 

19 Feb

Here's how we scored Aston Villa U23s in win over Wolves...


‘Everything changed’ – Former Aston Villa man’s admission after Liverpool and Chelsea struggles 

19 Feb

The former Aston Villa midfielder admitted he had to 'fall in love with football' again...


The list of 39 players that shows Birmingham City’s massive squad turnover since 2015 

19 Feb

QUIZ: You guess, we assess all the players who have arrived at BCFC in the last three years...


Steve Cotterill transcript: Birmingham City boss talks DNA, Brentford, suspensions and Jota 

19 Feb

Every word from Steve Cotterill ahead of Brentford...


It’s push and love at the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K for this couple – here’s why 

19 Feb

Donna and Daniel's five children are supporting them every step of the way in the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K...


Match report – 17th Feb 2018 

19 Feb

Stoke-on-Trent RFC 17 pts v Sutton Coldfield RFC 32 pts...


The Jonathan Kodjia video which offers Aston Villa a glimmer of hope 

19 Feb

Star striker Jonathan Kodjia is stepping up his recovery following ankle surgery...


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    Business »

    Former rugby pro to open new café in Birmingham 

    19 Feb

    Venue in Bull Street will be Sam Smith's second caf after launching his new venture in Worcester in 2016...


    Works starts on new HMRC building in Birmingham 

    19 Feb

    More than 3,600 tax and pensions workers will be relocated to new city centre home in 2020...


    This 17th century Solihull farmhouse is to be transformed into a pub and restaurant 

    19 Feb

    Company behind Birmingham bar The Physician is hoping to renovate listed farmyard complex...


    Barclays hosts event for corporate and wealth clients 

    19 Feb

    Barclays held an event for its corporate and wealth clients and the Birmingham professional community...


    Post-Brexit, with an ageing workforce and a shortage of graduates with science, engineering or mathematics qualifications, effective training is needed for younger and older workers 

    18 Feb

    In April 2017 an apprenticeship levy was introduced.


    Comment: Message to GKN shareholders – stick with it 

    16 Feb

    Shareholders now have a choice between what Melrose and current GKN Management are offering, says Professor David Bailey...


    Rail college and conservatoire make RICS 2018 shortlist 

    16 Feb

    Host of development and regeneration projects across Birmingham feature in shortlist for prestigious regional awards...


    West Midlands Mayor guest speaker was at grant-giving charity’s dinner 

    16 Feb

    Heart of England Community Foundation trustee Sir Dominic Cadbury welcomed key figures from across the area to a dinner at Muirhead Tower, within the University of Birmingham campus.


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    Business columns »

    Comment: Message to GKN shareholders – stick with it 

    16 Feb

    Shareholders now have a choice between what Melrose and current GKN Management are offering, says Professor David Bailey...


    Overbury environmental and sustainability manager defines the new age of office ratings 

    15 Feb

    Zo French, environmental and sustainability manager at Overbury - the UK's leading office fit out and refurbishment specialist - explores two new wellbeing accreditations for office environments that will have a significant effect...


    Global retail giant to create European hub in Birmingham 

    15 Feb

    Y International invests £15 million in city’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub, creating 80 new jobs.


    British Asian web magazine marks anniversary with venue tie-up 

    15 Feb

    Ten year landmark heralds Town Hall, Symphony Hall partnership.


    Birmingham firm has answer to Bridge Strikes question 

    14 Feb

    Claim that new design will save lives and save money.


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    19 Feb

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    New Show: Charles Watson (Slow Club / The Surfing Magazines) 

    19 Feb

    We’re delighted to announce that Birmingham Promoters will be welcoming Charles Watson to Hare Hounds on Wednesday 30th May 2018.


    SwingTrain Stirchley Baths, 19 Feb 2018 

    18 Feb

    19 Feb 2018 - Workshop at Stirchley Baths As the 'Zumba' of Swing, SwingTrain brings the community feel of swing dancing to exercise.


    Monsoon Children Birthday 

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    OMG! It’s The Church Release Hilarious Promo Video Ahead of Tour 

    15 Feb

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    New Show: Natalie Prass 

    15 Feb

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    Open Mic Night, 19 Feb 2018 

    13 Feb

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    Paddington comes to Selfridges 

    13 Feb

    Meet Paddington Bear at Selfridges Birmingham this half term...


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    Music blogs »

    HALO’s “Here I Am” European Tour Comes To London’s 229 The Venue 

    18 Feb

    Dino, Inhaeng, Ooon, Jaeyong, Heecheon and Yoondong from the South Korean group HALO to play London's 229 The Venue on 11th March as one of eight European dates.


    Single Review: Eliza – Livid 

    18 Feb

    Music Critic Natasha Burden reviews a sultry new track from the artist formerly known as Eliza Doolittle The post Single Review: Eliza – Livid appeared first on Redbrick .


    Live Review: Lady Gaga 

    18 Feb

    After a long, patient wait for Lady Gaga's rescheduled shows, Life&Style Editor Tara Kergon is lucky enough to see one of just two shows before the Joanne tour is called off again The post Live Review: Lady Gaga appeared first on Redbrick .


    Greatest Hits: Bodalia 

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    Album Review: Black Panther The Album 

    17 Feb

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    999 »

    Twenty Years and Counting 

    19 Feb

    I recently passed a professional and personal milestone, having joined the police service twenty years ago and I hope to receive an email soon outlining I’ve qualified for a Long Service, Good Conduct medal.


    Liable To Be Detained 

    8 Feb

    An AMHP and two doctors, one of whom is s12 approved, attend a patient’s home following concerns about their mental health deteriorating.


    Efficiency – The digital revolution 

    4 Feb

    We still have to maximise the amount of policing we can offer on a reducing financial base.


    Helping Those in Need 

    2 Feb

    We can be a highly effective force at preventing crime and protecting the public but we will fail if we are not seen as providing good caring service or being fair to those we protect.


    Protecting the Public – Building on success, becoming games ready 

    1 Feb

    Protecting the public ranges from terrorism and organised crime to the approaches we take to managing everyday calls.


    Preventing Crime – short term threats, long term solutions and getting the public involved 

    31 Jan

    Preventing crime was at the start of my vision statement.


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    29 Jan

    At the end of January 2016 I set out my vision for West Midlands Police “Preventing crime, protecting the public and helping those in need”.


    Keep Your Eye on the Ball 

    27 Jan

    You’ll remember I’ve been banging on for a number of years now about the problem of people being in police custody for many hours or even for many days, waiting for Mental Health Act assessment, or more usually waiting for a mental...


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    LocalGov »

    Dumped rubbish, 19th February 

    19 Feb

    Black bags of rubbish dumped on street between 7 and half 9 pm and will no doubt double in if not removed ASAP.


    Lamp post on Cambridge Way (opp Morris Close junction) is not working, 19th February 

    19 Feb

    Lamp post not working Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 1 Morris Close, Acocks Green Report on FixMyStreet...


    T-Cut car restorer all over the road, 19th February 

    19 Feb

    A bottle of T-Cut has been split all over the road.


    Obstruction – virgin media box, 19th February 

    19 Feb

    Disgrace.


    3 black bags of rubbish left on pavement, 19th February 

    19 Feb

    3 black bin bags full of rubbish have been left by someone on the curb next to the salt/grit bin.


    Compulsory Purchase Order 

    19 Feb

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Mark Brown on 19 February 2018 .


    Outcomes for Looked After Children 

    19 Feb

    Response by Birmingham City Council to G Swanson on 19 February 2018 .


    Foster care 

    19 Feb

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Robert Cann on 19 February 2018 .


    Use of temporary (agency) physiotherapists and occupational therapists 

    19 Feb

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Rose Smith on 19 February 2018 .


    Outcomes for Looked After Children 

    19 Feb

    Response by Birmingham City Council to G Swanson on 19 February 2018 .


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    Social media »

    talking heads: the comms career advice i would give to my younger self 

    19 Feb

    In this latest Talking Heads thought piece I asked some of the country’s top communicators for the career advice they would give to their younger selves.


    5 big dollops of social media learning 

    18 Feb

    The benefits of getting out of the office for a day to listen to, and learn from, colleagues has always been loaded with benefits.


    why the advertising industry is a little like the public sector 

    18 Feb

    The advertising industry is a little like the public sector? Yes.


    new talking comms podcast: the third episode’s a charm 

    15 Feb

    When you’ve scrolled and squinted and scrolled and squinted until your fingers and eyes can scroll and squint no more there’s a new way to get your comms fixes – the excellent Talking Comms Podcast.


    COMBAT ROCK: How to make a rebuttal: West Midlands Police v The Sun 

    14 Feb

    Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest rebuttal to an inaccurate story by a public sector body.


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