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What time is it now? Find out how clocks have changed for British Summer Time 

29 Mar

British Summer Time has started - so what's the time right now? Find out how to reset your clocks and watches...


Look inside Birmingham’s most expensive rental apartment on the market for a staggering £5K a month 

28 Mar

The penthouse in Beetham Tower has stunning views from glass balconies...


Soldiers patrolling Broad Street with police officers to keep clubbers safe 

28 Mar

Military Police team up with boys in blue in Birmingham to gain experience of policing city centre...


General Election 2015: Election fraud fears over missing voters 

28 Mar

Almost 70,000 Birmingham voters have dropped off the electoral register since a strict new system was introduced.


Patient safety concerns at Midland hospital trust 

28 Mar

Patient safety at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust has been branded 'inadequate' by inspectors.


Armed cops swoop on Birmingham Travelodge to discover ‘armed men’ are actors in religious play 

27 Mar

Old Joint Stock Theatre Company had been staging hostage scenes during A Passion For Birmingham...


Trojan school head quits again 

27 Mar

The head of a Birmingham school put in special measures by Ofsted following the so-called "Trojan Horse" affair leaves for a second time.


Birmingham leader says HS2 rail link on track despite Shadow Chancellor’s claim it should be delayed 

27 Mar

Birmingham leader Sir Albert Bore insists Birmingham to northern cities HS2 phase 2 link going ahead after Ed Balls said build HS3 first...


Birmingham New Street Station sex pest had images of bestiality 

27 Mar

A man who was spotted touching women at New Street Station was also found to be in possession of dozens of sickening bestiality images when police searched his home.


‘Wrong way’ crash driver named 

27 Mar

A driver who died after going the wrong way along a major road in Birmingham is named by police.


Birmingham Cathedral gets £500,000 repairs boost 

27 Mar

Historic St Philip's wins vital funding in 300th anniversary year...


Man who died after head-on smash on Aston Expressway named 

27 Mar

A man who died after a head-on smash on the Aston Expressway on Monday has been named as Birmingham man Andi Patrascu.


Birmingham barrister supports students in national law competition bid 

27 Mar

Mr Ward, who is based at St Philips Chambers, has been guiding 15 year 10 students from Steiner Academy Hereford, who will be competing in the national final of the Citizenship Foundation’s Bar Mock Trial competition...


Serco handed control of Birmingham’s leisure centres 

27 Mar

The company will design and build four new swimming pools at Erdington, Stechford Cascades, Icknield Port Loop, in Edgbaston, and Northfield...


Cathedral given £500,000 for repairs 

27 Mar

Birmingham Cathedral is given £500,000 to carry out "vital repairs" from a £20m fund to commemorate WW1.


Tudor Lounge swingers club targeted by raiders who sent naked customers fleeing into the night 

26 Mar

Trio wearing ski masks storm adults-only attraction based in historic Stratford House, Highgate, built in reign of Elizabeth I...


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Comment »

Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte 

29 Mar

Even if we embrace and take delight in a constantly evolving language, there are some occasions when the mangling of English is completely unacceptable...


– National student protest for free education, Birmingham 

28 Mar

National student protest for free education in Birmingham initiated by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.


Student Life and Sexual Harassment 

28 Mar

Georgie Deaville recounts her experiences of sexual harassment as a first year at the University of Birmingham.


Expensive Makeup and Elitism 

28 Mar

Aamina Siddiqi discusses the difficulty of achieving the perfect look perpetuated by the celebrity-focused media, especially for women of colour, as the makeup industry caters for lighter skin tones and pushes up prices for all.


Syriza MPs help to promote the social economy by donating 10-20% of their wage 

27 Mar

In a Co-operative News article , Anca Voinea notes that  Syriza has highlighted the importance of reviving the co-op movement, seeing it as a distinct economic model that would be part of their movement for a broader social and solidarity economy.


The city to which Londoners are ‘fleeing’: FT correspondent’s eulogy 

27 Mar

The centre – artist’s projection The periphery Mr Guthrie ignores In ‘Karmic payback for a UK city the crisis killed’ Jonathan Guthrie – enthused by the much-disciplined HSBC’s decision to move from London to the Arena Central ...


Ed Miliband gains most from first General Election 2015 TV showdown 

26 Mar

For my money, Labour leader Ed Miliband was the winner of the first televised debate of the general election campaign.


ARTICLE: Afzal Amin and the long, sad tale of the Dudley ‘super mosque’ – The Conversation 

26 Mar

Following the news from Dudley at the weekend, I was invited to contribute a piece to The Conversation that draws upon my research surrounding the Dudley ‘super-mosque’.


Tax rows, scare tactics – and the SNP bogeyman 

26 Mar

The Tories will try to capitalise on threats by the SNP's Alex Salmond to persuade Labour over policy...


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City-centre news »

Beer duty cut welcomed, but experts warn more must be done to protect pubs 

28 Mar

By Andrew Watts Cuts in beer duty have been welcomed across the Midlands – but experts have warned more needs to be done to protect the pub industry.


#BrumVote: National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts holds demonstration in Birmingham 

28 Mar

The march passes through Snow Hill By Elis Sandford Demonstrators seeking an end to tuition fees staged a protest march from Millennium Point to Chamberlain Square today.


Look inside Birmingham’s most expensive rental apartment on the market for a staggering £5K a month 

28 Mar

The penthouse in Beetham Tower has stunning views from glass balconies...


Soldiers patrolling Broad Street with police officers to keep clubbers safe 

28 Mar

Military Police team up with boys in blue in Birmingham to gain experience of policing city centre...


Armed cops swoop on Birmingham Travelodge to discover ‘armed men’ are actors in religious play 

27 Mar

Old Joint Stock Theatre Company had been staging hostage scenes during A Passion For Birmingham...


Apache Indian set to release new political song Election Crisis 

27 Mar

By Amanpreet Gill Birmingham-born reggae artist Apache Indian says his new track will strike a chord with people.


Original owner of iconic tennis dress featured in Athena poster reveals chocolate reward for lending her outfit 

27 Mar

By Joseph Worrall The woman who made the dress worn in the iconic Athena tennis photograph has revealed how she was paid in chocolates for lending her outfit.


Lecture on the forthcoming Synod of Bishops at Maryvale 

27 Mar

Professor Marengo of the Pope John Paul II Institute in Rome will lecture on the forthcoming Synod of Bishops at Maryvale.


Drugs worth £75,000 seized after arrest in Yardley 

27 Mar

By Vaughn Masawi A man has been arrested after he was found with Class A drugs worth around £75,000.


Education needs improving, say all major political parties 

27 Mar

L-R: Rachel Maclean, Phil Simpson, Jess Phillips, James Woolcock, John Hemming, Paul Bradshaw and Clair Braund Uprising National Youth debate last night raised concern that education in schools needs to be improved in certain areas according to all ...


Birmingham’s podgy pets set to battle it out for PDSA slimming crown 

27 Mar

By Georgia Tuesday Podgy pets in Birmingham are being challenged to slim down for summer.


Talented craftsmen and women from across the country showcase their skills at Moseley Arts Market 

27 Mar

By Kristina Olubaite Bob Mercer on his stall at Moseley Arts Market Craftsmen and women from across the country have travelled to Birmingham to showcase their wares.


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Aston Villa »

Safety, Then Security – Sherwood Has To Plan Ahead 

28 Mar

Safety, Then Security - Sherwood Has To Plan Ahead Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:28/03/2015 18:47:00 Manager Tim Sherwood may already have half an eye on next season, but of course we are not safe yet in the Premier League.


No hard feelings for Lambert 

28 Mar

Paul Lambert has only 'good things' to say about Aston Villa, the club he left last month after a disappointing run of games...


Lambert Left Villa Healthy 

28 Mar

Lambert Left Villa Healthy Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:28/03/2015 15:29:00 Former manager Paul Lambert has said he left the Villa in a much healthier position financially than he found us and he also said we couldn't afford to invest in the...


Something For The Weekend (488) 

27 Mar

Something For The Weekend (488) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:27/03/2015 17:07:00 It's only a suggestion but Villa definitely need to get out of their bad habits.


Vital Villa Player Of The Month For March – Vote 

27 Mar

Vital Villa Player Of The Month For March - Vote Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:27/03/2015 14:56:00 Time to vote for your player of the month...


The Vital Villa Man Of The Match v Swansea (Late!) 

27 Mar

The Vital Villa Man Of The Match v Swansea (Late!) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:27/03/2015 14:51:00 The Vital Villa Swansea man of the match...


The Aston Villa Injury Table Updated 

27 Mar

The Aston Villa Injury Table Updated Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:27/03/2015 10:41:00 A look at our injury table and then the injury list of all the Premiership teams as a comparison.


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Birmingham City FC »

Blues Winger Features in England Win 

28 Mar

Blues Winger Features in England Win Vitalfootball:Birmingham:28/03/2015 18:30:00 Demarai Gray was on the winning side for England U19s...


Video Podcast: Demands From Directors and Creditors 

28 Mar

In this week's video podcast I talk about the announcement made to the HKSE by BIH about the legal demands that they have received, the rumours of a sale and also a tiny bit about football too...


Birmingham City: Gary Rowett will be performing a ‘minor miracle’ by confirming Blues’ safety 

28 Mar

Our Birmingham City writer Brian Dick looks ahead to Blues run-in, involving a hectic April and a final points tally prediction...


Birmingham City: What could go right or wrong for Blues during the Championship run-in? 

28 Mar

Our Birmingham City writer Brian Dick looks ahead to Blues run-in, involving a hectic April and a final points tally prediction...


Who Stays and Who Goes? Part Two 

28 Mar

By Tom Giles   Darren Randolph Despite criticism from some supporters he has undoubtedly helped us gain a lot of ...


Reilly back with Birmingham 

27 Mar

Midfielder Callum Reilly has returned to Birmingham from his loan spell at Burton after suffering a calf injury on his debut.


Financial Pressures? 

27 Mar

The Trust is aware of the recent announcements made by […] The post Financial Pressures? appeared first on Blues Trust: The Birmingham City Supporters' Trust .


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Sport »

Last home game for First team. 

28 Mar

Last home game for first team at Roger Smoldon ground.


Next Quiz 17th April 

28 Mar

Quiz bought forward a week.


Birmingham Netball 1sts fall short in close encounter 

28 Mar

Despite Birmingham 1sts best efforts, they were unable to stop Hertfordshire from reigning supreme with a 59-50 win in the Netball Trophy Final, at the BUCS Big Wednesday in Loughborough...


Masters Student Meghan Ryan to run Great Birmingham 10K 

28 Mar

Geotechnical Engineering student Meghan Ryan is running the Morrison's Great Birmingham 10K for Arthritis Research UK...


Interview with: Phil McNulty 

28 Mar

Sports Editor Alex Kronenberg spoke to BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on his career in journalism, Aston Villa and England.


Interview with: UoB Ultimate Frisbee Club 

27 Mar

Sports Editor Alex Kronenberg spoke with UoB Ultimate Frisbee club captain Tom Hodgett after 10 club members were called up to represent Great Britain...


Women’s Hockey Sweep Aside Loughborough in BUCS Big Wednesday Championship Final 

27 Mar

Women's Hockey 1st's secured their second successive BUCS Championship Trophy, after defeating home side Loughborough 1-0 in a hard fought match...


SPARKHILL UNITED 1-5 HILL UNITED 

26 Mar

Sparkhill were put to the sword by a really good Hill United side who got sweet revenge for Sparkhill's previous two victories over them this season.


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Pubco pledges to work with tenants following new beer ruling 

27 Mar

PUBCO Enterprise Inns has vowed to continuing working with its tied tenants following Royal Assent for a Bill which allows landlords an independent rent review and the right to buy their beer on the o...


Compensation claim lodged for 250 ex-City Link employees 

27 Mar

A CLASS action claim on behalf of workers of collapsed Coventry delivery firm City Link has been lodged.


REI plans to load up war chest for further acquisitions 

27 Mar

ENTREPRENEUR Paul Bassis Birmingham-based property group Real Estate Investors is aiming to raise at least £40m on the markets to fund future acquisitions.


Revealed: How Jaguar Land Rover now supports more than 250,000 UK workers 

27 Mar

New data shows Jaguar Land Rover now employs 34,000 people in the UK – up by 18,000 in the past four years...


Birmingham barrister supports students in national law competition bid 

27 Mar

Mr Ward, who is based at St Philips Chambers, has been guiding 15 year 10 students from Steiner Academy Hereford, who will be competing in the national final of the Citizenship Foundation’s Bar Mock Trial competition...


Local plumbing products firm sold to northern plc 

26 Mar

ADVISORY firm Bracebridge Corporate Finance has advised the shareholders of Birmingham plumbing product group Surestop on its sale to South Yorkshires Polypipe Group.


More good news for Coventry as Unipart launches new manufacturing business 

26 Mar

FOLLOWING announcements this week from Jaguar Land Rover and Geely that they will be investing heavily in Coventrys automotive industry, Unipart Group has revealed it is to launch a new manufac...


Thought police of Bournville leave a bad taste in the mouth 

26 Mar

Cadbury has sent a document to Cadbury workers with a list of regulations on appropriate behaviour in modern-day Bournville.


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Business columns »

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27 Mar

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HAILING THE MADE IN BIRMINGHAM SPITFIRE 

27 Mar

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Acquisition leads to increased business 

27 Mar

Further success for Wolverhampton finance company.


Hotting up for water charity 

27 Mar

Walsall spice company running charity showcase and supper club.


Thought police of Bournville leave a bad taste in the mouth 

26 Mar

Cadbury has sent a document to Cadbury workers with a list of regulations on appropriate behaviour in modern-day Bournville.


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Events »

Look inside Birmingham’s most expensive rental apartment on the market for a staggering £5K a month 

28 Mar

The penthouse in Beetham Tower has stunning views from glass balconies...


Look inside Birmingham’s most expensive rental apartment on the market for a staggering £5K a month 

28 Mar

The penthouse in Beetham Tower has stunning views from glass balconies...


Tues 7th April – Stirchley Community Market 

28 Mar

It’s now less than 2 weeks until our 7th April market at PSL Bowling.


The English Beat featuring Dave Wakeling 

27 Mar

The English Beat featuring Dave Wakeling - O2 Academy 2 Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 03, Oct 15...


Proper Presents DJ Pierre This Saturday at the H&H 

27 Mar

In 1985, 3 friends made a record that they gave to Ron Hardy at The Music Box.


Peaky Blinders walking tours to launch in Digbeth 

27 Mar

Peaky Tours will show places where the real gangsters of Birmingham plied their deadly trade...


Join our team 

27 Mar

We are seeking highly skilled and motivated individuals to join our team on a temporary contract of up to 9 months (in the first instance) to support our ambitious and exciting programme of activities in this very exciting time for The Drum .


50 great Birmingham restaurants we think you really should try 

26 Mar

How many have you eaten at...


Brandon Flowers 

26 Mar

Brandon Flowers - O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 28, May 15...


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Music blogs »

Lie Review: George Ezra 

28 Mar

Hannah Coles experiences the full force of George Ezra's sultry voice...


Single Review: Ringo Starr – Postcards from Paradise 

28 Mar

Ringo Starr wears his influences on his sleeve with his latest single...


The Music Industry’s 6:1 Ratio [del.icio.us] 

27 Mar

Artist income: While music sales declined over the last 10 yeas, live boomed.


Belles of the ball 

27 Mar

Michelle Hatcher writes about a new festival in Warwickshire.


Chic @ Academy Birmingham, Wednesday 25th March 2015 

26 Mar

I wasn’t going to review this gig...


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999 »

Nature or Degree 

28 Mar

It was the timing and tone of yesterday’s newspapers headlines that crossed the line for me: not any of discussion about mental health and airline safety.


Armed robbery at BJ’s Bingo 

27 Mar

Armed robbery at BJ's Bingo Can you help us identify the man shown in this shocking footage taken from a Birmingham Bingo Hall? We've released the footage of the armed robbery in Kitts Green in a bid to trace the robber...


Image issued following theft of holdall from train at Birmingham New Street 

27 Mar

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Image issued following theft of holdall from train at Birmingham New Street 

27 Mar

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Man threatened with knife on Birmingham to Redditch train 

26 Mar

British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information after a man was threatened with a knife during an attempted robbery on a train between Birmingham and Redditch.


Man threatened with knife on Birmingham to Redditch train 

26 Mar

British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information after a man was threatened with a knife during an attempted robbery on a train between Birmingham and Redditch.


Image issued after 13 steaks stolen from supermarket – Birmingham New Street station 

26 Mar

British Transport Police officers are asking for the public’s help as they search for a thief with a taste for steak.


Image issued after 13 steaks stolen from supermarket – Birmingham New Street station 

26 Mar

British Transport Police officers are asking for the public’s help as they search for a thief with a taste for steak.


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LocalGov »

Many pot holes, 28th March 

28 Mar

There are numerous potholes along hamstead hall road -fron the spinney towards friary road - too many to report individually, its now getting difficult to drive along this street and avoid pot holes, something needs to be done soon ! Nearest...


Grafiti on side of house, 28th March 

28 Mar

Graffiti on side of 116 118 ryde park road Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 116 Ryde Park Road, Rednal Report on FixMyStreet...


Abandoned /stolen vehicle, 28th March 

28 Mar

Ford mondeo estate in silver with drivers door handle missing has not moved in 3 weeks and dies not belong to anyone close by.


Restricted alcohol area., 28th March 

28 Mar

People are buying alcohol drinks from shop and drinking it along road and discarding bottles and cans on pavement along Tyburn Road,B24 0TJ.


Litter, 28th March 

28 Mar

Litter pick needed along Tyburn Road,B24 0TJ.


Fly tipping, 28th March 

28 Mar

Rubbish bags dumped by litter bin outside 999,Tyburn Road,B24 0TJ.


Mini bus running engine every school day, 28th March 

28 Mar

I am fed up with the Calthorpe school transport bus parking near my property every day and sitting with the engine running at 7am until about 7.30 .


Alley way lighting and uneven path, 27th March 

27 Mar

Station Road Alley way going to the rear entrance to the flats from 40-50 Station Road B23 6UE.


Graffiti on apartment block., 27th March 

27 Mar

The corner of Lifford Lane where it joins Pershore Road, there's a fairly newish looking apartment block opposite the plumbers merchant, there is silver graffiti sprayed quite low down below ground level window height, the word cobra is sprayed...


Culture Secretary visits Birmingham GP surgery to celebrate funding boost 

27 Mar

More than 120,000 patients in South Birmingham will benefit from increased access to GP services – thanks to Government funding.


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Social media »

Using Open Data to Evidence Funding Application (Post after BOSF part 2) 

27 Mar

Last week while working with BOSF as I was showing the open data communities deprivation map when suddenly Emma had a light bulb moment.


Using free tools to survey community groups and then perhaps combining that with open data. An example from BOSF, part 2 

27 Mar

A few weeks ago we were working with Birmingham Open Spaces Forum to look at how they were collecting data and introduced them to Google Forms .


download and blog: unpacking purdah: what do pre-election publicity restrictions mean in practice? 

27 Mar

In a set period before an election tight restrictions come into force on what comms teams in the public sector can and can't do.


Knock2Bag Presents The Wow Wow Show! with Dan Clark 

27 Mar

Dan Clark is back with his new night at Soho Theatre.


will we use social? can you help our care act survey? 

26 Mar

Almost two million people in the UK recieve some kind of state-funded care.


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