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City’s minicab firms to be named and shamed 

21 Oct

Council devises new rating system to inform public of Birmingham's best and worst taxi companies based in reliability and safety...


Original Birmingham Balti restaurant to close down after 45 years 

20 Oct

Saleem’s in Sparkbrook could not be conquered by 2005 tornado - but falling trade has put an end to Ladypool Road business...


Great Birmingham Run ‘could double in size and rival Great North Run’ 

20 Oct

Council deputy leader praises Sunday's event and calls for 22,000-strong event to double to admit 45,000 in future...


Birmingham snubbed in Curry Capital of Britain competition 

20 Oct

Home of the Balti even beaten by Brighton...


Great Birmingham Run: First British woman to finish pays tribute to mentor 

20 Oct

Kim Fawke-Williams ran half marathon in memory of her former coach John Walker who died in June...


Brave Amanda weeps as she tackles Great Birmingham Run for her brother 

20 Oct

Fundraiser trained for half-marathon in just 10 weeks after her brother died suddenly in June...


Birmingham City fans back Lee Clark’s sacking 

20 Oct

Birmingham City fans at St Andrew's give their reaction to the news that Lee Clark has been sacked.


Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visits Birmingham Cathedral 

20 Oct

The Duchess of Cornwall visited Birmingham Cathedral for the second annual National Harvest Service...


Great Birmingham Run – Your amazing stories #prideofBrum 

20 Oct

Inspiring and brave Great Birmingham run stories -  thank you for sharing...


Two arrested in Birmingham in foreign criminals crackdown 

20 Oct

British police unite with eight foreign forces to hunt down overseas drivers involved in crime...


Man arrested in Solihull over sex attack on Birmingham bus 

20 Oct

64-year-old attended police station after officers released CCTV image of suspect...


Temporary pay rise made permanent as council battles to fill 156 children’s social workers vacancies 

20 Oct

Birmingham City Council to retain six-month 68% salary hike for agency staff in 'competitive' market sparked by UK staff shortage...


Bad Birmingham minicab firms to be named and shamed 

20 Oct

Birmingham City Council to start rating taxi firms for quality of cars, customer service and safety in new ratings scheme...


Quinton street sealed off by police over ‘suspicious activity’ 

20 Oct

Officers called to Capern Grove following disturbance just before 1am on Monday...


Royal Mail to hire 1,200 West Midlands workers for festive period 

20 Oct

Postal firm looking to recruit 379 people in Birmingham and 836 in Wolverhampton between November and January...


Birmingham Prison guard on trial accused of stealing from inmates 

20 Oct

Police found body piercing jewellery and a mobile phone which belonged to prisoners in raid on home of Sam Turton, jury told...


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Comment »

Birmingham MP backs CCTV in slaughterhouses 

21 Oct

Call for more humane treatment of animals.


31st October deadline for November Edition 

20 Oct

As agreed at our conference this weekend , the next edition of Slaney Street is scheduled for early November.


John Challis: On air with Will Gompertz and other blasts from the past 

20 Oct

Only Fools and Horses star John Challis is the 'Boycie' of a nation.


Minutes From Slaney Street Conference 18.10.14 

20 Oct

The Slaney Street Conference was held in Balsall Heath on Saturday, and the minutes from the event are available below.


The Peoples March for the NHS. 

19 Oct

  By Brian Sheridan From the 16 th of August to the 6 th o f September 2014 a group of women from Darlington, known colloquially as the “Darlo Mums”, and their many supporters marched from Jarrow to London through twenty three towns and cities ...


Do we need elected regional government? Friday 24th Oct., University of Birmingham 

18 Oct

Following the Scottish referendum, devolution to England is once more on the UK political agenda.


The British Red Cross – Personal Crisis #Refusetoignore 

18 Oct

The British Red Cross Staff at the Conservative Party Conference explained the varied roles the British Red Cross plays to support humanitarian responses addressing conflict, and refusing to ignore personal crisis.


Birmingham health chief calls for end to cut-price alcohol 

17 Oct

This blog first appeared in the Birmingham Mail on 15 October .


Podemos, Syriza, Left Unity: Doing politics differently 

16 Oct

By Edd Bauer Last night Left Unity Birmingham hosted an impressively large event with 100 plus attendees in a packed out conference room in the Quaker meeting house on Bull Street.


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City-centre news »

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...


Live Music Round Up 

19 Oct

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


Birmingham half marathon 2014: The best fancy dress pictures 

19 Oct

Over 20,000 runners took part in this year's Great Birmingham Run.


Great Birmingham Run: When is the 10k event? 

19 Oct

Great Birmingham Run organisers have announced details of the 10k event for 2015, which is set to take place on Sunday 3 May.


Bradford Street Environmental Improvements 

18 Oct

Please see below for a letter sent from Birmingham City Council to residents of Digbeth earlier this week.


Police hunt ‘smartly dressed’ man after alleged sex attack on Birmingham bus 

18 Oct

Attacker also punched 'traumatised' 23-year-old woman on national express bus service...


Great Birmingham Run: Jodie Stimpson to compete in city half-marathon 

17 Oct

Oldbury triathlete golden girl joins host of international athletes to compete in Brum event...


Thug pushed jogger into canal at Old Snow Hill 

17 Oct

Victim, 50, pulled out of water by passers-by after attacker shoved him into canal in front of pals...


More awards for Digbeth Dining Club! 

17 Oct

You may remember that last year Digbeth Dining Club was voted as the Best Street Food Event at the British Street Food Awards? Well, they’ve only just gone and done it again! Winning for the second year in a row, … Continue reading →...


Oddbite: Primitivo in Birmingham 

17 Oct

Is this the most expensive chip butty in the city...


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Aston Villa »

Everton Vs Aston Villa Review – Today we was a disgrace 

20 Oct

10 minutes into the second half I sent this to Badger, I'm not going to be able to write the review today.


Vital Villa Fantasy League Update 

20 Oct

Vital Villa Fantasy League Update Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/10/2014 12:06:00 Latest update on our Vital Villa fantasy league table.


The Villa Times – 20/10/2014 

20 Oct

The Villa Times - 20/10/2014 Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/10/2014 11:48:00 The latest AVFC news and views via the fishy one...


AVFC: This Season v Last Season After 8 Games 

20 Oct

AVFC: This Season v Last Season After 8 Games Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/10/2014 11:21:00 This season v last season after 8 games..


Senderos For QPR, Okore Not Ready? 

20 Oct

Senderos For QPR, Okore Not Ready? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/10/2014 10:55:00 Manager Paul Lambert has given a mini injury update and revealed that he's hopeful that Philippe Senderos will return for the game against Queens Park Rangers...


Where is our attacking threat? 

20 Oct

Its fair to state that the Villans’ dismal display away to Everton on Saturday was one of the worst performances of the season, and, following an encouraging start to the season, fans are once again dreading the worst after another ...


History repeats itself again 

20 Oct

Dave Woodhall on luck, injuries and Villa.


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Birmingham City FC »

Birmingham City: Chris Hughton is fans choice to replace Lee Clark 

20 Oct

Ex-Blues boss tops our poll of candidates for the vacant Birmingham City hotseat following the sacking of Lee Clark on Monday...


Birmingham City: Lee Clark worried over Blues losing Koby Arthur and Demarai Gray 

20 Oct

Outgoing boss revealed he is worried Blues will not be able to keep hold of teenage duo Koby Arthur and Demarai Gray...


East End Boys 

20 Oct

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark was sacked today following a sequence of results that saw one home league win for Blues in 24 games stretching back 389 days.


Birmingham City: Lee Clark was ready to come out fighting 

20 Oct

Blues boss went on the offensive against his critics in his final interview before his sacking...


Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City 

20 Oct

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


WATCH: Birmingham City sack Lee Clark – Tough task to find new boss, says Colin Tattum 

20 Oct

Panos Pavlakis facing a challenge to find a manager who can adhere to Blues' financial situation, says our man at Blues...


Birmingham City’s highs and lows under sacked manager Lee Clark 

20 Oct

Blues enjoyed some good times with Clark but the sacked boss has paid the price for the lows...


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Sport »

Coles Lane debut for u15s 

20 Oct

The Royals under 15s team play their first game at Coles Lane this coming Saturday...


Sutton Coldfield RFC 1st XV – Match report – 18th Oct 2014 

20 Oct

Sutton Coldfield 45 pts v Dudley Kingswinsford 10 pts National League 3 Midlands...


Birmingham Sack Clark 

20 Oct

City narrowly avoided relegation from the Sky Bet Championship last season and have struggled again this, with Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Bolton leaving them just one place and one point above the relegation zone.


Fixture changes 

20 Oct

NPL confirms revised fixtures...


New Signings 

20 Oct

Tooth adds 2...


Charl hits a hatrick 

20 Oct

Not our best performance of the season by a long way but as the girls reminded me at the end of the game "But we won 4-0 " i guess it is always nice when you dont play well but still win.


Another point 

20 Oct

a well earned point in a tough game, both sides had their chances but i think the draw was a fair result.


Royals u15s boys get County FA recognition 

20 Oct

The success of the Royals u15s team has been recognised by County FA selections in Birmingham and Staffordshire.


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Business »

City’s minicab firms to be named and shamed 

21 Oct

Council devises new rating system to inform public of Birmingham's best and worst taxi companies based in reliability and safety...


Jaguar Land Rover’s new engine plant wins national RICS award 

20 Oct

Car-maker's manufacturing hub crowned country's top regeneration project after beating competition from across the country...


Film director Ken Loach dismisses Steven Knight’s plan for sound stage in Birmingham 

20 Oct

Filmmaker Ken Loach says he might not have made his last movie after all.


Solo Rail Solutions expands on Long Acre Trading Estate 

20 Oct

Rail products firm takes final available units on Birmingham industrial estate...


Severn Trent puts together attractive salary package to secure Shire’s CFO 

20 Oct

MIDLAND utility Severn Trent is set to appoint a new Chief Financial Officer following a decision by Mike McKeon to retire from the business.


JLR awards contracts worth £3.5bn to support latest product launch 

20 Oct

CONTRACTS worth £3.5bn have been awarded to automotive component suppliers following the launch of the latest vehicle from Jaguar Land Rover.


University of Birmingham spinout Abingdon Health agrees £2.1m takeover 

20 Oct

Abingdon, which span out of the University of Birmingham, has taken over Serascience in a deal funded by current shareholders...


University of Birmingham partner Abingdon Health agrees £2.1m takeover 

20 Oct

Abingdon, which teamed up with the university, has taken over Serascience in a deal funded by current shareholders...


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Business columns »

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20 Oct

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GOOGLE GLASS 

17 Oct

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Steven McCabe: Innovate or die – but will our bosses take the risk or spend the cash? 

16 Oct

Longbridge car production factory Rover Cars, learnt the lesson that constant improvement and innovation is not optional if you want to keep your customers happy.


Jon Griffin: Mondelez International takeover turns into a bitter pill for Cadbury 

16 Oct

Cadbury Bournville workers have told to 'change behaviour and attitude' or leave the business...


MONTY THROWS SANSI A GOOGLY 

16 Oct

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Events »

Buy Two Get A Third Free Tickets for Seven Davis JR 

20 Oct

Leftfoot team up with Under The Counter to bring Seven Davis Jr and Kutmah, two of the fastest rising names in electronic music today, to the Hare Hounds on Friday 24th October.


George Ezra 

20 Oct

George Ezra - O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 18, Feb 15...


BSW Young at Heart 

19 Oct

£5...


BSW The Autumn Collection 

19 Oct

£10 £12...


Hanky Panky, 20 Oct 2014 

19 Oct

20 Oct 2014 - Club at Bar Risa...


Open Mic Night, 20 Oct 2014 

19 Oct

20 Oct 2014 - Rock Pop at The Dodford Inn Show us Bromsgrove's got talent! Bring your instrument or just your singing voice and show us what you can do...


Great Birmingham Run: Jodie Stimpson to compete in city half-marathon 

17 Oct

Oldbury triathlete golden girl joins host of international athletes to compete in Brum event...


Bike Lounge, 21 Oct 2014 

17 Oct

21 Oct 2014 - Spoken Word at Hare Hounds An evening of cycling culture so much more.


GAME OF GUESTLIST 

17 Oct

Enter HERE to win gig tickets for an entire year at The Institute! That’s right, … ...


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Music blogs »

Stars out for Mike 

21 Oct

Local musicians come together to raise money for ill colleague.


Live Review: Peace 

20 Oct

Music Editor Matt Moody on the Brummies' Digbeth homecoming...


Single Review: Pharrell Williams – Gust of Wind 

20 Oct

Will Haynes celebrates the R&B hitmaker's latest effort...


Erica Nockalls Album Launch and Art Exhibition 

20 Oct

In anticipation of the launch of her second studio album, Birmingham Conservatoire trained violinist Erica Nockalls has prepared a collection of  oil paintings inspired by her new music for her first official art exhibition.


The Charlatans Announce UK Tour 

20 Oct

Following the release of their new album, Modern Nature, on January 26 2015, The Charlatans head out on a full UK tour in March including a date at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.


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999 »

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...


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...


Appeal after father verbally-abused in front of nine-year-old son – Birmingham/Burton/Derby 

16 Oct

Do you recognise either of these men...


Appeal after father verbally-abused in front of nine-year-old son – Birmingham/Burton/Derby 

16 Oct

Do you recognise either of these men...


Erasing History 

16 Oct

Do you know what I mean by a ‘vanilla’ tweet? – the phrase is one I’ve heard a lot and it refers to something fairly inoffensive, but bland that doesn’t tell you a huge amount whilst purporting to inform.


West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Official ambulance technician tells of rape thr 

15 Oct

West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Official ambulance technician tells of rape thr West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Official ambulance technician tells of rape threat.


CCTV released in Birmingham fires investigation 

15 Oct

CCTV released in Birmingham fires investigation Police have released further CCTV footage of two men suspected of starting three fires in Tyseley last month.


West Midlands Ambulance Service | 5101 5123 | 2x Rapid Response Vehicles | Skoda Octavias | Shout 

14 Oct

West Midlands Ambulance Service | 5101 5123 | 2x Rapid Response Vehicles | Skoda Octavias | Shout West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) (5101 5123) | Rapid Response Vehicles (RRV) (2x) | Skoda Octavias | Shout | Broad St, Birmingham - Special...


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LocalGov »

Continuing Lane and Lane Divider drawn in wrong lanes and misleading lanes, 20th October 

20 Oct

It's been extremely frustrating to use the bromford lane roundabout next to fort used car centre.


Lamp out, 20th October 

20 Oct

Lamp 21A (over the zebra crossing) is not on at night.


Green waste, 20th October 

20 Oct

About 15 bags of green waste mainly leaves put out by residents who live in the bungalows on this corner of St Edburghs rd .


Clothing dumped, 20th October 

20 Oct

Pile of clothing dumped on the pavement/grass verge.


Helping young carers reach their potential 

20 Oct

A project aimed at helping young carers get better training and qualifications is being launched by the city council.


Flyposting, on trees on the Bristol Road, 20th October 

20 Oct

Fly posters stuck to the trees along the out of city carriageway of the Bristol Road(A38) between Eastern Road and Edgbaston Park Road Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 310 Bristol Road, Balsall...


More green waste dumped, 20th October 

20 Oct

Today, 20th Oct 14, more green waste has appeared.


Tackling child sexual exploitation in the West Midlands 

20 Oct

Tackling child sexual exploitation in the West Midlands An event to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation is taking place today (Monday).


Flytipping approach to harton way, 20th October 

20 Oct

FLYTIPPING on APPROACH to Harton Way Kings Heath.


This week’s council meetings: Oct 20-24 

20 Oct

Click on the link below for details of this week’s Birmingham City Council meetings.


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Social media »

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.


announcing the comms2point0 unawards 

19 Oct

We've been thinking for some time that we are in a rather privileged position in geting to see some of the very best comms and digital work being delivered across the sectors in the UK.


Enhance Your Memory With Nootropics Drugs 

17 Oct

Nootropics are substances which are utilized to expand or improve human cognizance under ordinary circumstances.


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