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Tony Iommi: Ozzy helped me through my darkest cancer days 

29 Aug

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has told how Ozzy Osbourne and his bandmates helped him through his darkest days when he was diagnosed with cancer two years ago...


One man dies as pair thrown from car in Birmingham crash 

29 Aug

One man has died and another has been seriously injured after they were both thrown from their car in a  crash in Birmingham.


Mum left with plastic tube in her stomach for a year after gastric surgery leaves her in agony 

28 Aug

Helen Reynolds suffered excruciating pain after blunder...


Open letter to Sir Richard Branson regarding railcard… 

28 Aug

Open letter to Sir Richard Branson regarding railcard changes.


WANTED: Have you seen David Swift? David Swift, aged 53, from… 

28 Aug

WANTED: Have you seen David Swift?  David Swift, aged 53, from Phillip Sidney Road in Sparkhill, was due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court in December last year after downloading indecent images.


Most read: Kings Heath horror crash, train track stand-off and market plan 

28 Aug

Friday lunchtime#27;s most read stories...


Litter to be turned into cash in radical clean-up of Birmingham city centre 

28 Aug

A radical plan to combat piles of litter in Birmingham city centre will see cash donations to charity if bins are kept filled.


WIN tickets to Wedding Show at Birmingham’s NEC and premium beauty products 

28 Aug

In today’s competition we’re giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the UK’s biggest wedding show, plus a selection of bareMinerals goodies worth over £100, to ensure you’re looking fantastic for the big day...


Massive regeneration scheme paving way for Wholesale Markets plan set for green light 

28 Aug

Plan to build on 17 acres at land near Witton train station...


New Wholesale Markets in Birmingham set for green light 

28 Aug

City planners back relocation vision by IM Properties which would see city centre markets move to new home in Witton ...


Cressida Cowell to open children’s department at Foyles’ Grand Central store 

28 Aug

London-based bookstore chain will open its sixth venture next month and has also released a new CGI of how it will look ...


Aston Villa team up with charity for accounting apprenticeship scheme 

28 Aug

Apprentices will study for an accounting qualification at college whilst also developing leadership skills through football coaching ...


Jihadist Junaid Hussain, from Kings Heath, has been killed in… 

27 Aug

Jihadist Junaid Hussain, from Kings Heath, has been killed in military drone strike in Syria.


Four star Park Regis hotel beginning to take shape at Five… 

27 Aug

Four star Park Regis hotel beginning to take shape at Five Ways.


Birmingham named fourth most prosperous city 

27 Aug

And the number of millionaires living here is on the rise according to new research published by Barclays ...


West Midlands’ foreign-born residents rise by two thirds 

27 Aug

Number of people born outside the UK living in the area climbs by 180,000 as net migration nationally hits 330,00 over the past year ...


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Comment »

Dystopia 

29 Aug

There are marginally fewer books and films depicting the future breakdown of civilisation than there are infinite possibilities in a multiverse that can only be explained using string theory via the voice box of Stephen Hawking...


Extremist threat ? But over 1000 are killed by air pollution in Birmingham each year 

28 Aug

Having doffed his green, safe and smart cap , Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for community safety, James McKay, has now written to welcome the Government’s latest approach to extremism – “tackling the threat from terrorism ...


Historic Bull Ring Markets are here to stay 

27 Aug

Jacqui Kennedy, Acting Strategic Director Place, looks at what makes Bull Ring Markets – the oldest in the country – a ‘hidden’ gem in the city’s retail scene.


A risk worth taking: Corbyn, the first choice, not just the least bad option 

27 Aug

The Brummie aggregator site selected a thoughtful article by Matt Capaldi in Redbrick, ‘the student publication of the University of Birmingham’: “As the Labour leadership battle comes to a head, Matt Capaldi assesses its favourite candidate, ...


Virginia 

27 Aug

It is sickening to realise that we have evolved into a species that finds it acceptable to exploit violent death for profit.


Crooked Books ? – by ‘Kurly’ at the 22nd Aug #Austerity Street Festival: @KurlyMc 

26 Aug

CROOKED BOOKS? They use the public purse to build and invest We are owners but we are treated like unwelcome guests Mistreated by these pests, in our own home If their hearts are heavy its because they’re made of stone They put us into groups To be...


West Midlands Green Deal Action 

26 Aug

The Accord Group , a large housing and social care organisations in the Midlands, has been working with the University of Wolverhampton’s Built Environment Climate Change Innovations (BECCI) project team to find the leading ‘smart grid’...


Jeremy Corbyn and the Return of the Left: Is it Really a Good Idea? 

26 Aug

As the Labour leadership battle comes to a head, Matt Capaldi assesses its favourite candidate, Jeremy Corbyn, and his chances to reinstate a Labour leadership in 2020 as the head of the party.


It is only by working together that we will defeat extremism in all it’s forms 

26 Aug

Birmingham City Council's Labour cabinet member for community safety James McKay welcomes Government's new approach to extremism ...


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City-centre news »

Summer in Southside warm-up evening 

29 Aug

The post Summer in Southside warm-up evening appeared first on Birmingham Eastside .


The Big Hoot Project 

28 Aug

Not a load of owl nonsense...


Mum left with plastic tube in her stomach for a year after gastric surgery leaves her in agony 

28 Aug

Helen Reynolds suffered excruciating pain after blunder...


Midland Metro News July & August 2015 

28 Aug

July & August 2015 Bulletins...


Swingerella’s Wrecking Ball 

28 Aug

When: Friday 18 September, 19:30 for 20:00 start Where: Mockingbird Theatre, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA Tickets: available online Falling in love’s for you fools out there in Wonderland, let me tell you how it is… Love rules &#...


Most read: Kings Heath horror crash, train track stand-off and market plan 

28 Aug

Friday lunchtime#27;s most read stories...


Litter to be turned into cash in radical clean-up of Birmingham city centre 

28 Aug

A radical plan to combat piles of litter in Birmingham city centre will see cash donations to charity if bins are kept filled.


Massive regeneration scheme paving way for Wholesale Markets plan set for green light 

28 Aug

Plan to build on 17 acres at land near Witton train station...


Screenings of Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Hamlet’ in Birmingham 

27 Aug

Fans of Benedict Cumberbatch who weren’t able to get a red-hot ticket to see his acclaimed London Barbican Theatre performances in Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ rejoice, for screenings will take place in Birmingham.


Rich McMahon Tribute Concert 

27 Aug

When: Tuesday 22 September, doors at 18:00, music starts at 20:00 Where: The Jam House £7 voluntary donation on the door SIFA Fireside is holding a special tribute night for much loved Birmingham-based Irish singer songwriter Rich McMahon, who sadly...


Aston Expressway: Six miles of tailbacks reported as resurfacing takes place 

27 Aug

Just one lane open into city causing big jams...


Second City Derby set as Villa draw City in the Cup 

26 Aug

Aston Villa are set to face Birmingham City for the first time since 2011, as the two Birmingham clubs have been drawn together in the Capital One Cup.


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Aston Villa »

Can Aston Villa Smack The Mackems & Send Them Home Without Any Points? 

29 Aug

Against Sunderland, Aston Villa have had a pretty good time in recent years.


Aston Villa v Sunderland – the preview 

29 Aug

The Black Cats will arrive at Villa Park this afternoon desperate for points, having picked up only one from the opening three games of the 2015-16 season and on a six-game winless run.


Former England defender Joleon Lescott to join Aston Villa for £1.5m 

28 Aug

The former England defender is likely to be Tim Sherwood's final signing of the summer at Villa Park...


Villa – Sunderland; No excuses, I expect 3 points and Lescott looking likely. 

28 Aug

It’s absolutely not the sort of thing I like to say, especially about a club that is as massive as they are and has a pedigree up there with the best of them, but beating Sunderland at home surely has to be classed as a banker game for...


Aston Villa v Sunderland – opposition view 

28 Aug

Aston Villa welcome Sunderland to Villa Park on Saturday for the Villans’ second home game of the season.


A case against the defence 

28 Aug

Over the past few seasons, our defence has been appalling, which is a far cry from when the Villans had a reputation for a solid back line and ‘Fortress Villa Park’ was a frequently used phrase.


Pre Sunderland Injury Update 

28 Aug

Pre Sunderland Injury Update Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:28/08/2015 15:08:00 Manager Tim Sherwood has held his pre Sunderland press conference, and explained that although Adama Traore hadn't trained since he took a knock in the...


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Birmingham City FC »

GAMEDAY: MK Dons v Blues 

29 Aug

Birmingham City travel to the stadium:MK for their first competitive fixture in Milton Keynes, looking to extend their impressive unbeaten start to the season.


Birmingham City’s Stephen Gleeson on how Gary Rowett has boosted his belief at Blues 

29 Aug

Irish midfielder feeling more confident after signing a new three-year deal...


Birmingham City: Find out how long Gary Rowett’s Blues players have left on their contracts 

28 Aug

David Cotterill re-signing continues a busy summer for Blues boss.


Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett urges Blues fans to turn MK Dons ground into a neutral venue 

28 Aug

Gary Rowett challenges Birmingham City to maintain their August unbeaten run...


Birmingham City: David Cotterill hands Blues a major boost 

28 Aug

Welsh winger becomes the latest Blues player to agree a new deal.


Rowett on Gray and Aston Villa 

28 Aug

Rowett on Gray and Aston Villa Vitalfootball:Birmingham:28/08/2015 14:33:00 Gary Rowett responds to Dimmy Gray speculation and rumours he is a Villa fan.


Rowett not surprised at Gray rumours 

28 Aug

Birmingham boss Gary Rowett is not surprised at the transfer speculation surrounding Blues' prize asset Demarai Gray.


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Sport »

Come on board, and join the family! 

28 Aug

An exciting new opportunity for a Reserve Team Secretary.


Next Up: Ilkeston Fc 

28 Aug

Another Tough Test For The Royals...


New Signings 

28 Aug

Play Off Hero Returns and Tooth adds Bryant from Mickleover...


AUDIO: Relive Bears’ T20 triumph in 2014 

28 Aug

Birmingham Bears were the winners on T20 Blast Finals Day in 2014, beating Lancashire in the final on their home ground at Edgbaston.


SCTFC U21s v Kings Heath U21s 

28 Aug

This Saturday at Coles Lane, kick off 10.30am...


Familiar faces chase T20 Blast glory 

28 Aug

Birmingham Bears, Hampshire, Lancashire and Northants will contest the season's first trophy at Edgbaston on Saturday.


Familiar faces chase T20 Blast glory 

28 Aug

BBC Sport analyses the key players and the form book as Birmingham, Hampshire, Lancashire and Northants contest Finals Day.


Knight: Hampshire have the edge 

28 Aug

It's always hard to pick a winner ahead of T20 Blast Finals Day but you can make a good case for Birmingham Bears, what with them having home advantage and being defending champions.


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Business »

45 jobs under threat as Shakespeare Martineau begins redundancy consultation 

28 Aug

BIRMINGHAM law firm Shakespeare Martineau is understood to be consulting staff over a new redundancy programme which could see up to 45 people leave the practice.


T20 Finals Day attracts record ticket sales for Edgbaston 

28 Aug

WARWICKSHIRE county cricket club has confirmed tomorrows NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day The club has said the event, the biggest day in the domestic cricket calendar, has attracted record ticket...


Availability of long-term growth capital threatens MSB expansion plans 

28 Aug

GAPS in the funding ladder could be preventing medium-sized businesses in the West Midlands from realising their growth ambitions, according to a new report.


New Wholesale Markets in Birmingham set for green light 

28 Aug

City planners back relocation vision by IM Properties which would see city centre markets move to new home in Witton ...


Aston Villa team up with charity for accounting apprenticeship scheme 

28 Aug

Apprentices will study for an accounting qualification at college whilst also developing leadership skills through football coaching ...


Law firm unearths some treasure for children’s charity 

28 Aug

The Birmingham office of Eversheds LLP hosted a treasure hunt to support and raise money for the NSPCC.


Aston Martin expands apprenticeship programme by 20% 

27 Aug

LUXURY sports car manufacturer Aston Martin is expanding the size of its apprenticeship scheme by 20% to support the firms ongoing commitment to growth.


Service sector firms reporting healthy growth over last quarter 

27 Aug

SERVICE sector firms in the UK have reported healthy growth for the three months to August, with optimism improving at the fastest pace for a year, according to a new study.


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Business columns »

Historic markets are here to stay 

28 Aug

Jacqui Kennedy, Acting Strategic Director Place for Birmingham city council, looks at what makes Bull Ring Markets – the oldest in the country – a hidden gem in the city’s retail scene.


Don’t let big salaries take attention away from the bottom end 

27 Aug

Head of business Graeme Brown argues that the fascination with top-level salaries shouldn't detract from the real issues at the bottom end of the pay scale ...


Crowdfunding sought for green breakthrough 

27 Aug

Birmingham company seeks £300,000 for mass production of portable, eco-friendly smartphone battery.


Hitting the right notes in our duet with China 

25 Aug

Mike Loftus on our attempts to understand modern China and its role in the global economy ...


UK car output up – and down 

21 Aug

Professor David Bailey from Aston Business School examines the fall in the latest set of manufacturing figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders...


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Events »

The Drum will be closed on Mon 31 August for the bank holiday 

28 Aug

The Drum will be closed on Mon 31 August for the bank holiday.


Autumn Courses at mac resume Mon 7 Sep – it’s not too late to book 

28 Aug

Friendly artist tutors, a supportive environment and a huge variety of creative courses for all ages and abilities.


New Show: Blacklisters to play Hare & Hounds 

28 Aug

Formed in 2008, the Leeds quartet Blacklisters quickly earned a reputation as a formidable live act through aggressive, confrontational performances riddled with dark humour, drawing comparisons to The Jesus Lizard and Pissed Jeans.


New coffee shop heading to New Street …and the latest café is… 

28 Aug

A Canadian coffee company is planning to open a new store in Birmingham City Centre...


PCA UK Open Bodybuilding Championships 

28 Aug

The PCA UK bodybuilding championship will see competitors put their bodies to the test in a number of exciting classes £20 TH SH wheelchair spaces available Ticket Information: £20 plus transaction fee* ,Half price for under 14s and free nursing ...


Beartooth 

28 Aug

Beartooth - O2 Academy 2 Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 28, Nov 15...


AREA GUIDE – Food and Drink issue 

27 Aug

For the second year running we’ve teamed up with the fab Birmingham Independent Food Fair to showcase the event and the great foodie scene in the region… The issue is packed with info on great places to eat and drink, foodie tips and much...


Birmingham artist drew these pictures using only dots 

27 Aug

Hope Chapman#27;s work is on show at Castle Art Gallery in the ICC...


The Wonder Stuff Acoustic 

27 Aug

The Wonder Stuff Acoustic - O2 Academy 2 Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 17, Dec 15...


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Music blogs »

Local acts for Bikefest line-up 

28 Aug

Further attractions announced for family festival.


Kick-off for CBSO 

28 Aug

£10 tickets get orchestra’s season off to a flying start.


Weekly arts roundup, August 27-September 2 

27 Aug

PICK OF THE WEEK Summer In Southside Various venues, Friday August 28-Sunday August 30 The Hippodrome’s annual weekend of street theatre, music and food, spread across the Arcadian and Hippodrome Square.


F.F.S + Slug at The Albert Hall, Manchester, UK – 25th August 2015 

26 Aug

‘Collaborations Don’t Work’ is a promotional single from the new album by F.


Deerly beloved 

26 Aug

Surely this will be one of 2015’s peachiest gigs, crystal-bawls Martin Longley.


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999 »

Section 137 Mental Health Act 

29 Aug

Where do the legal powers come from in the Mental Health Act 1983? – by this question I mean: what section of the Act do you point to when cross-examined in a court to explain from exactly where you derive the authority to do as you did...


Police appeal for witnesses after two men killed in Birmingham collision 

29 Aug

Police are appealing for witnesses after two men died when a car lost control in Birmingham late last night (Friday 29 August).


CCTV released after men stabbed at Selly Oak nightclub 

29 Aug

Detectives have released CCTV images after two men were stabbed at a nightclub in Selly Oak in the early hours of last Saturday morning (August 22).


Summer Album #28 – West Midlands Police helicopter 

28 Aug

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter is a familiar sight in the skies above the West Midlands – and last year was airborne for around 1,400 hours.


Police appeal for information on court dodger 

28 Aug

A man who failed to appear at court in connection with downloading indecent images may have fled to Ireland as police renew their appeal for information.


Summer Album #26: PCSO of the Year – Sean Long 

26 Aug

Student links officer Sean Long shows his Loony side at school fairs where he’s swapped his PCSO uniform for an array of fancy dress costumes, including Sylvester the Cat and Tweetie Pie! But that’s not all folks – because there’s a serious...


Toddler dies in Birmingham collision 

26 Aug

Police are appealing for witnesses after a young boy died in a collision in Aston last night (Wednesday 25 August).


Christmas Day attackers handed long jail terms 

26 Aug

Three friends who launched a vicious attack on a man outside his Birmingham home on Christmas Day – clubbing him with baseball bats and machetes – have been jailed for a total of almost 40 years.


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LocalGov »

Hand rail broken, 28th August 

28 Aug

Steps down to canal from northbrook street has a broken wooden hand rail, it is completely broken away and on the floor, I was told about this a week ago by dog walker and checked it today, and it looks like the wooden structure is rotten tnx...


Arts Organisations 

28 Aug

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Bal Saini on 28 August 2015 .


Builder fined for flytipping offence 

28 Aug

A builder who flytipped waste in Birmingham has been ordered to pay £570 today (August 28).


Stansfeld Outdoor Learning Centre 

28 Aug

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Bal Saini on 28 August 2015 .


Use of private vehicles for transporting of social care patients. 

28 Aug

Response by Birmingham City Council to P.


Bank Holiday advice from health commissioner to avoid a hospital stay 

28 Aug

By taking a little extra care over the Bank Holiday, you can stay well and enjoy the extended weekend avoiding an unnecessary trip to hospital, say doctors at Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).


Vans parking right on corner obscuring view of drivers trying to turn out safely., 28th August 

28 Aug

A large white van and other vehicles persistently parking on the corner of Kesterton Road/Harrison Road completely obscuring the view of drivers trying to turn out of Kesterton Road and preventing them from exiting safely in both directions...


Overloading and illegal use of bridge, 28th August 

28 Aug

I work for Canal River Trust the owners of Wiggins Hill Bridge which is being used by vehicles up to 40T whereas this is signed as 13T only.


Comic book fun at Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park 

28 Aug

WILD About Comics returns to Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park this Bank Holiday Monday 31 st August for more comic book fun.


Faith Network to be launched in Birmingham 

28 Aug

Faith group representatives in Birmingham are set to come together for the launch of the city’s new Faith Network.


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Social media »

When to use shape maps in data visualisation: part 2 of a great big guide 

28 Aug

xkcd’s take on mapping , via Duarte Romero In a previous post I explained some of the considerations in deciding to use a map in data visualisation , and went into detail about mapping points and heatmaps.


why your communications strategy might fail without text messaging 

27 Aug

Govdelivery's annual UK Public Sector Communications Conference has become an essential part of the September calender.


Documenting public art, on Wikipedia 

25 Aug

0000-0001-5882-6823 Wikipedia has a number of articles listing public artworks (statues, murals, etc) in counties, cities and towns, around the world.


other influences make you a better communicator 

25 Aug

Every now and then we have a guest editor.


When to use maps in data visualisation: a great big guide 

24 Aug

Matt Bierbaum’s zombie map allows you to simulate outbreaks When it comes to data visualisation, everyone loves a map.


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