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Are you an unsigned West Midlands based artist? Upload your tracks to BBC Introducing today. 

24 Apr

If you’re in a band, a solo artist or a bedroom producer and you want to get the music played on BBC radio, upload your tracks to BBC Introducing today.

Pacemakers fitted by Birmingham nurse instead of doctors 

24 Apr

Kate Whittock is the first nurse in the UK to have carried out a procedure usually done by doctors.

Frank Turner is back with a new album ‘Be More Kind’ and he is coming to Arena Birmingham. 

24 Apr

Frank Turner has announced details for the Be More Kind 2019 UK Tour – a string of arena dates running through early 2019, which will also take in Arena Birmingham on 22nd January.

Millennium Point has its first ever all-female executive team. 

24 Apr

Millennium Point – Birmingham Eastside’s 500,000 sq.

Punjabi super-star Diljit Dosanjh is bringing his CON.FI.DEN.TIAL tour to Arena Birmingham next month. 

23 Apr

Singer, actor and TV presenter Diljit Dosanjh is coming to Arena Birmingham next month (19/05), bringing a high-energy show to his legions of UK fans and as one of the leading Punjabi artists across the world, we advise you to to order your tickets ...

Landlord hit with a staggering £182K fine after being found guilty of multiple offences. 

23 Apr

Leila Amjadi, aged 33, from Sutton Coldfield, has been found guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court of 35 House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) offences.

The Library of Birmingham shut for third day over glass cracks 

23 Apr

The £189m library closed early on Friday after damage was found in a glass pane in its roof.

Birmingham hosts Commonwealth Games homecoming party 

21 Apr

An open-air celebration is being held in Birmingham to mark the handover from the Gold Coast.

Birmingham man charged over death of woman 

21 Apr

Police found a woman fatally injured in West Thurrock after reports of an assault.

Gambia’s biggest Aston Villa fan? 

21 Apr

Kevin Bouchal is an avid Aston Villa fan but he lives 3,000 miles away in Gambia, West Africa.

Ipswich Town v Aston Villa 

20 Apr

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Ipswich Town and Aston Villa.

Birmingham City v Sheffield United 

20 Apr

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

April is National Stress Awareness Month and we have some handy hints to help ease the symptoms. 

19 Apr

Modern life seems to be creating quite the hot-bed for stress across the globe.

Birmingham university gospel choir ‘has become like a family’ 

19 Apr

Ifeoluwa Adeyemi and Dupe Olawande set up the University of Birmingham's first gospel choir.

Birmingham Ladies trio in Team of Year 

19 Apr

Chelsea Ladies have five players in the PFA Women's Super League One Team of the Year for 2017-18.

Yeovil Town Ladies v Birmingham City Ladies 

18 Apr

Live coverage followed by match report on Friday's Women's Super League 1 game between Yeovil Town Ladies and Birmingham City Ladies.

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EGX Rezzed | Eurogamer Gives Advice on How to Get into Games Journalism 

24 Apr

Gaming Editor Emma Kent rounds up the EGX Rezzed 2018 session on breaking into games journalism, and asks Eurogamer about diversity problems in the industry The post EGX Rezzed | Eurogamer Gives Advice on How to Get into Games Journalism appeared ...

SUNDAY 22nd: Street Festival – Balsall Heath Mela 

21 Apr

MELA social enterprise’s new ‘We Are’ neighbourhood campaign will start with ‘We Are Balsall Heath’ Street Festival on Sunday April 22 bringing together the diverse communities of Balsall Heath.

West Midlands factory protest: supplying arms for Saudis morally reprehensible 

21 Apr

The People’s Weapons Inspectors blockaded the gates of Anglo-French arms manufacturer Roxel in the West Midlands on 7 April.

Save Our Schools rally Saturday 28 April from 1pm Victoria Sq Birmingham 

20 Apr


WMNEG meeting: is council tax system no longer fit for purpose? 

20 Apr

WEST MIDLANDS NEW ECONOMICS GROUP Date: Thursday 26 th April, 5pm-7pm Carol Martin who will be opening this session, will do a brief introduction.

Housing 31 – Housing for the Many: Labour’s Green Paper. 

20 Apr

Jeremy Corbyn spoke at the launch of   Labour’s Housing Green Paper.

NHS campaigners call for clarity over Midland Metropolitan 

20 Apr

Campaigners demand government solution to PFI hospital “fiasco”.

Irish groups seeking to build community resilience 

19 Apr

Feasta, which has sent news of a May event, was co-founded 20 years ago by radical economist Richard Douthwaite, known for his creative, inclusive thinking and his belief in the power of discussion to achieve substantive progress.

Voter fraud appeal ahead of council elections 

19 Apr

Voters in Birmingham reminded to speak up if they suspect fraud.

Gender pay gaps: how West Midlands councils compare 

16 Apr

At the risk of hyperbole, this month’s required publication by nearly 10,000 companies and public sector organisations of comparable gender pay gap data bears a certain resemblance to Winston Churchill’s...

Proportional representation: Nancy Platts 

16 Apr

The West Midlands New Economics blog draws attention to a message from  Nancy Platts, a Labour Party councillor, who has worked for London Fire Brigade, Daycare Trust and Consumer Focus.

VOTE2018: Council battlegrounds on 3 May 

16 Apr

With the Commonwealth Games baton handed to Birmingham and as schools and offices return from Easter breaks – including here at Chamberlain Files towers – Kevin Johnson looks at the...

Anti-bombing protest to be held in city centre 

15 Apr

Call for an end to intervention in Syria.

March visitors 

15 Apr

People from 31 countries visited this site last month TOP POSTS o...

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Local Elections 3 May – Your New Ward and Candidates 

22 Apr

So, which ward can you vote in and where is your polling station? The number of wards and the areas they cover have now changed, and, so may have the Candidates standing in the wards.

Broad Street – Traffic Restrictions Notification 

20 Apr

Gas Street and Broad Street junction closure Sunday 22 April.

The White Company – White Weddings 

19 Apr

A beautiful collection of gift ideas.

Get Wedding Ready with Ben Sherman 

19 Apr

This exclusive range of tailored suits has just landed in our Linkstreet Store...

Next Drop-in Session This Tuesday 17 April 

16 Apr

On Tuesday 17 April 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.

Our favourite tea flavours 

16 Apr

How many of these global teas have you tried...

Brum’s Spectacular Commonwealth Games Closure Display 

15 Apr

If you missed the closing Commonwealth Games ceremony, then one thing you must do today is watch Birmingham’s brilliant contribution… Click http://www.

Fraud Alerts from WMP- Bitcoin,etc, Investment Frauds 

14 Apr

A new alert from about fraudulent practices threatening innocent people.

Fraud Alerts from WMP – Phone Fraud Alert 

13 Apr

A new alert from about fraudulent practices threatening innocent people.

New Menu Items at PHO! 

12 Apr

Try some delicious new options on the menu at Pho in Grand Central...

Crescent Theatre – Another Local Gem of Birmingham 

11 Apr

Its amateur status, let’s you get involved with a vast variety of volunteer activities and hence meeting other people like yourself with common interests.

Maisons Du Monde at Debenhams 

9 Apr

Debenhams welcomed their new addition this weekend.

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Aston Villa »

Going fourth 

22 Apr

Dave Woodhall talks about Villa’s 4-0 win at Ipswich.

Ipswich Town 0-4 Aston Villa: The Good, Bad & Ugly 

22 Apr

Once again, Villa found themselves playing against 10, and this time it was Ipswich who were dispatched with ease as Villa cruised to a 4-0 victory.

Match Day: Ipswich Town vs. Aston Villa 

21 Apr

Three to go, five points off second.

Playoffs Here We Come: Villa Midweek View 

17 Apr

Midweek, or close enough, and Villa find themselves safely locked in the promotion lottery following back-to-back 1-0 victories over Cardiff and Leeds.

Getting into position 

13 Apr

Dave Woodhall on Villa’s 1-0 win over Leeds and looking ahead.

Match Day: Aston Villa vs. Leeds United 

13 Apr

Four games left, and tonight Leeds come to visit.

Aston Villa 1-0 Cardiff City: The Good, Bad & Ugly 

11 Apr

It was scrappy.

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Birmingham City FC »


24 Apr

Staff, players and fans agree that fans have an important role.

View From The Main Stand – Birmingham City v Sheffield United 

22 Apr

As Bazza was in Kent, looking after the needs of a poorly relative, it fell to me to once again blog as ‘understudy’ to the great View From the South.

Birmingham edge closer to survival 

21 Apr

Jacques Maghoma was Birmingham's goalscoring hero in their vital 2-1 Championship home win over Sheffield United.

Birmingham v Sheff Utd preview 

20 Apr

Birmingham's attacking options are boosted by the return of Che Adams and Sam Gallagher ahead of the visit of Sheffield United.

The Tilton Talk Show 16-04-18 

19 Apr

Tilton Talk Latest Tilton Talk Show, recorded on 16-04-18 the day after the loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers , will Blues ...

Supporters Direct Members’ Day 

19 Apr

Supporters Direct will be holding a Members’ Day on Sunday May 20, in Birmingham.

Prutton’s EFL predictions 

19 Apr

David Prutton returns with his Sky Bet EFL predictions ahead of this weekend's fixtures, but who is he tipping for victory? Find out here...

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Sport »

‘Greetings to Birmingham’ Jurgen Klopp’s silly West Brom message at Liverpool Champions League semi final 

24 Apr

The German addressed the Albion fans before LFC's welcoming of Roma...

Drivers face delays on key Sutton Coldfield routes as roadworks put in place for utility repairs 

24 Apr

Temporary traffic lights are being put in place in Clifton Road and Rectory Road...

Paul Lambert’s Stoke City job prospects: The latest with former Aston Villa and Wolves boss 

24 Apr

The ex WWFC and AVFC manager is fighting against relegation with the Potters...

Police investigating sex attack want to speak to John Bennett 

24 Apr

He has links to Redditch and Birmingham...

Fellaini, Wilshere, Yaya Toure and 56 other freebies Aston Villa could sign in the summer transfer window 

24 Apr

These Premier League players are out of contract at the end of the season...

Fellaini, Wilshere, Yaya and 56 other freebies available to Birmingham City in the summer transfer window 

24 Apr

All these Premier League players are out of contract in the summer...

‘No one knows the Premier League like me’ The bitter sweet story of Tim Sherwood and Aston Villa 

24 Apr

Did the ex-Tottenham Hotspur boss get the credit he deserved at Villa Park...

Foodbanks: how do they work, who can use them and how can you help – everything you need to know 

24 Apr

With an increasing need for foodbanks in Birmingham, we tell you all there is to know about them...

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    Kind Stourbridge lawyers launch fundraising initiative for Birmingham Children’s Hospital 

    20 Apr

    STAFF from a Stourbridge-based law firm have pledged their support to help Birmingham Children’s Hospital carry out its life-saving care.

    More good news from West Midlands manufacturers: ADI Electrical, W H Tildesley and Brooks Forging 

    30 Mar

    o Gasification Plant Converting Waste to Fuel – a ’world first’ This post updates the 2016 coverage of Adi Electrical, whose head office is in Kings Norton, Birmingham.

    Bromsgrove firm acquires video production company 

    28 Mar

    IT'S lights, camera, action at Bromsgrove firm Superdream, following the purchase of Birmingham-based film production company HIPSTER.

    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.

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    Business columns »

    Almost everything in moderation 

    25 Apr

    Reporting back from Food & Drink Expo 2018, held recently at the NEC.

    Business and government leaders give commitment to young people 

    25 Apr

    Prince’s Trust develops new skills hub in Birmingham.

    New Birmingham company celebrates investment gain 

    23 Apr

    Investors see the future in technology start-up.

    South East Asia trade experts to visit Birmingham 

    21 Apr

    Exporters to be encouraged at city event.

    NHS campaigners call for clarity over Midland Metropolitan 

    20 Apr

    Campaigners demand government solution to PFI hospital “fiasco”.

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    Events »

    KORG HangOuts Birmingham – ‘Analogue & Synths’ at Hare & Hounds 

    24 Apr

    Want the chance to meet fellow music enthusiasts in a great venue with experts from KORG on hand to show you new tricks/tips or products? Korg HangOuts are specialist events that we will be holding in a city near you.

    Populism: Can we fix it?, 26 Apr 2018 

    24 Apr

    26 Apr 2018 - Spoken Word at University of Birmingham FREE (suitable for under 18s) The recent electoral success of populist candidates in developed and developing countries has triggered a surge in concern about populism, the state of democracy, and...

    Language in the News: A Workshop , 25 Apr 2018 

    23 Apr


    Reiss Tailoring Event 

    23 Apr


    Present Around The World Competition Birmingham, 26 Apr 2018 

    21 Apr

    26 Apr 2018 - Spoken Word at Birmingham City University FREE The Present Around The World is a global competition for Young Professionals and Students within engineering to develop and showcase presentation skills.

    Call for Festival events ! 

    20 Apr

    We are still putting together our programme of events for Moseley Festival 2018.

    Peaness, 24 Apr 2018 

    19 Apr

    24 Apr 2018 - Rock Pop at Sunflower Lounge...

    New Show: Screaming Females 

    18 Apr

    We’re delighted to announce that This Is Tmrw will be welcoming American indie band Screaming Females to Hare Hounds on Sunday 2nd September 2018! Formed in 2006, New Jersey’s Screaming Females combine scorching guitars with a firmly D.

    Improvised Comedy Workshop, 23 Apr 2018 

    18 Apr

    23 Apr 2018 - Workshop at Great Western Arcade FREE Improvised Comedy Workshop, every Monday at LOKI WINE in Great Western Arcade.

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    Strauss, Salome, Simon & Garfunkel 

    25 Apr

    Talking to opera singer Jennifer Holloway, ahead of her performance at Warwick Arts Centre.

    Das Land Ohne Musik – live album released of my collaboration with Einstellung 

    24 Apr

    The Album In 2007 I collaborated with Einstellung – an instrumental rock band who meld powerful Black Sabbath-esque riffs with My Bloody Valentine style shoe gaze over a driving repetitive beat reminiscent of krautrock bands such as Neu!  I love ...

    The great handover 

    24 Apr

    Stephen Pennell starts warming up for 2022.

    Mattiel – Count Your Blessings 

    23 Apr

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    10 Collaborators Who Changed My Music Life. Part 5 – Theo Travis 

    22 Apr

    And on the 5th day, Steve talked about working with Theo Travis .

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    Policing is Not The Problem Here 

    23 Apr

    Policing is not the problem here: the extent to which we rely upon policing – that’s the problem.

    Game on 

    13 Apr

    As you have been watching the television in the last few days I hope your excitement has been building for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022! Last week I joined four of our staff, as part of a wider Birmingham and UK Government group...

    Draft Mental Health Strategy 

    8 Apr

    This is an opportunity to comment upon a draft strategy for policing and mental health, which is being put together by Chief Constable Mark Collins, the National Police Chiefs Council lead on mental health.

    Beds and Stuff 

    6 Apr

    It was being asked again last night, in the AMHP social media world as to whether Britain had run out of inpatient psychiatric beds.

    The 136 in Custody Thing 

    5 Apr

    I said about eighteen months ago, that once the Mental Health Act was amended to unambiguously allow the use of s136 of the Act in any place that was not someone’s home, we’d see police officers considering its application in police...

    135/6: Authorising Officers 

    3 Apr

    Short post mainly for those ranking officers who have statutory roles to play under the revised Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) provisions which focus on those rare occasions where custody is still used as a Place of Safety under the Act.

    Making the Same Mistakes 

    2 Apr

    I woke up this morning to a tag on Twitter from Australia drawing my attention to questions being asked following an encounter between Victoria Police in Melbourne and a mentally vulnerable man referred to as ‘John’.

    Changes to our estate and the latest HMIC report 

    22 Mar

    This week there have been two areas I would like to update you on.

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    Utillty surround, 24th April 

    24 Apr

    Broad Street city centre outside figure of eight utillty surround is damaged and needs repairing Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 236-238 Broad Street, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...

    Utility surround, 24th April 

    24 Apr

    Ladywood middleway off five ways island utility surround is damaged and needs repairing Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Garden Court 231-232 Ladywood Middleway, Ladywood Report on FixMyStreet...

    Constant parking on junction, 24th April 

    24 Apr

    People are constantly parking on double-yellow lines at the junction between Florence Road and Birmingham Road causing a dangerous blind spot/obstruction.

    Parking in taxi rank/disabled bay, 24th April 

    24 Apr

    People are constantly parking in the disabled-only bay without a disabled badge and in the taxi rank on Birmingham Road opposite Raphael's cafe.

    Illegal parking in coach-only bays, 24th April 

    24 Apr

    People are constantly parking illegally on Inge Street - either parking on the double yellow lines on one side without disabled badges, or parking vehicles in the coach-only bays.

    Taxis parking waiting for fares on double-yellow lines, 24th April 

    24 Apr

    Black cabs and private cars are illegally waiting for fares on double-yellow lines on Station Street to avoid the charge made to collect people from the station concourse.

    Fake disabled spaces, 24th April 

    24 Apr

    Multiple complimentary disabled spaces on the road used by able-bodied family members on a daily basis and the supposed disabled person a few times a year/month if they are not deceased already or moved to another property; often the 2 people...

    Double yellow lines desperately needed, 24th April 

    24 Apr

    Previous child road deaths here, outside busy public building with cars and vans parked almost always literally on blind corner restricting view.

    3 inch deep 1sq meter pothole/subsistence, 24th April 

    24 Apr

    Numerous complaints after Severn Trent road works, ground subsistence 2 years ago, not repaired, road deteriorating, causing damage to car suspension Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 21 Beaconsfield...

    Amount spent on tea and biscuits at Council meetings 

    24 Apr

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Bryony Jewell on 24 April 2018 .

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    Wanted: MA Data Journalism applicants to work with Haymarket Automotive 

    23 Apr

    image: Haymarket One of the industry partners for the MA in Data Journalism is Haymarket Automotive ( What Car? , PistonHeads and Autocar ) — we’re now inviting applications from people who are particularly interested in studying data journalism...

    7 reasons not to come to comms unplugged – and how to overcome them 

    22 Apr

    Comms Unplugged is truly unique.

    how to use video and target facebook groups to get results 

    20 Apr

    There is no doubting the importance of video to connect with an audience.

    save the whales! moral dilemmas in the age of micro-targeting 

    18 Apr

    What has whale meat got to do with the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal? Read on… by Ben Capper What are your thoughts on whale meat? How might this affect how you vote in future? Brief back story (bear with me): As members of the EU and the ...

    Britain does a great job of opening its data, except for what journalists really want 

    16 Apr

    Fighting with inflatable hammers? Image by Joe Shlabotnik .

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