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Review: The Horrors at The Institute, Birmingham 

30 Sep

Theatrical and atmospheric, The Horrors leave fans in shell-shocked admiration...


Great Birmingham Run 2014: 2012 results 

30 Sep

Looking at history again, we turn our attention to the 2012 results of Birmingham's half marathon...


Major Birmingham property portfolio the Great Charles Street Estate put up for sale 

30 Sep

The estate on Great Charles Street, over the road from the Paradise Circus development, has been put on the market for offers of more than £20 million...


Teenager arrested after Acocks Green police chase car smashes through wall onto second motor 

30 Sep

Renault Clio was being followed from Shirley Road after overtaking another car at speed when driver lost control...


New picture shows devastation of Tyseley business unit blaze 

30 Sep

Up to 70 firefighters battled suspected arson attack in Reddings Lane...


New pictures show devastation of Tyseley business unit blaze 

30 Sep

THIS is the aftermath of a devastating fire which swept through a Birmingham industrial unit.


Beastly Bullring selfies raise eyebrows in Brum 

30 Sep

Star of Birmingham Royal Ballet's Beauty and the Beast poses outside city landmarks...


School closed again by ‘arson’ blaze 

30 Sep

A Birmingham school is closed for a second day after a suspected arson attack on a warehouse .


Women-only train carriages could cut sex attacks, says transport minister 

30 Sep

Claire Perry tells Birmingham Tory conference she would look at new ideas to boost safety...


Live: Birmingham and West Midlands breaking news, weather, sport and traffic 

30 Sep

Bringing you Tuesday's live news, sport, traffic and weather from around Birmingham and the West Midlands as it happens...


Birmingham three-year-olds have some of Britain’s healthiest teeth – thanks to flouride in city’s water 

30 Sep

Birmingham kids have the best teeth says public health director...


Tyseley schoolboy died after blood transfusion delays at Heartlands Hospital 

30 Sep

Emmanuel Akinmuyiwa collapsed and died when he suffered a cardiac arrest during a blood transfusion at Heartlands Hospital...


Sajid Javid to launch Black Country Broadband Project 

30 Sep

Culture secretary in area to kick off £12.2m scheme to connect 98 per cent of Black Country homes and business to superfast broadband...


Developers eye Selly Oak for more than 400 student bedrooms 

30 Sep

Applications lodged to build flats on two separate plots of land near Battery Retail Park just weeks after councillors warn of overcrowding in south Birmingham suburb...


Investec Wealth & Investment co-funds Lord’s Taverners minibus for Victoria Specialist Arts College 

30 Sep

Following England’s international summer of cricket against India, T20 hero Chris Woakes unveiled the accessible minibus at Edgbaston Cricket Ground...


West Midlands manufacturers urged to access £4.5m offshore wind fund 

30 Sep

GROW:OffshoreWind programme is offering grants to small and large companies looking to grow at home and overseas...


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Comment »

– PCSOs attending to a wounded Homeless Man. 

30 Sep

British TransportPCSOs attending to a wounded Homeless Man, New Street Station, Birmingham.


Stray dogs found in Birmingham up by 27 per cent 

29 Sep

Following The Dogs Trust’s annual survey, which reported a fall in the number of stray dogs picked up by local authorities, Vikki Allwood, senior animal welfare officer for Birmingham City Council, looks at why this figure has risen here...


Devolution Number 9 

29 Sep

Since the conclusion of the Scottish referendum I’ve noticed a strange enthusiasm for using the result to provide tenuous validation of every conceivable world view.


Bigger bins pilot in Hodge Hill 

29 Sep

Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for a Green, Smart and Sustainable City, writes on the latest developements from the city’s wheelie bin programme – with deliveries starting in the Hall Green, Hodge Hill and Yardley districts...


Protests ahead of Tory conference 

28 Sep

Speakers call for campaign against cuts.


Tory conference haunted by those old demons: sex and Europe 

28 Sep

Sex and Europe, two demons that run like a fault line through the Tory party, have struck again.


The secret diary of David Cameron aged 47⅞ 

28 Sep

Saturday 27th September 2014 Woke up really early and was so excited because today is the day that I get to start my very own war...


Fionnuala Bourke: Heston Blumenthal has competition from Watson the supercomputer 

28 Sep

Chocolate burrito is just one of the unlikely recipes that are being dreamed up by Watson the supercomputer, which beat US quiz show champion Ken Jennings back in 2011.


Jonathan Walker: Britain has lost faith in changes being made by politicians 

28 Sep

Britain is angry and party leaders David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg are not sure what to do about it.


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City-centre news »

Eat the Street 

30 Sep

Eat the Street sees a group of twelve-year-olds, trained to be restaurant critics, visit restaurants and give their (brutally) honest opinions on the food, service, décor, washrooms, and even the staff.


Michael Bublé to perform as NIA renamed the Barclaycard Arena 

29 Sep

The famous venue has been renamed the Barclaycard Arena after a two-year £26 million refurbishment...


Health and Homelessness Week‏ 

29 Sep

When: 4th – 10th October 2014 SIFA Fireside will be launching Health and Homelessness Week on Saturday 4th October.


Live Music Round Up 

28 Sep

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


The B Store 

27 Sep

Where: 14 The Gallery, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11:00-18:00 The B Store has recently opened up in the Custard Factory.


Pride of Birmingham: Ian Northcott – Fundraiser of the Year – watch his story 

26 Sep

Ian Northcott is our Pride of Birmingham Fundraiser of the Year...


Pride of Birmingham: Stuart Grainger – Volunteer of the Year – watch his story 

26 Sep

Stuart Grainger is our Pride of Birmingham Volunteer of the Year...


Mum of Rosie Ross honoured by police 

26 Sep

Karen Ross receives award in recognition of work done in memory of knife attack victim by Rosie's Helping Hands charity...


Digbeth Viaduct Illuminations 

26 Sep

When: Friday 26 and Saturday 27 September, 18:00-22:00 Where: 119 Floodgate St, Digbeth, B5 5SU (ex-AJ Wild factory) A group of artists are getting together this weekend to play homage to the working viaducts over Digbeth, while re-lighting ...


Digbeth Residents Association – October Meeting 

26 Sep

When: Monday 13th October 2014, 18:00 onwards Where: Old Crown Restaurant, High Street Deritend, Digbeth The next meeting of Digbeth Residents Association will take place on Monday 13th October at 18:00 in the Old Crown on Digbeth High Street.


Great Birmingham Run 2014: Business challenge 

26 Sep

Looking at how you and your colleagues can take part in the Great Birmingham Run...


Birmingham TradFest – Line up released 

25 Sep

When: Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 November 2014 Where: various locations in Digbeth Tickets: from £5 (available online here) Birmingham Tradfest is the city’s first traditional Irish music festival, and will be coming to Digbeth very soon! ...


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Aston Villa »

Benteke scores on under-21s return 

29 Sep

Christian Benteke has made a scoring comeback for Aston Villa after nearly six months out injured.


Which Villan Would You Most Like To Keep? 

29 Sep

Which Villan Would You Most Like To Keep? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:29/09/2014 18:21:00 Our latest poll asks which of our not yet signed new contract trio would you most like to keep...


U21s – Villa 3-0 Bolton 

29 Sep

U21s - Villa 3-0 Bolton Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:29/09/2014 18:04:00 Striker Christian Benteke made a goalscoring return to the pitch in today's U21 fixture at Bodymoor Heath.


There’s no need to be so negative 

29 Sep

On Saturday, we played a Chelsea team vying for the Premier League title, a team that oozes class.


Benteke Steps Up His Fitness 

29 Sep

Benteke Steps Up His Fitness Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:29/09/2014 13:09:00 Striker Christian Benteke has now been back in training properly for around a fortnight and whilst manager Paul Lambert is adamant he won't be rushed...


The Vital Villa Fantasy League Table 

29 Sep

The Vital Villa Fantasy League Table Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:29/09/2014 12:45:00 The latest Vital Villa fantasy football league standings...


Benteke could make Villa return 

29 Sep

Christian Benteke could return for Aston Villa this weekend - with boss Paul Lambert considering his comeback.


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Birmingham City FC »

Millwall v Birmingham City – live coverage with Colin Tattum 

30 Sep

Join us in the press box at The Den...


Sports Desk Live – September 30 

30 Sep

Follow all the latest breaking news today from our sports reporters and our clubs.


Full Game: Blues U21s v Colchester United U21s 

30 Sep

Full Game: Blues U21s v Colchester United U21s Vitalfootball:Birmingham:30/09/2014 08:50:00...


Millwall v Blues Statistics 

30 Sep

Millwall v Blues Statistics Vitalfootball:Birmingham:30/09/2014 08:46:00 All you need to know about the stats before the game.


Birmingham Take on Millwall 

30 Sep

Birmingham Take on Millwall Vitalfootball:Birmingham:30/09/2014 08:37:00 Birmingham travel to Millwall today hoping to put to bed a disappointing run that has been made all the more annoying, to the fans, by the apparent inability to see out...


Pompey: Legacy Debts Fully Settled 

30 Sep

Blues Trust would like to say congratulations and well […] The post Pompey: Legacy Debts Fully Settled appeared first on Blues Trust - Putting The Fans First .


Millwall Preview in Association with EZE Group 

30 Sep

Lee Clark takes his Birmingham City side to South London knowing that his job must be on the line following the home defeat to Fulham at the weekend.


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Sport »

U21s go top of the table 

30 Sep

impressive 4-1 win at Paget Rangers...


Under 21s – Royals go top 

30 Sep

U21s take all 3 points at Paget...


Next Up: Carlton Town Fc 

29 Sep

Royals head to Notts...


ROYALS 2 – 0 Kidsgrove Athletic 

29 Sep

Royals go top with comfortable win...


A good all round performance 

29 Sep

This was another good all round performance, Lichfield were a well organised team but on the day were not a match for us.


First Team – ROYALS 2-0 Kidsgrove Athletic 

29 Sep

Royals go top with comfortable win.


County Championship statistics 

29 Sep

Who scored the most runs and took the most wickets? And check out the final county averages for the season.


Sutton Coldfield RFC 3rd XV – Sutton Overpowered 

29 Sep

Sutton lost their league game to old rivals Old Salts.


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Business »

Major Birmingham property portfolio the Great Charles Street Estate put up for sale 

30 Sep

The estate on Great Charles Street, over the road from the Paradise Circus development, has been put on the market for offers of more than £20 million...


NIA to be renamed Barclaycard Arena following £26m facelift 

30 Sep

BIRMINGHAMS National Indoor Arena is to be renamed the Barclaycard Arena when it re-opens in December following a £26m facelift.


Fewer failures knock Begbies’ revenues 

30 Sep

REGIONAL accountancy group Begbies Traynor is continuing to see fewer insolvencies and has warned this trend may hit its full-year performance.


Developers eye Selly Oak for more than 400 student bedrooms 

30 Sep

Applications lodged to build flats on two separate plots of land near Battery Retail Park just weeks after councillors warn of overcrowding in south Birmingham suburb...


No5 Chambers barrister backs Birmingham Central Mosque call for release of hostage Alan Henning 

30 Sep

The city mosque has made a plea to ISIS extremists to release Mr Henning and any other individuals held captive in Syria...


Investec Wealth & Investment co-funds Lord’s Taverners minibus for Victoria Specialist Arts College 

30 Sep

Following England’s international summer of cricket against India, T20 hero Chris Woakes unveiled the accessible minibus at Edgbaston Cricket Ground...


Chinese heritage project archived at Library of Birmingham 

29 Sep

Fifteen months of work comes to fruition with permanent archive now on show at city library...


Cadbury fan is made president of parent’s Northern Europe operations 

29 Sep

CADBURY owner, Mondelēz International, has confirmed the appointment of a new head of its Northern European operations.


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Business columns »

Call for West Midlands high streets to be more disabled-friendly 

30 Sep

Region could be boosted by £19 billion ‘purple pound’ by attracting disabled people and their families.


Soho Road Diwali celebration announced 

29 Sep

First major event for community group.


UK-based sports car manufacturer Lotus hits bumps in the road again 

26 Sep

UK-based sports car manufacturer Lotus has just announced that it will cut around a quarter of its workforce in a desperate attempt to cut costs.


Jon Griffin: Jobs are being sacrificed at the altar of new technology 

25 Sep

Steve Wozniak: I do fear for the future with computers becoming more and more like real people.


West Midlands manufacturers urged to tap into energy funding 

25 Sep

£4.5 million fund available to support offshore wind growth.


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Events »

Black Sabbath announce final album 

29 Sep

Black Sabbath are to record one final album together.


Michael Bublé to perform as NIA renamed the Barclaycard Arena 

29 Sep

The famous venue has been renamed the Barclaycard Arena after a two-year £26 million refurbishment...


Foo Fighters fans hit £150,000 Kickstarter target for Birmingham gig 

29 Sep

Foo Fighters fans have reached their Kickstarter funding target, in a campaign to get the band to play a gig in Birmingham.


Rep Eats! at Birmingham Rep: Restaurant Review 

29 Sep

Eating Out: Fionnuala Bourke reviews Rep Eats! at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in Centenary Square.


Our Life on Ice: In Conversation with Torvill and Dean 

29 Sep

Legendary ice skating duo Torvill and Dean embark on a UK theatre tour, giving their own side to the stories that have been reported over the years.


Sleepy Sun + The Asteroid #4 + Elephant Stone + Crawlin’ Hands @ The Oobleck, Birmingham, 28th September 2014 

29 Sep

Psychedelic rock was at the heart of The Oobleck last night in Birmingham and I did not know what to expect because I haven’t really listened to that much psychedelic music before, so I went to this gig with a bit of an open mind.


Roadhouse Comedy Night, 29 Sep 2014 

28 Sep

29 Sep 2014 - Comedy at The RoadHouse Birmingham FREE Another cracking line up for Monday.


Screengrab: A pair of classics that sum up not an age but a freaky dream 

27 Sep

RICHARD LUTZ dips into the TV schedules to come up gasping for breath with twin movie offers.


Birmingham Comedy Festival gets under way with a recreation of The Goon Show 

26 Sep

Birmingham Comedy Festival begins next week with dozens of shows to see.


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Music blogs »

Meshuggah – The Ophidian Trek – Review 

30 Sep

Meshuggah return with a retrospective offering covering their past twenty five years.


Crystal Maz 

30 Sep

Acclaimed folk singer to play Kings Heath.


Black Sabbath announce final album 

29 Sep

Black Sabbath are to record one final album together.


Foo Fighters fans hit £150,000 Kickstarter target for Birmingham gig 

29 Sep

Foo Fighters fans have reached their Kickstarter funding target, in a campaign to get the band to play a gig in Birmingham.


Levelling out 

29 Sep

Dave Woodhall speaks to Levellers frontman Mark Chadwick.


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999 »

‘Hamsters’ raise £7,000! 

30 Sep

During blood cancer awareness month members of West Midlands Fire Service raised over £7,000 for Cure Leukaemia and The Fire Fighters Charity by completing 50 consecutive hours running on a human hamster wheel in full fire-fighting kit in Birmingham...


Shared Fire Control 

29 Sep

Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Control has been officially opened today (Monday 29 September).


Security searches taking place ahead of Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham 

26 Sep

Security searches taking place ahead of Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham A security operation begins this week in Birmingham as West Midlands Police prepare for the Conservative Party Conference on Sunday (28 September).


Police get tough on begging in Birmingham city centre 

25 Sep

Police get tough on begging in Birmingham city centre Police in Birmingham city centre are getting tough on begging with the help of five-and-a-half thousand pounds of funding from the Proceeds of Crime Act.


CCTV appeal: Wanted in connection with assault in Acocks Green, Birmingham 

25 Sep

CCTV appeal: Wanted in connection with assault in Acocks Green, Birmingham Were you in Acocks Green, Birmingham when England played Italy on 14th June, in the World Cup? We want to speak to these three men in connection with a nasty assault...


Appeal for information after thefts from two station concourse shops – Birmingham New Street 

24 Sep

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 three separate thefts of goods from two different stores on the concourse at Birmingham...


Appeal for information after thefts from two station concourse shops – Birmingham New Street 

24 Sep

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 three separate thefts of goods from two different stores on the concourse at Birmingham...


Home Affairs Select Committee 

21 Sep

My evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee from 2014, which was commended by the chair of the committee, Rt Hon Keith VAZ MP — Oral evidence - given on 02nd September 2014 Written submission – from June 2014.


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LocalGov »

Vehicle fleet savings showcased in new study 

30 Sep

Birmingham City Council’s efforts to make its fleet of vehicles greener and more cost-effective are the subject of a new case study published by the Engery Saving Trust.


Birmingham City Council responds to Wage Incentive cut 

30 Sep

Birmingham City Council has drawn up plans to ensure that unemployed young people continue to be supported into work following the withdrawal of the Government’s Wage Incentive Scheme.


Media Watch – September 30 

30 Sep

Top Birmingham City Council stories Time for councils to be given more devolved powers? (BBC R4, The World Tonight): Council Leader Sir Albert Bore interviewed calling for greater powers for local government.


Unresponsive Toucan, 30th September 

30 Sep

This crossing is now effectively useless.


Fly-tipping, 29th September 

29 Sep

Small fridge fly tipped on pavement - corner of Tixall Road and Scribers Lane Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 179 Scribers Lane, Hall Green Report on FixMyStreet...


£15m plan to better care for the elderly 

29 Sep

Source:Solihull Observer, 25th Sep Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group and Solihull Council have submitted the boroughs first Better Care Fund plan to improve local services for older people using a war chest of over £15m.


Sixty jobs on the way as mental health unit approved for Wolverhampton 

29 Sep

Plans to build a secure hospital unit for people suffering from mental health illnesses have been given the go-ahead from council bosses.


Litter, 29th September 

29 Sep

The car park and ramp leading down from Witton Station is strewn with a large quantity of rubbish.


Council Property owned in B26 area 

29 Sep

Response by Birmingham City Council to K.


Help at hand to turn a house into a home 

29 Sep

Cllr James McKay Local housing provider, Friendship Care and Housing (Friendship), and Birmingham City Council have developed a pioneering House2Home Project to teach people the practical skills they need to live independently.


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Social media »

Thinking of doing your student project online? Here are 5 mistakes to avoid 

30 Sep

Journalism courses often expect students to spend a large part of their final year or semester producing an independent project.


Amongst the Kate Bush superfans — an ethnographic reflection 

29 Sep

During the interval of the Kate Bush concert I’ve just been to I found myself on my hands and knees on the floor, picking up the scraps of confetti (pictured) which shortly before had been propelled over the audience as part of the climax of the ...


post-its and death, tax discs and behavioural science: how #commsforchange14 made me a better comms person 

29 Sep

#CommsForChange14 was created to be a leading event for communications professionals dealing with change in the public sector today.


Birmingham Blogger Meet 

29 Sep

It hasn’t escaped me, the irony of being a week late blogging about a blogging meet up that was about getting more organised, but you know what they say – better late than never! Last weekend I trundled off to the Birmingham Blogger Meet...


#commsforchange14: in doodles 

28 Sep

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