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Huge plumes of black smoke in Birmingham as tyres on fire 

22 Jun

More than 30 people had called 999 to report the blaze on Friday, West Midlands Fire Service said.

Get Carrie-d away at the Jekyll and Hyde’s Sex and The City quiz night this August. 

22 Jun

Get your own girl-gang together for this Sex and The City special at The Jekyll.

Let the Birmingham Bears hear you roar! Enjoy a summer of cricket at Edgbaston Stadium that promises to be anything but boring. 

22 Jun

Edgbaston Stadium is host to a sporty summer of cricket this year, courtesy of the Birmingham Bears.

West Midlands Police launches project to look at the pay and conditions of police staff. 

22 Jun

A project has launched looking at the pay and conditions of police staff across West Midlands Police.

How to shop in Birmingham’s plastic-free supermarket 

22 Jun

Reusable bags, bottles and containers are the key to success for these buyers in Birmingham.

Iconic pub and live-music venue The Flapper have accepted an extended leased extension and is now due for closure in 2019. 

21 Jun

The Flapper will remain open until 2019 after gaining an extension of 12 months whilst the owners discuss future plans with Birmingham City Council.

You can now acquire a custom-made shirt, grab a tattoo aftercare kit and also eat ramen with MyBull. 

21 Jun

Here at MyBull, we’re dedicated to unlocking the best offers in Birmingham for our audience.

Nature Valley Classic: Petra Kvitova reaches quarter-finals in Birmingham 

21 Jun

Defending champion Petra Kvitova battles windy conditions in Birmingham to reach the quarter-finals with win over Daria Gavrilova.

Fancy getting sloshed on sorbet? You can with this alcoholic gin & tonic dessert perfect for a sweet-tooth. 

21 Jun

There is little better than sipping a tasty GT in the garden with friends when the summer months arrive.

West Midlands Metro launches this week with lower fares for passengers. 

21 Jun

Tram passengers will see lower fares and new ticket packages with the launch of a new era for Metro services.

A-Z axed from Birmingham private hire test 

21 Jun

Concerns are raised that changes may lower the standard of taxi drivers in Birmingham.

Birmingham clean air charge: What you need to know 

20 Jun

Car drivers could pay more than £10 a day under a planned pollution charge in the city centre.

Birmingham taxi driver ‘licked passenger’s face’ 

20 Jun

The private hire driver had his licence revoked over the incident which has been referred to police.

Level Digbeth are getting into the swing of summer with a Boozy BBQ Festival taking place this month. 

20 Jun

30 th June sees Brum’s Boozy BBQ Festival take over Level Digbeth for a whole day of meat feasting and drinking galore.

Addiction charity opens second cafe after six months of success. 

20 Jun

Addiction charity, Aquarius, is celebrating the success of its first social enterprise with expansion just six months into trading.

National Express West Midlands celebrates Clean Air Day by offering free bus travel for everyone 

20 Jun

National Express West Midlands is celebrating Clean Air Day (21/06) by offering a day of free bus travel to everyone.

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Jeremy on Jeremy 

21 Jun

Brian Donaldson talks to comic Jeremy Hardy.

CELEBRATE THE NHS’S 70TH BIRTHDAY – PROTEST THE PRIVATE FINANCE COLLAPSE at the Midland Metropolitan Hospital site, 5.30-6.30 Thursday 5 July 

20 Jun

The reason for the demo is simple: Almost exactly 2 years ago, we said “don’t build this hospital under private finance”.

Commissions: will resources follow recommendations? 

20 Jun

It is commission reporting season, apparently.

WMNEG political round up: local elections results. 

19 Jun

WEST MIDLANDS NEW ECONOMICS GROUP Thursday 28 th June, 5pm-7pm Political round up: local elections results.

Building a National Education Service – what are Labour’s plans and how can we contribute? SEA Public Meeting Wednesday 20 June 7.30 Council House 

17 Jun


The Sun Pounds Sterling 

17 Jun

Tom Leaman argues that not enough is being done to regulate the tabloid media and the attacks on individuals such as Raheem Sterling The post The Sun Pounds Sterling appeared first on Redbrick .

Six Months of #MeToo 

16 Jun

In light of Harvey Weinstein's indictment, Emily Chapman reflects on the past six months of #MeToo and the impacts it has had The post Six Months of #MeToo appeared first on Redbrick .

Airport 2018 

15 Jun

UK aviation policy is primarily predicated on the requirements of airport operators, major airlines and the Treasury – the needs of passengers come last says Steve Beauchamp é.

A New Path for Catholicism? 

15 Jun

Comment Writer Tom Shacklock discusses what the vote to repeal the 8th amendment means for Catholicism in Ireland The post A New Path for Catholicism? appeared first on Redbrick .

Football Lads Alliance and ‘Democratic’ Football Lads Alliance merge as Islamophobic street movement develops 

14 Jun

DFLA supporters shout at anti-racists during a march in Birmingham The Football Lads Alliance and their erstwhile split, the ‘Democratic’ FLA, have merged after being cut out from the far-right street movement around Tommy Robinson.

Devolution: dead or default? 

14 Jun

Two seemingly opposite but not mutually exclusive diagnoses of the state of devolution emerged from the International Business Festival in Liverpool yesterday, writes Kevin Johnson.

Creating an SSL Certificate from a Text Certificate 

14 Jun

A rare blog post and an extremely niche one.

Morgan Freeman’s Trial by Social Media 

14 Jun

In light of recent sexual abuse allegations made against actor Morgan Freeman, Comment Editor Natalia Carter considers his inadequate apology and the unforgiving nature of social media The post Morgan Freeman’s Trial by Social Media appeared first ...

Are We Being Referendumb? 

14 Jun

In the wake of #RepealThe8th, TV Editor Matt Dawson questions whether referendums can accurately portray the will of the people The post Are We Being Referendumb? appeared first on Redbrick .

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More Fraud Alerts – Fake Texts About Ee Bills and Follow Up Calls on Previous Software Service Fraud 

22 Jun

Two Fraud Alerts below: Watch Out For These Fake Texts About Your Ee Bill and Watch Out For These Fake Texts About Your Ee Bill...

A City Dweller’s Lament About Lost Greenery and Wildlife 

22 Jun

It seems that every week a new building development in the Birmingham City Centre is started, and it pretty well always means loss of Trees and plants.

Speech: Homelessness Prevention Strategy launch 

22 Jun

A new speech on Homelessness issued by the Leader of Birmingham.

New Goldsmiths Opening Soon 

21 Jun

Your new luxury Goldsmiths store to reopen this June...

Next Drop-in Session This Tuesday 19 June 

18 Jun

On Tuesday 19 June 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.

Birmingham Connected Briefing Summer 2018 Update 

16 Jun

Welcome to Birmingham Connected’s summer briefing.

The White Company Father’s Day 

15 Jun

Dads can be notoriously hard to buy for, but, with The White Company’s guaranteed-to-please gifts, it’s easy to treat him on 17th June.

City Centre Local Community Safety Partnership 

15 Jun

On Thursday 14 June volunteers from the City Centre Neighbourhood Forum team attended a City Centre meeting to explore the possibilities of setting up a Local Community Safety Partnership.

Best halal dishes 

14 Jun

Here’s where to eat at Bullring & Grand Central...

Visualised: every MP tweet and Facebook update about Grenfell, one year on 

14 Jun

One year after the Grenfell tower fire Birmingham Eastside decided to find out which MPs have continued to talk about the topic throughout the past 12 months on Twitter and Facebook.

Hello, Thai Express! 

11 Jun

Try something new for your lunch today...

Your 2018 sunglasses guide 

11 Jun

Take your pick of the best pairs for guys...

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Aston Villa »

Get Yourself Sorted, Tony 

12 Jun

As the epically catastrophic playoff final slowly recedes in the review mirror, the consequences of that result are growing larger every day.

Established 1874 

10 Jun

Dave Woodhall reflects on an eventful week at Villa Park.

What Is Villa’s Future? 

7 Jun

Following the very recent and unwelcome gleanings concerning finances at Aston Villa, I have to say that it was completely absurd that the chairman should take the financial and managerial gamble he did over the last 2 years.

Villa’s State of Affairs Right Now 

6 Jun

Wow, what a pickle Villa are in.

The Potential For Season 2018-19 – As It Stands 

5 Jun

The Birmingham Mail reveals that the following players are either gone, going or could be on their way soon or by June 2019.

Why Is There Never a Plan B at Villa? 

4 Jun

There’s lots of talk around Villa at the moment, and none of it’s good.

Summer fun 

3 Jun

Dave Woodhall talks about Villa in 2017-18 and what’s to come.

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Birmingham City FC »

Blues to reveal new home kit 

22 Jun

Blues fans have been waiting for an official announcement for some time, but the wait is finally over.

Predict Sky Bet Championship table 

21 Jun

The Sky Bet Championship fixtures are in - here, you can rank every club and predict how the table will look at the end of the season.

Birmingham fixtures 2018/19 

21 Jun

Birmingham City kick off their 2018/19 Championship campaign with a 3pm home tie against Norwich City on Saturday, August 4.

Championship fixtures 2018/19 

21 Jun

Frank Lampard's Derby will start the Sky Bet Championship season at Reading on Friday, August 3 as the EFL announces the full fixture list for the 2018/19 campaign.

Our policy is ‘One in, one out’. 

19 Jun

The title is a paraphrase of a comment from Marc Skinner in a recent interview for Our Game Magazine but, ...

Do We Now Believe? – World Cup Observations 

19 Jun

So we CAN win an opening game in an international competition! Yes I know the opposition weren’t the highest of standards – but those are the ones we normally mess up! The first half, on the whole, was a good performance.

EFL fixtures day: Your guide 

18 Jun

The World Cup is in full flow but fans of the 72 Sky Bet EFL clubs across the country will have a keen eye on Thursday's fixture release.

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The latest on Leeds United’s move for Birmingham City goalkeeper David Stockdale 

22 Jun

BCFC man is wanted by Elland Road outfit...

Aston Villa man’s transfer set to collapse – reports 

22 Jun

Aston Villa transfer news includes the latest on Tommy Elphick's proposed move to Reading...

Aston Villa star courted by Championship rivals – reports 

22 Jun

AVFC star linked with Championship rivals...

Wolves set to beat Leeds United to transfer swoop as target linked again 

22 Jun

The latest Wolves news and views from BirminghamLive...

Traffic chaos as sinkhole opens up on Stratford Road 

22 Jun

It happened in Hall Green on Friday afternoon...

Armed police respond to report of gunman in Birmingham city centre 

22 Jun

No weapons found and two arrested on unrelated matters...

Nature Valley Classic: Petra Kvitova beats Julia Goerges to reach semi-finals 

22 Jun

Defending champion Petra Kvitova beats Julia Goerges in straight sets to reach the Nature Valley Classic semi-finals in Birmingham.

Confirmed: This is Birmingham City’s new home kit for 2018/19 

22 Jun

This is the adidas strip Garry Monk's men will wear for the 2018/19 Championship campaign...

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    Aston’s JS Wright sets up prefabrication unit 

    14 Jun

    As construction workers from EU countries leave following the Brexit vote and the skilled British workforce is ageing, Britain is once more turning to prefabrication.

    The Times, the FT and the Chancellor focus on late payment 

    13 May

    o Earlier two football clubs were commended on this site: Liverpool managed an average of 27 days, beating Arsenal’s 35.

    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...

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    New company to run Metro 

    21 Jun

    Savings and new fares as TfWM launches West Midlands Metro.

    Mayor calls for Clean Air Revolution 

    20 Jun

    Response to city council’s proposal for clean air zone.

    Stakeholders sit down and relax with West Midlands Trains 

    20 Jun

    Passenger groups given preview of rail company investment.

    Wakes week 

    19 Jun

    Leading UK contractor brings volunteer programme to Birmingham.

    Solihull salon carries off mational hair award 

    19 Jun

    Aesthetics in Solihull are winners.

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    Events »

    Last 10 Tickets For A Certain Ratio Next Saturday! 

    22 Jun

    Next Saturday night, This Is Tmrw welcome the legendary Mancunian band A Certain Ratio to Hare Hounds.

    Rafiki’s Cuisine Quiz Special 

    22 Jun

    Rafiki’s Cuisine Quiz Special Tuesday 26th June 19:30 Dark Horse, 145 Alcester Rd, Moseley For Moseley Festival Week we’re getting the madmen behind Rafiki’s Cuisine down for special edition of their award winning interactive, slightly comedic ...

    Yoga taster session 

    22 Jun

    Yoga Taster Tuesday 26th June 16:00 -17:00 Birmingham Buddhist Centre,  11 Park Road,  B13 8AB Free beginner taster yoga session suitable for all.

    Late Night Jam Jah 

    22 Jun

    Late night Jam Jah Monday 25th June 21:00 The Dark Horse, 145 Alcester Rd, B13 8JP Jam Jah Mondays is the longest running weekly reggae night in the UK, taking place every single Monday since 2001 in Moseley.

    Moseley History Group : free Guided Walks 

    21 Jun

    This Saturday there will be guided walks departing from the Moseley Society stall at the Street Fair.

    The Wave Pictures To Play Hare & Hounds Tonight! 

    21 Jun

    We’re delighted to welcome The Wave Pictures back to Birmingham this evening to celebrate the release of the 1st of 2 album releases this year for them.

    Blues Club at the Dark Horse : The Emma Jonson Trio 

    21 Jun

    Blues Club: The Emma Jonson Trio Sunday 24th June 20:30 The Dark Horse, 145 Alcester Rd, B13 8JP Sunday nights at The Dark Horse means Blues Club with DJ Dylan.

    Second night of Live Music at the Patrick Kavanagh 

    21 Jun

    Upstairs@The Patrick Kavanagh Sunday 24th June   19:30 The Patrick Kavanagh, Woodbridge Rd, B13 8BX Another great night at the Pat Kav – 5 live acts all for £6 The kings of Spain: Mac, Jack Sophie.

    Moseley Vintage Fair this Sunday 

    21 Jun

    Moseley Vintage Fair  Sunday 24th June  12:00 – 16:00   Moseley All Services Club,  91 Church Road B13 9EA Moseley Vintage Fair offers all things vintage, ranging from jewellery, homewares, artwork, clothing, pottery, glassware, furnishings, ...

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    Green Man Festival 2018 

    22 Jun

    Who's heading to heading to the stunning surroundings of the Black Mountains, deep in the heart of the Brecon Beacons for Green Man Festival 2018? Here at Gig Junkies we're super excited for this year's incredible line up, we're certain it'll be a ...

    Festival Review: Junction 2 

    22 Jun

    Redbrick's Nathan Davies is impressed by the quick climb of quirky Junction 2 Festival The post Festival Review: Junction 2 appeared first on Redbrick .

    Album Review: Snow Patrol – Wildness 

    22 Jun

    Matt Taylor reviews Snow Patrol's most recent album, summing it up as frankly disappointing The post Album Review: Snow Patrol – Wildness appeared first on Redbrick .

    MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Jun 22-Thu Jun 28 

    21 Jun

        NEW RELEASES Oceans 8 (12A) As with the recent Ghostbusters, this is another gender… Read more The post MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Jun 22-Thu Jun 28 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .

    It was 23 years ago today… 

    21 Jun

    Well, almost 23 years ago today.

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    Let’s Do The Maths 

    17 Jun

    Look back to when I joined the police are you’ll see that crime levels, measured either by police recorded crime or by the British Crime Survey, were much higher – but if you look at statistics on use of s136 of the Mental Health...

    Capacity for What?! 

    13 Jun

    It’s rearing its head again: whether or not somebody has the ‘capacity’ to be a victim or ‘capacity’ to be a suspect.

    The Forensic Route 

    10 Jun

    When we hear mental health professionals talking about someone going ‘down the forensic route’, they mean a patient with healthcare needs being managed under Part III of the Mental Health Act 1983.

    My first year as an ACC but my core values have remained unchanged 

    8 Jun

    When I joined 27 years ago, I had no family link to policing but like so many people I have met along the way I was attracted to α career in policing as it looked exciting, there was variety and I wanted to make α positive difference to people...

    Aim to be the best and to prepare for the worst 

    6 Jun

    I’m going to talk about two key aspects of my development plan for 2018-19 and I hope you will be able to see there is an operational focus to what I’m trying to achieve.

    We will get the basics right and we will support the force in driving improvement 

    4 Jun

    2018/19 will be a significant year for Commercial Services.

    Attention to Detail 

    3 Jun

    Last year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published their Standards on the Mental Health of Adults in the Criminal Justice System.

    Although loads changes over time the heart of policing remains the same – making a difference 

    1 Jun

    My uncle was in the Isle of Man Police and about 25 years ago I spent some time with him that made me realise I wanted to join too.

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    Sofa cushions attracting rat nesting, 22nd June 

    22 Jun

    Rats were looking to nest in this pile of sofa cushions.

    Parked on pavement., 22nd June 

    22 Jun

    Many residents park on pavement every day and evening.

    Black bags dumped by gates., 22nd June 

    22 Jun

    Black refuse bags dumped outside the allotment gates.

    A number of black bags dumped in far corner of carpark, 22nd June 

    22 Jun

    A number of black bags dumped.

    Property information 

    22 Jun

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Craig Smith on 22 June 2018 .

    Bin full, 22nd June 

    22 Jun

    Bin overflowing outside 221 approx City Rd Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 221 City Road, Edgbaston Report on FixMyStreet...

    Bags still left, 22nd June 

    22 Jun

    Recently reported dumped black bags.

    Dumped fridge, 22nd June 

    22 Jun

    Still here on pavement after over a month.

    Utility cover sinking, 21st June 

    21 Jun

    Berkeley Street opposite entrance to Jury's Inn car park.

    Graffiti, 21st June 

    21 Jun

    Bridge Street about halife way down there's a grey box has graffiti on it.

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    how a sausage dog with wings helped increase voter turnout for a pilot scheme 

    21 Jun

    Sometimes it takes a cute dog to attract attention and lead a call to action.

    Designing data journalism courses: reflections on a decade of teaching 

    21 Jun

    Students from the MA Data Journalism join conference attendees in a session at the Data Journalism UK conference In this second extract from a commentary for Asia Pacific Media Educator I reflect on the lessons learned from a decade of teaching ...

    Teaching data journalism — fast and slow 

    19 Jun

    Lecture theatre image by judy dean I’ve now been teaching data journalism for over a decade — from one-off guest classes at universities with no internal data journalism expertise, to entire courses dedicated to the field.

    Mozilla Open Leaders: You’re in, now what? 

    14 Jun

    The next round (Round 6) of the Mozilla Open Leaders programme is now open to applicants.

    A website critique 

    8 Jun

    In a recent Cultural Digital email I said that a newly-launched website for a visual arts venue (I’m not naming them here), fell short in terms of “ accessibility, performance, search engine optimisation, and other modern website standards/basic ...

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