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Birmingham Football Lads Alliance demo: Thousands march in city 

24 Mar

The Football Lads Alliance claims to be a movement "uniting the football family against extremism".

Birmingham family jailed for ‘Aladdin’s Cave of weapons’ 

23 Mar

Wild West enthusiast father Kevin Bates ran an illegal firearms operation from his home.

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visits Queen Alexandra College in Harborne. 

23 Mar

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Queen Alexandra College (QAC) on Tuesday (20/03) to see the support Lattitude Global Volunteering volunteers from Ecuador give to students at the specialist college.

Dance your weekend away at the most lively spots in Birmingham. 

23 Mar

Birmingham is a fun-time wonderland.

Three teenagers stabbed outside Erdington school 

23 Mar

Three people are being held in connection with the "disorder" outside St Edmund Campion School.

Small Heath stabbings attacker Dominic Palmer jailed 

23 Mar

Dominic Palmer gave no motive for the two attacks which happened just hours apart in Birmingham.

Three schoolboys injured following a disorder near St Edmund Campion School 

23 Mar

Emergency services were called to Sutton Road, near St Edmund Campion School, in Erdington, at around 3:45PM on Thursday afternoon (22/03), to reports of a disorder.

Gymnastics World Cup: Alice Kinsella wins all-around bronze for Britain 

22 Mar

Great Britain's Alice Kinsella wins women's all-around bronze at the Gymnastics World Cup in Birmingham.

Selfridges Birmingham opens the ultimate destination for shoes outside London 

22 Mar

Selfridges Birmingham is promising to put its best foot forward with the opening of the ultimate destination for women’s shoes since the opening in 2010 of the store’s famous Shoe Galleries in London.

Birmingham cinema’s seats shut after head-trap death 

22 Mar

A man died after his head became trapped by an electronic footrest of a "Gold Class" chair.

Protests at Birmingham schools over funding cuts 

22 Mar

Teachers said schools were "stretched to breaking point" and described the cuts as "heartbreaking".

Kingstanding school erects fence after pupils ‘intimidated’ 

22 Mar

Pupils at the Birmingham school have been subjected to "threatening gestures", a council says.

2,000 bright orange bikes given away as part of the wider Birmingham Cycle Revolution 

22 Mar

Today saw the latest tranche of free bikes being handed out in the Big Birmingham Bikes giveaway.

Gymnastics World Cup: James Hall wins all-around bronze for Britain 

21 Mar

Great Britain's James Hall wins men's all-around bronze at the Gymnastics World Cup in Birmingham on Wednesday.

Family fun at Birmingham Museums this easter 

21 Mar

It wouldn’t be an Easter school holiday without a jam-packed schedule of delights and surprises at Birmingham Museums.

Rainbow Venues drops legal battle against council 

21 Mar

The Rainbow Venues in Birmingham had its licence revoked after two drug-related deaths of teenagers.

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WMNEG meeting: Language and politics 

23 Mar

WEST MIDLANDS NEW ECONOMICS GROUP Date: Thursday 29 th March, 5pm-7pm Susan Miles, who will be opening this session, will do a brief introduction.

Sex Education Is Unsatisfactory 

23 Mar

Comment Writer Natalia Carter conducts a survey to determine whether sex education in the UK is satisfactory The post Sex Education Is Unsatisfactory appeared first on Redbrick .

Planning for the Future: 1948 – reflections 

22 Mar

Planning for the Future: 1948 – Reflections on What Happened and Why is a paper written for the Black Countryman , the quarterly magazine of the Black Country Society.

May must be near – councils are in the news 

22 Mar

You know May is approaching, not with an upturn in the weather, but when local government starts to receive national attention, writes Kevin Johnson.


22 Mar

The main aim of the event, to be held outside The Library of Birmingham, is to remind all the candidates in the May Birmingham City Council elections that the strong public support for our libraries, demonstrated in our campaigning over the … ...

Changing The Shape Of Things To Come 

21 Mar

Comment Editor Kat Smith discusses the pressure to obtain the 'perfect' body image, and how we should focus on more important personal qualities The post Changing The Shape Of Things To Come appeared first on Redbrick .

Florida: Stop Explaining Away Shootings 

21 Mar

Comment Writer Natalia Carter implores us to focus on the Florida attack itself and how it can be stopped from happening again, rather than the context of the killer The post Florida: Stop Explaining Away Shootings appeared first on Redbrick .

A Labour government could free the school system of academies and grammar schools for good – let’s campaign for it now 

20 Mar

Labour has published its plans to create a National Education Service.

Daily Mail’s right about local government’s C-word – why make it so easy for them? 

19 Mar

With the dust settled on MIPIM in Cannes, Chris Game reflects on why the C-word causes so much trouble in local government circles.

What is the Guild? 

19 Mar

Comment Writer Jadzia Samuel argues that the Guild of Students goes unrecognised by many students, and suggests how this can change The post What is the Guild? appeared first on Redbrick .

Sir Howard: Spy link shock horror exclusive mystery 

18 Mar

Democratically elected Comrade Howard Elstonovitch, our espionage reporter, on the searing questions of the day.

How The Cold Could Kill You 

18 Mar

Comment Writer Holly Pittaway discusses how recent cold weather has made some people vulnerable, and what the government can do to prevent this The post How The Cold Could Kill You appeared first on Redbrick .

KFC Crisis: A Wake-Up Call 

18 Mar

Comment Editor Kat Smith argues that KFC's 'chicken crisis' should be a wake-up call that our consumerist greed has gone too far The post KFC Crisis: A Wake-Up Call appeared first on Redbrick .


17 Mar

Presentation to Birmingham TUC Conference “The West Midlands Economy: Why we need a strategy for Inclusive Growth,” 10 March, 2018, by David Etherington (Middlesex University) and Martin Jones (Staffordshire University) DEVOLUTION, AUSTERITY AND ...

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Protected: Marches and Meetings City Centre This Saturday 24 March 

23 Mar

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Smashbox – Superfan Mascara 

23 Mar

Are you ready for the latest launch from Smashbox Cosmetics...

How Birmingham is Tackling Homelessness 

22 Mar

A new article on the Leader of Birmingham website explains what the City Council is doing to grapple with the increasing problem of Homelessness in our city.

Stafford’s Holy Trinity Catholic Multi Academy Company Boasts TWO of England’s top Performing Primary Schools 

22 Mar

Holy Trinity Catholic Multi Academy Company is delighted that two of its seven Stafford-based primary schools have received letters of congratulations from Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards.

Anglo-Saxon Day Helps Junior 4 Discover The Dark Ages 

22 Mar

On Thursday 8 March Junior 4 left modern day Britain behind to discover all about the Dark Ages.

St Edmund’s Day Mass 

22 Mar

This year the Feast of St Edmund took place on Friday 1 December 2017.

Tea Dance brings Generations Together 

21 Mar

Tea dance brings generations together On Monday 19 March 2018, primary schoolchildren from St Peter’s Catholic Academy, Cobridge, joined older people for an afternoon of intergenerational singing and dancing.

Weekend Travel Update 

21 Mar

Please be advised a number of city centre road closures and diversions will be in place on 24th & 25th March...

ACT Now – You Can Help Defeat Terrorism 

20 Mar

West Midlands Police are backing a national campaign that launched today, to encourage communities to help defeat terrorism.

Funeral Arrangements – Deacon Philip Prince RIP 

20 Mar

Reception of the Body (No Mass) Palm Sunday 25 th March 2018 at 5 p.

Catholic Ethos and Practical Skills 

20 Mar

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Lichfield has recently acquired a beautiful new altar cover which has been produced in-house by two parent volunteers and children at their Friday afternoon sewing club.

Reaching Out to Raise Awareness and Funds 

20 Mar

During the spring term up until Easter, Margot Scotford, Lucy Davis and Megan Cox are visiting Catholic schools across the Archdiocese to encourage children to take part in Father Hudson’s Good Shepherd Appeal.

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Aston Villa »

C’mon the Midlands! 

21 Mar

What do 37,000 and 40,000 have in common? Easy.

Six Wins Out Of Eight For Automatic Promotion? 

19 Mar

Six Wins Out Of Eight For Automatic Promotion? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/03/2018 17:24:00 Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has said he believes we need to pick up six victories out of the remaining eight Championship encounters if automatic...

Congratulations to Former Aston Villa Gaffer 

19 Mar

Congratulations to Former Aston Villa Gaffer Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/03/2018 15:40:00 Former Aston Villa gaffer John Gregory had the sweet smell of success on Saturday as he lifted the Indian Super League title with Chennaiyin FC.

Time Is A Killer 

19 Mar

One of the reasons why we needed a win on Saturday was to restore some confidence ahead of the international break.

The Future King Of England Showing His True Colours Again 

19 Mar

The Future King Of England Showing His True Colours Again Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/03/2018 09:56:00 I saw this on facebook and thought it might raise a smile amongst the Aston Villa masses after a rather depressing weekend.

U23s – Aston Villa March On In Cup Against Blackburn 

19 Mar

U23s - Aston Villa March On In Cup Against Blackburn Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/03/2018 01:22:00 Aston Villa's Under 23 side took victory in the clash against Blackburn Rovers in the Premier Cup on Friday.

Villa Do Have Something To Cheer This Weekend 

19 Mar

Villa Do Have Something To Cheer This Weekend Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/03/2018 00:51:00 No, it has absolutely nothing to do with the pathetic performance and loss to Bolton Wanderers but one man can take note.

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Birmingham City FC »

The Blues Star Who’s Starting To Flourish Under New Manager 

23 Mar

The Blues Star Who's Starting To Flourish Under New Manager Vitalfootball:Birmingham:23/03/2018 15:47:00 Garry Monk gave Jota his full backing when he became Birmingham manager.

Birmingham City: our club, our city, our indentity 

23 Mar

Birmingham City: our club, our city, our indentity Vitalfootball:Birmingham:23/03/2018 10:30:00 Birmingham City - we wouldn`t change you for the world...

Jonathan Grounds, embracing the challenge, Bolton away 

23 Mar

Jonathan Grounds, embracing the challenge, Bolton away Vitalfootball:Birmingham:23/03/2018 09:45:00 Here is some Blues stuff you may have missed to tide you over during the international break...

LISTEN: EFL Matters podcast 

22 Mar

Listen to the EFL Matters podcast, as Martin Allen and Gordon Greer join David Prutton to discuss all the latest talking points in the Championship, League One and League Two.

How Birmingham Will Capitalise On 2 Week Break 

22 Mar

How Birmingham Will Capitalise On 2 Week Break Vitalfootball:Birmingham:22/03/2018 16:28:00 Garry Monk knows the hard yards need to be put on the training pitch over the next nine days before we face Ipswich.

On EFL Matters… 

22 Mar

David Prutton will be joined by Barnet boss Martin Allen and Kilmarnock defender Gordon Greer on EFL Matters on Sky Sports Football at 7pm on Thursday.

EFL Fan Forum 

22 Mar

I was one of the fans who attended an English Football League Fan Forum on Monday evening.

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Sport »

‘It’s absolutely incredible’ – Tony Xia’s Villa Park redevelopment plans excite Aston Villa’s chief 

24 Mar

Villa are planning to redevelop Villa Park in the near future...

The story of the Aston Villa striker, the telling off and the lucky t-shirt 

24 Mar

Harry McKirdy found the perfect way to continue flouting the dress code...

This is what happens at Bournville Bookfest 

24 Mar

Check out illustrator Nick Sharratt and poet laureate Matt Windle at the festival...

‘What the f*** is he thinking’ – The truth behind that Newcastle United bust-up against Aston Villa 

24 Mar

Kieron Dyer explains the truth behind that bust-up with Lee Bowyer against Aston Villa...

The blossoming partnership of the Aston Villa flop and the claret and blue hopeful 

24 Mar

Jordan Bowery and Harry McKirdy were both on target for Crewe...

No arrests as 5,000 protesters descend on Birmingham city centre 

24 Mar

Three protests passed without incident thanks to heavy police presence...

Carl Jenkinson special report: How and why the Arsenal man has failed at Birmingham City 

24 Mar

Arsenal player Carl Jenkinson has only played nine times during his loan spell at BCFC...

Birmingham City vs Ipswich Town TV details: Who’s in the teams? What time’s kick-off? 

24 Mar

All you need to know about BCFC's match against Ipswich Town...

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    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.

    Comment: Message to GKN shareholders – stick with it 

    16 Feb

    Shareholders now have a choice between what Melrose and current GKN Management are offering, says Professor David Bailey...

    Rail college and conservatoire make RICS 2018 shortlist 

    16 Feb

    Host of development and regeneration projects across Birmingham feature in shortlist for prestigious regional awards...

    West Midlands Mayor guest speaker was at grant-giving charity’s dinner 

    16 Feb

    Heart of England Community Foundation trustee Sir Dominic Cadbury welcomed key figures from across the area to a dinner at Muirhead Tower, within the University of Birmingham campus.

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    Business columns »

    Funding opportunities on show at Midlands investment summit 

    22 Mar

    Summit is the UK Business Angels Association’s first major investment event in the Midlands.

    City groups combine to present tech showcase 

    22 Mar

    Lunar Society partners with Chamber of Commerce to showcase tech innovations in health and wellbeing.

    HS2 contractor announcement set to spark jobs boom 

    21 Mar

    High-Speed Stations offer business growth and employment opportunities across the West Midlands.

    Midlands UK presents its success story at MIPIM 2018 

    20 Mar

    Refreshed Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio highlights £11 billion of investment opportunities.

    Sports stars promoting region’s economic growth 

    16 Mar

    Denise Lewis OBE joins region’s leaders to celebrate Commonwealth Games win at MIPIM 2018.

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    Events »

    Winners of Best Live Music Venue 2018 – WhatsOn Readers’ Awards 2018! 

    22 Mar

    We’re delighted to announce that Hare Hounds have won ‘Birmingham’s Best Live Music Venue’ in the WhatsOn Readers’ Awards 2018! Thanks to everyone who voted for us, it really means a lot! Check out our acceptance video below.

    A Medieval New Year at Avoncroft, 24 Mar 2018 – 25 Mar 2018 

    20 Mar

    24 Mar 2018 - 25 Mar 2018 - Community at Avoncroft Museum (suitable for under 18s) Experience a Medieval New Year, which was traditionally celebrated on 25th March! The date marked both the beginning of spring and the Feast of the Annunciation, a ...

    Lindy Hop at the Arco Lounge, 21 Mar 2018 

    20 Mar

    21 Mar 2018 - Dance at Arco Lounge...

    Shisha Night, 23 Mar 2018 

    20 Mar

    23 Mar 2018 - Club at Arabesque Lounge...

    The Big Philsoc End Of Year Bash, 22 Mar 2018 

    19 Mar

    22 Mar 2018 - Club at The Indie Lounge...

    Save the Flapper: Influens, Enemo-J, Metasoma, Koncept, My Legacy, 24 Mar 2018 

    19 Mar

    24 Mar 2018 - Rock Pop at The Flapper...

    The Chase, Holly Taylor-Gamble, 22 Mar 2018 

    19 Mar

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    Student Sessions 

    19 Mar

    Student Sessions returns for the spring...

    Rocksteady Sunday, 25 Mar 2018 

    18 Mar

    25 Mar 2018 - Rock Pop at The Actress Bishop FREE...

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    Music blogs »

    Preview: Isaac Gracie 

    24 Mar

    Kylie McCormick looks forward to a short UK run by up-and-coming indie kid Isaac Gracie The post Preview: Isaac Gracie appeared first on Redbrick .

    Live Review: Mall Grab 

    24 Mar

    Music critic Luke Bohanan enjoys a night of old-skool house and disco tunes courtesy of Australian import Mall Grab The post Live Review: Mall Grab appeared first on Redbrick .

    Live Review: Astroid Boys 

    24 Mar

    Naomi Penn catches an eclectic set from alternative grime up-and-comers Astroid Boys at their Asylum headline show The post Live Review: Astroid Boys appeared first on Redbrick .

    MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Reviews, Fri Mar 23-Thu Mar 29 

    23 Mar

      NEW RELEASES   A Fantastic Woman (15) Winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar, Chilean… Read more The post MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Reviews, Fri Mar 23-Thu Mar 29 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .

    Tom Walker at The O2 Institute 2, Birmingham, UK – 23rd March 2018 

    23 Mar

    We meet Tom Walker exactly halfway through his biggest tour to date and wait in anticipation to see what the singer-songwriter has brought to the table this time.

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    999 »

    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.


    19 Mar

    All of us who use Twitter are probably guilty on occasion of wanting to shout up about a job to highlight something we see as important – a success story where someone was helped, a criminal caught, officers who’ve acted bravely...

    Pre-Identifying 135 “Beds” 

    7 Mar

    A little lack of knowledge can be a dangerous thing – A couple of years ago, I learned of a perculiar incident in a police force area that would have made a great blog to emphasise a point, but it was so specific, I withheld from doing...

    A tough time for dedicated colleagues 

    1 Mar

    There are no jobs quite as sad as those involving children.

    Somewhere, Out There 

    26 Feb

    Chief Superintendent John Sutherland is a leader – we know this, because people follow him and listen keenly to what he has to say.

    Twenty Years and Counting 

    19 Feb

    I recently passed a professional and personal milestone, having joined the police service twenty years ago and I hope to receive an email soon outlining I’ve qualified for a Long Service, Good Conduct medal.

    Liable To Be Detained 

    8 Feb

    An AMHP and two doctors, one of whom is s12 approved, attend a patient’s home following concerns about their mental health deteriorating.

    Efficiency – The digital revolution 

    4 Feb

    We still have to maximise the amount of policing we can offer on a reducing financial base.

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    Fridge dumped, 24th March 

    24 Mar

    Fridge dumped on pavement Report on FixMyStreet...

    Green light not working, 24th March 

    24 Mar

    Green light to cars at pedestrian crossing not working ( on right hand side as heading towards police station) Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 159 Park Lane, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...

    Used Needles/human waste at location, 24th March 

    24 Mar

    Multiple used needles at entrance to the block of flats.

    Lots of missing patches of surface on the road, such a location that you can’t even avoid it and have to drive though hoping that car tyres survive that journey! :-/, 24th March 

    24 Mar

    As above.

    Pot holenext to drain cover, 24th March 

    24 Mar

    Pot hole in awkward position and dangerous for cyclists.

    Accumulating black bags& debris Blocking pavement, 24th March 

    24 Mar

    Accumulating black bags debris Blocking pavement Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 2 Greenhill Road, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...

    Accumulating black bags& debris, 24th March 

    24 Mar

    Accumulating black bags debris Blocking pavement Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 305a Rookery Road, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...

    Parking on grass, 23rd March 

    23 Mar

    The whole grass area is being parked on by cars and this large wagon van.

    There are two apparently contradictory Red Route signs outside 1561 to 1565 Stratford Road, Hall Greenatford R1 to tr, 23rd March 

    23 Mar

    There are two Red Route signs covering what appears to be the same parking bay, outside 1561 to 1565 Stratford Road, Hall Green - one saying parking is allowed for one hour, the other that only loading is allowed, and only for 20 minutes - ...

    The road surface in Welby Road, Hall Green, outside the entrance to Hall Green Station is breaking up badly., 23rd March 

    23 Mar

    The road surface outside the entrance to Hall Green railway station in Welby Road is breaking up badly, creating a hazard for the hundreds of people using this access every day - see photos, taken around 13.04 on 23 March 2018 Nearest road ...

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    Social media »

    what does it mean for communicators if people #deletefacebook? 

    22 Mar

    Facebook has more registered users in the UK than every other social media platform with the exception of YouTube.

    death of an intranet 

    18 Mar

      There are many ways to skin the internal comms cat.

    30 days of human comms: day #43 a Down’s Syndrome campaign video 

    17 Mar

    Often when I’m co-delivering video training I’ll tell a story about one of the first lessons I learned as a journalist.

    FAQ: Is UGC more helpful or harmful to journalism? 

    17 Mar

    The latest set of questions in the semi-regular FAQ section on this blog are about UGC , and come from a student at Liverpool John Moores.

    NEW TACK: We’re polite and human as hell, and we’re not going to take it any more… a new approach to online snark 

    16 Mar

    There’s a change in the air with how the public sector is using social media.

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