Birmingham news and blogs Sunday 31 July 2016
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WATCH: Birmingham Central Library demolition – in 90 seconds 

30 Jul

A time lapse video showing how the demolition of Birmingham’s landmark Central Library evolved has been released online.

‘One in five forced to stand’ on jam-packed Birmingham trains 

30 Jul

A fifth of rail passengers have to stand when travelling on trains in and out of Birmingham every day, according to a new report.

Women’s Super League One: Doncaster Rovers Belles v Birmingham City Ladies 

30 Jul

Live coverage followed by preview of Saturday's Women's Super League One game between Doncaster Rovers Belles and Birmingham City Ladies.

Jordan Ayew: Aston Villa striker to remain with Championship club 

29 Jul

Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew is to remain with the Championship club, as there is no release clause in his contract.

MISSING PENSIONER: Have you seen Roy Foster? Roy Foster, aged… 

29 Jul

MISSING PENSIONER: Have you seen Roy Foster?  Roy Foster, aged 79, who has Alzhiemers, was last seen leaving his home on Greenfield Road in Hamstead at around 4pm on Thursday (28/07).

Birmingham outbid for Blades’ Adams 

29 Jul

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett outlines his rivals' 'massive' buying potential after being outbid for Che Adams.

Brexit: in this hour of crisis and dismay 

29 Jul

Prof Swaran Singh from the University of Warwick ponders mental health and the response to the EU referendum vote...

Street preacher charged after verbally abusing a woman in the… 

29 Jul

Street preacher charged after verbally abusing a woman in the city centre.

Brad Guzan: Aston Villa goalkeeper signs for Middlesbrough 

29 Jul

Premier League newcomers Middlesbrough sign Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan on a two-year contract.

Turner Prize winning Gillian Wearing given top university honour… 

29 Jul

Turner Prize winning Gillian Wearing given top university honour in her home city.

Shotgun fired at the ceiling in a chicken shop on Coventry Road…. 

29 Jul

Shotgun fired at the ceiling in a chicken shop on Coventry Road.

The plastic £5 note: When it launches and all you need to know 

29 Jul

Everything you need to know about why were getting a new fiver which will be introduced in a matter of months...

£10m Centenary Square revamp set for go ahead 

29 Jul

New-look square outside Library of Birmingham is due to open by summer 2018 if planning permission is granted next week...

Birmingham pub bombings: Call for inquests legal aid 

28 Jul

The families of the Birmingham pub bombings victims have said receiving legal aid is crucial, ahead of the resumed inquests into their deaths.

MP Jess Phillips forced to call in locksmith after death threats and twitter abuse 

28 Jul

Outspoken MP tells trolls: 'Think about how my kids feel next time you mock up a picture of me dying...

Firefighters are dealing with an explosion inside a house on… 

28 Jul

Firefighters are dealing with an explosion inside a house on Burton’s Park Rd in Solihull.

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City hustings: “I can’t believe this type of manipulation happened” 

30 Jul

    As news comes in that over 50 CLPs have voted to support Jeremy Corbyn, another side of the coin has been revealed.

Greater Birmingham’s economic plan – the best of times, the worst of times 

29 Jul

Council and business leaders have published the latest Strategic Economic Plan – A Greater Birmingham For A Greater Britain – setting out a bold strategy to turn Greater Birmingham into...

Backbenchers and junior officials still feeling unloved and out of the loop in Birmingham City Council’s brave new world 

29 Jul

A report surfaced this week suggesting there is still much work to do for council bosses...

Discussion: Transgender Athletes at the Olympics? 

28 Jul

Print editor, Harry Wilkinson, explores the topic of transgender athletes competing at the Olympic Games.

Jamieson puts BME police recruitment pledge in black and white 

28 Jul

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has pledged to make the force “look like the region it serves” by recruiting more police officers from BME communities.

Simply meteoric – Moseley M&S Simply Food construction update 

28 Jul

Nearly two months have passed since my last update on the construction of the new Marks Spencer Simply Food in Moseley, http://birminghamcentral.

City transport: let’s support cleaner travel 

28 Jul

“Transport links and the Buses Bill are key to making local economies across the UK more economically inclusive and prosperous.

Naked politics 

28 Jul

It has been five weeks since the great European referendum that was expected, regardless of outcome, to change British and European politics forever...

On the Voluntary Children’s Services Trust and problems of being a Corporate parent  

27 Jul

The fault lines of the proposed ‘Voluntary Children’s Services Trust’ model and its relationship with the Local authority started to appear at the discussion at Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Brutal Birmingham End July 2016 Update IV 

27 Jul

Five days on from my last update on the demolition of the former Birmingham Central Library, http://birminghamcentral.

Birmingham leader’s appeal to new Transport Secretary 

26 Jul

Call for improved transport infrastructure post-Brexit.

Just another man in a smart suit 

26 Jul

Owen Smith – remind you of anybody? asks Steve Beauchampé.

On options for the “Voluntary Children’s services Trust’ 

25 Jul

Dear Cabinet member, The future of social work with children and families in Birmingham On Tuesday you will consider a report prepared by Deloitte on the Birmingham children’s services model which sets out 19 potential models for delivering ...

Bloomin Brum 

25 Jul

It's been a few months since Birmingham won its fifth gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show, http://www.

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City-centre news »

VIDEO: Hundreds attend the first ever Birmingham Pokewalk 

30 Jul

Last weekend, hundreds of Pokemon Go players descended on the Bullring to meet up for the first ever Birmingham Pokewalk.

Interactive map: Explore the effect of gentrification in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter 

30 Jul

The Jewellery Quarter has all the ingredients to be a vibrant place: a central location, young people, beautiful buildings and trendy bars.

World Youth Day – Day 9 by Hannah Fair 

29 Jul

Today was the first day we led the catechesis in the lovely ‘Sacred heart of Jesus’ church which is located not too far away from us! We had people come from Scotland and Canada joining in which was great seeing other people from around the world...

Archbishop Bernard Longley talks to Sky News about the murder of 85-year-old French priest Father Jacques Hamel 

27 Jul

Archbishop Bernard Longley talks to Sky News about the murder of 85-year-old French priest Father Jacques Hamel.

World Youth Day, Krakow, Opening Mass 

27 Jul

Spot our Archdiocesan priests! For more news of our group at WYD click the button on the right hand side of the home page or go straight to: http://www.

Images from Krakow! 

27 Jul

Brits abroad!!: Opening Mass: The post Images from Krakow! appeared first on The Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham .

World youth day- day 8, by Hannah Fair 

27 Jul

Today was a late start! We met in our bus groups at 10am and were told we had to have breakfast before hand.

World youth day – day 7, by Hannah Fair 

27 Jul

Today was so emotional, I cannot even begin to explain! We had to get up at 6am which was a struggle as I didn’t get to sleep until 2am, but we managed it.

World Youth Day – Day 6 

27 Jul

Today, we woke up early with our host family, excited for the opening Mass of the new church! The Mass was beautiful in an amazing church! The music sounded like angels were calling.

World Youth Day- Day 3 

27 Jul

An early start, but a great breakfast! A selection of meats and cheeses were on offer as well as some polish traditional food that was…, let’s say, interesting! A Mass  took place to really set the day off which was beautiful, with music led by ...

Menswear for Late Summer – The Browse Edit 

27 Jul

The men's fashion guide to crisp, cool style this summer, from the experts at Browse Magazine.

Funeral Arrangements – Fr Bernard Maddox RIP 

26 Jul

Of your charity, please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Reverend Bernard Thomas Maddox Priest of the Archdiocese who died on Saturday 9th July 2016 at Oulton Abbey Nursing Home, Oulton The Reception of the Body with Mass will be at Ss.

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Aston Villa »

The Road Upwards But How Far Will It Take Aston Villa? 

30 Jul

With Aston Villa succumbing to a 3-1 loss in their final friendly against Middlesbrough, there is the potential for wondering for overreaction.

Gana Release Clause Angers Xia. RDM Wouldn’t Have Let Go 

29 Jul

Gana Release Clause Angers Xia.

Something For The Weekend (538) 

29 Jul

Something For The Weekend (538) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:29/07/2016 15:03:00 ...

Behaviour Rules – Some Initial Reaction 

29 Jul

Behaviour Rules - Some Initial Reaction Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:29/07/2016 11:53:00 Various rules on what is and isn't acceptable are being rolled out this season in an attempt to reduce 'intolerable behaviour' towards match ...

One Of The Villa Failures Departs – Guzan to Boro 

29 Jul

One Of The Villa Failures Departs - Guzan to Boro Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:29/07/2016 10:44:00 Aston Villa have confirmed that goalkeeper Brad Guzan has completed his move to Middlesbrough.

The Real Deal Or Another False Dawn – Where Now Doctor Xia? 

29 Jul

It’s obviously to early to answer that question, after all most thought Randy seemed the right man in his first few years.

Is This Gardner’s Year? 

28 Jul

Is This Gardner's Year? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:28/07/2016 16:28:00 It's fair to say that despite scoring in the pre season victory over Cambridge the other day, Gary Gardner didn't have a great game...

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Food for thought as young duo give Blues creative edge 

30 Jul

Food for thought as young duo give Blues creative edge Vitalfootball:Birmingham:30/07/2016 19:51:00 Rob Wildey praises the performances of Reece Brown and Jack Storer during today's draw with Roda JC...

Opinion: Gleeson Is Our Unsung Hero 

30 Jul

Opinion: Gleeson Is Our Unsung Hero Vitalfootball:Birmingham:30/07/2016 15:02:00 Sask's opinion about Gleeson.

Time, Money and Youth 

30 Jul

Birmingham City take on Roda JC Kerkrade in their final warm-up before the new season starts today, having failed to add any further players to the team in the last two weeks.

Give Jack the nod 

30 Jul

Give Jack the nod Vitalfootball:Birmingham:30/07/2016 07:23:00 Jack Storer could be the answer to Blues' striker woes...

Blues make Dundee star a priority 

29 Jul

Blues make Dundee star a priority Vitalfootball:Birmingham:29/07/2016 20:47:00 Blues are chasing Dundee striker Greg Stewart...

The search for a striker goes on 

29 Jul

The search for a striker goes on Vitalfootball:Birmingham:29/07/2016 15:15:00 Gary Rowett's attempts to lure a striker to the club has so far proved difficult...

Blues rejected a loan move for Reece Brown says Rowett 

29 Jul

Blues rejected a loan move for Reece Brown says Rowett Vitalfootball:Birmingham:29/07/2016 14:22:00 In an interesting development, Gary Rowett has revealed that Blues turned down a loan opportunity for Reece Brown...

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Sport »

Olly Stone: Warwickshire sign Northamptonshire pace bowler 

30 Jul

Northamptonshire pace bowler Olly Stone agrees to join Warwickshire on a three-year deal at the end of the 2016 season.

Rugby review and a word with the Gaffa 

29 Jul

Jamie Brannon reviews the latest pre season friendly against Rugby and catches up with Toothy for his thoughts...

New Signing: 

29 Jul

Trainer re joins the Royals...

Result: ROYALS 4-1 Rugby Town Fc 

29 Jul

Another win for Tooth's men...

Ex Rom Magic Marvin is taking the footballing world by storm North of the Border.. 

29 Jul

Which local lad is taking the Scottish Premier League by storm now and for this coming season..

New Sponsor Boldmere Dental Practice 

29 Jul

Welcome to Boldmere Dental Practice new Sponsor for 2016/17...

Over 40s are finalists after beating Water Orton 

29 Jul

The Over 40s entered the third semi-final in four years having lost the previous two.

No reason for inconsistency – Brown 

28 Jul

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown says there is "no reason" why their white-ball cricket should be inconsistent.

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Mela hopes to be a record-breaker on Sunday 

29 Jul

ONE of the largest festivals in the UK celebrating the South Asian community will take place in Birmingham this Sunday.

Annexe wants to be more than an add-on to the city’s culinary scene 

29 Jul

A BIRMINGHAM restaurant has appointed Daniel Andrade as its head chef, and the Madeira-born chef has already launched a new menu.

Brexit volatility creates opportunity – and the region is well-placed to prosper 

29 Jul

BUSINESS must be alert to the opportunities, as well as the risks, of Brexit-related volatility, says a prominent Birmingham business leader.

£125m deal cleared by competition authorities 

29 Jul

COMPETITION authorities have ruled LloydsPharmacy must dispose of stores in 12 areas around the country to be able to complete its takeover of Sainsbury\'s pharmacies.

Law firm’s turnover hits £95m in busy year 

29 Jul

LAW firm Weightmans has announced an annual turnover of £95.1m, an increase of almost £6m on the previous years result of £89.2m.

Lunar Society marks its 250th birthday 

29 Jul

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester visited Soho House, Handsworth to commemorate the Lunar Societys 250th anniversary...

Time to speak up on Greater Birmingham’s economic future 

29 Jul

Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership wants to hear the views of public and businesses to shape the economic future of the West Midlands over the next 14 years...

Hills Numberplates secures new £10m funding round 

29 Jul

Finance Birmingham, NatWest and RBS all back historic Birmingham-based manufacturer to support its growth following a recent acquisiion...

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National law firm expands into Birmingham 

29 Jul

Start-up specialists to offer bespoke service.

Local authors support Walsall bookshop with new writing 

28 Jul

Expansion planned following shop success.

Tie-up to aid exporting businesses 

26 Jul

Landmark collaboration between government and banks to create the UK’s biggest export directory.

MP helps back to work charity 

22 Jul

Richard Burden opens Smart Works Birmingham.

Black Country Broadband Project passes 20,000 premises milestone 

22 Jul

Major boost for region’s homes and businesses.

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Events »

Silk Screen & Textile Printing, 30 Jul 2016 

28 Jul

30 Jul 2016 - Workshop at Birmingham Printmakers The course will cover everything you need to get started.

New Show: The Atlantic Players 

28 Jul

We’re pleased to announce that Birmingham’s own The Atlantic Players will be coming to the HH on Friday 23rd September.

Craft Fair, 30 Jul 2016 

28 Jul

30 Jul 2016 - Community at Beckett's Farm (suitable for under 18s) The Craft Fair is back, and it’s bigger than ever.

Monday Night Jazz, 1 Aug 2016 

27 Jul

1 Aug 2016 - Jazz at Yorks Bakery Cafe We are proud to say it's back and it's here to stay.

Medieval Open Day, 31 Jul 2016 

27 Jul

31 Jul 2016 - Community at Weoley Castle FREE (suitable for under 18s) Join us for a day of medieval fun! See knights do battle on the ruins, learn about the medieval history of the castle and medieval remedies, take part in craft activities and more.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Release Event, 31 Jul 2016 

27 Jul

31 Jul 2016 - Spoken Word at Waterstone's Solihull Everyone welcome, Muggles, Witches, Wizards and even Malfoys.

Saxon Gold, 29 Jul 2016 

27 Jul

29 Jul 2016 - Spoken Word at Waterstone's, High Street FREE (suitable for under 18s) Hear the stories behind the largest saxon gold find from the author of this new children's book, plus ask the author questions and get your book signed...

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Day, 28 Jul 2016 

27 Jul

28 Jul 2016 - Spoken Word at Waterstone's, High Street (suitable for under 18s) Join us for story time, colouring in and create your own bear ears...

Low ‘n’ Slow August H&H Takeover 

27 Jul

We’re delighted to announce that Birmingham BBQ specialists, Low ‘n’ Slow , will be taking over the HH every Thursday to Sunday throughout August.

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Music blogs »

MOVIE ROUND-UP: This week’s new releases, Jul 29-Aug 4 

29 Jul

NEW RELEASE Jason Bourne (12A) Nine years after what everyone, themselves included, assumed would… Read more The post MOVIE ROUND-UP: This week’s new releases, Jul 29-Aug 4 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .

Indietracks envy… 

29 Jul

Indietracks starts today and for reasons too dull to go into here I'm missing it again.

Redbrick Meets: Elis James and John Robins 

28 Jul

Paige Tracey talks to the zany Radio X duo about music, comedy and their new live show The post Redbrick Meets: Elis James and John Robins appeared first on Redbrick .

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank, Cheshire 22-24 July 2016 

26 Jul

bluedot Festival Set over three glorious summer days at Jodrell Bank, (the Cheshire observatory at the cutting edge of humanity’s quest for knowledge), bluedot is a brand new three-day festival of discovery that promised to fuse a complex mix of ...

Thatchers Haze Sessions @ The Passenger Shed, Bristol – Friday July 22nd 

26 Jul

Having just watched Lou Rhodes’ in-store set at Rise Records a moist 30 minute dash across the City got us to The Passenger Shed in time for most of Sofii Negus’ warm up set.

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Mental Health & International Law 

29 Jul

When I woke up this morning, I was greated with a familiar message on Twitter from a duty inspector: “We have a male who has been sectioned under 2 MHA but they say there’s no bed.

Street preacher in court to face racist abuse charge 

29 Jul

A street preacher has been charged with public order offences for allegedly shouting verbal abuse at a woman in Birmingham city centre and swearing at her “for wearing tight jeans”.

Officers gear up for annual Birmingham Mela 

29 Jul

Police are preparing to join the community for the fun-filled Birmingham Mela this weekend.

Last member of Nosa Stephenson’s gun supply gang jailed 

29 Jul

The last member of a Birmingham-based gang that dealt illegal guns and ammo to criminals is now behind bars after spending more than a year trying to evade justice by going to ground in Pakistan.

Police appeal for help to find vulnerable missing man 

29 Jul

Police are searching for a vulnerable pensioner from Hamstead, who has been missing since yesterday (Thursday 28 July).

Police hunt gunman who blasted shot into shop ceiling  

28 Jul

Mystery surrounds a shooting at a Birmingham takeaway during which a man blasted a hole in the ceiling with a shotgun.

Trio charged with burglary 

27 Jul

A man and two teenagers are set to appear in court next month accused of burglary at a school in Washwood Heath.

Birmingham couple in court on shotgun and drugs charges 

27 Jul

A couple have appeared in court on suspicion of dealing drugs from their Birmingham tower block flat and storing a sawn-off shotgun at the address.

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Speeding cars, 30th July 

30 Jul

People think the road we live on is a racing track there is families with young children on this road today 30/07/16 I witnessed a near accident when a car doing about 70mph nearly write his car off but they all drive like that up and down ...

Uncollected rubbish scattered, 30th July 

30 Jul

Black bags, not collected yesterday, now split and contents spreading Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 12 Fowlmere Road, Great Barr Report on FixMyStreet...

Water Leak, 30th July 

30 Jul

There is a constant water leak from the property of 43 Calshot Road that runs out onto the street and covers the pavement making it slippy.

Bin bags, 30th July 

30 Jul

Few bin bags been left as bin men clearly have not taken Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Willoughby Grove, Selly Oak Report on FixMyStreet...

Car parking on pavement pedestrian crossing, 30th July 

30 Jul

Cars constantly parking on the pavement/pedestrian crossing just outside the driveway into the houses, on Chester Road.

WilMott Dixon vans blocking pavements, 29th July 

29 Jul

Willmott Dixon vans always park in pavements both side at top of Partons road b14 - between 8 am and 9am every morning - dangerous for cars and pedestrians Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 62...

Illegal parking at Tandis shop, 29th July 

29 Jul

Customers at Tandis hairdresser / barber keep parking on double yellow lines - dangerous and anti social Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 7 Kings Road, Kings Heath Report on FixMyStreet...

Double yellow parking top of kings road, 29th July 

29 Jul

Customers at Tandis keep parking on yellow lines - dangerous for cars turning in Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 270 Vicarage Road, Kings Heath Report on FixMyStreet...

Another overflowinh bin on kings road, 29th July 

29 Jul

Another bin overflowing - needs emptying Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 35 Kings Road, Kings Heath Report on FixMyStreet...

Kings road shop bin and street, 29th July 

29 Jul

Shop bin overflowing again 50 ft area aound shop requires cleaning and sweeping - lots of litter Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 11 Partons Road, Kings Heath Report on FixMyStreet...

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27 Jul

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OLYMPIC LEGACY: Twitter wasn’t sure about #london2012… but it is now 

27 Jul

How do we look back at London 2012? If Twitter is anything to go by with fondness and nostalgia.

study: how does twitter look back at #london2012? with 87 per cent fondness 

27 Jul

With Rio 2016 upon us how does our memory of London 2012 compare with what we thought in the days before the Opening Ceremony? There's a huge difference.

Microadventure #3: Bodyboarding weekend in Cornwall 

24 Jul

Tl;dr: unfit middle-aged Brummie woman with lifelong surfing obsession fulfils dream by not standing up on board.

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