Birmingham news and blogs Tuesday 26 September 2017
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How a Birmingham Muslim’s suitcase became art 

26 Sep

Artist Faisal Hussain's exhibition has pieces representing prejudice he and communities have faced.

US man cycles in ‘wrong Birmingham’ race 

25 Sep

John Hoopingarner accidentally signed up for a race he thought was in Alabama, but came to the UK anyway.

Was the 100-mile Velo Birmingham event a success? 

25 Sep

Some businesses and residents along the route complain as thousands of cyclists enjoy the day.

Burton Albion v Aston Villa 

25 Sep

Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's Championship game between Burton Albion and Aston Villa.

Warwickshire-Hampshire: First day’s play rained off at Edgbaston 

25 Sep

Warwickshire's County Championship fixture with Hampshire is washed out on the first day at Edgbaston.

Plans to fix West Midlands’ busiest motorway junction: Have your say 

25 Sep

Consultation still open into 282 million project aimed at easing traffic jams around notorious Birmingham Airport junction...

New Alexandra Theatre opens its doors to local and international businesses.  

25 Sep

The city’s New Alexandra Theatre is offering local and international businesses the chance to partner with the venue for the first ever time after it recently launched its brand new Corporate Support scheme.

ICC Birmingham named best UK conference venue 

25 Sep

The ICC Birmingham has been named ‘Best UK Conference Venue’ at the 2017 CIT Awards, the definitive awards for B2B events.

Labour blames Conservatives for Birmingham’s bin strike 

25 Sep

Shadow Local Government Secretary Andrew Gwynne insists Conservatives - not the Labour-run council or Unite trade union - are to blame for the bin strike...

Women sue NHS after claiming they were abused by Birmingham doctor who later killed himself 

25 Sep

The pair were both patients of Philip Schuppler at Swanswell Medical Centre in Acocks Green...

New Royal title is music to the ears of Birmingham Conservatoire 

25 Sep

Take a bow: Royal Birmingham Conservatoire...

Birmingham tops ‘crash for cash’ postcodes hotspots 

25 Sep

The city is ranked as England's "crash for cash" capital by the Insurance Fraud Bureau.

Thousands compete in first Velo Birmingham cycle race 

24 Sep

Some 15,000 riders travelled through Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Birmingham.

Man dies in Birmingham double-decker bus and car crash 

24 Sep

Deepak Riat died when his BMW car was in collision with a double-decker bus.

Thousands of cyclists take part in Velo Birmingham 

24 Sep

The route sees 15,000 riders travelling through Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Birmingham.

Arsenal Ladies v Birmingham City Ladies 

24 Sep

Live coverage of Sunday's Women's Super League 1 game between Arsenal Ladies and Birmingham City Ladies.

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Bin workers strike support group launch meeting Tue 3 Oct 7pm Council House 

25 Sep


Birmingham Northfield MP wins national road safety award 

25 Sep

Accolade honours longstanding commitment to safe vehicle development.

A local alternative to Uber? 

23 Sep

Transport for London has decided not to give Uber a new license, though its app (Uber requires drivers and users to have a smartphone) will still be operational in London while Uber appeals against the decision.

Car crash politics 

23 Sep

Will Mapplebeck fishes for the best politico-tv on the box.

Universal Credit – another cut for many of the poorest? 

22 Sep

In 2015, Welfare Weekly reported that research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found that 2.6million working families on Universal Credit would lose £1,600 a year from the changes and 1.9 million would be £1,400 a year better off.

Brumful of weekender fun 

22 Sep

Two years ago in September 2015 Birmingham saw a weekend of celebrations with a Birmingham Weekender, https://birminghamcentral.

COMMENT: Proscribing National Action – considering the impact of banning the British far-right group – PQ Blog 

22 Sep

This was a short comment piece I was asked to write for the PQ Blog (PQ being short for Political Quarterly).

SUBMISSION: Written Evidence – Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement 

22 Sep

The Select Committee on Citizenship & Civic Engagement recently put out a call for evidence relating to a series of questions/issues it was keen to investigate.

COMMENT: National Action – what I discovered about the ideology of Britain’s violent neo-Nazi youth movement – The Conversation 

22 Sep

This was a short comment piece I wrote for the always interesting The Conversation following the arrest of serving British Army members that were alleged to be members of the proscribed neo-Nazi group, National Action.

COMMENT: Müslümanlar’ın Entegrasyonunda “Çözülmesi Gerekenler” – Perspektif 

22 Sep

Here’s a link to my most recent contribution to the German-published, Turkish language periodical, Perspektif.

CHAPTER: Islamophobia – Routledge Handbook on Christian-Muslim Relations 

21 Sep

This recently published collection – edited by my colleague here at Birmingham, David Thomas – duly includes a chapter by me, somewhat simplistically titled “Islamophobia”.

Vindicated? Council leader had authority to act: a trial will be in the public interest 

21 Sep

The BBC reports that, at a High Court hearing in London on Wednesday, Mr Justice Fraser dismissed the council’s argument that Mr Clancy had no authority to make a deal at ACAS with Unite.

Demolition starts green heart beating IV 

21 Sep

Twenty days on from my last post, Demolition starts green heart beating III , work to bring the facade of the former main library down is transforming University Square and creating the open space that will become a Green Heart for the campus.

Mark Blackstock 

20 Sep

November 20th 1961 – August 3rd 21017...

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A guide to the best brunch dishes 

25 Sep

From poached eggs to pancakes - at brunch, anything goes...

New Menu at Not Dogs 

25 Sep

A new menu has arrived at Not Dogs at LinkStreet.

Velo Cycling Event Bus Diversions 

23 Sep

Sunday 24th September 2017, will see the West Midlands playing host to a new 100 mile closed-road cycling event – Vélo Birmingham.

Very Rev Canon David Mellor RIP 

22 Sep

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Canon David Mellor of St Bernadette’s Parish, Brownhills and Dean of Lichfield who died on 20 September.

EGX 2017 live! 

21 Sep

The Eurogamer Expo is the biggest gaming event in the UK and takes place at the NEC.

Fumo look unveiled 

20 Sep

Fumo have unveiled a glimpse of what to expect from their new restaurant opening at Selfridges this October...

Cafe Rouge Autumn Menu 

19 Sep

Cafe Rouge seasonal autumn set menu has arrived...

Sacramental Celebrations 

19 Sep

The Birmingham Archdiocese Kidderminster Branch of the Catholic Men’s Society (CMS) were canopy bearers for the Holy Eucharist Procession on Sunday 9 July as part of a Year of Celebration to commemorate the Parish Priest’s (Fr Douglas Lamb) 25 ...

New season denim trends 

19 Sep

Your new denim makeover starts here...

Diaconate Celebration 

18 Sep

On the feast of the Transfiguration, Friar Gerard Mary Toman returned to his home parish, All Souls Coventry, to celebrate his Diaconate.

School and Restaurant Launch Community Growing Project 

18 Sep

Produce grown by pupils at a Coventry school will be served up to the community thanks to a partnership with a local restaurant.

IT Cosmetics at Selfridges. 

15 Sep

IT Cosmetics is now exclusively available at Selfridges.

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Aston Villa »

U23s v Brighton On Youtube 

25 Sep

U23s v Brighton On Youtube Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/09/2017 17:05:00 Aston Villa's Under 23 tie against Brighton later this evening is being screened live on Youtube.

Steve Bruce On The Mass Hysteria – Social Media Blamed 

25 Sep

Steve Bruce On The Mass Hysteria - Social Media Blamed Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/09/2017 08:45:00 Bit of a storm in a tea-cup all this I will admit.

Terry’s Law 

24 Sep

Villa beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 on Saturday.

Officials – Burton v Aston Villa (26/9/17) 

24 Sep

Officials - Burton v Aston Villa (26/9/17) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/09/2017 18:54:00 The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Burton Albion and Aston Villa this Tuesday.

The Topic Of Villa’s EFL Cup Attendance 

24 Sep

The Topic Of Villa's EFL Cup Attendance Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/09/2017 16:30:00 Was Aston Villa's 11,197 attendance in the EFL Cup against Middlesbrough a reflection on the club and the fans, or simply a growing problem with ...

The Villa Times – 25/09/2017 (Villa News Round-up) 

24 Sep

The Villa Times - 25/09/2017 (Villa News Round-up) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/09/2017 15:20:00 The latest Aston Villa news and views via the uno fish ial one...

Aston Villa Fans React To The 2-1 Win Over Forest 

24 Sep

Aston Villa Fans React To The 2-1 Win Over Forest Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/09/2017 15:19:00 Fan reaction to the 2-1 win v Nottingham Forest.

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Birmingham City FC »

The Carsley Factor 

25 Sep

The Carsley Factor Vitalfootball:Birmingham:25/09/2017 18:12:00 Luke Turner has been impressed with how caretaker boss Lee Carsley is handling things...

‘Blues need experienced manager’ 

25 Sep

Caretaker manager Lee Carsley says Birmingham need someone with a "proven track record" to succeed Harry Redknapp.

Prutton’s EFL predictions 

25 Sep

David Prutton returns with his latest round of predictions ahead of this week's Sky Bet EFL matches.

Derby reflections and a look ahead to the next game  

24 Sep

Blues ended their series of defeats with a well-earned point against Derby County.

Officials – Birmingham v Sheffield Wednesday (27/9/17) 

24 Sep

Officials - Birmingham v Sheffield Wednesday (27/9/17) Vitalfootball:Birmingham:24/09/2017 18:51:00 The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday...

EFL Cup – Falling Attendances & More Rotation 

24 Sep

EFL Cup - Falling Attendances More Rotation Vitalfootball:Birmingham:24/09/2017 16:32:00 Many fans have watched the seeming demise of the EFL Trophy, and it appears the EFL Cup may now be quickly following suit after the recent third round...

Birmingham halt losing run 

23 Sep

Birmingham started life without Harry Redknapp by halting a run of six defeats in all competitions by holding their former manager Gary Rowett's Derby to a 1-1 draw at Pride Park.

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Aston Villa U23 player ratings: Stunning Matija Sarkic gets top billing against Brighton 

25 Sep

Alex Dicken was at Villa Park and marks the players out of 10...

Aston Villa 1 Brighton U23 0: Jordan Lyden pounces at the death as youngsters bounce back 

25 Sep

Alex Dicken reports from Villa Park as Jordan Lyden's late strike snatches the Premier League 2 spoils...

Burton Albion team news, Nigel Clough and Luke Murphy on Aston Villa 

25 Sep

A look at Villa's Tuesday opponents...

Birmingham City nostalgia: Every manager’s home debut for more than two decades 

25 Sep

BCFC caretaker Lee Carsley takes charge at St Andrew's for the first time on Wednesday - what history tells us...

WATCH Aston Villa vs Brighton U23 live stream 

25 Sep

You can watch Villa's youngsters in Premier League 2 action right here...

First look inside Birmingham’s new award winning restaurant and bar 

25 Sep

The city centre casual all day Indian eatery and bar officially opens Monday October 2...

First look at Peter Pan coming to Birmingham with Bradley Walsh and Martin Kemp 

25 Sep

Just don't call it a panto - it's an arena spectacular...

Sutton Park Renault hit with £12k legal bill after damaging trees during site revamp 

25 Sep

Four protected trees were damaged at the Sutton Coldfield site as it installed a new forecourt in Chester Road North...

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Aston Martin branches out into F1 with Red Bull 

25 Sep

Luxury carmaker extends partnership with motorsport team to become title sponsor...

Jaguar Land Rover ‘looking to buy’ another car brand 

25 Sep

West Midlands manufacturer is reportedly on the hunt for acquisition both within the automotive sector and elsewhere...

Popular wine shop eyes Edgbaston for latest shop launch 

25 Sep

Owner of popular independent Loki unveils plans for a third store to tap into suburb's ongoing rebirth...

Capita staff in Birmingham to strike for six days in pensions row 

22 Sep

Trade union claims some workers will be left up to 70 per cent worse off in retirement following changes to company pension scheme...

Bruton Knowles hosts drinks party 

22 Sep

There was a fantastic turnout for Bruton Knowles' Birmingham office Summer Drinks Party...

Birmingham Mail and Sunday Mercury nominated for newspaper of the year 

21 Sep

Bumper shortlisting for Birmingham titles with staff, campaigns and stories featuring in ten different categories at 2017 Midlands Media Awards...

HMRC to bring thousands of tax staff to Birmingham development 

21 Sep

Government confirms location of its planned new regional tax hub which will consolidate its West Midlands offices into one site...

Private equity focus in Birmingham Post supplement 

21 Sep

LDC leads special pullout on thriving sector which is helping businesses grow...

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West Midlands Combined Authority back Black Country development 

25 Sep

£3.7 million support for Wednesfield industrial site.

Midland Heart boss makes the cut 

22 Sep

Housing charity director on ‘most influential’ list.

Media Awards: Eight battle it out for Midlands Newspaper of the Year 

21 Sep

Newcomer of the Year is the most hotly-contested category of this year’s Midlands Media Awards, with 26 entries received from media students and trainee reporters.

Retirement Village opens at Longbridge 

20 Sep

Charity expand operations onto former car factory site.

West Midlands companies losing out on tax savings – claim 

15 Sep

Taxation specialist warns region’s businesses are failing to take advantage of scheme.

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Events »

Messy Crafts, 27 Sep 2017 

24 Sep

27 Sep 2017 - Workshop at Creative Coffee Hub (suitable for under 18s) Join us this Wednesday morning, starting from 9:30 until 10:30 with your little one to join in our messy crafts.

Craft Coop, 27 Sep 2017 

24 Sep

27 Sep 2017 - Workshop at St.

Dates for Moseley Festival 2018 

23 Sep

We are happy to give advance notice of our dates for Moseley Festival 2018.

Sarehole Autumn Food Festival, 24 Sep 2017 

23 Sep

24 Sep 2017 - Community at Sarehole Mill Join us for a food festival in the courtyard of Sarehole Mill hosted by Taste and Liquor.

Bongo’s Bingo @ Crane, 27 Sep 2017 

23 Sep

27 Sep 2017 - Rock Pop at The Rainbow Venues...

Luxe Soiree, 23 Sep 2017 

23 Sep

23 Sep 2017 - Club at Prisma...

Car Bomb, Circuit Of Suns, Nycosia, 26 Sep 2017 

20 Sep

26 Sep 2017 - Rock Pop at Mama Roux's...

Triple Cooked, 23 Sep 2017 

20 Sep

23 Sep 2017 - Community at Mama Roux's After two years of travelling around the UK, Triple Cooked lands in Birmingham! We're bringing with us huge production, live art, installations, unique decor as well as our signature explosion of disco, house, ...

Renault Crossover Roadshow 

20 Sep

Renault will be showcasing the New Crossover Range at the Bullring outside Selfridges, October 4 to 8, with an immersive experience...

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Music blogs »

Allen’s key 

26 Sep

There’s more city jazz on Friday night.

Charles Bradley RIP 

25 Sep

Very sad to hear of the passing of Charles Bradley on Saturday evening via the always excellent Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show.

Preview: Pale Waves 

25 Sep

Laura Mosley previews Pale Waves' upcoming tour after the release of their second single The post Preview: Pale Waves appeared first on Redbrick .

Live Review: LCD Soundsystem at The Warehouse Project 

25 Sep

Luke Charnley heads to Manchester to review the rapturous UK return of New York dance-punk legends LCD Soundsystem The post Live Review: LCD Soundsystem at The Warehouse Project appeared first on Redbrick .

Morrissey – Spent The Day In Bed 

22 Sep

How the heck did I miss the release of a new Morrissey single? Especially one that pretty much sums up my own approach to life these days.

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OK, Let’s Try This Again! … 

25 Sep

Around nine months ago I started writing a series of BLOG posts, in the three-month build up to the introduction of the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983, contained within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.

Six Missed Chances 

21 Sep

I want to ask you to put all your preconceptions to one side for the five minutes it will take to read this and for a short while afterwards.

“Every victim should be safer after contacting the police and we should do all that we can to secure justice for them” 

13 Sep

Many of you will be aware that, as well as being Deputy Chief Constable, I am the National Police (NPCC) lead for Domestic Abuse.

Mark and the Mental Capacity Act 

1 Sep

I didn’t watch the second episode of #Ambulance last night – I won’t bore you with the reasons why, but my iPad was flashing at me towards the end with people tagging me in conversations they were tweeting as they went –...

Tricks and Tools 

18 Aug

By working in a role that takes me around the country, I get to see the various differences that exist between police areas – and I don’t just mean the 43 police forces of England and Wales, but even more local than that.

Mental Health Expert 

15 Aug

Today, I was invited to do something because I’ve been identified as “an expert in emergency mental health care.

The Coroner’s Courtroom 

11 Aug

For the first time in my career, I gave so-called expert evidence to a Coroners Court around a mental health incident.

We need parents and the public to help us beat guns and knives 

9 Aug

Over the last few weeks a number of violent incidents and unusual events have taken place within the force area.

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LocalGov »

Road subsiding by house 72, 25th September 

25 Sep

The road is sinking by house 72 right on road where it says slow Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 67 Woodland Road, Northfield Report on FixMyStreet...

Block work, 25th September 

25 Sep

Berkeley street off broad street city centre on public footpath blockwork has moved due to cars driving over them creating a trip Hazzard Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 43 Berkley Street, Edgbaston...

Spillage, 25th September 

25 Sep

Engine oil has been dumped and spilled over the footpath and is slippery and harmful to the environment Report on FixMyStreet...

Road cones, 25th September 

25 Sep

Sheepcote street off broad street city centre un collected road cones from Sundays bike race Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Sheepcote Street, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...

Signs and cones, 25th September 

25 Sep

Sheepcote street off broad street city centre un collected road cones and signage from Sundays bike race, Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 47 Sheepcote Street, Ladywood Report on FixMyStreet ...

Road cones and signs, 25th September 

25 Sep

Broad street city centre outside Travelodge un collected road signs and cones from Sundays bike race Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 230 Broad Street, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...

Road closed sign, 25th September 

25 Sep

Broad street outside rocket club un collected sign from Sundays bike race Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 263 Broad Street, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...

2017 Library Statistics 

25 Sep

Response by Birmingham City Council to Dave Rowe on 25 September 2017 .

Red man not working, 25th September 

25 Sep

Broad street city centre outside Novotel traffic lights red man not lighting up Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Broad Street, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...

Paving block, 25th September 

25 Sep

Broad street city centre outside oneils entrance block lifted up creating a trip hazzard Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 230 Broad Street, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...

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Social media »

Why journalists ditch the thesaurus when it comes to “said” (for new journalism students who don’t) 

25 Sep

It’s the start of a new term in journalism courses across the country, and journalism lecturers will once again be spending the first few weeks helping students to ‘unlearn’ a habit they acquire at school: the impulse to use multiple synonyms ...

communications – whose job is it anyway? 

24 Sep

  I wonder, is there a department which receives more requests than Communications? How teams use and approach their comms team can have a big impact on the outcomes.

why exit interviews should become stay interviews 

24 Sep

Staff come and go at most organisations.

End of the sabbatical – so what’s new? 

23 Sep

Thinking, thinking… A year ago yesterday I logged off a seven-year freelance contract and started planning a different life – a healthier one with a better work-life balance preferably, and maybe a change of work focus, and maybe take some time ...

Seven ways the Bank of England encourages a culture of cybersecurity 

22 Sep

“What is important to you?” This is the first question to ask before planning any cybersecurity strategy, according to John Scott, Head of Information Security Education at the Bank of England, talking at the recent Cybersecurity UK Roadshow ...

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