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Children’s services is ‘huge challenge’ 

28 May

Turning around Birmingham's failing children's services is the "biggest challenge in politics", the city's council leader has said.

Pensioner’s skull fractured in shocking stone attack 

28 May

A pensioner was injured and seven cars were damaged after a reckless group of people threw stones at taxis travelling along a Birmingham street.

Sun setting on Spanish restaurant Comida after Harborne neighbours complain about the smell 

28 May

Award winning Comida refused planning permission, but owners vow to fight on...

‘Secret filming is not the way to address social work’s problems’ 

27 May

By Mandy Nightingale and Lee Pardy-McLaughlin The Dispatches programme aired on Channel 4 portrayed a picture of an improving local authority, Birmingham, as being in chaos.

Grammy-winning Musical Youth perform at South & City College… 

27 May

Grammy-winning Musical Youth perform at South & City College Birmingham.

Call for city children protection chief to resign after damning Dispatches documentary 

27 May

Councillors to hold 90 minute debate on the state of children's services in the city...

George Osborne says vote to leave is a ‘leap in the dark’ 

27 May

Chancellor visits Solihull with warning over pensions...

Row over child service leader’s future 

27 May

A row breaks out over the future of the councillor in charge of Birmingham's children's services - after it is announced the department is to be taken over.

Peaky Blinders has been re-commissioned for a fourth and fifth… 

27 May

Peaky Blinders has been re-commissioned for a fourth and fifth series.

Police officer sentenced to seven years after sparking a major… 

27 May

Police officer sentenced to seven years after sparking a major national security alert.

Sutton Coldfield green belt plans for 6,000 homes put on hold 

27 May

Campaigners welcome decision by Communities Secretary Greg Clark as city council is told to pause the far-reaching Birmingham Development Plan...

Female jogger assaulted at Lickey Hills Country ParkDetectives,… 

27 May

Female jogger assaulted at Lickey Hills Country Park Detectives, from West Mercia Police, are appealing for witnesses after a woman, aged in her 20s, was assaulted at Lickey Hills Country Park on Warren Lane in Rednal.

‘Social workers were betrayed by covert filming – but Dispatches has lessons we shouldn’t ignore’ 

27 May

By Adam Birchall, principal social worker at Solihull Council  I can’t help but cringe.

A missed opportunity: how social workers reacted to Dispatches 

27 May

In case you didn’t know, Channel 4 aired an undercover documentary from inside Birmingham’s children’s services last night.

Midland Metro reveals £34 MILLION losses since launch 

27 May

The Midland Metro tram service between Wolverhampton and Birmingham has made losses of £34 million since it opened 17 years ago.

‘Dispatches child protection programme was neither fair nor constructive’ 

27 May

by Ray Jones The Channel Four Dispatches programme targeting Birmingham City council’s children’s services and social workers delivered, as anticipated , all that might have been expected from programme makers focused on creating a story to ...

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Another Europe Is Possible: radical cross-party campaign for EU referendum ‘in’ vote 

28 May

“We have come together as activists and campaigners to build a Europe of democracy, human rights, and social justice.

New WMCA documents and new consultation – why is Birmingham Council keeping it secret? 

28 May

  Why hasn’t Birmingham Council published the latest WMCA documents on its website? Why aren’t they on the Council agenda for voting before the WMCA launch on 10 June? Coventry Council has put them on its website and is voting … Continue ...

Facing forward in flats 

28 May

Viewed from this considerable distance, watching Hollywood musicals produced in the 1930s is tinged with an indistinct melancholia...

Great British Food Campaign #greatbritishfood2016- Liz showcasing the Best of British delights! 

26 May

Britain is home to one of the most diverse and innovative food cultures in the world.2016 – Year of Great British Food is the start of a five-year campaign to celebrate the best of our food and drink and build Britain’s reputation as a great food ...

The Metro Mayor debate: can we please get real? 

26 May

You know that almost daily ‘they’re all as bad as each other’ feeling you get when you hear the latest exchange of personal abuse masquerading as The Great EU Referendum...

No more tears – Ozzy tram for Metro extension 

26 May

A test run of the route on Tuesday 24th May with a figure not too dissimilar to Ozzy Osbourne to the left of the tram as it heads up Corporation Street.


26 May

Clearly David Cameron is facing a number of questions that require something approaching answers rather than his predicable, tiresome and carefully rehearsed weasel words...

Brutal Birmingham End – May 2016 Update II 

25 May

Since my last blog post of the 16th May, http://birminghamcentral.

The future of Birmingham children’s social care and a question of trust 

25 May

For several years Birmingham city council has been keen to give the impression that many of the measures imposed upon it by the Government actually flowed from the Council House.

Simply Moseley 

25 May

A ten year wait for the redevelopment of the former Moseley Meteor Ford site is over with work starting on the construction of a Marks Spencer food store , http://www.

Kings Norton: Granton Medical Centre Open Day 

24 May

Granton Medical Centre’s Patient Participation Group is to hold its first Open Day.


24 May

After a busy evening of making a new Mayor of Walsall and a new Deputy Mayor of Walsall, adjourning the meeting of full council to the Mayor`s parlour for the ceremonial opening of the municipal drinks cabinet has to be a very good idea...

Brexit would hamper Britain’s fight against terror, police boss warns 

23 May

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson is the latest senior Labour figure to back Britain remaining in the EU, warning that Brexit would make the fight against terrorism more...

Millennium Point: fuel cell & hydrogen technical conference 

22 May

On 25th-26th May 2016, Millennium Point, Birmingham, UK, t he university of Birmingham will be hosting a technical conference on the progress of fuel cell hydrogen .

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Day 1 – 28th May 

28 May

After a painfully early start, that got us well and truly into pilgrimage-mode, and having fought through unprecedented crowds in Birmingham airport, we arrived in Lourdes at 11 o’clock this morning.

Celebrity Seal of Approval for Recovery Central 

28 May

Recovery Central opened in Digbeth the other week, hoping to help more than 300 people beat their addiction to alcohol and/or drugs every year.

Lourdes 2016 

27 May

Lourdes The post Lourdes 2016 appeared first on The Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham .

BMet recruiting three new governors 

27 May

Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet) is looking to recruit three new independent governors.

Skinny Prosecco at Selfridges 

27 May

Skinny Prosecco is now available at Selfridges.

Birmingham Big Art Project 

27 May

Exhibition opens: Saturday 4 June 2016, 12:00 Exhibition continues: until 31 August 2016 Where: Second Floor, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Digbeth, B4 7XG The Birmingham Big Art Foundation is commissioning a major new work of public art for the ...

LIVE: The Future of Europe EU Referendum Debate 

26 May

Picture Credit: Birmingham City University Birmingham Eastside will be bringing you live updates of “The Future of Europe” debate from 6.15pm today, where there will be a panel from both remain and leave campaigns to see if Britain wants to stay ...

FACEBOOK LIVE: #EUref debate at Birmingham City University 

26 May

We’re streaming the “Future of Europe” debate tonight on whether to stay or leave the EU LIVE on the Birmingham Eastside Facebook page .

Ozzy Osbourne Welcomes The Tram With His Name 

26 May

Ozzy duly arrived today, as promised in my earlier post, at the new Metro tram stop in Corporation Street at 11am and was greeted by a crowd of several hundred and loud cheers.

Golden Jubilee of Catholic Chaplaincy at Birmingham University 

26 May

2016 is a very special year for Newman House, with celebrations planned to mark fifty years of Catholic Chaplaincy at Birmingham University.

Cool Runnings at The Old Crown 

26 May

When: Saturday 28 May, 19:00-01:00 Where: The Old Crown, 188 High Street, Digbeth, B12 0LD Tickets: from £12 (available online here) This weekend, The Travelling Cinema Company and The Old Crown are joining forces to bring a piece of the … ...

LIVE: Silicon Canal launch technology paper 

25 May

Live Blog Silicon Canal Launch Event live!   // The post LIVE: Silicon Canal launch technology paper appeared first on Birmingham Eastside .

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Five famous Aston Villa players the fans adored 

28 May

The 2015-16 season may not have gone to plan but over the years Aston Villa Football Club has had plenty of skilled footballers who pleased the fans with affecting tricks and goals.

When The Grass Was Perhaps Greener 

28 May

Waiting for Doctor Xia as the king-elect of Villa Park (er, Lotus Park) to be crowned is a little stressful, as is the appointment of a new team manager, but surely the stress of the last 6 years has been greater! Perhaps, therefore, it may...

Nigel Pearson NOT Aston Villa Bound – Rammed 

27 May

Nigel Pearson NOT Aston Villa Bound - Rammed Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:27/05/2016 18:10:00 Phew (for me) and doh (for others!) Nigel Pearson has gone to Derby County...

Di Matteo Appointment Close 

27 May

Di Matteo Appointment Close Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:27/05/2016 16:53:00 Late yesterday evening it was reported that further talks between Chairman Steve Hollis and Roberto Di Matteo had taken place...

No Villa Regrets For Amavi 

27 May

No Villa Regrets For Amavi Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:27/05/2016 16:46:00 French Left back Jordan Amavi has said he has no regrets about joining Aston Villa last summer, and he's pretty down to earth when it comes to his thoughts...

Xia Has Bigger Plans To Benefit Aston Villa 

27 May

Xia Has Bigger Plans To Benefit Aston Villa Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:27/05/2016 16:31:00 It's being reported that new owner, or soon to be, Dr Tony Xia is already in talks to purchase a second club.

Lyden Relishing 2016/17 

27 May

Lyden Relishing 2016/17 Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:27/05/2016 16:13:00 With a breakthrough season for Jordan Lyden in 2015/16, he's looking forward to putting relegation disappointment behind him and hopefully becoming a key player...

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Donaldson Scores in Surprise Jamaica Win 

28 May

Clayton Donaldson was on the scoresheet as Jamaica surprised Chile 2-1 in their Copa America Centenario warmup game in Vina del Mar.

WATCH: Reading 2-4 Swansea 

28 May

Ahead of play-off final weekend, we dig into the Sky Sports Vault to look back at a classic from 2011, when Swansea beat Reading.

Fee for Walsall man should only motivate Blues pursue a move 

28 May

Fee for Walsall man should only motivate Blues pursue a move Vitalfootball:Birmingham:27/05/2016 23:58:00 Tom Heslop discusses why Tom Bradshaw is the man Blues should break the bank for this summer...

Your favourite play-off final? 

27 May

We ask some of Sky Sports' Football League TV team to tell us their most memorable play-off final matches and moments.

WATCH: QPR 1-0 Derby 

27 May

Ahead of play-off final weekend, we dig into the Sky Sports Vault to look back at a classic from 2014, when QPR beat Derby.

Viv to Play in Rio 

27 May

There will be two Blues stars potentially going to Rio this summer after reports in Nigeria confirmed that Viv Solomon-Otabor has been released by the club to appear for the Dream Team at the Olympics.

No More Quarter Final Replays For Birmingham 

27 May

No More Quarter Final Replays For Birmingham Vitalfootball:Birmingham:26/05/2016 23:14:00 Should Birmingham City progress through to an FA Cup quarter final from the 2016/17 season onwards, the game will no longer be subject to a replay.

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Player News 

27 May

Tom Turton Moves On...

Gloves Up for Syria 

27 May

Charity event aims to attract boxing fans.

Kohler-Cadmore looks ‘special’ – Rhodes 

26 May

Worcestershire coach Steve Rhodes admires the straightness of Tom Kohler-Cadmore's hitting ahead of Friday's Bears derby.

SCRFC AGM 2016 – Wednesday 22nd June 2015, 7.30pm 

26 May

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SCRFC AGM 2016 – Wednesday 22nd June 2016, 7.30pm 

26 May

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Jennings hits century in Durham victory 

25 May

Paul Collingwood and centurion Keaton Jennings help Durham to a four-wicket victory against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

CCD1: Durham beat Warks 

25 May

Keaton Jennings completed his third century of the Specsavers County Championship season as Durham wrapped up a four-wicket win over Division One rivals Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Arsenal top Premier League earnings with over £100m 

25 May

Champions Leicester made £93m while bottom club Aston Villa received £66.6m 25 May ~ Despite Leicester’s triumph, it was Arsenal who made the most money in the Premier League during the 2015-16 season.

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    Five-car crash causing long delays on M6 near Birmingham 

    27 May

    THERE are delays of at least 50 minutes on the M6 out of Birmingham after a five-car collision.

    CWA bullish after livestock market win 

    27 May

    BIRMINGHAM civil engineering consultancy CWA has been appointed to carry out the civil and structural engineering work on a £5.5m contract to expand a Leicestershire livestock market.

    Outline approval granted for 2,000 homes 

    27 May

    PLANS to build 2,000 homes near to Jaguar Land Rover\'s Gaydon plant have been approved by a council planning committee.

    New partner at KPMG in Birmingham 

    27 May

    Simon Clark steps up to senior role in the firm's financial services team...

    New Street revamp takes home ICE project of the year 

    27 May

    Second time in a week that regeneration of Birmingham's main station is crowned region's best as Institution of Civil Engineers praises 'wow factor...

    Kingsbury School to become Erdington Academy 

    27 May

    School on the way to gaining good rating again - Ofsted...

    Sheridan Maine hosts its first #CashIsKing evening seminar 

    27 May

    Sheridan Maine held its inaugural #CashIsKing seminar at Edgbaston Stadium...

    Construction firm awarded £41m university contract 

    26 May

    CONSTRUCTION firm BAM will build a major extension to Birmingham City University\'s (BCU) City South campus in Edgbaston that will create a £41m life sciences suite.

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    Privatising Jewellery Quarter street is a dangerous road to go down 

    26 May

    Architect Joe Holyoak takes a dim view of University College Birmingham's plan to close a Jewellery Quarter street in a bid to safeguard its students...

    Leading Bimingham tech companies merge 

    26 May

    Expansion for software design house.

    Trade investment group welcomes region’s export figures 

    26 May

    West Midlands lead national export orders increase.

    Millennium Point to host fuel cell conference 

    23 May

    Technical showcase returns to city venue.

    UK industry slides into third recession in the last decade 

    13 May

    David Bailey looks at the latest official data showing that UK industry is sliding into its third recession.

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    Events »

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, 28 May 2016 

    28 May

    28 May 2016 - Club at Warwick Bar, Redditch...

    Giggle at The Fox, 30 May 2016 

    28 May

    30 May 2016 - Comedy at The Fox Bar FREE Back by popular demand, free comedy show with Jen Brister, (“This is as near perfect stand up as I have seen” – Scotsgay), Maureen Younger (“one of the best MCs in the country” – Jo Enright), ...

    Mammal Hands To Play The H&H Next Thursday 

    27 May

    Leftfoot join forces with THSH to bring Mammal Hands to the Hare Hounds next Thursday 2nd June in support of their latest album ‘Floa’.

    Burt’s Bees 

    26 May

    Discover Burt’s Bees 100% natural Lip Crayon...

    June Market – updates! 

    26 May

    We have a couple of new stallholders joining us at the next market on 7th June – so we thought we would introduce them! How Brave Is The Wren How Brave Is The Wren is a travelling book shop.

    Moseley and Balsall Heath Sketch Crawl, 29 May 2016 

    26 May

    29 May 2016 - Community at Moseley Village Green FREE (suitable for under 18s) Sketch the sights of Moseley and Balsall Heath! Free and open to absolutely anyone of any and every ability.

    The AC30s, 27 May 2016 

    25 May

    27 May 2016 - Rock Pop at The RoadHouse Birmingham They take pride in their renditions to make sure they sound as close to the original track as is possible.

    Eyes and Nines, Southfall, Panspermia, Koncept, 26 May 2016 

    25 May

    26 May 2016 - Rock Pop at The RoadHouse Birmingham...

    Soul Trader, 28 May 2016 

    25 May

    28 May 2016 - Rock Pop at The Hop Pole Inn...

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    Movie Round-up: this week’s new releases, May 27- June 2 

    28 May

    NEW RELEASE Money Monster (15) Following on from The Big Short, Jodie Foster’s latest turn behind… Read more The post Movie Round-up: this week’s new releases, May 27- June 2 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .

    Gordon Lightfoot review: a raspy, old troubadour sings in the twilight 

    27 May

    RICHARD LUTZ takes a pew for Canadian legend Gordon Lightfoot It wasn’t until singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot delivered his most well known  song ‘If You Could Read My Mind’ that this show at Birminghan’s Symphony Hall started to burn a ...

    Bewertung von medizinischer Text Ghostwriter Service für Gymnasiasten 

    27 May

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    Live review: Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds, Symphony Hall – 17/05/16 

    27 May

    When The Beach Boys’ seminal album Pet Sounds was released in 1966 it was hailed as a game-changer.

    Album Review: Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Ride 

    27 May

    Kirstie Sutherland goes along with the ride with Catfish and the Bottlemen's second record.

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    Hundreds of foreign crime suspects arrested in latest Op Trivium offensive 

    28 May

    Hundreds of foreign crime suspects were arrested during the latest nationwide crackdown on foreign crooks operating or taking shelter on these shores.

    I want to work in a diverse team. Do you? 

    27 May

    Last year I walked through Lozells on the march by Black officers at the National Black Police Association Conference.

    Former care worker handed three life sentences for attempted murders 

    27 May

    A former care worker has today (27 May) been handed three life sentences after attempting to murder staff at the West Bromwich accommodation complex where she worked.

    ‘Courier Fraud’ phone scam plotters sentenced 

    27 May

    Three men and a woman have been sentenced after West Midlands Police uncovered a phone scam plot to trick elderly residents into handing over life savings.

    PC jailed after bogus 999 call sparked security alert 

    27 May

    A police officer who sparked a major national security alert by falsely claiming a West Midlands Police colleague was to be kidnapped has today (Friday 27 May) been jailed for seven years.

    Inmate jailed for blade attack – latest success for police prison team 

    26 May

    A detainee at HMP Birmingham will spend more time behind bars for slashing a fellow inmate with a makeshift knife – the latest success for West Midlands Police’s prison-based investigation team.

    Appeal for witnesses after a pregnant woman is attacked and robbed 

    26 May

    We are appealing for witnesses after a heavily pregnant woman was attacked and robbed in Moseley.

    WMP opens second state-of-the-art custody suite  

    26 May

    West Midlands Police has today (Thursday 26 May) opened its second state-of-the-art dedicated custody suite.

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    Uneven pavements, 29th May 

    29 May

    Along Garrett's green lane from Bilton grange rd .

    Significant changes to care plans made by social services without a reasonable explanation 

    28 May

    Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Robert Smith on 28 May 2016 .

    Badly recently repaired pavement outside 42 worlds end avenue quinton, 28th May 

    28 May

    Pavement repaired on 26 May.

    Big Birmingham Bikes boost for city charity 

    28 May

    Young people from the St Basils Youth Council enjoyed a bike ride in the city earlier this week (May 27) as a gesture of thanks for the support they have been provided by the Big Birmingham Bikes (BBB) scheme.

    Large metal fence in pond, 28th May 

    28 May

    There is a large security metal fence dumped in the pond near the bandstand end.

    Drinks cans, 28th May 

    28 May

    Rubbish left by litter bin outside 1001Tyburn Road,B24 0Tj.

    Litter, 28th May 

    28 May

    Litter everywhere on Tyburn Road,B24 0TJ.

    Bin, 27th May 

    27 May

    Bin kicked over have pick up rubbish and put in bin.

    Alleyway dumped with rubbish and full of rats, 27th May 

    27 May

    This problem has been going on for years the council is falling to fix it the alleyway that runs between heading rd and rookery rd is full of rats and dumped rubbish need to get rid of the rubbish and get a road sweeper to sweep up broken glass...

    Minor convictions on Disclosure and Barring Service (CRB) disclosures. 

    27 May

    Internal review request sent to Birmingham City Council by Peter Danby on 27 May 2016 .

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    it’s not more for less… it’s the right size boat 

    25 May

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    How to embed a vertical video from YouTube or Vimeo 

    24 May

    In my series of posts on Snapchat for journalists I mentioned that you can embed vertical video so that it doesn’t have those annoying black bars either side.

    spa me a thought 

    21 May

    Working in the communications industry can be stressful.

    the power of “how” 

    20 May

    Does your organisation only get two of three key steps right when creating and delivering a new piece of communications? Read on… by Ben Capper Whether it’s a short campaign, a poster or a full blown rebrand of a big organisation, getting the ...

    We are proposing to hand away property details at the very point journalists need them most 

    20 May

    Late last year, as the government indicated it was prepared to water down the Freedom of Information Act, industry publication Press Gazette launched a petition .

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