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Kingsley Burrell was poised to become a celebrity bodyguard, his devastated family reveals 

24 May

Campaign for justice in memory of tragic dad who died after a catalogue of failings in his care...


29 brilliant Birmingham Pride carnival parade photos – can you spot yourself? 

23 May

See our second gallery from the colourful Birmingham Pride carnival parade which made its way through the city on Saturday...


36 fabulous photos of Birmingham Pride’s carnival parade – can you spot yourself? 

23 May

See our first gallery from the colourful Birmingham Pride carnival parade which made its way through the city on Saturday...


Supporters gather over custody death 

23 May

A rally takes place in Birmingham calling for a public inquiry into the death of a man detained under the Mental Health Act.


Eleven arrests over body in shed 

23 May

Police arrest 11 people on suspicion of murder after they find a man's body in a Birmingham shed.


Live: Birmingham Pride 2015 parades through the city centre 

23 May

Live updates from the annual parade as it makes its way to the Gay Village...


Pride event takes place despite cuts 

23 May

Birmingham's 19th Pride event takes place despite £20,000 of cuts by the city council.


Pensioner who died after fall at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital ‘was not properly supervised’ 

23 May

A pensioner who died after suffering a fall at a Midland hospital was not adequately supervised due to a shortage of staff, an inquest heard.


Live: Birmingham Pride 2015 parades through the city centre 

23 May

Live updates from the annual parade as it makes its way to the Gay Village...


Teaching Union slams plan to sack heads of failing schools 

23 May

60 'inadequate' city schools could be forced to reopen as academies...


Business leaders back plans for Black Country, Birmingham, Coventry, and Solihull to become Combined Authority 

22 May

Business leaders in the Black Country have welcomed moves towards joining up the West Midlands in a combined authority to handle powers devolved from Whitehall.


Axe vandal chops down more trees 

22 May

More trees are chopped down in Birmingham in what has been described as "mindless vandalism".


11 West Midlands earthquakes you probably didn’t feel 

22 May

British Geological Survey has revealed there have been 11 recorded earthquakes in the West Midlands over the last 15 years...


24 photos of the Paradise Circus roadworks to keep you awake at night 

22 May

Pictures capture the progress as huge city centre redevelopment continues...


Elderly woman dies after house fire 

22 May

A elderly woman dies following a blaze at a house in Birmingham, the fire service say.


Birmingham attracts record number of tourists 

22 May

Birmingham attracted a record 944,000 tourists last year according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.


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Comment »

Smiling Irish Eyes 

24 May

I was there less than two weeks ago; I saw the posters, understood what it was about and knew what the opinion polls were saying and heard the anecdotal opinions of the people I met...


Demonstrate for the Library of Birmingham (and the wider library service) Saturday 13 June 

23 May

The Friends of the Library of Birmingham has decided to call a demonstration on Saturday June 13th.


The bones of history: Palmyra, city of history and sand, in peril 

22 May

Women carved in Palmyra stone A decade ago, Richard Lutz roamed the ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra.


Raving against racism 

22 May

Anti-racism group launch new event.


Why is government allowing the West Midlands to drag out the elected mayor issue? 

21 May

When the subject of a directly elected mayor has reared its head in Birmingham it has traditionally been ground into the dust by opponents but the issues just refuses to go away...


Election 2015: One Big Joke 

21 May

Viral videos proved to be more popular than the polling station during the election.


‘If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying…’ 

21 May

RICHARD LUTZ  reports on the bankers that have been stealing from us and continue to steal from us The scandal involving criminal behaviour in our banking system has resulted in £3.6b in fines handed out to five big time institutions.


In Dublin`s fair city 

21 May

Any gesture of reconciliation, regardless of how small has to be considered as a very good thing if truth and peace are to be re-established...


– Young man reading the Open Letter to ISIS, Birmingham. 

20 May

Young man reading the Open Letter to ISIS, Birmingham.


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City-centre news »

Kingsley Burrell was poised to become a celebrity bodyguard, his devastated family reveals 

24 May

Campaign for justice in memory of tragic dad who died after a catalogue of failings in his care...


New Centenary Square – Vote for Your Favourite 

23 May

Your vote could influence the final design...


29 brilliant Birmingham Pride carnival parade photos – can you spot yourself? 

23 May

See our second gallery from the colourful Birmingham Pride carnival parade which made its way through the city on Saturday...


36 fabulous photos of Birmingham Pride’s carnival parade – can you spot yourself? 

23 May

See our first gallery from the colourful Birmingham Pride carnival parade which made its way through the city on Saturday...


Bank Holiday Danish Film Night 

23 May

When: Monday 25th May, 18:00 Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH The Spotted Dog’s Danish Sofie is resurrecting Danish Film Night on Monday, to bring you two dark comedies in a special Bank Holiday Double Bill: … ...


English Wine Producers Festival 

23 May

When: Saturday 23rd May, 11:00-17:00 Where: The Bond, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE As part of national English Wine Week, a week long celebration of English wine is taking place in Birmingham, including a festival at the Bond Co … ...


Live: Birmingham Pride 2015 parades through the city centre 

23 May

Live updates from the annual parade as it makes its way to the Gay Village...


Live: Birmingham Pride 2015 parades through the city centre 

23 May

Live updates from the annual parade as it makes its way to the Gay Village...


Special feature: exclusive interview with Izzes Gayle, founder of NUBI Hub 

23 May

In a special longform feature using the Immersive.


Birmingham Women’s Help Centre: Daisy explains why her work is so important 

22 May

In a special guest post for Birmingham Eastside, Daisy Khera from Birmingham Women’s Help Centre explains what her work involves, why cuts mean they cannot cover their costs – and how important volunteers are in providing support.


“You will know at least one woman who has been a victim of domestic violence” – the Jan Foundation’s Judy Morgan 

22 May

“It has been estimated that women will spend an average of seven years in abusive relationships and will have taken at least 35 severe beatings before they ask for help with their situation.


Sutton Coldfield residents have chance to vote for town council inside of Birmingham 

22 May

By Alexandra Pitts Birmingham City Council have published conclusions regarding a new town council for the district of Sutton Coldfield.


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Aston Villa »

Tim Sherwood: I’ll cry if Aston Villa don’t win the FA Cup and I’ll cry if we do. I have a hankie, it’s claret 

23 May

Villa manager will shed tears whatever the result against Arsenal at Wembley next weekend...


Benteke wants to stay – Sherwood 

23 May

Tim Sherwood is 'convinced' star striker Christian Benteke wants to stay at Aston Villa next season...


A Brief Sherwood Round Up 

23 May

A Brief Sherwood Round Up Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:23/05/2015 12:45:00 Manager Tim Sherwood's press conference was wide and varied - here's the rest...


Pre Burnley Injury News 

23 May

Pre Burnley Injury News Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:23/05/2015 12:21:00 The final game of the 2014-15 Premier League season - we are safe.


Aston Villa v Burnley – the preview 

23 May

Despite having one eye on next Saturday’s FA Cup final and all the talk amongst fans of youth players featuring, Tim Sherwood has sworn not to rest players for Sunday’s final Premier League game of the 2015-16 season.


A Battle Between The Clarets For The Final Game Of The Season 

23 May

Aston Villa’s run of form came to an abrupt end last weekend, as they were trounced 6-1 by Southampton, but Tim Sherwood will be hoping to finish the season in style against already-relegated Burnley.


How accurate are Premier League cliches? 

23 May

Does the 'immutable law of the ex' stand up? Is the form book really thrown out of the window in derbies? How hard is it playing teams 'fighting for their lives'? Charlie Eccleshare investigates...


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Birmingham City FC »

Birmingham City fans say ‘sign Robert Tesche’ 

23 May

A clear message for Gary Rowett from the Birmingham City fans...


Randolph Rejects Deal 

23 May

Birmingham City confirmed yesterday that goalkeeper Darren Randolph has rejected the offer of a new contract and is exercising his right to leave the club as per the Bosman ruling at the end of the season.


Birmingham Eye Released Wednesday Forward 

23 May

Birmingham Eye Released Wednesday Forward Vitalfootball:Birmingham:23/05/2015 09:42:00 Jacques Maghoma could be on Rowett's wish list after leaving Sheffield Wednesday this summer...


Darren Randolph set for move to Premier League 

23 May

Darren Randolph set for move to Premier League Vitalfootball:Birmingham:23/05/2015 09:31:00 Blues No 1 has announced he will leave Birmingham when his contract ends...


Birmingham City fans want to see the return of Robert Tesche – permanently! 

23 May

Birmingham City fans have voted in our end of season survey, and when answering the question of arrivals, it was the popular German they wanted to return...


Keeper Randolph to leave Birmingham 

22 May

Birmingham City announce that Ireland international goalkeeper Darren Randolph is set to leave the club.


Darren Randolph leaving Blues 

22 May

Birmingham have confirmed that goalkeeper Darren Randolph is leaving the club after turning down a new contract.


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Sport »

Race Night 

22 May

Postponed...


Awards Night 

21 May

The Royals recently hosted their annual awards night and celebrated a promotion winning season in style.


NEW SIGNING 

21 May

Major Signing For Royals as Duane Courtney agrees deal.


MAJOR NEW SPONSOR FOR THE ROYALS 

21 May

Local company to sponsor 1st team...


Pre Season Takes Shape 

21 May

Games confirmed for Pre Season...


Next Batch Of Players Agree Terms 

21 May

Tooth delighted as majority commit for next season.


Jason Welborn v Ryan Aston – brains or brawn? 

21 May

Jason Welborn reckons he will capitalise on a "confidence crisis" come fight night - but Ryan Aston argues it's his brain that will win the day.


Summer Camp 2015 

20 May

Follow link to poster...


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Business »

Still waters run deep for Birmingham hotel with its own well 

23 May

The Macdonald Burlington in New Street has developed a unique cottage industry pumping water up from an underground well dating back to the hotel’s origins in 1873.


Veteran reporter: BBC broke pledge over plans for Birmingham 

23 May

Failure to develop Midlands base after Pebble Mill closure 'a scandal...


BREAKING NEWS: Shakespeares and SGH Martineau confirm merger 

22 May

TWO of Birminghams best known law firms, Shakespeares and SGH Martineau, have confirmed they are to merge.


1,000 more jobs on the way as Jaguar Land Rover doubles size of factory 

22 May

Jaguar Land Rover is to almost double the size of its factory on the outskirts of Wolverhampton and create around 1,000 more jobs.


Profits slump by more than half for Severn Trent 

22 May

COVENTRY-based utility Severn Trent has seen its profits slump by more than 50% as a result of a massive investment programme.


Centenary Square redesign options go on public display 

22 May

SHORTLISTED designs for a competition to redesign one of Birminghams largest public squares are to go on display.


Lightwave RF makes a maiden profit 

22 May

BIRMINGHAM home technology business LightwaveRF has recorded its first six monthly profit.


Calls to reject Broad Street hotel and apartment project 

22 May

City councillors urged to knock back Regal's plan for new development in centre of Birmingham's busiest area for bars and nightclubs over fears residents will find it too noisy...


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Business columns »

PANTING FOR POSTER BOY 

22 May

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Birmingham international visitors reach all-time high 

22 May

International visitor consumer spend reaches £300 million.


Businesses set to battle it out at Dragonboat Festival 

22 May

Annual Brindleyplace event now in sixteenth year.


Midlands Media Awards 2015 launched 

22 May

Region’s top media talent to be honoured.


POLDARK, PIES AND THE PAMPAS 

21 May

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Events »

35 more Birmingham Pride carnival parade pictures – maybe you are in this gallery? 

23 May

Our third and final gallery from the Birmingham Pride carnival parade which made its way through the city on Saturday...


29 brilliant Birmingham Pride carnival parade photos – can you spot yourself? 

23 May

See our second gallery from the colourful Birmingham Pride carnival parade which made its way through the city on Saturday...


36 fabulous photos of Birmingham Pride’s carnival parade – can you spot yourself? 

23 May

See our first gallery from the colourful Birmingham Pride carnival parade which made its way through the city on Saturday...


All Day Music Extravaganza, 25 May 2015 

23 May

25 May 2015 - Rock Pop at Tower of Song Sonny Blokeman hosts another of his impeccable open sessions TODAY ITS TOWER OF SONG FOR NEPAL FUNDRIASER turn up sign up tune up and play /and/or listen in the best little venue in town.


Live: Birmingham Pride 2015 parades through the city centre 

23 May

Live updates from the annual parade as it makes its way to the Gay Village...


All Day Festival, 24 May 2015 

23 May

24 May 2015 - Rock Pop at The RoadHouse Birmingham After the success of last year, Erndor50 Promotions Presents: BANK HOLIDAY ROCK’n’BLUES ALL-DAY FESTIVAL @ THE ROADHOUSE BIRMINGHAM on SUNDAY 24TH MAY 2015 (3pm Doors) The management company ...


33 brilliant food pubs in Birmingham 

23 May

For good pub grub and Sunday roasts these boozers in and around the city will hit the spot...


Monaco GP with Motorsport In Pubs, 24 May 2015 

22 May

24 May 2015 - Community at Après Bar (Summer Row) FREE (suitable for under 18s) MONACO! Formula 1's most prestigious event where anything can happen-perhaps even Mercedes not being on pole and winning at a canter! The Motorsport in Pubs crowd ...


New Show: Leftfoot vs Raw with Mark Rae & Chris Read 

22 May

We’re please to announce that Leftfoot join forces with Raw to bring Mark Rae (Rae Christian/Grand Central) and Chris Read (BBE/Substance) to the Hare Hounds on Friday 12th June.


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Music blogs »

Acid Folk Mix by Circuit des Yeux 

23 May

Chicago based experimental musician, Circuit des Yeux (aka Haley Fohr) , has created a wonderful mix of Acid Folk music, which we thought we’d share with you as a sound track to the Bank Holiday.


Single Review: The Vaccines – Dream Lover 

23 May

Is the group's latest as dreamy as its title suggests? Ally Head reviews The post Single Review: The Vaccines – Dream Lover appeared first on Redbrick .


Young Romance – Never Learn 

22 May

Here's something with a little spunk to get your Bank Holiday weekend off to a decent start.


An English Trip – John Doran 

22 May

Friday 22 May Eastside Projects Doors 6.30pm Tickets £4/5 on the door We’re delighted to be partnering with Ideal to host long time friend and supporter of all things Capsule, John Doran the editor of The Quietus.


The radical ideas at play in Holly Herndon’s new album 

22 May

We’ve been blogging an awful lot about Holly Herndon lately, which reflects her emergence in recent months as one of the most exciting artists and thinkers working right now.


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999 »

WMFS Supports Pride 2015 

21 May

West Midlands Fire Service is delighted to be supporting Birmingham Pride once again this year.


Political Developments 

20 May

Theresa MAY will address the Police Federation Conference later this morning in her first speech since being re-appointed Home Secretary after the 2015 General Election.


Life-saving link-up 

13 May

Three Birmingham fire stations now have life-saving defibrillators available for use by the public, thanks to a link-up between the West Midlands’ fire and ambulance services.


Sections 4A and 4B – Mental Capacity Act 

9 May

These are the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) sections that everyone forgets to talk about – so I want to make sure I play my part in ramming them home! Several things cause this BLOG to be necessary in helping paramedics and police officers...


Gearing up to prevent 

8 May

This week I want to discuss my views on the second limb of the blueprint; Geared to Prevent harm.


The Mental Health Taskforce 

3 May

Right, NHS England have set up a taskforce on mental health – chaired by Paul FARMER, the Chief Executive of Mind and vice-chaired by Jacqui DYER who is an expert in mental health by experience, it seeks to set out a five-year forward...


Discharging Section 136 

3 May

When does detention under s135 or 136 end, once someone has been detained in a place of safety?!  It’s actually easy to answer, just harder to put into practice.


The Grey Zone 

3 May

It is now a requirement of the new Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act that police officers should, where possible, ring a mental health professional before initiating their use of section 136 of the Act.


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LocalGov »

Edgbaston Tunnel Lighting Out, 23rd May 

23 May

The lighting is completely out in the Edgbaston canal tunnel, underneath Church Road.


Litter, 23rd May 

23 May

Litter pick needed along Tyburn Road,B24 0TJ.


Fly posting, 23rd May 

23 May

This advertising sign has been placed back on central reservation again despite having been removed following report in April 2015.


Matters relating to air pollution and rates of childhood obesity, infant mortality and low IQ at electoral ward level 

22 May

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Michael Ryan on 22 May 2015 .


Equality information on Library of Birmingham services and users 

22 May

Response by Birmingham City Council to Martin Sullivan on 22 May 2015 .


LOBO loans 

22 May

Response by Birmingham City Council to Fanny Malinen on 22 May 2015 .


Man sentenced for selling devices enabling illegal games to be played 

22 May

A Birmingham man has today (May 22) been sentenced by magistrates for selling devices enabling Nintendo DS consoles to play downloaded counterfeit computer games.


Sutton Town Council – council’s conclusions published 

22 May

Birmingham City Council has today (Friday 22 May) published its conclusions regarding the proposal to create a Town Council for Sutton Coldfield within Birmingham.


Louisa’s Story 

22 May

The story of cancer is changing.


Content filtering software 

22 May

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Jennifer Gallagher on 22 May 2015 .


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Social media »

#365daysofpolitics day 16: Unlocking Magna Carta 

23 May

Yesterday I drove to Nottingham University to take part in a discussion about politics in the digital age.


Space is hard 

22 May

I’ve been writing up the methodology section of my PhD, and in what is becoming a recurring theme in writing things up it’s caused me to go back over some things I read ages ago and get a fresh perspective on them.


fearless filmmaking: taking the plunge with video 

22 May

Our first video workshop was a success.


A data story flow chart: “talk to an expert” 

22 May

James Gaines has put together an impressively elegant flowchart for data stories which I wanted to share here.


#365daysofpolitics day 15: dragging this one out 

21 May

I’m really taking my time over this data wrangling…...


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