Birmingham news and blogs Saturday 20 January 2018

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Birmingham and Solihull residents raise £49,000 for St Mary’s Hospice with Christmas tree recycling scheme 

19 Jan

Residents rose to the challenge of recycling a record number of Christmas trees to raise £49,000 for local charity, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.

Ross Kemp follows police to a serious incident in the Jewellery Quarter. 

19 Jan

Actor and Documentary maker Ross Kemp, who is currently filming a documentary about violent crime in the UK, was seen with officers from West Midlands Police in the Jewellery Quarter this afternoon (19/01).

Birmingham 2022: Shooting dropped from Commonwealth Games 

19 Jan

Commonwealth Games Federation boss David Grevemberg backs Birmingham's decision to drop shooting from the 2022 Games.

Erdington dance teacher Neil Harris jailed for sex abuse 

19 Jan

Neil Harris was investigated after a victim searched Google and found he was still teaching.

Strictly Tour begins in Birmingham 

19 Jan

Last year's winner Joe McFadden will once again partner with Katya Jones and compete against fellow celebrities.

Buses in the West Midlands have more CCTV cameras than any other mode of transport. 

19 Jan

A senior West Midlands Police officer says he is “staggered” that anyone does anything wrong on a bus – because CCTV pictures are so clear nowadays.

Preston North End v Birmingham City 

19 Jan

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Preston North End and Birmingham City.

Crewe sign Newcastle’s Dan Barlaser and Aston Villa’s Harry McKirdy on loan 

19 Jan

Crewe Alexandra sign Newcastle United midfielder Dan Barlaser and Aston Villa forward Harry McKirdy on loan.

Ipswich sign Tottenham’s Cameron Carter-Vickers & Birmingham’s Stephen Gleeson 

19 Jan

Ipswich sign Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers and Birmingham midfielder Stephen Gleeson until the end of the season.

Aston Villa v Barnsley 

19 Jan

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Aston Villa and Barnsley.

Police-chase van smashes into Birmingham home 

19 Jan

The resident of the house in Erdington had left the room seconds before the crash.

£10m funding deal for healthcare company 

19 Jan

Sutton Coldfield-based CHS Healthcare is working with BGF on the next stage of its growth following equity deal...

Nicolai Brock-Madsen: Birmingham striker joins KS Cracovia on loan 

18 Jan

Birmingham striker Nicolai Brock-Madsen joins Polish side KS Cracovia on loan with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

Birmingham teen used parents’ credit card for Turkey terror trip 

18 Jan

The boy, 16, admits buying a ticket to Turkey and is believed to have planned to go to Syria.

Birmingham taxi driver loses licence after guide dog refusal 

18 Jan

Abdul Khalik did not pick up a blind passenger because of he was "allergic" to his assistance dog.

Public invited to have their say on future of West Midlands Fire Service 

18 Jan

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is seeking views on the future running of the region’s fire service.

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Is The NHS in Crisis? … Again? 

19 Jan

Comment Writer Rahim Mohamed argues more needs to be done in order secure our National Health System The post Is The NHS in Crisis? … Again? appeared first on Redbrick .

Hollywood’s Diversity Dilemma 

19 Jan

Comment Writer Natalia Carter discusses the diversity dilemma within Hollywood and the modern film industry.

Human rights after Brexit, ‘reliant on Parliamentary goodwill’ . . . 

18 Jan

Jeremy Corbyn’s amendment to th e European Union (Withdrawal) Bill , aimed to retain the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and ensure that it would be transferred, with the rest of EU law, when Britain leaves the EU in March 2019.

Ed Doolan: radio icon, local hero 

18 Jan

In 1974 an Australian born, former teacher joined the newly launched commercial radio station, BRMB.

Last week’s ‘Andy who?’ is this week’s ‘Andy wow!’ 

18 Jan

I hold no brief whatever for the West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, and have been critical, including in these columns, of aspects of both his election campaign and his eight...

Sometimes only single-minded mavericks can succeed 

17 Jan

If the health police haven’t yet been alerted, they’d jolly well better be, writes Paul Dale.

Wolff at the door: it’s double trouble in The West Wing 

17 Jan

                    Richard Lutz reads two books that turn the spotlight on President Trump As the ex-Presidential advisor Steve Bannon is subpoenaed testify before a Grand Jury, what better time to cast an eye over two White House ...

Iran: The Politics of The Economic Protests 

16 Jan

Comment Writer Tom Moran argues Iran needs a large-scale change in light of the recent protests The post Iran: The Politics of The Economic Protests appeared first on Redbrick .

Is Theresa May’s Environmental Plan Credible? Hardly 

16 Jan

Comment Writer Rhi Storer questions the Conservative's environmental policy The post Is Theresa May’s Environmental Plan Credible? Hardly appeared first on Redbrick .

“What do you think of the new Cabinet?” 

15 Jan

This question was posed last week and I replied cautiously, “Wait and see”.

Protected: Localising Prosperity – a short film 

15 Jan

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Welcome to politics, Mr Mayor 

15 Jan

After seven months in the role, Andy Street has discovered that being a Metro Mayor is a political job after all, writes Kevin Johnson.

West Midlands New Economics Group: AGM 25th January 2018 

14 Jan

Annual General Meeting Roundup of news and planning for future meeting 25th January,  5-7pm at the John Lewis Community Hub, available to community groups.

Birmingham Home Care workers will be on strike on Saturday 20th January, with a rally from 12 – 2pm in Victoria Square 

14 Jan

Please support our 350 home care workers who are in dispute over redundancies and a new rota system.

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Kardashian-West baby: We have a name, ladies and gents! 

19 Jan

Stop whatever you’re doing right now.

An exhibition is going on in the Parkside building in Birmingham City University 

19 Jan

Parkside building is hosting a new exhibition about class discrepancies, social injustice, workers’ rights, political struggles and racial tensions.

Airbnb: rental growth in Birmingham is the highest 

19 Jan

Airbnb is booming in Birmingham.

Brexit: ‘Significant’ difference in viewpoint between UK and France 

19 Jan

French President Emmanuel Macron ‘s statement on the UK’s Brexit stance shows a ‘significant’ difference in viewpoint between the two countries.

Iain Mackay calls it a day after 20-year-long ballet career 

19 Jan

Birmingham Royal Ballet ‘s principal dancer, Iain Mackay will perform for the last time this evening at Symphony Hall.

Sunday Roasts at Jamies 

19 Jan

Jamie has given the classic British roast an Italian makeover and the result is off-the-scale delicious.

A new study finds you might still be a teenager 

19 Jan

According to a new study , published in the Lancet Child Adolescent Health , adolescence now lasts until 24 years old, or should be considered so.

Council Supports Homeless Rooms Birmingham 

19 Jan

Council supports website helping homeless people make the right move.

Birmingham’s Millennium Point shortlisted for Tim Peake Spacecraft venue 

19 Jan

Millenium Point’s Thinktank Science museum has been shortlisted as one of the potential venues to host Astronaut Tim Peake’s spacecraft.

British Museum “Living with gods” exhibition visits Birmingham 

19 Jan

“Living with gods” curator Jill Cook reveals what makes the British Museum exhibition unique.

Nintendo announce new cardboard DIY toys 

19 Jan

Many large retailers such as McDonalds and Iceland have been looking at new ways to reduce the amount of plastic they use across their business.

Preview: Bees hope to extend lead against Doncaster Phoenix 

19 Jan

Birmingham and Solihull Rugby Club seek to extend their unbeaten record when they take on  Doncaster Phoenix in a Midlands Premier League match at Damson Park this Saturday.

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Aston Villa »

West Brom Confirm Regis Funeral Details 

19 Jan

West Brom Confirm Regis Funeral Details Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/01/2018 22:59:00 Following the sad passing of the legend that was Cyrille Regis this week, West Bromwich Albion...

Bruce Aiming For Four Wins On The Spin 

19 Jan

Bruce Aiming For Four Wins On The Spin Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/01/2018 16:39:00 Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has now held his pre Barnsley press conference and he's hoping to make it four straight wins this weekend.

Something For The Weekend (599) 

19 Jan

Something For The Weekend (599) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/01/2018 16:29:00 An efficient three points for Villa...

Aston Villa Youngster Heads To Crewe 

19 Jan

Aston Villa Youngster Heads To Crewe Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/01/2018 16:28:00 Aston Villa youngster Harry McKirdy has today made the loan switch out to League Two Crewe Alexandra.

I Wish The Spurs Manager Would Just Shut Up 

19 Jan

I Wish The Spurs Manager Would Just Shut Up Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/01/2018 15:58:00 Brilliant bit of pre-weekend action unsettling of our loan player by the Spurs manager.

Are Our Expectations Out Of Whack To Villa’s Reality? 

19 Jan

Are Our Expectations Out Of Whack To Villa's Reality? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/01/2018 14:18:00 Stennyvilla asks if our expectations are out of whack to the reality at the club...

An Emotional Dion Dublin On The Influence Of Big Cryrille 

19 Jan

An Emotional Dion Dublin On The Influence Of Big Cryrille Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/01/2018 08:56:00 A very emotional Dion Dublin talking about the influence Cryille Regis had on him and fellow black players.

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Birmingham City FC »

Championship weekend preview 

19 Jan

Hull boss Nigel Adkins will push his side to claim all three points in their vital clash with bottom club Sunderland on Saturday.

Stephen Gleeson joins Ipswich Town on a free 

19 Jan

Stephen Gleeson joins Ipswich Town on a free Vitalfootball:Birmingham:19/01/2018 12:32:00 Birmingham City have announced the departure of midfielder Stephen Gleeson...

Steve Cotterill paying for summer spending spree 

19 Jan

Steve Cotterill paying for summer spending spree Vitalfootball:Birmingham:19/01/2018 10:44:00 Rob Wildey analyses Blues' problems in the transfer window...

Preston v Birmingham preview 

19 Jan

Preston could have Paul Huntington and Josh Earl back for Saturday's Championship game at home to Birmingham.

LISTEN: EFL Matters podcast 

18 Jan

Listen to the EFL Matters podcast, as Michael Appleton and Andy Hinchcliffe join David Prutton to discuss all the latest talking points in the Championship, League One and League Two.

Grounds extension represents good business for Blues 

18 Jan

Grounds extension represents good business for Blues Vitalfootball:Birmingham:18/01/2018 10:54:00 Rob Wildey discusses Jonathan Grounds' contract extension...

Blues Forward View 

17 Jan

We've been here before Blues’ annual report, released last month and widely discussed, makes for concerning reading.

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Sport »

Aston Villa transfer news and rumours: Bruce to listen to offers for defender; Wyness’ big interview 

20 Jan

A big round up of everything AVFC from the Birmingham Mail...

Birmingham City transfer news and rumours: Two players depart; Nelom update; why Maik remained 

20 Jan

The latest BCFC news and gossip from the Birmingham Mail...

West Brom transfer news and rumours: Deeney, Roberts, Sturridge and Ings feature 

20 Jan

A round up of the latest WBA news and gossip from the Birmingham Mail...

Strictly Come Dancing Live brings ballroom glitz to Arena Birmingham 

20 Jan

The glittering dance extravaganza was back for its 11th tour and Dame Darcey Bussell joined Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli for the first time on the road.

Steve Bruce interview: Aston Villa boss talks transfers, Financial Fair Play and promotion 

19 Jan

Gregg Evans caught up with the Villa boss ahead of the Championship clash with Barnsley...

Aston Villa to listen to offers for defender this month 

19 Jan

Steve Bruce will consider an approaches for this full-back this window...

Aston Villa chief on the futures of Micah Richards and Gabby Agbonlahor 

19 Jan

The Villa CEO was speaking as a guest on the BBC WM Sport phone-in...

John Terry’s £10m offer and other Aston Villa talking points from Keith Wyness’ big interview 

19 Jan

The Villa CEO was chatting to BBC WM Sport and their callers this evening...

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    Carillion collapse halts construction at £700m Paradise project in Birmingham city centre 

    19 Jan

    Mystery continues to surround the future of one of Birmingham's most prominent new office developments as building site remains deserted...

    1,000-home Birmingham city centre proposal is ‘Big, bold and fab’ but planners still aren’t happy and this is why 

    19 Jan

    But council's planning committee wants more from the development of Monaco House site on Bristol Road...

    Engineering firm crowned National Apprenticeship winner 

    19 Jan

    Lander Automotive crowned top SME in recognition of its efforts to grow its team of apprentices...

    £10m funding deal for healthcare company 

    19 Jan

    Sutton Coldfield-based CHS Healthcare is working with BGF on the next stage of its growth following equity deal...

    Clarke Willmott hosts a lunch with Paul Kehoe 

    19 Jan

    Birmingham-based law firm Clarke Willmott LLP last week hosted a lunch for business professionals with keynote speaker Paul Kehoe...

    ‘Almost no exposure’ to rail sector if companies collapse like Carillion 

    18 Jan

    Transport minister moves to reassure Parliament that projects such as HS2 will be protected if other contractors follow the same fate as Carillion...

    Carillion. What a Mess. 

    18 Jan

    Professor David Bailey casts his eye over the ongoing fallout from construction and infrastructure group Carillion entering liquidation...

    Ranjit Boparan sells Goodfella’s and San Marco pizza for £200m 

    18 Jan

    Birmingham entrepreneur offloads frozen pizza arm of Green Isle Foods to owner of Birds Eye...

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    Birmingham company to fit out one of city’s tallest buildings 

    19 Jan

    New contract boost from major residential development.

    West Midlands Trains supports Year of Engineering 

    15 Jan

    Rail company boost for education and training.

    Book launch warns against digital overload 

    9 Jan

    International experts to launch pioneering digital leadership book at Birmingham tech hub.

    Car market to be stuck in the slow lane in 2018? 

    5 Jan

    Professor David Bailey examines what impact the latest car registration figures will have on the automotive manufacturing sector...

    Successful 2017 for start-ups at leading digital campus 

    5 Jan

    £10 million investment rounds off good year for new Birmingham tech firms.

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    Events »

    Friday Social, 19 Jan 2018 

    17 Jan

    19 Jan 2018 - Rock Pop at The Actress Bishop Start the weekend off right and join us for our brand new Friday Social - kicking off at 5pm we offer free food, from popular local eatery Hen and Chickens Live music from Jake Henry Ross Lydon (...

    Nightmares On Wax Releases New Video Ahead of Tour 

    17 Jan

    The legendary Nightmares On Wax has shared the video for the title track from his forthcoming album, ‘Shape The Future’, out January 26th.

    Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars Documentary, 17 Jan 2018 – 18 Jan 2018 

    16 Jan

    17 Jan 2018 - 18 Jan 2018 - Film at Mockingbird Theatre...

    Prince of Nothingwood + Random Acts, 19 Jan 2018 – 22 Jan 2018 

    16 Jan

    19 Jan 2018 - 22 Jan 2018 - Film at mac Meet Salim Shaheen, the greatest movie director of all time...

    Cancelled ! Indoor Car Boot – Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, 21 Jan 2018 

    16 Jan

    21 Jan 2018 - Community at Bishop Vesey Grammar School FREE It is with deep regret that this Sunday's Indoor Car Boot has had to be cancelled.

    Dealing with Painful Feelings, 20 Jan 2018 

    15 Jan

    20 Jan 2018 - Community at Kadampa Meditation Centre We like pleasant feelings and dislike unpleasant feelings.

    New Show: Call Super 

    15 Jan

    We’re delighted to announce that Shadow City Farr Festival will be teaming up to welcome Call Super to the Hare Hounds on Saturday 24th February! Known for his forward thinking productions and genre spanning DJ sets, he’s someone who we’ve ...

    Open Code, 16 Jan 2018 

    14 Jan

    16 Jan 2018 - Digital at Birmingham Open Media FREE A weekly open study session for folks who program (in any language) or those who want to get started learning to code.

    What next for Interfaith in Birmingham?, 18 Jan 2018 

    14 Jan

    18 Jan 2018 - Spoken Word at Birmingham Museum Art Gallery FREE Join Andrew Smith and youth organisation The Feast to explore what it means to live in an interfaith city.

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    Music blogs »

    The Sam Factor 

    20 Jan

    Talking to X Factor singer Sam Lavery.

    Swan way 

    20 Jan

    Discount orchestra tickets available for health service employees.

    ALBUM REVIEW: The House by Porches 

    19 Jan

    Aaron Maine’s Porches started working on ‘The House’ shortly after 2016’s ‘Pool’ was released- and it does, indeed, sound like a continuation of themes; this collection of songs expands on what we’ve heard before from the New York ...

    Peter Wyngarde RIP 

    19 Jan

    Okay he may be better known as an actor and all round chap than a singer but Peter Wyngarde, who's passed away at the grand old age of 90...

    The Streets: Heroes Become Weak 

    19 Jan

    Felix Page reviews The Street's comeback single and ponders whether one of Birmingham's biggest cultural exports has lost his touch The post The Streets: Heroes Become Weak appeared first on Redbrick .

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    Condition Orange 

    11 Jan

    On Monday in the House of Commons, questions to the Home Office occupied some of the afternoon.

    After a frustrating 12 months it’s time to take more risk, be agile and be innovative 

    8 Jan

    This week is my first back in 2018 as I took the week off after New Year.

    Much Less Blogging 

    4 Jan

    You guys seemed to use the BLOG a lot last year, way more than any other single year since I started in 2011 and that was really encouraging on one level.

    AND / OR 

    3 Jan

    Compare and contrast the following two pieces of law – Section 136(2) says someone removed to a Place of Safety may be taken there to be examined by a registered medical practitioner and interviewed by an Approved Mental Health Professional...


    26 Dec

    I wrote this post in June 2016 and simply forgot to publish it.

    I’m a Mental Health Professional 

    26 Dec

    I’m a mental health professional – but I didn’t realise this when I first joined the police.

    Why the West Midlands is the place to be 

    22 Dec

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! I have recorded a separate Christmas message so I will not repeat it here.

    Place of Safety Stuff 

    19 Dec

    We’ve been playing with the newly amended police powers under the Mental Health Act for over a week now – I say ‘playing’ because it seems there are various kinds of games going on from the early feedback I’ve ...

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    Sofa big bags wood, 20th January 

    20 Jan

    Hi There is a sofa refused bin bags and wood on pavement which creating health and safety issue on pavement and hygenic smell too Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Seeleys Road, Greet...

    Obstructing the pavement on a regular occasion., 19th January 

    19 Jan

    Pavement obstruction and poor parking on a regular basis.

    A large number of block paving bricks missing from around inspection cover on footpath outside Santander Bank at 1109 Warwick Road, Acocks Green, B27 6RA, 19th January 

    19 Jan

    The fact that so many bricks are missing from around this inspection cover means that there is serious trip hazard for pedestrians here in this very busy shopping street.

    Large pothole in Stratford Road service road outside no. 1037 Stratford Road (Poundstretcher shop), 19th January 

    19 Jan

    This pothole has developed recently and is rapdily getting worse.

    Different issues, 19th January 

    19 Jan

    Location: Subway between Bromsgrove St and Ibiz Budget Multiple Graffiti that needs removing Subway also needs to be litter picked and washed down as there is a bad smell coming from it Subway also has needles inside plus other drug substances...

    No of students 

    19 Jan

    Response by Birmingham City Council to MD on 19 January 2018 .

    School Agency Spend 

    19 Jan

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Francesca Sandiford on 19 January 2018 .

    Broken Bollard, 19th January 

    19 Jan

    Bollard needs fixing Location: Outside Back 2 Backs on Hurst St Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 57 Hurst Street, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...

    “Birmingham Faith Map” data 

    19 Jan

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Andy Mabbett on 19 January 2018 .

    All signals out, 19th January 

    19 Jan

    Priory Queensway/Moor Street Traffic Signals out Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Moor Street Queensway, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...

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    Social media »

    30 days of human comms: #39 the stylish police dog’s hair and his proud owner 

    19 Jan

    Genius… I think we should all take a moment out of our day to just reflect on how awesome PD Max’s hair is.

    30 days of human comms: day #38: Hampshire Police’s tweeted video to encourage girls to join their cadets 

    19 Jan

    For me, a good police social media account must mirror a beat constable Sometimes personable, sometimes serioes they must navigate the gears depending on the issue.

    Is Social Media a tool – or for tools? 

    19 Jan

    Last night I was copied into a conversation on twitter that was focused on hyperlocal, but commented on Facebook being a poor platform for HL “I hate facebook – it causes nothing but arguments” “I don’t want people finding out that much...

    We’ve all become newspapers – and that’s bad. 

    19 Jan

    we measure our social media by how much other people pay attention to it.

    User Dictionaries – a Fundamental Design Flaw 

    18 Jan

    0000-0001-5882-6823 I have just had to add several words to the user dictionary for the spell-checker in Notepad++ , that I have already added to my user dictionary in LibreOffice , and to my user dictionary in Firefox (all under Windows 10 – does ...

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