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Wow. Just wow… how Stephen Sutton’s final fundraising push captured the hearts of the world 

23 Apr

MIKE LOCKLEY follows the extraordinary story of brave cancer victim whose quest to help Teenage Cancer Trust turned into an international phenomenon...


Cat Deeley to star in US comedy show 

23 Apr

Sutton Coldfield presenter gets Hollywood role playing fake psychic...


Fundraisers wanted to abseil Birmingham landmark in aid of city charities 

23 Apr

Daredevils get chance to raise money for good causes at Three Brindleyplace...


First class effort for children’s charity 

23 Apr

Birmingham arm of UK Mail delivers £82k charity cash to NSPCC...


Job creates new outlook for partially-sighted Brum woman 

23 Apr

Handsworth Wood woman to become counsellor and hypnotherapist after failing sight forced her to quit dream job...


New event to celebrate Birmingham’s food and drink scene 

23 Apr

Birmingham Independent Food Fair at Millennium Point on September 13...


Stephen’s Story: Reaction as inspiring teenager Stephen Sutton smashes ‘Bucket List’ £1m target 

23 Apr

Stephen Sutton captured the hearts of the world after posting a poignant farewell to supporters on Facebook yesterday...


Watch: Four men arrested following drugs raids in Sparkbrook 

23 Apr

Three arrested on suspicion of drugs-related offences and one charged with assaulting cop...


Trojan Horse Phone Line Set Up For Whistle Blowing 

23 Apr

The City Council has published a list of 18 schools which Ofsted said it has inspected at the request of the Education Secretary Michael Gove.


Ex-Aston Villa star Collymore told his phone has been hacked 

23 Apr

Cannock-born striker and radio pundit confirms numbers were hacked and vows to take 'appropriate legal action...


Dizzee Rascal and Jessie J headline Birmingham’s Fusion Festival on August 30-31 

23 Apr

Organisers confirm bill for Cofton Park festival and offer half-price tickets for nearby residents...


Birmingham restaurant trio to showcase culinary talents in national contest 

23 Apr

Opus staff will present skills to Heston Blumenthal in search of Royal Academy awards...


£30k of jewellery snatched from Kingstanding home 

23 Apr

Sneak thieves took rings from property in Kings Road as owner moved car...


Dying teenage cancer patient Stephen Sutton completes bucket list after raising £1million for charity 

23 Apr

Generous well-wishers completed his aim of raising the seven-figure sum for the Teenage Cancer Trust after 19-year-old posted emotional final message from his hospital bed...


As it happened: The X Factor open auditions in Birmingham 

23 Apr

How we covered the stories of the hopefuls who turned up at St Andrew's to impress the talent show producers.


New probe launched into Birmingham Trojan Horse leaks 

23 Apr

Cabinet Office looking at information being passed to national newspaper, says city leader Sir Albert Bore...


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Comment »

Pamela Parker Conservative Women’s Organisation 

23 Apr

Pamela Parker, Honorary Vice President of the Conservative Women’s Organisation has passed away last week on Wednesday 16th April 2014.


Is local government Mr Gove’s real target? 

23 Apr

Salma Yacoob: There is more than a whiff of McCarthyism in the air .


Telegraph: Inquiry into Muslim infiltration claims extends to 25 schools 

23 Apr

Just picked up on the fact that the Telegraph seems to have quoted me from the Birmingham Brief I wrote last week on ‘Operation Trojan Horse’, the alleged plot by ‘hardline Muslims’ to infiltrate and take over a number of ...


Crisis payments underspent in Birmingham 

23 Apr

By Jolyon Jones The fund to make emergency payments to assist claimants in financial crisis was underspent by 47% at the end of first ten months of 2013-14.


Katherine Dunn for Northfield! 

23 Apr

  Communities Against the Cuts is now standing in a third ward of South West Birmingham, Northfield.


Get involved in community media by joining Slaney Street’s Design Working Group 

23 Apr

Calling all artists, graphic designers, coders, typographers and other creative types! Slaney Street is a community based new co-op which runs a newspaper and online media platform.


Knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven 

23 Apr

As the UK celebrates the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth today, http://www.


Devolution is in the air 

22 Apr

Following the contribution on devolution from LWM board members, Cllr Phil Davis and former Director of the West Midlands Regional Forum of Local Authorities, George Morran, we see that a Survation poll , commissioned by Devolve Deliver , was ...


Community Asset Transfer (CAT) 

22 Apr

What is CAT? Local authorities have the power to transfer land and buildings to community and voluntary sector organisations at less than market value where they are able to demonstrate that doing so will result in local improvements to social, &#...


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City-centre news »

Brum Creatives Exhibition by SmokeShow Images 

23 Apr

When: Saturday 10th – Sunday 18th May 2014 Where: Stryx Gallery, Unit 13 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS Artist talks: Saturday 10th May at 14:00, and Thursday 15th May at 18:00 Birmingham Loves Photographers has launched a ...


In-Sights into Careers in Apprenticeships and Traineeships 

23 Apr

At BMET, we want to help you achieve the qualifications you need to get the job you want! To help you prepare for your future, we have organised a series of FREE 'In-sights into' events.


In-Sights into Careers in Foundation Learning / Level 1 

23 Apr

At BMET, we want to help you achieve the qualifications you need to get the job you want! To help you prepare for your future, we have organised a series of FREE 'In-sights into' events.


In-Sights into Careers in Equine Studies 

23 Apr

At BMET, we want to help you achieve the qualifications you need to get the job you want! To help you prepare for your future, we have organised a series of FREE 'In-sights into' events.


Easter Monday Mass, 21 April 2014 

22 Apr

Bishops remember Muslim community during Walk of Witness in Birmingham At a time when a number of Muslim communities “have felt under scrutiny” because of the recent allegations of fundamentalist influences within some of Birmingham city’s ...


Violent thief snared by passers-by in Birmingham robbery jailed for eight years 

22 Apr

Robber Alan Marlow assaulted woman shopper and grabbed mobile phone but was caught after chase through city streets...


Films by Themerson 

22 Apr

When: Friday 25th April 2014, 18:30-20:00 Where: Centrala, Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS Tickets: £5/£3 available on the door Stefan and Franciszka Themerson were the most important avant-garde film makers in pre-war Poland.


Alfie Bird’s – Coming Soon 

22 Apr

People often ask me what’s happening with the old Medicine Bar in the Custard Factory.


New Street station transformation: Transport Secretary visits Birmingham to check progress 

22 Apr

The Tory Cabinet minister was given a tour of the works which include the construction of a new rooftop atrium to flood the concourse area with natural light...


Brewery bosses spark storm in a D-cup 

21 Apr

What was meant to be a harmless picture advertising The Victoria’s guest beers, featuring Lucy Wedge, ended up causing upset when it hit social media...


M*A*D*E at The Rainbow 

21 Apr

When: Friday 2nd May – Monday 5th May 2014 Where: The Rainbow and surrounding venues in Digbeth Tickets: £15-£33 ( available online ) A new four-day festival will descend on Digbeth this May Bank Holiday weekend.


Easter Sunday April 20th, 2014 

21 Apr

Archbishop of Birmingham’s Easter Message Focuses on Easter Joy Yesterday, at the Easter Vigil of Holy Saturday, Archbishop Longley said that the joy of Easter was for all.


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Aston Villa »

Count On Callum! 

23 Apr

Saturday’s game against Swansea is a massive one – it’s a ‘must not lose’ game rather than a ‘must win’ one.


Vital Villa Man Of Match v Southampton 

23 Apr

Vital Villa Man Of Match v Southampton Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:23/04/2014 13:11:00 Man of the match for Villa v Southampton...


Sylla – Not As Dramatic As He Sounds 

23 Apr

Sylla - Not As Dramatic As He Sounds Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:23/04/2014 11:21:00 Yacouba Sylla has said that his agent is working on getting him a loan spell to a 'good French' club for next season as he's not happy sitting on...


Randy giving (false) hope 

23 Apr

On Sunday the statement Randy put out I believe fully was supposed to dampen down speculation.


On The Stewardship Of Aston Villa & The Role Birmingham Plays 

23 Apr

With the talk of the month being about the chance of new owners, I’ve been thinking about what “stewardship of Aston Villa” (Lerner’s phrase) really means, and whether the standing of the City of Birmingham affects the...


Where do we go from here? 

23 Apr

Another chaotic week has passed at Aston Villa, with coaches being suspended, takeover talk rife and yet another inept performance, which was only not a defeat thanks to poor finishing and a mistake by the referee as Bertrand’s handball...


Does Lambert deserve a fresh start? 

22 Apr

With the rumour mill in full swing regarding a possible takeover of Aston Villa Football Club, many fans grew cautiously optimistic about the future, particularly when newspapers such as ‘The Telegraph’ and ‘The Guardian...


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Birmingham City FC »

Match Day Poll: Birmingham Host Leeds 

23 Apr

Match Day Poll: Birmingham Host Leeds Vitalfootball:Birmingham:23/04/2014 13:53:00 Birmingham have lost 3 in a row; Leeds sit 16th...


Opinion: Players Out Of Position 

23 Apr

Opinion: Players Out Of Position Vitalfootball:Birmingham:23/04/2014 13:47:00 You've decided what went wrong most...


Birmingham City are going down say fans 

23 Apr

We reveal the results of our Birmingham City poll...


Croft in talks over future 

23 Apr

Lee Croft is in talks with Scottish Cup finalists St Johnstone over a new contract, but Sky Sports understands that a host of clubs are in the running for the 28-year-old.


Switching On Is The Problem says Burke. 

23 Apr

Switching On Is The Problem says Burke.


Macheda Looking To Stay In England. 

23 Apr

Macheda Looking To Stay In England.


Nostalgia: Marcelo Cipriano’s St Andrew’s career 

23 Apr

Birmingham City: We take a look back at the Blues career of Marcelo Cipriano...


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Sport »

Live – Lancashire v Warwickshire 

23 Apr

Live commentary and scorecard as Lancashire host Warwickshire in Division One of the County Championship (11:00 BST...


Rain hits day three at Old Trafford 

22 Apr

Lancashire's match against Warwickshire looks set to end in a draw after day three is badly hit by rain.


Lewis Taylor Trophy – 4th May at Stoke RUFC 

21 Apr

Cup Final Day - Programme of Events...


Live – Lancashire v Warwickshire 

21 Apr

Live commentary and scorecard as Lancashire host Warwickshire in Division One of the County Championship (11:00 BST...


On this day in history ~ Division One, 1962 

21 Apr

21 April ~ Division One debutants Ipswich sealed the title with a 2-0 defeat of Aston Villa in their last match.


Nexy Up: BEDWORTH UTD 

20 Apr

Royals go again still with a faint hope.


Live – Lancashire v Warwickshire 

20 Apr

Live commentary and scorecard as Lancashire host Warwickshire in Division One of the County Championship (11:00 BST...


KIDSGROVE 2 ROMULUS 1 

19 Apr

A determined Kidsgrove scored twice in the first half but despite a good 2nd half performance depleted Roms have to settle for late consolation goal.


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Business »

Walker Crips launches new Birmingham office 

23 Apr

Stockbroker and wealth management firm launches Colmore Row base as part of plan to target regional expansion...


You’ve bean framed: City chef Glynn Purnell stars in Brum Creatives photography exhibition 

23 Apr

It has been organised by SmokeShow Images, a collaboration between photographer Ian Davies and award-winning stylist, Sy-Anne Holden...


Primark seeks to crack US market 

23 Apr

PRIMARK is to open stores in the United States for the first time as it looks to replicate the success behind a 26% jump in profits in the last six months.


Jobs created at new Stafford Land Rover dealership 

23 Apr

A NEW motor dealership set to deliver new jobs to Stafford has taken its next step forward with a ground-breaking ceremony.


Philpotts owner Patisserie Holdings to float on AIM 

23 Apr

Birmingham-based group plans to raise £33 million through initial public offering...


St Modwen resi scheme in Staffs green-lighted 

23 Apr

DEVELOPER St Modwen has secured outline planning permission for a residential scheme at Little Haywood in Staffordshire.


Key property conference makes welcome return to Birmingham 

23 Apr

British Council for Offices to host key annual event in Birmingham for only the second time...


New investment for direct mail firm Baker Goodchild 

23 Apr

Birmingham print management company targets growth with new Konica equipment...


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Business columns »

CAUGHT BY THE SPAMMERS 

22 Apr

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Regional level bodies can be key in building economic resilience 

22 Apr

New research just published by Nigel Berkeley at Coventry University and myself suggests that regions and regional institutions can have a key role building economic resilience.


English in China – it’s the brand new language 

22 Apr

"You do speak English.


BIRMINGHAM TAKES A BATTERING 

21 Apr

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ANYTHING BUT A SOLLOM OCCASION 

19 Apr

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Events »

Rixton 

23 Apr

Rixton - O2 Academy 3 Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 08, Jul 14...


Dexys – Kasbah, Coventry 25/6/14 

22 Apr

Dexy’s head to Coventry for a special performance, ahead of their Glastonbury debut this year, where they will play the Kasbah on the 25th June – their first show in the city for over 30 years.


The Crookes to play Hare & Hounds this Wednesday! 

22 Apr

The Crookes live in Sheffield and infamously found (most of) each other, bleary of eyed and dancing alone, on the indie dancefloor at the city’s Fuzz Club near the close of the previous decade.


The Social Exchange – a FREE event for emerging Social Entrepreneurs at mac birmingham, Wednesday 23 April 

22 Apr

A FREE event packed with live performances, talks, master-classes, workshops and surgeries with industry experts...


Brewery bosses spark storm in a D-cup 

21 Apr

What was meant to be a harmless picture advertising The Victoria’s guest beers, featuring Lucy Wedge, ended up causing upset when it hit social media...


Leftfoot Present An Evening with Amp Fiddler 

21 Apr

On Wednesday 11th June we’ll be bringing Amp Fiddler to the Hare Hounds main stage.


Screengrab: Bumper Easter Edition- (plus you get de Niro v Pacino) 

19 Apr

RICHARD LUTZ CHECKS THE TV LISTINGS.


Moseley Folk Festival 

18 Apr

Day Pass £35 - £37 (£15 child ticket) Weekend Pass £85 (£40 child ticket) Ticket Information: *Friday Day Pass* ,£35 plus transaction fee* ,Children under 16: £15 for a day ticket plus transaction fee* , ,*Saturday Day Pass* ,£37 plus ...


Gateway 2014 Conference 

18 Apr

Nasheeds Qasidahs by Al-Ni'mah Nasheed Group, presented by Jamia Al-Karam and Waag UK.


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Music blogs »

WIN TICKETS TO BENICASSIM 

23 Apr

Benicassim is much more than just a music festival; Benicassim is festi-holiday! Weekend festival tickets include 8 days free camping.


RICHARD FEARLESS – ‘HIGHER ELECTRONIC STATES’ 

23 Apr

Death In Vegas mainman Richard Fearless lays the mandate in the form of Higher Electronic States.


Making The Connection…Miles Perhower unveils Brumdemoters (Chapter 3) 

23 Apr

What’s the point of music now? Serious question.


LUST FOR YOUTH 

22 Apr

Lust For Youth- the performance pseudonym of Swedish producer Hannes Norvidde- is a moniker synonymous with dark, cavernous interpretations of sound.


Artrix attractions 

22 Apr

Coming up at Bromsgrove’s top venue.


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999 »

Nearest Relatives’ Rights 

22 Apr

I took a bit of stick on social media month or three ago, for trying to help a family who were clearly at their wit’s end with worry and frustration, arising from a situation involving what they claimed was a mentally unwell relative...


Nearest Relatives’ Rights 

22 Apr

I took a bit of stick on social media month or three ago, for trying to help a family who were clearly at their wit’s end with worry and frustration, arising from a situation involving what they claimed was a mentally unwell relative...


Undiminished Responsibilities 

21 Apr

I read a throw-away remark on Twitter this week, about mental health professionals – specifically psychiatrists – being the experts to determine whether or not someone’s mental health condition has caused offending behaviour...


Undiminished Responsibilities 

21 Apr

I read a throw-away remark on Twitter this week, about mental health professionals – specifically psychiatrists – being the experts to determine whether or not someone’s mental health condition has caused offending behaviour...


The Dangerously Mentally Ill 

20 Apr

You know what I’m referring to here, don’t you?  Just that term, “the dangerously mentally ill” tells you all you need to know about the group of people I’m referring to.


The Dangerously Mentally Ill 

20 Apr

You know what I’m referring to here, don’t you?  Just that term, “the dangerously mentally ill” tells you all you need to know about the group of people I’m referring to.


Fire safety on right note! 

18 Apr

Ugandan children’s choir ‘Destiny Africa’, who are currently touring the UK, entertained Sheldon firefighters as a special thank you for vital fire safety lessons.


Place of Safety Progress 

16 Apr

The Care Quality Commission have today released an interim update on the progress being made in Place of Safety (PoS) provision, shown in map format (see a snapshot, right).


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LocalGov »

Side of bus shelter is missing, 23rd April 

23 Apr

The bus shelter in Bristol Road northbound, opposite to Bournbrook Road, has the side nearest the road completely missing.


Use of temporary social workers 

23 Apr

Response by Birmingham City Council to Rose Smith on 23 April 2014.


Dumped television and cahair, 23rd April 

23 Apr

Hello,9 An old television set has been left on the pavement outside of no.


Trojan Horse progress update 

23 Apr

The following is an update today (April 23) from Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, on the Trojan Horse investigation: Cllr Sir Albert Bore I want to take this opportunity to correct some of the mis-information which has featured in ...


Birmingham’s largest ever charity bike ride launched 

23 Apr

More than 3,000 cyclists will hit the streets of Birmingham later this year following the announcement of a brand new, large-scale charity cycling event, by blood cancer charity Leukaemia Lymphoma Research.


Media Watch – April 23 

23 Apr

Top Birmingham City Council Stories MP eyes legal bid over green waste collection (Birmingham Mail) A city MP (John Hemming) has warned he’ll take Birmingham Council to court in a bid to force the cash-strapped local authority into collecting...


Excessive Litter, 22nd April 

22 Apr

There is once again a large amount of litter all the way up Manor Hill.


Left green waste, 22nd April 

22 Apr

Green waste left or dumped on street Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Hagley Road West, Quinton Report on FixMyStreet...


Finanace 

22 Apr

Response by Birmingham City Council to Terry MarDee on 22 April 2014.


Birmingham City Council and NWGC 

22 Apr

Response by Birmingham City Council to Jenny Bayliss on 22 April 2014.


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Social media »

when I learned about pr from millwall fc 

23 Apr

So what happens when your passion becomes your work? For one fan a love of a London football team helped her public relations career.


communicating a utility network 

22 Apr

Some public relations is pretty straight forward.


A bit of BFI Player feedback 

22 Apr

A couple of days ago, while thinking about the whole ‘ MCN for the arts ‘ thing that I mentioned in the last post , I popped over to BFI Player to see what’s happening with that.


everyone wants a virgin neil 

21 Apr

We all know that employee engagement is important and can bring multiple benefits.


£1,000 performance commission: Narrativium 

16 Apr

Would you like a cool grand to create a new piece of artwork? Plus three days of one-to-one mentoring from a team of professionals led by mac birmingham’s Next Generation Producer? Then this is the brief for you.


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