Birmingham news and blogs Tuesday 1 December 2015
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Man Critical After Birmingham Fight 

1 Dec

The fight began in McDonald’s in Dale End, Birmingham just before midday and then spilled out onto Bull Street where he was attacked again.

Social workers praised for 40 years of ‘outstanding’ support to some of UK’s poorest communities 

1 Dec

“We did something very significant in this community for those first three years, there was something that people were touching, that they realised was different.

Man arrested in connection with a racial abuse incident on a bus… 

1 Dec

Man arrested in connection with a racial abuse incident on a bus in Moseley.

Driver jailed for bus stop crash death 

1 Dec

A motorist is sentenced for killing a young woman he crashed into at a Birmingham bus stop while racing at speeds of more than 100mph.

Drink and drug drivers to be targeted by police as part of a… 

1 Dec

Drink and drug drivers to be targeted by police as part of a month-long Christmas crackdown.

Thousands flock to Birmingham model railway exhibition 

1 Dec

Thousands of people packed out Birmingham’s NEC as a Black Country club hosted the UK’s largest model railway exhibition.

MISSING Pensioner: Have you seen Margaret Stevens? Margaret… 

1 Dec

MISSING Pensioner: Have you seen Margaret Stevens?  Margaret Stevens, aged 76, was last seen leaving her home on Thorne Place in Rowley Regis, at around 4PM on Monday (30/11).

Birmingham on course to accept 50 Syrian refugees 

1 Dec

Charity Refugee Action appointed as official partner of the city as it prepares to welcome group of Syrians fleeing the war...

Powergen plans to spell the end for Madin’s office block 

1 Dec

Long-awaited application is finally lodged to knock down and regenerate vacant building in Shirley town centre which has been empty for more than two decades...

Look! It’s the lesser spotted Black Country coconut! 

1 Dec

He may have been on holiday in sunny Mexico, but Dudley councillor Adam Aston was clearly missing the good ol' Black Country So much so, he painted a coconut with the eye-catching design of the Black Country flag.

Midlands Connect welcomes confirmation of HS2 stations and new line 

30 Nov

New transport lobby group says it will work with the Government to make sure Midlands' wider transport network is properly connected to new HS2 stations...

Woman racially abused and threatened on a bus in Moseley…. 

30 Nov

Woman racially abused and threatened on a bus in Moseley.

HS2 Birmingham to Crewe ‘bitter blow’ 

30 Nov

News the HS2 link from Birmingham to Crewe is being brought forward by six years is both criticised and welcomed.

Two members of ambulance staff assessed at hospital after… 

30 Nov

Two members of ambulance staff assessed at hospital after ambulance overturns in Edgbaston.

Prince William returns to Birmingham next week. The Duke of… 

30 Nov

Prince William returns to Birmingham next week.

Speeding driver found not guilty of causing the death of a… 

30 Nov

Speeding driver found not guilty of causing the death of a student on Hagley Road.

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Birmingham FE review public meeting Tuesday 8th December – urgent call out 

1 Dec

FE has suffered a 40% cut since 2010.

Clancy comes in from the cold in ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ power shift moment 

1 Dec

Today’s handover of power at the top of Birmingham city council from Sir Albert Bore to John Clancy is taking on something of a cold war atmosphere.


1 Dec

Should David Cameron tire of being the most disingenuous Prime Minister in living memory, he might consider a change of career and apply for a lucrative post as head of a corrupt sport...

Not in MSM: Jeremy Corbyn, MPs Steve McCabe and David Davis reflect on the proposal to bomb Syria 

30 Nov

The Labour Party consultation, led by Jeremy Corbyn, has attracted almost 110,000 replies .

Your opportunity to probe the Council’s progress 

30 Nov

The Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel, appointed by the government to monitor Birmingham City Council’s improvement programme, has announced plans for its third public meeting.

The wrong thing to do 

30 Nov

“Don’t do stupid stuff” was Barack Obama’s foreign policy advice.

Case for air strikes against Syria based on emotion and hubris: 

30 Nov

Received from Steve Beauchampé today: “Don’t do stupid stuff.

Dale’s Diary: Clancy’s first mini-crisis, and ‘Ballotgate’ rumbles on 

30 Nov

He hasn’t even begun the job officially yet, but new Birmingham city council leader John Clancy is already facing his first mini-crisis.

Student Grant 

29 Nov

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the resignation of Grant Shapps is the startling fact that Grant Shapps still occupied an office of government from which he was able to resign...

3rd Dec 19.30: @UNISON Event- Love Libraries, Love Library Staff @FoLoB_ @UCU @UOBEngage 

28 Nov

This event is presented by the Unison Branch of Birmingham University, pitched as a celebration of the importance of properly staffed and funded libraries to education and society as a whole, in the run-up to the University’s move to a new building...

It’s followers that worry me 

28 Nov

Alan Clawley ponders a political dilemma.

Redbrick Comment Meets: Laura Bates 

27 Nov

Redbrick Comment sat down with Laura Bates to discuss her views on sexism, activism and education.

Redbrick Comment Meets: Tom Slater 

27 Nov

Redbrick Comment interviewed Tom Slater, editor of Spiked Online and founder of the Free Speech University Rankings project, to find out why he thinks free speech and open platforms are so important in society.

Political Dictionary: Austerity 

27 Nov

Josh Hill explains austerity in this week's edition of Political Dictionary.

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Blessed Dominic Barberi and the Year of Mercy 

1 Dec

Blessed Dominic of the Mother of God was born near Viterbo, Italy in 1792.


1 Dec

Catherine McAuley was born in Dublin in 1778 to a wealthy Catholic family, but family bereavement and deteriorating circumstances exposed her to poverty at an early age.

Unison urges BBraun Sterilog to enter negotiations after staff protest against lunch break removals 

1 Dec

As staff at BBraun Sterilog return to work after a 24-hour stoppage and begin a seven-day work to rule, UNISON urges the employer to enter meaningful negotiations to bring the dispute to a close.

Music, Art and Winter Warmth at SIFA Fireside 

1 Dec

When: Friday 4th December, 17:00-19:00 Where: SIFA Fireside, 48-52 Allcock Street, B9 4DY £3 entry or a sleeping bag/warm clothes donation Digbeth First Friday returns this week, and to start of your evening of Digbeth discovery, pop in to SIFA … ...

LIVE: ‘The Tongue that Shakespeare Spoke’ with Prof. David Crystal 

30 Nov

We will be reporting live from David Crystal’s talk delivered in Birmingham on the movement to present Shakespeare in ‘original pronunciation’ (OP) – a linguistic reconstruction of the accents used in his day.

Brigitte Aphrodite’s Black Dog 

30 Nov

When: Friday 4th December, 19:30 Where: The Mockingbird, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door Brigitte Aphrodite is a punk poet, musician, theatre maker, and feminist showgirl.

AUDIO: Praying Paris doesn’t come to Birmingham 

30 Nov

A Birmingham campaigner is urging the public not to turn their backs on Syrian refugees because of the Paris attacks.

GALLERY: Big SleepOut defeats weather to help homeless 

30 Nov

Despite the rain and the gusts of wind, over 400 people spent one night in November weather for St Basils .

Local football club angry at Birmingham City Council 

29 Nov

Birmingham-based football club Sporting F.

Young, free and… broke? 

29 Nov

A report, recently published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, says that a record 1.7 million young people, aged 18-24, are living in poverty.

Live Music Round Up 

29 Nov

See more live music at the Live Brum website.

Birmingham Cathedral reopens with over 30 services 

29 Nov

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Never lose hope! 

1 Dec

The loss against Watford on Saturday was another bitter blow to Aston Villa’s survival chances.

Top 4 Players in Novemebr 

1 Dec

November hasn’t been a great month either, at least Villa did score their first point since the 2-2 draw against Sunderland way back in August.

Ayew On Confidence 

1 Dec

Ayew On Confidence Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:01/12/2015 13:19:00 Watford goal scorer Jordan Ayew has said that confidence is key for the side if we are to turn around our form and get ourselves out of the relegation zone this season.

Youth Cup v Everton Set 

1 Dec

Youth Cup v Everton Set Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:01/12/2015 13:11:00 This year's Youth Cup for Villa youngsters begins with a tie against Everton at Goodison Park.

Not ‘The Villa Times’ News 1/12/15 

1 Dec

Not 'The Villa Times' News 1/12/15 Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:01/12/2015 09:48:00 December 1st, a new month, and things around Villa are as icey as the weather.

U21s – Villa 2-2 Blackburn 

1 Dec

U21s - Villa 2-2 Blackburn Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:01/12/2015 09:18:00 Gordon Cowans' Under 21 side played out a two all draw in last night's fixture but hark...

Garde Rallies The Troops – Richards Rallies Amavi 

1 Dec

Garde Rallies The Troops - Richards Rallies Amavi Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:01/12/2015 09:12:00 Not an awful lot of news the last few days so to keep me occupied have two interviews from manager Remi Garde and skipper Micah Richards.

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TTA: No news on takeover but money is available. 

1 Dec

Birmingham International Holdings yesterday made an announcement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that confirmed they were no closer to agreeing a takeover with Trillion Trophy Asia.

Sign of Things to Come for Birmingham City 

30 Nov

Sign of Things to Come for Birmingham City Vitalfootball:Birmingham:30/11/2015 13:11:00 Is it a matter of time before Gary Rowett is snapped up...

Rowett to stay at Birmingham City 

30 Nov

Birmingham City confirm manager Gary Rowett is staying following recent speculation linking him with QPR and Fulham.

Opinion: Blues Clinging on to Top Six 

30 Nov

Opinion: Blues Clinging on to Top Six Vitalfootball:Birmingham:30/11/2015 08:32:00 Rob Wildey gives his view on Blues' current form.

Happy St Andrew’s Day 

30 Nov

Birmingham City today released a statement on the official website to confirm that manager Gary Rowett is fully committed to Blues.

Sports Desk Live – November 30 

30 Nov

Follow all the latest breaking news today from our sports reporters and our clubs.

Birmingham insist Rowett stays 

30 Nov

Birmingham City insist Gary Rowett remains as manager following speculation linking him with the vacancy at Fulham.

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Yorkshire start season against Hants 

1 Dec

Yorkshire's attempt to win a third straight County Championship title starts against Hampshire on 17 April at Headingley.

Rise in red cards shows game’s positive development 

1 Dec

Lack of punishment in the 1950s was not down to players being less physical 1 December ~ On September 21, 1959 Aldershot hosted Gateshead in the fledgling Fourth Division.

NBL Quickfire Match Report (5/5): Ladies Doubles Victory seals epic 3-2 win for Birmingham 

30 Nov

In the final match of the evening, Birmingham's Anita Kaur and Sarah Walker beat Ellen Mahenthiralingam and Cheryl Seinen in the women's doubles, to secure an emphatic 3-2 win for the Birmingham Lions The post NBL Quickfire Match Report (5...

NBL Quickfire Match Report (4/5): Nottingham take match to decider with mixed doubles victory 

30 Nov

Nottingham win the mixed doubles to take tonight's proceedings to a deciding match.

NBL Quickfire Match Report (3/5): Captain Penty steers Birmingham into a 2-1 lead 

30 Nov

Birmingham Captain Toby Penty cruises to victory.

NBL Quickfire Match Report (2/5): Birmingham’s Chapman Storms to victory to level the match at 1-1 

30 Nov

Game 2: Women's Singles: Stunning performance from Fontaine Chapman as Birmingham Lions make it 1-1 on the night.

NBL Quickfire Match Report (1/5): Nottingham snatch epic tie-break to take 1-0 lead 

30 Nov

Game 1: Men's Doubles: Nottingham take a 1-0 in tonight's 5 match series, defeating Gary Fox and Koen Ridder 3-2, after a tense tie-break.

Match report – 28th Nov 2015 

30 Nov

Scunthorpe RFC 44pts v Sutton Coldfield 7pts...

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St.Modwen expecting to declare record profits 

1 Dec

BIRMINGHAM developer and regeneration specialist St.

Gateley extends national footprint with opening of new office 

1 Dec

BIRMINGHAM-based law firm Gateley has continued with its national expansion by announcing the opening of a new office in Reading.

Chancellor pledges £16.6m R&D funding during visit to JLR engine plant 

1 Dec

ALMOST 200 highly skilled engineering and manufacturing jobs could be created in the Midlands following a £16.6m funding injection by the government new research and development.

Begbies Traynor extends its property market reach through acquisition 

1 Dec

RECOVERY specialist Begbies Traynor - which has operations in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent - has made its first property services acquisition since it entered the market by buying surveying firm Eddi...

Spar group AF Blakemore boosts sales by £120m 

1 Dec

Black Country retailer which runs franchises under Spar, Greggs and Subway brands, says convenience store sector is flourishing as supermarkets struggle...

Birmingham voted favourite UK regional venue for business tourism events 

30 Nov

BIRMINGHAM is the UKs most popular destination outside London for corporate conferences and events, according to the seventh annual British Meetings & Events Industry Survey (BMEIS).

Birmingham voted favourite regional city for business tourism 

30 Nov

City ranked second to London in annual countdown of favourite destinations for events organisers across the UK...

Well-known Birmingham retailer’s MBO is Deal of the Month 

30 Nov

THE management buy-out of well-known Birminghambased furniture retailer Lee Longlands has been chosen as TheBusinessDesk.

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HS2 concede fresh talks needed on Washwood Heath 

27 Nov

City MP continues campaign to revitalise industrial site.

Birmingham welcomes greatest start-ups increase in UK 

25 Nov

Number of new companies in the city rises by 95% during last financial year.

Birmingham on top at Social Enterprise Awards 

24 Nov

City success in non-profit sector recognised.

My life in tv: Sliding towards mediocrity 

22 Nov

Richard Lutz continues his tales from the newsroom as he moves from newspapers to tv.

We must give green light to build James Bond’s cars in Birmingham 

19 Nov

The Post reveals today that Aston Martin is looking seriously at Sutton Coldfield for a new plant - why our business editor thinks it must happen...

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Events »

200 local children to enjoy Christmas show at mac courtesy of local business We Clean 

1 Dec

Sponsorship worth £3,000 ensures pupils from schools in Handsworth, Sellyoak and Solihull attend premiere of Cinderella: A Fairytale.

Leftfoot Christmas Eve Party with Qauntic (DJ Set) 

1 Dec

We’re delighted to announce that Leftfoot will be hosting a special free entry Christmas Eve party with Quantic at the Hare Hounds.

Top 5 Festive Days Out in the West Midlands 

1 Dec

For those who crave an alternative to the hectic markets and fairs circuit, Gemma Corden investigates the best the West Midlands has to offer in our round up of festive days out.

Ragdoll is looking for performers 

1 Dec

Can you perform to a visual narrative? Do you have a sense of innocent fun? Can you be funny? Ragdoll is an independent production company based in the Midlands, specialising in television for young children.

Decorate, Play & Win! 

1 Dec

Decorate, play and win with our festive interactive tree.

Parkinson’s UK Christmas Candelit Concert, 2 Dec 2015 

30 Nov

2 Dec 2015 - Classical at Birmingham Cathedral Start your seasonal celebrations with a festive, light-filled evening in the heart of Birmingham at beautiful St Philips Cathedral.

Tuesday Talks Carol Service, 1 Dec 2015 

30 Nov

1 Dec 2015 - Classical at Birmingham Cathedral FREE...

Mens’ Mandala Evening: Marking the Path, 2 Dec 2015 

30 Nov

2 Dec 2015 - Spoken Word at Birmingham Buddhist Centre Life cannot be broken up, it simply is.

Sax In The City: The Notebenders 

30 Nov

The Notebenders Big Band returns for another Sax in the City performance, breaking down barriers with their fun and uplifting sound Free Free Event TH SH wheelchair spaces available Doesn't have transaction fee Ticket Information: Free Event pThe ...

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Essential Albums: A$AP Rocky – At.Long.Last.A$AP 

1 Dec

Zahraa Vindhani tells us why Rocky's sophomore effort is already a classic The post Essential Albums: A$AP Rocky – At.

Thinking out loud – Improvisation 

1 Dec

So, as many of you know, I’ve started a PhD.

Ahoy there Jim lad!!! 

1 Dec

Dave Woodhall goes overboard with Slim Jim Phantom, Stray Cat and now a Jack Tar.

Live Review: The Wailers 

1 Dec

Ellen Daughtry takes in the legendary Wailers at the O2 Academy.

Redbrick meets…Castle 

1 Dec

Ella Talbot talks to The Enemy's support band at Coventry's Empire.

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The Yorkshire Ripper and Section 50 MHA 

1 Dec

Is Peter SUTCLIFFE the most infamous personality in British criminal history? – certainly in recent criminal history; and every time something happens in his ongoing detention, it attracts significant attention.

Man arrested after robbery CCTV appeal 

1 Dec

Police have arrested a 37-year-old man in connection with a raid on two local stores in Birmingham, hours after a CCTV appeal was released.

Man arrested following racial abuse appeal 

1 Dec

Police have arrested a 49-year-old man in connection with a racial abuse incident on a bus in Moseley, Birmingham, hours after a CCTV appeal was released.

Racing motorists jailed after death of Oldbury student in high speed collision 

1 Dec

Two speeding drivers have been jailed after racing along a Birmingham dual carriageway just before one of them ploughed into a bus stop killing a student and seriously injuring her friend.

Robber jailed for beating up pensioner in front of elderly mother 

1 Dec

A would-be robber who beat up a 68-year-old man in his own home in front of his 95-year-old mother has been jailed for five years after pleading guilty to attempted robbery.

Police appeal for witnesses after a racial abuse incident 

30 Nov

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was racially abused and threatened on a bus in Birmingham in what officers described as a “racist and Islamophobic” attack.

CCTV released after armed robberies 

30 Nov

Detectives are looking for a man armed with a knife who raided two Birmingham  stores in the last five days.

Serotonin Syndrome 

29 Nov

If you are a police officer who has ever used s136 of the Mental Health Act 1983, have you ever heard of serotonin syndrome and would you know how to recognise this potentially fatal condition which can have a rapid onset? No, me neither.

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Poor Traffic Flow…Simple Solution…, 1st December 

1 Dec

Leaving the round about going towards Bromford the exit reduces from 3 lanes into 1 lane before opening up to 2 lanes.

New leader confirms Cabinet 

1 Dec

Cllr John Clancy was today confirmed as the new Leader of Birmingham City Council, following his election last week as leader of the Labour group.

Street Light Out, 1st December 

1 Dec

Street light out on Clarendon Rd.

Gender neutral toilets 

1 Dec

Response by Birmingham City Council to Alessandro Sorrentino on 1 December 2015 .

Used Needles, 1st December 

1 Dec

There are approximately 20 used needles in Grosvenor Terrace on Broad Street.

Council House rent 

1 Dec

Response by Birmingham City Council to A.

Building more affordable homes for the city 

1 Dec

A report seeking approval to build 166 affordable homes for rent and sale in Perry Common is to go to cabinet.

Right to Buy uptake scheme 

1 Dec

Response by Birmingham City Council to A.

FOI #301623 

1 Dec

Response by Birmingham City Council to Jason Simms on 1 December 2015 .

Terror drills in schools 

1 Dec

Response by Birmingham City Council to H Stokes on 1 December 2015 .

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crisis comms: it’s about people not processes 

30 Nov

People often argue about the definition of what's a crisis and what's an emergency.

test me baby one more time 

29 Nov

Planning, planning.

40 UK stats you need if you work in comms in 2015 

26 Nov

We know we live in a changing landscape.

Next Event: Friday 27th November at Green Room, Hurst Street 

22 Nov

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twitter chat: doing better facebook 

22 Nov

Love it or hate it we know we can ill-afford to ignore Facebook.

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