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Labour holds in Birmingham and Sandwell 

6 May

Labour retains control in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Sandwell.


Large fire at derelict factory 

5 May

Dozens of firefighters tackle a large fire at a derelict factory in Birmingham.


The award-winning International Dance Festival Birmingham… 

5 May

The award-winning International Dance Festival Birmingham returns for a fifth year.


Bo Gilbert the first 100 year-old model to appear in British… 

5 May

Bo Gilbert the first 100 year-old model to appear in British Vogue.


Kenichi Phillips death: Man appears in court charged with teenager’s murder 

5 May

A man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with the murder of Kenichi Phillips who was shot dead as he sat in a car in Birmingham.


Birmingham election 2016: The councillors who are calling it a day 

5 May

Five Labour and one Conservative councillors with a total of 65 years council service are stepping down...


Public urged to report car cruisers as crackdown continues… 

5 May

Public urged to report car cruisers as crackdown continues across the region.


Record numbers of social workers set to attend Community Care Live Birmingham 

5 May

A record number of social workers are set to head to Community Care Live Birmingham next week.


‘Now or never’ for BBC Birmingham 

5 May

Government warned to step up and invest in Birmingham and the Midlands just days head of white paper's publication...


Anger as David Cameron breaks pledge to help British Gas workers 

5 May

Taskforce vow over hundreds of job losses in the Black Country has been reversed...


Blinders star says Brummie accent ‘sexy’ 

4 May

Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy says the Birmingham accent is "sexy" as the third series of the drama premieres in the city.


Opinion: This should be the last time we elect a West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner 

4 May

The job of West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is likely to be axed - and it should be.


Caught on CCTV: Three sought after brutal petrol station attack leaves victim unconscious on forecourt 

4 May

These are the three men police would like to speak to after a brutal attack left a man unconscious on the forecourt of a Birmingham petrol station.


Second arrest in teenager murder probe 

4 May

A second man has been charged with the murder of an 18-year-old who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Birmingham.


PICTURED: Car overturns in Birmingham smash 

4 May

This was the scene in Birmingham earlier today after a car flipped onto its roof in a smash.


VIDEO: Memories of Burberries not just a Blur 

4 May

An exhibition's being launched aimed at giving an insight into Birmingham's alternative music scene in the 1980s.


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Comment »

Hurricane 

5 May

Following a generally cool start to the day, Thursday will develop into a sunny day of plenty of warm sunshine and light winds with the best of the dry weather across England and Wales and a chance of temperatures reaching as high as 20 degrees ...


Police commissioner election turnout to hit record high (but don’t get too excited) 

4 May

Turnout at tomorrow’s ‘forgotten elections’ for police and crime commissioners across England and Wales will reach a high point.


The Right Hospital and the Right size? 

4 May

Come and hear about flaws in the privately-funded £335m project to build the Midland Metropolitan Hospital with Dr.


Call to help stamp out electoral fraud 

4 May

Campaign to raise awareness of fraud among voters in the West Midlands launched.


Tapping into Brum’s talent and innovation 

3 May

Last Friday I had a pig in muck moment.


Looking beyond our Ken 

3 May

Steve Beauchampé doesn’t much like Ken Livingstone, John Mann or the policies of successive Israeli governments.


Will 

1 May

O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention to describe just how bloody wonderful it is to be an Englishman living in these joyous times...


Commercial Boat Operators at the Bond Warehouse 

30 Apr

This information-packed event was attended by people from many parts of the country; a Tewkesbury member remembered the Birmingham canals from the time when, as a young man, he worked on barges carrying dates and tomato puree to the HP Sauce factory.


Cities aim to create closer foodways, better jobs, healthier populations 

29 Apr

Birmingham is one of the C40 group of world cities which has agreed that unless the food system changes, there’s little hope of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Experts to the rescue 

29 Apr

Alan Clawley hopes that the city council will take some expert advice.


Spotting the potential for e-cigarettes 

28 Apr

Over two years since he first called for e-cigarettes to be considered as an effective tool to help smokers quit , Birmingham Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, welcomes a major new report from the Royal College of Physicians on...


What will the West Midlands Combined Authority mean for jobs, services and local democracy? And how should we respond? A public meeting organised by Birmingham Against the Cuts, supported by Birmingham TUC Wednesday 11 May 7pm Council House 

28 Apr

Introductions by Richard Hatcher (Birmingham City University and NUT delegate to BTUC) and Jane Nellist (secretary, Coventry TUC) The WMCA will be responsible for economic strategy in the West Midlands, including ‘employability’ and ‘skills ...


More than benches and bus stops at stake for Royal Town 

28 Apr

Forget parish council stereotypes, Sutton Coldfield's new authority will be unlike any other...


Credit to the baths – American Express awards grant to Moseley Road Baths 

28 Apr

Following my previous blog post about potential plans for saving Moseley Road Baths, http://birminghamcentral.


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City-centre news »

HRH The Earl of Wessex visits Birmingham Metropolitan College 

5 May

Today, Thursday 5th May, His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex visited Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet) as part of a celebratory tour marking 60 years of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE).


Curated: Birmingham’s essential election coverage in one Flipboard magazine 

5 May

View my Flipboard Magazine.


Monday Motivation required? 

5 May

When: Monday 9th May, 10:00-11:00 Where: ACE Dance and Music, 54-57 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SL Tickets: £5 If, like me, you started the year with good intentions but those resolutions have waned, ACE Dance and Music is here to … Continue ...


LIVE: Birmingham’s local and PCC elections 

4 May

Follow our live coverage of the local and PCC elections in Birmingham through our special liveblog below.


Check Snapchat for Birmingham election updates 

4 May

Birmingham Eastside brings the elections to Snapchat Birmingham Eastside will be sending you the latest updates on the election via Snapchat .


Digbeth First Friday – May 2016 

4 May

When: Friday 6th May, 18:00-late Digbeth First Friday returns this week, bringing another jam‐packed evening of exhibitions, performances, screenings, frolics and food.


Limited edition timepieces 

3 May

The new limited edition Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 timepieces are now at Goldsmiths.


Summer collection at Forever 21 

3 May

Now in store.


Peaky Blinders – Series 3 Premiere 

3 May

It’s official – Peaky Blinders is almost back on our screens! The series three premiere will be taking place at the Everyman Cinema at the Mailbox tomorrow, and we’ve been promised that the cast will arrive “in spectacular style”.


Birmingham Power 250 

2 May

The Birmingham Post recently released a list of 250 people listed as the most influential in the West Midlands in 25 different categories, ranging from food and drink to transport.


Live Music Round Up 

1 May

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


How to Avoid Being Ripped Off by a Scam or Hack 

1 May

Scammers and Hackers are becoming more and more active by the day.


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Aston Villa »

Aston Villa: the 2015-16 season 

5 May

Abject, abysmal and atrocious, a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford finally brought the curtain down on Aston Villa Football Club’s status as one of the ever-presents in the Premier League since its inception in 1992.


Be prepared! 

5 May

Our club has removed the word ‘Prepared’ from its badge for next season.


Match Day Officials v Newcastle (7/5/16) 

5 May

Match Day Officials v Newcastle (7/5/16) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:05/05/2016 00:35:00 The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Newcastle United this weekend.


U21s – Villa To Face Arsenal 

4 May

U21s - Villa To Face Arsenal Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:04/05/2016 15:43:00 Aston Villa know their Premier League Division 2 Play Off final opponents - it's Arsenal.


Unravelling The Bare Bones of the Matter 

4 May

With Fox looking confident, Villa splashed out the £50 millions received for Benteke and Delph and sat back.


Unravelling The Bare Bones of the Matter 

4 May

With Fox looking confident, Villa splashed out the £50 millions received for Benteke and Delph and sat back.


Why we might struggle to return to the Premier League immediately 

3 May

My title is a hard one to stomach and I expect some will shoot me down for even suggesting this before a ball is kicked in the Championship.


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Birmingham City FC »

Moors Deny Young Blues in Senior Cup Final 

5 May

A Darryl Knights brace was enough to win Solihull Moors the Birmingham Senior Cup and complete a double season for Marcus Bignot's men.


Sask’s Signing Of The Season 

5 May

Sask's Signing Of The Season Vitalfootball:Birmingham:05/05/2016 21:20:00 Sask's opinion about who was the best signing.


I need to be semi-ruthless – Rowett 

5 May

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett will use a "critical eye" and be "semi-ruthless" when deciding who stays at the club.


Cardiff v Birmingham preview 

5 May

Team news ahead Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash between Cardiff and Birmingham.


Rowett to Develop the Development 

5 May

Rowett to Develop the Development Vitalfootball:Birmingham:05/05/2016 11:41:00 Gary Rowett will look to promote players from Blues' development squad as the emergency loan window system is scrapped.


The Hosts – Cardiff City 

5 May

The Hosts - Cardiff City Vitalfootball:Birmingham:05/05/2016 10:48:00 Cardiff fans still aren't fully on board with Russell Slade.


Championship nominees for April 

5 May

The nominees for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month and Manager of the Month awards for April have been announced.


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Sport »

2015-16: The Year of the Underdog 

5 May

Sports writer, Alex Davis, explores the story of the underdog in the 2015-16 season up and down the Football League.


Sutton youth team in the Fred Rowley Cup 

5 May

Match report - 3rd May 2016 Stourbridge RFC 15 pts v Sutton Coldfield 20 pts...


Sutton youth team wins the Fred Rowley Cup 

5 May

Match report - 3rd May 2016 Stourbridge RFC 15 pts v Sutton Coldfield 20 pts...


ROMULUS ACADEMY TRAINING DATES 

2 May

New academy training dates.


Finish line in sight for Burnley after prudent planning 

2 May

Clarets in a stronger position to compete in Premier League than previous promotions 2 May ~ By the time Burnley take to the field against Queens Park Rangers at Turf Moor later today they will know whether a victory will secure them an immediate...


Classic match ~ Arsenal 2-4 Norwich, 1992 

30 Apr

30 April ~ Relegation-threatened Norwich could do with a repeat of their trip to Highbury on the opening day of the 1992-93 season when they visit Arsenal today.


Tooths Season Review 

29 Apr

Royals Manager Looks Back over a memorable campaign.


Club announcement for the 2016-17 season. 

28 Apr

Changes for 2016-17.


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    Business »

    Company fined £100,000 after death of worker 

    5 May

    A BIRMINGHAM maintenance company has been fined £100,000, and has to pay costs of £25,000, for safety failures that led to the death of a worker.


    Traffic Alert: Birmingham rush hour thwarted by twin incidents 

    5 May

    MOTORISTS heading home from Birmingham city centre have been warned about two separate incidents which could delay their journey.


    WBA in Premier position after record shirt sponsorship deal 

    5 May

    WEST Bromwich Albion the areas only Premier League team for the 2016/17 football season following the relegation of Aston Villa has announced a new multi-million pound shirt spo...


    Traffic Alert: Long delays on M6 south after accident 

    5 May

    DRIVERS using the M6 southbound near Birmingham have been warned of long delays to this morning\'s rush hour because of an accident and fuel spillage.


    City Briefs: Victoria; Sprue Aegis; Carillion 

    4 May

    Victoria rolls out new incentive planWORCESTERSHIRE carpet manufacturer and retailer, Victoria, has agreed a new long-term management incentive plan.


    New airline partnership set to boost Indian services from Birmingham 

    4 May

    FLIGHT connections serving India are to be made more accessible to passengers using Birmingham Airport as part of a new collaboration agreement between Flybe and Air India.


    Barclaycard to step away from Arena naming rights 

    4 May

    BARCLAYS is to end its sponsorship of the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham as the bank continues to review its commercial partnerships.


    Travel Alert: Points failure creates major disruption to rail journeys 

    4 May

    RAIL passengers have been warned of long delays between Stafford and Wolverhampton due to a points failure.


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    Business columns »

    Get Smart with Centro 

    6 May

    Applications invited for smart transport start-ups.


    Kings Heath farmers’ market celebrates this Saturday 

    6 May

    Village Square to host tenth birthday party.


    Britain’s best vintage fair comes to Wolverhampton 

    5 May

    Opportunity for vintage buyers to roll back the years.


    Business Birmingham top UK investment agency – global locations magazine 

    4 May

    Agency praised by Site Selection in annual Best to Invest awards.


    West Midlands schoolchildren to improve their financial literacy 

    4 May

    My Money Week initiative aims to give personal finance lessons.


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    Events »

    Barrel House Blues Band, 6 May 2016 

    5 May

    6 May 2016 - Rock Pop at Ye Olde Black Cross...


    Wussy (Ohio) Play the H&H Tomorrow Night 

    5 May

    Oobleck Live bring  Wussy , a US 5-piece bridging the gap between The Band Sonic Youth to the HH tomorrow night.


    READ the latest edition of AREA GUIDE here…. 

    4 May

    Pick up a copy of Area Guide from the area’s best coffee shops, bars, galleries and independent stores.


    New Show: Kevin Morby 

    4 May

    We’re pleased to announce that This Is Tmrw will be bringing American singer-song writer Kevin Morby to the HH on Thursday 25th August in support of his latest LP, Singing Saw.


    Review: Nederland Dans Theatre2- witty, sharp and at times simply hilarious 

    3 May

    PIX BY JOHAN PERSSON Richard Lutz watches a Dutch troupe kick off a four week dance festival in Birmingham Nice touch to launch a month of dance in the city with a piece that gloriously takes the mick out of  pretentious art and art criticism.


    Celebrate Summer 

    3 May

    Celebrate Summer at Karen Millen with exclusive makeovers and gift with purchases.


    Ellie Jones & Those Acoustic Giants, 6 May 2016 

    3 May

    6 May 2016 - Rock Pop at Fiddle and Bone FREE...


    New Show: Quantic Live – 1000 Watts Tour 

    3 May

    We’re pleased to announce that Leftfoot will be bringing Quantic , headed by producer, selector, musician and DJ Will Holland to the HH on Friday 15th July as part of the 1000 Watts Tour.


    Proud to be You with Lisa Williamson, 7 May 2016 

    2 May

    7 May 2016 - Spoken Word at Waterstone's, High Street Join us for an inspiring and insightful discussion about being unique and individual, standing out from the crowd and being proud of who you are whilst we deconstruct the word 'normal' bit by bit ...


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    Music blogs »

    Don’t take no… 

    6 May

    Dave Woodhall talks to Tom Robinson – singer, musician, broadcaster and still outspoken.


    In photos: Peaky Blinders season 3 red carpet premiere 

    5 May

    Epic gangster television series Peaky Blinders came home to Birmingham on May 4 for a red carpet … Read more The post In photos: Peaky Blinders season 3 red carpet premiere appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


    Album review: Field Harmonics – Corners 

    5 May

    Looking at the press shots for Field Harmonics it’s easy to draw a few assumptions – the young… Read more The post Album review: Field Harmonics – Corners appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


    DESI GROOVES 

    5 May

    Paint the Town Red  with  International Dance Festival Birmingham 201 6  closing party –  DESI GROOVES .


    Album Review: Deftones – Gore 

    5 May

    Greg Woodin submerges himself in Deftones' most cohesive work yet.


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    999 »

    Man charged with murder of Kenichi Phillips remanded in custody 

    5 May

    A man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with the murder of Birmingham teenager Kenichi Phillips.


    E-fit released of Walsall rape suspect 

    5 May

    An e-fit image has been released of a man police want to trace following a rape.


    Second person charged with murder of Kenichi Phillips 

    4 May

    Detectives investigating the death of Birmingham teenager Kenichi Phillips in March have today (Wednesday 4 May) charged a second person with his murder.


    Woman found guilty of baby murder 

    3 May

    A woman who violently abused an 18-month-old baby girl in her care has today been found guilty of her murder.


    PC convicted after false call caused UK security alarm 

    3 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 (Tuesday 3 May) been found guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.


    Locked Up 

    1 May

    A man was arrested recently for an alleged offence after he went in to a large store brandishing some weapons that he’d improvised from household items and this included several razor blades.


    ‘Sheriff of Hillfields’ Barney Barnes is hanging up his hat 

    1 May

    He has struck a chord with the Coventry community for more than two decades - but PC Barney Barnes is now hanging up his hat.


    Birmingham drug dealer jailed 

    30 Apr

    A Birmingham drug dealer who was found with a stash of cocaine and over £30k cash in his car has been jailed for seven years six months.


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    LocalGov »

    Led lamp number 2, 5th May 

    5 May

    Our brand new LED lamp number 2 is out making it exceptionally dark all around that area and I fear my security and that of my vehicle overnight! Please repair...


    Ruined grass verges, 5th May 

    5 May

    The grass verges outside 4 6 worlds end lane have been ruined by them being used a car park spaces for a number of years.


    Rubbish left on the pavement, 5th May 

    5 May

    Paint tins, old kitchen work surface left out on the side of the road.


    FOI Request FOI12566 Update 

    5 May

    Request sent to Birmingham City Council by N Matojo on 5 May 2016 .


    Pothole Damage Claims 

    5 May

    Response by Birmingham City Council to twsman on 5 May 2016 .


    Food Safety Inspector Report – Pizza Box (Bartley Green) 

    5 May

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Paul Rogers on 5 May 2016 .


    list of empty properties in Birmingham 

    5 May

    Request sent to Birmingham City Council by swk8429 on 5 May 2016 .


    Council tax and Liability Orders 

    5 May

    Response by Birmingham City Council to K T Perry on 5 May 2016 .


    Neglected street that rarely gets swept and cleaned., 5th May 

    5 May

    Rubbish builds up in the gutters and on the pavements and is never cleaned unless we complain about it.


    Street Lighting Removal 

    5 May

    Response by Birmingham City Council to dave smithels on 5 May 2016 .


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    Social media »

    Data journalism’s commissioning problem 

    5 May

    Peter Yeung has a good point : why is it so difficult to get editors to pay for data journalism? In a series of tweets we tried to find some answers.


    Crafts, Social Justice and Social Media #makingforchange 

    4 May

    A couple of weeks ago we spent a whole week out of the office working with a group of 16 – 25 year olds  on the #MakingforChange project –  using Craftivism for social justice campaigns.


    office politics? let’s leave politics to the politicians 

    3 May

    Office politics.


    Bad manners, blockchains, open data government as a platform and and Birmingham pigs in muck. 

    3 May

    Image cc leeturner .


    My latest data journalism ebook is now finished 

    3 May

    My third data journalism ebook, Finding Stories With Spreadsheets, is now finished.


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