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Your guide to a relaxing day out at Birmingham’s Mailbox with My Bull. 

19 Mar

The Mailbox is an amazing mall for a day out.

John Gregory: Former Aston Villa boss wins Indian Super League with Chennaiyin FC 

19 Mar

Former Aston Villa boss John Gregory wins the Indian Super League with Chennaiyin FC.

The Independent Birmingham Festival arrives this week and here is what ticket holders should expect. 

19 Mar

This is the weekend food fans have been looking forward to.

Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa 

16 Mar

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

Birmingham marathon cancelled over new route plans 

16 Mar

Building and road works are restricting options for a new route for this year's race.

Birmingham City v Hull City 

16 Mar

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

Birmingham International Marathon will not be staged this year, says The Great Run Company 

16 Mar

The Birmingham International Marathon will not be staged this year as organisers take time to redesign the event in the lead up to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham .

Ten people arrested over drone plot to drop drugs behind prison walls. 

16 Mar

Police in the West Midlands have arrested 10 people suspected of using drones to smuggle large quantities of drugs into jails across England.

The tastiest, nostalgic cocktails that will take you back to your childhood. 

15 Mar

Birmingham is full of weird and wonderful cocktail bars.

Garry Monk: Birmingham City boss says Blues must deal with ‘adversity’ 

15 Mar

Birmingham City boss Garry Monk says that being in the Championship bottom three is like starting every game 1-0 down.

Chung Ying Cantonese Restaurant fined £30K after pleading guilty to food safety and hygiene offences.  

15 Mar

Chung Ying Cantonese Restaurant Ltd, on Thorp Street in the city centre, has today (15/3) been fined £30,000 after pleading guilty to fourteen food safety and hygiene offences at Birmingham magistrates court today.

Ideas for what you can do in the dark this upcoming Earth Hour. 

15 Mar

Earth Hour is taking place between 8.30pm-9.30pm on Saturday 24 th March.

Steve Bruce: Aston Villa boss sees April as the ‘defining month’ in Championship race 

14 Mar

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce says the key to his side's Championship promotion chances is how they get through April.

The Silent Child producers go back to school 

14 Mar

Oscar-winning filmmakers Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton show off their award for the Silent Child to schoolchildren in Birmingham.

Birmingham gym locker thief jailed for three years 

14 Mar

Michal Tkacz took phones, watches and bank cards while members exercised or showered nearby.

The pedigree city pubs that are perfectly pooch friendly. 

13 Mar

As the evenings get longer and the weather gets warmer we’ll be looking for summer nights in the city, enjoying the heat and a few relaxing tipples thrown in.

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Comment »

Daily Mail’s right about local government’s C-word – why make it so easy for them? 

19 Mar

With the dust settled on MIPIM in Cannes, Chris Game reflects on why the C-word causes so much trouble in local government circles.

What is the Guild? 

19 Mar

Comment Writer Jadzia Samuel argues that the Guild of Students goes unrecognised by many students, and suggests how this can change The post What is the Guild? appeared first on Redbrick .

Sir Howard: Spy link shock horror exclusive mystery 

18 Mar

Democratically elected Comrade Howard Elstonovitch, our espionage reporter, on the searing questions of the day.

How The Cold Could Kill You 

18 Mar

Comment Writer Holly Pittaway discusses how recent cold weather has made some people vulnerable, and what the government can do to prevent this The post How The Cold Could Kill You appeared first on Redbrick .

KFC Crisis: A Wake-Up Call 

18 Mar

Comment Editor Kat Smith argues that KFC's 'chicken crisis' should be a wake-up call that our consumerist greed has gone too far The post KFC Crisis: A Wake-Up Call appeared first on Redbrick .


17 Mar

Presentation to Birmingham TUC Conference “The West Midlands Economy: Why we need a strategy for Inclusive Growth,” 10 March, 2018, by David Etherington (Middlesex University) and Martin Jones (Staffordshire University) DEVOLUTION, AUSTERITY AND ...

St Mungos: A Lesson That Charity Doesn’t Solve Everything 

17 Mar

Comment Writer Rhi Storer criticises charitable organisations in light of the latest scandal surrounding St Mungos The post St Mungos: A Lesson That Charity Doesn’t Solve Everything appeared first on Redbrick .

Housing 30: £2bn social housing fund five months overdue 

16 Mar

Five months after announcing a £2bn fund to build a new generation of council homes, the government has not released the money.

Syria: Keeping Up With The Conflict 

16 Mar

Comment Writer Helena Shaw argues we should try to broaden our knowledge of international affairs and get to grips with the Syrian conflict The post Syria: Keeping Up With The Conflict appeared first on Redbrick .

On Campus: Jacob Rees- Mogg 

16 Mar

Comment Writer Tom Rose gives his opinion on Jacob Rees- Mogg's talk on campus The post On Campus: Jacob Rees- Mogg appeared first on Redbrick .

Transport Select Committee visits Birmingham 

16 Mar

Whim under the spotlight as West Midlands hosts MPs.

Sensitive Society: The Reality of ‘Fat-Shaming’ 

15 Mar

Comment Writer Alice Macfarlane argues the sensitivity of fat shaming should not belittle the affects it has on our health The post Sensitive Society: The Reality of ‘Fat-Shaming’ appeared first on Redbrick .

Fiddling With Fees Will Fix Nothing 

15 Mar

Comment Writer Emelia Lavender analyses recent discussion regarding tuition fees, arguing that current government suggestions will not fix anything The post Fiddling With Fees Will Fix Nothing appeared first on Redbrick .

The West Midlands economy: why we need an inclusive economic strategy 

14 Mar

This was the subject of Birmingham Trades Union Council’s conference on Saturday 10 March.

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City-centre news »

Next Drop-in Session This Tuesday 20 March 

19 Mar

On Tuesday 20 March members of the Committee of the City Centre Neighbourhood Forum (CCNF) will be holding a Drop-in session in Café Nero in Brindleyplace from 6pm onwards.

SS18’s most wearable trends 

19 Mar

Spring fashion style guide...

Quiet Hour at Entertainer 

19 Mar

The Entertainer rolls out nationwide Quiet Hour to create a calming shopping experience for autistic children...

Andrew Robinson Winter Camp 2018 

19 Mar

‘The Kingdom of heaven is close at hand’ The Andrew Robinson Young People’s Trust have ran a Winter Camp for the past 7 years! Each year 5 days are given to 45 young people especially chosen by key staff from Coventry schools in disadvantaged ...

Easter Weekend Opening Hours 

19 Mar

There's lots happening for Easter weekend! Here's the round up please a reminder of our Easter weekend opening hours.

God’s Gardeners 

19 Mar

It’s that time of year again! In every corner of the Diocese, an unsung army of horticultural heroes are beginning to emerge from their winter hibernation, dusting the cobwebs off their wellington boots and ceremoniously rolling out the lawnmowers...

A Musical Weekend in Bournemouth 

19 Mar

For the twentieth year running Catenians from across the Midlands made their way in early February, down south to the seaside resort of Bournemouth for their annual Provincial Weekend way.

New to Debenhams 

18 Mar

Debenhams are happy to announce a range of new brand arrivals to their store from Scandinavia.

New Menu items from Cafe Rouge 

16 Mar

You can try all these delicious new additions at our Bullring store...

Children’s Mental Health Week 

16 Mar

The week 5-9 February was the National Week for Children’s Mental Health.

The Rosary Catholic Primary School achieve the Investors in Pupils Award 

16 Mar

At the Rosary Catholic Primary School, we, as a school, have been working hard towards the Investors in Pupils Award for the last year.

Olympic medallist opens new Coventry facility 

16 Mar

Olympic gymnast and medallist Beth Tweddle recently opened ‘Ready Steady Gymnastics’ new facility at Saint Augustine’s Sports Centre in Radford.

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Aston Villa »

Six Wins Out Of Eight For Automatic Promotion? 

19 Mar

Six Wins Out Of Eight For Automatic Promotion? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/03/2018 17:24:00 Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has said he believes we need to pick up six victories out of the remaining eight Championship encounters if automatic...

Congratulations to Former Aston Villa Gaffer 

19 Mar

Congratulations to Former Aston Villa Gaffer Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/03/2018 15:40:00 Former Aston Villa gaffer John Gregory had the sweet smell of success on Saturday as he lifted the Indian Super League title with Chennaiyin FC.

Time Is A Killer 

19 Mar

One of the reasons why we needed a win on Saturday was to restore some confidence ahead of the international break.

The Future King Of England Showing His True Colours Again 

19 Mar

The Future King Of England Showing His True Colours Again Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/03/2018 09:56:00 I saw this on facebook and thought it might raise a smile amongst the Aston Villa masses after a rather depressing weekend.

U23s – Aston Villa March On In Cup Against Blackburn 

19 Mar

U23s - Aston Villa March On In Cup Against Blackburn Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/03/2018 01:22:00 Aston Villa's Under 23 side took victory in the clash against Blackburn Rovers in the Premier Cup on Friday.

Villa Do Have Something To Cheer This Weekend 

19 Mar

Villa Do Have Something To Cheer This Weekend Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/03/2018 00:51:00 No, it has absolutely nothing to do with the pathetic performance and loss to Bolton Wanderers but one man can take note.

A Day For Despondency And Worry! Stats, Lowlights, Reaction 

18 Mar

A Day For Despondency And Worry! Stats, Lowlights, Reaction Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:18/03/2018 12:44:00 The stats, the lowlights (video), a few tweets and match reactions.

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Birmingham City FC »

Monk`s Infectious Attitude Key To Birmingham`s Survival 

19 Mar

Monk`s Infectious Attitude Key To Birmingham`s Survival Vitalfootball:Birmingham:19/03/2018 16:25:00 You can`t manufacture confidence, but you can create the conditions for it to take root.

Harding merited the shirt, now he has to keep it 

19 Mar

Harding merited the shirt, now he has to keep it Vitalfootball:Birmingham:19/03/2018 15:40:00 Rob Wildey looks back at Wes Harding's performance in Saturday's 3-0 win against Hull City at St.

Monk keen on Leeds United winger 

19 Mar

Monk keen on Leeds United winger Vitalfootball:Birmingham:19/03/2018 13:23:00 Garry Monk is hoping for a summer reunion with Pablo Hernandez...

Juke inspired Blues tame the Tigers 

19 Mar

Juke inspired Blues tame the Tigers Vitalfootball:Birmingham:19/03/2018 12:47:00 Rob Wildey reacts to Blues' win over Hull City on Saturday...

Blues start dancing to Monk’s funk 

19 Mar

Seven straight defeats smashed into touch with determined aplomb and a rare clean sheet to boot.

Writing for this site 

19 Mar

We are planning to get more members involved in writing for our site.

View from the South – Birmingham City v Hull City 

18 Mar

The Beast from the East was back just in time for the weekend it seemed and indeed on rising early on Saturday morning and taking my first view outside snow was falling which began to get worryingly thick.

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Sport »

Ahmad Nawaz: Why I go around schools warning pupils against radicalism 

20 Mar

The Birmingham schoolboy who survived a Taliban attack which wiped out his school is now devoting his time to stop teenagers being radicalised...

U18 Juniors beat Bedworth 3-1 

19 Mar

Result better than performance..

Domestic violence victims in Birmingham are being sent as far away as Manchester in “national crisis” 

19 Mar

Shadow communities minister Melanie Onn hit out at the Government...

Demarai Gray takes cheeky swipe at Birmingham City’s Wes Harding after full debut message 

19 Mar

Former BCFC youngster Demarai Gray had a little pop at his former team-mate...

Who have Birmingham City signed? 

19 Mar

BCFC made 14 signings this season...

What happened to Aston Villa’s historic 2002 FA Youth Cup winners? 

19 Mar

Alex Dicken has been taking a look at the Villa youngsters who won youth football's biggest prize...

When were Birmingham City last in the Premier League? 

19 Mar

BCFC have played in the Championship since 2011...

No.50 bus diverted as fire breaks out in house in Moseley Road 

19 Mar

Police and fire crews at the scene...

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    Business »

    Former rugby pro to open new café in Birmingham 

    19 Feb

    Venue in Bull Street will be Sam Smith's second caf after launching his new venture in Worcester in 2016...

    Works starts on new HMRC building in Birmingham 

    19 Feb

    More than 3,600 tax and pensions workers will be relocated to new city centre home in 2020...

    This 17th century Solihull farmhouse is to be transformed into a pub and restaurant 

    19 Feb

    Company behind Birmingham bar The Physician is hoping to renovate listed farmyard complex...

    Barclays hosts event for corporate and wealth clients 

    19 Feb

    Barclays held an event for its corporate and wealth clients and the Birmingham professional community...

    Post-Brexit, with an ageing workforce and a shortage of graduates with science, engineering or mathematics qualifications, effective training is needed for younger and older workers 

    18 Feb

    In April 2017 an apprenticeship levy was introduced.

    Comment: Message to GKN shareholders – stick with it 

    16 Feb

    Shareholders now have a choice between what Melrose and current GKN Management are offering, says Professor David Bailey...

    Rail college and conservatoire make RICS 2018 shortlist 

    16 Feb

    Host of development and regeneration projects across Birmingham feature in shortlist for prestigious regional awards...

    West Midlands Mayor guest speaker was at grant-giving charity’s dinner 

    16 Feb

    Heart of England Community Foundation trustee Sir Dominic Cadbury welcomed key figures from across the area to a dinner at Muirhead Tower, within the University of Birmingham campus.

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    Business columns »

    Midlands UK presents its success story at MIPIM 2018 

    20 Mar

    Refreshed Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio highlights £11 billion of investment opportunities.

    Sports stars promoting region’s economic growth 

    16 Mar

    Denise Lewis OBE joins region’s leaders to celebrate Commonwealth Games win at MIPIM 2018.

    Chance to look round motorway construction work 

    14 Mar

    Free tour of a live Highways England site, with BMV.

    £250 million finance available to Black Country businesses 

    14 Mar

    Briefing to launch major investment boost to region.

    Bruntwood set to acquire Innovation Birmingham 

    14 Mar

    New era of growth for Midlands’ science and tech sector promised.

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    Events »

    Student Sessions 

    19 Mar

    Student Sessions returns for the spring...

    Open Mic Night Hosted by Luke Webley, 21 Mar 2018 

    18 Mar

    21 Mar 2018 - Rock Pop at The Actress Bishop Showcase your talents at our fortnightly open mic night hosted by Luke Webley.

    Review: Ballet British Columbia 

    17 Mar

                            Richard Lutz takes his pew for the Canadian dance troupe This Vancouver-based contemporary dance company offers up a trio of works- all by women choreographers.

    Education & Its Challenges, 21 Mar 2018 

    17 Mar

    21 Mar 2018 - Spoken Word at Saint Nicolas Place...

    Disney Store Egg Hunt! 

    17 Mar

    You're all invited to an epic FREE Disney Easter Egg hunt...

    Student Sessions 

    16 Mar

    Student Sessions returns for the spring...

    Sound Salad, 16 Mar 2018 

    15 Mar

    16 Mar 2018 - Club at Ort Cafe...

    Wes Anderson Marathon, 18 Mar 2018 

    15 Mar

    18 Mar 2018 - Film at Mockingbird Theatre...

    Crafting Group – Baby Mobiles, 21 Mar 2018 

    15 Mar

    21 Mar 2018 - Workshop at Creative Coffee Hub Create Something Special Your New Arrival This is a crafting group making beautiful baby mobiles to match the theme of any nursery.

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    Music blogs »

    Birmingham talent to take over Commonwealth Games 

    20 Mar

    Spoken word artist confirmed as part of the Birmingham 2022 handover line-up.

    Andy Hamilton Centenary Celebration announced 

    20 Mar

    Special concert to mark 100 years since the birth of the legendary musician.

    Hollywood pop prodigy set to inspire local youth 

    19 Mar

    American teen singer to visit schools.

    Live review: Joe Bonamassa shows Birmingham the Blues’ many faces 

    19 Mar

    Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa brought his ‘Guitar Event of the Year’ to Birmingham’s … Read more The post Live review: Joe Bonamassa shows Birmingham the Blues’ many faces appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .

    Roddy Woomble Brings New Album ‘The Deluder’ To The Road 

    19 Mar

    Following the release of his latest studio album ‘The Deluder’, Roddy Woomble is heading out on an intimate tour of the UK, supported by Teeside-based singer songwriter Tom Joshua.

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    999 »


    19 Mar

    All of us who use Twitter are probably guilty on occasion of wanting to shout up about a job to highlight something we see as important – a success story where someone was helped, a criminal caught, officers who’ve acted bravely...

    Pre-Identifying 135 “Beds” 

    7 Mar

    A little lack of knowledge can be a dangerous thing – A couple of years ago, I learned of a perculiar incident in a police force area that would have made a great blog to emphasise a point, but it was so specific, I withheld from doing...

    A tough time for dedicated colleagues 

    1 Mar

    There are no jobs quite as sad as those involving children.

    Somewhere, Out There 

    26 Feb

    Chief Superintendent John Sutherland is a leader – we know this, because people follow him and listen keenly to what he has to say.

    Twenty Years and Counting 

    19 Feb

    I recently passed a professional and personal milestone, having joined the police service twenty years ago and I hope to receive an email soon outlining I’ve qualified for a Long Service, Good Conduct medal.

    Liable To Be Detained 

    8 Feb

    An AMHP and two doctors, one of whom is s12 approved, attend a patient’s home following concerns about their mental health deteriorating.

    Efficiency – The digital revolution 

    4 Feb

    We still have to maximise the amount of policing we can offer on a reducing financial base.

    Helping Those in Need 

    2 Feb

    We can be a highly effective force at preventing crime and protecting the public but we will fail if we are not seen as providing good caring service or being fair to those we protect.

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    LocalGov »

    Stealing bench outside school for the metal frame., 20th March 

    20 Mar

    Someone attempting to remove bench outside school for the metal frame, which will be sold.

    Churned up grass verges due to illegal parking., 19th March 

    19 Mar

    The grass verge outside my house has been getting progressively worse due to people parking on the grass.

    Large pothole by the give way junction., 19th March 

    19 Mar

    The pothole has gradually become deeper and deeper.

    Fly Tipped Sofa/furniture, 19th March 

    19 Mar

    The whole strip is rubbish-strewn and a disgrace with tyres, mattresses,fridges, litter et Al but the most unsightly is the furniture.

    Pile of rubbish left by tenants who have left., 19th March 

    19 Mar

    This is outside 155 newcombe road.

    A bed frame on the grass verge – flytipping, 19th March 

    19 Mar

    Flytipping of a bad frame, I did report this a few days ago through the council website but it is still here.

    Uncollected rubbish, 19th March 

    19 Mar

    Kingsbury road erdington b24 9pn,rubbish has not been collected on Friday and as u can see both the residents rubbish bins are overflowing,can these please be emptied please before bags are chucked on the floor.

    Fly tipped fridge freezer and spilt waste on road and pavement., 19th March 

    19 Mar

    This is a serious health hazard due to possible spread of infection by encouraging vermin pests feed of rotten waste and residue.

    Potholes, 19th March 

    19 Mar

    Broad Street city centre outside Novotel hotel and near to the crossing there are numouros potholes in the road Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 70 Broad Street, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...

    Amey Birmingham Highways Ltd Contract & Charges 

    19 Mar

    Follow up sent to Birmingham City Council by Mr P Swift on 19 March 2018 .

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    Social media »

    death of an intranet 

    18 Mar

      There are many ways to skin the internal comms cat.

    30 days of human comms: day #43 a Down’s Syndrome campaign video 

    17 Mar

    Often when I’m co-delivering video training I’ll tell a story about one of the first lessons I learned as a journalist.

    FAQ: Is UGC more helpful or harmful to journalism? 

    17 Mar

    The latest set of questions in the semi-regular FAQ section on this blog are about UGC , and come from a student at Liverpool John Moores.

    NEW TACK: We’re polite and human as hell, and we’re not going to take it any more… a new approach to online snark 

    16 Mar

    There’s a change in the air with how the public sector is using social media.

    30 days of human comms: day #42: Birmingham New Street station 

    16 Mar

    Train stations are emotional places.

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