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Why I would not do the Ice Bucket Challenge 

23 Aug

Birmingham Mail staffer Jonny Greatrex explains why he would refuse the Ice Bucket Challenge...


One year on: How the Library of Birmingham brought the world to the city 

23 Aug

'One million people streamed through the doors in the first 100 days, an astonishing 10,000 per day, and they keep on coming...


Aston University: Anger after ‘hate preachers’ billed as appearing at city event 

23 Aug

Islamic Network is staging Eden, a 'three-day leisure and educational holiday camp' aimed at British Muslims, at Aston University...


Aston University to offer MBA scholarship to people who have been made redundant 

23 Aug

Aston University will provide awards of up to £10,000 for aspiring MBA students who have been made redundant or who feel their job is threatened by redundancy.


Birmingham street-kid Billy Sutton’s bid to rid the Miami streets of crack 

23 Aug

Carl Chinn on Billy Sutton's bid to rid the Miami streets of crack before it made its way to Britain.


Incredible X-Ray shows Birmingham cat which swallowed feet of string from favourite toy 

23 Aug

X-Ray showed the string was twisted in moggy's stomach and intestines...


Warning over black market cigarettes 

23 Aug

Following raids in Birmingham and Wolverhampton, council bosses warn that attempts to cut the amount people smoke are being hit by a black market trade in millions of illegal cigarettes.


VIDEO: Knife amnesty bins put up in city 

22 Aug

Parents whose children died as a result of stabbings promote a campaign in Birmingham urging people to hand in knives.


Replay: Friday’s breaking news, weather, sport and traffic for Birmingham and the West Midlands 

22 Aug

Bringing you live news, sport, traffic and weather from around Birmingham and the West Midlands as it happens on August 22nd.


Men guilty of false imprisonment 

22 Aug

Three men from Birmingham are found guilty of falsely imprisoning a man in Worcestershire.


Watch acid tongued Katie Hopkins get soaked in ice cold dumping after Birmingham hate rant 

22 Aug

The controversial former Apprentice star ridiculed Birmingham and led to Brummies across the UK lining up to hit back...


Celebrity Big Brother 2014 White Dee offered big screen role in Birmingham-set movie 

22 Aug

Producers want to cast Benefits Street star in gritty inner-city drama...


Revealed: Birmingham’s worst air pollution hotspots 

22 Aug

Campaigners disclose city's roads with most toxic air quality and call for crackdown on emissions...


‘United Nations’ team to tackle Great Birmingham Run Business Challenge 

22 Aug

The team features 14 nationalities, including Spanish and Swedish, French and Finnish, Dutch and Danish runners, all based at the head office in Burton-upon-Trent...


Labour’s David Jamieson elected West Midlands police and crime commissioner 

22 Aug

Turnout for the election was just 10.32 per cent of the eligible electorate, which is just under two million...


Labour’s David Jamieson is new West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner 

22 Aug

Former Solihull councillor tops poll after triumph in 'first round' ballot dubbed 'shambles' by Erdington MP Jack Dromey...


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Labour hold PCC post, but only 1 in 10 turnout 

22 Aug

David Jamieson, the former MP and minister, has won the election to become the next Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands.


Labour hold PCC post, but only 1 in 10 voters turnout 

22 Aug

David Jamieson, the former MP and minister, has won the election to become the next Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands.


Contribute to the September Edition, Deadline 31st August! 

22 Aug

For those of you that don’t know, Slaney Street is a democratic and locally run community newspaper based in the Birmingham area.


A case for Local Political Unions? 

22 Aug

Today the votes are being counted for the by-election of a Police Commissioner for the West Midlands.


Birmingham Student Housing Co-operative 

22 Aug

Phil Beardmore sends information about the Birmingham Student Housing Co-operative, launched on Friday 27th June, the first day of Co-operative Congress: “The launch event, held at the Co-op’s first home in Selly Park, was attended by ...


ISIS – The Unsolvable? 

22 Aug

I’m not claiming to have solutions to these problems, but I do see a clear cross roads where British foreign policy interests, the holy grail of ‘community cohesion’ and the valve disaffected British Muslims like Nasser Muthanna could have used...


Peter Sharkey: Our likeable Games stars deserve TV spotlight in longer term 

21 Aug

Every Team GB athlete benefits from a Lottery-underwritten structure which actively promotes professionalism.


Gisela Stuart: The First World War compared with today’s war in Afghanistan 

21 Aug

The commemorations of the First World War are also a chance to understand each other as the nations we have become.


Gisela Stuart: How decisions made during the First World War still resonate today 

21 Aug

The commemorations of the First World War are also a chance to understand each other as the nations we have become.


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City-centre news »

Shabana Mahmood MP: I will continue to support Israeli goods boycott 

22 Aug

The Birmingham MP was ordered to change her stance after taking part in a protest which led to the temporary closure of Sainsbury's in Birmingham...


Major commuter routes into Birmingham to be lined with banner adverts 

22 Aug

Lamppost ads slammed as "tawdry" by Tory councillors...


Birmingham vigil planned against shooting of teen Michael Brown in USA 

21 Aug

One-hour protest over death of Michael Brown organised to take place outside council house in city centre...


People warned to avoid Birmingham hospital A&Es over Bank Holiday 

21 Aug

People are instead being advised to go to nearby urgent care and walk-in centres across the city...


City of Colours – Volunteers Needed! 

21 Aug

When: Saturday 6th September, 10:30-20:00 Where: Various locations across Digbeth We’re delighted that City of Colours will be partnering with a fantastic local charity, St Basil’s, with the festival raising funds and increasing awareness...


Just what are they doing down in those closed city centre tunnels? Find out in our video 

20 Aug

The work is on schedule according to contractor Amey...


Watch: Birmingham MP Shabana Mahmood hauled in by Labour bosses after this video of Sainsbury’s Gaza protest 

20 Aug

Shabana Mahmood was part of a protest in support of the people of Gaza on August 2 which forced a Sainsbury's store to close temporarily...


Beach Party in Digbeth 

20 Aug

When: Sunday 24th August, 15:00-18:00 Where: Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage (close to The Warehouse), Digbeth, B5 5JG Tickets: Free entry (suggested donation of £2) This Sunday, Birmingham Friends of the Earth are hosting a beach ...


Digbeth Dining Club is two! 

19 Aug

When: Friday 22nd August, 17:30 onwards Where: Spot*light, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG Tickets: £1 entry fee With numerous accolades and a British Street Food Award under its belt, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Digbeth Dining ...


Birmingham market traders buy new iPad for disabled woman who had tablet snatched by thief 

19 Aug

Stallholders at the Bull Ring and St Martin's markets pitch in to replace stolen iPad...


Next Drop-in Session 

18 Aug

About the next Drop-in session...


Can anyone stop Hillary in 2016? 

18 Aug

Are America’s First Couple on their way back to the White House? The year was 2007, it was the middle of US primary season, and Hillary Clinton seemed a shoo-in to be nominated as the Democratic candidate for the following … Continue ...


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Aston Villa »

Can A New Home Start Mean A New Level Of Performance? 

23 Aug

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Aston Villa v Newcastle Preview 

23 Aug

With the visit of Newcastle we have our first home game of the season.


Aston Villa v Newcastle United, Premier League: live 

23 Aug

Join Clive Whittingham as Paul Lambert and Roy Keane's team take on Alan Pardew's outfit at Villa Park...


Joe Cole rejects big foreign pay-day for chance to prove himself at Aston Villa 

22 Aug

Interview: Aston Villa new boy reveals why he turned down lucrative offers abroad to have one last crack at the Premier League - and England...


ASTON VILLA V NEWCASTLE UNITED – THE PREVIEW! 

22 Aug

Paul Lambert was full of praise for his players’ “brilliant” performances after last weekend’s victory over Stoke City and he will be keen to begin work to redress his side’s appalling home record.


Lambert plotting charm offensive 

22 Aug

Paul Lambert insists players will be won over by Aston Villa's ambition - as he plots more new signings.


Something For The Weekend (463) 

22 Aug

Something For The Weekend (463) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:22/08/2014 17:53:00 Please, sir, I want some more...


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Birmingham City FC »

Man in Charge: Robert Madley 

23 Aug

Man in Charge: Robert Madley Vitalfootball:Birmingham:23/08/2014 10:09:00 Today's referee and officials...


Clark: Teams Know We’re Strong 

23 Aug

Clark: Teams Know We're Strong Vitalfootball:Birmingham:23/08/2014 09:42:00 Managers thoughts on Blues trip to Brentford...


Birmingham Travel to Brentford 

23 Aug

Birmingham Travel to Brentford Vitalfootball:Birmingham:23/08/2014 09:29:00 Birmingham take on Brentford today in the Sky Bet Championship at Griffin park.


McLeish’s Belgium Break 

23 Aug

McLeish's Belgium Break Vitalfootball:Birmingham:23/08/2014 08:44:00 Former Blues boss has finally landed a job...


Brentford Preview in Association with EZE Group 

23 Aug

Lee Clark takes his side to Griffin Park this morning hoping that they can bounce back from the last minute heartbreak on Tuesday night that saw Ipswich deny Blues back to back home wins.


Lee Clark: No repeat of Middlesbrough malaise for Birmingham City 

22 Aug

Blues boss confident his team will not deliver a repeat of their underwhelming display at Middlesbrough when they face Brentford on Saturday...


Highlights: Blues U21 1-1 QPR U21 

22 Aug

Highlights: Blues U21 1-1 QPR U21 Vitalfootball:Birmingham:22/08/2014 20:23:00 The goals from Blues development draw on Monday...


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Sport »

RUSTY SPARKHILL GRIND OUT RESULT 

22 Aug

Sparkhill made it two wins out of two in pre-season with a 4-2 victory over young BCL side Athletic Midlands.


Bears ‘burgled way to T20 finals’ 

22 Aug

Birmingham Bears director of cricket Dougie Brown admits that his side "burgled" their way into Saturday's T20 Blast Finals Day.


Who will triumph in the T20 Blast? 

22 Aug

Birmingham Bears, Hampshire, Lancashire and Surrey will chase the season's first trophy at Edgbaston on Saturday.


Notts host Derbys in One-Day Cup 

21 Aug

Group B winners Nottinghamshire will host local rivals Derbyshire in the quarter-finals of the One-Day Cup.


Ladies – Handsworth Ladies are up and running. 

21 Aug

Handsworth, Ladies, Rugby...


VIDEO: Surrey spurred on by 2013 loss – Roy 

21 Aug

Surrey batsman Jason Roy tells BBC London that losing the Finals Day decider last year is a "huge motivation" on their return to Edgbaston on Saturday.


Next Up: Stocksbridge Park Steels Fc 

21 Aug

Unbeaten Royals travel to Sheffield On Saturday...


Ice Bucket Challeneg a fantastic wash out! 

21 Aug

Great sucess for the ice bucket challenge whicch sw a colts team reunited...


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Business »

Tesco still on track for £65m Wolverhampton store – creating hundreds of jobs 

23 Aug

A long-awaited £65 million Tesco supermarket will open its doors in Wolverhampton in 2016 creating hundreds of new jobs, bosses confirmed today.


One year on: How the Library of Birmingham brought the world to the city 

23 Aug

'One million people streamed through the doors in the first 100 days, an astonishing 10,000 per day, and they keep on coming...


Aston University to offer MBA scholarship to people who have been made redundant 

23 Aug

Aston University will provide awards of up to £10,000 for aspiring MBA students who have been made redundant or who feel their job is threatened by redundancy.


Birmingham’s official archaeologist Dr Mike Hodder rewrote the city’s history 

23 Aug

As Birmingham's official archaeologist, Dr Mike Hodder made significant discoveries about the city's Stone Age and Roman past.


Cundall open new offices on Colmore Row​ in Birmingham 

23 Aug

Cundall recently held a party to​ officially open its new offices on Colmore Row​.


H.T. Brigham in Coleshill expands and still finds time to maintain a remarkable blog 

22 Aug

Two years ago news of H.


Renovated and restored – Five Birmingham pubs sporting new looks 

22 Aug

Aston Villa fans eagerly awaiting the club's first home game of the season tomorrow will be able to enjoy the pleasant surroundings of a newly opened pub which has undergone a wholesale refurbishment.


Edgbaston expecting record crowd for T20 Finals Day 

22 Aug

WARWICKSHIRE County Cricket Club has said it is expecting a record crowd for a domestic game at tomorrows NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day.


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Business columns »

Trevor Law: Keeping pace with host of changes to pensions 

21 Aug

The industry still awaits further detail in respect of the tax charge applied to lump sum death benefits from crystallised funds.


Steve Allen: Expansion of Birmingham law firm could be first of many more to come 

21 Aug

Hogan is not the first City law firm to adopt the practice of disaggregation in the quest for greater efficiency.


Mike Loftus: Do the numbers add up for either Beijing or the Bank of England? 

19 Aug

Maybe you are one of those people who is more than a bit suspicious about some of those stunning economic numbers that emerge from China.


Grant funding made on Innovation Birmingham’s accelerator programme 

19 Aug

£100,000 to be shared across 9 low carbon start-ups.


Air Ambulance’s Corporate Networking Event 

18 Aug

Help save lives and make contacts.


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Events »

Manifest Live ft. The Stirs 

22 Aug

Manifest Live ft.


Jazzlines Autumn Programme at the Hare & Hounds 

22 Aug

This autumn Jazzlines have four gigs that encapsulate the diverse and forward programme that fits so well into the Hare Hounds venue.


Sleeping With Sirens & Pierce The Veil 

22 Aug

Sleeping With Sirens & Pierce The Veil - O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 08, Apr 15...


Courteeners 

21 Aug

Courteeners - O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 20, Nov 14...


Moseley Folk Festival Close To Selling Out 

21 Aug

The Moseley Folk Festival will be returning to the beautiful setting of Moseley Park, Birmingham on 29th – 31st August 2014 with its biggest line up to date, and there are only a few tickets left! Following another sell out year in 2013, which was ...


Motown’s Martha Reeves and the Vandellas to play Birmingham’s Jam House 

21 Aug

Martha Reeves stops off at The Jam House to perform such classics as Dancing In The Street, Jimmy Mack, Nowhere To Run and Third Finger, Left Hand.


Takuya Kuroda 

21 Aug

Hear Blue Note artist, trumpet player and composer Takuya Kuroda as he performs from his debut album.


The Crimson Star @ The Roadhouse, Birmingham – 20th August 2014 

21 Aug

Birmingham has been getting plenty of attention from certain areas of the music press recently.


Tiki Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 

20 Aug

21 Aug 2014 - Club at Island Bar...


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Music blogs »

Birmingham Weekly Arts Roundup, August 21-27 

22 Aug

Many of the summer’s World War I anniversary events have been sober, reflective affairs, but the Electric Cinema offers a rather more upbeat slice of 1914 life from Sunday (August 24), in A Night At The Cinema .


Travel advice for Fusion Festivalgoers 

22 Aug

Festivalgoers planning to travel by train to the Fusion Festival at Cofton Park in Longbridge on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August are asked to note the following travel advice fro train company London Midland.


Seth Faergolzia / Michael Stork / Alderman / Hawk @ The Dark Horse (Moseley), Wednesday 20th August 

21 Aug

The last time we went to this place it was called The Cross.


Moseley Folk Festival Close To Selling Out 

21 Aug

The Moseley Folk Festival will be returning to the beautiful setting of Moseley Park, Birmingham on 29th – 31st August 2014 with its biggest line up to date, and there are only a few tickets left! Following another sell out year in 2013, which was ...


The Crimson Star @ The Roadhouse, Birmingham – 20th August 2014 

21 Aug

Birmingham has been getting plenty of attention from certain areas of the music press recently.


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999 »

Appeal for witnesses following sexual assault on train between Euston and Milton Keynes 

21 Aug

Were you on the 6.49pm Euston to Birmingham New Street service on Wednesday, 13 August...


Appeal for witnesses following sexual assault on train between Euston and Milton Keynes 

21 Aug

Were you on the 6.49pm Euston to Birmingham New Street service on Wednesday, 13 August...


“Don’t suffer in silence” – ASB sufferer’s plea to other victims 

21 Aug

Dont suffer in silence ASB sufferers plea to other victims A woman from Birmingham whose life was made a living nightmare by anti-social behaviour is urging other victims to contact authorities and not to suffer in silence.


Family pays tribute to loving son who died following incident near Birmingham New Street rail station 

19 Aug

The family of an 18-year-old man who died in hospital almost a week after suffering injuries in an incident near to Birmingham New Street rail station on the morning of Thursday, 7 August, has today paid tribute to him.


Family pays tribute to loving son who died following incident near Birmingham New Street rail station 

19 Aug

The family of an 18-year-old man who died in hospital almost a week after suffering injuries in an incident near to Birmingham New Street rail station on the morning of Thursday, 7 August, has today paid tribute to him.


Personal Responsibility 

19 Aug

I’m going to have to be careful about the tone of this one: it just mind end up sounding a bit like a lecture or a telling-off!  And I should be clear that this post is not just aimed at professionals in policing – what I am about...


Second man involved in incident at Birmingham New Street has died 

18 Aug

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said...


Second man involved in incident at Birmingham New Street has died 

18 Aug

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said...


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LocalGov »

Railings, 22nd August 

22 Aug

There are some bungalows opposite me with elderly residents, they have railings around their property to help with their mobility.


Mass flytipping, 22nd August 

22 Aug

Mass flytipping of tree branches, black bags, cushions etc.


Social Services justification for ceasing Duty of Care for disabled people`s stair lifts. 

22 Aug

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Richard Powderhill on 22 August 2014 .


Uncollected Green Waste By Tree, 22nd August 

22 Aug

There are several bags of presumably green waste with yellow labels left by the tree.


Translation Services, Face to Face Interpreting and Telephone Interpreting 

22 Aug

Response by Birmingham City Council to Laura Robson on 22 August 2014 .


Council review of provision for debt repayment 

22 Aug

Every year the council must decide on what it considers to be a prudent policy for providing for the repayment of its debt (its Minimum Revenue Provision).


Public Health Organisational Structure 

22 Aug

Response by Birmingham City Council to David on 22 August 2014 .


Media Watch – August 22 

22 Aug

Top Birmingham City Council Stories: ‘Tawdry’ city road banners get go-ahead (Birmingham Mail) Council bosses have been accused of making the city’s streets look tawdry after plans to line major commuter routes in Birmingham with banner adverts...


Chauffeur Driven Cars 

22 Aug

Response by Birmingham City Council to Luke Holland on 22 August 2014 .


BBC Radio WM breakfast show, 22 Aug 

22 Aug

Dr Gavin Ralston, Chair of Birmingham Cross City CCG was a studio guest this morning talking about the choices that healthcare choices patients can make over the Bank Holiday - and avoid AE.


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Social media »

coping strategies from a facepalm survivor 

21 Aug

Well, that certainly touched a nerve.


good digital things from scotland 

21 Aug

In a guest editor post we're taking a look at some good public sector digital communications from Scotland.


THE HORROR: The Four Stages of Comms Facepalm 

19 Aug

We’ve all been there working in comms, marketing, web and PR… the ridiculous request that gets made of you that is dafter than a box of frogs.


four stages of comms facepalm… 

19 Aug

The Urban Dictionary describes 'facepalm' as the correct response of putting your palm to your head in response to a particularly stupid question or comment...


get by with a little help from your friends 

18 Aug

Are you getting the most from networking? No, then read on...


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