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Fire damaged Kings Heath cinema to be restored as shop and apartments 

21 Dec

'Phoenix-like recovery' welcomed by planning committee...


St Patrick’s Day Parade: Crowd funding campaign launched to save Birmingham event 

21 Dec

The 2015 St Patrick's Day parade is going ahead as planned.


Trainee teachers in a class of their own 

21 Dec

Education correspondent Emma McKinney meets the trainees who will be educating the next generation of pupils...


Lucky escape for driver as car hit by debris thrown from footbridge 

21 Dec

The driver of a BMW had a lucky escape after debris was thrown from a Birmingham footbridge.


Washwood Heath jobs breakthrough as committee calls on HS2 to adjust plans 

21 Dec

The massive former Alstom and LDV sites in Washwood Heath are currently being held for a HS2 Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot...


200-year-old mystery of Shugborough Code ‘solved’ 

21 Dec

Linguistic expert believes he has solved mysterious sequence of letters on a stately home's monument in Staffordshire...


Lucky escape for driver as car hit by debris thrown from footbridge 

20 Dec

The driver of a BMW had a lucky escape this evening after debris was thrown from a Birmingham footbridge.


Look: Are you pictured in Birmingham city centre in our ‘panic Saturday’ gallery? 

20 Dec

More than 300,000 expected at Bullring over the weekend...


Jigsaws used to create 4ft elephant 

20 Dec

An artist creates a 4ft (1.2m) elephant using old jigsaw puzzles, as part of a scheme to donate new ones to hospitals including Birmingham's Heartlands.


Tributes to Tory MEP Philip Bradbourn, who has died 

20 Dec

Long serving West Midlands representative had been battling cancer...


Prime Minister pays tribute to Tory MEP Philip Bradbourn, who has died 

20 Dec

Long serving West Midlands representative had been battling cancer...


Panic Saturday: Crowd control introduced at Birmingham New Street station 

20 Dec

Thousands expected in city centre shopping frenzy on last weekend before Christmas...


Balsall Heath Baverstock Academy applies to open new free school 

20 Dec

New school would be based at Baverstock in the City where gypsy Roma children are taught, and would also help pupils with English as a second language and students with challenging behaviour...


Pledge to transform Trojan Horse schools in a year 

20 Dec

£12m city council action plan to improve education after scandal of extremist Muslim plot...


Kerslake reveals he once applied for Birmingham City Council chief exec’s post 

20 Dec

The man who wrote scathing report on local authority tells how he was asked to lead the city more than a decade ago...


‘Sheer luck’ no more women died as scale of domestic abuse in Birmingham revealed 

20 Dec

New stats show more than 25,000 are estimated to have suffered in the home according to the National Crime Survey...


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Comment »

Is the term ‘localism’ used by government to promote outcomes that contradict its original meaning? 

21 Dec

A thoughtful appraisal of localism by Ekklesia’s staff writers was brought to our attention by James Robertson’s December newsletter .


Polls show Greens and NHA party ‘trending’ 

20 Dec

The Green Party of England and Wales has polled 10% for the first time this week, and online media reports that – according to a YouGov pollster – the recent surge in support is coming largely from Labour’s younger voters .


Protecting the vulnerable in a time of cuts 

19 Dec

Cllr John Cotton Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr John Cotton, on the challenge of protecting vulnerable people at a time of massive Government cuts.


1. In Solihull, developers run rings round legislators; what hope is there for Birmingham’s ‘Development Plan’? 

19 Dec

In his monograph on housing issues , business correspondent Nick Mathiason* rec ords that – i n England alone – there are 1.4 million households on council waiting lists – a 34% rise since 1997.


2. What hope for the city’s Development Plan? 

19 Dec

The Birmingham Development Plan expresses the intention to build on brownfield sites – but will find it hard to get developers to do this.


Film 2015 

19 Dec

As a result of an unprecedented terrorist cyber attack, the lucrative North Korean film industry has withdrawn from release a new comedy film that depicts a plot to assassinate UK Communities minister Eric Pickles...


Reverse the Cuts to the Library of Birmingham! 

18 Dec

Birmingham City Council  has proposed in its most recent budget proposals a massive cut to the Library of Birmingham of at least £1.5 million for the next financial year.


See 51 pictures of Cannabis farms shutdown by West Midlands Police this year 

18 Dec

Discoveries by West Midlands Police's Cannabis Disposal Team in 2014 are valued at a whopping £40million...


Councils bracing for funding cuts 

18 Dec

Next year's £117 million savings proposed by Birmingham City Council mean 1100 more job losses.


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City-centre news »

Live Music Round Up 

21 Dec

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


Candlelight Acoustic 

20 Dec

When: Sundays from 16:30 Where: The Old Crown, 188 Digbeth High Street, Digbeth, B12 0LD With the cold and dark setting in, there’s no better place to spend a Sunday evening than a warm and cosy atmospheric pub.


Look: Are you pictured in Birmingham city centre in our ‘panic Saturday’ gallery? 

20 Dec

More than 300,000 expected at Bullring over the weekend...


Panic Saturday: Crowd control introduced at Birmingham New Street station 

20 Dec

Thousands expected in city centre shopping frenzy on last weekend before Christmas...


Mad Friday: Police out in force for pre-Christmas celebrations in Birmingham 

19 Dec

One of busiest nights of the year for 999 crews heralds start of huge weekend...


Watch: Teenager gives £400 Christmas present to homeless man in Birmingham city centre 

19 Dec

For every share on Youtube the video game tutor pledges US$1 to homeless charities...


Free Christmas Dinner for Homeless in the City of Birmingham 

19 Dec

On Saturday 20th December, St George’s Hub in Birmingham will open its doors to around 200 homeless guests for a free Christmas dinner and all the trimmings.


Dig Digbeth 

19 Dec

In case you haven’t seen it all over Twitter and social media, a new visitor guide for Digbeth has been launched this month.


Traffic chaos feared as Spaghetti Junction and Paradise Circus road works begin 

18 Dec

Commuters set for huge disruption as £11.4 million road improvements get underway...


The Christmas appeal: Kind-hearted souls to spread festive cheer to Birmingham’s homeless 

18 Dec

Volunteers from the Simon’s Heroes children charity will go above and beyond their usual good work by handing out food and warm clothing to those in need...


Save St Pats 

18 Dec

When: Sunday 15th March 2015, 12:00-14:00 Where: Digbeth High Street Planning for the next St Patrick’s day parade is underway in earnest, despite recent announcements from Birmingham City Council to cut funding for public events across the city.


Birmingham Fathers 4 Justice chain themselves to Real Family statue 

18 Dec

Five campaigners fix themselves to controversial monument in protest over child access rights...


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Aston Villa »

Bent Wants Brighton Stay 

21 Dec

Bent Wants Brighton Stay Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:21/12/2014 19:19:00 Having grabbed his second goal for Brighton and Hove Albion in four appearances, striker Darren Bent has said he wants to remain at The Amex Stadium...


Lambert To Complete Cleverley Deal? 

21 Dec

Lambert To Complete Cleverley Deal? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:21/12/2014 16:08:00 Late last night it appears the press remembered we had a fixed fee buy clause inserted into the loan deal of Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley...


A bit of festive cheer 

21 Dec

Villa Park was rocking yesterday as Manchester United came to town and the performance was one worthy of a few celebratory Christmas drinks.


VillaTalk blog – Player Match Ratings: Where’s your winning run gone? 

21 Dec

This headline might not have quite the same bite as when we sang “Where’s your treble gone” at Wembley in 1994 to the same opponents.


Aston Villa 1 Masonchester United 1 

21 Dec

Amazing defensive performance ends Van Gaals winning streak...


Mixed Emotions Following Manchester United Draw 

20 Dec

Mixed Emotions Following Manchester United Draw Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/12/2014 19:35:00 Manager Paul Lambert has admitted it's very much a case of mixed emotions for him at full time following the one all draw with Manchester United...


Manchester United are not title challengers anymore, says Louis van Gaal 

20 Dec

Manager admits that Man Utd have severely damaged their chances of mounting a Premier League title challenge after drawing 1-1 with Aston Villa...


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Birmingham City FC »

Birmingham Winners of LG Performance Award 

21 Dec

Birmingham Winners of LG Performance Award Vitalfootball:Birmingham:21/12/2014 15:20:00...


Birmingham’s Cotterill Delights With Winner 

21 Dec

Birmingham's Cotterill Delights With Winner Vitalfootball:Birmingham:21/12/2014 15:09:00...


Rowett on Beating Huddersfield 

21 Dec

Rowett on Beating Huddersfield Vitalfootball:Birmingham:21/12/2014 15:07:00 Here is Rowett's after match interview...


Highlights: Huddersfield 0-1 Birmingham 

21 Dec

Highlights: Huddersfield 0-1 Birmingham Vitalfootball:Birmingham:21/12/2014 15:03:00 Watch all the action from yesterday's win...


Blues boss Rowett remaining calm 

21 Dec

Birmingham boss Gary Rowett is determined to ensure his players do not get carried away by their current upturn in form.


Opinion: January Transfers 

21 Dec

Opinion: January Transfers Vitalfootball:Birmingham:21/12/2014 14:55:00 What is likely to go on in January...


Huddersfield Town 0-1 Birmingham City: Rate the players 

21 Dec

Tell us how you think the Blues players performed against Huddersfield...


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Sport »

Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal, Division One, 1989 

21 Dec

21 December ~ When thinking of matches between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield, much of the focus is on the climax of the 1988-89 season, when the away side won 2-0 and took the League title back to London.


Romulus 2 Newcastle Town 2 

21 Dec

Last gasp penalty denies Roms another home win...


Next Up: Chasetown Fc 

19 Dec

Top toppers on the road to Staffordshire next.


Cook Loses England Captaincy 

19 Dec

Eoin Morgan, the Middlesex batsman, will captain England in the forthcoming tri-series with Australia and India, and then at the World Cup, which takes place in Australia and New Zealand.


Chairman’s statement from Nick Thurston 

19 Dec

The Board and I take great pleasure in announcing that as from 19th December, our Club has changed from being a Members Club to a Limited Company.


Neighbourhood watch with horses plan 

18 Dec

Horse riders can become mounted police volunteers in a new neighbourhood watch-style scheme for Warwickshire.


Breakfast Club 

18 Dec

Fancy a breakfast before going to Chasetown...


Castrogiovanni Fined For Leicester Rant 

18 Dec

Castrogiovanni gave his own impromptu press conference in the wake of Toulon’s Champions Cup defeat to the Tigers at Welford Road on December 7.


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Business »

Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces: Modern Mailbox hides underground secret 

21 Dec

Original tunnel used for moving mail quickly across Birmingham still sits under former sorting office...


Washwood Heath jobs breakthrough as committee calls on HS2 to adjust plans 

21 Dec

The massive former Alstom and LDV sites in Washwood Heath are currently being held for a HS2 Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot...


Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces: Victorian Masonic Hall shines out of Mailbox’s shadow 

20 Dec

The building, constructed in the early 1800s, sits in the shadow of its high-end neighbour but offers its own charm and glint at the past...


Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces: Photos reveal former Odeon cinema lost to time 

19 Dec

Unit at the foot of Scala House in Holloway Circus has sat untouched since cinema closed 26 years ago...


Planners back new life for Kingsway building 

19 Dec

Kings Heath landmark has fallen into disrepair since closing in 2011 and being gutted by a fire seven years ago...


Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery gives glimpse into yesteryear 

19 Dec

Trust is responsible for the governing and managing of seven individual sites across the city including Aston Hall and Weoley Castle...


Birmingham’s alternative Christmas market – Digmas – returns 

19 Dec

BIRMINGHAM\'S alternative Christmas fair, Digmas, returns to The Custard Factory tomorrow with this years line up set to be the biggest and best yet.


GVA completes Great Charles Street sale at above asking price 

19 Dec

PROPERTY consultancy GVA has completed the sale of the Great Charles Street Estate in Birmingham city centre to Dunedin Property Asset Management and Angelo Gordon.


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Business columns »

Business innovators continue to benefit from fund 

21 Dec

More tech start-ups enrol onto Innovation Birmingham’s Entrepreneurs for the Future programme.


Politicians welcome call for ‘Plan B’ at Washwood Heath 

21 Dec

All-party support for HS2 Committee announcement.


LEONARD THE LIONHEART 

19 Dec

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BEDDING DOWN WITH A BISHOP 

17 Dec

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East meets west for student’s snack idea 

17 Dec

Thestudio supports business start-up.


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Events »

Screengrab: Whatever’ll get you thru the night 

21 Dec

RICHARD LUTZ CAREENS THROUGH THE TV SCHEDULES TO GET YOU THE THE HOLIDAY MOVIES YOU CAN’T MISS (BUT PROBABLY WILL) MONDAY Some films become instant classics.


Moseley Folk 2015 Dates Announced 

21 Dec

We are delighted to announce that Moseley Folk will be returning on 4th – 6th September 2015  for its 10th consecutive edition! Last year saw the likes of The Waterboys, Johnny Marr, Richard Thompson, Thurston Moore, Jimi Goodwin, Lau to name ...


The World Of Pandora 

19 Dec

The World Of Pandora - O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 28, Mar 15...


Brumnotes Xmas Party with Midnight Bonfires 

19 Dec

Brumnotes will be celebrating another successful year of publications by getting together and throwing a Christmas bash right here at the Hare Hounds.


Boxing Day sales in Birmingham 2014: When do the shops open? 

19 Dec

Find out when the shops open in Birmingham for the Boxing Day sales...


New Show Announcement: Medlar 

18 Dec

We’re pleased to announce that Leftfoot will be joining forces with Shadow City to bring Wolf Music’s Medlar to the HH on Friday 13th March.


mac achieves notable awards in 2014 

18 Dec

Awards highlight work with young people, board activity, sustainability, social responsibility and communications.


The Big Hoot: Call For Artists 

18 Dec

Birmingham is set to become a virtual aviary in 2015 as a host of feathered friends descend on the city as part of its largest ever, mass participation art event.


DIGMAS at the Custard Factory 20th December, 12-8pm 

18 Dec

A packed festive programme awaits in Digbeth this Saturday with Santa’s Grotto and real reindeer; a carousel; children’s face-painting and crafts; sizzling street food by the award winning Digbeth Dining Club and a pop up ‘get merry’ bar by ...


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Music blogs »

MTV Trax And Fixing The Tyranny Of Choice [del.icio.us] 

21 Dec

The subscription pricing debate is gaining momentum with serious dialogue occurring at high levels across the industry.


Oregon’s Historic Election (We’re there, John Sinclair!) [del.icio.us] 

21 Dec

Oregon voters are pretty savvy on a lot of issues; Oregon is a one-party state; money still exercises a lot of speech in Oregon – and “Follow the Money” remains the best political advice; New Jersey, Illinois, Louisiana, Carl Hiaasen’s ...


2014 – A Year In Music 

21 Dec

2014 has been another fun-packed year of musicking – solo gigs, collaborations, recordings and launching a subscription service to help people keep track of my rather accelerated release schedule .


Four lessons learned in 2014 

21 Dec

Part 1 of the Radio to Go 2014 retrospective: more next week We're heading out of 2014 at speed.


Favourite albums of 2014… 

21 Dec

Over the last week or so I’ve read a whole load of different sources talking about the decline in music.


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999 »

A Disparity of Esteem 

21 Dec

Imagine two medical problems had occured involving two seperate people – an elderly lady suffering a serious asthma attack or chest pains and a young child who falls and hits his head and scrapes his hands after falling whilst playing...


Bus cam captures collision between car and girl 

20 Dec

Bus cam captures collision between car and girl We have released upsetting CCTV footage of a car knocking a 12-year-old girl over while using a zebra crossing on her way to school in Kings Heath, Birmingham.


Levi Blu Cassin trial – CCTV from second-hand shop 

19 Dec

Levi Blu Cassin trial - CCTV from second-hand shop The parents of Birmingham toddler, Levi Blu Cassin, have today (19 December) been found guilty of causing or allowing the 21-month-old's death.


Cycle theft at Selly Oak rail station: Do you recognise these men? 

19 Dec

That is the question British Transport Police (BTP) officers are asking as they launch an appeal for information following the theft of a bicycle from the cycle racks at Selly Oak railway station.


CCTV images released after cycle theft at Selly Oak rail station 

19 Dec

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public's help to identify a group of men as investigations continue into the theft of a mountain bike from the cycle racks at Selly Oak railway station.


CCTV images released after cycle theft at Selly Oak rail station 

19 Dec

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public's help to identify a group of men as investigations continue into the theft of a mountain bike from the cycle racks at Selly Oak railway station.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

18 Dec

Can I start by wishing everyone a very merry and peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Police release CCTV stills after robbery on train between Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield 

18 Dec

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public’s help after a 16-year-old boy was assaulted and robbed of his mobile phone and other property while travelling on board a train.


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LocalGov »

Information relating to closure of Summer HIll substance misuse residential re-hab 

21 Dec

Follow up sent to Birmingham City Council by Annemarie Ward on 21 December 2014 .


Fridge fly tip, 21st December 

21 Dec

Fridge and rubbish opposite units on Arter Street Report on FixMyStreet...


Fly Tipping, 21st December 

21 Dec

Rubbish bags tipped here once again,Happens every weekend,no collection or monitoring on weekend results,vermin ripping bags open and rubbish everwear.


Fly tipping statistics,Reports Enforcments and Prosecutions 

21 Dec

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by P.


Religious Hatred Writing on Kings Snooker Club Wall, 21st December 

21 Dec

Please could you look into this regular problem.


Illegal parking on red route, 20th December 

20 Dec

Vehicles regularly and frequently parked (sometimes double-parked) on double-red lines and in loading only bays, at various hours though the working day and evening, on A34, city-centre bound.


Pile of black bags in Barford Rd, 20th December 

20 Dec

Right under the 'No Dumping' notice - that did a lot of good! Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Barford Road, Edgbaston Report on FixMyStreet...


Tree replacment, 19th December 

19 Dec

On the 12th December Amey came to plant a new tree opposite the slip road to replace one they removed a few months ago but because there was an issue with a car parked near to it they did not do it they said they said they would come back on...


How many council owned properties have been sold through the Right to buy scheme in B9 area 

19 Dec

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by James on 19 December 2014 .


Dumped rubbish, 19th December 

19 Dec

Lots of black bags dumped on pavement on the corner of ivor rd and stoney lane.


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Social media »

This Christmas, encrypt your emails and make the haystack bigger 

20 Dec

Image by Daniella Hartmann Why should journalists be interested in web security ? You may not fear your social media accounts being hacked by propagandists , your email hacked by companies you write about , or your  phone records being seen by ...


Tree Surgeon in Essex Will Make Your Garden Very Attractive 

19 Dec

Life is beautiful when you have lots of beautiful trees around you.


Serial: all good journalism is voyeurism – and bad journalism too (but it’s still journalism) 

18 Dec

After reporting on online journalism for some time you tire quickly of people saying “ this is not journalism “.


using social media for engaging with people 

17 Dec

Once upon a time consultation exercise was just a box ticking go-through-the-motions thing involving a village hall for an hour and maybe a couple of clip boards in the street.


How The Cambodia Daily went HTTPS to protect its readers – guest post 

15 Dec

Image by kris krug Last month The Cambodia Daily announced it was going HTTPS.


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