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16 wonderfully loud and proud Birmingham Pride outfits 

24 May

Check out our gallery of the best - and brightest - outfits spotted at this weekend's Birmingham Pride.


VIDEO: Birmingham man ‘stuck’ in aid camp 

24 May

A Birmingham man is among 4,000 refugees housed in an aid camp in Djibouti.


Two men ‘drown’ on Malta holiday 

24 May

Two men, including one from Birmingham, are reported drowned on a holiday in Malta.


22 adventure sports in Birmingham and beyond – try if you dare! 

24 May

There are plenty of adventure sports to try out in Birmingham and beyond this half term or even for a Father's Day treat...


NHS boss: Parents making childhood obesity ‘normal’ 

24 May

Parents who allow their children to eat junk food and lead sedentary lifestyles are “normalising obesity”, the head of the NHS in England has warned.


Grim reading from the pages of Birmingham’s history 

24 May

Newly published trip down Birmingham's 'Memory Lane' is enough to turn stomach...


What I learnt from 46 consecutive days in church 

24 May

Birmingham broadcaster Adrian Chiles recently set himself a challenge - to go to church every day for more than a month.


Kingsley Burrell was poised to become a celebrity bodyguard, his devastated family reveals 

24 May

Campaign for justice in memory of tragic dad who died after a catalogue of failings in his care...


29 brilliant Birmingham Pride carnival parade photos – can you spot yourself? 

23 May

See our second gallery from the colourful Birmingham Pride carnival parade which made its way through the city on Saturday...


36 fabulous photos of Birmingham Pride’s carnival parade – can you spot yourself? 

23 May

See our first gallery from the colourful Birmingham Pride carnival parade which made its way through the city on Saturday...


Supporters gather over custody death 

23 May

A rally takes place in Birmingham calling for a public inquiry into the death of a man detained under the Mental Health Act.


Eleven arrests over body in shed 

23 May

Police arrest 11 people on suspicion of murder after they find a man's body in a Birmingham shed.


Live: Birmingham Pride 2015 parades through the city centre 

23 May

Live updates from the annual parade as it makes its way to the Gay Village...


Pride event takes place despite cuts 

23 May

Birmingham's 19th Pride event takes place despite £20,000 of cuts by the city council.


Pensioner who died after fall at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital ‘was not properly supervised’ 

23 May

A pensioner who died after suffering a fall at a Midland hospital was not adequately supervised due to a shortage of staff, an inquest heard.


Live: Birmingham Pride 2015 parades through the city centre 

23 May

Live updates from the annual parade as it makes its way to the Gay Village...


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After a recent Saturday visit to the Library of Birmingham: a few warnings 

24 May

Don’t expect to enter before 11am.


Smiling Irish Eyes 

24 May

I was there less than two weeks ago; I saw the posters, understood what it was about and knew what the opinion polls were saying and heard the anecdotal opinions of the people I met...


Demonstrate for the Library of Birmingham (and the wider library service) Saturday 13 June 

23 May

The Friends of the Library of Birmingham has decided to call a demonstration on Saturday June 13th.


The bones of history: Palmyra, city of history and sand, in peril 

22 May

Women carved in Palmyra stone A decade ago, Richard Lutz roamed the ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra.


Raving against racism 

22 May

Anti-racism group launch new event.


Why is government allowing the West Midlands to drag out the elected mayor issue? 

21 May

When the subject of a directly elected mayor has reared its head in Birmingham it has traditionally been ground into the dust by opponents but the issues just refuses to go away...


Election 2015: One Big Joke 

21 May

Viral videos proved to be more popular than the polling station during the election.


‘If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying…’ 

21 May

RICHARD LUTZ  reports on the bankers that have been stealing from us and continue to steal from us The scandal involving criminal behaviour in our banking system has resulted in £3.6b in fines handed out to five big time institutions.


In Dublin`s fair city 

21 May

Any gesture of reconciliation, regardless of how small has to be considered as a very good thing if truth and peace are to be re-established...


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City-centre news »

16 wonderfully loud and proud Birmingham Pride outfits 

24 May

Check out our gallery of the best - and brightest - outfits spotted at this weekend's Birmingham Pride.


Wrappers to Riches 

24 May

Where: Harris Moore, Unit 12, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT If you’re anything like me, you like a biscuit (or four) with your morning cuppa.


Live Music Round Up 

24 May

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


22 adventure sports in Birmingham and beyond – try if you dare! 

24 May

There are plenty of adventure sports to try out in Birmingham and beyond this half term or even for a Father's Day treat...


Kingsley Burrell was poised to become a celebrity bodyguard, his devastated family reveals 

24 May

Campaign for justice in memory of tragic dad who died after a catalogue of failings in his care...


New Centenary Square – Vote for Your Favourite 

23 May

Your vote could influence the final design...


29 brilliant Birmingham Pride carnival parade photos – can you spot yourself? 

23 May

See our second gallery from the colourful Birmingham Pride carnival parade which made its way through the city on Saturday...


36 fabulous photos of Birmingham Pride’s carnival parade – can you spot yourself? 

23 May

See our first gallery from the colourful Birmingham Pride carnival parade which made its way through the city on Saturday...


Bank Holiday Danish Film Night 

23 May

When: Monday 25th May, 18:00 Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH The Spotted Dog’s Danish Sofie is resurrecting Danish Film Night on Monday, to bring you two dark comedies in a special Bank Holiday Double Bill: … ...


English Wine Producers Festival 

23 May

When: Saturday 23rd May, 11:00-17:00 Where: The Bond, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE As part of national English Wine Week, a week long celebration of English wine is taking place in Birmingham, including a festival at the Bond Co … ...


Live: Birmingham Pride 2015 parades through the city centre 

23 May

Live updates from the annual parade as it makes its way to the Gay Village...


Live: Birmingham Pride 2015 parades through the city centre 

23 May

Live updates from the annual parade as it makes its way to the Gay Village...


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Aston Villa »

Stats: Aston Villa v Burnley 

24 May

Stats: Aston Villa v Burnley Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/05/2015 16:49:00 All the stats from Aston Villa (0) vs (1) Burnley, Villa Park, 24/5/15 Att: 40,792...


Aston Villa – the 2014-15 season report card 

24 May

Our final verdict on the club's campaign - from results, to the best and worst signings and the player of the year...


Aston Villa 0 Burnley 1: Tim Sherwood’s side head into FA Cup final on back of successive defeats 

24 May

Aston Villa 0 Burnley 1: Danny Ings signs off with winner while FA Cup finalists will need to step up game at Wembley...


Villa – Burnley; It’s all about the teamsheet 

24 May

With us having survived the drop, it’s easy to say this game doesn’t really matter, but it actually does, in that each league position is worth around £1.2 million.


Liverpool transfer news and rumours: Brendan Rodgers to bid £8.5m for Asier Illarramendi 

24 May

Liverpool transfer gossip: Brendan Rodgers has been tracking the Spanish midfielder for a number of months...


Tim Sherwood: I’ll cry if Aston Villa don’t win the FA Cup and I’ll cry if we do. I have a hankie, it’s claret 

23 May

Villa manager will shed tears whatever the result against Arsenal at Wembley next weekend...


Benteke wants to stay – Sherwood 

23 May

Tim Sherwood is 'convinced' star striker Christian Benteke wants to stay at Aston Villa next season...


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Birmingham City FC »

Rowett Revolution: Rotherham Victory 

24 May

Rowett Revolution: Rotherham Victory Vitalfootball:Birmingham:24/05/2015 10:25:00 The next installment of our look at the Rowett turn around...


Most Watched: Zigic Wonder Strike 

24 May

Most Watched: Zigic Wonder Strike Vitalfootball:Birmingham:24/05/2015 10:20:00 On a slow news day - we have a video for you...


A Trillion Questions 

24 May

We're still yet to hear anything official with respect to the selected bidder for a stake in Birmingham International Holdings, although we do know that one bidder was shortlisted by Ernst and Young as per the announcement make to the stock...


New Birmingham City arrival calls for Premier League clubs to offer more youngsters first-team football 

24 May

Birmingham City's latest addition Alex Jones says Saido Berahino is a perfect example that youngsters should be given more of an opportunity on the big stage...


Birmingham City fans say ‘sign Robert Tesche’ 

23 May

A clear message for Gary Rowett from the Birmingham City fans...


Randolph Rejects Deal 

23 May

Birmingham City confirmed yesterday that goalkeeper Darren Randolph has rejected the offer of a new contract and is exercising his right to leave the club as per the Bosman ruling at the end of the season.


Birmingham Eye Released Wednesday Forward 

23 May

Birmingham Eye Released Wednesday Forward Vitalfootball:Birmingham:23/05/2015 09:42:00 Jacques Maghoma could be on Rowett's wish list after leaving Sheffield Wednesday this summer...


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Sport »

Bowlers dominate first day at Hove 

24 May

Ollie Robinson takes six wickets for Sussex, but Warwickshire's bowlers struck back on the first day at Hove.


Race Night 

22 May

Postponed...


Awards Night 

21 May

The Royals recently hosted their annual awards night and celebrated a promotion winning season in style.


NEW SIGNING 

21 May

Major Signing For Royals as Duane Courtney agrees deal.


MAJOR NEW SPONSOR FOR THE ROYALS 

21 May

Local company to sponsor 1st team...


Pre Season Takes Shape 

21 May

Games confirmed for Pre Season...


Next Batch Of Players Agree Terms 

21 May

Tooth delighted as majority commit for next season.


Jason Welborn v Ryan Aston – brains or brawn? 

21 May

Jason Welborn reckons he will capitalise on a "confidence crisis" come fight night - but Ryan Aston argues it's his brain that will win the day.


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Still waters run deep for Birmingham hotel with its own well 

23 May

The Macdonald Burlington in New Street has developed a unique cottage industry pumping water up from an underground well dating back to the hotel’s origins in 1873.


Veteran reporter: BBC broke pledge over plans for Birmingham 

23 May

Failure to develop Midlands base after Pebble Mill closure 'a scandal...


BREAKING NEWS: Shakespeares and SGH Martineau confirm merger 

22 May

TWO of Birminghams best known law firms, Shakespeares and SGH Martineau, have confirmed they are to merge.


1,000 more jobs on the way as Jaguar Land Rover doubles size of factory 

22 May

Jaguar Land Rover is to almost double the size of its factory on the outskirts of Wolverhampton and create around 1,000 more jobs.


Profits slump by more than half for Severn Trent 

22 May

COVENTRY-based utility Severn Trent has seen its profits slump by more than 50% as a result of a massive investment programme.


Centenary Square redesign options go on public display 

22 May

SHORTLISTED designs for a competition to redesign one of Birminghams largest public squares are to go on display.


Lightwave RF makes a maiden profit 

22 May

BIRMINGHAM home technology business LightwaveRF has recorded its first six monthly profit.


Calls to reject Broad Street hotel and apartment project 

22 May

City councillors urged to knock back Regal's plan for new development in centre of Birmingham's busiest area for bars and nightclubs over fears residents will find it too noisy...


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Business columns »

PANTING FOR POSTER BOY 

22 May

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Birmingham international visitors reach all-time high 

22 May

International visitor consumer spend reaches £300 million.


Businesses set to battle it out at Dragonboat Festival 

22 May

Annual Brindleyplace event now in sixteenth year.


Midlands Media Awards 2015 launched 

22 May

Region’s top media talent to be honoured.


POLDARK, PIES AND THE PAMPAS 

21 May

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Events »

16 wonderfully loud and proud Birmingham Pride outfits 

24 May

Check out our gallery of the best - and brightest - outfits spotted at this weekend's Birmingham Pride.


22 adventure sports in Birmingham and beyond – try if you dare! 

24 May

There are plenty of adventure sports to try out in Birmingham and beyond this half term or even for a Father's Day treat...


Outdoor screenings and performances now on sale at mac 

23 May

Open air cinema, music and theatre in macs outdoor arena...


35 more Birmingham Pride carnival parade pictures – maybe you are in this gallery? 

23 May

Our third and final gallery from the Birmingham Pride carnival parade which made its way through the city on Saturday...


29 brilliant Birmingham Pride carnival parade photos – can you spot yourself? 

23 May

See our second gallery from the colourful Birmingham Pride carnival parade which made its way through the city on Saturday...


36 fabulous photos of Birmingham Pride’s carnival parade – can you spot yourself? 

23 May

See our first gallery from the colourful Birmingham Pride carnival parade which made its way through the city on Saturday...


All Day Music Extravaganza, 25 May 2015 

23 May

25 May 2015 - Rock Pop at Tower of Song Sonny Blokeman hosts another of his impeccable open sessions TODAY ITS TOWER OF SONG FOR NEPAL FUNDRIASER turn up sign up tune up and play /and/or listen in the best little venue in town.


Live: Birmingham Pride 2015 parades through the city centre 

23 May

Live updates from the annual parade as it makes its way to the Gay Village...


All Day Festival, 24 May 2015 

23 May

24 May 2015 - Rock Pop at The RoadHouse Birmingham After the success of last year, Erndor50 Promotions Presents: BANK HOLIDAY ROCK’n’BLUES ALL-DAY FESTIVAL @ THE ROADHOUSE BIRMINGHAM on SUNDAY 24TH MAY 2015 (3pm Doors) The management company ...


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Music blogs »

I used to go to Barbarellas 

24 May

People and bands and music and sticky carpet make places I've been working up a few posts for Time Out Brum of late.


Acid Folk Mix by Circuit des Yeux 

23 May

Chicago based experimental musician, Circuit des Yeux (aka Haley Fohr) , has created a wonderful mix of Acid Folk music, which we thought we’d share with you as a sound track to the Bank Holiday.


Single Review: The Vaccines – Dream Lover 

23 May

Is the group's latest as dreamy as its title suggests? Ally Head reviews The post Single Review: The Vaccines – Dream Lover appeared first on Redbrick .


Young Romance – Never Learn 

22 May

Here's something with a little spunk to get your Bank Holiday weekend off to a decent start.


An English Trip – John Doran 

22 May

Friday 22 May Eastside Projects Doors 6.30pm Tickets £4/5 on the door We’re delighted to be partnering with Ideal to host long time friend and supporter of all things Capsule, John Doran the editor of The Quietus.


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WMFS Supports Pride 2015 

21 May

West Midlands Fire Service is delighted to be supporting Birmingham Pride once again this year.


Political Developments 

20 May

Theresa MAY will address the Police Federation Conference later this morning in her first speech since being re-appointed Home Secretary after the 2015 General Election.


Life-saving link-up 

13 May

Three Birmingham fire stations now have life-saving defibrillators available for use by the public, thanks to a link-up between the West Midlands’ fire and ambulance services.


Sections 4A and 4B – Mental Capacity Act 

9 May

These are the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) sections that everyone forgets to talk about – so I want to make sure I play my part in ramming them home! Several things cause this BLOG to be necessary in helping paramedics and police officers...


Gearing up to prevent 

8 May

This week I want to discuss my views on the second limb of the blueprint; Geared to Prevent harm.


The Mental Health Taskforce 

3 May

Right, NHS England have set up a taskforce on mental health – chaired by Paul FARMER, the Chief Executive of Mind and vice-chaired by Jacqui DYER who is an expert in mental health by experience, it seeks to set out a five-year forward...


Discharging Section 136 

3 May

When does detention under s135 or 136 end, once someone has been detained in a place of safety?!  It’s actually easy to answer, just harder to put into practice.


The Grey Zone 

3 May

It is now a requirement of the new Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act that police officers should, where possible, ring a mental health professional before initiating their use of section 136 of the Act.


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LocalGov »

Extensive littering, 24th May 

24 May

Extensive litter around junction of Paget Road and Tyburn Road, and down Tyburn Road either side.


Missing Bin, 24th May 

24 May

Bin recepticle is missing from holder on lampost Report on FixMyStreet...


20+black bags, 24th May 

24 May

Each week the family @the rear of 24 mary road dump their rubbish in the early hours of thursday morning also outside 18 and 54 there are approx 20 bags and outside 15 dora road there are more bags on the pavement Report on FixMyStreet...


Edgbaston Tunnel Lighting Out, 23rd May 

23 May

The lighting is completely out in the Edgbaston canal tunnel, underneath Church Road.


Litter, 23rd May 

23 May

Litter pick needed along Tyburn Road,B24 0TJ.


Fly posting, 23rd May 

23 May

This advertising sign has been placed back on central reservation again despite having been removed following report in April 2015.


Matters relating to air pollution and rates of childhood obesity, infant mortality and low IQ at electoral ward level 

22 May

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Michael Ryan on 22 May 2015 .


Equality information on Library of Birmingham services and users 

22 May

Response by Birmingham City Council to Martin Sullivan on 22 May 2015 .


LOBO loans 

22 May

Response by Birmingham City Council to Fanny Malinen on 22 May 2015 .


Man sentenced for selling devices enabling illegal games to be played 

22 May

A Birmingham man has today (May 22) been sentenced by magistrates for selling devices enabling Nintendo DS consoles to play downloaded counterfeit computer games.


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Social media »

#365daysofpolitics day 16: Unlocking Magna Carta 

23 May

Yesterday I drove to Nottingham University to take part in a discussion about politics in the digital age.


Space is hard 

22 May

I’ve been writing up the methodology section of my PhD, and in what is becoming a recurring theme in writing things up it’s caused me to go back over some things I read ages ago and get a fresh perspective on them.


fearless filmmaking: taking the plunge with video 

22 May

Our first video workshop was a success.


A data story flow chart: “talk to an expert” 

22 May

James Gaines has put together an impressively elegant flowchart for data stories which I wanted to share here.


#365daysofpolitics day 15: dragging this one out 

21 May

I’m really taking my time over this data wrangling…...


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