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Tram network ‘has never made profit’ 

26 May

Trams running from Birmingham to the Wolverhampton have not made a profit in the 17 years since the first line opened, the BBC reveals.

‘Major’ child abuse probe after arrest 

25 May

A "major" child abuse investigation is started in an area of Birmingham after a man is arrested and charged with making indecent images of children.

Major investigation underway after a man from Alum Rock was… 

25 May

Major investigation underway after a man from Alum Rock was charged with making indecent images of children.

Top tips for overcoming professional conflict with your GP colleagues 

25 May

By Robin Miller and Catherine Mangan, senior fellows at the Health Services Management Centre and Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham “Some GPs are very prescriptive.

Watch: Clips from undercover investigation into Birmingham children’s services 

25 May

Details of the findings from an undercover investigation into Birmingham children’s services have emerged.

Record-breaking one million people from outside the UK visited… 

25 May

Record-breaking one million people from outside the UK visited Birmingham last year.

Birmingham City Council’s new Cabinet confirmed. Birmingham… 

25 May

Birmingham City Council’s new Cabinet confirmed.

Children’s social care trust is our decision says council Labour chief 

24 May

Cllr Brigid Jones responds to claims that trust move is a panic measure or forced by Government...

Gold medal for the Birmingham City Council garden at Chelsea… 

24 May

Gold medal for the Birmingham City Council garden at Chelsea Flower Show.

Birmingham City Council’s children’s services to be run by a… 

24 May

Birmingham City Council’s children’s services to be run by a voluntary trust.

Remain campaigners ‘close to cheating’ says Farage during Black Country visit 

24 May

UKIP leader slams David Cameron's warnings about the dangers of Brexit as build up to referendum vote heats up...

Fifth Chelsea Flower Show gold for Birmingham’s parks staff 

24 May

Winning council display was inspired by the 'eye of a needle' artwork of Willard Wigan...

Undercover documentary accelerated move to hand Birmingham children’s services to trust, leaked email reveals 

24 May

An upcoming undercover documentary accelerated a move to shift Birmingham children’s services from council control to an independent trust, a leaked email reveals.

Road in Nechells cordoned off following reports of a shot fired…. 

24 May

Road in Nechells cordoned off following reports of a shot fired.

Birmingham City Council to hand failing children’s services over to new trust 

24 May

Announcement ahead of damning TV documentary on city children's social services which has been failing since 2009...

Trust to run city’s children’s services 

24 May

Birmingham's children's services will be run by a trust in a bid to improve after seven years of failings.

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26 May

Clearly David Cameron is facing a number of questions that require something approaching answers rather than his predicable, tiresome and carefully rehearsed weasel words...

Brutal Birmingham End – May 2016 Update II 

25 May

Since my last blog post of the 16th May, http://birminghamcentral.

The future of Birmingham children’s social care and a question of trust 

25 May

For several years Birmingham city council has been keen to give the impression that many of the measures imposed upon it by the Government actually flowed from the Council House.

Simply Moseley 

25 May

A ten year wait for the redevelopment of the former Moseley Meteor Ford site is over with work starting on the construction of a Marks Spencer food store , http://www.

Kings Norton: Granton Medical Centre Open Day 

24 May

Granton Medical Centre’s Patient Participation Group is to hold its first Open Day.


24 May

After a busy evening of making a new Mayor of Walsall and a new Deputy Mayor of Walsall, adjourning the meeting of full council to the Mayor`s parlour for the ceremonial opening of the municipal drinks cabinet has to be a very good idea...

Brexit would hamper Britain’s fight against terror, police boss warns 

23 May

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson is the latest senior Labour figure to back Britain remaining in the EU, warning that Brexit would make the fight against terrorism more...

Millennium Point: fuel cell & hydrogen technical conference 

22 May

On 25th-26th May 2016, Millennium Point, Birmingham, UK, t he university of Birmingham will be hosting a technical conference on the progress of fuel cell hydrogen .

Would everyone please stop talking about Hitler! 

22 May

Steve Beauchampé is off to find some ear plugs.

How many Brummies died last year due to air pollution at illegal levels? 

22 May

Around 29,000 people die prematurely each year in the UK because of air pollution, according to Public Health England in 2014.


22 May

In these enlightened times of character assassination by sound bite, gossip and actual defamation, it is interesting to look back at a more chivalrous age when aristocratic politicians desperate to wield power would demand satisfaction from opponents...

Dementia Friends – Raising Awareness Campaign #DAW2016 

21 May

Recently, members of the public are joining the awareness campaign in becoming Dementia Friends, and Dementia Champions.

Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2016 

21 May

On April 6 2016, the annual Ceva Animal Welfare Awards paid tribute to people who improve the lives of animals, at the Burlington Hotel, Birmingham.

To Brexit or not to Brexit 

20 May

Andy Munro would like some straight answers.

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Debate on EU Referendum taking place at Birmingham City University 

25 May

The latest event to discuss about the EU Referendum comes to Birmingham City University’s Curzon Building.

Archbishop Longley Welcomes New Media Resource for Parishes 

25 May

More than one hundred people have attended a two day pilot of a DVD resource called “The GIFT – a life in the Spirit“ course for parishes and small groups at Oscott College.

Support SIFA Fireside 

25 May

When: Monday 6 – Friday 10 June, 09:00-16:00 Where: Avoca Court, 23 Moseley Road, Digbeth, B12 0HJ iSE are there to support all social enterprises in Digbeth, and starting in June, for the first week of every month, they will … Continue reading...

Birmingham Metropolitan College launches Career Colleges – a new concept in employer-led education 

25 May

On Tuesday 24th May Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet) launched two Career Colleges, a new concept in employer-led education, giving students the real skills to secure great jobs, and directly addressing the region’s skills gap.

Digbeth’s Little Italy 

24 May

Series three of Peaky Blinders is steaming ahead (don’t worry – there are no spoilers here!), and after fighting off the competition, the Shelby family move into the territory of Birmingham’s Italian mobsters.

Ozzy Osborne To Name Metro Tram 

23 May

One of the new Metro trams will be named Ozzy Osborne on Thursday 26 May.

Celebrate your graduation at Chaophraya 

23 May

Chaophraya now have a menu to help you celebrate Graduation Day.


23 May

Say hello to LINKSTREET.

Brasilian Street Carnival 

23 May

When: Saturday 4th June, 15:00-06:00 Where: Club PST, 71 Lombard Street, Digbeth, B12 0QU Tickets from £5 (children under 16 free) Vivia Brazil and Club PST present Birmingham’s first Brasilian Street Carnival – and where else would it take ...

fizzPOP introduces content creators to Explore 360 

23 May

Birmingham makerspace fizzPOP recently held a special Meetup event in conjunction with Explore360VR.

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Tasha Mackenzie on the future of cosplay 

23 May

Cosplay is a Japanese term: a mixture of the English words costume and role-play.

Live Music Round Up 

22 May

See more live music at the Live Brum website.

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Aston Villa »

The fans are the only winners in the 2015-16 season 

25 May

We finished the season rock bottom of the Premier League after the players we so happily paid to watch completely disgraced themselves and the club.

Villa owner Tony Xia confident of passing fit and proper test 

25 May

New Aston Villa owner Tony Xia is confident he will pass the Premier League and Football League's fit and proper person test.

Laursen Reflects On His Time At Villa 

25 May

Laursen Reflects On His Time At Villa Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/05/2016 15:12:00 Martin Laursen has reflected on the time he spent at Villa Park, and been speaking of his memories of late.

SO! What Does Aston Villa Need From The Takeover?? 

25 May

SO! What Does Aston Villa Need From The Takeover?? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/05/2016 12:16:00 So...

Some Very Positive Talk From Tony Xia On Takeover 

25 May

Some Very Positive Talk From Tony Xia On Takeover Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/05/2016 09:40:00 Some nice positive quotes and talk from Tony Xia on the takeover of Aston Villa...

Panic on the streets of Birmingham 

24 May

Aston Villa everywhere fans rejoiced last week when the news broke that the club had finally been sold.

HK – Abdo & McKirdy Talk Soccer 7’s Trophy 

24 May

HK - Abdo McKirdy Talk Soccer 7's Trophy Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/05/2016 11:28:00 Khalid Abdo and Harry McKirdy have both been giving their thoughts on Aston Villa's Hong Kong Soccer Sevens success last weekend.

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Birmingham City FC »

No Return Home for Tomasz 

25 May

No Return Home for Tomasz Vitalfootball:Birmingham:25/05/2016 08:38:00 Lech Poznan have had an enquiry for Tomasz Kuszczak rejected...


25 May

Birmingham City Football Club Supporters Forum: May 2016 PUBLISHED BY BLUES COLLECTIVE Confirmed Attendees: Blues Trust, Blues Collective, Redditch Blues, BCFC ...

WATCH: Derby 1-0 West Brom 

25 May

Ahead of play-off final weekend, we dig into the Sky Sports Vault to look back to 2007 when Derby beat West Brom.

Blues are looking for strikers, not strike-outs! 

25 May

Blues are looking for strikers, not strike-outs! Vitalfootball:Birmingham:24/05/2016 23:29:00 Tom Heslop has his say on the strikers who have been linked with Blues so far during the off season...

Rowett Searching for a Bobby Dazzler 

24 May

Rowett Searching for a Bobby Dazzler Vitalfootball:Birmingham:24/05/2016 08:24:00 Gary Rowett has enquired about Bobby Zamora...

WATCH: Leeds 0-3 Watford 

24 May

Ahead of play-off final weekend, we dig into the Sky Sports Vault to look back at a classic from 2006, where Watford beat Leeds.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race 

24 May

It's been a weird few days for this Blues fan; after all our travails with Carson Yeung there is almost schadenfreude watching someone else getting scrutinised in the press in the manner Carson probably should have been.

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Sport »

Jennings hits century in Durham victory 

25 May

Paul Collingwood and centurion Keaton Jennings help Durham to a four-wicket victory against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

CCD1: Durham beat Warks 

25 May

Keaton Jennings completed his third century of the Specsavers County Championship season as Durham wrapped up a four-wicket win over Division One rivals Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Arsenal top Premier League earnings with over £100m 

25 May

Champions Leicester made £93m while bottom club Aston Villa received £66.6m 25 May ~ Despite Leicester’s triumph, it was Arsenal who made the most money in the Premier League during the 2015-16 season.

Durham rally sets up final-day climax 

24 May

Durham's Keaton Jennings hits an unbeaten 88 to steer his side to within 84 runs of victory against Warwickshire.

Team Rebuid Begins 

23 May

Players commit for the coming season.

Woakes takes 9-36 after England call-up 

23 May

Warwickshire's Chris Woakes takes 9-36 as he warms up for a possible England Test recall by bowling out Durham.

CCD1: Woakes takes 9-36 

23 May

Chris Woakes celebrated his call-up to the England squad in style, taking 9-36 in a stunning spell as Warwickshire bowled Durham out for 190 at Edgbaston.

Pre Season 2016 

23 May

Royals pre season fixture list revealed.

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    Birmingham road to reopen as Paradise roadworks go on 

    25 May

    Busy route to city's Jewellery Quarter to reopen after 18 months as latest round of closures and changes are announced by developers...

    Birmingham welcomes 1m international visitors for the first time 

    25 May

    BIRMINGHAM\'S attractiveness to international visitors continues to grow, with official data showing the city had more than one million international visits for the first time last year.

    Former City Link workers win maximum award against collapsed delivery firm 

    25 May

    AN employment tribunal has made the maximum possible award to a group of former City Link workers for the delivery firm\'s failure to consult about redundancies.

    JLR supplier to create 300 jobs at new factory 

    25 May

    NEARLY 300 jobs are to be created at a new factory in Telford which is being built to support Jaguar Land Rover\'s continued growth.

    Solicitors’ firms announce merger 

    25 May

    Hodge Hill-based Carvers Solicitors has strengthened its east Birmingham presence, combining with Ward End-based Eyre & Co Solicitors.

    Technology firm banks on growth 

    25 May

    BIRMINGHAM-BASED home technology firm LightwaveRF has secured £1.1m bank facility to help expand its UK and international distribution footprint.

    Birmingham office launch helps national surveyor increase revenues 

    25 May

    CHARTERED surveyor Sanderson Weatherall increased its turnover by 7% in a year that saw it open an office in Birmingham.

    HS2: Will double decker trains be coming to Birmingham? 

    25 May

    French train maker Alstom hopes to secure 7.5 billion contract to design and build rolling stock for HS2 line...

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    Leading Bimingham tech companies merge 

    26 May

    Expansion for software design house.

    Trade investment group welcomes region’s export figures 

    26 May

    West Midlands lead national export orders increase.

    Millennium Point to host fuel cell conference 

    23 May

    Technical showcase returns to city venue.

    UK industry slides into third recession in the last decade 

    13 May

    David Bailey looks at the latest official data showing that UK industry is sliding into its third recession.

    Innovation grant for healthcare programme 

    12 May

    Kaido secures £50,000 funding from Creative England.

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    Events »

    The AC30s, 27 May 2016 

    25 May

    27 May 2016 - Rock Pop at The RoadHouse Birmingham They take pride in their renditions to make sure they sound as close to the original track as is possible.

    Eyes and Nines, Southfall, Panspermia, Koncept, 26 May 2016 

    25 May

    26 May 2016 - Rock Pop at The RoadHouse Birmingham...

    Tom Walker Trio, 26 May 2016 

    25 May

    26 May 2016 - Rock Pop at The Hop Pole Inn If you have seen these guys before you will be here again, performing blues rock and funk they really no how to do it...

    Scroobius Pip Presents We Are Lizards this Friday at the H&H 

    25 May

    Scroobius Pip  returns to the HH with his iconic club night, We Are Lizards, this Friday 27th May.

    King Lear review: a powerfully bleak vision of a destroyed heart 

    24 May

    RICHARD LUTZ watches  Shakespearean power usurped by chaotic insanity at The Birmingham Rep An old man gives up his throne and divides his kingdom in three.

    Rockabilly, 27 May 2016 

    24 May

    27 May 2016 - Club at Cogs Bar FREE It's all about the summer vibes, the party , the dancing , the spirits and the moment when you loose yourself in the Night fever !!! Alternative, Indie, Pop and more.

    DIet Cig To Play the Hare & Hounds Tomorrow Night 

    24 May

    This Is Tmrw bring New York based two piece, Diet Cig to the Hare Hounds tomorrow night After beginning as a casual project between Alex Luciano (guitar) and Noah Bowman (drums), Diet Cig have made a big statement out of five highly infectious pop ...

    Swarovski’s spring event 

    24 May

    Join Swarovski for their spring event this weekend.

    Blitzkrieg City, 24 May 2016 

    23 May

    24 May 2016 - Rock Pop at The Flapper...

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    Music blogs »

    Constructing the Self 

    26 May

    Bowie tribute night to form part of Digbeth First Friday.

    Inspect of Custom Academic Company for many School students 

    25 May


    Theatre review: King Lear, Birmingham Rep 

    25 May

    John Kennedy casts his eye over this latest production of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

    It’s yer money they’re after baby… 

    25 May

    After writing / ranting about this on goodness knows how many occasions it’s depressing that, if anything, the secondary ticket market (aka bulk buying tickets to gigs, shows and sporting events to prevent real fans from buying them then ramping up...

    Gig review: Breeze + Afterbloom + YVES, Dark Horse Moseley – 20/05/16 

    25 May

    How do you solve a problem like Club L’Amour not been on one Friday? The answer is you transpose … Read more The post Gig review: Breeze + Afterbloom + YVES, Dark Horse Moseley – 20/05/16 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .

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    Major child abuse investigation launched in Alum Rock 

    25 May

    Detectives from West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit (PPU) have charged a man from the Alum Rock area of Birmingham with making indecent images of children.

    Witnesses sought after man injured in Aston collision   

    25 May

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered serious injuries following a collision in Aston on Friday (20 May).

    Concerns grow for missing Handsworth man 

    25 May

    Police are urgently appealing for help to find a man who has gone missing in the Birmingham area.

    Three further people charged over Birmingham double shooting 

    24 May

    Three more people have been charged in connection with a double shooting in Birmingham last October that left one man dead and another fighting for his life.

    Man to appear in court charged with Perry Barr attempted murder 

    24 May

    A man will appear in court tomorrow charged with attempted murder after a man suffered stab wounds in Perry Barr yesterday (May 23).

    Robber jailed after victim recognised him on Facebook  

    23 May

    An armed thug was caught following a two month violent crime spree when he was recognised by one of his victims after co-incidentally popping up in the “people you may know" section of his Facebook feed.

    Urgent appeal to trace missing Tamworth man 

    23 May

    Police are growing increasingly concerned for a man who has been missing from hospital since yesterday morning (22 May).

    Car repair firm director admits trying to kill pregnant girlfriend 

    23 May

    The director of a car repair firm who repeatedly knifed his pregnant girlfriend in the middle of Sutton Coldfield town centre has pleaded guilty to attempted murder.

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    Simon Vaughan Powell, Registered SW32123 

    26 May

    Request to Birmingham City Council by mark davis .

    Car broken into (windows smashed by car break-in) in stirchley birmingham, 25th May 

    25 May

    Anti social behaviour late nights, a gang of hooded youths wet gathering here last night and today found a abandoned car with its windows broken into and they've probably stolen stuff inside this car in Stirchley in Birmingham.

    All communications sent to Washwood Councillors in connection with the proposed closure of Ward End Park play area. 

    25 May

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Shamsur Rehman on 25 May 2016 .

    Taking Pride in Birmingham’s communities 

    25 May

    As Birmingham marks Islam Awareness Week and prepares for the annual Birmingham Pride festival, new cabinet member for transparency, openness and equality Cllr Waseem Zaffar celebrates the contributions of these communities to the city.

    Dumped tyres, 25th May 

    25 May

    The tyres that were dumped over 4 weeks ago are still in the street .

    Social worker 

    25 May

    Request sent to Birmingham City Council by mark davis on 25 May 2016 .

    Birmingham’s international visitors pass the million mark 

    25 May

    City welcomes record-breaking 1.1 million visits in 2015 International visitor consumer spend reaches £386 million Birmingham has seen the largest growth in visitors outside London Birmingham achieved a record-breaking one million international...

    Abandoned, uninsured, untaxed, no MOT, 25th May 

    25 May

    This car has broken down and been left partially blocking drives.

    Ramadan advice for Birmingham diabetics 

    25 May

    Muslim diabetics in Birmingham have been urged not to put their health at risk by fasting during the forthcoming month of Ramadan.

    Common Assessment Frame Work CAF 

    25 May

    Response by Birmingham City Council to mark davis on 25 May 2016 .

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    Social media »

    it’s not more for less… it’s the right size boat 

    25 May

    You can't do more with less.

    How to embed a vertical video from YouTube or Vimeo 

    24 May

    In my series of posts on Snapchat for journalists I mentioned that you can embed vertical video so that it doesn’t have those annoying black bars either side.

    spa me a thought 

    21 May

    Working in the communications industry can be stressful.

    the power of “how” 

    20 May

    Does your organisation only get two of three key steps right when creating and delivering a new piece of communications? Read on… by Ben Capper Whether it’s a short campaign, a poster or a full blown rebrand of a big organisation, getting the ...

    We are proposing to hand away property details at the very point journalists need them most 

    20 May

    Late last year, as the government indicated it was prepared to water down the Freedom of Information Act, industry publication Press Gazette launched a petition .

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