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Drivers released after two-bus crash 

30 Aug

Two drivers who were involved in a head-on crash between two buses in Birmingham have been released from hospital, police say...


NHS bungle left trainee West Midland GPs unable to practise 

30 Aug

Fourteen trainee GPs in the West Midlands were suspended after an 'unacceptable' admin failure by NHS England, leaving them unable to work for weeks...


Birmingham supercar garage blaze: Sheikh owner reveals £1 million damage 

30 Aug

Fleet of cars including Lamborghini Hurucan, Rolls-Royce Phantom and a Rolls Royce Ghost destroyed...


Two men dead after a Porsche Cayenne lost control on Small Heath… 

29 Aug

Two men dead after a Porsche Cayenne lost control on Small Heath Highway.


Brum’s latest beauty queen: I started life as boy named Aaron 

29 Aug

Top prize for 21-year-old who wants to raise awareness and help others...


Six people taken to hospital after two buses collide in Kings… 

29 Aug

Six people taken to hospital after two buses collide in Kings Heath Emergency services were called to Addison Road, just off Kings Heath High Street, at around 11AM this morning, following reports of a road traffic collision.


Six injured in two-bus head-on crash 

29 Aug

Six people are injured in a head-on crash between two buses in a Birmingham street.


Thirteen people injured as two buses collide 

29 Aug

Two buses have crashed head-on in Birmingham today.


Two die after being thrown from car 

29 Aug

Two men die after being thrown from their car when it rolled over on a dual carriageway in Birmingham.


Two pulled free through roof of car after Birmingham crash 

29 Aug

Two people were cut free from their car and helped out through the roof after a two-car crash in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning.


Tony Iommi: Ozzy helped me through my darkest cancer days 

29 Aug

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has told how Ozzy Osbourne and his bandmates helped him through his darkest days when he was diagnosed with cancer two years ago...


One man dies as pair thrown from car in Birmingham crash 

29 Aug

One man has died and another has been seriously injured after they were both thrown from their car in a  crash in Birmingham.


Mum left with plastic tube in her stomach for a year after gastric surgery leaves her in agony 

28 Aug

Helen Reynolds suffered excruciating pain after blunder...


Open letter to Sir Richard Branson regarding railcard… 

28 Aug

Open letter to Sir Richard Branson regarding railcard changes.


WANTED: Have you seen David Swift? David Swift, aged 53, from… 

28 Aug

WANTED: Have you seen David Swift?  David Swift, aged 53, from Phillip Sidney Road in Sparkhill, was due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court in December last year after downloading indecent images.


Twin monkeys at Birmingham wildlife park in need of a name 

28 Aug

Staff at the Edgbaston park are asking for help to name the six-month old babies...


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Comment »

Home Secretary is talking to the right people as she draws up new anti-extremism strategy 

30 Aug

Efforts to tackle extremism recognised, the ongoing green belt saga and what will national politicians will make of our combined authority chief.


Is Birmingham’s health service and Ring and Ride failing the elderly? 

29 Aug

How can the elderly frail get non-emergency medical treatment out of surgery hours? Today (Saturday) a Moseley resident over 80 years old, who had been suffering overnight and during the morning with a painful infection, tried to get some treatment ...


Dystopia 

29 Aug

There are marginally fewer books and films depicting the future breakdown of civilisation than there are infinite possibilities in a multiverse that can only be explained using string theory via the voice box of Stephen Hawking...


Extremist threat ? But over 1000 are killed by air pollution in Birmingham each year 

28 Aug

Having doffed his green, safe and smart cap , Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for community safety, James McKay, has now written to welcome the Government’s latest approach to extremism – “tackling the threat from terrorism ...


Historic Bull Ring Markets are here to stay 

27 Aug

Jacqui Kennedy, Acting Strategic Director Place, looks at what makes Bull Ring Markets – the oldest in the country – a ‘hidden’ gem in the city’s retail scene.


A risk worth taking: Corbyn, the first choice, not just the least bad option 

27 Aug

The Brummie aggregator site selected a thoughtful article by Matt Capaldi in Redbrick, ‘the student publication of the University of Birmingham’: “As the Labour leadership battle comes to a head, Matt Capaldi assesses its favourite candidate, ...


Virginia 

27 Aug

It is sickening to realise that we have evolved into a species that finds it acceptable to exploit violent death for profit.


Crooked Books ? – by ‘Kurly’ at the 22nd Aug #Austerity Street Festival: @KurlyMc 

26 Aug

CROOKED BOOKS? They use the public purse to build and invest We are owners but we are treated like unwelcome guests Mistreated by these pests, in our own home If their hearts are heavy its because they’re made of stone They put us into groups To be...


West Midlands Green Deal Action 

26 Aug

The Accord Group , a large housing and social care organisations in the Midlands, has been working with the University of Wolverhampton’s Built Environment Climate Change Innovations (BECCI) project team to find the leading ‘smart grid’...


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City-centre news »

Live Music Round Up 

30 Aug

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


Birmingham supercar garage blaze: Sheikh owner reveals £1 million damage 

30 Aug

Fleet of cars including Lamborghini Hurucan, Rolls-Royce Phantom and a Rolls Royce Ghost destroyed...


Brum’s latest beauty queen: I started life as boy named Aaron 

29 Aug

Top prize for 21-year-old who wants to raise awareness and help others...


Big Mouth 

29 Aug

Exhibition launch: Friday 4 September, 18:00-20:00 Exhibition continues: Wednesday-Saturday, 12:00-17:00 until 31 October Where: Grand Union, 19 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS Grand Union are very pleased to announce big Mouth, a new ...


Summer in Southside warm-up evening 

29 Aug

The post Summer in Southside warm-up evening appeared first on Birmingham Eastside .


The Big Hoot Project 

28 Aug

Not a load of owl nonsense...


Mum left with plastic tube in her stomach for a year after gastric surgery leaves her in agony 

28 Aug

Helen Reynolds suffered excruciating pain after blunder...


Midland Metro News July & August 2015 

28 Aug

July & August 2015 Bulletins...


Swingerella’s Wrecking Ball 

28 Aug

When: Friday 18 September, 19:30 for 20:00 start Where: Mockingbird Theatre, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA Tickets: available online Falling in love’s for you fools out there in Wonderland, let me tell you how it is… Love rules &#...


Most read: Kings Heath horror crash, train track stand-off and market plan 

28 Aug

Friday lunchtime#27;s most read stories...


Litter to be turned into cash in radical clean-up of Birmingham city centre 

28 Aug

A radical plan to combat piles of litter in Birmingham city centre will see cash donations to charity if bins are kept filled.


Massive regeneration scheme paving way for Wholesale Markets plan set for green light 

28 Aug

Plan to build on 17 acres at land near Witton train station...


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Aston Villa »

VillaTalk blog – Player Match Ratings: Two points dropped! 

30 Aug

Scott Sinclair scored a brace of goals yesterday to make it five goals in two games for him but his goals did not bring us the win we needed.


Tim Sherwood does his hamstring kicking plastic bottle 

30 Aug

Aston Villa manager admits he did his hamstring in kicking plastic bottle...


Aston Villa v Sunderland Player Ratings 

30 Aug

Aston Villa v Sunderland Player Ratings Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:30/08/2015 10:15:00 Player ratings and match comment from BarosBarryBouma...


Something For The Weekend (500) 

30 Aug

Something For The Weekend (500) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:30/08/2015 10:03:00 All I ask is that they do their duty.


Premier League transfer news and rumours: live 

30 Aug

Latest news and rumours as clubs frantically look to tie up late deals before window closes on Tuesday, 1 Sept 2015...


Sherwood Gives Sunderland Thoughts 

29 Aug

Sherwood Gives Sunderland Thoughts Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:29/08/2015 19:36:00 Manager Tim Sherwood has given his reaction to the performance against Sunderland today and as well as admitting we should've been out of sight in the game...


Audio – Sherwood On Sunderland Draw 

29 Aug

Audio - Sherwood On Sunderland Draw Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:29/08/2015 18:38:00 Manager Tim Sherwood has admitted Villa should've been out of sight in today's two all draw with Sunderland.


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Birmingham City FC »

Rowett: Got to Keep Going 

30 Aug

Rowett: Got to Keep Going Vitalfootball:Birmingham:30/08/2015 12:03:00 The Blues boss talks to Blues TV following yesterday's victory...


Stats: MK Dons v Birmingham City 

30 Aug

Stats: MK Dons v Birmingham City Vitalfootball:Birmingham:30/08/2015 11:50:00 All the stats from MK Dons (0) vs (2) Birmingham City, Stadium:MK, Sat,29 August 15:00 Att: 14,626...


The Future is Bright – An Often Partisan Video Podcast 

30 Aug

The future is looking brighter for Birmingham City.


COMMENT: MK Dons 0 Birmingham City 2: Gary Rowett could be the most able expedition leader in the Championship 

30 Aug

Blues have reached Championship base camp in better shape than most of their rivals.


Everything Birmingham City fans need to know about Tuesday’s transfer deadline day 

29 Aug

It#27;s just a matter of days before another round of wheeling and dealing is halted until the New Year...


onaldson; More Than Just A Goal Scorer? 

29 Aug

onaldson; More Than Just A Goal Scorer? Vitalfootball:Birmingham:29/08/2015 20:03:00 Sask's views on Clayton Donaldson.


REPLAY: MK Dons 0 Birmingham City 2: Stephen Gleeson scores and is stretchered off against former club 

29 Aug

Gary Rowett#27;s Birmingham City remain unbeaten - and we also had updates on how your rivals got on...


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Sport »

Support the young Royals at Coles Lane 

30 Aug

The u16s Royals will open the defence of their league title at Coles Lane this Saturday the 5th September, at 2pm kick off.


U16s win Charity Shield 

30 Aug

The first ever NERF JPL Charity Shield event was won by the young Royals at Cirencester Town FC on Saturday.


Lancashire capture first T20 title 

29 Aug

Lancashire Lightning beat Northants Steelbacks by 13 runs at Edgbaston to win the T20 Blast for the first time.


SUTTON TAKE A WELL EARNED POINT FROM THEIR VISIT TO ILKESTON 

29 Aug

Sutton traveled to Ilkeston...


T20 Blast Finals Day LIVE! 

29 Aug

Updates on Northamptonshire v Lancashire in the final at Edgbaston - watch live on Sky Sports Ashes HD.


Lancashire to face Northants 

29 Aug

Lancashire will take on Northants in the final of the 2015 NatWest T20 Blast after beating Hampshire by six wickets at Edgbaston.


Northants beat Bears to reach final 

29 Aug

Richard Levi hits an unbeaten 63 as Northants beat Birmingham Bears to reach the T20 Blast final at Edgbaston.


Northants cruise into final 

29 Aug

Northants booked their place in the NatWest Blast T20 final with a comprehensive five-wicket victory over Birmingham at Edgbaston.


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Business »

45 jobs under threat as Shakespeare Martineau begins redundancy consultation 

28 Aug

BIRMINGHAM law firm Shakespeare Martineau is understood to be consulting staff over a new redundancy programme which could see up to 45 people leave the practice.


T20 Finals Day attracts record ticket sales for Edgbaston 

28 Aug

WARWICKSHIRE county cricket club has confirmed tomorrows NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day The club has said the event, the biggest day in the domestic cricket calendar, has attracted record ticket...


Availability of long-term growth capital threatens MSB expansion plans 

28 Aug

GAPS in the funding ladder could be preventing medium-sized businesses in the West Midlands from realising their growth ambitions, according to a new report.


New Wholesale Markets in Birmingham set for green light 

28 Aug

City planners back relocation vision by IM Properties which would see city centre markets move to new home in Witton ...


Aston Villa team up with charity for accounting apprenticeship scheme 

28 Aug

Apprentices will study for an accounting qualification at college whilst also developing leadership skills through football coaching ...


Law firm unearths some treasure for children’s charity 

28 Aug

The Birmingham office of Eversheds LLP hosted a treasure hunt to support and raise money for the NSPCC.


Aston Martin expands apprenticeship programme by 20% 

27 Aug

LUXURY sports car manufacturer Aston Martin is expanding the size of its apprenticeship scheme by 20% to support the firms ongoing commitment to growth.


Service sector firms reporting healthy growth over last quarter 

27 Aug

SERVICE sector firms in the UK have reported healthy growth for the three months to August, with optimism improving at the fastest pace for a year, according to a new study.


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Business columns »

Historic markets are here to stay 

28 Aug

Jacqui Kennedy, Acting Strategic Director Place for Birmingham city council, looks at what makes Bull Ring Markets – the oldest in the country – a hidden gem in the city’s retail scene.


Don’t let big salaries take attention away from the bottom end 

27 Aug

Head of business Graeme Brown argues that the fascination with top-level salaries shouldn't detract from the real issues at the bottom end of the pay scale ...


Crowdfunding sought for green breakthrough 

27 Aug

Birmingham company seeks £300,000 for mass production of portable, eco-friendly smartphone battery.


Hitting the right notes in our duet with China 

25 Aug

Mike Loftus on our attempts to understand modern China and its role in the global economy ...


UK car output up – and down 

21 Aug

Professor David Bailey from Aston Business School examines the fall in the latest set of manufacturing figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders...


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Events »

Saint Jimmy, 31 Aug 2015 

29 Aug

31 Aug 2015 - Rock Pop at The Sun at the Station Come and join Saint Jimmy Friends for a feast of music and dancing featuring Gavin Lewis, Tom Jimmy, Lying for Friends, 1977, Nine Dart Finish and Saint Jimmy just £3.00 entry on the door.


The Drum will be closed on Mon 31 August for the bank holiday 

28 Aug

The Drum will be closed on Mon 31 August for the bank holiday.


Autumn Courses at mac resume Mon 7 Sep – it’s not too late to book 

28 Aug

Friendly artist tutors, a supportive environment and a huge variety of creative courses for all ages and abilities.


New Show: Blacklisters to play Hare & Hounds 

28 Aug

Formed in 2008, the Leeds quartet Blacklisters quickly earned a reputation as a formidable live act through aggressive, confrontational performances riddled with dark humour, drawing comparisons to The Jesus Lizard and Pissed Jeans.


New coffee shop heading to New Street …and the latest café is… 

28 Aug

A Canadian coffee company is planning to open a new store in Birmingham City Centre...


Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 

28 Aug

Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the world's most prestigious mountain film festival.


PCA UK Open Bodybuilding Championships 

28 Aug

The PCA UK bodybuilding championship will see competitors put their bodies to the test in a number of exciting classes £20 TH SH wheelchair spaces available Ticket Information: £20 plus transaction fee* ,Half price for under 14s and free nursing ...


Beartooth 

28 Aug

Beartooth - O2 Academy 2 Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 28, Nov 15...


AREA GUIDE – Food and Drink issue 

27 Aug

For the second year running we’ve teamed up with the fab Birmingham Independent Food Fair to showcase the event and the great foodie scene in the region… The issue is packed with info on great places to eat and drink, foodie tips and much...


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Music blogs »

Draw it, print it, put it up… See it get nicked. Lewes Herriot and the art of poster design 

30 Aug

Depraved 19th century libertines, poster design, music promotion and Johnny Foreigner - the world of Lewes Herriot If you have muso facebook friends and you live in Brum, you've probably seen Lewes Herriot 's work.


Local acts for Bikefest line-up 

28 Aug

Further attractions announced for family festival.


Kick-off for CBSO 

28 Aug

£10 tickets get orchestra’s season off to a flying start.


Weekly arts roundup, August 27-September 2 

27 Aug

PICK OF THE WEEK Summer In Southside Various venues, Friday August 28-Sunday August 30 The Hippodrome’s annual weekend of street theatre, music and food, spread across the Arcadian and Hippodrome Square.


F.F.S + Slug at The Albert Hall, Manchester, UK – 25th August 2015 

26 Aug

‘Collaborations Don’t Work’ is a promotional single from the new album by F.


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999 »

The ‘Civil’ Sections 

30 Aug

Nearly four years in to writing this BLOG and I’ve never done a post explaining the main inpatient provisions under the Mental Health Act.


Appeal for witnesses after motorcyclist injured in Birmingham 

30 Aug

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision on Friday morning (28 August).


Appeal for bus passengers to come forward after Kings Heath collision 

30 Aug

Police are appealing for passengers to come forward after two buses collided in the Kings Heath area of Birmingham yesterday (29th August 2015).


Section 137 Mental Health Act 

29 Aug

Where do the legal powers come from in the Mental Health Act 1983? – by this question I mean: what section of the Act do you point to when cross-examined in a court to explain from exactly where you derive the authority to do as you did...


CCTV released after men stabbed at Selly Oak nightclub 

29 Aug

Detectives have released CCTV images after two men were stabbed at a nightclub in Selly Oak in the early hours of last Saturday morning (August 22).


Police appeal for witnesses after two men killed in Birmingham collision 

29 Aug

Police are appealing for witnesses after two men died when a car lost control in Birmingham late last night (Friday 29 August).


Summer Album #28 – West Midlands Police helicopter 

28 Aug

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter is a familiar sight in the skies above the West Midlands – and last year was airborne for around 1,400 hours.


Police appeal for information on court dodger 

28 Aug

A man who failed to appear at court in connection with downloading indecent images may have fled to Ireland as police renew their appeal for information.


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LocalGov »

Pedestrian Crossing Fault, 29th August 

29 Aug

On Edgbaston Park Road, there is a green light not working on the pelican crossing.


Hand rail broken, 28th August 

28 Aug

Steps down to canal from northbrook street has a broken wooden hand rail, it is completely broken away and on the floor, I was told about this a week ago by dog walker and checked it today, and it looks like the wooden structure is rotten tnx...


Arts Organisations 

28 Aug

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Bal Saini on 28 August 2015 .


Builder fined for flytipping offence 

28 Aug

A builder who flytipped waste in Birmingham has been ordered to pay £570 today (August 28).


Stansfeld Outdoor Learning Centre 

28 Aug

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Bal Saini on 28 August 2015 .


Use of private vehicles for transporting of social care patients. 

28 Aug

Response by Birmingham City Council to P.


Bank Holiday advice from health commissioner to avoid a hospital stay 

28 Aug

By taking a little extra care over the Bank Holiday, you can stay well and enjoy the extended weekend avoiding an unnecessary trip to hospital, say doctors at Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).


Vans parking right on corner obscuring view of drivers trying to turn out safely., 28th August 

28 Aug

A large white van and other vehicles persistently parking on the corner of Kesterton Road/Harrison Road completely obscuring the view of drivers trying to turn out of Kesterton Road and preventing them from exiting safely in both directions...


Overloading and illegal use of bridge, 28th August 

28 Aug

I work for Canal River Trust the owners of Wiggins Hill Bridge which is being used by vehicles up to 40T whereas this is signed as 13T only.


Comic book fun at Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park 

28 Aug

WILD About Comics returns to Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park this Bank Holiday Monday 31 st August for more comic book fun.


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Social media »

When to use shape maps in data visualisation: part 2 of a great big guide 

28 Aug

xkcd’s take on mapping , via Duarte Romero In a previous post I explained some of the considerations in deciding to use a map in data visualisation , and went into detail about mapping points and heatmaps.


why your communications strategy might fail without text messaging 

27 Aug

Govdelivery's annual UK Public Sector Communications Conference has become an essential part of the September calender.


Documenting public art, on Wikipedia 

25 Aug

0000-0001-5882-6823 Wikipedia has a number of articles listing public artworks (statues, murals, etc) in counties, cities and towns, around the world.


other influences make you a better communicator 

25 Aug

Every now and then we have a guest editor.


When to use maps in data visualisation: a great big guide 

24 Aug

Matt Bierbaum’s zombie map allows you to simulate outbreaks When it comes to data visualisation, everyone loves a map.


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