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Slide the City set for Birmingham this summer 

25 Apr

Wacky water slide craze featuring 300 metre giant attraction taking bookings for city...


PM’s ‘brain fade’ over football team 

25 Apr

David Cameron comes under fire from Twitter users after saying in a speech that he supported West Ham - when he is an Aston Villa fan.


Benefits Street drug dealer locked up after trying to sell to undercover cop 

25 Apr

Warsame Mohammed, 20, of James Turner Street, offered plain clothes cop heroin and crack cocaine in Birmingham city centre...


Doctor Raj Mattu’s £14m claim for sacking ‘is greedy’ 

25 Apr

Heart specialist Dr Raj Mattu fights for payout after he blew whistle on hospital.


Saltley school one of best for boosting pupil success 

25 Apr

Parkfield Community School, in Saltley, has been named one of the top in the country after helping boost the academic success of its disadvantaged pupils .


Birmingham student jailed after hacking university system and improving grades 

24 Apr

A student has been jailed for four months after he used keylogging devices to hack into an exams grading system at the University of Birmingham and improve his grades.


General election: Chancellor George Osborne warns of risk to West Midlands economy of SNP backed Labour Government 

24 Apr

Chancellor in Longbridge  unveils new manifesto for the West Midlands with 160,000 jobs pledge and investment in new Enterprise Zones...


Vaisakhi Birmingham 2015: Road closures and procession details confirmed 

24 Apr

Exclusion zone will be in operation around Handsworth Park and roads will shut an hour before street parades get under way...


SDS User Group Meetings 

24 Apr

We are pleased to annouce the annual SDS user group meetings, that are being held in May at various locations.


Win two tickets for the PDC Premier League 

24 Apr

The Express Star and Approved Garages - the trusted national network - want to give you the chance to attend the Betway Premier League in Birmingham.


Birmingham City: We want to keep Jonathan Spector, says Gary Rowett 

24 Apr

Boss praises American defender's versatility and character while Blues also targeting new deals for Darren Randolph and Demarai Gray...


Harriet Harman’s Pink Bus tour hits the West Midlands 

24 Apr

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls joined Labour's deputy leader on campaign trail in target North Warwickshire constituency...


Conservatives launch West Midlands manifesto with pledge of 160,000 jobs and 100,000 new school places 

24 Apr

Tory Chancellor George Osborne is visiting Birmingham to launch the Conservative manifesto for the West Midlands, including a £5 billion pledge to improve major roads and motorways...


Fiancé of tragic Dr Nazim Mahmood tells why he is on a mission to tackle homophobia triggered by religion 

23 Apr

Matt Ogston tells of his heartache at losing his partner of 13 years and of his mission to help parents accept gay children...


Birmingham City blog: Gary Rowett and his classy loan acquisitions paying dividends 

23 Apr

Birmingham City debutant blogger James Jeavons lavishes praise on Gary Rowett's ability to wheel and deal in the loan window...


Six Birmingham city councillors to step down at local elections 

23 Apr

A round-up of those servants to the city who have decided to call time on their political careers with the local authority...


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Chamberlain Hall construction update April 2015 

25 Apr

There's been a lot of progress on the redevelopment of Chamberlain Hall since my last report of the 11 February, http://birminghamcentral.


And again . . . 

25 Apr

Young Library of Birmingham users are showing that they are determined not to accept the restrictions on their educational opportunities by the Birmingham City Council.


Thirteen days 

25 Apr

Chaos – mayhem – blackmail – a marriage made in merry Hell – the full extent of an electorate recklessly abusing democracy by rejecting a failed and corrupt government will become clear in about thirteen days...


Energy on the Coalition backburner 

24 Apr

It has to be said it's galling to see one of the Coalition parties hijack the "Great Charter of the Liberties" for political gain, when the Government's record on legal aid "reform" has seen justice disgracefully denied for many vulnerable people.


Election 2015: on a Hall Green website 

24 Apr

Election 2015: Will YOUR candidates vote for Trident in 2016? by Julia A decision on whether or not to replace the UK Trident nuclear submarine system – at a cost of £100bn – is due in 2016 and successfully elected Members of Parliament ...


Pub bombings: successive governments have ducked and dived to avoid the issue – J4T21 

24 Apr

Where do the current parliamentary candidates stand on our call for new inquests into the 21 murdered in 1974...


Take the healthy option at Vaisakhi Mela 

24 Apr

As thousands of people head to Handsworth Park on Sunday for Birmingham’s Vaisakhi Mela, Birmingham Public Health’s Lead Public Health Nurse, Elaine George, urges visitors to make the most of a potentially life-saving opportunity .


Not stationary – New Street Station redevelopment update 

24 Apr

It has been some time since i've reported on the redevelopment of New Street Station but in construction terms it feels much longer with an amazing rate of progress since my last report on the project.


What next? 

23 Apr

A new council will be elected on May 7th.


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City-centre news »

Slide the City set for Birmingham this summer 

25 Apr

Wacky water slide craze featuring 300 metre giant attraction taking bookings for city...


Digbeth on the Silver (Pewter) Screen 

25 Apr

Fancy drinking from a goblet that could have come straight off the set of Game of Thrones? Well, now you can! The items used on the show were made right here in Digbeth by AE Williams, the world’s oldest family-run … Continue reading →...


Benefits Street drug dealer locked up after trying to sell to undercover cop 

25 Apr

Warsame Mohammed, 20, of James Turner Street, offered plain clothes cop heroin and crack cocaine in Birmingham city centre...


Birmingham City councillor urges businesses to hire unemployed young people. 

24 Apr

A Birmingham City council member has urged businesses in the city to hire long-term unemployed youths.


Street Banquet 

24 Apr

When: Saturday 2nd May, 15:00-late Where: Lab 11, Trent Street, Digbeth, B5 5NL This Bank Holiday Saturday, Street Banquet – a new casual dining experience – will be launching in the brand new Archway Terrace of Lab 11.


VIDEO: Reaction to #BCUcitytalks election debate at Birmingham City University 

24 Apr

After election candidates spoke at the election debate #BCUcitytalks at Birmingham City University   Antia Geada spoke to those attending to find out whether the debate had changed their view.


“There are so few people who have mobile journalism skills” – Stephen Quinn shows students the ‘mojo’ revolution (VIDEO) 

24 Apr

For two days this week mobile journalism expert Stephen Quinn has been training Birmingham City University students in ‘mojo’.


VIDEO: Liberal Democrats candidate for Birmingham Edgbaston Lee Dargue on the election debate at Birmingham City University 

24 Apr

We caught up with the Liberal Democrats election candidate for Birmingham Edgbaston, Lee Dargue , after the #BCUcitytalks election debate at Birmingham City University.


Conservatives launch West Midlands manifesto with pledge of 160,000 jobs and 100,000 new school places 

24 Apr

Tory Chancellor George Osborne is visiting Birmingham to launch the Conservative manifesto for the West Midlands, including a £5 billion pledge to improve major roads and motorways...


FULL VIDEO: Birmingham election debate #BCUcityTalks 

23 Apr

Tonight politicians from all the major parties debated issues from immigration and education to health and transport in the #BCUcityTalks at Parkside in central Birmingham.


Fiancé of tragic Dr Nazim Mahmood tells why he is on a mission to tackle homophobia triggered by religion 

23 Apr

Matt Ogston tells of his heartache at losing his partner of 13 years and of his mission to help parents accept gay children...


LIVE BLOG: Election Debate at Birmingham City University – immigration, education, tuition fees #BRUMVOTE 

23 Apr

The Election Debate will take place in the Parkside Lecture Theatre at 6.30 pm.


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Aston Villa »

Darn It. Results Not Gone Aston Villa’s Way Today 

25 Apr

Darn It.


Aston Villa Taking On Man City – Starting Line-ups 

25 Apr

Aston Villa Taking On Man City - Starting Line-ups Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/04/2015 16:34:00 Starting line ups for Aston Villa away to Manchester City...


David Cameron Forgets He’s A Villa Fan!!! 

25 Apr

David Cameron Forgets He's A Villa Fan!!! Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/04/2015 13:48:00 Oh deary deary me, David Cameron has got his claret and blue knickers in a twist here...


Tim Sherwood considers dropping Brad Guzan and playing Shay Given at Manchester City 

25 Apr

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is considering dropping Brad Guzan for Irish star at the Etihad today...


Manchester City v Aston Villa – the preview 

25 Apr

Having been beaten 5-1 by City while in charge of Tottenham Hotspur last season, Tim Sherwood will be keen to get his FA Cup finalists down from cloud nine and focused on securing their Premier League survival, having warned earlier this week...


We’ve got our Villa back! 

25 Apr

Following the arrival of Tim Sherwood back in February, it seemed that some of the negativity surrounding the club was being lifted on a weekly basis.


Time To Give Their Best At Eastlands 

25 Apr

Data supplied by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.


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Birmingham City FC »

Rowett delighted with progress 

25 Apr

Gary Rowett is predicting a bright future for Birmingham after Lloyd Dyer's goal gave them a 1-0 Sky Bet Championship win over Charlton.


Birmingham edge out Charlton 

25 Apr

Lloyd Dyer emerged as Birmingham's match-winner in a hard fought 1-0 Championship success over Charlton.


REPLAY: Birmingham City v Charlton – live coverage with Brian Dick 

25 Apr

Join us in the press box at St Andrew's...


Joys and Sorrows Player of the Season Poll 14/15 

25 Apr

The last poll we ran on this site ran like this: Where will Gary Rowett steer Blues to this season? Mid-Table Security (42%, 204 Votes) About tenth, just missing the play offs (29%, 141 Votes) The Playoffs (14%, 68 Votes) Lower Reaches Survival...


Birmingham City: Panos Pavlakis speaks on the future of the club 

25 Apr

Blues are moving forwards says St Andrew's club director...


Preview: Birmingham v Charlton 

25 Apr

Preview: Birmingham v Charlton Vitalfootball:Birmingham:25/04/2015 11:27:00 All you need to know about today's game...


Birmingham City v Charlton: Live coverage with Brian Dick 

25 Apr

Join us in the press box at St Andrew's...


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Sport »

U15 – Sutton Win Triangular 

25 Apr

Sutton beat Broad Street...


Matchborough & Crabbs Cross Cubs make the trek to Coles Lane. 

24 Apr

Romulus welcome very special guests to their last game of the 2014/15 season.


Annual Awards Night 

24 Apr

The Royals awards night will be held at Coles Lane on Saturday 9th May.


Senior Cup Final 10.30am Sunday 

24 Apr

5 of our U21s in Hundred Acre side...


Under 21s – 1-1 away at Tipton Town 

24 Apr

U21s draw in league...


Under 21s – U21s through to semi finals 

24 Apr

4-3 win over AFC Lichfield...


Next Up: Norton Utd Fc 

24 Apr

Royals play off hopes go to the final day of the season.


UOB Student nominated for PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year Award 

23 Apr

England Under 19 international and Birmingham City LFC star Aoife Mannion has been shortlisted for the PFA Women's Young player of the Year Award, after being nominated by her fellow professionals.


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Business »

Conservatives vow to extend Birmingham enterprise zone to Curzon Street 

24 Apr

George Osborne has announced an expansion of the city centre enterprise zone to take in the regeneration area around Curzon HS2 Station...


HSBC reaffirms Birmingham move as speculation grows over Midland bank return 

24 Apr

The banking giant has intimated it is considering moving its global headquarters from London - but its UK personal and business banking arm is still coming to Birmingham...


Double celebration for bridal business at Birmingham Chamber awards 

24 Apr

Isaac Charles Bridal House leads the way with two awards at last night's annual ceremony which recognised the top performers among chamber's membership...


LEP boss calls on combined West Midlands authority to seal devolution deal 

23 Apr

THE chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership has called on a combined authority in the West Midlands to work with the areas LEPs to seal a devolution deal wi...


Gallery: Resorts World Birmingham scheme starts to take shape 

23 Apr

Construction work is gathering pace as the Genting UK development draws nearer to opening this summer and the Post gained exclusive access...


Birmingham set to stage global law conference 

23 Apr

BIRMINGHAM is set to host the biggest-ever gathering of global law firms next month, as a Brussels-based legal network plans to bring its members to the UK for their annual spring conference.


DWF to merge with niche London practice 

23 Apr

LAW firm DWF, which has a large Birmingham operation, has signed terms to merge with niche legal practice Watmores.


Double celebration for bridal business at Chamber awards 

23 Apr

A WEDDING dress shop in Birmingham is well on its way to achieving a half-million pound turnover by 2017 after being launched just over 12 months ago.


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Business columns »

SHAKESPEARE TAKES FLIGHT 

25 Apr

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BELL – A SCRUFF FOR ALL SEASONS 

24 Apr

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Aston company honoured at industry Oscars 

23 Apr

Building services firm are UK’s top contractors.


Learning technology company increases in size 

22 Apr

Interactive training by Innovation Birmingham Campus-based e-learning company rolled out across 42 countries.


BIRMINGHAM’S FAILURE 

21 Apr

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Events »

Slide the City set for Birmingham this summer 

25 Apr

Wacky water slide craze featuring 300 metre giant attraction taking bookings for city...


Best tattoo studios in Birmingham – King of Ink gives his verdict 

25 Apr

We got Birmingham’s own King of Ink Land, Britain’s most tattooed man, to give his verdict on studios in the city...


Best tattoo studios in Birmingham – King of Ink gives his verdict 

25 Apr

We got Birmingham’s own King of Ink Land, Britain’s most tattooed man, to give his verdict on studios in the city...


Review: 5 Soldiers 

25 Apr

RICHARD LUTZ watches bootcamp training and squaddies under fire in a remarkable night of dance  Birmingham choreographer Rosie Kay has taken a quintet of young dancers, sent them to a military training camp, had them visit a war rehab unit and then ...


Dustin Kensrue – Carry The Fire 

24 Apr

When Thrice announced that they would going on an  ‘ indefinite hiatus’ over three years ago, Front-man Dustin Kensrue’s  decision to go into the church came as little surprise to the majority of fans.


Propaganda – A Level Results UV Party 

24 Apr

Propaganda - A Level Results UV Party - O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 13, Aug 15...


Review: Rajdoot restaurant in Jewellery Quarter 

24 Apr

This long established Indian restaurant has its fans but Paul Fulford was not so impressed...


Castle Bromwich Holistic & Spiritual Event , 26 Apr 2015 

24 Apr

26 Apr 2015 - Community at Arden Hall (suitable for under 18s) Come along for a day of relaxation and inspiration.


Birmingham girlfriend of Geordie Shore’s Gaz Beadle to launch debut clothing collection 

24 Apr

The 23-year-old from Edgbaston is about to launch her debut luxury collection Lily-Beau London...


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Music blogs »

Dustin Kensrue – Carry The Fire 

24 Apr

When Thrice announced that they would going on an  ‘ indefinite hiatus’ over three years ago, Front-man Dustin Kensrue’s  decision to go into the church came as little surprise to the majority of fans.


Clinton for President 

24 Apr

The mastermind behind Funkadelic and Parliament gave one of his very best performances in Birmingham, shouts Martin Longley.


New York Observer interview with Liturgy’s Hunter Hunt-Hendrix 

23 Apr

The New York based Observer magazine has published a very entertaining interview with Liturgy’s Hunter Hunt-Hendrix.


Some-swing good is going to happen… 

23 Apr

After selling out its first two years Swingamajig is back and bigger than ever with no less than six (or ‘alf a dozen in old money) stages in and around the Custard Factory.


Holly Herndon: ‘curious people gravitate towards newness that they can learn from’ 

22 Apr

I’ve been very lucky to have been invited to play music around the world.


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999 »

Covert Crisis Pathways 

22 Apr

‘Policing and mental health’ as a subject cuts right across all of policing.


Soup? 

22 Apr

In the last few weeks the Chief has been running a series of road shows on the WMP2020 blueprint.


WATCH: Seven arrested in Sandwell crime blitz raids 

21 Apr

WATCH: Seven arrested in Sandwell crime blitz raids Seven people have been arrested in a series of co-ordinated dawn raids across Birmingham and the Black Country in a blitz on criminals in Sandwell.


Legal Literacy 

21 Apr

You may or may not remember that a couple of years ago, I somewhat vented my spleen in a post which contained a list of all the legal myths and nonsense that we tend to hear at the interface of the policing and mental health.


Heron Foods robbery appeal 

20 Apr

Heron Foods robbery appeal We're looking for a robber, in a distinctive jumper, who lay in wait for a shop assistant at a Weoley Castle food store on 5 March before emptying the shop's safe.


NEW [’64] – Fiat Ducato Emergency Ambulance 4269 responding | West Midlands Ambulance Service 

17 Apr

NEW ['64] - Fiat Ducato Emergency Ambulance 4269 responding | West Midlands Ambulance Service NEW ['64 plate] West Midlands Ambulance Service Fiat Ducato Emergency Ambulance 4269 [DX64 AOH] responding in Birmingham, UK Recorded: April...


Unfit to Plead 

16 Apr

I’m going to try really hard not to discuss the case of Lord JANNER after today’s annoucement by the Crown Prosecution Service that he will not be prosecuted for a litany of sex offences – mainly because I know no more about...


West Midlands Ambulance Service // RRV + Emergency Ambulance Responding 

16 Apr

West Midlands Ambulance Service // RRV + Emergency Ambulance Responding Skoda Octavia, Rapid Response Vehicle and a Brand New '15 plate Fiat Ducato, Emergency Ambulance, responding on Bristol Street in Birmingham.


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LocalGov »

Deep potholes, 25th April 

25 Apr

Several really deep potholes Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 8 Shenstone Road, Winson Green Report on FixMyStreet...


Flytipping Iron Lane, 25th April 

25 Apr

Large amount of bags and about three mattresses and other debris dumped on Iron Lane next to Flaxley Snooker Hall Iron Lane Stechford Birmingham B33 9AU.


Loads of rubbish, 25th April 

25 Apr

Loads of rubbish here Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 227 Highgate Road, Sparkbrook Report on FixMyStreet...


Birmingham City Council 2014 IRO service review, CAFCASS management, exit plan and costs 

24 Apr

Follow up sent to Birmingham City Council by Independent For Children on 24 April 2015 .


Please provide a copy of “Final Audit Report:CY20001353R01. (V2) Adderley Pimary School Alleged Falsification of Documents” 

24 Apr

Response by Birmingham City Council to pauline geoghegan on 24 April 2015 .


Pothole as you turn out of Horse Shoes Lane, 24th April 

24 Apr

Pothole as you turn out of Horse Shoe's Lane and onto the A45.


Sign-up for election updates on WhatsApp 

24 Apr

With election day fast approaching, we want to make it as easy as possible for people to receive news and results.


Vaisakhi open air celebrations in Handsworth Park 

24 Apr

Handsworth Park will once again play host to the largest outdoor Vaisakhi celebrations in Europe on Sunday (April 26).


Take the healthy option at Vaisakhi Mela 

24 Apr

As thousands of people head to Handsworth Park on Sunday for Birmingham’s Vaisakhi Mela, Birmingham Public Health’s Lead Public Health Nurse, Elaine George, urges visitors to make the most of a potentially life-saving opportunity .


Baby Lemurs born at Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park 

24 Apr

Ring-tailed Lemurs at Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park There have been more new arrivals at Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park (formerly the Nature Centre) this week with the birth of four Ring-tailed Lemurs – two on Monday...


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Social media »

Does Your Business Need An SEO Company 

25 Apr

One of the leading SEO companies in the UK based Birmingham explains more about SEO than any other company has ever let on.


Audio copyright: Audioboom vs Soundcloud (Audioboom wins) 

24 Apr

Earlier this week Nieman Labs reported on audio hosting service SoundCloud ‘s ‘guilty until proven innocent’ approach to content containing copyrighted material: “If your content contains any copyrighted material to which you...


The Comedy Club Lincoln 

23 Apr

The Comedy Club Lincoln at Home Nightclub on Friday 29th May.


dear residents, please remember we are all humans…. 

23 Apr

Social media can be great.


Is this the new swingometer? Network analysis given the broadcast journalism treatment (VIDEO) 

22 Apr

The BBC current affairs programme Newsnight delved into network analysis this week.


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