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Storms cause flash flooding across Birmingham 

27 May

Homes have been flooded and cars were left under water in parts of the city after heavy rain.


Boy, 17, held over man’s murder in Sutton Coldfield 

26 May

Arthur "Bob" Gumbley died in hospital after being badly beaten during a violent burglary.


Birmingham Pride: Tens of thousands march in street celebration 

26 May

The two-day celebration brings huge crowds to the streets of the city centre.


One week until the award-winning Birmingham International Dance Festival returns. 

26 May

There is just one week to go until Birmingham International Dance Festival , produced by Birmingham-based DanceXchange, sets the city dancing from Victoria Square to venues such as the Birmingham Hippodrome and the Midlands Arts Centre – expect ...


Birmingham Pride: My parents don’t know I’m drag artist 

26 May

James Bartholomew reveals the difficulties he's faced as a black man in the drag industry.


May National Express West Midlands tempt you in taking a half-term trip with them to one of these top children’s events? 

25 May

May half-term is upon us! And believe it or not, this is the last break before the big six weeks! No doubt, the kids will be getting excited for school (very nearly) being out for summer, so we suggest you take this opportunity to treat them to a ...


Birmingham youngsters met Dippy at museum 

25 May

Birmingham youngsters were blown away by their audience with a special dinosaur.


Aston Villa v Fulham: Championship play-off final 2018 

25 May

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship play-off final between Aston Villa and Fulham.


Mekel Sterling: Four jailed over drive-by shooting murder 

25 May

Mekel Sterling was gunned down outside shops in Hockley, Birmingham, last September.


Dippy the diplodocus rebuilt in Birmingham 

25 May

More than 90,000 people have already bought tickets to see Dippy at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.


Man in court over Kingstanding van driver crash death 

25 May

Andre Thomas has appeared before magistrates accused of the murder of Daniel Blount.


Taimoor Zaheer Handsworth murder case: Man charged 

25 May

Taimoor Zaheer, 22, was found dead with gunshot wounds in Handsworth, Birmingham, on Tuesday.


Kick-off with a luxury breakfast this weekend before you cheer on the Villa boys in the Championship Play-off Finals. 

25 May

Aston Villa and Fulham will be playing against each other in the hopes of gaining a spot in next season’s Premier League.


Aston Villa v Fulham: Championship play-off final ‘worth £160m’ to winners 

24 May

Aston Villa or Fulham, who meet in the Championship play-off final, will receive at least £160m in revenue after promotion.


Daniel Blount crash death: Man charged with murder 

24 May

Andre Thomas, 25, is accused of killing 31-year-old Daniel Blount in a fatal crash in Birmingham.


Malibu are releasing a new Mango flavoured spirit and we have the perfect recipe for amazing boozy ice lollies using this fruity tipple. 

24 May

Everyone’s favourite tropical drink, just got even more exotic.


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Why teachers are going on strike at Springfield Primary School 

27 May

NEU members believe that the proposed staffing restructure will have a negative impact on the educational provision for children at Springfield Primary School in Moseley.


Whither West Midlands 

24 May

If the answer was Brexit, then surely, we were asking the wrong question.


Mayor launches Faith Action Plan 

23 May

Faiths unite to help Mayor tackle key issues.


The award-winning Warehouse Cafe in Digbeth has moved downstairs and is open again 

23 May

Birmingham Friends of the Earth’s building, The Warehouse, enters the final stage of its refurbishment project.


Save Our Nurseries campaign lobbies the Council and calls on Labour councillors to use the extra £95m reserves to fund services 

23 May

The Birmingham Mail report of the protest, with videos of speakers, can be seen here – https://www.


The Conservatives’ Brexit Divide 

22 May

Extending the timescale for Brexit could work to the Conservatives’ electoral advantage suggests Steve Beauchampé.


Building a National Education Service – what are Labour’s plans and how can we contribute? SEA Public Meeting Wednesday 20 June 7.30 Council House 

21 May

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The Council’s reserves increased by £95m last year. We say use the extra money to fund vital services! 

19 May

The Save Our Nurseries campaign says the Council should find the extra money to top up the budgets of the 14 Council-run day nurseries.


Housing 31: reform taxation, build community housing, use surplus public land 

18 May

Will Cllr Ward, lauded for recent political manoeuvring , continue John Clancy’s good housing initiatives? A Bournville reader has drawn attention to a Guardian article which says falling house prices are not disastrous, ever-rising house prices ...


Council: Ward breaks new boundaries 

17 May

Ian Ward may have been the leader of Birmingham city council for little more than six months, but he’s already achieved two things of significance that eluded his immediate predecessor...


Never mind who you voted for, where did you do it? 

14 May

They’ve become a standard feature of the election season – complaints about the complete or partial closure of schools selected as polling stations.


Yeezy vs. the People 

13 May

Comment Writer Kieren Williams argues that Kanye West's recent Twitter outburst has negative repercussions for the black community The post Yeezy vs.


Theresa May Must Answer to the Windrush Generation 

13 May

Immediate action needs to be taken to punish those responsible for creating a 'hostile environment' for the Windrush Generation, argues Comment Writer Kieren Williams The post Theresa May Must Answer to the Windrush Generation appeared first on ...


Join Local Futures at Earth, Culture, Economy 

11 May

25th-29th June | Schumacher College, Totnes, UK What would the world look like if humans lived harmoniously with nature rather than creating environmental mayhem? What strategies can be employed to overcome the entrenched power of big business, big ...


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10 things people with mental illness want you to know 

28 May

Birmingham Eastside spoke to three people with mental illness — here’s what they wish others knew.


Birmingham Pride Parade 2018 Photos 

27 May

This is now surely the most joyous of festivals to hit the Birmingham folk during the year.


This man was riding his bike next to a canal when he saw a sheep drowning. Then he jumped in… 

25 May

Kane O’Connor was on a bike ride with friends when he noticed a sheep in the water struggling to stay afloat.


Birmingham comedian Lovdev Barpaga: from carer to UK pun champion 

25 May

In a special immersive feature Mathilda Warder spoke to Birmingham comedian Lovdev Barpaga about his journey from carer to stand-up comedian, what is needed in Birmingham’s growing comedy scene — and meeting his wife in a Pizza Hut.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS 

24 May

New EU GDPR* privacy laws come into force this Friday 25 May which mean we will have to remove your personal details from our database.


Travel Information: PRIDE 

23 May

We would like to advise customers of some road closures taking place over the PRIDE weekend...


Project Ocean Selfridges 2018 

21 May

The world’s first edible water ‘bottle’ comes to Selfridges Birmingham...


Local candle business Hamptons Candles featured in the Royal Wedding Collection 

21 May

Candle-making company Hampton Candles are being featured in the Royal Wedding collection in the lead-up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding this Saturday.


World Cup Flavours 

15 May

Whether you’re a footie fan or more of a foodie fan, we’ve got another reason to embrace the season, with food from many of the competing countries.


#SunAwarenessWeek: 7 ways to protect yourself in the sun 

14 May

Today marks the start of #SunAwarenessWeek and as the UK enjoys another heatwave, we asked Public Health England for their top tips on how to stay safe in the sun.


In their shoes: ME Awareness Week highlights seriousness of the condition 

14 May

Local charities and support groups congregated as part of the #MillionsMissing movement for ME Awareness.


#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek infographic: Suicide in Birmingham – what you need to know 

14 May

Today marks the start of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek across the UK.


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Aston Villa »

Third time lucky 

27 May

Dave Woodhall on Villa’s Championship play-off final defeat to Fulham.


Let’s Not Forget That Defeat Can Be Turned Into Something Better 

27 May

Perhaps it's all a blessing in disguise.


Championship Play-off Final: Aston Villa vs. Fulham 

26 May

Here we are, moment of truth, more than simple silverware on the line.


Save the date 

24 May

Villa are off to Wembley and Dave Woodhall is getting a bit excited at the prospect.


Villa Are in a Final, and Wasn’t it Fun? 

24 May

I’ve been putting this off, largely because I haven’t wanted to think about the play-off final.


‘Jam packed 

18 May

Stephen Pennell falls even deeper under the spell of AffieJam.


On the march with… 

15 May

A 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough means Villa are off to Wembley, as Dave Woodhall watches.


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Birmingham City FC »

Supporters Forum 

26 May

I attended the Supporters Forum on Thursday.


BCFC Quarterly Supporters Forum 24 May 

24 May

Russ represented J&S at the supporters forum today.


White gets player of the year nomination 

21 May

Blues Ladies and England forward Ellen White has been nominated for England’s Player of the Year award.


Prices frozen, Students axed 

21 May

Blues have released details for 2018/19 season tickets with the headline news being a price freeze for the 6th year.


Jlloyd Samuel 

15 May

I heard this afternoon that Jlloyd Samuel has died aged 37.


The top club in England is… 

15 May

Which is the top club in the land? Which teams are punching above their weight and which historic powerhouses languish in the lower divisions? The Ultimate League for 2017/18 has arrived...


Most improved club in England is… 

14 May

We have ranked every club for league improvement in England's top four tiers - so where does your club sit...


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Sport »

Met Office issues further flood alerts on Bank Holiday Monday 

28 May

People are warned to be vigilant in areas around Birmingham, Coleshill, Tamworth and Redditch...


Sam Johnstone’s emotional goodbye to Aston Villa ahead of Manchester United return 

28 May

The goalkeeper had this heart-warming message for the Villa fans...


Road closures across Birmingham, Walsall and Wolverhampton due to flooding 

28 May

Motorists warned to take care as roads affected in Birmingham, Walsall and Wolverhampton...


The gut-wrenching decision Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is now faced with 

28 May

The AVFC star is absolutely broken by defeat to Fulham in the play-off final...


Dramatic photos show the severe flooding in Birmingham 

28 May

Shocking scenes in Harborne, Kings Heath, Quinton, Stirchley, Sutton Coldfield, Wolverhampton and beyond...


The signs that show John Terry’s Aston Villa career is now over 

28 May

It's understood that the 37-year-old has played his last game in claret and blue...


Steve Bruce provides latest update on John Terry’s Aston Villa future 

28 May

The centre-back joined Villa on a one-year deal from Chelsea last year...


Alarming rate of single men desperately turning to city foodbanks 

28 May

Men give us their honest account about using a foodbank in Birmingham...


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    13 May

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    21 May

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    21 May

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    21 May

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    25 May

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    23 May

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    23 May

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    Create A Crown Workshop, 29 May 2018 

    23 May

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    Everything Eyes Masterclass 

    22 May

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    Music blogs »

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    40 Wards 10 Districts 10 Composers 40 Community Groups 10 public performances...


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    26 May

    Headliner Father John Misty knows how to make a cool entrance.


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    26 May

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    26 May

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    25 May

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    Unashamedly Ambitious Plans for West Midlands Police 

    24 May

    I’ve never been keen on the word Ambition, always associating it with striving to succeed at all costs.


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    20 May

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    Interim Report: MHA Review 

    7 May

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    Pedestrian crossing. It working, 28th May 

    28 May

    No lights on at the pedestrian crossing are working Report on FixMyStreet...


    Big pothole, 3 inches deep, 28th May 

    28 May

    This pothole has caused internal damage to my car, damaging my tyre, suspension and shock absorber also causing my tyre to puncture.


    Multiple unavoidable potholes, 27th May 

    27 May

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    Street lamp out, 27th May 

    27 May

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    Blocked street drain, 27th May 

    27 May

    Blocked drain.


    Flooding, 27th May 

    27 May

    End of Gibbins Rd.


    Amey barrier, 27th May 

    27 May

    Several sections of amey barrier no requirement as its not guarding anything Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 65 Lordswood Road, Harborne Report on FixMyStreet...


    Chapter 8 barrier, 27th May 

    27 May

    Barrier guarding nothing not part of nearby works Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 4 Bournbrook Road, Selly Oak Report on FixMyStreet...


    Cctv not working, 27th May 

    27 May

    Broken cctv Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 2 Balsall Heath Road, Balsall Heath Report on FixMyStreet...


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    27 May

    Bags of old food and nappies tipped and burst just behind fence .


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