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Staffordshire rotary club behind Birmingham flashmob spectacle 

18 Apr

An unexpected group from Staffordshire was behind a flashmob of dancers who took over a city centre square to the delight of passers-by.


Easyjet flight forced to land at Birmingham after passenger falls ill 

18 Apr

The Easyjet flight was due to fly from Aberdeen to London but it was forced to stop at Brum at around 10am today because of the stricken passenger...


School fraud police bail four women 

18 Apr

Four women arrested in connection with a fraud investigation at a Birmingham school are released on bail.


Four arrested in fraud investigation at Birmingham school bailed 

18 Apr

The quartet – all aged in their 40s – were arrested at around 7am yesterday from separate addresses in Birmingham and Solihull and were questioned before being bailed...


Watch: Boyfriend so nervous he drops ring in river during proposal so has to wade in to find it 

18 Apr

When Sharif Uddin from Moseley popped the question he dropped the £1,500 ring, which he’d designed himself, into the murky waters below...


Ticket details: Joshua Ribera memorial football match at St Andrew’s 

18 Apr

The 18-year-old rising star, from Northfield - known as Depzman - was stabbed in a jealous rage outside TC’s nightclub in Selly Oak in September last year...


Locke reviews: RJ Ellory and Nigel Martin Davey and Jasper Carrott on the new Tom Hardy film 

18 Apr

Here's their review of the motorway thriller directed by Birmingham born Steven Knight and starring Tom Hardy...


King Edward VI grammar schools open doors to more of Birmingham’s poorer kids 

18 Apr

City schools plan historic changes to receive more entries from children from disadvantaged backgrounds...


Motorists who kill by dangerous driving must be given longer jail terms – a Birmingham mum’s campaign 

18 Apr

Two years ago this summer Avril Child's daughter Sarah was killed by a speeding car.


Live: Birmingham and West Midlands breaking news, weather, traffic and sport 

18 Apr

Bringing you Friday's live news, sport, traffic and weather from around Birmingham and the West Midlands as it happens...


Solihull stands in the way of West Midlands combined authority 

18 Apr

Talks are taking place over the region’s authorities uniting under one banner, which could unlock a £20 billion pot were Labour to take power next year...


‘Winter of discontent’ threat over London Midland cuts 

18 Apr

The RMT union threw down the gauntlet with a pledge it would accept no compulsory redundancies – and revealed it would ballot for action if no compromise could be reached...


‘Summer of discontent’ threat over London Midland cuts 

18 Apr

The RMT union threw down the gauntlet with a pledge it would accept no compulsory redundancies – and revealed it would ballot for action if no compromise could be reached...


Putting our literary luminaries on map 

18 Apr

The region is bursting with creativity and Writing West Midlands has produced a literary map to show it.


Spooks film to be shot in Brum – with a car chase in Colmore Row 

17 Apr

Camera crews working on Spooks: The Greater Good will hit city locations between May 4 and 6.


Digby Jones: Why The New Troubleshooter makes me go gooey 

17 Apr

Lord Jones explains how The New Troubleshooter came about, and how he came to pick up the baton from his ‘hero’ Sir John Harvey-Jones, who presented the first series in 1990...


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Comment »

The Politics of Easter 

18 Apr

By Robert Brenchley Three out of four Gospels tell very much the same Easter story.


Lord Digby Jones of Birmingham presenting hypocritical BBC business troubleshooter programme tonight 

17 Apr

Lord Digby Jones: Photo from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


More news on safeguarding and ‘Trojan Horse’ 

17 Apr

Colleagues An update on two of the big issues of the moment.


Through the looking glass 

17 Apr

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense...


Get rid of Champions League and financial fair play has chance 

17 Apr

Irrespective of how protracted the appeal process might prove, however, it looks as though UEFA is finally addressing a burgeoning problem first highlighted in this column in May 2008.


Birmingham thanks its lucky stars as Barlow pops in for a quick bite 

17 Apr

Lasan, the jewel in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter - its exceptional reputation attracted the patronage of Gary, after he performed to fans at the LG Arena.


How war brought out the best in Birmingham 

17 Apr

Adolph Scott did indeed possess a whole filing-cabinet full of papers concerning British Army regiments.


More pain means little gain for Labour as cuts temper election hopes 

17 Apr

When Labour took control of Birmingham City Council after very successful local elections in 2011 and 2012, many assumed they were set comfortably for the long haul.


An Easter message for politicians 

17 Apr

Part of my work involves visiting the business shows at the NEC, which gives me an insight into other business owners’ thoughts.


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City-centre news »

Eastside City Park 

18 Apr

When: Monday 5th May 2014, 12:00 onwards Where: Eastside City Park Monday 5th May may be a Bank Holiday, but it will also be the start of the summer season of events at Eastside City Park! To help kick start the Birmingham Made Me fair at Millennium ...


College Campus Constructs Bright Futures 

17 Apr

Birmingham Metropolitan College’s Stourbridge Campus is all set to construct a bright future for local students as its £5million investment in refurbishing facilities gets underway.


Golf Coaching Drives Home Success 

17 Apr

Birmingham Metropolitan College Golf Academy students studying for Sport qualifications have benefited from an intensive two day coaching course which has helped drive home success for students.


Art and Design Students Go ‘Dutch’ 

17 Apr

Birmingham Metropolitan College students based at the Art Design Campus in Brierley Hill went Dutch for a week when they visited Amsterdam on a residential study trip recently.


Bugs and botanics 

16 Apr

Local school students were invited to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens to improve their plant knowledge, study pond life and build some creature comforts during an event hosted by Birmingham Metropolitan College.


HR administrator, Cameron named shining example of apprenticeship excellence 

16 Apr

A hospitality industry apprentice whose roles include HR administration, recruitment and customer service has been named STAR Apprentice of the Year by Birmingham Metropolitan College Cameron Crawford, who works for an affiliate of Interstate Hotels ...


The British Streetfood Awards in Digbeth 

16 Apr

When: Friday 2nd May 2014, 17:00-00:00 Where: Rainbow Arena, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG Digbeth Dining Club (DDC) is hosting the regional heats of the Street Food Awards 2014 and you are all invited! For one night only, DDC is moving over ...


Drop-in Session 6pm Wednesday 16 April 

15 Apr

Drop in for a chat...


500 violent crimes in a year outside Birmingham lapdancing clubs 

15 Apr

Police recorded 90 cases of actual bodily harm within 50m of the nine lapdance clubs in the city between March 1, 2013 and February 28 this year...


Professional Services Academy Launched in Black Country and Wyre Forest 

15 Apr

Birmingham Metropolitan College has launched a new Professional Services Academy in the Black Country and Wyre Forest region for young people studying qualifications in Law, Finance, Accounting and Business Studies.


Job Vacancy: Hourly Paid Laboratory Technician in Science 

15 Apr

Job Brief : Laboratory Technician (Temporary) Salary: TBC Closing Date: Thu, 08/05/2014 - 23:59 Introduction: The post holder will provide a service to the Science laboratories, across all campuses including Sutton and MB campus as required.


Sights and Sounds of Recusant England 

14 Apr

The Archdiocese of Birmingham is fortunate in having a rich tradition of Catholic history, reflected in the number of Recusant houses  where our predecessors bore witness to their faith, sometimes at the cost of their lives.


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Aston Villa »

American Investors Target £250million Take Over 

18 Apr

Rumours are spreading fast that Randy Lerner will most likely sell Aston Villa at the end of the season and has already lined up two American investors.


From Decent To Farce 

18 Apr

Unless things turn around as quickly as they fell apart after the Chelsea win Paul Lambert is out on his feet.


Aston Villa set for £200m US takeover – if they stay up 

17 Apr

Exclusive: American billionaires plan huge investment in players but talks on hold until top-flight status is secure...


Paul Lambert admits he won’t survive a third Aston Villa season of struggle 

17 Apr

Manager accepts his first two years at Villa Park have been a disappointment and he needs to show progress...


Time To Call For The Pulis? 

17 Apr

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Deeney In, Helenius Out? 

17 Apr

Deeney In, Helenius Out? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:17/04/2014 20:16:00 Seems the press are already gearing up for the end of season summer madness when it comes to transfer rumours, as we already have a few.


Lambert keen to keep focus on pitch 

17 Apr

An ongoing internal investigation means Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is unable to shed further light on the suspension of Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa, though the Scot confirmed he has no intention of leaving the club himselfVilla announced...


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Birmingham City FC »

We have to stop ‘fighting fires’ says Blues boss Lee Clark 

18 Apr

"We don’t want to have this great club, with brilliant support, going down another level," he added.


N Forest v Birmingham preview 

18 Apr

Danny Collins and Jamie Paterson come back into the reckoning for Nottingham Forest as they prepare to host Birmingham.


Watch Demarai Gray finish off a stunning goal for Blues U21s 

18 Apr

The youngster rounds off a delightful passage of play in fine style...


I never thought my career would be so good, says Trevor Francis 

18 Apr

The Blues legend reveals all in an exclusive interview with Colin Tattum...


Birmingham The Subject of Takeover Bids 

18 Apr

Birmingham The Subject of Takeover Bids Vitalfootball:Birmingham:18/04/2014 09:51:00 Blues subject to potentially four bidders; is one dead in the water...


The Lisbon Dance: Blues Ladies v Tyresö FF Preview 

18 Apr

Tomorrow sees Birmingham City Ladies take on Tyresö FF of the Damallsvenskan in the UEFA Women's Champions League semi final.


Parker says Birmingham ready 

18 Apr

Birmingham City Ladies manager David Parker admits his side have a "mountain to climb" if they are to overcome Tyreso FF when the sides meet in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final this weekend.


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Sport »

Trott to take break from cricket 

18 Apr

England batsman Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from cricket because of a recurrence of his anxiety issues.


Lerner speaks 

16 Apr

“Our manager has been faced with some unexpected issues that could have very easily set the club back.


AUDIO: Joyce speaks of Sussex motivation 

16 Apr

Sussex captain Ed Joyce tells BBC Sussex that the squad were determined to beat Warwickshire in their County Championship match at Edgbaston.


Div One: Joyce inspires Sussex 

16 Apr

A brilliant unbeaten 151 from Ed Joyce steered Sussex to a seven-wicket victory over Warwickshire early on day four at Edgbaston.


Joyce leads Sussex to win at Edgbaston 

16 Apr

Ed Joyce's 151 not out, his second century in the match, helps Sussex to a seven-wicket victory over Warwickshire at Edgbaston.


Play offs coming 

16 Apr

We hit the play off spot again but have to wait for other results...


Sutton Coldfield RFC 1st XV – Match report – 5th April 2014 

16 Apr

Bedford Athletic 16 pts v Sutton Coldfield 0 pts National League 3 Midlands...


Live – Warwickshire v Sussex 

15 Apr

Live commentary and scorecard from day three of the County Championship Division One match at Edgbaston (11:00 BST).


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Business »

Peer-to-peer lending backs Iron Works gym owners 

17 Apr

Husband and wife team use lending model to help them takeover Birmingham gym...


The West Midlands is more entrepreneurial, Minister claims 

17 Apr

Minister for Skills and Enterprise Matthew Hancock's comments come in the Birmingham Post’s This Is GREAT Birmingham supplement, published today...


MG debuts electric vehicle concept to assess European demand 

17 Apr

BIRMINGHAM-based carmaker MG UK has developed a new electric vehicle concept to help determine European demand for such a car.


Severn Trent to re-submit business plan after watchdog demands more information on Birmingham supply plan 

17 Apr

MIDLAND utility Severn Trent Water is to resubmit its business plan to industry regulator Ofwat after the watchdog demanded to know more about its future supply plans for Birmingham.


Fresh hope for Blues fans as news emerges of takeover bids 

17 Apr

BIRMINGHAM City FC is considering up to four offers to buy the club, reports suggest.


Chamber chief urges Birmingham to become the ‘new Victorians’ 

17 Apr

Tim Pile says city should grip potential as business leaders recognised at annual awards...


Engineering college boost for skills shortage 

17 Apr

The University of Warwick is proposing a new college backed by Jaguar Land Rover, Aero Engine Controls and Arup, which have had difficulty recruiting staff with the right abilities...


Bournville lags behind rivals, Cadbury boss admits 

17 Apr

But the £75 million investment announced by American owners Mondelez International in January can pave the way for a ‘world-class’ future for the plant for another 100 years, says the man at the helm...


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Business columns »

Birmingham MP backs work experience route into jobs 

17 Apr

Erdington’s MP Jack Dromey saw for himself how Willmott Dixon Partnerships Opening Doors programme has been giving practical help to jobseekers in Birmingham.


Working a way through the holidays in China 

17 Apr

The date of the Chinese New Year does tend to totter about somewhat uncertainly between late January and mid-February.


Peugeot to go upmarket? No, not a belated April Fool’s Day joke 

17 Apr

I'm still trying to figure out how the Peugeot 308 won the car of the year title instead of the Nissan Qashqai, BMW i3 or Mercedes S class.


We’re in a NISA place now with our savings 

17 Apr

Mr Osborne's recent budget certainly ruffled a few feathers in the pensions' arena and he is also trying to stimulate tax-efficient investing by way of the New Individual Savings Account.


Important to be prepared for auto-enrol 

17 Apr

It is anticipated that 30,000 SMEs will be affected by auto-enrolment over the next four months...


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Events »

Gateway 2014 Conference 

18 Apr

Nasheeds Qasidahs by Al-Ni'mah Nasheed Group, presented by Jamia Al-Karam and Waag UK.


Action Bronson 

17 Apr

Action Bronson - O2 Academy 2 Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 16, May 14...


Toy Hearts Play H&H This Saturday 19th April 

17 Apr

The Toy Hearts return to the Hare Hounds to celebrate the release of their brand new Austin, TX recorded EP, ‘Flyin’ Too High’ this Saturday 19th April.


Tiger Cub 

16 Apr

Tiger Cub - O2 Academy 3 Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 21, Jun 14...


Review: A Passion for Birmingham by the Old Joint Stock Theatre Company 

16 Apr

Paul Marston reviews A Passion for Birmingham by the Old Joint Stock Theatre Company in Birmingham.


UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 

16 Apr

UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey - O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 19, Dec 14...


Popworld Bunny Weekender, 17 Apr 2014 – 20 Apr 2014 

16 Apr

17 Apr 2014 - 20 Apr 2014 - Club at Popworld...


Symmetry in Sculpture 

16 Apr

An exhibition of work by one of the UK's most exciting British Pakistani artists opens at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 24 May 2014.


Malbec World Day, 17 Apr 2014 

15 Apr

17 Apr 2014 - World Music at Fiesta Del Asado...


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Music blogs »

Goodnight Lenin / Dan Whitehouse @ Prince Of Wales, Thursday 17th April 2014 

18 Apr

At last, after a gestation period that makes the average Elephant birth seem a tad premature (apparently it takes around 2 years between getting jiggy and wetting the baby’s trunk...


Supersonic Festival adds second stage – extra tickets released 

18 Apr

Supersonic Festival has added a second stage and released a further 200 tickets after the event initially sold out within weeks of being announced.


Brum Notes Guide To Record Store Day 2014 

17 Apr

Now into its seventh year, Record Store Day is an international celebration of the physical format with independently-run record stores across the UK and America coming together to raise awareness and show appreciation for the physical side of music.


Juice Added To Jaws’ Birmingham Show 

17 Apr

Local four-piece Juice have been added to the Jaws show at The Institute in Digbeth on April 19.


Music Potential Can Change Your Life! 

17 Apr

Capital Xtra’s Music Potential in partnership with Barclaycard is back for 2014! We started this project in 2012, with the aim of helping young people learn the skills and knowledge to work and train in the creative industry.


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999 »

Fire safety on right note! 

18 Apr

Ugandan children’s choir ‘Destiny Africa’, who are currently touring the UK, entertained Sheldon firefighters as a special thank you for vital fire safety lessons.


Place of Safety Progress 

16 Apr

The Care Quality Commission have today released an interim update on the progress being made in Place of Safety (PoS) provision, shown in map format (see a snapshot, right).


Flavours of Street Triage 

16 Apr

New money is making further investment in street triage schemes possible in many areas of the country and we have seen new schemes emerging in the early part of this year.


Do you know these people? CCTV images released as assault investigation continues: Nuneaton-Birmingham 

11 Apr

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public’s help to identify three people they would like to speak to in connection with a racially-aggravated incident which took place on a train between Nuneaton and Birmingham New...


Do you know these people? CCTV images released as assault investigation continues: Nuneaton-Birmingham 

11 Apr

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public’s help to identify three people they would like to speak to in connection with a racially-aggravated incident which took place on a train between Nuneaton and Birmingham New...


Hoping to tri-umph! 

11 Apr

A West Midlands firefighter is in training for one of the world’s toughest endurance events - the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.


Review of Section 135 and 136 

10 Apr

I mentioned that the Government had recently announced a review of sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983.


1974 – Pub Bombings – Families meet Chief Constable Chris S 

7 Apr

1974 - Pub Bombings - Families meet Chief Constable Chris S Relatives of two of the 21 innocent people who died in the Birmingham city centre pub bombings have today (Monday 7 April) met with senior officers from West...


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LocalGov »

Pot Hole, 17th April 

17 Apr

Pot Hole in middle of road near No6 and Tesco's Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 10 The Fordrough, Northfield Report on FixMyStreet...


Contract Spend for social worker staff 

17 Apr

Response by Birmingham City Council to Fiona Russell on 17 April 2014.


Results of recent Risk Assessment at May Lane Allotments 

17 Apr

Response by Birmingham City Council to Jonathan Harris on 17 April 2014.


Capita Contracts 

17 Apr

Response by Birmingham City Council to Peter Parker on 17 April 2014.


Hole in Grassed area – North Summerfield Green, 17th April 

17 Apr

Following some work done recently on the bridge and old railway line under Northbrook Street, a large hole has been left on the Green.


Age Concern bids to provide services in Hawkesley 

17 Apr

Birmingham City Council is giving a Birmingham charity the opportunity to take over a popular community centre in Hawkesley, Kings Norton.


Chinese Rail Company correspondence relating to HS2 

17 Apr

Response by Birmingham City Council to Paul Thornton on 17 April 2014.


Patch Is Falling Out, 17th April 

17 Apr

The incompetently carried out recent repair is falling out, creating a new pothole.


Media Watch – April 17 

17 Apr

Top Birmingham City Council Stories Expressway at risk of collapse, says report (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP claims £26million of work is needed on the Aston Expressway to avoid a situation similar...


Fostering Agency Stats 

17 Apr

Response by Birmingham City Council to Nicola Ryder on 17 April 2014.


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Social media »

£1,000 performance commission: Narrativium 

16 Apr

Would you like a cool grand to create a new piece of artwork? Plus three days of one-to-one mentoring from a team of professionals led by mac birmingham’s Next Generation Producer? Then this is the brief for you.


21st Century public service – is it a thing? 

16 Apr

Our work is often about helping public services relate to people in simpler ways.


ELECT SOCIAL: your handy cut-and-paste social media purdah guidelines 

16 Apr

There’s this funny period in the run-up to an election which sees local government comms team change behaviour.


budget infographics: making the figures make sense 

16 Apr

There is nothing like an infographic to make a big pile of numbers make sense.


happy foursquare day (and what the platform is) 

16 Apr

Foursquare is four.


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