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CEO of NEC group apologises for ticketing issue at Bruno Mars concert. 

25 Apr

NEC Group CEO Paul Thandi has this afternoon (25/04) apologised after a number of people were affected by ticketing issues at the Bruno Mars concert in the Barclaycard Arena last night (24/04).


Paul Robinson: Birmingham City club captain on FA violent conduct charge 

25 Apr

Birmingham City captain Paul Robinson is charged with alleged violent conduct in Sunday's Second City derby defeat at Aston Villa.


Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko fight will be showing on the biggest screen in Birmingham. 

25 Apr

Shooters, which opened on Broad Street late last year, will be showing the Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko fight on their enormous 5M LED screen – the biggest TV of any bar in the city and beyond – on Saturday 29th April.


Pregnant woman from Birmingham on terror knife charge 

25 Apr

Madihah Taheer, who is 36 weeks pregnant, is accused of helping her spouse buy a knife for an attack.


Man “consumed by jealousy” jailed for attempted murder in Sandwell. 

25 Apr

A jealous ex, who stabbed a man several times at a railway station in Sandwell after mistakenly thinking he was his former girlfriend’s new partner, has been jailed for 19 years.


Rag’n’Bone Man, O2 Academy, Birmingham – review and pictures 

25 Apr

He’s the proud owner of two 2017 Brit Awards - and vocal powerhouse Rag’n’Bone Man proved exactly why at Birmingham’s O2 Academy last night.


Bruno Mars, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham – review 

25 Apr

If you picture a Bruno Mars live show, chances are you will envisage a production with all the glitzy trimmings – bright lights, excessive levels of swagger and slick footwork.


Bruno Mars fans in ticket chaos at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena 

25 Apr

Bruno Mars fans said they missed part of his show at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena last night because of problems with tickets.


Screening and whisky tasting at Birmingham cinema 

25 Apr

There will be tasting of three whiskies at a special preview of the remake of a classic movie in Birmingham.


Deliveroo expands to Bournville and Stirchley so you can get the food you love, delivered to your door. 

24 Apr

As of today (24/04), Residents in Bournville and Stirchley will be pleased to hear they can now use   Deliveroo  to get their favourite restaurant meals delivered to their door.


Warwickshire v Surrey: Ian Bell misses out on century but helps Bears to draw 

24 Apr

Warwickshire captain Ian Bell misses out on a century but the Bears show fight to draw with Surrey at Edgbaston.


Actor Chris Evans to read superhero bedtime story on CBeebies 

24 Apr

Chris Evans, star of Gifted and Captain America, has been revealed as the latest in the stellar-line up of CBeebies Bedtime Story readers.


Birmingham City University appoints Professor Philip Plowden as new Vice-Chancellor 

24 Apr

Birmingham City University has appointed Professor Philip Plowden as Vice-Chancellor to take the institution into the next phase of its development.


Woman arrested in Birmingham over ‘terrorism’ offences 

24 Apr

The arrest is part of an on-going investigation, police say.


WIN: Tickets to Michael Jackson tribute show King Of Pop in Birmingham 

24 Apr

Hollywood Star of new Michael Jackson movie Navi is set to bring his tribute show to the UK for the first time and featuring Jackson’s own guitarist.


Detectives issue urgent appeal after a man dies in Walsall collision. 

24 Apr

Did you see this car in Walsall on Wednesday 19 April? Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the Regional Collision Investigation Unit, has released an image of a Mercedes car that was involved in a collision in Walsall where a man lost his life, in a...


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Comment »

It’s DIY time – so beware of doorstep sales and deals 

25 Apr

Jacqui Kennedy – Acting Strategic Director for Place Jacqui Kennedy, Corporate Director of Place, urges people to be vigilant as rogue traders could be knocking on your door as the bank holidays – and DIY season – approaches.


COMMENT: Does the European ruling on religious clothing suggest a move towards a more Islamophobic stance? – Birmingham Perspective 

25 Apr

This was a piece I wrote a few weeks ago but for some reason ‘disappeared’ off the website ! Anyway, it’s back now and ready for sharing.


General Election 2017: Redbrick Reacts 

25 Apr

The announcement of the 2017 General Election came as a shock to many - here are the reactions of our writers The post General Election 2017: Redbrick Reacts appeared first on Redbrick .


General Election Week One: Where are the Tories? 

25 Apr

Steve Beauchampé reviews the campaign’s opening week.


Reducing air pollution and easing congestion in Solihull 

24 Apr

Employees at Blythe Valley Park in Solihull can now use a free shuttle bus from Solihull and Birmingham International to and around this business park.


West Midlands New Economics Group meeting 27th April 

24 Apr

WMNEG MEETING Thursday 27 April, 5-7 pm Open meeting: FOE Warehouse, 54 Allison St, B5 5 TH Reflections on the well-attended seminar organised by the Planet Centred Forum : ‘Values for the Future’.


JOURNAL ARTICLE: Proscribing National Action: Considering the Impact of Banning the British Far-Right Group – Political Quarterly 

24 Apr

I’ve recently had a new journal article published in Political Quarterly.


Market stall-holders’ dispute with the city council 

23 Apr

As the council has been planning the development of the wholesale markets and Birmingham Smithfield, it is alleged that the indoor, outdoor and rag markets are no longer properly promoted, local roads have been closed, buses have been re-routed with ...


Mayoral Election hustings in Kings Heath 

23 Apr

Tuesday 25th April – 7.30PM | Kings Heath Baptist Church, Alcester Rd (Opposite ASDA) Polling day will soon be here.


Comment: Birmingham Isn’t The ‘Hotbed’ Of Islamist Extremism It Was Claimed To Be – El Estudiante 

22 Apr

To mark the one month anniversary of the Westminster attacks, I reflect on some of the claims made about Birmingham not least that it’s the ‘jihadi capital’.


JOURNAL ARTICLE: Controversy: Is Prevent Harming Universities? – Political Insight 

22 Apr

Click here to link to my recently published journal article in Political Insight.


Chechnya Concentration Camps: An Abhorrent Violation of Human Rights 

22 Apr

Comment writer Sahar Jamfar argues that the abhorrent treatment of the LGBT community in Chechnya camps must not be ignored.


Banned Aid 

22 Apr

It is difficult to decide what is the more entertaining aspect of an uncoiling election campaign; the hilarious posturing of repulsive and thoroughly nasty politicians braying their saintliness or the increasingly ridiculous and totally unachievable ...


General Election: Jeremy Corbyn seizes the opportunity to get his message across 

21 Apr

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn may never be Prime Minister but this is his chance to set out a left-wing vision for Britain.


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City-centre news »

Win a Smashbox must-have with PLUS 

24 Apr

Enter our PLUS competition to win a limited edition Smashbox palette.


Sufficient at A3 Project Space 

24 Apr

Exhibition opens: Friday 5 May, 18:00-20:00 Exhibition continues: Saturday 6 – 13 May, 12:00-17:00 Where: A3 Project Space and Studios, Unit A3, 2 Bowyer Street, Digbeth, B10 0SA Sufficient is an exhibition of photographs by Ming De Nasty, opening ...


Get your kids to wear what YOU want 

24 Apr

Here's how to get your child out of that princess costume or footie shirt and into some stylish and cute outfits...


Great Birmingham 10k 2017 

24 Apr

Great Birmingham 10k run will take place on Sunday 30th April and will include some road closures.


Live Music Round Up 

23 Apr

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


5 ways to wear ruffles 

21 Apr

Ruffles are BIG news this season...


Revealed: the best and worst student accommodation prices in Birmingham 

20 Apr

We looked into the weekly average fees for the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University and Aston University’s accommodation.


Upmarket at Bullring 

19 Apr

Introducing Up Market at Bullring from 4th May to 28th June 2017...


Immersive feature: Missing children and the Presumption of Death Act 

19 Apr

In a special immersive feature Megan Matthews explores a recent law designed to make it easier to determine that a missing family member is dead, and what this means for parents of missing children.


Here are the funniest reactions to Theresa May’s announcement of general election 

18 Apr

The Prime Minister announced today that the country will go through a general election in June, adding even more gas on the Brexit and overall ‘things are crazy and we are all doomed’ fire.


Archbishop Bernard Longley thanks women at Annual Men’s Mass 

18 Apr

  Archbishop Bernard Longley thanked women for their roles ‘in Christian leadership (in) schools and parishes, for the irreplaceable witness of Religious Sisters in the life of the Church’ and for women in our families, at the annual Easter Men...


WMNow – 2 Way Exchange Between Police & Community 

18 Apr

 Register now to become a recipient of messages of information, crime alerts and witness appeals local to you.


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Thug Paul Robinson Charged For Violent Conduct 

25 Apr

Thug Paul Robinson Charged For Violent Conduct Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/04/2017 13:23:00 If we did this, we'd be charged by the police, kicking and hitting out at someone.


Fans Do Villa Proud Despite Disappointing Season 

25 Apr

Fans Do Villa Proud Despite Disappointing Season Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/04/2017 12:22:00 By the time the curtain on the Championship campaign of 2016/17 comes down, almost 750,000 Aston Villa fans will have been in B6 for matches following...


Four Generations Of Villa Fans Attending From France 

25 Apr

Four Generations Of Villa Fans Attending From France Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/04/2017 10:08:00 DJFRRANCE attending the Villa v Blues with four generations including passing on this wonderful heritage to his grandson.


U23s – Blackburn 0 Aston Villa 0 

25 Apr

U23s - Blackburn 0 Aston Villa 0 Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/04/2017 08:42:00 Premier League 2 disappointment for Aston Villa following scoreless draw with Blackburn Rovers in our final fixture of the campaign.


The pits 

25 Apr

Andy Munro comments on Blues’ defeat at Villa Park and their future prospects.


Some Wins Are Bigger Than Others: Aston Villa 1-0 Small Heath 

24 Apr

A happy day at Villa Park, Sunday, as Villa, and Gabby yet again, put one over on Small Health Alliance, giving the supporters a measure of satisfaction and joy you can’t really get from any other single fixture.


A Barnsley Return & Chelsea Youngster Incoming? 

24 Apr

A Barnsley Return Chelsea Youngster Incoming? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/04/2017 15:30:00 It's been reported today that Steve Bruce will return to Oakwell for another deal over the summer and also that we have our eyes on prolific Chelsea...


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Birmingham City FC »

Robbo charged by FA 

25 Apr

Robbo charged by FA Vitalfootball:Birmingham:25/04/2017 14:07:00 Paul Robinson has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association...


Player of the Season – Part One 

25 Apr

Player of the Season - Part One Vitalfootball:Birmingham:25/04/2017 13:23:00 Last week, Vital Blues writers chose their goal of the season.


Paul Robinson: Birmingham City club captain on FA violent conduct charge 

25 Apr

Birmingham City captain Paul Robinson is charged with alleged violent conduct in Sunday's Second City derby defeat at Aston Villa.


Robinson faces FA charge 

25 Apr

Paul Robinson has been charged with alleged violent conduct, following an off-the-ball incident during Birmingham's trip to Aston Villa on Sunday.


Opinion: Five players who should leave Blues this summer 

25 Apr

Opinion: Five players who should leave Blues this summer Vitalfootball:Birmingham:25/04/2017 11:45:00 Matt Ivory discusses five players he thinks should leave St.


Champ play-offs state of play 

25 Apr

Five teams can still make the Championship play-offs as we approach the season finale.


Watch again-Tilton Talk  

25 Apr

Tilton Talk – BCFC  Last night’s show still showed that many Birmingham City fans still believe that the Blues can ...


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Sport »

Birmingham City captain Paul Robinson’s FA charge: Our writers have their say 

25 Apr

The BCFC defender has been charged after clashing with Aston Villa's James Chester - Gregg Evans and Shane Ireland give their verdicts...


Carles Gil: Why I want to leave Aston Villa for good 

25 Apr

There will be no dream return for the Spaniard...


Here’s what FA charge could mean for Paul Robinson’s Birmingham City career 

25 Apr

Paul Robinson has been accused of alleged violent conduct following his clash with Aston Villa's James Chester...


Birmingham City defender charged by FA with alleged violent conduct – this is how the Blues fans reacted 

25 Apr

This is what the Blues fans had to say on the news that Paul Robinson had been charged by the FA after his clash with James Chester...


Birmingham City defender charged by FA with alleged violent conduct – this is how the Aston Villa fans reacted 

25 Apr

This is what the claret and blue faithful had to say on the news that Paul Robinson had been charged by the FA after his clash with James Chester...


Birmingham City defender Paul Robinson charged with violent conduct after Aston Villa match 

25 Apr

BCFC defender has been charged by the FA after clash with James Chester...


Strictly Come Dancing stars celebrate Sutton Coldfield College Stage Studios 

25 Apr

Strictly Come Dancing stars impressed by Sutton Coldfield College for a very good reason...


Tributes to Kevin Maggs as he prepares to oversee Birmingham Moseley for the final time 

25 Apr

Rugby writer Paul Smith pays tribute to the Birmingham Moseley's outgoing director of rugby...


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