Birmingham news and blogs Wednesday 23 July 2014
Advanced
Careimages website hosting sponsor

Birmingham News »

Shamed head and deputy banned from teaching over SATs tests cheating 

23 Jul

Tina Ireland and Michelle McCusker from Small Heath’s Regents Park Community Primar branded dishonest by inquiry...


VIDEO: City to get education commissioner 

22 Jul

An independent education commissioner is to be appointed by the Government to work with Birmingham City council.


Birmingham suburb Selly Oak ‘like a Brazilian slum’, say families 

22 Jul

Furious residents say Bournbrook neighbourhood like a third-world shanty town after rise in student flats...


Mystery locks of hair have historians scratching their heads 

22 Jul

Riddle of Doris Felton's foot-long locks of hair preserved at Sutton Coldfield house...


Birmingham’s Top 30 attractions – according to visitors on TripAdvisor 

22 Jul

Ratings and reviews on the travel website create a ranking of the best things to visit in and around the city.


First flight from China lands on Birmingham Airport’s new extended runway 

22 Jul

Birmingham now the only direct link outside London between the UK and Beijing...


Teachers ‘intimidated’ by governors 

22 Jul

Ofsted hears teachers' claims they felt "intimidated" and hindered by governors in a Birmingham school.


Shamed head and deputy banned from teaching over SATs tests cheating 

22 Jul

Tina Ireland and Michelle McCusker of Regents Park Community Primary in Small Heath branded 'dishonest' by a professional conduct panel...


Trojan Horse plotters used broken fire alarm to force out head teacher 

22 Jul

Trojan Horse plotters forced out a Birmingham head – using a broken fire alarm as a cover story.


Operation London: directors “concerned” as councils seek to poach social workers from the capital 

22 Jul

Absence, defection and a shortage of experienced social workers: no council is a stranger to the growing challenge of recruiting good social workers to permanent posts.


Birmingham Mail reader’s tattoos – a gallery of your inks 

22 Jul

You sent us photos of your tattoos and we put them into a gallery...


Birmingham Mail reader tattoos – a gallery of your inks 

22 Jul

You sent us photos of your tattoos and we put them into a gallery...


Fears for missing Birmingham woman Eve Cullen 

22 Jul

Mum-of-three has not been seen since Thursday when she left Hollywood home...


City to get education commissioner 

22 Jul

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announces an education commissioner is to oversee Birmingham's schools.


Graduation Day: Aston University engineering students 

22 Jul

Graduates gather for celebrations in Birmingham's Chamberlain Square...


VIDEO: 100 graffiti artists due at festival 

22 Jul

Birmingham has been preparing to host a festival of street art featuring more than 100 graffiti artists in September.


More Birmingham News


Comment »

Independence Day Nears for Scotland 

22 Jul

Richard Lutz reports from Scotland with less than two months to go before the independence vote.


Is it time to e-ase up on ‘vaping’? 

22 Jul

Birmingham’s Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, looks at the thorny issue of e-cigarettes and whether they have a role to play in helping smokers quit.


A day in the life of … John Boyle 

22 Jul

Reproduced with permission from Anthony Murray , the innovative and open editor of the Co-operative News, to inform Birmingham readers who appreciated John’s service to the city and its people.


Trojan Horse for Twitter: council’s fear of racist tag gave bullying school governors free hand 

22 Jul

As new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan prepares to make a statement to the House of Commons today on the report by Education Commissioner Peter Clarke, Paul Dale sums up what has...


Fire fighters must win 

21 Jul

 This evening, from 5-7 pm, witnessed another strike in the series of actions by the Fire Brigades Union over their long running pension dispute.


Stay behind after class, City Growth Commission – you too, Jim O’ Neill 

21 Jul

Mike Loftus takes Jim O’Neill and co gently to task for a spot of terminological inexactitude – and underlines the truth that Birmingham office costs are not higher than Manhattan’s (they...


PRESS RELEASE: UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM STUDENTS GIVEN 9 MONTH SUSPENSION FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST BY “KANGAROO COURT” 

21 Jul

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT NUMBER: 07821842831, 07842765067, 07824797278 Two students have been suspended from University of Birmingham for their involvement in an occupation in the autumn term.


Why we should welcome the West Midlands ITA… almost as much as today’s HS2 news 

21 Jul

As Birmingham and the West Midlands celebrates today’s news about HS2, Paul Dale highlights a less exciting sounding development but one which has been a long time coming and will...


Developing Humanitarian crisis in Gaza 2014, courtesy occupying power, Israel 

21 Jul

By Naeem Malik, Chair West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign.


More Comment


City-centre news »

Handing on the Baton 

22 Jul

When Mrs Margaret Hughes takes over as Principal of St Edmund’s Catholic Academy in September 2014 she will be the fourth substantive leader of the school since its foundation in 1971.


Multi-sport duo receive student award top honours 

22 Jul

Participating in a range of sports, as well as taking on roles as sports ambassadors, volunteers and coaches led to students, George Allen and Kirsty Dixon being named Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year by Birmingham Metropolitan College.


Barmaid left with plate in face after vicious attack on night out 

22 Jul

Lucy Wedge needed to have face rebuilt after being punched as she tried to help friend caught in a row...


Barmaid had to have face rebuilt after vicious attack on night out 

22 Jul

Lucy Wedge needed to have face rebuilt after being punched as she tried to help friend caught in a row...


Tunnels shutdown: Transport chiefs warn gridlock will not improve unless cars are ditched 

21 Jul

Drivers urged to find new routes after traffic chaos following closure of closures of  St Chad's and Queensway tunnels...


City commuter pushed downstairs from top deck of bus and punched in the face 

21 Jul

Police seeking man over unprovoked attack as service neared city centre...


Birmingham tattoo man King Of Ink has skull implant in chest 

21 Jul

Slicone-filled ball gives the impression of a ghoulish head pushing through his skin.


Tunnel closures cause gridlock in Birmingham city centre 

21 Jul

Jams stretch back to M6 as commuters fail to heed traffic warnings...


Business Intelligence Report Developer 

21 Jul

Job Brief : The business intelligence reporting team, part of the Technology and Innovation Directorate, provides reporting and data analysis to support an organisation wide information strategy.


Business Systems Developer 

21 Jul

Job Brief : The business systems development team, part of the Technology and Innovation Directorate, provides technical support, user support and development of projects to improve our key business systems and support an organisation wide ...


Live Music Round Up 

20 Jul

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


Fr Liam O’Connor, RIP 

20 Jul

Fr Liam O’Connor, priest of the Archdiocese died on 18th July after a short illness.


More City-centre news


Aston Villa »

Lambert Pleased With Workout So Far 

22 Jul

Lambert Pleased With Workout So Far Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:22/07/2014 13:00:00 Manager Paul Lambert has said he's been pleased with the efforts of the players so far since we landed in the United States.


Taxi for Tonev 

22 Jul

Taxi for Tonev Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:22/07/2014 11:02:00 Villa Grizzly on Villa's satellite launching Bulgarian and his reported exit.


Villa’s Opening Day 

22 Jul

I’m sure last year’s opening day of the Barclays Premier League season holds very fond memories for you all.


Tonev and Luna Left Out 

22 Jul

Alexander Tonev and Antonio Luna have both been left out of 26 squad that has traveled to America for their one week pre-season tour that will see Aston Villa face FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo, both teams are based in Texas.


What will the new season have in store for Aston Villa? 

21 Jul

The Villans sprang into pre-season action with a 3-1 victory over Mansfield Town last Thursday and  fans are now counting down to the new Premier League season, which kicks off on Saturday August 16th.


Full Squad For Texan Tour 

21 Jul

Full Squad For Texan Tour Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:21/07/2014 12:26:00 Aleksandar Tonov and Antonio Luna have been left out of the 26 man squad that have travelled to the United States for our mini tour this summer.


Vital Villa Interviews 2014 – romanianvillan 

21 Jul

Vital Villa Interviews 2014 - romanianvillan Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:21/07/2014 12:16:00 romanianvillan is next for the Vital Villa interview.


More Aston Villa


Birmingham City FC »

David Edgar: Rebuilding process can help Blues blossom 

22 Jul

New defender says Lee Clark is building a close-knit squad with strong team spirit and believes Blues could emulate recent rise of his previous club Burnley...


Poll Result: Do Birmingham Need Another Striker? 

22 Jul

Poll Result: Do Birmingham Need Another Striker? Vitalfootball:Birmingham:22/07/2014 20:06:00 With news Blues are after another striker, we asked, do we really need one...


David Edgar ‘excited’ at reunion with Lee Clark 

22 Jul

The lure of linking up again helped Blues seal former Newcastle United defender Edgar’s signing on a Bosman free transfer...


Blues to Front Foot Home Games 

22 Jul

Blues to Front Foot Home Games Vitalfootball:Birmingham:22/07/2014 09:55:00 Birmingham will look to better last years home games with a new tactical change...


Tamworth Defender Within the Blues Ranks 

22 Jul

Tamworth Defender Within the Blues Ranks Vitalfootball:Birmingham:22/07/2014 09:37:00 A young defender trains with Blues and hasn't told his club where he is...


Former Blues coach Derek Fazackerley joins Oxford United as Michael Appleton’s assistant 

22 Jul

Fazackerley left Birmingham City as first team coach in February, along with assistant boss Terry McDermott...


Fazackerley is Back in Football 

22 Jul

Fazackerley is Back in Football Vitalfootball:Birmingham:22/07/2014 09:23:00 The 62 year old joins up with a young manager with great ideas...


More Birmingham City FC


Sport »

Solihull cricketers bowled over by new facilities 

23 Jul

Budding stars also enjoy trophy success.


Rain intervenes again 

22 Jul

Warwickshire Premier League 1st XI Bablake O.


Live – Sussex v Warwickshire 

22 Jul

Live commentary and scorecard from day two as Sussex host Warwickshire in Division One of the County Championship (11:00 BST).


Player sponsorship 

21 Jul

Fancy sponsoring your favourite player...


Live – Sussex v Warwickshire 

21 Jul

Live commentary and scorecard from day one as Sussex host Warwickshire in Division One of the County Championship (11:00 BST).


Patel hat-trick leads Bears to win 

18 Jul

Jeetan Patel takes a hat-trick for Birmingham Bears as his side claim a five-wicket win at Yorkshire in the T20 Blast.


Live – Yorkshire v Birmingham Bears 

18 Jul

Live commentary and scorecard from the T20 Blast group game at Headingley (17:30 BST).


EVO STIK FIXTURES 2014/15 RELEASED TODAY 

17 Jul

Roms start the season away to Coleville FC...


More Sport









Edgbaston Hodge Hill Ladywood Northfield Perry Barr Selly Oak Sutton Coldfield Yardley Erdington Image Map

Birmingham on flickr

  • 14189

     on flickr 15 Oct 11
    The Mailbox is an upmarket shopping and office development in Westside. Birmingham, West Midlands.

    Previously the location of canal wharves, the site was the location of the Royal Mail’s main sorting



South Staffordshire Lichfield Cannock Tamworth Birmingham Solihull Coventry Sandwell Dudley Wolverhampton Walsall Image Map

Submit your blog or suggest another local website for inclusion in TheBrummie

Blog name:*
Blog url:*
Subject/area:*
Are you the blog owner? Yes No
Your name:*
Your email:*
Additional information:

Fields marked * are required

Yourweather Birmingham






Facebook Birmingham



Business »

Heritage Collection wins Palomar restaurant order 

22 Jul

Birmingham silversmith completes 2,500-piece order in three weeks for new London eatery...


Floors-2-Go placed into administration for third time 

22 Jul

MB Insolvency appointed to Birmingham-based retailer as mystery shrouds latest twist in company's history...


Mail shares dive on parcels warning 

22 Jul

ROYAL Mail shares have fallen to their lowest level since their controversial privatisation last autumn after the group warned that aggressive competition meant parcels revenue for the full year would be lower than expected.


New era for Birmingham Airport as first China flight lands 

22 Jul

THE first flight from China to Birmingham touched down this morning.


M&G Investments reported to be in talks to buy Two Snowhill 

22 Jul

INVESTMENT firm M&G is in talks to buy the Two Snowhill building in Birmingham, reports suggest.


Planners poised to back Sutton Conservative Club demolition 

22 Jul

Gracewell Healthcare hopes to build second care home in Birmingham as Conservative club looks to downsize...


Brandauer develops own scheme to address skills shortage 

22 Jul

Manufacturer launches 'Improvers' scheme to boost recruitment and aims to treble apprenticeship intake...


Call to steer clear of Birmingham tunnels after jams 

22 Jul

City chiefs say gridlock will not improve on A38 if drivers do not find alternative methods of getting about...


More Business


Business columns »

Manufacturer recruiting after winning new contracts 

23 Jul

Birmingham company develops its own approach to beating the skills shortage.


Ashley Community Housing recognised 

23 Jul

Social housing provider in line for national award.


First direct China flight lands in Birmingham 

22 Jul

BHX welcome for inaugural service.


THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY 

22 Jul

800x600 Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4...


Legal assistance for deaf community 

22 Jul

Sign Solutions enhances interpreter training with help from top barristers.


More Business columns


Events »

Summer Sessions , 24 Jul 2014 

22 Jul

24 Jul 2014 - Jazz at mac FREE Poetry and jazz improvisation by City of Birmingham Poet Laureate Joanna Skelt and saxophonist Alvin Davies.


Explore Meditation, 23 Jul 2014 

22 Jul

23 Jul 2014 - Workshop at Birmingham Buddhist Centre (suitable for under 18s) Explore meditation with like-minded people.


Leftfoot & This Is Tmrw Present Andy Butler (Hercules & Love Affair) 

22 Jul

We’re delighted to announce that on bank holiday Sunday 24th August Leftfoot will be joining forces with  This Is Tmrw to bring Andy Butler of Hercules and Love Affair fame to the Hare and Hounds for an intimate DJ set.


The Buddha Beyond the Buddha, 22 Jul 2014 

20 Jul

22 Jul 2014 - Spoken Word at Birmingham Buddhist Centre In the first half of the evening Ratnaguna will read, within a meditative context, a part of the Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra.


Women’s Evening with Ratnavandana, 21 Jul 2014 

20 Jul

21 Jul 2014 - Spoken Word at Birmingham Buddhist Centre Ratnavandana is one of Triratna’s most experienced women teachers and is much respected for her teachings on the brahma viharas.


Monday Lecture, 21 Jul 2014 

20 Jul

21 Jul 2014 - Spoken Word at Birmingham and Midland Institute BIRMINGHAM’S WATER PALACE : A HISTORY OF MOSELEY ROAD BATHS.


Restaurant Review: The Bureau in Colmore Row, Birmingham 

18 Jul

Lunches out appeal to me far more than dinners - the sense that while I'm eating and drinking, the rest of the world is working.


Birmingham film director to shoot, edit and screen film at Millennium Point within 72 hours 

18 Jul

Filmmaker James Fair's project is aiming to get a new movie shot, edited and ready to roll in 72 hours.


Daily Grind: Cherry Reds in John Bright Street, Birmingham 

18 Jul

Cherry Reds resembles a time warp crossed with a homely, nook-filled second hand shop.


More Events


Music blogs »

100 (and ten) Swimmers 

22 Jul

A big #BrumSpirit shout out to all the swimmers from across the city who took part in a one-off photo event as part of 100 Swimmers to  highlighting the plight of one of the Birmingham’s most important community buildings, Moseley Road Baths.


Goodnight Lenin Announce Hare & Hounds Headline Show 

22 Jul

Local Americana five-piece Goodnight Lenin have announced the details of a very special live show to take place at the Hare Hounds in Kings Heath on August 1 .


Indietracks Compilation 2014 

22 Jul

This weekend it's Indietracks , simply one of the loveliest festivals around, and as is traditional they've put together a compilation featuring pretty much every band on this year's bill.


A VERY belated best of British CMW catch up 

22 Jul

Yes, we know its late but as they say better late than never.


Live Review + Photo Gallery: Kiran Leonard @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath – 16/07/2014 

21 Jul

Eclectic’s too narrow a word for 17 year old Kiran Leonard .


More Music blogs


999 »

What Are We Trying To Fix? 

22 Jul

We know that the use of police custody as a place of safety (PoS) shouldn’t be happening very often – only on an ‘exceptional’ basis according to the current and to the next Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act...


West Midlands Ambulance Service Emergency Ambulance Fiat Ducato on shout in Perry Barr 

19 Jul

West Midlands Ambulance Service Emergency Ambulance Fiat Ducato on shout in Perry Barr A West Midlands Ambulance Service Emergency Ambulance Fiat Ducato on shout in Perry Barr, Birmingham.


Raising the Bar 

18 Jul

We started deinstitutionalising our mental health care in the 1960s, not long after the beginning of a psycho-pharmacological revolution which suggested we had found effective drug treatments for psychotic diseases.


The Code Of Practice Revision – part 2 

17 Jul

This is my second post on the subject of the current review of the Mental Health Act draft draft Code of Practice .


‘Test’ fires in Kings Norton 

16 Jul

West Midlands Fire Service is preparing to stage a series of ‘test’ house fires, as part of the brigade’s ongoing research and analysis.


Appeal following assault on Broad Street, Birmingham 

16 Jul

Appeal following assault on Broad Street, Birmingham Police are asking for help to identify the man wearing a black jacket with a white top underneath in connection with an assault on Broad Street, Birmingham in the early hours of Friday...


Do you know this man? BTP investigating theft of wine from station concourse shop – Birmingham New Street 

14 Jul

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public’s help to identify a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of alcohol from the Marks and Spencer store on the concourse at Birmingham New Street railway...


Do you know this man? BTP investigating theft of wine from station concourse shop – Birmingham New Street 

14 Jul

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public’s help to identify a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of alcohol from the Marks and Spencer store on the concourse at Birmingham New Street railway...


More 999


West Midlands Police - wanted


LocalGov »

Domestic disturbance, 23rd July 

23 Jul

Large gathering of people at 884 Chester road erdington.


Fly tipping, 22nd July 

22 Jul

Sofa and black bags dumped in the parking area opposite Marion Way Park Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 41 Marion Way, Hall Green Report on FixMyStreet...


Damage Paving slabs, with water underneath escaping onto the pavement, 22nd July 

22 Jul

I have reported this problem to Birmingham City Council on 2 Occassions and followed the call up on 3 occassions to be told oh my colleague has not escalated it properly First Ref: 8011835731 to be told no fault found? Current Ref...


Litter, 22nd July 

22 Jul

All along slip roads litter is everywhere including 2 road works signs ,takeaway shop cartons ,green waste bags dumped on hedge Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Coventry Road, Yardley Report...


Road sign destroyed, 22nd July 

22 Jul

Coombes lane sign Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 220 Edenhurst Road, Northfield Report on FixMyStreet...


Road sign, 22nd July 

22 Jul

Road sign looks like it's been hit with car Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Groveley Lane, Northfield Report on FixMyStreet...


Vehicle Storage 

22 Jul

Response by Birmingham City Council to Charles Atkinson on 22 July 2014 .


Fly tipping, 22nd July 

22 Jul

3 black bags of rubbish, on the pavement on Handsworth Wood Road, opposite Hermes Court Report on FixMyStreet...


Love Food Hate Waste roadshow comes to Birmingham 

22 Jul

WRAP’s Love Food Hate Waste  ‘Liquid Greens Machine’ will be coming to Birmingham’s iconic Victoria Square on Thursday (24 July), serving up healthy fruit and vegetable smoothies  from 8am to 2pm using ingredients that  are commonly ...


Budget for Elective Home Education 

22 Jul

Response by Birmingham City Council to Fiona Nicholson on 22 July 2014 .


More LocalGov


Social media »

even newspaper editors are ditching the press release 

22 Jul

If there's one thing that guarantees debate it's the future of the press release question.


Creative State of Affairs for London Learners 

22 Jul

London has never been keener to sharpen its creative skills.


Doing better next time round 

21 Jul

Last week I put out a report based on a survey of arts organisations, having asked them what effect changes to Facebook have had on their respective Facebook Pages.


think digital: 10 principles 

21 Jul

Increasingly, we're hearing the word 'digital' being bandied about.


Hyperlocal Voices: Matthew Duffy, Coventry Culture 

18 Jul

Not all hyperlocal sites cover everything that’s happening in the patch, some focus on specific subject areas.


More Social media



Property Search Nestoria - UK property search engine
e.g. B15 or Edgbaston