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PICTURES: Birmingham City fans at Rotherham’s New York Stadium – faces in the crowd 

22 Nov

Can you see yourself at Rotherham's New York Stadium...


133 mobile phones have been smuggled into Birmingham prison in the last year 

22 Nov

The government released the figures for all prisons including Birmingham, which has been operated by G4S since 2011...


Birmingham City reaction: Blues fans buzzing as the Rowett revolution rolls on at Rotherham 

22 Nov

Travelling fans reflect on a winning away day...


Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett: Our most complete performance so far 

22 Nov

Gary Rowett pleased with his side's complete performance against Rotherham...


Welcome to the Peaky Blinders pub in Birmingham, where staff and punters dress like the gang 

22 Nov

A new pub in Birmingham offers real Peaky Blinders flavour...


LOOK: Rotherham 0 Birmingham City 1 – pictures of the action 

22 Nov

Pictures of Birmingham City's trip to The New York Stadium against Rotherham...


Edwina Currie almost comes to blows with Michael Burke after getting Margaret Thatcher question wrong 

22 Nov

Midland I'm a Celebrity Contestants in row in jungle...


Birmingham pub bombings: See The Freedom of Information requests sent to police over lost evidence 

21 Nov

West Midlands Police admitted in April that it had LOST 35 items of evidence...


Birmingham pub bombings: What are they hiding behind the 75-year banning order? 

21 Nov

Explore what could have happened in the police, Government and security services before and after the attacks...


Birmingham pub memories: Where were you on the night that changed the city forever? 

21 Nov

During our coverage of the bombings, many of you have been getting in touch to tell us where you were on November 21,1974...


Pub bombings 40th anniversary marked 

21 Nov

A service is to be held marking the 40th anniversary of bomb attacks on two Birmingham pubs which killed 21 people.


Your City Your Say: How will budget cuts affect you 

21 Nov

With budget cuts set to change the way many Birmingham Council services are delivered, we take a look at how city households like yours could be affected.


LOOK: Inside Concorde House apartments in Birmingham and how you can recreate the stylish look in your own home 

21 Nov

Birmingham’s latest swish apartments at Concorde House have been given a designer touch.


Core Cities UK meets William Hague to push devolution vision 

21 Nov

Sir Albert Bore joins up with other city leaders for meeting with former Tory Party leader who now heads the Cabinet Committee for Devolved Powers...


Birmingham City Council planning award is a ‘joke’ and ‘insult’ says Selly Oak MP 

21 Nov

Steve McCabe furious that council is honoured despite failure to enforce planning regulations...


Whoever bombed Birmingham wouldn’t stand a chance today 

21 Nov

The detectives of the 70s were forced to investigate crimes using rudimentary methods.


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Comment »

See Emily Play 

23 Nov

If the excitable and somewhat tarnished British media is to be believed, Emily Thornberry has posted the most disgusting, offensive, vile, inhumane and satanic tweet in the short but colourful history of social media...


Outsourcing: “the most important public policy issue of our time” 

22 Nov

Last week, the Financial Times noted that British outsourcing companies have ‘strengthened their grip on public sector contracts’ over the past decade, and that -according to the National Audit Office – Capita is one of the UK’s biggest ...


What lessons can we learn from the Birmingham pub bombings? 

21 Nov

40 years on from the Birmingham pub bombings, Andy Richards looks at the lessons we can take from our city's darkest day.


A call to stop further privatisation of children’s services 

21 Nov

By Jolyon Jones A packed public meeting of social workers and trade unionists launched the ‘Birmingham declaration against privatisation of Children’s social care’ last month.


Report: Tackling Islamophobia – Roundtable event at Parliament 

21 Nov

UAF and Mend held a joint event to discuss how to combat the rise in Islamophobia in Parliament.


Christmas comes … to Birmingham 

21 Nov

It's that time of the year again and almost impossible to miss if you travel around Birmingham city centre - Christmas is here.


Core Cities meet William Hague to drive devolution agenda 

20 Nov

Council leaders call for greater devolved powers.


City council reveals pledge to young people 

20 Nov

Six principles to create a better Birmingham for the city’s young people have been unveiled today.


Police Commissioner agrees counter move 

20 Nov

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has taken the most significant decision of his short tenure in the job by agreeing to close two-thirds of the force’s remaining...


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City-centre news »

Welcome to the Peaky Blinders pub in Birmingham, where staff and punters dress like the gang 

22 Nov

A new pub in Birmingham offers real Peaky Blinders flavour...


Tesla Motors come to Digbeth 

22 Nov

The electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla has opened its first dealership outside the South East right here in Digbeth.


Birmingham pub bombings: See The Freedom of Information requests sent to police over lost evidence 

21 Nov

West Midlands Police admitted in April that it had LOST 35 items of evidence...


Birmingham pub bombings: What are they hiding behind the 75-year banning order? 

21 Nov

Explore what could have happened in the police, Government and security services before and after the attacks...


West Midlands Police Release PickPocket Videos 

21 Nov

Learn how to spot the signs of pickpocketing...


Birmingham pub memories: Where were you on the night that changed the city forever? 

21 Nov

During our coverage of the bombings, many of you have been getting in touch to tell us where you were on November 21,1974...


Your City Your Say: How will budget cuts affect you 

21 Nov

With budget cuts set to change the way many Birmingham Council services are delivered, we take a look at how city households like yours could be affected.


Birmingham Trad Fest – Video 

21 Nov

When: Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 November Where: Venues across Digbeth and Birmingham It’s not long now until Trad Fest, the UK’s newest traditional Irish music festival, descends on Digbeth.


LOOK: Inside Concorde House apartments in Birmingham and how you can recreate the stylish look in your own home 

21 Nov

Birmingham’s latest swish apartments at Concorde House have been given a designer touch.


Birmingham Mail Nostalgia Photos – our look back at this week in years gone by – November 21 

21 Nov

Birmingham Mail Nostalgia Photos: Our selection of the best nostalgic pictures of the week.


Birmingham pub bombings: Retaliation attacks as fear ruled the streets of Birmingham 

21 Nov

We look at the vigilantes who mounted reprisals after Birmingham pub bombings...


Birmingham pub bombings: Today we name the man who masterminded the atrocity 

21 Nov

The Birmingham Mail today names the man who masterminded the pub bombings.


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Aston Villa »

140 Years of Aston Villa 

22 Nov

The legend suggests that yesterday was the 140th anniversary of Aston Villa Football Club.


Something For The Weekend (472) 

21 Nov

Something For The Weekend (472) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:21/11/2014 17:25:00 For oldies and scrotes it verges on the unbelievable that Villa should entertain the likes of Southampton as underdogs...


Optimism From Lawro – None From Mystic Mug 

21 Nov

Optimism From Lawro - None From Mystic Mug Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:21/11/2014 14:15:00 Mystic Mug and actor Adil aren't in the happy camp, Lawro however...


Aston Villa FC – 140 Years And Counting 

21 Nov

Aston Villa FC - 140 Years And Counting Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:21/11/2014 09:06:00 We are Aston Villa...


Aston Villa v Southampton: A Tale of Two Clubs 

21 Nov

The official Aston Villa site recently ran an interview with Ashley Westwood, in which he talks about how much he has improved since his debut – a 4-1 loss to Southampton two years ago.


Villa Support 21st Minute Initiative 

20 Nov

Villa Support 21st Minute Initiative Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/11/2014 18:00:00 Aston Villa have recently released a statement following the earlier press about our refusal to hold a minute's silence in memory of the victims of the Birmingham...


Injury Update Ahead Of Southampton 

20 Nov

Injury Update Ahead Of Southampton Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/11/2014 17:42:00 It's a mixed bag of injury news ahead of our Monday evening clash against Southampton at Villa Park.


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Birmingham City FC »

Rotherham Utd 0 Blues 1 

22 Nov

Clayton Donaldson's strike just after the hour mark earned Blues a vital 1-0 win at Rotherham.


PICTURES: Birmingham City fans at Rotherham’s New York Stadium – faces in the crowd 

22 Nov

Can you see yourself at Rotherham's New York Stadium...


Birmingham City reaction: Blues fans buzzing as the Rowett revolution rolls on at Rotherham 

22 Nov

Travelling fans reflect on a winning away day...


Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett: Our most complete performance so far 

22 Nov

Gary Rowett pleased with his side's complete performance against Rotherham...


LOOK: Rotherham 0 Birmingham City 1 – pictures of the action 

22 Nov

Pictures of Birmingham City's trip to The New York Stadium against Rotherham...


Birmingham impress Rowett 

22 Nov

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett believes his side put in the complete performance in their 1-0 win over Rotherham.


REPLAY: Rotherham v Birmingham City: Live coverage with Brian Dick 

22 Nov

Join us at the New York Stadium as Blues take on the Millers...


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Sport »

Romulus F.C. v Goole A.F.C. game on this Saturday. 

21 Nov

3G pitch at Coles Lane means no waterlogged pitch for Romulus.


Coventry dent Brum’s title ambitions 

21 Nov

Fraser Smith was down at Metchley to watch the Mens 1sts football team try and get their season back on track at home to Coventry...


Next Up: Mickleover Sports Fc 

21 Nov

Royals head up A38 to face the form team in the league...


Boldmere St Michael 1 Romulus 5 

20 Nov

Roms score 5 to progress to next round of Walsall Senior Cup...


Sutton Coldfield RFC 1st XV – Match report – 15th Nov 2014 

19 Nov

Scunthorpe RFC 31 pts v Sutton Coldfield 20 pts National League 3 Midlands...


England 3-1 Slovenia 

19 Nov

Sean Griffiths watched on as England continued their march towards Euro 2016 at home to Slovenia at Wembley last Saturday night.


LIVE: UOB Sportsday 

19 Nov

It's a Redbrick Sport special with 7 fixtures all being covered LIVE by our reporters.


Sad News on John Wheelwright 

19 Nov

John's fight is over...


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Business »

£4.5m car auction proves classic stuff 

23 Nov

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show saw 65,000 car-lovers head to Birmingham's NEC in an event hailed by organisers as "the best ever".


Jaguar Land Rover pledges to produce a self-drive car within 10 years 

23 Nov

Jaguar Land Rover told MPs it plans to build cars which gave motorists the option of driving for themselves or letting the vehicle take over.


Selly Oak music studios could move base after 30 years 

23 Nov

Rich Bitch Studios, based in a converted engineering factory in Selly Oak, could be set for a move from its home of more than 30 years.


Birmingham couple paid £100,000 for flat that was never built 

22 Nov

Birmingham IT consultant Geoff Land and his family forked out more than £100,000 a luxury seaview apartment in the Gulf that was never built.


Spitfire exhibition to open at Birmingham’s Thinktank 

22 Nov

A new Spitfire exhibition is to open at Thinktank in Birmingham in April 2015 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.


Hooray for Hollywood Monster 

21 Nov

Ahead of the Birmingham Post Business Awards on November 26, Hollywood Monster, the sponsor of the property category, looks back on a period of success...


Ofcom awards Birmingham local TV licence to Kaleidoscope 

21 Nov

MEDIA regulator Ofcom has awarded the local TV licence for Birmingham to Kaleidoscope TV.


City’s planning award branded ‘complete joke’ by Steve McCabe 

21 Nov

Birmingham City Council wins Smarter Planning Champion award for swift and efficient handling of applications...


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Business columns »

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22 Nov

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City’s top professional awards celebrate 15th year 

21 Nov

Launch of prestigious challenge to city’s young businesspeople.


HOLD THE FRONT PAGE 

21 Nov

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Why Digbeth could do with a dose of Barcelona if we want it to thrive 

20 Nov

High Street is a medieval street, originally connecting the centre of Birmingham at the Bull Ring with the village of Deritend, across the River Rea.


Birmingham Chamber still packs a punch amid modern political bunfight 

20 Nov

In Edgbaston, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce has been banging the business drum for the capital of the Midlands for more than 200 years.


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Events »

Screengrab: Speeding Bullitt 

22 Nov

RICHARD LUTZ POSES THE BIG QUESTION AS HE DELVES INTO THE WEEKLY TV LISTINGS FOR THE MOVIE OF THE WEEK OK, I’ll get to the point.


Welcome to the Peaky Blinders pub in Birmingham, where staff and punters dress like the gang 

22 Nov

A new pub in Birmingham offers real Peaky Blinders flavour...


Interview – Protafield 

21 Nov

Jayce Lewis released his debut album  ‘Nemesis” under his pseudonym  Protafield   in June this year.


mac’s Christmas co production of Thumbelina – an action packed adventure 

21 Nov

A quality production co-produced with award-winning theatre company Dancing Brick.


LOOK: Inside Concorde House apartments in Birmingham and how you can recreate the stylish look in your own home 

21 Nov

Birmingham’s latest swish apartments at Concorde House have been given a designer touch.


Colmore Business District’s Christmas events calendar unveiled 

20 Nov

Film at Birmingham Cathedral, roller-skating puddings, choir performances and Christmas market on programme of festive activities...


16 terrifying shots of 2.8 Hours Later being played 

20 Nov

Great shots of people playing 2.8 Hours Later...


Meet the Family! Uncle Bens Block Party 

20 Nov

There’s just 4 weeks to go until Uncle Bens Block Party comes to The Drum , and we cannot wait! As Christmas is a special time, we’d like everything to go perfect, but that is not the case! After getting some unexpected news from his doctor and ...


In Dante’s Eclipse, The Oceans Above, TMNC, 23 Nov 2014 

20 Nov

23 Nov 2014 - Rock Pop at Talk Tea Rooms (suitable for under 18s) Salem Records presents...


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Music blogs »

Interview: Sharon Van Etten – “I finally had a place to call home” 

22 Nov

Sharon Van Etten’s latest album, Are We There , sees the NYC singer-songwriter finding what’s important to her.


Redbrick Meets…Little Dragon 

22 Nov

Laura Hand chats to the hard to classify-pop band's bassist...


Live Review: Bellowhead 

22 Nov

Music Editors Ludo Cinelli and Jack Crowe take a trip to the Symphony hall...


Jazz lions 

22 Nov

More top-line jazz for next weekend.


Interview – Protafield 

21 Nov

Jayce Lewis released his debut album  ‘Nemesis” under his pseudonym  Protafield   in June this year.


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999 »

#CrisisTeamFail 

21 Nov

I noticed a hashtag on Twitter last night that made me feel quite anxious but also intrigued me – #CrisisTeamFail.


Appeal for information after member of rail staff subjected to abuse – Northfield 

21 Nov

British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information following an incident which took place at Northfield railway station in Birmingham.


Appeal for information after member of rail staff subjected to abuse – Northfield 

21 Nov

British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information following an incident which took place at Northfield railway station in Birmingham.


Witness Warnings 

20 Nov

The Crisis Care Concordat is ensuring that a lot of discussions occur about the interface between the police and our mental health system, amongst other things.


Concordat Colours 

19 Nov

The Crisis Care Concordat has it’s National Summit in London next week – a gathering of all the signatory agencies in order to mark progress ahead of the first big deadline.


CCTV appeal: Help identify man after petrol station attack 

19 Nov

CCTV appeal: Help identify man after petrol station attack Police have released shocking video footage of a man being assaulted at a Birmingham garage after he refused to give someone a lift.


CCTV appeal: Peaky Blinder sought in Birmingham attack 

18 Nov

CCTV appeal: Peaky Blinder sought in Birmingham attack Do you recognise this Peaky Blinders wannabe? He is suspected of assaulting a man in Birmingham recently.


RTB Response Sheldonfire SD 

18 Nov

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LocalGov »

Damaged safety railings., 23rd November 

23 Nov

Opposite Aboyne Close, on Pershore Road, the safety metal railings are damaged and seem to have been for quite a while, probably hit by a car turning right into Edward Road.


Graffiti outside Kings Norton Train Station., 23rd November 

23 Nov

White graffiti still remains on the walls directly outside Kings Norton Train Station next to the bus stops, big bubbles letters saying 'SE' have been sprayed on the wall for some time now.


Lots of tipped rubbish in the hedges., 23rd November 

23 Nov

There is now some rubbish been dumped in front of the old advertising boards on Hazelwell Street on the side approaching farm foods.


Sunken drain cover., 23rd November 

23 Nov

On Longbridge Lane, on the side heading towards the direction of Bournville College, one of the drains covers seems to have sunk as when you drive over it, it feels like a large pot hole but it appears to be the cover has dipped down, thanks...


Street Light B31 4SA Heronfeild Drive, 22nd November 

22 Nov

There is only one Lamp post, It is to dark to see when going to and from the bungalows.


Rubbish on the street, 22nd November 

22 Nov

This street is quite often very dirty.


Flashing Lamppost, 22nd November 

22 Nov

The street light is causing an annoyance to the street as it flashes on and off all the time - the problem can be seen from the top of the street.


Broken paving slabs, 22nd November 

22 Nov

There are broken paving slabs between 279 and 275 Clifton Rd, B12 8 RT.


Bollard Knocked Over, 22nd November 

22 Nov

On A345, at the traffic light, there is a bollard with Keep Left arrow on that's been knocked over.


Bollard, 22nd November 

22 Nov

Lit bollard has been knocked over and is lying down.


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Social media »

the comms2point0 unawards: the story so far 

22 Nov

The inaugural comms2point0 UnAwards take place in December in Birmingham.


Is This The Beginning Of The End For The UK Headline? 

21 Nov

Until recently a journalism trainer in the UK could safely berate a trainee for Writing Headlines Where Every Word Began With A Capital.


Why I have a problem with Google’s crowdfunding tool Contributor – a tweet story 

21 Nov

I have 2 problems with Google's crowdfunding tool Contributor: 1) it allows Google to collect data on what we read https://t.


CAMPAIGN JUSTICE: What Journalism 2.0 Looks Like and What You Can Learn 

21 Nov

It was around 2010 and as depressing conversations with a reporter go this one took quite some beating.


Skype Hypnosis Sessions 

20 Nov

Individuals frequently pose the question Would You is able to Be Hypnotized over the Internet utilizing Skype?” A decent question Consider this: While once in a while innovation usurps our requirement for an age old practice; the carriage offered ...


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