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The Diskery – Britain’s oldest independent record store.  For… 

12 Feb

The Diskery - Britain’s oldest independent record store.


Two men arrested after a break in at Jaguar Land Rover plant in… 

12 Feb

Two men arrested after a break in at Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull.


Over 100 fortunate people clothed thanks to Ladywood… 

12 Feb

Over 100 fortunate people clothed thanks to Ladywood Community Fire Station.


Ex-footballer sentenced for affray 

12 Feb

Ex-Premier League footballer Marcus Bent, who played for Birmingham City and Wolves, receives a suspended prison sentence after admitting affray and possession of cocaine.


Investigation underway after a man was shot… 

12 Feb

Investigation underway after a man was shot in Hawkesley.


Battery-powered trams set to run through Birmingham City… 

12 Feb

Battery-powered trams set to run through Birmingham City Centre Birmingham is to be the first city in the UK to use cutting edge battery technology that removes the need to attach overhead power lines to its historic buildings for trams.


Arrest over warehouse death killing 

12 Feb

An 18-year-old man is arrested in connection with the death of Akhtar Javeed in Birmingham.


Man arrested in connection with the murder of Akhtar Javeed who… 

12 Feb

Man arrested in connection with the murder of Akhtar Javeed who was shot dead in Digbeth.


Akhtar Javeed murder: Teenager arrested after Birmingham soft drinks boss shot dead in attempted robbery 

12 Feb

A teenager has been arrested in connection with the murder of Akhtar Javeed.


Council Tax payers could be asked to pay an extra 2p week for… 

12 Feb

Council Tax payers could be asked to pay an extra 2p week for West Midlands Fire Service.


Birmingham captured in all its glory in stunning view from police helicopter 

12 Feb

This stunning image shows our second city from the dazzling heights of the Birmingham sky.


Taxi drivers claim victory after New Street charges are dropped 

12 Feb

The RMT union had been campaigning against what it claims were increased costs for taxi drivers at the newly-redeveloped station...


Throwback Thursday: June 1982 – St Francis School Summer Fair in… 

11 Feb

Throwback Thursday: June 1982 - St Francis School Summer Fair in Bournville.


Junior doctors’ dispute: Response from Dr Richard Bowman… 

11 Feb

Junior doctors’ dispute: Response from Dr Richard Bowman at the QE Hosptial.


Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s… 

11 Feb

Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction.


Hospital sweethearts still together 40 years after meeting on… 

11 Feb

Hospital sweethearts still together 40 years after meeting on first day at work.


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Comment »

Lollipop ladies: Same time, next year unless council and schools step up 

12 Feb

Highly valued school crossing patrol service must not be placed in the firing line again...


Brutal Birmingham end February 2016 update 

12 Feb

There has been rapid progress demolishing the former Birmingham Central Library since my previous post of 18 December, http://birminghamcentral.


Uber First 

12 Feb

Uber celebrates it's one year anniversary in Birmingham today.


Sir Howard: I can prove Trump is a pinko leftie- shock report 

11 Feb

Sir Howard Elston, our diplomatic reporter, fresh from incarceration in Indiana’s finest state pen, reveals the darkest secret of America’s most popular candidate I am sending this article via fastest racing pigeon with mind-blowing news of the...


Tommy Robinson’s Pegida flops in Birmingham 

11 Feb

Salma Yaqoob and Jeremy Corbyn Birmingham UAF outnumbered a motley crew of ex-EDL thugs who made up the 200 strong mobilisation of Tommy Robinson’s new hate venture, Pegida UK.


Planning for transport is great but delivery is another thing 

11 Feb

Public transport improvements are years away, meanwhile Birmingham and the region are being grid locked on a regular basis...


Birmingham Living Wage: How we did it 

11 Feb

Claire Ward – Assistant Director (Workforce Strategy) – blogs on how Birmingham City Council has implemented the Birmingham Living Wage… Claire Ward – Assistant Director (Workforce Strategy) Back in 2012, the first act of the incoming...


Library of Birmingham might be unworkable – but that’s no reason not to try 

11 Feb

Agenda editor Graeme Brown said there needs to be an engaging vision for the costly attraction, as the council can't go it alone...


Quacks 

11 Feb

For a man of my age and given a lifetime of rather unpleasant and somewhat destructive habits, I am unfairly blessed with remarkably good health...


Aston Business School: Green Politics & the Left 

10 Feb

The election of Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of the Labour Party – a Labour leader ‘without historical precedent’ – offers a challenge to all those political groups, organizations and parties that oppose continuing inequality, climate ...


Why developers should be made to provide more off-street car parking spaces 

10 Feb

Residents in Edgbaston, Selly Oak and other neighbourhood see their streets blocked as a result of poor planning policies...


Pub bombings – fresh opportunity for truth must not be dismissed 

10 Feb

Inquests which were never legally concluded must be re-opened...


Small Heath school – response to strike action 

9 Feb

Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children’s services, comments on the situation at Small Heath school.


Leader – we must work with partners to deal with unregistered schools 

9 Feb

Council leader John Clancy talks about how the city council must work with partners to deal with unregistered schools, ahead of a verbal report to the education scrutiny committee tomorrow (Wednesday 10 February).


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City-centre news »

Artist Mark Goodman talks about his company, Mostly Curious Games 

12 Feb

Full-time dental technician by day and steampunk craftsman by evening and weekends, Birmingham artist Mark Goodman  shares the history of his company, Mostly Curious Games, and his sculpting skill set.


What is the City Centre Neighbourhood Forum? 

12 Feb

We are a small voluntary group of local residents.


Free Public Meeting About The City Centre 

12 Feb

The Forum is holding a free public meeting on Saturday morning 27 February entitled: Your City Centre – ‘It’s past, present and future’  Come along and find out more Presentations;  “The changing faces of Broad Street” Professor Carl...


Vintage fashion trends spark revival in Birmingham charity shop 

12 Feb

By Megan Radcliffe A Birmingham charity shop worker has claimed that charity shops are appealing more to the younger generation of shoppers, with vintage clothes being in high demand.


Secret Sale of Warwick Bar 

11 Feb

Uncertainty hangs over the future of an important part of Birmingham’s industrial heritage and 21 small businesses.


Birmingham City University kickboxers set for Fight Night in Digbeth 

10 Feb

Birmingham City University’s kickboxing students are set to show off their skills later this month as they compete in the first ever BCU Fight Night later this month.


Women of Sparkhill and Sparkbrook are urged to attend free breast cancer screening 

10 Feb

The women of Sparkhill and Sparkbrook are being urged not to miss their breast cancer screening appointments.


James Watt College fair attracts 700 jobseekers 

10 Feb

700 jobseekers came through the doors of James Watt College for a Jobs and Skills Fair.


West Midlands Safari Park Open Event 

10 Feb

Interested in a career in animal care? Want to work with spiders, snakes, armadillos and racoon dogs? Want to find out more ...


Two months left before final decision on Birmingham City Council 

9 Feb

Birmingham City Council has been under pressure to improve since 2014 Birmingham City Council has just two months left to prove that it is equipped to run itself effectively.


AUDIO: Birmingham race professor – “UK film and television diversity getting worse” 

9 Feb

A professor in race and social studies from Birmingham City University claims that the problem of diversity in the UK film and television industry is worsening.


Construction students dig in to chapel conservation project 

9 Feb

Croft Building and Conservation Ltd invited three construction students from Stourbridge College to complete fortnight-long work placements at Lye and Wollescote Chapel, a Grade II listed building.


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Aston Villa »

Remi Garde highlights the threat of former Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke 

12 Feb

Aston Villa boss Remi Garde has warned that misfiring Christian Benteke could return to haunt his old club.


What time is Aston Villa vs Liverpool on Sunday, what TV channel is it on and can the Reds still make the top six? 

12 Feb

All you need to know ahead of Liverpool's trip to face Aston Villa in the Premier League this weekend...


Something For The Weekend (522) 

12 Feb

Something For The Weekend (522) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:12/02/2016 16:44:00 If they actually win it then Villa will definitely be every Villan's funny Valentine, come Sunday night.


Garde Wants Norwich Improvement 

12 Feb

Garde Wants Norwich Improvement Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:12/02/2016 16:30:00 Manager Remi Garde has called on the team to show further improvement on the Norwich City showing.


Pre Liverpool Injury News 

12 Feb

Pre Liverpool Injury News Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:12/02/2016 16:20:00 Manager Remi Garde has given his weekly injury update ahead of the game against Liverpool on Sunday.


The 10 best football matches on TV this weekend 

12 Feb

There is an outstanding number of excellent-looking games being televised this weekend.


Too little too late 

12 Feb

Last weekend we saw one team that was really, really bad and the Villans having enough about them to exploit their opponents’ inadequacies.


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Birmingham City FC »

Suspended sentence for Bent 

12 Feb

Marcus Bent has been handed a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine and affray at Guildford Crown Court.


Ex-footballer sentenced for affray 

12 Feb

Ex-Premier League footballer Marcus Bent receives a suspended prison sentence after admitting affray and possession of cocaine.


Birmingham City youngster joins non-league Nuneaton 

12 Feb

Birmingham City youngster joins non-league Nuneaton Vitalfootball:Birmingham:12/02/2016 15:32:00 Blues' teenage midfielder Wes McDonald has joined non-league side Nuneaton Town on a one-month loan...


The Hosts – Rotherham United 

12 Feb

The Hosts - Rotherham United Vitalfootball:Birmingham:12/02/2016 14:27:00 Rob Wildey takes a look at Saturday's hosts, Rotherham United.


Rotherham United v Birmingham City 

12 Feb

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Rotherham United and Birmingham City.


Rowett plays down Derby speculation 

12 Feb

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett understands the speculation linking him with the Derby County job.


Rotherham v Birmingham preview 

12 Feb

Neil Warnock will take charge of Rotherham for the first time when Birmingham visit New York Stadium.


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Sport »

New Signing 

12 Feb

Former Irish international forward joins.


UoB Athletes Heading to World University Champs for GB 

12 Feb

Online editor, Nicola Kenton, reports on the news that five UoB athletes have been selected for the World University Championships.


Brilliant Brum Confirm Top Spot After Defeat of Oxford 

12 Feb

Sports writer, Alex Davis, reports on the match that saw the Men's 1sts Football team clinch top spot and the title.


ROMS LOOK FOR THE DOUBLE 

11 Feb

After the washout last weekend, Romulus look ahead to Dynamo this coming Saturday...


Next Up: Mickleover Sports 

11 Feb

Royals travel up the A38 for a local derby against last season's Division 1 South champions...


Report: Aston Villa vs Norwich City 

10 Feb

Football correspondent, Dan Steeden, reports on Aston Villa's latest home game, a match which might be the turning point in their season.


SCTFC U21s 2 Basford United 3 

10 Feb

Injury hit U21s unlucky v Basford...


UB Archery Fire Home Victory 

10 Feb

Birmingham University Archery Club aimed and secured the medals at the recent BUCS Indoor Championships The post UB Archery Fire Home Victory appeared first on Redbrick .


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Business »

Plans submitted for first phase of Exchange Square scheme in Birmingham 

12 Feb

A PLANNING application has been submitted for more than 600 apartments at Exchange Square in Birminghams Eastside.


Redrow faces more rejection over controversial housing estate 

12 Feb

Plans for disused playing fields in Harborne set to hit the buffers again after housebuilder told proposals are 'unacceptable' due to loss of recreational space...


COMMENT: Don’t let Green Belt guidelines stall the Engine for Growth 

11 Feb

JAGUAR Land Rover has issued the Government and local planning authorities with what amounts to an ultimatum over the latest phase of its ambitious growth strategy.


Midlands Engine in peril as JLR issues ultimatum to the Government 

11 Feb

VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has submitted plans for the expansion of its Whitley base in what will be seen as a serious test of the Governments commitment to support the Midlands Eng...


London Midland to provide Ricoh Arena trains for sports fans – but only of the oval ball variety 

11 Feb

THE so-called ghost station which has recently opened at Ricoh Arena in Coventry will, after all, be in use for supporters heading to the ground - as long as they are rugby fans.


Fall in JLR sales in China dents Tata Motors’ Profits 

11 Feb

Tata Motors said today that net profit for the last quarter fell by 2%, hit by lower JLR sales in China.


Call to boycott Cadbury chocolate this Easter over no tax fury 

11 Feb

Methodist Tax Justice Network behind campaign after it emerged firm's owner paid zero corporation tax.


Capital Outsourcing Group recruits Yorkshire firm in £7m deal 

11 Feb

BIRMINGHAM recruitment firm Capital Outsourcing Group has taken over Yorkshires Qualtech Resourcing in a £7m deal.


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Business columns »

Sir Howard: I can prove Trump is a pinko leftie- shock report 

11 Feb

Sir Howard Elston, our diplomatic reporter, fresh from incarceration in Indiana’s finest state pen, reveals the darkest secret of America’s most popular candidate I am sending this article via fastest racing pigeon with mind-blowing news of the...


Can we bear to let Dudley Zoo design classic crumble? 

11 Feb

Architect Joe Holyoak examines what fate awaits run-down parts of famous zoo and no guarantees of funding mean an uncertain future lies ahead...


Fall in JLR sales in China dents Tata Motors’ Profits 

11 Feb

Tata Motors said today that net profit for the last quarter fell by 2%, hit by lower JLR sales in China.


London Midland and Wasps to run rugby specials 

11 Feb

London Midland and Wasps have announced the introduction of additional rugby special services on match days.


The inside track on the UK’s rail overhaul 

8 Feb

Midlands on track for jobs boost and greater connectivity as countdown to HS2 begins.


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Events »

Fetrave – ‘The Charity Launch Party’ | Saturday 13th Feb 2016 9:00 pm 

13 Feb

With the success of the Leeds KFS Fetrave party, Fetrave is taking over the top floors of O2 Institute Birmingham and bringing a mix of live music, DJs, club based entertainment, we give you a Fetish based rave for those who like to d ress, dance ...


Gabrielle Aplin + Lewis Watson + Hannah Grace | Sunday 14th Feb 2016 7:00 pm 

13 Feb

Gabrielle Aplin has seen the world, and she’s heard the world.


Khruangbin Next Friday at the H&H 

12 Feb

This Is Tmrw  bring  Khruangbin to the HH next Friday 19th February.


Stallholders at the March Market 

12 Feb

Hello! We have our list of confirmed stallholders HERE.


The Alternative & Burlesque Mega-Fair – ‘The Ultimate Alternative Shopping & Entertainment Experience’ | Saturday 13th Feb 2016 12:00 pm 

12 Feb

The post The Alternative & Burlesque Mega-Fair – ‘The Ultimate Alternative Shopping & Entertainment Experience’ appeared first on O2 Institute Birmingham .


Spring King at the H&H Tonight 

11 Feb

After wowing many a Brummie with their stand out performance at last years All Years Leaving festival, this is tmrw will be bringing Spring King back to the Hare Hounds for their first Birmingham headline show tonight! The Manchester based quartet ...


Music at the Hare and Hounds 

11 Feb

Christopher Paul Stelling Christopher Paul Stelling is a singer-songwriter and guitarist currently based in Brooklyn, New York.


THE RELAXED CONCERT featuring James Rowney, Little Jim & Orchestra of the Swan 

11 Feb

Join ventriloquist James and his friend Little Jim as they return for another wonderful show, accompanying the amazing Orchestra of the Swan TH SH wheelchair spaces available Ticket Information: £10 plus transaction fee* ,Groups of 4 or more - £8.50...


Jazzlines Free Gigs: ZZ Bop 

11 Feb

Free Event Doesn't have transaction fee...


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Music blogs »

Discover New Music 

12 Feb

The post Discover New Music appeared first on Redbrick .


Movie round-up: this week’s new films, February 12-18 

12 Feb

NEW RELEASE Deadpool (15) From the opening tongue in cheek no names credits sequence which simply… Read more The post Movie round-up: this week’s new films, February 12-18 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


Mayday Parade + The Maine + Have Mercy + Beautiful Bodies at The Institute, Birmingham, UK – 29th January 2016 

11 Feb

Opening with ‘One of Them Will Destroy the Other’ off their last album ‘Black Lines’, you can’t help but liken the logo to a vertical Black Flag logo.


The Baron’s Lucky Dip # 3 Kirsty MacColl – Walking Down Madison 

11 Feb

Continuing the random eyes closed trawl through 35 years worth of record collecting today’s gem is Kirsty MacColl’s Walking Down Madison, perhaps the rockiest and most ‘street’ she ever got in a career tragically cut short by a complete and ...


Music at the Hare and Hounds 

11 Feb

Christopher Paul Stelling Christopher Paul Stelling is a singer-songwriter and guitarist currently based in Brooklyn, New York.


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999 »

Investigation launched following shots fired in Handsworth, Birmingham 

12 Feb

A road remains closed today (Friday 12 February) as police continue to investigate reports of shots being fired in Handsworth.


Police launch Birmingham gun probe after man shot 

12 Feb

Police are investigating after a man was shot in south Birmingham last night (Thursday).


Birmingham drug dealer jailed 

12 Feb

A Birmingham man has been jailed for four years for possession with intent to supply class A drugs and money laundering at Birmingham Crown Court today (Friday 12 February).


Longbridge police and Bournville College team up to prevent theft of vehicle reg plates 

12 Feb

Officers at Longbridge police station have joined forces with staff and students working at The Garage @ Bournville College to fit anti-tamper screws on customer cars, to tackle problems with number plate theft, and vehicle crime.


Student to appear before court accused of copycat college bomb hoax 

11 Feb

Police have charged a man in connection with a hoax bomb threat made to a college in Sandwell.


Birmingham man jailed for causing the deaths of two sisters in Handsworth collision 

11 Feb

A Birmingham man has been jailed for four years for causing the death of two sisters as they crossed a Handsworth road last year.


16-year-old caught behind wheel following police pursuit 

10 Feb

A 16-year-old lad has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after leading officers on a 10-minute pursuit through Erdington.


Birmingham men jailed for ‘Ghost Broker’ insurance scam 

10 Feb

Four men from Birmingham have been sentenced after a ghost-broker insurance scam was uncovered by detectives from the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED), part of the City of London Police.


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LocalGov »

Wood Leasow, 12th February 

12 Feb

Vehicles are parking on the grass verge in the centre of Wood Leasow and churning up the grass.


Deep pothole on outside lane, 12th February 

12 Feb

Deep pothole which is difficult to see and avoid, could cause serious damage to cars travelling on this road.


Multiple potholes on outside lane towards m5 j3, 12th February 

12 Feb

Multiple potholes on outside lane towards m5 j3.


Car blocking the footpath outside 35 it belongs to 37 Bartley Drive, 12th February 

12 Feb

The resident of 37 Bartley Drive parks her car blocking the footpath outside 35 all day on a regular basis making it impossible for disabled people and pushchairs to use the path.


Grass verge parking!!, 11th February 

11 Feb

Inconsiderate people parking on the grass verges causing a nuisance and muddy tracks.


Pot hole at side of road, 11th February 

11 Feb

Pot hole on road Report on FixMyStreet...


Road deteriorating in many places, 11th February 

11 Feb

The road is now in an unacceptable condition and a hazard in many respects and becoming not fit for purpose.


Tarmac debris leftover, 11th February 

11 Feb

A new road surface was laid over one week ago, the contractors left various debris on the roadside.


Birmingham launches School Crossing Safety Trust 

11 Feb

Birmingham City Council has guaranteed there will be no school crossing patrol job losses next year after launching the School Crossing Safety Trust.


Business Plan and Budget: Carers set for wage boost 

11 Feb

Thousands of Birmingham carers are set for a wage boost after Birmingham City Council developed the new Birmingham Care Wage.


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Social media »

video is not the future, it’s the now 

12 Feb

A session at LGComms prompted a quick review of where video is for comms and PR people.


What journalists need to know to fly a drone 

11 Feb

Some of the drones that BBC team brought to the session (Photo: Barbara Maseda) Drones – also called unmanned aerial systems (UASs) – can provide spectacular views for TV or online video production which would otherwise be unobtainable.


twitter may change but who cares? you still need to embrace chaos 

10 Feb

Changes to Twitter? Isn't it a good thing to re-think how may be using it and how you are communicating? by Dan Slee...


housing magazines – do they have a future? 

10 Feb

Budget cuts continue to hit a ll parts of the public secto r.


11 FOI tips and other highlights from ‘FOIA Without the Lawyer’ 

10 Feb

This was first posted on the Help Me Investigate blog a couple years ago .


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