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Tudor Lounge swingers club targeted by raiders who sent naked customers fleeing into the night 

26 Mar

Trio wearing ski masks storm adults-only attraction based in historic Stratford House, Highgate, built in reign of Elizabeth I...


Caught on CCTV: Man with a taste for £80 of stolen steak 

26 Mar

This is the man British Transport Police would like to speak to after 13 steaks were stolen from Marks and Spencer r in Birmingham New Street station.


Harry Moseley mum’s fury at fly-tippers dumping waste 

26 Mar

Georgie Moseley 'outraged' after discovering rubbish dumped outside new cancer drop-in centre in Sheldon...


GPs and social workers: old friends or old foes? 

26 Mar

Integration, integration, integration might be the word from the top, but on the ground it’s often a dirty one.


Birmingham Aston Expressway U-turn fury 

26 Mar

Motorists caught making dangerous manoeuvres through roadworks to avoid traffic delays after accident...


Birmingham Aston Expressway U-turn fury 

26 Mar

Motorists caught making dangerous manoeuvres through roadworks to avoid traffic delays after accident...


Museum to display Tennis Girl dress 

26 Mar

The white summer dress worn in the iconic 1970s Tennis Girl poster, which was photographed in Birmingham, will go on display at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.


David Cameron: Labour’s high speed rail rethink is a “slap in the face” to Midlands 

26 Mar

Prime Minister condemns Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls for saying new east-west rail line should come before completing HS2...


Two injured in Aston Expressway collision 

26 Mar

Two people are being treated for neck injures following a crash in Birmingham.


Time for Birmingham to put its houses in order over blots on the landscape 

26 Mar

The Selly Oak Community Partnership has made very reasonable objections to the general trend which sees family homes sacrificed and converted into student digs.


Birmingham Cathedral gets £500,000 grant to carry out vital internal repairs 

26 Mar

300-year-old building is one of 30 English cathedrals to get a share of The First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund...


Drivers warned of delays as more overnight closures of city centre tunnels to come 

26 Mar

Motorists are being warned about disruption as two main road tunnels through Birmingham are closed overnight for repairs.


Labour wants new east-west rail line before completing HS2, says Ed Balls 

25 Mar

Plans for a high speed line linking Birmingham with Leeds and Manchester will take a back seat to proposals for a new east-west line under Labour, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has revealed...


Birmingham pubs raise glass to new law that could bring down price of a pint 

25 Mar

Pubs Code given final approval in Parliament, giving thousands of community pubs more power to buy beer without restrictions...


Overnight closure for city tunnels 

25 Mar

Road tunnels through Birmingham city centre close overnight for five weeks for remedial works and structural inspections.


Housing officer jailed for rape 

25 Mar

A former council housing officer has been jailed for raping a "vulnerable" woman.


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Comment »

Ed Miliband gains most from first General Election 2015 TV showdown 

26 Mar

For my money, Labour leader Ed Miliband was the winner of the first televised debate of the general election campaign.


ARTICLE: Afzal Amin and the long, sad tale of the Dudley ‘super mosque’ – The Conversation 

26 Mar

Following the news from Dudley at the weekend, I was invited to contribute a piece to The Conversation that draws upon my research surrounding the Dudley ‘super-mosque’.


Tax rows, scare tactics – and the SNP bogeyman 

26 Mar

The Tories will try to capitalise on threats by the SNP's Alex Salmond to persuade Labour over policy...


Time for Birmingham to put its houses in order over blots on the landscape 

26 Mar

The Selly Oak Community Partnership has made very reasonable objections to the general trend which sees family homes sacrificed and converted into student digs.


UoB Greens: Vote for the Green Party in May 

26 Mar

The University's Green Party society explains why they think you should vote Green in May.


HSBC and HS2 reinforce ‘booming Birmingham’, but also highlight tale of two cities 

26 Mar

High speed trains will bring London and Birmingham much closer together, but there’s no need to wait until 2026 to see that happening, writes Paul Dale.


Clarkson is no victim 

26 Mar

It was very disturbing to see people line up yesterday to claim either that Jeremy Clarkson was a victim of the BBC lefties or that the Beeb had overreacted by sacking him.


Dale’s Diary: Labour rocked by Howellgate, Balls threatens to resign 

26 Mar

In the first of his Diary entries from the election front, chief blogger Paul Dale goes behind Labour lines…..


Further high-level doubts about HS2 

26 Mar

A 130-page report on the HS2 project, just released by the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, adds to concerns over HS2’s value for money expressed by the National Audit Office, echoing a similar report published by the Commons Public ...


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City-centre news »

Tudor Lounge swingers club targeted by raiders who sent naked customers fleeing into the night 

26 Mar

Trio wearing ski masks storm adults-only attraction based in historic Stratford House, Highgate, built in reign of Elizabeth I...


#BrumVote: Things you need to know about youth welfare 

26 Mar

Housing and unemployment are two of the major issues that young adults face on a daily basis.


#Brumvote: The state of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. 

26 Mar

During 2014, a questionnaire was sent to 850 people who had attended an NHS accident and emergency department (AE) during Q1 of 2014.


Birmingham Aston Expressway U-turn fury 

26 Mar

Motorists caught making dangerous manoeuvres through roadworks to avoid traffic delays after accident...


West Midlands Mixed Media Awards organiser says event will return after success of first year 

26 Mar

By Thomas Lynch Organisers of the West Midlands Mixed Media Awards say it will return next year after the inaugural event proved a success.


#BRUMVOTE and the economy, 5 parties economic plans for our future 

26 Mar

Here we have summarised 5 different parties economic policies which show us their plans for our future.


CCTV released after man is bitten in Chelmsley Wood robbery 

26 Mar

By Thomas Lynch CCTV footage has been released after a man was bitten by an attacker who then fled with his wallet.


West Midlands Police fighting pay out threat over forced retirement 

26 Mar

West Midlands Police are fighting to avoid a massive pay out to officers ordered to retire after completing 30 years service.


Dead Pixels at Digbeth Dining Club 

26 Mar

When: Friday 3rd April, 18:00-00:00 Where: Spotlight and Next Door, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG This coming First Friday, Dead Pixels in association with Digbeth Dining Club, invite you to their next outing at Spotlight and Next Door.


Drivers face disruption as Birmingham city centre tunnels close overnight 

26 Mar

By Sulayman Bah Birmingham drivers are braced for disruption when the St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels close overnight for more than a month.


#BRUMVOTE and the NHS: 5 parties’ policies on health 

26 Mar

With the NHS being the biggest concern for most voters, voters want to know how much extra spending each party plans on using, and if at all, how are they going to fund this increase.


Lucky escape for driver after car hits a tree in Frankley 

26 Mar

By Bethan Callely A driver has escaped uninjured after his car hit a tree in Frankley.


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Aston Villa »

Burke Heads To Notts County 

26 Mar

Burke Heads To Notts County Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:26/03/2015 19:08:00 It's being reported that Graham Burke has also made a loan move out today, and he's gone to Jack Grealish's old club, Notts County.


Kinsella Heads To Luton Town 

26 Mar

Kinsella Heads To Luton Town Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:26/03/2015 19:02:00 Yuong left back Lewis Kinsella will get his first taste of Football League action having made the move to Luton today.


Cole Praises Delph’s Qualities 

26 Mar

Cole Praises Delph's Qualities Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:26/03/2015 16:11:00 Midfielder Joe Cole has heaped praise on England international Fabian Delph and said he feels he'll go on to be an England stalwart in future.


Agbonlahor – Spirits At An All Time High 

26 Mar

Agbonlahor - Spirits At An All Time High Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:26/03/2015 16:02:00 Striker Gabby Agbonlahor has said that he feels the spirit is at an all time high under new manager Tim Sherwood, and he doesn't believe it's been...


Tactic Tim’s Failings Against Swansea 

26 Mar

Prior to Sherwood becoming our new manager, a few Spurs fans did point out Sherwood’s weaknesses.


Captain Concrete Ron – Right Place, Wrong Time 

26 Mar

Captain Concrete Ron - Right Place, Wrong Time Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:26/03/2015 08:57:00 Vital Villa welcomes a new blogger, Eddy Pitt @1874HolteEnder.


Stadium Improvements 

26 Mar

Over the past few weeks, speculation about who will buy Aston Villa has increased, with the American Phoenix Group being the company that has reported to have agreed a deal with Randy Lerner.


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Birmingham City FC »

Johnstone loaned to Burton 

26 Mar

Denny Johnstone has joined League Two side Burton Albion on loan.


Tesche Undecided On Future 

26 Mar

Tesche Undecided On Future Vitalfootball:Birmingham:26/03/2015 19:23:00 Blues loanee does not know whether he will sign for Blues...


Blues sign Fabbrini from Watford 

26 Mar

Blues have signed forward Diego Fabbrini on loan from Championship rivals Watford.


Birmingham City blog: Blues players still have a lot to play for if they want to stay at the club 

26 Mar

Our Birmingham City blogger Alex Lowe says there are a number of Blues players who need to prove themselves to Gary Rowett in the run-in if they are to remain at St.


Watford Forward Joins Birmingham 

26 Mar

Watford Forward Joins Birmingham Vitalfootball:Birmingham:26/03/2015 18:54:00 Diego Fabbrini has signed for Blues on emergency loan...


Johnstone signs Burton deal 

26 Mar

Burton have completed the loan signing of Denny Johnstone from Birmingham until the end of the season.


Birmingham City: Young trio leave on loan deals 

26 Mar

Denny Johnstone joins Burton Albion while James Fry and Nat Kelly both move to Kidderminster Harriers...


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Sport »

SPARKHILL UNITED 1-5 HILL UNITED 

26 Mar

Sparkhill were put to the sword by a really good Hill United side who got sweet revenge for Sparkhill's previous two victories over them this season.


BUCS Big Wednesday 2015 

25 Mar

Live coverage from the BUCS Championship and Trophy finals, taking place at Loughborough University.


ROMULUS ACADEMY EASTER HOLIDAY TRIALS DAY. 

25 Mar

Opportunity knocks for talented teenage footballers thanks to the acclaimed Romulus FC Academy.


Quiz Night – This Friday 27th March 7:30 

25 Mar

A chance to give the grey matter some exercise.


New Zealand Reach First World Cup Final 

24 Mar

Elliott held his nerve to see the Black Caps home in the final over after restricting South Africa to 281-5, their target readjusted to 298 in a match reduced to 43 overs a side.


South Africa Set New Zealand 298 To Win 

24 Mar

Miller’s cameo, which featured three sixes and six fours, lifted the Proteas up to 281-5 in a match reduced to 43-overs-a-side after rain forced the players from the field for nearly two hours.


Injured Sturridge To Miss England Double 

24 Mar

Sturridge joined the rest of the squad in Burton on Monday, but has now returned home after being ruled out of the European qualifier against Lithuania and the friendly with Italy.


The Roms & Royals get a bonus match day. 

24 Mar

After a quite few weeks for Romulus we have arranged a friendly with Sutton Coldfield at Coles Lane this Saturday.


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Business »

Thought police of Bournville leave a bad taste in the mouth 

26 Mar

Cadbury has sent a document to Cadbury workers with a list of regulations on appropriate behaviour in modern-day Bournville.


Jaguar Land Rover to double the size of operations at Whitely HQ 

26 Mar

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) yesterday announced plans to double the size of its operations at its headquarters at Whitely in Coventry.


BREAKING NEWS: £124m contract joy for Carillion 

26 Mar

WOLVERHAMPTON construction and support services group, Carillion has been awarded a £91m contract for a major new development in the heart of London.


Blues Saga: Pannu demands compensation for damage to his reputation 

26 Mar

THE former acting chairman of Birmingham City FC, Peter Pannu, has launched a claim against receivers acting for the clubs parent, Birmingham International Holdings, demanding compensation for...


Rotala profits from revised strategy 

26 Mar

BIRMINGHAM bus and coach company Rotala has returned a positive set of annual results with profit up despite reduced turnover.


HSBC banks on Birmingham as ‘entrepreneurial capital of Britain’ 

26 Mar

In an exclusive interview, HSBC Bank chief executive  Alan Keir tells the Post of his ambitions for the company's new base in the city...


£250m price tag for Grand Central 

26 Mar

Property consultancy DTZ appointed to market Birmingham's new shopping centre as city council looks to slash debt further...


Osborne, Miliband and Clegg at Federation conference in Birmingham 

26 Mar

Big beasts of politics try to woo small companies at Federation of Small Businesses event...


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Business columns »

Acquisition leads to increased business 

27 Mar

Further success for Wolverhampton finance company.


Hotting up for water charity 

27 Mar

Walsall spice company running charity showcase and supper club.


Thought police of Bournville leave a bad taste in the mouth 

26 Mar

Cadbury has sent a document to Cadbury workers with a list of regulations on appropriate behaviour in modern-day Bournville.


Jaguar Land Rover to double the size of operations at Whitely HQ 

26 Mar

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) yesterday announced plans to double the size of its operations at its headquarters at Whitely in Coventry.


Cadbury owners provide work experience 

26 Mar

Mondelēz International gives GCSE students a Taste of Work.


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Events »

50 great Birmingham restaurants we think you really should try 

26 Mar

How many have you eaten at...


Brandon Flowers 

26 Mar

Brandon Flowers - O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 28, May 15...


Can Birmingham Rep’s Marmalade restaurant get a standing ovation? 

26 Mar

Paul Fulford heads to the theatre to judge the performance of this new restaurant...


Romare Promo Mix from Vacuum Boogie 

26 Mar

This Friday Leftfoot Vacuum Boogie bring Ninja Tunes Romare to the HH for a special DJ set.


House of Fraser’s top 30 beauty products: Put a spring in your step with Beauty Confidential 

26 Mar

Is your must have item in this list...


The West End Men 

26 Mar

An evening that celebrates the leading men of the West End, some of the finest performers of this generation will showcase the big numbers and classic rock pop hits £25 £45 VIP TH SH wheelchair spaces available Ticket Information: £25, £45 VIP ...


The West End Men 

26 Mar

An evening that celebrates the leading men of the West End, some of the finest performers of this generation will showcase the big numbers and classic rock pop hits £25 £45 VIP TH SH wheelchair spaces available Ticket Information: £25, £45 VIP ...


The best cinemas in Birmingham – a guide to ticket prices, food and drink and the prime seats 

25 Mar

From Everyman to The Electric, Cineworld to Vue at Star City here is a handy guide on the best places to watch a movie in the city...


Chic with Nile Rodgers, 02 Academy, 25 March 2015 

25 Mar

Imagine a nightclub.


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Music blogs »

Belles of the ball 

27 Mar

Michelle Hatcher writes about a new festival in Warwickshire.


Chic @ Academy Birmingham, Wednesday 25th March 2015 

26 Mar

I wasn’t going to review this gig...


Dronewashed Wranglers 

26 Mar

A fan of Cabaret Voltaire, Tuung or John Foxx? Then you will be lassoed by Wrangler, Martin Longley guarantees.


Prog rocking Robin 

26 Mar

Some legendary names will be taking to the stage.


Sam Lee Sessions | Voices Now [del.icio.us] 

25 Mar

Voices Now Artist Curator Sam Lee presents a musical journey around the Traveller communities he has taken musical inspiration from ahead of our Sunday World Service main space performance.


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999 »

Man threatened with knife on Birmingham to Redditch train 

26 Mar

British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information after a man was threatened with a knife during an attempted robbery on a train between Birmingham and Redditch.


Man threatened with knife on Birmingham to Redditch train 

26 Mar

British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information after a man was threatened with a knife during an attempted robbery on a train between Birmingham and Redditch.


Image issued after 13 steaks stolen from supermarket – Birmingham New Street station 

26 Mar

British Transport Police officers are asking for the public’s help as they search for a thief with a taste for steak.


Image issued after 13 steaks stolen from supermarket – Birmingham New Street station 

26 Mar

British Transport Police officers are asking for the public’s help as they search for a thief with a taste for steak.


Honor’d In The Breach 

24 Mar

I’m a bit bored this evening – sitting in a London hotel as I’ve had to stay over because of successive days of meetings in the capital.


Nuvo Bar CCTV 

20 Mar

Nuvo Bar CCTV Four Birmingham men have been jailed for attacking two drinkers in a Brindley Place bar a vicious beating that left a man blind in one eye.


Achievement awards 

20 Mar

West Midlands Fire Service firefighters and support staff, plus members of the public and police officers, were honoured for selfless acts of courage and outstanding achievement at a prestigious awards ceremony last night (19 March).


CCTV Appeal – Erdington bus set on fire 

19 Mar

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LocalGov »

Uneven paving slabs Church Hill Northfield, 26th March 

26 Mar

There are a lot of cracked and uneven paving slabs going up Church Hill.


Potholes on Longbridge Lane, 26th March 

26 Mar

In front of Albert Bradbeer school on Longbridge Lane, the road condition is bad and pot holes are getting bad, it is on the side heading towards the BP fuel garage.


Graffiti on cable box on Coombes Lane., 26th March 

26 Mar

At the turn for Coombes Lane, there is green graffiti on the cable box just infront the small shop, it is at the Longbridge Lane mini roundabout section of Coombes Lane.


Graffiti on brick pillar., 26th March 

26 Mar

Opposite to Zafs Barbers on Pershore Road, which is just past Ribblesdale Road, there is some small white graffiti on the brick pillar, the word amok is sprayed there.


Graffiti on Hudsons Drive., 26th March 

26 Mar

As you turn into Hudsons Drive just off Pershore Road in Stirchley, there is graffiti on the brick shop side wall on the right hand side.


Fly tipping outside and to the side of the derelect cinema., 26th March 

26 Mar

Seen from the bus.


Extra GP walk-in centre to open in Solihull over Easter 

26 Mar

A temporary GP walk-in centre will open in Chelmsley Wood over the Easter weekend.


Flytipping, 26th March 

26 Mar

2 fridges have been dumped Report on FixMyStreet...


Last chance to apply for a FREE bike 

26 Mar

Would-be cyclists have just days left to apply for the next stage of a FREE bike giveaway in Birmingham.


Spilt rubbish, 26th March 

26 Mar

This spillage was left on Monday by bin men who said street cleaner would clear it.


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Social media »

will we use social? can you help our care act survey? 

26 Mar

Almost two million people in the UK recieve some kind of state-funded care.


Public Keys in ORCID Profiles 

25 Mar

0000-0001-5882-6823 My friend Terence Eden is knowledgeable (and blogs wittily and accessibly) about IT security issues.


Ooh hail 

24 Mar

Click to view video .


gearing up for #trustmebrum 

23 Mar

It's fitting our 750th post is about an event that will challenge convention and involves a number of bright people we rate.


200 comms tools & platforms tried and rated on pr stack 

23 Mar

What started as a chance conversation online has turned into a collaboration and a really useful tool.


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