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Concern for missing Erdington man who left home a week ago 

28 Jul

David Weaver was last seen on CCTV leaving his supported accommodation in Kingsbury Road, Erdington...


Palestine protesters parade along Birmingham Broad Street 

28 Jul

Motorists waving flags descend on the heart of Birmingham's nightlife scene following city centre demonstration on Saturday...


Birmingham At War 1914-18: Jim was right in the thick of things 

28 Jul

Jim Counsell's War 1914-18, by Michael Counsell, of Northfield, a former pupil at King Edward's school, Edgbaston.


Birmingham At War 1914-18: Bugler finally takes place on roll of honour 

28 Jul

Private Joseph Belcher was one of thousands of the city's courageous men who joined up en-masse to fight in the Great War as part of the British Expeditionary Force.


Birmingham At War 1914-18: The Great War brought to life at Kings Norton Girls’ School 

28 Jul

Students at Kings Norton Girls' School had WWI brought to life as the centenary of the conflict arrives.


Birmingham At War 1914-18: Breaking of the Hindenburg Line 

28 Jul

Carl Chinn recounts the amazing storming of the Hindenburg Line by the 137th Staffordshire Brigade which led to the end of the war.


Birmingham At War 1914-18: Colossal effort of Nechells gasworks 

28 Jul

Birmingham was transformed into a huge munitions hub.


Birmingham At War 1914-18: Following in a lost father’s footsteps 

28 Jul

Steve Bird recounts the fate of his great grandfather, his family and the son who followed in his footsteps...


Eid Mubarak: 40,000 Muslims celebrate in Small Heath Park 

28 Jul

Birmingham hosts one of the biggest Eid celebrations in the UK as the end of Ramadan is marked with prayers, food and entertainment.


Birmingham At War 1914-18: City stayed on the move during conflict 

28 Jul

Buses started running regularly for the first time in Birmingham shortly before the war began.


Birmingham At War 1914-18: Coping with the refugees 

28 Jul

Along with the atrocities committed against Belgian civilians, there were 250,000 refugees from the country.


Birmingham At War 1914-18: Weightlifter who ‘bucked up wounded boys’ 

28 Jul

Lawrence Levy was a tour-de-force when it came to weightlifting.


Protesters occupy University of Birmingham after pair banned 

28 Jul

Defend Education Birmingham react to ban of two student protesters...


Bike stolen as owner slept a few feet away on Birmingham-bound train 

28 Jul

British Transport Police release CCTV image after mountain bike stolen from Rugby to Birmingham New Street train...


Birmingham At War 1914-18: Boy who lied about his age 

28 Jul

Tragic Harry Steele was only 16 when he joined the army to escape the long arm of the law – and it cost the teenager his life.


Cost of renting in West Midlands falls further behind London 

28 Jul

Average rents in the West Midlands rose by 4.3 per cent over the past year, to £625 per month – but the increase failed to keep pace with the national average...


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Comment »

Wedding belles…purely for the dog 

28 Jul

Only Fools and Horses star John Challis is the 'Boycie' of a nation.


Update from the Occupation: University threatens to illegally force entry 

28 Jul

The University Legal Services have sent a letter to the occupation, in which they threatened to break into the occupation this morning at 11.30.


Birmingham Anti-Capitalists and the ISN. 

27 Jul

The following statement has been sent to Slaney Street for publication all political groups especially those local to Birmingham are welcome to publish on our site.


NHS: Transformation by cuts 

27 Jul

 by Jolyon Jones “ I have seen the future and it doesn’t work.


Red Ed’s taking on football club riches 

27 Jul

Our political editor Jonathan Walker on the big issues that are hitting the news.


MCB welcomes the Education Secretary’s response to the Birmingham schools’ investigation 

26 Jul

A Surrey reader sent a statement by the Muslim Council of Britain, whose members include over 500 organisations, mosques, charities and schools.


Tamed national mainstream media minimises reporting of protests 

25 Jul

American Quaker Viola Purvis once spoke about the media clampdown before the first Iraq war “no other reports of opposition to this military action”: “Many demonstrated in the Winter Park city (Florida) but we thought we were alone as there ...


Four candidates declared for PCC by-election in August 

25 Jul

The Statement of Persons Nominated for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) by-election on 21 August has been published today (25 July) by the Police Area Returning Officer (Birmingham City Council...


Good times roll for Capita, and other political news from the week that was 

25 Jul

Chamberlain Files chief blogger Paul Dale decides it’s high time to make some fresh entries into ‘Dale’s Diary’ At long last, some good news to report about Capita.


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City-centre news »

Palestine protesters parade along Birmingham Broad Street 

28 Jul

Motorists waving flags descend on the heart of Birmingham's nightlife scene following city centre demonstration on Saturday...


Digbeth Residents Association – August Meeting 

28 Jul

When: Monday 11th August 2014, 18:00 onwards Where: Old Crown Restaurant, High Street Deritend, Digbeth The next meeting of Digbeth Residents Association will be taking place on Monday 11th August at 18:00 in the Old Crown on Digbeth High Street.


Flower tributes at spot where Tia Kounota’s body was found in a blazing car 

27 Jul

Bouquets and Facebook messages pay tributes to 27-year-old...


Flower tributes at spot where Tia Kounota’s body was found in a blazing car 

27 Jul

Bouquets and Facebook messages pay tributes to 27-year-old...


Live Music Round Up 

27 Jul

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


The eyes take the prize – national award winner was inspired by Freddie Mercury Outfit 

27 Jul

Rock fan's Queen video make-up propels her to victory in ane Iredale National Student Make-up Competition...


DotMoth Studio 

26 Jul

DotMoth Studio is a design company founded by Annie Jenkins and Angela Tomlinson.


Police hunt for gang who punched and robbed student 

26 Jul

Officers release CCTV image of suspect after man celebrating graduation was attacked in Broad Street underpass...


Fr Euan Henderson RIP 

26 Jul

Fr Euan Henderson, priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, died on 25th July at Stonor, Henley on Thames.


Erdington murder investigation: Appeal for sightings of pink car 

25 Jul

Damian Dinobewe appeared in court today charged with the murder of Tia Kounota who was found dead inside her burning pink Audi A3...


Points of View 

24 Jul

When: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July 2014 Where: Centrala, Unit 4, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS Polish Expats Association (PEA) has moved to a new space called Centrala at Minerva Works.


Pope Francis asks Catholics across Britain to protect and cherish life 

24 Jul

In a special message to Catholics across Britain for the annual “Day for Life”, Pope Francis invites young Catholics in particular to work “to ensure adequate legal protection for the fundamental human right to life”.


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Aston Villa »

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert wants to sign Chelsea winger Victor Moses on loan for the season 

28 Jul

Paul Lambert has made a move for Chelsea winger Victor Moses and will step up his bid to sign Ki Sung-yueng this week...


Vital Villa Interviews 2014 – crimsondonkey 

28 Jul

Vital Villa Interviews 2014 - crimsondonkey Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:28/07/2014 11:09:00 crimsondonkey is next for the Vital Villa interview.


Our Defensive Line 

28 Jul

In just under three weeks, the first ball will be kicked in Aston Villa’s 2014-15 season.


Lambert Thrilled With US Tour 

27 Jul

Lambert Thrilled With US Tour Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:27/07/2014 15:42:00 Manager Paul Lambert has said he was very pleased with our mini Texan tour and he was delighted to sign off our time in the States with a win.


Houston 0-1 Aston Villa 

27 Jul

Houston 0-1 Aston Villa Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:27/07/2014 15:35:00 We've won a Cup, we have some silverware...


The preseason keeps on giving 

27 Jul

It’s been hard to get excited with anything to do with Aston Villa recently, but this summer hasn’t been too shabby overall.


Lots of noise but no action 

26 Jul

This week we heard that Fabian Delph, while on tour in Texa, has told supporters of Aston Villa that he wants a new contract.


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Birmingham City FC »

Johnstone Deal on the Rocks 

28 Jul

Johnstone Deal on the Rocks Vitalfootball:Birmingham:28/07/2014 09:45:00 Celtic reject Blues financial proposal...


Thomas Happy With Team 

28 Jul

Thomas Happy With Team Vitalfootball:Birmingham:28/07/2014 09:31:00 The new forward scored twice for Blues against Kidderminster; Nine new signings don't worry Wes ahead of the start of the season...


Contrasting Pre Seasons 

28 Jul

It's less than a fortnight until the new season and Blackpool FC are still to add to the lowly eight contracted players that constitute their first team squad.


Kidderminster 0 – 3 Birmingham City 

27 Jul

Kidderminster 0 - 3 Birmingham City Vitalfootball:Birmingham:27/07/2014 22:33:00 Birmingham continued their good start to pre-season with a 3-0 win away at Kidderminster.


Lee Clark hails Blues performance after third pre-season friendly triumph in a row 

26 Jul

Birmingham City boss praises team's ‘pace and power’ after energetic performance in baking heat at Kidderminster...


Live coverage of Kidderminster v Birmingham City with Colin Tattum 

26 Jul

Join Our Man At Blues in the press box...


Lee Clark: Blues fans will warm to team’s characters 

26 Jul

New-look Blues will give their all for the faithful, predicts manager Lee Clark...


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Sport »

Under 21s – Winnin Beginin! 

28 Jul

U21s win first fixture...


2nds complete double 

28 Jul

2nd XI Rugby 129 all out Aston Manor 130-2 ASTON MANOR WON BY 8 WICKETS With an almost carbon copy of the 1st XI match, Manor’s 2nd XI also cruised to an 8 wicket victory at Church Road.


Manor brush Rugby aside 

28 Jul

Warwickshire Premier League 1st XI Rugby 137 all out Aston Manor 141-2 ASTON MANOR WON BY 8 WICKETS With table topping Bedworth losing at third placed Olton, second placed Aston Manor took full advantage with an impressive all round performance...


Live – Middlesex v Warwickshire 

27 Jul

Live commentary and scorecard from the One-Day Cup group game at Lord's (10:30 BST).


Lancs host Glamorgan in T20 Blast 

25 Jul

Lancashire take on Glamorgan at Old Trafford in the opening match of the T20 Blast quarter-finals on Friday, 1 August.


Live – Birmingham Bears v Leicestershire 

25 Jul

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


Counties return to 50-over format 

25 Jul

The One-Day Cup begins on Saturday, marking the return of the 50-over format to county cricket after a four-year gap.


Glasgow 2014: 21 UOB students from past and present selected 

24 Jul

UBSport are proud to announce that the 2014 Commonwealth Games will see 21 UOB current students and alumni representing their respective countries at the games.


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Business »

Lloyds to pay out £218m over Libor 

28 Jul

LLOYDS Banking Group is to pay fines totalling £218 million to UK and US authorities after it became the latest lender to be punished over the rigging of interest rate benchmarks.


Supermarket cutting fuel prices 

28 Jul

ASDA has sparked a likely supermarket petrol price war by cutting its fuel prices.


Ryanair increases profits forecast 

28 Jul

RYANAIR raised its full-year profits guidance today after more than doubling first- quarter earnings and setting out aggressive plans for expansion in Europe.


Eid 2014 boost for Birmingham retailers 

28 Jul

The city’s landmark Selfridges store is expected to be among those boosted by Eid – which marks the end of a month of Muslim fasting...


Sheikhs baffle Rolls as Middle East buyers turn to new Lagonda 

28 Jul

LUXURY sports cars manufacturer Aston Martin has confirmed it is to produce a new super saloon that will see the revival of the historic Lagonda name.


Trinity Mirror upbeat despite profit and revenue falling 

28 Jul

NEWSPAPER group Trinity Mirror, which publishes the Birmingham Post and Mail and the Coventry Telegraph, has seen a dip in both profit and revenue.


Bassi’s Real Estate Investors spends £7m on Warwick town centre property 

28 Jul

Birmingham property group shows no signs of slowing down in deals market after completing latest acquisition...


REI opens war chest again to buy Warwick property for £7.25m 

28 Jul

ACQUISITIVE Birmingham property group Real Estate Investors has bought a prominent property in central Warwick for £7.25m.


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Business columns »

REMEMBERING THE GREAT WAR FALLEN 

28 Jul

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STING IN THE JOBS TAIL 

26 Jul

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GREEN HORROR 2 

25 Jul

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Charity offices local office gets makeover thanks to volunteers 

25 Jul

Refurbishment for food charity.


Greater Birmingham leads foreign investment surge 

25 Jul

Further evidence of the region’s international appeal.


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Events »

JP Cooper to Play the H&H This Thursday 

28 Jul

Having recently being signed to Island Records, JP Cooper will be playing three live dates to celebrate his forthcoming EP entitled ‘Keep The Quiet Out’.


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt 

28 Jul

Join members of NYOGB for this free performance of a new musical adaptation of the children's classic.


Guided Tour of Birmingham Cathedral, 28 Jul 2014 

27 Jul

28 Jul 2014 - Community at Birmingham Cathedral FREE A guided tour of Birmingham Cathedral by our Heritage Manager, Jane McArdle.


The eyes take the prize – national award winner was inspired by Freddie Mercury Outfit 

27 Jul

Rock fan's Queen video make-up propels her to victory in ane Iredale National Student Make-up Competition...


New Show Announcement: Roland Gift 

25 Jul

We’re pleased to announce that Roland Gift will be playing the Hare Hounds on Wednesday 3rd September.


WARWICK BAR SUMMER FETE – 26th JULY, 12-6pm, FREE 

25 Jul

Digbeth’s canal-side party, the Warwick Bar Summer Fete , returns tomorrow with a packed programme of fun… EDIBLE EASTSIDE Bicycle Basket Bazaar | Pod Projects | 12-6pm A celebration of the Bicycles, creativity and good cheer; a unique array ...


Ikon Summer Events 

25 Jul

There are plenty of things to keep you busy at the Ikon over the summer with creative workshops, walking tours and family activities… Plastic Fantastic Saturday 26 July, various times – £15 per person Make your own 80s-inspired jewellery...


Shock and Gore season takes over Birmingham 

25 Jul

Artists, cake bakers and film fans have teamed up to put on a series of events all using death as their inspiration.


Daily Grind: Pret A Manger in Selfridges, Birmingham Bullring 

25 Jul

Despite several redesigns over the years, Pret has always been pretty consistent.


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Music blogs »

People Stand Together – Community Mural At PST August 4th – 10th 

28 Jul

Ok so we can proudly confirm our next community graffiti mural will take pride on walls of Birmingham’s best, and a personal favourite of ours, music venue PST , Digbeth.


Birmingham Summer Market @ The Bond, August 2 

28 Jul

Looking to capitalise on this unusual amount of beautiful summer sun? The Summer Market takes place at The Bond in Digbeth on Saturday August 2 and showcases 50 handpicked artists including local designers and food exhibitors alongside a street food ...


The day Surinder Sandhu told Steve Vai to wind it down – and down – and down. 

27 Jul

The Glorious Process: music cultures flowing to new places, in your town.


All that jazz (the grand finale) 

26 Jul

Part three of our Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival round-up.


Cum On Feel the Norze! 

26 Jul

Martin Longley reports from day three of Norway’s Førdefestivalen world music festival.


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999 »

Dramatic footage of police officer flung from getaway van 

28 Jul

Dramatic footage of police officer flung from getaway van Dramatic footage of the moment a Birmingham police officer was flung to the ground as he tried to stop a getaway van has been released today as detectives appeal for help to solve the...


A Little Knowledge Is Dangerous 

28 Jul

Mental health has been creeping up the agenda in policing for some while now.


Parity Of Esteem 

26 Jul

I want to highlight a case that has been covered in the media this month which shows exactly why we need to be careful about the false dichotomy of mind-body dualism and why we need to be really careful about the ridiculous things we hear some...


Robbery on Lionel Street, Birmingham 

25 Jul

Robbery on Lionel Street, Birmingham CCTV showing two robbery suspects after a teen was attacked in Lionel Street, Birmingham city centre on 18 June.


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

25 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 goods from the Boots store on the concourse at Birmingham New Street railway station.


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

25 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 goods from the Boots store on the concourse at Birmingham New Street railway station.


Our partnership with Accenture and force mergers 

25 Jul

Two related topics this week.


West Midlands Ambulance Service (4026) BN60 WMX, Birmingham. 

24 Jul

West Midlands Ambulance Service (4026) BN60 WMX, Birmingham.


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LocalGov »

Council Tax Overpayments – Legislation 

28 Jul

Response by Birmingham City Council to Deepak Patel on 28 July 2014 .


Telegraph Pole, 28th July 

28 Jul

There is a telephone wire hanging down onto the street that was snapped by a lorry delivering bricks and the wire has been wrapped around the tree but is dangerous for someone walking past after dark.


Chinese Rail Company correspondence relating to HS2 

28 Jul

Response by Birmingham City Council to Paul Thornton on 28 July 2014 .


Cemetery and crematorium among best in the UK 

28 Jul

Green flags will be flying at Kings Norton Cemetery and Sutton Coldfield Crematorium after both sites were recognised as being among the best in the UK.


Enormous pothole in the middle of the road, 28th July 

28 Jul

There is a pothole, about 4 inches deep by about 4 foot in length in the middle of the road opposite number 14 Selborne Road, Handsworth Wood Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 20 Selborne Road...


Traffic Light (Pedestrian Crossing) Failure, 28th July 

28 Jul

On West Boulevard, none of the puffin crossing lights are working, on both sides of the carriageway.


Birmingham prepares to mark centenary of outbreak of First World War 

28 Jul

Final preparations are under way for a weekend of events in Birmingham to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.


The Freedom Project – Summer Domestic Violence campaign #SUSOBrum 

28 Jul

The Freedom Programme which deals withale violence to women and children.


Fly tipping, 28th July 

28 Jul

9 or more black Sacks containing Children's Toys and Garden Waste Dumped at side of highway Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Shenley Fields Road, Selly Oak Report on FixMyStreet...


Walford/Meslicott, 28th July 

28 Jul

It's still here and smelling worse by the day.


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Social media »

COMMS ADVICE: Be Bold, Be the bit of Grit in the Oyster 

27 Jul

If there is one piece of advice I came to late in my career that I value in my career it is this… the role of comms is sometimes to be the bit of grit in the oyster.


Thoughts on posters – accents and kerning 

25 Jul

I was staring at posters on the Tube earlier today and a couple of them made me think.


Saturday Night 20th December in Birmingham! Foster’s Comedy Live 

25 Jul

Eat, Drink, Laugh and Dance at Jongleurs Birmingham.


Tuesday Night 16th December in Birmingham! Foster’s Comedy Live 

25 Jul

Eat, Drink, Laugh and Dance at Jongleurs Birmingham.


Friday Night 19th December in Birmingham! Foster’s Comedy Live 

25 Jul

Eat, Drink, Laugh and Dance at Jongleurs Birmingham.


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