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Poundland mice took food off sale 

2 Mar

A mice infestation was the reason food was removed from the shelves of a branch of Poundland in Birmingham city centre, the council reveals.


UK Solar Eclipse 2015: How to watch eclipse safely without damaging your eyes 

2 Mar

Space scientists give advice on how to watch Britain's biggest blackout since 1999, which will see 91 per cent of sun obscured in Birmingham...


Four hurt in petrol station fire 

2 Mar

Four people are taken to hospital after suffering burns during a fire at a petrol station in Birmingham.


St Patrick’s Day in Birmingham 2015 will see return of Emerald Village 

2 Mar

Organisers plan to expand celebrations for 2015 by bringing back St Pat Rocks Stage as part of Emerald Village to give people an authentic festival experience...


Labour MP suggests coalition deal – with the Conservatives 

2 Mar

If there's a hung Parliament after May 7's general election then Labour could form a Government in coalition with the Tories, says Birmingham MP Gisela Stuart...


Secondary school place D-Day: Almost a third of Birmingham children miss out on first choice option 

2 Mar

More than 4,000 children not offered their top selection as results are revealed today...


Birmingham gets £30m cycling boost 

2 Mar

Department for Transport funding will expand Birmingham Cycle Revolution scheme to city suburbs with new cycle lanes and routes...


Four injured in explosion during Midland petrol station fire 

2 Mar

Four people were injured after an explosion at a shop kiosk at a Birmingham petrol station.


Canal leak ’caused by hole in bed’ 

2 Mar

A leak in a canal in Birmingham is due to a hole in the bed of the waterway, engineers say.


Cancelled Skyride cycle event may be replaced by city chiefs 

2 Mar

Council brings in marketing firm to bolster cycling revolution - despite Skyride event being pulled due to clashes with test match cricket at Edgbaston...


Plans for V Building site set for go-ahead despite Alpha Tower concerns 

2 Mar

Proposals for the new residential tower block at the Arena Central site have been earmarked for approval by planning officers...


Public transport app Moovit launches in the Midlands 

2 Mar

The launch follows a test phase which saw 40,000 people trialling the app throughout the region...


Skyride Birmingham: City council steps up search for replacement event 

1 Mar

Last month the city council said it was, unlike 16 other UK towns and cities, unable to host a Skyride event in Cannon Hill Park...


Sisters entered Miss Birmingham contest together – but one was kicked out because she’s a MUM 

1 Mar

Single mother Dhakirah Salim falls foul of 'no mums' rule in the small print...


Health chiefs deny fluoridation has led to thyroid conditions 

1 Mar

Researchers investigated GP surgeries in the West Midlands which has the highest levels of water fluoridation in the country.


Capita partnership recycling Birmingham council money unless it finds new customers 

1 Mar

The city council's joint venture with Service Birmingham should be torn up unless more IT packages can be sold to outside agencies.


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Comment »

#NoThanks: Why you should vote no in the referendum 

2 Mar

James Bowker discusses the current state of the Guild of Students' Council and explains why he is voting against its referendum.


#ChooseChange: Why you should vote yes in the referendum 

2 Mar

Bethan Dovey discusses the current state of the Guild of Students' Council and explains why she is supporting the campaign for its referendum.


Council budget day: Bins and libraries are what matters most to the voters 

2 Mar

As Birmingham councillors hold their annual budget meeting it appears that the lessons of the past are being learned elsewhere...


Birmingham school places: Should the finger of blame be wagged at the cheating parents? 

2 Mar

Education Correspondent Emma McKinney gives her views on the parents who cheat their children's way into secondary school...


Them’s The Vagaries 

2 Mar

Much vigorous paddling below the surface continues.


Blame game doesn’t tackle the causes of abuse 

2 Mar

Soapbox – March 2015 As I write, it is in (dread) anticipation of “CSE Tuesday” (3rd March) when it’s expected that the combination of a No.10-convened summit, the Government’s response to Louise Casey’s report on ...


#Я Борис Немцов 

2 Mar

The really big problem with attempting to convey a really big idea is the necessity to form a really meaningless sound bite or, in this increasingly digital age, a stupid hash tag...


Birmingham Needs a Comprehensive and Efficient Library Service! 

1 Mar

Bob Whitehead, on where we are with the Libraries campaign, on the Slaney Street website .


Solidarity needed! Rally this Friday. 

1 Mar

Here is a downloadable version, for printing and circulation; March6th rally version 2...


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City-centre news »

Midland Metro News February 2015 

3 Mar

Balfour Beatty has released its February Bulletin...


Olympic Gold Medallist films with The Gadget Show at Boston Tea Party café 

2 Mar

It’s not often an Olympic Gold Medallist is in Birmingham.


#Brumvote: Labour MP for Ladywood, Shabana Mahmood sees expenses claims rise by 70% since 2010. 

2 Mar

#Brumvote: Labour MP reduces office expenditure by 42% in 2014.


Marks & Spencer coffee review: Overheated latte in an unwelcoming cafe 

2 Mar

The staff at this High Street branch of Marks Spencer in Birmingham were more keen to clean up than offer a smile to customers...


Charity Clothes Swap 

2 Mar

When: Thursday 12 March, 16:00-20:00 Where: North Gallery, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA Entry: £3 Two students are spearheading a charity clothes swap event, taking place at the Custard Factory next week in aid of St Basil’s...


Birmingham gets £30m cycling boost 

2 Mar

Department for Transport funding will expand Birmingham Cycle Revolution scheme to city suburbs with new cycle lanes and routes...


Centenary Square and Paradise Progress Revealed 

1 Mar

Report on the recent frr public meeting...


Live Music Round Up 

1 Mar

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


The most unlikely places to find nature in Birmingham 

1 Mar

A look at some of the best places to find nature in Birmingham...


Sisters entered Miss Birmingham contest together – but one was kicked out because she’s a MUM 

1 Mar

Single mother Dhakirah Salim falls foul of 'no mums' rule in the small print...


Our Class 

28 Feb

When: Saturday 28 February, 17:00 Where: Stryx Arts, Unit 13, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS Tickets: Free Stuck for something to do this Saturday evening in Digbeth? Stryx Arts invite you to a free performance of their … ...


Big Centre TV: Rushed, repetitive and not exactly gripping 

28 Feb

Our critic ROZ LAWS watches the first night's output of Birmingham's new TV station...


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Aston Villa »

Sherwood – Give The Strikers Better Service 

2 Mar

Sherwood - Give The Strikers Better Service Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:02/03/2015 20:25:00 With the pressure being put on from manager Tim Sherwood he has taken a little of that off the strikers with our 13 goals all season statistic.


Sherwood – The Pressure Is On Ahead Of West Brom 

2 Mar

Sherwood - The Pressure Is On Ahead Of West Brom Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:02/03/2015 18:38:00 Manager Tim Sherwood has again repeated that he's piling the pressure on the players ahead of the game against West Bromwich Albion and he also...


All Change – New Albion Injury Update 

2 Mar

All Change - New Albion Injury Update Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:02/03/2015 18:24:00 Following on from the earlier West Bromwich Albion injury update article, there have been some changes.


Confidence is crucial 

2 Mar

“We have won five [league]games of football all season; we need to win six to stay in the division.


That Fat Lady Isn’t Singing – There Is Hope AVFC 

2 Mar

That Fat Lady Isn't Singing - There Is Hope AVFC Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:02/03/2015 13:36:00 It's not over until the fat lady sings and at the moment she's not even warming up her vocal cords.


Delph – Put Newcastle Disappointment Into Albion 

2 Mar

Delph - Put Newcastle Disappointment Into Albion Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:02/03/2015 12:04:00 Midfielder Fabian Delph has called on the squad to channel the Newcastle disappointment from the weekend into our double header against West Bromwich...


Clark On Strange West Brom Week 

2 Mar

Clark On Strange West Brom Week Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:02/03/2015 11:54:00 With Aston Villa facing West Bromwich Albion twice inside of a week - a league clash and an FA Cup clash - defender Ciaran Clark has said we'll be going all out...


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Birmingham City FC »

BLOG: Birmingham City fans may jeer Lee Clark – but the majority of this squad was assembled by him 

2 Mar

Our Birmingham City blogger David Lewis believes Blues fans should remember the good work Lee Clark did at St.


Forest midfielder joins Blues 

2 Mar

Blues have signed Robert Tesche on loan from Championship rivals Nottingham Forest...


Birmingham City new boy Robert Tesche: Gary Rowett has asked me to bring composure to Blues’ midfield 

2 Mar

The 27-year-old German will go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s match against Blackpool at St Andrew’s...


Birmingham sign Tesche from Forest 

2 Mar

Birmingham City sign German midfielder Robert Tesche on loan from Championship rivals Nottingham Forest.


Tesche joins Birmingham on loan 

2 Mar

Birmingham have signed Nottingham Forest midfielder Robert Tesche on loan.


Blues Sign Tesche 

2 Mar

Birmingham City have signed German midfielder Robert Tesche on loan from Nottingham Forest.


Birmingham City sign Nottingham Forest midfielder Robert Tesche on an emergency loan 

2 Mar

German midfielder joins Blues until the end of the season...


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Sport »

Next Trials for the Roms Academy. 

2 Mar

Our second open trials takes place on the 1st.


Players free to play elsewhere. 

2 Mar

Romulus Football Club would like to thank all the players listed below for their services to the club.


1st XV – Bloxwich 12 – 66 Handsworth 

2 Mar

Handsworth Punish Local Rivals with Strong Running...


100 Club – February draw 

2 Mar

The latest draw in the 100 Club was made on Saturday.


SPARKHILL UNITED 1-0 LOZELLS STRIKERS 

1 Mar

Sparkhill produced a gritty performance to beat a hard working Lozells Strikers side on their return to league action, with the game evenly poised at 0-0, new signing Taher Ahmed on his second start popped up with a terrific finish in the box...


Hughes Penalty Rescues Point 

1 Mar

A last minute penalty from Josh Hughes rescued a draw for Brit Wollaston in a scrappy game at Brown Westhead Park.


Next Quiz Night 

1 Mar

Friday 27th March...


Time changes 

1 Mar

Later kick off times...


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Business »

Range Rover Evoque Convertible to go into production 

2 Mar

Land Rover first showed a convertible concept at the 2012 Geneva motor show and speculation has been mounting in recent months that it was set to go into production...


BREAKING NEWS: Jaguar Land Rover confirms new model 

2 Mar

VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed it is to put into full production a convertible version of its best-selling Range Rover Evoque.


Aston Martin to extend availability of Lagonda Taraf beyond Middle East 

2 Mar

Now named the Lagonda Taraf, the vehicle will also be available in the UK, Europe and South Africa - but in strictly limited numbers...


BREAKING NEWS: SGH Martineau and Shakespeares in merger talks 

2 Mar

TWO of Birminghams best known law firms, SGH Martineau and Shakespeares, are in merger talks.


BBC can’t ignore Midlands after licence fee overhaul, MP claims 

2 Mar

Proposals for a catch-all levy to fund the BBC must mean it funds all regions fairly, Birmingham MP says...


Blues Saga: Receivers tell Football League club safe for the rest of the season 

2 Mar

BIRMINGHAM City FC fans have been told the club has sufficient funds in place to remain in operation for the rest of the Championship season despite its parent company entering receivership.


Mixed bag of results for Trinity Mirror 

2 Mar

NEWSPAPER publisher Trinity Mirror - owner of the Birmingham Post & Mail and the Coventry Telegraph - has reported a fall in revenue but a slight increase in profit.


Rotala motors on with North West bus group acquisition 

2 Mar

TRANSPORT company Rotala has bought Manchester-based Green Triangle Buses (GTB) for £900,000.


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Business columns »

City hotel heart charity launch 

3 Mar

Hilton Garden Inn announces Heart Research UK as its chosen charity.


WHY RUGBY NEEDS TO CHANGE 

2 Mar

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You, Your MP and Those Outside Incomes 

1 Mar

RICHARD LUTZ digs into a website that tells you just how much your MP makes on the side You elect your MP and that person earns £66,000 per year,tirelessly working your corner, ensuring your constituency is represented in The House to improve your ...


HAPPY DAYS FOR ANCIENT PR LUVVIES 

28 Feb

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WET WET WET 

27 Feb

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Events »

Benjamin Yellowitz to play headline Hare & Hounds Show 

2 Mar

Self-produced musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Yellowitz takes acoustic roots to new levels with his dark ambient production style.


Marks & Spencer coffee review: Overheated latte in an unwelcoming cafe 

2 Mar

The staff at this High Street branch of Marks Spencer in Birmingham were more keen to clean up than offer a smile to customers...


The most unlikely places to find nature in Birmingham 

1 Mar

A look at some of the best places to find nature in Birmingham...


Big Centre TV: Rushed, repetitive and not exactly gripping 

28 Feb

Our critic ROZ LAWS watches the first night's output of Birmingham's new TV station...


Stallholders at the next market (3rd March) 

28 Feb

Not long till we are back in action! Here’s a list of stallholders at the March market: Cuffufle Chutney, Pip’s Hot Sauce, Kneals Chocolate, Sweet Heart Designs, Vegetropolis, Loaf, Curds and Whey, Pie Creator, Hibiscus Grove, Happy Hut ...


Bryan Corbett Quartet, 3 Mar 2015 

28 Feb

3 Mar 2015 - Jazz at The Jam House FREE Jazz trumpeter, Bryan Corbett returns to the Jam House with a new show.


Moon King – Secret Life 

27 Feb

Back in January we covered Alvvays at the Hare and Hounds.


Nigel Kennedy to perform The Hendrix Project for “Human Aid” Charity at The Assembly, Leamington Spa 

27 Feb

The Assembly in Leamington Spa have announced that they will host a very special charity concert by legendary violinist Nigel Kennedy on Monday 9th March.


Lost Dials 

27 Feb

Lost Dials - O2 Academy 2 Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 02, Apr 15...


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Music blogs »

Miami nice 

3 Mar

Martin Longley relishes the reformation of those beyond-country Miami titans, The Mavericks.


Single Review: Ed Sheeran & Rudimental – Bloodstream 

2 Mar

Do Rudimental successfully spice up Ed's latest release...


NAPALM DEATH 

2 Mar

Have you heard of extreme picnicking? I’m told that some people like to forego picturesque hillsides and secluded romantic coves to eat al fresco surrounded by concrete and fumes.


WHAT IS VOODOO RHYTHM? 

2 Mar

VOODOO RHYTHM TALKS IN BLOCK CAPITALS AND BROKEN ENGLISH.


Happy Meals created a playlist 

2 Mar

Genres are crappy – here’s just good music There’s nothing like a compilation to give you an insight into the inspirations behind artists’ work, and Glaswegian cosmic disco duo Happy Meals recently put together a corker for ...


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999 »

Sectioned 

28 Feb

This is one of those posts I’ve done before but I’m now writing again in a different way because it just keeps on happening.


CCTV: Petrol thieves sought as police probe £30k fuel scam 

27 Feb

CCTV: Petrol thieves sought as police probe 30k fuel scam Detectives investigating a fuel card cloning scam have released images of two men they believe may have filled up with 30000 of stolen petrol and diesel from forecourts across Birmingham...


CCTV: Kings Norton corner shop robbery 

26 Feb

CCTV: Kings Norton corner shop robbery We're appealing for help to identify two men who held-up a corner shop.


Police appeal after man is pushed to floor in unprovoked attack at Bournville station 

25 Feb

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for witnesses after a man in his sixties was pushed to the floor in an unprovoked attack at Bournville station.


Police appeal after man is pushed to floor in unprovoked attack at Bournville station 

25 Feb

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for witnesses after a man in his sixties was pushed to the floor in an unprovoked attack at Bournville station.


Criminal Sentencing under Part III 

22 Feb

It’s a couple of years since I first wrote an explanatory post about what some people call ‘hybrid orders’ under s45A of the Mental Health Act.


Five Hundred Blogs 

21 Feb

To the Tune of 500 Miles by the Proclaimers — “I would write 500 blogs And I might write 500 more Just to be the man who’d wrote a thousand blogs.


Just Imagine … 

20 Feb

Just imagine if you confidently knew your powers of entry when asked to locate and return a patient who is AWOL under the Mental Health Act 1983?  Imagine you knew that the Act contained no power of entry, you would know that after knocking...


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LocalGov »

Street Light Not Working, 2nd March 

2 Mar

On Faraday Avenue, next to the bus stop, outside Lloyds Pharmacy, there is a street light not working.


Reports of violations of building regulations (e.g. broken windows, doors, weeds) 

2 Mar

Follow up sent to Birmingham City Council by robin bartram on 2 March 2015 .


Someones dumped a FridgeFreezer, 2nd March 

2 Mar

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Reports of violations of building regulations (e.g. broken windows, doors, weeds) 

2 Mar

Response by Birmingham City Council to robin bartram on 2 March 2015 .


Pothole, 2nd March 

2 Mar

Pothole adjacent to pedestrian crossing on Harborne High Street opposite The School Yard and WH Smith shop.


Supervised Contact Service 

2 Mar

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by clare sanderson on 2 March 2015 .


Damaged sign now presenting danger, 2nd March 

2 Mar

The sign that is attached to post between two bollards has been hit and damaged and presents a danger if it falls down.


Birmingham City Council 2014 IRO service review, CAFCASS management, exit plan and costs 

2 Mar

Response by Birmingham City Council to Independent For Children on 2 March 2015 .


Private Hire operators licences for Birmingham City 

2 Mar

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Matthew Borland on 2 March 2015 .


Secondary school intake – offers at 2 March 2015 

2 Mar

Today is national day of offer of secondary school places.


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Social media »

BOOK REVIEW & EVENT: Trust Me PR is Dead by Robert Phillips 

2 Mar

If PR sat down and gave some PR advice to PR it would be that the term ‘PR’ was broken.


Investigative journalism: the best of times and the worst of times 

2 Mar

Image from CJR Two posts this month painting very different pictures of investigative journalism in the second decade of the 21st century.


review: trust me, pr is dead by robert phillips 

2 Mar

Robert Phillips has published 'Trust Me, PR is Dead' a book which is more than just a provocative title.


how effective is your home page? 

2 Mar

Every year SOCITM publish their Better Connected report into how local government websites are faring.


ten things internal communicators can learn from wales 

1 Mar

To mark St David's Day we thought that it would be rather good to have a Welsh post and a Welsh guest editor.


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