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The Sam Factor 

20 Jan 18

Talking to X Factor singer Sam Lavery.


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Swan way 

20 Jan 18

Discount orchestra tickets available for health service employees.


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Birmingham company to fit out one of city’s tallest buildings 

19 Jan 18

New contract boost from major residential development.


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Scotland comes to Birmingham city centre 

18 Jan 18

Nicholson’s pubs to stage Burns night celebrations and whisky showcase.


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Wolff at the door: it’s double trouble in The West Wing 

17 Jan 18

                    Richard Lutz reads two books that turn the spotlight on President Trump As the ex-Presidential advisor Steve Bannon is subpoenaed testify before a Grand Jury, what better time to cast an eye over two White House …


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Cyrille Regis: 1958-2018 

16 Jan 18

Cyrille Regis transcended football.


Business
West Midlands Trains supports Year of Engineering 

15 Jan 18

Rail company boost for education and training.


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Cutting down the Forest 

14 Jan 18

Villa continued their good league form with a 1-0 at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.


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Something for the weekend 

13 Jan 18

Foodie Frances Cope gives us a seasonal weekend treat.


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May to Prez: Trumpville is a sh*thole 

12 Jan 18

        Trumpville trash                   The latest report from the hot desk of Sir Howard Elston Sweary-mouth British PM Theresa May today told President Trump that she’ll never go across the pond because  ‘Trumpland is a dump.


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Birmingham students to debate role of the Commonwealth 

12 Jan 18

Event hopes to spotlight effect on Britain’s relations with the world.


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Birmingham jazz photography exhibition enters final month 

12 Jan 18

Last chance to see record of 2017 festival.


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Lady keeps singing the blues 

11 Jan 18

Talking to British blues veteran Connie Lush.


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Come and Sing with Birmingham Bach Choir 

11 Jan 18

Annual workshop gives singers an opportunity to explore a leading choral work with celebrated conductor.


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Jazzlines announce Winter/ Spring 2018 programme 

9 Jan 18

Top female artists and a tribute to Birmingham legend feature.


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Book launch warns against digital overload 

9 Jan 18

International experts to launch pioneering digital leadership book at Birmingham tech hub.


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MasterChef Pros finalist pops up at Staying Cool 

9 Jan 18

MasterChef finalist launches exciting year for Staying Cool and The Wilderness.


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TV’s crown affair 

8 Jan 18

TV monarch Will Mapplebeck dives into his Christmas flatscreen and gets a right royal bucket of enjoyment.


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Jewellery Jazz 

8 Jan 18

Another interesting night promised by Birmingham Jazz.


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The ever-changing game 

7 Jan 18

Dave Woodhall reflects on Villa in the FA Cup and the passing of two claret and blue greats.


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WMCA unveils proposed budget and mayoral precept for 2018/19 

6 Jan 18

New body to raise funds for continued infrastructure expansion.


Business
Successful 2017 for start-ups at leading digital campus 

5 Jan 18

£10 million investment rounds off good year for new Birmingham tech firms.


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Can’t sing, will sing 

5 Jan 18

Second Tuneless Choir comes to Birmingham.


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Birmingham to stage National Children’s WW1 Remembrance Concert 

4 Jan 18

Event will commemorate the centenary of the end of hostilities.


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Birmingham development conference planned 

2 Jan 18

Planning event to bring together region’s property leaders.


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New Year for Birmingham Jazz 

2 Jan 18

Local quartet to perform.


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Bristoling with confidence 

1 Jan 18

Villa stepped into the New Year with a sparkling 5-0 win over Bristol City, while Dave Woodhall is denying his recent past.


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Happy old year 

30 Dec 17

Villa saw out 2017 with a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough, as Dave Woodhall reports.


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The situation now almost vacant 

26 Dec 17

Villa lost to Brentford on Boxing Day, with Dave Woodhall pondering changes.


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End of season’s greetings 

24 Dec 17

Villa drew at home to Sheffield United on Saturday.


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One-off for Digbeth 

23 Dec 17

Birmingham club night set for New Year’s Eve launch.


Business
Finance now flowing from Midlands Engine Investment Fund 

22 Dec 17

Four businesses secure backing as part of £250 million commitment to region’s SMEs.


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Honorary degree for record label boss 

22 Dec 17

Founder of Revolver Records to be honoured at University ceremony.


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First Conservatoire concerts to be broadcast on Radio Three 

22 Dec 17

Chance for all to hear stunning performers in new building.


Business
Concerns about commercial letting aired at property conference 

20 Dec 17

Landlord raises alarm about pace of Birmingham office lettings.


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The sin of Pride 

17 Dec 17

Villa lost 2-0 at Derby on Saturday.


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Cadbury World unveils more dates for hit pantomime 

16 Dec 17

Sweet treat for panto lovers at Bournville.


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Boost for Birmingham property company 

15 Dec 17

Barclays and Cambridge University join forces to help UK businesses scale up.


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Inspirational Conservatoire now in print 

15 Dec 17

First illustrated history of one of Britain’s finest performing arts schools.


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BIMM Birmingham hosts Firestone’s Battle of the Bands 2017 

14 Dec 17

Three finalists bid to become Britain’s champion unsigned band.


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Public service, or private enterprise? 

13 Dec 17

Should private companies be undertaking police work? Dave Woodhall argues not.


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Railway investment means holiday timetable changes 

13 Dec 17

Passengers advised to plan ahead while track upgraded.


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Cook ready for lunch 

12 Dec 17

Award-winning comic to star at Press Club function.


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New regional train company plans for expansion. 

12 Dec 17

West Midlands Trains starts £1 billion investment into the UK rail network.


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The rights and wrongs of Mr Will Mapplebeck 

11 Dec 17

May: wrong Columnist  Will  Mapplebeck is bang on for some of his 2017 predictions a year ago.


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Electronic music event comes to Birmingham 

11 Dec 17

Seventh Wave Festival of Electronic Music announced.


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Snow goal draw 

10 Dec 17

Dave Woodhall endures Villa’s goalless draw at home to Millwall.


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Digbeth Calling 

9 Dec 17

Stephen Pennell watches another night of Birmingham’s finest.


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Eggs are not only for Easter 

8 Dec 17

Hens hoping there’ll be room at the inn this Christmas.


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Black Country employment boost for social enterpise 

8 Dec 17

£4,500 raised for Lunch on the Run.


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San Carlo opens new outlet in Birmingham 

8 Dec 17

Sweet treats in store at Italian restaurant’s latest venture.


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Figure it out 

7 Dec 17

Stephen Pennell witnesses another step towards global stardom for one of Birmingham’s finest.


Business
Shropshire architect partnership continues to grow 

6 Dec 17

£6 million healthcare projects completed.


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Quo-tation marks 

6 Dec 17

Rachel Watts watches the return of Status Quo to Wolverhampton.


Business
Tonik for charity at Christmas 

6 Dec 17

Energy company aims to boost children’s charity through referral scheme.


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West Midlands businesses urged to be HS2-ready 

5 Dec 17

Procurement picks up pace for high-speed project.


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Birmingham ale scene building up a… 

5 Dec 17

Expanding brewery chain to open city centre pub.


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Uncommonly good jazz 

4 Dec 17

Big noise at change of venue for Birmingham Jazz.


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Friday on my mind 

3 Dec 17

Villa got a draw at Leeds on Friday night.


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Birmingham looks to Asia for post-Brexit investment 

1 Dec 17

City attracts £300 million investment from Hong Kong creating over 1,000 new homes.