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Pop group Duran Duran at the NEC, Birmingham in 1981.

Birmingham needs a little more faith in itself

Not being self-assured, it was suggested by some, is a reason why Birmingham has not attracted the level of investment and willingness by businesses to locate that would be typical in countries on the continent.

John Lennon, George Harrison and drummer Ringo Starr, circa 1963

When the world's biggest bands played small stages in Birmingham

The biggest bands around might come to the arenas and stadiums of the Midlands these days but many graced far smaller stages during their rise to rock and roll riches, though sadly many of the Birmingham clubs they played in are long gone

Many quirky artefacts are on display in Famous Beyond Words, the new exhibition at Shakespeare's Birthplace, in Stratford

The worldwide view of William Shakespeare

The team behind The V&A’s hugely successful David Bowie Is exhibition has helped to design and build a new exhibition celebrating Shakespeare

Novelist Lucy Hawking

Novelist Lucy Hawking kicks off Birmingham Festival of Imagination

“We are talking about imagination and science and trying to get young people to understand how scientists use imagination in their work.”

Cmdr Chris Hadfield and the photograph he took of Birmingham and the West Midlands

Astronaut who sang Space Oddity and took photo of Birmingham is back on Earth

The astronaut who photographed Birmingham from space , Commander Chris Hadfield, is getting used to life back on Earth after his five-month mission to the International Space Station.

Richard McComb: Ziggy played guitar and the blands played on

You've got to be chuffed for David Bowie. But is it right that a 66-year-old man should be at the top of the hit parade in 2013?

Reel life above The Electric Cinema

Jon Perks meets the couple for whom the term ‘home cinema’ has a whole new meaning


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