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Heritage Open Days: 10 great places to visit across the Midlands

The Midlands reveals its historic secrets as part of the Heritage Open Days 2014 weekend between Thursday 11-Sunday, September 14

Richard Thompson.

Richard Thompson flies in from LA to play Moseley Folk Festival

Guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson flies in from LA to play Moseley Folk Festival. He chats to Dave Freak

Bourneville Waffle Company serve unique waffles from their retro caravan L-R Paul Desmond, original co-founder Dave Robinson and Jenny Deeley.

Birmingham street food: Our guide to who's who in fast food revolution

The launch of Digbeth Dining Club marked the start of a bustling street food scene in Birmingham. As the weekly Friday feast celebrates its second anniversary next week, Mary Griffin looks at 12 of the traders who have made the city a major player in a national movement revolutionising the concept of fast food.

Stand-up comedian James Cook holding a Buckaroo game for his new show about board games, Always Be Rolling

The world of stand-up is a funny old game

Edinburgh Fringe Festival is up and running with more than 3,000 shows in 250 venues. Roz Laws rounds up the Midland artists taking part and talks to a playful comedian

Coun Victoria Quinn and Sir Albert Bore at their wedding

Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore weds

Labour leader Sir Albert Bore married fellow councillor Victoria Quinn at a ceremony at Highbury Hall, Joseph Chamberlain’s ancestral home in Moseley, on Monday August 4

The Bond in Digbeth

Quick Bites: Birmingham gin festival adds new date

Organisers of Birmingham's first gin festival add another date after tickets sell out.

A runner in the Bupa Great Birmingham Run 2012

Most successful Business Challenge yet for 2014 Bupa Great Birmingham Run

Eleven weeks before event and more companies have signed up than ever before to city's half-marathon

Geoffrey Bache Smith

One of Tolkien's 'immortal four'

  • WW1

Geoffrey Bache Smith and Thomas Ewart Mitton, both of whom had connections with JRR Tolkien, fought and died in the First World War.

Dr Philippa Semper, a University of Birmingham lecturer

How Tolkien's fantasy novel almost never got published

It's 60 years since The Lord of the Rings heralded the dawn of a new era for fantasy writing. University of Birmingham lecturer Dr Philippa Semper, tells of JJR Tolkien's battle to get it on book shelves. Graham Young reports

Birmingham Midland Metro

Terry Grimley: It's long overdue – but does it go far enough?

After years of delays and frustration the Midland Metro is enjoying a growth spurt. But with funding still constrained, how far can it go, asks Terry Grimley

Period property in Chantry Road, Moseley.

Home of the day: £625k period property in Chantry Road, Moseley

Lovers of Edwardian and Victorian architecture will appreciate this gem in popular Moseley, says Alison Jones

Preparations for The 100 Swimmers at Moseley Road Baths

100 swimmers from across UK descend on Moseley Road Baths in Birmingham for photography project

Reaction to the news that Birmingham City Council intends to close the historic building permanently in 2015

Billesley Primary School pupils perform Any Fool Can Start a War with Stan's Cafe. Shannon Randall as John Kennedy, Dejaun Whitelock as Fidel Castro and Rumman Islam as Nikita Krushchev.

Challenge for pupils to bring history to life

A Birmingham primary school is turning an international crisis into a drama. Roz Laws discovers why

Moseley Road Baths, Balsall Heath, Birmingham

Moseley Road Baths to host one-off photography event

100 Swimmers is aiming to raise awareness of historic building which is due to close next year

Joseph Chamberlain with his wife Beatrice

Joseph Chamberlain: Politician knew how to put the spin on his radical manifesto

Chris Upton looks at the life and times of Joseph Chamberlain

Carters of Moseley named Midlands' Restaurant of the Year

Carters of Moseley named Midlands' Restaurant of the Year

Pupils in a primary school classroom

A third of Birmingham pupils miss out on first school place

Newly published Government figures revealed a total of 31.3 per cent of city youngsters due to enter Year 7 this September were not offered their top preference

BPN Architects' submission for Re-imagine envisaged Central Library being turned into a mixed-use scheme

Methodist Central Hall vision wins Birmingham Civic Society's Re-imagine competition

Idea to turn former Methodist hall into business hub catches judges' eyes in design competition

Julia Larden, Esther Boyd and Mick Lawley are calling for traffic calming in places like Alcester Road, Moseley

20mph limit not enough, claim safety campaigners

Road safety campaigners want 20mph zones based around busy high streets and enforced with bollards, chicanes, kerbs and other traffic-calming measures.

Green-winged orchids at Draycote Meadows

Bloomin' great time to see fine meadows

Meadows across the Midlands are in bloom and conservation experts say now is the prime time to see them at their best. Mary Griffin asks The Wildlife Trust to share some of the region's top meadow walks.


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