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Review: Mary Poppins at Birmingham Hippodrome
If you only do one thing with your kids this Easter, take them to see Mary Poppins at Birmingham Hippodrome.
Old RoSPA safety posters found Hockley warehouse
New book published to mark society's centenary shows scores of vintage posters dating back to the 1930s
The Performance Car Show at NEC: Top 10 sporty motors of the past 25 years
The Performance Car Show at the NEC is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Show director Ian France reveals his top 10 best motors
Repertory Theatre Birmingham
Review: The BFG at The Repertory Theatre, Birmingham
There is plenty of magic in this stage adaption of the Roald Dahl classic
Birmingham designer's quirky hats are making heads turn
After marrying an Englishman, Monique Lee discovered Britain's love of quirky hats, something completely different to the culture she grew up with in Taiwan. Zoe Chamberlain reports.
Make-up training school to open at Custard Factory Birmingham
It will offer the IMA (International Make-up Association) Certificate in Make-up Artistry, which was previously only available in select schools in London, Dubai and Moscow
Celebrated city firm came from humble beginnings
Medal and uniform business Toye & Co has been passed from father to son for more than three centuries. Now, for the first time, a woman is in charge. Zoe Chamberlain reports
Arts & Culture
Billy ted's excellent adventure
A newspaper photographer has turned his years of creativity into a magical world of teddy bears. Zoe Chamberlain reports
I’m living life to the full to justify decision of my donor’s family
Chartered surveyor Rich Smith tells Zoe Chamberlain about the incredible outcome of his liver transplant - and why the operation changed his outlook forever.
Olbury woman launches business thanks to grandmother's dream
Young designer Sophie Best tells Zoe Chamberlain how her grandmother was the inspiration behind her textile business.
The joy of bringing old furniture back to life
A fine art graduate has launched a business helping people transform unwanted items into key pieces of furniture for their home. Zoe Chamberlain reports.
Motherhood steered me in new direction
A former project engineer at Aston Martin, Liz Dixon found motherhood brought out a softer side of her expertise, causing her to switch from cars to crafts. Zoe Chamberlain reports.
Illuminating designs at the flick of a switch
A Midland designer is making light out of the need to recycle. Zoe Chamberlain catches up with Michael Grassi, a novel lighting designer from Kidderminster.
Crowdfunding helps former weathergirl Genelle Aldred set up fashion business
Former Midlands Today presenter sought backing through Twitter to help launch SadeRose.
The queen sewing bee of Boldmere
Inspired by a television series, Sarah Nutt has converted her family’s Birmingham flat into a dressmaking school. Zoe Chamberlain reports.
Bullring reveals ambition to add casino and cinema to shopping centre
The Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham could expand, bosses claim, adding a new cinema, bowling alley and casino.
New music school launches in Birmingham
A new music school is opening in Birmingham next month. Zoe Chamberlain talks to headteacher Sally Alexander about why children in the city need new ways of learning
I became a dedicated career woman after tragedy struck
Madeleine Leddington has enjoyed a glittering career in fashion spanning 45 years. The 82-year-old boutique owner tells Zoe Chamberlain how it all began.
I’d love to open a gallery of contemporary work
An up-and-coming jewellery-maker has been named in a campaign highlighting new talent in Birmingham. She talks to Zoe Chamberlain about her hopes for the future.
Custard Factory creates a stir with expansion plan
Already the largest digital creative hub outside of London, the family behind the Digbeth centre said rising demand meant they needed more studio space
Birmingham war hero kept his silence on saving hundreds of lives
Birmingham businessman Charles Horton helped to save many lives as a stretcher bearer in the First World War.
Food & Drink
Step back in time and enjoy the spice of life at Bewdley Museum
A new food shop is offering people a chance to step back in time and experience culinary secrets of bygone years.
A tribute to women who were backbone for victory
Birmingham's unsung war heroines are being recognised in a new online archive.
Review: Walking With Dinosaurs at the NIA, Birmingham
The moment the first dinosaur appeared on stage, my sons were entranced.