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Sir Simon Rattle, taken by Rory Coonan with a Victorian plate camera in 1982

Rare plate camera picture of Sir Simon Rattle to show at National Portrait Gallery

Unpublished photograph of the former City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conductor has been acquired to mark his 60th birthday

Backdrop of trees offers privacy and inspiration

The Woodlands in Pedmore, Stourbridge.
The Woodlands likely takes its name from its green and pleasant surroundings, in a quiet Pedmore backwater near Stourbridge writes Alison Jones

Country cottage just looks better with age

Wood Street Cottage in Bushley, Near Tewkesbury.
There are beams aplenty in this character filled Grade II listed country house, reports Alison Jones

Bookshop Foyles to open at Grand Central

Foyles at Westfield Stratford City in London - the firm is opening its sixth outlet in Birmingham in September
Independent chain to launch second venture outside the capital and join growing list of retailers taking space at £150m centre

Birmingham café Diplomats Barista combines art and coffee

Customer Laura Clarke at Diplomats coffee shop at Two Snowhill in central Birmingham
A deal with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists makes the new venue at Two Snowhill unique
Tony Deep Wouhra MBE form East End Foods

Rich List 2015: No.46 - Tony Deep Wouhra & family

In 2010 Tony Deep Wouhra was awarded the MBE for services to ethnic food

Birmingham café Diplomats Barista combines art and coffee

Customer Laura Clarke at Diplomats coffee shop at Two Snowhill in central Birmingham
A deal with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists makes the new venue at Two Snowhill unique

Quinto Lounge opens in Sutton Coldfield as flurry of new restaurants goes on

Matt Carey and Charlene Field of The new 'Quinto Lounge' in Birmingham Road, Sutton Coldfield.
Quinto Lounge, opposite Cambaz in Birmingham Road, is the latest venue in the city for the Bristol-based Loungers group
Edgar Wallace in 1914

King Kong author Edgar Wallace's links to the Birmingham Post

But the story of author – and former Birmingham Post writer – Edgar Wallace has been lost to history with most of his novels now out of print

Birmingham's Hidden Spaces: Legacy of Barber Institute of Fine Arts founders lives on

The Barber Institute of Fine Art at Birmingham University.
Husband and wife duo's Art Deco building continues to attract some of the world's finest art to Edgbaston

Birmingham's Hidden Spaces: Town Hall was built for the people

The country's first truly civic building offered an alternative to cathedrals for live music
Jaguar Land Rover's 'Bike Sense' research updated

Jaguar Land Rover's Bike Sense technology will help cyclists and bikers

The car-maker’s Bike Sense research is being conducted as part of a drive to reduce the number of accidents on UK roads, where 19,000 cyclists are killed or injured each year

Is the world ready for the Rover's return?

A 1956 Rover 90
Speculation is rife the once-proud Midland brand could return after its collapse ten years ago. Enda Mullen talks to experts about whether it could ever happen

Jaguar to create 1,300 jobs with new SUV

The new Jaguar sports car will be based on the C-X17 concept car
Lode Lane plant in Solihull will receive largest investment in its 70-year history as manufacturer unveils plans for 'practical five-seat vehicle'
The Woodlands in Pedmore, Stourbridge.

Backdrop of trees offers privacy and inspiration

The Woodlands likely takes its name from its green and pleasant surroundings, in a quiet Pedmore backwater near Stourbridge writes Alison Jones

Country cottage just looks better with age

Wood Street Cottage in Bushley, Near Tewkesbury.
There are beams aplenty in this character filled Grade II listed country house, reports Alison Jones

Murals on ceiling are a high point in Edgbaston home

Robinshurst, 22 Westfield Road in Edgbaston.
It is worth looking up at this Edgbaston property to enjoy the unusual gallery of cherubs, writes Alison Jones

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Sir Simon Rattle, taken by Rory Coonan with a Victorian plate camera in 1982

Rare plate camera picture of Sir Simon Rattle to show at National Portrait Gallery

The Woodlands in Pedmore, Stourbridge.

Backdrop of trees offers privacy and inspiration

Wood Street Cottage in Bushley, Near Tewkesbury.

Country cottage just looks better with age

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Graeme Brown
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Enda Mullen
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Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
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Ben Hurst
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