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Richard Bean in Pitcairn at Malvern Festival Theatres

Review: Pitcairn, Malvern Festival Theatres

Richard Bean's play is both irritatingly confused and in dire need of re-shaping yet interlaced with moments of sheer delight, finds Richard Edmonds

Lack of support by Birmingham restaurants 'embarrassing' says St Basils

(From left) Chefs Chris Bratt-Rose, Luke Tipping, Andy Waters and Adam Stokes whose restaurants are taking part in Streetsmart 2014
Streetsmart scheme allows restaurants to add a voluntary £1 to each table's bill but Birmingham is failing to match other cities with levels of support

Review: Carmen, Birmingham Hippodrome

Welsh National Opera's revival of Bizet's Carmen
Richard Bratby takes in Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser's production of Bizet's Carmen with the Welsh National Opera

£1m Marlpit Cottage close to Chadwick End

Marlpit Cottage in Netherwood Lane, Chadwick End.
An area of natural beauty offers the perfect surroundings for this charming country cottage, near Solihull, writes Alison Jones

Review: A Farewell to Arms, Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Imitating the Dog's production of A Farwell to Arms, staged at Birmingham Rep
Terry Grimley takes in Farewell to Arms at the REP and finds its a theatrical 'tour de force'
(From left) Chefs Chris Bratt-Rose, Luke Tipping, Andy Waters and Adam Stokes whose restaurants are taking part in Streetsmart 2014

Lack of support by Birmingham restaurants 'embarrassing' says St Basils

Streetsmart scheme allows restaurants to add a voluntary £1 to each table's bill but Birmingham is failing to match other cities with levels of support

Birmingham pub has a hit with US barbecue

Keith Marsden landlord of the Prince of Wales, Moselely.
Keith Marsden, owner of popular Moseley pub The Prince of Wales, has taken part in the BBQ Boot Camp, which is set to be screened on America TV, to hone his skills for his new venture, The Dark Horse

Pictures: First look inside Bar Opus at One Snowhill

Bar Opus at One Snowhill
New bar to open in key business district to take advantage of the thousands who visit the district every day
Signalman Albert Battersby

Birmingham hero sailor saved girl after hell of Jutland

Teenage Birmingham war hero Signalman Albert Battersby, who survived the epic Battle of Jutland in 1916, returned home on shore leave and saved a young girl from drowning in a pond.

Birmingham builder honoured with blue plaque

John Bowen, a builder born in the mid-nineteenth century, who started out as a farm labourer and ended-up creating some of Birmingham's best-known buildings, including the iconic Victoria Law Courts.
The man responsible for some of Birmingham's finest buildings has been honoured with a blue plaque. Chris Upton reports

How Digbeth trams used to look

Tram turns from Rea Street into Digbeth
Archived photo shows a time gone by as public consultation launches for Metro extension to Digbeth and Eastside
New Peugeot 108

Motoring Road Test: Peugeot 108 Allure

The new Peugeot 108 looks sleek and has plenty of kit on board. Edward Stephens takes it for a test drive.

Midlands businessman recreates classic British car killed off by Second World War

The reborn Atalanta
Staffordshire businessman Martyn Corfield is set to bring Atalanta Motors back to life after efforts to create one of the supercars of the time were cut short by the outbreak of the Second World War with production ending in 1939.

Motoring Test Drive: Skoda Rapid Spaceback Greenline

Skoda Rapid Spaceback 1.6 TDI SE DSG
Edward Stephens is over the moon with this latest incarnation of the Skoda Rapid, which builds on the model's major selling points - room and economy.
Elizabeth Road in Moseley.

Detached home in a Moseley cul-de-sac that is fit for a queen

An impressive property on Elizabeth Road in Moseley which marks a significant period in history, reports Alison Jones

£1m Marlpit Cottage close to Chadwick End

Marlpit Cottage in Netherwood Lane, Chadwick End.
An area of natural beauty offers the perfect surroundings for this charming country cottage, near Solihull, writes Alison Jones

Gorgeous garden of Mulberry House means more space to relax in

Mulberry House in Loxley Road, Stratford-upon-Avon.
The landscaped exterior is as attractive as the interior of this home in Loxley Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, which even backs on to a golf club, reports Alison Jones

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Elizabeth Road in Moseley.

Detached home in a Moseley cul-de-sac that is fit for a queen

Marlpit Cottage in Netherwood Lane, Chadwick End.

£1m Marlpit Cottage close to Chadwick End

Mulberry House in Loxley Road, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Gorgeous garden of Mulberry House means more space to relax in

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Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
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Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor