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The Texas University Longhorns football team

Broadcast giants face challenge to get kids fit for purpose

What will it take to encourage our youngsters to get involved in sport, or simply play in parks, or even just walk to school?

Time to recognise female pioneers of our civic life

The cast of the play The Sistren, which was dedicated to highlighting the achievements of 'women of character, courage and commitment'
Today's theatre is seriously diverse. The Birmingham Rep's current programme, for instance, lists forthcoming plays about a granny pirate, an Eritrean refugee, aspirational binmen, and the No 11 bus.

The last pubs are still open, just don't tell head office...

The Old Contemptibles.
The Birmingham public house is alive and well after all, a perfect measure of what we have lost, and what we need to hang on to.

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The Texas University Longhorns football team

Broadcast giants face challenge to get kids fit for purpose

What will it take to encourage our youngsters to get involved in sport, or simply play in parks, or even just walk to school?

The cast of the play The Sistren, which was dedicated to highlighting the achievements of 'women of character, courage and commitment'

Time to recognise female pioneers of our civic life

Today's theatre is seriously diverse. The Birmingham Rep's current programme, for instance, lists forthcoming plays about a granny pirate, an Eritrean refugee, aspirational binmen, and the No 11 bus.

The Old Contemptibles.

The last pubs are still open, just don't tell head office...

The Birmingham public house is alive and well after all, a perfect measure of what we have lost, and what we need to hang on to.

Greater Birmingham road sign

Miliband's push for a 'Greater Birmingham'

Labour Leader Ed Miliband was in Birmingham this week pushing for greater regional co-operation

Park View School, Alum Rock and Golden Hillock School, Sparkhill

School takeover plots, rumours and questions over new academies

According to all information coming out of Birmingham City Council the 'Trojan Horse' letter describing a plot by Islamic extremists to infiltrate inner city schools is most likely to be a hoax.

Union Jack flag

Farage, EU and Immigration

As a British citizen - but one who is, essentially, from an immigrant family - the current xenophobic climate is, at the best, unsettling; at the worst, alarming.

Jonny Wilkinson lifts the Heineken Cup for Toulon

Clamour to get on board big earners' bandwagon

European rugby's re-organisation has come about with one thing in mind...getting a slice of the riches enjoyed for so long by their footballing cousins

Dr Chris Upton

They stifled our potential, now let's do it to London

While London and its environs are in the fast lane to prosperity, much of the rest of England is stuck on the hard shoulder, waiting for an AA man.

Metropolitan Police officers questioning a man during a routine stop and search operation

Stop and search needs reform to boost police trust

Are we losing confidence in our police? We may be - according to the head of the official police watchdog.

Sutton Coldfield duo Philip Parkin and James Bird

Should we be worried as Parkin joins Bird in Council House flight?

Sutton Coldfield duo Philip Parkin and James Bird have both given up on Birmingham City Council.

The historic School Yard frontage has been treated with respect

How to turn a building inside out and start all over again...

A building can take on a number of identities over the years, as a new function replaces the previous one.

Edgbaston from new the Pavilion stand.

Absurd decision is just not cricket for Saturday fans

County cricket is being increasingly marginalised in the rush to promote the international cricket calendar

Cheltenham Festival

How budget pension plan could leave racing in the doldrums...

Bookies asked to foot the bill might withdraw vital funding

Churchill with Roosevelt and Stalin at Yalta

Narcissists - can't work with them, can't work without them

We are ever more interested in executives responsible for leading major companies and organisations.

Weston-super-Mare beach

How they did like to be beside the seaside

Last Sunday, courtesy of the Flatpack Film Festival, I had the opportunity of hosting John Krish’s marvellous 1961 documentary, They Took Us to the Sea.

Ed Miliband

Miliband under pressure to hand power to cities

Labour leader Ed Miliband may need bold policies in order to secure an election win.

20mph road markings on Romney Way, Great Barr.

Mustn't grumble... city sees a huge big drop in councillor complaints

Politics in Birmingham has cleaned itself up after it was revealed that the independent standards committee has not even met this year.

Birmingham Council House and a racy Lamborghini

No Lamborghinis for councillors as pension scheme gets the chop

Councillors have had their Local Government Pension Scheme policies terminated at the end of their current term of office, and barred to their successors.

Sir Albert Bore addresses delegates on the Greater Birmingham Stand at MIPIM

'Greater Brum' is a phrase too far for the greater good

The whole Greater Birmingham debate is a bit of a curate’s egg to those of us outside the city’s political and corporate elites.

A property with a flooded garden

Incentivising the public to help manage flooding in their gardens

If we were to encourage people to keep their gardens green let's think about the multiple benefits to us all that such actions might deliver.

Videos & Photos

Tim Burgess, singer from The Charlatans, knitting for the Million Stitch Blanket project in Digbeth

Bill Drummond in Birmingham: Knitting our way to a Million Stitch Blanket for the city

Birmingham man Andy Hales caught a Great White shark weighing almost two tonnes

Jaw dropping... 'largest' shark ever reeled in

University of Birmingham student accused of assault has case against him dismissed

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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
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor