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Get rid of Champions League and financial fair play has chance

Irrespective of how protracted the appeal process might prove, however, it looks as though UEFA is finally addressing a burgeoning problem first highlighted in this column in May 2008.

Birmingham thanks its lucky stars as Barlow pops in for a quick bite

Gary Barlow at Lasan restaurant with chef/director Akhtar Islam
Lasan, the jewel in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter - its exceptional reputation attracted the patronage of Gary, after he performed to fans at the LG Arena.

How war brought out the best in Birmingham

Dr Chris Upton
Adolph Scott did indeed possess a whole filing-cabinet full of papers concerning British Army regiments. Could there be an innocent explanation?

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The Etihad Stadium

Get rid of Champions League and financial fair play has chance

Irrespective of how protracted the appeal process might prove, however, it looks as though UEFA is finally addressing a burgeoning problem first highlighted in this column in May 2008.

Gary Barlow at Lasan restaurant with chef/director Akhtar Islam

Birmingham thanks its lucky stars as Barlow pops in for a quick bite

Lasan, the jewel in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter - its exceptional reputation attracted the patronage of Gary, after he performed to fans at the LG Arena.

Dr Chris Upton

How war brought out the best in Birmingham

Adolph Scott did indeed possess a whole filing-cabinet full of papers concerning British Army regiments. Could there be an innocent explanation?

Labour leader Ed Miliband during his question and answer session and speech at the Priory Rooms in Bull Street, Birmingham

We're in danger or missing the devolution ball

Miliband has said he wants cities like Birmingham and Manchester to become powerful urban dynamos, taking control of budgets for skills, housing, transport and the Work Programme so to boost their economies

ballot box election 300

More pain means little gain for Labour as cuts temper election hopes

When Labour took control of Birmingham City Council after very successful local elections in 2011 and 2012, many assumed they were set comfortably for the long haul.

Employees have the opportunity to impress employers of their abilities and talents, which, if they have any sense, will be recognised

An Easter message for politicians

Part of my work involves visiting the business shows at the NEC, which gives me an insight into other business owners’ thoughts.

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.

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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