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Formula One championship title rivals, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

Karting beginning to build up speed in the race to hit on its own winning formula

Small-engine racing where it all began for Hamilton and Rosberg.

Why a big city brings big trouble - but big can be beautiful too

Birmingham is at the top of a national league table of shame, this time over the level of council tax arrears, which stands at £105 million.

Young bear brunt of pain as wages take a nose dive

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Real income in the West Midlands has fallen by almost eight per cent in recent years, a detailed new study has found.

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Formula One championship title rivals, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

Karting beginning to build up speed in the race to hit on its own winning formula

Small-engine racing where it all began for Hamilton and Rosberg.

Why a big city brings big trouble - but big can be beautiful too

Birmingham is at the top of a national league table of shame, this time over the level of council tax arrears, which stands at £105 million.

Job Centre

Young bear brunt of pain as wages take a nose dive

Real income in the West Midlands has fallen by almost eight per cent in recent years, a detailed new study has found.

Porthcurno Rock Form is perfectly distilled Hepworth

Between a rock and a hard place

Porthcurno Rock Form is perfectly distilled Hepworth, an organic column, that could be bone or rock.

Alex Song of Cameroon is sent off after a red card by referee Pedro Proenca during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Croatia.

No quick fix in global bid to beat the game's cheats

Match-fixing usually manifests itself in instances where sportsmen are 'underpaid', or their level of remuneration is considered 'unjust'.

The new Waverley School in Bordesley Green

Architecture of schools can help to build and shape next generation

Does the architectural design of a school affect the quality of learning that goes on there?

Lord Heseltine

Mayors back on big city agenda as parties converge

Lord Heseltine's vision for cities like Birmingham echoes many of Labour peer Lord Adonis's ideas.

Birmingham City Council

Is it time to open up selection to stamp out the 'rotten boroughs'?

Birmingham's Labour party members throughout the city have now found themselves looking ahead to 2015 with a series of meetings select their candidates.

Dr Chris Upton

Has Joe's rich local legacy long since died?

Birmingham is set to celebrate (probably not the right term) the centenary of the death of its most influential figure.

England's Steven Gerrard

Money talks as England look set for more misery

Although England has "the best facilities", we remain unable to produce a sufficient volume of talented footballers capable of competing at the very highest level

Frank Lampard and Ben Foster of England looks on during the National Anthem

An anthem for doomed footy players

Sadly we're manacled to our national anthems, however laboured the lyrics and pedestrian the tune, because they were forged in the fires of history.

Prime Minister David Cameron

Cameron stands alone in Europe - and quite likes it

David Cameron has been on a one-man crusade to try to prevent Jean-Claude Juncker becoming President of the European Commission.

John Hemming yardley liberal democrat mp

Hemming gives council the third degree in row over size of budget cuts

Yardley MP John Hemming gives Birmingham City Council the third degree in row over size of budget cuts.

Fiona Walker, the woman in the famous Athena poster

Poster girl for an age of subtlety lost on a shameless generation

Photographer Martin Elliot's picture of his girlfriend Fiona in tennis gear has effortlessly transcended time and fashion.

Eight Formula One teams are based within an hour's drive of each other in the 'Motorsport Valley' area around Silverstone

'Motorsport Valley' still attracting Formula one business to the Midlands

This concentration of high-performance engineering firms, located primarily in the Midlands, had emerged relatively unscathed from the recession.

Dr Chris Upton

Taxing times - unless you go to Greece

One of the reasons Greece is in the mess it is is that people are disinclined to pay any tax; cash changes hands and the till (along with the government) sees nothing of it.

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

Where did it all go wrong for Ed?

Many voters still don't trust Ed Miliband to manage the nation's finances.

Councillor Stewart Stacey

Forget the 'garden tax' - there's another elephant in Labour's city cabinet

Behind the scenes at Birmingham Council House the multi-million pound IT and call centre contract with outsourcing giant Capita remains as divisive as ever.

England manager Alf Ramsey in 1973.

A time when modesty, dignity and decorum took us all so far

Showoffs, braggarts, loudmouths and dedicated followers of ephemeral fashion have always been with us – it’s called human nature.

Service Birmingham

More Questions on Capita Service Birmingham: Part 1

One wonders who is more relieved after veteran leader Albert Bore and deputy Ian Ward saw off the John Clancy/Barry Henley leadership challenge recently – Bore/Ward, or Capita?

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Scaffolding around the new Adagio Hotel in the Beorma Quarter, Digbeth

Stalled Beorma Quarter starts to take shape

Two Snowhill

Two Snowhill will house new HS2 team in Birmingham

New Street's atrium as seen from the Rotunda

Video: New Street milestone reached as atrium roof takes shape

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