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England's Claudia Fragapane with her four Artistic Gymnastics gold medals at the SECC, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Peter Sharkey: Our likeable Games stars deserve TV spotlight in longer term

Every Team GB athlete benefits from a Lottery-underwritten structure which actively promotes professionalism.

Chris Upton: The latest idea for London is a garden bridge crossing the Thames

Dr Chris Upton
One of the latest ideas for London is a garden bridge, to cross the Thames somewhere near the South Bank.

Chris Game: George Dixon and Birmingham's first School Board elections in 1870

19th century education reformer and politician George Dixon
School boards were empowered to make attendance compulsory for five to 13-year olds, but not until 1880 were they required to.

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England's Claudia Fragapane with her four Artistic Gymnastics gold medals at the SECC, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Peter Sharkey: Our likeable Games stars deserve TV spotlight in longer term

Every Team GB athlete benefits from a Lottery-underwritten structure which actively promotes professionalism.

Dr Chris Upton

Chris Upton: The latest idea for London is a garden bridge crossing the Thames

One of the latest ideas for London is a garden bridge, to cross the Thames somewhere near the South Bank.

19th century education reformer and politician George Dixon

Chris Game: George Dixon and Birmingham's first School Board elections in 1870

School boards were empowered to make attendance compulsory for five to 13-year olds, but not until 1880 were they required to.

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station

Neil Elkes: Labour seize the reins of power in Walsall

Labour councillors in Walsall saw their 14 years of opposition brought to an abrupt end last week as they seized the reins of power.

The referendum vote for Scottish Independence.

Russell Luckock: How the Scottish vote of independence could hit the Midlands hard

Strangely, natives living in the rest of the UK will have no say, yet current residents from other lands will be entitled to vote.

Michael Fabricant MP

Jonathan Walker: Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant takes on Speaker John Bercow

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has found his match in Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant.

More than 65,000 fans watched Premier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool's clash in Miami earlier this month

Peter Sharkey: The economic benefits of a permanent NFL franchise based in London

The NFL returns to London next month for the first of three regular season autumn duels when Miami face Oakland on September 28.

Studio portraits taken by Heinrich Hoffman of Hitler rehearsing his hand gestures for public speeches

Neil Elkes: UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge used Hitler as an example of a great orator

There are plenty of examples of great political speakers to draw on without needing to pull the abhorrent Nazi leader from the proverbial hat.

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

Russell Luckock: Parliament embark on long election campaign to woo the electorate

Parliament reassembles on September 1, and from then on it will be a long election campaign to woo the electorate, who for some time have been increasingly disillusioned with politics.

Scotland's Commonwealth Games poster girl Eilidh Child

Peter Sharkey: 'Yes' vote would give Scotland's games stars a dilemma

Should the people vote 'yes', in March 2016 it will become an independent nation, an outcome that might cause some serious soul-searching amongst Scottish athletes.

Dr Chris Upton

Chris Upton: Great War commemoration was a week to remember

Great War commemoration and the Commonwealth Games have kept all regal hands to the pump.

Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester could join up to form a mega-city

Jonathan Walker: Could the West Midlands be squeezed in a north-south vice?

Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester could join up to form a mega-city, but what would this mean for Birmingham?

Rotting green waste

Neil Elkes: Election fears over Birmingham's green waste shambles

Rotting green waste is still being dumped across the city after the council imposed its 'garden tax' charge

Birmingham's New Street closed off the day after the horrific pub bombings in November 1974

Jon Griffin: From bombings and darkness Birmingham is now a city to be proud of

Birmingham will never be London, and is not as brash as Liverpool or Glasgow.

Ladbrokes on Green Lane in Small Heath.

Big bad bookies and Premier League prove easy targets for vote-chasers

Election fever turns grassroot sport funding into a political football.

Uruguay's Luis Suarez.

Time for city to bite the bullet and save millions on its Capita contract

Barcelona paid Liverpool's early termination fee for Suarez - should the council do the same for Capita?

Classroom of children

Other countries do without governors - so why can't we?

Lots of other countries manage without governors. If we want to continue this historic custom, it needs a modern re-think.

Dr Chris Upton

On yer bike! And take your lycra with you

The Tour De France is down there at the foot of my list of sporting highlights, to sit alongside the Boat Race, the London Marathon, and anything involving a horse.

Harborne's Moor Pool

A new chance to create a modern garden suburb

Birmingham is getting bigger because it is a successful and popular city where people want to live

The referendum vote for Scottish Independence.

Yes or no, Scotland is about to lose its biggest bargaining chip

Quebec suggests the threat to hold and win a referendum could be Scotland's most powerful bargaining chip - after that, all bets are off.

Videos & Photos

The Aston Tavern is one of many pubs around Birmingham to undergo a facelift

Renovated and restored - Five Birmingham pubs sporting new looks

Alastair Dolman, Higgs and Sons; Charlotte Jackson, Higgs and Sons; Adam Thompson, Higgs and Sons; Daniel Wilson, Edward Cumming, XXIV Old Buildings.

Higgs & Sons host champagne and canapes night at Birmingham's Bun & Bowl

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