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Cycle revolution long overdue in car-clogged Brum
This Birmingham Cycle Revolution, if it gains traction, could well change this culture to all our benefit.
Tory conference is a worthwhile exception to pecuniary precaution
One of Mike Whitby's more controversial legacies as Birmingham City Council leader was the £1.48 million commitment to hosting the Tory Party party.
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.
How #birminghamsmell provided a whiff of the value of social media
In Birmingham we use social media in a way that’s somehow ambitious yet grounded, conscious of our past and self-deprecating all at the same time.
Oh, recession, how I miss you - misery was so much more fun
We're out of recession, though the recovery isn't looking much different at the moment.
Blame the Benefits Street controversy on its name
Benefits Street is a lowest common denominating, shameless, gutless title – but it did the job. People watched. People talked. People got agitated.
Birmingham City Council
Birmingham needs to be a great place to live, not just visit
It was a significant year for Birmingham. But it wasn’t the reputational leap forward it could have been.
Birmingham City Council
A picture of Paradise lost and a city council whose brief’s too big
My walk to Paradise Forum was a grubby experience, and not one to have to endure with my son.
Birmingham city centre
We’ll network again, don’t know where, don’t know when
It’s that time of the year the Birmingham business community collectively takes leave of their senses and say “Great! The German market is on its way – let’s meet there for a seasonal catch-up!”
Politics is bloomin’ barmy!
For the last fortnight, politics stopped being nuts. It went bananas. And, somewhat unsurprisingly, the media can take pride in helping push politics over the precipice.
Library of Birmingham
Humble pie and a huge PR coup for the library
Let’s spell out that equation: one Library of Birmingham plus one Malala Yousafzai equals a PR coup that is two (sorry) good to beat.
Birmingham City Council
It’s time to sign off a logo that’s bad for the brand
I really do hate the Birmingham City Council logo. I see it, and my cold, dead heart sinks. I see it, and it sends me back in time faster than Peter Capaldi ever will.
A Partridge-like faux pas that exposed the real truth
Andy Murray wasn’t the first Briton in 77 years to win a singles title at Wimbledon – Virginia Wade won in 1977.
Council shunt Moseley and Kings Heath railway stations into the sidings
Keith Gabriel writes "Birmingham City Council’s decision to essentially shunt prospective Moseley and Kings Heath railway stations into the sidings is indeed a provocative one."
Keith Gabriel: Don't blame the buses - blame the passengers
I was on a stag do in York last weekend. I fair enjoyed it, despite a disappointing lack of vomit, nudity or ritual humiliation.
Keith Gabriel: Why the revolution is not likely to be tweeted
Imagine I'm an extra-terrestrial. The extreme haircut in the byline photo can only help the illusion.
Keith Gabriel: Troubled times for the UK legal sector
Law. What is it good for? Absolutely lots of things actually.
Keith Gabriel: Falling for misdirection
It's a nice word, spin. It has an endearing, near-onomatopoeic quality.
Keith Gabriel: Moving Christmas back a month would end January gloom
Apart from a few selfish oddballs believing it’s acceptable to celebrate birthdays during a month when most people are catastrophically skint, everyone hates January.
Keith Gabriel: Beleaguered workers' gift direct from Santa's grotty
New Year. A time for resolutions. An opportunity for a fresh start.
Keith Gabriel: Public relations - toughest job in the world
Brain surgery, rocket science or political leadership might seem like difficult jobs...
Keith Gabriel: Need to change direction to get 'Bore bikes' moving
My helmet is in a right state. I get around on parts in need of a good oiling.
Keith Gabriel: What boys in blue could learn from boys in Blue
I can honestly say, right at this very moment, I am uninspired.
Keith Gabriel: City needs five-star future
Despite Lenny Henry’s best efforts, hotels have always represented a key role in our nation’s psyche.