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April 2010

Underhill 1

AD MAN CALLS FOR JUDGEMENT DAY OVER WATTS "EVICTION"

30-04-2010

Top media executive Trevor Beattie is taking out a £9,000 advert in tonight’s Express and Star calling for voters to remember the fate of 106-year old Louisa Watts when they go to the ballot box next Thursday. We can also reveal that Beattie is behind the “Eviction” video posted online this week. more


Underhill 2

PATTEN HIS BACK IN ROW OVER “EVICTION” ADS

30-04-2010

Wolverhampton Council’s Conservative leader Neville Patten has hit back at advertising guru Trevor Beattie for taking out a full page ad in tonight’s Express and Star which calls for his “eviction” in the local council elections. Cllr Patten says Beattie never offered enough money to keep open Underhill House, home of 106-year old Louisa Watts. more


NEW "DIRTY TRICKS" CLAIMS OVER CCTV

30-04-2010

Claims of “dirty tricks” resurfaced again last night in the increasingly bitter battle for Birmingham’s Hall Green parliamentary seat - with Respect’s Salma Yaqoob clashing over newly installed CCTV cameras with the Liberal Democrats. more


Get Out More.........................Film News

MAC FILM LISTINGS

30-04-2010

The Midlands Arts Centre re-opens this weekend, and that means the cinema is back – with new comfy seats. Among the films – a mixture of top foreign films like A Prophet and MicMacs plus recent releases like The Ghost, An Education. more


CLEGG IN POLL POSITION

30-04-2010

Nick Clegg was the winner of a snap poll of Stirrer readers in the wake of last night’s leaders debate. He narrowly pipped David Cameron, with Gordon Brown trailing third. more


INDEPENDENCE DAY

30-04-2010

This has been touted as the “independents’ election”, with numerous non-party candidates standing around the country to capitalise on public disillusionment with conventional politics. But as Greg Reed, campaigner for Erdington candidate Tony Tomkins explains, it’s harder than it looks for the outsiders. more


Terry's Baggies Blog

PARTY AT THE PALACE

30-04-2010

Albion were already sure of promotion before Monday's trip to Selhurst Park, but as Terry Wills recalls it was still a termendous match played in a ferocious atmosphere. Oh, and Graham Dorrans is going nowhere for £4m. more


BROWN BREAD?

29-04-2010

Rochdale gran Gillian Duffy popped out for bread yesterday and ended up making toast of the Prime Minister…but whoever inherits the key to No. 10 will face the unenviable task of heading off the next instalment of the global financial meltdown. In the long run, we could all be Brown bread. more


I'M ALRIGHT, JACK

29-04-2010

Birmingham’s Labour group signed an all-party motion last October calling for postal voting to be scrapped - but that hasn’t stopped Jack Dromey and his supporters in Erdington from standing outside a local mosque encouraging Muslims to support the party by signing up for, er, a postal vote. more


"EVICTION" HOUSE STILL OPEN

29-04-2010

The row over the eviction of 106-year old Louisa Watts from an old people's home in Wolverhampton continues to rumble on, with Labour councillor Steve Evans pointing out that Underhill House, where she used to live, is still open as a day centre. more


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MAC RE-OPENING

29-04-2010

The Midlands Arts Centre finally re-opens this weekend after a £15million revamp – giving readers the chance to asses whether Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg was going OTT when he said it had “the wow factor” on a recent visit. more


MOSQUITO APOLOGY FOR LETTING DOWN VOTERS

29-04-2010

Birmingham councillor Yvonne Mosquito has apologised for letting down her constituents last year following a row over illegal parking in Ladywood. Cllr Mosquito has explained that she was ill at the time. more


CANADA GEESE FLOWN?

29-04-2010

It’s not only British voters who are awaiting the outcome of the election – so are the thousands of Canadian Home Children and their descendants who are still waiting to find out what’s happened to millions of pounds in aid promised earlier this year by Gordon Brown. Linda Lunardi makes a pre-poll appeal. more


Single Status 1

RUDGE GOES ON ATTACK OVER £200M EQUAL PAY BILL

28-04-2010

Birmingham’s equalities boss Alan Rudge has launched a stinging attack on the trade unions and the city’s previous Labour administration after losing a landmark equal pay case this week which will cost taxpayers at least £200million. more


Single Status 2

MORE EQUAL PAY CLAIMS TO COME

28-04-2010

News that workers at Birmingham City Council have won a landmark equal pay case won’t necessarily be the end of the claims. “The Spook” explains why. more


Get Out More.....................Dance Review

SUTRA

28-04-2010

Seventeen Shaolin monks invade The Rep as part of the city’s International Dance Festival. Richard Lutz lives to tell the tale. more


COLOUR BLIND?

28-04-2010

What strange times we live in. Members of the campaigning housing organisation Justice Not Crisis have traditionally been regarded as a bunch of hippyish lefties, but in this election, they've decided to throw their weight behind the blue party whilst standing for the Greens. Curious, no? more


Get Out More.....................Event News

SEVEN INCH LISTINGS

28-04-2010

The wonderful folk who deliver Birmingham’s innovative Flatpack Festival also have the keenest eye for the best left-field entertainment the West Midlands has to offer. Here’s their latest update on movies and more – including Middle East dining, a visit by Will Self to the region and revamped MAC’s cinema line-up. more


"PACK OF LIES" CLAIM OVER EVICTION VIDEO

28-04-2010

One the Wolverhampton councillors named in the “Eviction” youtube video has hit back at suggestions that 106-year old Louisa Watts is suffering a reduced quality of life after being removed from the local authority care home at Underhill House. He says the claims are a “pack of lies”. more


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KITCHEN GARDEN CAFE

28-04-2010

This funky Kings Heath hangout in York Road is fast establishing a reputation for bespoke entertainment - with highlights in May including the effervescent Barbara Nice, a night old fashioned cabaret and rising Canadian alt.folk/country star Sarah McDougall - plus an amazing chance to see Dean Friedman in intimate surroundings. Let co-owner Brett take you through the highlights. more


FINAL BILL

28-04-2010

Councillors in Sandwell were stunned when Mayor Geoff Lewis asked them to observe two minutes silence for veteran Wednesbury backbencher Bill Archer – especially as news of his death hadn’t been widely circulated. They got an even bigger shock half an hour later – when an apparently resurrected Archer walked into the chamber. more


Kingy's Wolves Blog

HIGH FIVE

28-04-2010

The jubilant celebrations which greeted Sylvan Ebanks-Blake goal highlighted the relief around Molineux at Wolves survival in the Premier League. Brendan King says "gimme foive". more


"GUTLESS" COUNCIL FACES £3BN EQUAL PAY BILL

27-04-2010

Birmingham City’s Council’s total liabilities after losing a landmark equal pay case could be as much as £2-£3bn according to the solicitor who brought the case. Stefan Cross accused the local authority of losing out because it “lacked the guts” to deal with the issue sooner. more


EVICTION NOTICES” ON WOLVES COUNCILLORS

27-04-2010

“Eviction notices” have been served on eight Wolverhampton councillors in an emotive video posted on youtube designed to highlight the forced removal earlier this year of 106-year old Louisa Watts and other residents from Underhill House. more


SECRET BLAIR PEACH REPORT TO BE MADE PUBLIC

27-04-2010

The previously secret police report by Commander John Cass into the death of anti racism campaigner Blair Peach during the Southall Riots in 1979 is about to be published – hopefully marking the end of a 31 year campaign for justice. Senior Birmingham councillor Martin Mullaney explains why this has become such a cause celebre. more


ALFRED ‘BUCK’ CHINN - A TRIBUTE

27-04-2010

Dave Woodhall pays a personal tribute to former Villa Shareholders Association chairman Buck Chinn, who died yesterday. more


Election 2010 - Key Battles (3)

BIRMINGHAM LADYWOOD

27-04-2010

Following the retirement of Clare Short, Labour’s 6,000 plus majority in this inner city constituency is being defended by Shabana Mahmood – selected in controversial circumstances above local councillor Yvonne Mosquito. Liberal Democrat Ayoub Khan reckons this could be the key to his selection. more


Richard Lutz’s Blog

OF ELEPHANTS AND MONSTERS

27-04-2010

The third election debate is almost upon us and Richard Lutz has concerns about two things. Too bad he can’t vote because he is just a pitiable immigrant. more


GODSIFF U-TURN OVER HUSTINGS

27-04-2010

Labour’s under-pressure candidate in Hall Green Roger Godsiff appears to have backtracked on his previous decision to avoid election hustings – but only on condition that he can see the questions first. more


Andy’s Blues Blog

BLUES PAY A VILE PENALTY

27-04-2010

It's taken Andy Munro 24 hours longer than usual to write his Blues blog. Wonder why? more


WEST BROM ST GEORGE'S "COULD BE NOTTING HILL"

26-04-2010

Around 15,000 revellers – maybe more - joined an independent St George’s Day parade in West Bromwich yesterday, hosted by Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg. But with official backing he suggests it could be bigger and even better – like a Black Country Notting Hill Carnival. more


MOSELEY MOANERS

26-04-2010

As if it’s not enough to live in the most hip n’ happening neighbourhood in Birmingham (in its own imagination anyway) residents in Moseley have launched a campaign to deter motorists from outside the area to avoid parking in their streets. more


Dave’s Villa Blog

KINGS OF BIRMINGHAM

26-04-2010

It was a controversial way to win a less than enthralling game, but no matter. Villa have recorded their sixth win in a row over Blues and kept their Champions League hopes alive at the same time. Dave Woodhall gloats..... more


LIBRARY "WILL GO AHEAD" IF FUNDRAISING FAILS

26-04-2010

Birmingham’s new Central Library will be completed according to Culture boss Martin Mullany – even if two fundraising companies fail to secure £34 million in sponsorship and naming rights. more


Doc Dave’s Blog

POLITICAL CON TRICK

26-04-2010

It’s emerged that former Solihull councillor Trevor Eames, jailed for three years for setting fire to his wife, has now decided to stand again following his release from jail. At least his history is there for all to see but what about the others? Dr David Nicholl argues that all candidates should be subject to a CRB check. more


PRESIDENTIALISATION

26-04-2010

It was a week during which the prospect of a hung parliament began to look like a very real possibility and both Labour and the Conservatives began to face up to some realpolitik. Oh, and David Cameron was hit by an egg (Clegged one week, egged the next). Steve Beauchampé reports. more


THE LAST POST?

25-04-2010

A mini weekly newspaper war broke out last week when the Trinity Mirror-owned Birmingham Post Lite was launched as a freebie spoiler against the part-paid, part-free newcomer, The Birmingham Press. But will the supposed defensive action actually end up doing more damage to its own parent paper, the paid-for Birmingham Post? Media expert Steve Dyson reports. more


THE ARMS LENGTH OLYMPICS

25-04-2010

Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter might have expected an Olympic bonus, what with ministers promising a dividend for UK companies from hosting London 2012. But as the Manufacturing Mole reveals, it’s not turning out like that. more


MOTHER'S TEARS FOR "MISSING" PRISONER

23-04-2010

The mother of a Wolverhampton prisoner whose whereabouts remain unknown to friends and family broke down in tears last night as she recounted her fruitless search for her son around various Midlands prisons. more


Get Out More............................Dance Review

INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL

23-04-2010

The Birmingham International Dance festival kicks up its heels as it opens its month long programme. Richard Lutz was there for curtain up. more


THE EDL AND THE FAR RIGHT

23-04-2010

Ever since The Stirrer revealed the English Defence League's links with the BNP, debate has raged about precisely where the new organisation sits on the "right wing" spectrum. Brendan King has no doubts. more


Get Out More..............................Film Review

GHOST WRITER

23-04-2010

Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg checks out Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the Robert Harris thriller “Ghost”, starring Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor. more


Election 2010 – Key Battles (2)

BIRMINGHAM, NORTHFIELD

23-04-2010

This is traditional Labour territory which turned blue for the duration of the Thatcherite revolution– and I t’s the kind of seat the Conservatives must win if they’re to have any realistic hope of gaining an overall majority in the next parliament. As they hold all 12 local council seats, on the face of it, this should be a shoo-in… more


Get Out More.........................Gig News

THE RAINBOW BIRTHDAY PARTY

23-04-2010

Marking seven years in business, Digbeth’s funkiest hangout The Rainbow hosts a birthday party tonight featuring Howard Marks and Egyptian Lover – and there’s also newly released footage of the three new gig/performance spaces due to open at the pub and its environs later this year. more


Exclusive

GITMO-STYLE MYSTERY OF “DISAPPEARED” PRISONER

22-04-2010

Supporters of a West Midlands man who has “gone missing” after being transferred from Winson Green jail have compared the British prison system to Guantanamo Bay. The whereabouts of Kevin Mitchell remain a mystery despite repeated attempts to discover where he’s incarcerated. more


PAPER ROUNDS

22-04-2010

The first shots in what’s expected to be a vicious newspaper war will be fired today when the Post launches a free “Lite” edition as a spoiler to combat the new Birmingham Press out tomorrow. more


"LAVA LOUT" O'REILLY RIGHT TO REJECT COMPO CLAIM

22-04-2010

It’s often difficult to feel sorry for Ryanair’s hard-nosed boss Michael O’Leary, but he’s surely justified in fighting air travel regulations that would force his company to compensate customers stranded by the recent “no flight” fiasco. more


SPARKING UP

22-04-2010

Birmingham artist Mohammed Ali, whose work has previously been highlighted by The Stirrer, is opening a new and welcome gallery in the city. more


TRAVELLERS UNRIPPED

22-04-2010

Since the skies over Britain cleared of planes, as a result of the ash cloud emanating from Iceland, the media has been awash with tales of ripped-off weary travellers struggling to make their way back to Blighty. But as former travel agent Andy Goff explains those criticisms should be taken with a pinch of salt. more


Get Out More..............................Gig Review
PETER HOOK/HOWARD MARKS

22-04-2010

It was billed as Peter Hook: An evening of Unknown Pleasures. Tales from Joy Division, New order and The Hacienda. But as Paul Samuels reports from the Glee Club, the compere was Howard Marks, so they introduced themselves as The Hook and The Crook. more


DANGER LIGHTS SET AS "MAXIMUM" LEVEL

22-04-2010

Birmingham City Council has insisted that the timing of traffic lights at a busy junction in Sparkbrook are set at the “maximum recommended” level and can’t be increased - despite the recent death of a pedestrian. more


Terry’s Baggies Blog

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

22-04-2010

The job’s been done and the Albion are promoted. All that remains, as Terry Wills reminds us, is a score to settle. more


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MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE

22-04-2010

Fans of the legendary Hawkwind will be advised to head to Leamington’s award-winning Assembly next month for a very special event. more


007 P45?

21-04-2010

News that production of the latest James Bond has been halted by MGM's financial problems begs the question - should 007 be handed his P45? more


CCTV "NOT FOR SPYING ON MUSLIMS"

21-04-2010

Claims that a new network of CCTV cameras has been introduced to spy on the Muslim community have been rejected by the Safer Birmingham Partnership - the quango responsible for installing them. more


PENNY WISE, POUND FOOLISH

21-04-2010

Reports that ferries, hotels and car hire companies have been cashing in on the flying ban are not surprising. But as Dave Woodhall argues, the rush to make a quick buck might have long-term implications for the profiteers. more


FREE BUS CALL FOR WOLVES CENTRE

21-04-2010

Wolverhampton Labour Group are calling on the controlling Tory/Lib Dem alliance and Centro to reinstate the free 500 City Centre bus while work is being carried out to improve the bus station. more


KEEP IT CLEAN, ROGER

21-04-2010

As we predicted here yesterday, voters in Hall Green haven't been slow to react negatively to Labour MP Roger Godsiff's "dirty tricks" campaign against rival candidates Salma Yaqoob and Jerry Evans - at least if this Respect youtube video is to be believed. The simple message from punters on the streets? Keep it clean, Roger! more


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ROBIN ROCKIN’

21-04-2010

What’s on over the next week at Bilston’s Robin2 more


STILL SEEING RED ON RED ROUTE

21-04-2010

If Birmingham Council’s Transport boss Len Gregory imagined he’d heard the last of the Stratford Road traders when he successfully imposed a Red Route against their wishes, he’d better think again. The death of an elderly man at traffic lights in Sparkbrook recently has re-ignited their campaign for safer crossings. more


GETTING SHIRTY OVER CULTURE BID

21-04-2010

Whatever the merits of Birmingham’s bid to become UK Capital of Culture in 2013, it certainly can’t be accused of lacking in energy or failing to try and enthuse the public. The latest initiative? A competition to design the city’s official T-shirt for the competition. more


CALL TO END DISCRIMINATION ON CARIBBEAN FLIGHTS

21-04-2010

Top Birmingham cleric Bishop Dr Joe Aldred is calling for lower taxes on flights to the Caribbean - which he says discriminate against members of the black community. He wants Air Passenger Duty (APD) for a trip to the West Indies to be brought in line with the United States. more


BIRMINGHAM COUNTERFEITER JAILED

21-04-2010

The local man responsible for what is believed to have been the largest counterfeit clothes seizure ever seen in the country has been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court. more


DOCDAVE ON THE AIRWAVES

21-04-2010

With the election looming, Stourbridge based The ‘Bridge FM will have Stirrer blogger, David Nicholl aka Doc Dave as guest on the Paul Collins show between 2-4pm on Sunday 25th April. more


Stirrer Comment

ROGER … AND OUT

20-04-2010

The “dirty tricks” campaign orchestrated by Labour MP Roger Godsiff and his supporters in Hall Green have misjudged the mood of the public and – reckons Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg – seem likely to backfire. more


THANK YOU FERRY MUCH

20-04-2010

London-based Stirrer reader Emma wonders why the Royal Navy is being drafted in to help British traveller stuck abroad by the flight ban. She got off her backside and made it home the following day courtesy of the ferry. more


VULNERABLE PUPILS FAIL WALSALL TEST

20-04-2010

None of the children in the care of Walsall Council achieved five GCSE’s including English and Maths last year according to figures obtained by the opposition Labour group. They say the youngsters’ lives are being blighted by the failures of the borough’s education service. more


Dave’s Villa Blog

ONE LAST PUSH

20-04-2010

Villa have still got an outside chance of getting into the Champions League. And as Dave Woodhall points out, does anything else matter? more


Local Election Countdown

WOLVERHAMPTON

20-04-2010

After the freakish set of results which saw Labour unexpectedly relieved of power in 2008, this year’s elections would seem to offer them an ideal chance to regain control of this Tory run council. But although they only need to win three seats to do it, the odds are against a change of control. more


WHITBY FACES NEW CHALLENGE IN MAY

20-04-2010

The local council elections in Birmingham this May won’t dislodge the ruling Tory/Lib Dem coalition – but they could yet prompt the departure of Conservative leader Mike Whitby. Restless backbenchers are plotting another challenge to his authority. more


IN TRAINING

20-04-2010

As airports struggle to return to normal, Richard Lutz is taking his next holiday by train. But it’ll cost. more


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ENCAPSULING

20-04-2010

Capsule are possibly the region’s most innovative promoters. Here’s their upcoming attractions. more


CAMERA CONSULTATION - AFTER THEY'VE BEEN INSTALLED

20-04-2010

Numerous questions remain unanswered about the introduction of a new generation of CCTV cameras in Birmingham - but in the meantime Cllr Martin Mullaney has sent us this update he's circulated to residents in his Moseley and Kings Heath constituency which reveals that consultation will only happen after they've been installed. more


Kingy’s Wolves Blog

ALMOST THERE

20-04-2010

The battle is almost won. One more win should see Wolves safe for another season, and as Brendan King reports, their next opponents couldn’t be better. more


Surveillance Society 1

CCTV - THE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

19-04-2010

Stirrer reader and Moseley resident Chris Jones blew the whistle on Birmingham's new CCTV network - which in turn led to our discovery that some of the spy cameras will be hidden from public view. Now Chris has questions for his local councillors Ernie Hendricks and Martin Mullaney who are meeting tonight with the Safer Birmingham Partnership, the quango responsible for their installation. more


Surveillance Society 2

"SPYING NOT CRIME REDUCTION" BEHIND NEW CCTV

19-04-2010

The Stirrer's revelations about the development of a new hi-tech CCTV network in Birmingham (complete with automatic number plate recognition) have raised numerous questions - with Sparkbrook councillor Salma Yaqoob saying they have "more to do with spying than crime reduction." more


GODSIFF "DIRTY TRICKS" ROW FLARES AGAIN

19-04-2010

The row over Labour's "dirty tricks" campaign in Hall Green has gained new momentum, with the release of a leaflet on behalf of MP Roger Godsiff which links his Lib Dem rival Jerry Evans with "murderers, paedophiles and rapists". The Green Party has also hit out at Godsiff's previous claims about Respect rival Salma Yaqoob. more


Get Out More........................Gig Previews

GLEEFUL EXPECTATION

19-04-2010

The Glee Club is the busiest comedy venue in the region. Here’s the latest list of their forthcoming attractions. more


Andy’s Blues Blog

TOOTHLESS TIGERS ESCAPE MAULING

19-04-2010

Blues current indifferent recent form season continued with a goalless draw against Hull. Andy Munro wakes up just in time to fil this report. more


SO YOU WANNA BE IN THE MOVIES

19-04-2010

Ever fancied becoming a film producer? Looked at a film and thought you could do it better? As Jonathan Stuart Brown explains, it might not be as difficult as you think. more


FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH

19-04-2010

Who said this would be Britain’s first high tech General Election campaign? Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, nah, it’s that old favourite television that’s changed everything these last few days. Steve Beauchampé assesses the state of play with 2½ weeks to go. more


Exclusive

SECRET CAMERAS SPY ON BRUM SUBURBS

17-04-2010

Birmingham’s CCTV network has been dramatically extended by a new generation of spy cameras in the south of the city – some of which will be hidden in secret locations. Residents have also complained about the lack of consultation – and say that wheelchair users and pram pushers are being obstructed by the bulky bases of these installations. more


SAVE THE MAGLEV

17-04-2010

Many thanks to Rob Right who has alerted us to a threat to the relics of Birmingham's once futuristic transport system - the Maglev - which used to ferry passenegers from International station to the airport. more


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FIVE FOR THE WEEKEND

17-04-2010

Here’s our latest guide to what you could be doing over the next couple of days more


3D CONVERSION – THE JURY IS OUT

17-04-2010

3D is the latest film trend to hit cinemas. But as Jonathan Stuart Brown explains, its long-term future is by no means assured. more


BRUM TAXPAYERS FACE £16M RUNWAY BILL

17-04-2010

Should hard-pressed Birmingham taxpayers be forking out £16million to pay for the extension of Birmingham Airport's runway? Not according to Friends of the Earth. more


BETTER THAN ALL THE REST

17-04-2010

Congratulations to Leamington Spa venue the Assembly, who have just won a prestigious national award. more


AND THE WINNER IS...DEMOCRACY

16-04-2010

Instant reaction on The Stirrer Forum backs up the national consensus that Nick Clegg took top honours in last night's historic televised debate between the main party leaders but - Adrian Goldberg argues - the real winner was surely democracy itself. more


HANG 'EM HIGH

16-04-2010

Nick Clegg’s success in last night’s televised leadership debate will have given heart to a group of activists who’ve launched a campaign for a hung parliament – echoing a call made on this website last week. more


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RICKY GERVAIS LIVE: SCIENCE

16-04-2010

Ricky Gervais only might be the biggest name in British comedy. What’s definite is that he’s coming to the NIA in August. Read on to find out more. more


HALL GREEN “DIRTY TRICKS” GET DIRTIER

16-04-2010

The “dirty tricks” row between Labour MP Roger Godsiff and Respect’s Salma Yaqoob has intensified – with Godsiff defending a leaflet which incorrectly suggested his rival isn’t standing for Hall Green in the general election. Yaqoob, meanwhile, has upped the ante by releasing a hard hitting statement about the controversy on youtube. more


THE GREATEST ROCK’N’ROLL SWINDLE?

16-04-2010

In response to Dave Woodhall’s tribute to Malcolm McLaren, we have a somewhat different appreciation of the man’s career, courtesy of Jonathan Stuart Brown. more


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GLEEFUL ANTICIPATION

16-04-2010

The Glee Club in Birmingham doesn’t just do comedy, they also promote an eclectic mix of musical acts. Miles Hunt of the Wonderstuff and Deacon Blue side project McIntosh Ross are just two of the attractions they’ve recently announced. more


SINGH WINS LIBEL CASE - BUT CAMPAIGN CONTINUES

16-04-2010

Writer Simon Singh has welcomed the news that a libel suit against him by the British Chiropractic Association has been dropped. The case led to a campaign for a change in the law and Singh says this must still be pursued. more


MISSING PERSON - PLEASE HELP

16-04-2010

We’ve been asked to publicise the disappearance of a local resident. Please take a few moments to look at the link underneath. more


AMBASSADOR’S RECEPTION

16-04-2010

It’s a commonly held conception that Birmingham doesn’t do enough to talk itself up. Here’s how you can do your bit to change all that. more


BLUES OWNERSHIP IN DOUBT

15-04-2010

Doubt has been cast on the future control of Birmingham City - not to mention the club's summer spending plans - following the reported failure of new owner Carson Yeung to pay £2.2 million to investment bank Seymour Pierce. more


SCORES OF FLIGHTS CANCELLED AT AIRPORT

15-04-2010

Scores of flights have been cancelled at Birmingham Airport today because clouds of volcanic ash from Iceland have made it dangerous to fly. more


GODSIFF ACCUSED OF "DIRTY TRICKS"

15-04-2010

Labour MP Roger Godsiff has been accused of dirty tricks by the Respect candidate Salma Yaqoob as they couple battle it our in Birmingham's Hall Green constituency. One of Godsiff's election leaflets appears to suggest Yaqoob isn't standing in the Westminster election. more


Get Out More................................FILM Review

CEMETERY JUNCTION

15-04-2010

After conquering the world of sitcom, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant direct their first movie - a bittersweet elegy to blue collar Britain in the 70s. Adrian Goldberg gets out his kipper tie (cheers, I'll have two sugars). more


NF BRUM MARCH GETS POLICE OK

15-04-2010

Plans for a march through North Birmingham by the racist National Front have been given the go-ahead by West Midlands Police – even though one senior officer yesterday told The Stirrer the plan was “most unwelcome”. The news came as the English Defence League announced its intention to return to Dudley just weeks after their last demo led to violent scenes in the town. more


PRIZE GUYS

15-04-2010

Local publishers Tindal Street have been setting the standard for quality novels. Now comes news that two more of their releases have been nominated for a prestigious national award. more


LIB DEMS LAUNCH "CLASS WAR" MANIFESTO

15-04-2010

It was the Liberal Democrats turn to launch their manifesto yesterday - with one influential business writer claiming that they are "the most left wing party in British politics" and inspired by "class war". more


Stirrer Comment

BAGGIES MUFF OPEN GOAL

15-04-2010

West Brom's unfortunate rejection of a civic reception to mark their promotion to the Premier League was unfortunately timed - it came on the same day the club announced a 33% rise in season ticket prices. more


Martin Longley's Music Blog

NEW YORK SOUNDS: PART 333

15-04-2010

Lou Reed is just about to embark on a UK mini-tour with his Metal Machine Trio. Martin Longley was immersed in a recent NYC performance of Metal Machine Music, Reed's original 1975 album, in its orchestrated incarnation. Longley's also been to see Weasel Walter, Butch Morris and The Necks... more


GOOD FOR BUSINESS

15-04-2010

There’s more good news for the West Midlands economy with the release of new figures from the region’s Chambers of Commerce. But they come with a warning of tougher times ahead. more


Kingy’s Wolves Blog

IS IT SAFE?

15-04-2010

Wolves’ season seems to be all but over with safety assured. But Brendan King isn’t ready to head for the beach just yet. more


ALBION SNUB FANS ...AGAIN!

14-04-2010

Newly promoted West Bromwich Albion have scored a public relations own goal by snubbing a civic reception to mark their success for the second time in three years. more


ANTI-SOCIAL WORKER?

14-04-2010

The new Head of the Family Courts has criticised social workers for being too hasty in separating children from their parents - apparently endorsing the long held view of Birmingham MP and family campaigner John Hemming. But when we raised the issue on our Forum Birmingham social worker "Michael Malone" wrote defending his colleagues. more


DAVID CAMERON'S INVITATION

14-04-2010

Conservative leader David Cameron offers a personal invitation to voters to shape the future of Britain. more


POLICE "WON'T WELCOME" NF MARCH

14-04-2010

West Midland Police sources suggest that they are likely to reject an application for a march in Birmingham by the National Front. One senior officer said the prospect was "very unwelcome". more


Election 2010 – Key Battles (1)

BIRMINGHAM EDGBASTON

14-04-2010

Labour’s Gisela Stuart is defending a wafer thin majority of 2,349 in this traditional Tory seat – but reckons her reputation as an independent minded backbencher will serve her well against Conservative councillor Deirdre Alden. more


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BLONDIE

14-04-2010

Pop-punk legends Blondie are coming to Wolverhampton and tickets go on restricted sale this morning. The Stirrer can tell you how be first in line. more


TORIES GET FRESH WITH MANIFESTO

14-04-2010

Question marks remain about the Conservatives' approach to the economy, but their manifesto offers evidence of genuinely fresh thinking with regard to public services. Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg reckons their support for localism and community empowerment provides a genuine point of departure from Labour. more


WITH THE MOST

14-04-2010

Fancy inviting a guest round for a few days? If you’d like to show a foreign student what life is like in a British family home, we have just the thing for you. more


Terry’s Baggies Blog

WE’RE BACK AGAIN

14-04-2010

The waiting is over. Albion have been promoted back to the Premier League, and Terry Wills is supplying the commentary. more


LOAN DEAL

14-04-2010

Good news for small and medium-sized businesses in the Black Country as loans for investment become easier to obtain. more


Martin Longley’s Music Blog

NEW YORK JAZZ SOUNDS PT: 38

14-04-2010

Folks are now celebrating the birth-centenary of the great guitarist Django Reinhardt. Yes, it's another one of those if-he-was-still-alive-he'd-be-100 scenarios. On a stripling level, Martin Longley writes about the tenth anniversary of a Django-dedicated New York festival, held at Birdland. He also checks out drummer Steve Gadd, saxophonist Steve Grossman, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and all-round reedsman Ken Peplowski... more


THE GROWN UP ELECTION

13-04-2010

A kick up the backside for the police and other public servants who fail to deliver; a guarantee not to increase income tax; and an overhaul of our democratic system – some of the key points from yesterday’s Labour manifesto launch in Birmingham witnessed by Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg. more


WHEN SATURDAY COMES

13-04-2010

The West Midlands is gearing up for a few more local derbies in the top flight – just like old times. Dave Woodhall would like to go back to another quaint old tradition, as well. more


ALLOWANCES LOOPHOLE COULD SEE 15K RE-INSTATED

13-04-2010

Birmingham councillors are expected to finally lay to rest today the controversial £15,000 allowance paid to the three main party leaders and Regeneration boss Neville Summerfield for sitting on the NEC board - but don't rule out a sneaky back door route of seeing it re-instated. more


NAMING RIGHTS

13-04-2010

These are baffling times for voters in the Black Country, with Labour and the Conservatives playing tit for tat name games during the local elections in Sandwell, and Wolverhampton’s Tory leader Neville Patten facing a fight for votes against his own BNP-voting nephew Simon Patten. more


NF PLAN BIRMINGHAM MARCH

13-04-2010

As if it wasn't enough that the Islamophobic EDL laid seige to Dudley, now the racist National Front is planning a St George's Day Parade in Birmingham. more


CLAMPING DOWN

13-04-2010

Good news for the Stirrer’s campaign against rogue car clampers as three men plead guilty to charges including fraud and demanding money in relation to clamping actitivities in Birmingham. more


LABOUR LAUNCHES MANIFESTO IN BRUM

12-04-2010

The Labour Party launches its manifesto in Birmingham today. First news and pictures on The Stirrer from lunchtime. Pictures here and film available here.


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BRUM TORIES ROCKED BY RACISM ROW

12-04-2010

The Conservative party has been rocked by allegations of racism from a Sikh who failed to win a nomination for the Birmingham Council seat he used to hold for Labour - but his claims have been dismissed as "laughable" by a city councillor at the heart of the row. more


Dave’s Villa Blog

FIFTY THREE YEARS OF HURT

12-04-2010

Dave Woodhall was at Wembley on Saturday. He hasn’t got over it yet. more


ADVANTAGE CONSERVATIVES

12-04-2010

Writing before the launch of the party manifestos, Steve Beauchampé assesses the state of play at the end of Week 1 of the General Election campaign. more


GUITAR POLL MARR'D

12-04-2010

Red Hot Chilli Peppers frontman John Frusciante has been named the best guitarist of modern times by listeners to BBC 6 Music. Jonathan Stuart Brown reckons there's at least one on a par - and can't believe Johnny Marr has made the top five. more


STANDARDS RAISED IN WOLVERHAMPTON

12-04-2010

The Stirrer understands that Wolverhampton Council's new chief executive Simon Warren has been applying gentle pressure on Labour's finance spokesman Andrew Johnson to withdraw his complaint to the local government standards board about Tory rival Wendy Thompson - but all to no avail. more


GODSIFF GOES UNDERGROUND

12-04-2010

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has chosen Birmingham for Labour’s election manifesto launch today – which makes the low profile of the party’s candidate in the key Hall Green constituency, Roger Godsiff, all the more baffling. One of his major rivals, Respect’s Salma Yaqoob is upping the ante by backing an another anti-banker “go slow” protest today. more


Andy’s Blues Blog

MAN CITY BLUES

12-04-2010

Andy Munro talks about Blues’ game with Manchester City yesterday and the FA Cup semi-finals. more


VULTURES GOBBLED UP

12-04-2010

Was it down to public pressure and the impending election? Probably - but who cares? Audrey Miller celebrates the UK's pioneering legislation against Vulture Funds designed to prey on indebted Third World countries. more


BAGGIES PROMOTED

10-04-2010

Congratulations to West Bromwich Albion - promoted today to the Premier League with a 3 2 win at Doncaster. Savour the moment with our picture gallery. more


BRUM AIRPORT EXTENSION "NOT THREATENED" BY LHR AXE

10-04-2010

Birmingham airport bosses have shrugged off claims that their runway extension scheme could be affected by the recent High Court ruling against Heathrow Airport's new Terminal. more


WATSON SHRUGS OFF "IMMENSE PRESSURE" TO DEFEND DOWNLOADS

10-04-2010

Former government whip turned rebel backbencher Tom Watson has been talking about the "immense pressure" he was under to support the government's Digital Economy Bill - which could see innocent householders cut off from the internet if another user downloads copyright material. more


Get Out More.............................Film Review

NANNY McPHEE AND THE BIG BANG

10-04-2010

Five years after a successful box office debut, up pops the Nanny McPhee sequel - and it's a guaranteed boredom buster for the kids as we head into the second week of the Easter holidays reckons Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg. more


MALCOLM McLAREN RIP

09-04-2010

The announcement that the former Sex Pistols manager has died at the age of 64 has produced plenty of comment about the man and his work. Dave Woodhall pays tribute to the far-reaching influence of a controversial impresario. more


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IN DEFENCE OF ROGER GODSIFF

09-04-2010

News that retiring Labour MP Lynne Jones is offering support to Respect’s Salma Yaqoob rather than her own party’s candidate Roger Godsiff has sent shockwaves through West Midlands political circles. Tony Kennedy, secretary of the Hall Green CLP insists Godsiff has the full support of members and is “famed for being hard working” in the local area. more


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ROGER GODSIFF “IS MISSING”

09-04-2010

The controversy over Roger Godsiff’s performance as an MP prompted Stirrer reader Steve Jolly from Moseley to contact us. As one of Godsiff’s constituents, he’s deeply unimpressed by his performance over the Digital Economy Bill. more


Dave’s Villa Blog

THE YOUNG ONES

09-04-2010

It’s not just Wembley where Villa will be playing a semi-final this week. The FA Youth Cup semi first-leg took place at Villa Park last night and Dave Woodhall was there. more


"COME CLEAN" CALL OVER AIRPORT EXPANSION

09-04-2010

Birmingham Airport is delaying its runway extension for at leat five years according to an announcement by chief executive Paul Kehoe today - prompting Friends of the Earth to demand more clarity about the nature of the work to be completed, and who will fund it. more


CONSULTING OR INSULTING?

09-04-2010

Are parents in deprived inner city areas being treated differently from those living in the leafy suburbs of Birmingham wonders Nasim Awan, after comparing letters sent to parents about the confederation of schools in Sutton Coldfield and Sparkhill. Here's his open letter to the city's education boss Les Lawrence. more


JONES ENDORSES YAQOOB - WITHOUT ACTUALLY SAYING SO

08-04-2010

Retiring Labour MP Lynne Jones has all but endorsed Respect candidate Salma Yaqoob rather than party colleague Roger Godsiff in the forthcoming battle for the Hall Green parliamentary seat. Although Jones isn't saying that she will vote for Yaqoob, she says she "has a lot of time for her" and is encouraging tactical voting. more


THE REFERENDUM WE VOTED FOR

08-04-2010

In the last 24 hours Gordon Brown has promised referendums on Britain's first past the post election system and an elected House of Lords - so why won't he fulfill his pledge to give the people their say on a European constitution? more


GRAND CENTRAL COCK UP?

08-04-2010

News that Birmingham has been identified as the primary route for a new high speed rail link to London has our resident trainspotter Gricer gnashing his teeth about the wasted opportunity for a new Grand Central station. And has him pondering the value of the New Street Gateway revamp. more


HANDSWORTH EVOLUTION

08-04-2010

Cost cutting measures in Birmingham’s parks will leave Handsworth without a permanent warden, and relying instead on on a “outreach” service provided from Edgbaston reservoir. In an open letter to leisure boss Martin Mullaney, Simon Baddeley warns that Handsworth Park’s hard won improvements could now be jeopardised. more


CLUB OR COUNTRY?

08-04-2010

Dave Woodhall offers up a novel twist on an old dilemma. more


Get Out More.....................Gig Previews

UNLIMITED SUPPLY

08-04-2010

Here’s the latest gig announcements from local promoters World Unlimited. Highlights include former Doll By Doll singer Jackie Leven appearing at the Hare & Hounds and a Show of Hands in Wolverhampton. more


SINGH WHEN WE'RE WINNING

08-04-2010

Science writer Simon Singh updates Stirrer readers with news about his landmark libel battle against the British Chiropractic Association which has prompted calls for a change in the law. Last week, West Bromwich East Labour MP Tom Watson blocked new legislation. more


THE MOVIES YOU CAN'T WAIT TO SEE

08-04-2010

Although it's only April, most of the year's movie blockbusters have still to be released. Jonathan Stuart Brown is licking lips in anticipation - but maybe it's the pick n mix he's looking forward to. more


COUNCILLOR'S SON IN FRAUD CASE FACES EXTRA CHARGES

08-04-2010

The son of a West Midland’s Tory accused of vote rigging to help dad win an election, faces additional charges of producing cannabis over a three year period. more


WOLVES ATTRACTIONS

08-04-2010

Now the weather’s getting better you have one less excuse to stay at home. Wolverhampton city council have provided a few ideas on what to do. more


SWANS FLY IN FOR SUPERSONIC

07-04-2010

New York No Wave heroes Swans have been named as the headline act at this year's Supersonic Festival in Digbeth. Legend has it that they once played so loud, they made the audience vomit. more


LABOUR MP JONES TO BACK RIVAL PARTY

07-04-2010

Maverick backbench MP Lynne Jones has dropped a heavy hint that her leaving present to Labour when stands down at the next election will be to vote for a rival party. more


WELL HUNG

07-04-2010

Who’s afraid of a hung parliament? - not Steve Beauchampé…bring it on he says! more


UNDER THE RAINBOW

07-04-2010

After seeing off the threat from Birmingham's noise police, Digbeth's Rainbow pub is going from strength to strength, with the creation of three new venues due to open this year - including one underneath the pub. Landlord Kent Davis explains the history, explores the mythology - and outlines the strategy. more


Dave’s Villa Blog

A DATE WITH DESTINY

07-04-2010

Saturday sees Villa take on Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final. And as Dave Woodhall points out, while they’ve been waiting long enough, the preparations have still left a bit to be desired. more


THE DAY THE EDL CAME TO TOWN III

07-04-2010

We continue to receive details of the English Defence League’s protest in Dudley last Saturday. Here, local resident Al Jackson gives his reaction to the day’s events. more


YOU'RE WELCOME

07-04-2010

We're told that the BNP are in the ascendancy, and the EDL have just laid seige to Dudley. Stirrer blogger Jonathan Stuart Brown turns the tables by celebrating immigration - especially from the Indian sub-continent. more


Kingy's Wolves Blog

REFFING AND BLINDING

07-04-2010

Wolves recent run of form cam to an end at the Emirates at the weekend, leaving Brendan King to rue more controversial refereeing from Birmingham whistleblower Andre Marriner. more


NEW BALLET AND MARTIN SHAW FOR HIPPO

07-04-2010

Actor Martin Shaw – of Professionals and Judge John Deed fame – returns home to Birmingham for the latest Hippodrome season, although it’s dance which takes centre stage, with BRB performing a new David Bintley version of Cinderella. more


Terry’s Baggies Blog

ALMOST THERE

07-04-2010

Albion are close to getting back to the Premier League, and Terry Wills can’t wait to get there. more


Martin Longley’s Music Blog

NEW YORK SOUNDS PART 359

07-04-2010

The Kronos Quartet have just released Rainbow on the Smithsonian Folkways label. Martin Longley witnessed them not so long ago in NYC... more


Stirrer TV

THE LUTZ REPORT ON......DOROTHY WILSON

06-04-2010

Richard Lutz gets the lowdown on the reopening of the MAC next from the powerhouse behind the project...Dorothy Wilson. more


SOME STOLEN BIKES DO COME BACK....VIA EBAY

06-04-2010

The police come in for a lot of criticism, so it’s good to report when they get things right. Andy Stowe tells us the story of his missing bike. more


OF SWORDS AND SANDALS

06-04-2010

Movie buff Jonathan Stuart Brown offers a few pertinent observations on the Clash Of The Titans remake - not to mention Mark Kermode's failure to land the Film 2010 job. more


Andy’s Blues Blog

SCOUSE GROUSE

06-04-2010

Blues kept up their season of good form with a well-earned point at home to Liverpool at the weekend. Andy Munro supplies the details. more


ISLAND FLING

06-04-2010

Successive British governments have behaved disgracefully towards the residents of the Chagos Islands. Andy Goff chronicles the shameful history. more


THE DAY THE EDL CAME TO TOWN II

05-04-2010

As Dudley begins to get back to normal after the events of Saturday, our eyewitness correspondents reflect on a day local residents were glad to see come to an end. more


Get Out More.........Event Preview

FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH

05-04-2010

Local horse racing enthusiasts have the opportunity to attend an interesting evening tomorrow featuring a preview of the upcoming Grand National. Chris Pitt gives us the SP. more


SHANKS FOR THE MEMORY

05-04-2010

Just like the banned Brummie gang movie “One Day”, dystopian urban gangsta flick “Shank” has had a (predictably) rough ride from the critics – but for 24-year old Handsworth-raised actor Jan Uddin the film represents a major breakthrough. more


THE DAY THE EDL CAME TO TOWN

03-04-2010

Clashes between police and right-wing supporters of the English Defence League were the inevitable result of Saturday’s protest in Dudley. Andy Haden offers a personal view of events as they unfolded. more


Stirrer TV

THE LUTZ REPORT ON.....................JOHN LINES

03-04-2010

Richard Lutz interviews Birmingham housing boss Councillor John Lines who has been in charge of the city’s 65,000 council houses for the past six years. And he leaves the session with more questions than answers. more


MP “GRANDSTANDING” OVER WALSALL’S MISSING MILLIONS

03-04-2010

Walsall Council leader Mike Bird has accused local Labour MP David Winnick of “grandstanding” by demanding an independent audit into £2.8 million of “missing” EU cash – a deficit which will have to be made up by the town’s taxpayers. more


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MARLENA SHAW

03-04-2010

The cult soul songstress turned up at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath recently. Paul Samuels checked out the voice behind "California Soul" and "Woman of the Ghetto". more


ONE DUDLEY MANY CULTURES

03-04-2010

As Dudley awaits the arrival of the English Defence League later today, an alternative event will also be taking place in the town centre. more


TOMMY GONE

02-04-2010

The English Defence League announced plans yesterday to hold a demo against the Dudley mosque every four weeks, prompting Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg to question their motives on his Talksport show last night. As he reveals, the result was a tempestuous on-air clash with EDL spokesman Tommy Robinson. more


"EDL - STAY OUT OF MY TOWN"

02-04-2010

Dudley resident Brendan King makes a passionate plea for the English Defence League to stay away from his home town tomorrow - and explains why residents needn't feel threatened by the development of a new mosque. more


Get Out More.....................Film Review

KICK ASS

02-04-2010

Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg enjoys a new twist on the superhero genre – and reckons you will too, as long as you don’t mind seeing an 11-year old girl getting smacked around the face by a grown-up and uttering the ‘C’ word. more


OH CHRIST, IT’S EASTER

02-04-2010

For Christians, this is the holiest time of the year. Stirrer blogger Jonathan Stuart Brown offers a heartfelt tribute Christ. more


CABE MAN

02-04-2010

The future of Birmingham’s existing Central Library hangs in the balance, pending the outcome of an appeal against the decision not to list the building. Campaigner Alan Clawley wonders why the view of government’s architecture CABE hangs in the balance. more


DEAR STEVE LETTER

02-04-2010

Richard Lutz calls for help from former Transport Secretary Stephen Byers – a man who surely knows how to oil wheels and grease the chain. Unfortunately, the budget could be a problem. more


£4.5 MILLION HOSPICE BOOST

02-04-2010

Patients at West Midlands hospices are set to benefit from a share in government grants worth more than £4.5 million announced today. Among those to gain are St Mary’s in Birmingham, Compton in Wolverhampton, Mary Stevens in Stourbridge and Walsall Hospice. more


HOSPITAL TRUST ON SICK LIST

01-04-2010

The NHS Trust which runs hospitals at Good Hope, Heartlands and Solihull has been ordered to make “urgent” improvements under new healthcare regulations introduced today. And if it fails, it risks losing its license to operate. more


UAF SHY AWAY FROM EDL "FACE OFF"

01-04-2010

Campaigners against the English Defence League rally in Dudley on Saturday have persuaded the police to backtrack on plans to hold groups of rival protestors within sight of each other at the Flood Street car park because they fear it would lead to violence. more


WALSALL COUNCILLOR SUSPENDED OVER FRAUD CLAIMS

01-04-2010

Walsall councillor Mohammed Munir and his son Ali Munir have been charged by West Midlands Police following allegations of voting fraud. more


Dave’s Villa Blog

SEVEN UP

01-04-2010

It’s been quite a few days at Villa Park. Dave Woodhall wonders whether all the headlines were a fuss about nothing, or just a prelude to the real story. more


WATSON: WHY I WASN'T VOTING FODDER FOR LIBEL CHANGE

01-04-2010

West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson explains why he helped to block long awaited reform to Britain's libel laws yesterday - despite being forced to fight a potentially costly court battle against The Sun recently. The government wanted to introduce a statutory instrument reducing lawyers success fees from 100% to 10%, making it less attractive to pursue speculative cases through the courts, but Watson refused to be "voting fodder" by backing the proposal. more


Get Out More.......Comedy Preview

MUSLIM GOES MAINSTREAM AT THE PUBLIC

01-04-2010

West Bromwich arts centre the Public might have attracted some criticism but it’s also attempting to provide live attractions in the town with a new stand-up show, Allah Made Me Funny. more


SEX AND THE CATHOLIC POSITION

01-04-2010

BBC WM gets a good headline out of Steve Dyson's interview with the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales today, by getting him to admit that the arguments for introducing birth control in the developing world are "attractive" - but the truth is that Archbishop Vincent Nichols ends up re-stating traditional conservative doctrine. more


POETIC JUSTICE

01-04-2010

Birmingham's poet laureate Adrian Johnson performed a new poem in Trafalgar Square yesterday marking the 20th anniversary of the Poll Tax - which provoked rioting and national protests. Johnson praises those who resisted and compares them to the Chinese students in Tiananmen Square. more


Get Out More......Show Previews

KITCHEN GARDEN ATTRACTIONS

01-04-2010

The Kitchen Garden Cafe in York Road, King’s Heath is becoming a regular live venue. Here’s what they’ve got coming up this month. more


"YOU'RE GETTING SACKED IN THE MORNING..."

01-04-2010

After this week's Martin O'Neill resignation rumours, Jonathan Stuart Brown wonders which Premier League manager will be next to lose their job. more


Get Out More....Theatre Review

THE HOBBIT – ALEXANDRA THEATRE

01-04-2010

The Hobbit remains one of the best-loved fantasy novels of all time. And as Terry Wills explains, it loses nothing in its latest stage adaptation. more


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