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August 2009

RESPECT CALL FOR MARCH BAN

31-08-2009

The Birmingham-based leader of the Respect Part Salma Yaqoob has called for a ban on next Saturday’s demo by the English Defence League. in a video posted on youtube, she rejected claims that those who turned up to oppose them were “just as bad” as the far-right group. more


Exclusive

"RISK ASSESSMENT" INTO ANTI-MUSLIM DEMO

31-08-2009

The future of next Saturday’s planned demo against Islamic “fundamentalism” in Birmingham remains in the balance according to the Council’s Equalities chief Alan Rudge.  A risk assessment into the event is now being carried out. more


MAIL READERS DEMAND NEW NEWS

31-08-2009

Birmingham Mail readers have rushed to defend the principle of keeping production of the city’s main daily newspaper “live” and on the day – rather than being published overnight. more


AUTOGRAPH BAN A SIGN OF THE TIMES

31-08-2009

West Bromwich Albion have banned players signing autographs at their training ground, ostensibly in a bid to stop supporters cashing in on memorabilia via Ebay. Baggies supporter Terry Wills is outraged – and recalls how he once persuaded even the once great Mohammed Ali to put pen to paper. more


OUR KIDS GONE

31-08-2009

Over-hyped Beatles copyists or the band of the 90s? Either way, it looks like Oasis have gone the way of all flesh. more


Richard Lutz's Blog

FRINGE BENEFITS

31-08-2009

Richard Lutz is in Edinburgh for the tail end of the Festival. And he's entranced. more


Get Out More.................................Theatre Review

OLIVER (Alex, Birmingham)

31-08-2009

The Alex offers its usual summer opportunity to the region’s youth to take to the big stage. Terry Wills relishes their production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver. more


AIRPORT BOSS SLAMS RAIL PLAN

28-08-2009

The boss of Birmingham International Airport has come out fighting over Network Rail’s plans for a high speed rail route from London to the city centre. Under proposals unveiled this week, BIA would be bypassed, despite the development of a runway extension aimed at improving transport links to the USA and Far East. more


TILSLEY JOINS BAN CALL ON DEMO

28-08-2009

Birmingham Council’s deputy leader Paul Tilsley has joined the chorus of voices calling for a ban on the proposed march against Islamic “fundamentalism” next week by the English Defence league. more


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

MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT

28-08-2009

Isn’t it curious how Hollywood directors are accused of glamourising violence, while their French counterparts dealing with similar themes in a similar way are hailed by the critics as “arty” or “creative”. more


LIBRARY CAMPAIGNER BRINGS MADIN TO BOOK

28-08-2009

Stirrer blogger and Central Library campaigner Alan Clawley is to write a book on the work of John Madin – architect of the building he’s trying to preserve. more


Kingy's Wolves Blog

HULL RAISER

28-08-2009

Never mind the narrow midweek defeat of Swindon in the Carling Cup, it's Saturday's return to Premier League action that will be quickening the pulse of Wolves fans reckons Brendan King. So has the old League Cup had its day? more


PUTTING THE CAP ON IT

28-08-2009

Birmingham City Council's controversial Business Transformation scheme run in conjunction with business consultants Capita has had mixed results - but that hasn't stopped the company seeking to expand its role in other areas of local authority life. As Barbara Panel reports, they've taken over planning and building control. more


Terry’s Baggies Blog

RIGHT ON TRACK

28-08-2009

Robert Di Matteo’s Baggies Express has started the season like the proverbial runaway train – although as Terry Wills reports there was a danger of derailment just a few nights ago. more


Anti Muslim Demo 1

POLICE MEET OVER DEMO BAN CALL

27-08-2009

The Stirrer understands that senior figures on Birmingham City Council, the Government Office for the West Midlands and the police are meeting on Friday to discuss a response to the proposed march against Islamic "extremism" by the English and Welsh Defence League. Council Equalities boss Alan Rudge has also written to every councillor. more


Anti Muslim Demo 2

WRITE TO HOME SEC CALL OVER DEMO

27-08-2009

Opponents of a proposed demonstration in Birmingham against Islamic "fundamentalism" are being urged to write to the Home Secretary and Chief Constable of the West Midlands calling for a ban. more


Laurence Inman’s Blog

A FATHER’S FOND FAREWELL

27-08-2009

Laurence Inman’s youngest child is about to head off to university, finally leaving the nest empty. But put away your hankie, Laurence can’t wait. more


ACTS OF TERROR

27-08-2009

A 66-year old American finally apologised last week for his pivotal role in a 41-year old war crime. An embarrassing time to remind people of the affair suggests Steve Beauchampé. more


STRESSED WORKER FIGHTS FOR COUNCIL SEAT

27-08-2009

Sandwell’s Wednesbury South by-election has taken another twist with Labour’s selection as a candidate of Olwen Jones – who once sued the authority for £157,000. more


BORE SLAMS BACK DOOR LEADERSHIP EXTENSION

27-08-2009

Birmingham Council’s back-door decision to grant the leader of the local authority a four-year term in office has been slated by opposition leader Sir Albert Bore – who has also taken the opportunity to take a potshot at the financial record of the city’s ruling Tory/Lib Dem coalition. more


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

WOLVES CIVIC LISTINGS

27-08-2009

Ian Brown, Papa Roach and Womack and Womack are among the recent names add to the forthcoming gig list at Wolverhampton's Civic Hall complex. Here's the full monty. more


SECOND CITY SECOND COMING FOR FOOTY AGGRO

26-08-2009

Last night’s riotous scenes at the West Ham v Millwall game have had commentators speculating on the return of 80s-style football hooliganism – but at Birmingham City, it’s been quietly resurfacing for several months. A Second City second coming for footy aggro, if you like. more


NEC – READY AND ABLE?

26-08-2009

The NEC has defended its facilities for disabled visitors after a Stirrer blogger complained she had to cancel a trip to the recent Festival Of Quilts because of a shortage of mobility scooters. more


RAPIST TYSON “SHOULD BE BANNED”

26-08-2009

Convicted rapist Mike Tyson should be banned from Britain according to a campaigner who successfully prevented him appearing in Scotland last year. The former world heavyweight champion is scheduled to make four appearances in November, including a date at Wolverhampon Civic Hall. more


POST EDITOR BACKS WEEKLY MOVE

26-08-2009

Birmingham Post editor Marc Reeves has backed plans to turn the paper into a weekly in the face of projected losses of £6 million next year for its owner Trinity Mirror Midlands. more


A LOAD OF BOLLARDS

26-08-2009

Robert Higginson pays tribute to a great Black Country invention that’s going global – and the bloke called Dave who made it happen. more


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

RECASTING THE NET

26-08-2009

Tony Benn is the star guest for a Channel 4 debate in Birmingham next month about the role of the internet in transforming politics. more


"PUBLIC IGNORED" OVER NEW PUBLIC LIBRARY

25-08-2009

The planning application for a new central library in Birmingham has finally been made, leaving Alan Clawley - who wants to preserve the current building - seething with indignation. It will, he claims, have less library space, tower over its neighbours, and be subjecty to a consultation that is anything but independent. more


COUNCILLOR JIM’LL FIX IT

25-08-2009

Elected representatives in Walsall could soon be allocated £10,000 for “Jim’ll Fix It” style solutions to local problems. Democratic Labour councillor Pete Smith fears waste and corruption will ensue. more


Demo 1

BANNING THE EDL

25-08-2009

Sunday’s public meeting in Birmingham to discuss the recent flare-up between the English and Welsh Defence League and anti-fascist protestors recommended that a similar demo next month should be banned. John Tyrrell assesses the contribution of The Stirrer’s Birmingham United campaign. more


Demo 2

EDL – WE WANT TO MARCH

25-08-2009

The English Defence League has said it is still determined to hold a demonstration against Islamic “fundamentalism” in Birmingham next month – despite calls for a ban. more


THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE HANDSWORTH ALLOTMENTS

25-08-2009

The Stirrer’s long running campaign to secure allotments and sports fields promised on the Victoria Jubilee site in Handsworth took a knock at the weekend, when we revealed that it had been delayed once again. Now it emerges that an unspecified legal issue is causing the delay. more


GROUND FOR CONCERN

25-08-2009

Imagine a city capable of hosting major international athletics teams as they prepared for the Olympic Games – but which couldn’t offer its own kids somewhere to play. Robert Higginson highlights a valuable sports field going to waste in Birmingham Council leader Mike Whitby’s own ward more


A HOLE LOT MORE CONFUSION

25-08-2009

Stirrer blogger Glyn Berrington is a public minded citizen, which is why he frequently sends alerts to Dudley Council about the appalling number of potholes in the town. Here’s his latest correspondence with a local councillor who just doesn’t seem to get it. more


BAN CALL FOR ANTI MUSLIM MARCH

24-08-2009

Birmingham politicians and community activists are calling on West Midlands police to ban next month’s planned protest against “militant Islam” in the city – following the example set by their counterparts in Luton. more


EARNING THE URN

24-08-2009

As the combined cricketing forces of England and South Africa regain the Ashes from Australia at The Oval amid scenes of much jubilation, Steve Beauchampé reflects on an engrossing series. more


"BELOW THE BELT" CLAIM IN PARKING ROW

24-08-2009

Sandwell Council’s deputy leader has dismissed claims that he was behind plans to scrap afternoon parking charges in another borough – despite helping to impose them in Wednesbury and other parts of his own local authority. more


Doc Dave’s Blog

AT ONE

24-08-2009

As Doc Dave told you the other day , the reward for signing up members to Bono’s anti-poverty initiative was a free ticket to U2’s show in Cardiff. But even our blogging campaigner wasn’t expecting to hog centre stage. more


Richard Lutz's Blog

SWIMMING AGAINST THE TIDE

24-08-2009

It’s free to swim in Birmingham municipal pools as of next week. To check things out, Richard Lutz plunged into the controversial waters of Moseley Road Baths and finds he may be swimming against the tide. more


CONFESSIONS OF A BRUMMIE MUMMY (38)

24-08-2009

It’s an episode of interruptions for Brummie Mummy. First she’s bothered in the bath, then life takes a more serious turn. more


COUNCIL DODGES OVERSPEND STATEMENT

22-08-2009

The Stirrer, ever mindful of Birmingham City Council’s obligations to taxpayers anticipates the publication of a formal report into a projected £19 million overspend – a legal requirement which they have so far avoided. more


Get Out More..................................Musical News

SOUND OF MUSIC TO BE HEARD AT HIPPO

22-08-2009

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s recent West End revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s great movie musical The Sound Of Music is heading to Birmingham Hippodrome next year for a six week summer season. more


COPS AND CABBIES MOVE IN RIGHT DIRECTION

22-08-2009

Following the murder of Birmingham cabbie Mohammed Arshad, The Stirrer reported on complaints by private hire drivers that West Midlands police weren’t taking their concerns seriously. Now, it seems, things are moving in the right direction. more


Andy’s Blues Blog

POMPEY WHINES

22-08-2009

Carson Yeung could be Blues new owner within six weeks, but meanwhile the action continues at St Andrews today with a game against Stoke. Andy Munro wonders whether Big Eck’s side can continue the momentum from Tuesday’s late win. more


FANTASY MOVIE?

21-08-2009

Could Bond come to Brum? Harry Potter to Halesowen? One local man is convinced The West Midlands could take over the legendary Pinewood Studios and become the home of British movie production. more


HANDSWORTH ALLOTMENTS - THE PLOT THICKENS

21-08-2009

When traditional allotments were bulldozed for a new estate in Handsworth, residents were promised they’d be replaced when the houses were built. After a long delay it finally looked as though the new plots would be available later this year, but those hopes have been dashed again. more


Andy’s Blue Blog

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL

21-08-2009

After beating Pompey and avoiding humiliation at Manchester United, even the prospect of Carson Yeung making another bid for power at Blues can't dim Andy Munro's early season enthusiasm. more


PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS "BIRMINGHAM UNITED"

21-08-2009

Community activists are gathering at Birmingham Council House on Sunday afternoon to discuss a response to the next proposed demo against anti-Muslim "extremism" - and The Stirrer's Birmingham United campaign will be high on the agenda. more


STATION TO STATION

21-08-2009

More congestion on the busy roads of south Birmingham. Or, er, the fairly simple alternative of reopning a few old railway stations. It's no brainer reckons Dave Travis. more


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

STAR SOCCER

21-08-2009

Some of the West Midlands best loved soccer stars of recent years are turning out for a charity bash next month, hosted by BRMB sports supremo Tom Ross. more


Andy’s Balti Blog

IMRAN (Ladypool Rd)

21-08-2009

An old balti traditional gets the once over from our curry king Andy Munro. more


UAF BACK BIRMINGHAM UNITED CAMPAIGN

20-08-2009

The Stirrer's Birmingham United campaign to show the city's peaceful support for our cultural and racial diversity has won backing from Unite Against Fascism. Mike Wongsam, Chairperson West Midlands UAF explains why. more


"PARKING" BY ELECTION LOOMS FOR WEDNESBURY

20-08-2009

If the venom exercised on The Stirrer Forum is any guide, the forthcoming by-election for Sandwell's Wednesbury South ward is likely to be one of the most bitter in local politics for years - with the introduction of parking charges a key issue. more


EXPENSIVE MISTAKE

20-08-2009

Sir Patrick Cormack MP reckons MP's salaries should be doubled - albeit in return for the scrapping of second home allowances. He's now described the furore aroused by his comments as "hysteria", but Barbara Panvel thinks he's missing the point. more


Kingy's Wolves Blog

MORE ATHLETIC THAN WIGAN

20-08-2009

It's been a topsy turvy start to the Premier League campaign for Wolves who lost at home on Saturday, but then toppled Villa's recent conqeuerors Wigan. Brendan King revels in the breathless start. more


Laurence Inman’s Blog

PAINTING THE TOWN RED

20-08-2009

From Jack The Ripper to DIY. Yup, Laurence Inman is back. more


NEW FRIENDS FOR SPARKHILL POOL

20-08-2009

A public meeting on Tuesday heard about the structural problems which led to the closure of Sparkhill Pool and Fitness Centre and agreed to form a Friends group to help get it rebuilt. Steve Beauchampe was there. more


Barbara's Blog

POWER CUT

20-08-2009

A raft of new "on the spot" fines offences which can be levied by the police acting as "judge and jury" has alarmed Barbara Panvel. The solution, she says, rests with people power. more


Terry’s Baggies Blog

ROAD RUNNER

20-08-2009

Two wins on their travels have left Albion among the leading pack in the Championship – but Terry Wills has had his nerves shredded already. more


YAQOOB BACKS BIRMINGHAM UNITED CAMPAIGN

19-08-2009

Birmingham councillor and Respect Party leader Salma Yaqoob has thrown her weight behind The Stirrer’s “Birmingham United” campaign aimed at promoting a positive image of the city’s multicultural community. more


SHORT STOREY FOR NEW CENTRAL LIBRARY

19-08-2009

Birmingham’s new £193 million Central Library has lost a floor before its even been built. A detailed planning application due to go public tomorrow reveals that the originally proposed eleven storey building has now been reduced to ten. more


Get Out More.........................Gig Listings

WOLVES CIVIC/WULFRUN HALL

19-08-2009

Here are the latest listings for the Wolverhampton Civic Hall/Wulfrun Hall complex, with dates recently announced by ZZ Top, Echo and Bunnymen, Frankie Boyle, The Drellas and - yes - David Essex. more


BIRMINGHAM UNITED, ANYONE?

18-08-2009

The prospect of another protest against Muslim “extremism” in Birmingham – and the likelihood of an anti-fascist demo to oppose it - looks like bad news for the city. But Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg wonders whether a negative can be turned into a positive. more


"PAY FREEZE" CALL AS COUNCIL CASH DRIES UP

18-08-2009

Birmingham Council’s worsening financial position has led the city’s Chief Executive Stephen Hughes to demand a pay freeze for the city’s 40,000 staff – even though national negotiators for local authorities are suggesting a small wage increase. more


Exclusive

COUNCIL CLIMBDOWN OVER UNDERHILL

18-08-2009

Wolverhampton Council has been forced into an embarrassing climbdown over plans to evict the nine remaining residents of Underhill House – a care home for the elderly which it wants to shut down as part of a £40 million cuts package. more


Doc Dave’s Blog

HOW ABOUT YOU, TOO?

18-08-2009

Fancy free admission to see one of the biggest bands in the world at Cardiff this weekend? Doc Dave finally finds what he is looking for – and maybe you could too. more


CAMP HILL STRIKE A CHORD?

18-08-2009

Plans to revitalise a string of South Birmingham railway stations are being considered (The Camp Hill Chord), although as we noted yesterday the current public "consultation" seems somewhat lacking - so much so that details haven't been sent to The Stirrer. Full marks to Birmingham councillor Tim Huxtable who has come to our rescue. more


Birmingham Central Library

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

18-08-2009

Are the lifts and escalators at Birmingham,Central Library really so decrepit as to justify the development of a replacement building? Not according to campaigner Alan Clawley. more


Martin Longley's Music Blog

BLUES SOUNDS: NEW YORK (Part 136)

18-08-2009

Martin Longley continues to vibrate his mojo-thing in New York City... more


NEW HOPE FOR UNDERHILL NINE

17-08-2009

The nine elderly residents of Wolverhampton’s closure threatened Underhill House have new hope of avoiding eviction this morning after winning the backing of the Court of Appeal. more


Birmingham Central Library

PANEL BEATERS

17-08-2009

In another exclusive Stirrer investigation, campaigner Alan Clawley tries to establish just why the concrete panels used to clad Birmingham Central Library have proved to be so short-lived. more


LIGHTNING BOLT HEADING TO BRUM

17-08-2009

Usain Bolt’s world-record breaking dash in the World Championships last night underlined Birmingham’s achievement in attracting Jamaica’s athletics team to the city ahead of the 2012 Olympics. more


STATIONARY OBJECTS

17-08-2009

There's a public consultation over plans to reopen disused railway lines in South Birmingham - not that The Stirrer would know because Centro hasn't sent us the details. Fortunately John Newsom is on hand to fill in the details and urge you to get active before next month's deadline passes. more


YOUR NATO NEEDS YOU

17-08-2009

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation wants our help. Yes, as Andy Goff reveals, it’s true. more


Get Out More.................................Theatre Review

COMEDY OF ERRORS (RSC, Stratford)

17-08-2009

Richard Lutz (aged 59) and Molly Lutz (aged 8) review a Shakespeare production in Stratford aimed at primary school children. Does it work for adults and kids? Their assessment looks good. more


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WE WILL ROCK YOU TICKETS

15-08-2009

The musical tribute to Queen, We Will Rock You is packing them in at Birmingham Hippodrome - and The Stirrer is delighted to offer you the chance to win a pair of tickets for the show on August 24 at 7.30. more


RUDGE SLAMS BRUM DEMOS

15-08-2009

Birmingham Council's Equalities Boss Alan Rudge has written to The Stirrer condemining last weekend's protests against Muslim "extremism" in the city - and the counter demo by Unite Against Fascism. more


69 TONGUE LASHING

15-08-2009

The Chair of the West Midlands Campaign for Better Transport Kevin Chapman has taken umbrage at comments made by Barbara Panvel in a recent Buswatch Blog - not least over her desire for the 69 bus route to serve Heartlands Hospital. more


Stirrer editor of the day - Jeff Rooker (Baron Rooker of Perry Barr)


REMOTEST LOCAL DEMOCRACY

14-08-2009

Local votes are worth less in Brum than anywhere else claims our editor of the day, Jeff Rooker. Councillors are overstretched. Public is ill served. Why should London be better served? Time for Boroughs is here… more


Laurence Inman's Blog

CHARACTER ASSASSINATION

14-08-2009

Some of the best characters in drama would be the least loveable human beings. Laurence Inman ponders the lessons of an age old dichotomy. more


CELEBS NOT WANTED NOR NEEDED FOR MAYOR

14-08-2009

Local celebs should stay away from running for Mayor says former MP and Stirrer guest editor, Jeff Rooker. They will be out of their depth and not good for the City. more


‘POWER TO THE SUBURBS’ SAYS THE STRIRRER DOCTOR

14-08-2009

A slimline centre with most powers going to the suburbs will galvanise local democracy says Dr Rob Pocock. Need to restore the Chamberlain legacy of popular municipal democracy is the theme of the Stirrer Doctor. more


STIRRED - BY GUTTER POLITICS

14-08-2009

Former Birmingham Liberal Democrat councillor turned Respect Party activist Abdul Aziz has been the butt of some fierce criticism on The Stirrer Forum in a thread about Ayoub Khan and Aston politics. Here he condemns his oppnents's "gutter politics". more


POOLING IDEAS

14-08-2009

A meeting to consider the future of Sparkhill Pool and Fitness Centre takes place next Tuesday evening. Steve Beauchampé has the details. more


Stirrer editor of the day - Andy Munro


JAG SAYS TATA TO GOV’T FUNDING

13-08-2009

Does the current government really want to help manufacturing? A disillusioned Brummie takes a look behind the scenes of a Whitehall 'farceade'. more


EAT MORE DIRT!

13-08-2009

Andy Munro digs deeper into the latest pandemic panic and suggests an alternative 'down to earth' solution. more


THEATRE OF NIGHTMARES

13-08-2009

In his latest Blues blog, Andy Munro tries to look forward to the trip to Man United but will he be watching it from behind his settee and will it turn out to be the Theatre of Nightmares? more


Andy's Balti Blog

CINNAMON RED,

562-4, Moseley Rd, B’ham B12, 9AD, tel. 442-4936)

13-08-2009

On the latest leg of his balti tour, Andy Munro gives Cinammon Red a card of the same colour. more


DESTINATION NEC FOR HI SPEED LINK?

13-08-2009

Birmingham Airport is stepping up its campaign for a high speed rail link to the NEC - but not as we erroneously suggested yesterday, at the expense of faster trains to the city centre. Apologies for the mistake. more


Terry's Baggies Blog

ALBION QUICK ON THE DRAW

13-08-2009

Terry Wills reports on mixed fortunes for Albion in their first two matches under new head coach Roberto Di Matteo. Tuesday's League Cip win at Bury was preceded by a disappointing draw at home to Newcastle in Saturday's televised Championship fixture. more


BUSWATCH BLOG

13-08-2009

Our Buswatch blogger Barbara Panvel updates Stirrer readers on the group's latest meeting with transport bosses in the West Midlands. more


Today's Stirrer editor - Sibyl Ruth


FAMILY JUSTICE: SECRETS AND LIES?

12-08-2009

Birmingham Children’s Services are rarely out of the news. But do we really know what happens once lawyers get involved? How much does the Press tell us? A Stirrer reader who works in the courts, contacted today’s Editor….. more


BUDGIE SMUGGLERS BAN - OR BE WAXED!

12-08-2009

No sexy shorts please – this is Staffordshire. Sibyl Ruth steels her nerves and sneaks a look at the dark underbelly of a Midlands theme park. more


Kingy's Wolves Blog

BRING IT ON

12-08-2009

Just three days to go, and Wolves blogger Brendan King is like a kid in a sweet shop as he anticipates the start of the new Premier League season. more


SHOP HORROR PROBE!

12-08-2009

Andy Goff wants to cultivate his garden. But getting the right equipment has turned him into a thing of shreds and patches… more


Get out More.........................Film Review

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE (12A)

12-08-2009

Today’s Stirrer Editor is only half-pleased by the sixth film of the series…. more


Stirrer editor of the day - Dominic 'praguetory' Fisher


HOMES TO BE PROUD OF?

11-08-2009

Dominic Fisher considers some of the little things that can be done to alleviate the housing supply crisis and associated problems. more


TAKING RACE OUT OF THE EQUATION

11-08-2009

Dominic Fisher, Tuesday’s editor of the Stirrer, asks whether a West Midlands news forum which doesn’t discuss race could work. more


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

FRIENDS OF MOSELEY RD BATHS FUNDRAISER

11-08-2009

This Friday, Friends of Moseley Road Baths are staging their second fundraising concert, at the Hare and Hounds is Kings Heath. As campaigner Mark Gunton explains, it's an acoustic gig with appearances from Ben Joseph, David Wilkins, Eamon Lavery, Theatre of the Absurd and more. more


Richard Lutz's Blog

FUGGED OFF

11-08-2009

Richard Lutz is on holiday in a Scottish fug, and still banging his head against a brick wall over Iraq and Afghanistan. more


Get Out More...................Gig Review

HARLEIGH BLU AT THE SPOTTED DOG

11-08-2009

It’s not my type of music and I don’t do reviews so why am I writing an article about the Harleigh Blu gig at the Spotted Dog last Thursday? more


Get Out More................................Music Review

ABBA FOREVER (Alexandra, Birmingham)

11-08-2009

Tribute time at the the Alex, observed by Terry Wills. more


Stirrer editor of the day - Steve Beauchampé


BIRMINGHAM SUFFERS OLYMPICS BLOW

10-08-2009

In a major blow to Birmingham’s claims to be an international city of sport, London 2012 organisers have dropped Villa Park as a venue for matches in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic football tournaments. more


OPEN LETTER TO BRUM CITY COUNCILLORS

11-08-2009

Stirrer forum reader dxn7 has emailed Birmingham city councillors asking the council to take action against the kind of violence seen last weekend in Birmingham. Stirrer editor of the day Steve Beauchampé felt it deserved a wider audience. more


READY FOR THE OFF

10-08-2009

There was a depressing inevitability about Saturday’s disturbances in Birmingham city centre says Steve Beauchampé, who witnessed both the protests and their aftermath for The Stirrer. Next time though, perhaps Brummies could try a different approach. more


FOUR BECOMES ONE

10-08-2009

Like the local pub and the High Street butchers, bakers and greengrocers, community sports grounds and clubs are a dying breed, Steve Beauchampé mourns the imminent passing of another piece of local greensward. more


BRUM ANTI-FASCIST DEMO "RARE" SAY POLICE

10-08-2009

35 arrests have now been made in connection with Saturday evening’s disturbances in Birmingham city centre following yesterdays rival demonstrations between members of the far right English and Welsh Defence League (EWDL) and Unite Against Fascism (UAF). more


Get Out More.................Bournville String Orchestra

VIOLINS AGAINST VIOLENCE

10-08-2009

Violins against violence, harps against hunger, Steve Beauchampé previews some good music for a good cause, performed by people young enough to still believe they can make a difference. more


Get Out More............................CyberCandy

CHOCAHOLICS A GO GO

10-08-2009

Calling all chocoholics, CyberCandy, purveyors of weird sweets and chocolate, opens a Birmingham store this month. So get stuck in says Steve Beauchampé! more


BIRMINGHAM SEES ANTI-FASCIST ACTION

09-08-2009

Police attempting to keep rival demonstrators apart in Birmingham city centre during early Saturday evening made a total of 33 arrests following sporadic clashes involving rival gangs of far right and anti-fascist protestors. more


YOU TUBE

07-08-2009

For some reason, Erdington MP Sion Simon has attracted something of a following on You Tube for his spoof Webcameron video – in which he satirised the Tory leader by offering to let voters sleep with his wife. Simon’s defence of the now withdrawn vid on Sky News has also proved popular. more


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

WE BE THE ECHO (Tonight, The Old Wharf)

07-08-2009

Bands like Napalm Death and Cerebral Fix are part of Birmingham’s hardcore heritage, so there’s likely to be a warm welcome for San Francisco guitar shredders We Be The Echo in Digbeth tonight. more


WILLING AND ABLE?

07-08-2009

Could disability allowances and attendance allowances really be scrapped and replaced by budgets spent by the local authority? Yes! Warns Walsall councillor Pete Smith, and it will affect 24,000 people in his town alone. more


Andy’s Blues Blog

SAME OLD STORY?

07-08-2009

Just over a week before Blues open their Premier League campaign against Manchester United, and the alarm bells are already ringing for Blues blogger Andy Munro. more


MOURNING HAS BROKEN

07-08-2009

Harry Patch's funeral was marked by the clicking of a thousands camera shutters and ersatz tears reckons Richard Nevin. He wonders what happened to the stiff upper lip. more


ELDERLY "PRESSURISED" TO QUIT CARE HOME

06-08-2009

Relatives say that elderly residents at Underhill House in Wolverhampton are being unfairly pressurised to leave, despite a City Council undertaking not to remove them until all legal avenues have been exhausted. more


BALTI BALONEY

06-08-2009

Grameen Khana is officially home of Birmingham’s best balti following a City Council sponsored “cook off “ – but our own balti blogger Andy Munro finds the verdict hard to swallow. more


“GOOD PROGRESS" ON SOCIAL SERVICES

06-08-2009

Birmingham Council’s embattled Childrens’ Services has something to celebrate after government minister Dawn Primarolo indicated “good progress” has been made since an Oftsed report six months ago branding it “inadequate”. more


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

ZZ TOP, IAN BROWN FOR WOLVES CIVIC

06-08-2009

Two top dates for Wolves Civic - ex-Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown and ZZ Top too. In fact if you check out the list below, you'll even find out how to jump the queue for those bearded southern boogie monsters by 24 hours. more


Barbara's Blog

TRANSPARENCY, APPARENTLY

06-08-2009

Politicians on all sides are vying to promote "transparency", yet when it comes to the West's key military partnership NATO, we are allowed to know very little - and discuss even less. Barbara Panvel discusses a curioiusly neglected democratic deficit in this "digested version" of an original article by Dr Ian Davis of Natowatch.more


Laurence Inman’s Blog

TESTING TIMES

06-08-2009

So who is that phantom marathon runner who jogs past Edgbaston every time a Test Match is on? None other than Laurence Inman, who takes comfort in a chance encounter. more


Exclusive

COURT THREAT OVER "WHITE AND JEWISH" CLAIM

05-08-2009

Disgruntled Labour party activist Elaina Cohen has vowed to go to court after failing to persuade both the Labour Party and Birmingham City Council that she was the victim of racism at the hands of a former Lord Mayor. more


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FRANKIE BOYLE, TIM VINE

05-08-2009

Two top comics, two new shows at Birmingham's Symphony Hall and Town Hall. more


KHAN INQUIRY “LACKS CREDIBILITY”

05-08-2009

Labour councillor Mohammed Afzal claims an enquiry into an alleged smear campaign by his Liberal Democrat rival Ayoub Khan “lacks credibility” – and he’s demanding the right to give evidence to it. more


RARING TO GO

05-08-2009

Albion’s signing of Chilean international defender Gonzalo Jara is the latest addition to a squad readjusting to life in the Championship – but Baggies blogger Terry Wills reckons a swift return to the top flight can’t be guaranteed. more


BARMY BOZOS SHAME BRUM

04-08-2009

The Stirrer’s warning last August that the boorish Barmy Army were being given priority booking for the Edgbaston Ashes Test has come home to roost – with their behaviour attracting negative publicity in a national newspaper and on Radio Five Live. more


FAR RIGHT TALKS UP VIOLENCE THREAT

04-08-2009

Far right groups staging a demo against Muslim “extremism” in Birmingham on Saturday are already talking up the prospect of violence – no doubt hoping that it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. more


MARVERINE "GUTTED" OVER BLAKE CONVICTION

04-08-2009

Sky News presenter Marverine Cole said she was “gutted” by the conviction of former Midlands Today colleague Ashley Blake who was warned yesterday he faces a jail sentence. more


JOHN BEADMAN R.I.P.

04-08-2009

Tributes have been paid to Birmingham councillor John Beadman who passed away unexpectedly at the weekend. more


Alan Clawley's Library Blog

ARTIST'S IMPRESSION

04-08-2009

The road to hell is paved with an artist's impression, you might say - especially after reading Alan Clawley's review of the "improvments wrought on Paradise Forum two decades ago. A pointer to the future he wonders? more


Martin Longley's Music Blog

JAZZ SOUNDS: NEW YORK (Part 2950)

04-08-2009

The Big Chill festival is once again driving the deer away from Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury. Pharoah Sanders heads up a significant jazz contingent over the coming weekend. Martin Longley recently witnessed the saxophonist in NYC... more


"OPPRESSIVE" PARKING ROW MARS CARNIVAL

03-08-2009

Illegal parking emerged as the major issue at yesterday’s Birmingham Carnival, with the party atmosphere being punctured for many visitors by having their cars towed away or ticketed. One activist described the situation as “oppressive”. more


SAY IT QUIETLY - PEACE BREAKS OUT IN DIGBETH

03-08-2009

The landlord of Digbeth’s Rainbow pub has hailed Saturday’s late night street festival as “a triumph of compromise” after attracting more than 3,000 revellers – and not a single noise complaint. The venue is currently subject to a Noise Abatement Order. more


HOLED OUT

03-08-2009

Regular readers will know that Stirrer blogger Glyn Berrington has been trying to prod Dudley Council into action over unfilled potholes and loose horses. Now he’s written to his MP, and is threatening to delay Council Tax payments. more


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WOLVES CIVIC LISTINGS

03-08-2009

Gary Numan, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Drellas and the NME Radar Tour have all been lined up for the Wolves Civic and Wulfrun complex. Here are the latest shows and listings in full. more


NO GO GO SLOW AFTER COPS SAY SORRY

01-08-2009

Private hire drivers in Birmingham are being urged to boycott plans for a city centre "go slow" in protest at a perceived lack of police protection. A number of cabbies were proposing to disrupt traffic following the murder of Selly Oak-based driver Mohammed Arshad, but say they've now received an apology from the cops. more


SCREEN BOSS TUCKS INTO EXPENSES

01-08-2009

Screen WM boss Suzie Norton claimed more than £12,000 on expenses last year – a bill which included membership of the exclusive Ivy Club in London. More than £5,000 went on wining and dining – and a further £900 on taxi fares. more


UNDERHILL TO CLOSE

01-08-2009

Last ditch efforts to save a care home for the elderly in Wolverhampton have been scuppered by the rejection of a judicial review. Underhill House in Fallings Park will now close forcing the relocation of ten elderly residents - including a 106 year old woman. more

 

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