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What was Lost

Interview with Catherine O'Flynn click


Robin Valk

Stirrer TV interview with Robin Valk click


Paul Smith

Former Warwickshire all-rounder Paul Smith talks candidly to Stirrer TV about his book "Wasted" click


Tanni Grey

Medal winning athlete Tanni Grey Thompson introduced a new line for wheelchair users and other disabled people. click


Birmingham City Library

Watch the Stirrer's interviews with Gary Taylor click here and John Madin click here


Rageh Omaar

Rageh Omaar explains why Bush and Blair were good for Bin Laden click


Fred Grove Fred Grove talks to The Stirrer about his battle to keep his house in the face of redevelopment. click


Ron Watts

The Stirrer talks to Ron Watts about starting The 100 Club in London 30 years ago click


VTP200

Excuse our breathless enthusiasm, but we've just seen the presentation for the VTP 200 - the most eye-catching building in Birmingham for years. And yes, it's got us excited. See for yourself why it's got us all aquiver more


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BRUM LINES UP STARRING MOVIE ROLE

02-06-2010

Hopes that Birmingham might become a major centre of movie production move a step closer today – and it’s all thanks to Stirrer blogger and Forum regular Jonathan Stuart Brown. more


Stirrer TV

THE LUTZ REPORT......................ON DR NASEEM

02-06-2010

The Secret Service’s alleged links with radical Moslems, Tony Blair as Adolf Hitler and the whole British political system out to sell the UK down the river. The leader of Birmingham’s Central Mosque, Dr Mohammed Naseem, sits down with Richard Lutz. more


METAL HEADS

02-06-2010

Home of Metal

For too long Birmingham and the Black Country have failed to celebrate what is rightfully theirs, to claim the city and the region as home of Heavy Metal - but now the folk at Capsule are determined to change all that. more


Get Out More....................................Gig Review
BRITISH SEA POWER

02-06-2010

British Sea Power

Paul Samuels enjoys a top show by British indie stalwarts BSP at the Glee Club in the Arcadian Centre - and a bit of a bonus with a fine support turn by John and Jehn. more


"CANADIAN QUEEN OF SPIN" STEPS DOWN

01-06-2010

Birmingham Council’s £100,000 a year PR boss Debra Davis – aka the “Canadian Queen of Spin” - has announced that she’s stepping down today to become Director of Communications at the new City TV venture run by her partner Alan Grindley. more


Gaza Flotilla 1

“OUT OF CONTROL” ISRAEL “MUST BE PUNISHED”

01-06-2010

Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood has said Israel is “out of control” and must be punished following yesterday’s attack on a humanitarian aide flotilla approaching Gaza. He warned that failure to act might spark acts of terrorism. more


Gaza Flotilla 2

PROTEST OVER AID MASSACRE

01-06-2010

Israel attack demo

Dozens of protestors gathered in Birmingham last night to condemn Israel’s slaughter of nine pro-Palestinian activists attempting to deliver aid to Gaza. Birmingham blogger and former councillor John Tyrrell was among the demonstrators. more


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

NATALIE MERCHANT

01-06-2010

Natalie Merchant

Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg revels in a Symphony Hall show by one of his favourite artists – currently performing a unique selection of childrens’ songs and verses. more


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

THE VORTEX

01-06-2010

The pUBLIC

Former Oasis guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs who played on all the band's classic albums returns to sweaty local gig roots with a show on Saturday at The Public in West Brom. more


OH TILSLEY, WHERE ART THOU?

31-05-2010

Cllr Paul Tilsley

With David Laws sudden departure from frontline government, Richard Lutz tries to meet up with Birmingham’s Lib Dem deputy council leader Paul Tilsley. He fails. more


LIBEL LAW AND THE PIGGY BANK RAIDS

31-05-2010

As we reported at the weekend, Lord Lester is introducing a private members bill to amend the libel laws. George Makin argues that change is long overdue. more


COMMERCIAL BREAK

31-05-2010

Robin Valk

Most music-based local radio is in decline - and no wonder argues legendary jock Robin Valk. But in this passionate polemic taken from his excellent Radio To Go blog he argues there's plenty of scope for hope. more


END OF AN ERROR?

31-05-2010

Alpha Tower

Budget constraints have seen staff at Birmingham Council’s planning and regeneration department switch from Alpha Tower in the city centre to Lancaster Circus on the edge of town. One worker – let’s call her Molly Malone – is strugglomg to adapt to her new surroundings. more


WHO ARE THE SCROUNGERS?

29-05-2010

Spongers and scroungers, the feckless and the reckless…yep the usual suspects were rounded up and paraded in full tabloid view this week, as the new Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith unveiled plans for a crackdown on benefits cheats. But who are the real scroungers? more


Birmingham Central Library

CHANGING TIMES – PART II

29-05-2010

Central Library

The building of the new Library of Birmingham was predicated on the sale of the current site in Paradise Circus, which would help fund the new project. Alan Clawley claims the sums no longer add up, leading to the creation instead of a “cosy” relationship between local authority and favoured developers. more


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

JONSI

29-05-2010

Jonsi

The former frontman of Icelandic oddballs Sigur Ros heads to Birmingham’s 02 Academy in the autumn on his first solo tour. Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg catches him in action at London’s Kentish Town Forum. more


CUTS BLAMED FOR MUSEUM JEWEL THEFT

29-05-2010

Thieves stole jewellery from Birmingham's Museum and Art Gallery yesterday afternoon from under the noses of security staff who've been complaining about cuts in their budget. more


IT'S LIBEL TO CHANGE

29-05-2010

Changes to the libel laws were one of the hottest topics of the last session of the new parliament - before being scuppered by West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson among others. Now new legislation has been launched in the Lords. more


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

BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL FILM SOC

29-05-2010

2010 marks 50 years of independence for 15 African nations and the ever enterprising BIFS - based at Birimingham's Library Theatre - are showing a film each from two of them. Here are next week's selections. more


“OBSERVER” CALL FOR BRUM ELECTIONS

28-05-2010

Ballot Box

The Stirrer recently reported on calls by Birmingham councillor Ayoub Khan to introduce photo ID at the ballot box to combat postal voting fraud. Local Conservative blogger Guy The Mac reckons the city might need independent observers after a day spent touring the city’s polling booths which revealed numerous abuses of the system. more


Stirrer TV

THE LUTZ REPORT......................ON POGUS CAESAR

28-05-2010

Pogus Caeser

Birmingham photographer Pogus Caesar talks to Richard Lutz about his latest exhibition, his days filming the Bullring under construction and how his snapper-career all started. more


BEER GOGGLES?

28-05-2010

The Stirrer’s less than flattering review of the Toby Jug in Rubery on a recent pub crawl has drawn a polite but firm rebuttal from landlord Robert Cornwell. more


Doc Dave's Blog

THE KILLER INSTINCT

28-05-2010

Dr David Nicholl

Neurophobia - the ‘disease’ you have never heard of, and its more dangerous than swine flu says Dr David Nicholl. more


RUPERT MURDOCH: HERO OR VILLAIN?

27-05-2010

Is it time to re-evaluate the British media’s “Mr Nasty” Rupert Murdoch? You bet says Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg. more


I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE

27-05-2010

Residents of Walsall are the third most likely in Britain to be snooped upon by Town Hall officials, but that doesn’t trouble Council leader Mike Bird – in an astonishing interview this week he said he was aiming for top spot. He’s now been given a national “Bad Boy” award and been compared to M in James Bond. more


JOBS' WORTH?

27-05-2010

Cllr Tim Huxtable

Is this a sign of things to come at cost cutting Birmingham Council? New Tory Cabinet member Tim Huxtable will have to grapple with three top jobs instead of just one. more


EDL WALSALL DEMO CANCELLED

27-05-2010

EDL demo earlier this year

The controversial English Defence League have called off a planned demonstration against a proposed mosque in Walsall after learning that the biggest single group opposed to the scheme are Muslims. George Makin reports. more


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

OKLAHOMA

27-05-2010

Oklahoma

The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is at the Alex in Birmingham until Saturday. Terry Wills goes wild for the wild west. more


CAMERON PROBE CALL INTO WALSALL "FRAUD" CLAIMS

27-05-2010

PM David Cameron

Walsall Council’s Labour Group is demanding Prime Minster David Cameron launches an investigation into the running of the local Conservative Party after a second Walsall Tory has been arrested in connection with electoral fraud. more


CLAMPER IMMOBILISED FOR TWO YEARS

27-05-2010

Congratulations to Birmingham Council's ferocious anti-clamping watchdog Neil Eustace and his colleagues at Trading Standards - they've claimed their biggest scalp yet with a two year jail sentence for Andrew Baker whose notorious Inter Park company bedevilled innocent motorists across the West Midlands with unfair penalties. more


ALL WHITE NOW - WELL, ALMOST

26-05-2010

Birmingham Council's reshuffle of Cabinet and Scrutiny positions has left the "Progressive Partnership" echoing the make up of the coalition government - it's mostly male and almost exclusively white. more


UAF "APPALLED" BY BNP TEACHER VERDICT

26-05-2010

West Midlands Unite Against Fascism has said it's "appalled" by the decision of the General Teaching Council to clear BNP activist Adam Walker of racial intolerance at a hearing in Birmingham yesterday. Walker had used a school laptop to post vicious comments condemning immigrants. more


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

CROWDED HOUSE

26-05-2010

The needle on the rock n’ roll cool-o-meter barely rises past mildly chilled for these mild-mannered antipodeans – but Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg reckons they’ve clocked up more great tunes than the Stone Roses. And even from the Grand Tier at Symphony Hall, he knows talent when he sees it. more


BOSSES CALL FOR MORE MIGRANTS

26-05-2010

Birmingham business leaders have hit out a plans - outlined in yesterday's Queen Speech - to cap the number of non-EU immigrants. They warned that it could hinder their development. more


IKON REMEMBER THAT

26-05-2010

Ikon Gallery 1974

An archivist at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery has uncovered original images showing the aftermath of a 1970s terrorist bomb blast. The gallery is now asking members of the public if they have memories of the bombing, which tore out their front window. more


Martin Longley's Music Blog

NEW YORK SOUNDS: PART 28

26-05-2010

Acid Mothers Temple

Martin Longley syringes his ears once again in NYC. He was able to hear Acid Mothers Temple, the monstrous Japanese psychedelicists, who are crashing into Kings Heath tonite (followed by Coventry on Saturday). He also eared Pere Ubu, Manorexia and Growing. Now he has made another appointment with the specialist... more


Exclusive

CITY TREES CONTRACT BOTCHED AND AXED - IN SECRET

25-05-2010

City Trees

Bumbling officials at Birmingham City Council has been forced to re-tender the city’s £20 million a year trees maintenance contract – but won’t tell taxpayers how much it spent fighting a lengthy court case which forced it to scrap the last one...more


NO CUTS HERE - AID ESCAPES THE AXE

25-05-2010

Andrew Mitchell MP

At a time of savage cuts across Whitehall – with much, much more to come – Sutton Coldfield MP and International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell is entitled to a moment of smug satisfaction. His department is one of the few to escape the spending axe. more


Stay In More..........................Book Review

SCARY BONES

25-05-2010

Scary Bones

Brummie in exile Ron Dawson's latest kids' adventure gets a warm welcome from Andy Goff. more


COLLEAGUES “DEVASTATED” BY COUNCILLOR’S DEATH

25-05-2010

Friends and colleagues have been left “absolutely devastated” by the death of Wolverhampton councillor death Gill Fellows on Saturday morning – news which, as well as the undoubted personal tragedy, leaves the authority in a state of political turmoil. more

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