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March 2010

POLICE "NO GO" VOW OVER EDL DEMO

31-03-2010

West Midlands Police have vowed that Dudley won’t become a “no go zone” on Saturday – despite the presence of the EDL demo and an expected counter-protest by Unite Against Fascism. more


Stirrer TV

THE LUTZ REPORT ON...... THE BISHOP OF BIRMINGHAM

31-03-2010

The Bishop of Birmingham sits down with Richard Lutz and talks about unemployment, Birmingham’s future and how you can help. more


ED CASE

31-03-2010

The former Chair of Governors at Moseley School has written a powerful letter to demanding to know why Education Secretary Ed Balls has paved the way for a link with nearby Queensbridge, even though it has a worse academic record – a story highlighted recently on The Stirrer. He also wants to know why the democratically elected governing body was disbanded. more


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

STANFORD'S REQUIEM/BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE

31-03-2010

Andy Goff enjoys a long neglected Birmingham masterpiece at Adrian Boult Hall. more


SIBLINGS SPLIT ONLY WHEN “THERE’S NO OTHER OPTION”

31-03-2010

Birmingham City Council has admitted that youngsters placed in care are being split up from their siblings – even though this breaches the Childrens Act. But they say it’s only done when “ there is no other option.” more


Terry’s Baggies Blog

READING FESTIVAL

31-03-2010

A dogged draw for the Baggies against Reading, followed by Forest's defeat at Newcastle has left the way for a promotion celebration at The Hawthorns. But Terry Wills is keeping the champagne on ice. more


WOLVERHAMPTON BUSSED-UP

31-03-2010

Bus passengers in Wolverhampton, including the leader of the opposition Labour group on the City Council Roger Lawrence, have been complaining about the location of temporary stops planned for the 18-month spell when the new Transport Interchange is built. There's also been criticism of the lack of information - prompting this reply from a local authority spokesperson. more


COUNCIL DENIES DIVERTING WNF FUND

31-03-2010

Contrary to speculation on The Stirrer, Birmingham City Council has denied diverting government cash from the Working Neighbourhood Fund to Social Services projects. more


FAITH LEADERS JOIN ATTACK ON MOSCOW BOMBING

31-03-2010

The Stirrer noted yesterday that Respect Party leader and Birmingham councillor Salma Yaqoob had launched an outspoken attack on the Moscow bombing – apparently carried out by Islamic radicals. Now other leading Moslems in the city have put their names to an interfaith statement condemning those responsible. more


Martin Longley's Music Blog

NEW YORK SOUNDS: PART 243

31-03-2010

Richard Thompson will be curating this year's Meltdown festival at London's Southbank Centre [11th-20th June]. Martin Longley recently found him at a winery in New York City. Longley has also seen a new multi-media piece by Meredith Monk, a Chinese pipa show and a bunch of aroused 'boners from down in New Orleans... more


"JOBS FUND DIVERTED AGAIN" CLAIM

30-03-2010

The row over Birmingham’s spending of a government grant designed to create new jobs has resurfaced, with allegations that the Council is once again diverting the cash to cover budget cuts. Labour group leader Sir Albert Bore has warned that if the claims are true, he’ll call in local government minister John Denham. more


EDL'S “DON’T ABUSE ALLAH” PLEA

30-03-2010

Leaders of the English Defence League are calling on supporters to avoid singing abusive songs about Allah when they visit Dudley at the weekend – and they insist their purpose is entirely peaceful. more


BUS FIRM WANTS BROAD STREET CAR BAN

30-03-2010

Bus operator National Express West Midlands has plans to re-route buses away from the Broad Street entertainment district on Friday and Saturday nights - even though it means hundreds of revellers will face a 15 minute walk. NXWM blames congestion - and wants a weekend ban on cars in the area. more


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

MOSELEY FOLK FESTIVAL

30-03-2010

Can this year’s Moseley Folk Festival top last year’s effort which boasted Jethro Tull, Saint Etienne, Beth Orton? Tell you what, they’re going to have a good try, with the likes of Donovan, Turin Brakes and Fyfe Dangerfield all confirmed. more


YAQOOB CONDEMNS MUSLIM BOMBERS

30-03-2010

Muslim leaders are often accused of keeping quiet about atrocities committed in the name of radical Islam, so credit to Birmingham councillor Salma Yaqoob who has unreservedly condemned the suicide bombers responsible for killing dozens of commuters on the Moscow metro. more


WOLVO BUS PASSENGERS "SHORT CHANGED"

30-03-2010

Bus passengers in Wolverhampton are being short-changed by changes due to be introduced this weekend to accommodate the city’s new transport interchange – so says Roger Lawrence, leader of the opposition Labour group. more


HOW THOMAS BROKE THE CHAIN

30-03-2010

One of Sandwell’s leading Conservatives has paid tribute to former Council leader Bill Thomas who died recently. Wednesbury councillor Bill Archer credits Thomas for fighting to allow him to become the Black Country borough’s first Tory Mayor. more


Kingy's Wolves Blog

"HE USED TO BE SHITE, NOW HE'S ALRIGHT"

30-03-2010

Molineux regular Brendan King sings the praises of Wolves player of the season - in his opinion at least - Jody Craddock, the recipient of an unlikely terrace anthem. more


BLOW FOOTBALL

30-03-2010

It’s being described as football’s greatest tactical invention since ‘cattennacio’ In a Stirrer exclusive, Steve Beauchampé reports on amazing new plans by two much-loved Premier League coaches to strengthen their team’s defences. more


THE BREAKFAST CLUB

30-03-2010

A new Birmingham-based website is giving young people the chance to express their raw views directly to government. Steve Dyson reports on how social media is being used to challenge the decision makers. more


Doc Dave's Blog
QUESTION TIME IN HAGLEY

30-03-2010

Haybridge School in Hagley hosted a ‘Question Time’ style event last week with three prospective candidates for the Bromsgrove constituency including Sajid Javid (Conservative), Sam Burden (Labour), and Philip Ling (Liberal Democrat) as well as a non-politician, Prof Antonia Payne (Worcester University). The event was chaired by Stirrer blogger, Dr David Nicholl, who described what happened next. more


BROAD STREET RE-ROUTE ANGER

29-03-2010

The boss of Birmingham’s Broad Street entertainment district has slated plans to divert late night buses away from the city centre – saying that he only heard about them via The Stirrer. more


BYRNE TURNS PARTY INTO POLITICAL

29-03-2010

Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne has been condemned for hijacking Saturday’s Gay Pride Ball in Birmingham and turning it into a political event. more


NEW LABOUR'S LATEST OWN GOAL

29-03-2010

Having sucked up to the vested interests of the Premier League ever since they were elected in 1997, can New Labour really be serious about plans to force clubs to hand over 25% of their shares to the fans? In a word – no! more


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

LES MISERABLES

29-03-2010

It’s the 25th anniversary of the first West End staging of Victor Hugo’s sweeping 19th century novel – and tickets for the Birmingham Hippodrome run sold out yonks ago. Terry Wills is one of the lucky ones. more


MOSQUE “UNITY” CALL AS EDL PREPARES FOR DUDLEY

29-03-2010

The prospect of Saturday’s visit to Dudley by the English Defence League has prompted the local council to take out newspaper ads – signed by leaders of the three main political parties, plus UKIP – criticising the demo. Majid Khan, a trustee of Birmingham Central Mosque, calls for a similar united front in the second city. more


Andy’s Blues Blog

UP THE ARSENAL

29-03-2010

Whinger Wenger was treated to a bit of mockery by the St Andrews crowd – and they had the last laugh, too, with Kevin Phillips grabbing a last minute equaliser. more


HILTON COMES TO BROAD STREET

29-03-2010

Birmingham’s Broad Street will soon be playing host to another major hotel – almost certainly a branch of the giant international Hilton chain. The news has been revealed by Mike Olley, boss of the local Business Improvement District. more


HAYMAN IN FOR HEAL IN HALESOWEN

29-03-2010

Sue Hayman has been selected as Labour’s candidate for Halesowen and Rowley Regis in succession to Sylvia Heal who announced she was stepping down recently after 13 years. more


ROW OVER LEAK AS PROVERBIAL HITS THE FAN

29-03-2010

It’s been reported that staff at the Government Office for the West Midlands are only allowed ten minutes in the toilet before the lights go out. Our special correspondent wonders if management are extracting the urine. more


Stirrer TV

THE LUTZ REPORT............ON DAVID EDGAR

27-03-2010

Legendary Brummie playwright David Edgar talks to Richard Lutz for Stirrer TV about the issues raised by his new production at the Birmingham Rep - a production that summons up a murky chapter in the city’s past. more


Airport 1

HEATHROW BLOW TO BRUM AIRPORT EXPANSION

27-03-2010

Green campaigners are claiming that the yesterday’s High Court ruling against plans for a third runway at Heathrow should also scupper the long-awaited expansion of Birmingham International Airport. more


Airport 2

BIA OFFERS "HEATHROW SOLUTION"

27-03-2010

Birmingham Airport is offering itself as part of the solution to the "Heathrow Problem" after yesterday's High Court ruling against plans for a third runway at the London hub. more


HEALTH BOSSES COMMITTED TO PSYCHIATRIC UNIT

27-03-2010

Health bosses have confirmed that they are, er, committed to a new Mental Health Unit in Bordesley Green – despite complaints that there has been no public consultation on the project since 2006. more


TOWER OF POWER

27-03-2010

Birmingham’s landmark Bromford Towers have long been the subject of political arguments – and even now they’ve been scheduled for demolition, the rows are continuing, with Labour councillors accusing their Tory rivals of “hypocrisy”. more


LOZELLS “RUBBISH” CLAIMS RUBBISHED

27-03-2010

Claims by local activist Waseem Zaffar that a scheme designed to improve relations in Lozells is “rubbish” have been robustly denied by the City Council. Here’s their response to our recent article about the CommUNITY project. more


DISREGARDS TO BROAD STREET

26-03-2010

Revellers and clubbers trying to get buses home from Birmingham’s Broad Street are in for a nasty surprise from next week – late night services are being re-routed away from the entertainment district. Kevin Chapman of the West Midlands Campaign for Better Transport both explains and complains. more


TORIES RETURN TO BRUM FOR 2012

26-03-2010

In a neat piece of pre-election timing, the Tories have announced today that they'll be staging their 2012 Conference at the ICC - the third time Birmingham will have hosted the party. Around 11,000 delegates are expected to attend, generating an estimated £28million dividend for the local economy. more


Get Out More.......................Play Review

ARTHUR AND GEORGE

26-03-2010

The curious true life story of a Staffordshire man imprisoned for mutilating horses until Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took up his case has already been novelised by Julian Barnes, and now David Edgar has adapted it for the Rep. Paula Elenor is impressed. more


E YOU?

26-03-2010

The new EU "Foreign Minister" Baroness Ashton will today reveal her blueprint for Europe's first common diplomatic service. Jonathan Stuart-Brown reflects on the turmoil leading up her announcement - and the democratic deficit that lies behind it. more


Kingy's Wolves Blog

CLARET AND BLUE HEAVEN

26-03-2010

Three successive away games against the claret and blue trio of Burnley, Villa and West Ham have yielded Wolves an astonishing seven points, leaving Brendan King to ruminate on Mick McCarthy's managerial prowess - and the players who have surely ensured Premier League survival. more


BNP BARRISTER FORCED TO QUIT

26-03-2010

BNP candidate Robert Grierson has been forced out of his job as a lawyer in Birmingham after his political affiliations became known to his bosses. Grierson, a tax barrister at St Philips chambers, is standing against Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell in Sutton Coldfield. more


INDIAN AIR PETITION FLYING HIGH

26-03-2010

A 20,000 signature petition was delivered yesterday calling on India's Aviation Minister to reintroduce direct flights to Birmingham. The airport and City Council have joined forces to promote the "Fly India" campaign. more


Terry’s Baggies Blog

YOU WIN SOME, YOU WIN SOME

26-03-2010

Albion fans are getting used to an unusual phenomenon - playing less than impressively but maintaing their impressive winning run. Terry Wills enjoys watching a team showing definitive promotion form. more


BILL THOMAS R.I.P.

25-03-2010

Former Sandwell Council leader Bill Thomas has died. Thomas stepped down from the top job in October after being charged with theft, and quit as a councillor the following month, before retiring to Wales where he passed away at the weekend. more


MAKING A MEAL OF BACON-FREE BURGERS

25-03-2010

The row over KFC’s decision to withdraw the bacon topping from it’s Big Daddy chicken burger has allowed the usual media suspects to continue their insidious campaign of Muslim-bashing. Adrian Goldberg reports on how the red-tops have made a meal of it. more


REVOLUTION POSTPONED IN CASTLE VALE

25-03-2010

On the day that Birmingham’s Leisure boss Martin Mullaney forecast a “revolution” in swimming provision for the city The Stirrer learned that staff at Castle Vale baths had been issued with redundancy notices. more


BUDGET REACTIONS ROUND-UP

25-03-2010

Civic and business leaders in the region have given a cautious welcome to the news contained in yesterday’s budget. Here are a few of their opinions. more


Get Out More......Gig News

AL GREEN AND MICHAEL MCDONALD AT LG ARENA

25-03-2010

Legend is an over-used word, but not when it’s used about Al Green. He’s at the LG Arena in the summer, together with ex-Doobie Brother Michael McDonald. more


DON'T GET MAD, GET EVEN

25-03-2010

The closure of a well-respected Birmingham psychiatric unit to save £700,000 per year has left one city councillor scratching his head – especially as £2million was spent securing another site which has never been opened. more


TOWER BLOCKS TO GO

25-03-2010

More of Birmingham’s controversial architectural past is to be erased with news that two of the city’s remaining multi-storey tower blocks have been earmarked for demolished. more


Martin Longley’s Music Blog

NEW YORK SOUNDS PART 141

25-03-2010

Birmingham's Broadcast recently made a New York City appearance. Martin Longley was there. Plus, he's also been getting into Mexican electronica and Honduran healer-shamans... more


POOL "REVOLUTION" AS MULLANEY SPLASHES OUT ON SPARKHILL

24-03-2010

Birmingham Leisure boss Martin Mullaney unveiled plans for the rebuilding of Sparkhill Baths last night which he forecast will herald a “revolution” in swimming provision for the city. more


SCHOOL'S OUT

24-03-2010

Birmingham’s education boss Les Lawrence ducked the chance last night to explain the local authority’s plans to turn Moseley School into a Trust. His senior officer Tony Howell was also absent. more


The Stirrer’s Wolves Blog

SCRAP IRONS

24-03-2010

Wolves moved a vital step closer towards Premier League safety with a crushing victory at Upton Park. Baggies supporting Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg is thoroughly impressed. more


MCRIRICK FEELS THE LASH

24-03-2010

Channel 4 racing pundit John Mcririck has felt the lash of his producer’s whip following a complaint by Stirrer blogger Paul Gebhard – who posts regular tips on our Forum. more


BLACKBOARD BUNGLE?

24-03-2010

Supply teacher Colin Dobson has contacted The Stirrer after his authority was undermined by the head teacher at a Black Country school – and with plans afoot to give pupils a say in job appointments, he fears that discipline in the classroom is being eroded. more


EUROPEAN DREAMS

24-03-2010

Andy Munro is still dreaming of dusting off his passport and following the Blues into Europe....even if there isn’t a war (c J. Carrott). more


AND A SIDE ORDER OF SALMONELLA UPDATE

24-03-2010

Fines and costs totally almost £20,000 have been imposed on a Black Country restaurant after an outbreak of food poisoning affected dozens of customers. more


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

TOWN HALL/SYMPHONY HALL NEWS

24-03-2010

Elvis Costello, Squeeze, Joanna Trollope and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Where else could they all be playing? Venues’ spokesman Lyle Bignon gives us the rundown. more


POOL "REVOLUTION" UNVEILED TONIGHT

23-03-2010

Birmingham Leisure boss Martin Mullaney will unveil plans tonight which he says could “revolutionise swimming in the city” as he continues to explore private sector partnerships for the restoration of Sparkhill and Moseley Road pools. more


Childrens Services 1

SIBLINGS SPLIT AS CHILDRENS SERVICES SAVES CASH

23-03-2010

The Stirrer has been told that Birmingham’s much maligned Childrens’ Services department is splitting up brothers and sisters when they are taken into care – even though the law says vulnerable youngsters should be kept together. more


Childrens Services 2

SANDWELL "STILL CLEANING UP TUCKER'S MESS"

23-03-2010

The director of Birmingham’s childrens’ servces Colin Tucker recently earned acres of favourable coverage from the BBC for sacking six social workers in the wake of the Khyra Ishaq scandal - prompting much scratching of heads in Sandwell where officials said they are still “cleaning up the mess” he left behind. more


KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

23-03-2010

Dave Woodhall pays tribute to legendary commentator Harry Carpenter, who died on Monday. more


Get Out More......Gig Preview

PAUL WELLER – LG ARENA

23-03-2010

He’s been described as the voice of a generation - for more than one generation – and he’s returning to our region again. but will Paul Weller have finally told his hairdresser that he’s not 21 anymore? more


DOGGONE IT

23-03-2010

The number of dogs abandoned on the streets of Birmingham has reached record levels. Everyone agrees that the problem has to be solved – but how? more


.....AND A SIDE ORDER OF SALMONELLA

23-03-2010

The owners of a popular Black Country Chinese restaurant are due to be sentenced today after 46 customers suffered salmonella food poisoning. more


LENNOX EDITOR OF NEW BRUM PAPER

23-03-2010

Former Metro News editor Tony Lennox has been appointed editor of the new Birmingham Press newspaper – first details of which emerged on The Stirrer Forum on Sunday. more


FOR THE COMMON GOOD

23-03-2010

Moving Selly Oak hospital to the new Queen Elizabeth will mean the old site will be available. Will it be remain in NHS hands or be sold off for redevelopment? One man has no doubt about what should happen. more


NEW PAPER TIGER ROARS IN BRUM

22-03-2010

The Stirrer can confirm this morning that plans are afoot for a new daily newspaper to take on the Birmingham Mail – and we understand that the man behind it is Chris Bullivant Snr whose company produces a range of weeklies in the Midlands. more


PEACE OFFERING

22-03-2010

Last Saturday’s disturbances in Bolton have raised fears that similar scenes will soon be witnessed in the West Midlands. Dave Woodhall points out one easy way to prevent them. more


MIKE NANGLE R.I.P.

22-03-2010

Tributes have been paid from across the political spectrum to former Birmingham Lord Mayor Mike Nangle who died on Saturday. more


Exclusive

SEASON TICKET SHOCK FOR DISABLED WOLVES FANS

22-03-2010

Season ticket prices for disabled Wolves supporters are set to more than double – although the price increase is being delayed until the season after next. Bizarrely, it would seem the Disability Discrimination Act is partly to blame. more


Stirrer TV

THE LUTZ REPORT....ON SOWETO KINCH

22-03-2010

Musician Soweto Kinch talks to Richard Lutz about growing up in Handsworth, sticking to his jazz and hiphop roots and why he won’t leave Birmingham. more


Dave’s Villa Blog

YOU PAYS YOUR MONEY.....

22-03-2010

Dave Woodhall was at Villa Park on Saturday to watch the unedifying draw with Wolves. He wasn’t happy with Villa’s performance and wonders whether Martin O’Neill isn’t expecting a bit too much. more


MINIMUM PRICE CALL FOR BOOZE

22-03-2010

Health bosses in the West Midlands have written to the Prime Minister today demanding a minimum price for booze. They claim the cost of alcohol related anti-social behaviour is £7.3 billion a year. more


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

KHAN DANCE

22-03-2010

The Akram Khan Dance Company portrays a nightmare in a departure zone. Richard Lutz saw them recently at Warwick Arts Centre, ahead of their appearance at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. more


LANDLORDS WARNED OVER PROPERTY DISREPAIR

22-03-2010

Private landlords who allow houses to fall into disrepair won’t be allowed to drag down the neighbourhood – that’s the message from Sandwell Council where a Birmingham-based property owner has been forced to upgrade a house she rented out. more


Andy’s Blues Blog

SEEING THE LIGHT AT THE STADIUM OF LIGHT

22-03-2010

Blues’ season is winding down into a comfortable mid-table position. Andy Munro, meanwhile, is looking to the future. more


NEW PAPER FOR BRUM

20-03-2010

Media circles are buzzing with rumours that Birmingham is set to get a new daily paper to take on the Birmingham Mail. There's no confirmation of who might be behind the plan but speculation suggests it could be the Bullivant Media Group who last year expressed an interest in taking over the Post. more


A BAD DAY FOR GOOD NEWS

20-03-2010

News that Birmingham Council’s beleaguered social services department is sacking six staff was unquestionably a major publicity coup for the local authority. But serious questions remain about the safety of children – and the collusion of the BBC in a “good news” agenda. more


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

SHUTTER ISLAND

20-03-2010

This psychological thriller is another classic from the hand of Scorsese, reckons Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg. more


5,000 HOMES TARGET FOR HOUSING BOSS LINES

20-03-2010

Birmingham’s housing boss John Lines will lay the symbolic first brick next week on the city’s first major council housing scheme for 30 years – but although it will deliver 500 new houses, he says that after the election he’s hoping to create a further 5,000. more


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

ROMEO & JULIET – ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

20-03-2010

A fiery Romeo and Juliet awaits all who come to Stratford, writes Richard Lutz. more


Get Out More......Gig Previews

WOLVERHAMPTON CIVIC

20-03-2010

Dara O’Brian, Motorhead and the Doves are amongst the big names coming up at Wolverhampton Civic Hall. more


Exclusive

SIX "FAILING" BRUM SCHOOLS TAKEN INTO TRUST

19-03-2010

The Stirrer understands that six struggling schools in Birmingham will shortly be designated as National Challenge Trusts and given a new management structure in a bid to improve results. They include Moseley School – which an ex-Chair of governors claims is being “victimised” by its inclusion. more


BRUM SOCIAL SERVICES SACK SIX

19-03-2010

Six Birmingham social workers have been axed in the wake of a series of scandals which have seen 18 children known to the department die in the last five years. more


SWELL MAP

19-03-2010

If you’re looking for a unique birthday, Easter or early Christmas present for someone, or yourself, and you’ve the slightest interest in the local music scene, look no further..... more


TRAM GETS A MOVE ON

19-03-2010

At last – Birmingham’s long-awaited tram extension from its current Snow Hill terminus to New Street station finally looks like getting the go-ahead after the government gave initial approval for £127.1 million funding. more


FOLKING ABOUT

19-03-2010

The worst and most predictable pun in Stirrer history is here to tell you about Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds appearing at the Glee Club next month. more


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

FIVE FOR THE WEEKEND

19-03-2010

Here’s the Stirrer’s regular guide to all that’s good and proper over the next three days. more


HI TO A HIGH

18-03-2010

While the “legal high” mephedrone is attracting all the headlines following the death of two teenagers at the weekend, it’s arguable that it’s near namesake methadone - the state prescribed alternative to heroin – is altogether more dangerous, with one former addict telling Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg that it's widespread availability is "insane". more


WOLVES NEEDY FACE £540 MEALS INCREASE

18-03-2010

Some of Wolverhampton's neediest people will have to pay an extra £540 a year after councillors once again backed proposals to increase Meals on Wheels prices by 83%. They also supported plans to restrict the opening days of the local authorities two refuse sites. more


HEY ROCK’N’ROLL

18-03-2010

A chance remark from an old friend got Dave Woodhall wondering about moments of destiny. How many have lasted three minutes and also changed the world? more


VAZ BAGS WALSALL SOUTH

18-03-2010

TV presenter Valerie Vaz - the sister of Labour MP Keith Vaz - has been selected as the party’s candidate for the Walsall South seat due to be vacated by Bruce George at the next election. more


Get Out More......Gig Previews

WHAT’S ON AT THE ROBIN 2

18-03-2010

Gigs from Toyah Wilcox, the Blockheads and the Saw Doctors are amongst the highlights recently announced by the Robin 2, the Stirrer’s favourite live venues in the Black Country. more


GOING BARE IN LEAFY BOURNVILLE

18-03-2010

Residents in Bournville aren’t just mourning the end of British ownership of Cadbury’s. They’re also sore at the City Council for removing trees from their once leafy suburb - and then failing to re-instate them due to costs. more


Terry’s Baggies Blog

SECOND TIME AROUND

18-03-2010

There’s not much chance of Terry Wills, or anyone else, leaving an Albion match early, if the last week is anything to go by. more


LABOUR DIS-UNITED OVER UNION INFLUENCE

17-03-2010

West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson woke this morning to find himself in the middle of a row about the influence of the Unite union on the Labour party - with national newspapers claiming that the selection of a candidate to replace former Minister James Purnell has become the battleground for the party's Blairite and Brownite factions. more


LAST BITE FOR MEALS ON WHEELS DEAL

17-03-2010

Wolverhampton councillors will have another chance tonight to reject plans for an 83% increase in meals on wheels. Opposition Labour councillor Steve Evans is putting forward a motion proposing a more modest 5% increase. more


MOSELEY SCHOOL – THE ANSWERS?

17-03-2010

The Stirrer has been nagging away at Birmingham Council to discover the truth about the creation of a Trust to run Moseley School – and after a former governor was warned off from leafleting we asked the local authority to answer four vitals questions. Here’s their reply… more


Dave’s Villa Blog

KEEP ’EM COMING

17-03-2010

After the excitement of the cups it’s been back to routine league games for the Villa. Dave Woodhall casts his eye on what’s been going on in B6. more


CITY OF CULTURE – ARE YOU ON THE BUS?

17-03-2010

Birmingham takes the latest step in its bid to become UK City of Culture today, when an open top tourist bus takes to the streets to mark locations selected by residents for events at an imaginary arts festival. more


PLEASE RE-LEASE ME...

17-03-2010

The opposition Labour leader on Wolverhampton Council is insisting that his group isn’t opposed to the redevelopment of Molineux football stadium – despite their decision to “call in” an application to extend Wolves lease on the ground to 999 years. more


Martin Longley’s Music Blog

NEW YORK SOUNDS: BIG BAND JAZZ

17-03-2010

Even in the midst of a fraught $$$$$ situation, the jazz big band is managing to survive. Martin Longley has been ruining his eardrums in New York City... more


Hustings News

LADYWOOD CANDIDATES MEET RESIDENTS

17-03-2010

Representatives from mainstream political parties will be attending a residents meeting in Ladywood, especially themed to coincide with the forthcoming General Election. more


Kingy’s Wolves Blog

CHIM CHIM CHEROO

17-03-2010

Brendan King is becoming a bit fed up with seeing the same colours game after game. The results are picking up, though. more


DAN’S THE MAN

17-03-2010

Dave Woodhall has been surfing around the internet and discovered a remarkable man, whose deeds deserve a wider audience. more


A GROVE PROBLEM

17-03-2010

Halesowen Town have had problems off the field this season, but their supporters have remained loyal in adversity. Last night, though, it seems some of them might have gone a bit too far. more


£30M COMPO CLAIM OVER HI SPEED RAIL LINK

16-03-2010

Birmingham City University has confirmed it’s seeking £30million compensation for its planned Eastside arts campus following the announcement of a high speed rail link to London – the first example of the planning blight forecast last week on The Stirrer. more


BRUM PAEDO SET FREE AFTER PAYING HUSH MONEY

16-03-2010

The decision to allow Birmingham paedophile Gerard Raffell to walk free after paying £18,000 hush money to the parents his four year old victim must rank as one of the most disgraceful in the inglorious history of the British legal system. more


COUNCILLORS VOW TO TACKLE WOLVES STADIUM PLAN

16-03-2010

Wolves’ plans to extend Molineux to a 37,000 capacity aren’t guaranteed an easy ride from the City Council – not least because of Stirrer blogger Brendan King’s well-publicised spat with the club over disabled parking. more


Get Out More...Film Preview

MONTY PYTHON’S ORATORIO – FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

16-03-2010

Get ready for a feast of clichés as the film of the musical of the film gets an exclusive showing at Wolverhampton’s Light House cinema. more


OI OI OYSTER

16-03-2010

Just days after the government gave its backing to a high speed rail link between Birmingham and London, it’s emerged that passengers on the Number 50 bus are getting a taste of what Centro thinks the future looks like – an Oyster-style swipe card that can’t be used on the region’s other forms of transport. more


KNOW YOUR LIMITS

16-03-2010

There have been new calls to reduce the drink-driving limit. But as Dave Woodhall says, do we need more motoring laws, or just better use of the ones we’ve already got? more


AND DON’T CALL ME SHERLY

16-03-2010

Sir Anthony Sher is possibly the greatest Shakespearean actor of his generation as well as an accomplished painter. To stage an exhibition of his work is an undoubted coup for Coventry’s Herbert Art gallery. more


“THOUSANDS” VICTIMS OF UNFAIR STOP AND SEARCH

15-03-2010

More than 9,000 black and Asian people were subject to “disproportionate” police stop and search demands in the West Midlands last year according to new figures released today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. more


IT’S ACOCKS UP – ‘COS KIDS DON’T VOTE

15-03-2010

Word reaches The Stirrer of radical changes to Acocks Green library which are already affecting the childrens’ section – maintaining the City Council’s recent record of punishing kids for its own economic incompetence. more


AN INEXPERT WITNESS

15-03-2010

Sympathy is one thing. But as Dave Woodhall explains, how much credence should we give to victims and their families when the law is being discussed? more


Andy’s Blues Blog

BATTLE OF THE BLUES

15-03-2010

Blues came back from two down to gain a point at home to Everton on Saturday. Andy Munro was casting his eye over proceedings. more


TORIES SAY "LET US PREY"

15-03-2010

Are the Tories still the nasty party? That’s the question debt campaigners are asking after a lone Conservative backbencher spiked a bill on Friday aimed at killing off Vulture Funds which prey on debt-ridden countries. more


MOSELEY GOVERNOR WARNED OVER SCHOOL LEAFLETS

15-03-2010

One of the deposed governors at Moseley School has been warned against making “inflammatory remarks” by a senior Birmingham Council officer after leafleting pupils. more


SCAR TISSUE

15-03-2010

Considering he's supposedly a spent force, former miners' leader Arthur Scargill attracted a healthy crowd and plenty of media attention when he visited Wolverhampton last week. John Tyrrell who is a member of Scargill's Socialist Party, asks why trying to keep the mines open was more controversial than closing them. more


SIGN O THE TIMES

13-03-2010

Want to know how far Birmingham has fallen behind Manchester in national esteem? Just check out the editorial about Hi Speed 2 in yesterday’s Times. more


EVERY LITTLE ONE HELPS

13-03-2010

Dave Woodhall wonders whether we might be seeing a new spirit of co-operation in the high street. Or rather, in the out of town retail park. more


DYSON IN FOR DOOLAN

13-03-2010

It looks like The Stirrer's story about BBC WM getting a more serious, newsy outlook is about to bear immediate fruit - former Birmingham Mail editor Steve Dyson has been hired as a guest presenter. He's replacing veteran Ed Doolan later this month, while he has a cataract op. more


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BEHNA

13-03-2010

Talk about “intimate performance space” - The Rep has been experimenting with a drama performed in the kitchen of ordinary houses in Birmingham. Paula Elenor squeezes in. more


PLASTIC FANTASTIC

13-03-2010

Shoppers in Penn Fields are being given free re-usable bags in a bid to make the area "plastic free" - all to mark the sixth anniversary of Wolverhampton becoming a fair trade city. more


The Stirrer’s Legendary Pub Crawls

FRANKLEY/RUBERY

13-03-2010

To the rundown outskirts of B45, beyond the Lickeys, where town meets country and council houses square up to the green fields of Worcestershire. If Springsteen was a Brummie, he’d have sung about places like this… more


HI SPEED 2 IS FAST TRACK TO EASTSIDE BLIGHT

12-03-2010

The announcement of plans for a high speed rail link from Birmingham to London have been widely welcomed – except in Eastside where years of planning blight can now be expected. It’s also curious that Curzon Street, previously pooh-poohed by officials as a rail terminal, has now been identified as the ideal spot. more


RAIL LINK COULD LEAD TO WESTMIDLONDONSHIRE

12-03-2010

News that Birmingham is getting a high speed rail link to London has been broadly welcomed across the political arena, with Council leader Mike Whitby describing it as “transformational” – but Friends of the Earth have warned against the development of West Midlondonshire. more


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ALICE IN WONDERLAND

12-03-2010

Tim Burton’s re-fashioning of Lewis Carrol’s surreal fantasy looks fantastic – but as Adrian Goldberg reports, it amounts to little more than a well-dressed chase movie. more


YESTERDAY MAN?

12-03-2010

The visit of Arthur Scargill to Wolverhampton to give his response to the recession has stirred up a few bloggers on The Stirrer Forum so we sent along "Ruth Thatcher" to witness his address. more


BIRD BRAIN MP TRIES TO SAVE DEBT VULTURES

12-03-2010

The smooth progress of a parliamentary bill designed to outlaw "Vulture Funds" which prey on debt-ridden countries could come to an abrupt halt in the Commons today, thanks to a backbench Tory MP. The Jubilee Debt Campaign can barely contain its anger. more


Andy’s Blues Blog

BLUES IN THEIR POMP

12-03-2010

Aah, that’s more like it. Andy Munro relishes Blues midweek return to form. more


COMMUTER BELT BRUM SPEEDS CLOSER WITH NEW RAIL LINK

11-03-2010

Plans for a new superfast £15bn rail network that will halve journey times between Birmingham and London were unveiled in parliament today – and they include a major new terminal at Curzon Street. The proposals for Hi Speed 2 raise the possibility that the city could become part of the capital’s commuter belt. more


HI SPEED 2 SPEEDS AHEAD - BUT COULD STILL HIT THE BUFFERS

11-03-2010

Today’s the day that Birmingham’s superfast rail link to London – aka Hi Speed 2 – gets the official go ahead, but given the Tories’ squeamishness about the project, not to mention the squeeze on public finances, the plan could yet hit the buffers. more


MAC WOW

11-03-2010

Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg gets a sneak preview of the new MAC in Cannon Hill Park – due to reopen on May Day following a £15million revamp. And yes, after two years of being dark, it has the WOW factor… more


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CHRIS REA

11-03-2010

The Teeside balladeer is approaching free bus pass age, but that didn’t stop our young whippersnapper Ioana Epure enjoying Chris Rea’s Symphony Hall show on Tuesday night. more


FIXING THE DATE

11-03-2010

Gordon Brown is currently deciding on what date to hold the next general election. Dave Woodhall thinks he should be saved the trouble. more


INDEPENDENCE DAY

11-03-2010

This year will see the twentieth anniversary of many things which happened in the aftermath of the Soviet bloc being disbanded. One of them is being commemorated in the unlikely setting of Wolverhampton. more


HIP INJURY

11-03-2010

House sellers are being ripped off by inadequate Home Information Packs – or HIPS – according to the most comprehensive survey of its kind carried out by Birmingham’s Trading Standards department. more


WAR ON WAR

11-03-2010

Corporal Sarah Bryant from Worcestershire was “unlawfully killed” according to a coroner when she and three colleagues were blown up in Snatch Land Rover in Afghanistan. Barbara Panvel offers a solution to the seemingly endless killing. more


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IT’S ALL AT THE CO-OP…NOW

11-03-2010

What with the Flatpack Festival and BIFS Birmingham already has a thriving indie movie scene, but there’s always room for one more on top. So welcome to the city’s Co-Operative Film Society which launches tonight. more


Martin Longley’s Music Blog

NEW YORK SOUNDS PT:113

11-03-2010

An adventurous new Birmingham jazzfest makes its debut today, running until Saturday evening. A particular highlight of Harmonic 2010 is the appearance of the Claudia Quintet at the CBSO Centre on Friday night. Martin Longley recently caught the band's leader John Hollenbeck in NYC... more


Terry’s Baggies Blog

WEDNESDAY WEAK

11-03-2010

Terry Wills has had a good week, just about. He’s got a trip abroad to look forward too as well. more


FATHER, FORGIVE ME...

10-03-2010

The Pope’s visit to Britain in September, which includes a trip to Birmingham, will come at a cost to taxpayers – possibly as much as £20million. It’s a moot point whether this amount - or, indeed, anything - should be spent on an organisation which still can’t shrug off the taint of child sexual abuse. more


NO PLANS FOR ARCHER TO BOW OUT

10-03-2010

The Stirrer hears rumblings from Sandwell where the borough’s 82-year old former mayor Bill Archer has been coming under pressure from fellow Tories to retire from his Wednesbury North seat – two years before he’s due to stand for election. more


HOUSING BENEFITS

10-03-2010

One thing pretty much everyone agrees on is the need for more affordable housing. That’s why the latest initiative from Birmingham city council is to be welcomed. more


LYONS SHARE FOR TINDAL STREET

10-03-2010

Birmingham's award-winning Tindal Street Press has pulled off something of a coup by recruiting the Chair of the BBC Trust - Sir Michael "Mick" Lyons - to head their organisation. more


HAVE A NICE DAY SIR

10-03-2010

Dave Woodhall offers up a few thoughts on police powers and how effective they are. more


AWM IN THE SLOW LANE

10-03-2010

Advantage West Midlands is still wedded to the notion of the region as a key automotive centre - thinking which Kathy Dewhirst reckons steers us in the wrong direction. more


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LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY NEWS

10-03-2010

There’s an eighties revival coming up in Leamington with new gigs at the Assembly including a visit by agit-punks New Model Army and a world premiere from Hazel O’Connor. more


ENGAGING STUFF

10-03-2010

As work continues on the new library development, it’s still not clear what will be contained therein. But at least its potential users can give developers some ideas. more


EVERYTOWN, UK

10-03-2010

Dave Woodhall reminds us that while extremists might grab the headlines, the truth is far different. more


Stirrer TV

THE LUTZ REPORT…ON SALMA YAQOOB

09-03-2010

In the first of a series of interviews with the movers and shakers around the West Midlands, Richard Lutz discovers that Respect Party leader Salma Yaqoob likes rock climbing and old movies - and was a mean footballer on the streets of Alum Rock while growing up. more


LABOUR’S “BREATHTAKING HYPOCRISY” OVER BATHS

09-03-2010

Labour councillors in Erdington have been accused of “breathtaking hypocrisy” for approving cuts in the opening hours at Castle Vale Baths – then campaigning against them. more


POMPEY CRIMES

09-03-2010

Portsmouth deserved to win their FA Cup Quarter Final with Blues on Saturday says Steve Beauchampé, but the Braveheart tag attached to their victory by the media leaves a thoroughly unpleasant taste. more


HEAL STEPS DOWN

09-03-2010

Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP Sylvia Heal is the latest Labour backbencher to announce that she’s standing down at the next election. Her decision was exclusively revealed yesterday on The Stirrer Forum. more


I PUT A SPELL ON YOU

09-03-2010

“Charity record isn’t entirely shite” shocker. Paul Samuels guides you to a Haiti benefit release that isn’t entirely naff. more


MOSELEY SCHOOL ACTIVISTS VOW TO FIGHT ON

09-03-2010

Activists fighting for the restoration of Moseley School’s governing body have vowed to fight on – and say Birmingham Council’s claim that the school will again become independent is “misleading”. more


Dave’s Villa Blog

MY USUSAL SEAT

09-03-2010

Dave Woodhall’s going back to Wembley. He’d rather be going to Cardiff. more


DAMP SQUIB FEAR AS FOUNTAIN RE-OPENS

09-03-2010

Wolverhampton’s jinxed Queen Square fountain could be switched on again later this month – as long as the weather turns warm. Otherwise, we could be in for another damp squib. more


Kingy’s Wolves Blog

IF ONLY

09-03-2010

Brendan King bemoans Wolves’ lack of goals last Saturday and looks forward an easier game next week. more


THERE MUST BE MORE TO LIFE

09-03-2010

Getting back together again. If it’s good enough for Black Sabbath and Duran Duran, it’s good enough for Birmingham’s premier post-punk female eighties pop stars. more


Andy’s Blues Blog

WEMBLEY WOES

09-03-2010

Traffic jams, extortionate prices and long queues for tickets. Just some of the things Andy Munro won’t have to worry about. more


RACE ROW TORY SIGNED BNP NOMINATION

08-03-2010

The prospective Tory candidate caught up in a racism row in Sandwell insists that he has done nothing wrong. But he admits signing nomination papers for the BNP in 2008. more


"NOW NEW POWERS NEEDED" AFTER KHYRA

08-03-2010

Birmingham Council’s claims that the authorities had no power to force an entry into the home of tragic tot Khyra Ishaq have been rubbished by Yardley MP John Hemming – who cites the example of another youngster whose home was subject to a forced entry in Ladywood. more


DOG IN TUNE

08-03-2010

Digbeth's legendary Spotted Dog pub has finally been commemorated in song (click here to listen) - and tonight it gets regional exposure as part of a BBC tribute to legendary Birmingham-based film-maker Philip Donnellan. more


SHAH DEFENCE VOW OVER KHYRA "KILLING" CALL

08-03-2010

Birmingham councillor Shafique Shah has vowed to mount a robust defence after the childrens' services boss reported him to the local government standards board over comments made in the wake of the Khyra Ishaq verdict. more


EAST OF EDEN

08-03-2010

Ever wondered what the Eastside development is all about? An event at the end of the month will give you the chance to find out. more


RACE ROW CANDIDATE WON'T BE STANDING FOR TORIES

08-03-2010

Sandwell’s Tory leader has said that a prospective local election candidate embroiled in a racism row won’t be standing for the party after all. more


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ENGLISH ORIGINALS WEEKEND 2010

08-03-2010

A celebration of singer-songwriter John Martyn, live performances from the Graham Coxon Power Acoustic Ensemble, rousing big band Bellowhead, rising folk star Jackie Oates and free sessions are amongst the highlights of the English Originals weekend at Symphony Hall and Birmingham Town Hall. Lyle Bignon gives us the lowdown. more


400 MORE NAMES ADDED TO MOSELEY PROTEST

08-03-2010

More than 400 signatures were added over the weekend to a petition calling for the re-instatement of the governors of Moseley School which is apparently the subject of a forced merger with nearby Queensbridge – although Birmingham Council insists the long-term plan is to restore its independence. more


TORIES “SHOULD DROP CANDIDATE” IN RACISM ROW

06-03-2010

Labour councillor Derek Rowley is calling on Sandwell Tories to drop one of their candidates at the forthcoming elections after being vindicated in a racism row. more


RE-TUNE CONFIRMED FOR WM

06-03-2010

BBC WM boss Keith Beech has denied The Stirrer’s claims that the station is about to go “all speech” but acknowledged that the station is in the throes of a major re-positioning – with news at its heart. more


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WOMEN OF TROY

06-03-2010

Euripides is packing them in again the The Rep’s Door. Paula Elenor joins the throng. more


JON VENABLES: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

05-03-2010

The hue and cry over the arrest of James Bulger’s murderer prompts the question – is a 27-year old man being punished for the crimes of a 10-year old boy? more


BBC WM PLAYS A NEW TUNE

05-03-2010

With a BBC review in full swing and the future of the Birmingham-based Asian Network and 6Music under review, what does the future hold for Radio WM? The Stirrer understands that major changes are in the offing. more


AUDIT CALL OVER £33M DEAL

05-03-2010

Wolverhampton Council’s finance boss Wendy Thompson was defiant last night despite the threat of being reported to the Standards Board. She’s demanding more information about a £33million deal made by the previous Labour administration to settle Single Status pay claims. more


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SOUTH AFRICA - A BRIGHTER FLAME

05-03-2010

Top Brummie photographer Pogus Caesar has an exhibition of photos from South Africa at Symphony Hall next month - and as usual it will be unmissable. more


CHARITY BEGINS AWAY FROM HOME

05-03-2010

Raising money for charity is all well and good. But as Dave Woodhall argues, sometimes it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reasons. more


TOWN HALL/SYMPHONY HALL NEWS

05-03-2010

Their latest dates include shows by country legend Kenny Rogers, author & broadcaster Gervase Phinn and a man who can’t be categorised in mere words John Barrowman. Lyle Bignon from the venues fills us in. more


BECAUSE ABILITY COUNTS

05-03-2010

Here’s news of a worthy new venture aimed at getting disabled people involved in sport in the region. more


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THE STIRRER’S FIVE FOR THE WEEKEND

05-03-2010

Here’s our guide to what you should be doing between now and Sunday. more


INQUIRY CALL INTO KHYRA DEATH

04-03-2010

Birmingham’s Labour leader Sir Albert Bore has broken the cross-party consensus over the death of Khyra Ishaq by calling for a formal inquiry into the department responsible for safeguarding vulnerable children – but he’s still not calling for resignations. more


WOLVES PLAY PERCENTAGE GAME

04-03-2010

Councillors in Wolverhampton last night rejected a proposal for a modest 1% Council Tax increase, even though it would have led to the restoration of several services threatened with the axe – including Xmas Park n’ Ride. Instead they opted for the 0% proposed by the Conservative leadership. more


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COURTNEY PINE

04-03-2010

Courtney Pine held court at Birmingham Town Hall. Richard Lutz got the ticket and was sold. more


OH MY GOD

04-03-2010

God may be all-knowing, all-seeing, and ultimately all-powerful – but apparently, She still needs the protection of the law. more


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ROCKING ROBIN

04-03-2010

This week’s shows at the Robin2 in Bilston include a double bill of sixties favourites including the Animals and the Move, plus stars from the eighties China Crisis. more


WALSALL SOUTH – LABOUR’S RUNNERS AND RIDERS

04-03-2010

The all-woman shortlist to replace Bruce George as Labour’s candidate in Walsall South at the next election has been confirmed – and it includes one or two surprises. more


BARBARISM BEGINS AT HOME

04-03-2010

Visiting president Jacob Zuma reckons that the British are still suffering an Imperialist hangover that forces them to view his fellow Africans as “barbaric”. Er, no. It’s actually because the continent is still rife with barbarism. more


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ON THE SILVER SCREEN

04-03-2010

The Light House in Wolverhampton is a bit more than a cinema. Not only are they showing classic films but they’re also presenting a series of some of the world’s greatest opera stars, live from the world’s most famous opera house. more


Canadian Home Children

BROWN SAYS SORRY – BUT LEAVES QUESTIONS UNANSWERED

04-03-2010

The campaign to win justice for the Birmingham children shipped off to Canada as part of a forced migration programme took a major step forward last week when Gordon Brown apologized. But as John Willoughby reports, there’s still no confirmation that they and their descendants will receive financial assistance to track down their families. more


TWITS AND TWITTER IN STOURBRIDGE

04-03-2010

The latest on the forthcoming election battle in Stourbridge courtesy of Al Jackson - aka Captain Reggie. more


SCARGILL HEADS TO WOLVES

04-03-2010

One of the most controversial figures in recent political history, Arthur Scargill, heads to Wolverhampton next week - and he's got global capitalism in his sights, as he sets out to explain the current recession. more


Andy’s Blues Blog

WIGAN GIVEN A WIGGIN

04-03-2010

Andy Munro celebrates Blues ensuring they’re safe from relegation and looks forward to an FA Cup/league double. more


MICHAEL FOOT R.I.P.

03-03-2010

The once reviled Michael Foot has died aged 96. Jonathan Stuart Brown again pays tribute to a true political visonary, and says it's time to re-assess the man responsible for "the longest suicide note in history. more


BBC 1

THE BBC: A PERSONAL VIEW

03-03-2010

The BBC’s strategic review, proposing the axing of 6Music and the Birmingham-based Asian Network, has already prompted a backlash from listeners – at the same time as encouraging enemies of the Corporation to demand more radical cuts. Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg, who used to work for the Beeb, offers a personal perspective. more


BBC 2

BONKERS BROADCASTING CUTS

03-03-2010

Wither the BBC? Kevin Chapman offers a punter’s perspective and suggest the organisation is in terminal decline. more


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KING LEAR

03-03-2010

The Royal Shakespeare Company opens its Stratford season with King Lear. Richard Lutz is our man with the sharpened quill. more


COCAINE IN MY BRAIN

03-03-2010

Cocaine use has increased five fold in the past 12 years, with MP’s claiming its use has become “socially acceptable”. Maybe that’s because recreational users know that compared to legal drugs like alcohol and tobacco, it’s relatively safe. more


SUN GROVELS TO MIDLANDS DOC

03-03-2010

The Sun has issued a grovelling apology to Midlands doctor Mohammed Asha – whose cause has been consistently backed on The Stirrer by fellow medic Dr David Nicholl. more


YAQOOB BACKS SPARKBROOK MOSELEY PROTEST

03-03-2010

Sparkbrook councillor Salma Yaqoob has joined the opposition to Moseley School’s enforced merger with nearby Queensbridge accusing Birmingham Council of a “disgraceful slur” against concerned parents. more


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SIMPLY RED – BIRMINGHAM NIA

03-03-2010

Hankies at the ready as we get ready to bid a fond farewell to possibly the greatest band with a ginger-haired Mancunian singer to ever tread the boards. more


Terry’s Baggies Blog

BRING ON COLIN

03-03-2010

Terry Wills looks back on a useful three points and forward to renewing acquaintances with an old friend. more


WATSON CALLS FOR 6MUSIC, ASIAN NETWORK RETHINK

02-03-2010

West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson is calling for the BBC to rethink its plans to axe 6 Music and the Birmingham-based Asian Network. more


FOR PETE’S SAKE – KEEP HIM LOCKED UP

02-03-2010

Can it really be true that the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe has been given the right to seek a release date from the courts? Apparently so – and he’s even had backing from his Broadmoor psychiatrists. more


Richard Lutz’s Blog

IRRELEVANT BATTLES

02-03-2010

While we worry about Chilean earthquakes, the moral vacuum of our political leaders or this endless winter, Richard Lutz warns us of a little conflict in Afghanistan that we should never forget. more


CHERYL COLE ALLOWED

02-03-2010

How's this for a picture from the archives...Girls Aloud, featuring tabloid girl of the moment Cheryl Cole, snapped six years ago by top Brummie photographer Pogus Caesar. more


HARRIS THROUGH IN DUDLEY – BUT MOSQUITO MISSES AGAIN

02-03-2010

Long serving Brierley Hill councillor Rachel Harris has won the fight for Labour’s nomination in Dudley South – no parachutes needed here. But in Walsall South, The Stirrer understands that Birmingham councillor Yvonne Mosquito has been rejected. more


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ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATRE

02-03-2010

One of the most successful and innovative dance companies in the world are appearing at the Birmingham Hippodrome this autumn. Fans of all dance genres won’t be disappointed. more


MOSELEY MERGER MYSTERY

02-03-2010

The row over the enforced merger of Moseley School with nearby Queensbridge intensified last night, with angry parents opposed to the move vowing they won’t be silenced. Birmingham Council has said the creation of a Trust combining the schools was “essential to improve standards.” more


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SLEEPING BEAUTY

02-03-2010

Can a hard-bitten footy fan be persuaded to spend Saturday afternoon watching men in tights? Adrian Goldberg ignored the goings on at nearby Molineux to enjoy the Russian State Ballet of Siberia the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton. more


SCHOOLS MERGER BALLS UP

01-03-2010

Angry parents are preparing to resist Birmingham Council’s forced merger of Moseley School with Queensbridge, with the backing of Education Secretary Ed Balls. Moseley, bizarrely, will be the junior partner in the tie-up, despite currently having a superior academic record. more


Dave’s Villa Blog

IN DEFEAT - DEFIANCE

01-03-2010

The League Cup final is over. But as Dave Woodhall says, there are bigger battles ahead. more


"BINMEN PAY RISE WOULD COST SANDWELL JOBS"

01-03-2010

Sandwell’s threatened bin strike could lead to job losses according to the Council leader Darren Cooper. Unions have threatened industrial action following the implementation of a Single Status pay deal which has left some workers £4,000 a year worse off. more


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JIMMY CARR

01-03-2010

Jimmy Carr is a one-man bad taste gag machine, firing sick joke after sick joke in rapid succession. But amid the dark humour at Symphony Hall on Saturday night, Adrian Goldberg wonders where the humanity is. more


£2.5 MILLION BRUM NURSERY CUTS CONFIRMED

01-03-2010

Anxious parents awaiting news of the fate of Council run nurseries in Birmingham should look away now – £2.5 million is being slashed from the departmental budget in the next two years. more


WHAT'S THE BROWNBILL BILL?

01-03-2010

The precise details of how much Birmingham Council is paying PR consultant Terry Brownbill to put a positive spin on the tragic death of Khyra Ishaq remains shrouded in secrecy – even though The Stirrer first asked questions about his role more than four months ago. more


A MESSAGE FROM MICK WHIBTY

01-03-2010

The leader of Brimlingham City Council - Councillor Mick Whibty - has sent an email to staff outlining recent successes in job creation and financial management. His missive, pointing the way towards an ever more glorious future, has been leaked to The Stirrer and we faithfully repeat it in full below. more


Kingy’s Wolves Blog

YOU’RE WANDERING NOW

01-03-2010

Brendan King’s not happy about the Wolves again. But with Manchester United the next visitors to Molineux, he’s hoping history will repeat itself. more


A PARADISE FOR YOUTH?

01-03-2010

Birmingham boasts that it's the "youngest city in Europe" - but Trevor Fisher questions what that actually means for young people in the city. more

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