The Big Wheel’s back for Christmas, will the Big Screen return in 2010?

With the temporary return of the Birmingham Big Wheel (hopefully without the Parisian commentary which made it all the more quirky the first time around), are we going to perhaps see a return of the Birmingham Big Screen? For what seems like almost two years now, the Big Screen has remained resolutely dark, with nothing […]

Another Midlands landmark is lost to fire

A sight you won’t see again… Over 130 years of history was obliterated yesterday due to an horrendous fire which swept through the former  premises of Langley Maltings Brewery in Oldbury. The Express & Star reports that “More than 60 firefighters from stations across the Black Country and Birmingham battled through the night” after security […]

Vote for your favourite charity for 2009’s Brum Twestival

With the next Brum Twestival fast approaching in September this year, the organisers have decided to hold a vote to find out which local charity is the favourite of the twestival-goers – and which will be supported at this year’s event. All the candidates are excellent charities in their own right, and I strongly urge […]

New Birmingham Library Public Consultation almost complete

For those who were unaware, the Public Consultation for the planned £193m Birmingham Library  is halfway complete (it’s been running from the 20th of April and will end on the 22nd of May). This is the last opportunity the general public will have to voice their opinions – you can contribute yours, so get going – […]

[updated] ANPR camera rollout across Birmingham city centre commences

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have already noticed unmarked black gantries appearing in several areas of Birmingham over the past week or so. Some have already gone up in Digbeth, and from informal discussion with contractors installing the gantries today it appears that there are at least 10 more to go. Today (Monday), two gantries […]

Humourless Bullring staff attempt ineffectual smear campaign

I had to laugh when I read this BBC article – Major city ‘flash mob prevented’; Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre said it stopped a major ‘flash mob’ exercise involving dozens of people. But members of the group said the event, in which people froze for five minutes, took place and images went on the social […]

£500m “revamp plan” mooted for Longbridge

“Reinvigorating Longbridge’s industrial heritage while also attracting new hi-tech investors and companies will also play an important role in cementing the area’s status as the real engine room for a prosperous and ever-growing Midlands economy, able to compete on an international stage.”— Mike Whitby, Birmingham City Council leader A smattering of pre-new-year goods news, I […]

Why can’t people just leave things alone?

I’ll say it loud, and I’ll say it clear: I like Birmingham Central Library. It’s a real landmark. Being built from concrete, it’s a bit dirty here and there but it has a real sense of character, plus it’s pretty cool inside. I got lost in there the first time I went in. 🙂 The […]

Very favourable review of Brum and the West Midlands in today’s Guardian

The Grauniad put out an insert with today’s paper, in association with the EC and Advantage West Midlands, focusing on the range of innovation, development (and redevelopment) and diversity within and around Brum and the rest of the County. It’s a very interesting read, and doesn’t smack of “look at our area, come and invest […]

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