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Our Birmingham 3 Nov 13
City architect and urban designer Joe Holyoak: 2013 Attwood Award, 30th October
The award was set up in 2003 in memory of Thomas Attwood (1783-1856), one of the city’s first two MPs, who worked to extend the vote and promoted measures which would lead to full employment, peace and prosperity, including reform of the monetary …
Our Birmingham 31 Oct 13
Stop Press: today at 1.30pm at the Priory Rooms, Bull St
Mentor on the Move – 31st October 2013 The Priory Rooms, Birmingham A free networking event in run by Social Enterprise West Midlands and Social Enterprise Mentor 2:00pm – 3:30pm (Please aim to arrive at 1:30pm) : Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull…
Our Birmingham 31 Oct 13
First priority: house those in greatest need
With the need for more housing in the news, instead of looking at ‘developing’ green spaces in Sutton Coldfield, Harborne and on Solihull’s floodplains, why not renovate buildings such as this long-neglected Georgian terrace sadly lining …
Our Birmingham 26 Oct 13
HS2: Cameron wavers, Birmingham voices advise
Speaking at a press conference at a Brussels European Council meeting yesterday, Mr Cameron suggested the scheme might not “proceed” without all-party support.
Our Birmingham 25 Oct 13
West Midlands MEP backs EU move for UN convention on drone strikes
An amendment to the European Parliament’s annual report on the EU’s foreign policy called for the EU to advocate a binding UN convention on the use of unmanned drone aircraft for targeted killings.
Our Birmingham 24 Oct 13
West Bromwich MP calls for ban on ‘addictive machines’
West Bromwich MP Tom Watson raised the subject in the House of Commons yesterday of Fixed Odds betting terminals; they allow punters to gamble up to £100 every 20 seconds, transforming local bookmakers into “High Street digital casinos” …
Our Birmingham 22 Oct 13
Update: proposed removal of the wholesale markets to an outer district
Yesterday a correspondent directed attention to the Wholesale Markets progress report , presented to the Council’s Cabinet members on October 21st by Mark Barrow, Strategic Director of Development and Culture.
Our Birmingham 20 Oct 13
Blogger appreciates Birmingham barrister’s input
There has been some concern following a report that, in an instance relating to a case in Estonia, the European Court of Human Rights held a news site legally responsible for the comments put up on their site though they had been taken down after a …
Our Birmingham 19 Oct 13
The politics of austerity: incapacitating local councillors, undermining democracy
LWM’s George Morran called last year for further democratisation of Birmingham and now, in an area being subjected to a boundary review, Professor Scott Cato - a Stroud councillor – questions how well we are represented compared with our …
Our Birmingham 18 Oct 13
Advance notice of a meeting on public services, organised by Aston’s Dr John Blewitt
In a generally dismal period for public services, and indeed for the very idea of the public sphere, the opening in September of the new Library of Birmingham has been one bright spot – according to the Green House think tank.
Our Birmingham 15 Oct 13
Eric Schlosser continues the work of a Selly Oak Colleges’ president
“a powerful case for disarmament” Eric Schlosser has, no doubt unwittingly, continued the work of a former Selly Oak Colleges’ President, John Ferguson , who was also singer, cricketer, professor of classics and first dean of the OU’s…
Our Birmingham 12 Oct 13
The most beneficially active City MP?
In addition to MP John Hemming’s ongoing work with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil and Gas (APPGOPO), a parliamentary group looking at the issues of fossil fuel depletion, and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Family Law and …
Our Birmingham 10 Oct 13
Birmingham members of the NHA are invited to form a local group
The National Health Action party was formed by a group of healthcare professionals who strongly support the original principles of the National Health Service (NHS) and are shocked by the failure of the democratic process, demonstrated by the passage…
Our Birmingham 8 Oct 13
The Birmingham Metallurgical Association Lectures
The BMetA aims to disseminate information on materials processing and properties to industry and academia in the West Midlands region, primarily through a series of evening lectures.
Our Birmingham 8 Oct 13
Small Heath: raising funds for disadvantaged Ugandan youngsters
From his base in Uganda, Ben Parkinson – Director of the Butterfly Project - is organising a parallel fund-raising Slum Run in Small Heath on Sunday, 13th October 2013, at 2pm.
Our Birmingham 5 Oct 13
The University of Aston: a good appointment
Professor David Bailey, an expert on West Midlands manufacturing, has been appointed as Aston Business School’s professor of industrial strategy.
Our Birmingham 2 Oct 13
Jonathon Porritt: a message for ‘ordinary’ people and those elected to represent and serve them
Exciting, aspirational, high-tech, fair and hopeful In ‘The World We Made’, to be launched tomorrow, Jonathon Porritt – one of the world’s leading environmentalists – sets out to counter the doom and gloom that surrounds today’s …
Our Birmingham 1 Oct 13
Public Meeting at Queen’s in Edgbaston next week
The Military Use of Drones You are invited to meet two speakers at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education on Monday 7 th October at 7.30pm: Adam Dickson, an Anglican ministerial student in Queen’s, will describe the activities…
Our Birmingham 28 Sep 13
Cashflow of more than 25% of West Midlands firms seriously reduced by late paying large organisations
More than 25% of West Midlands firms polled in August by the Birmingham-based company Bibby Financial Services said late payment of invoices continues despite the introduction in March of the EU’s Late Payment Directive, which aimed to change the …
Our Birmingham 26 Sep 13
Birmingham drone research award followed by university’s policy commission
The Economic and Social Research Council , which is largely funded by the government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, awarded £289,412.78 in March this year to Birmingham’s Professor Nicholas Wheeler, Professor Stefan Wolff and …
Our Birmingham 26 Sep 13
A Moseley mural
Walking past the site of the Meteor Garage in Moseley these splendid murals painted on the hoardings round the vacant building site attracted my attention.
Our Birmingham 24 Sep 13
Award-winning film to be shown in Moseley next Tuesday
A Kings Heath reader brings the film 5 Broken Cameras to our attention.
Our Birmingham 22 Sep 13
Moving the wholesale markets outside the city centre is ‘a momentous, colossal mistake’
A visitor from London who had not been in Birmingham for several years looked keenly around.
Our Birmingham 20 Sep 13
Celebrating the life of the late Connie Hoey
Connie came to this country as a youngster and – during her foreshortened life – made a remarkable contribution to the life of Birmingham and Solihull.
Our Birmingham 19 Sep 13
‘High-level task force’ – Andy Street, council leaders and Jack Dromey – rethink your priorities
The Birmingham Post reports the creation of a task force to drive through a training revolution, because of fears that a shortage of skilled workers could undermine Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull expansion plans.
Our Birmingham 16 Sep 13
Plutocracy UK: the relatively poor may face ten years in jail but wealthy tax-avoiding corporations ‘agree a settlement’
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) merged with the Department for Work and Pensions’ prosecutions division last year and the director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has issued new guidelines to prosecutors in England and Wales: …
Our Birmingham 14 Sep 13
750,000 youngsters have been helped by the Prince’s Trust since 1976
Only one of these young people is known to the writer.
Our Birmingham 12 Sep 13
Does this appointment enhance the city’s reputation?
Former MP Jacqui Smith, who lost her Redditch seat after being involved in an expenses scandal has been appointed chair of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust.
Our Birmingham 12 Sep 13
BBC Radio 5: the noble Lord, Baron Jones of Birmingham, shouts down a Royal Mail worker
As the government gives notice to the stock exchange that it plans to privatise the Royal Mail “in the coming weeks” Nicky Campbell hosted a ‘phone-in’ on Radio 5 today.
Our Birmingham 11 Sep 13
Bringing manufacturing back – 2
Reinforcing the theme of the forthcoming meeting at Mira , Wouter Schuitemaker (right), the investment director at Business Birmingham, says that manufacturing companies are to hire more staff to cope with an expected surge in demand caused by a re-…
Our Birmingham 10 Sep 13
Government and Birmingham Council: no need to build on greenbelt and green field sites
Green belt land in Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell reminds us : “There is a substantial stock of brownfield sites across the West Midlands.
Our Birmingham 9 Sep 13
Bringing Manufacturing Back!
13 September 2013 – MIRA Ltd, Watling Street, Nuneaton, CV10 0TU.
Our Birmingham 8 Sep 13
Increase engineering intake: advice for the city’s universities?
James Dyson writes in the Financial Times : “After a buoyant summer, the economy seems to be returning to health.
Our Birmingham 7 Sep 13
Back to Business Basics: Part 2 – a positive twist, or ‘uncool and the ranting of an old bloke’ ?
Following ‘Spirit of ’83′, an earlier post on this site, Peter Davies who inspired the setting up of the West Midlands Producers’ website , writes: When I re-read my original ‘Back to Business Basics’ I couldn’t help feeling a bit …
Our Birmingham 6 Sep 13
On 28th September, at the Balaji Temple in Tividale, the Zoroastrian Hill will be consecrated
Zoroastrians from Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry and further afield, will be travelling to the Sri Ventakeswara Balaji Temple in Tividale, where seven manmade hills will be dedicated to different world faiths that have had an impact on India and the …
Our Birmingham 3 Sep 13
Birmingham’s new Central Library
The real image: not floodlit or airbrushed Some may find the new library more eye-catching when artificially illuminated and the actual building obscured, compared with the Madin building which Birmingham City Council had allowed to run down and fall…
Our Birmingham 31 Aug 13
Will the Fox & Grapes be a victim of Birmingham’s “lust for demolition” ?
This lust, mentioned by Oliver Wainwright in the Guardian , recalled a reference to the Fox Grapes in Andy Foster’s Pevsner architectural guide to Birmingham (wonderful value, 2007 reprint) and prompted an online search.
Our Birmingham 29 Aug 13
Are expats reading this?
Webstats for last week: It would be good to think so.
Our Birmingham 27 Aug 13
Almost too late? Channel 5 News seeks input on HS2
On Bank Holiday, Jacqui Fuller of Channel 5 News circulated a message.
Our Birmingham 26 Aug 13
Full credit for for WM manufacturers from government’s export promotion body?
Government, which has been feverishly promoting the global trade in food to the advantage of middlemen and speculators, may now be revising Tony Blair’s Birmingham Chamber of Commerce reported reference to manufacturers as ‘dinosaurs’ .
Our Birmingham 25 Aug 13
MHRA Class 2 Drug Alert withdraws HES fluid drips: BBC Radio 4 tonight
The Queen Elizabeth hospital used Hydroxyethyl starches (HES) fluid drips for fifteen years until last year, according to BBC Radio 4’s Face the Facts programme on tonight at 9pm.
Our Birmingham 23 Aug 13
Spirit of ’83: Back to Business Basics
Peter Davies , who inspired the setting up of the West Midlands Producers’ website , writes: I grew up in post war Britain, accustomed to rationing and shortages in a period when consumer items – if available at all – were generally ‘…
Our Birmingham 22 Aug 13
HS2: Politicians’ dreams give Treasury sleepless nights
The Financial Times reports that there is ‘entrenched and escalating concern’ within the Treasury and officials are privately warning that the cost of the controversial High Speed 2 rail line will hit £73bn.
Our Birmingham 22 Aug 13
Returning to this website
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Our Birmingham 19 Aug 13
Will the cost of HS2 rocket?
The cost of the UK’s High Speed 2 rail line could rocket to £80bn, according to a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs , which is described on its website as a free-market think-tank .
Our Birmingham 15 Aug 13
A new tenant for The Warehouse in Digbeth
Phil Burrows recently sent news that the Energy Saving Co-operative has moved into a ground floor office at The Warehouse in Allison Street, Digbeth.
Our Birmingham 13 Aug 13
Acocks Green engineer invites all to the Diagonal Lock Roadshow
Meet Terry Fogarty, a design engineer, company director and canal enthusiast at the ‘Diagonal Lock Roadshow’, from 10.00am, Saturday 17 TH August 2013 at the Heronfield Animal Sanctuary Wayside Walk, Knowle Solihull B93-OEE on the A4141.
Our Birmingham 10 Aug 13
Birmingham City Centre Peace Trail (3): Dr Mashuq Ally
At a working lunch in the BMI recently the City Centre Peace Trail leaflet was launched.
Our Birmingham 9 Aug 13
PPS’ 30th anniversary charity lunch at Carters
Celebrating thirty years in business, Professional Polishing Services Ltd marked their anniversary on 30 th July by hosting a charity lunch at Carters of Moseley in aid of Help Harry Help Others.
Our Birmingham 6 Aug 13
Birmingham City Centre Peace Trail (2): Dr van den Dungen
After speaking at the John Bright Day held in the city a couple of years ago, Dr Peter van den Dungen , co-ordinator of the International Network of Peace Museums , suggested that a city centre peace trail leaflet be produced.