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Birmingham New Street Station

June 7, 2011 @ 3:16 pm
posted by MBailey

Dramatic drawings of the how Birmingham’s New Street station will look after redevelopment has been revealed by the developers.

The image shows the view of the amazing transformation of the redesigned “New St Street Station”

The artists impression shows how the modern sweeping glass structure transforms the currently dowdy lower temple street area into a high tech futuristic scene.  The transformation is very impressive and helps cement Birmingham’s place as the UK’s second city.


Birmingham Half Marathon 2011

June 2, 2011 @ 12:30 pm
posted by skyline

Birmingham Half Marathon 2011

The Birmingham Half Marathon 2011 has been re-launched and re-branded.

The official entry details can be found below.  The race will take place on the 23rd of October 2011 and 18,000 places will be available.

Race Entry

The Provisional Course map can be found here.


Great Birmingham Run

@ 11:48 am
posted by skyline

Birmingham’s yearly half marathon event is set to be relaunched this year under the name “the Bupa Great Birmingham Run”. 

Previously the event had been known as the EDF Birmingham Half Marathon however the relaunch aims to complement other iconic runs such as the “Bupa Great North Run” and the “Bupa Great Manchester Run”. The race will take place on the 23rd of October 2011

Cllr Martin Mullaney Birmingham City Council Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said:
“We are proud of how the half marathon has become an important event on the sporting calendar, but our priority is to ensure more people can participate.  There are obviously challenges associated in organizing an event of this scale and we are pleased that Nova were keen to take the event to the next level.

“The Bupa Great Birmingham Run will become part of a hugely successful series which has not previously included an event in Britain’s second city. It will be promoted across the UK and internationally and we are excited about its future, both as an event for elite athletes and a mass participation event for the people of Birmingham.”

Participants who wish to apply to enter the race can do so from the following website that is launched today.

Entries will be limited to 18,000 runners and race places will be allocated on first come first served basis.  The race will start and finish in Broad Street and a provisional race map can be viewed here.



Birmingham Pride Parade Route

May 24, 2011 @ 11:10 am
posted by skyline

Birmingham Pride Parade Route 2011

The parade will start on Saturday the 28th of April 2011 at 12:00 (noon) from Victoria Square in the city centre.

Then onto the following streets.

Colmore row

Bull Street

Temple Row

Temple Street

New Street

The parade will then finish in the heart of the Gay Village.


Birmingham – Second City ?

May 16, 2011 @ 8:55 pm
posted by MBailey

Brummies are in danger of losing their second city status according to comments made by ex trade minister Lord Jones. Lord Jones claims that there is a “buzz” about Manchester that would give it the edge when people thought of the second city.

Birmingham’s John Lamb from the Chamber of Commerce hit back and said that Birmingham still has the economic advantage over Manchester.

He cited infrastructure projects such as the New Street Station upgrade, HS2 High Speed rail line and the the Centenery Square library as examples of how Birmingham is still the second city.

The former director of the Birmingham Business School, Professor David Bailey weighed into the debate in defence of Birmingham and said “We’ve got a lot to be proud of in the improvement in education performance, the diversification of the economy, the mix of skills in high value manufacturing right through to the digital economy.”


Birmingham Pride

May 12, 2011 @ 11:33 am
posted by skyline

Organizers are gearing up for this years Birmingham Pride event which will take place on Sat 28th of May and Sunday 29th of May.

The parade and celebrations will take place in and around Hurst Street and surrounding roads. The parade route starts in Victoria Square at 12 noon on Sat 28th of May.

The parade will continue down Colmore row and includes Bull Street, Temple Street, New Street and will finish as usual in the heart of Birmingham gay village.

This years theme for Birmingham Pride is  ‘One Love – One World – One Community’

Events include over the weekend include the Chic Dance arena, community village green, village cabaret stage and the Nightingale main stage.

Birmingham Pride Parade Map



Birmingham Da Vinci Scoop

May 11, 2011 @ 4:11 pm
posted by skyline

Ten drawings by Leonardo da Vinci will been going on show in Birmingham.

The queen is set to release ten drawings from the Royal Collection to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Birmingham got the scoop to exhibit the drawings ahead of four other cities and the drawings will be shown at Birmingham’s Museum and Art Gallery.

The Royal Collection houses over 600 priceless drawings and paintings by the artist.  Da vinci was one of the worlds most influential figures in many fields such as design architecture and engineering.
The exhibition is a major event for Birmingham and interest is expected to be very high. The exhibition will take place between the 13th of January and the 25th of March 2012.

Rita McLean, from the Birmingham Museum said ‘We are delighted that the Royal Collection has chosen Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to be the first UK venue to show this outstanding exhibition of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci.

“This will be a rare and extraordinary opportunity for local people to see works by one of the world’s greatest artists, as part of the city’s celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”


Birmingham Science Garden Cash Boost

May 10, 2011 @ 11:29 pm
posted by skyline

Birminghams Science Garden that is to be built at Millenium Point has attracted a cash boost from the Wellcome Trust. The money will be invested to help with the building of one of the UK’s first science parks.

The garden that is scheduled to open in 2012 and will feature exhibitions that chart the history of the scientific, manufacturing and transport heritage of the West Midlands. Visitors can explore interactive exhibits such as a water fountain, the terminus machine and can explore efficient vehicle design in ‘The Street’.

There will also be an ouside classroom to cater for younger visitors plus refreshment areas and meeting places for business users.

Building on the success of other established science parks such as those at New York’s  Hall of Science, councillor Len Clark said “”We’re are now working with contractors on the design and construction of the large-scale exhibits and look forward to opening this new addition to the museum next year.”


Birmingham Fake Condom Warning

@ 4:39 pm
posted by skyline

Trading Standards in Birmingham have issued a warning to the public about fake condoms which are being sold across Birmingham.

Fake “DureXx Gossamer 3 pack” condoms have been seized from retailers by trading standards officers.

The condoms break the Trade Marks Act of 1994 and apart from breaking Trade mark law there could be health implication for users of the fake condoms.

Head of trading standards for Birmingham Sajeela Naseer said

““Our advice to the public is to check any condoms they have. If they have any concerns we urge people not to use them and to contact us immediately, we are particularly keen to find out where people may have bought them from. We would also ask traders to check their stocks for any suspicious supplies and if they find any, remove them immediately from sale and contact us.”

Birmingham trading standards have warned the public to check for tell-tale signs that products are not the real thing.

They include

  • Durex spelt Durexx (with a double xx)
  • No expiry date on the packaging
  • No Cellophane wrapping
  • Missing Instructions

Trading standards have warned people that the fake condoms do not meet British Standards and the failure rate is up to ten times higher than real condoms leaving the public at higher risk of unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.


Birmingham Walkathon

@ 10:43 am
posted by skyline

Thousands of Brummies have taken part in this years BRMB Walkathon to raise £500,000  to refurnish the emergency dept of Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital.

A total of 10,000 sponsored walkers took part in the event many dressed in fancy dress costumes.

Walkers gathered at a number of Birmingham parks along the route of the number 11 bus and had the choice to partake in the full 26 mile course or a half walkathon or the seven mile family walk.

Big hearted Brummies had raised £200,000 by 2pm and the final total was  £414,845 which is a record for a single Walkathon.