“Birmingham banker Thomas Attwood must be cheering from his grave”

Attwood, the Birmingham pro – working man MP was instrumental in the enfranchisement of the British working class. He addressed 30000 Brummies at Newhall Hill in 1832 & the government feared a revolution might take place at the behest of Attwood, a man forgotten in history, although there used to be a statue of William Attwood MP reclining on the steps of the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial at the back of #Birmingham Town Hall. Chamberlain was another great Birmingham political figure who ‘Made the Modern Birmingham’ with the ‘Civic Gospel’.

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‘The Labour party would have found an ally in Attwood’

Dr Geoffrey Ingham, Financial Times (Letters):

“The early 19th century member of parliament, proto-Keynesian and pro-industry Birmingham banker Thomas Attwood must be cheering from his grave at the Labour party’s proposal to move most of the Bank of England to Birmingham “to shake up more than three centuries of association between the Old Lady and the City of London”.

“In the 1820s, Attwood railed against the City and the Bank in parliament and print: “Half the circulation of the kingdom is determined in stagnant masses into what is called the money market, in order to gorge the moneyed interest.” Rather, he advocated that “the use of credit should be expanded until the demand for labour, in all the great departments of industry, becomes permanently greater than its supply”.

“The prime minister, Lord Melbourne, summarily dismissed his impudence: “Birmingham is…

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#BrumPanto Cinderella at Birmingham Hippodrome

#BrumIsBrill #panto at #TheHippodrome #Birmingham

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by Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour

Cinderella at Birmingham Hippodrome

According to the Birmingham Hippodrome theatre programme, Cinderella has been performed over 10 ten times since 1961 and it’s certainly one of the biggest pantos in the country, and if you don’t include arenas, it is the BIGGEST THEATRE PANTO in the UK. There’s soo much to love about this huge show. Singing, dancing, comedy and getting the audience involved.

Beverley Knight photo by Paul Coltas Beverley Knight photo by Paul Coltas

Compared to other pantomimes. there’s not a lot of plot to the story of Cinderella: A downtrodden girl Cinderella (Suzanne Shaw) lives with her two mean stepsisters Voluptua (Ceri Dupree) and Verruca (David Dale) and her best friend is Buttons, (Brum Panto Regular Matt Slack is back for a fifth year). They hear that Prince Charming, (Danny Mac) is hosting a ball and the three sisters all want…

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Jersey Boys at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

I saw the Jersey Boys at The Alex last time they were in Birmingham and it is a brilliant toe-tapping show with many familiar tunes…..#BrumIsBrill

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by Julie Wallis twitter.com/nicenic63

Jersey Boys at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

The fabulous Jersey Boys is spending Christmas here in Birmingham and I went along to New Alexandra Theatre for the press night of this musical extravaganza.

The is the story of how Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons became the smash hit sensation of the 1960s, and how four boys went through many different incarnations before they found their name and their sound, of meetings with mafia bosses, romance and ultimate success.

Declan Egan, Michael Watson, Simon Bailey, Lewis Griffiths photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg Declan Egan, Michael Watson, Simon Bailey, Lewis Griffiths photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg

How do they manage to shoehorn in hit after hit after hit? In a two-hour show there is over 30 fantastic musical numbers. I challenge you to see this show. and not tap your toes and sing along. Sherry, December 1963 (oh what a night), Walk Like A Man, Working My Way…

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Looking for a last minute stocking filler?

A last minute #Bearwoodian stocking filler available from The Pavilion at #WarleyWoods …….Bearwood, Warley and Smethwick Calendars

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TheOld Smethwick, Bearwood & Warley Calendar 2018has twelve vintage views of our area.

Priced at only 5.99, the calendar is available from Abbey Road Post Office, Abbey Road, Bearwood, Warley Woods Golf Shop or online fromwww.maxamcards.co.uk

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A new Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands

#InnovationAlliance for the #WestMidlands to take the innovation reins from #BirminghamScienceCity

Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands


From January 2018 the Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands will come into being, with its focus and priorities strongly guided by the results of an extensive consultation on how we should build on the legacy of Birmingham Science City (BSC) when it closes at the end of 2017.  Discussions were held with resourcing organizations, Working Group chairs and the BSC board, plus a questionnaire was sent to over 400 stakeholders (approx 20% response).

The key findings and the resulting next steps are summarized below.

There was broad support for the principle of creating a new Innovation Alliance WM, with 94% of respondents wishing to be involved in a new Innovation Alliance, as shown:

Figure 1: Would you like to be involved in a new West Midlands Innovation Alliance?

Focus and Priorities

Work conducted by BSC has been valued by its stakeholders and aspects should be continued, but moving forward…

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Commonwealth Games Federation selects Birmingham as Host City Partner of the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Great news for #Birmingham The city will fly after winning @Birminghamcg2022…..#BrumIsBrill

Leader of Birmingham

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) today announced that it has selected Birmingham, England as the host city partner of the XXII Commonwealth Games in 2022.

At a special Media Conference staged at the Arena Academy school in Birmingham, CGF President Louise Martin CBE applauded the city’s ambitious and innovative vision to engage and benefit its local community, showcase the best of global Britain and warmly welcome and inspire athletes and fans from right across the Commonwealth.

Birmingham 2022, which is expected to take place from 27 July – 7 August 2022, marks 20 years since Manchester 2002, the last time the Games were held in England.

CGF President Louise Martin CBE said: “We warmly congratulate Birmingham and England on today’s announcement – it is a defining moment for this truly Commonwealth city. With its rich history, cultural diversity, youthful dynamism and ambitious spirit, Birmingham embodies all that we cherish about…

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