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The last word on the Street: The Paradise Circus view on the WM mayor election

You may not think a mayor of the West Midlands is a good thing. We’re getting one on Thursday anyway. The mayor might not yet have all the powers we need to take back that control from Westminster, the devolution

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All change? What chance for the passenger on local trains?

You may have read in the Evening Mail an article about how our trains are going to be painted a different colour come the autumn – and if you’re a regular commuter on the Cross City line you may have

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On Trump(ets)

By popular demand, here is our hot take on the Trump election. Sorry we kept you waiting, it’s a complicated business. Broadly speaking, this isn’t a Birmingham issue. We are not aware of anyone with a Birmingham connection called D.

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Don’t go topping yourself—chain pizza is in Moseley to stay

Our pals over on Eye on Moseley have run a piece on the opening of Pizza Express and Prezzo in B13 and it’s a tasty slice of deep pan fun. There’s an obvious nimby trap laid out for the unsuspecting

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Birmingham: you get the culture you deserve

Once, Birmingham had a scene. For a hot minute, somewhere between 2008 and 2009, it found something. And then we fucked it up. By way of example, remember when the Birmingham Bloggers were a thing? I know there’s technically still

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We’re half empty, but still the second biggest in Europe

Half of Birmingham voted to leave. Half of Birmingham wanted to stay. We wanted to stay. To the victors, no spoils. You’ve set off an earthquake. Just today, just right now, you’ve voted yourself poorer. And the man who got

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Paradise Circus says: Vote Brumain

Local satirical miscellanies, so the mainstream media says, are not doing enough to get out their core constituency for the Remain vote. We want to, we really want to. But a harder question than the one on the ballot is:

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Rivers of shit: Let us challenge hate, everywhere

It’s been a terrible decade or so. Flecks of blood splatter the hands of everyone who panders to racism, distrust and hate: Trump, Farage, Cameron, the Sun and the Daily Mail. But it’s also on the hands of the supposedly

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Birmingham and leadership: A challenge to democracy

Birmingham is to have a new leader. And we don’t get to vote. No-one does, apart from the outgoing leader and 77 other Labour councillors. The leader of Birmingham City Council is potentially the third most important figurehead in the

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Brummie of the year 2015: Kevin McCloud

We build our identity in different ways on different days, according to the situation and the politics of the time. So it is that we might be white, brown or black but at times of crisis or joy we can

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