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Pre-election Question Time comes to Birmingham

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(live blog of event here) Last night saw the first in a series of pre-Election Question Time specials, hosted by Total Politics magazine, and City Inn hotels, first in Birmingham then onto Manchester, Leeds and London for the next three consecutive Thursdays. Chaired by Conservative activist and blogger, and founder of Total Politics magazine, Iain Dale (@iaindale) (who proved to be an entertaining and forceful chair), the panel consisted of MP for Redditch Jacqui Smith, MP for Birmingham Yardley Read more [...]

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Election Question Time Special in Birmingham: live blogging tonight from 7pm

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As part of a series of pre-election session around the UK, Birmingham will tonight host a Question Time special at the City Inn. On the panel: Andrew Mitchell - Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Jacqui Smith - MP for Redditch and former Home Secretary John Hemming - MP for Birmingham Yardley Mark Reeves – Former Editor of the Birmingham Post Iain Dale (Chair) Read more [...]

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Grafitti + Twitter = Tweefiti

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As part of a new Birmingham arts project, this weekend that will see one of the city's grafitti artists spraypaint inspirational messages send in on Twitter. The theme is "life feels better", and Aerosol Arabic will be outside Bullring shopping centre on Saturday and Sunday creating a unique piece of art from tweets sent into the @lifefeelsbetter account, which will also appear on a Twitterfall. It's a nice idea, and a nice push for Twitter. However, do enough people use Twitter yet? We all Read more [...]

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It seems we can’t have it all … hand held video recorders

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I am in a dilemma. I am the owner of a perfectly good (despite the reports) Sony Ericsson Satio mobile phone. The 12 megapixel camera (and other gadgetry) means the picture quality of video recording great for still interviews. The only downside, is the audio. the internal mic is terrible. It is useless for interviews, and makes the subject sound like they are down a mine the handsfree kit mic records excellent quality sound, but it gradually falls out of sync with the video. Option 1 Read more [...]

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A Good Girls Guide to … co-working UPDATED

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Open office (or co-working) is hot news nowadays. The press has been full of it this week, with magazines (Company) and radio (4) running features about this very 21st century way of getting stuff done. So how does it work? Well, either by membership or a one off entry fee, you gain access to an open plan environment, normally with wi-fi and hot and cold running drinks where you can plug in, log in and work. It has become a refuge for home workers desperate to get away from Jeremy Kyle and the Read more [...]

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#BodiesRevealed The Beginnings of Life

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THE EXHIBITION The Bodies Revealed exhibition is currently running at the Custard Factory in Birmingham. It focuses on how the body works, major illnesses and development. Hashbrum headed along to get the full guided tour from Medical Director Dr Roy Glover The Beginnings of Life Stillborn and Neonatal Deaths Charity Read more [...]

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#BodiesRevealed: the lungs

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THE EXHIBITION The Bodies Revealed exhibition has been running at the Custard Factory in Birmingham. It focuses on how the body works, major illnesses and development. I headed along to get the full guided tour from Medical Director Dr Roy Glover Lungs and Smoking Smokefree - quit smoking Cancer Research UK British Lung Foundation Read more [...]

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