A round-up to take you from the end of the West Midlands to the end of the world:

An influential think-tank (aren’t they always?) has recommended that the name West Midlands is dropped in favour of Greater Birmingham.

The idea for the name change is to stimulate more awareness and inward investment for the region as people outside of the UK – and no doubt some inside the UK – are easily confused about the “who, what and where?” of Birmingham and the surrounding area.

Such a move has been suggested before and generated a predictable amount of critcism from the likes of Solihull and Dudley keen to protect their own identity.

Still, it might help focus a few minds on what the future holds for Birmingham and the West Midlands.

The UK media is completely out of touch with reality when it comes to covering issues of poverty and economic exclusion within their own country.

That’s the conclusion of a critical report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which has released the findings of a study showing that poverty is only a marginal issue in the news and that journalists rarely explore the causes or consequences.

The foundation has produced a guidebook for reporters – Reporting Poverty in the UK – jointly produced by the Society of Editors and the Media Trust to show “the dilemmas faced when reporting on poverty”.

And it might well be the end of the world as we know it, according to some.

But I do feel fine.


2 responses »

  1. Ursula says:

    Paul, as usual I am annoyed. There has been such shite coverage about the collider and its implications. The end of the world had never been predicted to be nigh at 8.31 am today; even black holes need time to form. If worst case scenario comes true, as predicted by some eminent professors of physics – not as certainty but possibility – I have about four years to get my life in order and you to work down your list (remember?).

    As to Birmingham: Whilst “Greater” is ok, “Midlands” sounds so much more romantic. Also, the geographically challenged would be able to roughly locate the place much more easily. One of these days I have to come back and inhale.


  2. Paul Groves says:

    U: The BBC’s TV coverage has been shocking. They had someone in the nerve centre this morning, who managed to ramble on inanely at the precise moment the button was pressed. So the moment of history was lost, only to be compounded by the presenters in the studio to complain about feeling such anti-cliamx that nothing big or booming had happened.
    (Thanks for the reminder as regards my list – another update might be in order soon).

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