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”.
But I do feel fine.