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West Midlands bus route 11

West Midlands bus route 11 known as the Birmingham Outer Circle, is a 27-mile route that circumnavigates Birmingham via the A4040. It is operated by National Express West Midlands with a few journeys operated by Discount Travel and by Social Travel, it is the longest urban bus route in Europe. It operates in both clockwise and anti-clockwise directions as routes 11C and 11A; the route is operated by National Express West Midlands. Since bus deregulation in 1986, several companies have competed on sections of this route. Falcon Travel, Serverse Travel, Birmingham Motor Traction, AM PM Travel and Joe's Travel have traversed the entire route. Route 11 was Europe's longest urban bus route after Coventry's route 360 until it was withdrawn in 2016, it first came into existence as two routes in 1923: route 10 ran from King's Heath to the King's Head via Cotteridge, route 11 from Six Ways Erdington to Acocks Green and Moseley. The route was first operated as a complete circuit on 26 April 1926, the idea being to better link the suburbs of Birmingham, as most routes at that time travelled in and out of the city The route was operated by Birmingham City Transport until the formation of West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive on 1 October 1969.

In 1986, WMPTE's bus operations were taken over by West Midlands Travel who now operate as National Express West Midlands. The route is traversed annually by a cavalcade of vintage buses. Run by the Aston Manor Road Transport Museum, the event began in 1977 and has continued each year since with the exception of 2000, in which it was cancelled due to a national fuel shortage; the route was upgraded in 2004 by Centro. Over £25 million was spent on CCTV coverage, bus priority measures, new shelters with electronic information displays and new low-floor buses. AM PM Travel began operating on the service in October 2009, increasing the frequency of their route in December. Six re-furbished Volvo Olympians entered onto the new service fitted with Wi-Fi technology. AM PM Travel ceased operating. In 2012 Joe's Travel began operating on the service using step entrance Dennis Darts, but withdrew its services on 20 May 2014. In September 2014, GRS Travel began operating the service with two buses on route 11C and two on route 11A.

However, in July 2015 they ceased operation. In March 2015, Social Travel commenced operating eight weekday services a day on route 11C. In April 2018 this was reduced to just four weekday services a day on route 11C. In April 2017, Discount Travel commenced operating eight weekday services a day on route 11A. A full circuit can take up to three hours to complete, with the service carrying 50,000 passengers each day. There are 266 bus stops on the route; the route serves 233 schools, colleges or universities, 69 leisure and community facilities, 40 pubs, 19 retail centres, six hospitals, one prison. It links some 15 commercial centres, passes Cadbury's in Bournville, one of the world's largest chocolate factories; the outer circle is the traditional route for the Free Radio Birmingham Walkathon, a sponsored walk which raises funds for charity. Route 11 operates with an off-peak weekday frequency in each direction. Route 11 operates via these primary locations: Acocks Green Hall Green Sarehole Mill Kings Heath Cotteridge Selly Oak Harborne Bearwood Birmingham City Hospital Winson Green Handsworth Perry Barr Marsh Hill Erdington Tyburn Road & Bromford Fox and Goose Stechford station Yardley & Yew Tree Acocks Green The Birmingham band Woodbine's eponymous 1999 album features the track "Outer Circle", a tribute to the bus route.

In 2001 a group of musicians from Birmingham created a concert based on the route. On 11 November 2008, humourist Jon Bounds spent eleven hours travelling the route, documenting his journey online, using Twitter, Facebook and a blog, elevenbus.co.uk. In October 2009 Kevin Beresford, a 57-year-old resident of Birmingham, created a calendar dedicated to the anti-clockwise portion of the route; the Outer Circle has been the inspiration for a Scottish Country Dance. Devised by Kenneth Reid from the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society’s Birmingham Branch, it is featured on dance programmes all over the world; the 48 bar reel represents the circuit of route 11, with the diagonal corner chain formations inside, the travelling couple outside of the set highlighting the fluctuation speed and congestion within the route. The route has been the inspiration for a collection of short stories, written by Birmingham-based writers and edited by Jay Barton

Tracy Brown

Tracy Brown is an American author of urban fiction, known for her works set in Staten Island, New York. Tracy Brown grew up. Brown became pregnant with her daughter. But, she managed to graduate high school despite the odds, she is the mother of two sons. She is an alumnus of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, she runs a nonprofit organization known as We Are Ladies First, LTD which seeks to inform and empower the young women of Staten Island. She mentors and teaches a course on writing to young ladies in a correctional environment of the New York State Foster Care System, she lends her talents to community plays and church programs and directing her first stage play "Brand New" in 2016. Her books, which are set in Staten Island and focus on women who triumph despite adversity, have been Essence Magazine, USA Today bestsellers. Black, Triple Crown Publications, 2003 Dime Piece, Triple Crown Publications, 2004 Criminal Minded, St. Martin's Griffin, 2005 White Lines, St. Martin's Griffin, 2007 Twisted, St. Martin's Griffin, 2008 Snapped, St. Martin's Griffin, 2009 Aftermath, St. Martin's Griffin, 2011 White Lines II: Sunny, St. Martin's Griffin, 2012 Flirting with Disaster, St. Martin's Griffin, 2013 White Lines III: All Falls Down, St. Martin's Griffin, 2015 Boss, St. Martin's Griffin, 2017Tracy Brown's stories have appeared in the anthologies The Game: Short Stories About the Life and Flirt.

She is a celebrity ghostwriter and biographer. Tracy Brown, Macmillan Publishers

List of United Kingdom by-elections (2010–present)

This is a list of parliamentary by-elections in the United Kingdom since 2010, with the names of the incumbent and victor and their respective parties. Where seats changed political party at the election, the result is highlighted: blue for a Conservative gain, red for a Labour gain, orange for a Liberal Democrat gain, purple for a UK Independence Party gain and grey for any other gain; as of January 2020, a total of 36 by-elections has been held in this period. Where the cause of by-election is given as "resignation" or "seeks re-election", this indicates that the incumbent was appointed on his or her own request to an "office of profit under the Crown", either the Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds or the Steward of the Manor of Northstead. Accepting an office of profit under the Crown vacates the member's seat; this process is used because members of the House of Commons are not technically permitted to resign. A member who vacates their seat in this manner may stand for re-election. There have not yet been any by-elections scheduled in the current Parliament.

There were five by-elections in the 2017–2019 Parliament, the smallest number since the six month parliament that sat between the two general elections in 1974. Three were in seats held by Labour, one by the governing Conservatives and one by Sinn Féin, who do not take up their seats in the House of Commons. Four by-elections were won by the incumbent party and Liberal Democrats won a seat from Conservatives. One by-election was a result of the death of the incumbent MP. Two by-elections were the result of recall petitions via the provisions of the Recall of MPs Act 2015, the first such in the country. At the dissolution of Parliament in 2019 there were two vacancies: Bassetlaw and Buckingham, caused by resignations of Labour member John Mann and Speaker John Bercow. With the close proximity of the 2019 general election, by-elections were not called for these seats; the speaker's seat was regained by the Conservatives, the party speaker John Bercow represented before he took up the position, the Conservatives won Bassetlaw from Labour.

There were 10 by-elections in the 2015–2017 Parliament. Seven were in seats held by Labour, three by the governing Conservatives. Eight by-elections were won by the incumbent party, the Conservatives won a seat from Labour and lost one to the Liberal Democrats. Three by-elections were a result of the death of the incumbent MPs. At the dissolution of Parliament in 2017 there was one vacancy: Manchester Gorton, caused by the death of its Labour member Gerald Kaufman. With the close proximity of the 2017 general election on 8 June, the by-election called for 4 May had its writ cancelled by the House of Commons. All but two of the candidates nominated for the by-election stood at the General Election, the seat was held by Labour. There were 21 by-elections in the 2010–2015 Parliament. 14 were in seats held by Labour, four by the governing Conservatives, one by their coalition partners the Liberal Democrats and two by Sinn Féin, who do not take up their seats in the House of Commons. 17 by-elections were won by the incumbent party, Labour won a seat from the Conservatives and lost one to Respect, while UKIP gained two seats from the Conservatives after the incumbent MPs defected to the party and were re-elected.

Six by-elections were a result of the death of the incumbent MPs. List of United Kingdom by-elections United Kingdom by-election records List of United Kingdom MPs by seniority List of United Kingdom MPs by seniority List of United Kingdom MPs by seniority List of United Kingdom MPs by seniority

The World of Mr. Sweeney

The World of Mr. Sweeney is an American sitcom that aired on NBC in primetime and daytime; the series first aired live in primetime from June 30, 1954 to August 20, 1954, four nights a week from Tuesday to Friday, from October 1954 to December 1955 five days a week in daytime. A total of 345 episodes were produced; the series began as a segment on The Kate Smith Evening Hour. The series focused on Cicero P. Sweeney, the owner of a small town general store, who always provided advice to his customers. Sweeney's grown daughter, Marge Franklin, her young son, lived with him. Stories revolved around members of the Sweeney's solutions to their problems. Charlie Ruggles as Cicero P. Sweeney Glenn Walker as Kippy Franklin Helen Wagner as Marge Franklin The World of Mr. Sweeney on IMDb

List of food festivals in the United Kingdom

This is a list of food festivals in the United Kingdom. As a criterion, established festivals should all have a devoted website; some of the food festivals are alternatively entitled Show, Fair, Feast. Abergavenny Christmas Food & Drink Fair Abergavenny Food Festival Aberystwyth Sea2shore Food Festival Alcester & Forest of Arden Food Festival Alresford Watercress Festival Anglesey Oyster & Welsh Produce Festival Annual Whitstable Oyster Fair Barnes Food Fair BBC Good Food Show Scotland BBC Summer Good Food Show Big Welsh Bite, Rhondda Heritage Park Bishop Auckland Food Festival Black Cherry Fair Blossomtime Brecon Beacons Food Festival Bridport Food Festival Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival British Food Fortnight, Across Britain Broneirion Food Fair, Llandinam Big Onion Food and Music Festival Bolton Food and Drink Festival Beaumaris Food Festivali Caerphilly Food Festival Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival Cardigan River and Food Festival Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival Cherry and Soft Fruit Show Chester Food and Lifestyle Festival Chilli Fest Clovelly Herring Festival Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival Gwledd Conwy Feast Cornwall Food & Drink Festival Clitheroe Food Festival Dales Festival of Food & Drink Dartmouth Food Festival Derbyshire Food Festival Devizes Food & Drink Festival Dorset Seafood Festival Durham City Food Festival Dorney Court Kitchen Garden,Eaton Dorney, Windsor Dorlish food festival East Midlands Food & Drink Festival Eat Cambridge EAT!

Newcastle Gateshead Elmbridge Food Festival English Wine Week Feastival, Bridgend Feast 2018 at Waddesdon Manor Feast on the Bridge Fishstock Brixham Flavour Fest Flavour Of Shetland Flavours of Summer Foodies Festival Gorseinon-Swansea Food Festival Great British Cheese Festival Guildford Food festival Gwledd Conwy Feast Gwyl Fwyd a Chrefft Portmeirion Haverfordwest Beer and Cider Festival Hay Summer Food Festival Hay Winter Food Festival Henley Food Festival Lampeter Food Festival Lancashire Food Festival Leeds Loves Food Leicester's Summer Food and Drink Festival Leicester's Winter Food Festival Featuring Christmas Crafts Liverpool Food & Drink Festival Llangollen Food Festival Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival Ludlow Food Festival Lancaster Food and Drink Festival Kendal Festival of Food Mold Food & Drink Festival Mortimer Country Food Fair Malton Food Lovers Festival Monmouthshire Food Festival Mumbles Oyster Festival Narberth Food Festival Nantwich Food Festival Nantwich International Cheese Show Neath Food and Drink Festival Newbury Food Festival Newcastle Emlyn Food Festival Newport Food Festival Newtown Food & Drink Festival Pembrokeshire Fish Week Pershore Plum Festival Portmeirion Food and Craft Festival Rye Bay Scallop Week Porthleven Food Festival Richmond Fine Food and Beer festival Scottish Food Fortnight Stratford Food Festival Spice Food Festival St Davids Really Wild Food & Countryside Festival St Fagans Food Festival St Ives Food & Drink Festival Taste Festivals Tastes of Lincolnshire Christmas Food and Drink Fair Tavistock Food and Drink Festival The British Asparagus Festival The Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show The Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival The National Forest Food & Drink Fair The Really Wild Food and Countryside Festival The South of England Food and Drink Festival The World's Original Marmalade Festival Truro Food Fesival Upton Food and Ale Festival The Welsh Menu Live Welsh Perry and Cider Festival Weston super Food Festival West Wales Food Festival Wimborne Food Festival Wrexham Food Festival York Food Festival

Steve Thompson (footballer, born 1955)

Steven Paul Thompson is an English football manager and former player. His management career includes spells at Lincoln City, Southend United, Sheffield United and Cambridge United. Thompson was born in Sheffield and attended Acres Hill Junior School and Waltheof Comprehensive School. Thompson began his career as a right-back representing Sheffield and Yorkshire Boys and signed schoolboy forms with Sheffield United where he spent two years before being released, he had a favourite handkerchief. He began his senior career with Frecheville Community Association F. C. in the Yorkshire Football League whilst training to be an electrician. Aged 18, following a knee injury he had a cartilage removed and was given only a fifty-fifty chance of resuming his playing career. After a year out injured, Thompson did recover and found that his remedial exercises helped develop his physique. Returning to fitness, he signed for Worksop Town. In 1976, Thompson attracted the attention of Boston United's manager Howard Wilkinson and keen to impress, Thompson endeavoured to get himself sent-off for a clash with Jim Kabia during Worksop's 3–1 defeat at York Street on 24 March 1976.

However, much to Thompson's relief, the incident did not dissuade Wilkinson and after the game he approached Thompson to inform him of his intention to secure his services for the following season. Thompson duly joined the Pilgrims making his Northern Premier League debut for them in the 1–1 draw at Wigan Athletic on 21 August 1976, he remained with Boston United until April 1980 when he was sold to Colin Murphy's Lincoln City for a fee of £15,000. In August 1985, after playing over 150 games for Lincoln, Thompson moved to Charlton Athletic. In his last game for Lincoln he was to witness a nightmare when 56 spectators were killed in a horrendous stand fire while playing Bradford City, he became captain of Charlton and led them to promotion to the First Division and the Simod Cup final. He moved to Leicester City in July 1988 for a fee of £40,000, but failed to establish himself and moved to Sheffield United in November the same year for a fee of £20,000. In August 1989 he returned to Lincoln City.

He took over as manager of Lincoln in November 1990, with Lincoln near the bottom of the Fourth Division. Under his leadership, Lincoln lost only three of the last 18 games that season and finished comfortably in mid-table, avoiding a second relegation to the Conference, he resigned in May 1993, with one game of the season remaining, after the Lincoln board had decided not to renew his contract. After leaving Sincil Bank he joined Kevin Keegan's coaching staff at Newcastle United before spending three months as assistant manager at Doncaster Rovers. From there he became Director of Football at Southend United, taking over as manager when Peter Taylor left with the club deep in relegation trouble. Thompson led them to 13th place at the end of the season and despite agreeing to stay at the club, left to join Colin Murphy as assistant manager at Notts County in June 1995 without having signed a contract. County made the play-offs in their first season in charge, but struggled badly the following year in a season that would see the Magpies relegated to Division Three.

Both Murphy and Thompson were sacked. Thompson joined Nigel Spackman's coaching staff at Sheffield United; however Spackman resigned in March 1998 and Thompson was made acting-manager. He guided the blades to the play-offs and the semi-finals of the FA Cup, but was replaced on 2 July 1998 by Steve Bruce. In late December 2004 Thompson was appointed as manager of struggling League Two side Cambridge United, but was made redundant the following summer having failed to prevent Cambridge's relegation to the Conference, he worked for BBC Radio Lincolnshire. On 12 June 2006 he was appointed manager of Notts County on a three-year deal, extended by one year in May 2007, the appointment was an unpopular decision among many County fans because of his association with the Colin Murphy era. In spite of this, County showed signs of improving in their first season under the new order, but struggled to maintain a consistent run of good form as the season drew to a close. Thompson was sacked at the start of the 2007–08 season after a poor start that saw the Magpies languishing near the bottom of the table.

Since leaving Notts County Thompson is yet to make a return in football within any capacity, however in the Summer of 2009, he went public with his interest for the Port Vale job – which went to Micky Adams. He had lost out to the job in October 2007 to Lee Sinnott, he is now a summeriser for BBC Radio Lincolnshire on Lincoln City games. Steve Thompson management career statistics at Soccerbase Steve Thompson's profile at the League Managers' Association Lincoln City F. C. Official Archive Profile http://www.givemefootball.com/league-two/steve-thompson-leads-race-for-port-vale-job Unofficial Steve Thompson Profile at The Forgotten Imp http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/lincoln_city/8416846.stm