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Birmingham designer of #thedress 'overwhelmed' by the attention

The woman who designed the dress which has become an internet sensation has told ITV News Central that the last 24 hours have been "absolutely crazy".

The image below was put on twitter last night and a few hours later it had become the centre of a global argument over its colour.

Celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian have all joined the debate, as well as Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Leader Ed Miliband.

Some see white and gold, others see blue and black.

#thedress has been globally trending on twitter. Credit: Caitlin McNeill

Michele Bastock from fashion company 'Roman' is based in Erdington in Birmingham.

She was wearing the dress and settled the argument once and for all, by stating it was blue and black!

It's royal blue with a black lace, that is what we photographed in the publicity shots.

That's what the lady (who tweeted the image) purchased.

Everyone just sees it differently I guess!"

– Michele Bastock, designer of #thedress at Roman.


Badger cull is 'ineffective, inhumane and unnecessary' says Vegan Society

Jimmy Pierce from the Vegan Society told ITV News today that the badger cull is 'ineffective, inhumane and entirely unnecessary.'

The Vegan Society are asking people to cut out dairy from their diet to remove the demand for cows milk and stop the need for badger culling.


Major Oak in running to be European Tree of the year

Robin hood re-enactors at Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire Credit: PA

Nottinghamshire's most famous tree the Major Oak could become even more famous if it wins the title of European Tree of the year next week.

People are being urged to vote for the mighty oak made famous by the legend of Robin Hood, in the final week of the online poll.

A wintry Major Oak in Sherwood Forest earlier this year Credit: PA

The Major Oak has already gained 6,000 votes but is being beaten by entries from Hungary and Estonia.

To see the other entrants, and to place your vote CLICK HERE.

Pictures of anti-culling protesters in Birmingham city centre

They gathered outside a meeting of the National Farmers' Union, and they say farmers exaggerate the harm caused by badgers to dairy cows Credit: ITV Central
The march was part of the Birmingham Wildlife Festival and protesters described themselves as the 'Badger Army' Credit: ITV Central
The campaigners marched from Centenary Square to St Philip's Cathedral, demanding badger culling be stopped Credit: ITV Central
Bill Oddie OBE attended the festival and spoke out for animal rights Credit: ITV Central

Hundreds march through Birmingham against badger culls

Protesters marched from Centenary Square to St Philip's Cathedral Credit: ITV Central

Hundred of protesters gathered in Birmingham city centre today to protest against planned badger culls.

The protesters gathered in Centenary Square, outside the annual conference of the National Farmers' Union (NFU). The NFU says badger culling is necessary to stop the spread of disease in dairy cows, but the protesters disagree.

They want the government to put a stop to badger culling altogether.

Fish rescue in leaking Birmingham canal delayed

The Worcester Stop Lock at Gas Street Basin in Birmingham Credit: Canal & River Trust

Thousands of fish are being rescued from a stretch of canal in Birmingham city centre this weekend after it sprung a leak earlier this week.

The Canal & River Trust were originally expected to start work this afternoon, but they have been forced to postpone until tomorrow.

They are to drain a 200 metre section of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal to investigate water seeping from an aqueduct into a service road and disused railway tunnel.

The fish will be stunned with electricity, before being taken out of the drained canal by experts.

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