Tag Archives: Birmingham

What on earth are you doing here?

I read lovely Jon Hickman’s post on Paradise Circus about how he ended up in Birmingham. It’s a lovely bit of writing. I like Jon. I like how he writes. I’d like him to write more but, you know, he’s … Continue reading

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Chinese to English translation needed…

One of the schools in Birmingham rebuilt through the BSF Programme has been featured in a Chinese magazine. (Hurrah! It’s a beautiful school that has been totally transformed by investment in infrastructure and changes in teaching practices) However, I don’t … Continue reading

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The Little Bollard That Did

This picture is of the intersection of Corporation Street and Newton Street in Birmingham. The bollard on the left is new. It never used to be there. Every day I’d see cars (taxis) pull onto Corporation Street across the pavement. It was dangerous … Continue reading

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I’ve just got back from an all too brief holiday to Rome and have noticed a change in my perception of Birmingham. It was a brief change but the change was there and it was interesting. I think part of the … Continue reading

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Get Ready to Shout! 2010

It’s hard to believe that Shout (Birmingham’s festival of Queer Culture) is back again. It’s been a whole year since the last one. Where does the time go etc? Here are my top tips for the festival (and it looks … Continue reading

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The days are numbered.

I’ve been enjoying my continuing photographic love affair with the fountain in Victoria Square but the days are numbered. The team I work for is preparing to move from Margaret Street to One Lancaster Circus. Looking at the route I’ll walk … Continue reading

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The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes, originally uploaded by benjibrum. Or “One of our Statues is missing!” My love for the Victoria Square fountain is well documented. I love this fountain, for me it’s one of the defining points of Birmingham. Walking past … Continue reading

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Four UK cities make culture title shortlist

Well done Birmingham for making the short list for City of Culture 2013! We’re up against Derry, Norwich and Sheffield. (We’re going to take them down) I’m supporting Birmingham to win. And I’m whipping for other support for Birmingham. I … Continue reading

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When an idea just won’t die…

I’m having one of those moments where I’m coming face to face with an idea that I thought was dead but it’s not it’s alive. I don’t feel like Dr Frankenstein but more like someone in a really cheesy soap … Continue reading

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Oh, BTW…

By the way, I’ve moved house. Whoops. That’s quite a big thing, right? Something I should have said earlier? Yeah, so I’ve moved house. From Edgbaston, Birmingham to Lightmoor, Telford. It’s a lovely little Bournville Village Trust Development. There’s no … Continue reading

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#fountainwatch update

#fountainwatch, originally uploaded by benjibrum. I put in an FOI request though WhatDoTheyKnow? & got a sort of helpful response. You can see that response in all it’s glory here: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/victoria_square_fountain_leak

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The great Birmingham/Greenbelt takeover.

Birmingham Bull, originally uploaded by Nik Sibley. You may or may not have noticed my involvement with Greenbelt festival over the last few months. I’m their literature coordinator, and it’s a joy and a pleasure to be involved with a … Continue reading

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