Tag Archives: west midlands

Lower those expectations, Benji

I’ve been wondering what it would take to trigger a slightly gloaty “I’ve moved house” post. I didn’t think it would be a grumble about how my new local council “does social media”. The #wmgrit hashtag is a great amalgamation … 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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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 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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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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#brumbloggers. Now with added kids.

I love the monthly Brum Bloggers meet. I like that it happens just after work for me and it’s usually fairly central in the city for me. But I realise that not all the Brum bloggers will be as footloose … Continue reading

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My Birmingham Cultural Heroes

I like how Ruth Ward puts it in her blog. Cultural Heroes is the right phrase for it. (Background to this post: Birmingham is going to bid to become the UK’s first City of Culture, people talking. And making lists.) … Continue reading

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Guest post on Greenbelt Blog

In which I introduce our very own Jon Bounds to the greenbelt community. Here’s the linky: http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/blog/2009/08/introduction-jon-bounds/

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Victoria Square Fountain Leak

It’s been widely reported that the Victoria Square Fountain leaks. The council are spending an estimated £70,000 on finding and repairing current leaks. What really annoys me, almost daily, when I walk to work the fountain is on, bubbling away & … Continue reading

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Birmingham Gay Village Mural: Open Competition

Submissions are now being invited for the “Shout” lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer cultural festival in Birmingham, England in November 2009. A concept design is sought for two murals to be located within Birmingham’s Gay Village area. The murals … Continue reading

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July Birmingham Social Media Surgery

I help out at the monthly Birmingham Social Media Surgery. Someone once asked me why I give up an evening a month to tell Birmingham based voluntary and community organisations/groups how to use social media tools to make things happen. … Continue reading

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Birmingham City Council could trademark Balti name

Interesting story from the BBC website. I, obviously, have no opinion.

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