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Welcome to Birmingham: Resort World

Welcome to Birmingham: Resort World

  It was a chef that first changed my mind. Possibly like you, I supposed here’s another Americanism popping into our culture right here on our city’s doorstep. But as I’ve heard more about Resort World, I’ve grown markedly more excited. Of course it’s bringing jobs and many £££s into the region but more than that, […]

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Birmingham Literature Festival 2015

Birmingham Literature Festival 2015

Having missed out on the Man Booker event last year, I checked months in advance for the BLF dates this year to avoid any clashes. I’d kept the whole 11 days free, bar two immovable day events and of course, I missed the one relevant workshop for me; Rough Diamonds about writing personal stories. Non-fiction writers like […]

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The New New Street Station

The New New Street Station

  For nearly all of the six years I have been living in Birmingham, one of our three stations has been receiving a major face lift. New Street station, one of the busiest in the UK with, I hear, 170,000 passengers going through it daily (twice what it was built for in 1967), previously functioned and […]

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Dear Library of Birmingham

Dear Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham is a beautiful building, nonetheless, I had my doubts that it was going to be functional from the start. Having coped without a weekly visit to the old library for nine months, like many, I counted down the weeks to having access to a local library again. The excitement remains even […]

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Breakfast in Birmingham

Breakfast in Birmingham

Five places to go for breakfast or in the case of those places opening later, brunch. Brewsmiths For an honest to goodness breakfast, Brewsmiths is the place to go. Regulars (the JQ Royalty) know what the 1B is (sausage pattie, bacon, poached egg, toast with jam/marmalade & filter coffee or breakfast tea) or indeed the […]

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Book: No Mean Affair by Robert Ronsson

Book: No Mean Affair by Robert Ronsson

Having just read a book based in my one of my favourite cities, Birmingham, move on to this, based in another, Glasgow. This one however, is delightfully, a history lesson too, of the best kind. It opens in Glasgow in 1912 in a tenement – that is – a one room dwelling. The poverty of […]

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Billy the Kid – His Life in Music!

Billy the Kid – His Life in Music!

Presented by Livestock at Stan’s Café. Based on the life/myth/legend of Billy the Kid, this performance combines music and comedy. With just two actors performing a multitude of parts, accents and sexes, there is a lot to take in. The show profits from the well-known facts as we know them and twists them to comic […]

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Book: Clovenhoof by Heide Goody & Iain Grant

Book: Clovenhoof by Heide Goody & Iain Grant

After 27, I’ve gone and read another book based in Birmingham, or more specifically Sutton Coldfield. As the title suggests, demons of an entirely different kind feature in this book . Satan has been ousted from the role that he has had almost his entire life – the job he was born to do. Hell […]

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Birmingham: Where to go for Afternoon Tea

Birmingham: Where to go for Afternoon Tea

As published on Birmingham Favourites. Brunch and afternoon tea are my favourite meals of the day; they come at a time when I’m most hungry, 11am and 3pm and arrive as a pick-a-mix of treats rather than one plateful of the same thing. With afternoon tea, the kid in me – which frankly never went […]

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Neighbourhood Watch: Brindleyplace

Neighbourhood Watch: Brindleyplace

As published on Birmingham Favourites. With its opulent pillars holding up relatively low office blocks, the canal-side area has had a fantastic transformation in the last couple of decades. This is one area of Birmingham that has not been filled with glass towers. It does have an abundance of eateries and squares so you won’t […]

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