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Book: Everywoman by Jess Phillips

Book: Everywoman by Jess Phillips

Curious, I picked this up as it was staring at me on a topical library shelf. My deal being if the first page intrigued me, I’d give it a read. In fact, it made me giggle, as did the next few pages. Progressively, the tone got darker although I still read it as Jess would […]

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Book: Sisters of Gold by Annie Murray

Book: Sisters of Gold by Annie Murray

With the case of this Annie Murray publication, never judge a book by it’s cover. Although the cover of Sisters of Gold does mention the dark secrets the story teases as it weaves in and out of their rural, religious upbringing to explain their current actions. In 1904, Margaret and Annie have arrived by train […]

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Book – New St Stories

Book – New St Stories

The short stories in this book take you for a walk down New St and you will never see the street in the same way again. The oldest story is 400 years old and others are based on the present day. Plus there is everything in between to make you take a double take at every […]

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Book – The Bride’s Tail by A.A. Abbott

Book – The Bride’s Tail by A.A. Abbott

In this, the first of A.A. Abbott’s revenge trail series, we are introduced to a web of characters all somehow linked, despite being based in both London and Birmingham. The locations are typical for the author, having worked or lived in both, she shows an intimate knowledge of the cities. As the description suggests, there […]

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Book: The Girl from Hockley by Kathleen Dayus

Book: The Girl from Hockley by Kathleen Dayus

What struck me early on is the tagline ‘growing up in working class Birmingham’ is not the working class I recall. I grew up in Bedford, some 70 years behind the author but my idea of working class is someone who needs to work as they don’t have any other means of income. However Katy […]

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Day trips less than hour from Birmingham: Malvern, Ledbury & Tewkesbury

Day trips less than hour from Birmingham: Malvern, Ledbury & Tewkesbury

My favourite bank holiday in August is often spent in Scotland or on a UK road trip. It comes hot on the heels of the anniversary break in Lithuania and having also enjoyed the big adventure in Hong King earlier in the summer, another trip now seemed unnecessary. So we decided on some day trips […]

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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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Super September

Super September

One amazing month (and a bit) in Birmingham. Friday 11th Complete Muppetry Comedy Night at Two Towers. Comedy night, actually in a brewery Monday 14th King Crimson at Symphony Hall Weds 14th Royal Danish Orchestra at Symphony Hall I’d ordinarily count myself lucky if I get to this amazing venue once or twice a year so […]

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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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