Brummie of the Year 2007 – vote now

It’s not every year that you get to vote for your favourite locals, except it is. So here’s who you’ve nominated for the 2007 Brummie of the Year Award:

Pete Ashton – blogging evangelist to the creative community.
Lisa Meyer & Jenny Moore of Capsule – bringing much needed gigs (and cake!) to Brum.
Carl Chinn – larger than life local historian.
Condori : Big Chief Busks With Recorder – on behalf of all our buskers and street entertainers.
Soweto Kinch – Mobo award winner and Town Hall associate artist.
Martin Mullaney – Camcorder Councillor, trying every which way to involve people in local politics.
Catherine O’Flynn – First time novelist who’s wowed the literary world this year.
Richard Pawley – Wants to build a 600 foot tower – and jump off it.
John Tighe of The Spotted Dog – Keeping Digbeth noisy, or so we hope.

The results will appear here:

Who's Brummie of The Year 2007?

  • Pete Ashton (29%, 336 Votes)
  • Lisa Meyer & Jenny Moore of Capsule (16%, 186 Votes)
  • Carl Chinn (4%, 48 Votes)
  • Condori : Big Chief Busks With Recorder (hats off to the buskers) (2%, 20 Votes)
  • Soweto Kinch (4%, 44 Votes)
  • Martin Mullaney (2%, 25 Votes)
  • Catherine O’Flynn (12%, 133 Votes)
  • Richard Pawley (1%, 10 Votes)
  • John Tighe of The Spotted Dog (31%, 353 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,155

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Voting closed on the 1st of December and the results will be announced soon. No correspondence will be entered into and all that.

Learn more about the nominees, with links:

Pete Ashton, who has tirelessly prodded and encouraged Brum’s creative community to use the internet to their advantage. Loads of nominations: “‘Polymath’ and ‘Explainer of Complicated Things (Such As How Teh Internets Work) To Thick People Who Wouldn’t Normally Understand Them (Such As Me) In A Very Effective Fashion.'” Russ L.

Lisa Meyer & Jenny Moore of Capsule. The Capsule girls, for it is they, have become mainstays of the Birmingham gig scene bringing some fantastic artists to the city. They also promote cake, and everyone loves cake.

Carl Chinn, oh you know. Carl is one man who never stops living Birmingham – and we’re pleased he supported our Talk Like A Brummie Day this year.

Condori : Big Chief Busks With Recorder – on behalf of all our buskers and street entertainers, those that brighten up a trek up New Street, past the chuggers and Scientology girls – even the bloke I caught not plucking his violin despite the sound coming out of his amp.

Soweto Kinch, quickly gaining more and more recognition, he’s obviously a jazz genius – can he add a Brummie of the Year award to his MOBO? Does he care?

Martin Mullaney – Lib Dem Councillor for Kings Heath and Moseley, Martin has continued to fill the internet with as much information as he can on local issues. He’s unafraid to use YouTube, or anything else to try an get people involved with stuff that affects them. He also runs a comedy club – why isn’t he going for the party leadership?

Catherine O’Flynn achieved, from a standing start, enough to make many novelists shit in a lift with jealousy. What Was Lost was longlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and the Orange Prize for Fiction, it has been longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and won the Jelf Group First Novel Award at the Guildford Book Festival.

Richard Pawley is a brummie thrillseeker extraodinaire. He grew up in Birmingham, and then spent nearly 30 years working at Drayton Manor Park, where he introduced the Apocalypse and Shockwave rides. He says he wants to be the first person to jump off the tower when it’s finished, which will hopefully be sometime in 2010. That should show the world what us Brummies are made of, quite literally if the rope snaps.

John Tighe of The Spotted Dog – “John owns the Spotted Dog pub in Digbeth (the Irish one, not the other one), and has recently been hit with a Noise Abatement Notice due to the amount of fun being had in his pub. The 3 complaints that have led to this have been made by residents of some flats built after his late licence was granted and… I won’t go into the rest of the details, if you’re interested check out the site for more info. This website’s been set up for free by a resident of said flats who represents the majority and loves the pub.”

In a spirit of openness, you can even read all about the actual nominations.