Who is Brummie of the Year 2008?

Voting has now closed for the 2008 Brummie of the Year Award.

Who's Brummie of The Year 2008?

  • Adam Smith (aka Steve Zacharanda) (5%, 152 Votes)
  • TWM Driver (4%, 107 Votes)
  • Johnny Doom (31%, 879 Votes)
  • Little Chris of Brumcast (14%, 405 Votes)
  • Roshan Doug (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Pogus Caesar (0%, 12 Votes)
  • Paul Murphy (23%, 652 Votes)
  • Helga Henry (3%, 73 Votes)
  • Barbara Nice (20%, 566 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,853

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The nominees were:

Adam Smith (aka Steve Zacharanda), for showing just how to deal with breaking history. Get in there and get pissed.

TWMDriver – Brum’s best blogging bus driver, who has come from nowhere to become a fixture online and on Les Ross. All whilst staying anonymous, a bit.

Johnny Doom, the voice of metal in Brum. Late night DJ for Kerrang! Radio and previously lead vocalist of the band Doom.

Little Chris of Brumcast. Brumcast plays only music from the Midlands’ underground, dedicated to showing that there’s more to the area than Black Sabbath and UB40 (there is?). And Little Chris has been doing it off his own bat. One hundred and eleven times so far.

Roshan Doug. Writer, poet and internet troll. Roshan is loved and hated in fairly equal measure, based on reading the comments on his Birmingham Post blog.

Pogus Caesar. In the year of his retrospective exhibition, can one of Birmingham’s best known photographers snap to victory?

Paul Murphy of the Destroyers (see some video). Paul has called Birmingham home for over 30 years and has been a vocal supporter of songwriting and live music in his adopted city.

Helga Henry, creative industy all round good egg. Runs a mean tea stall too, and is loved a great deal.

Barbara Nice, “From crowd surfing to crap raffles… Barbara is the queen of comedy”.

The poll closed at midnight on Saturday 13th December.

25 comments for “Who is Brummie of the Year 2008?

  1. Ben
    27 November 2008 at 11:38 am

    I know I’m probably being really thick and I’ve read the post over and over again but I can’t see how to vote.

    Did I miss a link or summfing?

  2. 27 November 2008 at 11:42 am

    Hi Ben, it’s right in the middle of the post. Have you got javascript on?

  3. 27 November 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I met Mrs Barbra Nice at the 2007 Edinburgh fringe, and I’ve since performed with her in Wolverhampton, and given her a lift to and from that gig (getting lost in brum with her because one of the tunnels was closed was an immensely odd but fun experience)

    And I’ve also been on BBC 3 with her, locked in a box playing children’s games with 6 other would be comics. This was odd as well, especially when performing “work class hero” and “ring of fire” with her

    So she has to get my vote, a fantastically funny stand up who appeals to all, and a very nice lady to boot.

  4. 27 November 2008 at 1:10 pm

    How can you force me to choose between Helga Henry and Barbara Nice? What are you trying to do to me?!

  5. 27 November 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Torn between Johnny Doom (ex-student of Birmingham City University; taught him on a couple of modules; all round good guy) and Pogus Caesar (stalwart of the media sector; 20 years ago he gave a talk to us City & Guilds students and was inspiring and also said nice things about the video I had made).

    Good list all told.

  6. 27 November 2008 at 5:21 pm


  7. billy milk
    28 November 2008 at 12:49 am

    It’s gotta be steve zacharandah…. look at the hits on his youtube clip… he’s got the city of birmingham on Good Morning America. no contest…

  8. Barnard
    30 November 2008 at 1:40 am

    Barbara Nice that is Barbara as in Streisand and Nice as in the Biscuit

    When asked by one of her five sons whether she knew Words for Windows she
    thought about it for ages and the only word she could come up with was fenêtre


  9. 30 November 2008 at 7:16 pm

    C’mon its all about Little Chris! The guy is a legend, holding it down for all the unsigned and underground goodness in birmingham for all styles of music AND he’s not an arse! GO YOU BEAST!!

  10. rob
    3 December 2008 at 10:44 am

    i voted for barbra nice who is a great performer ,house wife and mother , and advocate for the number 50 bus route , however friends have tried to vote since sunday and they cannot see the link to vote !!!! i feel this is unfair ….are they missing something or is there something up with the page ? please help and fix it ….. as Barbra would be winning now :)

  11. 3 December 2008 at 10:48 am

    Hi rob,

    If you (or anyone) sees the results instead of the voting buttons then someone else using the same computer (or the same IP – internet address, sometimes an office will share one) has already voted. It’s only possible to vote once per computer.

  12. Andy Westcott
    5 December 2008 at 9:33 am

    Like I said before, Birmingham without Doom is like Catchphrase without Mr Chips. I have nothing more to add at this time. Doom all the way.

  13. Rosetta
    7 December 2008 at 12:20 am

    Barbara Nice…it has to be…she’s an inspiration…!!

  14. Charlie
    7 December 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Vote for Helga shes got more energy than a small tornado and in every conversation big ups Birmingham.

  15. 11 December 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Paul Murphy should be cannonised or at least made pope as soon as possible

  16. edward
    12 December 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Oh my god,

    why in heavens is Pogus the Bogus in that list?

    Awful talentless wannabe.

  17. paul murphy fanatic
    13 December 2008 at 5:13 pm

    go paul murphy. go go paul murphy.
    for anyone who is unsure who to vote for.. VOTE PAUL MURPHY FOR BRUMMY OF THE YEAR 2008.
    A vote for Paul Murphy is the RIGHT vote.

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