Category: author

Why I’m voting ‘yes’ in the mayoral referendum

I’ve been to a couple of events over the last few days all about the elected mayor referendum that’s coming up on the 3rd of May. I’m pretty sure that I want a ‘yes’ vote—even if it does nothing more…

Danny Smith: On Holiday By Mistake

Routine crushes me, most of the time I can feel its weight on my chest. When it really takes hold I start getting odder and odder thoughts compelling me to something dumb, dangerous or both. I can mitigate these brain…

Danny Smith: A Christmas Carol

The life of a blogger is nothing if not glamorous, only last week I was backstage at the dress rehearsal for 3P’s marvellous version of The Nativity. Even before the performance, the squash was flowing and more than a couple…

The News Where You Are

I have just finished Catherine O’Flynn’s new book — it’s a corker. As the acknowledgements page makes very clear this book is not about Midlands Today, nor is it about Nick Owen (despite the theme of poor witticisms in local…

Inside job

In a turnaround that a certain type of local paper (or a very particular type of Hollywood movie) would love Catherine O’Flynn – who’s day job is at the MAC – is a featured guest at the very same place…