Category: Birmingham

Xmas wrapping

The Post Office Vaults (where the old Royal Mail pub was on New St) do a good line in signs outside. This one is their best yet.

“Do you know what this is called, Arthur?” “Confetti Junction”

Get the Flash Player to see this content. From MACE: “Chris Tarrant taking the Worcestershire countryman Arthur Jones around Birmingham city centre and discussing the changes that have taken place over the last 25 years since Jones last visited the…

Go Kart Mozart’s Terry Miles tutorial on Mr Blue Sky

Go Kart Mozart’s Terry Miles tutorial on Mr Blue Sky, on a vocoder. It’s sort of like a electro-Brummie Frank Sidebottom. And hence, wonderful. “You lazy bastards.” “If you buy a vodcoder you have to play Mr Blue Sky…”

A mayor for Birmingham

You won’t remember this but, instead of weird psychedelia with top bands going ‘gabba gabba’, or gibbering stocky puppet simpletons with screens in their stomachs, kids would happily sit in front of the TV and watch stories about talking animals that had adventures in primarily human settings. One such animal was animated Sunday lunch Larry the Lamb, and when he had exhausted all his mint saucey options he’d go to see the head honcho. “M…M…M…Mr Mayor” he’d say, and a fella in a tricorn hat would sort it all out. Sweet. And decidedly tasty with mashed potatoes.

Where do the lambs of Birmingham go when the wool hits the fan? Well at the moment they’ve no Mr or Ms Mayor to trot along to see—but might well have later this year. This is a round about way of saying that on May 3rd this year there’s a referendum in Birmingham to decide if the city gets to elect it’s own mayor in a similar way that London gets to be presided over by Boris Johnson—although we probably won’t have any blond, bumbling, biking, bonking Borises in the running.

A ‘yes’ vote and in November brummies will get to pick their leader, and while we won’t know who’ll stand for a while it’s worth looking at some of the most famous mayors the World has had and see if we can guess what they’d do if we voted them in here.

Oh, please vote. and Yes.

BiNS says: Yes to an Elected Mayor for Birmingham

Although we agree Birmingham is not shit, I think you’ll agree that it could be a lot better in some areas and that the current council system is either not trying or not working on them. We’re lacking jobs, there’s money wasted on huge vanity projects like the new library, the promotion to the rest of the country and the World is still poor. Independent research says that elected mayors can help with stuff like that and don’t cost any additional money. The no campaigners seem to have few coherent arguments and only scare stories. Go check them out, and remember that it only seems to be politicians that are doing okay out of the current system that are saying ‘no’.
So I ask you to consider a vote for an elected major, please. It’s Brum’s chance to have a strong voice to talk to central government and the rest of the World.

We need a mayor, like New York has, like London (although a better one), someone to stick up for us. Vote yes. Vote Brum.

Frankie Lee

We’re saddened to hear of the passing of Frankie Lee who was something of a legendary DJ at the Mecca Roller Rink, Summer Row. He also span the wheels of steel at the Heartbeat Disco at the Silver Blades Ice…