Category: history

Bomb the Base

Churn, but good churn… An archivist at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery has uncovered these images showing the aftermath of a 1970s terrorist bomb blast. Dating from 4 January 1974, the images show Ikon’s then-director Simon Chapman clearing up shards of broken…

Back in Fàshiön

(Self)-Published by the brilliantly named Brummie Git Press Luke James’s Stairway To Nowhere is out now. He says it’s “the true, unexpurgated, and twisted story (with pictures) of the original line-up of Fàshiön (1978-80)” and who are we to argue…

Danny Smith: Surge Domine et dissipentur inimici tui et fugiant qui oderunt te a facie tua*

Anglo-Saxon England was a horrible violent place with different kings and fiefdoms slaughtering for land, old gods, and, when the Danes landed, shits and giggles. Not unlike Newtown (except the bit about the Danes – I’ve never seen a Dane …

Stephen Duffy’s Bus Pass

Is just one of the Brum-related ephemera to be found in collage on the booklet of the new Lilac Time collection ‘Memory and Desire’. It’s a proper WMPTE Travelcard with him in New Romantic regalia. Other bits include a photo…

100 years of The Electric Cinema

The Electric, Birmingham Originally uploaded by new folder A cosy evening at The Electric with a ‘This Is Your Life’ of Britain’s oldest working picture house in the company of owner Tom Lawes to celebrate its 100th birthday. Opened in…

Created in Birmingham – Cluedo

Add this to the list of things I didn’t know about Birmingham. The awesome game Cluedo was created right here in Birmingham and it celebrates it’s 60th Birthday this year. Read the Birmingham Post’s coverage. ==Update== Following some discussion on…