Category: history

Get Folked

Ian Edwards found this wonderful looking book in a 2nd hand shop: It contains the words of about a hundred songs — complied in 1915, and dedicated to Mrs Neville Chamberlain — from round these parts. Odd to read of Oldbury, Erdington…

Friday Photo by Karen Strunks

He’s a beauty isn’t he? Baskerville House. 71 years old, you know. Built on the former home of John Baskerville, printer and typographer. It’s now home to modern day office space. And an underground gym I believe. I waited an age…

There is a better way

So says Simon Rattle and the whole hest of the eighties contingent. Central TV, the council, GKN (remember them?), and Horizon Travel PLC give you 11 minutes on why Birmingham isn’t as black as it’s painted and life is okay…

Old football was rubbish

So sang Frank Skinner on Fantasy Football, but with “big money men” coming in to buy Blues and promising £5m (about enough to buy Julian Lescott’s haircut) to save the team it’s feeling more and more like Ken Wheldon is…

Dogs are everywhere

I’m a fan of a certain type of book, the ultra-local nostalgia-fests that have names like “Memories of Ward End”. They’re not heavy with detail, not well put together normally, but they’re beautiful in their sheer ordinariness. They provide the…

Bathe your eyes

Beautiful set of pics from inside Moseley Road Baths from this weekend’s Birmingham Flickr meet. They’re the work of Emma Jones,  who has certainly developed an attachment to the building: it’s in a dreadful state. There seem to be a…

Closed shop

Michael Scott has spent the last few years hanging out in disused buildings taking photos, but rather than being arrested and locked up he’s been given an Arts Council grant and the photos are being exhibited in the Central Library…