Category: review

Review: The Little Book Of Birmingham

Books make ideal low-impact presents, they’re easy to wrap, they pretty much always describe their contents so you can be roughly sure that you’ve got something acceptable, and they are so portable that unthankful recipients can pop them down to…

A sign of Dick, Hippodrome Panto review

Dick Whittington defeats Nigel Havers in a short swordfight, so the Sultan of Morocco hands him the girl and the Mayorship of London; an odd election process, but if that’s what’s in the Tories’ Localism Bill we’ll have to deal…

Friday Photo by Karen Strunks

I recently had the pleasure of photographing the interior of Blue Mango Indian restaurant and the proprietor kindly invited me for a meal there. I don’t frequent Broad Street very often, and I before my photo mission I wasn’t aware…

Shop window night

The wonderful Flatpack festival has sort of started, sort of. Although the proper launch of actual screenings you go to is not until the 11th, there’s a sort of “retail outreach programme” going on right now that should bring film…

Thingamigoops can only get better

So to Gigbeth on Saturday. The weather outside was frightful, was the line-up delightful? Well there were enough interesting-sounding acts, and seeing more than one band would be an improvement over yesterday. The 4Talent stage started with a bonus half…

Sharpening Knives

We didn’t get to see much at Gigbeth on Friday, our stupidity was the problem. But stupidity driven by the pace of technological change. We’d got those fancy QR Code tickets sent to Jules’s mobile phone. She then went and…

Pilau talk

Great to see so many people at Stan’s Café‘s ‘Of All The People In All The World’ — the show where there is a grain of rice for every person on the planet. That’s a lot of rice, some on…

Retail Repackage Remodel

Retail Birmingham is a BID – Business Improvement District – with is (stop me if I’m wrong here) kind of a government approved council for businesses in its area, they have a few tax breaks or something and power to…