Mr Tickell can reach to Kyoto

So far the Kyoto Protocol has arguably done very little to tackle climate change on a global scale, but is there another way? Oliver Tickell believes there is. Birmingham Friends of the Earth have him speaking at an event on Tuesday 17th Feb: [link]

Planned Birmingham tower block near Bullring slammed as 'abominable'

Slammed as in: “It’s abominable. It’s like a punch in the face by an architectural fist. It has no relation to place or location, it is out of scale with the buildings around it. It’s like something from Alice in Wonderland, a place where the normal rules don’t apply.”.

Personally I find it an uninteresting structure shoehorned into a place that needs more space, not more development — can't it go somewhere else? [link]

Photo Friday by Karen Strunks

We’re going to try a new regular series on Fridays to make sure I don’t have to do too much work: Karen Strunks is a freelance photographer, who’s doing some really interesting things — her 4AM project especially — so every week she’s going to post one of her shots of Brum, and a little about it:

by Karren Strunks

by Karen Strunks

“The first image I have chosen was taken on a Saturday photo stroll around the city. There’s a walkway that goes over Queensway, and you have to walk up the steps to a bridge to cross the dual carriageway. The staircase isn’t the prettiest, but it is livened up by bright red railings, and of course this nice piece of graffiti. “Everyone loves a cuppa x”. Quite a British sentiment, and I like the added kiss at the end. I’m sure anyone reading this warming sentiment that it will look forward to putting the kettle on and putting their feet up with a nice cuppa when they get home.”

See more of Karen’s work at here website – she’s also trying to organise a flashmob.

Louis Pattison on Birmingham's new rock archive

"Birmingham…is not a music city. That's not to say it has no history of music. Indeed, from 1970s rock giants Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, through to later, less well-known but hugely influential outfits such as Napalm Death and Godflesh, the city has a history of music to all but rival Manchester. Yet, though Sabbath and Priest were certainly big bands, they were never Brummie bands, at least not in the way the Smiths or Oasis became synonymous with Manchester. Why?" [link]