Tag: bad press

Danny Smith: Tufty Shit

Maybe I’m romancing it because I’ve never been formally trained, or glimpsed behind the curtain of the modern newsroom. But I carry the naive notion that a journalist should be a Jedi wielding TRUTH like the Force and ramming the…

Birmingham still “vibrant”

There’s a, probably apocryphal tale, about a Soviet “long lasting lightbulb”being invented — it was a big splash story one day in Pravda, but from thereon in got less and less interesting, ending up with the tiny phrase ‘light bulb…

Journalists in glass houses

The Evening Mail report with inordinate glee about a extra ‘l’ in a road sign pointing to St Philip’s Cathedral: “Council chiefs were left red-faced today after admitting that roadside signs directing drivers to the Cathedral Church of St Philip…

Visit Birmingham — and watch the Blues

Marketing Birmingham have signed an advertising deal with Blues and Villa to promote visitbirmingham.com on advertising hoardings and the like. That’s a sensible move, scenes from Villa Park and St Andrews must be the most often televised nationally (and internationally…

As long as we don’t come last, give us credit

If this ‘Most Musical City‘ vote thing takes off, I can’t see Birmingham beating Liverpool or Manchester or Sheffield, or even London (despite there being very few London bands over the years, as opposed to bands based in London) –…

Weird, but not science obviously

The Mail reports on a clever piece of publicity (it’s all crap obviously), a report that names Birmingham the UK’s weirdest place. All sorts of odd things are revealed including an alien visit to Rowley Regis: “The strange beings told…

fame vs power

Jasper Carrott has been announced as the second person to join the Broad St Walk of Stars (icBirmingham) which we can only surmise makes him the second most famous Brummie (out of those willing to turn up the the paving…

Brummie women reject outdated beauty contest

Would have been the far more sensible headline for this story: BBC NEWS | England | West Midlands | Brummie girls ‘not pretty enough’ (not singling the Beeb out here, they’re just so much easier to link to than the…