Tag: Birmingham

Dogging up King’s Heath

Pointed out on Twitter over the weekend is that the opening titles of Childrens’ ITV ‘classic’ Woof! (plot: boy turns into dog at inopportune moments — Billy’s Boots with more fleas) are set in luscious King’s Heath. The dog wanders…

The News Where You Are

I have just finished Catherine O’Flynn’s new book — it’s a corker. As the acknowledgements page makes very clear this book is not about Midlands Today, nor is it about Nick Owen (despite the theme of poor witticisms in local…

A sign of Dick, and Joan

A superbitch famous for wide-shouldered dresses, those are the qualities that made Leo Morgado the idea person to meet Joan Collins. She’s staring the Hippodrome’s panto this year, y’see: As Birmingham waits to see whether or not it will receive…

Brutal Honesty

There’s nothing that worries me more than consultation (still no results btw) , apart from knocking down Birmingham’s most important building. So I was a bit disappointed with only “the main themes” being released from the consultation into what might…

Spread your legs

“Six hundred paces from the Bull Ring is The Custard Factory”. The Custard Factory has a new website (which feels unnecessarily to need to put down the perfectly serviceable, if neglected, old one). It claims that the Custard Factory is…

Nice Play, shame about the face

Absolutely bob-awful photoshop and graphic design job for Paul Henry (yes, Benny) as Tony Hancock at the Alex, for what might well be a good play: Via BCC’s Birmingham Bulletin. (Copy-writing not too crash-hot either, “Modern-day creations such as Alan…

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…