Author: Jon Bounds
14th Most Influential Person in the West Midlands 2008, subsequently not placed. His new book about visiting every seaside pier in England and Wales — Pier Review — has been described as “On the Road meets On the Buses”, it's out now. Jon wrote and directed the first ever piece of drama to be performed on Twitter and founded the famous blog Birmingham: It's Not Shit.

No. 5: Money for nothing, and chicks for free

Hiya bab, Welcome to the latest issue of our weekly* freemium** email*** that is always first with the big cultural news****! “Which Campbell Brother Are You?” quiz We couldn’t be bothered to write the quiz, so just take some personality questions

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Central League

I’ve never heard anyone scream when they’re really hurt. I don’t know why that is: maybe shock, maybe adrenaline, maybe you’re just that bit busy thinking about the consequences. I didn’t scream, but I groaned with the sheer inevitability. The

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Pier Review: an exclusive extract

Longtime Paradise Circus-ers Jon Bounds and Danny Smith visited every surviving pleasure pier in England and Wales, in two weeks. And then wrote a book about it: Pier Review. Brum’s own Catherine O’Flynn says, “Humour, nostalgia and a certain landlocked

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More revealing than the Kerslake Report

Library Story: a history of Birmingham Central Library by Alan Clawley “I read book once,” says Mr Heslop — played by Brian Glover — in Porridge, “green it was.” And I’m fairly sure if the green book Mr Heslop had read

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Christmas is for sharing

It was the best* of times it was the worst of times, King Osborne had decreed that all citizens of Birmingham must journey back to their home wards for a local government boundary review, leaving him free to remove all

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Size is everything

Size is everything. The most important part of faster, higher stronger is: bigger. When you’ve the second largest in Europe you’ve got to shout about it. Birmingham’s a grower and a show-er. But a shower of shit when it comes

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Brutal, beautiful, battered: we’re losing the war for our soul

The demolition of Madin’s Library is victory for cliché and gormless ‘opinion’. A triumph of pluralistic ignorance, with the blood on the hands of an unimaginative fourth estate who sleepwalked with what passes for a second round these parts into

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Satirical cartoon: Demolition

Exterior of Birmingham Council House – you can tell it is as the cartoonist has drawn roughly the neo-Venetian curves, but has also added a sign that says ‘Birmingham City Council’. There’s a smaller sign that says ‘Improvement Panel Meeting’.

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He made a comment about a black security guard: the found poetry of the Evening Mail’s Facebook updates

He made a comment about a black security guard, Remember this, cult TV fans? I don’t remember seeing this in any nativity story, Will you welcome Tyson Fury to Birmingham?

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Pub Timelord

I don’t have a problem. Or rather, I don’t have the problem you think I have. I’m not drunk. I’m unstuck in time. I slipped into the Rose Villa for a swift half. The gathering night battled with the street

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