Author: Craig Hamilton
Craig is a pop music geek, musician/songwriter, and proud dad. He lectures in Music Industries @bcumedia, does digital stuff for Static Caravan Records, and runs @rocknrolltedium - which is literally not worth a tumblr.

The Paradise Circus Cut-Out-and-Keep Guide to Regenerating Birmingham

Hot on the heels of the news that another area of Birmingham will have its architectural significance airbrushed from history in order for it to be regenerated into another identikit mixed use development with a fucking Costa at the bottom,

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101 Things Brum Gave The World. No. 79: The White Line Down The Middle Of The Road

To be a Cockney, you need to be born within earshot of the sound of the Bow bells. To be a Brummie, so Lawrence Inman’s joke goes, you need to be born within earshot of someone moaning. The truth, however,

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Three Hipstermen (from Paradise Circus Live)

FIRST HIPSTERMAN (Craig): That was, literally, a lovely flat white?   SECOND HIPSTERMAN (JB): ..and those artisan chipotle fish tacos were really quite something too.   THIRD HIPSTERMAN (JH): Best I’ve had since I went to visit my more successful

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In Grand Central Station I had to sit down in Pret

I know people who live in other cities take this sort of shit for granted, but Nu-New Street is a very nice railway station (with the Brum-obligatory shop on top). It needs a clock – call me old-fashioned, but no

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Go West (Midlands)

To: Andy.Street@gbslep.com From: Andre.de.jong@wmca.org.uk Re: It’s fun to stay Hi Andy, How’s the shop going? I’ve just stepped in to do some consultancy on the new Combinded Authority and thought we could maybe use your budget for some promo. The

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101 Things Brum Gave The World. No. 62: Nerds

Pretty much anyone who ever invented or discovered anything of note was a nerd. Just look around you: electronic devices; carpet; the shoes on your feet. All of those things, just like everything else man has created, from the world-changing

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Great Brummie Chat Up Lines, No. 3: Stephen Bill’s Erection

The 70s. When men were real men and real men were Brummies. As Finger, Birmingham’s Stephen Bill stole several scenes in Mike Leigh’s 1975 Play for Today film, ‘Nuts in May’. This five-minute clip of his loud, brash, and gloriously

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101 Things Brum Gave The World. No. 52: The United States of America

Oh, America. Hamburgers, Hot Rods, hanging out at the mall, Rock & Roll, Fox News, an out-of-control culture of gun violence. You’ve come a long way since you were a just another undiscovered continent of perfectly happy indigenous tribes. Your

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Birmingham’s Musicians head up plans for the Birmingham Republic

Following the news that Happy Mondays’ Bez will run for parliament in the 2015 General Election, Paradise Circus has discovered plans by a group of Birmingham musicians to run for office next year under the banner of The Peoples Republic

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How to keep Birmingham’s Brutalist Architecture. No.5: Use it to foreground a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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