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A pint without the boys in a pub full of not much noise because loudness increases the chances of shouting and more droplets of virus in the air. Is that living alright? We send Danny Smith into town as pubs …

Danny Smith: Dependance day Read More »

Something something largest unsafe reopening of a Primark in Europe. We sent Danny Smith to die for capitalism.  Her voice is mournful, an acapella lament closer to a wail than a dirge. I don’t speak the language but it vibrates …

Danny Smith: Non-essential Read More »

We last visited Digbeth’s Impact Hub as it launched a few years ago when hardly anyone knew what it was, and those that had a little bit of a handle thought the claims being made for it were outlandish and …

Deep Impact? Read More »

When we heard there was a big new shop opening in town, we called Danny and asked ‘Are you free?’ He was. We can’t remember whether we sent him to a big clothes shop that used to be the Palisades, …

Danny Smith: Primark and prejudice Read More »

We normally use this intro to set up the article, to tell you why Danny is writing about what he’s writing about, but this time he raises the curtain on that himself. What we can do is say that even …

Danny Smith: Danny does Digbeth Read More »

At Paradise Circus we try our hardest to compete for web clicks, and we’ve noticed that glowing reviews of bars in the city centre must go down well considering how many the Evening Mail publish online. What time and when …

Danny Smith: Shiny cappy people Read More »

Christmas comes but once a year, apart from for Roy Wood, who must have a terrible time getting his bins collected. Like everyone else in Brum, are we right, we’re here all week. Try the rotting fish in the black …

Danny Smith: The seven wonders of Birmingham Christmas Read More »

Like a bad penny, licked and then pushed quickly into a chip shop slot machine, Danny Smith returns to Birmingham. Delighted to have him back, we wanted him to stay in Northfield, its streets his alma mater and tell us all …

Danny Smith: The A38 killed my dog Read More »

We sent Danny Smith down the re-opened Costermongers, Brum’s finest underground alternative drinking hole near a market, because he was going anyway.  The weather today isn’t really weather just an unremarkable middle ground between everything. Spring is the ultimate liminal …

Subterranean, homesick, Blues (although we don’t think he goes down much) Read More »

“I curse any nights sleep in these flats to be ruined by the ghosts of a thousand lost nights of noise and lights and friends.”