Author: Jon Hickman

Jon moved to Birmingham from Guernsey in 1997. Many people are confused why. He is working hard to integrate himself. Bab.

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101 Things Brum Gave The World. No. 76: The hollow promises, lies, and shattered dreams of fame and stardom

Yesterday I was happy to play For a penny or two a song Till a fellah in a black sedan Took a shine to my one-man-band He said, “We got plans for you, you’d never dream” You’re a Star, Carl

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101 Things Brum Gave The World. No. 73: Running a marathon

In 2015 running is a spectacle and it’s a big business. The Great North Run and the London Marathon are sporting mega-events: televised and commodified, they’re about much more than running. They’re about cities, landmarks, tourism, charity, personal achievements, narratives

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Wondering stars

In an old episode of BBC science programme The Infinite Monkey Cage the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson described how as a young boy growing up in New York City he never saw the stars in the night sky; in a

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The Craft City Line

We’ve been out drinking for about six hours, we’ve lost a lot of people and one of us is bleeding. In a few minutes one of us is going to try to pick a row with a train driver. I

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Outfoxed

When Fox News rented a quote on ‘creeping sharia’-like issues from terrorism ‘expert’ Steven Emerson he duly provided by saying, amongst other things, that there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go

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You simply must: not touch the panes

A series of things you must do when visiting Birmingham. No. 10: 1o Woodcock Street

You simply must: not use this keypad at any time

A series of things you must do when visiting Birmingham. No. 9: Ley Hill Surgery.

You simply must: press top of dial (where it says ‘press’)

A series of things you must do when visiting Birmingham. No. 8: Mere Green Library & Community Centre

101 Things Brum Gave The World. No. 66: Pissing

This is one for the guys, ladies you might want to sit down. Remember when you were learning how to ‘do a standing up wee’? The hardest thing was getting your little soldier to hit the target. Now then: what

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101 Things Brum Gave The World. No. 65: Little Tescos in Petrol Stations

‘Does it have a mini-mart? A small supermarket, fits inside a garage, sells antifreeze and pasties, that type of thing?’. The words of Alan Partridge back in 1997. One of the most loved traits of Partridge is his ability to

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