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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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101 Things Brum Gave The World. No. 63: TV Box Sets

The TV box set is a thing. It’s so much a thing that it has now detached itself from its own material: a box set is no longer a TV series collected as a set and presented in a box, …

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Great Brummie Chat Up Lines, No. 1: Martin Shaw and the café sink

The 70s. When men were real men and real men were Brummies. Here’s a professional pick up line from Martin Shaw, of Erdington. You’ll find it at around 42 seconds into this video but try to make time to watch it all so …

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How to keep Birmingham’s Brutalist Architecture. No.6: over many years establish a tradition that it is “a naturally-evolved environment, a found space used in response to accidents of architecture”

Like they did at the Southbank undercroft. Well played. Pic CC Hatters

Rings

“It could just be dehydration talking but I can feel the city. Can you feel the city?” We’ve paused to cross Bristol Street. Neil looks at me: is that concern, or pity? “Like circles. It’s all circles. Spinning. Like we’re making a circle, …

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101 Things Brum Gave The World. No. 59: The 45th President of the USA

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 voters in the USA will choose their 45th President. If it’s not Hillary then Hillary will at least be the story, and behind every great woman is a man and behind that man is a …

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We’re in the paper today as part of one of those broadsheet articles they have about Birmingham these days. We’re actually right at the top of the article, with a link and everything. So this little post is aimed at new …

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Satirical Cartoon: Gove’s New Booklist at the Library of Birmingham

A schoolgirl is stretching to reach the books in the Library of Birmingham. She is standing in front of a shelf marked “Great American Novels”. The shelves start too high up the walls, well above her head. In the foreground …

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