Category: 101 Things Brum Gave The World

101 Things Brum Gave The World.

You’ve seen him on the motorway: coming in off the junction, he could drop in safely behind you and still keep the needle at 70 but instead he drops a gear and punches it past you to win a racing …

101 Things Birmingham Gave the World No.84: Wankers Read More »

Stalwart vessels of early British satire, Ronald Barker and Ronald Corbett had a fine line in jokes about the perceived work ethic of the country’s factory fodder. “An aerial photograph of the track at British Leyland,” they announced, “was spoilt …

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When Charles Henry Foyle invented the cardboard box, in Birmingham, in the late 19th century, he by turn invented supermarkets: for would they be able to pile ’em high and sell ‘em cheap if they didn’t pile neatly in cartons …

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Like Neville Chamberlain before you, you have the opportunity to hold in your hand a piece of paper. And, per page at least, it could have fewer lies on it. Why not buy 101 Things Birmingham gave the World right …

101 Things Birmingham Gave the World No. 81: Books about Birmingham Read More »

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It’s amazing that, with the modern attention span the way it is, the BBC has managed to keep any programme going for over 60 years. That’s a testament to a wonderful variety of writers, producers, and editors, it’s a tribute …

101 Things Brum Gave The World. No. 80: The Inevitable Downfall of the BBC Read More »

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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, …

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

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I’ve got something I need to tell you about Birmingham. It’ll be legend… – wait for it – …dary. I need to tell you about Birmingham and how it invented the dramatic pause. Well, the one they have on the telly …

101 Things Brum Gave The World. No. 78: The sound of silence Read More »

Two o’clock, 1929, Tyseley, Birmingham, Henry Green walked Warwick Road, near current DFS, Foam Cut to Size, Hollywood Monster. Standing in Tyseley, son of Mr Yorke, thought in mind and it seemed to him that these factories were beautiful and …

101 Things Brum Gave The World. No. 77: The kitchen-sink modernist novel Read More »

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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 …

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

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I’m the goddamn Batman Jim Lee: All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder no.1 Jim Lee: All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder no.1 Why claim Batman? Birmingham isn’t short of its own, real, superheroes after all. The …

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