December 2, 2014

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Birmingham Books: Must Haves

Looking for ideas on original book presents? Here are some Birmingham infused book recommendations put together by city tour guide, Ian Braisby in 2013. Birmingham Books and Writers Mainly regarded as a city of commerce and industry rather than culture, there is actually a very good reason why Birmingham’s coat of arms offsets the man […]

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November 26, 2014

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7 places for laptop time in Birmingham

Stay.com recently asked me to compile a list of my favourites spots for working in central Birmingham: Urban Coffee Co (Church St) Good coffee in the heart of the business district. Coffee Lounge (the one on Newhall St) A vast menu in a scrumptious setting. The Birmingham Rep Café A pick-a-mix of old theatre seats with […]

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March 5, 2015

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At The Flix with @Timmy666

Hello one and all and welcome #AtTheFlix, Birmingham Favourites’ weekly fix of all that’s out at cinemas this week. Chappie (15) The big budget thrills this week come courtesy of director Neill Blomkamp, who continues to bring his oppressed, violent and near futuristic worlds to the big screen with Chappie. Crime is controlled by a mechanised police force. […]

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February 26, 2015

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At the Flix with @Timmy666

Welcome one and all to this week’s #AtTheFlix, a round-up of the releases out in Birmingham. Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The (PG) Building on the huge hit of the original, the sequel picks up eight months on, as talk of a Marigold Hotel chain starts, relationships develop and characters continue to explore India’s many […]

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February 24, 2015

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Book: Pigeon Wings by Heidi Goody & Iain Grant

The follow up to Clovenhoof, one of the funniest books I read last year. That one had Satan being sent to live on Earth and covered all the trials and tribulations of the Prince of Darkness living in the West Midlands. This included working out what money is, what parts of the body do and […]

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February 19, 2015

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At the Flix with @Timmy666

Hello one and all. It’s time for this week’s #attheflix! Let’s roll. Blackhat (15) Michael Mann’s latest crime thriller (surprise, surprise!) looks at cyberterrorism with Chris Hemsworth starring as a sort of convict meets James Bond type with brains. The film follows Hemsworth  and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level network […]

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February 13, 2015

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Recipe: Tuscan Chicken

One of the many problems of Valentine’s day is that it takes place in the second coldest month of the year.  You need tasty food that holds its heat and makes you feel all glowy inside.  And wine to go with it. Now, for V-day I have saved you the nearest thing I have to […]

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February 12, 2015

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At The Flix with @Timmy666

Welcome to this week’s saucy episode of #AtTheFlix, so without further or do, let’s get naughty shall we and stare at the celluloid (gasp!) … Fifty Shades of Grey (18) So, here it is, the most anticipated erotic thriller (allegedly!) ever! Adapting, and seemingly tearing into, the original E.L James novel, I can’t think of many […]

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February 11, 2015

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Setting the scene for dinner

Ever tried booking a table on Valentine’s Day these days?  The restaurants are packed, the staff are stressy and the chef is over worked.  Save your money and do it at home instead. Turn your kitchen into your own private dining with just a few simple tips.  Firstly, go through the cleaning tips that we went […]

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February 10, 2015

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Recipe: Corned Beef Hash

At this time of year the gaps between pay days just seem to last forever.  You have to make the best of whatever you found in the back of your cupboards when you cleaned them out. Among my finds was a tin of Corned Beef and a sachet of Salsa sauce.  I checked the dates […]

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February 5, 2015

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At The Flix with @Timmy666

Hello one and all and welcome to this week’s AtTheFlix. There’s a really interesting bunch of mainstream releases this week so let’s delve right in. Selma (12A) Selma follows Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. The film is unlike other ‘heroic biopics’ (and […]

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