December 16, 2015

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Birmingham Trail: The Rediscover Your City Trail

Ideal for: proud Brummies and curious in-laws Avoid if: you can’t stand the Birmingham accent Bring // You’ll need: to prepare your brain for information overload Terrain: top decks and sheds The start: The Big Brum Open Top Buz Sightseeing Tour Yep, bus with a z – because that’s just how we like to pronounce […]

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July 14, 2016

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Birmingham Fest 2016

A highlight of the year, Birmingham Fest takes place from 15-31st July. The theatre festial organised by the energetic Darren Haywood promotes new plays, dance, music, comedy, magic amongst it’s performances all with low-price tickets. I headed to the preview and have highlighted a few must-sees [FAVE] Honey [FAVE] Alice in the Wilderness Winners Sentimental […]

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July 7, 2016

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Knife & Fork: St Paul’s House

I thought that since the new Saint Pauls House boutique hotel, restaurant and bar had opened recently and was promoting itself as the new “happening place” to eat and drink in the Jewellery Quarter, I would book a table for two and try it out. On entering, it is apparent that little expense has been […]

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June 16, 2016

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Knife & Fork (Chopsticks): Noble Seafood Restaurant, Shanghai

Some months ago I wrote about eating out in China and Australia, recording some of my culinary experiences during a working visit last year. Recently I was in China again to fulfil my duties as a Visiting Professor at Nanjing University of the Arts and undertake a few other interesting and enjoyable tasks. No business […]

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March 14, 2016

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At The Flix with @Timmy666

Welcome to this week’s #AtTheFlix, a weekly trawl through the films out in Birmingham. Anomalisa (15) Charlie Kaufman is arguably cinema’s most daring and interesting screenwriter. Anomalisa is another example of why! Only Kaufman, with the exception perhaps of Woody Allen in his pomp, can blend the metaphysical questions with a blend of surrealism and […]

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March 7, 2016

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Brum Trail: The Winter in the City Trail

Ideal for: people who love both breakfast and board games Avoid if: you’re a bad loser Bring // You’ll need: your woollies Terrain: high ropes and high stakes The start: Bar Opus, Snowhill Nothing takes the winter chill away quite like a hearty brunch. Bar Opus do a swish version with a choice of either […]

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March 6, 2016

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Knife & Fork: Last Minute Comfort Eating – The Old Contemptibles

After being away for most of the Christmas and New Year break and having had a surfeit of eating out, January was largely a month of cooking and eating at home. As a friend of mine, a very good cook and gourmet, once said to me: why go to the bother of going out for […]

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March 4, 2016

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At the Flix with @Timmy666

Greetings one and all. After a brief sojourn, #AtTheFlix is back with a peek at what’s out at the cinemas in Birmingham this weekend. As always, let’s take a ganders…. London Has Fallen (15) Butler, Eckhart, Freeman et al are back for another slab of action silliness moving the action from DC to dearest London, […]

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February 22, 2016

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Beer Gurus at The Botanist

Birmingham Favourites were guests of The Botanist I attended an excellent beer tasting at The Botanist on Temple Hill, Birmingham, on the evening of the 8th February, hosted by Kieran Hartley, one of the two officially-titled Beer Gurus for the New World Trading Group which numbers this bar amongst its stable. There were 13 other […]

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February 15, 2016

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Recipe: Toad in the Hole

Hello Brummies If you suddenly found yourself single in the last week or two you will be surprised to learn that you are not the only ones.  February is statistically the most popular for the breaking up of relationships. Maybe it is the thought of Valentine’s day and all that lovey-dovey stuff that breaks shaky […]

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February 12, 2016

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At The Flix with @Timmy666

Welcome to this week’s At The Flix. In a busy week, we look at Marvel’s latest comic adventure Deadpool, observe Will Smith fighting the cause for medical advancement, bask in the fashionista glory that is the return of Derek Zealander, observe a mashup of Jane Austen and zombies and realise that Ralph Fiennes can really dance! Deadpool […]

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