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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December 18, 2014

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At The Flix with @Timmy666

Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s a shorter At The Flix this week and this is partly due to the pre-Christmas cinema listings being a little plentiful of new releases. Rest assured, being the festive season, there are plenty of Christmas films on offer and a round up of a selection is below.  Dumb and Dumber To (15) Jeff Daniels […]

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December 16, 2014

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Recipe: Christmas Cocktails

A long time ago, on an island not far away, I worked as a barman for a luxury hotel.  This was before I became a chef.  Dublin was an amazing place to learn the bar trade, particularly cocktails. One of my contemporaries, Peter O’Connor, became a consultant on the hit US show, Bar Rescue. Throughout […]

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December 15, 2014

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#AtTheFlix with @Timmy666 presents: Best Christmas Action Films

The Birmingham Favourites editor invited me to write a guest blog on Christmas films I love! Rather than dive head first into a top 10 list, where five or six films always appear in everyone else’s favourite film list, I resolutely suggested that I do things slightly differently. So, here it is a list of […]

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December 11, 2014

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At The Flix with @Timmy666

Greetings from Birmingham (aka Middle Earth) as we round up all the action at the cinema over the next week. Whilst one film is pretty much dominant, there are also a few other things to see too, including a tonne of festive stuff, so let’s get to it. Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, The (12A) […]

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December 9, 2014

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Festive Book Giveaway: After the Interview by A A Abbott

A free book? Autographed by the author? Yes please, we hear you cry! AA Abbot writes office thrillers and this is your opportunity to win her latest, After The Interview. “I find offices fascinating, with their secret projects, pecking order and water cooler gossip. That’s why I write about office life – with added thrills.” To […]

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December 9, 2014

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Bimingham Gift Guide: Books

Here’s Brum Faves selection of books about Birmingham or written by local authors – or both! 27 by Ryan Davis – Rock ‘n’ roll novel based in Birmingham in 1999. Father of Locks by Andy Killeen - Unveils the historical truth behind the Arabian Nights tales No Mean Affair by Robert Ronsson - Glasgow housewife’s journey from […]

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December 8, 2014

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Book: Beatrice by Fiona Joseph

Coffee was considered a little too stimulating for female workers! I’ve always had interest in the Cadbury family’s business methods anyway so was delighted to find out that local author Fiona Joseph was writing a book about them. More specifically, Beatrice Boeke, nee Cadbury, daughter of Richard was born in 1884. On the strength of […]

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December 4, 2014

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At The Flix with @Timmy666

Ho! Ho! Ho! December is here and Christmas has definitely arrived at the cinema. Over the next few weeks, expect plenty of big blockbusters and a splattering of Christmas films too. Let’s hope for much cheer and merriment and not too many turkeys! Anyhow, let’s get on with the pudding shall we …. Black Sea (15) […]

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December 2, 2014

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Festive Book Giveaway: Spilt Milk Black Coffee by Helen Cross

A free book? Autographed? By a local Birmingham author? Yes please, we hear you cry! Moseley based, Helen Cross, an entertaining guest at one of our Meet the Author events this year, is currently working on a film adaptation of her latest novel ‘Spilt Milk Black Coffee’, a copy of which she has signed for […]

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December 1, 2014

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Recipe: Slow Cooked Roast Fennel Pork

It is a busy time at the Meriden Bar and Grill.  We are gearing up for Christmas, and we have a whole new menu to learn.  But it is very exciting, as it is all very yummy indeed.  All I need to do now is memorize how to cook it all. One menu item really […]

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