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If I Ruled the World at Christmas

December 9, 2015

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I love Christmas. It is the most wonderful time of year and it so because it’s unique. Uniquely in December. I am at the front of the queue to make yuletide stretch as much as possible but no, Wizard, I don’t wish it was Christmas every day (still a great track though). To keep it […]

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Welcome to Birmingham – Resort World

October 19, 2015

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It was a chef that first changed my mind. Possibly like you, I supposed here’s another Americanism popping into our culture right here on our city’s doorstep. But as I’ve heard more about Resort World, I’ve grown markedly more excited. Of course it’s bringing jobs and many £££s into the region but more than that, when […]

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Steel and Jelly: Contemporary and Traditional Menswear in Grand Central

October 5, 2015

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  With their new store just opened in Grand Central, we’re keen to find out about the people behind Steel and Jelly. Who’s behind Steel and Jelly? Established in 2004, the brand name embraces the contrasting industrious (Steel) and benevolent (Jelly) approaches that father and son took when first starting the business. Their 40 years’ […]

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Dear, Library of Birmingham

June 15, 2015

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The Library of Birmingham is a beautiful building, nonetheless, I had my doubts that it was going to be functional from the start. Having coped without a weekly visit to the old library for nine months, like many, I counted down the weeks to having access to a local library again. The excitement remains even […]

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Theatre: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

May 22, 2015

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Performed at Birmingham Rep A performance at the Birmingham Rep is already a winner as it’s an exceptional theatre (except for the lack of an aisle in the middle meaning a very long row to get in and out of past c24 pairs of knees, but, still the theatre is a pleasure to be in).  The […]

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Book: Park Life by Katharine D’Souza

April 28, 2015

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I’ve been meaning to read this book by the Birmingham author for some time so it thanks to bumping into another writer, AA Abbott, who lent me a copy! I wanted to take a light, quick read with me while spending a few days of reading/writing/coffeeing in France and this is perfect.  Even after reading […]

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Foodie Faves: Marmalade

April 8, 2015

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When the Birmingham Rep was refurnished and opened to coincide with the new Library of Birmingham, it launched with a fancy new restaurant that came and went before I had a chance to visit it. So when Marmalade launched in February, I was there on day two. Indeed I watched it being built as I […]

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Foodie Faves: Edwardian Tea Rooms

March 25, 2015

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Have you ever see your city through the eyes of a tourist? Sometimes it takes a friend visiting from out of town that makes us see our city through the fresh eyes of a tourist. So when a friend came to visit from Devon who’d already stayed with me before, I decided to take her […]

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10 Things To Do For Free In Birmingham January 2014

January 15, 2014

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January 2014 Library of Birmingham. The novelty hasn’t worn of for the locals yet, since this amazing building opened in September 2013. There’s so much on offer, look closely you may even see some books to borrow. Free. Moor Street Station. By far the city’s oldest and prettiest station has been refurbished in recent years […]

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Any Colour As Long As It’s Black

December 16, 2013

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Six colours to wear instead of black this winter. If you love wearing the all-flattering darker colour, try these instead of the uniform black: Navy Instant class. Wear with the paler pinks or even dashes of red. Plus navy velvet is stunning for the evening. Grey Another colour that sits well with pink or the […]

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