Stumbling across live music

I love living in a city for so many reasons, but one of which is the richness of live street art and music that you can stumble across – sometimes it’s part of a festival and sometimes it’s just because.  Last night whilst I was ambling around the city centre, trying to decide what I …

Magic Lantern Festival at Botanical Gardens

There’s something about the crisp winter darkness and the sparkle of lights that feel magic, hopeful.  And the Magic Lantern Festival being held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens didn’t disappoint.  I loved the creativity, weaving round the path seeing the different stories and the simplistic fun of a Saturday night that involved soya lattes and …

Pecha Kucha Birmingham vol 12

I like any excuse to learn something new, and Pecha Kucha Night is a great way to hear about a whole range of topics in a short, fast-paced evening.  Developed around a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each, the talks are deliberately concise and yet still fascinating. Teaming up with Birmingham …

Moseley and Kings Heath councillor hustings – April 2015

Tonight, Kings Health Residents Forum and Moseley Forum organised hustings for the local councillor election which takes place in May. Tonight’s event, which took place in the hall at Kings Heath Primary School, was well attended, with a surprisingly few empty chairs.  With six of the seven candidates in attendance (no sign of UKIP’s Rashpal Mondair), …

UKYA Extravaganza

What do you get if you put 35 authors in the top floor of a book shop on a Saturday afternoon and a while pile of people who really like books? Chaos. I went along to the inaugural UKYA Extravaganza at Waterstones Birmingham New St, which was organised by authors Kerry Drewery and Emma Pass. The idea …

Kerslake debate

Last Wednesday I went to the city council chambers for a public hearing on the Kerslake Review, organised by Pauline from News in Brum. The event was organised because of the lack of debate around the report’s release; “We are bringing the city together to debate the topic the council won’t.” For those asking what is …

Smiggle opens in The Bullring

When I was about eight years old I collected erasers – or rubbers as we knew them.  I had two favourites; a rectangular purple rubber with gold Cadburys writing on it that rubbed-out well but could still be counted in my extensive collection and three horse rubbers about the size of your little fingernail with …

Where have I been?

I haven’t been posting on here as often as I’d like, as I’ve been concentrating on my food and drinks blog. Full to the Brum is a Birmingham-based blog which celebrates the exciting food and drinks scene in the city.  Since I restarted it in June I’ve been focusing much more on the personal experience …