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 …

Death Cafe Birmingham

Ever given up a sunny Sunday afternoon to sit around and talk death with a bunch of strangers?  I did last week for Birmingham’s first Death Cafe, which took place as part of The Electric’s Shock and Gore festival. The Death Cafe is a voluntary group, developed in London by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid.  …

Shapes, words and reminders

I’m sat here in the new library, looking out onto Birmingham with my wrist bandaged up like a prize fighter. Today marks the day I got my first tattoo. I always thought I’d be the kind of person never to get one; I always said there was nothing I liked enough to chose to mark …

New beginnings…

That’s it, I’ve bitten the bullet, bought a domain name and I’m giving this blogging malarkey another go. The rather silly URL hopefully conveys a sense of whimsically jumping around subjects with a kind of enthusiasm that one can only expect from someone as curious and slightly eccentric (I say slightly, this is often debated) …