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Category Archives: birminghamuk

Friends and sweary flash

Almost ten years ago, I was working at friends of ED — a web design book firm. The imprint is still going, but is owned by an American publisher rather than two brothers who set up shop in Acock’s Green. For a couple of years it rode the “creative” wave of flash design, which in […]

The quiz that wasn’t

Uploaded with plasq‘s Skitch Twestival in Birmingham was so packed with fun that I don’t think anyone got time to do the quiz that I’d prepared. So, I present it here – no entry free but you can still donate to Charity:Water if you like. It’s here as a PDF: twestival quiz Why not have […]

Radio Free Horse Shit For The Garden

If you like the Two Ronnies your first thought when using the word Rhubarb is probably “manure”, but no more. At least until they run out of themes and end up doing a gardening-with-poo based show, Danny Smith et al’s Rhubarb Radio show puts all effluent fertilizer thoughts out of my head. It replaced them […]

Glasvegas

Have the look of the band of 2009 – as imagined in a British film from the early nineties. They’re various old punk scenesters playing the future Jesus and Mary chain. The set is straight from Jude Law’s forgotten dystopian master-work ‘Shopping’ – desolate monolithic council flats rumble bass and flash neon. They’ve only got […]

Creative Review on London’s new Design Committee

“this new Design Advisory Panel will feed into the Design Advisory Forum and will be managed by Design for London, which now sits within the London Development Agency’s Design, Development and Environment Division. Got that? I would hate to be responsible for all the tea and biscuits for that lot. Most design committees are a […]

Big you say? Well you live and learn

Birmingham Live and Learn has a nice idea, which is to promote the city’s universities by getting students to blog about their experiences and offer advice. However, whether because of what they’ve been told for SEO or due to poor imagination, a goodly proportion of the posts on the site start like this: Uploaded with […]

Outer Circle Psychogeographical Report

I spent eleven hours on the 11C bus on the 11/11/08. This is a psychogeographical report, it’s not a tale of the trip nor an attempt to map or really delve into areas along the eleven route. I’ll get to that later, I think. I’m not interested in mapping this, only in the most general […]

Shouldn’t laugh

But if they tried to “set fires” and flood the place at the same time I’m not surprised that it didn’t work.

Broing Broing?

The danger in hanging out with fun, creative, people who you don’t necessarily have anything in common with is that you come away with more ideas, and less time to “do” them in. Such is life, and such is what happens to me when I go to a Birmingham Bloggers meeting (I don’t hold with […]

David Gold and friends decide that the concept of league football is over

“It’s a great chance for your brand” said David Gold, Chairman of Birmingham City, about the plan to destroy the concept of league football and play one Premier League game abroad per team, per season. “The Premier League, which is the greatest league the world has ever known, is being adventurous, looking forward, looking to […]