Toward the end of my work-in-progess The Wind , the character of a foetus floating over the city is introduced. The foetus, is known in The Wind erroneously but much more snappily, as the Beorma Embryo, and floats where the work on the Beorma Quarter is currently taking place.
The new proposals are talked about relentlessly by the inhabitants: mocked and denigrated, or alternatively, praised and revered. Old and faithful buildings such as Stephenson Tower and Birmingham Central Library are, respectfully wrapped in plastic and demolished. The narrator is worried about this, fearful that the city that contains so many memories will be changed beyond recognition into a mass of glass-fronted buildings and coffee-drinkers.
The Beorma Embryo, is said to “respond to existing Birmingham landmarks such as the Rotunda and Selfridges.” Artistic license on my part considers the Embryo to be therefore mute, but telepathic, communicating all the other buildings within the City Centre it’s thoughts, dreams, and fears. Ultimately, the Embryo communicates to the narrator. The narrator unwillingly becomes the channel for the city’s inner voices, and pathetic fallacy starts to consume his every waking thought.
Will the narrator escape to the suburbs? Is he doomed to walk the streets constantly in the name of journalism and psychogeography? Will something like THIS happen?
The CD library within the Library of Birmingham has undergone some serious changes, with bestsellers being moved to the community libraries and/or into the archive. A new, more focused collection is now out there for me and other lenders to browse through and make new notes on leaves and leaves of scrappy bits of paper.
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Been a while since I’ve posted anything on here. An update is necessary. As usual I’m working on the same projects I was when we last saw each other. They have been bashed into shape and actually will appear as physical books over the next few years – here’s three projects to start you off…
The Wind – My journey whilst living in Birmingham 2008 – 2013. Considering the changes inflicted on the city. For lovers of psychogeography, satire and magic. Also will include all my ‘creative reviews’ and Still Walking diatribes. The Wind will continue as an on-going project up until 2026 for the while, where Paradise will return to the city centre (and of course, the creation of Zone 10.) You will see the vision…
Suburban Psychedelia – A miscellany dealing with suburbia – journalism, stories, lists, photos, histories. More interesting than I’ve made it sound here. May be the nucleus of a very large project including gigs and releases.
The Prodigal Songs – A life through the collecting and selling of music.
There IS more (MUCH more) floating around the grey matter, but let’s pluck these out first. 36 next month, so it’s time to get on with it.
The blog will have a re-jig and deletion, and future blogs will appear here first then be tabbed into easy-to-reference tabs. And I will get rid of the hard to read font. Who knows? Maybe Tumblr may have been a better idea. But it’s this sort of procrastinating that has caused this idleness in the first place so it MUST STOP.