Creative thought processes on the abundance of addiction and choice in our society

New look Birmingham has a lot of ways for people to eat and drink. The advent of hip street vendors, pop-up coffe shops and pubs, cut-price sandwich shops and Wetherspoons’ menus have opened up a Pandora’s Box of different ways to get those endorphins and addictions sated. Here’s a written copy of some thoughts I wrote on this in my diary. Slightly edited, but not much – elements in this will appear in The Wind and The Good Book of course…

Would you like a drink from The Machine? Oh yes. Coffee. Large vodka, nervous laugh. We laugh at our addictions. Most of us are alcohol/coffee heads here, legal downers and uppers. Don’t talk to me before my second coffee in the morning. As soon as I’ve finished work it’s a cheeky pint/glass of RED. Rinse and repeat. “£4 pint of lager to get you through the hell of modern life” she said.

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Celebrating Birmingham’s New Temporary Vista

A superb temporary vista has opened up after the demolition of Birmingham Central Library, and this is a plea to observe it whilst you have the chance.

The Birmingham Central Library has now gone. Madin’s Brutalist vision has now been erased from physical space, rubbed off Birmingham’s blackboard permanently. Existing only in the memories of those who have preserved its memory. Construction of its replacement, a mixed use development namely One and Two Chamberlain Square is due to come soon, under the name of Paradise.

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Still Walking, Darryl Georgiou and Birmingham on Film and TV

The Still Walking festival, now in its fifth year, has made its return to Birmingham this week, and will run until the 26th. This post will talk about the writing I’ve done for the festival, and eventually spotlight on one of the co-directors Darryl Georgiou, who is presenting a walk entitled “Looking for Kline” this evening, where he will take walkers on a tour around the set locations for the 70s BBC TV drama “Gangsters.”

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The Public Realm EP – Religion in the sounds of the City

The Public Realm EP was a reaction last year to the council’s attempt to silence buskers in the centre of Birmingham, claiming that their amplified noise was distracting to shopkeepers, office workers and flat dwellers. The EP would see me wondering around the city recording the noises that I encountered and sharing them on this blog and possibly later bandcamp and/or soundcloud.

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‘Dust Particles’ read out on Regal Radio

When I performed at The Anchor Gallery as overseen by Rachel Mayfield on Saturday 23rd, I got talking to a man called James Kerr, instantly yabbering on to him about folk horror and hauntology as if we’d just caught up after seven years away. When it was time to go, after stirling sets from Carys Matic, Pip Barlow and Sue Nicholls amongst others, James approached me to buy one of the books, which the intention of reading some extracts on his radio show on Regal Radio. Last Thursday, he did that very thing…

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