The Big Wheel’s back for Christmas, will the Big Screen return in 2010?

With the temporary return of the Birmingham Big Wheel (hopefully without the Parisian commentary which made it all the more quirky the first time around), are we going to perhaps see a return of the Birmingham Big Screen? For what seems like almost two years now, the Big Screen has remained resolutely dark, with nothing […]

Birmingham’s big sister comes to town

Can you name all the cities Birmingham’s twinned with? I could probably name one or two (Frankfurt springs to mind – if you’ve not been to the German Market at Christmas, you’re missing out!) Other cities include Johannesburg, Frankfurt, Milan, Lyon and, of all the places you’d never guess, Ramallah (intriguing choice, no?)… But Brum’s also been […]

Another Midlands landmark is lost to fire

A sight you won’t see again… Over 130 years of history was obliterated yesterday due to an horrendous fire which swept through the former  premises of Langley Maltings Brewery in Oldbury. The Express & Star reports that “More than 60 firefighters from stations across the Black Country and Birmingham battled through the night” after security […]

Reminder: Moseley Folk Festival this weekend

Just a quickie to remind you: the Moseley Folk Festival begins on Friday the 4th of September and runs over the course over the weekend. With a lineup including Beth Orton, Jethro Tull, Saint Etienne and El Perro del Mar (amongst many others), why aren’t you there already queueing up to get in? 😉

Handel’s Messiah at the Town Hall’s 175th birthday in October

I was recently reminded about this – on October the 3rd, the Town Hall is hosting a performance of Handel’s Messiah, which is also its official Birthday Concert. The piece will be performed by the Sixteen Choir and Orchestra along with what are billed as ‘world-class soloists’ (maybe we have to guess who they are? 😉 – Classic […]

Vote for your favourite charity for 2009’s Brum Twestival

With the next Brum Twestival fast approaching in September this year, the organisers have decided to hold a vote to find out which local charity is the favourite of the twestival-goers – and which will be supported at this year’s event. All the candidates are excellent charities in their own right, and I strongly urge […]

Notice: AB undergoing WordPress upgrade

I’m currently upgrading About Brum to the latest stable WordPress – I’ve left it too long without updating and it was becoming dangerously obsolete, so I took the plunge a little earlier today. There will be some temporary ugliness but fortunately the WP coders have made upgrading to a new point release wonderfully simple – […]

Moseley Folk Festival lineup announcement coming soon…

For all folk lovers (and I know there’s a few of you out there, I’m partial to a little of it from time to time) TheTicketSellers just announced that they’ll be “releasing the full lineup at the Tunng & Tinariwen gig at the Rainbow Warehouse on Adderley Street, Digbeth on Saturday 28th March.” The festival […]

Mysterious white powder covers Midlands; civilisation breaks down slightly

… Or slides into a row of parked cars, as I saw earlier this evening. (Turns out that this white powder can also be extremely costly for some people.) Yes, in case you haven’t noticed, Birmingham has once again been swathed in snow. Local Highways Agency gritter depots run out of rock salt, more salt […]

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