Category: history

A film and a burger. Deck chairs in a little square off Broad Street, customers in Jimmy Spices watching out the window and some staff at the Hyatt waving to us from up above the screen. That was my Thursday …

Eating out Read More »

I knew this anniversary was coming—I’ve been busy and forgot it was today—the memories are very real. Someone posted a link and these memories that have never left me came to the fore. I was there—aged 14—half way through Brookside …

Halfway through Brookside on a Monday night —The Handsworth Riots, 30 years on Read More »

We’ve been out drinking for about six hours, we’ve lost a lot of people and one of us is bleeding. In a few minutes one of us is going to try to pick a row with a train driver. I …

The Craft City Line Read More »

Tagged with: , , , ,

From Ebola to ISIS, 2014 has been a pretty shit year. Danny Smith is no stranger to shit years, having grown up in the 80s, so we sent him to find out what Brummie kids today made of it all. This …

2014 reviewed by Brummie kids Read More »

Tagged with: ,

I’m Howard. I’m part of this here Birmingham miscellany called Paradise Circus – an ongoing love letter to a battered city. Paradise Circus writes, films, photographs, draws, makes and records things about Birmingham. I am, we are, Jon Bounds and …

Burn your house to the ground: why you need to kill your darlings to maintain your independence Read More »

Tagged with:

Flushed with the success of our 101 Things Birmingham Gave the World Kickstarter, for which we thank you all, we’re thinking of expanding into other types of merchandise. Impressed by Anna Burles’s Literary London Map, we’ve taken stock of all of …

A Literary Map of Birmingham Read More »

Tagged with: , ,

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before: I’m not from Birmingham, though I’ve lived here for some time and I’ve learned to pass myself off. Over the years I’ve developed a fair sense of Birmingham’s official and folk history and I’ve …

Ghosts Read More »

Tagged with:

It’s being desperately compared to making a pilgrimage to Abbey Road – that’s right all the cool kids are doing a selfie* over at James Turner Street. Wait that doesn’t makes sense. The Abbey Road photo you want to take isn’t …

5 Better Birmingham Tourist Selfies Read More »

In 2006 Nicole Blackman created a walking tour of Digbeth called “Stay Away From Lonely Places” that was inspired by the true and not-as-true-as-they-could-be stories of Digbeth- stories that I only half remember involving a lost ring, a Hell’s Angels …

John Rodgers: The heretic from Digbeth Read More »

Tagged with: , ,

When I conjure a vision of a Victorian city in my mind I start with the sky: a blanket of smoke woven from a loom of towering brick built chimneys. An industrial chimney is built first and foremost for a …

Do Spires Dream of Electric Sheep? Read More »

Tagged with: , ,