Games


After thirty years of hurt, here’s all our content about the thing.

Have a Cow, man

Birmingham has gone bull crazy during the Commonwealth Games, as well as rhythmic gymnastics crazy and admitting Birmingham is OK crazy. These are all good things, but why is our latest bull the first to really represent something about us, and what next?

“It’s been years since there was any bull...Read More »


So farewell, then, Commonwealth Games

So farewell then, Commonwealth Games

You are named for a strange idea
And you are a strange mix of sport
And places too

We didn’t originally want you
But you came
And we didn’t build the houses we promised
But the stadium looked nice

You’ve made Smithfield be the name of a placeRead More »


Birmingham: It’s Not Shit — Reason No. 8: Mr Egg

We all know that Birmingham isn’t shit. We’ve spent nearly 20 years telling people, showing the world, and often undermining our case. In our new book we lay out the ineffable reasons why we say ‘Birmingham: it’s not shit’ and attempt to eff it. Mr Egg has...Read More »


Silence the trumpets and with muffled drum

We love to send Danny Smith into the heart of the action. The big heart , obviously. But this time he’s sent himself. Here are some direct live What’s Apps from up town, where he’s now wrangling kids for the day job.

Elgar,...Read More »

Leaked email reveals plans for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

What can we expect of Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games opening ceremony? Sir Albert Bore on an open topped 11A? Roy Wood riding Brum the little car? Not wanting to spoil the surprise but we’ve got a leaked email from the artistic team…

To: feelingpeaky021@gmail.com
From: Andre.De.Jong@zaphiks.in
Subject: B2022 Opening Ceremony concepts

Hi Stevie,

How is the...Read More »


Jobs Not Fair

We fancied getting a real insider’s view of the Commonwealth Games, so we suggested our Contributing Editor get in there. After failing to qualify for anything he had to get a day job, and then not give it up.

Elmore Leonard once advised that you should start a book...Read More »


Too Much Monkey Business: The Return of Kong

Giant monsters are always analogies. Godzilla, in early incarnations at least, is agreed to be a 30 storeys high metaphor for Japan’s terror of the atomic age. Not just the destruction it could cause, but the ineffable effects of nature itself.

When King Kong first appeared in 1933 the story was...Read More »


Hi, wire acts

There are eight million stories in the naked city. Danny Smith is always up for naked stories, so we sent him to the city. Turns out that this particular Commonwealth Games launch didn’t have any of the nudey volleyball. 

The couple behind me have been talking since I arrived. Their accent...Read More »


Revealed! Brum’s commonwealth games mascot

We’ve obtained a leaked internal email showing early designs and concepts for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games mascot. No bull. 

To: Andy.Street@WMCA.gov

From: Andre.De.Jong@zaphiks.in

Dressing up for the Games

8th March 2021 11:03

Hi Andy, 

How’s the shop going? I am joking of course, I...Read More »


Flypast

As always at a major event, we must remember the fallen.

So farewell then, Perry Barr Flyover,
You kept us going down the Walsall Road,
Or provided a car park,
to view the roof of One Stop,
Dead to the Commonwealth Games,
Which is like the Olympics,
But smaller,
Faster, higher,...Read More »