Sneak preview of Daniel’s song

Day 2 of the Culture Shock project, and Daniel introduces a new song to the group. I popped back down to the church to catch a little bit of the goings-on at Culture Shock, as a group of musicians from a range of different faiths and cultural backgrounds get together...

What if Birmingham IS shit?

Let’s get this out of the way right up front: I like living in Birmingham. I moved here from New Zealand with a job to return to, phoned them after 6 months and said “sorry – I’m not coming back”. That was nearly eight years ago. But I am...

In not so local news…

That’s a photo I just took of the Moon – and beneath it, Jupiter. Jupiter! I can see Jupiter with my eyes?! That’s incredible. Apparently our orbits are close at the moment. Even so, if we are at the closest it’s possible for the Earth and...

In local news…

Stephen Helebert and Stanley Hems from Johnstans Butchers, Kings Heath I popped into my local butcher shop this morning to pick up some lovely dry-cured bacon, and they were celebrating their big win: a Gold award for ‘Best Customer Service’ and Silver for...

The squirrel tree

Out the window of my home office, across the road, there’s been a lot of squirrel activity lately. My eye is drawn to the comings and goings of the squirrels because of their rapid movement in the leafless trees – and because even though I’ve lived...