Post Xmas bike ride

I went for a cycle along the canal today. It’s the first time I’ve done that in ages. It was a fairly dreary, overcast sort of day – but even that can look nice when you’re out and about on your bike. I took this photo coming over the bridge to...

Scenes from #brumsanta

I had a wonderful time at #brumsanta this evening. It was very simple idea: a Christmas get-together with some people from Birmingham who are on Twitter, with a (somewhat) secret Santa element to it – but the twist being that the maximum spend on gifts was £0....

Birmingham Twitter Homemade Secret Santa

Some friends in New Zealand are involved in a massive 700-strong Twitter secret Santa. I think it’s a great idea, and thought it was the kind of thing the people I know from around here might be interested in doing. Reluctant as I am to organise anything (and as...

Home of Metal

I met up with a few of my colleagues in Birmingham City Centre yesterday. We had some visiting partners from across Europe who are working on a project with us about music heritage, so we thought it appropriate to take them to the Home of Metal exhibition. One of our...

Back home for Mostly Jazz

I arrived back from Zagreb around lunchtime yesterday, stopped off at home and picked up some records, and then headed down the road to play at the Mostly Jazz Festival in Moseley Park. I’d been asked to DJ between bands, and then play support for Matthew...