• Can I have a cup of hot coffee, please?

    It’s the new law of coffee physics and you don’t have to be Stephen Hawking to understand it. The basic principle is simple if not bizarre: the rise in the number of coffee shops is in inverse proportion to the temperate of the hot beverages served in these establishments. In other words, …

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  • Cash crisis forces Birmingham homeless charity to axe services

    An award-winning homeless charity is being forced to axe its weekend cover because of a £74,000 cash shortfall. SIFA Fireside in Birmingham can no longer afford to hold drop-in sessions on Saturdays and Sundays as its staff, some of whom are facing redundancy, struggle to balance the books. The cut in funding has …

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  • Lunch at 35,00ft in Business Class with US Airways

    I settle down for the flight from Manchester to Philadelphia with a singer from Memphis and a glass of sparking Italian wine. I’ve got Al Green on the headphones (the bishop isn’t actually travelling with me) and the Prosecco has just been poured by a welcoming stewardess from US Airways. We are still …

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  • Selma, Bloody Sunday and “Uncle Martin’s” pyjamas

    We are standing inside the bedroom at the front of the single-storey house when Jawana Jackson picks up a carrier bag. She removes a blue garment that is neatly folded in a cellophane wrapper. “These are Uncle Martin’s pyjamas,” says Jackson, who is aged 55. “They say I should handle them with …

    A pair of Martin Luther King's pyjamas, left behind when he moved on from Selma
  • Pastry chef Sandra is a Birmingham star baker

    Sometimes you have to take your hat off to a young chef’s drive, talent and creativity… Take a bow Sandra Sentjurin. The Birmingham-based pastry chef runs a burgeoning bakery business in her native Estonia, managing orders for handmade chocolates, cakes and desserts via the internet from her UK home. Sandra balances her business interests with the …

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  • Whisky a go-go at Birmingham’s best pubs

    Gone are the days when the local boozer just sold budget blended whiskies and kept a bottle of single malt near the pickled eggs for weddings and wakes. The quality of the whiskies sold in pubs has undergone a rapid transformation in the last couple of years as landlords have sought to diversify …

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  • Best value lunch in Birmingham: MinMin

    What can you buy for £7.80? Obviously, you can pick up a classic album, possibly two. For example.. and I find this hard to believe … you can pick up “Guilty” by Barbra Streisand (with help from Barry Gibb) and Barry White’s “The Collection” for a combined price of £7.20. Isn’t that …

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Can I have a cup of hot coffee, please?

It’s the new law of coffee physics and you don’t have to be Stephen Hawking to understand it. The basic principle is simple if not bizarre: the rise in the number of coffee shops is in inverse proportion to the temperate of the hot beverages served in these establishments. In other words, …

DSC_0153

Cash crisis forces Birmingham homeless charity to axe services

An award-winning homeless charity is being forced to axe its weekend cover because of a £74,000 cash shortfall. SIFA Fireside in Birmingham can no longer afford to hold drop-in sessions on Saturdays and Sundays as its staff, some of whom are facing redundancy, struggle to balance the books. The cut in funding has …