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Visiting Selma and remembering Bloody Sunday

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 …

It’s 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 …

Gadgets and grooming for long-haul travel

You’ve got to love long-haul flights because without the pain of travel there is no gain. Still, it’s no picnic being cooped up in a jet-propelled tube at 35,000ft and once you arrive at your destination it’s nice to have some home comforts, especially if you are travelling alone, as I frequently …

Britain’s hardest won Michelin star: The Cross, Kenilworth

In a sense, winning a Michelin star means everything – and nothing. The Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland 2015, released today (September 25), is an obsession among professionals in the hospitality business, chefs and restaurant critics included, while it is reviled by legions of others, although critics by far outnumber …

Breakfast for the homeless is re-launched

A breakfast service for the homeless, axed due to an unprecedented cash crisis, has been re-launched – with a little help from this blog. SIFA Fireside caters for some of the most vulnerable men and women in Birmingham and reluctantly took the decision to end its morning meal provision for …

Adam Bennett confirmed as UK chef for Bocuse D’Or

Adam Bennett has been confirmed as the UK representative for the international Bocuse D’Or competition following a cook-off in Birmingham. Bennett, now head chef at The Cross in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, had previously stated his hope of competing against the world’s best in Lyon in 2015 after finishing fourth in 2013, the …