Acorns charity event: Kings Heath, Sept. 21st

Charity event for Acorns Hospice in Kings Heath on Saturday 21st September

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Peter Walker of Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum sends news of the Acorn Fest

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Sadler’s Become All Social in Harborne

Another addition to Harborne’s vibrant and exciting beer and pub scene is Sadler’s which will occupy their former #PopupPub on the corner of the road opposite Sainsbury. @SadlersBrewery #PeakyBlinder is to die for ! 1@truclaretnblu

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Sadler’s Brewing Co. has announced the launch of Brewer’s Social Harborne, the third venue in its expanding roster which includes Sadler’s Brewhouse & Bar in Lye and Sadler’s Taproom Quinton.

A place to be social no matter what time of day, Brewer’s Social will be a permanent fixture and will create over 20 jobs when it opens on Friday 27th September from midday, in what became a favourite of ours, the former home of the Sadler’s Pop-Up, on Harborne High Street.

Alongside Sadler’s award-winning ales and spirits, the all-day venue will offer collaborative and special edition brews; craft spirits and cocktails – and great food.

From brunch and morning coffee and cake, through lunch to an exciting evening menu featuring unique slow-cooked and BBQ dishes, sourcing and provenance of ingredients will be at the heart of everything.

Brewer’s Social’s wide-ranging menu will feature all-day brunch and light bites; home-smoked meat…

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Watt 2019: August

Watt 2019 on Sunday 25th August at 4pm there is a service in tribute to James Watt at St Mary’s Church Handsworth, the ‘Church of the Industrial Revolution’ where the Lunar Men Boulton Watt and MUrdoch are buried, the ‘Golden Guys’ in the Lunar Men statue on Broad Street which used to stand in front of the old #Birmingham Register Office…..where are they going to end up as at the moment they are in storage in the #Birmingham Museums Collection Centre in Dollmann Street Nechells……..????? Where are the ‘Golden Guys’ Boulton Watt and Murdoch going to stand in #Birmingham going forward?????

The Iron Room

2019 marks the bicentenary of the death of James Watt, improver of the steam engine and partner of Matthew Boulton in the engine businesses at Soho, Handsworth. There will be many events commemorating this during the year, in Birmingham and Scotland, and information about these can be found on the James Watt 2019 website.

To help celebrate the richness of the archive of the James Watt and Family Papers [MS 3219], held in Archives and Collections, Library of Birmingham, there will be a monthly blog on a Watt related subject.

The last sad tribute…..

In 1840, William Wordsworth told J.P Muirhead whose biography of James Watt was published in 1858:

I look upon him [Watt] considering both the magnitude and the universality of his genius, as perhaps the most extraordinary man this country ever produced; he never sought display, but was content to work in that quietness and humility, both…

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A Pome- from a recently discovered Manuscript of a play by W. Shakespeare

#Shakespeare was a #Brummie….as Stratford upon Avon is but 25 miles from #Birmingham @BrummieBard @1truclaretnblu

Spring has Sprung 2019

Spring is come

The grass is riz

Oi wonder where the flowers iz

But Shakespeare was wrong this time: the flowers are blooming, exploding around Sydney now in the dead of winter!!. This is the amazing aspect of living on the 33rd parallel: the seasons cannot make up their minds: is it winter? is it spring? and in just over one month it will indeed be officially be spring.

So welcome one and all to another wonderful semester of English and American Literature in these cool, sunny climes! I look forward to meeting you all and sharing the delights of literature over the next 12 weeks. In Oz Lit and in Am. Lit we have Jess Brooks helping in the teaching and the marking. You will all love her up to date take on the literature we are studying: welcome Jess!

This morning I walked steeply from Berowra Waters up…

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Watt 2019: July

James Watt Junior and Aston Hall

The Iron Room

Aston Hall, the seat of James Watt [MS 3219/9/5/2/39] 2019 marks the bicentenary of the death of James Watt, improver of the steam engine and partner of Matthew Boulton in the engine businesses at Soho, Handsworth. There will be many events commemorating this during the year, in Birmingham and Scotland, and information about these can be found on the James Watt 2019 website.

To help celebrate the richness of the archive of the James Watt and Family Papers [MS 3219], held in Archives and Collections, Library of Birmingham, there will be a monthly blog on a Watt related subject.

The Adventures of James Watt jr.

I went to an excellent talk this morning (29/6/2019) at the Library of Birmingham by two young scholars who have been investigating the lives of two of James Watt’s children, Margaret (Peggy) Watt, his daughter by his first wife of the same name, and Gregory…

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Key Factors and Turning Points WWII

Very interesting piece on the key points and the turning points of WW2 which me Dad Leslie Charles Bracey fought in in Bomber Command in a covert squadron which dropped the spies over occupied France RAF Tempsford based at Downham Market in Norfolk

Historical Excerpts

This catastrophic conflict which ended by opening Russia’s path into the heart of Europe was aptly called by Mr. Churchill “the unnecessary war.”

In striving to avert it, and curb Hitler, a basic weakness in the policy of Britain and France was their lack of understanding of strategical factors. Through this they slid into war at the moment most unfavourable to them, and then precipitated an avoidable disaster of far-reaching consequences. Britain survived by what appeared to be a miracle – but really because Hitler made the same mistakes that aggressive dictators have repeatedly made throughout history.

The Vital Pre-War Phase

In retrospect it has become clear that the first fatal step for both sides was the German re-entry into the Rhineland in 1936, For Hitler, this move carried a two-fold strategic advantage – it provided cover for Germany’s key industrial vital area in the Ruhr, and it provided him…

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