BrummaGEM’s BEST A few more Brum Poems by the Brummie Bard

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BrummaGEM’s BEST A few more Brum Poems by the Brummie Bard

More #BrumPoems by the #BrummieBard Keith Bracey @1truclaretnblu

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Some more poems inspired by Birmingham by the Brummie Bard: Keith Bracey

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT

For ‘Grand Designs’ or ‘The Motor Show’

Where in Birmingham does one go?

The NIA or NEC?

Look around: So much to see!

The Hippodrome for Pantomime

The Alex for Musicals with Song and Rhyme

Orchestral Music at Symphony Hall

Or a Play at The Rep, which is just next door!

For Concerts performed after dark

Visit St Andrew’s or Villa Park

Cultural Events at Aston’s ‘Drum’

Or Birmingham Royal Ballet for Dance and Fun

Art Exhibitions at Birmingham Museum

Join Long Queues to go and see ‘em

The Magnificent Organ in Hansom’s Town Hall

Played for the ‘Three Choirs Festival’

Venues to View, Places to Stay

Birmingham’s THE City to visit TODAY!

THE STORY OF ADAM AND EVE

GOD made Adam from a ‘Handful of Dirt’,

GAVE him Animals to name……not to Hurt,

PLACED him…

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BrummaGEM’s BEST A few more Brum Poems by the Brummie Bard

Some more poems inspired by Birmingham by the Brummie Bard: Keith Bracey

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT

For ‘Grand Designs’ or ‘The Motor Show’

 

Where in Birmingham does one go?

 

The NIA or NEC?

 

Look around: So much to see!

 

The Hippodrome for Pantomime

 

The Alex for Musicals with Song and Rhyme

 

Orchestral Music at Symphony Hall

 

Or a Play at The Rep, which is just next door!

 

For Concerts performed after dark

 

Visit St Andrew’s or Villa Park

 

Cultural Events at Aston’s ‘Drum’

 

Or Birmingham Royal Ballet for Dance and Fun

 

Art Exhibitions at Birmingham Museum

 

Join Long Queues to go and see ‘em

 

The Magnificent Organ in Hansom’s Town Hall

 

Played for the ‘Three Choirs Festival’

 

Venues to View, Places to Stay

 

Birmingham’s THE City to visit TODAY!

THE STORY OF ADAM AND EVE

GOD made Adam from a ‘Handful of Dirt’,

 

GAVE him Animals to name……not to Hurt,

 

PLACED him in a Garden that was PARADISE,

 

ADAM said EDEN was very NICE,

 

 

THE problem was……he was SOOOO Alone,

 

SO GOD made EVE from HIS rib bone,

 

THE couple Loved GOD and did obey,

 

THEY listened hard when HE had HIS say,

 

 

THE food in EDEN is good to eat,

 

EVERYTHING is ripe, fresh and sweet,

 

THE fruit from THAT tree shows GOOD and BAD

 

IF you eat THAT fruit, IT will make me MAD,

 
EVE went walking in THE GARDEN one day,

 

WHEN SATAN, The Serpent came and had HIS say,

 

THE fruit from THAT tree will make YOU wise,

 

TRY IT and share some, he did advise,

 

 

EVE and ADAM both ate the FRUIT,

 

THEN realised they were in their BIRTHDAY SUIT,

WHEN GOD called they were SOOOO ashamed,

 

EVE and The Serpent were BOTH blamed,

 

 

GOD was SAD and gave HIS command,

 

From this PARADISE you BOTH are banned.

 

THISTLES and WEEDS will grow from the EARTH,

 

EVE you will suffer, when you give BIRTH.

 

 

SNAKES and HUMANS will always FIGHT,

 

FEET will STAMP and FANGS will BITE,

 

ADAM and EVE were banished to their FATE,

 

GOD placed ANGELS to guard EDEN’S GATE,

 

 

NOT allowed to forget what they had DONE,

 

THE COUPLE worked HARD and HAD two SONS,

 

A FARMER called CAIN and HIS BROTHER ABEL,

 

BUT the LIVES of these TWO MEN is another SAD FABLE.

 

Keith Bracey Birmingham-born Father of Adam & Sarah

 

EDGBASTON – THE HOME OF TENNIS

Major Harry Gem

 

Edgbaston is the place

 

Where they serve up many an Ace

 

Invented by Major Harry Gem:

 

A game for lithe athletic men

 

At 8 Ampton Road: ‘Fairlight’

 

You’d see rubber balls in flight

 

Men and women both

 

They’d hit balls with all their might

 

In clothing… Oh so bright!

 

A game played in Lilywhites

 

As played on a manicured lawn

 

In the summer of 1859

 

Young men and women courting

 

Eating, drinking, laughing

 

Eligible bachelors and young maidens

 

Playing on a mown green grass court

 

‘Good shot sir!’… they’d shout

 

With many a lascivious thought

 

The young women they did ‘Glow’

 

Ann Jones

 

As they knocked balls to and fro

 

Over a rudimentary net

 

With strawberries and cream…..you bet!

 

Lawn tennis started to grow

 

Into the game that we now all know

 

Fred Perry, Bunny Austin,

 

Ann Jones, Virginia Wade

 

Ann Jones Centre Court at Priory Club

 

Andy Murray and Sue Barker

 

Grand Slam Champions were made

 

So next time you’re in Birmingham

 

Recall Edgbaston’s Major Gem

 

And the Great Game that he gave us:

 

‘Game, Set and Match: Amen!’

 

Tennis Girl Fiona Butler

Keith Bracey Birmingham Tennis Fan and Edgbastonian where Tennis was ‘Madein Birmingham’ at 8 Ampton Road by Major Harry Gem & Augurio Perera

PLAYED IN BIRMINGHAM

Blues, Bears, Barons

 

Villains, Wasps and Wolves

 

Gabby Agbonlahor

 

Harriers, Saddlers, Bullets

 

Baggies, Bees and Bulls

 

The 3 Degrees WBA

 

 

Four Football grounds to visit

 

Four home team strips to buy

 

Colourful scarves round cold necks

 

Or for Fans to hold up high

 

 

The oval ball pulls in the crowds at Moseley RFC

 

Moseley Stand

 

For mucky rucks and scrums so tough

 

Such spectacular tries to see

 

Their followers stand together

 

Dixonians Full Back

 

 

With drinks held in their hand

 

They roar and sing to urge their boys

 

Uniting Rugby in their stand

 

George Ford

 

Against violence in the land

 

 

It’s cricket in the summer

 

To Edgbaston Fans will go

 

Edgbaston Cricket Ground

 

Watching men in white in a crease with bat

 

A five dayer seems oh……so slow

 

 

The Twenty Twenty is much more fun

 

The Ball flies everywhere

There are wickets, sixes and catches

 

As we cheer on Birmingham Bears

Keith Bracey #Villain #Bear and #MoseMan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIRMINGHAM’S ONLY OLYMPIC LAWN TENNIS CHAMPION: JOHN BOLAND

This is an adjunct to my previous post about Cardinal John Henry Newman and Pope Benedict’s visit to Birmingham in 2010 to canonize Cardinal Newman

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BIRMINGHAM’S ONLY OLYMPIC TENNIS CHAMPION

Yesterday I was shopping in my home town of Bearwood to the west of Birmingham City Centre along the A456 Hagley Road going out towards junction 3 of the M5.

The drive out of Birmingham along the Hagley Road takes you through the leafy suburb of Edgbaston where Lawn Tennis was invented in the back garden of 8 Ampton Road back in 1859 by The Clerk to Birmingham Magistrates Major Harry Gem who played the first game of lawn tennis at the home of his Spanish friend Augurio Perera.

Further along the Hagley Road, near The Ivy Bush pub stands the Birmingham Oratory which was once a school which took in Birmingham orphans, following the Teachings of the Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman, who founded The Oxford Movement and then turned to The Roman Catholic Faith.

Possibly the most famous orphan brought up by The…

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Challenges to Utilitarian Education: Arnold & Newman…

Cardinal John Henry Newman who founded the Anglican Oxford Movement but then converted to Roman Catholicism and set up the Birmingham Oratory to tend to the needs of the poor and destitute of Ladywood, Hockley and Brookvale in Birmingham. When Pope Benedict visited Birmingham in 2010 to canonise Cardinal Newman with a huge convocation at Cofton Park in Longbridge in Birmingham where the Rover Car Plant used to make automobiles near Northfield as Newman is buried in Rednal nearby in Birmingham near to the site of a huge retail development at Great Park in Rubery in South Birmingham. JRR Tolkien’s grand nephew Tim Tolkien sculpted a metal statue of Cardinal John Henry Newman to commemorate this huge Roman Catholic religious event in Birmingham when we were hosts to the Pontiff and Leader of the world’s Roman Catholics which stands in Cofton Park in Lickey to this day…….Keith Bracey

Literature & Life Spring 2017

This week we explored the ways in which writers and artists in the Victorian Age tried to undermine the prevailing utilitarian views on education. We have seen this presented very strongly in Charles Dickens’ Hard Times with his emphasis on the importance of Wonder and Imagination as counters to a world run on facts.

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Matthew Arnold takes up Dickens’s cudgels with his radical vision of the way that a young Oxford Scholar decides to give up his ambition for “preferment” (prefer me! prefer me!) and embarks on a quest to learn the wisdom of the gypsies. And in the process, Matthew Arnold gives voice to his sense of what is so wrong with the stressed out way that modern people (including us!!) lead their lives.

John Henry (Cardinal) Newman, in very different ways repeats this message, but within the hallowed halls of the University. Newman believes that the University is a…

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