About Brummie Bard & BrummaGEM Keith Bracey Brum Poet

Brummie poet, historian, writer and blogger AKA #BrummieBard Please read my Birmingham Blog from downtown Bearwood at https://keithbracey.wordpress.com Twitter: @1truclaretnblu and Facebook: Birmingham: The City of Enlightenment Villa and Bears fan and Moseman through and through although my fave AVIVA Premiership team is Wasps @Ricoh

BLACK COUNTRY LUNGS


BLACK COUNTRY LUNGS


Twas on the day that Harry and Meghan wed


We came together to honour our Black Country dead


Those living too sharing that vital spark


That they used to light up here at lovely Lightwoods Park

Black Country lungs that breathe their last


For so many the deadly die was cast


With smoking and industrial disease


The cause of their early much lamented demise

Black Country lungs were ravaged by COPD


A blessed release as they passed….it set them free


Women like Ann told how she couldn’t breathe


Her Brummie lungs congested by a Black Country disease

Then along came Corinne to take pictures of their plight


With oxygen masks helping them make light


Of this terrible disease which was such a blight


But Corinne came along to make them feel bright

By telling their stories to the rest of the world


It gave them purpose as their suffering unfurled


Such lives well lived in the tough foundries and mines


These Black Country folk had shown such backbone and spine

In their fight to make a livin’ in tough times


Corinne Noordenbos this Dutch lady artist


Gave them their lives back with a voice at their parting


Black Country lungs breathe their last in the park


Black Country folk are the ‘Salt of the Earth’

Keith Bracey the Brummie Bard: Birmingham and Black Country poet.


You can read my poetry on my Bracey Bearwood Blog at


http://keithbracey.wordpress.com

BBC RADIO WM – MY FRIEND’S VOICE

A poem for BBC Radio WM

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I was asked to write a poem about BBC Radio WM so here goes:

BBC Radio WM – My friend’s voice

BBC Radio WM is our local station

Broadcasting to the West Midlands for the Nation

For local news with Louise Hancock

You can’t go wrong she runs it by the clock

Three minute bulletins followed by ‘make a difference’

To the Birmingham and Black Country experience

Your local presenters we have Elise at breakfast

The first young woman to present the show at last

We’ve had Phil Upton, Les Ross, Daz Hale et al

All trying to be your Brummie Breakfast pal

At 10am we have Cazza Martin

The Family Favourite a former Radio Caroline Queen

She has the dilemma to tax your brain 

And items as diverse as Boris Johnson to Metro trains

At 2pm Cazza makes way for Franksy, 

Or is it Foxy the Main Man to the Maxi? 

Franksy’s been on WM forever, 

He’s such a big bloke and he’s sooo blooming clever!!!!

At 6 in the evening Daz takes the stage

With the football phone in, most fans in a rage!

The Villa, the Blues, the Baggies too, Saddlers and Wolves

Everyone’s in Daz’s phone queue…..

Daz is a Wolves fan, and Mike Taylor, the Villa…

Not sure who Henry Liston supports as he’s such a young fella?

Straight outta Birmingham University I’m yer man

The Birmingham poet, Brummie Bard, avid listener to WM!

The greatest station in Birmingham, not forgetting the Black Country 

Which was Black by day and glowed red by night!

The greatest region in the country….that’s awroight!!!!

Keith Bracey AKA the Brummie Bard, Birmingham and Black Country poet

A poem for BBC Radio WM

BBC Radio WM poem by Birmingham and Black Country poet Keith Bracey AKA the Brummie Bard

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I was asked to write a poem about BBC Radio WM so here goes:

BBC Radio WM – My friend’s voice

BBC Radio WM is our local station

Broadcasting to the West Midlands for the Nation

For local news with Louise Hancock

You can’t go wrong she runs it by the clock

Three minute bulletins followed by ‘make a difference’

To the Birmingham and Black Country experience

Your local presenters we have Elise at breakfast

The first young woman to present the show at last

We’ve had Phil Upton, Les Ross, Daz Hale et al

All trying to be your Brummie Breakfast pal

At 10am we have Cazza Martin

The Family Favourite a former Radio Caroline Queen

She has the dilemma to tax your brain 

And items as diverse as Boris Johnson to Metro trains

At 2pm Cazza makes way for Franksy, 

Or is it Foxy the Main Man to…

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A poem for BBC Radio WM

I was asked to write a poem about BBC Radio WM so here goes:

BBC Radio WM – My friend’s voice

BBC Radio WM is our local station

Broadcasting to the West Midlands for the Nation

For local news with Louise Hancock

You can’t go wrong she runs it by the clock

Three minute bulletins followed by ‘make a difference’

To the Birmingham and Black Country experience

Your local presenters we have Elise at breakfast

The first young woman to present the show at last

We’ve had Phil Upton, Les Ross, Daz Hale et al

All trying to be your Brummie Breakfast pal

At 10am we have Cazza Martin

The Family Favourite a former Radio Caroline Queen

She has the dilemma to tax your brain 

And items as diverse as Boris Johnson to Metro trains

At 2pm Cazza makes way for Franksy, 

Or is it Foxy the Main Man to the Maxi? 

Franksy’s been on WM forever, 

He’s such a big bloke and he’s sooo blooming clever!!!!

At 6 in the evening Daz takes the stage

With the football phone in, most fans in a rage!

The Villa, the Blues, the Baggies too, Saddlers and Wolves

Everyone’s in Daz’s phone queue…..

Daz is a Wolves fan, and Mike Taylor, the Villa…

Not sure who Henry Liston supports as he’s such a young fella?

Straight outta Birmingham University I’m yer man

The Birmingham poet, Brummie Bard, avid listener to WM!

The greatest station in Birmingham, not forgetting the Black Country 

Which was Black by day and glowed red by night!

The greatest region in the country….that’s awroight!!!!

Keith Bracey AKA the Brummie Bard, Birmingham and Black Country poet

THE BATTLE OF BIRMINGHAM IN THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR 1642 – 1649

Birmingham supported Puritan Parliament during the English Civil War 1642 – 1649 and Warwickshire in general was a Parliamentarian supporting county with Worcestershire falling into the Royalist camp with Worcester being a Royalist garrison with the Commandery in the city now an English Civil War Museum and visitor attraction. The West Midlands was pivotal to the outcome of the English Civil War from the first inconclusive Battle of Edge Hill in Oxfordshire in 1642 to the final battle of the Civil War at Worcester in 1649 where King Charles the First was captured put on trial and executed by Parliament and his son and heir Charles Prince of Wales forced to flee to the Netherlands where he plotted and schemed his Restoration which finally took place in 1660 when Oliver Cromwell and his son Richard Cromwell ‘s Puritan Protectorate finally came to an end after 10 years of austerity

THE BATTLE OF BIRMINGHAM IN THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR 1642

17th century: the English Civil War and Birmingham: The #BattleofCampHilland the #BattleofKingsNorton #TheShirelandSkirmish#TheBattleofBirmingham #TheBurningofBirmingham by #PrinceRupert#AstonHall By the early part of the 17th century Birmingham resembled a large sprawling smith’s village. Aided by the abundance of nearby sources of coal and iron ore, many metal workers set up small foundries and workshops in#Birmingham Birmingham was an important manufacturing town with a […]

THE BATTLE OF BIRMINGHAM IN THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR 1642

The Birmingham Book of Remembrance Office, 1948-9

#Lestweforget #Wewillrememberthem #BookofRemembrance #HallofMemory #TheGreatWar During the Great War my wife’s Family were devastated by the loss of two brothers in the last German offensive of Spring 1918 within 3 weeks of one another in May and June 1918. Mary’s Great Grandfather John Thomas Sawford was taken in May 1918 followed 3 weeks later in early June 1918 by his brother Archie Leonard Sawford my wife’s Great Uncle. Both men hailed from Smethwick near Birmingham in the West Midlands and Archie Leonard Sawford is remembered on the Smethwick Borough Council Roll of Honour in the portico of Smethwick Borough Council House on High Street Smethwick right next to the Smethwick War Memorial near Smethwick Heritage Centre also known as Smethwick Museum the Museum in the Park Victoria Park in Smethwick. Archie Leonard Sawford worked for Smethwick Borough Council but has no known grave in Flanders Fields. John Thomas Sawford is interred at Terlincthun Cemetery in the Somme Valley #RIP #Lestweforget #wewillrememberthem

Keith Bracey AKA the Brummie Bard Birmingham and Black Country poet writer historian journalist and broadcaster on Sports Radio Birmingham Please read my Birmingham and Black Country poetry history heritage and sports blog posts on my Bracey Bearwood Blog at http://keithbracey.wordpress.com

The Birmingham Book of Remembrance Office, 1948-9

#Lestweforget #Wewillremenberthem #TheGreatWar #WW2 #Subsequentconflicts #HallofMemory #Birmingham

The Iron Room

While 11 November marks the end of the hostilities of World War One, it is also the day on which we remember members of the British armed services who have lost their lives in military conflicts since that time. This year’s Remembrance Day blog post looks at efforts undertaken by Birmingham City Council in the years after the Second World War to ensure that the city’s citizens who lost their lives during that conflict were remembered for posterity.

At a meeting of the War Memorial Committee in April 1946, the Lord Mayor, Alderman Albert Bradbeer J.P., suggested that members discussed whether there should be a Roll of Honour compiled for those who had died in the recent war, as had been the case at the end of the First World War with the ‘Record of the Fallen in the 1914-18 War’, which was in the Hall of Memory. The meeting…

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VIDEO: In Deep Trouble: Fish Are Diving Deeper To Escape Climate Change

By Peter Barker Fish and other species are migrating to deeper waters in the Mediterranean Sea as climate change heats up surface water, threatening both conservation efforts and the fishing industry, according to a new study. Experts at Tel Aviv University looked at the effect of warming waters on hundreds of species in the Mediterranean…

VIDEO: In Deep Trouble: Fish Are Diving Deeper To Escape Climate Change

GUEST POST // PHILOSOPHY LATTE by DRDAMIANG

cafe philosophy Marx Nietzsche Sartre Foucault sitting jabbering away at the corner table a sight so trendy spendy, so idea as frothy latte so pop goes the weasel and don’t give me your ill-conceived ivory-tower bullshit before these guys have had their second espresso the world will have changed sorry Heraclitus, but the world will […]

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