John Kilvert fought at the Battle of Balaclava and the Charge of the Light Brigade. His sword & medals are held by Sandwell Museums Service

John Kilvert was a 19th Century British soldier whose sword and medals are held by the Sandwell Museums Service. Kilvert fought in The Crimean War between Britain and Russia in the 1850’s. Kilvert fought at The Battle of Balaclava and an action during that battle The Charge of the Light Brigade immortalised in a poem by then Poet Laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson as an heroic military failure with Lord Cardigan’s cavalry charging the Russian cannons which inflicted terrible casualties and injuries amongst the brave cavalrymen. Truly “Lions Led by Donkeys” ! Nurses Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale came to prominence during The Crimean War as they pioneered the nursing of wounded soldiers from the war. The British and their Empire had overstretched themselves and received a mauling from the “Russian Bear”

BRUMMAGEM BANDS Keith Bracey AKA the Brummie Bard’s poem about the Birmingham music scene

Birmingham Bands

17 Sunday Jan 2016

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Brummagem’s Bands

Birmingham has produced the Biggest Bands

With Fabulous Songs and Adoring Fans

Famous in Europe and the USA

Outstanding Music here to stay

Rock from Black Sabbath and Judas Priest

Was Heavy and Loud, to say the least

The Move had ‘Flowers in the Rain’

First Record on Radio One, they claim

Dexy’s sang: ‘Come on Eileen’

The Dance Floor Anthem for Love’s Young Dream

UB40 had a Kitchen with a Rat

While Sabbath’s Ozzy bit the Head off a Bat

The Dutchie was passed by Musical Youth

Duran Duran: ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’

Led Zeppelin climbed a ‘Stairway to Heaven’

The World’s Greatest Band in ‘77

Electric Lights inspired Jeff Lynne

Moody Blues Knights in White Satin

Would Christmas be the same without Wizzard and Slade?

Performing the Music Midlands’ Bands Made!

Keith Bracey  #BrummieBard Led Zep and Black Sabbath Fan

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Cheers 

Keith Bracey  AKA The Brummie Bard

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Gangsters, Geezers & Mods an important new novel about growing up poor in Birmingham in the 60’s & 70’s by Stephen Pennell – book review by Keith Bracey AKA the Brummie Bard Birmingham poet and writer

This new compact and bijou Birmingham novel is a real BrummaGEM with so many references I connected with as a Brummie kid of the 60’s and 70’s. From Pressburgers in Bristol Street to Nelson House in the Bull Ring where I bought my two tone trousers and herringbone crombie with black velvet collar and loafers, […]

Gangsters, Geezers & Mods an important new novel about growing up poor in Birmingham in the 60’s & 70’s by Stephen Pennell – book review by Keith Bracey AKA the Brummie Bard Birmingham poet and writer

Gangsters, Geezers & Mods an important new novel about growing up poor in Birmingham in the 60’s & 70’s by Stephen Pennell – book review by Keith Bracey AKA the Brummie Bard Birmingham poet and writer

This new compact and bijou Birmingham novel is a real BrummaGEM with so many references I connected with as a Brummie kid of the 60’s and 70’s. From Pressburgers in Bristol Street to Nelson House in the Bull Ring where I bought my two tone trousers and herringbone crombie with black velvet collar and loafers, I was a suedehead similar to a Mod like the author but we were more hirsute than skinheads and dressed like them with loafers and brogues on their well shod feet and clad in Levis Sta Prest. We were into ska and dancehall rather than The Who and Modernism but I am 5 or 6 years older than the author. Later on I recalled Hooters the risqué bar in Paradise Forum under Birmingham Central Library where I swotted for my A levels. I worked at Baskerville House for the council and we  spent every lunch hour in there! Farquhar Road features as one of the  swankiest and richest streets in Brum which I knew from parking there when I was a student at Birmingham University. Having one of the main characters (no spoilers here!) live there is a masterstroke, a neat counterpoint to the author’s poverty stricken upbringing and some of the Brummies of a previous generation who grew up in abject poverty in Birmingham back to backs which also feature in this novel. What Birmingham story doesn’t feature our famous solution to an earlier housing crisis. I am currently reading “The Girl from Hockley Brook” by Birmingham Jewellery Quarter author Kathleen Dayus, an earlier evocation of the back to backs and Brummies poverty stricken lives in the earlier 20th century. The criminal kingpin reminds me of another long dead Birmingham character Algernon Queally (why do West Indians use posh English names for their kids? Many years ago my now well retired wife worked as a bank manager at Aston Cross in Lozells. One day when going for a drink with colleagues she was mugged for her keys outside the bank branch by some crack head low life. When Algernon next saw her in the branch after a couple of months off on sick leave having suffered a broken jaw in the assault he said in his low baritone: “We will get dem” meaning the perpetrators. As Algernon was one of her customers he took the mugging as a personal assault and did not want the mugging to besmirch his impecable character and standing in the local Lozells Community and saw it as his duty to exact revenge on the miscreants. Who knows Algernon as a Lloyd’s Bank customer was probably squirrelling away his ill gotten gains in Lloyd’s Bank!!!! And the Edgbaston County Ground story! I too once was a guest in a corporate box there and hated it! I’d much rather be in The Eric Hollies with the drinkers and real fans than with the poshos and their champagne and prawn sandwiches….gimme a pint of Brew XI any time….or Ansell’s Mild! And the Villa and Paul Weller worship….I too am a devoted Villain and follower of The Modfather, preferring the solo Paul Weller and The Style Council to his days leading the angriest band in the world, The Jam. Stephen Pennell should ask his Brummie literary namesake Steven Knight to film the book. I’m sure he’d be interested! He needs a new project after the 9 year success story that’s been the Peaky Blinders. Mind you not just yet as Steven will have his hands full putting together the opening and closing shows for The Birmingham Commonwealth Games, our chance to shine, not that we don’t do so already with Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter still producing 40% of British jewellery!!! I look forward to the sequel to “Gangsters, Geezers and Mods” this gritty crime drama centred on Britain’s most creative city, definitely NOT the second city. We are the first city of invention, ingenuity and creativity, and I should know as in a previous life I worked for Locate in Birmingham the City’s former Inward Investment and Investment Promotion Agency tasked with bringing and promoting Birmingham to international businesses. We bought Deutsche Bank Overseas International (DBOI) from Mumbai to 1 Brindleyplace on Broad Street creating over 1500 fintech jobs. One of the facts Stephen Pennell omitted from “The longest sentence in a novel ever” at the beginning of the book chronicling the many things Creative Birmingham has given the world is that Birmingham has provided more patents to the British Patent Office than ANY other British city down the years – from celluloid to League Football another Aston Villa related achievement like the first League and Cup double winning team back in the Victorian era. No wonder they call us “Historians FC”! Keith Bracey Birmingham writer historian journalist and poet Please read my Birmingham and Black Country poetry history heritage and sports related articles on my Birmingham and Black Country blog: Bracey’s Bearwood blog at: https://keithbracey.wordpress.com You can buy the book by messaging Stephen Pennell on Facebook messenger.

George Frederick Muntz: political reformer and industrialist

George Frederick Muntz was a Birmingham MP and Parliamentarian who helped found the Birmingham Political Union

The Iron Room

George Frederick Muntz was born in Great Charles Street, Birmingham on the 26th day of November 1794. He was the Son of Polish immigrants who left France because of persecution during the French Revolution.

Ordnance Survey map 1875 showing Great Charles Street.

George’s Father, Phillip Muntz, under the advice of Matthew Boulton, bought shares in a firm called Mynors & Robert Purden, who were merchants. This firm eventually became known as Muntz and Purden.

George Frederick was educated at home until the age of 12, when he was sent to a school in Small Heath. After two years he joined the family Business.

After the death of his Father in 1811, he managed the metalworks factory with his brother, based in Water Street, Birmingham.

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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


https://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